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Issue #35 – The Circles Journeys to Pet Kingdom

On our quest to learn what most popular exotic pets are in Las Vegas, we did extensive field research and phone surveying to several exotic pet stores. Along the way we risked bunny allergies, cat allergies, ophidiophobia (fear of snakes), and almost had a finger bitten off by a small adorable seemingly harmless short-tail possum. But we did all this to get to the bottom or the top of the truth for you, our readers.

We could not agree if it was the top or the bottom of the truth but we could agree and admit that we had a lot of fun and learned a lot of cool stuff about exotic animals from the start and until the very end of our journey. What we learned was that the most common and popular exotic pets were: Bearded Dragons, Sugar Gliders, Hedgehogs, and Ferrets. Listed below is a summary of aspects about each of these wonderful creatures.

Bearded Dragon: Hates roommates. Most affectionate pet lizard! Most popular pet lizard! Comes in a variety of morphs (developed colors and patterns). Minimum 55 gal terrarium/aquarium for adults with Eco Earth Loose Coconut Fiber Substance and loose clay. Loves heat rocks and heat lamps. Enjoys mealworms, wax worms, and crickets.

Hedgehog: Loves to be alone. Low maintenance. Poops a lot! Needs an hour of holding per day. Has quills that get pointed when scarred. Likes paper based bedding for it’s cage. Enjoys the night life! Poor eyesight but great sense of smell and hearing. Good friend to gardeners! Not allowed to be in the state of Pennsylvania.

Sugar Glider: Needs lots of love. Loves lots of room to move and play. Super grumpy when awaken during the day. Enjoys gliding and parkour. Loves sweet and salty foods. Eats nectar, fruits yogurt (drops), variety of nuts, boiled eggs, and insects. Special bonding pouch needed to connect with this pet. Really enjoys playing with soft toys.

Ferret: Hyper and crazy in a cute way! Has a high metabolism and needs to eat 8 to 10 small meals per day. Loves meat and hates complex carbs! Licks itself clean like a cat but does not cough up hairballs. Must always be in pairs!Males are bigger and lazy, while females are smaller and more energetic. Prefers paper based bedding for it’s house! Loves to steal and hide things!

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Issue #35 – The Land of Hidden Gems

The Land of Hidden Gems project began with several organizations that hosted free sewing workshops led by Amanda Browder. During this seven week sewing project Amanda Browder visited our Cheyenne worksite to demonstrate our part in the Land of Hidden Gems project.

The Land of Hidden Gems was a collaboration of recycled fabrics donated to several organizations within southern Nevada. TSI participated by hosting a sewing workshop were everyone involved learned how to stitch and sew their pieces of fabric together that would later be attached to the finished piece.

Over 150 volunteers helped install the large scale fabric to the east side of UNLV’s [Archie C. Grant] Hall Building. It was on display to the public to view from April 2nd thru April 12th 2019.

Amanda Browder is a Brooklyn – based installation and community engagement artist..

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Issue #35 – You Like What Kind of Pizza?

Circles wanted to know what kind of pizza people like, so we did a short survey of our peers to find out what they like.

What we found out is that most of our peers picked Little Caesars pizza overall for a variety of reasons. It scored better than Pizza Hut and Papa Johns.

After doing the survey, we were hungry so we decided to go out to a local Cici’s Pizza to satisfy our appetites (and because it was close by). Among the people that went we have some opinions:

Sandy E – “Cici’s pizza met my standards by having a really good price and how it is for a person to have a good time there. All you need is $8.25 or somewhere roughly around there to enter and enjoy the Cici’s experience.”

Dominique C. – “It’s fun and enjoyable for the entire family.”

Dallin H. – “It’s really enjoyable for what you pay and the food is extremely marvelous!!”

Sarah V. loved the atmosphere of the pizza place because the people were friendly and nice.

Leslie H. also exclaimed that the food is an absolute treat and the games are full of fun times with family and friends!

Overall Cici’s is really the place to be for family friendly fun, and inexpensive enough to where anyone and everyone can have a wonderful time! Cici’s also has an application downloadable on the Google or Apple play store (depending on what device or OS you have). and you can get some pretty sweet deals, for example a free buffet! Overall, the survey on pizza was a success, Cici’s is quite unique for pizzas because they make any pizza you want, and all it mainly costs is $8.25 or more to have a good time.

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Issue #32 – U.S. National Parks

The National Park Service (NPS) is an agency of the United States federal government that manages all national parks, many national monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations. In general, national parks welcome pets in developed areas, on many trails and
campgrounds, and in some lodging facilities. Pets must be restrained either on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length, caged or crated at all ti mes. Pets are not permitted in a public building, public transportation vehicle, or location designated as a swimming beach. Requirements for visiting a national park with your pet vary, so be sure to check each park’s regulations before you visit.

Tips for Bringing a Dog Hiking or Camping: If you plan to bring your dog with you to the national forest, first familiarize yourself with trail situations that can be hazardous for a dog, for the hiker, or for other trail users. Be sensitive to other visitors who are uncomfortable around a dog they do not know–especially large dogs. Unless your dog responds well to voice commands and is comfortable around people, keep it leashed while in parking lots and at busy trail heads. Update all vaccinations and provide flea and tick control for your pet. Also, make sure your dog has identification tattoos and/or tags in case you are separated while on your hike.

Dog Friendly Beaches in the U.S.: The beach is a wonderful place to spend ti me with your dog, and most dogs love playing on the sand and in the water. However, be aware there can be hazards for your pet at the beach. Before you take your dog to the beach please keep in mind the following:

Know which beaches are dog-friendly: Before you visit a beach learn the rules for bringing a pet with you. Most dog-friendly beaches require dogs to remain on leash, sometimes even in the water. Some beaches allow dogs only during the off -season, or only during certain ti mes of the day. Some beaches set aside a designated portion of the beach where dogs are allowed. Finally, some beaches are dedicated dog beaches where dogs are allowed off -leash.

Not all dogs can swim: Dogs will naturally start “dog paddling” when they find themselves in water, but that doesn’t mean that they can stay afloat for any length of ti me, that they like being in the water, or that they can safely swim. Make sure your dog doesn’t get overly tired, and be aware that puppies and older dogs tire more easily and seem less aware of their fatigue until it’s too late. Stay away from strong currents and areas with underwater debris that can entangle a dog.

Dogs feel the heat: Warm summer temperatures at the beach can pose a threat to a dog’s health. Make sure that your dog has a shady spot under a beach umbrella, tree or picnic bench. While you ensure your skin doesn’t get sun burnt, remember your pet. Dogs can burn too, especially if they have light skin and fur or short hair. Focus on the ears and nose. Take care of his/her hydration the same way as yours. Remember that the sand can be scorching on sensitive paws, so provide a blanket or towel for your dog’s comfort. Watch for signs of overheating in dogs, which include: excessive/rapid panting and drooling, coordination problems, vomiting and/or diarrhea, collapse. Heat stroke is a serious medical condition that requires immediate attention.

Don’t let your dog drink the water at ocean beaches: Salt water makes dogs sick – just like humans. And salt water can also damage your dog’s coat. Rinse dogs with fresh water after an ocean swim. And bring clean, fresh water for them to drink.

Never leave your dog unattended at the beach: Be aware that all sorts of items can be partially or fully hidden in the sand. Broken glass, rocks, hooks, coral, and garbage can pose a danger to your dog.

Always clean up after your dog: The number one reason for previously dog friendly beaches to ban dogs is because of irresponsible dog owners who don’t scoop the poop. Please help keep these beaches dog friendly!

U.S. National Parks Campgrounds – Pet Policies: In general, pets are permitted but must be restrained either on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length, caged or crated at all ti mes. Check park regulations regarding camping with your pet. Some campgrounds permit pet camping only in designated sites. Please be aware of the pet policy of the campground you’re planning to visit.

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Issue #21 – Studio 8 Ten Holiday Product Catalog

A. Cat Lolli Toy $2.50                         B. Fishing Penguin $8.00

 

 

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C. Foodie Magnet $8.00                                                         D. Pinecone Ponies & Pins $3.00

 

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E. Jingle Bell Cat Toy $5.00                                             F. Recycled Paper Gift Box Set $3.00                 

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G. Kitty Pillow $15.00                                       H. Pallet Rack $20.00

 

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I. Pallet Shelf $20.00            J. All natural artisan soaps in harvest berry, citrus jungle & enlighten mint $4.00

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K. Handmade Cards $2.00                                      L. Pallet Garden $35.00

 

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Issue #20 – Worldwide Web: World Wide Outreach

How does a website give back to and help build a community? How do they accomplish the things they want to do? The answer varies, but here is a review on a few that assist, build, and grow communities.

facebook

The site known as Facebook gives back to the community in different ways. They have added a ‘donate’ icon which gets used heavily after national disasters. 100% of all the donations go towards the cause. Facebook matches every dollar donated to help out. They fight against cyber bullying; funding campaigns against it and assisting in combating it on their own site. Lastly, they support many people with jobs and great intern programs.

Gofundme

Gofundme is a website which directly helps communities by helping to fund projects that better a community. It is similar to Kickstarter; Kickstarter runs projects that need capital (money) to get started. These start-up projects and companies depend on random contributors; however, in the case of Gofundme, you can set-up a fund to assist a victim and their family (something which Kickstarter doesn’t do. So you can help a whole, parts, or individuals to a community).

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Even Google joins the bunch offering different ways they give back to the community. Employees at Google get involved by writing code to free apps. Go Read is an app created to help people with visual impairments and reading disabilities read at higher levels. Google builds homes for low income families and assists in cleaning up the environment. They also assist veterans build resumes and volunteer at hospitals and schools.

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Sites can also help build the community: LinkedIn is a site which can help people network for employment.

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Foursquare helps bring attention to new businesses within a community through social networking over smart phones. All of these websites rely heavily on the internet and new technologies. Since the invention of the internet, websites and society grow ever closer together each and every year. Even though most of the companies mentioned seem so out of reach, they are very present assisting and building communities everywhere.

 

 

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Issue #20 – Thrift Stores Giving Back

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Thrift Stores are great for the community because they give back to different types of charities. The next time you are shopping at one of the following thrift stores remember every time you make a purchase you are helping someone in need.

Dinosaurs and Roses

“To make a difference by touching one life at a time!”

Their mission is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need by direct contribution of goods or by supporting other Las Vegas charities. By selling high-quality, donated goods at affordable prices, they generate financial support for the greater Las Vegas charitable community.

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Goodwill of Southern Nevada

Goodwill of Southern Nevada, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, employ and train people with disabilities to maximize the quality of life for each individual served. Goodwill turns donations of gently used goods into jobs and careers for the members of the local community. They provide to people with disabilities employment, job training and other community-based programs. Goodwill helps people who lack education or job experience, and clients facing barriers and other challenges to find employment. Also at Goodwill, they believe that work creates the economic energy that builds strong families and strong communities. By working at Goodwill, it helps build self-confidence, friendships and independence.

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Savers

Savers has a big heart and an even bigger vision. Savers is a community champion and a revolutionary recycler. They have been at it for more than 60 years! Savers is a for-profit, worldwide thrift retailer that offers gently used clothing, accessories and household goods. Savers purchases, resells and recycles – giving communities a smarter way to shop. Savers also helps more than 120 non-profit organizations by paying them for their donated goods.

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Issue #20 – Restaurant Review : John Mulls Meats and Road Kill Grill

 

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At Road Kill Grill the owner Chuck Frommer is supporting his community. He gives back to the little league baseball teams, feeds the homeless, NYL Football teams, and Great Harvest Ministries. He really enjoys giving back to his community and spreading the love and laughter around! When you go to The Road Kill Grill, you can really feel the love that Chuck Frommer likes to spread to the community and to his customers as well. We had the opportunity to visit his establishment, talk to Chuck, and to taste his amazing food!

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The Circles Team had a sensational time. Not only has Las Vegas voted this restaurant #1 the Circles team has voted them the best in Las Vegas as well. The service was outstanding as well as the food. We would highly recommend talking your family and friends there. If you have never tried the food here, you’re really missing out. The atmosphere makes you feel like you’re eating with family, because The Road Kill Grill is a family owned restaurant. There is even an outdoor eating facility. We look forward to the lasting relationship that we have created. The welcoming dynamic and altruistic owner have made this place a staple for Las Vegas residents. Thank you Chuck Frommer and your staff for making us feel like we’re a part of your family and for the awesome food! We will definitely be going back again soon.

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John Mull’s Meat and Road Kill Grill

3730 Thom Blvd., Las Vegas, NV. 89130

Tel (702)645-1200 / Fax (702)645-5258

www.johnmullsmeat.com

John Mull’s Meat Hours:

Monday through Saturdays: 9am to 6pm

(closed on Sunday)

Road Kill Grill Hours:

Monday through Saturday: 11am to 6 pm

(closed on Sunday)

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Issue #15 – The Secret Garden

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Warner Brother’s

Drama/Fantasy

Rated G

Who’s in it?

Kate Maberly (Mary Lennox)

Maggie Smith (Mrs. Medlock)

Heydon Prowse (Colin Craven)

John Lynch (Lord Archibald Craven)

What’s it about?

Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly) is a young neglected child of a wealthy English couple, residing in India in the early 20th century. After an earthquake causes the untimely death of her parents, Mary is then sent to England to live with her widowed uncle, Lord Archibald Craven (John Lynch); her cousin Colin (Heydon Prowse), who is obsessed with death, as well as a strict and ill-mannered housekeeper, Mrs. Medlock (Maggie Smith). Mary is used to having tasks done for her but learns the art of self – sufficiency and encourages her cousin Colin to live life to the fullest and learn to take risks. When Mary discovers a key in her late aunt’s room that leads to a secret garden, she and Colin frequent the garden to overcome their problems and over time, eventually restore the beauty of the garden. Lord Craven eventually regains the joy and sense of humor he had thought he had lost, and previously unemotional Mary, who had never experienced emotions, learns to cry.

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What did we like?

We liked when Colin realized that he had no boundaries and came out of his shell with Mary’s help and encouragement. We also liked when Colin learned to live life and take chances. We also liked When Uncle Archibald experienced joy in his life once again. He also realized happiness was still present, despite experiencing loss. We also liked how Colin and Mary experienced happiness at the end of the movie.

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What didn’t we like?

We didn’t like how mean Mrs. Medlock was towards Mary and Colin. We also thought that it was sad when Mary’s parents died. We also thought at times, the film was difficult to follow.

See it or skip it

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