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he Town of Carefree, in the spirit of friendship and celebration, will hold its inaugural Community Block Party Saturday, April 7, from 3pm to 7pm. The Block Party will take place in Downtown Carefree along Easy Street and the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Carefree residents, Foothills neighbors, businesses and nonprofits of the town are all invited to join in on the food, music, activities and fun for all ages. Entrance is free. The cost for a meal ticket is $6 and includes a hamburger, hotdog, chili, various side dishes and one non-alcoholic drink. There will be other items for purchase such as ice cream. A highlight of the day will be the Town’s first official hot dog eating competition, which is scheduled for 4pm and will feature Nathan’s Famous hot dogs. “Carefree isn’t a stranger to food eating contests even though this is our first hot dog competition. For the past three years, our pumpkin pie eating contests are heavily attended at the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden Festival. Most people think they can eat a lot but when it comes down to doing it, most eager eaters get sick or withdraw,” shares Director of Marketing, Gina Kaegi. “We thank Nathan’s for their generous hot dog donation that will be featured in the event and look forward to crowning our first Carefree top dog winner with an official trophy and the notoriety that comes with it.” In addition to the hot dog eating contest, guests can enjoy a dunk tank, Corn Hole Tournament, a beer and wine garden, plus the grilling of hamburgers and hotdogs. The Kiwanis Splash Pad will also be open along with other activities such as free face painting, a music DJ, Zumba, karate, mini putt golf, kid’s lemonade stand by the Desert Foothills YMCA, raffle prizes/baskets and more. “This will be a good time to reminisce with friends, meet new neighbors and enjoy our downtown business district. We hope this becomes an annual tradition,” said Les Peterson, mayor of Carefree. Sponsors of the event include 4CMedical Group, Edward Jones, Tyrol Title, Liberty Utilities, Ted Phillip Denton Contemporary Art and Happy Fitness with Patricia. Participating local restaurants include Corrado’s Italiana Cucina, Carefree Coffee Roastery, The Meat Market, Black Mountain Coffee Shop and Café and Venues Café. Nonprofits and partners also benefiting include Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, Carefree Water Company, Desert Foothills Foodbank, Desert Foothills YMCA and Foothills Caring Corps. RSVP’s are suggested; send an email to events@carefree.org. Local businesses that want to attend and/or volunteer, should send an email to vicki@carefree.org or call 480.488.3686

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Editor-in-Chief Kathryn M. Miller Creative Director Jenifer Lee

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”

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~ John Muir, “Our National Parks”

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April is always a beautiful month in Arizona and the perfect time to get out and explore our beautiful deserts and diverse high country before the summer heat arrives. It is also an opportune Experience time to visit our National Parks — in the state and around the country — as we celebrate National Park Week, April 21–29. Visit Nirvana www.nationalparks.org for details. Earth Day is also celebrated this month; Sunday, April 22. Earth Day 2018’s focus: End Plastic Pollution. Learn more about the history of the event and the Earth Day Network at www.earthday.org. Keep Phoenix Beautiful will host its annual Earth Day celebration in Downtown Phoenix the day before, April 21, 11am–4pm at Steele Indian School Park. The event will offer residents the opportunity to learn how to adopt a “greener” lifestyle through familyfriendly activities and local vendors. In keeping with the focus of Earth Day’s goals, Keep Phoenix Beautiful also provides the opportunity to “reduce, reuse and recycle” at the I Recycle Phoenix event Saturday, April 14, at Desert Ridge Marketplace. Learn more about the organization and the events at www.keepphxbeautiful.org. The Phoenix Metropolitan area is also home to tens of thousands of acres of desert parks and mountain preserves…making it easy to explore the wilderness right in our own backyard. Visit www.phoenix.gov/ parks/trails; www.scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve; www.mcdowellsonoran. org or www.maricopacountyparks.net to learn more. So, whether you are getting out and about and exploring nature, or supporting efforts to keep it clean, beautiful and available for all, I encourage you to celebrate our “fountains of life” this month.

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Until next month, all my best. Felicia P. Fields and Shake Anderson in Arizona Theatre Company’s Low Down Dirty Blues. Photo by Tim Fuller

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MAYOR LANE WRITES… Mayor & Council Breakfast for the Arts

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The City of Scottsdale prides itself on being a community with a long-standing history and commitment to beauty, arts and culture. In celebration of that, my City Council colleagues and I are pleased to host a breakfast event at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art on Thursday, April 19, from 7:30am to 9am. MAYOR The event is free and open to the public. City of Scottsdale From our early town history with wonderful craftsmen like 480.312.3111 Lloyd Kiva to the brilliant Cattletrack artists to Frank Lloyd Wright, www.scottsdaleaz.gov Scottsdale has a rich arts history. And that culture lives on today in our vibrant downtown with its great walkability — art lovers can cruise the streets of Old Town Scottsdale to view many of the 70 galleries and museums that are showcasing a variety of cultural amenities. At any time, you’ll find the work of over 1,000 artists on display with new exhibition openings occurring on a regular basis. Whether you are an art aficionado or someone who wants to come mingle with your community, this breakfast is an opportunity to learn what the Scottsdale arts community has to offer and meet some new neighbors. I hope to see you there! Space is limited so register today by going to www.scottsdaleaz.gov and search “Arts Breakfast.”

Fine Art, Local Food, Wine & Culture: Taste of Scottsdale The Scottsdale Gallery Association’s Gold Palette ArtWalk gets tasty this April with a special event, Taste of Scottsdale: Eat, Drink & Art. Participating galleries are partnering with local wineries and Scottsdale Art District restaurants to offer wine and light bites during the event, which takes place from 6:30pm to 9pm, Thursday, April 5. Held long Main Street from Scottsdale Road to Goldwater Boulevard and north of Indian School on Marshall Way to 5th Avenue, the Gold Palette ArtWalk series (which happens eight times per year) brings together the finest art in Scottsdale, with over 40 galleries and two museums — Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Six galleries will offer locally sourced fine food and delicious wine tastings for this special ArtWalk event:  • French Designer Jeweler (148 E. Main St.), featuring Los Milics Winery, breads and cheeses • River Trading Post Native American Art (7033 E. Main St.), featuring LDV Wine Gallery and AJ’s Fine Foods • Calvin Charles Gallery (4201 N. Marshall Way), featuring Sonoita Vineyards and Sphinx Date Company • Amery Bohling Fine Art (100 E. Main St., #1), with Aridus Wine Company and The Herb Box • Wilde Meyer Gallery (4142 N. Marshall Way), with Kief Joshua Vineyards and AJ’s Fine Foods • Tilt Gallery (7077 E. Main St., #14), featuring Village of Elgin wines, and Bourbon and Bones In addition, many other galleries will host refreshments for those attending.  During the Scottsdale Gallery Association’s weekly ArtWalk, presented in partnership with the City of Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Arts District comes alive with free trolley and horse-drawn carriage rides to various restaurants, museums, galleries and more throughout Downtown Scottsdale. Free parking areas abound, and valet service is offered. For more information, visit www.scottsdalegalleries.com.

Synchronized Swimmers Earn Gold, Invitation To Nationals

Scottsdale Synchro Arizona (SAZ), Scottsdale’s synchronized swimming team, claimed three gold medals at the West Zone Synchronized Swimming Championship. SAZ was represented by two coaches, head coach Xinya “Olivia” Zhang, and 13-15 coach Alyson Haylor, swimming in the Senior category, and the 13-15 Age Group Team competing in the Junior category. Previous U.S. Junior National Team member Haylor, paired with former Chinese National Team member Zhang, earned a FirstPlace gold medal in the Senior Free Duet. Haylor also took gold in the Senior Solo event. Both SAZ coaches advanced to compete at the 2018 U.S. Senior National Championships in Tucson, March 31–April 1. A gold medal in the 13-15 Age Group Combination Team Routine category was also achieved by the SAZ 13-15 AG Team represented by Ava Caballero, Natalie Franson, Jamie Loehr, Katherine McDaniel, Eliana Rosenfeld, Maya Schwickert, Una Tatar-Timberg, Gaby Turobiner, Radia Wong and Kori Zacher. These swimmers, along with Junior Duet competitors, Makayla Crichton and Kayla Calvetti, have earned invitations to compete at the 2018 U.S. Junior and 13/15 Age Group National Championships in Lewisville, Texas, April 11–15. Scottsdale Synchro Arizona is a nonprofit sponsored by the City of Scottsdale and is one of five competitive teams located in Arizona. SAZ will host its annual water show extravaganza at McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic & Fitness Center May 19, 6–8pm. Youth with interest in joining the team are invited to attend one of the summer camps, which are open to swimmers ages 6–12 or are invited to attend a free trial session. For more information about these events or becoming a member or sponsor of the team contact SAZ president, Birgit Schwickert at 512.299.6879, or learn more at www.facebook.com/scottsdalesynchro.


Scottsdale Community College’s (SCC) Music Department invites residents to its production of Monty Python’s Spamalot: The Musical. The musical, written by Eric Idle with music by John DuPrez and Idle, retells the legend of King Arthur and his knights of the round table. Described as “lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” it promises to be silliness personified. Besides featuring killer rabbits, cows and French people, the performances abound in singing, dancing and laughs.

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For this production, the Music Department has teamed up with the school’s Culinary Arts program to offer theatergoers a chance to have dinner or enjoy an hors d’oeuvres cocktail reception prior to the show at the Outdoor Music Amphitheater next to the Performing Arts Center. The SCC production is directed by Polly Chapman with musical direction from Beth LivingstonHakes. The show is open to the public and free to attend, however, donations are graciously accepted. Performances are April 5–7 and April 12–14. Showtimes are 7:30pm, except for a 2pm matinee performance April 14 (no evening performance). The Performing Arts Center, Scottsdale Community College is located at 9000 East Chaparral Road in Scottsdale. For more information on ticket prices and menu options, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/ scc-musical-theater-and-culinaryarts-15925016212. For more information, call 480.423.6333

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Conservancy Presents ‘PastFinders’ Lecture Series McDowell Sonoran Conservancy invites residents to participate in its “PastFinders” lecture series indoors at Mustang Library, located at 10101 North 90th Street, Scottsdale. “PastFinders connect the community to the Conservancy and the Preserve by researching, preserving and protecting the historical heritage of the McDowell Mountain region. PastFinders educate Conservancy Stewards and the public regarding human activities, ancient to modern, through publications, lectures, informational hikes and other appropriate forums,” explains Franco Farina, Conservancy PastFinders chair.

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• April  24: Defiant — The Story of Arizona’s Deadliest Gunfight, presented by Heidi Osselaer  The deadliest gunfight in Arizona did not take place on the streets of Tombstone but rather in a remote canyon of the Galiuro Mountains in Graham County in 1918, decades after the frontier had closed. On the surface, the story looks like an Old West shootout — complete with a feud, murder mystery and conspiracy theories galore, but it also foreshadows the emergence of a powerful federal government in the lives of average citizens.

• M  ay 22: Just Plane Business, The Scottsdale Airport, Yesterday and Today, presented by Steve Zionek  Established as a WWll training field, the Scottsdale Airport has a fascinating history. This presentation will look back at some of its highlights and describe its current operations and future renovations, including the Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, which will be constructed as part of the airport’s new Aviation Business Center later this year. A Stearman PT-17 bi-plane, the kind used for training at the field in WWII, will serve as the centerpiece of this facility. • J une 26: History of the Valley’s Canals and Dams, presented by Leah Harrison  The presentation starts with the Hohokam and carries through the development of the modern canal system and water storage dams and discusses post-WWII growth and its impact on SRP and the Valley’s water system. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of canal multiple use and opportunities for folks to go out and interact with the canals today. The PastFinders lectures begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit www.mcdowellsonoran.org.

YMCA To Host Healthy Kids Day April 21 Desert Foothills Family YMCA will hold a free community event Saturday, April 21, from 9am to 12pm, to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active this summer. Desert Foothills Family YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. This year’s event will feature activities and giveaways for all ages around fun, safety, nutrition and healthy living. Activities will include a focus on healthy eating, water safety, arts and crafts, face painting, bounce house, food vendors and more. The event will also include special presentations and appearances from local community partners showcasing the branch’s summer camp offerings including world renowned artist and sculptor Ray Villafane, City of Phoenix Police Department Razor vehicle, Foothills Animal Rescue and much more. The Desert Foothills Family YMCA will be offering a one-day only membership special on April 21 along with discounts to their summer programs with membership. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at 34250 North 60th Street, Scottsdale, located on the Black Mountain Campus. For more information, call Lindsey Combe at 602.212.6058, via email at lcombe@vosymca.org or visit www.valleyymca.org/desert-foothills.


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SMoCA Hosts New & Diverse Programs The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) presents a wide range of exciting and diverse programs, including some that are brand new, for the Spring 2018 season. Here’s what’s coming up this month through May:

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Out@SMoCA: Dan Savage – April 5; 7pm Writer, TV personality and activist Dan Savage will take part in a moderated discussion on his frank approach to social commentary and activism. Signed copies of one of Savage’s books will be raffled to benefit a local LBGTQ organization. Held at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts; the cost is $35 ($30 for members).

Documentary Video Art Festival – April 26; 7pm A showcase of experimental short videos highlighting social, cultural and personal topics. These artworks were produced by students in Documentary Video Art as part of the Intermedia program of the School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University. The event is free Unwind @SMoCA – May 2; 5pm Head over to SMoCA for an exclusive after-hours wind-down session with guided meditation in the James Turrell Knight Rise Skyspace, curator-led coloring activities with cocktails and an intimate tour with a curator that goes in-depth on select pieces in an exhibition to allow the time focus on the details in each artwork. The cost is $15.

Dan Savage; Photo by Rachel Robinson; FYI: Trivia Night @SMoCA – Courtesy of CAA Speakers April 20; 7pm Comedian Anwar Newton hosts an evening rich Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is with movie, TV and music references to test pop located at 7374 East Second Street in Scottsdale. For culture IQ. Drop some knowledge to win prizes and additional information, call 480.874.4666 or visit beat Newton at his own game. The cost is $10 and www.smoca.org. includes one free drink.

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Wounded Women Warriors, a nonprofit organization that helps veterans and their families, will host an arts, crafts and gift show Sunday, April 22, 10am-4pm. The Scottsdale Sparkle event will be held at Pinnacle Peak General Store, 8711 East Pinnacle Peak Road in Scottsdale. Veterans are welcome to get a free booth to set up for donations, and all veteran booths are discounted for selling merchandise. Stop into the General Store for breakfast or lunch, and then stop by and visit the Scottsdale Sparkle vendors while enjoying live music. The General Store also hosts the Farmers Market North Scottsdale every Saturday, 9am-1pm, through the end of May. Learn more at www.farmersmarketnorthscottsdale.com. For more information about the Scottsdale Sparkle event, contact Nancy at 847.414.8030 or visit the Wounded Women Warriors on Facebook: www.facebook. com/thegreenthumbmarket.


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Pinnacle Presents Acclaimed Performer In April Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra

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Internationally acclaimed performer, composer, teacher, and author of Bach and the Art of Improvisation, Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra will debut her new CD, Ruiter-Feenstra on the Richards & Fowkes, recorded in 2017 on the Pinnacle Presbyterian organ. Lauded for “unfailing authority, stylistic savvy and a good deal of élan” (Fanfare Magazine), Ruiter-Feenstra describes Pinnacle’s organ as “one of the best in the world — it makes my soul sing.” Ruiter-Feenstra’s compositions range from Renaissance to jazz styles, and feature creative variations on beloved Psalms, hymns, and chorales that highlight the kaleidoscopic colors, communicative transparency, and human breathing quality of the fabulous Richards & Fowkes organ. This concert is co-sponsored by the Central Arizona Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and will be held Friday, April 20, 7:30pm, at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 North Pima Road in Scottsdale. Premium seating tickets cost $40; standard seating is $25; and students with ID get in for free. Information and tickets are available online at www.pinnacleconcerts.com or at the door. For assistance with ticketing, call 480.303.2474.

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Upcoming Scottsdale Chamber Events The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a PM Connect event Thursday, April 5, at Three Wisemen, 7323 East Shoeman Lane in Scottsdale. The event will be held 5–7pm. The next AM Connect event will be held Thursday, April 19, 7:15–9am, at Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 East Camelback Road in Scottsdale. Both “Connect” events are free to members and $20 for guests. The Chamber will also host a Meet Your Neighbors for Lunch event April 27, 11:30am–1pm, at Sweet Home Chicago, 7570 East 6th Avenue in Scottsdale. Meet Your Neighbors is a monthly event designed for Chamber members and non-members to network over lunch. These monthly lunches are held throughout the Scottsdale area. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for guests if pre-registered. For a complete listing of upcoming events, or additional information about the Chamber, call 480.355.2700 or visit www.scottsdalechamber.com.

Scottsdale Philharmonic Announces Free Concerts

The Scottsdale Philharmonic will perform its next free classical music concert Sunday, April 15, 4-6pm, at Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 East Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale. The Scottsdale Philharmonic began presenting its free concerts to the community in 2012 and was nominated for the Governor’s Arts Awards the past three years. Pieces to be performed by the Philharmonic April 15 and their composers include Symphony No. 6, by Tchaikovsky; Overture to Prometheus, by Beethoven; Scherzo Capriccioso, by Dvorak. “People of all ages will enjoy this performance,” says Joy Partridge, president and co-founder of the Scottsdale Philharmonic. Dates for other free concerts scheduled in 2018 include May 20, October 14 and November 18. Doors open at 3pm for each concert, and free parking It makes sense to get is available at the Scottsdale Bible Church. For a $15 tax-deductible donation, attendees can have a VIP preferred seat — available on the group’s website: your company name, www.scottsdalephilharmonic.com. For more information, call 480.951.6077.

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Moonlit Drive-In Movies Return To Promenade The Promenade, located at Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and North Scottsdale Road, hosts its annual Moonlit Drive-In Movie series this April. Every Saturday night, festivities kick off at 6:30pm in the parking lot near Golden Spoon Yogurt. Moviegoers will enjoy the movies for free with a canned food donation to benefit the Harvest Compassion Food Bank (www.harvestcompassioncenter.org). The movie series offers family-friendly films throughout the month: • April 7: Despicable Me 3 • April 14: The Lego Batman Movie • April 21: Cars 3 • April 28: Coco Movies begin at 7:30pm and will be shown on a 32-foot inflatable screen. Viewers are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets or other portable seating options. Nostalgic guests are also welcomed to watch the film from their cars and take advantage of the authentic “drive-in” feeling. A balloon twister will be on site 6:45–7:30pm, offering free balloon animals. Other contests, prizes and activities are planned. For more information visit www.scottsdalepromenade.com. 


MAYOR STANTON WRITES… By Mayor Greg Stanton

• W  e’ve seen a 48 percent increase in tech jobs — that’s more than 24,000 new jobs. The investments we continue to make to help tech companies grow is paying off. • T  he more than $30 million Phoenix has invested in bioscience facilities has helped leverage nearly $500 million of investment from our university partners — both on the downtown biomedical campus and the Arizona Biomedical Corridor near Desert Ridge. Not only are these investments creating good jobs, but they are making sure that our residents have access to world-class health care. And our higher education hub downtown has opened a new pipeline of hard-charging innovators who will drive our economy in the decades to come. • T  ransit continues to help drive people to work and drive our economy. More than $10 billion of investment has been made along the light rail lines since the tracks opened a decade ago. And as a result of the additional investment voters made just a few years ago through Proposition 104, we’ve accelerated the light rail line to Metrocenter by three years and the South Central Light Rail Extension by more than a decade. Connecting the heart of South Phoenix to the rest of the city though light rail will create new economic opportunity and transform our community. • W  e’ve authored one of the best sustainability comeback stories in the world, and it’s because our city has taken real, measurable steps towards a sustainable future. Our commitment to reach our Zero Waste goal by 2050 is gaining international attention. Last year we were one of only 10 cities to be recognized with the C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Award for our leadership in sustainability. There are still challenges ahead of us, but I’m proud of the work we’re doing to make Phoenix better for everyone. Not only have we created a strong economy for today, but we have also built the foundation for a brighter future that we will hand off to our children. Together, we’ve made it so Phoenix isn’t just growing, we’re growing up.

Future site of Paradise Valley Community College.

What began with a community council task force in 1982, has blossomed into a fully-accredited community college that, over the course of 30 years, has served the higher education needs of 166,889 North Valley students and has conferred over 13,513 degrees and/or certificates. Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) was founded by the Maricopa County Community College District as the Northeast Valley Education Center in 1985, with classes being temporarily held at Paradise Valley High School. Construction of the Union Hills campus started in 1986 and then was dedicated 30 years ago, with classes starting Fall 1987 with a student enrollment of 3,781 and 35–40 staff members. Between 1990 and 1999, the college went through a period of tremendous growth. It received independent accreditation, full-time staff grew to 198 and enrollment reached 7,000 students. From 2000 to 2009, the college added new facilities including the Center for Performing Arts and Life Sciences Building and its Black Mountain Campus A 2007 aerial view of PVCC in North Scottsdale. During this time, PVCC reached peak enrollment of over 12,000 students and more than 250 full-time employees. Since 2010, PVCC has continued to expand its facilities by remodeling and opening the Q Building and KSC Student Center, opening the Health Science Building and Aquila Hall at Black Mountain, has received numerous awards, and is recognized as a veteran supportive campus. And now, the community is invited to honor the college’s past, celebrate the present and envision the future at Bright Stars in Paradise, a 30th Anniversary Gala, Saturday, April 14, at 6pm. The event will be held at JW Marriott Desert Ridge in the Saguaro Ballroom, 5350 East Marriott Drive in North Phoenix. The semi-formal event will include live music, dinner, a cash bar and both silent and live auctions. Tickets are $130 per person. Purchase tickets online at www.paradisevalley.edu/gala-tickets. To learn more about Paradise Valley Community College, call 602.787.7862 or visit www.paradisevalley.edu.

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Just recently, I gave my annual State of the City address and provided a report on what we’ve accomplished together over the last six years — as well as the challenges ahead of us. It’s remarkable to think of the progress we’ve made, especially when it comes to creating good jobs. Phoenix produced the highest wage growth of any region in the country, and small businesses here raised wages more than anywhere else. We have near record low unemployment MAYOR rates, our city is a top 10 growing economy, and we City of Phoenix continue to grow tech jobs at a fast pace. 602.262.7111 Phoenix is stronger than ever and, more importantly, www.phoenix.gov the decisions we’ve made have forever changed the course of our future for the better. What is especially important about our progress is that we’ve done it together. On the City Council, we’ve worked in a bipartisan way to get things done. And we’ve partnered with many in our city — including the business community — to move in the right direction. Here are just a few accomplishments worth noting: • Phoenix exports are up 20 percent since 2012, compared to just 0.1 percent nationwide. That’s not by accident. Since Day One, we’ve made repairing our relationship with trade partners, especially Mexico, a top priority — and we even established two permanent trade offices in Mexico.

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Celebrate The Transformative Power Of Music Education

Paychex Establishes Corporate West ‘Second Headquarters’ In Phoenix

Fifth Annual Rosie’s House Ovation Gala Rosie’s House, the largest 100 percent free music conservatory in Arizona, invites music enthusiasts and community advocates to its annual Ovation Gala, Saturday, April 28, at the newly renovated Mountain Shadows. This year’s Ovation Gala, co-hosted by Theresa Esparza, Sarah Lang and Stevie Redfearn, will be a harmonious evening for sponsors, supporters and attendees to create positive change in the community through equitable access to music. Rosie’s House will welcome Vanessa Ruiz as the 2018 Ovation Gala emcee. Ruiz directs the Borderlands Bureau coverage team at Cronkite News, helps lead the Spanish-language newscast Cronkite Noticias, and is an anchor at Arizona PBS. Before coming to Cronkite, Ruiz was the main evening news anchor for KPNX, the NBC affiliate station in Phoenix. She is an Emmy-winning journalist recognized by the Academy of Arts & Sciences, while also having received the David Burke Distinguished Journalism Award for exceptional integrity, bravery, and originality in reporting.  The organization has already seen significant support and excitement around this year’s gala. Sponsors include Troon Golf, PricewaterhouseCoopers, ASU Alumni Association, First Western Trust Bank, Snell & Wilmer Law Offices and Deloitte.  Gala attendees will be able to see their support in action as some of the most talented Rosie’s House students take the stage with moving performances and stories about the life-changing impact of music. The evening will also include a silent auction, full dinner and hosted bar.  For more information about the gala, how to sponsor or to purchase tickets, visit www.rosieshouse.org/special-events/ovationgala.

Paychex senior manager James Blackwood and local employees gather for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the company’s expanded Phoenix site.

Paychex, a national financial services firm based in Rochester, New York, is putting its Corporate West operations center in Phoenix. The company is expanding its Phoenix workforce to 500 with about 80 openings right now. Ultimately it may add another 300 jobs at the North Phoenix location. Paychex, a provider of integrated human capital management solutions, says its 95,000-square-foot “second headquarters” is home to a nearly 50-percent expansion of Paychex’s Deer Valley workforce, and a consolidation of operations from California and other western offices. “Phoenix had a lot of advantages leading to its selection as our Corporate West,” said Mark Bottini, senior vice president of sales for Paychex. “We had experience in the market with its diverse workforce and great business environment. We liked the Phoenix lifestyle and the affordable cost of living for our employees and cost of doing business for the company. And we see a constant influx of bright, inspired college graduates coming from schools like Grand Canyon University and Arizona State University who

want to plant their roots and start careers right here in Phoenix.” The Deer Valley commercial real estate submarket near the Interstate 17 and Loop 101 interchange is one of the largest concentrations of financial service workers in the western U.S., and the largest in Arizona. More than 23,000 people work for financial service and financial technology companies with footprints in the area. “We’re not only attracting new talent, we’re also retaining skilled workers in North Phoenix, a growing area for financial services,” Mayor Greg Stanton said. “Expanding the number of high-wage jobs speaks to the diversity of Phoenix’s workforce.” The company is adding to its teams in technology, sales and customer support. Bottini said Paychex wants to boost its application development and sales leadership teams and add more service providers and virtual sales representatives to the Corporate West workforce. Corporate West positions are considered by Phoenix as high value jobs offering aboveaverage wages, benefits and career track opportunities. Learn more about the company at www.paychex.com.

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Hilton Announces Opening of New Embassy Suites days as the “Salt River Valley” prior to the 1930s, serves lunch and dinner items 11am–11pm, with a full menu created by executive chef Robert Walters. His distinctive cooking style incorporate indigenous Southwest flavors with local ingredients for menu items. The Tavern offers 16 craft beers and hosts a complimentary social hour nightly from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, with light appetizers and full bar offerings for hotel guests. The hotel’s 242 two-room suites include Serta mattresses and offer convenient amenities including Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf products, 55-inch flat screen televisions, large windows with sweeping views of the valley, a sofa bed, complimentary WiFi, wet bar and more. For guests’ convenience, an indoor heated pool and 24-hour fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and free weights are accessible via the lobby.  The spacious guestroom suites can also be used for small group meetings. With a total of 4,300 square feet of meeting space throughout the property, creative business meetings can be accommodated in a multitude of innovative ways including stateof-the-art audiovisual capabilities. Three private ballrooms of various sizes can also accommodate showers, weddings, anniversary and holiday parties, bar mitzvahs and other special gatherings. For more information or to make a reservation, call 602.222.1111 or visit www.phoenixdowntownnorth. embassysuites.com.

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After a six-month, multi-milliondollar development, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Downtown opened at 10 East Thomas Road. This heart-of-Phoenix location offers guests easy access to all downtown attractions — from sporting events and the Phoenix Convention Center to museums, dining, shopping, entertainment, the light rail and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. “With our centralized location in the heart of Downtown Phoenix and numerous amenities geared towards couples, families and business travelers, we are confident that our local residents will find this location convenient – whether it is a business gathering or a weekend getaway,” says general manager Brian Clark. Upon arrival, the lobby’s extraordinary atrium brings the 5 C’s of Arizona indoors and provides a focal point while guests interact. The fresh, new design of the lobby begins at the reception area with contemporary, casually elegant furnishings in rich hues of copper and deep burgundy wine. The area is sophisticated yet warmly inviting for social interaction and co-mingling. The lobby is also home to the hotel’s complimentary morning buffet station that includes made-toorder breakfasts such as customized omelet choices, pancakes and freshly cracked egg dishes to breakfast meats, potatoes, fresh fruit, warm toast, bagels, pastries, wholesome oatmeal and more. The lobby’s signature Salt River Tavern, in homage of Phoenix’s early

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Ultimate Women’s Expo Returns To Phoenix Arizona Women’s Expo will once again take up residence at the Phoenix Convention Center this year, April 28–29, but with new pavilions and keynote speakers, crafting workshops and more. The Arizona Women’s Expo offers complimentary haircuts, makeovers, manicures, massages, facials and plenty of free samples of the best cosmetics, skincare and beauty products in the

industry. Indulge in the very best Arizona has to offer in shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics and travel. Spend a relaxing day being pampered with spa treatments, massages and retail therapy.

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Attendees can learn new skills at the Do-It-Herself Workshops, experiencing jewelry making, cupcake decorating and crafting at its finest, with Make-NTake Projects. Shop emerging designers in fashion, outerwear and more. Celebrate fashion and the latest spring and summer trends with a high fashion runway show. Over 450 boutiques and pop up shops will showcase one-of-a-kind finds in apparel, accessories, handbags, jewelry, gifts, home décor and children’s wear at sensational prices. Or, get inspired at seminars presented by experts in finance, healthcare, career development, personal growth, style, beauty, home design and décor, who

will share their insights and reveal struggles that propelled them to the top of their fields. Actress, New York Times bestselling author and star of Food Network’s “Valerie’s Home Cooking” and known for many television series, Valerie Bertinelli will deliver the keynote address Saturday at 1pm. Dorinda Medley, star of BRAVO’s “Real Housewives of New York,” entrepreneur and frequent guest on “Ellen,” “Watch What Happens Live!,” and others, delivers the keynote address Sunday at 1pm, and MC Lyte, hip hop star, entrepreneur, actress and philanthropist delivers an address Sunday at 1:30pm. Arizona’s Ultimate Women’s Expo hours are 10am–5pm, Saturday, April 28, and 11am– 5pm, Sunday, April 29. Advance tickets are $5 when purchased online at www.azwomensexpo. com. Admission includes all makeovers, tastings, celebrity speakers, shows, seminars and more.

World Bazaar & Phoenix Community Market Set For April The World Bazaar & Phoenix Community Market is back and bigger than ever this month. Scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 10am–2pm, at the 19th Avenue and Camelback Light Rail Station, the event celebrates the vibrant culture of Phoenix with vendors from around the world providing specialty cuisines, crafts and entertainment. Enjoy delicious food, live music and specialty holiday shopping with local immigrant and refugeeowned businesses featuring handcrafted jewelry, dresses, scarves, baskets and a variety of artworks from around the globe. Sample a diverse array of food and beverages including Ethiopian coffee, Iraqi bread, Middle Eastern sweets, and much more. Pick up fresh produce at the New Roots Farmer’s Market and have fun at the KidsZone with face painting, balloon twisting and other culturally inspired activities. The World Bazaar is a free, family-friendly event presented by Local First Arizona, Fuerza Local and the International Rescue Committee (www.rescue. org/united-states/phoenix-az) in Phoenix to help showcase the rich and vibrant diversity of Phoenix. For information, visit www.localfirstaz.com. Photo courtesy of Local First Arizona


The Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society will hold its annual Show & Sale April 6–8 at Desert Botanical Garden. Society members showcase hundreds of their best plants, competing for ribbons and trophies with the public invited to choose their favorite. Also, outstanding cactus and succulent growers from throughout the Southwest present plants for sale. The event runs Friday and Saturday, 8am–5pm, and Sunday, 8am–4pm. For additional information, call 480.941.1225, or visit www.centralarizonacactus.org or www.dbg.org.

Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) will host its Fifth Annual Family Fun Walk May 5, at Steele Indian School Park. This 1.5-mile walk celebrates families who have “stepped up” to care for Arizona’s foster children. Founded by ‘Kax’ Herberger in 1988, AASK has been providing relationships for Arizona’s children in foster care for over 29 years. Funds raised at the Fun Walk will help AAASK continue to create loving, lifelong relationships for children in foster care by connecting children with siblings, kin, mentors, and foster and adoptive families. The AASK Family Fun Walk takes place 7:30–10:30am — strollers, wagons and pets are welcome. Steele Indian School Park is located at 300 East Indian School Road in Downtown Phoenix. Register at www.familyfunwalk.org or contact Jackie at 602.930.4452 for more information. To learn more about the organization, visit www. aask-az.org.

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Orchid Society Holds Annual Sale Desert Valley Orchid Society will hold its annual orchid show at Berridge Nursery, 4647 East Camelback Road in Phoenix, April 7–8. The event runs 9am–5pm on Saturday and 10am–4pm on Sunday. Admission is free. The show will include beautiful orchid displays, demonstrations on potting and general orchid care at 12pm and 2pm each day, a plant raffle and plants will be available for sale. Desert Valley Orchid Society meets monthly on the third Thursday of each month, 6:30pm, at the Via Linda Senior Center in Scottsdale. To learn more about the organization, visit them on Facebook or at www.dvos-az.com.

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Taylor Morrison Opens New Phoenix Community

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Taylor Morrison is opening two collections of homes at its new North Phoenix community of Sky Crossing Saturday, April 14, 10am–6pm. Sky Crossing will offer 10 floor plans in an ideal Phoenix location. These new homes offer open-concept living areas and elegant features inspired by Arizona’s homebuyers with options and design finishes to help homebuyers create the home of their dreams.   Those who attend will experience seven professionally decorated model homes, including the Adelaide, Bradshaw, and Cottonwood from Taylor The Cottonwood Elevation Morrison’s Passage Collection and the Iris, Holly, Azelia, and Calico from the Discovery Collection. “Sky Crossing represents a rare opportunity in today’s market,” said Bob Thompson, area sales manager of the Taylor Morrison Phoenix division. “These are gorgeous designs created for today’s homebuyers, and they’re in an ideal North Phoenix location close to everything. People who live here will enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment in the North Valley, Downtown Phoenix and Scottsdale, and an easier commute to anywhere work takes them.” The Discovery Collection offers homebuyers a selection of homes priced from the mid $400,000s, with features like open foyers and stately staircases, expansive kitchens with butler’s pantries, master bedroom suites, bedrooms with large walk-in closets, and options like multi-slide patio doors, fireplaces and larger kitchen islands. Homes in the Discovery Collection range from approximately 1,972 to 3,637 square feet, with up to 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Taylor Morrison’s Passage Collection offers spacious homes with prominent elevations and elegant features, including formal foyers, gourmet kitchens, expansive living areas, and additional options such as multi-slide patio doors, chef’s kitchens and fireplaces. Passage Collection floor plans range in size from approximately 2,465 to 3,967 square feet, with up to 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Each of the five floorplans include a 3-car garage. Pricing begins the mid $500,000s. Sky Crossing is located at 3240 East Bryce Lane in Phoenix. For more information about Sky Crossing or the grand opening event, call 480.346.1738 or visit www.taylormorrison.com/new-homes/arizona/phoenix.


Chamber Hosts Annual Charity Golf Tournament The annual Phoenix Metro Chamber Foundation Charity Golf Tournament, designed this year to benefit both the American Academy of Pediatrics (Arizona Chapter) and the March of Dimes, is scheduled for Saturday, May 12. The tournament will take place at Troon North Golf Club, 10320 East Dynamite Boulevard in Scottsdale. The day begins at 7:30am and includes 18 holes of golf, a four-course lunch, on-course entertainments and activities, a raffle and auction, in addition to prizes and awards. The fee for a single golfer is $225, and provides a free breakfast and luncheon ticket, while a foursome is less per player, at $900. Non-golfers are welcome at the four-course lunch ($35), which will start around 1pm when the golfers come off the course. Sponsorships are available and welcomed, as these not only support the Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce Tournament charities but offer local business owners the opportunity to showcase their ventures to spectators, participants and the media. The Chamber Foundation is accepting monetary donations, silent auction items and raffle prizes, items to fill 200 swag bags, empty baskets to make gift baskets and any generous donations. PMCF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For a tax receipt, please contact Christina Lewis at info@phoenixmetrochamber.com. For information or to register, visit www.phoenixmetrochamber.com.

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Join members of the Phoenix Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and their guests to celebrate the passage of the Women’s Business Ownership Act (H.R. 5050) at the organization’s monthly meeting. H.R. 5050 was passed with the help of NAWBO. The legislation addressed the needs of women in business by giving women entrepreneurs recognition and resources, and by eliminating discriminatory lending practices by banks that favored male business owners. The April 11 event will be a breakfast with speaker Penny Allee Taylor, chief of public policy for Valley of the Sun United Penny Allee Taylor Way, regarding the impact of H.R. 5050, and tips for advocating for what women care about. “Thirty years ago, NAWBO members were instrumental in getting this legislation passed to help women business owners,” says Julie S. Cook, NAWBO Phoenix president and owner of Idea Three Creative. “After breakfast and Penny’s presentation, attendees are invited to join us in visiting our legislators at the State Capitol.” The April 11 NAWBO breakfast meeting begins at 7:30am and will be held at the Gainey Ranch Golf Club, 7600 East Gainey Club Drive in Scottsdale. Tickets are $43 for members and $53 for guests, and reservations can be made online at www.nawbo.org/phoenix.

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MTA Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

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Musical Theatre of Anthem’s (MTA) upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast, is based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature. The stage version includes all the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. The talented cast, comprised of award winners and nominees ages 10 to adult, presents the show May 3-6 and 10-12 in Anthem. The awardwinning production staff includes director Laura O’Meara, choreographer Cydney Trent and vocal director Cris Wo. Performances take place Thursday through Saturday at Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 North Vision Way. Times vary, see website for details. Adult tickets are $19; students, seniors and children 12 and under are $16. Tickets may be purchased online at www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org.

NVSO Announces Competition Winner Anthem resident Nicole Campos was recently announced as the winner of a brand new handmade violin, valued at over $5,000, after competing in North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s (NVSO) annual Summerford Violin Concerto Competition. She is currently the concertmaster for the North Valley Youth Orchestra, and also plays in the first violin section of the adult orchestra. “What excites me most about [being awarded this violin] is bringing pride to everyone who has ever supported me in my musical studies,” says Nicole. “Without the time, knowledge, devotion and encouragement of many of my friends, family members and teachers, I would not be the musician and person that I am today.” NVSO invites young string players to join NVSO Symphonettes, Youth Strings or Youth Orchestra for the 2018-19 concert season. Auditions will be scheduled May 20 and June 2–3. For more information about membership in one of the youth performance groups, visit the website, www.northvalleysymphony. org, and click on the “Join Us” tab. Nicole Campos; Photo by Elena Thornton


MAYOR PETERSON WRITES... ‘Residences at Sundial Circle’ Proposed For Downtown Carefree By Mayor Les Peterson

Carefree Notes Passing Of ‘Santa Ron’ The Town of Carefree shared that Ron Bacher, who was Santa for Carefree for 10 years, has passed away. The Town shared his obituary, noting, “He would always sit in the Kiwanis House in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion meeting families and ride the Carefree firetruck during the parade. He brought so much joy to the Christmas event that people would ask for him every year. He was the ‘real’ Santa to most kids who grew-up visiting him. The Town is deeply saddened to hear about his sudden passing.” On March 26, Ronald J. Bacher suddenly passed away from a heart attack. Anyone who knows Ron knows that he was a selfless man who would do anything for anyone in need. He was a man of God, a local reclaimed wood artisan, a member of the Knights of Columbus and Santa Claus for his local community every Christmas. He left behind his wife of 40 plus years, Annette Bacher. The family is calling upon family and friends to help with covering the cost of his funeral arrangements (www.gofundme.com/funeralarrangements-for-ron-bacher). If you can donate anything at all we would really appreciate it. Ron Bacher is survived by Annette Bacher, Lisa Hehman Forman, Tricia Hehman Johnsen, Tony Hehman, Chris Hehman, Gabrielle and Danielle Forman, Madisen and Taylor Johnsen, Hana Hehman, Sage Hehman, Carol Hehman, Amethyst Hehman, Sue Stanley and many more family and friends.

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Recent Donations Add To Beauty Of Desert Gardens

Desert Foothills Landscape donated a rare Boojum Tree to the Gardens.

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Many of you are aware of the Azil Development project that was approved last fall for the property immediately adjacent to the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, located in the Downtown Carefree area. That project was proposed as luxury apartments, but it had to be terminated because of the lack of available financing for luxury apartments and no comparable developments in the nearby area. Azil Development continued to be interested in doing business in Carefree and has revamped their plans to better meet current market conditions. Azil has now returned to Carefree and is looking to MAYOR develop the property on Easy Street between the Sundial and the Post Town of Carefree Office building, as a luxury condominium development. Just recently, on 480.488.3686 March 6, the Town Council approved Azil’s new proposed development www.carefree.org called The Residences at Sundial Circle. We are delighted to see continuing investment interest in the Downtown Carefree area, and that the market remains strong for these type of development projects. Many residents have expressed their desire to “downsize” from their current residences in the Desert Foothills, and this project may fulfill the desires expressed by many of them. The proposal compliments the area, and the developer is committed to a quality project offering architecture that compliments Downtown Carefree. People attract people, and we need sustainable activity in the downtown area to continue the revitalization of the entire area, including enhancing the shopping experience and restaurant visitations. Contingent upon the finalization of the financing in progress, the architectural design for the building is committed to showcasing the Sundial and adding to the ambiance of the downtown area. The luxury building would contain 50 condominium units with high-end finishes, offering two to three bedrooms, at an average size of 3,000 square feet, and with each residential unit having its own parking space(s). Prices will range from below $1 million to $1.3 million. The building will focus upon the historic Sundial and feature a “walk under” waterfall at the entrance to the lobby that is similar to the waterfall in the Carefree Desert Gardens. Each unit will feature a spacious covered “outdoor living” area, offering residents privacy and unsurpassed views of either the downtown area or the surrounding mountains. Private parking will be underground, with some additional parking spaces available to residents. I anticipate the next steps will be review of the architectural plans by the Development Review Board, followed by a review by the Carefree Town Council. If you desire more information, visit www.carefree.org, or contact Town Hall at 480.488.3686 and I’d be happy to schedule a meeting with your respective HOA to discuss the future of our beautiful town.

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale North donated and planted an Ocotillo in the Carefree Desert Gardens February 21, on the westside of the Gardens. Pictured L-R: Members of Rotary Club of Scottsdale North, Al Dixon, Randy Halverson (back) and Brian Carson, along with Carefree Mayor Les Peterson

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Carefree Restaurant Week Comes In May For the first time in Carefree’s history, local restaurateurs have joined forces to create a new Carefree Restaurant Association. The new organization meets once a month to discuss all aspects of business related to the restaurant industry and specifically, how Carefree’s local eating establishments can work together to promote dining in Carefree. As a result of their collaboration, the Carefree Restaurant Association (CRA) is proud to announce Carefree’s first ever Carefree Restaurant Week May 4 thru 13, 2018. Restaurant week will be an opportunity for all participating restaurants to showcase their menus at discounted prices. Some restaurants will offer a special lunch menu, others a 3 or 4 course dinner for dine-in customers. Prices for Restaurant Week (per person, excluding alcohol) as follows: • Lunch Menu (2-courses) $18.00

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• Dinner Menu (3-courses) $35.00, (4-courses) $45.00 Customers will have an opportunity to sample new and exciting menu offerings and in doing so support their local restaurants. Unlike many other towns, Carefree’s restaurant base is made up of independent, family-owned businesses. Therefore, no large corporate chains dictate menu, pricing or marketing campaigns…rather, the individual business owner can determine the look, feel, style and concept and brand their own restaurant based on their own individual culinary expertise. Participating restaurants in Restaurant Week include; Venues Café, Black Mountain Café, Sundial Garden Café, Bácan Restobar, Café Bink, English Rose Tea Room, Corrado’s and Giordano’s Trattoria Romana. For a complete list of all Carefree restaurants and more details on Carefree Restaurant Week, including menus and other participating restaurants visit www.carefreerestaurants.com.

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Celebrate Springtime With Beauties, Bloodies & Brunch SkinRevision and Carefree Consignment are teaming up with Corrado’s Cucina Italiana for some springtime fun April 22, 11am–2pm. Take in the latest fashion finds while enjoying a buffet brunch served with breakfast cocktails at Corrado’s, 100 Easy Street in Carefree (www.corradosaz.com). Mini makeovers will be offered by Tommie Knierim, COS and Jill Adelyn Professional Cosmetics (available exclusively at SkinRevision). Seating is limited, and the cost for brunch and a cocktail is $15. Contact Corrado’s for reservations at 480.306.7506. To learn more about SkinRevision, call 480.828.0987 or visit www. skinrevisionaz.com. To learn more about Carefree Consignment, call 630.336.1300 or visit www.easystreetgalleria.com.

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Arts at the Rocks Presents ‘Children of the World’ The Desert Hills Presbyterian Church Arts at the Rocks series presents “Children of the World” in a free concert, which is open to the public. Through the powerful medium of song, dance, spoken word and creative media, Children of the World present the reality of millions of children who cannot speak for themselves. The concert will be held April 4, 7pm, at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, located on the corner of Scottsdale Road and Carefree Highway. For more information, visit www.deserthills.org.

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The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce was present Tuesday, March 6, to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony for Club Pilates North Scottsdale’s newly-opened studio.   Club Pilates North Scottsdale offers group reformer classes and private training options. Pilates can strengthen the abdominal core, increase athleticism in a sport, and improve posture, flexibility and strength in a very fun community setting. It’s for everyone from teens to adults to seniors and includes both women and men. Club Pilates offers nine different types of Pilates classes with three different levels and offers state-of-the-art instruction. Club Pilates North Scottsdale is located at 31313 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. For additional information, call 480.900.7278 or visit www.clubpilates. com and search for the North Scottsdale location. To learn more about the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, call 480.488.3381 or visit www.carefreecavecreek.org.

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Garden Seminar: Pleasing The Pollinators Today, many are well aware of the crisis facing the bee populations. We rely on honeybees for their role in production of many foods we enjoy and depend upon. But, they are not the only pollinators whose populations are threatened. The Carefree Desert Gardens seminar series welcomes back gardening expert Kirti Mathura Saturday, April 14. Mathura, an Instructional Specialist for Community Garden Education with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, and teacher of Plant Materials for the Landscape Architecture Program at ASU’s School of Design, will speak on numerous native winged creatures that “pollinate the plants that provide brilliant color and fragrance in our gardens.” She will show guests how to invite hummingbirds, butterflies, moths, bees and even bats into landscapes with thoughtful design, habitat requirements and pollinator-specific plants. Mathura worked at the Desert Botanical Garden for over 17 years. She has worked as a horticulturist for Cesar Mazier Landscaing & Consulting and Singh Farms. Mathura has also written or contributed to landscaping and gardening publications, including The Arizona Low Desert Flower Garden by Gibbs Smith, Publisher, and Desert Landscaping for Beginners published by Arizona Master Gardener Press. The seminar, which usually includes a plant raffle, will begin at 9:30am and run until approximately noon at the Town Council Chambers, 33 Easy Street in Carefree. Early arrival is encourages as seating is limited. A $5 (or more) donation is appreciated to support these programs. For additional information, call 480.488.3686.

Save The Date For A Royal Wedding Celebration English Rose Tea Room will host a Royal Wedding Celebration Saturday, May 19, 10am–5pm. Celebrate the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with television showings throughout the day. Guests will enjoy a formal afternoon tea, royal wedding cake and a souvenir bag. Guests will also take photos on the red carpet with lifesize cutouts of royal family members and have a chance to win a replica of Meghan Markle’s ring. The cost to attend is $60 per person. English Rose Tea Room is located at 201 Easy Street in Carefree. For additional information, call 480.488.4812 or visit www.carefreetea.com.


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The Gallery at el Pedregal will host an Art Party Saturday April 21, 1–4pm. Explore fine art in the Gallery, and jewelry, glass, small sculpture and paintings in the courtyard. The event will include artists’ demonstrations, refreshments, entertaining music and food art by Arizona Culinary Institute. A collaboration between the Boulders Resort and the Sonoran Arts League, The Gallery at el Pedregal is located at 34505 North Scottsdale Road, 2nd floor. For information, call 480.575.6658 or visit www.sonoranartsleague.org.

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CIVANA Debuts Its Flagship Resort

CIVANA made its debut at the location formerly known as the Carefree Resort and Conference Center in Carefree March 6. Complete with healthy dining, spa, movement and fitness classes and enrichment programs and lectures, CIVANA is the first sustainable wellness resort to open in Greater Phoenix, the sixth largest market. Grounded in its principles of sustainability, attainability and possibility, the 40 million-dollar acquisition and renovation is an adaptive re-use of an existing facility incorporating a natural design palette and materials, while improving energy efficiency and the introduction of solar energy in its new spa building. “We believe most of us are on a personal journey toward health, life balance and well-being. Our mission is to bring that complete wellness experience to a larger travel audience at a more affordable price point,” states Kevin Kelly, CEO. “To deliver on this promise, CIVANA has assembled a best-in-class operating team from around the country who seek to

be part of an authentic, mission driven company.” CIVANA focuses on four pillars: Healthy Cuisine, Movement, Healing Arts/Spa and Discovery, and Enrichments Arts. Only months after its acquisition, CIVANA Carefree has undergone a multi-phase renovation of its public spaces, 189 rooms, dining outlets and the conversion of meeting space into state-of-the-art fitness, yoga, energy, movement and enrichment studios. CIVANA Carefree’s all-day dining outlet, Terras, is about choice (from healthy to indulgent food) and will offer shared plates and more vegetable forward dishes. Complementing it will be Café Meto, which gets its name from the Latin word for harvest/gathering and will open in the latter half of the month featuring menu selections vetted for the calorie and nutrition content, set in a casual outdoor courtyard setting. The fitness center features top-of-the line cardio, strength and flexibility equipment. CIVANA Carefree is also among the first resorts to feature Aktiv Virtual,

an on-demand digital kiosk that provides personalized workouts and expert level coaching. The Yoga & Energy Center houses a studio with wall yoga and aerial yoga capabilities, a movement/spin room, and two other flexible movement studios. The outside Yoga Lawn provides beautiful mountain vistas for sunrise sand sunset programs. In advance of launching its new 22,000-square-foot spa, complete with a healing water Terme, Watsu and lap pool, solar energy and water harvesting features, in the fall of 2018, a smaller spa with a full package of treatments will be offered. Delivering the experience will be a seasoned wellness executive team led by former Canyon Ranch general manager Kyle Treat, CHA, whose extensive hospitality experience includes estate management for Microsoft founder, Paul Allen Properties. When asked about his team, Treat beams, “I’ve had the good fortune to assemble a team with a broad depth of hospitality and wellness experience, in their respective industries. I am proud of their work ethic and how we have come together as a team.” On his team are wellness director Sharon Otaguro; sales director Curt Moroney; director of marketing Maureen Holden; food and beverage director Wade Hughes; human resource director Perry Shazier II; finance director Erin Mickelson; and, director of engineering Adrian Duran. Additionally, nutritionist and natural foods chef Kelly Grant O’Brien oversees the healthier menu development. Spa wellness manager Suzanne Barber who is a nutritionist and “Artist in Residence,” rounds out the team. CIVANA Carefree is located at 37220 Mule Train Road. For additional information, call 480.653.9000 or visit www.civanacarefree.com.


DFT Brings Tony-Winning In The Heights To The Stage The next production in the season at Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) is the high-energy, hip-hop musical, In The Heights. This Tony-winner was the first musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda (of Hamilton fame). In The Heights addresses universal themes through the story of one community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. From his perch at the corner bodega the narrator, Usnavi, invites the audience to embrace the Latin rhythm. Over the Photo by Greg Wright course of the three short days that the play covers, members of this vibrant community family tackle life, death, love, dreams, significant financial difficulty and more. The ultimate lesson is that there is always home, family and love. The artistic director of Teatro Bravo, Ricky Araiza, joins DFT to direct this production. Araiza says that, “This play speaks to the very simple human condition of community and how we all need that; this story reminds us of home and what home feels like.” While the play explores and celebrates the Latinx experience, it is ultimately relatable to all. Araiza adds, “Through this Latinx narrative, we can understand, on a variety of levels, that we are always more similar than we are different.” In The Heights will play in the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center Black Box, 33606 North 60th Street in Scottsdale, through April 15. For additional information or to purchase tickets, contact the box office at 480.488.1981 or visit www.dftheater.org.

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The Ted Phillip Denton Contemporary Art Gallery invites residents to visit the gallery, as well as the six other participating galleries in Carefree, for First Friday Art Walk (April 6 and May 4). Visitors will have the opportunity to meet diverse artists, enjoy refreshments and engage in conversation about art and architecture. In addition, participating galleries will pay for the sales tax during Art Walk hours (4–7pm) for patrons who choose to purchase a piece of art. Take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Carefree village and Desert Gardens and visit all the participating galleries, then top off the evening with dinner. Participating restaurants are offering a 10 percent discount when presented with a business card from a participating gallery. At their Contemporary Art Gallery, meet Ted Denton and his wife, Joy Landau, and see Ted’s newest metal sculptures, as well as the contemporary art works of 13 other extraordinary artists. Always featured are the book Constructions and the DVD BeadleArchitecture, which promote the legacy of Alfred Newman Beadle, local architect extraordinaire. The gallery, which was recently highlighted by Fusion Art & Travel (www. fusionartandtravel.com), is located at 100 Easy Street, Suite 1, in Carefree. Visit www.tedphillipdenton.com for a virtual tour of the gallery. For additional information contact Ted at tedsart@cox.net or 760.780.8484; contact Joy at reflectionsofjoy@cox.net or 760.835.9204.

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Busy in his gallery at 34 Easy Street in Carefree is one of Arizona’s most prolific contemporary artist. Above Venues Café (www.venuescafe.com) — overlooking Easy Street with beautiful views of Black Mountain — is artist Lance Headlee (www.lanceheadlee.com) and his Top Floor Gallery. Headlee’s spacious gallery has high wood beam ceilings, large brick walls, candlelight and comfortable leather seating in a loungelike atmosphere. As guests sip drinks, they are captivated and surrounded by large, beautifully illuminated original paintings like no other. Venues and Headlee’s Top Floor Gallery offer locals and tourist a unique Artist Lance Headlee with “Steel Pony” — Original 4’ x 5’ acrylic on canvas vision of the New West they cannot find anywhere else in Arizona. According to Joy Elizabeth, event planner for Global Destinations, “Venue’s Café and Lance Headlee’s large specious Top Floor Gallery is a new hot spot for locals and tourist. Global Destinations is booking the restaurant and gallery for dinner parties, private parties, group meetings and many other special events all the time. The Top Floor Gallery will soon be home to the new Venues Poker Club, Bottle and Brush two-hour paint and wine parties, Golf Tournament parties, Horse Race parties and many other fun events that will take place at the restaurant and gallery. There is something that is comforting about the old red brick building in the heart of Carefree. It is a beautiful building with a warm and inviting atmosphere where everyone likes to go to eat drink and enjoy the view and beautiful surroundings.” Lance Headlee has been bringing imagination to life applying paint to canvas for over 35 years. Headlee has been living in the world of fine art since the day when he was 8, and he watched his father draw a cowboy’s face on a piece of paper. “That moment in time changed me forever — creativity and imagination became my life,” says Headlee. Read more about Lance Headlee and the Top Floor Gallery at Venues Café online now. Visit news.CITYSunTimes.com.


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The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce held several ribbon-cutting ceremonies in the Town of Cave Creek March 8, including Cimarron River Company, The City Creamery and Prickly Pear Inn. Cimarron River Company, located at 6268 East Cave Creek Road, Suite 2, offers a collection of authentic Native Indian jewelry, which is hand selected by the owners and picked for quality and superior design. The boutique has added horn sofa tables, lamps and decorative Southwestern accessories to its home decor section, as well as sterling silver baby and children’s gifts. For additional information, call 855.649.3373 or visit www.cimarronrivercompany.com. The City Creamery prides itself on making only the freshest homemade, small batched, hand-churned ice cream, just like the good ol’ days. They make all of their ice cream in shop, every day, producing one-of-a-kind flavors varying from classics to very unique. They also make their own waffle cones and bowls every day and use Grandmother Marian’s amazing homemade hot fudge recipe, The City Creamery is located at 6268 East Cave Creek Road. For additional information, call 480.397.1130 or send an email to thecreameryicecream@gmail.com. Prickly Pear Inn, located at 6268 East Cave Creek Road, Suite 6, is a tranquil hideaway sitting on a lovely hacienda-style property with an upscale local flavor. With a charming plaza area and numerous covered patios, the casual elegance of this one-of-a-kind inn is perfect for the discriminating traveler looking for their home away from home while enjoying all that Cave Creek and Carefree have to offer. Conveniently located directly in the center of the tourist area, just across the street from Frontier Town, Prickly Pear Inn is within easy walking distance to restaurants, bars, shopping and hiking. The oversized rooms are tastefully decorated in a rustic-modern motif offering casual elegance with an old-world ambiance. All rooms feature a complete kitchenette with refrigerator, cook top, microwave, toaster and deluxe coffee maker. Most rooms have private decks where guests can savor the incredible mountain views. For additional information, call 480.488.2616 or visit www.pricklypearinnaz.com.

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Okay, here we are again. April already! As usual I’ll tell you there is always something fun happening in Cave Creek. So, come on up and experience it for yourselves. On another note, I’ll climb up on my soapbox yet again to discuss something important to the entire state. There is a move afoot to place on the ballot an item that would require electric utilities in MAYOR Arizona to supply 50 percent of our electricity Town of Cave Creek from renewable energy. On the surface, this 480.488.1400 is a great idea but, it falls very short on the www.cavecreek.org implementation side. There simply is NOT a reliable source of storage for renewables that would ensure that we don’t have “brownouts” during the heat of summer. Technology solutions for longer term storage have not been discovered or invented yet. I’m sure it’s coming, and society will demand more renewables when those issues are solved but, it’s not ready for prime time just yet. It might surprise many people to discover just how much power is generated by nuclear plants in Europe and they’re way ahead of us with renewables and cutting-edge building methods. Passage of this ballot issue will severely curtail the usage of the Palo Verde nuclear power plant. Fifty percent renewables for Arizona is a good idea whose time has not yet come! Please don’t sign the petition or we’ll end up with another emotional issue possibly passed by voters who don’t understand the intricacies involved!

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Golf Tournament To Benefit Library The Desert Foothills Library Charity Golf Tournament will take place Monday, May 7, at Desert Forrest Golf Club, 37207 North Mule Train Road in Carefree. Participants will have the opportunity to play at one of America’s Top 100 Golf Courses (Golf Digest, Golf Week, Golf Magazine), and enjoy a day of friendly competition with 18 holes of golf, continental breakfast, buffet luncheon and prizes included in the tax-deductible entry fee. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Desert Foothills Library, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit communityfunded library. Check-in and breakfast begins at 7:30am; play kicks off at 9am with a shotgun start. The cost is $250 per person ($200 tax-deductible). Players should register by April 23 — space is limited. For additional information, call 480.488.2286 or visit www.dfla.org.

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The Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society (AAS), which is based in Cave Creek, will hold its next meeting April 11. The meeting will feature Arizona Humanities speaker Wayne Ranney presenting Smitten by Stone: How We Came to Love the Grand Canyon. Despite being one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World,” humans have not always seen the Grand Canyon in a positive light. First seen by Europeans in the year 1540, the canyon was not comprehended easily. Throughout the entire exploratory era (lasting nearly 320 years) conquistadores, explorers, trappers and miners viewed the canyon as an obstacle to travel or even useless. However, when the first geologist laid eyes on it in 1857, he issued a siren call to humanity that it was something quite special on our planet. Geologists who followed, returned, announcing to the world that the Grand Canyon was to be revered. Ranney is a kindred spirit as a geologist, author, river and trail guide on the Colorado Plateau. A former back country ranger in the Grand Canyon, he is a geologic lecturer with travels to Antarctica, Africa, the Amazon, Greenland, Siberia and the North and South Poles, to name a few locations among 85 countries. He is still active as a river and trail guide in the Grand Canyon for the Grand Canyon Association Field Institute and Museum of Northern Arizona. He leads field trips throughout the American Southwest and is the author of 10 books and a contributing writer for various magazines. The AAS meetings are free to attend, and held on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May. There are refreshments available at 7pm and the meeting begins at 7:30pm, usually ending prior to 9pm. The meetings are held in the community room (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepard of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. For additional information, visit www.azarchsoc.wildapricot.org/desertfoothills.


Fundraiser For Food Banks Slated For April 7 Our Lady of Joy Parish and The Knights of Columbus will hold a 5K run and walk, known as the Race for Joy, to benefit Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center and St. Vincent de Paul Society, Saturday, April 7, at 9am. According to food bank director Pam DiPietro, the run and walk will commence in the parking lot of Our Lady of Joy Parish, located at 36811 North Pima Road in Scottsdale. Pre-race packets can be picked up on Friday, One of the many volunteers at Foothills Food Bank. April 4, from 4–7pm at Fleet Feet Scottsdale and Saturday, April 7 at 7:30am at Our Lady of Joy Parish. Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center provides emergency food, financial assistance and other life necessities and resources to individuals and families in the desert foothills, which encompasses a 180-square mile area that includes Anthem, Black Canyon City, Carefree, Cave Creek, Desert Hills, New River, North Phoenix and North Scottsdale. Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located at 6038 East Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek. Visit Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center online at www. foothillsfoodbank.com or call 480.488.1145.

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Cactus Shadows High School (CSHS) announced that Christine Marsh, CSHS English Honors/IB Teacher and 2016 Arizona Teacher of the Year, has been awarded one of two Lopes for Literacy grants. Alpha Epsilon Gamma (the College of Education’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education) awarded two Lopes for Literacy grants to leaders in education who effectively integrate literacy across all disciplines in a culturally inclusive manner. The award was open to COE alumni, Strategic Educational Alliances participant educators and COE faculty. Marsh has won a $150 grant each semester and one-year free membership to KDP. She will be a special guest and accept her award at the Alpha Epsilon Gamma induction ceremonies.  Her entry will be featured on COE’s LopesTeachUp and Teaching in Purple.  CSHS principal, Dr. Steve Bebee, said, “Ms. Marsh is an outstanding English Language Arts (ELA) teacher who always pushes her students to be the best that they can be in her classroom.  Her dedication to her content and her desire for her students to increase their own literacy to be able to explain the world they live in is evident anytime you visit her classroom. We are very blessed to have such a passionate educator on our campus.  Thank you GCU for recognizing the talents Ms. Marsh possesses.” Christine submitted a YouTube video of students’ work illustrating culturally inclusive literacy; instructional strategies culturally relevant to the content; and responding to the prompt:  How do you promote literacy and cultural responsiveness with your colleagues, so the ideas and pedagogical application are spread throughout the grade level, department and school? For more information on Cactus Shadows High School, call 480.575.2400 or visit www.ccusd93.org/Domain/9.

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Spaghetti + Westerns = Good Time At The Toad The Horny Toad will host “Time for an Italian Spaghetti Western” Wednesday, April 25, from 11am–9pm. During the one-of-a-kind event, The Horny Toad will feature several mouth-watering Italian specials, including pasta marinara, fettuccini and spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread and a side salad. In addition, Westerns will be shown all day long. The Horny Toad is located at 6738 East Cave Creek Road. Call 480.488.9542 for reservations. For additional information, visit www.thehornytoad.com.

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Etania Jewelry & Boutique will host a Trunk Show April 13–14. The artist this month is Geoffrey Brown from Prescott. Brown found early expression for his talents as a commercial artist in San Francisco. In 1970 he began turning his designs into brass and silver jewelry, selling as a street artist at festivals and to upscale stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue. He loved to explore San Francisco to sketch the beautiful wrought iron and stained-glass artwork of the city’s ornate homes. Most of these designs were classic Victorian and Nuevo period creations, and their influence is still evident in the flowing lines and asymmetric balance of his current offerings. Brown is now a prominent jewelry designer and manufacturer in Northern Arizona. He has done work for the Phippen Museum and Arizona Highways. He has even had his ensembles worn by movie stars and to White House events. He has been a goldsmith and has owned jewelry stores in the Prescott area since 1978 and currently designs for numerous galleries in the United States. Brown’s designs are inspired by nature and reminiscent of Art Nouveau design. They are usually highlighted with unique, one-of-a-kind gemstones and include limited editions of rings, earrings, bracelets and pendants. He also offers original hand-wrought pieces, which are inspirations of the moment and are not reproduced. Brown’s unique creations will be available for two days only at Etania Jewelry & Boutique, 6140 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. Hours are 10:30am–6pm both days. For more information, call 602.429.0505 or visit www.etaniagems.com. Pictured: Geoffrey Brown jewelry

Celebrate Spring With Smallcakes Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery opened its doors in Cave Creek March 4, 2017. Since then, the locally-owned and operated bakery, on the northeast corner of Tatum and Dynamite, has been offering fresh baked gourmet cupcakes and homemade small batch ice cream to area residents. Owners Matt and Carlie invite their neighbors to stop by and enjoy a sweet treat. Smallcakes Cave Creek is located at 28255 North Tatum Boulevard, Suite 5, and is open Monday–Saturday, 10am– 7pm. For additional information, call 480.781.2952 or visit www. smallcakescavecreek.com.


Dinner event to be held at Bryan’s of Cave Creek Watson’s Hat Shop in Cave Creek will present an evening with Michael F. Blake Thursday, April 19, 6–8pm. The event will be held at Cave Creek’s Bryan’s Side Door. Blake, an author of the new book The Cowboy President, will be speaking and signing his new book, along with Eric Watson of Watson’s Hat Shop. Watson has made several replica hats for Blake. Watson will pick up the discussion on “Replica Hats” and show his latest replicas made for the movie “Godless,” a Netflix original. The event will include a BBQ buffet for guests. Blake is an Emmy-winning makeup artist in the film and TV industry for 40 years. His credits include Westworld, Spider-Man 3, Soapdish, X-Men: First Class, Tough Guys and Independence Day. Blake was also a well-known child actor and his father, Larry J. Blake was also an award-winning actor in such films as High Noon. Blake is the author of three books on silent film actor Lon Chaney (which served as the basis for a 2000 documentary for Turner Classic Movies cable channel), and two books on the Western film genre. He has also written several magazine and newspaper articles, as well as made numerous appearances on documentaries. For his latest book, Blake spent three years researching Theodore Roosevelt’s time in the Dakota Territory, which included hiking and horseback riding over the same land where Roosevelt rode 132 years ago. Unlike other authors who have written about Roosevelt’s time in the saddle, Blake has real-world experience in herding cattle and crossing rivers on horseback. Watson was asked by Netflix to create three of the hats used in the movie “Godless.” The hats were worn by Michelle Dockery, Jack O’Connell and Merritt Wever, and were distressed to fit the part. Seating for the special event is limited to 40, and reservations should be made in advance. Call Bryan’s BBQ at 480.575.7155. The evening will include a BBQ Buffet for $18, book signing and a discussion with the author and hat maker. Books can be purchased that evening as well. Bryan’s Side Door is located at 6130 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. For additional details, visit www.watsonshatshop.com or www.bryansbarbecue.com.

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The Black Mountain Foothills Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is collecting unpublished genealogical records to be submitted to their library in Washington DC. The DAR Library is one of the largest repositories of genealogical records in the United States. The group is seeking copies of family records to be included in the library. The records will be indexed and searchable online making them available to other family genealogists. This is a wonderful way to preserve family research and records. The wide variety of genealogical records acceptable for submitting include for example military documents; land deeds and records; marriage, birth, death and other vital records; wills; town council minutes; church and Bible records; and diaries. Those who have family records such as these and would be willing to share a photocopy with the DAR, can bring the copy to the Cave Creek Museum. The Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 East Skyline Drive in Cave Creek. The museum understands the value of historical records and has agreed to help the local DAR chapter by proving a place to collect records. For questions about the project, contact Chapter Regent, Sarah Ziker at bmfregent@gmail.com. To learn more about the organization, visit www. blackmtnfoothills.weebly.com.

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Spring Into History At The Museum The Cave Creek Museum offers new programs for children and adults this month and beyond, as well as continuing exhibitions, including the benchmark exhibit, “The Photography of Edward S. Curtis,” which runs through the end of May. Visit the Museum April 8 (1:30– 3:30pm) for some ‘hands-on’ history at “Do Artifacts Talk,” a Family Fun Workshop. Children will learn to ‘listen’ to what artifacts tell as they practice proper handling of important items. Learning to treasure one’s own heritage and memories is a big part of the discussion. Reservations are required to be sure that there are enough supplies for all the family members to enjoy. “Do Artifacts Talk” is free for Cave Creek Museum members and $5 for non-members at the door. The Adult Discovery Series April 14, (2–3:30pm) presents “The Tale of Three Town: Cave Creek, Marion and Liscum.” When wandering the hills and washes of Spur Cross Conservation Area and Jewel of the Creek, you tread where a bustling town once stood, and a 100-stamp mill roared. “The Tale of Three Towns,” including The Showdown at the Phoenix Mine, is an entertaining way to learn something new and interesting. This program of the Adult Discovery Series is free for Museum members and $5 for non-members at the door. Reservations are suggested, as seating space is limited. A demonstration of the Museum’s operational 10-stamp ore crushing mill will take place 1:30–2pm, right before the Discover Series starts. Looking forward to May 6, the Family Fun Workshop is “We’re Dude Ranching … at the Museum!” held 1:30–3:30pm. Learn to rope a steer, from a real cowboy. Participants will make their own chaps and corsets, then relax by the “fire,” while singing old campfire songs and enjoying s’mores. Reservations are required to be sure that there are enough supplies. “Dude Ranching at the Museum” is free for Cave Creek Museum members and $5 for non-members at the door. Make program reservations online at www.cavecreekmuseum.org or call 480.488.2764. All events are held at the Cave Creek Museum, located at 6140 East Skyline Drive. The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 1–4:30pm, open early on Friday at 10am. (Closed holidays, Monday and Tuesday. Open October 1 through May 31.) Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Children 12 and under are free.


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Join fellow Chamber members for a monthly opportunity to network, socialize and win prizes at the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase event. Held the second Wednesday of each month, this month’s event is scheduled for April 11, from 5:30pm to 7pm. The cost to attend is $5 for members and $15 for non-members (non-members may attend twice before joining). Raffle tickets are $1 each. The April event will be held at Cave Creek Fitness, 4532 East Lone Mountain Road, Suite 211, Cave Creek. For additional information about Cave Creek Fitness, call 480.488.8848or visit www.cavecreekfitness.com. The Chamber will hold its monthly breakfast meeting Thursday, April 26, 7:30–9:30am, at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road (wwwharoldscorral.com). The event sponsor is AZ Perfect Comfort (www. azperfectcomfort.com). The cost to attend the breakfast is $8 for members and $15 for non-members. To learn more, call 480.488.3381 or visit www.carefreecavecreek.org.

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Cactus Shadows High School (CSHS), located in the Cave Creek Unified School District, announced that 24 students competed in the DECA 2018 State Career Development Conference last month. Ten out of the 24 students received a combination of medals and plaques for their abilities in the fields of Business, Finance, Entrepreneurship and Marketing. Seven of them will be representing Arizona DECA at the International DECA Conference April 20–25, in Luke Samples and Andres Scola Atlanta GA. Dr. Steve Bebee, principal of Cactus Shadows High School said, “Watching our students grow up and seeing the talents that they possess never ceases to amaze me. I am so proud of our students and congratulate them on a job well done.” Winning Falcons include Allie Frisch (State DECA Test Medal); First place in Role Play for Travel and Tourism, the team of Katie Inman and Jordyn Russek (attending International DECA Competition); Top Ten Medal Winners for Business Financial Services, Bryce Coup and Gregory Woodford; Overall 4th place for Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making, Luke Samples and Andres Scola (attending International DECA Competition) and overall first place for Buying and Merchandising Operations Research, Kaylee Hamm, Samantha Harmouz and Tyler Fleming (attending International DECA Competition). For more information on Cactus Shadows High School, call 480.575.2400 or visit www.ccusd93.org/Domain/9.

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Collector Car Show Scheduled For April 14 Four Peaks Rotary Club announced its first Fountain Hills Collector Car Show to be held April 14 on Avenue of the Fountains, which is in the center of town and heart of the community. This street is a beautiful backdrop for this event with red brick walkways aligned with water fountains and beautiful trees with resting spots along the walking path. There are many restaurants and shops along this street and adjoining areas to accommodate all guests that will attend. Collector cars will be lined up on both sides of the street from Saguaro Avenue to La Montana Boulevard for all spectators to enjoy. There will be live music from

Fountain Hills was designated an International Dark Sky Community by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) in January of this year. It is one of only two International Dark Sky Communities located near a major metropolitan area. In total, only 16 communities in the world have previously earned this prestigious designation. A dedicated group of citizens began pursuing the designation nearly three years ago. The resulting formation of the Fountain Hills Dark Sky Association (FHDSA) was triggered by the advent of bright white LEDs, similar to the very bright white xenon headlights of some newer cars.  “We realized that if actions weren’t taken soon, our town would begin to have a night sky glow just like the rest of the Phoenix metropolitan area,” said Nancy Bill, FHDSA co-chair. “If that happened, we would no longer be able to enjoy the wonders of the night sky and the effect would be detrimental to both humans and wildlife.” Because of the effort of the FHDSA and the support of the town council and town staff, the outdoor lighting and sign ordinances were updated to address new causes of light pollution.  FHDSA board member Ted Blank, a NASA Solar System Ambassador and co-founder of the Fountain Hills Astronomy club, agreed that the town’s strategy has worked. “It really is possible to do astronomy here,” he said. “These dark skies enabled Charles Juels, a Fountain Hills resident and noted amateur astronomer, to discover 475 new asteroids, one of which he named Fountain Hills.” The local astronomy club, in cooperation with the library, offers monthly star parties to introduce people to planets, constellations, and extraordinary stellar objects. Three telescopes were donated to the Fountain Hills Library by FHDSA board member Dr. Craig Gimbel so they can be checked out just like books. This program resulted in a national award for the library. And this month, FHDSA will celebrate the new Dark Sky designation with the Fountain Hills Dark Sky Festival, scheduled for April 21 at the Fountain Hills Community Center. Activities include nationally known speakers, a mobile planetarium, exhibits, photo and art contests, animal display, a star party and food and craft beers. The event is free to attend and runs 3–10pm. Looking even further into the future, plans are underway to potentially bring a privately funded public observatory to Fountain Hills. That’s when some serious stargazing will excite kids and adults alike, spark imaginations, teach science and inspire thoughts about our place in the cosmos. For additional information about FHDSA or the April festival, visit www.fhdarksky.com.

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local musicians to set the tempo for the show. All vendors will be set up on the median along the red brick walkways to showcase their goods. In addition, there will be a beer garden serving beer, wine and other adult beverages for visitors. The club is expecting 500 cars to attend this show with room for 100 vendors. The one-day event is free to attend, and will begin at 11am, with awards presented by 5pm. The live music will continue until 7pm. For additional information, visit www.fhcarshow.com.

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There are some strategies that the banks use against their customers to maximize their profits. Amortization is one of them. I had a mortgage client that had a second mortgage for $60,000 with a payment of $843 per month. When we did the payoff, it came back at $60,000. It raised a red flag since the homeowner told me that they had been paying on it for three years. I figured the balance should have gone down something. I showed the homeowner that of the $843 per month he was paying, an astounding $842.50 went to interest and only 50 cents went to pay down principal per payment. I restructured both the first mortgage and the second mortgage along with paying off their credit card debt and car loans and put them into a 15-year mortgage, where now over $1,000 per month was going to pay down the principal balance. Other strategies include a bi-weekly payment plan and extra money to pay additional principal enabling their mortgage being paid off in 10 years. Any mortgage company can sell you a mortgage, but a true mortgage professional can empower you with knowledge to help you pay off your mortgage. That is the sign of a mortgage professional. Mark Field is a 20-year mortgage professional (nmls 965030) with Barrett Financial Group and was named the Mortgage Loan Originator of the Year by the Arizona Journal of Real Estate. Mark Field served in the U.S. Navy on submarines, received a proclamation for community service from the Arizona Legislature and was inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame. He can be reached at 602.241.2500.

High school is still new for 15-year-old Edwin, but he already knows his favorite part of being on campus. “I like being on the football team,” the freshman says, breaking out a big smile. “Football has been my favorite sport since I was four.” Being a member of the football team means long days that have Edwin leaving for school at 6:30am and returning to his group home 12 hours later. But, the hours of practice after school are worth it, says Edwin, who admits to harboring dreams of being in the NFL. If a career as a professional football player doesn’t come to pass, Edwin says he would like to be an automotive mechanic. His passion for cars was sparked by the movies in the The Fast and The Furious franchise. And that passion was flamed during a recent visit to the Martin Auto Museum in North Phoenix, with a collection of more than 60 rare automobiles ranging from a 1915 Ford Model T to Edwin’s favorite, a 1965 Shelby AC Cobra. Edwin also likes to draw with pencils, trying to capture the world in black and white and gray. While the goal is to find Edwin an adoptive family, finding a loving foster family would be a good interim step, says Ashleigh Pierce, a childspecific adoption recruiter with Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK). Edwin says he would like a forever

family with a mom and dad. Having a brother or two would be nice, too, he says. “I just want a forever family that will care,” he says. Watch the stories of children in foster care waiting on forever families each week on the Wednesday’s Child segment each week between 5-6am on Channel 12 (KPNX). View previously aired stories at www.aask-az.org. For more information on children eligible for adoption, call Aid to Adoption of Special Kids at 602.930.4900, or visit the AASK website.

Tech Startup Hosts Free ‘Run for Office’ Bootcamp The nonpartisan political crowdfunding startup Crowdpac will host a free evening bootcamp, to be held April 18 in Phoenix, designed to teach citizens how to run for office and win in the digital age. The program will feature a panel of experts who will walk citizens through the process of exploring a campaign using the latest technology that is helping thousands of candidates run for office across the country.  Arizona’s May 30 filing deadline is rapidly approaching, but there’s still plenty of time for candidates to explore a run for office. Crowdpac’s platform was recently profiled by NPR, Fast Company and Roll Call for the way it applies innovative crowdfunding technology to help first-time candidates fund their campaigns. “The single-biggest challenge any candidate faces when they run for office is raising money,” said Mason Harrison, Crowdpac’s head of communications. “In this seminar, we’ll teach citizens the basics of exploring a run for office and raising the money they need to actually win.” Crowdfund Your Run for Office will be held at The Department Merchant’s Row located at 1 North 1st Street in Phoenix. Networking, drinks and refreshments will begin at 6pm followed by an interactive presentation and discussion from 6:30pm to 8pm. While the event is free, space is limited, and RSVPs are required to attend. Visit www.crowdpac.com/phoenix for ticketing information, or to learn more. 


SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE

To reach Dr. Lee or for more information about the Paradise Valley Unified School District, call 602.449.2000 or visit www.pvschools.net.

Phoenix Students Named Regional Winners Of ExploraVision Competition

Pictured, L–R: Dr. Dianna Bonney, coach; students Elsie Thompson and Hannah Kuzmic; homeroom teacher Caitlin Corrigan; and Adam Chase, Toshiba Representative.

Orangewood School in Phoenix held an awards ceremony March 9 to honor its team of second graders who were regional winners of the 26th annual Toshiba/ National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) ExploraVision program, the world’s largest K-12 science competition. Since its inception in 1992, more than 400,000 students from across the United States and Canada have participated in the program. These local students were one of 24 regional winning teams. Orangewood’s project, “Robo-Police,” is an invention that will make everyone safer — an automated police force that “will be able to take bad guys and keep them from hurting anyone.” Learn more about the ExploraVision program at www.exploravision.org.

Scottsdale Public Safety Teen Academy Kicks Off In June

Application process now open

More than 40 teens will gain life skills while learning about future careers in law enforcement and fire services June 4–8 at the Scottsdale Public Safety Teen Academy. Scottsdale Police and Fire departments collaborate to offer a total public safety experience, which includes exposure to both police and fire training. To participate in the Academy, teens (ages 14-18) must submit an application and go through a basic background check. Due to the high interest in the academy, it is recommended that applications be completed as soon as possible to secure a seat. The deadline is April 13, 2018. Attendance for the entire academy is required. The application is found by visiting www.scottsdaleaz.gov and searching “Teen Academy.” The action-packed week, held each day from 6:30am–3:30pm at the Tom Hontz Training Facility (911

North Stadem Drive, Tempe), features hands-on learning and demonstrations. Scheduled activities include firefighting skill stations, hands-only CPR awareness, basic first aid and triage, police riot control techniques, decision shooting scenarios, criminal investigations. The students also get to view tactical demonstrations by the Police K-9 Unit, Horse Patrol, SWAT and Bike teams. Teens will also see live fire and crash rescue scenarios up close and personal. The academy will conclude with a graduation ceremony at 2:30pm, June 8, at the Granite Reef Senior Center. Teens interested in pursuing a career in public safety are encouraged to apply for Scottsdale Police or Fire Explorer programs that offer year-round training and education. For additional information, visit www.scottsdalepd.com or www.scottsdalefd.com.

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With only a couple months left in the 2017-18 school year, I’d like to reflect briefly on some of the work that PVSchools is doing, which I shared during my annual State of the District address. PVSchools is a state and national leader for our efforts of providing equitable and innovative DR. JAMES P. LEE learning opportunities for all students. These are Paradise Valley Unified School District just a few equity examples: • With the generous support of the PV Schools Education Foundation, grants help fund enrichment opportunities for students at our Title I Schools. • The Desert Ridge Kiwanis Club sponsors our Cape Girl League at Greenway Middle and encourages teens to set career goals to pursue their dreams. •  During the Love Our Schools Day event, 52 businesses and 17 faith organizations adopted 15 PV schools to help brighten the sites. • Our PV Women in Technology initiative partners young women in schools with our IT Department, local universities, female business leaders to explore STEM opportunities. •  We’ve expanded participation of our District Equity Leadership Advisors (DELTA) to teachers, support staff, administrators, parents and students to help guide our equity efforts. As stewards of taxpayer funds, I’m proud that according to the Arizona Auditor General’s Report, PVSchools continues to be a leader across the state for money spent in the classrooms rather than on administration. We are extremely thankful for our community support of every ballot initiative since 2009, and the most recently approved M&O Override. In regard to capital planning for PVSchools, we’re making efficient use of our facilities and will continue planning to meet the demands of future shifts in our student population. As educators, we play an important role in our students’ lives. We need to teach and model respect, tolerance and civility. According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, Arizona ranks first in the nation, 44 percent, for children ages 12–17 who have experienced two or more adverse childhood experiences. I’m pleased with the work we’re doing with restorative practices, which focuses on relationships and educating students on the impact of their decisions, which will help teachers guide students through difficult times. I encourage you to view the State of the District in its entirety at www. pvschools.net/sotd. To learn more about our signature programs and open enrollment options, visit www.pvschools.net/enroll or call 602.449.2000.

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AROUND TOWN

April 11

The Sun Dog Twins Featuring Will Clipman and Leon Littlebird Musical Instrument Museum

April 12

Peter Himmelman Musical Instrument Museum

Thru April 18

It Happened One Night

April 6–22

Black Theatre Troupe at Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center www.blacktheatretroupe.org; 602.258.8129

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Mesa Arts Center www.mesaartscenter.com; 480.644.6500

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April 13–14

Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall www.phoenixsymphony.org; 602.495.1999

Mesa Arts Center

April 17–22

The Color Purple

April 13–22

Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII

ASU Gammage

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Arizona Broadway Theatre www.azbroadway.org; 623.776.8400

Phoenix Film Festival

April 14

April 7

Musical Instrument Museum

April 7

April 18

David Archuleta

Hot Club of Cowtown

Mesa Arts Center

Moses Sumney

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Boston Pops Orchestra

The Bridges of Madison County

April 5–15

Harkins Scottsdale 101 www.phoenixfilmfestival.com

Musical Instrument Museum

Elgar Cello Concerto

Southwest Shakespeare Company at Taliesin West www.swshakespeare.org;

Postmodern Jukebox

Musical Instrument Museum

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American Voices Center Dance Ensemble at Herberger Theater Center www.herbergertheater.org; 602.252.8497

Emo Nite Crescent Ballroom www.crescentphx.com; 602.716.2222

April 7

Felicia P. Fields in Low Down Dirty Blues; Photo by Tim Fuller

April 5–22

Low Down Dirty Blues Arizona Theatre Company at Herberger Theater Center www.arizonatheatre.org; 602.256.6995

April 6

David Sánchez’s Carib Musical Instrument Museum www.mim.org; 480.478.6000

April 6–7

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Death Star Great AZ Puppet Theater www.azpuppets.org; 602.262.2050

April 18 – May 13

Six Decades of John Williams

Godspell

Keith Lockhart with Boston Pops Mesa Arts Center

April 7

Vanessa Williams with Seth Rudetsky, piano Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org; 480.499.8587

April 7–8

Relentless Beats’ Phoenix Lights The Park at Wild Horse Pass www.phoenixlightsfest.com

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April 6–8

Phoenix Pride Festival and Parade

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

Steele Indian School Park www.phoenixpride.org

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Valley Youth Theatre www.vyt.com; 602.253.8188, Ext. 1

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Dustbowl Revival and the Shook Twins

Phoenix Theatre www.phoenixtheatre.com; 602.254.2151 Anthony Javier Savoy and Lindsey Croop; Photo by Rachel Neville

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Dance Theatre of Harlem

Photo by Catalina Kulczar

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Little Women, A Broadway Musical

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Jad Abumrad, Public Radio’s RadioLab

Three Sistahs

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

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ASU Gammage www.asugammage.com; 480.965.3434

April 14–15

Sunrise Mass & Violin Concerto in E minor ProMusica Arizona www.pmaz.org; 623.326.5172 April 15

Carmela y Más: A Musical Tribute to Tito Puente and Celia Cruz Musical Instrument Museum

April 19

David Byrne Mesa Arts Center

April 19

Daymé Arocena Musical Instrument Museum


April 22 – May 20

Scottsdale Musical Theater Company at Tempe Center for the Arts www.scottsdalemusicaltheater.com; 602.909.4215

Childsplay at Tempe Center for the Arts. www.childsplayaz.org; 480.350.2822

April 20

Studio Spotlight 2018: All Balanchine

Flora & Ulysses

April 26

Linda Ronstadt “A Conversation with Linda” Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Ballet Arizona at Dorrance Theatre www.balletaz.org; 602.381.1096

April 20–22

Classical Mystery Tour Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall

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Midland

Theatre Artists Studio www.thestudiophx.org; 602.765.0120

Celebrity Theatre www.celebritytheatre.com; 602.267.1600

I Never Sang for My Father

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April 19–20

That Irving Berlin Thing

April 27–29

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22 Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall

April 27–29

WestWorld of Scottsdale www.junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com

April 28

Halau O Kekuhi

April 21

Amina Figarova

ASU Gammage

Musical Instrument Museum

April 28

Nicole Pesce

April 21

spark! AFTER DARK Mesa Arts Center

Musical Instrument Museum

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April 22

Ports of Call: Music From Around the World MusicaNova www.musicanovaaz.com; 480.585.4485

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Tao: Drum Heart Mesa Arts Center

April 29

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Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market

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Keiko Matsui Musical Instrument Museum

April 29

Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Concert Musical Instrument Museum

April 29

La Santa Cecilia Chandler Center for the Arts www.chandlercenter.org; 480.782.2680

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Alice Cooper Joins Arts Center For Unveiling Of New Mural

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Thunderbird Arts Center will host rock legend Alice Cooper for Arts Collision, April 7 from 11am to 2pm. Arts Collision takes place in conjunction with Thunderbird Arts Center’s annual Open House, and is a co-production of Central Arts Alliance, Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock and Paradise Valley School District. Valley residents are invited to the free, fun-filled event chock full of art activities for the whole family (ages 6 and up). Instructors from the local art center will offer free, 20-minute workshops and demonstrations in various mediums, including youth dance, painting, ceramics, photography and more. Those interested in participating can sign up for one or multiple sessions upon arrival. Cooper himself will be in attendance to sign the newly unveiled exterior mural, featuring his likeness, along with several other Arizona icons. “Thunderbird Arts Center was looking for a way to get creative with its appearance and Paradise Valley School District was looking for a way to engage their arts students in the community,” said Central Arts Alliance director, Joseph Benesh. “In partnership with Solid Rock, the idea was generated to utilize the strengths of all three partners. When arts and community collide, everyone wins.” The mural took several weeks to finish, and the process was led by Paradise Valley School District art teacher Jennifer Jardine, with a lot of support from Morgan Delaney, from the Solid Rock Foundation. “High School students from Paradise Valley came up with a design, featuring arts as the center of the

community, but still included other aspects: city, sports, and people. Our youth understand that arts are the great connector,” says Benesh. Live music for the event will be provided by Solid Rock’s budding musician groups throughout the day. Students from the Paradise Valley School District and instructors from Thunderbird Arts Center will have artwork on display. Off The Hook Tacos food truck will be on site selling their trademark SoCal-Baja inspired cuisine. Thunderbird Arts Center is located at 1106 East Grovers Avenue in North Phoenix. For additional information, call 602.293.3267 or visit www. phoenixcenterforthearts.org.


ameriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival Returns participating breweries. Designated driver tickets are also available for $20 and do not include any beer sampling, water and soft drinks will be provided. ameriCAN isn’t just a festival, it’s also a competition. The week before the festival, more than 40 certified craft beer judges will gather to taste and vote for their favorites in nine categories including IPA, American Pale Ale, English Pale Ale, Wheat Beers, Stouts and Porters, Ambers and Browns, Golds, Blondes, Pilsners and Light Lagers, Fruit, and Specialty Beer. Gold, silver and bronze winners will be announced via live stream April 21. For tickets and information, visit www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com.

Cold brew has gone from a little-known drink at specialty coffee houses to available in grocery stores and breakfast chains nationwide. According to the national market research agency Mintel, cold brew retail sales have increased 580 percent since 2011. Press Coffee Roasters  will be celebrating National Cold Brew Day Friday, April 20, with a Buy One, Get One deal. People can buy one 16 or 20 oz Press cold brew and get a second of equal or lesser value for free.  Unlike hot coffee, cold brew is steeped for 20 hours overnight. It’s this long, slow process that gives the drink its sweeter, higher caffeinated qualities that people love.  Press Coffee says that the drink has always been popular in sunny Arizona, but as the temperatures climb, so does the demand. It estimates it produces enough cold brew for nearly 5,000 cups a week. In 2013, Press Coffee was the first in Arizona to put cold brew coffee on tap making it possible for other restaurants, hotels and even office break rooms to easily serve the beverage. The Cold Brew BOGO will be available at Press Coffee’s seven Valley locations — in North Scottsdale, Biltmore, Downtown Phoenix, Chandler and Tempe. For additional information, visit www.presscoffee.com.

Nirvana Brings Culinary Stars Back To Sanctuary Once again, Nirvana will transform Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa into culinary heaven with four days of food-related fun whipped up by world-acclaimed chefs, mixologists, and California winemakers. Scheduled for April 19–22, Scottsdale’s premiere food event is back for a second year of tastings, themed parties, fine dining and opportunities to get up close and personal with international celebrities from the world of food and wine. Among the headliners are Sanctuary’s own executive chef Beau MacMillan, who will share the spotlight with star chef/television personalities Todd English, Chuck Hughes, Aarón Sánchez, Stephanie Izard, Scott Conant; master mixologists Jason Asher, Maxton Kennedy and more. Also playing a starring role will be Arizona’s glorious spring weather and famous sunsets, with Sanctuary’s mountain perch offering the ideal vantage point. “Scottsdale is an emerging hotbed for culinary expression, and Sanctuary is the ideal backdrop to bring together the nation’s top talent. We look forward to building on our community’s passion for fine food and drink during this second installment of Nirvana,”

said Michael Surguine, Sanctuary’s vice president and managing director. Nirvana 2018 will bring back crowd favorites from last year — Flutes & Coops, Best of the West, the Master of Taste winemaker dinners and a Celebrity Golf Tournament. Three new events will make their festival debuts — Bourbon Street Blues, Rosé Parté, and Tequila & Tortillas. Tickets to Nirvana are available at www. nirvanafoodandwine.com. Those interested in turning their festival experience into a luxurious culinary getaway can book one of two Nirvana Packages. Details are available at www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com/ nirvana-food-wine-getaway or by calling 844.871.6042.

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Celebrating the canned craft beer revolution, the eighth annual ameriCAN Canned Craft Beer Fest is set to return Saturday, April 28, 3-7pm. Featuring more than 250 canned craft beers from over 100 local and national breweries across 40 states. Located at the Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, ameriCAN highlights include not only amazing canned beer, but also live music, food trucks, a beer science garden, canning seminars, beer Olympic games and a rare beer garden. Tickets are $35 online during presale and $45 at the door. Admission includes entry at 3pm, a souvenir 4 oz. can and 20 beer samples from

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Prescribed An Opioid?

Ask Your Doctor (Or Dentist) These Questions reliever (such as Tylenol®, Aleve® or Advil®) may be enough, or, physical therapy or chiropractic care could give the same results. By Dr. Sam Ho, chief medical officer, UnitedHealthcare

If your doctor or dentist prescribes a pain reliever, take charge of your health and find out exactly what you are getting. UnitedHealth Group medical experts recommend you ask your doctor these questions about any opioid prescription. Common opioid brand names include Vicodin and Percocet.

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2. Are there other options that will address my pain? Opioids are not the only option for treating pain. Other options are available. An over-the-counter pain

3. How long do I take this? Extended opioid use can increase the risk of dependence and addiction. Talk with your doctor about how long you should take the medicine and whether it should be refilled. 4. Does this medicine line up with current medical guidelines? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published specific guidelines1, directing doctors to prescribe the lowest dose for the shortest length of time possible. 5. What are my risks for addiction? Some people may be more prone to addiction than others. A report2 published by the CDC suggests that the risk of chronic opioid use rises with each additional day after the

third day, with a steep rise after the fifth day. 6. How does this medicine mix with other medicines I’m taking? Opioids can be deadly when mixed with other drugs, especially those taken for treatment of anxiety, sleeping disorders and seizures. It’s a bad idea to mix alcohol with an opioid pain reliever or muscle relaxants. 7. What are the expected side effects? These vary. They might include feeling sick to your stomach, sleepiness, extreme excitement, itching and more. Talk with your doctor. For additional information and resources visit https://newsroom.uhc. com/opioids.html. 1. www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/rr/ rr6501e1.htm 2. www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/ mm6610a1.htm?s_cid=mm6610a1_w.

Free Event Celebrates World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Valley residents are invited to a free, two-hour interactive experience with Tai Chi and Qigong in cooperation with World Tai Chi & Qigong Day — One World/One Breath, Saturday, April 28. The ancient Eastern arts of movement, Tai Chi and Qigong are said to improve body flexibility, improve brain health and reduce stress while providing a sense of inner peace. Through this special event, each participant will gain a better understand of how to easily improve one’s own body and brain health. Participants are encouraged to wear loose clothes and comfortable shoes. The event will be held 10am–noon in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion in Downtown Carefree at 101 Easy Street. For additional information about the event, contact Bina Bou at binab75@gmail.com or 480.284.1300, or visit www.mindbodyfocusqi.com.


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Celebrating 27 Years On The Silver Screen 27th Arizona International Film Festival The 27th Arizona International Film Festival, the longest running and largest film festival in Arizona, will run April 18–29 at exhibition venues throughout Tucson. Remaining true to the independent spirit, the Arizona International Film Festival is a venue for independent filmmakers in search of an independent audience. The Festival theme of “Bridging Cultures” provides a way for independent cinema to share images and voices from diverse cultures with Arizona communities. Since 1990, the Arizona International Film Festival has screened over 2,700 films from 95 countries to 156,000 Arizonans of all ages. The 2018 Festival will feature: • World-class documentaries about the environment, politics, social issues, human rights, medical issues and world cultures

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• Movies at “Midnite” include edgy films for the late-night crowd

• Groundbreaking Indie Features from around the globe

• Panels on filmmaking and topics relevant to our community

• Cine Sin Fronteras examines the issues of border, immigration and communities

• The Music Café offers late night concerts by indie musicians The Arizona International Film Festival is a project of the Arizona Media Arts Center. For more festival information, visit www.filmfestivalarizona.com.

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• Indieyouth offers new young perspectives on the world we live in

• Connect with filmmakers in Q&A sessions after screenings


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Tucson’s Agave Heritage Festival explores and celebrates the cultural, commercial and culinary significance of agave on the border region through a festival of seminars, trade shows and world class culinary events. Agave Heritage Festival began in 2008 as Agave Fest, a Cinco de Mayo celebration featuring tequila tastings and a tequila “Iron Bar Chef” competition at the historic Hotel Congress. As the festival grew in the following years, the number of different agave spirits featured at the event more than doubled, and food specials were elevated from cheap eats to regionally focused culinary treats. Today, Agave Heritage Festival is a city-wide, 10-day destination event that spotlights the sustainability of the Southwest region through the lens of the agave plant. Agave Heritage Festival celebrates the unique importance of the agave plant and the borderlands culture with seminars, trade shows, and worldclass culinary events. The Festival runs April 27 – May 6. For additional information, visit www. agaveheritagefestival.com.

Destinations

Agave Heritage Festival: Ten Days Of Exploration

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Annual Boat Show An Interactive Treat For Attendees

The 27th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show, the largest boat show in Arizona and Nevada, sponsored by Jet Renu and Mohave State Bank, drops anchor at Lake Havasu State Park, April 6–8. “This isn’t just your average landlocked boat show,” said Lake Havasu Boat Show producer, Bob Brown. “The Lake Havasu Boat Show will be the most interactive boat show anyone has ever attended.” This year’s Havasu Boat Show is putting an emphasis on demos and test rides, a feature that only a select few boat shows offer. This will be the second year that the new launch ramp and courtesy docks at Windsor 3 will be pressed into service with a variety of pontoons, wakesport boats and family sport boats available for serious customers to try. Over on the Windsor 4 beach, Yamaha personal watercraft and jet sport boats will be in-water

looking to provide potential buyers an opportunity to experience the newest models. Also, on the Windsor 4 beach, Hobie kayaks and paddleboards with qualified instructors will be standing at the ready to introduce this fast-growing water-sports activity to both first-time novice and beginner paddlers. Those who like nostalgia, the Havasu Boat Show has a special attraction…a Classic Hot Boat Show & Shine featuring two dozen beautifully restored flatbottom ski boats, high performance hydros from the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s. What makes this Show & Shine different is the winners will be chosen by the vote of the general public. Each boat show ticket holder will receive a ballot,

giving them a vote for the boat they like the best. The vote is important since a $1,000 cash prize purse is on the line. For boaters who want to ‘boat-tothe-boat-show,’ the new 600-foot wide white-sand London Bridge Channel beach located along the northwest shore adjacent to the Kings View condos is available. The 27th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show, presented in conjunction with the Lake Havasu Marine Association and sponsored by Jet Renu and Mohave State Bank, opens to the public on Friday, April 6 at noon. Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 9am. Admission is $8 for adults and kids 6 and under are free, and parking is also free. Pets on leash are OK. The Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4 is located at 171 London Bridge Road, next to the Hampton Inn. More information is available at www. lakehavasuboatshow.com.

Wickenburg Celebrates Spring With Dance & Food Fest The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce invites Valley residents to Wickenburg for its annual Spring Street Dance & Food Truck Fest, Saturday, May 5, in Historic Downtown Wickenburg. The free community event will start at 5:30pm at Stone Park and Apache Street. Live music will be on stage, 5:30–9pm. Food carts will be on hand providing their unique food options, along with beverages and a beer garden. One of the West’s premier classic rock entertainment bands, Screamin’ Javelinas, will fill the street with sounds ranging from Tom Petty to Santana. “This annual free event brings out residents and visitors for an evening of fun under the stars,” said Chamber president Brenda Hershkowitz. Information about the event is available at www.wickenburgchamber.com.


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The Arboretum at Flagstaff (The Arb) announced the dates for its naturebased, experiential, STEAM-centered day camps for youth ages 4-11. Eco-Explorers Summer Camps begin June 4 and run through July 20 (no camps the week of July 4) and offer six different themed weeks for young explorers to enjoy, so it’s never the same adventure twice. From Wilderness Survivors to Art in the Garden, kids of all ages and interests will love digging into nature with The Arb. Camp registration opens online at www.thearb.org on April 1 for Arboretum members, and April 3 for the general public. Pricing is $230 for ages 7–11 (9am–4pm), and $160 for ages 4–6 (9am–1pm), with aftercare available for $14 a day. The Arboretum at Flagstaff is home to 750 species of plants in gardens, greenhouses, and natural habitats and is located 4 miles south of Route 66 on Woody Mountain Road on Flagstaff’s west side. The Arb offers summer nature camps, school programs, and a variety of other fun and educational events. The Arb is open daily, except Tuesdays, from 9am to 4pm, May through October. Visit www.thearb.org for more information.

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Eco-Explorers Camp Offered At The Arb

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First-Time Campers Invited To Family Campouts

The Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. Program leaders will introduce campers to the great experiences that can be shared with family and inspire them to continue to explore the great outdoors. Campers will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus they will get to try some fun activities that can be done while camping. Registration  is $90 for a family of up to four. Additional family members are $5 each. One family per registration. Children 5 years and younger and pets cannot attend this program. Since this event focuses on learning to tent camp, RVs are not allowed.  Upcoming dates include: • April 7–8: Patagonia Lake State Park, Patagonia • A  pril 14–15: Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, Show Low • April 28–29: Roper Lake State Park, Safford • May 12–13: River Island State Park, Parker

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Activities will vary depending on the park, participant ages and weather conditions, but may include guided hikes, mountain bike clinic, archery, geocaching, fishing clinic, live animal demonstrations, campfire stories, service projects, and presentations on geography, birding, geology and astronomy. Families should bring food, sleeping bags or any bedding, pillows, camping chairs, clothing, sturdy shoes and personal items including toothpaste, towels, soap, etc. The program will provide tents, sleeping mats, flashlights, chairs and all activity equipment. Beverages provided include water, coffee, tea and sports drinks. Provided snacks include seasonal fruit, granola bars and more. Families are responsible for bringing two lunches, dinner and breakfast. Arizona State Parks Family Campout Program will provide propane stoves for cooking as well as healthy snacks and a few essentials listed below. Families should bring whatever pots, pans, and cooking utensils needed to prepare meals. Also, bring eating utensils (forks, knives, spoons) for each member of the family. The program will supply plates, bowls, and cups for each family. For more information and registration, visit www.azstateparks.com/family-camp.


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Interior design trends for 2018 are all over the map. It’s no surprise when you look around the world at what is going on politically, economically and socially. Design is always a reflection of people’s attitudes. It has become a global experience. After 2008 when our economy was suffering, colors were muted, dull and somber. Many manufacturers went out of business and new designs were not created. The DIY craze grew, and people started decorating for themselves. Due to the internet and the abundance of information and resources available, people are able to make purchases with confidence. Today we have done a 180. Read the rest of “Trends 2018” online now!

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Male Call: The Ladies Lay Down Rules We recently had occasion to hear some surprisingly firm guidelines for you guys from a group of online-dating ladies about “first meetings,” aka, the “meet ‘n greet.” First off, exactly what is a meet ‘n greet (henceforth MNG) and how does it differ from a “date?” The panel (and we use that term loosely) of ladies (not loosely) was definitely in agreement with the guys. An MNG is an arranged get together for romantic purposes between two people who have had some electronic or social media interaction but no face-to-face, in-person contact. They may have texted, phoned, IM’d or DM’d through Match, OKC, POF, Bumble, Tinder, Farmers Only or Haters (yes, it’s a real thing where people are matched according to what they hate). In some cases, they may have a great deal of information, in other cases, just a photo. Read the rest of “The Ladies Lay Down Rules” online now.

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Dog-Eared Review: Keys to Success From a Completely Unsuccessful Person Usually, self-help books do fairly well in book sales.  Today, for example, the number one bestseller on Amazon is Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life. This review is NOT about that book. Review? No — please allow these words to function more as a warning — A VERY LOUD WARNING. I’m begging you, do not read Arizona author Joel C. Cunningham’s Keys to Success From a Completely Unsuccessful Person. Do not give it to your sons and daughters. Do not donate it to a local library.  I never thought I’d type the following words, but this particular book should be considered nothing more than kindling. However, if you have already read every other book on the market, and you honestly think one more might be your ticket to amazing success and riches beyond your wildest dreams, I’m begging you, please go back and reread them all again before you stop into a bookstore to request Joel C. Cunningham’s  Keys to Success From a Completely Unsuccessful Person. That being said, Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in Phoenix proudly offers signed copies of Keys to Success From a Completely Unsuccessful Person, and this hilarious book is also available online.

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Easter & April Fools’ Day In 2018, Easter is on April Fools’ Day. The last time these two notable days fell on the same day was 1956. After 2018, the next time is 2029 and then again in 2040. After that, we have to wait until 2108. (Some Gregorian calendar trivia.) April Fools’ Day is an occasion where people play jokes on each other, sometimes harmless and sometimes very mean. Though the day has no connection to Christianity, it occurred to me that the first people who found Jesus’ empty tomb must have felt like they were the victims of a bad joke. They had hoped that Jesus was the going to be their hope for the future by becoming king. Read the rest of “Easter & April Fools’ Day” online now.

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Carefree/ Cave Creek CITYSunTimes April 2018 Issue  

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