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BEHIND-THE-SCENES Local Desert Valley Auto Parts featured in blockbuster film




Subleasing & assignments




Editor’s note

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Deer Valley businesses


Fireworks and the law




Fun things to do in July



Ricky Garcia contest



Vacation cyber safety



Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park


Summer memories



Yoga time



Patriotic projects



Constructive coaching

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George and Son’s



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Independence Day

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Businesses in Cave Creek are teaming up for the Fourth on the First, featuring live music from Redneck Revolution and The Saints of Las Vegas, a kids’ splash area, mechanical bull riding, food and beverages, shopping, and fireworks, which begin at 9 p.m. Free. 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Frontier Town, 6245 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek.


Anthem celebrates its 18th Annual Independence Day Celebration. The popular event includes wet and dry rides, inflatables, food vendors, a DJ/dancing, fireworks, and more. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Anthem Community Park. Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem.



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Sponsored by Harold’s Corral and The Buffalo Chip Saloon, a Fireworks Extravaganza is one of the largest fireworks displays in the Valley and includes live music, kids’ activities, and food and drink specials. Free. 5:30 p.m. to midnight. Harold’s Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek.


Be red, white, and cool at Scottsdale Fourth of July Celebration. It’s a cool family friendly patriotic wonderland indoors at WestWorld, expanded to the entire 300,000 square-foot fully air-conditioned Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center. This year’s celebration includes a BMX show, bull riding rodeo, pony rides, all-star stunt dogs challenge, fireworks, and more. General admission, $12. Scottsdale residents, $6. Fireworks only, $20 per car. 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale.


Head to Fourth at the Fountain for music, games, and prizes. DJ Steve Grosse will keep the family moving and grooving with great tunes throughout the night. This year, a new event format will be introduced and has been designed to be a community wide event open to all. Free. 6 p.m. to 10 pm. Fireworks display at 9 p.m. Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills.



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Historic Fireworks Lawsuit

Explosives Judge Gerald A. Williams talks fireworks and the law. ARIZONA’S FIREWORKS laws begin by announcing that it is illegal to sell, possess, or use fireworks unless there is an exception to that general rule. A.R.S. § 36-1602. We have all seen fireworks used and for sale in Arizona, so obviously there are some significant exceptions. One obvious exception involves obtaining a permit for public displays. There are always numerous Fourth of July fireworks celebrations to choose from and those are the best, and are the safest, way to enjoy fireworks (unless you want to drive to Disneyland). In 2014, the legislature passed and Governor Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1158. It started off as a bill about textbooks and ended up as a bill about fireworks. The legislation mainly concerned sellers of

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On Feb. 15, 1893, a gentleman named George Fifield was injured after some immigrants, apparently celebrating the Chinese New Year, “fired off and exploded a large quantity of fireworks, firecrackers, and bombs.” Mr. Fifield, a livery driver, was going down the street at the time. As a result of the explosions, his horses “became frightened and unmanageable, and threw” him to the ground. His injuries included a broken leg. In a case that was litigated before Arizona became a state, Mr. Fifield filed a lawsuit, not against the Chinese immigrants who set off the fireworks, but instead against the “Common Council of City of Phoenix.” He claimed that the city was liable because its officials should not have granted the fireworks permit in the first place. He lost his case. On appeal, the Supreme Court of the Territory of Arizona agreed with the city. It held that the city was not liable for Mr. Fifield’s injuries merely because it suspended its’ ordinance that prohibited the use of fireworks on the day of the accident.

fireworks, especially for use in connection with farming, ranching, and wildlife management. The bill was not controversial. It passed the state senate by a vote of 25 to four. One state senator did not vote. But the legislation also had a consumer fireworks provision, which is perhaps why we now see fireworks for sale in grocery stores. Under this new law, fireworks can be sold in Maricopa Country from May 20 through July 6 and from December 10 through January 3. The bill also updated a list of permissible fireworks that consumers could use. But generally, a regular consumer is prohibited from using any fireworks that either fly or detonate in the air. Also prohibited is the use of any fireworks within a mile of land purchased for preservation purposes. A violation of that provision is a class one misdemeanor and has a minimum fine of $1,000. In addition to state law, other restrictions may apply. Often city governments, community associations, and homeowners’ associations have a variety of restrictions on the use of fireworks. For example, other than as part of the annual fireworks display on July 3, the Anthem Community Council prohibits the use of fireworks on ACC owned property. One of the more interesting, but completely inappropriate, uses of fireworks occurred in Maricopa County on July 4, 1976. Rather than celebrate our nation’s bicentennial, a defendant used the sounds from the fireworks to cover the sounds of gunshots from his pistol while committing a murder. His conviction was upheld on appeal in a case called State v. Skaggs.

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fresh | TIPS

Travelers Beware How to stay cyber-safe during your summer travels. By Linda Vitale

VACATION TIME has arrived for most of us in North Phoenix. Beware, travelers can be easy prey for hackers. It’s important to know how to stay cyber secure during your travels. One of the first things you need to recognize is that most hotels have notoriously weak security. There have been numerous data breaches at some of the biggest hotel chains in the country. The main reason for the continuing data breach problems at most major hotel chains is because so many of these chains are still using the outdated credit and debit card processors, instead of upgrading to the safer smart EMV chip technology. Hotels have been slow to switch to the new card processing equipment. Because the bars and restaurants at these hotels are still using the magnetic strip technology, customers who stay at their hotels are more vulnerable to becoming a victim of ID theft. Many of you will stay at hotels and will bring along your electronic devices and therefore need to rely on public Wi-Fi. The important thing to realize is that Wi-Fi is not private. Wi-Fi can go through walls. So, unless you are using a VPN (virtual private network), whatever you do on your electronic devices is not private and could be exploited by a nearby hacker.

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LINDA VITALE Linda is on a mission to empower and educate the public about scams, fraud, and ID Theft. Get her new book, Scam Me Once, Can’t Get Scammed Again at

Here are some tips to stay cyber-safer while on vacation: 2 Turn off Wi-Fi and remote connectivity when idle. Disable these features or set them to connect to wireless and Bluetooth networks only when you actually need access. 2 Make sure your devices are locked when not in use and are password protected. Using strong passwords and keeping your software updated will help defend your devices from malware. 2 Use two-factor authentication whenever available. This adds an extra layer of protection to your devices. Most email, social media, and financial platforms offer it. To learn more about how to gain more control over online security, go to 2 When connected to public Wi-Fi, never do any activity that involves entering PINs, passwords, personal information, or that requires the use of a credit or debit card to make purchases. 2 Refrain from using your debit card for anything except at an ATM, because debit cards are tied to your checking account and don’t offer the same protections as compared to using credit cards. 2 If you are carrying a passport, be sure to insert it in a protective sleeve at all times. Passports contain an RFID chip in them with a multitude of information about you. Any crook carrying an RFID reader can use it to scan your passport, even while it’s inside your wallet or purse, and get the info needed to make you a victim of ID theft. JULY 2017

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fresh | FUN

By Julie Carlson

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park

With thousands of species on display, there’s always something exciting to see. LEARN, EXPLORE, and play at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park. For the last three decades, the Litchfield Park attraction has thrilled visitors of all ages with their diversity of exotic and endangered animals. The menagerie has also grown in size and recently added new areas and rides with a $4 million expansion project that was completed last year. The 215-acre park offers airconditioned buildings and shady spots as well as entertainment options and delicious ways to cool off. So don't worry about the hot Arizona sun! This is a great place to see animals outside and inside. Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park has Arizona's largest collection of animals—8,000!—with over 600 separate species. It's also home to animals found in Arizona. Founded in 1984 by Micky Ollson, who originally purchased the land to breed animals for other zoos, the former junior high teacher wanted to bring his love for education and conservation as well as an appreciation for wildlife and wild places to visitors. The USDA licensed, private institution is home to cheetahs, spotted and black jaguars, leopards, tigers, servals, ocelots, endangered white rhinoceros, and many more animals and is accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums and the Zoological Association of America. View smaller mammals such as monkeys, rodents, and bats

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JULIE CARLSON A local freelance writer and an aspiring screenwriter.

in the World Building. Do you love slithery snakes, creepy crawly insects, and rare iguanas and lizards? Check out these creatures via large acrylic panels with underwater viewing at DragonWorld. The area also houses a giant saltwater crocodile and the world's rarest reptiles: two all-white albino alligators. Children also have the opportunity to make new acquaintances with some furry friends, from axis deer and baby goats to chickens, by feeding them tasty morsels at the Kids' Petting Zoo. And make sure to stop by the Giraffe Feeding Station. There's even a kangaroo walkabout where you can stop and say hello to the well-known Australian marsupials. And young animals are on display at the Baby Animal Nursery. Always wished you could go on an African Safari? You can be transported to the African Savannah within the 15-acre Safari Park featuring a new African lion habitat, macaws, East African crowned cranes, sable antelope, ostrich, Red River hogs, spur-winged goose, and brindled wildebeest—just to name a handful. You can also check out prairie dogs, crowed cranes, gazelles, and more on the African Safari Train Ride. A new 15-acre exhibit of North, Central, and South American animals includes buffalo, bears, cougars, bobcats, monkeys, and many other animals that can be see at Adventureland. Visitors can explore the sights via the zoo's Australian Boat Ride or on the Wildlife Sky Ride presented by Verizon SuperPages, where you can ride high above Arabian oryx, camels, alpacas, wallaby, ant eaters, and the Kangaroo Walkabout. Zoom past three primate islands, aquatic animals, and through the Aquarium's tunnel tank on the Log Flume Ride. The zoo also has four new rides: an exhilarating roller coaster, the Vertigo Swing Ride, and the breathtaking 35-mph Soaring Eagle Zip Line, as well as the Flying Scooter. The swing and zip line, both topping out at 100 feet, offer spectacular views of the West Valley. Price for the rides are separate and vary from $3.50 to $6 per person. There’s also a Kid's Carousal located by the small mammal exhibit. After all that excitement you'll probably want a bite to eat. Enjoy food at Dillon's KC BBQ where you can dine with the sharks. Eat indoors beside a 60,000-gallon shark tank, or enjoy a vibrant flamingo exhibit on the outside patio. Both are located at the park's aquarium, featuring a South Pacific Reef tunnel, the longest acrylic tunnel in Arizona. There's also a Stingray Feeding station where you can get your hands wet touching these fascinating cousins of sharks. Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park also has other dining spots including Safari Grill, which offers burgers, fries, and ice cream, as well as a New Mexican restaurant called Zooberto's with burritos, nachos, taco salads and quesadillas, which is located in Adventureland. For a quick bite, try the SkyRide Cafe or the Congo Cooker. The park also features a variety of events and special programs. Every year, 25 spots are offered to children ages 7 to 12 to experience Safari Camp, where youngsters have the opportunity to receive exotic animal training and learn basic animal handling, interact with animals through a Sea Lion encounter, paint ostrich eggs and make crafts, discover careers in the zoological field, receive behind-the-scenes tours, and more. This year's Safari Camp is held from June 26 to 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Price per child is $500 with lunch provided, including free kid passes and other goodies. Field trips, membership, and volunteers opportunities are also available at Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium, including holiday events. Throughout the years, the zoo has awarded monetary donations and support to local, national, and international organizations working on habitat restoration and wildlife conservation. "With so many animals to visit you can spend a whole day here," says Kristy Morcom, director of media relations. "Wildlife World Zoo offers free animal shows, feeding stations, and the opportunity to get up close and personal with some amazing animals.” Admission is $39.99 plus tax for adults (13+), $19.99 plus tax for children (3-12), and children 2 & under are free. The zoo is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 365 days a year, including holidays.

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Subleasing & Assignments What to do if you’re disposing of unneeded space. By Stephen A. Cross

TENANTS HAVE A “bundle of rights” to the leased premises. The most important are the rights to exclusively utilize the space (a certain size) for an intended use, during a specific period of time (the lease term) and for a predetermined amount of money (the rent schedule). When the space needs of a business get smaller, tenants find themselves with a contractual obligation to pay rent on space they no longer require. When this occurs, they may wish to consider one of these courses of action:

Sublease or assign all, or a portion, of the space to others. In a sublease or assignment, the tenant becomes the “sublessor” or “assignor,” respectively, and typically remains liable for the rental amounts due in the event the “sublessee” or “assignee” defaults on their obligations. As part of the original lease agreement negotiations, make certain the landlord cannot unreasonable withhold its consent to sublease all, or part, of the space to others or assign one’s leasehold interest in the lease to another party. This is especially important if one contemplates selling the business or professional practice. In that regard, specify that any options to extend are not personal to the tenant, that they can also be assigned to a qualified buyer of the business and that the landlord is not entitled to receive a portion of the sale proceeds. Be mindful that the landlord generally has the right to reasonably withhold his or her consent to certain replacement tenants or subtenants and the right to review and/or modify any sublease/ assignment agreement. To clarify, if a subtenant or replacement tenant is not of a character consistent with the original tenant or, in the opinion of the landlord, is not compatible with the nature of the building or existing businesses, then the landlord can reasonably block the sublease or assignment. This is especially true in retail centers where other tenants may have the exclusive right to perform specific uses. Other reasons landlords may deny a sublease/assignment request include a business that is likely to overload the parking areas or is perceived to create disruptive noise or smells. Many leases provide that the landlord may charge a fee to review the subtenant’s/assignee’s application. Additionally, the lease may contain a provision allowing the landlord to increase the rental rate to the “market” rate being charged for similar space within the building or in the general area. A business considering subleasing or assigning their space should contact the landlord early on to request the space be

considered “available” to be shown and marketed to others. I suggest doing this in writing and following up over the telephone.

“Buying out” of the remaining lease obligation. Landlords are generally under no obligation to terminate a lease prior to the expiration date, unless an early termination—or buyout—provision was negotiated as part of the lease agreement. In a buyout, the tenant and landlord agree to the notice period (i.e., the number of days) the tenant must give of their intent to vacate and the amount of money to be paid in exchange for the termination of the lease. The amount of this “early termination penalty” can vary from only several months rent, plus the value of the landlord’s unamortized out-of-pocket expenses and other incentives (such as tenant improvement costs, free rent, and leasing commissions) to 100 percent of the amount due for the remaining lease obligation, discounted to its “present value.” A common buyout scenario contemplates the possible death or disability of the principal(s) of a professional practice, which effectively closes the practice. Businesses (including professional practices of every description) that sought competent professional advice prior to signing the lease probably planned an “exit” strategy and negotiated the terms and amount of any “early termination penalty” or “buyout” as a provision of the lease. Those that represented themselves or utilized inexperienced or “dual” (i.e., one agent that represents both parties in the same transaction) real estate agents most likely never thought to plan for this eventuality and are faced with paying the steep price of ignorance. JULY 2017

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hen Transformers 5: The Last Knight hit the big screen last month, locals Jason McClure and Brian Smyth were first in line to see the big budget action flick. Eager to catch a glimpse of their junkyard in the flick, the duo couldn’t have been happier to note that 15-minutes of the movie featured scenes filmed at Desert Valley Auto Parts (DVAP). No stranger to being in front of the camera, Jason starred in Desert Car Kings, a 2011 reality show on the Discovery Channel that chronicled the challenges and adventures of running DVAP, the largest antique junkyard in the world. The pair also knows a thing or two about being behind the camera. When vintage automobiles and parts are needed for period flicks, they typically get a call from a movie’s art director. They suspected something bigger was brewing when they heard Michael Bay, the director of blockbusters including The Rock and Armageddon, wanted to tour DVAP. In town for the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, Michael stopped by to take a look around. DVAP’s 40-acre facility, located north of the Deer Valley Airport, is worldrenowned in car circles for its vast inventory, and no doubt made an impression on the big-time director. Filled with classic cars and car parts including Trans Ams and pickups from the 1970s, it has the right look for a Transformers movie. It wasn’t long before contracts and legal forms were signed. All very hush-hush, Jason, Brian, and their team were sworn to secrecy about what was going down at DVAP, which served as the base camp for the cast and crew for over two months. While a big deal was made about a stretch of Loop 303 between Interstate 17 and Lake Pleasant Parkway being closed for several days in June of last year for the film, it was DVAP where a lot of the film’s Arizona scenes were shot. On hand for filming as part of their contractual obligations, Jason and Brian were allowed to bring their families to the set to meet star Mark Wahlberg and watch the director in action. “They were very friendly,” says Brian. “Michael Bay is big on explosions,” says Jason, in reference to the pyrotechnics and action on set. “There were Apache helicopters flying all over the place,” adds Brian. “It was stressful when it was happening.” But, what really impressed Jason and Brian was how seamlessly the crew of 400 worked together to orchestrate big scenes with such a tremendous scope. To transform DVAP into the junkyard that serves as a sanctuary for many of the surviving Autobots in the movie including Bumblebee, Hound, Drift and Crosshairs, a lot of Transformers parts were brought in as props, along with an Airstream trailer where Mark Wahlberg’s character (Cade Yeager) hides outs. Among the props left behind after production wrapped include a bed made out of car parts and a landmark sign that Brian says fans are more than welcome to come check out during DVAP’s regular operating hours. Filming in June of last year presented some unique challenges for the crew, including 118-degree days. “They set up tents and cooling stations with gigantic swamp coolers like you see on the field at Cardinals games,” explains Brian. “They did a good job trying to keep people cool.” According to Phoenix Film Commissioner Phil Bradstock in an article in the Phoenix Business Journal, “Producers spent about $15 million in the state, hired around 40 locals—mostly production assistant-level positions—and used more than 50 local vendors, including dry cleaners, telecommunications, and possibly even a bull or sheep wrangler.” In the same article, he also says that the entire reason that Transformers: The Last Knight decided to film in Arizona was because of a junkyard, a fact that’s not lost on Jason and Brian. “Us saying ‘yes’ solidified them filming in Arizona,” says Brian, who views the experience as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that he got to share with the DVAP team, as well as with Jason, who he’s been working with since Jason started the company in 1993.

Brian and his family surround Michael Bay’s director’s chair

Cade’s (Mark Wahlberg’s character) Airstream trailer.

Filming a scene above DVAP

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Michael Bay (in light blue shirt and white pants) on set

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Yoga Time Avoid boredom and brain drain this summer by keeping your kiddos’ minds and bodies active. By Kristin Caliendo

YOGA POSTURES, relaxation breathing, and learning how to be mindful are simple activities kids can do anywhere, anytime–– especially on vacation. Starting kids off doing yoga at an early age has so many amazing benefits. “When children learn and practice yoga, they gain powerful tools that can be used throughout their lives,” explains North Valley mom Andrea Kassem, owner of Mindful Minnies Yoga For Kids, whose yoga studio caters to children. “When kids keep up their yoga practice during the summer, it keeps them centered for school starting back up,” says Andrea, who is a certified yoga instructor and teaches kids all the elements of yoga from her studio near Desert Ridge in North Phoenix. Here are Andrea’s tips for integrating

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yoga into summer vacations.

• Keep yoga mats in your car for road trips. If you are traveling on a plane, beach towels can do the trick too. • Be sure to set aside some time each day to relax and practice yoga. Find a nice, serene, quiet place such as a park, beach, lake, or even grandma’s backyard; all of these are great places to practice yoga while on the move. • Spread out your mat or towel and get ready to practice. If you are really on the go, chair yoga

“ Yoga

can be a miraculous tool to give your child.” —ANDREA KASSEM poses work too. If you haven’t taken a yoga class before, don’t let that stop you from trying, there are great mobile apps you can download. • Download a few calming songs to your devices. Let your kids pick out some tunes and try new poses. For added fun, join them and do it as a family.

ON THE MOVE Three mobile yoga apps everyone can enjoy


Yoga Mom Andrea Kassem is helping kids learn positive ways to improve their focus with yoga.


Andrea Kassem started Mindful Minnies Yoga for Kids several years ago as a way to help her kids and other Valley kids learn yoga to quiet their minds and learn positive ways to improve their focus. Since then, she’s noticed there’re so many other benefits to doing yoga—everything from supplementing athlete's workouts to helping kids with special needs such as ADHD or autism.


“Yoga can be a miraculous tool to give your child. At Mindful Minnies we accept all children with different levels of learning or physical disabilities. We will cater to their needs and incorporate them in the class as a whole,” Andrea explains. Keeping ahead of the trends, Andrea has also keyed in on the benefits yoga has for the athlete, from young ages through professional sports. “Yoga helps them relax, but more importantly, the yoga poses help stretch the athlete’s muscles, which in turn helps prevent injury,” says Andrea. Former MLB player and high level club team baseball coach Mark Harriger explains, “I know that yoga has been very prominent in higher level baseball programs from high school to the pros. I wanted my team to benefit from yoga because it offers poses that help my team from injuring themselves and to me that is a priority especially working with youth in baseball." To learn more about Mindful Minnies, located at 24114 N. 24th Pl., Phoenix, visit

KRISTIN CALIENDO A writer, columnist, and doting mother of two. She shares stories about her hurried, worried, multi-tasking life on her blog She also writes about loving life after 40.

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food | DINE

George and Son’s Local Asian restaurant offers a taste of the Orient. By Andrew Leach

Orange chicken

Pork chow mein

GEORGE YANG grew up in Myanmar, where he was fortunate enough to be introduced to a slew of different Asian cuisine styles and dishes. After the birth of his son, he decided to take his multi-decades of experience in the restaurant world and open his own place—George and Son’s Asian and Chinese Cuisine. George wanted to focus not only on traditional Asian dishes, but also on some less common ones as well. The success he has had with flavors, as well as great customer service, has made the restaurant successful enough to expand to two locations in the Valley. On this visit, we decided to start with two appetizers. First, we ordered the crab puffs ($5.95). Featuring six wontons filled with imitation crabmeat and cream cheese and then lightly fried to a crispy perfection, they’re served with sweet and sour sauce and spicy mustard for dipping. The first thing you notice when they’re brought to the table is that the wontons aren’t uniform in size or shape. A welcome sight, it confirms that they’re made in house and not mass-produced. The flavor confirmed that assumption. A perfectly balanced mixture of cream cheese and crabmeat certainly pleased the palate. We also enjoyed the second appetizer we ordered—pot stickers ($6.95). Many restaurants offer this dish steamed, not all offer you the choice of steamed or pan-fried. I enjoy ordering pan-fried pot stickers, as they are steamed and then quickly seared in a hot pan. This adds another layer of textural dimension to the dish. At George and Son’s, each dumpling is filled with minced pork and vegetables and then formed into a crescent shape of dough. Served with a soy-based dipping sauce that adds a little saltiness to each dumpling, the combination is flavorful. Both the crab puffs and pot stickers are perfect dishes to share before heading to the main course. The first entrée we ordered was the pork chow mein ($11.95). When it was brought to the table, we were amazed at the size of the dish as well as the amount of fresh vegetables mixed with the pork and noodles. This dish can easily feed three to four people on its own, making it an amazing value on the menu. The vegetables are stir fried with the soft noodles and meat, combining to make a seriously delicious dish. The pork was perfectly

ANDREW LEACH A local Realtor who loves dining out. Arizona's been the home of this New Jersey native for over 20 years. Pork and vegetable stuffed pot stickers

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Crab puffs

flavored and very tender. The noodles had absorbed the cooking liquid, so each bite was full of additional flavor. The fresh vegetables though were what really separated this chow mein from other Asian restaurants that I have tried. Not only were the traditional carrots and cabbage present but also an abundance of broccoli florets and sugar snap peas. It was nice to experience the additional crunch and flavor that these components provided. The final item we sampled—orange chicken ($11.50). I’m a big fan of orange chicken and this version didn’t let me down. As with the crab puffs, you can taste that this dish is made from scratch in the kitchen. The chicken isn’t uniform in size. Lightly fried and tossed in a tangy orange sauce, each piece is coated perfectly with the sauce. A generous portion, you’ll have plenty to take home if you’re not sharing. Accompanied by white steamed rice, it may be hard to put your fork or chopsticks down after you get a taste of this delicious dish. I’m looking forward to returning to sample some of George’s other signature dishes including the citrus chicken ($11.50), which is cooked and tossed in his own lemon sauce concoction. The service is pleasant and at the Phoenix location we were able to see George himself not only greeting guests but also expediting service. It was refreshing to see the owner so personally involved in quality control and overall satisfaction.

George and Son’s Asian and Chinese Cuisine (623) 434-1888 3049 W. Agua Fria Fwy., Phoenix

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Salted Cookie Dough Ice Cream Mama G. dishes on her super secret sweet treat. FOR PEOPLE of a certain age, ice cream brings to mind vivid images of growing up and playing outside until dusk awaiting the sounds of the Good Humor ice cream truck. Remember those iconic trucks that once traveled through America’s neighborhoods playing a jingle with bells, bringing tasty frozen treats to hands and homes across America. Children from several blocks away would run over just to get in line for a cool, delicious, sugary treat. While children waited for their turn, their eyes would be mesmerized by the colorful treats offered—red, white, and blue bullet pops, creamy orange Dreamsicles, and so much

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more. When they finally got up to the window, their sweaty palms would eagerly open and release a handful of coins for the sweet purchase. Even though the iconic trucks are long gone, the ice cream scene is more innovative than ever. Hyper accelerated food trends have given chefs and shop owners access to a plethora of ideas. From Thai rolled ice cream, handcrafted by spreading sheets of pastry cream on a glacier that’s cranked to 10 degrees Fahrenheit to instantly frozen pastry sensations scraped into beautifully formed rolls and presented with toppings of creamy smooth chocolate spread, to the world’s most favorite cream

filled Oreo cookie, ice cream is here to stay. To stay on top of the trending ice cream game, the latest concoction is shaved snow. It’s a variation on shaved ice, made by freezing dairy into the base and smothered with just about anything imaginable— think drizzled peanut butter sauce, matcha brownies, crumbled cookies, sweet candy, and more. I scream, you scream, we all scream for—homemade ice cream. DIY sounds like such a spectacular idea, until you browse through a recipe and realize how much work it’s going to be. Is it worth it? Here's the scoop—absolutely, when you have Mama G's homemade salted cookie dough ice cream.

LEANN GRUNWALD A children’s culinary instructor, food writer, and the face behind What’s Cooking? with Mama G. Connect with her at


Mama G's Homemade Salted Cookie Dough Ice Cream Yield: Serves 6 Prep time: 15 minutes Inactive prep time: 6 hours Ease of preparation: Simple Total time: 6 hours 15 minutes

8 oz. rich cream cheese, softened 1 cup Skippy creamy peanut butter 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk 1 pint heavy whipping cream ½ cup Reeseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mini pieces. Can be substituted for mini peanut butter chips 2 cups crushed Oreos chocolate dipped cones of choice Place the softened cream cheese in a bowl and beat until smooth. Add the peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk, and beat until incorporated and thick.

Serve Mama G's Salted Cookie Dough Ice Cream with freshly sliced strawberries and peaches. Sprinkle with crushed Oreos.


1. Chill ice cream base completely before adding ice cream. 2. Use the highest quality ingredients in order to obtain maximum results. Fresh is best! 3. Freeze ice cream immediately to prevent ice crystals from forming. 4. To ensure fast freezing, the ideal container should have a high surface area to volume ratio. 5. For a quick freeze, store the container in the bottom of the freezer. 6. Airtight containers are recommended to maintain the integrity of the deliciousness.

In a separate bowl, beat whipping cream only until stiff peaks form. Fold into the peanut butter mixture as gently as possible until combined. Fold in the mini chips. Pour half of the ice cream mixture into the bottom of a loaf type pan. Line with wax paper if you wish to slice the ice cream once frozen. Follow with half of the crushed Oreos. Repeat with the remaining ice cream and Oreos. Cover tightly with plastic for six hours. Serve with chocolate dipped cones. JULY 2017

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better | BEAUTY


New treatment promises to erase wrinkles. By Elizabeth Hausman

IF YOU THOUGHT younger looking skin could only be achieved by enduring traumatic and invasive facial treatments that involved needles and downtime, it’s time to think again. There is a new treatment called CooLifting that was launched in Barcelona, Spain, that is now available at limited medical spas in the United States. This new treatment blasts wrinkles away in less than 5 minutes with no downtime, no pain, no needles, and immediate results. The company’s motto: 5 minutes to remove 10 years. CooLifting is designed to easily and quickly treat the whole face and can also be used on the neck and chest. The CooLifting Gun uses compressed CO2 combined with proprietary hyaluronic acid (hydrating serum) that is delivered at a very high pressure and a very low temperature to literally blast wrinkles away in minutes. The secret to the effectiveness lies in the combination of the cold CO2 flow (cryophoresis) and the atomized hyaluronic acid serum being applied under high pressure (barophoresis) on the epidermis. This allows for an intense penetration of the active ingredients and an exponential increase in their effectiveness. The thermal shock that is caused by bringing an external intense cold source suddenly to warm skin, which is normally at 97 degrees Fahrenheit, generates a der-

ELIZABETH HAUSMAN, RN, CLT Elizabeth is a medical aesthetic specialist and owner of Premier Wellness Center & Aglow Med Spa.

mis reaction that is deep and instantaneous, thus stimulating the underlying tissues. At the same time, blood vessels in the skin contract and expand alternatively to counter the cold (an action known as paradoxical vessel-motricity). This activates blood circulation that induces the production of collagen and elastin while increasing oxygenation in the tissues. After a CooLifting treatment, clients can expect to see an immediate lifting effect, softening of superficial and deep wrinkles, reduction of deep skin-folds, an increase in collagen and elastin stimulation, dermis regeneration, and an improvement of skin texture and tone. CooLifting could potentially become the most spectacular and fastest treatment available to challenge passing time. 2 Who can benefit from the treatment? Anyone desiring facial rejuvenation, prevention, and treatment of wrinkles, improved skin tone, and texture can benefit from the treatment. CooLifting is safe for all skin types and can be used on sensitive skin. Clients of all ages can benefit from the intense hydration that the treatment provides. 2 Are there side effects or downtime associated with treatment? No side effects have been reported. CooLifting is a safe, non-invasive, painless, no downtime procedure. As a matter of fact, it’s a perfect “red-carpet” treatment before a special event such as a black-tie dinner, wedding, or class reunion. 2 What type of results can be expected? The treatment generates both immediate and long-term effects that include lifting and smoothing of the skin, reduction of both superficial and deep wrinkles, and improvement of skin tone and texture. Immediately post treatment skin appears illuminated and within 12 to 24 hours post-treatment clients will notice a tightening/lifting effect.

2 How many sessions are recommended? Immediate visible results are obtained after just one treatment; however, a course of treatments is recommended for continued collagen stimulation and long lasting results. 2 How often should treatments be repeated? Treatments can be performed as often as a client would like. There is no minimum or maximum number of treatments a client can undergo, but in order to achieve substantial improvement the recommended treatment cycle is a series of three treatments spaced every two weeks followed by ongoing monthly treatments until desired results are met. Once desired results are achieved, clients can undergo maintenance treatments several times per year. 2 Can this treatment be combined with other aesthetic treatments? Yes, combination therapies are always the best approach to anti-aging. For example, CooLifting can be performed immediately after a micro-needling treatment. Practitioners are finding that by administering a CooLifting treatment immediately after a micro-needling treatment recovery times are decreased significantly while treatment results are increased substantially. The combination of these two treatments could be a home run for clients looking to improve the overall condition of their skin. JULY 2017

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