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Issue #36 – Interview with Coach Dean

Coach Dean began his volunteering career when he participated in the over the edge event. This took place at the Rio Hotel and Casino to raise money for Special Olympics. He successfully raised $1500 which got him a ticket repel down the 500 ft tower of the Rio Hotel. Dean was recommended by Harry Mong who was the Reginal director of Special Olympics at the time. Harry Mong thought that Dean had the right personality and really enjoyed what he was doing. In 2015 Dean started his coaching career as the assistant swim coach under Amanda Gillman. Two years later he became coach of the Henderson Dolphins swim team. Coach Dean would teach and train his swim team various styles including Freestyle, butterfly, breast stroke, back stroke, and relays. Races are 50m to 200m in length. Practice would begin in March and run through June. Practice was once a week and they prepared for Regionals in May. At Regionals swimmers would qualify for the Special Olympics in June, which takes place in Reno Nevada. Coach Dean has always been influenced by the athletes themselves. He is inspired by the grit determination and courage that they all bring to become athletes for the Special Olympics. “My future plans are to keep coaching athletes for the Special Olympics.” One day he would like to train an athlete that would one day make it to the state level which is held every four years.

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Issue #36 – Wax Trax Records

The Circles Crew went to Wax Trax Records Inc located at 2909 S. Decatur. We sat down with Richard Rosen who has been the owner and operator for 20 years in Las Vegas. Richard has been in the record industry for over 55 years. He started in New York in 1972 and later relocated to Las Vegas in 1988. Richard said we could receive a 20% discount on any purchase if he makes the cover. When asked about Richard’s personal musical taste he suggested the Beatles, Johnny Cash and Elton John(whom he mentioned to be a personal friend of his). When you decide to visit Wax Trax, make sure to say hi to Richard’s son David who also works there and say hi to Charlie the dog!

Interview by: Joey Thomas. Written by: Justin Freeman, and Michelle Frese. Pictures by: Stacy Foster.

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Issue #36 – Fun Facts from Around the World

Ancient Greece started the Olympic Games from 776 BC through 394 AD in the city of Olmpia. Olympics resumed in modern time times 1503 years later.

Asia is the largest continent followed by Africa.

Passover is a Jewish holiday that celebrates liberation of Israelites from Egyptian slavery and is celebrated for lasting seven or eight days from the 15th day of Nisan.

About 90% of the world fresh water is in Antarctica.

Sumerian is a dead language that was spoken in ancient Mesopotamia (southern part of Iraq) from 4th millennium BC until about 2000 BC which was replaced with Akkadian, that is also a dead language now.

Pancit is a Filipino noodle dish with meat and cabbage that is traditionally made for a loved one’s birthday.

The Eifel Tower in Paris, France was built for the 1889 world fair and was only supposed to be up 20 years but is still there to this day.

The Great Wall of China is 5500 miles long and about 2300 years old.

Bangkok is the largest city in Thailand and hold 1/10th of the population of the country.

Selling more than 5.9 million cars in 2011, Germany is one of the largest car producers.

The city of Alexandria, Egypt was founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC.

Johann Sebastian Bach was a famous German composer and musician that made music in the Baroque period(1600 to 1750 AD.

70% of cocoa (the main ingredient in chocolate) is from west Africa.

The traditional boomerang was made in eastern and southern Australia by the Aboriginal people.

The Italian sports car brand Ferrari was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929.

Australia is wider than the widest part of the moon.

Mount Everest is the tallest mountain at 20029 feet above seas level.

The only continent that covers four hemispheres is Africa.

Vatican City is the smallest country in the world and is located inside of Italy.

Different rocks had been used for carving the Easter Island heads(known as Moai). Out of 887 known Moai, 834 were carved out from compressed volcanic ash known as tuff.

Art: Nathan Moench

Writers: Nathan Moench, Austin Green and Jennifer Cornstuble

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Issue #36 – No Bake Chocolate S’mores


8 cups miniature marshmallows, divided.

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter.

1 3/4 cup (11.5 oz package) milk chocolate chips.

1/4 teaspoon salt.

9 (about 2 cups) graham crackers broken into 1/2 inch piece. Variation: cinnamon flavor graham crackers.

nonstick cooking spray.

8-9 inch square baking pan.


Line 8×9 inch square baking with foil. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.

Heat 6 cups of miniature marshmallows, butter and salt in large bowl. Microwave on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring after 90 seconds. Remove from microwave and add milk chocolate chips and stir until melted.

Working quickly, stir in graham cracker pieces, spread mixture into prepared baking pan with greased spatula pressing down lightly. Then evenly sprinkle remaining marshmallows on top of mixture.

Cool 2 hours or until set. Cut into square with serrated knife.

Written By: Sandra Eadie

Photographed By: Amy Toner and Austin Green

Prepared By: Julia Schanbacher, Stephanie Schoppmann, Dallin Haymore, Dana Caenen, Jean Kerr, Terrance Jeffers, Heidi Pearson, Elizabeth Suarez

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Issue #37 – American Flag Cake Pops


1 box red velvet cake mix (baked according to package instructions and cooled completely)

2/3 cup vanilla frosting

4 cups white chocolate chips, divided

4 teaspoons oil, divided

1/4 cup sprinkles(blue)

1/2 cup sprinkles(red)


1 – In a large bowl, crumble the cake into fine, uniform crumbs. Add the vanilla frosting and mix thoroughly.

2 – Scoop about 2 tablespoons of the cake mixture at a time and roll into balls. You should have 35 balls total. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

3 – Working with half of the white chocolate chips and half of the oil at a time so the mixture stays melted, combine in a medium bowl and microwave on medium heat in 30 second intervals until melted for about 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.

4 – Making the blue cake pops: Working in batches of 3, dip 9 cake pops in the melted white chocolate, using a spoon to help coat. Let the excess drip off. Sprinkle the pops with blue sprinkles and refrigerate for 1 hour. Place the cake pop 3 x 3 in upper left corner of the serving platter.

5 – Making the red pops: Working in batches of 3, dip 15 cake pops in the melted white chocolate, using spoon to help coat. Let the excess drip off. Sprinkle the pops with red sprinkles and refrigerate for 1 hour. Place the red pops in alternating rows with the white pops depicting the American flag as shown in the picture.

6 – Making the white cake pops: Working in batches of 3, dip the remaining 11 cake pops in the melted white chocolate, using a spoon to help coat. Let the excess drip off and refrigerate for 1 hour. Place the white pops in alternating rows with the red pops depicting the American flag as shown in the picture.

Written by: Eric Washington

Photography by: Jeremy Holland and Eric Washington

Prepared by: Heidi Pearson, Dallin Haymore, Terrance Jeffers, Nathaniel Carney, Briana Brooks, Caenen, Nathan Moench.

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Issue #36 – Hollywood vs Real Archaeologists

Archaeologist, a person who studies history and even prehistory through analyzing artifacts, temples and other relics. So, what does an Archaeologist have to do with adventures? Do they have bullwhips to protect themselves? Do they travel the world looking for the rarest of artifacts? Do Archaeologist do anything to protect history? Keep reading to find out!

In Hollywood, the most famous name, in terms of Archaeologist, is Dr. Walton Jones Jr., also known as Indiana Jones. He is also, in most people’s minds, the only Archaeologist there is. Indy, one of the many nicknames that Dr. Jones has, suddenly looks like the type of person you don’t want to mess with, styling with his fedora, satchel, leather jacket and his signature bullwhip! Also Dr. Jones’ adventures are legendary! Dr. Jones is not the only one with legendary adventures, however! I give you two names of Archaeologist who can rival the great Indiana Jones!

The first name of a legendary real world Archaeologist is Wendell Phillips. Born in 1927, his expedition to Africa in 1944 to modern day Yemen was beneficial to help him gain oil concessions after archaeological career was finished. During that trip to Yemen, he did not have a bullwhip, but he could have been an early look for Indiana Jones with his stylish clothing. From his mostly all black outfit( which is a bold choice for the desert), and his white Keffiyeh (an Arabian hat), he was a trend setter Archaeologist! Wendell died December 4, 1975.

The second Archaeologist and final name that feels like Dr. Jones is Qadir Temori, an Afghan archaeologist whose work turned into a movie in its own right! The was 2007, the middle parts of the Afghanistan War, the aforementioned Temori and his team were rushing to save artifacts from Mes Aynak, an ancient Buddhist monastery, from the China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCG) and their general manager, Shen Heting. Temori and his team were also facing death threats from the Taliban to cease his attempts to save the artifacts. The story of Qadir is immortalize in Brent E. Huffman’s documentary, Saving Mes Aynak!

Archaeologist can be more than just people who dig up things! They are the seekers of the past. Most of the archaeologist today might not have a bullwhip, but still they would do anything to protect the past.

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Issue #36 – Banana Boats

The Banana Boats are a famous traditional recipe treat that was made by the social networking service company in Seattle, Washington in 1997 by one of the of the most professional bakers and by one of the greatest recipe makers in history. Originally the banana boat was made with chocolate and marshmallows with the banana but there are other ingredients to make the banana boat more fun and creative. Like instead of marshmallows with the chocolate it can be whipped cream and chocolate or any other kind of other toppings with it. The banana boats were also a magnificent treat to eat and very easy to make with only 3 ingredients. Also people of all ages kids and grownups can make the banana boat in their own way.



Cool Whip


Chocolate chips

1 – Split the middle of the banana from top to bottom very slowly not all the way but only till the banana is cut wide open enough so then the toppings can be put in the middle from top to bottom.

2 – Spoon the cool whip into the slit of the banana boat.

3 – Last comes use the chocolate chips, sprinkle them on top of the whipped cream banana with a spoon or by hand, then and only then the banana boat is done and ready to be tasted.

Written By: Joshua Filippo

Photographed By Sandra Eadie and Leslie Hills

Prepared By: Dallin Haymore, Dana Caenen, Deborah Cernuto,Jennifer “Eden” Cornstuble, Terrence Jeffers, Jean Kerr, Julia Schanbacher, Amy Toner

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Issue #35 – Welcome to the Flamingo Habitat

Visiting the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo Casino was a special experience for me because it reminded me (Brianna) of Georgia. Being surrounded by the greenery felt like home to me but also the air was musky. The main attraction were the flamingos. They stood out as the reason to go. Our team learned about a lot of different animals and we would deeply recommend visiting the habitat.

Opening in 1995, the habitat brought a jungle-like environment to the strip.
(Even though the animal habitat’s hours are from 8am to 8pm, the area is accessible 24 hours every day.)
 However, we recommend visiting during daylight hours at least once to see the different animals properly. After hours the path is a little more secluded than the rest of The Strip.  Jeremy also went to the habitat and he really enjoyed it. He said, “I really enjoyed seeing all the different kinds of animals like the flamingos and parrots. You can even have a parrot put on your shoulder. I thought that was cool to see.” Seeing the different kinds of plants and a waterfall was pretty cool to see as well. I would highly recommend everyone to go and check this place out because it’s a pretty cool experience to go and check out.

How long do Macaw birds live? •The average life span is 60 years.

Why do flamingos stand on one leg? •To conserve energy because they are at rest.

How far will a Mallard Duck fly when it migrates? • It can travel up to 800 miles a day.

How do turtles survive in the winter? • They bromate under rocks in the water holding their breath for 4 months, at heart rate of 5 beats per minute.

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Issue #35 – The Mob Museum

Research Team: Stacey Foster, Michelle Frese, Justin Freeman, Cassie Hitchcock, Joey Thomas

 Mobsters, the lifeblood of America between Probation (1920’s) to about the 1950’s. While most of the Mob now is gone, their memory and their legacy lives on in the Mob Museum at 300 Stewart Ave in Las Vegas. We at Circles Magazine got the chance to go there to take a tour and to do an interview.

 We got to do an interview with Felicia, who is the Director of Guest Services at the Mob Museum, and ask a couple of questions:

                How did the Mob Museum start?

A number of people had a hand to the start of the Mob Museum, the biggest was Former Mayor of Las Vegas and Mob Defense Attorney, Oscar Goodman.

                How many people do you have working here?

120 full time employees and we have about that many part time workers as well. That number of part time workers does not include volunteers.

                How many tours do you ‘run’ on a daily basis?

The tours are predominant self-guided.

                How long has the Mob Museum been in Las Vegas?

February 14th, 2012; because that was the date of a pretty big Mob event that happened, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967).

                What was this building before it became a museum?

A Courthouse and a Post Office

                How many exhibits do you have?

Four (4) Floor exhibits and many things that are not on display in storage as well as in schools and some community centers.

Have any of the Items been use in a court of Law?

Yes, Al Capone’s gun is on the 3rd floor on loan from the IRS Criminal investigation unit, Two (2) Tommy Guns (or Thompson Submachine Guns) from the Valentine’s Day Massacre. They are periodicity on display and hand cuffs on the 2nd floor.

                What is your favorite exhibit?

A special place in my heart is for the Crime Lab and Firearm Training simulator.

 After our interview with Felicia, we had the chance to tour the Mob Museum for ourselves. We were amazed with the amount of history that the Museum had to offer. From seeing the Revolver that Al Capone used to having one of us being electrocuted (not actually). It was a fun tour for us. So the next time you want to find out about the Mob, go to the Mob Museum!

 P.S.:  The hours for the Mob Museum is open every day at 9:00 AM to 9:00PM; tickets start at $26.95 but it includes a Las Vegas all exclusive pass. Also there is limited Parking for the Mob Museum on site and there is a $7.00 fee for parking.

 P.S.S.: Thank you Felicia, and the rest of the Mob Museum, for the interview and allowing us to tour the Museum. It was a fun experience for us!

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Issue #35 – Shop Till You Drop

                When tourists come to the Las Vegas Valley, most of them gamble, and besides that, they look and shop for the latest trends and accessories.

                One of these new malls out there is Downtown Summerlin, which attracts an upscale mall on the city’s west side, which makes it more convenient for many locals and shopaholics. The development continues to grow, with nearly 400 acres of lavish space, nearby is the new Las Vegas ballpark, which houses the Aviators and the City National Arena, which is the practice rink for the Las Vegas Golden Knights. In addition, they have a Farmers Market, which opens on Saturdays. Also many seasonal events, including Holiday festivities for the kids at the Rock Rink. More developments and growth are in the works at Downtown Summerlin in the near future.

                Also, you can check the Fantastik Indoor Swap Meet at 1717 S. Decatur Blvd. in Las Vegas. It has been housed in the same location for over 30 years,  locals and vendors can rent a little space and run a small business there. You can look for pets, cosmetics, Halloween costumes, jewelry and hundreds of other items. The Swap Meet is only open on Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10 AM- 6 PM. Prices are reasonable and shopping is easy. They have an admission price of one dollar but give you a coupon that you can use at any of the vendors in the swap meet.

                If you’re looking for toys, vintage and houseware items or other antiques , you might want to check out the Charleston Antique Mall, which is north of the Swap Meet at 560 N. Decatur Blvd. If you’re a treasure hunter looking for any vintage goods, go visit there. There are more than 60 vendors to choose from & they have some cool stuff for really good prices.

                Finally, we head south to the Town Square Las Vegas, which is quite a little trendy like Downtown Summerlin. If you’re shopping near the Strip, we highly recommend the place. They’ve got a Whole Foods Market, along with a Children’s Park for the kids, along with dining, office and entertainment complexes. It features more than 120 stores, along with activities and events, along with a new Raider Image team store, for the new Las Vegas Raiders. If you’re a shopping buff, come check it out.

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