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features 34

DO GOOD Your neighbors are making the world a better place. Read on to learn about their passionate contributions to our community, and consider joining them in their efforts

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Publishers’ note


MOMENTS Fun things to do in December




A season for reading


SPORTS BCHS Basketball Preview

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BEAUTY Tips to stay fresh during your holiday travels

PETS Seasonal safety tips for cats and dogs

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INSIDE Grapefruit and medication: A deadly mix?

CELEBRATIONS Sensational seasonal decorating

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Preserving holiday memories with keepsake art



SUDOKU An original Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan puzzle

HISTORY The strange case of the vanishing train robbers

HEALTH A healthier holiday season


OUTTAKES Seen in the community





HOME COOKING The Desert Baroness divulges a yummy cookie recipe

The art of hair color

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But it’s a dry rain

PURVEYOR OF FUN For the owners of Kommander Industries, selling enjoyment is all in a day’s work

PERSPECTIVE The legality of depicting religious scenes

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between neighbors Doing Good We’re introducing our first philanthropy issue, in which we celebrate the people and organizations making this community (and the Valley at large) a better place. According to the Arizona Giving and Volunteer Report of 2010, 32 percent of women and 33 percent of men in Arizona volunteer their time somewhere. Based on our firsthand experience in the North Valley, we have no doubt that this area has a tremendous amount of residents giving their time and efforts to those less fortunate. It seems that everyone we come in contact with spends some time volunteering. It’s very inspiring! ADAM TOREN Publisher Take, for instance, Anthem’s Curt Wacasey, who’s adam@85086magazine.com taken his passion for running and turned it into a way to help assuage the large worldwide death toll associated with dehydration. Through his participation in Water for Our World the past three years, Curt has seen wells for clean drinking water successfully built in Zimbabwe, El Salvador, Kenya, Liberia, and other countries. Through hard work, marathon races, and seven years of passionately successful run teams, WFOW has been raising money to increase awareness about dehydration, provide education about the gravity of the situation, and find successful, plausible solutions. We Care Anthem is another example of an organization doing good in our community. We Care Anthem is a nonprofit organization that helps seriously ill children and their families; and its members believe that any time that someone helps a child in crisis—even just a little—it can make a difference. Katie Wagner and her parents are just one of the many families to benefit from We Care Anthem’s efforts. While Katie battled a rare form of cancer and ultimately lost the fight, We Care Anthem rallied around her and her family. Meanwhile, we welcome a new philanthropic organization to the area, Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation, which recently moved to their new facility in New River. The Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Refuge has been dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating neglected and abused animals since 2005. These dynamic people and organizations are just a few examples of those giving back in our community. Check out page 36 to read more. Of course, there are so many more people in the area doing good, and we want to hear from them, not just in time for a special philanthropy issue but year round! Keep us in the loop with stories on all local volunteer efforts so that we can help celebrate, amplify, and share these efforts with our readers. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention all the festivities surrounding the holidays. 85086 Magazine has TOREN you covered. Inside, you’ll find clever crafting, enter- MATTHEW Publisher taining, cooking tips, and more to make this your best matthew@85086magazine.com season yet. Enjoy!

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CONTRIBUTORS Kristine Abrams Gresh, Stephanie Batz, Max Calderone, Shannon Fisher, Susan Flanagan, Roberta Gottlieb, Matthew Grunwald, Kimberly Hufford, Maia Lopes-Gilbert, Myles Mellor, Lydia O’Connor, Shelley Sakala, Jacqueline Starr-Hubert, Tara Storjohann, Anissa Stringer, Marshall Trimble, Jamila Watson, Martin Weston, Gerald A. Williams

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Wow Your Holiday Guests If you’re hosting a holiday event, you don’t need a large space to make a big impact. You can use a side table as a buffet or drink station by adding some decor and a mirror, which makes the space look larger. You can also bring in a beautiful dessert or a special piece like this cranberry ice bucket. We made this out of ice, cranberries, and rosemary. This will be a hit for sure! You can make it, too! Check out facebook.com/sincerelystyle for step-by-step instructions. By Kimberly Hufford of Sincerely Style Photo by Heidi Lea Photography

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Things to Do… DECEMBER

Compiled by Sondra Barr

2 & 16 The Daisy Mountain Tea Party Patriots meet to listen to educational speakers, authors, or candidates for public office the first and third Tuesday of each month. The meetings also include an opportunity for involvement in both supporting and holding elected officials accountable, as well as updates on issues being addressed or considered by various local, state, and federal officials. 3701 W. Anthem Way, Anthem. onlineatanthem.com


Schedule your close up for the Holiday Photo Shoot with professional photographer Scott E. Whitney at the Caurus Academy PTO fundraiser. Pre-register for a 20-minute personal


photo session with pre-photo primping by Duo Salon stylists. For more information, visit caurusacademy.org and proceed to the PTO tab and SignUpGenius link for the photo shoot, or email debbielabinkski@me.com to make a reservation. Call Eve Hoover (314) 920-9913 or Debbie Labinski (623) 262-8175 with questions.

12, 13, & 14 Head over to the 7th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival for three days of holiday fun for the entire family. The free event features an electriclight parade, 25 tons of real snow, fireworks, a kids zone, late-night shopping, and more. Carefree Desert Gardens at the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St., Carefree. carefreechristmasfestival.com


The Shops at Norterra in partnership with KOOL radio is bringing in Corvettes for their Christmas celebration! Christmas with Corvettes is a free event filled with classic and modern Corvettes, the Come Back Buddy 50s band, snow from Arctic Glacier, food tasting from participating restaurants, and a visit from Santa himself! 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Shops at Norterra, 2460 W. Happy Valley Rd., Phoenix. norterrashopping.com

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Take in a concert-style performance at the Musical Theatre of Anthem Holiday Show featuring classic carols and popular holiday music performed by 35 young singers. The show is directed and vocal directed by Jackie Hammond along with co-vocal director Karen Blanzy. For tickets and times, visit MTA’s website. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem. musicaltheatreofanthem.org

13 Join the Ocotillo Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution as they meet to hear guest speaker United States Air Force Colonel, Retired Thomas H. Kirk Jr. in the Community Room at


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the Outlets at Anthem. Meetings are open to nonmembers. Outlets at Anthem, 4250 W. Anthem Way, Phoenix. ocotillo.arizonadar.org


Join the North Valley Jewish Community Association as they celebrate Hanukkah at the Ironwood Grille. Candle-lighting ceremony and traditional buffet dinner start at 5:30 p.m. Adults, $25 per person. Children 5–12, $13. All pricing is inclusive. Children under 5 years are at no charge. A cash bar will be available. For reservations, call or e-mail Murray Gordon at (623) 551-0310 or mdavid624@cox.net. RSVP by Dec. 13. Anthem Country Club, 2708 W. Anthem Club Dr., Anthem.



The Anthem 15th anniversary will conclude with a New Year’s Eve Celebration to close out 2014. The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. in the ACC Community Park. This celebration will be the signature event for the year-long commemoration of 15 years of Anthem. Residents and their guests are invited to enjoy music and dancing, food stations, the movie Frozen on a big screen, skating on a synthetic ice rink, and fireworks. Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem. onlineatanthem.com

New Friends of the Library meet the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. North Valley Regional Library, 40410 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem. onlineatanthem.com


Try a variety of treats and snacks, sip on tea, and relax at Anthem Community Center’s Tea on the Terrace from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 3701 W. Anthem Way, Anthem. onlineatanthem.com/event/tea-terrace


Christmas Eve Services at Arizona Hills Community Church will be held at Boulder Creek High School in the Performing Arts Auditorium at 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. Child care will be provided for preschool age and younger. Boulder Creek High School, 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem.


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The 10th Annual Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade SEEN The Boulder Creek High School Band, the Arizona Rough Riders, the Daisy Mountain Fire Department Honor Guard, and more!

HEARD A mighty cannon blast at the start of the parade —Photos by Vendetta Art Studios-Phoenix, LLC.

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Boulder Creek High School Basketball Preview Boys look to rebound, girls set to carry momentum into the 2014–15 season. By Max Calderone

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THE 2013–14 season was a tale of two contrasting campaigns for the Boulder Creek High School basketball program. The girls team was knocked out of the state playoffs in the second round, the highest-ever finish in program history. However, the boys failed to make the state tournament after a disappointing season. As we enter the 2014–15 year, both teams are looking to improve and build upon the historical success of Jaguar basketball. This year, a trio of juniors will lead the boys team: Matt Downey, Nick Johnson, and Justin Braun. As leaders, the three are simply approaching this season game by game. “Coach has really instilled a mind-set of taking it one game at a time,” Matt says. “The potential was there (last season), but things just didn’t fall into place.” With that in mind, the boys are expecting a much more successful season. Coached by Ryne Holstrom, the boys are hoping to make a deep run in the section tournament. Though not a particularly tall team, speed and perimeter shooting will be the strengths of this year’s squad. Another notable factor will be the team’s chemistry. Matt was adamant that the team is “proving to be a family” after a productive summer camp and fall workout regimen. As for the girls, superstar senior Darian Slaga will lead. She has a strong supporting cast in senior Leah Bassik, juniors Haley Villegas and Ashley Jones, sophomore Mallory Vivola, and freshman Sydney Palma, who may surprise fans this season. Coming off a solid run into state playoffs last year, expectations are high. “I’m not leaving without a ring,” Darian says. New head coach Ryan Pletnick will enter his first season with the Lady Jags. Though he implements a different system, his players are excited to see how it will benefit an already impressive team. Though the coaching change may be difficult, it’s not the only problem the girls will have to overcome. They lost seven graduated seniors and will be without returning varsity senior Hannah Carter, who suffered a knee injury. However, Darian will look to carry the team on her shoulders as in years past. Darian holds the Boulder Creek record for career points scored, entering the upcoming campaign with 1,265, even after missing half her sophomore season because of an injury. She was named Section Player of the Year as a junior and was named to the First Team All-Section each year of her career. In addition, she was awarded a spot on the First Team AllState for her impressive 2013–14 season. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of Darian’s career is that she recently committed to play Division I basketball at the University of Portland.

Max Calderone is a senior M at Boulder Creek High School. He’ s a member of the National Honor Society and also plays for the varsity baseball tteam. An aspiring sports jojournalist with a passion for all sports, Max hhopes to attend Stanford University. “I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given over the years to pursue basketball after high school, and now that it’s solidified on where I’m going, I couldn’t be more excited and anxious to start my collegiate career in Portland!” she says. It is a huge reward for her hard work and dedication to the game. Both the boys and girls teams will open their respective seasons this December. Come join The Jungle and cheer on the Jaguars in another fun-filled basketball season!

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Lawful? Is it legal to depict religious scenes during the holiday season? Judge Gerald A. Williams examines whether local governments may rule against them. CAN A LOCAL government lawfully display a Nativity scene on government property during the holiday season? Does it matter if it’s also part of an overall holiday display? What about the constitutional requirement for separation of church and state? To find answers to these and to many other legal questions, a quick examination of history is a good place to start. Christmas is a religious holiday designed to celebrate the birth of Jesus

Christ, but the origin of Christmas, or “Christ’s mass,” is somewhat obscure. It became part of the liturgical calendar by tradition, and St. Francis of Assisi allegedly introduced the Nativity scene as a symbolic representation of the birth of Jesus. The First Amendment reads in part that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Over time, the US Supreme Court

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Judge Gerald A. Williams is the justice of the peace for the North Valley Justice Court. The court’ s jurisdiction includes Anthem and Desert Hills.

Should There Be the Three Wise Men in the Nativity Scene? Although most know the language of the Christmas story in Luke better, the account in Matthew is the only Gospel that mentions wise men. In spite of a well-known hymn, we don’t actually know whether there were three wise men or kings that traversed afar. We do know, however, that they brought three gifts consisting of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. So does it matter that there is only one reference to these wise men in the Bible? When I preside over jury trials, I instruct the jury that they should not, as the legal tomes decree, decide any issue merely by counting the number of witnesses who have testified on opposing sides. The testimony of one witness, which you believe, is sufficient to prove any fact. The belief that wise men went searching for Jesus Christ after his birth is generally accepted by everyone who owns a Nativity scene. I do not recall anyone saying “Hey, this ‘wise men’ thing might not be true because it’s only in the book of Matthew.” Sometimes, one witness statement is enough.


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has tended to focus more on the “establishment” clause than the “free exercise” clause. Of note, the Constitution does not contain the phrase that most people believe it does. The actual text says nothing about a “separation between church and state.” That phrase became law in 1947 in a case about the use of tax dollars to bus students to parochial schools, called Everson v. Board of Education, 330 U.S. 1 (1947). Many symbols and celebrations of Christmas have nothing to do with religious faith, but when pressed, most would likely concede that it is a religious holiday. In a different time and in a different context, our US Supreme Court actually stated that “this is a Christian nation.” [Church of the Holy Trinity v. U.S., 143 U.S. 457 (1892)]. However, the law now is more complex. In 1984, in Lynch v. Donnelly, 465 U.S. 668 (1984), the US Supreme Court held that a city government could have a Christmas display that included a Nativity scene in a park as part of an overall display that also included things like a Santa Claus house, reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh, a Christmas tree, cutout figures representing children’s characters like clowns and teddy bears, hundreds of colored lights, and a large banner that reads “Season’s Greetings.” Other cases have held that a menorah can also be a part of an overall holiday display. So the short answer to the original question is yes, but it’s not clear whether anyone would like the display once all of the required components are present. My hope for you this season is that your holiday, however you celebrate, is truly merry and that you don’t have to even come close to a courtroom, unless you happen to work in or near one.

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But It’s a Dry Rain Yes, we recently had the wettest day on record in Phoenix. But yes, we’re also still in a drought. Meteorologist Shelley Sakala explains why. AS A PUBLIC service to the community (non-court-mandated, thank you very much), this month, I’m providing you with fun facts that you can take with you to dinner parties. When you find yourself sitting with a group of interesting people, shower these little bits of knowledge on everyone:

Did you know that despite all the rain we’ve had during the past few months, we’re still in a drought? Minds blown. Yes, the Sept. 8 downpour was the wettest day on record in Phoenix. More than three inches fell at Sky Harbor Airport. But that rain has already disappeared down our rivers. It’s hard to believe, but even in a year featuring submerged freeways and cars floating away, we still have

a water shortage. According to Randy Cerveny, a climatologist at Arizona State University, we can’t completely escape our current drought until we experience a healthy snowpack that repeats itself for several years. The reason we need snowfall even more than rain is that rainfall hits quickly and then drains away quickly. Snow, on the other hand, melts slowly, which allows it a chance to collect in our reservoirs. Large and sustained amounts of melting snow would bring our water supply back up to pre-drought levels. We’ll take the monsoons, for sure, but it’s those big winter storms known as El Niño that we really need.

Did you know that until this year, the Phoenix record for rainfall had stood since 1895? Minds blown again. If you grew up in Arizona, you probably recall several epic rainy seasons that rivaled this year. But in terms of singleday rainfall in Phoenix, nothing tops that

A SILVER LINING There’s an environmental upside to our recent economic challenges: The recession and the related dip in the housing market has led to a leveling off in demand for water in Arizona. Every drop counts when you’re in a drought!

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Shelley Sakala is a meteorologist and former weather anchor/ reporter at ABC 15 who still enjoys talking about the weather. She’ s now a Realtor with Keller Williams Arizona Realty. wild day from this past September. Many of our notable days of rainfall are the result of larger natural events such as hurricanes, cyclones, and tropical storms. The Labor Day Storm of 1970 was a remnant of Tropical Storm Norma and led to 23 fatalities in our state.* In 1968, an F2 tornado hit Glendale, destroying homes and racking up $250,000 in damage** (a lot of money back then). So the next time you find yourself making small talk, seize the opportunity to become the Most Interesting Person in the World by talking about the weather. As long as this drought continues, we’ll all stay thirsty, my friends. * National Weather Service, Tucson Regional Office. “Tropical Storm Norma 1970.” ** “Event Report for Arizona: Maricopa County.” National Climatic Data Center. 1968.

Little-Known Facts about the Colorado River • The Colorado River serves more than 40 million people in seven states, including Arizona. • Farmers in Central Arizona have the lowest priority in terms of Arizona water rights. • Farmers in Yuma have the most senior water rights in Arizona, down to the last drop. Shaun McKinnon, azcentral.com

December Weather Average temperature: 55ºF Average high temperature: 66ºF Average low temperature: 45ºF Warmest ever: 84ºF Coldest ever: 26ºF Average precipitation: .88 inches


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A Season for Reading As the 85086 Book Club continues to grow, readers are invited to join in the literary adventure. By Kristine Abrams Gresh

SO—I HOPE the side project I suggested in the November issue is going strong. Remember—get the book I Wonder by R. J. Palacio, read it, and buy a copy for a young person in your life. Then let us know what you thought and what he or she thought! My 10-year-old son Jake is thoroughly enjoying it—he’s agreed to write up a short review for the January column. There’s nothing like reading and then reflecting on a good story—hence, a book club! But you can do it whenever you read a good book, club or no club. I’ve heard it said that “reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” I like that. The best teacher my son ever had (shout out to Ms. Stephens!) would have her students reflect regularly on what they were reading and give them tips for doing so. And I promise you that it helped Jake become a better reader and enabled him to hold

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engaging and intelligent conversations about books. And again, as with the last holiday season, I will make my annual soapbox statement about giving books as presents to kids. It really doesn’t get any better than giving a book (and hopefully, the love of reading with it) to a child. Make it a book about something that’s interesting to them or relevant in their lives and personalize it by writing on the inside—make it fun, and show them that reading can be! Ok, so, about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Guess what? Someone found the hidden copy and wrote to us! Kathryn Frisina of Anthem found the book, immediately started reading it, and wrote in and said, “It’s a different story line, which is refreshing. It has been awhile since I didn’t want to put a book down.” The other cool news? She plans to put out the book out again somewhere in 85086 for someone else to find and read. That’s how we keep the reading going! Personally, as for my thoughts on the book itself—the adventures of Jacob, the story of Abe—it was certainly different and interesting. I particularly loved the old photographs—they unquestionably added to the story. I will admit the book didn’t “hook” me the way I love a book to, but it’s without a doubt entertaining and well written. And without spoiling the ending for those who haven’t read it yet, I will say that I understand how some people needed to immediately read Riggs’s next book in the series. If you did get pulled into the story line and invested in the characters, you’ll want to read on. Happy Holidays and Happy Reading! Give us some book ideas for 2015!

A Lucky Reader Finds the 85085 Copy of Miss Peregr ine’s Home for Peculiar Children “I’m so glad I finally found out how to reach you! It’s not that I haven’t tried. I did, but with no luck. Yesterday, I was getting a cart outside Safeway when I saw a book in the cart. At first, I thought someone forgot their book, so I was going to take it inside to customer service. When I picked it up, I noticed a piece of paper sticking out the top. The paper was a dead giveaway—I knew it was the 85086 Book Club.”—Kathryn Frisina

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” —Maya Angelou


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7 Organizing Tips to Get Your New Year Started Out Right •

When the holidays are over, it’s okay to recycle the cards you received. But before you do, take a picture with your phone and use it as the person’s contact. That way every time your phone rings throughout the year you will see their picture.

If you decide to keep the cards, keep only pictures of close friends and family. Start a holiday card binder and put the photos into plastic sleeves. Or punch a hole into the corner of the card and attach with a round keychain. Bring them out each year and see how everyone has changed.

Since you have the cards out, it’s a great time to update address and telephone changes. Grab your address book or computer and enter the changes.

Remember the one-in, one-out rule. If you received a new bathrobe for the holidays, it’s time to donate your old one. The same goes for toys, clothes, etc.

Pack up the old files from 2014 and buy colorful new folders for 2015. It is easier to file your papers when the folders are bright and creative.

Choose a box or folder and label it “Taxes 2015.” Just drop your receipts in it. If you start using it now, it will save you from running around next April.

Put a box or bag in each closet, mark it “Donate.” When the kids outgrow something, or you no longer love an item of clothing, just drop it in the bag. When a bag gets full, replace it with a new one and donate it all to your favorite charity.

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Holiday Distractions Keep your cats and dogs safe and happy for the holidays. Local pet advocate Roberta Gottlieb tells you how. THE WINTER HOLIDAY season is here! The house is bustling with activity and novel items: visitors, candles, an indoor tree, decorations, gifts, and of course, the mouthwatering aroma of delicious food. Think like your dog or cat and imagine how its natural curiosity can place it in hazardous situations while you’re in holiday-distraction mode. From your pet’s point of view, you’ve created an indoor fur-person playground, complete with a tree! Many of the basic precautions you would use in protecting a toddler from household dangers are identical to the safeguards for pet-proofing your home. Keep decorations, particularly tinsel, on the upper two-thirds of the tree or higher if you think your pet can jump or climb there; electrical cords hidden; and any wrapped presents from under the tree that might contain an irresistible odor moved to a safety zone, especially when the pets are unsupervised. Common health dangers include gift wrap, string, pine needles, and tinsel, all of which can lead to intestinal damage requiring surgery. Even the water in the tree stand can be hazardous, as can particular holiday plants such as mistletoe, holly, and amaryllis. Many of us consider the family dinner to be the most enjoyable time during the holidays, and your pet agrees. Chances are that your cat and dog will be loitering near your table using their best “I am starving!” expression. Before the food is served, it’s a good idea to set ground rules with your guests: No table scraps, please! Poultry skin, bones, and too much food can cause enormous digestive upset, with the worst-case scenario being a diagnosis of pancreatitis resulting from eating rich foods. Simple dessert items that contain chocolate, raisins, or grapes can be extremely deadly. For example, a toxic dose of dark chocolate in a 40-pound dog is a mere five ounces. Toy breeds can become critically ill and die from ingesting very small portions of chocolate. When dinner is finished, make sure to absolutely secure your garbage. Dogs and cats

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can be ingenious and will problem-solve to find some way to get to that irresistible leftover by removing lids, moving chairs to access the counter, or just knocking the container over. Your pet may be looking for that cooked bone (never serve any cooked bones—they can splinter easily and leave you with a large surgical bill), poultry skin, dessert scraps, and anything else that a cat or dog would eat. I am fairly confident that 100 percent of pet owners do not want to spend Christmas Eve at an emergency vet hospital charging a few thousand dollars on their credit card. To minimize the stress on your pet from the increased number of visitors, make sure it has a “safe place” where it can choose to go if it feels overwhelmed with all of the commotion. Rescue Remedy, available at Whole Foods and a number of pet-supply stores, is a homeopathic tincture that you can use to help soothe and calm your pet. You can place a few drops in the water bowl or rub a couple of drops onto an ear. If your pet has not had much exposure to young children, proceed with caution and closely monitor the interaction. Make preparations to limit your pet’s front-door access and keep collars and ID tags on at all times in case the dog or cat inadvertently slips out. Do your best to maintain regular feeding and exercise schedule as dogs in particular love

their repetitive routine. Daily one-on-one time is a great way to help your pet feel secure during the holiday rush. And last but not least: It is never a good idea to give a pet as a present. Adding a pet to a family is a deliberate decision that is best made by the future pet parent or family, taking into account lifestyle, financial stability, and any pending employment or housing changes. Adoption counselors are frequently called matchmakers because there are multiple factors to consider on both sides of the equation: the family’s and the pet’s. The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with friends and family, and certainly include your family pets in the festivities when it’s possible. By taking just a few moments of thinking like your cat or dog, you can ensure a safe and healthy holiday for your pet.

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Vendor Credits Parties On Purpose: Party styling, concept Photography: Epiphany Creative Angel Cakes Bakery: Cake, gold-glitter cookies with icing Apricot Lounge: Black and beige poncho Angela Saban Design: Gold backdrop

Let It Shine! Party planner extraordinaire Jamila Watson creates a magical holiday spectacle. THE HOLIDAY SEASON brings about a certain feeling—one of giving, caring, and happiness about being with the ones we love. I try to do my best to not get too hung up by the craziness of the holidays and instead focus on being with the people I love and making our time together fun and memorable. I once went to a conference, and one of the topics was finding your “love language.” After I answered a few questions, my love language category turned out to be Acts of Service. That is 100 percent true! I have always loved to entertain and decorate, and it has been one of my ways of showing that I care.

Setting the mood with shimmer… The gold and black trend is still one of my favorites, but for the holidays, I’ve added classic red pops of color to warm up the color palette. I love using this as an accent but feature gold as the primary color for richness. For the fireplace, I decided to stick with gold, black, brown, and beige, which play nicely off the brick background and creates more of a wintry feel.

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Mckenna Watson (left), Jamila Watson (center), and Emma Zoulek

Food that sparkles… Take your desserts to the next level with glitter. The double-layer cookies were dipped in edible gold glitter and topped with frosting. The beautiful gold and white cake, topped with a cranberry branch, was designed to be the centerpiece of the holiday dessert table. Both desserts were made by Angel Cakes Bakery. Don’t forget to serve some good old-fashioned hot chocolate along with your desserts. Top it with whipped cream, red sugar crystals, and a rolled wafer cookie.

A little holiday flare… Every year, I love to try something a little different for the holidays. This year, to add to my gold theme, I took regular feathers from the craft store, sprayed them with metallic gold spray paint, and then dipped them in fine gold glitter. I loved using the golddipped feathers as a unique holiday garland and accent for the dessert table.

Don’t forget to give… As noted, one of my favorite things to do is to be of service. During the holiday season (or any time of the year), there are so many ways to give back. Donating money to your favorite charity or purchasing presents for the less fortunate are just a few things you can do. Or you can donate your time by visiting a senior living facility, helping with a play at your church or synagogue, or volunteering at a homeless shelter. Taking the time to give back this holiday season is the best gift of all. Happy Holidays!

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Keepsake Art Preserving holiday memories is easy with these inventive ideas from crafty local mom Shannon Fisher. Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography

THE HUSTLE AND bustle of the holidays can make it hard to take the time to preserve memories or keep up with family traditions. Here are some ways to stay organized and create fun keepsakes this time of year.


Each year, we enjoy making ornaments with our girls. My grandma started this tradition by sending me an ornament every year. When I moved out and had a house of my own, I had a tree of ornaments that were very special to me. Here are two simple ones that can be made for each child. For the first, purchase a clear, plastic ornament (I bought mine at Walmart for under a $1 each). Cover each child’s palm with white poster or acrylic paint and have him or her gently cup the ornament, leaving behind a handprint. Set the ornament aside on paper or in a box to dry. When it has dried, use the painted fingers on your ornament to represent your family members. Add faces, scarves, or other holiday decorations with permanent markers. Add names and the year to preserve the memory for years to come. For the second one, if you don’t want to use paint, stuffing the inside of the ornament with the white fill used for pillows is great for adding a white background. (White fill can be purchased at any craft store.) Use permanent markers to add eyes, a nose, a mouth, and any other details. You now have a cute snowman ornament!

Growth Chart The start of the new year is a great time to think about recording your child’s growth! Start with a 6-foot-long piece of 1 x 2-inch lumber. Most home improvement store will cut wood to size for you. Sand the wood, and then paint or stain it with your favorite color. Allow it to dry and then mark off lines for inches (use a yardstick as your guide) and write the numbers to identify feet with black paint or permanent marker. Now attach the chart to the wall with a picture-hanger on the back. You are ready to mark your child’s first measurement! If desired, attach a current picture to the board next to that mark, so that in the future you'll see not only how tall your child was but also exactly what your son or daughter looked like with the cute freckles, missing teeth, and all! Write the date below, and continue marking and adding pictures a few times a year!

Preserving Memories To display your holiday cards, you can punch a hole in the upper corners and string them with wooden beads in between to help keep them separated for easier viewing. Tack or tape the strings of cards where you will best see them in your home. After the holidays are over, if you want to keep the cards, you can take ribbons or a metal ring and bind the cards together through the holes you punched. This will make storage easier. This is an easy job for children, and they can look at each card that was sent that year. It’s fun to pull them out the next year and see how much everyone has grown and changed. I hope you enjoy this holiday season with your family and create lasting memories for years to come!

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DO GOOD Your neighbors are making the world a better place. Read on to learn about their passionate contributions to our community, and consider joining them in their efforts!

We Care Anthem We Care Anthem is a nonprofit organization that helps seriously ill children and their families. Members believe that any time that someone helps a child in crisis—even just a little—it can make a difference. Katie Wagner and her parents are just one of the many families to benefit from We Care Anthem’s efforts. While Katie battled a rare form of cancer, We Care Anthem rallied around Katie and her family. Steve Wagner, Katie’s dad, says, “They were very professional. If they wouldn’t have been there, it would have been a very tough road for us.” We Care’s fund-raising efforts include silent auctions and golf tournaments; the organization hosted a golf tournament to benefit Katie’s family. Sadly, Katie ultimately lost her brave battle, and while the family is still recovering from the loss of their daughter, Steve is adamant that their family will pay it forward to help others just as they’ve been helped. Show you care by visiting wecareanthem.com to learn more about other families in Anthem who need your support. You can also make donations through the website.

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By Anissa Stringer

Boulder Creek High School Band Boosters The Boulder Creek High School Band Boosters are determined to help students in the Boulder Creek High School band and guard programs. Band Boosters works to ensure that all interested students can participate in these programs regardless of the resources available to them and their families. The students often work side by side with the Band Boosters to help raise funds as well. Car washes and concessions sales during games are two favorite group projects. Students involved in these programs have high aspirations, and many are already achieving great things. For example, there were 19 graduating seniors in 2014, and all of them are currently enrolled in higher education programs. Of these 19 band members, half of them were in the top 10 percent of their class, four were AP Scholars, and 10 of them received some kind of scholarship, grant, or other achievement award! Get involved and make some noise by visiting bouldercreekbandboosters.com.


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Sound-alike charities can have vastly different policies. Be smart and do your research before you donate!

Arizona Humane Society The Arizona Humane Society (AHS) has long been synonymous with the idea of compassionate caring. Started in 1957, they are not only Arizona’s largest animal welfare and protection agency but they are also the designated responder for animals in distress when natural disasters occur. Their programs are far reaching and include grief support for those who have lost pets; adoption services; and spay, neuter, and vaccination services. They were also the first animal shelter in the Phoenix area to partner with a retail developer. their presence in several Valley malls helps educate our community about issues like pet overpopulation. The proceeds for all purchases made in the stores go back to helping homeless animals, and purchases are tax free, too! One such store is Petique at The Shops at Norterra, which opened in October 2013. The shop offers those looking to adopt a pet the opportunity to do so in a cozy, family-friendly environment. Since opening their doors, this location has adopted out almost 1,500 pets! According to public relations manager Bretta Nelson, the Arizona Humane Society takes in more than 38,000 animals a year. To make sure they can find homes for as many of them as possible, the AHS adoption process has been streamlined. The application is now just one page long, and AHS offers a 100 percent adoption guarantee. Pets that are up for adoption get spayed or neutered and receive a free follow-up exam and have their first vaccinations. If you’re looking for a special animal to adopt, visit Petique at The Shops at Norterra, 2450 W. Happy Valley Rd., Ste. 1149, Phoenix. You can also go to azhumane.org for more information about the many other services offered by the Arizona Humane Society.

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The Mission Continues 1st Platoon Phoenix When the volunteers of The Mission Continues 1st Platoon Phoenix get together, good things happen! These veterans (more than 160 to date) are dedicated to serving alongside one another through meaningful service projects that impact our community. The Mission Continues has been around since 2008, but 1st Platoon Phoenix was started in August 2013. Rachel Gutierrez, the platoon leader and an Anthem resident, says that The Mission Continues has helped her and others like her “avoid isolation and develop a sense of purpose again.” She has personally accrued more than a thousand hours of service in the past year alone, and she estimates that the volunteers from 1st Platoon Phoenix donate many thousands of hours each year. The projects that 1st Platoon Phoenix takes on are many and varied. Recently, they restored gravestone markers for deceased WWI, WWII, and Korean War veterans. They also worked to restore MANA (Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force) House, a transitional housing facility for homeless veterans. In January, they’ll be doing a project to benefit a Tier 1 school in Phoenix as well. Visit missioncontinues.org for more information on how to get involved.

The Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Refuge The Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Refuge has been dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating neglected and abused animals since 2005. While they spend about 80 percent of their resources providing for abused, abandoned, and neglected animals, they also focus on empowering pet owners to develop successful relationships with their pets. This month, Healing Hearts is moving dozens of horses to their new facility in New River, which is the former location of Dreamchaser Horse Rescue. The Healing Hearts no-kill facility recently became home to a pair of horses rescued from a backyard breeder. As Arizona’s largest horse rescue organization, Healing Hearts provided round-the-clock care for Ella and Big Red. Both horses were severely malnourished, and Ella was covered with Habronema infections—wounds caused when larvae were deposited on the horse’s skin, causing open sores and lesions. Big Red was jaundiced and severely neglected. Healing Hearts fought to bring Big Red back from the brink of death, but after eight days, he passed away. Today, though, Ella, a 10-year old Arabian mare, is thriving. Executive director Jennifer Brumbaugh says that Ella is feeling a lot better now and is expected to recover fully. She’s also sure that Ella will be adopted into a good home. Healing Hearts sorely needs financial donations to assist with a capital campaign to purchase property and to allow them to continue helping animals like Ella and Big Red. Volunteers are also needed. Please contact Jennifer Brumbaugh at (602) 714-0241 or visit healingheartsaz.org for more information.

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Going with the Flow! Water for Our World organizers and volunteers turn on the taps and let it run. By Maia Lopes-Gilbert

Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charities Association Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charities Association is dedicated to helping those who experience sudden illness or tragedy. All donations they receive go to help people stricken with life-changing events that wreak havoc on families. An annual fundraiser, a shopping extravaganza, and a toy drive are just a few ways the group works together to raise funds. If you’d like to join the friends and families of the Daisy Mountain Firefighters, please visit firefighterscharities.org for more information!

In 2008, people living in Arizona households gave $3 billion and spent 450 million hours volunteering. Way to go, Arizona!

(Arizona Giving & Volunteer Report, 2010) Arizona residents give for lots of different reasons. Here are just a few:

54% believe that giving helps achieve change or provide a desired impact

51% identify with a particular cause

49% believe that those with more should help those with less

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IN TODAY’S WORLD, an estimated 42,000 people worldwide die every week from dehydration because their bodies don’t contain sufficient fluid or they’re losing too much of it from unclean drinking water. Dehydration is a serious problem whether it’s in the United States or abroad. Water for Our World, an Arizona-based organization, is trying to fix this. Through hard work, marathon races, and seven years of passionately successful run teams, Water for Our World (WFOW) has been raising money to do three things: raise awareness about dehydration, provide education about the gravity of the situation, and find successful, plausible solutions. Their go-to motto is as encouraging as their dauntless dedication: “Where clean water flows, community grows.” Curt Wacasey, a 39-year old Anthem resident, has been working with Water for Our World for almost three years and is now their run-team coordinator. “I’ve always liked running,” Curt says. “I just ran into a WFOW run team in a Starbucks in Anthem, and I just asked them, ‘Hey, what are you guys doing?’ and they said, ‘We’re running for water.’ I was hooked.” Curt has given WFOW countless hours of work. “The hours get long,” he says. “It’s hard getting up every Saturday morning to train, but it’s all rewarding and worth it.” Curt has seen wells for clean drinking water successfully built in Zimbabwe, El Salvador, Kenya, Liberia, and other countries during his three years with WFOW. “Most people aren’t aware that even if you combine deaths from fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and natural disasters, more people die from dehydration every year,” Curt says. WFOW founder Scott Foreman was struck by the depth and importance of world dehydration when he attended a conference and heard an African woman speak. “She told [the audience] how she had to walk six miles daily just to get water that, after all that walking, wasn’t even clean,” he said. Scott said he decided “right then and there”

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Scott Foreman (left), Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (center), and Curt Wacasey

that he was going to have a major impact on this issue. Luckily for many, Scott, now the organization's CEO, followed through with his decision—inspired by some priceless advice from his beloved late brother: “Trust your craziest ideas.” With help from other Anthem locals such as WFOW president Dan Spinogatti, and Amanda Doing, who takes care of the accounting, WFOW is making serious headway toward its “craziest ideas.” As well as benefiting countries worldwide, the organization also provides invaluable help locally. During the brutal Phoenix summers, WFOW collaborates with the Heat Relief Network of Phoenix to help the homeless and victims of natural disasters. In the spring months, when it’s a little cooler, they hold an annual Run for the Thirsty marathon, and all the proceeds go toward the Heat Relief Network. Internationally, through the annual PF Chang’s Rock and Roll Marathon, WFOW raises money for their clean water-well projects. “Over the past seven years, we’ve worked on over 100 different clean water developments,” Curt says. “There are children who get up every day before school and walk five miles both ways just to get water for their families when that water isn’t even clean.” Their projects span several countries and even continents, bringing water to those who need it everywhere from Peru to Uganda. And the best part is, anyone can join. WFOW saw two new wells built in 2014, and the year isn’t over yet—they’re hoping to build two more in Kenya and Liberia. Their eighth annual Run for the Thirsty will be taking place in May of 2015, and the PF Chang’s Rock and Roll Marathon is offering something new next year—a two–person relay. “We had a marathon one year where a couple came from California just to help the cause,” Curt says. “Every single person who is willing can help!” To learn more about making a difference, go to waterforourworld.com.

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish Programs and a faith-based ministry help a local church reach out to those in need. FATHER JOHN MUIR represents the young and dynamic community of Anthem just as well as he represents St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish. As the church’s new priest, Father Muir connects especially well with young people. He’s very active through social media, especially Facebook and Twitter, and he has also created several YouTube videos in which he discusses the process that led him to become ordained as a priest. In one of the videos, Why Priesthood?, Fr. John Muir, he says, “I love to tell the story of how God called me to become a priest. Priests don’t fall out of the sky, contrary to popular belief. They actually come from a little thing called families.” As Father Muir goes on to describe his family and the way he ultimately bonded with all the teachings of the church, it becomes apparent why he’s such a good fit at St. Rose. St. Rose, located at 2825 W. Rose Canyon Circle, is just as vibrant and passionate about reaching out to others as Father Muir is. In November, the church celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a Eucharistic procession, a prayer-consecration, and refreshments. During its short lifetime, St. Rose has been affecting change in our community through an intricate web of programs. Vacation Bible School and other youth-based programs are complemented by programs for adult faith development. Caring ministries serve the church’s community with bereavement and caregiver support groups, prayer chains, and the Tree of Life ministry, which offers memorials for children. But the services offered to our community don’t stop there. The Knights of Columbus, whose motto is “In service to one. In service to all,” serves national charities and many local ones as well. Recipients of their philanthropy include People with Intellectual Disabilities, Boy Scouts, and St. Vincent de Paul. The Mother’s Lifeline Ministry provides new mothers, many of whom are on their own, with diapers, wipes, formula, and other necessities. St. Rose also offers a ministry called Team Job Search, which helps people learn the newest strategies and techniques for finding employment. Like many other ministries that St. Rose offers, Team Job Search is available to anyone regardless of religious affiliation because St. Rose and Father Muir don’t just care about their congregation—they care about everyone in our community. To learn more about Father Muir and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish, visit stroseparishaz.org.

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PURVEYOR OF For the owners of Kommander Industries, selling enjoyment is all in a day’s work. Life in the fast lane is nothing new for business partners Steve Webster and Dustin Motzouris. The adrenaline-seeking duo owns and operates Kommander Industries. Until recently, the store was a highly specialized performance shop that built specialty watercraft to send around the world for racing. They’ve since expanded to become a retail dealership that sells Yamaha brand watercraft, wet suits, life vests, and riding gear from top brands like Burn Industries in addition to the line of performance parts they manufacture. “Dustin and I have over 50 years of combined experience in all aspects of this business,” says Steve, who’s been working in the watercraft industry since his first job at 13 years old. “We are very passionate about this sport and truly enjoy working with our customers to make sure that when they are buying these fun toys, they have fun while doing it.” The partners personify the fun they sell. Dustin is a professional Jet Ski racer who’s traveled the world competing. “I’ve been inducted into the IJSBA [International Jet Sports Boating Association], won five world titles, the Kings

Dustin Motzouris after a win.

Cup along with four USA National Championships as well as being the current national champion,” the Anthem resident says. “In our line of business, we’re one of the most knowledgeable shops in the world, not just the USA, and our expertise sets us apart for sure.” According to Steve, whose mechanical genius has helped make Kommander an industry leader, they’ve just chalked up a huge achievement. “Our most recent big accomplishment was winning the National Racing Tour this year—six rounds, three races per weekend, six different states—very tough competition. We ended up winning every single race weekend,” he says. Locating the shop in Anthem seemed a natural fit for this family-owned and operated business that appeals to families looking for a fun way to spend their time together on the water. “It’s close to the lake, close to where we live and where my children go to school,” says Steve, who resides in New River. Dustin concurs. “We all love the area and all the advantages of living here, and it also lends itself to the outdoor lifestyle, which is great for my training,” he says. To learn more, visit Kommander Industries at 4220 W. Opportunity Way, Suite 125, or check out kommanderind.com.

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The Strange Case of the Vanishing Train Robbers Official State Historian Marshall Trimble on Arizona’s first railroad heist. ARIZONA’S FIRST TRAIN robbery was an event worth remembering. It began on the evening of April 27, 1887, on southern Arizona’s only passenger train, the westbound Sunset Express, as it was making its run toward Tucson. The train was running a few minutes behind schedule, so the engineer, “Colonel” Bill Harper, gave her a little more steam to make up time. About 20 miles east of Tucson at Cienega Canyon, the yellow streak from the headlight picked up a figure standing on the track and waving a red lantern. About that time, the big drive wheels ran over a torpedo. The bomb-like sound served as a warning of trouble farther up the line. Colonel Harper slammed on the brakes and stopped just before crashing into some upraised railroad ties jammed between the tracks. Suddenly out of the darkness, rifle shots cracked, and several holes appeared in the engine’s boiler. Two masked men stepped out of the darkness and ordered the engineer to step down off the train. They took him back to the express car and told him to have the Wells Fargo express messenger open the safe, then unlock the door and get out. “Or what?” the stubborn engineer asked. “Or we blow it up,” one of the bandits replied, holding up a stick of dynamite. Inside the express car, messenger Charlie Smith heard the conversation and opened the safe, took out about $5,000, and stuffed it into the cold pot-bellied stove. The money safely hidden, Smith unlocked the door and jumped out. The robbers, members of the notorious Doc Smart gang from Texas, climbed in the express car and found only a few scattered bills in the safe. Disappointed, they gathered up the meager haul. Meanwhile, Harper was escorted back to cut the passenger cars from the mail and express car. He was then taken back and ordered to move the engine and the two cars ahead a few yards.

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After receiving a few hurried instructions on how to run a locomotive from Harper, they had him get the engine rolling and then jump off. The engine then chuffed off toward Tucson with the outlaws on board. Later that night when the Sunset Express failed to show, a relief train was sent out from Tucson. About 15 miles east of the Old Pueblo, they discovered the abandoned engine and the ransacked express car. A few miles farther down the track, they found the anxious crew waiting by the passenger cars. The next day, a posse led by Tohono O’odham trackers went to where the engine was found and attempted to pick up the trail of the desperadoes. They circled farther and farther away from the engine in a futile attempt to cut the trail. It was as if the entire gang had mysteriously disappeared—the outlaws had vanished

without a trace. They may have made a clever escape, but the outlaws had been hoodwinked by Charlie Smith, the Wells Fargo messenger who’d hidden the loot in the stove. The newspapers made a big deal out of it, and Smith became a local celebrity. On Aug. 10, the gang struck again. Same location, same train, and the same Wells Fargo messenger, Charlie Smith. This time, the engineer couldn’t stop in time. It jumped the tracks and flipped over on its side on the edge of a steep embankment. Out in the darkness, the outlaws opened fire. One bullet passed so close under the nose of fireman R. T. Bradford that it burned off part of his mustache. The engineer, Jim Guthrie, hopped out of the prostrate locomotive and tumbled over the steep bluff, landing several feet below in the top of a mesquite tree. Doc Smart and his boys weren’t taking

On Aug. 10, the gang struck again. Same location, same train, and the same Wells Fargo messenger, Charlie Smith.

Arizona’ s first train robbery occurred on the evening of April 27, 1887. any chances this time. When Smith refused to open the door, a stick of dynamite took care of it. Inside was their nemesis, Charlie the messenger, slightly shaken from the blast. One of the robbers pointed the business end of his six shooter at poor Charlie’s face and hissed, “Smitty, that stove racket don’t go this time.” No doubt the outlaws had read the newspaper stories extolling Charlie’s success at outwitting them in the previous robbery. A posse picked up their trail this time and followed it into the Rincon Mountains, where they came upon an abandoned sack containing a thousand dollars in Mexican silver. Nearby was a cave that the outlaws had used as a hideout. Today, it’s a popular tourist attraction known as Colossal Cave. The gang got away clean that time with $3,000 in their pockets. While lawmen were scouring the Arizona Territory, the outlaws were living it up in El Paso. Smart detective work on the part of lawmen in El Paso enabled them to round up Doc Smart and his friends. Doc was tried and given a life sentence for his part in the train robberies, but somehow he managed to get his hands on a pistol and decided to take his life. He fired three shots, but the soft lead collided with his hard head, and all Doc got for his trouble was a bad headache. Still, folks were wondering how those outlaws made such a clean escape after the first robbery. It wasn’t until after the gang was in jail that one of the bandits spilled the beans and lawmen were finally able to clear up the mystery of how the train robbers had managed to vanish into thin air in the desert south of Tucson. They didn’t flap their arms and fly away, and they didn’t levitate as some may have supposed. It was really quite simple: remember, they’d peppered the boiler with rifle shots prior to the holdup. It was leaking steam, but there was just enough to get the boys to the outskirts of Tucson and then some. The engine came to a halt outside town, belching smoke and letting off steam. They shoved the lever to reverse, then jumped off and casually walked into town. While the whole community was speculating on how the outlaws managed to vanish, they were living it up in one of the local saloons. The engine with its perforated belly backed down the tracks some ten miles before it ran out of steam, and that’s where it was found—with no telltale tracks to follow.

Arizona’ s official state historian, Marshall Trimble, is a cowboy singer, a humorist, and a storyteller.

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FRESH FROM THE KITCHEN Pound Cake with Rosemary Simple Syrup Cake. Cake. Cake. Classically-baked cakes require simple syrup to be poured on top just as soon as they come out of the oven. Traditionally made with equal parts of sugar and water, a simple syrup is quite simple to make. Who would’ve ever thought? Add a sprig of rosemary to the pot next time you simmer the simple syrup to dissolve the sugar. Drizzle atop my recipe for classic pound cake and you'll be left with a modern twist on a classic baked good. Rosemary Pound Cake

1 1 9 1 ∑ ∑ 1

pound salted butter, room temp. pound granulated sugar eggs pound all purpose flour cup water cup sugar Tbsp. rosemary leaves, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Cream the butter and the sugar together in a mixer until the butter is light and fluffy. Mix in an egg at a time taking care to scrape down the sides of the bowl between each. Fold in the flour and mix until just combined. Transfer the batter to a well-greased and floured 5 x 9 inch bread pan. Bake the cake on the center rack for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Remove from the oven and set aside. In a small saucepan bring the water, sugar and rosemary to a boil. Remove from the heat and evenly pour over the pound cake. Let the cake rest 10 minutes before unmolding. By Matthew Grunwald

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food | HOME COOKING Austrian Vanilla Crescents (Vanillekipferl)

1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) Ω cup vanilla sugar (or Ω cup sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla) 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup ground walnuts or almonds Sifted powdered sugar In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and vanilla sugar until combined. Add flour and walnuts. Beat well. Using about 2 teaspoons of dough for each cookie, shape into crescents, tapering the ends. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 325ºF for 12–15 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove; cool on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes about 3–4 dozen cookies.

Cookies from Scratch The Desert Baroness offers up a scrumptious recipe for Austrian vanilla crescent cookies and homemade vanilla sugar. ONE OF THE fondest childhood memories I have was baking Christmas cookies with my mother. Back in my childhood days, a Christmas didn’t go by without my mother baking cookies for family and friends. I’d help her knead dough, chop nuts, or measure dry ingredients—whatever she needed me to do. There were no boxed mixes in our house; everything was made from scratch. The smells of fresh-baked cookies, cakes, and bread coming from the kitchen will forever be imprinted in my mind. When I started my own family, I wanted to keep the cookie-baking tradition alive. Now, I bake Christmas cookies with my daughter, and we try to deliver as many

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as possible (the ones I hide from my husband!) to friends and neighbors. When my oldest son still lived at home, we made fudge together all the time. When he was little, I helped him with measuring the ingredients and stirring and pouring the fudge, but he soon became an expert. As the years went by, he’d make the fudge and take it to school to share with his friends and brag about how he made it himself. Even through his college years, he’d come visit for the holidays and, yes, it was time to whip up some fudge. I love that my whole family gets into the holiday baking season! Many of the cookie recipes I got from my mother are Austrian or German. They

call for vanilla sugar instead of vanilla extract. Vanilla sugar isn’t just for baking, so I like to make a homemade batch to have on hand to use in coffee and tea, sprinkle on fresh fruit, or to rim cocktail glasses with. Yummy! Sometimes, our household gets superbusy during the holidays and I don’t bake as much as I’d like. But I always find time to bake my father’s favorite cookies—Austrian vanilla crescents. Even though my father passed away 10 years ago, I’ve baked them in his honor every year since. I put them on a gold serving platter and then blow him a kiss and say, “For you, Papa.” I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as my family has.

Homemade Vanilla Sugar

2 cups granulated sugar 1 vanilla bean Slice the vanilla bean in half and then slice down the middle, exposing seeds.

Put into a large mason jar with the sugar and put on the lid. Shake the mixture to distribute the bean in the sugar. Let the mixture sit for about a week, shaking occasionally to ensure good flavor distribution.


T I P S F O R H O L I D AY B A K I N G • I always use unsalted butter for baking. • Set aside one whole day to bake several batches of cookies at once. • Make batches of dough for drop cookies ahead of baking and freeze in small batches so you can have fresh-baked cookies whenever you want. • Most cookies freeze well. Freeze cookies in airtight containers, putting a piece of parchment paper between layers. Thaw as needed to give as gifts, or share with friends and neighbors.

Lydia O’ C onnor, aka The Desert Baroness, is a food blogger, a recipe tester, and a contributing editor for Cooks Illustrated, Taste of Home, and Every Day with Rachel Ray. She lives in Desert Hills with her family and two dogs, and cooks as often as possible. Find out more at thedesertbaroness.com.


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Get Your Knees Happy and Healthy By Stephanie Batz Photo by James Patrick The mountains are calling your name. However, for many Arizonians who enjoy taking advantage of exercising outdoors, knee pain makes those plans less enjoyable. With the proper education you can make your knees happy again and healthy enough to hike! What makes hiking difficult on the knees? • steep inclines and declines change the forces put on the knee joint • uneven surfaces challenge our balance and stability • cardiovascular requirements can lead to muscle fatigue and therefore poor knee alignment So in order to prepare your knees for hiking, you need a strengthening program that takes inclines, declines, uneven surfaces, and cardiovascular endurance into consideration. This program for healthy hiking knees does just that! Step 1: Cardiovascular Use the Stair Mill at the gym for 10 minutes at a challenging pace for you. Increase by 2 minutes each day until you reach your goal hiking time. Step 2: Strengthening All you need is a high step and a BOSU. Do three sets of 12 reps of each of the exercises with a 30 second rest break in between each set. During these exercises, make sure you focus on your knee alignment. Keep the knee directly over the foot without letting it deviate inward or outward. ALTERNATING LUNGE JUMPS Setup: Stand in a lunge position with your arms straight overhead. Action: Jump straight up as you switch your legs so the back leg becomes the front leg as you land. JUMP SQUAT JACKS Setup: Squat with your feet together and hands behind your head. Action: Perform jumping jacks while staying in a squat. BOSU BALANCE CIRCLES Setup: With the BOSU upside down, stand on top with your feet hip distance apart and legs bent. Action: Circle the BOSU clockwise by shifting weight on your ankles: from your toes, to the right, to the heels, and to the left. The BOSU will begin to rotate clockwise. Perform this until you have made a complete 360-degree circle. Then repeat going counter-clockwise. Step 3: Stretching Use a foam roll to stretch out your muscles after your workout.

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Jazz Up Your Dazzle Local stylist Martin Weston on the art of hair color. BEFORE MY FAMILY and I moved to the desert eight years ago, we lived in a Southern California beach community. During the holidays, an adjacent neighborhood was known as Candy Cane Lane. At night, the streets would become clogged with cars and the sidewalks filled with families strolling together, gazing in awe at the spectacular decorations. Millions of brilliant colored lights covered the beautiful homes, while strands of white lights were entwined within the jungle of overhanging trees that shadowed the streets. My kids called them tree tunnels. As I was thinking about all the places I see color during December, one of my favorites is found in the art and craft of stained glass. Varying sizes of colored glass are arranged in patterns and then crafted together to create abstract or pictorial works of art. How can this concept of utilizing multiple colors apply to hair color? From the outrageous color combinations found on the runway to the classic techniques, hair can be organized into patterns of varying shapes and then colored. As in stained glass, assorted square, triangular, round, rectangular, zigzag, or diamond sections can be utilized in endless combinations. If you want to jazz up your dazzle this holiday season, consider this technique that’s sure to have heads turning.

A hairstylist, a salon educator, and an artist, Martin Weston sees artistry everywhere. After working in the beauty industry for 30 years, he’ s still passionate about creating amazing looks for his clients. Book an appointment with him at Tru Colors Salon and Spa, 3655 W. Anthem Way, Anthem. (623) 465-7000. 54 || 85086MAGAZINE.com || DECEMBER 2014

Design the Look Start with a great cut! This is the road map to every successful color adventure. If you have a destination but no idea how to get there, you’ll wander aimlessly. Buckle up, sit back, and enjoy the ride. Trust your stylist to guide you. Once the right cut is there, the color pattern should be easy.

Levels/Undertones Colors are arranged within 10 levels—level one (black) through level 10 (ultra-pale blonde). The higher the number, the lighter the color. Depending on the selections made, playing within these levels and undertones can create high contrast or delicate subtlety. LEVEL 1: black/blue LEVEL 2: dark brown/blue-violet LEVEL 3: medium brown/violet LEVEL 4: brown/red-violet LEVEL 5: light brown/red LEVEL 6: dark blonde/red-orange LEVEL 7: medium blonde/orange LEVEL 8: blonde/gold or yellow-orange LEVEL 9: pale blonde/yellow LEVEL 10: ultra-pale blonde/palest yellow

Understated If you’re inclined to be subtler in your change, opt for varying shades of color found within the same tonal family. As apposed to using level two and level eight side by side, staying within two levels will keep your color from becoming too contrasted. Consider these varying tones for redheads: spice, copper, cinnamon, violet, or berry. Blondes can alternate hues of wheat, honey, beige, gold, butter, or caramel. Brunettes dive in with dark chocolate, licorice, sable, cherry, or mahogany.

Amp It! Not everyone wants to have the classic techniques. While some tend to stay close to their natural, gorgeous color, others want high-voltage contrast—fashion colors that are amped up, spiced up, cooled down, sizzling hot, or deliciously icy. What’s even more up there are using geometric patterns filled with purple, red, mint green, canary yellow, turquoise, magenta, pink, or neon orange.

Stained Glass Unlike the peekaboo, which is a technique using an accent color applied to an interior section of the hair, the stained glass technique covers the entire head in contrasting or complementary colors, creating a look that can be subtle or dramatic but is absolutely gorgeous. Once the hair is cut, your stylist will section different-size shapes starting from the crown to the nape. Consider the direction the hair falls as this will prevent mistakes when coloring. Select the correct colors. Personally, I like to interchange colors to accentuate certain parts of the cut or facial feature. Afterwards, customize the cut by detailing around the face, crown, and nape. Now go out and dazzle ’em! DECEMBER 2014

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Travel Beauty Local beauty expert Jacqueline Starr-Hubert on how to stay fresh during your holiday travels. WITH HOLIDAYS JUST around the corner, I thought it’d be a good idea to consider a few pearls of wisdom that will be sure to make your travels smooth and hopefully leave you looking your best. Whether you’re driving to a family reunion or jetting halfway around the world, there’s no question that traveling is stressful. Trying to look good while you're traveling isn't easy. The good news: Experts say that beauty and travel aren’t mutually exclusive. With just a few beauty-survival tips for your trips, you can face your holiday travel with a smile—and the confidence of knowing that you could run into anyone and not have to hide. It’s all possible given the right preparation. I’m a gal who believes that skin care and makeup are musts when traveling. However, packing full-size jars is sure to be a problem. There’s only so much room in those TSA-approved plastic baggies. By filling up little sample jars with your must-have skincare and other liquid products, you can fill your allowed plastic bag to the brim.

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Packing Skincare and Makeup Sometimes, you can find the little bottles at drugstores, places like Bed Bath & Beyond, and Walmart, but I like the free ones from Nordstrom. They hold less than an ounce, but that’s usually enough product to last me a couple of weeks. When they’re available, I’m happy to share sample-size skin care products with my clients. Ask your go-to person. Some lines are now offering travel kits including cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. If you’re a frequent traveler, you should invest in some travel-size grooming items, too. They’re now usually packed in three ounce tester-sized containers. Bubble wrap is a great way to prevent burst bottles. It affords protection in those frequently over-crowded overhead bins. Do your entire masking and anti-aging treatments prior to traveling to prepare your skin for the wear and tear of travel. Remember, we need to pack only the essentials!

Holiday makeup will always include shimmer and glitter, but if you want to add a bit of pizazz, pack a variety of bright-color eyeliners. Popping eyeliner is the holiday look this year, and the best part— liners are easy to pack. Get creative, and don’t be afraid to get wild. Stick to a natural palette and add a bit of bold eyeliner color. Always remember my standard rule: Pick a focal point and play it up. Leave everything else neutral. We don’t want to look overdone or animated.

For those of you who are unsure of the TSA 3-1-1 Program Limits, they are as follows: Travelers can bring aboard liquid-fi lled bottles no larger than 3.4 ounces (100ml) by volume and must store those bottles in a single quart-size clear plastic ziplock bag. Larger quantities must be stowed in checked luggage. 56 || 85086MAGAZINE.com || DECEMBER 2014

Jacqueline Starr-Hubert, ME, MLT, has been an Anthem resident since 2001. A medical esthetician/laser technician and makeup artist, she works at Bellina Medspa.

HOW TO LOOK YOUR BEST WHILE TRAVELING Moisturize Apply intense moisturizer the night before you fly. This will help increase hydration in your skin before you’re exposed to the dehydrating effects of cabin pressure. Mist with Mineral Water or Moisture Spray Recommendation: Motives 10 Years Younger Makeup Setting Spray SKU: 301FS, $29.95 motivescosmetics.com/ishopjsh.com Add Some Shimmer Perk up a tired or sallow complexion with a soft shimmer powder. Stroke it lightly on the tops of cheeks, bridge of the nose, and lips for an instant pickme-up no matter how tired you and your skin are. Recommendation: Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush, Honeymoon Peach. $7 each at Sephora Take the “red” out of a red-eye flight What can you do for weary, bloodshot eyes beyond putting in a few drops of Refresh Tears? Line the inner rim of your eyes with an eyeliner pencil in a peach tone or a shade similar to but lighter than your skin tone. This will immediately brighten your eyes. (This is a great trick anytime!) Recommendation: Motives Kohl Eyeliner /Shade Angel (white), $14.75 at motivescosmetics.com/ishopjsh.com

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Combat puffiness Ask for an ice cube and a napkin. Hold this up to your eye for a minute or so, and the swelling will go down. This may prove to be messy, so only do this if necessary. Last-Minute Cleanup Pre-moistened makeup-remover cloths can remove makeup or just clean the skin mid- or post-travel. Recommendation: Neutrogena® Night Calming Cleansing Cloths Cleansing 25 count, $6.47 at area drugstores (Note: These pre-moistened towelettes must be placed in your one-quart bag of liquids.) I place a few wipes separately in a sandwich-size ziplock bag and place them in my purse for easy access.


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A Deadly Mix? Local pharmacist Tara Storjohann discusses the twist of grapefruit and medication interactions. QUESTION: Do grapefruit and grapefruit juice really interact with my medication? ANSWER: Citrus trees are in abundance in our area, and having a grapefruit tree in your backyard can be considered a luxury by some not lucky enough to live here. Grapefruit is a nutrient-dense fruit that has several beneficial health effects. Besides being an excellent source of vitamins C and A, it also contains an appreciable amount of lycopene, beta-carotene, xanthin, and lutein, all of which have antioxidant properties needed to maintain healthy vision. Grapefruit is also a good source for potassium and contains moderate amounts of B-complex vitamins1. If you take a prescription medication,

you may have seen that warning sticker ominously directing you to “avoid taking with grapefruit.” You may ask how a seemingly harmless good-for-you fruit can cause so much harm if taken with certain medications. Actually, grapefruit interacts with over 85 prescription medications, and this interaction could either significantly increase the risk of serious side effects or render the medication you’re taking less effective. Both of these outcomes pose a significant threat to your health. With these luscious, ripe, and juicy fruits brightly staring us in the face here in the Valley, I often get the question as to whether it’s permissible to just eat a little bit of grapefruit or drink it only occasionally. The simple answer is no.

SOME OF THE DRUGS THAT ARE AFFECTED BY GRAPEFRUIT INCLUDE1: Drugs potentially affected by grapefruit

Effects of interaction

Drugs to treat arrhythmias

• Amiodarone (Cordarone®) • Disopyramide (Norpace®), • Quinidine

• Thyroid or lung toxicity • Liver injury • Prolongation of proarrhythmic disorders • Decreased heart rate • Torsades de pointes (a lifethreatening arrhythmia)

Drugs to lower blood pressure (calcium channel blockers)

• • • • •

Drugs to lower cholesterol

Drug class

Drugs to suppress the immune system

Drugs to treat HIV

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Flushing Peripheral edema (swelling) Headaches Increased heart rate Low blood pressure Heart attack

• Atorvastatin (Lipitor®) • Lovastatin (Mevacor®) • Simvastatin (Zocor®)

• • • •

Headaches Stomach complaints Inflammation in the liver Serious muscle weakness

• Cyclosporine (Sandimmune®, Neoral®) • Tacrolimus (Prograf®)

• Kidney and liver toxicity • Increased immunosuppression

• Saquinavir (Fortovase®)

• • • •

Felodipine (Plendil®) Nicardipine (Cardene) Nifedipine (Procardia®) Nimodipine (Nimotop®) Nisoldipine (Sular®)

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Tara hhas resided d d in Anthem A th ffor over 12 years and is a wife, a mom, a pharmacist, and an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy at Midwestern University in Glendale. She is a health advocate and is passionate about helping others achieve their wellness goals. You can reach Tara through her website at tarastorjohann.com. tarastorjohann.com Problems arise because grapefruit interacts to inhibit the metabolizing enzyme that breaks down the drug. By blocking the metabolism, the drug hangs around in your system longer, exposing you to unwanted adverse effects. Research has found that as little as seven ounces (200 mL) of grapefruit juice can induce an interaction that interaction could take up to three days to reverse1. The list of medications that interact with grapefruit is long and includes commonly prescribed medications that fight infections, reduce cholesterol, and treat high blood pressure and other heart problems. You can never be too safe with prescriptions drugs. Always ask your pharmacist or doctor if any of the medications you take can interact with grapefruit before you indulge in this sweet-and-sour treat.

RE F E RE N CE S: Papandreou, Dmitrios and Andry Phily. 2014. “An Updated Mini Review on Grapefruit: Interactions with Drugs, Obesity, and Cardiovascular Risk Factors.” Food and Nutrition Sciences. 5: 376–381

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A Healthier Holiday Season Dr. Clifford Gazda offers tips on how to stay healthy during this time of hustle and bustle. BEFORE YOU GET caught up in the flurry of holiday activities, keep these health tips in mind: Remember to visit your doctor for a general health check or an annual wellness visit. Prevention is one of the best ways to stay healthy, so be sure to chat about any needed immunizations, such as your flu shot. Avoiding nasty germs is another way to stay well. Wash your hands often, preferably with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers will kill most, but not all, germs. Especially during cold and flu season, be sure to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If a tissue isn’t handy, use your elbow, not your hands, to cover a cough or sneeze. Moderation is the key when it comes to holiday food and drink. Take eggnog, for example: One cup of the stuff has a whopping 343 calories. Spend those calories elsewhere to avoid holiday weight gain, or plan on a lot of treadmill time. Savor one cookie, not three. Realize that the spinach artichoke dip is made with both sour cream and mayonnaise, with all the accompanying calories. Move on to the veggie tray instead. Try fresh fruits as a substitute for fudge. If your taste buds rebel, have one small piece of fudge and then fill up on fruit. Pretzels and potato chips carry not only calories but also loads of salt that could impact your blood pressure. Drink in moderation—alcohol is full of empty calories. And never ever drive while intoxicated. In the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s easy to fall behind in the weekly exercise recommendation. For adults, it’s 150 minutes weekly of aerobic exercise and two days per week of musclestrengthening activities. Fortunately, the DECEMBER 2014

weather here is excellent this time of year for walking, biking, and hiking. So get outside, stay active and burn off those calories this holiday season.

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better | SUDOKU

By Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan

Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9X9 grid that has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3X3 squares. To solve the puzzle each row, column, and box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9. Puzzles come in three grades: easy, medium, and difficult.

Level: Medium


22 Boundary line

1 Celebrations

35 Color of Santa’s coat and the Cardinals’ bird

23 Place, abbr.

5 Keen, groovy

36 Make a car look really good

24 One of Santa’s reindeer

8 Construction set for your kid's holiday gift

37 Invitation request on a party invitation

26 Therefore


27 They are placed on the top of trees

10 Bill Bidwill’s role with the Cardinals 12 At Christmas, presents appear around ____ (2 words)


30 What you might do at Sunrise Park Resort

1 Location for Superbowl in 2015

32 Relax on a couch, perhaps

13 Chicago’s state

2 Refresh

34 Medium-like perception

14 It's celebrated worldwide (2 words)

3 __ Niño, weather condition that can affect Arizona

16 Rise to one’s feet

4 Complete collection

17 Firestar is one

5 Christmas carols

19 Chicken or turkey

6 Luxury collectible car brand

21 Winter weather condition

7 Produce

23 Bull ____ (one word)

9 Letters that appear on the number

24 Christmas song

11 Clarinet need

25 Prepared a turkey, for example

15 Present carrier

28 Little one

18 ____ brandy (cocktail drink)

29 Sports betting choices

19 Exist

31 Just before New Year

20 They ____, after eating a lot on Christmas!

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better | CROSSWORD

By Myles Mellor

6 Down


ACROSS 1 Celebrations 5 Keen, groovy 8 Construction set for your kid's holiday gift 10 Bill Bidwill’s role with the Cardinals 12 At Christmas, presents appear around ____ (2 words)

8 Across

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13 Chicago’s state 14 It's celebrated worldwide (2 words) 16 Rise to one’s feet 17 Firestar is one 19 Chicken or turkey 21 Winter weather condition 23 Bull ____ (one word) 24 Christmas song 25 Prepared a turkey, for example 28 Little one 29 Sports betting choices 31 Just before New Year 33 Amber, e.g. 35 Color of Santa’s coat and the Cardinals’ bird 36 Make a car look really good 37 Invitation request on a party invitation

1 Location for Superbowl in 2015 2 Refresh 3 __ Niño, weather condition that can affect Arizona 4 Complete collection 5 Christmas carols 6 Luxury collectible car brand 7 Produce 9 Letters that appear on the number 11 Clarinet need 15 Present carrier 18 ____ brandy (cocktail drink) 19 Exist 20 They ____, after eating a lot on Christmas! 22 Boundary line 23 Place, abbr. 24 One of Santa’s reindeer 26 Therefore 27 They are placed on the top of trees 30 What you might do at Sunrise Park Resort 32 Relax on a couch, perhaps 34 Medium-like perception Answers on page 60


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