Posts by Derek Gendvil

Issue #35- Las Vegas Motor Speedway, America’s Racing Showplace

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway has developed into a major tourist destination catering to thousands of race car fans throughout the world. The LVMS located in the northeast corner of the valley is the largest motorsports complex in the United States. Ten different tracks, featuring 19 styles of racing, sits on 1,600 acres of land hosting up to 1,500 venues a year including concerts, air shows and motocross.

In 1998, the LVMS celebrated the first race of NASCAR’s Winston Cup Series. The track was a 1.5 mile Tri-oval seating over 120,000 fans. It was a success selling 170,000 tickets to racecar fans in just a couple of hours making a sell-out.

The race track holds 80,000 fans with -12*-20* turns and a lap distance of 1.5 miles.

Jamie is the best tour guide and the LVMS is a must see for any traditional race fan! She has been given tours of the raceway for 17 years, and was able to answer questions we asked.

Dream Racing offers real track driving experience with the largest selection of exotic race cars from all over the world. Prices range.

Suites

There are 102 suites, which hold a maximum of 120 people. Prices range from $60,000-$140,000 a year.

The Strip is one of only two 1/4 mile dragstrip tracks that has been modified from two lanes to four lanes. The Strip holds the fastest times of less than 3 seconds and speeds of over 330 mph.

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Issue #35- Marsha Warfield





Who is a native of Chicago, began, her career in comedy in 1974 at the age of twenty. She decided to get into comedy because she said “I thought I was funny.” Referred to by a friend, Marsha Warfield began testing out her comedy at a local club that would host a free open mic night. She would stay there crafting her skills for two years before deciding to make a jump to the full time. In 1976, she was ready to head west and make it in Hollywood as a professional comedian. Her first role on TV was on the “Richard Pryor Show.”

Marsha made appearances on the shows, “Riptide”, “Family Ties,” & “Cheers.” She was also in several movies including “They Call Me Bruce”, “DC Cab”, and the 1985 movie “The Mask.” Her longest running show was “Night Court” which ran from 1984 to 1992. She joined the cast as the third baliff named Roz Russell in 1986 and stayed with it until it end in 1992. Marsha continues her comedy work at the Las Vegas LA Comedy Club located at the Strat. She can be seen on Wednesday & Thursday nights.

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Issue #34- Galaxy Cake

The galaxy cake includes multiple recipes; cake pops, marshmallow fondant, and 2 box cakes which were used with the cake pops.

Ingredients:

Marshmallows.
Cookie sticks.
Sugar.

1/3 cup icing

1 and 1/2 cake mixes and ingredients listed on the box (oil, water, eggs)

2 packages of white chocolate chips (ones that melt)

food coloring

sprinkles

Instructions:

Prepare 1 cake mix as directed on the box.

Let the cake cool.

Crumble the cake into fine crumbs with your hands in a large bowl.

Mix in about 1/3 cup of icing with your hands.

Crumble the mixture in your hand to pack it tightly into a ball.

Roll it into a nicely shaped ball.

Roll the remaining mixture into balls.

Set pops on a cookie tray.

Freeze for a minimum of 3 hours.

Put approximately 1/3-1/2 cup white chocolate chips into a microwavable mug or small bowl.

Microwave for approximately 2-3 minutes or until melted.

Add food coloring to melted chocolate.

Dip the cake pop into the mug, evenly coating it.

Let the coating drip off.

Place cake pop into the mug on cookie sheet.

If using sprinkles, add immediately before coating sets.

Repeat for remaining pops.

Marshmallow Fondant

The marshmallow fondant was used to cover the 8-9 inch round cake for the sun.

Dallin shows his skills.

Ingredients:

1/2 cake mix and ingredients listed on the box (oil, water, eggs)

16 ounces package mini marshmallows

2-5 Tbsp. water

8 cups powdered sugar

1/3 vegetable shortening

food coloring

Taylor is working on her marshmallows.

Instructions:

Place marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water in a large microwavable bowl.

Microwave for 30 seconds on high; stir until mixed well. Continue microwaving in 30 second intervals until they are melted and smooth.

Place about 5 cups of the powdered sugar on top of the melted marshmallow mixture and gently fold into the marshmallows.

Grease your hands and your counter-top generously with the vegetable shortening. Add food coloring. Turn marshmallow mixture onto counter and start kneading it like you would dough.

Add more confectioner sugar as needed and re-grease your hands the counter-top as needed.

If the marshmallow fondant is tearing easily, it is too dry; add water (about 1/2 tablespoon at a time) kneading until fondant forms a firm, smooth elastic ball that will stretch without tearing, about 8-10 minutes.



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Issue #32- Animal Rescue Facilities

The Adoption Pro of the ASPCA is a program where all people who work together and chip in to help rescue and save all pet animals from across the globe and anyone who works there for more than 10 years become pros and when they become pros, they teach anyone who signs in and volunteers to be part of the crew the pros help the new co-workers how to save more than 100 lives of pet animals, including dogs and cats. The ASPCA’s “ID Me” program is the kind of spot where workers must find any dog or cat that has a tag on it’s collar it it’s lost or if it needs help, the workers can chip in and help each other out to put the name of the dog or cat tags on files to make a match to their address or where they live, then call up the phone numbers of their owners and tell them they have their pets, then the owners come and bring themselves to get back their pets remember every dog and cat or any other pet must be found and brought back to the owner as soon as possible.

The Adoption Ambassadors home to home program is the area where people of APSCA where they all dogs and cats have a better home and giving them a chance for other people who want to be part of the program and help workers to help the dogs and cats. Many volunteers with great talent become agents of the ASPCA for the foster pets and give them a good home and a good family.

The GIS Geographic Information systems is the kind of program that helps give the location on where pet animals are it’s satellites can help track their movement and possession, then the workers can retrieve the pet animals bring them with in their vans and bring them in the shelter then, as soon as the people take the pet animals in the shelter, they make files and pictures in order when anybody who wants to adopt them.

 

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Issue #32-Fido’s Kitchen

What are healing stones?

You put them on an animal that is ill and it will help with the pain.

What are dog charms and what are they made of?

A natural stone that is set in a charm.

What are Antiseptic Pet Bed Sprays-Zeeta Body?

A spray they spray on bed like aroma therapy.

What are your Breath Buster Pup-sickles made with?

They have Greek yogurt with mint, parsley and peanut butter that is made naturally.

Do you have parties just for dogs or do parties for cats too?

They cater to homes with pets.

What is Duck-Call Jerky?

Duck breast that includes Grain free, salmon organic quinoa, and green beans. Freshly made daily on site.

How long has Fido’s Kitchen been in business?

Three years.

What is Pumpkin Pooch?

A vegan treat for dogs or cats that help with allergies.

What is dog Beef birthday cake?

A cake made from our homemade meals, jerky sprinkles peanut butter drizzle, joint ju ju’s and breath butter pupsicles with yogurt frosting.

 

 

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Issue #31- Turntable Nutrition

 

 

Circles Magazine got the chance to spend the afternoon at Turn Table Nutrition. We learned about healthy choices for food, and what they offer to help people that want to eat healthy. They showed us how to make Quinoa Chocolate Cookies, and we all got a few cookies to eat. They were delicious! The owners were very friendly and they had some of their friends there to help out. We all enjoyed our afternoon there and didn’t want to leave. We will be seeing more of them in the future. If you get a chance, go check them out. You can go online at http://www.turntablenutrition.com and get a personalized Nutritional Analysis and have them help you start a healthy new “YOU” lifestyle. We recommend them highly.

FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS TO ENDING CHILDHOOD HUNGER

Founded in 2015, co-founders Anissa & Adam began prepping co-workers meals out of their one bedroom apartment with the dream of creating a meal prep service that actually cared about it’s customers. From catering to their unique dietary needs, to delivering an aesthetically pleasing & surprisingly delicious product that will make them excited about their diets. Today, Turn Table has also begun working with local organizations to help eliminate Childhood Hunger with their Turning Tables Project.

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Issue #31- Granola Bar Recipe’s Nut-Free Granola Bars

Nut-Free Granola Bars

Ingredients:

2 cups – Dry oats

2/3 cup – Coconut Sugar

1 cup – Whole Wheat Flour

½ tsp. – Baking Soda

1 tsp. – Baking Powder

1 tsp. – Ground Cinnamon

1 tsp. – Salt

1 tsp. – Vanilla Extract

½ cup Honey

2 tbsps. –

¼ cup -Pumpkin Seeds

1/4 cup Raisins

All of the ingredients were poured into a bowl, mixed together, and pressed inside a 6×9 pan. Next we baked at 325* for 20 minutes and let cool down entirely before serving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups certified gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 1 cup gluten-free crispy rice cereal
  • 2 Tbsp. oil (canola, corn, grapeseed, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup raisins & sunflower seeds

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a jelly roll pan or baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Gently stir the gluten-free rolled oats and ground flaxseed together. Spread out in a layer on the baking pan/sheet. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.
  3. Pour the oats/flaxseed mixture into a large mixing bowl. Gently stir in the gluten-free crispy rice cereal. Set aside.
  4. Line an 8″x8″ baking pan with parchment paper or foil. Set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together oil, maple syrup, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt.
  6. Pour the syrup mixture over the oat mixture and stir to coat evenly. Stir in the Mountain Mambo seed and fruit mix and stir to coat evenly.
  7. Use a spatula to scoop and spread the mixture into the lined 8″x8″ pan.
  8. Cover mixture with either another piece of parchment, aluminum foil, or plastic wrap and press down on the granola bars to fill the corners and flatten. Keep pressing as hard as you can to compress the bars and even them out. This is what will help them stay together later instead of falling apart!
  9. Place pan in refrigerator for at least an hour before cutting.
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Issue #28- Upcycled Hand Bags

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Purses and hand bags have come a long way through the centuries from 1900 A.D. till now. Purses are a fashion accessory statement used by many to serve various purposes. Through the use of recycled materials, hand bags and purses have been created by many artists which have been sold at boutiques and displayed in galleries.

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Issue #27- Interview With David Marquardt

  1. What was your inspiration that lead you to a career in photography? I originally did video work and went to Film school at USC. Decided against internship at various production companies in Hollywood and got a video camera, told people what I was doing and just went into the actual trade. As I gained clients and got work, the clients for video production always needed photography more than video. I was always bringing in Photographers and one of the clients was annoyed with this and said “why don’t we just get you a camera and have you do the shots” So it started, I reluctantly became a photographer, sometimes you are better at something so don’t really want to do more than what you actually want to do.
  2. Was photography a subject you were always interested in? No, it was video production, photography was something I just fell into and realized that I was good at it and made more money being a photographer. 
  3. What advice would you give to someone perusing a career in photography? My experience has been to just take photos. Studying it is also important, but hands on is the best way to learn. Know what you like and find what works. Find the gap between what you’re doing and what you’re seeing. Learn the different techniques and find out what works.
  4. As a photographer what key features of a structure are you looking for? Depends on who I am shooting for. The client lets me know the area of focus of the structure aka the focal point.
  5. How much does professional photography influence a buyer’s decision when buying? A lot! A great photo will get them in the door. Sometimes a good photo can make a house look better than it actually is, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it can give the buyer an idea of the potential of that particular home. Some buyers have bought a house sight unseen just because the pictures where so good. 
  6. What percent of your photography requires post-production techniques? 100%
  7. What techniques are the most commonly used? There are basic rules to Architectural Photography, it’s less about being creative and more about “as is”. Sharp lines and balance. Vertical lines must be straight on, so the lines don’t change. Tripods are used for this precision.
  8. How much creative control do you have setting up furniture and accessories before an interior shoot? Again, this depends on whom I am shooting for. Say for instance interior designers, they have everything set up and all they need is a picture of it. In Real Estate sometimes the home needs to be rearranged or the clutter inside the house needs to be cleared away. 
  9. In your photography career, what job or location was most challenging to you? Anything where the expectations are high and when there are lots of windows with dark furniture.
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Issue #25- Silverball History at the Pinball Hall of Fame

img_3148-as-smart-object-1If you are driving, strolling, rolling or flying down Tropicana Blvd., just East of Maryland Pkwy., you may run into the Pinball Hall Of Fame. This nostalgic place has all the pinball machines that anyone who grew up in the era of them would want to play. Circles Magazine took a drive over there and talked to Tim Arnold, owner of the 10,000 square foot museum.

When did gaming begin for you?

It started as a kid, I got my first machine in high school August 1969.

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I have rebuilt and played them all.

What is your favorite machine?

As curator I am not allowed to have a favorite.

Do you know what the very first pinball machine was and what year did it come out?

November 1930 and it was called whiffle ball, it was a counter top marble type.

What was the greatest time for pinball machines?

Right now is the greatest time for pinball machines.ben-interviewing

Do they still have pinball championships?

Yes, more popular with better prizes now.

Does the price to pay increase with popularity?

No not popularity. The newer the game the higher the price.

How much does it cost repair a machine?

Thousands of dollars… but 90% of the repairs are in-house. 10% are legal issues about waste also about certain components. And there are 3 reasons for this 1. Quality 2. Speed 3. Cost   “you can’t spray on progress, you have to build it.”img_3137

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