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EDITOR’S LETTER May 1- June 30, 2014 Volume 7 – Issue 3
Dear Readers, May and June are such beautiful months in Mesquite. It is not quite as warm yet as it will be by the beginning of July. Many nights will be spent outdoors barbecuing and dining or perhaps having a cocktail while viewing our gorgeous sunsets. Welcome to our History issue. We hope to inform you on the many plans we have for celebrating Mesquite Days. There will be a parade, a carnival and even a sock hop to entertain you. A full list of activities can be found in this issue. Please join in the fun and make sure to include the children and any visiting guests you will be entertaining. Come out and celebrate our Mesquite Days. We have gathered some eclectic articles for this issue and we hope that we hit upon something that interests, enlightens, inspires or that you just plain loved to read. As you are traveling around town enjoying our beautiful scenery and great weather please remember to stop in and visit and support our great advertisers, for it is them that you can thank for making this publication possible.
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CONTENTS On the cover: Mesquite Days Ferris Wheel
Cover photo by Michael McIntosh
10 View on Business - Dixie Nutrition Opens Store in Mesquite 34 Spring is Here…Time to Ride!! 46 Take a Walk Through Historic Mesquite
In this issue 2 4 6
Editor’s Letter Why I Love Mesquite View on Healthy Lifestyles
28 View on Travel
Cream of Tartar to Quit Smoking? Who Knew?
30 Donna Watson Named Ms. Senior Mesquite 2014 32 View on Charity
8 12 14 16 17 18 19 20
Stormy Simon A Case Study in Conscious Decision Making Eclectic Cuisine A Look Back at Childhood From 100 Stay Active In The Summer at the Mesquite Recreation Center Summer Golfing for Youth Rockets over the Red Mesa 2014 Bringing the Music to Mesquite View on Safety
Mesquite Cancer HELP Society “MCHS” - 14 Years and Running Strong
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Mad about Cycling Mesquite Days 2014 2nd Annual We Croon for Critters a Howling Success Tennis TNT My Summer Adventure Spot Celebrating 10 years of Keeping Care Local Grad Night Party Another Eventful Year for Partners in Conservation View on Youth
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Scams That Made History
Screening for Cream for DocUtah Pet Safety, Some Furry Reminders 2nd Annual Off-Road Weekend Dubbed a Huge Success
Live “La Dolce Vita” with Uniworld in Italy
52 View on Golf
Strike Your Irons & Hybrids Solid Every Time
63 Ribbon Cutting 64 Senior Center Happenings
Why I Love Mesquite We love Mesquite! It has so much to offer. Goody and I moved here 3 yrs ago from Park City, Utah. At first it was part time but now we are full time. Mesquite gives us that small town feel yet we have everything we need. And if not, St George or Las Vegas is just a short drive away. The weather here is always nice, even when it’s chilly or hot. You can go outside and “play” practically every day of the year. And no snow to shovel! We come from the mountains, but are now in love with the desert. We enjoy desert hikes, riding our bikes on the traffic free streets, golfing the beautiful courses, and watching the incredible sunsets; the list goes on and on. We love the big open sky and the way it smells after it rains here. Mesquite people are so friendly and go out of their way to help you. Goody has transferred his real estate career to Nevada and is happily working. I am a full time golf nut. What could be better? Mesquite for us is our diamond in the rough!
We were drawn to Mesquite because of the weather and small town atmosphere. We have been here off and on for two years and other than leaving members of our family back in Montana, we haven’t been disappointed. The activities available are numerous, many more than the average community this size. We are also finding that the people here are friendly and helpful. Mesquite is the eighth community that we have lived in, and the first place where the neighbors are truly neighbors. I hope the citizens of Mesquite continue to take interest in their community and maintain the small town atmosphere while realizing that regulated growth will make Mesquite a better community yet. – Jan and Carl Zarndt
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CREAM OF TARTAR TO QUIT SMOKING? WHO KNEW?
When I was told that Cream of Tartar could help you quit smoking I just laughed. Really? Cream of Tartar? Having been a professional baker and working in restaurants throughout most of my youth, I am pretty familiar with the stuff and its uses. One thing I can tell you from what I know, it has nothing to do with smoking. Being of curious mind I looked it up, and no kidding, it can help you quit smoking! I also found that it was useful for a few other things around the house and for your health that I never would have guessed. I was curious to see what the average person knew about Cream of Tartar so I started asking around. First I asked my sister, “What is Cream of Tartar?” She stared at me blankly, blinked her eyes slowly and hesitantly said “Ummm that stuff for fish and chips? It has like, pickles in it or something…” Hmmm not quite.
Then I asked a neighbor, “What is Cream of Tartar?” She replied, “A white powdery stuff that I use sometimes when I bake.” Jackpot! So I followed it up, “What purpose does it serve?” She just stared at me and said, “Nobody knows that! I just put it in when I’m supposed to.” I asked several people these same two questions and got pretty much the same answers. Most people don’t know what it is, and those that do, only know to put a teaspoon of it in their mixing bowl when instructed to. So what is Cream of Tartar? Believe it or not, it is a byproduct of wine making. It is formed from the left over sediment in wine barrels. Once it forms, it is scraped off, cleaned and ground up. The name partly comes from its chemical name: potassium bitartrate, or potassium hydrogen tartrate. Where the “Cream of” part came from, I can’t find a good answer to. Perhaps it is simply because it is white.
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Its most common use is to stabilize egg whites when making meringue. It stabilizes the egg whites allowing them to maintain their texture when whipped and increases their tolerance to heat; a very important thing when trying to make a show stopping Baked Alaska. Cream of tartar is also useful for stabilizing whipped cream and preventing discoloration of boiled vegetables. None of this indicates how it could be useful to quit smoking. By eating more Baked Alaskas? Done! Here is how it works. Mix one teaspoon of Cream of Tartar in one glass of orange juice. Drink this mixture once a day for 7- 21 days. The mixture is said to help flush the nicotine out of your blood stream and reduce your cravings. Since Cream of Tartar is mainly potassium, it will increase your potassium
levels which become seriously depleted due to smoking. The vitamin C in the orange juice will help strengthen your immune system and aid in the detoxification process. It is recommended to drink this magical cocktail before bed. Your body naturally goes through a detoxification and healing process when you sleep, so it is the perfect time to give it a little extra help. It is just that simple! I am the kind of person that leans more toward natural medicine whenever it is a safe option for my ailment. It is nice to know that there is a natural option in lieu of the gum, patch and pills that were the only known alternative to cold turkey when I quit. Good luck!
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Stormy Simon: A Case Study in Conscious Decision Making By Nikk Zorbas Stormy Simon is a divorced mother of two. After her marriage ended she made ends meet with the support of welfare. While she doesn’t have a college education, she learned early on that she needed to be successful in order to provide for her sons. So how did she become the top executive of a $1.5 billion company? I had the opportunity to ask her.
Her response: “I made a conscious decision of where I was going to put my energy.”
Stormy did some soul searching to figure out what she wanted to do. She came across an innovative new company called Overstock. com and after doing some research, Stormy concluded it would be the company she’d focus her energy on. She applied for a position and was hired as a temporary sales agent. At the time, Overstock.com was just two years old and Stormy was about its sixty-fifth employee. While the company was still relatively small, she had the opportunity to work closely with the CEO, Patrick M. Byrne. Whenever Mr. Byrne had a task to be
done or needed help with a problem, he would ask, “Who wants in?” Stormy would be the first to shoot her hand up enthusiastically and respond, “I’m in!” She was not afraid to offer help where it was needed. “I saw where there was a huge amount to be done, and I was happy to do it,” she told me. It wouldn’t be long until Stormy was recognized as a valuable asset and a dedicated employee who deserved to be promoted. She rose from sales agent to Director of Business-to-Business, and in 2003 she created the Books, Music and Movies department, a division she spearheaded from its inception. Stormy Simon then took over Overstock’s Customer Care functions. She worked diligently to restructure the department by setting up crossfunctional teams, creating educational programs for agents, and implementing customer relationship management (CRM) software to improve response times. Under her direction the company gained traction for its superior customer service, and since 2007 Overstock has consistently ranked in the Top 5 in customer service by the National Retail Federation/ American Express Customer Service Survey. From there, Stormy was named Chief Marketing Officer, appointed to oversee the direction of the company’s marketing and advertising department. She wrote and produced Overstock’s
iconic television ads, which she often appeared in. She continued to climb the career ladder, and became the Senior Vice President of Customer and Partner Care. In 2013, she earned the title of copresident. It is a position she serves to this day. As would anyone holding such a position, Stormy puts in long hours. However, she does not consider herself to be a workaholic; she manages her time strategically. Demonstrating her appreciation for work-life balance, she takes time off for vacations and encourages others to do the same. Her philosophy is, “When you begin to feel grumpy, take time off. There’s always tomorrow. There’s always another 60 hours next week if all doesn’t get done, so there’s no need to stress.” A typical day for Stormy is meetings, meetings and more meetings and answering thousands of emails personally. She enjoys going to work each and every day. “Each day feels like a brand new day,” she says. Stormy believes it’s important to feel happy and excited about your job, and that working should be fun. “Work to live, not live to work,” is her motto. Employee input is key at Overstock.com. All employees (currently numbering approximately 1600) are encouraged to submit their ideas, which are read and reviewed by their peers, without fear of retribution. “Our goal is to
work in collaboration, as opposed to working alone,” Stormy says, citing that the contributions of many minds are essential for the company’s evolution. “We don’t all have to agree, but we do have to respect everyone’s message.” The intention is for all employees to feel empowered and happy, and to feel like they’re part of a family. And having fun is an essential ingredient; the company even had rapper Snoop Dog perform at a corporate event. Stormy Simon became the CEO of her own life and in the process, held an instrumental role in developing the Overstock.com brand into a worldwide online giant. She saw the opportunity, the company’s potential, and made a conscious decision to commit her energy fully with enthusiasm. Stormy didn’t allow anything or anyone to distract her—no “Scattered Thinking Syndrome” there—and made herself available to embrace and help solve any problems that needed to be addressed. In retrospect, she admits, “There were
many times I put the company first. The opportunity was so great that I had to make tough decisions on how to spend my time. Being older and wiser, I’m not sure I would make the same decisions as the company is still here, and my boys have grown.”
Nonetheless, Stormy has been a great service to others, with a commitment to living with integrity. Most of all, she repositioned and empowered herself, and went on to succeed in bad times. From a temporary worker to copresident of a $1.5 billion online
retailer, Stormy Simon’s meteoric rise demonstrates the power of conscious decision making.
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NEW STORE OPENS IN MESQUITE by sue santarCangelo
Dixie Nutrition is coming to Mesquite! Greg Gillespie owner of the Dixie Nutrition store at 406 West St. George Boulevard in St. George, Utah will open a store in Mesquite this month. Dixie Nutrition’s newspaper inserts are easily recognizable due to their trademark frog logo. The inserts offer monthly discounts and specials that will now be coming to Mesquite. The store is a favorite of Mesquite residents who regularly drive to St. George to purchase their products.
Well drive no more. Dixie Nutrition is here! Gillespie explained, “We’ve always wanted to go to Mesquite, we just haven’t thought the timing was right. With things (the way they are) now we thought it was a good time to go down there.… (Now) the economy is getting better, and we also bought out the other store that was down there last year. I actually bought the inventory and shelving and everything.” The other store is Valley Nutrition which was located in the Bulldog Center. After purchasing the business he decided to make some changes including
some items may not be available locally; however, he assures customers that whatever they need can be obtained through his Utah location. “Customer service is a really big thing for us. If you Gillespie explained the efforts required are in the market for something health for the changes. “We actually got related we’ve got it or we will get if for permits (and) took… extra time to get you. …we can have it for you in a matter all the checks from Clark County Health withgoing optional colored aluminum backer of days.panel ” District so we’re to have things like frozen yogurt, refrigerated and That dedication to customer service is frozen items.” based on his love for the business he grew up in. “You’ve got to do what you The store will be a “mini-grocery” love and I really love it.” He explains featuring Dixie Nutrition’s own line of that his family has been in the health products along with national brands. It and nutrition business for years. “We will carry a wide variety of vitamins, were originally started by Grandma and supplements, homeopathic medicines, Grandpa Gillespie in 1969.” Since that essential oils and other health related time various members of his extended products. There will also be a health family have owned and operated “five and beauty section, specialty foods like or six” health and nutrition stores under gluten free products and a small bulk the Dixie Nutrition banner. food section. Gillespie notes that the bulk products include nuts and there One of the primary differences between will be, “…nut grinders so you can grind his store and others is his marketing your own almond butter and peanut style. “I use aggressive marketing butter...” and pricing strategies in order to help our customers save money.” That The Mesquite store is smaller than his St. George location. Gillespie admits that style is exemplified by his high profile expanding the store and moving to a new location. “We felt being near Smith’s would be a better location.”
view on BUSINESS advertising inserts featuring his memorable frog logo which he plans to bring to his Mesquite store as well. He will be offering deep discounts as part of his Grand Opening. He encourages locals to stop by the store and watch for local ads and coupons for major discounts and free samples. The Mesquite store is located in the Smith’s shopping center at 300 N. Sandhill Blvd. Suite F- just south of the Jack-in-theBox drive through exit. For more information about hours and products call Dixie Nutrition at 702.346.8633. (Sorry no website yet but we’re working on it.) For information on the St. George store located at 406 W. St. George Blvd., call (435) 673-3447.
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by helen houston CreaMer One of the many reasons View on Mesquite Magazine is so successful is its interesting themes. Each publication focuses on a given topic selected by its editor, Kathy Lee. When asked to contribute to this edition, I anxiously awaited the theme, which in turn would guide me in the direction of my recipe re-
Orzo Feta Salad
search. Without hesitation, I knew where I wanted this article to go upon hearing the theme would be “eclectic” fruits and vegetables. I hope you enjoy preparing the varied recipes below which contain one or more unique or unusual ingredients and/or preparation methods.
Yield: 6 servings
½ cup extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup fresh lemon juice Salt and black cracked pepper 1 cup orzo (rice-shaped pasta) 2 cups sliced zucchini ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese ½ cup pine nuts, toasted 4 green onions, sliced Curly endive Radicchio ½ cup Greek olives 6 lemon wedges 6 fresh rosemary sprigs
Combine oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Whisk or shake in covered jar, thoroughly. Place pine nuts in a single layer in a shallow baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes. Cook orzo in boiling, salted water until tender, approximately 7 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. Immediately combine orzo with zucchini and toss lightly (this will slightly soften the zucchini). Refrigerate. When cool, add feta cheese, pine nuts and onions. Toss with desired amount of oil-lemon dressing. Serve on curly endive and radicchio. Garnish with lemon wedges, olives and fresh rosemary sprigs. Refrigerate remaining dressing.
Red Onion and Orange Salad
Yield: 4 servings
4 ripe medium oranges, peeled (pay special attention to removing the white pith) 1 small red onion, sliced fine 2 Tbsp. raspberry vinegar 6 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper 4 Tbsp. golden raisins (cover for 20 minutes in hot water, then drain) 20 black olives, pitted 2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds 2 Tbsp. almonds, blanched and chopped fine Sprigs of fresh mint to garnish
Cut the oranges crosswise into 1/4 inch slices. Arrange on a serving platter and scatter the thin slices of red onion over the orange slices. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Spoon this dressing over the onion and oranges. Sprinkle with the raisins, olives, sunﬂower seeds and almonds. Garnish with mint sprigs and serve chilled.
This colorful salad is featured in tapas bars popular throughout Spain and the rest of the world. There are many variations of the salad such as replacing raspberry vinegar with lemon juice. No matter which variation is served, this salad is tangy and refreshing on a hot summer day, and should always be served chilled.
Pomegranate Poached Pears 4 ripe, firm Bosc pears 1 ½ cups pomegranate juice 1 cup sweet dessert wine, such as Muscatel or Riesling 2 Tbsp. sliced almonds ½ cup pomegranate seeds, ½ large fruit (See tip) 4 Tbsp. reduced-fat sour cream or low-fat plain yogurt 4 fresh mint springs for garnish
Yield: 4 Servings Peel pears, leaving them whole with stems intact. Slice off the bases so the pears will stand upright. Use an apple corer to remove the cores, if desired. Place the pears on their sides in a large 3- or 4-quart saucepan or small Dutch oven. Pour pomegranate juice and wine over the pears. Bring to a simmer over mediumhigh heat. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until the pears are tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, 30 to 40 minutes. Turn very gently once or twice as they cook so they color evenly. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pears to a shallow bowl and set aside. Boil the poaching liquid over high heat until the sauce is reduced to ½ cup, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Meanwhile, toast almonds in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until light golden and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl too cool. To serve, spoon 1 Tbsp. sauce onto each of 4 dessert plates. Place pear upright on each plate. Drizzle remaining sauce over each pear. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds around the pears and top with the almonds. Garnish each serving with a dollop of sour cream (or yogurt) and mint.
A delicate pear painted with the deep, garnet hue of pomegranate juice provides a striking finale to any meal.
Goji Berry Wild Rice Salad
Known as one of the super foods, Goji berries have become increasingly popular among the health food crowd because they are packed with antioxidants. These pink berries, originating in China, taste similar to cranberries and can be treated in recipes as any dried fruit.
Yield: 6 servings Combine rice, beans, Goji berries and peas. Pour 2/3 cup vinaigrette over and toss. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon salad onto spinach-lined plates. Spoon beets on the side. Drizzle remaining 1/3 cup vinaigrette on top. Sprinkle with nuts Vinaigrette: Makes about 1 cup 1/3 cup olive oil 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots or red onion 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons orange or pineapple juice 1 tablespoon chopped parsley Whisk together all ingredients. Prepared ahead, refrigerate until serving time. Mix again before using.
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2 cups cooked wild rice 1 can (15 oz.) kidney beans 1 can (15 oz.) pinto beans ½ cup Goji berries 1 cup peas Vinaigrette (recipe follows) Salt and fresh ground pepper 6 cups spinach leaves 1 can (15 oz.) beets, diced ½ cup toasted pecan halves
Tip: To avoid the enduring stains of pomegranate juice, work under water! Fill a large bowl with water. Hold the pomegranate in the water and slice off the crown. Lightly score the fruit into quarter, from the crown to the stem end. Keeping the fruit under water, break it apart, gently separating the plump arils from the outer skin and white pith. The seeds will drop to the bottom of the bowl and the pith will ﬂoat to the surface. Discard the pith. Pour the seeds into a colander. Rinse and pat dry. The seeds can be frozen in an air tight container or sealable bag for up to 3 months.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE PLAYING SPORTS IN THE OLD DAYS? A look back at childhood from 100 by sue santarCangelo Cecil Lee will be 100 years old this December. If his clarity of mind and spry nature is any indication he will make it with ease. Spend time with him and he will tell you of his years growing up in southern Nevada, and what it was like being a kid before there were paved roads and electricity to every home. It was a time when children played hard and worked to help their families. When a trip to another town could easily take a day or more and childhood competitions like basketball were “just a game.”
Cecil’s family was one of those determined pioneering families that settled the Utah and Nevada territories in the late 1800’s. Originally sent to St. George to farm cotton, stormy weather and lost stock would lead his great grandfather, Francis Lee, into a beautiful valley which would soon become part of Nevada.
Cecil recalls, “They were in St. George and then it stormed there for a week or more and flooded them out. They went over into what’s called the Meadow Valley lookin’ for stock. …They hit this valley that’s a mile wide and quite long with grass up to the horse’s stomach and he (Francis) said, ‘This is where we’re comin.’” That valley soon became the home of the town of Panaca and later in that same year, 1864, it became a somewhat disputed part of the new State of Nevada. By the time Cecil was a teenager in the 1930s Panaca was a community of about 500 souls and the site of the Lincoln County High School. There, Cecil played on the basketball team. He remembers coming to the Virgin Valley to play ball but not playing a Mesquite team, “I came down here and
played basketball in nineteen and thirty three. There wasn’t a Mesquite then, it was all Bunkerville.”* Those were the days when going to the next town to play a ball game was more than a day trip with stops at fast food restaurants and mini-marts. There were few if any paved roads and no amenities between towns except for the hospitality of a farm or ranch house, if the owner was home. Trips were planned to take advantage of the time and effort to cover long distances over rough unpaved roads. Cecil talked about one trip when the team headed south to Overton for a game. “We came down through the canyon to Elgin... That was the main road down (from Panaca in those days). One of the cars broke down…and we all piled into the one car. …we were standing on the running boards and hanging on.” The trip took all day, and they reached Overton just before game time. When the coach announced that they had not eaten all day. Cecil smiled as he explained
Cecil Lee, circa 1932 that the game was delayed but not cancelled. “…we went down and got something to eat. Went back out and changed clothes and played ball.” “We stayed there that night and then the next night we came over to Bunkerville and played ball.” He explained that the gym had an exceptionally low ceiling, only about three feet above the basket and that, “Bunkerville beat us ‘cause every time we’d shoot we’d hit the ceiling. … they knew how to shoot in that and we didn’t!” Lee also remembers going to tournaments in Las Vegas and Boulder City and how the trip included much more than games. They
would take the train from Caliente into Las Vegas and he remembers that, “In Vegas there wasn’t anything west of the railroad tracks. It was Lorenzi’s little park out where people went on the Tonopah Highway. That’s all there was then. The high school was on Eighth or Ninth Street in Las Vegas, one high school. We played ball there two or three years. Then Vegas got to growing …” That growth was due to construction on Boulder Dam. Cecil recalls “…so all the time I was in school we’d go down there and then we’d go out to Boulder City.” He explained that, “Anderson Dairy (which) was located in Mesquite… ran the mess hall then and so they’d feed us. Boy it was nice…we’d get to go out to Boulder Dam and see what was happening every year... It was interesting, I remember one year when we went down they took some of the girls across the canyon on the high line. That was quite interesting for them. It
was nice.” When Cecil talks about his life he does so with simplicity and understatement. His recollections shared in a single hour could fill many more pages educating us about another time and place. How people lived, loved and changed the world we live in. It helps us realize that each of us has a story to share, and we should do it before it is too late. Presently Cecil Lee lives with his children in Utah and Nevada. He spends part of the year in Mesquite with his son Calvin Lee and granddaughter Frawnda Le Cheminant. When asked about how he likes Mesquite Cecil responds in his typical understated way, “Winters are really nice.” Calvin Lee and his late wife Joyce started Danielle’s Chocolates and Popcorn in Couer d’Alene Idaho. They
Cecil Lee, present day later relocated to Mesquite where Frawnda oversees the operation of the local store. Cecil commutes, with a little help, between his children’s homes.
*Mesquite was a community of 451 people according to the 1930 census.
S ta y A c t i v e in the Summer at the Mesquite Recreation Center By Mesquite Athletics & Leisure Services
What can you do to stay active in the summer months in Mesquite? With school winding down for the year and families planning their summer schedules and vacations, the Mesquite Recreation Center has a variety of classes and activities for youth, adults and seniors.
With the temperatures going up, the most popular summer time activity in Mesquite is to cool off in the outdoor or indoor pools at the Recreation Center. The popular outdoor pool has a swirl slide, water toys and beach entry. The outdoor pool has early morning lap swim from 5:15 a.m. to 7 a.m., Manta Rays swim team practice and swim classes from 7 a.m. to Noon, Monday-Friday. Starting Memorial Day weekend, the outdoor pool will be available to the public for open swimming (slide, water toys, etc.), starting at noon to 6 p.m., Monday- Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. Summer Camp is popular for youth ages
4-11 and is held at the Recreation Center and Deuce Gymnasium at the Mesquite Campus. There are three sessions held throughout the summer and include swimming, crafts and fun games. Including the indoor and outdoor pools, the Recreation Center is a 56,000 Square Foot facility with two full-size basketball courts with 12 baskets and markings for Pickleball, volleyball and badminton. A fully-equipped fitness room features treadmills, bikes, elliptical and rowing machines. The Rec Center also houses rooms for circuit training, two racquetball courts, table tennis, Foosball, karate and dance. There are also fitness classes for every age level. One of the more popular and growing sports in Mesquite is Pickleball. The Rec Center Gym has drop-in Pickleball games on Tuesday and Thursdays from 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A limited number of paddles and balls are available for the first-time players at the Rec Center.
When the weather is too hot outside to golf, it’s only $5 per round to use the “Full Swing” Golf Simulator to brush up on your skills in the practice computer module or to play in online golf tournaments. The computer also keeps an online handicap and allows users to track their progress. There are City league games for coed and men’s softball wood bat leagues. There are many fitness classes still available in the summer for Zumba, Yoga, dance, Gymnastics, water aerobics and much more.
Call the Rec Center staff at (702) 346-8732 or check out our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/ MesquiteNVRecreation for the most current activities and updates.
Summer Golfing for Youth
By Marsha Sherwood Virgin Valley Junior Golf Association is a non-profit operating out of Mesquite for over 15 years. The association has created a program that is designed to teach our youth not only how to play golf, but integrity, sportsmanship, honesty and golf etiquette.
At the end of the summer we hold a banquet where trophies and awards are given out. We try to make sure that every junior golfer receives something. We are completely nonprofit. With this in mind we try to hold some fundraisers and also ask local businesses for
any support that they can give us. We receive several sets of used clubs that Joe Sherwood cuts down and regrips for those who are not able to purchase any. We feel that this is one of the best programs that Mesquite has to offer our youth. We encourage parents to help with clinics, tournaments and fund raisers. This is a very family oriented program. We are doing everything in our power to keep it going.
Our season starts the first week after school is out and is open to all skill levels. It includes 91 hours of clinics plus playing privileges throughout the year at the local courses. The clinics are taught by our local golf professionals and other qualified volunteers. The clinics run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for three weeks. The fee for the program is only $50.00 per year. It also allows them to play in our tournaments for a fee of only $10.00. One donation of only $50.00 pays for a child to join that is not able. We hold one tournament a week starting after the 3 weeks of clinics. We also hold some junior/adult events.
Please contact Marsha Sherwood at 346-4067 or 346-3771 for more information.
Rockets over the Red Mesa 2014
Eureka Casino Resort is happy to host the â€œRockets over the Red Mesaâ€? concert and firework show on Friday, July 4th. This event is not to be missed! The Nevada POPS Orchestra will be back again with a 31 piece orchestra performing a 75 minute program. The concert will take place behind Eureka Casino and will begin at 8:00 pm followed by fireworks at 9:00 pm. The event is free to attend as a continuing gift to the local community.
Bringing the Music to Mesquite Bunkerville resident, Selmer Spitzer, a retired music educator and conductor is committed to a new project during his retirement years and feels confident that it is possible. Spitzer is currently working to organize a full symphony orchestra for the communities in the Virgin Valley, Moapa Valley, Southern Utah and surrounding areas. He is calling it the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra and is presently recruiting musicians in the communities needed to start the ensemble as early as this upcoming fall (2014) for its first concert. Spitzer is not new to organizing musical ensembles, nor to conducting instrumental music. He made a career of it. Spitzer began that career teaching in high school and junior high school music programs. Later he moved up to teaching at the college and university level. He taught for many years at the Victor Valley College in Victorville, CA. While teaching at the Victor Valley College, he also served as the music director and conductor of the High Desert Symphony Orchestra. He sees the time that he spent building up that ensemble as similar to what is needed in this area now. “It was a true community group,” Spitzer said. “I was able to work with people of all different experience levels and skill levels similar to what we will be doing here.” Later in his career Spitzer returned to his native North Dakota and took a position as director of the Symphonic Band program at the University of Jamestown at Jamestown, ND. He spent seven years there building a successful program. He then took an interim position for a year at the Dickinson State University at Dickinson, ND, before finally retiring.
So, for now, Spitzer is looking to recruit talent primarily from the Virgin Valley, Moapa Valley and Scenic/Beaver Dam, Arizona, communities. He feels optimistic that there is more musical talent in these small communities than at first glance. “From what I’ve seen, there is a lot to work with here in these communities,” he said.
After retirement Spitzer and his wife, Phyllis, decided they wanted to return to the desert. With two of their children living in southern California and one living in the Salt Lake City area, the Spitzers decided to look for a spot right in the middle. They finally settled on the community of Bunkerville. They have been here for nearly 7 years now. But Spitzer found himself longing for involvement in his old profession. “I have missed the music,” he said. “So I decided to volunteer and do this. I am passionate about it and I feel like these communities provide a good opportunity to do it.” Spitzer said he wants to put together a full symphony orchestra with as many as 75 members. He wants to program musical repertoire that the orchestra members can really sink their teeth into. He mentioned works like Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony, Holst’s “The Planets”, Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo”, and Beethoven’s “5th Symphony” as a few possible arrangements for starters. “Of course, it’s hard to program music until you know what kind of a group you are going to be working with,” he said.
However, he also admits that he may have to broaden his recruiting efforts into southern Utah to fill in some of the instrumental parts if needed. In the meantime, though, he is just trying to get an idea who is out there and who is interested in participating in the group. “I will work with whoever comes along including high school, college students, and adults. I want to start by trying to find a place for everyone. As we continue we may have to become more selective from there,” he said.
Those interested in playing in the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra please contact Dr. Spitzer at (701) 226-6062 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Scams Made History That
By Jon Nerlinger
In the Sept/Oct 2013 edition of this magazine, internet scams, fraud, and assorted telephonic rip-off schemes were explored. In this issue, the focus will be limited to the largest investment scheme in the history of this great country.
A year after his arrest, Madoff pleaded guilty to a plethora of federal charges. He was subsequently sentenced to one hundred and fifty years in prison. It is estimated that Madoff cheated investors out of sixty-five billion dollars. He has the dubious distinction of having perpetrated the longest lasting and most successful scam in the U.S., and indeed, this case is on record as the largest financial fraud case in the history of this country.
Since the dawn of mankind and the establishment of monetary systems, swindlers, con artists, gigolos, gold-diggers, and other persons of questionable character have continually sought to separate law-abiding, decent folks from their money. Not by force, but instead, by the use of clever psychological tactics, manipulation, trickery, and in some cases, the promise of substantial wealth.
We know that when they are actively seeking new victims, con artists rely upon the basic goodness and the trusting nature of the majority of people in our society. Toss a bit of gullibility into the mix and the con-artist has the perfect victim. Well, almost. The last ingredient the crook looks for is that other, far less complimentary human trait known as greed. When all ingredients are combined, that victim, or ‘mark’, is ready for the taking and the con artist goes to work. Take, for example, one Charles Ponzi. Yes, that is correct. He is the infamous and notorious con artist and cheater, whose namesake describes the fraudulent investment known as the Ponzi Scheme. (More on how the Ponzi Scheme works later). Ponzi was born in 1882 in Parma, Italy. He immigrated to the United States and settled in Boston. He also spent time in Montreal, Canada, where he continued
potential investors and by authorities. Madoff managed to find, cultivate, and cheat victim investors until his arrest in 2008. In many cases, folks had turned over their entire life savings to this fellow for the promise of a big pay day.
to perpetrate his swindling scheme. By the time of his arrest in 1920, Ponzi had cheated his victim investors out of an estimated twenty million dollars, an enormous amount of money. He was convicted and spent fourteen years in prison. Ponzi died in Brazil in 1949. Enter Mr. Bernard (Bernie) Madoff. Born in New York in 1938, Madoff founded his company, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, in 1960. He eventually employed his brother, his two sons, and his daughter. His wife was involved in the business as the ‘bookkeeper.’ Over the years, even as Madoff’s firm grew by leaps and bounds, numerous recognized experts in the field of securities and investments declared that Madoff’s numbers were falsely begotten, and literally, “did not add up”. Unfortunately, repeated warnings from these experts went unheeded by
We have all heard the old saying, “Borrow from Peter to pay Paul”. In the simplest of terms, that is how the initial implementation of the Ponzi scheme works. A sophisticated con artist convinces potential investors that he (or she) has discovered a once in a lifetime investment opportunity. He promises extraordinarily high returns in a very short period of time. Using a fishing analogy, the lure has been tantalizingly dangled in front of the investor, who then ‘bites.’ The hook is in and the investor turns over a large sum of money to the schemer. The investor sits back and waits for the money to roll in. The crook takes in the money and goes about convincing more investors to turn their money over to him. As more investors come forth with their money, the crook uses a portion of the monies from the second “tier” of investors to pay the first tier within the promised time period, thereby validating
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folks go on to tell friends, family, and acquaintances about this wonderful money-making investment, and in turn, those people cannot wait to invest their money too.
(near) perfect investment vehicle, potential investors must exercise due diligence when determining the proper investment vehicle to suit their needs.
And so the scheme continues, with the crook taking in money, paying the previous investors on demand, and pocketing a portion of the new investor’s money. But the scheme gets complicated, and as more and more investors eventually want all or part of their investment money back, the crook scrambles for new investors to pay them. Many experts in the field have likened this scheme to a house of cards. Eventually, the scheme will collapse. his claim of tremendous earnings in a short time period. The crook also pockets a portion of the second tier’s monies. Of course, the first tier of investors is extremely happy. These
Remember the very old Latin phrase that says it all....”Caveat emptor”. Translation; “LET THE BUYER BEWARE”.
Jon Nerlinger is a retired police lieutenant originally from Southern California with 35 years of law enforcement experience.
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Screening the Cream for DocUtah By Linda Faas
When Mesquite film fan, Ken Cook, approached the DocUtah executives several years ago, he never dreamed that Mesquite could get so deeply involved in that documentary film festival. Ken, along with Ernie Hoffman of Redd Hills Cinema, collaborated with Dixie State University and the main local sponsor, Eureka Casino Resort’s Community Initiative, to bring a real film festival experience to Mesquite last September.
DocUtah has established itself as a leading international documentary film festival. Started five years ago by Phil Tuckett, Director of the Dixie State University film program, DocuUtah is proud to be among a select few film festivals that have ‘made it’. Phil had the credentials to lead this effort, having won 30 Emmy Awards for NFL Films. After retiring from that career, he moved to St George and took up residency at the Dixie film department. He teamed with DocUtah Executive Director Christina Schultz, Operations Director Lani Purini, and others to develop a format for gathering documentary films from all over the world, evaluating them, and presenting 50 films to audiences during the Labor Day Week each year since 2010. Over the years, more than
1,100 films from 70 countries have been submitted.
process and the characteristics to look for in judging the quality of a film.
Being supported by a university gives the festival the opportunity to provide a strong academic component to the event. Dixie State students and the community are drawn by the opportunity to meet filmmakers and gain insight into the subject matter they chose for a film. The St George community has been involved in screening potential entries for the festival for several years, and in 2014, film enthusiasts from Mesquite have joined the screening teams.
Tuckett explained the elements of filmmaking that must blend to make a good finished product. These elements are essential, whether found in “scripted” movies, like those shown in local theatres, in a TV show, or in a documentary film that tells a story as seen through the filmmaker’s eyes. They include cinematography, the skilled and/or artistic use of the camera; storyline, the telling of a clear, complete, and compelling tale; balance and quality of sound in the dialogue and musical elements of the film; creative use of graphics that enhance the storytelling and are easy to read; and careful editing of all the elements to bring them together in clear order, telling the story in an appropriate running time.
About twenty locals answered the call when Ken Cook asked those interested in film screening to meet at the Eureka Casino Resort in late February. Seated around the conference table in the Eureka’s training room, the group munched on Redd Hills Cinema popcorn as they listened attentively to Phil, Christina and Lani explain the screening
The Mesquite screeners formed teams of three and four, and committed to view
and rate films over the coming months until the potential festival entrants have each been given three reviews. Most teams planned to review at least one feature film (45 minutes or longer) or two short films (under 45 minutes) each week.
to the cream of the DocUtah crop during the second annual Mesquite ‘Best of the Fest’ Film Festival. Up to ten films will be shown at Redd Hills Cinema and the Eureka Casino Resort, with theatregoers treated to an opening reception and other glamorous touches.
To the screeners, it became obvious that most filmmakers have invested a great deal of time in their documentary project, but not all achieve technical quality in their work. Only the best can be shown in the DocUtah festival that limits its selections to the top 50 films submitted. Some films will find their way to other festivals or venues. Some will simply fill a class requirement of producing a student documentary, and some may end up on YouTube.
Last year, Mesquite’s ‘Best of Fest’ included the film, “Sole Survivor.” It told the stories of individuals who survived major commercial airplane crashes that killed all others on board. George Lamson, the main subject of the film, travelled to Mesquite from his home in Reno to address the audience after the showing. That film, telling of the
The top films that earn very high scores in all elements will make it to the DocUtah Festival, held September 2-6 in St George, Zion National Park, and Kanab. The following week, September 8-12, Mesquite audiences will be treated
loss and guilt felt by the survivors, was picked up by CNN and featured on network TV this past winter. The intense immersion into the fine art of film reviewing is leaving its mark on Mesquite film fans, helping them to refine their film criticism skills. The screening teams are assuring that DocUtah will present only the “cream” in its festival lineup of new documentary films in 2014.
Check out www.docutah.com for details on ﬁlms, schedules, locations, and ticketing for these back-to-back weeks of outstanding documentary ﬁlm viewing: docutah, september 2-6 , and Mesquite’s own ‘best of Fest,’ september 8-12. anyone interested in volunteering or donating to the festival, please contact ken Cook at email@example.com.
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Pet Safety, Some Furry Reminders
Spring and summer are a great time here in Mesquite. The weather is very warm and the sun shines every day. Unfortunately, the warm weather and sunshine can be very harmful to your pet if not monitored carefully. Here are a few great tips from our local pet experts.
During the day the pavement and sidewalks get very hot and can burn the pads of your dog’s feet. Walk your dog in the morning before 8 a.m., and/or in the evening after the sun has gone down.
Keep fresh water and shade available when your pet is outdoors. If you stand out in the summer sun for half an hour you will more than likely get a sunburn, the same goes for your pet. If you take your pet with you in the car, do not leave them in the car unattended. Even with the air conditioner running or the windows down, your vehicle will still become like an oven. The next time you go shopping pay attention to how hot the car is when you get back in. You
wouldn’t want to be trapped in there, neither does your pet. When traveling, keep your pet out of the back window. The sun beating down and the glass intensify the effects of the rays and can cause burning and rapid dehydration. It is a common misconception that dogs will be cooler if all their hair is shaved off. In the case of some dogs it is exactly the opposite. Double coated breeds, like Golden Retrievers, Border Collies and Shelties for example, have an undercoat that acts as insulation maintaining body heat temperature. If you take off the top layer of hair, there is a greater chance of the dog getting overheated. Now take single coated breeds like Shih Tzus, Poodles, Maltese and Yorkies, short haircuts will also do more harm than good. Imagine you are bald and go outside in extreme heat with no hat. You have a good chance of getting
sun damage, the same goes for a dog with it’s fur trimmed too short. Canines cannot produce the chemical melanin that makes us tan and therefore protecting us against sun damage. Your dog’s hair is there for protection, not only against allergens, but also from the elements of nature. Removing dead coat on double coated breeds and keeping single coated breeds at a reasonable length (without exposing the skin) is the best way to help your pet stay safe in the heat. It is recommended to visit a professional groomer every 4 to 6 weeks in order to maintain a healthy coat. Remember, if you are uncomfortable in the heat so is your pet! Safety tips were contributed courtesy of Mesquite Veterinarian Clinic and La De Paws Grooming Salon.
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Weekend Dubbed a Huge Success 2nd Annual
the eureka Casino resort hosted the second annual Mesquite off-road weekend on February 21st-23rd, and it was a huge success with over 4,000 people in attendance. The weekend featured world-class athletes racing on a one-ofa-kind course, a special performance by Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo, and fun for the whole family. Off-road enthusiasts from all over the United States, and abroad witnessed the breathtaking and chaotic Beyond Pro race which can only be seen in Mesquite during Mesquite Off-Road Weekend. “Cowboy” Kenny Bartram defended his 2013 title in the Beyond Pro race that combines the element of freestyle motocross and EnduroCross with racers from both disciplines showcasing their talents and battling each other for the cash and, more importantly, bragging rights. “For a second straight year, truly world-class athletes shared their talents with Mesquite. I am sincerely appreciative of
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a-kind venue, unique racing format, and great weather was enjoyed by all. This was one small town’s gift to off-road fans, and it was a big-time event for a secondstraight year.” Racers from amateur to pro thoroughly enjoyed the course. There were many races before the pro and Beyond Pro races took place including classes for Amateur, SXS and Vet. “The course was actually a lot tougher this year,” said Bartram, a legend in freestyle motocross with 10 medals in the X Games and Gravity Games to his credit. “They added the mud section which was incredibly difficult so I am very happy they added the 50-foot freestyle ramp lane so I could miss the mud every lap except one. It was cool. We had more ramps out there and it was a different format this year.
them and the thousands of fans who chose to journey to Mesquite to be a part of the weekend. I am also appreciative of the Mesquite locals who took part in the festivities as vendors, spectators, and participants in the EnduroCross races and mud bogs,” said Andre Carrier, President of the Eureka Casino Resort. “I hope the one-of-
We had to hit one EnduroCross lane and one freestyle ramp every lap so it was kind of difficult remembering everything. In addition to racing at a high level and going fast we had to be thinking about the format. It was back and forth with the EnduroCross guys and it was a blast.” Colton Haaker, 2013 X Games EnduroCross silver medalist in Barcelona, was second, while Cody Webb was third. Webb won gold medals in the 2013 X Games Barcelona and Los Angeles. New to the event in 2014 were Mud Bogs and mini MX races. The mud bogs featured different types of
vehicles driving through a pit of mud. The winners were determined by the distance they traveled. Trucks, alcohol cars, UTVs and ATVs got muddy in front of about 400 spectators on a fantastic Sunday morning. The mini MX races were without question the cutest part of the weekend. Racers ages 4 to 10 were able to show their skills on the same, but modified, track that the pros used the day before. Next year’s mini MX will be ones not to miss since it was surely a crowd favorite. In addition to the racing, the festival featured a vendor area that was open to the public and showcased everything from t-shirts to custom suspensions to golf carts. Not to mention the food and drinks! Each night inside the casino, Seasons Ultra Lounge was home to the official after party.
In addition, maps of the Mesquite area off-road trails were available so that off-road enthusiasts could follow the trails and experience more of the beauty of the region. “Putting on an event of this size takes a team effort. From the Eureka employees to the volunteers to sponsors like Red Bull, Rockwell Watches, Stephen Wade Dodge, Polaris World and the City Of Mesquite, everyone plays a role in making it a success,” says Ashleigh Mark, the event coordinator. Mark continued, “Each year we do this event we try to make
it the best it can be. We strive to give the majority of people what they ask for – more races, more vendors, more activities, and more fun. We are very excited to be putting together our ideas for next year’s Mesquite Off-Road Weekend so we can continue to give our guests, racers, and vendors an awesome experience.” Plans are underway to make 2015 bigger and better. For all the latest information and photos of the weekend, visit www.mesquiteoffroad.com or www.facebook.com/mesquiteoffroad
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Live “La Dolce Vita” with Uniworld in Italy
by CeleCe seegMiller
When people think of cruising the rivers of Europe, the Danube and Rhine often come to mind. They are often surprised when they find out there is a river cruise and tour offered in Italy. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection now features the Splendors of Northern Italy, Venice, Florence, and Rome. This itinerary combines the best of both worlds: the canals of Venice and a tour on land to Florence and Rome.
This itinerary begins in “The Floating City” known as Venice. What could be better than checking into your luxury floating hotel, Uniworld’s beautiful River Countess? Five nights are conveniently docked in Venice which allows access to all of the wonderful attractions this magnificent city has to offer. On the first day, local tour guides will lead guests through hidden alleys where tourists rarely go to visit the Piazza San Marco, Doge’s Palace, and the Rialto Bridge. The evening is capped off at the most memorable experience; an exclusive visit to St. Mark’s Basilica after hours. On day three, the ship departs for Chioggia for a visit to the walled city of Padua, one of Italy’s oldest towns. Here guests can walk in the footsteps of notable scholars like Galileo and Copernicus at one of the oldest universities in the world. A visit to the Basilica of Saint Anthony is included before the ship departs for Polesella. In Polesella, guests have to choose between a full day excursion to Bologna with an exclusive pasta making workshop or a half day excursion to Ferrara the artistic hub of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and many more. Art or Pasta? Decisions, decisions! Of course, it’s not a bad day when you have to choose between the two in Italy. There is a chance to
relax and unwind on Day 5 with a visit to Taglio di Po (Porto Levante), located on the Northern Adriatic Sea. The Po Delta Nature Reserve features 2 million trees of 150 different species and a delicious seafood lunch is included. Passengers will savor the romance and magic of Verona on a full day excursion. Shakespeare made Verona famous and it has been an important city in Northern Italy for 2,000 years. Verona’s most famous landmark is the pink marble Roman arena where many of today’s famous artists still perform. On the final day in Venice, markets, glassblowers, lace makers, and artists await on a choice of exclusive tours: “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour or a visiting a local arts center. Late that afternoon, guests say Ciao to Venice as they sail through the scenic Venice Lagoon with a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
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On Day 8, say goodbye to the beautiful River Countess and board a luxury motorcoach for the land portion of the itinerary. The first stop features lunch in the beautiful Tuscan countryside en route to Florence where the famous Grand Hotel Baglioni awaits for two nights. Excursions in Florence include a guided visit to the Accademia Gallery and Michelangelo’s David. The walking tour offers a close-up view of Florence Cathedral, the Piazza della Repubblica, Pitti Palace and the famous Ponte Vecchio.
Italy is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance and has given the world the gift of art, music, poetry, architecture, not to mention delicious food and wine. Uniworld gives their guests the gift of 12 nights in this scenic country worry-free. Having all accommodations, transportation, 29 meals, unlimited beverages, gratuities, transfers, 15 guided excursions, and 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites included in one price is an exceptional value and a wonderful way to discover Italy.
While Florence offers incredible works of art, it is also home to works of fashion: Gucci and Ferragamo. Fashionistas will have the opportunity to shop at some of the famous chic boutiques that line the streets.
“Che cosa stai aspettando? Vivere la dolce vita!” - What are you waiting for? Live the sweet life!
Passengers bid farewell to Florence on day ten and stop in the breathtaking Tuscan countryside en route to Rome. Wine tasting and lunch await in Chianti at the Castello di Verrazzano before checking into the Parco dei Principi for three nights in Rome. In Rome, guests visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Arch of Titus, the Villa Borghese, and the Coliseum on the Imperial Rome tour. The “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour includes the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and the Trevi Fountain. Of course, a visit to Rome is not complete without a tour of the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel.
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Donna Watson Named Ms. Senior Mesquite 2014 By Mary Nelson Donna Watson, a wife, mother of two and grandmother of three, was crowned as the 2014 Ms. Senior Mesquite on Saturday March 29, 2014 at the Mesquite Community Theatre. The theater was packed with a standingroom only crowd as Watson was named Queen, Loretta Green, 1st runner-up and Sherry Gosdis, 2nd runner-up. Jo Mollerup was picked as Ms. Congeniality and the other contestants were Terry Blackburn and Donna Hendrickson.
The annual production to select that elegant senior lady to represent our community began with a slide presentation of each contestant’s photos through the years to the present, which delighted the audience. A spectacular Old-Style Las Vegas opening number by the Mesquite Showgirls, All That Jazz Dance Team and Mesquite’s own “Elvis” Doc Nielsen energized the crowd. Always a highlight, three of Mesquite’s finest firefighters in dress uniforms escorted each contestant as they were introduced.
Between talent presentations, evening gown walk and philosophies of life by the competitors, the audience was treated to performances by two Ms. Senior Nevada’s, Mesquite Community Band’s Jazz Trio and Ms. Senior Mesquite 2012 Claudia Nicholas. Not to be out done, outgoing queen, Alecia Sibio, Ms. Senior Mesquite 2013, arrived on stage for her final walk riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by pageant director Larry LeMieux. After the pageant, all attendees were invited to a reception at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery for refreshments, award presentations, speeches, and congratulations to the new queen and her court. Donna Watson is an accredited exercise instructor and performed an aerobic dance for her talent. She is vice-president and secretary for her husband’s business, a hospice volunteer
coordinator, high school mentor, answers a hot-line for abused women and volunteers for a youth group home. Her other interests are golfing, sewing, crewel embroidery, and playing with her granddaughters. What Donna likes most about Mesquite is the weather and the wonderful people that make this town a better place to live.
Editor’s note: View on Mesquite would like to congratulate Donna on her accomplishments and wish her luck in the Ms. Senior Nevada Pageant. Mesquite is proud of you!
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Mesquite Cancer HELP Society “MCHS” 14 Years and Running Strong Mesquite Cancer HELP Society Board of Directors: (Tom Keefe not pictured) Standing: Tom, Stettler, Angela Romano-Fotos, Glen Burton, Joe Parsley, Yoli Bell, Allen Bell. Seated: Dr. Ann Rice and Deby Burton
Today’s research and medical technology has reduced the fear that cancer imposed 50 years ago. Though it still touches many individuals and families there is an ever growing light in the darkness of cancer. The offering of preventative measures, cancer awareness and treatment has grown by leaps and bounds in order to arrest it before it spreads. It is vital that people keep cognizant of any unusual changes to their body and not ignore them. Awareness is a major factor that needs to be reinforced…
Yoli Vernon Bell, our local Cancer Society founder, has gone through her own personal battle with cancer. With a mother who died at age 50 of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, an aunt of Leukemia, 2 cousins who died of breast cancer, a nephew who survived testicular cancer, plus her brother’s daughter currently dealing with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Yoli was only too familiar with the disease. Age 17 her first breast tumor was removed with no emphasis placed on it since it was benign; she had no idea what the meaning of a tumor could hold. January 2000, 33 years later, déjà-vu, another tumor in the right breast only this time it was cancer. Too many family members succumbed to the disease, and now she was faced with her own battle. Totally uninformed, she was feeling isolated with nowhere to turn locally and had no idea what to expect next. This became the catalyst for her to establish the Mesquite Cancer HELP Society, “MCHS”. September of 2000, she began her research. She telephoned and met with representatives from the American Cancer Association to obtain information about charter qualifications. Her focus was on the Virgin Valley and keeping all monies here to help cancer patients in the
immediate area. ACS wanted to charter MCHS but this would mean all funds would go directly to ACS (leave Mesquite). The only alternative was to form an independent organization. This turned out to be more of a monumental endeavor than she expected. She came close to giving it up on numerous occasions, but she could not face being a defeatist. Yoli asked her two friends, Judy Macica and Ann Medlin (who succumbed to Pancreatic cancer, 2004) if they would want to help. Even though no formal paperwork was yet filed, Ann spent $300 helping buy used office furniture that was needed and continued to stand by Yoli and give help where needed. Judy Macica worked with Yoli trying to find office space, plus all three ladies put on small events to see if the support was there. Ann and Judy were made co-founders as thanks for their help. Yoli continued to research how to form a 501c3 organization. She filed and got a state Charter, filled out what seemed like an endless trail of forms, wrote a business plan, bylaws, and played phone tag with the IRS for months. A 3 year financial forecast was drafted by a friend, Mr. Mel Drown, who was also head of finance for the City of Mesquite. After 4 months,
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the IRS approved a 501c3 nonprofit (tax exempt) status for the organization in February, 2001. Maybe it was positive thinking or stubbornness (most likely both) that landed MCHS on Mesquite Blvd. Renting was simply out of the question, no money! Then along came Rich Gillespie, owner of a nutrition store in the Brickyard Plaza. He listened to MCHS’s plight and within half an hour, Rich allowed MCHS to occupy a tiny space where a table, chair, and a telephone represented the office in his little back room (also a stock room). In exchange, Yoli, agreed to run his health food store when he had to be gone. This became the first home for MCHS - setting up their office with wigs and educational materials that hung on Rich’s stock racks - confined as the space was it worked!
Patients came and went, maybe a bit mystified at times giving a little grin and chuckle because of the eccentric location. “I didn’t care,” Yoli now says. “We just wanted to open and start helping people.” Within two years MCHS had numerous fantastic people realize their dream. Randy and Tracey Johnson, Alford, Inc., Chuck Bentley and Pride Contractors bought MCHS their first mobile office. They and their workers spent countless hours moving the office from one part of town to its new location next to what was then Radio Shack. Charlie Goessman donated and hooked up an air conditioner, Mark
Hanson, owner of Mesquite Furniture donated furniture and Kevin Parrish, owner of Mesquite Tile and Flooring, donated carpet. “Without them, and all the supporters who believe in us, we would never have taken the leaps and bounds that now, in 2014, finds us at 150 North Yucca, #36” says, Yoli. Mesquite Cancer HELP Society succeeds through good and difficult times and seeks only to continue providing the type of services that give cancer patients and their families the assistance, knowledge, and fortitude needed to diminish fear and stress to become a SURVIVOR!
MCHS Board of Directors is as follows: Allen Bell, Dr. Ann Rice, Glen Burton, Angela Romano-Fotos, Deby Burton, Tom Stettler, Joe Parsley, Tom Keefe, and Yoli Bell (All are cancer survivors save one who is a caretaker)
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TIME TO RIDE! by ken Cook
it’s been a busy couple of months for the Mesquite bicycle advocacy group. on February 17th, an extensive application for designating Mesquite as a bicycle Friendly Community was submitted to the league of american bicyclists. we expect to be notiﬁed of the results of our application in early May.
On February 25th, the City Council unanimously adopted the City of Mesquite Bikeways Development Plan 2014. The plan is now part of the Transportation Element of the City’s Master Plan, and provides development goals and policies. Special thanks to Richard Secrist, Director of the Planning Department, for his ‘above and beyond’ efforts to prepare the plan for submission. Nancy and Doug Hewett, along with myself, visited Overton on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in early March to watch a new bicycle event. We were able to chat with the event organizer, and met with him recently to discuss bringing a similar event to Mesquite. Preliminary indications are that the event will be held in the Spring of 2015, and could bring as many as 600 cyclists to town for the weekend! You may have noticed a gathering of cyclists behind the Recreation Center early on Saturday, March 15th. This was the starting point for ‘Mesquite Madness’, a series of bike rides with varying distances of 35, 60 and 90 miles. This was the third year that the event has been held in Mesquite, and there were a total of 250 cyclists……an increase of 100 over last year! A growing event that brings out-oftowners to stay and play in Mesquite!
Recently, the Advisory Group met with the Virgin Valley Elementary school staff to help plan ‘Nevada Moves Day’, which took place on March 19th. This event is in its fifth year and is designed to encourage students to walk or ride their bicycles to school. In addition to the health benefits of physical exercise, the event reduces traffic congestion and is a great parent/ child activity. The turnout was great and the students were rewarded with goodies donated by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and Mesquite Regional Business, Inc. (MRBI). A poster contest was conducted, which was won by Kami Jensen’s first grade class. They were treated to a pizza lunch delivered to their classroom and generously provided by Playoff’s Pub and Pizzeria, 551 Mesquite Blvd. Many thanks, also, to the Mesquite Department of Athletics and Leisure Services, and the Mesquite Police Department, which provided Sgt. Mike Van Houten and Officer Darin Wilkins on bicycles to ride with the kids! The event was a huge success, but it was somewhat disappointing to see that the majority of students did not wear bicycle helmets. Parents, please set an example and encourage your children to wear helmets properly when riding. Thank you!!
Finally, to top off a busy couple of months of cycling activity, the City Council unanimously approved a new BMX bicycle track to be constructed across from the Recreation Center. Precautions will be taken to make the area safer for the cyclists, with a new crosswalk and reduced speed limits. You may recall that a local grade school student courageously approached City Council several months ago with the idea as another ‘after school’ activity for our youth. City Council and the Public Works Department acted quickly to find a good location, identify the funding required, and approve the project. Congrats and thanks to Ethan Richards for bringing the idea forward! Be on the lookout for city staff riding around town conducting city business on their new electric bikes, provided free of charge to Mesquite through the RTC’s Electric Bike Program. This will reduce wear and tear on municipal vehicles, and encourage staff to ride the same trails and identify any areas of improvement! Many thanks to Ron Floth, RTC’s Bicycle and Outreach Coordinator, for bringing this opportunity to our attention!
any residents interested in getting involved with the Mesquite bicycle advisory group can contact richard secrist at email@example.com or ken Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org
With Spring in the air, it’s time to dust off the bikes, tune them up, grab your helmets and hit the trails and roads. We are fortunate to have so many miles of ‘pothole free’ streets and trails, thanks to the dedication of Mesquite’s Planning and Public Works Departments. Let’s get out and enjoy our beautiful town!!
Whether you are a professional cyclist or a recreational rider, there is always something going on nearby to fuel your cycling passion. This March, Mesquite hosted Mesquite Madness, a cycling event coordinated by SpinGeeks. This year’s event brought in approximately 275 participants, 70% of those were from out of town. This is a noticeable increase from the year before of approximately 160 participants. The course was changed a little from last year to ensure the safety of the cyclist as well as motorist. As Mesquite becomes more ‘bike friendly’ we are sure to see more of these types of events in our town. Until then, you can always look forward to the events in Mesquite and Southern Utah put on by SpinGeeks, visit their website at www.spingeeks.com for a full schedule.
thanks to the tireless efforts of a few dedicated citizens, 30 years ago the City of Mesquite had the honor of becoming an incorporated city. this was a big undertaking for a township of approximately 900 residents. the residents of this small town took the status seriously and were determined to honor it every year. the ﬁrst celebration was held at the pioneer park and consisted of a parade, picnic and ﬁreworks that evening. slowly the tradition bloomed into the full ﬁve day celebration we now know as Mesquite days. there will be a full carnival with food, fun and vendor booths, a bake-off, parade and many other fun activities to participate in. grab your sunscreen, sunglasses and a friend; head out to one or all of the festivities to celebrate our city and her accomplishments.
Mesquite Days Carnival
May 1st- 4th at Mesquite Recreation Center Park, 100 W Old Mill Rd. The Davis family will bring an exciting lineup of rides, fun games, and tasty food.
Mesquite Days Founders Forum
May 1st 7:00 pm at City Hall, in the City Council Chambers, The Virgin Valley Historical Society will be holding a Founder’s Forum about the early restaurants in the area.
Mesquite Days Sock Hop
May 2nd 6:00- 8:00 pm at the Mesquite Recreation Center gymnasium, 100 W Old Mill Road. Get out your poodle skirts, dust off the old 45’s and cruise over to the Mesquite Recreation Center for a funfilled Friday night Sock Hop!
The Virgin Valley Historical Society Mesquite Days Annual Cookie Bake-off!
May 2nd 6:00 pm at the West side of Mesquite Recreation Center. Be sure to come down and vote for your favorite cookie!
2014 Mayor’s Pancake Social, Sponsored by the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce
May 3rd 8:00 am- 9:30 am at Heritage Family Park, North Arrowhead Lane. The breakfast is free, but donations are appreciated.
Mesquite Days Parade 2014
May 3rd 10:00 am. Gather the entire family and come join the fun and entertainment, be a part of the excitement of the Annual Mesquite Days Parade. The parade will head East on Mesquite Blvd on the south side lanes (City Hall side) of the street. Be sure to get your spot early along the parade route as traffic will be diverted off of the boulevard from Woodbury to Sandhill Blvd.
Mesquite Days Zumbathon®
May 4th from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at Mesquite Recreation Center Gymnasium, 100 West Old Mill Road.
If This House Could Talk
During the Mesquite Days Celebrations, The Virgin Valley Historical Society and Virgin Valley Heritage Museum is inviting the Community to participate in, “If This House Could Talk.” See article on page 46 for more information.
For more information on this and other programs please contact the department of athletics & leisure services at (702) 346-8732 or visit the administrative ofﬁces located at 100 w. old Mill road. stay connected via social media with our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Mesquitenvrecreation. 37
Crooning for a Cause, The Second Annual
A Howling Success! by Mandy Meyer
Who let the dogs out- indeed! On Saturday April 5th, We Care for Animals did just that when they unleashed “We Croon for Critters II”, a reprise of the fundraising Bistro Night party, yes PARTY, they threw last year. While the Canyon Room banquet facility at the Eureka has hosted many a banquet, benefit and celebration, the vibrant supporters of all creatures great and small brought the house down to throw some funding towards the WCFA mission of helping the lost, abandoned, young and old pets of the Greater Mesquite area and the AZ Strip.
Executive Chef Scott McGlinchey led the Eureka team’s effort by providing tasty, innovative finger foods at various food stations throughout the room. On the menu was bruscetta, mini crab cakes, scallops and his action station of Turkey Thai Tacos with a sweet Asian sauce. Ciao Uva Wine’s Scott Hanning was on hand to enlighten the crowd with an array of wonderful wines to sample, learn about, and hopefully purchase in the future. Perks! Espresso & Smoothies came down from St. George and wowed everyone with their tasty cafes and barista knowledge. The Mesquite Showgirls enticed everyone into purchasing raffle tickets to win almost 100 amazing prizes donated by our generous community. The support was humbling! They led the infamous Conga line right down to Margaritaville! Elaine Murphy, Tom Marshall and Sun City “Cruise Director” Deborah Demos donned headdresses to sell 50/50 raffle tickets; some lucky gal took home $400! Silent Auction items were plentiful as well. It featured talent from our local artists, including a work of confectionery art from Danielle’s Chocolates. They graciously donated a decorated Easter basket made entirely of chocolate. They put in hours of work re-creating our beloved Rainbow Bridge,
where our past animals lovingly and eternally wait for us; twenty-three pounds of chocolate in all! Some lucky set of couples will have Chef Scott and Mandy serve them a multicourse Gourmet Wine Dinner later this year. Mandy Meyer, Vice-President of WCFA and the “We Croon” event coordinator, wore yet another hat when she stepped on stage that evening to head the Meyer Family Band, straight in from Montana. Patriarch Bob Meyer serenaded the throng with wonderful memories, with songs like “Sincerely” and “Come Go with Me,” then segued into his Cowboy Hits of Western lore, like “I’m An Old Cowhand”. He and his sons, when not playing a benefit in Mesquite, are the renowned band Montana Blue & the Big Sky Cowboys known for decades throughout the Western Music circuit. They are now delightfully enhanced by the addition of Dan & Brian’s sons Paul and Tom. Tom whisked down right before his upcoming wedding in Billings and Paul grabbed a Greyhound to Vegas from Port Hueneme Naval Base, freshly back from Okinawa. Mandy is lucky to have such a talented and supportive family to back her up while she croons Roberta Flack and Bonnie Raitt or wails Pat Benetar and the Doobie Brothers! Variety was on the menu when this band of three generations covered 8 decades of tunes. If that wasn’t enough fun for you, a looping video featuring the crowd’s own pets had everyone in giggles. (A video of this event can be purchased from WCFA).
thanks to all who attended, donated, worked any facet of it and who won fabulous prizes. it is terriﬁc to see a town come together in such a fashion to support the hard work of a valuable few. and shake it ‘til the cows come home. Well done Mesquite!
TENNIS TNT I have heard many times that golf and tennis are not compatible - but I disagree. Like golfers, tennis players are playing mostly against themselves. They must analyze the course of play plus manage their strengths and weaknesses. As all professional instructors teach in golf, head movement is a problem. The same is true for tennis. Players must stay over the ball to completion and maintain their follow through. When the head moves, the core follows. So in the end your head is in front of the shot. The other part that is similar is that equipment must be up to date and maintained. Unlike the golfer, a tennis player only has one or two racquets to maintain, some shoes, and new balls for each match. In tennis, the player cannot be too predictable. So, if you usually stay back
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on your second serve, change the play with a sneak attack of a serve and volley. In doubles, another interesting play is to hit to the corner of the opponent’s weaker side and move to the net. Also, a drop shot followed by a deep lob keeps everyone off guard. Remember to come to the net when you use the drop shot so you cut off the weak return. Anytime you can hit a deep lob, be sure you move to midcourt. Rules Reminder! Talking while your opponent is hitting is considered a hindrance. Players may only speak to their partner while the ball is on their side of the court. This means that you can and will lose the point if you are not playing in a social setting. Also, if you leave a ball on your court and move it after the point begins, you lose the point too. So clear all balls before play starts.
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MY SUMMER ADVENTURE SPOT by lily van Zant Summer is almost here and that means it is going to get hot, hot, hot! Now is the perfect time to plan a little get away to somewhere cooler, and I know just the place. Picture it: A gentle breeze flows over you and the scent of pine fills your nose. Birds chirping happily and the calming swish of the river fill your ears. Up ahead you can see a cute little cabin waiting for you. This is a little slice of wilderness heaven; this is Big Rock Candy Mountain. The first time I went up there I had no idea what to expect. I mean, everyone reads the brochures and sees the amenities and activities that are supposedly awaiting you, but they never seem to live up to the tri-folded promo. When I pulled up to the lodge I was instantly charmed. What a fabulous location! There is big mountain that towers over the main lodge and a big bear sculpture in the front lawn. When we got in to the cabin we found a clean room, nice bed and a killer view! I would soon come to realize that it wouldn’t have mattered how nice the room was, I was so exhausted from all the fun during the day I could have slept on a rock slab in the dirt!
After we checked in we dropped our bags in the cabin and headed out to take in the scenery. We walked the grounds and saw an old west town and some kind of old water pump house, you know, the kind with the wheel; more on this later. There was a lovely RV park, picnic area and a nice spots for tent camping. All of this was surrounded by beautiful trees, big mountains and the Sevier River.
We headed back to the office to pick out some fun activities for our weekend, believe me, this was no easy decision. We settled on white water rafting and the Adventure Mountain Combo. The float trip, ATV ride, Canopy zip line, mountain biking, etc would just have to wait for another visit; I only had two days! That afternoon we headed over to the old west town. It turns out that it’s not just for show, it’s for a show! The guides and resort employees put on a hilarious show using props, costumes and some pretty darn good acting skills. We were thoroughly entertained and my sides hurt from laughing. After the show we were taught a little bit about panning for gold in that neat old water pump house I mentioned earlier. We wrapped up the evening early with a delicious dinner at their onsite Big Rock Café.
The next morning we woke up early and headed out for our white water rafting trip. We were greeted enthusiastically by our guide, Stoney. We were educated, entertained and soaking wet before we left the shore. His humor and energy is contagious and we were all pumped for the ride. When you first set out on the river you get the feeling you might be in for a smooth ride because it’s so calm at first. But that doesn’t last long. Before you know it you are racing down the river, spray in your face and your stomach in your chest! I’m sure the screams and giggles of me and my raft companions were heard for miles. I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but somewhere along the ride I got a smile that was plastered on my face for the rest of the day. On our final day at Big Rock we set out for Adventure Mountain. The course starts with a walk across a cable bridge, quite possibly the most difficult “walk” of my life! The bridge requires balance
and patience, two things I don’t normally have a lot of. Thank goodness for the safety harness, not that I needed it in the end but it made me feel better. Next you climb across the mountain using a series of hand and footholds until you reach the top where you are met with what I consider the prize. All of your balance and climbing skills are rewarded with a thrilling 400 foot ride down the zip line. I let out a resounding “Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!” all the way down.
sayin something! All in all, one heck of a weekend! Big Rock Candy Mountain didn’t just live up to the tri-fold brochure, it exceeded it. The location is perfect, the staff is awesome and activities they offer are second to none. Big Rock Candy Mountain has become my summer adventure get away, maybe it will become yours too!
That night we stayed up late BBQing with the campers and RV park customers. We exchanged stories about our day and raved about the resort. The RV park customers said it beats every KOA they have ever been in, now that’s
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Celebrating 10 Years of Keeping Care Local by patty holden, FaChe ChieF eXeCutive oFFiCer “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” These words by Margaret Mead have echoed in communities all over our country and in fact, the world. More than ten years ago, it was just such a group in Mesquite who worked tirelessly to recruit a vital addition that would set the stage for continued growth, stability and increased quality of life. An institution that Mesquite and the surrounding areas were hoping for – a hospital with a 24 hour emergency room!
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This small group began meeting during the year 2000. There were many citizens who were involved in the effort to bring a hospital to Mesquite, but this small group did the work of recruiting and interviewing over 20 companies. This group of four included: Charles Gesme, a banker; Bruce Moody, M.D.; Robert Nelson, who had engineering experience and hired engineers for 3-M Company; and Robert Shively, with national experience in health care organizations. They narrowed it down to two companies based on the specific needs of the community. Fortunately for Mesquite, a private company made the decision to make a substantial investment in the community.
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In the years leading up to 2004, Mesquite was growing at a tremendous pace. The population was growing so fast that services could not keep up. Much of this growth was in the senior age group with a growing demand for health care providers and emergency care. In 2002, Mesquite was recognized as one of the fastest growing small cities in the country, which was one of the factors that attracted companies to consider opening a facility in the community. Mesa View Regional Hospital was constructed during 2003 and 2004, and officially opened in July of 2004. The naming of the hospital was the result of a public contest, with a local committee and the hospital company selecting the name out of the suggestions. The hospital logo and colors were selected in the same manner.
The road that the hospital is located on was named after a pioneer in health care in Mesquite. Her name was Bertha Howe, and she was a nurse who provided the first health care services to the Virgin Valley. Her facility was located in the building that is currently the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum at 35 West Mesquite Boulevard, which was used for health care until 1977. Even though the hospital is a private company, there has always been a Board of Trustees made up of local citizens and health care professionals, to oversee the quality and services of the hospital. The first Board of Trustees included: Cresent Hardy, Chairman; Bruce Moody, M.D., Vice-Chairman; Enrique (Henry) Alfaro, M.D.; Jean Elkins; Lon Empey Sr.; Asma Habib, M.D.; Paul Havens, M.D.; Bill Nicholes, Mayor; and Sue Conley, CEO.
has always been staffed by physicians 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The hospital continues to provide a wide range of services including Intensive Care Unit, Inpatient Care, Labor and Delivery, Laboratory, Physical Therapy, Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging, Respiratory, Surgical Services, Skilled Nursing, Telemedicine and Women’s Services.
during 2014 the hospital will be celebrating 10 years of keeping care local. there will be a community reception held in the hospital lobby on June 19th from noon to 5pm, which will include snacks, a program, tours, meet & greet with physicians, memorabilia and fun.
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Grad Night Party The Senior Class of 2014 may have many plans after graduation, but their first night as “Graduates” will be spent with the Mesquite Police Department.
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The Mesquite Police Department wants to give the graduating class a fun filled night at a safe location to spend their time after graduation ceremonies. The evening will consist of entertainment, food, and prizes for the graduates. Members of the Virgin Valley High School senior class along with Mesquite Police Officers will be contacting local Mesquite businesses to ask for donations, which will fund the food, prizes, and money to make this event possible. Each graduate will receive a raffle ticket, which may win them a valuable prize. Some of the prizes may include lap top computers, televisions, and a chance to grab cash in a money wind booth.
The grad party will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the Mesquite Recreation Center. The doors will be open from 9:00 PM until midnight. The doors are locked from midnight to 4:00 AM and NO ONE will be allowed to leave, unless it is with a parent. “The Mesquite Police Department wants to provide a safe and fun environment for graduating seniors,” said Chief Troy Tanner. “Our officers have volunteered their time planning the event and always enjoy spending quality time with our future leaders.” This will be the 10th year the police department has put on the event. For those who would like to donate to Grad Night Out, please contact Officer Craig Empey 702-346-5262 ext #6118 or Detective Gary Erickson at ext #6062 or come into the Mesquite Police Department, located at 695 Mayan Circle.
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HISTORIC MESQUITE with a Self-Guided Tour
erika kuta Marler - MuseuM Coordinator virgin valley heritage MuseuM
There is a little adobe building on the corner of 1st North and Willow that is a personal favorite of mine. It looks a little run down, but historically it’s a gem. This building is the “Old Rock House.” This was the first dwelling in Mesquite and currently the oldest standing structure in the city. The walls are 20 inches thick and the mortar is made from sand and clay. When you walk into the house during the summer you can feel the temperature drop and you can see the different time periods this building has lived through; from the electrical conduits that were added around the 40’s to linoleum floors installed in the 70’s. There are pomegranate trees on the property and the fruit is free to the public when it’s in season. The property is owned by the City of Mesquite and tended to by the Virgin Valley Historical Society. While this old building has had some interesting challenges the Society and City look forward to maintaining it for future generations to enjoy. My first encounter with the rock house was on a guided tour during a special city event with Geraldine Zarate, a native and local historian. Her most recent historical endeavor is her book of the Virgin Valley’s history through pictures, Mesquite and the Virgin
Valley, which contains pictures and wonderful vignettes of Valley history. She is a treasure trove of knowledge and information on the area. She talks with ease about the different sites and her own memories of growing up in the area. Getting a guided tour was an amazing experience. Since the City can’t offer these wonderful types of tours to everyone, the museum offers the next best thing, a free guide of The Historical Walking Tour. The Virgin Valley Historical Society put together plaques that mark twenty-four different locations showing pictures of original structures and an explanation of the building’s original use. For example, #6 in the guide is The Elward Theater, circa 1934; if you didn’t have cash you could use vegetables to pay for a movie ticket. While the building itself has been demolished, the plaque reminds us of what was there in the 1930’s, the town’s only entertainment. Not able to get to the Museum? Not a problem! I am currently working on making a publicly accessible version of the self-guided walking tour on Google Maps. This undertaking was inspired by the “If This House Could Talk” project, first started by The Cambridge Historical Society located in Massachusetts. “If
This House Could Talk” is a community project that highlights the history of buildings throughout a specific town. Through Google Maps I am marking the locations of the sites in the historical walking tour. The map will provide pictures and information about these buildings with the click of a mouse. With Google Maps not only will we make the buildings on the self-guided tour available, we will also be adding historical sites and other buildings as time goes on. Stay tuned! I’m thrilled to be working with the community to share our heritage on and off line and look forward to future endeavors for the museum.
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Another Eventful Year for Partners in Conservation
By Elise McAllister, Administrator for Partners In Conservation (PIC)
Temperatures approaching 100 degrees always signal the end of Partners In Conservationâ€™s (PIC) busy season and gives us a little time to reflect on the past year. What has PIC been doing? Who have we been working with? But first, some may not know who we are. Partners In Conservation is a rural nonprofit in northeast Clark County; we focus on public land, natural resources, and conservation. And, as our name implies, we love to partner with others. Partners come in all forms from governmental entities to businesses to civic, youth, and student related organizations. The Mesquite area is literally blessed with an abundance of generous folks who unselfishly give of their time for many projects and causes. You can find this army of volunteers on any day of the week, giving of their time and PIC is extremely fortunate for the enthusiastic support our projects have received.
About a year ago, PIC had the honor to work/partner with the Eureka Hotel and Casino, Awesome Adventures, and others in the first annual Mesquite Off-Road Weekend. PIC concentrated on planning, mapping, and permitting issues regarding the trail rides on public lands. What a fantastic experience that was! It was a bit of a departure from our usual projects. More typical of what we spend most of our time doing is our projects with the City of Mesquite. For the past three years, PIC has done restoration work along the Virgin River; much of that work has been in partnership with the City of Mesquite. The City was mandated to do mitigation work on riparian land south of the C.A. Hughes Middle School to mitigate for development north of I-15. The City preferred a natural approach for restoring the area so PIC fixated on removing tamarisks which then provided
fertile ground for native trees and shrubs to naturally populate the mitigation site. Tens of thousands of tamarisks have been removed from the area which allows native vegetation to thrive. Take a walk through this 10 acre riparian zone or ride your ATV on the trail that runs through the mitigation site; enjoy this healthy vibrant land teeming with wildlife now that most tamarisks are gone. On any given day you will see quail, lizards, and rabbits scurrying through the underbrush, ducks and water birds flying over the river, and snapping turtles and fish swimming in the shallow edges of the Virgin River. PIC did not remove all those tamarisks by ourselves; it was our wonderful army of local volunteers that did most of the work. Some of the groups that have worked in this area recently are the Virgin Valley High School FFA
organization, the VVHS drill team, the VVHS Student Council (and student body), science classes from the high school, a multitude of scout troops, and various young men and women organizations from the local LDS Wards. Also, the Ikaika Girls Volleyball Team and the Mesquite Kokopelli ATV Club donated many hours on several different occasions. All those volunteers are what made the restoration of the mitigation site such a success! PIC was also fortunate to receive funding from the Walton Family Foundation for additional restoration work that benefits the Southwest Willow Flycatcher. This endangered bird needs a specific habitat of willows and thickets of vegetation growing in wetland conditions. Earlier in 2014, the Virgin Valley High School Football team planted over 900 native willows, cottonwoods, and upland shrubs to help establish this desired habitat for the SWFL. The Nevada Division of Forestry was also an integral partner on this project. Recently, PIC partnered with the Great Basin Institute and the National Wildlife and Fish Foundation on a volunteer day with a strong Careers in Conservation theme. The VVHS FFA once again stepped up and volunteered to remove tamarisks near the Riverside Bridge. After working hard for several hours, the students were presented with some Careers in Conservation ideas to provide them with options to consider as they plan their lives after high school. These Careers in Conservation packets will be available at PIC-attended local events for students and other interested folks during the upcoming year. Another of our favorite projects is teaching the Naturalist class for the local Cub Scout Day Camp each year. These energetic
youngsters spend hours after school learning a variety of skills and lessons. PIC recently finished a fun project, again partnering with the City of Mesquite. Utilizing our recent Nevada Environmental Education and Interpretation certificate, PIC designed four kiosks and nine trail signs for the City’s newly created Sports and Events Complex Trails System. Kiosks detail local history, geology, plants and wildlife, and information about the Desert Tortoise. The trail signs provide information about specific vegetation and critters that live in the foothills. The VVHS Jazz Band volunteered to install those signs. Come admire their handiwork and spend a lovely afternoon hiking along the primitive trails!
Full of super volunteers, wonderful partners, and a variety of interesting projects 2014-2015 looks to be another eventful year. Lucky us! For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please email picorg@mvdsl. com or call 702-219-2033.
That about sums up the past year for PIC: we tend to hibernate (staying indoors, writing grants, etc.) during the hot summer, but in the fall of 2014 we will be calling all our volunteer friends again to start another busy season—we’ll be maintaining and monitoring the City’s mitigation site, leading hikes along the river, holding several workshops about incorporating native vegetation into residential landscaping, planting willows, etc.
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“STAY BACK, YOU'RE NOT MY DAD!” “STAY BACK, YOU’RE NOT MY MOM!” by dena hoFF
If you hear a child yelling these words and see them in a defensive radKIDS® stance, help them! You have come in contact with a radKIDS graduate. radKIDS is the acronym for Resisting Aggression Defensively. radKIDS, Inc. is the national leader in children’s safety. It is a national empowerment program taught locally to children from the age of 5 until their 13th birthday. There are currently four local instructors, Rod Frieling, Dena Hoff, Kimberly and Duane Thurston. In 2007, they attended a class in Las Vegas and had to pass the actual simulation with an instructor in the redman suit. This is the same simulation the children participate in. The radKIDS instructors believe every child is entitled to a realistic and empowering safety education. It is the right of every child in our community to have choices and options when faced with some of the realities of violence in our society. The only way for this to occur is through education. Children
only know what they are able to observe and learn. The radKIDS program is successfully providing choices. The radKIDS class teaches the children many different types of safety and the proper use of 911 calls. The program aims to teach children how to feel empowered by using some or all of the realistic defenses they learn in the class against abduction, harm or assault. They are taught that “no one has the right to hurt you” by bullying or sexual abuse. Children learn not be afraid, but to hit hard, run fast and tell a trusted adult. We’ve heard reports of our students using their radKIDS skills when necessary. The local radKIDS instructors feel strongly about children’s safety. They want to help educate every child in the valley and have worked hard in doing so. Classes were taught at the J.L. Bowler Elementary and the Virgin Valley Elementary Schools for a few years. In this valley, there are approximately 1,000 plus radKIDS graduates. For the last few years, the class has been
taught once during the summer. The instructors believe the radKIDS class is one that children need to repeat whenever possible. Repetition helps prepare them for emergencies. On the last day of class, the parents are invited to attend. They are able to watch their child use some of the defense moves in the abduction simulation with the redman. The child receives a graduation certificate with their picture and fingerprint. This certificate enables the child to attend any radKIDS class in America for free. It can also be used by the parent if the child is missing or abducted. “We are grateful to be able to give this gift of empowerment to the children of our communities,” said Dena Hoff. “We are thankful for the support of Nevada Child Seekers, the parents that get involved and share their time helping with the hands-on simulation, and especially, donations for equipment. We will help our precious children to stand up and shout, “YOU DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT TO HURT ME!”
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Telling your child to be safe is hopeful at best. Training them to think, choose and react is a gift.
You can email us at vvradKIDS@gmail.com or call 346-5827. For more info on the national program, go to www.radKIDS.org A radKIDS class will be taught August 11-14th from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at 100 North Arrowhead. A child must be able to attend the complete class which consists of a total of 10 hours. If they miss one class, they are out of the program. There is a $10 registration fee for one child or $20 for a family. The money will go toward equipment and secure your child’s place in the class. The class for 5-7 years old will have a limit of 25 students. The class for older students, 8-12 years old, will not have a limit. Children not enrolled in the class will not be allowed in the building. Donations for equipment welcomed. We would like to say a special “Thank you!” to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for the use of their facility. We really appreciate being able to hold our classes there the last several years.
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strike your irons & hybrids solid every time Rob Krieger - PGA Golf Professional As long as I have played the game of golf (I started when I was 6 years old) achieving that solid, crisp golf shot, has always been one of the most satisfying feelings and is also what got me hooked on this crazy game. So whenever I struggle with my swing, I remember back to my days as a junior golfer and what I learned from playing with my fathers’ retired friends (Ray, Bob & Andy) just trying to make solid contact with the ball. These “dew sweepers” didn’t always hit it far but they showed me about how they got the most out their unique swings. So if you are topping, blading, hitting behind the ball or having inconsistent distances, this advice from my old friends might be of help to you as it was to me and still is today.
KEYS TO SOLID CONTACT: 1 - Weight Shift – In the back swing the weight needs to go to the back foot & then transfer to the front foot. Ray would say that if you fell backwards on a swing that your game was going backwards too! Always move in the direction of your target and get all your weight on your front foot in your finish. That way your game is always moving forward and not backwards. 2 - Straight Left Arm in Backswing - Too long of a backswing with bending the left arm at the elbow causes the club to start the downswing and for the left arm to straighten prematurely out racing the body back to the ball causing a chicken wing and the body pulling away from the ball at impact. Bob, who was Irish and a little rounder, would say that his swing coach “Budweiser” helped him from over swinging. He said he wasn’t worried about having a few extra pounds because he needed to keep a short backswing so all his power was compressed into a smaller area. That way he wouldn’t waste what little power he had. 3 - Strike Ball First THEN the Turf - Trying to have the club, ground and the ball all meet at the EXACT same time is very difficult to replicate even for a professional, so stop trying to do it. Aim for a spot in front of the ball for your club to hit and the ball will just get in the way. Andy really didn’t like to take divots and with his Hogan Radial irons he couldn’t. He always talked about sweeping the ball off the turf and found that by brushing the ground after hitting the ball, it got up in the air. The club has loft, use it, you don’t have to help it up, even when swinging down on it.
Drill 1 – Left Leg Only Swings with Hold – (For right handed player)
1 - Start by taking your normal stance to the golf ball. 2 - Put right leg next to the left leg so knees are touching and you are on your toe of the right leg and all your weight is on the left leg. Ball will be off your front big toe. 3 - Take the club back keeping left arm straight & without losing your balance. 4 - Hold backswing position for 3 seconds. 5 - Swing down to ball, hit ball then turf and hold your finish for 3 seconds. No balance, then slow down.
Drill 2 – Towel Behind Ball – (For right handed player) 1 - Start with a wedge and place a towel behind the ball (about 3 inches or a 1/3 of the grip of your club). 2 - Put something, like a tee, 2 inches in front of the ball and take a normal stance. 3 - Start with ½ swings and work your way up to full swing, maintaining a straight left arm in backswing. 4 - Concentrate on weight going to back foot in the back swing. 5 - Start your downswing by shifting weight from back foot to front foot. 6 - Strike the ball without hitting the towel. Touch the turf & hit your object in front of the ball. 7 - Try other clubs. As the clubs get longer, your attack angle to the ball will be shallower so the towel should be moved further from the ball (e.g. 9I & 8I-4”, 7I & 6I/H-6”, 5I/H & 4I/H-8”).
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Hotels / Motels Best Western Mesquite 390 N. Sandhill Blvd. (702) 346-7444 CasaBlanca Resort Casino Golf-Spa 950 W. Mesquite Blvd. (702) 346-7529 Eureka Casino Hotel 275 Mesa Blvd. (702) 346-4600 Historic Beaver Dam Lodge RV/Golf Resort (928) 347-2222 Highland Estates Resort 555 Highland Drive (702) 346-0871 Holiday Inn Express & Suites 1030 W. Pioneer Blvd. (702) 346-2200 Siegel Suites 580 Mesa Blvd. (702) 346-4700 Valley Inn Motel 791 W. Mesquite Blvd. (702) 346-5281 Virgin River Hotel Casino 100 E. Pioneer Blvd. (702) 346-7777
Meetings & Support Groups
Alcoholics Anonymous Sharing & Caring AA Groups 150 N. Yucca, Room #18 (Spanish Speaking Meetings) (702) 346-6315 (435) 215-8653 Al-Anon Family Group 150 N. Yucca, Room #18 Jan – (702) 533-3960 Lynn – (928) 347-5478 American Legion 3rd Tuesday – 7 pm Falcon Ridge Hotel 1030 W. Pioneer Blvd
Highland Manor Care Giver Support Service Mesquite Senior Center 2nd & 4th Tuesday - 2-3pm 102 West Old Mill Rd. Terra Shreve (702) 346-7666
Mesquite Arts Council For the Performing Arts 150 N. Yucca, Suite 23 (702) 346-2787 www.mesquiteartscouncil.com
Child Protective Services Hotline (702) 399-0081
Mesquite Cancer Help Society 2nd Tuesday – 2:30 pm 150 N. Yucca, Room #36 (702) 346-0622
City Council Meetings 2nd & 4th Tuesdays – 5 pm City Hall (Upstairs) (702) 346-5295
Mesquite High Rollers Motorcycle Club www.mesquitehighrollers.com
Desert Dames Doris Groene (702) 469-2525
Mesquite Parkinson’s Support Group Charlene Lustig (702) 346-6500
Desert Fox Flyers Radio Control Flying Club (702) 346-3788 Exchange Club of Mesquite Tuesdays – 12:00 noon Salvation Army Office 355 W. Mesquite Blvd., Suite B50 (702) 346-6633 Greater Mesquite Arts Foundation Mesquite Campus (702) 346-1232 Knights of Columbus 1st Tuesday – 6:15 pm Falcon Ridge Hotel 1030 W. Pioneer Blvd.
Mesquite Republican Women 2nd Wednesday – 5:30 pm 840 Hafen Ln (Veterans Center) Janey Castro (702) 613-4159 Mesquite Rotary Club Tuesdays – 12:00 noon 851 Pinnacle Court (Mesquite Vistas Sports Club) Ron Bird – (702) 346-7025 Mesquite Sunrise Rotary Thursdays – 7:30 am Oasis Golf Club Redd Room Jacque Hart – (702) 345-8665
Kokopelli ATV Club Charlie – (702) 345-3672
Mesquite Tea Party 1st Thursday- 7:00 pm 840 Hafen Lane (Veterans Center) Connie Foust – (520) 366-0677
League of Women Voters 2nd Saturday – 10 am Veterans Center email@example.com
Red Hat Divas of Mesquite Chapter 25712 Red Hat Society Sandi Sorenson (702) 345-6770
Mesquite Area Chamber of Commerce 12 W. Mesquite Blvd., Ste 107 (702) 346-2902
Republicans Team Nevada Victory Office 355 W. Mesquite Blvd unit C-80 Contact: Blake Garfield (702) 245-4126
VFW Post 2nd Thursday– 6:30 pm Veterans Center Harold Straley, Commander (702) 346-3268 Vietnam Veterans of America Veterans Center 840 Hafen Ln www.vamesquite.org (702) 345-3361 Virgin Valley Amateur Radio Club Fire Station #2 (at the Airport) Charlie Lum Kee (702) 345-4646 Virgin Valley Community Food Bank Mondays Only 3 pm – 5:30 pm Thrift Store, M-F 9 am – 4 pm, Sat 9am – 1 pm 107 First South (702) 346-0900 Virgin Valley Family Services 51 East 1st North Se Habla Espanol (702) 346-7277
Justice Court (702) 346-5298 Municipal Court (702) 346-5291 Fire Department Emergency – 911 Fire Administration Office (702) 346-2690 Police Department Emergency – 911 Non-emergency (702) 346-6911 Senior Center 102 W. Old Mill Road (702) 346-5290 Recreation Center (702) 346-8732
Mesquite Christian Center (702) 346-5164 Mesquite Lutheran Church (702) 346-5811 Mesquite United Methodist Church (702) 346-4663 Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (702) 346-3390 or 346-0503 River Valley Bible Church (702) 346-0339 Valley Presbyterian Church (702) 346-5683 Golf Courses
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Historic Beaver Dam (928) 347-2222
Virgin Valley Heritage Museum 35 W. Mesquite Blvd. (702) 346-5705
CasaBlanca (702) 346-6764
Canyons (Oasis GC) (702) 346-7820
Conestoga (702) 346-4292
Calvary Chapel of Mesquite (702) 346-7583
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Christian Community Church (702) 346-2698
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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (702) 346-8888
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City Hall (702) 346-5295
First Baptist Church (702) 346-7061
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Summit Mountain Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Holiday Inn Express and Suites . . . . . Back Cover
The Local Pages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59
Hues & Vues. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
The PC Guy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59
Iceberg Air Conditioning & Heating. . . . . . . .57
The Pool Shark LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58
Kitchen Encounters/Classy Closets . . . . . . . . 7
Travel Connection, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
Kokopelli Landscaping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Virgin Valley Artist Association . . . . . . . . . . 59
La De Paws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Virgin Valley Heritage Museum . . . . . . . . . .31
Mesa View Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
Western Exterminator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59
Mesquite Audio & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wild Horse Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Mesquite Ford- Dave Heath. . . . . . . . . . . .57
Wolf Creek Terrace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
AREA EvENTS CALENDAR MAY
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702-346-7006 Suggested Donation $10.00
as Station 8:45 am LAS VEGAS Destinations TO Every
as Station 4:45 pm or sooner
Drop Off& Friday! Departing Monday
Greyhound 9:40 From Mesquite and Glendale. K-Mart Mall 9:35
Departing 3:45 pm 3:30 pm 3:15 pm 3:00 pm
2:00 1:55 Regular Fare $15.00 9:40 St. George Temple 1:50 Suggested Registered Senior Donation9:50 $15.00 Target Shopping 1:45 Red Rock Commons 9:55 1:40 Departing: Mesquite Walmart Zion Outlet Mall 7:45 am promptly 10:00 1:35 Red Cliff Mall 6:00 pm or sooner10:05 Return: Mesquite WalMart Las Vegas1:30 Run Costco 10:10 1:25 Departing: Glendale Station 8:45 am 10:15 Wal-MartGas Shopping 1:20 Return: Glendale Station 4:45 pm or sooner Kohl’sGas Shopping 10:20 1:15 All Times are Nevada
The Cannery West . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:30 am
Main Street Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:45 am
Premium Outlet Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 am
Bellagio/Fashion Show Mall (one stop) . 10:15 am
TO ST. GEORGE Every Thursday!
Suggested Donation $10.00
Departing: Mesquite Walmart 8:45 am promptly Return: Mesquite WalMart 4:00 pm Destinations Drop Off Departing Greyhound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9:40 . . . . . . . 2:00 K-Mart Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9:35 . . . . . . . 1:55 St. George Temple. . . . . . . . . . . .9:40 . . . . . . . 1:50 Target Shopping . . . . . . . . . . . . .9:50 . . . . . . . 1:45 Red Rock Commons . . . . . . . . . . .9:55 . . . . . . . 1:40 Zion Outlet Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . .10:00 . . . . . . 1:35 Red Cliffs Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10:05 . . . . . . 1:30 Costco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10:10 . . . . . . 1:25 WalMart Shopping . . . . . . . . . . .10:15 . . . . . . 1:20 Kohl’s Shopping . . . . . . . . . . . . .10:20 . . . . . . 1:15 All Times are Nevada
Express Routes - Reservations must be made by 4 pm on the business day before date of travel. Call 702-346-7006 for an appointment. See website for daily routes and alternate media information: www.sntc.net E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Southern Nevada Transit Coalition, a Nevada 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in June 2002, who provides public transportation in Laughlin, Boulder City, Mesquite, and surrounding rural communities; accepts contributions and donations which may be tax deductible pursuant to the provisions of section 170.c. of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. 170.c.
mesquite Senior center 102 W. mill road, mesquite
(702) 346-5290 Card & Tile Games Open Pinochle, 8am- 3:30pm (Mon/Wed) 8am- 12:30pm (Fri) Mexican Train, 12-3:30pm (Tue) Dominos, 12- 3:30pm (Tue) Mahjong, 12-3:30pm (Tue/Wed/Thur) 8am- 12:30pm (Fri) Cribbage, 12:30- 3:30pm (Thur) Hand and Foot, 12:00- 3:30pm (Thur)
Senior Law Services 2nd Wednesday of the month from 11:30am to 12:30pm By appointment only. Please call the Senior Center at 3465290 to schedule an appointment.
QUILT GROUP The Quilt Group meets the first 3 Wednesdays of every month. 1st Wednesday: “Sew and Tell” 11:30am to 3:30pm 2nd Wednesday: “Quilting for others” 11:30am to 3:30pm 3rd Wednesday: “Work on your projects” 11:30am to 3:30pm.
ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP MEETING The meeting is held the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month from 2-3pm in the Library Room. For more information contact Terra Shreve at 346-7666
Mesquite Days Sock Hop Friday, May 2nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rec Center. From classic rock to R&B and Doo- Wop, the Sock Hop will offer up a variety of music guaranteed to please everyone. This event will prove to be a fun entertainment experience for singles, couples and families alike. Free Event. Hotdogs, cheeseburgers, root beer floats, French fries, banana splits, sodas and more will be available for purchase.
Lifelong Fitness Exercise Program Spring and Summer session runs from May 5th through July 25th. The session is $40 for Mesquite/Clark Co. residents and $60 for Non-Mesquite/Clark Co. residents. Please contact the Senior Center for a full schedule of classes and times.
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