Vegas Voice 4-18 web


Oct. 2012



For your Health, Wealth,

and Good Times!




Las Vegas Valley

Seniors Still Matter!

Ray Sarbacker

President, The Vegas Voice

see page 24


April 2018


Our Vegas Voice family thanks you for

your 15 years of support


April 2018













Volume 15, Issue 2


Adrea Barrera

Howard Beckerman

John Bielun

Victoria Boyd

Yvonne Cloutier

Dianne Davis

Chuck Dean

Jan Fair



Who We Are

Linda Gomez

Ali Guggenheim

Dan Hyde

Mike Landry

BJ Killeen

Kathy Manney

Kyo Mitchell

Judy Polumbaum

We’ve very proud that in 2017,

The Vegas Voice received a total

of 8 state & federal awards for

our publication; including the

Nevada Press Association’s “Best

Investigative Story” and its

“Freedom of the Press Award” for

upholding the principles of the

First Amendment and protecting

the public’s right in exposing

the Clark County guardianship


Dan Roberts

Ray Sarbacker

Debbie Landry

Rana Goodman

Evan Davis

Sam Wagmeister

Stu Cooper

Rich Natole

Ary Mirochnik

Michael Roberts

Lou Lozitsky

Bill Caserta

Mary Richard

Crystal Sarbacker

Victoria Seaman

Jim Valkenburg

Beverly Washburn

Devon Wickens

Vicki Wentz

James White

15 Years... and Still Growing

By: Dan Roberts / From the Publisher

It’s hard to believe that 15 years ago this

month, The Vegas Voice (then called “Senior

Life”) made its debut. During this time, there

have been enormous highs and bottomless lows; but one thing has

always remained - the journey has never been boring.

Looking back at that inaugural issue, I remain most fortunate that

people reading this column do not have a copy of that first edition. In a

word, I was “appalled.”

I trusted my new “experienced” employees and when I stated my

concerns, I was bluntly told that I had no idea how to put together a

senior paper. “You’re entirely correct,” I said to the then editor, “but I do

know how to sign your paycheck, so let me tell you…” That editor was

history two weeks later.

As publisher, I’ve dealt with my share of schmucks. But I met and

formed friendships with some of the best people in the world - starting

with my partner Ray Sarbacker and our project manager, Vegas Voice

columnist, and my “Bronx Brother” Bill Caserta.

Then nearly 2 years ago, another woman came into my life that pushed

The Vegas Voice from newspaper to magazine. Thank you to our VP of

Marketing; my favorite redhead – Debbie Landry.

Permit me to also boast that The Vegas Voice has the best writers in

town. Yes, we had some clunkers who wrote their articles with crayons, but

I’ll match our current columnists to any other publication in the country.

With the highs however, there have been unimaginable lows. First the

passing of my Amy’s dad, Grandpa Joe and then, my better half for 35

years. I admit these were dark times.

And during my all-time low, Vegas Voice “Creating Happiness”

columnist Mary Schramski insisted that I make a phone call. I was “told”

to contact this person named Rana Goodman who would be “perfect for


This future political editor and my now 5+ year PILL (partner in

love & life) brought a new passion to our publication (starting with her

guardianship reform agenda) and showed me that life can again be


I still have no words to express the pride and absolute joy readers

have given me by their emails and telephone calls. And I remain truly

humbled whenever people stop me on the street, or at our (with a thank

you to Evan Davis) entertainment shows to advise how much they enjoy

the magazine and our work on senior issues.

Most of all, as we go forward with bigger and better “stuff,” from the

bottom of my heart, this publisher simply and most sincerely says “thank

you” for your support.



April 2018

Arrogance, Incompetence & Stupidity

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules

You’re yelling at the wrong person”

political editor Rana Goodman replied as

I continued to raise my voice – and used other

impolite adjectives.

Naturally I apologized when I calmed down and realized that, once

again, my Ladylove was correct, but our (my) collective frustration level

was off-the-charts.

As regular readers are aware, Rana’s Don(na) Quixote quest for

guardianship justice has been non-stop. We believed her crusade turned

the corner with the passage of our Vegas Voice reform laws and the

creation of the Nevada Secretary of State guardian lockbox.

Unfortunately, the bureaucrats and lawyers have taken over. Their

arrogance, incompetence and outright stupidity are overwhelming.

Let’s start with our solution to the scandal – a single page document

signed by anyone who wanted to designate their choice for guardian

should it become necessary. And then to “record” their decision so the

judge can know if the person being “taken” (like a private guardian) is

by someone of their choosing.

Sounds simple. So, what happened?

Our one-page form doubled and now requires such useless information

as the last four digits of your social security number (why?) as well as

your gender (again, why?). Then the guardianship form must be signed

in front of two witnesses - and then everyone needed to do this in front

of a notary.

Ridiculous, right? At least The Vegas Voice was prepared for this. At our

(so far) 13 guardianship seminars (all across the valley – from Centennial

Hills to Laughlin) we not only provided the forms, but the two witnesses

(thank you Sandy Lewis and Bill Caserta) and, with tremendous thanks

and appreciation to Todd Bauman, free notary services.

But what if you want to take the form to your bank for them to notarize

it? Unbelievably Wells Fargo and Nevada State Bank refused to provide

notary services for its customers.

Its reasoning is based on the notary acknowledgment that: “I declare

under penalty of perjury that the persons whose names are subscribed

to this instrument appear to be of sound mind and under no duress,

fraud or undue influence.”

The banks’ “legal eagles” claim that since they are not (I’m

not kidding) medical doctors or psychiatrists, they cannot make a

determination whether the signers are of “sound mind.”

The banks however, have no concerns in taking your money without

regard to your mental capacity, but to notarize this form… And you

wonder why people hate banks.

Any rational, sane and sensible individual knows full well that the

sentence in question is based solely on common sense. You know - that

the person requesting such service was not “on crack” or chugging a sixpack

or attached to someone pointing a gun at his/her head.

But, wait, there’s more…

We mentioned previously that Rana and I unconditionally cooperated

with the Secretary of State to implement the lockbox protections. We

offered suggestions, ideas, etc. and just smiled when officials gently patted

us on our heads and advised that everything is under control.

From incorrect “paper stock” to “it’s not our fault we can’t read what

people wrote” to their disapproval and questioning of the guardianship

forms submitted, we want to reiterate to this government agency the


1. We don’t work for the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State works

for us.

2. The Secretary of State (as stated in the form) does not verify the

accuracy of the executed contents and is not liable for any potential

actions pertaining to the form.

3. The lockbox is simply a “storage facility” to hold the forms and will

come into play only if there is a problem.

4. If there is a dispute regarding the form, it is up to the guardianship

judge to determine its validity - not the Secretary of State; and last, but

not least,

5. Just file the damn form and send the required confirmation back to

the signer as promised (10-14 days, not 2-3 months).

As Rana calmed me down (“here, have a doughnut”) I recognized

that, sooner or later, the stupidity will end. But if you want “Exhibit A”

as to why she is so obsessed with our non-profit Vegas Voice Elder Hub

“4Rs” volunteer program, just remember – like cockroaches, the lawyers

and bureaucrats are always there.


The Guardians By: Dan Roberts/Rana Goodman

Over the past two years, we have been followed by a camera

crew in our guardianship activities. We met Billie Mintz,

a fantastic film director, producer and writer who wanted to

document the guardianship scandal in Nevada.

As the photos show, we had Billie over our house several times

to film and to say that we admired and respected him (and his

entire crew) would be an understatement. More importantly, he

became our friend.

We attended a private screening of his documentary and

were blown away by its powerful and magnificent story. Yes, we

were featured (along with many others) in the film, but could

not get over the smiles on Rana’s daughter and Dan’s sons in

seeing their respective parents on the “big screen.”

It is therefore with deep pride that we announce that The

Guardians has been chosen to have its world-premiere in

Toronto at the Canadian International Documentary Festival

on May 2 nd . The “Hot Docs” International Documentary Film

Festival is North America’s largest documentary film festival,

conference and market.

Director Billie Mintz exposes a shockingly corrupt system,

fueled by greed, that has targeted Baby Boomer wealth.

His relentless investigation makes him an advocate and

ally, following numerous families who are fighting to free their

parents and bring justice to those who have abused a vulnerable



April 2018

This uncompromising investigation exposes the rampant

corruption that has transformed Nevada’s guardianship system

into a con game: seniors lose their wealth and well-being to greedy

court-appointed protectors, while their adult children fight desperate

court battles to free them.While

The Guardians has yet to secure a broadcaster in the U.S., selection

into the festival will bolster continuing efforts to position the film to

the U.S. market, as well as internationally. For more information, visit: A link to the film’s trailer: https://

Congratulations Billie!

Another Black Eye for Sun City Anthem

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

For many years after moving into Sun City

Anthem, I worked as an advocate to help

people understand the Nevada Revised Statutes

(NRS 116A) - the laws that govern Home Owner Association (HOA)


I did that, not because I wanted to run for a county or state office, and

not because I wanted to serve on the HOA board. I had already given five

years of my life in my prior HOA community as board president. I had

no other objective other than a desire to help.

With a few friends, (also “students of NRS 116A” from various parts

of the Las Vegas Valley), we formed the Nevada Homeowner Alliance.

We spent countless hours helping people with their concerns, filling out

complaints to the Nevada Real Estate Division (NRED) - whatever we

could to assist people who asked.

We only hit roadblocks in a couple of communities. Sun City Anthem,

(SCA) being one of them.

In my 15 years living in SCA (and let me preface this statement

by saying that I dearly love my home, the friends I have made in

this community and would never consider moving) I know what a

“homeowner friendly” HOA can be like - and it is not SCA. I have very

serious concerns about the stability of the governance here.

My children, my friends and especially The Vegas Voice publisher

(and my “partner in life”) say I am opinionated. Damn right I am, and

because I am, I have never shied away from speaking my mind.

Like HOAs or not, the board of directors are voted into office to run

an HOA to the best of their ability. “The buck stops there!” They can

designate, but the final authority should be, and is always, the board.

The board candidates even sign a document when they run for that

office that they will become familiar with NRS 116 and follow the law.

Unfortunately, SCA is already about $20,000 over budget in legal fees -

and it is only April.

How can SCA still violate the law? Apparently the SCA board put

out a new document request form (anyone wishing to see the actual

document will find it on The Vegas Voice website:

that requires unit owners to sign a non-disclosure agreement along

with a list of threats - including possible criminal charges.

Obviously, this scares some unit owners and they do not know what

to do. Some have come to The Vegas Voice for help.

But what about the legality of the SCA action? After making

(another) complaint to NRED about SCA, the Ombudsman’s response

was untypically swift and blunt:

We both know that NRS 116 requires that records be provided or

made available to unit owners upon written request. After speaking

with the Ombudsman, the availability of records as described in

NRS 116.31175 cannot be conditioned on a non-disclosure

contract. Refusal to sign such an agreement does not alleviate

the association’s obligation to provide or make available records

of the association. The “mandatory acknowledgement” form that

you provided is contrary to NRS 116, as such a document is not

required by law.

We thank NRED for its speedy reply and must ask why SCA association

attorney Adam Clarkson, (who by the way just became president of the

Community Association Institute - a group whose membership consists

of HOA managers, board members, staff, attorneys etc.) why he would

sanction such an obvious violation of law?

It is no secret that Sun City Anthem has had many public “black

eyes” over the years, however this one would have been so simple to

avoid if its board of directors did their job and let “the buck stop” where

it should - at their feet.

Such decisions should not be made in the administration office or at

the attorney’s desk while the hands on the dollar bill clock tick away.

If it was the board that chose to mandate the new form, they obviously

forgot to check their NRS 116 handbook.

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Our Ms. Senior Mesquite Pageant

By: Charlie Christy / Executive Director

- Ms. Senior Nevada

Many people don’t know that Mesquite is

part of Clark County. And even though it’s

about an hour away, it has a lot to offer to Las Vegas residents.

The Ms Senior Mesquite Pageant is a local event that offers an

afternoon of entertainment and excitement. The winner will compete

in the Ms Senior Nevada Contest in Las Vegas this August.

So, plan an afternoon in Mesquite on April 7 th .

It may even make you want to return for a round of golf or attend a

professional show in a comfortable setting. Return to what Las Vegas

was like before it became so big.

You’ll be amazed at the talent and the quality of the show you’ll

see. The admission is $15 which goes toward the production and the

program book.

Tickets may be

reserved at the

Theatre box office.

Call 702-345-4499

and make your

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April 2018

Holiday Humor

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

Blondes & Easter: Three blondes died and

are at the pearly gates of heaven. St. Peter

tells them they can enter the gates if they can

answer one simple question.

St. Peter asks the first blonde, “What is Easter?”

The blonde replies, “Oh, that’s easy! It’s the holiday in November when

everyone gets together, eats turkey, and are thankful. “Wrong!” replies

St. Peter and proceeds to ask the second blonde the same question.

The blonde replies, “Easter is the holiday in December when we put

up a nice tree, exchange presents, and drink eggnog.” St. Peter looks

at the second blonde, shakes his head in disgust, tells her she’s wrong,

and then peers over his glasses at the third blonde and asks, “What is


The third blonde smiles confidently and looks at St. Peter. “I know

what Easter is. Easter is the Christian holiday, that coincides with the

Jewish celebration of Passover. Jesus and his disciples were eating at the

last supper. The Romans took him to be crucified.

“He was buried in a nearby cave which was sealed off by a large

boulder.” St. Peter smiles broadly with delight.

The third blonde continues, “Every year the boulder is moved aside

so that Jesus can come out and, if he sees his shadow, there will be six

more weeks of winter.”

Matzah Joke: A Jewish gentleman took his Passover lunch to eat

outside in the park. He sat down on a bench and began eating. Shortly

thereafter a blind man came by and sat down next to him.

Feeling neighborly, the gentleman offered a sheet of matzoh to

the blind man. The blind man ran his fingers over the matzoh for a

minute, and exclaimed, “Who wrote this?”

Passover Haiku: On Passover, we opened the door for Elijah - Now

our cat is gone.

And finally: A farmer plays a prank on Easter Sunday. After the egg

hunt, he sneaks into the chicken coop and replaces every white egg

with a brightly colored one.

Minutes later, the rooster walks in. He spots the colored eggs, then

storms out and beats up the peacock.

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny

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It’s 10 pm and I’m getting ready for bed.

Mostly, I’m asleep by 10 - not because I’m

old and exhausted from teaching children all day,

but because...well...fine, I’m old and exhausted

from teaching children all day.

Anyway, I’m turning on the dryer, starting the dishwasher, slipping

into my flannel nightgown (which, contrary to popular belief, can be

extremely sexy...shut up), and doing everything women do to get ready

for bed (as opposed to men, who “get ready” by taking off their clothes

and passing out). I’m flossing when the lights go out.

Now, I’m not a panicky, overreacting kind of person (Yep, that was

the sound of everyone I’ve ever met dropping coffee all over their laps...

serves them right) but there is no storm tonight.

There’s no wind, rain, hail, sleet or snow, just cold. Very cold. But,

bone-chilling cold doesn’t normally cause a power outage.

Naturally, therefore, my first thought is that someone has cut the

power lines in order to plunge me into darkness, with the phones not

working (and my cell is in my car because I see no need to keep a

phone glued to my head 24/7).

My second thought: Did I put the shotgun I got for Christmas back

where it belongs, and did it have bullets in it, and if not, where did I put

the bullets, and would I remember how to load it, and where did I put

those ear-protector thingys because if I have to shoot somebody, I might

as well not lose my hearing in the process, right?

So, this guy (burglar, ax murderer, terrorist) obviously cut the power


A Survival Guide for the Electrically Challenged

By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

April 2018

so he can trap me, but instead, he will confront a ticked-off, shotgunwielding,

flannel-nightgown-wearing over-reactor, and if he has any

sense of self-preservation, he will run like the wind.

But, before I arm myself to the teeth, I glance outside, and I see that

my neighbors’ lights are out too. I call the electric company, which

hasn’t employed a real human being in decades and the robot voice

(which first tells me they have no account for me, so who’s cashing my

checks, I want to ask, but who argues with a robot) announces a power

outage in my area but it will be fixed by 12:30 am.

I feel my way to the closet and retrieve my emergency radio/flashlight,

which has no batteries (swine children!) so, I climb into bed. The dogs,

Gabby and Kasey, are unconcerned and already asleep, and I finally

drift off.

I awaken at midnight for two reasons: my nose, the only body part

exposed, has become a cute, perky icicle and Gabby is throwing up on

the bed.

Now, I know I must get up and tend to the dog (and the bedspread)

- but it is seriously cold in this house. I mean frigid, glacial cold. I give

it a good deal of thought, but finally, I get up and do my duty with due

diligence (even in emergencies, I employ alliteration).

I also call the electric company and again I’m told 12:30 is their

target time. So, I don sweatpants, thick wooly socks, and hooded

sweatshirt over my nightgown, go back to bed under the scornful gazes

of the dogs and remember that the TV was on and I can’t turn it off now,

so I might as well stay awake until 12:30.

The power leaps to life... at 9 am. When I thaw out, I’m going to get

those ear-protector thingys - and find that robot.

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

How it Began

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

thought I’d write this month about how it

I came to be that I got started in show business.

I started modeling children’s clothes at the age of

three. I also had an agent who sent me on countless auditions - none of

which I got, because I had no experience.

One day, my sister and I were doing a benefit for veterans in Long

Beach and Jock Mahoney happened to be there. I was mesmerized

when I met him; especially since he was dressed as a cowboy and was

handsome, tall and friendly.

A few months after that, I was on an audition at Columbia Studios

where Jock was under contract. While in the waiting room, he happened

to walk in, remembered me and asked my mother why I was there.

She told him about the role I would be reading for and he immediately

went to the producer and told him I had done this, and I had done that,

(all of which was not true, as I hadn’t done a thing other than model

children’s clothes). He lied, they took his word for it, and I got the part!

After I had that one speaking role, it was easier to get other roles, as

I now had “experience” and could begin my career. I am so grateful to

Jock, because I’m sure I never would have gotten that part if it weren’t

for him.

Jock Mahoney can best be remembered for his two series - “The

Range Rider” and “Yancy Derringer.” He also played Tarzan - making

him the 13th (and oldest, at 44) to ever play Tarzan.

He was also known

as an incredible

stuntman; having

doubled for Errol

Flynn, John Wayne

and Gregory Peck to

name a few. But did

you know he was

also Sally Fields’


The last film he

did was with Sally

and directed by

Burt Reynolds and

ironically was titled

“The End.” Many

years later, I did two episodes with Sally on “Gidget” and it was fun to

tell her that her step-dad got me started in the business!

Jock Mahoney died in 1989. How blessed I was to have met him.

Until next time, remember that sometimes all a person needs is a

hand to hold and a heart to understand.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@ Check out her awesome, new website: www.


Our Entertainment Update

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

Just as Vegas reinvents itself daily, so does

The Vegas Voice entertainment venues. For

instance, in January, I wrote that we had 4 shows

scheduled at the Silverton this year. Guess what?

New management and guidelines has forced us to leave that venue

and focus on other locations. Sun City Aliante previously asked us to

bring in headline performers (which we did), but now they do not want

to share that with people outside their community.

Not a problem, if they were able to draw more than 80 people to their

shows. Since we can’t advertise nor sell tickets to the shows at Sun City

Aliante, we no longer can produce shows for their residents.

And we won’t even begin to (once again) review all the problems and

issues with Sun City Anthem’s Board and Management. The politics

and internal fighting that goes on within some of these mature “active

adult communities” makes me very happy to not be a resident of these


Now on the positive side, let’s discuss what The Vegas Voice is

presenting and I’m producing. This month, Saturday, April 7 th , Randal

Keith is performing his “Robert Goulet-Broadway and Beyond”

featuring musical director Philip Fortenberry. This takes place at

Solera at 7 pm with a repeat “encore” performance on Saturday, May

12 th at Sun City MacDonald Ranch.

Bruce Ewing, Broadway actor and singer, will be accompanied

by Philip Fortenberry performing his show “Where I Want to

Be.” This fantastic show will feature music from Broadway, the Great


Songbook and

some original

works. It will

take place

for Anthem’s


club on Friday,

April 27 th and at

the Starbright

Theatre in


on Wednesday,

May 23 rd .

Randall Keith

In June we bring Bill Fayne back as musical director for “Divine

Divas of Song” featuring the works of Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday,

Rosemary Clooney, Diana Ross, Etta James, Barbara Streisand, Celine

Dion and more. This happens on June 6 th at the Starbright Theatre and

June 30 th at Sun City MacDonald Ranch.

The Vegas Voice has other terrific shows (and venues) planned and

keep reading future editions for all the great event that we are doing

for our readers. Yes, doors keep closing but there’s always windows to

keep going!

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:

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

Gordie Brown’s show at Hooters is a delight.

He is an impressionist, a singer, a musician,

a comedian – an Entertainer with a capital E!

His act is fast-paced as he speeds along from

David Bowie to Paul Simon (on Viagra) to Ronald Regan, then Marc

Anthony and Santana. His Willie Nelson is hysterical. Not just the voice,

or the mannerisms, but the script too. Willie croons “Of all the joints

I’ve smoked before.” Gordie’s rewrites of familiar songs will have you

rolling with laughter.

This Canadian born entertainer connects with his audiences. He uses

a few props to guide us along his creative and comical impersonations

of Jay Leno and of Joe Cocker singing “You are So Beautiful to Meee.”

Gordie doesn’t stick to the main road of impressions. He’s got Antonio

Banderas and Gilbert Gottfried! Bill Clinton makes an appearance as

do past presidents Obama and Bush and then Trump. Then John Wayne

and Brokeback Mountain in the same sentence.

I didn’t count the number of spot-on impressions. I hardly had time

to write all the names. It’s all with this twinkle in his eye that says: “Hey,

have fun here with me. We’re in this together.”

And what’s not to love when you watch Gordie go from Ray Romano

to Batman to Charley Sheen to Deepak Chopra? And Jackie Mason and


Impressionist Gordie Brown

April 2018

Owen Williams. Then Kate Hepburn stops by.

Gordie’s Mike Tyson is too much – in a good way. I would call it

delicious, but that might not be the term to use when Tyson talks about

being hungry and biting off Evander’s ear.

He was still hungry,

so he went for the other

ear too. Dr. Phil makes

a comment about that.

Nicholson, Travolta,

DeNiro, Jim Carrey. The

list goes on and on.

Let’s summarize.

Gordie Brown will make

you laugh. Appreciate his

talents and have a good

time at the Night Owl

Showroom at Hooters.

Nightly at 7 p.m. except

Tuesdays and Fridays.

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


Las Vegas Favorite Returns

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

Kitsch: Objects or design considered to

be in poor taste because of excessive

garishness… but sometimes appreciated.

Lou Placentia, a tough, Joe Pesci-like former Marine whose

background includes “picking up body parts in Beirut” after the 1983

embassy bombing is transitioning his Flair Nightclub into a funky

Hamburger Mary’s licensed restaurant/nightclub.

The first Hamburger Mary’s opened on a shoestring budget in San

Francisco in 1972, scavenging mismatched dishes and silverware with

scrounged antiques and artwork. Their motto, “open-air bar and grill

for open minded people” attracted an eclectic clientele from the LGBTQ

and straight communities.

A mix of kooky events and celebrations added to the exciting

atmosphere. Soon the company was off and running, adding locations

coast to coast.

Last year, Placencia opened Flair as a semi-private “fun place for my

friends to come and party.” Crowds packed the place. Friends suggested

aligning with the Hamburger Mary’s culture to add more international

clientele and diversity.

Intentions Create Your World


April 2018

Since the announcement on the company’s website, “response is

overwhelming” said Placencia. Inquiries came from Germany, Russia,

Austria, England, Paris - all looking to book parties.

Las Vegas was home to Hamburger Mary’s from 2002 before falling

victim to the devastating 2006 recession. Plancenia’s resurrection

of the iconic brand takes the establishment out of Vegas’ traditional

LGBTQ neighborhood and relocates it to the more family-friendly

neighborhood just east of The Strip.

Menus and events were still in the planning stages at press time,

but other Hamburger Mary’s are famous for their gently rowdy Drag

Brunches, Geeks Who Drink trivia nights, Mary-oke and Drag Queen

Bingo. Visits to other HM locations evidenced both straight and LGBTQ

crowds packing the venues for fun, food and drinks.

Placencia, who has invested sweat equity and dollars in the project

promises to continue the culture and quality Mary’s has established.

The menu will include many of Mary’s signature half-pound burgers,

fish, chicken and salads. He points with pride to the three bars serving

unique cocktails concocted of top-shelf flavored vodkas and other


Look for a late April, early May opening. 1700 E. Flamingo Road.

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

Intentions are merely wishful thinking, until

you act on them. “Every journey begins with

the first step of articulating the intention and then

becoming it.” Therefore, without intention, you can never begin or

succeed at anything.

Energy is directed by intention put into action. If you’re making

excuses or find yourself avoiding the necessary actions, then you may

consider rethinking your intention. Ask yourself, is this really what you


“The acid test of real intention - puts a glow on your face and a rush

of blood in your body.” If you aren’t feeling it, don’t fight it. Instead,

follow the flow of your energy and you will most likely find your true

intention and perhaps, even your purpose.

You don’t even need to figure it all out. Every step will lead you

naturally to the next.

If this doesn’t work, then you really need to dig deeper. “If I’m

perplexed by the fact that I am constantly lost, maybe somewhere in

my head I’ve determined that being lost serves a greater purpose than

being found.”

From fetus to five years of age, much like computer hard-drives, our

brains download everything we are taught during our “humanization

process.” We buy into people’s perception of who we are. These negative

beliefs haunt us and cause continuous havoc until the end of our years

- unless we are able to identify and extricate them.

When our conscious and sub-conscious minds are opposed, it’s the

core belief or emotion that always wins. Tony Robbins states, “Most of

us have dysfunctional beliefs that we will act consistently with our view

of who we truly are, whether that view is accurate or not.”

The way to empower ourselves is to become our mind’s gate keeper.

Ask yourself:

1. Is this belief true?

2. Are you living intentionally and acting purposefully?

3. Are you setting goals with precise action plans?

Remember that everything you do (or don’t do) will always take you

somewhere. It’s up to you to make sure that it is congruent with who

and what you want to become.

To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching, classes,

workshops, and readings, call, give her a call: 702/373-9081.


By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

If you’ve decided it’s time to give up driving

or are ready to use one of the many

alternate modes of transportation to get around

(Uber, medical transport, etc.), selling your car is probably your first

move. Although it might be a bit tough to make this decision, when

you consider how much money you’ll be saving on gas, insurance,

registration, and possibly payments, it might make the experience a

bit easier.

But where to start?

Your smartest option is to either give or sell it to someone in your

immediate family. You know the buyer and will be comfortable with the

transfer. Just don’t forget to inform the DMV that you’ve turned over the

title (do the paperwork) so you are not responsible for anything that

happens with the car after it’s no longer in your possession.

Your second-best option is to go to a reputable dealer, preferably the

one you bought it from in the first place. To make sure they are giving

you the best deal, visit Kelly Blue Book ( online and see what

your car is worth. Be honest about its condition.

If you don’t agree with their estimate, never be pressured into making


How NOT to Sell Your Car

I’m Too Old for My Car

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

All my life I have resisted reading directions.

I can remember my mother giving me a

new toy and showing me what it did only to have

me state that I could do it myself.

Thank goodness she had a sense of humor and appreciated my

independence. However, I now face the ultimate test.

Here I am, 60 years later, taking on the challenges of a new car. It

may be silly, but my old car and I were dear friends. When she threw her

3 rd drive prop, it was time for retirement.

I loved that car and understood every squeak, click, hum and burp

she made. She didn’t have a backup camera or Bluetooth and ate gas.

Even the needle nose pliers needed to release the parking brake, the

cane to hold up the tailgate and the floppy visors didn’t shake my


Along comes my defining moment of choice and I picked a crossover

SUV for warranty, economy and safety. All very good reasons to be happy,

but I’m out of my element.

There are no shades coming up from the doors, the side mirrors

don’t flex if I’m too close to the ATM, the windows don’t automatically

rise with a tap and I am lower to the ground now. This is all in the

name of smart choices.

And there’s a payment! OMG I am freaking out since it’s been years

since I’ve had one. To add insult to injury, I picked a vehicle with great

ratings, but as we age, insurance companies raise your rate with your

age even if you have a perfect driving record. What was the point of

being perfect?

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a deal. You can leave at any time and go to another dealership. Offers

will vary from one to another.

If the car isn’t in good shape or has high mileage, consider donating

it to a worthy charity. There are plenty out there, and many will come

and collect the vehicle - even if it’s not running.

Some even can make the donation tax deductible. Do you research or

ask friends before committing to a single charity.

The last option is selling through third-party sites like Craigslist or

eBay. They may seem like an easy option, but you never know who you

are dealing with.

If you must do this, ask a friend or relative who may have previous

experience selling through these sites. It’s better to take a few less

dollars for the car and be safe rather than sorry.

BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.

She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at

Let’s talk about electronics in these new modes of travel. I did not

buy the top model. I stayed true to my plan of moderation and yet it has

strange things going on.

It flashes when a car is in my blind spot, shuts down at lights to save

gas and scares the crap out of me, has backup cameras with lines in

3 colors, is keyless (but the fob has a key anyway) and no keyhole, fog

lights that become turn lights, no rear opening window and a crash

alert going off with no provocation near trees.

The instruction book is several hundred pages of diagrams and

charts, so I’ll be busy for a while. By the time I finish understanding

this, I’ll be trading it in.

OK Mom! I’m reading directions!

Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &

complaints of life in the 60s to being in your 60s.

is very proud to present:

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Wed. May 23, 2018

Doors at 6:30 pm.

Show begins at 7pm.

Under the musical direction of Philip Fortenberry, this

fantastic performance is sure to inspire!

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Available at Pinnacle, Desert Vista and

Mountain Shadows Community Centers



“April Showers Bring

Artful Flowers”

Have you considered using art to

welcome this beautiful new

Crystal Czerkas- season to your home? Flower


scenes especially can quickly create

a spring like atmosphere. And a floral still life can introduce a

light bright color scheme, which you can feature throughout

your home. So use art to enhance your home; to create a

mood; to make a statement about yourself. Art is one of the

easiest ways to enhance and personalize your home. Whether

you’re a senior like me who’s trying to simplify our home and

eliminate clutter or a new retiree who’s moving to the next

chapter of his life, this is the perfect time to commemorate the

event with a new art piece.

And don’t forget to select a subject matter that demonstrates

your special interests. Whether it’s travel, boating,

outdoors, sports, your favorite flowers or hobbies, the painting

you select tells us about you and what you like. Plus the

colors that attracted you to your new painting or artwork can

be used like a color chart to help you redecorate or spruce up

a room or an entire house.

Your new painting becomes

your home’s new focal point.

Imagine your new painting

over a sofa with pillows

in complementary colors on adjacent chairs; or in your dining

room with flowers and placemats set on your table; or over

your bed with contrasting linens…

Well, you get the picture.

A large painting is a natural focal point. But if you have

smaller pieces of art to display, group them together to add

importance to your collection. And add family keepsakes and

photos, to make your arrangement really unique. For example,

I’m considering putting together a wall grouping of some of

my Dad’s miniature drawings and the awards he won. But I

have a problem... How much space it will take to display over

a hundred awards?

For more


Call Ray at:

April 2018



The paintings shown here are 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?

We’d be delighted to arrange a private showing...

Shut up!

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

Those are the famous words of Little Richard,

whose cruel father always told him to “shut

up.” He turned them into a playful admonition.

Little Richard, the third son of 12 children, grew

up in an impoverished part of Macon, Georgia. He was named Richard

Wayne Penniman. His family

nicknamed him “Little Richard”

because of his small build.

His father, grandfather and

uncle were 7th Day Adventist

preachers with his father

selling moonshine on the side.

Seeing effeminate tendencies in

Richard, his father regarded him

with disdain, tying him up and

even trying to beat these traits

out of him.

Richard’s childhood was largely shaped by gospel music. He performed

in church activities and learned how to play the piano.

Richard was kicked out of the house at 13. He and his father never

reconciled. At 19, his father was killed outside a bar, sadly never hearing

of Richard’s success and his being a pioneer in the founding of the Rock

‘n Roll Era.

Richard originally said homosexuality was satanic, but in later life,

admitted and accepted it. His lifestyle became a mixture of cocaine,

parties, shows, and orgies until his doctor suspected cancer.

Richard then changed his lifestyle, returning to religion. He became

a preacher, involving himself in church activities and children’s TV

programs, then, returning to music, touring Europe, and appearing in


His hit songs and awards are many. His first hits were Tutti Frutti,

Slippin and Sliddin and Long Tall Sally. His pounding the piano,

howling his lyrics and screaming in a wild falsetto were integral to Rock

‘n Roll’s birth.

His mascara-coated eyelashes, high pompadour hair style coupled

with a fast-up-tempo beat, hammering boogie piano, playing staccato

eighth notes while his drummer played a fast shuffle beat personified

the 60s rebellion.

This created an ambiguity known to musicians as “playing in the

crack” that came to characterize New Orleans rock ‘n roll. In typical

Little Richard style, he sang in the Key of F, in a raw, aggressive, style, that

triumphed over words, for exhibitionism.”

Tutti Frutti is included in the National Recording Register of Library of

Congress. They noted “It showed the development of a different sound in

music with the unique vocalizing over the irresistible beat, announcing

a new era in music.”

Yvonne Cloutier, a former teacher/principal, with a music

background, specializes in ragtime piano. She reports about

music on Alive! You can contact her at www.

Watercraft Insurance

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

Warm weather is coming, and the waters

of Lake Mead may be beckoning some

of you. If you have a boat/watercraft, you are

generally not required to have insurance.

Exceptions would be if you moor at a marina. They may require it or

if the boat is financed, your lender may require it. With that in mind,

you may not want to chance the financial consequences of losing an

expensive purchase, or worse, being liable for injuries you cause.

Watercraft insurance for the typical leisure, pontoon, or fishing

boat is usually very affordable. The coverages are very similar to auto

insurance with a few special boat related coverages as options.

You would have bodily injury and property damage liability if you

were to injure another person or their property (i.e., another boat, or

dock). You can have uninsured boater’s coverage to protect your bodily

injury, medical payments for you (or your passengers’) injury.

Collision and comprehensive work just like it does for your auto

insurance. Collision if you hit another boat, the dock or a submerged

object in the water, and comprehensive provides coverage if your boat

is stolen or vandalized.

Most companies also offer towing assistance and coverage for

personal possessions such as clothing, cameras, life vests, coolers –

basically the unattached items kept on your boat.

The insurance premium is based on a variety of factors; which include



Call 702.369.6964

to schedule a

personal tour.

the type of boat,

length of the vessel,

age, maximum


if used inland or in

open seas and, of

course, your driving

record. Yes, your

auto driving record

tells the insurance

company how you operate a motor vehicle, so your speeding ticket or

accident follows you on the water. Companies also give credits for a

good driving record or credit for taking a safe boating course.

If you have a small boat/canoe valued under $1,000, it is covered

on your home policy. Jet skis are not covered on your homeowners but

have their own special policies and are normally very inexpensive.

Many people believe their jet skis or boat is covered under their home

policy if stored in their garage or back yard – this is not the case. So,

if your watercraft is important to you, please take the time to get an

insurance quote.

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 insurance decisions.



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Inaugural Golf Tournament Fundraiser

to End Sex Trafficking

Anthem County Club and Awareness is Prevention

(AIP) is teaming up to hold an inaugural golf

benefit fundraiser on Monday, April 23rd at Anthem

County Club’s golf course. All donations are taxdeductible,

and all proceeds will benefit AIP

programs in the local community.

Sex Trafficking is a big problem in Las Vegas, but many people

are not even aware that it exists. Awareness is Prevention” (AIP) is

a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to educate the public

on all forms of Human Trafficking, especially Sex Trafficking.

The day begins with breakfast served from 8–9:30 a.m. and check-in

for registration and welcoming gifts starts at 8:30 a.m. The Tournament

begins at 10 a.m. with a Shotgun Start.

Following the tournament, players will enjoy lunch and a no-host

bar at the Anthem County Club. Prizes will be awarded to 1 st and 2 nd

place winners, and raffle prize winners will be announced.

We invite you to participate in the tournament as a Hole

Sponsor. For only $200 per hole, signs with your logo will be placed

at sponsored holes. For more information about participating in this

golf benefit fundraiser, contact Ken Walther at 702/401-5223 or Lena

Walther at 702/810-5618. Please RSVP by April 8, 2018.

New USGA Rules of Golf

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

In my April 2017 article, I wrote about the RNA

& USGA proposed rule changes to modernize

and make the rules easier to understand and

speed up play. Almost every time I play, I hear

someone either discuss the new rules or ask if

they are in effect - which is prompting me to write about the new rule

changes again.

Many of the proposed rules when adopted will greatly benefit the

game of golf when they go into effect on January 1, 2019. For more

details, go to Some of the proposed rules are described

below and if adopted will result in no penalty:

On the green, spike marks may be repaired and a ball that’s accidently

kicked or moved during a practice stroke or while marking the ball

can be put back; putting while the flag is in the hole may be allowed;

accidently kicking or stepping on your ball in the rough causing it to

move one can put it back; to identify your ball in the rough, mark it,

identify it and put it back without notifying opposing player; and ball

drops may be made from waist high.

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:

Spring Home Show was Wonderful

Our Vegas Voice Spring Home Show at Sun City MacDonald Ranch

last month was a complete success! Vendor spaces were sold out and it

was a full house during the three-hour event. Even the parking lot was

full - wow what an event!

Great spaces are still available for our upcoming Saturday, May 12th

Spring Home Show at Solera at Anthem. See information below and call

our VP of Advertising - Debbie “Redhead” at 702/592-4818 or email:


April 2018




Introducing Brilliant, the newest

interactive experience at The Neon

Museum. This revolutionary art form

uses sight and sound to transport you

through time and bring long dormant

signs back to life. If all this seems hard

to picture, that’s because it is. You

literally have to see it to believe it.

The Vegas Voice Proudly Presents:


Still Matter!

When Ray Sarbacker, president of “The Vegas Voice”, was

released from the US Navy in 1966, he was only 22 years old. He had

served a 4 1/2 year honorable tour of duty including a 3 year stint

aboard ship as a “yellow shirt.” That’s a sailor who directs the movement

of aircraft

on a carrier. In his

case it was the USS

Hancock (CVA 41),

an aircraft carrier

frequently charged

with patrolling the

coast of Viet Nam.

On deck, the yellow shirts are in complete control!

As a young man, Ray had served his country but he had no

interest in making the Navy a career, nor could he see how the time

spent there would be pertinent to his dreams of one day owning

his own advertising agency. Surprisingly though, shortly before his

release from the Navy he met a civil service employee who took an

active interest in the young sailor, and even helped him put together

a professional portfolio demonstrating his artistic talent for submission

to Southern California’s highly respected Art Center College of

Design. Ray was accepted by California’s top art school, and in a few

short years he had opened his own ad agency. His client list included

companies that focused on the California lifestyle, Kawasaki Motorcycles,

Yamaha Audio, and Vivitar Cameras became major clients.

Several wheel manufacturers like

American Racing Equipment, MOMO, and

Ultra Wheel quickly joined the agency along

with luxury boat and yacht builders. Fuji

Sailboats and Ranger Yachts quickly became

his favorites, and within a few years, Ray was

not only developing boating ad campaigns,

he was actually helping design and build his

own 45’ ketch christened “Starship” which

became not only his pastime, but also his

home for several years.

As the years passed Ray never lost his

passion for advertising. A move to Las

Vegas ten years ago and a chance meeting

with Dan Roberts, publisher of The Vegas

Voice led to a friendship and business association

which continues today in Ray’s

role as president of The Vegas Voice and

the publication’s Creative Director and

Lead Designer.

Flotilla Commander, Dr. Michelle Keller, (shown at left) frocking the new FSO (Flotilla

Staff Officer) Ray Sarbacker, assisted by Vice Commander Dixon Keller at right.

Ray was approached by the local Flotilla

Vice Commander and after passing

all of the required security checks and

entry exams; and because of his extensive

naval, and boating background, Ray has

been sworn in as the newest Flotilla Staff

Officer of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Created in 1939 and active in all

50 states, the Auxiliary has over 33,000

members, and with an organization

that large, you can see the need for an

advertising/marketing guy with a nautical


So, do Seniors Matter?

You betcha!

In fact, last year he received awards

from The Nevada Press Association and

The North American Mature Publishers


Association for his publication and cover

designs. One thing however has been


$23 • $15 Nevada residents, active military,

missing since Ray’s move to Las Vegas...

veterans, students and seniors

His love of the sea and


A few months ago, Ray

found that (due to Lake

Mead) Las Vegas has several

active chapters of the

US Coast Guard Auxiliary. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary is actively recruiting men and women who want to give back to their

They conduct safety patrols

community. With or without boating or military knowledge, you can become qualified in marine environmental

on local waterways, protection, homeland Security and other Operational and

assist the Coast Guard administrative support.

with Homeland Security For more information, please call Ray Sarbacker,

duties, teach boating 702/463.0966 or visit us online at

safety classes, and along

with many other activities,

conduct free vessel

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August April 20182017

Newport Beach, Ca., Sarbacker at the helm of the first aft cabin /aft cockpit, fuji 45 “Starship” safety checks.

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By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

One byproduct of our still-ongoing

transition to Las Vegas is frequent visitors.

Always welcome, even at two in the morning, the

hour my brother recently descended with his wife

and two teens, their yappy dog and my pair of yappy dogs raising an

unconscionable ruckus.

I felt terrible about the commotion and apologize to anyone who was

roused. It shall not happen again.

Some days later, an anonymous letter arrived in our mailbox

charging us with orchestrating constant unattended nuisance barking

(untrue), threatening to report us to any and all “authorities,” and

inviting us to go back to the Midwest along with our “annoying dogs.”

(In fact, we still go back and forth to the Midwest, just not permanently,

as the poison-pen scribe clearly desires.)

The letter left me shaken. Living in many places across the country

and in other parts of the world, I’ve never encountered such nastiness.

I sent copies and a response to the various levels of community

management – the HOA system is new to us, but I wanted the folks

who deal with complaints to know about the vitriol. I also shared it

with immediate neighbors, some barely aware my dogs even exist, all

understanding that dogs do what dogs do: Our area has plenty, they

often express themselves, and not a few humans actually find that


Receiving this screed has not lowered my regard for this fascinating,

complicated community. It has made me reflect further on the sorts of

hostility people of color, or different religions or ethnicities, encounter

on a routine basis. Perhaps I’m just fortunate to have escaped gratuitous


Pride of Place

April 2018

insult in the past.

Otherwise, people

have been swell – not

least, colleagues from

The Vegas Voice who

took kind interest in

my presentation on

“Photography as History”

at the Summerlin library

last month. It featured pictures captured by my father’s camera over the

course of his illustrious career as a photojournalist.

One byproduct of growing up with a photojournalist father in the

heyday of the great picture magazines is lots of good stories. His true

interest was in ordinary people, but he documented many celebrated

subjects as well. Since he was based in Boston, Kennedy assignments

were fairly regular.

It turns out that one of the nation’s most august dynasties papered a

guest bathroom with some of the negativity sent their way. My parents

saw the hate mail in its place of pride in a house at the Kennedy

compound in Hyannis Port. Among the framed items was a rejection

letter, predating JFK’s time as congressman and then senator, from a

local country club that didn’t want Catholics.

As always, you can let us know if anything similar has happened

to you. Again, submit your information and ideas to me at The Vegas


Judy Polumbaum is a professor emerita of journalism and a recent

transplant to Las Vegas from the Midwest. Her father Ted was a

professional photographer who thoroughly documented her childhood.

Vegas Voice columnist Judy Polumbaum at the Summerlin Library last

month. Judy’s presentation: Photography of History – Images from the

Ted Polumbaum Collection highlighted her dad’s fascinating career as

a globe-trotting photo journalist for LIFE, Time, Saturday Evening Post

and many other publications.

Travel Especially for Active Seniors!

New Canada Brochures featuring Railbookers Just

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it has something for everyone, and

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For many years, Railbookers has been successfully

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their experience to the US and Canada. I’ve always

been a big fan of traveling by rail, so I’m delighted to

introduce you to Railbookers and Via Rail, and offer

my personal services as a travel agent to help you take

advantage of all the exciting tours now offered in the

USA, Canada, and beyond.

Railbookers’ offers packages featuring train

reservations, hotel stays, special events and some

sightseeing, which are perfect for savvy seniors who

like to travel on their own. Because these vacations are

not fully escorted tours, seniors use professional travel

agents to schedule their flights and cruises, change

schedules, and revise itineraries.

For those of you who travel abroad, there

are new luxurious trains like Ireland’s Grand

Hibernian and Scotland’s Royal Scotsman.

And there’s so much more!

The Calgary Stampede,

July 6 - July 15, is called:“The Greatest

Outdoor Show On Earth”.

For over 100 years the Stampede has been

delighting Calgary visitors and locals alike,

with parades, rodeo events, exhibits, stage

shows, fireworks and competitions for over

$1,000,000 in prizes.

Right now is the perfect time to

plan a fabulous Canadian vacation!

Western Canada is filled year round with

spectacular sights and experiences, and

with an exchange rate of $.70 USD to the

Canadian dollar, you can really stretch

your vacation budget. Plus, there’s

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Luxury travel has become an industry of its own, and

for those searching for the very best, don’t hesitate

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I represent the finest suppliers in the

travel industry. Plus I’ve established a great

relationship with one of the largest agencies

in the Midwest so I can offer you those special

“points” you desire. And, the best part is that

I’m a stickler for details, I won’t hesitate to

give you the personal attention you need. So

whether you’re searching for luxury land tours,

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independent travel,

call me, let’s talk about it!





Off to Europe

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Destinations

As I got into my car last month to go to work,

a smile came over my face. Maybe that’s

because my commute to work is no more than

three minutes if I get stuck for that one traffic light on the way. Or

maybe, it’s because, after 30 years, I still really enjoy the work I do,

There is a new trip to plan just about every day. There is a new

destination to research and great vacation information to provide to

our clients. It is a joy to make vacation dreams come true.

And now we’re (Sharon, myself, Publisher Dan and his “Ladylove”

Rana) off on a European River cruise adventure. We have teamed up

with Crystal Cruise Lines, and as you read this, we will be cruising the

beautiful Danube from Vienna, Austria.

We will be cruising on the Crystal Mozart - visiting Melk, Linz,

Passau, Bratislava and Budapest. I will give you information on these

amazing destinations in future issues.

Additionally, we will also provide a review of the ship. We do know it’s

the most luxurious river boat sailing in Europe. At close to 400 feet long

and over 75 feet wide, it is by far the biggest riverboat afloat.

With this amount of space, it offers more ship board amenities

than any other riverboat. It’s full service spa, for example, is the most

extensive plying Europe’s rivers. And with over 90 staff serving just

150 passengers, the passenger/staff ratio is the best of any riverboat


Equally important, is the fact that Crystal’s river cruise experience is

all-inclusive. All shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise,

as are all ship’s personnel gratuities and drinks - alcoholic and nonalcoholic.

Suffice to say, we’re looking forward to this experience.

* I am happy to announce that we are going to DO IT AGAIN; another

PHAT PACK CRUISE. There is however, a “great” slight change of plans.

We’re sailing January 26 to February 2, 2019. We will sail to

the Mexican Riviera again. But (and it’s a big but) we will


We’re up-scaling a bit, but we do know how much Vegas Voyagers

love Princess Cruise Lines. Prices start at $1,169; and that includes

the cruise, all taxes, all PHAT PACK activities and round-trip bus

transportation from Las Vegas to the pier in Los Angeles.

Join us and let’s DO IT AGAIN, with the Phat Pack. Call 800-698-

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The Winchester Mystery House

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

As the story is told in the recent movie

“Winchester,” Sarah Winchester’s San Jose,

California sprawling Queen Anne-style mansion

was under continuous construction from 1886 to

1922. Throughout those years it under went many changes.

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elegant, set in attractive grounds. Nonetheless, the Winchester Mystery

House is America’s most out of the ordinary house.

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her home was four stories tall with 160 rooms, 47 fireplaces - and a

stairway that led nowhere.

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air. She had an attraction to the number 13, thirteen window panes and

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What Safety Net?

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

There has been a lot of news lately about the

complete LACK of competent supervision

by government agencies funded by YOU AND ME

charged with insuring the proper care of those who cannot care for

themselves – the mentally ill!

“Group homes” run by private “for-profit” landlords where the

mentally ill are herded together in conditions not fit for pigs, have been

fleecing those of us who pay them to take care of the needy for years!

The result?

Living conditions that have added to their suffering to the extent that

some prefer homelessness. At least on the street, their conditions are

better than living in the squalor they have been forced to endure!

This is despicable and must not be allowed to continue! Our elected

officials MUST act to fix this problem NOW!

YOUR task is to contact your representatives and demand immediate

action! If we don’t take care of our own, who will?

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:


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Getting Ready for the Primaries

By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner

There are so many privileges and benefits

to living in the greatest nation on earth

- with freedom, prosperity, and the ability to

pursue your dreams among them. But with those privileges come

responsibilities - chief among them is exercising your right to vote.

With the close of candidate filing, the stage is set for you to exercise

that right. The choices for the upcoming Democrat and Republican

primary on June 12th are set.

Choices that begin at the top with the race for Governor, then

move to Congress, state legislature and continue to school board and

countywide offices. The winners of these races move on to the general

election in November.

These candidates will be doing everything they can over the next few

months to get their message out. To tell you where they stand on the


To let you know what policies they will enact if elected. To make the

best case they can on why they deserve your vote.

They will do this by hosting Town Halls, sending you information

in the mail, and in some cases knocking on your door and telling you

directly. I urge you to take advantage of this. This will give you the

information you need to make the best possible decision in the primary

and general election.

You can also visit to get all the

information on the upcoming elections. Information on polling

locations, early voting, how to get absentee ballots and a lot more.

When it comes to government, we typically get the government we

deserve. So, let’s get the best government we can. By learning all we can

and then showing up to vote.

I hope to see you on the campaign trail.

Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,

businesswoman and currently a Realtor in Las Vegas. You can

contact Victoria at:


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Democrats for the People

By: Howard Beckerman / Nevada Democrats

Activity is heating up for Democrats as we begin

the campaign season.

The leading candidates for Governor are

Commissioner Steve Sisolak and Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani.

Congresswoman Jacky Rosen is campaigning to face Senator Dean Heller.

Susie Lee is the leading candidate to replace Congresswoman Rosen and

at least 5 people are running to replace Congressman Kihuen, including

first time candidate Amy Vilella who is campaigning on the theme of

“Medicare for All.”

At stake are several issues - including Social Security and Medicare.

Paul Ryan and his Republicans are threatening to cut back on what

the Republicans call “Entitlements” as opposed to Democrats who

understand that the people who receive Social Security and Medicare paid

into the system with their hard-earned dollars and deserve to maintain

their benefits. The Republicans are also threatening to open up Yucca


Just as important are the candidates for Judicial elections. Judge Elissa

Cadish (District Court Dept. 6) is the candidate to replace retiring Justice

Michael Cherry.

All of the candidates up and down the ballot are out in the field

introducing themselves to the voters. The easiest way that any citizen can

meet and talk to candidates is at their local Democratic Club (see below

for dates and times).

I have found that Democratic candidates enjoy meeting the voters and

answering as many questions as possible. The local clubs can also assist

in determining

which district

you live in so that you

know who will be on

the ballot for the local


The primary is June

12 th with early voting

beginning on May 26 th .

Registration to vote

must be postmarked by

May 15 th . Remember, if

you have moved since

you last voted, you need

to update your voter registration.

Democratic Governor candidate Steve Sisolak with

Rana at last year’s Guardianship fundraiser

You can meet the candidates: if you live near Henderson: Sun City

Anthem Democrats: 2 nd Wednesday of the month (contact David


If you live near Summerlin: Red Rock Democrats: 4 th Wednesday of the

month at Temple Sinai 9001 Hillpointe Road (contact Ginni Krueger: or the Southwest Democratic Club: 3 rd Monday

of the month (contact Steve Horner:

Howard Beckerman serves on the Nevada State Democratic

Central Committee, the Clark County Central Committee, and is Vice

President of the Red Rock Democratic Club. He has been active in the

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My Guardian Angels

By: Carlene Cohen / Guest Column

When my 98-year-old mother

passed away last Thanksgiving,

my 93-year-old mother-in-law was

there to comfort me. She couldn’t attend the funeral, but

a few days later, my husband and I visited her. Lydia and I

were very close; she was like my second mom.

When we arrived at the retirement home where she lived,

Lydia greeted us warmly. After dinner, we sat at the table

and reminisced. She missed the home she lived in for 40

years and raised three sons. She enjoyed keeping busy, so

the caregivers let her help out. It made her feel useful.

The next day we flew home to Las Vegas. I missed

my mother terribly, but life goes on, and the next set of

holidays was right around the corner. Then, on December

13, my brother-in-law called with bad news.

Lydia died suddenly after having a massive heart attack.

I was devastated. The image of her standing at the sink

washing dishes and laughing flashed through my mind.

And the last thing I wanted to do was fly back to Chicago

for another funeral. My body rebelled, but my heart told

me I had to go.

It was freezing the day of the graveside service. My tears

felt warm on my cold cheeks. I shivered as I listened to the

rabbi’s words. I wanted to say something, but I was just the

daughter-in-law. Her sons gave the eulogy.

I wanted to tell everyone how much I loved Lydia and

would miss her terribly. I wanted to talk about her kindness

and how she treated me like family. How she and I sat up

late at night watching David Letterman and eating ice

cream sandwiches.

I didn’t say any of these things. I didn’t have to. She

knew how I felt.

The support of good friends and family helped us get

through this ordeal. On our flight home, I sat next to a

young woman.

We started to talk. I learned that she sculpted angel

wings out of marble. She showed me photos of her amazing

works of art.

I felt strangely comforted as I looked at the lovely

sculptures. Then she looked at me and quietly said, “Your

mother and mother-in-law are now your guardian angels.”

Quoting from a poem, she added: “When angels sense

that you need help as they always do; they come unseen

from everywhere to guide and comfort you.”

Perhaps we all could use a guardian angel. I feel blessed

that I have two.

The Gatekeeper of Your Health

By: Dr. Victoria Boyd / Hempworx

In my last article I referenced the

Endocannabinoid System (ECS) but did not

go into much detail. ECS is a biological system

found within any living being with vertebrae. It has such an important

role in helping us maintain a healthy balance.

In 1988, the first cannabinoid receptor was discovered in the brain of

a rat by Allyn Howlett and William Devane from the National Institute of

Mental Health. They were researching the medical effects of cannabis,

and these cannabinoid receptors turned out to be plentiful in the brain

– more so than any other neurotransmitter receptor.

Their discovery leads to the identification of the actual cannabinoid

DNA two years later in 1990, sparking the thought, why do we have

cannabinoid receptors if cannabinoids can only be delivered by

external sources? In 1992 Anandamide, the first naturally occurring

endogenous cannabinoid, or endocannabinoid was discovered.

In 1993 the entire Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

was identified by Raphael Mechoula, and NIMH

researchers William Devane and Dr. Lumir Hanus. They

found that ECS was present throughout the entire

body and served as a sophisticated communication

system regulating every cell in the brain,

organs, connective tissues, glands and immune

system. Going further, a healthy ECS produces

cannabinoids (CBD) on a regular basis.

ECS’s Role: Since the discovery of ECS it has been dubbed

the gatekeeper of our health – it helps us maintain homeostasis. A

healthy body will naturally produce CBD, however many factors - age,

disease, chemicals, even the environment can cause these receptors to

fail (die off) and no longer communicate.

This causes an inability to know where and how to repair itself

and the body fails. With this failure, the body is now susceptible to

inflammation, pain, and the onset of many diseases. The key is to

rejuvenate and keep those receptors healthy.

The good news is we can repair and protect ECS receptors with a

healthy regimen. My next article will explore what is Homeostasis and

how CBD is the key.

Finally, I want to thank readers that have reached out to ask questions.

Stay proactive about their health, seek education to be informed, and be

your own advocate. Keep the questions coming!

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Disclaimer: Dr. Boyd is not a medical doctor and not giving

medical advice. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat,

cure or prevent any disease. The FDA considers non-THC based

hemp products to be “food based” therefore legal without a medical

marijuana license.

As an author and trainer Dr. Victoria Boyd loves sharing

knowledge in diverse areas such as nonprofit development

and research on the medical benefits of CBD as an affiliate of

Hempworx. Email her at:

Carlene Sabath-Cohen is an award-winning news and

feature writer. She lives in Sun City Aliante with her

husband, two cats and a dog.


April 2018


Social Security & Military Service

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

heard from a friend about extra Social

I Security credits that were given for military

service for certain years. He said most veterans

never checked it out and were possibly getting short-changed.

I wanted to see for myself if it was true. I dug out my DD Form 214

and headed for the nearest Social Security Office. I settled in for a twohour

wait, and my interview was a minute long.

After pulling up my files I was told that all the credits I had coming

(according to my years of military service) had been granted. I was

satisfied with the results and left with peace of mind knowing that I

wasn’t being screwed out of some extra dough.

So, I write this more as an alert than anything else. It says in the

Social Security information sheet: “These extra earning credits are

added to your earnings record when you apply for Social Security

benefits.” Mine had been and I was glad, but how many others have

been overlooked?

Were yours added when you applied? Such as:

1. Earnings for active duty military service or active duty training

have been covered under Social Security since 1957. If you served in the

military before 1957, you didn’t pay Social Security taxes. Since 1988,

inactive duty service in the armed forces reserves (such as weekend

drills) has also been covered by Social Security.

2. From 1957 through 1967, SS will add the extra credits to your

record when you apply for Social Security benefits.

3. From 1968 through 2001, you don’t need to do anything to receive

these extra credits. The credits were automatically added to your record.

4. After 2001, there are no special extra earnings credits for military


The information that follows explains how you can get credit for

special extra earnings and applies only to active duty military service

earnings from 1957 through 2001:

1. From 1957 through 1977 you’re credited with $300 in additional

earnings for each calendar quarter in which you received active duty

basic pay.

2. From 1978 through 2001 for every $300 in active duty basic pay,

you’re credited with an additional $100 in earnings, up to a maximum

of $1,200 a year. These extra earning credits are added to your earnings

record when you apply for Social Security benefits.

Hopefully there’s a pay raise for you. Good luck on your fact-finding


Chuck Dean served as an Army paratrooper in Vietnam and

through that experience was led to address the many transitional

issues veterans struggle with. He is the author of several important

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Beware of Free Offering & Promises

By: James J. White, D.D.S. / Your Dentist

have always subscribed to the idea that

I patients are intelligent. However, I often

noted that doctors address patients as though they

cannot make decisions that are appropriate for them.

In dentistry, once information is gathered and treatment options

determined, it is simply a matter of meeting with the patient to explain

the medical condition and what options are available. A dentist is

obliged to explain the advantages and disadvantages of each option.

I have come to base my business model on Rotary’s four- way test:

1. Is it the truth?

2. Is it fair to all concerned?

3. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

4. Will it build good will and better friendships?

A dentist does not have to be a Rotarian to subscribe to these simple

ideas. Nevertheless, I find in today’s dentistry an overwhelming

marketing exposure that can cloud a person’s decisions regarding

treatment. Most often, none of the marketing says anything about the

practitioner’s actual ability.

I suggest that a person subscribe to the old cliché of “if it sounds

too good to be true, it probably is.” Remember what I said at the

beginning of this article about people being intelligent?

Use basic common sense to seek a practitioner who is passionate

about the profession and is committed to continuing education. The

treatment options in today’s dentistry are very sophisticated, but will

not, or cannot, be offered if the dentist is not capable.

Ask to see photos of their dental work. Anyone can tell if something

looks good. Membership in professional organizations is a good sign

as they require an annual commitment to continuing education. The

Nevada State Dental Association has a minimum continuing education

requirement for license renewal.

I would suggest that a person use common sense when it comes to

free presentations that promise free beverages and snacks, etc. One

should ask why is this person actually hawking their wares?

They usually offer a free exam or x-ray or something similar. Seldom

is anything free. If one finds something for nothing, it usually isn’t

worth having.

The best reference is from a patient who is pleased with their

treatment. This is not to be confused with liking or disliking the dentist.

The primary goal is to have quality care, regardless of how much one

may like or dislike the caregiver. It always helps to have good chemistry,

but it should not be the deciding factor in the quality of treatment.

As always, keep smiling and remember: one is not in good health

without good oral health.


April 2018

Due to popular demand, Sun City Aliante has expanded this event to

two days: Friday & Saturday, May 4 and May 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

in the Sun City Aliante Community Center (located at 7390 Aliante

Parkway, across from Aliante Casino & Hotel, at the Aiante Parkway

exit, just off Interstate 215).

This event, designed to showcase handmade artistic items, promises

to be a fantastic shopping experience… specialty items you love…

just in time for your Mother’s Day shopping.

It will feature many unique items such as artwork, baskets, ceramics,

pottery, gourds, fused glass items, quilted and knitted items, sewing

crafts, beading, jewelry, needlework and crocheted items, candles,

woodworking products, greeting cards, silk scarves and much more.

No multi-level marketing products are permitted to participate in the

Arts & Crafts Show.

The public is invited to come free of charge to enjoy the fun, shop

and get some great gift ideas.


Achieving Full Lips

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

For those that don’t know, I own my own

beauty company. It’s one that accidentally

threw me into the entrepreneurial world at a time

in my life when most are headed for retirement.

I have been asked countless times why I started the business and

invented my first product. Fullips. The truth is, it sprang out of necessity.

As I got older and started facing some more common aging issues

(like thin lips), I went searching for options outside of injections. While

I know many that have encountered no issues with injections, I always

preferred natural options - at least for as long as I can get them!

I’m also not one to shell out a lot of money on treatments and

certainly don’t like pain or needles, so I tried the various plumping

glosses and gels on the market. Some stung, some worked for a brief

moment, and some did nothing. I wanted plump lips, but not red,

burning from chemicals.

I knew lips naturally plump up when hydrated because fluid draws

to the lips, and if someone sucks on your lips while kissing, they also

Ask a Master Gardener

By: Pat Warren / Happy Gardening

This month’s article is going to be a little

different because I’m going to tell you

about one of the best-kept secrets in Las Vegas

– Springs Preserve is NOT the only botanical

garden in town! The Cooperative Extensions Botanical Garden, located

at 8050 Paradise Way (at Windmill) in Henderson is, arguably, the best

place to see what you can grow in your own gardens.

Staffed by an army of Master Gardeners, our facility hosts a

phenomenal variety of specialized plantings. In addition to the field

trials that are run continually, there is a rose garden, herb garden,

cactus garden, children’s garden, vegetable garden, palm garden and

much, much more.

If you want to see what wildflowers bloom here (without any manmade

assistance) you can view “the wash” beginning in March. If you

are interested in attracting Monarch butterflies to your yard, there are

several milkweed projects in development.

Our rose garden is in bloom for about ten months a year. Want to see





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plump up. So, I decided to find a way to combine those two things into

a beauty tool that would temporarily provide what I was looking for.

Self-suction turned out to be my answer! Figuring out that one size

enhancer doesn’t fit all was a bit of a chore, but after sucking on dozens

of things and understanding what worked best, Fullips was born! Add a

little lipstick and liner and for those of us older women who have lost

our lips, and voila!

There are so many options for helping slow the aging process both

inside and out. There are invasive products and natural products. I

don’t think there is a right or wrong, but simply what works best for

you. Cost is often a factor as well.

The key is to do research, talk to people about what you’re

considering, and interview several doctors if you decide to do a more

invasive procedure. Remember to ask about maintenance and take it

all into consideration.

Here’s to your health first and your looks to follow!

Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company

based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty

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April 2018

which fruit trees will thrive in our climate? Come on down!

You can take a self-guided tour Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to

5:00 p.m., and there are free guided tours on Tuesday and Friday at

10:00 a.m. In addition to the gardens and the tours, the Cooperative

Extension offers a wide variety of seminars on gardening in the desert.

Most of the programs are free and open to the public. If you’d like

to know when these are happening, you can call the Master Gardener

Help Desk and ask to be added to the Community Newsletter mailing

list –it’s free too!

So, the secret is out! Now you have no excuse not to visit our gardens.

If you want more info or have other gardening questions, you can

call the UNR Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Help Desk at

702-257-5555. We’re available Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00

p.m. The service is free.

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By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

As I’m now in my 73rd year, I realize some

changes in my life - as well as others in

my age bracket. As we age, physical changes can

cause declines in our ability to maintain balance, walk smoothly, and

in muscle strength.

A research review highlighted muscle weakness in the legs as one of

the most common risk factor for falling among older adults. The good

news is that many of these declines can be negated with a targeted

exercise program. I incorporate balance exercises in my cool down

time for my Zumba classes.

A decline in muscle strength, caused in part by loss of muscle mass,

typically begins in our 30s and becomes more pronounced after age 60.

Although these losses have been attributed to the aging process itself,

reduced physical activity is also a likely contributor.

As we age, we tend to do fewer activities that require muscle strength,

such as lifting objects or climbing stairs. This causes strengthproducing

muscle fibers to shrink.

I’m fortunate to live in a community that has extensive exercise

classes for all levels for strength building. To appreciate how much leg

strength contributes to balance, stand straight, arms out to the side,

standing on one leg for 10-15 seconds and realize how much you use

your leg muscles to keep yourself stable.

If it is difficult for you to keep balance, try using a chair in the

beginning, then gradually release the chair and you should be able to

balance on your own. My students have improved with their balancing

just doing this simple exercise!

Falls are a significant risk factor for fractures. So, try to do more

strength building exercises, even if it is just lifting some light weights,

(or even using water bottles), balancing on one leg and walking stairs.

I plan on increasing my strength-weight building exercises into my

program. Now that is also your challenge!


Mary Richard was crowned Ms. Senior Nevada 2006, was first

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April 2018

Getting That Diagnosis

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

Nothing is more frightening than going to

the doctor and being told you have cancer,

Alzheimer’s or another serious ailment.

People often wonder how they went from being well to having this

serious disease. While it is possible to develop a medical condition

suddenly, most medical conditions develop slowly overtime.

Both Asia and Europe have medical paradigms that show the stages

that the body progresses - from perfectly healthy to minor medical

problem to something major like cancer, Parkinson’s or rheumatoid


In America, to the best of my knowledge, doctors never really educate

their patients on this progression. Due to this, many people develop

a serious disease when it could have been prevented by observing

changes in the body.

Both the Asian and European paradigm contain six stages of disease;

beginning with a minor irritation to the system and pathologically

progressing to more serious stages until there is damage to function

(stage 5) or pathological changes to tissue (stage 6).

What western medicine looks for in many of its tests (or imaging

such as an MRI) will not even show up until stage 5, when damage has

already been done. One example of observable changes would be that

the tongue gets puffy when you enter stage 3. This demonstrates there

are extra wastes, toxins, protein etc. being held in the environment

around the cells.

When there is extra material in the space around the cells, the body

adds extra water. This is called osmosis.

The normal tongue should be equally thick on the sides and in the

center. If the center or sides are puffier, your body is retaining water and

you are in (at best) stage 3.

If the coating on your tongue is thick enough that you cannot see

the tongue body through the coat, you are in stage 4. This is a sign that

bacteria and/or toxins are building up in your body and this may begin

to damage your cells.

Explaining what happens in each of the six stages is beyond what

can be written in this column. If you would like to understand more,

please e-mail me at and I will send you a

short electronic booklet to educate you in this area. To your, and your

love ones’ long-term health.

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

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April 2018



Homesteading Your Home in Nevada

Why do I need to homestead?

If someone sues you and gets a judgment (judgment creditor), your home could be sold to pay off the

judgment to certain creditors. Most creditors will sue you and then typically record a judgment lien on

the property first. The creditor will collect payment when the homeowner refinances or sells the

property. These types of liens will collect interest over time... This could happen if you fail to pay a

credit card or get into an expensive traffic accident. The judgment creditor can seize your home and

sell it to pay off the judgment. Filing a homestead declaration may stop this from happening.

What is a homestead?

Nevada homestead law protects your home from many creditors (such as unpaid medical bills,

bankruptcy, credit card debt, business/personal loans, accidents, etc.). By filing a declaration of

homestead, you may protect up to $550,000 in equity in your residence home.

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The Homestead law does not protect you against debts such as a mortgage or deed of trust secured by

the home, monies owed to contractors whom you have had do work to your house (such as painting or

landscaping), payment of taxes, IRS lien, mechanic's lien, child support or alimony payments, Medicaid

liens, or HOA dues. These types of creditors may foreclose on your property. In addition, you are also

not shielded if you commit fraud or other similar tortious conduct.

Do I qualify?

You can file a homestead on the home, condominium, or mobile home that you own and live in as your

primary residence. You must own the land upon which your home sits or own the condominium. (If

you do not own the land, only the structure on the land, you do not need to homestead. Nevada law still

protects up to $550,000 in equity.)

How much does a homestead protect?

A homestead protects up to $550,000 in equity in your primary residence home. You can still file a

homestead if you have more than $550,000 in equity. In this case, the home may be sold and the

$550,000, or any amount remaining after the sale and satisfaction of the debt, will be returned to you.

If the judgment is for medical bills, you do NOT need to file a homestead and the $550,000 limit does

not apply. All of your equity is protected during your lifetime, the lifetime of your spouse and until your

minor child turns 18. If your child is disabled, then this exemption applies for your child’s life. A joint

tenant is also included in this exemption, as long as the joint tenant was on the title when the judgment

for medical bills was entered.

I have a homestead already. Do I need to re-file?

No. However, it is a good idea to re-file a homestead whenever:

You or your spouse die;

You divorce your spouse;

You get married.

Record the form:

You record your Declaration of Homestead by taking or mailing the form to the county recorder's office

in the county in which you live to be recorded (you will have to pay a recording fee). In Clark County,

you can obtain the form for free from You can also contact my office and we

will print and mail the form to you to complete. The recorder’s office will record your Declaration of

Homestead and return the original form to you. Recording the homestead is constructive notice to any

judgment creditor that up to $550,000 in equity is protected.

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If you have any legal questions regarding the homestead declaration form, or for advice on how to

complete the form, you should consult with your attorney (in particular, your estate planning attorney).


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April 2018


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