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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 – The Rex Center

The Rex Center is a great place to experience fun and fool of adventure electric go carts, mini golf, laser tag, and rock climbing wall. You can use it 11 months out of the year. Laser tag is a team building game. Up to 40 people at once Can be on A team. Or by yourself, all the activities are different.

The activities are good exercise. The Rex Center is a program that helps troubled teens. They were Vandalizing the mall. This place was a way to do their homework, eat and stay out of trouble. They give them chores to do, It started in 2018. Laser tag can be up to 40 people. It is a good hand eye coronation skill.

The Rex Center is located inside the boulevard mall at 3680 South Maryland Parkway, Suite #175 Las Vegas Nevada 89169. 

Hours open – Wednesday – Monday 11:00 am-7 pm, closed Tuesday. Price is $ 7 per Adult or $12 for two attractions, $30.00 for two hours. Friday-Sunday, $10 per attraction, $15.00 for two attractions, or $40.00 for two hours.

Interview and pictures by: Cassandra Hitchcock

Sound Recorder and pictures by Jeremy Holland

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Issue #36- Vegas Strong Healing Garden

October 1, 2017 “The day of the Las Vegas shooting was kinda like a normal day at first except, who knew that it wouldn’t end like any other day previously. There were sounds of gun shots ringing through the TV on air. News reporters kept on talking about the fatalities and people kept on calling and texting me to see if I was okay. Even though I was okay, the fact that I saw people lose their lives on TV, it changed people’s lives, united Las Vegas and created the “Vegas Strong” movement. Not only was the movement created, the Vegas community came together and with the help of a few volunteers and created the healing garden for those who were victim survivors of the October 1st Las Vegas shooting.”- Josef Thomas

As for the healing garden, here are my coworker’s, experiences, and their point of view.

“Even though the Las Vegas shooting was tragic and an upsetting experience. After the Las Vegas shooting, the community and volunteers created the healing garden. Their decorations really were eye catching. The surrounding music enhanced the experience and made it an appealing and brightening experience”. – Michelle Frese

“When I went to the Healing garden for the first time I understood why the healing garden was built, but I cannot express how much sympathy I give to all the victims and families when the Las Vegas shooting took place. Especially as we approach the 2nd anniversary of the late Las Vegas shooting incident, we can all give a day to grieve and give our respects to those who have fallen when the incident occured”. – Justin Freeman

(Justin Freeman, Michelle Frese, Josef Thomas)

Written By: Michelle Frese, Justin Freeman, Josef Thomas

Photos By: Justin Freeman and Jacob Chinn

Address: 1015 S. Casino Center Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89101

Phone Number: 702-997-3350

Website: https://getoutdoorsnevada.org/lv-healing-garden/

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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 – 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 #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- 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 – La La Limos

Before the 15th century, transportation for hire because a must for the wealthy to show that thy rural publicity arrived.

The word limousine derived from the French word “Hooded Garment” referring to the hooded cloak that shepherds wore to protect themselves from the weather.

During the 15th century, the Hungarians developed the “coach”, which is the modern enclosed carriage with an elevated outside seat for the driver, the “coachman.

By the late 1700’s, 14,000 of these carriages could be found all around Paris.

Illustration by Nathan Moench

Carriages became more luxurious and extravagant with time.

These “Palace on Wheels” includes a bedroom, library and a butler’s pantry in the carriages.

Some included a library, speaking tubes, etc.

At this time, carriages were mainly used by the Royalty and Rich.

Paris 1899 carriages could be found with modern carvings made out of mahogany and silver flower holders in them. Speaking tubes helped communications between the driver and the passengers,

A brass tube would be led up to the driver like a trumpet . This was implemented because of dealing with the surrounding noise.

Illustration by Daniel Romero

In the 1960’s Limousines included record players, ice makers, and wet bars. Today’s limo includes large led screens, internet, dance floors with poles and laser lights, amazing sound systems and everything you want.

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Issue #34 – Cosmic Bowling at Red Rock Lanes.

At 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays the regular lights are switch off and the black lights are turned on. The music is cranked up and the televisions play inventive and trendy music videos. Smells from the snack bar fill the air and invoke the hunger of those with empty bellies. The stagnancy and mundaneness of the lanes and bowling pines disappear before your eyes as they transform via their lamination in the dark. This is the awesome conversional process from regular bowling to

“Cosmic Bowling. Several members of our Circles team love not only bowling but, cosmic bowling. They said it is far more exciting, visually cooler, and the music is much more exciting. They love how everything glows in the dark. They love watching the music videos and dancing to the various pump up tunes. The snack bar serves most of the foods they all love especially the pizza, French fries, and chicken tenders. Bowling allies in Las Vegas who do cosmic bowling normally tend to do them on Friday nights and Saturday nights at various times. Suncoast does their Cosmic Bowling at Fridays 11pm – 2am and Saturdays 9pm-2pm While Red Rock does theirs from 6pm – 12am both days. But regardless of which bowling alley you pick cosmic bowling is always a welcomed cool spin to the game.

“Cosmic Bowling. Several members of our Circles team love not only bowling but, cosmic bowling. They said it is far more exciting, visually cooler, and the music is much more exciting. They love how everything glows in the dark. They love watching the music videos and dancing to the various pump up tunes. The snack bar serves most of the foods they all love especially the pizza, French fries, and chicken tenders. Bowling allies in Las Vegas who do cosmic bowling normally tend to do them on Friday nights and Saturday nights at various times. Suncoast does their Cosmic Bowling at Fridays 11pm – 2am and Saturdays 9pm-2pm While Red Rock does theirs from 6pm – 12am both days. But regardless of which bowling alley you pick cosmic bowling is always a welcomed cool spin to the game.

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Issue #34 – ORION: Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle

It was named after one of the largest constellations in the night sky and the drawing from more than 50 years of space flight research and development, the Orion spacecraft is designed to meet those evolving needs our nation’s deep space exploration program for decades to come. From the first time in our generation, NASA is building a space human spacecraft for deep space missions that will usher in a new era of space exploration. Series of increasingly challenging missions awaits, and this will be a new spacecraft will take us farther than we’ve ever expect before, including to the vicinity of the moon and mars as well.

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