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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- Old Cars, Classic Cars

When Karl Benz invented the automobile (he called it the motorwagen), little did he know that he had created an iconic and nostalgic way of life for millions of people. From his first one-cylinder, two stroke motor came morphs of engines with as many as 16 cylinders. We at Circles thought it might fun to mention some of the great vehicles that have come to be from the auto industry.

1966 Ford Mustang GT350: 1966 List Price:$4,428.00
Engine: 289 CID This particular vehicle was given the name GT350 by
Carroll Shelby when debating the name with Phil Remington, Shelby asked
“How many feet is it between the office and the workshop?” The answer
was 350 feet and thus the GT350 was the name it was given.

Ford Thunderbird: also known as the T-Bird it was produced
over eleven generations from 1955 to 2005 with 4.4 million
of them manufactured. The Thunderbird started out as a two
seater but evolved over the years to different configurations

such as convertible, four seater etc.

Chevrolet Corvette: Dubbed “America’s Sports Car” it is still in production
and a most wanted vehicle around the world. Production began in 1953
with a convertible only model and has progressed through 8 generations
of this iconic car.

Porsche: Founded in 1931 by Ferdinand Porsche who was the designer of
the Volkswagen Beetle, built the Porsche 64 using mostly VW parts, followed
by the 356. The most popular and best selling model was the 911 which was fast, sleek and admired by many care enthusiast. The 911 came to the consumer in 1963 and it’s one millionth was built on May 11,2017.

On April 28 1916, Ferruccio Lamborghini, the founder of the company that
bears his name and is known for stylish, high performance cars is born in
Italy. Today they are still putting quality high end driving machines that
are high in demand for those who can afford it.

Written by: Derek Gendvil, Kyren Ford, Robert Klag, Ben Puentadura and Ylana Dinkins

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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 – Interview with a Clark County Firefighter

The Circles team went to 575 E. Flamingo Rd, to talk to a fire fighter.

We were able to interview Greg Blackwell about what it is like to be a fire fighter.

The fire station opened in 1991, it combined 2 different stations into what is now the area fire station and the administration building.

Q. Who has been here the longest?

A. One engineer is at 36 years with the department.

Q. How many employees in total at the station?

A. 13 at station.

Q. What equipment do you use to put out fires?

A. Primarily we use the fire hose.

Q. What can you tell us about fire safety?

A. It is important to have a fire alarm and also a proper fire pan in place.

Q. How long does training take to become a firefighter?

A. Preferably the academy is 24 weeks long.

Q. Do you need any degree in the field?

A. No, GED required and 18 years of age.

Q. Who inspired you to become a firefighter?

A. My father, and the show called Emergency.

Q. How many times do they train a day?

A. They train 16 hrs. a day for fire training and 8 hrs. Of medical training a month.

Q. How much weight do you have to carry to put out fires?

A. The gear is 30lbs and the equipment is up to 100lbs .

Q. What kind of utility trucks are used throughout the day?

A. They have utilities such as pumps, water tanks, hoses, ground ladders, and tools, etc.

Q. How often do you clean and organize the equipment?

A. They keep all of their equipment clean daily.

Q. How many fires do you put out in a day?

A. On average, twice per day.

Written by: Amy Toner

Pictures by: Cassandra Hitchcock, Jeremy Holland, Eric Washington, Amy Toner and Justin Freeman.

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Issue 36# – Camping Check List

Make Sure Your Ready This Season………..

Needs for Shelter


Tent stakes/Hammer or Mallet

Ground Cloth/Cot


Bedding/Sleeping Bag

Mat or Carpet

Cooking Essentials


Water Proof Matches



Ice Chest/Cooler

Personal Gear

Pocket Watch

First Aid Kit




Pocket Knife

Flare Gun

Illustrations by: Sarah Verace, Elizabeth Suarez, Briana Brooks, Jeremy Holland, AMy Toner, Nathan Moench

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Issue #35 – The Land of Hidden Gems

The Land of Hidden Gems project began with several organizations that hosted free sewing workshops led by Amanda Browder. During this seven week sewing project Amanda Browder visited our Cheyenne worksite to demonstrate our part in the Land of Hidden Gems project.

The Land of Hidden Gems was a collaboration of recycled fabrics donated to several organizations within southern Nevada. TSI participated by hosting a sewing workshop were everyone involved learned how to stitch and sew their pieces of fabric together that would later be attached to the finished piece.

Over 150 volunteers helped install the large scale fabric to the east side of UNLV’s [Archie C. Grant] Hall Building. It was on display to the public to view from April 2nd thru April 12th 2019.

Amanda Browder is a Brooklyn – based installation and community engagement artist..

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Issue #35- Circles gets the 411 on 911

Officer C. Suey, Officer J. Staton, and Crime Prevention Specialist Denise Stride visited the Circles site to give tips for safety with strangers and people you know, the proper use of 911, and the proper use of 311.

They wanted us to know that most people are good. That most strangers are good, but not all! That it is best to have a safety plan for how to get help everywhere you go. To understand safety rules for answering the door, being on the phone, and being on the internet. To never give personal information to a stranger or someone who makes us feel uncomfortable.

That it is okay to get help from strangers if an emergency is happening to any one of us when alone, and that there is no one else close by that we know. How to clearly communicate to others that we are having an emergency. Instead of screaming out loud at the top of our lungs (which often gets misconstrued as playing) we should yell out what the emergency is to other people. “Help! There is a stranger trying to get me!”

After teaching us all these valuable safety tips they let us go check the outside and inside of their patrol vehicles, take pictures together, chat, use the lights, play with the speakers, and then gave all of us some really awesome golden badge stickers.

Know when and how to say no

Use polite clear words, eye contact, and assertive body language to say no to unwanted and inappropriate behavior. Continue to say no even when someone uses bribes, hurt feelings, or power to try to pressure you into doing something that makes you feel uncomfortable.

When to use 911

  • When there is a current threat to a person or property
  • Someone is hurt
  • Crime just happened or is about to happen
  • Presence of smoke or fire

When to use 311

When there is no current threat to people or property.

  • Someone who is in custody and is under control. Loud parties, barking dogs, non-serious injuries or illnesses.
  • Non-serious crime that occurred sometime prior.
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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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Issue #35 – Fashion Show Mall Galore With Dillard’s

Welcome to the Fashion Show Mall where the models are strutting their stuff. There are all kinds of brands and Dillard’s ran the fashion show. D.J. Captain provided the music for the show. We interviewed Christian Evans and they love their job, for various reasons. One of the reasons is that they liked to make their own schedule, and likes wearing amazing clothes. Christian likes the perks of meeting new people every day, and loves being out and about. Christian has been a real veteran since the time of childhood when they were 4 or 5 years of age (for Belk’s Catalogue).

                Christian commented on the selection process indicated that an agency submits specific jobs that they think are a good fit for the models based on the client’s needs and desires and that depend whether they hire the model for a specific job or not. In terms of picking apparel Christian claims that the stylist is the chief decision maker of selection. Christian says in terms of quantity of applications the e-mail submission process is constant; “Once we see your online submission, then we invite you for a face to face interview where you can meet our team of casting specialists.” If they like your style you could then be signed into the agency. Now in the process of getting hired an agency does their best to submit you for representation and to make sure your well protected. We asked if they had any child models? The response Christian gave was in the affirmative, since they take individuals of all ages as well as looks.

                We asked Christian if they modeled footwear? They said that typically the stylist helps put the outfit together with the matching shoes. They do photo shoots as well in addition to the apparel being modeled. So Christian claims that the foot wear is included in the itinerary of modeling. Okay, we will detour to the technical side of lighting. They use entertainment as well as, theatrical lighting according to the technician. Well readers there you have it, the galore of fashion made into a show. It is fun to watch and be in awe at the various brands of clothes. So go down to the fashion show mall and be mesmerized at the various fashions that will blow your minds galore; and while you’re there you can shop till you drop.

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Issue #34 – Our Solar System

The Solar System is a planetary system that orbits a star and all of the objects that travel around including millions of asteroids; comets and meteoroids. The solar system is the only place we know of that harbors life, but the farther we explore the more we find potential for life in other places. The solar system we call home is located in an outer spiral arm of the vast Milky Way Galaxy. It consists of the sun (our star) and everything that orbits around it. It consists of the Sun(our star) and everything that orbits around it. This includes the eight planets and their natural satellites(such as our moon), dwarf planets and their satellites, as well asteroids, comets and countless particles of smaller debris.


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