Archive for October, 2010

Sustainable Living Practices and Las Vegas Homes

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

There are so many 21st century terms and phrases being thrown around these days concerning the environment and various earth-friendly lifestyle choices. Often times it’s rather difficult to put these ideas into context, let alone understand how these concepts can be applied to your every day living spaces. Not to worry, help is on the way! The Las Vegas Springs Preserve is holding a seminar this Saturday beginning at 10:30 am that is sure to help you integrate “sustainable lifestyle” practices into your every day life. The program is called the “Sustainable Living Tour” and is designed to help you better understand the many options you have for adopting a more earth-friendly lifestyle in your Las Vegas home. What exactly is sustainable living? This is a term that is commonly meant to describe practices that pay respect to the symbiotic relationship between humanity and the earth’s larger ecology. The goal is to leave as small a “carbon footprint” as you reasonably can in your everyday life, and to adopt habits and practices that reduce individual usage of natural resources.  One simple example would be the complete replacement of all incandescent light bulbs in your home with more energy efficient LED light bulbs. Please attend the Sustainable Living Tour presentation at the Springs Preserve this Saturday for more great ideas on how you can easily achieve a more “green” daily life process that will benefit the earth for generations to come.

Everyday Heros Awards – American Red Cross of Southern Nevada

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Please join the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada in honoring this year’s Everyday Heros. This is the fourth annual Red Cross recognition breakfast and awards ceremony honoring selfless acts of compassion and courage by everyday people in the Greater Las Vegas community. The awards will be presented at the Everyday Heros Breakfast on October 21st at 7:30 am at the Rio Hotel and Resort (located at 3700 West Flamingo Road just west of the I-15). The event will be held in the Brasilia rooms at the Rio Conference facility, which is behind the hotel on the north side of the building. This year the tickets are being sold in a new donation format whereby you set your own price to attend. Please give generously to the Red Cross through your ticket purchase and thank you for helping to recognize these outstanding local citizens.

Plenty of Chances to Walk and Run in Las Vegas!

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Maybe it’s our weather, or the scenic beauty all across the Greater Las Vegas valley, because it seems as if there are terrific outdoor walking & running events in Southern Nevada at least once or twice a month. October is no exception to this rule and Las Vegas has two great 5K run-walk events scheduled for Saturday, October 16th that you should know about.

The first event we would like to draw your attention to will be held in the Mountain’s Edge homes community in the southwestern section of the Las Vegas valley. The purpose behind this 5K charity event is to draw attention to the dangers of cardiovascular disease and stroke, which claim about 5,000 lives every year in the state of Nevada alone. Pursuant to that goal, the American Heart Association is asking for donations and participation in  Start! Heart Walk and Run on Saturday, October 16th at 8 a.m. As you might expect, there will be additional activities throughout the morning including free health screenings, entertainment for the kids and great food of course!

The second event we would like to feature celebrates the 20th anniversary of one of the most outstanding residential master-planned living environments in the entire country, the Summerlin homes community. This 5K run is especially suited for early birds and starts at 6:30 a.m. if you can believe it! The Summerlin run & walk anniversary event is sponsored by the Summerlin community with additional support and great food from Agave Mexican Restaurant, which is where the non-competitive race will both begin and end. Continental breakfast will be served before the race and great tacos will be grilling afterwards. This is well worth getting up early for!

Free Eco-Friendly Drip Irrigation Class for Las Vegas Homes

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

It’s incredibly important to be “water smart” in Las Vegas, Nevada and desert landscaping with properly installed drip irrigation plays an important role in the water conservation process for Southern Nevada. The Michelle Sterling Las Vegas real estate team would like to draw your attention to a great free class this coming Saturday afternoon (Oct 9th) from 2pm to 5pm at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. For the investment of just three hours of well spent time, you can learn how to design a drip-irrigation system, select and assemble the necessary components and install it at your Las Vegas home yourself. Conservation experts from the Southern Nevada Water Authority will be providing the instruction. Again, the class is free but a reservation is necessary and can be easily completed by calling 702-822-7786. If you have not yet visited the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, you are in for a very pleasant surprise. The Preserve is a 180 acre cultural and ecological gem in the heart of the Las Vegas valley that features museums, galleries, outdoor special events, colorful botanical gardens and of course instructional opportunities like the drip irrigation class for example! Not enough to get you interested? How about a healthy and delicious meal at Springs Cafe by Wolfgang Puck. The outdoor patio dining is simply exquisite and the view of the Las Vegas Strip at dusk on weekend evenings is to die for.

Vegas PBS & Keeping Kids Fit

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions nationwide and it’s a problem on the minds of  many parents in Las Vegas and all across the country. As you probably know, First Lady Michelle Obama heads the Childhood Obesity Task Force and was instrumental in launching the “Let’s Move” campaign. Right here in Southern Nevada our own public television station (Vegas PBS) has taken up the challenge to make a real and lasting difference in the health and well being of kids in our community. This is an effort we can all be grateful for.

Vegas PBS Keeping Kids Fit (KKF) is a true community outreach program that connects with partners both locally and nationally to make a dedicated long-term impact on the dietary and physical activity habits of children ages 2 thru 12 in Greater Las Vegas, with a special focus on young people from underprivileged backgrounds. KKF will distribute and promote educational information on the nutritional value of various foods, conduct interactive workshops throughout the Vegas valley and provide guidance and support to parents as they seek to structure a more healthful daily lifestyle for the entire family.

Without question, regular exercise is a key component in the effort to combat childhood obesity in Las Vegas.  You can do your part to help fight this battle by becoming a sponsor for the Inaugural Vegas PBS 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk – benefiting the Keeping Kids Fit Program. The date is Saturday, October 9th at the Vegas PBS Educational Technology Campus and the race and walk begin at 8am. The Michelle Sterling Las Vegas Real Estate Team urges you to come out and support this important new initiative by Vegas PBS to increase the health, fitness and vitality of Southern Nevada’s precious children.