Posts by Derek Gendvil

Issue #35- Things to Know Before Moving to Las Vegas

So your mind is set and you’re finally going to do it. You’re getting ready to move to the sin city that is Las Vegas, Nevada. Even though moving is not always easy…. you’ll probably have endless questions about your new potential home. Before you pack up and load up your things to head up on over to fabulous Las Vegas you may want to weigh out some facts about this unique city.
Much like New York, Las Vegas is a city that never sleeps …. but unlike New York, Las Vegas also has 24/7 access to purchasing alcohol in combination
with never ending partying on the strip. No last calls in this city.
If you like gambling, well then of course Las Vegas is the city for that, with gambling everywhere around the city. Even the Walmarts, 7-11’s and just about every other retail business has poker/blackjack/keno machines, and of course the strip is always open. The cost of living is low. Minimum wage is $8.25 and tax is 8.25% in Las Vegas. The median home price in Las Vegas is $220,000. The average cost for a two bedroom apartment is just over 1,000 per month and studio apartments range from $625- $750 month.
Las Vegas is not a desert climate but is actually a rain shadow climate. The temperature difference on average between night and day is 40 degrees for a desert, while a rain shadow climate’s temperature difference is only 30 degrees between night and day. So Las Vegas’s temperature is not as extreme as a regular desert. It’s the mountains that surround most of Las Vegas that blocks and reduces rain to Las Vegas to the point that it becomes dry and desert like.

There are a few things for families to enjoy in Las Vegas although most require that an adult be with the children. We have water parks around the valley both in Las Vegas and the Henderson areas, to enjoy in the summer. Other attractions for the family might include The Childrens Discovery Museum and several miniature golf businesses which aren’t too pricey. Movie theaters are prevalent around Las Vegas. On the strip you can find amusement type attractions as well as the tourist attractions that everyone wants to see like the volcano at the Mirage. Madame Toussad’s wax museum is also on the strip. There are roller coasters throughout the town and in the surrounding areas, the Desperado is located in Primm which is about 30 miles south of Las Vegas on the way to Los Angeles.
Lot’s of different cultural and regional foods in one area. From a China Town near Spring Mountain, sushi, burritos, White Castle Burgers, and every kind of pizza you can think of . The Wicked Spoon which is a very unique $42-$49 all you can eat dinner buffet place that includes buffalo style fried frog legs, kimchi glazed bone marrow, Bourbon glazed carrots, mango mousse, and many other creative dishes. A famous $100 brunch buffet at Bally’s Hotel & Casino with free-flowing champagne, never ending caviar, unlimited lobster tails, fancy crab omelets, and much more. Soul
food, THC infused food restaurants, gastro pubs/bars, alcohol infused cupcake places, all you can eat northern Indian food at Mt. Everest Indian Cuisine, and even two Chick-fil-As. There is also a really good $7.99 breakfast buffet at Boulder Station Hotel Casino. You can find every kind of cuisine in this city and nearly every famous chef has a restaurant somewhere here. Las Vegas just might have it all, and If not now definitely
sometime in the near future. You can get a lot variety of good quality food(s) for cheap here.
To summarize Las Vegas up for new comers we would have to bluntly and truthfully say it’s mostly a cruise ship that never ends with a good number of crazy and/or homeless people occasionally nomading about its decks. So moving to this town can be really awesome. It all depends on how you roll the dice, what kind of dice you’re rolling, and where you end up rolling them at.

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Issue #35- Circles gets the 411 on 911

Officer C. Suey, Officer J. Staton, and Crime Prevention Specialist Denise Stride visited the Circles site to give tips for safety with strangers and people you know, the proper use of 911, and the proper use of 311.

They wanted us to know that most people are good. That most strangers are good, but not all! That it is best to have a safety plan for how to get help everywhere you go. To understand safety rules for answering the door, being on the phone, and being on the internet. To never give personal information to a stranger or someone who makes us feel uncomfortable.

That it is okay to get help from strangers if an emergency is happening to any one of us when alone, and that there is no one else close by that we know. How to clearly communicate to others that we are having an emergency. Instead of screaming out loud at the top of our lungs (which often gets misconstrued as playing) we should yell out what the emergency is to other people. “Help! There is a stranger trying to get me!”

After teaching us all these valuable safety tips they let us go check the outside and inside of their patrol vehicles, take pictures together, chat, use the lights, play with the speakers, and then gave all of us some really awesome golden badge stickers.

Know when and how to say no

Use polite clear words, eye contact, and assertive body language to say no to unwanted and inappropriate behavior. Continue to say no even when someone uses bribes, hurt feelings, or power to try to pressure you into doing something that makes you feel uncomfortable.

When to use 911

  • When there is a current threat to a person or property
  • Someone is hurt
  • Crime just happened or is about to happen
  • Presence of smoke or fire

When to use 311

When there is no current threat to people or property.

  • Someone who is in custody and is under control. Loud parties, barking dogs, non-serious injuries or illnesses.
  • Non-serious crime that occurred sometime prior.
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Issue #35-Need A New Hobby… Learn to Fly RC Airplanes At Willie McCool Park (Located in North Las Vegas)



Are you getting bored of the same old hobbies? Well we have the right one for you! Flying RC planes, helicopters and other types of radio control aircrafts has become a hugely popular pastime in the recent years.

It has never been easier and more affordable to get started! Circles Magazine met with Don Campbell to interview about the park and everything else you need to know when flying. He told us “it is hard to fly RC airplanes, they are just like the real thing but just on a smaller scale, they are also slow, and depend on the type of airplane.” They run about 200 miles an hour. some prices vary from $200.75 to $409.95. Most people buy finished or build and fly them around.

The limitations of RC planes have been compared to real airplanes such as not responding. There are a few rules when flying: Don’t hurt anybody, and no combat flying, (combat flying means the flying of any model aircraft in such a manner as to interfere with another model aircraft that can cause damage to each other). A yearly pass must be purchased to utilize the model airplane flying field at Willie McCool Regional Park. A pass can be purchased at the Neighborhood Recreation Center, 1638 North Bruce Street, North Las Vegas. For more information, Call; (702) 633-1600.

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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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