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covering the game of life

from the publisher Publisher

Joe Orr Editor

Curt Blakeney

Keeping it cool in summer

Art Direction & Design

Dara Fowler Hello readers! Welcome to another issue of Arizona Sports & Lifestyle Magazine (AZSAL). Well, here it is … summer has finally arrived. We have Memorial Day to look forward to, the Fourth of July is just around the corner, and yes, what we are all dreading … the intense summer heat is here. Ugh!

Senior & Lifestyle Editor

Lynette Carrington Associate Editor

I.R. Hunthausen But, I guess since we are so spoiled for almost seven months a year with great weather, we really can’t complain too much. Jumping in a pool, doing fun things indoors and cruising one of the Valley’s beautiful lakes is on everybody’s “staying cool” list. And in this issue of AZSAL, we’re taking you to the local lakes and even a dude ranch in Tucson. All are great options to keep our core temperatures down. If you like comedy, we are featuring one of the best writers and comics in the business today. Greg Fitzsimmons is coming to Stand Up Live in June and you can’t miss his show. He’s a stellar talent and such a great writer! Can you say four Emmy’s?

Health & Wellness Editor

Dr. Mayur Dev Copy Editor

Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Teresa Gardner Director of Sales & Marketing

Bill Brandenburger Photo Editor

Gene Lower We are proud to bring you two of the Valley’s best steak and seafood restaurants: Mastro’s Ocean Club and Fleming’s. Whether you are “team surf” or “team turf,” we have put the spotlight on the crème de la crème of dining establishments. What magazine delivers off-road truck racing, great Valley success stories and SpongeBob SquarePants all in one issue? AZSAL does!

Advertising Design

Joe Becker, Kristin Moore Website

David Carrington Contributing Photographers

Our revamped website is nearing completion and we will be bringing you more features, more fun, more food and more fabulosity. Also, starting with this issue, we are going to be rewarding our loyal readers by giving away a jet-ski rental for two from our new ad partner AZ Xtreme. Simply text “azsal” to 60259 or email me by directly with what page the ad is on and I will randomly draw one name from all the correct entries received by the end of June. Now that’s a good Cup-o-Joe!

Now keep reading … Best,

Dallas Caldwell Michael Fadyk Bill Nash Joel Zolondek Contributing Writers

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table of contents May/June 2012

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New ASU Era Begins With High Expectations for Todd Graham The new head football coach of Arizona State is attempting to elevate a program from mediocrity to the Pac-12 elite


No Road? No Problem!


Good as Gold


Lake Lovers’ Ultimate List


From Paradise Valley to Pineapple under the Sea

Off-road racer Corry Weller creates her own path

Arizona Diamondbacks’ first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hopes to carry over his momentum into 2012

Former Arizona resident Derek Iversen writes it like he remembers it for SpongeBob SquarePants


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Valley area lakes make a huge splash with locals looking for summer relief

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Golf Boccieri Golf Performance Center Golf Gear Guide

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Wheels Dodge Charger


Comedy Comic Greg Fitzsimmons


Spotlight Shadow Beverages and Snacks


Good Health Kid Smart Eating Tips


Fit & Trim Exercise DVDs


Self & Body Skincare 101


Spotlight Don Willis of Storage West


AZSAL Was There

ADHD’s New Opponent Peaceful Warrior Center’s Mental and Martial Enrichment Program


Gear Guide Restaurant Review Mastro’s Ocean Club Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Travel White Stallion Ranch in Tucson

On the cover: Offroad racer Corry Weller Photo by Peter Vander Stoep



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Ingredients: • 3 parts Pendleton Whisky • 1 part triple sec • 1 part fresh squeezed orange juice • 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice • Top off with ginger ale Preparation Muddle sage leaf with orange slice in glass; add liquids; pour into old fashioned glass; garnish with an orange slice and a sage leaf

Ingredients: • 1½ parts Glenfiddich 12 Year Old • 2 parts pear juice • ½ part agave nectar • 1 part lemon juice Preparation Shake all ingredients on ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

FAVORITE LUNCH STOP: Gandolfo’s New York Deli WE RECENTLY STOPPED INTO GANDOLFO’S DELI in search of a great lunch sandwich. The diversity of the menu at Gandolfo’s is so impressive, it took three of us to sample the offerings. After much debate, we had our top three sandwiches: 1. I Love New York — warm corned beef and pastrami piled high with Swiss cheese, spicy mustard and Russian dressing on a soft rye bread. Incredible. 2. Dagwood — roast beef, turkey, ham and corned beef served with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayo and spicy mustard on a hero roll. A truly indulgent delight. 3. Little Italy — ham, salami, pepperoni and provolone served with lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and oil & vinegar on a hero roll. If you like Italian subs, you’ll love the Little Italy. If you’re in the East Valley, and are looking for a great lunch spot, try Gandolfo’s. Oh, they also make a mean breakfast sandwich. 744 W. Elliot Rd., #101, Tempe. PHOTOS BY KRISTIN MOORE




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CORBEN SHARRAH CAREER HIGHLIGHTS • 2010 American Bicycle Association Rookie Pro of the Year • 2009 USA Cycling National BMX Champion, 17-18 expert, Desoto, Texas • 1st place - 2009 national rankings, amateur • 2nd place - 2010 UCI BMX Supercross, time trial, Madrid, Spain • 3rd place - 2010 UCI BMX Supercross, Copenhagen, Denmark • 5th place - 2010 UCI BMX Supercross, overall


BALLET ARIZONA’S TOPIA TO DEBUT BALLET ARIZONA, IN COLLABORATION WITH DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN, is proud to introduce Topia, a world premiere production by Ballet Arizona’s Artistic Director Ib Andersen. Performances of Topia are scheduled for May 2 – 26, 2012 at the Desert Botanical Garden during sunset. Tickets are available through or by calling the Ballet Arizona box office at 602-381-1096. Reserved tables will be available for $50 and general seating for $39. Exclusive pricing is available for Desert Botanical Garden members and Ballet Arizona subscribers. Topia will challenge each audience member to see worldclass ballet and a world-class garden in a new light. With its revolutionary performance space, spanning 80 feet wide, and positioned against the dramatic backdrop of the Papago Buttes at Desert Botanical Garden, Topia will present a unique perspective of dance and the natural beauty of Arizona. Inspired by the landscaping techniques of ancient cultures, Mr. Andersen’s vision will move all to contemplate the vastness of desert life and the struggle to express those contemplations in a singular space. “It’s a little bit like when you are looking at a landscape,” he said. “If you are watching the Grand Canyon, you only take one section at a time. I want to make a ballet where you actually can’t get all of it in at the same time, but if you look anywhere on that stage, there will be something to see. So it’s completely insane what I am doing and definitely a huge challenge.” For more information, visit


TUCSON NATIVE AND GT BMX RIDER CORBEN SHARRAH is one of the top up-and-coming stars in BMX racing. The 20-year-old has already tallied multiple USA Cycling BMX National Championships and is recognized as one of the very best in the world. This June 16, Sharrah heads to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California for Olympic trials. And he’ll be riding his favorite BMX bike, the GT Speed Series Pro XXL. “I’ve loved GT from when I was a young boy,” Sharrah said. “They are the best, and I want to be the best.” Sharrah has nothing but Gold on the mind and hopes that success at the Olympic Trials will help springboard him to a podium finish this coming August. The 2012 Olympic Games are scheduled for July 27 – August 12 in London. “Simply put, I’m here to represent Arizona and to bring home the gold baby,” Sharrah said.



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Stumped on what to give your pop this Father's Day? For all those sacrifices he made, isn’t he worth more than a tie or a box of chocolates? Have no fear. Here is a list of Father's Day gift ideas sure to please — and they’re all under $60. 1. Irish Spring just launched a new body wash, Irish Spring Clear & Fresh Skin. It’s the first mass male body wash to treat and help prevent breakouts with 2% salicylic acid, the leading acne-fighting ingredient. $4.99 2. Get dad a cool looking pair of designer prescription sunglasses. is the premier online destination for prescription optical needs. Equipped with expert professional staff and frame stocks that are stored in-house, GlassesUSA provides not only the finest quality glasses, but also prompt processing times. By cutting 4 out the middleman, glasses are produced and shipped to you in the shortest time span possible. Many styles under $60; 3. The Halsa Mat allows dad to relax and unwind quickly any day of the year. A modern take on the beds of nails yogis used thousands of years ago to naturally stimulate the release of endorphins and oxytocin, the body’s own pain relief hormone, the Halsa Mat consists of 8,820 spikes that stimulate your body’s acupressure points. Simply lying on the mat for ten minutes yields the benefits of increased blood circulation, lower blood pressure and increased nutrient delivery throughout the body. $29.95; 4. Stickr Pockets are the latest innovative product from the creative minds at Butch & Harold. A great way to declutter, Stickr Pockets allow dad to display many things that he couldn't post to a wall before, like concert tickets, photos or letters. Each kit includes three 10.5" x 10.5" pockets, three nameplates and a dry erase marker to personalize each pocket. $14.95; 5. The garage is dad’s domain, so let him show who’s boss with the My Garage Personalized Doormat. The doormat measures 18" x 24" and is rubber-backed so it won’t slide. Custom printed so dad can show off his favorite room in the house. $24.95; 6. Leading the fight for comfortable, lightweight shoes that don’t cause pain is the Neat Zori Orthotic Sandal. Neat Zoris deliver stabilizing insoles for enhanced foot support. Providing proven orthotic benefits, including support for 8 metatarsal, arch and heel, these slip-ons look great in red or tan. $55; 7. Nothing goes with sports on TV and a cold beer like Virginia Cocktail peanuts, handprepared from the fertile fields of Virginia where the world's finest peanuts grow. Available in sea salt, jalapeño, toffee, Cajun, chocolate and unsalted flavors. Available in a 10-ounce gift bundle with three cans. $27; 8. He taught you the difference between a phillips-head and flathead as well as a first down and touchdown. This Father's Day, say "thank you" with the Sprinkles DAD box! With flavors including Peanut Butter Chip, Red Velvet, Black & White and Vanilla Milk Chocolate cupcakes, you’ll be sure to satisfy his sweet tooth. Available June 15 - 17. $39; or visit the Scottsdale store at Scottsdale Rd. and Camelback.









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Results of 2012 Phoenix Film Festival


“SHUFFLE,” THE TALE OF A MAN that begins to experience his life out of order, took home best picture at the 2012 Phoenix Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 1. The film, which stars TJ Thyne, also picked up the award for best director, which went to Kurt Kuenne. The Cox Audience Award, given to the film that received the highest grade from festival goers, went to Gary King’s “How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song,” which also earned King the Dan Harkins Breakthrough Filmmaker Award. Other notable awards given out included Best Documentary, won by “We Run Sh*t,” and Best Ensemble to the film “Searching for Sonny.” “Sonny” writer, Andrew Disney, also picked up the Festival’s Best Screenwriter Award. From the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival, which featured some of the best genre specific cinema from around the world, “Pig” won for best sci-fi feature, and “It’s in the Blood” took home the award for best horror feature. "I was blown away by the quality of films this year,” said festival director Jason Carney. “In our twelve years of existence, this is the best lineup that we've had. Congratulations to the filmmakers.”

Some of the 2012 Phoenix Film Festival award winners: International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Fest Awards Best Sci-Fi Short Film: Secret Identity Best Sci-Fi Feature Film: Pig Best Horror Short Film: Brutal Relax Best Horror Feature Film: It’s In The Blood Short Film Awards Best Grade/HS Short Film: Trolley Best College Short Film: The Life Smugglers Best Arizona Short Film: Parallax Best Documentary Short Film: Sacred Poison Best Live Action Short Film: Play By Play Best Animated Short Film: Masks Feature Film Awards Dan Harkins Breakthrough Filmmaker Award: Gary King, How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song Best Documentary: We Run Sh*t Best Ensemble: Searching for Sonny Best Director: Kurt Kuenne, Shuffle Best Screenwriting: Andrew Disney, Searching for Sonny Cox Audience Award: How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song Best Picture: Shuffle

VAN HALEN TO ROCK PHOENIX LEGENDARY ROCKERS VAN HALEN will make a tour stop through Phoenix at US Airways Center on Saturday, June 16. The band is nearly back to its original form, minus bass player Michael Anthony, who’s been replaced by Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang. But Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth have set aside their differences to not only tour, but record a new album, "A Different Kind of Truth," the first Van Halen album with Roth on the mic since "1984." Alex Van Halen still mans the drums. If the guys can manage to stay together long enough to reach Phoenix, expect them to crank out old Van Halen classics like "Running with the Devil," "Jamie's Cryin'," "You Really Got Me," "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," "Everybody Wants Some," "Unchained," "And The Cradle Will Rock," "Beautiful Girls," "Mean Street," "Somebody Get Me A Doctor," "Jump," "Panama," "Hot For Teacher," "I'll Wait," and new songs like “Tattoo” and “She’s the Woman.” Interestingly, ‘70’s and ‘80’s Soul/disco era superstars Kool & the Gang (sans lead singer JT Taylor) will open for Van Halen in Phoenix and other select cities. For tickets, visit PHOTO COURTESY OF PR PHOTOS




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Conserve Insight Energy Use Monitor

The Belkin Conserve Insight Energy Cost Monitor helps you measure the true impact of your energy use on your utility bill — and the environment. Find out how much energy your devices really use, including watts, the cost of operation, and the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. At a glance you can see exactly how much electricity is used by devices like computers, televisions, kitchen appliances and more. $29;

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The Looftlighter from Sweden is the cleanest, quickest, safest and easiest way to light your grills, smokers and fire pits. This unique gadget might resemble a hairdryer on steroids, but merely touch the tip of a Looftlighter to wood or coals for 15 seconds, withdraw it about six inches to allow warm air to blow onto the glowing embers and within a minute a crackling fire will appear. The patented hot airstream firing process eliminates the need for smelly lighter fluids. $79.95;

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K-Swiss Blade-Max Endure Looftlighter

The Blade-Max Endure Men's running shoes offer serious stability and cushioning in a lightweight (10.5 ounces) package. SuperFoam technology and GuideGlide construction provide an amazingly comfortable ride. SeamFree technology ensures a snug fit so you can focus on getting the most from your workout. $100;

Monster NCredible NTune Headphones

Nick Cannon knows sound. That's why he brought his NCredible ideas to Monster. With these on-ear headphones, Monster cranked up the detail, dropped the bass to a low, powerful rumble, and made it all distortion-free. The new headphones combine superior performance and style with fun, common-sense convenience features, all in a hip, compact package. It's the experience you want: NCredible sound, an NCredible look, at an NCredible value. $149.95;



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Oakley Polarized Twenty

Oakley puts some serious mojo into these retro-meets-revolutionary sunglasses. The Polarized Twenty brings the sure grip of Unobtainium components to active lifestyles, and it takes clarity and comfort along for the ride. Sleek contours of durable O Matter frame material are matched with premium optics to turn sunglasses into a performance essential and a statement of style. $180;

Sure Fit Slip Cover Tired of that worn-out sofa? Slipcovers, the budget-friendly solution for a quick home makeover, have steadily been a growing trend with the increase of colors, styles, materials and fashion- forward offerings over the years. With Twill Supreme universal seat cover, place the cushions in a continuous cushion cover, zip close and enjoy a semi-custom look. Tough twill stands up to kids and pets. Wrinkle resistant and machine washable for easy care. $109;

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Louisville Slugger Z-100 Balanced Softball Bat

Go deep with the new 2012 Louisville Slugger Z1000 Slowpitch Softball Bat. Two-piece fully composite design uses Louisville Slugger’s LS-2X technology, which brings strength and durability — but still remains lightweight. Balanced swing weight provides maximum swing speed. S1 iD Barrel Technology lets the barrel flex to its maximum allowable performance. $299;

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Jungle Gym XT

Suitable for everyone — from beginners to professional athletes — Jungle Gym allows you to use your own body weight for an amazing set of exercises that work you from head to toe. Challenge your upper body with push-ups, tricep layouts, chest flys, dips and chin-ups. Push the limits of your lower body with hip extensions, leg curls, squats and lunges. And get a rock-hard core with incline planes, knees-to-elbows and roll-outs. $49;



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Brainstring Revenge Recent Toys debuted the Brainstring ‘R’; untangle the knot with a 360° spin that will have you on the ropes. This “twisted” brainteaser for adults and children ages 7 and up is perfect for those who enjoy problem solving and good old-fashioned fun — no strings attached. Twist, turn, stretch and slide the puzzle in all directions to unravel the tightly wound knot. Once the strings are completely separated, the puzzle is solved. $16.99;

Black and Decker Cordless Hand Vac

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The Black & Decker CHV1510 15.6-Volt Cordless Hand Vac has 50% more reach than the previous Dustbuster design for less bending and better accessibility. Lightweight and portable for quick clean-ups. The rotating, slim nozzle targets dirt in tight spaces. Brush and crevice tool accessories are located on-board, so there are no loose items to misplace. Cyclonic action spins dust and debris away from the filter so suction power stays strong. $45;

Petmate Dog Sofa

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Keep your favorite pooch comfortable and content, and off your leather sofa, with the Petmate Dog Sofa with Bonus Pillow. This cute bed with decorative trim, suede bolster and gusset is non-skid on the bottom and filled with high-loft polyester fiber for additional comfort. It’s made of synthetic sheepskin and suede and is machine washable for easy care. $19.99;

New Balance M1080

The men's New Balance 1080 delivers the plushest ride possible. Modernized, pliable upper assures you that your feet will be held securely, gently and comfortably for the long run. The breathable mesh upper has welded seams (no sewing) to reduce weight and prevent chafing. Lightweight at 12 ounces, but extremely durable and stylish. $134.95;



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Dog-E-Glow LED Collar and Leash

You can show off your school’s colors … and so can your dog with the Dog-E-Glow LED collars and leashes. Combining functionality, technology and fashion, Dog-EGlow gives college fans and their pets the ability to flash their pride around campus, at sporting events and at other university activities with their safe and visible collars and leashes. Available in 36 university colors and logos. $25.99$29.99;


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RingStix is played with slightly curved 25-inch sword-like sticks and a 5-inch ring. With a stick in each hand crossed, and the ring over both sticks, players simply flare out their arms to propel the ring spinning forward toward the other player. That player then uses the point of one or both of the sticks to catch the flying ring and sends it back again in the same manner. The faster and harder a player flares the sticks, the farther the ring will fly, sometimes up to 50 yards, even in strong winds. $19.99/$29.99;

TravelPro 25" Expandable Spinner Upright

The Walkabout Lite 4 collection includes a wide array of innovative features that ease the hassles of travel. The lightweight TravelPro 25" expands 2½" for more packing capacity. Zippered large front pocket provides storage for laptops, newspapers, coats or any last minute items. Ticket pocket provides quick access to a wallet, boarding pass or iPod. Its versatile 3-in-1 Suitfolder and Packing Board System is the perfect organizer and keeps clothing wrinkle-free when packed. $165; ▲ ▲ ▲

Wolverine Cross Channel Water Moc

This classic boat shoe is a modern day must-have for its style and comfort. The nautical design features a full-grain leather and mesh upper with contrast white moc-toe stitching and detail. A Wolverine Cross Channel Circulation (C3) and Vibram rubber outsole provides durability, stability and superior slip-resistance. Wolverine C3 technology in the midsole and footbed pushes water out and pulls fresh air in, helping feet dry faster for seamless transitions from wet-todry environments. $123;



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Mastro’s Ocean Club 15045 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254 480-443-8555

The Heavyweight Champ of Surf & Turf Mastro's Ocean Club in Scottsdale serves up a world-class dining experience with amazing seafood and steak

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WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T GET GOOD FISH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT? At Mastro’s Ocean Club in Scottsdale, fish and shellfish are flown in fresh daily from all over the world and prepared in subtle but sophisticated ways. As you would expect from a trendy Scottsdale eatery, the food is upscale and tasty. Founded by Mike Mastro (but sold to Mark Levy in 2007), Mastro’s Ocean Club is really two establishments in one: its popular piano lounge, which serves stellar martinis and is open nightly until 1 am, and the comfortable main dining room that rises above the lounge and is surrounded by soundproof glass that gives the view of the bar, but none of the noise. On any given night, try to spot the Valley’s movers and shakers in attendance — perhaps a Phoenix Suns player, legendary pop star or PGA golfer. From food to mood, Mastro’s Ocean Club has got it going on. For a premium establishment like Mastro’s Ocean Club, I recommend you open with surf — If money's no object, begin with the seafood tower, featuring jumbo shrimp, cold water lobster tails and crab legs and claws — then move onto the turf. Winning appetizers include the vanilla battered shrimp, escargot and fried calimari. For a truly indulgent experience, the caviar will impress business

colleagues and in-laws. Mastro’s Ocean Club offers an impressive selection of sushi — as good as you’ll find anywhere in the Valley. House specialties include ahi tuna tostada (big eye tuna with fresh avocado, spicy onion salsa, and ponzu chili sauce), maguro lime roll (California chile tempura with big eye tuna, fresh avocado, ponzu sauce and curry oil), Chilean sea bass ponzu (6 oz sea bass, fried crispy with a tangy ponzu sauce) and clear lobster roll (spiny lobster tempura, mango, avocado, spicy mayo and masago rolled with fresh greens, served with signature lobster sauce and curry oil). Amid a compelling seafood lineup, the prime steaks have to muscle in to get attention at this bustling Scottsdale charmer. At the request of customers, management has added Mastro’s full lineup of steaks that you would find at Ocean Club’s sister establishments, Mastro’s Steakhouse in DC Ranch and City Hall in Oldtown Scottsdale. If you’re in the mood for meat, the Ocean Club delivers an exceptional beef experience, serving Midwestern, corn-fed USDA prime steaks that are wet-aged for 21 to 28 days and hand-cut on the premises. Chef Roberto Caballero’s kitchen broils a delicious cut of seared, juicy perfection that sizzles on a 400-degree plate and melts in the mouth.

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cake goes amazingly well with an afterdinner espresso or cappuccino. It’s a buttery pound cake with a sweetened cream cheese layer that melts into the cake when baked and crowned with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries and a drizzle of homemade raspberry sauce. The crème brulee and cherry crisp are patron favorites. The three pillars of a great steak and seafood house are professional service, a superior product and a great wine list; Mastro's Ocean Club succeeds in all three categories. ▲

vinegar fries are excellent with steak, and the gorgonzola macaroni and cheese might be the best you’ll ever taste. If you ate nothing else on a visit, the mac & cheese would still satisfy. Excellent vegetable sides include sautéed sugar snap peas, creamed corn and green beans with sliced almonds. The mainstream wine list roams the world, with 50 selections available by the glass. In addition, there's a 200-bottle reserve list. Don’t count calories here; this is a one-of-a-kind dining experience that should be savored and enjoyed. So with that in mind, save room for dessert. Mastro's signature warm butter

The award-winning beef lineup includes an 8-ounce petite filet, a 12–ounce filet, a 12–ounce bone-in filet, an 18-ounce bone-in filet, a 16-ounce New York strip, a 20–ounce New York strip, a bone-in ribeye, a bone-in Kansas City strip, a 33–ounce ribeye chop, a porterhouse, a double cut porterhouse and prime rib. Other entrées range from Chilean sea bass and sautéed sea scallops to herb roasted chicken and rack of lamb. In steakhouse fashion, the menu is à la carte, so side dishes are extra. But much of your meal is shareable: this kitchen doesn't know the meaning of small portions. The lobster mashed potatoes are sinfully rich and delicious, the sea salt &



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good eats By Charles Hudson

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 905 North 54th Street Chandler, AZ 85226 480-940-1900

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Symphony of Beef Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar orchestrates a deliciously harmonious steakhouse experience

IF YOU’RE STARVING FOR A GOOD STEAK, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Chandler delivers on that essential mission with flying colors. At Fleming’s, steak rules — it’s an indulgent, uncomplicated shrine to prime steaks. It transcends the typical steakhouse with its elegant atmosphere, quality beef and notable wine list. The interior at Fleming's is a stylish and contemporary take on the classic steakhouse, with ample seating and a comfortable layout. The ambient lighting almost demands that one relax, and the dark wood of the walls and bar top harkens of boardroom importance, but offers a casually-elegant dining atmosphere. Fleming's operates like a well-oiled machine — excellent service, vigilant and accommodating staff, and an efficient kitchen that dishes out sizzling entrées on hot plates. For starters, the seafood tower makes a dramatic entrance, an arrestingly artful presentation of lobster, shrimp, crab legs and crab salads served on a bed of ice. The tower is perfect if you want a light seafood sampling, but still want to save room for the main entrée. The shellfish is fresh and delicious, served with traditional accompaniments. The Wicked Cajun Barbecued Shrimp is a winner — four to five shrimp perfectly sautéed, and sauced with a zippy garlic

and Worcestershire butter. The braised short ribs of beef, served with cabernet butter sauce and fresh horseradish slaw, are tender and tasty. After those delicious appetizers, your taste buds are revved up for steak — the main reason you stopped in. Fleming’s serves USDA-aged prime beef … because nothing else compares. Only the top 2% of all beef is graded “prime,” making its steaks outstandingly flavorful and gorgeous. Fleming's signature steak preparation is seasoned with kosher salt and black pepper and finished with butter and parsley. There are six basic USDA selections: a main filet mignon, a petite filet mignon, a light filet mignon, a New York strip, a prime ribeye and a behemoth bone-in ribeye. They can be accompanied, upon request, by a peppercorn, Madeira, béarnaise or chimichurri sauce. Each steak is carefully selected then seared by intense high heat (in the 1,600degree inferno of its broiler) for Fleming’s signature steakhouse outer crust. The filet mignon was cooked to perfection and melted in my mouth, as flavorful, juicy and tender as you’d expect from prime beef. A peppercorn-encrusted New York strip steak, one of two Fleming's "new classics" is not as satisfying as the basic preparation. I found the black peppers

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Steakhouses have joined the new millennium, and Fleming’s is at the forefront with an impressive menu of American prime beef selections plus seafood and non-steak selections to please every palate. If you have a hankering for a juicy, high-quality steak, Fleming’s won’t disappoint. It’s an unforgettable dining experience, one that should be enjoyed on that special occasion — like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, a birthday or anniversary — or if you just feel like pampering yourself. ▲

one. Despite being packed with hot liquid chocolate goodness, the cake itself didn't get soggy. It was perfectly prepared and accompanied by a vanilla-pistachio ice cream in a pastry cup and served with a small bowl of Chantilly cream that complements the dark chocolate deliciously. Another excellent dessert is the gorgeously fluffy cheesecake, a classic New York style on a graham cracker crust, served with blueberry sauce and white chocolate shavings.

overpowered the taste of the meat. The sides are excellent, but they’re extra. Make no mistake … Fleming’s is fine dining, so be prepared to throw down some cash. Fortunately, sides are big enough to share. We liked the Fleming's potatoes with jalapeños and cheddar, sautéed spinach, and the chipotle cheddar macaroni and cheese. The double-thick pork rib chop is very delicious, simply prepared, and flattered by a julienne of apples and jicama, apple cider and a Creole-mustard glaze. Noncarnivorous sorts may opt for Australian lobster tails or tuna mignon with tomatosherry vinaigrette. Fleming's prides itself on its wine program. The wine list includes hard-tofind American boutique wines as well as national and international labels; as many as 100 are available by the glass, and there's an 80-label reserve list. To make the experience more interactive, Fleming’s in Chandler unveiled a new iPad that displays the wine list. It’s very cool and already a favorite with patrons. For dessert we shared the chocolate lava cake. Wow! Of all the chocolate lava cakes I've had, this was by far the best



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W ASU ERA Begins The new, sometimes controversial and highly-talked about head football coach of Arizona State is attempting to elevate a program from mediocrity to the Pac-12 elite By Zack Cimini

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ANOTHER SPRING PRACTICE AND ARIZONA STATE HEAD COACH, TODD GRAHAM, is bellowing out instructions with intensity and demanding a constant motion of activity from his players. Graham is just as active as the players. He is in the middle of snaps surveying right behind the middle linebacker. Each play he dissects and addresses with high vocal range that can be heard clearly on the opposite side of the field. A change has garnered the attention of all players and bystanders watching spring practices. A new regime and era is in place at Arizona State. Graham has set a tone that commands instant attention. If you are injured, he has stationary workouts and drills for athletes to work on. The pace is just as rapid as if you were practicing on the field. Players participating in practice feel fortunate to be on the field versus doing sideline drills. Each practice, the intensity never wanes. Subtleties are pointed out and emphasized. Graham’s track record proves he has the networking and leadership skills to steer the team back to respectability, and may be just the right addition that the underachieving Sun Devil football program needs. By the end of Arizona State’s season last year, people who were leery of the firing of Dennis Erickson were no longer questioning that decision. Arizona State lost four straight games to end the season, then was thumped in the Las Vegas Bowl by Boise State, displaying just how far apart coaching and talent had become. A fresh start was needed. Other Pac-12 teams made more headlines by hiring big-name coaches. ASU almost had one as well by hiring June Jones, but that was quickly squelched, and school officials believe they struck the right match with Graham. Spurning the Pitt Panthers and leaving the Big East so abruptly raised a few eyebrows. Questioning the way he left was a main issue in many eyes. But after a 6-6 campaign – and the Big East Conference crumbling with uncertainty – who could really blame Graham for jumping to the Pac-12? Graham certainly will have his hands full rebuilding a program that has not been to a premier bowl game since 1997. Unfortunately, neither the Holiday Bowl nor Insight Bowl is enough to wow the fans. And, in order to capitalize on some of the largest enrollment numbers in the nation, Graham needs to transform this team from mediocre to competitive. This starts with Graham getting buy-in from Erickson’s former recruits, then hitting a home run with his first recruiting class.

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RECRUITING REPORT Getting in-state recruits to land at Arizona State has always been a struggle, and is a main area that Graham wants to change. “We want to win the Valley of the Sun, and the state of Arizona,” Graham stated during his press conference on national letterof-intent signing day. “There are 4.5 million people in this valley, and only one major university. That’s the only place (university) like that in America.” Bolstering the Sun Devils recruiting class was a top priority the day Graham set foot on campus. Prior to national letter-of-intent day, the Sun Devils ranked second to last in the Pac-12 for the talent of their recruits. By conclusion of the recruiting period, Arizona State improved to eighth overall, according to Graham’s first recruiting class blended junior college transfers with three-star high school recruits – a common formula among programs in rebuilding phases. Arizona State signed nine junior college transfers (six ranked in the top 100 for JUCO), a high number even by ASU’s standards. Junior college transfer Alonzo Agwuenu is a tall, athletic receiver who should immediately step into a major role. He runs a 4.48 40-yard dash, and caught 73 passes with 19 touchdowns at the junior college level last season. Lacking depth at linebacker with three starters departing, Steffon Martin from Arizona Western College will bolster the Sun Devils in that department. He was recruited by several schools including Arizona and Ohio State. A couple other junior college transfers from Arizona Western Community College that figure to contribute immediately are tight end, Darwin Rodgers and safety Chris Young. Rodgers stood out on the practice field. At 6’4 and 240 pounds, he will be a big target and viable option for Arizona State’s quarterback. Rodgers was recruited by University of Illinois as a quarterback, before making the transition to tight end. An area Sun Devils fans can get excited about is at running back. Not only were the Sun Devils able to land in-state four- star recruit D.J Foster, but they also landed the top junior college running back in Marion Grice. The plethora of running backs will bode well for the inexperienced Arizona State quarterbacks, as they will have the luxury of solid options to lessen the burden of the passing game. The playing time for Foster and Grice will all depend on the health of Cameron Marshall. Marshall had minor surgery to his ankle in March, but is expected to be back at 100 percent by the start of fall practice. Foster figures to have the brightest future and to become the biggest threat to Marshall in year one. He will likely move ahead of running backs Marcus Washington, James Morrison, Kyle Middlebrooks and DeAntre Lewis. Foster broke the Arizona high school record with more than 500 yards rushing and ten touchdowns in one game. With most successful coaches, they are able to keep their coaching staff intact wherever they go. That has been the case with Todd Graham. His offensive coordinator in Mike Norvell and defensive coordinator in Paul Randolph have been on Graham’s staff at Tulsa and Pittsburgh.



AZSAL FAST FACTS • Graham is 49-29 in his six-year head coaching career. • He has spent seven of the past nine years at one school, Tulsa. • During a two-year span while at Tulsa, Graham’s special teams had only one penalty assessed to them. • His idol is former Dallas Cowboys head coach Tom Landry. He has a painting of Landry in his office. • Graham was twotime all-NAIA defensive back at East Central University in Oklahoma.

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Graham comes with a clean slate for the Arizona State football program. He will have the leverage to implement his philosophy and rebuild the foundation.

On the defensive side of the football, many question marks persist. Defensive coordinator Paul Randolph demands high expectations from his players and could be heard yelling supportive as well as driving rants about poor habits during spring practices. A veteran leader will be needed for any team to succeed defensively. Brandon Magee, a senior who is returning from a season-ending Achilles injury last year, is the emotional leader on defense. Magee has the tools to play at the next level, but needs his body to heal to play at his full potential. Another player who may be up for the challenge is defensive tackle Will Sutton. A junior, Sutton has been stellar in spring practices. Possessing great speed for his size, Sutton should create havoc for opposing offensive lines. Expectations are lowered by prognosticators when a team brings in new hires and loses a record-setting quarterback like Brock Osweiler and their entire starting linebacker corps. Graham comes with a clean slate for the Arizona State football program. He will have the leverage to implement his philosophy and rebuild the foundation. But there is always intense pressure and scrutiny to win right away. Anything less than a bowl game after the 2012 season would be considered a disappointment. Sun Devil fans wanted change after the lackadaisical and undisciplined approach of former head coach Dennis Erickson. So far, Graham is saying and doing all the right things. Boosters are hungry for a successful program and can’t help but have hope when a new coach arrives in town. Graham just may be the man on that white horse. ▲

IT ALL STARTS WITH PERSONNEL Adjusting to offensive coordinator Mike Norvell’s system has been a factor in the inconsistencies of the offense during spring practices. Norvell wants to run a frenetic-paced offense that pushes the tempo and weakens the defense over the course of a game — a strategy that is becoming more popular amongst NCAA teams. While at Tulsa, Norvell and Graham led one of the best offenses consistently in the country. Multiple years the team averaged more than 500 yards per game, and in 2007 their quarterback threw for more than 5,000 yards. Quarterback is where the Sun Devils have the biggest uncertainty, and no front runner emerged after spring practice. Without an upperclassmen competing, the Sun Devils are looking at three possibilities: Mike Bercovici, Michael Eubank and Taylor Kelly. Each possesses different strengths, but all have weaknesses. All struggled to put together sequential drives in practice, or to throw beyond the short route. Disruptive flow to the offense would come via fumbling snaps, short arming out-routes, or succumbing to pressure and getting antsy in the pocket. Graham wants to settle his starting quarterback options down to two very soon. That will give the team more fluidity and help the coaches develop cohesiveness, and work more on the intermediate and vertical attack of the offense. The quarterback that looks most ready now would be Bercovici. During spring practices he has looked the most comfortable in the pocket. Whether checking down to the hot route or utilizing his arm down the field, he has offered the most from within the pocket. Based on future potential, the edge would likely go to redshirt freshman, Michael Eubank. Eubank, a 4-star recruit out of Centennial High School in California, is 6-foot-5 and has great arm strength and speed to run the football — an edge that the offense may need to keep defenses off balance. In practices, Eubank seemed too reliant on his natural speed and athleticism to bolt out of the pocket. In one series during spring practice, he scrambled on four consecutive plays. When Eubank unleashes his arm he displays great zip. It wouldn’t be surprising for Graham to intermix some plays for Eubank every game, even if he does not win the job. “Each one of them has done good things, and there is a scenario where I see us using two of the three,” Graham said after one spring practice.

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She knows this from personal experience. She’d be the first one to tell you that she’s living her dream — at 40 years old (but you’d never guess it!). The Chandler mom of two teens is making headlines as the first woman to compete in The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’ (LOORRS) Pro Truck Class. It’s a career move that’s been more than a decade in the making.

By Michelle Talsma Everson


A FAST TRACK CAREER Weller began to dabble in racing in 2001 on a quad, and by 2005, was recognized as one of the fastest women quad riders in the West Coast. In 2007, she became interested in short-course racing and, the following year, she began racing in the UTV class in the Championship Off Road Racing Series. Just a few short years later, she was at the top of her game. “The UTV class is highly modified off-road vehicles … in 2011 I won the championship and became the winningest female in short course racing,” Weller says. “I love it [off-road racing]; it feels normal to me. I’m one of the guys. I’m not treated any differently.” Winning the championship in the LOORRS SR1UTV class (which she and her husband, Jason Weller of Weller Racing, helped to create) gave her the confidence to move up to the Pro 4 Unlimited class, the most competitive class in short course racing. At her first race in the new division she placed 9th and 10th in two races; an impressive feat for someone new to the Pro 4.

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• Although she’s a pro racer herself, Weller is protective about her own kids racing. Always a mom first, right? • Weller has a blog called “My Trophy Life” on her business website, • As a kid, she wanted to be a veterinarian. • Weller is very hands-on about her own social media sites and marketing — she loves seeing how many Facebook “likes” she has and does her best to reply personally to fans. Search for “Corry Weller Off Road Racer” on Facebook to find her page. • This is Weller’s third year working with Tilted Kilt as her title sponsor.

“The biggest change I will have to get used to is the weight of the truck,” Weller says. “My SR1 weighs about 1,400 pounds and it’s easy to manipulate out on the track because it’s so light. The Pro 4 is around 4,000 pounds, and that’s going to take some getting used to. Fortunately, I’ll have plenty of power to work with, so it will just be a matter of seat time for me to put it all together.” A PARTNERSHIP WITH TITLED KILT Although Weller is a full-time driver now, that hasn’t been the case her entire career. In what might seem like another life, she was a warranty administrator and also a bartender and server when her kids — now ages 15 and 17 — were young. Then, in 2009, she saw a billboard for the Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery, a popular sports bar chain with a Celtic flair. “I really liked the outfit,” she says about the “Kilt Girl” costume worn by the Tilted Kilt waitresses. In no time, she found herself in one of those outfits having a good time serving drinks and food at the Tempe Tilted Kilt. As luck would have it, the Tempe restaurant location was right across the parking lot from Tilted Kilt headquarters. “The people from corporate would come over to get to know the new girls,” Weller says. “One of the people I got to talk to about my racing was Mike Stevens, the VP of operations [for Tilted Kilt].” Wanting to support one of its own, the Tilted Kilt brass offered to sponsor Weller. The sponsorship started off gradually — first Tilted Kilt helped pay for

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RACING, A FAMILY AFFAIR Although Tilted Kilt is Weller’s title sponsor, her and her husband’s business, Weller Racing, plays a big role as well. Weller Racing creates custom UTC and ATV products for racers across the globe and is highly involved in the world of short course off-road racing, according to Weller. Her husband Jason started the family business in 2006, but even before that, racing was a big part of their lives. “He [Jason] is amazing; we met doing motorcross,” she says. “We went to races on our honeymoon; I told him not to buy me a ring so we could buy quad parts instead!” Together with her daughter and son, off-road racing is

“pretty much our life; we’re immersed in the industry,” she says. Describing her family as “racers to the core,” they can be found racing even during the off season. “It’s my adrenaline fix every other weekend,” Weller says. So what’s it like for her kids to have a mom who doesn’t exactly have a normal day job? “They [her kids] are very patient; it’s normal for them,” she says. “My daughter is proud of me, she wants to be a racer too — which she can be once she turns 18.” LOOKING TO THE FUTURE “I never would have dreamt that I’d be here,” Weller admits about her racing career. “I’m just like everyone else; I just got lucky with a fantastic opportunity.” When it comes to future plans, Weller plans to work hard and take life as it comes. She hopes to win a Pro 4 championship within the next three years and she can’t imagine her life without racing in some form or some connection to the sport. “I will always be into racing; when I can’t race anymore I’ll write about it,” she says, pulling from her experience as a writer and e-zine editor. “I’ll always somehow be in the sport.” And, what’s her advice to fellow moms who might be thinking of pursuing similar non-traditional career paths? “If you’re happy, you’re a good parent; don’t let anything or anyone make you think you can’t do it,” she says. “Go for it!” Learn more about Weller at Find out more about off-road racing at

equipment, then entry fees. As their partnership grew and Weller’s racing career took off, she hung up her Kilt Girl costume (although she still has it) and began to work with Tilted Kilt’s marketing team as it became her title sponsor. “She’s a strong woman, a really good fit for the Tilted Kilt brand,” explains Kristin Cronhardt, Tilted Kilt’s VP of Marketing. “Of course, the TV exposure that Tilted Kilt will get is great, but even more, is it’s tied in with a great personality [Weller].” As part of their partnership, Cronhardt says that Weller took part in their brand training class and that both parties are truly invested in both racing and the Tilted Kilt brand. “What’s different about Corry is that she’s the whole package; she not only drives the car, but can get under the hood and fix it too,” Cronhardt adds. “I am a total gear head,” Weller says with a laugh.

“If you’re happy, you’re a good parent; don’t let anything or anyone make you think you can’t do it ... Go for it!”

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Arizona Diamondbacks’ first baseman PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT hopes to carry over his momentum into 2012 By Clayton Klapper PHOTOS COURTESY OF JORDAN MEGENHARDT — ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

NOBODY HAD A FASTER RISE TO FAME, in the Diamondbacks system last season than first basemen Paul Goldschmidt. He started off the 2011 season as a successful minor league player, drafted by the Diamondbacks in the eighth round of the 2009 draft, but was fairly unknown to the average fan. He was brought up for spring training, but was sent back down when the regular season started without considerable playing time. All of that changed when starting first basemen Xavier Nady went down with a broken hand mid-season. Goldschmidt was leading the minor leagues with 30 homeruns when he was called up, and was the first basemen of the Minor League All Star team while earning USA Today’s Minor League Player of the Year honors. After being called up, Goldschmidt didn’t skip a beat and picked up right where he left off in the minor leagues. In his first major league at bat he hit a single, and the next day he homered off of All Star Giants’ pitcher Tim Lincecum. He hit a respectable .250 in his first season, but made a name for himself in the post-season where he hit only the third grand slam in playoff history by a rookie against the Milwaukee Brewers in game 3 of the NLDS. This spring, Goldschmidt hit an impressive .277 with 3 homeruns and led the Diamondbacks with 12 RBI’s. He has earned the starters job at first base, but backup Lyle Overbay (the only Diamondbacks player left who spent any time on the 2001 World Series roster) will keep Goldschmidt on his toes. To start off the 2012 season, Goldschmidt has seen a bit of a slump, but nothing out of the ordinary for a young talented hitter who hasn't seen much time in the big leagues as of yet. I could offer you his stat line, but the most important part is the experience. He's already accumulated nearly half as many at bats this season as he did last year, a vital step in player development. Goldschmidt was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware and went to Texas State University where he stood out as a big power hitter. He was drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2009 and was then assigned to the California League, where he made his way up the ranks quickly. The rest is history. Goldschmidt took the time to sit down with AZSAL before the start of the regular season to talk about the hot start he has had to his major league career.

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AZSAL: How did your spring training go? Are you ready for the season? Goldschmidt: I got to play a lot and take a lot of at bats, I got to work with the different guys here to try to improve and get ready for the start of the season. It went well. I feel good, but it’s a long season so we’ll see how things go. AZSAL: Did you have to prepare differently for this season knowing you’re staying with the Diamondbacks this time? Goldschmidt: Honestly it wasn’t as different as you would think from the years past. Especially last year I was able to come in as a non-roster guy and was able to learn and work with a lot of the players. There are a lot of great veteran guys here, and I got to work with them again this spring. I knew when the start of my season was going to be last year, and was just trying to prepare myself for that. It wasn’t like I was competing for a starting job last year. I knew they already had their guys that were staying and this year ended up being pretty similar, I know where I’m going to be. Although I’ll start in a different place, this year is pretty similar. AZSAL: What advice do you have for the younger guys trying to make the major league roster? Goldschmidt: I couldn’t really tell you. I wasn’t really in that position last year. I was going back down to (AA) regardless if I did horrible or awesome during spring training. My mind set for whatever situation I’m in is just to try to do my best and try to help my team. We had a lot of great players here this spring and I know they said to the guys who don’t make the opening day roster that it could change at any time. We will have a lot of guys that go up and down. So they just have to be ready for whatever happens. AZSAL: How has it been working with Lyle Overbay at first base? Goldschmidt: Having Lyle here has been awesome. He has been around for a long time; he knows how to play first base really well. He’s been a great guy to get to pick his brain. Not just about fielding, but he knows a lot about hitting too. He’s there for me when I’m struggling, or when things are going well. I’m able to talk to him and ask him what he would do in certain situations, so he’s been a huge help for me.





• Goldschmidt became the first Texas State position player to make it to the major leagues when he made his debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 1. • He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 49th round (1,453rd overall) of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft, but chose to play college baseball. • He is the first Non-Yankees rookie to hit a grand slam in the post season. • He played on the same high school team as Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Kyle Drabek, the Woodlands High School in Montgomery County, Texas. • He hit a three-run homerun last spring, in the first ever Diamondbacks game at the new Salt River Fields. • Goldschmidt had a finance internship lined up for this past summer as a backup plan to baseball, but was forced to cancel it after being called to the majors.

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AZSAL: How big was it to get your first post-season experience last year? Goldschmidt: It was awesome. I don’t know what the future’s going to hold, but I definitely enjoyed being there. As a team and an organization it was great to take that step and hopefully this year we can learn from the mistakes we made last year and move forward and try to make a run deep into the playoffs. AZSAL: Was there anything specific you worked on during spring training to try to improve your game? Goldschmidt: There wasn’t one big thing; it was just a little bit of everything. Whatever we were doing as a team; base running, fielding, hitting, I just tried to work with everyone else on the team and the coaching staff and take in as much as I could.



AZSAL: Baseball has a unique aspect to it; fans get a chance to interact during Spring Training more than in any other major sports league in Arizona. How is it from a player’s perspective? Goldschmidt: It’s awesome. We had great fan attendance this spring, great enthusiasm, everyone was thankful when we would sign autographs and they just couldn’t wait for the season to start. We have great fans here in Arizona and hopefully we can continue to play well and they can come out and support us. It was a sellout almost every day so it was a lot of fun. That facility (Salt River Fields) is amazing, 12,000 fans a day, so it was awesome. AZSAL: Do you believe in ‘pregame routines,’ and if so, do you have any? Goldschmidt: Whoever it is, having a routine is important. So your routine changes whether it’s a night or day game, home or away... But for the most part just get to the ballpark early, get comfortable and stretched out doing pregame stuff… The one thing I try to do is keep my routine the same if I’m doing well. If I’m struggling I’ll change it up and try something new to see if it helps. AZSAL: Did you ever think about quitting baseball? Goldschmidt: Every day that it doesn’t go your way! It’s a frustrating game; there are a lot of failures, but guys are still here. We enjoy it; it’s the best job in the world to get paid to play baseball. It’s great to be around all of these great guys. Honestly there wasn’t a day that I thought I should do something else. I didn’t know if I would make it to the big leagues, or know where my career would take me, and I still don’t. Anything can change. I just try to take it day by day, play hard, work hard, and have fun. ▲

We had great fan attendance this spring ... they just couldn’t wait for the season to start. We have great fans here in Arizona and hopefully we can continue to play well and they can come out and support us.

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Valley area lakes make a huge splash with locals looking for summer relief By Rich Martin

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ULTIMATE LIST TO THE UNTRAINED EYE OR THE UNFAMILIAR SOUL, the Arizona desert may conjure up images of barren wasteland — a space devoid of life, colorless and dull. The rest of us, however, know that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Arizona is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and diverse landscapes, stunning sunsets painted on the sky and an abundance of life. For nearly eight months every year, the weather is superb. It is a combination of these elements that make Arizona a haven for golfers and a paradise for leisure seekers. The other four months are quite a different story. Without a coastline to call its’ own, Arizona becomes a landlocked prison of fiery 110-degree punishment during

our infamous “dog days.” Even walks from the car into the grocery store are done at a determined pace, so as to minimize exposure from the sun’s abusive gaze. There is hope, yet, for suffering Phoenicians even on the spiciest of days, with a collection of lakes a mere hop, skip and a jump (that’s about two hours at the most) from downtown Phoenix. We’ve got everybody covered — from the boater, the beacher, the partier, the hiker, the camper, the swimmer, the skier and the tuber to the lounger and the lazy. Whether you’re looking for a weekend away from the Valley with friends, or a leisurely day trip with the family, Phoenix has a desert oasis that has just what you need.

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1 I Lake Pleasant (previous page) Location: 45 minutes northwest of downtown Phoenix. Claim to fame: One of the largest lakes in the region, covering 10,000 acres and just a short trip from nearly anywhere in the greater Phoenix area. It’ll float your boat if: you’re looking to make a day trip for some fun in the sun. Family friendly and there’s plenty to do. Great for loungers, partiers, boaters, fishermen and hikers. Consider your ship sunk if: you need peace, quiet and solitude on a summer weekend. The marina can also become quite busy. If you’re looking to rent a boat on a busy day, don’t even think about showing up after noon. “Humbug cove,” as the locals know it, is an adult-only affair, and will definitely appeal to a younger or more party- oriented crowd, as the name implies. This is a popular day-trip location and gets plenty of folks just looking to drive up to the shore, grill up some goodies, and be among friends. When also considering Lake Pleasant’s great size (the second largest of the Valley’s lakes, behind Lake Roosevelt) it’s apparent that Pleasant is a terrific place to bring out the boats and jet skis. Lake Pleasant is also home to one of the most full service marinas in the country. Packing light and grabbing food there is a worthy notion. There’s also a steady stream of events being held this summer. Check out their website for all the information. Lake Pleasant will appeal to most, especially on a quieter weekday, and is definitely worth the short trip.

worth the trip. It’ll float your boat if: you’re looking for some peace and quiet. Boaters, water skiers, wake boarders and tubers are definitely at home here, as well. Consider your ship sunk if: you’re looking for a quick afternoon day trip hanging out on the shore. With up to three hours of travel time to Apache and back, this is an all- day affair. If you in any way resemble the consummate leisure seeker, the kind of person who milks every minute of their free time until all they’re left with is a fine powder and a dull headache, Apache Lake may be what you’ve been waiting for. Sure, it’s out of the way, but if you’re looking for a place to drop everything and relax, this is it. Water sports are also very popular on Apache Lake because of its great length. 928-467-2511

is, unless you plan on taking out the new speedboat to let ’er rip. If you don’t mind making an early day out of things, you should be okay. Consider your ship sunk if: you’re looking for peace and quiet on the weekend. This will be a recurring theme here. If you’re looking to get some R&R at the lake on the weekend, this might not be your idea of a respite. The weekdays can also be quite busy. Get here early. Covering 1,100 acres, Saguaro Lake is one of the Valley’s smaller lakes. Butcher Jones Beach is a draw for families and those looking to settle for the day by the beach. The 3

3 I Saguaro Lake Location: 20 minutes from Mesa, less than an hour from downtown Phoenix. Claim to fame: Closer than Lake Pleasant to a sizeable portion of Phoenix. Saguaro Lake is long and narrow. You can bring your own boat or rent one. Because of its size, Saguaro Lake probably isn’t the top choice when deciding the best place to take out your new speedboat and let ‘er rip. It’ll float your boat if: you were going to go to Lake Bartlett, but you’re closer to Saguaro. That



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2 I Apache Lake Location: About 70 miles east of downtown Phoenix, 50 miles east of Mesa.

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lake is stocked with fish so fishing is always a viable option, as are camping, hiking, and horseback riding. Though they differ greatly in size, Lake Bartlett and Saguaro Lake offer many of the same activities and facilities. Unless you plan on doing some serious boating, the best lake for you may simply be the lake that’s nearest you. 480-986-5546


4 I Bartlett Lake Location: An hour and a half northeast of downtown Phoenix, and just a hair over an hour from the intersection of 51 and 101.



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Bartlett Lake is popular for its large size and big shoreline, which you can drive up to with ease. There are also multiple boat ramps for access to Bartlett’s sprawling waters. Brian Church of the Bartlett Lake Marina called it “one of the best wakeboard lakes around” also noting that Bartlett remains popular because it offers “everything you could want in a lake.” One of the reasons that Bartlett remains such a Valley institution is because of the leadership. Brian and his team have been running Bartlett for 20 years. 480-502-4354

the towering canyon walls is great. There’s also a separate swimming area. It’ll float your boat if: You’re looking for an alternative to one of the bigger lakes and you’re in for an all day affair. Consider your ship sunk if: you’re looking for a quick afternoon trip. Canyon Lake can get pretty busy in a hurry. If you’re showing up late, you’re in it for the long haul. Canyon Lake is a short trip from Phoenix making it a popular destination. It can get pretty busy so don’t get here too late, because once the marina is full, no more boats are allowed in. Though it’s sizably smaller than its’ counterparts, Canyon Lake is a popular boating destination for it’s great views, and quiet rides through the steep canyon walls. There’s a separate area for swimming and plenty of shoreline for those looking to set up camp during the day. There’s also more than 120 camp sites for you to set up at overnight. 480-288-9233

6 I Roosevelt Lake Location: 110 miles east of downtown Phoenix. Pretty much like driving to Tucson. Claim to fame: Offers the most value of all the Valley’s Lakes. Great amenities, tons of space for whatever you want to do. It’ll float your boat if: you have an entire weekend to dedicate to watery awesomeness. Consider your ship sunk if: you just want to make a day trip. That will mean around four or more hours of travel time. Sure, you could do it, but why with closer options? Just to reinforce a recently made claim, please read the following: if you have an entire weekend to spare for outdoor activities and don’t mind the drive, Roosevelt Lake IS the place for you. By far the largest of all the Valley’s lakes, it has 112 miles of shoreline and 22,000 acres of surface water. Roosevelt Lake is also well known for its fishing. There is a ton of space for camping, and the views provide a gorgeous backdrop for your desert treks. 602-977-7171 ▲

Claim to fame: Bartlett Lake has nearly 3000 acres of boatable area. That’s more than Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake put together. Bartlett Lake isn’t as close to the valley as Saguaro or Pleasant, but it offers a different experience and perhaps a little less hustle and bustle during the week. It’ll float your boat if: you want a quieter (but not isolated) experience, to take the boat out, fish, camp, hike, or hang out with the family. Consider your ship sunk if: you’re trying to party hard. It’s not that you can’t, just that there are better places for that.

5 5 I Canyon Lake Location: 50 miles East of Downtown Phoenix — a drive of just over an hour. Claim to fame: Canyon Lake is the smallest of all the Salt River lakes. Boating through PHOTO © MICHAEL FADYK



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Former Arizona resident DEREK IVERSEN writes it like he remembers it for SpongeBob SquarePants OHHHHH … WHO LIVES IN A PINEAPPLE UNDER THE SEA? SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS! Go ahead, sing the rest of the song, because now it will be stuck in your brain for the rest of the day. Nickelodeon Animation Studios continues to enjoy stellar ratings for the absorbent and porous yellow underdog with the help of Sponge Bob Writer, Derek Iversen. From the age of 3 to 18, Derek Iversen lived in Paradise Valley and attended Cherokee grade school and Chaparral High School. At age twelve he had it pegged that he wanted to be a writer. He cites Road Runner as one of his favorite cartoons. “It was really simplistic, but I loved it!” said Derek Iversen. He also grew up loving Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny and The Super Friends. Throw all of those in to a massive cartoon salad, add a couple slices of childhood memories and sprinkle it with a U of A education in Creative Writing, and you get the genius of what Derek Iversen does for a living. Iversen began with SpongeBob in its first season as a production assistant and has worked his way up to overseeing the writing. “We’re working on season nine right now,” he explained. Being at any job that long is an accomplishment. But to keep up the insanely fun, relevant and wacky writing style that is uniquely SpongeBob, is an aquatic accolade unto itself. “I’m the kicker,” Iversen explained of his job as a writer, “I’m the guy who’s kicking the ball to start the game.” Continuously turning out high-larious underwater high jinks of SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Pearl and Mrs. Poppy Puff, Iversen is quick to explain the collaborative effort. Each season features fifty-two episodes of watery wackiness that begin with Iversen writing up the initial ideas which then take aquatic shape and are then presented to Executive Producer, Paul Tibbitt who might love it or not. It then goes on to a network executive and the ideas are tossed around a bit more. The concepts wash back up on to Iversen’s desk where he writes the episode outline. It then moves through a series of storyboard directors, storyboard artists, revisionists and an animation director. From there, it goes to a team in Korea for the rough draft of the animation. Around fifty people have their hands in the SpongeBob process before it is ready to make its splash on Nickelodeon TV.

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• Sponge Bob Square Pants has been the number one animated program with kids ages 2-11 for more than twelve consecutive years on Nickelodeon. • Over the past several years, it has averaged more than one million total viewers every quarter across all Nickelodeon networks. • Iverson hosts an NPR parody show (not a kid-friendly venture) at • SpongeBob’s address is 124 Conch Street. • Creator, Stephen Hillenburg stopped making new episodes in 2002 to work on the The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004). Nickelodeon wound up with eight unaired episodes and they aired those at the rate of two or three a year. PHOTO BY KENNY PITTENGER

Iversen’s story ideas spark out of his admiration for his favorite cartoons, but Mrs. Carroll (his fifth grade teacher at Cherokee grade school in Scottsdale) gets the credit for really igniting his writing fire by assigning a lot of short stories to her students. As with many writers, life experience screamed the loudest in the story idea department. “A lot of the ideas were born out of childhood experiences,” Iversen explained of his Sponge Bob story lines, “He’s a square peg always trying to fit in to a round hole. He doesn’t fit in quite right.” And Iversen knows that at its core, everyone can relate to that kind of “fish-out-of-water” awkwardness. Hence, the universal appeal of the sponge-y one. “We’re trying to provide a show that’s for general audiences,” he said. Iversen also cites the valuable education he received while writing for ”Comedy Corner,” a U of A comedy troupe that produced a brand new, live show every Friday. He learned through the “school of hard knocks” as Iversen said, and cut his teeth on fresh material and hands-on production work while he learned the rhythm of writing for the show on a regular business. He got the satisfaction of seeing his material performed before a crowd of wild college students each week. Sadly, U of A is considering pulling the funding for ”Comedy Corner.” Here’s where our readers can call, write and email the school to encourage them to keep developing key talent in the entertainment industry. Do it for SpongeBob. Staying true to the SpongeBob brand, Iversen said he always tries to keep his writing fun, edgy and hip. “We just don’t dumb it down,” he noted. Children laugh at the crazy sight gags, and the cerebral writing and humor amuse the adults. The writing always has to be top notch to appease the audience which continues to love and support the tidy-whiteys-wearing sponge. “Sincerity counts nowhere more than SpongeBob,” said Iversen. As a group, the SpongeBob crew will occasionally embark on field trips to places such as the LA Zoo and appropriately, the Long Beach Aquarium. “It was awesome,” mused Iversen of the watery excursion, “I’ll never forget seeing actual jellyfish swimming around.” To submerse yourself in the underwater wackiness that is the world of SpongeBob SquarePants, visit and click on the sassy yellow sponge. ▲





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By Teresa Gardner

‘Apple-Like' Golf Store Opens in Scottsdale Boccieri Golf unveils first revolutionary research and performance center

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Boccieri Golf Research and Performance Center 15816 N. GreenwayHayden Loop Scottsdale, Ariz. 85260 888.788.8374



WAIT … DID I JUST WALK INTO A GOLF SHOP or an Apple Store? That’s the feel of Boccieri Golf’s new research and performance center in Scottsdale. The place is buzzing with people and chatter of new products and folks getting instruction on the latest technology of golf products. President and CEO Stephen Boccieri says people often compare his new center with that other store that sells iPhones and iPads. “People are attracted to the openness of our research and performance center," Boccieri says. "We’re very hands-on and people love the one-on-one interaction they get with the representatives on the floor. We are all about education.” And, like an Apple Store, you can test drive the latest technologically produced Boccieri golf clubs. Even the floor of the Boccieri Research and Performance Center is a putting green — complete with cups and fringe. The opening of the new state-of-theart research and performance center signals the move of Boccieri Golf headquarters to Arizona. After nearly eight years in Connecticut, the company moved to be closer to the pulse of golf innovation in a flourishing golf community. In fact, it’s

located just down the road from TPC Scottsdale, a mecca for golfers and golf aficionados worldwide. The 9,000-square-foot facility offers custom club fitting and putter analysis and features radar-based TrackMan, and camera-based Foresight systems to examine your swing. Professional staff is on hand to instruct you in body mechanics and help prescribe the best club for you personally. Custom clubs and putters are built on-site. And the new research and performance center is a lab for conceiving and testing groundbreaking ideas. The mission at Boccieri Golf is to help people reach their optimum performance. “Other companies make good golf clubs, Boccieri Golf makes better golfers,” claims Boccieri. “If we can’t create a product that will improve the golfer, we simply won’t make it.” Boccieri Golf made headlines in 2005 with the introduction of its signature product — the Heavy Putter. Wins on the PGA tour soon followed after several professional golfers switched to the revolutionary designed putter. Stephen Boccieri comes by his scientific approach to golf rightly. He has a degree in engineering. He spent his days working at a nuclear facility and his weekends playing

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• Stephen Boccieri started playing golf at the age of eight. • He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology. • Stephen played tennis — not golf — competitively in college.

• Stephen’s home course is Desert Mountain in Scottsdale.

a place you like to hang out, swap stories, try new technology and walk out with some new equipment. And Stephen wouldn’t mind if Boccieri Golf centers started popping up all over the country, like that other store too. The Boccieri Golf Research and Performance Center offers free clinics, classes and events to help you learn and improve your skills. Visit its website for a schedule. ▲

Last year, Boccieri Golf added back-weighted irons, hybrids and drivers to its lineup of products because clients were demanding clubs to match their Heavy Putter. All right, I couldn’t resist any longer. There were so many different styles of putters just waiting to be handled and the putting green was beckoning me to play – so I relented and tried a Heavy Putter. Mmm … I have to admit, I felt a greater consistency and smoother swing with the heavier putter. That’s exactly what Stephen Boccieri wants when people come to the Boccieri Research and Performance Center. It’s comfortable, open and relaxed and you just can’t help yourself. You’ll be putting and swinging and getting tested and analyzed before you know it. Like an Apple Store, it’s

golf and tinkering with golf equipment from different manufacturers. He began modifying the equipment to help his own game (he’s a scratch golfer). He applied engineering principles to the construction of his putter and discovered that adding weight in the head and grip produced a more consistent swing. He decided to mass produce the weightier putters and the Boccieri Heavy Putter took off like … well, a Bubba Watson tee shot. Because of the added weight, the Heavy Putter has a 75 percent higher balance point than conventional putters. The Heavy Putter’s overall weight engages the body’s larger muscles in the arms and shoulders and disengages the wrist and hand muscles – leading to a reliable pendulum stroke.

• Stephen’s wife, Sandra, is the VP of Global Business. She has some pretty impressive credentials herself, rising through the ranks of Estee Lauder and Origins.



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Antigua Adore Women’s Golf Shirt

Stylish and functional, the new Adore women’s short sleeve polo is designed with XtraLite D2XL moisture management fabric to wick moisture quickly away from the body for superior cooling on the course. This jacquard mesh pattern knit with contrast color features keyhole placket with single button closure, contrast cover stitch detail, and tipped flat knit collar and cuffs. Antigua branding is at the back yoke. Made from 100% polyester. $55;

adidas Signature Natalie Shoe Designed for LPGA Tour pro Natalie Gulbis, these women’s golf shoes feature sleek styling and intricate detailing. THiNTech low-profile technology brings the athlete closer to the course than ever before, promoting consistently solid ball-striking through added stability and improved footwork. The full-grain leather upper offers superior looks and durability; deco stitching with Natalie's personalized logo are on the lace tag. $99;

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Nike VR Pro Driver

The new Nike VR Pro Driver is an impressive technological advancement, leading to better scores on the course. Built into the club is Nike’s Str8-Fit Face Angle technology. This allows you to open or close the face angle of the club to consistently promote a specific shot shape. With a few turns of the included STR8-Fit wrench, you can adjust the head of your club to 32 different positions ranging from 2 degrees open to 2 degrees closed. And VR Pro is very forgiving, thanks to the new, built-in compression channel technology – your weak, thin shots stick just as hard as the ones you hit solidly. Just amazing. $229;

Ashworth Men’s Golf Shirt Comfort and performance highlight the handsome Ashworth engineered front panel printed stripe polo shirt. Lightweight, snag-less and odorresistant, this shirt provides breathable, moisture-wicking performance and style that looks good at any country club. Rib-knit collar, 3-button placket and open sleeve design. Golfman on right sleeve. $65;



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Lisa Martinez Age: 24 Age: 23

Occupation: Account executive, part-time model and student Favorite movie: The Shawshank Redemption Favorite band: Sublime. I love country music too! Favorite food: Chips and salsa … or anything with peanut butter. What do you like about Arizona: Since I love to golf, it’s great living here in Arizona. We have some of the greatest courses in the USA here. Wasn’t expecting that answer were you? Favorite Arizona destination: Hiking around Sedona is one of my favorite things to do. You have cool weather, beautiful scenery and the sunsets are breathtaking. What are your hobbies: Of course golfing and hiking, but I love to draw and do wood-burning art. Give me a golf club, some hiking boots and a piece of wood … and I’m off to the races. What was your first modeling gig: When I was 18, I did some fitness modeling for Max Muscle that brought me another opportunity to model for Musclewerks protein supplements. Now I do promotional events for Iron Clad, No Fear, WheyUP and GNC. How do you stay so fit: Cheetos and Chipotle! And lots of exercise! One tip for a guy trying to score a date with you: You can tell a lot about a man from the shoes he wears. So you better not be wearing Walmart specials and ask me for a date. Who inspires you: My dad, because I’ve never met a more driven, hard-working man. Also, I do a lot of volunteering for Hospice of the Valley. I think everyone should volunteer as much as they can in life and be grateful for what they have. Special thanks to Kristin Heggli and Hotel Valley Ho



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By Valerie Barrington

Saddle Up Partner! The White Stallion Ranch in Tucson gives vacationers a true Western dude ranch experience

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At the White Stallion Ranch, you can indulge your inner cowboy (or cowgirl). Here the world moves at a more relaxed pace and horseback riding is an everyday treat.

THERE ARE FEW PLACES IN THE UNITED STATES where time seems reluctant to move forward. One such place is the White Stallion Ranch in Tucson. This charming dude ranch transports guests back to a bygone era; the romance and majesty of the Old West remain in the ranch’s wideopen spaces and unspoiled natural beauty. At the White Stallion Ranch, you can indulge your inner cowboy (or cowgirl). Here the world moves at a more relaxed pace and horseback riding is an everyday treat. Set on 3,000 acres of beautiful, pristine Sonoran desert, the White Stallion Ranch is perfect for those who crave a calm and peaceful outdoor retreat. It’s only 35 minutes from Tucson International Airport, but as soon as you plant your cowboy

boots inside the ranch, you’ll feel like your hundreds of miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The southern boundary of the ranch is adjacent to the Saguaro National Park West and its majestic saguaro cacti. This picturesque landscape provides the perfect backdrop for leisurely horseback rides and adventurous fast rides through the lower desert flat lands. Originally, dude ranch stays were intended to immerse guests in a ranch experience, and would require them to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty performing chores. Although some working-guest ranches still exist in the United States, most people prefer a more relaxed stay that focuses on horseback riding and recreation. And that’s exactly what the White Stallion delivers. White Stallion Ranch was originally built in the 1900s and like most guest ranches began as a cattle ranch. Brothers Russell and Michael True took over the guest ranch from their parents, who bought White Stallion in 1965. The True family has beautifully preserved the traditional dude ranch experience, one you’ll never forget and want to return to year after year. A city slicker can find the perfect vacation at, yes, a dude ranch.

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evening entertainment, wireless internet and airport transportation from Tucson. Aside from comfortable lodging, the dude ranch boasts a heated pool, large redwood hot tub, fitness room, sauna and massage therapy, lighted tennis court and sports court, recreation room with a 27-seat movie theater, children’s playground and petting zoo. Come evening, retire to the beautiful bar and hop up on one of the western-saddle bar stools for a drink with other guests. The ranch also has its own gift shop where you can buy riding gear, gifts, travel items and lots more. Coin-operated washer and dryer facilities are available. ACTIVITIES At White Stallion Ranch, it's all about riding horses. This is the perfect ranch vacation for couples or parents with children. There are enough wranglers working on the ranch so that the daily rides can cater

to the guests’ riding levels, from novice to expert, even if it means that a guest with no experience takes lessons for a couple of hours (or days). With 140 horses, White Stallion Ranch runs one of the largest horse herds in the state and guests can easily find a horse that matches their riding style, temperament and ability. Whether you're a complete beginner or an advanced rider looking to tackle some serious riding, there is a horse and a trail ride for you. The broad range of riding activities includes lessons with certified instructors, walk rides, lope rides, breakfast rides, mountain rides, all day rides and team cattle penning (a horse and cattle game done in the arena), where guests can learn the art of this tricky sport. Saturdays typically offer an exhibition rodeo with steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, etc. If you want to ride without the kids, we ▲

ACCOMMODATIONS There are 41 guest rooms on the property — 16 deluxe, 8 standard rooms, 9 suites and 8 single rooms — as well as a 4bedroom, 3-bath hacienda. The ranch offers comfortable accommodations ranging from attractive single rooms to suites with a whirlpool bath and fireplace. The Spanish style architecture complements the surrounding terrain and rooms have a southwestern motif. All rooms have a refrigerator, hairdryer, robes, iPod docking stations, safes, air conditioning, heating, private baths and patios. Complimentary, wireless internet service is available in guest rooms and throughout most of the ranch. Beware: there are no TVs in guest rooms, so bring a good book. The most popular packages are 4 nights /5 days and 7 nights/8 days. A guest’s stay is all-inclusive: rates include lodging, three daily meals, horseback riding, ranch activities,



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highly recommend the adults-only “Wine and Cheese Ride” — a slower, relaxing ride to one of the ranch's most beautiful areas where you'll enjoy wine, cheese and other treats. The early morning and dusk rides can be quite spectacular — nothing but 360 degrees of mountain ranges of every size and hue, backlit by a big sky turning purple and orange as the sun sets (or rises). What makes western landscapes so remarkable is that individual geological attributes can all be seen in one sweeping view from so many locations, and especially on horseback, which makes it possible to go where it’s impossible to go by any other means. Nightly entertainment includes a "critter show" featuring snakes, spiders and scorpions, and a cowboy singer who performs by the light of a campfire. There are also guided daily hikes, a guided nature walk, country western dance lessons, a hay ride and cookout.

For great team bonding, White Stallion offers several cowgirl packages; join one of the scheduled programs that the ranch organizes or rustle up 10 cowgirls and the ranch will put on its Cactus Cowgirls program just for your group. Rates include lodging, all meals, riding, and entertainment such as weekend rodeos, country line dancing, telescopic stargazing, and campfire sing-a-longs. DINING The meals are a highlight of the day, starting with a cooked-to-order ranch style breakfast. Lunch is generally served buffet style with a main entrée and an array of salads plus a sandwich bar. The dinners are too varied to name but a few of the favorites are all-you-can-eat ribs and chicken, a Mexican feast or a delicious steak grilled over a mesquite fire. Special dietary needs can be accommodated. ▲

White Stallion Ranch 9251 W. Twin Peaks Rd. Tucson, Arizona 85743 520.297.0252 or 888.977.2624

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Not Your Typical Sedated Sedan The 2012 Dodge Charger combines European styling with American muscle to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece suitable for all tastes and desires … not your family four-door

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I was roaring and winding up Curry Road like it was a mole hill, before I realized I was pushing 80 mph. I eased up on the gas and looked over at Randy, who seemed very pleased based on the expression his face conveyed.

IT’S NOT EVERY DAY THAT SOMEONE HANDS ME THE KEYS to a nearly 400 horsepower, $36,000 beast of a car and says, “Alright, now when this light turns green I want you to hit the gas hard and take the left hand turn like you normally would,” or “Really give [the car] some power … don’t be bashful.” Well, that’s what Randy Springett of Chapman Dodge in Scottsdale said as he guided me up and around Papago Park in one of his 2012 Dodge Charger R/Ts. “I have the best test track in the state,” he said, referring to the abundance of driving conditions the park provides, which rests next to the dealership. I was roaring and winding up Curry Road like it was a mole hill, before I realized

I was pushing 80 mph. I eased up on the gas and looked over at Randy, who seemed very pleased based on the expression his face conveyed. While the lean-lined Charger R/T is powered by a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with VVT, it’s the fuel saver technology that allows the car to run optimally on only four cylinders. It wasn’t until I hit that incline, several miles into the drive, that the HEMI was firing on all cylinders. At 5,250 rpm the engine puts out 370 hp and 395 ft-lbs of torque at 4,200 rpm. While the 2012 Charger R/T is full of power, it’s the creature comforts that really set it apart from other muscle-bound bruisers. Nothing feels quite as soft and welcoming as Napa leather, “Something we

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full-color Uconnect Touch System. Just outside the dealership we pulled into an adjacent neighborhood and Randy showed me how to sync up a cell phone via Bluetooth, turning the car into a badass iPhone on wheels in a matter of seconds. We made some calls and even tuned into Pandora Radio, all via Randy’s phone. There aren’t a bunch of menus to go through to get to an application on the display. If a driver wants navigation, they simply touch the map icon, the same goes for movie listings, weather, and so on. I was even able to look up gas stations, compare prices and distance from wherever I was. We took a moment to enjoy the clarity and warmth of the surround sound offered by the Charger’s nine premium Boston Acoustic Speakers, cranking out 506-watts of Sinatra. Before taking off again, Randy showed me quite possibly the sickest feature. Drivers of the Charger can look up sports information, including game time

and scores, of any team they wish via the console display. I had been behind the wheel less than 15 minutes and I already felt comfortable and confident with the car. Randy put that feeling to the test really quickly however. Remember that left hand turn request I mentioned? Traffic was clear when I punched the gas. I heard the tires squeal as I launched through the intersection. Just as I thought I was going to have to make like Dominic Toretto and pull a sick drift, the Charger gripped the road, aggressively pulling us into the correct line of traffic. That was only a mere 90 degrees. I tried the same move a few miles down the road pulling off and then back onto the 202, flooring it the whole 180 degrees, guilt free and safe. The smooth ride and insane handling is a mix of German engineered four-wheel independent suspension, allspeed two-mode Electronic Traction Control (also available is a three-mode system),

got from the Italians,” Randy told me. Not only do the seats feel great to touch, but on our way back to the lot Randy hit a switch and a cooling breeze-like sensation tingled around my lower body, made possible by the ventilation feature in the seats. Even the cup holders are climate controlled. It’s like this car was built with Arizonans in mind. Similar to most new vehicles, the Charger R/T has state-of- the- art- interactive touch screen technologies, combined with internet capabilities to assist just about every drivers’ desires — even if that desire is simplicity. “We added redundant controls so that if someone is toodling along in navigation mode and wants to change the climate control they can still adjust it using a knob,” Randy explained — which beats shuffling back through an array of screens that could be very hazardous on the road. Not to mention everything can be voice activated as well — take that Kip. The interactive display is Dodge’s one- of- a- kind 4.3-inch



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• The Napa leather I mentioned that dressed the R/T’s seats; it’s the same stuff that’s in Ferraris. • In the 2001 film “The Fast and the Furious,” Vin Diesel’s character, Dominic Toretto, sports a 1970 super-charged Dodge Charger in the final race scene. • Don’t be surprised if you see Chargers in a familiar twotone black and white. Many law enforcement agencies are opting to go with a beefed up Dodge Charger rather than the traditional Crown Vic.. A certain local country, I won’t name, has several on order. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. • The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 is a 12-second super beast. It sports a 470-HP 6.4L HEMI V8 that can go 0-60 MPH in the upper foursecond range and reach a top speed on 175 MPH. Footprint gas pedal sold separately.



Dodge Charger is refined to the finest details, “It will give you all the performance you want, yet it gives you all the space and handling you need,” said Randy as we pulled back into the dealership. Whether it’s the French seam accent stitching in the seats, the LED break lights, the convenient cargocarrying features, or the heated steering wheel, you won’t find this much awesomeness in any one car on this side of the pond. “If you want this kind of luxury and performance you can’t beat [Charger], you would have to go European,” Randy told me with supreme confidence as I reluctantly handed him back the keys. I’ll take mine in Blackberry Pearl please. ▲


four-wheel disc performance brakes with anti-lock, and Hydraulic Power-Assisted Rack and Pinion Steering. Speaking of safety, the 2012 Charger received best in class ratings in front, side, rear, and roll over testing from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Making it an IIHS top safety pick. Charger sports its own Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Park Sense Rear Park Assist with Park View Read Back Up Cameras, and rain sensitive windshield wipers. The front end is designed to crumple on impact, diverting energy in a head on collision up instead of back, and into your lap.

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By Lynette Carrington

Getting Down and Dirty with Comic Greg Fitzsimmons The Fitzdog brings his bite to Stand Up Live in Phoenix

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... the segments must stick together; none of that grade school toilet paper. “I’m not Cleopatra. I don’t need cotton balls folded over,” the comic continued, “But, don’t sacrifice feel.”

YOU PROBABLY KNOW GREG FITZSIMMONS in more than one way. No … it wasn’t that Tequila-filled night in Mexico back in ’95. In addition to being a sarcastic, yet straightforward thinking man’s comic, he is also a producer, writer and actor who is visible in just about every avenue of media. Fitzsimmons is a regular guest on Chelsea Lately, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel, plus he has had stand-up specials on Comedy Central. He also was a regular on “I Love the 70’s,” “I Love the 80’s,” “I Love the 90’s,” and yes, “I Love the New Millennium.” He hosts “The Greg Fitzsimmons Show,” on Sirius XM’s “Howard 101” and has his own show, “Fitzdog Radio.” I could list all his social networking links and info about his radio show, but frankly, you’re an adult. Do it yourself and go to If all of that isn’t enough, in 2011 he had a bestselling book, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons. Perhaps he could run for president later this year? We could use a wisecracking and talented person in the White House. And he’d be a helluva lot of fun at a state dinner, don’t you think? As you can imagine, he’s on the road alot; regularly out of town two of three weekends. He takes it in stride and is grateful

for his fans. And knowing his audience, he “gels” in certain parts of the country. “You find cities where you just fit,” said Greg Fitzsimmons, “It’s got to be a match.” He counts Boston, San Francisco, New York and Phoenix among his fave cities to do stand up. The Midwest? Not so much. “I’m a wise ass and I’m sarcastic,” he said, explaining it away. Shall we talk t.p.? Let’s! When it comes to toilet paper, “I think it’s important you don’t overshoot it,” said Fitzsimmons. He insists he doesn’t need big, poofy paper, but that there is an art to getting it just right. “Three segments, folded over like a burrito,” he stated. “You have to think, ‘Am I going in for a long wipe?’ You need some feel!” Also important: the segments must stick together; none of that grade school toilet paper. “I’m not Cleopatra. I don’t need cotton balls folded over,” the comic continued, “But, don’t sacrifice feel.” Give Fitzsimmons any topic and it’s automatically funny. “I like Phoenix a lot,” said Fitzsimmons, “They’ve got a party energy. I’m really psyched!” Come see just how psyched Fitzsimmons is when he cruises back to Stand Up Live in Phoenix, June 14-16. Party with Greg, nosh on some outstanding food,

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• Greg Fitzsimmons is a four-time Emmy winner. • There will be a Greg Fitzsimmons one hour special coming up in August 2012. He doesn’t yet know on what channel it will air. (Probably the channel that offers him the best toilet paper!) • Hecklers help to keep the comic on his toes and often present impromptu material at shows. When it gets to be too much, “I appreciate the staff stepping in and telling them to shut up,” laughed Fitzsimmons. • Greg has written for The Man Show, Cedric the Entertainer Presents, Politically Incorrect and The Ellen Degeneres Show. • He is often called on to help develop television shows and game shows. Some of them make it to the air, some of them don’t. Don’t judge.

Greg for forcing me out of my “box” and making me write a little bit more “smart assy” than usual.

kick back and enjoy an awesome night of cerebral humor. Oh, and bring your own toilet paper. Tickets are on sale now at And thanks to



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spotlight By Ash Friederich Photo by Tommy Kowalski

A Force in the Functional Beverage Market Local entrepreneurs Sam Jones and George Martinez drink to the success of Shadow Beverages and Snacks

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“We both started in the industry at the ground level ... Sam [was] in the warehouse doing simple beverage processes and I was at the route level delivering beverages.”



FIVE YEARS AGO, ON AN OTHERWISE UNREMARKABLE DAY in October 2007, Sam Jones and George Martinez talked over a bowl of fruit about the dream of creating their own beverage distribution company. That morning changed their lives. They followed through on their desire and have built a successful, multi-state beverage distribution company specializing in selected niche beverages. Martinez and Jones’ early career working uniform of pants and sweat-stained shirts is gone. The noise and dust of the warehouse has been replaced by a modern office building near downtown Phoenix. The long shelves in the warehouse that housed endless cartons of drinks have been replaced by long solid wood conference tables and shelves on the wall that neatly display the drinks that Shadow Beverages and Snacks is representing: Ironclad Energy Drink, No Fear Energy Drink and WheyUP. “We both started in the industry at the ground level,” Martinez explained. “Sam [was] in the warehouse doing simple beverage processes and I was at the route level delivering beverages.” The decision to create a new company came years after “beginning their careers” in the industry. Both moved up in their positions, which

helped broaden their understanding of the distribution and marketing process. Jones started working as a brand man for SoBe and learned the process of building a brand for a particular product and continued that work for 17 years. Meanwhile, Martinez was out driving the routes delivering Pepsi products for 22 years before the visit with Jones changed all of that. “We both reached a point in life where we wanted to move outside the traditional corporate environment and take some time for ourselves,” said Jones. Jones remembers that the bowl of fruit meeting was where the idea first flourished and “where we came up with the concept and idea of a brand company that is not brand specific and its root base is an operating company.” Jones and Martinez moved quickly to implement their decisions and in 2008, Shadow Beverages and Snacks was incorporated in Phoenix. The first distribution challenge is to get a customer to stock your product. Established brands with a steady proof of sales are the easiest and are quickly accepted. The new or younger brands that aren’t readily recognizable are a more difficult sell. Martinez noted that a common approach is to try to develop a brand that

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The Shadow Beverages and Snacks team, ▲ founded by Sam Jones (top center) and George Martinez (front).

friends in Colorado. On the marketing side, Shadow has picked up some product endorsements from up-and-coming players in Major League Baseball. They are working with Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ryan Roberts to promote WheyUP, a brand they purchased last June. With Ryan Roberts quickly becoming a fan favorite in Phoenix, WheyUP has also attracted the endorsement of second-year Los Angeles Dodger shortstop Dee Gordon. Martinez and Jones could not be happier with the decision they made over five years ago in Martinez’ backyard. They control their own lives and feel good about bringing beverages to the market, which are functional. Health awareness seems to becoming more important each year and they are excited to play a role in that market, while helping young brands find a niche. ▲

“From a functional standpoint, it’s a drink that serves a functional purpose,” said Martinez. “You’re drinking that beverage with a purpose in mind … so it might be hydration, might be energy, it might be coconut, but it has a functional purpose. That is a space that we decided to plan and we took it a step further.” Shadow Beverages began to grow and Martinez and Jones started to focus on licensing companies that were already around. “We looked at a different strategy — licensing brands,” Martinez said about Shadow Beverages coming onto the market. “(We wanted) to take existing brands that had no entry into the beverage space and link them into that same consumer from a brand standpoint which can be likened to a brand like Nike that is everywhere.” Shadow Beverages now operates in 28 states. The company continues to grow and Martinez and Jones are enjoying watching a dream come true, while maintaining a close friendship that started through common

becomes well known so the brand can then be sold. “There is a lot of history about brands that have incubated and they all have one big strategy and that was to sell for millions of dollars,” Martinez said. “With that strategy, you might as well go buy a lottery ticket. It can work — when it works — there are some great stories behind it, but there are all those stories of folks that didn’t succeed that you didn’t hear about and we didn’t want to be one of those.” They knew they needed an approach that would create a strong operating company if they were to succeed. “When we started to work in the confines of our (business) strategy we identified ... the functional beverage space and we knew that those were the categories that were growing,” Martinez said. Jones and Martinez created a business plan for the functional drink market, which would not put them head to head with the major soft drinks.



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goodhealth By Dr. Mayur M. Dev

Kid Smart Eating Tips Five essential nutrients that all children should have in their diets

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EVER WONDER IF YOUR CHILD IS GETTING THE ESSENTIAL vitamins and nutrients that are needed for growth and development? New studies and the current “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” from the U.S. government are saying that children are lacking key nutrients from the foods they are eating. "While frank vitamin deficiency syndromes are uncommon among American children (even among picky eaters), many children get suboptimal amounts — low enough to affect their health, their intellect and their behavior," according to Dr. David Carfagno, D.O., of Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute. "We live in an age of highly processed foods. Even when we get kids to eat the fruits and vegetables we want them to, conventional produce is often grown using agricultural techniques that minimize

"We live in an age of highly processed foods. Even when we get kids to eat the fruits and vegetables we want them to, conventional produce is often grown using agricultural techniques that minimize the vitamin and mineral contents.”



the vitamin and mineral contents.” Falling short are calcium, magnesium, fiber, vitamin E and potassium. Here’s a closer look into these key nutrients and how to get them into your child’s diet: CALCIUM In the development of a child, calcium is much needed for strong bones and a healthy skeletal system. The body uses calcium also for muscle contractions, transmitting messages through nerves and releasing of hormones. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends for optimal bone health the following amount of calcium per day: • 1 to 3 years old —700 mg • 4 to 8 years old — 1000 mg • 9 to 18 years old — 1,300 mg “With today’s children being exposed to so many unhealthy foods and drinks, it is leading to a greater risk for osteoporosis later on in life”, says Tina M Patel, P.A. “During the pre-teen years and all the way up to the adolescence, it is crucial for children to receive the proper amount of calcium so optimal bone growth can occur.” Here are a few sources of calcium that can be added to the diet: 8 ounces of milk or calcium-fortified orange juice (300 mg of calcium), 6 ounces of yogurt (225 mg of calcium), ½ cup of white beans (110 mg of calcium), 1 ounce of almonds (80 mg of calcium) and ½ cup of broccoli (35 mg of calcium).

MAGNESIUM Another vital nutrient, magnesium, which is essential for almost 300 functions within the body, is important for children. Magnesium keeps bones from becoming brittle, bolsters the immune system, regulates heart beat rhythm and maintains muscle and nerve function. Here is how much magnesium is needed each day: • 1 to 3 years old — 80 mg • 4 to 8 years old — 130 mg • 9 to 13 years old — 240 mg • 14 to 18 years old — 360 mg (females ) and 410 mg(males) To fortify your children's diet with magnesium, look to incorporating the following into their diets: pumpkin and sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, whole grains cereals from oats, rye and buckwheat, dark green vegetables and black, navy and white beans. FIBER A diet rich in fiber will ensure a child’s digestive system is running smoothly. Fiber is also linked to lowering the chances of diabetes and heart disease when children get older. Unfortunately, children are not eating enough whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables to obtain the fiber that is needed. A rule of thumb for the amount of fiber intake is to take the child’s age and add five. For example, a 7 year old should get 12 grams of daily fiber. Here are some foods that are high in

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POTASSIUM Potassium is a nutrient that is found in almost every food and is beneficial for normal heart and muscle function, proper fluid balance (electrolyte), energy production and healthy strong bones. With so many processed foods on the market geared toward children, they are not eating enough of the proper types of foods to receive the amount of potassium the body needs. Here’s a quick look at the daily potassium requirements for children: • 1 to 3 yrs old — 3,000 mg • 4 to 8 yrs old — 3,800 mg • 9 to 13 yrs old — 4,500 mg • 14 to 18 yrs old — 4,700 mg To have a balanced diet incorporate the following foods to ensure potassium

intake is met: beets, white beans, bananas, papaya, oranges, yogurt, almonds, avocado, kiwi, spinach, carrots, raisins, cherries and prunes. Knowing which essential nutrients are needed for children as they develop and grow, could lead to healthy future without disease. ▲

VITAMIN E Vitamin E is essential for a healthy and responsive immune system and important as a crucial antioxidant nutrient. Kids are exposed to all types of bacteria and harmful environmental elements such as air pollution, radiation and chemicals. Vitamin E can help to prevent the damage that is caused by these agents. Traditionally vitamin E is in foods that are considered fatty foods, which may be eliminated out of children’s diet for the sake of healthy eating. This may lead to a nutrient deficiency and downward spiral in health. Here are some recommendations for obtaining vitamin E in the diet: Almonds (1 almond has 7.4 mg), sunflower, pumpkin

and sesame seeds, spinach, broccoli, kiwi, mango, papaya, olives and hazelnuts.

About Dr. Mayur M. Dev Holding a Masters degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Florida, Dr. Dev is also a proud graduate of Midwestern University College of Pharmacy, where he earned a Doctorate of Pharmacy enabling him to pursue his passion to help others thru the pharmaceutical field. He is also a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine and The Association of Natural Medicine Pharmacists. Dr. Dev practices and advocates naturopathic (holistic) medicine. For more info, visit

fiber: apples, pears, black and kidney beans, lentils, rolled oats, avocado, split peas and raspberries. High fiber foods usually contain vitamins and minerals needed for growth and development.



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Want to Get in Shape? Choose one of these 6 DVDs from Acacia (

Making fitness easy, Exhale: Core Fusion 30-Day Sculpt features a complete fiveweek plan with 30 hand-picked segments. Each week includes six 20-minute workouts (plus a rest day) that mix sculpting and cardio moves for total fitness with segments from some of Core Fusion’s most popular programs (Lean & Toned, Boot Camp, Yoga, and Cardio). The DVD brings the mind/body spa experience home with the structure of a personalized and customizable fitness plan that also includes motivation and nutrition tips. $19.99 Designed to deliver fast results in less time by offering the utmost in customization and variety for people of any fitness level, the SparkPeople: 28-Day Boot Camp features Nicole Nichols, popular fitness trainer at America's number one online weight-loss and fitness community, The 28-Day Boot Camp DVD has four fat-blasting, calorie-torching workouts, a clickable workout calendar, and several bonus features, including recipes, tips to burn more fat, seated abs exercises and much more. $16.99



Bethenny Frankel is the star of Bethenny Getting Married? (the most-watched series premiere in Bravo's history), and New York Times bestselling author of Naturally Thin, The Skinnygirl Dish and A Place of Yes. Since people always ask Bethenny how she stays in shape, she created Body by Bethenny last year, and this creative-based follow-up, Bethenny’s Skinnygirl Workout, features three quick yoga segments (two 15-minute, one 20-minute) that tone the entire body with instructor Mike McArdle. Includes bonus stretching segment and a recipe booklet. $16.99 Shiva Rea: More Daily Energy features a new set of seven 20-minute practices in a flexible format with a wide range of skill levels. The three beginner (lunar) and four intermediate (solar) sequences in this program, plus the customizable Yoga Matrix, allow users to evolve their practice and tailor workouts depending upon mood, energy level, and schedule. Exercisers will be energized, motivated, and restored with one of the world’s most inspirational teachers. $19.99 Fitness icon Kathy Smith designed Ageless with Kathy Smith: Total Body Turnaround to combat the aging process. Like a reset button for the body, Total Body Turnaround features three 20-minute workouts, each one targeting a physical change people face as they grow older. Energize and de-stress with customizable circuit-training segments to trim and firm, improve balance and flexibility, and awaken new energy in the body, along with a special Q & A with Kathy. $16.99 ▲

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The first fitness DVD from the awardwinning resort and wellness brand, Canyon Ranch: Strong & Sculpted features three 20-minute workouts to firm and tone the entire body. The DVD includes an invigorating strength training workout, fluid yoga practice, and a powerful core workout, plus a bonus recipe booklet and three bonus segments sharing diet and wellness secrets from the upscale retreat’s health experts and renowned chef. $16.99



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self&body By Renée Rouleau

Skincare 101 You’ve seen the all products on the shelves, but what really works?

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... unless you understand how to use products correctly, and what products to use, you might not get the results you’re looking to achieve.



WITH SO MANY SKIN PRODUCTS TO CHOOSE FROM, how do you know which products to use and when? Skincare products promise everything from turning back the hands of time to clearing up pesky acne. However, unless you understand how to use products correctly, and what products to use, you might not get the results you’re looking to achieve. Here are the top five key skincare products, including everything you need to know about how to keep skin looking gorgeous. CLEANSERS: Cleansers are a staple in every skincare routine and are often an unsung hero of the daily regimen. Because there is so much innovation and “newness” in other skincare categories, such as moisturizers and treatment products, cleansers are often misused or overlooked. It’s true that cleansers all have the same basic function, which is to clean dirt, debris, oil, bacteria and makeup from the skin, but certain skin types should stick to specific cleansers. Most importantly, a cleanser should never strip skin of water, so look for a cleanser with a sulfate-free formula, which is more hydrating to the skin. Another cleanser misconception is that they only need to be used at night. It’s important to wash skin in the morning

because while you sleep, skin is in repair mode and secretes toxins and sebum that can prevent your daytime products from working effectively. Washing skin in the morning helps remove toxins and sebum from the skin, while also cleansing — ensuring that skin can absorb daytime products most efficiently. TONERS: Toner is an important step in any skincare routine with many benefits for all skin types. When left damp on the skin before applying moisturizer, toners provide an instant boost of hydration. Toners also remove drying chlorines, minerals and chemicals often found in tap water that can be dehydrating to the skin. By supplying the skin with essential hydration and nutrients, you repair the skin’s protective barrier making it less sensitive and resistant to environmental damage. Toners can also enhance the results of your skincare program. Depending on the ingredients used in the toner, they can help calm skin, control oil, stimulate blood circulation, destroy acne-causing bacteria, and provide anti-oxidant benefits. Always look for a toner that is alcohol-free. Lastly, always apply toner with a cotton pad; never spray it on the skin. The wiping action ensures that dehydrating chlorines and salts are properly removed from the skin.

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well may be too rich for you. Look for a moisturizer with SPF for your daytime moisturizer. Not only is sunscreen essential for skin preservation, but wearing moisturizer with built-in SPF saves time. At night, use a moisturizer without SPF, and let your skin relax with a lighter moisturizer while it’s in repair mode. It’s also important to pay attention to how you apply moisturizer. You want to be sure to apply it evenly over the entire face and neck area. Additionally, if your skin still feels dry after using a moisturizer, you don’t need to apply more. Most likely, this means you need to switch to a creamier moisturizer. After cleansing, you must immediately use an alcohol-free toner

and moisturizer. If you leave your skin bare for more than one minute, it will start to dehydrate as the dry air attracts moisture out of the skin. Perform your skincare routine quickly, and be sure to always leave your toner damp on the skin. EXFOLIATORS: By removing dry skin cells, you reveal healthy and vibrant skin. Exfoliation removes expired, dry skin cells making way for new, healthy, plump skin cells. It also helps to reduce blemishes and break outs, lessen clogged pores, rid the skin of dryness and lighten brown spots and hyperpigmentation — all while smoothing the skin. There are two types of exfoliants. A chemical or acid exfoliant does the work

SERUMS: A serum is a skincare product that has a higher concentration of active ingredients, usually comes in a gel or creamy gel form and is meant for use under a moisturizer or mask. While cleanser, toner and moisturizer are a must for every skin type, serums can be used when you feel like your skin is in a rut and would like to increase the results of your basic products. They also are very beneficial for giving your skin extra hydration when you feel like you need a boost of moisture. Apply a dime-sized amount to the skin, and always apply a cream after applying a serum as they don’t contain protective properties. After cleansing, use an alcohol-free toner and leave it damp on the skin before applying your serum. By leaving your skin damp with toner, the action ingredients in your serum will penetrate deeper within the skin giving you better results. MOISTURIZER: Because moisturizer is a staple in a day and evening skincare routine, we find ourselves wearing it 24 hours a day, 365 days per year so it’s important we use the right one. A moisturizer should absorb in the skin, and not just sit on the surface. So apply your moisturizer, wait for five minutes and touch your skin. If you can still feel the heaviness on the skin, then it very



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AZSAL RECOMMENDED SKINCARE PRODUCTS 3 Physicians Formula Firming and Lifting Booster is a skin-firming serum that improves the appearance of fine lines and medium to deep wrinkles. It improves elasticity and delivers essential moisture to help plump skin and reduce the appearance of sagging. $21.95; 4 Arcona Raspberry Clarifying Bar clears congested skin and alleviates stubborn breakouts. Antibacterial raspberry extracts reduce inflammation and calm irritated skin. Salicylic acid clears comedones and prevents new ones. Fruit enzymes dissolve skin impurities and gently exfoliates. $38; ▲

2 Citra-Peel is an innovative 2-step system that works in phases to dramatically help retexture the skin. Step one uses a powerful blend of 10% citric acid (naturally found in citrus fruits) that actively micro-exfoliates and loosens dead cells. Step two, a neutralizing solution, ‘turns off’ the critic acid. It bathes the skin in nutrients and restores it to a healthy pH balance. The dual- purpose system provides a highly effective citric peel that restores important healing and moisturizing properties. $32;

1 Renee Rouleau Glow Enhancing Cream is a luxe formulation that delivers vital ceramides and lipid-rich oils to deeply moisturize within the skin’s damaged layers. As a result, the lipid barrier is strengthened. It keeps the skin moist and supple, and maintains a noticeably healthy radiance. Active ingredients work to protect skin cells against environmental damage. $69.50; ▲



for you. It’s applied, left on the skin and then dissolves the dry skin cells. With a physical exfoliant, such as facial brushes, scrubs and sponges, you manually do the work. A combination of both will yield the best results. I’d recommend using a chemical exfoliator a few times a month and a physical exfoliator 2-3 times a week. Exfoliation can provide tremendous skin benefit for achieving clear, healthy and beautiful skin — but you certainly don’t want to overdo it. With so many products it can be confusing which products to use when. A simple trick to remember how to apply products after cleansing is to apply them in the order of viscosity. Toner has a consistency similar to water and should be applied first. Next, apply serum, which is similar to a thin gel. Finally, add your thick cream moisturizer. It’s important to remember that all of these products are essential in a skincare regimen and will work together to keep skin looking healthy and radiant. Renée Rouleau is a trusted skin care expert and celebrity esthetician who has been helping men, women and teens of all ages attain


glowing, beautiful skin for 25 years. For more information, visit 4



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spotlight By Lynette Carrington Photo by Kristin Moore

When Nothing but the Best Will Do Director of Sales and Marketing Don Willis keeps Storage West guided in the right direction

encompasses military service, ongoing education, love of family and a unique entrepreneurial mind, he has made Storage West a force to be reckoned with in the self-storage industry.



Merchandising. He moved in succession to partner in opening a bookstore and then a men’s gift and tobacco store called Sherlock’s Home Store. Soon after, markets crashed and he lost everything. He decided to return and complete his master’s degree. In succession, Willis worked at a graphics art company and in the semiconductor industry, before starting his own consulting firm. He progressed into a marketing guru, then took a brief hiatus while he co-founded the Center for Metaphysical Studies, where he designed a degree in MetaBusiness. He then went on to Storage West, where he did some consulting before becoming Director of Sales and Marketing. Embracing everything about marketing, including search engine optimization, Willis has been in his element and Storage West continues to expand its empire into California, Nevada, Arizona and now, Texas. At Storage West, Willis understands the value of what the company has to offer and works to keep the business strongly engaged with its customers. Not a company to offer cut-rate incentives or fly-by-night promotions, he helps the company attract good renters who appreciate the security, convenience and stability of Storage West. To learn more about Storage West, visit ▲

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IN PAST ISSUES, YOU MAY HAVE SEEN references to the Director of Sales and Marketing at Storage West, Don Willis. Not only has he been a personal inspiration to AZSAL publisher, Joe Orr, he is a shining example of perseverance and patience. With a background that encompasses military service, ongoing education, love of family and a unique entrepreneurial mind, he has made Storage West a force to be reckoned with in the self-storage industry. Don Willis was born in Anacortes, Washington (an island north of Seattle). After attending Bible College in Seattle, he dropped out in his second year and joined the Air Force. Shortly thereafter, he married his wife, Dianne. He went on to work in the service as a Morse Intercept Operator for four years. After reflecting on his years of college and his work in the Air Force he had a revelation about his work prospects. “That does not sound very marketable,” Don Willis noted of his experience up until that point. He decided to cross train as a buyer, moved to Montana and served three and a half more years in the military. He finally secured his bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in economics from the University of Great Falls in Montana. Willis went for his master’s at the University of Montana. He soon became a regional sales manager of Intermountain



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RIGHT: English rockers Radiohead, led by singer Thom Yorke, wowed the crowd at Arena in Glendale with an impressive performance of their biggest hits. FAR RIGHT TOP: Arizona Cardinals fans enjoy a cold beer and the NFL Draft at the Cardinals annual draft party at the University of Phoenix Stadium. FAR RIGHT BOTTOM: The Arizona Cardinals introduce their first-round draft pick, wide receiver Michael Floyd from Notre Dame.

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OPPONENT Peaceful Warrior Center’s Mental and Martial Enrichment Program

an awesome kid,” Sensei Richard Poage said. “He’s got a ton of energy.” Sebastian may have enough energy to cool every home in the Valley during the sweltering August heat. The second grader’s mother, Juawana, is trying to harness some of that energy by enrolling Sebastian in a karate class in Scottsdale. So far Juawana is enjoying the results, “It’s been good,” Juawana said. “It’s taught him to focus.” That had been a problem for Sebastian who has ADHD. He came to the Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts and Healing Center for a sleepover and he really liked it. Now it is his home away from home. He spends about 15 hours a week at the dojo. He goes there after school, does his homework and also takes part in the new Mental and Martial Enrichment Program, or more simply, the ME program. The goal is to help kids and families affected by ADD/ADHD. With help from Scottsdale psychologist Dr. Dan Short, Peaceful Warrior co-owners Tiffany Richards and Sensei Poage devised the program. ME assists with mental and physical development by combining martial arts training with proven methodologies to ”grow the brain.” Sebastian and his classmates work on meditation as well as kicks, punches, and blocks and then build up to adding new moves to form a combination. The exercises help the kids develop focus and memory. Parents aren’t just dropping off their kids and picking them up an hour later. While the kids work up a good sweat during the ME class, the parents are just as involved as their children. "We require the parents to be involved and it's required of parents to take it home," Richards said. With a lengthy questionnaire for parents and their school teachers to fill out on their kids, Richards, Poage and Dr Short tailor the class to each child based on his/her specific needs. Sebastian has become much more patient, for example. He has been better at taking turns and waiting his turn. He’s also learned “how to be a good loser,” said Sebastian, “and how to be a good winner.” Juawana is not the only person who has seen a change in Sebastian. “The church has really noticed a difference.” The ME program is only in its beginning stages, but it’s already transforming kids like Sebastian. Juawana doesn’t want to mess with a good thing, even asking Sensei and Tiffany advice on whether it would be alright for her son to play football or if it would interfere with the program. Incidentally, Sebastian will be unleashing some of his energy on the football field this fall. ▲

By Jeff Heisner


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