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Ten days of delicious culinary exploration wo times per year, the Arizona Restaurant Association offers Valley chefs the opportunity to showcase their creative culinary chops — and diners to savor their tasty creations — during its annual Spring and Winter Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW) events. The 10-day events offer three-course, prix-fixe menus (for $33 or $44 per person) to diners across the Valley and around the state and are a perfect opportunity to discover a new favorite dining spot or perhaps introduce friends to a tried-and-true eatery. Participating restaurants are not only known for their exceptional cuisine, they also spare no expense to give diners an extraordinary culinary experience. One of Arizona Restaurant Week’s goals is to position Arizona as one of the top culinary destinations in the nation by increasing awareness of the more than 8,500 dining opportunities available as well as stimulate business and revenue for restaurants throughout the state. “We are pleased to continue this dining tradition that has grown exponentially since we started 11 years ago,” says Arizona Restaurant Association president and CEO Steve Chucri. “As Arizona’s culinary scene continues to evolve and become recognized on a national level, we could not be more pleased to help showcase these amazing restaurants and give local diners an opportunity to explore new culinary experiences.” Restaurants participating in the 2018 Spring Arizona Restaurant Week (May 18–27) will appeal to a diverse range of palates, and include Barrio Queen – Scottsdale, Beckett’s Table, Blue Coyote Cantina, Bourbon and Bones, Capital Grille, District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, Famous 48, Fat Ox, Southern Rail, The Clever Koi, The Gladly, Wally’s American Gastropub, ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho, among many others. Diners can view a complete list of restaurants participating in Spring Restaurant Week online at www.arizonarestaurantweek.com. Participating restaurant menus will be uploaded beginning May 1 and continually updated. And be sure to save the date for the 2018 Fall Restaurant Week, slated for September 21–30.

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My mother always taught us that if people don’t agree with you, the important thing is to listen to them. But if you’ve listened to them carefully and you still think that you’re right, then you must have the courage of your convictions.

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I wish you all a wonderful month of May, a happy Mother’s Day to the moms out there, and comfort on Memorial Day to those who lost a loved one in service to our country. And until next month, all my best.

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MAYOR LANE WRITES… Texting 9-1-1 In Scottsdale By Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane

major renovation to Scottsdale Stadium is moving forward. The masterplan process is concluding, and city staff are issuing a request for proposals to enter the design/ build phase. The stadium is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and hosts a variety of other development leagues and community events. Scottsdale’s City Council recently approved $5 million for the design/build process to begin. That process will review areas within the masterplan, which calls for improved seating and shade at the stadium, additional viewing areas, plus expansions to the clubhouse, player training areas and special event spaces. Scottsdale Stadium is the only Cactus League venue located in a downtown setting and opened on its current site in 1956. The stadium was completely rebuilt in 1992 and was last renovated in 2005. It seats 12,000 for baseball. The proposed renovations will boost the stadium’s position as a premier spring training venue and add

A 1959 Scottsdale Stadium aerial shot.

Scottsdale Stadium Renovations Move To Final Design features to make it a year-round multiuse event center that takes advantage of its location in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Final construction costs are not known but are estimated to be between $40–$60 million. The $5 million design cost will be paid for through the city’s Tourism Development Fund, which receives money from Scottsdale’s hotel bed tax. The fund may be one of

several sources to help fund future construction costs once final design is completed. The Scottsdale City Council will have to approve final construction contracts and funding prior to work commencing. In addition to the city’s contribution, facility partners who will be involved with the project include the San Francisco Giants, Scottsdale Charros and concessionaires who will assist with financial support and sponsorships. The city is in the process of selecting a team that would complete the final design/build and handle construction if approved by the City Council. The city hopes to approve a contract with the design-build team in July, which would allow the first phase of construction to begin at the end of spring training 2019. The renovations will be delivered in multiple phases to allow spring training and Arizona Fall League baseball to continue at the stadium with minimal impact. Get more details on the planned renovations by visiting www.scottsdaleaz.gov, search “stadium renovations.”

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Texting in an emergency is now an option in Scottsdale and across Maricopa County. Calling is still the best option when MAYOR possible since voice calls City of Scottsdale allow the dispatcher to receive information quicker 480.312.3111 www.scottsdaleaz.gov from the caller. Now, the texting option may provide ease for the deaf or hearing impaired, those with a speech impairment, victims who are concerned about being heard by an assailant or victims of domestic violence. The dispatchers will have many questions that will help them to send the right emergency responders to you, similar as with a voice call. Providing a location of the emergency is still required so be prepared to answer with as much information as possible so that help can be sent right away. This special technology was purchased by the Maricopa Association of Governments back in August of 2017. It has been installed and agencies have been trained with the service officially launching April 2, 2018. Remember: call if you can, text if you can’t.

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Symposium To Spotlight Regional Land & Species Conservation The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is hosting a two-day Arid Lands Symposium, May 4 and 5, at Scottsdale Community College. Join researchers, land managers, students and community leaders to share practical implications from regional natural resource research. Given the long-term drought in the western and southwestern U.S., this timely event offers an important opportunity to learn more about novel tools for arid land restoration and management. “This two-day symposium will focus on sharing practical regional conservation approaches and research results with a goal to improve adaptive natural resource management in this arid region,” explains Helen Rowe, director of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s Field Institute. The keynote speakers will provide a glimpse into global wildlife connectivity and native plant development issues in ecological restoration. Presentations, panel discussions, poster sessions and workshops will focus on a variety of topics including long-term monitoring; effective strategies to inform natural resource management; protecting native biodiversity; managing, protecting and monitoring

native wildlife; arid lands restoration; and southwestern invasive species. Not to miss – a Friday twilight cocktail party at the world-renowned Desert Botanical Garden, complete with a private tour in the Garden, hosted in partnership with the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance. This networking social will be a key way to connect to the scientists, land managers and policy makers attending this symposium. For more information and to register, visit: http:// bit.ly/MSC_research_symposium. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy champions the sustainability of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve for the benefit of this and future generations. It connects the community to the Preserve through education, research, advocacy, partnerships and safe, respectful access. Its Field Institute partners with scientists and actively involves volunteers in research as citizen scientists. The research is used to build best practices for long-term resource management, providing educational opportunities for every age to contribute to the broader scientific knowledge of natural areas. Learn more at www.mcdowellsonoran.org.

Butterfly Wonderland Celebrates Third Anniversary

Area residents are invited to celebrate Butterfly Wonderland’s third anniversary since its opening in 2013, with a Memorial Day weekend celebration May 26–28. Guests will enjoy complimentary face painting, life sized reptile and butterfly characters onsite, a caricature artist, live musical entertainment and much more. Butterfly Wonderland is America’s largest butterfly pavilion that entertains educates and enchants visitors of all ages on the wonders of one of Mother Nature’s most beloved creatures. This state-of-the-art facility includes the Conservatory where 3,000 butterflies fly freely, a 3-D theater, Butterfly Emergence Gallery, Tropical Waters of the World exhibit with a stingray and shark observation pool, Honey Bee Extravaganza, Spineless Giants and Rainforest Reptile exhibit, Butterfly Treasures Gift Shop and a Café. The Butterfly Wonderland’s anniversary celebration takes place May 26-28, 9am–5pm. Regular admission prices apply. Butterfly Wonderland is located at 9500 East Via de Ventura in Scottsdale. For additional information, call 480.800.3000 or visit the website at www.butterflywonderland.com.


Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13, and Scottsdale’s Bodega 13 is hosting a special Brunch, from 10am to 3pm, to celebrate Mom. Brunch will include salad stations, a carving station with prime New York strip and agave glazed ham, grilled salmon, lemon chicken, sautéed vegetables, garlic mashed potatoes, lobster mac‘n’cheese, traditional breakfast stations, omelet station, cheeses and a desert station. Prices will be $39.99 for adults, $14.99 for kids under 12, and kids under 7 eat free. Adults can also enjoy $3 Mimosas or $5 Bloody Mary’s.

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Bodega 13 is an international tapas restaurant that has taken the traditional Spanish tapas concept and expanded it to include dishes from around the world, so there is a little something for everyone. Tapas, meaning “small plates,” allow guests to try and experience a multitude of flavors at one sitting and share with the table. There are also entrées available for those want to share and enjoy a traditional meal. Bodega 13 is open seven days a week with live music on Friday and Saturday nights on the patio. Lunch is served from 11am to 3pm daily; dinner is served from 3pm to 10pm Monday through Thursday, from 3pm to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 3pm to 9pm on Sundays. The restaurant is located at 8876 East Pinnacle Peak Road in the La Mirada Center on the northeast corner of Pinnacle and Pima. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant directly at 480.284.7600, or online through Open Table at www.opentable.com. For more information about Bodega 13, visit www.bodega13.com.

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Chamber Celebrates Silver Anniversary Hall of Fame Dinner Both members and guests are invited to join the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce and the Past Presidents Council in honoring the people and organizations who have contributed to the legacy of making the City of Scottsdale one of the “best cities to live” in the nation at the 25th Anniversary Scottsdale’s History Hall of Fame Dinner. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Scottsdale Historical Society and its Little Red School House (www.scottsdalehistory.org). Over the past 24 years, the Council has inducted 132 past and present Scottsdale leaders and 23 organizations into Scottsdale’s History Hall of Fame. Inductees have contributed immeasurably to the rich heritage of Scottsdale, dating back to its modern-day founding in 1888 by Army Chaplain Winfield Scott. Valley residents are invited to an elegant evening, celebrating the organization’s Silver Anniversary of honoring three individuals, a local company, and a nonprofit organization at the dinner, to be held Thursday, May 10. The evening begins with a cocktail reception, 6–7pm, followed

by the program, 7–9pm. The event will be held at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, 7700 East McCormick Parkway in Scottsdale. Ticket prices are $90 for individuals, $900 for a table of 10, and $1,250 for a corporate sponsor table.

For information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Cheri’ Valentino at cvalentino@ scottsdalechamber.com or call 480.355.2708. For additional information about the Chamber, visit www.scottsdalechamber.com.

Mermaid Magic Returns To OdySea The Mermaid Magic experience will return to OdySea Aquarium this summer May 26–28. Guests will enjoy special encounters with these mythical creatures during operating hours. Mermaid themed activities will include: • S  eaTREK’s Stingray Bay mermaids will speak and interact with guests while in the water or while perched on the ledge. Photo opportunities will be available. • B  reakfast with the Mermaids from 8am-9am May 26 and 27 — attendees will be the first to see the mermaid at OdySea Aquarium. New this year, breakfast will be in the Deep Ocean Theater where guests will see Wands and Wishes Mermaids as they swim with sharks and rays. Breakfast will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, juice, coffee/tea and fruit. • M  ermaids swimming in the water with the sharks, rays and more, showing off their tails, blowing kisses and performing.

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• T  ransformation of the Deep Ocean Theater to Mermaid Magic Cove where mermaid dreams can come true with special activities presented by Toni & Guy Salons and Academy, featuring Mermaid hair with washable hair colors, styling with real braiding and Mermaid face painting designs. There will also be photo opportunities with a Mermaid Tail and a themed backdrop. OdySea Aquarium is located at 9500 East Via de Ventura in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.291.8000 or visit www.odyseaaquarium.com.


Estate Planning Basics – The Revocable Living Trust – Part One By Libby Banks, The Law Office of Libby Banks, PLLC

People often ask me what the threshold net worth is before they need a Revocable Living Trust. There is no magic number. The factors that go into the decision include family situation, types of assets, location of real property, and, yes, net worth. The next question I’m asked is, why have a Trust?

The Revocable Living Trust Gives Instructions if you are Incapacitated Both a Will and a Trust contain instructions for distributing your assets after you die. However, a Trust also contains your instructions for managing your assets if you become incapacitated. The Trust allows a successor you have chosen to step into your shoes to pay your bills, manage your assets, sell property if needed, and generally handle your financial affairs. The Trust makes it easy for someone to step in and take charge or assist when you need help.

Without the Trust we File for Conservatorship

The Bottom Line It is important to be sure someone can manage your affairs if you are incapacitated. The Trust is an ideal way to assure a smooth transition if you can no longer manage your affairs. Next month, I’ll talk about how the Trust helps your heirs on your death, and give you a short checklist of items that help us determine whether a Trust is your best bet for estate planning. In the meantime, consider attending my next seminar. More information is available on my website: www.Libbybanks.com.

Libby@LibbyBanks.com • 602.375.6752 www.LibbyBanks.com

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Without a Trust, control over your finances may require a court proceeding known as a conservatorship. One attorney I know who does these

proceedings called conservatorships “cumbersome.” They are also quite costly, far more than the cost of creating a Trust. Money isn’t the only cost of conservatorship. Your family is asking the court to declare you incompetent. This takes a huge emotional toll on everyone. It takes time too, both to have the proceeding, and to make accountings to the court according to its rigorous guidelines. Last, the conservatorship is a very public affair. There are no locked doors in the courthouse on these. With the Trust, we maintain our privacy. We state in the Trust how and when it should be decided that we can no longer handle our affairs.

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AJ’s Hosts Flavorful Fundraiser To Benefit The Arts AJ’s Fine Foods will present The Art of Wine and Tastes of Summer at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, May 19. This annual affair is the perfect opportunity to discover new wines and enjoy luscious bites in a fun and entertaining setting, all while supporting the arts. Featured tastings of more than 40 exceptional wines, hand-selected by AJ’s cellar masters, will be complemented by gourmet specialties from AJ’s, including chef-prepared sample entrees and desserts, sushi, shrimp, delectable sweets and more. AJ’s cellar masters also will be on site to provide expert recommendations for wine and food pairings. All wines will be available in stores starting May 16 for the annual AJ’s Summer Wine Spectacular. The selections this year vary between domestic and imported, ranging from the far-reaching vineyards of New Zealand and South Africa to California and Washington state. A special sampling of rosé wines also will be included in this year’s tastings. Guests will enjoy live music and a silent auction offering wines and other gourmet items from AJ’s and its partners. “We look forward to another successful celebration of food and wine

all in support of Scottsdale Arts,” said Jayson Mead, director of operations for AJ’s Fine Foods. “This is a wonderful opportunity to share new culinary experiences, explore wines from around the world and indulge in some of the best tastes that AJ’s has to offer.” Tickets for entry between 2–4:30pm are $40 for the general public and $35 for Scottsdale Arts members. Tickets are available for purchase through www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or by calling the box office at 480.499.8587. VIP tickets for members are $45 and grant early access from 1pm to 2pm. A limited number of early-access VIP tickets will be available to the general public for $50. Advance purchase is required; no tickets will be sold on the day of the event. Proceeds from AJ’s The Art of Wine and Tastes of Summer benefit the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts, which provides arts and education programs for the community through Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Public Art. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 East Second Street in Scottsdale. For additional information, visit www. scottsdaleperformingarts.org or www.ajsfinefoods.com.

Summer Activity Registration Now Open Summer is just around the corner, and registration for City of Scottsdale summer activities and programs is underway. From aquatics to Zumba, the City has something for just about everyone. Registration is open for residents of Scottsdale as well as surrounding municipalities. Visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks and click on “Classes & Programs” to view available classes, set up an account and register.

Roaring Fork Kicks Off Summer With Happy Hour Specials Beginning Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, to Labor Day, Monday, September 3, the All Night, All Summer Happy Hour returns to Scottsdale’s Roaring Fork restaurant. Beginning at 4pm Monday–Sunday, guests can receive happy hour pricing in the bar and Saloon on the following menu items: • T  ortilla Soup with Rotisserie Chicken, Avocado and Tortilla Chips • G  rilled Fish Tacos served on Corn Tortillas with Guacamole, Corn Pico, Remoulade and Salsa Verde • C  aesar Salad served with Parmesan Cheese, Chili Pecan Croutons, and Traditional Dressing • M  ixed Market Greens with Candied Walnuts & Feta Cheese • I ceberg BLT served with Baby Iceberg, Blue Cheese, Crispy Bacon and Ranch Dressing • Fresh Guacamole and Queso Con Puerto with Crisp Corn Tortilla Chips • Kettle of Green Chili Pork served with Hot Buttered Flour Tortillas • P  ork Wings with Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce, Hominy, Pickled Vegetables and Cotija Cheese • R  otisserie Chicken Flatbread with Basil Pesto, Roasted Chiles, Pepper Jack Cheese, & Tomatoes

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• T  he Big Ass Burger with Smoked Pepper Bacon, Cheddar, Poblano Pepper, Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, Pickles & French Fries In addition, wines by the glass will be offered for $5, in addition to “Roaring Cocktails” including the famous huckleberry margarita, Adult Arnold Palmer, the Classic Martini & Manhattan, and Traditional or Guava Mojitos. Roaring Fork is located at 4800 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.947.0795 or visit www.roaringfork.com.


MAYOR STANTON WRITES… Re-Engaging Opportunity Youth By Mayor Greg Stanton

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he Desert Botanical Garden is presenting a world-class summer season, including world-renowned artists, local musicians and vibrant dancers — all within the breathtaking setting of 50,000 desert plants. Two nationally-celebrated events will be held May 10 and May 11— National Cactus Day and National Public Garden Day, respectively. Cactus are among the most threatened groups of living organisms in the world, and Garden scientists are leading the way in the lab and in the field to address these issues. National Public Gardens Day was created in 2008 to drive local and national exposure to the importance of building vibrant, relevant gardens committed to community enrichment and environmental responsibility through community engagement, sustainable practices and conversation. Get a coupon at www.publicgardens.org. Residents are also invited to a special event celebrating the agricultural roots of South Phoenix through the work of Spaces of Opportunity at Fund the Farm May 17, 7–9pm. Progress is being made through this community initiative by the Garden to build this food desert into a thriving food oasis, including a farmers’ market, community farming and volunteer Above Photos: Adam Rodriguez opportunities. Residents are invited to a festive evening to celebrate accomplishments and opportunities ahead. Enjoy an exclusive performance by Las Cafeteras, a Chicano band from Los Angeles. Art exhibits at the Garden include Jun Kaneko’s colorfully glazed ceramic and bronze forms (through May 13) and John Schaefer’s “Flowers & Form” photography exhibit (through May 20). The Garden’s annual Music in the Garden concert series offers an exciting and diverse lineup of talented performers and runs through June 22. May’s Friday night concerts include Cinco de Moio, A Touch of Class, Dmitri Matheny Group featuring Holly Pyle, and Sahnas Brothers Band. Other events in May include the Spring Butterfly Exhibit (through May 13); Ballet Arizona’s all-new sensory experience choreographed by Ib Andersen (May 15 – June 2); Desert Night Cinema (May 10 and June 14); and Flashlight Tours, Saturdays May 26 – September 1. Desert Botanical Garden is located at 1201 North Galvin Parkway in Phoenix. For more information, call 480.941.1225 or visit www.dbg.org.

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Many times over the years, I’ve said that the future of our city depends on the success of our youth. It seems obvious, but the reality is this is a reminder we need — all across Arizona, we must do MAYOR more to lift up every child. City of Phoenix In Phoenix, we’ve put special 602.262.7111 attention on “opportunity youth,” ages www.phoenix.gov 16 to 24, who neither work nor are in school. Research shows that if we don’t get this population re-connected into our economy quickly and help them build the skills they need to compete, it could be an enormous longterm drain on the local economy. In fact, the Morrison Institute estimates that for each “opportunity youth” in our community, taxpayers bear a burden of $51,350 a year. In our community, this was an especially urgent challenge. Six years ago, a Measure of America report found that nearly one in five young people in this age range fell into that category — one of the highest rates of opportunity youth in the nation. These alarming numbers got us to roll up our sleeves and find a solution. We teamed up with ASU, the Maricopa County Education Service Agency and many others to get these youth on the path to education or employment. By partnering with local nonprofit and community organizations, we became the first city in the nation to develop a model to standardize services at 12 re-engagement centers and share data to track our progress. Through this re-engagement network, we’ve provided support services to hundreds of youth, helping them stay in school, get back in school or earn a job. We’re changing lives by turning libraries into learning centers. Today, more than 120 adults are going back to school and learning skills through the library’s Career Online High School. Even better, so far 70 percent of those who earn their diploma through this program have gone on to enroll in postsecondary education options. Our efforts are paying off — and creating opportunity. Because of this strategic partnership by city and county leaders, educational professionals and the nonprofit community to form reengagement centers, we’ve seen a significant drop in the number of opportunity youth in the region. This year’s Measure of America report even highlights Phoenix’s efforts as a model for others. Each of our youth deserve the opportunity to succeed — and we all have a stake in the future of every youth. We still have much work to do, but the progress we’re making shows we can make a real difference for our youth and change the course of our future for the better.

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The 2018 Phoenix Metro Chamber Foundation Charity Golf Tournament will benefit both the American Academy of Pediatrics (Arizona Chapter) and the March of Dimes. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, at Troon North Golf Club, 10320 East Dynamite Boulevard in Scottsdale. The day begins at 7:30am and includes 18 holes of golf, a four-course lunch, on-course entertainments and activities, a raffle and auction, in addition to prizes and awards. The fee for a single golfer is $225, and provides a free breakfast and luncheon ticket, while a foursome is less per player, at $900. Non-golfers are welcome at the four-course lunch ($35), which will start around 1pm when the golfers come off the course. Sponsorships are available and welcomed, as these not only support the Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce Tournament charities but offer local business owners the opportunity to showcase their ventures to spectators, participants and the media. For information or to register, visit www.phoenixmetrochamber.com.

Chaplaincy Serving The Homeless Celebrates Grand Opening The Human Services Campus, a center for providing services to the homeless, welcomed the return of the Chaplaincy for the Homeless with a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at its Phoenix location April 12. Attending the ceremony were its founder and first chaplain, Rev. Q. Gerald Roseberry, Rev. Ron Friesen, current chaplain, representatives from the several agencies on campus and many past Chaplaincy board members and chaplains. Lisa Glow, CEO of Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) welcomed the return of the Chaplaincy to the Human Services Campus stating, “All of us at CASS are excited about the Chaplaincy’s renewed presence and spiritual leadership in helping the homeless overcome those issues keeping them from living productive and fulfilling lives. We look forward to a renewed and increasingly beneficial partnership with them.”

Since 1988, the Chaplaincy has served the spiritual and personal guidance needs of the homeless as well as assisting them in obtaining identification documents essential to their return to productive lives. In 2014, it was determined that the ID efforts and the spiritual support activities should become separate organizations, allowing increased focus on each to meet the rapidly expanding need for homeless assistance in the Phoenix area. The ID portion of the chaplaincy became The Homeless ID Project, Inc., while the spiritual guidance effort retained its name, and was again incorporated as a separate nonprofit corporation in January of this year. The Chaplaincy is located at 1125 West Jackson Street in Phoenix at the Lodestar Center, Human Services Campus. For more information, visit www.azchaplaincyforthehomeless.org.

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Wave goodbye to the ridiculous retail prices and say hello to AMI Diamonds. We sell all our jewelry at wholesale or below prices — that’s 60 percent–80 percent off retail prices! AMI Diamonds also sells high quality, GIA certified diamonds. Fine cut GIA certified diamonds are portable, wearable wealth when sold for a small commission at AMI. Unlike heavy gold bars or stocks and bonds in the back of your safe, a diamond can be worn and enjoyed. GIA certifications and laser inscriptions on the girdle can create an accepted standard of value and provenance for each stone. With diamonds cutters having recognized the need for high quality cuts and the world of internet commerce has made it a truly global market for diamonds when bought at or below wholesale prices and that is what we do here at AMI! Diversify your portfolio now! We offer in-house repair services for jewelry and watches! Our repair services are reliable, affordable, and quick. Same-day repairs are available! Our jeweler and watchmaker each have over 40 years of experience in the business, so you can be assured your items are in the best hands. In addition, we offer insurance appraisal services for all your jewelry needs. Along with our speedy and reliable repair services, we also buy jewelry. We buy gold, silver, diamonds, as well as fine gemstones! We buy at fair prices and have been told we pay top dollar for what we buy. So, if you need some extra cash, let us turn those back of the drawer items you never wear into some! Stop in or call us today at 602.923.8200, Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Located on the southwest corner of Cactus and Tatum in the Hobby Lobby Complex near Big 5 Sporting Goods. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and review us on Yelp. Let us become the jeweler you trust!

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NAWBO Phoenix Announces May Luncheon Business owners who would like to learn how to capture, motivate and retain a great team are invited to join members of the Phoenix Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and their guests for the group’s monthly meeting, May 9. Wendy McClellan, owner of Structure for Success, a human Wendy McClellan resource consulting firm, is the guest speaker. With more than 25 years’ experience in executive leadership, McClellan’s forte is building businesses from the ground up and training leaders to be effective, ethical and accountable. The May 9 NAWBO luncheon meeting begins with networking at 11am, followed by luncheon 11:30am–1pm, and will be held at the Gainey Ranch Golf Club, 7600 East Gainey Club Drive in Scottsdale. Tickets begin at $43 for members, and reservations can be made online at www.nawbo.org/phoenix.

A Round Of Golf Can Help Save Dogs Across The Valley The Arizona Small Dog Rescue will host its fourth annual “Putts for Mutts” charity golf tournament May 6 at Lookout Mountain Golf Course at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliff Resort located at 11111 North 7th Street in Phoenix. The annual tournament helps raise funds for the 501(c)(3) no-kill shelter and rescue organization and will help hundreds of dogs receive medical care, vaccinations and spay/neuter procedures. It will also help offset overall shelter expenses incurred each year. “The money raised during this event goes directly to the care of homeless, unwanted, abandoned, neglected and abused dogs and cats in our shelter while they wait for their forever families,” said Shelly Parker, board member. “Last year’s golf tournament was a huge success and the funds raised made a real difference in the number of animal lives we can positively impact. We look forward to exceeding last year’s accomplishments at this year’s tournament.” The event begins with a 7:30am shotgun start and will include a light breakfast, 18 holes of golf, prizes, a silent auction and awards luncheon hosted by local comedian, actor and dog rescue advocate, Jill Kimmel. Tickets are $110 per single player/$420 per foursome. For more information or to register for the tournament, visit www.azsmalldog.org or call 949.289.5190.

Best Western Announces New North Phoenix Location Best Western Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of the Best Western North Phoenix Hotel, located at 9455 North Black Canyon Highway, last month. Owned by Ajay Patel, the hotel has been newly renovated throughout and features 87 guest rooms. Hotel amenities include a full complimentary breakfast, an outdoor pool, barbeque area and fitness center. Each room is equipped with 40” flat-screen television, microwave, mini-refrigerator and free wireless internet access. For business travelers, the hotel offers a business center with complimentary printing and copy services, and free Wi-Fi internet access in all public areas.

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“We are delighted to join the Best Western Hotels & Resorts family and open this hotel in our community,” says Patel. “Our team of dedicated staff looks forward to providing the superior customer care that the brand is known for and creating memorable stays for our guests.” Best Western North Phoenix Hotel is conveniently located off the I-17 just 15 minutes from Downtown Phoenix. The hotel is a short drive from WestWorld, Peoria Sports Complex and Luke Airforce Base. Various restaurants and shopping are located nearby. Rates start at $79 per night, and travelers can contact the property directly for special packages. Contact the hotel directly at 602.395.0900 or visit www.bestwestern.com for additional information.


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Shadow Mountain Winter Percussion Ensemble Wins State Championship

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Shadow Mountain High School’s Percussion Ensemble performed their fall show at the Winter Guard Arizona Championship that was held April 7 at Wells Fargo Arena at Arizona State University. The event showcased more than 125 ensembles from across Arizona, and Shadow Mountain High School earned the title of Percussion Local A Momentum Division 2018 Champion. Shadow Mountain High School is part of the Paradise Valley Unified School District. Learn more at www.pvschools.net.

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New PAM Exhibit Explores Being Thirteen Phoenix Art Museum (PAM) will present a timely exhibition, premiering at a moment in history when teenagers are igniting discourse and commanding the national spotlight with their political activism. The exhibit showcases photographer Betsy Schneider’s project exploring the experience of being 13 years old in the United States. To Be Thirteen: Photographs and Videos by Betsy Schneider, on view from May 4 through October 14 in the Norton Family Photography Gallery, will present a rich and nuanced portrait of a group of Americans whose lives began at the turn of the millennium and who are now coming of age in a tumultuous social and political climate.  In 2012, Schneider, a Guggenheim-grant recipient, chronicled the lives of 250 13-year-olds across the country through photography and video, and the resulting exhibition includes approximately 20 large photographic prints, a 60-minute film running continuously, and an archive where visitors can view pictures of each of the 13-year-olds, along with some of their statements. The portraits illustrate a heightened tension between the commonalities and differences among the teenagers, demonstrating how distinctly the age of 13 can appear on different people while highlighting the similarities that every young person experiences as they transition from childhood to adolescence. Notable exhibition-related events include First Friday: The Whole Story, May 4 at 7:30pm. The event will feature its first teen storyteller in celebration of the opening of To Be Thirteen. This live show seeks to bring greater depth and breadth to our understanding of the human experience from the Black perspective. Tickets are $5 for Members and $10 for the general public. An opening celebration of the exhibition will take place in the Norton Gallery May 16 at 6:30pm, beginning with a short talk by Schneider and followed by time to view the film, prints and complete archive. This event is free and open to the public. Phoenix Art Museum is located at 1625 North Central Avenue in Phoenix. For additional events associated with this exhibit, or other events at the Museum, visit www.phxart.org. For information, call 602.257.1880.

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Photos by Betsy Schneider, courtesy of Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale


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North Valley Symphony Orchestra (NVSO) will collaborate with the Las Vegas Master Singers to close out the 2017–18 season with a fun-filled musical extravaganza. Get set for favorite opera classics and timeless Broadway standards, including Lloyd Webber’s Phantom, Verdi’s Triumphal March from “Aida,” Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” Overture, and a Broadway show medley that incudes tunes from “Mame,” “A Chorus Line” and “Sound of Music.” The Best of Broadway and Opera concert is Saturday, May 19, 7pm at North Canyon High School Auditorium, 1700 East Union Hills Drive. NVSO took this same performance Photo: Mike Benedetto on the road, traveling to Las Vegas to perform at UNLV’s Performing Arts Center in late April. “Bringing this wonderful music to life in collaboration with the Las Vegas Master Singers will be a treat for every audience member, from young to old,” says NVSO music director Kevin Kozacek. “Something that’s not often realized is that a great deal of the classical music that we all recognize, and love comes from opera and Broadway.” NVSO is committed to making concert tickets affordable for all and encourages entire families to attend. Ticket prices are $5 and can be purchased online at www.northvalleysymphony.org.

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Music In May Returns For Four-Week Stint Four weeks of free concerts come to life at Anthem Community Park as Music in May returns for a 17th season. A different act takes the stage each Friday in May, 7–9pm. Performers will bring a variety of classics and modern favorites to life at the amphitheater. Attendees at the free, family-friendly event are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, picnics and flashlights. Food trucks will be on site for the opening performance for the sixth year in a row; an ice cream truck will be available the remaining weeks. This year’s lineup includes:

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May 4: The Hamptons This versatile, high-energy, variety cover band performs everything from jazz to classic rock to today’s latest hits.

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May 11: Mogollon Band Not only does Mogollon perform country music, but also classic rock, tropical rock and their own originals.

May 18: Shining Star Shining Star brightens up the night with its signature variety of R&B and dance tunes. The band promises to make the night a memorable one, as they perform songs by Michael Jackson, Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé and numerous others. May 25: The Real Thing Fronted by two powerhouse vocalist sisters and backed by an incredible group of musicians, The Real Thing performs an extensive set list of hits from past to present, proven to grab the attention of any audience. BrightView Landscapes, The Prickett Group and State Farm–Justin Simons Agency are this year’s Music in May event sponsors. Concerts take place in the Amphitheater at Anthem Community Park, located at 41703 North Gavilan Peak Parkway. To learn more, visit www.onlineatanthem.com/music-in-may.


MAYOR PETERSON WRITES... Carefree “Block Party” Event Proves To Be A Winner! By Mayor Les Peterson

The Town of Carefree will present a Memorial Day Tribute Monday, May 28, 9–11am, in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, located in the Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy Street, Carefree. The day will start off with the American Legion Riders parade along Easy Street with the Cactus Shadows High School Band and Choir performing patriotic music as guests enter the Pavilion. Colonel (Ret.) Blaine Keith will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and welcome the American Legion, Kiwanis, Patriot Riders, Women’s Auxiliary and guests to the special tribute. Special speakers will include American Legion commander Ron Turrell. Vietnam veteran and retired U.S. Army colonel Jim Kelsey, who served two tours in Vietnam, will also speak about his experiences. In addition, two active duty personnel from Luke Air Force Base will also be featured speakers. A special musical rendition of musical artist Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to Be an American” will be featured by the band. In closing, there will be a wreath ceremony and soon to follow the U.S. Air Force will perform a flyover in the town. Other participants include founder of Veterans Heritage Project Barbara Hatch, Packages from Home, Healing of Memories, Operation Enduring Gratitude, United for Change, VetsBuilt and Wounded Woman Warriors. Area residents are invited to enjoy the special presentations and join in the opportunity to honor those who have sacrificed for all. For more information, contact the Town at 480.488.3686.

Explore The Best Of Carefree At Inaugural Restaurant Week Event Carefree Restaurant Week, which runs May 4–13, will be an opportunity for participating restaurants to showcase their menus at discounted prices. Some restaurants will offer a special lunch menu, others a three- or four-course dinner for dine-in customers. Prices for Carefree Restaurant Week (per person, excluding alcohol) are as follows: Lunch Menu (two courses): $18 Dinner Menu (three courses) $35 or (four courses) $45 Customers will have an opportunity to sample new and exciting menu offerings and in doing so support their local restaurants. The inaugural week-long event is the result of local restaurateurs who recently joined forces to create the Carefree Restaurant Association (CRA). The new organization meets once a month to discuss all aspects of business related to the restaurant industry and specifically, how Carefree’s local eating establishments can work together to promote dining in Carefree. Unlike many other towns, Carefree’s restaurant base is made up of independent, family-owned businesses. Therefore, no large corporate chains dictate menu, pricing or marketing campaigns… rather, the individual business owner can determine the look, feel, style and concept and brand of their own restaurant based on their own individual culinary expertise. Participating restaurants in Carefree Restaurant Week include Bácan Restobar, Black Mountain Café, Café Bink, Corrado’s Cucina Italiana, English Rose Tea Room, Giordano’s Trattoria Romana, Sundial Garden Café and Venues Café. For complete details on the Carefree Restaurant Association and Carefree Restaurant Week, including menus and other participating restaurants, visit www.carefreerestaurants.com.

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Literally everyone, including Foothills residents, Carefree businesses and all of the local major not-forprofits, were winners at the first annual MAYOR “Block Party” celebration Saturday, Town of Carefree April 7. 480.488.3686 “This event met and even exceeded www.carefree.org even our most optimistic goals and has established itself as a cornerstone of Carefree’s event calendar in future years,” said Carefree Councilwoman Cheryl Kroyer. Residents enjoyed the opportunity to see and socialize with their neighbors, participate in the many activities available and discover new businesses and their owners. The Block Party was an excellent venue to end the winter/ spring season on a high note and launch into the summer season. An estimated 2,500 people enjoyed strolling Easy Street and through the Carefree Desert Gardens, conversing with their neighbors and participating in this neighborhood event. Over 30 Carefree businesses set up informational booths, at no cost, to demo their goods and services and to introduce themselves to local residents who were unfamiliar with them. Many of these businesses reported meeting quite a few new residents and gained new customers. The major nonprofits in the Foothills, including the Foothills Caring Corps, Desert Foothills YMCA, and the Foothills Food Bank, each created their own selected activity and reported donations for their organizations. The Carefree Water Company raised donations for the Desert Foothills Library for every throw initiated at their dunk tank. The Chamber of Commerce also contributed a professional Korn Hole Tournament company who managed their games. All were extremely pleased with their participation, and many are already making plans to participate again next year. Many new inquiries to participate in next years’ Block Party were also noted by the Carefree staff. A special “thank you” is in order for all of the event sponsors and volunteers. Of note, were the particularly generous donations from Bashas’ Grocery, CIVANA Carefree, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and 4C Medical, as well as the countless volunteer hours required to make the event a success. Please accept the Town of Carefree’s sincerest thank you to all who sponsored and donated to help make this event fun and valuable for the community. Stay healthy and have a wonderful summer.

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Commemorate The British Royal Wedding At English Rose Celebrate the modern-day fairytale marriage and British-American union of Prince Harry and Megan Markle at the English Rose Tea Room, 201 Easy Street. The soiree, complete with traditional British pomp and pageantry will take place Saturday, May 19, from 10am to 5pm. English Rose Tea Room owner Jo Gemmill, a dual citizen of the England and the U.S., will host the day-long celebration in her hometown of Carefree. Guests may don wedding attire or formal wear including gowns and tiaras for the ladies, and suit and ties for the gentlemen. Don’t forget, a proper British celebration includes fashionable headwear with  hat styles including fascinators, derby hats and tiaras. Partygoers will watch wedding coverage on big screen televisions in the covered outdoor pavilion. Guests will take photos on the red carpet with life-size cutouts of royal family members and British celebrities. They also have a chance to win a replica of Meghan Markle’s ring and may purchase commemorative tea towels and fine bone china from England at the Tea Room gift shop. “Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s British-American union is history in the making,” said Gemmill. “Come enjoy a royal wedding celebration rivaling those held in England.” The quaint restaurant, located in the tiny desert town of Carefree with a population of only 3,400, is noted for their British celebrations including the royal wedding, Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebration and the Queen’s birthday party, and has become a renowned destination for royal watchers visiting Arizona from around the globe. Admission to the celebration is $60 per person and includes formal afternoon tea, wedding cake and a royal wedding souvenir bag. Make required reservations at 480.488.4812. Seating is limited. For information, visit www.carefreetea.com.

Free Business Mentoring Offered Through SCORE Greater Phoenix SCORE is now a resource partner of the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce. SCORE mentors are available through the third Wednesday of every month 2–5pm at the Foothills Community Foundation, located at 34250 North 60th Street in Scottsdale. Greater Phoenix SCORE is the local SCORE Chapter, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. There are more than 70 mentors associated with the Greater Phoenix SCORE chapter who are generally retired, experienced business owners and managers who volunteer their expertise and knowledge to assist potential and existing small business owners achieve success. SCORE’s principal mission is to assist individuals with respect to all businessrelated issues whether it is commencing a small business or ensuring the continued growth and profitability of existing businesses. SCORE mentors are dedicated to providing the best possible service to its clients. Mentors provide in-depth, industry-specific business advice to assist in evaluating a business idea plan, resolve business problems stimulate business growth and ensure long-term stability. There is no charge for its mentoring and the mentoring is confidential. Mentor sessions are by appointment only. Contact John Buchholz, SCORE’s Certified Mentor at 602.618.5108. To learn more about Greater Phoenix SCORE, visit www.greaterphoenix.score.org.


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DFT Presents Shrek the Musical In May

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The next production in the season at Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) is Shrek the Musical TYA, running May 11–20 Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical TYA is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure that brings all the beloved characters from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. Shrek the Musical TYA, will play at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center Main Stage (33606 North 60th Street in Scottsdale) May 11–20. For additional information or to purchase tickets, contact the box office at 480.488.1981 or visit www.dftheater.org.

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The Boulders Resort & Spa announced the appointment of Sally Shaffer as general manager. In her new role, Shaffer will oversee all operations at this premier resort destination that has earned a reputation as one of America’s top golf resorts and one of the world’s most celebrated hideaways. “Sally is a seasoned hospitality leader with extensive operational and management capabilities. We are confident that her leadership and professionalism will provide the highest level of guest experiences,” said Hakan Saracoglu, regional vice president of Columbia Sussex Corporation. With 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Shaffer joins the Boulders Resort from the Hilton Phoenix Airport where she served as general manager. Previously, she held the general manager position at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel. She was also the president of the Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Board and served as an executive board member for the Sonoma County Tourism Authority. Shaffer began her career in 1982 with a variety of hospitality positions ranging from Revenue Manager to Director of Services for Marriott Hotels in South Bend Indiana, Philadelphia Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. Shaffer has been an active board member for the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau; on the board of directors for the Scottsdale Downtown Partnership Group and she was an elected official for Enhanced Municipal Service District of Scottsdale and the Tourism Development Commission of Scottsdale. She and her husband Mitch Miller reside in North Scottsdale. The Boulders features 160 guest casitas and 61 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas, five restaurants and a lounge, two championship Jay Morrish-designed golf courses, eight tennis courts and a full-service Spa. For more information call 480.488.9009 or visit www.theboulders.com.

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Chamber Holds Ribbon-Cutting At E’Clips The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribboncutting ceremony for E’Clips Salon Tuesday, April 17. E’Clips Salon offers a variety of styling and coloring services, and staff will craft a look that suits the unique style and needs of each customer. The salon is located at 7171 East Cave Creek Road, Suite 2-E, in Carefree. For additional information, call 602.471.0227 or visit http://eclipssalon.business.site.


The Resurrection Of Grandpa’s Pocket Watch

[This story was originally published February 2013 in CitySunTimes.] “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.

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Easter week reminded me of two resurrection stories: one from the New Testament and the Christian faith and one from of my family’s lore. In 1936 the Grant County ALLEN NOHRE Herald, the weekly newspaper serving the community of Writer Elbow Lake, Minnesota, reported the unbelievable story about my Grandfather’s pocket watch. In 1906, Grandpa Nohre lost his Rockford pocket watch in a field on his farm. Thirty years later, long after he had died in a car-train wreck, his son, Orville, who was farming the same field, saw a shiny object where he had plowed the soil. He picked it up and recognized that it was his dad’s watch. He wound it and, amazingly, it still ran after 30 years in the field. The watch experienced crops being planted and harvested, the top soil plowed under and the process repeated 30 times. The watch also survived 30 Minnesota seasons of sunshine, rain, snow and below zero temperatures. The Herald reported that the story of the watch made it into Ripley’s Believe It or Not. I have not been able to confirm this with the Ripley organization, but I chose to believe the dependable Grant County Herald, and I also believe family stories that enrich our lives should be treasured and repeated. The story of Grandpa’s pocket watch is valued by our family because of its ability to link our generations. The watch’s enduring life connects me to the grandfather I never knew. He held it in his hand; his youngest son found it and gave it to my dad, who gave it to my brother. It is a cherished symbol of family continuity. One hundred and 13 years after the watch was lost, it is still ticking, and it has a treasured place, under a glass dome, on a shelf in my brother Marland’s home in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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Foothills Academy Students Place At AZSEF Five Foothills Academy College Preparatory students from sixth through ninth grades nervously made their way through the crowd at the Phoenix Convention Center, as over 900 students from across Arizona pored through the doors. Science and Engineering Fair projects in hand, each student problemsolved his or her way through the maze of tables toward their project displays where they anxiously awaited the arrival of the judges. The Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AZSEF) was on full view in Downtown Phoenix March 22–23. Foothills Academy students, who had previously competed at the school’s own Science and Engineering Fair and this year’s PVCC Steamtastic Challenge, moved on to this event in various categories. The second-place winner in the Senior Division, Physical Energy category was ninth grader, Stephen Nelson. This is Stephen’s second successful showing at AZSEF, having placed third in the Junior Division last year. Recognized as one of the top 10 percent of projects submitted in the United States this year was the project by Matthew Glos, an eighth grader. He earned Junior Division first place in the Computer Science category, along with an ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) Observer Spot and a Broadcom MASTERS Nomination. Students at Foothills Academy are encouraged to embrace their curiosity through project- and problem-based learning. Teachers pose open-ended questions, lighting the spark for students to be creative, communicate effectively, collaborate with their peers, and think critically about their explorations. The combination of small class sizes — capped at 24 students —and a school community motivated to learn, creates an environment for each student’s inner genius to awaken. Both campuses boast an integrated STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Lab where students can follow their imaginations. The Kiwanis Club of Carefree has generously supported the development of these labs for the past two years. The 2018–19 school year will launch with the addition of a video production space at the elementary school campus, a robotics and coding program for grades K–eight, and materials and equipment to support the high school’s partnership with ASU’s Engineering program. For more information about Foothills Academy College Preparatory’s STEAM program, as well as other K–12th-grade programs, call 480.488.5583, or visit www.foothillsacademy.com.

Chamber Holds Monthly Business Showcase Join Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce members for a monthly opportunity to network, socialize and win prizes. Always held the second Wednesday of every month, this month’s Business Showcase is scheduled for May 9, 5:30– 7pm, at Carefree Physical Therapy. The cost is $5 for members; $15 for non-members (non-members may attend twice before joining). Raffle tickets are $1 each. Carefree Physical Therapy is located at 7208 East Cave Creek Road in Carefree. Call 480.488.9095 or visit www.carefreephysicaltherapy.com to learn more about the business. To learn more about the Chamber, call 480.488.3381 or visit www.carefreecavecreek.org.


Arizona Art Alliance will hold two exhibits in June and July at the Holland Gallery of Fine Art that will feature 18 of its league and guild members. The “League of Their Own” shows will run June 2–28 and June 30 – July 26. The first show will feature Arizona Designer Craftsmen, Arizona Watercolor Association, Desert Artists, Phoenix Artists Guild, Sonoran Arts League, Sun City Grand Art Club, Tempe Artists Guild, Valley Cultural Art Society and Westbrook Village Fine Arts Association. The second show features Arizona Artists Guild, Arizona Designer Craftsmen, Desert Sage Artists, Laveen Art League, Mesa Art League, Northeast Valley Artists League, Scottsdale Artists League, Vanguard Artists and WHAM Art Association. The Arizona Art Alliance is a nonprofit organization that promotes arts for all in Arizona. One hundred percent of revenue received from exhibits and other fundraising projects go to a multitude of deserving outreach programs. From children to seniors, handicapped and veterans, art has proven to help those in need of extra care The Holland Gallery of Fine Art is located at 34250 North 60th Street in North Scottsdale. For information, visit www.azartalliance.com.

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May is upon us. The fall colors of out-of-state license plates have severely diminished. It’s hot and getting hotter as the month goes on. April and “Bike Week” is in the rearview mirror. Speaking of which, I am in receipt of correspondence complaining about the activities MAYOR and congestion in Cave Creek Town of Cave Creek during this event. 480.488.1400 Arizona Bike Week started www.cavecreek.org out as a proclamation by the governor. I don’t know which Arizona governor started it, but it is here to stay. When the economy began to tank in 2007 and went really bad in 2008, I’m told that our former longterm town manager encouraged the owner of The Hideaway to make this an event in Cave Creek as well. This was to help replenish Town revenues that were going to be lost because of the economic downturn. Since that time Bike Week has continued to contribute to the Town’s revenues through sales tax. While individual sales tax numbers are protected from prying eyes by state law and I am not privy to actual individual businesses numbers, I am told that there is a bump in revenue to the Town of somewhere between $30K and $50K that had not been realized prior to the local businesses taking advantage of the event. I know it is an inconvenience to our residents and some of the behavior is not what we would wish for our town but, as long as nothing illegal is taking place the broadness of the First Amendment takes precedence. The deputies and traffic control costs are not born by the Town but are covered by the businesses that benefit from the event. If you look closely at your property tax statement, you will not find a line item that goes directly to your town. That is because there isn’t a property tax that supports Cave Creek. A huge amount of the town’s revenues come from sales tax, so the continued success of our town hinges on the success of the businesses. Imagine if you will just exactly what would happen if we did not allow the advance preparations of traffic control and Security with this event. The organized chaos that you perceive would be very, very real. As May comes upon us, those businesses that have behaved like the ant and not the grasshopper will still be here when the fall colors of license plates begin to once again change.

Explore Spur Cross In The Month Of May As spring becomes summer, it is the perfect time to pay a visit to the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. While visitors are welcome to make their own way through the park, rangers host guided events and offer knowledgeable exploration throughout the month. Here are a few of the events taking place in May: May 4: Desert Wash Walk; 7–9:30am Discover the fascinating world of a desert wash. This hike will feature the exploration of Cottonwood Wash, a major tributary of Cave Creek. Along the way, rangers will discuss desert washes and mesas and how the ecosystems differ. Long pants and sturdy shoes are recommended. No dogs on this hike; (moderate).

May 18: Dragonfly Trail Exploration Hike; 7–9:30am Join park ranger Kevin Smith on this exploration of the Dragonfly Trail. On this moderate, 3.5-mile hike attendees will visit a prehistoric rock art site and stroll along a beautiful section of riparian habitat on Cave Creek. Bring plenty of water; (moderate). May 19: Rock Art of Spur Cross; 7–9am The petroglyphs found in Spur Cross were created hundreds of years ago by the Hohokam people. Walk in their footsteps and visit a few of the more impressive sites in the conservation area during this two-hour hike. No dogs on this hike; (moderate).

May 5: Geology, Gold and Streams Walk; 8–10:30am Learn about the geology and streams of the Spur Cross region on an easy two-mile walk with nationally-known earth science author Thomas McGuire. Visit an abandoned gold mine, Nutcracker Rock and a Hohokam rock art site along Cottonwood Wash. Bring plenty of water and curiosity. No reservations are required, meet at the main Spur Cross trailhead area. May 11: Exploring Spur Cross; 7:30–9am This two-hour introductory exploration of the conservation area will cover its Hohokam prehistory and historic gold mining to the romantic days when Spur Cross meant vacation from a saddle; (easy). May 12: Find the Ranger; 7–9am This open-house style program features the park ranger hiking along the Metate Trail and stopping to talk with park visitors. The visitor’s job is to find him. The ranger will have photos of desert animals as well as some old photos of the Spur Cross Guest Ranch from back in its heyday. The ranger will also be available to answer any questions about the park, discuss park history and help identify plants and animals; (easy).

May 26: Moonlight Hike; 8–10pm The conservation area is a different experience when seen softly illuminated by the silver moon. While this event attempts to minimize the use of flashlights, bring one in case needed; (moderate). Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area is located at 44000 North Spur Cross Road in Cave Creek. Park hours are Sunday–Thursday, 6am–8pm; Friday–Saturday, 6am–10pm. The park is open 365 days a year. For additional information, visit www.maricopacountyparks.net. Photos courtesy of Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area


of every level a chance to play at a private club known for having one of America’s finest golf courses while supporting the Library’s collection and diverse programming,” said David Court, executive director of the Desert Foothills Library. Desert Forest Golf Club, a private facility and home to the highly acclaimed Robert “Red” Lawrence designed course, offers gorgeous mountain and desert views and has been recognized by Golf Digest, Golf Week and Golf Magazine as a Top 100 Course in America. Participants in the four-player scramble format tournament will enjoy a great day of golf and fun while supporting a fantastic cause. Event check-in and continental breakfast begin at 7:30am. A shotgun start, at 9am, opens the friendly competition. Golfers will have opportunities for prizes and awards. A silent auction and 50/50 raffle will follow the tournament at the buffet luncheon. The Desert Foothills Library is open seven days a week and serves the entire Desert Foothills community with culturally enriching programs, educational events and quality services. For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.dfla.org or call 480.488.2286.

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Play golf for the Desert Foothills Library Monday, May 7. The nonprofit invites golf enthusiasts to come enjoy a day of golf for a great cause at the 24th Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at the Desert Forest Golf Club, 37207 North Mule Train Road, in Carefree. The tournament has a scramble format and entry is $250 per person. This includes 18 holes of golf, prizes, continental breakfast and a buffet luncheon. All contributory amounts are tax deductible. The available sponsorship opportunities help provide meaningful, life-long learning opportunities for the Foothills area of Cave Creek, Carefree, North Phoenix and North Scottsdale. Players may bring their own group (men, women and mixed) or organizers will group individuals together. As a major fundraiser for the privately funded Desert Foothills Library, the tournament maintains the Library collection and supports the diverse programming for children, teens, adults and seniors. Funded by the contributions of community-minded individuals and organizations, the Cave Creek, Arizona based 501(c)(3) does not receive any tax-based income. “The tournament gives golfers

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Archaeology Society Wraps Lecture Season The Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter (AAS-DFC), will hold its final meeting of the season May 9, with Dr. Lindsay Montgomery presenting The Art of Storytelling: Ute Rock Art in New Mexico. What would we do without stories? Stories tell us about who we are, where we came from and how to act in the world. We often conceive of stories in terms of written or spoken narratives and ignore the important role that material culture plays in storytelling. Instead of fixating on human storytellers, this talk focuses on the narratives inscribed in the basalt rocks that traverse New Mexico’s landscape. These rock Dr. Lindsay Montgomery art images offer a new archive, which can be read alongside indigenous oral histories and historic documents produced by Westerners. While there is a diversity of rock art images to choose from within New Mexico, this talk discusses a growing body of Ute rock art documented in the northern extent of the Rio Grande Gorge. A close examination of this imagery reveals the intimate connection that exists between rock art, ecology and ritual among the Ute. By listening to the stories these images tell, archaeologists gain an expanded understanding of Ute social practices and world view. Dr. Lindsay Montgomery is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona where she teaches and writes about colonialism, mobility, indigenous knowledge and cultural landscapes. The public may attend an AAS-DFC meeting at no charge, except for the holiday party in December. The AAS-DFC meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May. There are refreshments available at 7pm and the meeting begins at 7:30pm, usually ending prior to 9pm. The meetings are held in the community room (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepard of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. For additional information, visit www.azarchsoc.wildapricot.org/desertfoothills.

Chamber Business Breakfast Area residents and business owners are invited to join members of the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce for an informational monthly business breakfast presentation and early morning networking. The next breakfast will be held May 31, 7:30–9:30am, at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. The cost is $8 for members and $15 for non-members. For information, call 480.488.3381 or visit www.carefreecavecreek.org.


Did your APS bill nearly give you a heart attack? Want to save money on future bills? If you answered yes, then you are in the right place.

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Imagine saving money but still being able to feel comfortable in your home during peak hours in the middle of Arizona’s summer heat. Hard to imagine, right? Believe it or not, it is easier than you think to experience the luxury of comfort in Arizona during peak hours by. ProSkill Plumbing, Heating & Air has been educating their loyal customer base on the proper super-cooling technique for years, to help increase their customers’ comfort while saving them money month after month. Super-cooling is the process of over cooling your home during the lower-cost “off-peak” timeframes, to remain comfortable during the “on-peak” timeframe (refer to infographic). This schedule must be maintained strictly Monday–Friday and it is imperative to keep air conditioning systems off during the “on-peak” timeframes (“on-peak” timeframe is M-F, 3PM–8PM). If the schedule is not followed strictly, even one day, the savings from super-cooling can be wiped out entirely. ProSkill strongly recommends having a programmable thermostat to avoid accidental “on-peak” usage. It is also vital to avoid using all major electric appliances, such as electric water heaters, pool pumps, electric cooktops and ovens, electric washer and dryers. The APS rate plan that works best with super-cooling is the Super Saver MAX plan. The reason this plan works is the “off-peak” power consumption rate is very low allowing the homeowner to use more power at a significantly reduced rate. However, the “on-peak” consumption rate is very expensive and has a demand charge associated with the “on-peak” timeframe. Your peak hour usage is the one hour of the month when your energy used during “on-peak” hours, Monday – Friday is at its highest. To learn more, visit our blog at ProSkillServices.com for additional information and best practices on super-cooling.

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The Cave Creek Museum is gearing up for its “Amazing Arizona” summer camp, which kicks off in June. Each day of Amazing Arizona will offer a different theme that presents Arizona to the campers with engaging, hands-on activities.

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An example of programming: last year’s summer camp themes included Archaeology; Desert Gatherings, explaining edible plants; Mining, which included the stamp mill being run and the campers panning for gold; Pioneers and Ranching, where campers learned how to rope a steer and wagon wheel rug making; and Travel, where they learned about travel across the country and what needed to be packed into the wagon. The summer program is open to children in grades fourth through seventh, and runs June 11–15, 9am–1pm. The cost is $75 for the first child in the family, $65 for another child in the family. Campers bring their own lunches. Cave Creek Museum provides snacks that accompany the theme of the day. Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 East Skyline Drive in Cave Creek. Registration forms are available online. For more information, call 480.488.2764 or visit www. cavecreekmuseum.org. Photos by Evelyn Johnson, courtesy of Cave Creek Museum

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Harold’s Ball Wash Open To Benefit Food Bank Harold’s Cave Creek Corral has selected Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center to benefit from its annual golf event known as the Ball Wash Open. The event will be held at the Boulders Golf Resort Wednesday, May 9, beginning with a 12:30pm shotgun start. There will be skill prizes, dinner and awards after golf at Harold’s as well as raffles and silent and live auctions. Non-golfers can have a great time and support the event by attending the dinner and auction at the restaurant at 6pm. The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center provides emergency food, financial assistance and other life necessities and resources to individuals and families in the desert foothills, which encompasses a 180-square mile area that includes Anthem, Black Canyon City, Carefree, Cave Creek, Desert Hills, New River, North Phoenix and North Scottsdale. Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located at 6038 East Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.488.1145 or visit www.foothillsfoodbank.com. For information on the Ball Wash Open, sponsorship opportunities or to register, call Harold’s at 480.488.1906 or send an email to haroldsballwash@gmail.com. Harold’s is located at 6895 East Cave Creek Road. For additional information, visit www.haroldscorral.com.

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Filiberto’s Cave Creek Celebrates Cinco de Mayo Throughout May Mexican food at very special prices will accompany a fiesta-filled atmosphere as Filiberto’s Cave Creek kicks off its first Cinco de Mayo by offering customers special deals throughout the month of May. Beginning May 1, two family-owned recipes are offered all month long. Buy one Mayo special for $9.50 and receive the second for half price:

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Soroptimist Award Night Celebrates Area Women Soroptimist International is a global women’s organization working together to transform the lives of women and girls. The organization works at the local, national and international levels to improve lives through education leading to social and economic empowerment. Last month, Soroptimist International of Saguaro Foothills held its annual award night. The “Live Your Dream” (LYD) scholarship was established in 1972 and is available to women who are head of household and demonstrate financial need and are motivated to achieve their education and career goals. Lydia, the LYD award winner from West Phoenix, was awarded $2,000. Lydia is currently enrolled and will graduate this year from the Music Therapy program from ASU. Lydia works full time to support her four children, all of whom are honor students, and has been a full-time student herself finishing her degree. This year, the Soroptimists had three runners-up to its LYD award. Tara, Melissa and Elizabeth. Tara was awarded $1,000. Tara is currently attending mechanic school and hopes to start her own business repairing cars for women like herself, Lydia assisting other women who need low cost repairs to their vehicles, so they can afford to stay in school and continue their education. Melissa is the proud mother of seven children and is currently in school to obtain her teaching degree. She has held many positions as a teacher’s aide over the years while raising her children. Elizabeth is currently deployed in the service of the country. She will be returning in May 2018 to continue her education. Melissa earned an associate degree in Criminal Justice in 2016 and is now working on a degree in Clinical Psychology/Counseling. Melissa intends to go into law enforcement. The “Young Women’s Service” award recognizes young women who make their community and world Melissa a better place through their volunteer efforts. This program honors girls between the ages of 14 and 17 who contribute their time and energy to volunteer projects in their schools and community. Each girl was awarded $400 along with $100 to their charity. The award recipients this year are Makenna Flynn volunteering for Arizona Immigrant & Refugee Services, Alyssa Marie Canales volunteering for Veterans Heritage Project, Kaycee Krell who volunteers for Gigi’s Playhouse and Sarah Weiss who volunteers for the Mayo Clinic Smile Program. See Award Night, page 35


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Oak’s Debuts Flippin’ for Fajitas Cave Creek’s Oak’s Diner & Flapjacks will kick off May with Flippin’ for Fajitas, its first Cinco de Mayo offering, with special deals throughout the month of May. From May 1 to May 31, the three specially created recipes are:

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The Soroptimist “Ruby” award honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their profession and/or volunteer work. This year’s Ruby award winner is Pam DiPietro, executive director of Foothills Food Bank. DiPietro and her husband Pete have lived in Arizona for 20 years raising their five children. She started her career with Foothills Food Bank in 2002 spearheading an expansion of the program which today includes services to Black Canyon City to the north, I-17 to the west, Pinnacle Peak to the south and extending all the way to Rio Verde to the east. DiPietro successfully manages the annual budget of $500,000 from donations given by local businesses, Pam DiPietro nonprofit organizations and residents of Cave Creek, Carefree and surrounding areas. Foothills Food Bank is also supported by many local stores with food donations. Learn more about Soroptimist International of Saguaro Foothills at www. sisaguarofoothills.org.

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• B  eef fajita platter with lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro, rice and beans, $10.95 • C  hicken fajita platter with lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro, rice and beans, $10.95 • Fajita salad with lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro, rice and beans, $9.95 Oak’s Diner and Flapjacks is located at 6219 East Cave Creek Road. For more information, call 480.488.5704.

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Celebrate Mom At We-Ko-Pa Resort We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center, a lush oasis offering spectacular views of Arizona’s majestic Four Peaks and iconic Red Mountains alongside the free-flowing Verde River, will offer a special Mother’s Day buffet Sunday, May 13. The Mother’s Day buffet will feature three main stations in addition to omelet, stir-fry and dessert stations.

Carving Station: Applewood Prime Rib served with au jus and horseradish cream Filet Mignon en Croute with age balsamic porcini Caribbean Leg of Lamb with apple/mango chutney

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Cold Station: Ahnala Smoked Salmon Display Ice Sushi Bar Seafood Display — including Jumbo Shrimp, Oysters and Mussels Berry Candied Walnut Salad Mesquite Grilled Vegetable Salad Watermelon and Quinoa Salad Fresh Sliced Seasonal Fruit Display Cheese & Charcuterie Station Vegetable Crudité Pastry Bar — assorted pastries, breads, croissants and bagels

Hot Station: Sweet Chili Sriracha Salmon Filet Egg Mornay Benedict Hazelnut & Cinnamon Swirl French Toast Apple Cider Smoked Bacon & Sausage Grilled Herb Marinated Vegetables Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes Sweet Potato Crunch The buffet is available 11am–2pm. The cost is $45 adults, $15 kids 12 and under. We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center is located at 10438 North Fort McDowell Road in Scottsdale. For more information or to make reservations, call 480.789.5505 or visit www.wekoparesort.com.

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Dog Rescue Hosts Inaugural ‘SpayGhetti and No Balls Gala’ Protecting Yourself From Financial Fraud

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Eighty percent of people have something inaccurate on their credit report that is adversely affecting their credit score. A lower credit score will increase costs on a mortgage, car loan, credit cards. There are things you can do to increase your score. First, don’t let anyone run your credit unnecessarily. Not everything is what is seems. For example, freecreditreport.com is not free. You can run your own credit report for free. The federal government passed a law requiring the credit bureaus to provide a credit report free once a year to everyone. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com. Beware bait and switch tactics. For example, Lendingtree or Lowermybills are not mortgage companies but marketing companies and the product is your credit and personal financial information including your social security number. When you give that information to these marketing companies, you are giving them the right to sell that information to anyone who will buy it. This is not the way to choose a mortgage lender. You would do better to work with a local mortgage professional — someone you can hold responsible. Recently, I was trying to help a financial fraud victim. The New Jersey company would not return the $2,500 to homeowner who was just trying to save their home. When I contacted the Arizona Attorney General, they declined to take on the case because the company was in New Jersey. When I contacted the New Jersey Attorney General, they declined to intervene because the victim was in Arizona. You have far more protection when you choose a local Arizona Mortgage Lender to represent you. Mark Field is a licensed Arizona Mortgage Loan Originator (NMLS 965030) with Barrett Financial Group. He served eight years in the U.S. Navy on submarines and was the Arizona Mortgage Loan Originator of the Year. He can be reached at 602.241.2500.

Fundraiser To Benefit Fetch Foundation The Arizona Chapter of the National Concierge Association presents its Ninth Annual Fundraiser & Silent Auction Thursday, May 10, 5:30-8:30pm. This year a portion of the proceeds raised will benefit The Fetch Foundation (www.thefetchfoundation.com), a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting displaced animals and providing “The Fido Bag” to local first responders to assist when there is a tragedy including a pet. The program supplies local fire departments with the necessary pet emergency equipment and training so pets can receive medical help immediately at the point of rescue. The Fetch Foundation also assists families who cannot afford the veterinary care in these situations with funds to save their beloved pet. In addition, the organization’s Search and Service program identifies dogs that have been discarded or surrendered whose personalities may do well as Search and Rescue K9’s or become service dogs. The event will be held at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 6333 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale (www.flemingssteakhouse.com). Admission is $5. For updates, visit www.facebook.com/ncaarizonachapter.

The Arizona Small Dog Rescue is a 501(c)(3) no-kill shelter and rescue organization whose mission is to help with the care, rehabilitation and adoption of abused, unwanted, homeless, sick or injured animals throughout the greater Phoenix area. Volunteers also work tirelessly to find forever homes for the rescued animals and this year, the organization is hosting its first ever SpayGhetti and No Balls Gala to aid their efforts. “Last year alone, the Arizona Small Dog rescue spent nearly $60,000 to spay and neuter more than 900 animals that came into our shelter. This is a huge expenditure for us,” said Linda Bridgeman, event organizer. “The funds raised during the gala will be used exclusively toward spaying and neutering costs for future procedures.” Tickets for the inaugural event are $63 per person if purchased before May 31 ($70 per person if purchased after.) Tickets include an Italian dinner buffet, Portillo’s famous chocolate cake, silent auctions, raffles, dancing and lots of fun. “If we can reduce the number of unwanted animals in our community through spaying and neutering, we will diminish the number of animals who are needlessly euthanized each year because of pet overpopulation,” added Bridgeman. “That is a significant win for everyone involved – especially our fourlegged friends.” The event will be held July 28, 6pm, at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, 7500 East Doubletree Ranch Road in Scottsdale. For more information or to purchase tickets for the gala, call 949.289.5190 or visit www.azsmalldog.org.

Mercury Announce 2018 Regular Season Schedule The three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury will tip off the 22nd season in franchise history Friday, May 18, in the Fry’s Food Stores Home Opener at Talking Stick Resort Arena, the team and league announced. Opening night begins a jam-packed opening weekend that will feature the league’s first #WNBAAllDay Sunday, May 20, in which all 12 teams will be in action consecutively 1–11pm Eastern. After a fifth consecutive trip to the WNBA’s “final four” (eighth appearance in the last nine years) in 2017 and led by WNBA all-time leading scorer Diana Taurasi and 2017 WNBA scoring champion Brittney Griner, an already improved Phoenix roster opens against the Dallas Wings at 7pm Friday before traveling to Seattle to take on the Storm Sunday, May 20, as part of #WNBAAllDay. Phoenix’s 2018 schedule is heavily back-loaded with home games, which will see the Mercury play nine of the season’s final 11 games at home, the most in franchise history over the final 11 games of the season. Phoenix will make three road trips of three games or more by mid-July, including a stretch where the team plays eight out of nine games on the road — two four-game road trips (June 24–30, July 8–15) sandwiched around a single home game (July 5). Ten of the Mercury’s 17 home games will be played on the weekend — five on Friday, two on Saturday and three on Sunday — including both matchups with the defending champion Minnesota Lynx, who visit Friday, June 22, and Saturday, July 21. All Mercury home games Tuesday through Saturday will begin at 7pm, Phoenix time, with the exception of Phoenix’s annual matinee game tipping off at 12:30pm Wednesday, July 25, against Chicago. Two of the Mercury’s Sunday home games (June 10, August 19) will begin at 3pm, while Sunday’s game against Los Angeles August 12 will start at 4pm. Tickets for Fry’s Food Stores Opening Night Friday, May 18, can be purchased by calling 602.252.WNBA or by visiting www.phoenixmercury.com.


Etiquette Workshop For Teens To Be Offered In May Certified etiquette instructor SueAnn Brown, owner of It’s All About Etiquette, will offer a six-hour workshop that’s been specially designed for teenagers, ages 13 to 18.  The topics covered include interviewing tips for college and job interviews, handshakes and eye contact, body language, the art of small talk, how to speak with the right tone with clarity, leadership qualities, how to make a positive first impression, social media etiquette, dating etiquette, dining etiquette, seating a lady at the table, tipping guidelines, dressing the part, being a good listener, interview follow-up calls and thank-you notes, grooming and skin care.  Brown will help prepare teens for the many new social and business situations they will face as young adults and provide them with the self-confidence, enthusiasm and motivation that is essential as they move into the next phase of their lives. Her “Essential Etiquette for Teens” workshop will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, from 1 to 4pm The cost is $285 per teen and includes snacks, certificate and an etiquette reference book. Advanced registration is required. Class size is limited to 12 students. The workshop is held at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church, 10755 North 124 Street in Scottsdale. For more information and to register, call It’s All About Etiquette at 480.510.6346 or visit www.itsallaboutetiquette.com.

Families are invited to visit Camp Hubbard at its free open house event Sunday, May 6, 11am–1pm. Camp Hubbard offers one-week sessions to campers 4-and-a-half to 16 years old. Kids will learn all kinds of new sports and games: basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, archery, swimming and more. There’s also a Teen Leadership Camp for ages 13 to 16, which gives teens the chance to work with younger campers — mentoring, guiding and helping them throughout the day. There are four Camp Hubbard locations: Thunderbird Academy in Scottsdale; Paradise Valley Christian Academy in Phoenix; Sunnyslope High School campus in Phoenix; Griffith Elementary School in Arcadia. There are half-day and full-day options. Half-day is from 8:30am to noon and full-day is from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Camp will be offered May 29 – August 3. Camp dates vary by location. The cost of the camp is $175–$240 per week. Sibling discounts are available. Extended care is from 7:30am to 6pm. Kids day camp and Teen Leadership Camp are the same cost. For more information and to register, call 602.971.4044 or visit www.hubbardsports.com.

Charros, board member donations kick off community fundraising When a school qualifies for a prestigious, international robotics tournament and has just 10 days to come up with at least $20,000 to send that team, it’s nice to have friends. Again, this year, the Scottsdale Charros and Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board member Pam Kirby are lending their financial support so that robotics teams from Chaparral, Desert Mountain and Saguaro high schools can ship their robots, tools and teams to the FIRST® Championship in Houston, Texas. Both Saguaro and Chaparral qualified in early April at the Arizona West Regional tournament in Phoenix; Desert Mountain qualified at the Arizona North Regional tournament in Flagstaff in March. Both the Charros and Kirby have committed $5,000 each to the three teams. “The Scottsdale Charros are proud to support all of the SUSD students involved in robotics,” said Charros executive director Dennis Robbins. “We are very excited about Chaparral, Desert Mountain and Saguaro going to Worlds. We congratulate them on their success and wish them well in Houston!” Kirby noted that SUSD has established itself as a public education robotics leader in Arizona. “Sending three, separate, high school teams to Worlds in Houston is a testament to the hard work of our teachers and students. I could not be more proud.” Saguaro High School principal Ann Achtziger is thrilled to be able to send the Sabercats to the world competition for the fourth time in the past seven years. “We are so grateful to be part of a community that provides

and helps us sustain these kinds of life-changing, learning opportunities for our students.” Even with the Charros’ and Kirby’s generosity, the teams need additional support. The Charros are making it easy for the community to make tax-deductible donations to the teams through their website, https:// charros.com/education-inititiatives/ make-a-donation. From there, choose the school team to which to direct a donation from the dropdown box under ‘I would like my donation to go to …’ Fill out the information and hit ‘Submit.’ The Charros will pick up credit card fees and administrative costs that may be associated with making an online donation. High school teams from around the world have been working since January to design, build, program, test and operate robots that can perform prescribed tasks. The premise behind this year’s FIRST Robotics Power Up competitions has been that the robots are trapped in a video game and must defeat the game’s ‘boss’ by moving ‘power cubes’ (covered milk crates), lifting them either to a five-foot-high seesaw platform or stacking them on a floor scale, then suspending themselves by a cable from the seesaw structure. More than 400 teams from around the world took part in the April 18-21 Houston FIRST® competition, including teams from North, Central and South America, the Middle East, India, China and Australia. FIRST also offers college scholarships, from which past SUSD robotics students have benefited. Find more information about SUSD at www.susd.org.

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Terence Blanchard Featuring the E-Collective Musical Instrument Museum

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Fantastic Planet

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Downtown Mesa www.mesaartscenter.com; 480.644.6500

Eva Ayllon Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

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Tchaikovsky and Mozart Concert Series Musical Instrument Museum

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Stars on Ice Gila River Arena www.starsonice.com; 800.745.3000

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Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Concert Musical Instrument Museum

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Funk Fest Celebrity Theatre www.celebritytheatre.com; 602.267.1600, Ext.1

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“Weird Al” Yankovic Mesa Arts Center

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Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org; 480.499.8587

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Meshell Ndegeocello Musical Instrument Museum

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Les Misérables ASU Gammage www.asugammage.com; 480.965.3434

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Chano Domínguez: Flamenco Sketches

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Little Shop of Horrors

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Shirley Earley & Friends

Todrick Hall American

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Ann and Liz Callaway: Sibling Revelry

Anna Lentz in The Diary of Anne Frank; Photo by Goat Factory Media Entertainment

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The Diary of Anne Frank Arizona Theatre Company www.arizonatheatre.org; 602.256.6995

Phoenix Mercury vs. Dallas Wings Talking Stick Resort Arena www.phoenixmercury.com; 602.252.9622

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Hot Dogs & Jazz The Nash

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Phoenix Mercury vs. Seattle Storm Talking Stick Resort Arena

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David Blaine Live Mesa Arts Center

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The Humans

ASU Gammage

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Harmony Project Phoenix Orchestra Mesa Arts Center

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Phoenix Mercury vs. Washington Mystics Talking Stick Resort Arena

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Making Movies Musical Instrument Museum

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The Mother Road Trio May 24

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Janiva Magness

An Evening with Greg Laswell

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Six gigantic inflatable humanoid figures will land in downtown Mesa May 4–13, where they will be installed for two large public events, a calendar of ancillary programming, and thousands of visiting museum professionals. The light installation Fantastic Planet will be viewable for free across several blocks in the heart of Downtown Mesa. Timed to put Mesa’s best foot forward for the opening night party of the American Alliance of Museum’s (AAM’s) Conference May 6, the installation of the monumental inflatable sculptures by Australian artist Amanda Parer is expected to draw additional visitors from across the Valley and beyond. The nine-day installation will kick off Friday, May 4, with a free community celebration at several sites in Downtown Mesa on a night coinciding with the monthly Motorcycles on Main event. Two days later, it will be the featured highlight of AAM’s opening night party, hosted by Mesa Arts Center/Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, i.d.e.a. Museum and Arizona Museum of Natural History. AAM’s annual national conference hosts more than 5,000 museum professionals from across the United States. The following Friday, May 11, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum opens exhibitions of figurative work in all five galleries, which will be complemented by Fantastic Planet, and coincide with Second Friday in Downtown Mesa. Fantastic Planet was inspired by the 1973 Czech/French film of the same name, and the May event in Mesa will mark the installation’s first time in the United States. Parer says of the work, “These giants from afar will give audiences the impression that they have just landed and are quietly and gently exploring our ‘fantastic planet’.” The six, giant illuminated humanoid figures will be strategically placed, in consultation with the artist, on buildings (and one on the ground) at Mesa Arts Center, i.d.e.a. Museum and in the heart of Downtown Mesa. Mesa Arts Center is located at One East Main Street in downtown. More information can be found at www.mesaartscenter.com.

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SHOW US YOUR WINNING SMILE! Our December contest winner, Delshad Antia of Scottsdale, submitted this photo saying, “Thanks to this wonderful prize, we got to attend the Arizona Renaissance Festival for the first time and I was so pleasantly surprised by how this event had so many things to please kids as well as adults. All of us (including my kids who are posing in the picture with a joust[er]) had a fantastic and memorable time. Thank you so much.”


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Scottsdale Spa Offers Mother’s Day Acupuncture Special

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According to Scottsdale Integrative Acupuncture, Cosmetic Acupuncture can be an effective, non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging and help the whole body look and feel 5–10 years younger. Essential Acupuncture achieves balance in the body by simultaneously addressing a person’s physical, emotional and mental health. Scottsdale Integrative Acupuncture aims to help patients look and feel their best, so they can fully enjoy life. This is accomplished by reducing stress, increasing energy and relieving pain from a blend of ancient wisdom of the East and the scientific mind of the West to offer patients the most effective treatment available. This Mother’s Day, Scottsdale Integrative Acupuncture is offering 20 percent off Cosmetic Acupuncture treatments and 15 percent off Essential Acupuncture treatments. Scottsdale Integrative Acupuncture is located at 7147 East Rancho Vista Drive. For information, call 480.427.0373 or visit, www.scottsdaleintegrativeacupuncture.com.

Summer Cooking Camp Focuses On Heathy Eating Classic Cooking Academy is offering summer camp programs for children and teens throughout the months of June and July, except for the week of July 4. “Classic Cooking’s mission is to provide an educational and enjoyable environment encouraging youth to be aware of healthy eating habits,” says executive chef and owner Pascal Dionot. Classes are open to children ages 8–11 years 10am–noon, and teen (ages 13–17) classes are available 2–4pm. Each class is Monday through Thursday with a different menu each day. The first three days will have instruction and supervised cooking followed by lunch. Day four will take the format of the students being given a mystery basket utilizing ingredients to which they have been exposed during the first three days. They will then create a meal based on what they learned. All menus, along with registration information, is available online at www.ccacademy.edu. For additional information, call 480.502.0177.

Home Instead Senior Care Offers Final Years Planning Resources In an effort to avoid the topic of final years planning, seniors and their adult children often do not take the necessary steps to plan for their final years of life, which include getting financial affairs in order and creating plans for care in case of declining health. In fact, a new survey by Home Instead, Inc. found that while 73 percent of seniors have a written will, only 13 percent have actually made arrangements for long-term care. “When planning for their final years, many people go straight to making funeral arrangements and financial plans rather than taking time to prepare for care that might be necessary in the final years, months and days of life,” said Mahnaz Pourian of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Phoenix. “Unfortunately, many people do not consider that as we age, we need extra care. While the vast majority of seniors prefer to age at home, they may not realize the range of options available to them, and that this time in their lives requires planning, too.” According to AARP, 90 percent of seniors would prefer to spend their final years at home. Despite this fact, Home Instead, Inc. found that only 74 percent of seniors have shared their wishes with their adult children.  Dr. Julie Masters, chairperson of the department of gerontology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, explains that one barrier to planning is the discomfort the conversation brings to seniors and their adult children. “Final years planning can bring up a host of emotions for seniors and their adult children. These conversations, while difficult, can help people feel more prepared and empowered.

They can also deliver a sense of relief for families, who already have the legal documents in place, when the time comes to face those difficult decisions,” Masters said. According to the Home Instead, Inc. survey, aging parents are far more comfortable discussing plans for their own final years (89 percent) than their own adult children are discussing their parents’ plans (68 percent). To help start the conversation around final years planning, the Home Instead network is introducing free resources to encourage seniors and their adult children to talk to one another about their plans, while also exploring options for end-oflife care, finances, insurance and funeral planning. The program also features the online “Compose Your Life Song” music generator, which can help families think about what steps to take to be better prepared for this journey. Knowing plans are at least written, even in the absence of specific arrangements, creates emotional benefits of preparation, such as confidence and relief. Among adult children whose parents have written plans, knowing their parents have mapped out a plan makes them feel confident they are prepared for the future, relieved that making these plans won’t be their sole responsibility and relieved to know their parents will have care when they need it, according to the Home Instead, Inc. survey. Families can find program resources and details at www composeyourlifesong.com. Or, contact a local Home Instead Senior Care office for additional resources. Find an office near you by visiting www. homeinstead.com/arizona.


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Wildflower Expands Adding Two New Locations Craft beer and local wine now on tap

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ildflower announces its expansion adding two new locations to the Valley of the sun this spring. The first restaurant is located in Gilbert and opened in April, while the second store will open late spring in Phoenix at 5813 North 7th Street. These two new locations represent an inflection point for the nearly 22-year-old local brand’s evolution. The “Bread Company” moniker is being removed from the name and moving forward the company will simply go by Wildflower. The new Wildflower look draws inspiration from the existing buildings that are home to Rivulon and Crown. The design team focused on creating vibrant environments that elevate the existing Wildflower brand to a new level, centered on the celebration of the social aspects of dining. Louis Basile, founder and owner of Wildflower, says, “As a locally-owned and operated Arizona business, we pride ourselves on giving our guests, who are also our neighbors, the very best experience from

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the moment they walk in the door. With these new restaurants, we’re providing the same excellent quality food and legendary service in an elevated environment.” These locations will also be the first Wildflower’s to serve craft beers, local wines and libations on tap. The new restaurants will boast a variety of materials including bands of bold colors, integrated graphics and signage, and fields of patterns, rather than adapting the building to conform to a prescribed ‘brand aesthetic.’ The new designs attempt to recognize not only stylistic differences in the existing buildings, but also celebrate the neighborhoods each restaurant will serve. Drawing inspiration from recent trends in restaurant design, the team rigorously edited the aesthetic to ensure V12 Kale Salad

it will provide an updated look while maintaining a timeless quality. This was achieved, in part, by creating environments that vary the experience to capitalize on the existing conditions at the two sites, one a new building and the other, at Crown, housed in a re-purposed 1950’s building in Central Phoenix. As part of Wildflower’s DNA they are continuing to preserve the art of making fresh artisan bread that is baked daily at each restaurant. This commitment to making great bread is part of the brand’s heritage (or essence) since the company’s inception in 1996. Wildflower has expanded to 15 restaurants that offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, the focus remains on serving delicious fresh food and providing top-notch hospitality. For information, visit www.wildflowerbread.com.

To A Tour d’Italia – Mother’s Day At Fat Ox

At Liberty Station Guests can treat Mom to a special meal on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, at Liberty Station American Tavern and Smokehouse — whether Mom prefers brunch or dinner. At brunch time, special meals include: • F  rench Toast with blackberry compote and cinnamon butter, $12 • Strawberry parfait, $10 At dinner, hearty mom-approved options include: • T  wo 7 oz. Pork Chops with cheesy mashed potatoes, green beans and pork jus, $28

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• P  an-seared Cod with mushroom risotto, sautéed spinach and lemon caper burr blanc, $24 Mother’s Day specials are valid Sunday, May 13, 11am– 9pm. Liberty Station American Tavern and Smokehouse is located at 34522 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Reservations can be made by calling 480.595.9930 or going online to www.libertystationtavern.com.

Savor an Italian-style feast with both antipasto buffet and a dessert bar, paired with a choice of gourmet brunch fare and sparkling cocktails this Mother’s Day. What many moms really want on Mother’s Day is to get together with family and friends to enjoy a lovely, leisurely meal – no cooking or cleanup required. Which is why Fat Ox in Scottsdale has put together an Italian-accented Mother’s Day feast. Pairing a gourmet European-style antipasto buffet and dessert bar with the ability to choose a chef-crafted entrée, Fat Ox’s Mother’s Day Brunch will be served 10am–2pm Sunday, May 13. Plus, don’t miss the irresistible selection of sparkling brunch cocktails. Handcrafted by chef Matt Carter and executive chef Rochelle Daniel, Fat Ox’s inaugural Mother’s Day Brunch tempts with a classic antipasto buffet brimming with the finest imported cheeses, meats and veggies, paired with freshly baked Tammie Coe breakfast breads. Then choose an entrée from chef’s favorite brunch fare, such as Italian Breakfast (fried eggs, fennel sausage, salsa verde potatoes, roasted peppers, charred onion, piadina), Short Rib Vaccinara Benedict (poached farm egg, Noble bread, red wine mostarda, parsley), Banana Ricotta Pancakes (preserved lemon, amaro maple syrup) or Organic Lamb Burger (ciabatta, gorgonzola, red onion, Jimmy Nardello peppers) among many others. And then finish in Short Rib Vaccinara Benedict Photos courtesy of Fat Ox refined style with Fat Ox’s decadently dessert and pastry bar. The brunch is priced at $75++ per person, which includes a glass of Italian sangria, or $25++ for children aged 7–12. The restaurant is located at 6316 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 480.307.6900 or visiting www.ilovefatox.com.


Experienece Camp Verde Through Curated WeekendZona Trip

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Local First Arizona Foundation’s WeekendZona program is heading to Camp Verde for the next installment of this Arizona travel series. Through coordinating specialty-curated travel opportunities to less-visited Arizona towns, WeekendZona showcases the rich culture and history of these communities while at the same time injecting a financial boost into Arizona’s small towns. The Elements of Camp Verde WeekendZona will take place May 18-20. Camp Verde, one of the towns making up the Verde Valley region in north-central Arizona about 90 miles north of Phoenix, is a small community that pairs the quiet western lifestyle with outdoor exploration. Camp Verde’s valley floor is classified as Lower Sonoran Desert, but its position on the Verde River allows for lush greenery and native plants surrounding the area. With an arid climate, the warm summer days are often cooled by monsoons rains.

“Camp Verde is often referred to as ‘Arizona’s best-kept little secret’ for its natural beauty and unique position near the Verde River,” said Maya Azzi, Rural Program coordinator for the Local First Arizona Foundation. “We can’t wait to share this ‘secret’ with more Arizonans.” WeekendZona trips are all-inclusive experiences coordinated by Local First Arizona Foundation staff with local businesses and partners in each community. Each trip is a highly curated experience that showcases “locals insider” spots and activities that guests might not otherwise know about. “We want to show Arizonans that there are many unique vacation opportunities right here in our own state,” said Azzi. “Every year, Arizonans spend $6.5 billion vacationing in California alone. If we could direct some of those dollars into Arizona’s rural communities, it would make a huge difference for those towns.” The WeekendZona program took guests to Globe-Miami earlier this year and has future 2018 trips planned to Douglas in July and Pinetop-Lakeside in October. Guests can purchase a two-person, two-night package for $485 (plus fees) or a one-person, two-night package for $295 (plus fees). All meals, lodging and activities included in the itinerary are included in the package. Complete information and registration is available at www.localfirstazfoundation.org. Click on the “Events” link under “Get Involved” and look for the Camp Verde event.

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Visitors to the Land of Enchantment can experience the grandeur of Chaco Canyon National Historical Park in luxury and style — guided day and overnight glamping trips from Albuquerque’s Hotel Chaco resumed for a new season in March. Hotel Chaco, a boutique property inspired by the ancient architecture and civilization of Chaco Canyon, launched the tours in 2017 with partner Heritage Inspirations, LLC. The excursions became so popular that an expanded schedule will be offered in 2018, with day trips every Saturday through November, and overnight glamping excursion coinciding with the spring and fall equinoxes, September 22–23. Custom, private day or overnight trips on other dates are also available.

Albuquerque including an unpaved road to the park entrance. “We conceived these trips as a way for more people to access and explore this magical place,” said Angelisa Murray, owner of Heritage Inspirations. “We take care of all transportation and logistics, so our guests can simply relax and absorb the scenery.” According to Murray, day trip participants will enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch prepared by Hotel Chaco’s chefs. For overnight guests, no comfort is spared. Spacious canvas tents are outfitted with plush mattresses on raised bed frames and a gourmet dinner will be prepared and served under the stars. For all guests, informative guides offer special insights into the area and provide all

Located in northwestern New Mexico, Chaco Canyon National Monument, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was home to a thriving Pueblo culture between 850 – 1250 AD. What remains of the timber and sandstone buildings — designed to align with the movement of the sun, moon and stars — makes for fascinating exploration, all in a setting of natural desert beauty. In ancient times, travelers to Chaco made the arduous trip by foot from many miles away. For the modern-day traveler, the journey still presents challenges, as the remote site is three and a half hours from

the tools needed to dive deeper into the mysteries of Chaco. Day tours, offered on Saturdays through November 2018, cost $275 per person plus tax ($249 for Hotel Chaco guests, who also enjoy a special $179 room rate.) Tour details and booking information can be found online at www.heritageinspirations.com/ chaco-tours. The overnight glamping trip in September costs $750 plus tax per person (with a hotel room rate of only $179 plus tax available for pre- and post-tour nights.) Guide gratuities are not included. For additional information, visit www.hotelchaco.com.

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Begin ‘Happily Ever After’ In Unique Sedona Style

Sedona is known around the world for its stunning red rock vistas, fabled vortexes, Native Americaninfluenced ceremonies and natural healing powers, from crystals to sage. Couples looking to tie the knot in this unique Northern Arizona town now have the opportunity to embrace the local culture and harness the metaphysical energy as part of their wedding ceremony in order to make it all their own.

• S  edona-centric Color Palettes — Pulling from the color palette of the surrounding lush foliage and the brilliant desert flowers that dot the property, brides and grooms can choose from vibrant colors that perfectly complement the red rock views that envelop the resort. • H  eart Chakra Balancing Ritual — The sounds and vibrations of heart chakra tuning forks are combined with Sedona sun-charged rose quartz crystals to facilitate a concentrated state of relaxation.

From a pre-ceremony vortex meditation to a heart chakra balancing ritual, Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa is offering a variety of experiences before couples say, “I do.” Nestled along Oak Creek, Amara provides the ultimate location for off-the-beaten path destination weddings. Those looking to take a more spiritual or wellness approach to their nuptial can work with Amara’s wedding team and choose to add-on a variety of unique Sedona-inspired experiences to their big day, a few of which include: • P  re-ceremony Vortex Meditation — Sedona vortexes are thought to be swirling centers of energy conducive to healing, meditation and self-exploration. Couples can embark on a spiritual journey at one of the four best-known vortexes in Sedona.

Menus are also available for the rehearsal dinner, bridal parties and morning-after brunches. From now through May 31, 2018, Amara is running a special wedding promotion for couples who meet a $5,000 food and beverage minimum. For those checking in at the resort, the bride and groom will receive a Bridal Suite upgrade and an in-room amenity. Offer is valid for weddings June 1 through August 21, 2018. Find complete package details or book a reservation online at www. amararesort.com or call 928.282.4828.

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After a day on the slopes, cross country skiing or ice fishing, come in out of the 928-369-7577 cold and warm Room package is available up in our 24 hour Casino by playing one offor our the 800 night of the show for $89.00 plus “HOT” slot machines or try your hand at live Blackjack or Poker. Warm your insides with a meal from Indian Pines restaurant and re-energize June 22nd & 23rd, 2018 in the Timbers Lounge with live entertainment 6 days a week. After a fun filled day , relax in our Download Registration Form heated outdoor pool or hot tub. Dream of your at www.hon-dah.com next adventure in one of our 128 oversized Hotel rooms.

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After a day of exploring the High Country, hiking, boating or fishing, come in from the outdoors and play in our 24 hour Casino on 800 plus “HOT” slot machines or try your hand at live Blackjack or Poker. Enjoy a meal from Indian Pines Restaurant and re-energize in the Timbers Lounge with live entertainment 6 days a week. After a fun filled day, relax in our heated outdoor pool or hot tub. Dream of your next adventure in one of our 128 oversized Hotel rooms. Bring your RV to the LARGEST RV Park in the White Mountains. Now with over 500 spaces.

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Setting the stage for intimate traditional and non-traditional ceremonies, the Courtyard Lawn venue at Amara can host up to 75 guests. The resort’s signature restaurant, SaltRock Southwest Kitchen also offers fully customizable menus focused on using ingredients of the Southwest and Verde Valley.

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Music, Food & Louisiana-Themed Fun At Gator by The Bay San Diego’s annual Gator by The Bay, an authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival, celebrates its 17th year, and will be held May 10–13 at Spanish Landing Park on beautiful San Diego Bay. Presented by the Bon Temps Social Club of San Diego, this celebration features four days of live music with more than 100 musical acts and special performances on seven stages as well as a delicious array of southern cuisine, including 10,000 pounds of fresh crawfish trucked all the way from Opelousas, Louisiana. Since its inception in 2001, the festival has grown to showcase a diverse selection of music genres including blues, salsa, Zydeco, Cajun and country. Grammy-winning artists directly from Louisiana, legendary Chicago and California blues artists, rockabilly and roots performers and award-winning salsa and Latin bands have performed each year. The festival kicks off Thursday, May 10, at 6pm with a concert double-headlined by blues vocalist Shana Morrison and Louisiana-bred Sonny Landreth. Morrison, who started her career in her father Van Morrison’s band, is known for musical stylings of pop with a side of blues and rock. Landreth, known as “King of Slydeco,” has developed a unique style that has captivated audiences across the world. The festival boasts five wooden dance floors, including two 3,000-square-foot shaded dance floors at each of the two main stages. For those who want to shake shimmy or stomp their feet in other than free style there will be free lessons by some of the finest dance instructors in the country. The French Quarter Food Court features the authentic tastes of Louisiana with many vendors making the cross-country trip just for the festival. Attendees can indulge their palates in Louisiana-raised crawfish, boudin sausage, catfish, alligator, barbecue and oysters. And the cuisine wouldn’t be complete without well-loved favorites like gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boys and etouffée. Satiate sweet tooths with decadent beignets, sweet potato pie, homemade ice cream, pralines and bread pudding. All areas of the festival are open for children to enjoy the music, color, spirit and activities of the weekend celebration. Special family fun activities include the costumed Mardi Gras parades, outrageous hat-making with the Rad Hatter and colorful face painting. In addition, the market area offers a curated selection of retail vendors, featuring Mardi Gras-inspired goods and clothing, art, hand-made jewelry, dancing shoes and accessories. On the intimate Bayou Grove Stage, visiting musicians tell of their personal journeys and the stories behind the heritage of their craft. And aspiring Southern chefs and home cooks can visit the Taste of Louisiana Food Pavilion, where Louisiana and local professional chefs will host instructional cooking demos and yummy tastings of classic Southern dishes. You won’t want to miss this sharing of the secrets of Southern cooking. Find all festival, ticket, lodging, parking and free shuttle information at www.gatorbythebay.com.


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Mother’s Day Rio Grande Whitewater Races, the second oldest, organized river race in the country, will once again host kayakers and rafters, canoers, spectators, campers and Dutch Oven Cookoff competitors, May 11–13. The races will be held on the 4.5-mile, Class III section of the Rio Grande known as the “Racecourse,” which begins just south of Taos, in Pilar, and runs along New Mexico State Road 68. The three-day event is being hosted by the New Mexico River Outfitters Association, The Adobe Whitewater Club, The American Whitewater Association and the American Canoe Association. The schedule of events includes two nights of camping and social gatherings at the Rio Bravo Campground in Pilar, a Dutch Oven Cookoff and potluck dinner on Friday evening, and a full day of organized races on Saturday that will include short and long kayak races, a SUP (stand-up paddle board) race, kayak slalom, Down River Rodeo at Albert’s Falls, a family race and four- and six-person raft races. Sunday offers a community, “on your own” paddle in the morning as well as Kayak New Mexico’s 501(c)(3) adaptive paddle session for special-needs river runners. Helmets are required for all racers and participants. Spectators are invited to attend, free of charge. More schedule and event details can be found at www. mothersdaywhitewater.com. Camping reservations can be made on a first-come, first-serve basis by calling 575.758.8851 or going to www.blm.gov/visit/orilla-verde-recreation-area. All racers are required to register for their events and online pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To register for races, go to www.adobewhitewater.org/events/ mdrregistration. Special room rates for the Whitewater Races are being offered at the Sagebrush Inn & Suites in Taos, New Mexico. For more information about Kayak New Mexico’s adaptive kayak programs and the Sunday morning adaptive paddle event, go to www.kayaknewmexico.org or contact Jane Bales at 505.980.7207. “At 61 years in the making, the New Mexico Mother’s Day Whitewater Races are both a time-honored tradition and a hidden gem,” said Matthew Gontram, of the New Mexico River Outfitters Association and owner of New Mexico River Adventures. “The races offer serious challenges for serious boaters and they give recreational paddlers a great chance to play on the river with family and friends. It’s a great time of year to be in northern New Mexico. We can’t wait to see everyone on the river!”

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