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n the Valley, we are blessed to be surrounded by wild desert spaces, and many of those spaces have been preserved for future generations. Whether simply protecting land from future development or developing it into parks and preserve spaces that include trails and educational facilities for its residents, Arizona has historically valued the conservation and preservation of its wide-open spaces. Of course, residents in Carefree and Cave Creek need look no further than outside their own front door to find the beauty and tranquility offered by the desert. And area organizations work tirelessly to not only maintain and preserve this lifestyle, but to educate residents and visitors alike about the flora and fauna that is native to the landscape, and the history of the area. Desert Awareness Park, located between the towns of Carefree and Cave Creek, boasts two self-guided trails that pass a variety of naturally occurring

desert plants, and highlights natural and cultural history in the Desert Heritage Center. The Desert Awareness Committee (a program of the Foothills Community Foundation) maintains the trails and displays within the park and presents programs on native plants and wildlife. The Committee is gearing up for its “Living in the Desert” lecture series, which kicks off in October at the Holland Community Center. Learn more at


Another organization, the Desert Foothills Land Trust ( was formed in 1991 by citizens concerned about the pace of development and the loss of natural areas in their community. Led by a volunteer board of directors and a small staff, the Land Trust has worked to conserve the most sensitive and important open spaces in the Desert Foothills. To-date, the organization has conserved 680 acres on 23 preserves. The Land Trust will hold its 2018 Desert Discovery Day November 17 at Jewel of the Creek Preserve in Cave Creek. And speaking of Jewel of the Creek, Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, which encompasses 2,154 acres of diverse, rugged upper Sonoran Desert, will present “Life Along the Creek” during a guided hike August 17. A few minutes to the west and ranging in elevation from 2,000 feet to 3,060, the 2,922-acre Cave Creek Regional Park is the perfect backdrop for “Wilderness Survival Basics,” presented August 11. To learn more about either park or find other upcoming events, visit www. |CST Photos courtesy of Cave Creek Regional Park and Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area



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& Yourself Index Find Answers in Nature

“The brain, P.K., has two functions: It is the best reference library ever, which is a good thing to have. But also, from it comes original thought. In school you will get all filled up with the facts. Out here, your brain will learn where to look, how to look, and how to think. Any question you ever have, the answer you will find in Nature – if you know where to look, and how to ask. And then you will have for yourself all the brains that have ever been.”

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~ “Doc,” The Power of One I love the desert. Yes, during the monsoon in July and August when it is well into the 100s and humid, we may question the sense of living here. I’ve seen a lot of our beautiful country and witnessed the incredible diversity of land and the ferocity of nature, but an Arizona monsoon season never ceases to thrill…and that humidity holds a hint of promise of relief from the heat. From the Redwood Forest, to the gulf stream waters…yep, been there — awe-inspiring, both. The rolling, wooded hills of Pennsylvania, the seemingly Around Town: endless expanse of Lake Superior, Pacific Northwest Katie Herzig to Upper East Coast and most places in between, including Oklahoma during tornado season (I’ll take a “haboob” any day!) — there are so many amazing and beautiful landscapes in this country. But I always come back to the desert. Our family first came here in the early 1900s, when Arizona was still a territory — they were ranchers from Texas with an appreciation for the land. There is something truly magnificent about our wide-open spaces in the West, and the quiet beauty and solitude of our Southwest desert. A place where you can get lost and find yourself in a short span of time…or a lifetime. We never know where our journey will take us, but for me, one whiff of wet creosote and I’ll know I’m home. Until next month, all my best,

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Community Connections

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By Mayor Jim Lane


This is a busy and important time of year in Scottsdale and the Valley. August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month, as well as backto-school time and we are in the MAYOR middle of our monsoon season. City of Scottsdale The City of Scottsdale works 480.312.3111 with a variety of partners to keep individuals connected and safe as summer winds down and our activities gear up. There are many ways you can get involved in our community to help make a difference. One is by registering for Scottsdale’s Neighborhood College, which provides residents, neighborhood groups and homeowners associations with the information, resources and tools needed to become effective local leaders. You can learn more about the program by visiting www. and searching “Neighborhood College.” Need more ideas or want more information on what is going on this month? You can also visit the city’s website for the latest news, events and activities. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find: Scottsdale elections will wait until November. There will not be an August 28 primary election in Scottsdale. Only six candidates filed to run for three City Council seats by the May 30 deadline, making a Scottsdale primary election unnecessary. Scottsdale voters will elect three City Council members at the Tuesday, November 6, General Election. The Scottsdale City Council also has called a Special Election November 6, so voters can consider a temporary tax to fund transportation improvements. Visit, search “elections.” Celebrate National Senior Citizens Day, August 21. The Via Linda Senior Center will be transformed into a fabulous five-star Vegas resort. The $5 registration fee for Scottsdale residents includes food, games and live entertainment. Visit, search “Senior Citizens Day.” Water conservation rebates are available. Scottsdale Water has rebate incentives to help you reduce indoor and outdoor water use, decrease salinity in our wastewater and save money. Review the applications and requirements and apply soon. Visit, search “rebates.” “Bag & tie” your perishables and grass to beat the August heat. Reducing spillage during the summer heat minimizes odors and pest problems. It’s more than a good idea, it’s the law. Get more refuse tips at www.scottsdaleaz. gov; search “refuse.”


Scottsdale Airport Celebrates Milestone The Scottsdale Airport celebrated the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) one thousandth international aircraft to be processed this federal fiscal year on July 8, marking a new record. This is a first for Scottsdale. “Scottsdale Airport has reached an important milestone in private aviation,” says Luz Galarza, CBP, Phoenix area port director. “The one thousandth flight arrival is a reflection of the amazing work and cooperation between CBP and the airport.” Scottsdale Airport has become a more viable international destination since the CBP increased its hours and operational days to include biometric screening technology. Since these initiatives have been implemented in 2014, there has been a steady increase in CBP’s processing over the years. During fiscal year 2012-13, there were around 490 aircraft processed. The city projects the CBP will process 1,115 aircraft by the end of the federal fiscal year (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30, 2018). The bulk of users into Scottsdale originate from Canada and Mexico, but Scottsdale serves as a gateway to visitors from all over the world. “We are happy to work with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office to offer this great service to our visitors,” says Gary P. Mascaro, aviation director. The family and two crew members from Ciudad Obregon, in Sonora, Mexico (pictured) were the one thousandth aircraft to be processed. They were surprised with a gift basket filled with goodies from Scottsdale Airport, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Ross Aviation, Signature Flight Support, Volanti Restaurant and Experience Scottsdale. The family members are frequent visitors to Scottsdale Airport making the trek from Mexico to Arizona several times a year. For additional information, call 480.312.2321 or visit

Cool Off With ‘Monsoon Mondays’ At Hula’s Cool off this summer with two for one tropical cocktails as  Hula’s Modern Tiki celebrates the return of Monsoon Mondays with tasty deals on its Dark & Stormy and the Hula’s Hurricane cocktails.  Originally invented in New Orleans in the 1940s, the Hurricane is considered a cousin of the daiquiri, but Hula’s version is made with three rums infused with pineapple and vanilla bean, topped with tropical juices and more dark rum. Meanwhile, the classic Dark & Stormy is a blend of (dark) rum and (stormy) non-alcoholic ginger beer, for that unique island-style spicy kick. Both cocktails are served with a drink umbrella that’s been flipped upside-down for that perfect wind-blown look. Monsoon Mondays are offered weekly from 6pm to close, in addition to daily specials offered year-round, at Hula’s Modern Tiki in Phoenix (4700 North Central Avenue, Suite 122; 602.265.8454) and Scottsdale (7213 East 1st Avenue; 480.970.4852). For additional The Dark & Stormy information, visit Photo courtesy of Hula’s Modern Tiki

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LDV Winery Announces New Tasting Room In honor of its 10th year in business LDV Winery announced a new tasting room location set to open in Scottsdale’s popular SouthBridge center, located at 7134 East Stetson Drive, Suite 100, this fall. In addition to the expansion, LDV Winery will debut new wines and new events to celebrate 10 successful years of winemaking. “We are thrilled to bring even better wine experiences, tastings and purchase offerings to our members and guests through our new location,” says co-owner Peggy Fiandaca. “It’s our pleasure and distinct honor to share our love and knowledge of Arizona wines with other local wine enthusiasts and visitors to the area that are unaware of our region’s amazing wine growing abilities.” LDV Wine Gallery located at 6951 East 1st Street remained open through Friday, July 27. Wine aficionados can receive up-to-date information and announcements about the opening by joining the mailing list and following LDV Winery on Facebook and Twitter. Call Fiandaca at 602.320.1485 to update club member information. Wines can be purchased directly via 602.320.1485, or online at In the fall, LDV Winery will continue to offer exciting and interactive wine events including Wine Club pick-up parties, Wine Glass Painting, Paint with Your Pet and more. Of note: the LDV Harvest Festival Saturday, October 27; the 10th Year Celebration and Wine Release, November 10; and Scottsdazzle, December With more than 144 candy baskets and bins to mix and match, shoppers 15. Visit the winery website for are sure to find a favorite treat at Old Town Candy & Toys — from Abba complete event information. Zabba to Zotz, they’ve got retro candy, current classics and lots of sour power to satisfy sweet and sour tooth’s. Plus, the Jelly Belly display hosts a large selection of fun favorites like Buttered Popcorn, Juicy Pear and Bean Boozled. But that’s not all. This old-fashioned candy store is also home to a variety of toys, puzzles and games. A great selection of books, for both children and adults, surround the entire store. The owners say that, “You’ll also find so many fun, unique and entertaining items that will have you chuckling and wanting to return before you even leave.” Family owned and operated, Old Town Candy & Toys opened in 2011 and will soon celebrate its seventh year. Easy to find, they are located on Scottsdale Road in the same building as Grimaldi’s Pizzeria between 1st Avenue and Main Street. Discover this charming little store in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. All ages are sure to enjoy the great sights, sounds and smells — the senses will be alive on this delightful walk down memory lane. Old Town Candy & Toys is located at 4000 North Scottsdale Road, Suites 101–102, in Scottsdale. For additional information, visit www.oldtown or call 480.247.7332.

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Certified Guide Interpretive Training Course Offered

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The Desert Awareness Committee, a program of the Foothills Community Foundation, and the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) will offer certified training over two weekends in mid-August. This Certified Guide Interpretive Training Course is designed for anyone in the interpretive field. Interpreters connect visitors to important natural, cultural and historical resources at parks, nature centers, historical sites, aquariums, zoos and anywhere that people come to learn about places. Whether new to the field, refreshing skills or starting a new career, this course will aid attendees in improving presentation techniques with all ages. The 32-hour course will cover the history, definition and principles of interpretation and is ideal for anyone interested in refining their techniques or in becoming volunteer guides at area attractions such as the Desert Botanical Garden, the Phoenix Zoo, MIM, Aquarium, Maricopa parks and recreation areas, local museums, etc. To register, contact Diane Vaszily at dvaszily@deserteyeeducation. com. For more information on this training course, contact the instructor, Nikki Julien, at n.julien. or call 480.532.6423. Become more familiar with the course contents by visiting the NAI website at The course will be held over two weekends: August 18–19 and 25–26, 8am–4:40pm. Attendance at all four courses is required for certification. Registration fee is $230 and there is an additional cost of $150 for the certification. The program will be presented at Holland Community Center, 34250 North 60th Street, Bldg. B, in North Scottsdale. Learn more at about-desert-awareness.



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Lincoln Serves Up Three-Course Summer Special Lincoln, a JW Steakhouse located at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, is featuring its Summer Sizzler Three-Course Dinner special now through September 9. For $39 (price does not include tax or 18 percent gratuity), guests can savor a choice between three entrees including the Cedar River Farms 7 oz center cut filet, an organic rosemary lemonbricked chicken or the Skuna Bay maple mustard salmon. Among the delectable side dishes, diners will have to narrow down the options between the goat cheese au gratin potatoes, green chile mac n’ cheese, Brussel sprouts with bacon and golden raisins, grilled asparagus with charred lemon, miso chile creamed corn or the drunken wild mushrooms. The sweet finale is a choice between the German chocolate cake, or the “over-the-top, out-of-this-world” JW signature cheese cake. Lincoln’s menu boasts hand-cut Prime butcher’s steaks perfectly seared at high temperatures in the Valley’s only Josper Charcoal Oven from Spain, which is fired by extremely high-heat hardwood charcoal briquettes from Argentina. Lincoln also serves a wide variety of fresh seafood, vegan options, house-made sauces and innovative sides and starters including its signature lobster escargot. Lincoln’s summer hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 4–9pm, and Friday and Saturday, 4–10pm. The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Regular hours of service will resume September 9. Valet parking is complimentary. The Lincoln at the JW Marriott is located at 5402 East Lincoln Drive in Scottsdale For reservations or information, call 480.905.7979.

Fall Class Registration Is Underway The City of Scottsdale Parks and Recreation fall registration is now open for both residents and non-residents. From acrylic painting to Zumba, the City of Scottsdale offers many diverse classes. Find an aquatics class, after-school program, tennis league or adult sports league that is just the right fit. For more information, go to and search “classes brochure,” or to view the online registration system. In addition, residents are encouraged to keep an eye out for Scottsdale’s new publication: Scottsdale Life! It’s a complete guide to what’s happening in Scottsdale’s Community Services Division, including parks and recreation activities, library programs, senior center fun and more.

Upcoming Scottsdale Chamber Events The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its next PM Connect event Thursday, August 2, 5–7pm, at Holiday Inn and Suites Scottsdale North – Airpark, 14255 North 87th Street, Scottsdale. The event is free to members and $30 for guests. The Chamber will also host a Meet Your Neighbors for Lunch event Friday, August 31, 11:30am–1pm, at Granada Bar & Grill, 5001 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, in the Embassy Suites Scottsdale Resort. Meet Your Neighbors is a monthly event designed for Chamber members and non-members to network over lunch. These monthly lunches are held throughout the Scottsdale area. Cost is $15 for members, $20 for guests if pre-registered. For a complete listing of upcoming events, or additional information about the Chamber, call 480.355.2700 or visit


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Why Every Homeowner Needs an Estate Plan


By Libby Banks, the Law Office of Libby Banks, PLLC

ome people think they don’t need an estate plan, claiming that they don’t have an estate. Your estate is simply all that you own. When you buy a home, it is part of your estate. You need to have a plan to take care of this important asset! First, we must plan for your incapacity. What will happen to your home if you are unable to handle your finances? Who will pay your mortgage, keep the electricity on and keep things running? Who will sign to sell the home if you need the money from a sale? With a proper estate plan, you appoint someone who will have the power to take care of your home, sell it if needed, and take care of you. Second, what will happen to your home when you die? Without a proper estate plan, it might not go to who you want to have it. If you want your spouse to have your home, let’s plan for that. But what about after your spouse dies? If you have children from a previous marriage and want them to get some share, you have to have a written plan for that to happen. Without an estate plan, if you pass away first, it’s up to your spouse to decide where the proceeds go. If your spouse doesn’t have an estate plan, the law says that the house or the proceeds goes to his or her heirs, whoever that may be – but it isn’t going to your children without a written plan. For a single person with more than one child, it is important to have a Will or Trust stating who will handle the estate. Without that, all three children have an equal right to serve as personal representative of your estate. If they all agree on who should serve, no problem. But if there is any disagreement, it could cause delays in getting control over your affairs, meaning your mortgage may go unpaid, and the utilities could be shut off before anyone has standing to take over and maintain the home. An estate plan is a necessity for all homeowners! My office offers a free consultation to discuss what kind of estate plan is right for you. Call us at 602-375-6752.

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Good Vibrations abound at the second installment of the Keeler Hospitality Group Summer Progressive Dining Series. Don a Hawaiian shirt and say “Aloha” to a special retro tiki menu and cocktail pairings Thursday, August 23, at 5:30pm. The cost of the event is $75/++ and includes food and drink at Market Street Kitchen (20825 North Pima Road in Scottsdale) with a motor coach ride to stop two, Liberty Station American Tavern and Smokehouse (34522 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale). To reserve a spot before the “tiny bubbles” float away, look for a link on the “Events” page at For additional information, contact Market Street Kitchen at 480.278.7044 or visit; contact Liberty Station at 480.595.9930 or visit



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City of Phoenix Boosts Salt and Verde Alliance



The Phoenix City Council has approved a three-year partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) aimed at protecting flows and improving water quality in the Salt and Verde Rivers. Through this partnership, Phoenix will join and invest $100,000 per year in the Salt and Verde Alliance: Healthy Rivers, Healthy Communities. Phoenix was the first municipality to support the Alliance with a multi-year investment. The Nature Conservancy, a leading conservation organization working to protect important lands and waters for both people and nature, convened a historic meeting of 14 rivershed communities in 2016 that led to the creation of the Salt and Verde Alliance. The Alliance serves as a way for communities, corporations and foundations to invest in river-friendly projects that improve watershed protection, the quantity of flow and the quality of water in the Salt and Verde Rivers. “A reliable water supply is critical to public health and economic prosperity in Phoenix,” said Mayor Thelda Williams. “By protecting and improving our watersheds, the Salt and Verde Alliance Fund aides long-term water security. Phoenix is proud to lead the way as the first municipality to partner with The Nature Conservancy on this fund.” “We appreciate that Phoenix took the lead in helping us create collective action around the protection of the Salt and Verde Rivers,” said Pat Graham, state director, The Nature Conservancy in Arizona. “The extended drought has seen river flows decline by 35 percent. The time to act is now. Healthy rivers are essential to a healthy economy as well as countless benefits to people such as clean water and air, food security and beautiful places we enjoy.” The Salt and Verde River watersheds encompass 13,000 square miles in the eastern and north central portions of Arizona. These watersheds feed The Salt and Verde Rivers, which are vital surface water supplies to downstream users in the Greater Phoenix metropolitan areas. The City of Phoenix obtains more than one-half of its raw water supply from these rivers. Since its inception, the Salt and Verde Alliance has completed several projects, including: • Thinning 1,600 acres of forests across four project areas within the Kaibab National and Coconino National Forest to reduce wildfire risk in the Verde watershed. • Increasing water supply by approximately 40,150 acre-feet in the Verde River by implementing projects that benefit local farmers, create water savings, improve water quality and management and reduce future river impacts. Over the next three years, the Alliance aims to thin an additional 12,000 acres of forest and increase water supply through infrastructure improvements.

Enjoy Live & Local Sounds At Desert Ridge This Month Taking full advantage of the indoor/outdoor lifestyle that Phoenix offers, Desert Ridge Marketplace features premier shopping, chef driven restaurants, health and fitness inspired options and entertainment for every occasion. And throughout the summer months, Desert Ridge welcomes local music artists to its outdoor venues — 7–9pm at the Splash Pad and 7–10pm at The District Stage. For complete event information, visit Enjoy these live performances by talented local groups and solo artists in August: Aug. 3: Ryan Biter Splash Pad This singer/songwriter’s sound is equal parts rural Americana, spectacled college town hipster, mountain bluegrass and new age funk beatbox drum circle. Aug. 4: Dakota Villanueva Splash Pad Born and raised in Arizona, this 20-year-old singer and songwriter has been producing, writing and performing music since his early teens. Aug. 10: Andres Martín Leal District Stage Born into a family of Latin musicians, Andres developed a passion for music at an early age. Aug. 10: The Geetars Duo Splash Pad Formed in 20017, this country western duo plays country classics and originals. Aug. 11: Henry Thompson and Swell District Stage Swell is a group of young musicians whose music stylings are mature beyond their years and are influenced by a wide range of music styles.

Aug. 11: Mary Hoffman Duo Splash Pad Mary Hoffman is a singer/ songwriter/guitar player from the Phoenix area. She began playing and singing at coffee shop open-mic nights and from there built a love for performing. Aug. 17: Frosty & The Silver Tones District Stage Rockabilly, rock-n-roll, blues, swing…Frosty & The Silver Tones are a fun party band with high energy. Aug. 17: Henry Thompson Splash Pad Since the age of 7, this guitarist/vocalist has been performing in community events and talent shows. Now 15, the acoustic guitarist and vocalist shares his talent through a variety of songs and genres. Aug. 18: Michael V. Splash Pad The music of contemporary guitarist Michael V. blends elements of rock, folk and jazz Aug. 18: Ratio District Stage Ratio is one of Phoenix’s premier bands specializing in rhythm and blues, jazz, funk and pop.


Aug. 24: Lane Change District Stage Established in 2013, these four eclectic musicians came together through a shared passion for music and performing. Aug. 24: Serena Nicolle Splash Pad At the age of six, this singer/ songwriter learned to play the piano, and from there, her love of music grew. Aug. 25: Nina Speaking District Stage Nina Speaking is a 90sthemed cover band that plays classics from all eras and styles. Aug. 25: I.M Coble Splash Pad These two teens from Phoenix, Isaiah (13) and Malachi (15) Coble, love to write songs and create new beats. Aug. 31: Pyrotechnia District Stage Pyrotechnica is a femalefronted alternative metal band from Tucson. Aug. 31: Lukas Williams Splash Pad Williams began his musical journey when he picked up a trumpet in the fourth grade and found his passion in the acoustic guitar and singing at the age of 15.

Sales At Union Park Norterra To Open Fall 2018 David Weekley Homes will soon begin building in the master-planned community of Union Park at Norterra. Located in North Phoenix, just east of I-17 and Happy Valley Road, with views of the Sonoran Desert, Union Park at Norterra will span 400 acres with homes priced from the $400s. Beginning in fall 2018, the builder will open for sales, offering 117 homesites. Buyers can select from seven, one- and two-story floor plans, unique to Union Park at Norterra, that range from 2,300 to 3,900 square feet of living space on 40-foot homesites. The community will feature two, fully-furnished model homes that will be available for tours beginning in November. Union Park at Norterra will showcase a variety of amenities to residents, including a community recreation center with swimming pool, fitness center and event space. In addition, the community offers pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, shade corridors and water activities at nearby Skunk Creek. Students will attend Deer Valley Unified School District. For more information about David Weekley Homes in Union Park at Norterra, call 800.486.3956 or visit

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Firearm Training Offered In West Valley

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A unique training class for women or men with little or no formal training is offered by 4 Women By Women Firearm Training, LLC (4WBW). The company uses a “soft” approach to instruct in handgun fundamentals, stance, grip and much more. Basics 101 Firearm Training Safety & Education includes dry-fire and battery (live fire) at the range. Owner Suni Johnson says “I believe in training in pairs, girls night out, family groups or coed classes…we have that special class for you! Classes are kept small, so register soon to save your seat.” Basics 101 Firearm Training Safety & Education is offered in a two-night, women only format, a one-day coed class and an “EventBrite Weekend Special.” Other classes offered are AZ Conceal & Carry Weapons Permit Class, Women’s Self-Protection Class (non-firearm class), Open Cactus Shoot and Firearm Cleaning. Registration is available at; search “4WBW” to find available classes or visit for additional information.





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2018-19 Grantee: Arizona School for the Arts Film Club

Sixty Phoenix Arts and Culture Organizations Receive Nearly One Million In Grants

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Last month, the Phoenix Office of Arts + Culture announced the recipients of the Community Arts Support Grants Program for the 2018–19 fiscal year. In July Arts + Culture awarded a total of $915,346 in the form of 72 grants to 60 not-forprofit arts and culture organizations serving Phoenix residents through arts and culture activities. This is in increase from last year – 63 grants awarded to 54 organizations in 2017–18. Grant categories are A+CCESS I, A+CCESS II, A+CTION, Rental Support, Youth Arts Engagement, and Collaborative Communities grants. Approved by the City Council July 5, 2018, the funding allocation also includes over $8,000 in dedicated grants for youth-led, youth-centered programming recommended by the city’s teen-led Youth Arts and Culture Council (YACC). An additional $11,700 will be allocated after the fall grant cycle recommendations are determined by the YACC. Through a commitment to reach more of the community, allocations included grant funding for eight newly funded organizations: Arizona Artists’ Guild, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Arizona School for the Arts Violin Ensemble, Arizona School for the Arts Film Club, CALA Alliance, Harmony Project, Phoenix Women’s Chorus and the Teen Artists Guild at Phoenix Center for the Arts. “Arts and culture experiences enhance the community and help distinguish Phoenix as a great place to live and do business,” said Mayor Thelda Williams. “We are happy to support outstanding organizations and cultural events by increasing the budget to the Community Arts Support Grants Program this year. By investing in the arts and culture, we are investing in the people of Phoenix.” To learn more about the Phoenix Office of Arts + Culture Community Arts Support Grants Program, visit


2018-19 Grantee: Phoenix Women’s Chorus

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Five-year-old Kobuk is ruggedly handsome with an aloof independent side. He has been with Home Fur Good Animal Rescue and Placement since January after being discovered at County. Kobuk is listed as an English Sheepdog mix weighing in at 68 pounds. He is people selective, however, once you enter his circle of trust, he will be the best friend one could ever have. Kobuk likes to lean on his people for their attention and affection. He loves toys, especially those he steals away from other dogs. Kobuk has a very playful side, but with the stress and activity of the shelter he does not let his guard down often enough to show it to everyone. With time and a little patience Kobuk will show you his inner puppy ready to romp and goof around. Visit Kobuk, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Home Fur Good, located at 10220 North 32nd Street in North Phoenix. Contact the shelter at or by calling 602.971.1334. For information, visit

Photo courtesy of MidiCi, The Neapolitan Pizza Company

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Kids: Wear Wear Your Your PJs PJs Kids: For Pizza Pizza At At MidiCi MidiCi For MidiCi, The Neapolitan Pizza Company will hold a “Pajama Night” every Tuesday through August 28. Children 12 and under who go to the restaurant dressed in their sleepwear between 5–9pm, will receive a free kids Margherita pizza with purchase of another entrée. Disney movies will be on rotation, and interactive games for the kids to participate in will be available during this time. (One free kids pizza for every regular sized entrée purchased, when PJs are worn). MidiCi, The Neapolitan Pizza Company is located at 21001 North Tatum Boulevard., Suite 1010, Phoenix. For additional information, call 480.247.7377 or visit

PMCC To Host August Fundraising Event & More The Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce (PMCC) will host a fundraising event Saturday, August 11, at Gogh Paint at 20165 North 67th Avenue in Glendale. The fundraiser will benefit the Phoenix Metro Chamber Foundation. The cost will be $40 for each attendee. The Foundation will receive $15 from every signup. Gogh Paint can accommodate up to 40 attendees per session, and two sessions are available, 2–5pm and 6–9pm. Visit the Chamber website and click on the “Events” link to register for events. In addition to its fundraiser, the Chamber will host two luncheon events (August 8 at Cambria Hotel North Scottsdale Desert Ridge and August 22 at RoadHouse Cinemas), and multiple mixers this month (August 15 at Blue Martini Lounge and August 23 at Comerica Bank). For event information or to learn more about the Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce, call 480.664.0077 or visit

The Phoenix Metro Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) installed its new board of directors for the 2018–19 term at the organization’s recent Desert Diamonds Awards Gala. In continuing to advocate and increase awareness for women business owners, the incoming executive committee and board of directors pledged to follow the vision of the new president, Ronit Urman of Urman Enterprises, in ‘making the Phoenix Metro Chapter the premier place for women business owners in Arizona.’ “NAWBO Phoenix will continue even stronger to be the Arizona organization where women business owners receive the mentoring, support and encouragement they need to grow to their highest potential,” says Urman. “I am honored to serve as president this year and look forward to working with members to build on the Ronit Urman success of our organization.” “Spring boarding from the foundation, policies and procedures set in place by the preceding successful board of directors, the new executive committee is energized and ready to kick off this new term with excitement,” Urman promises. “Our new plans and programs are designed to continue to increase membership and our corporate partnerships.” In addition to Urman, members serving on the executive committee include:

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• P  resident elect, Angela Garmon of ARG Coaching & Consulting Group • S  ecretary, Amanda Peterson of Pathways of Grace • T  reasurer, Deborah Baldini of Baldini Investment Management • P  ast president, Julie Cook of Idea Three Creative

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• NAWBO executive director Suzanne Lanctot (ex-officio) Other members serving on the board include Cindy Gordon of Business Rescue Coaching; Jean Briese of Jean Briese LLC, and Kathleen Gramzay of Kinessage; Sandra Abbey of Leader Discovery; Wendy Anderton of Global Ties AZ; MaryLynne Christman of Collaborative Event Management; Laurie Anderson of Cactus Creative; Veronica Archer of US Bank; and Julie Cook. For additional information about the Phoenix Metro Chapter, visit



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Early morning and evening programs offered



Nestled in the lower Verde River basin is McDowell Mountain Regional Park, a 21,099-acre park that is a desert jewel in the Northeast Valley. Elevations in the park rise to 3,000 feet along the western boundary at the base of the McDowell Mountains. Visitors can enjoy a full program schedule, over 50 miles of multi-use trails and spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges. A stroll through the park will allow visitors to likely see deer, javelina, birds and coyotes. McDowell Mountain Regional Park is located at 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive in Fountain Hills. Park entry fee is $2 (cash). For additional information, call 480.471.0173 or visit and click on the park link. In August, the park takes advantage of the cooler early morning and evening hours to offer programs to the public — here are a few of those programs.

Aug. 4 & Aug. 18: Summer Night Ride; 7:30–10pm Get out and enjoy the cool(er) desert nights. These rides provide a great way to get together with fellow mountain bikers during the long, hot summer. Riders must have a helmet and light system designed for mountain biking with battery power for three hours of riding. No rider will be allowed to start after 8pm. Riders may start earlier then 7:30pm to ensure a return time of 10pm. Ride begins from the Trailhead Staging Area at the main Pemberton Trail. It is strongly encouraged that participants ride the trail during the day to become familiar with it, before enjoying a night ride. Aug. 10: Friday Fitness Hike — Wagner; 6–9am Join hike leader Kevin B. for weekly Friday Fitness Hikes. For each hike, bring plenty of water and snacks and make sure to have comfortable shoes, clothing and a hat. Participants should have previous hiking experience due to the distance of the hike (8–12 miles) and hot, summer desert hiking conditions. This hike will begin from the Wagner Trailhead (located at the entrance to the campground).

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Aug. 17: Friday Fitness Hike — Dixie Mine; 6–9am Group meets in the parking lot, not at the trailhead. This hike will begin on the Dixie Mine Trail. Meet the group in the parking lot at the end of Golden Eagle Boulevard in Fountain Hills (outside of main park entrance). Aug. 24: Friday Fitness Hike — Four Peaks Trailhead; 6–9am This hike will begin from the area known as the Four Peaks Trailhead (first right turn after passing the entry station into the park). Aug. 31: Friday Fitness Hike — Tom’s Thumb; 6–9am This hike begins outside the park at the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead, off of 128th Street in Scottsdale (off of Dynamite). Park access from this trailhead is “hike only” so come prepared with a $2 (cash) park entrance fee. This is a difficult hike that involves a good amount of elevation and loose rocks. A hiking pole is recommended for this hike that starts in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Call the Park if directions to the Trailhead are needed.

MAYOR PETERSON WRITES... Leadership: Frequently The Difference Between An Accomplishment And An Idea By Mayor Les Peterson

• A  n ability to work with and motivate people, while directing their efforts towards achieving the desired goal. A leader builds upon the strengths of the individuals participating. Any group task is immensely harder, if not impossible, to complete if people don’t like and respect the project leader. • A  realistic plan to accomplish the tasks ahead. Tasks follow one another in sequence and build upon one another. People with leadership skills understand what needs to be accomplished in what order for the project to successfully reach its endpoint. • B  eing open to input and course correction so long as the project remains directed and moving forward towards the ultimate goal. Sometimes this also includes reaching the conclusion that the idea doesn’t have the advantages as originally conceived and being able to terminate the development project if that conclusion is reached. • C  onsistency and follow-through. Recognize that there will be setbacks, but an ability to pick up the pieces, reassemble them in a new order and to be able to move forward are key The successful incorporation of all of these key elements often leads to successful project development. And the successful completion of many well directed projects in tandem typically leads to a successful business or enterprise. Taken as a whole, the capability to achieve these elements comprise leadership characteristics. The people with true leadership skills are few and far in between but having one at the helm of a business or enterprise can frequently spell the difference between success and failure. If you want to identify a leader, look for a solid record of accomplishments. Without accomplishments, any claim of leadership is hollow and meaningless.

Last year an Open Space Forum was used as the start of the process to identify how Kiwanis of Carefree should put money back into the community. This event was open to all who cared to participate. According to Kiwanis of Carefree president elect Rick Heiken, it generated a lot of interest and a lot of very good input. Saturday, October 27, Kiwanis of Carefree will hold its second Open Space Forum, which will be conducted at the Desert Foothills Library from 8am–4:30pm. Full details will be provided as the event date approches, but the Kiwanis are encouraging residents to save the date and plan to attend the event. To learn more about the Kiwanis of Carefree at www.kiwanis

James Swetter Named CSHS Interim Principal Dr. Debbi Burdick, superintendent of the Cave Creek Unified School District, announced that James Swetter has been named Cactus Shadows High School (CSHS) interim principal for the 2018–19 school year. Swetter is entering his eighth year at Cactus Shadows High School. Prior to serving in this role, he was the assistant principal for Operations and Athletics. Prior to that, Swetter was the Dean of Students during the 2015–16 school year and served as a social studies teacher from 2011 to 2015. In addition, he was the Varsity wrestling coach from 2011 to 2013. In 2010, Swetter moved to the Valley from Ohio. He had served as a social studies teacher in the Woodridge Local Schools from 2002 to 2010 where he also coached football, wrestling and track and field. Swetter earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Kent State University in 2003, where he was a four-year letterman on the wrestling team. He earned a Master of Arts in Education; Administration and Supervision (2011) and a Master of Arts in Education; Curriculum and Instruction (2008); both from the University of Phoenix.  Superintendent Burdick said, “We look forward to Mr. Swetter leading the Cactus Shadows campus in the upcoming year. He is a true team player and brings many critical skillsets to the position. We are confident in his ability to continue the positive movement that has been a hallmark at Cactus Shadows High School for many years.” For more information, contact Swetter at or visit the CCUSD website

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Everybody knows a person who has a lot of ideas — some of them even good ideas — but none or few of them ever emerge to see the light of day. On the other hand, some people seem to have many of their ideas become development projects that are MAYOR followed through to successful completion. What differentiates Town of Carefree between people in these two groups is a question that is frequently 480.488.3686 asked. Frequently, the answer is the leadership capabilities of the person with the idea. Any group, be it at a business, a nonprofit, a volunteer organization or even the Carefree Town Council, is no exception to this situation. In any group are people who have both good ideas and, equally as important, are successful in working with other members of the group, and others, to articulate their idea, investigate it, challenge it, incorporate the ideas of others, revise and refine it, nurture it and to see it through the myriad of changes until it is finally adopted and implemented in the marketplace. On the other hand, there are those who have ideas, but only rarely do they go beyond the idea stage. What’s the difference? Some call it leadership, but leadership has intangible qualities, and manifests itself in many different ways. But, there are some core characteristics that can be found in virtually all individuals possessing leadership skills. Let’s examine a few: •  Being able to develop and grasp the “big picture,” including being able to communicate it to others and to gain their support and participation. Also included is communicating how this new idea helps to achieve the “big picture.”

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My Soul Connection With Switzerland I recently spent several days in Switzerland, a place so important to me, it is a soul connection. My romance with Switzerland and its place in my life began way back in 1964. I was a graduate student at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, a school founded by the famous Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung. On my first day at the Institute, I sat in the consulting room of Dr. Adolph GuggenbuhlCraig, a Swiss psychiatrist and member of the Institute’s faculty, whom I had chosen to be my analyst. This was the beginning of my soul connection. He asked for my most recent dream and I told him that two nights ago I had a dream in which I and my entire family ALLEN NOHRE are gathered at my grandparent’s farm in Minnesota. The occasion was a party for me Writer because I was leaving on a long trip. Here is how Dr. Guggenbuhl interpreted my dream. “The dream says you are grounded in your family, yet you are going on your own journey and doing it with your family’s blessing. Dreams are symbolic. Yes, you have traveled to Switzerland, but your inner journey and destination is much more. Your outer journey is in service of your soul’s path forward.” I continue to value my soul connection with Dr. GuggenbuhlCraig, the Jung Institute, as well as Switzerland. On this recent trip I visited Zermatt, one of my favorite places. It is a village of 5,800 in the Alps straddling Switzerland and Italy, famous for worldclass skiing. Keeping watch over the village from 15,000 feet is the awesome huge rock, the Matterhorn. There wasn’t skiing in June but there was a lot of sun and my bald head got a very red sun burn. My trips back to Switzerland give me the opportunity to reflect on my life’s journey and reconnect with one of my soul places. “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

The Matterhorn, sentinel of the Village of Zermatt

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David Shurtleff, owner of Arizona Specialty Inspections, began his career in the construction industry early on. At 17, he relocated from Tucson to the Pacific Northwest where he joined the carpenters’ union and worked on everything from schools to prisons. “I built the first of many family homes at 26,” says Shurtleff. “At 28, I started my own construction company and made a connection with the Livers Bronze Company from Kansas City, which manufactured high-end hand rail systems. I began traversing the country installing those systems — including the Scottsdale Galleria.” In 1999, Shurtleff moved to Redmond,  Oregon, where he remodeled an old building and opened the Coyote Ranch Steakhouse. He says that a few years later he built another at the Redmond Airport called Coyote Ranch Pub. “I become a pilot, which allowed me to travel to jobs as well as vacation spots. It was then I decided to look for a warmer weather home and less stressful lifestyle. After 10 years as a restaurateur and 35 plus in construction, I found it here, in Carefree.” Shurtleff says that he is “always needing a project,” so he obtained his home inspector license and Arizona Specialty Inspections was born. “With my construction background, the process was quick and being customer service minded, it is fun to work with and meet new people, while evaluating the condition of their homes.”  His focus is on inspections for individuals thinking about selling their home. “It helps them understand the shape their homes are in and gives them a heads up about what the buyers home inspection will be like. This gives them time to make sometimes just minor repairs, so the house is in nice condition for sale.” Shurtleff is enjoying the opportunity to play more golf, ride his Harley’s and help people evaluate their new and old homes, with a focus on homes in the area north of the 101 and occasionally in Fountain Hills. “My fiancée Kellie and I look forward to many years here, making new friends and enjoy life here in Carefree!” For additional information, contact Arizona Specialty Inspections at 541.948.0545.


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DFT Cabaret: TA Burrows – Legends of Song Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) presents TA Burrows — Legends of Song, Sunday, August 26, 7:15pm, at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. TA Burrows, a long-time favorite for DFT audiences, is well known throughout the Valley for his dynamic, engaging and powerful performances. From his award-winning work as the iconic Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy to his energetic cabaret performance, TA brings the best there is to all he does. This performance, which is suitable for all ages, is a celebration of the Great American Songbook that will delight all audiences. Doors open at 6:30pm. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center is located at 33606 North 60th Street in Scottsdale. For information, call 480.488.1981 or visit

August Opportunities To Connect With The Chamber Join the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce at this month’s mixer event, Wednesday, August 8. The event will be held at Cave Creek Christmas Company inside The Horny Toad, 6738 East Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek (; 480.488.9542). Always the second Wednesday of every month, the mixer events offer the opportunity to network, socialize and win prizes. The cost is $5 for members; $15 for non-members (non-members may attend twice before joining). A cash bar will be available with happy hour pricing. Harold’s Cave Creek Corral will host the Chamber’s monthly Business Breakfast Thursday, August 30, 7:30– 9:30am. This month’s Member Spotlight business is Cave Creek Cannabis (www. Harold’s is located at 6895 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek (; 480.488.1906). To learn more about the Chamber, call 480.488.3381 or visit www.


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ANOTHER NEW Classic, Modern Landmark Office Building Now for Lease. Corner of Elbow Bend & Nonchalant. 7405 Nonchalant, 2,500 sq.ft. New building. 6 Luxury Office Suites now only available, 234-410 sq.ft. Can be combined. Turnkey ready. Tile and carpeting throughout. Private baths. Individual heating and cooling. A home office away from home. Modified gross leases now available. CAREFREE CORNERS Corner of Elbow Bend & Cave Creek Road. 1 suite now available, 3165 sq.ft. Multi-use building with roll up rear doors for assemblage, work area, 13 ft to graduating 18 ft ceiling. Front for showplace displays and office. Modified gross lease available. Excellent exposure. 37002 N SIDEWINDER Excellent office location, center of Town of Carefree. Approximately 990 sq.ft. 2 private offices plus meeting room. Ample parking. FOR SALE 22 EASY ST 2 story plus basement, 5,535 sq.ft. Excellent exposure on Easy Street. Ideal furniture, gallery, upscale retail, etc. Lease back available. Short Term. Offered for $839,000.

CAREFREE ROLLING HILLS PROPERTY 9214 E SUNRISE CIRCLE, LOT #29. A generous 1.27 acres of exquisite views to surrounding mountains. On a private cul-de-sac, easy to build property. All utilties available. An excellent investment in Carefree. MLS# 5667611 $168,500

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ECS Highlights Cooking For An Independent Life


Unified Culinary Arts 1, for grade 11 through age 22 (prerequisites needed), was introduced this summer at Education & Community Services (ECS), a department of the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) and was an instant success. “It has been a goal of ECS Enrichment to offer classes for students and adults with special needs. Bobbie Burt was the perfect instructor to pull together a class with fun, yummy and practical activities for this group of students. They enjoyed it greatly and we are encouraged to offer more during the upcoming school year,” said Elaine Vallario, ECS enrichment coordinator. This cooking class was designed for students who have some challenges. Students were instructed on the secrets of correct weighing, how to use small utensils and appliances and follow recipes. They also learned sanitary food handling and personal hygiene for the kitchen. Students enjoyed preparing (and eating) a variety of dishes from salads, soups to desserts, using their newly acquired skills. Techniques varied according to skill levels appropriate of the groups. General Education high school students who had taken culinary courses throughout the school year were volunteer assistance in this class. At the next cooking class, Unified Thanksgiving Cooking Fun, held on four consecutive Saturdays (beginning October 27 and running 9am to noon), students ages 13 and over will learn how to make festive recipes that celebrate the Thanksgiving season. Prerequisites for this class include the ability to work independently. For the safety of the student, this class may not be appropriate for students that require one on one support. ECS reserves the right to admit or deny a student’s enrollment based on a teacher/counselor’s recommendation. For information on future Unified Culinary Arts classes, visit ECS at or call 480.575.2440.

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Celebrate Cave Creek’s Western Lifestyle, Open Spaces & Vibrant Town Life The 2018-19 CITYSunTimes Special Events Issue The 2018–19 Cave Creek event season officially returns in October, and area residents can get a preview of all the fun in next month’s Cave Creek Special Events pullout. The issue will highlight everything from celebrating the area’s best food and drinks, to experiencing its Western heritage — and everything in between.

Save The Date & Get Ready To Savor ‘The Taste’ returns in October

More than 25 area restaurants will descend upon Stagecoach Village in historic Cave Creek, along with quality purveyors of craft beer, tequila and wine, to showcase the best that the town and the state has to offer. An annual celebration of local flavors, The Taste of Cave Creek returns October 17–18. For 25 years, the town has offered this event as a chance for residents to mingle with neighbors and for everyone to sample the amazing fare offered from local restaurants and bars. The event is so widely popular that this year’s attendance is expected to reach over 8,000 in the two-day span. The outdoor, open-air setting of Stagecoach Village hosts this Town of Cave Creek signature event, and area residents and those from surrounding communities will have two days to sip, sample and savor their way through the evening, beginning at 5pm each night. Experiencing the best of Cave Creek goes beyond food and drink, however, and area artists and organizations will showcase their work and favorite local musicians will perform live throughout the event. Stagecoach Village is located at 7100 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. The Taste of Cave Creek runs 5–9pm, October 17–18. The $10 admission tickets will be sold at the front gate; admission is free for children 12 and under. Tickets for food sampling cost $1, with food/drink items ranging from $3–$5. Parking is available on Schoolhouse Road north of the Cave Creek Post Office where a free shuttle will then take guests to the venue. This is the best way to go, as the shuttles will drop off and pick up at the front entrance gate at Stagecoach Village. The free shuttles will start at 4:30pm and end at 9:30pm each night. For complete event information, visit

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Hot humid August! Election season! I can’t think of a more miserable time for a campaign. The first time I ran for Council in 2005 the elections were in March, which wasn’t so bad. Now we get to work our tails off for an unpaid volunteer position in this miserable heat and humidity. Rumors, half-truths and outright lies. Don’t believe everything you hear or read. With any luck it will all be over the evening of August 28 and at least the local signs will go away! Cave Creek is doing much better than some would have you MAYOR believe. Our budget is about $2.5 million more this year than last Town of Cave Creek year because we’re breaking open the piggy bank to do some long 480.488.1400 overdue improvements to the Water Company. We’re rebuilding the filter systems at the plant (four of them), which will make them much more efficient, requiring less backwashing, which will cut down on water loss as well. We’re adding a monitoring system called SCADA, which will allow control from a laptop or the system at the plant. This will cut down on having to physically go out and figure out what’s wrong, saving money on overtime. But the biggest cost is reworking all of the pump stations bringing water from the CAP Canal. Yes, there is subsidizing of the utilities but as far as water goes we’re not pumping much groundwater, which helps those on private wells by not affecting the aquifer. This is one of the many listed reasons for purchasing the water company to begin with. I’ve had the occasion to be out and about in Cave Creek and for the most part things are pretty slow for our businesses. It’s a great time to take advantage of summer sales or make deals. Have an evening dining out. It’s way too miserable to heat up your own kitchen. Support Local, after all, the sales tax they generate helps support you!



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The Learning Never Ends At The Library August may mean back to school for the older children, but fun and learning for little one’s continues this month, and every month, at Desert Foothills Library. Here are just a few of the free events the Library has scheduled for those birth to age 6.

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Story Kids — Preschool Storytime Tuesdays, 9:45–10:30am Children ages 3 to 5, or those who have not yet entered kindergarten, are encouraged to attend a 30-minute story time featuring music, movement and stories. Siblings are welcome. Duke the Therapy dog will be visiting August 14. Registration is not required.



Little Ones — Family Lapsit Thursdays, 10-10:25am Geared to ages 1 to 4 years, this is a fun 25-minute romp with music, books, rhymes, fingerplays and felt stories. Staff will reinforce concepts such as colors, shapes and counting to help children build a strong foundation of literacy skills. Siblings are welcome. Registration is not required. Sensory Playdate Aug. 20, 11am–noon The Library offers preschoolers ages 3 to 6 an opportunity to play with other children in an environment featuring art and sensory experiences.

Projects vary month-tomonth, but recurring items like sand and a water table will be available. Siblings are welcome. Call to register. Of course, older children can take advantage of the resources at the library this month, too: Coding Club for Youth (ages 8–14) Aug. 2 and 9, 11am–noon, Aug. 14, 21 and 28, 4–5pm Have fun learning how to code using online tools and a self-guided training module. PC’s, laptops and Chromebooks are available. Everyone learns at their own pace with the resources that the Code Club provides. Bring earbuds. Parental sign-up is required at first session. No experience necessary. Call to register. Lego® Club Aug. 23, 4–5pm Children ages 4 to 11 are invited to bring their creativity and build for an hour. Call to register.

Homeschool Game Day & CreateSpace Aug. 24, 10am–noon Kids ages 5 to 10 and their siblings can join other homeschool families to play games or build items from a variety of building materials such as robotic remote-controlled toys, snap circuitry, K’Nex, marble mazes and more. CreateSpace program is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Call to register. Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. For information, call 480.488.2286 or visit

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The annual Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch & Art Auction to honor World Hunger Day will be held at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral Friday, October 19, 11am-1pm. The event is sponsored by Sonoran Arts League of Cave Creek (www. According to Pam DiPietro, executive director of Foothills Food Bank, an online auction will be on the food bank’s website,, giving people the opportunity to bid on 100 fine art and craft items donated by members and friends of the Sonoran Arts League. “We are excited to offer the auction online so people who support this worthy cause can spend the quality time they need to research the bid items,” says DiPietro. “This has always been an amazing event with a great turnout. The online art auction begins September 4, and the artwork will be present for viewing during lunch with the auction closing at 1pm.” Carole Perry, who created the festival in the northern desert foothills more than 18 years ago, says online bidding will begin September 20 and be available to bidders throughout the celebration. Perry says 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center and will support its ongoing effort to provide emergency food and services to area families in need of assistance. During the event, lunch will be served in handmade ceramic or glass bowls. Individuals are encouraged to donate $15 to the cause and select their own unique bowl made by Arizona artists, and keep it as a lasting reminder of world hunger. The Foothills Empty Bowls & Art Auction 2018 is sponsored by the Sonoran Arts League, Harold’s Corral and Tech4Life. Other donors include Saguaro and Cactus Shadows High School students, Arizona Clay, Sonoran Trails Middle School and Paradise Valley Community College ceramics students and local potters and artists who make and donate the bowls and auction items. For more information, call 480.488.6070. Harold’s Corral is located at 6895 East Cave Creek Road.



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Nine & Wine Golf and POWER Hour Join the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce for golf and a POWER Hour or just POWER Hour at Tatum Ranch Golf Club August 6. Play nine holes of golf with golf cart for $20, and/or join the Chamber for a POWER Hour happy hour with one cocktail and lots of delicious appetizers for $20. Guests do not need to play golf to join in the happy hour fun, but registration by August 3 is required. The event will be held 1:30–6pm. Tatum Ranch Golf Club is located at 29888 North Tatum Drive in Cave Creek. To register for this event, visit www. For information, contact the Chamber at 480.488.3381.

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Frontier Town To Host Blood Drive



Frontier Town will host a blood drive Sunday, August 12, from 9am to 2pm at its site in Cave Creek. The Bloodmobile is provided by the American Red Cross. Individuals interested in donating can schedule an appointment by calling 800.733.2767 or visiting www.redcrossblood. org and use the sponsor code: frontiertown. All donors will receive a $5 gift card. Frontier Town is located at 6245 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. For additional information, visit

Volunteers And Back-To-School Supplies Sought Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is in need of volunteers who can help at their Black Canyon City location, which is located at 34550 Old Black Canyon Freeway in Black Canyon City. According to Pam DiPietro, executive director of the food bank, the food bank seeks volunteers to assist with food organization and dissemination Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am–3pm, and Wednesdays, noon–6pm. 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. In addition, the organization is in need of school supplies for its young clients. Items needed include notebooks, pencils, pens, markers, backpacks, lunch boxes and writing paper/pads, among other items. The supplies may be dropped off at the Cave Creek location. Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located at 6038 East Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.488.1145 or www.

Cave Creek’s The Horny Toad, will debut A Henny Penny Holiday Wednesday, August 22, from 11am–9pm. What is Henny Penny? According to store manager Nichole Morris, Henny Penny is one of the most famous manufacturers of fried chicken equipment and the Toad has four of them, which means the public reaps the benefits. Join The Toad for its “world famous” fried chicken special with all the trimmings — $10.99 for half a chicken and $16.99 for a whole fried chicken — accompanied by French fries and coleslaw or mashed potatoes. Attend the Henny Penny Holiday and find out why Henny Penny rules at The Horny Toad. The Horny Toad’s infamous food has been an Arizona staple for nearly 42 years. The Toad is located at 6738 East Cave Creek Road. Call 480.488.9542 for reservations or visit for more information.

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Preschool Programs 2018-2019

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Black Mountain Elementary – Child’s Play Preschool New→ Desert Sun Academy – Global Beginnings Preschool Desert Willow Elementary – Spanish Immersion Preschool Horseshoe Trails Elementary – Preschool New→ Lone Mountain Elementary – STEM Preschool




ProMusica Arizona Chorale And Orchestra To Hold Auditions

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ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) will hold auditions for its chorale and orchestra at Crosswinds Presbyterian Church, 20125 North 15th Avenue Tuesday, August 21, starting at 7pm. The 2018-19 season marks PMAZ 16th performance year. PMAZ ensembles perform a wide variety of repertoire from classical to popular, including major works and concert versions of musicals. Performances often include visual elements, actors and soloists to enhance the concert experience. The multi-generational chorale and orchestra consists of volunteer community members, supplemented with professional musicians, as needed. Ensemble members are encouraged to audition for solo parts and roles.

Newly-appointed Interim Artistic Director Patti Graetz, who has more than 30 years of conducting and performing experience, will be assisted by professionals mentoring community musicians in a challenging, but supportive environment. Community musicians will perform alongside professionals in concerts throughout the season. All voices are welcome to audition for the chorale. Vocalists should be able to read music and have experience in choral singing. A two-minute prepared song is required. Auditions for vocalists consist of an assessment of range, vocal quality, intonation and music reading ability. Accompanist will be provided. Bring sheet music. Auditions for all orchestra instruments are welcome. Instrumentalists need to have an intermediate/advanced skill level. A two-minute prepared piece is required. Accompanist will be provided. Bring sheet music. For an audition appointment, contact Patti Graetz at Weekly orchestra rehearsals will be held Tuesdays from 7–9pm beginning September 4. Weekly chorale rehearsals will be held Mondays from 7–9pm beginning September 10. Rehearsal locations are being confirmed but will be in the vicinity of the 101 Freeway and 7th Avenue. PMAZ community musicians pay a nominal fee to help cover the costs of music, rehearsal space and artistic staff. Fees collected from members cover approximately eight percent of PMAZ’s operating budget. For more information, go to




What is Feng Shui & Bajaro?

BARBARA KAPLAN Scottsdale Interior Designer

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Enjoy Music and Fashion for a Cause



Abaka Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps children learn the heritage, culture and language of Philippines. Abaka Foundation serves children of low income families and welcomes all children of different cultural backgrounds. They offer extra-curricular activities for children, so they have something they can do on weekends and over the summer. “This summer, I offered a camp in my house for free to children who cannot afford summer camp,” says Marcy Goma, founder of Abaka Foundation. She is teaching 14 stringed instruments to children who love music and want to learn how to play them. The group was recently featured on a CBS 5 “Pay it Forward” segment. The foundation will host a fundraising show August 11: INLA — Music and Fashion for a Cause. The event will benefit preschool special needs classrooms. Goma is a Special Ed teacher, she knows exactly how much help each classroom needs to be able meet their needs. She is hoping to raise awareness to support the cause. The fundraising event will feature local talents, including children with special needs, walking the runaway. For event information, visit and click on the “INLA 2018 Benefit Show” link.


Combining Feng Shui with Bajaro is believed to create the perfect combination of harmonizing the environment in which we live and work. For many people today, home and work, is the same which makes it even more important to understand these two philosophies. Together, they are the most powerful method of creating harmony in personal environments for happiness, good health, productivity and success. Actually, this is true for anywhere you are! These two techniques used together are believed to bring about personal connection and healing of the mind, body and spirit. This happens because we are all reacting to our surroundings whether we are aware of it or not. We are all either healing or hurting all day long. This is influenced by what we see, hear, feel, smell, touch, taste and of course the energy around us. What is Feng Shui? This Chinese philosophy simply means “wind” and “water,” which as nature addresses is natural to any environment.  Whether the energy is clear or blocked will affect the flow of Chi, which is the word used for the healthy or unhealthy energy flow in a space. For example, changing the position of a desk in relation to the door can promote a better flow of energy, which can result in being less distracted or stressed. Feng Shui also focuses on all kinds of materials in the room such as rubber, synthetic fabrics, wood, stone, brick, earth and so on as they either obstruct or assist free flow of good energy around your home and workplace. It is important to know is that there are remedies for all situations to create better Chi. Bajaro has three elements: Understanding, Acceptance, and Allowing, which create an awareness to the distractions and discomforts as well as the things in our environment that make us feel good. With this awareness we are then able to adjust what is necessary to what feels good to us individually. Most of all by turning inward, which I call the ultimate “interior” design, we can ask ourselves what it is that we need to feel good thus heal in our harmonized environment. As individuals we must consider the complete experience we have every day. What is the first thing you see in the morning? How does it make you feel? Or the last thing you see at night. How well do you sleep? What is the energy when you walk into your work space?

Read the rest of “What is Feng Shui & Bajaro?” online now! Barbara Kaplan, Allied ASID, IFDA, is a Scottsdale based interior designer, creator and author of The Bajaro Method, Rooms Have No Feelings, You Do! and founder and influencer of Barbara’s Picks, a design and lifestyle online resource directory.

Macayo’s Reveals 70 Recipes for

70 Years

Restaurant shares time-honored recipes — celebrates with launch party, cooking classes and more

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Macayo’s is also offering two cooking classes at the Depot Cantina location, at 300 South Ash Avenue in Tempe — one Saturday, August 18, and one Saturday, September 15. In honor of National Fajita Day, the August 18 includes instruction on Carne Asada, Pico de Gallo, Guacamole and Tortillas. The September 15 class features demonstration on Green Chile Meatloaf, Baja Poblano Mashed Potatoes and Calabacitas. Each class takes place from noon to 2pm and cost is $20 per person. Space is limited. Reservations for each class can be made online at Click on the “Events” link to find the class. Starting at 5:30pm Saturday, September 29, the Mesa location hosts a Patron Cocktail Experience on the patio, featuring the Patron director of Brand Education instructing participants on how to make classic tequila cocktails paired with small bites and favorites from the Macayo Recipe Box. This special event will also serve as the launch of restaurant’s very own Macayo’s Barrel Select Patron Reposado Tequila. Attendees will be the first to taste this one-of-a-kind tequila and have the opportunity to buy a bottle. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online. Visit and click on the “Events” link.

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In 1946, high school sweethearts Woody and Victoria Johnson opened their first restaurant, Woody’s El Nido. Now more than 70 years later, the still familyowned and operated Macayo’s Mexican Restaurants announces the release of their first ever Macayo Recipe Box, a collection of recipes from appetizers to cocktails, as well as a series of cooking classes and a cocktail workshop. Sharisse Johnson, CEO said, “As guests have asked for a cookbook for years, we always knew the perfect time would come to share a sample of their favorite recipes. After celebrating the milestone of our 70th Anniversary and listening to all of their cherished Macayo memories and old school favorites, it just feels right to extend our arm of tradition even further. It’s truly an honor, to connect our traditions with our guests.” In celebration of the launch of the Macayo Recipe Box, an official product and launch party takes place at every Macayo location Valley-wide Saturday, August 4, starting at 4pm. The launch party includes complimentary tastings upon arrival as well as dining specials including $5 Spinach Con Queso, $8 Patron Margaritas and $9 Woody’s Favorite.  The Macayo Recipe Box is a custom-made stained wooden box emblazoned with the Macayo logo and will be available for purchase in the restaurants and online beginning August 4. It features 72 of the restaurant’s traditional family recipes including the popular Spinach Con Queso, Green Chile Pork Stew, Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad and more. The Macayo Recipe Box is $35 plus tax, with $5 of every sale being donated to Careers through Culinary Arts Program (



Hoarding Therapy Groups For Seniors Offered

New Chief Nursing Officer For Abrazo Scottsdale Sue Rainey, RN, MSN, has been promoted to chief nursing officer at the Abrazo Scottsdale Campus. Rainey most recently was assistant chief nursing officer at Abrazo Scottsdale Campus. She has more than 29 years of experience in nursing, having served in several leadership roles including director of nursing, Emergency Department director and interim chief nursing officer at various hospitals.  Rainey earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Nursing from Western Governor’s University in Salt Lake City, Utah. Abrazo Scottsdale Campus, located at 3929 East Bell Road in North Phoenix, is a 136-bed acute care, community-based hospital serving the Northeast Valley for more than 30 years. It is an affiliate of Abrazo Community Health Network. For information, call 602.923.5000 or visit

Registration is open for Area Agency on Aging hoarding therapy groups for Maricopa County residents 60 and older challenged by compulsive object hoarding who are willing to self-identify and commit to addressing the disorder. The 14-week confidential and voluntary Too Many Treasures Hoarding Therapy Group begins in September. The groups will meet at locations in Central Phoenix and Glendale. Space is limited, and participants will need to complete an intake process by calling 602.241.5577 no later than August 27 to qualify for the sessions. There is no cost for the 90-minute group therapy sessions that are moderated by a licensed professional counselor. Too Many Treasures is the only object hoarding therapy program in Maricopa County. Meeting locations are confidential. Addresses will be provided to qualifying participants. “Through the therapy groups, participants suffering from excessive acquiring and clutter behavior are introduced to new information and techniques to help them change current behaviors and thoughts,” said Heidi Donniaquo, a licensed clinical social worker who manages Too Many Treasures. “Compulsive object hoarding is a serious problem that can be difficult to control.” Bi-weekly follow-up support-group meetings for graduates will be scheduled to provide ongoing support and encouragement. According to statistics, clinical hoarding affects between 700,000 and 1 million people in the United States. Research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine indicates that the compulsion to hoard often starts in childhood or the teen years but doesn’t become severe until adulthood. Hoarding frequently runs in families. For more information about Too Many Treasures and the Area Agency on Aging, email, call 602.241.5577 or visit

Expresso Yourself: The Best of Broadway



Baruch Koritan

Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s September Memory Café will feature the Best of Broadway music with Baruch Koritan at Beth El Congregation, 1118 West Glendale Avenue in Phoenix, Thursday, September 6, from 10 to 11:30am. The Memory Café is for those with memory loss and their care partners. The challenges of living with memory loss can strain or even sever social connection at a time when it is needed most. Memory Cafés are one way individuals with memory loss and their care companions are coming together to make new friendships and support one another. Koritan has served as cantor at Temple Beth Shalom in the West Valley since 1992 and is also on staff at the Bureau of Jewish Education.  He has played the lead roles of many Broadway shows.  He will delight and engage all with a wide variety of memorable melodies from the Golden Age of Broadway hits, spanning several decades. The selections will be presented through stories and song with Koritan sharing anecdotes that capture the magic of these favored and treasured tunes. Singing along is always welcome.

The Café is a meeting place for those with changes in their thinking or memory, mild cognitive impairment or dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, along with their care partners. Offered on the first Thursday of the month, each Café has a new theme and includes meaningful, fun activities to engage the participants and stimulate their minds and bodies. Socialization is a key component to the events, as they are meant to be a place to relax, meet others and have fun in a nurturing and accepting environment. Coffee and snacks are provided. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. To register or for further information, send an e-mail to: or call 602.452.4627. Jewish Family & Children’s Service is a not-forprofit, non-sectarian social service and behavioral health organization with over 80 years of service in the Greater Phoenix area. For information, visit

CCUSD Students – Off the Beaten Path in Peru


Entire group at Saqsayhuman, Cuzco

Student: “The best memories of all were getting to play a huge soccer game with all the high school kids there, or the fun times I spent with my mom and my friends.” Student: “One thing I learned about myself was that I can be not so picky about eating and trying new things and that I really liked making new friends. I also realized that we are not so different from people in other cultures.”

The 2018–19 school year is underway, and the Scottsdale Unified School District is moving forward. We were pleased to welcome 23,000 students back to school on August 7 and kick off another year of inspired teaching and exceptional learning opportunities. For the students of two of our elementary schools, Hopi DR. JOHN A. KRIEKARD and Pima Traditional, they are Acting Superintendent beginning new traditions at Scottsdale Unified School District newly constructed campuses that were built with bonds you authorized in 2016. Like their predecessors, these new schools will proudly serve their respective communities for many years to come. Upgrades in education technology, energy efficiency and emergency systems will allow educators at the new Hopi and Pima schools to continue to offer the highest quality instruction for which they are known. At Cheyenne Traditional School, new science labs and a new gymnasium await their first full year of use. And over at Arcadia High School, the district’s oldest existing high school, Titan student athletes and the Spirit of Arcadia marching band have a new, state-of-the-art main stadium field on which to perform. The new school year also finds curriculum preparations continuing that will lead to the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) at Mountainside Middle School and Desert Mountain High School, both of which have been named IB MYP Candidate Schools for grades 6–10. Being able to offer the best aspects of a high quality, challenging, international education at a public education price is a unique opportunity for SUSD, and we look forward to complementing the long-established IB Diploma Program at Desert Mountain. In the Saguaro Learning Community, too, learning opportunities are expanding, as SUSD establishes a Comprehensive Gifted Program (CGP) at the fifth-grade level at Kiva Elementary School. As these students advance, they will find a CGP waiting for them at Mohave Middle School and, next, at the district’s Math & Science Academy based at Saguaro High School. SUSD’s future is bright, and as we continue to move forward, we will do so with three, essential things in mind:

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When Quechua, not Spanish is the main language spoken around you, you know you are off the beaten path in Peru. Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) students and parents learned that Quechua is considered the living language of the ancient Incan Empire and is still the primary language spoken in the remote mountains above the Scared Valley near Machu Picchu. CCUSD invited parents and their own children to sign up for a cultural immersion experience that Students at Machu Picchu went beyond the traditional sightseeing and the tourist areas. Parent and students were able to use tax credit dollars to help them fund their trip. This Peru trip was built around community service opportunities, with the group volunteering in a disabled youth clinic in Cuzco, making toys out of recycled materials, taking supplies to a remote school in Cruzpata and spending a whole day in the Misminay indigenous community at 13,000 feet elevation. There, the CCUSD group participated in an ancient ceremony to the “Pachamama” or Mother Earth and learned from the locals that the glacier that feeds the valley is visibly shrinking. Shearing the llama for wool, using natural materials to dye it and then weaving beautiful tapestries were some of the other special talents the CCUSD group were invited to learn about and even try. The cuisine proved to be quite exploratory as well with purple corn juice, alpaca and guinea pig dishes, never-before-seen fruits, and 3,000 varieties of potatoes. The final prize for the group was the trek through mystical Machu Picchu, a well-deserved culminating event for a job well done. Upon returning, students and parents reflected on their perceptions.


1. We will treat students with respect. 2. We will treat staff as professional colleagues.

Parent: “I have felt truly blessed to have had this absolutely extraordinary experience. I’m so glad my kids could come on this trip so that we could have these beautiful memories together.” Cave Creek Unified School District is the only public school district offering its students a World Language PreK-12. For more information about the World Language Programs in CCUSD, contact program coordinator Cristina Ladas at or 480.575.2019. For additional information, visit

3. We will treat parents as partners in their students’ education. Together, we can impact academic growth, one student at a time. Let’s get to work! To contact Dr. Kriekard, call 480.484.6120. For more information on the Scottsdale Unified School District, visit


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Aug. 16 – Sept. 29

Chase Field

Don Bluth Front Row Theatre

Photo: Shari Corbett

Photo: Ian-Frank

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Philadelphia Phillies



Aug. 3–11

17th Annual World Hip Hop Dance Championship and World Battles Arizona Grand Resort & GCU Arena

Aug. 4

Crescent Ballroom; 602.716.2222

Thru Aug. 12

Aug. 4

Arizona Broadway Theatre; 623.776.8400

Musical Instrument Museum; 480.478.6000

Catch Me If You Can

Aug. 2–5

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants

Aug. 7

Phoenix Mercury vs. Washington Mystics

Lisa Loeb

Talking Stick Resort Arena; 602.252.WNBA

Aug. 4

Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle & The Dukes and Dwight Yoakam

Aug. 7

Aug. 17

Tony Bennett

Comerica Theater

Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang

Celebrity Theatre www.celebritytheatre. com; 602.267.1600, Ext. 1

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Chase Field; 602.462.6500

Musical Instrument Museum

Celebrity Theatre

Aug. 17

Phoenix Mercury vs. Atlanta Dream

Aug. 10

Phoenix Mercury vs. Indiana Fever Talking Stick Resort Arena

Talking Stick Resort Arena


Photo: Jimmy Fontaine

Rebirth Brass Band

Buddy Guy; Photo: Josh Cheuse

Aug. 7

Hop Along

Aug. 11

Moonage Virtual Reality Phoenix Art Museum; 602.257.1880

Aug. 12

Weezer & Pixies Ak-Chin Pavilion

Aug. 12

Phoenix Mercury vs. Los Angeles Sparks Talking Stick Resort Arena


Beau Jest


Aug. 17

Panic! At the Disco Gila River Arena

Aug. 17 – Sept. 2

Rose and Walsh Theatre Artists Studio; 602.765.0120

Aug. 18

Ry Cooder Mesa Arts Center

Aug. 13

Asleep at the Wheel Musical Instrument Museum

Aug. 14

Ranky Tanky 8.18

Musical Instrument Museum

Aug. 18

Avery*Sunshine Musical Instrument Museum

Aug. 19

John Pizzarelli Musical Instrument Museum

Aug. 24–26

Talking Stick Resort Arena

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Seattle Mariners


Chase Field

Aug. 24 – Sept. 16

Altar Boyz

Arizona Broadway Theatre

Aug. 25

Cracker Crescent Ballroom

Aug. 21

Aug. 26

Rick Springfield with Loverboy & guests

Rodrigo y Gabriela Mesa Arts Center

Celebrity Theatre

Arts & Entertainment


Aug. 19

Phoenix Mercury vs. New York Liberty

Aug. 29

Aug. 21–22

African Children’s Choir

Chase Field

Desert Hills Community Church; 623.581.0627

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Angels


Aug. 29–30

Ottmar Liebert with Luna Negra Musical Instrument Museum

Aug. 30

Comerica Theatre

Aug. 22

Mariachi Flor de Toloache Musical Instrument Museum


Aug. 22 – Sept. 9

Baby Bear Goes to School The Great AZ Puppet Theater; 602.262.2050

Aug. 23

Tinariwen Musical Instrument Museum

Aug. 23

Lady Antebellum & Darius Rucker Ak-Chin Pavilion

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Katie Herzig Crescent Ballroom


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Lost 80’s Live


Celebrity Theatre

Aug. 31

The Marcus King Band Crescent Ballroom

Sept. 4

Peter Frampton Mesa Arts Center

Aug. 24

Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper Talking Stick Resort Arena

Sept. 5

Scorpions with Queensryche Comerica Theatre


Arts & Entertainment


L–R: Donna Kucera and Pat Hill

The winner of our June contest to see the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the San Diego Padres at Chase Field in July, Pat Hill, sent us this photo saying, “We thank you so much for the free tickets, and both of us really enjoyed the game, even though the D-backs lost. It was an enjoyable evening and good seats.”

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month At Fiesta De Septiembre

The Kids Zona program offers children the opportunity to learn how to make Mexican crafts and participate in games. Other activities include Viva Margarita! Contest, where contestants concoct their favorite recipes, and compete for prizes. Another great event is the annual salsa and guacamole contests, where contestants create their favorite recipes for prizes and the coveted “People’s Choice Award.”

The Fiesta is held each year to celebrate Wickenburg’s Hispanic Heritage and has expanded each year in detail and activities. Joining the Chamber as sponsors include Crescent Crown Distributing-Modelo, Corona, Tecate, Coors and Coors Light, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Arizona Public Service, The Wickenburg Sun, Hensley Beverage Company, PHI Air Evac Services, Town of Wickenburg and Compadres of Fiesta de Septiembre. The colorful event runs from 11am–5:30pm indoors and outside of the Wickenburg Community Center, located at 160 North Valentine Street in the heart of the historic district. Cost is $5 for adults; child admission is free. For information, call 800.942.5242, or visit or

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Historic Wickenburg will play host to the 30th Annual Fiesta De Septiembre event Saturday, September 1. Sponsored by the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, the event kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month in Arizona, and recognizes the history of early Wickenburg Hispanic pioneers. The scheduled events include Pioneer Hispanic Families Photographs Exhibit, entertainment throughout the day with Mariachi Azteca del Oro, Ballet Folklorico de Santa Maria and music by Phoenix’s own Barrio Latino. A special book, Nuestras Memorias: Wickenburg Hispanic Pioneer Families, is available to purchase during the day. Outdoors, attendees will find a Mercado with arts and crafts, and booths offering a variety of merchandise and tasty food. In addition, a “no-host” margarita and cerveza cantina will have delicious drinks.



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Upchurch Launches 2016 Southwest Facing – Vineyard Open For Summer Tasting



One of Washington State’s innovative winemakers and master craftsmen, Chris Upchurch continues to experiment in the cellar, creating wholly new and unique wines from his corner of the Pacific Northwest. Upchurch’s latest wine, from his own Upchurch Vineyard, is the 2016 Southwest Facing, a Sauvignon Blanc collaboration with renowned Washington grower Dick Boushey. The wine showcases Chris Upchurch with Dick Boushey, Upchurch Vineyard Manager a single Sauvignon Blanc vineyard on Boushey’s County Line Road property in Grandview. “Dick and I started this project back in 2001,” Upchurch remarks. “Back then, I wasn’t sure what I would do with the fruit, but I thought it was the perfect site to test some Sauvignon Blanc. My travels to Austria and the Loire Valley gave us a chance to test some European style techniques here in the Yakima Valley.” “Working with Chris is always a journey,” comments Boushey with a smile. “He’s so committed to showcasing the power of Washington State and to pushing new limits – his and mine. We’re always learning and, fortunately, pleasantly surprised.” “I suspected that a small southwest facing plot on the cooler County Line road area in the Yakima Valley was ideal for Sauvignon Blanc and this type of styled wine.” noted Upchurch. This summer, Upchurch Vineyard will be open for weekend tastings and visits. Flights of the winery’s current selections will be available, as will occasional library selections. For information or to schedule a tasting or event, contact Kelsey Upchurch, general manager, at 425.298.4923 or As the founding winemaker and a partner at DeLille Cellars since 1992, Upchurch has crafted some of the finest and most award-winning wines in Washington State. He is the only winemaker to produce two Washington State brands to receive 5 stars (outstanding) in Robert Parker’s Wine Buyers Guide, for both DeLille Cellars and Doyenne. Upchurch Vineyard is dedicated to sustainable farming and is certified by L.I.V.E. (Low Input Viticulture and Enology), a nonprofit organization that promotes and certifies sustainable vineyard practices. It is also certified “Salmon Safe,” which is a program to protect Pacific Northwest water sheds and the wild life that thrives within them. For additional information, visit

“The World Margarita Championship is an opportunity for attendees to experience our region’s rich culinary heritage, while funding programming that helps foster our sense of place,” said SAACA executive director Kate Marquez. “The money raised by ticket sales is reinvested into programs that promote creativity and innovation right here in Southern Arizona.” The proceeds raised by SAACA will go toward programs such as visual and musical arts therapy for veterans and the Music and Memory Program. The event is a venue for participating restaurants to interact with an expected 800 attendees, serving a personal experience along with their menu offerings. Over 20 independent Tucson restaurants are expected to be represented. Tickets for the 13th Annual World Margarita Championship are $55 and include libation and menu samplings from participating restaurants and purveyors and are on sale now at For information, call 520.797.3959, Extension 105.

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Local chefs and restaurants will put their best foot forward August 10 at the El Conquistador Tucson, a Hilton Resort in Oro Valley, to compete for this year’s first place at the 13th World Margarita Championship. A partnership between Tucson Originals Restaurants and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA), the event provides a unique experience for attendees to sample outstanding libation and food pairings from local, independent restaurants and vote for their favorite flavors. Several community partners have come together to collaborate to make this event possible. The Tucson Originals Restaurants, who began the project over 13 years ago, partnered with the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance to present the event. In addition, El Conquistador Tucson as well as the Town of Oro Valley have come in to support the community project. The event’s purpose goes beyond entertainment, contributing event proceeds to their organizations’ guiding missions.


World Margarita Championship Returns To Tucson



Photos by Rhonda Stowall

Known since its inception in 1884 as “August Doin’s,” the annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo in Payson is a world-famous event that will celebrate its 135th consecutive year August 16–18. The first rodeos in Payson provided local ranchers and cowhands a chance to get together and compare their roping skills and ranching skills during the annual “down time” before the big fall roundup. There were only a couple of events in those early rodeos, but it was 36 Cabins on 14 Acres of Land, not long before cowboys from all over Backing National Forest the state and beyond were showing up Service Land. to compete in new events like bronc busting, bull riding and steer roping. Early Payson rodeos weren’t held Located in Pinetop, Arizona in fancy arenas. In fact, the original Fireplace • Kitchen • Cable TV venue was a meadow near the Private Spa Cabins intersection of Main Street and Highway 87/The Beeline. Wagons, DISCOUNTS STARTING MILITARY DISCOUNTS and later autos, created barriers AVAILABLE AT 4 NIGHTS to form the “arena.” This year’s (Not redeemable with any other offer.) New – Book Online! activities will feature everything from beautiful rodeo royalty to the large (928) 367-4386 • 1-800-840-3867 shiners participation in the annual rodeo parade.

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World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo Celebrates 135th Performance

See Payson Rodeo, page 43

Named the country’s Best Small Rodeo (according to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association [PRCA], which sanctions the event) and recently named as the Official Best Small-Town PRCA Rodeo in the West by True West Magazine, it continues to attract the best of the best from all over the world to compete for substantial prize money. The Ladies WPRA events and Youth Mutton Busting & Steer Riding events



kick things off Thursday, August 16. PRCA performances start at 7pm Friday and Saturday night and at 1pm Saturday afternoon. Gates open two hours prior to the performances. Friday is the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night that helps fund dollars for local breast cancer support groups in conjunction with Wrangler’s Susan B. Komen program. Saturday evening is the “Patriot Performance” that honors returning, fallen and wounded veterans, with a special tribute during the rodeo featuring the U.S. Marine Mounted Color Guard. Tickets are available online at www. Admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for kids 8–12, free for


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Payson Rodeo, continued from page 42 children 7 and under, as well as any active military. Tickets will also be available at the gate. In addition, a $40 family pack for Saturday’s Family Day afternoon performance and includes two adults and two kids 11 and under. The rodeo festivities include the Rodeo Parade, which will be held August 18, starting at 9am, on Historic Main Street in Payson. The Parade is sponsored by The Rim Country Kiwanis of Zane Gray Country. It

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will include clowns, rodeo queens and their courts, Payson High School Band, local floats, riders, first responder teams and many other great entries from all over Arizona. Join in the fun when real cowboys and cowgirls strut their stuff, along with floats, cars, tractors, team bands and units of the El Zaribah Shriners. The parade will go east from Green Valley Park to Sawmill Crossing. Announcers along the parade route will keep attendees posted on the coming entries and provide music for entertainment. Bring a “mountain” chair, water and the kids, and enjoy a great morning with some fabulous entertainment, antique cars, clowns, horses, and help Rim Country celebrate The World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

Adding to the fun on Friday and Saturday night, attendees can kick up their heels at the Payson Pro Rodeo after party and dance at the Payson Rodeo Grounds. The bands will begin playing at 9pm each night (The Harry Luge Band, Friday; Moonshine Mafia, Saturday) and there is no cover charge for rodeo ticket holders and families are welcome. Cover charge is only $5 for those who did not attend the rodeo, all are welcome. For information, call 928.474.9440 or visit



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Actor Jim Carrey said, “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of, so they can see that it’s not the answer.” Jesus told us a rather sobering and direct story to help us with this question. He said, “There was a wealthy man whose business was very successful. He asked himself, ‘What should I do for I don’t have enough space to store my goods?’” In other words, God is blessing him with a business that made him a lot of money, so much he doesn’t know what to do with all of it. Read the rest of “What Brings Happiness?” online now.

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Dog-Eared Review: Super Jax! — The Case of the Slimy Scientist Introducing a new style of superhero — meet Super Jax! Our new hero is a local gal, just like her creator, Tina Swayzee McCright, best known for her Euphoria Lane, H.O.A. mysteries.  In this new cozy mystery, Super Jax! — The Case of the Slimy Scientist, we are treated to Jax’s zany origin story, and we meet all of her oddball friends who are determine to “help” her.  It’s a delight to read her madcap adventures of catching a murderer to free her boyfriend, all while figuring out how her new powers work.  A fun read by the pool! 







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Carefree/Cave Creek August 2018 Issue of CITYSunTimes  

CITYSunTimes is a locally owned community publication now in its 16th year, serving over 80,000 readers in the North Valley. CST offers pers...

Carefree/Cave Creek August 2018 Issue of CITYSunTimes  

CITYSunTimes is a locally owned community publication now in its 16th year, serving over 80,000 readers in the North Valley. CST offers pers...