Monday, July 30, 2018

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Another great idea for the kids...Sky Zone Trampoline Park!  The kids had a great time there yesterday bouncing in the trampoline area, flinging themselves into the foam pit, playing dodge ball on trampolines, and checking out the rest of the facility (there are a half dozen different play areas).  Fun!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

KISS Mini Golf

Another fun activity for the whole family in Las Vegas...KISS mini golf at the Rio!

Cowboy Mounted Shooting Show

One of the annual events we never miss in Las Vegas is the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Show.  It's a fun, free event that is pretty exciting to watch.  The cowboys (and girls) race their horses around the arena shooting at a bunch of balloons (unfortunately my phone doesn't take the best action shots...).

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Chick Fil A

In an effort to see what all of the fuss was about when Chick Fil A opened here in Las Vegas a while back (there were lines around the building and around the parking lot at the time) we headed over to the fast food place to find out if all of the hype was worth it.  There was still a line out the door when we got there (the lady who worked there said that was normal) but the line moved pretty fast (the staff was awesome).  We ordered our chicken sandwiches and were...not overly impressed.  Although it wasn't as disappointing as White Castle which was similarly hyped when it opened here in Las Vegas (blech!), it was just a chicken sandwich so I'm not sure why everyone made such a big deal about it!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Thursday, July 12, 2018

World's Largest Working Fire Hydrant

We have a lot of cool things here in Las Vegas so today we headed out to find "The World's Largest Working Fire Hydrant" which is located right off Fremont in the downtown area right next to a dog park called the 'Hydrant Club'.  It was definitely big at 15 feet tall but I didn't find out until after getting home that we could have pulled a lever and shot water all over the place...maybe next time.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The World Series of Poker

It has been a great World Series of Poker in Las Vegas!  Lots of people, lots of fun, and for the nine people heading for the final table tomorrow, lots of money!

Monday, June 18, 2018

100 Things for Your Non Profit Organization

Many people dream of starting a non-profit organization.  If you have a great idea to help the community and want to make it a more formal organization, here are 100 things you need to get your non-profit started:

  1. Research (is this non-profit actually needed or does it duplicate the services of other similar organizations?).
  2. Name.
  3. Motto/tag line.
  4. Mission statement.
  5. Vision statement. 
  6. Purpose statement.
  7. 60 second elevator pitch.
  8. Domain name.
  9. Website/hosting.
  10. Address.
  11. Phone number/cell plan.
  12. Email address.
  13. Board members.
  14. Executive Board.
  15. Initial organizing meeting (with minutes taken).
  16. Regular meeting schedule.
  17. Meeting process (agenda, minutes).
  18. Bylaws.
  19. Articles of Incorporation.
  20. Bank account.
  21. Registration as a non-profit with local government (city/town/county).
  22. Registration as a non-profit with state government (Secretary of State).
  23. Recognition as a non-profit by the IRS (form 1023).
  24. Business license.
  25. EIN (Employer Identification Number).
  26. DUNS number.
  27. Meeting location/program location/office space if needed.
  28. Social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc).
  29. Registration with Charity Navigator.
  30. Media kit.
  31. Ability to accept donations (PayPal link, etc).
  32. Start up funding.
  33. Operational funding.
  34. Executive Director.
  35. Volunteers.
  36. Members/clients.
  37. Policies (office policies, financial policies, employee policies, conflict of interest policy, etc).
  38. Logo.
  39. Business plan.
  40. Strategic plan.
  41. Commercial fundraiser/charitable solicitation registration if required.
  42. State sales tax exemption application.
  43. Marketing plan.
  44. Marketing materials (business cards, brochures, videos, etc).
  45. Annual state and federal reporting (IRS Form 990 and any state required reporting).
  46. Occupancy permit/inspections for your location if needed.
  47. Office supplies/furniture/equipment/etc.
  48. Software 
  49. Registration with Tech Soup (discount software for non profits).
  50. Collaboration with similar organizations in the community.
  51. Speed dial list for helpful resources (politicians, the media, community partners, etc).
  52. Any required licenses, permits, certifications required to provide services to clients.
  53. Lawyer.
  54. CPA.
  55. Annual accounting period/fiscal year.
  56. Annual budget.
  57. Program development process.
  58. Programs/client services list.
  59. Intake process for clients.
  60. Intake process for volunteers.
  61. Record keeping process/forms (financial/client/grants/etc).
  62. Evaluation process for programs.
  63. Board member application packet.
  64. New Board member training/handbook.
  65. Background check process if needed.
  66. Grant writing specialist.
  67. Grant management process.
  68. USPS non-profit marketing mail permit (PS Form 3624).
  69. Media release for photos.
  70. File back-up system.
  71. Secure records storage system.
  72. Annual calendar (meetings, events, etc).
  73. Board and Directors insurance.
  74. Other insurance (office, auto, liability, etc).
  75. Participation in community organizations (Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, etc).
  76. Participation in community events (that relate to your purpose).
  77. Annual reports (data, successes, challenges, etc).
  78. Annual fundraisers.
  79. Major donor search/corporate sponsorship search process.
  80. Non profit incubator/mentorship program participation.
  81. Sustainability plan.
  82. Diversification of funding sources.
  83. Client management process.
  84. Volunteer recognition program.
  85. Donor recognition program.
  86. Regular press releases to the media.
  87. Volunteer recruitment and retention plan.
  88. Board member recruitment and retention plan.
  89. Client acquisition process/plan.
  90. Email contact lists (donors/members/clients).
  91. List of client success stories with pictures.
  92. Ongoing training for employees, volunteers, Board members.
  93. Annual planning retreat.
  94. Tech resources (, GoToMeeting, etc).
  95. Board succession planning.
  96. List of bios for Board Members and Executive Director.
  97. Written list of past, present, and future planned programs and activities.
  98. Written narrative of how organization was founded.
  99. Promotional materials (printed shirts, imprinted pens, etc).
  100. Multi-faceted crisis management plan.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Golden Knights Are on Their Way to the Stanley Cup!

Our city's first ever ice hockey team which was just formed this season is on its way to the Stanley Cup!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

50 Things Everyone Should Do In Las Vegas Before They Die

I came across an article today about '49 Things Everyone Should Do In New Orleans Before They Die' and figured I could do them one better with a 50 Things Las Vegas list...

  1. Walk the Las Vegas Strip at night.  
  2. Spend an evening enjoying the Fremont Experience.
  3. Drive through Red Rock Canyon.
  4. Walk across the Hoover Dam.
  5. Eat at a fabulous buffet.
  6. Hit up a popular nightclub.
  7. Stay in a suite at a center-Strip hotel/casino.
  8. Go gambling.
  9. Take a ride on the Linq High Roller.
  10. Go to First Friday.
  11. Watch a rodeo event at the Southpoint.
  12. Participate in an organized run (marathon, half marathon, 5k, fun run, etc).
  13. Watch a concert by a major entertainer.
  14. Go shopping (high end stores, malls, outlets, Goodwill, etc).
  15. Take a day trip to the Valley of Fire.
  16. Visit the Clark County Historical Museum.
  17. Take a guided tour (on horseback, ATVs, scooters, etc).
  18. Check out the Bellagio Conservatory.
  19. Watch a local sports team in action (UNLV basketball, 51s baseball, Golden Knights hockey).
  20. Catch a Cirque du Soleil show.
  21. Visit one of our many great museums (Neon Museum, Mob Museum, Atomic Testing Museum, Pinball Hall of Fame, etc).
  22. Check out the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay.
  23. Watch a famous Las Vegas show (Penn & Teller, Terry Fator, etc).
  24. Attend an annual Las Vegas event (National Finals Rodeo, World Series of Poker, Las Vegas Rock and Roll Marathon, etc).
  25. Have a fabulous dinner at a famous Las Vegas restaurant.
  26. Hang out at a day club at one of the many pools on the Strip.
  27. Get married!
  28. Shoot machine guns.
  29. Take a thrill ride on top of the Stratosphere.
  30. Play golf at one of the many golf courses in Las Vegas.
  31. Watch a show at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
  32. Visit the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden.
  33. Attend a community festival (Pure Aloha, Scottish Highland Games, Renaissance Faire, etc).
  34. Visit one of our amazing parks (Sunset Park, Floyd Lamb Park, Spring Mountain State Park, etc).
  35. Attend mass at the Guardian Angel Cathedral.
  36. Go skiing or snowboarding at Mt Charleston.
  37. Check out the bird habitat behind the Flamingo hotel and casino.
  38. Take the driverless shuttle around downtown Las Vegas.
  39. Eat dim sum in Chinatown.
  40. Watch one of the many parades held each year in Las Vegas.
  41. Attend an event at a popular gathering spot (Container Park, Downtown Summerlin, District at Green Valley, the Linq, etc).
  42. Check out a Las Vegas marijuana dispensary.
  43. Visit the Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings.
  44. Enjoy live music at one of the many musical venues in Las Vegas (Brooklyn Bowl, Bunkhouse Saloon, House of Blues, etc).
  45. Visit a popular Las Vegas strip club.
  46. Take the kids to a popular children's place (Springs Preserve, Discovery Children's Museum, Sky Zone, etc).
  47. Attend a popular music festival in Las Vegas (Life is Beautiful, Electric Daisy Carnival, I Heart Radio, etc).
  48. Look at the sky at the CSN Planetarium or at a Las Vegas Astronomical event.
  49. Eat lunch at the popular Road Kill Grill.
  50. Find cool souvenirs at the Bonanza Gift Shop, the world's largest gift store.
For more amazing/fun/interesting things to do, check out this list.