It is summertime and a time for vacations, recreation and fun. It is also a time to grow as a person, explore new opportunities and celebrate.

First, May 1 was Seth and Tammy Grabel’s daughter, Grace, second birthday. What an exciting time for all of us as Grace grows up. While the magazine came out after Mother’s Day, we celebrate Father’s Day with performers, including Seth, speaking about being a father as well as celebrating their own dads.

There is our amazing cover story, Jodi Friedman, who has encompassed so much with the business of real estate and the spiritual side. She is an amazing woman and certainly shines brightly in Las Vegas.

Speaking of shining brightly, our People to Watch always amazes me. We are featuring the daughter of our People to Watch in the spring issue, who grew up in the business and now works closely with her mother. There is the woman who was working in corporate America who now runs a nonprofit organization to give back. Another woman with an international background shares her love of fashion by designing beautiful cover-ups for swimwear for all women. We are excited to introduce the new University of Nevada, Las Vegas athletics director and the first Hispanic female athletics director at the FBS level.

Of course, we love fashion and trends with the latest finds in cookware, makeup, accessories and clothing. Definitely check out Jennifer Florendo’s Trending column and fashions by Eccoci. Chef Oscar Sanchez is an inspiration as chef and businessman who also gives back to the community. Our arts section featuring Art encounter showcases the finest in art. Indulge with delicious cocktails made with Devotion Vodka and wines available at Lee’s Liquor.

As a long-time resident of Southern Nevada, I personally love the heat and the dog days of summer. I love the bright sunshine, pool season, warm nights and clear skies. There are so many wonderful events to enjoy in Las Vegas in our calendar of events or even a staycation exploring the date farm and hot springs of Tecopa, California.

Enjoy the summer, even with triple digit temperatures, in our city of Las Vegas.

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