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Let Go of the Old & Welcome the New It’s Time to Get in Shape – with God!


elcome to our Shape Up issue! I know when most see the words “shape up,” they think of the outer appearance. However, I believe what appear as physical characteristics are reflections of our emotional and spiritual ones. God has made each one of us with beauty and perfection. It is how we use this gift that changes how we appear to others. When we want to learn a new trade we attend classes, study books, review “how-to” videos and practice what we learned until it is perfected. Why do we excel with this new skill? Is it perhaps because there is no prior experience? I believe we create our experiences with our God-given freedom to think and speak as we choose, whether good or bad, and in the process what many still fail to understand is – we are paving the way to our future. In comparison, let us take for example a school grading system. Most commonly, the grading scale starts with an A and ends at an F. If you earn anything above an F you are passing; however, if you receive an A on everything not only do you receive a passing grade, you become a perfect candidate for full scholarships along with other opportunities. As many say, “You get a full ride.” How many of us would like to hear this in reference to life? You already have! However, maybe you are stuck in old ways of thinking or doing that makes you feel as though you received the short end of the stick. Well, let me help you get unstuck. There is no short end of the stick! There are only full rides! We all have the same opportunity to create beautiful experiences. Perhaps you are thinking, “Not true, I was born in poverty... or “I didn’t get to...” Again I will repeat, we all have the same opportunity to create our experiences. You may be thinking, How would you know, were you raised in poverty? The answer is, yes. However, this does not define who we are because we are all children of the most high God and when we follow His word there are no limits to what we can achieve. Nothing is impossible. Returning to the grading system, (as I feel it necessary to share this) there are two semesters throughout the school year, along with mid-terms, where you could change your strategy if your grade is not already at its best. If your habits consist of, but are not limited to; not completing homework, resenting the 12

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material, professor, or timeframe to complete projects - you can continue to complain or feel resentment day after day on what would now be the past. You could live miserably and possibly stumble into illness due to stress, and the emotional imbalance it can cause (and let’s not forget that resentment is known to be one of the greatest culprits for disease) or you can shape up and change the experience for the desired positive outcome! I believe the same principle applies in life. If you live in the past and are constantly talking about it or reminding others about it – whether your past or their's – how can you both welcome all the blessings God has waiting for you in the future, and more importantly in the present moment? You are not only affecting yourselves but those around you. There is nothing better in my opinion than a fresh start. And God gives us this each day we awaken. Let go of the past, release the old! Welcome what God has in store for you in the present and for this New Year 2013! Until next time… “Today is a brand new day. A fresh start. Replace any negativity with positivity. Think happy thoughts. Exercise. Drink lots of water. Eat Healthy. Inspire yourself. Create. Laugh. Love. Learn. Give someone a compliment. Do a random act of kindness. Take chances and live life to the fullest. No matter what is thrown your way, have faith, smile and remember, today is a fresh start” –Unknown "Do not remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert..." – Isaiah 43: 18-19 God Bless You! Here to serve,

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he Westgate/Glendale area welcomed a new addition to its community of shops and restaurants this past November —the Tanger Outlets. The brand new outlets allow all who visit a fashion destination filled with savings. “Residents and visitors to the greater Phoenix area will discover a first class shopping atmosphere, leading upscale brands, the latest fashion trends and savings that come direct from the manufacturer,” says Steven B. Tanger, President and CEO of Tanger Factory Outlets. The new outlet is a part of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina. The company plays a hand in 40 upscale outlet shopping centers with outlets in neighboring Canada and 25 states across the country. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. has leased space to more than 2,600 stores operated by 430 brand-name companies. According to their website, more than 175 million shoppers visit Tanger Factory Outlet Centers annually. With those astounding numbers, the new Glendale outlet is expected to boast big results and huge crowds. The outlet is home to more than 60 stores including

well-known brand-name designers. The astounding 330,000 square feet of space, with a large area put aside for potential expansion, created quite the buzz in the West Valley when it first opened. “Our grand opening traffic exceeded our expectations,” says General Manager, Jessica Reeves. “We are so excited to have brought shoppers brand names at outlet prices, with merchandise that is in season and currently on trend.” From home furnishing shops to toy stores, the Tanger Outlets seem to offer a bit of everything for anyone in

the family. Well known stores at the new outlets include: American Eagle, Banana Republic Factory Store, Calvin Klein, Coach Factory Store, Fossil, Gap Outlet, GUESS, J.Crew, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, Nine West, and the widely popular H&M. Daniel Kulle, U.S. president for H&M, expressed his gratitude for Glendale Tanger Outlets’ addition of H&M. “H&M’s expansion throughout the Central South and the West is very important to us,” he says. “We are especially excited about our store at the Tanger Outlets at Westgate.” Besides offering the West Valley a new place to shop and save, Tanger Outlets is providing a significant boost to the


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Glendale economy with an increase in job growth and sales tax revenue. “We are very excited that the Tanger Outlets were able to provide 900 full-time jobs and also contributing at least 11 million dollars in annual sales tax revenue,” says Reeves. Brian Friedman, Director of Glendale’s Community and Economic Development Department, has also expressed positive affirmation that the “Tanger Outlets represent significant new private investment and furthers the quality development occurring along the Loop 101 in the heart of the Glendale sports and entertainment district.” With the new year beginning, it will be interesting to see how the new outlets flourish in the West Valley. Reeves assures that the Tanger Outlets are here for residents to save. “Providing great deals for our shoppers, with stores for everyone in the family, that’s what we’re doing here,” she says.

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nita Lang believes that passionate interior design has the ability to uplift the human spirit. Lang founded IMI Design Studio (formerly Interior Motives Inc.) in 1990. The Valley-based studio specializes in fullservice high-end pre-construction and pre-renovation design. However, often times, hiring an upscale, full-service interior design firm is simply not in the cards for many Valley families and non-profits. “I believe that an organization’s success is not measured by what they receive, but by what they give,” Lang says. “I also believe that the space in which we live and work has a great effect on our emotional state.” That is why, in 2006, Lang founded The Inspire Foundation, Inc., to share this powerful aspect of design with the community at large. Each year, a number of in-need community organizations are nominated and one is selected to benefit from complimentary design work and a complete makeover of a specific area. Through a network of generous trade partners, vendors and individuals, the foundation is able to implement the design free of charge, creating an enjoyable and inspiring space. “So many individuals are facing difficulties in their life and seek refuge within Phoenix community organizations,” Lang says. “I feel honored to offer them a space that is designed perfectly for those living and working in it. This has the ability to help energize and bring a sense of peace and comfort to their lives.” IMI’s nurturing stance continues with targeting design students by promoting ethical and professional aspects of the industry. IMI partners with local higher education venues and student organizations to sponsor scholarships and award internships for students who show passion and talent for the profession. Once students are selected to participate, they are introduced to the organization, family or individual identified and learn about their goals and needs. The competition allows students to gain practical experience in drafting and implementing a design as well as seeing the effect their design will have on a person or group. It becomes more than just a concept, but actually changes peoples’ lives.


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After For example, thanks to the community’s generosity, IMI was able to donate $320,000 worth of their time and resources to completely renovate the Ocotillo residence (now named the Neely Home) at Sunshine Acres, a children’s home in north Mesa. “Our girls come from broken homes, parents in prison or failed adoptions. They’ve been abused or neglected," says Carol Whitworth, president of Sunshine Acres. The children affectionately refer to Whitworth as Aunt Carol. "We've never turned a child away for financial reasons. We take in the poorest of the poor and the children can stay as long as they need a home, even through college.” Each home at Sunshine Acres houses 10 children and their house parents. Lang and her team of designers spent five weeks implementing their remodel of five bedrooms, a bathroom, a game room/study area, kitchen and family room. “Every girl cried when they saw it—they couldn’t believe they were going to live in such a beautiful home. It was so great to Photos Courtesy of IMI Design Studio

The Arizona Burn Unit, The Foundation for Blind Children, and a teen center room at the Chandler Center for the Arts. According to the Inspire committee, an organization will be chosen soon. Once selected, IMI will once again be able to implement a personalized design for the chosen organization, creating an enjoyable and inspiring space through their tremendous network. Interior design students interested in participating in this year’s annual competition should contact Luke Payne at luke@ for more information. The foundation is still seeking monetary and trade donations to help complete this year’s project. Individuals and businesses can also contact Payne if interested in becoming a part of the Inspire Foundation. work with the ladies from Inspire. They worked so hard and were so giving, it was an awesome experience,” says Whitworth. During the nation’s economic downturn, Lang, The Inspire Foundation and IMI continue to demonstrate an exemplary commitment to the community and excellence in the interior design profession. The 2012-2013 Inspire nominees include: Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation and its newly opened teen center at The Rock,

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The 5th annual Teal Ribbon Golf Tournament, sponsored by Texas Roadhouse, is set to take place on Jan. 31. The West Valley Ovarian Cancer Alliance invites golfers and families out to Sun City Lakes West & East Golf Course to help raise awareness of the subtle symptoms of ovarian cancer as well as funds to further research. For a $30 entry fee, participants will be able to golf, eat a delicious lunch provided by Texas Roadhouse, watch a balloon launch, and be a part of the activities that are available after the tournament is over. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with tee time at 9:30 a.m. Afterward, lunch will be served at Sundial Recreation Center from 12-1 p.m., which is followed by a silent auction and raffle that includes prizes such as a week at an oceanfront condo in Maui, several pieces of jewelry and a golf club. Winners of the competition will be announced with the winners of the raffle and silent auction. All proceeds will be donated to University of Arizona Cancer Center. Entry forms are available at Golf Pro Shops in Sun City or by email at

A Local Food Bank Receives Spirit of Philanthropy Award The fifth largest food bank in the state, the Valley View Community Food Bank, is being honored with West Valley Women’s annual Spirit of Philanthropy Award. Recently moved to the old Safeway on 107th Ave. and Peoria, this Sun City food bank serves upwards of 400 individuals a day. This help is critical in several families’ lives, and about 30% of the clients are senior citizens, according to a recent press release. The food bank receives its stores of food from discontinued food and local stores, as well as donations. All the staff at the food bank are volunteers who are giving of their time and energy in order to help others in their community and there is no fee charged to receive a food box, which allows this food bank to help so many more people who are struggling all over the Valley. To learn more about this food bank or to donate, call 623.933.3358.

Peoria Farmer’s Market and Health and Wellness Expo Looking for a relaxing, family-friendly event to participate in this month? Stop by the Peoria Farmer’s Market at Park West on Jan. 19 to check out their 1st A nnual Health and Wellness Expo! All the regular vendors will be there, along with more vendors that promote healthy lifestyles, according to the market’s website. Live music will be provided, as well as kids’ activities from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and the first 100 visitors receive a free canvas bag. Bring some gently used books for the free book exchange table and recyclable products to drop off at the information table or the petting zoo. The market is pet friendly; there will also be pet adoptions available. For more information, visit

Sun Health Care Transitions Program Receives National Honor Since opening in November 2011, the Sun Health Care Transitions Program has successfully reduced the number of hospital readmissions for nearly 200 chronically ill patients at two local hospitals. Care Continuum Alliance has awarded the program the honor of Outstanding Leader in Population Health due to the success of the program. Not only has the program reduced hospital readmissions, they are working with Banner Health to save costs and enhance the general well-being of the community. According to a company spokesperson, 98% of clients would recommend Sun Health Care Transitions based on their experience with the program, and 100% of clients schedule and attend timely physicians’ appointments. Care Transitions nurses have also helped identify and correct more than 400 medication discrepancies. For more information on the Sun Health Care Transitions program, visit their website at 18

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Popular Valley fitness chain Mountainside Fitness recently celebrated the grand opening of a new facility inside Chase Field, home to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The new gym, which is known as Mountainside Platinum at Chase Field, is the nation’s only health club to open inside a professional sporting venue. The two-story facility includes a steam room, spinning studio, tanning room, group fitness area, locker rooms and a café. The club, which officially opened last month, will operate 363 days a year offering more than 60 group fitness classes per week. Members will also enjoy their own dedicated parking lot. Mountainside Fitness, which is the official fitness center of the Arizona Diamondbacks, is the largest locally-owned health club chain in Arizona with 11 locations and more than 65,000 active members. For more information, go to | January 2013




By Jessica Lawless

Climbing the

Highest Mountain Local woman fights ovarian cancer personally and publically anice Coggins isn’t content to fight her cancer in doctors’ offices and hospitals—for her, fighting cancer means living her life to the fullest as well as helping others do the same.

“I had booked an Alps hiking trip for my 60th birthday, and paid half of the deposit, on April 1, 2010,” Coggins explains. “You can imagine the surprise when I found out I had cancer.”

In addition to battling her own disease— diagnosed with ovarian cancer in April 2010—she’s made it a priority to help others with their fight. She organized a fundraiser for the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Arizona (OCAZ) this past September and helped raise more than $45,000 for research into the disease. She also serves as secretary for the Valleyarea Sisters in Survival, which gathers funds for women who are being treated for ovarian cancer and need assistance with buying medication or paying for medical treatment.

Cancer was the last thing on her mind. Her highly-active lifestyle took up a lot of her attention, and conquering a few mountain ranges closer to home before tackling the Alps was her focus.

“I am passionate about making a difference,” Coggins explains. “That’s why I wanted to work so hard to raise money and awareness.” Ovarian cancer—which the OCAZ reports kills a woman in the United States every 37 seconds—found her more than two years ago, when she was planning the trip of a lifetime to Europe.

“I was getting in shape for The Haute Hike from the Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn,” she says. “I am a huge hiker; we do the Grand Canyon every year. Black Mountain in Cave Creek was a great training mountain since it gave us some steepness and rugged terrain.” Continuing with the trip to Europe was more than trying to salvage a much-anticipated vacation. For her, living her dream meant taking a stand against the disease that threatened her life. “The hike was my way of defying cancer,” Coggins explains. “It was hard. Really hard. But so is cancer and you have to fight with all you have.” Continuing with the hike was difficult, but she felt she couldn’t give up. Indeed, she never accepted that she wouldn’t make it all the way. “There were days I thought I wouldn’t make it, but I hadn’t packed funeral clothes,” Coggins says. “I knew I wasn’t going to die on that mountain.” She continues in her efforts to raise awareness with the same determination it took to climb the Alps, just 22 weeks after completing that first round of treatment for her disease. “If all ovarian cancer survivors stand as one, then we can have a stronger voice,” Coggins says. “I don’t just want my voice out there.” For more information on the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Arizona, visit Learn more about Sisters in Survival at


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Q. Why should I plan a visit to the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium in 2013?

Q. What is one healthy decision that should be made for 2013?

Q. How can I help my parents get better organized for 2013?

A. For most families today, connecting with wildlife isn’t easy given our modern, hectic and increasingly urban lifestyles. Ultimately, this growing disconnect between humans, the outdoors and the creatures that call it home spells trouble for all living things including us. Nearly 1/3 of all amphibians (about 2000 species) are threatened with extinction. History shows the less we know or care about a species, the higher the likelihood it may pass into extinction. Thus, zoos and aquariums are more important than ever before, in part, because they help reconnect people, especially children, with a bit of Nature.

A. We hope you had a wonderful holiday full of happiness, joy, goodness and blessings. Now that you are back at the gym, shedding those extra holiday pounds, you should also think about improving your diet.

A. The new year is here and getting organized is on a lot of peoples’ to-do lists. This should include a review of and/or updating of Wills and Trusts. If your folks still have not set up a Will, now would be a good time to discuss doing so. It is important that you know their wishes with regard to distribution of assets, what they want in case of a medical emergency, and what they want when they can no longer live independently in their own home. A Living Will and general, Medical, or Mental Health Care Power of Attorney should be established and you should know their funeral/burial plans.

With about 60 developed acres (and another 50 currently under development) and featuring more than 600 wild and endangered species and thousands of animals— Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is home to Arizona’s largest collection of wild and exotic animals. For more than a quarter century, one of the hallmarks of Wildlife World has been to create a family friendly experience that brings animals and visitors closer together through innovative habitats and educational displays. It’s not only healthy for us to make connections with other living things, but it also helps build public support for wildlife and habitat conservation. So take some time this new year to enjoy a fun day and/ or evening at the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium.

—Gray Stafford, PhD Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium


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There are many options for senior living and home care services that can help folks remain in their homes. Why not do your research while they are still able to make their own decisions? Locate facilities in your area to visit and talk to home care agencies about their services. Being better organized means being prepared in case of a crisis. Simply knowing who to call for help can ease the anxiety that comes with sudden changes in lifestyle. Sun Cities CareGivers provide non-medical home care from as little as two hours up to 24 hours a day. We can send one of our registered nurses to do an assessment of your needs, free of charge. Happy New Year to all of you from all of us! —Lola Judy Sun Cities CareGivers 623.974.2397

Q. What are bone spurs and what can be done to relieve the pain?

Q. Where do you want to be when the sensation of chocolate teases your taste buds?

A. If you have been diagnosed with a bone spur it can be a “real pain in the neck.” Bone spurs are enlargements of your body’s normal bone structure and can occur on any bone. As these enlargements grow, they may protrude into surrounding tissue, causing pain and other symptoms. They are smooth structures that your body creates to repair itself after bones are exposed to pressure, stress, or rubbing. With time, tendons and ligaments start to pull the bone from where it should be, stimulating the creation of bone spurs and as a result, there is increased inflammation and tension involved with these soft tissues.

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February is prime time for Eagle Watch, when magnificent migrators join resident raptors for a mild winter respite. Though nature makes no promises, bald eagles are typically guarding their eggs in nests within easy sight of the train during this time of year.

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We invite you to celebrate with your favorite valentine aboard Arizona's longest-running nature show. As one of the most anticipated events offered onrails, the Chocolate Lovers’ Festival indulges the whole person. The scenic four- hour rail journey is enriched by trays of decadent desserts, chocolate fountains and specialty drinks served to you in an elegant first-class car and on an open-air viewing car ...two choices for the price of one.

Ancient Sinagua Indian ruins perched high on canyon walls add a dash of historic mystery to the ride. An amazing 680foot tunnel envelopes passengers in total darkness and provides a perfect excuse to cuddle. The tumbling Verde River, swollen from winter snows, provides a rushing counterpoint to the rhythm of the rails. A lively narration, intermingled with railroad songs you know by heart, ensures that you won’t miss a beat. This delectable spree for your senses runs from Feb. 12 through 17. It’s not the destination, it’s the chocolicious journey. —Teresa A. Propeck Verde Canyon Railroad 800.456.3117

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Q. What are some things to look out for when buying a home?

Q. What can I do different to attract new business?

Q. Why are there so many different styles of hearing aids?

A. While skepticism might be a healthy attitude in the current market, prospective buyers can avoid the following mistakes that buyers make regardless of whether the market is up or down. Common mistakes include:

A. Sales are a traditional way to attract new and old customers, but business owners who want to go beyond lower prices can still generate new business in a variety of ways.

Pigeonholing yourself into an inadequate living situation.

Social media creates a direct line between businesses and their customers, something that can create a loyal customer base, especially when business owners solicit customer opinions and respond in ways that let customers know their opinions are valued. Social media can also help businesses make personal connections with potential customers, sharing the stories behind their businesses as well as information about their products.

A. There are several different styles of hearing aids for different types of hearing loss as well as preference. The style of your hearing aid affects the overall performance of the instrument and the comfort level experienced while wearing it. Some wearers have options as far as the style that is appropriate for them, while others can be significantly limited due to their type of hearing loss.

Just like buyers shouldn't go overboard, they also must avoid compromising on the things that are most important to them. Many of today's buyers, fully aware of the rash of foreclosures and all the housing horror stories of the last several years, are reticent to commit to a home, and might compromise with a condo or co-op. Iif a home is what you really want, another living situation that mirrors apartment life is going to make you miserable. Don't settle for the sake of security. Doing so could cost you financially, especially when you realize the situation isn't what you'd hoped for and look to sell earlier than is ideal. Skimping on the cost of an inspector. An inspector is your last chance to find out if a home is your dream home or a money pit. Even if a house appears to be everything you want, don't close on the sale until the house has been thoroughly inspected. The old adage that advises against judging a book by its cover certainly applies to buying a home, and prospective buyers should enlist the services of a qualified inspector before closing on the sale of a home. If you are thinking of buying a home, contact a me and have your questions answered. — Yvette Kaplan Long Realty West Valley 623.238.2388


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Social media.

Go viral. The Internet has even given locally owned businesses an opportunity to market across the globe. One of the unique ways to attract new business is to make a viral video. A viral video that features your business can draw attention to your company and create a loyal following among consumers, some of whom might never have heard of your business before. Create your own app. Today's consumers rely heavily on their smartphones. Many businesses have created their own apps so they are always there for their customers. Apps can make it easier for consumers to buy your products and make it easier for you to inform them of sales or other special events. —Pure Intent Business Coaching A Div. of AZ Health & Living & Great Central Sun Media Group 602.348.9894

“Open fit” hearing aids are equipped with a receiver in the aid (RITA), while others are equipped with a receiver in the canal (RIC). This style of instrument is usually reserved for wearers who suffer from mild to moderate hearing loss and especially effective for those who only suffer from high frequency hearing loss. Custom fitted in the ear (ITE) instruments can assist wearers who suffer from mild to severe hearing loss. An ITE hearing aid allows us to increase overall gain in the instrument with a reduced chance of feedback (squealing). Power behind the ear instruments are typically reserved for severe to profound hearing loss. They are the largest of all of the instruments and an advantage for someone with a great deal of loss. Contact your local hearing healthcare professional and schedule an evaluation to find out which is appropriate for you. Living with hearing loss for a prolonged period of time can create even greater problems. Do not hesitate, call and schedule an appointment today. —Brian Emery Emery Hearing Centers State Licensed HIS 623.792.7151

~ Joel Osteen


Stay in faith and move forward. Don’t let circumstances, naysayers, or the enemy steal your joy. Stay in faith, knowing that God’s promises are “yes and amen” in your life. Today is a new day! Believe that now and enjoy all that God has in store for you. | January 2013


TRAVEL & LEISURE By Kaci Kinnett


Unplug at Junipine

The creekside resort offers a true getaway experience


magine a vacation filled with beautiful landscapes and views, peace and quiet, and the luxury of no cell phone service. Junipine, located in Sedona, Arizona, has been providing their guests with Villa-style creekhouses for decades. The resort, which is located eight miles north of the Uptown shopping center, has been a hot vacation spot for both families and couples and has even garnered the respect of celebrities. What started in the early 20th century as a small group of cabins on Oak Creek, which could be rented for a mere $14 a night, has grown into a truly unique vacation for all who decide on Junipine. Though those initial Junipine cabins were torn down in 1984, Junipine Resort was redeveloped and redesigned by a local architect, Don Woods, who kept the views and landscapes as the focal point of the property. “The whole historical aspect is one of the many unique things about Junipine,” says Chris Bosselmann, general manager of the resort. “Fortunately, we’ve seen people who had stayed in those first cabins in the’ 50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s come back. Seeing generations of the same family, year after year, is amazing.” Loudly penned “your creekside retreat,” Junipine is deeply connected to the roots of Oak Creek Canyon. Although the eight miles from a popular Sedona shopping center may seem to


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be a short distance by car, the 1,000 feet elevation change and 8 to 12 degree drop in temperature truly sets Junipine apart from other Sedona attractions. “A lot of people come here to get out of Sedona,” Bosselmann says. “The eight miles makes a tremendous difference.” Junipine offers guests an array of activities, no matter if one is with family or vacationing in solitude. The 1,400 square foot one and two bedroom creekhouses are spacious and unique to Sedona vacationers. The homes are complete with fully furnished kitchens, wood burning fireplaces and wraparound decks. Some play host to differing views, such as a forest or creek view, which can be accompanied by a private hot tub. “The property is conducive for both couples and families,” Bosselmann explains. “Couples can enjoy the luxury of a private Photos Courtesy of Chris Bosselmann

hot tub, while families can enjoy the two and half acres of Oak Creek frontage. I speak to families all the time who benefit from our complimentary fishing poles and hiking trails. Kids, just as the adults, don’t want to leave.” Other activities to enjoy at Junipine include horseshoes, lounging on the deck or down by the creek, a full-service restaurant, free DVD library, complimentary Wi-Fi, and of course the hiking trails. Junipine has two old cattle trails that lead directly from the property; Young Trail and Purtyman Trail.


“Hiking, fishing, relaxing, reading on the deck - Junipine really is a place for anyone of any age to get away,” Bosselmann says. Junipine sees most of their business during the summer season, when temperatures are most favorable, but their winter season does well during the holidays. The resort always offers a Valentine’s Day special, which can mean one to two night package specials for couples. Bosselmann assures, however, people generally find January and February to be great months to visit because both tourist traffic and rates are down.

New FDA approved laser gum therapy No stitches Less discomfort Less invasive The resort staff places a big emphasis on their service and ultimately hopes visitors are welcomed with a different experience than any other luxury resort. The staff is grateful for those families who have stayed loyal to the creek grounds. Such families have been visiting for years and typically recommend the beautiful creekside cabins, to their friends, as a special place to get away. “People come to find that their cell phone doesn’t work, which we can say our guests come to see as a great thing,” Bosselmann says. “It’s an opportunity to detach and, once guests get past the first hour of no coverage, they can actually experience a true, relaxing getaway.”

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By Marlene Montanez

January is all about welcoming the new: a new year, new goals and of course, new resolutions! This year, fashionistas will be happy for something else new—plenty of new Valley shops. Get your local style fix at one of these four fresh Valley stores.

Everything But Water You may have shopped Everything But Water before, but you likely haven’t shopped their new concept store that opened this past November at Scottsdale Fashion Square. The newly designed space isn’t just for swimsuits anymore, and features plenty of clothes and accessories to complete your resort look such as hats, jewelry, beautiful cover-ups and even sandals. Scottsdale Fashion Square 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale

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H&M H&M is a budget fashionista’s dream! And it’s obvious Phoenicians love to shop there since two new stores have just opened in the Valley. You can now shop H&M at Chandler Fashion Center and the Tanger Outlets at Westgate for your runway-inspired fast fashion fix. Chandler Fashion Center 3114 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler

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Tanger Outlets at Westgate 6800 N. 95th Ave., Glendale

Lilly If you haven’t experienced UNION at Biltmore Fashion Park, get there now! The open-air shopping concept inside of Biltmore Fashion Park features 14 local retailers within a 7,200 square foot space. Lilly is one such shop you’ll have to check out where you’ll find vintage-inspired women’s clothing and accessories at a great price. UNION at Biltmore Fashion Park 2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix Photo by Haute Photography


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Kendra Scott Jewelry opened up its first Arizona location at Scottsdale Quarter last month. The popular jewelry line featuring beautiful baubles has a strong celebrity following and it’s easy to see why. We just can’t resist some of their statement pieces and colorful jewels. Starlets like Eva Longoria, Sofia Vergara and Hilary Duff are all fans of the line. Scottsdale Quarter 15147 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale


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Does Your Hair Need an Intervention? Tips for an Easy 5-Step Rehab Contributed by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, author of Hair Care Rehab


etween blow-drying, teasing, flat ironing, and highlighting — there are many ways to change what Mother Nature gave us. Lackluster, frazzled, or overworked hair is the price we pay. Hair is a fragile fiber that needs to be handled like a silk blouse. Tips for a five-step rehab for damaged hair:

1. Chelating: Oils, conditioners, serums and pomades can build up and prevent your hair’s ability to hydrate. The first step in detoxing hair is the use of chelating shampoo, which lifts stubborn buildup from products and hard water. Clarifying shampoos are a good substitute. 2. Deep conditioning: Deep condition for 10 to 15

minutes every seven to 10 days using moisturizing conditioners such as cream-rinse, protein treatments, and deep or leave-in conditioners. Consider an apple cider vinegar rinse to close the cuticle and enhance shine.

3. Moisturizing:

Use a leave-in conditioner and/or moisturizing product to add a layer of protection. For thick, dry, or curly hair, this step hydrates adding “slip.” For fine or oily hair, this should detangle strands while encouraging volume.

4. Sealing: Sealing with an oil or butter product locks in moisture solidifying the gains of rehab while smoothing the cuticle. Always use sealant on slightly dampened or misted hair, or pair the product with a water-based moisturizer for maximum benefit. Naturally oily hair can skip this step. 5. Styling protectively: Hair that is bleached, colored, blown dry, ironed, weaved, etc. looks worn out. Don’t do this anymore! Extra measures include wearing it up more often, cleaning cautiously, detangling with a large-tooth comb, protectively use blow-dryer heat, reduce chemical use and do not color your hair more than three shades lighter/darker than your natural color. | January 2013





Exercising Outside of the Box

Simple ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine


xercise is an essential element of a healthy lifestyle. When coupled with a healthy diet, exercise puts both men and women on a path towards optimal health while reducing the risk for a host of ailments, some of which can be deadly. However, many people find they simply don’t have the time to exercise regularly. Commitments to career and family can be demanding and time-consuming, and exercise is often a casualty of a hectic schedule.

Avoid the elevator and attack the stairs.

Though getting to the gym every day or even making use of exercise equipment at home on a daily basis may not be feasible, that doesn’t mean people still can’t find ways to incorporate a little exercise into their daily routines. The following are a few simple ways to fit more exercise into your day, no matter how busy you may be.

Turn TV time into treadmill time. Watching a little television at night is how many people relax and unwind, but it can be a great time to squeeze in some daily exercise as well. Opinions as to what’s the best time of day to exercise vary, and no definitive study exists to suggest one time of day is better than another. People who like to relax at night with a little television time should make the most

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The elevator may be inviting, but it’s also somewhat of an enabler. Instead of taking the elevator up to your office each day, take the stairs, and take them with more gusto than you’re used to. Rather than taking one-step at a time, take the stairs two by two, lifting your legs high as you scale each pair of steps. This helps build your leg muscles and makes the daily climb up the staircase a little more strenuous.

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of that time by hitting the treadmill, elliptical machine or exercise bike instead of just plopping down on the couch. Add a television to your home’s exercise room or purchase a gym membership where the cardiovascular machines are connected to televisions. You will still get to enjoy your favorite shows while simultaneously getting the benefit of exercise.

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Say “bon voyage” to the conference room. Professionals who spend lots of time in meetings

can add a simple twist that incorporates exercise into a typical business meeting. Rather than conducting the meeting in a conference room, propose a walking meeting when possible. A walking meeting is the same as a standard business meeting, but it’s conducted on foot outside of the office. Walking meetings can provide some much-needed energy for you and your fellow staff members, who may appreciate the chance to get out from behind their desks and stretch their legs while still getting work done. Take your smartphones or tablets along to jot down important ideas, just as you would in a more traditional meeting. Make the most of your walk by leaving time for some light stretching before and after the meeting. Chances are you will return to your desk reenergized and glad you found a way to get some exercise, despite a busy schedule.

"Forgoing the elevator in favor of the stairs is one way to incorporate more exercise into your daily routine." Park far away when shopping. It’s tempting

and almost human nature to hunt for the parking spot closest to the door when shopping at the mall or even the grocery store. However, for those who want to include more exercise in their daily routines, parking far away from the entrance is a great way to incorporate more walking into your life. Walking is a simple, yet effective, cardiovascular exercise - one that the Mayo Clinic notes can lower your blood pressure and manage your weight while lowering your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is commonly referred to as “bad” cholesterol. In fact, research has indicated that regular, brisk walking can be just as effective at lowering a person’s risk of heart attack as more vigorous exercise, including jogging. When parking far away from the entrance, just make sure you park in a well-lit area where others can easily see or hear you.

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Family, Kids & Relationships Contributed by James G. Wellborn, Clinical By MS psychologist & author of Raising Teens in the 21st Century: A Practical Guide to Effective Parenting

Six Character-Building Techniques to Prepare Your Teen for 21st-Century Challenges


arents today contend not only with yesterday’s worries -- drug abuse, bullying, teenage sex and with delinquency – but new challenges. The digital age has introduced adult predators and other online hazards, and body-altering decorating such as tattoos and piercing’s are popular temptations. The teenage years are unlike any other in a person’s life – it is a unique in-between period from childhood to adulthood, and it is helpful to remember that problems during this time are actually normal. A universally admired trait, spanning all cultures, religion and philosophy, is compassion. A truly compassionate teen will inevitably have a host of other positive qualities, including patience, understanding, sensitivity, tolerance, intuition and more. Parents can encourage compassion in the following ways: 32 January 2013 4 December 2012||

Model it Compassion is largely learned, so be aware of how you act around your children. How did you respond to the request for money from that panhandler on the street? What comment did you make behind his back, in the presence of your kid? What did you say about that driver who just cut you off in traffic? Your teens are watching and listening.

Notice it Point out examples of compassion that occur around you. It comes in many forms. Relevant to our daily lives are the people who quietly, and without recognition, help others in need, including volunteers of all types. Make a game of identifying instances of compassionate deeds you have witnessed.

Teach it Compassion has to be taught, so be prepared to provide direct instruction on how your teen needs to think and act in order to develop that quality. One important component is empathy. If your teens cannot see things from another’s perspective, it is difficult for them to appreciate what that person is going through. Help them learn to walk a mile in their shoes.

Anticipate it Character can be fostered by projecting moral strength into their future. In this way, you will be subtly shaping the adult they are working to become. Say things like, “By the time you’re an adult, you will be such a person of strong character. That’ll be really cool.”

Guilt it A personal value system serves as a means of accountability to oneself (and your family and community). This begins with the value system parents promote in their kids. If they fulfill the promise of personal values, it is a source of justifiable pride. Violating personal values should result in guilt for not doing what is right and shame for letting other people down. Parents need to help their kids along with this.

Repeat it Once is not enough when it comes to character. Find every opportunity to work it into the conversation. Using all of the strategies mentioned above, you would be able to work character issues into every possible situation in a remarkably diverse number of ways. You need to have mentioned character so often – at least once every couple of days – and in so many different forms that they are sick of hearing about it by the time they graduate from high school.


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Decorate & Improve


7 Steps to Clean and Organize your Computer


ersonal computers, smartphones and tablets have become a significant part of many people’s lives. As individuals continue to rely more heavily on technology, they must place a greater emphasis on clearing their computers of clutter. Chances are your computer has accumulated a good deal of “stuff ” in its memory. A cluttered computer can make accessing information frustrating. Furthermore, being bogged down with information can cause slower-than-normal operating speeds. It is a smart idea to periodically go through the files on a computer, sort them accordingly, and delete items that are just gathering dust. When establishing a filing system for the computer, you can sort files by date or subject matter. You also can organize it just as you would a regular filing cabinet. Some operating systems come pre-established with their own ways of saving data into respective folders. You may use their organizational system or create your own personalized system.

Steps to getting organized 1


First, assess what you have and the importance of that information. Items that are accessed frequently are of top priority. Initially, you may want to create three folders on your desktop labeled: “Toss,” “Keep” and “Unsure.” As you open files or view their time stamps, move them into one of your newly established folders. Breaking down the information into more manageable digital piles will help make the process less intimidating. Give your “Toss” folder a glance ensuring that nothing made it in there by mistake. Then, move the files into your trash folder and delete these files permanently.

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Look through your “Unsure” folder and focus on any files that have given you pause. Decide why you are concerned about getting rid of them. If there are certain files that you are unsure you will need to access later, be cautious, save them to an “Archive” folder and date it. Save these files to an external hard drive so they are not taking up space on your computer, but can be retrieved later.



Begin the process of categorizing the items within your “Keep” folder. Photos and videos are easy to set aside in their own folders. Look at the other files and find their common threads. This will help establish an organizational system. Perhaps you have images saved that are ideas for your home. Put them together in a folder keyworded with “Design Ideas.” If you have resumes or professional correspondence, coordinate these files together. Perhaps you have work-based files. If so, create an “Office” folder, so that everything has its place. Create a folder where you can save digital invoices or other financial-related data. Purchase a scanner and scan receipts, invoices and other paperwork so they are saved digitally. You may also want to keep a backup copy of important phone numbers or even scans of identification cards. You can password-protect these folders for security reasons while reducing the chance of accidental deletion.


Create a new file-naming system that is easy for you. Do not rely on the automatic file names given to documents that you save or download. Rather, establish your own file names that will help you to organize going forward. You can preface the filename with the folder category where it belongs. For example, if you have scanned an electric bill and want to keep it in your “Scanned Invoices” folder, name it ScannedInvoicesElectric1-1-13. Remember to use only approved file extensions and characters in the file name so that you avoid file corruption.


Clean out your cache and cookies. Computer caches and cookies both serve to store information on your computer, but they are used differently. Cookies are pieces of information that a website sends to your computer so that you can be easily identified the next time you visit a particular site. Cookies are generally used to save users’ preferences and monitor banner ads. A cache is a place that temporarily stores information from websites. This means, the next time you visit the same website the page can load faster with reduced load on the server that hosts the page. The easiest way to know the difference between caches and cookies is that cookies are about you so that a website can access your personal information, while caches store information that relates to the website itself, including text, images, and video. Cookies can be used to track your browser history, which for some presents a privacy concern. Both take up space on your computer. Therefore, you may want to routinely clean out the caches and cookies or specify the amount of memory you want to devote to both. It is important to keep a computer clean and organized so that it works efficiently. It is just a matter of finding a system that works for you.

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By Marlene Montanez

Brooke Burke's Balancing Act

The star opens up about her busy life and her battle with thyroid cancer


right-eyed Brooke Burke is the kind of woman most of us strive to be: smart, kind, beautiful and raising a family while still maintaining a thriving career. In fact, the 41-year-old mother of four is busier now than ever. Besides her job as a cohost of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, Burke-Charvet (her married name) is also the co-CEO of modernmom. com and president of, which sells belly wraps and workout DVDs for new moms to bounce back into shape. “My career has continued to grow and I think it’s a matter of staying focused and defining what you want to do and following through and setting goals and staying true to them. And I don’t feel like having children has held me back in doing anything that I want to do in my life,” she says in an interview with Burke-Charvet is one of seven children and was raised in Tucson, Arizona. After studying broadcast journalism at UCLA, her first break came in 1999 when she became the host of E! Network’s Wild On! travel show. Her career and personal life has only catapulted since then and it’s a wonder how she manages to juggle it all. “When I was a new mom, I used to think that life was going to be balanced and I strived for that. But, life is crazy!” she says in an interview with Redbook. Not surprisingly, she attributes much of her ability to handle so many roles to taking care of her health and well-being. “I think keeping 36

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your energy up and staying in shape are 90 percent based on what you eat,” she says to Redbook. She also cites constant snacking, tons of water and making time for exercise as other important elements to helping keep a balanced life, according to the magazine. “The way I see it, if you don’t have 45 minutes a few days a week for yourself, you are in big trouble. Because here’s the thing: If my kid has a doctor’s appointment, or if I have a parent-teacher conference, I’m not missing it. I don’t miss any of my kids’ appointments. So why can’t I schedule time for myself? I tell myself, ‘Okay, here are my priorities for the week,’ and I write them down. I make sure I allow myself enough selfrespect to schedule my own stuff too. Then I’ll say to my kids, ‘I’m going on a hike right now. I am taking an hour, just like I was in the car for 45 minutes driving you to your play date. And I’ll be back. And you’re going to be fine. Bye.’ And I go.” This past November, she shocked fans by announcing her diagnosis of thyroid cancer. She began chronicling her experience on her website,, and revealed it in a video where she talks about her diagnosis and that she’s “never felt better.”

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Around 56,460 cases of thyroid cancer were diagnosed in 2012, with 1,780 deaths caused by the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate of those diagnosed with Stage I or Stage II thyroid cancer is nearly 100 percent. Burke-Charvet will have to undergo surgery to remove part of her thyroid gland, but doctors are confident about her recovery. “I’m going to have a nice big scar right here across my neck,” she says in the video. “I don’t get to just walk around and pretend that nothing happened and not follow up and not share because it’s going to be pretty much dead center.” Post-surgery, Burke-Charvet will have to take thyroid hormone pills and may have some downtime from Dancing with the Stars, but without a doubt, her constant optimism and strength will help her navigate this next challenge. “I feel really good, and I’ve actually never felt better and that’s what’s so crazy about this whole thing,” she tells fans in her video. “I’m just going to make a positive out of this negative thing.” | January 2013



New Year Tech Guide SWANN: MP3 DJ DOORBELL

Wireless customizable music doorbell. Speaker and push button doorbell unit fits into any home or office. Sends a wireless signal (up to 165’). Music stored on removable SD card; 32GB SD holds up to 10,000 tracks. Battery powered. No wires! Speaker doubles as an on-wall or portable music player. Available at Radio Shack and Amazon. com $49.99,


Charges up to three portable small electronic devices all at once while at home or on the road. Plug in your cell phone or other device, attach the DC adapter to your car’s plug, and charge. Carry case to conveniently tote your devices and accessories. Can also be used with the AC/DC power adapter for use indoors. $32.99,


Hi-Fi speaker connects via Wi-Fi to Windows PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones, allowing you to listen to your music anywhere from your home network. Six internal speakers including natural, bass boost and enhanced sound modes. Push button connection via Wi-Fi. Brushed aluminum enclosure. Adjustable/removable steel base. $499,


BRACKETRON: MUSHROOM GREENZERO Ergonomic and eco-friendly charger. Immediately charges by pressing the “mushroom” button. Charger will automatically shut off to save energy. Green technology allows for zero standby energy consumption. Lightweight, compact, and ideal for travel/portability. Universal USB compatible with tablets and cameras. Can be paired with USB cable that comes with your iPhone or Android smartphone. $27.95,

ECOXGEAR: ECOXPOWER Pedal powered headlight plus smartphone charger for your bike. Bike’s front wheel drives a generator that powers the lighting system, the rechargeable battery and the power jack for your smartphone. Ultrabright LED front headlight & red rear taillight fully pedal powered. Water-resistant, touchscreen friendly handlebar smartphone/GPS case with USB adapter cable. Universal hub mounting bracket. $99.99,


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Water and crush proof case with 100% waterproof earbuds. Ultimate outdoor protection for your iPhone, iPod, Android, or mp3 player. Internal storage holds keys, devices, credit cards, driver’s license and cash, keeping them safe from sand, sun, and water. Clear front panel allows easy viewing of calls and text messages. Shock proof casing withstands drops and spills. $49.99,



Portable, all-in-one speaker system with rechargeable battery heightens audio experience of any laptop, smartphone or tablet. Portable USB powered speaker system. Built-in amplifier and oval passive radiator for superior audio. Brushed aluminum. Comes with carrying case. Auxiliary input for connection to smartphones, tablets and more. Rechargeable Lithium battery provides ten hours of playback. $49.99,

LOGITECH K760 KEYBOARD This wireless keyboard is 100% powered by solar/indoor light - low light and lamp light, indoors and out. It can be paired up to three Bluetooth devices simultaneously and can, easily switch between devices with pressing one of the dedicated Bluetooth button. Fully charged, it works for at least three months – even in total darkness. $79.99,


Simple to use. Syncs a motion sensor to any golf club with your smartphone for instant results each time you swing. Acts as a mobile swing coach to identify problem areas with your swing and helps you fix them. Paired with big name advisors, including Masters Champ, Craig Stadler and NCAA record holder Ray Leach who offer their expertise. $129.99,

Volume-limiting headphones keeping sound pressure down to levels recommended safe for young ears. Earbuds come with carrying case shaped like Crayola crayon and three sizes of soft silicone ear cushions. Headphones designed to fit over-the-ear and come with stickers and Crayola markers to customize. Available in various colors. Earbuds: $14.95; Headphones $24.95,



World’s first display and performance coach system for sports eyewear. Instant visual feedback of workout/racing data. LEDs position eliminates taking eyes off the road. Maintains aerodynamically correct postures. Attaches to virtually any pair of glasses. Change display settings by simply tapping on the unit. Compatible with training software, Mac, PC and Smartphones. Starting at $149.99,


Ultra-slim. Connect devices such as digital cameras, external hard drives, flash drives and printers. Unique two switch design. Blue LED indicators. Power supply guaranteeing electric current stability and effective operation of connected USB devices. Compatible with Windows 98SE /ME /2000 /XP / Vista /7, Mac OS 9.1 or above, Linux 2.4 or above. No software required. $29.99,

Electronic smartpot grows herbs and flowers without watering and fertilizing. No gardening knowledge necessary. Measures all necessary parameters and doses an exact amount of water, fertilizer, air, and battery change according to the plant’s needs! Includes a processor, microchip, battery vault, pump, water reservoir and sensor. Several herbs and flowers available. $59.99 (starter kit) $19.99, | January 2013


TASTE OF AZ Compiled by Michelle Talsma Everson



t’s no secret that our great state is home to a delicious blend of restaurants serving up all types of cuisine. When it comes to flavorful dishes, Valley eateries do not disappoint. To help tantalize your taste buds, here are some delicious dishes that are now being served at a restaurant near you. Vegetarian Sweet Potato Tacos A popular dish for vegetarians and healthy eaters alike, these tacos are full of flavor! Available gluten-free, a corn or flour tortilla is topped with chunks of sweet potato that have been roasted with rosemary, coriander, cumin, and other spices, plus onions and poblano chiles. The taco is then filled with chargrilled red onion, spicy roasted corn, avocado poblano salsa, Cotija cheese, crema, and organic micro greens. The dish is served with a side of black bean and mango salad. Available at The Herb Box, which has two Scottsdale-based locations. Visit www.theherbbox. com for location and menu details.

Kale & Pear Salad An unlikely haven for healthy eating, Brat Haus in Downtown Scottsdale offers a delicious salad perfect for diners looking to enjoy lighter fare. Vegan-friendly, this gem features chopped kale with pears, jicama and candied pecans with a citrus vinaigrette. Available at the Brat Haus, 3622 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. Visit for more info.

Shishito Peppers A fun finger food, the Shishito Peppers make for a light and sharable starter to any meal. Don’t let the name fool you! Even those adverse to heat will enjoy these Japanese sweet peppers, which happen to be high in Vitamin C. Lightly sautéed in Asian seasoning, you’ll find the Shishito Peppers hard to resist. RA Sushi has several Valley locations, including eateries in Mesa, Tempe and Ahwatukee. For more information, visit


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Roasted Brussels Sprouts As kids, we tried to avoid Brussels sprouts, but at Kelly’s at SouthBridge, they might just be your favorite way to eat your veggies. Roasted until they’re a golden color, the Brussels sprouts are then seasoned with candied pancetta and pancetta glaze, among other perfectly blended delicious flavors. They’re the perfect accompaniment to any meal. Available at Kelly’s at SouthBridge, 7117 E. 6th Ave. in Scottsdale. Visit for more details.

Mozzarella and Tomato Salad A unique twist on the Caprese salad, colorful heirloom tomato slices are layered with fresh, house-made mozzarella and served with crisp butter lettuce. The salad is drizzled with balsamic reduction and basil pesto. The perfect starter dish or hearty enough for a main course, this salad is available in a petite and regular portion. Carefree Station is located in the Spanish Village at 7212 Ho Hum Rd. in Carefree. For more info, visit 

Spinach, Pecan and Gorgonzola Salad A West Valley favorite, Red Embers is located inside Uptown Alley in Surprise and serves up a variety of sandwiches, salads and appetizers. One of their signature entrée salads is the Spinach, Pecan and Gorgonzola, which features spinach leaves tossed in balsamic vinaigrette with gorgonzola cheese, spicy candied pecans and fresh diced pear. Don’t miss out! Available at Red Embers, 13525 N. Litchfield Rd. in Surprise. Visit red-embers-bar-grill for more info.

If you have a favorite dish at a Valley-based restaurant, please e-mail a description and high resolution image to to be considered for a future issue! | January 2013


Career, business & finance



How to Establish

a Budget

for the New Year


esolutions abound come the dawn of a new year. Fitness and finances tend to dominate many people’s resolutions, with the goals of shedding a few pounds and saving more money both being popular resolutions. For those whose focus will be on finances in the coming year, establishing a budget for the New Year is a good place to start. The following are a few tips for men and women to help them plan budgets and reach their financial goals over the next 12 months.

Start with your income. How much money is being brought into the household will go a long way toward determining your budget. The first month of the year, when people will receive their earnings statements from the previous year, should provide a clear-cut picture of just how much income the household is generating. Once you have that information, you can begin to establish a budget.

Make a list of your bills. Knowing what is coming in is important when establishing a budget, but so is having a firm grasp of what is going out. Make a list of all of your monthly expenses, from bigger to smaller, like a mortgage payment to how much 42 January 2013 8 December 2012||

you spend on a cup of coffee each day. When making a list of these expenses, make note of the day bills are due each month. This can help you determine which weeks of each month you will be able to save more money and which weeks you will need to tighten your belt and pay existing bills.

"The New Year is a great time to turn over a new financial leaf, and establishing a budget is a great way to get started on a path to a brighter financial future."

Make a list of anticipated expenses. Some expenses are there every month. Others are those you expect to finance in the coming year, such as home improvement projects. Make a list of these anticipated expenses. This may involve taking some inventory of things around the house, such as any appliances that may be on their last legs, bigger issues like a roof that may need to be replaced or a bathroom you finally plan to remodel. Once you have compiled this list, research how much each project may cost you. This should give you an idea of how realistic each project is, and whether or not you will be able to tackle multiple projects in the coming year.

Don’t forget about debts. Many people plan a budget to get out of debt, rather than to save for a rainy day. When establishing a budget for the year ahead, calculate how much debt you are currently carrying. It is best to exclude existing installment loans like a mortgage or a car note from your list of debts. Though those can be considered money you owe, they are more in line with the monthly expenses you need to live than credit card debts you simply need to get rid of. If your debt is considerable, or even small, see if there is anything you can remove from your list of monthly expenses (i.e., pay per view or streaming video subscription) so you can devote that money to eliminating your debt. In addition, those with considerable debt should prioritize

ending that debt over projects you want to tackle that are not exactly necessities. For example, if your kitchen is outdated, but still safe and functional, postpone the kitchen remodel until you have eliminated your debt.

Decide where you can cut costs. If you examined last year’s financial statements and realized you fell short of your savings goals, you need to cut some costs. Part of establishing a budget is deciding which costs you can cut. Some of the more common ways people cut costs at the dawn of a new year include deciding to dine out less, removing premium channels from a cable or satellite television package, driving less to save money on fuel and forgoing store-bought coffee for java to make at home. Each of these budget cuts can lead

to substantial savings over a full year and none of them is life altering to the point of lowering a person’s quality of life.

Include savings into your budget. Living on a budget is not always easy, especially for those people who are not used to doing so. When establishing your budget, include weekly, biweekly, and monthly savings goals. If you stick to this plan, you will have something to show for your financial discipline at the end of each month and light at the end of the tunnel can be a motivating factor as you adapt to living on a budget. The New Year is a great time to turn over a new financial leaf, and establishing a budget is a great way to get started on a path to a brighter financial future.||December January 2013 201243 9

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Contributed By Dr. John A. Robinson, author of The Hormone Zone

Thyroid Disease

Five Telltale Signs & Steps You Should Take organ that regulates the metabolism through thyroid hormone. If it’s low, you are slow! Constipation. Assuming a relatively normal diet and water intake, chronic constipation and bowel disturbances could be a key sign that your thyroid is underactive. Since the thyroid increases the metabolism of the body, it also increases the ability of the gastrointestinal tract to function properly. When the thyroid is low, everything is slowing down.


hyroid disease is a nationwide epidemic. It is lurking in the midst of millions of people, mostly women over age 50 and a large cause for many feeling horrible. A thyroid can be over-functioning, which is called hyperthyroidism, and more typically, under-functioning, which is known as hypothyroidism, or low thyroid. Hypothyroidism is much more common and presents with a wide range of signs and symptoms. Here are some of the most typical key signs and symptoms: Fatigue. Debilitating low energy. An inability to get started in the morning or getting out of bed can be one of the first signs. This is normally accompanied by a lack of motivation and zest for life. The fatigue normally is not relieved and stays this way throughout the day. The thyroid is the main endocrine

Body-wide muscle and joint pain. As we get a little older, it is common to have a few more aches and pains, but diffuse muscle and joint pain to a larger extreme could be due to low thyroid function. Thyroid hormone increases the ability of muscle and joint tissue to remain loose and active. Poor memory and an inability to focus. Thyroid hormone is responsible for maintaining proper brain function on a multitude of levels. When low, basic thinking is “foggy,” as if a veil of confusion is draped over you. Forgetting where you put your keys or not being able to get that word from your brain to your mouth could be an indicator. Unexplained depression. Unfortunately, there are many people with depression; that if properly diagnosed could be helped by the proper use of thyroid hormone medication. The diagnosis of low thyroid remains elusive for so many with chronic depression. Know that there is always hope.

What can I do about it? Talk to your doctor and get diagnosed! A basic blood test utilizing the TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) is the first step towards diagnosis for most doctors. However, this test is not always effective at making a proper diagnosis and has resulted in millions going untreated and ignored. Consider an alternative approach and second opinion if you still believe that a low thyroid may be why you are feeling the way you do. If you are already on synthetic thyroid medication and your symptoms are not helped, then consider natural forms of thyroid medication. Licensed naturopathic physicians have the ability to diagnose and treat a low thyroid using alternative and more holistic considerations. 46 10

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Cervical Health

Understanding Abnormal Pap Test Results

By MS on behalf of the National Cancer Institute

Pap Tests Show Cell Changes in Your Cervix You’re probably reading this because your health care provider told you that your recent Pap test (sometimes called a Pap smear) showed cell changes in your cervix. Although it is quite common to feel uneasy about your Pap test results, it may comfort you to know that each year more than 3 million women receive similar news.

Many Cell Changes Are Not Cancer The good news is that, almost always, women with cell changes do not have cancer of the cervix (also called cervical cancer). But it is important that you protect your health by getting the follow-up tests and care that your health care provider suggests. Having cell changes does not mean that you will get cancer of the cervix. In fact, when cell changes are found and treated early, almost all women can avoid getting cervical cancer.

Although many cervical cell changes are common, and not related to cancer, they sometimes make cervical cells look abnormal. Your health care provider may suggest that you repeat your Pap test or order other tests to be certain that the cell changes are not cancer.

Getting Your Questions Answered

Cell Changes Caused by HPV Are of Special Concern

So what is the next step? What do your results mean? Does this mean you need treatment and, if so, what kind? You will probably have other questions, or you might be concerned about the choices you may need to make. These reactions are normal. But understanding your Pap test results—and what to expect when the results are not normal—can help you make informed decisions and plan your next steps.

Some cervical cell changes are caused by infection with a virus called HPV (human papillomavirus). Most HPV infections eventually go away, but sometimes they do not. In infections that do not clear, the HPVinfected cells may become precancerous. If these precancerous cells are not detected and treated early, they can develop into invasive cancer of the cervix. An HPV test can detect the virus in cervical cells.

Common Changes in Cervical Cells

Other Risk Factors for Cervical Cancer

Cervical cells can go through many types of changes that are not cancer. These changes can be caused by:

An ongoing or persistent infection with a high-risk HPV type is the most important cause of and risk factor for cervical cancer. However, studies have shown that other factors may act together with HPV to increase a woman’s risk of developing cervical cancer. These factors include cigarette smoking, giving birth to multiple children, and use of birth control pills for five or more years.

• Inflammation (redness and swelling) • An infection (bacterial, viral, or yeast) • Growths, such as benign (noncanerous) polyps or cysts • Changes in hormones that occur during pregnancy or menopause

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BY MS on behalf of the Red Cross & America Blood Centers

Blood Donations Urgently Needed


he flow of healthy, oxygenated blood through the body is essential for life. It is also required in large supply when people undergo surgeries and other therapies. With the demand for blood so high, reserves are in short supply. Adding to the shortage is lower turnout among donors. The public has been urged to donate blood to increase units available.

Blood shortages abound The Red Cross and America’s Blood Centers, which collectively represent all of the blood banks in the United States, continued to report shortages throughout 2012. According to Red Cross President, Dr. Bernadine Healy, there is a critical shortage of blood and the shortage in 2012 was one of the worst her organization had seen. As such, the shortage has forced the cancellation of many elective surgeries across the United States. Increased demand, meaning chemotherapy treatments, organ transplants, heart surgeries and elective options, have left blood banks depleted. Plus, the demand for blood exceeds the rate of blood donations. The Red Cross has stated it typically needs 80,000 units of blood available daily, but now has roughly 35,000 units.

How do I donate blood? Many people want to donate blood but are put off by the idea of needles and drawing of blood or are unaware of the process. Becoming informed can shed light on what is done and make the entire process much less intimidating. Blood drives occur at various locations. You may also be able to donate blood directly at a Red Cross center or hospital. Simply log on to and enter your zip code or address to find out where and when a blood drive will be held. Just about anyone, ages 17 to 75, can donate blood provided they are at least 110 pounds and do not have any acute symptoms of the flu, colds or infections or have had close contact with someone with hepatitis in the last year. Those who have hepatitis, a heart condition that is more serious than a murmur or HIV/AIDS or have engaged in any activities that may have put them at risk for HIV/AIDS will not be able to donate. At the donation, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire and given a screening interview to qualify as a donor. You will also need to provide documentation that proves your age, so bring along identification. If you pass the screening, your vital signs will be checked and you will be prepared for the blood draw. As with any routine blood test, the injection site will be sterilized and then a needle will be inserted to draw the blood. The volume of blood collected for a donation will be larger than for a blood test. One pint, or 450 milliliters of blood, will be taken. This is only between 8 to 10 percent of all the blood in your body.

How will I feel? Most people come through a blood donation unscathed. There may be a minor pinch when the needle is inserted. After blood has been drawn, many people feel fine and are 48

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encouraged to drink extra liquids for the next two days to help the body with the regeneration of blood. Your body will replace the fluid portion of your blood within 24 hours.

How long does it take? It takes around 10 minutes for a traditional blood donation. If you are donating something specific, such as red cells, plasma, or platelets, the process can take up to 2 hours. Many blood drives provide refreshments after donating and ask that you remain 10 to 15 minutes to ensure you are fine to exit.


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What should I expect after the donation? Afterward, you should be able to go on with your regular daily activities. It is advisable to take it easy for the rest of the day and not engage in any heavy lifting or exercise. Also, avoid flying in airplanes or going scuba diving for a couple of days. Moderate daily activities should be fine. Continue to stay hydrated.

What are other things I should know? Bring along a list of the medications you take to share with the volunteers at the blood drive. Certain medications will exclude you from donating. It is possible for a healthy person to give whole blood every 56 days. Donations of platelets or other components of blood may be donated more frequently. Individuals who have the universal blood type (Type O-) may want to sign up as frequent donors because their blood can be used for anyone. Donating a pint of blood can help several different people. With extreme shortages in the blood supply in effect, now could be the ideal time to make a blood donation.

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Q. How have procedures in liposuction improved?

Q. How does obesity induce Sleep Disordered Breathing?

Q. Can tinnitus be treated with acupuncture?

A. Many people are inquiring about Tickle Lipo since it was demonstrated on the TV show “The Doctors”. The newest FDA approved liposuction technology is officially termed Nutational Infrasonic Liposucion, but it is so safe and gentle it’s becoming known as “Tickle Lipo”.

A. Obesity-induced Sleep Disordered Breathing has fat collecting around the neck and abdominal area, putting pressure on the airway as well as the lungs, thus making it difficult for the body to breathe.

A. Tinnitus is a condition described as whistling and hissing in the ear and is often accompanied by hearing loss. According to estimation from the American Tinnitus Association, about 40 to 50 million Americans experience some degree of tinnitus in their life. Some cases of tinnitus are accompanied by dizziness, vertigo, neck and jaw pain, and vomiting. A common cause of tinnitus is long time exposure to loud noise, however, tinnitus can be a secondary result of some ear or cardiovascular disorders, neck and head injury, a side effect of medication, and certain rare and serious conditions such as a tumor.

How is Tickle-Lipo Different? Tickle-Lipo is unique in that it generates a 3-dimensional vibration that breaks up and removes fat more effectively and more evenly than traditional liposuction methods. Its unique vibration pattern allows for precise body sculpting with less tissue trauma. Patients experience less bruising and less discomfort. Some patients have commented that they are tickled during the procedure by the vibratory motion. Patients also benefit from a faster recovery and most return to work 24-48 hours after the procedure.

The most likely candidates are middle aged and elderly males, who gain weight primarily in the neck and abdomen. This type of weight gain is dictated by testosterone. Similar weight gain occurs in women who are entering menopause, have hormonal imbalances, or who are pregnant. Weight gain has also been linked to insulin production, glucose intolerance, diabetes, and metabolic disorders. While metabolic disorders, hormonal imbalances and physiological changes such as menopause create difficult conditions for weight loss, the research shows that weight loss significantly reduces Sleep Disordered Breathing problems.

How is Tickle-Lipo Safer? The procedure does not have the risks associated with general anesthesia and is performed in the office - patients actually walk-in and walkout for the procedure. Unlike current liposuction techniques that utilize laser or ultrasound energy, the cannula used in Tickle-Lipo stays cool, thus eliminating the risk of burning tissue. Additionally, the hand piece has an automatic shut off when it approaches non-fatty tissue, such as skin or muscle, thereby protecting the surrounding tissue from injury. Tickle-Lipo safely and more effectively removes deep fat as well as superficial fat and creates a “high-definition” sculpting. Tickle-Lipo offers a safer choice in liposuction with unbeatable results.

A 2002 study conducted by the University of Wisconsin and the Boston University School of Medicine identified obesity as one of a list of risk factors that, if reduced or eliminated, would decrease the severity of a Sleep Disordered Breathing problem.

–Gael DeRouin, DO Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery 623.535.7050

–Dr. Croft Vistancia Orthodontics 623.566.0800


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If you wake up tired in the morning, suffer from headaches, snore, experience gastro esophageal reflux, depression, any kind of cardiovascular or pulmonary disease, and you are overweight, I highly suggest a neck circumference measurement and a body mass index (BMI) calculation. A neck circumference measurement of 17 inches or greater in men and 16 inches or greater in women and a BMI calculation greater than 25 is a good indication of a possible Sleep Disordered Breathing problem.

Acupuncture usually provides relief of symptoms on a case-to-case basis. Some tinnitus cases I have treated resulted in a decreased level of ear ringing and patients responded well. It’s important to get a proper evaluation of the causes of the tinnitus before acupuncture treatment. Evaluation by collecting patient history, tongue evaluation, and proper neurological tests, combined with traditional pulse palpation, are necessary to locate the “root cause” of the tinnitus. According to the principle of Traditional Chinese Medicine, tinnitus occurs due to liver Yin deficiency, weakness of kidney Qi and triple burner (a term to describe the energy pathway through the level of the body). In other words, the energetic level of kidney and liver is a significant factor. After eliminating the possibilities of structural change or damage to the inner ear, acupuncture will be safe and effective for treatment of tinnitus. –Dr. Jack Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Nutrition Network 623.972.8400

Q. What exactly does “eat healthy” mean?

Q. What exactly is glaucoma?

A. With a new year ahead, you’ll probably want to be healthier in 2013. Your doctor probably has been nagging you to eat healthy. Sound familiar? What exactly does that mean?

A. Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that lead to damage of the optic nerve. The optic nerve is responsible for carrying visual information from the eye to the brain for processing. If the optic nerve is damaged than visual information is not getting to the brain for us to see. Glaucoma can ultimately lead to blindness if the optic nerve is damaged enough.

A healthy diet means: portion control, calorie control, substitution of fiber for fat and protein for carbohydrates. It means modifying your diet so your insulin levels stabilize and your insulin receptors do their job of keeping your blood sugar in a healthy range. Doing this helps our body to reset sugar metabolism and we lose weight. However, losing weight is just a side effect of regulating insulin metabolism through diet. You will also find that if you are on medications for high blood sugar, blood pressure or cholesterol, your doctor might have to reduce or even eliminate them. That is what is meant when your doctor tells you to eat healthy. If you eat healthy you’ll need less help through medications. The really great thing about eating healthy is that you can prove it is working by checking your blood chemistry. I’ll use my own health as an example. On cholesterol lowering medications my best cholesterol level was 208. Through healthy eating and off all medications I lost over 50 pounds. My cholesterol level is now 170.

In a large number of cases, glaucoma is caused by having elevated pressure within the eye. If left untreated, it will first cause loss of peripheral vision and can eventually lead to blindness. In a majority of cases, glaucoma will initially have no pain or symptoms until the disease is advanced. Acute angle closure glaucoma will have sudden severe symptoms of intense eye pain, nausea and vomiting. Other than that, almost all types of glaucoma have little or no initial symptoms. Glaucoma is usually diagnosed based on findings during a routine eye exam. Eye pressure will be measured and optic nerves evaluated. If a patient is at risk, additional tests may be ordered, such as automated testing of peripheral vision called a visual field.

I personally utilize the Ideal Protein Diet as a blueprint for healthy eating. It has produced great results in terms of improved health and weight loss for my patients.

If glaucoma is found during an exam, treatment options may include medication such as eye drops and/or laser treatment. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be advised. Once treatment is initiated, regular follow-up is essential to maintain vision. If diagnosed early glaucoma is manageable, so it is important to make sure your eyes are examined annually.

Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Nutrition Network 623.547.4727

–Dr. Baird The Village Eyecare 623.931.2943

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Q. Why do so many people develop cataracts? A. Cataracts are a cloudiness that develops in the natural crystalline lens of the eye. As we age, the normally clear lens commonly develops cloudiness and if this is significant enough, it can cause blurry vision, halos and glare at night and difficulties with distinguishing colors. It is believed that UV damage from ordinary sunlight can, over time, be a triggering factor. Infections, injuries, diabetes and genetics can also be factors in developing cataracts.

Q. Is an electric toothbrush better than a manual one? A. Electric toothbrushes are toothbrushes that use electricity to move the bristles during use. The brush head usually moves in a circular or back-and-forth motion powered by rechargeable or replaceable batteries. If used properly, and for the right amount of time, a manual toothbrush can be very effective. However, most patients simply

Q. At what point should cataract surgery be performed? Will I need to wear glasses after cataract surgery?

don’t brush as thoroughly or for as long

A. Cataract surgery is one of the most common and successful procedures that can be performed today. When a cataract has progressed to the point of significantly hampering your vision, you and your ophthalmologist will be able to decide if the time is correct for treatment. The basic costs of cataract surgery are usually covered by your medical insurance plan. Cataract surgery is done as an outpatient procedure, and the patient is expected to be comfortable and return to normal activities by the following day.

cleaning power of every stroke. In addition,

We generally perform the surgery on only one eye at a time. The cloudy cataract lens is removed and replaced with a clear implant. Some of the current specialized implants can get your vision so good after surgery that it could be possible to be able to see well distance and near without having to depend on glasses.

dexterity to effectively brush their teeth.

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as they should. In these cases, an electric toothbrush can help by maximizing the an electric toothbrush can make it easier to clean around dental implants, bridges or dental braces. An electric toothbrush can remove dental plaque and combat gingivitis better than manual brushes, therefore, helping patients receiving treatment for gum disease. They can help teeth look whiter by reducing surface stains. They can also help reluctant patients brush longer because many have timers. Electric toothbrushes also allow patients with limited manual

In addition, anyone who must assist a disabled or elderly person with their oral hygiene may have an easier time using a motorized toothbrush. –Dr. Augustine Jason J. Augustine DDS, MS, PC 602.978.6910

Q. What alternatives are available for chronic pain treatment when medications, physical therapy, injection therapy and surgery all fail to adequately control pain? A. Many people suffer with pain. Many of those that suffer from chronic pain after the above treatments have been tried, and fail to give adequate pain relief, feel that they will be relegated to high-dose opioid medication in order to cope with the pain. Opioid medication treatment can be debilitating in and of itself, making it difficult to function on a day-to-day basis. A relatively new treatment to the main stream is spinal cord stimulation. Spinal cord stimulation is a pain treatment modality based on reducing the intensity, duration, and frequency of pain. Its mechanism of action involves inhibiting the pain pathways as they travel through the spinal cord. For appropriate patients, excellent pain relief can be obtained with this treatment from any number of pain syndromes, including failed back surgery syndrome, phantom limb pain, pain resulting from trauma and pain from diabetes or other systemic diseases. In addition to inhibiting the pain pathways, it also works in modulating the sympathetic nervous system, which is helpful in treating pain resulting from complex regional pain syndrome (which results in severe pain to normal stimulation, such as light touch). Spinal cord stimulation has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of several pain syndromes, which can reduce, and possibly eliminate, relying on opioid medications for pain control. Dr. Baker Active Life Physical Medicine & Pain Center PLLC

Help us improve the health of our communities, one reader at a time. Q. What are some of the differences between saline and silicone breast implants? A. Saline implants have been increasingly popular due to the procedure and risks involved. Saline implants are deflated until positioned in place. The incision required to insert the implant is very small due to the fact that the implant is deflated and folded, then filled once in place. Another advantage with saline implants is that they have a range of cc’s—meaning they can be filled less or more to reach the exact size that is desired. Something called “sizers” are first inserted and filled with air, allowing the patient to choose the desired size before the actual implant is inserted. Since the saline implant contains only saline, if an implant ruptures, there is no harm done to the body and the implant can be promptly replaced. Many clients prefer the feel of silicone implants. Though only little of the implant is actually felt, many clients insist that silicone implants feel more natural. Because the silicone implant is pre-filled, the incision required is much larger than is required for saline. The manufacturer of silicone implants suggests getting a special MRI every two years to check for leakage. Silicone implants have a high viscosity and patients may not notice if the implant is ruptured or leaking. Silicone leakage may be harmful if not detected promptly. A leak with a silicone implant may require the implant to be removed and the body cleaned. There also may be a waiting period before a new implant can be inserted. –Dr. Sharma Arizona Vein & Laser Institute 602.298.5476

Q. Is there a laser treatment for fingernail and toenail fungus? A. Fingernail and toenail fungus can be very embarrassing. It is a complicated condition effecting 20-30 million Americans, which increases with age. “Onychomycosis” or nail fungus, occurs in the nail and nail bed resulting in yellow, green, and/or black discolored nails that crack and break easily. Sometimes it is necessary to remove the entire nail if the infection is severe. Conventional treatment includes topical creams that could take nine months or longer before you see results, that is, if you are compliant with twice daily application. Oral medication is another option that, albeit faster, is present with liver concerns and systemic side effects. Laser treatments are one of the newest ways in the Valley to treat this unsightly condition. A laser beam is aimed at and passes though the nail plate killing and eradicating the fungus. The nail bed is treated as well, eliminating the source of the fungus. There is little discomfort during the treatment and risks for side effects are minimal. Treatments take about 15-30 minutes and often two treatments are all a patient may need for amazing results. This offers a quick and painless treatment to correct even the smallest imperfections in the nail and nail bed. These treatments may be combined with laser hand rejuvenation to keep the hands and feet looking youthful too!

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Call for a free consultation with an expert in this revolutionary treatment and be on your way to clear, pretty nails! –Dr. Maltais Physician Skin Solutions at Arrowhead 602.843.4040 | January 2013






Health BeneďŹ ts of Prunes

he public has certainly heard of prunes, but most people do not eat them regularly. Prunes are traditionally the go-to food for a person who has digestive issues and needs help with constipation. Their reputation as a laxative has created somewhat of a negative image, but learning about the many health benefits of eating prunes could change the public perception of this fruit. Prunes, also known as dried plums, are among the healthiest foods a person can eat. Not only do they have benefits for the gastrointestinal system, they are high in antioxidants, may help prevent premature aging, and can promote cardiovascular health. The plum is related to the peach, cherry, nectarine, apricot, and almond. The Japanese plum is the most commonly eaten fresh plum, while the European plum is the one traditionally dried to turn into prunes. Plums have been eaten for centuries, and in Chinese mythology the plum tree is associated with great age and wisdom. Plums are one of the most widely cultivated fruits. What makes prunes (and plums) nutritional powerhouses? They are very high in antioxidants; substances that help fight free radicals in the body that contribute to illness. According to researchers from Tufts University, prunes rank No. 1 in terms of antioxidant capacity. It was found that prunes had more than twice the antioxidant capacity of other super foods, like blueberries and raisins. Dried plums also rank above fresh plums in having a greater capacity of antioxidant power. Prunes contain high levels of hydrocinnamic acids (phenol compounds), which give them their antioxidant boost. Prunes are very high in dietary fiber, containing between 6 to 7 grams. As many know, dietary fiber is the part of plant foods that the stomach and intestinal enzymes cannot absorb into the bloodstream. Fiber will remain in the colon and absorb water, which helps soften the stool before it is passed. Prunes also contain sorbitol, which is a mild colon stimulant. This will help speed up the passage of stool and reduce the risk of constipation and hemorrhoids, and may reduce risk of colorectal cancer.


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Individuals may not be aware that prunes also contain high amounts of polyphenols, which are known to restore bone mass and structure, according to Heal with Food. Therefore, dried plums are part of osteoporosis prevention treatment for postmenopausal women. Various studies have indicated prunes may have beneficial effects on bone mineral density, bone formation activity and the production of boron, which is thought to play a role in the prevention of osteoporosis. According to the American Cancer Society, foods high in fiber and vitamin A may offer some protection against cancers of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts as well as cancers induced by chemicals. The phytonutrients in plums also can inhibit in-vitro breast cancer growth without adversely affecting normal cell growth. It is well known that eating prunes and drinking prune juice can help keep a person “regular,� but the nutritional benefits of dried plums extends beyond their value treating gastrointestinal conditions.

Think Brown Bagging is a Bore? Expert Offers Tips for Fast, Fun, Healthy Lunches-to-Go Contributed by Mona Meighan, author of What Are You Doing for Lunch?


oo often, young people are not aware of how food affects their health. By brown bagging, you can avoid many processed foods loaded with calories and carbohydrates. If you’re new to brown bagging, here are few tips to help you get off to the right start.

Determine your personal lunch style Some people are willing to spend 15 to 20 minutes in the kitchen, the night before or morning of the workday, to prepare a familiar lunch. These are Traditionalists. Others want to just grab a container of food and hit the road – perhaps something put together over the weekend or last night’s leftovers – the Grab-and-Go style. Maybe you’re Creative, a Midday Gourmet, a Social Networker (likes to coordinate a group lunch), or a mix of all of the above depending on what the week looks like.

Do you have what you need to pack your lunch? Do you need a cooler-style lunchbox? How about reusable containers for sandwiches and soups? Going green is, of course, better for the planet and it saves money on items like disposable baggies and plastic cutlery.

Determine your upcoming week’s recipes First, decide how many days you want to pack lunch this week and plan your menu. Take stock of the ingredients you already have, and make a list of those you need to purchase.

Invest time on the weekend preparing food, if necessary If you plan to Grab-and-Go, put together the first couple of days’ lunches. If you’re a Midday Gourmet, you might want to cook up some homemade chili ahead of time. The Creative may want to whip together grandma’s pasta salad.

Enjoy – and don’t overwhelm yourself! If you’re used to going out for lunch five days a week, start slowly. Try brown bagging twice a week at first. You can make it more interesting by finding a buddy and taking turns preparing a lunch for two. If you eat at your desk, plan a rewarding way to spend your lunch hour, whether it’s running an errand or taking a walk in a park. | January 2013



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Medical Questions Ask our community health partners. Dr. Maltais

Dr. Sharma

Kulbhushan Sharma, M.D., FACS, was included in the “2009 Top Surgeons” by the Consumer Research Council of America. Dr. Sharma is board certified in general surgery and is also a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons. He did his vascular fellowship at the Arizona Heart Institute under worldrenowned cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Edward Dietrich. He has been practicing as a general and vascular surgeon for more than 14 years in the Valley and is the founder and medical director of Arizona Vein and Laser Institute, which opened in 2004. Arizona Vein & Laser Institute | 602.298.5476

Dr. Kukurin

Dr. Shannon Maltais is dedicated to the ongoing commitment of achieving optimal health and beauty by focusing on the whole body. Her philosophy supports the use of internal antiaging factors such as nutrition, IV therapy, homeopathy and detoxification, as well as external factors that support the correction and prevention of the aging process. She believes it is never too early or too late to begin the journey of prevention and correction via natural, safe and effective means.

Dr. Kukurin was one of the nation’s first chiropractic physicians to attain board certification as a chiropractic neurologist. Over the past 20 years he has pioneered many techniques of integrative neurology which applies alternative medicine techniques like acupuncture and herbal therapies to the treatment of common neurological disorders like neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease and other chronic neurological conditions.

Physician Skin Solutions at Arrowhead | 602.843.4040

Kukurin Chiropractic & Acupuncture| 623.547.4727

Dr. Walman

Gerald B Walman, MD, FACS, FRCS(C) was born in Toronto, Canada, and obtained his MD and specialization in Ophthalmology from University of Toronto. He is a board-certified specialist in both Canada and the U.S. and has provided comprehensive eye care to Arizona since 1978. He has deep international experience in cataract, implant, Lasik and eyelid cosmetic surgeries and has developed a skilled team for excellence in eye care.

Dr. Barker Dr. Barker graduated from medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2002. After completing his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Loyola University Medical Center/Hines VA Medical Center, he started a practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2006. In 2010, he moved to Avondale, Arizona, to join Active Life Physical Medicine and Pain Center.

Walman Eye Center | 602.222.2020

Active Life Physical Medicine & Pain Center| 623.535.9777

Dr. Lundquist

Dr. Augustine

Wendi Lundquist is a dedicated interventional pain specialist uniquely qualified to evaluate and treat patients with musculoskeletal and nerve pain. Along with being board certified in physical medicine, rehabilitation and pain medicine, she is an osteopath that understands the complexity of pain and treatment of a patient as a whole person. Her primary focus is to treat and repair the underlying problem.

Jason J. Augustine, DDS, MS, PC, has been practicing periodontics and implant dentistry in Phoenix for 11 years. He earned his doctorate degree in dentistry and a master’s degree in science and periodontal surgery from Ohio State University. Dr. Augustine performs a wide range of non-surgical, laser-assisted and surgical treatments for the management of gum disease. He also has extensive training in cosmetic gum procedures and surgical implant dentistry. In addition to his private periodontal practice in North Phoenix, he lectures privately, and is an associate professor at the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Augustine maintains an active membership in numerous dental organizations, including the American Academy of Periodontology. In his recently remodeled office, Dr. Augustine stays current with the latest advances in his field.

Active Life Physical Medicine and Pain Center PLLC | 623.535.9777

Jason J. Augustine DDS, MS, PC | 602.978.6910


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Drs. Pamela and Gael DeRouin

Dr. Croft

Pamela DeRouin, M.D., and Gael DeRouin, D.O., are co-owners of Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery in Goodyear. Dr. Pamela DeRouin is a board-certified physician who has practiced in the Phoenix area since 1999. She has a special interest in aesthetic and anti-aging medicine and is a member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Gael DeRouin is a well-accomplished surgeon with more than 20 years of training and experience. He holds dual board certifications in both Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Devin Croft graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. He practiced for two years as a general dentist in Minnesota before entering an orthodontic residency at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he earned a master’s of science in Oral Biology and specialty certificate in Orthodontics. Dr. Croft is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorder Dentistry, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is a diplomat of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorder Dentistry and is working toward his diplomat status for the American Association of Orthodontics.

Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery| 623.535.7050

Vistancia Orthodontics | 623.566.0800

Dr. Mallory

Dr. Mallory has been practicing dentistry for four years. He received his degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. He and his wife have four children and they enjoy trips to Disneyland and golfing with friends. Dr. Mallory is also a part of the American Dental Association, American Academy of General Dentists, a volunteer for Give Kids a Smile and part-time faculty member at University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine. Festival Dental Surprise | 623.584.4015

Arrowhead Dental Peoria | 623.878.5400

Dr. Wen Stanley Wen, MD, board certified, Family Practice Medicine, received his biology degree from the University of Chicago and his medical degree from the University of Illinois. He moved to Goodyear with his family in 2004. While working for Banner Estrella Medical Center, Dr. Wen witnessed the shortage of primary care physicians and the long waits for patients. This prompted his desire to open a family clinic and, in December 2008, Sage Health Family Medicine was born.

Sage Health Family Medicine| 623.535.3857

Dr. Baird

Brian O. Baird, Optometrist, has has been practicing full scope optometry for more than 10 years. Dr. Baird was born and raised in Provo, Utah, and completed his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University. He obtained his Doctorate of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. Dr. Baird owned and operated Polson Family Eyecare, in Polson, Mont., for seven years before selling that practice and moving to the sunny state of Arizona in November 2007. Dr. Baird has been practicing in Surprise more than two years. His hobbies include spending time with his family, running and being outdoors.

The Village Eyecare| 623.931.2943

Dr. Qiu Dr. Jack Qiu is a board certified chiropractic physician and acupuncture practitioner. He received his training in Chinese Acupuncture and Tui Na therapeutic massage. His priority is to help his patients with quality care and to reach their health goals. He has been practicing in the West Valley since November 2011.

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Connect Within

By MS on Behalf of the National Mentoring Partnership

Help Develop Tomorrow’s Leaders

Mentor Less Fortunate Kids


ver the last 12 months, few issues have been more widely discussed than the economy. As the market continued to falter, the unemployment rate continued to rise. As a result, many families were forced to alter their lifestyles in order to get by. One less publicized side effect of the economic downturn had to do with those people who managed to maintain their jobs throughout the year. In many such cases, those people who did hold onto their jobs were often buried with work, the result of laid off co-workers whose work still needed to be done. Such a reality had a ripple effect on many families across the country, as parents were forced to spend more time at the office and less time with their kids. For single-parent homes, that reality has proven especially disheartening. According to the National Mentoring Partnership, more than 17 million young people between the ages of 10 and 18 live in situations that put them at risk of not living up to their potential. While that is disconcerting, there are ways in which adults can provide guidance and support for kids in need. Open up your business. Many businesses, particularly those that are not in retail, might feel as though there is little they can do to help neighborhood kids in need. However, even high school students can work as interns, helping in the day-to-day operations of the office while gaining some insight into how a business is run. Be it a small business or a large corporation, an internship program for high school students can make a positive impact on kids who otherwise might not have daily access to adults who care about them. Consult local religious leaders. Oftentimes, local churches or other houses of worship offer programs spanning a wide

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variety of topics for the local youth. Many times, these religious organizations are in dire need of a helping hand. Even if it’s volunteering to speak to kids about business, applying for college or any other advice an adult can offer, it will be appreciated and make a positive impact. Share your expertise. Adults often have hobbies they have been cultivating since their childhood or young adulthood. While they might not realize this, or be too modest to admit it, that experience has given them a certain level of expertise that can be very valuable to youths. For example, former athletes who competed at the high school or collegiate level can volunteer with the local high school, Little League or other youth athletic organizations to put their experience to good use. Take your children’s friends along on trips. Invite your children’s friends along for camping trips or a night at the ballpark. Many children from two-parent homes have friends from single-parent homes. Those friends might need another positive adult figure in their life. Visit the National Mentoring Partnership website at to learn more.


Refuse to look back. Whether something happened twenty years from now or minutes ago, learn to let it go and move on. If you’ll let go of the old, God has promised He will bring you a new beginning. ~ Joel Osteen | January 2013 59

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make early retirement a Reality


etirement is a goal for nearly every working adult. Long considered a time to enjoy the fruits of a life’s worth of labors, retirement has become something else entirely over the last several years, when the struggling economy has convinced many aging workers that their opportunity to retire may never present itself. However, retirement does not have to feel like a wild goose chase with the end goal nowhere in sight. In fact, many men and women who develop a plan early on can retire early, reaping the rewards of their success at an age when many people are still wondering if they can retire at all, much less retire early.

>Conduct an immediate audit of your finances.

The road to early retirement begins, quite frankly, very early. If your retirement goal is to retire early, conduct an audit of your financial situation as soon as possible, even if you are a relative newcomer to the professional sector. Examine all of your debts and other liabilities, as well as your income and your potential earnings. It may be difficult to forecast potential earnings, but paint a realistic forecast with regard to your earning potential, and then use that to determine your standard of living and how much money you will need to maintain that standard upon retirement. This should give you an idea of how close or how far you are from early retirement and what you need to start doing now so early retirement can be a reality later on.

>Don’t sell savings short. Men and women who retire at the traditional retirement age can count on certain benefits that early retirees are not eligible to receive. Senior discounts can decrease the cost of living for typical retirees, who can also access retirement accounts like a 401(k) or an IRA without paying a penalty. Younger retirees are not eligible for senior discounts, and accessing a retirement account before a certain age can result in a substantial penalty. Therefore, men and women whose goal is to retire early should not underestimate the value of a healthy savings account. Retiring early will require a more robust savings 60 14

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account than if you were to retire at a more typical age, so calculate how much more you will need to save in order to retire early. Once you have calculated that figure, ask yourself if it is realistic that you can save that money and what effect this increased emphasis on savings may have on your quality of life between now and the day you have targeted for early retirement? If you cannot realistically save enough money or if you have to sacrifice too much to make early retirement happen, then you might want to reconsider this goal.

>Accept sacrifices. Making sacrifices with an end goal of early retirement may be easier for younger men and women who have yet to grow accustomed to a certain standard of living. Regardless of their age, however, those who hope to retire early will need to accept that they will have to make certain sacrifices to achieve their goals. These sacrifices can be considerable, such as downgrading to a smaller home, or relatively minor, such as cancelling a cable television subscription, but for the average worker they will be necessary to make early retirement happen. The earlier you can make these sacrifices the easier they will be, as it will not be as hard to sacrifice something you are not used to having. In addition, the earlier you make these sacrifices the quicker you will be on the road to early retirement.

>Periodically reassess how it is going.

Periodically reassess how your plan is going and if you need to alter the plan in any way to make early retirement a reality. This reassessment should be conducted annually, and you must be completely honest with yourself. If the plan is going off course, determine the cause and if there is anything you can do to catch up or if you need to change your targeted retirement date.

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Early retirement is a goal for many people. In addition, despite the uneasiness many people feel with regard to retirement, early retirement can become a reality for diligent men and women who develop a plan and stick to that plan in the years to come. | December | January 2013 2012

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By MS on behalf of the American Cancer Society

Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers


aring for a friend or family member who has cancer is not easy. It may only get more difficult when a caregiver lives far away.

Long-distance caregiving may not be ideal for the patient or the caregiver, but is sometimes the only option. Long-distance caregivers can expect their out-ofpocket expenses to be higher, as the cost of travel alone is considerable. While long-distance caregiving may not be ideal, the American Cancer Society offers the following tips to help someone entrusted with caring for a cancerstricken friend or family member from afar.

Make sure the home is safe. When you get the

chance to visit your loved one’s home, ensure it is safe. If the illness has made things more difficult around the house, address any of these issues before you return home. Patients who receive chemotherapy are often weakened after treatment, so it can help to install some grab bars in the bathroom or purchase a shower seat to reduce the risk of falling in the shower. In addition, make sure handrails inside and outside the home are secure.

Clean up. Cancer patients may also be too weak to

keep up with their chores around the house. A dirty home can be depressing to anyone battling cancer, so clean up around the house to brighten the home and reduce the risk of an insect or rodent infestation.

Be crisis ready. No one wants to imagine a situation

in which their loved one suffering from cancer has an emergency. Introduce yourself to your loved one’s nextdoor neighbor that you can contact should your friend or family member prove difficult to reach.

Make a list of medications. Cancer patients

often take certain medications as part of their treatment and recovery, and caregivers should make a list of these medications, periodically updating the list as treatment and recovery progresses.

Make sure your loved one has a cell phone. Though it might seem hard to believe, some people, especially the elderly, still do not have cellular

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phones. When serving as a long-distance caregiver, it is imperative that you can easily reach your cancer-stricken friend or relative. Cancer treatment might make it difficult for them to get to a land line, so be sure they have a cell phone that they can carry with them at all times. Program important numbers into the phone to include yours, their physician’s and a neighbor’s or nearby relative’s number.

Stay in touch with the patient’s physician. While a physician might not be able to

share all the details of your loved one’s condition, you can stay abreast of how the treatment and recovery process is going. A physician can help you tailor your caregiving to manage the patient’s needs, adjusting that plan as treatment and recovery evolves. Cancer patients, particularly those who are older, might have trouble getting around after treatment. Caregivers can take steps to ensure such patients’ homes are easier to navigate.



Boost Your Immune System for Optimal Health By MS

he strength of a person’s immune system is generally what determines if he or she gets sick. If two people are exposed to the same germs, the one with the weaker immune system tends to get sick. Medical experts often agree that the elderly and the very young can experience serious and adverse reactions to seemingly mundane illnesses. Simple colds or the flu can turn into pneumonia and other life-threatening situations if left untreated. As you age, your physiology changes. Bones become less dense, hormones fluctuate, and you may experience a weaker immune system. Boosting the immune system by changing your diet, exercising and getting outdoors can be a way to stay healthy. Doctors say that it is possible to boost your immune system. The secrets lie in understanding how the immune system works -- and how your everyday life can offer you greater protection. The immune system is a network of cells and organs that block unwanted visitors from wreaking havoc inside of the body. Should a germ get by, the body has strong defenders that can eliminate the threat. These are known as antibodies. When you get an inoculation, a small amount of an offending particle is put into your body so that your immune system can develop antibodies against it. Should you be exposed to that type of invader again, you will possess the antibodies to fight it.

2. Reduce stress. Stress can have a number of negative health implications. It slowly wears away at the immune system and leaves you susceptible to a host of illnesses. 3. Exercise. Moderate exercise has been shown to improve immune system function. However, overdoing it and running yourself ragged can actually be detrimental. Always check with a doctor before exercising to be sure it fits with your lifestyle. 4. Engage in intimate relations. Sex causes the body to release IGA, proteins from the immune system that help the body fight infection. Feel-good brain chemicals also play a part in fending off outside invaders.

Your immune system can lose some of its protective properties if it is faced with a constant onslaught of diseases and must overcompensate for poor health habits. But there are ways to get your immune system back in fighting shape.

5. Drink plenty of water. As you age, the thirst reflex becomes less pronounced, and a loss of taste may mean you pass up foods with high water content. Water is necessary to flush out toxins that could lead to disease.

1. Get plenty of sleep. Mom was right ... lack of sleep can affect the body’s ability to function correctly, which includes fending off disease. Routine sleep deprivation can definitely affect overall health.

6. Eat a rainbow of foods. Brightly colored foods are full of the antioxidants you need to improve health and keep the immune system in top form. | December | January 2013 2012

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9th Annual New Year’s Day 5K/1-Mile Fun Run/Walk 8 a.m. – race starts at 9 a.m. Papago Park at the Phoenix Zoo 623.362.8438, Registration $13-$15


Fiesta Bowl Tailgate Party 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. University of Phoenix Stadium – parking lot $30 at entrance – includes plated meal

42nd Annual Fiesta Bowl 6:30 p.m.; University of Phoenix Stadium


Genetically Modified Crops 11:30 a.m. luncheon Briarwood Country Club


Momma’s Organic Market (North Peoria/Sun City Farmer’s Market) 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., every first and third Sunday of the month Linden Tree Nursery, 111th Ave. and Beardsley Rd., Sun City. 602.703.7154, Petting zoo, fresh produce, face painting, and more

The Graffiti Run 5K Run/Walk 8 a.m. – race starts at 9 a.m. Peoria Sports Complex


Phoenix – Awesome ‘80s Run 8 a.m.; Peoria Sports Complex



Scottsdale Street Fair 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. every Sunday in January Scottsdale Pavilions; 480.256.9627

Blood Pressure Screenings First Tuesday of every month Peoria Community Center 623.773.7436; free appointment

Blood Pressure Readings 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. every Wednesday Sun Health Community Education & Wellness Center 623.876.5432; free appointment



P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘N’ Roll AZ Marathon 7:50 a.m.; Phoenix – Scottsdale – Tempe

1st Annual Health and Wealth Expo 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Peoria Farmer’s Market – Park West First 100 visitors receive a free canvas bag


Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon AZ Health & Fitness Expo 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday Phoenix Convention Center arizona/expo, Free admission

West Valley Women - Spotlight Our Members 11:30-1 p.m. luncheon


Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream Show times vary - runs through Sunday, Jan.13th U.S. Airways Center; 18th Annual Chandler Multicultural Festival 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; downtown Liberty Building


Zoppe Family Circus Show times vary - runs through Sunday, Jan. 13th Reid Park – Tucson, AZ;


Bridal Fashion Debut 9 am – 3 p.m. today and Sunday Phoenix Convention Center 480.860.6692, 2-for-1 tickets - $12 at door


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Schools and government offices closed in observance.


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren 9:30 – 11 a.m.; Care 1st Avondale Resource Center 1 - 2:30 p.m.; Buckeye Community Ctr. 602.274.5022,


“Out to Lunch” Concert Series 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.; every Thursday through April 11, Mesa Arts Center;

Native Trails 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. today and Saturday, Jan. 26th Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 480.421.1004, Free admission


Bernie Taupin Exhibit: “Beyond Words” Runs Jan. 24th through Jan. 26th DeRubeis Fine Art, Scottsdale RSVP required. 480.941.6033,


Momma’s Organic Market (Peoria Farmers Market at Park West) 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday 602.703.7154, Petting zoo, fresh produce, face painting, and more

The Victory Summit – Parkinson’s Disease 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Phoenix Convention Center Free symposium, by registration only, lunch provided


Scottsdale Wedding Walk 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Venue of Scottsdale Register online $10 advance; $15 at door


Youth Rembrandts All day event; Anthem Community Park

5th Annual Teal Ribbon Golf Tournament 8 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. tee off Sun City Lakes West & East Golf Course Register at Golf Pro Shops

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