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Volume 14, Issue 7
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By: Dan Roberts / Publisher
President’s Note: Despite my protest, the
publisher insisted on writing about
his recent medical adventure. Hopefully you
can now understand what my life is like working with him.
Outta my way! Move, move, move! I shouted. I tossed the cat off my lap
while the dogs scattered from my feet.
As Rana laughed and laughed, I sprinted to the bathroom. And I was very
thankful that I made it just in time.
The cause for the emergency? It was the evening before my colonoscopy.
For those unaware (although everyone over 60 is) in preparation for this
medical procedure you need to down a gallon of a certain undrinkable liquid
that will “clean you out.”
From travel editor Stu, to project manager Bill and to even my Ladylove
(just about everyone associated with The Vegas Voice) gleefully announced
that they couldn’t wait for it to be my turn. And yet, while I found it hilarious
when they went through this torture, I found no humor when I was the
Although many people complained that the liquid concoction made
them ill, it wasn’t that bad. Make no mistake however, I would have rather
been chugging a beer or even a Dr. Pepper, but after a few glasses, I can
categorically state that the stuff worked – man, did it ever.
As my PILL (partner in love and life) counted my trips to the “loo” she
merrily reminded me that I needed to be prepared for many more visits since
she always knew I was “full of sit” (or words to that effect. I really wasn’t sure
exactly what she said as I was busy racing to my porcelain throne).
In retrospect, I am overwhelmed with how my body can (almost) lose
control, and still make “record time” in hustling to the commode. I am also
amazed that with all the modern technology and medical breakthroughs,
(and for the love-of-god) there must be a better way to do this.
Anyway, once I established the path of least resistance to the john, I
sheepishly proclaimed to all that I was indeed empty. I also just wanted to
get this (as our golf columnist Mike Landry happily pointed out) “crappy
thing” over with.
The day of the procedure was at best uneventful, although I did have a
conversation with the anesthesiologist. He assured me that I would be “out”
in no time, and the last recollection I had was telling him that I find that
hard to believe since…zzzz.
The next thing I knew, I was back in the recovery room with Rana by my
side. I was shocked that the entire procedure was less than 20 minutes.
Happily, the doctor did not find any polyps and everything is fine.
(President’s 2nd Note: Mr. Roberts wanted to attach the medical
photos of his procedure, but after a “lively” discussion, he finally
Thankfully, I won’t need this procedure for another 5 years. In the
meantime, my younger brother is scheduled for his colonoscopy next month.
I can’t wait to talk to him about it.
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'm very excited about the return of our
radio show, “Listening to The Vegas
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and thereafter every Tuesday from 10 -11 am, make sure you hear our
great celebrity interviews. We will be heard on KSHP 1400 am and, of
course, the radio programs can always be heard anytime on our (new
and improved) Vegas Voice website.
I will have the pleasure of interviewing both local as well as national
stars and celebrities. I'm also very proud to welcome my co-host, the man
with the “Golden Voice” Jon Lindquist to the show.
Jon is one of the most experienced radio personalities I know. As the
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By: Rich Natole / Voices of a Generation
Rich Natole is a comic/impressionist headlining entertainer & host
of The Vegas Voice Television/Podcast Show. For more information
visit: www.richnatole.com. You can also contact Rich at: rich@
“Listening to the Vegas Voice”
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Are You Ready for Football?
By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
Football season is approaching and fans
are getting ready to cheer their teams. The
purpose of a fight song is to inspire emotion in
the teams' hearts and bodies, filling them full of adrenalin, all fired
up, ready to compete.
There are many NFL and college sports team fight songs. They are often
the state song, or marching songs. The songs are often accented with “rah,
rah, rahs, and hoorahs.”
Let's delve into the history of some of our most famous inspiring college
football and marching songs. The most well-known is On Wisconsin.
On Wisconsin was written by William T. Purdy in 1909 for the University
of Minnesota football team, but Wisconsin needing a song too, talked
Purdy into using it for Wisconsin.
John Philip Sousa, the well-known bandleader, called it the finest of
college marching songs. Over the years, the lyrics were modified. The
song is in the public domain, but the international rights are not clear.
The University of Michigan's football song, The Victors was the favorite
of President Gerald Ford since he played football for them. He preferred
The Victors to Hail to the Chief, which is the one that announces the
president. The Victors was played by the Michigan band during Ford's
Notre Dame's fight song is called Victory March. The Rev. Father
Michael J Shea, a 1905 Notre Dame grad wrote the music. His brother,
also a Notre Dame grad, wrote the original lyrics.
Some movies in which it is heard are: Knute Rockne All American,
Rudy and most memorably, Airplane. Knute Rockne was their most
famous and colorful coach, known for coaching their most winning
teams in history.
Texas A&M War Hymn has an interesting history. Supposedly written
during World War I by soldier J.V. Pinky Wilson on the back of a letter from
home. It is one of the more dramatic fight songs in college football. After
the 2nd verse, Aggie fans link their arms and legs, swaying left and right
to replicate the motion of a saw blade, to mimic the act of cutting off the
horns of Texas's mascot.
UNLV has a fight song, too. It is called Win With the Rebels.
Yvonne Cloutier, a former teacher/principal, with a music
background, specializes in ragtime piano. She reports about
music on SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can contact her at www.
Saturday Morning Serial
By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
thought I'd write this month about a TV
I show I did called "Fury." The year was 1956
and I was cast in this Saturday morning NBC
serial. The TV show was about a boy and his horse (much like Lassie
the dog) since the boy and horse always came to someone's rescue!
The series ran from 1955 to 1960. I watched it every Saturday
and was thrilled to be cast in one of my favorite shows.
In this episode, I played a little brat who was not happy that my mother
was getting married to someone I did not like. I was almost thirteen, but
was playing the part of a 10-year-old. It also starred Peter Graves, who
later was remembered from the TV show Mission Impossible.
In one scene, I started crying (what else is new) and run away after
trying to drive a car which I smashed up and drove down a cliff. Enter
Fury, the beautiful black stallion and the little boy, Joey (played by Bobby
Diamond, that’s him in the photo with me) who miraculously bring me
Now a little about "Fury" the horse. His real name was "Beauty" and
was mostly called "Beaut."
He lived to be 29 and was trained by Ralph McCutcheon who was
like the Horse Whisperer. People were always astounded how Beaut
understood everything he said. The horse was even trained to turn his
head either left or right on command.
He also played baseball! The horse would stand in center field and when
someone hit the ball, he
would "fetch" it and take it to
home plate! He could pretty
much do anything he was
told to do, just by listening
to Ralph's commands. Beaut
was also in other films, such
as Lone Star, Johnny Guitar
and was the featured black
stallion in Giant.
There were actually four horses used in Fury; one being a "stand-in",
one for long shots and then one for just standing still when there was a
lot of dialogue going on. Yes, even horses can sometimes get the "star
treatment" - especially when he was the main star of the show!
At the start of each show, the announcer would always say: "Fury...The
story of a horse and a boy who loved him." Once again, I am so happy to
have been a part of such a sweet show and one that could be watched by
children as well as their parents.
Until next time, remember...The happiness of your life depends on the
quality of your thoughts.
Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and
is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@
hotmail.com. Check out her awesome, new website: www.
. A man is known by
the company he thinks
nobody knows he’s keeping.
2. I can read my wife like a
book, but unfortunately some of the best chapters are missing.
3. The ten best years in a woman’s life are between 28 and 30.
4. A woman’s word is never done.
5. When women’s skirts look shorter, men look longer.
6. Joe: “Before you eat a banana, you’re supposed to take off
the peeling.” Bill: “Why? I know what’s inside!”
7. Never slap your kid in the face. There’s a place for
8. Old man in a nursing home proclaimed: “I’m growing old
by myself. My wife hasn’t had a birthday in years!
9. Marriage is like a long banquet with the dessert served
10. A man walked into a men’s clothing store and said to the
salesman, “I’d like to see something cheap in a man’s suit.”
The salesman replied, “The mirror is to your right.”
Bonus: Marty’s Words of Wisdom: Never trust your dog to
watch your food.
Marty’s Top Ten
By: Marty Allen / Hello Dere
For over the past decade, Marty Allen has performed with his on
and off stage singing partner Karon Kate Blackwell.
You Gotta Laugh
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
Just Driving: A police officer sees a man
driving with a pickup truck full of penguins.
He pulls the guy over and says: “You can’t
drive around with penguins in this town! Take them to the zoo
immediately.” The guy says OK, and drives away.
The next day, the officer sees the guy still driving around with
that truck full of penguins, and this time, they’re all wearing
sun glasses. He pulls the guy over and demands: “I thought I
told you to take these penguins to the zoo yesterday?” The guy
replies: “I did. Today I’m taking them to the beach!”
Forever Young: Joe recently had to choose a new primary
care doctor. After two visits and exhaustive lab tests, and at 75+
years old, the doctor told Joe he was doing “fairly well for his
A little concerned about that comment, Joe couldn't resist
asking him: “Do you think I'll live to be 80?” The doctor replied:
“Do you smoke tobacco, drink beer, wine or hard liquor?” “Oh
no.” Joe replied. “I'm not doing drugs, either!”
The doctor then asked, “Do you eat rib-eye steaks and
barbecued ribs?” Joe replied, “Not much. My former doctor
said that all red meat is very unhealthy!” The doctor further
inquired, “Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lot of sex?”
“No” Joe said.
The physician got very quiet and then looked at Joe and said,
“Then, why do you even give a damn?”
Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and
has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny
submissions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
The summer is just about over and the
cooler weather is finally around the corner.
But before we discuss our upcoming shows, a few
words about our Summer of Love concert last month.
In a word, the show was “awesome!” I can’t thank all the performers
who “wowed” the crowd at our concert held at the Silverton.
As the photos show on page 20-21 (and we thank our graphics editor
and photographer extraordinaire Michael Roberts for the great shots)
you missed one fantastic concert. Fortunately, you’ll have plenty of
opportunities to catch those performers at venues all around town.
As the entertainment editor for The Vegas Voice, I will be producing
a bunch of shows this month. The Vegas Voice has worked very hard to
bring top quality performances to all the “Age Qualified Communities”
as well as everyone else who appreciates live entertainment of the
I’m thrilled to be bringing Philip Fortenberry to Sun City Aliante on
Friday evening September 15 th . Philip will be doing a solo performance
that will be open to the public, so get your tickets now.
Our Vegas Voice Twilight Affair show returns to the Silverton’s Veil
Pavilion on September 19th. The variety show is always a hit and
highlights a diversity of talent.
Our Twilight Affairs are held on the 3 rd Tuesday of every month
starting at 6 pm. We have a live band - The Vegas Voice Band under the
musical direction of Gary Anderson. And as always, you will get to see my
Don’t Miss Our September Events
new stage jacket. Ha-ha.
And we’re not done yet. At the end of the month, we will bring our
Rodgers & Hammerstein spectacular to the west side of town at the
Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin on Wednesday, September
27 th .
I won’t try to overwhelm you with our lineup of shows and
entertainers for October, November and December, but as always, you
won’t be disappointed. It’s not easy being me, but nobody has more
fun than this entertainment editor.
You can read Evan’s entertainment blog and sign up to receive
his free email weekly Calendar of Events at www.EvanDavisJazz.
com. Email him at: email@example.com.
Our Jan Talks to Mall Walkers
Jan Fair, our “A No-Brainer Minute” columnist, is seen here giving
brain health tips to the Galleria Mall Walkers at their August monthly
meeting. To learn more about her tips on living a brain-healthy lifestyle
and to guard against brain disease, read her past columns on our
PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF
South Pacific, Cinderella, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma
& More by Broadway Performers
Joan Sobel Doug Carpenter Heidi Webster
Under the Musical Direction of Philip Fortenberry
Wed. Sept 27th, 2017
Doors at 6:30 pm.
Show begins at 7pm.
Tickets: $20. avaiable at Pinnacle, Desert Vista, & Mountain Shadows
Community Centers or call Evan Davis at The Vegas Voice: 702/630-6111
Scheduled to appear
Sept. 19 th
In the beautiful Veil Pavilion
and it’s FREE!
Tue., Sept. 19 th , 2017
Doors at 5:30 pm.
Show begins at 6 pm.
Surprise Guests Appearances
For guaranteed seating
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Notes to the Neighborhood
By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60
The lifestyle in an age-restricted neighborhood
brings with it a unique set of rules. We enjoy
the quiet, uneventful days and slow pace of not
having to run after kids on bikes, telling teenagers not to screech the
tires and overall empty nest living.
And then we become very judgmental about things that would never
have bothered us before. For example, anyone thinking of planting
another mesquite with yellow flowers should move. Those sticky, dried
up ugly droppings should be banned.
At the very least, people who have them should pay the landscaping
bills for their neighbors. If you’re a carpet person, be prepared for yellow
In the evenings, when all the little dogs go out for their walks, thank
you for picking up after them as they mark their territory in front of my
house. As for the big ones, bring several garbage bags. You need them
and so do we.
The delinquents of the neighborhood are the bunnies. We have the
most resourceful rabbits in the area. They can eat fences, flower guards,
ground cover repellent and plants that are listed as rabbit-resistant.
On our 4 th try of deterrents, we found a mix of herb-based ground cover
that they supposedly don’t like. Told that anything with a strong odor
will keep them away, we bought $40 worth of the stuff, spread it around,
and much to our surprise, there they were enjoying a flower meal in our
I drove the neighborhood to see what others are doing and I’m
convinced that rabbits leave front yards alone. Even if I put in the same
fences, if it’s in the backyard, they call their little bunny buddies and
develop a strategy to get around it.
What has worked is to plant some wild flowers in the middle of
rosemary. And it smells nice after a rain.
The only offenders are people who feed coyotes. I really wish they could
be held responsible for all
the pets that have been
attacked because people
leave food for them. Yes,
they’re displaced from their
natural habitat and come
looking for food. But these
stupid people don’t think
about the danger to others.
For heaven’s sake, don’t
feed the coyotes! We want
our pets to be safe.
But all things considered,
are pretty cool.
Adrea Nairne-Barrera’s writing focus these days are on
observations, celebrations and complaints about life in the 1960s
to being in your 60’s. You can contact her at: sixties2sixty@yahoo.
By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment
The Ringling Brothers circus may have taken
its tent down, but the circus has come to
Vegas. “Circus 1903”, a grand production at Paris
Hotel & Casino does the circus proud with aerial acrobats, the fastest
juggler I've seen, high wire balancing, and two amazing mechanical
elephants that will win your heart.
Grab your popcorn and settle in as the technologically simulated
tent is raised in a well choreographed number with some of the 19 cast
members dressed circa 1903.
The ringmaster, Willy Whipsnade, keeps things moving and provides
delightful comic relief with kids from the audience complete with some
old-fashioned sleight of hand magic. And what a pleasure to see the
ringmaster portrayed by a performer - Dave Williamson, who is on our
side of 50!
This is as close to a real circus as we will see in Vegas. It isn't a Cirque
de Soleil production. It is a circus. The scenery gives us the illusion of
the big top. The performers, most gathered from top productions in
Europe are literally at the top of their game.
Remember those high-flying acts? There they are. And a young
female contortionist who amazes the audience with her agility? And
there are snake charmers and a man on stilts.
A highlight of the show is two mechanical elephants. The baby -
Peanut will win your heart. So believable. They were created by the
award-winning puppeteers from Broadway's War Horse.
Remember the old
days when one guy
jumped on one end
of the seesaw and
propelled the other up
high into the air? You
can see it again.There's
also a side show
called “Wild, Weird
and Wonderful.” And
it is, but more - it is a
I asked 13-yearold
what he thought of
the show. “Amazing”
he said. Take the
grandkids, take the
kids, borrow some kids, or just reconnect with the kid inside you.
See Circus 1903 at Paris Hotel & Casino. Show is nightly at 7 except
Mondays with 3 pm matinees Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
In addition to The Vegas Voice, Dianne Davis is a reporter for Sun
City Anthem TV (SCA-TV) specializing in entertainment and is a
columnist for www.lasvegasroundtheclock.com.
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By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever
Are you satisfied playing golf for fun or would
you like to “up” your game by playing in a
more competitive setting? There’s nothing wrong
with getting out by yourself or with friends and being paired up with
others, but for me, I prefer playing competitively.
This is why I belong to two golf organizations that provide me with
a minimum of three competitive rounds per month. The Winterwood
Men’s Golf Association and the Nevada State Senior Golf Association
are both non-profits and great clubs to belong to. Neither will break the
bank to join. So if you’re like me and have competitive juices flowing
through your veins, join these two clubs - you won’t be sorry.
I joined the Winterwood Men’s Association more than 25 years ago
and have rarely missed a tournament (we play two per month). If you
are a senior like me (over 50) man or woman, you can join the Nevada
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See you on the links!
Mike Landry resides in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and is a member
of both the Nevada State Seniors Golf Club and Winterwood Men’s
Group. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical Intuits Can Save Lives
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
There are times when, rather than healing a
patient, they're told they will have to deal
with their symptoms. This may not necessarily
be true. Any emotional, physical or mental pain is a message from
an underlying cause which can be very specific and significant when
Our bodies are made up of millions of energy sources that intertwine
to create the unique individuals we become. Positive thoughts fuel
these energies, while pent up negativity, stemming from "diseased",
emotions (like fear, anxiety, anger, jealousy) become the dams that
block their flow.
Medical Intuitives are human x-rays. Many of them, like well-known
author Caroline Myss, ("Why People Don't Heal & How They Can")
work with doctors as medical teams. The information they provide can
assist the doctor with an evaluation of misdiagnosed conditions, or
ones that may have been overlooked, while recognizing the strengths
and weaknesses of their clients' bodies.
The information relayed by a Medical Intuitive is about the
individual and how their response to a life situation affected them.
This can be altered once the realization of the message is received
and acted upon accordingly. Ultimately doing so heals the condition,
which leads to relieving the associated pain that clogs the correlating
These mediums specialize in perceiving information concerning
imbalances, misalignments, energy blockages and treatments
needed. At times, it happens even years before the "diseases" manifest
physically. Since 99% of ailments are psychosomatic, they can pinpoint
and explain the event or energy to an emotion that was the core cause
of the illness in the first place.
Every emotion is generated by an organ in our body. Grief stems
from lung issues, anger stems from the liver, etc. Edgar Cayce (1877–
1945), one of the most famous intuits had over 30,000 recorded health
readings where the findings show imminent connections between the
mental process and a person's physical or mental illness. Therefore,
anyone can save themselves a lot of discomfort and unwanted
"diseases" by simply committing to attend to their negative responses
from the onset.
To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching,
classes, workshops, and readings, call, give her a call: 702/373-
Father & Mother Really Did Know Best
By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice
Yep, it was definitely a different
time...a MUCH better time, and I
will debate that with anyone who accepts
Father actually did “know best” and 19 families out of 20 had their
fathers permanently at home. Actually, Dad left every morning for work
and came home every evening, normally to a wife, some kids, and a
homemade dinner - maybe tuna-noodle casserole, with frozen peas and
some lemon meringue pie.
But first, USUALLY the boy met the girl, the boy asked the girl out, the
boy and girl dated until they were out of college (and by “dated”, I mean
USUALLY some kissing and light “making out...no, USUALLY nothing
further, believe it or not!).
Then, the boy called the girl’s parents and asked for her hand in
marriage, and then he proposed, and they planned a wedding, which
was USUALLY paid for by the bride’s parents, except for the rehearsal
dinner, which was USUALLY paid for by the groom’s family. Then, they
got married and THEN they indulged in a tad more than light “making
Then, along came the children, one by one...whom they welcomed
with great joy, and love, and excitement.
A man normally taught his son lots of things in the 1950s: how to catch
a fish; how to save money; how to speak to their mothers; how to shoot
a foul shot; how to do algebra...sort of. He taught him how to defend his
sisters, girls in general...and his country; how to respect his elders; how
to build a birdhouse or a model car; how to play Yahtzee with the family,
because family comes FIRST and always will.
A father taught a son how to work for a living, take responsibility for his
actions, and love his future children by, first, loving their mother.
A woman and mother of the ‘50s taught her daughters important
things as well: how to wear a cardigan with a butterfly collar; how to
apply make-up...very lightly; how to speak to her elders - and to everyone
- with respect and a smile; how to work hard at whatever they did, and not
to accept less than the best from anyone - especially themselves.
A mother taught a daughter how to play the piano; how to beat a boy
at ping-pong or golf...or running for Student Council President; how to
make a fabulous tuna-noodle casserole; how to cherish her children, and
how to make a house a home.
We played tag and hide-n-seek and kick-the-can. We played if-bikeswere-horses,
baseball and red-light-green-light...and lots of other
We walked four blocks to school, unless it was raining. We spoke
respectfully to our teachers, we did our work...and we learned. We learned
that 4+3=7 (not 4+3=possibly 5, or 9, or whatever your fragile psyche
needs it to equal); we learned that “Columbus sailed the ocean blue in
fourteen-hundred-ninety-two” (and that he was a great Italian explorer,
navigator and colonizer; that he fought stubbornly for the chance to find
a “new world” and that if he hadn’t we might all still live in Italy...not
that I’d mind that).
We learned that Who is a subject, and Whom is a direct object or an
object of a preposition (and that Whattsup would be a totally inappropriate
- and punishable - offense when addressing a teacher.
OK, to us kids, maybe it didn’t always SEEM like a wonderful time, but
looking at our kids today, all on couches staring at phones - well, there’s
no question it was.
Vicki Wentz is a writer, teacher and speaker living in North
Carolina. Readers may contact her - and order her new children’s
book! - by visiting her website at www.vickiwentz.com.
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Ask a Master Gardner
By: Pat Warren / Happy Gardening
Here in the Las Vegas Valley our back and
front yard walls are made of plain, drab
Consequently, many of us try to find creative ways to camouflage these
One of the best ways to do this is to plant vines. Keep in mind that
picking a vine that will do what you want it to do and at the same time
thrive in our climate is not as easy as it might seem.
Some vines climb by wrapping themselves around any available
support. These are called twining vines. Some vines also wrap themselves
around supports but they do it by sending out tendrils and those tendrils
wrap themselves around anything they can.
Both twining and tendril-type vines are easily trained on fences,
trellises, upright posts, and even wires fastened securely at both ends, but
usually will not climb up wall surfaces. The following plants are either
twining or tendril growers. Cat’s Claw Vine requires sun and has yellow
trumpet flowers, but its tendrils are reminiscent of a cat’s claws, so be
careful where you place it.
Carolina Jessamine is covered with clusters of small, yellow, trumpet
flowers in spring, grows to 20 feet and requires morning sun or afternoon
shade. All parts of the plant are poisonous.
Another type of vine is considered self-climbing and will attach itself
to rough surfaces like cinderblock and stucco. These vines might sound
ideal but they can damage the surface to which they attach.
Creeping Fig, Boston Ivy and English Ivy all fall into this category.
They all produce relatively wide leaves, provide good coverage but need
an ample amount of shade.
The last category is non-climbing vines and these are more like shrubs
than vines. They have long branches that have no way to climb on their
own so they must be trained and tied by the gardener.
Bougainvillea blooms from early summer through fall in shades of
red, purple, pink or orange and likes some shade. Cape honeysuckle is
evergreen and has reddish orange tubular flowers.
Lady Banks Rose needs morning sun, or afternoon shade and has
yellow or white flowers that appear all at once in mid-spring.
So get on with it, cover up those ugly walls!
Pat Warren is a certified Master Gardener with the UNR Cooperative
Extension. She started her training because of the frustration she felt
trying to get something, anything, to grow in Nevada.
Seniors Helping Seniors!
By: Charlie Christy / Executive Director
- Ms. Senior Nevada
What does it mean to be an active member of
the Ms Senior Nevada Pageant Family? We
are more than a Pageant.
We are group of dedicated seniors, promoting senior health and
happiness and serving others all while enjoying our senior years. The
Ms Senior Nevada Pageant Family has been building for 33 years and
while our group is ever-changing, our focus is service to others, not selfpromotion.
Last month, we journeyed to Eureka, Nevada to perform and raise
money for the Meals on Wheels program in Eureka County. The rural
counties have a big challenge with some of their seniors living on a very
small income and without the conveniences we take for granted. For
some, the Meals on Wheels is their only meal of the day.
Our Pageant Family traveled nearly (each way) 350 miles and stayed
at the Gold County Inn, the only place that could accommodate us. We
entertained the community in the Historic Eureka Opera House Theatre.
This restored “grand lady” is from an era (mid 1800s) of rough and
tumble miners who would put their work aside and enjoy a night of
opera. Built before modern sound systems, the building is constructed so
that the music can be heard with only minor magnification.
Our group, arrived on Monday afternoon. We enjoyed a picnic in the
park and then went to the Senior Center. We met some of the seniors that
often travel to Las Vegas to attend our annual Pageant. That evening
found us at a local pub - the only one open in the town.
Tuesday found us doing a quick sound check, checking out the stage
and dressing areas before doing an amazing show with 100% of the
proceeds going to the Meals on Wheels program. We print the tickets and
send them to the Senior Center where they are sold with the funds put to
use where they need it the most.
We pay our own way and our reward is the fun, camaraderie and
knowing that we are helping others. As for the show – you’d never guess
that the participants are over 60. It’s great fun to see the variety of acts
these gals can produce.
Thanks for all the love
What a Show!
The Squeaky Wheel
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
Quite a response from last month’s
column. Not one person disagreed with
what I said – quite the contrary, all were in
complete agreement. There was however, one question I heard over and
over, “What can I do in-between elections?”
As hard as it is to believe, the “lip service specialists” aka the
politicians, are YOUR servants. YES, that means they are there for
YOU! The problem is most of you think that isn’t so. As a result, they
continue to plod along paying you uninterrupted and unchallenged
volley after volley of verbal deceptions knowing that YOU aren’t going
to do anything about it!
The answer? The SQUEAKY WHEEL GETS THE OIL! The few that
contact their representatives over and over again get results! Want to
know who your representatives are?
Once a month in the Las Vegas Sun section of the Review Journal, a
detailed listing of ALL the elected officials are listed. From the federal
level, down to the city councils. And at the top of the page it says –
CONTACT YOUR PUBLIC OFFICIALS.
There you have it! No excuses not to use it! Become the SQUEAKY
WHEEL and I guarantee you will get results! Happy “squeaking.”
Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior
community. He served as Chair of the City of Henderson’s Senior
Advisory Commission. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
Will Tax Reform Help Seniors?
By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner
For many seniors, retiring means living on
a fixed income. That is why tax reform -
mainly tax reduction is a big issue for most
folks who are living on savings or a pension from their working
President Trump and congressional leaders have already
identified tax reform as a key part of their agenda and a specific
legislative package is expected to be released very soon.
Both Trump and Congressional Republicans have stated a desire
to make the tax code easier; to take us from 7 rates of income
taxation down to just three, for instance. Republicans propose to
tax income at 12%, 25% and 33%, with the top rate being triggered
by an income greater than $112,500 for individuals or double that
for couples filing taxes jointly.
Congressional Republicans are seeking to reduce the number
of deductions an individual can make from their pre-tax income,
aiming to preserve mortgage and charitable deduction incomes.
The White House would rather see these items preserved and capped
and an increase in the amount an individual or couple can take as
a standard deduction; meaning fewer individuals claim deductions
when filing taxes.
Perhaps most importantly for retirees, capital gains and dividends
tax cuts are being proposed by Republicans in Congress. While
Trump wants to retain the current rates those in Congress want to
see the rate reduced to fifty percent of the income tax brackets This
reduction would likely provide a substantial boost to retirees who
invested in the market and rely on those investments to produce
Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,
businesswoman and currently a Realtor in Las Vegas. You can
contact Victoria at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s a new “sheriff in town” - figuratively
speaking. His name is Kevin Schiller, Clark County’s
new Assistant County Manager.
Publisher Dan and I had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. Schiller
recently to talk over my “issues” regarding the public guardian. It’s no
secret that Clark County Public Guardian Karen Kelly’s methodology of
dealing with seniors facing guardianship is vastly different than what we
think is proper and appropriate.
I’m pleased to report that Mr. Schiller, (who recently moved here from
Washoe County where he worked on guardianship issues) “gets it.” He
has already worked with many of the same people who joined us on this
crusade nearly three years ago.
With the new guardianship reform laws going into effect, (in October
and January) we will be starting our Vegas Voice seminars again to bring
everyone updated paperwork and information. Mr. Schiller requested to
be part of our seminars so that he can meet seniors interested in county
AND in the very near future, Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske
will have the new forms available for guardianship nomination. The
revised forms have been updated from what was suggested when the law
was first passed in 2015. On January 1st, your guardianship preference can
be filed with the Secretary of State. Of course, we will have all information
and new guardianship forms at our seminars.
AND we will also be working with Homa Woodrum, a fabulous attorney
who was recently hired by the Nevada Department of Health and Human
Services, Aging and Disability Services Division. Her official title is “Attorney
for the Rights of Older Persons and Persons with a Physical Disability,
an Intellectual Disability or a Related Condition.”
The short title is “Chief Advocacy Attorney” and we have total confidence
in her abilities and dedication. Homa and her office will be providing
guidance, assistance and training for our guardianship volunteer advocate
program. Now that the laws have changed giving volunteers “standing”,
we are confident our non-profit group can really make a big difference for
many of our fellow seniors.
AND the Nevada Supreme Court is now forming a permanent
Guardianship Commission (and despite my Dan saying, no!) I opened
my big mouth and volunteered to serve. Notwithstanding Dan’s wishes, we
will let you know what happens.
AND finally, at the end of this
month, Dan and I have been invited
to attend the North American Mature
Publishers Association (NAMPA - the
trade group for senior publications)
conference in Chicago. We will be
giving a presentation “Guardianship
Problems Facing Seniors” to
publishers/editors from around the
country. This invitation will give us the
chance to get much needed national
coverage on such an important topic.
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
Chief Advocacy Attorney
The Fall Season Begins
By: Stu Cooper / Happy Destinations
The fall season is a busy planning and travel
time for our Vegas Voyagers Travel Club.
Typically, September through January is the
busiest travel time for Vegas Voyagers.
For example, the balance of 2017 and the first two months of 2018,
the Vegas Voyagers will have between 250 and 350 people traveling.
And these numbers don't include our travelers not participating in
Vegas Voyagers programs.
We must get our Voyagers ready to travel
literally all over the world; to Mexico, the
Caribbean, Australia and Europe - just to
name a few destinations. It can get very
busy in our office with all the documents to
collate, review and send out.
As a full service oriented travel agency, we provide our
Vegas Voyager travelers, as well as all our independent
travelers with all the documents they will need to travel. We print them
and mail (or email) these items to everyone. We do on line registrations,
and if necessary we can book and issue all airline tickets.
We assist our passengers all the way through the travel process. We've
been doing this for nearly thirty years. That experience helps us take
care of all the details for our passengers.
The fall is also extremely busy because we start planning for 2018
-19 and the trips we want to promote and recommend. I also get to
travel a bit so I can be up on all the latest travel hotspots.
This autumn I will travel back and forth from New York to Las Vegas
at least three times. I will visit England to get updated on the best
places to stay in Glasgow and Edinburgh. I also will be escorting and
participating in the Phat Pack cruise to the Mexican Riviera in January.
As you read this, if I planned it out correctly and everyone is healthy,
I'm walking around Disney World with my
family. As I wrote back in September of 2014,
Grandma and Grandpa had big plans to take
the grandkids (and their parents) to Disney
After extensive planning, September 3 -
8 turns(ed) out to be the best time when
all concerned could "adventure" to Disney
World. As parents, we took our kids to
Disney many times. Now it's the grandchildren's turn. It will
be interesting to see how we do with a three-year-old and an 18-monthold.
A full report will follow.
The Phat Pack cruise is selling out and prices will go up as of
September 15. If you're thinking about going on this Mexican Riviera
cruise January 27 - February 3, 2018, give us a call at 800-698-1101.
And HOLD THE DATE. Our next Vegas Voyager meetings are scheduled
for Sunday, November 12. We expect to hold one in Henderson
(Buckman’s) and the Suncoast Hotel in Summerlin.
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The Appalachian Trail
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
As the afternoon progressed and the sun fell
low enough to cast long arms of shadow
across the Appalachian National Scenic Trail,
generally known as the Appalachian Trail, we
watched a chipmunk pinball from rock, to log, to rock, disappearing
into the woods. The Appalachian Trail is a public footpath traversing
more than 2,000-miles of scenic, wooded, wild and socially significant
lands of the Appalachian Mountains - encompassing 14 states from
Georgia to Maine.
Crossing Maine and cutting through Canada with sections continuing
into Greenland is an unofficial trail known as the “International
Appalachian Trail.” The International Appalachian Trail runs
from Maine into New Brunswick and Quebec. It then branches into
parts of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the western shore of
Newfoundland to the northern end of the Appalachian Mountain Range,
where it enters the Atlantic Ocean. The International Appalachian Trail
is a separate trail and not a true broadening of the Appalachian National
Scenic Trail. The International route even has extensions to Greenland,
Europe and Morocco.
The Appalachian Trail is nearly 100% protected by Federal or state
ownership of the land and managed by the National Park Service, US
Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies
and volunteers. Volunteers contribute nearly 200,000-hours annually
and are the backbone of the Appalachian Trail.
We traveled through extraordinary views and the occasional wildlife
sighting. At one point in the trail, a squirrel is spotted up ahead in the
crotch of a tree, and at dusk, deer venture from thickets. The Appalachian
Trail Conservancy tells us that the trail is the world’s longest hiking trail.
In places, the trail rises and falls along the plunging contours of the
The Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific
Coast Trail form what is known as the “Triple Crown of Hiking” in
the United States. To be sure, the Appalachian Trail is a wonderful
geographical imprint established upon the land; forever sanctioning as
a footpath for the people.
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an
Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always
The Truth Behind Tesla
By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
In a perfect Utopia, we’d all
be chauffeured around by
vehicles. However, today’s technology has yet to catch up
to our ideal future landscape.
Right now, auto manufacturers are working on finding
the best answer to fossil fuels. Is it the battery? Hydrogen?
Magnetic levitation? All possibilities are being explored.
Tesla, and its created Elon Musk, believes it has the
answer with electric vehicles. There are three models now available:
The Model S sedan, Model X SUV, and the recently announced
Model 3. While those who own Teslas swear by them, there’s more
to the story than happy owners.
Even with all of Musk’s charm, there is more to consider than the
vehicle itself. First, Tesla’s stock is high right now, but the market
is not bullish on his decision to offer junk bonds in an attempt to
raise $1.5 billion to continue to fund his automotive venture.
Tesla’s success may hinge on the affordable Model 3, which may
start at $35,000, but can climb to around $60,000. Extra charges
can include $9,000 for the long-range battery, $5,000 for autopilot,
more for the upgraded interior, and don’t forget about installing a
home charging system. So much for affordable.
Production ramp up also will be interesting to follow, as Musk
himself said it will be “manufacturing hell.” It’s relatively easy
to build vehicles in low-production volumes; Tesla hit close to
80,000 units last year. But with nearly 400,000 pre-orders for the
new sedan, some people won’t even begin to see their vehicles until
As a comparison, Ford builds over two million vehicles a year
(almost 900,000 are F-Series trucks). Dealing with manufacturing
challenges won’t be as easy as Musk is trying make them look.
If you want a great electric vehicle, there are plenty available
from myriad manufacturers, and they are affordable. Check out
the Chevrolet Bolt, Volkswagen eGolf, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Soul, and
others from manufacturers who are solid, reliable, and accessible
– plus they will be around a long time.
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at
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Caregiver Tips for Traveling with the Elderly
By: Regale Harris / Your Kindred Team
Our loved one may not be mobile without
a wheelchair, or have a specific health
condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. This can
make your vacation more complex, regardless of how you are traveling.
As with any vacation, preparation is key: plan ahead for some senior
travel needs so that you and your family will be able to enjoy your trip
for the right reasons:
1. Arrange Special Services
Ahead of Time. Contact the airline
in advance to arrange for special
screening if your loved one has
disabilities or special needs. Request
a wheelchair, advance boarding, special
seating in a disabled row or near a restroom.
Be aware of any surgical implants that
might set off metal detectors, and wear easy-to-remove shoes.
2. Consult with a Doctor for Travel Approval. The allimportant
first step is making sure your loved one is cleared for travel is
by their primary care doctor. Make sure your destination is appropriate
to your parent’s limitations. Obtain medications or necessary
3. Pack Essential Items in a Bag that is Easily Accessible.
Make sure you have important documents, medications, phone
numbers, favorite drinks or snacks, a hat, light sweater, sunscreen and
a travel pillow. These should be kept in a carry-on bag, or a tote that’s
4. Plan for Breaks and Downtime in the Schedule. There’s
nothing less relaxing during a vacation than having to rush from place
to place, and quiet time is even more important if you’re a caregiver.
Plan to arrive for flights earlier than you normally would. On road
trips, take additional breaks.
5. Prepare All Necessary Documentation and Identification.
Make sure travel documentation is in order:
passports, driver’s license, travel
itineraries and tickets. You’ll also want
to pack Medicare and insurance cards
as well as any prescriptions or physician’s
statements. Make additional copies of all
documents and ID’s.
6. Provide a Way for Your Senior Loved
One to Contact You. Providing your loved one
with a calling card or a prepaid cell phone, is a
way to make sure they can get in touch with you. Make sure your phone
number is programmed in. If your loved one has cognitive impairment,
you can put your name and phone number on an ID bracelet. Carry a
photo of your loved one with you in case you get separated and need
help to find them.
8. Research Medical Facilities at Your Destination. Especially
if you’re traveling to an unfamiliar area, make sure you know where
the nearest hospitals and care centers are in case of emergency. Bring
contact details for your own doctors.
9. When Possible, Maintain a Predictable Daily Routine.
Maintaining a routine or schedule is critical to reducing anxiety
and stress in a loved one with cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s.
Keeping mealtimes, medication schedules and rest times as consistent
as possible and planning car trips and flights accordingly will lower
the risk of agitation.
Regale Harris is the Manager of Volunteer Services and
Community Liaison for Kindred. She welcomes all questions and
inquiries and can be reached at: email@example.com.
Age Related Hearing Loss (ARHL) and Dementia
The term presbycusis is the clinical
term for age-related hearing loss
(ARHL). There are characteristics
of ARHL which have been studied for
As people age, the temporal lobe of the brain’s
ability to identify and locate sound deteriorates.
As a result, the ability to discern speech degrades.
Patients report this difficulty becomes worse while
in a noisy environment.
Cognition slows down as people age as well
which leads to processing problems. For example,
it takes longer to remember numbers and dates as
we age. It also becomes increasingly more difficult to understand the
clarity of speech when a person has untreated hearing loss.
In February of 2011 Johns Hopkins and National Institute on Aging
researchers performed a study and found seniors with hearing loss are
significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who
retain their hearing. Researchers compared volunteers with normal
hearing, to those with mild, moderate, and severe hearing loss to be at
greater risk of developing dementia over time. The more hearing loss
they had, the higher the likelihood of developing dementia.
Long-term noise exposure can accelerate hearing loss; therefore, ear
protection while working in noisy situations or while doing hobbies is
highly recommended. When hearing loss becomes noticeable to either
the patient or family members,
the use of hearing aids might be
Fortunately, the team of caring
hearing health providers of Miracle-Ear provides
excellent quality hearing solutions for different
hearing losses and budgets. Patients can feel
confident in our team of licensed professionals to
receive superior service and outstanding products.
Miracle-Ear, has specialized in designing and
manufacturing customizable hearing solutions
that feature discreet, comfortable products
designed to meet each individual’s hearing loss
needs. Miracle-Ear boasts the largest and only nationwide network
of hearing care centers. We offer free hearing tests at 1,200 locations
across the United States giving our customers access to unparalleled
service across the nation.
Miracle-Ear has been servicing the Las Vegas Valley for over 30
years as a trusted resource for hearing health care, offering state of
the art technology and outstanding customer service at six convenient
locations. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority.
We are sure you will agree that Miracle-Ear is the one to trust for all
your needs. That is because at Miracle-Ear, we don’t just sell hearing
aids, we offer hearing solutions. We look forward to gaining customers
for life and building a strong presence in the Las Vegas community.
The Mystical Pueblo
By the time you read this, my husband,
Ray Sarbacker, and I will have
Sarbacker returned from our second annual visit to
Taos, and the Annual Fundraiser for the Fechin Museum. You
might wonder why we’re so drawn to this Southwestern
small town. But the reason is quite simple. Taos is one of the
most historic art centers in the nation and it was the home
of Nicolai Fechin, one of America’s adopted artists and most
famous impressionists. Also its nearby neighbor, Santa Fe, is
second only to New York City in art sales and impact in the
US. Plus Taos’ beauty and charm was a driving force in my
Dad’s development as an artist.
as a giclee
His fascination with the Southwest started with his private
teacher, Nicolai Fechin, who loved the area and insisted my
Dad spend time there. Fechin had already established an
extraordinary reputation as an impressionistic artist before he
fled from Russia to the US. He traveled through many of the
States, but only one area stole his heart with its rural beauty
and that was Taos, sixty miles from Santa Fe. He along with
several other well known artists, including Georgia O’Keefe,
settled in that region and built a reputation for their community
in the art world that has lasted over a hundred years.
The Mystical Pueblos series of paintings and giclees by
Czerkas focuses on the spirituality and timelessness of our
Native American populations. Like Fechin, my Dad sought to
preserve the heritage and beauty of the Southwest. And the
result is an ethereal quality in this art collection that tells us
these are scenes from bygone days, when pueblos dominated
tribal communities with an ageless, almost surreal appearance.
The painting shown here is only a sample of the original
oils and watercolors in the Mystical Pueblos collection.
Limited edition giclees on canvas are also available, and each
comes with a signed/numbered Certificate of Authenticity. For
more information, please call Ray direct at:
The painting shown here is by
Crystal’s Dad, the award winning artist Victor Czerkas, the only
known private student of the great Russian impressionist,
Nicolai Fechin. Want more info....?
Home Insurance & Your Mortgage
By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight
Having owned an Insurance Agency for many
years, I can tell you that I have heard this
phrase hundreds of times: “My home insurance
is part of my mortgage.” In a sense that is true – BUT when you
purchased your home, you (or someone else) selected an insurance
company to cover your home.
The PAYMENT is part of your mortgage – not the insurance. You
have the right to select any company you wish to correctly insure your
home, and you can change that choice at any time.
Have you looked at the policy since you purchased it? Do you know
if you have the best or even the correct coverages? Do you know your
agent? Do you know the company that insures you?
Do you know if the policy would completely rebuild your home if
destroyed? Do you know if you have replacement coverage (and NOT
depreciated coverage) on your contents? Do you know if you have
I have always adhered to the philosophy that you should review your
policy with your agent every 3-4 years. As indicated in an earlier article,
most insurance companies require that you insure 100% to the value
to rebuild the home (NOT market value). The coverage in your policy
is adjusted for increases in building costs every year which is why your
premium increases a small amount every year.
So, every 3-4 years, it would be wise to have your agent do a
replacement cost estimator to see if the value is still correct. And that is
the perfect time to go over the other coverages. You may have purchased
some high-ticket items that need to be specifically added, or you may
have items that can be deleted.
If you don’t know the answers to the questions above, it’s time to
find the policy and set a time to review it with your agent. If you don’t
know any of the answers, and your mortgage company does pay the
premium, you can call your mortgagee and find out who they pay!
Believe me, many homeowners do not know who their home
insurance company is. They say, “It just came with the mortgage.”
Well, it didn’t!
Jim Valkenburg is a retired military officer and insurance
executive. He and his wife owned and operated their own
insurance agency for over 16 years. His primary purpose is to
give out real information that can be used to make intelligent
Cheap Dentistry Will Cost a Fortune
By: James J. White, D.D.S. / Your Dentist
When you're in need of dental work, one
question may come to mind: How much
is this going to cost? The answer may come as a
shock. If you put it off or try to get it done on the cheap, that decision
could come back to later haunt you, to say nothing of the future hit to
If you're thinking about shopping around for a better price on dental
work, here are some things to consider:
1. Dental care is a professional service. Although it is based on
science, dentistry is more than that. It is also an art and many artists
are less than stellar. You may not object to hanging junk art on your
wall, but don't your teeth deserve better?
2. The quality of the lab the dentist uses can vary. Their costs will
reflect the quality of their output, and if you care about the caliber of
what ends up on your mouth, you must pay a little more.
3. For anyone running a dental practice, the overhead costs are
greater than you think. Between 60-80% of an ordinary charge goes
toward the cost of office space rental, payroll for assistants and office
help, supplies, health insurance, taxes and more; not to mention the
cost of keeping up with the latest technology. A less-expensive dentist
may skimp on these important costs.
4. You may have dental coverage, but before long you're sure to
learn that it doesn't compare to health insurance. Most plans are
maintenance-only. The fact that your insurance won't cover 100% of a
certain procedure doesn't mean that it's unnecessary. It simply means
that your insurer is hoping you decide to skip it entirely.
5. Every bite you take while chewing subjects your teeth to 200
pounds of pressure per square inch. Can inadequate dental restorations
stand up to this kind of assault?
6. When you visit the least-costly dentist around or put off having
dental work done because you'd rather save the money, you're just
setting yourself up for a larger expense down the road. Cavities and
abscessed teeth cannot get better on their own, and it will always cost
less to fix a dental problem early on before it becomes far worse.
In dentistry as in everything else, you're going to get what you pay
for. Everyone's mouth is different, and as such, every bit of dental work
we perform is unique from one patient to the next.
When it comes to the teeth in your mouth, mass-produced methods
will never apply. These are custom procedures, and the cramped and
unforgiving environments in which we perform them calls for precision
and the ultimate in dental expertise.
“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
astering the art/science of dentistry takes
experience, extensive post-graduate education,
and a passion for the art of dentistry.
• Cosmetic crowns/bridges
• Turbyfill dentures
• Bridges on implants to replace dentures with
permanent teeth (what a concept!)
• Restorative care
• Experienced registered dental hygienists
• TMJ problems
• A full service office
Today’s senior dentistry is amazing!
CALL for a complimentary consultation.
Learn more about Dr. White at:
James J. White DDS
1140 Town Center Drive, # 170, Las Vegas, NV 89144
702/562-8833 • 702/562-7910 Fax
How Do You Keep That Energy Up?
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
By the time you are reading this, I will have
returned from the 2017 Annual Zumba
Convention in Orlando, Florida. I was told there
were approximately 8,000 instructors from 95 countries!
I have been attending these conventions since the first one in 2008 –
the year I became a licensed Zumba instructor. This was our 10th and
it was gold! It’s always fantastic beyond words!
Non-stop trainings, sessions, parties, meeting up with old friends and
making new friends. How was I going to keep my energy up and eat
well with all this activity? I’m a high-energy person anyway, but needed
to know the particulars of how to keep my body going at such a frantic
As in past years, I really listened to my body as to how I can maintain
this level of energy. Breakfast consisted of a vegetarian omelet, oatmeal
or toast and some fruit. I also made sure of having PLENTY of water;
especially hydrating prior to any trainings or workshops.
Throughout the day, I ate nuts, trail mixes, or a protein bar. Again,
lots of water! Whenever I could get my hands on some fresh fruit, I
loaded up on bananas to give me that much-needed potassium. And
taking my daily multi-vitamins!
Lunch consisted of a salad and some protein – chicken or fish.
Afternoon snacks – more nuts or trail mixes. At night, even though it
was late after the sessions, I made sure of eating a good meal.
I found these are good tactics whenever I go to all-day trainings. It
is so important to maintain your level of eating and hydrating. Even
when I teach my classes, I tell my students to hydrate before, during
and after class. If you are thirsty when you are beginning a class, you
are already de-hydrated!
I look forward to the Zumba convention each year – trainings,
workshops, meeting up with friends and gaining new ones and having
a FABULOUS TIME!
POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!
Mary Richard was crowned Ms. Senior Nevada 2006, was first
runner-up for Ms. Senior America 2006 and is a life-time dancer.
Mary can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Long to Heal?
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
Imagine you have been out of shape for a
period of months or years. Now you decide
you want to get back in shape and begin to
Will you be in shape in a week? No. How about a month? Probably
not. Most people realize that if you have been out of shape for a while,
it also takes months to get back into shape.
The reason for this analogy is a problem that is growing in medicine
and health care. We have become a society where most forms of
gratification are now immediate. Patients now also expect this of
If they are in pain or have a medical condition, many simply want a
quick and easy fix to get rid of the problem. The body however, usually
does not work like that. Most chronic medical problems develop due to
changes in how the cells and issues function over months (or years)
and only when the level of function decreases below a certain level do
you begin to see symptoms.
For the body to heal, it needs consistent input over time to make
positive changes in the structure and function of its tissues. A pill,
acupuncture needle or chiropractic adjustment may decrease or
eliminate the pain, but that does not mean that the problem is gone.
This just means the overt symptoms are gone. The tissues need much
more time to heal.
While many people realize this, knowing it and following it are two
different matters. Many patients start some form of treatment protocol
for a few weeks and then fail to follow through because the symptoms
Failure to follow through means that the problem does not get fully
resolved and can quite probably worsen over time. This may result in
increased pain, decreased level of function and more time and money
to effectively treat it again in the future.
The quality of your life is highly determined by your level of health.
Invest in your future “quality of life” by thoroughly and adequately
treating any health concerns before they progress.
Dr. Kyo Mitchell served as faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle
and Wongu University in Las Vegas for over a decade. Dr. Mitchell
practices in Summerlin and can be reached at 702-481-6216 or
By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
Audience members keep score. “I’ve
seen “Menopause the Musical” (MtM)
11 times.” 14 times. 26 times. And they keep
coming back. Theaters where the show tours nationally hungered
for a sequel.
When the show’s producer, Alan Glist met Dennis Blair at The
Bootlegger Bistro, Glist recognized the opportunity to give the MtM
fans something new. Blair, who calls Las Vegas home, is a veteran
comedian-song writer-recording-artist who has opened for Joan
Rivers, Rodney Dangerfield and, for 25 years, George Carlin.
In 1980, his first job was opening for Jackie Mason. He co-wrote
Dangerfield’s 1983 movie, Easy Money and Mason’s Laughing
Room Only for Broadway. “The first time I was ever out of work
was when George died.”
MtM, at 12 years is the longest running scripted show on The
Strip with nearly 5,000 performances; parodies four female tourists
who meet in a New York department store and commiserate over
shared change of life experiences through Baby Boomer-era song
Aretha Franklin’s Chain of Fools becomes Change of Life;
Having a Heatwave becomes Having a Hot Flash…you get the
idea. Blair and writing partner Clint Holmes are in the process of
“building song parodies.”
After an estimated 15 rewrites, the show has the four ladies
reuniting in Las Vegas one year later “and have all these Las Vegas
things happen to them. It’s Vegas; there’s got to be a slot machine.”
The current version of MtM with Laverne and Shirley’s Cindy
Williams plays at Harrah’s. Blair recently released a jazz album
with Debbie Reynold’s former music director, Joey Singer, walking
away with three First Place finishes in Indie Music Channel’s Radio
Music Awards. He opens a week’s run at the Tropicana’s Laff Factory
on September 11th.
By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
Living in the desert, where snow is (almost)
non-existent and rainy days are few, sandals
can be worn almost year-round! It also means our
feet are constantly exposed and take a beating. This
summer season, if you'd like to give your feet some much needed TLC, here
are a few great tools for between your pedi appointments!
First on my list, the Silk Feet Exfoliating Microscreen. I stumbled across
this at Bed, Bath, & Beyond of all places. It's inexpensive at $6.99 and it
beats out any pumice stone you've ever tried! It's a flexible mesh steel
material and works wonders!
Follow it up with a foot cream, of which I've tried many! My recent
obsession is the Burt’s Bees Honey and Bilberry Cream. It smells so tempting
and soaks right in without leaving a greasy, slippery mess to walk around
If you're looking for a total "makeover" and your feet are in rough
shape, you can try the electronic file tool by Amope. It's a little pricier at
about $36.99, but it does the job and with no effort!
Additionally, for those that have ever been curious of the Baby Foot peel, if
you have a free week where you can cover up your feet and let it do its magic
(trust me, you won't want to be wearing sandals during the peel process),
you will indeed come away with remarkably baby soft feet! Happy treading!
Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company
based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty
products. Contact Linda at TimelessBeauty2020@gmail.com or
through her website www.fullips.com.
$50 per person (credit card accepted at www.lvhsaa.com) by 9/6/17
$60 per person if paid by check at the door
For more info call 702-876-6660 Patty Haack
Why Retirement is Harder & What You Can Do
By: Todd Bauman / Financial Focus
People today are living longer than
ever before, and the cost of living is
only going up – especially in the area of
health care. Most people retiring today also do so without the
benefit of a pension, so they have to rely on their investments.
After spending a lifetime building up your nest egg,
the only logical thing to do is to protect it.
However, that comes with its own challenges. Interest rates
have gone down on traditional safe money products.
The stock market saw not just one, but two major downturns
in the last decade, and we’re in a global economy now. There’s
no telling what will happen next in the world or what that might
cause the market to do.
People today are also busier than ever before, and I get it, really,
I do. That’s why I’m not going to waste your time by talking over
your head or throwing a bunch of investor jargon at you.
My goal is to tell you what you need to do to protect and
preserve what you have built up. That’s all.
What I have here are three short, simple points that walk
you through what you need to do in order to avoid the THREE
BIGGEST MISTAKES investors are making today when it
comes time to retire.
Mistake #1: Not having enough “Safe Money.”
My definition of Safe Money is money where the principal
is protected. That means you can’t lose it to stock market
This is vitally important to have in case the stock market has
another correction or even a crash; you want to have money you
can draw from if needed. That way, you can leave your RISK
money alone to get back to where it used to be before the crash.
Mistake #2: Not knowing where your income
is coming from. For men who are reading – this is your call
to arms. You owe it to your spouse to make sure you do your job here
and get this set up right.
I don’t mean to sound bossy, but all the statistics point to the reality
that it’s us men who kick the bucket first. There is no greater gift you
can give the people you love than financial peace of mind.
Have an income plan for your spouse that she can rely on so she
doesn’t have to worry where her income is coming from. If your
marriage is like mine, she is going to be totally devastated that you’re
gone; the least we can do is set her up with no worries or concerns.
Mistake #3: Not having an estate plan set up. A good
estate plan includes the proper documents, living trusts, wills, health
care directive and power of attorney. This last issue is so important, it’s
how I start my consultations with clients. This is the part of financial
planning that doesn’t even involve investments, but it’s just the right
thing to do.
So, there you have it. You have spent a lifetime tucking and saving
and putting money away, watching as your accounts grew. You CAN
have a great retirement, and if you’ve saved, then you deserve a great
retirement - just as long as you don’t screw it up.
Take care of these three things:
1. Set your portfolio up with the right percentage of risk
and safe money.
2. Create a guaranteed income stream for you and, if
married, for your spouse.
3. Get a proper estate plan in place.
And that’s it. With a little bit of work and the right tools in place, you
can enjoy the peace of mind that you deserve. This is what I want for
you, and it’s what you’ve worked so hard to achieve. Here’s to staying
golden during your retirement.
Todd Bauman, Investment Advisor Representative for
Bauman Advisory Group, LLC, a registered investment
advisory firm, licensed insurance agent for Bauman
Financial Group, LLC, and licensed document preparer
for Asset Protection of America. For more educational
material please visit www.toddbauman.com or call
Back to School for U at UNLV! It'll Boost Ur Brain!
By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute
Learning something new will boost your brain according to neuroscientists and brain
researchers. It builds new connections between the neurons in our brains, replacing
those we lost over time. Brain experts encourage us to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby. Which
brings me to why I say … you MUST check out the wonderful brain-healthy OLLI at UNLV for seniors.
Osher Livelong Learning Institute
(OLLI) at UNLV
No worries about tests or homework
in this program for adults 50 and older.
200+ classes are offered annually,
from container gardening to contract
law, from film to finances, journaling
to geography, painting to pottery,
baseball to buddhism to banjo for
And, there is a BONUS BRAIN
BENEFIT … you’ll make new
friends! (Did you know Socializing is
good for your brain too?!)
Jan Fair is a writer, consultant & public speaker who has published over 40 books including
the No-Brainer Brain Games series. Please check out her website at www.JanFair.com
“OLLI at UNLV”
1. In one minute, name classes
you can possibly take at
UNLV through OLLI.
2. Make an alphabetical list.
Baking & Cooking,
Computing for novices,…
A No-Brainer Pick
851 E. Tropicana Ave.
LV, NV 89119
“ASK LAURA ABOUT REAL ESTATE”
Simple Ways to Increase the Value of your Home
Seniors Real Estate Specialist ® (SRES)
Accredited Buyer Representative ® (ABR)
Graduate, REALTOR ® Institute (GRI)
Equator Platform Platinum Certification
Equator Short Sale Agent Certification
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
Advanced Evaluations Certification
At Home With Diversity (AHWD)
Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR)
NVS Institute BPO Certification
Five Star BPO Designation
Certified Distressed Property Expert ® (CDPE)
Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist
We all want to make sure that our home not only holds its value, but increases it as well. That way if our
needs were to change or we need to move for any reason, the home could be sold for a profit, making the
move that much easier. There are a few very simple, quick, ways to help make sure that this happens.
Homeowners often get into a lull with maintaining and fixing broken or worn items in their houses. One
thing leads to another, which eventually leads to repairs costing thousands of dollars. Instead of waiting,
take action the moment you realize something is wearing out and fix it or call a handyman -- it will save
you money in the future and help maintain the value of your home.
There is an obvious correlation between the value of homes that are kept up with (at least) a weekly cleaning
and those that don't. Not only will your home look nice and be clean for company, it will stay in good
condition longer and avoid having bugs and rodents inside the garage, home, and attic. Homes that have
actively used a pest control service can typically be sold for more than those that didn't. Make it easier on
yourself by committing to a good cleaning on a weekly basis, scheduled in at the same time each week so
that a habit will be formed.
The inside of your home may be the top priority for you, but don't forget to do basic maintenance on your
lawn and surrounding areas. Remember, this is the first thing that potential buyers (and renters) see
when they pull up in front of your property. In fact, the looks matter so much that a recent study said that
simply raking, aerating, mowing, and maintaining a basic lawn yields over a 300% ROI when it comes to
It seems elementary, but it's so easy to overlook the "simple" things that maintain and even improve the
value of our homes. It's hard to look at our own home with a critical eye, and easy to justify not doing
the little things by telling ourselves "It was good enough for me, it should be good enough for them." or
"It's no big deal.". But little things become big things before we know it, and a lot of little things lumped
together may be exactly what drives away the potential buyer that might have paid you the best price for
I hope that these tips are helpful to you! Please let me know if you would like for me to walk your house
with you to help you identify what should be attended to before putting your home up for sale.
Stay out of the heat, keep hydrated, and stay well!
Call Laura Today!
Laura Harbison, ABR, AHWD, BPOR, BS, CDPE, CRS, GRI, RSPS, SRES
Realty Executives Harbison Team
770 Coronado Center Drive, Ste. 100
Henderson, NV 89052
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