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November/December 2014 Complimentary Issue

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editor’s letter Dear Readers, Welcome to our Holiday issue. This is the time of year that I realize just how wonderful it is to live in this great town called Mesquite Nevada. The following pages are filled with information about all of our beautiful residents and the outpouring of love and generosity during this holiday season. There are so many charitable events and fundraising opportunities for you to be a part of. I have never known a town so generous and giving. Please make sure to be included in some or all of these events if you are a local or just here for a short visit. Please support all of the businesses here in Mesquite when thinking of your holiday gift giving. As always please visit our website at www. and like us on Facebook to see additional current events that we could not include in this issue.

We here at View on Mesquite Magazine wish you and yours a beautiful holiday season.


Sincerely, Kathy Lee Editor-in-Chief

November 1 – December 31, 2014 Volume 7 – Issue 6 Editor in Chief Kathy Lee Administrative Assistant Jennifer Hammond Copy Editor Cindy Biskup Creative Director & Magazine Design Steven Ruesch Studio SE7EN, LLC Contributing Writers Al Litman Celece Segmiller Donna Eads Gary Moore Harold Straley Helen Houston-Creamer Krissy Thorton Larry Lemieux Linda Faas Lon Allen MaQuade Chesley Michelle Brooks Nikk Zorbas Rob Fuller Rob Krieger Sandra Edmonds Sue Santarcangelo Web Design Trevor Didriksen The PC Guy Advertising Sales Kathy Lee Jennifer Hammond Advertising Email Support Staff Bert Kubica Distribution Ron Wilson Published by View On Mesquite Magazine, Inc. 742 W. Pioneer Blvd, Suite D Mesquite, NV 89027 Office (702) 346-8439 Fax (702) 346-4955 General Inquiries

2007-2014 View On Mesquite Magazine, Inc. No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or part without the express written permission from the publisher, including all ads designed by the View On Mesquite staff. All articles submitted by contributing writers are deemed correct at the time of publishing, View On Mesquite Magazine, Inc. and/or any of its affiliates accept no responsibility for articles submitted with incorrect information.






Features 12 Creative Gifts 18 Holiday Charity 14 Shop With A Cop 26 Strong Women of Mesquite

In this issue 2 4 5 6

Editor’s Letter Why I Love Mesquite View From The Mayor View on Business sonny Boy’s Barbecue

9 Margaritas, The Limbo & Hula Hoops 10 View on Charity round Up for Charity Your Dominant thoughts: Your Key to Your success

22 Cocktail for the Cure 24 It’s Time to Find the Perfect (Golf) Gift 28 View on Travel Burgundy & Provence

32 2014 Best of Fest

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36 Attention Music Lovers 39 Holiday Recipes 40 Jolly Holiday Shopping at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery 42 Mesquite-Toes Step into a New Season 43 Mesa View Regional Hospital 45 1000 Flags Over Mesquite 46 Mesquite Night Out Pictorial 49 Mesquite Veterans Day Parade 50 10th Annual Golf For Kids 52 View on Golf Big swing More Distance... Do’s & Don’ts

16 View on Healthy Lifestyles

34 View on Fitness

64 Senior Center Happenings 3

Why I Love Mesquite The yearning for that “small town community” has always been important to us. After living in Southern California for several years and being part of the “rat race” we decided to move to Mesquite. In 2006 we built a second home in Mesquite but never had any real plans of moving. We enjoyed the coastal weather and beach living, just didn’t enjoy the cost and the amount of time we had to work to pay for it. Our family loaded up and moved to Mesquite in April 2009 with a 2 1/2 year old, 2 cats and no idea how the heat was going to affect us! To say it was an adjustment was an understatement. Since settling in we are “home”. Mesquite is like the Cheers theme song....”where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.” Mesquite is home and we love it here. We love that Julie and Nick at Smith’s know our son’s name, our neighbors bring in the garbage can because they know we sleep late. We love Dave, the local UPS driver who stops by to say “Hello”. I love that Cassie at Ace noticed when I cut my hair! Our “small town community” has become so much more than we hoped for. We have met some of the kindest and warmest people since moving to Mesquite. Our friends are from all over the country but they moved here searching for the same thing….community and family.

I like living in Mesquite because it has lots of recreational activities such as hiking, golf and gaming to name a few. It has a relaxing and stress free atmosphere. There is no traffic and less than 10 traffic lights in the whole city. The weather is great if you can avoid the summer temperatures. This is where a pool comes in handy. I live in Sun City so I am involved in a lot of the activities at that facility. I’ve met a lot of new people and made a lot of new friends. I have lived here since 2008.

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Message from the Mayor It is fall in Mesquite; the snowbirds are back, there’s a chill in the air and winter is on its way. Lucky for us it’s mild and sunny. For those of you who tell me there is nothing to do here in the summer keep reading. With the seasonal change, we make up for the slow hot summer in fall and winter. Mesquite is truly exciting as the temperature drops. There are many annual fall events for our residents and visitors to enjoy. I encourage you to attend the Veterans Day parade and community BBQ at Veterans Park; the Tri-States Marathon for all you runners; with nearly forty years of championship history the Nevada Open Golf Championship at the Palms and Casablanca golf courses; 1000 Flags Over Mesquite sponsored by our Exchange Club; the Community Thanksgiving dinner at the Senior Center; the annual Festival of Trees and

lovers to attend the premier event in November. For more information on all of the above events, check out View on Mesquite’s community calendar. Mesquite is a great community with a number of activities for all ages and interests. I encourage you to attend many of these events and enjoy the holiday season in Mesquite.

kick off of the Angel Tree fundraiser and the City of Mesquite Christmas Tree lighting celebration. I am proud to announce the debut of the newly organized Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra. I urge all music

My wife Phyllis and I, along with the entire staff at the City of Mesquite, wish you a joyous holiday season from Thanksgiving through Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years and any other holiday you observe. Sincerely, Mayor Al Litman


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By lON AlleN A number of years ago when attending our first National Barbecue Association convention the question was asked by the woman who was getting the registration packet “If they even had BBQ where we were from” knowing her real intent, the answer was a prompt reply “well they do now!” For many years it seemed with just a few exceptions you could only get real, authentic slow smoked BBQ by making a pilgrimage to one of the geographic areas of the country where it seems everyone is raised on the art of low and slow, or you could be fortunate enough to be a transplant to one of those areas.

In recent years we have become a BBQ Nation, with the popularity of many new TV programs, competitions, and the resulting education and excitement the backyard barbecue enthusiast is not staying in the backyard, many have perfected their art, recipes and techniques and have decided to take it to the public. One of the results was evident a couple of years ago in the food service industry when BBQ restaurants were listed as the fastest growing segment in the industry. Great BBQ can now be found in many unsuspecting places. That being said we all still have our emotional ties to our first real BBQ dining experience with that “melt in your mouth brisket, tender and moist pulled pork or the mouthwatering sight of perfectly smoked ribs”.


We would argue that authentic BBQ is a very difficult art form to prefect. If your hope is to make a business out of cooking BBQ there are so many variables that must be addressed to get consistent results every time. Who is your audience? Can you relate to their tastes? You must also understand basic business principles. Making great BBQ and running a successful BBQ restaurant are two completely different things, attached at the rib bone; one can lead to the other. We once had a gentleman come into one of the restaurants; he ordered a half rack of ribs, the same ribs we had a difficult time keeping in stock. We were a fast casual place but we always made it a habit to check with every guest as to their dining experience. When approached, a dining guest introduced himself by name then promptly added that he was a certified KCSB judge. He proceeded to point out where we had missed the mark and explained that our ribs would not

place very well in a competition. We explained to him the big difference in cooking for a select few vs. the masses. We explained that it is almost impossible to please every patron who walks thru the door even though that’s our stated goal!. The best that you can hope for is that the majority of patrons have a wonderful dining experience and really loves your BBQ, and the rest don’t judge too harshly. Oh and as we finished our discussion with the man it should be noted he had polished of all the ribs right down to the bone! Now years later we find ourselves still crazy enough to be in the food business, the passion for BBQ and feeding people continues to win out, but being surrounded with like-minded crazies helps. The synergy created by our core team, Scott, Heather, Lon and Jeanne has resulted in the Sonny Boy’s Barbecue Brand. The first location was opened almost four years ago in Cedar City, Utah then we proceeded to open an Express version (Mobile Trailer) in Hurricane, Utah almost three years ago. One year ago we took the opportunity to move our Express operation into a brick and mortar building in Hurricane. The craziness continued this past June when we opened a small place in Mesquite, Nevada at Exit 120 in the Mesquite Travel Center. We are currently looking for the right location in St. George, Utah as well as other strategic locations. Sonny Boys also attends many events and sells our products. We cater weddings, family

view on BUSINESS events, and large groups with multiple meals over several days. Yes, we find ourselves quite busy. Scott unfortunately has inherited (and added to) my passion for BBQ. He is now the force behind the quality of our product and has helped propel us to new levels thus enabling us to receive the “Best Of State” for Texas style BBQ in Utah for the past two years now. Scott and Heather have also dabbled in the competition circuit and were invited to participate with one of the winning teams at Memphis in May. They are heavily involved with SUU and do a lot of catering for many activities and events there as well as the rest of the Cedar City community. It is Sonny Boy’s privilege to help in our respective communities and feel that it is our responsibility to “give back” and help not only by employing people in our area but also by sponsoring, supporting and feeding. It is one of the keys to our success! One of our busiest times is fast approaching, with the holidays just around the corner; we are gearing up for lots of events and parties. Some customers order bulk quantities and and pick up, where others ask for delivery and set up, and others prefer for us to provide full service catering. We have found that everyone really likes the Buffet Style Line we prepare, lends itself to BBQ very well. Not just Barbecue! Even though we lead with traditional BBQ, for several years now we have provided several great products and services that are in high demand. Starting about the first of October all stores began pre-selling fresh; brined, smoked

whole turkeys, turkey breasts and hams for pick up, hot and ready to carve on Thanksgiving Day or any day. Because of the limited time slots and capacity we usually sell out quickly. We provide this service thru New Year’s Day. For those who don’t want the mess on Thanksgiving Day the Cedar City and Hurricane locations will be serving a full traditional Thanksgiving meal, buffet style, all you can eat! The only disadvantage is no leftovers! BBQ is for everyone! If you have never tried authentic BBQ you are in for a treat. All of our meats are slow smoked for up to 14 hours, and served “naked” like the saying goes “if its covered in sauce their hiding something” At Sonny Boy’s the meat stands alone, our homemade sauces are your choice! We also have a large following of customers that can’t get enough of our fresh made signature sides; all made in house every day. Come see what’s Smokin’ today!

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Round up your power bill to support your local schools! A year ago two high school athletic coaches from Moapa Valley High School approached the Overton Power District #5 about the possibility of starting a program to help fund high school sports and other school activities.

Head basketball coach and Spanish teacher Dallas Larsen had lived in northern Nevada where the Wells Rural Electric Company established the Next Dollar Foundation in 1995. The foundation has received almost $200,000 in donations from Wells’ power customers who chose to “round up” their bills to the next dollar. That money has been invested by the foundation in public projects throughout the communities within the service area.


Larsen asked if the Overton Power District had the ability to implement a similar program and if they would consider doing it to support local schools. Larson, supported by science teacher and fellow coach Shane Hickman, presented some ideas on how the program might work and how funds could be distributed. They also suggested that if the program was implemented that Virgin Valley High School in Mesquite should also participate. While the schools are still working out the fine details of how they will handle the funds, the district’s board voted at their January 2014 meeting to adopt the program. Overton Power District General Manager Mendis Cooper explained that the district uses the same software that many cooperative power companies use. It is designed to be able to split payments into separate categories which not only make it possible to separate funds for the round-up program, but

it could also earmark funds for one valley or the other. “Our software is set up …to make this a pretty seamless operation,” states Cooper. Each valley has its own plans. The Virgin Valley High School previously had a Student Support Committee to handle donations to school programs. Vice Principal Jaydell Wilson indicated that a similar committee would likely be formed to decide where the monies collected through the round up program should be spent at the high school. Funds would also be disburse to the grade schools and middle school in Mesquite and Bunkerville. In the beginning Moapa Valley plans to concentrate on high school programs. To date the funds collected are still in the accounts at the power district, slowly accumulating. The Virgin Valley/ Mesquite account has 182 contributors who have “rounded-up” $420.00. The Moapa Valley has 101 donors who have given $160.00. Since each donor will contribute less than $12.00 a year the program’s success hinges on public awareness and participation. Romero, the district’s Assistant General Manager says they are trying to help get the word out. “We went to an open house at the Moapa Valley High School a few weeks ago and signed up about 50 people.” Reflecting on that success Cooper added, “We’ll probably attend a few football games in both valleys to try and get more participation and see if we can’t make the program a little more significant.” When asked if customers could donate additional funds towards the school when paying their power bills, he explains that as much as they would like to do that, “… our software is not set up

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to handle things in that fashion…” He suggested that those wishing to help with general donations or one targeted to a specific program, contact the school directly and find out how to donate. For more information visit OPD’s webpage at and click on the “Round Up for Education” banner in the center of the page. To follow what is happening at OPD visit us on Facebook and Twitter. To sign up for “Round Up” customers can e-mail They can also call or drop by their local Overton Power District #5 offices located at 731 Turtleback Road, Mesquite, (702) 346-5710; or 615 N. Moapa Valley Blvd., Overton, (702) 397-2512.

for more information about making donations directly to school programs contact Jaydell Wilson, Vice Principal of Virgin Valley high school in Mesquite at (702) 346-2780. In Moapa Valley contact Pledger soloman, Assistant Principal, or heather larsen at Moapa Valley high school at (702) 397-2611.


Check the suggested “use by” and “best by” dates on your donations and consider whether or not the item is still likely to be fresh or usable (this applies especially to snack items, milk products and perishables).

2. Check the condition of the packaging. If cans are bent or boxes crushed the food bank may not be able to distribute the products. 3. Understand the “mission” of the food bank you are donating to. Can they use or distribute what you would like to provide to them? If you are uncertain, contact the facility and ask what they really need. 4. What do you plan to donate? Are you cleaning out your cupboard of general items or are you planning to donate for a “special event”? While all food banks appreciate any donations, many prepare special packages of foods for specific events or holidays. If you are donating over the holidays you may want to ask the food bank what items they need to complete their packages.

5. Give cash. While this does not seem as satisfying as bringing in a flat of can goods or boxes of quick serve staples, it is often the best gift. Food banks know their needs and can purchase products in bulk, often at major discounts, from many providers. This can be especially important near holidays when food banks are trying to fill specific needs.



When This You See, Remember Me By heleN hOusTON CreAMer yourself. Almost any herb can be grown outdoors such as mint, lemon grass, chamomile or peppermint just to name a few.

Making and giving creative gifts to your guests for your Christmas party can set your event apart in a busy season of celebrations. Use a mix of standard traditional gift ideas with new or unusual ideas to make your party the highlight of the season. Party favors as well as host gifts are meant to elicit fond memories of a special occasion and for the hosts and guests to show gratitude for sharing time together. With all the parties you will attend from now to the New Year, and all the host gifts you will want or need to give, you’ll want to set your gift apart. Giving a gift you have made is often the most appreciated gift, it shows you gave some thought to who the host and hostess really are.



Infused sugars are ideal for your holiday soiree. They’re versatile and can be customized to a specific region’s flavor with ingredients like vanilla beans, espresso beans or even exotic fruits. For an added touch to make your gift even sweeter, attach a tag to the canister with a special family recipe that includes their new infused sugar. Directions: Choose an ingredient (suggestions: whole coffee beans, vanilla beans, lavender or citrus zest). Let the ingredients dry out on wax paper overnight before adding them to the

sugar. In a sealed container, layer the sugar with your ingredient of choice. The sugar will take a few days to infuse, so keep the containers tightly sealed.

CUSTOM-MIXED TEA Whether you’re searching for the perfect hostess gift or a memorable way to send off partygoers, they won’t re-gift this creative holiday party favor. If your friend or family member enjoys a cup of hot tea, preparing a custom blended tea for them will be a gift they will truly enjoy and something that is simple for you to do for them. Doesn’t the sound of blueberry, orange cinnamon or vanilla tea sound great?! These are just a few of the thousands of combinations of fruits and herbs you can use to make your own special blend of tea. In composing these flavorful tea blends, make sure your dried spices and herbs are not stale. If you have herbs in your garden it is very easy to dry them

When making your tea blends, use home-dried herbs or purchase new containers of herbs just before blending. To dry herbs, hang them upside down in bundles in a warm breezy place until they are bone dry. All herbs should be stored in tightly closed jars or tins in a dry but not too hot place. Whether you use home-dried or store bought herbs they should be crumbled before use to release the flavor and aroma. Mix your herbs in glass bowls as metal and plastic can give them an off taste. You can also use flavored oils and blend them with your tea. Make sure the oils you use are food safe. Oils such as peppermint, mint, lemon and almond are some of my favorites. Before You Start: Select and prepare containers first. Any inexpensive little tin wrapped with raffia or a bow would make a lovely gift. You can use glass canisters with tight fitting lids or even fancy bags or boxes that you can print yourself. Make sure if you are using boxes or bags for your teas that you put the tea blend inside a sealable plastic bag to preserve the freshness. The recipes below can be adapted to use whatever fruits, herbs or spices you wish to use.

Orange Cinnamon Tea Blend 1/4 pound Ceylon tea 4 tablespoons diced dried orange rind 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon Mix all ingredients together. Put in your tin or jar and label with instructions if giving as a gift. Use 1 teaspoon per cup of boiling water and steep 4 to 5 minutes. Garnish with orange peel. Delightfully fresh and spicy tea.

Rose Hip and Lemon Tea Blend 1/2 cup dried rosehips 3 teaspoons dried lemon peel This tea is naturally rich in vitamin C. In a bowl crush seeds and pulp of dried rose hips and add the dried lemon peel. Mix together well. Place blended tea into your container and label with instructions if giving as a gift. Use 1 teaspoon per cup of boiling water and infuse about 8 minutes. Sweeten with honey, if desired, or add a thin slice of lemon.





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During their spree the officers and children enjoy one on one time together picking out gifts for the child and the child’s family. After the shopping carts are full, the gifts are purchased, and shopping excitement is over, they are off to the Elks Lodge to eat lunch, meet Santa, and get a special photograph with their new cop buddy. It is hard to say who enjoys the special day more, the big tough cops or the thankful children? The thought of a child not having any gifts to open on Christmas morning is too much

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Your Dominant Thoughts:

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By Nikk Zorbas As the holidays approach our spirits start to rise with the sense of goodwill and anticipation for the New Year, offering a renewed opportunity for positive change, achieving our goals, and becoming our best selves. For many of us this feeling is temporary and slowly withers away after the holidays as we regress back to our regular routines and habits. Imagine if you could maintain your high spirits and conviction to change and grow all year round. What would your life look like? Would the book you’ve always wanted to write be a reality? Would you travel more? Start that business you always dreamed of? Be in the best shape of your life?

Have you ever set out with great intentions of accomplishing goals that would improve your life, and not followed through? If so, you know that intentions don’t always translate into action. Do you know why? Because the goal was never considered to be a top priority.


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Consider this: I asked a friend who was having some problems, “Would ten thousand dollars fix this situation?” He enthusiastically said, “Yes!” Then I asked if he could make ten thousand dollars in the next month. “Probably not,” he answered. I then said, “If you were dying and the only way to save your life was to come up with ten thousand dollars in the next month, would you find a way to do that?” Of course he said he would! The point is, in order to achieve anything worthwhile you must give it a high degree of importance. Whatever you’ve always dreamed of doing, it won’t get done unless you consider it important enough to be a top priority in your life. Charles Lindberg, the first man to fly across the Atlantic; Benjamin Franklin, whose inventions and writings improved the lives of everyone; Pablo Picasso, who inspired the world with his masterpieces; they all gave great importance to what mattered most to

them, and their goals became the focal point of their lives. No doubt they thought about their goals practically every waking moment. So the question is what are your most dominant thoughts? What consumes your brain activity? In today’s society people seem to be more interested in what’s going on with the lives in a reality show than what’s going on in their own life. They don’t seem to care that their kids are giving more attention to video games than their school work, or to developing social skills. If this sounds familiar, the focus needs to return to your inner circle, not what’s going on in an imaginary world or one that has absolutely no relevance to your own life. I encourage you to identify what’s truly important for you to be, do, and have in your life. Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out

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view on HEALTHY LIFESTYLE why.” I’ve discovered that many people have decided to forgo giving importance to their “why”; in other words, what would truly fulfill them, their true purpose. To help identify your goals and your purpose, put some thought into why you are here. What do you want to accomplish in this life? What do you want to leave behind? Here’s another way to think of it: Ask yourself how you would like to be thought of by others. How would you like them to describe you? Then consider what you must do to become that person. For example, if you want to be known as a thought leader in your field, then you must… what? What are the concrete steps you must take? Don’t wait for the New Year to start on your path to achievements—you can start right now! 1. Each day set a goal, which when completed would make your day a success. 2. If the goal would take more than a day to bring to fruition, write down the date of its expected completion. Always have a deadline for completing goals. You can set a






goal only if you also set a date for its completion. Write down how you will benefit from achieving that goal, as well as how it will benefit others. This will help keep you motivated. Narrow your focus. Focusing on too many things at once will only clutter your mind and overwhelm you. Invest the majority of your time on the tasks that will add the most to your life. When making decisions, ask yourself, Will this bring me closer to my goal? Remove any distractions that attempt to hinder your growth and achieving your goals. Always project energy when speaking about your goals and life’s work. When asked what you’re working on, refrain from using ambiguous words like “stuff.” Always be specific; this gives your intentions value and importance. Never

downplay what you do and what’s important to you. 8. Consider your goal important enough that you will constantly redirect your thoughts to it. A tremendous amount of energy and potential is released when you give something the highest degree of importance. There are only two things you ever have to do in life; you have to die and you have to live until you die. What you do in between is up to you. You can be, do, or have whatever you want as long as you make it a priority. What you think about becomes what is most important to you. That said, for the next 30 days pay close attention to your most dominant thoughts. Each night write down whatever you thought most about during the day, and see if your thoughts are being directed to what you truly want. We become what we think most about. Think wisely!

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Community Thanksgiving Dinner The Mesquite Senior Center will once again host a Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, November 26th, from noon to 6 p.m. The dinner is available to all Virgin Valley residents. Meals will also be delivered to the homebound. This holiday dinner is made possible by the generous donations from local businesses, charity groups and residents. Volunteers are needed to cook, serve, clean-up and help with deliveries to the homebound. This special event requires detailed planning so all volunteer positions need to be filled prior to the day of the dinner. No walk-in volunteer help please. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer, please contact Krissy at the center or by phone at (702) 3465290. The center is located at 102 W. Old Mill Road behind the Mesquite Recreation Center and north of the Mesquite Library.

n November 19-22, 2014 Festival of Trees

Opening ceremonies for the 18th Annual Festival of Trees sponsored by the Mesquite Arts Council will be held at the Casablanca Events Tent at 6:00 p.m., November 19, 2014. “Dashing through the Snow” is this year’s theme. The Arts Council has added two additional categories for wreaths and gingerbread houses. Crafters are invited to bring displays for one or all of the categories.


Hospital, the Chamber of Commerce, Mesquite Lutheran Church, Mesquite Senior Center, Mountain America Credit Union, Nevada State Bank, Bealls, and Walgreens. Gifts will be distributed to the families on the morning of December 18, 2014 at the Casablanca Event Tent.

n October 6 – November 24, 2014

Set-up will be from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. on November 17-18th. The Festival of Trees will be open to the public Wednesday November 19th, 4–8 p.m.; Thursday, November 20th, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, November 21st, 2- 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 22nd, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. For more information to enter a tree, wreath or gingerbread house in this year’s Festival, please contact the Mesquite Arts Council office at (702) 346-2787 and leave a message or call Aleta at (702) 461-1403.

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n November 21 – December 8, 2014

n November 24 – December 24, 2014

The Angel Tree gift drive kicks off at the Annual Festival of Trees. The Angel Trees will be setup in businesses throughout the community from November 21st through December 8th. This year each child will have two gift tags on the tree, one for a piece of clothing and a second for a toy. You can select both tags for the child or select one of the two items that fits your budget. This year the hope is that no child’s wish is left behind!

Keeping the 123 year tradition alive, the local Salvation Army will again have kettles available in four locations this year for donations. The Kettle Drive is the largest fundraising effort for the Mesquite Salvation Army and the family oriented programs they provide. All donations remain in Mesquite and this year’s target fundraising goal is $50,000.

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Toys for Tots provides toys and gifts for deserving children so no child goes without at Christmas. Applications will be taken Monday -Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Salvation Army offices in the Brickyard, 355 W. Mesquite Blvd., #B-50. After November 24th applications for toys can be submitted online at Toys will be distributed the afternoon of December 18, 2014 at the Casablanca Event Tent.

Salvation Army Kettle Drive

This year the kettles will be located in front of Smith’s Food and Drug, Lees Liquors and Walgreens starting November 24, 2014 and in front of Walmart starting November 28, 2014. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at all four locations.

Mesquite is the only community in the area that has 100% volunteers for the The kettle drive. Anyone interested in giving one or more hours “ringing the bell” for the Salvation Army Kettle Drive, please call (702) 346-5833.

Food Banks and Food Drives

n November 3 – December 5, 2014

Virgin Valley and Moapa Valley Schools Food Drive / Overton Power District #5 For the past 4 years Overton Power District #5 has held a food drive in the Virgin and Moapa Valleys in conjunction with local elementary schools. Food collected is donated to local food banks in Mesquite and Moapa Valley. OPD donates prizes for the students to win to encourage them to get donations.This year the drive has been expanded to include all grade levels. Donations can be made at all schools in the Virgin Valley and Moapa Valley. Donations will also be accepted at Overton Power District #5 offices located in Mesquite at 731 Turtleback Road and in Overton at 615 N. Moapa Blvd. Donations in the Virgin Valley will go to the Virgin Valley Food Bank and The Salvation Army Family Center. Donations in the Moapa Valley will go to Cappalappa Family Resource

Center. For more information contact Keith Buchhalter at (702) 346-5710 in Mesquite, or Randall Ozaki at (702) 397-2512 in Overton.

n November 15, 2014 Boy Scouts Food Drive

Local area Boy Scouts will hold a food drive on November 15, 2014. Friday, prior to the drive the Boy Scouts will be going door to door dropping off yellow bags for residents to fill with food donations. They will collect the bags on Saturday. The Boy Scouts will also be accepting food donations at a number of local businesses including Smith’s Food and Drug from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.on Saturday. Donations will be distributed to The


The Virgin Valley Food Bank will maintain normal scheduled hours for the Emergency Food Program during the holidays. The food bank is located behind Mesquite Plaza (formerly the Bulldog Plaza) at 103 W 1st South St. Business hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information on how to donate or volunteer call (702) 346-0900.

n December 18, 2014

Salvation Army’s - Angel Tree Food Gifts The Salvation Army will provide Angel Tree families with a box of food when they receive the Angel Tree gifts at the Casablanca Event Tent on December 18th. Salvation Army in Mesquite and food banks in Littlefield and Beaver Dam.

n November 25, 2014

Virgin Valley Food Bank Turkey Tuesday The Virgin Valley Food Bank will provide food for Thanksgiving dinner to qualifying families on Turkey Tuesday; the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Food Bank Manager Leslie Montgomery credits the giving nature of local individuals, community organizations and the support of local businesses for providing the holiday meal and the operation of the food bank possible.

The Salvation Army also maintains a food bank in the Brickyard Plaza, 355 W. Mesquite Blvd., #B-50. Hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Those seeking assistance receive food as well as counseling, training, and other assistance available through the Salvation Army office. If your organization sponsors a holiday event or food drive and is not included in this article, please let us know so we can include you in future issues. Send an e-mail to

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October 3rd the eureka Casino resort hosted yet again an amazing event; Cocktail for the Cure. This event raised awareness and financial support to continue the fight against breast cancer.

The 2nd annual Cocktail for the Cure was held at the season’s ultra lounge by the eureka Warrior Volunteer Team. DJ Number Juan entertained guests throughout the evening with music for all ages. The evening’s festivities included Bra Pong, the Best Pink Outfit Contest and the survivors Dance.


The event drew over 200 participants including local residents, visitors, survivors and business leaders. 100% of tickets sales were donated to The Mesquite Cancer help society, st. rose Dominican hospitals, and The susan g. komen foundation. The proceeds from the special pink cocktails made by the beverage mixologists were also donated. The eureka Casino resort staff look forward to next year’s Cocktail for the Cure!

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The first is one of the coolest gadgets we’ve ever carried. Gadget being a huge understatement as GAME Golf is a complete golf shot tracking system for personal use. GAME Golf is comprised of small tags that you pop into the top end of your grips. The tags work in conjunction with a small device that you clip on your belt or somewhere on your person which works directly with a computer interface or smart phone app. After each shot you simply tap your club grip against the device and, viola! You have just recorded what club you’ve used and tracked the shot! When your round is complete you

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A native of Southern California, Darlene moved to Mesquite, Nevada in 1995 with her husband Ed and children Eddie, Anthony and Karli. The biggest dilemma for Darlene making this big move was assuring that the school system was good. Her two oldest children attended a parochial school in California. They were great students and the education was top notch. Growing up Darlene did not consider going to a large University, but she always had big dreams and was a very hard worker. She was raised by her mother and stepfather who were business owners and taught her that she could have everything she needed and wanted with good work ethics and business sense. After several years of working at her parents businesses when Darlene turned 16 she was so excited to get a car. It was a 1972 Ford Pinto and along with the car her stepfather gave her the payment book. Although she did not realize it then, she realized later that this was another lesson that her parents were teaching her... responsibility. At 19 she decided she wanted to relocate to Boston, MA and see a bit of the east coast and maybe take a class or two at a local community college. Darlene was able to secure a job for the Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Massachusetts and complete a semester of college. After two years of freezing cold weather it was not hard to make the decision to move back to sunny California and to the beaches she loved as a child. At the age of 21 Darlene met and a year later married, her husband Ed. Within a span of

ten years she had three children and became a business owner. For over eight years Darlene, her husband and another partner owned a sports lounge/cocktail bar in the San Gabriel Valley. It was hard to begin with, but Darlene very quickly learned how to run a business by doing payroll, inventory, ordering, marketing, getting to know her customers and even the occasional bartending when needed.

After moving to Mesquite Darlene started working for the Oasis Hotel and Casino for four years in the Human Resource Department starting as an entry level clerk and leaving as the Employment Office Manager. Those were the glory days at the Oasis working for Sherry Redd Green and her husband Alan Green. With not much thought to ever leaving the Oasis, Darlene received a phone call one day from an acquaintance that was the coordinator at the college and asked if Darlene would be interested in taking over her position as she


was relocating back to Las Vegas. Fast forward to 2014 and for the last 14 years Darlene has been the Site Coordinator for the College of Southern Nevada in Mesquite and in the last two years has been overseeing the Moapa Valley CSN Center. Darlene went on to receive her degree in Business Management while working full time and keeping a keen eye on her children and their education. One thing Darlene always knew for sure was that all three of her kids would get college educations no matter what she and her husband had to do. After 32 years of being room mother, team mom, PTO Vice President, taxi driver and chief bottle washer, she is happy to announce that all three of her children have graduated college from University of Nevada Las Vegas, New York University and Stanford University Law School. The last 14 years have been both exciting and exhausting with all of the committees and boards Darlene has served on including Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Mesa View

Hospital Board of Trustees, Healthcare Coalition, Mesquite Resort Association, Dollars for Scholars, City of Mesquite Economic Development, Leadership Mesquite and Parent Advisory at Virgin Valley High School to name a few. Although she is not spread as thin as she once was, Darlene is still active with several committees and loves being a part of the Mesquite Community and has made some lifelong friendships. Camping and water sports were once her passion, but she now prefers a motorhome, hotel and a nice heated pool. With Darlene’s career heading on the downswing and retirement hopefully in the next few years; and her children spread out in Nevada, Texas and California all she can think about is spending time with her family, two young grandsons, traveling and one day visiting Graceland! View on Mesquite is proud to spotlight Darlene!

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After twenty three years, thousands of miles, and more hotel nights than I care to count, I can honestly say I just returned from my best vacation yet. For thirteen days, I had the pleasure of cruising on the Rhône River with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. We sailed through beautiful Burgundy and Provence followed by a short stay in Paris - too short, I might add. This vacation of a lifetime began in Lyon, France where I boarded Uniworld’s newest addition, the S.S. Catherine. This luxurious floating boutique hotel was christened on March 27, 2014 and accommodates just 159 guests. Decorations include original commissioned and antique artwork alongside exquisite details. A magnificent Murano chandelier decorates the lobby alongside a glass elevator, which features a waterfall cascading down one side. The S.S. Catherine is home to a signature Bar du Leopard, Van Gogh Lounge, elegant Cézanne Restaurant, cozy bistro, coffee and tea bar, swimming pool, Serenity River Spa, fireplace and fitness center. The S.S. Catherine serves highquality cuisine made from the finest ingredients. Daily visits are made to the local farmers’ markets and wineries so guests may enjoy gourmet dishes with local flavors for every meal. Combine all of this with the fact that Uniworld is the truly only all-inclusive river cruise company and you have the best of the best.

Guests sailing with Uniworld have their choice of several tour options each day (all included of course). The tours are based on activity level and special interests. I never thought I would be kayaking under the arches of the twothousand-year-old UNESCO -designated Pont du Gard (a Roman aqueduct) on the Gardon River or hiking to the top of a vineyard for a stunning view of the Rhône River Valley. In Lyon I discovered - La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière. Fourvière is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, who saved the city of Lyon from a cholera epidemic sweeping Europe in 1643. Perched on top of the Fourvière hill, the basilica sits impressively over the city of Lyon, from where it can be seen from many vantage points and has become a symbol of the city. To me, Fourvière was more impressive than any of the other cathedrals we visited including Notre-Dame de Paris. Located in the heart of Burgundy, Chalon-sur-Saône is the center of the French wine trade and their wines are celebrated around the world and onboard Uniworld. It was here I had the pleasure of visiting Beaune followed by a visit to Chateau de Rully, a castle from the 12th century. We were greeted by Count Raoul de Ternay in his wine cave where he hosted a tasting from his vineyard followed by a traditional French luncheon served by his beautiful wife. I discovered what real Beef Bourguignon tasted like and it was one of my favorite meals. Before we left,

the count treated our group to a tour of his impressive castle. Viviers welcomed us with a lovely organ recital in the St. Vincent Cathedral. We enjoyed music composed by Bach, Puccini, and Handel. Viviers was founded in the fifth century and stone houses that date back to the Middle Ages still line the tiny streets today. Our group had the pleasure of touring the private home of our tour guide Francis who treated us to a wine and cheese reception on her rooftop garden where colorful flowers and olive trees were abundant.

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There are not enough words to describe the beauty, history, and culture travelers discover on Uniworld’s Burgundy and Provence itinerary. Perhaps one French word sums it up best: “Magnifique!”

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Mesquite can now confidently state that it hosts a top-notch film festival. Doubling the audience in its second season, the Best of Fest Film Festival wowed fans with its offering of short and feature-length documentaries. Films shown at the fest were hand-picked from hundreds of movies submitted to the DocUtah Festival, created by Dixie State University (DSU) in St George. The Mesquite fest spooled through 21 films. They told stories all the way from a kid’s-eye view of life in the North Dakota oilfields to the triumph of a courageous Jordanian woman who departed from tradition to educate herself as the manager of a solar power project, changing lives for her entire village. From pathos to soaring inspiration, visceral reactions to the messages on the screen were felt by every viewer.

This Fest was special in other ways. The headliner film of the four day festival told a story close to the heart of Mesquite. In addition to providing meaningful, educational entertainment for the community, proceeds from the Best of Fest were directed to the Mesquite Reads program to help local school kids attain a strong base of reading skills. Indeed, Best of Fest was the “reel deal” in serving Mesquite and movie lovers.


A welcome party and free screening of “My Father’s Highway” kicked off the Best of Fest at Mesquite’s Redd Hills Cinema on Tuesday, September 9th. The screening was a unifying event for viewers from Mesquite and St George. “My Father’s Highway,” was produced by the DSU Cinematography Department. It tells the story of the workers who built Interstate Highway 15 through the Virgin River Gorge, the serpentine ribbon of impassable deep canyon that formerly isolated St George, Utah, from Nevada. Indeed, Highway I-15 is now the artery of commerce for the entire region, linking Mesquite, the Arizona Strip, and Southern Utah to the west coast and all points north and east. The road is both a source of pride and a thing of awe to

residents who know its importance in their lives. Its story is one of valor and heartbreak, tearing the hearts of all who remember that a young father lost his life in a construction accident during the 1970s building project. Making “My Father’s Highway” was a longtime dream of DSU film professor, Phil Tuckett. Like so many others, Phil has marveled at the incredible feat of constructing that stretch of road, still the most complicated and expensive segment of the interstate highway system. Phil, an Emmy Award-winning ESPN Sports film producer, “retired” to St George where he heads the University’s Cinematography Department. This movie was produced as the 2014 class project, with final touches completed only hours before the DocUtah Festival opened on September 2nd. Thus, the multiple showings of the film in Mesquite drew hundreds of people from St. George who did not have the opportunity to see it in their hometown. Ernie Hoffman, Manager of Redd Hills Cinema in Mesquite, summed up the success of the Fest, saying, “It took our whole team of sponsors to make this festival a success. The Eureka Community Initiative, Redd Hills Cinema, Ken Cook, and DocUtah brought it all together. The 24 volunteer film screeners in Mesquite spent hours previewing entries. They played a big part in selecting quality films that appealed to DocUtah and Best of Fest audiences.”

Teamwork was in evidence as Executive Chef Scott McGlinchey stepped up to Emcee events when Eureka CEO Andre Carrier was left stranded in Las Vegas because of—ironically-- a flash flood washout of Highway I-15 on the flat, open stretch of road south of Mesquite. That maelstrom threatened the entire Fest

Whether attending Best of Fest for pure entertainment, community ties, or support of young readers, festival goers came away with fresh viewpoints, insights, and some visual experiences that soaked, or seared their way into the soul. Some viewers wanted clearer endings to the stories, but these films are simply statements of conditions in the river of life. The documentary film maker presents a visual point of view that gives the viewer an opportunity to reach his own outcome. Unlike I-15, which has been miraculously forged on a clear track through the Virgin River Gorge, life doesn’t always cut a clear path.

Gerri Chasko of the Eureka Casino Resort tirelessly led the group of Eureka employees who worked the film festival on behalf of the Eureka Community Initiative. The Eureka is an ardent supporter of Mesquite, and has taken the lead in efforts to help elementary students read at grade level by 3rd grade. They created Mesquite Reads as a fundraising effort that provides a summer reading program for kids who need extra tutoring. “Thank You, Thank You, THANK YOU!” enthused Gerri says to the crowd that attended the movies and “It’s a Wrap!” closing reception. “The people were wonderful! The Eureka Initiative has never been about acting alone. It is about bringing the community together around an important cause, and the support of the Best of Fest audience was fantastic.”

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Surviving the Holiday Blues The holidays are upon us so if feeling lazy and sitting around doesn’t appeal to you, here are some great workouts that can help. These workouts below are CrossFit WOD’s (workout of the day). If you don’t have exercise equipment at home no problem, these workouts are weight free and can be done anywhere.

WOD 1: 5 Push Ups 10 Sit-Ups 15 Squats 20 Minute AMRAP (as many rounds / reps as possible) This is a great workout that can be done at home in front of the TV if you wish. Three movements put together that will have you working up a storm in only 20 minutes. You will be amazed how many reps of each movement you will perform.

WOD 2: 500 Jumping Jacks Every 50 JJ’s you must perform 5 pushups. For time (Record the time that it takes to do the workout and try to better that time when you perform the workout again.) This workout seems basic but will certainly get you sweating quickly. Whether you’re a trainer or an average Joe off the street, anyone can do this. If you can’t do a push-up then scaling that movement is what we’ll do. You can put in modified push-ups, wall push-ups or even counter-top pushups. This gives everyone the opportunity to get a great workout while working towards the Rx’d or prescribed movement.

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WOD 4: “Deck of Cards” this WOD is one of my personal favorites and a staple among the CrossFit community. Choose four movements that you can do. You will then select the card type for each movement. Example: Hearts = Push Ups Clubs = Squats Diamonds = Sit Ups Spades = Walking Lunges Jokers = Jumping Jacks The number on the card represents the number of reps. All face cards are 10 reps and the Ace’s are 1 rep. Now you’re ready to go. You can draw the cards yourself or if you have a friend or relative that wants to read them out, that works too. The holidays are full of wonderful indulgences. These workouts will help combat some of those unwanted holiday pounds. Many things go into keeping us “healthy”, but working out and staying fit is a big part of being healthy. If you don’t have time for a workout, make sure you get outside and be active. Walking, biking, hiking and swimming are all fun activities that can also be done to maintain your health.

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Attention music Lovers By lArry leMIeuX The Mesquite Concert Series has two fun shows coming this holiday season. November 7th & 8th, we will be presenting a Country and Rock & Roll show. This show, which was requested by some of our fans will include many of your favorite country music selections. Some of the music will be played by the Mesquite Community Band, who will benefit from the shows profits. There will also be a special presentation by our own Blues Bros group starring some of our favorite personalities. There may even be a special appearance by the King himself. December 5th & 6th is the annual Community Christmas Show. This

show has become a favorite of many in Mesquite. Participation increases every year as many of the local churches are represented by choirs and smaller groups. There will be dancers, singers, musicians and as has become a tradition, scenes from a traditional Christmas story will be enacted by some of our local thespians. Some of the past stories included “White Christmas”, “Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life”. This year we will bring to our stage scenes from A Christmas Story. We all remember the line, “No, you’ll shoot your eye out”.

have recruited a talented group of over 40 musicians from all over the region, including the Virgin Valley, Moapa and St. George. Directed by Dr. Selmer Spitzer, a resident of Bunkerville, the orchestra will satisfy the need for those who crave the classics.

I am thrilled to announce the formation of The Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra this season. Their premiere concert will be on November 22nd. We

If you have any questions or would like to participate in any of our shows, call Larry at 702-343-0878.

All three shows are at the Mesquite Community Theatre, 150 N. Yucca St. and start at 7p.m. Tickets are available at Danielle’s Chocolates, Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery, Chamber of Commerce, Have Boutique Will Travel and the Theatre Box Office.

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Coconut Macaroon Sandwiches with Lime Curd I love the tradition of a Christmas Cookie Exchange. I have participated in a couple over the years and it is always so fun to get new ideas for cookies. This recipe has been the biggest hit so far. Macaroons: 1 (14-ounce) bag (5 1/3 cups) sweetened flaked coconut 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 large egg whites 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract Lime Curd: 1 tablespoon lime zest 3/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 6 limes) 3/4 cup sugar 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces 4 large egg yolks 1 drop green food coloring, if desired Garnish: Edible gold or silver glitter or clear sanding sugar (optional) Preparation: Make Macaroons: Heat oven to 325°F with racks in upper and lower third. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Stir together coconut, sugar, flour, and salt until combined well, then add egg whites and almond extract and stir until combined well. Pack dough in a teaspoon measure, preferably with offset spatula, scraping it level, then use spatula to remove dough from

Coconut Eggnog (Coquito)

2 cans (12 oz. each) evaporated milk 1 can (15 oz.) cream of coconut 1 can (13.5 oz.) coconut milk ½ cup sweetened condensed milk ½ cup white rum (optional) 1 tsp. vanilla extract ½ tsp. ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish, if desired Cinnamon sticks (optional)

Bake until just springy to the touch and bottoms are pale golden, 8 to 12 minutes, switching position of sheets halfway through baking. Remove cookies from oven and sprinkle while still hot with edible glitter, if using. Cool cookies on baking sheet 1 minute, and transfer to racks to cool completely. Make Lime Curd: Whisk together lime zest and juice, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a 2-quart heavy saucepan until cornstarch is dissolved, then whisk in butter. Bring to a simmer over moderately high heat, whisking constantly, then reduce heat and continue to simmer briskly, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Remove pan from heat. Lightly beat yolks in a small bowl, then slowly add 1/4 cup lime mixture, whisking. Add yolk mixture to remaining lemon mixture, whisking, then cook over low heat, whisking constantly, until curd is thick enough to hold marks of whisk, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, then cover surface with wax paper and chill until cold, about 1 hour. Assemble Cookies: Transfer lime curd to plastic bag and press out excess air. Snip a 1/8-inch opening in bottom corner of bag, then twist bag firmly just above curd. Put 1 cookie, flat side up, on work surface and pipe about 1/2 teaspoon lime curd onto cookie, then top with another cookie, flat side down, to form a sandwich. Make more sandwiches in same manner. Cooks’ notes: Lime curd can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. You will have leftover lime curd (this is the right amount of curd for 1 drop of food coloring; less curd and the color would be too intense), but it will keep for weeks, covered, in your refrigerator, and is delicious on toast or hot biscuits. Sandwiched cookies keep, layered between sheets of wax paper or parchment in an airtight container, chilled, 4 days. Bring to room temperature just before serving.

Directions 1. In bowl or blender, add evaporated milk, cream of coconut, coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, rum (if using), vanilla extract and ground cinnamon. Blend on high until mixture is well combined, 1-2 minutes. 2. Pour coconut mixture into glass bottles; cover. Transfer to refrigerator. Chill until cold. 3. To serve, stir or shake bottle well to combine. Pour coquito into small serving glasses. Garnish with ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks, if desired.

Coquito is a thick and creamy coconut drink that mixes silky coconut milk with sweet cream of coconut, cinnamon and rum. This rich, authentic coquito recipe is commonly made during Christmas where it is served cold and meant to be shared with family and friends.

teaspoon in a single mound. Arrange mounds, rounded side up, 1 inch apart, on baking sheets.


Jolly Holiday Shopping

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By Linda Faas

The countdown to Christmas is on! There are only “x” number of days left before those gifts you mail will end up as New Year presents. Yet, most folks still like giving real gifts, not gift cards, and that is especially true when that real gift is artfully handmade. With deadlines looming, it’s time to shop. Why not shop local?


Mesquite has the wonderful good fortune to have a place where hundreds of real, one-of-a- kind gifts and art are sold; the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery. Any time of year shoppers can find locally-crafted treasures with small town price tags. Happily, the Gallery kicks

it up a notch for the Christmas season and offers a Christmas Boutique of glorious gift items. The Boutique opens November 24th this year, the Monday before Thanksgiving, and continues through Christmas Eve. Geraldine Zarate has chaired the Christmas Boutique for the Gallery for ten years. Along with members of Virgin Valley Artists Association (VVAA) and other community crafters, she puts together an astonishing array of gifts that fit every pocketbook and every special person. Many popular items reappear each boutique season, such as gleaming blown and fused glass art objects, homemade soap, the best mani/pedi emery boards in the world, soft handknit caps and afghans, handpainted tree ornaments, holiday kitchen aprons, lovely beaded and crystal jewelry, dyed silk scarves, quilted handbags, hand-crafted wood objects and countless ceramic pots, vases and decoratives. Glittering display tables of beautiful and useful gifts ring the gallery walls, awaiting shoppers. This year VVAA has even compiled a cookbook of yummy, taste-tested recipes that goes on sale during the Boutique. Adding to the shopping bonanza each year is the Gallery’s signature art exhibition, “Lucky 13.” This national competition draws artwork from throughout the country. These small-scale paintings make prize

possessions. The paintings are available for purchase during November and December, and self-gifting is allowed! In conjunction with the exhibition, VVAA holds its major fundraising event, the Lucky Raffle and Silent Auction. Culminating with a gala reception on November 20th, high-end items are offered to the public. Highest bid wins the silent auction items--ideal gifts. Think gigantic golf package! Favorite electronics! A year of desserts! Proceeds from the fundraiser go to support the VVAA’s art education programs. The Mesquite Fine Arts Center is also full of possibilities for “action” gifts. VVAA offers classes in drawing, painting, and pottery making. What fun to surprise a favorite person with a gift of learning! Many people who are too timid to enroll themselves in an art class are enthusiastic students when

publishing. Erica understands the daunting task of organizing visual heirlooms, and will guide her class in making that job a joyful task. Just like any special sale event, early shoppers are likely to find the most choices of colors and sizes, but shoppers who are late to the party will still be able to scoop up choice items. And aren’t you latecomers the ones who need help the most? A visit to Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery during this jolly Christmas season will dazzle, delight, and ignite your holiday spirit.

a loved one takes that step for them. For those who want to give a gift of memories, The Virgin Valley Heritage Museum offers a class in photo scrapbooking on November 21st and December 5th. Museum Director Erica Marler will help class participants organize and caption precious family photos and prepare them for

The Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery is operated by the Virgin Valley Artists Association. It is located at 15 West Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite Nevada. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Phone 702-3461338 for information. The VVAA artists wish everyone an artful, joyful and blessed Christmas, and Happy 2015!



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Mesquite-Toes Step Into A New Season After a great open house in September and new classes starting in October, the Mesquite-Toes Tap Team is ready for a new season. The “Toes” will begin with the Veteran’s Day Parade on November 1st and finish this year with the annual Christmas Benefit Show on December 11th and 12th. This year begins with new performances and a new class. The Mesquite-Toes will be part of the Mesquite Concert Series at the Community Theater. The first show will be a Country Concert Show, “Mesquite Goes Country”, on November 7th and 8th and the second will be the Community Christmas Concert on December 5th and 6th. With the success of last season’s VVTG musical “Anything Goes”, our director Vicki Eckman has created a new musical theater dance class. This class will teach dance routines and combinations to songs from well known musicals. The class will be held on Wednesdays, 3 p.m. at the studio, 150 N Yucca St Room 35. This class is open to men and women, no experience is necessary. This is a new endeavor for the Mesquite-Toes to expand the knowledge and enjoyment of dance.

As the “Goodwill Ambassadors of the Magic of Mesquite”, the Mesquite-Toes will be traveling to Branson, Missouri November 18–22, 2014. While in Branson, they will have three performances including the Dutton Family Theater, the Dixie Stampede, and the Red, Hot, & Blue Show in which they share the magic of our city. They will also benefit from two dance clinics that are part of the tour and enjoy six shows. As the eleventh season begins, the Mesquite-Toes Tap Team will deliver their usual energy and entertainment for all. For additional information regarding classes or performances, please visit their website at or contact Director Vicki Eckman at (702) 346-1206. “View on Mesquite” calendar has a listing of upcoming local performances.

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Mesa View Regional Hospital is pleased to welcome Cardiologist Mekdelawit Aschenaki, M.D.,FACC (pronounced ahhshen-aki), as an independent member of the medical staff. Providing cardiology services full time is a first for Mesquite. Recruiting specialty physicians to a rural community can be challenging for many reasons. We were very fortunate in the case of Dr. Aschenaki. She was looking for a community just like Mesquite, and we were looking for a cardiologist with a passion for people and quality care.

She really puts her ‘heart’ into Caring for Others – Patty Holden, CEO She is available Monday through Friday and sees patients at Mesa View Medical Group. Dr. Aschenaki recently moved her family to Mesquite from New Orleans. “I am really enjoying living here and making Mesquite my home,’ said Dr. Aschenaki. “I believe in long term relationships


with patients and encouraging healthy lifestyles,” she continued. Dr. Aschenaki received her Fellowship in Cardiology from the Tulane University School of Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute in New Orleans. She began her education by attaining her undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biology in Southern Nevada, and then earned a Doctor of Pharmacy from the Creighton University School of Pharmacy in Omaha, Nebraska. She received her MD, from Rush University Medical School in Chicago and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the prestigious and nationally acclaimed Boston University Medical Center. She is passionate about getting to know her patients and working with them one on one to help them manage their conditions. She treats each patient like she would a family member and believes that strong, ongoing relationships are critical to successful long-term positive outcomes.

She is no stranger to Southern Nevada, having gone to school in Las Vegas. With family in the area she loves the small town environment of the Mesquite community. When she is not seeing patients or spending time with her family, she enjoys reading, running, riding horses and traveling. “Welcoming a full time cardiologist to our community is a delight,” exclaimed Patty Holden, CEO for Mesa View Regional Hospital. “We are pleased that patients will benefit from having consistent cardiology services so close to home,” Holden concluded.

Dr. Aschenaki is now accepting new patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Mesa View Medical Group at 702-346-0800 or visit Dr. Aschenaki is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Aschenaki will put her heart into caring for yours. Right here. Now you can receive cardiovascular care close to home from Mekdelawit Aschenaki, M.D. For the first time, there is a full-time cardiologist located right here in Mesquite. Dr. Aschenaki is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and specializes in treating coronary and peripheral artery disease, congestive heart failure and other cardiovascular issues. She accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans. Same- and next-day appointments are often available. Call 702-346-0800 or visit Mekdelawit Aschenaki, M.D., FACC


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1000 FLAGS OVER MESQUITE By sANDrA eDMONDs What can be done in a time frame of 2 hours or less? On November 9, 2014 this community will turn an ordinary soccer field at the Mesquite Recreation Center into an awe inspiring sight. The ninth annual One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Mesquite, will be posted on that Sunday morning by its members and many of our dedicated citizens. One of the primary and continuing endeavors of the Exchange Club is patriotism. These flags, which represent the men and women who are and have served our country both here and on foreign soil, is our way of publicly saying ‘Thank You’ to each and every one of them. This event is also one of our major fundraisers. We are constantly seeking ways to offer comfort and assistance to our veterans. The flag sponsorships have enabled us in the past to contribute financially to the building of our Veteran’s Center and has paid the postage for the Any Soldier Program sponsored by the Veteran’s Center. For $35 you can place a dedication ribbon either in memory or honor of someone you hold dear and wish to recognize. In this way you can help us continue showing our gratitude to those so deserving. We encourage everyone to sponsor a flag.

and sacrifice required of these brave souls. Any time of day; when the morning sun is rising, evenings when it is setting, if the wind is blowing and they flutter attentively or when the stillness can be felt, these flags will ensure a very heartfelt experience. Because of what and whom the flags represent, they are never left alone. Out of respect caring members of our city stand 3 hour vigils 24 hours a day for the 8 days the field is posted. We will present a ceremony on Veteran’s Day, Nov 11th (Tuesday) and then a closing ceremony on Sunday, Nov 16th and there is nothing that speaks so loudly in saying ‘Thank You’ than this community joining us on both these days, so please plan to attend.

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MesQUIte VeterANs DAY PArADe By hArOlD sTrAley November is coming soon, the organizers of the Veterans Day Parade are completing the final stages of preparation to be completed for the parade and celebration. November is Veterans Remembrance month and this is our 18th year honoring this very important occasion. The remembrance has always been held on the first Saturday of November which is November 1st this year. In order for other communities to participate in our parade and other activities we hold our event early to avoid conflict with their events the weekend before or after November 11th, Veterans Day. We have units come from as far as Salt Lake City, Caliente, San Diego, and Las Vegas to join us in celebrating with our veterans. A local veteran is selected to be the Grand Marshall of the parade. He or she is led by the Honor Guard and the veteran organizations in the parade. The Grand Marshall is recognized with a plaque and his or her own banner which the Boys Scouts carry before the vehicle in the parade as a memoir. The parade usually has 50 to 70 units participating. All units present themselves in the theme of the parade and use the patriotic colors of red, white and blue. This year’s theme is “OUR VETERANS-


OUR HEROES”. No units are politically or religiously themed in the parade. This day is to recognize and celebrate only our veterans. To begin the day, there is a short memorial at the Mesquite Veterans Memorial Park at 8 a.m. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Mesquite Boulevard from Willow St. to Arrowhead. To end the day of celebrating the Veterans Center puts on a free BBQ at the Mesquite Veterans Memorial Park for the community to thank them for being a part of our celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Organizing and planning is done by residents, Veterans and their spouses. The funds needed to put on this big event are all by donations from our local residents, businesses, organizations and participants voluntarily. Hours of time are dedicated but it is very rewarding!

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Tournament Date: Thursday December 11, 2014 – 9:00 am shotgun Golf Locations: Falcon Ridge, Palms, Canyons & Conestoga Golf Courses Lunch Location: Casablanca Event Tent Entry Fee: Unwrapped, new toy(s) - $50 minimum Hole Sponsorship: $50 for one course or $150 for all 4 courses


We are so excited about the upcoming 10th Annual Golf Fore Kids! The community support for this event has been astounding, and we thank everyone who has participated and donated over the years to make this tournament possible. Golf Fore Kids has helped bring Christmas gifts to hundreds of children each year and has raised approximately $340,000 in cash and toys over the past 9 years. We hope to make this year our biggest event yet! The Golf Fore Kids event started in 2005 with just a few volunteers, one generously donated golf course, and 144 golfers bringing toys as their green fee. Over the years, this tournament has expanded and become a Mesquite tradition, as well as a staple for the local communities. This year we have dozens of volunteers, four golf courses, and we’re looking for business sponsors and over 500 golfers. We hope to

provide between $40,000-$50,000 worth of toys to local children for Christmas! Golf Fore Kids is a program that combines the excitement of golf with the joy of giving. What makes this tournament unique is that everything is donated: the golf courses, the luncheon facility, the food, the tee gifts, and the raffle prizes. For the small fee of a fifty dollar new toy, golfers get to enjoy 18 holes on one of the four famous Mesquite golf courses. After the round, lunch is provided where golfers can mingle and see all the donated gifts on display. The endless line of toys and bikes is quite a sight to behold. With help from the Salvation Army Angel Tree program, Mesquites Fire and Police Departments, and many community volunteers, all the toys are distributed to less fortunate families in Mesquite,

Beaver Dam and the Moapa Valley. This year we hope to help provide Christmas for over 800 children. That is 800 kids (and lots of parents) who will be smiling Christmas morning! Come and join what thousands of golfers have experienced in the 10th Annual Golf Fore Kids tournament, you won’t be disappointed.

Pick up entry forms at Falcon Ridge Golf Course or contact Brian, Mindee or Merri for more information. Merri Erickson, 346-2344 Brian Wursten, 346-6363 Mindee West, 346-6363

2014 Annual Community Christmas Variety Show

This year’s theme: “A Christmas Story” Directed by Larry LeMieux Presented by Mesquite Concert Series & GMAF



Mesquite Community Band

Reenacted scenes from the Movie

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Big Swing, More Distance… Do’s & Don’ts Rob Krieger - PGA Golf Professional After watching the Long Drivers come to town and see them blast golf balls easily over 300 yards and more often blasting it 400 yards, I have a few suggestions that might help you get a little more out of your tee shot. Let’s look at the swing of one of the best Long Drivers, Jamie Sadlowski. Photo’s courtesy of the Long Drivers of America & Rob Krieger. Do – Take a wide stance for balance taking a big wide turn. Lower the right shoulder below the left, creating more incline to catch the ball on the upswing. Try also making the right hand stronger (rolling it to the right like Jamie). Left arm straight and right elbow faces out with slight bend. Don’t – Don’t slouch or hold your hands low so the butt end of the club points below your belt line. Try to stand tall with the butt end of the club above your belt line. Don’t get your head in front of the ball at address, keep it behind at address, and through the swing. Do – During the take away, drag the club low and long to the ground. Allow your head to tilt backward or move laterally as the hips turn. Allow right elbow to bend but be away, off the body.

Do – Try to get your belt buckle and chest facing the target as soon as possible and letting the club lag behind the body. Your front foot becomes your post for the swing as you start down for which the body can turn around it. You must transfer weight from your back foot to your front foot. Extend both arms through impact, no chicken wing here.

Don’t – Need to have a bicep the size of Jamie’s to get more distance but it certainly helps control the club during his swing speeds of up to 150 mph. Most amateurs are between 70-90 mph. Don’t spin your left foot out during the swing. This is a very difficult maneuver to get right all the time. Just toe your foot out at address and this will help with speed at impact.

Don’t – Begin setting your hands too early as this will shorten your arc of the swing limiting distance.

Do – Take a full turn so your back is facing your target. Get your weight off your front foot and load your right foot. Let your left knee get behind the ball. Place left shoulder and arm over your right leg but only go as far with your turn until you lose stability.


Don’t – Attempt to get your left arm as high as Jamie’s. Big turns with no stability are disastrous. Most mortals do not have shoulder joint mobility to get into a position where the left arm is straight up in the air. Getting this club past parallel is also a problem for controlling the club. This contorts the body and you must have great flexibility and strength to recover. Better to keep hands shorter and the club parallel, or shorter, with the ground.

Do – Have a balanced finish. You can swing hard at the ball but if you are not balanced at the end of your swing you will not be consistent and you will constantly be looking for your ball off the fairway. Hold your finish for at least 3 seconds. Place your right shoulder over your front foot when holding your finish, with all your weight on your left foot and leg. Don’t – Leave weight on your back foot or create the reverse “C”. This is very difficult and maybe easier for younger bodies but this crunching of the backs lower vertebrae will lead to back issues down the line.

Remember, these tips are for hitting tee shots off the tee while trying to strike the ball on the upswing NOT for iron, hybrid or fairway wood shots on the ground. So Live Long and Go Deep! Good Luck and as always, Fairway & Greens! Rob

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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

Highland Manor Care Giver Support Service Mesquite Senior Center 2nd & 4th Tuesday - 2-3pm 102 West Old Mill Rd. Terra Shreve (702) 346-7666 Child Protective Services Hotline (702) 399-0081 City Council Meetings 2nd & 4th Tuesdays – 5 pm City Hall (Upstairs) (702) 346-5295 Desert Dames Sissie Graham (702) 346-1907 Desert Fox Flyers Radio Control Flying Club (702) 346-3788 Exchange Club of Mesquite Tuesdays – 12:00 noon Salvation Army Office 840 Hafen Lane (Veterans Center) (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 Arts Council For the Performing Arts 150 N. Yucca, Suite 23 (702) 346-2787 Mesquite Cancer Help Society Support Group Meeting 2nd Thur of the month 2:30pm 150 N Yucca, Room #36 (702) 346-0622 Mesquite High Rollers Motorcycle Club Mesquite Parkinson’s Support Group Charlene Lustig (702) 346-6500 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 – 7:15 am Oasis Grill Room Maddy Wilcox – 702-218-5612

Kokopelli ATV Club Charlie – (702) 345-3672

Red Hat Divas of Mesquite Chapter 25712 Red Hat Society Sandi Sorenson (702) 345-6770

Al-Anon Family Group 150 N. Yucca, Room #18 Jan – (702) 533-3960 Lynn – (928) 347-5478

League of Women Voters 2nd Saturday – 10 am, Sept to May Highland Resort 555 Highland Sandy Ramaker (702) 345-2238

Republicans Team Nevada Victory Office 355 W. Mesquite Blvd unit C-80 Contact: Blake Garfield (702) 245-4126

American Legion 3rd Tuesday – 7 pm Veterans Center 840 Hafen Ln

Mesquite Area Chamber of Commerce 12 W. Mesquite Blvd., Ste 107 (702) 346-2902

Virgin Valley Tea Party 1st Thursday- 5:00–7:00 pm Scotty’s Grill - 1024 Normandy Lane


VFW Post 2nd Thursday– 6:30 pm Veterans Center Chuck Caldwell, Commander (775) 220-3460

Animal Control (702) 346-5268

Vietnam Veterans of America Veterans Center 840 Hafen Ln Ed Fizer (702) 346-1286 (702) 345-3361

Justice Court (702) 346-5298

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 Democrats 702-715-8403 Virgin Valley Family Services 51 East 1st North Se Habla Espanol (702) 346-7277 Virgin Valley Theater Group 3rd Tuesday – 6 pm Mesquite Campus, Room #19 Teri – (702) 533-8546

City Information City Hall (702) 346-5295 City Jail 500 Hillside Drive (702) 346-6925

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 Fine Arts Center & Gallery 15 W. Mesquite Blvd. (702) 346-1338 Virgin Valley Heritage Museum 35 W. Mesquite Blvd. (702) 346-5705 Worship Calvary Chapel of Mesquite (702) 346-7583 Christian Community Church (702) 346-2698

Living Waters Fellowship Church (702) 346-8558 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 Historic Beaver Dam (928) 347-2222 Canyons (Oasis GC) (702) 346-7820 CasaBlanca (702) 346-6764 Conestoga (702) 346-4292 Coyote Willows (702) 345-3222 Falcon Ridge (702) 346-6363

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (702) 346-8888

Palmer (Oasis GC) (702) 346-7820

First Baptist Church (702) 346-7061

Palms (702) 346-4067

Graceway Alliance (702) 346-8667

Wolf Creek (702) 346-1670

We Care For Animals 1st Thursday – 6 pm (702) 346-3326

Building Department (702) 346-2835

La Virgen De Guadalupe Catholic Church (702) 346-7065




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Premier Properties - N R C . . . . . . . . Napa Auto & Truck Parts . . . . . . . . . Oasis Chiropractic Center . . . . . . . . . Odyssey Landscaping . . . . . . . . . . . Origami Owl Custom Jewelry . . . . . . . Peggy Sue’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Premier Properties - Cindy Biskup . . . . . Premier Properties - Margaret Ireland . . . Preston’s Shredding . . . . . . . . . . . . Pro Glass & Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quality 1 Realty - Angela Brooks-Reese . . Quality 1 Realty - Bret Lower . . . . . . . Quality 1 Realty - Deb Parsley . . . . . . . Quality 1 Realty - Deborah Parsley . . . . Quality 1 Realty - Gerry Gentile . . . . . . Quality 1 Realty - Patty Brooks . . . . . . Quality 1 Realty - Terree Knutson . . . . . Rager & Sons Air Conditioning . . . . . . Ready Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Red Rock Golf Center . . . . . . . . . . . Redd Hills Cinema . . . . . . . . . . . . . Remax Cindy Risinger . . . . . . . . . . . Remax Ridge Realty- Beverly Powers Uhlir Rooster Cottage Consignment Gallery . . Royal Water Systems . . . . . . . . . . . Scenic General Store . . . . . . . . . . . Sears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shop, Eat & Play Moapa Valley . . . . . . The Pomegranate Festival . . . . . . . Moapa Valley Chamber of Commerce . Skinsational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Inside Scoop . . . . . . . . . . . . Law Power Sports . . . . . . . . . . . Sugars Home Plate Restaurant . . . . . The Front Porch . . . . . . . . . . . . Carley’s Pizza & More . . . . . . . . . Wild Horse Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . Silver Rider/Southern NV Transit Coalitio . Silverado Mechanical . . . . . . . . . . . Simply Quilts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sonny Boy’s Barbecue . . . . . . . . . . . Southwest Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Star Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . State Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Studio SE7EN, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . Summit Mountain Lodge Resorts . . . . . Sun City Mesquite - Ty Decoto . . . . . . The Lindi Corp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Local Pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The PC Guy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Perfume Center . . . . . . . . . . . . The Pool Shark LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . The Travel Connection, Inc . . . . . . . . Virgin Valley Heritage Museum . . . . . . Virgin Valley Veterinary Hospital. . . . . . Western Exterminator Company . . . . . Wolf Creek Terrace . . . . . . . . . . . . Rooster Cottage, the Nest Chic Boutique.

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Mesquite Senior Center



102 W. Mill Road, Mesquite

(702) 346-5290

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



Drop Off


The Cannery West . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:30 am

3:45 pm

Main Street Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:45 am

3:30 pm

Premium Outlet Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 am

3:15 pm

Bellagio/Fashion Show Mall (one stop) . 10:15 am

3:00 pm

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: E-mail: 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.


Meets: Second Wed. of the Month Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. By appointment only. To schedule an appointment please call the Senior Center at 702-346-5290.

Cards & Tile Games Open Pinochle Mexican Train Dominos Mah-Jongg Cribbage Hand and Foot SCRABBLE

8a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Mon./Wed.) 8a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Fri.) 12-3:30 p.m. (Tuesday) 12-3:30 p.m. (Tuesday) 12-3:30 p.m. (Tues./Wed./Thurs.) 8 a.m.-12:30 pm (Fri.) 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Thursday) 12-3:30 p.m. (Thursday) 12:30-3:30 (Thursday)


ZUMBA BASIC Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. (Location: Senior Center) Come Join Us! Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance and aerobic elements. In this class the music tempo is slowed down so the students can learn the steps, before the tempo of the music goes back to regular speed. All fitness level welcome!

Community Thanksgiving Dinner November 26th, 12 to 6 p.m. Senior Center

Welcome Back to Mesquite LUNCHEON

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Senior Center (Free to the public) Sponsored by the Mesa View Home Care, Mesa View Hospice, Mesa View Personal Care Services

Seasons Greetings Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, December 13th, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. $3.00 (60 and over) $5.00 (59 and under) $20.00 for a family of 5 Bring your family and eat with Santa


November 20th, 1:00 p.m. December 18th, 1:00 p.m. Contact Senior Center for more information Starting November 26th the Mesquite Senior Center will host an Angel Tree for the Salvation Army. Please come in and help out a child this Christmas Season.

CUSTOM EVENTS BY STONEY WARD Awesome Adventures offers unique event planning services. We specialize in outdoor events combining activities, food, beverages, entertainment, and more. There are many steps to organizing a successful custom event, and Awesome Adventures is an expert at the details! Custom events can be arranged for youth groups, family reunions, corporate retreats, school groups, holiday parties, and more. We are proud of some of our past events, including a Birthday Party for Virgin Atlantic founder, Richard Branson! Mr. Branson flew his guests in a helicopter to Eldorado Canyon, where they took part in ATV tours, horseback riding and team building games. The group enjoyed a great catered meal and custom made birthday cake. One of our favorite, and most unique events was a party for Penn and Teller. Employees and guests were treated to a Hollywood production experience including full make up crew, costumes and a storyboard, and what a story it was starring Scarlett O’Hara, Rhett Butler, Zombies and a cemetery! Our custom events include ATV tours, horseback riding, ropes courses, Ziplines, scavenger hunts, team building and games. Catered meals can range from the simple hamburger/hot dog meal to three meat BBQ dinners. custom events can take place at several locations, including Overton, NV (Valley of Fire Area), Eldorado Canyon, NV (45 minutes from Las Vegas); Marysvale Utah, or other locations of your choice. To learn about Custom Events, please call 800-519-2243 or visit

WILDERNESS OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP SCHOOL Awesome Adventures is in the process of developing a program to educate people of all ages Swift Water Rescue Training, Whitewater Rafting Guide Certification, Wilderness First Aid Certification, Ropes Course and Zipline Training, ATV Safety, and Boy Scout Merit Badges. While many of the people who sign up for these courses are required to do so for their job or other requirements, these classes are a great way for the public to learn how to handle different situations they may face. For instance, if you’re on a hike or a camping trip in a remote area, and your forgot your First Aid Kit, how will you treat an injury? The Wilderness First Aid Class will provide you with a wealth of information about items that can be used as makeshift first aid supplies. Or imagine you are on a flat water guided trip on a generally calm river, and a flash flood occurs…the Swift Water Rescue Class will arm you with the knowledge you need to get you and others to safety.

Professional guides may be required to complete these classes as part of their employment. Youth, church and scout groups etc. may take these classes as part of a planned camping trip and other people who enjoy the outdoors will benefit from learning how to have a great time in the wilderness, while keeping all participants safe. Classes are expected to start in April 2015. You can learn more about the classes by visiting

Experience luxuriously appointed guest rooms, an upscale contemporary design and modern amenities….so Stay Smart® • Newest Hotel in Mesquite!

• Free Wi-Fi in rooms and public areas!

• Flexible Meeting Spaces!

• Golf/Spa and Theatre Packages!

• Complimentary Hot Breakfast!

• Year-Round Heated Outdoor Pool & Spa!

All 130 Guest Rooms & Public Areas are 100% Smoke-Free!

Angie Leavitt | Sales Manager | 1030 West Pioneer Blvd, Mesquite, NV 89027 | Phone: 702-346-2200 |

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