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FEBRUARY 2017

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he Desert Foothills Library celebrates its 63rd anniversary this year thanks to the loyalty of its donors and volunteers. Working under its mission to “facilitate the sharing of knowledge, ideas and culture by providing personalized and responsive resources, services, social and learning opportunities to the community it serves,” the library is open to everyone, seven days a week and supports the entire Foothills community with culturally enriching programs, educational events and quality services. Desert Foothills Library is unique in that it is a 501(c)3 non-profit, privately funded public library – the only privately funded library in the state of Arizona. It is also home to Chapter2Books, the largest used book store in the North Valley. With over 15,000 books, as well as CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks, all purchases and donations help support the running of the library.

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In order to continue serving its North Valley patrons, the library is gearing up for one of its largest fundraisers of the year, and the entire community is invited. The Ninth Annual Gala “All That Jazz” will be held Saturday, February 11, at 5:30pm. The event will take place at the Library, 38443 North School House Road, in Cave Creek. This year’s fundraiser includes hosted cocktails, a gourmet dinner and a silent auction, as well as a champagne and wine event. Jo Gemmill, library board member and owner of the English Rose Tea Room, will emcee the event. Festivities will be followed with a performance from celebrated pianist Nicole Pesce and the Rhys Kelso Quartet. Tickets are $175 per person and are available by contacting Executive Director David Court or Library Manager Terri Engebretson, at 480.488.2286 or by emailing dcourt@dfla.org. All proceeds benefit the library. For information, visit the library online at www.dfla.org.

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Carefree discovers New Year’s inspiration The Town of Carefree welcomed in the New Year with a heartfelt art installment by Jack Millard. His “Little Boats of Hope” were found by town staff along the reflecting pool in the Carefree Desert Gardens in January with the message, “Don’t give up hope.” Read the full story on page 23.


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EDITOR’S PICKS

INDEX Feeding The Future: Choose Wisely

“There are two wolves and they are always fighting. One is darkness and despair. The other is light and hope. Which wolf wins?” “Whichever one you feed.”

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~ TOMORROWLAND In this month’s issue, we talk a lot about food – for both the body and the soul. Our Northeast Valley cover explores some of the amazing February festivals that celebrate food and drink around the Valley. On our Carefree Cave Creek cover, we take a look at a different (but oh, so vital) kind of nourishment: libraries and the need for “hope.” On January 26, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the minute hand of the symbolic Doomsday Clock from three minutes to two-and-a-half minutes to midnight. It is the second closest it has been since its creation in 1947. It is a metaphor for how vulnerable to catastrophe the world is deemed to be. And, as we have in the past, we can reverse it. The Clock is simply a warning to the world to stop and take stock – to choose a better path, not one towards darkness and despair, Renaissance but rather towards light and hope. What will you choose? Until next month, all my best. Festival

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Columnists Stephen Cohen, O.D. Cathy Droz Darla Hoffmann Barbara Kaplan Rabbi Robert Kravitz Allen Nohre James Roberts Melanie Tighe Pastor Paul Witkop Contributors Dr. A. Denise Birdwell Cave Creek Mayor Ernie Bunch Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane Carefree Mayor Les Peterson Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton Account Representatives Bob Hesselgesser Susan Pine

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MAYOR LANE WRITES Mayor’s State of the City Address

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Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane

We have completed another exciting year in Scottsdale with the closure of 2016 and now we look forward to 2017. The State of the City Address is a time where we can reflect on what we have accomplished as a City and what we strive to do in the coming years. With a vibrant community full of events and facilities that attract so many to our city, there is a lot for us to be proud of. MAYOR Remarks start at 12:30pm, Wednesday, City of Scottsdale February 22, at McCormick Ranch, 7700 East 480.312.3111 McCormick Parkway, in Scottsdale. Admission www.scottsdaleaz.gov is free. Those who wish to join the Scottsdale City Council and other community leaders for an 11:30am reception and luncheon hosted by Scottsdale Business Development Forum can purchase individual tickets for $50. Sponsorships are available. Proceeds benefit Operation Fix It, which teams volunteers and businesses to help people who are physically or financially unable to maintain their properties. Contact the Mayor’s Office at 480.312.2466 for more information or to RSVP. For more information about City events, please log on to www. scottsdaleaz.gov or call the city’s information line during business hours to get answers about events and activities – 480.312.3111.

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Major League Baseball’s Arizona Spring Training kicks off in Scottsdale, Friday, February 24, when the Cincinnati Reds take on the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium, spring home of the Giants. The hometown Arizona Diamondbacks kickoff Saturday, February 25, at Salt River Fields (with an exhibition game against Grand Canyon University February 22). Spring Training continues in the Valley through April 1. For information about Scottsdale Stadium, visit www.scottsdaleaz. gov/scottsdale-stadium or www.sfgiants.com. Learn more about the Diamondbacks at http://arizona. diamondbacks.mlb.com. For a complete schedule of Cactus League play, visit www.cactusleague.com.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day: Fine Art & Wine Festival

Thunderbird Artists Sculpture by invites residents to the Nobe Babayan Sixth Annual Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival, February 10-12. Stroll the beautiful banks of Scottsdale Waterfront and enjoy juried fine art, wine tasting, live music, food and the unique sculptures of featured artist, Nobe Babayan. Babayan was born and raised in Armenia, and although he came from a working class family, his dedicated father made sure he always had the tools he needed to express his artistic abilities. Babayan graduated Tirlamesian Art College and received his Masters from the renowned Armenian Art Academy in Yerevan, Armenia in 1983. His favorite medium is clay. He says, “I am ceaselessly fascinated with how a simple, raw substance can turn into something unique, powerful and completely different from its original form.” Each piece combines contemporary notion with a classical quality, designed to communicate with the viewer on many different levels ranging from quiet spirituality, to delicate sensuality and dynamic motion. Joining Babayan will be renowned artists from throughout the U.S. and abroad, displaying original artwork in a variety of mediums. Patrons can saunter through fine art, while sipping on world-class wines and listening to live music. For $10, patrons will receive an engraved souvenir wine glass and six tasting tickets, providing a unique opportunity to sample an extensive collection of domestic and imported wines, as well as rum cocktails and ice cold craft beers. The event is located just south of Nordstrom’s on the South Bridge pedestrian walkway and is handicap accessible with free parking. The hours are 10am-5pm daily. Admission is $3 for adults. For more information, call 480.837.5637 or visit www.thunderbirdartists.com.


• Legacy Award: David Bentler – Arizona Public Service • Segner Award: Randy Nussbaum – Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. • Mark F. Eberle Rising Star Award: William (Bill) Smith – Mountain States Employers Council

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The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce honored volunteer leaders who embody the spirit of volunteerism in Scottsdale during a fun and lively awards ceremony January 5. This is the 17th year that the Chamber has recognized the spirit of volunteerism in Scottsdale. “The Chamber could not accomplish all the good things we do for Scottsdale’s business community without the help of our volunteers.” says Mark Hiegel, president and CEO of the Scottsdale Chamber. “We simply do not have enough staff to do the job, but with the assistance of our outstanding volunteers, we are able to make the great city of Scottsdale even greater. We couldn’t do it without them!” The Chamber has a volunteer core of over 200 individuals who contribute daily to the success and growth of not only the Chamber, but also the city and its business community. Without their selfless dedication and drive, many programs offered by the Chamber would suffer, as would the business climate in Scottsdale. The 2017 Honorees Are:

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• Dale B. Fingersh Volunteer of the Year: Rachel Tarman – Quality Reliable Solutions The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in Scottsdale providing advocacy, education, networking, leadership and exposure opportunities to our member/client businesses. For more information, visit www.scottsdalechamber.com or call 480.355.2700.

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Biggest Film Slate Ever For Jewish Film Fest The film slate for the 21st Annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF) will hit movie screens across the Valley February 12-26. Eighteen feature-length films and seven short films from seven different countries make this year’s festival the biggest one in its history. To kick it off, writer and director Dani Menkin, a two-time Israeli Academy Award winner, will appear at the Valley premiere of his new film, On the Map at Harkins Theatre Shea 14 in Scottsdale on February 12.The Israeli Oscar-nominated filmmaker will take audience questions about his documentary about the David-and-Goliath European basketball championship between the tiny Israeli Maccabi team and the dominating Russian team in 1977. Menkin’s appearance is just one highlight of the film festival. Featuring a rich assortment of independent Jewish cinema that travels from the cobblestone streets of Paris to the dusty hillside of Jerusalem; from a conservative Midwestern college town to a chicken farm in the Israeli desert; from the segregated towns in the Deep South to a crusing altitude 40,000 feet above us, the GPJFF takes filmgoers all around the world without ever leaving their seats. Films will screen at three theaters Valley wide in Scottsdale, Chandler and Peoria. “The scope and quality of our film slate keeps growing bigger and better,” says GPJFF Executive Director Bob Segelbaum. “I’m very excited that during this time of heightened tension around the world, especially in the Middle East and even in our own country, we can present films reflective of the rich and diverse Jewish people, culture and faith. The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival stands as a point of pride for the Jewish Community and as a point of understanding, awareness and acceptance for the community at large.” For a complete line-up of festival films, visit www.gpjff.org.

Spence Opens In Scottsdale Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Spence Diamonds will open one of its first U.S. stores at Scottsdale Quarter in February. The Canadian diamond jewelry retailer has selected Scottsdale as one of the primary cities for U.S. expansion with the opening of “disruptive” retail concept stores that will introduce Americans to a new approach to buying diamond jewelry. Spence’s store concept pairs a fun, friendly, transparent and educational experience with a new product offering – Spence Artisan Created Diamonds. Scottsdale will be the third U.S. Spence location, following Austin and San Jose and many more markets announced soon. Spence Artisan Created Diamonds are identical to mined diamonds, but created in a plasma chamber instead of being dug out of the ground. At the store, guests will be able to watch a diamond being created from a ball of plasma. The store environment is open, bright and transparent with open jewelry cases where customers can try on jewelry and immediately see the quality and price of every diamond and piece. The Scottsdale Quarter location is at 15257 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 140. For more information, visit www.spencediamonds.com.


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Sweet Valentine Events At Sugar Happy

In honor of Valentine’s Day this month, Sugar Happy bakery & coffee will offer two wonderfully sweet events.

February 14, Valentine’ Day, Sugar Happy will serve free cappuccinos and chocolate croissants from 7am-12pm. Sugar Happy bakery & coffee is a charming, new bakery and café that specializes in serving regular, gluten-free, and vegan cookies, brownies, cupcakes, croissants, macaroons, sweet breads, sandwiches and salads. It’s a spot to enjoy breakfast, lunch or a coffee meeting. Wi-Fi service is available. Special-occasion cupcakes and birthday cakes are baked on the premises. Sugar Happy can also be rented for private club meetings, baby showers and children’s birthday parties. Sugar Happy bakery & coffee is located at 14204 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 167, Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.596.3354 or visit www.sugarhappyaz.com.

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There will be a fun-filled Mother-Daughter Cookie Decorating Class offered from 1:30-3pm February 11. Mothers and daughters will get to decorate several delicious cookies together. Everyone will leave with a pink bakery box filled with beautiful cookies. The cost is $15 per mother/ daughter pair. Advanced registration is required. Space is limited.

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Photo courtesy of CORE Construction

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Black Mountain Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

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Black Mountain Elementary School, in the Cave Creek Unified School District, held a Grand Re-Opening on January 9. Governing board president, Mark Warren and two student helpers cut the ribbon inviting the crowd into the front office. Matt Owsley, principal of BMES welcomed the guests and showed off their new front office entrance and front office area. Parents, students and staff joined in the festivities and were treated to a light snack and dessert hosted by CORE Construction. Those in attendance included Janet Busbee, Kathryn Hill, James Rich, Mark Warren and Cynthia Weiss (CCUSD Governing Board Members); Dr. Debbi Burdick, Superintendent; Dr. Kent Frison and Dr. Jana Miller, Associate Superintendents; Mike Santina, Director of Facilities and Construction, Bill Cox, Lucas Halley, Glen Snediker and Nicholas Mauer from CORE Construction and Don Brubaker from One!Architecture. Principal Owsley said, “The beautiful transformation of Black Mountain makes me extremely excited for the BMES community! It is so wonderful to see the facilities mirror the amazing teaching in the classroom.” Learn more at www.ccusd93.org.

For those who are still looking to join a gym to get in better shape for 2017, Smart Gym Scottsdale is now offering a deal for new members: $10.99 a month. This special rate gives members unlimited, monthly access to the gym and all of its state-of-the-art cardio equipment – treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals, Stairmasters, rowing machines – plus the use of all weight training equipment and hand weights. There are also plenty of stretching mats, flexibility equipment and fitness tools to use as well. There’s even a childcare facility on the premises. The childcare is $10 extra per month. Business hours are: MondayThursday, 5am-11pm; Friday, 5am-9pm; Saturday and Sunday, 6am-8pm. Smart Gym is located at 13802 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 142, Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.824.9013 or visit www. thesmartgyms.com.

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The Exercise Coach has moved to a new location in Scottsdale, which opened in January, and is introducing a new high-tech piece of exercise equipment – the Surge360. The new location at 8300 North Hayden Road, is in the Mercado del Lago shopping plaza near the northwest corner of Hayden Road and Via de Ventura. The Surge360 features advanced Hydraulic Performance Training (HPT), which provides variable resistance in any direction determined by the force applied – building total body strength, power and endurance. Smooth, non-jarring movements and transitions allow users to train for multi-directional power while limiting the risk of injury. The Surge360 burns more calories than traditional cardio and is used by many NFL and NBA teams, the USA Wrestling Team, and professional golfers such as Jordan Spieth. The Surge360 is part of the Exercise Coach’s proprietary system that aims to provide a customized, safe and time efficient program that delivers real fitness and fat loss results. Options include one-on-one personal training, training with a partner, small group classes and a youth training program. “With everyone’s busy schedules today, people want to get the most benefit they can from exercise in the least amount of time,” says Scottsdale Exercise Coach owner, Amanda Coe. “Our high tech equipment and coachguided advanced system provides the most results possible in the least of amount of time – 20 minutes twice a week.” Founded in 2000, The Exercise Coach currently has two locations in Scottsdale and 35 locations throughout the U.S. Learn more at www.exercisecoach.com.

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SUSD Board Hires Superintendent The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board approved a Superintendent contract with Dr. A. Denise Birdwell at its December 13, 2016, meeting. The contract runs through June 30, 2019. “The Governing Board officially welcomes Dr. Birdwell to the Scottsdale family,” said Governing Board President Bonnie Sneed. “Her leadership as interim superintendent over the last eleven months was instrumental in the passage of our bond and capital override campaign. She is student-focused, and we look forward to working with her on important initiatives, including school rebuilds, increased academic achievement and financial accountability.” “I am honored to have this opportunity to continue to serve the Scottsdale community, staff and Governing Board,” stated Dr. Birdwell. “Scottsdale has a strong legacy of dedicated teachers in excelling schools supporting all learners. I look forward to building on that foundation as we work with stakeholders to help shape the future of Scottsdale schools.” The SUSD offers 30 schools, serving approximately 24,000 students. School boundaries include parts of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix and Tempe. Information regarding SUSD can be found at www.susd.org.

Close Encounters With Music will present the fascinating phenomenon of Jewish music, spanning multitudes of cultures and centuries – its ancient roots, its meandering trails as it wends its way across continents, and its contribution to the American voice – Wednesday, February 15, at 7:30pm at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Works by Gershwin, Bernstein, Mendelssohn and Max Bruch (non-Jewish, but who adopted Jewish modes and themes) will be performed. And of course, expect a touch of Klezmer, the toe-tapping Eastern European celebratory music imbued with spirituality. Medieval Iberian ballad repertoire will meet German Enlightenment (Bruch’s “Kol Nidre” and Mendelssohn’s captivating “Song without Words”). The musical material has been passed from generation to generation, with adaptations, emendations, additions and reinterpretations. Ravel’s rendition of “Kaddish,” which recycles the ancient Artistic Director Yehuda Hanani chant in Aramaic for the departed dating back to the First Century, will be sung by tenor Cody Austin. Joining Close Encounters’ artistic director Yehuda Hanani and tenor Austin are pianist Roman Rabinovich, violinist Rachel Lee Priday and clarinetist Shengwen Wu. This journey will include a work by celebrated American composer Paul Schoenfield for piano trio that has become an audience – and performer – favorite. Schoenfield’s “Café Music” has clear hybrid influences – a little vaudeville, a touch of Tin Pan Alley and plenty of shtick and Yiddish theater. Schoenfield’s music attracts listeners with its combination of exuberance and seriousness, familiarity and originality, lightness and depth, often with sly, zany twists. For tickets, call 480.499.8587 or visit www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org. For additional information, visit www.cewm.org.

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A Celebration Of Latin And Hispanic Cultures Each year, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts La Gran Fiesta showcases live Latin music and dance, arts and crafts, fun activities for families, delicious cuisine and more. This year’s highlights include a free concert with Los Angeles-based band Salt Petal, known for their crossborder fusion of Argentine folk, Brazilian tropicalia, cumbia and indie rock. Guests are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of great entertainment. The free event takes place outdoors at the Scottsdale Civic Center Park, 3939 North Drinkwater Boulevard, Sunday, February 19, from 12-4pm. For additional information, call 480.499.8587 or visit www. scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

Salt Petal; Photo: Jesus-Villa-Caratachea


MAYOR STANTON WRITES... By Mayor Greg Stanton

“Queen of Salsa” Gets New Exhibit At MIM The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in partnership with the Celia Cruz Legacy Project (www. celiacruz.com) have created a new display honoring the internationally celebrated Salsa singer. Musically brilliant and always hip, Celia Cruz was among the most treasured Hispanic-American artists of all time. “If Celia Cruz hadn’t come to the United States in the 1960s, already an internationally celebrated Cuban singer, we’d be telling a different history of salsa music,” says MIM Latin American and Carribean curator, Daniel Piper. “A matriarch – ‘The Queen’ – Celia was essential to New York City’s youthful Latin music movement, and she never stopped producing major hits even in the last years of her life.” On display is a stage dress Cruz wore from her 1992 Jazz at Lincoln Center concert with Tito Puente along with her signature sculpture shoes. This style of shoe started by Cruz is still a trend seen in popular fashion today. Also on display is a pair of maracas gifted to Cruz by renowned Cuban band, La Sonora Matancera. Video clips of the singer higlight her infectious energy and commanding stage presence. Cruz was born in Havana, Cuba and became one of the most successful and iconic Salsa singer in the world. Her powerful voice and electrifying rhythm amassed more than 100 worldwide recognitions, multiple platinum and gold records, three Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammy Awards, three honorary doctorates, the Presidential Medal of Arts and a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Her boundless enthusiasm, genuine warmth and deepseated humanitarianism made Celia Cruz the Latin music industry’s most accomplished and revered performer and the world’s most notable ambassador of Hispanic Culture. The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 East Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix. For more information, call 480.478.6000 or visit www.mim.org.

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The City of Phoenix is committed to keeping our neighborhoods safe, clean and beautiful for the wellbeing and enjoyment of all our residents and visitors. To support this vision for our community, we are working together to make sure all Phoenix neighborhoods are graffiti free. Graffiti is vandalism – a crime that decreases property values, increases blight MAYOR and can contribute to the decline of our City of Phoenix neighborhoods. That’s why tackling this 602.262.7111 issue head-on is a priority and a joint effort www.phoenix.gov between neighbors and the City. Phoenix Police, our Neighborhood Services Department, and valuable community partners work together year-round to promote a “Graffiti-Free Phoenix” – and there’s a standing invitation to residents looking to do their part. Our Graffiti Busters team removes graffiti from properties with permission from the owners, but anyone can call to report an incident. Each time graffiti is removed from a property, city staff offers free-color-matched paint to the owner to encourage them to reduce future cases of vandalism on their own. This speeds up the removal process and keeps our neighborhoods looking clean. For the third year, I proclaimed February “Graffiti Free Phoenix Awareness Month,” to ask all residents to help keep our neighborhoods free of blight by reporting – or cleaning – graffiti. In the next few weeks, you’ll see simple reminders – on downtown billboards and city vehicles – of ways to help us wipe out graffiti. Throughout the month, Neighborhood Services will provide free paint and supplies to any group organizing a community clean up to help us wipe out graffiti in Phoenix. And throughout the year, we offer workshops to teach residents and business owners how to use paint sprayers or pressure washers to remove graffiti – and these workshop videos are also available online. Since 2015, the city has removed more than 90,000 instances of graffiti – that’s more than 16,000 gallons of paint! And though we still have work to do, our efforts to draw attention to this community issue are already working: The number of graffiti complaints and required removals between the first and second year of our effort have been cut in half. Keeping our city graffiti free starts with reporting – and it’s easy. You can report graffiti in your community in three ways: Call 602.534.4444; email blight@phoenix.gov and include the address if you know it; or click “Report It” on phoenix.gov and complete the online blight reporting form. To help spread the word and let the community know about your neighborhood clean-up efforts, use the hashtags #GraffitiFreePHX and #iLovePHX on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information or to request graffiti-removal supplies, call 602. 534.4444 or visit www.phoenix.gov/nsd. Together, we can make Phoenix graffiti free.

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Community-Building Event In North Phoenix A “Love our Community” street fair, sponsored by 19 North Alliance, will be held February 11 at Open Door Fellowship, 8301 North 19th Avenue. This is a free, family-friendly event for everyone living, working and going to school in 19 North. Live music, free bounce houses and activities are planned along with food trucks from 10am2pm. A special part of the event begins at 9am: a pre-fair “19th Ave clean-up” effort. The 19 North Alliance invites everyone with a vested interest in this area to help collaborate toward the vision of a safe, walkable destination. “The ‘Love our Community’ event is really the launch of many more community-promoting events to come,” explains 19 North chair Shannon McBride. “We need to experience 19 North as a community to really build community.” She explains further that a big part of the revitalization that neighbors are calling for will come with collaboration. The “Love our Community” 19th Avenue Clean-up & Street Fair is an organized and fun way to link arms and be involved in the change this community wants to see happen. The 19 North Alliance was born from this vision of collaborating, and the diversity represented is unprecedented. Around the 19 North leadership table sit faith communities, Washington Elementary Schools (WESD), representatives from Councilman Valenzuela’s office, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, The Department of Commerce and Economic Development, City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services & Village Planning, Phoenix Police, local businesses like Abrazo Central Campus, Valley Metro, Beatitudes Campus, Los Compadres and others as well as several neighborhood associations including State Street, Royal Palm, and Washington Park. Contact McBride with questions at info@19north.org, or visit Facebook at 19NorthPhoenix.

Valentine’s Day Specials At Scramble Scramble – a Breakfast & Lunch Joint will offer Valentine’s Day specials at both of its locations, in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Tuesday, February 14. Valentine’s Day specials include Scramble’s Double Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes (sweet cream buttermilk pancakes topped with fresh strawberries, a white and milk chocolate syrup drizzle, and powdered sugar) served with Schreiner’s sausage patties. The featured side that day (while supplies last) is two strips of salty-sweet, chocolate covered applewood smoked bacon. Also featured is Scramble’s Cupid’s Arrow Café Latte, with Ghirardelli dark and white chocolate syrup. Scramble is located at 9832 North 7th Street in Phoenix (call 602.374.2294) and at 6590 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale (call 480.404.7264). For more information, visit www.azscramble.com.


The Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) is busy preparing for its 80th Annual Rummage Sale, to be held Saturday, February 25, at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Hundreds of volunteers work behind the scenes to pull the event together, which raises funds to support the Junior League’s mission of “Building a Healthy Arizona.� Last year, JLP raised approximately $103,000 and attracted more than 3,200 shoppers. Long before the doors are opened, shoppers are lined up waiting to start their bargain hunting. The sale will have thousands of bargains, including formal dining room sets, patio sets, big screen TVs, bikes of all sizes and types, baby clothes, books, designer purses, jewelry and collectibles, fax machines and office equipment, even brand new merchandise and more. The sale runs from 8am-4pm at the Fairgrounds. The event will close at 12pm and reopen at 1pm until close. Morning admission is $5, and afternoon admission is free. All prices are 50 percent off during the afternoon. In addition to the sale, the Junior League of Phoenix will be providing 40 free mammograms to women during the event. Appointments are available starting at 8am on a first come, first served basis and will be held in a mobile mammography unit near the entrance of the sale. For more information, visit www.jlp.org.

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What? Larger, natural diamonds in larger sizes (three-quarter carat and above.) Stocks and bonds, gold and silver, even real estate all have one thing in common that makes them desirable investment commodities: the possibility that the value of the commodity will increase over time allowing it to be sold for a profit. The small commissions paid to the broker are usually absorbed in the future increase of the commodities value and have little overall impact on the future profit. While this practice happens every day between diamond cutters, polishers and dealers in the trade, trying to make diamonds into an investment commodity to the public at large has been met with little success in the past. This is owing to a number of factors that we have only recently begun to overcome. How? For diamonds, one of the major challenges had been in inability to establish a standard criteria of value. Another being the stigma surrounding ethical practices from a few sources of the gem. GIA certificates are now accepted as the go-to standard in the industry worldwide and the stone can be laser inscribed with the certificate number to assure authenticity. This allows people to have confidence in the accepted quality of a diamond as well as allowing a provenance to be established for an individual stone. This has removed the largest problems that have prevented diamonds from becoming a true commodity in the past. Why? The Internet has provided the knowledge and information to educate the consumers about the importance of quality over size alone, and they are demanding it. Historically, diamonds have grown steadily in value over the years with a few exceptions. When? The time is now. Belgium, Israel and India have all recognized the need for improved cut and have invested large sums of money into reaching excellent grade cut, polish and symmetry to maximize the brilliance of each individual stone. Diamonds are fast becoming a new source of portable wealth. Unlike stocks and bonds, or heavy gold bars kept in the back of the safe, diamonds can be worn and enjoyed before being passed on for a profit or as an heirloom. Where? This is where AMI Diamonds comes into the picture, where they bring fine quality, large stones with GIA certificates direct from the cutters both domestic and overseas. They work on small profit margins, allowing buyers to get the maximum of potential profit. They also offer gold buying, repair and custom design at the store all with the intent to save customers the most money, with same day service when feasible. Nowhere is saving money more important than when purchasing and investment commodity like a diamond. AMI Diamonds and Jewelry is located at 4615 East Cactus Road, Phoenix. Call 602.923.8200 or visit www.amidiamondsandjewelry.com.

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NVSO To Hold First Annual Gala

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North Valley Symphony Orchestra (NVSO) will hold its first annual dinner gala fundraising event, Saturday, February 11. The dinner event will be held at Moon Valley Country Club, 151 West Moon Valley Drive, Phoenix, and includes a silent auction to contribute to operation and growth of NVSO and its youth programming. For many of the young musicians in the NVSO Youth Orchestra and NVSO Symphonettes, this is the only way for them to progress, improve and be part of an orchestra since many school music programs are being eliminated or severely cut back. The event will feature celebrity emcee Caribe Devine, 12 News anchor and meteorologist. The gala program will also include Music Director Kevin Kozacek, giving NVSO history, and current plans and goals for the organization. Attendees will have a variety of silent auction items to consider, including two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines, a violin handmade especially for the event by Emcee Caribe Devine The Jody Summerford violin. Jody Summerford, a variety of restaurant gift cards, an entertainment package by Agave String Quartet and themed baskets. Entertainment will be provided throughout the evening by NVSO small ensembles, including Agave String Quartet and NVSO Youth Octet. The Mardi Gras-themed event begins with cocktails at 5:30pm, giving guests the opportunity to browse the silent auction items until dinner is served. Event tickets are $75 each or two tickets for $125, and include dinner, one entry to the evening raffle prize, and one cocktail. For additional information, visit www.northvalleysymphony.org.

Blues Blast Hits Phoenix In February Phoenix Blues Society, a non-profit established in 1989, has devoted its time and energy in promoting and perpetuating America’s original musical art form…the Blues. This year, the Society will present its 26th annual Blues Blast festival February 25 in Margaret T. Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix. Hance Park is a beautiful venue convenient to all freeways and also the light rail for convenience. Music starts at 11am with local troubadour Eric Ramsey, solo/duo winner of the 2016 Arizona Blues Showdown followed by Sistahs Too, 2016 Showdown winner in the band category. The Mike Eldred Trio will follow Sistahs then Karen Lovely & the Pacific Northwest All Stars from the Portland, OR area will take the stage. The Delgado Brothers, winners of the 2016 International Blues Challenge staged in Memphis, Tennessee each year, will be the final headliner of the day. The family-friendly event will feature a huge mural open to guest’s artistic interpretation. Kid-friendly attractions, food and art vendors and ice-cold adult beverages will also be available. Tickets can be purchased online at www.phoenixblues.org. All tickets are general admission and are $30 day of show, $25 advance. Children 17 and younger are admitted free with a parent or guardian. For questions, contact info@phoenixblues.org or visit www.phoenixblues.org.


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National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Phoenix Chapter will hold its next luncheon Wednesday, February 8, from 11am-1pm. The program presenter, Jenn Flaa, will offer her insights from business and life on how to fine tune negotiation skills from preparation to conversation, beyond impasse and straight into a successful closure. The luncheon will be held at Phoenix Country Club, 2901 North 7th Street in Phoenix. Attendee registration is $38 for members and $48 for non-members. For more information, visit www.nawbophx.org.

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Cowboy Action Shooting At Winter Range

Winter Range, the SASS National Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting, will return to Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix February 20-26. The event typically draws over 1,000 competitors from throughout the United States and seven foreign countries. These competitors, both male and female ranging in age from 12 to over 80 years, will compete in over 35 categories dictated by age and competitive style. The largest shooting competition for spectators will be the Cowboy Action Match which occurs from February 23-25. In addition, this year the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association and the SASS Mounted Shooters have combined to create an incredibly exciting two-day mounted shooting event expected to draw over 100 competitors mounted on horses participating in their own arena. Cowboy Action Shooting requires that contestants compete with firearms typical of those used in the taming of the Old West: single action revolvers, lever action rifles and period shotguns. Participants must also adopt a shooting alias appropriate to a character or profession of the late 19th century, a Hollywood western star or an appropriate character from fiction and then costume themselves accordingly. In addition to the competitive events, Winter Range will feature displays and exhibitions of western skills and crafts, and a tent city filled with nearly 100 vendors purveying everything from period clothing, hats and wigs to antiques and reproductions. Entertainment will be readily available in the form of a number of roaming musicians, trick roping, trick horses and various other forms of cowboy entertainment. A variety of food services are also available from authentic chuck wagon cooking to hot dogs, funnel cakes and ice cream. Admission is free with a small charge for parking that is donated to charity. For additional information, visit www.winterrange.com.


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Most kids ask for toys, the latest video game or a trip to Disneyland for their birthday, but a little girl in North Phoenix decided to do something special for others instead. On Saturday, January 14, Ava Monell invited friends and family to her house to celebrate her fifth birthday with a bounce house, good food and of course, cake. However, there was one condition: instead of presents, everyone was asked to bring food for the less fortunate. St. Vincent de Paul dropped off multiple boxes for the food drive, which filled up in no time. To Ava’s delight, guests young and old brought dozens of bags filled with hundreds of non-perishable items to donate to those in need. “Other people don’t have the money they need, so we give them canned food!” said Ava. “Our daughter has always been extremely generous, and we are just so proud of her for deciding to forego presents in an effort to help others,” said Ava’s mom Audrey Monell, who is the president of Forrest Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. “This is a great opportunity to show Ava what’s really important, and it was amazing to see friends and family members showing up with bags and bags of donations for the food drive.” Ava has done this for previous birthdays as well, hosting a toy drive for Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charities Association for her third birthday.

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Now in its 31st year, the Fountain Hills Great Fair brings nearly 500 artists and artisans from across the country and around the world together for a three-day, juried art event. In addition to one-of-akind works of art – ranging from small items to large sculptures – visitors can visit the food booths, a beer garden and seating areas that abound throughout the venue, with great breakfast, lunch and rest stops situated at locations in the middle and at both ends of the festival area. Live musical entertainment is also offered throughout this free event. The Great Fair runs February 24-26, 10am5pm daily, along Avenue of the Fountain/ Saguaro Boulevard. For more information, visit www.fountainhillschamber.com.

Start Your Engines: Concours Returns

The fourth annual Concours in the Hills auto show is scheduled for Saturday February 11, at Fountain Park, with a rain date of February 18. The inaugural 2014 Concours in the Hills attracted 213 cars, a couple of thousand spectators, just four sponsors and raised $25,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs. The second, in 2015 had 444 cars, about 10,000 spectators, 36 sponsors and raised well over $60,000. In 2016, the event had 513 cars, 67 sponsors, about 15,000 spectators and raised $90,000. Vehicle entries are a minimum donation of $50 to the Boys & Girls Clubs. Spectator admission and parking is free. Concours in the Hills is not a formal “white glove” event, but rather a casual and fun gathering of automobile enthusiasts in one of the most spectacular locations in the Phoenix area, on the green grass around the 560-foot fountain, one of the world’s tallest. The Concours showcases a very diverse range of ultra-high performance, luxury, and classic vehicles from both imported and domestic manufacturers. These range from multi-million dollar, 200mph plus cars to muscle cars, sports cars and pre-war classics – both domestics and imports. For additional information, visit www.concoursinthehills.org.

Tour de Artistes In The Hills The Fountain Hills Art League is conducting its sixth annual Tour de Artistes March 3-5. Twenty-four artists are creating, displaying and selling their work in nine studios throughout the town. Two galleries representing 60 more artists are also part of the tour. Visit the quaint town of Fountain Hills with its world famous fountain at the park with the Tour map, which includes restaurants where visitors can have a lunch break during the studio tour. Participating artists, many of whom are multiple award winners, are happy to talk with guests and Artwork by Lloyd Tarr, one of five artists who are at Studio #1. often are demonstrating their techniques during the 10am-4pm hours that the private studios are open. Several of the studios are including $1 per ticket chances to win participating artists’ work. These fundraising proceeds are going to the local schools’ arts programs. The artists represent a wide variety of styles including traditional, representational, abstract and whimsical. The media on display include painting (oil, watercolor, acrylic), drawing, sculpture, fiber art, jewelry, mixed media, and photography. This is a great opportunity to visit one-on-one with artists, see their homes and studios, and explore the town of Fountain Hills with its incredible mountain views. To download a Tour map and learn more about Fountain Hills Art League, visit www.fountainhillsartleague.com.


Anthem Farmers Market

Hosted by the Anthem Giving Circle (AGC), the annual Purses for a Purpose fundraiser, to be held February 7, features the silent and live auction of nearly 100 purses and the raffle of two new high-end designer bags. The designer bags are an MCM “Medium Liz” Reversible Shopper valued at $590 and a Marc Jacobs Recruit Nomad Pebbled Leather Crossbody Bag that retails for $375. To further enhance the party atmosphere, guests can enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary drink.

AGC is a small group of women who, beginning in 2007, formed to connect those in need in the community with those interested in helping. They are hosted by We Care in Anthem, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. AGC members pool their time, talents and monetary resources to donate to charitable causes in the North Valley area. Proceeds from Purpose with a Purpose will be used for AGC’s charity work throughout the year, including a backpack program for local schools, local scholarships and helping individuals and families in need. Purses for a Purpose will be held Tuesday, February 7 from 5-8pm at the Ironwood Country Club in Anthem. Event and raffle tickets are available from any AGC member or call 623.551.2898 or 480.229.0006. Event tickets are $40 each. Raffle tickets are $5 each or $20 for 5 tickets. Learn more at www.facebook.com/ anthem.givingcircle.

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The Anthem Farmers Market includes vendors of organic and seasonal crops, plants, seeds, compost and worm castings. Additionally, there will be ranchers with grass fed beef, pork, lamb and goat, fresh local eggs, cheeses and butters. Producers of jams, jellies, pickles, tamales and sauces along with freshly baked artisan breads, pastries and more will be available for purchase. Upcoming market dates include February 5 and February 12, from 9am-1pm each day. Credit card purchases using Visa, MasterCard or Quest Card will be accepted. The Farmers Market takes place in ACC Community Park, 40410 North Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem. Learn more about Anthem community events at www.onlineatanthem.com.

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Rescue To Host Rockabilly Fundraiser

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A fundraiser benefit for Lucky Dog Rescue is set for Sunday, February 19, from 3-6pm at The Rhythm Room (1019 East Indian School Road). The donation cover charge is a $10 and all proceeds go to benefit Lucky Dog Rescue. The 21-and-over benefit will be emceed by Valley comedian Travis Thurman and will feature rare afternoon live performances from rockabilly favorites, The Booze Bombs, The Octanes from Austin, and local band Pat Roberts and The Heymakers. The Transplants Club will host the Pre-1964 Vintage Car Show, vendors will be there and Lucky Dog’s rescue dogs, up for adoption, will also be at the event.

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Shave It Or Save It? In October, we discussed the personal hygiene issue of men’s hair. Now, just in time for V Day (we’ll let you decide if that stands for Valentine’s, Victory or Vanquished), we consider the opposite side – hair non-removal, that is, beards v. stubble. What’ll it be, guys, for your February ventures? While browsing the Aug. 2016 issue of the Journal of Evolutionary Biology (see what we do for you folks?) we learned researchers found that women form personal opinions about a man based on how much hair he has on his face. What? The Male Call Advisory Board™ is shocked, shocked we say! They didn’t just mosey into a bar and ask a few gals what they like. No, they asked 8,520 women to rate the mens’ attractiveness based on images showing various stages of facial hair – clean-shaven, light stubble, heavy stubble and full beards. The researchers concluded that “masculine faces” are judged more attractive for short-term relationships over less masculine faces, whereas beards are judged as more attractive than clean-shaven faces for long-term relationships. Yep, stubble was judged as most attractive overall and received the highest marks for a…um…shortterm relationship. A full beard was more attractive for a committed partner. The team considered other factors such as brow ridge, cheekbones and jawline in their definition of “masculine” along with some academic gobbledygook about “dimorphic androgen-dependent facial traits.” You can read the article for yourself if you want the juicy details. It happens that your humble column host recently adopted a trim goatee look. We’re not sure if that bodes short- or long-term activity. Not exactly stubble and not really a beard, sort of in the middle. We’ll just say that the jury of women we’ve polled all voted in favor of it. Of course it was only a sample of a half-dozen…8,508 to go. Need a guy’s perspective? Jot a note to Male Call at jrobertpenn@aol.com.

The pin-up ladies Devoted Dolls from Phoenix will be on hand to pose for pictures and a doggy kissing booth. A raffle with amazing prizes up for grabs will be included. Lucky Dog Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue organization whose mission is to rescue dogs that have been abandoned, neglected or otherwise placed in harm’s way; to provide temporary housing for adoptable dogs and to promote and encourage the responsible care of pets, especially spaying or neutering, micro-chipping and vaccination of dogs and puppies. Lucky Dog Rescue is run completely by volunteers, even the board members are not compensated for their time. Every penny received from donations goes directly back into the organization to pay for veterinary care, medicine bills, and food. Physical items are also accepted and are tax deductible. For more information on Lucky Dog Rescue and on the event, contact Lucky Dog Rescue Director Dee Alschuler at 602.321.8376 or dee@ luckydogrescue.org. For more information, visit www.luckydogrescue.org.

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MAYOR PETERSON WRITES... Become An Ambassador For The Town Of Carefree By Mayor Les Peterson

The Town’s seasonal events held in the Downtown Carefree area have been successful in both enhancing the quality of life for Carefree residents as well as attracting a substantial number of visitors from throughout the Valley. The three-day Carefree Christmas Festival MAYOR attracted upwards of 23,000 people, and the Town of Carefree nine-day Enchanted Pumpkin Garden event 480.488.3686 drew upwards of 60,000 people. www.carefree.org As Mayor, I attend a lot of events and I am regarded as an ambassador of the Town. Guests readily express their curiosity about the Town, the culture, business, real estate and the quality of life in Carefree. Virtually all of the people I speak with are initially struck by the scenic beauty of Carefree and the Desert Foothills area. Common revelations that emerge upon our discussions are:

• Carefree has a rare beauty in which to live, with lush, pristine deserts and views of picturesque mountains, a pedestrian friendly downtown, cultural opportunities and unique restaurants. • Living in Carefree permits residents to have access to the bustling greater Phoenix metro area, but far removed from the day-to-day traffic and congestion when they return home. • With no town-specific property tax, Carefree is also a very affordable place to live, particularly taking into consideration that Carefree has award winning schools as well as full police and fire coverage. Please join me at the up-coming Thunderbird Artists and Artisan Gifts and Chocolate Festivals in February and March and be an ambassador for the Town of Carefree. You never know, the next new resident, restaurant or business owner could be attracted to Carefree simply by your enthusiasm for the Town and all that it has to offer.

“Little Boat of Hope” Carries Inspiration Into The New Year The Town of Carefree welcomed in the New Year with a heartfelt art installment by actor/ director/artist Jack Millard of his “Little Boat of Hope,” which was found by town staff along the reflecting pool in the Desert Gardens underneath the iconic Carefree Sundial on the morning of January 4, 2017. “Town staff discovered the little boats along the edge of the reflecting pool at the Carefree Sundial and weren’t sure what the mini intricately handcrafted boats meant and who left them in the garden. Upon a closer look we noticed a message in a bottle tied to the sail of the boat that says, “don’t give up hope.” “One of our staff members recently lost her mother expectantly and was instantly drawn to the boats and considered them to be an inspiration and symbol of hope,” explained Director of Marketing Gina Kaegi. “After posting the display on Facebook, we have been getting requests from locals who say they know someone who could use a little boat and hope that Jack leaves more in the garden.” Found all over the world by unsuspecting onlookers, the art installment titled “Little Boats of Hope – a Voyage Through Grief” is a dedication from Millard who lost his wife to a tragic drunk driving accident on New Year’s Day, 2013, while also battling stage IV breast cancer. Her death has taught Jack the power of joy, laughter, faith and hope inspiring him to launch whole fleets of the boats in Paris, New York and other parts of the world. He recently finished a series of three videos on You Tube that explains his journey and the power of hope. His journey can be found at www. youtube.com/user/actorjackmillard1.

Landscaping Tips For The Do-It-Yourself Gardener Those who are planning to landscape property or just have a corner that needs a “Wow” make-over into a more natural, appealing space, will want to attend the next Gardens Seminar “Landscaping Tips For The Do-It-Yourself Gardener”. Carefree Desert Gardens invites residents to meet Tom Gatz, a retired wildlife biologist, horticultural aide in the education department at the Desert Botanical Garden and certified desert landscaper, who will share his knowledge gained over the past 20 years. His emphasis will be on landscaping smaller areas to provide that “Wow” factor by planting with year-round color and contrast. Gatz writes monthly articles with topics

varying from landscaping, cactus, succulents, to birds and bonsai. His garden has been featured in Phoenix Home & Garden magazine, The Sonoran Quarterly, magazine of the Desert Botanical Garden, and other wildlife and urban publications. Join the seminar Saturday, February 18, at 9:30am. The program usually includes a plant raffle and will begin at 9:30am and run until approximately 12pm at a new location in the same building – the Speakeasy On Easy Street, Jazz Supper Club, located on the northwest corner of the U.S. Post Office building, 100 Easy Street, Carefree. A $5 (or more) donation is suggested to support these programs. For information, call 480.488.3686. Come early. Seating is limited.

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• Carefree is not that far away from the cultural and work related centers of Greater Phoenix and it is a short 40 minute ride to Sky Harbor airport.

Carefree Town staff Kandace French and Vicki Zimmerman discover the Little Boats of Hope in the reflecting pool at the Carefree Sundial.

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Magic Bird Festivals invites residents to celebrate Valentine’s Day early, and indulge at the Sixth Annual Carefree Artisan Gifts & Chocolate Festival, February 10-12, in the Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy Street, Carefree. The annual event has become a popular Valentine’s Day weekend destination, treating families, couples and epicureans to an expansive market of artisan gifts, gourmet goodies and live entertainment. Featured chocolatiers include The San Francisco Chocolate Factory, known for its fresh-dipped fruits that come in a variety of decadent toppings, and Xocalatl’s handmade truffles crafted by Jason Wasser. Local favorite, It’s a Devine Bakery, will serve an array of Europeaninspired sweets, from fresh-baked pastries to artisan breads and mouthHandcrafted truffle creations from Xocalatl Jason Wasser Confections watering desserts. The show also includes packaged culinary offerings alongside handcrafted gifts and original artwork. Located in the beautiful Carefree Desert Gardens, attendees can stroll throughout the winding botanical paths while taking in the fine art and fine fare. A feast for the eyes and the tastebuds, this entirely free event takes place daily from 10am-5pm. For information, call 480.488.2014 or visit www.carefreeazfestivals.com.

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Church Holds Tenth Annual Book Sale Desert Foothills Lutheran Church (DFLC) will hold their Tenth Annual Book Sale February 10-12. The sale will be held from 9am-2pm Friday, February 10, 9am-2pm Saturday, February 11 and 10am-12pm Sunday, February 12. The sale is open to the public. Proceeds from the sale will benefit DFLC’s outreach programs allowing DFLC to better serve the needs of the community. In preparation for the sale, Desert Foothills is accepting donations from the public of gently used paperbacks, hardbacks, audio books and children’s books. Donations can be dropped off at the church between 9am-4pm weekdays. In addition, Desert Foothills is also looking for local charities, non-profit-organizations and/or area community groups that could benefit by a donation

of books for their use, a book sale and/or distribution. These books will be available for pick-up on Sunday, February 12 between 12-1pm. Desert Foothills Lutheran Church is located at 29305 North Scottsdale Road. For more information or for assistance in picking up any large donations, contact Dwayne Richard at 480.473.0551. Learn more at www.dflc.org.


I walked into one of my favorite places, the serene and resourceful Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek, and opened up my laptop. I sat down, and before using my computer, I took in the view of the majestic Continental mountains through the floor to ceiling windows. Surrounded ALLEN NOHRE by stacks of books inside and Elephant Butte looking at me Writer from the outside, I felt peacefully connected to the wisdom in the books and to the majesty of the High Sonoran Desert. My thoughts flew back to the library in the town where I grew up. The library was located in the impressive Scofield Memorial Community Building on Main Street. On winter evenings, my brother and I would walk two blocks to the library and spend an hour looking for something interesting to read. (I admit we might not have gone to the library if there was a television in our home.) Mrs. Haroldson, the librarian, seemed happy to see us and she made certain we whispered. My favorite and most interesting book was Bulldozer, a story about the adventures of the entrepreneurial 18-year-old Bill Crane and his yellow Caterpillar D2 bulldozer. I loved reading about Bill’s challenges with his bulldozer and imagining how exciting my life would be if I could operate a machine like that. I Googled “bulldozer” on my laptop and in a few days I had a copy of that childhood book and I feel even more connected to that warm and cozy library. These days, I find myself drawn to the Desert Foothills Library two or three times a week for a few enjoyable hours of reading and writing. I am grateful we have this extraordinary place that has been made possible for us by the generosity of Foothill residents, local organizations and businesses. For the 114,000 people who visited the library in 2016, and the more than 150 devoted and loyal volunteers, it is the treasured intellectual and cultural center of our community.

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6421 E. GLORIA LANE, CAVE CREEK Separate living areas for an active family on a walled acre with horse privileges, storage buildings, and sparkling pool. Two BR, bath, den/loft and flex room upstairs. Master BR and bath, large kitchen with ample counter space, formal dining and large living room with vaulted ceiling, downstairs. Two-car garage and attached 3-car carport. No HOA. MLS#5542733 $480,000

1.36 ACRE LOT – CAREFREE ROLLING HILLS A rare opportunity to own and build on this exceptional lot which includes a tennis court. Ample room to build your dream home, affording exquisite views to surrounding mountains and peaceful surroundings. Easy build in deed restricted community. MLS#5445230 REDUCED $199,000

EXCLUSIVE TONTO HILLS LOTS Lot 149, Deer Trail Road. Fabulous, high, 1.81 acre view lot with water, electric, and phone. Striking homes on all sides, boulder strewn arroyo adds instant landscape character. MLS#5317571 $159,000 Lot 224Q, Old Mine Road. Owners say sell it! Great 1.24 acre lot, centrally located, water, electricity and phone in the street. Views to both Pinnacle Peak and Weaver’s Needle.

MLS#5525343 Priced for a quick sale $125,000

CAREFREE ROLLING HILLS PROPERTY 9214 E Sunrise Circle, Lot #29. A generous 1.27 acres of exquisite views to surrounding mountains. On a private cul-de-sac, easy to build property. All utilities available. An excellent investment in Carefree. MLS#5154302 REDUCED $169,000

CAREFREE CROSSINGS 2 Superb 1 acre building lot in area of million dollar homes. Walking distance to Carefree shops and restaurants, yet private and gated. Black Mountain views could be out the windows of your custom home. MLS#5445335 $189,000

OFF THE GRID, BUT CLOSE TO TOWN This multi-generational compound is truly off the grid with solar, propane, generator, well and satellite communication. Just 30 minutes from Carefree at 3600’ elevation and surrounded by Tonto National Forest, there is a main house, a guest house and an artist’s studio on a 5 acre patented mining mill site. Call for appointment. MLS#5505948 $370,000

CAREFREE HIGHLANDS VIEW LOT THE MOST BUILDABLE LOT ON THE MARKET IN CAREFREE HIGHLANDS! Beautiful 5.3 acre view lot in the most private and quiet corner of the development. Pristine, saguaro studded lot has several possible building sites, classic Black Mountain views, all the best Carefree Highlands has to offer. MLS#5525321 $300,000

CAREFREE COMMERCIAL FOR LEASE CAREFREE COPPER DOMED BUILDING: 7401 Easy Street. Newly decorated. Turnkey ready. Private baths. Individual heating and cooling. Luxury offices. Excellent location. Two available suite, 552 & 810 sq.ft. Modified gross leases available. CAREFREE PLAZA: 7275 Easy Street, Suite A-105, 800 sq.ft. Newly decorated. Private bath. Individual heating and cooling. Excellent exposure. Modified gross lease available. UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Corner of Elbow Bend & Nonchalant. 7405 Nonchalant, 2,500 sq.ft. New building. Seven Luxury Office Suites, 234410 sq.ft. Can be combined. Turnkey ready. Tile and carpeting throughout. Private baths. Individual heating and cooling. A home office away from home. Modified gross lease available. 30 EASY ST: Next to Palm Desert Realty & Venues. Suite A, 810 sq.ft. Mint condition. Private bath. Individual heating and cooling. Modified gross lease available.

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Allen Nohre lives in Carefree with his wife, Kathie. He is a writer at Terros and can be reached at anohre@cox.net.

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Bodega 13 Closes – Consolidates In Scottsdale Bodega 13 closed its Carefree location and consolidated operations at its new location in Scottsdale December 27. The new restaurant, opened this past October, is located at the northeast corner of Pima and Pinnacle Peak Roads in the La Mirada Center. Owner Emily Gardner points out that, “The new location has a larger dining room and kitchen that provides more flexibility with our menu and a better dining Bodega’s Mussel Bisque experience for our customers.” Owners Gardner and Larry Foppe remodeled the former Cellar 13 wine bar in 2015 to create Bodega 13, an international tapas kitchen. “It is with a heavy heart that we made this decision because we love the Carefree store and all our local friends that have supported us,” said Foppe. The new location of Bodega 13 is open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Located directly in front of Mastro’s Steak House, it is convenient to Carefree and North Scottsdale customers. The menu features global tapas and entrees and old world paellas. The new location also has a full bar and a more diverse wine list. Happy hour prices are available from 3-6pm, Monday through Friday. Bodega 13 is located at 8876 East Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite 100, Scottsdale. For details, call 480.284. 7600 or visit www.bodega13.com.

Open House To Be Held At Eastwood Keystone Homes will be hosting its first open house of Eastwood February 25 from 1-3pm at the Eastwood Community, 8601 East Cave Creek Road Carefree. The event will feature catered appetizers, flatbread pizzas, wine presented by a local sommelier and accompanied by music from a local pianist. Residents interested in attending can register on the website, www.eastwoodlife. com. This will be the first time that the public will be able to view decorated model homes. Keystone will also be releasing the site plan details including the first phase of available lots.


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Desert Foothills Theater (DFT), a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, presents Unnecessary Farce Friday, February 3, through Sunday, February 12, at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center’s Black Box Theater, 33606 North 60th Street, in Scottsdale. Directed by Eric Schoen, the hilarious play takes place in two adjoining cheap motel rooms where an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, what the heck is that Scotsman saying, and why does the accountant keep taking off her clothes? Performances take place February 3-12. Adult tickets range from $26 to $32.50. Youth tickets are $16 to $21. DFT will also present One of These Nights, Sunday, February 26, at 2pm. John Waxman and JD Madrid have teamed up with fellow stellar musicians to create one of the best-sounding Eagles tribute bands touring today. Tickets range from $28 to $36. To order tickets for either show, visit www.dftheater.org or call 480.488.1981.

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Gallery Announces Karasek Exhibition Art | object Gallery and Showroom, located at 100 Easy Street in Carefree announced an art exhibition of paintings and drawings by Laurence Karasek. The opening of the exhibition will take place Saturday, February 11, from 2-5pm. The gallery will be showcasing some of his large works on canvas that utilize bright colors and feature strong organic elements creating dynamic abstractions. Arriving in Phoenix Fall 2015 with an international reputation as a university professor, designer and artist Karasek opened a solo exhibit of his paintings at the Ashley Harder Gallery December 22, 2015, followed by an installation at the Dan Vermillion studio and is a featured artist at the new Foundre Hotel in Phoenix, which opened October 25, 2016. Classically trained at the Royal Academy of Art, London, he was awarded the prestigious Leverhulme Traveling Scholarship and went on to a distinguished university teaching career in the UK, New Zealand and the US. In 2006, he became a Swiss resident and professional artist exhibiting large format paintings for the first time. In Zug, Switzerland, he was represented by Art Van Der Brugge and moving to Texas, by the Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, Texas. A painting by Laurence Karasek is a summation of a lifelong devotion to art and art making . A subject becomes the object of the painting itself, a chromatic abstraction of the artist’s experience, a specific memory of place or people, which emerges through the painting process. Colors, shapes, forms, painted on the surface of the canvas become at once both spatial and dimensional, an expression of the moment, loaded brush, descriptive, radical and new. The art of Laurence Karasek is seen in public and private collections internationally. This exhibition will run until the first week of March. Art | object Gallery and Showroom hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11am-4pm and by appointment. For more information, call 480.231.9212 or visit www.myartobject.com.


Foothills Community Foundation (FCF) Holland Community Center celebrates over 20 years providing a Visual Arts Program and has invited local experts, educators and artists to present topics for its 2017 Visual Arts Exploration Series from architecture to selfies. Celebrate the world of visual art by attending one of the presentations each Monday afternoon through February at the FCF-Holland Community Center, 34250 North 60th Street, Building B, Scottsdale. The February Visual Arts Exploration Series includes:

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February 6: David Hockney – The Bigger Picture David Hockney is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. An important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. Maureen will present on David Hockney by following the career of the most celebrated British artist of the 20th century. Presented by Maureen Chestnut, art educator and Phoenix Art Museum docent. February 13: The Theater of Salvador Dali (1904-1989) A look at some of Dali’s (1904-1989) famous works, who and what influenced his art, and where he drew his ideas and inspiration. Presented by Peggy Strubel, docent at Phoenix Art Museum.

Complimentary wine and cheese will be served at 3:30pm with each presentation beginning at 4pm. The 45-minute presentations are followed by a question and answer period. Tickets are $12 each or $72 for a full seven program Series Pass that includes one free presentation. Online registration and details are available at www.azfcf.org or call 480.488.1090.

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Sixth Annual Hearts & Hands Gala Residents are invited to an evening of dining, entertainment and a silent auction for the Foothills Community Foundation to support general community programs offered at the Holland Community Center as well as the Desert Awareness Committee, Desert Foothills Theater, MindQuest, Partners in Education (PIE) and The Holland Gallery of Fine Art. The Sixth Annual Hearts & Hands Gala will be held Sunday, March 5, at 5pm at the Holland Community Center. Holland Community Center is located at 34250 North 60th Street, Building B, Scottsdale. For information, call 480.488.1090. Register at www.azfcf.org.

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February 20: Moving Wright On The fascinating and revered style and influence of Frank Lloyd Wright is in the Valley and across the United States. Aaron Betsky will present Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in the context of his legacy in buildings and thought, and in particular of his work at Taliesin and Taliesin West. Presented by Betsky, dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin and Taliesin West, curator, author and critic.

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MAYOR BUNCH WRITES… By Mayor Ernie Bunch

Yes, there will be a PRCA Rodeo. We’re way ahead of the game for having this sprung on us with such short notice. See details below and check us out at www.cavecreekrodeodays.com.

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Cave Creek has been hosting a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo produced by volunteers with a love for the sport of rodeo and the Town of Cave Creek since 1977. In 2017, upon learning the DFCA board of directors voted to move the annual rodeo known as Cave Creek Pro Rodeo to Buckeye, the Cave Creek Rodeo Days (CCRD) committee was born to continue producing the PRCA Rodeo with the Town of Cave Creek. The CCRD committee is dedicated to using the national sport of PRCA Rodeo to raise funds for the purpose of preserving the Cave Creek Memorial Arena and the history of the Cave Creek foothills ranching community. The committee believes that the area’s heritage is important and must be preserved. Sanderson Ford was approached by the CCRD committee to request their support remain in Cave Creek at the 2017 PRCA Rodeo, and they have agreed to be the 2017 Presenting Sponsor. The 2017 Sanderson Ford Cave Creek Rodeo Days and Parade will kick off with an annual parade in Town March 25, to be followed up by Mutton Bustin’ that afternoon at a local in-town sponsor. Grab dinner at one of the restaurants in Cave Creek and round out the evening at the Rodeo Kick-off Dance sponsored in 2017 at the Buffalo Chip Saloon. Fast forward to the 40th annual PRCA Rodeo performance at the Cave Creek Memorial Arena beginning Friday, March 31, at 7pm. The new Rodeo color is purple, and residents are invited to join the festivities by wearing the new colors that evening. Saturday night, April 1, will be the Wrangler National Patriot performance in support of America’s wounded and fallen soldiers and their families. Following this performance, everyone should head back to town to Harold’s Corral for the official Cave Creek Rodeo Days Dance. Sunday, April 2, is dedicated to the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” performance in support of breast cancer causes, and will close out the 2017 event. Keep up to date on all of the 40th anniversary details at www.cavecreekrodeodays.com.

The Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) is holding its Kindergarten Roundup Thursday, February 9, from 5-6:30pm. All “A” rated CCUSD elementary schools will be accepting registration for students who are five years old by September 1, 2017. Black Mountain Elementary School focuses on the arts and offers art, music, drama and dance to all students; Desert Sun Academy is a liberal arts academy and home to the first French Immersion public school in Arizona; Desert Willow Elementary is an International School and offers students Spanish Immersion; Horseshoe Trails Elementary is developing 21st Century thinkers and offers Chinese Immersion to their students; and Lone Mountain Elementary a STEM school with a weather and LEGO engineering lab. All CCUSD elementary schools offer a world language that continues through middle school and high school and special programming for students who are gifted and talented. For more information, visit www.ccusd93.org or call 480.575.2000.

Sanderson Ford Cave Creek Rodeo Days and Parade in the March edition CITYSunTimes is committed to driving more business to the Town of Cave Creek during special events by providing complete event editions and walking maps inviting CST’s 80,000+ Valley readers! • 40,000+ copies mailed and distributed throughout the Valley promoting your business and this exciting event. •

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Parade on March 25th; Performances on March 31st April 1st and 2nd

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Rare Earth Gallery, voted “Best in the Valley,” is a unique gallery/museum. A cross between a museum and a natural home decor store, it displays amazing art of the Earth. From large, phenomenal geodes of amethyst and Citrines, to one of the largest collections of Arizona’s petrified wood, it is a jaw-dropping experience to enter this eclectic collection. In addition, there are 37 cases of the unusual, stunning jewelry. In the gallery’s just-finished new home, at the corner of Cave Creek and Schoolhouse Road, visitors can walk through the expansive grounds containing crystal gardens and petrified wood forest. Inside the 5,000-square foot pavilion, patrons will be amazed at the rare and unusual art that comes from Mother Earth. “Don’t miss this once in a life time opportunity to experience what some call the ninth wonder of the world. All this right here in the heart of Cave Creek,” says Wayne Helfand, proprietor. “As purveyor of these rare beauties, I invite you to come visit, experience and enjoy these gifts that Mother Earth has bestowed upon us. A once in a life time opportunity awaits your senses. I promise you’ll be impressed.” For more information, call 480.575.4360 www.rareearthgallerycc.com.

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Magic Bird Festivals’ arts and entertainment events have expanded to Cave Creek, and the show series continues with the Spring Treasure Fest, February 3-5 at the Cave Creek Roadhouse, 6900 East Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek. These Magic Bird events offer an eclectic daytime and nighttime outdoor shopping experience in the charming, cowboy locale of Cave Creek. Each Treasure Fest event showcases 70 local artists and vendors exhibiting a range of boutique designs, apparel, handcrafted goods, jewelry and gourmet packaged edibles. During the shows, attendees are invited to take a break and relax at the Roadhouse. The casual dining establishment serves up a hearty selection of classic American fare as well as a full service bar of adult beverages. Known as one of Arizona’s main hangouts for motorcycle enthusiasts, the Roadhouse also features live, onstage music and entertainment. Centrally located along Cave Creek’s main commercial drive, these weekend shows are entirely free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.carefreeazfestivals.com or call 480.488.2014.

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History, Art, Food & More At Museum In February Cave Creek Museum is planning a busy month in February with programs focusing on history, art, food and more. Located at 6140 Skyline Drive, Cave Creek Museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. Tuesday, February 7, the Museum will host “Vino & Canvas” from 6-8pm. This fun evening of painting includes materials and libations. Tickets cost $35 per person, with $15 being donated to the museum. Seating is limited. Register at www.vinoandcanvas.com. Saturday, February 11, brings “A Hundred Years of Cave Creek: Part 2” from 2-3pm. Beverly Metcalfe Brooks continues sharing the past of Cave Creek. From Cave Creek Sierra Vista Dude Ranch’s last paying guest to one of the most long-time residents of the community, Bev’s love for Cave Creek has meant she has spent the last nearly 60 years preserving the town’s history – and living it. This is a not-to-be-missed presentation by a feisty, funny lady who actually knew the names that are now Cave Creek legends. Parents, grandparents and kids will share a fun afternoon during the Family Fun Workshop, “Food!” on Sunday, February 12, from 1:30-3pm. The Hohokam Indians celebrated the “Three Sisters”: bean, corn and squash. Immigrants to Arizona brought foods that were familiar to them from “back East,” but they also learned to harvest some of the unique foods of Arizona, such as cholla buds, prickly pear fruits, even rattlesnake and javelina meats. Learn about See Museum, page 33


“native” foods while celebrating the state’s 105th birthday. Guests can also make a valentine for their sweetheart. Cave Creek Museum is grateful to the Kiwanis Club of Carefree for their support of the Family Fun Workshops. Need some help figuring out a new phone or computer? Mark your calendar for Wednesday, February 15, when Tech4Life presents, “Oh, for the Love of Technology!” from 6:30-8pm. Seating is limited, and reservations are recommended. Participants should bring their devices. Meet renowned wildlife artist and Cave Creek resident Linda Budge at the museum during a special free artist reception on Saturday, February 25, from 5-7pm. She will exhibit her award-winning work at the museum for the rest of the season. For information on these and other February events, call 480.488.2764 or visit www.cavecreekmuseum.org.

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Valentine’s Day

Sweetheart Celebration Tuesday, February 14 • 1-10pm

DINNER FOR TWO, A ROSE, CHAMPAGNE, MUSIC AND DANCING ALL NIGHT! Choose from

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GOAT ROPING!

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Every Tuesday Night at 7pm Starting February 7, 2017! Free Practice from 7-7:30pm

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Loaner ropes available for $5 JACKPOT TO FOLLOW PRACTICE ~ $2 per man fees ~ 100% Payback ~ Draw Pot (Pick your end) ~ 3 Goat Progressive ~ Enter 5 Times (limit)

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Explore The Evening Skies & More Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain (PVCC) will host a Star Party February 23, from 7-9:45pm. The Star Party is a free event that allows the community to observe the night skies through high power telescopes. The event is a partnership with PVCC Astronomy faculty and the Phoenix Astronomical Society. A Star Party will also be held March 23, April 20 and May 4. An RSVP is requested prior to each event so that the organizers can ensure they have enough telescopes. RSVP at events@pasaz.org. Don’t forget to save the date of March 9, as PVCC at Black Mountain presents its annual STEAMtastic & Star Party Extravaganza, 4-10pm. PVCC, in partnership with Foothills Community Foundation, YMCA, Phoenix Astronomical Society and Cave Creek Unified School District, will host STEAMtastic an Arizona SciTech premier signature event. Enjoy an afternoon and evening celebrating science and technology in everyday lives through fun, hands-on activities for all ages. Event activities include molecular gastronomy, subzero science, potato launch, science of brewing, glow in the dark room and experiments, and local businesses showing science in every-day life. The expo and demonstrations are March 9 from 4-7pm. After 7pm, the outside lights will be turned off for a Star Party in the new Astronomy Observatory. STEAMtastic is part of the

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Cave Creek/Carefree High Sonoran Desert Passport group, one of the AZ SciTech festivals. PVCC at Black Mountain 34250 North 60th Street, Scottsdale. For information, call 602.561.5398 or visit www.pvc. maricopa.edu/blackmountain.

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Get Ready For Harold’s Festive Mardi Gras Party Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is inviting the public to its Eighth Annual Mardi Gras Party from 6pm-1am on Fat Tuesday, February 28. The festive party features an authentic Mardi Gras buffet, drink specials and live music by a New Orleansstyle jazz band. Admission is free, but reservations are requested for the $18.99 authentic New Orleans-style buffet, featuring Crawfish, Fresh Gulf Coast Oysters, Jambalaya, Chicken Gumbo, Andouille Sausage, Dirty Rice, Shrimp Etouffee and more. Guests can take Swing dance lessons at 7pm and participate in a crawfish eating contest at 8:30pm. The popular costume contest takes place at 9pm, where prizes will be awarded for “Best Mardi Gras Dressed.” Danny Piacquadio, Harold’s co-owner, said the restaurant’s Mardi Gras party continues to grow in popularity. “We add our own Cave Creek twist to it, but this is as close to a true New Orleans Carnival party as you’ll get here in Arizona. It’s fun for the whole family, so dress in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold and bring your appetite,” he said. For information, call 480.488.1906 or visit www.haroldscorral.com.


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J. Julian Fine Skincare uses the highest quality products from science and nature with the goal of giving patrons a long-lasting result. Joann Julian has over 25 years of European esthetician training and is a certified provider for the Nelly Devuyst Exclusive product line. Julian has been certified in the new Sheer-Wave Skin Tightening technology, which is the newest European non-surgical Thermal Therapy. A J. Julian appointment includes a complimentary consultation to determine the appropriate treatment needed to detox, exfoliate, rejuvenate and repair skin imperfections during a customized facial. Patrons leave with a glow and recommendations to maintain a healthy skincare program. J. Julian can customize a program for Joann Julian rosacea, and other skin problems. J. Julian services include evaluation with the Skin Scope Imaging, facials, peels, dermabrasion, anti-aging treatments, Sheer-Wave Skin Tightening technology for face and body, meta therapy and micro needling (non-invasive) Presso Therapy for lymphatic drainage, waxing, hair removal, make-up consultation and application, and the new Ionic Detox Foot Bath. Other beauty products include PCA SKIN products, pharmaceutical aromatherapy brands from Brussels, sea sponges, brushes, mineral salts and crystals, skincare and make-up products. The best part of this experience, is how affordable a visit will be. In February, new clients will receive a dermabrasion with a custom facial treatment and a brow wax for $49 ($135 value). Be sure to ask about the J. Julian 50 percent off series of six custom facials, as well as Valentine’s Day specials and gift certificates. J. Julian Fine Skincare is located in Stage Coach Village at Sherri’s Hair Salon, 7001 East Cave Creek Road, Suite 141, Cave Creek. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 602.721.3464 or book an appointment online with the Vagaro App.

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Upcoming Chamber Events The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce invites area business owners and residents to mix and mingle at its monthly mixer event. The next Chamber Mixer will be held February 8, from 5:30-7pm at Elite Golf Schools of Arizona at the Dove Valley Golf Course, 33750 North Dove Lakes Drive, Cave Creek. The cost is $5 for members; $15 for non-members. Elite Golf Schools of Arizona offers junior and high school programs, college prep programming and adult lessons and programming. Learn more at www.elitegolfofaz.com. The next Chamber Business Breakfast will be held February 23, from 8-9:30am. Join fellow Chamber members for an informational presentation and early morning networking at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. The cost is $7 for members and $15 for non-members. For information, call 480.488.3381 or visit www.carefreecavecreek.org.

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Arizona Wild West Festival will take place March 11-12 in Cave Creek. This one-of-a-kind event will feature a number of signature, family-friendly activities including: Kickin’ ‘n Pickin’, a one-day music event with band at Silver Spur Saloon, Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse and The Horny Toad; Guns of Anarchy featuring gunfighter performers from around the U.S.; Elegance in History showcasing the best in period correct wardrobe; screening of western film, Copper Wind; Rock the District with teen bands play their best country music for the crowds at Big Earl’s Greasy Eats; Hooligan’s Treasure Hunt; and Legions of the West, fun at American Legion Post 34. Also planned are period vendors and other western entertainment, as well as Bust the Dust, action-packed Outlaw Annie’s arena featuring some of Arizona and Hollywood’s best stuntmen compete on an arduous obstacle course filled with high falling, knuckle brawling challenges for prizes and bragging rights. “This is the second year for this unique western/music festival,” says Fran Booth, ABC, chair of the event. “Festival attendees will enjoy everything from gunfight performances and team treasure hunts to a professional stuntman rivalry, wild and crazy western entertainment and some of the best music in the territory. There has never been a festival like it in Arizona.” Six Gun Entertainment, LLC in conjunction with Cavecreeklive.com, Booth Communications, Inc., Southwest Stunt Association, Southwest Industrial Rigging and other community sponsors, produces Arizona Wild West Festival. For more information, call 602.400.3330 or visit www.cavecreeklive.com.


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The Board of Directors of Desert Foothills Land Trust (DFLT) last month announced the appointment of Vicki Preston as the organization’s executive director. Preston joined the Land Trust in 2011 as the conservation director. She will continue her role in land conservation as well as assume her new duties as executive director. Preston takes over from Patrick McWhortor, who helped the organization transition its leadership in 2016, and will continue working with DFLT as a consultant. Preston grew up in Northeast Ohio, near the shores of Lake Erie, surrounded by plentiful natural beauty, which instilled in her a passion for protecting the environment. After graduating from The Ohio State University, Preston worked for local government and conservation groups. Preston served as the Land Protection and Watershed Planning Coordinator at a Land Trust in Ohio where she helped protect and steward nearly 3,700 acres before relocating to Arizona and joining DFLT. “Our beautiful Sonoran Desert is an unparalleled landscape, and one that unfortunately is quickly being converted from its natural state. This is why I am so passionate about our mission and why our work is so critical,” says Preston. “It is truly an honor to work with the board of directors to create a vision for the future of DFLT and to work toward achieving our goal of protecting the landscape we love, acre by acre. I will continue to be proud that I work with such an amazing group of volunteers, stewards and supporters who share their love for our beautiful desert.” DFLT connects people to nature by working with communities and partners to conserve and steward sensitive lands and species for the survival of our Sonoran Desert. For more information, visit www.dflt.org or call 480.488.6131.

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To contact Dr. Birdwell, call 480.484.6120. For more information on the Scottsdale Unified School District, visit www.susd.org.

Save The Date: Sixth Annual The Arizona SciTech Festival is Arizona’s biggest celebration of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) held annually in February and March. Over 800 organizations have partnered to showcase the science all around us with over 1,000 events statewide. Valley residents are invited to join in on an exciting adventure to explore the science and technology occurring through arts, education, engineering and innovation – all in their own backyard. Last year’s Festival included the active participation of more than 50 Arizona cities and towns, more than 800 collaborators, 1,200 STEM events and 400,000 in attendance within the two-month span, and this year’s Festival season will prove to be even greater. From hands-on family activities, school festivals, university lectures, tours and “Sneaky Science” events, the whole family can get in on the fun. There are also a number of “Pre-Festival” events to explore beginning in early February. For a complete list of local or statewide events, visit www.azscitech.com.

Learn More About Friendly Pines Summer Camp Those who may be thinking of sending a child to a sleepaway camp for the first time this summer can visit AZ Air Time trampoline park in Scottsdale this month for an informational event. The facility will host a free event that both parents and children are invited to attend Tuesday, February 7, from

6:30-8pm. The director of Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott, Kevin Nissen, will offer an informative and helpful presentation and discuss all the emotional and physical benefits that children experience when they attend a summer sleepaway camp. Great gifts and door prizes will be given. Every child who attends will also get treated to one free hour of jump time at AZ Air Time. Advanced registration is not required. Friendly Pines Camp is available for children ages 6 through 13 and offers a wide range of traditional camp activities: sports, horseback riding, waterskiing, rock climbing, performing arts, fine arts, pets, hiking, canoe, kayaking and more. There are one-week, two-week, four-week and six-week

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The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) has an exciting scope of work to tackle in 2017 as we strive to continue our tradition of providing innovative, futurefocused learning opportunities to our approximately 24,000 students. The successful passage of the District’s bond and capital improvement proposals on November 2016 ballot means that it’s now Dr. A. Denise Birdwell the time for our Governing Board to prioritize the Superintendent, construction/renovation projects that will be Scottsdale Unified School District tackled first and to start selling the bonds that will finance them. Because of extensive studies undertaken last year of each of our five learning communities, we know that some of our oldest elementary schools have outlived their useful existence and have become financially and practically burdensome to maintain. We understand that some facilities are underused and that shifts in our student populations will need to be carefully considered as we undertake this process, always with an eye to the safety of our students and teachers, fiscal responsibility, and the future. You are encouraged to be part of this ongoing process. One month into its second semester, the current school year has plenty on its plate, as well. Our students continue to amaze us with their outstanding academic, artistic and athletic capabilities and achievements. Our teachers continue to challenge their students and to take on new learning opportunities themselves that will make them better educators. And our administrators and staff continue to support all of these efforts, while also looking for creative, new ways to advocate for our school communities. I would like to thank former Governing Board President Bonnie Sneed and former Board member George Jackson for their years of dedicated service our district. I’d also like to welcome newly seated Board members Allyson Beckham and Sandy Kravetz, with whom we look forward to collaborating as we move into this exciting time for Scottsdale schools.

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Valley residents will be packing patios and kicking back with a couple cold ones to celebrate Arizona’s craft beer-brewing community during Arizona Beer Week February 9-18. Now in its seventh year, Arizona Beer Week presents a great opportunity for breweries to showcase brand-new beers, new food menus, special brewing techniques and anything else they want to share with the masses who come out in full force during the nine-day celebration. Think special tappings, craft beer crawls, beer-pairing dinners and meet-the-brewer nights, among other beer-centric special events, and, as always, there will be ample opportunity for free swag and other giveaways at participating bars, restaurants and breweries statewide. Among the marquee events of Arizona Beer Week is the Arizona Strong Beer Festival, which will make its seventh appearance at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix Saturday, February 11. For more about what’s on tap during Arizona Beer Week 2017, visit www.arizonabeerweek.com.

Food Truck Experience Takes Over Salt River Fields Arizona’s premier food truck event, Street Eats at Salt River Fields, returns this month for a weekend packed with an anticipated 70 food trucks dishing out everything from comfort classics to gourmet grabs. The much-anticipated event fills guests’ stomachs and offers a kids’ zone, live music, cooking demonstrations and an array of zany competitions on a contest stage. Plus, festival goers get more bang for their buck with this year’s ticket that includes admission to UnCommon Markets, a showcase of goods handcrafted by regional artists and artisans. UnCommon Markets highlights a vast array of artists and goods; from art that benefits social change to upcycled home furnishings, serving as an ideal source of custom goods, perfect for those on the list who have everything. The monthly market joins the Street Eats footprint and adds to the weekend of festival fun. Street Eats takes place Saturday and Sunday, February 11-12, 11am-6pm. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is located at 7555 North Pima Road, Scottsdale. General admission is $12; children 12 and under get in for free. VIP tickets are available for $60 and include six beverages, four food tokens, access to VIP Lounge and private restrooms. For tickets and additional information, visit www.streeteatsaz.com.

Explore Valley Vegan Offerings At Second Annual Festival The PHX Vegan Food Festival, presented by Davisson Entertainment, returns to the Valley on Saturday, February 25, from 11am-5pm at the Phoenix Theatre / Phoenix Art Museum campus. The outdoor, family-friendly festival kicks off at 11am, with one-hour early entrance for VIP ticket holders at 10am. Event highlights include vegan and vegan-friendly food trucks, restaurants and products, demonstrations and presentations by chefs and vegan experts, plus a kid’s activity area by Free Arts of Arizona. Presented by The Listening Room Phoenix, three entertainment stages will showcase a full day of live and local music. Additionally, several no-host bars will be located throughout the event. The PHX Vegan Food Festival will feature more

than 65 vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, food trucks and vendors, such as 24 Carrots, Café Lalibela, The Coronado, Juice Core, Local Lunchbox, Mi Vegana Madre, Pomegranate Café, Urban Beans, Simon’s Hot Dogs and Southern Fried Vegan.

Guests will enjoy small bite samples from restaurants, plus food and beverage artisans. They will also have the option to purchase selections from these businesses, as well as a variety of food trucks. In addition, local vendors will be showcasing and selling their veganfriendly services and products including cookbooks, body care items, and clothing and accessories, to name a few. There will also be cooking demonstrations and discussions by culinary and nutrition experts. General admission is $25, with VIP admission of $50. Kids 12 and under are free. The Phoenix Theatre/Phoenix Art Museum campus is located at 100 East McDowell Road, Phoenix. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.phxveganfest.com. Photos by Carl Schultz


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Feb. 8

San Francisco Opera: Grand Opera Cinema Series Tosca by Giacomo Puccini Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org; 480.499.8587

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Feb. 9

27th Annual Western Spirit ArtWalk

Arizona State Fairgrounds www.vnsabooksale.org; 602.265.6805

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Scottsdale Arts District www.scottsdalegalleries.com; 480.990.3939

Feb. 2-3

Del McCoury performs Woody Guthrie Musical Instrument Museum www.mim.org or 480.478.6000

Feb. 11-12

61st Annual VNSA Used Book Sale

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Chubby Checker Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino www.wingilariver.com; 800.946.4452

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Matilda The Musical

Arizona Broadway Theatre www.azbroadway.org; 623.776.8400

ASU Gammage www.asugammage.com; 480.965.3434

Branford Marsalis Quartet with Special Guest Kurt Elling Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

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Romeo & Juliet Ballet Arizona at Symphony Hall www.balletaz.org; 602.381.1096

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Feb. 12

Turtle Island Quartet plays John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme Musical Instrument Museum

La Esquinita, USA

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Herberger Theater Center www.arizonatheatre.org; 602.256.6995

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Youth Symphony of the Southwest Mesa Arts Center

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Kodo: Dadan 2017 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Feb. 10-26

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

Feb. 10-26

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Dreamers with The Griswolds Valley Bar www.valleybarphx.com

Feb. 16

Navah Perlman Mesa Arts Center

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Alice in Wonderland

Thodos Dance Chicago

Valley Youth Theatre www.vyt.com; 602.253.8188

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

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Feb. 17-19

Musical Instrument Museum

Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2017

Feb. 11

Phoenix Convention Center www.amazingarizonacomiccon.com

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Swingsational!

Tempe Center for the Arts www.carnivalofillusion.com; 480.359.7469

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Sunday in the Park with George Theater Works www.theaterworks.org; 623.815.7930


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Italian Symphony & Opera: Pagliacci in Concert Arizona Musicfest www.azmusicfest.org; 480.840.0457

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Simply Three Mesa Arts Center

Feb. 24

Karla Bonoff Musical Instrument Museum

Feb. 18

Kaki King: The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body Musical Instrument Museum

Feb. 18

13th Annual Subway D-backs FanFest Chase Field www.dbacks.com/fanfest

Feb. 18

Black Arm Band Dirtsong: A Journey Through Australia’s Heartland

Feb. 24 – March 12

Storefront Church Theatre Artists Studio www.thestudiophx.org; 602.765.0120

Feb. 25-26

The 7 Fingers: Cuisine & Confessions

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Dobet Gnahoré Musical Instrument Museum

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Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica

Virginia G. Piper Concert Series: Olga Kern

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March 1

35th Season Winter Concert

Feb. 19

High Energy Mopar Invitational: 2017 H.E.M.I. Show Mopars Unlimited of Arizona at Glendale Community College www.moparsaz.com

Metropolitan Youth Symphony at Mesa Arts Center

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Piano Men: Generations – The Music of Billy Joel & Elton John Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

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Musical Icons: Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Feb. 20

Villalobos Brothers Musical Instrument Museum

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March 3

Martha Redbone Musical Instrument Museum

March 3-5

Riders of the Purple Sage Arizona Opera at Phoenix Symphony Hall www.azopera.org; 602.266.7464

Feb. 21

Shaolin Wariors Mesa Arts Center

March 4

Rosanne Cash Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

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Fun & Frivolity Of Renaissance Festival Returns Take a trip back in time to the wildly popular and entertaining Arizona Renaissance Festival. The annual faire begins at 10am every Saturday, Sunday and on Presidents’ Day Monday, from February 11 – April 2. This festival transports visitors to an European style fair filled with an agreeable rabble of knights, rogues, royalty and craftsmen, all roaming throughout a 30-acre village filled with delectable sights and sounds tantalizing the senses. Explore 200 charming craft shops, 13 stages of non-stop entertainment, an arena for full-contact armored jousting, a living fountain, kitchens, pubs and people powered games and rides. All the festival is a stage with a cast featuring more than 2,000 brightly costumed actors, dancers, mermaids, acrobats and musicians. At the Renaissance Festival, the audience is a special guest in another place and time. The experience is meeting and interacting with a variety of colorful characters, shopping for unique arts and crafts, and taking in a selection of over 150 shows every event day. There is a great variety of food for feasting, and a bevy of beverages including Medieval Margaritas, Da Vinci Coladas, Dukes of Daiquiri, wine, honey mead, beers and ales, along with soft drinks and lemonade. A popular attraction at the festival are the live jousting tournaments held three times daily in the 5,000 seat arena, complete with knights on charging horses, clanging weapons and a great deal of braggadocio. The 16th century festival is home to many popular traditions including chomping down on a giant roasted turkey leg, adding to your collection of drinking vessels or hair adornments as well as battling wits with the village idiot. For more information, call 520.463.2700 or visit www.renfestinfo.com.

Studio Tour Celebrates Valley Ceramics Artists The 16th Annual Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramics Studio Tour presents the work of 42 professional ceramic artists in the Phoenix metro area February 25-26. The free event, which runs from 10am-5pm, offers a rare opportunity to view working and living spaces of participating artists and view demonstrations of wheelthrowing, hand-building and glazing techniques, functional and sculptural artwork on exhibit and for sale. www.asuartmuseum.asu.edu and click on the “Ceramics Program” link under “Programs & Events.”

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Congratulations to Del Antia, our December winner of tickets to see D A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail at Valley Youth Theatre. Antia sent a V photo of her daughters saying, “Each of p us u enjoyed this fantastic event but both my m daughters were especially excited to see live theatre performances. Thank you so much for giving us the chance to win this gift certificate and attend this event!”

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Saguaro String Quartet Joins Touring Beatles Musical

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When the touring show In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles comes to the Herberger Theater Sunday, March 12, be on the lookout for two quartets – not just one. The Saguaro High School String Quartet has the privilege of joining the professional actors on stage to add an element of orchestral texture to the evening. The show is the musical retelling of the Beatles L-R: Davis Whyte, violin; Alex Garza, viola; Austin Thurman, violin; Cameron Whyte, cello. Photo by Tina Giuliano. story through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein and featuring the live music of renowned tribute band Abbey Road. The band features Chris Paul Overall (“Paul”), Nathaniel Bott (“John”), Zak Schaffer (“George”) and Axel Clarke (“Ringo”). Epstein is played by Murphy Martin. The production includes multimedia, period costumes and vintage instruments. It has toured for years, with a critic for the Orange County Register at one point declaring, “If you see one tribute show, see this one – smart and loads of fun.” The string quartet consists of Saguaro High seniors Alex Garza and Cameron Whyte and sophomores Davis Whyte and Austin Thurman, who will join the band for the songs “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yesterday,” “A Day in the Life,” “Hello Goodbye” and “Hey Jude.” In a special touch, “Yesterday” is played as a scene in which the Paul McCartney character plays the song for the first time for Beatles producer George Martin, with the songwriter explaining that he envisioned a string-quartet accompaniment. In addition to performing with Saguaro High’s most advanced orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra, all quartet members have performed with prestigious area youth symphonies. The Saguaro High String Quartet performs at weddings, senior centers and other community events under the name 16 Strings. They may be contacted by calling Cameron Whyte at 480.559.0566 or by email at cameron.stafford.whyte@gmail.com. In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles performs at the Herberger Theater Center Sunday, March 12, at 7pm. Tickets may be purchased online at www.herbergertheater.org, by phone at 602.252.8497 or at the Theater Box Office. The Herberger Theater is located at 222 East Monroe Street in Phoenix.


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The 64th Annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Festival February 11 promises to be another bustling day in Downtown Scottsdale for the entire family. “For 64 years the Scottsdale Parada del Sol Committee of volunteers has coordinated this free parade of horse-drawn carriages, bands, wagons and stagecoaches. Mounted horse riders like the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse, Hashknife Pony Express riders and Scottsdale Charros are just a fraction of the horse groups visitors will see,” says Parada president Wendy Springborn. The event will again bring the spirit of the old west and lore that has attracted visitors from around the world to Scottsdale. After the parade at the Trail’s End Festival there will be entertainment on three stages featuring western entertainers, Native American dancers, Hispanic dancers, as well as a street full of activities at the Cowboy Kids zone. The stages will have rockabilly, string and rock bands. The new Arizona Wine Garden will feature the Arizona Stronghold award-winning wines. And don’t miss the Aztec and folklorico dancers as well as cowboy games and cultural programming for the kids. The Parada Western Week events in Downtown Scottsdale include many different activities, starting on February 6 so check all schedules on the website (www. scottsdaleparade.com). The Hashknife Pony Express leaves Holbrook on February 8 and rides into Scottsdale with the U.S. Mail at 12pm on February 10 to the Scottsdale Museum of the West. The Parade starts February 11 (Saturday) at 10am but make sure to get there early to save a place along the route and the Festival starts immediately after the Parade and ends at 4pm. Plan on staying the entire day to enjoy the shopping, dinner and dancing in Downtown Scottsdale.

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Wickenburg Highlights Heritage During Gold Rush Days

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The annual Gold Rush Days events celebrate Wickenburg’s origins as a ranching and gold mining center in the days before there was a Phoenix. The heritage event was founded 69 years ago, and today Gold Rush Days draws tens of thousands of visitors, during the three-and-a-half days of activities, held this year February 10-12. Gold Rush Days’ most significant recognition is from the Library of Congress, naming Gold Rush Days as one of America’s Living Legacies. The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce produces the celebration each year, along with partners and sponsors. The official opening gets underway Friday, February 10, during the opening ceremonies on Frontier Street at 10am with a gunslinger-stuntman Joey Dillon,

and gold rush officials kicking off the event. A Classic Car Show will be held Friday, and offers visitors the opportunity to see beautiful classic cars on Frontier Street from 9am-3pm. The main festival area on Valentine Street in the historic district will see 150 exhibitors at the Wickenburg Art Club artisan fair and juried art show, along with family fun carnival, free stage entertainment, gold panning, 150 arts/ crafts and much more from 10am-5pm. Two major highlights during the event include the National Senior Pro & Open Rough Stock Rodeo Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12, 2pm daily at the Everett Bowman Rodeo Grounds, 935 Constellation Road. Gates open at 12pm.

On Saturday at 10am, the “Ride for the Brand” Parade begins with over 80 entries. This award-winning parade is the fourth largest in Arizona with classic cars, horses, floats, bands and youth groups. In addition to the rodeo and parade, Brown’s Amusements Family Fun Carnival opens at 4pm in the downtown district February 11 at 4pm thru February 14 at 6pm. And the Desert Stagers present an Old Fashioned Melodrama February 10-12 with evening performances beginning at 7pm in the historic Saguaro Theater. For information about all of the special activities planned for Gold Rush Days, call 928.684.5479 or visit www.visitwickenburg.com.


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concept for Hotel Chaco’s rooftop restaurant, Level 5. And together with interior designer Kris Lajeskie, the hotel has commissioned an elite cadre of contemporary Native American artists to create original art works to grace its public spaces and guest rooms. “We’re creating a hotel where guests will experience the true culture of New Mexico in a way that has never been done before,” explains Jim Long, CEO, Heritage Hotels & Resorts. “We are blending ancient building techniques from New Mexico Native Americans with modern amenities and designs from the best designers in the world to create a new hotel that will redefine and advance the architectural building style in our state. The services, sacred architecture and accommodations this hotel will provide will embrace the native people’s artistic sensibility and oneness with nature.” Among the prominent and decorated Native American artists working on original pieces for Hotel Chaco are Joe Cajero (Jemez Pueblo) who will create a bronze sculpture for the lobby, Navajo Weavers from Toadlena Trading Post who will contribute original weavings to hang above guest room beds, and Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo) who is creating a clay sculpture for the ledge above the lobby reception desk. An original painting by Tony Abeyta (Navajo) will create a focal point in the lobby, whose main doors and ceiling will be designed by Tammy Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo). A glass sculpture chandelier by Ira Lujan (Taos/ Ohkay Owinjeh Pueblos) will hang from the lobby ceiling, and signature staff uniforms will be designed by Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo). For information, call 866.505.7829 or visit www.hotelchaco.com.

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Hotel Chaco, a contemporary luxury hotel inspired by the architecture and ancient civilization of Chaco Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is on schedule to open in Old Town Albuquerque in April. The property – the first from-theground-up design/build project from Heritage Hotels & Resorts – marked its topping off in August, and its exterior façade will be completed in January. Hotel Chaco, located adjacent to sister property Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town (with whom it shares a pool, ballrooms and wedding chapel), is now accepting group and individual bookings. In addition to these milestones, Heritage Hotels & Resorts has announced major collaborations that will shape key aspects of the guest experience at Hotel Chaco. Chef Mark Miller will consult on the

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The Sons of Norway 15th Annual Scandinavian Festival will be held February 18 at the Yuma Civic Center. This year’s festival will feature lefse, abelskivers, Swedish waffles, coffee and cookies, a luncheon plate, genealogy experts, music and dancing. There will also be Scandinavian arts and crafts on display, being demonstrated and will be for sale by local and visiting artists. An opening parade and ceremonies will begin at 10am, preceeded by music starting at 9am in the main room and lobby. The Yuma Accordion Band, The String Ambassadors, Rainbow Station and Jerry Johnson’s Band will be performing. There will be something to enjoy for every age. The funds raised by this event support local Yuma endeavors and specifically, this year, the Hospice of Yuma. The event runs from 9am-3pm. Admission is $4 per person. For more information, call 928.373.5040 or visit www.yumaaz.gov.


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The Tubac Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the 58th Annual Festival of the Arts, which showcases the work of hundreds of visiting artists from around the country. The festival will be held February 8-12 from 10am-5pm each day; admission is free. A juried show, the Tubac Festival of the Arts features 175 art booths with artists from around the country. The festival features a range of artwork from fine painting and sculpture to fun and functional ceramics, skillfully crafted wood and leatherworks and shimmering glass. Visitors will also see photography, unique jewelry, artful clothing and mixed media works. Each year, Tubac experiences a unique synergy between the village’s resident shops and galleries and the artists from around the country whose works line the streets for five days. Festival attendees will find several parking lots both in and adjacent to the event. Throughout the festival, free trolley service takes visitors to and from the parking lots and around Tubac village. The horse-drawn carriages delight attendees of all ages The food court offers a variety of ethnic and regional foods including Greek, BBQ and Southwestern cuisine. Also on hand will be festival favorites such as burgers, corn dogs, curly fries, funnel cakes, ice cream, kettle corn and fresh squeezed lemonade. Visitors can take home treats including, handmade caramel apples, spices, salsas, honey, roasted nuts, garlic specialties, jams and jellies. Located south of Tucson, Tubac is a haven for art, history and nature lovers. For more information, call 520.398.2704 or www.tubacaz.com.

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Gain A New Farm-To-Fork Perspective Field to Feast farm tours allow visitors to learn more about what is growing in Yuma, to get down and a little dirty with a hands-on farming lesson, followed by an opportunity to sample the bounty. The highlight of these half-day tours, led by a local grower, is a visit to a field planted just for the event at the University of Arizona research farm. There, attendees will get a quick food safety lesson from Yuma food safety experts, along with hairnets, rubber gloves, lettuce knives and a recipe card explaining what’s needed in the kitchen. The novices in the group needn’t worry, as experts are on hand to assist. But be sure to wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes, this is a real working field. Better yet, once guests have filled the chefs’ “order,” they can pick some fresh Yuma produce to take home. While enjoying the rest of the tour through growing areas, culinary students from Arizona Western College will be hard at work turning fresh veggies from the field into a delicious and healthy lunch. The exact itinerary for the tour depends on what’s up in the fields that day – guides scout each trip to make sure guests see agriculture in action. After in-the-field learning and the resulting feast, guests will have a chance to meet culinary and agriculture students for their unique insights into the future of those fields.

Field to Feast tours are offered on various dates from February 2 – March 4. Tickets, $50, include transportation and lunch. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.visityuma.com.

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Sedona To Host Cinephile’s Delight Join filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs from all around the world as Sedona takes center stage at the annual Sedona International Film Festival, which presents independent film from around the world February 18-26. Now in its 23rd year, the festival features everything from shorts and documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films. Guests will be treated to a cinephile’s dream, with nine days and more than 160 films. Already recognized by filmmakers and audiences as one of the top festivals in the nation (and named the “Fest to Impress” by MovieMaker Magazine), the 2017 edition will continue a tradition of honoring those motivated by passion for their art and driven by a love for making timely, moving and important films. For details, call 928.282.1177 or visit www.sedonafilmfestival.com.


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Double H Hat Company specializes in custom handmade felted-fur hats in various styles including western, gentlemen and ladies hats. The shop is located in Wickenburg, the heart of cowboy country. Master hatter Jimmy Harrison (the “Hat Man”) also offers hat cleaning, blocking and total renovation. Harrison will custom build a hat to fit one’s unique style and exact size. A variety of embellishments, including custom inlays, bead work and unique hat bands create the highest quality custom hat for any occasion from rodeos to weddings, brandings to formal balls. Double H Hats creates only quality…either true 50 percent beaver hats, 100 percent beaver hats or Guatemalan fine palm leaf hats (the only straw hats guests will find in the shop). He also carries horse-hair hat bands and belts. Harrison says that only the best in a wide array of finely crafted horsehair, bone, leather, beaded, or silver hat bands will go on a Double H hat. He also stands behind his hats 100 percent including the shape and fit of the hat. Even the dye set is guaranteed so that the hat can be worn in any weather. All new custommade hats come in a hard hat can case so shipping is not problem – he has shipped as far away as the South Pole Station. “There is something gratifying, helping folks in all walks of life, and all over the world, design the perfect hat to suit their features and personalities,” says Harrison. “I’m very blessed to be able to make a living doing something that I enjoy so much! Call me anytime at 406.360.6979.” The shop is located at 201 North Frontier Street in historic Downtown Wickenburg. To schedule an appointment, call or send an email to jimmy@doublehhats.com.

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As part of its Town: annual Fruit Injury Prevention ell. ia Drisk Tree Program, Aud Farm Cynth ra is pist gearin McD The Urban g up for its onald physical thera fruit tree pop-u events, with p nursery thousands of trees set to arrive this month. in Phoenix Residents can choose from of deciduous a selection (apples, peach es, apricots, s’ berries) and plums, figs, Take A deled Basha citrus like lemon the newly-remo s, limes or blood unced that ent growth Tropical fruit trees such oranges. Culinary Exc ienced excell Carefree anno as guavas, Barba and Arizona Drive has exper The Town of ursion dos cherries avocado trees gton Darlin ago. Tom will also be availa Follow ingon the “I am really excite market 16 consecutive er 2016, versus one year ble. Super truly reflects d about all that collector car ened in Octob years as ins, “The ofsuccess The Urban Farm week, it was re-op expla a staple Russo and son validity of has to offer,” says Peters Arizon since s the Steele legendary home, Salt Mayor Les Peter on. “I hand rscorea’s is movin unde will and contin select g River ree rs lated to a new North me stimu ue to grow and trees that Caref visito Fieldsnts at and Scottsdale Talking Stick Town The annual of our reside provide food . 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A recen 27 years, Peters t impact study name for himse on has made completed lf in the urban a by Applied Econo farming and community, gardening mics concluded transforming his one-third-a that Russo and into what is know cre home Steele n as The Urban visitors and attracts more than generates an Farm. At the pop-u 36,000 non-l economic impac p regional econo nurse ocal ry, Peterson t of close to questions throu my. Russo and will answer $51 million to ghout the day Steele is one United States the of and to the and has earne plant and nurtu offer tips on top three auctio d a loyal follow how re new trees. critical buyer ns in the ing among the will also be s and sellers. Gardening suppl available for The study furthe nation’s most ies has drawn 40,00 purchase. Vilard r states that the (www.vilardigarde 0 to 50,000 attend i Gardens week-long event ns.com) will 81 percent of ees in recen be on hand other plants those being visito t years, with and vegetables to offer an estimated rs from outsid “We see peopl for resident lands e the area. “I have helpe e from all over cape. d plant more says Drew Alcaz the country than 15,000 around the Valley at our event ar, owner and fruit trees every year,” and I know we founder of Russo is where we thousands more are based so have thousands and Steele I love knowing . “Scottsdale to go,” says Peters and local economy.” how much our on. Deciduous trees event helps will be delive For information, the deciduous, citrus red in Janua visit www.russo and tropical ry; andsteele.com trees will be in February or call 602.252.26 available and March. 97. For complete www.urbanfarm. details, visit org.

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