Freezing Temperatures Are Coming! Protect Your Sprinkler and Irrigation System!

When people move to Las Vegas they mistakenly believe the Las Vegas Valley never experiences temperatures below freezing.  Well it does and in 2007 and again in 2011 the valley experienced several consecutive days below freezing.

At that time irrigation anti-siphon and PVB (Pressure Vacuum Breaker) valves all over the Valley cracked, resulting in many, many flooded yards.  Normally anti-siphon and PVB valves cost around $85, however if you add in the laws of supply and demand prices soared to as much as $350.   As we all know water expands as it freezes and turns into ice.  It is this expansion that causes the damage.

There are several things you can do to reduce the potential for damage to your system.  If you are an engineering type of person then you can review the draining procedures.  The average homeowner would have difficulty performing this maintenance action. But there are simple steps any homeowner can accomplish to reduce the potential for damage.   The Home Depot carries decorative fake rocks and Star Nursery carries insulated covers that can be installed over the PVB.  The interior of the decorative rocks should be filled with insulation.  If insulation is not readily available then several towels or a blanket would work as a substitute

Don’t forget that it is vitally important that your pipes on the PVB are protected too.  Most hardware stores carry foam pipe insulation that is already split down the seam allowing for very easy installation.   All you need to install this product is a pair of scissors in order to cut the product to the proper length and some sturdy tape to hold it tight.

You should also check around the exterior of your home for cracks near doors and windows that can let in cold air and can cause your heating bill to rise.  Plug up any cracks you find and check the bottom of doors for drafty areas.

It is also important to have your heating unit checked to make sure it is working well. An annual check-up is a great way to prevent problems that may be on the horizon.

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Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is coming to Las Vegas

Well, you know the holidays are upon us when Santa is in town and Willy Wonka is on stage.  A great show to take the whole family to see will be at the Charleston Heights Art Center at 800 Brush Street 89107.  The dates for the show are December 7, 8, 14, 15 @ 7 p.m. and December 9, 15, 16 @ 2 p.m. Tickets are just $6 and can be purchased at www.rainbowcompany.org for tickets.

This delicious adventure is experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory.  The stage lights up light up in this enchanting adaptation of Roald Dahl’s captivating story.  The play follows the mysterious candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars.  Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy!  Four of the five winning children are not the nicest of kids– however the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie, who takes the tour along with his very likeable grandfather.  The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory… or suffer the consequences.  This is a timeless musical story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to chocolate covered life for a fun-filled holiday family treat for all.

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

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 and begins November 19th. 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

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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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