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By Kathryn M. Miller

t’s August, which means back to school for many families and the end of summer travel for others. But back to reality doesn’t have to mean an end to summer fun, especially for those lucky enough to call the Valley home — there are months of warm weather ahead and dozens of world-class resorts to escape to. Now, thanks to startup ResortPass (which just launched in Scottsdale), Valley residents don’t have to be a hotel guest to partake in first-class resort amenities. Escape the desert heat with a splash down a three-story waterslide at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, bliss out in a luxe cabana with Camelback Mountain views at Royal Palms Resort & Spa or enjoy all the ambiance of a heavenly hotel spa with no treatment required. ResortPass founder Amanda Szabo had a passion for poolside lounging and she wanted to share it with the world. The new startup lets users dip into incredible resort pools without having to be a guest. It’s a way to enjoy the city’s best amenities on a budget. Simply pick a resort, book a pass and enjoy the ultimate daycation with all-day access to swim, relax, eat, drink and play at an amazing resort — without ever booking a room. Prices start at $20, and new retreats and resorts are being added all the time. In addition to the

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Hyatt and Royal Palms, ResortPass currently works with Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia and the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. New Phoenix and Scottsdale resorts are being added every month — according to ResortPass, over 40 resorts are in the pipeline — and access is available to resorts in Los Angeles, Napa Valley, Orange County, Palm Desert, San Diego and Santa Barbara, as well as in Florida, Hawaii and Texas. For additional information or to book a pass, visit www.resortpass.com. |CST

Find more ways to unwind at summer’s end in our DESTINATIONS section on page 42.

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INDEX

EDITOR’S PICKS

Savor Summer’s Sensations

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” ~ Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

Cowboy Poets Gathering

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Until next month, all my best.

Summer Ballet at PVCC

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August is here, and with it comes back-toschool time for Valley families and back to reality for those who managed to get out of town over the break. But summer in Arizona isn’t going anywhere anytime soon (whether you gauge seasons according to the almanac or the temperature), so sit back, relax, and let our August issue guide you to seasonal eats and drinks, cool and relaxing places to go (in town and around the state), and fun things to do — all to squeeze that last drop of summer out of the season.

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MAYOR LANE WRITES…

SMoCA To Host Soleri Exhibit

Constitution Day Contest

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By Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane

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I am pleased to announce that we are once again having the Constitution Day Contest. This contest is a wonderful opportunity for Scottsdale students to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the document that shapes our great country. We must always remember just how important the Constitution is. Through the MAYOR experience of writing essays and crafting art centered on City of Scottsdale the Constitution, the youths of today are able to connect to 480.312.3111 a past that defined so much of what we do today and what www.scottsdaleaz.gov we will do in the future. This contest is not just for high school students; anyone from first grade to 12th can participate. For me, the Constitution is a daily inspiration that helps guide my decisions as Mayor. In 1787, it was the first document of its kind. More than 200 years later and we are still using the same Constitution to guide our country’s laws and governance. So many freedoms that we take for granted every day are protected by the principles and provisions within our Constitution. I invite you to take part in the Constitution Day competition where you can reflect upon and articulate what is great regarding our nation’s finest document. It is my firm belief that we should increase our knowledge of the importance of the liberties and democratic structure guaranteed by our Constitution. Please visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov for more details on the contest.

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Offers Lecture Series

Those interested in learning more about the McDowell Sonoran Preserve are invited to a special, free lecture series presented by the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. Two lectures remain in the series — one in August and one in September. See Lecture, page 7

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In October, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) will unveil a groundbreaking and unprecedented retrospective of seminal Italian-born American artist and architect Paolo Soleri. Organized by SMoCA Curator of Contemporary Art Claire C. Carter, Paolo Soleri: The City Is Nature focuses on drawings, sculptures and models that Soleri produced during the richest years of his artistic evolution — from 1947 until the mid-1970s. The selected works represent Soleri’s most creative moments when he was making his artwork and constructing his home-studio, primarily with his own hands. The exhibition brings together elements from his built and unbuilt residences, bridges, dams, cities and transportation systems. In addition to original drawings, models and sketchbooks, the exhibition surveys the artist’s earliest ceramic and bronze artisan crafts, as well as fabric designs and silkscreens. It also investigates Soleri’s personal engagement with the art and architecture of his time; the widespread recognition of his work by museums, scholars and curators; his relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright; and his influence on the American counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition will be the first and only retrospective and monographic exhibition since Soleri’s death in 2013 in Paradise Valley and represents the largest collection of original drawings, fragile sketchbooks, architectural models, sculptures, prints and photographs presented in North America since 1971. It will cover about 4,500 square feet with works gathered from the artist’s vast archives; The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; and private collections. Large scroll drawings — some more than 30 feet long — will be presented for the first time since their conservation in 2005. The exhibit will run through January 28. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 7374 East Second Street in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.874.4666 or visit www.smoca.org.


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The August 22 lecture, “Arizona Air Disasters — WWII military crashes on San Francisco Peaks and the McDowell Mountains,” begins at 5:30pm. Blue skies, Air Force cadet training and inexperience are sometime a formula for disaster. During WWII, the Southwestern U.S. from California to New Mexico was a flight training site for the U.S. Air Force and other allies. Flagstaff, with its 12,633’ San Francisco Peak, was the site of five bomber crashes from 1941 to 1944. The McDowell Mountains have also witnessed a tragedy that left a scar still visible. The human impact of each story is revealed through maps, photos and media clippings showing the aircraft type, date of disaster, flight path, recovery efforts and media coverage. The lecture will be presented by Conservancy legacy stewards Dave Lorenz and Len Marcisz. The September 19 lecture, “Inspired by Nature,” begins at 6pm. Mother Nature has forever been a designer. A cursory look at our flora and fauna provides countless solutions for most any challenge. This lecture asks: can we, as humans, learn to be better designers by mimicking Mother Nature? The lecture will be presented by Jacques Giard, professor of Design at ASU and Conservancy master steward. The Lecture Series will be held at Scottsdale Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 North 90th Street, Scottsdale. Classes run between 60 and 90 minutes; no RSVP is necessary. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is the City of Scottsdale’s primary partner in providing volunteer services to the 30,500-acre McDowell Sonoran Preserve, one of the largest urban preserves in the nation. For more information about the Conservancy and becoming a steward, call 480.998.7971 or visit the office at 7729 East Greenway Road, Suite 100, Scottsdale. For additional information, visit www. mcdowellsonoran.org/volunteer.

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New Studio Produces Dynamic, Underwater Photos

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ocal photographer Jessica Harnisch combined her passion for photography and love for scuba diving to create Blue Dune Studio. The studio specializes in underwater photography, resulting in mesmerizing, mermaidlike photos. Usually hosting photoshoots in pools that are 12 feet deep, Harnisch allows herself to stay underwater for up to 45 seconds at a time by fastening a weightbelt around her torso. The types of photoshoots offered at Blue Dune

Studio include maternity, mother-daughter, couples and beauty. Harnisch also started a body empowerment campaign called “This Beautiful Body” to showcase the beauty that encompasses every female. The goal of the movement is to help others see the beauty in themselves, which in turn promotes selfconfidence and self-love. “Women need to own it. Underwater is such a magical and different reality. People shouldn’t feel so disconnected and hesitant about their own bodies,” says Harnisch, owner of Blue Dune Studio.

“Helping people see the beauty and radiance in their own bodies is something I really enjoy.” Blue Dune Studio offers three photoshoot packages, some of which include makeup application done by award-winning makeup artist Sarah Sanmarco and styling to make the most out of the aquatic photoshoot experience. Blue Dune Studio held its first gallery showing July 13. To schedule a free consultation or for more information, call 520.990.1160 or visit www.bluedunestudio.com.

Living Spaces Showroom

Upcoming Scottsdale Chamber Events

The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a number of events throughout the month for its members and guests. This month’s AM Connect event will be held August 17, 7:15–9am, at Living Spaces, 16275 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. The event is free to members and $20 for guests. Visit the Chamber website for information about the August PM Connect event. In addition to its August “Connect” events, the Chamber will host a Red Ribbon networking event at Scottsdale Christian Church, 7000 East McDowell Road, Scottsdale, August 8. For a complete listing of upcoming events, or additional information about the Chamber, call 480.355.2700 or visit www.scottsdalechamber.com.


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Montblanc Introduces New Boutique Concept In Scottsdale

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Maison Montblanc opened the doors to its redesigned boutique in Scottsdale June 8. The modernized, 617-square-foot store brings life to the customer’s shopping experience in the Scottsdale Fashion Square. The new boutique pays tribute to the Maison’s rich heritage in writing instruments, timepieces, exceptional leather goods, men’s accessories and jewelry. Clients can discover Montblanc’s exclusive customization services, such as the creation of bespoke fountain pens, and

enjoy a private space for one-to-one customer service. French interior designer Noe Duchaufour-Lawrance designed the new store, which is inspired by the Maison’s pioneering spirit since 1906. Continuing the spirit of the Maison’s 110th anniversary, Montblanc has launched this new concept boutique in Scottsdale, following earlier ones in Miami, Manhattan and Paris, with a renewed determination to enhance service quality in addition to business growth. “For more than a century, Montblanc has built up trust with the finest products and exquisite craftsmanship allowing us to create

collections that are passed from generation to generation,” said Sylvain Costof, Montblanc North America president. “The new concept boutique offers the best service to our customers inviting them to a journey of discovery into the heart of the Montblanc universe,” he added. For additional information, visit www.montblanc.com or www. fashionsquare.com.

Learn & Lunch With Chef Marcellino

Chef Marcellino Verzino of Marcellino Ristorante will offer four cooking classes where participants will learn a few of chef’s secrets to making his handcrafted cuisine. Following the class, guests will enjoy a delectable lunch including their pasta, a salad and a sweet treat. The classes will be offered September through December: • Saturday, September 30: Paccatelli — short, springy pasta with the chef’s sauce of fresh zucchini, caramelized onions and prosciutto; cost is $35 • Saturday, October 21: Chef’s fresh pasta and his sauce of Italian Brocoli di Rape and Salsiccia (sausage); cost is $35 • Saturday, November 18: Pollo Saporito — humanely raised chicken (breast) sautéed with pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms and touch of tomato; cost is $40

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• Saturday, December 16: Pasta E Fagiole — hearty pasta and bean soup (chef’s hometown recipe); cost is $35 All classes run 1-3pm. Reserve a spot by calling 480.990.9500. Marcellino Ristorante is located at 7114 East Stetson Drive in Scottsdale. For additional information, visit www.marcellinoristorante.com.


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New Resource Development Team Member For Boys & Girls Clubs

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCS) welcomed Rich Campana, Scottsdale native and former Club kid, in the position of gift officer/annual campaign director in June. BGCS, a youth development organization, serves thousands of young people annually at its nine clubs, with a mission to enable its members to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Campana will serve as the BGCS annual campaign manager and gift officer, working with a portfolio of individual and corporate donors to ensure philanthropic goals are being met through Club programs. “Rich’s longtime ties to the Greater Scottsdale community and his heart for making sure kids in our communities have access to the best possible resources we have to offer make him an invaluable member of our team,” said Dr. Lisa Hurst, BGCS chief executive officer. Before BGCS, Campana held international marketing and management positions in both Italy and Ireland. His nonprofit experience includes work for Ballet Arizona and Great Hearts Academies. “I am excited to be part of an organization that has such a positive transformative impact on youth,” said Campana. “Working on behalf of local youth through Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is a great way to give back to my community.” For additional information, visit www.bgcs.org.

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Talking Stick Resort To Host Poker Championship In August, poker players from across the state and around the country will converge on The Arena Poker Room at Talking Stick Resort for the annual Arizona State Poker Championship. Kicking off Friday, August 11, the No Limit Hold’em tournament, now in its 13th year, will feature a prize pool of more than $1 million and will be hosted by four-time World Series of Poker champion, Tom Schneider. Upon entry, players will receive $16,000 in tournament chips with their $1,100 buy-in. They can also buy an additional $10,000 in chips for $30.

Tournament play will be broken into three days beginning at 9am Friday, August 11, 9am Saturday, August 12, and 9am Sunday, August 13. Participants eliminated in the first three days of play can re-enter. The semifinal tables will begin at 9am Monday, August 14, and will continue until 10 players are left. The remaining 10 players will be in the finals starting at 10am Tuesday, August 15, and continue until a new champion is crowned. The winner will receive $196,750, a Rolex and a trophy, while second and third place will receive $143,000 and a trophy and $110,000 and a trophy, respectively. However, final prize amounts will be based on the number of entrants. Participants must be 21 or older. For additional details, visit www.talkingstickresort.com or call 480.850.7734.

School Offers Comprehensive Music Lessons For all Phoenix Yamaha Music School offers innovative music and piano lessons and classes for a wide range of students — from children through teens and adults; from beginner musicians through advanced. The school is part of a vibrant international network of Yamaha education centers in over 40 countries. Designed to meet the unique needs and ability levels of each age group, Yamaha’s piano programs develop each student’s comprehensive musical ability in an environment that inspires a love of music and a lifetime of active music participation. The school in Phoenix covers a variety of musical subjects by also teaching guitar classes and flute lessons. The piano curriculum is rigorous and comprehensive — teaching everything from theory and composition to performance and rhythm. The highly-qualified staff, including teachers Michelle Rice, Zoe Simmons and Motoko Suzuki, is well trained in Yamaha’s innovative music education system, and are equipped to help each student become an excellent musician. Phoenix Yamaha Music School is located at 350 East Bell Road, Suite 207, in Phoenix. For additional information, call 602.504.0042 or visit www.phxyamahamusic.com.


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Recharge This Month At Joya Spa As the world becomes more and more aware and interested in how to heal and improve the body from the inside out, Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia has expanded its naturopathic wellness services, launching a new line-up of nutrient IV therapies designed to quench, replenish and revive the body during the hot summer months. The only Phoenix/Scottsdale resort with not one, but two, naturopathic physicians on staff, Dr. Lauren Beardsley and Dr. Saman Rezaie assist spa-goers at Joya Spa in taking their traditional resort spa experience to a new level of benefit for the body with everything from acupuncture and cupping to B-12 shots and IV therapies. The benefits of IV therapies are not only instant, but deliver essential vitamins and nutrients directly into the bloodstream and can help increase energy, improve sleep, balance mood The “Summer Quench” package at Joya Spa includes a choice of the 60-minute IV therapy treatment for $195 per guest, as well as access to all Joya Spa amenities. Summer Quench benefits cover four areas:

• Immune: Lessen the duration and severity of illness,

• Recovery: This popular formula contains electrolytes to rehydrate and B vitamins to help achieve relief and overcome a long day or a long night out. • Detox: This blend of vitamin C, antioxidants and minerals is designed to draw out toxins and leave the body cleansed and refreshed. For more information on Joya Spa’s full menu of naturopathic services, visit www.omnihotels.com/ hotels/scottsdale-montelucia and click on the “Spa” and “Naturopathic services” links. Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia is located at 4949 East Lincoln Drive in Scottsdale. For information, call 480.627.3200.

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• Energy: Get a boost of energy from B12 and B6 along with other nutrients to provide a lift and increase stamina for whatever the day will bring.

or prevent illness altogether with this formula of Vitamin C, nutrients and a homeopathic blend.

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MAYOR STANTON WRITES…

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On the evening of Saturday, July 15, an intense storm struck the roof of Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix. This led to a broken sprinkler system near the roof, which caused intensive flooding throughout the building. Phoenix Fire Department emergency responders found several inches of standing water on the first floor. The MAYOR library is currently closed while crews City of Phoenix assess the damage and make repairs. 602.262.7111 First, I want to commend the www.phoenix.gov dedicated city staff — including members of the Phoenix Fire Department, Library staff, city engineers and many others — who responded and worked around the clock to secure the building and the books and other materials inside. While there was damage to the building, most of the library’s historic and sensitive collections, as well as computer equipment, were fortunately not harmed. More than 7,000 books were damaged, but hundreds of thousands were saved, as was the library’s art collection. Second, I want to reassure Phoenix residents that our library service — including all of our programs for young people, entrepreneurs and job seekers — have been relocated to other locations and partners while cleanup and repairs are ongoing. Our 280,000-square-foot Burton Barr Library is the centerpiece of one the best public library systems in the country, and it attracts over 1 million visitors from all over the Valley every year. Burton Barr is much more than a library, it’s a place where young people can transform lives through STEAM programming and Career Online High School classes. It’s a gateway to a college education. And it’s a business resource center where entrepreneurs and small business owners can get mentoring and tools to succeed. It’s absolutely vital to our community and our city crews are working around the clock to bring it back online as quickly as possible. If you have materials checked out from Burton Barr, you can return them to any one of our other 16 library locations during the closure. We offer library programming at other locations as well. Also, I want to say how proud and inspired I am by the people of Phoenix when they learned of the damage at Burton Barr. The response has been overwhelming. Thank you, Phoenix residents who have offered to volunteer or have made donations to the Phoenix Public Library Foundation, and Friends of the Public Library efforts to assist and bolster our programs. If you want up-to-the-minute information on repair efforts, or if you’d like to volunteer or assist our other branches, please log on to www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org or call 602.262.4636.

Blaze Offers Free Pizza To High School Students Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, a fast-casual artisanal pizza concept, will offer free build-your-own pizzas to all current and incoming high school students who present valid high school identification from Sunday, August 6, to Friday, August 11, at each of its six Arizona locations. “Blaze Pizza is looking to build strong roots within the community and that starts with our youth,” said Joe Sawyer, Blaze Pizza franchisee in Arizona. “We want to be the first to welcome students back to school by offering them a pizza on the house, but our commitment doesn’t end there. We also offer an in-restaurant fundraiser program that returns 20 percent of the event’s proceeds back to school groups and other local organizations year-round.” Blaze Pizza is a modern-day pizza joint serving up artisanal pizzas that are both fast and affordable. Each restaurant features an interactive open-kitchen format that allows guests to customize one of the menu’s signature pizzas or create their own, choosing from a wide selection of fresh, artisanal ingredients — all for about $8. The generously-sized personal pizzas are then sent to a blazing hot open-flame oven — the centerpiece of the restaurant — where the thin-crust pies are fast-fire’d and ready to eat in just 180 seconds. Restaurants make their own dough from scratch using a recipe developed by executive chef Bradford Kent, which requires a 24-hour fermentation period to produce his signature light-as-air, crisp crust. All of the pizza and salad ingredients are free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives and for pizza fans with specific dietary needs, Blaze Pizza offers gluten-free dough and vegan cheese. For more information, visit www.blazepizza.com.


Summer Ballet At PVCC

Using some of the season’s best produce, Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails created an all-new menu of Southern inspired, fresh and light favorites to beat the heat all summer long. Even though summer is coming to a close, it’s still a perfect time to enjoy a new twist on Okra’s signature Southern fired chicken, available with either two or three pieces plus a choice of a side. Order Okra’s Fried chicken one of five ways including straight up, smothered in gravy, or topped with Chow Chow (a spicy vegetable relish) and Honey. Plus, Okra still tempts with its popular Tennessee Hot or Umbrian-sauced chicken. Okra’s expanded summer menu also includes Pork Chop with green tomato and stone fruit panzanella, and Salmon with succotash and peanut romesco for a delightful summertime treat. In addition, celebrate the season’s bounty with new vegetable dishes including Fried Green Tomatoes with pickle remoulade, Okra with fermented chilies and peanut hummus. Plus, start off with spicy Buffalo Octopus or Shaved Catfish with fries and pickle vinaigrette. Finish off the meal with a summertime classic, Peach Cobbler with buttermilk ice cream or Okra’s signature Canned Biscuit Doughnut with Salted Caramel sauce. Pair it all with Okra’s awardwinning cocktail program featuring mixologist Micah Olson’s selection of cocktails including refreshing cocktails such as the So Fresh So Clean, direct cocktails such as the Risky Business and five Julep varieties. Plus, beat the heat with specially priced bar bites and drinks during Happy Hour from 4–6pm, Tuesday through Friday and all-day Sunday and Monday. Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails is located at 5813 North 7th Street in Phoenix. For additional information, call 602.296.4147 or visit www.okraaz.com.

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Okra Closes Out The Season With Summertime Favorites

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For years, dancers and choreographers have been coming to Arizona from all over the world to work with Convergence Ballet Company (CBC). Cuban dancers Joan Rodriguez and Taimy Miranda debuted with Convergence in 2016 and instantly impressed audiences with their creative talent and technical skill. This year, for its fifth season, Convergence welcomes three new dancers: Jadyn Reddy, Dustin Crumbaugh and Giulia Spinelli. These new additions will join CBC’s returning dancers at the company’s summer performance, ELAN, which will be held August 12 and August 13, at Paradise Valley Community College’s (PVCC) Center for the Performing Arts. Rodriguez and Miranda are among the returning dancers, with Rodriguez also contributing original choreography. “This fifth season is the perfect unity of music and dance,” says artistic director Jennifer Cafarella. “We have new world premieres from our resident choreographer Daniel Marshalsay, along with new works from fellow company member Rodriguez and new to Arizona’s audience, Eric Rivera. I am particularly happy that Rivera is creating a piece for the company. “I have been a fan of his since his days as a principal dancer with Ballet Hispanico.” Marshalsay adds, “I have been inspired to create something to challenge and highlight the diversity of the dancers Convergence boasts. This creation will be fast-paced and very athletic, using classicism as its base of the movement as well as the musical inspiration.” Tickets for ELAN are on sale for $25 through PVCC’s Center for the Performing Arts box office, available online, by phone at 602.787.7738, or in person at 18401 North 32nd Street, Phoenix.

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Horses Help Provides Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies Many species can play a role in recreation and therapy for youth and adults working to break through physical, cognitive and emotional barriers. But horses can play a significant role in helping relax riders, stretch limbs, increase coordination and encourage interaction with another species and with people. The warmth and movement of the horse mimic the human gait, which assists in recovery or improved movement for the person. Horses Help, a PATH International Premier Accredited 501(c)(3) nonprofit, uses horses to service approximately 100 community participants a week. Participants interact with the horses at many different levels, from tacking and riding to grooming and leading. The organization’s work would not be possible without tremendous horses, a dedicated staff and a community of

volunteers and donors that has wholly embraced Horses Help’s mission, vision and values. Volunteers are vitally important to the daily functioning of the facility,

including feeding and care of horses, turning out of horses and preparing horses for and assisting with lessons. “We invite you to immerse yourself in the ‘Culture of Service,’ says Gregg Goodman, executive director. “Inspire people to stretch their boundaries and be remembered by how you make them feel. Participate in life!” A staff of certified instructors works to develop participants’ physical, cognitive and emotional abilities. Horses used in this program are typically retired show, trail or ranch horses that are quiet and good natured. Increasing physical abilities is one benefit, but more important is the ability to help emotionally troubled youth find a willing listener. A horse can create space between a frustrated, angry person and nuzzle that same person when he relaxes and trusts the horse. Horses Help is located at 2601 Rose Garden Lane in Phoenix. For additional information, call 602.569.6056 or visit www.horseshelp.org.

Escape To Tranquil Biltmore For Spa Specials Decompress at Spa Biltmore at Arizona Biltmore with seasonal therapies designed to rejuvenate. The Summer Tranquility Massage provides an overall sense of well-being and is priced at $99 for 50 minutes (regularly $145) or the Summer Boost Facial, which utilizes various masks to deliver nutrients that balance and hydrate the skin and is priced at $99 for 50 minutes (regularly $160). The award-winning Spa Biltmore is a calming destination that will invigorate the spirit and awaken the senses. Bring balance to mind, body and spirit through authentic, modern and traditional spa therapies and beauty treatments. The Spa is a tranquil haven where experienced spa and beauty therapists relax and rejuvenate guests with specialty massages, facials, stone therapies, scrubs and much more. Spa Biltmore features a sauna, steam room and whirlpool to offer an unforgettably indulgent experience. Call 602.381.7656 or visit www. arizonabiltmore.com/spa-biltmore for spa reservations and information.

Save The Date: Walk for Homeless Families & Youth UMOM New Day Centers will host its Ninth Annual Walk for Homeless Families and Youth Saturday, September 23. The family-friendly event will be held at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. All proceeds will support programs and services at UMOM New Day Centers, the largest provider for homeless youth, families and women in Arizona. The event, founded by the UMOM Women’s Auxiliary, will feature a 1K and 5K walk/run on the trails through the zoo. Free and family-friendly activities will take place between 6:30am and 9am including a kid’s zone, carousel rides, snacks and more. Fees range from $20–$35 and include admission to the zoo for the day. Visit www.umom.org to register and learn more about the walk and UMOM. Or, contact UMOM at 602.275.7852.


Masterpiece opens in August

healthy options such as a Greek yogurt parfait and natural lemonade, all served in a family-friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Tucked inside an all-new mixed shopping center at the northwest corner of 40th Street and Indian School Road, MD&C+ will feature a warm, inviting gallery space that showcases works from local artists as well as nearby schools such as Christ Lutheran and Arcadia High School. In addition, MD&C+ is dedicated to supporting worthy causes by hosting charitable fundraisers in support of local nonprofits. Masterpiece Donuts & Coffee+ opens August 7 at 3950 East Indian School Road. For additional information, call 602.633.1550.

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Masterpiece Donuts & Coffee+ (MD&C+) is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Sheri and Tom Schrader, who recently moved to the Valley from Kansas City, where they own and operate a nationwide home cleaning company with locations across the U.S. and Canada. However, the Schraders have long been passionate fans of the classic doughnut and coffee combo. “I’ve literally had doughnuts for breakfast every day for the past 30-plus years,” Tom says. “I stop and get one on the way to the office, and on weekends I stop and get two. So, over the decades Sheri and I have learned the best doughnut shops in 50 markets across North America.” But Tom says, it wasn’t until he first tried cookedand topped-to-order doughnuts that he decided to take the plunge and open his own gourmet doughnut and coffee shop. Now with Masterpiece Donuts & Coffee+, the Schraders have drawn upon their decades of business experience to craft a customerfriendly, fast-casual restaurant that’s both charming yet hyper-efficient. The shop serves up cooked-to-order cake doughnuts topped with a choice of premium icings, topping and drizzles, plus a full selection of world-class illy coffee beverages and more. Putting the “plus” in Masterpiece Donuts & Coffee+, are

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New Take On Morning Favorite

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PVSchools Launches Newly Redesigned Mobile App The latest news and information from schools in the Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVSchools) are now available on smartphones and mobile devices with a newly designed mobile app, which launched last month. PVSchools partnered with Blackboard to expand its communications outreach with a newly redesigned mobile app that is now available in the online iTunes

and Google Play app stores for free. The mobile app offers a constantly updated feed of district news and events with photos and links to the district’s website. The app can be customized by providing the user with the ability to select the school(s) the user is most interested in for news and updates. Users can also choose to receive District push notifications to get breaking news and updates about school closures,

calendar changes and more. “We are excited to offer our newly designed mobile app to provide our parents, student, staff and community members the most up to date news and information right in the palm of your hand,” says Dr. James P. Lee, superintendent. For additional information about PVSchools, call 602.449.2000 or visit www.pvschools.net.

Bruschetta

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Twisted Grove Coming To Phoenix In August

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Scheduled to open in August, Twisted Grove Parlor + Bar in Phoenix will be the latest addition to Valley-based Common Ground Culinary, a fastgrowing collection of neighborhood restaurants and bars owned by Christopher Collins, including Grassroots Kitchen & Tap in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Sweet Provisions in Scottsdale, Twisted Grove Parlor + Bar in Scottsdale and Wally’s American Gastropub in Scottsdale. Twisted Grove will bring a mix of craft cocktails and modern American cuisine to the northwest corner of Camelback Road and 32nd Street. To maintain Twisted Grove’s distinctively laid-back, Christopher Collins sip, snack and linger vibe, chef-owner Collins will make some big changes to the familiar space. First, the restaurant’s main entrance will be split into two distinct options: a front door that former visitors to the space will be familiar with, and now a back-door entrance complete with dedicated restaurant parking, and a valet (a first for the Biltmore Plaza Shopping Center). Second, the dining room will be overhauled and made more comfortable and communal. Oversized tufted booths and community tables will beckon, while the signature display kitchen will still serve as the focal point. Family artwork, a leave-one, take-one cookbook library, and other Twisted Grove staples will round out the experience. The new location will also feature the same compact yet comprehensive menu as the Scottsdale original, starting with perfect-for-sharing small plates such as creamy, rich housemade Burrata and Tomatoes, Twisted Oysters (quick broiled and topped with creamed spinach, tasso ham relish and shallot butter), and of course, the signature Charred Brussels sprouts with candied bacon. Not to mention a variety of hearty bruschetta boards, farm-fresh salads such as the top-selling Twisted Noodle, and bold sandwiches such as Crispy Grouper and the Classic French Dip piled high with shaved prime rib and topped with horseradish aioli. Go big with lunch or dinner entrées such as housemade pappardelle or cavatelli pastas, or skip straight to the dessert menu featuring Collins’ famed daily pies. Twisted Grove in Phoenix will also offer weekend brunch featuring a Bloody Mary Bar and Champagne Station, as well as a daily Twisted Hour (3-6pm), featuring $4 craft beers, $7 wines by the glass and craft cocktails for only $7 each. (Menu changes seasonally.) For additional information, visit www.twistedgrove.com.


Photo courtesy of Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Provides Monthly Networking Opportunities

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The Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce holds its Morning Meeting the second Thursday of each month, 7–8:15am, at the Hampton Inn in Anthem. This month’s meeting will be held August 10. Breakfast snacks, coffee and water are provided. Attendees will have ample opportunities to do some business networking — bring business cards. Members may distribute marketing collateral. There is no registration fee or RSVP required, and the meetings are open to members and guests. Hampton Inn is located at 42415 North 41st Drive. For more information, call 623.465.9500 or visit www.hamptoninn3.hilton. com and search for the Anthem location. Mix and mingle with local business owners and community leaders at the Anthem Area Chamber Business After Hours the fourth Thursday each month (excluding November and December), 5-7pm at various locations. This month’s meeting will be held August 24, and hosted by ProSkill Plumbing, Heating & Air, www.proskillservices.com. Network with other Chamber members and community leaders in a fun, social setting. Food and beverages available. To learn more about the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce, call 623.322.9127 or visit www.anthemareachamber.org.

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Theater Announces Its 2017-18 Season

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Fountain Hills Theater will kick off its 2017-18 season in September, and the organization has lined up a couple of fan favorites to get the season started right. On the Mainstage, Chicago brings “all that jazz” September 1–17. In razzle-dazzle, roaring twenties Chicago, Roxie Hart, married chorine, murders a faithless lover. Roxie and a sister murderess, Velma Kelly, are both headline hunters seeking to capitalize on pre-trial publicity for the sake of acquittal and stage careers. The story is told through a succession of vaudeville acts: Roxie’s pre-trial prison career, the trial itself in which she is defended by the slickest lawyer in town, and her acquittal and return to obscurity. (Adult themes and language.) Fountain Hills Youth Theater begins its season with the musical Seussical Jr. September 22–October 8. Favorite Dr. Seuss characters transport audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, when the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. Fountain Hills Theater is located at 11445 North Saguaro Boulevard. For additional information, call 480.837.9661or visit www.fhtaz.org.

Savor The Last Of Summer: We-Ko-Pa Staycation

Located only 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center is a lushly landscaped oasis offering spectacular views of Arizona’s Four Peaks and iconic Red Mountains alongside the free-flowing Verde River. And now through August 31, Valley residents and visitors alike can take advantage of the “Summer Staycation Package,” and fit in that last bit of summer magic. Summer Staycation Package (One Night) includes: • Deluxe king or queen guest room • Waived resort fee (Resort fee will be waived at checkout) • $25 food and beverage credit (valid at the Ahnala Mesquite Room, poolside or room service) • Twenty-five percent off regular priced spa treatments • $10 Casino free play, per stay

Summer Staycation Package (Two Nights) includes: • Deluxe king or queen guest room • Waived resort fee (Resort fee will be waived at checkout) • $75 food and beverage credit per stay (valid at the Ahnala Mesquite Room, poolside or room service) • Twenty-five percent off regular priced spa treatments • $10 Casino free play, per stay All packages are subject to availability and cannot be used with other offers or discounts. We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center is located at 10438 North Fort McDowell Road. For reservations or more information, call 480.789.5300 or visit www.wekoparesort.com.

August Events At The Library The Maricopa County Library District Fountain Hills Branch offers a number of programs and events this month that are geared for guests of all ages — from preschool on up. “Time for Preschoolers,” for children 3 to 5 years old, will be held Monday, August 14, 10-11am, in the Conference Room. Children are invited to join the fun on the first four Mondays of each month for age appropriate stories, activities, and crafts that focus on developing early literacy skills. This month’s theme is “Award Winning Books.” Also held August 14, “Mystery Reading Group” will take place 6:30-8pm. Those who enjoy reading “who-done-its,” whether they are courtroom thrillers or cozies, can join in the fun and discuss books with other mystery lovers and discover new authors. The group will be discussing Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr. “Code Club” will be held August 16, 3:30-5pm. The class invites participants to learn code by making apps, games and websites. No computer or coding experience needed. Absolute beginners are welcome. The Fountain Hills Branch Library is located at 12901 North La Montana Drive. For information, call 602.652.3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.


MAYOR PETERSON WRITES...

Marketing And Economic Development Go ‘Hand in Hand’

CUSD Class Of 2017 Receive Seal of Biliteracy

By Mayor Les Peterson

With an increased amount of interest in new business and development in the area, sometimes marketing is seen as Economic Development. Are they 480.488.3686 www.carefree.org one of the same? What are the differences and do they overlap? How important are they? Let’s start with marketing in the context of the Town of Carefree. Currently, Carefree’s primary marketing objectives include communications and incentives to help generate awareness of and create a brand that personifies the desert’s beauty, however offering a progressive town. Secondly, marketing attracts people to visit the downtown commercial area of Carefree who have never visited. Rarely is there an immediate or direct “payback” in destination marketing and it is understood to be a process that requires repetition. It can take years to develop a “brand” that is seen as unique to all the other cities and towns in the Valley. As the economic landscape changes, so will the marketing. Existing businesses play a part of the overall strategy of the town marketing when they advertise or host an event. Their personality and what they offer is seen as part of the brand, and can add to it with every experience a visitor receives. An example of the Town taking ownership of an event to help enhance the brand is that of the Pumpkin Festival. It perpetuates an artistic environment, and creative and a unique feel while offering a broad audience appeal. Carefree has been prudent to select an artist like Ray Villafane who is world renowned, the best in his field. He has a following across the globe. In less than two years, the Town has executed well received, signature events attracting 60,000 or more people to view his outstanding pumpkin carvings but also a platform to experience the beautiful Town. We have garnered exposure not only for the local community and region but also for potential new businesses looking to make the area their new home. Not bad for a town with a population of 3,700. For Carefree, success in economic development is establishing ourselves as a home for businesses that offer “unique” appealing experiences, products and services to enhance the quality of our resident’s life as well as attracting visitors from all over the world. Construction tax and sales tax are healthy and core funding that feeds the local economy and maintains the level of town services. Without new ideas, partnerships, growth, change and enhancement of the existing landscape the town will die. Marketing attracts people to the town and gives them a sense of what to expect when they arrive. Economic development delivers that experience through viable and memorable services and products. So, to answer the question: marketing and economic development go hand in hand and work together to provide a healthy economy that attracts people and dollars to the Town. Without either of them, the town will slowly deteriorate. Over time the marketing we are doing today will launch the perception and awareness of Carefree and help strengthen the adoption of new business. As the economic landscape changes in Carefree for the better, the marketing will change right along with it. MAYOR Town of Carefree

Congratulations to the following graduates who received the Arizona Seal of Biliteracy: Spanish: Ashland Campbell; Ariana Heiner; Alex Inchausti; Gregory Isho; Korie Kerr; Peter Magitbay; Shavonne Morin; Cassidy Nguyen; Dominic Rafie; Shannon Smith; and Madison Swaney French: Michael Marcin; Rebecca Meils; and Audrey Woods Cactus Shadows High School also congratulated the following graduates who received both the Arizona and CCUSD Seal of Biliteracy: Spanish: Helena Benedetto; Dylan Dorough, Gage Duncan; Rachel Dutcher; Griffin Gabler; Jordyn Hill; Riann Johnston; Black Lee; Ella Marencic; Taylor Martos; Kameron Moore; Natalie Nabaty; Kourtney O’Connor; Gabrielle Payne; Bridget Powers; Cody Radigan; Chantal Savoie; Abigail Steward; Nolan Stirling; Josee Teegardin; Levi Ulmer; Daniel Witkop and Jordan Wittman

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Cactus Shadows High School, located in the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD), announced that 34 graduates received the Arizona Seal of Biliteracy for Spanish and six graduates received the Arizona Seal of Biliteracy for French. Of those students, 23 (Spanish) and three (French) went on to reach CCUSD’s Seal of Biliteracy, which has more rigor than the state’s requirements. Cristina Ladas, CCUSD’s world language coordinator, has worked with the Arizona Department of Education to recognize students achieving high levels of proficiency in English and a world language. She noted that the CCUSD Seal of Biliteracy goes above and beyond what the State of Arizona requires. “CCUSD has been articulating PreK–12 grade world language and immersion programs for 15 years. As a result, students that easily met the state seal requirements needed a higher proficiency target,” said Ladas.

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French: Regan Anderson; Laila Elias; and Olivia Nicholls Dr. Steve Bebee, principal of Cactus Shadows High School said, “As the Cave Creek Unified School District and Cactus Shadows High School continue to lead the way for world languages and their benefits for students, our students continue to excel. Graduating from high school and being multilingual gives Cactus Shadows graduates a huge advantage over other high school graduates in college and the world beyond. As the bar continues to be raised for the levels of proficiency a high school student can achieve, I continue to be amazed by the outstanding students that we have here at Cactus Shadows.” CCUSD offers its students world languages, PreK-12, with Chinese, French and Spanish immersion schools. For additional information, visit www.ccusd93.org or call 480.575.2000.

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SOUL CONNECTION Liva — A Norwegian Name By Allen Nohre

When our first child was born, her mother, Sandra, and I were excited to give her the name, Liva. We worried a bit about how she might feel about an unusual name. We took the chance of giving her the old family name, sometimes spelled Liva and other times as Liv. The name in Norwegian means “life,” and connects our daughter to her Norwegian ancestry. ALLEN NOHRE Before Liva was born, her mother and I were fans of the beautiful Norwegian actress, Liv Uhlman. She was an awardWriter winning actress in the 1960s and 70s for her roles in films by the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, including Persona and Scenes from a Marriage. We thought it was pretty neat to give our daughter a name connected to our family roots, and also shared by a well-known contemporary Norwegian actress. My great-grandfather, Timan Burtness, was born in Hallingdal, Norway in 1847. He immigrated to the United States and with his wife Barbara homesteaded a farm alongside the small Mustinka River near Elbow Lake, Minnesota. When a daughter was born in 1873, they named her Liva. Tragically, when she was 3 years old she drowned in the river that flowed near their house. When a second daughter was born, Timan and Barbara followed the custom of the time and also named her Liva. The second Liva was my grandmother, the one who knit mittens every Christmas for her 19 grandchildren and lived to be 84. I am pleased and relieved that Liva likes her name. She said she values its connection to her family’s history and Norwegian roots. She especially appreciated it when her graduation present from high school was a couple of weeks in Norway. That was 32 years ago. Allen Nohre lives in Carefree with his wife, Kathie. He is a writer at Terros and can be reached at anohre@cox.net.


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Lone Mountain Partners With Science Center And Kiwanis Pictured L–R: Dr. Rob Robertson, vice president of Leadership and Learning at Arizona Science Center, and Rob Miller, principal of Lone Mountain Elementary School.

DFT Cabaret Series Continues In August Desert Foothills Theater’s (DFT) popular cabaret series has moved to the Foothills Community Foundation Holland Cabaret Theater. This season offers excellent cabaret performances, and lowered ticket price, which also includes appetizers. A cash bar will be open at each event. What She Wrote, with Brenda Jean Foley, Scott Sowinski and James May, will be performed Sunday, August 13. Popular music, and especially musical theatre, may seem a male-dominated art form, but over the years, some of the most powerful melodic and lyric memories have come from female composers and lyricists. Join DFT for a musical journey from the Tin Pan Alley standards (“The Way You Look Tonight,” “Hey, Look Me Over”) through the Golden Age of Broadway (“The Party’s Over,” “Shy,” “Some Other Time”) up to contemporary pop (“True Colors,” “I Will Remember You”) and musical theatre (“How Could I Ever Know,” “New Music,” “You Matter to Me”), celebrating the contributions women have made and continue to make to the “Great American Songbook.” Appetizers begin at 6:30pm; show starts at 7:15pm. Tickets cost $36. For information, visit www.dftheater.org/cabaret-series.

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On July 10, Lone Mountain Elementary School, in the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD), agreed to launch a three-year partnership with the Arizona Science Center. The partnership will include family science nights, assemblies, in-classroom events (K-6), professional development and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) implementation coaching sessions for teachers. The partnership was made possible by the generous donations of Kiwanis of Carefree. Lone Mountain’s STEM program is one-of-a-kind. Lone Mountain has a full-time STEM teacher who loves robotics and Lego engineering. To learn more about Lone Mountain’s STEM education and enrolling a child, call 480.437.3000 or visit www.ccusd93.org and click on “Lone Mountain Elementary School.”

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Chill Out With Summer Specials At Venues

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

As the Valley heads into the “dog days of summer,” Venues Café is offering up some lighter, seasonal menu items that are sure to hit the spot. The Mexican Shrimp Cocktail is cool and refreshing, served in a gazpacho like sauce with fresh avocado and lots of shrimp, tortilla chips and crackers — the perfect thing for a hot summer night — and Bang Bang Shrimp includes shrimp, black bean coleslaw and special sauce. Other summer menu items include Tuna Tartare and a Charcuterie Plate, as well as specials such as Seared Ahi Tuna with an avocado and pineapple salad, broccolini and a choice of starch. Top off the evening with drink specials, or step out of the heat early for summer happy hour, which starts at 2pm; drinks are discounted all night long. Happy hour food specials take place from 2–6pm every night, with all happy hour food $10 or less. Venues Café is located at 34 Easy Street, Carefree. For more information, call 480.595.9909 or visit www. venuescafe.com. Tuna Tartare

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The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Cave Creek-Carefree is set for October 14, from 6pm–2am, and event partner Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center will be part of the action at Black Mountain Elementary School. The physical address of the school is 33606 North 60th Street, Scottsdale. Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center participants will meet at the track and walk it through the night. To serve as a relay team member, enter online at www.foothillsfoodbank.com. To make a donation, visit the Foothills Food Bank website and click on the “Cave Creek Relay for Life” link, or send a check to the American Cancer Society in the name of the Foothills Food Bank. For details, visit www.cavecreekrelay.org or www.facebook.com/rflcavecreek.

Save The Date: Senior Health & Wellness Expo The Foothills Caring Corps will host a Senior Health & Wellness Expo Wednesday, October 18, 10am–2pm. The event will be held at Desert Foothills YMCA. The expo offers the community the opportunity to connect with local support groups and learn about education programs. The goal is that participants will leave the event with new information and skills for better living. • Connect with vendors: Mindfulness in daily living; Memory loss/care; Safety • Interactive events: Tai Chi; Yoga; Silver Sneakers; Fall risk assessment

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• Demonstrations: Fall injury prevention and recovery; Home safety In addition to the vendors, events and demonstrations, the keynote speaker for the event will be Lin Sue Cooney, director of community engagement at Hospice of the Valley. Local experts specializing in important health and wellness topics affecting seniors will also be on hand. Desert Foothills YMCA is located at 34250 North 60th Street in North Scottsdale. For additional event information, contact the Foothills Caring Corps at 480.488.1105 or visit www.foothillscaringcorps.com.


“Established in Carefree Since 1968”

Ribbon Cutting Held At Fearless Art Works Members of the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce were present Thursday, June 22, to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony for Fearless Art Works. Fearless Art Works is an art gallery and a space for good works of all kinds and community connecting. Art openings are held on the second and fourth Friday, 6-9pm, and poetry slam events are held the first Saturday of each month, 7-9pm. Book reading events featuring mostly local authors are held the second and fourth Friday, 1-3pm. For information, visit www.fearlessartworks.com or call 480.595.0501.

Save The Dates: August Chamber Events

6421 E. GLORIA LANE, CAVE CREEK Separate living areas for an active family on a walled acre with horse privileges, storage buildings, and sparkling pool. Two BR, bath, den loft and flex room upstairs. Master BR and bath, large kitchen with ample counter space, formal dining and large living room with vaulted ceiling, downstairs. Two-car garage and attached 3-car carport. No HOA. MLS#5542733 REDUCED $455,000

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

1.36 ACRE LOT – CAREFREE ROLLING HILLS A rare opportunity to own and build on this exceptional lot which includes a tennis court. Ample room to build your dream home, affording exquisiteviews to surrounding mountains and peaceful surroundings. Easy build in deed restricted community. Grading and drainage plans included with the lot. MLS#5445230 REDUCED $168,000

EXCLUSIVE TONTO HILLS LOTS LOT 85, Yucca Lane. Spacious 1.9 acre lot on quiet cul-de-sac location with water, electricity and phone at the street. Up to 4 horses allowed. Priceless views! MLS#557537 $135,000 LOT 149, Deer Trail Road. Fabulous, high, 1.81 acre view lot with water, electric, and phone. Striking homes on all sides, boulder strewn arroyo adds instant landscape character. MLS#5317571 REDUCED $139,000

CAREFREE CROSSINGS 2 Superb 1 acre building lot in area of million dollar homes. Walking distance to Carefree shops and restaurants, yet private and gated. Black Mountain views could be out the windows of your custom home. MLS#5445335 REDUCED $168,000

5047 E. RANCHO TIERRA DRIVE, CAVE CREEK, AZ 85331

Uniquely designed custom home in one of the Foothills’ finest subdivisions. Over-sized 1.5 acre lot with room for two horses, a pool or just enjoy the natural desert space. Master suite with wood burning fireplace, huge covered outside balcony, walk-in closet, and large double sink vanity area on second level. Two bedrooms, full bath, bright eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, family room with gas fireplace, and formal living room with vaulted ceilings on the ground floor. Large basement is 75% complete, ducted for heat and cooling with 3/4 bath for any number of uses. MLS#5578109 $499,000

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9214 E SUNRISE CIRCLE, LOT #29. A generous 1.27 acres of exquisite views to surrounding mountains. On a private cul-de-sac, easy to build property. All utilities available. An excellent investment in Carefree. MLS#5154302 REDUCED $168,500 BEAUTIFUL 1.13 ACRE, EASY BUILD LOT, views in all directions to Desert Mountain, Continental Mountain, Black Mountain, Elephant Butte. Established luxury subdivision of Carefree Rolling Hills. This is the property for your Carefree classic residence. First time offered in many years. MLS#5630670 $180,000

CAREFREE COMMERCIAL FOR LEASE ANOTHER NEW Classic, Modern Landmark Office Building Now for Lease. Corner of Elbow Bend & Nonchalant. 7405 Nonchalant, 2,500 sq.ft. New building. Seven Luxury Office Suites, 234-410 sq.ft. Can be combined. Turnkey ready. Tile and carpeting throughout. Private baths. Individual heating and cooling. A home office away from home. Modified gross lease available. CAREFREE GALLERIA 3755 Hum Road. 3 suites available, ground floor 710, 710, and 1,128 sq.ft. Excellent exposure for retail. Private baths. Individual heating and cooling. Modified gross lease available. Two 2nd floor offices, elevator access. 710 and 720 sq.ft. Private baths, individual heating and cooling. Excellent views. CAREFREE CORNERS 7509 Cave Creek Road. Corner of Elbow Bend & Cave Creek Road. 2 suites available, 3,165 sq.ft. each. Multi-use building with roll up rear doors for assemblage, work area, 13 ft to graduating 18 ft ceiling. Front for showplace displays and office. Modified gross lease available. Excellent exposure. 22 EASY ST 2 story plus basement building, 5,535 sq.ft. Excellent exposure. Ideal furniture, galleries, upscale retail, etc. Lease back available to qualified buyer. Offered for $839,000.

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The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce invites area business owners and residents to mix and mingle at its monthly mixer event. The next Chamber Mixer will be held Wednesday, August 9, 5:30–7pm. The cost to attend is $5 for members and $15 for non-members (non-members may attend twice before joining). The mixer will be held at Keystone Homes at Eastwood, 8601 East Cave Creek Road, Carefree. To learn more about Keystone Homes at Eastwood, call 480.422.0655 or visit www.keystonehomesaz.com. The Chamber will hold its monthly Business Breakfast Thursday, August 31, from 8–9:30am, at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek (www.haroldscorral.com). Join Chamber members for an informational monthly business breakfast presentation and early morning networking. The cost to attend is $7 for members and $15 for non-members. To learn more about the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, call 480.488.3381 or visit www.carefreecavecreek.org.

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PALM DESERT REALTY

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The office is staffed with qualified professionals at all times. Associate Brokers Mike Ragains • Tara Laman Broker/Realtor Harry S. Vardakis

(480) 488-3099

30 Easy Street • PO Box 921, Carefree, AZ 85377 • (480) 488-5483 fax

Visit our website at www.palmdesertrealty.com

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Local Artists To Unveil New Work At Venues This Month In August, Steve Stento will unveil two new paintings at Venue’s Café along with special guest artist, Lance Headlee, who will also unveil two new paintings. The unveiling event will be held Friday, August 4, during happy hour from 6-9pm; the unveiling takes place at 7pm. Music will be provided by Bryne Donaldson, Lawrence Ross and the amazing soulful sounds of Flavour. Venue’s Café is located at 34 Easy Street in Carefree. For reservations or more information about Venue’s Café, call 480.595.9909. To learn more about the artists, visit www.stevestento.com or www.lanceheadlee.com. NOTE: Image shown is not the painting being unveiled August 4. < Lance Headlee, “Locked & Loaded” 48” x 48” Original acrylic on canvas

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Save The Date For Art in pARTnership III

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The Art in pARTnership III Fine Art Exhibit and Sale promises to be even better than last year. Once again, this eclectic collection of fine art, created from an array of media will be hosted by the Holland Gallery of Fine Art in Scottsdale. Residents are invited to attend and enjoy artwork by some of Arizona’s finest artists. The show runs September 30–October 26, with an artist reception to be held Saturday, October 14, 4:30–6:30pm. 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. Visit the organization’s website for more information. Holland Gallery of Fine Art is located at 34250 North 60th Street, Bldg B, Scottsdale. For information, call 602.870.7610 or visit www.azartalliance.com.

Fall Programming At Holland Foothills Community Foundation Holland Community Center is offering interesting and engaging programming in the coming months, and there is no time like the present to get a jump on registration for fall classes. Coming in September, Cynthia Kiefer presents “Write Your Family Members or Ancestors to Life.” Those who may have genealogical biographical information, pictures, letters and old newspaper clippings and other assorted memorabilia featuring an interesting ancestor or family member, are invited to turn the information into an interesting biographical profile. In this active workshop session, come with a person in mind to write about and learn strategies to bring him or her to life. Bring a notebook, tablet or laptop to the session and the workshop leader will bring the exercises and strategies to help participants write an engaging family biography piece. Kiefer is a teaching veteran with more than 20 years’ expertise in teaching writing, literature and research to students of all ages. She is currently writing a historical fiction novel. Not surprisingly, this novel concept began with a long-gone family member. The class will be held Saturday, September 16, 9am–12pm. The cost to register is $38. For those who are looking for a fun fitness class, “Beginning Belly Dancing for Fitness” runs September 20–October 4. The four-week class is suitable for all ages and stages of fitness. Low-impact and gentle on the joints, belly dancing strengthens the core, lower body, (even arms) and improves cardio fitness. The multi-faceted instructor, Susan Falcon-Hargraves, aka Shoshanna Qamar, is an artist, actress and dancer with a background in contemporary dance technique, ballet and international folk dance. Her unique experience in multiple art disciplines informs her work in Middle Eastern dance with a combination of passion, color, theatricality and the pure joy of movement. Music and coin hip scarves will be provided. Classes run 10–11am. The cost is $60. Foothills Community Foundation Holland Community Center is located at 34250 North 60th Street, Building B, in Scottsdale. For additional information, call 480.488.1090 or visit www.azfcf.org.


MAYOR BUNCH WRITES… By Mayor Ernie Bunch

Welcome to August. Heat, humidity, monsoon storms and still lighter traffic. Who says we don’t have seasons in the desert? It’s just a little different here. August is a great time to enjoy our restaurants and any other attractions with lighter crowds. Cave Creek is still alive and well, although things are still a little slower. If you are a fan of live music, check out the Cave MAYOR Town of Cave Creek Creek Music Facebook page. It will keep you up to date on who is playing where. Some of the best music I have ever heard is 480.488.1400 www.cavecreek.org by those folks who haven’t “made it.” They’re hungry and write and perform because of their love of the art. This is what you can catch on the local scene. They’ll do covers for you, but you just might get a dirty look for requesting “Sweet Caroline,” “Margaritaville” and a few others that are always requested! Rancho Mañana Golf course is still running summer specials, and it’s a great target type course. Remember it’s still a few degrees cooler in Cave Creek, so come on up and see us.

Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) is proud to announce that Cactus Shadows High School has received a grant award for its Health and Wellness Program from the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family. Thirty-one Arizona schools across six counties received this funding from the program that aims to prevent drug and alcohol abuse and increase well-being. The Governor’s press release noted that, “The dollars provided through the High School Health and Wellness program will enable school administrators to engage in proactive measures to prevent drug and alcohol abuse and increase the well-being of Arizona’s youth.” It went on to say: Many evidence-based prevention programs taking place in schools have been shown to develop more positive school climates and student teacher relationships thereby increasing school attendance and academic performance. The Arizona High School Health and Wellness Program has been built on the understanding that school attachment and student participation in positive school activities, such as substance abuse prevention programs, help protect children against risky behavior and reduce the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. CCUSD thanked Gina Durbin (pictured above), director of Education and Community Services for writing the grant. Debbi C. Burdick, superintendent of CCUSD said, “We are very excited to have been an awardee of this grant to further expand our prevention programs at Cactus Shadows High School and support our students against substance abuse and risky behaviors. The Arizona High School Health and Wellness Program will support engagement and positive school interactions between students and staff, as well as peer to peer relationships. We are grateful to the Governor’s Office for supporting youth prevention programming in Arizona and want to thank Ms. Gina Durbin for her continuing efforts to do the same.” Learn more at www.ccusd93.org.

o honor World Hunger Day, the Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch & Art Auction 2017 will be held Friday, October 20, at Harold’s Corral in Cave Creek, from 11am–1pm. According to Pam DiPietro, executive director of Foothills Food Bank, this year the organization is adding a new feature to its annual Empty Bowls event. The auction will be on the food bank’s website, www.foothillsfoodbank. com, which gives people the opportunity to bid on 60 fine art and craft items donated by renowned local artists. “We are excited to offer this auction online so people who support this worthy cause can spend the quality time they need to research the bid items,” says DiPietro. “This has always been an amazing event with a great turnout, but this year we will take Empty Bowls to a new level with the online auction.” Carole Perry, who created the festival in the northern desert foothills more than 17 years ago, says online bidding will begin September 20 and be available to bidders throughout the celebration. Perry says 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center, and will support its ongoing effort to provide emergency food and services to area families in need of assistance. Lunch will be served in handmade ceramic or glass bowls. Individuals are encouraged to donate $15 to the cause and select their own unique bowl made by Arizona artists, and keep it as a lasting reminder of world hunger. The Foothills Empty Bowls & Art Auction 2017 is sponsored by the Sonoran Arts League, Harold’s Corral, Marjon Ceramics and Laguna Clay. Other donors are Saguaro and Cactus Shadows High School students, Paradise Valley Community College ceramics students and local potters and artists who make and donate the bowls and auction items. Harold’s Corral is located at 6895 East Cave Creek Road. For additional event information, call 480.488.6070.

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Explore The Vibrant Habitat Of Spur Cross A male Ornate Tree Lizard shows his colors in a territorial display along Cave Creek. Photo courtesy of Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.

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After the July storms, the desert is full of vibrant life and 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 August:

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Aug. 4: Life Along the Creek; 7–10am Join Ranger Kevin for a look at the plants and animals that live in the riparian area along a perennial stretch of Cave Creek. The hike winds through the Jewel of the Creek Preserve and along the lower Dragonfly Trail for a distance of approximately 1.5 miles; (moderate).

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Aug. 5: Moonlight Hike through Spur Cross; 7:30–9:30pm The conservation area is a different experience when seen softly illuminated by the silver moon. While the group will attempt to minimize the use of flashlights, bring one just in case; (easy). Aug. 11: Exploring Spur Cross; 7–9am Enjoy a two-hour introductory exploration of the conservation area — from its Hohokam prehistory and historic gold mining to the romantic days when Spur Cross meant vacation from a saddle; (easy). Aug. 12: Hohokam Houses-the Ruins of Spur Cross; 7–10am This 2.5-mile hike will introduce participants to the rich archaeological history of the area. See evidence of prehistoric Hohokam dwellings and learn about their culture, and trek up to one of their mesa-top compounds; (moderate). Aug. 18: 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, discuss desert washes and

mesas and how the ecosystems differ. Long pants and sturdy shoes are recommended. No dogs on this hike; (moderate). Aug. 19: Flashlight and Blacklight Tour; 8–10pm Explore Spur Cross in the darkness; along the way, watch for creatures of the night. All ages will enjoy this casual one-hour, one-mile walk. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water and a flashlight. Blacklights are also helpful. No pets; (easy). Aug. 25: Dragonfly Trail Exploration Hike; 7–10am Join park ranger Kevin Smith on this exploration of the Dragonfly Trail. On this moderate 3.5-mile hike, visit a prehistoric rock art site and also stroll along a beautiful section of riparian habitat on Cave Creek. Bring plenty of water; (moderate). Aug. 26: 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; (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.


The newly established Carefree and Cave Creek Italian-American Social Club held its first meeting July 20. The club will meet every third Thursday of the month 6:30–9:30pm, at Carrado’s Cucina Italiana restaurant located at 100 Easy Street, Suite 2, in Carefree. The objective of the Club is to develop fellowship through social and cultural activities among its members; to further the aims, objectives and interests of Italian Americans, and encourage knowledge of the language, art, culture and history of Italy, and to foster an understanding of that cultural heritage. Membership is open to all who have a love of Italy and all things Italian. Annual club membership is $25. The next meeting is scheduled for August 17. For additional information, contact Michael Farrar (president) at mikefarrar1@ hotmail.com, call 480.231.0767 or find the club on Facebook.

WILD WEST DAYS 2017

Wild West Days Cave Creek, one of Arizona’s largest western celebrations, and a Town of Cave Creek (www.cavecreek.org) signature event, will celebrate its 15th year by welcoming more than 10,000 people to the heart of one of America’s most authentic western towns. Managed by the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association (www.cavecreekmerchants. com), Wild West Days 2017 will take place November 1–5 throughout the town. Visit www.wildwestdayscavecreek.com for updated information.

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Find Inspiration & Entertainment At The Library Desert Foothills Library offers events throughout the summer months (mostly free) for residents. Escape the heat and be entertained or learn something new this month at the library. The Desert Foothills Independent Film Festival runs through August 25 with films each Friday from 10:30am-12:30pm (approximately). Enjoy exceptional selections from film festivals around the world — free popcorn and soft drinks are provided. No registration is required. This month’s films include: • Aug. 4: Free Men — Director Ismael Ferroukhi. 99 minutes. WWII Algerian emigrant joins the French resistance due to a friendship with a Jewish man. French subtitles. Drama, Romance, War (2011)

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• Aug. 11: Searching for Sugar Man — Director Malik Bendjelloul. 121 min. Search for 70s music icon Sixto Rodriquez. Documentary, Music (2012)

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• Aug. 18: Coming Home — Director Yimou Zhang. 109 min. Cultural revolution, political prisoner comes home to wife who doesn’t recognize him. Mandarin subtitles. Drama (2014) • Aug. 25: Waking Ned Devine — Director Kirk Jones. 91 min. When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money. Comedy (1998)

Researching genealogy is exciting, challenging and a great puzzle to solve. There are magazines, websites and writing groups, which are all avenues to do research. Join educator Victoria Withers for “Genealogy: A Lasting Legacy” Tuesday, August 8, 11am12pm. The informative history talk will share the tools needed for the genealogy journey. Call to register. Prepare to engage in a deeply connective generative process for two or more people at “Creative Writing: Collaboration Workshop,” to be held Saturday, August 19, 10:30am-12pm. Through their book, The Ordinary Glow of Life, authors Jonathan Brechner and Kristina Hakanson amaze and inspire with collaborative poems. Call to register. Other events and classes that take place on a regular basis include Craft N Chat (fourth Mondays), Mahjong Club (every Tuesday), Conversational Spanish (every Wednesday), Gentle Yoga (every Sunday) and many more. Find details on the library website. Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. For more information, call 480.488.2286 or visit www. desertfoothillslibrary.org.

Area Entrepreneur Recognized For Outstanding Customer Service As a business leader and involved citizen in the Cave Creek area, Allstate exclusive agency owner Rebecca Niessink has been designated as an Allstate Premier Agency for 2017. “The Premier Agency designation is not only about Rebecca’s successful business results,” said Brent Wise, regional sales leader for Allstate. “The honor also demonstrates her commitment to providing top-notch service to exceed customers’ expectations every day.” The Allstate Premier Agency designation is given to 26 percent of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country. The Premier Agency designation is awarded to Allstate agency owners who have demonstrated excellence in delivering an accessible, knowledgeable and personal customer experience while achieving outstanding business results. The agency is located at 29834 North Cave Creek Road, Suite 132, in Cave Creek and can be reached at 480.419.6071 or http://bit.ly/2stTDvD.


The Kiwanis Club of Carefree, a nonprofit organization, is seeking volunteer assistance for the Kiwanis Marketplace Thrift Store, 6535 East Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek. With nearly three years of operation, the Kiwanis Marketplace is in need of additional volunteer staff to help run the retail establishment. Proceeds support Kiwanis Club of Carefree scholarships and other programs for children of the North Valley. “When our part-time residents head back to their summer homes, our volunteer force greatly depletes while our sales continue to increase. Summer is a perfect time to get to know our organization and become involved with the Marketplace. We welcome volunteers in all areas,” says Craig Lemke, general manager. Flexible scheduling is available. Volunteers are asked to contribute three- to four-hour shifts each week or every other week with flexible scheduling. Talents will be used in various areas such as: • Sales floor customer assistance

The valuable volunteer assistance allows the Kiwanis Club of Carefree Benefit Foundation to continue its mission to help children recognize and develop their potential. The Kiwanis Marketplace is open from 9am–1pm Wednesday through Saturday. Interested parties can apply at the store or call Lemke at 480.488.7169. Ranked one of the top 10 largest Kiwanis clubs in the world, the Carefree organization has nearly 200 members. For information, visit www. kiwaniscarefree.org or call 480.488.8400.

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• Greeter • Cashier and assistant cashier • Book, CD, and DVD sorting and pricing • Pricing and stocking of household goods • Jewelry sales and pricing • Linens processing • Electrical shop and hardware processing • Donation unloading, sorting and delivery • Scheduling of customer pick ups

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COMMUNITY VOICES Good Design Is Comfortable Design BARBARA KAPLAN Scottsdale Interior Designer

The single most important characteristic people tell me they want in their home is comfort, and I believe you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for the look you want. Good design comforts — but everyone has a different definition of what comfort means to them. What is warm and comfortable for you, may be very different from your neighbor’s home. Some people choose a traditional style because they think it looks more comfortable and feels more inviting. This could be because of the softer, rounded lines of these styles and the warm texture of woods and soft fabrics. I’ve found that contemporary furniture can be comfortable, even though the materials may be hard and sleek and the fabrics plain and smooth. You just have to be willing to take the time to look for the pieces that suit your space visually as well as give you the physical comfort you need. Some rooms require more comfort than others. A bedroom, which is meant for tranquility, especially requires a feel of comfort. A family room, where you relax and have casual entertainment, is different from a living room, where you tend to be more formal and sit up straight in a chair, which is more conducive to lively conversation. Using heavier upholstery weight fabrics will feel softer and look more inviting on seating that you will feel under your legs and hands. Draperies can add to this feeling by using the heavier fabric there too, instead of lighter drapery fabrics, and give the design element of surprise. Either weight can add warmth by making the draperies fuller and long enough to puddle on the floor. This also adds warmth to the walls and floor, and changes the ambiance of the room.

Career Concepts For Youth (CCY) will hold its 24th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament Friday, September 15, at Camelback Golf Club. Proceeds from the event will benefit the CCY “Stay in School and Achieve” program. “CCY empowers middle school youth with the tools of academic effort and career awareness to be productive citizens in society today and tomorrow,” says Mario Bayne, CCY founder and president. Established in 1991, CCY is an independent nonprofit partnership in Phoenix between business, industry and civic leaders that encourages young students to stay in school by demonstrating how education can lead to fulfilling careers and lives. By associating education with jobs that provide excitement, mobility, advancement and public good, school attendance and discipline become more relevant to the student. Tournament registration costs are $800 (corporate foursome; includes tee sign), $700 (foursome), $200 (individual). Tee sign sponsorships are available for $150. The deadline to register for the tournament is Friday, September 8. Camelback Golf Club is located at 7847 North Mockingbird Lane in Scottsdale. For additional information or to register for the tournament, call 602.852.3936 or visit www.careerconceptsforyouth.org.

D-backs Add Urban Garden To Chase Field

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have added D-backs Greens, a vertical urban garden, sponsored by UnitedHealthcare, at Chase Field to provide sustainability and educational opportunities throughout the remainder of the season. D-backs Greens is located on the northwest wall of the stadium, just outside the main gates and will be visible to all fans for the remainder of the season. D-backs Greens will contain nearly 200 assorted herbs, including sweet basil, chives, garlic chives, lavender, oregano, rosemary and more that will change seasonally. The garden was designed and created by a local company, Flower Street Urban Gardens, and features 180 square feet of vertically-hanging planting space. With the support of UnitedHealthcare, the D-backs will use D-backs Greens as an educational tool to teach fans about sustainability efforts and encourage healthy eating. As part of the D-backs’ sustainability efforts, the team will utilize compost produced in part from organic material collected from ballpark kitchens to enrich and enhance the soil in the garden. The D-backs have also partnered with Coors Light to install a D-backs-logoed sculpture in the rotunda that will be filled with more than 1,000 Coors Light beer cans collected after D-backs games throughout the

second half of the season to illustrate their combined recycling efforts. Throughout the first half of the season, the D-backs have made significant strides in the team’s sustainability efforts and already this season have diverted more than 18 tons of organic material from the waste stream through a new organics collection program. Through 48 home games this season, the D-backs and Levy Restaurants have also donated more than six tons of unused concessions food to Church on the Street, which equates to roughly 10,000 individual meals that help people in need in the Phoenix community. The D-backs continue to make sustainability a priority, and over the years have incorporated many changes to positively affect environmental change. To learn more, visit www.dbacks.com/green.

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North Valley Symphony Orchestra (NVSO) announced the addition of a third orchestra in its youth programs, NVYS (Youth Strings). Orchestra placement is not based on age or grade, but is instead by the skill level of each individual student. The beginner level group (Symphonettes) does not require auditions. Auditions for the intermediate and advanced level groups include scales, solo and prepared excerpts. As students progress in their musical training, they are encouraged to audition for more advanced groups within the NVSO organization. Auditions for NVYS and NVYO will be held August 19–20. For specific audition requirements, visit the organization’s website and select the appropriate orchestra under the “Join Us” menu. Students in all orchestras are required to be members of their school orchestra program, or take private lessons if their school does not have an orchestra program. NVSO youth ensembles meet Mondays from 5–6:30pm at North Canyon High School. Rehearsals for the 2017-18 season will begin August 21. NVS (Symphonettes) is directed by Caitlin Corbett, and only requires students have one year of instruction before joining. Contact Corbett at caitlinc@ northvalleysymphony.org. NVYS (Youth Strings) is directed by Orlando Moss, and is an intermediate level orchestra, which helps students advance their musical training. Contact Moss at orlandom@northvalleysymphony.org. NVYO (Youth Orchestra) is directed by Josh Lynch, and is an audition-only orchestra that challenges advanced students and plays multiple concerts and recruiting events each school year. Contact Lynch at joshl@northvalleysymphony.org. For information, call 623.980.4628 or visit www.northvalleysymphony.org.

We hope you spent your summer vacation time making wonderful memories with family and friends. While you were away, the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) prepared to welcome more than 24,000 pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students to the 2017–18 school year, which we did August 7. Dr. A. Denise Birdwell What’s been happening in SUSD since school let out in May? Projects developed Superintendent, Scottsdale Unified School District as a result of last year’s bond override began in earnest during the summer. New football fields are nearing completion at Chaparral, Coronado and Saguaro high schools. New traffic patterns and a new parking lot are in place at Cheyenne Traditional School, and work is underway on Cheyenne’s new science lab building and gymnasium. Final design work is taking place for the new Hopi Elementary School, and design work on new schools for Hohokam and Pima continues with their communities. Turning to technology, SUSD teachers started the new school year with new laptop computers, made possible by last year’s capital override. We continue to appreciate voters’ confidence in SUSD! A new, more user-friendly school district website has launched, which you can find at www.susd.org. Also, schools have completed their transition to the Peachjar digital flyer distribution system to post significant school and community information, a much more environmentally friendly way of communicating with parents. There is a link to each school’s Peachjar site on its web home page. The excitement is palpable in each of our learning communities as we undertake this new school year. The bar has been set high: • In 2017, 1,913 students graduated from our five high schools • Three SUSD seniors received Flinn Foundation Scholarships • Eighteen SUSD seniors received National Merit Scholarships; 63 more were named Commended students • The Class of 2017 was awarded $69.8 million in post-secondary educational opportunities • Eighty-seven SUSD teachers have achieved National Board Certification • Students continued to make steady gains on the state AzMERIT test • The Arizona Educational Foundation renewed the A+ status of Tavan and Cherokee Elementary schools, for a total of nine A+ SUSD schools We look forward to the challenge of 2017–18! To contact Dr. Birdwell, call 480.484.6120. For more information on the Scottsdale Unified School District, visit www.susd.org.

Scottsdale Soccer Wins NPL Championship In July, the Scottsdale Soccer Blackhawks Zelin ‘04 Boys team won the US Club Soccer National Premier League (NPL) championship, which took place in Westfield, Indiana, and culminated in mid-July after five days of action. One of the most prestigious soccer championships in the country, the NPL Finals featured more than 4,000 players from 160 teams across 30 states. The Blackhawks, based in Scottsdale, beat Chicago Inferno Elite 2-1 in the final to win the title. Throughout the competition, the club scored an astounding 21 goals, conceding only two. The NPC finals is the culminating event of a yearlong, league-based competition among qualifiers from 21 regional leagues. For additional information, visit www.scottsdalesoccer. com or www.usclubsoccer.org.


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Musical Icon: Elvis Musical Instrument Museum

Photo: Shari Corbett Photography

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Aug. 13

Diana Krall

Steve Martin & Martin Short

Phoenix Symphony Hall www.phoenixsymphony.org; 602.495.1999

Comerica Theatre www.livenation.com

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Peter Cincotti Musical Instrument Museum

Aug. 13

10th Annual Dancing for one-n-ten Celebrity Ballroom Championship

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Tempe Center for the Arts www.tempe.gov; 480.350.2822

Inspiracion Flamenca

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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Virginia G. Piper Theater

Chase Field

Biomimicry: Date Night

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Houston Astros

Saturday Night Fever Arizona Broadway Theatre www.azbroadway.org; 623.776.8400

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Tempe Center for the Arts

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Asleep at the Wheel Musical Instrument Museum

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Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx Mesa Arts Center www.mesaartscenter.com; 480.644.6500

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Aug. 4

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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Virginia G. Piper Theater www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or 480.499.8587

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Virginia G. Piper Theater

Whiskey Kiss

Kabarett

Musical Instrument Museum

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Sam Hunt: 15 In A 30 Tour

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Ak-Chin Pavilion www.livenation.com

Aug. 4

Neil Diamond: The 50 Year Anniversary World Tour

Aug. 20

Opera & Gelato Film Fest: Aida

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Arizona Opera Center Black Box www.azopera.org; 602.266.7464

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Chuck Hall

John Mayer

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Talking Stick Resort Arena www.livenation.com

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Odd Man Out

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Ed Sheeran Gila River Arena www.edsheeran.com/ live.htm

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Mokoomba Musical Instrument Museum www.mim.org; 480.478.6000

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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Stage 2

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Aug. 17

Herbie Hancock Mesa Arts Center

Aug. 17

Monty Alexander

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs

Musical Instrument Museum

Chase Field

West Side Story

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Shrek the Musical Valley Youth Theatre at Herberger Theatre Center www.herbergertheater.org; 602.252.8497

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Phoenix Mercury vs. Seattle Storm Talking Stick Resort Arena www.phoenixmercury.com

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Aug. 17–20 Scottsdale Musical Theater Company at Tempe Center for the Arts www.scottsdalemusicaltheater.com; 602.909.4215

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Jan Sandwich Presents: Remembering Debbie Reynolds Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

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Maceo Parker Musical Instrument Museum

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Phoenix Mercury vs. Los Angeles Sparks Talking Stick Resort Arena


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Mary J. Blige Comerica Theatre www.livenation.com

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Ottmar Liebert Aug. 25

Musical Instrument Museum

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Stage 2

Radney Foster

76th Street

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Musical Instrument Museum

Aug. 25

Yestival

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David Cook

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Marmalade Skies

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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Virginia G. Piper Theater

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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants Chase Field

Gila River Arena www.gilariverarena.com; 800.745.3000

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Ana Popovic

Aug. 26

Musical Instrument Museum

MAC 3.0 featuring Andrew’s Dream Adventure

Sept. 4

Carbon Leaf

MAC & Company at Tempe Center for the Arts

Musical Instrument Museum

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H2X Water Show

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The Fixx

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Musical Instrument Museum

Aug. 29

Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo and TOTO Comerica Theatre www.livenation.com

Aug. 29–31

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Chase Field

Sept. 7

Kaki King and Derek Gripper Musical Instrument Museum

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Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame To Honor Inductees

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The Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at 7:30pm, August 17 at the Celebrity Theatre. The event will honor four inductees: The Meat Puppets, the Gin Blossoms, Nils Lofgren and the Celebrity Theatre. The ceremony will recognize these inductees for their contributions to the music and entertainment culture of Arizona. The award show will include live performances by each of the artists and presentations by special guest speakers. The Celebrity Theatre has had a significant impact on the Arizona music scene, from 1964 to the present. “It seems only fitting that we hold our induction ceremony at this historic venue,” stated Mark Myers, president of Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame. When speaking about this unique theatre in the round, concert promoter Danny Zelisko said, “When an act comes to the Celebrity, there is nothing like it — the audience response is loud and the artists love it.” Celebrity Theatre’s owner Rich Hazelwood added, “The theatre has a soul, a wonderful place to experience the intimate connection between the artist and the audience.” Celebrity Theatre is located at 440 North 32nd Street in Phoenix. Doors open at 6pm; show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are priced at $10, $20 and $40 and are available at www.celebritytheatre.com and at the box office. To order by phone, call 602.267.1600. Learn more about Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame at www.amehof.org.

New Sikh Art Gallery Hosts Inaugural Exhibit The Phoenix Art Museum held a private ceremony in April to commemorate the official naming of a gallery space that is dedicated to exhibiting Sikh art. Amada Cruz, the Sybil Harrington director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum, and the board of trustees presented the naming of the Dr. Darshan Singh and Ajit Kaur Khanuja and Jaswant Singh and Mohinder Kaur Sikh Art Gallery, made possible through a generous gift from Dr. Parvinderjit Singh Khanuja. This gallery space is the second exhibit space in the United States to focus exclusively on displaying Sikh art. The inaugural exhibition in the gallery, Virtue and Valor: Sikh Art and Heritage, is on view through November 5.

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Unknown, Portrait of Guru Arjun, the Fifth Guru (1581-1606), 19th century. Ink and color on paper.

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“Our [Sikh Art Gallery] is designed to stimulate the mind and advance cultural awareness,” said Dr. Khanuja. “It is about the love of seeing schoolchildren experience art for the first time. To be in the presence of art is good for the soul.” The gallery’s opening exhibition, Virtue and Valor: Sikh Art and Heritage, traverses a visual journey of Sikh religion and history. Portraits of the gurus, the founders of Sikhism, reflect the meticulous style of traditional Indian painting, and are exhibited alongside religious texts with images painted by both Indian and European artists. Photographs recording the Sikh military presence in British India, as well as the more recent Sikh diaspora in North America, are on view, as well as various implements of war including swords, medals, and a helmet and shield. Admission is free for Museum members and included with general admission. For more information, visit www.phxart.org, or call 602.257.1222.

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Summertime is the perfect time to sit back and relax indoors, while sipping on a frosty beer, a refreshing glass of vino or a cooling craft cocktail. Stock & Stable, in the heart of the 7th Street corridor, has seasonal dining deals this summer. Whether looking for a tasty lunch with friends or colleagues, or want to stop in for a bite and drink, after work, Stock & Stable’s summer food and drink specials are sure to please. Available Monday through Friday, from 11am–6pm, enjoy specially priced shared plates and pastas including $5 Fermented Beets, $5 Grilled Shisito with lemon caramel, $5 white bean cilantro hummus, or $10 linguine with sausage, clams and shrimp. Plus, enjoy Stock & Stable’s famous cheeseburger and fries from 3-6pm for only $6. Wash these all down with one of Stock & Stable’s signature craft cocktails, available for $3 off from 11am–6pm. Or enjoy $5 beers, premium well drinks and glasses of wine to start the afternoon and evening off right. Stock and Stable is located at 5540 North 7th Street in Phoenix. For more information, call 602.313.1001 or visit www.stockandstable.com.

EVO Cocktail Menu Celebrates Summer

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ast month, EVO kicked off new signature drinks that include the La PAZ (meaning “Peace”), the Barrel Roll, the Calling for Clarification and the classic Italian flavors of the Limoncello Rosa. These four new cocktails also transport taste buds to the Italian coastline. For example, enjoy EVO’s version of a true Italian classic with the Limoncello Rosa featuring housemade limoncello and pomegranate syrup, plus gin, lemon, soda water. Or take a spin with the Barrel Roll, a bold, barrel-aged cocktail featuring barrel-aged amaro and bourbon that has been barrel aging since February and served with a Campari frozen sphere. For a refreshing sipper, try the La PAZ cocktail featuring house barrel-aged tequila, aperol and lime, and elderflower foam. Finally, the Calling for Clarification, a crystal-clear cocktail that’s the result of the chemical reaction between milk and lemon juice, mixed with three varieties of rum and green tea. In addition to these new summertime additions, EVO’s menu also keeps fan favorites including the Monroes Mule, Ginger Johnny and the Bronze Boar. Plus, EVO features an expansive wine list featuring wines from all over the globe. Pair a craft cocktail with EVO’s menu of housemade rustic Italian comfort classics served nightly, including a full menu served until 1:30am daily, as well as a new, improved daily happy hour from 4–7pm. EVO is located at 4175 North Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale. For more information call 480.265.9814 or visit www.evoscottsdale.com.

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Bar Brawl, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa’s battle of the bartenders, wraps up at jade bar this month. The summer cocktail competition, which launched July 16, moves on to semifinals August 13 and August 20. A final championship, held August 27, will crown one bartender “Bar Brawl’s Champion” and serve up the grand prize — a fun-filled trip to Austin City Limits. Past champions include Kyle Mason of Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia and Keifer Gilbert of Crudo and Counter Intuitive. Resort guests and locals, alongside the Phoenix bar community, are invited to gather at jade bar to cheer on the competitors while enjoying entertainment by DJ Hybrid and a menu of “Bar Brawl Bites” at happy hour prices, starting at 8pm each evening of the competition. jade bar’s lead mixologist Eddie Aces will emcee the events. Each will highlight specific spirits and ingredients, and cocktails will be judged by a panel of local celebrities. Admission to all events is free. This year’s eight competitors have been mixing things up at the best bars in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Chandler. They include Piroose Hajizadeh-Amini, Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour; Kyle Landry, Crudo; Liza Loewenhagen, Cobra Arcade Bar; Alex Knight, Culinary Dropout; William Luddington, The Ostrich; Gavin Pena, The Clever Koi; Rando Shields, Shady’s Fine Ale’s and Cocktails; and Sam Penton, Counter Intuitive. Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa is located at 5700 East McDonald Drive in Paradise Valley. For more information, call 480.948.2100 or visit www.sanctuaryaz.com.


New Effort To Help Chronic Pain Sufferers Avoid Opioids Or Surgery

Scottsdale Launches Lifesaving Drug Program To Combat Opioid Overdoses In late June, the Scottsdale Police Department launched a program to better equip their officers as they confront the ever-evolving opioid abuse issue within the community. The initial phase of the program will issue and train patrol officers on the use of the lifesaving drug, Narcan (naloxone) nasal spray. Narcan is a drug that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose. Opioids include heroin and prescription pain medications like morphine, codeine, fentanyl and Vicodin. “Our officers may find themselves on a scene where opiates are present and accidental exposure is a risk. We are seeing increasing numbers of overdoses across the country to first responders because of opiate exposure. I want our officers to have the tools they

need to protect themselves and our community,” says Chief Alan Rodbell. Once the distribution to patrol officers is complete, jail staff, police aides, crime scene specialists and selected detectives will be trained and issued this lifesaving drug. The $30,000 cost of the program was paid through the reallocation of existing budgeted funds. Narcan has saved thousands from opioid overdoses across the United States in recent years. By getting this lifesaving drug into the hands of first responders, the Scottsdale Police Department hopes to continue this success and better serve the needs of our community. For additional information, call 480.312.5000 or visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov/police.

Valley Company Opens Same-Day Spine Care Clinic Stridewell, a new health care concept, is aiming to transform the way that patients seek care for neck and back pain. Opened June 26, Stridewell’s goal is to help patients unravel the confusing web of generalists and specialists that provide care for spine issues. Stridewell is staffed entirely by spine health specialists who each have a decade or more of specialized training in diagnosing spine conditions. They operate under the guidance of Dr. Igor Yusupov, a neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive techniques. “Far too many people suffer for far too long, simply because there is no single go-to resource for spine care,” said Dr. Yusupov, Stridewell’s founder. “Patients often find themselves adrift in a sea of competing specialists and treatments. But Stridewell will bring peace of mind.” Whether the pain results from a car accident, athletic or workplace injury; a chronic spine issue; a genetic condition; or even surfaces spontaneously, the clinic aims to connect people to the care they need faster. Patients will have the opportunity to work closely with the medical staff at Stridewell to discuss their health history and any past test results. From there, the spine specialists will recommend a clinically proven treatment recommendation, which could include everything from physical therapy or medications to a surgical consultation. Located at 8776 East Shea Boulevard, Suite 107, in Scottsdale, Stridewell is open seven days a week and is usually able to offer same-day appointments, via online scheduling. To learn more, or schedule an appointment, call 480.550.9355 visit www.stridewell spine.com.

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Chronic pain has become a leading cause of disability and a major public health problem. Health care providers are prescribing opioids at an alarming rate. Drug dependency and abuse are rampant, and opioid overdose now claims 30,000 lives each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. A group of medical experts has teamed up with one of the largest health care communications companies in the western United States (RIESTER) to help turn the tide on the opioid epidemic and chronic pain by launching an innovative online medical community called The Pain Project. The Pain Project emphasizes practical, safe and effective strategies for self-managing pain and disseminating the latest neuroscience on how chronic pain really works. The Pain Project’s (www.thepainproject.com) goal is to empower people and caregivers to play active roles in their own pain management and wellness, without solely relying on medications or surgery. The program consists of expert advice and online client consultation to help people change their attitudes and behaviors around pain. “The use of opioids to manage chronic pain has grown at an astronomical rate and is now one of the most pressing public health problems we face in the U.S.,” says Ben Bobrow, M.D., chief medical officer for The Pain Project. “We now understand that chronic pain, which affects millions of Americans, is related not only to biological factors (e.g., nerves, bones and muscles) but also to social and psychological factors. The Pain Project catalyzes an essential shift toward self-reliance and intelligent pain management.” The Pain Project’s chief psychology officer, Michael Munion, explains, “Recent research indicates that the brain interprets chronic pain as a continuous threat. This interpretation leads to structural changes in the brain over time. These neurochemical changes result in increased pain, emotional trauma and a feeling of helplessness.” To make this care available to more people, the Pain Project now offers Tele-Pain Therapy by certified therapists via the internet. Clients can see a pain therapist through a private and secure online video chat on their computer or mobile device. “The Pain Project is a rare opportunity to be involved in a far-reaching program that can be life-changing for so many people,” said founder and CEO of RIESTER, Tim Riester. “It is one of the most innovative public health projects we’ve ever supported, and we look forward to chronic pain sufferers living happier and healthier lives.”

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Tucson Salsa & Tequila Event Returns – Adds Tacos

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he Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance joins forces with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona to present the Seventh Annual Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge, Sunday, September 3. Formerly the Southern Arizona Salsa & Tequila Challenge, this outstanding summer event has added a new culinary element in 2017: tacos! The event will bring together some of the best chefs and mixologists in Southern Arizona with an emphasis on local food, brews and distilleries, while tapping into the region’s love for tacos. Following the success of prior years, the 2017 event has moved to the Sunday evening of Labor Day weekend to better accommodate the event crowds at the La Encantada Shopping Center while the retailers are closed. The Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge

pits participants against each other for both Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards. Each restaurant submits its menu of salsas, tequila cocktails and tacos to a judging panel of local culinary experts for anonymous scoring. Points are awarded for presentation, taste, texture and creativity. Outside the judge’s tent, the festival rages on with opportunities to engage in regional experiences, including learning the difference between tequila and bacanora with the Mexican Consulate, enjoy the regional sounds Mariachi Estrellas de Tucson and salsa late into the night with the sultry sounds of Orquesta Salsarengue. Attendees are also encouraged to vote for their favorite items as they sip and sample throughout the evening. While the event competitors always bring the heat to battle it out for their

chance of being crowned champion, they are also supporting important charitable causes in the community. The seventh annual event will again raise

money for the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance Creative Arts therapy programs as well as the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Tickets to the event, $55 per person (21 and over only), include chips, salsa tastings, tequila cocktail and taco sampling, delicious menu pairings, live music and dance performances, cultural activities and more. Tickets will only be available for pre-purchase, there will be no day-of ticket sales. For additional information, call 520.797.3959 or visit www.saaca.org.


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Located on 13 acres of land adjoining national forest land and the Woodland Lake Park trail system, Whispering Pines Resort offers a cool, cabin get-a-way in Arizona’s White Mountains. Conveniently located in Pinetop — just 12 miles from Show Low and only 26 miles from Sunrise Park Ski Resort, The Victorian House which offers great summer activities — Whispering Pines provides an opportunity to hike or bike and fish on the bordering trails of Woodland Lake or Walnut Creek. Hon-Dah Casino is minutes away and Pinetop offers local events, Native American festivals, car shows, golfing, restaurants, shopping and all the conveniences visitors might require. Whispering Pines Resort features comfortable one-, two- and three-bedroom cabins and Private Deluxe Spa cabins. Whispering Pines Resort can accommodate family reunions; the Victorian House and adjoining yard is the perfect place to host a family gathering. The resort’s 36 cabins can accommodate 201 people for corporate events, private parties, retreats and weddings. Booking a wedding/reception with Whispering Pines Resort includes three nights use of the Victorian House and the adjoining lush, green yard, which is the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding and reception. Additionally, the wedding couple will receive one free night in one of the Deluxe Spa cabins for their wedding night. Also, guests with the wedding group will receive a 10 percent discount on cabin rentals. Local catering is available. Whether it’s fishing, hiking, golfing, bird watching, horseback riding or the cool temperatures in the spring, summer or fall, Whispering Pines Resort, and hosts Kellen and Charles Nicholson, offers fun and relaxation. Escape the desert heat and head up to clean, crisp air, clear blue skies and beautiful mountains. To reserve a cabin or for more information, call 928.367.4386 or visit www.whisperingpinesaz.com.

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Sip Beer, Celebrate Summer In Prescott

The Sixth Annual Mile High Brewfest will take place August 12 in Downtown Prescott, Cortez Street between Gurley and Goodwin, from 4-8pm. Participants can sample the best regional brews and wines in the Southwest while listening to the band Southbound. Many brewers have already signed up and last year over 50 breweries participated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope to have at least the same amount of breweries as last year, if not more,â&#x20AC;? said Kristen Kerns, development director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona. Tickets sales are limited to 2,000 and are available at www.milehighbrewfest. com. For $25 (online) / $35 (at the event), guests will receive 15 tasting tickets and a souvenir pint glass. The event is sponsored by Universal Homes at Granville. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona. To learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona, visit www. bgccaz.org.


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Poet Mary Kaye and her daughters from the 2016 Cowboy Poets Gathering

Echoes Of The Wild West: Gathering of Cowboy Poets

Prescott Arts & Crafts Festival Celebrates Sixty-Seven Years Prescott’s Mountain Artists Guild presents its 67th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival August 12–13. This juried festival showcases a select group of artisans and crafters under the tall trees that shade the Historic Courthouse Plaza in Downtown Prescott. The Mountain Artists Guild, a nonprofit group of artists, has been supporting art and art education in the Prescott area since its founding by Mabel Laurence and famous cowboy artist George Phippen in 1949. Located along Montezuma Street and Prescott’s infamous Whiskey Row, one-time haunt of the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday, the festival site is within easy walking distance of fine restaurants, wonderful and unique shops, art galleries, modern and historic hotels and more than a few places to wet your whistle. Parking is easy at the city’s Granite Street Parking Garage, one-half block from the festival site. The festival runs from 9am–5pm Saturday and 9am–4pm Sunday, and is free to the public. For additional information, visit www.mountainartistsguild.org.

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The legends of the Old West live on through tales told long ago around the campfire — through written prose and spoken word. To bring a uniquely western experience to life is the mission of the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, held this year at Prescott’s Yavapai College Performing Arts Center August 10–12. More than 50 authentic cowboy poets and singers will perform for two days and three nights during the 30th Annual Gathering of Cowboy Poets, sharing their heritage and the culture of the American cowboy. Featured performers include Dave Stamey, Trinity Seely and Don Edwards. The theme for this year’s gathering is “A Long Way Home,” and features a poster by artist George Molnar. Cowboy poetry aficionado Dennis Gallagher says, “I’ve been coming to this event for years and the lineup just keeps getting better and better. It’s one of the things that make Prescott such a special place in the hearts of those who cherish our Western heritage and its traditions.” Attendees can enjoy free day sessions to meet several performers and hear their poems and music, or attend ticketed nighttime performances to enjoy stories and songs about the colorful culture and history that celebrate the true American cowboy. The Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering has maintained a standard that has been abandoned by most other gatherings: that of inviting men and women who are now or have been in the past a part of the working cowboy’s environment and workplace. It is respected by the cowboy poets as one of the best gatherings in the country because it helps maintain the true “working cowboy” culture and heritage. For additional information, visit www.azcowboypoets.org.

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Adventure On The Apache Trail Begins At Area Museum

Each year, thousands of tourists, hikers, photographers and adventure seekers visit the Superstition Mountains, located 35 miles east of Phoenix. The spectacular beauty, as well as the history and mystery surrounding this locale, combine to create an irresistible pull on the hearts and minds of visitors. The Superstition Mountain Museum, located on a 15-acre parcel in the foothills at the towering west end of the Superstition Mountains, is the keeper and purveyor of the colorful tales of bygone days, both true and mythical, and offers visitors both historical insights and current information about the area. The museum is located at the west end of the historic and scenic Apache Trail (State Route 88), and is the ideal starting point for beginning a day’s exploration of one of Arizona’s oldest and most scenic highways. The museum features a gallery full of exhibits focusing on the history, legend and lore of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, and the cultural, military, mining and movie-making history of Central Arizona. A walking tour of the museum site — complete with barn and chapel from historic Apacheland Movie Ranch, a 100-year-old operational 20-stamp ore mill, a G-scale model train exhibit and a labeled nature walk — is free. The museum gift shop features unique investment-quality jewelry, carvings, fetishes and pottery items handcrafted by Native American artisans, being sold at lower prices than in the Valley and sales tax free due to the museum’s nonprofit status. The bookstore offers more than 800 titles of books focusing on Arizona. Driving the Apache Trail is a wonderful day trip to take with families or visitors, an adventure remembered for a lifetime. For more information, visit www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org.

Pedal Sedona At Bike & Brew Sedona Golf Resort will host the fourth annual Sedona Bike & Brew Festival August 26. The special event, believed to be the first of its kind, features a mountain bike race on the golf course. Scottsdale rider Matt Connors will be defending his title after peddling to victory in the Men’s Open division during the 2016 Sedona Bike & Brew Festival. Flagstaff rider, and all-around amazing rider Amy Chandos will be back to defend her women’s title. Last year, Chandos’ time beat all the men’s times from the Sport division. This year’s event kicks off Saturday morning August 26 with rider registration. The six-mile course will take the riders around all 18 holes, 80 acres of fairways, tee boxes, cart paths, natural and man-made features. Races will include six different competition classifications for men, women and juniors. After the

race, the Juniper Bar & Grille (Sedona Golf Resort’s restaurant), will host dinner along with music, Oak Creek Brewery (Sedona), and Four Peaks Brewery (Tempe) among others. The event will conclude with an awards ceremony, and a raffle benefiting the local charities. The Sedona community is encouraged to come out Friday and Saturday to cheer on the racers. There is no admission fee for the general public and food and drink will be available for purchase. The racer fee is $75 per person or $150 for the VIP package. Both packages include a certificate to come back at a later date and play golf at Sedona Golf Resort. Juniors age 17 and under are $5. To sign up or to learn more, visit www.sedonabikebrew. com. For more information on Sedona Golf Resort, call 928.284.9355 or visit www.sedonagolfresort.com.


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Mortimer Farms will host its annual Sweet Corn Harvest Party the weekend of September 2-3, from 10am–6pm. Gary and Sharla Mortimer said the harvest weekend will feature “everything corn!” This year, once again, they are asking everyone attending to bring two nonperishable food items for the Yavapai County Food Bank. Lynn Passfield from the food bank says that she is glad to be partnering again this year with the Mortimer family. The entry to the party is $10 per person with children two and under free, and includes a special harvest meal (pulled pork sandwich or hot dog, two farm sides, a dessert and a drink), as well as admission into the Farm Park and events. The harvest party will have something for the entire family: fresh sweet corn, farm tours, zip lines, farm inspired rides, huge slides, farm and ranch animals and much more. There will even be hayrides to the corn field to pick corn. On the ride, Farmer Buzz will share lots of stories and history about this amazing region and information about Mortimer Farms. Guests can then test their skills with a corn eating competition, corn shucking competition and corn toss with prizes being awarded. Explore antique tractor displays, which are great picture taking areas and lots of wholesome fun. The Mortimer family created the park for families to have fun year-round and build memories for generations to come. The Farm Store, Farm Park and U-Pick fields are open daily from 7am–7pm. Sweet corn, strawberries and lots of other veggies are available daily, and don’t miss this year’s Pumpkin Festival and Corn Maze every weekend in October — tickets are available online now. The farm is located on the southwest corner of AZ-69 and AZ-169 in Dewey. The farm hosts weddings, birthday parties, corporate retreats, family reunions, intimate anniversary parties (down by the river), church and youth group gatherings, Boy and Girl Scout troops plus educational school field trips. Contact the farm by calling 928.830.1116 or sending an email to mortimerfarmsaz@gmail. com. For additional information, visit www.mortimerfarmsaz.com.

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