Downtown Summerlin rings in the Holidays with Holiday Parade on November 16

It’s that time of year again and we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet.  The official holiday parade in Downtown Summerlin kicks off the holiday season on Friday November 16 at 6 p.m.

So join the festivities – the streets will be lit up in holiday lights and the brand new holiday parade will feature six enchanting floats that have been inspired by favorite holiday movies.  There will also be merry dancers, festive characters and; wait… is that a little snow falling from the sky?

If you can’t make it on November 16th – don’t worry the parade will be run on both Fridays and Saturdays until December 22. All shows are free and open to the general public and start at 6p.m. on Park Centre Drive.

At 5:30p.m. you will start hearing holiday music and seeing some entertainment before the parade.

Santa Claus will also arrive in Downtown Summerlin on November 16th and reside in his Winter Wonderland Chalet located in the Macy’s Promenade through December 24th.

The chalet features a forest of mountain pines and playful deer, sculpted in hues of winter white, red, and green that transforms the area to a magical mountain chalet with a modern take on traditional holiday detail and pattern, creating a festive environment for children and adults alike to tell Santa their holiday wishes. Photo packages start at $24.99. Santa will be happy to take photos with pets on Tuesdays between 7 and 9 p.m.

I’m sure Downtown Summerlin will be adding events leading up to Christmas and when they do I will be here to keep you updated!

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Want to learn about the finer points of Hockey? – Go to Knight School!

Here is a great idea for those that don’t know much about the game of hockey and want to be “in the know” – Vegas Golden Knights University.  The Knights organization wants to help their fans with an educational program for new hockey fans.

Misha Donskov, Golden Knights team director of operations, stated “It’s important for us to give back to the community and continue to educate our fan about the game of hockey and about the Golden Knights.”  The program is five sessions long.

VGK University will take place on Vegas Golden Knights game days, and feature VGK University Sessions including hockey basics, offensive and defensive strategies, special teams and coaching preparation. All sessions will be led by Vegas Golden Knights Senior Vice President Murray Craven and Misha Donskov in a personal environment. All sessions will be tailored to fans with beginner-level knowledge of hockey and capped at a 50-person capacity. Attendees must be 21 years or older to participate.

Also VGK University will have optional skates at T-Mobile Arena before the VGK University Sessions, allowing attendees to be among the first fans to skate at the arena. Skates will be available to rent beforehand at City National Arena. Participants also receive a ticket to the respective Golden Knights game with their VGK University package.

The five-game pack costs $495, or $250 for full season ticket members and suite holders. Please note the $250 price does not include a game ticket. A portion of every package will be donated to the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation.  Click here for more information: https://atnhl.com/2RDCtV0

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Why Your FICO Credit Score Could Get a Boost in 2019

Things might be changing for the better when it comes to FICO scores in 2019.  For decades credit scores have been based on borrowers’ payment history; from mortgage to credit card payments.

Fair Isaac Corp is the creator of the widely used FICO credit score and has plans to roll out a new scoring system in early 2019.  This new system will factor in how consumers manage the cash in their checking, savings and money-market accounts and will be among the biggest shifts for credit reporting and the FICO scoring system, the bedrock of most consumer-lending decisions in the U.S. since the 1990s.

The new scoring system will be called UltraFICO Score. It isn’t meant to weed out applicants,  it is designed to boost the number of approvals for credit cards, personal loans and other debt by taking into account a borrower’s history of cash transactions, which could indicate how likely they are to repay.  This has been in the works for years; it is FICO’s latest answer to lenders who after years of mostly cautious lending are seeking ways to boost loan approvals.

This new system is occurring at the same time the consumer-credit market appears relatively healthy. Unemployment is low and consumer loan balances—including for credit cards, auto loans and personal loans—are at record highs, and lenders are looking for ways to keep expanding loan volume.

We as borrowers currently have little control over what is in our credit reports, except for the ability to contest information they believe is inaccurate. Lenders, collections firms and other parties are fed payment-history data to the major credit-reporting firms, Experian PLC, EquifaxInc. and TransUnion, and that information determines consumers’ FICO scores.  Lenders use FICO scores to help make most of their lending decisions.

The UltraFICO score will function as an appeal of sorts, likely boosting many applicants with less-than-ideal records. If an applicant’s traditional FICO score falls short, a lender can offer to have the score recalculated to reflect banking activity. Would-be borrowers with at least several hundred dollars in their accounts, who have had the accounts for a while and who transact frequently and don’t overdraw are likely to see their scores rise, FICO said.  Applicants will be able to choose which accounts they want considered when the score is recalculated.

A decade after the subprime-mortgage binge nearly brought down the U.S. financial system, consumer lenders remain wary of borrowers with low credit scores.  Banks have spent much of the past 10 years chasing creditworthy borrowers. That slice of the market, which has grown as the economy has improved, is largely tapped out.

All this has lead to lenders asking credit-reporting firms and FICO to figure out a way to help them boost lending without taking on significantly more risk. And regulators have expressed interest in exploring ways to increase access to affordable lending for consumers who have no or low credit scores.

This is an interesting fact – Of all the U.S. consumers with FICO credit scores, a record 58.2% have a score of 700 or higher on a scale that tops out at 850. The average FICO score is at a record 704.   FICO said about seven million applicants who have low credit scores as a result of thin borrowing histories would likely see their scores improve under the new system. Separately, some 26 million subprime borrowers will end up with higher credit scores, FICO said, with nearly four million seeing an increase of at least 20 points.

UltraFICO is the latest in a recent series of changes by credit-reporting and -scoring firms that are helping boost consumers’ credit scores.

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Downtown Summerlin’s Treat Street – a great safe place to take the kids on Halloween

Wednesday is Halloween and that means everyone is dressed up (even pets) for this fun holiday in Las Vegas.  Many adults are driving to parties all over the city and kids are trick or treating down the streets and let’s face it – we want everyone to enjoy themselves and be safe.

If you live in Summerlin or anywhere else in the Las Vegas Valley “Treat Street” in Downtown Summerlin is a wonderful and safe alternative for everyone.  The festivities start at 5p.m. and go until 7p.m.

The following are some of the features offered at Treat Street.  The retailers in Downtown Summerlin will hand out candy to all trick or treaters.  There will be a Spooky Block Party from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department.  The Clark County Fire Department is offering wickedly fun photos with members of the fire department.

There will be a screening of “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”. Times: 5:10pm / 5:40pm / 6:10pm / 6:40PM/ 7:10PM.  Also the “Howl-O-Ween” dog costume contest benefitting the Animal Foundation.

For the kids with allergies the Food Allergy Research & Education’s (FARE’s) Teal Pumpkin Project pop-up display will feature non-candy items for trick-or-treaters.

The Treat Street Halloween at Downtown Summerlin is a free event in a great environment for the young, and the young at heart.  Seriously we have had unfortunate car accidents on Halloween – car vs. kid – and this venue can help prevent a horrible accident.  So bring the family and enjoy all the activities.

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Today is Nevada Day – Hooray!

But what is Nevada Day?  Many people that have recently moved to the Silver State have no idea what Nevada Day commemorates – so I am here to give you a quick history lesson.

Nevada Day is a state holiday celebrated in Nevada and commemorates the state’s entry into the United States as the thirty-sixth state on October 31, 1864, and also celebrates this state’s frontier legacy. This holiday used to be celebrated on October 31s, the date of the state’s admission into the Union, but it was moved in 2000. Instead, this holiday is now celebrated on the final Friday in October.

The Nevada State Legislature decided that the holiday should always be celebrated on a Friday. And that’s because a 3-day long holiday weekend is more likely to bring tourists into the state and would generate a lot more interest in the holiday. As a result, they voted to change Nevada Day to the final Friday in October.

The following are some fun and interesting facts about our wonderful state.  The name of the state of Nevada comes from the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.  Nevada was one of two states added to the Union as a state during the Civil War (West Virginia was the other).

Other interesting facts are Nevada is the home to over 300 mountain ranges and over 300 natural hot springs.  We are also the largest gold-producing state in the United States.  From 1951 to 1992, over 900 nuclear tests were conducted at the Nevada Test Site.  Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other city on Earth and Nevada is the only state in the United States where prostitution is legal.

Nevada Day is a state holiday, which means that some banks, schools and businesses are closed in Nevada on this day. However, some banks do remain open but close their branches early. While parades and other celebrations happen across the state of Nevada, there is a particular concentration of them in Carson City (state capital).  There is a huge parade that has been held since the 1930s in Carson City and there are a number of events on this day. Events which include sporting events, concerts, a rock drilling contest and even a contest that judges who has the best beard.

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Dress up Your Dogs for the “Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest”

The 3rd annual “Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest” will be held on October 31st in Downtown Summerlin and The Animal Foundation invites you and your fur babies to join in the fun at Treat Street.

There is a $20 event donation per entry for your first dog and an additional entry donation of $10 each for second or third dogs – all the proceeds go directly to The Animal Foundation.

Bring the entire family to this adorable event – everyone will fall in love with the cutest dogs in costumes – by the end of the festivities everyone will want an addition to the family.  Remember its Halloween so the family can be decked out in costumes as well.

So dress up your fur babies to win in one of the three categories – 1: Best owner/Dog Costume Combination, Funniest Dog Costume and lastly Most Creative Dog Costume.  The prizes are valued at $250+ and all is for a great cause.

You and your dogs will have a howling good time – check in begins at 4:30 p.m. and the contest starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Macy’s Promenade. All participants must purchase entry prior to event on October 31. Pre-registration will close at 2pm on October 31st; participants may then, sign up at eventOn-Site registration is welcome pending space available. The first 50 participants will receive a tail-wagging goodie bag for donation entry.

The following are the Contest Rules

  • Entrants will be provided a participant number which must be worn / held and visible at all times
  • Dog(s) must remain on a leash at all times
  • Each dog must be accompanied by an adult (16 year or older)
  • The Judges decisions are final
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed within the event space
  • One dog / entry is not eligible for more than one prize or goody bag

Photographers and videographers will be on-site and taking photos / video of all contestants and winners for use on social media and other channels. Winners may be featured in The Animal Foundation and Downtown Summerlin post event coverage online so make sure you and your dog are “photo ready”.

Please email esheldon@animalfoundation.com with any questions pertaining to this event.

If you decide to change the dog you are entering in the costume contest you are welcome to however this change must be made before October 31 at 2 p.m.

Email esheldon@animalfoundation.com with any changes to your registration. All changes must be complete by October 31st at 2pm. Please bring your ticket to the event or have a screenshot of it on your phone. A valid ID will also be requested at event.

There is no refund policy.  If you cannot make it your registration money is donated to the animal shelter and it is tax deductible, which is fine, right?

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The Fall is a Great Time to go to the Valley of Fire

Fall is the best time of year in the Las Vegas Valley – the summer heat is over and there is crispness in the air.  Take the family on a day trip to the Valley of Fire.  It’s a short 58 mile drive northeast of central Las Vegas.

Valley of Fire is located in the Mojave Desert and is the oldest Nevada State Park dedicated in 1935.  Valley of Fire State Park covers an area of approximately 35,000 acres.  Valley of Fire was named for the magnificent red sandstone formations that were formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of the dinosaurs more than 150 million years ago (Mesozoic Era).  These brilliant sandstone formations can appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun’s rays.  Other important rock formations include limestone, shale, and conglomerates.

Valley of Fire is marked as Nevada Historical Marker #150 (Nevada’s First State Park).  Valley of Fire Road is the main road through the park.  The 10.5 mile road connects the east and west entrances of the park and was designated as a Nevada Scenic Byway in 1995.

Some of the prehistoric people of Valley of Fire included the Anasazi – they were farmers from the nearby fertile Moapa Valley. Their visits to Valley of Fire probably involved hunting, food gathering, and religious ceremonies.  There are fine examples of rock art (petroglyphs) at several locations throughout Valley of Fire.

Areas to look for at the Valley of Fire include Arch Rock, formed over many millennia to the natural arch you see today. No climbing is allowed on this rock as it is very fragile. Atlatl Rock named for a device that shoots spears.  The ancient Indians used these weapons and they are depicted in the petroglyphs (rock carvings).

The Beehives are sandstone formations that not only demonstrate the unique design that can be created by nature, but is an excellent representation of geologic cross bedding.  The Petrified Logs consist of wood that has laid outside long enough to become a fossil. The logs are several colorful tree trunks lying close to the road, safely fenced off for all to enjoy. Balanced Rock is located near the visitor center is another one of the famous Valley of Fire formations.

Mouse’s Tank is a natural balanced-rock basin in the rock where water collects after each rainfall.  A half-mile round trip trail leads to Mouse’s Tank from the trailhead parking area.  There are excellent examples of prehistoric petroglyphs on the trail.  Mouse’s Tank is named for a Southern Paiute Indian renegade (“Little Mouse”) who used Valley of Fire as a hideout in the 1890’s after he was accused of killing two prospectors and other crimes in the area. Rainbow Vista is a viewpoint in Valley of Fire State Park, where the road reaches the top of a low ridge revealing a vast area of multicolored rocks stretching for many miles northwards, rather different than the dark red cliffs found further south.

The White Domes are sandstone formations with brilliant contrasting colors and a one-mile hike.  The White Domes Trail is a moderate loop that combines sweeping desert vistas, a slot canyon, colors galore, windows, caves and a historic movie site.  Also look at the Seven Sisters is a group of 7 tall, red, eroded boulders surround by the sandy desert. You also must see Elephant Rock is a wonderful example of an arch in the shape of an elephant and its right next to the road.

Other sites to see are the Clark Memorial named for John J. Clark.  This is where his body was found on June 30, 1915. You should also try to visit Fire Canyon/Silica Dome.

Don’t miss the Visitor’s Center -Information, books, souvenirs, and exhibits on Valley of Fire and the surrounding area.  The exhibits include geology, ecology, prehistory, and history of Valley of Fire.  Valley of Fire Visitor Center Hours:  8:30 AM-4:30 PM daily.

Heck, it’s even an amazing place to get married! I have a wedding planner friend who has planned several weddings out there! Go check it out this weekend! Tell them Jeff sent ya! (just kidding – they don’t know me by name… yet)

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