The Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade

The Patriotic Parade that has been held in Summerlin is a time-honored tradition for July 4th festivities in Las Vegas for 26 years. And this year it’s back! There are plans in the works to deliver another outstanding parade day experience by putting together a unique celebration to meet the extraordinary times we’re in.

For the 27th year, you are invited to be a part of a reimagined celebration of our country’s big day – America’s Birthday Party Parade. A show like no other, this traveling party will feature eye-catching parade floats, towering balloons, and captivating performances that have become 4th of July traditions in Summerlin. No grandstands or announcer booths this year; just a 30-minute, entertainment-packed community showcase with all the pageantry and spirit you’ve come to expect.

Entries will include professionally decorated parade floats with larger-than-life displays of birthday cakes, party hats, an undersea birthday jubilee and other dazzling patriotic celebrations; giant inflatable balloons including a 25-foot birthday cake, a 30-foot American flag and 25-foot Uncle Sam Hat; exciting performances by the Drumbots, Desert Angels gospel choir, the West Las Vegas Arts Center performance ensemble, Danza del Carrizo Native American dancers, Swing It Sisters, Guan Strong lion dancers, stilt walkers and a live DJ spinning beats through the streets.  There will also be appearances by beloved cartoon characters, community mascots, princesses and superheroes. And the parade route will be lined end-to-end with American flags

The parade is free and open to the public. Spectators are asked to follow the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 guidance for mask-wearing, social distancing and hand washing. Everyone is encouraged to arrive early, wear sunscreen and bring water and hand sanitizer.

The parade starts at the corner of Hillpointe Road and Hills Center Drive, travels south on Hills Center to Village Center Circle, then turns west on Trails Center Drive ending at the Trails Park.

For more information on the parade, visit http://summerlinpatrioticparade.com

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Clever Uses for Useless Spaces

As I watched another YouTube boater during their renovations prior to their next adventure, I realized how most boats really try to utilize all of the available space, yet houses often don’t. Spaces that seem useless or wasteful are probably in a few areas of your home.  If you look at them carefully you just might see a missed opportunity to create a space that can be useful and special.

Partial dividing walls, areas below (or even above) a staircase, or little nooks or alcoves that were created by the house’s unique design are all common examples

That blank wall around a doorway doesn’t have to stay empty, and the space under the stairs isn’t just for boy wizards anymore. There are a number of ways that you can revamp these empty and otherwise useless spaces and make your home more functional and fun in the process. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

Surfaces and Seating – Look around your home at the various nooks and crannies that seem to just be empty space. With a little work, it will be easy to add seating, tables, desks, and more to these areas and make them much more functional. Once you start thinking creatively, a world of options opens up for you.

Some of the open space in your foyer could have benches added for you and your family to sit and get your shoes on in the morning, possibly with bins that slide under the benches to keep those shoes in when they’re not being worn.

A little alcove could be a great place to install a small desk or computer workstation for homework, bill paying, creative writing, or even grabbing a quick bite to eat. You could even stick a chaise lounge or part of a sectional couch in a largely unused corner to give people a private place to wind down or relax. And these are just a few examples.

Storage and Organization – Some of these seemingly useless places can be a great place to add storage solutions to your home. Shelves and cabinets can instantly transform empty walls, giving you additional storage even in the small spaces around doorways or in closets. Drawers are also great additions, as are sliding cabinet racks that pull out and then slide fully back into the wall. There are even more options available if you really want to get creative.

If your kitchen has a small dividing wall separating it from other rooms, consider adding a built-in wine rack within it to hold a few of your favorite bottles. A pull-out vertical cabinet next to the sink or stove can also be a great area to add a spice rack or store cutting boards. Wooden or wire glass racks can be installed under cabinets to hang stemmed glasses that are typically used for wine, champagne or martinis, or put hooks and hang coffee, tea or soup mugs. Bookcases are relatively easy to install, and if you have a large unused area, it might even be an ideal place to add a built-in pantry. Not only do details like these really liven up your home, but they can also help reduce clutter in other areas and make everything a bit more organized in general.

A Use for Every Space -You might be surprised at just how much space there is in your home for these types of projects. The options can increase even more if you start looking at the outside of your home or in the garage, too. While some projects might require a bit of work, others are simple modifications that can really go a long way toward improving both the look and functionality of your home.

If you aren’t sure where to start, consider bringing in an interior designer or general contractor to discuss what you want and see what your options are. You can ask me for names and phone numbers of reputable ones, after all I’m Jeff Howard – you’re Realtor for life.

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What is a Bug Zapper and how do You Use It?

I would think most people know what a bug zapper is, however, I recently talked to a guy who had never heard of one. There’s also a chance that you’ve never actually used one in real life and have just seen them used in an ad or cartoon or a TV show. Bug zappers have sort of become a part of pop culture, usually indicating that a character lives in a very rural setting and more often than not comes from the poorer side of the tracks. So let’s get rid of that mental image right now. Bug zappers are actually very useful tools that can make your home and yard a bit more comfortable when bugs that bite are out looking for a nibble in the heat of summer or even for those annoying flies that just won’t go away.

How Bug Zappers WorkWhile the “zap” in the name gives away a large part of how bug zappers work, the system is a bit more complex than just tossing out some voltage and killing wayward bugs. Inside the average bug zapper is an ultraviolet light source, which depending on the model of the zapper could be a light bulb, a fluorescent light tube or even UV LEDs. It’s this light source that attracts insects to the device, causing them to fly in between a grid of wires in hopes of reaching the light within. This is where the zap comes in; the grid contains electrified wires that provide a small shock to any insects that fly inside.  This kills them and causing them to drop onto a removable tray for easy cleanup.

Keep in mind that this is just a general description of how they work, and different models may have additional features such as scent or pheromone cartridges designed to attract specific types of insects. There also may be some differences in design between bug zappers intended for indoor use and those designed to use outside. Some small units may even be battery powered or built into the form factor of a flyswatter to make killing specific insect pests easier.

Placing Bug ZappersFor stationary bug zappers, there are two main types: Indoor units and outdoor units. Indoor bug zappers are typically only needed in residential homes if you have problems with bugs in certain areas (such as flies in the kitchen or flying bugs coming in through sliding doors in the summer.) If that’s the case, a bug zapper can be placed around the area where you have the largest problem or near the most obvious entry point.

Outdoor bug zappers are much more commonly used by homeowners, especially during the summer when everyone wants to spend time outdoors. The best locations to place bug zappers outdoors are typically around the edges of the area where you plan to spend time, such as the outskirts of a pool or play area, so that insects will be drawn to the zappers instead of the people within that perimeter. It can also be beneficial to place a bug zapper near outdoor tables where you’ll be serving food, just so long as it’s far enough away that wayward zapped bugs won’t fall out and land on the table. Garden hangers and shepherd’s hooks can be used to hold up the bug zapper units wherever you place them.

Personally, I am a big fan of the tennis racket looking zappers… those don’t attract the bugs, you have to “hunt” them, so it’s more like a game with those!

Bug Zapper SafetySince bug zappers use electricity, keep in mind that you’re likely going to need extension cords to provide them with the juice they need. This means that you’ll need cords that are rated for outdoor use, as well as a grounded outdoor outlet to plug them into. It’s also important that the zappers are mounted in such a way that pets or children aren’t going to grab them; even though bug zappers don’t provide enough of a zap to be dangerous to people or pets, it could still hurt or startle them.

Using a bug zapper can be beneficial around the house, though it’s important to remember that not all bugs will be attracted to one. For other insect pests, calling in an exterminator or other pest removal pro can be a good idea. If you are having a insect problem that a bug zapper will not help with, contact me – Jeff Howard, your Realtor for life – and I can give you a recommendation for great bug people that can solve your problem.

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International Day Of Yoga

Do you enjoy Yoga?  It seems there has been a lot of interest in yoga these days, especially during the pandemic when many people started using yoga as a way to de-stress and keep themselves in shape.

On June 21, 2021, head to the lawn at Downtown Summerlin to celebrate the International Day of Yoga.  Activates take place 7:30 – 8:30. Come and learn why so many people around the world are so into it. Be sure to bring your friends, family, yoga mat (or beach towel), and join the TruTribe for an evening of Vin/Yin with Jessica Johns & KateLynn Davenport featuring a live DJ, light refreshments, and photo ops!

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity. Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21of June as the International Day of Yoga. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.  Yoga is more than a physical activity. In the words of one of its most famous practitioners, the late B. K. S. Iyengar, “Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.”

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