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Meet four local ladies whose lives (and bodies) have changed dramatically




Timelines, teams, and tours




Editor’s note

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Pioneer Title Agency



Fun things to do in August



Deer Valley businesses


Fore-get about it




Gun ownership




Cupcakes and canvas party



Rental scams


NVSO’s new orchestra


Quick projects



Quality time

food 36


Cafe Rio



Old-time donuts

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Lather, rinse, repeat



Total body workout



An original puzzle



An original crossword

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Head to the 74th Arizona Open Championship, the second oldest professional tournament in the state. It’s a 54-hole individual stroke play event. Professionals will earn prize money, while amateurs will receive gift certificates through the Troon Country Club golf shop. Troon Country Club, 25000 N. Windy Walk Dr., Scottsdale.

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The Showcase Supershow Custom and Classic Car Show is a full day and evening of family entertainment with a concert, celebrities, a car hop, and more. With over 150 classes and $12,000 in cash and prizes and the Lowrider Legacy Exhibit, which features some of the greatest treasures and memorabilia from throughout the nation, it’s an event not to be missed. $20 and up. 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Westworld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale.

In There Somewhere is a story of four central characters, ranging in age of teenager to young adult. Each character is confronted with their past. Based on what the past has brought to them, they are all forced to either choose to move on and create their own future or forever surrender themselves to their memories and pain. Call for pricing. Saturday and Sunday, 2p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 p.m. Starlight Community Theater, 1611 W. Whispering Wind Dr., Phoenix.

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What about Arizona’s Gun Laws?

Gun Ownership Judge Gerald A. Williams on the Second Amendment and Arizona firearm laws. THE SECOND AMENDMENT to our U.S. Constitution is a single short sentence: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” However, what those words mean remains the topic of heated debates.

What is a Militia? A militia, as understood at the time of our nation’s founding, was composed from the entire population, although it was generally restricted to white men. However, this citizen-soldier concept is not the same as today’s National Guard. Soldiers and airmen in the National Guard have a dual status. They are a resource for state governors that can also be federalized or even mobilized by the federal government. In addition, the National Guard is paid, armed, and trained with resources from the federal government. From a historical perspective, it is closer to a standing army than a state militia. Arizona’s Constitution defines militia membership to include any citizen, or anyone who has declared their intention to become a citizen, who is between the ages of 18 and 45. There is a state law that allows the governor to request the services of these militia members in the event that the National Guard does not have sufficient resources to respond to an emergency. A.R.S. § 26-124.

Arizona’s version of the federal Second Amendment is in Article 2, Section 26 of the Arizona Constitution. It states, “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself or the state shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain, or employ an armed body of men.” In Arizona, unless you are a prohibited possessor of firearms, you generally can carry a rifle, shotgun, or handgun without a license. Some things, however, are illegal. A.R.S. § 13-3102. Under state law, it’s a felony to sell or to give a firearm to someone who you know, or should know, will use it to commit a felony. It’s also a felony to enter a nuclear or hydroelectric generating station carrying a deadly weapon. It’s also illegal to possess a deadly weapon on school grounds or at a polling place on election day. Arizona does not require a concealed carry permit; but if you get one, it’s recognized in the majority of the nation, including Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, and every state that borders Arizona (except California). Whether you take a CCW class or not, if you have a firearm, be sure you obtain training on how to use it and on how to keep it safe. All rights presuppose that they will be exercised with a level of responsibility. That is especially true with a deadly weapon.

What Firearms are Protected? There is general agreement that the phrase “to keep and bear arms” limits the arms protected to what an individual could actually carry. However, there have also been more specific limits within that subset of weapons. For example, the National Firearms Act of 1934 prohibited the sale of Bonnie and Clyde style Tommy Guns. That law, in addition to a 1986 law, has virtually outlawed civilian access to automatic weapons that fire multiple rounds when the trigger is held down once. Much of the gun control debate focuses on what are often referred to as assault weapons, especially versions of the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. It’s the most popular rifle on the market today. Although it only shoots one bullet with each pull of the trigger, it has devastating firepower in part because it also continuously reloads with each pull of the trigger. Efforts to ban assault weapons resulted in the adoption of The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. It was not retroactive but instead pro-

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JUDGE GERALD A. WILLIAMS The justice of the peace for the North Valley Justice Court. The court’s jurisdiction includes Anthem and Desert Hills.

hibited the manufacture, transfer, or possession of 19 kinds of semi-automatic weapons (including the AR-15) that were manufactured after Sept. 13, 1994. This ban expired on Sept. 13, 2004.

Is Gun Ownership an Individual Right? Until the 2008 Supreme Court decision in D.C. v. Heller, there had been an ongoing debate concerning whether the rights stated in the Second Amendment were a collective right (only for militia members) or an individual right. The Heller case answered that question. The facts of the Heller case were as good as they could possibly be for the NRA and as bad as they could possibly be for gun control advocates. Washington, D.C. had a local law that essentially prohibited the private possession of handguns. A police officer, who carried a handgun at work, wanted to carry one at home as well. His request for a license was denied. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the majority opinion and observed, among other things, that the phrase, “the right of the people” was also used in the First Amendment and in the Fourth Amendment. He noted that since membership in a group was not a prerequisite for freedom of assembly or protection against unreasonable search and seizures, it should not be for Second Amendment rights either. The Supreme Court’s 62-page opinion in Heller dissected every word of the Second Amendment in a historical context. The court ultimately held that the right to bear arms is a fundamental individual Constitutional right. Consequently, the Second Amendment protects the same type of individual right that other parts of the Bill of Rights do.


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fresh | WEATHER There are deals to be had on summer golf in Arizona. Check out for low rates, even at the swanky golf courses. Here are a few deals we found online during August for 18 holes + a cart.


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Game for golf in extreme heat? Local meteorologist Shelley Sakala has some tips to help you avoid melting on the course. THERE’S A REASON the snowbirds left, and you’re living it. Welcome to the dog days of summer. We really shouldn’t complain about the heat. After all, unless you’re wearing an orange jumpsuit you’re here in Arizona by choice. So we swim, we go to movies, and we generally grin and bear it until the fall. But if you happen to be a golf addict, this is either the best of times or the worst of times in the Valley. On the positive side, golf courses are uncrowded, tee times are easy to get, and the prices are fantastic. But there is that pesky little matter of extreme heat that can make 18 holes feel like 80. And while any good doctor or friend or spouse will recommend staying off the links until hell freezes over (or at least cools off), we all know that preaching golf abstinence just doesn’t work. Golfers gonna golf. So instead, let’s maybe focus on a few tips and tricks to keep your golf obsession from becoming a dangerous one.

Check the weather Obviously hot is hot, but the difference between 102 degrees and 119 degrees really does matter. If you have flexibil-

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ity on which day you golf, a quick check of the forecast lets you know if there’s a break in the weather coming up. And with the wide-open summer tee times at most courses, you and the rest of your foursome can make a game-day decision about where to golf.

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Dress smart Shorts go without saying. Short sleeve shirts, too. Don’t be a hero—wear a hat or a visor. Rory does. Phil does. Bubba does. You might not be receiving any sponsorship money for sporting a lid, but that afternoon of personal shade for your face is a game-changer. And leave those black shirts in the closet until winter. Summer golf is all about white, bright, and light. No need to wear anything that absorbs the sun’s heat.

H20 It’s all about the water (And not the kind with hops and malted barley). Drink water before you golf. Drink water while you’re golfing. Drink water after you’re done. This is basic Arizona stuff, but it’s easy to forget once the cart girl pulls up to take your order. If you’re not going to only drink water,

SHELLEY SAKALA A meteorologist and former weather anchor/ reporter at ABC 15 who still enjoys talking about the weather. She’s now a Realtor with HomeSmart Elite and an 85085 resident.

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Avoid being a victim with these tips. By Linda Vitale

FOR VACATIONERS, parents, and millions of college students, May through September are the most likely months of the year you search for a place to rent. But be careful who you do business with, as scammers are itching for an opportunity to snag you with a fraudulent rental scam. Here’s how it works. Consumers search for properties via newspapers or the Internet. Websites like Craigslist, Zillow, VRBO, and others are spoofed to look like the legitimate sites of these companies. Many times the actual real listings are duplicated, so that the pictures, property address, and details match. Fraudsters are careful to make sure their listings include dynamic offers of almost too-good-to-be-true deals, all made to entice you to contact them. Once contact is made, these scammers will be more than willing to negotiate the best possible deal to keep you hooked. They may even send you a bogus lease, complete with pet policies and rules about who is responsible for what. They will even go so far as to provide you with additional property photos, and maps of nearby places to visit. This is all done to earn your trust and make you feel confident that the deal is legitimate.

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Once you are convinced (hooked) to do business with them, they instruct you to send them a security deposit and/or the first month’s rent. All the while, you never even realize that the person you’re dealing with is not even the owner of the property, or the property is not available or doesn’t even exist. Some unfortunate victims have even shown up at the property with a moving truck, only to discover that the listing was fictitious.

Here are some tips to help you avoid falling victim to this scam:

NEVER PAY BY WIRE TRANSFER. Payments wired are impossible to trace and you will never get your money back. Use a credit card instead, so you have some recourse if things go sour.

HAVE A LOOK INSIDE. Make sure you or someone you trust can see the inside of the property. A scammer will make excuses as to why you can’t get inside. Insist on getting inside before making any payment. A big red flag to watch out for is when you’re told that they’ll mail you the keys once your money is received. But, once they have your money, they’ll be gone.

DO YOUR RESEARCH. If you cannot travel to see the property, do an Internet search of the listing person or company, find their phone number and call them directly. Also, put the word scam or complaint after the person or company name and see if any dirt comes up. You can also do a reverse image lookup of the photo of the property by going to tineye. com. This enables you to see if the photo of the listed property is also being used elsewhere to advertise other rental properties with different phony addresses. If you suspect you have become victim to this scam, don’t be embarrassed. Con artists go to great lengths to trick you. So, be sure to report it immediately to your local attorney general’s office or online to the Federal Trade Commission at AUGUST 2017

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fresh | NEWS

Musical Training

North Valley Symphony Orchestra announces the addition of a third youth orchestra. By Cindy Kozacek

NORTH VALLEY Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce the addition of a third orchestra in their youth programs, Youth Strings (NVYS). Orchestra placement is not based on age or grade, but rather by the skill level of each individual student. The beginner level group Symphonettes (NVS) does not require auditions. Auditions for the intermediate and advanced level groups include scales, a solo, and prepared excerpts. As students progress in their musical training, they are encouraged to audition for more advanced groups within the NVSO organization. Caitlin Corbett directs NVS, and only requires students to have one year of instruction prior to joining. There is no audition required. NVS play two to four concerts each school year. There is a focus on technique, theory, and scales in addition to learning concert music to provide a more robust musical experience. Students interested in joining NVS should contact Caitlin at Orlando Moss directs NVYS, an intermediate level orchestra, which helps students advance their musical training. NVYS play two to four concerts each school year. Auditions will be held to ensure that the students are placed in the appropriate orchestra so they have a positive educational experience. Stu-

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dents interested in joining NVYS should contact Orlando at Josh Lynch directs Youth Orchestra (NVYO), an audition-only orchestra that challenges advanced students and plays multiple concerts and recruiting events each school year. NVYO students are typically high school students but some advanced middle school students have been accepted. Students interested in joining NVYO should contact Josh at Caitlin, Orlando, and Josh are orchestra teachers in the Gilbert, Peoria, and Paradise Valley school districts and perform in the NVSO adult orchestra. All three love teaching, and feel that joining one of the NVSO youth ensembles is a positive supplemental experience for young orchestra students.  Auditions for NVYS and NVYO will be held Aug. 19 and 20. For specific audition requirements, visit and select the appropriate orchestra under the “Join Us” menu. Students in all orchestras are required to be members of their school orchestra program, or take private lessons if their school does not have an orchestra program. NVSO youth ensembles meet Mondays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at North Canyon High School. Rehearsals for the 2017-18 season will begin on Aug. 21.


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business | MARKET TRENDS

Timelines, Teams, and Tours

Three factors indirectly affecting a businesses’ total cost of occupancy. By Stephen A. Cross COMMERCIAL TENANTS and buyers are getting smarter about their real estate. Now they’re questioning the underlying motivations of real estate agents and the quality of the information they provide. They’re also insisting their representatives be true advocates and have a fiduciary duty to protect their economic interests. If I may opine—it’s about time. There are three factors that indirectly affect a businesses’ total cost of occupancy: timelines, teams, and tours. Regardless of the size requirement, these insights will be as meaningful to the medical practitioner as they are to those who utilize office, industrial, automotive, educational, or hospitality space.

Timelines: Time can be either your ally or your enemy, and waiting too long to address your space requirements can reduce your negotiating leverage and ultimately cost you plenty. The process of evaluating whether to remain in a leased space, relocate, or buy a building should begin in earnest nine to 12 months prior to the date the stay-or-move decision must be made. This provides ample time to tour multiple properties and gain a clear understanding of the state of the market. While the research and identification of suitable properties can take months to properly complete, negotiating favorable terms and on the best properties can typically be accomplished in seven to 14 days. Once there has been a meeting of the minds, allot a week to

10 days for a lease or purchase agreement to be prepared, and two to three weeks to negotiate comments and finalize the lease or purchase contract. Whether leasing or buying, and depending on the extent of the improvements, allow 30 days to six months for the space to be made ready for occupancy.

Teams: A recent phenomenon in the commercial real estate industry is the “team” or “group” concept in which two or more agents from the same company form a mini-agency within the firm. They generally consist of a senior agent (the rainmaker) and one or more supporting, but much less experienced agents. While teams make a great deal of sense to property owners, who want several people marketing their buildings, teams are generally a poor choice for tenants. The reasons for this are twofold. First, the newest members of each team are generally charged with the most important part of the process—research, where the true needs of urgency of competing property owners are discovered. Second, listing agents are property-driven, meaning they have a fiduciary duty to lease or sell spaces they or their team represent—to the exclusion of properties listed by others, which may be better suited for the tenant or buyer and/or are less expensive. This includes properties listed by agents of the same company but on different teams. While everyone needs to start their careers somewhere, resist the temp-

tation to permit newly minted “assistants” or “associates” to use your business for onthe-job training. When selecting a real estate agent/advisor, seek an experienced, fully-credentialed person who doesn’t list properties, and use the same criteria as you would when choosing your CPA and attorney—namely, confirm they’re in the business of solving your particular problems and don’t have potential or undisclosed conflicts of interest.

Tours: If you find yourself being shown only properties represented by one company, you’re being “steered.” Common ways agents steer prospective tenants or buyers to their listings include suppressing information about other available properties and/or presenting false choices—properties that are clearly less suitable or desirable than the listings controlled by the agent(s). When working with real estate agents or brokers, make certain to clearly articulate your desire to be made aware of every suitable space, regardless of which company, team, or group has the listing. This should be discussed at the initial interview and memorialized in writing, with all agents signing the appropriate disclosures. Another way to minimize or eliminate steering is to simply refuse a “dual agency” or “limited representation” arrangement, which occurs when agents from one company represent both property owner and the tenant or buyer in the same transaction. Common sense should tell you that a dual agency favors property owners, who are assured of achieving the highest price possible, and their agents/brokers, who stand to collect both sides of the commission.


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business | SPOTLIGHT

Harvesting Greatness Local business helps students “grow.” By Alison Bailin Batz

THERE’S SOMETHING to be said for a momand-pop business to not only stay in the family for more than 30 years, but to grow into one of the most successful businesses in Arizona even through the worst of economic times. The business is Pioneer Title Agency. In the 1960s and 1970s, Bob Newlon found success working in the title business. Son Keith got himself a similar job with a title company after graduating from Northern Arizona University in 1979. By 1985, Keith and wife, Cindy, with the help of his parents, founded Pioneer Title Agency with the initial mission of providing exceptional service to Arizona’s smaller communities, really never planning to have a major presence in Maricopa County. However, during the recent recession, the Newlons saw many agencies going out of business—and hundreds of people losing their jobs. He and his team were motivated to action. The result: today, while the company is still primarily focused on smaller cities and towns, it’s grown into a 600-plus member team with more than 60 offices in

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40 Arizona communities. This included the opening of the Sonoran Village Branch in 2014, which is located at 34406 N. 27th Drive and serves Anthem, New River, Norterra, Desert Hills, Fireside, Tramonto, and surrounding communities. The secret to Pioneer’s meteoric success, through the recession and beyond: its people and their passions. “Under our ‘Pioneer Title Agency in Action’ community relations umbrella, each branch has the ability to sponsor local sports teams, organize fundraising walks and donate to causes near and dear to our hearts,” says Sonoran Village unit manager Cathy Weir, noting her team got involved from their onset. Notably, the office jumped at the chance to be a part of Pioneer’s 30th anniversary community project in 2015. Nicknamed “Take a Hike,” the year-long endeavor focused on raising funds as well as awareness of the Arizona National Scenic Trail, which was also celebrating its 30th anniversary that year. “Through the Take a Hike initiative,

branches banded together to collectively hike, bike, and run all 800-plus miles of the Arizona National Scenic Trail, while working to raise at least $30,000,” says Cathy, noting they signed on to hike Saddle Mountain, a strenuous 16-mile segment of the trail, and helped Pioneer raise more than $50,000. But Sonoran Village was just getting started. In just two years, they’ve partnered on bottled water drives, shred-a-thons, and holiday toy donation drives for the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, and many more. And now, they’ve started their biggest project to date. “Keith had the great idea to launch a new initiative called ‘Old School,’ wherein

ALISON BAILIN BATZ Writer Alison has a lot to say on all things local. Just try to stop her


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Tina is wearing clothing sizes that she’s never worn before—not even in high school!

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When did you first start going to Jabz? Back in September, Athleta was hosting a Jabz class and I thought it sounded interesting. I knew as soon as the workout was over, Jabz was a place for me to go! I joined Jabz that week. How often do you go to Jabz? I go to Jabz six days a week. What do you like about Jabz? I don’t just like Jabz, I love Jabz! From the moment you go into the gym you get nothing but positive vibes from the trainers and other clients. The trainers are always there for you whether it’s helping you with your form, encouraging you to go heavier with the weights, or helping you realize you can keep going until the bell rings. The other clients are also extremely positive and welcoming. It never feels like anyone is there judging others. What results have you experienced? I’ve never felt this strong in my life! By having each day work a different muscle group, I’ve noticed how toned my muscles have gotten. I’ve never been able to do a push up, and now I can. I’ve been more aware since joining how important it’s to eat well and what to eat in order to tone my muscles. I’ve gained muscle weight since joining and have gone down in size in my clothes due to the muscle toning. It makes me more aware to not trust the scale, but trust how my body feels and looks. Mentally, I’ve gotten a lot more confident in different areas of my life. At the gym, I have done moves that I never thought I would be able to do. The confidence vibe I get makes me feel that I can do whatever I set my mind to.

When did you first start going to Jabz? I had tried the gym and other places many times in the hopes of getting back on track with my fitness after having my daughter. My husband went to high school with the owner, Christina, and recommended I check it out. The most appealing thing was the fact that it was only for ladies. How often do you go to Jabz? With the exception of travel for work or other circumstances, I go to class every day. What do you like about Jabz? I love all of the ladies who go there and the support they give in every class. The trainers are absolutely amazing and even though it’s a group class, you still get one-on-one support. Every day is different from the previous and there are modifications and challenges if needed or wanted.

In a little over three months, Cheryl has lost about 30 pounds, 10.1 percent body fat, and gone from a size 12 to a size six!

When did you first start going to Jabz? I joined Jabz in February of 2017 after searching for quite some time for a comfortable and convenient place that I knew would provide good direction, yet still hold me accountable for myself and my own individual results. How often do you go to Jabz? Five to six days per week at 5 a.m. What do you like about Jabz? Above all else, I love that the trainers get to know each and every single client that walks through the door, calls them by name, learns their mental and physical capabilities, and pushes them to their own individual limits based on that. What results have you seen since starting Jabz? I love seeing my physical strength improve week to week. The same exercises come around a few times a month so I can gauge my progress based on the amount of weight I can lift, how fast I can perform a move, or how long I can go without stopping for rest. Mentally, I have become stronger when telling myself to keep pushing through a tough workout or even just getting myself out of bed in the early morning for a session, and those are priceless improvements from a previously sedentary lifestyle.

Bethany loves that Jabz trainers call every client by name!

Tina Ziegler, 46 Paralegal Mom to Emily, 21, and Nick, 18 When did you first start going to Jabz? I started attending classes at Jabz in August 2016. I had been dieting on and off for years but, more recently, since January 2016 and had reached a plateau. I always wanted to try boxing and was glad to see an all-women’s boxing gym just opened in my area. How often do you go to Jabz? Four to five times a week What do you like about Jabz? I like the camaraderie between the ladies that attend the classes. We encourage each other. When someone doesn’t really feel like working out, having friends in class can really make a difference. It can motivate you and make you feel like “We’re all in this together.” What results have you seen since starting Jabz? Taking classes at Jabz is what really started transforming my body. Sure, I had lost weight (about 40 pounds before starting at Jabz) and was a smaller person; however, I was just that—smaller. I wanted to see muscle tone, which is what I have gotten with Jabz. Plus, I am stronger and can do more now than I ever could with a traditional workout. I get comments all the time from people who have known me for years and see the transformation. I am wearing sizes that I never wore before—not even in high school. As far as mental changes, I definitely have more confidence in myself and what I can do.


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VENDOR CREDITS Party styling, planning: Parties On Purpose Craft supplies: Hobby Lobby Cupcakes: Albertsons

Back-to-School Cupcakes and Canvas Party Celebrate the new school year with a special celebration that’s sure to get them excited about heading back to the classroom. By Jamila Watson Photos by Kourtney Marie Photography

IT’S BACK to school time. Summer is winding down, parents are taking their kids back-to-school shopping and kids are looking forward to seeing their friends. This year, why not throw a back-to-school bash. Have fun with a back-to-school cupcakes and canvas party that is sure to get your kiddos excited about the school year. The kids had a blast with this party and it was so fun to put together. I started with the activity table and purchased a canvas and table easel from Hobby Lobby for each guest. I used tempera paint for the kids because it made clean up a lot easier. To protect the table, I used placemats, which also added color to the table.

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JAMILA WATSON Jamila runs, a children’s party and event entertainment company.

I purchased the cupcakes in vanilla and chocolate from Albertsons. The kids were able to design their own cupcakes with candy and sprinkles that I purchased from the craft store. Nothing’s better than art you can eat right? If you have kids that love to bake, you can have the kids make

their own cupcakes. The cupcakes and canvas treat station got the kids truly excited. I made chocolate dipped marshmallows, pretzels, and crispy treats to look like paint brushes. I loved the way they added color to the table and the kids loved how they tasted. For the

take home cupcakes, I purchased candy cups in multiple colors and added them to the treat station. I also used fruit punch in different colors to add to the art inspired back-to-school theme. Looking for more ideas and inspiration? Visit our website at and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


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home | FAMILY



Pastor David Bowen on the importance of spending more quality time together.

SUMMERTIME IS a time for family time. The kids are out of school and home all day. The Arizona summer heat forces us to slow down so families plan trips and take vacations. While at home, parents hang out poolside with the kids and the barbeque becomes active. How wonderful is it to watch the setting sun while lounging in the backyard and eating s’mores? Everyone relaxes a little bit more and everyone spends more time together than usual. Why is that? I’ll admit it’s hard to think about school supplies, school clothes, and school schedules when the temperature outside is in the triple digits. However, in Arizona school starts in August and August is one of the hottest months of the year. Year after year, I watch families try to get that last taste of summer before the crunch of the school year and early mornings, bus rides, and homework all become a daily reality. What if families worked at breaking the pattern of hurrying out the door for school? And then trying to find something quick and easy for dinner because when school gets out it’s off to sports practice or games or some other type of activity— finally arriving home to try to get homework done before it’s time to brush teeth and get to bed so the same pattern can be repeated tomorrow. Let’s take a breath. Yes, life is busy but let’s not lose these special times with our kids. As those who have gone before us all say, “The time goes by quickly.” Kids start out in preschool and before you know it they’re in high school and heading off to college. Parents are left saying, “Where did the time go?” Well, the time is now. It’s to-

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day. Let’s not lose any of it. As school begins let’s play “what if.” What if we look at the school year week by week and purposely found time to enjoy time together? What if we purposely made the effort to slow down the daily routine? What if we set aside time each week to talk, to go for a walk, to go to the park and swing on swings together? What if one day a week we have a special family dinner? What if the kids were given more responsibility around the house so that mom and dad aren’t busy doing stuff when they could be enjoying time together? Kids are perfectly capable of emptying the dishwasher or separating laundry or talking out the trash so that the mundane everyday chores don’t come at the cost of lost time. If everyone is doing something at the same time that will leave a little more time for a chosen activity. It’s time for families to thrive not just get by. This school year, what if we changed the routine and made the goal not getting through one day so that we can get to the next? What if we purposely set goals to slow things down and enjoy these days, weeks, and months, because these are the

moments we will look back on and either wish we hadn’t missed or be so glad the sink stayed full of dishes for a few extra hours because it gave us time to snuggle on the couch or to play a board game or even to talk, all during the crunch of a regular school year. What if…?

DAVID BOWEN David has been married for over 20 years and is the father of three girls. He has a local radio program and pastors Standing Stones Community Church.

food | DINE

Chicken tacos Chips, salsa, and queso

Pork burrito

Cafe Rio

Fast, authentic Mexican restaurant focuses on fresh food, made fresh. By Andrew Leach

IN 1997 in the town of St. George, Utah, arose a Mexican restaurant that focused on fresh ingredients and traditional cooking of the Rio Grande region of Northern Mexico, Southern Texas, and New Mexico. Tricia and Steve Stanley rolled all the flavors of those regions like a burrito to create Cafe Rio. In 2004, they were so successful that they had grown to six restaurants and caught the eye of the food world. It was then that Bob Nilsen acquired the Cafe Rio brand, and with the help of a few others, has grown the successful concept into over 85 fast food locations, including one in 85085. Continuing from Cafe Rio’s original concept that every bite should be of a fresh ingredient and made fresh to order—including the tortillas—the mantra of “fresh food, made fresh” still rings true and is at the core of the company’s success. The associates are constantly prepping and preparing ingredients from early in the day right through the service. While you’re in line waiting to decide what to order, you can watch them making the tortillas right before your eyes. We were delighted to experience the Happy Valley location with an empty stomach and were able to sample a few extra items. We started out with the chips, salsa, and queso ($5.29). This is a large appetizer that can easily feed between four to six people, unless one of them loves chips and queso and then it may only feed three. The chips have a crisp crunch to them.

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

The cheese is mixed with a few spices to add some kick, but it’s not overwhelming to a spice-delicate palate. The salsa is chunky and features cilantro and raw onion. So, if either of those ingredients concerns you, don’t dig in too deeply. The added queso is a nice dip but the chips have enough to offer on their own that you could even eat them solo. Be forewarned, the queso, if you eat too slowly, can start to cool down and firm up. So, if you like it hot and smooth, don’t be dainty while eating it. The restaurant offers eight fillings on a daily basis that can be ordered in at least six different entrée styles. We chose to order a burrito ($8.99), which was filled with spicy green chile pork, black beans, and cilantro rice. It’s then wrapped up tight and served with a scoop of the green chile sauce and shredded cheese. They then place it in a small oven for the cheese blend to melt and encompass the burrito. The pork is not too spicy and the sauce has a sweet undertone. The dish is extremely filling but also full of flavor. It’s hard to put your fork and knife down, even when your stomach tells you it might be time to stop. We also ordered some tacos ($3.49, a la carte). You can order them as a combination too, which includes rice and beans for an additional cost. Another option is to go on Tuesday when the tacos are available a la carte for $1.95. We chose to order one taco filled with shredded chicken breast and one with sweet pork barbacoa. The chicken is braised in a zesty spice blend and then hand shredded for serving. It’s very tender and when paired with some of the toppings, still shines on its own. The real star ingredient of the entire night was the sweet pork. The sweet and spicy flavors of the dish dance together like seasoned Samba dancers. The heat is so in the background of the sweet pork, but then sneaks up on you in an occasional bite. The tacos can be topped with salsa or some of the other side items, but we choose to top them with just lettuce and cheese to let the meats be the individual stars on each taco. If you’ve eaten at an authentic street taco truck, you may relive that experience again after your first bite. I would highly recommend having a few extra napkins on hand for the sweet pork tacos, as they are abundant with the juices from cooking. If you’re looking to consume more vegetables, I commend you. Cafe Rio does offer a vegetarian filling option that includes handmade guacamole as well as double rice and beans (black or pinto). The staff is lively and they have certain chants that the entire line will sing in unison. If you don’t believe me, let them know you are a first timer. The tacos can be pricey on days other than Tuesday, so be careful to not order too much and be surprised at the check out. Another tip is to prepare yourself for a little bit of a line, especially on Tuesdays. The line does move quickly and efficiently, and has an added bonus of allowing you to try and narrow down what you’re going to order when it’s your time at bat.

Cafe Rio (602) 443-0670 2501 W. Happy Valley Rd., Phoenix

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Old-Timey Sour Cream Cake Donuts The iconic breakfast treat has a storied history worth biting into. By Leann Grunwald

DOUGHNUT OR donut? The controversy over what to call these unquestionably divine baked goods has only grown with time. But one thing that remains consistent with this fried ring of dough caked in luscious sugar is that it will always be celebrated whether you are Team Doughnut or Team Donut. Nothing at all can stand up next to a good old-fashioned donut, a favorite for years to come. These sweet and sticky confections are absolutely delicious, satisfying and good to eat on the go. Indeed, what's not to love? Most

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of the ingredients required to make these beautiful confections are kitchen staples right within reach. You may not even need a special trip to the grocery to whip up a batch fast. In the world of donuts there are two types––yeast donuts and cake donuts. The batter for cake donuts is prepared and then can be placed right into the vegetable oil. The batter for yeast donuts requires a little more time; however, both are equally delicious yet each very unique.



SIMPLE TOOLS FOR SUCCESS. Flour or slightly oil your work surface, with dusted hands. Keep the dough soft to ensure best texture. If dough becomes too soft to roll, just pop it into the refrigerator for a few moments. Use caution to not overcrowd donuts while cooking. Allow oil to regain some heat in between batches. When donuts rise to the top and their undersides are light golden brown, immediately flip. Once the donuts are slightly cooled, drizzle glaze of choice evenly over each.

Old-Timey Sour Cream Cake Donuts Yields: Serves 6 Ease of preparation: Easy

DOUGH 2¼ cup all-purpose flour 1½ tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. kosher salt ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon ¼ tsp. ground all spice ½ cup sugar 2 Tbs. butter, cold and small diced 2 large egg yolks ½ cup sour cream vegetable oil, for frying Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices in a medium sized bowl and whisk together. In a separate large bowl, cream the sugar and the butter together with a wooden spoon until the butter is no longer visible. Add the eggs and mix to combine. Add the dry ingredients and the sour cream to the wet ingredients and mix to combine with a wooden spoon. Scrape the sides of the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Heat the vegetable oil to 325ºF in a deep saucepot (The oil should be less than half way up but enough to cover donuts). Remove the dough from the plastic wrap and transfer to a well-floured surface. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to a ½-inch thick. Using a round cookie cutter, cut eight to nine rounds from the dough. Cut out the dough with a straight down motion. Do not twist. Use a smaller round cookie cutter to cut the holes in each of the ½-cup rounds. To fry the donut holes: Fry the donut holes first for 30 seconds to 1 minute until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain. To fry the donuts: Fry three donuts at a time in the oil and cook for 1 minute on each side until golden brown. Remove and drain on the paper towels. Once the donuts are slightly cooled, drizzle the glaze evenly over each. Serve plain, glazed, or dusted with powered sugar. Pair with a side of espresso.

LEANN GRUNWALD A children’s culinary instructor, food writer, and the face behind What’s Cooking? with Mama G. Connect with her at AUGUST 2017

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better | HAIR

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

Local stylist Martin Weston suggests having fun exploring your haircare options. THE FIRST SHAMPOO I remember using was Prell. In fact, I don’t remember using anything else as I grew up. Now, some of you might recall their commercials from the ’60s or ’70s and how they demonstrated the richness of the product by dropping a pearl into the unbreakable bottle. As a child, I was mesmerized by the pearl’s slow motion cascade through the vivid green shampoo and I ended up over the years inserting dozens of objects into those bottles just to see them descend to the bottom.


While living in West Hollywood during the summer of 1976, I made my very first appointment for a back-to-school cut with a professional hairstylist. Referred to the Melrose Avenue salon by a relative, I sat down, thumbed through a magazine and excitedly eyed the framed 8-by-10 glossies of television and film actors lining the walls. Until then, my semiannual haircut experiences had been relegated to our kitchen chair, with a bath towel clutched at my neck and my mother standing ready with her electric clippers. With each flick of her wrist, my hair fell to the ground, only to be swept up with the confidence I’d lost. Regardless of my complaining, I could never talk my mother out of giving me a butch haircut—until then. Throughout the summer, I’d worked at my grandfather’s Los Angeles home as a gardener, pulling weeds and trimming bushes and, with the money I made, paid for my salon haircut and the first professional product I’d ever owned.

Here’s the Story/ Back then, the most popular styles for kids my age were found in teen magazines; there wasn’t an Internet or digital television to quench a curious eye. Instead, we had to flip through 13 channels on TV or the pages of a magazine to see the trends we wanted to copy. Today, thousands of pictures can be seen with the swipe of a fingertip, then pinned or posted within seconds. That summer day, after seeing his autographed picture on the wall, I left the salon with my hair cut like Christopher Knight from The Brady Bunch,

and a professional product to keep it looking the same. Without the correct product, my Peter Brady haircut could have looked like Richie Cunningham’s.

Chasing Feathers/ A trend is like a feather carried on the shifting currents of the wind, and chasing them can be tiresome. As with all human bodies, hair comes in varying shapes and conditions: dry, brittle, frizzy, oily, normal, fine, coarse, thin, thick, dreads, curly, straight, or wavy. And styling options are just as varied: Deep cut parts or a zigzag? Florence Welch’s theatrical copper color or Kelly Osbourne’s demure pastel palette? Sid Vicious’s black spikes or Justin Bieber’s platinum twists? Sarah Jessica Parker’s beach inspired mane or Megan Fox’s glossy, sleek tresses? Though their music is worlds apart, the styling needs of The Rolling Stones and One Direction are probably very similar. Regardless of what’s floating on the wind this coming season, there’re correct products to achieve the right look. Not enough time to shower? A dry shampoo sprayed onto the roots can absorb excess oil and add volume to carry you through another day; windswept hair can be slicked into a ponytail with a pump of smoothing cream, while textured ends can be polished with a pinch of wax. Whether you are hipster or nerd cool, rocker or classical, stiletto heels or barefoot, there are products intended to make your life easier. No matter how sophisticated or edgy your look, there is a product on the salon shelf with your name written all over it. I made that discovery 40 years ago! Look around; the style world is your oyster. Open it and have fun exploring. Pearls are optional.

MARTIN WESTON A hairstylist, a salon educator, and an artist, Martin sees artistry everywhere. After working in the beauty industry for 30 years, he’s still passionate about creating amazing looks for his clients.


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better | BODY

Total Body Workout

The landmine is a goldmine for athletes looking for creative exercise options. By Stephanie Dorworth Model: Zachary Dorworth

MANY GYMS nowadays have unique looking equipment that 99 percent of gym-goers never touch. The main reason being they have no clue how to use it. This is tragic because some equipment is very effective once you get over the learning curve of using it. One example is the landmine. Have you seen one of these before? At first glance it appears as though it’s a home base that can slide across the floor, but it’s actually meant to remain as a stable surface, while movement is achieved through a barbell.

The landmine is a device that the end of a barbell inserts into. It can be rotated around in any direction. The barbell can then be used in many different ways to achieve a fantastic total body workout. Just like other equipment, you can use the barbell by itself (which is usually about 45 pounds) or you can add on additional plates for more resistance. This device allows you to work your core due to its ability to achieve cross-body loading. It also improves your grip strength since you have to

grip a wide barbell the whole time. There are several different exercises that can be done using the landmine. Keep in mind this is only a handful and there are actually many different exercise variations and combinations that can be done. You can be creative with your workout programming using this device. You can even do plyometrics while holding the barbell. The options are endless. Here are four strengthening exercises for the chest, shoulders, back, and legs. Perform each exercise for four sets of seven to 10 using good form and timing. If you don’t have a landmine at your gym, you can place the end of a barbell up against a corner in the room.

The landmine is a device that the end of a barbell inserts into.

Bent Over One Arm Row

SET UP: Stand bent forward 45 degrees at the hips holding the barbell with one hand while the arm is straight. ACTION: Row the arm back, drawing your elbow toward your hip while keeping your torso level.


SET UP: Stand facing the barbell, holding it with both hands, arms straight and in a squat position. ACTION: Then, perform a deadlift as you straighten your legs, thrust your hips forward, and stand upright.

STEPHANIE DORWORTH A doctor of physical therapy, Pilates instructor, and published fitness model who advocates finding happiness in the healthiest way possible at

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