Egg hunt at Trails Park in Summerlin……April 13

All Summerlin resident kids are invited to take part in the Annual Summerlin Egg Hunt named Eggstravaganza. The location is the Trails Park Ball Fields and the egg hunt will take place on Saturday April 13 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The address of the Trails Park (for your GPS) is 1910 Spring Gate Lane, Las Vegas 89134.

All the little Summerlin residents can run around the Trails Park in search of goodies to find, plus games to play and receive prizes. There will be some eggstra special guests – maybe even the Easter Bunny after all this event is only a week before Easter. Everyone should have a fun time especially the eggs hunters.

Starting on March 25 you can purchase Egg Hunt passes in advance for $5 each. Day-of event passes are $8 each and may be purchased starting at 9 a.m. at The Trails Community Center. Proof of Summerlin residency is required. For more information, please call 702.341.5500.

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NEWSIES……Summerlin Library…..April 2-27 2019

Read all about it!   NEWSIES the play that was adapted for the stage from the popu­lar Disney film. Based on the 1899 true story of a courageous group of scrappy newsboys who become unlikely heroes when they rally forces to fight an unscrupulous newspaper tycoon, NEWSIES features a book by Harvey Fierstein, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and music by legendary composer Alan Menken. With its exciting score, fun choreography, and defy-all-odds inspirational story, Disney’s NEWSIES will have you cheering — and The Summerlin Library is the place to see it.

The play takes place in turn-of-the century New York City – Newsies is the boisterous story of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged newsies. When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!

Signature Productions began in 1989 as a nonprofit community theatre company by Dr. Karl M. Larsen a local Optometrist, and attorney Victor J. Austin. Originally, the company moved into a 3500 sq. ft. storefront unit at the corner of Charleston and Decatur where they built a small 200 seat theatre. Currently, they are housed in the Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center, where they rent the space for each production.

The goal of Signature Productions is to provide a venue for young performers, designers and technicians to grow and develop their natural abilities while veteran performers, designers and technicians teach and inspire! The company has 2-3 major productions per year, usually musicals, which require approximately 4 months per production. The auditions have drawn as many as 350 aspiring artists to audition.

The Summerlin Library Theatre has 284 seats and every seat has a great view of the stage.  This is a great place to see a show.  Tickets cost $30, and offers a senior (60 and over) discount as well as student discount of $28 per ticket and children tickets are $20.

For tickets and more information go to https://www.showtix4u.com/events/2

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Optimize your 401K Planning

People are living longer, which has become a problem… in that we risk outliving our retirement income. Pensions are all but unheard of outside of heavily-unionized industries and the government, and both these entities have increasingly transferred more and more responsibility to the individual worker as far as their retirement account is concerned. When it comes to employer-sponsored plans like 401(k) s, it is vital for workers, savers and investors (and you should see yourself as all three) to make the most they can out of the plans. While there are some differences with other plans, like 403(b) s, most of this advice applies fairly well across the major plans in the United States. Below is a list of ways to get the most benefit out of your 401(k).

Work Backwards – For folks who have the ambition and the financial wherewithal to truly make the most of their 401(k), one of the best ways to begin is by working backwards. Take your maximum allowable contribution (your 401(k) plan documents should make this number relatively clear, or you can ask for help), divide it by the number of pay periods in a year, and see where that leaves you.

Make the Match – Fully exploiting employer matching is one of the most vital strategies in getting the most out of a 401(k) plan. Matching is pretty much exactly what it sounds like – subject to certain rules and limits, your employer will contribute the same amount of money you contribute, effectively doubling your retirement savings without decreasing your salary or increasing your tax burden. Many employer matches kick in at 3% of your pay (or higher), so try as hard as you can to at least contribute this much. Afterall, who doesn’t like free money?

Watch the Costs – As part of some employee retirement plans, workers can avail themselves of investment advice from independent professionals. Be advised that this advice is rarely free and it may cost up to 1 to 2% of your funds to get this help. It’s understandable that many workers feel overwhelmed when it comes to calculating their contributions, and then investing that money in a relatively fixed menu of investment options. However, if the advice really is from someone who does not stand to directly gain from the advice they give, and they are qualified to help you understand the options, it may be well worth it.

Consider Borrowing – For workers who save some funds in a 401(k) but find that they cannot contribute more, because they are saddled with expensive debt, there may be a counter-intuitive option. Most plans have provisions that allow employees to borrow funds from their own account. This money comes relatively free of strings ( as what the funds can be used for), and it is possible to use it to repay much more expensive debt, like credit card debt. This money does not come free, but the good news is that the interest charged is basically being paid to you.

Additional Options – What do you do if you have maxed out your 401(k) or you really hate the investment options offered? In most cases, it is allowable to have a Roth IRA and 401(k) and contribute to both in the same year. The Roth IRA contributions are not deductible, but the money put aside this way can still accumulate tax-free over decades.

Once you have contributed as much as possible to these tax-sheltered accounts, there are still other ways to save for retirement. People who are lucky to have maxed out their 401(k) or IRAs in a year can consider buying and investing in annuities. There are a lot of problems with annuities – they can carry high sales loads, they typically have high expenses and sponsors have continually transferred more risk to the investor. All of that said, money in an annuity can accumulate without year-to-year taxation, and it is a worthwhile option if protecting even more retirement savings from the taxman is important.

Additionally, you can invest in real estate. The gains are not calculated until/unless you sell, and your tenants pay your mortgage, adding to the wealth created by the appreciation.

Speak up 
– Notifying your employer about a deficient plan can be an effective means of improving your options (and those of your co-workers). If you do not like how a plan is organized or the investment options on offer, say so. Keep in mind that many employers choose 401(k) plans on the basis of what is cheapest and most convenient to offer, and they may not even be aware of its deficiencies. While it is true that many workers do not like to be a squeaky wheel, and some companies are certainly apt to be more responsive than others, doing nothing is a pretty good way to ensure that the plan will get no better.

Careful savings is not likely to be the gateway to becoming a millionaire or independently wealthy, but it can at least go a long way towards ensuring a more comfortable and desirable retirement. Whatever the specific plans being offer to you, be it a 401(k), a 403(b), an IRA and so on, make sure to contribute as much as you can afford and take full advantage of your opportunity to save money for the future.

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Winter is over and swimming lessons are almost here!

Mark your calendar for March 30 – that is the day you can sign up for swimming lessons at the Willows Community Center.   Sign up is from 9 a.m. to noon at the Willows Community Center and the Trails, Gardens and Vistas Community Centers, have not announced their sign-ups yet.

This summer, The Summerlin Council will offer a variety of swim classes for Summerlin children ages three years and older. Qualified instructors from Aquatic Services provide lessons that include learning fundamentals and enhancing skills for your children.

Classes are $65 per session for Level 1, $70 per session for Levels 2 – 6. Instructors must approve advancement of your child to the next level class. If unable to perform the basic requirements of the class for which you have registered, The Summerlin Council reserves the right to place your child in a lower level class or refund your registration fee. For more information, please call 702-341-5500.

The street address for the Willows Pool is 2775 Desert Marigold Lane and for swimming lessons schedule click here: http://summerlink.com/willows-pool-sessions

The following are the times and dates the pool is open for use.

Spring Hours
May 5 – May 20, 2018
Saturdays and Sundays only
12 to 5 p.m.

Summer Hours
May 24 – September 3, 2018
Everyday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fall Hours
September 8 – 30, 2018
Saturdays and Sundays only
12 to 5 p.m.

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Death Valley is expanding…….land bill added over 35,000 acres to the National Park

Did you know that Death Valley is only 100 miles west of Las Vegas?  I know you wouldn’t want to go there in the summer; however it is nice to go see at other times of the year and take in the beauty of the park.

A major lands bill was approved by Congress last week and part of this bill is to add over 35,000 acres to Death Valley National Park that presently is 3.4 million acres.  In 1849 a party of pioneers taking a shortcut to the goldfields of California stumbled into what is known now as Death Valley. The pioneers were desperate for water, and they too found salvation in the springs at Furnace Creek – one of the few areas in the park that has civilization.

Before the pioneers, the Timbisha Shoshone Indians lived in the valley for centuries. They hunted and followed seasonal migrations for harvesting of pinyon pine nuts and mesquite beans with their families. To them, the land provided everything they needed and many areas were, and are, considered to be sacred places.

Over the years from the mid to late 1800’s many distinct groups of miners and settlers came through Death Valley – for more information click on this link https://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm

Presently you can explore this national park however it is advised to go on a guided tour.  There are also several hotels and other lodging in Death Valley. The Stovepipe Wells Village concession offers resort accommodations and limited recreational vehicle camping with full hookups in the Stovepipe Wells area. The Inn at Death Valley is a privately-owned historic inn that provides first class resort accommodations in the Furnace Creek area.  There is also the Ranch at Death Valley (formerly Furnace Creek Ranch) that currently is undergoing extensive remodeling. The private Panamint Springs Resort offers resort accommodations and camping.  There is also Scotty’s Castle that is closed until 2020 due to extensive flooding in the Grapevine Canyon from a severe thunderstorm that has destroyed the road to Scotty’s Castle and caused damage to buildings in this area.

There are many camp grounds available if you like to “rough it”.  There are also many places to eat from fine dining in the hotels to more casual eating spots and a few general stores where you can get a sandwich and supplies.

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Super Summer Theater is NOT going away… despite what you may have heard

Many of us have heard the news that Bonnie Springs Ranch has been sold and will have new owners very shortly.  The intent is to develop a high-end housing community. However, a lot of people are confused and think that means the Outdoor Theater run by Super Summer Theatre is closing as well……Not true.  Super Summer Theater is at Spring Mountain Ranch, which is next door to Bonnie Springs. It is a different entity entirely and is alive and well and hopefully will continue to be around for long, long time.

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park with beautiful views of the Las Vegas Valley is between Bonnie Springs & the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation. In addition to the theatre, visitors can explore some of the oldest buildings in Nevada, a 1860s blacksmith shop, the Sandstone Cabin that was home to the founding family and the ranch house. Hiking trails throughout the park, in addition to tree-shaded picnic sites with tables and grills, make day trips to the park a family favorite.

For over 40 years, Super Summer Theatre at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park has offered a variety of outdoor shows to enjoy. The venue is exactly 10 miles west of the 215/West Charleston intersection.  June, July & August performances run Wednesday –Saturday and September’s production runs Thursday – Saturday).

A couple of interesting facts about Bonnie Springs- The “Bonnie” in Bonnie Springs Ranch comes from Bonnie McGaugh, the woman who purchased the ranch in 1952.  McGaugh, a one-time dancer and showgirl, passed away in 2016.

While she purchased the ranch in 1952, the ranch’s history dates back to 1840.  The zoo at Bonnie Springs Ranch started when the owner took in two pygmy goats from (wait for it) Wayne Newton.

We surely will miss Bonnie Springs Ranch with its “wild west” feel and are thrilled to say Spring Mountain Ranch will still be open for many different activities especially the Super Summer Theatre.

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2018 housing numbers are in for the Las Vegas valley

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If you would like to see home price appreciation in the Las Vegas valley by zip code, just click here… before you do though… try to guess how much your zip code appreciated.

Was your guess close? Some areas appreciated by double digits!

2019 may (or may not) present a different picture. There are currently more than double the number of homes for sale compared to a year ago… and closed sales are down approximately 15% compared to a year ago. If you remember your economics class, when the supply increases and the demand decreases… well… that changes things.

What do you think will happen to home prices in 2019 in the Las Vegas valley?
Comment below.

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