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The Town of Carefree is again holding its annual Carefree Desert Gardens Photo Contest, with submissions being accepted beginning Monday, April 1 in several locations throughout the Town. Entries vie for the popular “Peoples’ Choice Award” as voted by the public, which will be presented in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion Friday, May 10, in conjunction with National Public Gardens Day. “The Carefree Desert Gardens present a wide array of spectacular photographic opportunities,” shared Mayor Les Peterson. “Opportunities abound — from the exotic desert plants sprinkled throughout to magical sunrises and sunsets; from spectacular mountain vistas to the memorable people who stroll through the Gardens. Take your pick and let your imagination and photographic skills capture a masterpiece!” Images must be taken within the Carefree Desert Gardens in the Carefree Town Center, with no time constraints on when the images were taken. Photographers are limited to a maximum of three image entries, and all entries must be received no later than Friday, April 26. Submissions will be reviewed by a judging panel, and 12 images will be selected to compete for the “Peoples’ Choice,” with voting Photo: 2018 First Place winner, “Waterfall” by Doreen Florence taking place at the Desert Foothills Library from April 27–May 5. Entries may be submitted at The UPS Store, 33689 North Tom Darlington Drive; CVS Photo Counter, 5400 East Carefree Highway; and at Carefree Town Hall, 8 Sundial Circle, through Friday, April 26. Entry forms are available at each location or may be downloaded at www.carefree.org. Contest entry is free, and the winning entries will have their images used on future marketing and promotional materials by the Town. See contest entry form for complete rules and usage information. For more information about the contest, call 480.488.3686 or visit www.carefree.org/230/garden-photo-contest.

Years of Rockin’ for a Reason The Carefree sundial will be shining with talent April 12–13 as celebrity headliners, alumni who made it big and 30 student bands take the stage for two unforgettable days to raise money for the Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation at Rock the District. Read the story on page 24.


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Every Day Is Earth Day “…the Earth is wise. It has given itself into the keeping of all, and all are therefore accountable.” ~ Alice Walker

April 22 is Earth Day, and while that date may be an “official” celebratory day, I think that every day should be Earth Day. Those of us who live in Valley know that you don’t have to go too far from town to experience Scorpious the versatility and grandeur Premieres of the Sonoran Desert. In D.G. fact, thanks to the efforts of numerous conservation groups and forward-thinking citizens, many of us are blessed to live amidst this wild beauty, and our city and municipal governments have taken up the banner of preservation and set aside space and created parks and trails right in the heart of major metropolitan areas. April offers some amazing opportunities to enjoy our desert home in all its glory. I hope that you will take advantage of this time of transition and get out and discover the treasures that are all around us. Until next month…all my best,

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MAYOR LANE WRITES April Water Awareness Month By Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane

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Drought planning commanded many headlines in the last few months as Arizona finalized its commitment as a participant in the Lower (Colorado River) Basin Drought Contingency Plan. Scottsdale Water fully supports that plan, which helps manage water supplies in Arizona and across the Southwest. The higher level of attention being paid to the topic is especially timely in April, which is Water Awareness Month — and you can do your part by learning how to save water inside and outside your home. Make sure you are water aware with this helpful information:

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• Stroll among beautiful drought-tolerant plants at the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park and learn to separate myth from reality when it comes to our water supplies at www.arizonawaterfacts.com.

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• Small adjustments can have a big impact on your water use — find simple and easy-to-do tips that you can download, print or share. Help spread the word! Visit www.wateruseitwisely.com, and search “100+ tips.” • This time of year, Bermuda grass needs water only once a week and rye grass once every four to five days. Water your turf areas deeply and thoroughly for best results. • Inspect your irrigation/sprinkler system to ensure it’s working properly — a leaky system can waste thousands of gallons and cost you big bucks. To help find and fix leaks and other maintenance and troubleshooting tips go to www.scottsdaleaz.gov, and search “water.”

Valley Y Invites Kids to ‘Get Up, Get Out & Grow’ North Scottsdale families are invited to have fun and gear up for summer at the Desert Foothills YMCA’s (Y) Healthy Kids Day event, Saturday, April 27. Healthy Kids Day is a national Y initiative to improve the health and well-being of children. During this free, all-day event, families can enjoy games and giveaways, as well as discounts on programs like camp, swim and sports and one-day-only membership offers at the Y. The Desert Foothills YMCA is set in the beautiful surroundings of the North Sonoran Desert and is a part of the Black Mountain Campus — a partnership with Paradise Valley Community College and the Foothills Community Foundation. This Y opened its doors in October 2009 as a true multi-generational facility, with offerings and services for the entire community — from the youngest member at 3 months and their siblings to adults and active seniors in their 90s. In addition to the health and fitness offerings (including equipment, group fitness classes and personal training), the facility has a heated outdoor pool with zero-depth entry, gender specific and family locker rooms, separate spaces and programs for youth and teens, racquetball courts and a gymnasium. It also offers a dedicated teen center and associated programs, many of which are free to the community, and boasts the largest Teen Leaders Club in the association.  For additional information about the Healthy Kids Day event, call 480.596.9622 or visit www.valleyymca.org/desert-foothills.

Optima Kierland Center announced in March that its first tower, 7120 Optima Kierland, is sold out. Optima’s next condominium tower began sales earlier this year. Located on Scottsdale Road and Kierland Boulevard and boasting 220 residences rising up 12 stories, 7120 Optima Kierland began sales in April 2016. The location closed 220 homes over a nine-month period, making it the fastest selling community in the Valley with triple the number of sales compared to the local market, according to Optima. “The success of 7120 far exceeded our expectations and clearly shows that people desire upscale urban living,” said David Hovey Jr., president of Optima, the project architect, builder and developer. Optima Kierland recently opened sales to buyers in its next tower, 7180 Optima Kierland, slated for completion in 2020. The new condominium tower will offer 202 homes rising up 12 stories including one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums and penthouses priced from the $300,000s to over $2 million. Floor plans range from 776 to 2,704 square feet. Buyers of 7180 Optima Kierland have the ability to expand floor plans by customizing and combining their residences to create a larger custom home. In the first tower, 83 homes were combined to create 36 custom combination homes ranging in size from 1,950 to 7,000 square feet. “Having the ability to combine and customize floor plans was a huge selling point for us and takes condominium living to the next level,” said Kim Riggs, homeowner at Optima Kierland. “Living in a high-rise condominium doesn’t limit your customization abilities — at Optima Kierland you can have your dream home while still enjoying the lock and leave lifestyle.” For additional information, visit www.optimakierland-condos.com.


Summer in the Valley is just around the corner, and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is offering a diverse line-up of events that can keep guests cool as the temperatures begin to rise. This April marks the return of fan favorite Mystery in the Museum, and several events related to the exhibition “Now Playing: Video 1999–2019” throughout the month of May. All events take place in SMoCA Lounge unless noted otherwise. Free events at SMoCA fill quickly and are first come, first served; early arrival is encouraged. Visitors can RSVP or purchase tickets at www.smoca.org.

Now Showing @SMoCA: Tania Libre April 18, 7pm; $7 Lynn Hershman Leeson’s recent film spends time with Cuban artist Tania Bruguera within days of her release from prison. The film follows Tania’s return to the United States and her visits with noted psychiatrist Dr. Frank Ochberg to acquire the skills necessary to process the personal infringement wrought by the Cuban government, including the revocation of her right to practice her art. Lynn Hershman Leeson joins via Skype for a Q&A following the screening. Documentary Video Art Festival April 25, 7pm; free A showcase of experimental shorts highlighting social, cultural and personal topics. These artworks were produced by students in Documentary Video Art as part of the intermedia program of the School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Space is limited. Seating is first come, first served. See April Art Events & Happenings at SMoCA page 8

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Mystery in the Museum: Mayhem at the Matinee April 6, 6pm; Pair, $25/individual, $15 A red-carpet movie premiere… where a little mayhem may be unleashed. The only way to make it through the chaos is to solve puzzles and follow clues left behind. Cash bar and light bites are included.

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Teacher Appreciation Week is a time for both parents and students to show their gratitude to their educators for all of the hard work and support that they give to the children. While one week doesn’t seem like enough time, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria wants to help Valley residents show their child’s favorite teacher just how truly amazing they are by throwing a pizza party for them. Parents can nominate their child’s favorite teacher from April 22 through May 10. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will award 45 lucky teachers with a pizza party. One winner will be selected from the neighborhood around each pizzeria. Teachers must be nominated by an adult by filling out a form on www.grimaldispizzeria.com/teachers explaining why their teacher deserves a pizza party. Nominations will be taken through May 10. Participants must be 18 or older. In addition, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will be offering 15 percent off for all teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11. Teachers must present ID to redeem offer. Valid at all Grimaldi’s Pizzeria locations. Valid on dine in and take out orders only. For information, visit www.grimaldispizzeria.com.

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Fairy Fantastic! Out in the Woods: Queer Fairy Tales May 3, 7pm; $7 Fairy Fantastic!, a collaboration between artists Hilary Harp and Suzie Silver, presents a series of fairy and folk tale videos for gender nonconforming adults and kids. “Out in the Woods” includes 16 queer reinterpretations of traditional folklore or mythology and the invention of a new queer folk culture. Through its partnership with the City of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as Scottsdale Cultural Council) creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational opportunities that foster active, lifelong community engagement with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant, multi-disciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through four acclaimed branches — Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach — serving more than 400,000 participants annually. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 7374 East Second Street in Scottsdale. For information, call 480.874.4666 or visit www.smoca.org.


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Fun on the Field for a Good Cause Double Play Celebrity Softball Game

Larry Fitzgerald is back for another season with the Arizona Cardinals and is once again bringing his softball skills to the diamond at Salt River Fields. Fitzgerald and his famous friends hit the field for the Ninth Annual Larry Fitzgerald Double Play Celebrity Softball Game Saturday, April 27, at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. This event will feature a Home Run Derby and

Celebrity Softball Game 6–8:30pm. Fans will enjoy watching their favorite athletes and celebrities showcase their softball skills while the little ones take part in the free Kids Zone that will feature face painting, balloon art and temporary tattoos. In an effort to fight against hunger in the Valley, the First Down Fund has partnered with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and

is asking each attendee to bring a minimum of two non-perishable items. Each person that donates to the food drive will receive a raffle ticket good for a chance to win prizes. Partners for the Ninth Annual Larry Fitzgerald Double Play Celebrity Softball Game include Nike, W Scottsdale, Salt River Fields and ABC 15. Celebrity players will be announced closer to game day but expect many of Fitzgerald’s past and present NFL, NBA and MLB friends, and more. Gates will open at 5pm, and the Home Run Derby will begin at 6pm, followed by the game at 7pm. After the game, the Double Play VIP After-Party will take place at the W Scottsdale to celebrate the winning team. Tickets are sold separately and are available at www.larryfitzgerald. com. Guests must be 21 and over to attend. General Admission is $20 and children under 2 are free. Fans have an exclusive opportunity to get closer to the action with the purchase of a dugout box ticket before they are sold out. There are four tickets available in

each dugout and tickets are $500 each. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.saltriverfields.com.

Sausage Festival Returns to Old Town Scottsdale Brat Haus, an Old Town Scottsdale beer garden and scratch kitchen, announced the return of its annual Sausage Fest. A portion of the proceeds raised at the event will go to Honor Flight Arizona (www.honorflightaz.org) a nonprofit that flies World War II veterans to Washington D.C. so that they can visit the National World War II Memorial. The event, taking place Sunday, April 28, from noon to 8pm, will feature the state’s largest brat, a sausage king competition between local chefs, patio games, a stein holding competition and live music. “We are excited to be putting on this event where guests can enjoy local brews and tasty brats,” said Brat Haus owner Dave Andrea. “Additionally, this event is also about honoring the incredible veterans of the Honor Flight Foundation.” Brat Haus is located at 3622 North Scottsdale Road. A $10 donation to Honor Flight Arizona will buy a ticket into the festival and can be purchased by visiting www. brathausaz.com.


those specialty items you aren’t going to find anywhere else,” said Lindsey Holt, co-founder and owner of Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. “Whether shopping for your home, for yourself, or for someone else, you’re sure to find that one-of-a-kind piece here. And with the live music, local food trucks, and other fun additions, it’s an event that everyone can enjoy, whether you go with your family, friends, or significant other.” Attendees are encouraged to bring a package of disinfectant wipes, diapers/wipes, or feminine care products to the Market to donate to Maggie’s Place, an organization that provides houses of hospitality and ongoing support to help pregnant and parenting women in need reach their goals while welcoming them into a community filled with love and dignity. Attendees will receive $1 off admission with a donation. Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market will be held April 26–28 at WestWorld, 16601 North Pima Road, in Scottsdale. Ticket prices range from $8 to $65. For event times and ticket information, visit www. junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com.

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More than 150 vintage, antique and handmade vendors that have been curated by Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market will showcase their treasures at WestWorld in Scottsdale April 26–28. With a reputation for featuring quality vendors selling unique items and inspiring design, the market continues to be a popular attraction for vintage enthusiasts across the Valley. In addition to being able to browse through numerous booths full of all things “chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade,” Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market will once again feature live music, food, drinks, photo-ops and plenty design inspiration. “We love that we can provide Valley shoppers with the best weekend of vintage shopping,” said Coley Arnold, Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market co-founder and owner. “Every Market is different, and our vendors scour the country to provide amazing pieces. With over 150 vintage curators and handmade artisans from across the country selling all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade, there is truly something for everyone!” “The Market is the place to find

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Scottsdale’s mid-century marvel, Hotel Valley Ho, plays host to Arizona Tiki Oasis (AZTO) April 12–14. A sister event to the long-running Tiki Oasis, which returns to San Diego this summer, AZTO is a multi-day Polynesian pop lifestyle event “We are thrilled to introduce Tiki Oasis’ rich and varied history to Scottsdale travelers and locals,” say organizers Otto and Baby Doe Stroheim. “Hotel Valley Ho is the ideal location for the largest and longestrunning Tiki festival in the world, as the property perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the 1950s that we celebrate through classic Tiki culture.” The weekend will kick off with the Tiki-Tiki Ho-Ho Luau, a stylish luau at Hotel Valley Ho’s hip OH Pool, complete with a traditional pig roast, fresh poke bowl station, grilled options including Crispy Cola Marinated Short Ribs, Hawaiian-themed desserts, and of course an array of delicious Tiki cocktails. The Tiki festivities continue with a bustling marketplace featuring more than 60 curated artisans. AZTO presents over 20 educational seminars with topics ranging from tropical cocktail mixology to the history of Tiki in the Southwest. A pop-up art show will feature international Tiki artists including Japan’s Mookie Sato and Josh Agle (AKA Shag) from Los Angeles, and Scottsdale’s Fashion by Robert Black will present a chic poolside fashion show. Authors Sven Kirsten (The Book of Tiki and Tiki Pop), Beachbum Berry (Grog Log and Sippin Safari), and Shannon Mustipher (Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails) will also make appearances at weekend seminars. Evenings will be filled with rooftop parties, cocktail-lounge-style dinners and a swanky suite open to those with the evening resort pass. In between Tiki cocktails and programming, guests can lounge poolside at the signature OH Pool, indulge in spa treatments at VH Spa and explore the city with the hotel’s new Insider Mid-Century Tour of Scottsdale. Event tickets are sold a la carte and range from $10 seminar tickets to an $80 evening hotel pass. A limited number of Tiki-Tiki 15% Ho-Ho Luau tickets are available for purchase for $99 until April 12. Tiki Oasis was originally founded to preserve a historic Palm Springs Tiki hotel, so it is only fitting that AZTO be hosted at one of the country’s best-preserved mid-century hotels. Benefits will go to the Arizona Preservation Foundation. For additional information, visit www.aztikioasis.com. Reg $47.95

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Expo Addresses Energy Efficient Homes & More Homeowners who wish to reduce their carbon footprint to save money (and the planet) are encouraged to attend the 2019 Scottsdale Homebuilders Expo April 16. “Our fourth annual Expo is themed ‘Earth Friendly by Design’ given its focus on sustainable business practices and products,” said Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors (SAAR) CEO Rebecca Grossman. “Participating homebuilders, renovators and innovators will help attendees make informed decisions about energy-efficiency and performance.” Guest speakers scheduled to appear include Anthony Floyd, Green Building Program manager for the City of Scottsdale and Kevin Edwards, CEO at Edwards Design Group. Floyd will present Scottsdale’s plans for a new energy future as part of the city’s proposed Energy Action Plan. Edwards will speak about sustainable architecture in the Southwest. A grand prize raffle and happy hour will immediately follow the Earth Friendly by Design Expo. The Expo will also feature a free recycling event from Westech Recyclers. A list of acceptable items can be found online: https://bit.ly/2T03FlQ. The event will be held at Venue8600, 8600 East Anderson Drive in Scottsdale, 2–4pm. SAAR members pay $10 and non-members pay $15 in advance. All day-of registrations are $20 at the door. Information is available at https://bit.ly/2Nzw1NR.


The world’s culinary stars will once again align over Scottsdale this spring as Nirvana returns for a third year to Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, April 24–28. This premier food, wine, spirits and music event continues to grow in popularity, leading Sanctuary to add a fifth day to this year’s program. That means more opportunities than ever for festivalgoers to get up close and personal with celebrity chefs, mixologists and winemakers at a jam-packed line-up of fine dining events, tastings, themed parties and more. Sanctuary’s own executive chef Beau MacMillan is among

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the headliners on a growing list of luminaries that already includes Tony Abou-Ganim, Matt Carter, Scott Conant, Todd English, Jose Garces, Christopher Gross, Robert Irvine, Marc Murphy and Jillian Vose, with more to come. And a solid lineup of national musical talent will get guests on their feet, including returning headliners D. Vincent Williams and the Nashville All-Stars. Events will take place both on and off the resort grounds, making this year’s Nirvana a festival that truly highlights the best of greater Scottsdale. A variety of indoor and outdoor venues make the most of Scottsdale’s beautiful spring weather and legendary sunsets. Two new events join the 2019 program: Wood, Wine & Wagyu and Nirvana’s first-ever late-night event – Nirvana After Party at Fat Ox. These join crowd favorites Flutes & Coops, Best of the West, Bourbon Street Blues, Rosé Parté, Tequila & Tortillas, and the Celebrity Golf Tournament. Also back are Nirvana’s intimate Master of Taste winemaker dinners, which have grown from two to four this year, due to popular demand. Those interested in turning their festival experience into a luxurious culinary getaway can book one of three Nirvana Packages — all featuring 15 percent off the best available room rate at Sanctuary — plus 15 percent off event ticket pricing. For package details, limitations or to book online visit www.sanctuaryoncamelback. com/nirvana-2019-packages or call 855.245.2051. Complete event details and tickets to Nirvana are available at www. nirvanafoodandwine.com.

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Newly elected Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego spent her first full day as mayor, March 22, proclaiming Phoenix, “No Place for Hate,” and visiting with homeless youth at HomeBase Youth Services. To begin the day, Mayor Gallego joined members from across the community to sign her first Mayoral Proclamation affirming Phoenix’s commitment to the principles established by the 2017 Mayor’s Compact. The Compact was established by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Anti-Defamation League to combat hate, extremism and bigotry in cities across the country. “I am honored to be here with the community leaders who have been champions for a stronger Phoenix, a Phoenix that embraces everyone regardless of how you choose to worship, the color of your skin, or who you choose to marry,” Gallego said. “We want a city that stands up for all of our residents and embraces our diversity to resolve challenges and fight hate within our community.” Mayor Gallego was joined by members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Phoenix Pride, representatives of the Sikh and Muslim communities, the Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department and two chapters of the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. Following this event, Mayor Gallego paid a visit to HomeBase Youth Services to meet firsthand with teens who have experienced homelessness in Phoenix. HomeBase provides support for youths who have left undesirable family environments, young adults who lack the experience needed to live independently, and youth who identify as LGBTQ. Mayor Gallego was provided a tour of the dorm-style housing provided for the youth and met with residents of the community to discuss their experiences learning more about the issue of youth homelessness. “It was really important for me to hear directly from young people in the program about what is working for them and what isn’t,” said Gallego. “I hope during my time as Mayor that we can support an increasing number of programs such as HomeBase that work to end homelessness.”

‘Shoot’n For A Cure’ — Fundraiser Takes on Childhood Cancer Dr. Buck Montgomery, a former Disney animator and Hollywood stuntman, is producing The Great Gunslinger Round Up…Shoot’n For A Cure to be held April 13–14 at Pioneer Living History Museum in North Phoenix. The event is a fundraiser benefiting the Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation (www.fibrofoundation.org), and a local 11-year-old boy (dubbed Deputy Isaac) who has been affected by a rare childhood cancer, Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Isaac Marvin Overson, Deputy Isaac, was a typical 10-year-old who loved playing soccer, camping with his family, inventing things, especially with LEGOs, and spending time with family and friends. But, when Isaac was 10-and-ahalf years old, June 12, 2018, his life dramatically changed. He was diagnosed with a rare liver cancer. He went through several months of chemo and after multiple MRI’s/CT scans there was absolutely no change to the “softball size” tumor. His only hope was for a transplant. Isaac is described as a “happy child, who always sees things for the positive.” When the first scan came back and all of the adults were upset that the tumor did not shrink, Isaac’s comment was, “Wow, this is great news…it didn’t grow!” After several months of talking to different doctors and hospitals throughout the United States and having them review Isaac’s case, they all informed Craig and Krystal (Isaac’s parents) that there was nothing they could do for Isaac. In December 2018, Craig finally found a doctor that was willing to consider Isaac’s case. After two trips to New York, Dr. Tomoaki Kato and his team from New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, made the decision to accept their case and move forward with a living donor liver transplant. On January 15, Isaac received a new liver from his father, and the family returned home to Phoenix at the end of February. The doctors believe they removed all of the cancer but will continue to monitor him weekly. The Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation is the foundation that led Craig to Dr Kato. All donations go to directly to research, in hopes to find out what causes this childhood cancer and to one day find a cure for it. Shoot’n For A Cure is a “round up” of professional Wild West entertainers, that include world champion gun spinner Johnny Hotshot, Hollywood stuntman Dr. Buck Montgomery and his award winning professional stuntmen

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and actors, The Wild Bunch, Arizona’s official cowboy horseman, Lee Anderson and his wonder horse “Concho,” Old West magician Mysterioso and daring bullwhip performer, Tom B. There will also be a gathering of Arizona’s premier Old West reenactment groups, that include The Prescott Regulators & Their Shady Ladies, Tombstone’s Goose Flats Gunslingers, the Pioneer Gunfighter Association, Kitty’s Renegades, Superstition Mountain Regulators and Gene “Ringo” Kurz. All of these groups are donating their time and coming together to support this fundraiser, and Deputy Isaac. Beyond all the world class entertainment, there will be classic Hollywood TV and movie celebrities to meet and rub shoulders with, as well as artisans, crafters and vendors galore on hand with handcrafted rare finds. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on a “wagon load” of items daily during a silent auction and will also get a chance to bid on some amazing live auction items each day. Valley residents are invited to “gather up their posse” of family and friends and head over to Pioneer Living History Museum, 3901 West Pioneer Road, for two full days (April 13 and 14, daily, 9am–5pm) for this Wild West fundraising event, with a portion of every ticket purchased going directly to the Foundation. Tickets are $12, adults; $10, seniors/military; $5, children 5–12; free for children under 5. For more information, email Montgomery at drbuc@cox.net or call 623.521.3856


Clarity Enhanced (CE) Diamonds By Indra Jhaveri

Hole of Laser Cavity having contained a solid inclusion which was dissolved by hydrofluoric acid

Out of 4 Cs (cut, carat, clarity and color), of the diamonds, clarity and color of the diamond can be enhanced with current technologies. This article briefly discusses the clarity enhancement of the cut diamonds, which can have imperfections (e.g., carbon inclusions, feather inclusions especially the ones that can reach the surface or that are accessible via laser) that can be improved to be less objectionable to the naked eye. Budget-minded individuals — Millennials as well as others — can have bigger and betterlooking diamonds, which can be impressive, but costing a lot less than similar looking natural diamonds. It is an informed choice they can make; (supplier) jeweler has to advise/inform them as to what diamond choices they have been presented with — it is a legal requirement to disclose any enhancement to the natural diamonds. Case in point — there was a case back in the 80s or 90s when one of jeweler (his son) sold quite a few laser-drilled diamonds without disclosing to the customers. Once the topic was discussed on TV and customers started checking their diamonds, there was a backlash from quite a few customers who weren’t informed and demanded their money back. Unfortunately, the son ended up committing suicide under tremendous money pressure. Technical Details* Israeli inventor Zvi Yehuda developed clarity enhancement procedure back in early 1980s and has evolved a lot more since then to improve diamond’s appearance and salability. A trained gemologist/jeweler, however, can detect “flash effect” of spectral hues along a repaired fracture of minute air bubbles as a result of filling or surface reaching laser drilled microscopic tube. Main clarity enhancement techniques are:

• L aser Drilling: When dark inclusions (like carbon) don’t reach the surface, a microscopic hole is made by laser from surface to the inclusion and then deep boiling mentioned above is performed. • S  pecial Laser Drilling: Similar to laser drilling, but this process creates a microscopic plane through the diamond to its dark inclusion. It is then filled. • F  racture Filling: It works with clear feather inclusions and involves filling the empty cavity (or fractures) with clear silicon or other compounds. To contact Indra Jhaveri, send email to amidiamond@live.com or visit www.amidiamondsandjewelry.com. One can also reach him at 602.432.2920 or 602.923.8200. * Courtesy Rapaport

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• D  eep Boiling: Diamonds with dark surface-reaching inclusions (like carbon) are deep-boiled under pressure with acid treatment for 10 to 12 hours. Chemical reaction removes black inclusions leaving whitish, almost imperceptible inclusion in its place.

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World Bazaar PHX returns with more culture, cuisine and community Saturday, April 27, from 10am to 3pm. Experience over 50 different vendors selling food, art and homemade goods from around the world at this free event. Enjoy delicious food, live music and dance performances from Africa, Asia and Latin America, and specialty holiday shopping with local immigrant and refugee-owned businesses featuring handcrafted jewelry, dresses, scarves, baskets and a variety of artworks from around the globe.

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Sample a diverse array of food and beverages including Ethiopian Coffee, Iraqi Bread, Middle Eastern Sweets and more. The World Bazaar is a free, family-friendly event presented by Local First Arizona, Fuerza Local and the International Rescue Committee in Phoenix to help showcase the rich and vibrant diversity of Phoenix. World Bazaar PHX will be held at 1813 West Camelback Road in Phoenix. For additional information, visit www.localfirstaz.com and click on the “News & Events” link.

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Fundraising Gets Creative at Hats & Horses Event Creative Women of Pinnacle Peak (CWPP) will host a Pre-Kentucky Derby Party Saturday, April 27, at Turf Paradise Race Track. The Hats & Horses Day at the Races is a fundraising event to support local charities for women and children in need. Attendees (including “dapper gents”) will enjoy a buffet luncheon and cash bar in a private dining area 11:30am–5pm. Learn tips on betting, compete for “Best Hat” and “Best Couples Attire” and participate in a 50/50 Raffle as well as silent and live auctions. Since its founding in 1991, CWPP has hosted a wide variety of fundraising events from galas to golf outings, home tours, cook-books, resale shops and Fashion Show luncheons. The organization’s objective is to select and support charities, while providing a forum in in which its members share ideas, talents and friendship. Tickets to Hats & Horse are $125 per person, and a $2,500 first-class concierge table of eight, which includes special plated meal, champagne open bar and special concierge services, is available. Tickets available on line at www.creativewomenofpinnaclepeak.com.

Catch Up with PVSchools at Bagels with the Board As part of an ongoing effort to “foster collegiality and promote transparency,” the PVSchools Governing Board hosts quarterly Bagels with the Board events, which are held at various schools throughout the district. The final Bagels with the Board for the 2018-19 school year will be held Thursday, April 11, 10–11am, at North Ranch Elementary School, 16406 North 61st Place in Scottsdale. All members of the community are invited to attend this event to have an opportunity to talk with Governing Board members. Bagels and coffee will be provided. Learn more about PVSchools at www.pvschools.net or by calling 602.449.2000.


Spark a Child’s Interest in Technology at Free Workshops Girls in Tech Phoenix is partnering with the Microsoft Store to offer 10 free YouthSpark Workshops. Developed by education experts with input from the local Microsoft Store associates, these workshops will deliver coding, robotics, moviemaking and philanthropic skills. With an emphasis on real-world relevance in a fun and interactive environment, students will be provided with the tools needed today to be successful when pursuing any career tomorrow. The workshops, which kick off Sept. 30 and run through July 28, are open to both girls and boys, ages 10–12. Workshop topics include STEM: Code a Talking Robot with Ohbot; Online Safety Preventing and Combating Cyberbullying; Get Creative with Paint 3D Mixed Reality; STEM: Intro to Coding with Makecode for Mindcraft; Create a Difference in Your World; Build Confidence in Public Speaking; STEM: DigiGirlz and Hour of Code; Create Amazing Videos; STEM: Measuring Speed with Hot Wheels; Boost Reading Confidence with Literacy Tools. To sign up for the workshops, visit www.eventbrite.com and search for “Girls in Tech” in Phoenix. For additional information about the workshops, email phoenix@girlsintech.org. Learn more about Girls in Tech Phoenix at https://phoenix.girlsintech.org.

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The Phoenix Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) will present a point/counter point presentation on whether publicly-owned companies should be required to have a minimum number of women on their boards of directors for its Advocacy Day Wednesday, April 10, 11am–1pm. Kina Harding of The Harding Firm and the Arizona Black Bar, and Susan Schultz of The Board Institute and Women on Boards, will consider the pros and cons of the recently-enacted California Senate Bill 826. The legislation requires publicly-held companies based in California to have a minimum Kina Harding of one woman on their boards of directors by the end of 2019. From there, women’s representation will have to increase. By the end of 2021, companies need to have at least two women on boards of five members and at least three women on boards with six or more people. The program will be moderated by Jordan Rose of The Rose Law Group. “We invite business owners to join us on April 10 to learn more about this topic from both sides and Susan Schultz watch how civil dialogue can work to inform, educate and enlighten,” says Ronit Urman, 2018-19 NAWBO Phoenix president. NAWBO’s monthly business program includes the presentation, lunch, program discussion and Jordan Rose time for networking. Meetings are held at the Gainey Ranch Golf Club (7600 East Gainey Club Drive) in Scottsdale. Tickets are $43 for members and $53 for guests. Reserve or get additional information online at www.nawbophx.org.

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‘Booch with a Buzz’ Brand Launches in the Valley

With consumers becoming more mindful of their health and wellness, many are looking to the ‘better for you alcohol’ category as an alternative to beer, wine and spirits. Arizona native, Andrew Clark and his two partners are launching their high-alcohol kombucha line, Boochcraft, with 7% ABV right here in the Valley. “I am especially excited to bring Boochcraft to my home state of Arizona, as the second state for distribution,” said Clark, co-founder and chief brewing officer. “We know what a lively and health-conscious state this is and believe our product will perfectly match the wellness lifestyle individuals embrace here.” Each blend is brewed with only certified organic ingredients, it is gluten free, raw, vegan and contains living probiotics. Boochcraft is changing the game with their handcrafted, boozier beverages by embracing kombucha’s natural elements. They start by making regular kombucha then do a secondary fermentation to balance out the regular sour, vinegar taste by adding their 100 percent cold press, raw juices and herbs — taking the beverages to the next level.

Boochcraft is available in 1/6 and 1/2-barrel kegs, a sleek 22-ounce glass bottle and 4-pack 12oz cans that will be available in April. Find them in 10 different locations around the Valley including the Whining Pig downtown, Bottle Shop 48, Jobot Coffee & Bar, First Draft Book Bar, Sun Devil Liquors and more. Sustainability and community are core parts of Boochcraft’s mission and values. In the brewery, the brewers compost all of the juice and tea scraps, only use certified organic ingredients, source produce from local California farms, and are committed to finding new and innovative ways to conserve resources and limit their waste. The company gives back one percent of gross sales to nonprofits that promote sustainable food systems, and created a program called Farm to Families that aims to bring fresh regenerative produce to underserved families. Boochcraft’s official launch event will be held Saturday, April 20, at monOrchid. It will be a specially curated immersive experience with one-of-kind installations and a unique Arizona inspired Boochcraft flavor. For information and where to purchase, visit www.boochcraft.com.


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Royal Palms Offers Easter Sunday Dining Experience Easter Sunday Brunch at the iconic Royal Palms Resort and Spa is an unforgettable experience, and this year there are two ways to celebrate. With impressive menus created by new executive chef Alex Robinson, guests have the opportunity to choose from a pre-fixe, plated brunch at the resort’s signature restaurant, T. Cook’s, or a traditional Easter Buffet in an elegant ballroom setting. In addition, resort and brunch guests are also invited to participate in the Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Vernadero Lawn at 10am and 1pm, where they can search for the golden egg prize that includes a one-night stay. April 21 Easter Sunday experiences include:

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• T  raditional Easter Brunch Buffet (9:30am–2pm): full, classic holiday buffet. $85++ per person; $35++ for children ages 6-12; children 5 years and under are free To book a reservation, call 602.283.1234 or visit www.opentable.com and search for T Cook’s. For additional information, visit www.royalpalmshotel.com.

Pinnacle High School’s DECA students excelled at the three-day Arizona DECA Career Development Conference that was held at the Arizona Grand in Phoenix Feb. 28 – March 2. The competition began with a 100-question comprehensive exam. Thirty-seven students qualified for the International Career Development Conference, which will be held in Orlando April 26 – May 1. Pinnacle High School is part of the Paradise Valley Unified School District. Learn more at www.pvschools.net.

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• E  aster Sunday Brunch at T. Cook’s (10:30am–3pm): chilled starter buffet, choice of entrée, plus a dessert buffet. $95++ per person; $45++ for children ages 6-12; children 5 years and under are free

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Participate Locally — Act for Earth Day 2019 McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Central Arizona Conservation Alliance and McDowell Mountain Conservancy invite area residents to contribute to the world’s largest environmental movement this year by volunteering at a local, community park within the Maricopa County system. Join neighbors in efforts to preserve natural resources at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Fountain Hills Saturday, April 27, 7–11am. This volunteer service event is in celebration of Earth Day and is open to the public for participation. Primary tasks in the park will include invasive plant species mapping and removal along with trail maintenance. Training, materials and snacks will be provided. All volunteers will receive a sticker to proudly display their “Earth Day shine!” Volunteer check-in and placement takes place 7–8am; work is performed 8–10am; wrap-up and social gathering takes place 10:15–11am. Volunteers should meet initially at the Trailhead Staging Area, and should be prepared to drive to other locations at the park to perform volunteer tasks. McDowell Mountain Regional Park is located at 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive in Fountain Hills. For more information, contact LaNella Gaines, volunteer coordinator for Maricopa County Parks, at 602.506.9510 or lanellagaines@mail.maricopa.gov. To sign up to participate, visit http://signup. com/go/QuPLdEo.

Impact Has a New Location in Fountain Hills The goal at Impact Collision Shop is to offer exceptional services based on over 27 years of experience in the autobody and paint industry. The company’s new location in Fountain Hills provides state-of-the-art equipment, personal customer service and the highest quality craftsmanship for all body repair, paint, restoration and complete build requirements. The team at Impact say that they, “will continue to set the standard for excellence in auto body repair and paint. Our highly skilled technicians can expertly match your vehicle’s paint in order to restore it to original condition. We specialize in working on a variety of exotic luxury, sport, classic and custom vehicles. We work with all insurance companies and offer Express Paint Services.” Impact Collision Shop is located at 11645 Desert Vista in Fountain Hills. The shop is open Monday through Friday 9am–5pm and Saturdays by appointment. For information, call 480.809.6745 or visit www.impactcollisionshop.com.


MAYOR PETERSON WRITES... The 2017 Spirit of Carefree Award is being awarded posthumously to Ron Bacher, the “Carefree Santa”

Second Annual Community Block Party to be Held April 6 Area businesses and residents are invited to an afternoon of food, music, friendship and fun as the Town of Carefree hosts the Second Annual Community Block Party Saturday, April 6, 2–7pm, in Downtown Carefree along Easy Street and in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. “Everyone loved the Block Party last year and we have received many requests to make it an annual tradition” shared Mayor Les Peterson. “This event proved to be an excellent opportunity for Carefree residents to get together with friends, neighbors and area businesses before changing schedules for summer.” Local business owners are invited to showcase their goods and services to area residents in a casual, neighborhood party style atmosphere. Highlights of the event will include the return of the popular Carefree Water Company dunk tank, cornhole tossing, putt-putt golf and fun activities for children of all ages. Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for purchase, as well as adult refreshments provided by Foothills Food Bank, and the always-popular Desert Foothills YMCA lemonade stand. The event rounds out with carnival-style treats, raffle prize giveaways from area businesses and much more. For more information, call 480.488.3686 or go to www.visitcarefree.com.

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“Welcome to the North Pole. Santa is in.” For many years, this handwritten sign hung over Ron Bacher’s workshop, MAYOR tucked into a tree-lined neighborhood in Town of Carefree Central Phoenix. 480.488.3686 This humble sign personified the www.carefree.org life of Ron Bacher, known to many in the Northeast Valley as the “Carefree Santa.” For a decade, he personified Santa to children of all ages in Carefree, and Santa was who everyone came to see at the annual Carefree Christmas Festival. Sadly, to all those who knew him, Ron passed away suddenly of a heart attack on March 26, 2018. Bacher originally moved to Phoenix in 1972, and was an accomplished artist, crafting silver and turquoise jewelry, but his interests soon turned to working in wood. Because of his skills, he soon became well-known throughout Arizona and across the country for his artistic accomplishments. He was a very religious person, and was extremely proud of his four children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He also used his woodworking skills to craft many notable creations on display throughout Downtown Carefree.

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But it was during the Christmas season that Ron’s true calling and personality came to the forefront. Upon moving to Phoenix, he made the decision to never shave again. His facial hair grew to become a distinctive long white beard, consistent with many people’s perceptions of Santa. Outside of the Christmas season, he would wear a baseball cap that had “Santa” printed on it.

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SOUL CONNECTION

A Better Way to Start the Day One of the luxuries of retirement is the freedom to be in my comfortable recliner at 6am to begin two or more hours of reading. It’s a new day and I don’t get newspaper ink on my hands as the iPad gives me two national newspapers, two locals and several magazines. For the past three years I have allowed myself to be pulled to the latest outrageous political news, the disturbing happenings around the globe and concern with the globe itself. A couple of hours later, if I have limited my reading to news articles and the analysis of columnists, ALLEN NOHRE I find myself feeling lousy and unpeaceful. Good news. I have found a solution to my mid-morning crabbiness. Writer I still read the news and analysis but now I begin my day by reading a few short poems. This is a surprise. I disliked poetry assignments in school. For years I ignored poetry and I still don’t get Shakespeare. However, I have learned that poetry presents truth and insight that engages my heart as well as my mind and presents a fresh view of reality. By reading the lines of a short poem, I feel myself settling into myself, my day begins calmly, and I am even ready for the news. I read poems from more than 400 in the book Good Poems selected by Garrison Keillor. I also read a short daily devotional based on a biblical text that is interpreted in contemporary language. The devotional is available from Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center at www.spiritinthedesert.org. If you have the freedom to start your day with a poem, I have yet another recommendation. The “Writer’s Almanac,” a daily email and podcast that includes a poem as well as information about writers and historical pieces of interest. You can subscribe at www.garrisonkeillor.com/subscribe. First coffee, then poems, then the news. A Soul from Minnesota, by Allen Nohre, a collection of CITYSunTimes essays, is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Allen can be reached at anohre@cox.net.

Mayor Peterson Writes, continued from page 21 Ron would lose weight during the summer months, and by October he would be looking a bit thin. He would tell people that asked, “Not to worry! The closer I get to Christmas, the bigger I get and the happier and more joyful I get. When Christmas comes, I’m just bubbling over with joy. I’m so appreciative to see the children and to bring them the joy and happiness that they are looking for.” And that is exactly what “Carefree Santa” would do for the Christmas Festival every year, and why the Town Council selected Ron as the recipient of the 2017 Spirit of Carefree Award. The award will be presented to Ron’s widow, Annette, in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion during the Carefree Block Party Saturday, April 6, at 3pm. This annual award is given to individuals who demonstrate significant dedication and service to the Foothills community, and Carefree in particular. All of us at the Town wish to express our gratitude to Ron and his family for the joy and happiness he brought to us and to many Carefree and Foothills residents and neighbors throughout past holiday seasons. Please join us to honor his memory.


Carefree Restaurant Association (CRA) announced that its next Carefree Restaurant Week will be held May 5–11. Restaurant Week is an opportunity for participating area restaurants to showcase their menus to locals and visitors alike, at discounted prices. From Latin cuisine or familystyle Italian, to modern American, soul food, high tea or simply a good old-fashioned burger, there is something to suit every palate. Some restaurants will offer a special lunch menu, others a three- or fourcourse dinner for dine-in customers. Prices (per person, excluding alcohol) are:

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• Lunch menu (two courses) — $18 • Dinner menu (three courses) —$35; (four courses) $45

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Unlike many other towns, Carefree’s restaurant base is made up of independent, family-owned businesses. Therefore, no large corporate chains dictate menu, pricing or marketing campaigns…rather, the individual business owner can determine the look, feel, style, concept and brand of their own restaurant based on their own individual culinary expertise. During Restaurant Week, customers will have an opportunity to sample new and exciting menu offerings and in doing so support their local restaurants. Participating restaurants include Alberto’s Ristorante, Black Mountain Café, Confluence, Corrado’s Cucina Italiana, English Rose Tea Room, Giordano’s Trattoria Romana, Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse, Raven’s View Wine Bar, Sundial Garden Café and Venues Café. For a complete list of all Carefree restaurants and more details on Carefree Restaurant Week, including menus and other participating restaurants, visit www.carefreerestaurants.com.

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The Carefree sundial will be shining with talent as celebrity headliners and alumni who made it big, plus 30 student bands, take the stage for two unforgettable evenings in April to raise money for the Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation. Rock the District is the signature fundraising event started by Cactus Shadows High School student Melissa Nelson and hosted by the Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization. Since its inception, it has raised more than $200,000 benefiting Cave Creek teachers, students and schools. This year’s Rock the District celebrity headliners include country stars Ryan Sims, Chad Freeman and Cali Rodi. As an example of how this stage can be a launching pad for big-time music

industry careers, Rodi performed as a student at the first Rock the District back in 2009 and was recently signed by Keith Urban to his publishing company, BOOM. Among the alumni students returning to their roots are Tia Penny, the youngest to play in Alice Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding, and Homestretch, the band that won third place. Also appearing is Promise to Myself, an alumni band whose music has been chosen by Dutch Bros. Coffee to play in their locations across the country. This year’s special 10th anniversary event will “turn it up to 11” with: • S  anderson Lincoln Black Label Lounge, a swanky place to relax with an adult beverage while enjoying the show

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• F  ood trucks including Firehouse Kettle Corn, Hibachibot, Kona Ice and Munch Box • A  silent auction, where bidding is available now online, and continues at the live event • O  nline Tipping with a “Split the Tip” feature, providing half to the student performer and half to the school district “Rock the District will be bigger and better than ever during our 10th Anniversary show dates on April 12 and 13,” says Rock the District organizers Kesha Cardinal and Sarah Byrne. “With the headliners, it will be a chance for all of Phoenix to see these worldclass acts. With the alumni, it’s a chance to see how these former students have become up-and-comers in the music industry. For the students, this will be a

chance for friends, family and neighbors to see these teen bands and singers take the stage and show the world what they got!” Rock the District will take place April 12–13 at East Sundial Circle in Carefree. Gates open at 5pm both days and shows start at 5:30pm. To learn more or buy tickets, visit www.rockthedistrict.net.


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The program, which usually includes a plant raffle, will begin at 9:30am and run until around noon in the Town Council Chambers located at 33 Easy Street. A $5 (or more) donation is appreciated to support these programs. Early arrival is recommended as seating is limited. For information call 480.488.3686.

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Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion in the Carefree Desert Gardens will play host to World Tai Chi & Qigong Day April 27, 10am–noon. This annual event is both moving and inspiring, as people from over 80 nations and all 50 states in hundreds of cities come together to wrap the world in a global Tai Chi and Qigong event. Celebrate and learn more about the profound health and healing benefits of this ancient Chinese practice. For additional event information, visit www.visitcarefree.com and click on the “Events” link.

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Drought: A prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall. By observing the surrounding area, it is obvious how tough this drought has been on treasured desert plants. But how can residents deal with this in their landscapes? Should they over water? Do they understand the soils? Should they fertilize? And what about mulching? Armed with some knowledge of the properties found in area soil and water, along with better water management, even in dry times, homeowners can have healthier looking plants. At the final program of the 2019 season, Saturday, April 13, Carefree Desert Gardens welcomes Rick Cober. Cober has a B.S. in Environmental Horiculture from Arizona State University. He is an ISA Certified Arborist. His company Tree Theory does landscape asset management, arborist consultation and soil and fertilization management. Cober will share facts about drought conditions and the importance of understanding the water and soil that is unique to area desert climate. And, he will finally answer the key question: “What does ‘organic’ really mean?”

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or the sixth year in a row, chefs from some of the state’s most popul ar restaurants will use their culinary prowess to re-imagine one of the beloved flavors of Girl Scout Cookies — Do-Si-Dos, Savannah Smiles, Tagalo Samoas, ngs, Thin Mints and Trefoils — into a custom dessert menu item during the Girl Scout Cooki Dessert Challenge. e Each restaurant will feature its dessert on their menu Feb. 1–28, with a portio n of the proceeds from each dessert sold directly suppo rting Girl Scouting in Arizona. “Girl Scouts–Ariz ona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is thrilled that both Rusconi’s American Kitchen and The Thumb are taking part again. They’v e been with us for all six years and are major suppo rters as a result,” says Susan de Queljoe, senior associate of marketing and communications. “It’s also so inspiring to see Original Gravit y, PNPK, ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho, The Herb Box and Lovecraft taking part since they are all either proud woma n-owned businesses have female chefs or in the kitchen.” First-time challengers this year include Babbo Italian Eatery, Jake’s Unlim ited and The Phoen ix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen. In year’s past, the Dessert Challenge Champion was decided by desser t sales. This year, the Council is hosting poll at www.girlscou a tsaz.org/dessertch allenge. But beyond conce ptualizing, creatin g and offering the desserts on their menu s, this year the chefs are also partnering with the Girl Scouts on severa l enhanced elements of the challenge. “Last year, we got the idea to have a few girls join us in the kitchen to see all the moving parts that goes into both runnin g a restaurant and delivering food to the table,” says chef Lance Whipple of Proof is the largest girl-le at the Four Seaso d entrepreneurial ns Scottsdale Resor program in the world: Girl Scout Cooki t Troon North. “It was such e Season. a hit that we are All the chefs hope hosting ‘Girl Scout Trips’ with some local not only to raise funds Field local Girl Scouting, troops this year to to support really get them excite but also to inspir about the art, math e home cooks across d and science behind Arizona to buy an extra what we do. Maybe box or are even a few future two this there season to create their desserts. Girl Scout chefs in our mix!” own Cookie season runs Similarly, Aioli Gourm through March 3 year. Locations of et Burgers, ZuZu, this cookie booths can PNPK and others will bring girls behin be found online at d the scenes this cookie girlscoutsaz.org/co www. okiefinder. season. And severa partners are helpin l g troops to set up forma l boothing station outside their venue s s, allowing our girls GET MORE : Find to sell cookies in the delectable detail what s of each venue’s creation online now. Visit news.CITYS unTimes.com.

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Ron Bacher to be honored posthumously

Desert Gardens, as he was the creator of the post for the Little Free Library located on the west side of the gardens. Bacher passed away suddenly of a heart attack March 26, 2018. The Spirit of Carefree Award, established in 2013, is presented on an annual basis in recognition of those individuals that demonstrate dedication and service to the Foothills community, and Carefree in particular. Previous recipients include former Town councilman Arthur Gimson, former Carefree Mayor David Schwan, and local business owners Harry Vardakis and Steve Woods.

Explore Art in Downtown Carefree on First Fridays Carefree residents and visitors alike are invited to meet local gallery owners bringing First Friday Art Walks to the downtown area. Attendees set their own pace as they stroll through Carefree exploring galleries and then dine on local cuisine. The events are scheduled every First Friday of the month (April 5 and May 4) from 4–7pm. Begin at any gallery, then continue on to other participating galleries. Participating galleries will pay the sales tax on purchases made during Art Walk hours:

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The Spirit of Carefree award is a dichroic glass sculpture handcrafted by local Carefree glass artisan Peggy Pettigrew Stewart, owner of Desert Glasshopper Studios. She is known for her intricate blending of light and

prismatic color in her glass art, and many of her award-winning pieces have been featured in museums, exhibitions and galleries worldwide. For information, call 480.488.3686 or visit www.visitcarefree.com.

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Known throughout the Desert Foothills area as “Carefree Santa,” Ron Bacher has been chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Spirit of Carefree Award, underwritten by Sanderson Lincoln. This annual distinction honors Carefree residents who demonstrate above-and-beyond dedication to the community and its residents. The award will be presented during the Town’s Community Block Party event Saturday, April 6, at 3pm, and will be accepted by Bacher’s widow, Annette Bacher. “Ron actually was Santa to those of us who knew him and loved him,” noted Carefree Mayor Les Peterson. “Many area children who grew up with Ron being the ‘Carefree Santa’ for a decade miss his twinkling eyes, his hearty laugh and his always positive personality. His spirit of cooperation and his willingness to share his many talents capture the essence of the Carefree spirit, that of giving back unselfishly to the community. He is a most deserving recipient of the award.” Bacher relocated to Phoenix from his native Chicago in 1972 and was an accomplished jewelry artist and woodworker. He was perhaps best known throughout the area for his distinctive long, white beard, and each Christmas season he became Santa Claus for the Town’s annual holiday celebrations. His woodworking artistry can still be viewed in the Carefree

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• Adelante Art Gallery • Desert Glasshopper Studio • Grace Renee Gallery • Lance Headlee Gallery • Steve Stento Studio/Gallery • T  ed Phillip Denton Contemporary Art • Thunderbird Artists Gallery • Wild Holly Gallery For more information contact Ted Phillip Denton Contemporary Art at 760.780.848 or 760.835.9204.

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The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house Thursday, Feb. 21, for Advanced Dentistry and Implant Center of Scottsdale. Located at 10031 East Dynamite Boulevard, Suite 200, Scottsdale, the Advanced Dentistry team is led by Dr. Oh. For information, call 480.725.9188 or visit www.dentistryscottsdaleaz.com. To learn more about the Chamber and its members, visit www.carefreecavecreek.org or call 480.488.3381.

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Desert Foothills Theater Announces April Performances The Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) continues performances of its musical, Disaster, through April 14 and presents a one-night performance of Chance Tinder in Project Elvis. Tia Wooley, managing director of DFT, is directing Disaster. “This show features nearly every disaster movie that came out during the 70s along with some great 70s music, such as Sky High, Knock on Wood, Saturday Night, When Will I be Loved, Hot Stuff, Hooked on a Feeling, I am Woman and so many more,” explains Wooley. “Our cast members come from all over the Greater Scottsdale area.” Disaster runs through April 14. Show times are 7:30pm for Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday afternoon matinee shows begin at 2pm. Tickets are $22-$26 and available at www.dftheater.org. Chance Tinder is a multi-award-winning Elvis Presley Tribute artist. He has been a part of the Elvis Presley phenomenon since the late 1980s when he was first discovered in Southern California by one of the Righteous Brothers. Tickets for his Project Elvis show April 7, 2pm, are $28 and can be purchased online at www.dfhteater.org Both productions take place at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center at 33606 North 60th Street, Scottsdale. Parking is free. For information, call 480.488.1081. Chance Tinder as Elvis


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Get Ready for Summer Vacation at Fun & Art in the Garden Sponsored by Education & Community Services (ECS), Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) and Desert Foothills Library, area residents are invited to a day of family fun geared at making summer planning a breeze. Fun & Art in the Garden will offer childfriendly activities, art, entertainment and summer activity sign-up options April 6, 10am–2pm, at Desert Foothills Library. While parents and grandparents check out summer options for their families, the children will be engaged in fun activities. “This is all about kids and summer,” explained ECS special event organizer Elaine Adrian. “Education & Community Services and Desert Foothills Library are partners in this year’s Fun & Art in the Garden, and we’ve brought together as many local organizations as possible to help parents and grandparents plan summer activities for their children.” Each of the 15 participating nonprofit organizations will host a staffed informational table with material about their summer programs, along with a special fun activity for the children. While the grown-ups peruse the summer camps, classes and programs, the kids can be involved in an art activity, investigate a science project, go for a hike, read a book, cuddle an adoptable puppy, listen to the Cactus Shadows High School Jazz Band or Kevin Glenn’s exceptional voice students and enjoy the kid-centric art exhibition. “All of the six ECS/CCUSD Child’s Play Preschools and all five ECS Kid’s Clubs are hosting an exhibit of really fantastic art,” said Adrian. “And the students love showing their artwork to friends and family.” Fun & Art in the Garden participants include Kiwanis, Desert Foothills Theater, Cave Creek Museum, Desert Foothills Library, Scully Learning Center, Sonoran Arts League, Education & Community Services (CCUSD), Child’s Play Preschool, First Things First, Desert Awareness, YMCA, Jubilate, Puppy Luv, Girl Scouts, Cactus Shadows High School Jazz Band (10–11am), and Kevin Glenn’s voice students (noon–1pm). Reservations are not required, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. For more information and calendar of events, go to www.dfla.org. Visit www.ecsforall.org for the current ECS catalogue.

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April Already? As usual Cave Creek will be a hopping place. There is live music somewhere in town seven days a week. The first weekend will have “Bike Week,” so if you’re into that, come on up. Some folks in Town don’t really care for this event because of the traffic congestion associated with it. There is not enough parking to handle MAYOR all of the motorcycles so that east end Town of Cave Creek of Town ends up looking like Sturgis. 480.488.1400 Even if there were not vendors in the www.cavecreek.org parking lots, because of the popularity of Bike Week, the situation would still be the same. If we didn’t plan, the event would be utter chaos, like the situation on the border. Speaking of which, ICE is now dropping off illegal immigrants on street corners in Phoenix randomly because there are just too many and there are no provisions to handle the volume. This just adds to the homeless issue that our country has. It is just getting worse and it won’t get better.

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Food Bank Teams Up with Local Businesses The Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center recently announced the creation of Community Partners, a new partnership program with local businesses. According to Pam DiPietro, executive director of Foothills Food Bank, the new program will feature one business each month that partners with, and donates to, the food bank while offering specials to local residents. “Our first community partner is The Horny Toad in Cave Creek” says DiPietro. “This family dining establishment is providing a number of coupons on behalf of the food bank that you can print from our website, such as pasta deals and drink specials. A portion of the proceeds from these specials will benefit the food bank. This wonderful partnership helps the community while adding local flavor and business incentives for the public.” Community Partners offers businesses a “menu” from which to choose their level of involvement, and 100 percent of the membership funds are donated to the food bank. Foothills Food Bank, in return, promotes the business and its donation(s) while local residents get deals when they donate to the food bank. Any business can serve as a Community Partner to the food bank by visiting ComePartner.com, where they can sign up. Visit www.foothillsfoodbank.com and click on the “Our Partners” link to see the food bank’s current partners; follow the link on that page to learn more about the program. Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center provides emergency food, financial assistance and other life necessities and resources to individuals and families in the desert foothills, which encompasses a 180-square mile area that includes Anthem, Black Canyon City, Carefree, Cave Creek, Desert Hills, New River, North Phoenix and North Scottsdale. For donation information, call the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center at 480.488.1145. The Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located at 6038 East Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek.

Mix & Mingle with the Chamber in April The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce will hold its next mixer event Wednesday, April 10, 5:30–7pm. This month’s event is hosted by three area organizations: Education & Community Services (www.ecsforall.org), Scully Learning Foundation (www.scullylearningcenter.org) and Sonoran Arts League (www.sonoranartsleague.org). The event will be held at the Arts League, 7100 East Cave Creek Road, Suite 144, in Cave Creek. Always the second Wednesday of each month, the mixer event offers the opportunity to join Chamber members to network, socialize and win prizes. The cost to attend is $5 for members; $15 for non-members (non-members may attend twice before joining). To learn more about the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, call 480.488.3381 or visit www.carefreecavecreek.org.

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Join members of the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce for an informational monthly business breakfast presentation and early morning networking. This month’s breakfast event will be held April 25, 7:30–9:30am, at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. To contact Harold’s call 480.488.1906 or visit www.haroldscorral.com. The event sponsor is AZ Perfect Comfort. The cost to attend is $8 for member and $15 for non-members. To learn more about the Chamber or find other events, call 480.488.3381 or visit www. carefreecavecreek.org.


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The Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society meets September through May on the second Wednesday of each month in Cave Creek and features well-known guest lecturers during these meetings. This month, Ken Zoll presents Meteorites Among the Ancient People of Central Arizona. The occurrence of meteorites on archaeological sites in North America has been known since the early 19th century. From the Hopewell culture in the eastern United States to the Indians in the American Southwest and northern Mexico, meteorites have been found on these ancient sites. Much like meteorite hunters of today, ancient Native American cultures actively engaged in meteorite collecting. Several Ken Zoll meteorite fragments from Meteor Crater near Flagstaff have been discovered at ancient dwellings in Central Arizona. This presentation describes these meteorite locations, how they are associated with Meteor Crater and how one of the meteorites, using radiocarbon dating, established its location within a ruin and confirmed the date of the ruin’s destruction. Zoll is the executive director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde. He is also the regional coordinator for the site steward program with the Arizona State Parks and Trails, and a volunteer docent at cultural heritage sites in the Coconino National Forest. The meeting will be held April 10 at The Good Shepard of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. Refreshments will be available at 7pm and the meeting begins at 7:30pm, usually ending prior to 9pm. Chapter meetings are open to the general public at no cost with the exception of the December Christmas Party, which is members only. For additional information, visit www.azarchsoc. wildapricot.org/desertfoothills.

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Music City Mayhem ‘Female Rock Vocalist of the Year’ Visits the Valley Jasmine Cain released “Be Brave,” the first single “from her forthcoming album, “Seven,” March 29, and now she is taking her music on the road. Inspired by her best friend, and lifetime co-writer, Paige Logan, Cain shaped the new single with her friend’s infinite wisdom. “She has been my female inspiration for many of my transitions in life. I’ve seen her face almost everything life can throw at you, and each time she walked through the fire and came out of the ashes on the other side better than she was before. When I asked her how she does it, this is her only advice. Be brave.” Three years in the making, and due for release May 10, “Seven” is Cain’s seventh album, and her first since 2016’s “White Noise,” a breakthrough album that featured Jeff LeBar of Cinderella and Michael Starr of Steel Panther. The artist says that taking the show on the road is what she loves the most, logging 150 dates per year. This year will see her go coast-to-coast, including right here in the Valley. The Music City Mayhem “Female Rock Vocalist of the Year” and bassist extraordinaire will pay a visit to Scottsdale’s Dirty Dogg Saloon April 6 and April 7 during Bike Week, in addition to shows at Cactus Jack’s (www.cactusjacksbar.co) April 13 and right here in Cave Creek April 20 at Roadhouse (www.hideawayroadhouse.com). For additional information, visit www.jasminecain.com.

Soroptimist to Host Spring Bunco Night Soroptimist International of Saguaro Foothills invites residents to join them for a fun-filled Ladies Bunco Night Out. The event will be held Thursday, May 2, 6pm, at Coolwater Christian Church, 28181 North 56th Street, Scottsdale. Tickets are available at the door for $25, which includes a game card, appetizers, dessert and beverage. Raffle and silent auctions will be held, so bring extra pennies for a chance to win many prizes and services. All proceeds help support “Live Your Dream” education and training awards for women, as well as the organization’s “Dream It, Be It” career guidance support for girls. Soroptimist’s mission is to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. To make a reservation, visit www.sisaguarofoothills.org or contact Angi Vranas at 901.827.5265 or avranas@gmail.com.

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2019 Salutatorians Isabella Sayegh, Emma Strouse and Nicklus Cuc with principal Jim Swetter

Cactus Shadows Announces Valedictorian and Salutatorians

2019 Valedictorian Luke Rodriguez with principal Jim Swetter.

Denzak, Eryn Jagelski Buchler, Kira Solberg, Halle Ata Abadi, Tyler Phillips, Anna Draper, Grace McKay, Syndi Reimer, Hayley Rudee, Luke MacGowan, Olivia Cristante, Lauren Garrison, Jenson Persinger, Kelby Kuo, Dylan Skov, Lauryn Hudson, Abagail Mock and Jack Magtibay. Interim principal Jim Swetter said, “Congratulations to our Valedictorian and Salutatorians! The naming of the Valedictorian and Salutatorians is always very exciting. These students are a great representation of four years of academic excellence, perseverance and dedication.� For more information, contact Swetter at jswetter@ccusd93.org or visit www.ccusd93.org.

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Cactus Shadows High School, located in the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD), has announced their Class of 2019 salutatorians and valedictorian. The 2019 valedictorian is Luke Rodriguez. Luke has been attending CCUSD since fifth grade. He attended Desert Willow Elementary School and Sonoran Trails Middle School. There are three salutatorians: Nicklus Cuc, Isabella Sayegh and Emma Strouse. Nicklus has been attending CCUSD since fifth grade. Isabella has been attending CCUSD since first grade and Emma has been attending CCUSD since kindergarten. All three attended Horseshoe Trails Elementary School and Sonoran Trails Middle School. Rounding out the Top 2 percent of the Class of 2019 are Morgan Mullenmeister and Sarah Weiss (5th); Gabriel Ozaki (7th); Kyle Anderson and Jared Modic (8th). The Top 3 percent of the Class of 2019 are Mikaela Morris (10th); Melissa Rimsza (11th); Natacha Ramioulle (12th); and Kiran Gershenfeld (13th). Top 5 percent of the Class of 2019 are Kaley Patton, Danielle Quenzler, Claire Dawson, Noah Steward, Daniel Ramos, Jordan Anderson, Harrison Kessel, Sophie Louis and Caroline Benson. Top 10 percent of the Class of 2019 are Gregory Torre, Emily Bergman, Jad Bazzi, Peyton McGregor, Walter

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Bryan’s Celebrates Ten Years in Cave Creek

In 2009, Chef Bryan Dooley and his wife Donna were at a crossroads in their careers. Bryan had been a chef at the Fairmont Princess for 13 years but knew in his heart that it was a restaurant of their own that he wanted with Donna. It was fate that brought him to open his restaurant March 27, 2009. A broken leg sidelined him late 2008 through 2009. After many months of wearing a cast, his wife Donna said this was his chance to start his own restaurant. With her persistence, Donna loaded him in the car with his leg out the window, driving up and down Cave Creek Road until they found the very spot that is now Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue. With the concept of the restaurnt in his mind, he hit the trails looking for just the right spot. Cave Creek… what better place than the place that embodies the western feel and family.  Two years in the making, the Dooleys began to put together their recipes. Donna Dooley had been collecting all kinds of items that fill the restaurant with an authentic aura – from paintings to Boar’s heads and the sign that says, “Hippies Use The Side Door.” Dooley remembers, “We wanted to fit the cowboy west into the feel of Cave Creek but with a clean modern look — we like to call it “clean cowboy.” Much of the atmosphere and style inside is the work of Bryan and Donna, from the more modern feel of the seating to the acid washed metal walls and huge, round, wood center table. With the growth of the restaurant came the newest addition of a round bar outdoors around a huge Saguaro. The patio welcomes guests who want to sit back, kick up their boots and greet old and new friends. Over the past 10 years, not much had changed, with a few exceptions

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and additions, but Bryan’s BBQ always aims to satisfy. From the moment guests come through the door, the aroma from the smoker beckons — Pork Ribs, Beef Brisket, Barbecue Chicken and Pulled Pork are all on the menu. There is even a vegetarian option of Pulled Squash. Sides include items such as Romaine Ribs and vinaigrette. Everything has Dooley’s take, from the Baked Potato Salad, Olive Coleslaw and Six-Pack Cowboy Beans (a six pack of beer in every batch) to his homemade Ice Cream Sandwich or Sarsaparilla Float. Or try the orange-honey, habanera glazed Firebird Chicken, The Big Pig (start with a layer of fries, top that with pulled pork, a layer of BBQ sauce, Cowboy Beans, sliced bread and butter jalapeños, scallion and top with Sour Cream) or seasonal favorite, Summer Tomato Sandwich, dripping with house made molasses Dijon spread, layered with succulent summer tomatoes that have been topped with house smoked salt, then layered with red onion and topped with watercress. Bryan’s Barbecue is located at 6130 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. For information, call 480.575.7155 or visit www.bryansbbq.com.


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Steve Stark brings the story of Teddy to life.

‘Roosevelt Comes Alive’ to Support Area Conservation Efforts

“Rangers and their Rides” vignette showing a Forest Service Ranger’s camp.

begins. Guests will have a chance to win at a fast-paced live auction that will include a number of unique items and experiences like a six-day pack trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness or a stay at Montana’s exclusive Triple Creek Ranch. “Illustorian” Steve Stark will then tell, through word and illustration, the story of Theodore Roosevelt, one of the most powerful voices in the history of American conservation. Learn about the people, places and things that shaped and built America’s conservation story; one that is being carried on today by the event hosts, Desert Foothills Land Trust and the National Museum of Forest Service History. Tickets for “An Evening with Teddy – Roosevelt Comes Alive” are $150 per person and event support packages are available. Guests are encouraged to dress in casual attire and should anticipate cool evening temperatures. Reserve tickets through the Land Trust website or call 480.488.6131. Learn more about Desert Foothills Land Trust at www.dflt. org. Learn more about the National Museum of Forest Service History at www.forestservicemuseum.org or call 406.541.6374.

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Area residents are invited spend an “Evening with Teddy” to benefit two nonprofit conservation organizations: Desert Foothills Land Trust and the National Museum of Forest Service History. Guests at this event will be treated to a unique evening at el Pedregal at the Boulders Resort and Spa Friday, April 12. “We are looking forward to a truly unique evening that celebrates conservation — from its creation to today. We have partnered with the National Museum of Forest Service History to share the story of the people and the special places that helped shape and build America’s conservation story,” said Vicki Preston, Desert Foothills Land Trust’s executive director. The conservation movement of the late 1800s has gifted us all the ability to be stewards of public lands for more than 100 years. “The Museum is home to an amazing collection of historical artifacts including artwork, photographs and documents that share the rich history and story of the beginning of America’s conservation legacy. As we celebrate our past, we look to important groups like Desert Foothills Land Trust to carry the torch of conservation into the future,” said Lisa Tate, executive director of the National Museum of Forest Service History. “An Evening with Teddy – Roosevelt Comes Alive” will begin at 5:30pm with a cocktail hour featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, as well as interactive vignettes that celebrate significant moments in conservation. Guests will then move in to the Tohono Ballroom where they will enjoy a decadent plated desert paired with wine, while the program

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• P  oint-of-sale equipment: Credit card machines, printers and scanners • T  elecom equipment: Telephones, cell phones, switches and answering systems

Clean House and ‘Go Green’ at Anthem Recycling Event

• H  ousehold appliances: Toasters, blenders, mixers, etc. Items containing Freon will not be accepted. • L  atex and water-based paint: Up to five gallons; note that a five-gallon container only partially full would be considered a full deposit as the deposit is measured by container size, not the paint inside • P  aper: Household sensitive materials including bank statements, check stubs and credit card offers (limit five banker boxes per car). The following items will not be accepted for shredding: business documents, metal, CDs, tapes, disks, binder clips and three-ring binders

• P rinting equipment: Printers, fax machines, copiers, calculators, typewriters and cartridges • A  /V equipment: TVs, stereos, radios, amplifiers, projectors, satellite and cable equipment, video equipment, VCRs, CD players, video game equipment, surveillance equipment and cameras

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announced its 2019 summer camps, productions and workshops for performers ages 3 through adult, including Freckleface Strawberry, the popular Summer Performing Arts Institute (SPAI), and two other productions. Participants will learn from award-winning, experienced directors, vocal directors and choreographers, many of whom will also be directing shows for the upcoming season. “MTA offers something for youth of all ages and experience this summer, from a full-scale musical production to intensive workshops and minis program,” said Jackie Hammond, MTA’s producing artistic director. Freckleface Strawberry the Musical summer program for ages 8–14 will be held June 10–19 with performances June 20–22. The SPAI for ages 6–18 will be held June 24–28. In addition, two MTA Summer Shows will be held July 8–12 (ages 6–11) with performances July

• B  atteries: alkaline, nickel cadmium, lead acid, lithium, etc. •  Electronic components: Capacitors, diodes, resistors, transistors and integrated circuits • Other electronic items: Test, lab and medical equipment (no radioactivity), cables and wire, connectors, ballasts, batteries, power strips, etc.

• H  ousehold Hazardous Waste: Oil-based paint (up to five gallons total per car; amount determined by container, not amount within container); paint thinners, solvents, paint removers, gasoline, diesel fuel, lighter fluid, waste oil, pesticides, fertilizers, drain and oven cleaners, adhesives, pool chemicals, aerosol cans • P rescription and non-prescription drugs: Pills only; no liquids. For more information and a complete list of acceptable items (as well as those that will not be accepted), visit www.onlineatanthem. com/go-green.

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Anthem residents are invited to attend the Anthem Community Council’s semi-annual Go Green event April 13, 8–11am, at the Anthem Community Park lower parking lot, 41703 North Gavilan Peak Parkway. Participants must provide one form of Anthem residency identification before recycling items. Enter from Whitman Drive and exit onto Gavilan Peak Parkway in order to assist with traffic flow. In order to participate, be in line prior to 10:45am. Republic Services, with assistance from Pro-Shred, Safety Kleen, Westech, Lighting Resources LLC, MCSO and other community partners, make the event possible for residents to recycle items. Approved materials include, but are not limited to, electronics, bulk materials, cardboard, personal documents, paint and prescription and non-prescription drugs. A summarized list of acceptable items includes (subject to change): • Computer equipment: PCs, laptops, modems, hubs and routers, storage devices, main frames, servers, power supplies and cords, printers, wires and cabling, mice, keyboards, hard drives, DVD and CD drives

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MTA Announces Summer Theatre Programs 12–13; and July 15–26 (ages 9–15) with performances July 26–28. All workshops will be held at Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42201 North 21st Drive, Suite B100, Anthem.

Payment is due upon registration, and a 10 percent sibling discount is available. For complete summer program information or to register, visit www. musicaltheatreofanthem.org or call 623.336.6001.

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Feel the Power of Community Collaboration ASU and Phoenix Children’s Hospital announce ‘Power Play’

FOREVER FAMILIES

Meet Shawn: A Teen Who Loves Animals

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For a cat lover like Shawn, there are few better places to be than the cat playroom at the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA. “One of my most favorite things to do is be with animals,” says the 13-year-old, adding, “I like cats more than dogs because of how their appearance is.” Shawn says it would be great if his adoptive family had a cat and he would embrace the chores that come with the responsibility of owning a pet. “I would be willing to take care of a cat,” he says. While it’s early to know for sure what he wants to be when he grows up, Shawn says he is considering becoming a veterinarian, “Because I really like animals.” If he ever became wealthy, Shawn says, daydreaming out loud, he would have lots of animals, including cats, dogs, horses and even ferrets. Shawn is an eager reader and likes to drive go-karts. Athletics? Not so much. “I don’t actually like playing sports,” he says, “but I do like watching them.” Shawn says he likes school and is a good student. “I feel like I do really well in school,” he says. “I mean, I try. I made principal’s honor roll twice.” Shawn would do best with a single dad or a two-parent household, and would get along well with siblings, says Kayla, a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids adoption recruiter with Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK). Shawn says he isn’t particular. “I just want a family to be with forever,” he says. Watch the stories of children in foster care waiting on forever families each week on the Wednesday’s Child segment each week between 5-6am on Channel 12 (KPNX). View previously aired stories at www.aask-az.org. For more information on children eligible for adoption, call Aid to Adoption of Special Kids at 602.930.4900, or visit www.aask-az.org.

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Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) patients ranging in ages 3 to 17 years old are working with students from Arizona State University’s (ASU) Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Fashion Lab (www.herbergerinstitute.asu.edu) with the goal of turning dreams of superpowers into a reality. Each patient was paired with a designer, who over the last six months has worked to create the ultimate “super suit.” The months-long project culminates with Power Play, a runway reveal of the teams’ super suits at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Friday, April 5, from 6–8pm. Power Play taps into each young patient’s vivid imagination through clothing design that showcases his or her superpower strength as they join forces with PCH to fight childhood illness.

“Children facing challenging medical issues at Phoenix Children’s Hospital often amaze us with their seemingly superpower ability to push through some of the toughest diagnoses and treatments,” said Steve Schnall, senior vice president and chief development officer for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “Seeing the children’s power shine through the super suits is an inspiration for all of us.” Last fall, Herberger Institute fashion design students met with the 12 patients and their families along with Cronkite storytellers to define each patient’s special superpowers that help them cope with their health challenges. Cronkite PR Lab students were commissioned to create the logo, tagline and visuals for the project and produce custom videos and graphics showcasing each patient’s superpower persona. “We’re proud to be involved in this meaningful program,” said Steven J. Tepper, dean of Herberger Institute. “The collaboration with Phoenix Children’s Hospital truly helps our students see the power of design and the arts — and of creativity — to change lives.” Students from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication (http:// cronkite.asu.edu) PR Lab have been documenting the stories of the 12 young patients in film and sharing the progress on social media platforms. “The Cronkite School’s PR Lab always does outstanding work for its clients, but few projects offer the emotional lift that Power Play has for our students,” said Mark Lodato, Cronkite associate dean and associate general manager of Arizona PBS. “We’re excited to share these patients’ touching stories.” To learn more about the power players and see the work of ASU storytellers, visit @FriendsofPCH on Facebook. Tickets to Power Play are $100 for general admission or $200 for VIP, which includes reserved seating next to the runway. To purchase tickets, and find out more information about the event, visit www.powerplaypch.com. Learn more about PCH at www.phoenixchildrens.org.


Explore Culinary Experiences at Annual Food Fest

Four Peaks Beer Garden features craft beer tasting, music and more. Participating are Alaskan Brewing, Arizona Light Lager, Barrio Brewing, Callaghan Vineyards, Deschutes Brewery, Firestone Walker Brewing, Four Peaks Brewing Co., Guinness, Helio Basin, Hop Valley Brewing Company, Huss Brewing, Kona Brewing, Loco Patrõn Mexican Brewery, Lumberyard, Mother Road Brewing, Mudshark Brewery, New Belgium Brewing, Oak Creek Brewing, Odell Brewing Company, Prescott Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Smirnoff, Stella Artois, Stone Brewing and The Beer Shop Co. Liquid Arizona participants include Arizona Distilling, Barrio Brewing, Callaghan Vineyards, Lumberyard, Mother Road Brewing Company, Mudshark Brewing, Oak Creek Brewing, Prescott Brewing Company, Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine Tequila, Sand-Reckoner, The Beer Shop Co., 3 Amigos Tequila and Three Wells Distilling. The festival is open Saturday, April 13, noon–9pm, and Sunday, April 14, noon–6pm. One-day general admission costs $12 online and $15 at the gate, food and beverages cost extra. Tickets for the Four Peaks Beer Garden cost $42 online and include entrance to the festival and Four Peaks Beer Garden, 20 beer samples and a souvenir tasting mug. The festival also offers VIP tickets (ages 21 and over, tickets cost $150 on Saturday, $125 on Sunday), which include premiere entertainment viewing, catered food inside the exclusive VIP tent, a drink card for complimentary drinks throughout the grounds and access to the Four Peaks Beer Garden with tasting samples. Ages 12 and under are free. Berlin featuring Terri Nunn plays on the Stella Artois Main Stage Saturday night — concert is included in price of Saturday general admission ticket; lawn space is limited. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall is located at 7380 East 2nd Street, Scottsdale. For up-to-date information, visit www.scottsdalefest.org.

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Experience a weekend tasting tour of renowned Arizona restaurants, culinary demonstrations, brewmasters, winemakers, spirit producers and local and national food exhibitors April 13-14 at the 41st Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Scottsdale League for the Arts, which was formed in 1978, presents the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, the longest-running festival of its type in the nation. The 501(c)(3), nonprofit, volunteer organization supports local arts programs through culinary fundraising events. In 2018, grant recipients included Ballet Arizona, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Free Arts for Abused Children, Phoenix Theatre, Southwest Shakespeare Company and Valley Youth Theater. The League has donated more than $4.5 million to the arts since 2000. Guests to the 2019 Festival are encouraged to become food explorers and travel the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall festival grounds with free, passport-style guide books in hand. Restaurants participating in the tasting tour include Aioli Gourmet Burgers, Bobby-Q BBQ Restaurants, Butcher’s Choice, Butta Cakes, Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free, Don Jose Mexican Food, Famous 48, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Floridino’s Pizza and Pasta, La Senora at The Saguaro Hotel, Lulu’s Italian Waterice, Nitro Live Icecreamery, Pitch Pizzeria, Pokitrition, Rodizio Grill - The Brazilian Steakhouse, So Delicious Dairy Free, Social Hall, Sushi Roku, Trap Haus BBQ and more. Attend free demos on two stages sponsored by Sub Zero, Wolf and Cove presented by culinary experts including Shark Tank-featured Teaspressa, Suzanne Clark from World Food Championships and Challenge Dairy, Chef Aimee Novak from the University of Arizona’s Cooperative Extension, World Food Championships winner Chef Anthony

Serrano, Mark Lewis of Chmachyakyakya Kurikuri discussing cactus fruits and foraging, Midtown Microgreens, Garden Goddess Ferments, “Chopped” champion Jennifer Caraway of The Joy Bus and Zak’s Chocolate. Topics include making chorizo, how to ferment vegetables, making chocolate, preparing easy at-home dishes and more. In addition to the variety of restaurants, guests can enjoy beverages for every taste and age. Ages 21 and over can enter the Four Peaks Beer Garden ($30, 200-plus beers presented, 20 tastes), buy sampling cards for specialty areas including Liquid Arizona presented by Phoenix Magazine and Chocolate & Wine presented by Celebrity Cruises featuring chocolates paired with Jackson Family Wines, or enjoy free access to the Tito’s Handmade Vodka Lounge (cash/credit cards). Beverage booths offer select beverages (cash/ credit cards). Beverage exhibitors include Kicking Horse Coffee, Stella Artois, 3 Amigos Blanco Tequila, AZ Distilling Co., Huss Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Co., Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Four Peaks Brewing Co., Cuties Lemonade, Java Monster by Monster Energy Drink, Canada Dry, RC Cola, CORE water, Jackson Family Wines, 3 Amigos Tequila, local spirits and wine purveyors and more.

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April 5

April 14

The Soul Shabang — Rebirth Brass Band and more

The Musical Box Celebrity Theatre

Crescent Ballroom www.crescentphx.com

April 14

John Kay of Steppenwolf Musical Instrument Museum

April 5-7

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Boston Red Sox

April 6–7

Chase Field www.mlb.com/dbacks; 602.514.8400

April 9

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour

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Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna

April 9–10

www.cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Texas Rangers

Thru April 27

Chase Field

Blithe Spirit

Don Bluth Front Row Theatre www.donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com; 480.314.0841

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April 5–7

Wicked

The Marriage of Figaro

ASU Gammage www.asugammage.com; 480.965.3434

April 18

Arizona Opera at Symphony Hall www.azopera.org; 602.266.7464

DDAT — Jazz & Hip Hop Mesa Arts Center

April 5–13

April 4

April 19–20

You Are Not Alone

Shakespeare under the stars: As You Like It

SFJazz Collective: Music of Miles Davis

Brelby Theatre Company www.brelby.com

Musical Instrument Museum www.mim.org; 480.478.6000 Diana Burbano and Danny Bolero; Photo: Tim Fuller

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

www.phoenixpride.org

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Phoenix Pride Festival & Parade

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Della Mae

April 5–21

Musical Instrument Museum

Mesa Encore Theatre at Mesa Arts Center www.mesaartscenter.com; 480.644.6500

April 11

The Toxic Avenger

April 4–21

American Mariachi

Arizona Theatre Company www.arizonatheatre.org; 602.256.6995

Trace Bundy

Musical Instrument Museum

April 11–14

The Listening Room Phoenix www.thelisteningroomphoenix.com; 480.390.4900

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Chase Field

Valley Youth Theatre www.vyt.com; 602.253.8188

April 12

Söndörgő

April 6

Zakir Hussain: Masters of Percussion

April 20

Pierce Pettis

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres

April 5–21

Tuck Everlasting

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CaZo Dance Theatre at Mesa Arts Center

Musical Instrument Museum

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Mesa Arts Center

April 20

Ben Vereen

April 5

Buddy Guy & Jimmie Vaughan

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April 14

April 6

Copeland

Rebel Lounge www.thecopelandsite.com/tour

Telegraph Quartet

Tempe Center for the Arts www.haydensferrychamber musicseries.org

Musical Instrument Museum

April 24

Contemporary Percussion Ensemble

Musical Instrument Museum


Cookin’s a Drag

The Phoenix Theatre Company www.phoenixtheatre.com; 602.254.2151

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International Jazz Day Mesa Arts Center

April 30

April 25

Jon Anderson

We3

The Van Buren www.thevanburenphx.com

Musical Instrument Museum

April 25 – May 4

April 30 – May 1

D.G.

Scorpius Dance Theatre www.scorpiusdance.com; 602.254.2151

April 26

Langston Hughes’s Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz Featuring the Ron McCurdy

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. New York Yankees Chase Field

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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs Chase Field

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May 2

Robin Trower

Celebrity Theatre

May 2–5

April 27–28

Native Nation

All Balanchine 2019

Ballet Arizona www.balletaz.org; 602.381.1096

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Steele Indian School Park www.asugammage.com; 480.965.3434

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Stanley Jordan and Kevin Eubanks

April 24–May 19

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Scorpius Premieres D.G. April 25 Lust, greed, beauty, and the quest for eternal youth can create messy, blurred lines between good and evil. From April 25 to May 4, Scorpius Dance Theatre will present a new work titled D.G., which is inspired by Oscar Wilde’s timeless, controversial novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Scorpius’ founder and artistic director, Lisa Starry, dives into the morally ambiguous Victorian tale to unleash a seductive vision through dance, theatre, aerial arts and music — the bold, energetic and multidisciplined approach that is Scorpius Dance Theatre. When asked about her inspiration for D.G., Starry explains, “I’ve long been intrigued by the story of Dorian Gray, and for years I’ve explored the idea of presenting my own dance interpretation of the novel. Much like the lure of vampires, there’s a Haydehn Tuipulotu will perform as ‘Dorian Gray’; Photo by similar theme of darkness Rose Torres and immortality.” In  The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde explores the devastating portrait of the effects of a life of evil and debauchery. The book centers on a striking premise: as Dorian Gray falls into a life of crime and sensual fulfillment, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. This multi-sensory experience will not only feature the talented dancers of Scorpius, but well-known Valley visual artist Rembrant  Quiballo is crafting brand new portraits for D.G. that will be showcased throughout the performance. Fans of Starry’s  A Vampire Tale won’t want to miss D.G., a dark, gothic premiere that explores the sensual and monstrous inside all of us. D.G. runs for two weekends only: April 25–27 at 7:30pm and May 2–4 at 7:30pm. The show will be held at The Phoenix Theatre Company Judith Hardes Theatre, 1825 North Central Avenue, Phoenix. Tickets start at $25 per person (plus service fee). For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Company box office at 602.254.2151 or visit www.scorpiusdance.com.

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Simple Tips & Easy Workouts You Can Do at Your Desk Those who are stuck behind a desk at work all day may find it next to impossible to find time to give their body a break from that hunched over, staring at the computer position. Hip tightness, lower back aches, neck stiffness or a lack in mobility are just some of the discomforts people experience from working at their desk all day, say Casey and Kimberly Jack, owners of the new Anytime Fitness now open in Cave Creek The couple says that there are ways to reduce daily discomfort and offer these simple exercises and tips. • Line Up with Your Screen: It is likely that your computer and your eyes aren’t set up at the same level. What seems like a simple kink for your neck could be causing shoulder and back pain. To combat this, raise the computer or lower the chair to look straight on at the screen. • G  et Those Legs Moving: Don’t have time to take a walk around the office? Leg workouts are simple to do at a desk. Stand up straight and do 20–30 hamstring curls. • J umping: While jumping in place is a great workout, it’s definitely not the most fun. Jumping jacks are fun and a great way to workout inside without the need for any equipment. • A  rm Workouts: Get your blood flowing and ease that neck and shoulder pain by “raising the roof.” Sit up straight or stand up for 20–30 reps of arm raises.

• S  tay Hydrated: Poor hydration could be a contributor to stiffness in your muscles. If you sit at your desk all day, make sure to stay hydrated to alleviate some of the muscle soreness. Anytime Fitness Cave Creek is located 29855 North Tatum Boulevard. For additional information, call 480.681.5200 or visit www. anytimefitness.com and enter “Cave Creek” in the “Find a Gym” search.

New Music Album Designed to Create Serene Slumber Time One Valley dad is using the power of music and science to help parents, and their children with ADHD, who struggle with bedtime routines. Arizona law enforcement officer Bryan Wisda, who was shot in the line of duty in 2016, created “ADHD Lullaby,” a first-of-its-kind music album designed to help ADHD children fall asleep. The album uses a patent-pending music methodology based upon the principles of neuroscience. During Wisda’s recovery, he learned to play guitar and discovered nonrhythmic music served as a calming lullaby for his 10-year-old ADHD son. “During my recovery, my wife forced me to do something other than play video games — this got me to take up the guitar. I had no idea learning the guitar would have such a positive impact on my son’s life and for our family. He used to struggle significantly to get to sleep at night.” Wisda researched neuroscience, music therapy, binaural beats and other sound soothing techniques to incorporate into songs for his son’s nighttime routine. The visible benefits inspired him to seek a patent for his music, create his own label, Zezz Music Limited, and produce a full album of lullabies. “I didn’t expect the sheer number of people sending me feedback. Learning how impactful the album has been in other people’s lives will make you cry,” stated Wisda. In March, the album was listed as the #1 New Release on Amazon in the Children’s Lullabies category. “I hope this album helps other parents and children who are struggling to find an answer to the sleep problems that come as a side effect to some of the ADHD medications kids take today,” said Wisda. An estimated 6.4 million American children are diagnosed with ADHD according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a number that has been increasing steadily since 2003. Studies show that children with ADHD are four times less likely to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep, a side effect of modern ADHD medications. ADHD Lullaby is available for purchase and streaming on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and other digital music services. For information or to purchase the CD visit www.adhdlullaby.com.

New Fitness Franchise Boutique in the North Valley After more than 20 years with a large fitness franchise, owner Tammy Beller, along with a group of certified instructors, made the decision to venture out on their own and open MOVE Group Fitness. MOVE is a new fitness boutique located off of Thunderbird and Acoma in Scottsdale. Beller says that the concept of offering numerous, trending group fitness modalities under one roof is unique for Scottsdale. “Our goal was to design a fitness boutique with classes attractive to everyone: Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials.” The group works to create a community, and Beller strives to personally connect staff with customers. “It’s about believing in your product, understanding customer’s fitness goals and building relationships” she said. “We have members who have been with us for 10-plus years and new ones that walk in every day. Members stay with us, and a lot of that has to do with the community we have created.” MOVE Group Fitness offers over 40 classes a week with a full schedule of Dance Cardio, Barre, Yoga, Strength, Balance+Core and Pound Fitness classes, and Beller says that “those wanting to give it a try, mention CITYSunTimes for a free 2-week unlimited class pass!” Move Group Fitness is located at 14202 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 200, Scottsdale. For details, call 602.418.4671 or visit www.movegroupfitnessaz.com.

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• D  esk Pushups: Lying on the ground in the middle of the office doesn’t sound desirable, but core workouts are a simple, low impact workout to work your whole body. Make sure your desk is sturdy and do 10–20 desk pushups.

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Emerging artists ages 6 thru 17, from absolute beginners to more advanced artists, will find a variety of summer camp options available at Scottsdale Artists’ School (SAS). Summer programs at SAS are held in professional art studios and taught by professional teaching artists. Each session incorporates 2D Art mediums, drawing, painting, watercolor, mixed media, as well as 3D Art mediums such as hand building with clay and more. Students will learn how to prepare their art for show and will share their creations in a youth art show for friends and family at the end of the session. These innovative week-long summer fine art camps teach youth and teens new and exciting elements within STEAM (the educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics). Through a variety of fine art projects, campers are encouraged to take thoughtful risks, design inventive ideas, engage in experiential learning, use problem-solving skills, embrace collaboration and work through the creative process. SAS offers both sibling discounts for more than one family member and multiple week discounts (offers cannot be combined). Summer camp scholarships are offered to youth based on merit and financial need. For details or to apply visit www.scottsdaleartschool.org and fill out an application. Week-long camps run Monday through Friday beginning May 28 and ending August 1. For camp information, Scottsdale Artists’ School’s adult workshops, classes, youth and teen summer camps or the year-round Youth and Teen Academy programs, call 480.990.1422 or visit www.scottsdaleartschool.org.

New Youth Orchestra Seeking High School Student Musicians The Scottsdale Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, a new full symphony orchestra sponsored by the Scottsdale Philharmonic and under the direction of Dr. Daniel Atwood, will hold auditions May 4 and May 11. Auditions will be held at 1101 East Morrow Drive, in Phoenix. “Our mission is to bring classical music free of charge to people of all ages,” says Joy Partridge, president and co-founder of the Scottsdale Philharmonic. “Our mission is growing. This past year, we began work to form a Scottsdale Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for all high school students in the Valley. We’re excited to move forward with our auditions in May.” Musicians who would like to audition can visit www.scottsdalephilharmonic.net — click on the “Youth Orchestra” link for more information and to download the audition application. If a position is available during the season outside of the audition period, a private audition may be arranged with the conductor. “We are also working to create an Annual Scottsdale Children’s Concert to introduce all thirdgraders to classical music,” Partridge continued. “For the past two years, we provided music camp scholarships to underprivileged youth.” The next free Scottsdale Philharmonic concert is May 19 at the Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 East Shea Boulevard. The concert presents the music of Gershwin and Strauss and a guest appearance by the Fred Astaire Dancers. Other dates for free concerts in 2019 include Oct. 13 and Nov. 24. For a $15 tax-deductible donation, attendees can have a VIP preferred seat — payable on the website. Doors open at 3pm for each concert, and free parking is available. For additional information, call 480.951.6077 or visit www.scottsdalephilharmonic.com.

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE After serving 38 years in public education and 10 years as PVSchools superintendent, I will retire at the conclusion of this school year. During my tenure at PVSchools, I’m most proud of the collective efforts of our dedicated employees and committed parents working together to provide equitable and innovative learning DR. JAMES P. LEE opportunities for all students. Paradise Valley Unified School District I wanted to share with you just a handful of the many accomplishments that encompasses our work and commitment to A Journey of Excellence. • Students in our district have continually exceeded state averages on state-mandated tests. • We’ve maintained a graduation rate at approximately 90 percent, which is well above the state average of 78 percent. • We’ve developed premier programs such as the Center for Research, Engineering, Science and Technology program (CREST), North Valley Arts Academies, Suzuki Strings, Spanish Immersion, Mandarin Immersion, Pinnacle Peak K–8 Preparatory, Self-Contained Gifted, Cape Girls League and Women in Technology. • We’ve passed every ballot initiative, including three Maintenance & Operations Overrides, two Bonds and one Capital Override with the support of our community. • PVSchools navigated the worst financial times while maintaining leadership across the state in classroom spending over administrative spending per the Auditor General’s annual report. • We’ve worked with our community to repurpose four schools in an effort to make the most efficient use of district funds. • We’ve expanded our community partnerships with Paradise Valley Community College, Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Kiwanis Club of Desert Ridge, North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and the Challenger Space Center. • Our district continues to be a leader in equity through our involvement with the Minority Student Achievement Network. PVSchools is one of three districts in Arizona that belong to this national organization. • We’ve established several committees, including the Business Advisory Committee, Student Voice to the Board and District Equity Leadership Team of Advisors. • We’ve established quarterly Bagels with the Board meetings where community members can attend to have an informal chat with our Governing Board members. • We’ve created a night school program, which is open to high school students across the Valley at Sweetwater Community School. • We’ve developed a comprehensive K–12 online curriculum, which is also open to students across the Valley. • We’ve developed the Free Resources Online Student Tutoring (FROST) program, which is available to all students in the district. On July 1, I welcome Dr. Jesse Welsh as PVSchools’ new superintendent. I’m confident that he’ll be able to continue our work to build strong schools and lasting relationships with our communities for years to come. To learn more about our signature programs and enrollment options, visit www.pvschools.net or call 602.449.2000. To reach Dr. Lee or for more information about the Paradise Valley Unified School District, call 602.449.2000 or visit www.pvschools.net.


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Inaugural Arcosanti International Film Carnivale Set for April 26-28 • A  n opening night ceremony featuring a cocktail mixer, a tour of Arcosanti, opening bronze bell pour ceremony, a concert in the Vault, an opening night film and a moonlit desert kegger • P anels, discussions and workshops exploring such topics as sustainable design, conservation, farm to

table cuisine, the golden age of documentary filmmaking and Arizona winemaking • A  Venetian-inspired masquerade ball held in the Arcosanti vaults. Guests are encouraged to get creative with their costumes by incorporating the desert landscape and/or wildlife into their

attire. During the masquerade ball, there will also be a dessert competition, Cakosanti, where local pastry chefs will sample their fantastical creations for a chance to be crowned as the winning Carnivale dessert. See Arcosanti, page 49

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An all documentary film festival, the Arcosanti International Film Carnivale, will take place April 26–28, in the beautiful, otherworldly eco-city of Arcosanti. More than just a film festival, this event will be an eclectic culture hub celebrating every art form under the sun. While the Arcosanti International Film Carnivale accepts documentary short and feature films on every topic, the festival has special divisions for films on sustainability, conservation, Native American culture, holistic and organic living, art and design, architecture, fashion, culinary arts, social change and the human condition. The Arcosanti International Film Carnivale’s mission is to celebrate the art of documentary cinema and enrich the community by presenting an annual world-class event with art exhibitions, educational workshops, panels and outreach programs, an open-air mercato, live music, locally made wine and beer tastings, globally inspired cuisine and desserts, and a Venetianstyle masquerade ball. Aside from the showcasing of independent, documentary films, the Arcosanti International Film Carnivale will feature a full weekend of activities, experiences and culinary delights. A few of the weekend’s highlights include:

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Experience Silver City Art at May Studio Tour Artists working in paint, clay, metal, found objects, encaustic, printmaking, photography, fiber, exotic wood, hot glass and jewelry will demonstrate their methods at the self-guided Red Dot Artists’ Studio Tour in Silver City, NM, May 4–5. At some studios, visitors can participate, too. The tour studios will be open 9am to 5pm both days. A kick-off gala event for the weekend tour is scheduled for Friday, May 3, 5–8pm, at Light Art Space Gallery, 9 Broadway Street. The event will feature 2D and 3D art from each studio, an art projection Wonder Wall, catered gourmet finger food and non-alcoholic punch and wine. Get a comprehensive idea of what is offered on the Saturday and Sunday Artist’s Studios Tour by attending the free gala event. From the Phoenix area take East I-10, then Exit 90 north at Lordsburg, NM to Silver City. Get an Art Guide and Tour Brochure with map to studios at the Visitor Center, Broadway and Highway 90, or at the Light Art Space Gallery. For updated Tour information, visit www.silvercityart.com. For information on Silver City Lodging go to Encaustic work in progress at the Cliffs Studio, Silver City, NM www.visitsilvercity.org.

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Experience the 41st Annual Blessing of Sonoita Vineyards ceremony and festival Saturday, April 6. Festivities will run from 10am–4pm, with the Blessing at noon. Lunch may be purchased on-site from The Steak Out, and live music will be provided all day by Neamen Lyles, Corey Spector, and the Grasslands Band. The oldest commercial vineyard and winery in Arizona, Sonoita Vineyards was started in 1974, opened in 1983 and now includes over 30 acres of vines. Admission to the Blessing event is $20 pre-purchase, or $25 at the door, and includes six wine tastings with souvenir glass, four wine and food pairings, and winery tours with the wine maker. This is the first of three 2019 festivals at Sonoita Vineyards. Save the date for HarvestFest, July 27, and the 19th annual Sonoita AVA New Release Festival Nov. 9. For additional information, call 520.455.5893 or visit www.sonoitavineyards.com.

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Head South to Elgin for Blessing of the Vineyards

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Arcosanti, continued from page 47 • T  he Art of the Beard Exhibition will be a fun beard show that will take place in the Colly Garden where bearded men will vie to be awarded the most artistic beard, weirdest beard, best overall beard, longest beard and most expressive stache. General admission day passes range from $20 to $85, or $100 for a weekend pass. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available, which include a variety of additional perks and experiences, such as an exclusive dinner, cocktail reception, ultra-exclusive after party inside Paolo Soleri’s apartment and more. VIP day passes range from $40 to $150, or weekend VIP passes are available for $300. The lineup of films and a full listing of events will be continually updated. Arcosanti is located at 13555 South Cross L Road in Mayer. For updates and ticket information, visit www.arcosantifilm carnivale.com.

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& Welcome the Season at Waterpark Music Fest

Celebrating its 10th anniversary as the country’s largest waterpark music festival, Wet Electric returns to Big Surf Waterpark Saturday, April 27. Participating artists include Benny Benassi, RL Grime, What So Not, Bonnie x Clyde, Bruno Furlan, Sonny Fodera, Taiki Nulight, Tails, VNSSA and Will Clarke, with more artist announcements to come.  Big Surf Waterpark (www.bigsurffun.com) is located in Tempe and features a 2.5 million-gallon wave pool, which is the largest in the country. Wet Electric will be fans’ first chance to experience Big Surf for the season, which officially opens May 6. The event features world renowned artists and DJs, the largest

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Seasonal Event Pricing Offered at Mormon Lake Lodge

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Valley residents looking for a unique spring or summer event location may want to head north to cooler climes. Just 45 minutes southeast of Flagstaff, amidst the largest grove of Ponderosa pines in Northern Arizona, Mormon Lake Lodge offers groups two-for-one pricing during midweek (Sunday through Thursday) for spring and summer 2019 corporate meetings, family reunions, retirement parties, weddings, group functions and team-building events. That means every room night booked would include a second room night at no charge, based on availability (certain blackout dates apply). Mormon Lake Lodge is home to overnight cabin accommodations, a variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces, on-site catering operation and Western hospitality. A bonus, the lodge provides a welcome escape from the heat of Arizona summers.  Situated on nearly 300 acres of pristine forest, the lodge offers flexible facilities and amenities, including: • Accommodation for up to 300 guests indoors

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