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First impressions last when selling a home, but one aspect that may make the strongest

impression is one that has little to do with how the house looks. A foul smell can hit a potential

buyer before they even walk through the door, which can make it impossible to focus on the

home's redeeming features. So, addressing how a property "smells" is just as important as how

it "looks."

1. Pets! If you have pets, you are likely somewhat immune to their odors, However, future buyers

certainly are not. Pet odors can reduce the number of buyers that will be interested in a

home. Carpets harbor pet odors, and the smell of urine can linger long after an accident. The first

step to removing these odors is to vacuum the carpet, and then treat the urine stains with an

enzyme cleaner. If the smell remains after treatment, replacing seriously stained carpets may be

the most effective solution, and can also enhance the home's value.

2. Food! You may consider yourself a master chef, but potential buyers don't want to breathe in

the residue of your tasty culinary creations. If you are living in the property while it's on the

market, cooking outside on the BBQ whenever possible and holding off on cooking strong-smelling

foods (such as fish, eggs, sauerkraut, or curry dishes), at least until your home is sold. Cooking

smells can remain in fabrics, so have curtains and carpets cleaned and consider removing any

offensive-smelling furniture.

3. Sewage! A waft of sewer gas is enough to send anyone running, but it's not always a sign of a

plumbing issue. Often, the smell enters the home through infrequently used drains like the floor

waste drain in a laundry room. The pipes in these drains feature an s-bend, or trap, which is

designed to retain water to create a barrier that prevents the sewer smells from coming in. If a

drain isn't used often, the water barrier can dry out allowing the smell to sneak in. Regularly

running water down all of your drains can help prevent such mishaps.

4. Stinky Refrigerator! To clean your refrigerator, turn it off and remove everything. Throw out

any old &/or expired items. Remove the shelves and drawers and wash them in soapy water, and

wipe the internal walls and surfaces down. Using a vanilla-scented kitchen cleaner is a good

idea. Once the refrigerator is clean and restocked, use baking soda to absorb any remaining

odors. Your refrigerator also has a drip pan which can collect moisture and develop a musty

mildew smell, so you should clean that regularly as well.

Whether it's just for yourself, or because you wish to sell your house, a clean good-smelling home

is always a pleasure to visit (and will always be the first home to sell). Candles and other scented

"covers" can help, but they are temporary measures (that may backfire) and you will be better off

addressing the source of the unpleasant smell. This aspect is just as important, and sometimes

more important, than the upgrades the property possesses. Ask for an honest opinion from

trusted friends or neighbors (and your Real Estate Agent) and do not take offense at what they

tell you.

Sharing your goals,

Laura Harbison

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It’s Because They Lied

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules


Now I know why.” I was sitting with my

Rana at the Sun City Anthem Board of

Directors meeting last month when I heard the

Board attorney address the packed audience.

Let me first say that despite “playing house” in Anthem with my

Ladylove for over six years, I continuously made it very clear to her

that I have no interest in the Board or its management of our senior

community. I mean zero.

I was only there since Rana promised me that if I did not understand

her decision to run for a seat on the Board after the conclusion of the

meeting, she would drop out of the race. I couldn’t wait to announce

that she was no longer a candidate.

I admit however that I was curious as to how the Board would

defend its recent “take no prisoners” new policy of citing residents for

violating the Association’s rules and regulations. The previous longstanding

policy of enforcing egregious violations or upon a neighbor’s

(even anonymous) complaint was one that was never questioned or

challenged.

Anyway, I sat there astonished as the Board advised that there were

over 1,800 violations – nearly 1 in 3 homes! And they weren’t done yet.

Nearly 2,000 more residences needed to be reviewed by the Association’s

newly created “spy car.”

Now please do not misunderstand me. I’m all in favor of enforcement

but it sure did seem to be an asinine solution to a non-existent problem.

If my neighbors don’t object (or care) if there are artificial flowers or

flowers pots in the front yard, why should the Association?

To yours truly, the Board’s policy of enforcement, strict enforcement

or even no enforcement is a policy consideration, and as I said, I

couldn’t care less as to what they determine. But don’t lie to me.

As the attorney pontificated as to “why”, he claimed with a straight

face that the enforcement actions taken were due solely to obey “federal

and state laws.” Therefore the Board had no choice, no option, no

alternative but to “comply with the law.”

Simply stated, the lawyer either lied or was grossly incompetent. And

I still don’t know what’s worse.

Does anybody really believe that federal laws mandates a “no-flowerpots-on-the-front-lawn?”

You think the FBI will swoop in with guns

blazing screaming on their bullhorns to “put your hands up and step

away from those artificial flowers”?

Oh, and by the way, Nevada laws clearly and unequivocally allow the

Board the discretion and statutory authority not to issue violations if

“it is not so material as to be objectionable to a reasonable person.”

How could that lawyer not be aware over state HOA law?

Shame on him – and shame on the current Board if they were aware

of his totally false statements and did not object.

As for the approximately 1,800 homeowners (with more to come) all

I can suggest is “don’t get mad, get even.” Perhaps for the first time

since residing at SCA, express your anger by voting.

As for my Rana and the rest of her New Tradition Team, the only

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Stop Bending

By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help Tips


The older you get, the further it falls”

quipped a cashier at Valley Hospital Cafeteria

upon stooping to rescue a dime she had dropped.

So true!

When a thin stick 9” long fell out of a device in my garage, not only

was it painfully difficult to bend low, but every time I touched the pesky

thing with my fingernails, it jumped out of reach.

Later, whilst enjoying coffee with my friend Sandra Owens, I joked

about my hop, hop, hopping along in pursuit of that constantly shifting

stick. She laughed and said, “If you attach a piece of scotch tape to the

bottom of your walking stick, adhesive side out, you can easily pick it

up.”

I did! And it worked!

That was certainly useful advice and here are a couple more

suggestions that may save your back.

If you drop an earring, use an old pantyhose. Drape it over the hose

of your vacuum cleaner and pull it taut. Switch on to commence the

hunt under beds, cushions in armchairs and more.

When you’re engaged in a hobby that uses needles, pins, or nails,

it’s a good idea to keep a magnet handy to rescue those that find their

way to the floor. A Sammons Preston Rolyan Reacher, 27” long with

magnetized tip is a great rescuer.

It can grasp almost everything from a medium-size package to a tiny

paper clip. Medicare will sometimes provide one, or telephone 899/323-

5547 to purchase it.

Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making

difficult subjects easy and author of 17 books.

April 2019

Men & Women

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

Nicknames: If Laura, Kate, and Sarah go out

for lunch, they will call each other Laura,

Kate, and Sarah. If Mike, Dave, and John go out,

they will refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and

Wildman.

Eating Out: When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave, and John will each

throw in $20, even though it’s only for $32.50. When the women get

their bill, out come the pocket calculators.

Money: A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs. A woman will pay

$1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need, but it’s on sale.

Bathrooms: A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and

toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap and a towel. The average

number of items in the woman’s bathroom is 337 and a man would not

be able to identify more than 20 of them.

Arguments: A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a

man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

Future: A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband. A

man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

Marriage: A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he

doesn’t. A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, but

she does.

And finally: A married man should forget his mistakes. There’s no use

in two people remembering the same thing!

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

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Working with Jane Wyman

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

The year was 1951 and I was cast as the

little French war orphan who was adopted

by Bing Crosby who is trying to win over his old

girlfriend (Wyman) now engaged to Franchot Tone.

By that time, Jane Wyman had already won an Academy Award for

her performance in Johnny Belinda. In fact, she was nominated for

three other films: The Yearling, Blue Veil and Magnificent Obsession.

Being only seven years old, I didn’t have a clue as to what an Oscar

was. All I knew was that I loved working with this beautiful and kind

woman.

She was so sweet to me and even gave me a beautiful dress for

Christmas which I still have. I remember my parents getting excited

that it came from Saks Fifth Avenue, a place where we never shopped.

It was such a thrill to receive this large beautiful box with the biggest

bow on it that I had ever seen.

Jane Wyman was born Sarah Jane Mayfield and later changed her

name to Jane Durrell. Then even later, she changed her name once

again to Jane Wyman.

Ms. Wyman was married a few times, but claimed that she was never

much good at being married. She was the first wife of Ronald Reagan,

although they divorced.

She was nominated or won just about every acting award - Oscar,

Golden Globe and Emmy. Many people will remember her for her TV

series Falcon Crest.

In 1941 she was cast in a

movie called You’re in the

Army Now and holds the record

for the longest screen kiss in

cinema history...three minutes

and 5 seconds! The lucky guy

who shares this record is Regis

Toomey.

She was also a dear friend of

Loretta Young and consequently

converted to Roman Catholicism.

She died peacefully at her home

and was buried wearing a Habit.

I worked with her for three

months at Paramount and we

all truly felt like family. I am

certainly blessed to have had

that opportunity.

Until next time, remember: Life may not be the party we hoped for,

but while we’re here, we might as well dance.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@

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The imagination of Jules Verne took readers

to worlds few ever dreamt of.

He took them 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

He took them on a Journey to the Center of the Earth. Verne took his

readers first From the Earth to the Moon and then, once back home,

he took them Around the World in 80 Days.

For his readers, Verne and fellow authors, including H.G. Wells

helped spark the Steampunk movement that embraces a Victorian,

steam-powered fantasy world.

Las Vegan Kenneth Kastle, known to viewers of television’s Pawn

Stars as archeology and history expert Doc Phineas, embraces the

gentlemanly lifestyle in his public and private life. An archeologist by

trade, Doc Phineas seems a real life Indiana Jones, having excavated

ruins throughout in the world.

While in India in 1972, he was deeply impacted by the caste system

that deprived families of upward movement when he saw children

eating from garbage cans. The Doc built a still-standing school that

has elevated children from poverty.

As a six-year old, Kastle began a show business career dancing on

The Pinky Lee Show, Mickey Mouse Club and other television shows.

In his teens, he was playing piano in Gunsmoke’s Long Branch Saloon

for Miss Kitty.

The handlebar mustachioed gentleman strikes an impressive

Terry Fator has proven his staying power. He

recently celebrated ten years at the Mirage

and hopes to remain there for the rest of his

career. His show entitled “An Evening with The

Stars” includes old favorites and new ones.

One of his first references is to Winston. Terry announced that at his

show it’s okay to take photos and brief videos. If there is any problem,

he tells us, referring to Winston, just say, “the turtle said its okay.”

The songs by the puppets (or often by Terry himself) covers a wide

range. You’ll hear great country and western from Walter T. Airdale.

Of course “Willie Nelson” sings some clever lyrics including “On the

Run Again” (from the Internal Revenue Service and some ex-wives).

There’s even a bit of gender confusion when we hear, “all my ex’s are

both sexes.”

The Rat Pack joins Terry with new characters Dean Martin and

Sammy Davis Jr. This is in keeping with Terry’s promise of new

characters yearly.

Emma Taylor, the Queen of Social Media, drops by tapping away

on her cell phone. And who does a show without some reference to

President Trump? Fernando V. Francisco entertains with a refrain about

Viagra that will fly right over the heads of any children.

What’s impressive about this show; what keeps Terry Fator on stage

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Pawn Star’s Doc Phineas

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

Terry Fator Celebrates 10 Years

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

April 2019

appearance around

town, often dressed

“to the nines” in top

hats, fur trimmed top

coats, tuxedoes and

an array of shoes and

boots, many of which

were procured from

auctions and sci-fi

costumes from the

Paramount Studio

auctions.

A true Renaissance

man, the Doc lists a roster of show business icons whose homes he says

have felt his decorator touch: Tony Curtis, Barbra Streisand, Barbara

Stanwyck and more. His resume includes a national college debate

championship, Ph.D. in Archaeology, fashion model and most recently,

he was a model of senior health for a Medicare insurance provider in

print and on television.

After seven decades, Phineas credits yoga: “I’m at the best I ever was.”

Doc Phineas can often be seen joining Jeannie Brei the first Thursday of

each month at the Italian American Club’s Speakeasy Swingers show.

Sam Wagmeister is The Vegas Voice Nightlife Editor. He loves to

hear from our readers. Please feel free to contact him via email:

LasVegasHomeTeam@Gmail.com.

in a town where performers come and go is that Terry does so much.

Yes, you think of him as a ventriloquist, but within minutes, you forget

that while he is backed by some great musicians, he is alone on stage

singing in various voices.

This is a show for audiences of all ages. And with the new dummies

and jokes and songs, it is one you can return to and continue to enjoy.

I know I do.

Justin Bieber, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Ozzy Osborne. You never

know who will share the stage with Terry. Go find out at The Mirage.

Dianne Davis is also a reporter for Sun City Anthem TV (SCA-

TV) specializing in entertainment, and LV Associate Editor of

lasvegassplash.com. She hikes, travels with her husband Burt, and

works on her stand-up comedy.


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Marilyn & Gina

By: Earl Wilson, Jr. / Golden Age of Show Business humid air and found a refreshing breeze flowing up from

the subway through the vents.

consider myself so incredibly fortunate

Her skirt was blown up by the blast, beyond her thighs, exposing her

I to have lived through some of the most

white undies. While it was a posed picture, it was a brilliant idea.

extraordinary events in entertainment. Ditto for

On that particular evening, my dad and mom (Rosemary Wilson),

my dad (the nationally syndicated newspaper

were dining with actress Gina Lollobrigida, the European equivalent of

columnist Earl Wilson) who enjoyed a front-row

Marilyn Monroe. My mother came up with the brilliant idea of taking

seat for four decades documenting those wonderful, treasured, golden

Gina over to meet Marilyn before she shot the skirt-blowing scene.

years.

Marilyn Monroe had become a close friend of our family; she always

allowed Dad to bring his own camera to her professional “shoots.”

Those photojournalists certainly didn’t love the idea of my father

hanging around trying to get some exclusive “candid” pics.

But always the opportunist, Dad would grab a chair to stand on to

shoot directly into Marilyn’s bodice. (Marilyn, of course, didn’t mind

- but the photographers thought they were being upstaged by my dad

who angled in for exclusive photo prints.)

During those years, capturing “the defining moment” - the one

historic photo of Marilyn Monroe - was the pipe dream of every

photographer.

And then it happened: the titillating photograph of all time —

Marilyn Monroe standing over the subway grating advertising the

movie The Seven Year Itch. The skirt-blowing picture was from a movie

scene that would be shot on September 14, 1954.

It was a hot New York summer night. Marilyn was filmed in a white

dress. The premise was that Marilyn had stopped to cool off from the

My dad with Marilyn Monroe & Gina Lollobrigida on the

set of “The Seven Year Itch”

Upon being introduced, Marilyn and Gina eyed each other up and

down. Marilyn took the freeze off the moment by coyly commenting,

“You know I have been called the Gina Lollobrigida of American films.”

Gina smiled and a photo was snapped of the two of them together

— with Dad in the middle. Gina didn’t hang around for the actual

shooting of the historic skirt-blowing scene, as no one thought to invite

her.

Dad was front-center in the crowd standing with at least 100

photographers as Marilyn started posing with her skirt lofting in the

air. Joe DiMaggio was off with gossip columnist Walter Winchell who

was trying to calm him down. Joe was absolutely infuriated with the

whole idea of Marilyn’s sexy photoshoot.

During the set-up, Marilyn commented as she glanced at the subway

grating: “I wonder who’s down there doing that?”

Someone with a great story to tell.

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April 2019

Earl “Slugger” Wilson, Jr., son of Earl Wilson - archivist, author, playwright,

raconteur, song stylist, and Grammy-nominated composer/lyricist of “Let My

People Come.”


April Showers

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

Though April showers may come your way.

They bring the flowers that bloom in May.

So if it’s raining, have no regrets, Because it

isn’t raining rain, you know, it’s raining violets.

And where you see clouds upon the hills, You soon will see crowds

of daffodils. So keep on looking for a bluebird and listening for his

song. Whenever, April showers come along.

Singer Al Jolson’s famous hit, April Showers had a composer, and

a lyricist, but neither one of them was Al Jolson. However, unless the

credits are observed, people may assume Jolson wrote this song and

many others he made famous.

Al Jolson introduced April Showers in the 1921 musical Bombo. The

song became such a hit that Jolson recorded it many times over the

years.

He sang it on the soundtrack of his two biographical films, The Jolson

Story and Jolson Sings Again. April Showers is one of the first popular

songs that uses “Bluebird of Happiness” lyrics as a symbol of cheer.

Jolson having never written anything in his life, shared authorship of

some of Tin Pan Alley’s greatest songs because he could make it become

a hit due to his good looks, fantastic singing ability, great song delivery,

and charming charisma. Song pluggers beat a path to his door, giving

Jolson bargaining conditions.

Louis Silver, an immigrant from Mexico, composed the music for

April Showers, and 250+ songs for movies.

He wrote Mother, I Still Have You from

The Jazz Singer; was a music director for

Lux Radio Theatre; received an award for

the music scoring of Swanee River and

received an Academy Award for best original

score of One Night of Love.

George “Buddy” De Sylva, of Portuguese

descent, a prolific lyricist, in addition to April

Showers lyrics, also worked with composers

Jerome Kern and George Gershwin. Together he and Gershwin created a

one-act jazz opera called Blue Monday, set in Harlem, widely regarded

as a forerunner to Porgy and Bess.

He wrote Sonny Boy for Jolson, with Ray Henderson and Lew Brown.

He was executive producer at Paramount Studios, producing films

such as The Little Colonel, and Poor Little Rich Girl. Some of his other

famous hits were: The Best Things In Life Are Free and You’re the

Cream In My Coffee.

Over 20 artists have also recorded April Showers, including Bing

Crosby.

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

background, specializes in ragtime piano. She researches and

reports about music on SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can

contact her at www.mytimeisragtime.com.

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We’re Not Bragging, But...

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

Last month The Vegas Voice had a blow out,

sell out, extraordinary show at the Italian

American Club with Michael Shapiro and

“Reckless in Vegas.” I know you want to hear

about what’s going on around town, but The Vegas Voice is presenting

so many blockbuster shows in the months to come that I need to tell

you about them.

I will be hosting another Vegas Voice Variety Show featuring fantastic

artists. Scheduled to appear are: Sonny Charles, Amanda King,

Sandy Kastel, Brenda Mandabach, Michael Shapiro (Reckless

in Vegas), Irina Nero and comic/impersonator John DiDominico.

Of course, Bob Sachs our musical director, has assembled a killer

band that will light up the stage at Sun City Summerlin’s Starbright

Theatre on Wednesday, April 24 th at 7:00 pm.

About three weeks later Michelle Johnson, who is a contemporary

jazz-influenced singer-songwriter based in Las Vegas, (rightfully

known as “The First Lady of Jazz”) will be teamed up with Jeff

Nieman in “It Takes Two.” Nieman is an international awardwinning

composer and keyboard artist.

His orchestral compositions can be heard in motion pictures, TV shows

and theater. We are so fortunate to announce that they will be performing

for Sun City MacDonald Ranch residents (and open to the public) on

Saturday, May 18 th at 7:00 pm for less than the price of a cocktail on the

Strip.

Let’s fast

forward another

three weeks and

head back over

to the Italian

American Club.

On Friday, June

7 th at 8:00 pm, The Vegas Voice will present the music of “Robert

Goulet: Broadway & Beyond” starring the rich and beautiful voice of

Broadway singer Randal Keith. He will be accompanied by the genius

of musical director Philip Fortenberry.

Tickets for all these shows are available through The Vegas Voice

Ticket Hotline at 702/755-3799.

And when the Summer takes a grip on Las Vegas with the 100 plus

degree temperatures, The Vegas Voice will continue to steam things up

with a 50 th Anniversary Woodstock celebration.

You remember Woodstock? Or do you? Back in the late 60s. If you

don’t remember it, then you probably were there.

Santana was performing at Woodstock in 1969. Maybe he’ll perform

for our Woodstock?

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: evan@thevegasvoice.net.

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

Until now, portals only appeared in sci-fi

movies. However, it turns out that hidden

portals actually exist in the earth’s magnetic fields

and in other unknown locations.

Not only that, “NASA funded researchers at the University of Iowa

figured out what was going on,” claims Jack Scrudder, Plasma Physicist

at the University.

Scrudder explained: “We call them X-points or electron diffusion

regions. They’re places where the magnetic field of Earth connects to

the magnetic field of the Sun, creating an uninterrupted path leading

from our own planet to the sun’s atmosphere 93 million miles away.

And with the new “signposts” we now know how to find them.”

In fact, a few years ago, Hawaiian elders claimed that there were

portals connecting Hawaii with Las Vegas. They came here to perform

rituals at the portal sites located in the sub-basements of the Bellagio,

Caesars and others. After getting special permission from the hotels

they charged $200 for anyone wanting to attend these rituals.

Many times people use portals, vortexes and wormholes

interchangeably, but they are not the same. Portal is a shortcut to the

unknown (Bermuda Triangle, Skywalker Ranch, Utah).

A Vortex (Sedona, Stonehenge) is an energy convergence of leylines

(earth energy lines) that emanate a powerful spiritual energy that

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inspires and uplifts.

The real difference

between the two is

that we are drawn

to vortexes, whereas,

portals are a gateway

for weird unexplained

events and creatures.

Wormholes are

a theoretical passage

through space and time that could create shortcuts for long journeys

across the universe. Although consistent with the general theory of

relativity, scientists are split in their opinions on this matter and

therefore it’s still questionable as to their actual existence.

David Sibeck, Space Physicist at the Goddard Space Flight Center

claims, “Ten years ago I was pretty sure they didn’t exist, but, now the

evidence in incontrovertible.”

There are a lot of interesting theories about these regions of

weirdness The one commonality they share is that they all involve a

philosophy that the earth is somehow creating the right conditions for

these phenomenas.

To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops

and readings, email: alivegasvoice@yahoo.com, or call:

702/233-5626.


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The Joy of Granddaughters

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

had a recent overnight with my 6-year-old

I granddaughter, Ella. She came loaded with

a bag of beauty goodies she talked her mom into

buying for the ultimate girls make-over party! Of course no sleepover

is complete without one!

As she opened her bag, I was excited to see she had the latest rubber

face mask I had been eyeing on the internet! The Scinic Dual Rubber

Lifting Wrapping Mask in Barbie pink. It’s her favorite color.

I had been wanting to try the mask but had only seen a few

packaging photos. I assumed it would be a liquid that you put on and

when it dried would turn into a rubber mold to peel off.

But it turned out to basically be a formed 2-piece rubbery feeling

mask, more like the sheet versions you can purchase. The texture

was cool and a little slimy feeling, so much so that the grandchildren

shuddered touching it.

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There is a very nice moisturizing cream that you put on first then lay

the mask over your face. It does not cover the neck area, just forehead

to chin.

You have to lay down for the 20 minutes because unlike a sheet

mask, this really doesn’t stick to your face. After removing it, my

face was very moisturized and my skin felt soft, but I did not see any

firming or changes different than I would get with a much cheaper

moisturizing mask.

Perhaps with continued use there would be more long-term benefits.

This sells for between $7 to $10 depending on where you purchase.

My 6-year-old makeup artist did report that she thought the makeup

she applied afterwards went on very smoothly and she attributed

that to the mask. I was transformed into a fairy princess that night.

Complete with red glitter lipstick, purple eyeshadow, and sparkly

highlighter.

We topped the look off with my circa 1971 Homecoming Queen

gown, which for unknown reasons still hangs in my closet almost 50

years later. I still have my mother’s wedding dress from 1954 in there

too, so next time perhaps she can make me up like a 1950s bride!

Grandkids are the best!

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.


She’s Broad Where a Broad Should Be Broad

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

find myself listening to a 50s or 60s station

I on the car radio and, of course I know almost

all the words to almost all the songs. I can’t

remember what’s on my grocery list but I can strut through the store

singing “tan shoes and pink shoelaces.”

And I can also remember what I may have been feeling when they

were first played. Strange as it may seem, those impressions never fade.

Now we live in a world that criticizes everything, and even goes so far

as to criticize old standards like “Baby It’s Cold Outside” as being sexist.

Some have banned it from elevator playlists.

Has anyone seen “South Pacific” lately? It was just on TCM and I

watched on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Mitzi Gaynor sings that “she’s

broad where a broad should be broad.”

In the storyline, she runs from the man she loves because he had

been married to a Polynesian woman and his children were mixed. We

have discrimination and sexism all in a sure fire hit!

One of my all-time favorites is the Jack Jones hit song “Wives and

Lovers.” It was a running joke between me and my late husband. He

would tease me about no make-up, jeans and a ponytail instead of

make-up, fancy hair and dresses.

If that song were released today, women would be marching in

protest. You don’t hear it on the radio much anymore.

When the Duprees sang “You Belong To Me” I was young and

dreamed of the day

when I would be the

subject of a song

like that. Now we’re

offended if we belong

to anyone.

Moving on, 2019

and rap has hit an

all-time high along

with the resurgence

of loud banging and

no melody. If you can

even understand the

rap, your body can’t

dance to it anymore.

Over and over I

keep saying I grew up

in a time where a little whistle or a role model like June Cleaver was not

a bad thing. It was reflected in our music and TV even though couples

couldn’t sleep in the same bed.

I continue to sing along with my oldies but just make sure no

millennials are around.

Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &

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

Endorsed by Firefighters & Police

Paid for by Committee

to elect Dan Stewart

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Golf With a Purpose

By: Carol Chapman

The Foundation Assisting Seniors is excited

to announce their 16 th annual charity golf

tournament is taking place on Monday, May 27,

at 7:30 a.m. at Revere Golf Club in Henderson.

This year’s Memorial Day event promises a day of fun for all

participants. The cost is $100 per player, and includes green fees, cart

and range balls, lunch, refreshments on the course, contests and holein-one

and raffle prizes. There are flights for men, women and couples

and play will be a scramble format.

Revisiting the New Golf

Rules

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

want to revisit some of the newly implemented

I golf rules for 2019. Do you agree with me

that they seem to have improved pace of play?

If you play golf around the valley as I do, I’m pretty sure you have

observed how players perform with the new rules. From my experience,

the new rules have helped speed up play.

Players now have 3 minutes to find their lost ball and not 5, as they

use to. In my opinion, another rule that helped speed up play is leaving

the pin in for putting.

Sponsorship packages are available. All event proceeds further the

mission of The Foundation Assisting Seniors, which is to assist seniors

in times of illness, recovery, confinement at home, coping with loss

of a loved one and other challenges. Since 2002, The Foundation’s

volunteers have responded to more than 200,000 requests for assistance

services in the Las Vegas Valley.

For more information, or to register to play, please call 725-244-4200

or visit us at www.foundationassistingseniors.org.

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Most of the players I play with choose to leave the flag stick in -

especially on longer putts and that saves time. I like this new rule a lot.

One rule that I have yet to see anyone take advantage of is when a

player hits a ball out of bounds or loses a ball to the side of a playing

area. Under the new rules “local rule” when adopted players now have

the option to drop a ball in the fairway.

Both a lost ball and an out of bound ball can be dropped in the

fairway (yes, the edge of the fairway using a two club length to drop the

ball) nearest point where the ball crossed out of bounds or where it is

suspected to be lost.

This new rule allows the player to take a two stroke penalty (you get

to keep the distance) and play on. This rule, when adopted by local rule

will help speed play.

All the guys I play with still re-tee the ball as we’ve done in the past

and count three off the tee. The problem I’ve seen however, is that when

doing this, sometimes, the same player can put a second ball out a

bounds (I’ve done that before).

This new rule can speed up play, but you first need to know if your

club will allow this local rule to be in effect before you can use it.

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: airmikel1@cox.net


A Word From the Funny Bunny

By: Eric Farbman, M.D. / Friends of Parkinson’s

Once I was just a cuddly little thing hopping

and flopping all over the place. Then

someone came out of nowhere, picked me up,

said I was cute and might be good as a Friend.

Well, that was four years ago. And today I am so proud of my Friends.

Friends gave me the name the Funny Bunny because I would make

them laugh till they cried. Every year I would hop along the trails as

people gathered to see what I was doing.

They all were dressed wearing ears and some even had bunny tails,

just like mine. I learned they were copying me so they could help me

help my Friends.

You see, my Friends

have Parkinson’s disease.

They chose me to be a

part of what they need

-love and understanding.

They need Friends like

you.

That’s why I’m

inviting all to come out

to Wayne Bunker Park

on Saturday, April 13th at

8:00 am to walk, hop or

run to help raise money

for my Friends with Parkinson’s

disease. We are inviting everyone

on two legs or four legs. We can

all help.

It doesn’t take a whole lot of

work because if you do a little

and I do a little, we will

together do a whole bunch

(and I don’t mean a

bunch of carrots). I mean

a bunch of green.

I can see it now - all that green

stuffed in bushels. The thought makes

me want to just smile and my ears flap.

Enough daydreaming; just call the Friends of Parkinson’s and

get the details. My Friends have been working for the Parkinson’s

community for a long time and they are good at helping too.

If you can’t get there on Saturday, April 13th, make sure you

remember my Friends by giving them some of your greens in a basket.

So hop on over to www.friendsofparkinsons.org and let my Friends

know you’re willing to help.

Eric Farbman, M.D., is the Associate Professor of Neurology, Chief

of Movement Disorders at Roseman University.

Endorsed by Firefighters and Police

PAID FOR BY FRIENDS FOR DAN K. SHAW

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Paid Insurance Premiums - What a Waste of Money

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

Most of us think about insurance in

the wrong way. We act according to

“guidance” given to us by non-professionals and

rely on certain myths about insurance. And those

myths can cost us – big time.

We get blindsided by huge increases in premiums, or we get dropped

by longtime carriers. We get mad about insurance instead of getting

smart.

Many people feel cheated if they aren’t “using” their insurance – in

other words, if they pay premiums for years and never make a claim.

That however, is exactly what you want to happen with most types of

insurance.

Sound insane? It’s really not. Most of the time, insurance should be

thought of as your protection against true financial catastrophe, not

as a buffer against the normal ups and downs of daily living.

When little things happen, we often think we should put in a claim

just to get some of our money back. Those little things are the ones that

you should pay for yourself.

Why, you ask? Well, every single claim you give to an insurance

company goes on your claim report for every company to see. This

claim report is called C.L.U.E. which I wrote about last month.

I once had a lady call me who was being canceled by a company

because of 4 home claims in the previous 3 years – none of which

exceeded $500. She had to go from a preferred policy to a non-standard

policy with only fire coverage.

Insurance companies consider frequency of claims as important

(or even more important) than severity of claims. She was being

canceled due to frequency, but if her house had been destroyed due to

an electrical short or lightning strike, for example, she would not have

been canceled.

I personally had a water claim many years ago. The damage was over

$7,000 after my $1,000 deductible. Even though my home insurance

increased about $300/year for the next few years, that was a “worthy”

claim and that is the reason we have homeowner’s insurance – for the

things you can’t afford to handle yourself.

Next month, I’ll continue this theme for auto insurance. Since

there are considerably more auto claims than home claims, this will

be something everyone should think about before calling in small

incidences such as backing into a pole or garage door.

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.

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

April is the month when all of your plants

require a significant amount of nutrients to

insure a robust growth in the spring and summer.

This is especially true in Las Vegas where your landscaping will be

exposed to stressfully high temperatures, low humidity, and limited

rainfall.

The proper application of nutrients is paramount to having a

successful and attractive landscape. Choosing which type of fertilizer

to be used in a specific area is the first step in this process. The type

of plant and what you want it to do will be the determining factors in

choosing the correct products.

All retail fertilizers list three numbers on the package representing

three important nutrients. The first number represents “Nitrogen”

content which promotes green growth and leaf production basic to

plant health.

The second number represents “Phosphorous” content which

promotes flowering and fruiting. The third number represents

“Potassium” content which promotes a strong root system.

Most “All-Purpose” fertilizers contain an adequate amount of these

nutrients and will have the “Tri-Nutrient package listing” of around

24-8-16. I recommend a “water-soluble” type of this type of fertilizer as

a basic first step to uniformly feed all of your landscaping.

Once this is done, you can then focus on your specific goals for your

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plants. If you want a non-flowering

plant to have healthy leaf growth, you

should apply a fertilizer with a high

1 st number.

If your goal is to have abundant

flowering, then use a product having

a high 2 nd number. In fact, there are

products on the market that specialize

in promoting flower growth that have

a phosphorous number of 55 or

higher.

Remember that flowering is the first stage of producing fruits. If you

are growing fruits or vegetables, you must have these plant and trees

first produce flowers. This, therefore, requires the application of high

levels of phosphorous!

Finally, if you are transplanting or adding new plants to your garden,

use a product with a high potassium level to ensure a strong root system.

Remember! Adding needed nutrients now will lead to a beautiful

landscape in the months ahead.

Have questions? Contact me at: Theplantwhisperer28@gmail.com.

Howard Galin, a/k/a: “The Plant Whisperer” is a retired NYC

school administrator, transplanted in Las Vegas who devotes his

time to communicating with and lecturing about our native

plants.


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Being in Vegas

By: Joey Kantor / Vegas Retrospective

Any Las Vegan knows that there is more to

this dried out watering hole then glitzy

casinos. We really lived our lives according to

streets, the grid.

In the olden days (for me that would be

the seventies) my Las Vegas life didn’t revolve around the Strip but

rather Sahara Avenue, Charleston, Decatur, Tropicana. We were a

small town.

Vegas Village, Wonder World, The Venetian (Italian restaurant),

Macayo Vegas, The Boulevard Mall, The Parkway Theatres, The

Boulevard Theatres, The Huntridge. These were some of the places

that we visited on a daily basis. Simple pleasures.

Sure, we’d go to the hotels too. How many times had my father

fought over the check with his visiting siblings at The Flamingo

coffee shop? How many times did my brothers and I get to lay out

at these pools, living in the lap of luxury?

All of us kids listened to one radio station: KENO. All the pop hits.

The 70s were alive and vibrant and colorful. I couldn’t imagine a

more modern era as I lived in a time when The Carpenters proudly

proclaimed the power of love, sometimes even at the Riviera Hotel.

It peeves me to this day when documentarians show the 70s in black

and white. The 70s were not a black and white era. We had definitely

transmogrified into a technicolor world by then.

True, I had the gift of childish vision to help me love this desert world

I was born into and perhaps this allows me now to merely imagine that

the world was a simple and pure place. The Vietnam War and Watergate

had thrown a monkey wrench into the whole simple and good idea

for the country at large, but here in Vegas we were getting along just

splendidly.

In the center of our town famous people headlined for monstrous

sums of money and everybody in the world wanted to be a part. We

lay our heads on our pillows at night knowing that something

internationally important seemed to be brewing amongst the twinkling

lights just a few miles away.

The world of yesterday is always in a bit of a fog for us. I know now that

my era of seeming Utopia may have been your era of incomprehensible

woe.

But we Vegans really seemed to have it all back then. We lived together

in this unique desert and breathed in deeply of the goodness of others

doing the same and in a very safe place no less.

Joey Kantor is a journalist and novelist. He writes fiction

under the name Fargo Kantrowitz. His Las Vegas based novel,

Babybirds, is available at Lulu.com.

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Academy Awards: Has Diversity Replaced Integrity?

By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.

In Hollywood’s “Golden Era” my wife’s father

worked at Paramount Studios. As a young

girl she spent many days on the sets of classic

movies, and meeting many of their stars.

Watching the Academy Awards was an annual event in her house

because the more awards Paramount won, the better her father would

have. I, too, enjoyed watching the Oscars as a child growing up in

southern Indiana.

Both my wife and I enjoyed seeing the diversity in this year’s selection

for the awards. However, I am a “baby boomer” and humbly claim to

understand the definition of the word integrity.

I grew up with integrity being a way of life. You looked for it in your

friends, teachers, college professors, coaches, religious leaders and

politicians. Through integrity, we replaced a president, ended an illconceived

war, and led the world in manufacturing and development.

Is it possible what was once the most vocal, smartest, enthusiastic

generation since the beginning of this great nation has become

prematurely passive on our way to retirement? Have we allowed

ourselves to accept diversity instead of character and not demand both?

Do we ignore our instincts to simply be manipulated and guided by

glossed over promises made to us by camera friendly politicians?

It appears to me that this country, and our civilization as a whole,

has allowed ourselves to be programmed with the subliminal seduction

of changing the definitions of right and wrong - and what is acceptable

and what is not.

I am not against diversity. I would however like to see it with integrity

and not in place of it.

To paraphrase Paddy Chayefsky, one of America’s greatest screen

writers; I am sick and tired of people exploiting the occasion of the

Academy Awards for the propagation of their own personal political

propaganda. That winning an Oscar is not a pivotal moment in

history, does not require a proclamation and a simple “thank you”

would have sufficed.

Morris Heldt is a retired award winning film and television

producer and published author. He and his wife moved to the Las

Vegas valley from the beach in 2004.

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Assembly Bill 141

By: Melissa Hardy / Op-Ed Column

When I was running for the Nevada

Assembly, I knocked on thousands of

doors and there were two issues that I heard from

voters about more than any other – education,

and the cost of prescription drugs for seniors.

Assembly District 22 has a large senior

population and includes Sun City MacDonald

Ranch, and part of Sun City Anthem.

Despite bipartisan efforts in past legislative

sessions, little progress had been made to

address the high costs, and I promised, in

each conversation I had on this topic, that my

first bill would be something to help address

that issue.

Out of those conversations and my own

experiences with helping to care for aging

parents, was born Assembly Bill 141. I strongly

believe that AB 141 is a profound step toward

addressing the financial stress all too often

associated with the costs of medication. For

too long, our senior community, whether

insured or not, has been taken advantage of,

and are denied access to information that

would allow them financial relief.

Pharmacy Benefit Managers (often known

as PBM’s) are the third-party administrators of most prescription health

plans. According to the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association,

PBMs administer prescription drug plans for more than 266 million

Americans who have health insurance.

Often, in addition to having a contractual arrangement with a health

plan, PBMs will also have commercial contracts with a pharmacy. The

terms of these contracts vary, but sometimes these contracts include

provisions that prohibits a pharmacy or pharmacist from sharing

certain information or options with a patient. These prohibitions are

frequently referred to as “gag clauses.”

During the 2017 legislation session, Nevada legislators passed a

law that banned PBM’s from prohibiting a pharmacist or pharmacy

from providing certain information to a customer who is a member

of a pharmacy benefits plan. This was a great first step, and my bill

continues to build upon that work and keep moving us in the direction

of fairness for seniors.

My bill does two things – it makes sure that pharmacists have the

ability to inform customers of less expensive alternative or generic

medications. Of equal, if not more importance than that, this bill

prohibits a PBM from penalizing a pharmacist or pharmacy for doing

any of the above.

This bill goes a long way to providing additional information about

abilities to get less expensive medications and allows seniors more

opportunities that would relieve them of some financial stress. This

bill will mean a lot to a lot of people – our senior community as well

as their caretakers. This bill was borne of the promises I made when

running for Assembly, and I intend to keep each and every one of them.

Editor’s Note: Melissa Hardy (R) is the Nevada Assemblywoman

for District 22.

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Never Back Down

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

Like many teenagers, a lot of the teachings I

received from my father rolled off my back

and I never thought about them again. However,

there was one lesson he taught me that I have never forgotten. “Never

back down to a bully. Stand your ground and fight back.”

When we first arrived in the USA and settled in Las Vegas, I was in

seventh grade. I never heard certain “words.” I knew little of bigotry

and hate.

Walking with some new friends to class one day, a group of girls

passed us. As they did, one shouted at me calling me a term I didn’t

know.

One of my friends asked if I heard her and my response was, “Yes, but

what does that mean?” She then explained that it was a very derogatory

name for Jewish people.

Remembering what my father had taught me, I caught up to the girl

and without thinking began to fight. Suddenly we were grabbed and

taken by the teachers to the principal’s office.

We waited for our parents, who had been called. Upon arriving, my

dad, with the sternest look he could muster asked me what happened.

After I told him, he smiled and told the principal he didn’t approve

of my fighting, however he was proud that I stood up for myself. There

would be no punishment.

I never forgotten that episode and still carry that feeling of defiance

against bullies to this day. I have also found that most bullies “get

off” taunting their victims - hoping for tears, fights, or arguments. I

however prefer to make these people irrelevant in my life.

Every election season, be it city, state, or national, the negativity and

personal attacks seem to be at the forefront. It is also election time

in Sun City Anthem and sadly, the resident bully is at it again - first

attacking candidates in opposition to those he is supporting, and now

me.

Much of what has been written is more like a “flight of fancy.” Rather

than try to defend myself against such trash, I will do as my dad taught

me - “never back down, stand my ground” and fight back as the

lady he raised me to be.

I am able to look myself in the mirror each day and know that the

woman looking back has never done anything to harm anyone - except

for one other person who called me a liar. That person was private

guardian April Parks - and look where she is now.

You can contact Rana by email: Rana@thevegasvoice.net. Also

check out her blog about life in Sun City Anthem at:

Anthemtoday.com

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Previous and Current Chief Judge of Henderson Municipal Court

Founded Henderson Veterans Treatment Court in 2011

Past President of Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction

Marine JAG/Defense Attorney & Company Commander

VFW, American Legion, Military’s Officer Association

April 2019

Vegas Voice political editor Rana Goodman takes to the stage

and answers questions after the showing of the award winning

documentary “The Guardians” at Sun City Summerlin last

month. Nearly 300 residents attended the event.

Thank you Sun City Summerlin for hosting us!


Uncovering the Truth About Reverse Mortgages

By: Niuck Flores / Loan Educator


The bank will own my home when I

get a reverse mortgage.” Or: “I will not

qualify on a reverse mortgage because my

home has an existing mortgage on title.” Or: “The reverse

mortgage is too expensive.” Or: “There is nothing left at the

end for my heirs when they inherit the property.”

Usually, these myths are told by your family, friends and co-workers.

These myths are valid concerns, and in fact I held them as truth until I

did my diligence and got my facts.

Here are the facts:

“The bank will own my home when I get a reverse

mortgage.” No. The Reverse Mortgage is a mortgage, and like

any other mortgage you retain title to your property with rights and

responsibilities of homeownership. With a Reverse Mortgage, your

rights allow you to sell and refinance your home if you choose.

Responsibilities as a homeowner are to maintain the property, pay

property taxes, homeowners’ insurance if you have a mortgage and

if any, HOA dues. The main point is that with a Reverse Mortgage

you retain title to your property with rights and responsibilities of

homeownership.

“I will not qualify on a reverse mortgage because my home

has an existing mortgage on title.” No. Your home can have an

existing loan and does not need to be paid off. To qualify for a Reverse

Mortgage, one of you must be 62+ years of age, your spouse can be as

young as 18, and the property must be your

primary residence. You can also refinance

your existing Reverse Mortgage to take

advantage of the increase in value of your

home’s equity. Most seniors are unaware of

that, but when they find out, they gladly refinance their existing Reverse

Mortgage to take advantage of the increased value of their home.

“The reverse mortgage is too expensive.” No. Many believe

that the FHA Reverse Mortgage is more expensive than any other

loan. The Reverse Mortgage has the exact same cost as any other FHA

Mortgage except for one fee, $120 which the program requires the

homeowner to complete a counseling session with Housing Urban

Development (HUD).

“There is nothing left at the end for my heirs when they

inherit the property.” No. When you do a Reverse Mortgage HUD

limits you on what you can take out from your equity. Overtime your

house continues to grow in value. A Reverse Mortgage is the same as

any other loan when it comes to your heirs inheriting the property. You

will receive all the benefits without having to make a payment until

you are done using the loan. Allowing you to age in place.

The best way to really look at the Reverse Mortgage

is through your personal lens. We offer no cost, no obligation

consultations to get the specifics of what the reverse mortgage would

look like for your situation. We will also answer any questions you may

have.

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By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

There is a plague spreading rapidly through

our political landscape. Most would say it

has been festering for generations.

What am I talking about? Political corruption and moral decay. This

“disease” does not discriminate. Both political parties are culpable.

Last month, we had:

1. A state senator resign in disgrace for violating the state’s campaign

finance law. The funds raised for his campaign were used to pay his

personal living expenses, including setting up a business;

2. A state assemblyman resigned because of allegations of sexual

harassment;

3. A mayor alleged to have used funds for travel expenses overseas

etc. under the guise of assisting political allies (which those allies have

publicly denied);

4. A local councilwoman being accused of using campaign funds to

support “political outreach” activities and her own business;

5. A county commissioner being called on the carpet for using

Convention Authority funds to pay for trips to an out of state college with

his son under the pretense of lobbying those local politicos to patronize

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Remorseful Only When Caught

The Great Unknown

By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

A few months shy of his 77th birthday,

my father was diagnosed with “limbic

encephalitis.”

Unfortunately, he was already dead. An autopsy delivered the verdict.

His affliction had defied understanding and resisted all treatment.

Over the final year of his life, he declined precipitously; an intellectually

alert and physically vigorous man transformed into an exhausted,

confused and fragile shell. He got passed around among neurologists

in his HMO plan, who grew bored and indifferent when ideas like mad

cow disease didn’t pan out.

My mother finally extricated him into a more flexible plan so he

could visit specialists who actually cared. Still, the best the medical

experts could come up with was idiopathic encephalitis – brain

inflammation of unknown origin.

Nobody wanted heroic measures. We had to let him go. My father’s

last night alive, as sepsis spread through his system, my mother and I

sat on either side of his hospital bed until his breathing ceased.

Limbic encephalitis was a great unknown back then, its causes

elusive, its consequences baffling. Like the words cancer or autism,

encephalitis is a vague catch-all term. Limbic simply refers to areas

of the brain concerned with emotion, memory and motivation. The

autopsy offered a description, not an explanation.

The sort of syndrome that killed my father is still a vast and perplexing

unknown but starting to capitulate to accumulating knowledge. He

probably had an autoimmune disease, in which antibodies attacked

his brain. Researchers now attribute a range of such conditions to

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and support Las

Vegas businesses.

This all begs

the question:

Who is watching

the hen house?

It appears no

one except

(maybe) federal

authorities. The

feds uncovered

and prosecuted

the most egregious violation of the public trust – the state senator.

Isn’t it interesting that most of those caught in their deceit of the

public trust beg forgiveness including publicly showing remorse only

after the fact?

Which also raises the question: Who else is raiding the public trust

that we are not currently aware of? Something tells me this is just the

tip of the iceberg!

Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior

community. He can be reached at: dhyde9@cox.net.

biochemical reactions gone awry.

More importantly, they now can target and disable some of the

misbehaving molecules. Such discoveries have given rise to the whole

new subspecialty of immunological neurology.

The literature in this field has burgeoned over the last decade. My

father was stricken too early, passing away in January 2001.

He joined untold numbers of people through history whose ailments

were never correctly assessed or treated – children misdiagnosed as

autistic, young adults as schizophrenic, old people as demented, before

autoimmune encephalitis was recognized for what it was and solutions

began to be sought and found.

So what’s the lesson? Never stop looking. Even if they cannot figure

out your problems, perhaps they’re on the path to saving others.

Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a transplant to

Las Vegas from New England via China, the West Coast and the

Midwest.


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April Showers - Walk it

Off When You can!

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

As I’m now in my 70 th PLUS year of birth,

I realize some changes in my life, as well

as others in my age bracket are in order. As we age, physical changes

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

and in muscle strength. Any one of these declines can increase the

risk for falling.

A recent research review highlighted muscle weaknesses 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, as well as teach several

balance 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 ageing 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) and this causes strength-producing

muscle fibers to shrink.

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

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

contributes to balance, stand straight, then 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 your 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. Try to do more

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

(or even using a gallon milk carton), balancing on one leg and

walking stairs.

POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!

Mary Richard is a long term supporter of senior fitness. She

teaches Zumba, toning and dance classes throughout the Las

Vegas Valley. She can be reached at zumbaqueen@cox.net.

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April 2019

Like Walking on Broken

Glass

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

You step out of bed in the morning. Your

first steps are agony. It feels like walking on

broken glass.

Eventually the pain eases but you may still have pain on the bottom

of your feet throughout the day. This has happened every morning for

a period of time and it is just getting unbearable.

This is what life is like for someone suffering from plantar fasciitis.

“Plantar” means the bottom of the foot. “Fasci-” is short for fascia

which is a tough type of connective tissue that surrounds muscles,

nerves and blood vessels in your feet.

The fascia on the bottom of your feet run from your heel to your toes.

The “-itis” means inflammation. So plantar fascitis simple means

inflammation of the fascia in the bottom of your feet.

Plantar fascitis does not usually come from an overt injury or

trauma. It is most likely due to excessive wear and tear on the tissues at

the bottom of the feet.

Calf muscles that are too tight, an arch in the foot that is too high

or too low and improper foot wear are just a few of the contributing

factors that may lead to plantar faciitis. Being overweight or using the

feet excessively such as in long distance running may also contribute

to plantar fasciitis.

The two most common places for plantar facitis pain are the arch

of the foot and the heel, although it may be felt in other places on the

bottom of the foot.

Although plantar fasciitis may resolve on its own, many times it

does not. If the factors which contributed to its development are not

removed, the tissues in the feet continue to undergo wear and tear

producing a chronic inflammatory state.

Even short periods of walking can exacerbate the condition. Where

massage of the calf muscles, losing weight, arch supports and rest may

contribute to decreasing damage to the fascia, many times the patient

must undergo medical therapy to reduce the inflammation in the

fascia.

From my perspective, a few sessions of a frequency specific

microcurrent program for plantar fascitis is the most effective and

most painless way of resolving plantar fasciitis.

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

rkyomitchell@gmail.com.


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These Are a Few of my Favorite Things

By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

Don’t you just love it when you’re traveling,

and it’s 6:00 pm and you’re starving, and

it’s eighteen degrees outside, and suddenly you

come to a complete stop, cars stopped for miles

in front of you and there’s nothing around except an occasional cow,

and the folks going the other way are zipping by looking at you with

gleeful smirks?

And, then I love it when not one, not two, but THREE dashboard

lights suddenly go on, one of them the “Brake!” light - the other two

indecipherable - but you’re somewhere in the mountains of West

Virginia and navigating an icy mountain road with no brakes is more

excitement than you need, so while sitting there you page through

your owner’s manual and you read: “If ‘Brake!’ light is on, stop

IMMEDIATELY and find the nearest Toyota dealer.”

And, “If ‘ABS’ light is on, see Toyota dealer; if ‘Brake!’ light is on

at the same time, stop IMMEDIATELY and find nearest Toyota dealer.”

And, finally, “If ‘DSC’ light is on, as well as ‘ABS’ light, and God forbid

‘Brake!’ light, too, stop IMMEDIATELY, leap from car and run into

traffic, or face annihilation!!”

Stopping is no problem. You’re already stopped, and folks are getting

out of their cars, peering down the road, talking to each other, walking

the dog, texting and selfie-ing. It’s the finding of a nearby Toyota dealer

that’s the challenge, because you, personally, aren’t completely sure

where you are, and people give you that pitying look when you ask

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them, “Where am I, exactly?” (not that I ever do that) but, after ten

minutes of sitting, you do it anyway - not leaving the car, of course,

because as previously mentioned, IT’S EIGHTEEN FRICKIN’ DEGREES

OUT THERE and the nearest tweeting motorist says there’s one about

25 miles - behind you.

So, you sit there with your heater running, in an attempt to remain

unfrozen as long as possible, wondering how long your gas will last,

berating yourself for eating that last Subway cookie, because everyone

knows in cases like this pretty soon people run out of food and start

looking at one another as if they are giant pork roasts, and all you have

for protection are a spare bottle of perfume in the glove compartment

that could temporarily blind someone, and a suitcase that’s so heavy it

would certainly take out anyone at which it is hurled.

And, don’t you love that moment when everyone jumps back into

their cars because you’re starting to roll, and you say a prayer to St.

Christopher, patron saint of travel (no matter what the “progressives”

at the Vatican say!) put the car in gear and move exactly thirteen

feet before stopping again, and the folks coming the other way aren’t

smirking any more, but are downright guffawing as they pass, and

you’re really getting steamed and vowing to contact the head of the

highway department if you ever get out of this, and raise holy hell

because surely they could handle whatever is going on up the road by

simply allowing our side of the freeway to go up the oncoming lanes

for a while, and it shouldn’t take a @#$%^* Harvard degree to figure

that out, am I right?

And, my favorite is when you finally do get to stop-n-roll status, and

it takes you 38 minutes to go three-and-a-half miles, but finally there’s

a mini-mart, and you go inside for directions back to the Toyota place,

and you starvingly buy two bags of M&M’s trail mix, several bottles of

water, and a can of Beanie Weenie...um...please, like I ever eat Beanie

Weenie...and head back the way you’ve come, and after 15 miles you

just happen to notice that all the dashboard lights have gone off, and

the car is just fine.

Yeah…good times.

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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A Doctor’s Confession Confession to the City of to Las the Vegas City of Las Vegas

And why, why, despite all, despite I still do what all, I do… I still do what I do...

Dear friend,

Confessions are tough. Real tough.

But sometimes a confession can set the record

straight, and I want to give credit where credit is

due. Before I talk about my confession, though, let

me say a few other things first.

Years ago something happened to me that changed

my life forever. Let me tell you my story.

Back then I was driving home from class I was

rammed by a truck into a ditch. I was disabled, unable

to sit up from bed without help. The numbness down

my arm stopped me from buttoning my shirt. I was

scared. After being rushed to the hospital in an

ambulance (who’s ‘solution’ was a hand-full of pills) I

decided against the medication. But, there’s

more…

“Not your typical Chiropractor.” - (Stacy B-Summerlin)

“I was at the end of my rope…Dr. Devin’s treatments are

gentle, affordable and I no longer take pain medications.” -

Several times a day patients thank me for helping

them with their health problems. But I can’t really

take the credit. My confession is that I’ve never

healed anyone of anything. What I do is perform a

specific spinal adjustment to remove nerve

pressure, and the body responds by healing itself.

We get tremendous results. It’s as simple as that!

A professor tells me about a unique procedure. This

new doctor does an exam, takes his own type of

films, and then ‘adjusts’ my spine. The adjustment

doesn’t hurt, it actually feels good. It was gentle and

focused at the top of my neck…even though I had a

pinched nerve in my hands! I get relief, my neck

could turn again without my body going with it. My

hands work again.

Did I find the fountain of youth? Oh, did I mention

that this doctor is a NUCCA chiropractor? It was

gentle, no cracking. It works so well for me, and I’m

so impressed with the other ‘miracles’ I see in his

office, that I go on to practice NUCCA Chiropractic

myself.

Now for the cute kids in the photo. I have training in

to help adults and kids with sleeping, behavior and

attitude, and immune system function.

Families now come to me with their headaches,

migraines, chronic pain, shoulder/arm pain,

whiplash from car accidents, backaches, disc

problems, arthritis, allergies, and numbness, just to

name a few.

Here’s what some of my patients had to say:

“Before coming to Dr. Devin I was in extreme pain.”

(Shirleen Stanley-Las Vegas)

(Lynell-Las Vegas)

You Benefit from an Amazing Offer - When you

bring in this article, you will receive nearly an hour

of our time to find out your needs. I realize many

doctors charge hundreds for this, but I provide it

complimentary. But, please call right away as I

reserve the right to change this offer by May 31 st ,

2019. By the way, further care is very affordable.

My assistants are Heather, Bianca and Fina and

they are really great people. Our office is both

friendly and warm and we try our best to make you

feel at home. We have a wonderful service, at an

exceptional fee. I see patients at our Summerlin

office located at 1930 Village Center Cir, Suite 11.

Our phone number is 702.566.HOPE (4673). Our

Henderson clinic with Dr. Hecker can be reached at

702-565-HOPE (4673). Call Char, Fina or me

today for an appointment. We can help you. Thank

you.

Devin Luzod, D.C.

P.S. We respect your time and always schedule our

patients so there is plenty of time to talk with me.

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April 2019


Automotive Recalls are Good Business

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

Often, I hear people complain about vehicle

recalls. Why are there so many? Why can’t

they just build it right the first time?

Truth is, recalls are good, although you may think the opposite. How

can I say this? Because decades ago, if a manufacturer built an inferior

vehicle, it didn’t really care what happened to you.

It was your problem to fix and pay for it. It was easier to ignore the

problem because it took a lot of effort for owners to get together to

complain or file a lawsuit.

Today, because of a variety of factors - competition, social media,

litigation costs, social responsibility and reputation, manufacturers are

taking a proactive rather than a reactive approach, which is great.

When you wonder why there are so many recalls, think about what it

takes to build a vehicle. A single car can have about 30,000 parts, and

most of those come from a variety of suppliers. The manufacturer has

to trust that the suppliers are giving them, not only the correct parts to

fit their vehicle, but that those parts have been quality checked.

Now think about mixing and matching these parts so they make the

vehicle go, stop, turn and provide protection for its occupants. Sure, a

house has many more parts, but you don’t drive it on the highway at

80 mph!

Some recalls are vital and some are minor, but any recall should not

be ignored. There also may be some concerns that aren’t quite at recall

status yet, called Technical Service Bulletins, which are good to know if

you are experiencing a problem with your vehicle.

Often, you’ll receive a recall notice in the mail. To see if your vehicle

has a recall, visit nhtsa.gov/recalls and enter your VIN, or vehicle

identification number (the website tells you where to find it). It will

give you a list of any and all recalls for your specific vehicle no matter

the year.

Recalls are fixed free at the dealership, so take care of them as soon

as possible.

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

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

bjkdtr@gmail.com

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By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

Warriors train to be resilient and not to cave

in the face of hardships. The downside of

that training however is NOT asking for help, and

this becomes a tragic by-product.

Because of this “rugged individualism”, some age-old tendencies

(especially for the male gender) to repress feelings and communication

are multiplied.

Being the quiet and deadly type may be a good platform for the

battlefield, but it proves not to be so good on the turnaround. The

conditioning for emotional toughness can also work against a veteran

once they return to the home front.

One very heartbreaking example of not asking for help is the

shocking number of veterans that commit suicide in America. On the

average, 22 veterans each day take their own lives - and the numbers

aren’t getting any better.

After the Vietnam War, the issue of rampant veteran suicides charged

full steam into public awareness. Within ten years of the war ending,

more veterans had committed suicide than were actually killed in the

war - prompting the VA to finally take action.

Before that, war-related emotional difficulties were not given much

attention. By the end of WWII men coming home with what we now

know as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), were thought to be of

weak mind and character.

On a personal level, my uncle came home from Europe a complete

emotional casualty. His days were spent strolling around our small

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22 a Day

April 3, 1948

By: John Beilun / Time Traveler

The end of World War II was a joyous period.

However, such elation was soon replaced

by an overwhelming sense of peril - especially in

Europe.

Most of the continent was devastated. Many cities, such as Warsaw

and Berlin were nothing but ashes. Food production and distribution

collapsed, leaving millions to die of hunger.

Governments overwhelmed by the cost of war had nothing left to

provide. Making matters worse, the Soviets were on the prowl intent on

world domination.

By war’s end, parts of Finland, Poland and Romania had been

annexed and Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia completely overrun.

Poland and Romania soon became puppet nations - as well as Albania,

Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany and Hungary.

The rest of Europe was next. President Truman was well aware of the

situation. However, he had little recourse.

War weary America had no taste for more. And, even if she had, the

remnants of the American forces still on the continent were insufficient

to thwart a Soviet invasion.

Ever-growing Communist parties in France and Italy, as well as a

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town muttering to himself.

One sad day my aunt found

him lying dead under a tree

with a pistol in his hand.

Today, the VA Health

Administration has

hotlines and awareness

programs for suicide

prevention, but I hope there’s more they can do because the number of

suicides is not declining.

Is it possible that the expensive media campaigns the VA has launched

are doing no good?

The facts: In 2018 the VA had a total budget of $17.7 million for

mental health media outreach, of which $6.2 million was obligated for

paid media campaigns on suicide prevention. (Let’s throw up another

billboard!) After almost a decade using this same media strategy, the

rate remains at 22 suicides per day. Anyone with a brain would conclude

that the advertising was not solving any part of the problem.

Here’s an idea: Perhaps the VA should switch tactics, and go from

spending huge amounts on suicide propaganda, and hire more

specialists, psychiatrists, and psychologists with a specialty in addressing

PTSD and suicide for our veterans.

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

books for veterans. All can be found on Amazon at: http://www.

amazon.com/author/chuckdeanbooks

recalcitrant Congress, made things even more

difficult.

Nonetheless Truman refused to concede. He

held many brainstorming sessions with the

brightest minds of his age. George Marshall, the

current Secretary of State and architect of the

Great Victory, among them.

Acknowledging the impracticality of using the

Bomb, the President decided that the only viable alternative was to pry

up the remaining free European countries with billions of dollars. The

money to be used to rebuild the continent - and provide for its citizens.

Sadly, Congress refused to go along. The isolationists within had

washed their hands of further foreign entanglements. Others simply

didn’t want to spend the money.

But “Give ‘em hell Harry” had an ace up his sleeve and he deployed

it. Rather than naming the European Program after himself, he decided

to call it “The Marshall Plan.”

Fearful of alienating the electorate by crossing swords with the most

respected hero of the war, Congress reversed its position. And the Plan

finally went into effect on April 3, 1948.

Western Europe and eventually all of Europe - if not all the world

was saved.


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Knit 2 + Purl 2 = 4 Ur Brain; Celebrate Local Yarn Stores

By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute

W

ant to ward off dementia? Reduce stress? Relieve arthritis? Learn to crochet or knit!!

Yes. Even men should consider it. For help learning see "No-Brainer Picks" (below).

I know that in November, the Saturday after Black Friday is called Small Business Saturday

which encourages us to shop locally. However, I just learned April 27 is National Local Yarn Store

Day. Check out these stores for their FREE meetings where you can get help learning to crochet/knit.

April 27, 2019

Crochet/Knit for Brain Health

A study, published in the Journal of

Clinical Neurosciences, found that those

who engaged in crafts like crochet and

knitting had less of a chance of developing

cognitive impairment & memory loss.

These crafts also reduce stress & keep

hands & fingers feeling good as we age.

Mental Minutes

“Yarn”

1. In one minute, name things

you make with yarn.

2. Make list alphabetical.

Apple cozies

(www.craftfoxes.com/

blog/odd-things-to-dowith-yarn),

Booties, Caps, ...

Photos taken at "Open Yarn" meetings every Fri., 5p &

Sat.,10am, at Mad Knitter's Yarn in Henderson, NV

Jan Fair is a writer, consultant & public speaker who has published over 40 books PLUS the

No-Brainer Brain Games series. Sign up for her FREE newsletter at www.JanFair.com

No-Brainer Picks

Learn & get FREE help at an

"Open Yarn" (see left), also

www.YOUTube.com

www.WikiHOW.com

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SPECIAL

OFFER!

Book by Apr. 25, 2019

and save $ 100. on

your deposit!

the easy way!

ITINERARY

Fri. Feb. 14 Miami Departure

Sat. Feb. 15 Scenic Cruising

Sun. Feb. 16 Cienfuegos, Cuba

Mon Feb. 17 Havana, Cuba

Tue. Feb. 18 Bay of Pigs, Cuba

Wed. Feb. 19 Santiago, Cuba

Thu. Feb. 20 At Sea

Fri. Feb. 21 Disembark Miami

Or call my new associate:

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Email Betty at: Brewerhere@cox.net

For more information

or to book your spot

today call Crystal

702/419-0550

8 day cruise, Feb. 14, 2020

INCLUDES AT NO CHARGE

• Balcony Stateroom (dbl occ)

• Air Fare & Ship Transfers in Miami Fl.

• Port Taxes & Fees

• FREE Shore Excursion in each port

• Access to Specialty Restaurants on board

• All on board Meals incl. Wine, Beer, & Soft Drinks

• Wi-Fi

• Port Entry & Visa N/C (a savings of over $300 pp)

• 24 Hr. room service

CABINS ARE LIMITED – BOOK EARLY!

*All prices subject to change and are based on per person,

double occupancy. Single room upgrades available at extra

cost. MasterCard, VISA, Amex accepted or private checks.

Note: Viking insurance available but not included here.

No Corkage Fees!

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This is one of my favorite classic movies. And why

not? The film is full of Italian style and grace. The

scenery is breathtaking. The villages are lovely. The

people are charming..., And the pasta, and wine...

Delicioso!

Early Bird

Special!

$ 3499.

Air included

pp dbl. occ

Join Us

“Under The

Tuscan Sun”!

Don’t be left out...

only 10 seats

remaining! 6

Don’t Miss Your Vacation

Due to Special Needs

By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /

Out & About

n today’s world, unless there’s possible exposure to contagious

Idisease, people using wheelchairs are commonly welcomed on

land tours and cruises. This is great news for senior travelers who

require special needs devices, like portable oxygen tanks and mini

scooters.

However, don’t expect your fellow travelers or trip or cruise staffers to

help you carry or operate your devices. This is entirely your responsibility.

If you think you’re going to require assistance, bring along a friend or

family member who understands they will be your helper.

Many health items are now widely available for rent and can be

ordered for temporary installation in hotel rooms and cruise staterooms.

But, don’t start placing your orders yet.

First, contact your desired hotel, resort, or cruise line, and ask for

their special needs manager. Don’t be shy. Briefly describe your health

requirements and see what they can offer and at what cost.

Then, if there is something they don’t provide, ask for a referral. It’s

important your hotel or cruise line accept your rental company and

allow them on their premises for installation and removal. Some of the

most popular support companies are Special Needs at Sea, Scootaround.

com, and Accessiblevous.com.

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So when my husband Ray and I decided

to host a European tour, Collette’s Spotlight on Tuscany

tour with Florence, Lucca, Siena, and more was a

natural choice. Plus, we’ll actually be under the Tuscan

Sun, and there’ll be no pesky packing and unpacking.

We’ll be staying in the delightful spa resort town

of Montecatini in a four star hotel just a short walk

from the charming city center. In fact, one of my best

friends, Iris Newman, who already had the good sense

to take this trip, has told me that exploring Montecatini,

meeting its locals, and enjoying spontaneous casual

gatherings at the end of the day were unexpected trip

highlights. This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy

the Tuscan lifestyle. Call us at:

702/463-0966.

Wow! Local professional airport transfers

provided by Vegas Vacationers for every

Collette Vacation with air!

April 2019

Many vacationers are finding cruise lines are really taking the lead

in special needs services and have developed unique facilities of their

own. One example: “dippers” for lowering handicapped swimmers into

swimming pools.

Bigger ships like Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas and

Holland America’s Koningsdam generally provide more space for

people using walkers, wheelchairs and scooters. And some have added

special activities for people with specific health needs.

In fact, Royal Caribbean has already conducted specific cruises for

people needing dialysis at sea. It’s been so successful, they are planning

more special needs cruises in the future.

Next month, we’ll feature traveling with Fido.

Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker is the Vacation Editor and

the President at Vegas Vacationers. She can be reached at

Merryman2@aol.com


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The Carnival Panorama & Quick Meeting

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures

As you know, throughout the year we have

many “Bus to the Boat” departures. We offer

cruises on various ships; mostly on the “Carnival

Family of Brands” - Princess Cruise Lines and Carnival Cruise Lines.

Between now and early 2020 we will offer cruises going to the Panama

Canal, Alaska, the California coast and the Mexican Riviera. All of these

will be round trip from Los Angeles and the price will include round

trip bus transportation from Las Vegas to the Los Angeles pier.

I want to mention our cruise scheduled for January 25, 2020. We will

be sailing on the brand-new CARNIVAL PANORAMA.

The “powers that be” at Carnival could have picked anywhere in the

world

ROYAL

to homeport

CARIBBEAN

their new ship, but they

CRUISE

picked their

LINE

exclusive port

in Long Beach, California. We want our Vegas Voyagers to be among

the first to cruise on this magnificent vessel. We want all to take

advantage of everything the ship has to offer.

As for dining, there are numerous restaurants to choose from,

like Cucina Del Capitano, Bonsai Teppanyaki or Fahrenheit

555 Steakhouse. And I’ve only mentioned a few of the options.

Consider joining the Vegas Voyagers on our Mexican Riviera

cruise - January 25 to February 1, 2020 on the CARNIVAL

PANAORAMA. Prices start at just $999 per person and that

includes the round trip transportation from Las Vegas to Long Beach

pier.

*Israel Trip Revision Schedule: We have revised the schedule

for the Israel tour. We will be departing Saturday, August 31 on a

nonstop flight from Las Vegas. And the best news: even with an

additional two night hotel stay in Tel Aviv, the price is still the same -

$4,739 per person. You get two extra days in Israel and nonstop flights

directly from Las Vegas at no additional cost.

For those who have signed up, or for those thinking about joining

us, we will be holding a meeting at Buckman’s Restaurant at

the Revere Country Club (Sun City Anthem) on Wednesday,

April 24th 9:30 am. Come join us for this informative discussion on

this once in a lifetime trip.

Please RSVP by email at fairtravel@aol.com or at 800/698-1101.

Happy Adventures to all.

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BUS TO THE BOAT

CARNIVAL MIRACLE

14 NIGHT HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

OCT. 19 - NOV. 2, 2019 • BALCONY $2,499 pp

CARNIVAL PANORAMA

INAUGURAL SAILINGS

7 NIGHT MEXICAN RIVIERA

JAN. 25 - FEB. 1, 2020

INSIDE $999 • BALCONY $1,299 pp

Call Stu

www.Vegasvoyagers.Com

Email: Fairtravel@Aol.Com

April 2019

800 698-1101

ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE

Sept. 6 - 16,

2019

ADVENTURE

OF THE SEAS

10 NIGHT

FALL FOLIAGE

NORTHBOUND CRUISE

Departs Cape Liberty, NJ, visiting Bar Harbor, Portland,

St John, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown, disembark

Quebec City

www.Vegasvoyagers.Com

Email: Fairtravel@Aol.Com

800 698-1101

Inside Cabin

Ocean View

Balcony Cabin

$1,739 pp

$2,029 pp

$2,289 pp

Prices are per person based on double occupancy, subject to availability and

includes your cruise, all port charges, taxes, fees and roundtrip air fare from Las

Vegas to New York and back from Quebec City and airport transfers in New

York and Quebec City. A deposit of $450 per person is due at the time of booking

and is fully refundable until June 1, 2019 when the final payment is due.


INTRODUCING

THE

TRIP OF A LIFETIME!

Holy Land Tour

Aug. 31,-Sept. 13, 2019

Includes the following:

• 9 nights, incl. breakfast, dinner daily, Except last night breakfast only

• 10 days sightseeing in luxury touring coach

• English speaking licensed tour guide from arrival to departure

• One group arrival and departure transfer from/to airport in Israel

• All entrance fees per itinerary

• Porterage at hotels and Ben Gurion airport upon arrival only

• Meet /assist and escort to meet tour guide upon airport arrival in Israel

• Farewell dinner in local restaurant

Rates do NOT include

• Tips to guide, driver, waiters, etc.

• Meals & beverages not mentioned

in tour description

• Travel insurance etc.

• Expenses of a personal nature

Nonstop flight from

Las Vegas to Tel Aviv!

$ 4,739.

pp land/air based on

Dbl occupancy

For more trip details call direct:

800/698-1101

800/698-1101

Price is subject to availability and based on double occupancy.

Single supplement is available upon request.

Hosted by

Bruce Ewing

Here are just

some of the highlights:

Sea of Galilee/ Mount of Beatitudes, traditional

site of the Sermon on the Mount/ the traditional

site of the multiplication of the Loaves and the

fishes./Tour Capernaum, the base of Jesus’

ministry in the Galilee and site of a beautiful

Byzantine-period synagogue /Qumran where Dead

Sea scrolls were discovered / Masada and the

Dead Sea/ Jerusalem/Mount of Olives /Garden of

Gethsemane/ Enter Old City via Lion’s Gate/ Visit

St. Anne’s church/ The Pools of Bethesda/Christian

Quarter of Old City/Church of the Holy Sepulcher/

Bethlehem and Yad Vashem/the Church of the Nativity/Holocaust

Memorial & Museum/Jerusalem’s

open air market

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RUBY PRINCESS 12 NIGHT

ALASKA - BUS TO BOAT

APRIL 23 -- MAY 5, 2019

FROM $ 2,119

CORAL PRINCESS 19 NIGHT

PANAMA CANAL CRUISE R/T from

Los Angeles - BUS TO BOAT

Sept. 29 -- Oct 18, 2019

FROM $ 2,859

ROYAL PRINCESS 7 NIGHT

PACIFIC COAST - BUS TO BOAT

R/T FROM LA - NOV. 9 -16, 2019

FROM $ 1,099

STAR PRINCESS 15 NIGHT

HAWAIIAN ISLAND CRUISE

BUS TO BOAT

Dec. 4 --15, 2019

FROM $ 1,979

CALL STU

1/800-698-1101

BUS TO THE BOAT

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

It’s a sunny morning in Solvang, America’s

leading Danish community. It’s a friendly

postcard pretty California hamlet with downtown streets lined in the

company of quaint delicious Danish bakeries and appealing boutiques.

It is the

sort of place

where time

seems to have

stopped. The

name Solvang

is Danish for

“sunny field.”

Solvang

is clean and

well-kept with

plenty of sky

overhead.

Indeed, it is

Solvang - Town with a

Danish Flair

much like

visiting a lifesize

miniature

village.

The streets are lined with old-world Danish architecture. Even the

United States post office façade mirrors the traditional Danish style. In

a public park near the town’s center sits a statue featuring the bust of

famed Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen.

Located in the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara County, Solvang’s

natural surroundings of canyons and mountains are heart-stopping

superb; especially in springtime when green signs of spring can be

glimpsed on the surrounding fields and hillsides.

The town was founded in 1911 by a group of Danes who arrived to

establish a Danish community far from harsh mid-western America

winters and wanting to establish a religious and education community

for fellow Danes. It was their “Eureka!” which means “I have found

it!” a word from Gold Rush days that became the official motto of

California in 1963.

The early 20 th century was a period when thousands of Danes were

leaving everything they knew to immigrate elsewhere. Between 1850

and 1930, Denmark experienced an impoverished economy.

Danes, in search of a better life, decided to leave. Some estimates put

the number departing as high as one in ten Danes, many choosing

America to start their new life. Today, Solvang’s population hovers

between 5,000 and 6,000.

An overheard wise guy’s question, “How do you drive to Denmark?”

Well, head for California’s little Denmark in Solvang - a town most

certainly with a Danish flair and worth a visit.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always

with enthusiasm.


“Listening to The Vegas Voice

Tuesdays 10-11AM 11AM - 12 NOON

And anytime on:

Thevegasvoice.net

Hollywood Legend

Emmy award winning

actress /producer

Actor/Comedian

Your Hosts:

Rich Natole

and

Jon Lindquist

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Author, Former Pro

Wrestler

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James Darren

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“Listening to The Vegas Voice

Tuesdays 10-11AM

And anytime on:

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Your Hosts:

Rich Natole

and

Jon Lindquist

“The Announcer”

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STEVE SOLOMON’S GUIDE

TO PUTTING ON A ONE-MAN SHOW

Steve Solomon has a trusted secret to keeping his voice during

repeat performances of a one-man show.

“Lots of throat lozenges, and lots of water,” he says.

The actor/comedian has built his career around writing and

performing one-man shows, beginning with the three-time award

winning “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in

Therapy,” which he’s followed with two sequels.

There’s much more to a comedic one-man show than simply telling

jokes on stage, he says. “Some critics say it’s just stand-up. No, it’s

a theatrical piece,” he says. “There’s a process, there’s a set, there

are characters.”

STRETCHING AN IDEA INTO A SHOW

Creating a one-man show must start with an interesting topic —

something Solomon has no shortage of.

With each of his shows based on his unpredictable family, he plays

up to 30 characters on stage, including his doting Italian mother

and elderly Jewish father.

His family provides endless material, he explains. “Growing up in

an Italian/Jewish environment was hysterical,” he says. “I’m also

blessed with my memory. I can repeat dialogue from years ago.”

Taking stories and transforming them into a full show takes work,

however.

Solomon starts developing a show by penning several pages of

memories and jokes, then works with his long-time director Andy

Rogow to find a common thread and craft a script.

“I come up with the content, and (Andy) creates storylines,”

Solomon says. “He’s quit 100 times and I’ve fired him 10,000

times, and we love each other.”

NEVER FINISHED

A one-man show must be constantly refined to remain fresh,

Solomon says. He changes something for every performance, and

constantly drafts new material.

“Every single night I’m up there, I’m tweaking. I’m adjusting what

I say, adjusting the emphasis of what I’m trying to put out there.

Every word is critical.”

“Steve Solomon’s From Brooklyn to Broadway in Only 50 Years!”

runs from April 5th – 7th at The Smith Center. For tickets and more

information, visit TheSmithCenter.com.

From the three-time award winning star

and creator of “My Mother’s Italian,

My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy”

STEVE SOLOMON’S

FROM BROOKLYN

TO BROADWAY

IN ONLY 50 YEARS!

APRIL 5 - 7

Troesh Studio Theater

groups get perks

Call 702.749.2348 or email groups@thesmithcenter.com

VISIT THESMITHCENTER.COM TO SEE THE FULL LINEUP

702.749.2000 | TTY: 800.326.6868 or dial 711 | 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89106

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April 2019

THIS IS AN ADVERTORIAL PAID FOR BY THE SMITH CENTER


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