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Issue #36 – Vegas Indoor Skydiving

Yes, you read that correctly, Las Vegas does have an indoor skydiving center, located on 200 Convention Center Drive! It’s one of the first indoor skydiving places in the United States, and possibly the world, when it opened in 1982, and we at Circles Magazine had the chance to go!

Before you have the chance to, “earn your wings,” keep this in your back of your mind, it’s their maximum weight for men and women at different heights: men that are under 5′ 6″ tall cannot weigh more than 190 pounds, similarly women that are under 5′ 6″ tall cannot weigh more than 170 pounds. Men that are over 5′ 6″ but are under 6′ cannot weigh more than 230 pounds, while women that are over 5′ 6″ but under 6′ cannot weigh more than 190 pounds. Lastly, if you are over 6′ you cannot weigh more than 245 pounds (men) and 210 pounds (women). You do not need experience in skydiving, indoors or outdoors, to take part. Pricing to do indoor skydiving at the Vegas Indoor Skydiving facility starts at US$75.00 per person and goes up to US$1,000; all of their packages include training, equipment, and professional instructions. Also, walk-ins are allowed just on a first come first serve basis, and, Vegas Indoor Skydiving is open seven days a week opening at 9:30 am and closing when their is not a lot of customer activity.

We at Circles Magazine also had the opportunity to interview Rob Stone, one of the main instructors at Vegas Indoor Skydiving. The interview was done by Joey Thomas.

Do you have to sign a waiver?

Yes you do, because, it is an extreme sport and runs a higher risk then skiing, snowboarding or playing basketball.

How long have you been around for, and how many locations do you have?

This is it right here, this is the first one, it was built in 1982 and I’ve been around for 11 years.

How do people land?

You don’t land, instead you used a tuck and roll technique.

Do you offer discounts and if so to whom?

Yes, we offer discounts to our military and our officers, basically our locals.

How safe is it?

Again it’s a an extreme sport there are risks of getting hurt.

What is your favorite memory of being an instructor?

Well, teaching my niece to do indoor skydiving and there was a woman who was 104 years old.

Has anyone ever gotten hurt from doing indoor skydiving?

Yes, there has been a few sprang ankles.

There you have it, our adventure at the Vegas Indoor Skydiving has come to a close, but the memory will last a lifetime for those that went. I hope this post will inspire you to do the same.

Lead: Michelle Frese

Interview: Joey Thomas

Video: Stacey Foster

Photography: Sondra Roehr and Terrence Jeffers

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Issue #36 – Water Smart Landscaping? Yards 4 U has you covered

When Max wanted to reduce his monthly water bill he needed a solution that was smart and efficient, so what did he do? He called Transitions Services landscape maintenance division Yards 4 U and got the ball rolling. The Yards 4 U crew consisting of Shon Powell, Frank Adams, Richard Brown, Enrique Atkinson and Michelle Ramirez got to work on a hot, sunny day and made the difference as they plunged into the daunting task. They started by completely removing the water guzzling grass components that were struggling to survive in the Las Vegas heat. The grass was replaced by water efficient rocks and plants and the place LOOKS GREAT!!!

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Issue #36 – MGM Grand Theme Park History

A long time ago, Las Vegas had The MGM Grand Theme Park. The plan was to create a theme park that was suitable for children and adults. With the
theme representing the “Wizards of Oz,” a yellow brick road was installed
which guided guests from inside of the hotel leading them to the theme park entrance. The theme park was 33 acres in size and really had a feel like, Disneyland Hollywood Studios/Universal Studios. December 18th, 1993 was the opening of the theme park. It provided attractions including shows, roller coasters and water rides.
The shows featured pirates and a Halloween themed haunted house. Other
rides include the Haunted Mine, Grand Canyon Rapids, Deep Earth
Exploration, and the Lightning Bolt. The park never met its expectations and in 2007 the park closed in order for the MGM to make space for swimming pools and conference facilities. Even though the MGM Grand Theme park was not a success, it opened the doors for other hotels to have thrill rides of their own.
Some of these casinos were, New York New York with the Manhattan Express roller coaster, Buffalo Bills with the Desperado Roller Coaster, and Circus Circus with the Canyon Blaster roller coaster.

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