Summerlin is collecting toys for Foster Care Kids for Christmas

The master-planned community of Summerlin once again is holding a special toy drive for foster care kids in Southern Nevada.  The community is accepting new unwrapped toys in Downtown Summerlin up until December 14.

This is such a worthwhile cause so don’t be a Grinch – no child should go without a gift for the holidays.  Last year the toy drive was exceptionally successful – Tom Warden, senior vice president of community and government relations for Summerlin, stated this year will be even stronger.  The toy drive is organized by Lawrence Weekly for the children of the Department of Family services.

There are a few toy drop-off points in the Summerlin community.  They are:

Downtown Summerlin Concierge located in the breezeway of One Summerlin – opened from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Summerlin Corporate Office at 10801 W. Charleston Blvd, third floor from 8a.m. to 5p.m.

Summerlin HOA South in the Breezeway of 1980 Festival Plaza Drive – suite 340 Monday thru Friday 9a.m. to 5p.m.

Summerlin HOA North at 2120 Snow Trail Monday thru Friday from 9a.m. to 5p.m.

The Ridges Custom Home Sales Center, 11277 Marble Ridge Drive that is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The toy drive is the fifth annual in Summerlin and over the last few years over 20,000 toys have been donated according to Commissioner Weekly.

This is such a worthwhile cause – so if you can donate a new unwrapped toy please do and know you are responsible for putting a smile on a child’s face this holiday season.

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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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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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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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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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“Oh What a Night” at the Summerlin Library

Who loves Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons?  Everyone!  Good news for Las Vegans –“Oh What a Night” will be performed at the Summerlin Library from October 17 to November 10 by Signature Productions.

The show is packed with many of the group’s songs so you will be dancing in your seats and maybe in the aisles.  Take the whole family to see this performance – Signature Productions always does a great job with any play they produce and the you would never guess that the actors are all amateurs.

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 (I have seen at least 3 there).  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/boxoffice.php?submit=Search+for+Events&begin=1542968&current_client=0919260609022

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Looks like there are going to be more changes to laws on short term rentals.

As we are all aware Las Vegas and Clark County has seen a growth in population and the housing market in the last few years.  With growth comes change – and we will see changes in laws regarding short term rentals.

Make sure to check the HOA rules on rentals to start before you do anything. Almost all HOAs have a minimum of 30 day leases required and some are as much as a year.

To bring those who do not know the current rules here are what is currently on the books:

1) City of Henderson – minimum 30 day lease

2) Unincorporated Clark County – Minimum 30 day lease

3) City of North Las Vegas – no rules at this time

4) City of Las Vegas – You must apply for, and get approved, for a special use permit – only 167 approved to date – approval process includes inspections by the city, the neighbors giving their approval, the HOA approving, getting city and state licenses, paying hotel room tax, etc.

As a recent article in the RJ stated – there are approximately 3,000 illegal short term rentals in the city of Las Vegas and another 4,000 in the county. Last year, in the entire valley, there were over 500,000 booked nights in the short term rentals. In 2012 it was less than 20,000.  That is quite a difference!

If you don’t think the hotels have taken notice of this jump in short term rentals you may be enjoying the recent marijuana law changes too much.

Last week, Lois Tarkanian, proposed a revision to the law eliminating short term rentals in the City of Las Vegas. There are a number of reasons for this:

First and foremost– a short term rental is a commercial enterprise (like a liquor store or an auto repair shop) and people don’t want those in residential areas.

Second – the number of complaints the police, and government officials, have received have skyrocketed. Complaints such as loud parties at all hours of the night, cars parking and blocking neighbors driveways, trash and damage to neighboring homes, fighting, belligerent people, the list goes on and on.

Third- many lawsuits by other commercial businesses (like liquor stores or auto repairs shops) have been denied because they wanted to open in a residential neighborhood.

Fourth- lawsuits by owners who have been denied permits to have a short term rental stating that the process is unfair.

Fifth – lawsuits by people living in the city and county against the city and county for not enforcing the laws that are on the books.

There is a lot of support in the council for this change, and you can bet there is a lot of money pouring in from the hotels to encourage passage of this law. It was not in the article but the county code enforcer said that the city is not processing any more applications until this is resolved. He also said that the city, county and Henderson are “aggressively” going after people who are illegally doing short term rentals sending out up to 500 cease and desist orders per week. People, who are trying to hide their addresses from the ads and think they won’t get caught, are getting caught by code enforces posing as potential tenants. With a $1000 a day fine, this is turning into a big money maker for the various cities and counties. I guess someone has to foot the bill for all the Tylenol (from the headaches…)

I did a short 4 minute video on this subject in February 2018 – click on this link to view (https://youtu.be/gk5FszAemUs)

As I learn more I will pass it along!

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