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ne of the biggest and most anticipated events of the year is headed to Cave Creek – the annual Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo, presented by Sanderson Ford. “We are extremely excited for another outstanding Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) rodeo in 2016 with the Cervi Brothers Rodeo Company, along with their championship livestock and award winning contract personnel,” says Traci Casale, president of Cave Creek Pro Rodeo. “Cervi is bringing back Justin Rumford, a four-time PRCA Clown of the Year winner, to Cave Creek this year to entertain our rodeo fans as our 2016 Barrelman.” The annual Fiesta Days Kickoff Celebration will be held Saturday, Bronc Rider, Cody Wright. Photo by Greg Westfall March 19, starting at 9am with the Historic Parade through the Town of Cave Creek, followed by Kid’s Mutton Bustin’ at Buffalo Chip Arena and the CCFDR Official Kickoff Dance at Cave Creek’s Roadhouse (21 and over) that evening. The festivities continue throughout rodeo weekend (April 1-3) at the Cave Creek Memorial Arena with three PRCA rodeo performances featuring top-ranking PRCA and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association contestants. Rodeo fans can see many of the contestants that make the National Finals in Las Vegas competing during Fiesta Days. New this year, Daryle Singletary will perform live in concert after the rodeo Saturday night. Performances are selling out, so purchase rodeo tickets in advance at TicketForce.com. For information, visit www.cavecreekprorodeo.com.

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Former Carefree Mayor Named “Humanitarian of the Year” Foothills Caring Corps announced that David Schwan is the recipient of its 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award. Schwan will be honored at the much anticipated fundraiser and social event, the Taste of the Foothills Celebration and Cash & Caring Raffle March 31, at el Pedregal. “We are thrilled to shine a bright spotlight on David Schwan’s many years of generous support of the Foothills Caring Corps’ mission to promote elderly independence,” says Foothills Caring Corps executive director, Debbra Determan. Schwan is best known for his time as mayor of Carefree. He is also well known for supporting many community programs in the Carefree, Cave Creek and Scottsdale area. In the early years of the Foothills Caring Corps, he helped keep the computers and software functional and efficient. Later, he served on the advisory board and board of directors. The Taste of the Foothills Celebration [see full story on page 45] has evolved into a benchmark nonprofit event. The evening festivities feature mouthwatering tastings from local restaurants, live and silent auctions, as well as on stage music performances. Learn more at www.foothillscaringcorps.com.


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It’s Spring Training time in the Valley, and that has me thinking about my early years in little league baseball and softball. I wasn’t the best batter – my scrawny arms didn’t seem big enough to hold the bat – but, when I did connect bat to ball, man did I run the heck out of those bases! I remember playing center field a lot. I liked it there; it was peaceful. I could daydream while taking in the scent of the grass and the warm leather of my glove. But on those rare occasions when someone did hit one my way, my speed again came to the rescue – I generally had to run the ball in quite a bit in order to throw it to the appropriate player… remember, scrawny arms. It was a good lesson for later life, though: always play to your strengths. Life has its ways of keeping us all humble – sometimes it’s all swings and misses; sometimes it’s a foul ball. But as long as you keep on swinging, you’ll eventually make a solid connection, and when that happens…well, you’ve got to run that hit for all its worth! Until next month…all my best,

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MAYOR LANE WRITES... Spring Training In Scottsdale 2016

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By Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane

It began, like so many other great ideas, around a conversation in a bar. At least, that’s the legend. A group of Scottsdale business owners were wrapping up lunch at the Pink Pony one day in the MAYOR early 1950s when one patron spotted the Baltimore City of Scottsdale Orioles owner. 480.312.3111 “Say, why don’t you bring your team out here for www.scottsdaleaz.gov the spring?” asked the Scottsdale businessman. “Build a stadium and maybe I will,” replied the owner. Well, those business leaders did exactly that and it’s safe to say nothing has been quite the same. Scottsdale spring training turns 60 this March, a magical journey filled with legends, tall-tales and sun-splashed memories. You can make some history yourself by catching a San Francisco Giants game this spring at beautiful Scottsdale Stadium. The Giants play 16 home games. For ticket info and a schedule of games visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov and search “stadium.” Scottsdale’s celebration of spring training means you can soak up great baseball history every day of the week by taking a journey along the Cactus League Legacy Trail. The trail is a self-guided tour of Valley venues that highlight the rich history and culture of Arizona spring training baseball. Scottsdale stops along the trail include the Coach House Tavern, Sugar Bowl, Don and Charlie’s, The Italian Grotto, Karsen’s Grill, the Pink Pony, the Scottsdale Historical Museum and Scottsdale Stadium. Each stop has a unique story and/or memorabilia collection. This year, a free exhibit featuring Cactus League Hall of Fame inductees and spring training memorabilia will be on display all March at Scottsdale’s Civic Center Library, 3839 North Drinkwater Boulevard. To learn more about the Cactus League Legacy Trail and to download a free map and description of these iconic baseball hangouts, visit www.experiencescottsdale.com/events/legacy-trail.

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Scottsdale Arts Festival Celebrates Art, Music & Food

The Scottsdale Cultural Council will present the 46th annual Scottsdale Arts Festival, a weekend-long celebration of creativity, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 11-13, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Civic Center Park. The Festival is made possible by the Center’s 2015-16 Season Sponsor InEight. “The Scottsdale Arts Festival is a beloved annual tradition that has entertained generations of our city’s residents and visitors,” remarked Scottsdale Cultural Council President and CEO Neale Perl. “The event is a great example of how the arts bring people together and inspire a community. We invite everyone to be part of this unique celebration of the visual and performing arts.” Known for its high-quality art and beautiful setting, the Scottsdale Arts festival will showcase 170 jury-selected artists from North America, who work in painting, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography and other media. Works of art are available for purchase directly from the artists and through the Festival’s online art auction. Throughout the weekend, more than 20 Arizona bands and performers will provide continuous live music and entertainment on two stages, including blues, country/folk, jazz, R&B, rock and more. Among the musical acts are California-based headliner Leftover Cuties on Saturday, March 12, and local favorites Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns, Dry River Yacht Club Duo, Jaleo, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Ritmo Latino, The Sugar Thieves Duo and Trailer Queen. New to the Festival this year, the Local First Arizona Marketplace will offer a tantalizing selection of locally produced goods, including artisan chocolates, gourmet granola and handmade soaps and spa items. Among the vendors are Bird’s Nest Baking, Blood Brothers, Cookie Girl, ISS Magic Mixes, Nature’s Nourishment, Strawberry Hedgehog, Untamed Confections and Xocolatl. Foodies will enjoy a moveable feast with more than a dozen gourmet Valley food trucks and eateries serving up savory dishes from around the world, from wood-fired Italian pizzas and smoky barbecue to savory Japanese noodle bowls and fresh lobster rolls. Vendors include Barrie’s Original Kettle Korn, Fabio on Fire, Frites Street, Lu Lu’s Italian Ice, Mac ’n’ Cheese, The Maine Lobster Lady, Mustache Pretzels, Paletas Betty, Press Italian, Sugar Jam Bake Shop, Short Leash Hot Dogs, Spice it Up, Whiskey Ranch and Yatai Ramen AZ. A variety of fine wines, beers, cocktails and beverages will also be offered, including happy-hour drink specials, build-your-own Bloody Mary’s and tastings, samplings and giveaways throughout the weekend. During the Festival, admission will be free to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). Festival visitors also will experience Scottsdale Public Art’s GemTones, a temporary interactive installation by artist Jeff Zischke suspended between Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and SMoCA. Tickets and additional details are available at www.scottsdaleartsfestival.org.


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Marshall Gallery Presents “Window into Nature” Artist Joyce Gehl will make her debut at The Marshall Gallery of Fine Art with her exhibition “Window into Nature.” The artist will be present to showcase her ethereal paintings to express her personal window into nature during Scottsdale ArtWalk Thursday, March 3, from 7-9pm, and continuing through March 23. Gehl is best known for creating sensuously atmospheric works. She blends photography, oils and encaustic in her art, featured in “À la Mode,” 36x36, mixed media – Joyce Gehl exhibitions in Seattle, Atlanta, Santa Fe and now Scottsdale. Her work is found in corporate and private collections throughout the U.S. and in South America. The artist finds inspiration in nature’s transporting qualities: vague shapes combine with almost-tangible images of organic elements to create dreamlike landscapes that find a luscious luster through added layers of oil paint and encaustic wax. She aims to create art that likewise will transport the viewer to a new place, through a door into a sensual, contemplative world. The Marshall Gallery of Fine Art, now celebrating its 17th year in Scottsdale, features a diverse collection of exceptional fine art by more than 70 world-class artists, ideal for the new and seasoned art collector alike. For more information, call 480.970.3111 or visit www.themarshallgallery.com.

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The third annual Italian Festival brings Italian culture, food, fashion and more to Scottsdale for its biggest year yet. Hosted by the Italian Association of Arizona, a local 501c(3), this two-day celebration will double in size, taking up the entire Scottsdale Waterfront on Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20. The event features everything from live music and unique, hand crafted Italian items, to wine tastings and delicious Italian bites from more than 10 local Italian bistros and artists straight from Italy, like A’ Ziarella. Of course, no Italian event would be complete without gelato, Italy’s favorite dessert. With more than 10,000 visitors last year, the Italian Festival is expecting higher numbers with more vendors and entertainment for everyone to enjoy. The event runs from 11am-9pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday at Scottsdale Waterfront (Scottsdale’s SouthBridge, Soleri Bridge and the Canal). There is a $10 entrance fee. Children under 12, veterans and Italian Association members free. Visit www.italianfestivalaz.com or www.italianassociation.org for event details.

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A New Path To Art Education In The Desert Foothills With more than a year’s experience with art classes at the Gallery @ el Pedregal and their own newly expanded office space, the Sonoran Arts League is ready to launch a full-fledged “Art Classes for All Ages” program. Summer 2016 marks the official start of the Sonoran Arts League Summer Foothills Art Academy, which is open to all ages, kindergarten to adults, and will be offered through Education & Community Services (ECS), a department of the Cave Creek Unified School District. Pictured, the Summer Arts Academy team: Catherine Ross, Since 2008, members Robert Grebe, Julie Harmon, Rita Treat, Anne Hibbetts. Not pictured: Marcia Lang, Valerie Hildebrand. Photo courtesy of of the Sonoran Arts Sonoran Arts League League have taught even pop up books. the ECS Foothills Art Academy, Classes for kindergarten garnering rave reviews for the through sixth grade will be held at multi-generational art classes. Desert Sun Academy, 27880 North This year, the Sonoran Arts League 64th Street, Scottsdale. The classes will take the lead, structuring the for seventh grade through adults classes and recruiting teachers as will be held at Cactus Shadows part of a new Sonoran Arts League High School, 5802 East Dove Valley program, ArtReach, which celebrates Road, Scottsdale. and supports the power of art to The weeklong classes take enrich life. place June 13 through July 1, from For the younger set, grades 9am-12pm. Class information kindergarten through sixthgrade, and registration is online through the art classes are STEAM oriented. ECS at www.ecsforall.org. For STEAM represents science, additional class details, go to www. technology, engineering, art and foothillsartacademy.org or contact math. For grades seventh through Pat Bell-Demers of the Sonoran Arts adult, classes cover a wide range of League at 480.575.6624. For questions wonderful art-making experiences, regarding registration, contact Elaine including weaving, jewelry making, Vallario at ECS, 480.575.2072. 3D art, ceramics, photography and

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The Past Presidents’ Council of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce invites residents to honor three individuals, a local company and a non-profit organization at the annual Scottsdale’s History Hall of Fame Dinner in May. Over the past 22 years, the Council has inducted 122 past and present Scottsdale leaders and 22 organizations into Scottsdale’s History Hall of Fame. Inductees have contributed immeasurably to the rich heritage of Scottsdale, dating back to its modern-day founding in 1888 by Army Chaplain Winfield Scott. Join the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce to honor the people and organizations who have contributed so greatly to the legacy of the city of Scottsdale. Both members and guests are welcome to attend. This year’s honorees include Joan Fudala, Rachel Sacco, Fred Unger, Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, Scottsdale Sister Cities Association. In addition to the five inductees into Scottsdale’s History Hall of Fame, Leslie Nyquist will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Nyquist served as the office manager and executive assistant to the President/CEO of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce from 1973 to 2014. During her 42-year tenure at the Chamber, she superbly organized the annual Scottsdale’s History Hall of Fame since its inception in 1994. The 23rd Annual Scottsdale’s History Hall of Fame will be held on Thursday, May 12, at 6pm at the newly remodeled Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, 7700 East McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased by contacting the Chamber at 480.355.2712 or visiting www. scottsdalechamber.com.

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Benefit To Support Veterans & “Best Friends” Rotary Club of Scottsdale North will host its annual fundraiser Saturday, March 19, which this year will benefit Soldier’s Best Friend. Soldier’s Best Friend provides U.S. military veterans living with combatrelated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with service or therapeutic companion dogs, most of which are rescued from local shelters. The veteran and dog train together to build a trusting relationship that saves two lives at once and inspires countless others. The fundraiser will be held at Pinnacle Peak Village, General Store Patio, 8711 East Pinnacle Peak Road in Scottsdale, from 5:30-8:30pm. The cost is $30 per person and includes two glasses of wine or beer (additional wine and beer available for purchase), a wide assortment of appetizers, live music by The Last Straw and the opportunity to bid on live and silent auction items All proceeds support Soldier’s Best Friend (www.soldiersbestfriend. org) a 501c(3) tax exempt non-profit organization. For information, contact Julia at jmcmanus@ mndomain.com or 602.548.3256, or visit www.rotaryscottsdalenorth.org.

Pictured L-R: Organized Rhythm’s Clive Driskill-Smith and Joseph. Photos courtesy of the artists.

Spring Brings Music & Beauty To Scottsdale Spring blooms with beauty and harmony, especially in North Scottsdale at Pinnacle Concert Series. On March 4, the world-renown Phoenix Boys Choir will perform “Vision for Peace,” a moving expression of mankind’s universal desire for peace on earth. With stunning beauty, the voices of the choir powerfully illustrate this dream with a selection of inspired choral masterpieces. Shifting from ethereal dreams for the future to upbeat timeless entertainment on March 18, Pinnacle Concert Series presents “December ’63: The Music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.” The music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons comes to life in this toe-tapping showcase of all the favorites. On April 8, enjoy “the refreshingly entertaining breeze from the desert Southwest,” the Ocotillo Winds. Their fast-paced concert programs are packed with the dynamic energy of three virtuosos: oboist Martin Schuring, clarinetist Robert Spring and bassoonist Albie Micklich. Organized Rhythm presents the final concert of the season on April 15. Clive Driskill-Smith, a young English organist sensation, and Joseph Gramley, a young American percussion virtuoso, have teamed up to present organ and percussion in a whole new way. All concerts begin at 7:30pm at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 North Pima Road, Scottsdale. For additional information and tickets, visit www.pinnacleconcerts.org or call 480.303.2474.


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Tickets are now available for the Sixth Annual JTBC Founders Cup LPGA event coming March 15-20 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Wildfire Golf Club. From Michelle Wie to Lydia Ko, the biggest names in women’s golf will go head to head in the Valley of the Sun for one of the most epic championships in sports. Golf fans are encouraged to take advantage of Early Bird pricing for special tournament experiences and hospitality areas offering a backstage pass to the world of women’s golf. Tickets can be purchased online at www.lpgafounderscup.com. Corporate, group, and team packages are also available. The JTBC Founders Cup tour stop has a $1.5 million purse up for grabs. Popular players like last year’s winner, Hyo Joo Kim, Ko, Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park are expected LPGA JTBC Founders Cup 2015 winner Lydia Ko. to vie for the title. The JTBC Photo courtesy of LPGA Founders Cup was created to honor the 13 women who started the LPGA in 1950. Today the JTBC Founders Cup has a strong charitable component that speaks to its roots, helping the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program to the tune of over $3 million raised year to date. The money has helped bring the program to new markets and expand the scope in existing markets.

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Save The Date For The Valley’s “Tastiest Fundraiser” Scottsdale Culinary Festival is set to return to the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall on April 16-17. Hosted by the Scottsdale League for the Arts, the annual event highlights include 40 local restaurants, 30 craft breweries, 20 bands, a teen cooking challenge, chef demos, family zone, wine garden and a vodka lounge. Participating restaurants for 2016 include (so far): The Neighborhood Treatery, Grimaldi’s, Roka Akor, Sushi Roku, Honey Bear’s BBQ, Pita Jungle, The District, Delice Bistro, Inchin’s Bamboo Garden, Dakota, SanTan Brewing Company and more. Presented by Nationwide, the 25-acre Festival grounds will feature 11 themed zones jam packed with interactive experiences to taste, sip and celebrate the Arizona food culture. Access to all zone activity is included in the general admission ticket pricing, with the exception of the VIP zone and the Southwest Festival of Beers. Hosted by Blue Moon, the Southwest Festival of Beers will feature 200 specialty beers from local and national craft breweries, food from local restaurants and beer games. In the Culinary Experience Tent, education is the focus with a mixology demo, chocolate making demo, meet the brewers panel, food photography seminar and urban farming seminar. The Epicurean Expo will feature chef demos, student cooking challenges, wine seminars and the latest in kitchen and cooking gadgets. A new addition to Sunday’s lineup and held in the Virginia Piper Theatre, is the Challenge to the Chefs: Teen Edition presented by Whole Foods and the kitchen sponsored by SubZero Wolf. Fun abounds in the Family Zone where kiddos will enjoy face painting, bouncy houses, carnival games, a magician, crafts and more. The event runs from 12-9pm on Saturday and 12-6pm on Sunday. For information, visit www.scottsdalefest.org.

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Epicurean Culinary Evenings At The Biltmore

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The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, has been offering Winemaker Dinners for more than a quarter of a century, evolving sophisticated culinary events like a wine being perfectly aged. Its 26th season of Winemaker Dinners continues this month and runs through June. Wright’s at The Biltmore, the resort’s signature restaurant, is the venue for the dinners that combine innovative gourmet dining and acclaimed wines – with the winemakers there to discuss their vintages – followed by after-dinner drinks and cigars. At each Winemaker Dinner, guests dine on an original multi-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Gordon Maybury paired with specially selected wines of a noted vintner. This season features wineries in California from Napa and Sonoma counties. In addition to savoring gourmet dishes and sipping fine wines, diners will learn about the wines from representatives of the wineries, and enjoy cigars and Port or other favorite after-dinner drinks on Wright’s patio. March and April events include: • March 3: ZD Wines, featuring Reserve Chardonnay, Reserve Pinot Noir and Abacus XVII • March 24: Huneeus Vintners, featuring Faust Cabernet and Quintessa Executive Chef Gordon Maybury

• April 7: Robert Mondavi, featuring Reserve selections and 50th Anniversary Maestro

Reservations must be made in advance and the dinners prepaid. The dinners start with a reception at 6:30pm. For reservations and more information, call 602.955.6600 or visit www.arizonabiltmore.com.

Cocktails & Clothes: Preparing Women For The Workplace Looking for a chance to give less than loved clothes a new lease on life? The Friends of AWEE have the answer at the 21st annual Cocktails & Clothes. Donate new or gently used clothing to restock the Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE) free Clothing Boutique on Tuesday, March 8, from 4:30-7pm at the Adobe Golf Club at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, 2400 East Missouri Avenue. AWEE participants have access to the Clothing Boutique to be ready for job interviews or first week on the job

Cocktails & Clothes includes a raffle featuring custom-designed gift baskets valued between $250 and $1,000, a live auction, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Individual tickets are $65. Advanced tickets can be purchased at www.awee.org or on the day of the event. Sponsorships packages are available. Each year, Cocktails & Clothes provides hundreds of new and gently used professional dresses, suits, slacks, blouses, shoes, briefcases and purses to women and slacks, shirts, ties, shoes and sports jackets to men and young adults entering or re-entering the workforce. Insignia CRE, LLC is the Diamond Sponsor. The event is organized by the “Friends of AWEE” and co-chaired by Phyllis Dumond with Stewart Title and Kathy Jorgenson with Alliance Bank of Arizona. For more information, visit www.awee.org.

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As a community, we have a responsibility to show our support and lift our nation’s veterans in any way we can. Since my first day in office, I’ve made supporting veterans a top priority. We started by taking aim at ending the chronic homelessness epidemic in our local veteran community. In December 2013, Phoenix became the first city in the nation to MAYOR City of Phoenix successfully bring chronic homelessness among veterans to functional zero. 602.262.7111 www.phoenix.gov We took the next step in June when Phoenix became one of 25 cities to launch the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative, a campaign led by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to promote economic success for vets by forging partnerships with businesses. We’ve since secured commitments to hire tens of thousands of veterans from many of the most prominent companies in Arizona and the nation. Now, Phoenix is ready to take another transformational step: supporting veteran entrepreneurs. Veterans can serve as powerful economic engines to innovate, drive business and create jobs. They bring to the table a competitive talent advantage, and often have the proven technology expertise and leadership skills needed to establish companies of scale. When it comes to veteran entrepreneurship – or vetrepreneurship – Phoenix is positioned to lead. Already, veteran-led startups are launching in Phoenix in high-growth industries such as cybersecurity, healthcare technology and manufacturing. Our state boasts more than 48,000 veteran-led businesses, which generate more than $24 billion in revenue annually – and we have the potential to help those numbers grow. We also have a big pool for rising talent: Maricopa County is home to the second largest veteran population in the country.

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An “Evening to Paws 2016” Spend a “Night at the CATSbah” and help the Arizona because of overcrowding in traditional “open-intake” Animal Welfare League & SPCA continue saving homeless shelters. pets from euthanasia. “Every dog, cat, puppy and kitten that finds its way The Moroccan-inspired event, held March 11 at Omni into our care is treated as a unique individual,” says Judith Montelucia Resort, 4949 East Lincoln Drive in Paradise Gardner, president and CEO of AAWL & SPCA. “Fortunately, Valley, will feature 100 silent auction items, live auction most of them are adopted within a couple of weeks. However, items, a live band, cocktails and dinner. as a no-kill shelter, we make a commitment to a homeless Tony La Russa, Chief Baseball Officer of the Arizona pet to do whatever it takes — for as long as it takes — to make Diamondbacks, is the honorary chair of the event, which sure they are happy, healthy and ready to start their new life will benefit the state’s first and largest no-kill organization. in a loving home.” La Russa has been involved in animal rescue since he helped For more information on the event, email events@aawl. save a stray cat that ran onto the baseball field during a org or call 480.423.1511. To find out more, go to www.aawl. televised Oakland A’s game in May 1990. Petsmart Charities org or call 602.273.6852. is the exclusive presenting sponsor. AAWL & SPCA rescued and found homes for more than 4,000 animals last year. These dogs and cats were Mayor Stanton Writes, Continued from page 13 at risk of being euthanized simply Veteran entrepreneurs are finding support not only within our large military community – they’re also finding it in our growing local startup ecosystem. Startup activity in our community is at an all-time high, and it’s helping attract entrepreneurs and tech companies of all backgrounds to set up shop and grow in Phoenix. Co-working spaces, accelerators, maker spaces and more are forming Phoenix’s innovation infrastructure – a foundation to support our entrepreneurial community. Business incubator Bunker Labs Arizona is one of those resources, and its education programs will specifically help veteran entrepreneurs launch companies. The buzz around our thriving startup community recently helped Phoenix land Patriot Boot Camp, an event for vetrepreneurs sponsored by the acclaimed startup accelerator Techstars. The national conference helps early-stage veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs by offering education, mentorship and a platform for pitching new tech companies. This unique conference ignited something special in Phoenix – it celebrated veteran entrepreneurs and demonstrated our commitment to their success. Patriot Boot Camp lasted only one weekend, but it was the beginning of a longterm promise to support veteran entrepreneurs by providing them with the resources they need to launch and grow businesses. By coming together again to support our veterans, we can put Phoenix on the map as the epicenter for veteran entrepreneurship.


North Valley Symphony Orchestra (NVSO) will present its third orchestral performance of the 2015-16 season, Saturday, March 12, 7pm at North Canyon High School auditorium, 1700 East Union Hills Drive. Guest violinist Sarah Schreffler will perform the White Lafitte Violin Concerto in F# Minor at NVSO’s spring concert honoring three prominent black composers. The concert will open with British composer ColeridgeTaylor’s Petite Suite de Concert, and also feature American composer William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony, which is reminiscent of the lush harmonies of Gershwin. NVSO Youth Orchestra will also be featured performing Le Chevalier de Saint-George’s Quartet No. 4. Saint-George was a contemporary of Mozart, and is widely recognized as the first prominent black classical composer. This concert is sponsored by I-med. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at www.northvalleysymphony.org, or call 623.980.4628 for tickets to be held at will-call.

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March NAWBO Meeting

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The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Phoenix Chapter will hold its next meeting Wednesday, March 9, from 10:45am-1pm. Guests will enjoy networking, lunch and a presentation by Donna Davis, Region 9 administrator for the Small Business Administration to celebrate Women’s History Month. The cost for the luncheon is $38 for members and $48 for guests. The luncheon will be held at The Phoenix Country Club, 2901 North 7th Street in Phoenix. For additional information or to register, visit www.nawbophx.org.

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Pets and their families can enjoy a posh beauty treatment as they help raise money for RESCUE (Reducing Euthanasia at Shelters through Commitment and Underlying Education) Sunday, March 6. Mane Attraction Salon is joining forces with RESCUE, a local nonprofit animal rescue organization, for the 16th Annual Beauty to the RESCUE, from 10am-2pm, to help find loving homes for the more than 45,000 unwanted pets dropped off at shelters across Arizona. Hosted inside this stylish, recently remodeled salon located in the heart of Phoenix’s Biltmore neighborhood, this fun, festive and pet-friendly fundraiser has already helped raise over $250,000 for the Valley-based non-profit organization and its efforts to end pet euthanasia in Maricopa County through shelter rescue and adoption. For a minimum donation ($30 for haircuts, $20 for Blow Dry Style and $10 for Deep Conditioning Masque), anyone can partake in a day of personal pampering – or even treat your pet to a stylish new look including on-site mobile grooming and then make a memory to last forever inside the animal photo booth. Enjoy complimentary beverage and award-winning BBQ food from Bobby-Q and music by DJ Blake Ascension while browsing a variety of boutique vendor booths offering everything from artisan jewelry to fresh baked goods – all while supporting furry friends. Other offerings include soothing chair massages, healthful vitamin B-12 shots and professional psychic readings, for both guests and their pets. Mane Attraction Salon is located at 3156 East Camelback Road in Phoenix. For more information, call 602.956.2996 or visit www. maneattractionsalon.com. For more information about RESCUE, visit www.azrescue.org.

Residents looking for impressive home designs in North Phoenix now have a new option with Sanctuary at Desert Ridge from Taylor Morrison. The Valley-based home builder is excited to announce a sensational lineup of new floor plans that are coming to the popular Desert Ridge area this fall. Located off Tatum Boulevard and Pinnacle Peak Road, Sanctuary at Desert Ridge boasts plenty of outstanding local amenities. With easy access to Desert Ridge Marketplace and City North, these two entertainment pavilions offer vibrant, high energy settings complete with splashing water features, outdoor fireplaces, shopping sites and dining venues. For those seeking a sense of tranquility and rejuvenation, Sanctuary at Desert Ridge is only a few minutes away from both the J.W Marriott Resort and Spa and The Wildfire Golf Resort. With the J.W Marriott offering five sparkling pools and The Wildfire Golf Resort offering two, 18-hole championship golf courses, options for entertainment Pictured: The Cottonwood Collection are endless. Sanctuary at Desert Ridge will showcase four new collections of homes including the Discovery, Passage, Capstone and Venture. Each collection will offer a wide array of floorplans that range in size from approximately 1,661 to 4,290 square feet. Prices will range from the mid $300,000s to the low $500,000s depending on the collection. “We’re very excited to continue our expansion and community presence in the North Valley,” says Todd Hahn, vice president of sales and marketing for Taylor Morrison’s Phoenix division. “Sanctuary at Desert Ridge is an opportunity for us to connect with buyers who expect their home to offer the best features, location and lifestyle.” For more information about Sanctuary at Desert Ridge, visit www. taylormorrison.com.

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Baron Properties, a long time investor and developer of apartment communities in the Phoenix and Denver markets, and Haselden Construction of Denver, have partnered to create Liv URBN, a new venture being launched in the Phoenix and Denver markets, focused on boutique luxury condominium and townhome communities for residents who embrace the urbanism movement. The new company has two projects underway in Phoenix, with a third Scottsdale property soon to be announced. “We’re seeing the shift among millennials who are tired of paying rent and now want to own, but don’t want to give up the urban lifestyle, convenience and proximity of apartment living,” says Scott Fisher, principal of Liv URBN and Baron Properties. “And, empty nesters have begun leaving the suburbs and returning to urban centers to be closer to work and neighborhood amenities. This growing segment of the population isn’t interested in renting; they still

want to own a highly designed, finely crafted home. Liv URBN helps to fill the gap in the market for luxury condominium and townhome living for the discerning buyer with a millennial mindset.” Liv URBN will offer modern living within vibrant, urban communities. Properties will incorporate the latest technological advancements and sustainable design features and be located in neighborhoods rich with history and character with proximity to local restaurants, cherished community landmarks and business and cultural districts. Liv URBN’s first two communities are The Mason, a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired townhome development in Phoenix’s North Central Corridor on Bethany Home Road, and Contour on Campbell Ave., directly south of the Camelback Corridor. Construction began on The Mason in January, and is set to begin in June for Contour on Campbell Ave. For information, visit www.livurbndevelopment.com.

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The North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (NPCC) will hold its next monthly Business Resource & Networking Luncheons Tuesday, March 8, at Moon Valley Country Club, from 11:30am-1:30pm, and Tuesday, March 22, at Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 17001 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The Chamber’s next Mix & Mingle event will be held Thursday, March 17, from 5:30-7:30pm, the location is to be determined. The Chamber is also gearing up for its 30th Annual NPCC Golf Classic. The event will be held Friday, April 22, at Moon Valley Country Club, 151 West Moon Valley Drive in Phoenix. The event includes a fun day of golf, followed by lunch and an awards ceremony. It is also a fundraiser for the North Phoenix Chamber Charities and the Paradise Valley Community College NPCC Scholarship Fund. For player or sponsorship information, contact tournament chair Zachary Steinke at 623.312.8367 or visit www. northphoenixchamber.com and click on the “2016 Golf Tournament” link. To register for Chamber events or to see a complete listing of the Chamber’s events, visit www.northphoenixchamber com/events. For more information, call 602.482.3344.

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St. Pats at the Fountain

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Fountain Events, Inc. will host St. Pat’s at the Fountain Sunday, March 13, from 11am-6pm in Fountain Park. Event organizers invite residents to come to Fountain Hills to enjoy the beautiful park setting and be Irish for the day. To celebrate Saint Patrick it is customary to wear shamrocks, green clothing and green accessories. The entertainment schedule offers something for everyone, including the opening event with the sound of bagpipes, live music Celtic rock by Traveler Celtic Rock Band Scott Jeffers, traditional dance performances by Kelly’s Dance Academy and McTeggart Irish Dancers, a variety of beer choices, including Irish, domestic and green beer, corned beef and cabbage, hot dogs, chicken, hamburgers, kettle corn, lemonade and Italian ice. Free kids’ entertainment will include bounce houses and a rock climbing wall, face painting and balloon twisting, and Fireman Bill will have fun and meaningful lessons about fire safety. In addition, local vendors will be available to share their products and services and the fountain will turn a Kelly green at 1pm. Event entrance is $5 per adult; children 12 and under are free.

Fine Art & Wine Affaire

Thunderbird Artists, the winner of ‘Best in Art’, by the Fountain Hills Business Recognition is excited to feature oil painter, Manfred Rapp, for the 12th Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire, March 11-13. The festival integrates fine art and fine crafts with a vast selection of imported and domestic wines, tasty food, flavorful sweets and live musical entertainment. See Fine Art & Wine Affaire, page 19


2016 Anthem Gem & Mineral Show

Artwork by featured artist Manfred Rapp

Fine Art & Wine Affaire, Continued from page 18

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Fun & Local Flavor Found At Anthem Days Anthem residents and visitors from across the Phoenix metro area will flock to ACC Community Park this month for Anthem Days, the premier showcase of the community, March 12-13. This free, family-friendly event runs from 10am-4pm each day and features a business expo, carnival, food vendors, select crafters and more. Other highlights of the two-day event include: live music, including Laura Walsh on Saturday and The Walkens Band on Sunday; Rotary beer garden; kid’s zone with inflatables; special events Saturday, including a salsa contest, Multi-Sport Fest sponsored by OSR Physical Therapy and 5K run/walk; and a special Sunday egg hunt for kids, featuring the Hippity Hop Band. The Frazier Shows Carnival opens ahead of the event on Thursday, March 10, at 5pm. The fun continues Friday evening beginning at 5pm and Saturday and Sunday beginning at 1pm. Prices and times subject to change. ProSkill Plumbing, Heating and Air is the Title Sponsor for this year’s Anthem Days event. Anthem Community Park is located at 41703 North Gavilan Peak Parkway. For more information, event schedules or to enter the Salsa Contest, visit www.onlineatanthem.com/ anthem-days.

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Rapp’s passion for the arts started when he was just four years old and, by the age of 16, he was serving as a graphic artist apprentice at a West German firm. Upon completion of his apprenticeship, he continued to thrive in the art world and began traveling through Europe. Being greatly inspired by the French Impressionists, Rapp has combined his own artistic visions in developing his unique style. His representational rural, urban, landscapes and figurative subject matters are created by combining Impressionism with glazing techniques of the Old Masters. In addition to Rapp’s paintings, this juried festival hosts more than 125 nationally-acclaimed, awardwinning artists from throughout the country and abroad; in addition to unparalleled wine tasting. For $10, patrons receive an engraved souvenir wine glass with six tasting tickets, allowing them to sample wines from throughout world, as well as craft beers, rum and more. In addition to the many surrounding restaurants, patrons can enjoy cuisine by Big Bones City Grill, Poutine, US “EH” and more. For one’s sweet tooth, Xoxolatl will be serving chocolate truffles to really tempt the taste buds, while other vendors will be serving kettle corn, Italian ices, homemade root beer and more. Live entertainment will feature Bob Culbertson on the Chapman Stick and Pam Barker and Bruce Rudolph of Rockin’ Memories. The festival will take place 10am-5pm each day. Admission is $3 and free for Fountain Hills residents. For more info, visit www.thunderbirdartists.com.

The 2016 Anthem Gem & Mineral Show, sponsored by the Daisy Mountain Rock & Mineral Club, will be held Saturday, March 12, from 9am-5pm, and Sunday, March 13, from 9am-4pm, at the Boulder Creek High School, located at 40404 North Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem, easily accessible from the Daisy Mountain Drive exit off I-17. This year’s event promises to be the largest and most exciting show in North Phoenix with more than 30 vendors, displaying a varied collection of gems, minerals, beads, lapidary work, jewelry, geodes, fossils and meteorites. With a specialized Kid’s Corner providing a fun and educational experience and food trucks, there is something for everyone. Adults are $3, seniors and students are $2, with children 12 and under free. The Daisy Mountain Rock & Mineral Club is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to promote and further an interest in geology, mineralogy and lapidary arts, through education, field experiences, public service and friendship. Find more information at www.dmrmc.com, Meet Up and Facebook, or call Ed Winbourne at 978.460.1528.

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The Guy Magnet Car: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C By Cathy Droz

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When To Review & Renew Your Estate Plan

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You have an estate plan that avoids probate, minimizes taxes and plans for your incapacity or death. But changes in your life may affect all your careful planning. So when should you review, and possibly renew, your estate plan? Review When the Big Four Life Events Happen – Marriage, Divorce, Birth and Death After the wedding, it’s easy to put off the LIBBY BANKS work of planning your newly combined estate. Scottsdale You pledged your love to each other, now put your money where your mouth is and commit to protecting each other with an estate plan. It seems obvious that if you divorce, you need to change your plan. Yet often I see new clients who divorced years ago and have a plan that still names their former spouse. If you are leaving a marriage or a long-term relationship, make sure you leave new estate planning documents in place too. The birth of a child requires an update to your plan, or requires you to make a plan if you haven’t already. You’ve brought a life into the world; protect them with a plan for their care if you’re no longer here. While a death brings grief and pain, it often brings an inheritance too. If your estate has expanded with an inheritance, you should review how it affects your plan, and whether your estate is now taxable. Please join me for my Estate Planning Mythbusters seminar, March 24, 5:30pm at Stonecreek Golf Club for more information about estate planning. Register at www.libbybanks.com/events.

We’ve all heard the term “Girl Magnet” right? It might be in reference to guys who drive their red Corvette or Ferrari at high speeds when passing a group of women… maybe it’s the guy who flashes his bank roll at the bar or talks about his boat in Newport Beach and his ranch in Montana. Sometimes it’s just a guy with a charismatic personality, great sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye. You might remember or know that guy from high school, college or the workplace. Heck you may be that guy. Well finally, even at my age, I’ve found the perfect answer to attracting men of all ages…It doesn’t matter if you are married, single, tall, short, have the body of Megan Fox or the face of Jennifer Lopez. The answer is DRIVE an Alfa Romeo. Throw out those five ways to meet a man touted on Twitter, and instead I suggest you take an Alfa out for the day and hope you can handle all the attention. I can’t remember the last time I was honked at so much, received “thumbs up” from all ages and genders or had cars pulling next to me begging me to roll down my window so they could say something. But the best were the videos men and women were taking down Scottsdale Road, on their phones, as I drove by them. Every time I left a light, stop sign or pulled out of a parking space the exhaust sound made everyone look…but most of all it made me feel extraordinary, it made me feel like my hard work had paid off and I deserved this Italian stallion of a machine. Go to news.CITYSunTimes.com now for Cathy’s “Five Reasons A Woman Should Own An Alfa Romeo.”

FOOTHILLS ANIMAL RESCUE PET OF THE MONTH

Meet Korie One-Year-Old Australian Cattle Dog Korie is a sweet girl who is looking for an energetic, active family that will give her lots of love and attention. Her markings make her such a unique looking dog. She needs someone who will take time to teach her some basic manners but she is very eager to learn and quite smart, it won’t take long for her to be the perfect family member. She loves when FAR volunteers take her for hikes and at adoption events she loves to people watch. Foothills Animal Rescue is located at 23030 North Pima Road in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.488.9890 or visit www.foothillsanimal.org.

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What’s Going On In Cave Creek? By Traci Casale ~ 2016 Cave Creek Pro Rodeo President

may even have permanent rest room facilities at the Cave Creek Memorial Arena. e seem to be hearing that question quite often. Back to the 2016 Cave Creek Fiesta Days and more exciting It started in 2014 when we finished as a Top 5 Finalist changes… in the PRCA’s Small Rodeo category. The PRCA has We’ve added a concert this year. Not a dance. A concert. 624 sanctioned rodeos, so we raised a few eyebrows Nashville recording artist Daryle Singletary will be playing and caught the attention of more than a few. live in the arena on Saturday night after the rodeo. Personally, We didn’t win Small Rodeo last year. We weren’t classified as a Small I’ve wanted a concert at the grounds for at least eight years Rodeo for 2015 and in 2016 we are officially a Medium PRCA rodeo. and with the support of the current Board of Directors and This classification is ranked by what is called the “purse” or added our Presenting Sponsor, Sanderson Ford, it is a reality for money. It is what our committee contributes toward what the our 2016 event. Great things happen when the right team is Cowboys get paid. We have proudly and aggressively increased put together. Our winning team has MVPs like Sanderson Ford our Cave Creek purse an unprecedented 100 percent in five years. and the Cervi Championship Rodeo Company, with four and five (Up until 2012 the purse was $1,500 per event for at least a decade. year anniversaries, respectively. In 2016 the purse will be $3,000 per event.) Quick reminder: Saturday night has been selling out for a Our commitment to the contestants was rewarded by the few years now and with the addition of this concert, we expect 2014 votes and the Top 5 finish. We are looking forward to 2016 the “Sold Out” to happen much sooner than later. Please buy your and beyond and hope the voting continues to come our way. tickets in advance at http://tickets.ticketforce.com – the days of We’ve also revamped the contestant hospitality area and our walking up to the ticket booths with cash in hand are a fond memory. Pro Rodeo Cowboys and Cowgirls will be eating their deliciously I told a story last year about how change is good, and for us, the good prepared meals from Chilleen’s on 17, Manuel’s Mexican keeps getting better. We’re attracting new members and new sponsors. Restaurant and the Buffalo Chip Saloon. We’re counting on We’re gaining national attention. We’re upgrading departments. these Food Sponsors to help us with the votes. We’re booking national acts to entertain our rodeo fans. We’re not Out at the rodeo grounds, the town is busy with the new bleacher Photo by Tiffany Byerly working any less, but the payoff (not payday, we’re all volunteers) gets better installation in Section 5 complete with seven ADA/Assist reserved with more appreciation, recognition and respect. What’s going on in Cave Creek? spaces. The town added a practice arena and redesigned the parking lot with Quite a lot. And it is “All Good” in relation to Fiesta Days. major improvements for dust control. We’re looking forward to the reconfiguration See you at the Chutes! of the timed end and a major overhaul on the electrical system. Someday we

Cave Creek Pro Rodeo Names 2016 Royalty

The Cave Creek Pro Rodeo (CCPR) Board of Directors announced that Katie Gheen will be serving another year as the Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo Queen (CCFDR). Gheen is 21 years old and resides in Queen Creek. A full time student at Chandler Gilbert Community College, she is working towards a degree in Equine Veterinarian studies. Gheen competes in barrel racing and won her first saddle at the Chandler Vaqueros Saddle Club. As an avid horsewoman Gheen’s current associations include CCPR and Grand Canyon Professional Rodeo Association. She has served as the 2015 Miss CCFDR Queen and Miss P&M Arena Rodeo Queen. Gheen looks forward to representing Cave Creek again this year and hopes to advance to Miss Rodeo Arizona. Traveling to Circuit rodeos and hauling Photo by Duffy Ladd Photography horses is quite expensive. Those who may be interested in helping the CCFDR Queen with her travel expenses, may mail a tax-deductible donation (made payable to the Desert Foothills Community Association) to: Cave Creek Pro Rodeo, ATTN: Queen Program; PO Box 647; Cave Creek, AZ 85327. Learn more at www.facebook.com/cavecreekprorodeoqueen. Fiesta Days kicks off this year with its opening celebration on March 19 with the Historic Parade at 9am, followed by Kid’s Mutton Bustin’ and the Kick Off Dance and Celebration. Rodeo weekend follows April 1-3. For more information, visit www.cavecreekprorodeo.com. For ticket sales, visit www.ticketforce.com.

MEET THE 2016 CAVE CREEK FIESTA DAYS RODEO SPONSORS 2016 CCFDR Presenting Sponsor:

Platinum Buckle Sponsors:

Gold Buckle Sponsors:

Coors Banquet 96.3 Real Country SMIL (Scottsdale Medical Imaging) The Town of Cave Creek

Chilleen’s on 17 Elrod Fence Company Grace Capital Investment Corp. Rural Metro Fire Department

Silver Buckle Sponsors: Ahern Rentals ★ APS ★ Buffalo Chip Saloon Cave Creek Roadhouse ★ Coca Cola Refreshments Kennedy Design Build ★ No Waste Grindings Peaks & Valleys Restaurant ★ Walmart ★ Wells Fargo

Bronze Buckle Sponsors: American Desert Landscape ★ Boot Barn Building by Don Fredricks/Larson Excavating ★ Cave Creek Bourbon Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association Dirty Tequila ★ Harold’s Corral ★ Heart & Soul Café Matt Mills Reigning ★ Maximum Exterminating ★ ReddyIce Three Bars Feed and Tack ★ Adam Trenk, Esq., Rose Law Group pc Valerie’s Furniture & Accents ★ Wrangler Please support the businesses that support your Pro Rodeo. Sponsors are current as of time of publication. Learn more at www.cavecreekprorodeo.com.


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MAYOR FRANCIA WRITES...

Publisher Lorrie Pomeroy Publisher Emeritus Hope H. Ozer

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As the temperature starts to go up, so does the level of excitement surrounding our Annual Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo. Personally, I find it refreshing to have an event that we can all look forward to each year. For Cave Creek, we need to remind ourselves MAYOR that special events, when done properly, Town of Cave Creek benefit us all. Fiesta Days is one of those 480.488.1400 events and we expect 2016 to be even better. www.cavecreek.org Let’s tip our hats to the hard working volunteers who comprise the Cave Creek Pro Rodeo Committee. I said this last year and I’m saying it again, thank you for all you do for the Town of Cave Creek. In addition to the first rate rodeo performances, they’ve booked a national act for our entertainment this year. We’re excited to see Daryle Singletary perform his hits in our arena after the Saturday night rodeo. I’m especially looking forward to hearing him sing about the Cave Creek Rodeo in his new song, “There’s Still a Little Country Left.” We’ve been talking about better use of the Cave Creek Memorial Arena and leave it to our Rodeo Committee to pave the way. The future could bring us more concerts in various genres at this venue. Like many of you, initially I had to wonder why Fiesta Days has two weeks between the Kickoff Celebration and the Pro Rodeo. I was quickly reminded of the Easter holiday in between the Fiesta Days Kickoff on March 19 and the Rodeo April 1, 2 and 3. Happy Easter to everyone. The Fiesta Days Kickoff Celebration has slight changes due to the unexpected absence of the Buffalo Chip. As a good neighbor, the Roadhouse stepped up and sponsored the Kickoff Dance, while the Mutton Bustin’ will still take place at the Buffalo Chip Arena. Of course, it all starts with our Historic Parade at 9am. We’re very much looking forward to the Kickoff Celebration and all it brings to our Town.

Once rodeo weekend comes to town, April 1-3, we are proud to welcome thousands of rodeo fans to the Cave Creek Memorial Arena. I’m pleased to witness our Town staff coordinating with the Rodeo Committee on grounds improvements. As we know, the volunteers of the rodeo committee proudly built the rodeo grounds for our town and now the Town is committed to the maintenance and upgrades.

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Along with my Council Members, we applaud all of the combined efforts that make Fiesta Days a success – the rodeo committee, the Fiesta Days Sponsors and rodeo fans as well as the Town staff. They say, “it takes a village” and for this event, we have just that in Cave Creek. Please join us in this wonderful celebration – our beloved Fiesta Days!

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Arizona Wild West Festival, Arizona’s newest and largest western/music festival, will take place March 11-13. This all new, one-of-a-kind event will feature a number of first time, signature, family-friendly activities. Johnny Hotshot, a world champion Wild West showman, will excite visitors with his amazing gun talents, whip and rope tricks on Sunday, March 13, at 1pm. Hotshot will perform on the west lot of Cave Creek’s Frontier Town. Professional stuntmen, including Spanky Spangler, who has survived more than 22,000 stunts and set a number of world records earning him the title of the greatest living daredevil, will provide action-packed entertainment as they compete on an arduous obstacle course as part of Bust the Dust, which takes place at Hogs & Horses. Spangler will judge the competition featuring a number of Arizona and Hollywood stuntmen. The stuntman rivalry challenge takes place March 12, from 12-2pm. George Nelson, a well-known industry stuntman and owner of Southwest Stunt Association, which is orchestrating Bust the Dust, says the stunt professionals will perform high falls, death drags, saddle falls, body burns, trampoline explosions, fights, roof rolls and an obstacle course. Baddog Bennett, an internationally known western entertainer will thrill the crowds during the finale along with his wife Megan and their trick horses. Other events include Kickin’ ‘n Pickin’, Guns of Anarchy, Cowpokes ‘n Little Folks at Kiwanis Marketplace, Rope & Chrome at The Roadhouse, Visions of the West at Stagecoach Village (featuring Craig Bergsgaard, an internationally known western and classical bronze sculpturist), Rock the District at Big Earl’s Greasy Eats, Elegance in History, The Single Action Shooter Society, Bullets & Beauties at Hideaway Grill. Arizona Wild West Festival is produced by Six Gun Entertainment, LLC in conjunction with Booth Communications, Inc., Southwest Industrial Rigging and other community sponsors. Learn more at www.cavecreeklive.com.

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Acupuncture Now An Option Levanah Acupuncture is now open in Cave Creek. The proprietor, Levanah Britt Faellstroem, is originally from Sweden. She has been working as a registered nurse in Sweden, Switzerland, the UN hospital in Lebanon and in the U.S., in many different settings. Missing the holistic view in Western Medicine, she turned to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture. TCM sees everything happening physically, mentally and emotionally as interrelated, giving a more satisfactory approach. Faellstroem has also studied Chinese Herbal Medicine and is a trained massage therapist. She has passed the national board exam in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and was awarded Student of the Year in massage therapy. She has an acupuncture license in Arizona and is a member of AzSoma. Levanah Acupuncture is located at 7005 East Cave Creek Road, Suite 106, Cave Creek. For information, call 480.488.9375 or visit www.levanahacupuncture.com.

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Kiwanis Club Mixer

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Kiwanis Club of Carefree members are encouraged to bring a friend to the club’s March 15 mixer to be held at the Kiwanis Marketplace. The free Member Mixer at the Marketplace takes place from 4-6pm and will offer wine, beer and “eats.” All new members should be in attendance as well as Committee Chairs, who will be advising on the activities of their committee. Leadership will also share the latest Marketplace news and talk about how the Marketplace has helped the local community. “We are hoping members will bring a neighbor/guest who may just become a member after visiting this Marketplace, meeting many of our interesting members and enjoying great fellowship,” says Pete Carpenter, Membership Chair. “Looking forward to seeing you with the hope that this could help our Membership grow!” Members should sign up at the Wednesday meeting to attend. Reservations will be cut off after the meeting March 9. Learn more about Kiwanis Club of Carefree at www.kiwaniscarefree.org.


The Sonoran Arts League offers free art classes for veterans the first and third Thursday of each month. In each class, veterans focus on creating two pieces of artwork: one to keep and one to auction off to help support veteran programs. The class theme is “Pets of Vets.� Participants should bring a photo of a favorite pet (past or present) or choose one from various images that the League will provide. Register for the free classes by calling 480.575.6624 or by emailing info@sonoranartsleague.org. Proceeds benefit the veteran, the program and partnering non-profit veteran organizations. Sonoran Arts League is located at 6051 East Hidden Valley Drive. For more information, visit sonoranartsleague.org.

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2016 Spur Cross Fair March is Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, and Desert Foothills Chapter of Arizona Archaelogical and Society Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area invite residents to learn about archaeology in Cave Creek at the 2016 Spur Cross Fair. The event will be held Saturday, March 12, from 9am-3pm, and will include hikes, booths, guest speakers and live demonstrations. There will be booths from the Desert Foothills Chapter of Arizona Archaelogical Society, Cave Creek Museum, Desert Awareness Group, Desert Foothills Land Trust, Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Liberty Wildlife, as well as pottery and gold panning demonstrations, other children’s activities and crafts and the opportunity to view and hold prehistoric artifacts from the area. The speaker is Scott Wood, retired Tonto National Forest archaeologist. Hikes include First Mesa, Jewel of the Creek and Rock Art. Hikers should be prepared for desert walking with appropriate footwear, hats, snacks and an adequate supply of bottled water. Bring the whole family and have fun while learning about this beautiful state. Check the

Arizona Archaeological Society (AAS) website www.azarchsoc.org under “events” for the finalized schedule of speakers and hikes. To get to Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, from Cave Creek Road, turn north on to Spur Cross Road. Spur Cross Conservation Area is four-anda-half miles north. Although the fair is free, there is a $3/adult park entrance fee. Children under 16 and those with Maricopa County Park or Spur Cross passes are free.


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Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 3, to attend Cave Creek Museum’s “Homes Through Time” home tour. The popular event takes place from 10am-4pm and serves as one of the Museum’s biggest fund-raising events. This year’s tour features three unique homes that range from Western traditional to modern: • Circular Home designed by Will Bruder: Though he had no formal university training in architecture, Will Bruder made a name for himself in the design of private homes and many public spaces. He worked and studied under the renowned Paolo Soleri, and much of that influence can be seen in this “circular” home, one of the earliest homes he built. Set on nearly five acres of land in Cave Creek, it was originally designed in 1978 for his master carpenter. As a result, the home’s interior uses wood extensively. The history of the home includes renovations made a number of years ago by a previous owner, who sought out Bruder to update aspects of the home without compromising the existing design. Bruder agreed and such additions as air conditioning duct work meld in beautifully with the original home’s framework. • Baciewicz Residence: This beautiful southwestern home, built in 1995 on two-and-a-half acres in Cave

Creek, takes full advantage of its spectacular setting, both in design and implementation. There’s a sense of an Edenesque self-sufficiency that one feels in the home, and the homeowner’s hand-crafted furniture adds a personal touch that lends to the warmth of the home. A large kitchen for this family of five is often a center for socialization, and to honor that, the Museum will conduct a “Kitchen and Garden Boutique” on the outside patio at this tour stop, where guests can purchase homemade baked goods, small cooking and gardening accessories, plants and crafts. All proceeds from the “Kitchen and Garden Boutique” benefit the Museum.

• Colyer Residence: The owners are western enthusiasts as this, their winter residence, beautifully shows. The 4,500-square-foot home mixes elegance with the joy of western casual. The intricate glass and iron-work arched front door welcomes guests with a lariat wreath as befits the interest of Mr. Colyer, who is a team roping enthusiast. To practice the art, the property includes a five-stall barn and an arena, both open for guests to explore. Mrs. Colyer has a deep appreciation for fine art, as is evidenced by the beautiful paintings and sculpture throughout the home. A self-guided tour, the event provides the flexibility to choose the order of which properties guests visit. The Museum will provide a pamphlet that serves as a ticket and includes the history and a detailed description of each home. On-site docents will point out additional aspects of each home. Once the admission pamphlet is in hand, guests can start the tour at any of the featured locations. Tickets may be purchased online at www. cavecreekmuseum.org, at the Museum, 6140 Skyline Drive, or with credit card by phone. The Museum also will open early at 8am on Sunday, April 3, to sell tickets. Tickets will not be available at the homes. For more information, call 480.488.2764.

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Bryan’s Brings The Blues To Cave Creek Two of the Valley’s greatest blues musicians will bring their hits to Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue in an intimate setting March 26 from 5:30-8:30pm. Seating will be tight at this free performance, so get there early to hear iconic blues musicians Hans Olson and Chuck Hall. Bryan’s Barbecue in Cave Creek offers a perfect blues setting, in the corner of the restaurant designated for Bryan’s favorite musical duo. The Persian rug will grace the stage under the big neon Bryan’s BBQ sign, setting off the glow of reds and yellows. Born in Louisiana and raised on the Texas side listening to the likes of Lightnin’ Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, and Albert King, as well as so many others, Hall moved to the Valley in 1984, where he has become a well-known and respected musician. Hall has played with some of the best, and has been voted Best Blues Guitarist in Phoenix two years in a row and was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 2000. His most recent offerings include a two-disc compilation CD and the ‘Live in Sweden’ disc. Olson, Hall’s long-time friend, is a prolific musician and songwriter. Originally from San Bernardino, California, he has been a long time Arizona resident. Olson’s unusual sound and form of blues combines his love of blues, country, folk music and original songs. He was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 1996. In 1986 Olson helped found the Sun Club, a former hub of the Tempe music scene. The Sun Club was fundamental in launching the careers of acts such as Dead Hot Workshop and the Gin Blossoms. Throughout his career Olson also helped to establish and organize the Phoenix Blues Society, the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame and the Arizona Music Heritage Foundation, among other organizations. Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue is located at 6130 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. Visit www.bryansbbq.com for more information or call 480.575.7155.


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Hot Diggity Dawgs is now offering Cave Creek an authentic taste of Chicago at the recently opened Tractor Supply Company, located at 34350 North Cave Creek Road. Hot Diggity Dawgs offers a delicious lunch special, which include a jumbo Vienna dog, chips and a drink. Hot Diggity Dawgs is owned and operated by a longtime Cave Creek resident who is originally from Chicago and knows how to prepare an authentic Chicago dog, she even graduated from Vienna’s Hot Dog University in Chicago. Hot Diggity Dawgs is proud to serve premium Vienna beef products including hot dogs, steamed poppy seed buns, pickles, sport peppers, relish and all of the other Chicago dog condiments. Hot Diggity Dawgs is excited to invite the entire town in the celebration of having a delicious yet affordable lunch, and is honoring its loyal customers by having weekly drawing for a free lunch giveaway every Friday. For more information, call or text 602.628.7638, or visit www.facebook.com/ hotdiggitydawgs.

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Soroptimist International of Saguaro Foothills. in collaboration with Desert Foothills Library, invites residents to its annual Team Trivia Contest Friday, March 18, at 6:30pm at Desert Foothills Library located at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road, Cave Creek. The night will include some of Cave Creek and Carefree’s smartest and wittiest neighbors and friends challenging one another to be the winners. Teams will consist of up to four players and the team with the best name will win a prize. Prizes will be awarded to the teams in first and second place. As one of the organization’s major fundraisers for local women, children and community library, there will also be a silent auction to raise much needed funds to support the community. Entry fee per person is $50. There will be food and drinks available. For more information and to register a team, contact Carolyn Lutz at 602.568.5005 or by email at clutz2765@gmail.com.

Carefree Church will host its Karz for Kidz Car Show March 13 from 11:30am-3pm. The event will include fun for the whole family, with live music, concessions, kids’ activities and family voting with trophies in several categories. Registration fees are $20 for pre-registered cars and trucks ($25 day of), and $10 for motorcycles, ATV’s and dirt bikes ($15 day of). Register online at www.carefreechurch.com or drop off a registration form at the church. All proceeds will benefit “Kidslife,” which ministers to children of all ages through weekly Bible Classes with activities and games, charitable community events, various summer camps, musicals and festivals throughout the year. Carefree Church is located at 5025 East Carefree Highway in Cave Creek. For additional information, contact the church office at 480.488.5565 or info@carefreechurch.com.


March is Archaeology Month and the perfect time to learn about the rich Desert Foothills history at Cave Creek Museum. Go back in time while touring the Museum’s impressive Archaeology Wing or attend the annual Archaeology Fair at Spur Cross [see page 30]. Take advantage of the Museum’s “History Highlights” program, which focuses on those big, bold, beautiful boulders near the famed Boulders Resort. Or, get a glimpse into the life of a female pioneer during a weaving and quilting family program sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Carefree. Located at 6140 Skyline Drive in Cave Creek, Cave Creek Museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. The event schedule includes:

March 20: Historic Stamp Mill Demonstration – 3-3:30pm Free outside demonstration. See this historic 1880 “Golden Reef Mine Stamp Mill” in action as volunteers crush hard rock ore in search of gold that can be separated and saved. The Museum is particularly pleased to showcase this 10-Stamp Mill that came from its own mining district and was originally located on Continental Mountain. For details, call 480.488.2764, or visit www.cavecreekmuseum.org

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March 6: “What the Ladies Did” Weaving/Quilting Family Program – 1:30-3pm Unlock the mysteries of using textiles, such as yarn and plastic bags, for creating the perfect picture or blanket. Make a quilt block and watch lace makers turn thread into lace. Cave Creek Museum is grateful to the Kiwanis Club of Carefree for sponsoring the Family Programs.

March 12: “The Boulders at The Boulders Aren’t Really Boulders!” – 2-3:30pm This History Highlights program covers the physical forces that have created the beautiful piece of Sonoran Desert in the Desert Foothills. Reservations are requested.

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MAYOR PETERSON WRITES... By Mayor Les Peterson

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Carefree Building Momentum For The Future The combined efforts of the Carefree Town Staff and Council working closely in concert with the local businesses and developers continues to produce outstanding results. The revitalization of MAYOR Town of Carefree Downtown Carefree is moving into the next phase. Sales tax revenues 480.488.3686 www.carefree.org to the town are up significantly, expenditures remain well within the approved 2015-16 Budget and new progressive programs and amenities to improve the experience and walkability in the downtown area are becoming a reality.

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Construction and Renovation Luxury Condominiums: One of the most prominent economic development projects in Carefree and the northeast region is the Easy Street Ultra Luxury Condominium project featuring resort level amenities and first class concierge services just a block from the Desert Gardens. This pedestrian friendly residence will attract some of the most discerning buyers who expect the quality Carefree is known for. Scheduled for groundbreaking this summer, stop by the Sales Center at 33 Easy Street in Carefree or visit www.easystreetcarefree.com. Office suites: Real estate broker and developer Harry Vardakis just broke ground on his latest development, smaller self-contained office suites suitable for an individual office or a small business. Watch this construction come up out of the ground at the intersection of Elbow Bend Road and Nonchalant Avenue just a stones through form the Iconic Carefree Sundial. Downtown Improvements Gateways: The construction of the new gateways will commence within the next month to provide visibility and branding into the Town core at Wampum Way/Tom Darlington and Carefree Drive/Cave Creek Road. A special thanks to Council member Melissa Price for her tireless efforts in support of the gateways. Additional Downtown Lighting: Twenty-eight additional “gas” lighting fixtures, which match our existing fixtures, are in construction and should be received within the next month. Installation of these energy efficient and dark sky compliant fixtures will include being strategically placed throughout the downtown area to enhance the “walkability” of the Carefree Desert Gardens and commercial area. A special thanks to Council member Glen Miller for his efforts on this project. See Mayor Peterson Writes, page 42

Luxury Living Coming To Easy Street A $50 million, exclusive condominium project is coming to Carefree. Easy Street will feature 44 luxurious, amenity-stocked condos ranging in price from $600,000 to $2,500,000. The project features some of Arizona’s most scenic mountain views and a resort-level lifestyle that’s completely new to the Desert Foothills north of Scottsdale. “Easy Street represents the region’s finest in ultra-luxury condominiums,” says Ed Lewis, president and CEO of Butte Easy Street, LLC and other development companies under the Butte Companies umbrella. “Residents will take in Carefree’s storied big skies, scenic mountain views and our own greenbelt from their balconies. Our 44 Easy Street owners will enjoy pedestrian-friendly ‘Main Street’ living, with dining, shopping, arts and exciting entertainment in the town center, just steps from their front doors.” The 1,800 to 3,600-square-foot limited availability residences will be offered in 13 distinctive floor plans, with upgraded finishes. All residences will be “smart wired” for multiple cable, telephone and Internet options and whole-home automation. Top quality craftsmanship, upscale finishes and impeccable design options create a jewel box home. Spacious courtyards and upper terraces with collapsing patio doors overlook the vista views of Black Mountain, the green belt and Easy Street’s luxury second floor pool and spa. The project celebrates Arizona outdoor living with generous terraces that feel more like outdoor rooms, carefully shaded for comfort and adorned with custom iron railings. First floor dwellings recall traditional row houses found on historic streets where each resident has a private walk-up

garden courtyard along Easy Street enhancing the street experience both visually and socially. Located near Carefree Drive and Tom Darlington Road (Scottsdale Road), Easy Street is positioned in the middle of one of Arizona’s best walkable communities with the Carefree Village and amphitheater within steps. “We are thrilled to have the Easy Street project add to the uniqueness and vitality of Carefree,” says Mayor Les Peterson. “The design, amenities and views from the project provide our current and future residents the best in luxury living right in the heart of our town center.” The sales center, located at 33 Easy Street, is now open. The groundbreaking for the condominiums is planned for June 2016 with completion expected by Fall 2017. For more information, visit www. easystreetcarefree.com, or call 480.535.5011.


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Monthly Cigar Dinners Offered Bodega 13 and Sticks Cigar Lounge will host monthly cigar dinners, which began in February and continue through May. The events will include a four course dinner prepared by Chef Karsten Hartig with each course paired with a featured spirit or wine. Patrons will also receive four complimentary cigars to enjoy before, during or after dinner.

The first event will feature select bourbons from Southern Wine & Spirits and four cigars from Ashton Cigar Company. The cigar dinner will be held on the back patio from 6-9pm. The price is $125 including gratuity. Sticks co-owner Mike Hightower explains, “We wanted to create an event to celebrate good food, good bourbon and great cigars. We are thrilled to have Ashton sponsor our first event.” Limited reservations are available and can be made by contacting Hightower at 480.575.0993. The next cigar dinner will be held on March 30. A list of all the events dates with additional details are posted on the company web sites – www.bodega13.com and www.stickscigarsaz.com. Bodega 13 is an international Tapas Kitchen open for lunch and dinner from 11am-10pm. Sticks Cigar Lounge is open daily from 9am-7pm. They are both located in the Sundance Center at 7202 East Ho Road, near the northeast corner of Ho Road and Tom Darlington Road in Carefree.

Mayor Peterson Writes, Continued from page 40 Construction and Renovation Bashas’ Renovation: The Bashas’ Grocery in the Carefree Shopping Center is scheduled for a major renovation starting in late spring. A special thanks to Vice Mayor John Crane who has been in communication with Johnny Basha on this welcomed improvement. Marketing Programs World Renowned Artist and Sculptor Ray Villafane: Ray Villafane has agreed to a yearlong partnership with Carefree to enhance and strengthen the “Enchanted Pumpkin Garden” next year and to develop new artistic exhibits in the Desert Gardens. A special thanks to Carefree Marketing and Communications Manager Gina Kaegi for all of her efforts on this project. Free Sunday Concerts in the Gardens: The popular Sunday Concert Series, featuring musical groups performing in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion from 1-3pm on selected Sundays throughout the spring, will continue through May 1. These concerts have become a wonderful way to spend a Sunday. Thanks to Bodega 13 Restaurant for sponsoring the events. Carefree Festivals: An array of fairs and festivals featuring noted artists and specialty food purveyors is scheduled in the downtown area throughout the spring. Positioned around the inspiring Desert Gardens, it’s a venue like no other. While you are in the downtown area don’t forget to stop by the fine retailers and shops located throughout the area, and to visit one of our excellent restaurants. We think you will be glad you did. Go to www.visitcarefree. com for more details about our unique and scenic little Town!


In this time of high consumer desire for healthy, fresh, and safe eating, at home or while dining out, top chefs and homeowners alike are turning to growing their own produce. Whether planted in a plot, a container or scattered among landscape, homegrown vegetables and herbs give the pleasure of savoring delicious, sun-warmed, fresh-tasting meals grown just outside one’s door. On March 26, the Carefree Desert Gardens welcomes back Master Gardener Carol Stuttard, a gardening educator. Stuttard says, “We are lucky with vegetable gardening here in the desert because we have not one, but two growing seasons – spring and fall.”

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Learn how to grow delicious vegetables and herbs, with special consideration for the sightly higher elevations found in and around the Cave Creek area. Stuttard will teach how to lay out a garden, soil preparation, watering and of course what can be grown successfully. Stuttard has taught spring and fall vegetable gardening classes for the Valley Permaculture Alliance and Scottsdale Public Library. She has been on PBS and had her own show on Channel 11, Scottsdale for Vegetable Gardening. She is an adjunct faculty member at Maricopa Community College. The program, usuallly including a plant raffle, will begin at 9:30am and run approximately until 12pm in the Town Council Chambers located in the U.S. Post Office Building, 100 Easy Street, Carefree. A $5 (or more) donation is appreciated to support these programs. For information call 480.488.3686. Come early as seating is limited.

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Gallery Presents Human Sumi Brush Performance On Saturday, March 12, internationally known multimedia artist Jeff Zischke and Art | Object Gallery presents the first of five international performances and exhibitions, “Humi – The Human Sumi Brush.” Zischke debuted “Humi” at the San Francisco Design Center, now he will bring this fusion of art, music and food to Carefree Amphitheater. The evening begins at 5:30pm with a VIP experience at Art | Object Gallery, 100 East Easy Street, in Carefree, featuring a meet-and-great with the artist, performance model Tico Nanico, sake, wine, appetizers and a signed, commemorative Humi book plus a ticket for all performances for $80. For performances only, tickets are $45. Tickets can be purchased at www.humievent. com. Food trucks will be open during all performances. A portion of the proceeds raised will benefit Pediatric Autoimmune Neurological Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS). Takeo Japanese drummers will set the tempo for the evening with an invigorating performance demonstrating traditional Japanese sword fighting. The main event features Nanico suspended in air while Zischke, using her hair and sumi ink, creates one-of-kind artwork on paper and canvas. Humi is Zischke’s take on Sumi-e; the 2000-year-old art form of Japanese brush painting which is spiritually rooted in Zen Buddhism. After the artwork has been created an auction for each piece will be held.


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Foothills Caring Corps’ much-anticipated fundraiser and social event, the 12th annual Taste of the Foothills celebration, takes place under the stars from 5-9pm Thursday, March 31, at el Pedregal, 34505 North Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale. The Taste of the Foothills and Cash & Caring Raffle is the Foothills Caring Corps’ finale fundraiser in its 2015-16 Annual Campaign. Currently, the non-profit has raised over $300,000, nearly halfway to its goal of $650,000. Guests will enjoy food and wine tasting, live music, live and silent auctions. Affinity returns as the featured musical entertainment. Admission to the event is $50 per person without a raffle ticket, or attendees can receive free admission for two adults, with the purchase of a Cash & Caring raffle ticket for $100. All proceeds benefit the volunteer-based Caring Corps’ mission to promote elderly independence, and is a vital contributor to the nonprofit’s diverse selection of programs and services. “Every year we are in awe of the community’s involvement at this fundraiser. Every admission and raffle ticket sold is a generous contribution to our elderly neighbors and future Caring Corps endeavors,” says Foothills Caring Corps Executive Director, Debbra Determan. Tickets are on sale now and will be sold at the event. To purchase admission or raffle tickets or for additional information, call 480.488.1105 or visit www.foothillscaringcorps.com.

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Chamber To Celebrate Community Excellence The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce invites members and area residents to attend its annual Celebration of Excellence Breakfast. The event will be held March 31 from 8-10am at Venues Café, 34 Easy Street in Carefree The Chamber will be honoring its “Business of the Year” and “Volunteer of the Year.” The Business of the Year is a Chamber business recognized for their growth and great success over the past year. This business also may demonstrate a passion for helping the local community, giving back to the CITYSunTimes’ own Bob Hesselgesser is a “Volunteer of the Year” finalist for Chamber and community through financial or volunteer participation, the Chamber Celebration of Excellence promoting business to business commerce Award. Photo courtesy of Kim Prince. with the membership or contributing above and beyond the norm for the year. The Business of the Year finalists are Sonoran Arts League, Tech 4 Life and The UPS Store. Other nominees include AZ Professional Care Services, Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue, Carefree Coverings, Carefree Floors, CITYSunTimes, Easy Street Galleria, English Rose Tea Room, Harold’s Corral, Local Jonny’s, My Sweet Blessings, Parkway Bank, The Horny Toad and Valerie’s Furniture and Accents. The Volunteer of the Year is a Chamber member who frequently participates in Chamber meetings and events, promotes the Chamber and goodwill in the business community, recruits new members and who has demonstrated involvement above and beyond over the past year. The Volunteer of the Year finalists are Mick Ennis, Bob Hesselgesser, Lena McCoy and Jennifer McGirr. Other nominees include Pat Bell Demers, Natalie Bowers, Susie Dymoke, Jim Hundman, Connie Kozma and Maria Nixon. The cost to attend the event is $25. For additional information, visit www.carefreecavecreek.org.

Kiwanis Serves Up “Stacks Of Fun” The annual Kiwanis of Carefree Pancake Breakfast, a favorite local tradition, returns to Carefree Town Center Gardens April 2. The event offers good food, at good prices, creating a great time to support the many good community services offered by Kiwanis. They raise about $12,000 each year to support various community services. Pancake breakfasts are held twice a year, fall and spring, on Saturday mornings, in the town center of Carefree and more than 600 people attended the last one. When they began about 12 years ago, they were tied to the Fiesta Day parade – the only local event that drew a lot of outsiders. Now pancake breakfasts are an event on their own, with other local organizations arranging information booths around the area. The 2016 spring Pancake Breakfast will be held from 7-11am. For additional information, visit www.kiwaniscarefree.org.


Save The Date: Carefree Days Magic Bird Festivals invites Valley residents to “make it a Carefree weekend” at the Third Annual Carefree Days. The three-day arts and entertainment event takes place from 10am-5pm daily April 8-10, in the Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy Street, in Downtown Carefree. The free, outdoor festival ushers in the spring season with more than 75 prestigious arts and craft exhibitors. Their Southwest inspired artistry and handcrafted designs are woven throughout the town’s exotic botanical gardens with Carefree’s world-famous sundial at its center. Attendees are invited to browse one-of-a-kind fine art designs while taking in live music and entertainment all weekend long. Magic Bird’s festive food court also offers popular Southwest eats throughout the weekend. Local food concessions are conveniently located next to the art booths and only a short walk from the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion stage. For information, call 480.488.2014 or visit www.carefreeazfestivals.com.

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SHORT SALE. Beautiful, well maintained single level home on nice half acre lot in gated Casas del Cielo. 4 bedroom, 3 bath. Master with separate tub and shower, dual sinks, private door opening to the patio/pool area. Bedrooms 2 and 3 share a bath. Bedroom 4, with its own bath, is perfect for guests or for use as an office. Pool, spa and great views of Black Mountain in the backyard. The front courtyard area offers a putting green. Close proximity to some of the best schools in the state. Incredible opportunity! MLS#5294474 $421,000

CHALET STYLE – CAVE CREEK HOME 2.5 Acres include main house and large 2BD guest house. Located off Highland Road in Cave Creek. Ideal for extended family living. Beautiful mountain views. Well, electric gate, ample storage room for toys, etc. Room for pool and horses. MLS#5194984 REDUCED $395,000

TOWN OF CAVE CREEK Untouched 2.5 Acre Parcel at 52nd Street and El Sendero Drive. Horses O.K. No HOA. Paved access, utilities to neighboring property. MLS#5177055 REDUCED $193,000

CAREFREE LOT ON LONG RIFLE ROAD CAMP CREEK CABIN Charming cabin beside flowing Camp Creek with Fall change of colors and Summer green shade. Living room, gallery kitchen, dining area, ¾ bath and loft bedroom. Occupancy 180 days by Forest Service Permit. MLS #5213597 $87,500

PATENTED MINING CLAIMS/ TONTO NATIONAL FOREST Extraordinary building sites with views in all directions. Plenty of room for homes, horses, and workshops. Off the grid. NE of Carefree, near Seven Springs at 4,200’ elevation; Red Rover Copper #5, 20 acres MLS# 5258526 $200,000 West 1/2 Red Rover Copper #3, 10 acres. MLS# 5266340 $150,000

1.36 ACRE LOT – CAREFREE ROLLING HILLS A rare opportunity to own and build on this exceptional lot which includes a tennis court, and can be an excellent site, or not. Ample room to build your dream home, affording exquisite views to surrounding mountains and peaceful surroundings. Easy build in deed restricted community. MLS#5247328 REDUCED $269,000

5 ACRE VIEW LOT – CAVE CREEK AREA One of the best estate sized view lots in the Cave Creek area. Spectacular views in all directions-city lights, mountain vistas. The Spur Cross preservation area is just over the hill. Building site is ready with paved roads all the way to the property and paved driveway to the building pad, power to property line and 19 gal./ min. private well. This is a hilltop lot with the building pad and retaining wall grandfathered in prior to hillside development restrictions. If you are seeking privacy, abundant wildlife, and beautiful sunsets in an incredible natural desert setting, look no more. MLS# 5350079 $485,000

CAREFREE ROLLING HILLS PROPERTY 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 $169,000

RIO VERDE AREA Buildable 2.5 acre parcel, with nice homes to the south and east. May be split, with horse privileges, and no HOA. Panoramic views of Tonto National Forest. MLS#5361110 $87,500

36855 Long Rifle Road, Lot #421, easy build property. A builder’s dream lot for your luxury home. Walking distance of Towne Center. All utilities close by. Must see to appreciate. MLS#5147803 SALE PENDING $169,000

EXCLUSIVE TONTO HILLS LOTS NEW LISTING: Lot 81, Tonto Hills. High up on Blue Wash Road this 1.54 acre lot has water, electricity and phone at the street. Easy access to building site and spectacular views. MLS#5361109 $150,000 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 $159,000 NEW LISTING: Lot 152, Centrally located lot in subdivision of fine homes. Water, electricity and phone in the cul-de-sac. Views to Four Peaks. MLS#5371363 $135,000 NEW LISTING: Lot 85, Spacious 1.9 acre lot with priceless views of the Tonto National Forest. Up to 4 horses allowed. One of four lots on Yucca Lane. MLS#537163 $135,000

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20 EASY STREET: Excellent retail exposure. 567 sq.ft. Move in ready. Individual heating and cooling. Private bath. Modified gross lease available. CAREFREE COPPER DOMED BUILDING: 7401 Easy Street. Newly decorated. Turnkey ready. Private baths. Individual heating and cooling. Luxury offices. Excellent location. 2 available suites, 552 and 810 sq.ft. Modified gross leases available. CAREFREE PLAZA: 7275 Easy Street, Suite A-104, 1240 sq.ft. Newly decorated. Private bath. Individual heating and cooling. Excellent exposure. Modified gross lease available. COMING SOON: Corner of Elbow Bend & Nonchalant. 7405 Nonchalant, 2500 sq.ft. New building. 7 Luxury Office Suites, 234-410 sq.ft. Can be combined. Turnkey ready. Tile and carpeting throughout. Private baths. Individual heating and cooling. Modified gross lease available. CAREFREE GALLERIA: 3755 Hum Road. 2 suites available. Ground floor, 710 and 1128 sq.ft. Excellent exposure for retail. Private baths. Individual heating and cooling. Modified gross lease avail. 2d Floor Offices, elevator access, are also avail. Private baths. Individual heating and cooling. Excellent views. CAREFREE CORNERS: 7509 Cave Creek Road. Corner of Elbow Bend & Cave Creek Road. 3 suites avail. 2875, 3165, and 3165 sq.ft. 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 avail. Excellent exposure.

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Based upon the overwhelming success and attendance of the “Enchanted Pumpkin Garden” this past October, the Carefree Town Council unanimously voted on February 5 to extend the Town’s relationship with world renowned sculptor and artist, Ray Villafane, for events through 2016-17. Mark calendars to attend the one-of-akind exhibit by the world’s pioneer in Halloween culture. In 2015, Villafane and his team of world class artists and sculptors carved three spectacular 400 pound pumpkins, along with clever and humorous vignettes featuring pumpkins frolicking throughout the Carefree Desert Gardens. The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden drew more media to Carefree than the town had ever experienced, and Villafane’s carvings were the darlings of social media and drew attention from throughout the country. More than 30,000 people came through the Gardens during the 16-day event. The Town will extend Villafane’s services to a year-round partnership that will include multiple artistic exhibits such as sand sculpting. Villafane says he is looking into moving his family to Carefree and working on some permanent art in the Gardens, and is honored that the Town has invited him to do more. “The Gardens seem like a good fit for me to be inspired and create at the highest level,” he says. “This coming year we will work with Ray to design an even stronger, more immersive exhibit,” says Carefree Marketing and Communications Director Gina Kaegi. “We plan to add a number of creative elements such as animated scarecrows and light projection, making pumpkins come alive. These innovations will be a Villafane original and make Carefree the first place in the country where they all come together in one place.” For more information, go to www.visitcarefree.com.

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(480) 488-3099 30 Easy Street • PO Box 921 • Carefree, AZ 85377 • (480) 488-5483 fax

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The Easy Street Arts Festival, to be held from 10am-5pm March 18-20, will feature more than 150 local and nationally acclaimed artists. Presented by Vermillion Promotions and sponsored by Town of Carefree, the festival is a juried show open to artists from around the Country. The show attracts members of such prestigious groups as Western Artists of America, Southwest Premier Arts, Arizona Art Alliance and the Sonoran Arts League. Located in Downtown Carefree, the outdoor plaza offers a shopping and dining experience in an environment reminiscent of the Old Southwest. For three days the streets surrounding the beautiful Carefree Desert Gardens transform into a vibrant and stunning outdoor gallery showcasing a spectacular gathering of artists offering a wide variety of original works of fine art. Artist’s works include oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, stone and bronze sculptures, etchings and mixed media. There is a vast array of pottery, photography, hand-crafted jewelry and select fine crafts. Be sure to visit the Emerging Artists Tent featuring dozens of local artists under one tent. A true feast for the senses, Festival highlights include wine tasting, artist demonstrations, live musical performances and delicious local cuisine. After taking in the sights and sounds of the festival, make sure to leave enough time to discover the area’s eclectic and renowned assortment of unique shops, galleries, boutiques and real Western saloons. For information, call 623.734.6526 or visit www.vermillionpromotions.com.

Carefree Sunday Concert Series Continues Sugar Thieves The Carefree Sunday Concert Series continues March 6 with music from Sugar Thieves. Born in 2006 in a smoky dive bar in Tempe, Sugar Thieves began as a duo with Mikel Lander and Meridith Moore on guitar and vocals. By adding upright bass, keys and sax and drums, they have become one of the hardest working bands around. Over the past seven years they’ve independently produced and released five albums, and have won the Phoenix Blues Society’s Arizona State Blues Showdown three times, among other awards and recognition. Next up is Western Fusion, March 13. Western Fusion was formed in the late 90’s by band leader Brian Childress. His goals were to have a band that sounded like radio and be composed of some of the best musicians Arizona has to offer. In the beginning Western Fusion was a traditional country band. As the band evolved with musicians, so did the music. Today the standard five-piece band still plays country, but has recently evolved with hits from the 70’s, 80’s and today’s rock. The free Sunday concerts run from 1-3pm in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion of Carefree Desert Gardens. Learn more at www.visitcarefree.com.


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With the creation of First Friday Art Walks at the “100 Easy Street Arts District” (Post Office Building), Carefree continues to evolve as an exciting art destination. Three galleries and a jazz supper club bring a different look to the art scene. Stroll through the galleries meeting some of the more than 40 artists whose work is showcased while enjoying light refreshments and stay late for delicious food and live jazz at the Speakeasy on Easy Street supper club. Easy Street Galleria is home to more than 25 talented fine artists and crafters that work in many different mediums, a funky fashion boutique and a colorful 500-square-foot art studio that hosts beginners and advanced art classes for adults and children. For information, call 630.336.1300 or visit www.easystreetgalleria.com. Ted Phillip Denton Contemporary Art features an interesting collection of original, contemporary art ranging from delicate clay objects to largescale paintings of bold color, multimedia canvases and metal sculpture both functional and decorative of all sizes created by Denton. Also showing the work of eight other fine artists. For information, call 760.780.8484 or visit www.tedphillipdenton.com. Art | Object Gallery and Showroom features artwork and design from local and international artists for public and private spaces. Owner Jeff Zischke, an artist and designer, explores the cutting edge of sculpture, public art, mixed media and urban transformation. For information, call 602.883.9048 or visit www.jeffzischke.com. The Speakeasy on Easy Street, a jazz supper club, serves up booze, Italian antipasto and world-class entertainment in a vintage prohibition-era setting. Offering a wide variety of delicious dishes and on Friday and Saturday at 7pm, the “best live jazz” in Arizona. Reservations recommended on Friday and Saturday. For information, call 480.584.5750 or visit www.speakeasyoneasystreet.com. First Friday Art Walks run from 4-8pm. Upcoming dates include March 4, April 1 and May 6.

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On Failing The Drivers Test When I turned 15, I headed to the stately courthouse that stood at the top of my hometown’s Main Street. Writer I desperately wanted to get my driver’s license, buy whatever old car I could afford, and drive around with my buddies and go on dates. All I had to do was pass the written test, get my permit and then pass the behind-the-wheel test. Easy, or so I thought. For weeks I had sat on the sofa in our living room studying the driver’s handbook. I knew it backwards and forward, and I passed the test, but I didn’t take summer school driving lessons. I’d spent my summer on my Uncle Arnold’s farm driving tractors, grain trucks and pickups. I presumed that all of that experience had prepared me for the driving test. When the big day came for the behind-the-wheel test, I sat in Dad’s 1950 Mercury in front of the courthouse, anxiously waiting for the state trooper. He filled the passenger seat in his tan and maroon uniform, and wore a revolver. In a stern voice he told me to “pull out and proceed.” I carefully drove down the four-lane road trying to control my nervousness. He told me to make a left turn. Unfortunately, I made the left turn from the right lane, a huge and dangerous mistake. I deservedly flunked the test and felt like a failure. The next time I took the test it was a cloudy and snowy Minnesota day. When instructed to parallel-park on a slight hill, the wheels spun until I was stuck in the snow. The trooper angrily got out of the car, scolded me for not having snow tires or chains and stomped across the ice to the courthouse. Again humiliated, I walked home stranding Dad’s car in the street. When I finally passed the test, I was the only kid I knew who had taken it three times. This memory has stayed with me because, strangely, I am proud of it now. I hated the experience at the time, but I didn’t give up. I managed to get the treasured license and I still enjoy its freedom.

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Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting Events The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce hosted two ribbon cutting events in January. Events were held at Carefree Coverings Wednesday, January 20, and Cave Creek Contemporary Thursday, January 21. Carefree Coverings is located at 34522 North Scottsdale Road, #100b, in Scottsdale. Learn more at www.carefreecoverings.com or by calling 480.595.2920. Cave Creek Contemporary is located at 6554 East Cave Creek Road, #11, in Cave Creek. Learn more at www.cavecreekcontemporary. com or by calling 619.884.3252. To learn more about the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, call 480.488.3381 or visit www.carefreecavecreek.org.


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Abrazo Scottsdale Raises Awareness About Heart Disease Babies born at Abrazo Scottsdale Campus in February received little red hats to help the American Heart Association raise awareness about heart disease. The little red hat is a simple reminder for parents to talk about the future health of their newborn babies and make sure that they and

their loved ones are screened for cardiovascular diseases. As part of the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign, volunteers crocheted and knitted red hats for newborns at Abrazo West Campus. Congenital Heart Disease is an abnormality in the heart’s structure in which a person is born with. At least eight of every 1,000 infants born each year have a heart defect, according to the American Heart Association. There have been many advances in medicine and surgical techniques. Many babies that once died of congenital heart disease are now living healthy lives well into adulthood. While these advances have been made, and many heart defects can be repaired, special attention to heart care is still needed as an adult, according to the American Heart Association.

Cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, remains the number one killer of Americans. But heart disease can be prevented through education and healthy lifestyle choices. Although heart disease is often thought of as a health problem for men, more women than men die of heart disease each year. An estimated 42 million American women live with cardiovascular disease, but many are unaware of the threat they face. One challenge is that heart disease symptoms in women can be different from symptoms in men. Women can take steps to understand their unique symptoms of heart disease and begin to reduce their risk. “Years after the American Heart

Fundraising Event To Benefit Playworks The Fourth Annual Run the Runway event at Scottsdale Airport, benefitting Playworks Arizona, takes place April 2. Each year, more than 1,500 participants experience a one-of-a-kind view of the Airport as they run alongside planes in the 5K, 10K or Kids 1 Mile Mascot Dash. The fun begins at 6:30am and ends at 10am. This is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for Playworks, the only nonprofit organization in the country to send trained, full-time coaches to low-income, urban schools, where they transform recess and play into a positive experience that helps kids and teachers get the most out of every learning opportunity. Race festivities also include a vendor expo, bounce inflatables, a kid’s activity area, DJ, special guest appearances of favorite professional sports team mascots (Sun’s Gorilla, Coyote’s Howler, Cardinal’s Big Red, Sun Devil’s Sparky and Diamondback’s Baxter), photo opportunities with planes, and much more. To register or learn more about the race and volunteer opportunities, visit www.runtherunwayaz.com. Learn more about Playworks Arizona at www.playworks.org.

DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa will host a Yoga Wheel Workshop March 5-6. The event is geared towards teaching students and yoga teachers how the versatile Yoga Wheel tool can help one’s yoga practice. The workshop will introduce a variety of exercises, poses and flows as instructors teach participants how to use the Yoga Wheel to develop core and stability. The class will challenge balance and flexibility and is not recommended for first-time benders, it is more suitable for those with some previous experience in yoga, deep stretching and and/or aerial arts. Jessyca Heinen, an internationally recognized E-RYT 500 yoga teacher trained in a variety of traditions, who is the founder of Shakti Yoga and the Shakti Yoga Wheel, will lead the workshops along with Brittany McArdell, an RYT 200h teacher. The workshop is $30 for members and $40 for non-members, and runs 12:30-3pm. To register for the event, call 480.502.8844. Bring a Yoga Wheel or register for one of the 15 available spaces. The DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa is located at 18501 North Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale. For more information, visit www.villageclubs.com. Photo courtesy of Village Health Clubs & Spas

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Association launched the Go Red For Women® movement, heart disease remains the leading killer of women – killing more women than all forms of cancer combined,” says Cayci Oliver, executive director of the Greater Phoenix Division of the American Heart Association. “Most women don’t notice the symptoms of heart disease until it’s too late, which is why heart disease has been called the silent killer.” On March 19, the Phoenix Heart Walk will raise money for the American Heart Association. For more information, go to www. phoenixheartwalk.org. For more information about heart disease, go to www.heart.org.

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Our public school district schools belong to their communities. Our “shareholders” expect us to not only provide the best education possible and foster the highest, potential student achievement, but to also take care of physical public property in a most efficient and frugal manner. In addition, our parents want their children learning in a safe and secure environment. The Cave Creek Unified School District is always DR. DEBBI BURDICK seeking ways to maximize our (and the public’s) Superintendent dollars. Here are a few examples of how we are Cave Creek Unified School District doing just that. In fall of 2014, the CCUSD taxpayers passed two bond initiatives totaling $40 million to allow CCUSD to fix its schools. Since January of 2015, the district has saved over $6,375,500 with careful planning and bid processes. Another opportunity for school districts is to request AZ School Facilities Board (SFB) Building Renewal Grants. This application process goes to the SFB for consideration and approval. To date, CCUSD has received an additional $2,486,000 for facility needs through these grants. In the past two years, CCUSD embarked on parking lot solar projects at all five of elementary schools. Not only are we contributing to the health of the planet but also benefitting from incentive dollars – over $195,000 for the year. With our energy savings awareness campaign, in the fall semester, compared to the same period last year, CCUSD realized the following energy savings: $9,600 for water, $2,000 for gas, $90,000 for electric, $2,000 recycling for a grand total of $104,000. In addition, through mechanical system upgrades, the district has realized more than $60,000 in APS Energy Incentives. CCUSD will continue to maximize its resources and remain fiscal stewards of our shareholders’ tax dollars. Safe, attractive and efficient schools allow us to provide our students optimal learning conditions, enhancing their wellbeing and achievement. Come experience Cave Creek Unified where students Start With Us…Grow With Us…Graduate With Us. Visit www.ccusd93.org. To contact Dr. Burdick, call 480.575.2000. For more information on the Cave Creek Unified School District, visit www.ccusd93.org.

Unlocking Students’ Potential It is time to get college plans in high gear. Freshman or Senior, the GPA and standardized test scores are very important as students think ahead to college. At Vogel Prep, leadership knows that coaching and training are vital in student success. Vogel Prep Tutoring Services can help prepare students for success. Its instructors are expert in every subject and standardized test, and can help children achieve academic potential. All tutors are highly educated and are mature teachers. Here are some ideas to consider: Power Up Student’s Potential – A student’s innate potential can be leveraged with the right coaching from Vogel’s Master degree tutors. Measuring success of this potential includes achieving top grades, attaining goals on an ACT or SAT, qualifying for National Merit Scholar or acceptance to the college of choice. Fast-Track The Returns Of A Student’s Potential – A successful student needs to focus his or her daily actions on developing and executing an educational plan. Many students require some coaching to achieve this. Vogel Prep Specializes In ACT And SAT Test Preparation – Vogel Prep offers customized private tutoring as well as small group classes. But there are only four tests left this academic year and class schedules are filling up. Call to learn about programs.

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Valley residents are invited to have a ball with the Easter Bunny at Sportball March 19 from 3:305pm. There will be a fun-filled Easter egg hunt for 30 minutes from 4-4:30pm with an exciting obstacle course set up for the kids to play with. Easter eggs will be hidden all over this indoor gym – up high and down low – so that kids will have a great time running, jumping and hunting around looking for lots of Easter eggs. All ages are welcome. No cost to attend. Bring a camera to take free photos of kids posing with the Easter Bunny. Sportball is a new, indoor gym that’s been specially designed to teach young children, ages 15 months to 12 years old, nine different types of ball sports: soccer, flag football, basketball, baseball, tennis, volleyball, ball hockey, golf and dodgeball. The coaches at Sportball not only focus on teaching the fundamentals of the various ball sports, they work on developing children’s social skills, confidence, gross motor skills, strength, timing and coordination. Sportball is located at 13802 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 115, Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.245.6818 or visit www.sportball.us.

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AROUND TOWN March 11-13

Pops 7 – The Gershwin Experience: Here to Stay

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Phoenix Symphony Orchestra www.phoenixsymphony.org; 602.495.1999

March 11-14

Today’s Masters 2016

March 9

Phoenix Suns vs. New York Knicks

Thru March 13

The Weir Theatre Artists Studio www.thestudiophx.org; 602.765.0120

Ballet Arizona at Orpheum Theatre www.balletaz.org; 602.381.1096

Talking Stick Resort Arena www.suns.com

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March 9

A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder

Musical Instrument Museum

ASU Gammage www.asugammage.com

Emily Kinney March 10

March 16

Winter Festival 7

The Voce Project and the Sugar Thieves

Desert Botanical Garden www.phoenixchambermusicsociety.org

March 10

March 1 – April 9

Talking Stick Resort Arena www.ticketmaster.com

Mesa Arts Center www.mesaartscenter.com; 480.644.6500

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Orpheum Theatre http://phoenix.ticketforce.com

March 3

Robyn Hitchcock

March 10

Juilliard String Quartet

Musical Instrument Museum

Mesa Arts Center

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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

March 12

BoDeans

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Phoenix Theatre www.phoenixtheatre.com; 602.254.2151

Talking Stick Resort www.ticketmaster.com; 480.850.7734

March 17

Makana with Paula Fuga

March 12-13

Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Instrument Museum

Pot of Gold Music Festival

March 13

Rawhide www.potofgoldmusicfestival.com

March 17-19

HAPA

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March 13

Bolshoi Ballet Series: The Taming of the Shrew

March 4

Avi Avital “Between Worlds”

Phoenix Art Museum www.phxart.org; 602.257.1880

Musical Instrument Museum

March 14

December ‘63: The Jersey Boys Tribute

Kneedelus Musical Instrument Museum

March 6

March 10-11

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

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Sixth Annual La Gran Fiesta

March 7

Steep Canyon Rangers

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Arizona Broadway Theatre www.azbroadway.org; 623.776.8400

March 14

António Zambujo Musical Instrument Museum

Téada Orchestra presents “reAwakening” Musical Instrument Museum

March 14

Phoenix Suns vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Talking Stick Resort Arena

March 10-13

March 9

Loreena McKennitt Mesa Arts Center

16th Annual Phoenix International Sportsmen’s Exposition WestWorld www.sportsexpos.com; 800.545.6100

March 18

John Hiatt Musical Instrument Museum

March 18-19

spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity Mesa Arts Center

March 10-11

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Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Experience Ireland

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www.vivaphx.com

Peter Frampton Raw, An Acoustic Tour

Musical Instrument Museum www.mim.org; 480.478.6000

Mesa Arts Center

San Francisco Opera: Grand Opera Cinema Series

Viva Phoenix “A Downtown Music Festival”

March 10

March 2

Martha Redbone Roots Project

March 16

The Screwtape Letters

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Street Pianos Mesa: Play Me, I’m Yours

Musical Instrument Museum

March 12

March 15

Lúnasa with Tim O’Brien Musical Instrument Museum

March 18-20

Theater League Presents Ragtime Orpheum Theatre www.theaterleague.com/phoenix

March 19

Madeleine Peyroux Musical Instrument Museum


13th Annual Arizona Dragon Boat Festival

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre www.desertstages.org; 480.483.1664

Tempe Town Lake Marina www.azdba.com

March 26

Chris Botti with the Phoenix Symphony

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Mesa Arts Center

March 26

Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics Talking Stick Resort Arena

March 21

Sierra Hull

March 28

The Magic of Manilow

Musical Instrument Museum

Arizona Broadway Theatre

March 21

Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies

March 28-30

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

March 25 – May 15

Glengarry Glen Ross

March 19-20

Mesa Arts Center

Talking Stick Resort Arena

March 29

March 22

Suzy Bogguss

Igudesman and Joo: And Now Mozart Mesa Arts Center

Musical Instrument Museum

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March 23

Phoenix Suns vs. L.A. Lakers Talking Stick Resort Arena

Il Volvo

Mesa Arts Center

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Fall Out Boy – Wintour is Coming Talking Stick Resort Arena www.ticketmaster.com

Hanggai

Musical Instrument Museum

March 31 – April 6

Shen Yun Performing Arts 2016 Orpheum Theatre www.phoenix.ticketforce.com

March 25

An Evening with Vince Gill

March 31 – April 17

Mesa Arts Center

Of Mice and Men

March 25

Arizona Theater Company at Herberger Theater Center www.arizonatheatre.org; 602.256.6995

Acoustic Africa with Habib Koité and Vusi Mahlasela Musical Instrument Museum

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April 2

Arturo Sandoval and Poncho Sanchez

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Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater

April 2

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers Talking Stick Resort

March 25 – April 9

Twelfth Night Southwest Shakespeare Company at Mesa Arts Center www.swshakespeare.org; 480.644.6500

April 2

Tommy Tune: Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

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Ignite Phoenix No. 18 Ignite Phoenix is an information exchange for fostering and inspiring Phoenix’s creative community. In one evening, 18 passionate speakers from diverse backgrounds and experiences each deliver a lightningfast, five-minute presentation about a current project or favorite idea. Ignite Phoenix’s high-octane nature and eclectic range of topics make each event unique, memorable and often inspiring. In addition to hearing enlightening talks, these events are a great place to network before the show, during intermission and at the After Party. Some of the Valley’s best local food trucks and bands are always on-site to share their delicious eats and musical treats. Presented in partnership with Phoenix Innovation Foundation, the next event will be held Friday, April 1, at 6:30pm, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater. To submit a topic visit www.ignitephoenix.com.

Photos by Dolores Tropiano

The Valley’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire This year, the theme for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire is “2016: An Irish Centennial.” The parade and faire, held March 12, will feature Irish dancers, dignitaries, bagpipers, floats, the famous DeLorean cars and more. The fair takes place at Margaret Hance Park, adjacent to the Irish Cultural Center at 1106 North Central Avenue and features three stages of Irish rock, traditional and mixed music, dancers, a kids area, food, crafters and tours of the McClelland Irish Library. The parade and fair start at 10am. Fair admission is $10 for adults, 13 and older, $8 for seniors and military and free for children. The parade starts at 3rd and Sheridan Streets and concludes at 3rd and Moreland Streets. For more information, call 602.280.9221 or www.azirish.org.

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This month, families are invited to join Musical Instrument Museum for “String Break” and have fun with instruments from around the world like banjos, violins and ukuleles. Make a stringed instrument craft, hear the giant octobasse, listen to local string musicians and discover some “science of sound” STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities – all with the theme of “string.” The String Break event is running in conjunction with the museums special exhibition “Stradivarius: Origins and Legacy of the Greatest Violin Maker,” which runs through June 5. This one-of-a-kind exhibition introduces the story of how early violin makers from the Northern Italian city of Cremona shaped music from the 16th century onward. See and hear timeless masterpieces that were handcrafted by master luthiers, including Andrea Amati, the founding father of the violin; the rogue genius Guarneri del Gesù; and the master himself – Antonio Stradivari. The exhibition includes several modern-day masterworks that demonstrate the continuing influence of Cremona’s early masters. The String Break event runs March 5-6, from 9am-5pm each day. Activities and performances included with paid museum admission. Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 East Mayo Boulevard in North Phoenix. For more information, call 480.478.6000 or visit www.mim.org.

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The Carlo IX c. 1566 violin by Andrea Amati; Courtesy of Museo del Violino


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During the past decade, globalFEST has become one of the most dynamic global music platforms in North America. What started as an annual showcase in New York has grown into an international brand, building audiences for world music with stages at SXSW, Bonnaroo and beyond. Founded in 2003, globalFEST spotlights artists who represent diverse global styles, bringing down boundaries between countries and creating cultural opportunities for collaboration. globalFEST’s first tour showcases three stars of world music: Emeline Michel, the reigning “Queen of Haitian Song,” a captivating performer, versatile vocalist and one of the premier Haitian songwriters of her generation; Casuarina, one of Brazil’s most respected samba bands, hailing from Rio de Janeiro’s famous bohemian neighborhood Lapa; and Brushy One-String, Jamaica’s “King of the One-String Guitar,” known for the powerful and soulful nature of his original songs. The event will be held at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Virginia G. Piper Theater Friday, March 25, at 8pm. For more information, call 480.499.8587 visit www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org. Emeline Michel

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Salty Sow’s Chef Shares Spring Recipe As temperatures warm up in the Valley, Chef Brady Cohen from Scottsdale’s Salty Sow restaurant shares a recipe for Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Asian Pear Salad that combines the perfect blend of spring ingredients to compliment any outdoor lunch or dinner. Salty Sow is an American gastropub that serves contemporary farmhouse fare. Handcrafted meats, cocktails and entrees are served fresh daily and are mindfully sourced from local farms and purveyors. Salty Sow’s chef-driven menu delivers thoughtful farm-to-table eats in a casual setting. For more information, call 602.795.9463 or visit www.saltysow.com. Asian Pear Salad Ingredients: • 1/2 Asian pear ripe • 1 teaspoon white truffle honey

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In its fourth year, Check, Please! Arizona Festival benefitting Arizona PBS touts a new Downtown Phoenix location and welcomes a special guest, renowned Italian restaurateur and Emmy Award-winning public television personality Lidia Bastianich. Sunday, March 20, 11am-3pm, Check, Please! Arizona Festival transforms the west end lawn of Margaret T. Hance Park (3rd Avenue and Culver Street), presenting foodies with a convergence of independent restaurants and Arizona culinary celebrities. Icing on the cake this year is the addition of public television celebrity Bastianich, who joins Southwest James Beard Award winner Chef Robert McGrath, host of Arizona PBS’ popular Emmy Award-winning “Check, Please! Arizona.” More than 20 of Arizona’s independent local restaurants will be on hand, offering bite-sized samples, craft beer and wine tastings. In addition, a panelist stage hosts Arizona’s James Beard Award winners, along with two cooking demonstration stages. The festival will be adding several new restaurants to the lineup this year from the show’s six seasons on air, as well as featuring many returning favorites including Cucina Tagliani, Eddie’s House, Flavors of Louisiana, Giuseppes on 28th, Pig & Pickle, Rula Bula Tempe Irish Pub and Restaurant, Salerno’s, SanTan Brewing Company, Tarbell’s, TEXAZ Grill, The Dhaba, The Salt Cellar, Timo Wine Bar and Tryst Café. Tickets are on sale at www.azpbs.org/checkplease/festival.

Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops Ingredients: • 4 small sea scallops abductor muscle removed • 2 slices high quality bacon • 1 tablespoon chicken liver mousse • coarse sea salt for garnish • chopped chives for garnish • salt to taste • pepper to taste • olive oil for cooking • olive oil for finishing Asian Pear Salad Preparation: 1. Shave the Asian pear paper thin 2. Drizzle with white truffle honey Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops Preparation: 1. Wrap scallops with bacon, it should take a ½ piece of bacon per scallop. 2. Season scallops with salt and pepper. 3. Heat a skillet or griddle over high heat. 4. When pan is very hot, drizzle seasoned scallops with some olive oil and place in pan. 5. Sear for 3 minutes and turn, sear for 3 minutes more (scallops should be medium). 6. To serve, smear chicken liver mousse on plate, place scallops on top of mousse, and place pear salad at the top of the plate. 7. Drizzle with finishing olive oil, course gray sea salt and chives.

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With a focus on local products and vendors, and in light of the popularity of cooking shows for all ages, Scramble – A Breakfast Joint’s Scottsdale location is continuing its “Think Global – Eat Local” Junior Edition for 2016. The event offers quarterly cooking classes for youths ages six to 16 from 6-7:30pm March 23, June 15, September 14 and December 7. Executive Chef Rick Moses at Scramble Scottsdale will teach the hands-on classes; youths must be accompanied by an adult. The March 23 class will focus on cooking with eggs featuring Hickman’s Family Farms (www.hickmanseggs.com). Other local vendors include Peddler’s Son Produce (www.peddlersson.com); Strictly from Scratch (www.sfscratch.com); and Sun Orchard Juicery (www.sunorchard.com). The cost is $25 per class or $80 for all four, and classes are transferable. Youths will learn chef skills and cooking techniques, they get to eat what they’ve cooked and they take home a goodie bag with Scramble water bottles, aprons, samples, coupons and more. Scramble – A Breakfast Joint’s Scottsdale is located at 6590 North Scottsdale Road. To register, visit www.azscramble.com.


Take The Easter Bunny Express This Spring Explore Yoga’s Benefits In A Singular Setting

Photo courtesy of Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

The Fourth Annual Sedona Yoga Festival, held March 10-13, will allow attendees to choose from more than 50 yoga classes, healing arts workshops and master panel talks, featuring venues and activities all over town. The Sedona Yoga Festival is inspired by Light, Love and Community and offers a venue for sharing the gifts of local and regional yoga instructors, practitioners, artists and creators, all dedicated to bringing consciousness and expansion to humanity through yoga, meditation and other healing arts, The Festival will be held at a single conference venue, the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock (90 Ridge Trail Drive; call 928.451.2192), nestled among the red rocks and surrounded by easily accessible trails – some easy walks, some challenging hikes – where guests can tap into the energy of the land and leave behind what no longer serves them. Rich in energy “vortexes,” Sedona has long been known for its magnifying, regenerative powers – making it the ideal place to come together in large numbers and create a concentration of energy that will resonate throughout the lands. For information, visit www.sedonayogafestival.com.

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edona and the Verde Valley bloom long into summer in a colorful crescendo from March through June with a wide and wild variety of flowers. During this time Verde Canyon Railroad welcomes favorite annual highlights such as newborn baby eaglets, the ever-popular Easter Bunny Express and the celebration of National Train Day. The Black-tailed Jackrabbit, a Verde Canyon resident, may be one of the largest hares in North America but he’s got nothing on Verde Canyon Railroad’s resident rabbit, the Easter Bunny. On Sunday, March 27, depot guests enjoy hugs, candy and photo-ops with the mischievous hare. The fun continues onboard as the winner of the jellybean counting contest is awarded a giant jar of candies to take along on the ride. National Train Day, commemorating the historical importance of the American Railroad, is celebrated nationwide on Saturday, May 14, and Verde Canyon Railroad joins the party locally with an entertaining and educational celebration at the Clarkdale depot. This free event, taking place from 10am-1pm, is open to all, with guided tours of our historic train and John Bell Museum. Liberty Wildlife, a Scottsdale raptor rescue, will be present with rescued educational raptors. An All-American barbecue luncheon will be available for purchase on the patio. A treasured bit of history traversing a rare and scenic Arizona wilderness, Verde Canyon Railroad is a fresh view into the unspoiled heart of the West. Postcard-perfect scenery is only part of the magic. The train provides a comfortable journey as it travels a leisurely four hours from the charming Clarkdale depot to the ghost ranch at Perkinsville and back. Awe-inspiring rock formations, historic trestles, ancient cliff dwellings and soaring raptors are just a few of the trip’s many highlights. First-class cars boast plush seating, complimentary appetizers and a full-service bar. Coach offers vintage Pullmanstyle seating, panoramic windows and snack bars. Everyone has access to open-air viewing cars offering 360-degree views and spectacular photographic opportunities. A stone’s throw from the hillside mining town of Jerome, Verde Canyon Railroad’s Clarkdale depot is located in the heart of the Verde Valley, a diverse crossroads featuring amazing adventures in every direction. Only two hours from Phoenix and 25 minutes from Sedona, Verde Canyon Railroad is the perfect Arizona day trip. For more information, call 928.639.0010 or visit www.verdecanyonrr.com.

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Get Your Motor Running: HOT ROD Drag Weekend

The 2016 HOT ROD Drag Weekend West, presented by Gear Vendors Under/Overdrive, brings participating drivers to drag strips in Chandler and Tucson for three days of competition Thursday, March 31, through Sunday, April 3. Following a successful event last October, the second annual HOT ROD Drag Weekend West will feature more than 100 street-legal drag-race cars for three days of quarter-mile racing and 300 miles of street driving. The car with the lowest average elapsed time over the weekend of racing is the overall winner. With many highly competitive cars already registered – double the number compared to last year – this event is guaranteed to be bigger and better Photos courtesy of HOT ROD Magazine than ever. It’s not just about clocking the quickest elapsed time on the strips; these drivers will also have to follow a specified route from city to city. The crew at HOT ROD will require photographic evidence from each entry that drivers are adhering to the prescribed route. Thus, drivers will be on the clock for three straight days and must remain alert to all rules. To make this even more of an adventure, competitors will not have the luxury of having chase vehicles, support, nor their vehicles towed or trailered. However, entrants can tow their own trailers, within HOT ROD’s guidelines, but they must work alone. The weekend of events kicks off Thursday, March 31, at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, with registration and vehicle Tech, Test and Tune opportunities for all participants. It’s here that spectators will have the first chance to check out the competition. The event then moves on to racing: •

Race Day One: Friday, April 1, at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler

Race Day Two: Saturday, April 2, at the Tucson Dragway, Tucson

Race Day Three and Award Ceremony: Sunday, April 3, at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler

Admission is $5 for Tech, Test and Tune on March 31 and $10 for all race days (April 1-3) for ages 13 and over. Tickets will be available at each individual track. For information, visit www.hotrod.com/events/drag-weekend.

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It’s Time To Cowgirl Up! In Wickenburg

Terry Cooke Hall “Walking on Sunshine”

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Desert Caballeros Western Museum invites Valley residents to attend its 11th annual signature event – Cowgirl Up! – a celebration of the West’s best women artists. The celebration begins with a full weekend of special events followed by a month-long exhibition and sale, through May 8. The opening weekend, March 18-20, includes artists’ and patrons’ party, bash ‘n bid gala, chuck wagon breakfast and artists’ quick draw and auction. For a complete rundown of artists and events, visit www.westernmuseum. org. For additional information, call 928.684.2272.

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Royal Hybrid

Company Offers Hats As Unique As Its Customers Double H Hat Company specializes in custom handmade felted fur hats in various styles including western, gentlemen and ladies hats. The shop is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Darby, Montana, and locally in Wickenburg. Jimmy Harrison “the hat man” (the company’s Master Hatter) also offers hat cleaning, blocking and total renovation.

Double H will custom build a hat to fit each individual’s unique style, and offers a variety of embellishments, including custom inlays, for a unique hat custom designed for each customer. A hat can be built for any occasion including weddings, outdoor adventures or just to match a new car. “I started in the hat business after I apprenticed for a year and a half under a lady hat maker,” says Harrison. “I’ve always been shaping hats and cutting down hats since I was young and in rodeo with my friends. It’s something I’ve always had an interest in. I wasn’t happy in the insurance business with my father so when a local business came up for sale, I decided to take advantage of it and started Double H Custom Hat Company.” The company stands behind its product 100 percent, including the shape and fit of the hat. All new custom-made hats come in a hard hat can case so shipping is no problem. The company prides itself in dealing only in quality. “I make a true 50 percent beaver hat and 100 percent beaver hat,” continues Harrison. “I also deal in the Guatemalan fine palm leaf hats (which are the only straw hats that I carry). I carry some of the finest horsehair hat bands and belts, plus a wide array of bone hat bands, leather hat bands, beaded bands, silver hat bands, and various other types of hat bands in the shop.” Visit Double H Hat Company in Wickenburg at 201 North Frontier Street. For information, call 406.360.6979 or visit www.doublehhats.com. Natural Beaver & Paul Bond Boots


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Arizona Celebrates Its Archaeology & Heritage

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument; Photo courtesy of Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society

with the National Park Service’s 100th Anniversary and the “Find Your Park” campaign. The Expo will provide a special opportunity for visitors to learn more about why it is important to preserve archaeological sites and historic places, what archaeologists, historians, and tribal members do in their jobs, and about the prehistory and history of Arizona. The Expo will feature archaeologyrelated hands-on activities, craft demonstrations, and other fun and educational events. Cultural and historical demonstrators, talks by archaeologists, and interactive activities will help make the past come alive. In addition, tours of local archaeological sites will be offered.

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For the entire month of March, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)/Arizona State Parks (ASP) is coordinating activities throughout the state for the 34th annual celebration of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month (AAHAM). These events will focus on efforts to preserve the past by protecting cultural resources. AAHAM combines education with entertainment to reach both adults and children in an effort to teach responsible stewardship of cultural resources. Museums, historical societies, tribes, agencies, parks, and archaeology organizations will be hosting events across the state including events planned in Arizona’s State Parks. Proclaimed by the Governor each year, this celebration will feature prehistoric and historic site tours, exhibits, hikes, open houses, lectures, demonstrations and other activities throughout Arizona. A free statewide listing of these events and activities is now available by contacting the SHPO offices at 602.542.4009, or by visiting the website at www.azstateparks.com/archy or see events in your region below. The featured event for the month is the Arizona Archaeology Expo (Expo). This year’s Expo will offer many educational attractions for archaeology and history buffs, and will be located at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, on Saturday, March 5, from 9am-4pm. The Expo is open to the public and is free. The National Park Service is hosting the event in conjunction

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April Events In Black Canyon City “Just beyond the county line, at the edge of the Sonoran Desert, lives a dream ready for awakening… you know the place. At the threshold of tranquility, just outside of urban sprawl, around the bend from noise and smog, on the brink of privilege, sits Black Canyon City.” This description has been used by Squaw Peak Realty in Black Canyon City for years in describing the community to interested buyers. People north and south of the community come for the experience of a small town. Whether it is events, restaurants or the Black Canyon Recreational Trail, visitors from all over come to experience what this community at the base of the Bradshaw Mountains has to offer. April is the busiest month of the year for events in Black Canyon City. Saturday, April 2, the events begin. The local VFW Post 1796 will have their famous pancake breakfast that will start at 7am and end at 9am. The location of the VFW Hall is 34801 Velda Rose Road in BCC. The Black Canyon Bi-Centennial Lions Club will be hosting its annual parade following the pancake breakfast. The parade will begin at 10am and the theme for this year is “United We Walk.” The entry fee is $15 and covers a single entry. To receive an application for entry into the parade, send an email to Lion Paula at albinl@msn.com or call 602.329.5252, or Lion Shawn at shawnrealtor@aol.com or 602.999.7845. After the parade there will be classic and vintage cars parked at Harmil Plaza in downtown BCC for guests’ enjoyment. Harmil Plaza is home to the local Visitors Center at 34301 Old Black Canyon Highway. A Chili Cook-off and entertainment all day will be happening at Javalina Crossing, 34441 South Old Black Canyon Highway. Chili tasting starts after the parade and ends at 1pm. Live bands will be performing all day outdoors and Karaoke will start at 9pm indoors. If interested in signing up to enter the chili cook-off, call Javalina Crossing before the event at 623.374.9593. There will also be a Family Festival held at The Heritage Park, just north of downtown. Food vendors will be set up along with vendors offering family fun. To set up a booth, call Vicky Cothern at 623.374.5553. Music in the Mountains music festival will be held again at Chilleen’s on 17 on Saturday, March 23. The event will start in the afternoon and last until the evening. Bands already confirmed are local favorites Karmann and Kompany, Old School Logic and Route 66. For information, contact the Black Canyon Chamber of Commerce, host of the event, at 623.374.9797. Take the time to head north and do something different with the family and friends. Head to Black Canyon City to experience what a small town in Arizona has to offer.

Get Clickin’ For Annual Photography Contest The 10th Annual Black Canyon City Photography Contest is underway. New this year, Amateur & Professional Levels can enter up to five total photos (with not more than two in the “Out of State” category). Sponsors are needed for the Elementary School Children’s entries. This would be a tax deductible donation to the Chamber of Commerce and would be announced at the public display on March 19 (1-5pm). Those interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Tom Kenson, director of the Photography Contest, at 623.878.9725. Receiving days at Albins Civic Center are March 10 from 6-8pm and March 12 from 10am-1pm. Contact the contest director for details.


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Doctor My Eyes: UV Or Not UV? That Is The Question It’s “that” time of year. As we move from the season that reminds us why we live here, to the one that makes us question our sanity for living here, we tend to pay extra attention to protecting our skin from the potential ravages of Ultra-Violet Radiation (UVR). We consider things like “SPF” and “UV indices.” What we don’t often consider is the full affect the sun has on our eyes, particularly for our children, since up to 80 percent of lifetime UVR exposure occurs by age 18. Surveys show that whereas almost nine out of 10 people understand that UVR can be damaging to our skin, nine out of 10 do not realize the potential damage that repeated UVR exposure can have on our eyes.

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