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).
The doors stay open 24/7 at Bottoms Up Sports Bar, a watering hole where bartenders pour domestic and imported beers, cocktails, and shots such as the Oatmeal Cookie with Baileys, butterscotch schnapps, Goldschlager, Jägermeister, and Kahlúa. Plates of burgers, nachos, chicken wings, and breakfast classics such as pancakes share table space with beverages, and events such as karaoke and wet T-shirt contests keep crowds entertained.
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.
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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Gold's Gym began more than 45 years ago, and today features an impressive array of next-generation fitness gadgets, a results-oriented focus, and squeaky-clean facilities. With today's deal, one of Gold's Gym's staff of certified personal trainers will test each client's strength and flexibility, among other metrics, to help determine and design a personalized fitness regimen. Thus inspired, neophyte iron workers can complement their one-on-one sessions with regular attendance at the gym, where they can hop on a cardio machine, pump up in a controlled manner on strength-training machines, tighten up in the abdominal- and functional-stretching area, or stick with lifting huge, heavy pieces of metal and commercial chest freezers.