Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world and one of the most widely viewed. It is a team sport that involves two teams of five active players each trying to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a 300 cm (10 feet) high hoop (the ‘basket’) Under organized rules.
As well as being a great way to stay fit, basketball can also:
- Help you to make new friends and see them regularly teach you about being a good team player
- being a good team player
- Be played by people of all ages and all abilities
- Be played all year round because it’s usually an indoor sport
- Be a fun game that kids of all levels and ages can enjoy
Basketball is a fast moving game that involves a lot of variety, including shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding, defense and much more.
Health benefits of basketball:
- Burn calories (630–750 calories an hour)
- Build endurance
- Improve balance and coordination
- Develop concentration and self-discipline
- Build up muscle.
- Aerobic exercise.
Martial arts is regarded as the pinnacle of holistic human fitness. Martial arts generally requires strength, flexibility, power, breathing control, awareness, speed, muscle memory, and overall superb kinesthetic control. To achieve this is a martial artist will practice techniques, exercises, adequately stretch, and eat a very nutritional diet to be at their very best. Martial artists mainly focus on callisthenic exercises, plyometric exercises. and cardio exercises.
A not so commonly known training that martial arts can require is micro fracture conditioning. In order to achieve benefits from micro fracture conditioning one should on a daily basis strike a punching bag, bucket/bag of sand, and/or other materials with your shins, forearms, and hands to lightly and sufficiently damage them and make the bones repair and adapt themselves to become stronger. One should never overdue micro fracture conditioning and truly fracture their bones. Fully breaking a bone causes one’s bones to become permanently a lot weaker. Micro fracture conditioning is also known/rumored for causing the nerves to gain a higher resistance to feeling pain.
Another key player in strengthening bones is by compressing the bones. Some of the top outstanding ways to compress the bones is with weight bearing activities such as hiking with a backpack, weight lifting (concentric workouts), stair climbing, and even weight resistance dancing or martial arts. One must also have a steady intake of minerals and vitamins to support the needed repair and adaption of one’s bones. Major players in bone nutrition are vitamin k, magnesium, and phosphorus.
A great place in Vegas to start and to train for martial arts is at Las Vegas Krav Maga located at 1122 Vista Dr. right by Charleston between Arville and Hinson Street. At Las Vegas Krav Maga they offer some of the very best at bridging the gap between the dojo and the streets. For MMA they teach Muay Tai, Brazilian Jujitsu, Judo and Krav Maga. They have various instructors with extensive backgrounds to prepare students for the ring, the cage, and the streets. At Las Vegas Krav Maga they teach street self-defense using: punches, elbows, knees, kicks, defenses against various strikes, chokes, weapons defense (knives and guns), and realistic training drills. By realistic training they mean real contact and saving yourself from being literally attacked and choked for real ( no pillow fights here). From adults to kids they do all this to help reduce the chance of someone being a victim. As Las Vegas Krav Maga state “A crfiminal will never wait for you to be ready before attacking. Our Krav Maga training will teach you when to be on alert and how to stay prepared for anything.” So if you want to get in better shape or learn to be more prepared and safe martial arts and Las Vegas Krav Maga are both for you
Game Article Pieces
- The game board is from Trivial Pursuit 20th anniversary edition
- The spinner is from Wheel of Fortune
- The pieces the players use can be anything, we used colored transparent pieces we found from arts and crafts stores.
- The tokens we used are white chips from cardboard they can be anything as long as there’s enough for up to 6 players (Roughly 30-60)How to Play
- To decide who will go first players will spin the wheel and aim for the lowest value, ties will be settled in a re-spin. Once a first player is decided turn order will go clockwise. Each player starts at the space with an arrow pointing at a circle. (6 different points)
- Players will take turns spinning the wheel aiming to get to the center to receive oval tokens. The players stand at 2-6 players.
- To move spaces players spin the wheel and get numbers, the 1st digit represents how many spaces you move. The color of what you roll represents how many tokens you will receive when in the center of the board.
- From start a player can go to the middle for some tokens. If a player passes the center the player will stop at the center regardless of what they spun. Once the player gets to the center the player will spin in the same turn for tokens. Yellow/Tan is 1 token – Orange/Red is 2 tokens – Blue is 3 tokens – Lose a turn is 0 tokens.
- After you get your potential tokens you can choose which path to go down and in order to get back into the center you must go left or right and go up through a different path to the center. Once you go one way you cannot turn around.
- CAREFUL spinning a bankrupt regardless of where you are will force all players to return a token to the center.
- Passing a player will result in you taking a token from them and giving it to a different player. You have to give the token to another player and cannot give it to yourself.
- The first player to reach 5 tokens will be declared the winner. The amount of required tokens to win is subject to change for more or less players depending.
Volunteering at Stupak Community Center
For the past 8 weeks we have been going to Stupak Community Center to volunteer. We started going once a week to help in the Outreach program, which has clothes, diapers, housewares that are donated to anyone in the community that needs these items. We packed breakfast and lunch for the people in the community that are hungry and need food. Around June they started their day camp program, which goes through the 11th of August. We were asked to help with breakfast and lunches for the kids. After we serve the breakfast and lunches for the campers, clean up the lunch room and dance room. There are always donated clothes to wash and fold for the Outreach closet. When we have down time we shoot basketballs, play foosball in the game room and enjoy the Library. We help out with Art projects for the Art director that ends up on the bulletin boards. We basically do whatever they ask of us to do to help out, including making cupcakes. We even got to try on and model some of the more upscale clothes that the Outreach closet has for people who need nice clothes for job interviews. The individuals do not get paid for this work and it’s on a strictly volunteer basis, but they all love it. We have meetings about following directions, working as a team, job skills, navigating social skills in the community and working as a team. Here are some of their comments about Stupak….
“It’s fun and rewarding” Sarah Verace
“It’s been a blast, they are kind enough to share some food and drinks with us, even though they don’t have to” Jason Dandoy
“I love going over there to help out the kids” Nora Miranda
“It’s good experience at the Community Center” Cassie Hitchcock
“It’s pretty fun, I like seeing kids smiling” John Jones
Question and Answers from a Poll taken by our individuals:
- What do you like about the Community Center? Working with the people there, getting to play hoops and the other fun things also. The Library.
- What do you do you at the Community Center? Helping other people less fortunate. Pack lunches and breakfast, also playing Ping Pong.
- Have you learned anything new at the Community Center? I have learned to have fun, help others and get out more. I have also learned how to get a Library card and learned about the walking track. Washing, drying and folding clothes. I have also learned you can check out up to 44 items from the Library.
- How do you feeling about volunteering and not getting paid? I feel great about it, cos I am having fun and helping others.
- Do you want to keep going to the Community Center? Yes! because I have fun!!
Rat Rod Interview with Steve Darnell
“Bringing Junk Back To Life, Bringing Junk Back To Life One Car at Time”
Steve Darnell is the design mastermind behind the very unique car customization shop, Welderup. He was born in Vegas in 1971. He moved back and forth between Vegas and Montana when his parents divorced. Steve’s crazy creative Rat Rod designs got lots attention at local car shows, which also got the attention of the Discovery Chanel, which got him the Vegas Rat Rods show. Vegas Rat Rods is in its 3rd season and has become wildly popular. The T.V. show made his business grow, but not without growing pains because, they can’t keep up with the public needs. They are THAT busy. Steve also producing short films, music videos, and creative man-interior designs. Most recently, he created the set design, costumes, props, and vehicles featured in the Five Finger Death Punch “House of the Rising Sun” music video. Steve also designed the whole interior décor of his show room at his shop.
How long have you been interested in this type of work?
I started building Rat Rods about 2007. My dad was a welder and I and I learned fabrication, I grew up in the atmosphere. I spent a lot of time in my room as a child with mismatched model cars, which became the rat rods of today.
How long does it take to complete a rat rod restoration?
If I do it myself, it takes 2 & a half months. If my crew assists me, it takes 10-12 …days maybe 3 weeks.
Do you design your rat rod concept a head of time?
Usually have the ideas already in my head. Although I do have an artist on board that can draw up plans if needed.
What was your most challenging rat rod to make?
All of them. Everyone is a challenge. His favorite and first project was when he put a 5.9 liter Cumming’s diesel engine from a Dodge pickup truck into a 1933 Dodge sedan.
Where do you find or locate most of the parts to make a rat rod?
Junkyards all in the desert. Everywhere and anywhere, sometimes out of state, like Montana.
Who and when started the rat rod’s idea?
1950’s with hot rods, not really sure, but they weren’t called rat rods. They were called jalopies.
Is there a connection between rat rods and the Mad Max movie?
Yeah, I think so. Steampunk and Desert people…. a lot of similarities.
- When would the dog program get started?
It will be starting in the next few weeks.
- How long has the cat program been going?
It’s been going for six years now.
- How many cats have been saved?
Over one hundred cats have been save through the All Fur Love society.
- Are cats still waiting for a home?
To spend some time with the cats before they go home
- What is the process of adopting a cat?
Contact the All Fur Love society for and adoption application.
- How will the dog program work?
We will be training the dogs to get along with other dogs.
- Where will the dog program be?
At our Cheyenne site in the back building.
- What kind of dogs are you going to have?
I’m sure there will be several breeds, it depends on the owners of the dogs, but it will mostly easy going dogs.
- How old are the dogs when you get them?
Again, it depends on the owners about how old the dogs will be.
There are so many ideas that people can think of when deciding what to create for either family or friends around the holidays. Here’s an idea that Circle’s thought of that you will have a lot of fun making.
Terra Cotta was used a long time ago back when dinosaurs existed. It was found buried in ash. People used the clay to make sculptures then they would put it in the fire Terra Cotta figures were created below open fires. The Chinese were pretty good at making works of art out of clay and they are also responsible for making the big works of art known to man. The Egyptian, Greeks and Persians also made Terra Cotta creative art as well.
- Terra cotta pot
- Glue Gun
- Glue stick
- Pipe cleaners
- Googly eyes
- Pom pom
Step 1: Lay out materials on table
Step 2: Heat up glue gun
Step 3: Glue red pomp pom to bottom center of Terra Cotta pot
Step 4: Glue Eyes towards top of the nose
Step 5: Bend pipe cleaners to form antlers
Step 6: Place antlers inside pot
We all know that the Holiday time can be crazy and there is always someone who we may forget to get a gift for. Circles Magazine has a solution for those forgotten one or the last minute invite to a person’s home for the Holidays. We made this Lollipop bouquet it is so easy to make that you may want to have your children help with making it. It serves 2 purposes one as a decorative centerpiece on the Holiday table and when dinner is over you can pass out the lollipops to have guest eat.
2 big bags of DUMDUM lollipops
1 small flowerpot
1 small half round dry foam (used for artificial flowers)
Decorations of your choice
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Step 1- Decorate your flower pot to your likings.
Step 2- Glue on the dry foam to the top of the flowerpot.
Step 3- Start pressing in the stick end of the lollipops into the foam until all of the lollipops are on the foam.
Step 4- Now you will have a gift to bring and will not show up empty handed again.
A dreidel is a four-sided spinning top with Hebrew letters on all four sides, traditionally played as a game on Hanukkah in Jewish homes all over the world, and rules may vary.
How to Play:
You will need:
2 or more players
betting tokens (poker chips, chocolate coins, shelled peanuts, etc.)
a flat surface for dreidel spinning
Step 1: Divide the tokens evenly among the players. (dole out a minimum of 10-15 tokens per person)
Step 2: Each player adds one token in the pot at the beginning of every round.
Step 3: Figure out your own solution on who goes first. (heads or tails, roll of the dice, paper rock scissors, eeny meeny miny moe, etc.)
Step 4: The players take turns spinning the dreidel once during their turn.
Step 5: If the dreidel lands on Nun ( נ) do nothing.
Step 6: If the dreidel lands on Gimmel ( ג) take all the tokens.
Step 7: If the dreidel lands on Hey ( ה) you win half the pot. (In case of an odd number of tokens, the player takes half of the total plus one.)
Step 8: If the dreidel lands on Shin ( ש) you have to put one of the tokens into the pot.
Step 9: Whenever the pot is empty or gets down to one token everyone adds a token.
Step 10: A player is out when he/she is out of tokens. Play continues until one player is in position of all the tokens.
And all those letters stand for:
Nes Gadol Hayah Sham