“Ned Thomas for NLV Mayor” Benefit Concert

Lisa Smith with Ned Thomas

Lisa Smith with Ned Thomas (candidate for North Las Vegas Mayor)

I recently had the privilege of singing at a campaign benefit concert for Ned Thomas (who is running for North Las Vegas Mayor in the upcoming election), where a portion of all proceeds were donated to “James Seastrand Helping Hands of NLV,” a local charity which serves the needs of our senior citizens. Now, those who know me well, know that I generally don’t get too involved in politics…however, in this case I do feel the need to write a bit about Ned Thomas and encourage you to consider him for your choice in the upcoming election (early voting starts THIS weekend…see below for schedule and locations).

My husband and I own a home here in North Las Vegas, and love the area…we plan to be here for many years to come.  While we’ve only been here for a little over 6 years, in that time we have already seen many changes in our growing community…some great, some not so good. Those who live here are familiar with what I mean.  So when we heard about Ned Thomas running for election, and began to read some of the things he stands for, and learned of some of his plans for the community should he be elected, we knew we needed to get involved.  He truly cares about the community of North Las Vegas…our home, and the home of our future children.

But instead of ME writing about what he believes, I will let you hear it directly from him, in HIS own words…from his own website.  Please take the time to read the following, and you will understand why I believe that Ned Thomas is the only choice for North Las Vegas Mayor. He’s a good man, and he’s an honest man…imagine THAT in a politician! :)

Now is the Time for New Leadership
February 12, 2009

The current Mayoral election in North Las Vegas comes at a critical time in the continuing development of our community. Twelve years ago, when Mike Montandon was first elected Mayor, the City of North Las Vegas stood at the threshold of an era of unprecedented growth and development. Since the last census in 2000, we have added more than 125,000 new residents to our city. We have been recognized during most of the last decade as one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. We have added homes and neighborhoods, schools and shopping centers, parks and trails, and miles of new streets and infrastructure. The face of this City has changed dramatically in just a few short years, and we are still building. There is much left to be done.

The important question in this election is “What’s next?” How will we define ourselves and our community in a new era of slower growth and economic uncertainty? Looking around, it is obvious that we have already crossed the threshold into this new era. The evidence is all around us in the form of foreclosed homes, closed businesses and empty storefronts, unfinished streets and infrastructure. And this is not all! The economic uncertainty that swirls around us threatens the safety and security of our neighborhoods and the families and individuals who live in them. Just a few days ago, several schools in the vicinity of my son’s elementary school were placed in lockdown for several hours because gun shots were heard in the neighborhood. This is unacceptable under any circumstances. We need to feel safe in our homes.

This is a time for bold, new leadership in North Las Vegas. This is not a time for staying the course! This is not a time for more of the same at City Hall! The business model for local government that has served us so successfully in years past no longer applies because the circumstances around us have changed so dramatically. It’s as if the ground has shifted under our feet and we need to elect strong leadership with a commitment to broader thinking and higher ideals or we will not continue to progress.

This is a time for leadership that is fiscally responsible and places a high priority on funding for Public Safety. This is a time for leadership that is accountable and makes decisions based on what’s best for the needs of the residents of this community. This is a time for leadership that can articulate a clear vision for our community and then take the necessary action to make that vision a reality. This is a time for leadership that listens to the concerns of local residents and business leaders and responds to them with courtesy and respect. This is a time for leadership that can say “no” as well as “yes.”

I believe that my professional background and hands-on experience in local government clearly set me apart as your Best Choice for Mayor of North Las Vegas. I am a husband and a father of four small children. Within the next five years, all four children will be enrolled in the Clark County School District. I have a vested interest in the future of this community, and I am deeply concerned about the quality of our education system and the safety of our homes and neighborhoods.

I am an urban planner – one who has studied land-use planning and real estate economics and community development. I am a graduate of Harvard University and a former Fulbright Scholar, and I have a sincere desire to use my skills and hands-on experience for the betterment of our community. I am also a former member of the North Las Vegas Planning Commission, where I often had to make difficult decisions that would affect the lives and investments of others. This is not a duty that I took lightly.

Over the years, I have established a solid reputation at City Hall and elsewhere for working well with others to find common-sense solutions to our problems. I believe that the important issues we now face as a community demand that local government act wisely, think broadly, establish a clear vision for the future, and demonstrate a strong commitment to accountability and fiscal responsibility. Your support – and the support of your friends and family in the upcoming elections – would be very much appreciated.

Thank you,
Ned P. Thomas

If you live in North Las Vegas, I encourage you to get out there and vote this weekend (or anytime between March 21 – April 3)…make a difference for your community!

EARLY VOTING SCHEDULE AND LOCATIONS for North Las Vegas, NV

  • Saturday March 21  & Sunday March 22: Smith’s, Ann Road and Camino Al Norte, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Monday March 23, Silver Mesa Recreation Center, 4025 Allen Lane, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday March 24, Smith’s, Ann Road and Decatur Boulevard, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday March 25, Aliante Library, 2400 Deer Springs Way, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday March 26 – Friday March 27, Food 4 Less (trailer), LV Boulevard North and Civic Center Drive, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday March 28 – Sunday March 29, Smith’s, Centennial and Losee Rd, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m
  • Monday March 30 – Tuesday March 31, Lowe’s (trailer), Craig Road and Losee Road, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday April 1, Sun City Aliante, 7930 Aliante Parkway, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday April 2 – Friday April 3, Vons, Martin Luther King Boulevard and Craig Road, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m

PRIMARY ELECTION will be held April 7, 2009

GENERAL ELECTION to be held June 2, 2009

To find out more about Ned Thomas, and read more of his views and plans for North Las Vegas, please go to his official website at www.NedThomasForMayor.com

Ned Thomas for NLV Mayor

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“Swing City Dolls” at Bootlegger Bistro…

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Connie, Robin, Natalie

On Sunday night, March 15th, Dangerous Curves headed out to the Bootlegger Bistro to see our friend Robin Vincent perform with her vintage swing trio called “Swing City Dolls.” How fun!!!  They put on a really entertaining show from start to finish.  Very vintage, very cute.

The trio of girls (Connie Murray, Robin Vincent, and Natalie Carson) have been together for over 10 years (some of you may have known them previously as “The Swing Sisters.”)  Their repertoire for this 90-minute show consisted of several of the ‘classic’ trio songs that you would expect (songs like Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy & Apple Blossom Time) and a few which came as a complete surprise (like a medley of hits from QUEEN, done vintage-swing style… I’m not kidding…really!).  I have to hand it to their musical director and drummer, Jim Belk…he has written some incredibly clever arrangements for them! Plus, I really want to compliment them on their patter between the songs…very cute, and very natural sounding.

"Dangerous Curves" with the "Dolls" after the show...

"Dangerous Curves" with the "Dolls" after their show...

It’s always so much fun for us to go check out and support other entertainers and groups in town… seriously, there is SOOOO much talent here in Las Vegas! Every time we get to see someone else perform, we learn something new…and this was no exception.

Overall, a very fun evening…Congrats Girls!

PS> By the way, you need to check out the Swing City Dollsnew website… TOTALLY CUTE!  Their adorable logo was designed by the great John Magness and their photos (like the one at the top) were taken by Jim Warfel. They are definitely on the right track with their marketing!

Swing City Dolls will be performing at the Eastside Cannery (5255 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89122) in Marilyn’s Lounge on March 22, July 31 and August 1, from 4:00pm-8:00pm. For tickets, call 702-856-5300.

Marche Bacchus and SC Prime Steakhouse: EXCELLENT for Gluten-Free!

Dinner at "Marche Bacchus" in Desert Shores

Lunch at "Marche Bacchus" in Desert Shores

As most of you know, I am always on the lookout for great restaurants that offer gluten-free options.  For those of us with Celiac Disease (a genetic autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1 in 133 and requires strict adherence to a 100% gluten-free diet for life), eating out SAFELY can be difficult and extremely frustrating at times (actually, MOST of the time).  Since even a minuscule, stray crumb of gluten left on a counter or in a pan can make me horribly ill, I have to be extremely careful.  So when I come across a restaurant where they actually KNOW how to prepare items gluten-free (and I don’t have to give them a 30-minute dissertation on what I can and cannot eat, and how extremely careful they need to be…which I absolutely HATE having to do), I am SOOOOOOOO excited!  I found TWO of these places this month!

Marche Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Market

Marche Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Market

The first is located in the Desert Shores community of Summerlin, and it’s called “Marche Bacchus.” Not only was the chef aware and extremely knowledgeable about Celiac Disease, but so was the manager on duty AND the server (I’m not saying ALL of the servers there would be, but this one was)!  In fact, the executive chef, Jean Paul, actually came out to the table to speak with us before AND after the meal, and seemed genuinely excited to prepare some things special just for my mom (who is also Celiac) and me.  We had Moules Mariniere (Mussels in a white, chardonnay, butter, garlic sauce) for an appetizer, La Piece De Boeuf Du Boucher (a Pan-Seared, Butcher’s Cut Steak, which was so tender and FABULOUS!) served with potatoes (substitute the Pomme Frittes for Pan-Roasted Potatoes) and vegetables for our entree, and the Grand Marnier Chocolate Cake (a gluten-free Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Coulis) for desert. YUM! And the ambiance was so spectacular, sitting right on the lake…so peaceful.  We went for a late lunch, and the prices were extremely reasonable.  We will definitely be back!

My GLUTEN-FREE Dinner!

My GLUTEN-FREE Dinner!

The second restaurant is the brand new SC Prime Steakhouse & Bar, located at the Suncoast Hotel in Summerlin.  With floor to ceiling windows revealing a breathtaking view of the Las Vegas skyline, this elegant restaurant is among the most beautiful in town.  And the food…AMAZING! We got an incredible appetizer of Barbeque Shrimp with Spicy Chipotle Sauce (served without the toast points), 8oz Filet Mignon and Shrimp Scampi (with a lemon, garlic, butter sauce made specially without flour) with Creamed Corn and Cheddar Broccoli on the side, and Lemon Sorbet with Fresh Berries for dessert!  Are you hungry yet?????  Not only was the food amazing, but the service was absolutely top-notch!  We loved everything about it.  It may be a bit more pricey than most people can afford on a regular basis (we were fortunate to have received a COMP for the entire meal as a bonus from when Ron hosted the Suncoast’s “Barrels of Cash” give-aways last month), but for a special night out (anniversary, birthday, etc…) I HIGHLY recommend it!!!!!

Dinner at SC "Prime Steakhouse"

Dinner at SC "Prime Steakhouse"

To find out more about Marche Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Market, visit their website: www.MarcheBacchus.com

Visit the SC Prime Steakhouse & Bar webpage to see their full dinner and dessert menus here: www.SuncoastCasino.com/dining/sc-prime-steakhouse-bar

To find out more about Celiac Disease and gluten-intolerance, visit www.Celiac.com

Smooth Jazz (and MORE) at “Seasons Lounge” in Mesquite, NV

Lisa and Jozef, Eureka Casino in Mesquite

Lisa and Jozef, Eureka Casino in Mesquite

This past weekend, March 12 & 13, I had the absolute privilege of performing with Jozef Bobula (amazing Jazz bassist) at the “Seasons Lounge” in the newly renovated and UPGRADED Eureka Casino in Mesquite, NV.

What a GREAT gig! First of all, not only is Jozef an incredibly talented musician, but he’s also super-nice and VERY easy to work with…love that!  And although Jozef normally specializes in smooth jazz, he’s so great and so incredibly versatile that we were able to do a wide variety of music and styles throughout the evening, depending on who was in the crowd at the time. Jazz, blues, oldies, motown (even threw in a little Janis Joplin!)…you name it, we did it.  Very, very fun!

Plus, they treated us like royalty while we were there…free rooms, free meals…sorta like a little mini-vacation.  If you’ve not been to the Eureka Hotel in Mesquite before (or if it’s been a while since you last visited), you need to go check out what they’ve done with it…it’s beautiful.  Frank, their newest General Manager, has been doing an amazing job!!

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And the best part?  We get to go back for 3 more nights later this month!  We’ll be there Thursday – Saturday, March 26, 27, and 28, from 6:30-9:30pm (we actually start at 5:30pm, but the first hour is a special invitation-only cocktail reception for their players club).  The drink prices are incredibly reasonable, so come on out and see us at the “Seasons Lounge” in the Eureka Casino, Mesquite, NV!

Visit the Eureka Casino & Hotel website here: www.EurekaMesquite.com

Check out the music and bio of Jozef Bobula at either of his websites: www.JozefBobula.com or www.JozefBobula.com/trio/

You can also visit my website to hear music clips, watch video, and see a schedule of where else I’ll be performing: www.LovinJazzInVegas.com