Ethel M Chocolates Factory & Cactus Garden

The Cactus Garden is open again!  Ethel M Chocolates’ breathtaking Botanical Cactus Garden is Nevada’s largest and one of the world’s most prolific collections of its kind. Based on the English landscape model of naturalistic design, the Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden features three acres of drought-tolerant ornamental, cacti, and other succulents.

Did you know that over 300 species of plants can be found on the grounds? Half are cacti and succulents largely native to the American Southwest, and the rest are desert trees and shrubs from the Southwestern United States, Australia, and South America. All of these plants were chosen both for the beauty of their floral displays and their ability to adapt to the climate of Southern Nevada.

Ethel M store, factory and gardens are located at 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson, Nevada 89014.  The telephone number is 702-435-2608.  The hours are:
Sunday-Thursday from 9am–6pm
Friday and Saturday from 9am-7pm

Besides the glorious Cactus Garden, you should also visit Ethel M Chocolates factory and have a self-guided tour of the chocolate viewing aisle and see how they make their amazing chocolates. Self-guided tour and Cactus Garden are free and open year-round!

And one of my family’s favorite holiday treats starts November 5.

Go see the holiday lights from 5pm until 10 each night thru January 2.  Stroll through the three-acre cactus garden with over a million lights twinkling & making spirits bright.  I heard you can even have your photo taken with Santa!  (Walk ins are ok, but having a specific reservation eliminates standing in line to see if you can get in.)

And don’t skip a premium Holiday Chocolate tasting experience.  Sip one of the world’s best hot chocolates on (what we consider) a cold winter evening! Plus, you can buy candy boxes for friends and family!

In lieu of collecting toy and food donations this year, a $5 non-refundable donation will be required per group of 6 people when making a garden reservation. The $5 fee will be donated to Three Square Food Bank and HELP of Southern Nevada.

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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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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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Downtown Summerlin Music Series

Downtown Summerlin announces the return of Summer Concert Series starting in June and everyone could not be happier. The weekly festivities are located on The Lawn at Downtown Summerlin every Wednesday, June 9 – July 14. All concerts are free and open to the public.

The first performance will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. with an acoustic act, followed by the first band set at 7 p.m. and a second set at 8:30 p.m.  Everyone is encouraged to bring blankets and enjoy a socially distanced evening outdoors.  Wearing masks are required at this point in time.

The working performance schedule will include the following:

June 9
Empire Records
Phil Stendek

June 16
Stoked!
Default Valentine

June 23
Velvet Elvis
Jase Naron

June 30
Guilt Pleasures
Richard Mann

July 7
Moonshiners
Illan Dvir-Djerassi

July 14
Jeremy Cornwell
Adena Sampson

Downtown Summerlin has partnered with New Vista, the largest nonprofit provider of Supported Living Arrangements for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in Nevada, to offer a VIP “Picnic on the Lawn” experience at Summer Concert Series! All proceeds from “Picnic on The Lawn” VIP ticket sales will benefit New Vista and provide services, training and housing for people living with IDD in Southern Nevada. For pricing and ticketing, visit www.summerlin.com.

Also select Downtown Summerlin restaurants will offer food and beverages for purchase, including wine and beer, on The Lawn, making it a perfect one-stop to sit back and enjoy a night out in comfort and style. Space is limited and based on a first-come first-served basis. Face masks, as of now, are required to attend. All attendees will be required to follow social distance protocols in place. Visit www.summerlin.com for details

It’s very exciting to see Summerlin come alive again and offering the wonderful amenities we all have come to enjoy.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want 3 cash offers? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

Super Summer performances are back with Dino, Judy, Frank & Babs – Hooray!!

This Musical Review will be performed at the Super Summer Theatre Studios at 4340 S. Valley View, Suite 210 Las Vegas, NV 89103. (please DO NOT go out to the ranch for this one)

Dino, Judy, Frank & Babs is A Live Tribute Show to Dean Martin, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand features some of your favorite songs made popular by these ICONIC Super Stars. Memories trickle through the music and help us remember The Way We Were, magically, as if touched by Witchcraft. After all, Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime and Happy Days remembered just make us Smile and send us Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Feeling Good we’ll be In the Mood for Love. And Love Will Keep Us Warm, sharing Friendship, always knowing they each did it their own My Way.

The theater will open up 15 minutes before the performance and the run time is approximately 90 minutes.

Performances Dates

Thursday, May 13 @ 7:30 PM PST

Friday, May 14 @ 7:30 PM PST

Saturday, May 15 @ 7:30 PM PST

Sunday, May 16 @ 2:00 PM PST

Thursday, May 20 @7:30 PM PST

Friday, May 21 @7:30 PM PST

Saturday, May 22 @7:30 PM PST

Sunday, May 23 @2:00 PM PST

Super Summer Theatre will also be back in the meadow this Summer with 3 shows!

In July – You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

In August- Viva Las POPera

In September – Smokey Joe’s Café

My family and friends are all very excited to enjoy a production from the lawn at Spring Mountain Ranch.

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The Summerlin Annual Dog Calendar will go on Sale this month

Dressed for Haloween

Summerlin residents are in love with dogs, even if they don’t have a furry family member at this time.  One bright spot in 2020 is the annual Dog Calendar – this will be its third year in publication.

Loves the Golden Knights

Downtown Summerlin does the work on it and chooses the cute dogs seen in the calendar.  Each calendar is priced at $10 and proceeds go to The Animal Foundation – a very worthy cause. Each month will be represented by one dog and the thirteenth dog will be the cover model.  They will be photographed in different spots in Downtown Summerlin. The calendars will be available for purchase at each Downtown Summerlin Concierge. The Animal Foundation is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of animals in the Las Vegas Valley.

Summer Time in Summerlin

For more information visit www.summerlin.com or call 702-832-1055.

Downtown Summerlin is part of a planned urban center that services the entire Las Vegas Valley.  The first phase, which included retail shopping, restaurants and entrainment opened October 2014.  Today it has expanded to include being the home to the City National Arena, practice facility for the Las Vegas Golden Knights, The Las Vegas Ballpark, the minor league baseball stadium.  In addition Downtown Summerlin is home to two Class-A office towers. 

Christmas

Also residential units of all types are planned.  Over 4,000 attached residences planned to be added to Downtown Summerlin.  This will be comprised of condominiums, apartments, lofts and brownstones. Two luxury multi-family developments – The Constellation and Tanager are already opened.

What can I say the master-planned community of Summerlin just keeps on giving people what they want.  If you are interested in a doggie calendar, call them, If you are interested in seeing property call me – Jeff Howard, your Realtor for life.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that, safely… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day…. Jeff

2 Big Things Happening for Las Vegas Today (and another certainly worth mentioning)

First, Clark County School District is having an online Town-hall meeting today. This is supposed to begin at 4:30 and run for an hour; it’s all about the 2020-21 school year. The public is able to ask questions in advance. For details, click this link. If you have kids enrolled in a CCSD school, I’m sure you’ll want to watch this.

Second, The Vegas Golden Knights return to training camp today and NHL play is scheduled to start August 1 to potentially October 2. The hockey on television, with six games a day available early on in the process, will be an incredible spectacle. For more details, click this link.

Vegas Golden Nights NHL team
That’s my son and I at a game at T-Mobile arena

Notable; If you miss live theatre as much as I do, you will want to know that tonight, as well as Sunday 7/19 & Monday 7/20, the Las Vegas Little Theatre will present “The Quarantine Monologues”. It will only be presented on-line and is a collection of original monologues themed on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on our lives. There were almost 90 submissions from all over the country and 15 monologues were selected to be performed. The list of monologues being performed as well as how to enjoy it can be found right here.

Live Theatre returns to Las Vegas (or theater if you prefer)

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that, safely… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website 702SellNow.com

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Play Time is important for kids.

Active play time is very important for kids to have in their daily routine. It helps build   imagination, physical coordination and other important developmental skills.   Here in Southern Nevada the weather is not always great for outdoor active play. There are some splash pads and fun parks that are great for some parts of the year, however, if your kids need more play time in their lives and need an option that doesn’t involve going outside, it might be time to consider an indoor play space. Not only will this enable your kids to play regardless of the weather or other outside conditions, but it can also net you some serious “cool parent” points once it’s finished. There are a lot of possibilities for how you might tackle an indoor play space, so here are a few ideas to get you started.

Climbing the Walls… Literally

There are many ways that you can add climbing options to an indoor play space. You can install climbing ropes, rock climbing wall units and yes even “trees” that are designed for climbing – your kids will have fun and burn off some of their pent-up energy. If you don’t want to go for one of these options, you could add a smaller jungle gym or similar play structure. Regardless of what sort of climbing option you choose, the key to all of this is making sure that they are securely mounted so that nothing can come loose during a play session. Some added padding on the floor is also a good idea to help absorb any impacts in case your climbers decide to jump down instead of climbing all the way.

Bounce Around

Another fun option for bringing the outdoors inside is to place a small trampoline inside the play area.  Of course; the trampoline will need to be secured and it should have netting and other protective gear installed to prevent injuries during play. The end result offers a lot of fun, though. Just make sure that you choose a trampoline unit that’s small enough to easily fit indoors but big enough that your kid can actually bounce around inside of it. Most likely you’ll want to get a 6-foot or 8-foot trampoline at most.

Bringing the Outdoors Inside

There are a number of ways that you can bring elements of the outside indoors for the play area you build. You can create an indoor “tree house” that captures the look and feel of outdoor play within an enclosed room. You could also add artificial grass in place of carpeting to give some or all of the room more of a feeling of being outside. Creative paint and lighting can make the room more fun while replicating some of the feel of playing under a bright blue sky, and adding multiple or large windows can let in some natural sunlight as well. You could even add popular outdoor options such as a sandbox to give even more ways to play; just make sure that you have a plan in place to clean up spilled sand.

Open the Imagination

You don’t have to dedicate a child’s play room to a single play option or theme. You could have multiple stations within the room including a block table, a play kitchen, car seats, an “outdoor” area and more. You could even forego some of these formal stations and simply provide ample space for play and extra storage to keep it organized. You know your kids, so design the play space that will fit them and their preferences the best.

From updating outlets for safety to adding custom construction or storage, you might need to hire a couple of professionals when designing an indoor play space. Fortunately, I have lists of electricians and other contractors that can get the job done, so feel free to reach out to me.

I want to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Fourth of July.  I’m sad to announce that this year our Summerlin Patriotic Parade, which my family almost always attends, will be seen virtually at www.summerlin.com

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that, safely… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

Hooray! Hockey is back and they plan to award the Stanley Cup!

The Nevada is now entering Phase 2 of reopening different type of businesses and parks.  This comes at the same time that the National Hockey League (NHL) announced that the Las Vegas Golden Knights are the Pacific division champions and will play in the playoffs.

The NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman declared that the regular season was complete and that the Knights lead the Pacific division by three points.  This is the second time the Knights won the division in the last three years.

Also the city of Las Vegas is in the running of 10 potential hub cities for the leagues return to play for the hockey playoffs for 24 teams.  There will be two cities named to be the hub. They will be playing without fans, however it will be televised!

The Golden Knights will be playing round-robin games with other Western Conference teams- St. Louis, Colorado and Dallas.  The Eastern Conference teams in the playoffs are Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas and Washington D.C.

In other hockey news The American Hockey League is expanding into Henderson, with the newly named Silver Knights (OK, I don’t love the name or the new logo… but I am still excited) that is owned-and-operated affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights. They will begin play in the 2020–21 American Hockey League season.

So Las Vegas has become a sports town – with major league Hockey and Football, minor league Baseball and Hockey plus a Soccer team and Women’s Basketball.  We are all hoping it will be safe to watch these games in person, however for now we will be just have to be content to watch on TV.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that, safely… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

The Nevada is now entering Phase 2 of reopening different type of businesses and parks.  This comes at the same time that the National Hockey League (NHL) announced that the Las Vegas Golden Knights are the Pacific division champions and will play in the playoffs.

The NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman declared that the regular season was complete and that the Knights lead the Pacific division by three points.  This is the second time the Knights won the division in the last three years.

Also the city of Las Vegas is in the running of 10 potential hub cities for the leagues return to play for the hockey playoffs for 24 teams.  There will be two cities named to be the hub. They will be playing without fans, however it will be televised!

The Golden Knights will be playing round-robin games with other Western Conference teams- St. Louis, Colorado and Dallas.  The Eastern Conference teams in the playoffs are Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas and Washington D.C.

In other hockey news The American Hockey League is expanding into Henderson, with the newly named Silver Knights (OK, I don’t love the name or the new logo… but I am still excited) that is owned-and-operated affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights. They will begin play in the 2020–21 American Hockey League season.

So Las Vegas has become a sports town – with major league Hockey and Football, minor league Baseball and Hockey plus a Soccer team and Women’s Basketball.  We are all hoping it will be safe to watch these games in person, however for now we will be just have to be content to watch on TV.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that, safely… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Events in Las Vegas for March 2020

March 3–8, The Mint 400  See the oldest and most prestigious off-road race in America. Over 550 race teams in 80+ classes will compete for two days on a grueling 400-mile course in the desolate foothills of Las Vegas. Location:  The Mint400, 100S. 6th Street, Las Vegas www.facebook.com/themint400 – Time refer to website

March 6, First Friday Hunt for unique treasures, chow down on tasty food, and enjoy live music and art at this monthly festival of creativity. The First Friday Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to supporting local arts and culture.  Location 1025 S. 1st Street www.ffflv.org  Time: 5–11 pm

March 13–15, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Carnival, Festival & Entertainment Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade, carnival, car show, and festival. This is a free event.  Location : Water Street District, Henderson www.cityofhenderson.com  Time: refer to website

March 13–15, Toycon Explore an amazing collection of vendors, see celebrityguests, and enjoy entertainment. Fans of Hot Wheels Pop! Vinyl figures, action figures, cards, comics, and cosplay will not be disappointed!Location:  Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel, 5255 Boulder Hwy., Las Vegas www.vegastoycon.com   Time:Refer to website

March 14, Kids Community Day Bring the whole family for a day full of interactive demonstrations and activities, as well as a Stroller Strides pop-up class, raffles, food, music, story time, crafts, a bounce castle, face-painting, a balloon artist, and more! Time:11 am–2 pm Location:Tivoli Village, 400 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas www.eventbrite.com/e/kids-community-day-tickets-

March 14, New Vista Brew’s Best Craft Beer Festival  Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited samplings from both local and national breweries, entertainment, activities, and games. Participants will receive a souvenir tasting glass and tasting guide Time:1–6 pm VIP, 2–6 pm General Admission   Location:The Lawn at Downtown Summerlin 1980 Festival Plaza Dr., Las Vegas www.facebook.com/events/479197242757051

March 17, St. Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas Reconnect with your Irish roots or become an honorary Irishman this St. Patrick’s Day! Check out the parties, pubs, restaurants, entertainment, and other things to do on Saint Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas. www.vegas.com/holidays-in-las-vegas/st-patricks-day Location:Refer to website Time:Refer to website

March 19–22, The Nevada Women’s Film Festival -Support creative and courageous women from all over the globe at this 6th Annual Festival, with 64 films from 21 countries in genres including comedy, drama, doc, experimental, and horror.  Location:University of Nevada 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas www.nwffest.com Time:Refer to website

March 21, The Annual PurpleStride  Las Vegas- Join in a 5K Run/Walk to fight pancreatic cancer with a vibrant community of survivors, impacted families, loved ones, researchers, and advocates. Time: 8:15 am Opening Ceremonies, 9 am Walk Location: The Green at Town Square6587 North St. Las Vegas http://support.pancan.org/site/TR/PurpleStride/

March 21–22, The Yearly Spring Plant Sale at Springs Preserve Browse hundreds of native and desert-adapted plant varieties available for purchase! Gardening experts will also be on hand to provide free planting advice and answer customer questions.  Location: Springs Preserve 333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas www.springspreserve.org/events Time: 8 am–1 pm

March 28, Neighborhood Block Party Support and celebrate 26 years of creating affordable housing and building better neighborhoods block by block at this event with food, drinks, and fun. There will also be a silent and live auction along with some awesome entertainment. Location:Blind Center of Nevada 1001 North Bruce St., Las Vegas www.eventbrite.com/e/neighborhood-block-party-  Time:5–8 pm

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff