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New Ownership For CITYSunTimes After more than 12 years, locally owned CITYSunTimes is under new ownership. Lorrie Pomeroy, president of Indigo Publishing, Inc., was announced as the new publisher of the monthly community publication serving more than 80,000 readers. Pomeroy takes over for founder and publisher Hope H. Ozer. See story in Community on page 23.

Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival


2013 Best Shot And The Winner Is…

2014 Carefree Gardens Photo Contest Kicks Off Cave Creek Balloon Fest Returns

36 Around Town: Pink Martini


The Carefree Desert Gardens Photo Contest begins this month and entries will be accepted from January 2 through February 2. CITYSunTimes is pleased to once again be the media sponsor of this popular community event. Twelve photos will be chosen by professional photographers and displayed for public voting at the Carefree Fine Chocolate and Art Festival February 14-17, the Desert Foothills Library February 18-24 and the Cave Creek Museum February 25 – March 3. The photo receiving the most votes will win the highest honor, the Juanita and Mark Wdowiak Award. Photos may be in either film or digital format. Digital entries may be enhanced and submitted in an 8” x 10” print. The Town of Carefree will have first rights to use the photos that are entered. The photographer will be credited. Entry drop off locations include The UPS Store in the Bashas’ Center, the Albertson’s Center and the Fry’s Center, and the photo counter at CVS in the Carefree Lowe’s Center. Entry forms may be obtained at these locations and at Carefree Town Hall or downloaded from the Town of Carefree website at or from the CITYSunTimes website at Photographs will be judged on both technical and artistic merit and 12 finalists will be selected and awarded prizes. For questions or more information, e-mail

The winner of our 2013 “The Best Pet Ever” photo contest is “Reddog,” submitted by Sarah Whitmore of Scottsdale. This quiet and gentle pet therapy dog loves other dogs and people – not to mention visiting local Kierland eateries. Thank you to all of the many photographers who entered this year! See all of the photos submitted at For details on our 2014 contest, go to Parting Shot on page 65.



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A New Year – A New Chapter

Another New Year is here; a new day, a new moment…each filled with new opportunity. “New” can sometimes be disconcerting; change can be difficult. How you navigate will determine whether you are a glass half full or half empty kind of person – will you face an obstacle or seize an opportunity? As you know, CITYSunTimes is now under new ownership (see story on page 25). While we are sad to see our leadership team depart, we are excited for the next chapter of our publication and look forward to working with our new publisher, Lorrie Pomeroy. As we transition from the old to the new, I want to take a moment to Around Town recognize those who have made our team so amazing for the past 12 years. First, Founder and Publisher Emeritus Hope Ozer, who has been our fearless leader – she’s one tough cookie who could teach a course on living life to the fullest. The yin to Hope’s yang is Katherine Koenig, executive editor since CST’s inception and my personal and professional mentor and friend for nearly 20 years. Her talent, grace and ability to keep us balanced will be truly missed. I can only hope to live up to your standard. And Courtney Ozer, our copy editor extraordinaire who makes sure our “I’s” are dotted and “T’s” are crossed – her professionalism and eagle eyes have always made us look so good – thank you!


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The foundation Field To Feast that these ladies have put into place remains strong as ever, though: our Creative Director Jenifer Lee, whose boundless creativity is equaled only by her sense of humor and adventure; Assistant to the Publisher Darlene Keberle, who reminds me of a den mother, always kind but firm and keeping us in line and on time; Bob Hesselgesser, Susan Pine and Loren Sheck, our dauntless account representatives – we couldn’t do it without you; not to mention our distribution team Louis Flaim and Sharon Madsen, who keep our racks stacked. I also want to recognize our columnists and contributors – some of whom have been with us since the beginning. Your continued contribution helps us stand out in a crowded field – you are truly appreciated. And finally, you, our readers – thank you for picking us up and turning the page. The newest chapter is ready to be written, we hope that you will join us on the journey! Until next month…all my best,

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Fifth-Graders Make A Difference In Their Community


Scottsdale Will Assist CPS By Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane

Arizona Fine Art Expo Returns The 10th Annual Arizona Fine Art Expo returns to the southwest corner of Jomax and Scottsdale Road this month. From January 16 – March 24, Valley art lovers can explore the work of 100 nationally acclaimed fine artisans ranging from Western, impressionist, contemporary and abstract artists working in sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, pottery, furniture, jewelry and object d’art. Visitors will experience art in action with artists working in a studio environment with hands-on art demonstrations and workshops, then take a break at the Café de Expo or stroll through the peaceful, two-acre sculpture garden. Weekends are a highlight of the Expo with the addition of musical entertainment. A one-time fee of $10 ($8 for seniors and members of the military) provides a season pass. The Expo is open from 10am-6pm daily. Parking is free. For additional information, call 480.837.7163 or visit

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In response to the revelation that CPS failed to investigate 6,554 reports involving child abuse or neglect, I announced recently that the Scottsdale Police Department will step in to assist the Governor’s Child Advocate Response Examination Team (CARE Team) through the Office of Child Welfare Investigations (OCWI) in investigating all overlooked reports that reside within the boundaries of Scottsdale. The fact that children in our community have gone MAYOR neglected is absolutely and undeniably unacceptable. As City of Scottsdale Mayor, it was paramount to me that Scottsdale step-up and 480.312.3111 step-in to assist the state in thoroughly investigating these reports as quickly as humanly possible. I have encouraged my fellow mayors to lend their cities’ resources as well. I am grateful that 12 cities have stepped up to lend the state a hand. The Scottsdale Police Department (SPD) has formed a special task force that has begun investigating nearly 143 reports, extracted from the 6,554, that fall within Scottsdale’s jurisdiction. Following guidelines set by the CARE Team, SPD will contact, if possible, the source of the original report of suspected maltreatment and view the child to the extent necessary to describe the child’s overall appearance. In addition, officers will conduct an interview based on the report allegations and will go through a safety assessment checklist and follow up to view the child’s living conditions. This is an important and critical time in our state’s history. Like you, I was sickened to learn that this institutionalized process of closing child abuse or neglect reports as “Not Investigated” had left thousands of children at risk. It is imperative that Scottsdale does whatever it can to help the state and the governor fix this mess. I am grateful that help is on its way for these children.

Last month, Camelback Desert School fifth graders made a special delivery to the children and families of Ryan House (http://ryanhouse. org) in Phoenix. For weeks leading up to the delivery, students and their families collected toys and nonperishable goods for the home, which provides respite, palliative and end-of-life care to children with life-threatening conditions. Through this experience, students were able to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges these children face and a true sense of why it’s important to give to those in need. Upon their donation, Camelback Desert students became a part of the Kids for Ryan House program, which is designed to encourage philanthropy for kids through 18 years old. As part of the program, students receive a button and certificate of completion. Camelback Desert School is located at 9606 East Kalil Drive in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.451.3130 or visit


Artist Janne Matter at work

Work by Janne Matter, Chicago



The big white tents are back for the 24th Annual Celebration of Fine Art, running January 11 – March 23. The Celebration experience provides the opportunity to meet 100 working artists, visit their studios, find out how and why they do what they do and participate in their creative processes. Visitors can meet the artists and watch them working in

Celebration of Fine Art Returns the full spectrum of art media including oil, watercolor, pastels, sculpture and assemblages to glass, ceramics, stone, furniture, jewelry and more. Works range from realistic to impressionistic, western realism to contemporary, landscapes

to still life. With more than 40,000 square feet filled with works by known and emerging artists, firsttime buyers to serious collectors agree this juried, invitational show and sale is a must see. Located on the southwest corner of Hayden Road and the Loop 101, the event runs from 10am-6pm daily. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and members of the military. Children 12 and under

are free, as is parking. For more information, call 480.443.7695 or visit

Arizona Musicfest Young Performers Recital Arizona Musicfest’s ongoing commitment to providing opportunities for young musicians continues on Saturday, January 18 at 2pm, when the organization presents three award-winning young artists in a free concert. The Young Performers Recital features violinist Linda Han performing Beau Soir by Debussy, arranged by Heifetz, and Sarasate’s Zingeunerweisen. Pianist Jonah Breakstone will play Scarlatti’s Sonata in F minor; Czerny’s Variations on a Favorite Viennese Waltz by Franz Schubert; and Rachmaninoff’s Elégie. Pianist Jessica Zhang will perform Haydn’s Sonata in C Major and Chopin’s Grande Valse Brillante. The concert is followed by a Meet the Musicians reception with refreshments, so that everyone can ask questions, discuss the program or chat about various musical experiences. The Young Performers Recital is hosted by Vi at Grayhawk, located at 7501 East Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale. Call 480.488.0806 for additional information or visit



First Fidelity Bank, a full-service community bank, completed its merger of the former Sunrise Bank of Arizona and First Fidelity Bank operations and systems last month. “We are excited to expand our footprint in the Phoenix metro area with the addition of the Sunrise Bank branches,” says Kevin Sellers, Arizona market president. “We have plenty of capacity for commercial loan clients and expect to significantly expand our small business and commercial lending activities in the Phoenix market.” First Fidelity Bank will expand its presence to seven branch locations in the Phoenix metro market with the acquisition of three additional branches. In the Northeast Valley, the bank has branches in the Biltmore, Deer Valley and Downtown Scottsdale areas as well as on Greenway Hayden Loop in Scottsdale. For more information, visit

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain has always offered stunning mountain and skyline views, but its newly transformed jade bar is truly raising the bar as a destination restaurant and lounge. Now with triple the seating, Arizona’s only genuine jade onyx drink rail, an expanded outdoor patio with a fireplace and heaters and spectacular views of Paradise Valley seen through floor-to-ceiling windows, jade bar is a must-visit. More than just a pretty face, guests will also enjoy an innovative and constantly evolving menu of fun, fresh and delicious cocktails featuring hand-selected premium spirits with farm-fresh local fruits, herbs, vegetables and juices. The cocktails are perfectly complemented by Chef Beau MacMillan’s new menu. On weekends, guests can get in on the act with Mixology 101 classes (Saturdays at 1pm), and every day of the week, jade bar is the perfect spot for premium happy hour with The Pour from 4-6pm. Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is located at 5700 East McDonald Drive in Paradise Valley. Reservations are recommended. Call 480.607.2300 or visit

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Sip And Savor


First Fidelity Acquires Sunrise Bank of Arizona




Arizona’s Largest Jewish Day School To Relocate Campus Pardes Jewish Day School, the largest Jewish day school in the state, and the Jewish Community Association have formalized plans to relocate the school to the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, beginning with the fall 2014 school semester. “The ultimate decision to move the school onto the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus was based on the need to expand the enrollment capacity and bring our school closer to the center of the Valley’s Jewish community,” says Jill Kessler, Pardes Head of School. “This exciting move will provide our students with expanded academic and extracurricular opportunities.” Pardes will move into existing school space on the Campus, which formerly housed the King David School and Jess Schwartz Academy. A comprehensive, joint fundraising campaign between Pardes and the Association has raised more than $2 million to fund construction, including eight new classrooms, a kosher kitchen and other needed improvements. The expansion allows for the expected enrollment of 275 students in 2014, with room for growth to up to 350 students. The school site currently consists

The McLaren MP4-12C Spider

of 15 classrooms, administration offices, a large multipurpose room and sanctuary, and is adjacent to the expansive athletic fields of the Jewish Community Center. Construction will begin in spring. The Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus is located at 12701 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. For information, call 480.634.4944 or visit For additional information about Pardes Jewish Day School, call 480.991.9141 or visit

McLaren Scottsdale Brings New Breed Of Super Car To Arizona McLaren Scottsdale is now open for business. The new 10,000-square-foot facility is the official licensed McLaren dealership in Arizona. The dealership offers new cars such as the MP4-12C, 12C Spider and the new P1 supercar. In addition to new cars, McLaren Scottsdale offers an extensive selection of high quality and rare pre-owned exotic cars with names such as Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Audi, Pagani and FIAT, among others. As a part of The Auto Gallery dealership network, McLaren Scottsdale is a family owned operation and is located in the Scottsdale Airpark at 8355 East Raintree, Suite 170. For more information, call 877.322.6721 or visit

Concert Series At Gainey Village The SHOPS at Gainey Village invites you to kick back and enjoy the musical magic at its Sips and Sounds concert series. The series features live music, drinks and food every first Thursday of the month through March. Guests are invited to relax under the stars and listen to music performed by Marmalade Skies on Thursday, January 2 from 6-8:30pm. This seven-piece band performs songs from the Beatles. Its motto is “No boots. No suits.



The magic’s in the music!” Members of the band include Bobby Frasier, Jodi Drew Frasier, Kevin Crum, Mark Aguirre, Keith Rosenbaum, Michael Roe and Steve Golba. The Sips and Sounds concert series will also feature food from many of the shopping center’s famed restaurants including Village Tavern, Downside Risk, Chez Vous, Paradise Bakery and Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery, among others.

The event is free to attend; food and drinks are available for purchase. Located at 8989 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Gainey Village combines a distinctive blend of exceptional shops, boutiques, trendy eateries and fine dining destinations. For more information, visit

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The Southwest Alliance for Excellence named Scottsdale Healthcare as a 2013 Showcase in Excellence Award winner for the hospital’s heart attack care process, “Door to Balloon – 60 is the New 90.” Lowering Door to Balloon (DTB) times helps improve the timeliness of lifesaving therapy for patients with heart attacks who seek care at hospitals that perform emergency angioplasty. National guidelines target a time of 90 minutes or less from the time a patient enters the ER to receiving balloon angioplasty in a hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab. Scottsdale Healthcare was recognized for improving its performance above and beyond the national target for 100% of patients for the past 16 months. “This is both impressive and important. It’s about saving lives and improving the quality of life for many people. I’m proud of the teamwork and dedication, and pleased to see it get this kind of recognition,” says Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network President Rhonda Forsyth. “Door to Balloon times of less than 90 minutes for 100 percent of patients have been sustained for 16 months now,” explains Cheralyn Beaudry, chief quality and patient safety officer for Scottsdale Healthcare. “With a stated stretch goal of ‘60 is the new 90,’ this team also improved performance above and beyond the national target of less than 90 minutes to complete the DTB process in 60 minutes or less for 50 percent of cases in the past 12 months.” The award will be presented February 4 at the Chaparral Suites Resort in Scottsdale. For more information, visit


Scottsdale Healthcare Awarded For Excellence




The brand new Mirror Maze/Laser Maze next to Butterfly Wonderland is now open. This new attraction is the next phase of the unfolding Odysea in the Desert entertainment complex, whose Butterfly Wonderland opened this spring to rave reviews. Designed by Adrian Fischer, the world’s leading maze creator, the Odysea

Mirror Maze Attraction Open Mirror Maze will continue the theme of Butterfly Wonderland, sending visitors on the trail of an elusive rare butterfly. Hallways lined with an abundance of mirrors will create infinite reflections as visitors navigate twisting corners, dummy

loops and dead ends on their quest. Dramatic LED lighting and digital sound effects will evoke the atmosphere of a Central American tropical rainforest, complete with screeching howler monkeys, hissing anacondas, tropical storms, and more! Along the way, visitors will encounter a rickety bridge over an infinity chasm, a jungle clearing, and the ruins of a Mayan temple. The cost of a one-day pass for the Mirror Maze is $9.95 per person. To complement the Mirror Maze, guests can continue the

adventure in the new Laser Maze located in the same facility. The cost for the Laser Maze adventure is $3.95 per person. The Odysea Mirror Maze is located at 9500 East Via de Ventura in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.270.6200 or visit

Sundays In Scottsdale Offer A’Fair To Remember Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present the 27th season of Sunday A’Fair, a series of free afternoon concerts showcasing Arizona musicians, from January 12 to April 6. The outdoor concerts take place from 12-4pm in the Scottsdale Civic Center Park and are accompanied by a fine arts and crafts market and fun activities for children and families. Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs or picnic baskets and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of great entertainment. Delicious foods from the grill, snacks and cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks also are available for purchase.



Valley favorite Big Nick and the Gila Monsters is just one of the many bands slated for the 2014 Sunday A’Fair series.

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The rapid rate of new technology has not only opened avenues of growth and development worldwide, it has changed the way students learn and reach their educational goals and how educators leverage it for greater student success. Scottsdale Community College’s second annual TechTalks on Friday, January 24 will share inspiring, entertaining and educational presentations from educators, tech gurus and students. The brief, 18-minute talks are patterned after the acclaimed TedTalks. Each presenter will share how technology has led to greater student success in a variety of fields. The free event is open to the public for those who register in advance. The program starts promptly at 8:30am with continental breakfast available at 7:45am. The last presentation is scheduled to end at 12:30pm. Presenter topics will range from how open educational resources for students are leveling the playing field to how aspiring nurses working on simulated patients are getting better prepared for their demanding profession. Other talks cover the NASA Mars Project, how technology has changed the art of deejaying and other topical subjects. Attendees can register for a no-host lunch ($10) following the event at Two Waters Circle on campus. For additional information or to register, visit http://showcase. Scottsdale Community College is located at 9000 East Chaparral Road. For information, call 480.423.6000.


SCC Hosts Second Annual TechTalks




Take A Cultural Journey With Native Trails Native Trails takes audiences on a cultural journey to the First Nations of Arizona and North America through traditional native music, dance and art. Celebrating its 12th season, this year’s event will again feature American Indian artisans selling specialty items like jewelry, baskets, flutes and paintings. Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs or picnic baskets. Delicious light snacks and beverages also are available for purchase. Presented by Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, the event is held at the outdoor fountain stage at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in collaboration with Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. The free event runs from 12-1pm most Thursdays and Saturdays during the months of January through April beginning on January 16. If the kids are attending with you, be sure to download the Native Trails study guide and attend a special Student’s Day on March 27. To download the guide, visit, click on the “Special Events” link and look for Native Trails.

French Artist Creates New Studio Home In Arizona



From traditional landscapes such as “les Nuits à Venise” (“Nights in Venice”) or “Neige au Grand Canyon” (“Snow at the Grand Canyon”) to more contemporary works including the collections “Parapluies vus du ciel” (“Umbrellas Viewed from the Sky”) or “Arbres métamorphosés” “White House,” 40”x30”from the Canyon Collection (“Trees transformed”), visitors are drawn in to the stimulating dialogue between color and light of the captivating works of Sébastien Richard. Visitors to Les Ateliers Art gallery at Gainey Village in Scottsdale, which opened just over a year ago, can now experience the artist’s work in person. Richard chose to install his new American studio there. “Scottsdale is perfect for its light,” says the artist. “I love living here, and painting in this positive atmosphere helps me to focus on my work.” Inside, the smell of linseed oil and the image of the artist before his canvas launch you on an unforgettable journey; the gallery becomes interactive. Located at 8787 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 120, Les Ateliers Art is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-5pm or by appointment. Alongside the canvases of Sébastien Richard, enjoy the works of other artists such as sculptors Anne Itzikson and Jurga and painter Joanne Blaquière, known for her equestrian works. For more information, call 480.432.3737 or visit

The community is invited to J. Levine Auction & Appraisal this month for a number of auctions, beginning on January 9 with an auction of fashion icon Michelle Midzor. “Long-time residents will remember Michelle Midzor for her store Michelle’s in Scottsdale

Fashion Square,” says Josh Levine, owner of J. Levine Auction & Appraisal. “She was an Arcadia resident who catered to celebrities and highpowered executives. She passed in August 2013 and her estate auction will feature amazing jewelry, fine art, rare porcelains and china, ornate furniture and all things designer.” On Thursday, January 23, the auction house will present its Fifth Annual Western Auction. In addition, J. Levine’s popular “Thursday Nights in Scottsdale” auctions continue each week. Guests can preview the auction on Thursdays beginning at 4pm and are invited to mingle, enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, listen to live music and preview items prior to the start of the auction at 6pm. J. Levine Auction & Appraisal is located at 10345 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Live online bidding can be accessed through or through For more information, call 480.496.2212.


Fashion And Western Auctions In January

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MAYOR STANTON WRITES... An Ounce Of Prevention By Mayor Greg Stanton



Greater Phoenix is blessed to serve as the host city for the 2015 Super Bowl, but history reminds us that the event brings to our doorstep an added responsibility. Sex trafficking – particularly of children – MAYOR unfortunately thrives in cities during the City of Phoenix NFL championship weekend. 602.262.7111 That is why I have formed a task force to make sure our Super Bowl is about football and fun – and not exploitation. The idea is to gather subject matter experts, law enforcement officials and hospitality representatives to create a cohesive strategy to thwart this pernicious practice, and to direct victims to counseling services. Unfortunately, human trafficking generates more than $30 billion around the world every year and it is believed to be the fastest growing illicit enterprise. Much of this industry involves sex trafficking, and the average age at which individuals in the United States first become victims of the sex trade is 12 to 14 years old. The exploitation is becoming increasingly common at large events, including the Super Bowl. The numbers are staggering. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates 10,000 prostituted individuals were transported to Miami for the 2010 Super Bowl. More than 100 people were arrested for prostitution during the 2011 Super Bowl weekend in Dallas. I have appointed Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring to serve as chair of the Child Trafficking Task Force, which also boasts local, county and state prosecuting agency members, as well as business and social services representatives. The first matter of task force business is being conducted now. Airport, hotel and other venue employees are being advised on how to recognize the signs of trafficking, where to report suspected trafficking and how to connect victims with services. The task force is also charged with providing support for statewide legislative efforts to end child trafficking throughout the state, and it is envisioned that the task force’s impact will extend beyond the 2015 Super Bowl. Over the course of the coming year, our task force will raise awareness of this issue and send the message loud and clear that our Valley will not tolerate the abuse and manipulation of children for sexual purposes. Our warning will extend to traffickers who profit from this abuse and to willing participants or customers whose money and lack of conscience keep this despicable industry alive.

New North Valley Medical Complex Now Open Located on 22 acres south of Carefree Highway and Sonoran Boulevard near Interstate 17, the $18 million John C. Lincoln Sonoran Health and Emergency Center opened its doors early last month. The 40,000-square-foot facility includes 24-hour emergency services, medical imaging and breast health screening with lower dose 3-D mammography. Future plans for the site include construction of a 120-bed hospital. The hospital and additional medical office buildings will be developed at a later time to be determined by developments in the area’s economy and population growth. John C. Lincoln already has two hospitals under its umbrella: John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital at the Loop 101 and I-17 and John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital on Dunlap in North Central Phoenix, in addition to the John C. Lincoln Health Center with urgent care at Anthem. For more information, visit

Teaming Up For Children Turf Paradise will hold its fourth annual Wine, Women and Horses event, benefiting the Child Crisis Center, on Saturday, March 1 from 12-4pm. Tickets go on sale January 6 and are available online at More than 400 people attended last year’s event, which raised more than $24,000. Child Crisis Center is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect by supporting and strengthening families through education and intervention, by providing a safe environment for children to heal and by recruiting, training and supporting foster and adoptive families. Tickets are $65 per person and sponsored tables are available by calling 602.375.6403. The event is also seeking in-kind contributions and advertisers for the event day program.


Pinnacle High School Senior Daba Yague took first place in the grade nine-12 category in the annual ASBA photo contest with this beautiful photo.

Student Photo Contest Captures Beauty Of Arizona

This year’s winners in the grades K-eight category were: • First Place: Spencer Scher, an eighth-grade student at Madison Meadows Middle School in Phoenix (Madison Elementary School District) • Honorable Mention: Evan Ziker, a seventh-grade student from Sonoran Trails Middle School in Phoenix (Cave Creek Unified School District) Winners in the grades nine-12 category were: • First Place: Daba Yague, a senior at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix (Paradise Valley Unified School District) • Second Place: Jose Coronado, a senior at Amphitheater High School in Tucson (Amphitheater Unified School District) • Third Place: Andrew Kingsbury, a senior at Lake Havasu High School (Lake Havasu Unified School District) Jeff Kida, photo editor of Arizona Highways magazine, was among the contest judges. The ASBA student photography contest began in 1999 as a tribute to former ASBA executive director and amateur photographer Jack Peterson upon his retirement. Learn more at See the rest of the winning photos in the Youth section on page 56.

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The beauty and variety of “Arizona Outdoors” were captured with artistry and skill in the five student images selected as winners in this year’s Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) Jack Peterson Student Photography Contest. The statewide contest, which marked its 15th year in 2013, is open to K-12 students from Arizona’s public school districts. Photos were judged in two categories: grades K-eight, with two awards given, and grades nine-12, with three awards given.





Bondurants To Chair Child Help Gala Pat and Bob Bondurant, owners of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, will chair the 10th Annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala, Saturday, January 11 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix. All profits will benefit Childhelp, the nation’s oldest and largest child abuse advocacy nonprofit. The weekend of events at the Biltmore, which will also include the inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance, starts off with the traditional Founders Dinner, Friday, January 10, followed by a Saturday morning panel with the Le Mans-winning team. This year’s theme continues Childhelp’s 10-year tradition of “Drive the Dream” by saluting the 50th anniversary of the Le Mans-winning team of Bondurant, a Paradise Valley resident, and long-time friend Dan Gurney. In June 1964, the two legendary drivers, in the new #5 Shelby Daytona Coupe CSX2299, won the GT Class at the world-famous race in France. The winning ‘64 Cobra Daytona will be transported from the Miller Family Museum in Utah and displayed throughout the weekend. “We’ve had a great year in 2013, with Bob’s 80th birthday and the school’s 45th anniversary,’’ says Pat, the school’s president. ‘‘Starting the New Year honoring Bob on the 50th anniversary of the Bondurant/Gurney Le Mans win, while raising money for a cause that saves children’s lives…that makes everyone in the Bondurant family and school very proud indeed.” For tickets, visit


The community is invited to watch 1,500 of the best female gymnasts from all over the U.S. compete with one another while showcasing their amazing gymnastics skills. From January 31 – February 2, the Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center in Phoenix will host the Classic Rock Gymnastics Invitational at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 North 3rd Street in Phoenix. This “ultimate gymnastics meet” will feature an all-girls competition (Levels 2 – Elite), live bands and entertainment, shopping and more. Admission is $20 per day for adults or $40 for an all-weekend adult pass; $15 per day for children 12 and under, seniors, and members of the military or $35 for an all-weekend pass. Included in the ticket price is also one free, 90-minute “open gym” session per child at the Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics Center. Guests must show ticket stub to come to a free open gym. For more information, visit The Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics Center is located at 3110 East Thunderbird Road in Phoenix. For more information about classes, call 602.992.5790 or visit


Sunrays Hosts Gymnastics Invitational

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Looking for a fun yet meaningful way to spend a Friday while working on your golf game? Join the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (NPCC) on the green at Moon Valley Country Club on April 25, and you can do just that. NPCC’s 28th Annual Charity Golf Classic offers a full day of golf and fundraising to help support two amazing community organizations – United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona (UCP) and Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC). UCP provides therapy services including occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech and language pathology. Those it serves have various disabilities, including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, autism, Down’s syndrome, developmental delays and learning disabilities. Visit for detailed information on all the services that UCP provides. Proceeds from the NPCC Golf Classic will also establish a scholarship at PVCC for NPCC member employees. The scholarship will be held at the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that manages gifts on behalf of the MCCCD colleges. Learn more at This year’s Golf Classic will once again be held at the beautiful Moon Valley Country Club, located at 151 West Moon Valley Drive in Phoenix. ( Registration is now open for the tournament. Pricing is as follows: Single Golfer: $180; Twosome: $325; Foursome: $600. Golf includes greens fee, GPS in cart, practice balls, polo shirt, golfer goodie bag and lunch. A number of sponsorship opportunities are also available. Beyond the major title sponsorships, organizations and individuals can participate as a hole sponsor, cart sponsor or luncheon sponsor. The Chamber is also seeking raffle and silent auction item donations and goodie bag items for 144 golfers. This event sold out last year, so golfers will not want to wait to register. For complete event details, visit

January Networking Opportunities With NPCC It is a New Year and the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has three new ways for you to connect with fellow business owners and community leaders this month. First up is the Business Resource and Networking Luncheon to be held on Tuesday, January 14 from 11:30am-1pm at Moon Valley Country Club, located at 151 West Moon Valley Drive in Phoenix. This month’s program topic will be “Health & Wellness,” with a panel discussion featuring Dr. Karen Gasket, assistant superintendent for human resources at Paradise Valley Unified School District, and ShaRon Rea, author, life coach and owner of The Whole Family, Lisa Cvach and Donna Layshock with Paradise Valley Community College and Leilanie Arellano with Mayo Hospital. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members if registered by January 10.

The January Mix & Mingle Networking Event will be held on Thursday, January 16 from 5:30-7:30pm at North Mountain Brewing Company, located at 522 East Dunlap Avenue in Phoenix. Enjoy networking and fantastic food and meeting great like-minded people. This energetic and professional setting is great for making connections and building incredible centers of influence. Finally, the fourth Tuesday Business Networking Luncheon will be held on January 28 from 11:30am-1pm at Bobby Q’s Restaurant, located at 8501 North 27th Avenue in Phoenix. Get to know fellow business owners and community leaders and the businesses/industries they represent. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members if registered by January 24. To register for any of these events, or to see a complete listing of the Chamber’s future events, visit www.northphoenixchamber. com/events. For additional information, call 602.482.3344.

Pictured on right is Feed Our Babies USA Founder and CEO Joni Navarro Sucato.

Valley charity and NPCC member Feed Our Babies USA helped provide Thanksgiving dinner for 130 families in the Arcadia School District. The donations were delivered to Ingelside Middle School. Area businesses that helped contribute meals included Sam Fox Concept Group and OHSO Brewery. The organization also held a Christmas Toy Drive to help make the holidays brighter for 42 area children. For more than three years, Feed Our Babies USA, led by Founder and CEO Joni Navarro Sucato, has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for the hungry, needy and politically under-represented children in communities locally and nationally. For more information, visit

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Another NPCC member that stepped up to support our community this past holiday season is Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC). The PVCC Student Life team worked with its students, employees and area community groups to once again support families in the North Valley area through its Adopt-A-Family program. Founded in 1985, PVCC is located at 18401 North 32nd Street in Phoenix and is one of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges. For more information, call 602.787.6500 or visit


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Phoenix Children’s Hospital Recognized As “Top”

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has the distinction of being named to The Leapfrog Group’s annual list of Top Hospitals. The Top Hospital designation from the Group recognizes the best hospitals in the nation for providing the safest and highest quality health care services to patients. Phoenix Children’s is one of only 13 children’s hospitals nationally to receive this honor and was the only children’s hospital in Arizona to earn this top award. “We’re proud to be awarded this prestigious honor, and count it as a privilege to be able to offer Arizona children consistent, excellent high quality care and patient safety,” says Bob Meyer, president and CEO of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The selection is based on the results of The Leapfrog Group’s annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use, and management structures in place to prevent errors. The results of the survey can be found at For more information, visit



Grand Ball To Benefit Barrow Research On January 18, the Arizona Biltmore will play host to the annual Barrow Grand Ball. Presented by the Women’s Board of Barrow Neurological Foundation, the black-tie event will benefit innovative patient care, research and medical education at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. The 2014 Barrow Grand Ball co-chairmen are Kathleen Lang and Robyn Lee, and the Ball advisor is Mary Ellen McKee. The current Women’s Board chairman is Shän Francis. The women, together with a dedicated group of committee members, have worked year round to plan an unforgettable event. Each year, the Women’s Board selects a special project to support with funds raised through the Ball. The 2014 project is the Barrow Brain Tumor Research Center (BBTRC), which is dedicated to discovering the causes of and cures for brain tumors. The BBTRC places a heavy emphasis on clinical trials and has a goal of offering an experimental therapy option to every Barrow patient diagnosed with a brain tumor. Barrow sees among the highest volume of brain tumor patients in the nation. For more information, call 602.406.3041 or visit

Engineers Design A Better World Through Community Service Around the world, employees at Stanley Consultants are performing community service to say “thank you” to the communities and clients that have supported the firm for the past 100 years. “Each of us has particular interests, concerns and limitations. Yet each of us can ‘make a difference,’ whether the community of concern is defined locally, nationally or globally,” says Stanley Consultants Chair Emeritus Dick Stanley. “Each can contribute toward making it a little better. That’s what good citizenship is all about. And, I’m proud to be associated with people and a company who show that good citizenship is more than just talk.” The firm’s employees are demonstrating that good citizenship on a global scale. From Las Vegas to West Palm Beach to Guam, employees are giving back by lending a hand. During the firm’s centennial year, its employees have volunteered over 7,500 hours of community service and donated over $100,000. And they’re still at it. In Phoenix, employees volunteer monthly at Feed My Starving Children (www.fmsc. org), hand packing meals formulated for malnourished children, which are then shipped around the world. Employees have donated $3,000 and packed 12,000 meals. For information on Stanley Consultants, please visit

Anthem Celebrates Anniversary – New Civic Building Just in time for Anthem’s 15th anniversary year, the Anthem Civic Building renovations are nearing completion. The final steps include finishing drywall, flooring and audio visual in all spaces, including a community room, classrooms, and arts and crafts room – all in preparation for a public grand opening on January 25. Preparations are also underway for exterior improvements to the landscaping and the signage. For more information on the construction or on planned anniversary celebration events, visit

COMMUNITY New Ownership For CITYSunTimes There is a new owner and publisher of CITYSunTimes. After more than a decade, this community publication serving more than 80,000 readers is under new ownership as Lorrie Pomeroy, president of Indigo Publishing, Inc., takes over for Founder and Publisher Hope H. Ozer. “This is an exciting time for CITYSunTimes,” says Ozer. “After 12 years of successfully publishing and experiencing the unprecedented growth of CITYSunTimes, I am delighted to announce our transition to new ownership.” Pomeroy is an active member of the Valley community and is committed to continuing CITYSunTimes’ history of excellence. As founder, Ozer will continue to serve as Publisher Emeritus and will work with Pomeroy on a consulting basis to assure her success.

“There is clearly an uptick in the viability and validity of community newspapers as evidenced by Warren Buffett’s recent purchase of 28 newspapers,” Ozer adds. “We are confident that Lorrie will maintain its integrity and commitment to excellence while taking CST to the next level.” Ozer will continue to author her ‘CITYViews’ column for CST. Additionally, CST’s longtime Executive Editor Katherine Koenig will be stepping down to pursue other interests, while current Managing Editor Kathryn M. Miller will move up to the lead editorial position as Editor-In-Chief. Pomeroy looks forward to continuing Ozer’s vision. “Embracing the community as the new publisher of CST is an honor! I look forward to continuing the rich tradition of community journalism,” says Pomeroy. Pomeroy has a degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota and has held executive positions with Dillard’s Department Stores. She is a resident of Paradise Valley and the mother of four. CST offers personalized news each month to Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, North Phoenix, Carefree, Cave Creek, Black Canyon City, New River, Anthem and Fountain Hills, and is delivered to area homes and businesses. To learn more about CITYSunTimes, call 480.922.8732 or visit

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Lorrie Pomeroy, president of Indigo Publishing, Inc., with CITYSunTimes Publisher Emeritus Hope H. Ozer.




FOREVER FAMILIES / BY SARA CLAWSON Aid to Adoption of Special Kids Thirteen-year-old Damion’s future is bright with lots of potential, but he needs a permanent family to help him get there. Nick Pawlowski is Damion’s CPS case manager and he believes the young man is tapped for greatness. “I can definitely see him being an engineer or something like that,” Pawlowski says. “I think he’s got a bright future ahead of him, if we’re able to find a family that’s going to take the time and work with him.” The sweet eighth-grader is in mainstream classrooms and excels at science and literature. Damion has been in foster care since 2011. His two younger brothers live in separate foster

homes but they get to see each other about once a month. “My little brother, Dominic, well he’s the wild one…we’re all three together wild,” Damion says with a big smile. “It’s so fun … and Britton, he’s the one who gives a lot of stuff away. He’s the nice one, but he’s also the funny one.” Damion enjoys being the big brother and wants more time with his siblings. “He’s a very good and caring responsible older brother when it comes to his little siblings,” Pawlowski says. When Damion was asked what kind parents he would like, his answer was simple. “That they will let me live with my little brothers. That’s all I can think of.”


Thirteen-year-old Damion is a caring and responsible eighth-grader with a bright future ahead of him. Pawlowski says that the right family for Damion would be one that is respectful and considerate of his past. “He’s definitely been through a lot in his life and he hasn’t had much consistency. If he was able to find a very constant loving family that would be understanding and supportive of everything that he’s been through, then also focusing on his future and growing from there – I think he’s got a lot of potential.” For more information, call 602.254.2275 or visit http://

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Each month, the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce hosts a networking breakfast meeting, which includes a speaker on relevant topics and an opportunity for everyone present to introduce themselves and connect with prospective customers, in addition to after-hours mixers, hosted each month by a different member. The Chamber is committed to promoting a dynamic and vital economy that serves the needs of its community. For more information, call 480.488.3381 or visit Local First Arizona hosts monthly “no agenda” Lunch Mixers as well as regular Evening Mixer events. The monthly events give members the opportunity to dine together, network and learn about the latest efforts in the Local movement. The events are open to members only; however, guests may attend the events with a member. For more information, call 602.956.0909 or visit NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) will hold its next luncheon meeting on January 8 from 10:45am-1pm at Phoenix Country Club, 2901 North 7th Street in Phoenix. The program, “Aspire to Lead,” will be presented by Renie Cavallari. NAWBO also has Desert Ridge and Scottsdale Neighborhood Chapters. For more information, call 480.289.5768 or visit



The North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Business Resource and Networking Luncheon on January 14 from 11:30am-1:30pm at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix. Its next Business Networking Luncheon will be held on January 28 from 11:30am-1:30pm at Bobby Q’s Restaurant. Learn about how you can connect with your North Valley community and help grow your business. For more information, visit www. or call 602.482.3344. The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Member Appreciation Mixer on January 9 from 5-7pm in the courtyard of its Scottsdale office complex, 7501 East Mccormick Parkway. On January 10 from 8-9am, it will hold a Business Owners Forum – a round table discussion about current issues and business-related topics for business owners only. For more information, call 480.355.2700 or visit

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Food Bank Provides Snack Packs For Children Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is helping hungry children in the Cave Creek Unified School District by providing special snack packs. The Snack Pack Program came about when retired Scottsdale resident Carmine Furioso, who is assisting the food bank, joined up with Gina Durban, director of education and community services for the District. The Snack Pack program provides 102 children with meals every weekend. The meals are planned using a nutritionist’s advice. Each meal includes a breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as two snacks for Saturday and Sunday. The meals are assembled by volunteers and delivered to the schools on Fridays in donated plastic bags. Children who receive the Snack Packs participate in the Federal School Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Approximately 11 percent of families in the northern foothills school district qualify for the Snack Pack Program. According to Furioso, the Cave Creek food bank program costs a little more than $5 per child each week. The program, which is funded by a federal grant and donations fund, is offered in seven elementary and middle schools. Soon, it also will be offered to high school students.

21st Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival The streets of Downtown Carefree will close from January 17-19, making room for more than 165 artists and over 5,000 original masterpieces of fine art. Artists’ works include small, medium and monumental life-sized bronze sculptures as well as metal, clay, wood, stone, glass and mixed media sculptures. Find an array of pottery, photography, hand crafted jewelry, batiks and select fine crafts. There will also be spectacular oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, watercolors, pastel, charcoal, etchings and mixed media paintings. The festival offers a wide variety of mediums, styles, sizes, subject matters and price ranges, to ensure there is something that will appeal to everyone who attends. The featured artist is mixed-media painter Esther Rogoway. Her bold use of color is pure and with an elegant balance between opposites, or in some cases, the painting exhibits more of a subtle blending of compatible colors. Live music will be provided by Bob Culbertson, who will be performing on the Chapman Stick, as well as Scott Helmer’s original, country style guitar music, Caribbean steel drums by Keith Johnson, vocals by Donna McGee and the sounds of pianist Dave Swaim. A vast array of domestic and imported wines will be available for tasting from wineries including Arizona Stronghold, Distinctive Italian Wines, PRP Wine, Schlossadler International, Vinocopia and more. There is a fee of $10, which includes an engraved souvenir wine glass and six wine tasting tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased for $1. For information, call 480.837.5637 or visit

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I want to recognize the good work and extra effort of Judge K. C. Scull, Court Administrator Adrianne Larson, Court Clerk Marilyn Dodge and our new Court Clerk Jessica Villafana. The Towns of Carefree and Cave Creek now have a combined Municipal Court. This is a very good decision for both towns as it will save each town between $50,000 and $75,000 annually. MAYOR These savings come from a reduction in total staff Town of Carefree and moving the Court to renovated facilities in the 480.488.3686 Town of Cave Creek. The combined Court also reduces the size of government in our area by taking two separate operations and making them into one efficient Court that removes duplication. The new combined Court operates under the jurisdiction of Carefree. The Judge, Adrianne, Marilyn and Jessica are making this combination happen on a tight time schedule. They must take all the records from the Town of Cave Creek Court and move them into the computer systems used by Carefree. As you might expect, the two courts operated differently before they were combined. These operational differences must all be adjusted when the records are merged into the combined system. If you get a chance, you might stop by our Court and say “thank you” to the people who are working to reduce costs in our town.




Carefree Ribbon Cutting Slated The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new showroom for Carefree Coverings, located in the Terravita Marketplace, on Wednesday, January 15 from 5-7pm. Residents are invited to support local business and welcome Carefree Coverings to the neighborhood. Refreshments will be served. The store is located at 24522 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 100B. For more information, visit or call 480.488.3381. Visit

POWER Lunch Join the Profitable Opportunities With Empowering Results, known as the POWER lunch, on Thursday, January 21 from 11:30am1pm at Venues Café in Carefree. Come to this lunch ready to learn and feel empowered to grow your business. The topic this month is Marketing 101. Reservations are required. Venues Café is located at 34 Easy Street in Carefree. Cost is $20, with lunch included. For information, call 480.488.3381 or visit

Kiwanis Benefit Concert Featuring the New Christy Minstrels


The Grammy Award winning New Christy Minstrels are headlining the Carefree Kiwanis Benefit Concert on Saturday, January 18. The concert will support the Kiwanis of Carefree Benefit Foundation, with 100 percent of each $30 concert ticket going towards building the future for kids. The New Christy Minstrels burst onto the American folk music scene in 1962 and was founded by Randy Sparks, who still heads up the group today. “For over 50 years, we have been the best talent show ever,” says Sparks. “The genuine star of our show when we’re in Arizona is Dolan

Ellis, Arizona State Balladeer.” He points out that Ellis is Arizona’s first and only official State Balladeer appointed by thenGovernor Sam Goddard in 1966, who’s been reappointed by every successive governor. The concert begins at 7:30pm at North Scottsdale Christian, located at 28700 North Pima Road in Scottsdale (on the west side of Pima, just north of Dynamite). Advance tickets are available for $30 by calling 480.488.8400. Tickets purchased at the door on the night of the performance are $40. For more information, visit

Garden Seminar: South African Plants For Arizona Landscapes


Learn about South African plants for Arizona landscapes on January 11 in Downtown Carefree. Mike Hills, master gardener since 1996, will present the program at the Town Council Chambers, which is located in the U.S. Post Office Building, 100 Easy Street in Carefree. The program begins at 9:30am and runs approximately until 12pm. A $5 (or more) donation is appreciated to support these programs. For information, call 480.488.3686.

Rock And Roll Rescue Fundraiser Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR) will rock the ‘dog house’ with dining and dancing to the ‘60s and ‘70s tunes of the Roadrunners on January 18. Share in the spectacular sunset, golf course and city light views from Desert Mountain’s CochiseGeronimo Club House. This event is open to all members and non-members of Desert Mountain and supports the cats and dogs at Foothills Animal Rescue. The rescue will have a select number of small adoptable dogs at this event. There is a cocktail hour (credit cards only), a sit down dinner, live auction and the sounds of Desert Mountain’s very own house band. Tickets are $100. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the shelter at 23030 North Pima Road (south of Pinnacle Peak), call FAR at 480.488.9890 or visit FAR is proud to have found homes for over 500 dogs and cats in 2013.

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Easy Street Clinic, a family practice in Carefree that offers chiropractic, massage and acupuncture, is now under the ownership of chiropractor Dr. Colleen Krahl, DC, and has undergone some upgrades to serve patients better. Opened in 1998 by Dr. Lainey Chenal, DC, Easy Street Clinic has since relocated to 7202 East Carefree Drive. The clinic serves individuals of all ages, with Dr. Colleen Krahl, new owner services including chiropractic of Easy Street Clinic. adjustments, corrective exercises and stretches, lifestyle advice, nutrition counseling, sciatica and carpal tunnel treatments and more. Krahl is a graduate of Logan University and has practiced in Arizona for nearly three years, and previously practiced in Montrose, Colorado for five years. Krahl enjoys helping people of all ages live healthy lives, not just pain free. She is knowledgeable and passionate about helping patients in many areas including: nutrition, exercise, pregnancy back pain, children’s issues and sports injuries like golfing and tennis. Chenal is still offering acupuncture, and Rose Libassi, LMT is still offering deep tissue massage. New to the clinic is Jonathan Broda, LMT, who offers neuromuscular trigger point massage. More information can be found on the clinic’s new website, It also has a Facebook page at


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Desert Foothills Theater Presents Little Shop of Horrors Desert Foothills Theater (DFT), a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, presents Little Shop of Horrors, running Friday, January 17 through Sunday, January 26, in the Black Box Theatre of Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. Directed by Dale Nakagawa with musical direction by Jen Whiting, Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of Seymour Krelborn, an orphan, loser and nebbish. His dead-end job in a skid-row flower shop is enlivened only by his love for the beautiful Audrey, seemingly destined to remain unrequited. Then one day at the wholesale flower market, after a mysterious solar eclipse, Seymour takes home a very special plant, which he names Audrey II. A plant that grows. A plant that sings. A plant with some unusual appetites. Performances are at 7pm Friday and Saturday and at 2pm on Sunday. A special 2pm performance featuring a Q&A after the show will take place on Saturday, January 25. Tickets range from $15-$21 for adults and $11-$16 for youth and students. Purchase tickets before January 3 at midnight and receive an early-purchase discount. Group sale discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Visit or call 480.488.1981. The Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center is located at 33606 North 60th Street in North Scottsdale.

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Discover the Carefree Farmers Market in the heart of downtown Carefree from 9am-1pm every Friday. Some of the items sold at the market are locally grown produce including pesticide free or organically grown, freshly baked artisan and whole grain breads. There are salsas, jams, pickles, olives, Mediterranean foods, range-fed beef, sustainably caught wild salmon and tuna and other delicacies. It’s located at the town center’s Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Presented by the Arizona Community Farmers’ Market Group, the market includes seasonal produce, preserves, spices and also specializes in the fine flavors of the southwest. During any Art Show Fridays, the Carefree Farmers Market will be located in the parking lot behind Town Hall at 8 Sundial Circle. For more information, visit or call 480.292.1100. You can also contact the Arizona Community Farmers Market Group at 623.848.1234.

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Great Nohre: “I Thought I Wasn’t Supposed To Cry”

On a beautiful fall afternoon in Minneapolis, I was sitting in the front yard with my son Karl, daughter-in-law Debbie and my eight-year-old granddaughter, Nicole. It was less than 24 hours since I had received a call in Arizona from my brother telling me that our 104-year-old mother had died in a residential care center in west central Minnesota. Nicole called her great grandmother “Great Nohre.” It was an apt name for such a powerfully loving person. Everyone who spent time with Mom, including Nicole, felt Mom’s gracious love. Nicole hadn’t yet been told that Great Nohre had passed away.

Her dad said, “Nicole, come and sit on my lap, I have something to tell you. I have some sad news. Great Nohre died.” Karl continued to talk to Nicole saying things like Great Nohre was very old, she doesn’t have any more pain and she is with her husband in heaven. I said a few things and then Nicole went off and continued jumping on her pogo stick. That evening, at bedtime, Nicole began to cry uncontrollably because Great Nohre had died. Before she finally fell asleep she told her parents, “Dad and Grandpa Allen didn’t cry when they told me Great Nohre died, so I thought I wasn’t supposed to cry.” It’s true. Neither my son Karl, nor I, cried when we told Nicole the news. I had no idea she was holding back her tears because of our lack of emotion. For a long time I have known grief and its emotions don’t magically disappear when I push them aside. I know that denying my feelings isn’t good for me, though I sometimes do hold back. Now I know that denying my grief and hiding my feelings is also not so good for those I love. Allen Nohre lives in Carefree with his wife, Kathie. He is a writer at TERROS Behavioral Health, publishes the blog and can be reached at



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Indian Market and Cultural Festival



A three-day Indian cultural festival will take place January 24-26 at Carefree Desert Gardens. Magic Bird Festivals presents the Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival at 101 Easy Street in Downtown Carefree from 10am-5pm each day. Up to 100 Indian art exhibitors will gather, with live Native American music, dance and cultural entertainment, along with a Native American and southwestern culinary food court. The event is free to the public. Nearly all exhibitors at the Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival are recognized under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 to ensure authenticity, quality and collectability. Many of the performers are also participating artists in the event, says Roberta Toombs Rechlin, president of Magic Bird Festivals. “We are honored to present the first Indian cultural event in Downtown Carefree. We feel privileged that such talented and world-renown Indian artists have agreed to participate in this first-of-a-kind event for the town. The serenity of the botanical gardens and the beautiful backdrop of Black Mountain create a special environment of intimacy that we believe the artists and attendees will cherish.” Carefree Mayor David Schwan agrees. “Our cactus gardens are the perfect setting for this type of authentic cultural event, recognizing the diverse people that make Arizona great,” says Schwan. Toombs Rechlin hand selected each artist and performer who was invited to the event by researching and attending Native American celebrations throughout the Southwest. Live performances are slated at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm daily. Set amid the town’s new four-acre cactus-filled botanical gardens, adjacent to the town’s famous Carefree Sundial, the festival will feature live hoop dancing and musical performances, along with Native American arts and crafts made by tribal member artisans from throughout the country. For information, visit

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Powder rooms were originally used to powder one’s wig during the 18th century. Now, they can receive as much attention as the kitchen or your favorite room. A powder room is a two or three minute interlude or fantasy. Indulge a little, and find things of more interest than plain, boring or matching items. Consider Lighting. It should be

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flattering and could be a small chandelier with crystals or a ceiling fixture with interest or style. Place warm lighting over or near the sink area. People are not going

to bathe or shave in there (hopefully!) so you can afford a little romance as well as minimalism. I have seen beautiful tree trunks, topped with hand carved turquoise sink vessels, an architectural element such as a capital holding a marble sink basin, thick glass with chipped edges with a hand blown glass sink vessel mounted above a beautiful piece of mesquite. Botanical scented candles and special soaps are a nice touch. Interesting art work is always tasteful. The walls, depending on your style, could have texture on at least one wall to soften the room, as there are a lot of hard surfaces in a powder room or bathroom. Explore layer rock, Venetian Plaster, wall paper, wood, redwood, cedar, old barn wood. Philip Jeffries makes a

silk wall paper that is so sumptuous and beautiful and a great way to make the room cozy. Select an interesting mirror, and lovely linen guest towels to dry one’s fingertips. It is endless how creative you can be to show off your style and appreciation of your guests.

Foothills Food Bank Wish List Items are needed at Desert Foothills Food Bank and may be donated during business hours. The wish list includes Soup, Crackers, Pasta Sauce, Canned Tuna, Mac & Cheese, Canned Pastas, Canned Vegetables, Pasta and Rice Sides, Sugar, Flour, Tea, Coffee, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Dried Beans and Canned Beans and Diapers – Newborn 1, 2, 6. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am-3pm, Thursday and Friday 10am-4pm, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-8pm. The Food Bank is located at 6038 East Hidden Valley Drive, in Cave Creek. For more details call 480.488.1145 or visit



MUSINGS OF A DISTRACTIBLE MIND / BY HOPE H. OZER For many the start of the New Year is a time for reflection. I have a propensity to breeze by the turning of the calendar. Days turn into weeks. Months. Years. Decades. Rarely with a reflective thought. I always look at where I’m going rather than at where I’ve already been. This is also a good thing when driving. Or skiing. Or walking. Anything.

organized popping pattern. Court has figured out how to handle career and family – and life – in a more composed and compartmentalized manner than I ever did. Or do.

In my office I am surrounded by a virtual walk through family history. There’s our wedding picture. LH’s and mine. Oh my, we were beautiful. And oh, so young. The wedding photos of my parents and of his. The hand colored portrait of my maternal grandmother as a young woman. Quite spectacular. Our family in a vintage-type portrait hanging over my desk – shot shortly after we “became” Arizonans.

LH and I unrecognizable at the first “keep ‘em safe” Halloween party at Cherokee Elementary School. And the picture of my father holding Courtney as a toddler – beaming with pride at his youngest grandchild. And g myy g me. Holding granddaughter Oakley just days after her birth. And years later, walking with her barefoot on the beach. Magical. And more… Such memories. When we’re together, Oak and I have a special treat. We schnoogle together in her twin sized bed. Yes. I know that’s not a “real” word. It’s our word. As we were schnoogled together on Thanksgiving eve – with just the glow of the nightlight (my best lighting) – she put her tiny hands on my cheeks as her mommy had done so many years ago, turned my face towards hers and quite seriously exclaimed, “Glammie! You look pretty good for


an old lady.” She paused. Released her hands, pursed her lips, furrowed her brow, shook her head and stated, “Poppy doesn’t look so good.” “Go tell Poppy!” That moment in time brings me to reflect on my journey. The years of living and working in Manhattan. Our time living in Colombia. The miracle of motherhood. The move to Arizona. Years of committed ownership of the community in which we live. My obsessive volunteerism focused on public education and then the founding of Valley Youth Theatre. Followed 12 years ago by the creation of CITYSunTimes. What a journey it has been. And what a journey is yet to come. Happy New Year to you and yours. May your life be filled with journeys, discoveries and memories that warm your heart – as these do mine.

Hope H. Ozer is founder and Publisher Emeritus of CITYSunTimes. Her monthly columns previously written as “Publisher’s Pen” range from personal – some humorous, some poignant – to observations on life, and continue to be one of CST’s most enduring features.

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My loved ones would not necessarily agree. To me looking where I’m going, I mean. Often lost in thought I have been known to g , my y walk into walls. Literally. As a girl, mother would admonish me for walking into the door jamb. I was skinny as a rail, with protruding hip bones that were lethal weapons. Nevertheless, as bone thin as I was, I regularly slammed a hip bone into the door jamb as I walked through (uh, into) it. “Hope! Pay attention to where you’re going!” I WAS paying attention. To what was going on in my head. In my youth I often heard, “Be careful. You’ll spill it. Hope’s so clumsy.” Nope. Preoccupied. Not paying attention. Not dreaming. Thinking. As the decades rocketed by, I now find myself somewhat reflective. No worries. I said “somewhat”! Not entirely. Although, I no longer do walk into walls. I’m still looking forward rather than behind.

Most of the time. And then a glance at a photo of my daughter Courtney as a baby stops me in my tracks. Wasn’t it just yesterday that she would put her hands on my cheeks, turn my face towards hers, look me straight in the eye, and say, “Mommy! Listen to what I’m saying.” I had so many balls in the air that my head was like a virtual popcorn popper. Boom. Poof. Ping. Something always happening. I wasn’t even aware that I was off somewhere until she’d bring me back. Was I a bad mother? Nope. I think that all mothers feel so at times. My baby turned out to be amazing. Has a popcorn popper in her head. She just seems to manage it in a more



CodeRed Working In Cave Creek

MAYOR FRANCIA WRITES... By Mayor Vincent Francia

The Babylonians were the first to make New Year’s resolutions. That was 4,000 years ago. Even now, in the age of the Hadron Collider and rovers on Mars, we still make a midnight resolution or two. These resolutions probably have as much clout with the gods who grant such favors as Jiminy Cricket crooning your dreams will come true “When You Wish Upon A Star.” Still, we do it. MAYOR There are personal and then there are Town of Cave Creek group resolutions. We all can relate to the 480.488.1400 new exercise/diet resolution that lasted until January 2. Group resolutions, for whatever the reason, stand greater chance of success. A citizen of a community resolving to do volunteer work will probably succeed and in doing so, inspire others to do the same. Nina Spitzer, for example, resolved to do something about re-activating the Information Center located in Frontier Town. Nina’s doing inspired 15 other citizens to join her, volunteering their time to make sure the Center was staffed so that visitors might have their questions answered. Nina’s simple resolution benefited the community. This goes back to the notion that great deeds begin with small seeds. Acorn to oak tree is an example. At a holiday get-together of some 50 volunteers, Desert Foothills Library manager David Court detailed the Library’s plans for new community-oriented events for the coming year. Community. There’s that word again. Let community, then, be the guiding resolution for 2014. On behalf of the Cave Creek Council and staff, the best wishes for the New Year.

By Morgan Rath

Cave Creek fire officials are crediting a drop in emergency rescues to the improved CodeRed emergency alert system, which warns residents through a home phone, text or social media message about severe weather and flooding. Thanks to the upgrade, the fire station, as well as the stations that work with them, have more time to devote to other projects, says Cave Creek Fire Chief John Kraetz. “Emergency water rescues take at least a couple engine companies. We usually have eight to 10 people out on one of these, if not more.” Each year, the Cave Creek Fire Department has saved three or more drivers who get stuck in the middle of a flooded roadway. This year that number is down to zero. Six months ago, Cave Creek’s free CodeRed emergency alert system was upgraded from only crime notifications to include weather alerts. The best part about the alert service is that it is specific to Cave Creek, says Town Marshal Adam Stein.

“You subscribe to the CodeRed system and you get Cave Creek weather, Cave Creek thunderstorms, Cave Creek flash floods. Most other products out there paint the broader picture. They aren’t as specific.” Residents also can then take the necessary safety steps such as getting supplies ahead of time and picking up kids early from school, Stein says. The idea for an alert system like CodeRed was first discussed after the Cave Creek Complex fire in 2005, when Cave Creek town authorities discovered that it was difficult to send out evacuation messages to everyone in town. The town has received “fantastic citizen feedback,” according to Stein. George Ross, a 74-year-old Cave Creek resident, says he is satisfied with the system and it’s progress from notifications on crime to include both weather and crime advisories. “I think it’s expanded nicely,” Ross said. “We get alerts on all kinds of things now…I think it’s a really good way to communicate serious problems.” | CST

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Sanderson Lincoln & Ford, Tonto Bar & Grill, Aerial Solutions and Valerie’s Fine Furniture are again teaming up for the fifth annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival. The Festival will be held from 3-9pm on January 4 on the driving range of the Rancho Mañana Golf Course. Entrance to the event is on the corner of Spur Cross and Cave Creek Road. Enjoy live music by local bands such as the Kards, as well as food, beverages, cocktails and wine. Locally brewed Four Peaks beer will be available for purchase. A larger-than-ever kids’ zone and activities will be held on the driving range, and it will once again become a magical field of glowing splendor at 6pm when brightly colored balloons come to life. At about 8:30pm, the excitement continues as the flying Arizona Skyhawks descend from 7,500 feet with special suits outfitted with pyrotechnics. No lawn chairs, dogs or outside food or beverages allowed. Parking is available at the center of town, 38406 North Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. Parking cost is $5 and proceeds will go to the Cave Creek Unified School District. Parking includes shuttle service to and from the event. There is no access or parking available at Tonto Bar & Grill. For more information, visit

The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber will host an evening mixer on Wednesday, January 8 from 5:30-7pm. It will be a networking and business building opportunity for members of the community. The mixer will be held at Saddlecreek Coffee Company, located at 28212 North Tatum Boulevard, Suite D6. The cost is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Come check out a new barista in Cave Creek and mingle with the friendly faces representing other local businesses. Refreshments are provided. For information, call 480.488.3381 or visit

The Watoto Children’s Choir, traveling from Africa, will be in the area this month as part of its six-month U.S. tour. The choir acts as Watoto ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa. Watoto is a holistic child-care solution initiated to serve the dire needs of Africa and her people. Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents. They live in Watoto Children’s Villages where they receive the care and nurture they need to grow up as productive citizens of their own country. With vibrant, original African music, dance routines and life-transforming stories, the tour is indicative of the new generation of leaders emerging out of Watoto. The globally acclaimed Watoto Children’s Choir has traveled internationally since 1994 as ambassadors for the millions of children in Africa, orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war and poverty. Some of the area concerts include: January 3 7pm Light of the Desert Church 33175 North Cave Creek Road

January 9 7pm Pinnacle Presbyterian 25150 North Pima Road

January 4 4pm Desert Springs Church 16215 North Tatum Boulevard

January 10 7pm Good Shepherd of the Hills 6502 East Cave Creek

January 5 9-10:45am Desert Springs Church 16215 North Tatum Boulevard

January 12 6:30pm Desert View Bible Church 105 West Carefree Highway

To preview a performance of the choir, visit For the full choir schedule in the U.S., go to the-choir/see-the-choir.

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African Children’s Choir To Perform


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Desert Foothills Library ~ January Highlights Vision Board Party January 11 • 10:30am-3:30pm A vision board is a collage representing things you would like to attract to your life. Cut pictures and phrases out of a large assortment of magazines (and/ or bring your own, or include your own photos). Glue the images and words onto a piece of poster board and place it somewhere to view on a regular basis – then watch the magic happen. A special bonus offered is a lesson in using the power of Feng Shui on your vision board with Rosanne Rusnock, owner of Elements and Energy. Bring poster board (maximum size 22 x 28) and scissors (labeled with your initials). Bring to share: a healthy lunch item. Glue sticks, magazines, water and iced tea, and plates and utensils provided. Limited seating. Register: 480.488.2286.

Russian Life: An American Perspective January 16 • 6-7:30pm Former CIA Analyst Linda Wetzel discusses Russian life from an American perspective. As the former chief of The Central Intelligence Agency’s Russia Leadership Branch and a lifelong student of Russian and Soviet affairs. Wetzel will recount (in unclassified form) her adventures in the USSR and post-Soviet Russia as a CIA analyst, as well as her experiences while a consultant in international business expansion and adjunct professor at The Thunderbird School of Global Management. Her first sojourn in the Soviet Union was as a college student in 1972 and her most recent visit – in 2011 – was as the leader of a group of executive MBA candidates. The film The Sum of All Fears portrays a character based on her CIA position. Limited seating. Register: 480.488.2286. Let’s Play Blackjack January 22 • 1-3pm Dealers from Casino Arizona will teach you the art of the game so that you can play to win. Learn the rules, casino etiquette, how to read the cards and when to hold, and when to double-down. Supervised play will follow the presentation. Limited seating. Register: 480.488.2286. Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road, in Cave Creek. For a full schedule of youth and adult events, visit



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Cave Creek Museum Events Antique Appraisal Day and Architecture in Arizona Cave Creek Museum is gearing up for an exciting new year. The January event schedule includes: January 18 Antique Appraisal Day 9:30am-4:30pm Appraiser Sean Morton will examine your treasures, discuss their origins, and assess their value. Morton is a member of the Antiques Appraisal Association of America and has more than 20 years experience in the fine arts and antiques field. The fee is $20 per item – limit of two items per person per session. New this year – Cathy and Bob Gallagher will offer high speed scanning of photos and documents (up to 400 photos per hour). Cost is 20 cents per scan scanned to a free DVD with case. A portion of proceeds will benefit the museum.

January 25 Architecture in Arizona 1:30-3:30pm Learn about architecture in Arizona through the museum’s special exhibit on Paolo Soleri and the Hohokam house in the Archaeology Wing. Architect Michael Johnson will be on hand to discuss Soleri’s designs including the futuristic Arcosanti. Members of the Desert Foothills Archaeology Society will also be at the museum. Try your hand at designing a home of the future. All ages are welcome, although students middle school and up will enjoy the day best. The event is free – registration is requested. Space is limited. Call 480.488.2764.

Located at 6140 Skyline Drive, the museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. For information, call 480.488.2764 or visit




The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber welcomes Hogs N Horses at the recent ribbon cutting event.

Hogs N Horses: Cave Creek’s Newest Venue The new Hogs N Horses patio, bar, and arena offers something for everyone. The Cave Creek western entertainment venue offers a unique balcony area or patio bar overlooking the full sized rodeo arena with the most talented cowboys in the entertainment business. • Team Roping – Monday, Tuesday and Saturday nights • Barrel Racing and Bull Riding – Wednesday and Friday nights • Team Sorting – Thursday and Sunday nights • Wild West Show – Saturdays at 8pm

• Karaoke – Monday nights • Comedy Night – Tuesday nights • Music on the Roof – Friday through Sunday afternoons Hog N Horses is located at 6705 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. For information, call 480.488.2789 or visit

Spur Cross Ranch January Events Friday Fitness Series #1 January 3 • 9am

Full Moon Hike January 16 • 7pm

Hohokam Houses – The Ruins of Spur Cross January 4 • 9am

Friday Fitness Series #3 January 17 • 9am

Geocaching 101 January 4 • 3pm

Elephant Mountain Fortress Hike January 18 • 9am

Rocks And Streams Walk January 5 • 9am

Take Your Walk To The Desert January 20 • 9am

Take Your Walk To The Desert January 6 • 9am

Friday Fitness Series #4 January 24 • 9am

Friday Fitness Series #2 January 10 • 9am

Stargazing At Spur Cross January 25 • 7:30pm

Rock Art Of Spur Cross January 12 • 9am

Take Your Walk To The Desert January 27 • 9am

Take Your Walk To Spur Cross January 13 • 9am

Friday Fitness Series #5 January 31 • 9am

For more information, visit

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• Pat James Band – Thursday through Sunday




Boutique Sale Anne’s Boutique, located in The Shops at Tatum Ranch,is celebrating the New Year with its biggest sale ever. Enjoy the largest selection of favorite designers including Clara Sun Woo, Tribal, Renuar, Christine Alexander, Alo, Soybu, Valentina, Lynn Ritchie and many more. Anne’s has started a loyalty card program so clients will receive points on all purchases, including all sale items. Use the points for discounts throughout the year. Anne’s Boutique is a locally owned and operated ladies apparel and accessories boutique. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10am-7pm and Sunday 10am-4pm. The boutique is located at 29850 North Tatum Boulevard, in Cave Creek. Call 480.515.6199.

Dinner Concert Scheduled

A special concert Composer’s Symposium First course is planned this month in Newport, Oregon. Cesar Salad in Cave Creek. Le Sans The Joseph Wytko Souci is hosting the Saxophone Quartet Main Course Joseph Wytko Saxophone has performed at many Grill Swordfish Quartet on January universities throughout Lamb Chops 16. This special event the United States. Milton Coq au Vin will begin at 5pm, with Babbitt of Princeton a chance to meet the University commented Dessert members of the quartet. on the “astonishing... Carrot Cake House wines and house remarkable synchronies” Cheese Cake cocktails will start at $6 of the ensemble, along with appetizers. while composer M. Drinks The concert and dinner William Karlins of Coffee will follow. Northwestern University Decaf The notable Joseph lauded the quartet’s Tea Wytko Saxophone Quartet “communicative power received an invitation from the and accuracy – a composer’s dream office of the President of the United come true.” States in 1993, and the quartet The price for the evening is performed in the historic East Room $100 per person. For reservations, of the White House. The Quartet call 480.488.2856. Le Sans Souci has also appeared as guest resident is located at 7030 East Bella Vista ensemble during the Ernest Bloch Drive in Cave Creek.


Business Breakfast Attend a business breakfast sponsored by the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber on Thursday, January 30, from 8-9:30am. It will be held at Harold’s Corral, located at 6895 East Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek. The cost is $6 for members, and $10 for non-members. There will be a guest speaker, business building and a hearty breakfast. A great way to start your day with other business men and women of the community. For information, call 480.488.3381 or visit


Cave Creek’s own Ryan Sims will be celebrated at Harold’s Corral on January 11 during his solo album release party. Sims, Arizona’s country-rock musician, is the founding member of the critically acclaimed band EastonAshe. The evening’s festivities will kick off at 8pm with an EastonAshe reunion show, featuring past and present members of the band playing original Ryan Sims material from their early albums. Sims will then perform his newly-released solo album in its entirety. The night will conclude with an all-star set featuring Sims and other well-known Arizona musicians in a finale celebration. Ticket prices include a copy of the Ryan Sims album. Tickets will be available for $25 at www.ticketmaster. com or $30 at the door. Harold’s Corral is located at 6895 East Cave Creek Road. For more information on Ryan Sims, visit or For more information on EastonAshe, visit or


Album Release Party At Harold’s

Chamber ENCORE For Charity The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber invites residents to join business men and women of the community and celebrate the great work of the Soroptimist International of Saguaro Foothills with its ENCORE charity event. The event will be held at Carefree Physical Therapy, located at 7208 East Cave Creek Road, Suite H, in Cave Creek, on January 28 from 5:30-7pm.The cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Soroptimists are a non-profit that work to better the lives of women and girls in our community as well as all over the world. Join fellow Chamber members and meet the women of the Soroptimists while enjoying refreshments. ENCORE is a great way to enjoy the company of a great community and show your support of a local charity. Part of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Soroptimist to continue its mission. For information, call 480.488.3381 or visit

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Local VFW Offers Patriotic Scholarships

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Each year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) offers two scholarship opportunities available to students in grades six through 12. These scholarships are available to any Arizona student, whether attending public, private or charter school or even home schooled. The first is a written essay called the Patriot Pen. This is available to grades six-eight. Students are asked to take the topic and write a 300-400 word essay. The topic changes every year, but it is designed to be patriotic in origin. In Black Canyon City (BCC), the VFW Post 1796 awards a first, second and third prize to the top three winners of the entries received. The second scholarship is for Voice of Democracy (VOD). This is available to grades nine through 12, and is similar except the student is asked to record his or her essay to submit. It is judged not only on the written content but also on how it is delivered to the audience. Awards are given to the top three L-R: Seth Petruske and Kailyn Pastorello winners of this contest as well. Out of two Patriot Pen entries submitted this year, BCC placed first and third. The first place winner, Seth Petruske, is now in the running to place on the state level with entries from students all across Arizona. If Petruske places first again, he will be given an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for two to compete nationally. This year, BCC did not receive any VOD entries so it sponsored a student from Fountain Hills, Kailyn Pastorello, who placed third at the district level. Another scholarship, awarded by the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW, is a patriotic art contest. The deadline for this contest is March 31 at the local level, and is available to students in grades nine through 12. Information can be found at Cañon Elementary School, posted on the VFW bulletin board at the post office or by contacting the post. Rules for the patriotic art scholarship are found online by searching LAVFW art contest. For more information, contact Gerry Cook at VFW Post 1796 by calling 623.866.8766 or sending an e-mail to




AROUND TOWN January 26

December 31 – January 19

Xanadu Arizona Theatre Company; 602.256.6995 January 3-4

Detour Company Theatre Presents Hairspray Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts; 480.499.8587 January 5

Detour Company Theatre Benefit Concert Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts January 8

The 12th Annual Divas Concert Kerr Cultural Center; 480.596.2660 January 10-11

Compagnie Käfig: Correria Agwa Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts January 10-25

Winterfest Repertory’s The Taming of the Shrew Southwest Shakespeare Company at Mesa Arts Center; 480.644.6500 January 10-25

Winterfest Repertory’s Macbeth Southwest Shakespeare Company at Mesa Arts Center


January 10-26

Amy Herzog’s 4,000 Miles Actors Theatre at Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center www.actorstheatre

January 10-26

January 17

God of Carnage


Fountain Hills Theater; 480.837.9661, Extension 3

Musical Instrument Museum

January 11

Arizona Bach Festival 2014 – Bach to Bach

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

All Saints’ Episcopal Church January 11

Monster Energy AMA Supercross World Championship Chase Field; 480.784.4444

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Thru January 26

Cinderella The Great Arizona Puppet Theater; 602.262.2050

January 17-26

Disney Winnie the Pooh Kids

January 27 – February 3

Fountain Hills Youth Theatre; 480.837.9661, Extension 3

78th Annual Waste Management Phoenix Open

January 17 – February 16

Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale; 602.870.0163

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers January 11-March 23

24th Annual Celebration of Fine Art Scottsdale Road and Loop 101; 480.443.7695

Arizona Broadway Theatre January 18-26

2014 Desperado Film Festival January 12

Sunday A’Fair Center for the Arts; 480.499.8587

January 29

Close Encounters with Music Beethoven and Brahms: Anatomy of a Melody Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Paradise Valley Community College; 602.787.7738

January 29 – February 16

January 21

The Great Arizona Puppet Theater

The Big Bug Circus Pink Martini

January 14

I Am AZ Music: TJI Ellington Big Band Musical Instrument Museum; 480.478.6000

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts January 22

Talk Cinema

San Francisco Opera: Grand Opera Cinema Series Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

January 14

January 30

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts January 30

The Dunwells Musical Instrument Museum

January 14-19

January 22

January 30

Peter and the Starcatcher

Shawn Colvin

António Zambujo

ASU Gammage

Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Instrument Museum

January 24-25

January 31

January 16

Breaking Ground Contemporary Dance & Film Festival

Maria Rita

Collector’s ArtWalk Scottsdale Arts District; 480.990.3939

Tempe Center for the Arts; 480.350.2822 January 24-26

January 16

La Bohème

The Grascals

Phoenix Symphony Hall; 602.266.7464

Musical Instrument Museum


January 17-18

Brian Stokes Mitchell with The Phoenix Symphony

Virginia G. Piper Concert Series Richard Goode

January 16-30

January 25

Native Trails

Colin Quinn’s Unconstitutional

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

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Celebrating Jewish Culture Through Film The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF) celebrates Jewish culture through film by bringing to Arizona an exciting lineup of movies honoring Jewish traditions and heritage. Celebrating 18 years in 2014, the Festival is currently the longest-running film festival in the Valley and will present over 2,400 magical minutes of Jewish cinema this year. Films range from defiance and struggle to fun and adventure to laughter and love, with something for everyone and stories you’ll remember forever. Running from February 9-23, the Festival will show 12 films, showcasing the best of Jewish traditions, at three Valley locations: Harkins Camelview 5 in Scottsdale; Harkins Chandler The ZigZag Kid is a fast-paced, whimsical comingCrossroads 12 in Chandler; of-age film, and just one of 12 included in the 18th and Harkins Arrowhead 18 Annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Menemsha Films. in Peoria. Tickets are $11 for adults if purchased in advance ($12 at the door) and $6 for students 25 and under (ID is required), and are on sale now. For more information, call 602.753.9366, visit or follow the Festival at or @GPJFF on Twitter.

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Studio Spotlight Offers This month, Valley residents will have another opportunity to step inside the studio at Ballet Arizona’s intimate new Dorrance Theatre and experience a behind-the-scenes look at an upcoming production. January 30-31, get up-close-and-personal with the company’s next production, La Bayadère, which runs February 13-16 at Phoenix Symphony Hall. La Bayadère follows the heartbreaking tale of a temple dancer and a young warrior kept apart in life and united only in death. With rich lavish set designs, which conjure up exotic locales like The Arabian Nights, this ballet will transport you with dream-like sequences to a world of noble warriors, cruel princesses and beautiful temple dancers. La Bayadère features mesmerizing classical performances highlighted by the famous Shades scene, staged for the entire corps. The Studio Spotlight is the closest many will ever be to the work without being on the stage. Each one-hour gathering includes time for a question and answer • Tickets to Arizona Broadway discussion. The program begins at 7pm both days and Theatre’s Seven Brides for costs $35. Seven Brothers: Kathleen Garast Dorrance Theatre is located at 2835 East Washington of Scottsdale Street in Phoenix. For more information, call 602.381.1096 • Tickets to Arizona Theatre or visit Company’s Xanadu: B.J. Oburn of Scottsdale


• Tickets to Herman’s Hermits at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts: Hope Slepian of Scottsdale • Tickets to the 26th Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival: Dave Toon of Cave Creek Congratulations to you all!



Celebrate The New Year With Six Ways To Win! [ ] A pair of tickets including dinner and a show to attend Arizona Broadway Theatre’s ( Kiss Me Kate, running February 28 – March 30. [ ] Two pairs of tickets to Arizona Theatre Company’s Other Desert Cities, running February 13 – March 2.



[ ] Two pairs of tickets to ASU Kerr Cultural Center to see Western entertainer Dave Stamey on February 20. [ ] One pair of tickets to see Clint Black at Higley Center for the Performing Arts on February 15. [ ] A family four-pack to the 26th Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival, running February 8 – March 30.

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Give-Back Projects In Keeping With District’s History When a community-sponsored event was held this fall to celebrate the District’s centennial, it made clear one thing: even in this modern day when people connect on social media more than they do in person, schools still have the power to create communities of real DR. JAMES P. LEE face-to-face interaction. Paradise Valley Unified School District More than 4,000 people attended the Centennial Celebration, and hundreds of people volunteered to make the event, parade and fireworks possible. As exciting as the event was, it’s a modest statement about community connection compared to what the rest of our centennial year holds. This milestone

school year will be devoted to giving back to the community. This is a good thing to do for those in need, and an important life lesson that our students, faculty and parents are enthusiastically championing. To-date, there are 47 centennial community projects under way at our schools. Governing Board members, who serve without pay, are each adding 100 hours to their volunteer time to work in our schools. Our District Administrative Center is collecting food for the Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank and supplies needed by first responders to help soothe the frightened children they encounter on calls. The list of school projects is long: • 100 boxes to military heroes

• 100 cars washed for free

• 100 purses and toiletries to women in shelters

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

• 100 pictures to nursing homes • 100 pairs of pajamas for families in need

• 100 random acts of kindness • 100 books donated to schools in disaster areas From high school clubs to elementary music classes, everyone is getting involved in giving back to the community that has so strongly supported the District and our students. We are grateful to area voters who recently approved a budget override. That affirmative vote shows students and staff that our community believes in PV Schools. The centennial projects are a tangible way for the students and staff to show we believe in the community as well.

ASBA 2013 Student Photo Contest Winners

Photo by Evan Ziker Ziker; Honorable Mention in the grades K K-eight eight category

Photo by Spencer Scher; First Place in the grades K K-eight eight category



Photo by Jose Coronado; Second Place in the grades nine-12 category

Photo by Andrew Kingsbury; Third Place in the grades nine-12 category

Valley high school seniors encouraged to apply

Pictured is the T.W. Lewis Foundation Scholarship recipient class of 2013 with Tom and Jan Lewis (center).

Applications are now being accepted for the 13th annual scholarship program. All scholarships for 2014 will be awarded to recipients to attend the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. Criteria for the scholarship awards include the following: • Leadership Potential • Entrepreneurial Potential • Strong Personal Character • Intellectual Ability • Financial Need The application deadline is February 1. For information, visit and click on the “Scholarships” link.

Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Poetry Contest In honor of Dr. Seuss, Childsplay and First Things First ( invite you to create a poem together as a family. Up to 52 families will be chosen to have their poems read onstage at a performance of The Cat in the Hat, which runs from January 26 – March 16. Each winning family will receive two free tickets to the performance of The Cat in the Hat or a future Childsplay production. One grand prize winner will also receive a $100 gift card to Changing Hands Bookstore. Entries must be received by January 15. Learn more at seuss-poetry-contest.

Ashley Brunk, a part-time writing center tutor at Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC), received a Fulbright Scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. The Fulbright Program selects recipients based on academic or professional achievement to study, conduct research or exercise their talents abroad. Brunk will travel to Malaysia, where she will spend 11 months as an English Teaching Assistant, along with 100 other Fulbright recipients. Starting this month, she will teach at primary and secondary schools where her main responsibility is helping students become comfortable with speaking English rather than focusing on grammar and syntax. “We are supposed to make conversation fun and less intimidating,” says Brunk. “I am not just going over there to teach English, though. I am also going as an ambassador for the U.S. I am curious to know how the rest of the world views America and its people, and I believe I can offer a slightly different perspective.” For additional information about the Fulbright Program, visit For additional information about PVCC, visit

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Every spring, 10 Valley high school seniors are awarded $20,000 scholarships from the T.W. Lewis Foundation. The purpose of the T.W. Lewis Scholarship Program is to reward deserving student leaders with financial aid, learning opportunities and self-awareness tools so that they can better reach their full potential in their professional and personal lives. “Education is a primary value for the T.W. Lewis Foundation,” says Tom Lewis, founder, owner and CEO of T.W. Lewis Company. “My wife Jan and I believe that deserving high school students in the Valley should be rewarded with the opportunity to pursue a high quality college.”

PVCC Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Award


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FOOD & WINE New “Salty” Opens In Scottsdale A favorite Scottsdale cantina for more than a decade, Salty Señorita celebrates the New Year with a new location, new executive chef and new menu. Not far from the original location, the new Salty opened last month in the space that was once Billet Bar in Scottsdale. “This new location and the building echoes a great neighborhood urban feel,” says founder/owner John Casale. “We’re excited about the opportunity to give Salty Señorita a fresh, new look. We hope that it becomes more of a lifestyle than a destination.” The new menu, created by noted valley Executive Chef Brian Feirstein, will introduce beach-inspired cuisine with many ingredients taken right from the restaurant’s open-air vegetable garden. The menu will be fresh/simple and void of heavy sauces. Over 50 types of premium, sipping tequilas will be available in addition to 21 hand-crafted fresh squeezed margaritas, a “Captain’s Tequila List” that

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The Third Annual Street Eats Food Truck Festival rolls into Scottsdale’s Salt River Fields January 25-26. With over 50 trucks participating, food lovers can let their taste buds explore the many flavors of each truck’s most popular menu item, in sample- or full-size portions. The family-friendly event feature a kids’ zone, live music and cooking demonstrations with local celebrity chefs, as well as a wine lounge, VIP tent and themed bars. Arizona trucks on site will include Tom’s Pig Rig, Picnic Specialties, Kool Twists, MoJoe, Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers, Paletas Betty, Fry Bread Inc., Desert Sno Shaved Ice, Native New Yorker, Big Boy Sandwiches, Mr. Softee, Two Fat Guys Grilled Cheese, Kettle Corn Krazy and more. General admission tickets are $12 (children 12 and under are free.) The event runs from 11am-6pm both days. For more information, visit

will change daily, tequila dinners and margarita mechanics classes, homemade sangria, and a 51 item margarita menu called “51 Blue.” The repurposed space will be sleek, with a comfortable modern sensibility that includes private dining areas. One of the Valley’s notable interior design teams (Judy Testani and Riccardo Cattapan) transformed the restaurant with a rustic and contemporary mix of wood finishes including reclaimed barn wood, stained glass, distressed concrete walls and furniture choices that lean to clean lines and modern influences. Salty Señorita is located at 3748 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. For more information, visit or call 480.946.7258.

Burgers + Handcrafted Beer = Hopdoddy With fresh, all-natural, quality ingredients, and burgers starting at $5.50, the all new Hopdoddy boasts an amazing burger lineup served up in a contemporary and cool environment. Bare concrete floors, steel trusses and blond butcher block tables give Hopdoddy a warm, industrial edge. The ‘flex service’ begins with ordering from a generously The Goodnight burger long counter that is the perfect vantage point for watching the action in the kitchen and sipping libations. After placing an order at the counter, a table is tagged and waiting so guests can leisurely enjoy a cocktail from the extensive list of Sips for Grown Folks while waiting for their meal. Named a “Top 10 Best Burgers in the U.S.,” the Hopdoddy experience begins with three types of buns, baked from scratch in-house twice a day. Patties, ground fresh daily, include Black Angus beef (hormone and antibiotic free), bison, lamb, turkey, Ahi tuna or the black bean corn patty. Most burgers are served with farm fresh red leaf lettuce, white onion, ripe beef steak tomato, cheese, apple-smoked bacon, and sassy sauce (a mayo and mustard blend), in addition to a tantalizing array of homemade condiments, including horseradish honey mustard and truffle aioli. Hopdoddy is located at 11055 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.348.2337 or visit

DISCOVER AZ WINES Here are 10 things you may not know about Arizona wines.

Arizona wine grapes are grown at some of the higher altitudes of any vineyards in the world. Average altitude ranges between 4,200 to over 5,000 feet. BY PEGGY FIANDACA Owner, Lawrence Dunham Vineyards President, AZ Wine Growers Association

Wine grapes are a low water use crop and many of the grapes we grow today can be traced back to the desert regions of the Middle East. Repeatedly, I am told that pre-prohibition, Arizona had more wine grapes planted than California. Arizona passed prohibition laws two years before the rest of the country. After prohibition, Arizona’s commercial wine industry did not return until the 1970s. Arizona lacks enough producing vineyards to keep up with the demand for wines made with Arizona grapes.

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Winemakers, wine lovers and wine experts are distinguishing characteristics unique to Arizona wines.

“Our partnership with the CITYSunTimes and Arizona Wine Growers Association provided an opportunity to introduce Arizona wines and the wine regions statewide to a large market. As a result, people are exploring Arizona’s growing wine country and buying local wines.”

Between 2011 and 2012, the gallons of wine produced in Arizona doubled and production is projected to continue to grow rapidly.

– Peggy Fiandaca, president Arizona Wine

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Grape varietals that are showing tremendous promise in Arizona are those from the warm regions of France, Italy and Spain.

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FROM THE EDITOR: We hope that you have enjoyed our Discover AZ Wines feature this past year – it has been a fun and educational journey! As we travelled across our great state, we got to know our major wine regions and the growers who populate them – not to mention the Valley restaurants and retail outlets that support this growing industry. Next month, please visit us online as Peggy continues to tell the Arizona wine grower’s story and to get the latest from our local wine purveyors. In the meantime, read our past Discover AZ Wines features at and keep up with our Arizona growers at Cheers!

Arizona wines have been poured at the White House, James Beard House, won prestigious awards and scored in the high 80s/90 points in Wine Spectator.

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To get 2014 off to a good start and encourage you to explore Arizona wine country this year, a good way to start is with some education. Every day I come across people who are surprised about Arizona producing quality, world-class wines. Talking with the cellar master at the AJ’s store on Thompson Peak Road in Scottsdale, he said a gentleman was looking for a Petite Sirah at a certain price point. He showed him several including mine. This person was hesitant about an Arizona wine so the cellar master said, “Buy a bottle of LDV Petite Sirah, try it, and if you don’t like it I will refund your money.” The guy did, he came back the next day and bought two more, he came back again and bought all of the Petite Sirah they had on the shelf, then ordered two more cases, and planned a trip to the winery. It is one convert at a time in any growing wine region.

Weather is one of the most difficult factors impacting Arizona grape-growing. Heat is not the problem as might be suspected; it is the frost and too much rain at the wrong times.


There is much to celebrate about Arizona wines. Support your local, growing wine industry while enjoying a fine bottle of Arizona wine.

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


HEALTH & WELLNESS The Art Of Awakening Consciousness With a focus on expanding consciousness through yoga, meditation, music and other related practices, the Sedona Yoga Festival (SYF) is held in the heart of Sedona, an amazing red rock landscape known for its regenerative effects, deep spirituality and vortex energy. Created by Marc and Heather Titus, SYF2014 offers four days of study, practice, reflection and play for open-minded individuals from all over the world. More than 150 classes, concerts and workshops offer in-depth study in an intimate setting and are perfect for long-time yogis as well as people interested in trying yoga for the first time. “Our modern experience has us in a situation where we are always doing something, always needing to do more, always striving,” says Marc Titus. “Yoga puts everything in perspective and shows us what is worth our energies, and what is not. That’s worth investing in – it’s more valuable than I think anything else we could devote time and energy to.” SYF Corp. also focuses on building conscious collaborative relationships, including Give Back Yoga Foundation as service partner and the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts as education partner. The Festival takes place February 6-10. Learn more at

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Olivia’s Dash To Raise Funds & Awareness The Brain Aneurysm Foundation will hold its inaugural Olivia’s Dash on January 12 to help raise funds to increase brain aneurysm awareness and fund research to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysm ruptures. The event will take place at White Tanks Recreational Park in Phoenix. A year to the day of this inaugural remembrance and fundraising event, Olivia McGinness had a brain aneurysm after experiencing a dire headache on New Year’s day. She passed away three weeks later. Olivia’s family and former co-workers are organizing this event in her memory to raise awareness and bring attention to the need for

education and early detection of brain aneurysms. “If this walk can save one person it will be a success,” says Jill Booher, a former co-worker of McGinness’s and event organizer. Over 100 people are expected to physically participate in this event, while virtual participation is also an option and encouraged. Registration begins at 8am and the hike begins at 9am. The cost is $30 per adult; children under 12 are free. There is also a $6 park entrance fee, which is not included in the registration fee. To register or to learn more, visit and click on “Upcoming Events” under the “Get Involved” link.

Kick Off Your Healthy New Year Follow through on those healthy New Year’s resolutions by participating in the 30th Annual Resolution Run 5K on January 5. The event will take place at Papago Park, located at 455 North Galvin Parkway in Phoenix. Participants will receive shirts, refreshments from Lox, Stock and Bagel and be entered into drawings for prizes. Both the 5K run and walk will have age division winners. Registration begins at 8am; the event begins at 9am. The cost is $25-$28. For more information, call 480.345.5752 or visit and click on the “Upcoming Events” link.

Is living a healthier lifestyle one of your New Year’s resolutions? The Skin Cancer Foundation urges everyone to make skin a health priority this year. Here are five healthy and potentially lifesaving habits to adopt. 1. Protect Yourself Every Day – Sun protection is essential to skin aging and skin cancer prevention – about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and 86 percent of melanomas are caused by the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) light. Since UV damage is cumulative over a lifetime, it is something to be concerned about on a daily basis.

3. Perform Routine Self-Exams – While self-exams shouldn’t replace the important annual skin exam performed by a physician, they offer the best chance of detecting the early warning signs of skin cancer. If you notice any change in an existing mole or discover a new one that looks suspicious, see a physician. 4. Avoid Tanning – There is no such thing as a safe tan – the darkened complexion that results from UV exposure actually represents DNA damage to the skin. The cumulative damage caused by sun exposure can lead to skin cancer, as well as wrinkles, brown spots and other signs of premature skin aging. People who first use a tanning bed before age 35

5. Go With Your Own Glow – The Skin Cancer Foundation advocates embracing one’s natural skin tone. However, those who can’t resist the bronzed look but won’t sacrifice their health to achieve it should consider sunless UV-free tanners. They are available in many different formulations, including creams, lotions, gels, pump sprays, aerosols and wipes. For more information, visit

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2. Schedule A Yearly Professional Skin Exam – Skin cancer, the most prevalent cancer, is also the most treatable cancer when detected early. The survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected early, before the tumor has penetrated the skin, is about 99 percent. The survival rate falls to 15 percent for those with advanced disease. An annual full-body skin exam performed by a dermatologist is essential.

increase their risk for melanoma by an alarming 75 percent. Just one visit to a tanning salon also increases the risk for the two most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, by 29 percent and 67 percent, respectively.


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DESTINATIONS Savor Yuma With Culinary Adventures & Farm Tours



Take your taste buds on a trip to Yuma this month for the Savor Yuma Culinary Tour – a “progressive dinner” tour where guests will sample fieldfresh Yuma bounty and fare prepared with border flair. Your guides will mix up the menus and itineraries to bring a taste of Yuma’s best… perhaps starting with a kitchen lesson on authentic salsa and margaritas, followed by soup or salad served in a historic setting, then offering elegant entrées on a lushly landscaped patio. It’s a great way to meet new people and try new tastes. Scheduled dates for 2014 are January 7 and 23; February 4 and 20; and March 4 and 20. For those with an agriculture background or keen interest in learning more about our Arizona farmers, the Yuma Field to Feast Tour and Farmer to Farmer Tour will provide guests with hands-on field activities. Field to Feast Tours will take place on January 5 and 29-30. Spend a half-day, led by a local grower, visiting a field planted at the University of Arizona research farm. The tour includes a chance to pick vegetables, which culinary students will turn into a farm-fresh lunch. On January 14, the Farmer to Farmer Tour will provide an in-depth tour for those with agriculture backgrounds, including hands-on field activities, harvesting at University of Arizona, citrus fruit harvesting and a Yuma Valley vegetable tour. Water and snack included. For information on any of these programs, call 928.783.0071 or visit tours.html.

and supplies with vendors from all over the world. All shows offer free admission and free parking. All events are located at the Tyson Wells showgrounds, 100 West Kuehn Street in Quartzsite. Known as the “Desert Phenomenon,” Quartzsite is the gem of La Paz County. Situated 125 miles west of Phoenix at the junction of Interstate 10 and U.S. Highway 95, it enjoys a close association with the Colorado River, just 18 miles to the west. Visit Other upcoming gem and mineral shows include the 42nd Annual Flagg Gem and Mineral Show in Mesa January 3-5. Visit The Apache Junction 48th Annual Jewelry, Gem, and Rock Show will be held February 22-23. Visit www.

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There are plenty of places around the state to find some of the best gems and minerals this month and next. The 60th Annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show has set the standard for gem and mineral shows around the world, and is now the largest show of its kind in the United States. Held every year on the second full weekend of February (starting with a Thursday), the show is open to the public and presents retail dealers only. Approximately 4,500 unique vendors offer the finest selection of natural history wonders ever assembled. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Society and Tucson Gem and Mineral Show Committee are dedicated to presenting extraordinary mineral, gem, fossil, lapidary and jewelry exhibits. These exhibits provide a rare window into private and museum collections from around the world. Diamonds, gold, silver and precious gems will be highlighted for the 60th anniversary event. The show runs February 13-16 at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). Tickets go on sale Thursday, January 16 at all TCC Ticket outlets. For a full listing of events and times, visit Mineral and gem shows are also being held in other parts of the state. The Tyson Wells Shows in Quartzsite has three 10-day shows in January and February including Rock & Gem Show, Sell-A-Rama and an Art and Craft Fair. The Rock & Gem Show will be held January 3-12 and features rocks, gems, minerals, jewelry, lapidary tools, equipment


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CITYPETS FOOTHILLS ANIMAL RESCUE PET OF THE MONTH Three-and-a-halfyear-old Male Larkin is a very large and very handsome boy. He has unique markings including a huge dark bushy tail that contrasts with his white body. He is very unique because he is tri-colored, and calico males are very rare. Larkin is a friendly boy who likes to be petted. He is also a polydactyl, which means he has extra toes. Larkin has tested positive for feline leukemia. With proper care to keep his immune system strong, he can live a good life. Larkin will need to be either an only cat or with other FeLV+ cats. Foothills Animal Rescue is located at 23030 North Pima Road in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.488.9890 or visit



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A Few Of Your Favorite Things Welcome to a new year and a new photo contest. This year’s contest is all about your favorites – whether it is a person, place or thing. Snap a photo and send us a brief description of why your “favorite” is so special. Do you treasure time spent at your daughter’s soccer game? Show us what makes you smile. Do you enjoy solitary hikes in our northern mountains? Let us in on the experience. Maybe you are a regular at a Valley restaurant…show us what keeps you going back. And if it’s raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens that get you going, please, take a photo and share it with our readers! In addition to a prize giveaway, the winning photo will be on the cover of the January 2015 issue. When submitting your photo, please include your full name, contact number and what area you live in. Submit your digital photo to with “My Best Shot” in the subject line. The photo should be high resolution and at least 800x600 in size. Thanks for participating – we cannot wait to see your favorite things!

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“One of my favorite things is that first cup of coffee in the morning…which, during deadline week, frequently leads to many multiple cups, late at night! But even then, I enjoy the quiet and solitude of that savored respite. Of course, the morning ritual would not be the same without my favorite coffee cup.” Kathryn M. Miller, Editor-inChief, CITYSunTimes.


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There are few things as wonderful as looking into the clear eyes of a baby and seeing warm recognition in response. While it is easy to see a child’s development in other areas (e.g., walking, talking), we really don’t “see” a child’s eyes develop. Over time, we just recognize that they can respond to visual stimuli, see further and reach for things accurately. Similarly, it is also difficult to notice when vision problems begin.

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The first day of the New Year. First base. First prize. With the arrival of winter and January, we have again reached a first. Several actually. We have the first of the year, the first of the month and maybe soon a first place (gold) at the Olympics. When I think about it, our personal worlds are constantly made up of firsts.

Q. If I minimize one program and open a second program, is leaving the first screen minimized as secure as the new window I opened? Read Mr. Modem’s answer to this question, as well as Gmail and Firefox tips and tricks and find out where on the web you can find Mr. M’s Web Sites Of The Month – all online now.



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Is Weight Loss Your New Year’s Resolution? It is that time of year again where we make resolutions. Surveys show that the number one New Year’s resolution is weight loss. So many of us set this goal and so many of us are unsuccessful at achieving it. Why? We are trying to change a behavior without really understanding and resolving the cause of that behavior. What we fail to understand is that hunger is not in the stomach…it is in the mind.


When did “station wagon” become a bad word? Well, I know there are crossovers and SUV’s that look like a wagon and function like a wagon, but will not admit they are. OK, Subaru, call the Forester XT Premium a sport utility or crossover activities wagon if you wish, but you should be proud to say you’ve created the station wagon for people and families with an active lifestyle.


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Carefree/Cave Creek January 2014 CITYSunTimes  

CITYSunTimes is a locally owned community publication now in its 12th year, serving over 80,000 readers in the North Valley. CST offers pers...

Carefree/Cave Creek January 2014 CITYSunTimes  

CITYSunTimes is a locally owned community publication now in its 12th year, serving over 80,000 readers in the North Valley. CST offers pers...