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Carefree Fine Chocolate, Fine Art Festival

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival


Indulge on Valentine’s weekend

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The third annual Carefree Festival of Fine Chocolate and Fine Art will be presented February 13-16 in Downtown Carefree. Up to 100 exhibitors of fine art, chocolate and other confections are expected, with live entertainment throughout the weekend, including world-champion hoop dancer Brian Hammill. The four-day festival begins on the 13th, running from 12-5pm, and continues Friday through Sunday from 10am-5pm. The festival takes place at 101 Easy Street, at the Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. The event is free for the whole family. This year’s featured chocolatier is the San Francisco Chocolate Factory, which is known for creating small batches with only the finest ingredients. Other confectioners include W-Xocolati Fine Chocolates and It’s a Devine Bakery. Over 10,000 visitors are expected to attend. The festival is presented by Magic Bird Festivals. For information and event schedules, visit

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Peace For Grieving Animal Lovers By Jess Moran

Scottsdale Scottsdale Arabian Arabian Horse Horse Show Show


One of only a handful in the world of its kind, the Cave Creek Pet Chapel at Guardian Ranch is a non-denominational place of peace and comfort for those who are mourning the loss of an animal companion. “Pet families don’t always have a place to grieve,” says Carrie Singer, founder and director of the Animal Guardian Network. “I think having a place that feels sacred is important in the healing process.” Open seven days a week, the chapel is located on site at Guardian Ranch. Mourners may write epitaphs to their lost pets in the Book of Remembrance, as well as find comfort with the resident therapy animals, one of whom is a rescued horse named Spirit. As a new resource to the community, the Pet Chapel is in need of volunteers and artists for the Blessing Garden and other projects. “Pets don’t have to leave anonymously,” Singer says. “Let people know their legacies!” For more information on how to get involved, e-mail Singer at, call 623.780.1604 or 602.568.5636 or visit healing_heart_pet_chapel.html. |CST



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EDITOR’S PICKS Scrumptious Superbowl Sunday


Editor-in-Chief Kathryn M. Miller Executive Editor Katherine Koenig

Assistant to the Publisher Darlene Keberle

– David Byrne, How Music Works


Publisher Emeritus Hope H. Ozer

Creative Director Jenifer Lee

“I like a good story and I also like staring at the sea – do I have to choose between the two?”

Arizona Music Fest

Publisher Lorrie Pomeroy

Columnists Stephen Cohen, O.D. Cathy Droz Peggy Fiandaca Barbara Kaplan Rabbi Robert Kravitz Mr. Modem Bonnie Moehle Allen Nohre James Roberts Melanie Tighe Steven P. Timmons Pastor Paul Witkop

This month, we are celebrating Valentine’s Day with a few of our favorite things – beautiful art, delicious food, entertaining shows and fascinating destinations and time spent with loved ones…oh, and chocolate…there is plenty of chocolate! Speaking of favorites, make sure you check out our 2014 Give Us Your Best Shot Photo Contest (page 66). The contest is all about your favorite things. Please share the things you love with us – tell us a story about why your “favorite” is special to you. At the end of the year, we will choose the “Best,” which will grace the cover of our January 2015 issue! I hope that this month finds you surrounded by all of your favorites – don’t bother choosing just one – take ‘em all and revel in the abundance. As for me, I am going to find a sea to stare at. Until next month…all my best,

Contributors Sara Clawson Cave Creek Mayor Vincent Francia Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane Jess Moran Dr. David Peterson Carefree Mayor David Schwan Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

Derby Public House Opens


Kathryn M. Miller, Editor-in-Chief

Account Representatives Bob Hesselgesser Susan Pine Loren Sheck Bulk Distribution Louis Flaim Sharon Madsen

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By Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane

The Scottsdale Business Development Forum cordially invites Scottsdale residents and business leaders to join me at the 2014 State of the City Address Luncheon, Wednesday, February 12. Net proceeds from the event will support Operation Fix It, which teams volunteers and local businesses to provide labor and materials to help eligible residents maintain their properties. The Luncheon will be held at Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains, 16770 North Perimeter Drive in Scottsdale, and begins MAYOR with 11:30 check-in, followed by 12pm luncheon. To RSVP for the City of Scottsdale luncheon, send an email to For those wishing to 480.312.3111 attend the speech portion only, general admission is free, open to the public and begins at 12:30pm. To keep up with all of the news out of the City of Scottsdale year-round, visit us online at and subscribe to our email newsletter.



Arabian Horse Show Returns To WestWorld The 59th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show & Shopping Expo takes over WestWorld February 13-23. The largest of its kind in the world, the event boasts 2,200 of the world’s most beautiful Arabians, half-Arabians and national show horses in competition. Attendees can mingle with celebrities while enjoying barn parties and more than 300 vendor booths featuring international cuisine, artwork, jewelry, equine gifts and horse care products. The cost is $7-15 and the event runs from 8am-10pm daily. For more information, call 480.515.1500 or visit

Family-Owned Mercedes-Benz Dealership Moves To Scottsdale Hundreds of new, high-end and pre-owned Mercedes-Benz vehicles recently formed a parade from Phoenix Motor Company’s former address at 3rd Avenue and Indian School to a new, spacious showroom located at 4725 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. The new Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale dealership features 115,000 square feet of space on three levels, including a bi-level showroom and full-service shop. High-end amenities include a technology specialist to cater to guests needs, private concierge and relaxing shuttle service, a luxurious lounge and stateof-the-art beverage station, just to name a few.

Owned by Chuck and Anita Theisen, the new Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale dealership replaces the Theisen’s Phoenix Motor Company dealership, which has been in business for 45 years. “We are thrilled to now give the City of Scottsdale and Downtown Scottsdale its own family owned Mercedes-Benz dealership,” says Chuck Theisen. “Between our state-of-the-art facilities with incredible architectural detail, high-quality of service and close proximity to customers and Fashion Square, this spot was the perfect location.” For more information, call 855.251.5026 or visit

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The Great Western Cookout Adventure for the whole family North Scottsdale comes alive with western, family fun Saturday, March 1, from 4-8pm. Head out to MacDonald’s Ranch for a delicious cookout, wildlife, music, championship hoop dancing and games for folks of all ages. Sponsored by MacDonald’s Ranch and the Greater Pinnacle Peak Association-Friends of the Scenic Drive, The Great Western Cookout Adventure benefits the local environment and quality of life. Guests can roam the cookout site, set in the middle of a western “town,” and visit more than 15 fun-packed and educational Photo by Susan Byrd Adventure Stations; take a train ride, pan for gold, explore a petting zoo and wildlife station and learn about parks, preservation, culture, artifacts and more. Participating organizations include Wild At Heart, Southwest Wildlife, Scottsdale Historical Society, Desert Foothills Land Trust, City of Scottsdale, Pinnacle Peak Desert Center, Scottsdale Library and the Cave Creek Museum. After all the fun and games, guests will enjoy a catered cowboy buffet meal and entertainment. MacDonald’s Ranch is located at 26540 North Scottsdale Road in North Scottsdale. For tickets and information, visit or call 480.361.6498.

Get Around With The Day Tripper Extended holiday stay in Scottsdale? Lunch shopping date with the girls? Visitors and residents alike can sit back, relax and let the Scottsdale Day Tripper do the driving. Formerly known as the Hospitality Trolly, the Day Tripper provides free transportation daily through March 31 to help visitors get around the city with ease. The Day Tripper departs from Scottsdale Fashion Square every 30 minutes from 11:45am to 9pm, then travels north on Scottsdale Road, making stops at The Shops at Gainey Village, Kierland Commons, Scottsdale Quarter, the Scottsdale Promenade and the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Turn-around service is available as well. For details, visit and follow the “Plan Your Trip” link.




The newly renovated Kona Grill

What’s New At Scottsdale Fashion Square?

Sips and Sounds Concert Series The Shops at Gainey Village continues its new, annual concert series featuring live music, drinks and food every first Thursday of the month through March 6. Guests are invited to relax under the stars and listen to music performed by Urban Electra Thursday, February 6 from 6-8:30pm. The band brings to the stage an eclectic repertoire performing original and contemporary works including Metallica, Sting, U2, the Cranberries, Eminem, Coldplay, Fergie, Gwen Stefani, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and more. Band members include Carrie Caruso on violin, VerRona Grandil on viola, Melanie Yarger on cello and Jason Camiolo on drums. The Sips and Sounds concert series will also feature food from many of the shopping center’s restaurants including Village Tavern, Paradise Bakery, Downside Risk and Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery, among others. Coming up March 6 is the group Affinity. Gainey Village is located on the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Doubletree Ranch Road in Scottsdale. For more information, visit

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One of the newest additions to Scottsdale Fashion Square is V95 Wine and Coffee Lounge (, located in the Food Court. Whether in the mood for a pick-me-up or a wind down, guests can enjoy a quick sip or bite in a casual setting. The V95 menu includes wine by the glass or bottle and an interesting beer selection, as well as a wide variety of coffee, tea and other refreshments. Add to this some delicious sounding tapas, salads and sandwiches and one is ready for the next round of shopping. For those in search of lunch, dinner or happy hour, the newly renovated Kona Grill ( offers award-winning sushi, innovative entrees and tempting cocktails. The gorgeous interior and fantastic menu will encourage guests to relax and stay awhile. Scottsdale Fashion Square is located at 7014 East Camelback Road in Scottsdale. For additional information, call 480.941.2140 or visit




VFW Post Hosts Annual Beer Garden With the Fountain Hills Great Fair scheduled for the weekend of February 21-23, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7507 is preparing to host its 22th consecutive Beer Garden. In addition to the brats, beer, mixed drinks, hot dogs, soft drinks and meatball sandwiches, which are the main features of the Garden, the Post conducts multiple raffles during the Fair with some great prizes. The Beer Garden and mini-beer garden both provide a great place to relax in shade or sun while taking a break from the great shopping opportunities provided by more than 500 vendors. The Beer Garden and the annual golf tournament are the primary sources of revenue each year to support the Post’s many charitable endeavors, which includes support for a nurse in training at the VA Hospital, financial contributions to the Arizona National Guard Family Support Fund for families with service members deployed (particularly in Afghanistan) and support and funding for homeless veterans at Madison Street Veterans Association and Mary Ellen’s Place (homeless women vets), to name just a few. For more information, contact the Post’s membership chairman, John Schwab, at 575.791.5668 or For additional information, visit

Art Glass Invitational At Marshall Gallery The Marshall Gallery 2014 Glass Invitational will bring together 10 of America’s master glass artists in one magnificent art glass exhibit. The invited artists are renowned for challenging the limits of their demanding medium to create incredible fine art for connoisseur and beginning collector alike. The invitational opens February 27 during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk. With pieces in top museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian, and awards from prestigious exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Corning Museum of Glass, the art from these artists will be a sight in Scottsdale not to be missed. Paul Schwieder Artists include Paul Stankard, Paul Schwieder, Alex Fekete, Carrie Gustafson, Rick Eggert, Jon Goldbeg, Eoin Breadon, Jason Chakravarty, Steve Ciezki and Jennifer Umphres. A special opening reception with guest lecture, hosted in part by the Arizona Glass Alliance (AGA), will precede this show for AGA members. Marshall Gallery of Fine Art is located at 7106 East Main Street in Scottsdale. For additional information, call 480-970-3111 or visit Paul Stankard



Steve Ciezki

Tour Provides Intimate Look At Private Art Collections The annual Friends of Mexican Art Hacienda Tour & Mercado takes an intimate look at five homes in the Paradise Valley and Scottsdale area and the art collections the respective owners have amassed. The event is a fundraiser for the Friends and provides an opportunity to learn about and appreciate Mexican art more fully. The Mercado features local dealers in Mexican and Latin American art, allowing participants the opportunity to add to his or her own collection. The cost of the tour is $35. The event takes place Sunday, February 23, 10am-4pm. Friends of Mexican Art is dedicated to raising funds for the purpose of purchasing Mexican art for Arizona museums, underwriting Mexican art exhibitions in the state and assisting in the restoration of important Mexican cultural landmarks. For more information, call 602.334.6585 or visit

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The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce will host an educational Super Bowl 2015 breakfast Wednesday, February 26. This event will feature Jay Parry, CEO of the Super Bowl Host Committee. Parry oversees all aspects of planning and executing the 2015 Super Bowl for Arizona, working closely with the NFL and the numerous constituents in Arizona. She previously lent her leadership experience and broad business expertise to the NBA marquee franchise Phoenix Suns as Senior Vice President of Brand and Business Development. Chamber members and Scottsdale area community members interested in learning more about the impact the 2015 game will have across the Valley will want to attend this event. The breakfast will take place from 7:30-9am at the Doubletree by Hilton Paradise Valley, 5401 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. The cost for Members is $20 or $25 at the door. The cost for guests is $30 or $35 at the door. Register at www.scottsdalechamber. com or call 480.355.2712.


Chamber Announces Super Bowl Breakfast




CCUSD Faculty and Staff Art Exhibit

“Haze of the Moon” by Nicole Bellino

Featured artist Bev Felber is pictured with some of her gourd art pieces.

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The Cave Creek Unified School District Faculty and Staff Art Exhibit takes the spotlight through February 17 at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. Exhibiting this year are Nicole Bellino, Joye DeGoede, Bev Felber, Nancy Gervasio, Linda Howell, Robin Ray, Carolyn Telfer, Ilona Wale and Deborah Wales. A Meet the Artists reception will be held “Sunrise Song” by Joye DeGoede Thursday, February 6, 5-6pm at the F.A.C.E.. Gallery in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the artwork created by these talented CCUSD faculty and staff members. The Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center is located at 33606 North 60th Street in Scottsdale. For information, call 480.575.2039.


Festival of the Arts & More At SouthBridge

Head over to SouthBridge at the Scottsdale Waterfront in Downtown Scottsdale this month for a celebration of art and music in a fun and festive environment. Enjoy live music all weekend, February 21-23, along with some of Arizona’s finest artisans and more at the SouthBridge Festival of the Arts. The Festival runs 12-9pm Friday, 11am-7pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday. Regular weekly events include ArtBridge Thursdays (5-10pm) and SouthBridge Sundays (10am-4pm), where Artisan Market vendors showcase locally made and grown products, local fine arts, crafts and entertainment in a unique, urban shopping experience. Scottsdale Waterfront is located at 7134 East Stetson Drive in Scottsdale. For more information, visit

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Scottsdale AZ MusicFest Pop, Rock, Classical Musicfest 2014 is here Arizona Musicfest 2014 is tuned up and ready for another year of top artists of classical, chamber, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and pop in 14 extraordinary concerts at venues in Scottsdale, Carefree and Phoenix. Opening night is The Festival Fanfare featuring The Music of ABBA with Arrival From Sweden. This pop quartet will rock the house, performing all of the hits by the original powerhouse group. An exciting festival lineup of artists follows, beginning with the legendary Judy Collins performing live. Jazz aficionados will be in heaven when The Jeff Hamilton Trio grooves and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet “shares the love” of the great Dave Brubeck. Bryant Park Quartet



Chamber music is well represented by the vibrant young Bryant Park Quartet, piano virtuoso Jonathan Biss and an organ concert by Spoleto Festival favorite James Jones and 2012 National Competition for Organ Improvisation “Audience Favorite” Patrick Scott. A combination of chamber and popular music, Bob Moody & Friends, is a cabaret-style showcase of the many musical talents of Artistic Director Robert Moody, his musician friends and guest artists. At the heart of the festival is the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra conducted by Robert Moody, performing in four blockbuster concerts of Festival Orchestra Week (February 18-23). Continuing the Orchestra’s

successful collaborations with renowned artists, ukulele phenom Jake Shimabukuro joins the Orchestra for an electrifying crossover concert.

Arrival From Sweden

Festival Orchestra Week closes with Brahms’ “German Requiem,” a monumental choral masterwork featuring the Arizona Musicfest Chorus and guest soloists, the highly acclaimed Twyla Robinson (soprano) and Troy Cook (baritone). For centuries, this inspiring work has brought individuals and communities together, celebrating inner strength and courage. Wrapping up the festival are the great pop hits. Broadway star Mike Eldred recreates the songs cherished by a nation in The Very Best of John Denver.

The Festival Finale is a 50s Dance Party with the rock ‘n’ roll hits of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper in an authentic recreation of their final concert tour, complete with dance floor. The show stars John Mueller as Buddy Holly, Jay P. Richardson, Jr. as his dad, The Big Bopper, and Las Vegas “Legends” star Ray Anthony as Ritchie Valens. Musicfest runs January 30 – March 1 at various venues around the Northeast Valley. Ticket prices range from $23 to $65. For tickets and information, call the box office at 480.840.0457 or visit

Residents are invited to shred unwanted paper materials, such as billing statements, receipts and anything containing personal information, Saturday, February 8 from 8am-12pm. There is no need to remove staples or paperclips. The Paradise Valley Police Department is hosting this community event. A donation of $5 per box is requested. All proceeds will go to local charities. The Police Department is located at 6433 East Lincoln Drive. For questions, contact Officer Kevin Albert at 480.348.3597 or visit www.


Shredding Event

Rarities And New Look At J. Levine Auction & Appraisal

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J. Levine Auction & Appraisal continues its popular Thursday Nights in Scottsdale auctions in February in a newly-remodeled building. The timing of the February 20 auction near President’s Day will be of interest to those who follow details regarding President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The auction features original crime scene photography and research from the estate of Cecil Kirk, of the Scottsdale Police Department. Kirk worked for more than 20 years with the Washington D.C. Metro Police where he served as a crime scene unit supervisor before joining the Scottsdale Police Department in 1980. Guests to the Thursday Nights in Scottsdale auctions will notice a new look for J. Levine. The 18,000-squarefoot, two-story building was remodeled in January to include new installations and departments, including sporting goods, fine art, furnishings, home decor, ethnographic, southwestern, toys, musical instruments and coins and currency. The building will also include a second-floor outside patio to be completed this spring. The public is welcome to preview the February auctions on Thursdays beginning at 4pm. Guests 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. For information, visit or call 480.496.2212.





Derby Public House Opens In Old Town Foodies and craft cocktail connoisseurs have a new gastropub to revel in. Located in Old Town Scottsdale, Derby Public House combines American cuisine and craft cocktails and beers with a modern vintage vibe. “When we designed Derby Public House we wanted to fuse together all the elements that make a night truly great,” says Dan Wierck, managing partner. “With a cool, laid back vibe, handcrafted cocktails, quality food and great music, Derby is the kind of place where everyone feels right at home.” Handcrafted cocktails are the star at Derby, where bartenders strapped in striped overalls concoct drinks like the Thoroughbred, Derby Bramble, Perfect Peach Julep and its own ‘Bottled Cocktails’ – fizzy, fresh fruit flavors and Skyy vodka resulting in a bubbly throwback to dime-store soda fountains… with a punch. The whimsical menu of Derby reflects the atmosphere, combining classic dishes with unpredictable surprises. For a vintage starter with a modern twist, try Frito Pie, the PecanBacon Glazed Chicken Wings or the gourmet Pigs in a Blanket. Light eaters might go for a hearty chopped salad, and hearty appetites will revel in the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Thanksgiving” Turkey Burger. Derby boasts a state-ofthe-art TV and sound system setup, making the pub a great place to watch not only American and European football games, but also world sporting events and Horse Racing. Derby Public House is one of the only venues in Scottsdale that offers televised off track betting. Derby Public House is located at 4420 North Saddlebag Trail. For more information, call 480.999.3311 or visit

“The Waiting Game” by Ed Copely, founder of the American Society of Traditional Artists.

The Arizona Art Alliance presents “Art From the Heart,” in conjunction with the American Society of Traditional Artists (ASTA) through February 16. The exhibit will be at the Arizona Art Alliance Fine Art Gallery, 9011 East Indian Bend Road, Suite E-1, in Scottsdale. For additional information, visit or contact John Fontana, Arizona Art Alliance Gallery, at 602.870.7610 or The Arizona Art Alliance is committed to the promotion and appreciation of fine art and the enrichment that art brings to the community. For information, visit


Art Alliance Exhibit Closes This Month

Quick Food – Slow Style Serving the Community Since 2002

Downtown Scottsdale is the perfect place to find fresh, local, gourmet and organic food and fixin’s on any given Saturday. The Old Town Farmers’ Market features local growers and specialty food producers in a lively, family-friendly atmosphere. Visitors can experience what the “slow food” movement is all about – perusing a wide variety of organic and pesticide free produce and seasonal specialties such as cider and apples, flowers, natural pork, beef, fish, freerange eggs and local cheeses, as well as freshly baked artisan breads, Amish friendship breads, jams, picadillies and tamales. Old Town Farmers Market runs 8am-1pm each Saturday through May at 3806 North Brown Avenue. Learn more at Evenings take on a whole different flavor with Food Truck Caravan. Every Saturday night from 7:3011:30pm, a caravan of food trucks rolls into Downtown Scottsdale at 5th and Goldwater (Thursday nights from 6:30-9pm, too). The trucks bring a hip vibe and delicious gourmet food to Scottsdale. Relax, listen to live music and enjoy some of the best street food in the Valley. Learn more at



MAYOR STANTON WRITES... Here To Help, Not Hinder, Local Business By Mayor Greg Stanton



To build a healthy economy, we have to make sure local businesses can succeed. Not only do small MAYOR businesses create most new jobs, but City of Phoenix today’s startups could be tomorrow’s 602.262.7111 industry leaders. When I ran for mayor, I heard the frustrations of business owners – including how much government red tape they had to endure. I sought to change that, and have pushed for common-sense solutions to help create jobs. Phoenix now accepts design submissions online; we partnered with Maricopa County to streamline the permit process; and we instilled a “local first” mentality to city government. Since November, businesses have been able to submit building plans that require City approval online. It’s a simple solution, but for too long, applicants were forced to haul stacks of paper to the permit counter – wasting time and money. We also made the frustrating permit process easier. Many projects require City and County approval, forcing companies to endure two stops to move forward on one project. By working with County officials, Phoenix streamlined the process, and now offers City and County permits at a one-stop-shop in City Hall. The most lasting impact, though, may be our local shift in the City’s procurement process. My family shops locally for good reason: for every $100 spent at a locallyowned business, $73 stays in our local economy. The City of Phoenix should shop locally too, but for too long, it did not. When I took office, the City spent millions on outside contracts, but only $50,000 was awarded to local companies. We had to do better. At my direction, Phoenix created a database for local companies to get listed in our procurement system. Now, when a procurement officer has a particular need, local companies are available at the click of a mouse. The results have been incredible. In two years, the value of City purchases from small local businesses has jumped to $2 million – an astounding 3,860 percent increase. These are common-sense solutions that spur, rather than stunt, economic growth. And rather than get in the way, Phoenix is becoming a partner that helps local companies succeed.

MIM Seeks 2014 Volunteers The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is currently seeking volunteer team members for 2014. MIM invites the community to learn about volunteer opportunities at an information session Saturday, February 15 at 10am. Potential volunteer team members don’t need a musical background, just an active interest in music, learning and providing a wonderful experience for guests of all ages. The information session will cover what positions are available, how to apply, what training is like and more. Benefits for active volunteer team members include:

• Valuable experience in a major museum • Free Museum access during regular hours • Limited number of half-price Museum guest passes • Limited number of half-price tickets to MIM Music Theater performances • Discounts at the Museum Store and Café Allegro • Tax-deductible mileage • Lifetime achievement recognition for hours and years of service No reservation is necessary to attend the information session. MIM is located at 725 East Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix. For more information, visit donate/volunteer/ or contact the Volunteer Office at 480.245.6915 or

This Year, Create “Harmony” With Your Valentine For those looking for a special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, Pinot’s Palette is offering a stroke of romantic genius. Couples can share a unique evening dining and painting a beautiful, two-part canvas together. The piece, “Twilight Harmony,” depicts the ideal setting for the end of a fantastic date. All “Twilight Harmony” skill levels of painting are welcome. Pinot’s Palette makes painting easy and fun by providing simple, step-by-step instructions from an instructor – all the necessary painting supplies are also supplied. This special date night will be held from 7-10pm and includes a painting class, food catered by Rusconi’s American Kitchen (, professional photo opportunities and a special gift. All guests need to do is bring a favorite bottle of wine, champagne, beer or non-alcoholic drink. The cost is $75 per person. Advanced registration is required. Pinot’s Palette is located at 10625 North Tatum Boulevard, Suite D142, in Phoenix. For more information or to register, call 480.696.7220 or visit

Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) continues its 2014 Film Festival, “Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Winners,” with its presentation of Kolya (Czech Republic, PG-13; 105 min.). A concert cellist (and confirmed bachelor and lady’s man) in Sovietoccupied Czechoslovakia must make ends meet by playing at funerals and painting tombstones. To make some quick money, he agrees to marry a Russian woman so that she can get her Czech papers. When she ends up fleeing with her lover to West Germany, he finds himself the sole guardian of his precocious ‘stepson,’ Kolya. The films chosen this year represent some of the best films from Iran, South Africa, Argentina, Germany, Holland, Czech Republic, Bosnia and Japan. As done in the past, PVCC will also present the work of a new filmmaker with a screening of Alan Tongret’s And Paint the Sky March 19. Next up this month is No Man’s Land, February 19. The screenings begins at 6:30pm, and admission to all of the films is free. For information, call 602.787.7738 or visit


PVCC Festival Highlights Foreign Language Films

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Chamber Adds $25K Hole-In-One Contest To Annual Tournament Think you have what it takes to win a cool $25K on the golf course? Put your holein-one skills to the test at the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (NPCC) 28th Annual Charity Golf Classic tournament. Join NPCC on the green Friday, April 25, for a full day of golf and fundraising to help support two amazing community organizations – United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona (UPC) and Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC). UCP provides therapy services including occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech and language pathology. Those its serves have various disabilities, including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, autism, Down’s syndrome, developmental delays and learning disabilities. Visit http://ucpofcentralaz. org 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. The Hole-in-One Contest is sponsored by C & R Tire and Yokohama Tire. A number of other 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

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February Networking Opportunities With NPCC


Are you looking for opportunities to connect and grow your business? The North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce now has four ways for you to connect with fellow business owners and community leaders this month. First up, the Chamber’s newest event – “Meet Your Chamber” Business Breakfast, which will be held February 5 from 7:30-9:30am in the Community Room at the beautiful, new Kranitz Student Center at Paradise Valley Community College, located at 18401 North 32nd Street in Phoenix. Get to know the Chamber leadership and start your day right with excellent networking opportunities. The Business Resource and Networking Luncheon will be held Tuesday, February 11 from 11:00am-1:30pm at Moon Valley Country Club, located at 151 West Moon Valley Drive in Phoenix. This month’s program topic will be “Networking Education,” presented by Yolanda Gallegos, AmeriFirst Financial, and Gordon Parkman, Achieve Results Consulting, LLC. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members if registered by February 7. Continued, page 21


The February Mix & Mingle Networking Event will be held Thursday, February 20 from 5:30-7:30pm at the newly opened La Bocca Wine Bar & Urban Kitchen, located at 5415 East High Street, Suite 127, in Phoenix. Enjoy networking and fantastic food, while meeting great like-minded individuals. This energetic and professional setting is great for making connections and building incredible centers of influence. The sumptuous interior of the new La Bocca Wine Bar & Urban Kitchen at High Street. (

Finally, the fourth Tuesday Business Networking Luncheon will be held February 25 from 11:30am-1:30pm at Catch 22 Sports Grill, located at 18725 North 32nd Street in Phoenix. Get to know fellow business owners and community leaders and the businesses/ industries they represent. Enjoy lunch and present a 20 second commercial, followed by open networking. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members if registered by February 21. To register for any of these events, or to see a complete listing of the Chamber’s future events, visit For additional information, call 602.482.3344.

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Keep Up With NPCC On Social Media We know your work week can be hectic and keeping up on everything going on with the Chamber and in your North Valley community can be a challenge – that’s where social media comes in. Like us, join us, follow us or tweet us and at a glance, we will keep you up-to-date on all of our community events and opportunities – whether it is a business resource, networking or volunteer event.

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The North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce offers a number of ways for its members to get involved in its North Valley community – chief among them, its various committees. The Chamber currently has six active committees: Education, Events & Fundraising, Golf, Membership, Philanthropy and PR. In addition, the NPCC Ambassadors (a combination of the Events & Fundraising and Membership Committees) provide support and guidance to help strengthen member involvement by promoting events and educating members on how to get the most out of their Chamber membership. The Chamber’s Philanthropy Committee, under the leadership of chair Patrick Walker and co-chair Melina Shah, is very active in the community increasing awareness of the Chamber’s nonprofit, charitable members. To keep up on all of the great upcoming Philanthropy events and volunteer opportunities, follow the group on Facebook at npccphilanthropy.

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Building A Global Family Global Family Philanthropy (GFP) invites the community to Imagine 2014 – a night of dinner and dancing at Arizona Biltmore Resort. The event is a fundraiser to support the organization’s continuing efforts to help needy children in Haiti and Phoenix, as well as its two newest projects – a home for the abandoned elderly and a medical clinic in the underserved community of Ft. Liberte, Haiti. Based in Phoenix, GFP’s goal is to provide a stable home, education and family structure for orphaned and abandoned children at home and abroad. Its first home is in Les Cayes, Haiti and is the result of a unique partnership between an American family and a Haitian family. The children who live in the home are adopted by GFP; they are family. The Global Family philosophy goes beyond providing for the short-term needs of vulnerable children. Its goal is to provide a sustainable community where children can learn, grow and lift themselves from poverty to realize their own dreams and potential Imagine 2014 will be held Saturday, February 22 at 6pm. The Arizona Biltmore Resort is located at 2400 East Missouri Avenue in Phoenix. For more information, visit or call 480.225.0765.

February Events At The Garden



Desert Botanical Garden kicks off its February line-up of events with the Spring Concert Series, followed by two very special events. The Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series begins February 7 with a performance by Turning Point, a contemporary jazz group. On February 14, Valley favorite The Sugar Thieves take the stage to present their lively brand of blues. Next up is jazz guitarist Pete Pancrazi February 21, followed by Ritmo Latino February 28. The cost for the concert is $20-25, with additional dinner also available; doors open at 5:30pm; concert at 7pm, The Spring Concert Series runs through June 27 and includes admission to the Chihuly in the Garden exhibit. On February 15, visitors can celebrate romance with a candlelit outdoor concert under the starry skies at Romance in the Garden. Guests must be 21 or older. The cost is $75 and includes a buffet dinner. A cash bar will offer cocktails, a wine flight and wine or Champagne Dale Chihuly’s “Blue Fiori Sun” by the bottle. The event runs from 6-9pm. Corks and Cactus returns to Desert Botanical Garden February 22-23. Guests can sample 40 different wines each day from different regions of the world and to talk with representatives from the different wineries; purchase a delicious array of entrées and appetizers; and enjoy entertainment including live music by The Dmitri Matheny Group and cooking demonstrations. The cost is $35; the event runs from 1-5pm. For more information, call 480.481.8188 or visit

It has been 22 years since sisters Ann and Jenny Siner opened their first location of My Sister’s Closet in a quaint space at the Town & Country Shopping Center, located near 20th Street and Camelback in Phoenix. But now, Eco-Chic Consignments has announced that the Valley’s favorite recycled designer consignment shop is moving to a new spot.

The Siner/Loo sisters

PVUSD Dominates High Performing Schools List Each year, the Arizona Business and Education Association recognizes “Arizona Higher Performing Schools” – schools that are advancing their students toward college and career readiness more rapidly than schools of like demographics. Those recognized as higher performing schools have consistently outperformed their peers over a three-year period. The Paradise Valley Unified School District has more schools on the list than any other. “Higher Performing” schools include Echo Mountain Intermediate School, Boulder Creek, Copper Canyon, Desert Springs, Desert Trails, Hidden Hills, Mercury Mine, North Ranch, Pinnacle Peak, Quail Run, Sandpiper, Sonoran Sky and Wildfire elementary schools. Each of these schools has students performing higher than peer schools around the state in one or more content areas. For the third year in a row, Grayhawk Elementary School, led by Principal Norm Pratt, is achieving this in all content areas. Learn more about the Arizona Business and Education Association at www.azbec. org. Learn more about PVUSD by calling 602.449.2000 or visiting

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Starting Saturday, February 8, the same day shoppers get their first peak at springtime looks as My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited open its stylish doors in a new, contemporary space just behind Nordstrom Rack at Town & Country. “Town & Country Shopping Center has been a great location for us these past two decades, but it

is even more special because this is where My Sister’s Closet started back in 1991,” says CEO and EcoChic Consignments founder, Ann Siner. “When Jenny and I opened our first store here we had a feeling the community would embrace our recycled designer apparel shop but never imagined it would blossom into three brands with 14 stores in multiple states.” The Siners later added another sister, Tess Loo, as the head stylist. To celebrate the occasion, the first 100 people lined up outside My Sister’s Closet at 4859 North 20th Street in Phoenix by 8am February 8, will get a free swag bag filled with goodies from nearby merchants. Shoppers will also get first dibs on one-of-a-kind spring looks at all My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited locations during the annual Spring Unveiling. Other Northeast Valley locations include Desert Village at Pinnacle Peak and Lincoln Village, both in Scottsdale. For more information, call 602.954.6080 or visit


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UMOM Tea To Support Homeless Families

Proposed Anthem Residential Design Guideline Changes

The Eighth Annual Birdsong Tea, sponsored by the UMOM (United Methodist Outreach Missions) Auxiliary, will be held at 2pm, February 23 at the Ritz Carlton Phoenix, 2401 East Camelback Road. UMOM New Day Centers is the largest homeless shelter for families in Arizona, providing safe shelter and supportive services for over 170 families nightly. Proceeds from the Tea provide critically needed funds for UMOM programs to support the ever-growing needs of Arizona’s homeless population. Attendees will enjoy tea and scrumptious savories and sweets, a hat and jewelry boutique, a period fashion show and prize raffles. Tickets may be purchased online at For information, call 602.275.7852.

The Parkside board of directors discussed proposed residential design guideline changes at a separate meeting following the board meeting January 16. The community now has time to provide its input regarding the design guideline changes. The Parkside board will then discuss and make a decision on the proposed design guideline changes at the February 20 meeting. To view the proposed residential design guideline changes, go to proposed-parkside-residentialdesign-guideline-changes. Any questions may be directed to the community manager by calling 623.742.6004 or sending an email to

New Urban Fishing Locations Unveiled The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s motto for the Community Fishing Program (CFP) is, “If people can’t get to the fish, we’ll bring fish to the people.” Beginning last month, even more fish were brought to the people as Game and Fish introduced 15 new waters to CFP. Beginning with stocking in mid-February, Northeast Valley residents will be able to visit Roadrunner Pond in Phoenix, as well as Eldorado Pond and McKellips Pond in Scottsdale. In addition, monthly trout stockings from November through March will continue at Tempe Town Lake. All of these locations will be marked by new signage in the next few months. Meanwhile, 20 of the original urban fishing waters will continue to be managed and stocked annually with fish in the same amounts, every two weeks from September to June. For more information on the CFP, including maps, fish stocking schedules, regulations and fishing tips, pick up a new and expanded 2014 Community Fishing Guidebook that will be available at more than 300 license dealer locations and Game and Fish offices. The guidebooks are free. Visit for details.

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Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) invites the community to “Have a Heart for the Arts” Saturday, February 8 at 7pm. The annual fundraiser benefit will include great performances by professional singers and MTA’s outreach group, delicious food, a live auction (including items such as One Direction concert tickets) and the announcement of the incredible shows in the theatre’s 2014-15 season. The event will be held at Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 North Vision Way in Anthem. The dinner portion of the event will take place next door to MTA in the new Little Kay’s suite. Ticket prices include catered cuisine, beverages, dessert and entertainment. For details, call 602.743.9892 or visit

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L-R: Nedra Williams, Kitty Duke, Sharon Gregory, Jane Heidel and Renee Hodkinson are warming up for the Aloha Luau under neon palm trees.

Date Set For Annual Aloha Luau Fundraiser On Thursday, February 13, the Desert Foothills Woman’s Club (DFWC) invites residents to don a mumu or flowered shirt for a festive afternoon of authentic Hawaiian entertainment held at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Fairway House, 8620 East Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale. Expressive hula dancers and other lively performances in The Big Kahuna Show performed by Kilali’s Polynesian Revue will follow a memorable lunch catered by the Grayhawk chefs. Get into the Aloha spirit with a flower in your hair or Hawaiian fashion, or dress in your favorite Haole outfit. A silent auction and lots of raffle prizes add to the afternoon’s excitement. Tickets are $55, with proceeds benefiting student scholarships and area nonprofits such as Cave Creek Museum, Desert Foothills Library, Desert Foothills Land Trust, Foothills Caring Corps, Foothills Food Bank and Horses Help. This year’s fundraising event is sponsored by Bankers Trust and Sagewood. DFWC is exclusively charitable and educational, extending friendship to all women in the greater Desert Foothills area. DFWC has been in existence since 1960, meeting monthly for a luncheon and to hear a featured speaker of local interest. For more details about the event or information about joining the Club, call Nedra Williams at 480.773.3753.

Photo Voting Through February Public voting for the third annual Carefree Desert Gardens Photo Contest continues this month. Twelve photos have been selected by professional photographers and will be displayed for public voting at the Carefree Festival of Fine Chocolate and Fine Art February 13-16, the Desert Foothills Library February 18-24 and the Cave Creek Museum February 25 – March 3. The photos will also be available for viewing and voting on the Town of Carefree’s website ( The photo receiving the most votes from the public will win the highest honor, the Juanita and Mark Wdowiak Award. Ballots will be available at the voting locations. Each person may vote only once. CITYSunTimes is once again the media sponsor of the popular community event. The Town of Carefree will have first rights to use the photos entered. Photographs were judged on both technical and artistic merit and the 12 finalists selected will be awarded prizes at a future awards ceremony. For questions or more information, send an email to

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February is the time for seminars and festivals in Carefree! On February 8, there is a garden seminar in the Town Council chambers at 9:30am. Tom Gatz will present “The Do-It-Yourself Desert Garden.” The seminar is open to the public. There is a request for a MAYOR donation from people who attend Town of Carefree the presentation. 480.488.3686 The Carefree Chocolate and Fine Arts Festival will be held February 13-16 in Carefree Town Center. The timing of the Festival allows you to indulge in chocolate for your special Valentine and even for yourself. There will be entertainment in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion during the Festival. The final Thunderbird Fine Art and Wine Festival of the season will be held February 28 through March 2. The Thunderbird Festivals are signature events in Carefree and the February festival is one of our favorite highlights. The Carefree Desert Garden is open to everyone free of charge every day of the year and there are two play areas for your children. The low-level lighting in the Garden makes it accessible during the evening hours when many of the specimens are in bloom. I invite you to come to Carefree where we have shops, restaurants, seminars and festivals for your enjoyment.




Desert Foothills Theater Presents Tony Award Winning Show Desert Foothills Theater (DFT), a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, will present A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum beginning Friday, February 14 through Sunday, March 2. Performances will be held in the Black Box Theatre of Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, located at 33606 North 60th Street in North Scottsdale. Stephen Sondheim’s multiple-Tony-winning musical farce is set in ancient Rome, but ageless in its tunes and gags. It comes to DFT with musical merriment and men in muumuus. DFT’s

production is directed by Sara Bernstein with musical direction by Reynaldo Saez. Performances are at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and at 2pm on Sunday. A special 2pm performance featuring a Q &A after the show will take place on Sunday, February16. Tickets range from $15-$32 for adults and $11-$16 for youth and students. Purchase tickets before January 31 at midnight and receive an early-purchase discount. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Visit or call 480.488.1981.

Valentine’s Day At el Pedregal Restaurant el Pedregal’s Brugos Pizza Company celebrates the Valentine’s Day holiday on Friday, February 14 with a pre fixe, five course, festive Italian dinner for two by owners, Christina and Troy McDonald from 5-9pm. Guests are invited to enjoy the sunset, sit by the fireplace and feast on specialty menu items including: • Mom’s Maryland Crab Cakes • Hazelnut Blue Pecan Salad with spring greens, gorgonzola and hazelnut dressing • Homemade Raspberry Sorbet with a Champagne float • Prime Rib Oven Convect with au jus and formaggi patata • Mango Ice Cream Sandwich with macadamia nut cookies and tropical fruit compote served with Italian roast coffee The regular pizza menu will also be offered. The cost is $50 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, call 480.575.6991 or visit the website at




Girl Scouts In Cookie Challenge

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The Girl Scout annual cookie season, now through March 9, teaches girls important life skills needed to become responsible women – including goal setting, people skills, money management and giving back. “We have a very aggressive goal this year and plan to use the proceeds of every package sold over $3 million to support the transformation of our local camp, Camp Sombrero, into the Leadership Center for Girls and Women,” says Susan de Queljoe, senior associate of marketing and communications for the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus Pine Council. Camp Sombrero, the 14.5-acre site at the base of South Mountain Preserve, is owned by the Council and has served girls over the last 40 years. The first ever Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge will challenge chefs from more than a dozen Arizona hotspots to use their culinary prowess, re-imagining one of the six brands of Girl Scout cookies. Each restaurant has agreed to feature its dessert on its menu from February 1-28, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the transformation of Camp Sombrero. In Carefree, Café Bink, located at 36889 North Tom Darlington, has chosen Trefoil for its flavorful dessert based on the vintage Flintstone’s Push Pops. Try the Trefoil Jamboree Ice Cream Push Pop, complete with sweet Trefoil popcorn “munch.” For information and to find out all the locations participating, visit





What Do You Say To A Traffic Cop? When you get pulled over by a traffic cop, do you try to think of something to say that might help you get out of the jam? Or, do you swallow your words knowing your explanation has likely been heard many times by the officer and will not change the outcome? The most original appeal I’ve heard to try getting out of a traffic ticket was by my sister Janice. One evening, she and her girlfriends, Ina and Isabel, all of them 18 years old, took a back road to sneak up and spy on some kids who were having a party at Fairhaven Beach, a popular teenage hangout. In their mischievous excitement to not be discovered, Janice drove the car off the narrow road and part way into the ditch. As they struggled to get the car out of the ditch, to their horror, the local cop, Officer McDonald, drove up in his squad car. He approached the three frightened girls and asked their names. My sister said, “I’m Janice Nohre.” Then she nervously blurted out, “And my brother Allen is going to be a minister.” I don’t know if Officer McDonald busted out laughing, but I’m sure that was the first and last time he heard that plea to get out of a jam. Janice’s appeal worked! Officer McDonald gave her directions and watched her back the car out of the ditch. The scared stiff girls got home safely without a ticket. The moral of the story: invoking the name of family in supposedly high and holy places might work, but don’t count on it. 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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The legendary artist Judy Collins has inspired and entertained audiences worldwide with her inimitable vocals and enduring songwriting since the 1960s. She will be performing on February 3 at Highlands Church, located at 9050 East Pinnacle Peak Road. The concert begins at 7:30pm. Collins has garnered top-10 hits, gold and platinum recordings and prestigious Grammy Award recognition. She maintains a heavy tour schedule today, playing more than 80 dates per year. She is also popular on the lecture circuit. Tickets are $23-$65. Special pricing for students. Call 480.488.0806 or visit

After 20 years of producing fine art and wine festivals in Carefree, Thunderbird Artists’ Carefree festivals have been selected as Signature Events, with a new presenting sponsor, Sanderson Lincoln. “It is such an honor,” says Denise Dale, vice president of Thunderbird Artists. “We had a wonderful season in 2012-13 and received some prestigious awards. It is particularly exciting as we are a small family owned and operated business. To have Sanderson Lincoln involved in our festivals helps to further raise awareness of their community commitment and highlight the importance of art and the role it plays in society, we are proud to partner with Sanderson Lincoln for our Signature events.”

Judi Combs, president of Thunderbird Artists, attributes a lot of the success of the Carefree festivals to the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce and all of its volunteers who have donated their time, working side-by-side with Thunderbird Artists to make the events extraordinary. “There is no way Thunderbird Artists feel they can take all the credit because of their respected partnership with this chamber,” says Combs. “Patty Villeneuve, executive director of the Chamber, demonstrates great leadership and is highly respected among her members and volunteers, which is why there is such organization and flow in making these events.” The Town of Carefree (population 3,310) supports the Thunderbird Artists’ fine art festivals by closing its streets to host prizewinning, nationally renowned and emerging artists exhibiting and selling their juried paintings, bronzes, pottery, glass, stone, copper, clay, metal, handmade paper and mixed media sculptures, fine jewelry, photography and more. Thunderbird Artists has a great following of

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award-winning wines and wineries that range from the local Arizona wineries, wines throughout the U.S. and wineries throughout Europe and other countries. Patrons enjoy the ambiance of sipping fine wines and strolling throughout Arizona’s finest gathering of artists while listening to the tunes of great musicians. The reputation for ambiance also takes the wine tasting to another level, as sampling fine wines takes place throughout the festivals within Ceramic work by the Thunderbird Artists’ beautiful arena of Debra Steidel fine arts. Unique specialty shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and outdoor cafés nestled in the Sonoran desert of Carefree make the perfect backdrop for Thunderbird Artists’ signature events. The 22nd Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival runs February 28 – March 2 from 10am-5pm. Admission is $3; wine tasting ticket with souvenir glass costs $10. For information, call 480.837.5637 or visit


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Brubeck Brothers Quartet The Arizona Musicfest 2014 presents the music of Dave Brubeck with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet. The February 7 event will celebrate the life and music of jazz titan, pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, through his family. The Brubeck brothers, Chris (trombone, bass), Dan (drums) and “honorary brothers” Mike DeMicco (guitar) and Chuck Lamb (piano), celebrate their father with a performance of all the great Brubeck hits, as well as musical memories, family stories, archival videos and personal insights into Dave’s most famous works. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet’s style is rooted in “straight-ahead” jazz while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music. The concert will be held on February 7 at 7:30 at the Highlands Church, located at 9050 East Pinnacle Peak Road. For more information, visit



The Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber Of Commerce has a number of excellent events coming up this month. Here are the highlights. Evening Mixer Carefree Outdoor Living will host the next Evening Mixer Wednesday, February 12 from 5:30-7pm. Come and meet up with other business men and women of the community and support local business. Refreshments will be provided. The public is welcome. Carefree Outdoor Living is located at 36889 North Tom Darlington Road, Suite C-5, in Carefree. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

POWER Lunch Profitable Opportunities With Empowering Results (POWER) is a hands-on lunch and learn seminar to help grow the participant’s business. Lunch is provided. The cost is $20 and RSVP is a must. The event will be held at Venues Café, 34 Easy Street in Carefree, from 11:30am-1pm on Tuesday, February 18. Evening Mixer Tech 4 Life and the Chamber will host a “Salute to our Members” Tuesday, February 25 from 5:30-7pm. This will be an evening mixer to celebrate the Chamber members and the new expansion of Tech 4 Life. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend to show support of the local business community. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Refreshments will be provided. Tech 4 Life is located at 748 Easy Street in Carefree. Business Building Breakfast Come hear from the Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Debbi Burdick of the Cave Creek School District. A great way to start the day is with a great breakfast from Harold’s Corral and some motivation. The event will be held

More information for all of these events can be found at or by calling 480.488.3381.

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Ribbon Cutting And Open House Karin Johnson of Realty Executives will host an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Thursday, February 13 from 4-6pm. Come celebrate the addition of Realty Executives to the community. Refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome at this free event. Realty Executives is located at 4815 East Carefree Highway, Suite 124, in Cave Creek.

Thursday, February 27 from 8-9am. Harold’s Corral is located at 6895 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. The cost is $6 for members and $10 for non-members.


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Take A Musical Step Back In Time The Living Music Performance Series presents Bartholomew Faire, an instrument music group specializing in the song and dance traditions of Europe from the 12th to 17th centuries. This “performing museum” features one of the most extensive collections of medieval and Renaissance instruments in the Southwest. This entertaining program will include English country dance tunes with a Celtic flair. The performance will be held at 3pm, Saturday, March 1, in the garden at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 9205 East Cave Creek Road in Carefree. A suggested donation at the door is $10. For more information, call 480.203.9056.

Make A Difference: Volunteer For Foothills Caring Corps If you are interested in making a difference in your own life and the lives of others, look no further than the Foothills Caring Corps. The non-profit organization serves the greater Northeast Valley, and is looking for volunteers to share their talent, skills and time with the organization, whose primary mission is to allow the elderly to remain independent and living in their homes. Volunteers needed for such programs as: • Van transportation • Medical transportation • Mobile meals • Minor home repair • Friendly visits

“The Caring Corps opens its arms to people with a variety of skills levels, talent and interests. Everyone has something to contribute.”



The Foothills Caring Corps aims to provide a rewarding and gratifying experience for both the volunteer and the neighbor. Volunteers are given training, guidance and monitoring to ensure a quality experience. They are allowed to self-select areas in which they would like to be involved and are not required to contribute a minimum number of hours. The organization conducts monthly volunteer orientation sessions. The next session is scheduled for Thursday, February 13, from 9-11am at the Foothills Caring Corps offices located at 7275 East Easy Street, Suite B103, in Carefree. For more information or to RSVP, call the Foothills Caring Corps at 480.488.1105 or visit


Gardens Seminar Landscaping tips for DIY desert gardeners If you’re planning to landscape or just have a corner that needs madeover into a more natural, appealing space, the next Carefree Desert Gardens Seminar on February 8 will be a great place to get more information. Retired wildlife biologist, horticultural aide in the education department at the Desert Botanical Garden and certified desert landscaper Tom Gatz will share his knowledge gained over the past 20 years. His emphasis will be on landscaping smaller areas to provide that “wow” factor by planting with year-round color and contrast. Gatz writes monthly articles with topics varying from landscaping, cactus, succulents, to birds and bonsai. His garden has been featured in Phoenix Home & Garden magazine, The Sonoran Quarterly, magazine of the Desert Botanical Garden, and other wildlife and urban publications. The program will begin at 9:30am and run approximately until 12pm in the Town Council Chambers located in the U.S. Post Office Building, 100 Easy Street in Carefree. A $5 (or more) donation is appreciated to support these programs. For information call 480.488.3686.


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MAYOR FRANCIA WRITES... By Mayor Vincent Francia

Gentle Reminder It’s OK to forget your own birthday. But don’t miss your wedding anniversary or Valentine’s Day. A historical note about Valentine’s Day: Arizona became the 48th state February 14, 1912. Happy Trails Cave Creek prepares to say “adios” to Utilities Manager MAYOR Jessica Marlow and Interim Town Manager Rodney Glassman. Town of Cave Creek Marlow is a talent and will be missed. She supervised the 480.488.1400 construction and running of the new water company and wastewater treatment facility, and brought to Council the first comprehensive future assessments of the systems. We wish Marlow well in her new assignment in Gilbert. Glassman rose to the challenge of an interim, which is not easy. An interim anything indicates a break with the past, but no implied future permanency. Among his accomplishments: Council’s adoption of the water, sewer and fire master plans; the consolidation of the Cave Creek-Carefree courts, improved efficiency in government, the town core banner program and the publicity surge surrounding Wild West Days. Opinions may vary on the Cave Creek-Scottsdale challenge – the results, however, cannot be denied. It was the most successful Wild West Days ever. One of Glassman’s assignments was to procure candidates for permanent town manager. Eighty applicants were whittled down to a top three, and then Council chose one. Welcome Aboard Peter Jankowski, who is town administrator for Dudley, Massachusetts, will assume his Cave Creek duties in early February, a few days prior to Valentine’s Day.

Bull Run In Cave Creek Attention all adrenaline junkies – the Phoenix Running of the Bulls will be held in Downtown Cave Creek February 7-9. Participants will be running a quarter of a mile in front of a dozen 1,500 pound raging bulls with horns. The race claims to be the “most adrenaline pumping, crazy dangerous thing you will ever do.” Test your skills, impress your friends and check an extreme sport off your bucket list. There are thousands of dollars in cash and prizes and every heat has a winner – including a $5,000 grand prize for most running points scored over two days. Spectators can watch their favorite runner and enjoy lots of other entertainment. Buy two full days now and save. Events include a charity run, runner’s party and an awards ceremony Sunday, February 9. The event will be held at 6705 East Cave Creek Road. Tickets are on sale and available by visiting

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In business for 18 years, Wildwoods Botanicals, LLC now has a retail location in Cave Creek. Wildwoods specializes in creating its own herbal teas, extracts, bath blends, massage oils and salves. Founded by Dr. Kim Engard ND, NCCAOM in 1995, its purpose has been to produce organic herbal medicines in small and specially formulated batches to ensure high quality and consistency. After many years in wholesale production, Wildwoods’ new retail location and future website make available its herbal products, fair trade green, black and oolong teas, Floracopeia essential oils, aromatherapy candles and blends, healing medicine books and healing stone jewelry.

Wildwoods mission is to share knowledge and information about plants and herbal medicine with the public and health practitioners through workshops, lectures and community outreach. Dr. Engard, a naturopathic physician and herbalist with 30 years’ experience, uses her knowledge of plant medicine, acupuncture and healing arts to help patients and students understand the important role herbs play. She has been teaching as adjunct faculty at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine for more than eight years and has worked with patients in Arizona for the last 10 years. Wildwoods Botanicals is located in the El Palenque Plaza in Cave Creek, 6450 East Cave Creek Road, Suite 106. For more information, call 480.499.2705 or visit

The Frank W. Wright American Legion Post 34 recently announced a handful of new and exciting improvements. The Post is now a non-smoking facility with designated outdoor smoking areas. Visitors will also enjoy the beautifully redecorated bar area and outdoor covered patio area featuring seating areas, fire pit, horseshoe pit and a flat-screen television. An additional building – available to rent – is perfect for receptions, parties or memorial services. Plenty of parking surrounds the legion, including a custom motorcycle space. In the near future, the Post will have the ability to take credit and debit cards. The American Legion is a veteran’s membership organization that supports veterans and their families. Memberships include:


Get To Know American Legion Post 34

• Legion – Men and women who have served with an honorable discharge • SAL – Sons of American Legionnaires • Auxillary – Women with family members who served • American Legion Riders: Legion and SAL members Regular post activities include Monday night bingo at 6:45pm; Wednesday night auction at 7pm; Friday fish fry from 5-7pm and NFL Sundays with complimentary snacks. The post is involved in a number of different programs throughout the year, including donations to the Foothills Food Bank; garage sales for Boy Scout Pack 34; scholarship programs; VA assistance provided by Caring Corps; food bank support for veterans and flag disposal June 14. American Legion Post 34 is located at 6272 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek (across from Frontier Town). For more information, contact Commander Al Morgan at 480.488.2669.

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Discover The History Of The Grand Canyon


The Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter (AAS-DFC) will present an introduction into the fascinating history of the Grand Canyon and river-running February 12. Todd Weber is a living history presenter and educational guide. His specialties are patriots, explorers and great adventures that occur in American history. This expert honed his skill sets with Elderhostel Inc. (Road Scholar) for 20 years and more recently American Cruise Lines, a specialty line for rivers and waterways in America. Weber’s passion is American history and frontier life focusing on all relevant details and craftsmanship of this era. Todd Weber will present “The History of River “The History of River Runners of the Grand Runners of the Grand Canyon” in February. Canyon” is a stimulating power point presentation with Weber taking guests on a journey following a historical time line. One Hopi creation story says the Grand Canyon is a sipapu where the Hopi people emerged into the Fourth World. From this beginning, the presentation travels through to the river-runners of today. The general public may attend AAS-DFC meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of each month, at no charge. Refreshments will be available at 7pm, followed by the 7:30pm meeting. The meetings are held in the community room at The Good Shepard of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. For more information, visit

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The Cave Creek Unified School District will hold a Kindergarten Round-Up at various elementary schools across the District February 27, giving information on registration for the 2014-15 school year. Children who are five years old by September 1 may register for kindergarten. Cave Creek’s school district provides an all-day kindergarten for children. Items needed for registration include a birth certificate, immunization record, proof of residence and parent identification. Each school will be open from 5-6:30pm for prospective parents. Elementary school locations include:


Cave Creek Kindergarten Registration

• Black Mountain Elementary 33606 North 60th Street 480.575.2100 • Desert Sun Academy 27880 North 64th Street 480.575.2900 • Desert Willow Elementary 4322 East Desert Willow Parkway 480.575.2800 • Horseshoe Trails Elementary 5405 East Pinnacle Vista Drive 480.272.8500 • Lone Mountain Elementary 5250 East Montgomery Road 480.437.3000 For more information, visit

The Cave Creek Museum will host a lecture by David Dove Monday, February 24. The topic of the lecture: Champagne Spring Ruins and Mitchell Springs Ruin Group – The 10th and 11th century at two major Pueblo community centers.

David Dove

During the 10th and first half of the 11th centuries, Champagne Springs Ruins and Mitchell Springs Ruin Group were the largest aggregated villages in the Northern San Juan Region. Evidence suggests one was built in a location designed to take advantage of enhanced hunting opportunities, while the other was built where it could take advantage of enhanced farming opportunities. David Dove is the principal investigator at these two locations. The slide show and lecture presentation highlights the ongoing research at these two prehistoric community centers in southwest Colorado. There is a limited amount of seating for this premier lecture opportunity and reservations are necessary at this “no charge” event presented by the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. Contact the Museum at 480.488.2764 for reservations and information. Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 Skyline Drive in Cave Creek. For more information, visit

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Desert Foothills Library This month’s highlights include: Desert Foothills Scenic Drive: Past, Present, Future February 6 • 2-3:30pm In 2013, the Desert Foothills Scenic Drive celebrated its 50th birthday. Both a landmark and a preservation effort, the Scenic Drive’s story is as interesting as the roadside vegetation it showcases. Les Conklin, the founder of Friends of the Scenic Drive and editor of A Peek at the Peak magazine will discuss the drive’s past, present and future. Limited seating. Register: 480.488.2286. World Cultures Series: Cyprus February 11-18 • 4-6pm Week 1: History and Archeology. Presenter Professor Doss Powell from Paradise Valley Community College is an archeologist who conducted his fieldwork in Cyprus, and has led a study program there. Week 2: Cultural Crossroads of Contemporary Cyprus. Formerly under British rule, part of the island is now

ruled by Turkey, and part ruled by Greece. Presenter Andrea Venner is from Cyprus and returns each summer to visit family there. She teaches hospitality management courses at Scottsdale Community College. Cost: $5 each session. The Music of World War II: War Songs and Their Stories February 25 • 10:30am-12pm Some of the most memorable and enduring popular music of the 20th century was written during the second world war. The Music of World War II tells the stories behind the origins of many of these musical compositions, some of which have survived to become standards and are popular to this day. Signed books will be available for purchase for $15 cash by the author, Dr. Sheldon Winkler. Limited seating. Register: 480.488.2286. This is just a sampling of the main events in February for kids and adults. All events are free, unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit

Cave Creek Regional Park February 8 • 10am Bring the kids to the Nature Center for storytime with children’s book author Sharon I. Ritt. She will be reading her book GQ GQ. Where Are You? Adventures of a Gambel’s Quail. Ritt will also share story related activities and lots of fun. She is a retired teacher, author, storyteller and singer. February 14 • 5pm Don’t waste a full moon. Spend a romantic evening with your Valentine sweetheart hiking hand-in-hand through the desert night. Meet at the Nature Center. February 15 • 9am Try your hand at “panning” for gold. Learn about the rich mining history of the region and how prospectors sought their fortune! Meet at the Nature Center. February 15 • 12pm Join the adventure and explore the Clay Mine. Bring water, a flashlight and a camera. No pets, please. Park at the Nature Center and follow the directions at the trailhead kiosk to the Clay Mine. This program is in open house format so participants may join at their convenience during the scheduled time frame. The last tour is at 1:30pm.



February 16 • 9am Join the ranger to venture out on the Flume Trail. This rugged trail will take hikers to its namesake flume. Once there, the Ranger will discuss the history and purpose of the flume. February 28 • 8am Come out and explore the Quartz Trail with Coni, who will be the guide for this excursion and show guests why it is called the “Quartz” trail. Meet at the Nature Center. Park hours are Sunday through Thursday from 6am-8pm and Friday through Saturday from 6am-10pm all year. The cost is $6 per vehicle, day-use entry fee (no additional fees for programs, unless otherwise noted). Directions from Central Phoenix, take I-17 north to Carefree Highway (SR 74). Exit Carefree Highway and travel east to 32nd Street (7 miles). Turn north on 32nd Street to the Cave Creek Regional Park entrance. Visit www.maricopa. gov/parks/cave_creek.

Spur Cross Conservation

Exploring Spur Cross February 19 • 9am Join park ranger Kevin Smith for a two hour introductory exploration of Spur Cross. From its Hohokam prehistory and historic gold mining to the romantic days when Spur Cross meant vacation from a saddle, explore the wonders of Spur Cross. (easy)

Elephant Mountain Fortress Hike February 9 • 9am Join in for a 7 mile/5 hour round trip trek into the backcountry to one of the premier archaeological sites in the conservation area. Participants need to be in good condition and familiar with what hiking on primitive trails for this distance entails. Bring at least one liter of water. It’s recommended that you bring a hat and dress in layers. No dogs on the hike please. (difficult)

Dragonfly Trail Exploration February 26 • 9am Join interpretive ranger Kevin Smith on this exploration of the Dragonfly Trail. On this moderate 3.5 mile loop hike you will visit a prehistoric rock art site and stroll along a beautiful section of riparian habitat on Cave Creek. (moderate)

Full Moon Hike February 14 • 7pm The conservation area is a different experience when seen softly illuminated by the silver moon. There will be an attempt to minimize the use of flashlights, however they can be used as needed.

Friday Fitness Walk February 28 • 9am Get your day started with a 2-3 mile brisk, non-interpretive walk through the conservation area. Participants need not be tri-athletes, just ordinary folks who would like to add diversity to their existing walking program. Wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. (moderate)

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Hohokam Houses: The Ruins of Spur Cross February 1 • 9am Join in for a 2.5 mile hike that will introduce the rich archaeological history of the area. See evidence of prehistoric Hohokam dwellings and learn about their culture as you trek up to one of the mesa-top compounds.




Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area is located at 44000 North Spur Cross Road, in Cave Creek. Call 480.488.6601 for more information or visit for a full monthly calendar of events.




Variety Of Events Slated At Museum The popular Authors’ Month returns this month at the Cave Creek Museum. The lineup includes Patrick Grady, author of Cave Creek and Carefree on February 1; Michael Sanford, author of Rock Springs Arizona History Series, on February 8; Carolina Butler, author of Oral History of the Yavapai, on February 15 and Grace Meeth, author of Letters from Home: The 1855 to 1913 Correspondence of a Colorado Pioneer, on February 22. The authors will speak from 2-3pm each week in the historic church, followed by a meet and greet, book signing and refreshments. Admission is free. The Museum is also hosting a special Come to a Valentine Party children’s program from 1:30-3:30pm on February 9. The free, family-friendly Valentine’s Day-themed event for kids and adults will feature historic Valentine’s Day cards and include crafts and games geared towards the holiday and Arizona’s birthday, which also falls on February 14. Registration is requested since space is limited. March is Archaeology Month and families and friends are also invited to attend the annual Archaeology EXPO at Spur Cross from 9am-3pm on March 1 at the Spur Cross Conservation Area. Cave Creek Museum is one of several participants in this event, which includes hikes to archaeological sites, booths, crafts, lectures, pottery and flint-knapping demonstrations and many hands-on children’s activities. Hikes require water, a hat, sunscreen and appropriate hiking shoes. Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 Skyline Drive in Cave Creek. For more information, call 480.488.2764 or visit


Take A Hike Arizona Ribbon Cutting Pictured: Tom Thieding, owner of Take A Hike Arizona (holding the scissors), along with members of the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce and the Cave Creek community. The event was held January 16. Take a Hike Arizona is located at the Spur Cross Stables, 44029 North Spur Cross Road in Cave Creek. For more information, call 480.488.2905 or visit

Find your favorite, funky find in downtown Cave Creek at the next Thieves Market, which will be held on February 1 from 9am-3pm. The entry fee to the outdoor flea market is $1. There is an average of 60 plus vendors with items including vintage, hand crafted and home and garden pieces. “Savvy shoppers, compulsive collectors and weekend warriors can expect to find unique, old and handcrafted items that simply can’t be found in a traditional shopping venue,” says organizer Mickey Meulenbeek. There is limited parking in front of the lot but plenty throughout town. Wear sturdy shoes and bring cash. Not all vendors accept credit cards. Located at the northeast corner of Old Schoolhouse and Cave Creek Road.

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Community Library Offers Wealth Of Resources For residents looking to keep up on the latest news, enjoy story time with the little one or participate in a book club, the Black Canyon City Community Library is an excellent resource. Every Wednesday, the Library hosts Story Time from 10:30-11:30am. On Thursday, February 13 from 3-4pm, the Ladies Book Discussion will convene. The Library is also an excellent online resource, with eBooks, an Arizona Statewiede Database (offering thousands of online articles and images from journals, newspapers and more), as well as access to the more current Consumer Reports and the Heritage Quest genealogy portal, among others. Located at 34701 South Old Black Canyon Highway, the Library is open from 9am-7pm Tuesday-Thursday, and 9am-5pm Friday-Saturday. For more information, call 623.374.5866 or visit yavapai/blackcanyon.asp.

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Rabies Shot Clinic Sanders Ranch Supply will hold a rabies shot clinic from 10am-2pm Saturday, February 8 and Saturday, March 8. Sanders carries a complete selection of feed, tack and animal supplies and accessories. The store is open 10am-6pm Tuesday through Saturday, and is located at 20305 E Squaw Valley Road in Black Canyon City. For more information, call 623.374.5570 or visit http://

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Dulce, 13, has never had a family to call her own. She was abandoned by her biological parents and then again by adoptive parents. Her childhood has been a series of foster and group home placements without a home to call her own. “I think Dulce’s had a lot of people give up on her from an early age,” says Amanda Jones, her CPS case manager. “I think the kind of family she needs is just someone who can be consistent, who she knows isn’t going to go running for the hills.” Dulce is a tomboy at heart and spends her free time at the YMCA. “Sometimes, I like to go to the Y to work out my upper body and my lower body. ‘Cause when I first came to the group home, I was like this,” she says pointing to her stomach. “But now, I’m losing a lot of weight.” Physical fitness is important to Dulce and so is playing team sports. “When I was playing flag football, I always caught the ball and I made like three or four touchdowns,” she says. Because Dulce has never experienced stability


Aid to Adoption of Special Kids in her life, her education has suffered. A family who can provide consistency and build a positive rapport with Dulce will make a positive difference in her life. “She’s never had any stability. It would help her in her relationships with her peers and everyone else,” Jones says. “She just needs a person, someone who’s going to stick with her and Thirteen-year-old Dulce is looking for a not give up on her.” loving, stable family to Dulce is looking for good call her own – one that will not only love her, parents who will not only love her, but celebrate her. but celebrate her. “Somebody who loves me, takes me places, gives me a roof over my head and shoes on my feet and clothes on my back,” Dulce says. “And buy me gifts during my birthday.” For more information, call 602.254.2275 or visit

Northeast Valley

Honor Walk To Raise Funds For Local Veterans’ Organizations Thousands of Arizonans will walk to honor Arizona’s military veterans at the 2014 Honor Walk & 5K Fun Run Sunday, February 23. The walk starts and ends at U.S. Airways Center in Downtown Phoenix and passes by Wesley Bolin Plaza. Enjoy vintage military aircraft flyovers, music, color guards, the USS Arizona replica, the “Remember the Fallen” exhibit and a stirring pre-walk ceremony, all to raise funds for local veterans groups. The Honor Walk Foundation helps Arizona military vets find links to all kinds of help, from networking and career services, to connecting with business mentors. Veterans can create profiles and resume pages on the site and network with veteran and non-veteran business leaders. Plenty of parking is available. To register, visit

Each month, the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce hosts a networking breakfast meeting, which includes a speaker on relevant topics and an opportunity for everyone present to introduce themselves and connect with prospective customers,. In addition after-hours mixers are hosted each month by a different member. The Chamber is committed to promoting a dynamic and vital economy that serves the needs of its community. For more information, call 480.488.3381 or visit Local First Arizona will hold its next monthly “no agenda” Lunch Mixer February 5 from 11:30am-1pm at Evo, 4175 North Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale. Evening Mixers are also held monthly from 6-8pm. The 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 February 12 from 10:45am-1pm at Phoenix Country Club, 2901 North 7th Street in Phoenix. The program, “The Science and Power of Imagination,” will be presented by Austin Vickers. 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 February 11 from 11:00am-1:30pm at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix. Its next Networking Luncheon will be held February 25 at Catch 22 from 11:30am-1:30pm. Learn about how you can connect with your North Valley community and help grow your business. For more information, visit or call 602.482.3344. The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its next AM Connect networking event Thursday, February 20 from 7:30-9am (location TBD). The Chamber will hold a Business Owners Forum February 14 from 8-9am at its office, which is located at 7501 East McCormick Parkway, #202N, in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.355.2700 or visit

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February 6

Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park

Lonestar: The Acoustic Tour

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

La Bayadère “The Temple Dancer” Ballet Arizona at Symphony Hall; 602.381.1096

Betty Buckley in Concert

February 1-27

Native Trails Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts February 3

Irish Rovers Musical Instrument Museum; 480.478.6000 February 4

Carolyn Wonderland Musical Instrument Museum February 4-9

The Wizard of OZ ASU Gammage February 6



Celebrity Theatre; 602.267.1600, Extension 1

Bella Notte Phoenix Opera at Mesa Arts Center

February 13-16

February 1

Higley Center for the Performing Arts

Photo courtesy of Amery Bohling Fine Art

February 6 Scottsdale Arts District; 480.990.3939 February 22

SOS Family Day: The “Science of Sound”

Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Instrument Museum February 14-16

3rd Annual Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival

Average White Band Talking Stick Resort; 480.850.7777

Playing G for Peace

February 15 ASU Gammage

February 7-23

The Jungle Book

February 15-16

Valley Youth Theatre; 602.253.8188, Extension 2

58th Annual VNSA Used Book Sale

February 8

Arizona State Fairgrounds; 602.265.6805

61st Annual Parada Del Sol Rodeo Parade & Jaycee’s Trail’s End Party; 480.990.3179 February 8-9

February 17

Imagine Dragons

February 9

Chris Thile

Arizona Opera, Ballet Arizona and Phoenix Symphony At Symphony Hall February 22-23

24th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest Heard Museum; 602.252.8848

February 22

TRIO Gala, “¡Amor! – An Evening of Passion”

30th Annual Matsuri: A Festival of Japan Heritage Square; 602.262.5029

US Airways Center February 19

San Francisco Opera: Grand Opera Cinema Series Aida by Giuseppe Verdi Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

February 9-16


February 22

American Liberty Festival


Scottsdale Waterfront; 480.837.5637

February 7; 480.837.1654

February 14

24th Annual Western ArtWalk

Musical Instrument Museum

Sunday A’Fair

February 19

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Roberta Flack Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

February 6

February 9-23


The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival

TAO: Phoenix Rising

Various Harkins locations

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Pub Rock; 480.945.4985

February 21

February 21-23

The Great Arizona Puppet Theater; 602.262.2050

John Michael Montgomery


28th Annual Great Fair

The Big Bug Circus

February 1

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

January 29 – February 16

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts; 480.499.8587

February 13

Paul Taylor Dance Company

February 20

February 23

SoloDuo Musical Instrument Museum February 23

Scottsdale Philharmonic Concert Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Continued, page 50

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Continued from page 48 February 24

Pixies Comerica Theatre February 26 – March 29

Cactus League Spring Training February 27

4th Annual Native Arts ArtWalk

February 28 – March 2

Scottsdale Arts District

La Traviata

February 27

Arizona Opera at Phoenix Symphony Hall; 602.266.7464

Guitar Passions: Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan, Romero Lubambo Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

February 28 – March 2

61st Annual Parada Del Sol Rodeo

February 28



L.A. Theatre Works: The Graduate

Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Arizona Broadway Theatre

February 28 – March 30

• Tickets to the 26th Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival: Cindy Lundstrom of Phoenix • Tickets to Arizona Broadway Theatre’s Kiss Me Kate: Marlene Stephens of Black Canyon City • Tickets to ASU Kerr Cultural Center to see Dave Stamey: Donna Ropp of Scottsdale

• Tickets to Arizona Theatre Company’s Other Desert Cities: Randi Wikler of Scottsdale • Tickets to Clint Black at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts: Pat Gratton of Cave Creek • Tickets to see Valley Youth Theatre’s The Jungle Book: Nancy Baker of Cave Creek Congratulations to you all!




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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

One is never too old to enjoy The Cat in the Hat, and Childsplay is honoring the birthday of its author Saturday, February 15 with a Dr. Seuss celebration. The party will include crafts, activities, games, snacks and photo opportunities…not to mention birthday cake. All of the fun and festivities are followed at 4pm by a performance of Childsplay’s Cat in the Hat. From the moment his tall, red-and-whitestriped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly a rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in The Hat, the fun’s never done. Cat in the Hat runs through March 16. The party begins at 2pm and costs $35 per person (includes admission to the play). Children must be accompanied by an adult. The party, and the play, take place at Tempe Center for the Arts, located at 700 West Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. For more information, call 480.350.2822 or visit

In Light and Shadow At Phoenix Art Museum



In the stark contrast of black and white, the colorful cultures, landscapes and lives of the Southwest come brilliantly to life through the prints of Gene Kloss (1903-1996). Born Alice Geneva Glazier in Oakland, California, Kloss visited Taos, New Mexico, in 1925 while on her honeymoon with “A Bygone Day in Santa Fe” writer and composer Phillips Kloss. Traveling by car, they took along her 60-lb printing press, which she cemented to a rock in their camp yard, an act that demonstrated her life-long commitment to printmaking. Returning to Taos each summer, she and Phillips settled there in 1945. Through her exceptional artistic skills, Kloss emerged as one of the few women to break gender boundaries in the largerly male-dominated Taos school. Today, she is remembered and honored as one of the most important American printmakers. Gene Kloss: In Light and Shadow features rarely-seen paintings along with more than 50 prints that exemplify her etching techniques of applying acid directly to the press plates with fine Japanese brushes and pencils. This technique resulted in compelling scenes that alternate between richly dark and softly luminous, evoking a sense of wonder that brings each small scene resoundingly to light and life. The exhibit runs through April 6 at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue in Phoenix. For more information, call 602.257.1222 or visit

Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) will hold its inaugural black-tie fundraising event Saturday, February 22. The Broadway Ball will be an elegant event and is expected to become the nonprofit theatre’s major annual fundraising event in support of ABT’s artistic, educational and charitable programs. The Ball will be held at the theatre and feature an evening of dining and entertainment as well as silent and live auctions that will include dining, sports and travel packages. Experiences, opportunities and memorabilia unique to the Arizona Broadway Theatre will also be offered during the auctions to raise funds for the nonprofit. “The Broadway Ball is a way for us to celebrate the arts, the community and ABT as a prominent gathering place in the Valley,” say Kiel Klaphake,

executive producer at ABT. “Because we are a nonprofit organization, we aim to benefit the community for many years to come. This annual event will help us sustain our existing programs and develop new ones that will enrich lives, not only in the West Valley, but across the state of Arizona and beyond.” Doors will open at 6pm, with guests being welcomed by live entertainment and passed hors d’oeuvres to accompany silent auction bidding. The house will open for the dining portion of the evening at 7pm, followed by the evening’s program. An after-party with dancing in the theatre lobby will conclude the festive evening. For additional information or to request an invitation, call 623.776.8400. To learn more, visit


Inaugural Broadway Ball Fundraiser To Be Held

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Valentine’s Fun For All Are you looking for family-friendly ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day will all of your little sweethearts? Here are just a few ideas to entertain children and parents alike. February 7-9 – Valentine Gift & Card Making Fun Children age two to 12 will get to make beautiful, handmade Valentine’s Day cards and gifts for family members and friends at KidsPark hourly child care center. There will also be a chocolate fountain set up where children will have a great time dipping fruits and treats into chocolate. Cost is $8 per hour for one child; $4per hour for the second sibling; and $3 per hour for each additional sibling. KidsPark is located at 4848 East Cactus Road, #220, in Scottsdale. For more information, call 602.788.2445 or visit February 14 – Valentine’s Day Character Dinner with Elmo On Valentine’s Day, dress your little one up in his or her favorite red, Elmo costume or T-shirt and attend a special Character Dinner at the Play Factory for families with Elmo himself as the special guest. This fun-filled event will be held from 5:15-6:45pm. The dinner will include pizza and drinks for the whole family. Cost is $35 per family. Limit two adults and three children per family. There is a $10 charge for any additional child or adult. The Play Factory at Desert Ridge Marketplace features a giant climbing play



structure, bounce houses with slides, rock climbing walls, a video game playing area, an in-house café, an old-fashioned candy shop and more. Parents must remain on the premises with their children. Socks are required to play. Advanced registration is required. The Play Factory is located at 21001 North Tatum Boulevard in Phoenix. For more information, call 480.473.7529 or February 15 – Valentine-Themed Kids’ Night Out & Sleepover In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics Center will host an exciting Valentine-themed Kids’ Night Out for ages three to 13. Children will get to enjoy special cookie decorating and a great evening of gymnastics, organized games, sports, jumping in a bounce house and on trampolines, and then wind down the evening by watching a movie. Kids’ Night Out is from 6-10pm. The cost is $25 per child with a $5 off sibling discount. Pizza, snacks and drinks are included. The additional sleepover option is for ages five to 13. Pick-up is at 8:30am and breakfast will be served. The cost for the Kids’ Night Out & Sleepover is $45 per child; $40 for additional siblings. Advanced registration is required. There is a $5 fee for same-day registration. There’s also easy online registration. Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics Center is located at 3110 East Thunderbird Road in Phoenix. For more information, call 602.992.5790 or


YOUTH & EDUCATION YMCA After-School Programs And More While Desert Foothills Family YMCA offers a number of activities for the whole family year-round, during the school year, Desert Foothills offers a number of great after-school opportunities for children. The Homework Club runs five days a week and allows students to access computers in the tech center to work on homework, in addition to homework help provided by staff. Teens can hang out with friends Monday-Friday, 3-8pm, get help on school work and take advantage of supervised access to other YMCA amenities including “Life Fitness” equipment, pool table, Ping-Pong, foosball table, TV and video games. Other ongoing programs include Parent’s Night Out, Afterschool Recreation, Ballet, Girls Only Night, Midnight Madness, Teen Only Open Gym and Teen Enlightenment Group. This spring and summer, residents can take advantage of Spring Break Camp and a number of summer adventure camps. Desert Foothills Family YMCA is located at 34250 North 60th Street in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.596.9622 or visit and click on “Locations” to find the Desert Foothills site.

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It all starts in elementary school credit contribution goes directly to – fundamental lessons begin in students. Your donation supports pre-school and Kindergarten and education and will be used for continue to develop beforeand after-school through each grade level. programs, music competitions, Pre-school Roundups and tutoring, field trips, overnight Kindergarten Roundups trips and athletic programs. are now underway. For We are proud to announce dates, times and locations, that SUSD has 13 more National please visit Board Certified (NBC) Teachers If you can’t make and one teacher who the scheduled renewed her credentials. Roundup, please DR. DAVID PETERSON With financial call the school to assistance from the Superintendent Scottsdale Unified School District arrange a tour. SUSD Foundation, they At SUSD, we offer students completed the rigorous coursework robust core academic offerings and to advance their teaching careers. a wide-range of elective courses SUSD has 71 NBC teachers. that meet the needs of all learners SUSD was recently recognized from pre-school to 12th grade. In as one of two districts in our classrooms, students engage Arizona and one of 477 school in curriculum designed to help districts nationwide honored by them reach their highest academic the College Board with placement potential and personal growth. on the Fourth Annual Advanced SUSD students can participate in Placement (AP) District Honor extracurricular activities, including Roll. This distinction is for sports and fine and performing increasing access to AP course arts programs. Our high school work, while simultaneously students have the opportunity to maintaining or increasing the attend virtual classrooms to learn percentage of students earning at an accelerated pace or for credit scores of three or higher on recovery. Visit for a AP exams. complete listing of course offerings. Thank you to those who made To contact Dr. Peterson, call a tax credit contribution that will 480.484.6100. For more information enrich the education of students. on the Scottsdale Unified School One hundred percent of your tax District, visit


Interactive Fun Powered by National Geographic Kids Paradise Valley Mall recently partnered with National Geographic Kids to offer free, fun-filled educational Kids Club programs for parents and children. Each month, different themed activities and games will focus on discovery through play. In February, children can explore the theme “Castles.” The Club events take place every Tuesday in Dillard’s Court at 10am. Paradise Valley Mall is located at 4568 East Cactus Road in Phoenix. For more information, visit or call 602.996.8840.


FOOD & WINE Celebrating The Brew Around Arizona By Kathryn M. Miller


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Diversity is the buzzword Fate Brewing Company when it comes to beer in 2014 – and regional craft beers are where you will find it. Long gone are the days of simply “beer” and “beer light.” From ales to stouts; bitter, bock and barleywine; fruit lambic to Rauchbier – there is a flavor and style for just about every palate. Regional craft beers have experienced a steady increase in popularity in recent years. In Arizona that popularity equated to a total economic impact of $278 million in 2011. This economic activity produced 3,486 jobs and, currently, there more than 35 craft breweries comprising the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild. Photo courtesy of Fate Brewing Company Residents across the state can stop in at local breweries and experience a broad range of unique brews crafted on-site. In the Valley, breweries such as BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Fate Brewing Company, North Mountain Brewing, O.H.S.O. Eatery and nanoBrewery, Sonoran Brewing Company and The Phoenix Ale Brewery (to name just a few) boast not only fresh beer concepts, but fantastic food – with everything from a panini lunch menu and family dining to gourmet pizza and eclectic continental cuisine. This month, the Guild celebrates all things beer with Arizona Beer Week, taking place February 15-22. Kicking off the statewide festivities is the 14th Annual Arizona Strong Beer Festival, held at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix February 15. Other highlights of the beer-centric week include: • February 17 – Fate Tap Takeover at Fate Brewing Company, Scottsdale • February 18 – Collaboration Rare Beer Dinner featuring Four Peaks Brewing and SanTan Brewing, Chandler


February 19 – Wanderlust Brewing Company Tap Takeover, Flagstaff

February 20 – Brew Master’s Dinner at Barrio Brewing Company, Tucson

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


wo things that come together for a perfect pairing are wine and chocolate. Why do chocolate and wine go so well together? One of the reasons is that chocolate has different levels of tannins, as does wine. When pairing a chocolate think about the tannin level in both. Typically the darker the chocolate, the bolder the tannins.

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Are you ready for some football?! How about some delicious food and a twofer? Roaring Fork and Salty Sow invite guests to celebrate Superbowl Sunday, February 2, with a “Dinner on Us” special. Diners will enjoy buy one entrée, get one free beginning at 4pm. Signature dinner entrées by Michael Bouwens, executive chef at Roaring Fork, include Big Ass Burger, Spit Roasted Double Cut Pork Chop, Boneless Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Cedar Planked Salmon, Grilled Fish Tacos and Rainbow Trout. Signature dishes from Harold Marmulstein, Salty Sow’s executive chef, include Milk Braised Pork Shoulder, Crisp Chicken Thighs, Slow Cooked Beef Shoulder and Petite Bone-In Filets. Roaring Fork is located at 4800 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 1700, in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.947.0795 or visit Salty Sow is located at 4801 East Cactus Road in Phoenix. For more information, call 602.795.9463 or visit


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Scottsdale Healthcare Free Health Presentations

Area residents can get helpful health information from knowledgeable professionals during free “Ask the Healthcare Expert” community presentations sponsored by Scottsdale Healthcare in February. February 5 – Shingles, MRSA and Flu: Protect Yourself! You’ve heard about shingles, MRSA and influenza. Now get important details from an expert in infection control on symptoms to watch for, treatments and how to stay healthy and germ-free. The presentation will be 7-8pm at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 10500 North 90th Street, Scottsdale. February 11 – What You Don’t Know About Your Heart A cardiac nurse shares commonly held but mistaken beliefs about heart disease and replaces these myths with truths to keep you on the best path to a healthier heart. The presentation will be 1-2pm at Appaloosa Library, 7377 East Silverstone Drive, Scottsdale. February 13 – The “Eyes” Have it From dry eyes and astigmatism to cataracts and macular degeneration, your eyes can be subject to health issues as you age. Learn how to preserve your vision as a physician shares his insights on eye health. The presentation will be 1-2pm at Civic Center Auditorium, 3839 North Drinkwater Boulevard, lower level, Scottsdale.

February 20 – Bladder Health and Incontinence A Scottsdale Healthcare physician will discuss overactive bladder, incontinence, common infections, surgical and nonsurgical treatment options and more. The presentation will be 1-2pm at Desert Foothills Library, 38443 North Schoolhouse Road, Cave Creek. February 27 – Hot Topics in Urology Don’t miss an interactive session covering kidney health, prostate issues, laparoscopic and robotic techniques, kidney and bladder cancer treatments and other current topics in urology. The presentation will be 1-2pm at Civic Center Auditorium. To register or for more information, call 480.882.4636 or visit www.shc. org/events (select Ask the Expert).

Tango Your Way To Fitness

February 19 – On Sound Footing: The Health of Your Feet Learn about foot health, common foot conditions, footwear mistakes, heel pain, nail and skin disorders and more from an expert. Bring your questions! The presentation will be 7-8pm at Barnes & Noble Booksellers.



Self-improvement and weight loss are the most popular New Year’s resolutions, but 40 percent of all folks will cancel their gym membership within six months of registering. Bored with barbells? Tired of the treadmill? That’s why dance is the hot new fitness craze this year as a growing number of people trade in their cross trainers for dance shoes to shimmy into shape. “Dance provides the health benefits people crave in an exhilarating environment that changes with new moves and easyto-learn routines so you don’t get bored or frustrated,” says Jack Rothweiler, president and CEO of Fred Astaire Dance Studios. “There can be gain without pain! Studies prove dance helps people lose weight and feel better. Why it’s better in the ballroom: • Weight Loss – Studies show that dancing continuously for 30 minutes has the same impact on weight loss as walking, swimming or cycling.

• Consistency counts – A weekly dance program improves physical performance and increases energy levels among adults. • Heart Health – Consistent social dance exercise leads to a slower heart rate, lower blood pressure and improved cholesterol levels. • Bone up – Even if you’ve got two left feet, you’ll want them to remain strong! Dancing boosts bone density, along with muscle strength and coordination. • Stress Buster – Research reveals dancing with a partner or by yourself to music is a great way to relieve stress. • Tango on – In a study of 100 adults, doing the tango resulted in lower levels of depression, stress and anxiety. Tango dance also lessened the degree of sleep disturbance and insomnia. Find a Fred Astaire Dance Studio location or learn more at http://

OB Sports Performance Club, an innovative online portal dedicated to the health and wellness of golfers, wants to empower each player’s game while helping them attain their fitness goals. The latest offering from Scottsdale based OB Sports Golf Management, and operated by golf-fitness specialist, Adam Huycke, the program offers a premium membership for less than $10 per month that includes access to weekly workout routines, performance tips from industry experts covering nutrition, mental

preparation, injury prevention and much more. The OB Sports Performance Club also has a standalone product – the “Performance Tool Kit.” The Tool Kit is a 21-day roadmap to better health and performance, on and off the course. It includes more than two-and-a-half hours of video content and a series of PDF downloads. As an overweight child who weighed nearly 200 pounds at the age of 11, Huycke struggled with team sports. With the help of a personal trainer, he would go on to lose more than 40 pounds, all while discovering a passion for the game of golf,

and more importantly a better way of life. “My studies of the body, along with my own trial and error, have led me to perform at my peak on the golf course and helped to shred my gut along the way,” Huycke shares. “It is now my mission to help others discover these same physical attributes that have empowered my game and my life.” OB Sports Golf manages a number of worldclass facilities throughout the Valley and across the state. For additional information on the Performance Club, visit http://


Get Your Game (And Health) Back In The Swing Of Things

Amenzone Fitness Opens New Location

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Amenzone Fitness is a back-to-basics training zone tailored for athletically minded people. Its style of training promotes a natural workout that uses clean tires and one’s own body strength and movement to stay fit. More energy, a positive outlook and obvious physical results Amenzone Fitness Founder and CEO Amen Iseghohi are all outcomes of such training. Amenzone Fitness opened its newest Arizona location in DC Ranch on January 18. The 3,220-square-foot facility is located at 17060 North Thompson Peak Parkway and is the first to feature a boxing ring. The DC Ranch franchise is owned and operated by boxing coach JD Durso and fighter/trainer Amy Sico. “We are excited to add a franchise that maintains our primal philosophy while adding a boxing ring to combine for a truly unique experience,” says Amen Iseghohi, founder and CEO of Amenzone Fitness. “The first time I saw Sico in the boxing ring with Durso in her corner, I knew immediately the Durso and Sico partnership would be a knockout for Amenzone Fitness.” In addition to Amenzone Fitness’ signature primal group classes offered, the DC Ranch location will offer a multitude of boxing services including group classes and personal training. Through a combination of primal and boxing classes, complimented by Amenzone’s unique training philosophy, members can expect to get both a physical and mental workout. For more information, call 480.473.0965 or visit



DESTINATIONS Masters Of The Southwest Showcased At Historic Arizona Landmark The Wigwam Resort will host the Fourth Annual Wigwam Festival of Fine Art – an extraordinary three-day celebration featuring nationally recognized artists, Native American dancers, storytellers and musicians – February 14-16. Discover some of the Southwest’s most accomplished fine artists and craftsmen, exhibiting in a stunning outdoor gallery setting on the majestic front lawn of the resort. Widely recognized by collectors, this event draws award winning artists from across the country portraying Western, Native American and Southwestern subject matter and includes participating members of such prestigious organizations as The Western Artists of America, Cowboy Artists of America and Southwest Premier Artists. Tourists, collectors and art enthusiasts alike will share a rare opportunity to meet and visit with Sculpture by Kim Obrzut nationally recognized artists and craftsmen while strolling through the gardens and enjoying the enchanting sounds of awardwinning Native American musicians. Festival highlights include spectacular al fresco dining, wine tasting and dance performances by five-time world champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan of the Yellow Bird Dancers. Wigwam Resort is located at 300 East Wigwam Boulevard in Litchfield Park. For more information, visit

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and with the 14th falling on a Friday this year, it offers a perfect opportunity for a long weekend with the one you love. Just a quick hour and a half outside of the Valley, Cottonwood offers gorgeous winter temps and plenty of fun, romantic things to do – from wine tasting rooms ( and restaurants, antiques and art galleries to historic tours and nature trails…and everything in between. The Old Town Center for the Arts also offers a continuous line-up of fantastic performances. Coming up February 14, enjoy a Valentine’s Day concert with Anthony Mazzella. A regular at the Center, Mazzella returns to dazzle and astound concertgoers with his deft abilities on acoustic and electric guitars. The technical proficiency required to execute his finger-style guitar technique is nothing short of amazing. The concert begins at 7pm and tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information, visit

Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon to be honored

Chocoholics will revel in the Verde Canyon Railroad Chocolate Lovers’ Festival, which takes place February 14-16. Stimulate the taste buds and sense of smell with the delight of rich chocolate aboard Verde Canyon Railroad. This sweet celebration fills the first-class cars with the intoxicating perfume of chocolate via sweet pastries, luscious hand-dipped candies and a flowing milk chocolate fountain for immersing fruit, marshmallow and pretzels. Sweethearts can share nibbles of delectable cakes and desserts while enjoying the tastiest treat of all, the decadent, wild scenery of the Verde Canyon. The sight of the meandering river, soaring eagles and hawks, dramatic rock formations and cliff dwellings and the Railroad’s historic trestles and tunnel provide a continuous visual treat for the senses as the ride unfolds. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit

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The Sedona International Film Festival consistently attracts the finest producers, directors, filmmakers, documentarians, screenwriters and actors to the weeklong event that brings more than 10,000 film lovers to Sedona’s world-famous red rocks. The Festival will reach a milestone this year as it celebrates its 20th year of showcasing independent filmmaking from February 22 – March 2. Selections will include up to 160 films in a range of categories from World Cinema to Documentaries Making a Difference and from Sedona Green to Family Films and Classics. Among films already accepted into the Festival: The Girl on the Bicycle from Jeremy Leven who wrote The Notebook; Forrest Whitaker’s new film, Repentances; Bridegroom from writer-producerdirector Linda Bloodworth Thomason and her husband, Harry; and the premiere of These Storied Streets from producer Thomas Morgan. Special events include presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Academy Awardwinner Susan Sarandon, whose recent attention has been focused on cause-related filmmaking, during “An Evening with Susan Sarandon.” Also scheduled this year is a Tribute to MGM Musicals with awards presented in honor of former films stars and Sedona residents Donald O’Connor and Anne Miller, the Festival’s first Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. Country music star Brad Paisley, whose films have been screened in Sedona, will make a special appearance and present a new project, followed by a Q&A session. The full list of films, presenters and panelists is available online at For tickets through the Festival box office, call 928.282.1177.


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CITYPETS WestWorld Goes To The Dogs This Month National event to draw thousands WestWorld will play host to thousands of dogs from all over the country as they converge for the Southwest’s largest dog show on grass – the Fiesta Cluster Dog Show. Top show dogs will compete for top honors at this national event. Dog lovers can watch as the country’s most agile dogs compete during four days of agility trials. Specialty shows during the event include breeds such as the Bernese Mountain Dog, boxer, bulldog, collie, dalmatian, Samoyed, Weimaraner and many more. The Show runs February 27 – March 3. For more information, visit


CHEETO Four-and-a-half-year-old Male Cheeto is a cool cat – very laid back except when you open a can of wet food. He curls up in the cat tree for a snooze and then roams around to see who is up for some playtime. Cheeto would be a great addition to any cat-loving family. He is waiting for you and a forever home. Adoption fee is $35. Foothills Animal Rescue is located at 23030 North Pima Road in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.488.9890 or visit

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Pima North Animal Hospital has a new doctor on staff to help serve the community. Dr. Bret Andrea is originally from Buffalo, N.Y. Prior to moving to Arizona in 2013, Dr. Andrea worked for several years as a general practitioner in San Diego. He is dedicated to ensuring that his clients have a good understanding of their animal’s conditions so they can make the best decisions for their family. In his free time, Dr. Andrea enjoys hiking, biking, running, movies, attending concerts and most of all, spending time with his family including his wife and their two dogs, Finnegan and Olive. Pima North Animal Hospital is located 8864 East Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite K-1, in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.630.2459 or visit

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It took me a long time to learn how to swim. My parents, not good swimmers themselves, faithfully drove me to swimming lessons every week for many years. They were determined that I would learn to swim. I might be the only person in history to flunk the YMCA swimming classes of tadpole and minnow twice each. The problem was fear. I was absolutely terrified to go under the water and hold my breath. However, something happened to me as I watched a trusted friend swim so effortlessly.

Now that a new year has begun and change is in the air, why not look at your kitchen in a new way, too? You may have made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or you may just want to eat and live healthier. Your kitchen is an easy place to start and the design possibilities are easy to implement. Don’t take it too seriously and have fun creating your unique culinary space.



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Take Heart: Valentine Resolutions

Lay in a good supply of coffee before cracking the spine of Arizona author Linda Andrews’ Redaction. Oh yeah, this book will keep you awake and turning pages all night long.

How ya doing with those New Year’s resolutions, gentle reader? Totally busted already, right? That’s one reason I don’t even bother. Even when I set the bar pretty low – no more citizen’s arrests, humming the theme from “Green Acres” or attempting to move small objects with my mind – I find myself slacking off by Groundhog Day.


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A Few Of Your Favorite Things One of my favorite things is a lovely seaside garden of wildflowers. This photo was taken near the Old Port in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico.



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