THIS WEEK IN SUN CITY
The Green Belts on Palm Valley Golf Course are Turning Brown
Palm Valley Golf Course has lost 25%
of its water pumping capacity. A huge pump cracked last week and
it cannot be replaced until 8/10. As a result, in order to keep
the remaining pumps from over-working and breaking, we have had
to stop watering the greenbelts and they will be entirely brown
for the rest of the summer. They will come back next year, but
we cannot possibly undo the damage without massive amounts of
water and due to the drought, that makes no sense. We are sorry
the pump broke and the greenbelts had to be sacrificed, but as
it is, the remaining pumps are over heating now 2 to 3 times a
night just trying to not lose the golf course. You will see
staff on Palm Valley at all times of the night during the next
several days. Hope for rain – gentle rain!
~ Sue Papilion, Interim Executive
Gaming Up and Running at 24/7 Five Star Tavern
they’re finally here,” said a Sun City resident
who preferred not to give her name as she sat at
the bar taking in the scenery at Five Star
Tavern on Friday afternoon.
Anticipation has been high among residents waiting for the
establishment’s gaming to go into effect. Five
Star Tavern received the green light from the
Nevada State Gaming Board late Thursday
afternoon, July 24, and the games were up and
The tavern features 13 bar-top slots and two stand-alone
machines located at the back of the bar area.
Powered by Golden Gaming, the Game King slots
offer players a variety of gaming options from
keno to video poker to slots to blackjack.
Available wagers range from 1 cent to $1, with
max coin in varying with the denomination
According to co-owner Stephanie Minchey, “It’s been a blast.
People here have been very accepting of us. We
just ask them to be patient with us. We’re
really looking forward to the challenge of doing
Stephanie said that Five Star Tavern is now welcoming
residents 24 hours a day, and the tavern has
started issuing its players card to gamers,
which will make them eligible for all sorts of
promotions going forward.
“All they need is their driver’s license and we’ll get them
set up,” Stephanie said.
Five Star Tavern’s kitchen is now open until 1 a.m. during
the week; until 3 a.m. on the weekends.
“Happy hour is really popular,” Stephanie said, describing
many of the specials that are offered daily.
“We have happy hour every day from 3 to 7 p.m. and 1 to 3
a.m. There are $2.50 wine and well drinks, and
our 16-ounce draft mug is $2. We have great
appetizers for $5, like nachos, quesadillas and
chicken wings, excluding seafood.”
In addition to the bar, Five Star offers a cozy, non-smoking
dining room and an outdoor patio with a great
view of the Palm Valley Golf Course. Golfers
looking for a quick snack may still call in
their order at the ninth-hole turn for
convenient pickup at the bar.
Sewer Project to Delay Traffic
Starting August 4, the city of Las
Vegas will start an 11-month sewer project. It will start at the
intersection of Lake Mead and Rampart boulevards, where there
will be severe lane restrictions for six weeks. After that
phase, the east side of Rampart Boulevard will be closed in
sections for three months at a time for a period of nine month.
This means that only the west side of Rampart Boulevard will be
in use for both north- and south-bound traffic. It would be best
if Sun City residents use alternative routes whenever possible.
You will be updated as more information becomes available.
~ Sue Papilion, Interim Executive
Huntsman Games Early Bird Registration Ends August 1
Whether you are an athlete aged 50
years old or over, or a friend of an athlete who beckons to the
call of competition, you might consider trekking up to St.
George, Utah, in October to get a glimpse of the internationally
popular Huntsman World Senior Games.
Not familiar with the Games? Well hold onto your hat as
the athletic events that descend on the small Utah city, located
roughly two hours north of Las Vegas, welcome athletes from
around the world who compete in 27 sports from archery to
volleyball and everything in between. Since its inception 27
years ago, the Games have hosted athletes from 66 nations.
If you’re a newcomer to the Games and are interested in
competing or spectating, here are a few facts you’ll want to
• Early bird registration for
thletes and official fans is Friday, August 1. Fees: Athlete
,$79; official fan, $49
• The Games are scheduled from
October 6 to 18 at venues in and throughout the St. George area
• Athlete registration and fee,
September 1, $99
• Official fan registration
(optional), September 1, $59
• Team registration, September 1,
$35-$55, depending on the sport
In addition to the adrenalin rush of
the Games, one of the best by-products of registering, according
to former athletes and fans, are all the free health screenings
registrants receive. In addition to the official Games T-shirt,
ID badge and admission to various social events, most athletes
and fans report that the PSA, blood pressure, blood sugar, body
composition, resting heart rate, equilibrium and cholesterol
screenings are priceless. For more information on the Hunstman
World Senior Games, visit www.seniorgames.net
Have a Good Time, We’ve Got You Covered
Brian Dodd, Chief, Sun City Summerlin Security Patrol
Sun City Summerlin residents who are
going away may request that Security Patrol check their
unoccupied homes while they are gone. House checks are done for
up to one month. The Patrol is not aware of a burglary having
been reported at a property that had house checks done while its
residents were away.
Security Patrol keeps meticulous
records that document each day’s activities. Statistics are
retained and pored over for analysis. During the month of June,
Patrol drivers checked the outsides of vacationing residents’
homes a whopping 713 times. That translates to nearly 24 times a
day that Patrol drivers methodically walked around houses
checking the front, side and back doors and windows to ensure
that they were locked and the property was secure. They looked
for errant landscape drippers or apparent water leaks. And they
picked up any newspapers, advertisements or packages and moved
them to the rear of the house, placing them in an inconspicuous
location to lessen the vacant-house appearance. Then, they let
the dispatcher know about any packages, so the resident’s
emergency contact could be notified to safeguard them.
To maintain absolute security, any
apparent problems found while performing house checks are
reported to the dispatcher via cell phone, not by use of the
patrol car’s radio, or the driver’s handheld mobile radio.
Before you go away, stop by Security Patrol headquarters to
complete a brief house check request form. Make sure you tell us
who to call if we do discover something amiss at your home while
you are gone.
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Black Kittens Get Perfect Names: Licorice And
For nearly four years,
I have cared for a small colony of TNR feral cats. “TNR” stands
for Trapped, Neutered and Released, or returned, to whence they
came. They are feral, therefore regarded as unadoptable, because
they prefer not to live indoors. My only unspayed feral cat is
Mama Tux, who recently brought me kittens – bless her heart. Two
of Mama’s adorable kittens are entirely black, and I love black
Naming a pet always is
serious business. I have argued harshly while trying to agree on
a perfect name for every one of the precious cats that has
shared its life with me. To be chosen, a name must fit the cat
and it ought to be cute. Score extra points if the name has a
Las Vegas connection. Our 7-year-old Benny is named after Benny
Binion. I love in-your-face pet names like Spike, a friend’s
miniscule Yorkshire terrier. Another friend named her two little
boy cats, Ike and Mike – both cute and funny.
Spunky, a gorgeous
long-haired black cat earned her name because she is the only
feral cat I’ve been able to convert to an indoor house pet. She
was just more than a year old when, on a rainy day, I was
putting food bowls outside for my feral cats and to my
amazement, she made a life-changing decision. Spunky simply
walked inside the house and joined my family. She’s been one of
my two indoor cats for three years. Benny sniffed Spunky and he
immediately fell in love with her. He introduced her to the
litter box, something she had never before seen . . .
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