Grab your Kids and Take them to Fox Hill Park in Summerlin

Summerlin, the award winning master-planned community is home to the adventure play-themed Fox Hill Park that opened in December 2017. The park is incredible – perfect for keeping your kids active with many great features that they will want play on (and you will want to join in the fun).  They might even forget about video games.

The large park sits on 18-acres in the Paseos Village next to Vassiliadis Elementary School, 215 Antelope Ridge Drive. The following are some of the features:

  • 13 acres of park and grass fields for free play
  • 3 slides with soft landings
  • 2 “live wire” zip lines for kids 8 years and up
  • 30 foot climbing tower called The Orange Beast
  • Frisbee Golf Course
  •  20 play structures
  • Custom swings
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Several Gazebos *No bbq pits or electrical outlets in any of the gazebos

Fox Hill Park is colorful, vibrant and is designed to keep kids moving and thinking, with the structures fueling their imagination.  Plus the park looks and feels a bit like Disneyland, only better because it’s located here. “Fox Hill Park encourages physical activity which is good for both mind and body.  Kids today need more spaces and places to run, jump, climb, roll, skip and imagine, and Fox Hill Park is just the ticket.  Its super-charged fun packaged into a wonderful outdoor park that will be enjoyed equally by kids and adults” stated Julie Cleaver vice president of planning and design for Summerlin.

The park’s design incorporates the area’s elevated and sloping topography with planted turf on a select hillside that screams, ‘hey kids, roll down me!’ Fox Hill Park is the perfect amenity for the village’s many families who call it home as well as the rest of the families in the Summerlin area.

Summerlin offers over 250 parks of all sizes that contribute to its hallmark outdoor lifestyle.  All equipment at Fox Hill Park was carefully selected and placed and has been certified by ASTM, a global organization that establishes standards of performance in a variety of disciplines, industries and products, including playground equipment.   According to Cleaver, ensuring the safety and quality of the park’s many structures was paramount.  “While fun was our goal with Fox Hill Park, safety is always the top priority.”

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Take a Break from the Heat and Make a Day Trip to Mount Charleston

Has the desert heat gotten to you yet? Well when it does and you just don’t have the time to pack up the family for a long weekend away – take a ride up to Mt. Charleston.

It is conveniently located just 35 miles northwest of the Las Vegas Strip -this beautiful mountain area, is part of the Spring Mountain Range and Toiyabe National Forest. The temperatures during the summer months are mild- usually the high for the day is 77-82, perfect to beat the heat.

Mt. Charleston is a year-round recreation area. Summer activities include hiking, camping, and nature walks. There is lodging and food available at Mt. Charleston Lodge and Mt. Charleston Hotel. The Mt. Charleston Lodge was just sold in April to a new owner that plans to retain the lodge’s name and make minor renovations including upgrading bathrooms, replacing the draft beer system and buying new furniture.

If you like to hike there are several hiking trails – Mt. Charleston Scenic Byway, Bristlecone Trail, Trail Canyon Trail, and Mary Jane Falls Trail. Some of these trails are more difficult than others so it is advised to check the trails out before you decide which trail to explore.

Before you reach Mt. Charleston visit the Spring Mountains Visitor Center. The center is beautiful visitor center and has -many interesting creative displays! The staff is very helpful and will guide you to the right trail for your abilities.

Do you and your family or friends liking horseback riding? There is the Mount Charleston Riding Stable where you can enjoy a horse ride instead of hiking a trail.

You can always just drive up to Mt. Charleston for a nice lunch at either the Lodge or the Hotel and just walk around and take in the scenery. You will think –‘wow this is only 40 minutes from Las Vegas – have to do this more often’.

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The Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade – Only 1 Week Away

It’s really hard to believe that July 4th is only one week away – this year has just flown by. My family and I love the Summerlin Patriotic Parade so much. It has become a tradition for us to get up early on the 4th of July and find a perfect spot up front on the parade route to set up our little shade structure. In fact, a few times Nicole & Emma have gotten up even earlier to run the Firecracker 5K run (this year it is the evening before at 7:00 pm for some reason). I don’t run ☺

We always have a great time and besides watching a great parade we get to meet other families that are as excited as we are to see the pageantry float by.

This year is very special as the Summerlin parade celebrates its 20th year. There are 70 bands, balloons and floats – the parade gets better every year with additions to the festivities. This year there will be a float for the Las Vegas Golden Knights to show how beloved they are in the community.

The parade travels along flag-lined streets from Hillpointe Road and Hills Center, then south on Hills Center Drive concluding on Trailwood Drive at the entrance of the Trails Village Shopping Center. Arrive early to get a prime viewing area along the route.

You get to see neighbors wrangling the big balloons and marching bands keeping in time. Some of the floats are aimed at young children with their favorite stories as the theme of these floats.

The feeling you get watching everyone taking great pride in our country and our city is pure joy and how proud we all are to be in this incredible country. There is nothing quite like it. For parade details, just go to: http://summerlink.com/patriotic-parade

I want to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July. And please be careful if handling fireworks. The air is extra dry and you can easily start a fire, or get hurt. Maybe you just want to let the professionals handle it and watch the fireworks at Red Rock Casino or at Green Valley Ranch Hotel?

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Las Vegas Little Theatre is host to the Vegas Fringe Festival

The ninth annual Vegas Fringe Festival has begun with performances from June 8 – 17 at the Las Vegas Little Theatre at 3920 Schiff Drive near the corner of Spring Mountain and Valley View with performances in both the Mainstage and Black Box Theatres.  There are many new and established plays and performances being performed several times through the dates of the festival and the performances are no longer than 90 minutes. I, myself am performing in one of the shows entitled “Any Body for Tea?”, a whimsical story about a handsome homicide detective who learns his neighbors would “kill” to have tea with him!

So what is a Fringe?  The Fringe started in 1947 as an alternative festival that played concurrently with the Edinburgh International Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Though not invited to participate, groups of actors, musicians, and the like decided to perform at various venues on the fringe of the EIF. Robert Kemp, a local journalist,  in 1948 gave the festival the name Fringe: “Round the fringe of official Festival drama, there seems to be more private enterprise than before…” Kemp wrote.

In the United States no one organization or individual owns, controls or regulates the name “Fringe”. There are no national rules for how each individual festival operates; festival content, finances, and structure vary from city to city.  Generally, all festivals are committed to an open forum of expression that minimizes the financial risks for both artists and audiences. Fringes work hard to keep production fees and ticket prices low so that more people can participate in the festivals.

The performances are not censored – you will find anything from bawdy to family-friendly.  Fringes are a vast variety of genres and feature a wide array of original material—sometimes by design, but usually because that’s what Fringes do naturally well.  The festivals take place in many different cities and countries and can last a few weeks.  In Las Vegas the Fringe lasts for 10 days.

Now you know what a Fringe is – so what is stopping you from getting tickets – there is still time. The website is http://www.lvlt.org/fringe2018

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Lake Las Vegas is the Perfect Weekend Getaway

If you’re lucky enough to live in the Las Vegas Valley and want to have a couple of days with a change of scenery without several hours of driving, Lake Las Vegas is the perfect stay-cation destination. The 320 acre man-made lake, Lake Las Vegas is the centerpiece of this high-end residential resort community.

The area looks and feels like you have been transported to a small village in Italy with a lake at its center. When you drive into the area you will see two hotels- Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa that is adjacent to MonteLago, a Tuscan inspired Village at the Lake, including a marina with water sport activities, weekend concerts, boutique shopping, eclectic restaurants, championship golf courses and The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa a newly renovated hotel also near MonteLago village.

What a great place to escape to for Father’s Day weekend (or just about anything else). Reflection Bay Golf Club by Jack Nicklaus offers a 32,000-square-foot clubhouse featuring a full golf shop, as well as casual and fine dining. The facilities at Reflection Bay provide the perfect setting for VIP golf groups, corporate outings, celebrations and weddings. Also Reflection Bay offers some truly unique lifestyle experiences including a private white sand beach, paddle boarding, and access to the La Contessa and Lady of the Lake yachts. You also can experience one of the most unique concert events in the world with a floating stage turning Reflection Bay into a beachside venue like no other.

The picturesque MonteLago Village offers summer concerts, live entertainment and holiday festivities plus some wonderful lakeside restaurants offering many types of cuisines where you have the option to dine inside or out. There are also many boutiques to shop in and a unique upscale grocery shop – Seasons Grocery.

The lake itself has many activities to partake in like Stand Up Paddleboard, Kayaks and Pedal Boats, Fly board and Jetpack Experiences or Electric Boat Rentals. There really is something for everyone to have a fun lake experience. Go to http://www.lakelasvegas.com for more information and reservations.

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Nothing Says Summer To Me Like Thrifty Ice Cream

I just learned that Albertson’s is buying Thrifty ice cream. Growing up in Sacramento we used to get Thrifty ice cream all the time. You walked into the Thrifty Drug Store and immediately on your left there was an ice cream counter (and a water fountain). If you wanted to go into the drug store, you actually had to go through a turn-stile. I can remember getting my allowance of ten cents every Friday (yes I got an allowance for doing chores – which will probably be another blog post someday about the parents that are ruining our country by not having their children to chores, but we’ll save that for another day… where was I… oh, yes) my brother and I would get our allowance and walk to Thrifty with dad and/or mom and blow a whole week’s allowance on a “double-dip” (a single was five cents and you guessed it, a triple was fifteen). The serving implement was this special scoop that you only saw at Thrifty and it made each scoop into an almost perfect cylinder.

At some point, that drug store closed and I did not run into a Thrifty, anywhere for many years afterwards. About 5 or 6 years ago, I was driving down Durango and this gas station advertised that they had Thrifty ice cream. Was it THE Thrifty? And if so, how? I stopped and went inside and it WAS the real Thrifty ice cream; with the real scoop. Since that magical day, I have run into probably 6 or 7 other places that serve it, and I have shared this wonderful treat with people I care about. I remember going into a place that advertised Thrifty ice cream and when I ordered my treat, the man pulled out a regular ice cream scoop – I stopped him and asked him where the cylinder scoop was and he said it was too expensive… saddened, I told him I did not want the ice cream. I know that’s silly, but this was the ice cream of my childhood and every other place in Las Vegas that I had found it used the nostalgic scoop. There’s just something warm and fuzzy for me about cylindered scoops of Thrifty ice cream for me. I think we all have things like that… at least I hope we all do!

According to Burt Flickinger, managing director of Strategic Resource Group – a retail consulting firm, “Thrifty ice cream is the greatest power brand that any drugstore has created anywhere across America,” No matter what’s happened to the retailer over the years, the brand has always been a key foundation for the ongoing viability of Rite Aid because of the tremendous loyalty to Thrifty.”

This past February Albertsons Cos. owner of grocery chains including Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions and Safeway announced that it would be acquiring Rite Aid and part of the purchase will include the Thrifty barman as well as the El Monte factory where the ice cream is made.

A Rite Aid executive said this week that Albertsons plans to keep the Thrifty brand alive and will sell the ice cream in its grocery stores. Thrifty ranks among Los Angeles’ longest-standing junk-food icons. The name has been displayed proudly on storefronts since 1929, when brothers Harry and Robert Borun and their brother-in-law, Norman Levin, opened the first Thrifty drugstore at 4th Street and South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.  Over the years Thrifty grew into the largest drugstore chain on the West Coast.

Albertsons already sells ice cream under its own private-label brands, including Signature Select and Lucerne. But there seems to be room for one more store brand — if that brand is Thrifty.  “Albertsons is buying Rite Aid to increase customer frequency,” said Lloyd Greif, a Los Angeles investment banker. “People come in for a prescription and it gives them the opportunity to sell other products. Thrifty is another reason to come into the store.”

I can’t wait to see the Thrifty brand being sold at all the Albertsons stores and I want the people from other areas of the country that never heard of Thrifty to try their ice cream – and find their own experience with this glorious product – WARNING you might get hooked.

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The Free Jazz in the Park Concert Series is back for the 29th Year

Most visitors think Las Vegas is all about gambling and glitzy shows, however we locals know better.  The Clark County Parks and Recreation District has offered the Jazz in the Park Concert Series for the last twenty-eight years and has already kicked off its twenty ninth series.

The concerts are held at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheatre located at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway and the concerts are and the parking are free!  If you are planning to go with a picnic basket along with a blanket or low back chairs seating starts at 5 p.m. with performances starting as early as 6:30 p.m.  There is food and beverages for sale on site as well.

The next performance is this Saturday May 26 featuring Diane Schuur.  Ms. Schuur nicknamed “Deedles”, is an American jazz singer and pianist.  She has been blind from birth and has the ability of absolute pitch memory plus a clear vocal tone.  Schurr has won Grammy awards for best female jazz vocal performance in 1986 and 1987 as well as three other Grammy nominations.

Schuur has released 23 albums and has started to her jazz range to include the spirit of country music, pop and Latin gospel.  Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra was her most successful album- it stayed at number 1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts for 33 weeks.  She has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and the White House.

On June 2 the show will be The Groove Project, that is comprised of three well recognized artists: Oli Silk who is a British smooth jazz keyboardist as well as producer and composer,  the Saxophonist Marcus Anderson is the golden child shining among stars who has topped the charts on Billboards Smooth Jazz and Sirius XM’s Watercolors, and Guitarist JJ Sansaverino is an outstanding performer who has a “take no prisoners” performance attitude. Over the past 25 years, he has reached millions touring the world with his “a la Santana meets Benson” musical style.

On June 16 Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers will be performing.  Abair has had two Grammy award nominations – she is a vocalist as well as a saxophonist and author.

In her solo career she has produced ten number 1 radio singles as well as two number 1 Billboard Jazz CD. Abair performed with the rock band Aerosmith for their 2012 Summer Tour and has joined Bruce Springsteen and Max Weinberg for a night at the Beacon Theatre.

Past performances this year included Ghost-Note, Bill Frisell, and Tony Scherr & Kenny Wollesen.

For more information you can call Clark County Parks and Recreation at (702) 455-8200 or visit their website at http://bit.ly/2x2zX5b. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on Twitter and Facebook

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