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Doorstep Bandits: Break-ins happening after packages left unattended By Morgan Rath

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Over the past several months, Cave Creek has been experiencing an increase in residential burglaries committed by people who follow UPS and FedEx trucks in order to determine if package receivers are home, according to officials. If the homeowner isn’t home, that house becomes a target. The burglars pick up the packages after the trucks have delivered them and then knock on doors to find out if the residents are home.

“If they ring the doorbell and no one answers the door, then they know the home’s not occupied, and they will try to burglarize that home,” says Cave Creek Town Marshal Adam Stein. With the holiday season arriving, residents need to be aware and make arrangements for packages if no one will be home. Stein says citizens should be aware and question all suspicious situations. Residents should call the information into his office at 480.488.6636 or the Maricopa County Sherriff’s office at 602.876.1742 so that they can follow up on the lead. | CST

Consolidation Of Courts Begins Cave Creek and Carefree will be sharing one court as a result of the towns’ approval of an intergovernmental agreement next month. On January 14, the Cave Creek Municipal Court will be closing to merge with the Carefree Municipal Court to operate and function as the Carefree-Cave Creek Consolidated Court. The agreement calls for Carefree to provide municipal court services for Cave Creek, and for the combined Carefree-Cave Creek Court to be housed in the Cave Creek Council Chambers. The CarefreeCave Creek Consolidated Court Presiding Judge will be K. C. Scull. The court is located at 100 Easy Street in Carefree. The phone number is 480.488.1689 and fax is 480.595.9610. The consolidated court will be open 8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday.

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Have A Merry Carefree Christmas! The Sixth Annual Carefree Christmas Festival will be held December 13-15 and includes an electric light parade, fireworks display, music, dance, real snow and much more. See full story on page 27.



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This Holiday Season, Give Back By Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane

As we approach the holidays, many of us begin to think of ways we can give back to our community by assisting those in need. In Scottsdale there is a wonderful organization called Concerned Citizens for Community Health that partners with the City’s Vista del Camino Community Center and for 40 years has helped to meet the basic needs of means MAYOR tested individuals and families in crisis. City of Scottsdale Communities flourish when citizens come 480.312.3111 together to assist their neighbors in need. While Scottsdale may not be perceived as a community with people in need, I can assure you there are plenty who are. Many of these people are the elderly and children. I urge you to take the time to research the programs funded through Concerned Citizens for Community Health and do what you can to support the needs in your own backyard. These programs include the Healthy Packs Program, which sends school children that may not have access to food on weekends, home with nutritious snacks. Also, the Adopt-A-Senior program brings a package of donated treats and a wellness visit to seniors who are no longer mobile enough to leave their homes. By helping support Concerned Citizens for Community Health, you will help meet the needs of your neighbors. Please contact the City to learn more at 480.312.2323 or visit Whether you choose Concerned Citizens or another non-profit close to your heart, I am always proud and impressed by the generosity of Scottsdale citizens. I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season.



Holiday Pet Festival The Fourth Annual Holiday Pet Festival sponsored by Petsmart will be held on Saturday, December 7, from 10am-5pm at WestWorld of Scottsdale. The festival is the largest holiday pet event in Arizona. Join in for a day of interactive activities, demonstrations, exhibitions and animals galore. Meet hundreds of animals looking for their forever homes. Animal rescue groups, veterinarians and animal care professionals will be on hand to answer pet related questions and provide information. Shoppers will find the Holiday Pet Festival to be a pet lover’s paradise. From the latest in pet products, pet foods and pet related services to unique and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, it offers plenty for pets and pet-loving friends. Pets are welcome on a fixed lead or stroller. Photos with Santa will available. Please bring a completed Pet Registration Form. Forms will also be available at the entrance. Hosted by Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary in Scottsdale. For more information, visit

Scottsdale Holiday Events The Scottsdale Holiday Harmony tree lighting event will take place on December 7 in Old Town. Kick off the holidays at Scottsdale’s annual tree lighting event from 3-8pm (tree lighting is at 6:15pm) in Old Town, located at First and Main streets in Downtown. This free, family-friendly festival features a tree lighting, real snow (bring your warm mittens), arts and crafts, music and a special visitor from the North Pole. Then, don’t forget to stop by McComick-Stillman Railroad Park beginning December 13 for the annual Holiday Lights – one of Arizona’s most unique holiday events. Take a train ride through festive holiday

lights and displays turning the railroad park into a winter wonderland. Opening night festivities begin at 6:30pm Friday, December 13, and include a tree lighting ceremony, entertainment and a visit from Santa. Santa will be at the park through Sunday, December 23. Train ride is $3 and carousel ride is $2 with children under three riding free with a paying adult. Holiday Lights runs 6:30-9pm nightly through Saturday, January 4 (excluding December 24, 25 and 31). The park is located at 7301 East Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale. For more information, visit


December ArtWalk Events It’s the season to be shopping beginning with Scottsdale’s Ninth Annual Holiday ArtWalk on December 5 from 7-9pm. The perfect place to discover the perfect gift, participants can shop for original artwork and discover unique items throughout the Arts District. Galleries get active with a night full of art openings, live music, food samplings and more. On Saturday, December 28, the 16th Annual Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk will be held from 12-4pm. “ArtWalk the Line” is an artistic preview to the big game at the Fiesta Bowl throughout the District. The Scottsdale ArtWalk takes place every Thursday evening from 7-9pm along Main Street and Marshall Way in Downtown Scottsdale and offers free parking and free entry into all galleries. The event is hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in conjunction with City of Scottsdale. To learn more about ArtWalk, visit

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Saguaro Classic Arabian Horse Show The Valley of the Sun Arabian Horse Association and the East Valley Arabian Horse Association present the 23rd Annual Saguaro Classic Arabian and Half-Arabian Horse Show on December 5-8, at WestWorld in Scottsdale. Horses from throughout the Southwest compete in Performance, Sport Horse, Hunter/Jumper and Dressage at one of the most competitive shows around. This year’s judges are as follows: Performance, Todd Hickerson and Ann Benson; Sport Horse and Hunter/ Jumper, Richard Wilkinson; Dressage, Gail Hoff-Carmona. The show is open from 8am-5pm daily and free to spectators. WestWorld is a premier, nationally recognized, userfriendly equestrian center and special events facility serving the community and visitors. It is located at 16601 North Pima Road in Scottsdale. For information, call 623.386.2514 or visit

DC Ranch Opens Hot Yoga Studio The DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa’s new hot yoga studio recently opened in North Scottsdale. The custom-designed hot yoga studio lets guests stretch out in a window-filled space heated to 104-degrees Fahrenheit with 60 percent humidity, and features a unique padded flooring, which is both more sanitary and comfortable than traditional carpet or wood. DC Ranch Village members, and those interested in becoming a Village member, are invited to take a guided tour of the new hot yoga facility. Offered in either 60 or 75 minute sessions, Village Hot Yoga classes blend styles of two wellknown and efficient forms of yoga (Vinyasa and Hot) to cleanse, strengthen and maintain the physical body, as well as stimulate each organ, gland and muscle. Additionally, Heated Flow classes are offered, where the studio is heated to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, with little to no humidity. Classes are available Monday-Friday at 5:45am, 9:45am, 12pm, 5:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays 8am, 9:45am and 3pm. It is located at 18501 North Thompson Peak Parkway. Call 480.502.8844 or visit



“McTeacher’s” Night Challenge Raises $9,000 For Schools McDonald’s of Scottsdale restaurants recently raised more than $9,000 for Scottsdale and Paradise Valley local elementary schools. The Scottsdale restaurants, owned by Jerry Wernau and Mark Kramer, hosted a month-long McTeacher’s Night Challenge fundraising event. “We are delighted to work with our local schools to raise money for education,” says Wernau, McDonald’s owner/operator. “We take great pride as local business owners in giving back to our community.” Scottsdale’s Pueblo Elementary won the McTeacher’s Night Challenge and received $500 for first place and an additional $250 for “best marketing” of their McTeacher’s Night. Mohave Middle School received a $250 prize for second place. Over the past two years, Scottsdale McDonald’s owners Wernau and Kramer have given more than $50,000 to Scottsdale and Paradise Valley elementary schools from McTeacher’s Night fundraisers.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays and kick off the season at Kierland Commons with Miracle on Main. Beginning at noon on November 24, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in style. Bring the kids and enjoy a day of shopping and holiday events such as photos with Santa, storytelling by Mrs. Claus, a gingerbread cookie decorating station, live music and at 6pm the official tree lighting, followed by snowfall. To cap the evening, horse-drawn carriage rides will start at 6pm. The official Kierland tree lighting is at 6pm along with ‘snowfall’ and more. For information, call 480.348.1577 or follow on Twitter and like them on Facebook. Visit for a full schedule of events.

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The Scottsdale Community College football team will face Dodge City Community College (Kansas) in the Valley of the Sun Bowl Saturday, December 7. Kickoff is at 2pm. The game pits the Fighting Artichokes, which won the Western States Football League Championship and regular season play with a 9-1 overall record, against the Conquistadors, which finished with a 6-3 record and placed second in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. “As a team, we have accomplished what most would have said was improbable,” says SCC Head Coach Doug Madoski, now in his 9th year at the school. “In order for us to finish strong, we need to find a way to make sure that we win this game.” Admission to the bowl game is $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. For more information, visit


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New Luxury Homes Break Ground At Silverleaf Cypress Development recently broke ground on the second phase of Sterling at Silverleaf, bringing 12 luxury estate villas, priced from $2.2 million, to the private golf community of Silverleaf. Sterling’s estate villas offer three different floor plans of two-story homes ranging from 3,980 to 4,800 square feet with an attached cabana or casita with a private entrance. All 12 estate villas are being built at once with completion expected in late 2014. Four iPads are installed throughout each villa that control the home automation and security systems, providing the ability to remotely control every element within the home such as audio, video, lighting, window coverings, security and wine room temperature. For more information, visit

Valley Metro Recognizes Scottsdale Healthcare Valley Metro recently held its 26th Annual Clean Air Campaign Awards to honor individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary efforts to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion. Scottsdale Healthcare had semifinalists for awards in four categories: Nancy Shelton – Outstanding Vanpool Driver Dr. John Corey – Outstanding Cyclist Roman Kludka – Outstanding Bus Commuter Scottsdale Healthcare – Corporate Sustainability Roman Kludka, a coordinator in the hospital’s Information Technology department, Scottsdale Healthcare’s Roman received the award for Outstanding Bus Kludka accepts the 2013 Outstanding Bus Commuter award. Commuter. Kludka has been commuting by bus for 14 years, logging more than 70,000 miles. He’s also covered 14,000 miles walking, for a grand total of 84,000 miles. Scottsdale Healthcare supports efforts to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion by providing incentives for staff members who choose an alternative to a single occupant vehicle commute. For more information, visit



The Scottsdale Promenade is offering “Holidays on the Promenade: Sounds of the Season” on December 7 and 14 – featuring a medley of holiday musical performances, free horsedrawn carriage rides, free photos with Santa Claus and an array of musical performances. On Saturday, December 7, the special day is kicked off with Great Strides Walk on the Promenade ( benefiting cystic fibrosis. Registration begins at 8am and start time is 9am. The following musical performances scheduled include:


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December 7 10-11am – Mike Prokes Celebrates the Season with String 11am-12pm – Michael McClanathan’s Scottish Christmas – Bagpipes 12-1pm – Dickens Carolers at the Holiday Tree 1-2pm – Sean Mireau – An Island, Reggae, & Calypso Holiday

2-4pm – Dickens Carolers Caroling on the Promenade 2-4pm – Do, Re, Mi

December 14 10-11am – Mike Prokes Celebrates the Season with String 11am-12pm – Ford Dudley’s Scottish Christmas – Bagpipes 12-1pm – Dickens Carolers at the Holiday Tree 1-2pm – Les Koel Celebrates the Season 2-3pm – Campinallas del Sol hand-bell ensemble

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2-3pm – Campinallas del Sol hand-bell ensemble


2-4pm – Dickens Carolers Caroling on the Promenade 3-4pm – Meadowlark – A Celtic Christmas Scottsdale Promenade is located at the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. All events will take place at the Nordstrom Rack area. Schedule is subject to change.



Scottsdale Healthcare Offers Free Health Presentations Find helpful health information from knowledgeable professionals during free “Ask the Healthcare Expert” community presentations sponsored by Scottsdale Healthcare. December 11 – Feed Your Brain While food doesn’t make you smarter, research suggests it primes the brain for learning and may be neuroprotective from cognitive decline. What is the impact of nutrition on brain health? Join a Scottsdale Healthcare community educator for a lively discussion and practical tips to keep your brain and body in tip-top shape. The presentation will be 1-2pm at Appaloosa Library, 7377 East Silverstone Drive in Scottsdale. December 12 – Better Digestive Health: Your Gut and You Your digestive system can be affected by numerous health issues, with symptoms ranging from stomach aches to heartburn. What are the common problems and when should you see a physician? Get answers to these and other questions during this informative presentation by a Scottsdale Healthcare Nurse Practitioner. The presentation will be 1-2pm at Civic Center Auditorium, 3839 North Drinkwater Boulevard, lower level, Scottsdale. Seating is limited and registration is required. Register by calling 480.882.4636 or by visiting www.shc. org/events (select Ask the Expert).



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Pet boutique Mackie’s Parlour, located at the SHOPS at Gainey Village, returns with its annual Santa Photos, shot by a professional photographer on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8. All family members and their furry friends are invited to have their holiday photo taken with

the “real” Santa. Appointments are required. In addition, on Sunday, Mackie’s Parlour will be putting on a Rein-doggie Parade with pets and their owners dressed up, throughout the SHOPS at Gainey Village beginning at 1:15pm. Registration begins at 12pm and a $5 donation is

requested to benefit The Lost Our Home pet rescue. Prizes will be awarded in three categories. Photos are $18 plus tax for a 5x7 print. For more information about the event, call 480.991.7600, or visit or


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The Scottsdale Plaza Resort continues renovations on the landmark that’s been a part of Scottsdale for 37 years. Most recently, the resort remodeled a large portion of its suites, including complete bathroom remodeling with new tile showers, vanities with granite tops and complete floor tile replacement. Restaurants and pools have been upgraded and there are plans for more improvements for 2014. Last year the Resort revamped many of the guestrooms, updated the Fitness Center and began offering group classes, while installing infra-red saunas at The Salon & Day Spa. In addition, the entire main pool has been remodeled and refreshed with new surfacing and stone work. The property’s entertainment venues have also been revived with fresh entertainment scheduled six nights each week. For more information visit



TOWN OF PARADISE VALLEY Republican Women Host Congressman The Paradise Republican Women’s Club’s Holiday Party will be held on Saturday, December 14, at Gainey Ranch Golf Club, located at 7600 Gainey Club Drive, in Scottsdale. Friends and family are also invited to attend the party and to hear this month’s speaker, Congressman Matt Salmon. The cost is $28 and the luncheon begins at 10:30am. Paid reservations are required in advance. All details can be found at Contact Linda Brickman at 480.998.4481 or for questions.



Gingerbread House Class At Lon’s Get in the holiday spirit this month at Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn. Gingerbread House Cooking Classes will be held on December 21 and 22 from 12-4pm each day. Open to the public, Pastry Chef Duc Laio will guide guests on a holiday journey of creating their very own gingerbread houses. Once the gingerbread house walls are built, creations can come to life with endless, edible materials. This annual event is a perfect way to spend time with family and friends for holiday festivities, and make this a memorable tradition for years to come. Snacks and beverages will also be provided. The cost is $40 per house. For more information, call 602. 955.7878 or visit and click on Events.

MAYOR STANTON WRITES... By Mayor Greg Stanton

That’s great news – and I’m pushing for us to do even more. Mayor Stanton Writes continued, page 18

CitySkate Returns For The Holidays Close to 100,000 holiday revelers will descend on CityScape Phoenix to take part in the six weeks of CitySkate, the largest and only real outdoor ice rink in the Valley that is dramatically placed in the center of Central Avenue. Making its debut this year is a musicanimated holiday light display that takes place every 30 minutes starting at 7pm nightly. Just as in years past, NRG Energy is the presenting sponsor, and a portion of the proceeds from the ice rink will benefit Valley charities. Visitors 21 and older can purchase beer and wine from Chloe’s Corner and enjoy their beverages outdoors in Patriots Square while watching ice skaters. For those looking to extend their holiday festivities, Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix is offering a “Stay & Skate” package. Visit or call 602.253.6633 for details. CitySkate runs through January 13. For more information, visit or call 602.772.3900.

‘Tis The Season To Shop Local Local First Arizona is making buying local fun and easy this holiday season with the return of Buy Local Month. “Due to the efforts of ‘buy local’ campaigns across Arizona and the country, an increasing number of consumers are understanding that up to four times more of the dollars spent at local businesses will stay in the local economy,” says Kimber Lanning, director of Local First Arizona. “American consumers are expected to spend a combined $600 billion this holiday season, so even a small shift in spending to local businesses here at home would add up to a huge investment for Arizona communities.” Shoppers are encouraged to look beyond the big box mayhem and seek out the independent businesses in communities across Arizona to find unique gifts and make an impact of dollars staying in the local economy. This year, Buy Local Month will run from Black Friday (November 29) to Christmas Eve (December 24). Take advantage of special offers, enter contests and learn more about ways to Shop Local at

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Sometimes one simple change can bring real – and meaningful – results. Each year, state and local governments in Arizona spend millions of dollars buying items and services they require. Unfortunately though, those governments spend too many local tax dollars on out-of-state vendors when local small businesses could do the job just as MAYOR well – or better. City of Phoenix When I ran for Mayor, I said that we 602.262.7111 need to do more to keep those dollars in our community, and help local small businesses do business with the City. When I took office as Mayor, my colleagues on the City Council and I challenged the City’s procurement team to meet those goals. Just over a year ago, Phoenix launched its Local Small Business Set-Aside Program, which allows small businesses in Maricopa County to register online with the City to identify themselves and the products or services they sell. That allows the City to automatically contact those companies when we need those goods or services. The results speak for themselves. In the two years before we began the effort, Phoenix awarded small businesses a mere 21 contracts worth a combined total of roughly $50,000. Since the program’s launch, Phoenix has granted 443 contracts with a combined total value of $2.2 million. Nearly 90 percent of the cash value of the contracts stayed in Arizona, and more than half of that stayed right here in Phoenix.




North Valley Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert Celebrate the season with your family by attending North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s (NVSO) presentation of Holiday Toys, a musical rendering of traditional and classical toys of the season, Saturday, December 14. NVSO will perform Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, and Victor Herbert’s March of the Toys from Babes in Toyland. To continue the theme, the Youth Orchestra will perform the Toy Symphony, and Joshua Barnes is the featured soloist for the Flute Concerto in G major, by Johann Joachim Quantz. Rounding out the concert is a whimsical ride in the snow depicted by Leroy Anderson’s popular Sleigh Ride. Tickets are only $5, and can be purchased online at The concert begins at 7pm at North Canyon High School Performing Arts Center, 1700 East Union Hills Drive. The Youth Orchestra and Symphonettes (NVSO’s training orchestra) will perform in a free holiday concert on Saturday, December 7. That concert will begin at 4pm at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 4930 East Greenway Road in Scottsdale. For additional information, call 623.980.4628 or visit

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Business owners often talk about wanting to compete for government procurement contracts. The drawbacks or impediments to independent small business are as simple as not being able to understand procurement jargon or even finding potential opportunities buried in government websites. Phoenix’s database significantly reduces the degree of difficulty. Small business owners do not have to be procurement experts to find or secure contracts. All they have to do is register through our website to tell us their industry or specialty so we can e-mail notifications when the City is looking to make a particular purchase. I’m proud Phoenix is quickly becoming a national leader in showing how government can do a better job to boost local small business, but the truth is we’re just scratching the surface. Over the next year, Phoenix will roll out a state-of-the-art e-procurement system that will allow information to be more easily shared with other Phoenix-area communities. And hopefully, the small businesses who sign up can be alerted of potential opportunities not just from Phoenix – but from every local government in Maricopa County. Phoenix’s success on this front shows that what we’ve done in the past isn’t necessarily how things ought to operate in the future. We can always look for new ways to do things, and sometimes even when we make a simple change it can make a big difference.

The Furniture Ranch in Cave Creek is a familyowned and operated store with a unique collection of rustic furniture. Located just north of the 101 freeway on Cave Creek Road, the Furniture Ranch has served area residents with custom-made pieces for more than 18 years. “We specialize in designing and building the furniture you want, exactly the way you want it,” says owner Vinny Panaccione. Panaccione says he enjoys working with clients to create select pieces. “That’s my favorite thing about the Ranch. We have our own unique style and are able to bring our clients’ styles to life.” During the first week of December, customers will be offered the added value of up to 50 percent off their regular prices. Check the Furniture Ranch out on Facebook for hundreds of pictures of its current stock. Call 602.993.5223 or visit the website at “Like” the Furniture Ranch on Facebook for more pictures and special offers.


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28th Annual Golf Classic Fundraising Tournament Benefiting charities named The North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (NPCC) is pleased to announce the member organizations that will benefit from its 28th Annual Golf Classic to be held on Friday, April 25, 2014 – United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona and Paradise Valley Community College. UCP of Central Arizona provides therapy services including occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech and language pathology. Those it serves have various disabilities, including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, autism, Down’s syndrome, developmental delays and learning disabilities. Visit for detailed information on all the services that UCP provides. Proceeds from the NPCC Golf Classic will establish a scholarship at Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) for NPCC member employees. The scholarship will be held at the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that manages gifts on behalf of the MCCCD colleges. Learn more about PVCC at The 28th Annual Golf Classic will once again be held at the beautiful Moon Valley Country Club, located at 151 West Moon Valley Drive in Phoenix (www.moonvalleycc. com). Registration is now open for the tournament, with

early bird pricing being offered through December 31 as follows: Single Golfer: $165; Twosome: $300; Foursome: $550. Golf includes greens fee, GPS in cart, practice balls, polo shirt, golfer goodie bag and lunch. Prices will increase on January 1. A number of sponsorship opportunities are also available. Beyond the major title sponsorships, organizations and individuals can participate as a hole sponsor, cart sponsor or luncheon sponsor. The Chamber is also seeking raffle and silent auction item donations. For complete event details, visit npccgolfs.

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Join the Chamber for its next Golf, Gab & Grow Your Business event – now on a new day. Enjoy nine holes of golf and a networking happy hour with raffles and giveaways immediately following golf. The price includes range balls, nine holes of golf and light appetizers served at the happy hour ... not to mention fantastic networking opportunities. Not a golfer? Join the fun immediately after golf for cocktails and networking from 4:30-6pm. RSVP for this event at For additional information, contact the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce at 602.482.3344.

When Friday, December 6; Check-in 2pm; Shotgun Start 2:30pm; Cocktails and Networking 4:30-6pm Where Stonecreek Golf Club, 4435 East Paradise Village Parkway South, Phoenix, AZ 85032 Cost Golf and Cocktails/ Networking – $45/NPCC Members; $50/Non-Member – Advance Online Registration. Online registration closes at 12pm the day of the event. $55 if paid at the door. Cocktails & Networking Only – Free/NPCC Members $10/Non-Members $15 at the door

Join the Chamber on December 10 from Event Time: 11:30am-1:30pm 11:30am-1:30pm for its monthly Business Location: Moon Valley Country Club, 151 Resource and Networking Luncheon West Moon Valley Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85023 series. Hear from speakers in a number ( of different fields speak on a variety of subjects and enjoy the opportunity to Cost (Lunch included): network with fellow business owners and Discounted Prepay Online MEMBERS: $20 community members. This month, our Discounted Prepay Online GUESTS: $25 topic is “Competitive Edge & Survival The cost increases to $30 for members and Strategies.” The speaker is Sherry Anshara, guests if paid after December 6. founder and president of QuantumPathic Center of Consciousness. Anshara is an author, out-of-the-box educator, professional speaker, health and wellness business coach, current WebTV host of “Conscious Living…Beyond the B.S.,” former radio show host and a contributing writer to local national and international publications. The December luncheon sponsor is C & R Tire and Automotive. R.S.V.P. online at to attend this informational and engaging luncheon. For additional information, contact the Chamber office at 602.482.3344. For a complete listing of upcoming Chamber events, visit

NPCC Philanthropy In Action

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On November 9, the Chamber presented a donation in the amount of $3,000 to OCJ Kids to support its work with Valley children in foster homes. In addition, the organization was presented with dozens of donated personal hygiene Pictured L-R: NPCC Events & Fundraising Chair Fern Hailey, items to use in its “Welcome NPCC Executive Director Jason Bressler and OCJ Kids Kits” for the youths it serves. Founders Gary and Tammie Webb. On November 21, at its November Mix & Mingle event at Sol Mexican Cocina in Scottsdale Quarter, NPCC member Allstate Insurance Thompson LaSalle Agency presented two checks to Valley charities – Future Stars Global Foundation ( and OCJ Kids L-R: Stacy Santelli from Future Stars accepting the check ( On hand from Jay LaSalle and Patrick Walker. for the check presentation were agency owner Jay LaSalle and agent Patrick Walker, as well as Stacy Santelli with Future Stars and Gary Webb, founder of OCJ Kids. Walker is also the chair of the NPCC Philanthropy Committee, along with co-chair Melina Shah. To learn more about the philanthropic activities of the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and its members, visit


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Neighborhood Block Watch Grant Applications Block Watch groups and other neighborhood organizations are eligible for grants of up to $10,000 to help fund programs that fight crime and improve the safety and qualify of life in their areas. Applications for the 2014 Neighborhood Block Watch Grant program are now available online at www. html. Completed applications must be submitted via e-mail to no later than 4pm, Friday, January 3, 2014. For more information, call 602.262.6131.

Home Tour To Support Anthem Neighbors Anthem Cares Through Service presents the 8th Annual Anthem Holiday Home Tour. This year’s event features six beautifully decorated homes and lots of holiday spirit. The event will be held Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12 at 6pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. To purchase by phone, contact Pat Drapac at 623.703.5621 or Deb Rice at 425.894.4345. Proceeds from the Home Tour benefit Anthem families in need. For more information, send an e-mail to anthem or visit

Holiday Happenings At MIM Join Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) for fun, family-friendly activities to celebrate the holiday season Saturdays and Sundays December 7-22. MIM’s volunteer team members will lead guests in caroling at the piano in the lobby (10-11am and 1:30-2:30pm), local school and community groups will perform lunchtime acoustic concerts (12-1pm), face painting will be available featuring special winter designs (11am-3pm) and instant photo booth operators will be available to take pictures of guests (11am-3pm). Tickets to all of the events are included with paid Museum admission. The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 East Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix. For more information, visit or call 480.478.6000.

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The Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, is planning one of the grandest events of the holiday season in the Valley of the Sun. The Community Holiday Party will be a gala affair of fabulous food, stunning décor and live entertainment where fellow revelers will be eating, drinking and being merry. “The Community Holiday Party is the perfect solution for local businesses, organizations and residents who would like to be part of a spectacular holiday event that is far larger and grander than what they could host on their own,” explains general manager David Kirken. “The planning and stress are eliminated, and all your employees, colleagues or friends have to do is enjoy themselves and spread holiday cheer.” Businesses, organizations or groups who bring their staffs to the Community Holiday Party can be assigned their own tables, with up to 12 people per table. Held in the Grand Ballroom on December 13, choose either a lunch party, starting at 11:30am and costing $55 per person, including tax and gratuity, or a dinner party starting at 6pm for $100 per person, including tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 602.381.7603. For information, visit

The Arizona Caribbean Cultural Association will host a fundraising Carnival Showcase on Saturday, December 14 at the Phoenix Convention Center. The musical event is a showcase for Caribbean music calypso, soca, reggae and cultural dances and percussions, as well as a fundraiser to support low-income families in the Caribbean whose children attend rural schools that cannot afford after school tuition programs, school books, school uniforms and teaching materials. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a community partner with the Association to further assist its community initiatives – such as the working poor families, feeding the homeless

and single parents who are unable to provide a meal to their children. Featured performances include David Michael Rudder from Trinidad and Tobago and Eljai from Belize, in addition to local artists Richard Noel, Sticks N Fingers, Motherland Soul featuring Djahna and Isis and Grupo Folklorico de I’Naru. The event runs from 7-11pm. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. VIP passes are available for $55. To purchase tickets, visit or contact CEO Robert Cumberbatch at 623.980.4693 or


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Art In The Mountains Fine Art Event Fine art, photography and gift items are featured at the Northeast Valley Artist League Fine Art Event running December 6-8. The schedule of events is as follows: • Friday, December 6, 4-8pm – Artists reception, with live music from 5-7pm, refreshments, Starbucks coffee and iced tea and raffles. The reception is hosted by the Save Our Mountains Foundation. • Saturday December 7, 8am-3pm – Browse, shop and enjoy refreshments and Starbucks coffee while children ages five-12 enjoy a free art project between the hours of 10am-12pm.

The event will be held at the North Mountain Visitor Center, located at 2950 North 7th Street in Phoenix. For more information, call 602.343.5125.

Support Your Local Theatre Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) has partnered with Savers Thrift Stores in a great fundraising opportunity. Simply go to and schedule a free donation pick up of your used clothes and household items. Savers will pay MTA $3 for every scheduled pickup and your items are sold at Savers Thrift Stores or recycled. Your donations are tax deductible and you will be able to print a tax receipt through the website right after you schedule your pickup. provides a nationwide web-based scheduling service for at-home donation collection services. This service provides you, the donor, a connection to your local charity so that you can make a donation of gently used clothing and household items, with a scheduled donation pickup conveniently at your home. Musical Theatre of Anthem will present its annual Holiday Show December 6-8. It is located at 42323 North Vision Way, Building 2, in Anthem. For more information, call 602.743.9892 or visit

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• Sunday, December 8, 8am-1pm – The final day of this free event. Partial proceeds benefit Save Our Mountains Foundation and the Education Room at North Mountain Visitor Center.




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The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its next PM Connect event at Hotel Indigo on December 5 from 5-7pm. Its next AM Connect event will be held on December 19 from 7:30-9am at Renegade by MOD. For more information, call 480.355.2700 or visit Each month, the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce hosts a networking breakfast meeting, which includes a speaker on relevant topics and an opportunity for everyone present to introduce themselves and connect with prospective customers, in addition to after-hours mixers, which are hosted each month by a different member. The Chamber is committed to promoting a dynamic and vital economy that serves the needs of its community. For more information, call 480.488.3381 or visit Local First Arizona will hold its next Lunch Mixer on December 4 from 11:30am1pm at Tonto Bar and Grill in Cave Creek. LFA also holds regular Evening Mixer events. The monthly events give members the opportunity to dine together, network and learn about the latest efforts in the Local movement. The events are open to members only; however, guests may attend the events with a member. For more information, call 602.956.0909 or visit NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) will hold its December 2013 Red Affair at Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, 7700 East McCormick Parkway in Scottsdale. The event is NAWBO’s annual holiday celebration. NAWBO also has Desert Ridge and Scottsdale Neighborhood Chapters. For information, call 480.289.5768 or visit The North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Business Resource and Networking Luncheon on Tuesday, December 10 from 11:30am-1:30pm at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix. Learn about how you can connect with your North Valley community and help grow your business. For more information, visit or call 602.482.3344.



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Sassi and St. Mary’s Team Up To Take On Hunger This holiday season, Sassi of North Scottsdale will partner with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance to help fight hunger in Arizona. Throughout the month of December, Sassi will donate $5 of every order of Executive Chef Chris Nicosia’s Butternut Squash Risotto to St. Mary’s Food Bank. With just $25, St. Mary’s is able to provide 175 people with meals. Arizona’s hunger rates are higher than the national average with 19.1 percent of Arizonans living in food insecurity and 29.9 percent of Arizonan children facing hunger – with two million Arizonans living below the Federal Poverty Guideline. The restaurant will also host a special holiday fundraiser dinner on Wednesday, December 11 at 6pm. The event, priced at $39 per person, will feature a hearty buffet of lasagne, salad, gelato, cookies and beverages with proceeds going towards the Food Bank. Guests are also encouraged to bring a bag of non-perishable food to the event to be donated to St. Mary’s. Sassi is located at 10455 East Pinnacle Peak Parkway in Scottsdale. Call 480.502.9095 or visit For more information about St. Mary’s, call 602.242.FOOD or visit

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Kimani, 16, wants to lead his team from the three-point line on the basketball court, just like Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki. The athlete is trying out for the varsity basketball team at his high school. “If I can make JV, I’ll play JV,” Kimani says. “And I’ll be able to play every other team, too.” Basketball is his favorite sport because he likes its aggressive nature, he says. “Well, it’s just that I’m good at it and I like it a lot. I’ve very competitive and I like competition,” he says. He’ll play offense and defense – wherever his team needs him most. “I can still get out, like Dirk Nowitzki, shoot them three’s,” he says. On the weekends, Kimani stays in shape and remains active by playing football with his foster family. “Where I live, we go to the park. They have a big, big field and we play football almost every Saturday,” he says. “I go out there and they put me on the most suckiest teams so I can be the quarterback.” Kimani has lived with his foster family since he was 11 years old. Although he said he enjoys the foster care placement, he wants a permanent family who will offer him lifelong stability. “Well, I want to be outgoing, you know, have fun and make some jokes,” he says. “I like those kinds of families. This is the family that I have right now.” Whether Kimani becomes a professional basketball player or joins the Air Force – his second career choice – he said he wants to have a career that would better himself and his future. “I just want to be higher than where my family is right now, the family that I was born from,” he says. For more information, call 602.254.2275 or visit

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It was my first quinceañera. And what a quinceañera it was! I have known Anabel and her family since she was an itty bitty delicious and affectionate five-year-old. The invitation said 4pm. I asked if the time was “estilo mexicano” or “estilo americano” as, having lived in Latin America, I knew that there could be a dramatic difference between the invited time and the actual time one is in reality expected to arrive. “Americano” was their response. Four o’clock it is. As my “on time” is always ten minutes early, I arrived at ten minutes to four and sat in my car for the next nine – entering the garden precisely at 4pm. Apparently this was actually not “estilo americano,” as other than the immediate family and Anabel’s court of honor, I was the only one there. As she spotted me, this vision in an exquisite strapless fuchsia ball gown, came tearing across the yard – tiara sparkling in the sun (a symbol of her standing as a princess in the eyes of God) – her skirt hiked above her ankles exposing black flats concealed beneath. Dressed as a woman. Still a girl. With a scream of “HOPE!!!!!!” she threw her arms around me and exclaimed, “I’m so happy you’re here!” I was honored to be invited – the only Anglo of more than 100 guests. I had no idea how honored they were that I accepted. Silvia and Elias, her parents, greeted me with equal enthusiasm (sans the hemline hike!). “Señora! We are so happy you are here!” I’m not sure who was more honored – them or me! I was whisked to be introduced to Anabel’s elderly paternal grandparents – her abuelita and her abuelo. They had driven 20 hours straight through from Aguascalientes for this celebration. As they enthusiastically embraced and kissed me as if we’d known each other for decades, they exclaimed how honored they were that I’d come. A chair was placed next to theirs as I was ordered – I mean encouraged – to be seated. A place of honor in the receiving line. Seats for the old folks! Anabel and her parents introduced

everybody to me. You would have thought I was royalty. “Ay, Señora Hope. I have heard so much about you!” There were variations on this theme throughout the evening as I was met with overwhelming enthusiasm and affection from family and friends.

During the years I had lived in Colombia, I had become so fluent that I was dreaming in Spanish. I do try to keep it up. Tonight was a test. I would apologize for my Spanish to those with whom I chatted. They would apologize for their English. In many cases their English was far more polished than my Spanish. Repeatedly I was told how much the family loves and adores me. Wow! The customs I was a part of that evening so parallel those of my faith. In Judaism, a girl passes from childhood to womanhood at her Bat Mitzvah at the age of 13. For a young Mexican girl, at 15. Both celebrations are abundant with ceremony, festivity and tradition. More alike than different. The officiant speaks of the growing responsibilities she takes on as a woman, ethics, respect, education, plans for the future and counsels against temptations and pitfalls. Amongst the advice Padre Juan bestowed upon Anabel was an emphasis on the perils of drugs and gangs and reinforcement of the critical

importance of education. He asked what she plans to study in college. It was not an “if” question but a “when you do” question. “I will study to become a doctor.” Gulp. Smile. The young women in attendance were beautifully dressed, intelligent and polite. When they spoke Spanish, I would have sworn we were south of the border. When speaking English – there was no question that they were raised to the north. Not a trace of accent. Impossible to tell which was their first language. They are working and studying and helping their families – with ambitious plans for their futures. Not long after, Anabel is seated in the middle of the yard, her father kneeling at her feet. The ceremony of the “Changing of Shoes” is to commence. Fouryear-old sister Jimena ceremoniously approaches – the bearer of strappy silver high heel sandals balanced on a fuchsia cushion – this cushion that I recognize as having formerly lived in Courtney’s room. Jimena liked it when she was a toddler, so we gifted it to her for her room. Great planning! The right color! As her father removes the flats symbolizing Anabel’s childhood (remember those black flats under her dress!) and exchanges them for the sophisticated footwear of womanhood, symbolic of her passage into maturity, I could not help but flashback to my daughter Courtney becoming a Bat Mitzvah. I was thankful that I had brought a full package of tissues. Tears rolled down my cheeks.

And then, the fiesta! Over the microphone a voice announces the first dance: Anabel and her father. All eyes to the center of the garden as Elias takes her hand and hugs her close. We could sense his pride. And the music begins. As is custom, her mother, brother and godparents are each announced and in turn dance with her. Alone. In the center of the garden. And then I hear, “Señora Hope.” And

PUBLISHER’S PEN we dance. Anabel and me. Alone. In the center of the garden. And I danced with her abuelita and with her abuelo. And with her father. And her mother. And with her brother Hugo. Miss Jimena wanted no part of me. She was racing around with the other little doll babies dressed in a four-yearold’s version of her big sister’s dress – replete with mini high heeled sandals! And we danced, and we ate, and we danced some more. And there is so much more to tell. There are people in our lives who care deeply for us. And we never know. Unless and until we are told or shown. Let those you care for know. Honor them always. From our hearts to your hearts, may you find fulfillment and joy in your lives and in those of your loved ones. With affection,

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Dear Patrons, For the past eleven years, your commitment has allowed us to consistently focus on providing you with substantive community news.We appreciate that you, our readers, patronize our advertisers. We value you, our advertisers, and your faith in us to drive business to your business! Without your support we would not be able to provide our readership with this outstanding publication. On behalf of all of us at CITYSunTimes, please accept our wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season. A Happy Chanukah – a joyous Christmas – a celebration of whatever speaks to your heart. At this time, and all times, we wish you and yours good health, happiness and prosperity. – Hope H. Ozer

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Christmas Festival, one of the largest annual events in Carefree, is just around the corner, with more than 35,000 people expected to attend the event. Mark your calendars for December 13-15, when winter family fun descends upon Carefree. The holiday event provides three days and two nights of free holiday festivities at the Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, located at 101 Easy Street. “The festival is for the child in all of us, and it’s become a Christmas tradition for many,” says event director and founder of Christmastime. This year we’ve raised the bar and are extremely honored to welcome the families of the Yarnell 19 firefighters.” The signature Electric Light Parade will take place at 6pm on Saturday, December 14, along Easy Street. A fireworks display with a special commemorative salute, in cooperation with the 100 Club, will take place to honor the fallen Yarnell 19 firefighters, at 8pm, immediately following the parade. Other activities include a Kid’s Zone with 35 tons of real snow, carriage rides, caroling, dance and singing performances, a Nativity display, a pet parade and pet adoptions and other activities for the entire family. An outdoor shopping and gift mart with more than 100 exhibitors and a holiday food court will take place throughout the weekend. This year’s expanded event includes a live holiday jazz concert by the Kelso Brothers Quintet, dance performances by Adage Dance Company and the 10-piece Affinity Dance Band, plus the Medley of Theatre Classics presented by The Desert Foothills Theatre. For more information,

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I invite everyone to come to Carefree’s Christmas Festival. The dates for the Festival are December 13-15. The Festival is located in Carefree Town Center and includes family-friendly entertainment, a “Kid’s Zone,” food vendors and more. The high point of the Festival is the Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 14, at 6pm. At 8pm there will be a fireworks display, which will be bigger and better than before. We hope you will come to Carefree Town Center to enjoy the holiday events and discover everything that Carefree has to offer. Once again we will have real snow in the Kids’ Zone for children of every age to enjoy. A schedule of events is on the web at I’d also ask that you remember to help people in difficulty. The Foothills Food Bank and the Salvation Army Kettles are two good ways to contribute to your community. Come to Carefree and ENJOY!

“Best wishes of the holiday season to you from the Town of Carefree! We have a wonderful display of lights in the Carefree Desert Gardens. The Gardens are open 24 hours every day. You are welcome to enjoy a quiet stroll through the Gardens after sunset to enjoy the holiday atmosphere.”

Local Church Celebrates Christmas in Carefree Carefree’s Christ Anglican Church announces its upcoming Christmas events. Fr. Steven Dart will host advent lessons and carols on Sunday, December 1 at 4pm. The one-hour devotional commences the holiday season with scripture and songs. A reception in Dorothy McGinnis Hall will follow the lessons and carols. On Christmas Eve, December 24 at 5pm and 9pm, the church offers a candlelight service, with carols and hymns. The nursery will open at 5pm for children three years old and under. On December 25 at 10:30am, Fr. Dart will lead Christmas Day services. The church welcomes everyone to celebrate Christmas with the Carefree community. Christ Anglican Church is located at 35500 North Cave Creek Road in Carefree. The parish serves the communities of Carefree, Cave Creek, North Scottsdale, North Phoenix and Anthem. Worship services take place at 8am and 10:30am each Sunday. For information, call 480.488.0525 or visit

Holiday Pet Parade As part of the annual Carefree Christmas Festival, the Foothills Animal Rescue invites everyone to join them for a holiday-themed costume Dog/ Cat Parade on Sunday, December 15 at 10am. The event is free. There will be activities in the morning along with prizes for best costumes. Bring your pet(s) dressed up in their favorite holiday outfit and show off and stroll around the Carefree Sundial Plaza. The staff and volunteers look forward to this event as a mini reunion and it warms their heart when they see all the happy pets that have been adopted over the years. Come and support Foothills Animal Rescue and cheer on the Dog/Cat Parade. Sign up early or registration starts at 9am on day of the event. Follow on Facebook at



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Foothills Food Bank Seeks Van Drivers The Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is in need of volunteer drivers to pick up and drop off food and related items for the food bank. Because requests for food assistance intensify during the holiday season, van drivers are needed to help ensure the families that are served by Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center receive the food and personal items they so desperately need. Call John Murphy at 480.443.3790, who can answer questions regarding specific duties and store locations and hours.


Free Community Christmas Brunch Presented by the Foothills Caring Corps Everyone is invited to a celebration of Christmas brunch to be held at the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, located at 34605 North Scottsdale Road, at the corner of Carefree Highway and Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Brunch is free and will be served from 11:30am-1pm on Christmas Day, December 25. “Since this is a day to spend with others, you are invited to come and dine with neighbors and families. The food will be delicious,” says Reverend Jayne Hubbard of the Foothills Caring Corps, one of the

organizers of the event. “Great music performed by our Carefree neighbors Music Serving the Word and good cheer and conversation. It will not be a grace filled day without you.” “This is a gift to the community by members of local congregations,” Hubbard adds. Transportation, including wheel chair accessible van transportation, is available. RSVP is appreciated but not required. For information or reservations, call Kathleen Harris at 480.488.3384 or visit

A special evening for family, friends and co-workers will be held this month in Cave Creek as the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber holds their annual Holiday Mixer, on Wednesday, December 11 at Cartwrights Sonoran Ranch House. There will be a gourmet buffet, music and a cash bar. Tickets are $40 per person and tickets should be purchased by December 6. The event will begin at 5:30pm. Cartwrights is located at 6710 East Cave Creek Road, in downtown Cave Creek. For more information, visit or call 480.488.3381.

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December Kiwanis Club Flea Market Just in time for the holidays! Find merchandise from electronics and exercise equipment to clothing and collectibles at the Carefree Kiwanis Flea Market on Saturday, December 7, from 8am-1pm. “The warehouse is full of gently used merchandise that must be moved out,” says Ron Junier, who chairs the Carefree Kiwanis Flea Market and Marketplace with Anne Hilton. “We are constantly picking up entire households of furnishings, including electronics and sporting goods.” Quality clothing, accessories, jewelry, artwork and unique pieces of furniture can be found at the Carefree Kiwanis Marketplace, across the parking lot from the Flea Market. “People retire and downsize or move into resort homes and find that their traditional furniture doesn’t suit their new Southwestern space. They redecorate and donate, literally, complete rooms

of furniture and artwork to us,” says Hilton. “Our community youth programs benefit from their donations and shoppers get incredible bargains.” To schedule a donation pick-up or to volunteer at the Flea Market warehouse, call the Kiwanis Club of Carefree at 480.488.8400. The Carefree Kiwanis Flea Market is located at Dave Anderson Memorial Building, 7177 East Ed Everett Way in Cave Creek (southwest corner of Tom Darlington and Cave Creek Road). Visit

Grab your camera and get ready for the Carefree Desert Gardens photo contest coming up next month. Entries will be accepted from January 2February 2. Twelve photos will be chosen by professional photographers and displayed for public voting at the Carefree Fine Chocolate and Art Festival February 14-17, the Desert Foothills Library February 18-24 and the Cave Creek Museum February 25-March 3. There are no time constraints on when the photo can be taken. The photo receiving the most votes will win the highest honor, the Juanita and Mark Wdowiak Award. Photos may be in either film or digital format. Digital entries may be enhanced and submitted Photo by Hazel Vaughn in an 8” x 10” print. Those who submit via digital format will also be required to furnish a CD with their high resolution photo in JPEG or TIFF format at 300 dpi. The Town of Carefree will have first rights to use the photos that are entered. The photographer will be credited. Entry drop off locations include The UPS Stores in the Bashas’ Center, the Albertson’s Center and the Fry’s Center and the photo counter at CVS in the Carefree Lowe’s Center. Entry forms may be obtained at these locations and at Carefree Town Hall or downloaded from the Town of Carefree website at or from the CITYSunTimes website at A maximum of three photos may be entered. An individual may only win once per yearly competition. A jury panel of professional photographers will judge the contest. Photographs will be judged on both technical and artistic merit and 12 finalists will be selected and awarded prizes. For questions, send an e-mail to


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Ace Hardware Unveils The Paint Studio The paint departments at the Karsten’s Ace Hardware stores in Cave Creek and Carefree are undergoing a complete transformation. Officially re-launching this month as The Paint Studio, this newly designed, boutique-style shopping experience offers an expanded, premium line of products. The Paint Studio provides a new way to discover your favorite colors, right in your neighborhood. “The Paint Studio will truly elevate our customers’ experience,” says owner Dave Karsten. The Paint Studio was designed with color displays

and tools to help find the right color while enjoying the process. As part of The Paint Studio’s expanded product assortment, Karsten’s has also announced the addition of a leading national paint brand, Valspar. For information in Cave Creek, call 480.510.7020 or visit 28220 North Tatum Boulevard. In Carefree, call 480.488.4400 or visit 36889 North Tom Darlington Drive in the Carefree Marketplace.



Cured Of Gambling By Alan Nohre

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Honor Choir Performs A Ceremony of Carols The Living Music Performance Series at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church welcomes the Boulder Creek High School Honor Choir on Sunday, December 15. This outstanding choir will present English composer Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols during a 10am worship. The program of choral music and harp celebrates the centenary of Benjamin Britten, who was born in November 1913. The Boulder Creek Honor Choir, under the direction of Kirk Douglas, is composed of the top 35-40 vocalists at Boulder Creek High School. Individual choir members are also represented in the All-State Jazz and Show Choir, Regional Honor Choir and the All-State Choir. All are welcome. A free-will donation will be taken at the door to support the Honor Choir’s fundraising efforts. There will also be a cookie reception following the performance. Christ the Lord Lutheran Church is located at 9205 East Cave Creek Road in Carefree, one mile east of Pima Road. For information, call 480.488.7712 or visit

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I was recently reminded of my own painful gambling experience when a woman told me about her gambling addiction. She said, “Four years ago, when I took my last loser walk from the casino to my car, I had seven payday loans, credit card debt and I owed the Federal Government $25,000 in back taxes.” When I was 16, I worked six days a week during the summer at a hardware store for a total of $25. I was paid on a Saturday afternoon and later that beautiful August evening, I headed off in my 1941 Chevy to the Annual Harvest Festival in a neighboring town of Hoffman. A carnival, with a Ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl, pony rides, sideshows and games, was set up on the local baseball field. I hadn’t been there long when I came to a booth where I had a chance to win a prized teddy bear. All I had to do was throw three baseballs at three wooden dolls about eighteen inches high and five inches wide. Knock down all

three dolls and the bear was mine to proudly show off the rest of the evening and maybe attract the attention of a girl. Each try cost a dollar. I didn’t knock them down on the first attempt, nor the second or the third. But, with the manipulative “encouragement” of the carnival worker, I was convinced I could do it. When I finally realized I had spent $18, three-fourths of my week’s wages, I stopped. The public shame and humiliation had cured me for life. Neither I, nor the woman I mentioned earlier, ever gambled again. Life does require that we take chances, but they don’t have to be games of chance, unless we can afford the entertainment. I couldn’t afford it.




Tis The Season Of The Guest By Nanyi Kelleher, Interior Designer

How is your guest room shaping up for the holidays? Guests may be arriving soon to share in the holiday festivities and what a difference a restful night can make for everyone. The art of hospitality includes a little finesse. Some helpful hints:

Furnishings: Try to have nice furniture in your guest room. If you are using your “old” furniture you have tired of, re-purpose or freshen it or take it to a consignment store and use the money to purchase something nice.

Luggage Rack: Luggage gets dirty, provide a luggage rack or suitable place, so luggage doesn’t end up on your clean bedding. Drawer Space: Guests will feel welcome if you provide a drawer or two for them rather than digging in their suitcase. Closet Space: Hanging garments should find a place in the closet; anticipate two inches between each piece. If you use your guest room for out of season clothing, kids’ things or storage, pack it away. Use wood hangers and include a few for pants. Bedding, Linens and Pillows: Select a firm good quality mattress. Use 100 percent cotton sheets. Select a variety of soft, medium and firm pillows – you can always store what is not being used in the closet shelf. Also include fresh towels and face cloths.



Other items: Provide small guest size toiletries, toothpaste, q-tips, lotion, aspirin package etc., which you might place on a pretty tray or basket. Fresh guest size soap (toss after use), small hair dryer, bottled water with a nice glass or a glass carafe with matching cup is a always nice touch. Happy Holidays! Nancy Kelleher is a local Interior Design and owner of Hermosa Home & Garden.


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Ted Denton and wife Joy Denton at the ribbon cutting of their new business with members of the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce. The ribbon cutting was held on Thursday, November 8.

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A new contemporary art studio is now open in downtown Carefree. The Ted Philip Denton Contemporary Art Studio, located at 100 Easy Street, Suite 1, is a unique experience for visitors, offering a variety of contemporary art forms from delicate clay objects to large scale paintings. An international artist and true minimalist, Ted Phillip Denton produces contemporary works of art with an architectural influence. “I’ll look at a space, internal or external, and envision what needs to be there. That has always been my inspiration…architecture rather than art. The drama, harmony and beauty of minimalism, clean lines, geometric forms, primary colors, light, space and simplicity define my art. As my favorite architect, Al Beadle, once said, “Simplicity carried to an extreme is elegance!” After more than thirty years producing works out of his studios in Arizona and Palm Springs, California, primarily for architects, designers and collectors, both national and international, Ted now creates his signature metal sculpture in a self-designed, dramatic studio located on several acres in a remote, pristine area of the upper Sonoran Desert. Now a Carefree resident and local artist, Ted’s work is being offered for the first time out of his new Carefree gallery, bringing a different look to today’s art scene. Carefree’s newest artspace features an interesting collections of paintings of bold color, multimedia canvases and metal sculpture both functional and decorative of all sizes. Gallery hours are WednesdaySaturday from 11am-5pm. Call 760.780.8484 for information.



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Bags & Rags 16 Easy Street 480.575.3114 Bill Mulliniks, State Farm Insurance 748 Easy Street 480.488.2101

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22 Crystal Clear Pools 7202 East Cave Creek Road 480.488.2636 10 Davis Dentistry 34522 North Scottsdale Road 480.595.1300 11 Debbie Omundson, Russ Lyon/Sotheby’s 34305 North Scottsdale Road 480.375.1522

21 Easy Street Clinic 7202 East Carefree Drive 480.595.0001

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27 Complete Roofing & Waterproofing 7166 East Ed Everett Way 480.595.5590

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19 Heritage at Carefree Senior Living 36590 North Pima Road 480.488.1622 4

It’s a Nail Thing 99 Easy Street 480.203.4615

18 Karsten’s Ace Hardware 36889 North Tom Darlington Drive 480.488.4400

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22 Tyrol Insurance 7206 East Cave Creek Road 480.488.2113

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Help Make A Difference For A Family Today The holiday season is almost here and the Foothills Food Bank needs your help. It’s been serving a record number of clients in the Desert Hills area who are having rough economic times. Organizers at the food bank once again have organized an Adopt-a-Family special holiday event. The Food Bank will provide a holiday meal for each family. Those in a position to help often ask, “What can I do to make a real difference?” Adopting a family involves buying gifts or donating money for gifts. The Food Bank will give ages, gender and wish lists for specific individuals. Residents can buy the gifts, wrap them and bring them to the Foothills Food Bank drop off location, or just donate through the website and one of Santa’s helpers will take over for you. Foothills Food Bank needs families, neighbors, sport groups, HOA groups, classmates and offices to join in to help make a difference in our community. If you are able to help, please visit to donate or to download a donor sign-up form. E-mail the completed donor form to, fax the completed form to 480.488.9008, or mail your form to Adopt-a-Family, Foothills Food Bank, P.O. Box 715, Carefree, Arizona 85377. The Adopt-a-Family Committee 2013 thanks you for caring and improving lives in the community through your support.

MAYOR FRANCIA WRITES... By Mayor Vincent Francia

Cave Creek Luminaria Run Join hundreds of runners, joggers, walkers, families and friends on December 7 for the 11th Annual Cave Creek Luminaria Run in Cave Creek Regional Park. The event features a timed 5K Run, an untimed one-mile Fun Run/Walk and Kids’ Desert Dashes ranging between 50 and 100 meters. The first race begins at 4:45pm and participants and onlookers are encouraged to come early for the best parking at Cave Creek Memorial Rodeo Arena, 37201 North 28th Street, in Cave Creek. Registration fees range from $10 to $35. Proceeds benefit Desert Foothills Theater, a program of the Foothills Community Foundation. The new course location is uphill out and downhill back, featuring stunning desert views and gorgeous city lights. Lit luminarias will line both sides of the road as participants run and walk the course. Register online, via mail or in-person through December 5 from 9:30am-4pm Tuesday through Friday at the FCF-Holland Community Center, located at 34250 North 60th Street, Building B, in Scottsdale; or through December 6 from 2-7pm at Roadrunner Sports at Scottsdale Road and Mayo Boulevard (south of the 101, next to Whole Foods). For more details, visit or call 480.488.1981. Cave Creek Luminaria Run wishes to thank its supporters Maricopa County Parks and Recreation, Cave Creek Regional Park, The Town of Cave Creek, Roadrunner Sports, Wilhelm Automotive and more.

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The Christmas holiday will be introduced with two popular events. On December 7, the 11th annual Luminaria Run will take place in the Cave Creek Regional Park, starting at 4:45pm. The luminaria-lighted course casts a reverent glow while runners make their way through a hushed and MAYOR spectacular desert. For the fleet of Town of Cave Creek foot there’s a timed 5K run. For those 480.488.1400 getting into shape there’s a one-mile fun run/walk. Later in the evening on the same day is the Desert Foothills Pageant at Spur Cross. The event repeats itself on December 8. Starting time both nights is 7pm. The Pageant has a storied history, going all the way back to when a new car sold for $1,700, gas was 20 cents a gallon and the population of Cave Creek was 500 hearty souls. That would be 1952, for those wondering. Sponsored by the local Kiwanis, the Pageant calls upon volunteers to enact the roles of the Nativity. Angels, donkeys, a choir, shepherds and Kings all make an appearance along with Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus. Although the two events are different in tone, what they have in common is that they’re both volunteer based. Volunteerism is something that comes very natural to Cave Creek. Most of the events that take place in Town, like the recent, over-the-top successful Wild West Days, comes about because of citizens volunteering to make them happen for the benefit of all. That sentiment plays well no matter the time of year. The Pageant reminds us that these “tidings of great joy” are worth sharing.


Local Hair Salon Offers Experience Cave Creek’s Hair F/X Salon in Plaza de Rico offers experience for those looking for the latest trends in hair styling. Owner Karin Klooster has been a master hairdesigner for over 25 years and is also a State of Arizona licensed cosmetology instructor. The salon specializes in corrective color services as well as hair coloring. Klooster has extensive training and works to design a cut that fits a customer’s personality and/or individual facial structure. Services provided are blow drying, hair designing for men

and women, formal up-dos, hair extensions of various installment applications, facial waxing, haircoloring, permanent waves, keratin smoothers for anti-frizz, anti-curl and split end repair plus much more. The salon is open by appointment at the customer’s convenience seven days a week. It is located at 6812 East Cave Creek Road, Suite 2A, across from the Buffalo Chip. For more information, call 602.696.2652. Walk-ins are always welcome.



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Cave Creek history comes to life the first weekend of December, as Cave Creek once again hosts the annual Desert Foothills Christmas Pageant. “There wouldn’t be a pageant without the volunteer crews who set everything up and help run the event,” says Toby Payne, longtime supporter and organizer of the pageant. “Thanks to local youth and adults in the cast and choir; animal owners; and the ‘angels’ – Kiwanis Key Club members from Cactus Shadows High School, Foothills Academy and Notre Dame Prep – who place and light the five-plus miles of beautiful luminaria leading to the pageant site at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.” The pageant was started by the local 4-H Club in Cave Creek in 1952, as a re-enactment of the Christmas story. The tradition continues on December 7 and 8 at 7pm at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area in Cave Creek. Area residents perform in the choir and in pantomime. There is a live, occasionally stubborn, donkey for Mary, and the Three Kings travel on horseback. “Thank you, Evelyn Holbrook, Director of Education and Community Services at CCUSD, for your many years of wrangling the kings and their horses,” adds Payne. “Not to mention the donkey!” Admission and parking are free. Because there is no built-in seating, bring a blanket to sit up close on the ground or a portable chair. Wear warm clothes and walking shoes. A flashlight is useful. Directions: Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area is located approximately 35 miles north of Central Phoenix. Interstate 17, State Route 51 and Loop 101 can all be used to reach the park. From the intersection of Carefree Highway and Cave Creek Road head north on Cave Creek Road about two and a half miles to Spur Cross Road. Turn north for approximately four and a half miles to the public parking area. After three miles the road turns to all-weather graded. For more information, call 480.488.8400 or visit

The Gold Mine Thrift Shop is offering a Christmas boutique between now and December 21. The store has been added to its regular stock of clothing, shoes, kitchenware, furniture and other everyday items. Find holiday ornaments, decorating items, candles, stockings and holders, Nativity sets, floral centerpieces, wreaths, linens, greenery, tree toppers, cards, dishes and more items too numerous to mention. New items are put on the floor throughout the day as space becomes available. Shopping hours are Wednesdays thru Saturdays, 9am-3pm. All Gold Mine profits go to support 20 charities, 70 percent locally and 30 percent for missions abroad. Administered by the Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church in Cave Creek, it is located at 6502 East Cave Creek Road. For more information, call 480.488.3721.


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Happy Trail Thrift Shop Items offered to benefit animals Serving the Community Since 2002

Add a touch of western flair to your home while helping out animals at the Happy Trails Thrift Shop in Downtown Cave Creek. Terry and Barb Fannon have been rescuing and caring for animals for many years. Countless dogs, horses and goats have had a second chance at life, and now happily reside in their sanctuary at the Dancin Fannon’s Ranch. They specialize in western items and also receive numerous donations. You will find rustic, distressed and colorful hand painted furniture, Western art, usable items, horse tack, books and more. Designer outfits at thrift store prices or a pair of cowboy boots, already worn in for comfort, are found in the Clothing Corral. Terry custom designs wood signs and cutouts sold in the store as well. They’re also in the process of making pallet wood furniture, so check in often for a hand-made wine rack/liquor holder or a rustic wood shelf. Another bonus to a visit: fresh eggs for sale from their happy and healthy chickens and ducks. Happy Trails is located at 6528 East Cave Creek Road, next to Dairy Queen. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9am-4pm. Now open Sundays from 12-4pm. Call 602.525.7938 for information.




Shop Local This Season: Visit The Cave Creek Museum When shopping for unique Southwest items for friends and family this year, don’t forget about the Cave Creek Museum. The Museum store has a nice selection of gifts as well as a collection of books for sale that highlight local history, state history and other interesting reads. If playing host to relatives or friends this month, the Museum makes for a great local outing. The Paolo Soleri exhibit, entitled Soleri in Cave Creek: The Dome in the Desert, is artfully done and includes a detailed brochure that traces the history of the house from design to present day. It’s a fascinating and relatively unknown part of Cave Creek’s history. Another wonderful new exhibit is the Assayer’s Office located in the Pioneer Wing. It offers a glimpse into the process of precious metals and like the Soleri exhibit, it’s distinguished by its excellent labeling and explanations. While not as large in scale as the Soleri and Assayer’s Office exhibits, the new Bola Tie exhibit rivals them in terms of having fascinating ties to Arizona history. The Bola Tie exhibit is housed in a glass case in the atrium. It features many beautiful examples of bola tie jewelry. The Museum is open Wednesday and Thursday from 1-4:30pm, Friday 10am-4:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday 1-4:30pm. It is located on the corner of Basin and Skyline off Cave Creek Road. For more information, visit

Holiday Light Display Will Benefit Food Bank A Cave Creek home listed on a metropolitan Christmas lights map will serve as a donation location to benefit the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center. The home, which will showcase 60,000 lights synced to music, is located at 6726 East Dixileta Drive. The lighting display and food donation drop-off will be open to the public from 6-9pm, Sundays through Thursdays, and from 6-10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. “For years, we have been giving joy to those who have seen and heard about our display,” says homeowner Todd Rooker. “This year, we decided we would give those who experience it the opportunity to give back. We will be putting a donation box out to collect canned food for Foothills Food Bank in Cave Creek.”



Downtown Cave Creek’s new Hogs n’ Horses Arena and Saloon is now open and is quickly becoming a hotspot for the Valley. The official grand opening celebration is scheduled for Sunday, December 8 starting at 1pm. The new venue is one of the most unique around. It offers nightly rodeo events, three separate bars – one inside, one outside and even one on the roof. The open-air rooftop bar features great views of Cave Creek and the Hogs n’ Horses rodeo arena. The venue offers rodeo events nightly with free admission. Arena schedule includes:


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Hogs n’ Horses Arena and Saloon offers entertainment nightly – including a buffalo named Harvey Wallbanger that performs in the Wild West Show each weekend, and sometimes visits the saloon during the day.

Team Roping – Monday, Tuesday and Saturday nights Barrel Racing and Bull Riding – Wednesday and Friday nights Team Sorting – Thursday and Sunday nights Horse Training Seminar/Team Roping – Saturday 4pm

Entertainment at Hogs is not to be missed with the sounds of The Pat James Band, along with a variety of other performances. Schedule includes: Pat James Band – Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights Karaoke – Monday 7pm Comedy Night – Tuesday 7pm Music on the Roof – Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons Hogs n’ Horses is located at 6705 East Cave Creek Road. Call 480.488.2789 for more information.

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Wild West Show – Saturday 8pm





Pieh Tool Opens Second Supply Store By Karen Mahoney

You could say she was born into the business. Young Amy Pieh shadowed her father, William Pieh, CEO of Centaur Forge, Ltd, as he shod horses and traveled to various racetracks in Illinois selling horseshoeing and blacksmithing supplies. In her teen years, she worked for him after school, doing odd jobs to earn spending money. After William passed away in 2000, Amy quit her job in California to assist her mother, Bonnie, in running the business. She learned Store owner Amy Pieh shipping and receiving, and later, purchasing and website design. Just before Bonnie’s death, Pieh was named Vice President of Centaur Forge, Ltd. The business sold and she moved to Camp Verde in 2003 and opened Pieh Tool Company to accommodate the growing need for Blacksmithing supplies. After numerous requests to open another store to service the many farriers in the area, Pieh opened Pieh Tool Company II in Phoenix/Cave Creek earlier this year. “I was getting at least three calls a day asking me to open another store near the Phoenix area,” Pieh explains. “The new retail business is doing great, and we offer a full array of horseshoeing supplies, including soft ride boots for horses, Hoof Power Feed Supplement and LMF Feed.” Pieh Tool Company is a distributor for Milwaukee Powertools and JET/Powermatic Equipment and also sells books and instructional DVDs. The newest location is 28255 North Tatum Boulevard, #1, in Cave Creek. For information, call 480.626.0924 or visit

specials featuring cold and hot sake, draft beer (domestic and imported), cocktails, fine wines and specialty drinks. Happy hour food choices are numerous and a favorite is the Gyoza Dumplings and Edamame (steamed soy beans with salt). Barry Kirshner is co-owner and Ahn’s husband and the person to talk to about holiday parties and group event bookings at the Electric Eel. The staff is friendly and strive to make your dining experience memorable. Check out the music on most Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm. The restaurant is open MondayThursday 3:30-9pm and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1:3010pm and is located at 30815 North Cave Creek Road in the Tuscany Village Center (southeast corner of Cave Creek Road and Desert Willow Parkway). For information, visit or call 480.595.9000 to make reservations.

Design Boutique Opens Hermosa Home & Garden, a home design boutique, recently opened at 6710 East Cave Creek Road, next to Cartwright’s Restaurant in Cave Creek. Interior designer and owner Nancy Kelleher offers full design services, new, consigned and re-purposed furniture, accessories and architectural elements for the home. “Who my clients are and how they want to live is most important to me. Creating a personal style and an environment with individuality is exciting and a joy,” says Kelleher. She hand selects unique, one-of-a-kind artistic pieces and artisanal products, building on a “whole home” concept. Favoring natural and original materials whenever possible, Hermosa carries Merida’s natural line of abaca, sisal, jute and seagrass rugs; handcrafted and beautifully scented Tatine soy candles; Blithe and Bonny lotions and soaps which are paraben free and a luxurious skin product for a desert climate. Local artists who can be found in Hermosa include Alan Scott, offering original “Window Scape” oil paintings and Kevin Best’s custom jewelry by Hunter Designs, including his white buffalo turquoise line. Kelleher also works with Thaumas P. Ehr, landscape architect to engage the inside and outside of a home. For more information, please call 480.466.4963.

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Looking for a unique dining experience with your family or friends? Try the Electric Eel’s Teppanyaki. There are several entrée choices that are accompanied by a shrimp appetizer, Hibachi vegetables, homemade dipping sauces, miso soup, a house salad and rice. The Teppan tables seat eight people and require a reservation. Master Sushi Chef and co-owner, Ahn Kirshner, will delight your appetite with a variety of Electric Eel Signature Rolls and sushi prepared to perfection. Chef Kirshner’s new Asian Seafood Pizza, the Spicy Thai Chicken Curry Noodles and Beef Yakisoba are also great choices. One popular meal is The Perfect Ten. The meal is just $10 and includes miso soup, salad and a rice bowl with Salmon or Chicken Terriaki. Or enjoy a New York steak grilled just the way you like it. Happy hour runs from 3:306:30pm and offers drink and food


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Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area December Program Highlights Sunset Over Spur Cross December 14 ~ 4-6pm Come with us on a casual stroll along the Metate Trail as the sun sets over the hills of the conservation area. The twilight is a prime time to watch for wildlife and take pictures so bring some binoculars and a camera. Moonlight Over Spur Cross December 15 ~ 6-8pm The conservation area is a different experience when seen softly illuminated by the silver moon. While we will attempt to minimize the use of flashlights, bring one in case you need it. Winter Solstice Hike December 21 ~ 7-9pm Join in for a hike on the winter solstice. On this shortest day of the year the group will start early to greet the sun as it rises over the conservation area. Holiday Hike At Cave Creek Regional Park December 22 ~ 10am-12pm Meet the Ranger at the Nature Center for a guided hike in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Bring the whole family out to the park for a little pre-holiday adventure. Don’t forget your camera. Bring water & sturdy shoes. Contact Ranger Mark for more information at

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Elephant Butte Fortress Hike December 29 ~ 9am-2pm This is a 7-mile, 5-hour roundtrip trek into the backcountry to one of the premier archaeological sites in the conservation area. Participants need to be in good condition and familiar with what hiking on primitive trails for this distance entails. Bring at least one liter of water. Bring a hat and dress in layers. No dogs on this hike, please. Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area is located at 44000 North Spur Cross Road Cave Creek, in Cave Creek. Visit the park’s website at for more information and a full listing of December events, updates or changes.




Desert Foothills Library

December Highlights Art Nosh Lunch: The Astonishing Architecture of Frank Gehry December 3 ~ 12-1pm Enjoy a nosh while being educated and entertained. Canadian-American Pritzker Prizewinning architect, Frank Gehry, is one of the most celebrated architects working today. Presented by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Limited seating. Registration required at 480.488.2286. Event is free. Order a boxed lunch provided by Grotto Café. Cost: $10, due when registering by Monday morning prior to event date.

Holiday Comedy Happy Hour December 13 ~ 4-5:30pm “Munching on Memories: Food for Thought from the Body, Mind and Spirit.” Funny and insightful, award-winning solo artist Raleigh Pinskey returns this year with new stories to entertain and jumpstart your Friday night with laughs. Limited seating. Payment due with reservation at 480.488.2286. $10 includes the show and a complimentary glass of wine. Proceeds benefit the Library. For a full listing of December library events for children and adults, visit

Digital Photography Workshop A free workshop-style photography clinic will be offered on December 10 from 11am-1pm at Desert Broom Library in Cave Creek. It will provide individuals the opportunity to have their photography questions answered by professionals. Bring your digital camera for hands-on guidance. Individuals are also invited to bring several images for review and critique. Composition tips, camera settings and flash lighting will be discussed. The December clinic will focus on tips for purchasing a new digital camera. The clinic is presented by Alan Lowy and Richard Rubenstein, professional photographers and photography instructors. Workshops are limited to 20 adult students. Call 602.534.7186 to pre-register. Desert Broom Library is located at 29710 North Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek.

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Desert Foothills Library Writers Connection with Stella Pope Duarte December 6 ~ 1-3pm Writing Through Revelations, Visions and Dreams. American Book Award winner Stella Pope Duarte leads a thought-provoking

workshop in which you’ll discover how to use symbols, codes and “blurred images” to connect with your wondrous “writer within” and to reveal your personal “language of the soul.” Limited seating. Register at 480.488.2286.



FHT Present Holiday Classic – With A Twist

Celebrate The Holidays With A Stroll Stroll in the Glow returns to Avenue of the Fountains this year with more than 60,000 twinkling lights and ornaments adorning the trees and lighted holiday displays that will light up the Avenue. Stroll the avenue on December 7 under the twinkling lights and visit the shops and boutiques. Santa and his elf will be on hand, so have your list ready. The free event begins at 6pm. For more information, call 480.837.1654 or visit

Chamber Players’ Concert Series The Fountain Hills Chamber Players will present its next concert at 3pm on Sunday, December 8 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, a lovely venue, with its beautiful setting, excellent acoustics, comfortable seating and friendly, helpful staff. The church is located at 16150 East El Lago Boulevard in Fountain Hills. For more information, call 480.816.5020 or visit

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Just in time for the holidays, Fountain Hills Theater (FHT) is presenting A Christmas Carol: The Musical, a world premiere musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic holiday tale, partially underwritten by Wells Fargo Bank. A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of L-R: Chad Campbell as Cratchit and Josie L-R: Peter J. Hill as Ebenezer Scrooge Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Sand as Tiny Tim and Ted Hance as Jacob Marley Christmas Future. Through a restless night, the spirits show him happy memories from his past, cruel realities from the present and the grim future should he continue his cantankerous ways. With a new musical adaptation by FHT’s artistic director, Peter J. Hill, Scrooge’s story of redemption remains as powerful and uplifting as it ever was. Don’t miss your chance to share what will certainly become a perennial holiday favorite with your whole family. The show runs through December 22 at Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 North Saguaro Boulevard. For tickets, call 480.837.9661, Extension 3, or visit



A City In Transition By Charles Glisson, Owner, Arizona Native Gifts

The area was first settled in 1870 and has been known by many names. In 1894 the town was known as Ca単on. During this time, mines have opened and closed. During the last few years the town has continued to change. My wife and I have

lived here 16 years and seen many changes. A newspaper started here and then moved on, another went out of business. The town has had a bank under many names, but as of January 10, 2014 it will close. A hardware store, restaurant and market have closed. At the same time many businesses have come to Black Canyon City. We now have a school, two markets, a restaurant is expanding to a larger location, Chileans on 17 has undergone many changes and upgrades, we have a motel, service station, tavern, tobacco shop, KOA, medical marijuana store and gift shop, Arizona Native Gifts, with Navajo and local gift ideas. There are also hair salons, other small restaurants, realtors and many R.V. Parks for snow birds Continued, page 53



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Beckman Trailhead, High Desert Park Trail Photo courtesy of High Desert Helpers

Black Canyon Heritage Park

Life in Black Canyon City; Photo courtesy of Black Canyon City Chamber of Commerce

and locals to live. Many of the R.V. Parks are under new management and have upgraded their services. There are several unoccupied buildings to rent or lease to open new businesses. There are many organizations trying to help the town grow – the Black Canyon City Chamber of Commerce, V.F.W., Lions Club, Historical Society, Meals on Wheels, and many more worthwhile organizations.

Heritage Park, High Desert Park, Civic Center, Black Canyon Trail, the Bradshaw Mountains and Aqua Fria offer many activities from bingo to horseback riding, mountain biking and motorized and non-motorized adventures. With easy access from I-17 north or southbound, Black Canyon City has many things to choose from and with the continuing transition will have more in the near future.


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December 15

Thru December 22

The Nutcracker

I Am AZ Music: Young Sounds of Arizona

The Velveteen Rabbit

Ballet Arizona at Symphony Hall; 602.381.1096 December 7

The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour starring Beyoncé Photo by Adam Rodriguez

December 1-31

35th Annual Las Noches de las Luminarias Desert Botanical Gardens; 480.481.8188 December 2

Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience World Tour US Airways Center December 3

Buika Musical Instrument Museum; 480.478.6000 December 3-8

Evita ASU Gammage December 4

The Klezmatics Musical Instrument Museum December 5

9th Annual Holiday ArtWalk Scottsdale Arts District; 480.990.3939


US Airways Center; 800.745.3000

Musical Instrument Museum December 17

Thru December 24

Manhattan Transfer Holiday Show

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Musical Instrument Museum

Phoenix Theatre; 602.254.2151

December 20

Tower of Power Musical Instrument Museum

December 7

13th Annual Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding

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December 7

27th Annual APS Electric Light Parade – “Wild West Holiday Roundup” Central Phoenix; 602.534.3378 December 7

ARTrageous Gala with Natalie Cole Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts; 480.499.8587 December 7-22

Frances Smith Cohen’s Snow Queen Herberger Theater Center; 602.252.8497

Thru December 21

A Christmas Carol Southwest Shakespeare Company at Playhouse on the Park; 602.535.1202 December 27-30

December 6-22

December 10

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Black Theatre Troupe; 602.258.8129

Musical Instrument Museum

Central Phoenix; 480.350.0911


Valley Youth Theatre; 602.253.8188

Hance Park; 602.254.3100

Thru January 12

Zoo Lights The Phoenix Zoo; 602.914.4333

Coming Soon… February 19

December 13-15

2nd Annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts

Desert Stages Theatre; 480.483.1664

December 28

43rd Annual Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade

Scottsdale Arts District

Tellin’ It On The Mountain

Thru January 12

Driving Miss Daisy

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

It’s A Wonderful Life The Don Bluth Front Row Theatre; 480.314.0841

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16th Annual Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk

A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail

Arizona Broadway Theatre

Comerica Theatre

December 5-30

December 6-23

Thru December 29

The Sound of Music

December 28


Childsplay at Tempe Center for the Arts; 480.350.2822

An Evening with Clint Black December 28

26th Annual Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl; 480.350.0911

Higley Center for the Performing Arts Tickets on sale now:; 480.279.7194

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Music On The Streets Of Prescott Historic Annual Acker Musical Showcase Simply known as “Acker Night” in the Prescott community, the J.S. Acker Musical Showcase has become a highlight of the holiday season and one of Prescott’s favorite hometown events. Over 100 musical groups perform for three hours in and around the Prescott downtown area area on December 13. This free, annual, holiday event showcases the many talented musicians in the Prescott area in a most unique way. More than 80 downtown businesses open their doors to host musical groups of every genre, turning Prescott’s downtown into a veritable smorgasbord of entertainment for the thousands of patrons who come out to enjoy the event each year. It runs from 5:30-8:30pm. This musical night and Acker on the Plaza are the primary fundraising activities for performing arts scholarships for local youth.

Childsplay Spring Academy Registration Open Winter break will be over before you know it and the time to plan for spring break activities is now. This coming spring, Childsplay theatre is offering an opportunity for your kids to have fun and learn from the actors you see on its stage. Childsplay’s professional actors teach in its Academy, giving kids a professional, fun and educational experience. Available classes include: Imagination Theatre – Ages four-six Musical Theatre I – Ages six to 11 Acting I – Ages eight-12 Musical Theatre II Spring Break Workshop – Ages eight-14 Musical Theatre Marathon – runs March 10-14 Classes will fill up quickly. To register, visit and click on the “Classes” link. For more information, call Jaime at 480.921.5751 or e-mail

Scottsdale Community College’s (SCC) Theatre Arts Program presents Real Women Have Curves, by Josefina Lopez, December 6-7 in the school’s Black Box Theatre. The performances are free and open to the public. The 2013 Directing Class from SCC stages the production, which is based on the playwright’s real-life experience working in her sister’s Los Angeles garment factory. It follows the lives and dreams of five undocumented Latinas and how la familia de mujeres desperately work against stifling heat, fear of deportation and each other, to meet a looming order deadline and save their cherished business. The local production is directed by SCC student James Vallejo and produced by SCC’s Theatre Arts collaborative program in Directing/Acting and Design/Technology T-Track. L-R: Yubicela Brito as Estela, Evelyn Huber as Carmen, Kristyna Hernandez Performances begin at 2pm. Seating is limited. Reserve as Rosali, Jessica Bastarrachea as Ana and Alexa Starkey as Pancha. Photo by James Vallejo. early to guarantee a seat. Call 480.423.6356.


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Second Annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts

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The Phoenix Center for the Arts and Arizona Humanities present the second annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts, December 13-15 at Margaret T. Hance Park in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. Valley artists, musicians, writers, students and scholars will unite to create a weekend-long cultural celebration sure to excite the whole family. The free Festival is brimming with three full days of live arts and humanities programming, 80 performances and presentations and over 100 arts and cultural exhibitors. Those wishing to express their inner artist can get their feet wet with a hands-on community mural organized by acclaimed local muralist and Valley favorite, Hugo Medina. Food trucks will again line the street, including Canela’s Kiosco de Botanas, DGP Gourmet Fry Bread & Funnel Cake, J-Licious Tasty Teazy Tacos, Jamburritos Cajun Grille Express, Paletas Betty, Pizza People, San Francisco Chocolate Factory, Spice It Up and Satay Hut. The Festival will also feature flash performances, a beer and wine garden, a Family Zone and more. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will present the Mayor’s Arts Awards to outstanding leaders in Visual Arts, Theatre, Music, Dance, Public Art and Creative Writing. For additional information, call 602.254.3100 or visit


THE NOVEMBER CONTEST WINNERS ARE... • Tickets to Ang Li at ASU Kerr Cultural Center: Vy Doan of Scottsdale and Caroline Olshefska of Cave Creek • Tickets to Valley Youth Theatre’s A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail: Claude A. Stephenson of Glendale Congratulations to you all!



TICKET GIVEAWAY DECEMBER CONTEST The Great Entertainment Giveaway – Five Ways To Win!! [ ] A pair of tickets to ASU Kerr Cultural Center (www.asukerr. com) for Jazz in AZ: The 12th Annual Divas Concert on January 8, 2014. [ ] A pair of tickets including dinner and the show to attend Arizona Broadway Theatre’s ( production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers running January 17-February 16, 2014. [ ] A pair of tickets to attend Arizona Theatre Company’s (www. production of Xanadu running December 31, 2013-January 19, 2014 at the Herberger Theater Center. [ ] A pair of tickets to see Herman’s Hermits at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts ( on January 11, 2014. [ ] A family four-pack to attend the 26th Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival (http:// February 8-March 30, 2014.

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YOUTH & EDUCATION CS Press Wins Pacemaker Award Cactus Shadows High School’s newspaper CS Press was recently awarded top honors as one of 15 Pacemaker newspapers in the tabloid category by the National Scholastic Press Association. The paper also received second place in the Best in Show category. The winners were chosen from more than 300 entries nationwide. The winners were recognized in Boston on November 17 at the fall National High School Journalism Convention, which members of the CS Press attended. “I was really nervous we weren’t going to get it,” says Scott Warren, editor-in-chief of the CS Press. “It’s really cool because only a handful of schools in the country get this award.” The 2013 Newspaper Pacemaker contest was judged this year by The Miami Herald. The CS Press is student-run, with help from faculty advisers Lori Hart and Robert Adamson. It also has an online presence at



SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE In the past few months, there was increasing publicity about school districts who were chartering their own schools. Cave Creek Unified was one of the districts that moved in this direction in the spring of 2012. In August 2012, four of the District’s five elementary schools were converted into District Sponsored Charter Schools. Back in 1994, there was legislation written that encouraged districts as well as enterprising educators to open charter schools with the purpose of raising student achievement and innovation. Parents in Arizona have embraced the charter movement as they look for opportunities and choice for their students. The first District sponsored charter DR. DEBBI BURDICK school was in the Benson Unified School District, opening 20 years ago. To date, there are 69 District Sponsored Charters in Arizona. Superintendent As a market driven district, CCUSD is focused on student achievement and Cave Creek Unified School District success as well as innovation and creativity. Therefore, converting some of our schools to District Charters appeared to be a Win-Win for our students and schools. Here are CCUSD’s All-“A” Elementary District Sponsored Charter Schools: Desert Sun Academy – where students wear uniforms and Core Knowledge curriculum enhances the Standards for College and Career Readiness. DSA students study Spanish and learn in a fully outfitted science lab. Desert Willow Elementary – the Spanish Immersion Program is in Pre-School through sixth grade. All other students have Spanish instruction weekly. Horseshoe Trails Elementary – home of the “A+” TRRFCC Horsemanship and Equine Programs, HTES students study Chinese. Lone Mountain Elementary – our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) School is complete with science and Lego Labs and equipped with technology. LMES students also study Chinese weekly. The Arizona charter framework and funding structure have allowed CCUSD to continue fostering innovation and supporting student success, while providing parent choice within our community. I invite you to come and visit our amazing schools! To contact Dr. Burdick, call 480.575.2000. For more information on the Cave Creek Unified School District, visit

Janiene V. Marlow is among 61 outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the nation and abroad who have been named as 2013 National Distinguished Principals (NDP) by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Marlow is principal of Horseshoe Trails Elementary School in the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD). The NDPs were honored in October at an awards banquet at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., as part of a two-day program. Horseshoe Trails is located at 5405 East Pinnacle Vista Drive in Phoenix. Learn more about CCUSD at


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SCC Film School Hosts Open House The Film School at Scottsdale Community College will host its annual Open House Friday, December 6 from 5:30-7:30pm. The free event will give the public a chance to meet with the school’s knowledgeable faculty and staff, tour facilities, view equipment and enjoy light refreshments. Visitors should go to the AP Building on the northeast side of campus (Parking Lot H). The campus is at 9000 East Chaparral Road in Scottsdale. For more information, contact the Film School office at 480.423.6076 or visit

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If you are a high school sophomore or junior and are interested in traveling to another country, the 2014 Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program may be for you. The Exchange Program is open to Phoenix residents and offers students the opportunity to visit one of Phoenix’s 10 sister cities next summer, to learn more about the city and its culture through a three-week, home-hosted experience. Phoenix students reciprocate and house their host brother or sister when they visit Phoenix during the same summer. Phoenix Sister Cities pays approximately half of the travel expenses between Phoenix and the selected sister city, while the remaining half is the responsibility of the students and their families. Financial assistance is available for qualified students. Applications are due by 5pm, Friday, December 20. For more information, visit or call 602.534.3751.



FOOD & WINE GET CRAFTY At The Brewers Invitational The Phoenix Brewers Invitational 2013 will take over Heritage Square in Downtown Phoenix from 12-6pm on December 7. Bands will battle for a chance to be one of the beer festival’s featured performers at this event featuring more than 60 craft breweries, beer-related vendors, beer memorabilia, home brewing demonstrations, local food trucks and a craft root beer garden. The Phoenix Brewers Invitational Festival will also include a “Get Crafty” VIP area that will offer sponsors and festival participants a high-end experience with some of the rarest craft beers available in the state of Arizona. For more information, visit

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The Gladly Adds “Late Night” – Creates Weekly Dining Adventure



The Gladly is extending weekend hours for foodies and restaurant industry folks, adding a “Late Night” mini-menu that’s playful, resourceful and full of Chef Bernie Kantak’s humor. This is where Kantak fans can find the award-winning chef at his best. Kantak dreams up his weekly, humor-infused Late Night menu to serve Thursdays through Saturdays from 11pm to 1:30am. The menu and weekly theme can only be found on the restaurant’s Facebook page ( where the chef debuts his creation each Thursday afternoon. The Gladly is located at the Anchor Centre, 2201 East Camelback Road in Phoenix. For more information, call 602.759.8132 or visit

Los Sombreros Expands To North Scottsdale Los Sombreros Café & Cantina recently opened a second location in North Scottsdale. Featuring the same awardwinning menu as the original location, and led by chef/owner, Azucena Tovar, the restaurant will once again transport guests to the Spanish Colonial city of San Miguel de Allende in Central Mexico to experience its bold flavors and timeless culinary traditions without ever leaving Scottsdale. “After 19 years in South Scottsdale, we wanted to bring our unique take on traditional Mexican foods, as well as our famously warm, welcoming atmosphere, to a new neighborhood,” Tovar says. “I’m very proud to share these timeless traditions with a new audience.” The new Los Sombreros will continue popular traditions such as the 10-course, two-person tasting menu, as well as the to-go gift packs of gourmet hand-rolled holiday tamales. Seating 150 people inside and another 30 on the shaded, handsomely decorated patio, Los Sombreros also features an expansive bar area. Los Sombreros is located at 14795 North Northsight Boulevard in Scottsdale. For additional information, including menus or directions, call 480.991.1799 or visit


New Asian Concept Restaurant In Phoenix cocktails on tap, house made shrubs, eclectic imported beers and sakes to round out the palate, creating a unique dining experience in the Central Phoenix corridor. “We wanted to do something innovative and provide something that was not currently represented in our community,” says Chef Porter. “My philosophy is to elevate food, not tamper with high quality ingredients and flavor combinations. We cook for the people as if we were cooking for our families – from the heart – and let the food speak for itself.” The Clever Koi is located at 4236 North Central Avenue, Suite 1, in Phoenix. For more information, call 602.222.3474 or visit

Esquire Magazine Selects Virtù As One Of “Best” Chef Gio Osso is doing his best to live up to his restaurant’s name, Virtù, the term for achieving excellence, and that’s earning some major national attention. Esquire Magazine declared Virtù as a “Best New Restaurant” in America in its November issue. Celebrated food writer and author of the prestigious recognition, John Mariani, visited the new restaurant in the summer where his dinner experience landed Virtù on the coveted list. “I’ve long admired the inventive southwestern cooking of chef Gio Osso, and now, with just 25 seats at Virtù, he’s proven himself one of America’s finest interpreters of Mediterranean food – though he adds some Arizona swagger,” writes Mariani in the article. Virtù is open daily, serving lunch, dinner and happy hour, and is located in the Bespoke Inn at 3701 North Marshall Way in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.946.3477 or visit

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Former Parlor Pizzeria Chefs Jared Porter and Joe Absolor opened a new Asian concept, The Clever Koi, in Central Phoenix late last month. These nationally-acclaimed chefs partner with co-owners Joshua James (beverage director) and Nicholas Campisano (general manager). The Clever Koi is a modern take on a traditional Asian concept, delivering a unique approach to classic flavors and techniques. A seasonally and locally refined menu will include steamed buns, house made dumplings and progressive noodle dishes reflecting regions such as Thailand, Korea, China, Vietnam, Japan and Indo-China. The comfortable urban setting will feature craft



DISCOVER AZ WINES BY PEGGY FIANDACA Owner, Lawrence Dunham Vineyards President, AZ Wine Growers Association

Gift-giving, cookie-baking, and parties define the holiday season for me. December is a month filled with get-togethers with family, business associates and friends. What better way to celebrate the end of 2013 but with a great Arizona wine. In November, the awardwinning Arizona wines were announced and the list is spectacular, representing all regions of the state. I am proudly displaying our gold medal for our Lawrence Dunham Vineyards 2012 Viognier and a bronze medal for our 2010 Sky Island Grenache.

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Participate in the inaugural wine tasting event in Tucson, Wine in the Desert, where the Arizona Wine Growers Association will showcase the best wines of Arizona. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of and support for the Arizona wine industry’s educational partners. Located at St. Philip’s Plaza at the intersection of River and Campbell Roads in Tucson, the event will feature exclusive tastings from 15 of Arizona’s vineyards and wineries; don’t miss your chance to meet and mingle with Arizona winemakers. Funds raised through the Yavapai College Adopt a Vine Program and CALS’ Arizona Wine Library Card Program will be returned to each institution directly. Wine in the Desert takes place from 3-7pm on December 14. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit and click on the Events link.

The annual competition for the Arizona Wine Growers Association is the wine industry’s opportunity to judge the skills of Arizona wine grape growers and winemakers. Over 126 wines were tasted by a panel of expert judges and medals were given out in a variety of categories. The most coveted category is the Growers Cup, which celebrates the best wine made from Arizona grapes. This year’s winner was Bitter Creek Winery, which also took home a medal for “Best of Show.” A complete list of award winners can be found at Mark Tarbell, a wine columnist for The Arizona Republic, hosted the wine competition at one of the Valley’s favorite local restaurants, Tarbell’s. Tarbell’s new wine shop at 32nd Street and Camelback Road (previously Sportsman’s) is a great place to taste and purchase Arizona wines. Other local establishments carrying a wide selection of Arizona wines for Upcoming wine events to use purchase include AJ’s stores throughout the your wine travel card include the Valley and Bodega Market on Main Street in following Arizona Wine Growers Downtown Scottsdale. signature wine events. If you are looking for a stocking stuffer for the wine lover on your list, purchase the 2014 Arizona Wine in the Desert Wine Travel Card. The card saves money on each December 14 at St. Philips Plaza in Tucson and every purchase made at over 30 Arizona wineries and travel destinations statewide Off the Vine – free wine tastings, 20 percent discounts on February 22 in Oro Valley (during the hotel rooms, restaurant discounts, and savings Accenture Match Play golf tournament) on Sedona Jeep Wine tours to name a few. AJ’s Fine Foods and the Arizona Wine Growers Art of AZ Wine Festival Association are the signature sponsors and March 15 at the Scottsdale Civic Plaza in cards can be purchased there or at participating conjunction with the art festival wineries. For more information about the growing list of participating destinations and to Make your 2014 New Year’s resolution purchase cards, visit or to explore this incredible state and Discover AZ Wine.

Just within Arizona’s borders, you can find top-rated wine country, 5-star dining, scenic outdoor adventures, incredible arts and culture and so much more. By choosing Arizona, your money stays in the local economy to support Arizona jobs, services and vibrant communities. So get out and start exploring Arizona – you will be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Agave Spa Spahhh-liday Open House Get ready to pamper yourself for the holidays as Agave, The Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale hosts its fourth annual Spahhhliday Open House. Enjoy an evening of merriment, relaxation, one-nightonly shopping incentives and more. The fun takes place on December 12 from 5:30-7:30pm. Guests will be treated to the following mini services: • Shopper’s Relief Foot Therapy • Very Merry Chair Massage • Holiday Hand Scrub • Glitter and Gold Nail Art • Tea Leaf Readings • Tongue Readings • Come with polished toe nails and upgrade to a Pave Crystal Mistletoe Pedicure for $20

Guests will also enjoy light bites and smoothie shots, a glass of organic red or white wine, 20 percent off all retail purchases, raffles, prizes and gift with purchase (must be present to win), $99 spa vouchers for future services and complimentary spa bear donning an Agave spa robe with the purchase of a gift certificate of $252 or more (while supplies last). Agave, The Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort is located at 6902 East Greenway Parkway in Scottsdale. RSVP to Dana Weisbaum at 480.624.1505 or For more information, visit

Three-Day Fitness Event Brings National Gurus To Phoenix Nationally renowned fitness instructors, including Insanity fitness creator Shawn T, arrive in Phoenix for a three-day expo packed with fitness workshops, lectures and master classes, Friday, December 6-Sunday, December 8. EMPOWER Fitness, co-produced by Rob Glick and Kimberly SpreenGlick, takes fitness and wellness professionals as well as the knowledge of enthusiasts to the next level, with several rare classes and instructor certifications. What’s called the EMPOWER Fitness Weekend Fitness Celebration features the country’s top fitness and yoga industry trainers including Shaun T, Rob Glick, Robert Sherman, Leslee Bender, Dr. Len Kravitz, Cheryl Oliver, Vanessa Lupercio, Kimberly Spreen-Glick and others. A complete list of trainers and events is available online. The event will be held at Life Time Athletic, 6850 East Chauncey Lane in Phoenix. Register online at Look for the Phoenix event.

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Celebrating The New Year Around The State

Are you ready to ring in the New Year? Here are a number of fun ways to usher in 2014 in the Valley and around the state. Photo courtesy Amazing Travel Photos

Flagstaff: New Year’s Eve Pinecone Drop at Weatherford Hotel – A Flagstaff tradition, the big countdown festivities begin at 10pm when a giant, LED-Lighted Pine Cone is lowered from the top of the Historic Weatherford Hotel at midnight. Free. Visit

Prescott: 2014 Boot Drop at The Palace Restaurant & Saloon – A six-foot illuminated cowboy boot will be lowered down a 40-foot flagpole to ring in the New Year, once at 10pm for early birds and once at midnight for traditionalists. A DJ will spin tunes and food vendors will be on hand. The festivities run from 8pm-1am. Call 928.776.0234 or visit Phoenix: New Year’s Eve with The Phoenix Symphony – End the year on a high note as Randall Craig Fleischer, a Leonard Bernstein fellow, conducts The Phoenix Symphony in one of the Valleys most popular New Year’s Eve celebrations. Enjoy the seasonal classics of this joyous and popular musical celebration that is sure to sell out. $30 to $99. Visit Scottsdale: New Year’s Eve at Hotel Valley Ho – Ring in the New Year in style with nearly 1,000 partygoers in three ballrooms at NYE 2014 at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. A three-hour premium open bar with delicious cocktails, savory

hors d’oeuvres and sweet champagne are only a prelude to the excitement of counting down to midnight and experiencing the confetti explosion. Cost is $110-140 per person. Visit Sedona: Navajo Ceremony – Release the old year and open a door to the New Year at the Sedona Creative Life Center. The Native ceremonies held to bring the time-honored power of ancestral ways to the year’s turning include Fire Blessing Ceremony, Drum Healing Ceremony, Navajo songs and circle dance, insight experiences and sharing circle. Reservations are required; $120, 6:30-9:30pm. Call 928.282.0846 or visit Show Low: Deuce of Clubs Drop at Festival Marketplace – Enjoy music, dancing and food and then join in on the countdown to midnight to usher in the New Year by dropping a giant electrified Deuce of Clubs at Festival Marketplace similar to the ball at Times Square in New York. The evening comes to a climax with a giant fireworks show immediately following the dropping of the Deuce of Clubs. Call 928.532.4140 or visit Tempe: 30th Annual New Year’s Eve Mill Avenue Block Party – Mill Avenue District offers a little something for everyone, a Family Fun Zone, Radio Disney’s Rockin’ Road Show early, local bands later, and fireworks. The free event runs from 5pm-12:30am. Visit Tempe: Mamma Mia! at ASU Gammage – Ring in the New Year, Broadway Style. Part of the Broadway Across America series, Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show – the smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Visit Tucson: Eighth Annual New Year’s Eve Gala 2013 at Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa – Enjoy music from the Tucson Jazz Orchestra, reunited under the direction of Jeff Haskell, The Jim Cullum Band, stars of “Riverwalk Jazz” on NPR and XM, and George Howard’s Motown and Rhythm & Blues Show. The cost is $199-240; doors open at 6:30pm. Call 520.903.1265 or visit



Take The Express Train To Holiday Family Fun Get into the holiday season with a family-friendly getaway on the Santa Claus Express on the Verde Canyon Railroad. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through December 22. For more information, call 928.639.0010 or visit


Supporting Local Business After Yarnell Fire Find Treasures At AZ’s Gypsy Boutique

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When Yarnell business owner Diane Incardona had to leave her newly relocated boutique of treasures on that fateful afternoon last June, she couldn’t have imagined what was about to happen. “I was open that Sunday and was debating if I should even close early, as it didn’t seem that threatening at the time. Then everything happened.” Nineteen lives lost. One-hundred twenty-seven structures destroyed. Seventeen million dollars in damage. After evacuation, Incardona was told early on that ‘everything’ was gone. Once finally allowed back to Yarnell days later, she and her husband, renowned sculpture artist ‘Pete the Miner’ gratefully discovered that they were actually two of the lucky ones. Her lovely storefront had not been touched nor his adjoining business. Unfortunately, her son Sage wasn’t as lucky. His home burned to the ground. Rebuilding the community of Yarnell is in its early stages, but Diane is working hard to keep a sense of normalcy to her business. Driving up Highway 89 from Wickenburg, the first bright red building you see on the right is Arizona Gypsy Boutique. It truly represents a ‘lifetime collection’ of treasures, according to Diane. “I specialize in custom vintage items, hand painted furnishings, clothing, an eclectic mix of old and new,” says Incardona. “You never know what you’ll find here,” she adds with a smile. One of her more popular items are custom lampshades made from unique fabrics. “It’s exciting to see what customers can dream up for their shade materials. It really makes them one of a kind.” Re-purposed items are throughout the store and every corner is a delight according to young shopper and Scottsdale resident Alison Ashley. “It’s so awesome. I love the hats, jewelry and the dolls – I want to come back and bring my friends.” Incardona wants everyone to know that Yarnell is open for business and it means a lot for people to shop and dine in her community. “It helps the town move forward. Visitors can really help small businesses here by shopping local to help get the community back on track.” For more information, call 928.684.2112. |CST




Food for Paws Pet Food Drive

Pet Paradise’s fifth annual Food for Paws Food Drive continues through December 31 and local residents are encouraged to stop by their local Pet Paradise resort to donate to the drive. This year, Pet Paradise Phoenix will be donating to Maricopa Animal Care and Control. Food for Paws will benefit over 18 non-profit organizations as well as pet owners who are struggling to feed their pets. To-date, the annual pet food drive has collected and distributed over 50,000 pounds of pet food. “At Pet Paradise we are very passionate about helping

nonprofit organizations and pet owners in need,” explains Pet Paradise CEO and executive chairman, Fred Goldsmith. “We hope this year we will be able to make our biggest impact to date.” Last year, Pet Paradise collected over 20,000 pounds of pet food. To encourage more people to donate food, Pet Paradise is offering one free night of boarding to people that donate 20 pounds of pet food or more. For a full list of the charities the pet food drive will be impacting, visit

FOOTHILLS ANIMAL RESCUE PET OF THE MONTH What a handsome dude! Mr. Gibbs is quite the cat, and he can be a talker too. He wants to be sure you know he is there and needs your full attention. He likes to climb up to the highest perch available and view the world below. He gets along with other cats, and he loves dogs too! Adoption fee is $35. Foothills Animal Rescue is located at 23030 North Pima Road in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.488.9890 or visit

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This month’s Best Pet is Sassie, a 14-year old blind Yorkie who still thinks she looks cool in the mirror. The photo was submitted by Robert Willingham of Cave Creek who says, “She has the sweetest disposition but she still has plenty of spunk and wanders around the house getting into everything and checking things out. I’m not sure what she sees but she knows she is cute.” This is our final monthly winner, now, GO VOTE for the BEST PET EVER! Go to http:// and choose your favorite beginning December 5. The winning photo (chosen based on reader votes and award committee votes) will grace the cover of our January 2014 issue. Thank you for sending us photos of your amazing pets this year. Stay tuned for details on our 2014 contest!




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New Vet Clinic For Applewood Pet Resort Applewood Pet Resort will soon welcome a remodeled grooming area and a new 4,500-square-foot vet clinic at its premier dog, cat and small animal boarding facility. Its traditional, well maintained kennels and spacious outdoor park-like areas offer a distinct, natural environment. LGE Design Build will soon start construction on the clinic, allowing Applewood to offer veterinary services along with its grooming and day care. Applewood Pet Resort is located at 6909 East Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley. For more information, call 480.596.1190 or visit Rendering of the new vet clinic.


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You didn’t know you had one, right? But it’s sort of like IQ, LDL or BMI – everybody’s got one and it’s sometimes helpful to know where you fit in. Now, the lesser-known GTL™ stands for Guilt Tolerance Level, which, continuing a longstanding Male Call holiday season tradition, we just made up. Back in our altar boy days (we’ve got the Latin to prove it), this used to be called “lax conscience vs. scrupulous conscience.”

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Keeping Christmas Simple – A Gift From The Heart It is Christmas time again. For many of us it is also a time when the entire world seems to accelerate. We dash from work to our cars and we are off: to the crowded stores, to celebrations, to churches, to our relatives’ houses and the list goes on and on. Many of us squeeze in the time to give to a family in need, or we purchase a gift for a child from a gift tree at our church.

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PASTOR PAUL WITKOP Light of the Desert Lutheran Church

What Would Jesus Do To Celebrate Christmas? Some might consider it very presumptuous to speak for Jesus on anything, especially topics he never directly addressed. However, I think that we can look at the New Testament and make some guesses. The spirit of Christmas is giving. Gift exchanges are wonderful traditions. But Jesus said, Do as I have done to you. Jesus knows what has the greatest long-term impact. He asks us to give ourselves.

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