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Summer Survival Guide 2010

  • Summer Survival Guide

    Movies to Chill By

    The major film studios have never understood the Las Vegas market. To people who work 40-plus hours a week to sell the Vegas image, perception is reality—and yet Hollywood keeps giving us movies set in deserts and the tropics. If we wanted to think about blistering heat, we’d stand outside the casino and save $10. Fortunately, a handful of cold-weather movies do exist. Rent them tonight and imagine what a cool breeze feels like.

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    The Hot Box

    The hottest city is Laughlin, says Barry Pierce, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Las Vegas. The reason: It sits in the Colorado River Valley, at a lower elevation than Las Vegas, which is typically 10-12 degrees cooler. The sudden burst of wind that comes out of nowhere every summer afternoon is the result […]

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    On the Water Front

    See-and-be-seen at Tao Beach. Perched high atop the Venetian is a beautiful, Balinese-inspired party pool that consistently hits all the high notes: pretty people, A-list celebs, great atmosphere. Open daily from 10 a.m., the venue features solid DJs (including Beatport-sanctioned talent on Sundays) and treats locals they way they should be treated—with free admission, seven days a week.

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    Seven Summer Treats

    By Max Jacobson

    Ice cream bar. The “Calorie Count” at About.com gives the Cherry Garcia Bar at Ben and Jerry’s a D+ for nutrition. Who cares? It’s summer.

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    Dam Hot

    By Matt Jacob

    As any Las Vegas resident will testify, hell on earth is returning to your four-door Crock-Pot after it’s been parked in an unshaded lot in mid-July. When you open the car door, loathing of life begins: “Ugh, it’s going to take at least five minutes for the air conditioning to kick in. And even then I’m going to have to put on oven mitts before touching the steering wheel. Maybe I should just leave it running …”

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    What to Drink

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Just add alcohol and watch as timeless childhood treats become very adult, and adults turn into kids again! But definitely not like the drinks your mommy made you!

  • Summer Survival Guide

    Dozens of cool and practical tips to help you beat the heat—from salvaging your garden to finding the fabled mojito cart

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    Where to Hike

    By Bob Whitby

    Quick and cool escapes David Bert, host of “Along the Way” on Nevada Public Radio, has two bits of advice for summer hikers: Get up early and be willing to drive.

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    The Great Indoors

    By Charlotte Bates and Natalie Holbrook

    Fantastic Indoor Swap Meet. It’s easy to spend hours browsing this modern-day bazaar, where hundreds of merchants sell everything from vintage clothing to eccentric art to sports memorabilia. You can even get your errands done—drop off clothing at the alterations booth and, while you wait, get a pedicure at Happy Feet. If all the bargain hunting makes you hungry, there’s coffee, snacks and even a whole meal at Mel’s Diner. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 1717 S. Decatur Blvd., 877-0087.

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    Get Ready for Hibernation: Last-minute advice on keeping your home cooler

    By Paul Szydelko

    Air-conditioning units, pool pumps, electric water heaters and refrigerators are the four biggest energy-users in the home, and keeping them in efficient working order is the key to being economical in the summer. The bar graph included in your NV Energy bill that shows monthly energy consumption is the easiest way to see how your house is enduring the harsh desert heat. If the graph indicates a big increase in usage from last year at this time, especially given this cooler-than-average spring, you might have a problem.

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    Survival Tips From the Pros

    By Charlotte Bates and Natalie Holbrook

    Here’s how to …

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    Where to Drink

    By Xania V. Woodman

    The Palms Place Pool. Simon Restaurant & Lounge and Palms Place Pool. It’s cooler at higher elevations, right? Yep, even if it’s only the sixth floor of Palms Place, where you’ll find everything you need to escape the oven effect of the desert floor. From 3 p.m. on, the petite oasis is bathed in shade, […]

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