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magine being able to live independently in one’s own home well into the golden years. It’s a dream for many, but the reality is that as people grow older, their needs become greater as resources begin to diminish. Activities like going to a doctor’s appointment or shopping for groceries become challenging when one no longer drives. Social life may suffer too, especially for those who are a widow or widower or a transplant from another state who may not have family nearby. Fortunately, more than 2,500 people in the Phoenix area have been able to stay in their homes and live more fulfilling lives because of the nonprofit Foothills Caring Corps (FCC). Since 1999, Carefree’s FCC has helped older adults and those with disabilities live independently while still being a part of the community. Those that the organization helps are referred to as “Neighbors.” These

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Neighbors live in the organization’s service area, which includes Carefree, Cave Creek, North Phoenix and North Scottsdale. Executive director Debbra Determan says isolation and loneliness is something many seniors and others living on their own deal with all too often, and that the organization’s goal is, “to help Neighbors build their resources, so they are surrounded by support.” Studies have shown that isolation can be detrimental to mental and physical health, often resulting in people being forced to leave their homes and move into care facilities. Eighty-five percent of FCC Neighbors live alone, but Determan says that even Neighbors who live with their children need social interaction or transportation — many seniors are home alone all day because their adult children are at work. FCC’s services include medical transportation, van trips to social events, mobile meals, mobility equipment loans, pet therapy, friendly visiting and phoning, business/computer help, handyman services, caregiver relief, shopping assistance, a lock-box program and more. Since its start-up beginnings in 1999, the organization has had steady growth in both the number of Neighbors served and the volunteers that have been recruited. Fast forward to 2019 when, as of October, FCC had provided 35,782 hours of service, which included more than 10,400 meals, 5,955 van trips and 4,438 medicaltransportation trips. While the Foothills Caring Corps has almost a dozen paid staff, the organization’s volunteers are critical to its success, with

Volunteers and community partners help make it possible Longtime FCC volunteer Caroline Turner

more than 1,600 registered volunteers, 475 of which are regularly active. Also vital to the organization is the support of its community partners and residents. In late November, they partnered with the Town of Carefree and Kiwanis Club of Carefree to launch the “Season for Caring” initiative benefiting the many deserving seniors in the area. Residents are invited to help FCC “bring joy, friendship and a holiday gift to our Neighbors,” says Determan. [Read Season for Caring on page 23.] The nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization raised $650,000 in 2018–19 and hopes to meet its goal of $720,000 in 2019–20. Community members who would like to help support FCC in its mission can learn more at www.foothillscaringcorps.com.

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“I want to be the unwobbling pivot at the center of an ever-revolving universe; I want to be still.”

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~ Charlie Crews, “Life”

I’ve been having trouble sleeping. (Hopefully my mom isn’t reading this. And if you are, Mom, I’m fine!) I wake up around 4am and then, depending on my schedule, lie awake for two or EDITOR’S PICKS three hours trying to fall back asleep — usually I drift off right about the time my alarm goes off. So today, instead, I just got up. The cats didn’t know what to do with this new development. They acted like kids whose parent came home early from vacation to find a house party raging — cabinets were open, Big Boi was sleeping in the laundry, some feline had puked in a corner and one had been playing with my computer…they Hillson Hillson either scuttled off or came over to kiss up, which spelled out pretty clearly who had been up to what. Returns Returns to to As many early risers will attest (yes, I’ve been one before and it felt unnatural; I gave it up), there is T. Cook’s T. Cook’s something remarkable about being up before the sun — the quiet of the sleeping city envelopes you; for a time you feel like maybe you are the center of the universe and you’ve achieved equilibrium. Or as one of my favorite TV characters, Charlie Crews, describes, you can be still. In an ever more chaotic world, it is hard to shut out the noise. We can get rid of all the social media accounts and turn off the news, but then we’re left in the dark in what feels like an important time to stay connected and informed. Maybe the issue isn’t trouble sleeping Hula’s Comes to High Street but that I’m having trouble waking. Waking up and going from sleep to “chaos” in 60 seconds. Now that’s unnatural. Perhaps my subconscious is trying to tell me to use the time while the city slumbers to take a breath and find my center before plunging into the day. Perhaps this night owl can change her ways and learn to embrace the dawn…perhaps after the New Year… I wish you all a beautiful holiday season, and until next year, all my best.





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• Canned fruit or mixed vegetables • Canned soup • Boxed meals (such as Tuna Helper) • Corn • Canned chicken • Items for baby such as diapers and wipes At each event, shoppers, neighbors, friends and family (even four-legged ones) are invited to celebrate the holidays with a fun event including photos with Santa, complimentary hot cocoa bar, and a “Make Your Own Ugly Christmas Sweater” station (bring a sweater, supplies to decorate are provided). Each event is free and takes place near Nordstrom Rack. Guests may register via www. eventbrite.com/e/selfies-with-santa-tickets-79079517967. For additional information about The Promenade, call 480.385.2820 or visit www.scottsdalepromenade.com. Learn more about Harvest Compassion Center at www. harvestcompassioncenter.org.

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Get in the Holiday Spirit at Scottsdazzle The City of Scottsdale’s popular holiday extravaganza, Scottsdazzle, continues this month with events happening throughout the Old Town through Jan. 1. The impressive line-up is sure to put anyone in the holiday spirit. Many of these seasonal events are free and family friendly. Saturday, Dec. 7, visit “Sugar Plum Avenue” from 3–7pm. 5th Avenue will magically transform into Sugar Plum Avenue — a fairytale village including sugar plum fairies, princesses, snowflake stilt walkers, aerial performances, candy land bounce houses, a tea party in the street and more. The event is free to attend; there is a $15 fee to attend the Tea Party. Residents can enjoy live music Saturday evenings, Dec. 7–21, along with Scottsdale’s holiday tree, décor and public art installations. The concerts, performed in Soleri Plaza at Scottsdale Waterfront (4420 North Scottsdale Road), include The Scottsdale Chorus (Dec. 7); Phoenix Girls Chorus (Dec. 14); and Campanillas del Sol Handbell Ensemble (Dec. 21). Mid-December weekend offerings include a Santa Wine Around (Dec. 14, 6–9pm) and the Sweet Treat Trail (Dec. 15, 11am–3pm). The Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market, located at Brown Avenue and 1st Street, becomes the  place to find the perfect artisan, local and handcrafted gifts for everyone on the list this year in addition to fresh produce and more. The market is open from 8am to 1pm Saturday’s. Find more information on Facebook @OldTownScottsdaleFarmersMarket. Throughout Scottsdazzle, a multitude of Old Town merchants and restaurants will offer holiday specials, cocktails and much more during December.  Scottsdazzle.com will serve as a community resource and directory for these events and offers, with updates being added as new events and offers are available.

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This season, Valley residents can get their holiday shopping done, click photos with Santa and spread good cheer all in one place, at The Promenade. Dec. 7 and 14, Santa Claus will visit The Promenade, a North Scottsdale open-air shopping center located at 16243 North Scottsdale Road, to take pictures with families and children in support of a good cause — Harvest Compassion Center. “We are thrilled to spread holiday cheer to the families who visit The Promenade through December,” says Rishika Mahtani, marketing manager, The Promenade. “Giving back to the communities we serve is our priority, and we are humbled to partner with the Harvest Compassion Center, to help those in need with supplies through the support of our generous patrons.” From 11am until 3pm Saturday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 14, guests can receive a complimentary printed photo with Santa in exchange for a donation that will directly benefit the Harvest Compassion Center. Specific items of need include: • Cereal




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The annual Christmas Movies at The Quarter returns Dec. 6, when Scottsdale Quarter will show holiday classics at 6pm right by the Christmas tree. The movies are free to attend, and guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and holiday spirit. Upcoming movies include • Dec 6: Elf • Dec 13: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) • Dec 20: A Christmas Story Scottsdale Quarter is located at 15059 North Scottsdale Road. The open-air shopping destination hosts more than 75 popular retail, dining and entertainment choices. This hip, eclectic venue with cool architecture and lush green spaces is home to in demand stores such as Arizona’s only American Girl location, Apple, Design Within Reach, Free People, H&M, Intermix, Joie, lululemon athetlica, Paper Source, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Sephora and Warby Parker. It also offers dining options like Dominick’s Steakhouse, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, True Food Kitchen and Zinburger, plus iPic Theaters and The Quad, a park-like gathering space in the center of the property with the largest pop-jet fountain in the region. The center is open from 10am to 9pm, Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 6pm Sundays. Holiday hours vary. For information, call 480.270.8123 or visit www.scottsdalequarter.com. INVITES YOU TO JOIN US TO CELEBRATE



The program will feature Advent and Christmas readings, choral selections, and favorite carols, modeled after the annual service that has taken place in King’s College, Cambridge, England, every year since Christmas Eve of 1918. The Valley Chamber Chorale, conducted by Dr. Christopher Samuel, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enlightening the community and enriching its culture, and are currently celebrating their 32nd season. This festive event is Free to the public and all are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Network with the Scottsdale Chamber in December The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its next PM Connect event Wednesday, Dec. 4, 5–7pm, at The Thumb, 9393 East Bell Road in Scottsdale. Its next AM Connect event is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19, from 7:15am to 9am, at Franciscan Renewal Center, located at 5802 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale. Both events are free to members and $30 for guests. In addition, the Chamber will host a “Meet Your Neighbors for Lunch” event at McDowell Mountain Golf Club, Friday, Dec. 20, from 11:30am to 1pm. McDowell Mountain Golf Club is located at 10690 East Sheena Drive in Scottsdale. The cost to attend is $20 for members and $30 for guests. For a complete listing of upcoming events, or additional information about the Chamber, call 480.355.2700 or visit www.scottsdalechamber.com.

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Schmattees, a new contemporary apparel line whose designs combine a touch of cheekiness and a big dose of chutzpah, wants Jewish people to have a “Ha-Ha Hanukkah” this holiday season. The line of humorous T-shirts, tank tops and sweatshirts combine Jewish culture and rituals, Yiddish expressions and playful graphics. Slogans such as “I Survived a Jewish Mother,” “If You Can’t Say Anything Nice...Say It In Yiddish,” “It’s An Oy Vey Kinda Day,” “Resting Kvetch Face” and “Kiss & Kvell,” are among several best-selling designs. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, starts at sundown Sunday, Dec. 22, and ends at sundown Monday, Dec. 30. Nightly candle lightings, latke eating, dreidel spinning and gift exchanges are common traditions during this family-centric winter holiday. Schmattees offers more than enough designs for eight days of exchanging presents, and a new Yentas Club of America collection — featuring cities including Scottsdale, Phoenix, New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago and many more — makes a perfect gift for schmoozers across the country. Schmattees is a playful take on the Yiddish word schmatta, which means “rags” but also refers to the fashion trade, most specifically New York City’s Garment District, where tens of thousands of Jewish immigrants took their first jobs as American citizens. The online apparel venture is the creation of Scottsdale resident Deborah Muller. Pride, promotion and shtick come naturally for Muller, who grew up in Southern California and moved to Arizona in 2001. “I’m an extremely proud Jew and want to make it cool for other Jewish kids and adults to feel that same pride — in a fun, hip and fashionable way,” says Muller. “A lot of the designs are ‘insider jokes’ — non-Jewish people might not understand them, but someone who attended Hebrew school or has a bubbe or zayde would.” The Schmattees line is sold online at www.shopschmattees.com.


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Gold Palette ArtWalk Will Complement Scottsdazzle Celebration

The Scottsdale Gallery Association (SGA) will host the Scottsdazzle ArtWalk Thursday, Dec. 12, as part of its Gold Palette ArtWalk series. The Gold Palette events are offered eight times a year in addition to the SGA’s weekly Thursday evening ArtWalks and feature extended gallery hours, special activities and experiences for attendees such as complimentary wine tasting and/or small bites, and live music and entertainment that align with each event’s theme. “We are thrilled to once again present our local art community and art aficionados with additional opportunities to enjoy art in a variety of mediums through our themed Gold Palette ArtWalks,” said French Thompson, president of the Scottsdale Gallery Association. “Now in our 45th year, we are amazed by and humbled at how our ArtWalks have united the art community and given local artists a true home here in Scottsdale.” The Dec. 12 event will take place during the City of Scottsdale’s Scottsdazzle month-long holiday celebration, this themed ArtWalk features strolling carolers, live holiday musical performances, shopping opportunities with sales for holiday gift giving, and other spirited activities. For additional information, visit www.scottsdalegalleries.com.

Western States General Contracting announced the near completion of the new, state-ofthe-art, $13 million Mark Kia at the Scottsdale AutoShow at Salt River development (www. saltriverautoshow.com). This is the third car dealership in the Scottsdale-based contractor’s automotive project portfolio and is expected to be completed this December. Slated to be the largest image facility in Arizona and the Western region to date, the 56,112-square-foot, two-story dealership will include sales, service and body repair services. Mark Kia will include 478 display spaces, 57 customer spaces and 266 service and inventory spaces. The 8.9-acre dealership site is located at 3333 89th Street in the Scottsdale AutoShow at Salt River complex, an automotive retail development located between Pima Road and the Loop 101, north of Thomas Road and south of Indian School Road. “Our team at Western States General Contracting is thrilled to be working with Marc Dubowy to construct his new Mark Kia dealership,” said Paul Zucchini, founder and owner of Western States General Contracting. “Marc and I first met more than 25 years ago when he owned the Smith Mesa Nissan dealership and have been working together on projects ever since.” To learn more about Western States General Contracting, visit www.wsgeneral.com.




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‘Unorthodox’ to Podcast Live at The J Dec. 9

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One of the top Jewish podcasts, “Unorthodox,” will podcast live from The Valley of the Sun JCC (The J) Monday, Dec. 9, at 7pm. Space will be limited for this special event — online registration has begun. The popular podcast, hosted by Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick and Liel Leibovitz of Tablet Magazine, is a smart, fresh, fun weekly take on Jewish news and culture. The hosts claim, “You don’t have to be Jewish to love it!” Special Jewish guests for the podcast at The J will include Rabbi Pinchas Allouche from Congregation Beth Tefillah and Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz from Valley Beit Midrash. The gentile guest of the week will be Paul Westphal, former Phoenix Suns player and coach. “When we heard ‘Unorthodox’ was touring, we immediately wanted them for The J,” said Gary Weiss, board chair at The J. “As a personal fan of the show, it’s become an integral part of my week and has made my Judaism warmer. I’m beyond excited to bring the ‘Unorthodox’ experience to The J.” This special “Unorthodox” event is presented by Weiss Wealth Strategies of Raymond James, sponsored by Above and Beyond Placement Services, and supported by the Ted Barkin Family Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation. Proceeds support the programs and services of The J. “Membership and program fees only cover about 83 percent of delivering our quality programs to the community. Events like this allow us to keep our costs affordable to all and to provide scholarships for those in need, including the $300,000 in scholarships we provided last year,” said Jay Jacobs, CEO. The J enriches physical, mental and spiritual growth through an array of programs for all ages and interests and an inclusive, welcoming environment that encourages true connections. The J serves people of all faiths, backgrounds and abilities. Tickets for this event are $30 for members of The J, $45 for guests and $18 for those under 30. Online registration is available at www.vosjcc.org/unorthodox.


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Gainey Village Celebrates the Season The SHOPS Gainey Village will host its annual holiday event (free to attend) including live music, wine tastings (for those 21 years and older), hot chocolate and desserts, horse and carriage rides and more. Kick off the holiday season with the SHOPS Gainey Village Thursday, Dec. 5, 4pm–7pm during the fourth annual Holiday Wine and Dine Christmas event. Guests will enjoy live music by The Sahnas Brothers, Spanish guitarists, Miguel de Maria, the steel drums duo, as well as electric violinist Natasha Ratz. To put guests in the spirit, festive horse and carriage rides by Scottsdale Horse and Carriage will be available around the shopping center in addition to baked goods, coffee and hot chocolate by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. For those 21 years and older, complimentary wine tastings will be available at selected restaurants. The event is free to attend. Located in Scottsdale at 8777 North Scottsdale Road, Gainey Village combines a blend of shops, boutiques, trendy eateries and fine dining destinations. For more information, visit www.theshopsgaineyvillage.com.

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Celebrate at the Eighth Annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts

stage, sponsored by Rebel Lounge, includes some of the best local bands in town. The entertainment pavilion features art demonstrations, circus performances, dance ensembles, spoken word poets, choral groups and more. The acoustic stage, sponsored by Soliloquies, will feature up-and-coming acts from around the Valley. It wouldn’t be an arts festival without interactive arts activities for both adults and kids. The Phoenix Mural Project, a hands-on community art project, is a signature component of the Festival, allowing community members to paint and create alongside professional local artists. The Phoenix Festival of the Arts Family Zone, presented by the Teen Artist Guild, provides fun, free activities for families all day long. Beer and wine, sponsored by Hensley Beverage Company, can be carried throughout the Festival grounds.  This year’s culinary lineup includes 2 Fat Guys Grilled Cheese, Be Crepeful LLC, Firehouse Kettle Corn, Freak Brothers Pizza, Hot Bamboo, Hummus xpress, Kemet Foods, Later Tater Food Truck, Lulu’s Sorbetto, Mein Man, StrEAT Gyro and more. In addition to the activities, 5,000 copies of the Phoenix Arts & Culture Directory will be handed out at the event. This take-home guide to all things arts and culture in Phoenix will feature information on the participating arts and cultural organizations.

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hoenix Festival of the Arts returns home to Hance Park in time for holiday shopping opportunities, Dec. 13–15. Phoenix Center for the Arts will present the eighth annual event, featuring more than 170 art vendors, and cultural organizations. It’s a perfect time to connect with the local art community and celebrate the season. A full lineup of live music and performances will animate three different stages. The Festival’s main

Margaret T. Hance Park is located at 1202 North 3rd Street in Phoenix. Limited parking available in the Phoenix Center for the Arts parking lot. Street parking also available. Guests are encouraged to take METRO Light Rail to the McDowell/Central Avenue or Roosevelt/Central Avenue Bike racks available onsite. The free and dog-friendly event takes place Dec. 13–15 (noon to 5pm, Friday, and 10am–5pm, Saturday and Sunday). For additional information, call 602.254.3100 or visit www.phoenixcenterforthearts.org.

Festival of Tales Returns to PVCC Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) will host its annual Festival of Tales event Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Outdoor Amphitheatre at the Kranitz Student Center. The free, family event will be held from 9am to 2pm and will bring books to life through the art of storytelling and will provide almost 8,000 free books to children who participate in the activities. Valley residents are invited to enjoy a fun day of reading, literacy and cultural activities for children including storytelling, arts and crafts, games, face painting, live music, food trucks and much more. The event is fully staffed and funded by students, staff and volunteers from PVCC and Southwest Human Development, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (www.swhd.org). Since 2009, Festival of Tales attendance has totaled over 18,250 individuals from Maricopa County. For more information, visit www.festivaloftales.com.



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Bring Home a Furry Friend for the Holidays

The Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce will present its third annual Pet Adoption event, Saturday, Dec. 14. Cats and dogs, kittens and puppies of all ages and sizes will be up for adoption Dec. 14 in the west parking lot at Floor & Decor, Bell Road and 59th Avenue, from 10am until 4pm. This event is sponsored by the Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce (PMCC), which supports animal rescue organizations throughout the Valley. Jason Bressler, founder and executive director of PMCC says, “We look forward to not only providing these animals with loving homes, but also bringing joy to families throughout the city. It is our pleasure to work with local rescue organizations to make the holidays a little brighter for our furry friends and their forever families.” Everyone is invited to attend and find a furry friend to adopt — or just stop by to have fun with cuddly companions, raffles, prizes and vendors at the event. Donations of pet supplies and food are welcome, and proceeds will be donated to the Phoenix Metro Chamber Foundation to be distributed to various charities, such as Arf-Anage Dog Rescue, Forever Friends Humane Society and others. Helping to make this event possible are PMCC’s sponsors and vendors, including Husse AZ Pet Food Deliveries, Floor & Décor, Schuster Printing and Wolfe Creative. For additional information, visit www. phoenixmetrochamber.com.

Phoenix Public Works already has replaced 135 of its 250 diesel collection trucks with CNG-fueled ones. The program to transition to CNG-fueled trucks began in 2010 as a pilot. In 2013, the department made it a policy to purchase CNG-powered trucks moving forward. “Through the DERA Program and our private partner, Phoenix is making big strides in removing some of the least efficient diesel fueled vehicles and replacing them with lower emission and electric vehicles,” said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, chair, Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation Subcommittee. “In addition to cost efficiencies, this technology will deliver significant reductions in emissions resulting in cleaner air for our residents.” Phoenix Public Works is responsible for the collection of trash and recycling from approximately 400,000 households weekly. One of the department’s immediate goals is to have a total of 152 trucks running on CNG by the end of 2019. Its longrange plan is to fuel 97.5 percent of its 250 solid waste trucks with CNG by 2024, as part of department’s commitment to sustainability through environmentally-conscious practices. For additional information, visit www.phoenix.gov/publicworks.

Check Off Holiday Gift Shopping at High Street Farmers Market The Farmers Market on High Street returns this month with a focus on local produce, honey, gluten-free and GMO-free food for the community. Appearing 10am–1:30pm every Sunday of the month October through June 21, the Farmers Market on High Street boasts a full block of more than 100 vendors offering food and fun for all ages. Looking for farm fresh produce? Craving locally sourced honey? Want to take home fresh baked breads and sweet treats? Maybe some olive oils, barbecue sauces, fresh seafood, delicious tamales, German sausages, flowers, organic brownie mixes, kettle corn, hummus, baby clothes, jewelry and artsy home décor? This market has it all, it is even dog friendly, provided dogs are friendly in return when meeting new people. And after a morning of shopping the Farmers Market on High Street, stay for lunch (or a treat) at one of the dining destinations, including Modern Margarita, LaBocca, Mellow Mushroom, Growler USA, YogurtTime and more. The market is located at the Loop 1010 and 56th Street. For additional information, visit www.highstreetaz.com/farmers-market.

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The City of Phoenix Public Works Department was awarded $1 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grants by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to replace some of the department’s diesel-fueled trucks. The grant money will be combined with matching funds of $2.1 million from Phoenix Public Works and its private partner, Mr. Bults Inc., to purchase nine new solid waste collection trucks and one longhaul truck fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) to replace old, diesel-fueled vehicles. The Phoenix mayor’s office says that the DERA grant is a huge assist to Phoenix’s diesel truck replacement program, which has a primary objective of improving the environmental health of Phoenix through the use of alternative-fuel vehicles with low harmful emissions. “Vehicles are the number one producer of emissions in our city. These emissions degrade the Valley’s air quality and negatively impact our residents’ health and well-being,” said Phoenix mayor, Kate Gallego. “Phoenix is working to mitigate the harmful effects of vehicle emissions by expanding our public transportation options and investing in alternativefuel vehicles for city services.”


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NVSO & Youth Orchestras to Perform Winter Concerts

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NVSO cello section pose with Santa; Photo: Tom Argiro


alley residents are invited to attend a performance by North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s (NVSO) three youth ensembles. North Valley Youth Orchestra, North Valley Youth Strings and North Valley Symphonettes will perform a free concert at The Outlets at Anthem Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2pm, near the large Christmas tree. The ensembles will perform their first-semester repertoire and one holiday piece as a mass orchestra. Additionally, North Valley Youth ensembles plan to bring cheer to residents who may not be able to make it to concerts, outreach performances Monday, Dec. 9, at a variety of retirement communities. NVS (Symphonettes), directed by Robert Reyes, is a non-audition ensemble with a focus on technique, theory, and scales, additionally learning concert music to provide a more robust musical experience. NVYS (Youth Strings), directed by Orlando Moss, and is an intermediate level orchestra that

NVYO at Spring Strings Festival 2019

helps students advance their musical training beyond NVS. NVYO (Youth Orchestra), directed by Josh Lynch, is the highest skill-level youth ensemble, challenging advanced NVSO musicians while performing at multiple concerts and recruiting events each season. If young string players are interested

in joining one of the NVSO youth ensembles for the second semester, they may inquire through the “Contact Us” tab at www.northvalleysymphony. org. Auditions for NVYS and NVYO will be held Dec. 16, from 5-7pm at Kirk’s Studio for the Performing Arts, 1836 East Deer Valley Drive in Phoenix.

For specific audition requirements, select the appropriate orchestra under the “Join Us” tab. Students in all orchestras are required to be members of their school orchestra program or take private lessons if their school does not have an orchestra program. NVSO youth ensembles rehearse Mondays, 5–6:30pm, at North Canyon High School. In addition to the youth orchestra performances, the North Valley Symphony Orchestra will spread holiday cheer to the North Valley community with evening and matinee performances of “Christmas Pops,” Saturday, Dec. 14, 7pm, and Sunday, Dec. 15, 3pm, at Shadow Mountain High School Performing Arts Center, 2902 East Shea Boulevard in Phoenix. The concert will feature many audience favorites, including kid friendly pieces such as “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” a suite from the movie Elf, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The audience will even be invited to “play-along” on miniature bells to Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” and “singalong” to a collection of Christmas carols. NVSO is especially excited to present “Twas the Night Before Christmas” in collaboration with Brevity Theatre. The piece was composed by Randoll Bass and features the full poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement Moore, which will be performed by actor Daniel Flavin, from the theater troupe. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy free photo opportunities with Pete Schulte from Lucky Dog Images before the concert and during intermission. Ticket prices are $5 each concert, and children 5 and under are free. Purchase tickets at the NVSO website, www.northvalleysymphony.org, or by calling 623.980.4628.

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Watches: Practical and Versatile Accessories By Indra Jhaveri

DBG Presents ‘Wild Rising’ Now Through May Desert Botanical Garden’s (DBG) newest art exhibition is traveling straight from Milan to bring “Wild Rising”  by Cracking Art — an installation of more than 1,000 animal sculptures made from colorful and recyclable plastic. “Wild Rising” is included in the cost of general admission and membership.

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The vibrant art forms are the creations of Cracking Art, a collective of artists who specialize in plastic as an artistic medium with the intention of radically changing the history of art through a strong social and environmental commitment. The creatures featured in “Wild Rising” not only capture the magnificence of nature but also address global and local sustainability and conservation issues, including climate change, plastic in the oceans and the importance of recycling. Visitors of all ages will be drawn to engage with these vibrant creatures and discover their messages of stewardship for the environment. With 12 installations, visitors will see 20 penguins posing among the cactus and 40 majestic grey wolves guarding the Sybil B. Harrington Cactus and Succulent Galleries. Desert Botanical Garden is located at 1201 North Galvin Parkway in Phoenix. “Wild Rising” is free with general admission tickets, and can be viewed daily, 8am–8pm. For more information, call 480.941.1225 or visit www.dbg.org.

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Watches are practical and versatile accessories for any wrist. They are also sensitive, precision instruments requiring proper care and maintenance. There are mechanical, automatic and digital watches; both for the wrist and the pocket. Some watches are made to be worn as pendants, but all require maintenance and care. A watch can be damaged by over-rugged use, dust, extremes of temperature and exposure to water or steam. Forceful blows can crack the crystal, damage the case, knock the hands off or misalign or damage the internal mechanism. Water can enter through three different places; the crystal, the crown and the back case. The crown is the mechanism used for winding and/or setting the time. The crystal covers the face of the watch and the back case provides access to the movement. Mechanical and automatic watches require regular winding to keep time. Mechanical watches are wound by hand and automatics are wound by the motion of the wearer. An “auto-winder” can be used to keep an automatic watch wound. Digital watches have a battery, an electronic circuit and fewer or no moving parts but still require care. Battery life may be extended by removing the battery. If the user wants to remove a battery, great care is required. Do not touch the circuit, do not lose any of the screws and keep the battery in a secure location, inaccessible to a toddler. Swallowed batteries can cause great harm. Batteries have limited lifespan, even when they are on the shelf. Battery replacement is probably the most common service. An “overhaul” is the complete disassembly and cleaning of every part of the watch movement including every gear, spring, bolt and nut. These are then individually cleaned in three different cleaning liquids and inspected. Photographs can be taken of all internals. Worn and broken parts are replaced as necessary before re-assembly. Given proper and appropriate service a watch can give years, even decades of pleasure and accurate time keeping. Finally, we will be happy to repair your watches with special care, scrutiny and with guarantees. 





Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Centers will host its fun filled “Supercamp” during winter break for children, ages 3 to 13. Kids will stay happy and busy learning gymnastics, dance, Ninja Zone, zipline, yoga, team sports and more.

Camp dates will be Dec. 16–20, 23, 24, 26-27, and 30. Two half-day options are available from 8:30am to 11:30am or noon to 3pm. Cost for a half-day is $59. The full-day option is from 8:30am to 3pm; cost is $82. One week of half-day is $220 and one week of full-day is $320. Extended care is also available until 5:30pm. Advanced registration is suggested. There is a $25 same day registration fee. Arizona Sunrays offers two gym locations — in Northeast Phoenix and Arcadia. Locations are: 15801 North 32nd Street, Phoenix, and 3923 East Indian School Road, Phoenix. For more information, call 602.992.5790 or visit www.arizonasunrays.com.


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HULA’S Modern Tiki Surfs Into High Street


HULA’S Modern Tiki owner M. Dana Mule announced an all-new HULA’S location is opening at High Street in North Phoenix in January 2020. Housed inside a custom-designed 3,900 sq.-ft. ground floor space, and seating approximately 130 guests, plus another 60 outside on the wraparound outdoor dining deck featuring cozy fire-pits, the High Street location (5450 East High Street, Phoenix) is the perfect spot to kick back and enjoy tropical beach “staycation” anytime, day or night. Known for its fun, modern twist on classic midcentury Tiki bars and restaurants, HULA’S launched in Uptown Phoenix in 2009, and Downtown Scottsdale in 2014. “We’ve had our eye on this neighborhood for a while,” Mule says, “and a lot of people have asked us to bring HULA’S to North Phoenix. We’re excited to serve this fast-growing area and introduce a new community to HULA’S amazing food and drinks, our always friendly staff, and a fun, unpretentious Tiki vibe.” Scheduled to open in early January, 2020, the restaurant will serve up the same menu of Signature Tropical Drinks, including the Valley’s tastiest Mai Tai (more than 300,000 sold), paired with from-scratch Polynesian-style foods such as spicy rice bowls and fresh fish tacos. HULA’S also boasts a popular weekday Tiki Time Happy Hour featuring $6 cocktails and starters, as well as weekend drink specials from open till 6pm. Plus, patrons can enjoy a boozy weekend brunch, including Island Eggs Benedict topped with a choice of ham, ahi tuna, Portuguese sausage or even SPAM (a Hawaiian specialty), and $4 Mimosas made with a choice of with orange, cranberry or pineapple juice.  Handcrafted by Mule and business partner Chris Delaney (who is the design soul of HULA’S), with architect, Mark Tomecak of Tomecak Design, and contractor Mahalo Company, HULA’S High Street will feature the same colorful Tiki-meets-swanky-1950s-beach décor. Now under construction, the restaurant is seeking up to 35 staff members for both front- and back-of-house positions (apply by sending a resume to  hiring@hulasmoderntiki.com). For additional information visit www.hulasmoderntiki.com or swing by the existing HULA’S locations in Uptown Phoenix (5114 North 7th Street, 602.265.8454) and Downtown Scottsdale (7213 East 1st Avenue, 480.970.4852).

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announced that Noelle and Lennon Hammond will be in the Fun Home reading at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel on the Upper West Side in New York City Dec. 19. The twins will be playing Small Alison and John, respectively. They will get to perform alongside the talented Broadway stars Jenn Colella, Caitlin Kinnuneun, Will Swenson, Kate Baldwin and more.

Written by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, Fun Home is inspired by Alison Bechdel’s graphic novelmemoir of the same title. It follows the real-life Bechdel’s journey to accept the death of her stern, closeted father, Bruce, while coming to terms with her own sexuality, and is set around the family’s funeral home. Presented by Quintessence of Dust Theatre Company, Fun Home will be directed by Daniella Caggiano. Noelle Hammond is an

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John in the First National Tour of Fun Home. He has performed in over 14 full stage musical theatre productions, dance recitals and workshops. He has taken tap, jazz and ballet, and enjoys activities that stimulate his creative mind. This math whiz who has attended the National Mathleague Championship also has impressive memorization skills and his current interests are Star Wars, Harry Potter, Legos, piano, composing music, writing stories, video games and playing the French horn. Musical Theatre of Anthem is an award-winning, nonprofit theater company located in Anthem. Its mission is to develop youth and adults within the field of performing arts while enhancing their intrinsic creativity and brokering their vast talents. For information, call 623.336.6001 or visit www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org.

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The Anthem Community Council (ACC) presented the Anthem Veterans Service Award at the Veterans Day Ceremony, Nov. 11. Rear Admiral Ron Tucker (U.S. Navy, retired) was recognized for his service to the community. While it was Admiral Tucker’s vision that led to the Anthem Veterans Memorial, ACC says that his support of the Memorial and the ceremonies at the site has been unmatched. He has served as a master of ceremonies, a keynote speaker, and has recruited and hosted other speakers. He has nominated others for, as well as presented the Anthem Veterans Service Award, and he volunteers for numerous local and regional organizations. Outside of Anthem, Admiral Tucker is a member of the prestigious Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, and he raised over $2 million in Arizona and $54 million nationally towards the restoration of the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center in Hawaii. The admiral and his wife, Christy, annually host a reception on Veterans Day, in order to honor service members. Admiral Tucker served 32 years active duty in the U.S. Navy, as the commander of Task Force 73; director, Surface Warfare Programs; commanding officer of the USS New Jersey; the Naval Station Pearl Harbor; and the USS Cochrane. A quote from one nomination read, “Shadows of Ron’s vision will continue to impact others for generations to come, as his legacy and that of the Anthem community are forever intertwined.” The ACC created the Anthem Veterans Service Award in 2013. The award, which is presented annually to an individual or group to recognize “extraordinary service and selfless dedication in support of our nation’s veterans,” has become a staple of the Veterans Day Ceremony, held each Nov. 11 at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. A plaque with the names of all recipients is on display at the Anthem Civic Building. Past winners, selected annually by the ACC Board of Directors based on nominations submitted from the community, include: Daisy Mountain Veterans (2013); Ray Norris (2014); Mary Ann Derryberry (2015); Elizabeth Turner (2016); Bob Hackett (2017) and John Simmons (2017); and Tom Kirk (2018). For additional information, visit www.onlineatanthem.com/avm.

enthusiastic 12-year-old who has performed on stage since the age of 3. It all started with dance recitals, and then at 4 years old, she was the Young Kangaroo in Seussical Jr. Since then, she has performed in over 30 productions, recorded commercial radio spots, been in the feature film, Fronteras, and plays the bass, acoustic and electric guitar. This triple-threat who studies ballet, jazz, tap and Acro is on the Diamond Dance Works competitive team and has received numerous award nominations for her theatrical work. Noelle is also a multiple National Youth Arts award winner and district spelling bee champion. When she is not involved in the arts, Noelle likes to draw, play outside, travel and hang out with her three dogs. Her dream is to one day be on Broadway. Lennon Nate Hammond is a 12-year-old performer who played



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Fountain Hills Hosts 2019 Stroll in the Glow



Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery Presents Christmas Market The tradition of Christmas Market returns to the Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery Friday, Dec. 6. Doors open at 10am and stay open until 8pm. Saturday, Dec. 7, the gallery will also open at 10am and the Stroll in the Glow event will be in full swing later in the evening as the Avenue of the Fountains is bathed in a multi-colored glow of holiday lights, welcoming in the holiday season. Young and old will enjoy the live Nativity and a winter skating rink will put a twinkle in everyone’s eyes. Horse drawn hay wagon rides begin at 5pm. Homemade cookies, hot chocolate and cider will be served throughout both days, and evenings, in the gallery. Santa and his elves will be present to help with holiday shopping. They will be delighted to help shoppers find beautiful wall art including original oils, watercolors, acrylics, photography, copper and much more. Jewelry, gourd art, pottery, glass and fiber art will also be available for shoppers looking for unique holiday gifts. Many of the Gallery’s artists will participate in a bargain table in front of the gallery with heavy discounts available on this art. Some artists will also offer discounts in the gallery. Many artists create unique Christmas ornaments and notecards for the season, so don’t miss shopping for these one-of-a-kind gifts. The Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery is owned and operated by the 40 artists who show and sell their work daily. In addition, member artists hold various workshops throughout the year. Patrons are also encouraged to contact the artists directly for made to order work and special projects. There is never a gallery commission. The gallery is located at 16858 East Avenue of the Fountains, and is considered destination shopping for fine art, jewelry and gifts within easy walking distance from the famous Fountain Hills fountain. The gallery is open Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm, and Sundays 11am–4pm. Visit www.fountainhillsartistsgallery.com for more information about exhibitions or workshops or call 480.836.9919.

Fountain Hills kicks off the holiday season with its annual Stroll in the Glow on the Avenue of the Fountains Saturday, Dec. 7. Fountain Hills merchants keep their doors open late and offer beverages and treats to show their holiday spirit, as more than 60,000 twinkling lights and ornaments adorn trees and the median of Avenue of the Fountains. Every year the town of Fountain Hills spends weeks putting thousands of lights up on the Avenue of the Fountains for the holiday season. On the first Saturday of December all of this preparatory effort culminates in a much-loved event called “Stroll in The Glow.” After dark, a brief ceremony ends with the master switch being thrown, bathing the Avenue in a multicolored glow of holiday cheer. The Avenue of the Fountains is closed, and shops stay open late and serve holiday treats and beverages, musicians play holiday music on the sidewalks, Santa arrives by fire truck to take requests from hopeful children. There will also be a special booth where children can write letters to Santa.

Back this year is the Chill in the Hills Skating Rink. The skating rink will be open 4–8pm for one evening only at the intersection of Verde River and the Avenue of the Fountains. Registration on a first-come, firstserved basis will begin at 3:30pm at the site. Stroll in the Glow, which is free and open to the public, runs from 5pm to 7pm, with a 6pm visit from Santa. For additional event information, visit the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce website at www.fountainhillschamber.com/stroll-in-the-glow.



Carefree: Your Home for the Holidays By Vice Mayor John Crane

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We may live in the Sonoran Desert, but a December visit to the center of Carefree certainly feels like the holidays. The night air is crisp. Stars and lights twinkle. Walk through the Carefree Desert Gardens, adorned with our 25-foot Christmas tree beneath the Sundial. Stroll along our downtown streets. Find the perfect gift in our shops and VICE MAYOR galleries. Linger in a downtown restaurant for your favorite holiday Town of Carefree cheer. Before heading home, sit for a bit and enjoy one of our two gas lit 480.488.3686 fireplaces. There is no better place to escape the hustle and bustle of the www.carefree.org holidays while enjoying the spirit of the season. You will feel the excitement of the season in your soul, and with a bit of reflection, you might tap into the joy and spirit of giving that is at the heart of the holiday season. The Town is partnering with Foothills Caring Corps for a Season for Caring, benefiting the many deserving seniors in our area. Donation jars will be available at a number of Carefree businesses, and the Town is sponsoring an “Angel Tree” in the Town Hall offices, where visitors can select and sponsor a local senior, providing them with a gift of holiday cheer. Stop in at Town Hall for more information on how you can help someone in our community this holiday season. The Town has organized a weekend of fun events to get us into the holiday spirit! Kicking off the season, please join us for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Movie on Friday, Dec. 6, at 5pm. The festivities will begin with a choral performance on the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion stage followed by a short candle-light stroll through the Gardens to the Sundial, where the 25-foot Christmas tree will be lit. That candle-lit walk is one of my favorite Carefree traditions. Following the tree lighting, join us back in the Pavilion for a screening of the holiday classic, Elf, while enjoying free hot cocoa and snacks. That jolly old elf himself joins us for Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9–11am in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Enjoy free photos with Santa and a performance of Sing! Sleigh Bells Ring!, a holiday celebration in song featuring talented area youth. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new toy, canned good or a suggested $5 donation, with proceeds benefiting the Foothills Food Bank, in support of Carefree Rural Metro Fire’s Holiday Toy Drive. Later that evening, join us in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion for a night of classic Christmas tunes, harmonies and holly-jolly jazz favorites performed by local favorites Vicki McDermitt and Chirp featuring Jerry Donato, presented in partnership with Spirit in the Desert and Music Serving the Word Ministries. The opening artists will be Cactus Shadows High School Jazz Band, directed by Kevin Brady. We are thankful to our friends at the Spirit in the Desert who helped bring this evening of music to Carefree. On Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2:30pm, the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion will be turned over to Pinnacle Creative Arts as they present Hope for the Holidays – A WWII Christmas. Step back in time to Christmas Eve 1944 and experience a serviceman’s holiday celebration. Tickets are $15, and available online at www.pinnaclecreativearts.com as well as at the door. Finally, Chanukah in Carefree will begin Sunday, Dec. 22, at 5:30pm in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Congregants from Temple Chai, as well as members of the Jewish Social Group of Cave Creek and Carefree will host the Chanukah Menorah Lighting every evening through Sunday, Dec. 29. Each evening’s lighting is open to attendees of all denominations and faiths. You can find more information about all of the Town’s holiday events at www.christmasincarefree.com. It has been said that Christmas isn’t a season, it’s a feeling. Throughout the month of December, spend some time in the Carefree Desert Gardens, capture that magical feeling of the holidays and then take a moment to pass it along to family, friends and neighbors. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a great 2020!

Hampton Inn by Hilton Groundbreaking Ceremony Held

Pictured, L–R: Mayor Les Peterson, Joe Trednic, CEO of ProFab Construction, and JF Carter, principal of CFM Realty, LLC. Photo courtesy of the Town of Carefree.

Carefree Hospitality 97, LLC, in conjunction with ProFab Construction and the Town of Carefree, held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 13, to mark the start of construction for the much-awaited Hampton Inn by Hilton, which will be built at 2 Easy Street in Downtown Carefree. Mayor Les Peterson and various members of Town Council were joined by ProFab Construction president Joe Trednic, the lead contractors for the project, and J.F. Carter from CFM Realty, LLC, the owners/ developers of the property. This addition to the town will consist of a three-to-four story, 97-room hotel facility, featuring a resort-style pool area and including a variety of traveler amenities. It is expected to open in late 2020. For additional information, go to www.visitcarefree.com or call 480.488.3686.




Chamber Welcomes Center for Integrative Health and Wellness

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Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce was present Tuesday, Oct. 29, to conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness at CIVANA. Founded by Fabio Almeida M.D., the Center for Integrative Healing and Wellness is a modern era clinic for wellness. Dr. Almeida aims to go above and beyond common standard of care with unrushed, comprehensive consults and personalized care. He says that rather than simply treating symptoms and/or merely managing a health condition, the patient is seen as whole person. Together with his multi-disciplinary wellness team, Dr. Almeida offers personalized care, retreats and programs that help individuals achieve their wellness goals. The Center for Integrative Health and Wellness at CIVANA is located at 37220 Mule Train Road in Carefree. For additional information, call 480.881.5621 or visit www.drfabio.com.

Celebrate at Sparkle, Spirits & Small Business The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual holiday party event Wednesday, Dec. 11, beginning at 6pm. The “Sparkle, Spirits & Small Business” event will include food from local restaurants and spirits and swag bags for all, as well as music from Rock the District and the opportunity to bid on items in the CTE Scholarship Silent Auction. Christ Anglican Church, located at 35500 North Cave Creek Road in Carefree, will host the event, which runs 6–8pm. For additional information, contact the Chamber at 480.488.3381 or visit www.carefreecavecreek.org.


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The holidays are a time of sharing and celebration for many, however within the local community, many are struggling to meet their basic needs without adequate support. To help those in need, the Town of Carefree has developed a program and is partnered with Foothills Caring Corps (www.foothillscaringcorpscom) for a Season for Caring, benefiting the many deserving seniors in the area.

L-R: Town of Carefree Councilwoman Cheryl Kroyer, Foothills Caring Corps executive director Debbra Determan and Mayor Les Peterson at the 2019 Carefree Season for Caring holiday giving campaign launch announcement. Photo courtesy of the Town of Carefree.

The Town of Carefree supports this important effort, and as Mayor Les Peterson stated, “The residents of Carefree and the Foothills area are very generous in their support of organizations which provide for those in need, particularly during the Holiday Season. The Town is proud to partner with the Foothills Caring Corps to help them fulfill their mission. Please join with the Town of Carefree, residents from throughout the Foothills area and participating Carefree businesses in support of this important effort.” Season for Caring donation jars were made available beginning Monday, Nov. 25, at a number of Carefree businesses, with retailers encouraging patrons to share some of their spare change from purchases during the season. The Kiwanis Club of Carefree will match all monetary donations collected, up to $5,000, and the jars will be in prominent locations in participating businesses through Friday, Dec. 20. The Town is also sponsoring an “Angel Tree” located in the Town Hall offices, where residents,

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businesses and visitors can select and sponsor a local Foothill Caring Corps beneficiary, providing them with a much-needed gift of holiday cheer. Those wishing to support the “Angel Tree” program should have their wrapped gifts returned to Town Hall no later than Monday, Dec. 16, in order to have them distributed to the beneficiaries prior to the Christmas holidays. “Foothills Caring Corps sees many older adults or ‘Neighbors’ isolated and without family during the Holiday Season,” shared executive director Debbra Determan. “As part of our support, our volunteers would love to bring joy, friendship and a holiday gift to our Neighbors. Please help us spread goodwill to those in need by getting involved through the Season for Caring in Carefree. We are very thankful for the Town of Carefree and the Kiwanis Club of Carefree for making these gifts possible.”


‘Season for Caring’ Launches in Town of Carefree

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The mission of the Foothills Caring Corps is to help seniors and other adults with disabling conditions who reside in the Northeast Valley/Desert Foothills community to remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible. They do this through a force of volunteers and staff, providing in-home assistance, transportation, access to a variety community services and access to activities that promote physical, mental and emotional health. For more information about this initiative or how to donate, call the Town of Carefree at 480.488.3686.




EVENTS Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14 & 21 from 12-2pm

Victorian Caroling Quartet

Dec 8 • 3-5pm

Nutcracker Tea Party with music and ballerinas

Dec 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22 11am – 2pm


Santa at the Tea Room

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Free visit and photos



Protecting Bailee

Throughout December Salvation Army Band Patio Performances


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When I married Kathie, it was a two-for-one package deal that included her Samoyed, Chelsea, a name the Clinton’s also liked. Adjustment to Kathie was easy, but I never had a pet, and if I had, it would not have been in the house because dogs and cats at Grandpa and Grandma’s ALLEN HOHRE farm had the freedom of the barnyard but were never in Writer the house. I adjusted to Chelsea, then Kaiser, Lacey and now, Bailee. My adjustment to Kathie has also remained in place. Kathie’s mothering instincts provide protection for Bailee, our beautiful fouryear-old Samoyed, who — of course — shares our house. Occasionally, a bobcat or two are audacious enough to sit on the block fence in our backyard threating Bailee. The solution to protecting her from these cunning creatures is a custommade, Mercedes Benz-quality kennel, constructed by one of Carefree’s talented and essential handyman. Kathie was walking Bailee in front of our home on the west side of Carefree when two coyotes appeared in the street. She screamed and yelled at them, but they were unmoved staring at her as if to say they and their ancestors were on this property long before we arrived. Slowly they walked away, and Kathie hustled Bailee into the house. Since that incident Kathie and Bailee walk with other dogs and their owners in the safe and beautiful Desert Gardens in Downtown Carefree. It is not just the animals of the desert who are a threat. The morning after Halloween, Kathie was playing with Bailee in the backyard, when she rushed into the house telling me Bailee had eaten something that had been thrown into our yard. She didn’t know what it was, but it was bigger than a tennis ball and Bailee had chewed and swallowed it before Kathie could get it out of her mouth. A costly stomach pump procedure at the vet revealed it was a popcorn ball. In 20 years, we have never seen a person walk in the undisturbed desert behind our house, much less someone with popcorn balls. Our theory is that a Halloween prankster, walking through the desert in back of our house, threw the tricks or treat popcorn ball he didn’t like, but Bailee did like it. The lesson: Protect your pets from bobcats, snakes, coyotes and human beings on Halloween. “A Soul from Minnesota,” by Allen Nohre, a collection of CITYSunTimes essays, is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Allen can be reached at anohre@cox.net.


DAC Lecture Series Continues Into the New Year The Desert Awareness Committee (DAC) of the Foothills Community Foundation will continue its lecture series Monday, Jan. 6, with “I Wonder What That Is: Archaeology in the 21st Century” presented by Mark Hackbarth. Learn about the latest discoveries in the Foothills and how archaeologists come to their conclusions. This talk will focus on new discoveries and new technologies used to suss out the behaviors that former residents of the area used to survive. Hackbarth has 45 years of professional archaeological experience, mostly in Southern Arizona. He will describe some of the fascinating discoveries and conclusions archaeologists have made over the past century of investigations in Arizona. Special emphasis will be given to the use of new technology that bring the past into the present. Held the first Monday of each month, 6:30-8pm, the lecture series picks up Feb. 3 with “How did Cave Creek’s geologic history create the modern Desert Foothills landscape?” presented by Chad Kiatkowski. The lectures are held at the Holland Community Center, 34250 North 60th Street in Scottsdale. Registration is not necessary; a $5 donation is suggested for each seminar. For additional information, visit www.azfcf.org/about-desert-awareness.

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) announced its finalists for its Crown Awards, and both the Cactus Shadows High School (CSHS) Shadows Literary Magazine and the student run newspaper, CS Press, have won Crown Awards. They will find out in March if they are Silver or Gold. CSHS’ Literary Magazine has won a total of six Crown awards since 2012, and CS Press has won a Crown every year since 2011 except for 2017. The Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from CSPA’s members. Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-tohead comparison. Student publishing in news, magazine, yearbook or digital (online) formats are all eligible. During Crown consideration, publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. A total of 1,145 publications were eligible for judging. Jim Swetter, principal of Cactus Shadows said, “I am very proud of our CSHS newspaper and the Shadows Literary Magazine! Year after year they continue to be nationally recognized. I think this recognition says a lot about our wonderful students and their teacher and sponsor, Lori Hart!”

Crown finalists are actual winners, not nominees. Some will be announced as Gold Crowns; the rest are Silver Crowns. Final results will be announced and presented at the CSPA ceremonies in March 2020. The CSPA offers three annual competitions to honor excellence in student publishing: Medalist Critiques for written evaluation, Crown Awards for overall excellence and Gold Circle Awards for individual student recognition. Superintendent Dr. Debbi Burdick said, “The Shadows Literary Magazine and CS Press have a legacy of excellence. Congratulations to all the students and staff who have contributed to its success.” Crown Awards summarize overall excellence in the entire publication while Medalist Critiques compare each publication against a printed set of standards. In contrast, Medalist Critiques are the work of a single adviser-judge. Cactus Shadows High School is part of the Cave Creek Unified School District. For additional information, visit www.ccusd93.org

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December Events at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church Desert Hills Presbyterian Church will offer a number of opportunities for residents to find meaning and inspiration this holiday season. The Chancel Choir, with organ and orchestra accompaniment, will sing an Advent cantata in the Sanctuary Sunday, Dec. 8, at the 8:15am and 9:45am traditional worship services. The 11:10am contemporary worship service, better known as “The Gathering,” will provide a more contemporary style of music during all times of the year. For those who may be grieving a loved one’s death, the holiday season can be especially painful. The church’s “Surviving the Holidays” seminar is offered to help participants prepare for the holidays, and even discover hope for the future. The seminar will be held Sunday, Dec. 8, 2:30–4:30pm. Childcare is available. Desert Hills celebrates Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, with three distinct worship opportunities, each with the lighting of candles. The first Christmas Eve worship service is at 5pm and the theme is “Sounds of Christmas.” Worship is in the Fellowship Center led by the contemporary worship team. Participate in a thoughtful, interactive Christmas experience, singing Christmas songs, both new and familiar. The second Christmas Eve worship service is at 7pm and features worship with communion in the Sanctuary, including music by the Chancel Choir, organ and instrumental ensemble. The third Christmas Eve worship opportunity is at 9pm and is a traditional worship service of lessons and carols, concentrating the Christmas story and music of the season. Worship is in the Sanctuary with music by the Chancel Choir, organ and instrumental ensemble. Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, located at the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Carefree Highway, regularly offers three worship services each Sunday morning: two traditional worship services at 8:15am and 9:45am in the Sanctuary, and one contemporary worship service at 11:10am in the Fellowship Center. Call the church office at 480.488.3384 for information or visit www.deserthills.org.


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Kiwanis Club of Carefree president Mike Poppenwimer reported that the Pancake Breakfast event held Saturday, Nov. 9, was a “flippin’ success,” with 593 people attending and enjoying the pancakes, sausages, orange juice and coffee. Held in the in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion of the Carefree Desert Gardens, pancakes were served up by the Kiwanis team who made sure all diners got their fill of the delicious pancakes. The event was supported by several of the Kiwanis youth groups including the Key Club, the Builders Club, the Kids Club and the Aktion Club. Also in attendance were the Adventure Scouts, the Cactus Shadows High School wrestling team and the Veterans Heritage Project students, selling plants. In all, there were 55 youths and 31 Kiwanis members. The Kiwanis Club has been hosting Pancake Breakfasts for over 30 years with all profits being used to support projects in the local area. The breakfast events are held twice a year, fall and spring, on Saturday mornings, in the town center of Carefree. The next event will be held April 4. For additional information, visit www.kiwaniscarefree.org.


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Founded by Mark Rasmusson and David Wagner, Fiorra CBD is a true farm to shelf and pure CBD company that just opened a retail store in Carefree. “Fiorra is known for creating super-premium and all-natural CBD products that are real, pure and that are actually very effective,” says Wagner. “We will devote our passion, energy and talent to become an innovative leader in the CBD industry while enriching the lives we touch.” The company is currently offering free store tours with a free cup of their CBD infused coffee. And if they’d like to, shoppers can even smoke the company’s high CBD flower with them on their second story patio in the Carefree Galleria. “Don’t worry, you do not need a medical card to use Fiorra CBD,” Wagner adds. He says that the product is THC free and lab tested legal with current lab reports on display, and that their team of chemical engineers and corporate executives combine to provide a level of quality and customer experiences that is unmatched in the high CBD industry. “Fiorra is dedicated to making every person’s wish of feeling less pain, stress and anxiety come true. You just may fall in love with the whole Fiorra CBD experience,” says Rasmusson. In addition, the company backs up their product by a 100 percent money back guarantee. So, for those who may be on a quest to overcome pain, stress, anxiety or any other challenges, Rasmusson says that Fiorra will be worth a visit to get familiar with their full line of high CBD products. Fiorra CBD is located at 37555 North Hum Road at Carefree in the Carefree Galleria. For additional information, call 775.235.8370 or visit www.fiorracbd.com.


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DFT Productions & Events for December and Beyond

Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) announces several productions and events for this December and early 2020. The Honk! Jr. audition workshop for ages 8 to 18 was held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23, 10am–2pm, with auditions Dec. 7. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling, Honk! Jr. tells the story of an odd-looking baby duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mother. Soon after Ugly is born, he is seduced away by a wily Cat who wants to eat Ugly for dinner. Performances of Honk! Jr. are Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 14–15, and Feb. 21–22, at 7pm, and Sundays, Feb. 16, and 23, 2pm, in the DFT’s Blackbox Theater, 33606 North 60th Street, Scottsdale. Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is opening Jan. 17. Christie published the world’s best-selling mystery novel in 1939. And Then There Were None tells the story of 10 people who are lured onto Indian Island by a man named U. N. Owen. Once all 10 people are in the house on the island, the story picks up when someone is poisoned. Will they discover who it is, or will everybody die before they can figure it out? And Then There Were None plays Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm, Jan. 17–18 and Jan. 24–25, and Sundays at 2pm, Jan. 19 and 26. Performances will be held in the DFT Blackbox Theater and tickets are $25. “We are grateful to Phyllis and Peter Strupp, our season sponsors” says Vicki Chamoff, interim managing director of the Desert Foothills Theater. The award-winning Desert Foothills Theater has been presenting live performances in the far North Valley since 1975. For tickets and more information about upcoming events, visit www.dftheater.org or call 480.488.1981.



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D esert Dream Realty The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, Oct. 24, for Desert Dream Realty, winners of the Chamber’s “Best in Realty” award. Desert Dream Realty is a top producing Cave Creek boutique real estate brokerage that can help with either buying or selling a home. They offer “exceptional knowledge of the Carefree, Cave Creek and North Scottsdale real estate market and are committed to negotiating on your behalf,” with real estate agents living in the area. They can answer questions from land, horse property to luxury homes. The Desert Dream Realty office is located at 6201 East Cave Creek Road, Suite B, in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.252.8300 or visit www.desertdreamrealty.com.

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The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce was present Wednesday, Nov. 6, to conduct a ribboncutting ceremony for SkinRevision’s new location in Cave Creek — a med spa in the heart of downtown. SkinRevision is a holistically based, medical aesthetics practice providing advanced skincare treatments for women, men and teens who are new to skin care, have skin care concerns such as the effects of aging or acne, and for those who would like to take their skin care regimen to the next level…to maximize skin health. The philosophy at SkinRevision is that beauty starts from the inside-out. Nutrition and lifestyle are key contributors to skin health. Advanced skincare therapies offered include medical microneedling, PRP skin therapies, Botox and dermal fillers, hydrafacials, dermaplaning, micropeels, chemical peels and clinical facials. They also offer IV vitamin therapy. SkinRevisions is located at 6554 East Cave Creek Road, Suite 9, in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.828.0987 or visit www.skinrevisionaz.com.

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Where did the year go? It’s December already? This month can be a pretty hectic time for sure. Increased traffic with everyone in a hurry, stores jam packed, not near enough time to get everything done, all with shorter days! It’s a great time for all those comfort foods in the form of soups and stews that warmed up our childhood winter days. As parents and grandparents, the holidays are MAYOR a time of joy for many of us. Town of Cave Creek Cave Creek will be hopping because there is 480.488.1400 an influx of visitors as the tourist season gets into www.cavecreek.org full swing. Be patient and remember that these tourists are what make many businesses successful. I for one plan to slow down and enjoy the holidays, watch a few Hallmark movies with my wife and spend quality time with the family. It’s amazing to me how our country and world are changing. Cave Creek’s council and staff are trying to find their way through the intricacies of the sign ordinance because of a First Amendment free speech decision by the Supreme Court and, the political correctness movement is attempting to inhibit speech. So, let me say to you who cherish our roots in the face of political correctness, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.



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The creative team behind the children’s book The Wondrously Magical Adventures of Penelope and Rosco will pay a visit to ArtQwest Gallery Saturday, Dec. 21, from 2pm to 5pm, for a book signing event. Lauren Maddox

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The Wondrously Magical Adventures of Penelope and Rosco is about birds Penelope and Rosco, who go to get a clean bill of health as well as to the optometrist, near their house in the city. Rosco is very worried about his glasses — specifically, other children’s reactions to the glasses at school. The book focuses on anti-bullying, understanding and especially the act of kindness to humankind and the animal kingdom. The book’s author, Lauren Maddox, is an up-and-coming film and television actress. Born in London, England, she now resides in the United States. This is her first book (illustrated by Richard Tomlin, the Broadway star and brother of actress/comedienne, Lily Tomlin.) The book was also co-written by Michael Langston Tomlin. The Wondrously Magical Adventures of Penelope and Rosco retails for $19.95 and will be available for purchase at the book signing event. ArtQwest Gallery is located at 7609 East Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite C-6, in Scottsdale. For additional information, call or visit www.artqwest.com.


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Located inside The Horny Toad Restaurant, Cave Creek Christmas Company is the only year-round Christmas store in Maricopa County. The store offers a wide variety of Christmas décor, and locally crafted gifts to locals and visitors. A festive selection of traditional decorations like nutcrackers, snow globes and a wide variety of blown glass Christmas tree ornaments can be found, along with a large selection of unique gifts, team sport ornaments and of course, the infamous Horny Toad merchandise. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making their way to the Cave Creek Christmas Company for breakfast Saturday, Dec. 14, 8–10am. Make sure to purchase tickets and reserve a spot for a morning of pancakes and presents. Tickets can be purchased at the Horny Toad. Cave Creek Christmas Company is located at 6738 East Cave Creek Road. For additional information, call 480.488.9542 or visit www.thehornytoad.com.


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Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) became a little more French during a recent visit from Lycee Monge, an internationally-minded, high school in France. Seventeen French students and their two English teachers visited Cactus Shadows High School (CSHS) for a reciprocal, 12-day visit and home family stays after an inaugural group of Creeker high schoolers visited them last summer. For many of the French students, this was their first exposure to the U.S. and the desert landscape was a complete contrast to their hometown of Chambery, which is at the foot of majestic alps in the countryside of France. When Cactus Shadows High School students visited them in France last summer, the French students who hosted took the American friends to cheesemaking factories, beautiful hikes in the mountains and to school. In turn, CSHS students took their French friends to football games, rodeos and the Grand Canyon. The CSHS French Honor Society invited them to a typical American breakfast and they even did community service at Desert Sun Academy, a local elementary school that houses an impressive French immersion program.

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Cave Creek Unified School District’s French Sister School, Lycee Monge, makes its inaugural visit to the desert for a 12 day stay with local host families.

The Cave Creek Unified School District World Language director, Cristina Ladas, established the initial sister school partnership with the help of the French Embassy as a way of extending the district’s world language programs beyond the classroom walls. Ladas feels that these sister school partnerships give students authentic opportunities to use the language they are learning at school and to experience firsthand, cultural similarities and differences. Today’s younger generations are constantly connected through social media but seeing each other in person is quite a novelty establishing lifelong global friendships. For more information about Cave Creek Unified School District’s World Language Programs, contact Ladas at cladas@ ccusd93.net.

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Presented by the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures, Frontier Town will host its 11th annual “European Christkindlmarkt” (German Christmas Market) event Dec. 7–8. Running Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10am to 8pm and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 10am to 5pm, the event will include live entertainment, a German mulled wine booth, food and gift vendors and an appearance from St. Nikolaus. The free event will also offer plenty of authentic German fare, including sausage and sauerkraut, potato pancakes with applesauce, German Christmas cookies, marzipan and chocolates, hot mulled wine and cider, and hot chocolate. There are a number of shops to visit at Frontier Town, including Cave Creek Candles & Gifts (www.cavecreekcandles.com), an event sponsor. Frontier Town is located at 6245 East Cave Creek Road. For additional information, visit www.frontiertown.info.

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When most people think of Cave Creek, they think of open spaces, mountain biking, Black Mountain, Spur Cross, horseback trail rides, great restaurants and fun bars. Now after years in the making, comes the Cave Creek Craft Beer Festival. Cave Creek is known for its night life — with biker bars, cowboy bars, Irish pubs and high-end bars, all of which offer some amazing craft beer. So, organizers decided to bring all the top craft beer brewers, mixed in with some cider, some kombucha and some amazing mead all in one great location, Stagecoach Village, located at 7100 East Cave Creek Road. The inaugural Cave Creek Craft Beer Festival will be held Jan. 18 from noon to 5pm. Attendees will pay one entry fee, get a cool sampling glass and sample many of favorite brews in one location. Pub food will be offered for sale throughout the event, as well as live music and, most importantly, an opportunity to speak with the actual brewers and their staff. Find out what goes into favorite brews. For information or to participate, visit www.cavecreekcraftbeerfestival. com or contact Adam Stein at 480.488.6636.



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Fantasticós Brings Our Lady of Guadalupe Festival to Life Cave Creek’s Fantasticós Mexican Food will host one of Mexico’s most significant days, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Friday, Dec. 13, 6am to midnight. Fantasticós will feature traditional dancers as they perform in ritual attire in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Guests will enjoy many Mexican food specials while enjoying these amazing performers at work. Since 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe (the Virgin Mary) remains a powerful symbol of Mexican identity and faith and her image is associated with everything from motherhood and feminism to social justice. This important holiday is one of the most meaningful to Mexicans worldwide and the performers pay homage in memorial for the tradition. The performance will take place from 6–7pm. Fantasticós Mexican Food is located at 6554 East Cave Creek Road. Its hours of operation are Monday–Thursday and Sunday from 6am to 11pm. Fridays and Saturdays, it is open from 6am to midnight. The phone number is 480.488.2055 and the website is www.fantasticosmexicanfood.com.

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A traditional community event started by the Cave Creek 4-H Club in 1952, under the leadership of Jean Hackler, as a re-enactment of the Christmas story showcasing the 4-H Club members’ animals, will celebrate its annual performance this month. The Foothills Christmas Pageant takes place at 7pm Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area in Cave Creek. Area residents perform in the choir and make up the cast. Volunteers handle all aspects of the pageant, from ground prep, sound tech and sets, to luminaria placement and critter coordination, and Cactus Shadows High School Drama Club will provide complimentary hot chocolate to attendees “We are very proud to keep this tradition going, which is truly a classic,” says Toby Payne, longtime organizer of the Pageant. “You may know the story, but you haven’t experienced it like this. Come, reflect and enjoy. It’s a joy for people of all ages. No one should miss it.” Because there is no built-in seating, bring a blanket to sit up-close on the ground or a portable chair. Wear warm clothes and walking shoes. A flashlight is useful because the primary lighting for Spur Cross Ranch is starlight. Admission and parking are free. “There wouldn’t be a Pageant without the volunteer crews who set everything up and help run the event,” said Payne. “We need as many people as possible to participate and keep this tradition alive.” Anyone interested in volunteering or requiring additional information should contact Payne at 480.544.2290. Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area is located at 44000 North Spur Cross Road in Cave Creek. For details, visit www.foothillschristmaspageant.com.

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Platinum Living Realty, an independent luxury real estate brokerage, announced that it has opened its new office located at The Summit shopping center in North Scottsdale. Located off Scottsdale Road and north of Lone Mountain Road, the new office is an opportune location to serve the communities of Carefree, Cave Creek, North Scottsdale, and the surrounding areas. “As specialists in the Valley’s luxury housing market, it is important for us to have convenient office locations where our dedicated agents can best serve our clients,” said Michelle Macklin, co-owner of Platinum Living Realty. “Our independent brokerage has also seen tremendous growth over the last year, and we are excited to offer our agents a new option for basing their business and connecting with clients.” Platinum Living Realty’s new Summit office is located near Massage Envy and across the parking lot from the Safeway. The office features fully serviced executive offices with reception, state of the art conference rooms, fully equipped kitchen, multiple workstations with computers, and ample parking. “The Northeast Valley is known for some of the most luxurious real estate in the Phoenix Metro area, including popular golf communities like Troon North, Whisper Rock, Rancho Mañana, Dove Valley Ranch, Desert Mountain and Legend Trail,” said Stacey Grandon, one of Platinum

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Horny Toad Brings Back ‘Red Envelope’

The Horny Toad presents “What is in the red envelope,” to premiere in December. Guests who dine at The Toad December 16–24 will receive a special prize in a red envelope. Guests leave their envelopes unopened until they return to The Horny Toad January 6–16. At that time, their server will open the envelope and reveal the prize. Prizes will include free desserts, BOGOs, gift cards $10–25, Horny Toad T-shirts and other Horny Toad merchandise. One lucky winner will receive a $100 gift card. The Horny Toad, which has earned numerous awards for its food including Best Fried Chicken, Best Steakhouse, Best BBQ ribs and Best Dessert (strawberry shortcake), is open Sunday through Thursday, 11am–9pm, and Friday and Saturday, 11am–10pm. In addition, breakfast is served Saturday and Sunday from 8am–noon and most Monday holidays. The Toad is located at 6738 East Cave Creek Road. Call 480.488.9542 for reservations or more information.

Winter break is just around the corner for school-aged children, and Desert Foothills Library always has plenty to keep them busy and engaged over the holiday break. But the library also has plenty of unique programming to offer adults this month, too, beginning with the continuing Hidden in the Hills Showcase presented in the Desert Foothills Gallery through Jan. 23. Also coming up this month: Dec. 7: 11th Annual Holiday Craft & Bake Sale – 10am–3pm Share the holiday spirit and take care of holiday shopping while enjoying live music, treats, coffee, and the good feeling of knowing it all benefits the Library.

Dec. 11: NeuroVisual Medicine: A Potential Solution to Headaches, Double Vision, and Other Unexplained Symptoms – 10–11am Join Dr. Julie Lam of Eye Care North to learn more about NeuroVisual Medicine and how it can help in daily life. RSVP online at dfla. org or call 480.488.2286. Dec. 11: A Duet with Arizona Musicfest – 7pm The Library hosts the ninth annual performance of A Duet. Maestro Robert Moody is joined by guests. There will be Prosecco, coffee and dessert prior to the performance. The fee of $30 for this event benefits

the Library and Arizona Musicfest, both nonprofit organizations. Tickets are available at dfla.org or by calling 480.488.2286. Dec. 12: The Angels on the Writer’s Shoulders by Author Jody Sharpe – 2:30-4:00 am Jody Sharpe is an award-winning author. She had a rewarding career as a special education teacher. Writing about angels became healing after losing her daughter. The valuable lessons learned about moving forward have set her on a mission to tell stories with love and spiritual awakening. RSVP online at dfla.org or call 480.488.2286. Dec. 14: AARP Drivers Safety Program – 10am–2pm A refresher course in driver safety and driving skills. Learn new driving techniques, rules of the road, defensive driving and how to minimize distractions. Materials are included. Completion of course may entitle participants to an auto insurance discount (check with insurer). Bring a sack lunch. As a former adjunct professor (University of Southern California), Scott Rexinger has taught the AARP Driver Safety Course for over five years in Arizona to 1,000 students. He is an Arizona AARP Driver Safety district coordinator leading seven other instructors teaching over 45 classes/year at 12 locations in the Northeast Valley. Class limit to 30. For questions call instructor Scott Rexinger at 480.575.3152. RSVP online or call: 480.488.2286. Pay instructor at class: $20; or $15 with AARP member card (checks only). Plus $5 cash or check to Desert Foothills Library. Dec. 16: Tonto National Forest Plan Revision Public Meeting – 4–8:30pm The Tonto National Forest is hosting a public meeting to provide information on the Draft Forest Plan and associated draft environmental impact statement. Open to the public. All events are free and do not require registration, except where noted. Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. The library will close at 1pm Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, and will be closed Christmas day, Dec. 25. For information, call 480.488.2286 or visit www.desertfoothillslibrary.org.

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Dec. 9: HonorHealth Sonoran Crossing Medical Center Information Session – 2:30-3:30 pm Learn about HonorHealth Sonoran Crossing Medical Center, opening in fall 2020 at Interstate-17 and Dove Valley Road. A presentation on the new medical center will be given by Kathy Stinson, RN, DNP, NEA-BC, who serves as vice president of operations and chief nursing officer for HonorHealth Sonoran Crossing Medical Center. As HonorHealth’s sixth hospital, Sonoran Crossing Medical Center will serve the Cave Creek and Carefree communities. It will offer women’s services, including labor and delivery services, as well as surgical services and a full-service emergency department. HonorHealth Sonoran Crossing Medical Center’s 87-acre campus also will feature an outpatient center, new ambulatory surgery center and wellness-focused environment.



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Celebrate the Real Christmas Pastor Paul Witkop, Light of the Desert Lutheran Church

A few years ago, the most famous atheist of our day, Richard Dawkins declared that Christmas was “safe for atheists.” He told the New York Times that he actually celebrates Christmas. But, he says, he “detests ‘Jingle Bells,’ ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Rudolph’ and the obscene spending bonanza that occupies not just December but November and October too.” He said, Christmas has become, “so divorced from religion that I find no necessity to bother with (fighting about) euphemisms such as ‘happy holiday season.’” Even an atheist can see we have distorted the celebration of Christmas. Our celebration this season could be even more strained as our country finds itself troubled by our divisions, tired of the nastiness of the past election and uneasy about the direction with new leadership. We so need to remember what Christmas is all about…not the holiday but the actual event. God gave the greatest gift of all when he came to earth to tell us and to show us how much love God has for us. He wants a relationship with us. Jesus is the greatest gift ever because Jesus is God, in person. • He came so that we could be at peace and know the God who loves each of us. • H  e came to show us that when we are confident in our relationship with God, we have the confidence to pursue peace with each other. The spirit of Christmas is giving and peace. God gave and gives us the privilege of being givers and peacemakers too. The giving I am talking about makes the greatest long-term impact on both the recipient and the giver. • Are there elderly people in your life? Make some time to visit them.

• Do you even know your neighbors…invite them for dinner? • D  oes your school or church connect with a homeless shelter or a prison? Do you know someone who might be lonely? Sign up to serve a meal one night and make sure you sit down and actually talk with some of the people who are eating. • W  hat about children who may not receive a gift this year? Find a Christmas Angel Tree project. You might find one at your church, the Salvation Army, even your local mall. Jesus Christ has come in person and wants a relationship with you. His most important call on our life is to share his love with people in our lives…starting with the people in your home and your neighborhood. That and only that will bring peace on earth and peace between people. Paul Witkop is Pastor of Light of the Desert Lutheran Church in Cave Creek. Call 480.563.5500 or email paulw@lightofthedesert.org.

Festival of Trees Captures Spirit of the Season The Arizona Burn Foundation will host its 21st annual Holiday Festival of Trees Dec. 7. The Festival of Trees is a holiday tradition that features nine whimsical trees each showcasing their own themes and styles, exhibited by some of the Valley’s premier tree designers, while supporting a great mission. The event is a signature gala that provides an opportunity for the foundation to present its mission of “Improving the quality of life of burn survivors and their families while promoting burn prevention education in Arizona.” Arizona Burn Foundation holds the annual festival to celebrate its mission and to share stories with the community. The organization uses the proceeds from this event to support its mission and to continue to offer programing to assist those impacted by burn and to offer statewide burn prevention and fire safety education. This year’s event will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning with a cocktail hour at 6pm. The event will be held rain or shine at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort and Spa at 5402 East Lincoln Drive in Scottsdale. For additional information, visit www.azburn.org/holiday-festival-trees.

The Phoenix Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) will hold its annual Red Affair signature event Dec. 11, 11am– 1pm, at Gainey Ranch Golf Club, 7600 East Gainey Club Drive in Scottsdale. This signature event will feature five local women fashion designers who will showcase their style, fashion and flair: • Jane Kwa — Journey by Northern Clover • Cyndie Verity-Turtoro — Cyndie Verity LLC • Jennifer Walter — Serving Glamour • Carol Mickey — Milos Designs • CJ & Laurie — Activ Intimates Attendees are invited to enjoy a delicious meal with a signature red dessert, connect with members and corporate partners, be entertained and support companies showcasing themselves through sponsorship and raffle items. NAWBO is an organization that works to strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of its members and promote economic development; create innovative and effective changes in the business culture; build strategic alliances, coalitions, and affiliations; and transform public policy and influence opinion makers. Reserve or get information online at www.nawbophx.org.

The Time for Preserving Personal Stories is Now “You are never closer to your history than you are today,” says Michele Trent of Remembered Well. “The details of your life will not grow clearer next month or next year. If you’ve ever thought you should write a book or that the stories of Great Uncle Jim should be recorded – what are you waiting for?” Trent says that when it comes to preserving priceless family history and stories, time is not on your side. Time has a way of snatching memories from us all. Either we forget details as our brains age, or we take all of our stories with us if we unexpectedly pass away. “Perhaps this has already played out in your family. If we want to preserve family history, we must take action today and not wait until ‘someday.’” Sounds good in theory but how does one get this done amid all the other activities clambering for time, especially during this busy holiday season? It might be as simple as making a phone call and hiring a professional. This gets the ball rolling and lessens the burden on individuals. In only a few sit-down conversations with a personal historian, favorite family memories and stories are digitally preserved — forever. Storytellers can gain peace of mind and families gain a tremendous generational gift. “There is no one better equipped to tell his or her story than the person living it and there is no better day to start a story preservation project than today,” concludes Trent. Learn more by visiting www.rememberedwell.com.

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NAWBO Celebrates at Annual Red Affair Luncheon




Dec. 6

Thru Dec. 29

Elf the Musical

It Was Fifty Years Ago Today — A Tribute to The Beatles’ White Album Celebrity Theatre www.celebritytheatre.com; 602.267.1600

Photo: Mark Gluckman

Arizona Broadway Theatre www.azbroadway.org; 623.776.8400 Dec. 3

“So You Think You Can Dance” — Live

Thru Dec. 15

Mesa Arts Center www.mesaartscenter.com; 480.644.6500

The Trip to Bountiful Theatre Artists Studio www.thestudiophx.org; 602.765.0120

Dec. 4

Nayo Jones, Home for the Holidays

Photo: Reg Madison Photography

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Dec. 6–22

Black Theatre Troupe www.blacktheatretroupe.org; 602.258.8129 Dec. 6–22

Fountain Hills Theater — Mainstage www.fhtaz.org; 480.837.9661

A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail

Valley Youth Theatre www.vyt.com; 602.253.8188

Dec. 5

Documentary Video Art Festival

Dec. 7

Artist Talk: Radical Hope + Futurity/Indigenous Land + Lives — Maria Hupfield

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art www.smoca.org; 480.874.4666 Dec. 5

Arizona Musicfest Festival www.azmusicfest.org; 480.422.8449

Dec. 10

Dec. 6–23

Valley Bar www.valleybarphx.com; 602.368.3121

New York Voices: Let it Snow

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art


Son Little

Valley Bar www.valleybarphx.com Dec. 10

David Benoit: A Charlie Brown Christmas Musical Instrument Museum Dec. 11

Kiefer Sutherland

Crescent Ballroom www.crescentphx.com; 602.716.2222 Dec. 12

Renee Patrick & Nicole Pesce ASU Kerr

Dec. 5–15

Little Mermaid Jr.

Dec. 12

Musical Theatre of Anthem www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org; 623.336.6001

Holiday Swing with Maria Muldaur and John Jorgenson Musical Instrument Museum


Dec. 13

Dec. 7–22

Photo: Howard Paley

Frances Smith Cohen’s Snow Queen Center Dance Ensemble www.centerdance.com; 602.252.8497

Dec. 6

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley 12.19


A Christmas Carol — The Musical

Griffin House

The Phoenix Theatre Company www.phoenixtheatre.com; 602.254.2151

Dec. 9

The Steel Wheels

Black Nativity

Dec. 4–22

Dec. 5

Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Instrument Museum

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Thru Dec. 29

Dec. 8

Gypsy Soul

ASU Kerr www.asukerr.com; 480.596.2660

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org; 480.499.8587

The Sound of Music



Dec. 6

Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin

Great Arizona Puppet Theater www.azpuppets.org; 602.262.2050


Musical Instrument Museum www.mim.org; 480.478.6000

Dec. 7–29

Ella Enchanted: The Musical Childsplay www.childsplayaz.org; 480.921.5700

Warren Miller’s Timeless Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Dec. 13

All Rise: Nick Offerman Celebrity Theatre Dec. 13

Trivia Night @SMoCA Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art



Dec. 15–16

Irish Christmas in America Musical Instrument Museum Dec. 18

The Milk Carton Kids

Musical Instrument Museum Dec. 18 – Feb. 16

Million Dollar Quartet

Dec. 13–24

The Phoenix Theatre Company

The Nutcracker

Ballet Arizona http://balletaz.org; 602.381.1096


Dec. 14

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Thievery Corporation

The Van Buren www.thevanburenphx.com

Dec. 20

Sunrise in the Skyspace

14 James Turrell’s Knight Rise Skyspace; Photo: Sean Deckert

Dec. 20–22

The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)

Dec. 14

Musical Instrument Museum Dec. 14

The 5 Browns: A Family Christmas


Arizona Musicfest Festival Dec. 14

Alice Cooper’s 18th Annual Christmas Pudding Fundraiser Celebrity Theatre  www.celebritytheatre.com; 602.267.1600

Dec. 21

The Klezmatics: A Happy Joyous Hanukkah

A Phoenix Family Tradition

Musical Instrument Museum Dec. 25 – Jan. 19

Old Jews Telling Jokes

Philip Roger Roy and Playhouse Productions, Inc. at Herberger Theater Center www.playhouseInfo.com; 602.252.8497


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Southwest Shakespeare Company www.swshakespeare.org; 480.435.6868

Iris DeMent; Opening Act: Ana Egge


Dec. 26

Dom Flemons

Dec. 14

Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández: A Merry-Achi Christmas Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Dec. 14–15

Joy to All the World

ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra www.pmaz.org; 623.326.5172

Musical Instrument Museum Dec. 26 – Jan. 12

The Princess, the Unicorn, and the Smelly-Foot Troll Great Arizona Puppet Theater Jan. 4–26


Arizona Theatre Company www.arizonatheatre.org; 602.256.6995

Presented at Valley Youth Theatre

December 6 thru 23, 2019 Sponsored by

DAN & ANN NAHOM For tickets: Call 602.253.8188 x1 | Visit www.VYT.com



By Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle

Photo: Courtesy of Amazon Studios


Shia LaBeouf’s Honey Boy is a Cathartic Journey for the Troubled Actor Shia LaBeouf explores his own childhood in the highly meta and cathartic film Honey Boy. In this film, the child star is 12-year-old Otis. His father is an ex-rodeo clown and convict who now acts as his guardian. We come to discover that Otis, and by extension LaBeouf, experiences intense trauma, resulting in the star coming to his lowest point. Emotional, humorous and very intense, Honey Boy is one of the highlights of the year. Whiskey and Popcorn is a movie podcast by local film critics Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle. You can hear their full movie reviews on whiskeyandpopcorn.org.

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Rosie’s House Students Will Perform Holiday Concert & Recitals Music students from Rosie’s House, a free after school music program, will be performing concerts and recitals in Phoenix for the holidays. Comprised of students ages 5–18, the Rosie’s House Holiday Showcase Concert will be held Dec. 8, 3pm, at Steele Memorial Hall, 300 East Indian School, and will feature soloists on strings, winds, piano and voice, while highlighting impressive ensembles. The Holiday Showcase is free to attend, but attendees are encouraged to RSVP at www.rosieshouse.org The following week, Dec. 10–14, all 512 of Rosie’s House students will perform in over 20 recitals for friends, family and the community. The recitals will showcase students from all programs including mariachi, piano, choir, strings and wind/brass. Rosie’s House Recitals will be held Dec. 10–14 in the sanctuary at Central United Methodist Church, 1875 North Central, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit www.rosieshouse.org for more information.



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Five Female Trailblazers Named Grand Marshals of December Fiesta Bowl Parade To recognize this year’s theme of “Women in Sports” at the 2019 Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade, presented by Cheez-It, the Fiesta Bowl will honor five female icons with Arizona ties. A mix of world champions, Olympic gold medalists and trailblazers will serve as Grand Marshals for the parade Saturday, Dec. 28, at 9am through Central Phoenix. Grand Marshals for the 2019 Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade are Special Olympics golfer Amy Bockerstette, U.S. Women’s Soccer standouts Julie Ertz and Jessica McDonald, U.S. Paralympic gold medalist Allysa Seely and arguably the greatest women’s basketball player of all time, Diana Taurasi. “Celebrating Women in Sports in Arizona is important to honor within our community,” said Mike Nealy, executive director of the Fiesta Bowl. “This year’s Grand Marshals have amazed us with their athletic accomplishments and are an inspiration for the next generation of female athletes.” The Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade, presented by Cheez-It Grand Marshal honors an individual or group whose vision aligns with the Fiesta Bowl’s commitment to driving economic growth, champion charitable causes and executing innovative experiences. These five women represent what the Fiesta Bowl stands for, on top of being talented athletes. The Fiesta Bowl will be played Dec. 28 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. For additional information, visit www.fiestabowl.org.

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Pollack Tempe Cinemas to Host First Ever Asian International Film Festival Arizona


Valley real estate entrepreneur Michael Pollack is bringing a first of its kind film festival to Arizona. Pollack Tempe Cinemas will host the inaugural Asian International Film Festival Arizona (AIFFA) Dec. 6–8. The festival will feature award-winning and acclaimed films from 10 Asian countries, including India, South Korea, Afghanistan, Japan, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines and Kazakhstan. The AIFFA selection committee has picked Dark is the Night to open the festival Dec. 6. The director and three actors from Dark is the Night will be present at that opening night gala and screening. Actors and directors from other foreign films featured at the festival are also expected to attend the events. AIFAA is also launching a new short film competition. The My Film competition is geared

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towards film students and aspiring moviemakers who can submit short films shot on their mobile phones. A first prize of $1,500 will be awarded. “We want to highlight the creative, thought provoking and inspiring films being developed throughout Asia and bring that artistry to Arizona. We plan on building upon this first-year event and make our event one of the top Asian film festivals in the country,” said Ihman Esturco, CEO and founder of AIFFA and an award-winning photographer. AIFFA will also use the December film festival to launch First Edition, an international competition seeking submissions from filmmakers highlighting the Asian continent. For information about Pollack Tempe Cinemas and the Asian International Film Festival Arizona (AIFFA) go to www.pollacktempecinemas. com or www.aiffa.org.

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Essence Announces Arizona’s First Baking Apprenticeship Developed in partnership with Arizona’s Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), Essence Bakery Café announced a first-ever Baking Apprenticeship. This innovative, internationally recognized, two-year program will offer graduating high school students the opportunity to advance their culinary skills in a working bakery, providing aspiring chefs with the hands-on experience necessary for a successful baking career. Led by Essence chef/owner, Eugenia Theodosopoulos (aka Chef Theo), the advanced culinary training by will cover breads, Pictured, L–R: Essence chef/owner Eugenia Theodosopoulos, Valerie pastries, cookies and laminated Moreno Escutia, Charlize Cipres and Denise Garcia doughs. Apprentices will also gain critical business skills beyond the kitchen, including enticing product displays, sourcing and handling fresh produce from local suppliers, and the fundamentals of managing a restaurant. Graduates of the two-year program will receive a certificate from the Arizona Apprenticeship Office, which is internationally recognized. Chef Theo grew up in her family’s Greek restaurant and received her formal culinary training in Paris. In 2011, she was inducted into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame and awarded Pastry Chef Extraordinaire. Founded in 2007, Essence Bakery Café offers dishes inspired by American, French and Greek cuisine, enhanced with local flavors. Chef Theo has a deep passion for mentoring aspiring chefs. She has mentored C-CAP students individually, developed culinary programs for Free Arts for Abused Children, and serves on the boards of three local college culinary programs. Chef Theo explains, “This apprenticeship gives aspiring chefs a great start on their career without racking up overwhelming student debt.” C-CAP partners with 150 public high schools to support 15,000 students nationwide each year; 6,600 of the students served reside in Arizona. C-CAP members receive guidance and support throughout their careers and are eligible for significant scholarship opportunities. Jill Smith, the Phoenix program director for C-CAP, says, “This is just the beginning of all types of apprenticeships in the hospitality industry.” Essence Bakery Café is located at 3830 East Indian School Road in Phoenix. For additional information, call 602.296.4958 or visit www.essencebakery.com. Learn more about C-CAP Arizona at www.ccapinc.org/locations/arizona.

Fusion Academy Opens First Location in Arizona Fusion Academy, a one-to-one school (one teacher, one student) providing a personalized learning experience for students grades 6–12, will open its first Arizona campus in Scottsdale this fall. Joining Fusion’s growing network of over 60 one-to-one private school campuses across the country, Fusion Academy Scottsdale will be located at 8700 Gainey Center Drive, Suite 150, Scottsdale. A private school, Fusion Academy Scottsdale customizes every aspect of the educational experience for students in middle and high school. The school says that its warm and engaging

environment serves as an excellent option for families in the area seeking additional emotional, social and academic support for their child. The school is geared towards students who desire a more challenging learning pace, and those for whom traditional schooling is not the best option. Patrick Thompson will lead Fusion Academy Scottsdale as the head of school. Prior to joining Fusion, Thompson served as the director of Recruitment for Grand Canyon University, where he headed recruitment for nearly 30 high schools in Central California.

“Students and families are seeking educational options that prepare them for college, career and life readiness,” said Thompson. “As an educator and a servant, I look forward to fostering strong relationships with families to support their child’s individual learning needs, passions, interests, personality and learning style. Expanding into the Arizona market speaks to the impact individualized learning can make and the local parent demand.” Fusion offers customized scheduling to accommodate the ever-changing demands outside of the classroom. At

Fusion, homework is completed with help and supervision from a teacher in the Homework Café® on campus so that students no longer have to worry about hours of schoolwork once they get home. Mackenzie Douglass will serve as the director or admissions and outreach for the Scottsdale campus. Douglas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in human development from California State University in 2010. Fusion Academy was founded in San Diego, California, in 1989. For more information, or to enroll, visit www. fusionacademy.com/scottsdale.

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Although it is only December and the next school year sounds a long way off, CCUSD is already excited and preparing for the Class of 2033 — next year’s kindergartners! CCUSD’s Kindergarten Round-up is on Jan. 23, from 5–6:30pm, where DR. DEBBI BURDICK you can learn a bit about the Superintendent school and get a registration Cave Creek Unified School District packet. We hope you will check out our amazing elementary school communities, all which provide a world language, art, PE and music, in addition to the core classes. Also, all of our schools use technology as a tool to enhance learning. Black Mountain Elementary School, 33606 North 60th Street, Scottsdale, emphasizes the Performing Arts: Music, Dance and Drama; their world language is Spanish. Call 480.575.2100 with questions. Desert Sun Academy, 27880 North 64th Street, Scottsdale, houses the District’s French Immersion Program. They are a STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Math) school and all students learn Spanish. Contact the school at 480.575.2900. Desert Willow Elementary School, 4322 Desert Willow Parkway, Cave Creek, boasts the first Spanish Immersion program in the state of Arizona and is an International School. All students learn Spanish. Call 480.575.2800 to learn more. Horseshoe Trails Elementary School, 5405 East Pinnacle Vista Drive, Phoenix, has an onsite Horsemanship-Equestrian Program, teaches Chinese Pre-K through sixth grades, as well as Chinese Immersion. Call 480.272.8500 with questions. Lone Mountain Elementary School, 5250 East Montgomery, Cave Creek, is our STEM (Science-TechnologyEngineering-Math) school with a partnership with the Arizona Science Center. All students learn Chinese. Call 480.272.8500 with any questions. To register and save your spot at a school, please bring an original birth certificate, shot record, proof of residence and identification. Check us out at www.ccusd93.org!





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Dr. James Oh, DDS, MICOI, of Advanced Dentistry and Implant Center of Scottsdale says that his practice is committed to providing a lifetime of optimum oral health care to patients and strives to foster patient relationships based on mutual trust. In his practice, Dr. Oh recognizes the individual needs of people and strives to serve them in a caring environment. As a second-generation dentist, Dr. Oh had an interest in dentistry early on when he worked for his father during the summers as a teenager. “When I was 16 years old and working in my dad’s office as an assistant, I saw that there are people who are very apprehensive about visiting the dentist. I remember the noisy drill, the dreadful elevator music, and the smells unique to dental offices, and I had compassion for them. It was important to me that I put them at ease,” says Dr. Oh.



Perfecting Smiles, Enriching Lives

Dr. Oh graduated from Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry in 1997 and began his career in Monterey/ Carmel California, where he lived with his wife and daughters for 20 years. Although he continues to practice family dentistry, he became interested in oral

implantology and did a fellowship at the California Implant Institute in San Diego, then completed a mastership with the International Congress of Scottsdale where they traded the ocean and fog for year-round sunshine. The practice reflects a relaxing environment. The ocean-forest theme is calming, and the sound of the drill is muted during treatment when patients watch their movie of choice with noisecanceling headsets. Dr. Oh says that not only is new technology creative and more precise, but it almost eliminates the old reasons that gave people anxiety about visiting the dentist. He talks excitedly about the CEREC CAD/CAM (3-D design and machinery) and CBCT (3-D X-ray imaging). “We have the ability to plan surgeries on the scan and prevent harming certain vital structures,” he explains. “We are

able to achieve greater accuracy that is predictable, which lowers the risk for complex procedures.” Crowns are made in-house, implants are done on-site, and the in-office lab provides patients with the convenience of same-day results. “I like to know where I’m going before we start,” says Dr. Oh. “Restoring teeth is like remodeling a house. Ideally, we have an architect, an engineer, and a designer. The planning should be done before the building process begins.” “My job is to listen and come up with the best plan to fulfill the needs and wants of each person using the least invasive procedures,” concludes Dr. Oh. “I want every patient to love their beautiful smile.” To learn more about Advanced Dentistry and Implant Center of Scottsdale, call 480.725.9188 or visit www.advanceddentistryscottsdale.com.

Battling Depression During the Holidays It is no secret that the holiday season can be a stressful time. With family gatherings, office parties, gift exchanges and other demands on time and attention, the final months of the year can be a trying time for even the most optimistic and enthusiastic people. For individuals who suffer from or are at risk for depression, though, The Jason Foundation, Inc. says that the impact of holiday stresses and pressures can be much more severe than the momentary frustrations that almost everyone experiences. For example, some causes for the onset of a depressive episode, such as feeling overwhelmed, experiencing a sense of isolation or deprivation, and having personal conflicts, are also common holiday experiences. For individuals who are at risk for depression, the Foundation provides these simple tips that can help during the holiday season.

• S  tay Organized — Considerable holiday stress is related to feeling overwhelmed or out of time. Planning ahead can help eliminate or ease some of this pressure. • Learn to Say No — You do not have to accept every invitation that comes your way. Giving yourself time to relax and decompress during the holidays is more important than yet another party. • Set Realistic Expectations — There is no such thing as a “perfect holiday,” and trying to create one is an invitation to disappointment. On the other side of the coin, don’t allow dread to destroy your ability to enjoy the season. • Take Care of Yourself — Sugary and high-fat foods, which are staples during the holidays, can drain your energy and increase your risk getting sick. Enjoy a sweet here and there, but do not abandon your healthy diet. Also, make sure that you are getting some exercise and enough sleep.

• G  et Help When You Need It — The holidays are definitely not the time to go it alone. From an extra set of hands in the kitchen to the therapeutic insights of a professional counselor, ask for help when you need it. The Foundation emphasizes that these tips can help to reduce the risk of a depressive episode, but they are by no means a substitute for effective professional help, adding that depression is a serious illness that impacts adults and more than 2.5 million adolescents in the United States. Depression is one of the leading causes of suicide attempts. When examined as an age group 10–24, suicide is the second leading overall cause of death for Arizona. Contrary to a prevalent myth, suicide does not peak during the holiday season. If you or someone you love is struggling with depression and/or thinking about suicide, get help now. The National Suicide Hotline, 800.273.TALK (8255), is a free resource that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential 24/7 text line where trained crisis counselors support individuals in crisis. Text “Jason” to 741741 to speak with a counselor.  The Jason Foundation is a nationally recognized leader in youth suicide prevention and awareness. For additional resources, visit www.jasonfoundation.com.

By Michele Guy Syne

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly! As we begin planning for this holiday season, let’s keep in mind what it is truly all about. Let’s remember the blessings in our lives and the joy of spending special times with our family and friends…our loved ones…and making wonderful memories. 1. Many Hands Make Light Work. We often put ourselves under a lot of pressure as we entertain and host events, dinners and social gatherings during the holidays. And it’s a lot of work. So why not delegate some of the necessary tasks and logistics to friends, family and team members! This allows others to participate and contribute. This not only brings them joy…it also lightens your load. And the more the merrier! 2. Eat, Drink and be Merry… in Moderation! Eat the right foods, eat reasonable portions, drink lots of water and go to bed by midnight. Over-indulgence is a possibility with all of the office parties, local events, social gatherings and family dinners. Keep in mind that over-indulgence can weaken our body’s immune system. Therefore, why not pace yourself, so that you can stay healthy over the Holidays. 3. Om! Take time each day to stop the world and clear your mind of the noise, the chatter, the social media, emails and telephone calls. Know that airplane mode works not only on airplanes. Take time for yourself to nourish and replenish your mind, body and spirit. Meditate, take a walk, take a hike, go running, play golf, play tennis or simply sit outside in the sun. Take time out for yourself each day. 4. Trust in the Process! If things don’t go as anticipated, try to simply go with the flow. Control is a myth! Often, our most fond memories result from situations that did not go as planned! The divine has a fantastic sense of humor. Focus on what is important and let go of the rest. And most of all…have fun, laugh lots and love even more.

James S. Oh DDS, MICOI

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Michele Guy Syne is a professional engineer, and certified hypnotherapist. Her primary areas of focus with her clients are on mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. She supports her clients in removing patterns of behavior and limiting beliefs that no longer serve them. Hypnotherapy is one the quickest healing modalities to allow her clients to see changes in their lives in the shortest period of time. Michele has an office in Carefree, and lives in Cave Creek with her 11-year-old son, Jonathan. Learn more at www.uniquelynorthern.com.

Maricopa County residents age 60 and older challenged by compulsive object hoarding who are willing to self-identify and commit to addressing the disorder can now register for the Area Agency on Aging’s 14-week Too Many Treasures Hoarding Therapy Group. This free, confidential and voluntary therapy session begins in January 2020. “Through the therapy groups, participants suffering from hoarding disorder are introduced to new information and techniques to help them change their current behaviors and thoughts,” said Heidi Donniaquo, a licensed clinical social worker who manages the program. The groups will meet at confidential locations in Central Phoenix and Glendale. Space is limited and qualifying participants will need to complete an intake process by calling 602.241.5577 no later than Jan. 3. Individuals accepted into the program must be willing to attend the 90-minute weekly sessions, engage in group activities and complete home assignments. The sessions are moderated by a licensed professional counselor, and bi-weekly follow-up support-group meetings for graduates will be scheduled to provide ongoing support and encouragement. For more information, email hoarding@aaaphx.org or visit www.aaaphx.org.

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While the rest of the nation shivers through another freezing February, the 11th annual Devour Culinary Classic (Feb. 22–23) will be serving up a heaping helping of homegrown food, wine and fun in the Arizona sun (average high temperature: 72 degrees). Hosted amidst the towering saguaros of the Southwest’s largest botanical garden, Devour showcases the combined culinary talents of more than 40 of Arizona’s top restaurants, highlighted by the newly-announced VIP chefs, Justin Beckett of Beckett’s Table and Southern Rail and Stephen Jones of the larder + the delta. Most important, as a fundraiser for the nonprofit Local First Arizona, the largest locally owned business coalition in North America, the Devour Culinary Classic is one of the few high-profile culinary events that intentionally focuses on local talent.  Co-hosted by the Desert Botanical Garden and Arizona Business Committee for the Arts, the Devour Culinary Classic also serves as the grand finale to Devour Week. Running Feb. 15–23, Devour Week highlights include the globespanning Devour the World food, music and dance festival, presented by the City of Peoria. Plus, the annual Seven Chefs Dinner, a one-night-only dining event with a septet of top local chefs, who first cooked together at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City, and now get together annually to promote the Arizona cooking scene. “Arizona is bursting with talent. Our independent culinary scene and extended food culture have helped shape our identity as a state and as a world-class destination,” said Thomas Barr, executive director of Local First Arizona. “For the past 11 years, we have worked to get national attention on Arizona, but the fun now really begins. They’ve taken notice, and Arizona will continue to put on a delicious show.” New for 2020, the Devour Culinary Classic is serving up a festive Mardi Gras theme for VIP guests inspired by both VIP chefs’ love of Southern fare. Guests will also get to feast among neon, wild animal sculptures all the way from Milan from visiting art exhibition “Wild Rising” by Cracking Art. Plus, for the first time ever, both VIP chefs will be on-site on both the Saturday and Sunday events.  Desert Botanical Garden is located at 1201 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. Pre-sale tickets to the always-sold-out Devour Culinary Classic are now available for members of the hosting organizations as well as to the general public. For information and tickets, visit www.devourphoenix.com.  

Chef Hillson Returns to T. Cook’s to Reclaim Rustic Mediterranean Cuisine A culinary veteran for nearly 30 years, Lee Hillson has gone back to his roots with a return to the iconic T. Cook’s as executive chef and just last month rolled out his first new dinner menu and brunch offering. During Chef Lee’s first 12-year tenure in the early 2000s, the James Beard House Chef Lee Hilson featured chef helped put T. Cook’s on the culinary map with his rustic Mediterranean cuisine and signature accoutrements like the orange marmalade, made from the resort’s on-site citrus grove, and what’s now become the restaurant’s legendary pesto. With his return comes the revival of some of the restaurant’s all-time menu favorites along with brand-new dishes that showcase Chef Lee’s straightforward sensibility and honest approach to cuisine. Highlights of the winter dinner menu include Lobster Bisque ($15); Roasted Squash Soup ($14); Chef Lee’s Pasta Carbonara with garlic cream, prosciutto, house-cured pancetta and egg yolk ($29); T. Cook’s Mediterranean Paella with saffron rice, mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari, pork, Spanish chorizo, organic vegetables and fresh herbs ($38); Pan Roasted Branzino with grilled fennel, sautéed red bell peppers, saffron-roasted potatoes and parsley cream sauce ($45); Pan Roasted Mary’s Organic Chicken Breast with butternut squash risotto, rapini, blistered tomatoes and fried sage ($30); Braised Beef Short Rib with orange gremolata, cumin roasted fingerling potatoes, red pearl onions and carnival cauliflower ($40); and Filet of Butternut Squash with mushroom broth, baby heirloom carrots, rapini, shaved Brussel sprouts and black-garlic puree ($28). “This is a homecoming for me,” said Chef Lee. “T. Cook’s is one of Arizona’s few historic restaurants and the tightknit team and guests who have dined here from generation to generation is what makes it such a special place. Food to me is about evoking memories for people, whether it’s a forgotten flavor from their

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grandmother’s table or a first taste of an outstanding dish that stays with them. If that’s the case, we have done our job. I’m a simple and honest chef and we as a team are focused on sourcing the very best ingredients from all over the world and letting them shine on the plate. One flavor can make a dish take off and I’m in constant search of how to do that.” Hailing from England where he started culinary school at 16-years-old, Chef Lee brings a worldly approach to his cuisine after traveling through the Mediterranean, Hawaiian Islands and Alaska as a guest chef on luxury cruise lines. A chef who has also appeared on the popular Food Network show, “Iron Chef America,” Chef Lee has created remarkable meals for luminaries such as President George W. Bush, Barbra Streisand, Princess Diana, Richard Branson, Billy Joel and author Clive Cussler, to name a few. Located at Royal Palms Resort and Spa (www.royalpalmshotel.com), part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, T. Cook’s sits within the heart of the resort’s mature, lush nine-acre property at the base of the iconic Camelback Mountain. With a heritage dating back to 1929, Royal Palms combines the graciousness and sophistication of a storied Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat, leaving a lasting impression on all who visit. A true destination for lovers, the resort was originally built as a private mansion as a grand gesture of love by financier Delos Willard Cooke for his wife Florence. Unlike any other resort in Arizona, winding stone paths transport guests past a grove of orange trees, trickling fountains in courtyards, roaring outdoor fireplaces, 100-year-old rustic doorways and handpainted tiles, and lush gardens filled with magenta bougainvillea, exotic plants and desert flowers. For more information on T. Cook’s or to book a reservation, call 602.808.0766 or visit www.tcooksphoenix.com.

Head to ‘Christmas City’ for Family-Friendly Holiday Fun

DESTINATIONS he Prescott Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the season this month with events for the whole family. The “Christmas City” events kick off with the third annual Grand Marshal Gala Thursday, Dec. 5, 6–9pm, at Holiday Courtyard in Downtown Prescott. The cost to attend is $35 per person; reservations are required. The 2019 grand marshal is Ben Andre.


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Next up, celebrate “An Ugly Sweater Christmas” at the 37th annual Prescott Chamber Christmas Parade, Saturday, Dec. 7, 1–3pm in Downtown. After the parade, visitors are invited to stop by Gurley Street for a photo with Santa Claus until 5pm. Also held Dec. 7 is the 65th annual Courthouse Lighting event, held 6–6:30pm on the north side of the Courthouse Plaza. The holiday lights will stay lit through Jan. 19. Other community events include World’s Largest Gingerbread Village, on view through New Year’s Day; Frontier Christmas at Sharlot Hall Museum, Dec. 7; Acker Night Showcase, Dec. 13; and Whisky Row Boot Drop, Dec. 31. For holiday event information, call the Prescott Chamber of Commerce at 928.445.2000 or visit www.prescott.org.





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The 49th annual Fiesta at Tumacácori National Historical Park will take place from 10am to 5pm Saturday, Dec. 7, and 10am to 4pm Sunday, Dec. 8. Admission is free. La Fiesta de Tumacácori is a celebration of all the cultures that have lived in and influenced the historical Santa Cruz Valley. The two-day event will feature Native American, Mexican and Southwest food, crafts and performances. A multicultural Catholic mass will be celebrated in front of the historic Tumacácori Mission church Sunday morning, led by Bishop Edward Weisenburger, of the Tucson Diocese, and Monsignor Leopoldo Gonzalez, of the Nogales Diocese. Dozens of local nonprofit historical, cultural, environmental and religious organizations will be selling food and hand-crafted items. Photo: P. Christman On the main stage, there will be all-day, continuous entertainment, featuring a variety of dance and music groups representing many cultural traditions. Visitors can enjoy demonstrations including horsehair rope making, rawhide braiding, carving and O’odham basket weaving. Guided tours of the mission will be available both days, as well as guided walks to the Santa Cruz River. In the hands-on “Discovery Corner,” there will be familyfriendly activities including piñata breaking, historical clothing and naturebased games. Sunday morning at 10am, a procession begins in front of the visitor center, leading through the fiesta grounds and ending in front of the mission church. The multicultural Catholic mass begins when the procession arrives, approximately 10:30am. (No photos are permitted during the procession or mass, or while sacred dances are being performed.) Only service animals are allowed on the mission grounds or fiesta grounds. Tumacácori’s Anza Trailhead is closed to equestrian access during the fiesta. Tumacácori National Historical Park is located 45 miles south of Tucson and 15 miles north of Nogales. Take exit 29 off of I-19 and follow the signs. For information, call the Tumacácori visitor center, 520.377.5060. A complete rundown of each day’s activities is available on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/tuma.

Taking place at Christown Spectrum Shopping Center the first three weekends in December (noon to 4pm Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 15) the Christown Cringles’ Workshop is a wonderland for people of all ages to visit and experience the free, festive, fun-filled activities on the inside of Santa’s Workshop including: • Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen featuring crafts with Mrs. Claus • Each Saturday, the first 100 customers to visit the workshop, will receive a $5 Harkins Gift Card


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• Holiday characters like Frosty the Snowman as well as festive face painters, balloon twisters and much more. In addition, visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to place on Mrs. Claus’ shelf and toys to fill Santa’s Sleigh. Those who donate a new toy, or five cans or non-perishable food items, will receive a $5 gift card to Harkins Theatres. All items will be donated on behalf of Christown Shopping Center to a Phoenix food bank and a local children’s charity and/or News Channel 3’s “Make a Wish Tree” at the end of the season. Christown Spectrum Shopping Center is located at west Bethany Home Road and 19th Avenue in Phoenix. The Christown Cringle’s Workshop will be located near Walmart and Harkins Theatres. For additonal information, visit www.christownspectrum.com.




Tucson Becomes Jazz Destination at Sixth Annual Festival

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The sixth annual Tucson Jazz Festival has been announced with some of the biggest names in jazz arriving to perform on stages all over the city. The eleven-day festival, to be held Jan. 10–20, will feature headliners comprised of the great veterans of the jazz world Mavis Staples and Average White Band, representing the best of rhythm and blues; Maceo Parker, consistently at the forefront of funk and soul; bassist Christian McBride and the incomparable David Sanborn, each with six GRAMMY awards to grace their shelves; and Afro-Cuban All Stars, widely considered the masters of Cuban/Latin jazz. This year’s festival also includes some of the most talked about female artists on the scene today: saxophone sensation Grace Kelly and trombonist/ vocalist, the “Queen of Sass,” Aubrey Logan, arrive in Tucson to perform as part of the Festival Jan. 12. Veronica Swift, the phenom vocalist who has recently been on tour with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Chris Botti, will perform Jan. 14, while Allison Miller, one of the foremost jazz drummers in the United States arrives with her band, Boom Tic Boom, Jan. 15.

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As part of a bustling jazz city, the Tucson Jazz Festival will also showcase local talent, including the UA Studio Jazz Ensemble performing with Veronica Swift and the students of the Tucson Jazz Ellington Band opening for bassist Christian McBride and Inside Straight. The 2020 Festival will conclude with a free Downtown Jazz Fiesta featuring Los Angeles band The Yolo County Line, Monday, Jan. 20. The event will transform Downtown Tucson into a concert destination with more than Allison Miller


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20 bands performing multiple locations including three outdoor stages from 11am to 9pm. In addition to live performances, the Downtown Jazz Fiesta will include beer gardens, food trucks featuring a variety of cuisines, interactive experiences and the unique and eclectic bars and restaurants of downtown. Visitors to the festival are encouraged to secure hotel accommodations at Tucson’s top resorts and hotels through the Festival’s title sponsor, HSL Properties. Resorts including the Tucson El Conquistador, The Ritz Carlton’s Dove Mountain, Dorado Country Club, Doubletree Suites, Hampton Inn, La Quinta and Radisson are among their many properties. Tickets are available through the Tucson Jazz Festival website, www.tucsonjazzfestival.org.

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In collaboration with NAU Community Music and Dance Academy Ballet Troupe and the Arizona Mountain Chorale, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra (FSO) will present The Nutcracker concert and ballet Dec. 6 at 7:30pm and Dec. 7 at 7:30pm at Ardrey Memorial Auditorium. The Orchestra also presents the Lollipop Concert, Dec. 7 at 2pm, an abridged and kid-friendly version of The Nutcracker for children of all ages. Tickets are now available for the three concert events each featuring Tchaikovsky’s beloved The Nutcracker ballet suite. A sparkling party, a dramatic battle and a whimsical journey to the Land of Sweets are all experienced through one of the greatest symphonic scores ever written. The dancers bring the story to life through captivating choreography. Adored by children and parents, this is a Flagstaff holiday tradition. Maestro Charles Latshaw with the orchestra celebrates this annual tradition in Flagstaff. “The FSO production of The Nutcracker is a great experience for the whole family. Hundreds of Flagstaff’s own dancers and musicians come together every year for this hallowed Holiday tradition,” says Latshaw. Andrew Needhammer is the choreographer with NAU Community Music and Dance Academy Ballet Troupe and Arizona Mountain Chorale.  Tickets are available online at www.flagstaffsymphony.org for this concert and others in Season 70. Ardrey Auditorium is located on the campus of the Northern Arizona University at 1115 South Knoles Drive in Flagstaff. For more information, visit the website, Facebook page, or call the offices at 928.774.5107.

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