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By Josh Linson and Cory McClure
Many travel the world to see historical sites. Each place is a wonder in its own right. There are somes places that are a piece of our history that are very unique and everyone should see. Everyone should add at least a few of these to their bucket list.
First on our list is the beacon of New york Harbor, The rustic green and classical Statue of Liberty. This rusty beauty was given as a gift to the U.S from France. Constructed in 1886, this bronze work is a statue of “Libertas”, the Roman goddess of freedom. The iconic Lady Liberty stands over 305 feet tall and is a must-see piece of our history.
The Second item for your bucket list is one of seven natural wonders of the world. It took 40 million years for the Colorado River to carve and gouge out the earth’s crust creating the grand canyon. It’s so big you can see it from space. The Colorado
is also the home of the largest dams in the world so get a raft and check it all out.
Third on list is an ingeniously built tribute to four great presidents and is located near Keystone, South Dakota. It took tons of dynamite and lots of jack hammering to complete the 60 foot high sculptures of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln that are carved into the granite at Mount Rushmore.
Our next pick is the site of the September 11th tragedy that impacted and traumatized Amercians. Over ten years later we’ve finally starting to heal and it was decided that the site of the original World Trade Center would be made into a memorial and new towers would take their place just south of the memorial. They’re making it bigger and better than before, it will be the 3rd tallest buliding in the world. Also one the most sustainable buildings of it size, it will depend very little on fossil fuels to operate… One World Trade center will be a positive symbol for the ages.
“Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof” is what it states on our next choice; The liberty bell ringing on the Fourth of July in 1776 isn’t true. Bells were were rung on July 8th (four days later) to announce the reading of the Declaration of independence and the Liberty Bell might have been one of them.
Native Americans called our final pick “Evil Island”, it is home of the first lighthouse to ever be bulit on the western coast. For over a century Alcatraz was an effective prison surrounded by the vicious waters of the bay. It was an inescapable place for prisonrs to spend the rest of their days but that changed when 3 prisoners escaped on a raft made of sewn
together jackets. So what did the government do next? They scrapped & gutted the prison to save themselves the embarrassment, which was later made into a historical Landmark.
Circles Interviews: DANGEROUS CURVES
“Dangerous Curves” is an all-female jazz vocal group made up of three fabulous local talents: Lisa Smith, Karen Michaels, and Margaret (Gret) Menzies. Circles enjoyed an afternoon chatting with the “Curves”, and finding out what it takes to be successful in music, friendship, and life in the spotlight!
Circles: WHO CAME UP WITH THE GROUP’S NAME “DANGEROUS CURVES”?
Karen: I came up with the name “Dangerous Curves” because I thought the name would be fun to incorporate the fact that are in touch with our female side, and to show others that it is ok to be who you are no matter what shape, size, or color.
Circles: HOW DID THE THREE OF YOU BECOME A GROUP?
Lisa: Karen and I met first back in California, so I’ve known Karen for several years; we were in a group together called “the Young Americans”. Karen and her husband moved to Las Vegas in 1999. Later on, my husband and I followed.
Circles: WHERE ARE YOU ALL ORIGINALLY FROM?
Circles: WHO’S THE FUNNIEST?
All: Definitely Karen’s the funniest and goofiest! Karen adds the “bubble” side to the group. She keeps us all laughing!
Circles: WHAT’S THE GROUPS FAVORITE SONGS TO PERFORM?
All: We have fun singing, “Aint Nobody Here But Us Chickens”, “I’m a Woman”, “Moon River”, and “Cloud Burst”.
Circles: HOW LONG HAVE YOU ALL BEEN A GROUP?
Lisa: Originally Karen and I were a group called “Red, Blonde, and Blues” back in 2004. In the same year, we decided to add a third girl and made “Dangerous Curves”. Gret joined the group in 2008 and replaced our original girl, Kai, who moved on to other endeavors.
Karen: Gret blended right in with us and we all bonded instantly.
Circles: HOW WERE THE GIGS AT THE GOLD COAST?
Lisa: The gigs at the Gold Coast were actually my solo show and it was every three weeks. I loved it!
Circles: HOW DOES THE GROUP GET PREPARED FOR A SHOW?
Gret: We practice singing our vocals and use the internet a lot because we constantly email each other ideas. Depending on what, where, and how long the show is varies the time we have to rehearse. Sometimes we have to practice, practice, practice, but usually we get together for rehearsal once a week. This gives a chance to put our plans together and work on the choreography.
Circles: IS IT DIFFICULT BEING THAT THE GROUP IS ALL FEMALE?
All: No, it is not difficult.
Karen: I think it’s an advantage for us! It’s like therapy, with us being all women. I think the writing process is way fun.
Lisa: I think it’s even better because we can let our hair down!
Circles: WHAT TYPES OF CHALLENGES DOES THE JAZZ GROUP FACE?
Karen: The financial part of being a group is the major challenge that our group faces, I think.
Lisa: The challenge for me is juggling our personal lives. We all have family, and Karen has a three year old child, so we have to make sure he’s happy, too, because he’s one of our big supporters.
Circles: WHO DECIDES THE SONGS TO PERFORM?
All: We all put in our ideas and suggestions then we email each other to compare notes. So we collaborate and make sure we all agree on the actual lay out of the performances.
Circles: WHAT MOTIVATED THE TRIO TO SING JAZZ?
Karen: It’s a very good musical art form that allows us to be a great trio.
Gret: Jazz allows us to “curvify”!
Circles: ANY UPCOMING SHOWS?
Lisa: This next month we have a show In Arizona @ the Roadhaven Resort, and a couple benefits shows in Las Vegas.
Circles: IF YOU CAN DESCRIBE THE GROUPS RELATIONSHIPS WITH EACH OTHER IN ONE WORD WHAT WOULD THAT ONE WORD BE?
Circles: WHATS YOUR FAVORITE JAZZ SINGER/GROUP?
All: “New York Voices”.
Circles: DOES DANGEROUS CURVES HANG OUT AND JUST HAVE GIRL TIME WITH EACH OTHER WHEN NOT PERFORMING?
All: Yes we are BFF’s so we love hanging out and having fun with each other.
Circles: WHAT’S THAT ONE THING YOU ALL ENJOY DOING WITH EACH OTHER THE MOST?
All: Singing and performing.
Circles: DO YOU HAVE FAN CLUB?
All: We have a growing fan club you can follow us on Twitter (@dclasvegas), post comments on Face book and you can even check us out on Reverb Nation.
Circles would like to thank the women of “Dangerous Curves” for the interview and encourage our readers to check out a show! For more information about the trio, visit their website at http://www.dangerouscurveslasvegas.com, or their blog at http://www.dangerouscurvesgirltalk.blogspot.com
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For optimal benefits, a healthy breakfast should be eaten within a half hour of waking up in the morning. Ben shares a warm and healthy recipe that’s quick and easy to enjoy!
Ingredients and equipment you will need:
1/2 apple (preferably McIntosh), cored and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch kosher salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1/4 cup toasted pecans
Microwave safe serving bowl
Apple corer (optional)
Always wash your hands
before handling any food.
Carefully slice & core the apple.
It can be safer and easier to use a corer if one is available.
If assistance is needed using a knife, ask for help,
or purchase apples already cut from the produce section of the grocery store.
Cut the apple into chunks.
Pour 1 cup of oats into a microwave safe serving bowl.
Add a pinch of salt and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon to the oats.
Put apples into the bowl with the oats.
Pour in 1 cup of water and stir everything together.
Put in microwave on high for 2 minutes. If most of the water is not absorbed, cook for 30 more seconds.
Add 1 tablespoon maple syrup to oatmeal and stir.
Pour 1/4 cup pecans on top.
Additional options for fabulous oatmeal:
Sliced bananas and a scoop of peanut butter are great additions.
Top it off with a serving of fresh or frozen berries.
Instead of maple syrup try using a non-calorie natural sweetener like Truvia, or a low-glycemic sweetener like organic blue agave.Read More
The Annual Sin City Car Scene holds a coat hand out that was started three years ago. Here’s a few local canned food drives; Three Square Food Bank is located at 4220 N Pecos Drive or call 702-644-3663; Food Bank of Northern Nevada is located at 550 Italy Drive or call 775-331-3663, just to name a few.
If you are interested in joining a car club, here’s a few you might want to check out; Las Vegas “Italian” Auto Club, Las Vegas Corvettes, The Mustangs and Classic Ford Club, The Sin City Rotary Club and The Los Prado’s Dust Devils. Most of these clubs meet every week or so.
Cars and Coffee meet every Saturday from 7:00 am to 10:00 am at the Motorcars of Las Vegas, 9500 S. Eastern Ave South of Interstate 215.
For more info contact Salomon Braun at email@example.com, or call 702-423-2677. The West End Boys (classic car show) meet every Sunday morning from 7:00 am to 10:00 am at the Santa Fe Mining Company (outside in the parking lot), 5021 N Rainbow BLVD. More info at JUDGGTO69@aol.com. The Breakfast Club of Automotive Enthusiasts meet every Wednesday from 7:30 till 9:00 am at the Thunderbird Café, located at 9465 S. Eastern (215 and Eastern), the club is open to all street legal automobiles. Very informal and no due’s to pay. Contact John Bergler at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 702-592-9550.
By Brian Hardie and Larry Cook
Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas is a non-profit organization that revitalizes neighborhoods in our community that cannot support private development. Family volunteers, sponsors, and donors all work together to build and restore houses for under privileged families. By providing this service it allows families to settle and communities to grow throughout Las Vegas. They also have an establishment called the Restore where they sell home improvement merchandise at a much lower price compared to some larger home improvement stores throughout Las Vegas. Most of the items they sell are supplies left over from completed projects. They sell everything from screws and bolts to appliances, flooring, lamps, doors, and furniture. Circles Magazine did some comparison shopping to show you how much you can save and help the community at the same time.
Home Improvement Store
|Hot Water Heater||$250||$338 to $568|
|Screen door $15.00||$129.00|
Something sweet is always comforting
until you think about the calories. Circles
Magazine found a simple and guilt
free desert so you can indulge without
increasing your pant size.
Ingredients and Equipment:
I cup of water
I ounce Knox unflavored gelatin
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup Splenda granular sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon sugar-free pudding mix
Always wash your hands
before handling any food
vanilla, salt, and
There are many different things that give us
comfort. Food is one of those things,
and we all love food. Nothing beats
a grilled cheese sandwich with
tomato soup, a nice juicy
cheeseburger with all the
trimmings, or a chicken
stuffed pot pie fresh out of
the oven. Circles Magazine
found a quick and easy
pot pie recipe that is sure
to warm you up.
Ingredients and Equipment:
1 Can (18.6 oz.) Progresso Rich &
Hearty Chicken Pot Pie Style Soup
3/4 cup Green Giant Frozen Mixed
1 1/2 cups Tyson Grilled & Ready Fully
Cooked Chicken Breast Strips, cubed
1 sheet Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry
cut into four pieces
Always wash your hands
before handling any food.
to soup and
Not all of the pictures can make it to the Circles Magazine cover. Here are all the rest of the pictures that had did not make it to the cover. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did taking them.
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