The Oscars are a set of awards given annually for excellence of cinematic achievements  the Oscars statue is officially named the academy award of the merit and is one of the type of academy awards the Oscars are given in more than a dozen countries annually the types of awards are Grammy awards, Emmy, Tony and the golden globes.

The awards are for the followings category: The Grammy are for music, the Emmy are for television and tony are for theatre and the golden globe is for motion pictures and television programs

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basket of treats 

By Mollie Colon and Sondra Roehr

 

Gift giving can be very stressful not to mention expensive. Trying to find the perfect gift at the right price is a very difficult task. But there is an easier way to make sure that  everyone on your list gets something that they love. Try making gifts for the special people on your holiday list. Making gifts doesn’t require you to construct something from scratch. It can be as simple as putting a few personalized items into a gift basket. All it requires is a little planning ahead and you can make everyone on your list happy. 

Where to start

 

The first thing you need to do is make a list of who you want to give gifts to. Then decide which of those you will make presents for and which you will buy them for. Then you need to sit down and really think about the people that are on your “make” list. What are their favorite colors? What do they do with their spare time? Do they love the outdoors or are they content to hang out at home? Really think about their personality and style. Maybe even do some secret investigating and ask them questions. They won’t know what you are up to until they get their gift. Once you have a good feel for the recipient of your gift it is time to let your creativity loose.

 

Helpful ideas

 

If the gift is for someone that loves to cook (or wants to learn) you can put together a basket with a special cookbook and maybe some spices and cooking utensils. Another idea would be a basket with a variety of bubble baths, oils, and maybe even candles for the person that loves to relax in the tub. Customizing a t-shirt and baseball cap for someone is a nice way to show someone that you were really thinking about them. And like they always say…it’s the thought that counts.

 

Plan of Attack

 

Once you have come up with what you want to give it is time to make lists of what you’ll need. Then look around the house and keep your eyes open for items that you can recycle or repurpose for your gifts. If you are making gift baskets, check your closets and see if you have any old baskets laying around that you can put to good use. Even using your extra mixing bowls, pots, or pans can create a modern look that doubles as useful in the kitchen. That will save money and clear some clutter at the same time. Instead of purchasing a cookbook you can copy some family favorite recipes and put them into a notebook. That not only saves money, but it also makes the gift more personal. Making gifts is a great way to save money but there are many other benefits. It can become a family event that everyone looks forward to. It gives you a chance to be creative, and most of all it makes the gift extra special to the one receiving it because they know you took the time to make it just for them.

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Spotlight on Domonic Corradin, Extreme Abilities Owner/Athlete

By Dominique Clay-Brown and Cassie Hitchcock

When you think of extraordinary abilities you think of Domonic Corradin, owner and founder of Extreme Abilities.  Prior to a car accident that left him paralyzed, Domonic was active in soccer and other sports at his Michigan high school.   After the accident he wanted to turn what everyone thought would be a major setback for him into a positive outlook on his life. What started as a blog about traveling and participating in extreme sports as a way to communicate with his friends soon became “Extreme Abilities”, of which he’s been the owner for 4 years.

There are no limitations when it comes to the sports that Domonic has been involved in. He plays wheelchair basketball, road races, plays tennis, and recently started 3-wheel hand cycling.  It takes time and dedication to do what he does. To prepare him for these sports, he does 5 to 6 days at the gym and watches his diet.  When asked who his favorite athlete is, he stated, “I have no favorite athlete, I am inspired by all”.

Domonic has traveled around the world 3 times and visited multiple continents and many of the countries in Europe. He likes to meet new people, and see new places.  Besides extreme sports, he also enjoys advocating for people with disabilities everywhere he goes.  Through his travels, he finds and writes about accessible places he has enjoyed visiting.

Even though its hard work, 7 days a week, he feels great about owning his own company. He tells us that he is thankful of everything and proud of what he’s accomplished. When asked what types of skills he has that set him aside from other people he says, “I’m willing to try new things in life, and I’m fearless”.

Each Issue , Circles will spotlight a job about that relates to some of the articles in that issue. if you or someone you know has an interesting job, email us at contact@circlesmagazinelasvegas.com.

photos courtesy of Extreme Abilities

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When they are good, they make us feel great about ourselves and bring meaning to our lives.  Spending time with family and friends is really the essence of life…without other people (or our sweet fur-ball friends!) life would be very dull.  The people we know bring variety into our everyday existence and, even when the relationships stumble, they help us grow as individuals.  With the birth of Circles we have created a new team, a new branch of the Transition Services family, so to speak.  Throughout the creation of this issue, we have brought together 13 dedicated people who have poured their hearts and souls into this project.   They have focused their time and efforts to learn skills spanning from doing research, interviewing people, writing articles, taking photographs, and selling advertising.  Though the skill levels of our team range, and each person brings their own individual talent to contribute, the most important thing we have all brought to this issue is the willingness to work as a team.  We each pick up with our strengths where another leaves off.  We incorporate all the great ideas offered into our finished product.

Nobody (myself included) came to Circles knowing exactly what it takes to make a magazine successful.   Each day brings new challenges for us to face together.  One of our greatest challenges at the moment is the need for a good vehicle, and the lack of funds to purchase one.  We experience the need to transport 5-6 team members daily to interviews, photo shoots, appointments for advertising sales, and other aspects of making the magazine happen.  One of the greatest truths I have learned through my years at Transition Services, it is that the strong relationships we build in our community are the ones that truly help us along the way to success.  As members of our community, if there is any assistance you can offer to us in this regard, we would be very grateful.

We are all loving the ways we get to connect with each other, the community, and our readers through Circles.  We look forward to a long, healthy future of success and amazing experiences…together…with you.

In friendship,

Angela Esler-Whelan

Managing Editor

 

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Answers to your most

pressing relationship questions

By Danielle Burns

 

Dear Danielle: I have a great boyfriend, but he gets very jealous when I talk to other guys who are my friends.  How can I get him to understand I love him but I still have guy friends that I want to talk to?

Signed,

Confused in the City

 

   Your relationships with other men are different then with your women friends in his eyes, and you need to sit him down and explain to him there are different people in your life. Tell him you will always love him no matter what other guys are in your life as friends.   Try to give him some special attention and love to show him how he is different from the other guys in your life.

 

Dear Danielle: I met a man at work that I want to go on a date with but I am worried about having a relationship with someone I work with.  What should I do?

Signed,

Crush on Co-worker

 

Ask him to meet you somewhere other than work to talk, or just go on a date. Act professional at work, meaning no kissing or holding hands. Check with your supervisor to make sure you know the rules at work, and that your work allows dating between co-workers before you get into a relationship.

 

 

Dear Danielle: I have been dating someone for 3 months and I am just not interested in them anymore, but they still like me a lot.  How can I break it off without hurting them too badly?

Signed,

Ready to Move On

 

Tell him the truth; that it’s not working out for you at all. Let him know that you are sorry for hurting him and would still like to be friends, and   you still can talk over the phone. There are plenty of fish in the sea, and I’m sure he will find that special person.

 

 

Dear Danielle:  I met a cute girl I want to ask out, but I am really shy.  How can I start a conversation with her and what should I talk about?

Signed,

Shy in Sin City

 

Start by finding out what she likes to do like what movies and T.V shows she likes to watch, her hobbies, sports she likes to play, etc.  Asking her these things first will help you to build up confidence to ask her out. If you’re too shy to ask her yourself, ask her mom, friends, brothers or sisters, or roommates what kinds of things she likes to do.  It might help to practice in front of a mirror or with a friend.

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American Red Cross

(702) 791-3311 | www.redcrosslasvegas.org
Helping people prevent, prepare for and respond
to emergencies.

Better Life Mobility

(702) 876-9606 | www.Betterlifemobility.com
Specializing automotive mobility for everyone.

Blind Connect

(702) 631-9009 | www.blindconnect.org
Connecting blind people to their peers, available
services & resources and their community at large.

Clark County Social Services

(702) 455-5722 | www.co.clark.nv.us
Provides assistance in financial, medical and
counseling.

Desert Regional Center

(702) 486-6200 | www.mhds.nv.gov
State agency that provides family support services
to children and adults with disabilities.

Down Syndrome Organization
of Southern Nevada

(702) 648-1990 | www.dsosn.org
Building dreams, changing lives and providing
opportunities for all.

2-1-1

A resource for finding essential services in Nevada.

Nevada PEP

(702) 388-8899 | www.nevadapep.org
A non-profit parent training center offering
information and referrals, training workshops,
and individual assistance for families of disabled
children & the service providers who support them.

ParaTransit

(702) 228-4800
www.rtcsouthernnevada.com/transit/paratransit
A shared-ride, door-to-door program for those
who are functionally unable to independently
use the RTC’s fixed-route system.

People First

www.peoplefirstofnevada.org
A Self-Advocacy Group run by people with
developmental differences throughout Nevada.

Regional Transportation
Commission (RTC)

(702) 228-7433 | www.rtcsouthernnevada.com
Provides a fixed route public mass transportation
bus system.

Southern Nevada Center for
Independent Living (SNCIL)

(702) 889-4216 | www.sncil.org
Consumer directed independent living resource
center, providing a broad range of services
designed to remove barriers preventing
independent living for people with disabilities.

Special Olympics Nevada

(702) 474-0690 | www.sonv.org
Special Olympics provides year-round sports
training and competition in a variety of Olympic-
type sports for people eight years of age and
older with developmental disabilities.

Transition Services, Inc.

(702) 740-4200 | www.tsilasvegas.com
A non-profit company providing meaningful work
and activities for people with disabilities, and
publisher of Circles Magazine.

Family Ties of Nevada

(702) 740-4200 | www.familytiesnv.org
Increasing the hope, confidence and
independence of people with disabilities and
chronic health conditions of all ages and their
circle of support through training, information,
emotional support and advocacy.

United Way

(702) 734-2273 | www.uwsn.org
Unite leadership, engage community and
focus resources to make lasting changes to
improve lives.

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Whether you or someone you know is diabetic, trying to lose weight, or just maintaining the healthiest lifestyle possible, having sugar-free dessert options is important. With only a few ingredients and a blender, you can enjoy these 2 frozen treats for dessert or even as a light meal substitute.

Vanilla Ice
Ingredients you will need:
2 cups ice
1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
1 tablespoon non-calorie
sweetener (like Truvia)
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
Fresh Mint (optional, for garnish)
Blender
Serving cup or glass

Ingredients

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructions
Always wash your hands before handling any food.

Step 1:
Combine milk and ice in the blender. You want it to be the consistency of a milkshake

Step 2: Add vanilla and sweetener and blend on high for 1 minute until smooth.

Blending

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Pour into serving glass

*Optional: add a sprig of fresh mint to garnish

dessert2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jell-o Yogurt Blend

Ingredients you will need:
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup boiling water
3 oz. package sugar-free jell-o
(any flavor you want)
Fresh Mint (optional, for garnish)
Blender
Serving cup or glass

Instructions
Always wash your hands before handling any food.

Step 1: Combine 5 yogurt, boiling water, and Jell-o in blender until smooth

Step 2: Pour into serving glasses

Step 3: Refrigerate until firm.

*Optional: add a sprig of fresh mint to garnish

Jell-o Blend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Community Resources

American Red Cross

(702) 791-3311

www.redcrosslasvegas.org

Helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Better Life Mobility

(702)876-9606

www.Betterlifemobility.com

Specializing automotive mobility for everyone.

 Blind Connect 

(702)631-9009

www.blindconnect.org

Mission is to connect blind people to their peers, to available services and resources, and to their community at large.

Clark County Social Services

(702)455-5722

www.co.clark.nv.us

Provides assistance in financial, medical and counseling.

Desert Regional Center

(702)486-6200

www.mhds.nv.gov

State agency that provides family support services to children and adults with disabilities.

Down Syndrome Organization of southern Nevada

(702)648-1990

www.dsosn.org

Building dreams, changing lives and providing opportunities for all.

 

2-1-1

A resource for finding essential services in Nevada.

 Nevada PEP

(702)388-2966

www.nvpep.org

A non-profit statewide parent training and information center offering information and referral, training workshops, and individual assistance for families of disabled children and the service providers who support them.

ParaTransit

(702)228-4800

www.rtcsouthernnevada.com/transit/paratransit

Para transit Service is a shared-ride, door-to-door program available for those who are functionally unable to independently use the RTC’s fixed-route system.

People First

www.peoplefirstofnevada.org

People First of Nevada is a Self-Advocacy Group run by people with developmental differences throughout Nevada. As citizens of Nevada, we have the right to make our own decisions and to live self-determined lives.

Regional Transportation Commission (RTC)

(702)228-7433

www.rtcsouthernnevada.com

Provides a fixed route public mass transportation bus system.

(Southern Nevada Center for

 Independent living(SNCIL)

(702)-889-4216

www.sncil.org

consumer directed independent living resource center, providing a broad range of services designed to remove barriers preventing independent living for people with disabilities.

Special Olympics Nevada

(702)474—0690

www.sonv.org

Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people eight years of age and older with developmental disabilities.

Transition Services, Inc.

(702)383-1106

www.tsilasvegas.com

TSI is a non-profit company providing meaningful work and activities for people with disabilities. 5 locations in the Las Vegas valley. Also the publisher of Circles Magazine.

 YMCA of Las Vegas

(702)877-9622

www.lasvegasymca.org

A complete and modern wellness facility serving the entire southern Nevada community.

 United Way

(702)734-2273

www.uwsn.org

Unite leadership, engage community, and focus resources to make lasting changes to improve lives.

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Do you like to invite your friends and family to

your home? Especially at the holidays, it can

be so much to entertain others, and food

is an important part of any occasion. When

serving food  it might seem easy just go to

your local supermarket and buy a pre-made

  vegetable tray and a box of cookies and call it

good, right?  We want to show you that it can

be just as easy to buy fresh food, prepare a

few simple recipes, and create gourmet food

that will impress your guests and make you

feel good about doing something yourself!

Why go gourmet?

Because food is a focus for all the

 people in your life, creating a dish yourself

  can be a wonderful way to show someone

you really care about them.  Just like making

a handmade gift, preparing good food

from scratch shows that you are

willing to take the time to offer

people you care about the experience  of something

they can’t get off a

 supermarket  shelf. As a

 chef once told us “food is

about love.”

 Prepairng your own

 food can save you

money.

When you buy prepared food, even

prepared vegetable trays,

you are paying for someone

else to do the work for you, and

the extra packaging.  By purchasing

fresh ingredients you can buy what you want ,

and even have some left over for another dish.

Consider buying vegetables at your local

Farmer’s Markets,where you buy directly from

the farmer and save the money they spend

sending the food to the supermarket.

Unless your friends are all gourmet chefs

themselves, you will likely have the chance

to introduce them to some foods they have

never tried before. Being able to share

 something new with another person is one of

life’s great treasures.  They may even ask you

for the recipe!

what makes food fancy?

 It’s appealing to look at.

  • Use recipes that have different colored

ingredients so the finished dish will be

colorful.

  • When selecting your size vegetables, cut

them into different sizes. This will add texture

and make the dish look more interesting.

  • The way it is placed on a plate or serving

tray is called plate design. Instead of just

scooping the food onto a plate, place

food carefully onto places or

serving trays in a way that is neat clean, and nice to look

at. Try using a garnish

that will highlight the dish

and enhances the colors

and flavors of the food.

Use dishes or trays that

are clean and in good

condition.

Use fresh, flavorful 

ingredients

  • Try recipes that have ingredients like fresh spices.

These can add a lot of flavor to a dish

without a lot of extra cost or hassle.

  • Use recommended dressings or sauces to

add both flavor and another way to dress up

the dish.

  • Cheese that is fresh takes on a much richer

flavor then pre-packaged cheese.

 

 

Don’t be afraid to try new cheeses like goat cheese, or Gouda.  The deli at Whole Food’s Market will allow you to taste some of cheese before you buy it. A simple cheese platter with crackers alone make a great appetizer at a party when the cheese is fresh and flavorful. We want your next get together to be impressive and full great food! We have included 2 simple recipes to your holiday entertaining started. Bon Appetit!

 

 

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A Taste for the Holidays!

Z D M N V W C O C N N X D
N S E R O A I H D I S A C
C R K C N R O N K V E Y R
H X O D O C P P G R I T A
E V L C O R M A B S K R N
E E G L P U A R L P O A B
S R A G P O E T E I O P E
E T I M O G P T I D C U R
E E G G N O G Z U O I C R
R E Z I T E P P A R N C Y
U C G C A N D Y R E K F A
T A B L E C L O T H R E I
S P I H C Q H C N U P J Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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