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feature 34 SERVE & PROTECT

The North Valley Posse helps keep the streets safe.

better 22 BUSINESS

Boost your small-business brand


A unique rock-hounding club

fresh 8 BETWEEN NEIGHBORS Publishers’ note


home 28 PETS

Keep your pets away from these toxins


Take on these March art projects

A book on the subject of learning


32 ENTERTAINING Entertain with flair

The BCHS Baseball Program



Create a healthy family budget

Common mistakes made in and around courtrooms


Welcome to the sweet spot


Farmers’ market creations

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A numbers game


Boxed color


Fun things to do in March



Looks of the season


The value of water


Allergy medication


The ultimate park workout


An original Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan puzzle


An original Myles Mellor crossword

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fresh | MOMENTS


Through March 29


Compiled by Sondra Barr

Don’t miss the 27th annual Arizona Renaissance Festival, complete with action, adventure, food, shops, entertainment, and more. This annual event is full of whimsical and delightful surprises! 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. and Sun. through March 29. 12601 E. Highway 60, Gold Canyon. royalfaires.com/arizona


Musical Theatre of Anthem brings Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS to the local stage. Visit the website for details. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem. musicaltheatreofanthem.org


Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday with a Green Eggs and Ham-inspired breakfast. The Cat in the Hat will be there for story time and photo opportunities. Create crafts, get your face painted, and join in the fun and games. Breakfast includes green eggs, ham, hash browns, and your choice of Sunny D or milk. Outlets at Anthem, 4250 W. Anthem Way, Suite 420, Phoenix. outletsanthem.com/events


Visit the Out West Balloon Fest for a weekend filled with much more than hot air! The festivities kick off with a Friday night balloon glow featuring balloons in every shape to please all members of the family—bumblebees, butterflies, and even Smokey the Bear! Come see these gentle giants as they light up the night sky. Enjoy tethered balloon rides, and your appetite! You’ll find dozens of food vendors as well as novelty sellers, hours of live music, wine and craft-beer tastings, and opportunities to mingle with the balloon pilots. For the kids, there’s a special area with a slew of inflatable attractions, a climbing wall, and much more. Check the website for each day’s hours. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale. outwestballoonfest.com


Bring the family out for a fun event-filled day at the Macaroni Kid Spring Fest. Browse over 30 vendors and enjoy dance, gymnastics and cheer performances, a jumpy house, Game Truck, pet adoptions, and more! 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Outlets at Anthem, 4250 W. Anthem Way, Suite 420, Phoenix. nphoenix.macaronikid.com


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28 & 29 The Daisy Mountain Rock and Mineral Club is hosting their second annual Rock and Gem Show in Anthem from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for kids over 12 and seniors. Diamond Canyon School, 40004 N. Liberty Bell Way, Anthem. For more info, please call or e-mail Ed Winbourne at (978) 460-1528 or ewinbourne@gmail.com.


The Ocotillo Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet to hear guest speaker Dr. Valerie Sullivan, who’ll present “Tracing Irish Genealogy.” Dr. Sullivan currently serves as the first vice president of the Northern Gila County Genealogy Society. Free to attend. 9:30 a.m. Outlets at Anthem, Community Room #435, 307 W. Anthem Way, Anthem. ocotillo.arizonadar.org


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The annual two-day Anthem Days festival features a business expo, craft vendors, live musical entertainment, a salsa contest, a beer garden, a kids’ court, and more! 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem. onlineatanthem.com/anthem-days

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Musical Theatre of Anthem is holding auditions for The Wizard of Oz, one of the most beloved stories of all time. This no-cut production for ages 6–13 runs April 30–May 17 and will be double-cast because of its extended run. Each cast will do eight shows over two weekends. General vocal auditions will be held Sat., March 14 at 11 a.m. The dance call for everyone will be held Sun., March 15 at 9 a.m. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem. musicaltheatreofanthem.org

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Enjoy a traditional Passover seder sponsored by the North Valley Jewish Community Association. Scheduled are a cocktail hour, a ceremony, and the service, followed by a buffet dinner. Adults, $45 per person. Children 5–12, $19.50 each. A cash bar will be available. Please RSVP by March 28, 5 p.m. Ironwood Dining Room, Anthem Country Club, 2708 W. Anthem Club Dr., Anthem. Please call or email Fran Kesselman at (623) 322-0957 or fkesselman@cox.net. MARCH 2015

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Heavy Hitters The Boulder Creek High School Baseball Program has high expectations for the varsity team. By Max Calderone Photos by Betsey Chavez

THE BOULDER CREEK baseball program is highly regarded as one of the more successful sports teams on the high school’s campus. Recently, though, the boys have stumbled away from their winning ways. After being bounced out of the state playoffs in the first round of two of the past three seasons and failing to reach the tournament in the other, BC expects the 2015 season to mark their turnaround. Under head coach Joe McDonald, who has managed the team in each of its 10 seasons since the school first opened (the 2015 season will be the 11th), the team is experiencing a significant change in the spirit of a new motto, “Redemption”— with an emphasis on red—to highlight their dialed-in focus on the upcoming season. The Jaguars will wear red jerseys this year and introduce red accessories to the uniforms for the first time in school history. The new colors will give the team a fresh look that will mark the transition to the program’s second decade of existence. This year’s squad will be led by a talented senior class that includes five re-

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turning seniors but will also rely heavily on the team’s younger athletes. A notably strong sophomore class will provide stability in the infield. However, with a long

season ahead, it’s hard to predict how the entire lineup will shake out. Baseball is a nonstop sport in Arizona, and Boulder Creek’s program is no different. BC holds a summer, a fall, and a spring camp to keep players in shape. In addition, winter is the season for off-thefield training; two to three times a week, the players gather at early morning workouts, beginning at 5:30 a.m., to condition and prepare for the grueling schedule. It is of vital importance for the players to be in the best physical shape possible as they play up to 40 games in about nine weeks, including two tournaments where BC takes on top competition from across the United States. Boulder Creek is the host school of the Coach Bob National Invitational, where over 100 high schools bring their teams to Arizona to compete in the two-weeklong tournament. BC annually battles the top programs in the nation, and this year will be no different. Competition in the National Division (the highest division of play) will be the team’s biggest test of the season, aside from state playoffs. In the past, this stretch of the schedule has included national powerhouses Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nevada) and Broken Arrow (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma). It goes to show that the Jaguars expect to compete with the best of the best. This season began on Feb. 25 against

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Don’ t tell this to the judge

“Don’t Do That!” Judge Gerald A. Williams on common mistakes made in and around courtrooms. LEGAL ADVICE, like medical advice, is often preventive. Frequently, the best recommendation is some variation of “Don’t do that!” Obviously, knowingly breaking the law is a bad idea; but most people are law abiding. I’m more concerned about people who think they know the law when they don’t.

First mistake: Not showing up. Bad things almost always will happen if you ignore or miss your court date. The most common excuses are “I forgot” or “I inputted the wrong date into my phone.” If you fail to respond to a lawsuit, the court will likely enter a default judgment against you. If you fail to appear or to respond to a civil traffic violation, your driver’s license will likely be suspended. If you miss your court date while you are pending a criminal charge, a judge will likely sign a warrant for your arrest. Each of these problems is preventable if you simply show up. In eviction cases, tenants make many seemingly innocent mistakes that literally cut off their legal rights. It is often frustrating for judges when tenants, who otherwise would have had at least a good argument against their landlord, fail to follow the law and then lose their case unnecessarily.

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It will not help your case if you say something like “The courtroom is empty—you must not be very busy today.” If you make such a statement when you are coming in five years late for your arraignment and the judge is seeing you during his lunch break, there is at least a chance you will get to see what suppressed anger looks like. Contrary to popular belief, most of a judge’s workload is not completed in a courtroom. Instead, it’s in the myriad motions, pleadings, and orders that come at us each day. Many justices of the peace in Maricopa County literally review, rule on, and sign their name to documents, albeit electronically now, between 100 to 250 times per day. The bottom line is that you should think about and try to plan what you are going to say in a courtroom before you speak. In the 20th verse of the 29th chapter in the book of Proverbs, it is written, “Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” That is good advice in a courtroom and in life.

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Welcome to the Sweet Spot Not too hot, not too cold. Shelley Sakala waxes poetic about the Valley’s March weather. IN PHOENIX, March is considered to be the pinnacle of beautiful weather. With an average high temperature of 77, we can’t get out of those bulky sweaters fast enough. Total Goldilocks weather—not too hot, not too cold. Just right. Our winter visitors are downright giddy. Restaurants are reopening their patio dining. Golfers are applying for second mortgages to cover the cost of high-season greens fees. And let’s not forget the return of spring-training baseball. If you live for being outside, this is your month. But for all the springtime goodness that March brings, it’s important to ease into the season. Your body’s not used to being outside, so here are some important tips and tricks for mastering the spring:

Hiking Saturday night was epic. Dinner with friends turned into a big night on the town. You ended up staying out approxi-

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mately two (insert favorite flavor)-tinis longer than you had planned. And somewhere along the way, you agreed to meet for a hike the next morning. It might be too late to back out, but you can still survive this if you are properly prepared. First things first: Rehydrate. You’re already low on fluids from the night before, so start your morning with a big glass of H20, followed by another glass of H20. It’s a game-changing move that just might make the difference between conquering Everest and getting left at base camp.

Dress for the outdoors You wake up, check your iPhone weather, and see nothing but happy little yellow suns and a high of 76. Don’t be fooled. The temperatures will fluctuate throughout the day. As soon as Mr. Sun dips below the horizon, your iPhone won’t keep you warm in those short shorts and tank top. So do what your mother always told you: “Stop

MARCH Weather Average temperature: 65  Average high temperature: 77  Average low temperature: 54  Warmest ever: 100  Coldest ever: 38  Average precipitation: .98 inches

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Boost Your Small-Business Brand Try these five effective resources that will energize your brand. By Adam Toren

THEY SAY that nothing in life comes for free, but that’s not always necessarily so in today’s world. While resources may require your human capital input to make them into a success, you have access to many free resources online and offline that can really help boost your small-business brand. You might be tempted to

think that anything that’s free couldn’t possibly help your business, but the groups and sites on this list can help you. There are lots of ways to grow your business through local grassroots actions on your or your staff ’s part, and these resources will contribute to your success over time if you stay consistent at participating.

1. Your Local SBA

2. Social-Share Media

Did you know that your local small-business association (sba.gov) offers some amazing content and courses that are often free of charge? The small-business association is there to help you succeed. They offer tons of content at no charge on their website and through their mailing lists that can provide you with great advice and help with the running of various aspects of your business. Most small-business association chapters also offer free classes, courses, and workshops. While some do have a fee, there’s usually a great mix of free and paid courses, and many are even available as webinars online so you can learn and attend without a commute. Alternatively, you can contact your local SBA to see if you or someone from your business might be a great resource as a workshop teacher. They’re usually unpaid, but you might meet others relevant to your business, find new clients through teaching and presenting, and at the same time contribute to community and individual success.

If you’re looking for a better way to get information about your brand out to the world without using a PR company, check out the content-writing site medium.com. This medium is a social-share site and so allows individuals to write and post stories for free. Membership requires only that you sign up for a free account; this way, other Medium members can follow and recommend your stories. If you consistently post great content, including stories and thought-leadership pieces on this site, it can really help to build narrative and trust with your business’s brand. It’s a great way to spread the word about what you do.

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Professional Profiles ASK THE ATTORNEY

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Q: Do I really need an attorney to handle my divorce? We agree on everything. A: Usually, yes. If one spouse hires an attorney, you will be at an extreme disadvantage if you decide to represent yourself. You will be held to the same standard as a lawyer and expected to litigate the case and be as knowledgeable about the law. Even if you and your spouse agree to the equitable division of assets, legal decision-making authority and parenting time, it’s sound to hire a lawyer to draft up your agreements and ensure that your mutual contract is not only enforceable but fair.

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Search for Hidden Treasures The Daisy Mountain Rock and Mineral Club unearths Arizona’s mineral and gem bounty. By Ed Winbourne

THE DAISY MOUNTAIN Rock and Mineral Club is a unique rock-hounding organization in 85086 that offers members the opportunity to learn about and collect a unique piece of Arizona’s mineral and gem bounty. Established in May of 2010, the founders set forth a goal of monthly field trips for the club. That same month was the club’s first field trip to a quarry above Jerome to collect fossils. Even though the area is nearly a mile above sea level, there are marine fossils preserved in the red-wall limestone, the same limestone you can see in the Grand Canyon. The group was able to collect fossils such as snail-like cephalopods, crinoids, sponges, and corals. Other club field trips have included a trip to the Desoto mine north of Cleator, which is rich in the copper minerals malachite and chrysocolla. The group spent a day of collecting these minerals before stopping in the Cleator Bar for a taste of a genuine Arizona mining bar. In order to accommodate working members and those still in school, most of the field trips are on Saturdays. And while some of the club’s field trip destinations are relatively easy to get to and prepare for, a number of the collecting sites require more preparation and a four-wheel-drive vehicle. It’s recommended to bring water, lunch, a rock hammer, and a collecting bag or bucket, and remember to wear a good pair of boots. Since not everyone in the club has a four-wheel drive, the club

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carpools from the Anthem Parkside recreation parking lot. One site that requires extra preparation is a geode field west of Wickenburg that the club visits once a year. Geodes are a favorite of nearly everyone, and to see them sandwiched in between beds of volcanic ash and looking like bubbles in a sponge is a sight to behold. Cutting open the rather ugly round rocks to see if there are crystals inside is like finding a treasure. One of the club’s favorite trips is to the famous DoBell Ranch in Holbrook to purchase Arizona’s most famous rock—multicolored petrified wood. This Arizona treasure was made famous at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 by the Tiffany Company and is still coveted by collectors and homeowners looking for a prize piece of our state to display. For $28, you can fill a five-gallon bucket with the petrified wood you select out of a pile of material dug up by Gordon DoBell. If you don’t want rough material, Gordon has a selection of cut and polished slabs, bookends, and logs

that range in size from a foot across and two feet high to mammoth petrified ones the size of a Volkswagen. While the club visited Holbrook, they also searched for meteorites from the famous meteorite fall of 1912. This year, the club will be going down Route 40 to Joseph City to an area where they can collect petrified wood and search for fossils. The club meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at the Anthem Civic Building, with a speaker in attendance. Past guests have been professors and graduate students from the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration and other experts in the rockhounding world. The club’s monthly field trips are open to members and nonmembers—nonmembers have to sign a liability release and pay a small fee. An annual club membership is $15 for individuals and $25 for families. To contact the club, call me at (978) 460-1528, or send an email to ewinbourne@gmail.com. You can also find the club on Facebook.

The Daisy Mountain Rock and Mineral Club is hosting their second annual Rock and Gem Show at the Diamond Canyon School on Liberty Bell Way in Anthem on March 28 and 29. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for kids over 12 and seniors.

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“The posse allows me to help out the community and assist the officers that help keep our community safe, and I can do this all in my spare time.” —BRIAN JOST and assist MCSO deputies out in the field. The required trainings are free, and volunteers are never asked to do anything they haven’t been trained for. There are currently only four women in the organization, but Bettye Ruff, a retired nurse and teacher who regularly volunteers as a community liaison says, “Women are capable of performing all the duties of a posse member with proper training.” In the last year alone, the more than 40 men and women of the North Valley Posse provided approximately 15,000 hours of service to the community. Steve estimates that since its inception, members have easily provided more than 180,000 hours of service, and those hours have impacted the community in fundamental ways. According to homefacts.com, the crime statistics for Anthem and the surrounding areas are lower than those experienced in many other parts of the country. And some crimes such as robberies, burglaries, and motor vehicle thefts are far below the rates experienced elsewhere. The group’s impact isn’t limited to the reduction of crimes, either. The group also provides life-saving assistance, and Brian was instrumental in one such experience. “While my partner and I were on patrol on the ATVs, a couple was stranded about a mile in the desert,” he says. “They went on a hike but didn’t bring enough water and were becoming dehydrated. We were able to quickly find them and transport them back.” In addition to search-and-rescue services, volunteers working under the guidance of the Maricopa County Sheriff ’s Office provide backup to deputies on calls; patrol homes, businesses, washes, and parks; provide support at special events like Anthem Days and Autumnfest to keep them running smoothly; and support programs like anti-bullying campaigns. “Bullying comes in many forms—name calling, leaving people out, spreading rumors, physically hurting someone,” Steve says. “And it can happen in person, in writing, online, on cell phones, in schools, on the bus, at home, or anywhere.” He adds that bullying isn’t a normal rite of passage and can have serious consequences.

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Left to right: Lt. Brandon Clark, Bettye Ruff, Don Stamile, Niko Vazquez, and Steve Dymarcik. The North Valley Posse supports the bully-prevention campaign by working with educators and the MSCO, but the program isn’t the only way the group serves children and their families. Bettye says that members also assist at school crosswalks to ensure the safety of children and regularly conduct vacation and neighborhood watches, which frees the sheriff ’s office during crises and brings peace of mind to area residents. The posse is always accepting applications for new members, and since they

provide all necessary training, the group is suitable for people from all walks of life. Of course, since the organization supports law enforcement, there are a few restrictions. Applicants cannot have a criminal history, they must be residents of Maricopa County, and they must be U.S. citizens. Applicants must be 18 or older, but the younger crowd may be interested in joining the North Valley Explorer Post, which offers young adults the opportunity to develop an understanding of the requirements of law enforcement.

INTERESTED IN JOINING THE NORTH VALLEY POSSE? If you’re interested in becoming a member of the North Valley Posse, contact Steve Dymarcik at sdymarcik@nvposse.org or visit the website at nvposse.org. As stated in the article, an applicant: • Cannot have a criminal history • Must be a resident of Maricopa County • Must be a U.S. citizen Special skills or expertise, such as technology, vehicle maintenance and repair, state law, or administrative will be put to good use!

“Bullying comes in many forms — name calling, leaving people out, spreading rumors, physically hurting someone,” and it can happen in person, in writing, online, on cell phones, in schools, on the bus, at home, or anywhere.” —STEVE DYMARCIK

You can learn more about the Explorer post by contacting Brandon Clark at bclark@nvposse.org or by visiting their Facebook page (MCSO Explorer Post #2502). In addition, each applicant receives a thorough background check. Right now, the posse is especially in need of mechanics to help keep patrol cars running, radio experts to maintain district radios, and those with administration or grant-writing skills. Sheriff Joe Arpaio believes very firmly in the volunteer-posse concept. Since becoming sheriff in 1993, he has built the Maricopa County Sheriff ’s Office Posse program to one of national stature and recognition. Becoming a posse volunteer means more than just a badge—it is a badge of honor. Bettye says it best when she explains why she volunteers with the North Valley Posse: “It is important that we give back to the community in which we enjoy living.” Of course, those reduced crimes rates and being able to save lives are pretty great reasons to get involved, too! MARCH 2015

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Ways to Save Create a healthy budget for your family for long-lasting fiscal health. By Kristin Caliendo

RAISING A FAMILY is not cheap. Many families come up short at the end of the month for a lack of proper planning, and what’s the result? Relying on credit cards or borrowing from savings. Sitting down and taking a good look at your finances can spare you from the pain of creating and maintaining debt. Striking a comfortable balance between lavish spending and packing away every penny is not easy. Sometimes, the ways we spend just need a little tweaking. If your purse strings unravel, don’t beat yourself up; just try to do better the next month. Recently, I sat down to take a good hard look at the areas in which I spend the most and came up with some ways to save.

GROCERIES/DINING OUT COUPONS Ditch the scissors and Sunday papers. Download your local grocer’s app and get digital coupons on your phone. It’s simple and easy at checkout. BUY WHAT’S ON SALE Stick to a meal planner, and plan your meals based on what‘s on sale. Download a meal planner app like MealBoard, and make your shopping list quick and easy. EXTRA SAVINGS DAYS Do your shopping on extra savings days. Some grocery stores offer 10 percent off your bill on certain days of the week. Check with your grocer for specials when checking out.

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Fresh Pickings

The Desert Baroness heads to two local farmers’ markets for local ingredients for a simple yet delicious meal. FOR A long time, I was set in my ways as far as grocery shopping was concerned. I’d always head to the big grocery store chains for my weekly grocery haul, with an occasional visit to a high-end specialty gourmet store every great once-in-a-while. But as my love and passion for cooking grew, I became more aware of the importance of using fresh ingredients. Shopping for organic, sustainable, and locally grown and produced foods became part of my new shopping routine. Some of my favorite places to buy organically grown produce and foods are our local farmers' markets. I love to walk by the booths, chat up the vendors, and sample all of the goodies. It’s amazing to see the variety available. When springtime rolls around, it’s the perfect time for me to get out the convertible and cruise around town to check out the local farmers’ market scene. So with the top down and my shopping bags in tow, I shift into fifth gear on Carefree Highway, ready to shop two of my favorite markets within reach of us 85086-ers! And with the goodies I find, I’ll rustle up a great dinner AZ style. My first stop was the farmers’ market at the Sundial in Care-

free. The market here is alive and happening on Fridays. I hit the scene around 11 a.m. and did a quick survey of the booths. There were samples galore of pita chips and hummus and then the Bloody Mary relishes, but I had to stay focused! Fresh produce was at the top of my list. I was thrilled with the selection. I found red peppers, zucchini, purple carrots, and broccolini here. And somehow, cheesecake found its way into my bag—?! Ooh-la-la! My second stop was the farmers’ market at Anthem Park by the Veterans Memorial, open on Sundays. My family loves this park, so I decided to leave the convertible at home and piled everyone, including our dogs, into the SUV. I made the first pass at the booths. Wow, lots of choices! Still on the hunt for produce, I was happy to find several vendors there selling some unique varieties of veggies. I picked up some yellow carrots and red bunching onions to add to my market bounty. I picked up two loaves of the yummiest bread ever, along with pita chips and hummus. Good haul! Now it was time to make dinner. On the drive home while everyone was chatting, I got into the zone and planned things out. The pre-dinner munchies were totally taken care of with the pita chips and hummus—check. Dessert would be the cheesecake, of course—check. And then I remembered that I had a roasting chicken waiting in the fridge at home. The lightbulb went on, and I decided that I would make that as my main course and serve it with steamed veggies and bread—all blocks checked. You know it’s good when they all come back for seconds— and they did!

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better | HAIR

Boxed Color

Is a $10 box of drugstore color a better bargain than a professional salon service? Heck, no, says local stylist Martin Weston! IS THERE REALLY a noticeable difference between a $10 box color and a professional salon color service? The answer is yes! Without going into all the reasons, I’ll explain that the biggest difference is in knowing which colors to use and the reasons why you choose them. Most stylists can tell you their experiences of working with clients who’ve colored their hair at home. What I’ve heard most throughout the years is “I assumed my hair would look like the color on the box!” I’ve seen clients who’ve experimented with their color at home, often ending with spotty, brassy, or muddy results. Unfortunately, hair coloring is not the same as painting on a blank canvas. Virgin hair has underlying pigments that change when the artificial pigments found in hair color are applied. When coloring, you’re either adding or subtracting to what already exists in the hair shaft, so choosing a box from a retail shelf in hopes of looking like the model can end in a color disaster and a costly color correction from a professional.

One size fits all—right? I wear a size 13 shoe—don’t you? I know we’d look ridiculous if all shoes came in a size 13 with little thought for each person’s height or foot size. Box color is for-

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mulated to work on all hair types, with little consideration for an individual’s hair porosity, texture, or density. As a result, the color shown on the box is generally not the color you end up achieving. Take a walk down any store aisle and you’ll find multidimensional kits for frosting and highlighting hair, including those to create an ombre effect. The application of color is not just saturating the surface of the hair but customizing movement, depth, and dimension through proper color placement. The main difference between the $10 box color and a salon service is found in the service rather than the products themselves.

What’s missing from the box? I have a tea maker at home and a cabinet filled with about 50 boxes of flavorful teas.

Though I know how to make a cup of tea, I prefer the experience of stepping into a coffee house on a daily basis, where the baristas utilize their expertise to customize my tea to perfection. There’s a distinction between experience and expertise. To have an experience is to personally encounter or undergo something, whereas to have an expertise in something is to have an expert skill or knowledge. What’s missing from the experience you have using a box color is found in a colorist’s knowledge and expertise.

Why you should trust a professional A salon professional has studied color theory to customize the correct pigments and proper volume developer, which result in the shades you desire. Also, when

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better | BEAUTY

Spring Trends Local beauty expert Jacqueline Starr-Hubert on looks of the season.

IT’S TRULY AMAZING how a great outfit can put an extra skip in our step. It certainly doesn’t replace anything, but it sure does help. Let me give you a heads-up with a cheat sheet of the trends that made their way onto the major runways of the fashion world. Whether you’re looking for bold ideas for your working wardrobe or desperately seeking ways to fine-tune your party girl look, here’s everything you need to know about what’s trending in the upcoming season.

Midriff-Baring Evening Fringe

Flower Power

Who needs a gown? A crop top and ladylike skirt will do the trick. A pop of skin certainly creates a little fun! The subtlest flash of flesh can turn a tried-and-true evening option into something decidedly modern. Jennifer Lopez recently wore a great example of this to the Netflix Golden Globe Party 2015. For those who may not consider this option, remember that the same look can be achieved with the magic of lace mesh. Keep your makeup look consistent with a “less is better” look by keeping it in nude tones.

Never has the concept of floral felt bolder. Whether big and beautiful or minute and abstract, flower power is intensely feminine and is here to stay this season. Be sure to continue the splash of color when selecting your shoes. Accessories need to stay simple so as not to compete with the beautiful print of the outfit.

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A little shimmy, a little shake! This spring, it’s all about movement—start with the runways’ ubiquitous flapping, swinging fringe. Fringe will be showing up on everything—jackets, shirts, skirts, pants, and accessories. My suggestion for your makeup look would be keep it fun. Include an element like long lashes, a pop of color as eyeliner, or the classic red lip—just don’t wear them all at once!

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