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Growth in Southern Nevada is 3 times the national average
There are approximately 4500 new residents moving here on average per
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The rate of people moving here from California is increasing. One reason may be
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The number of people ages 65+ moving to Nevada is increasing. This demographic
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There are approximately 53,000 business in southern Nevada. That is the most ever!
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There is more convention space under construction in Las Vegas than all but 5 markets
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NIGHT LIFE EDITOR
Volume 16, Issue 6
OUR FANTASTIC COLUMNISTS
Rich Natole / Jon Lindquist
About The Vegas Voice
In 2018, The Vegas Voice received 9 national awards from the
North American Mature Publishers Association for our publication
- including our guardianship special efforts, editorial and column
reviews, front page
graphics, overall design
and “General Excellence.”
We proudly agree with
the Judge’s decision
that The Vegas Voice
is “a brisk, bold,
upbeat and effective
My Buddy, Stu
By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules
Let me guess. You’re going to use this as an
excuse for not submitting your column?”
There will be a “first” in this month’s Vegas
Voice. After nearly 16 years and over 150 issues, our travel editor, Stu
Cooper will not be placing his article.
His “lame” excuse? He decided instead to have heart surgery to repair
a mitral valve and correct his atrial fibrillation. How Stu discovered
that he urgently needed this surgery is a great story so at least, The
Vegas Voice can “salvage” something from his absence.
Stu received an Apple Series 4 watch from his kids Jonathan and
Jessica for Father’s Day (Lucky him. I only got a T-shirt). You know
those watches – it gives you your heart rate, pulse, temperature, how
to clean a garage (not sure about that one) and yes, even tells you the
When he put it on, the initial reading was “Heart in Afib – Contact
Doctor Immediately.” Thinking it was a glitch, he passed the gadget
to his children and wife, Sharon. The watch displayed their respective
Once again, Stu tried it and once again, the same warning appeared.
Rather than mess around, they immediately went to Urgent Care that
confirmed the diagnosis and before he knew it, he was on the operating
The surgeon corrected the problems and we expect (no, demand!) a
full recovery. Long story short – the watch saved his life.
For those unaware, besides serving as travel editor since our initial
issue, Stu and I have been the best of friends since 1975 when we first
met in law school. Some 44 years later, with our ever increasing balding
heads serving as a perfect example, we have shared everything.
Our friendship has gone through the gamut – from weddings
(we were ushers at each other’s nuptials), to the joyous births of our
children, to incredible sadness (including the passing of my wife of 35
years Amy and our dads) - and everything imaginable in between.
How we remained best friends over the years is based on our simple
understanding: I don’t listen to him and he ignores me.
For over four decades, Stu and Sharon and yours truly with Amy and
now my PILL (partner in love & life) Rana have travelled and vacationed
Alaska to Tahiti,
to the Caribbean
my vacations have
always been with
Stu. And as the photo
clearly confirms, we
continue and will
always be “Vintage
We have screamed
and threatened each
other over the years
and yet the smiles
and laughter never
with our adopted
3 rd Musketeer,
project director Bill
Caserta, we flew
to New York to be
with Stu during his
For reasons that
still baffle me, Stu
my request to take a
photo of his scarred
chest (“You really
are an idiot” he
“incorrectly” remarked) but I figured that such statement was due to
the medications and will let that (along with his August article) slide.
Thankfully (most thankfully) he is going to be fine and Stu will
definitely be back next month.
And while I will continue to yell, holler and demand that he submits
future columns on-time, let me assure all that I’ll say my prayers of
thanks and even look forward to him aggravating me for many more
years to come.
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
Editor’s Note: With the Las Vegas
summer heat in full force, we’ve been
asked by numerous readers to replay the
following for your amusement. Complain
all you want about the unbearable heat;
but it is still better than shoveling snow in
sub-zero temperatures and arctic wind chills.
June 1 st : We just moved to Las Vegas. Now this is a City that knows
how to live! Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. Mountains
and deserts blend together.
What a place! Watched the sunset from the park. It was beautiful. I’ve
finally found my home. I love it here.
June 14 th : Really heating up. Got to 100 today. Not a problem. Live
in an air conditioned home and drive an air conditioned car.
What a pleasure to see the sun every day like this. I’m turning into a
real sun worshipper.
June 30 th : Had the backyard landscaped with western plants today.
Lots of cactus and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing
for me. Another scorcher today, but I love it here.
July 10th: The temperature hasn’t been below 100 all week. How do
people get used to this kind of heat? At least it’s nice and windy though.
But getting used to it is taking longer than I expected.
July 15th: Fell asleep by the pool. Got 3 rd degree burns over 60% of
my body. Missed 2 days of work – what a dumb thing to do. I learned
my lesson. I really have to respect the sun in a climate like this.
July 25 th : This wind sucks. It feels like a giant freaking blow dryer.
Diary of a Las Vegas Summer
And it’s hot as hell!
The home air conditioner is on the fritz and the AC repairman
charged $200 just to drive by and tell me he needed to order parts.
July 30th: Been sleeping outside by the pool for 3 nights. $1,200
in damn house payments and we can’t even go inside. Why did I ever
August 4 th : It’s 115 freaking degrees. Finally got the air conditioner
fixed. It cost $500 and gets the temperature down to about 90. I hate
this stupid place.
August 8 th : If another wise guy cracks: “Hot enough for you
today” I’m going to tear his throat out. Damn heat. Will it ever get
below 115 again?
August 9 th : Tried to run some quick errands. Wore shorts and sat
on the car’s leather seat. I thought I was on fire. Lost 2 layers of flesh.
August 10 th : The weather report might as well be a damn recording:
“Hot and sunny.” It’s been too hot to do anything for over 2 months
and the weatherman says it will really warm up next week.
By the way, does it ever rain in this damn desert? With the water
rationing, $2,500 worth of cactus just might dry up. Even a cactus can’t
live in this heat.
August 19th: WELCOME TO HELL. Temperature got to 121 today. If
I had wanted to live in Death Valley, I would have moved there.
Forgot to crack the window and blew the damned windshield out
of the car. The installer came to fix it and said: “Hot enough for you
today?” My wife had to spend the $1,200 house payment to bail me out.
If I don’t end up in prison, I’m putting the house up for sale and
moving back to Buffalo!
Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and
has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny
submissions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
Can you imagine? It’s the 50-year anniversary
You remember WOODSTOCK, don’t you? I
lived in New York at the time but was working,
married and had a kid, so traveling upstate to party was out of the
However, the music of WOODSTOCK stayed with me (and all baby
boomers) for years. And we’re still rockin’ to the sounds of greats such
as: Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills
& Nash, Santana, Joan Baez, The Who, Creedence Clearwater
Revival and more…
Now you can bring back those memories by joining The Vegas Voice
at the Performing Arts Center at the Clark County Library on East
Flamingo Road on Sunday, August 18 th at 2:30 pm (See pages
20-21). We will all grove to the sounds of WOODSTOCK with tribute
stars that will bring you back in time.
The band, under the musical direction of Bob Sachs, knows just
what it will take to keep you out of your seats and rocking to the sounds
of the 60s’ - just as our star-studded line up will do. And the performers
that will rock the theater know exactly what WOODSTOCK was all
Dennis Blair will do two or three of the original WOODSTOCK
songs as will Kent Foote. As a Janis Joplin tribute singer,
Our Great Woodstock Celebration
The First Ladies of Las Vegas Entertainment
By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment
Simply stated, Kelly Clinton-Holmes and
Elisa Fiorillo deliver a delightful show filled
with music, songs, laughter, energy, Vegas pizzazz
and of course, the mandatory wardrobe changes.
The two sparkle in their Vegas-style garb with songs including “Thank
You for Being a Friend” and “I’m a Woman.” These women present a
polish, high energy show in the intimate setting of the Pegasus Room
at the Alexis Park All-Suites Hotel.
I’ve always been a fan of Kelly’s. You know that she loves what she
does. Here, she gives us all of it. Her singing, her comedy, her schtick.
Elisa is another Vegas talent and a perfect partner for their twosomes.
They each bring personality and poise to their individual performances.
These lovely ladies are backed by the talents of Michael Clark on
keyboard, David Ramirez on drums and the versatile Dennis Blair on
the guitar. But wait, there’s more!
Blair, one of my favorite performers, moves from playing guitar to
showcasing his singing and comedic talent in “I’m Thinking of Being
a Catholic Again.” You can’t beat the three of them together when
Dennis is pressed into service to be the third Andrews sister in their
rendition of “Boogy Woogy Bugle Boy of Company B.”
Elisa’s rendition of “Arms of An Angel” is a showstopper and Kelly’s
“Boots are Make for Walking” is a delight. You want humor? Check
Michelle Rohl will take
you back 50 years and Mark
Giovi will once again be a
Elisa Fiorillo (who was
with Prince for many years)
knows what Rock n Roll was
all about, so don’t wear any
socks because they WILL BE
knocked off. Of course, Keith
Neal who plays with the
Bronx Wanderers, Kent
Foote, the Crosby Stills and Nash tribute group (and many more)
will also join the band as their lead guitar player. And a great one he is.
Dress for the occasion if it pleases you. I’ll be wearing ripped jeans
and a tie died shirt in honor of the event. Any “Joints” will be confiscated
at the door by me.
With limited seating and even fewer VIP seats, call for tickets today
at The Vegas Voice ticket hotline 702/755-3799. The Performing Arts
Center has a wonderful stage, great sound and terrific theater seating,
so call today!
You can read Evan’s entertainment blog and sign up to receive
his free email weekly Calendar of Events at www.EvanDavisJazz.
com. Email him at: email@example.com.
out Elisa’s “Bun
in the Oven”
and Kelly’s take
on Elvis. Then,
they amuse us
with their special
comedic take on
The show, a
perfect blend of
pop, jazz, comedy,
Friday nights at
7:00 pm. in the
Pegasus Room at
the Alexis Park.
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.
Goodnight Mrs. Calabash
By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
Jimmy Durante was a beloved comedian,
composer, actor, singer and songwriter. He
was born in 1893 in New York City; the youngest
of 5 children. He was a kind, considerate, honest man.
He quit school in the 8th grade to help out with finances. His parents
insisted Jimmy study classical piano music, which he did for years.
He considered being a barber, like his father, but decided to stick with
“pianner playin,” shifting to the ragtime rage. He became known as
At 23, he organized a 5-piece band, Chicago New Orleans Jazz
Band. At 30, he and vaudevillian partner, Lou Clayton, opened Club
Durant (the e was mistakenly left out.) They sealed the deal with a
handshake and did their business that way till Durante died.
For his theme song, he used a short version of a nonsense song he
and Ben Ryan wrote in 1933, called Inka Dinka Doo. Ben Ryan was
a vaudevillian performer, skit and song writer. He also wrote Heart of
Durante’s Brooklyn-accented gravel voice massacred the English
language. People loved it! He’d interrupt the act with, “Stop Da music
Jimmy Durante would end his shows with, “Goodnight Mrs. Calabash,
wherever you are.” It was thought to be for his first wife, who died in her
40s from heart failure.
Another trademark of Jimmy’s was his large nose called Schnoz or
Schnozzle. He used these names to his advantage in his acts, but as a
child, he was very sensitive about it.
He’d go home, crying because of his funny looks. Durante decided
never to make jokes about anybody’s looks or speech defects.
Some years after his
wife’s death, he married
long-time friend, a
former hatcheck girl,
Marjorie Little. He was
67, she was 39.
He appeared in many
had his own radio and
TV shows, and was
the voice for several
His numerous awards
Walk of Fame
recognition and even
a street in Las Vegas
named after him.
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.
Old signs. New technology.
This revolutionary art uses
sight and sound to transport
you through time and bring
long dormant signs back to
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BOOK A VISIT
By: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations
I’ve had an incredible life, but life is about
change.” Last year after a 300-date tour John
announced he’s retiring from the road to spend
more time with his family. “My priorities are my
children, my husband, and my family.”
Elton John became the world’s biggest rock star, then nearly
lost everything to addiction. Those closest to him look back on his
remarkable rise and rebirth as Rocketman hits the big screen.
This movie was directed by veteran Dexter Fletcher and produced
by David Furnish, John’s husband. David reports that John was an
unhappy, lonely, only child fearful of his cold, distant father, a Royal Air
Force flight lieutenant. Elton was a product of a stormy marriage that
ended in divorce in 1962.
Painfully shy as
Reggie Dwight, he
came out of his
shell as Elton John
and embraced his
sexuality. In 1984 John
shocked his friends by
sound engineer Renate
They divorced after four years. John then announced he was,
“comfortable being gay.”
Past the peak of his career, because of substance abuse, John
was in rehab, sorting through the highs and lows of memory as he
triumphantly pulls himself back from the brink. But the music served
up in production numbers, that at times soar into exhilarating fantasy,
never fails to catch us emotionally.
To play John in Rocketman, Taron Egerton, 29, ate meals at John’s
home and read his diaries. Egerton did his own singing and became
Elton on a “molecular level” quotes John’s devoted husband Furnish.
Taron “kills the show” as many critics proclaim.
The musical Rocketman, is up there with Mamma Mia, and Bohemian
Rhapsody, and is a fitting “pop monument” to superstar Elton John. The
director does an excellent job of conveying how a young gay performer
expresses his sexuality in both
the bedroom and at the piano.
I am giving this true life
film “Rocketman” five boxes
of buttered popcorn. Taron
Egerton blasts off as the
legendary Elton John!
And I hope to see YOU at the
Renee Riendeau is the movie critic for “Renee’s Revelations”
on Anthem Alive SCA-TV. As a dog sitter she operates “ Renee’s
Roommates” out of her home and can be reached at
I Donate Now Leave Me Alone!
By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60
We have reached the end of our patience
with donation robo-calls, checkout
counters asking for donations, TV ads, and even
It seems the world is getting in on an old play well documented in my
family history. GUILT! If I say no in front of the supermarket cashier, I
look like a mean old lady.
Get away to a casino and put a cash ticket into the ATM and it asks
if you want to donate a percentage of that ticket. At least you have a
choice of a few charities and after all, these may be gambling winnings
and you’ll go to a fiery place if you don’t share your good luck. More
The calls can be very interesting too. There’s this man from a police
fund who sounds completely irritated when you say no and I am afraid
that if I call 911 from the same number, no one will come. What to do?
Guilt now mixed with fear.
Another call tells me about children, another about veterans and the
list goes on. And the calls never stop so we started blocking numbers.
That did absolutely nothing because they never call from the same
number more than once.
My husband is a veteran, I love kids and I am passionate about
animals. We go through all the mailers every few months and take
everything into consideration and support multiple causes to the best
of our ability.
We even donated for a cow or goat to enable a 3 rd world country
family to have milk. They didn’t assault me in the grocery store to get
my attention. I read about it and liked what I read.
If I get too many mailers with “gifts,” that tells me they’re possibly
spending an awful lot of my donation money on marketing and not
helping. I suppose I should thank them for the thousands of address
labels we’ve received.
In the end, we do our part and are very grateful for the privileged life
we lead. But for heaven’s sake, leave me alone!
Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &
complaints of life in the 60s to being in your 60s.
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
I always pick up after my dog” she said
with indignation. No, you (apparently but
There have been many days when I walked my dogs near my home
that I couldn’t help but notice other “pet parents” with their “best
friend” minus the little “poop bag” we all should be carrying.
Thus, when I received a telephone call from a friend and neighbor
asking if we have community rules mandating that we clean up after
pets, I thought this reminder might be appropriate.
Although there are dozens of Pet Stations all around our Sun City
community, I often see residents walking their dogs who neglect to pick
up “that package” their dog deposited in someone’s yard or along the
landscape areas on the streets.
Not only is this habit totally inconsiderate of a neighbor’s or
community property, it also spreads germs, attracts flies, roaches, foul
odors and heaven knows what else in our beautiful neighborhood.
It was suggested a few years ago that some Homeowners Association
were considering getting DNA tests
done on some “doggie deposits” to
match up with test results taken at
move in-time of those residents who
owned canines. Of course, the idea
went nowhere fast; especially since
owners in that community resented
such an expense coming from their
Here is, perhaps a better idea:
drop off a small roll of “doggie poop
bags” at the homes of the offenders,
preferably empty. Let us send a
message to our neighbors to be
friendly and considerate when it comes our “best friend” - not to foster
a hostile community.
You can contact Rana by email: Rana@thevegasvoice.net. Also
check out her blog about life in Sun City Anthem at:
For those of you who have followed our four plus years odyssey
through the guardianship scandal, you might recall us writing
and speaking about Rudy & Rennie North. Her daughter Julie Belshe
had originally reached out to Dan and I asking that we meet with her
She stated that her parents had been “kidnapped” from their home
in Summerlin by private guardian April Parks. It was that meeting that
showed us how scandalous the guardianship industry was.
It took Julie and lots of volunteers over two years to free them.
It greatly saddens me to tell our readers that, although Rudy and
Rennie were able to watch Parks handcuffed and sent to her new
residence (called prison) the joy of being free didn’t last that long.
Rennie North, the feisty tiny lady who fought back; who yelled at
Parks to “get out of my house” in the award winning documentary,
“The Guardians”, passed away last month. Our Vegas Voice family
extends our deepest sympathies and condolences to Rudy, Julie, and
the entire family.
Rest in Peace Rennie
“The Guardians” in Siena
Former Senator Becky Harris joined our political editor Rana Goodman
for the presentation of the documentary “The Guardians” at Siena last
month. It was our 12 th guardianship seminar this year.
Joining Rana and Becky are Vegas Voice president Ray with his “better
half” Vacation Editor Crystal Sarbacker.
Practice With Purpose
By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever
When you practice, do it with a purpose.
What do I mean?
Since I play golf once or twice each week and
practice 3-5 times per week, I have the opportunity to watch golfers
on the range. I see them with huge buckets of balls hitting one golf
ball after another without taking the time to line up or make any
In my opinion, this is a waste of time. If a golfer is hitting 20 balls
before the start of his round, that’s not a problem as they are simply
Driving Range - I think golfers should have a plan and know what
they are going to work on before getting to the range. Maybe it’s a drill
from a coach during a recent lesson or a YouTube video but whatever it
is, make sure you practice with a purpose.
If its alignment, step back and make sure you are lined up properly
with your target using alignment tools. Check your position after each
If it’s your follow through or balance that’s causing issues, study your
finish. Take time between each golf ball to analyze how you did and
make corrections along the way.
Chipping – Same thing applies. Don’t just pitch 100 balls from 30
yards and call it good. If you have a weakness in your short game, work
on that and improve by trying different things.
Practice pitching to a tight pin over a bunker or practice pitching
out of divots. Work on different angles and different grass thicknesses.
Practicing these shots will boost your confidence next time you’re on
the golf course.
Putting – Practice with a purpose by figuring out how to read each
putt. Practice putting to the high side of the hole, so you don’t miss
your putts to the low side. Practice your speed, alignment, short and
While practice may not guaranty perfect shots every time, it will
improve your confidence on the golf course and that’s so important to
playing better golf, and a major factor in lowering your scores.
Mike Landry resides in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and is a member
of both the Nevada State Seniors Golf Club and Winterwood Men’s
Group. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Various Psychic Abilities
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
Most people have a tendency to lump all
psychics into the same category. The word
Psychic tends to trigger visions of a woman gazing
into a crystal ball, palm reading, or card reading.
However, the majority would be surprised to learn that there’s quite
a variety of different types of psychic powers and different applicable
purposes for each.
Different psychics receive intuitive guidance in different ways - much
like an invitation that can be delivered by mail, via the internet, by
phone, etc. Though, some psychics may only receive information by
one form of delivery, others may receive transmissions by multiple
The following are some minimized descriptions of different types of
psychic transmissions, some more common than others, described by
“The Guide to Psychic Abilities.”
Astral Projection: Can will out of body consciousness.
Automatic Writing: Channels spirits to write messages from the
Clairaudience: Hears beyond normal human perception.
Clair Cognizance: Clearly knowing without any previous knowledge.
Clairgustance: Can taste a substance without contact.
Clairsentience: Psychic ability to sense or feel something
supernatural. Can instantly know people’s name, birthday, emotional
state, life details.
Clairvoyants: Can see and communicate with spirits or ghosts. Can
also see the future.
Divination: Gathers evidence from the spiritual world to interpret
the physical world. Most common headings includes; Bibliomancy,
Clairvoyants, Coffee Grinds, Crystal Balls, Dowsing, ESP, Ouija Boards,
Pendulums, Precognition, Scrying, Tarot Cards, Tea Leaves. Also uses
many other tools to translate messages from the ethereal world.
Mediums: Communicate with dead relatives.
Post Cognition: Sees the past.
Psychic Channeling: Relays messages to and from the spiritual
Psychic Empathy: Senses another person’s emotions.
Remote Viewing: Receives visions or impressions related to distant
Telekinesis: Is the ability to move objects in the physical world with
Telepathy: Human (or animal) mind-to-mind communication.
To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops
and readings, email: email@example.com.
Reverse Mortgage Seminars
By: Nick Flores / Loan Educator
Have you been to any reverse mortgage
seminars? If your answer is “no”, what
are you waiting for? It’s free education!
A Reverse Mortgage Seminar will provide you the knowledge,
facts and tools to fact check the information you’ve been given. The
seminar should take only forty-five minutes to an hour. The goal of this
seminar is to provide facts to the common myths that surround reverse
Of course, each individual senior’s situation is different from the rest.
That is why we provide a one-on-one approach to explore whether a
reverse mortgage is a right fit for you.
The key is to think about your “want” and your “need.” What is it
that has you considering some alternative to the course of action you
are in now?
Your “want” and “need” will play a critical role in determining if
the reverse mortgage is right for you. That is what a Reverse Mortgage
Seminar is about.
Finding out more about you and how a reverse mortgage can benefit
you today - while you’re alive. The Reverse Mortgage Seminar will
educate you on ways you can tap into your equity to plan a dream
vacation, or simply to supplement your income.
And a reverse mortgage allows you all the benefits without having to
pay a monthly payment until you are done using the loan. Only when
you pass away or move to another primary residence will the reverse
mortgage be due.
The Reverse Mortgage Seminar will also advise that one can
refinance an existing reverse mortgage loan. You are able to use the
reverse mortgage loan for a purchase on a new home.
Remember - the benefit of coming to the Reverse Mortgage Seminar
is to learn and to be educated with your options.
A reverse mortgage is for seniors sixty-two and up. Come join us and
empower your knowledge, explore your options, and get the tools to fact
check for yourself.
Stopping the Aging Process
By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
turned 64 in June and there are days when
I I look in the mirror and think, yikes! How
could I feel 35, but look 65?
While we try to take care of ourselves, the aging process continues
and genetics plays a huge part in the process. Fancy creams and healthy
food may help, but very few people escape some sign of aging.
Every magazine and beauty site have all the latest options - invasive
and non-invasive. I was curious as to how many men and women
would consider a procedure to help fight the signs of aging, so I did a
quick Facebook poll and the results surprised me.
Two to one people said no to a facelift, fillers and Botox. It was however
the reverse as to whether people would consider laser treatments.
CoolSculpting was one treatment some wanted to try on their body,
as it’s considered a non-invasive way to eliminate fat around common
problem areas. I know people that have done this and liked it. There
is minimal discomfort and down time, but it is costly and needs a few
Laser and treatments like micro-needling (with PRP) have come
a long way, but reviews seemed mixed. While laser doesn’t replace a
facelift, more people seem open to trying it.
It is expensive and has some downtime (depending on which laser
treatment you get and can be painful) but the consensus was it is still
less invasive than a traditional facelift. The reviews about the results
vary also; some finding it beneficial, others saying the final result was
not worth the money.
With any of these treatments, there’s always the risk of side effects.
Check sites like RealSelf for honest reviews. Many people are wonderful
about sharing every detail and it’s important to understand everything.
Additionally, before/after photos on a doctor’s web page may not be a
patient he/she has worked on but rather photos shared by the company
that owns the machine. You should see examples of work your doctor
has done. If you decide to try any treatment, go to a certified expert and
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.
Goodbye, Old Friend
By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
It was 1949, and the baby boom was in full
swing. It was also the year Volkswagen
introduced the Beetle to America. Few cars have
reached the same status icon as the affectionately known “Bug.”
I’ll bet many of you have either, at one point in your life, owned a
Beetle or had a friend who owned one. They could float, the air-cooled
engine could be fixed with a rubber band and a stick of chewing gum,
and one even beat Ferraris in a fictional movie (we love ya, Herbie!).
The VW Beetle comes close to the cockroach as the only bug who
would survive Armageddon.
But the time has come, once again, to bid farewell to one of the most
popular cars ever created. While the Beetle’s history is more infamous -
commissioned in the 1930s by Hitler as the people’s car (volks wagen)
the Beetle was designed by Ferdinand Porsche of 911 sports car fame.
After the war, the British took over the factory and continued to
produce the popular hardtop coupe. By 1972, the Beetle had sold over
15 million units, and replaced the Ford Model T as the best-selling car
in the world.
The Beetle ceased production for a while, then reappeared as the
“New” Beetle in 1998. The third-generation Beetle ran from 2012 until
this year, when the car will be retired yet again. Total sales of the Beetle
are upward of 22 million.
The 2019 Beetle will be the last in a long lineage. Over the decades,
the styling has remained, but, thankfully, safety, interior features,
performance, and technology have not.
Today’s Beetle is better in every way yet retains all of the reasons why
people fell in love with it in the first place: affordable, adorable and fun
to drive. A testament to the love for the Beetle can be seen in myriad
car clubs around the world, as well as never-ending adulation from
Will there ever be another Beetle produced from Volkswagen?
According to Hinrich Woebcken, former President and CEO of VW,
“Never say never.”
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at
By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit
Are you reluctant to share your age? Are
you reluctant to share your email address?
If you answered “yes” to the first question, and
“no” to the second, and are an AOL user, you’re
According to popular wisdom proffered by millennials, if AOL appears
after the @, you’re fat, over 80, a technology dinosaur and live in the
suburbs. Furthermore, AOL users are clinging to an antique and should
never be taken seriously.
About anything. Because we’re blithering idiots.
Back in the day, if you wanted an email account and internet access,
AOL was it. Their disks were everywhere, free for the taking.
So we took. It was simple to establish an account, and soon the little
yellow man was running across the computer screen, assuring you that
your dial-up was working.
That’s when I began using AOL. I did have a free “Hotmail” account
for a while, but true to its name, it flooded my inbox with enticing ads
for penile implants, pills to enhance my sexual prowess, and numbers
to call if I was interested in a three-way. Eventually, Hotmail left me
Despite the fact that AOL email shaming is rampant, I won’t be
intimidated. So to people who say, “Why do you still use AOL?” I say,
If something’s been working for 20 years, why change? Why go
through the trouble of contacting every person and entity you know or
have been doing business with for two decades?
AOL has good security, adequate storage, spam protection, friendly
interface, and access to mail on my other devices. Do I really need
By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help Tips
An aged lady complained to me that she was
forced to ask a neighbor to get her mail
from a cluster box at the end of the dead-end road
on which she lives. I promised to look into the
matter and thereafter inquired at the post office on her behalf.
The postmaster informed me that there is a Hardship Mail Delivery
Program. This may be made available to someone who is disabled,
lives alone and has difficulty collecting mail due to a steep driveway or
faraway location of the box.
There is no preprinted application form so you must follow the below
1. Ask your doctor to write a statement confirming your mobility
problem and why it makes access to your mailbox unsafe.
2. Write your own note giving the location of the offending mailbox
plus your name, address, phone number, and email (if you have one)
and attach it to the doctor’s letter
3. Place both in an envelope with a stamp on it and send to the:
Postmaster, United States Postal Service, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Is Your Email Address Telling on You?
Mailbox Out of Reach
more? If someone invents an email account that vacuums and washes
windows, I might consider switching.
I am aware that cooler alternatives to AOL do exist, like the popular
“gmail.” But I find Google so pushy. They always want to know where I
am and are constantly offering to store my passwords.
Frankly, I think they’re up to something. And what makes Google so
cool anyway? Big deal that everyone shows up for work wearing T-shirts.
And there’s “Yahoo.” But do I really want an email address that has
the resonance of a drunken cowboy slapping his horse?
Therefore, I will stand up to the derision, keep my AOL and continue
to take comfort from the familiar voice informing me that I’ve got mail.
But I can foresee a time in the future, perhaps when I meet my
maker, that I might have to switch. Because in heaven, the only choice
may very well be the “Cloud.”
Susan Goldfein’s newest book, How to Complain When There’s
Nothing to Complain About, is available at Amazon.com, BN.com,
Read her blog at: www.SusansUnfilteredWit.com. Email Susan:
A postal official will visit to determine if your condition warrants
Hardship Service. Also s/he will check the exterior of your residence to
determine a suitable site for a personal mailbox to become a fixture.
Those details will be relayed to the USPS regional office and, if approved,
installers will mount a mailbox close to your door.
Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making
difficult subjects easy and author of 17 books. Her biography, and
latest non-fiction “How To Overcome Once-Easy Tasks That Are Now
Pains In The You-Know-What,” can be found at: amazon.com/
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By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
Dreams of his young life surely came true for
23-year old Keith Bondi when he took the
stage, guitar slung over his shoulder, backing the
Bronx Wanderers’ Vinny Adinolfi at Chicago’s Oakley Street Festival.
Stretching back more than a decade, the Wanderers performed as many
as ten shows annually for promoter Ron Onesti, a schedule that was
whittled to 3-4 when the group landed their Las Vegas residency. Actor
and mutual friend Chazz Palminteri introduced the pair.
Father’s Day weekend saw a jammed schedule for the Bronx
Wanderers (six shows in four days) including the round trip to
Chicago. With his two sons down for the count (musical director, son
Vin A, on medically required vocal rest and youngest son, drummer
Nick on maternity leave) Adinolfi made the executive decision: he’d
rest the band and head to Chicago on his own. A call went out to the
Ten years earlier, Bondi’s father Tony approached Adinolfi at a Windy
City appearance “and asked me if his 12-year old son can join us on
stage for Johnny B Goode. He said his son was really good. Turned out,
he was right. For the last ten years he has come up to join us on stage.”
Not only did the young Bondi jump at Adinolfi’s newest offer, he
suggested his bass player and drummer as band members. “It’s a really
full circle kind of twist, how this little kid from ten years ago saved me.”
Proud Papa Tony Bondi posted that Adinolfi “provided a great role
model for him,” adding “this man, his family and this band (are) first
class all the way.”
Adinolfi boarded an early flight with Vegas subs piano-man Jeffrey
Neiman and sax-man Keith Brennaman. Together with the newly
acquired Chicago talent they blew the imaginary roof off the outdoor
arena to the delight of an estimated 3,000 exuberant dancing-in-thestreet-and-rain
Keith Bondi (L) & Vinny Adinolfi Photo courtesy
Without the usual Vegas contingent, “It was a different show,”
producer Onesti noted, adding that it returned more to its original
“oldies” roots. “Vinny brought that warmth he’s known for. The crowd
was very enthusiastic.”
Recapping the evening, Adinolfi commented, “I couldn’t have done
it without him (Bondi).”
Longtime fan Mary Lee, a member of the Chicago fan club Front
Row Ladies, has travelled to Milwaukee, Florida, New Jersey, New
York, Las Vegas and Kansas City to see the group. “It goes back to
the beginning…when the boys (Vin and Nicky) were young. It was
exciting to see everybody dancing to the finale, Copacabana,” she said.
The Bronx Wanderers are in residency at the The Linq’s Mat
Franco Theater. Showtimes and tickets are available at www.
TheBronxWanderers.com. A local’s discount is available by entering
the code BWLOCAL.
Sam Wagmeister is The Vegas Voice Nightlife Editor. He loves to
hear from our readers. Please feel free to contact him via email:
By: Carol Chapman
If you have ever had the thought “I’m a senior
living alone and need someone to check on
me every day,” the Foundation Assisting Seniors
has a free resource available to meet this need. The HOWRU TM program
is available nationwide to anyone over the age of 50 and provides
invaluable peace of mind to seniors and their families.
Upon set-up of the program, individuals designate emergency
contacts and make arrangements for a house key to be safely stored in
case it’s needed. The service works through a daily call sequence that
starts with the participating senior.
If the subscriber does not answer, a second call is made 15 minutes
later. If that call is not answered, previously designated emergency
contacts are called for follow up. In the event that those contacts are
not reached, the Foundation Assisting Seniors coordinator will contact
local police services for a 311 well check on the senior.
The Foundation Assisting Seniors is able to offer this service free of
charge due to donations, sponsorships and grants. Currently there are
55 members of the local community taking advantage of HOWRU TM .
Since its inception, the program has saved the lives of seven seniors.
The Foundation Assisting Seniors supports 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 260,000 requests for assistance services in the
Las Vegas Valley.
For more information on the HOWRU TM program, please call
725/244-4200 or visit: www.foundationassistingseniors.org
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
So Summer is here and almost over. The heat
is still on and dang - if you haven’t lost an
ounce! Don’t fret. You’ve enjoyed your summer,
It is never too late to work on that tummy bulge. One helpful hint to
shave off a pound a week is by cutting just 500 calories a day. But do be
careful to eat enough – otherwise your body will start to store energy as
You can also do the following:
1. Log Your Meals, Snacks & Drinks. You can use a notebook,
calendar, or anything that will assist you in keeping track of what you
eat and drink. You’ll be surprised when you start tracking how many
calories you are consuming!
2. Have a Little Protein with every meal and snack. This helps stabilize
your blood sugar level, helping to stave off your hunger pangs. Nuts, eggs,
lean meats, chicken, fish, tofu, and low-fat yogurt are all good sources.
3. Avoid Tummy Fatteners like foods high in sodium and sugar and
carbonated beverages. They can make you gassy and “pooch” up your
4. Eat Your Veggies. They are fiber-rich and can help you feel fuller
faster. Eating lots of fiber-rich foods will assist in digestion.
5. Drink Lots of Water. This makes you feel a little fuller and helps
with digestion. Rule of thumb: Take half your body weight, divide it in
half and that is your “normal” amount of ounces per day. If you exercise
or are outside for any amount of time, additional ounces of water are
An exercise for tummy-flattening: Using a 2 pound weight, stand
with feet shoulder-width apart, hold the weight above your head with
both hands. Pulls abs in tight, then lift arms straight overhead, actively
reaching as high as you can for 10 counts. Lower arms; repeat five times.
Positive attitude and good 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.
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Did you know? According to Cleveland Clinic’s Healthy Brain
1. Your brain processes about 70,000 thoughts each and every day.
2. Your brain works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
3. The human brain continues to grow and change throughout life.
4. The human brain, while so powerful and efficient, is very gelatin
like with a tofu-like consistency, and it’s very fragile.
5. You can power a small light bulb with the electricity created in
6. The human brain requires 20% of the entire body’s blood flow and
the brain holds over 400 miles of blood vessels.
7. The human brain is the most powerful learning tool in the world.
It is an intricate and complex network comprised of 100 billion neurons
that meet at over 500 trillion synapses that travel 300 miles per hour.
8. Like the human body, the brain ages by shrinking in size, slowing
in speed and becoming less adaptable to change.
9. When something new is learned the structure of the brain changes
and new brain connections are created with each new memory.
10. Music triggers dopamine and pleasure centers in the brain, just
like sex and drugs.
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By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
Last month, we discussed what happens to the
body when a person has atrial fibrillation. To
recap, the electrical impulses do not reach all of the muscle cells in a
section of the heart (the atrium) in a coordinated manner.
As such, the atrium does not contract as a single coordinated unit,
but rather different parts contract at different times. This makes the
heart’s ability to pump blood far less efficient.
Because blood is being pumped out the body less efficiently, the body
works less efficiently showing a number of different symptoms. The
cardinal symptom is fatigue, especially with exertion.
Atrial fibrillation is not an easy medical problem to treat but there
are a number of medical interventions that may help the heart work
more efficiently and ease symptoms. To start off with, your cardiologist
may prescribe an antiarrhythmic drug such as Norpace, Rhythmol,
These drugs work by blocking the dysregulated electrical impulses
that can give rise to atrial fibrillation. While these work on most people,
the effect is lost over time and different antiarrhythmic drugs work
better for different people. Therefore, your doctor may have to prescribe
and test various drugs over time to see which work best for you.
In China, complex herbal formulas such as Wen xin ke li made up
of eleven different substances are used to treat atrial fibrillation. This
formula works on the cells which send the electrical impulses in the
heart and helps the atrium pump in a more coordinated fashion.
Because the heart is not pumping in a coordinated fashion, there
is an increased probability of developing blood clots. Because blood
clots can lead to serious medical condition (including stroke) many
patients with atrial fibrillation will be prescribed an anticoagulant
drug such as coumadin or warfarin.
There are also surgical options. A cardiac ablation is the intentional
scarring of specific tissues in the heart as a means of stopping aberrant
electrical signals from travelling through the heart and creating a discoordinated
The bottom line is that atrial fibrillation can be managed so the
person can lead a productive, healthy life.
Dr. Kyo Mitchell served as faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle
and Wongu University in Las Vegas for over a decade. Dr. Mitchell
practices in Summerlin and can be reached at 702-481-6216 or
By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View
The brilliant software engineers who invent
cell phone apps and the crafty corporations
that monetize them cannot possibly anticipate
what those deceptively innocuous little tools will become.
I consult the app Nextdoor almost daily. You, too, may have that
greenhouse icon on your phone, symbol of a network enabling
households in a defined area to share everything from garage sale
listings and carpentry endorsements to restaurant recommendations,
physician referrals and crime alerts.
The app reunites people with lost pets, keys and iPhones. It explains
when a road gets blocked off – usually some horrible accident.
The app illuminates what most concerns people. Traffic topics prompt
lengthy exchanges. Dog defenders and detractors go on endlessly. A
complaint about an HOA invites a string of additional grievances.
The app opens windows on the natural world: Coyote sightings or
hawks capable of carrying off small dogs. Tales of centipedes coming
up the drain or scorpions haunting the yard elicit extermination advice.
The educational functions are manifold: I’ve learned about the
calming properties of traffic circles. And that dive-bombing magpies
are merely defending their nests.
The entertainment functions aren’t bad either. One recent
conversation read like a rogue offshoot of Comedy Central.
It started with an inquiry, accompanied by a picture of a little furball
clinging to a stucco wall. Was this a bat, taking up residency by a front
door? And what to do?
Respondents confirmed that, yes, this was a bat, just a baby. Most
advised doing nothing. “It will help keep bugs away and won’t hurt
you,” wrote one. It probably wouldn’t stay long.
The original writer came back with, “I don’t like it there.”
“We love our bats,” someone replied. “Bats are cool and fun to watch
swooping around at dusk, catching flying insects,” another offered;
“just think of them as nocturnal sparrows and enjoy.”
The initiator was trying, unsuccessfully, to appreciate the live-andlet-live
approach. “I DON’T WANT TO. I WANT IT GONE.”
Others persisted: “It is adorable!” and “How lucky you are.”
“It’s not a bat,” wrote another. “It’s a blood sucking vampire! YOU
NEED A STAKE… GARLIC CLOVES, SILVER, AND HOLY WATER!”
And so on. Who needs cable when you have this?
Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a transplant to
Las Vegas from New England via China, the West Coast and the
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Our Champion is Gone
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
The man in our corner is gone. H. Ross Perot
has passed in review and marched on. He
died last month after a five-month battle with
Most people knew Mr. Perot as the man who ran for president in 1992
and 1996, but some of us also knew him for his unwavering love and
support for the cause of veterans. He was a tireless advocate for Vietnam
Although admired for his entrepreneurial skills (he founded
Electronic Data Systems Corporation and became a self-made
billionaire), some of us got to witness his legacy as a deeply patriotic
Mr. Perot was not the typical politician, only mouthing promises to
get votes; he preferred action over time-wasting BS. When he financed
a private commando raid in 1979 to free two of his EDS employees
being held prisoners in Iran, the whole world knew he was a person to
get things done.
My meeting Mr. Perot in 2005 was nothing short of supernatural.
In 2004 the U.S. Army asked my friend Dr. Bridget Cantrell and me to
conduct re-integration training with the 173rd Airborne in Italy after
their tour in Iraq.
After returning home, we wrote the book “Down Range: To Iraq and
Back” and a couple of months after publishing it I sent Mr. Perot a
short note with a copy of the book. A week later he called and asked
how he could help.
I explained that I would like to send every warrior in the war zones of
Iraq and Afghanistan a copy; that perhaps it would help with PTSD and
their transitional challenges after the war. Without hesitation he came
on board and financed the printing of 250,000 copies. Within weeks all
were shipped to troops around the world.
It was as though each day I was living in the middle of ongoing
miracles. Our paths crossed at a special moment in time, and I will
cherish the memories always.
Thank you, Mr. Perot, you good and faithful servant.
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.
Veterans Court Graduation
“Leave no man behind” is one of the most important phrases our troops learned in the
military. Judge Mark Stevens, a former United States Marine is living by this creed.
In 2009, Judge Stevens began Veterans Court in Henderson. The court is designed to help
veterans, that are first-time offenders of misdemeanor crimes get back on track.
Last month, on behalf of The Vegas Voice, I attended the Veteran’s Court Graduation Ceremony.
As a former Marine, (I served in Iraq twice) I was pleased to hear about this program.
I watched veterans from
different ages, military
branches, and nationalities get
a second chance. Judge Stevens
understands that helping
rehabilitate our veterans who
are struggling with different
issues due to their time in
service, is more effective than
punishing them. Semper Fi.
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By: Jessica Vargas
A Country of Hypocrites?
By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.
Hypocrites have been with us all our lives.
We all knew them in school as we grew up.
Being an adolescent, with human frailties, I’m
confident some of us have been one at some point in our life. Ideally it
happened only a few times, and inherently most grew to know they were
going against their moral compass.
However, now I find myself questioning if our society has grown
to accept hypocrisy as a national character trait. After all, more than
a majority of the media has designated itself a political party and
therefore one of the biggest hypocrisy of our times as they pretend to
deliver their audience with unbiased views of the political landscape.
Is it possible that it is no longer expected that we distinguish between
truths or lies, and are expected to rationalize emotional outbursts as
fact, so we can continue with “group think,” bringing to life the end
justifies the means.
At one time our political leaders campaigned for our trust and
expressed their deep concerns about our nation’s policies. They loved
this country and had strong convictions; with solid ideas and promised
to make life better.
Now they campaign only for our vote - telling their audience what
they want to hear. Is this not hypocrisy?
From Washington D. C., to the smallest town in this country, I sense
the media is attempting to homogenize this nation by telling us all men
are equal in this country, but also telling us not to listen to a man that
is too candid, perhaps even offensive in his behavior.
They don’t want us to listen to what he is saying, but how he is saying
it. Is that not hypocrisy?
That is why I suggest to you that the hypocrisy in this country better
be dealt with. If we do not, I suspect that the time is getting closer when
a naked Emperor, on horseback, will ride into our lives and tell us to
succumb and to simply walk in lockstep.
And, at that point perhaps we deserve no more.
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.
What Can $5 Buy?
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
It may shock you to discover that 43.1 million
Americans go to bed hungry every single day!
That’s 13% of our population.
In this land of so-called “plenty” this is an absolute, despicable
abomination! What’s more, the solution to the problem is surprisingly
simple. For less than 17 cents per day or $5 per month, YOU can play a
decisive role in eradicating hunger in our community.
Here’s how: The estimated population of Clark County is 2.3 million.
If 4% of us (92,000 people) donate $5 per month on a continuing basis,
that translates to $5,520,000 per year.
That money, earmarked to one or more of the four non-profits would,
in fact, feed virtually anyone who has heretofore gone to bed hungry.
Every single child, adult and senior would be able to live a life free from
the agony of lack of proper nourishment.
Isn’t that a worthy
enough cause to
commit to? I believe it
is and for that reason
I have continuously
and my time to these
charities whose focus
is to feed the hungry
and they do a damn good job of that.
My life has been richer for watching the faces of the needy light up
when they are handed the most basic of human needs, FOOD! And for a
pittance of money that all of us fritter away every day can literally save
a life! Isn’t that a worthy enough cause to motivate you?
If so, please consider supporting the following charities: Meals On
Wheels, Catholic Charities, Three Square and Goodness Gracious
I hope you share my vision of a hunger-free community and do your
part in solving the problem.
Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior
community. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
She Painted the Town Red - The Story of Katherine Gianaclis
By: Joey Kantor / Vegas Retrospective
am an artist’s child. When Dr. James Mann,
I former curator of the now defunct Las
Vegas Art Museum, was asked where my mother,
Katherine Gianaclis, stood in the hierarchy of the
most important artists in Las Vegas history he
simply said, “one or two.”
Gianaclis moved to Las Vegas from Los Angeles in 1959 and began
her family. Her art was surely driven by a love of story - a perfect fit for
a burgeoning young Las Vegas.
When she was “discovered” by Dr. Mann in 2000, one year after her
death, he proclaimed that her works from the 1960s were confirmation
that, “this zoo animal called Las Vegas had the potential to generate
great art and it did so, and nobody knew it. It’s like vindication, almost.”
He proclaimed her an “artist of the highest order” and twenty years
ahead of her time; her 1960s style pre-dating its popular emergence
during the 1980s. He also said that the discovery of her was the
highlight of his career.
But these 1960s masterworks weren’t all that she had in her arsenal.
She had a town to paint red as she had told the Los Angeles Times when
interviewed as a mere fifteen-year old.
She hadn’t been discovered but re-discovered by the Las Vegas Art
Museum. The Las Vegas of the 1960s already knew her art well. She was
By the late 1960s, she had become the foremost muralist in Las Vegas.
She was our hottest working
artist, painting murals in The
MGM, Caesars Palace, The
Desert Inn, The International,
The Sahara, The Dunes, The
Showboat, The Aladdin, Circus
Circus and others.
She lay down her brushes in
1973 after the death of her father
spurred a religious renaissance
for her. She operated a Bible,
book and art store, Alpha Omega,
for twenty-three years, donating much of her profits to a local church.
In 1995 she discovered that a disease she had battled thirty years
earlier had returned. Once again, she was facing breast cancer. Painting
called out to her. She began the third phase of her career.
At 70 she no longer delved into dark subject matter as she did in
her often surrealist paintings of the 1960s. The new works were
stupendously bright and beautiful, the closest academic description
favoring Fauvism and Orphism which highlight color and form. She
loved painting beautiful women, often in the form of angels.
Beauty kept her spirit alive. The bright colors kept her cheerful. The
contemplation of beauty while facing a possibly dimming light brought
home to her what she had professed all those years in the Bible store -
that there is another world after this one and it is truly wonderful.
Gianaclis left the world 150 of these beautiful paintings dated
between 1996 and 1998. Her desire was that others would appreciate
them also. To gain from them the spiritual uplift that they had provided
her during their creation.
At the very end, she had relegated herself to painting in bed with
a homemade easel over her lap. She passed away on March 7, 1999
surrounded by her family.
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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By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight
There are many types of RV’s and in this
article I will address both the motorhome
(self-contained motorized vehicle) and the
various trailers, including conventional travel
trailer, fifth-wheel, pop-up and mounted, all of which I will refer to as
RV insurance is, in my opinion, the best method to insure your
trailer or motorhome versus adding it to your auto policy. If added to
your auto policy, you will get the same liability, uninsured motorist and
medical coverage if you have a motorhome.
RV’s can cause considerable damage to other vehicles or property so
I would recommend high limits. It provides all the normal coverages
of a typical auto policy such as uninsured motorist, medical payments,
comprehensive and collision coverage.
RV insurance is
designed to provide
coverage that is
tailored toward the
specialty needs of
the RVer! If you own
a motorhome, it is
registered just like a
personal vehicle and
must have liability coverage.
However, an RV policy can give you so much more. Some of the
extras carriers offer are:
1. Replacement coverage – If you purchase a new RV and it
is totaled in the first 4-5 years, you would be able to purchase a new
model year of comparable quality.
2. Personal Effects coverage – This is for all the personal items
not attached to the RV which could include furniture, linens, kitchen
items, clothing etc. Policies typically come with $1,000 deductible but
you can raise the limit much higher.
3. Emergency vacation expense - If needed, this would
normally pay up to $750 for transportation or living expenses if your
RV is damaged.
4. Roadside assistance – An RV policy can provide more coverage
than a limit such as $50-$75 on an auto policy. Motorhomes and
trailers are expensive to tow to the nearest facility - especially if you are
camping away from civilization.
5. Vacation liability – This is like personal liability found in your
home policy. If a guest or visitor is hurt while you are camping, your
RV policy can respond. The typical limit is $10,000 but can be increased
with most companies.
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.
The Vegas Voice on the Air!
The Vegas Voice proudly kicked-off its monthly video podcasts.
Entertainment editor Evan Davis will host our “Celebrity
Corner” and publisher Dan Roberts has the same duties for “Our
Vegas Voice Family” and “Senior Business” segments.
To now “see” The Vegas Voice and to catch the latest podcasts, visit
our website: thevegasvoice.net.
Pictured: Evan interviews the beautiful, talented Sandy Kastel
while Dan does likewise with the equally beautiful nightlife editor Sam
The sounds of summer fill downtown. I have
somehow escaped my house, the dogs, and
the ever-present nagging of the ironing board,
and have come to sit in the shade on the bench
outside Ben and Jerry’s, sip a cold lemonade, and just listen.
A young couple walks up, hand in hand: He says, “You want a cone?”
She replies, “Sure, if you do?”
He says, “Well, I will if you will.” She says, “Well, it is awfully hot. A
cone might be good.”
He asks, “Or, maybe a cold drink?” She answers, “That sounds good,
He states, “Which one do you want?” She says, “Well, which one do
An older man sitting beside me on the bench lowers his newspaper
and blurts, “Oh, for Pete’s sake, get the girl a cone!”
I snort into my lemonade and manage to make it sound like a
cough. The two young people stare at him, shocked and affronted,
before walking – still hand in hand – into Ben and Jerry’s. The man
and I roll our eyes and go back to reading and sipping.
An SUV filled with arms and legs, swerves around the corner, and
abruptly brakes in front of me. The back door crashes open, and out fly
five young children, all screaming their flavors as they lunge for Ben
Mom’s exit is slower, even though we can hear Dad yelling, “Hurry!
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The light’s gonna turn!” But, she’s carrying another little one, and
she’s hot, and wilting, and NOT IN THE MOOD. (Whoa, six children
and he hasn’t processed “the look” yet?)
She steps onto the curb as Dad pulls away yelling, “Get me mocha
chip! I’ll go around and pick you up!”
Our eyes meet, and she shakes her head, giving me that woman-towoman
grimace – the one that says if he weren’t so darn cute and willing
to kill spiders, I’d drop him off a bridge. I smile my understanding and
then glance almost wistfully at the baby, who’s drooling down the front
of Mommy’s sundress.
She kisses his downy head and follows her mob into the store. (We
watch the SUV come around at least 8 times before the whole crew
erupts from the ice cream parlor and piles back into the car.)
A group of teens saunters by; too cool to be hot, too cool to do
anything other than snort their superiority over the lame adults who
pass them. When they stop to talk, I turn and recognize two former
students and I grin,
“Dan, honey, I know you’re bigger now, but if you light that cigarette,
I’m gonna call your Mama!” and “Natalie, I love your purple hair,
but I haven’t seen that much make-up since the circus came to town!”
They are frozen in stunned humiliation for an instant, but then
they recognize me and break into smiles. Dan drops the cigarette and
Natalie rubs her sleeve over her face, and both of them bend to hug me,
and I remember again that there’s good stuff about teaching.
After a while, my lemonade is gone and I’m about to leave, when a
lovely older lady walks up, shopping bag in one hand. She stops beside
the man still sitting on the bench beside me, and he reaches up to take
the bag from her as he stands. They smile at one another.
He says, “You want a cone?” She replies, “Sure, if you do.”
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.
Do You Have the
Grandkids This Summer?
By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /
Out & About
When my daughter was barely four her dad and I took her on her
first cruise. The stewards in the Island Princess dining room
fussed over her like she was Shirley Temple, and brought her dainty
plates heaped with all her favorite foods.
Between mealtimes, there were costume parties, movies, and games
with prizes, and she loved everything. But this ship was nothing
compared to the seagoing wonderlands that are offered by cruise ships
Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, MSC, and many other cruise
lines offer activities for all ages. And this can be a terrific way to bring
families together in fun and shared environments.
Modern amusement parks also offer lots of experiences and
excitement to share with your children and grandchildren alike. “E”
tickets disappeared long ago, but they’ve been replaced with countless
rides and events featuring lifelike characters which are sure to delight
adults and kids of all ages.
New for 2019 at Disneyland and California Adventure is a celebration
of Mickey and Minnie Mouse who are turning 90 years old this year. And
for a more modern twist, you’ll soon be able to enjoy the “Guardians
of the Galaxy” in an all new story based on Marvel Comics characters.
This ride will offer everything from free fall sensations to a variety of
ride experiences presented in time to the motion picture’s soundtrack.
And if you have friends or family on the East Coast, you can enjoy
Florida’s Disney World, where a 14 acre “Star Wars” attraction has been
under construction since early 2016. And speaking of Florida, this is a
great place for real life experiences where you and your grand kids may
swim with dolphins and sea turtles.
For more information go to seaworldparks.com. If you want true
excitement, plan to spend a day in Orlando at the Kennedy Space
Center Visitor Complex, modestly called the “Greatest Space Adventure
Plan to spend a full day, because the Complex does not disappoint.
This is where our US space program really takes flight, and if you’re
lucky you might even see a real rocket launch. My husband, Ray, and I
did, and we’ll never forget it.
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Visits to Russia & Alaska
By: Burt & Dianne Davis / Our Vacation
Editor’s Note: Burt Davis and his wife, Vegas Voice
columnist Dianne, love to travel. The below was their
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Spectacular mountainous scenery surrounds Petropavlovsk-
Kamchatsky, Russia’s far eastern outpost, reportedly the home of its
Pacific submarine fleet.
In addition to many major tourist attractions, our cruise from
Hong Kong to Vancouver included visits to less traveled locations in
Far East Russia and Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. The cruise also included
destinations in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Alaska.
Kamchatka Peninsula: The ship docked at the southern tip of the
Kamchatka Peninsula in Far Eastern Russia. In May 2019, we visited
the recently completed Trinity Chapel, a classic Russian Orthodox
Church with white walls and gold domes on a hill overlooking the city.
Locals told us that it is the go-to-place during frequent earthquakes
as it was designed to withstand the tremors.
The surrounding volcanoes which give the peninsula a stark and
dramatic beauty are a UNESCO World Heritage site. The town square
contains huge statues; one of Lenin, another of three bears. By the way,
the bears outnumber people in this region.
Dutch Harbor Alaska: After sailing across the Bearing Sea, we
docked at Dutch Harbor, Alaska. It’s a small (population 4,761) fishing
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it gave a great sense of life in this remote barren region.
The general store we visited sold everything from fishing tackle to
washers. Bald eagles perched on the store’s roof and most everywhere
else in town.
The Museum of the Aleutians was fascinating, showcasing the area’s
history and the Aleut or native people. The indigenous population was
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The people became American citizens when Alaska became part of
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At the war museum, we learned that Dutch Harbor became a major
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insights into life in other parts of the world.
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By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
The rolling central California mountains
and valleys outside Mission Santa Ines are
a picture of tranquility, partly as it is situated on some of the most
splendid inland acreage in Santa Barbara County.
The superb panorama is of the Santa Ynez River Valley, the Santa
Ynez and San Rafael mountain ranges. The mission land once produced
abundant harvests and possessed livestock in the thousands.
Founded in 1804 to serve the Chumash Indians, Mission Santa Ines
is the nineteenth
between 1769 and
1863. The missions
run near the Pacific
coastline from San
Diego north to San
Ines is named for
Christian martyr Saint Agnes. Ines being Spanish for Agnes, thus the
mission name. Besides named for Spanish saints, California Spanish
missions are recognized for their smooth stucco surfaces and red tile
During the early 19 th century, California missions were at the height
of their agriculture productivity. Mission Ines registered its largest
Indian population with 920 Native Americans belonging.
In 1843, a land grant was used to establish California’s first seminary
college. Originally located within the Mission Ines compound, the
college relocated to Santa Ynez to educate both priests and the general
public before closing in 1881.
Mission Santa Ines has survived financial hardship, intensified
fractious political mayhem and natural disasters - such as earthquakes
and weather adversity, to emerge a successful active mission many
consider California’s most attractive. It is also the holder of an
irreplaceable collection of paintings, statuary, vestments, manuscripts
and other artifacts.
A gem of early California history, there is an air of serenity and peace
about Mission Santa Ines. Upon entering you feel at once that you have
stepped into a page from times past.
Open daily, the mission is both an active parish and a visitor stopover.
Visitors are always welcome to stroll through the Mission Santa Ines
and its gardens.
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an
Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always
Killing Those Multi-Legged Creatures
By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening
Our gardens can provide us with a great
deal of beauty and enjoyment. Keep in
mind however, that our landscape can also be
a welcoming host for unwanted multi-legged creatures such as ants,
spiders, palmetto bugs (American cockroaches), scorpions and many
other bugs of varying shapes and sizes.
Many come both hungry and thirsty! Cockroaches and scorpions can
go without food for months and water for weeks at a time and see your
garden as a Las Vegas Buffet.
The first step in keeping these visitors away is to be proactive in
making your garden less inviting. Cleanup your trash after spending
time outside. Decomposing organic materials such as lawn cuttings,
dead leaves and flowers, and wood also provide a smorgasbord for these
creatures as well.
Make sure that you keep your landscape clean by frequently raking
debris from your garden. In addition, make sure that your night-time
watering schedule is not too late in the evening so that you are not
leaving wet spots in the soil where insects will congregate.
There are many “natural” ways to keep insects out of your garden.
Planting marigolds, chrysanthemums, mint or lavender will keep these
intruders out of your landscaping.
Sprinkling cinnamon around your plants and near doorways and
windowsills will repel scorpions and roaches. Eucalyptus oils sprayed in
these areas or placing a
fabric softener sheet will
also act as deterrents.
Boric acid is deadly
to cockroaches. It is
important that you mix
it with something that
they like such as flour,
cocoa, oatmeal, corn meal or citrus pulp as bait. This is necessary
because cockroaches first “taste” their food before eating it.
Boric acid is the “gift that keeps on giving.” The roach eats the bait
mixture, ingests it and dies. Other roaches eat the dead one; they die
and they get eaten as well!
Diatomaceous earth, which can be purchased in any garden store
is made from finely ground seashells and it is totally harmless to
humans, pets and the environment. It can be sprinkled anywhere in the
garden or near doorways and windows. Any insect will get covered when
walking over this powdery substance, causing cuts in its exoskeleton
leading to dehydration and death.
Happy Hunting! Have any gardening questions? Contact me:
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
Multitasking Myth -- Inefficient & Dangerous! (Part 2)
By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute
Last month we talked about how multitasking makes us demonstrably less efficient. And,
as you'll see below, multitasking while driving makes it absolutely more dangerous!
The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World by University of California professors/
researchers Adam Gazzaley & Larry D. Rosen, point out that we've not evolved for media multitasking and
"... a multitude of new daily challenges face us from a high tech world.” They suggest how we can learn to
live the mall. with Muiuiuiu technology in a more balanced way. (Yes. I get it. It's hard. However, I now realize I
could’ve xxxx xxx read their book a lot faster AND remembered a lot more if only I'd turned off the TV news
AND my cell AND my iPod music ... and had focused solely on reading. Just sayin'!)
Dangerous Distractions While Driving
• talking on cellphone
("handsfree" talking is
• talking to passengers
• reading (including maps)
• eating & drinking
• using navigation systems
• listening to radio/podcasts
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
1. In one minute, name things
and actions that distract
us while driving.
2. Make an alphabetical list.
Adjusting air & audio in auto,
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