Before we plan for all the fun accessories it is better to be safe than sorry. In case it rains, make sure to bring an umbrella as well as a light raincoat or a poncho to keep you from getting too wet. If you have allergies, make sure to bring your epipen or any other medication that is prescribed to you. Always carry a small first aid kit because you never know when you will need it.


Now on the fashion, typical tropical fashion usually includes loose fitting clothes with bright and vibrant colors. So bring your bright floral pattern Hawaiian shirt, tank tops, shorts, and sandals for the hot weather. Ladies if you want to dress up, long summer dresses are always flattering for a night on the town. Always bring at least SPF 30 to protect any skin that’s not covered by your clothes.

Kids and fun

If you are taking your kids on this getaway make sure to bring items to keep them entertained. On the flight over you can bring coloring books, and other electronics like a portable DVD player or MP3 with some of their favorite shows and music. When you take a trip to the beach, you can bring toys like beach balls, water guns, and buckets and shovels for building fun sand castles. Make sure to bring a cooler to keep your child’s favorite snacks, foods, and drinks nice and cold. We hope you have a wonderful trip!

Article By: Jeremy Holland

Layout By: Michelle Frese, Josef Thomas, Dana Caenen, Daniel Romero

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Robert Klag, Leslie Hills and Jeffrey Luckinbill

Putting together the Tropical Leis requires the following Items:


36 inches of any colored yarn

12 cut out flowers, (made into fans) hole punch in middle        

21 different colored straws, each 2 inches long

Benjamin Puentadera and Heidi Pearson


Assemble starting with 1 two inch straw, inserting straw at the end of yarn that is laid out straight on a table, push to end.

Insert hole punched flower through the yarn until it reaches the colored straw.

Continue putting 1 flower then 2 straws for this process until all parts are inserted. Tie off the yarn with each end and make sure all items are close together with no spaces.

Written by: Jennifer Cornstuble

Photos by: Briana Brooks

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“Tropical fish”, Where do you think they would be? Probably anywhere but in the desert would fit that description. Especially not in Las Vegas. But, there is a store here that has tropical fish. In fact they have “Trop” in the name! That place is Trop Aquarium at 3125 E. Tropicana Ave.

Trop Aquarium is a massive tropical fish store. With so many fish to sell and so many tanks, you would think that it would be hard to keep track of it all. For the most part it probably is; but as we interviewed Nicole, the Manager of Trop Aquarium, she seems like a person who will take charge of any situation at the store.

Nicole, Manager of Trop Aquarium

Q: Why did you choose Las Vegas to open the shop?
A: “The store started in California, then moved here in 1978 and we been here for 41 years.”
Q: Are there any major competitors for your fish?
A:“There are others, but not really any competition.”
Q: Why did you do a video tour on YouTube?
A:“The more exposure the better!”
Q: What is your busiest time of the year?
A: “Summer is the slowest time, but we are busy all year round.”
Q: Do you have any more locations where people can get tropical fish?
A: “This is the only location.”
Q: How many different tropical fish do you have?
A: “Hundreds of different kinds of fish.”
Q: Which type of tropical fish do you have more of freshwater or saltwater? How many of that type do you have?
A: “Freshwater fish, there is too many fish to keep inventory of, but it’s a 2/3 majority.”
Q: Which fish is you’re most popular to sell?
A: “The Feeder Goldfish.”
Q: Where do you get your fish from?
A: “Most fish are imported from Los Angeles.”
Q: Do you instruct customers how to care for the fish?
A: “Absolutely, we do instruct customers how to take care of their fish.”

Trop Aquarium’s team, led by Nicole, is a nice knowledgeable staff. She and her team helped us learn not only about their fish that they sell, but also about their environment . So the next time you decide to go to buy a fish, go to the Trop Aquarium!

Written by Justin Freeman

Interviewer: Justin Freeman
Photography: Tim Roberts and Derek Gendvil
Recording/Audio: Kyren Ford
Photography Scout:Robert Klag

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When you think about tropical clothes what do you think of? Our team had a lot of fun with that question. We let our creativity run wild. Here are some interpretations of tropical clothes that the Circle’s team came up with.

Art work by: Amy Toner, Daniel Frederick II, Elizabeth Suarez and Stephanie Schoppmann

Layout by: Eric Washington, Austin Green Nathaniel Carney and Josef Thomas

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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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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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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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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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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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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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