When the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center polled its inpatients in the early 1990s, it discovered that 25% of the treated veterans had no place to go when they were discharged. A veteran of the Marines, Judge Harry Pregerson formed U.S.VETS to address the lack of housing available for veterans who are homeless. Today, U.S.VETS – Las Vegas operates housing programs such as residential back-to-work program and finding permanent and affordable housing for veterans.
At any one time, U.S.VETS – Las Vegas houses about 260 veterans its two facilities and works with them to find permanent employment and achieve self-sufficiency. Each veteran receives intensive case management, health services, transportation, and life-skills development to help them gain a strong footing in civilian life. They learn about budgeting, healthy relationships, and resumé building while living among their peers, helping out in facility tasks, and receiving daily living essentials. U.S.VETS – Las Vegas helped 140 veterans return to full-time work in 2011.
A sea-centric oasis in the heart of the desert, Texas Star Oyster Bar serves up a tongue-tantalizing menu of fresh fish dishes and stiff signature cocktails inspired by taste traditions stretching from the Bayou to the Gulf. Begin your culinary quest with a Texas mai tai, Malibu rum and a hint of Southern Comfort mingling with orange and pineapple juice in a geometrically challenged 10-gallon hat ($7.50). Next, slurp down a half dozen fresh oysters on the half shell ($11), or throw back an edible shooter such as the tequila madness, an oyster lounging with Sauza tequila, spicy tomato juice, and fresh lime in a shot glass ($4). Entrees include hearty classics such as New Orleans gumbo ($18), as well as lighter options including the mediterranean salmon sautéed with olive oil, white wine, tomato, capers, and basil ($16).
From the framed photos of legendary players lining the walls of the stately clubhouse to the last putt on the meticulously manicured 18th green, Desert Pines Golf Club surrounds players with tradition. Named one of the Top 50 Public Courses in the nation by Golf Digest, the Pete Dye design opened in 1997 and received a major overhaul 10 years later, complete with 18 newly designed and rebuilt greens. The course features rolling mounds and thousands of mature pines that delineate narrow fairways, yielding beautiful views and occasional lucky bounces back to safety. Unlike other area courses and driving ranges that double as airport runways, wind isn't much of a factor at Desert Pines, thanks to its low elevation, dense foliage, and zero-gravity tee boxes.
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Established in 1980 and nationally accredited by the NECPA, Creative Kids Learning Center fosters the development of children aged 18 months to 12 years while meeting each of the standards set forth by the "10 Signs of a Great Preschool." Inside colorful classrooms or outside on playgrounds, inspiration flows freely as kids participate in a curriculum that features such subjects as initiative, music and movement, and creative representation. The center's hands-on philosophy emphasizes five key components, including professionalism and education, which consistently shine through the words and actions of a staff that is certified in first aid, CPR, and refereeing wrestling matches between imaginary friends. Safety and health are also cornerstones of the business, resulting in toys, equipment, and classrooms being sanitized frequently.
Toxins can build up in bodily systems over the course of years, and removing all those toxins can often take extreme measures. At Las Vegas Colon Hydrotherapy, clients can free themselves of burdening toxins during treatments delivered by a caring staff lead by a 20-year veteran of the field, certified I-ACT colonics instructor and natural-health professional Donna DeCarolis.
During the signature colon-hydrotherapy session, a client relaxes amid warmed pillows and fragrant aromatherapy as gentle meditation music plays. Through a small, pencil-size tube, filtered water floods the colon and carries away built-up waste while a therapist rubs essential oils into strategic points on the hands and feet to promote relaxation. Other methods of detoxification include guided dietary cleanses, detox footbaths, and the center's infrared sauna, which works to purge chemicals and heavy metals more thoroughly than deleting the Metallica MP3s from your computer. Other helpful services include nutritional counseling using Zyto, emotional counseling using Evox, several modalities of massages, and body wraps.
Visitors who want post-secondary education in colon hydrotherapy attend the Tiller Mind Body–approved classes, during which they can learn how to properly operate colon-hydrotherapy equipment, as well as how to operate their own offices.
Within each noncompetitive Curves facility, female fitness seekers are invited to move through a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that are designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Shunning cumbersome weight stacks, the hydraulic gadgets adapt to each exerciser's body weight and fitness level to complement her individual abilities, subsequently decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. And because traditional lift-and-lower motions tend to create bulky muscles, the machines promote push-and-pull movements to sculpt toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing unsuspecting grapefruit. Experienced trainers are always nearby to help clients manage their machine maneuvering, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues to let women know when it's time to move on to the next station or break for an air viola solo.