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Speechless Sunday (almost!): Pony up!

Speechless Sunday (almost!): Pony up!

'Pony up' is an expression that means 'to pay'. I'm sure most people would pay a healthy premium to have access to such remarkable views way up high.  This little pony takes full advantage of the views by positioning himself at the uppermost point overlooking the city below and far beyond.

Happy Sunday to you all!

Speechless Sunday (almost!): Sleeping giant...shhhh no wakey!

A creature this size deserves the utmost respect when in its presence, so tip toe quietly around him as you admire his dramatic features and timeless beauty. If you startle him into conciousness, there are no guarantees for your safety as he is one powerful beast!

He could suddenly grasp you in his trunk or stomp the ground causing multiple tremors, suddenly throwing you off-balance, causing you to meet the ground in a horizontal shhhh no wakey!


This is a boulder I came across as my husband was landscaping a new park at Stone Cliff in St. George, Utah, a gated community that sits high upon a sandstone bluff in Washington County. For more information on Stone Cliff or other southern Utah communities, contact me: Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, Utah ~ 435-632-9374 or

Wordless Wednesday(almost!): Passing thoughts...

F-16 bomber? Commercial Jet? Those were the first two thoughts that quickly entered my mind as I saw one particular cloud rushing by as the sun began it's quick descent for the day. And then it came to's a FISH and it's a B-I-G  O-N-E!

I always look forward to grabbing the poles with my family, heading to a lake, any lake, reservoir, pond, body of water, to cast the line into the water, relax and enjoy the day...hmmm...I must put that on my list of Things To Do! 

Happy Wednesday to you all!

GOLF at "Valderra Golf Club at The Ledges", formerly The Ledges Golf Club in St. George, Utah!

GOLF at "Valderra Golf Club at The Ledges", formerly The Ledges Golf Club in St. George, Utah!
The Ledges Golf Club of St. George was recently renamed the "Valderra Golf Club at The Ledges". The new owners invite everyone to come golf AS MANY HOLES AS YOU CAN PLAY, during the same day you purchase and play your 18 hole round.

 Special Winter Rates and this offer extends thru the end of January, 2011.


  • Mon-Thurs for $45
  • Fri & Sat for $55
  • Sun for $50!

Please call about the new "Junior Player Golf Rates" for golfers under the age of 17, available year-round (call the Golf Club for details). And don't forget the fabulous Fish Rock Grille, now open for lunch Mon thru Sat from 11am - 3pm. Relax inside the dining room or fully stocked bar while surrounded by amazing scenery and stunning views that Valderra Golf Club at The Ledges offers. You'll be hooked at first glance!

GOLF at "Valderra Golf Club at The Ledges", formerly The Ledges Golf Club in St. George, Utah!

There are currently 8 homes for sale at The Ledges at this time. Prices start at $675,000 up to $3,800,000 with a square footage size 3,434 to 9,200.

GOLF at "Valderra Golf Club at The Ledges", formerly The Ledges Golf Club in St. George, Utah!

For more information on available properties and exciting, new changes being made at "Valderra Golf Club at The Ledges", formerly The Ledges Golf Club in St. George, Utah, go to:

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.  ~Martin Luther King, Jr

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. ~Martin Luther King, Jr

When there is hate in the heart, it is impossible to see through it to truly enjoy the many gifts that are freely given.

  • A sunrise
  • A sunset
  • Another day
  • A child's laugh
  • A lover's touch
  • A second chance
  • Unconditional love

Martin Luther King Jr. was a visionary who spoke of love, overcoming hate and wished for a united nation. Today, we honor you Mr. King and like you, I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. ~Martin Luther King, Jr 

Speechless Sunday (almost!): Horace once said, "Nothing's beautiful from every point of view."

Speechless Sunday (almost!): Horace once said, "Nothing's beautiful from every point of view."

Apparently he never spent any time in southern Utah!

While at Stone Cliff, a gated community that sits high upon a sandstone bluff in St. George, Utah, I had a little time and took picture after picture of the views below of the city scapes, surrounding bluffs, ridges and mountain ranges. I have to say they're all beautiful! Mr. Horace, if you had travelled here in your lifetime, your quote would say, "Nothing's Everything's beautiful from every point of view!"

Washington County School District / Washington County, Utah Market Snapshot / Thru December 2010Washington County School District / Washington County, Utah Market Snapshot / The Year Thru December 2010 & Last 30 Days

The following is a compilation of stats regarding the Washington County School District in Washington County, Utah. Small class size, diverse subject material and cutting edge technology set the schools in southern Utah apart from others in surrounding areas.

Washington County School District / Washington County, Utah Market Snapshot / Thru December 2010

Public Schools


  • Total student Enrollment - (as of 12/10/10) 25,519
  • 23 Elementary Schools
  • 5 Intermediate Schools (6th & 7th grades)
  • 5 Middle Schools (8th & 9th Grades)
  • 7 High Schools
  • 1 On-line School (K-8th grade)

Washington County School District / Washington County, Utah Market Snapshot / Thru December 2010Public Charter Schools

Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts Total Student Enrollment: Approximately 255 Academics: Drama, Music, Dance, Musical Theatre, Theatre Tech and Visual arts

Private Schools

  • Christian Cooperative Learning Center - Washington City
  • Montessori Schools - St. George, Utah
  • Trinity Lutheran School - St. George, Utah
  • Valor Hall - St. George, Utah 

Washington County School District / Washington County, Utah Market Snapshot / Thru December 2010Dixie State College - Will soon be named as a University!

Four year baccalaureate degrees in 10 areas are offered:

  • Accounting
  • Aviation Management
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Computer & Information
  • Technology
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Nursing
    -- A Criminal Justice Degree is offered as well on cooperation with Southern Utah University. Secondary licensure(teaching) programs are currently offered with emphasis in Biology, English and Integrated Sciences.

Southern Utah University - 70 majors are offered through 6 colleges. Master's programs in Accounting, Professional Communications, Business Administration, Education, Arts, Administration, Public Administration, Forensic Science and Sports Conditioning and Performance.
Dixie Applied Technology College- Technical training for high school and college students in Washington County. Open entry / exit, self paced with specialized training available for business and industry. Training can be customized to meet specific needs. The college is fully accredited by the Council of Occupational Education and is a campus of the Utah College of Applied Technology.
Other area schools:
Mojave Community College
University of Phoenix

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Annual Events!


Parade of Homes

The Parade of Homes is held in mid February every year.  Over 30,000 people come to view 
this spectacular showcase of homes which offer the latest in design.  These homes vary in size and price and offer a wealth of ideas for building 
and decorating for everyone.  Sponsored by Southern Utah Home Builders.

Dixie College Invitational
Art Show


One of the finest art shows in the west and is shown at the Eccles Fine Arts Center on the Dixie State College campus.   Art from artists from the western states are invited to showcase their art.  
Admission is free. 


Annual St George Art Festival -
Easter Weekend

This event known as the "Friendliest Festival in the West" is held the Friday and Saturday of Easter 
Weekend and hosts a wonderful variety of art and artists from all over the west.  

You'll find food, entertainment and special children's fun.  This street show is held at the St George City Park on Main & Tabernacle.
St George Blvd and Tabernacle.  Presented by the St George City Leisure Services.


The Ironman will be back the 1st week of May


Blue Moon Festival & Pottery Sale

10:00 am to 4:00 pm Coyote Gulch Art Village in Kayenta Original outdoor art, sculpture and pottery for your home and garden.


Washington County Fair, 


Annually held around the first week in August at
the state-of-the-art Washington County Fair Park 
in Hurricane. This family fun event features carnival rides, games, festive food, entertainment, 
award-winning crops and livestock exhibits.

Enterprise Corn Festival

The Enterprise area is noted for its productive farms and gardens.  Excellent corn is grown both 
commercially and privately in this area, and the people take pride in their crop.  When it's time to harvest, they celebrate at the end of August in the town square with a weekend selling fresh, 
succulent corn on the cob, playing games selling crafts, exhibiting quilts and plain old fashioned fun.


Dixie Lions Round-up - Mid September

Join the Lions Club for the annual rodeo celebration at the Sun Bowl in St George.  Approved by the 
Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association, this wild weekend extravaganza is held the second 
weekend in September.  Great entertainment for all.

Santa Clara Swiss Days

On the last Friday and Saturday in September, the small town of Santa Clara celebrates its 
Swiss heritage - based on early pioneers that settled the town in 1861. The event offers an array 
of events including historical displays, a fun run, craft and food booths, and much more.


St George Marathon

5,000 + runners come from all over the world to participate in the 13th largest marathon in the US.  It begins in the majestic Pine Valley Mountains and descends nearly 1,600 feet through scenic sandstone cliffs and ancient lava flows to the center of St George City.   Runner's World lists it as one of the "10 Most Scenic and Fastest Marathons."

Huntsman Senior Games

A world-class, international senior athletic event, the HUNTSMAN WORLD SENIOR GAMES offers 22 sports for men and women ages 50 and better. All skill levels of competition are available, and no  pre-qualification is necessary. The Games will host over 7,000 athletes from as many as 50 countries who will be treated to fine entertainment, social activities, life saving health tests, and great competition! 

A very popular competition for thousands of athletes 50 and better from all over the world, which promote worldwide peace, health, friendship and fun.  Offering 26+  sports, healthy lifestyle seminars,  critical health tests, socials and spectacular ceremonies.  

 Cycling, softball, swimming, tennis, bowling, racquetball,  track & field, basketball, golf, horseshoes, table tennis, duathlon (cycling & running), basketball free-tree and 3-point shoot, soccer, volleyball and road racing events are all included in the sporting competitions.  Call for applications.


Jubilee of Trees

Tour a magical wonderland of custom-designed and beautifully-decorated Christmas trees, holiday 
wreaths and collectibles created and donated by area organizations, businesses and families. 
Special features include a teddy bear picnic, fashion show, western concert, gala auction and more. 
Proceeds benefit the charitable purpose of Dixie Regional Medical Center. 

Santa's Workshop is usually held the last weekend of November


Dickens' Christmas Festival

Step back in time! The sights and sounds of 19th Century London come alive at the Spectrum's Dickens' 
Christmas Festival in the Dixie Center. The Festival is not just another craft show, but a unique and 
unusual entertainment and shopping experience. Guests wind through narrow village streets as they shop for their gifts and rub shoulders with a cast of Dickens' characters such as Tiny Tim, Scrooge, Oliver, and even Queen Victoria and the "real" Father Christmas all combine to offer our guests a Christmas experience like no other!   The Festival is known for its unique gifts and quality merchandise.

Tuachan’s Festival of Lights & Live Nativity Production Thanksgiving thru January 1st

Thousands of twinkling lights greet you as you approach the parking lot of the Tuachan Amphitheater.  This annual event takes place every evening except Sunday from Thanksgiving  until New Year’s Day at the Tuachan Center for the Arts in Ivins.   The show features a touching, live nativity scene and re-enactment of the birth of Jesus.  The scene and the show definitely inspires you in the true spirit of Christmas.

First Night

Main Street, St. George City’s New Year’s Eve Celebration.  The best in in family-friendly fun and entertainment.  Non-alcoholic, community celebration which includes street mimes and clowns, games for children, swing music, hip hop tunes and more filling the streets with festive music. Great food can be found at the food booths.  Spectacular fireworks welcome in the new year in great style.  

Many organizations come together to offer the best in family-friendly fun and entertainment as the St. George community takes to the streets for First Night along Main Street, St. George City's New Year's Eve celebration.