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The Most Edible Time Of The Year Arizona Restaurant Week is May 17-26 By Kathryn M. Miller

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rizona restaurants are as diverse as those who call the state home – from classic Southwestern to classic international; from down-home comfort food to upscale food-truck fare to five-star cuisine. Restaurants across the state, and in the Valley in particular, are upping the taste ante and looking to position Arizona as a culinary destination. The restaurant industry is also a key component of Arizona’s economic engine. In 2013, Arizona’s restaurants registered an estimated $10 billion in sales, and employed over 200,000 individuals – 10 percent of employment in the state. And if national figures are any indicator, 2014 will only see these numbers rise. This month offers the perfect opportunity for residents to explore the local food scene from the front lines, as the Arizona Restaurant Association (ARA) hosts its Spring Restaurant Week. Now in its ninth season, the event runs from May 17-26 and will showcase participating restaurants’ best offerings, consisting of a threecourse, pre-fixe menu for either $30 or $40 per person. An anticipated 30,000plus restaurant enthusiasts will join the state-wide tasting tour with more than 150 restaurants to choose from in just 10 short days. The event helps to introduce the state’s brightest and best talent – not to mention creative and delicious dishes – to throngs of foodie fans Valley-wide, as well as raise awareness of the more than 8,500 dining opportunities that stimulate business and revenue throughout Arizona. “The desire to make Arizona Restaurant Week bigger and better every year is really a labor of love for us,” says Steve Chucri, ARA president and CEO. “2014 marks the 75th anniversary for the ARA and we are thrilled to be a continued driving force for the restaurant industry in our state.” Whether an opportunity to enjoy an evening out, the chance for a novice food-lover to expand his or her palate or the simple celebration of a chef’s craft, Arizona Restaurant Week truly offers something for everyone. For more information on Arizona Restaurant Week, including participating restaurants and their menus, visit |CST

The Sugar Thieves

Enjoy Music on the Promenade The eighth annual “Music on the Promenade” series kicked off late last month. Presented by Earnhardt Hyundai North Scottsdale, the six-week series features an eclectic array of musical performances at the Scottsdale Promenade running through Friday, May 30. The 87-acre retail and office center is located at the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wight Boulevard. Performances coming up in May include: • May 2 – Anthony Mazzella • May 9 – Sugar Thieves • May 16 – The Herndon Brothers featuring J. David Sloan and the HJB Horns • May 23 – Urban Electra • May 30 – Dianna Lee with Dennis Rowland & Friends In addition to enjoying the outstanding array of musical talent, specialty foods will be offered by some of the center’s restaurants, including Maggiano’s Little Italy, Miracle Mile Deli, Flo’s, Someburros and a variety of wines from Uncorked. Visit for additional information.




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A Little Indulgence Goes A Long Way

Publisher Emeritus Hope H. Ozer

It’s May, which means Mother’s Day (May 11, kids), and being a mom, I am going to indulge myself with this month’s “Editor’s Picks.” There are few things I enjoy more than browsing old books, great old-school Appalachian music and fantastic food. And while the Junk in the Trunk Spring Market, Pick & Holler at the Desert Botanical Garden and Carmel’s Breakfast House are great things to do and people and places to discover, there are plenty of other ways to indulge this month – beginning with Arizona Restaurant Week. Junk in the Trunk Running May 17-26, Arizona Restaurant “After a good dinner one can Spring Market Week will take you on a culinary adventure forgive anybody, across the state – I encourage everyone to even one’s own relations.” visit and – Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance explore a new, local eating and drinking establishment or re-discover an old favorite. In addition to our regular community news and other features, we have also highlighted a bunch of ways to entertain the family in Arts & Entertainment, and get away from it all in Destinations – Jerome has long been a favorite day trip. So as we head into the long, hot summer, take a little time this month to indulge yourself. Until next month… all my best,

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Pick & Holler AROUND TOWN

Kathryn M. Miller, Editor-in-Chief

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By Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane

I encourage Scottsdale residents to apply for volunteer positions on 11 boards and commissions, which will be filled in June. These citizen-based boards and commissions are important for their in-depth research of community issues, their policy recommendations to Council and their outreach to the community to both inform and to listen to concerns. The most MAYOR important qualifications are an interest and a willing City of Scottsdale to serve. To name just two examples of significant 480.312.3111 Board and Commission business, the Airport Advisory Commission was intimately involved in expanding customs procedures, which in turn is increasing the number of Scottsdale’s international flights and visitors; and the Human Services Commission decided what non-profits that serve Scottsdale residents should receive the proceeds of our utility bill donation program. Important issues like these are being discussed every week. Openings are available on the Airport Advisory Commission, Building Advisory Board of Appeals, Human Services Commission, Industrial Development Authority, Library Board, Loss Trust Fund Board, Neighborhood Advisory Commission, Parks & Recreation Commission, Personnel Board, Planning Commission and the Transportation Commission. And other openings occur throughout the year. The Council will nominate from the applicant pool on June 3. Those nominated will be interviewed on June 17 at a City Council meeting. Following the interviews, the Council will appoint residents to three-year terms. Those interested can find information about the functions of these boards and commissions and as well as the application on the City’s web site at or call my office at 480.312.7977. I hope you will consider investing your time and talents and continue Scottsdale’s reputation of devoted citizen involvement.



The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale – celebrating its 60th anniversary this year – announced Dalia Jimenez, a senior at Coronado High School and 12-year member of the Club’s Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch, as its “2014 Youth of the Year.” Jimenez was honored with the award in front of more than 600 Scottsdale leaders during Celebrate Youth at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, along with nine other teens from the greater-Scottsdale area, who each took home honors as their individual Club’s Youth of the Year, respectively.

Dalia Jimenez

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Dalia Jimenez Named Youth of the Year

The 2014 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale “Celebrate Youth” honorees.

Active in the organization’s Keystone Club, What’s Hip, SMART Girls and E-Crew programs, Jimenez says, “My escape is the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale’s Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch – the one place where I can be a teen just like everyone else. That white and blue building shaped me to become the young woman I am today.” Jimenez will use the scholarship money granted to her through the Youth of the Year program toward earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering starting this fall from ASU’s Barrett Honors College. She will next move on to the statewide Youth of the Year competition later in the year. For more information, visit

Deco Communities Brings Envy To Old Town

Rendering of Envy. Photo courtesy of Deco Communities.

Scottsdale-based Deco Communities has closed on a key parcel of land that will change the skyline of Old Town Scottsdale with the addition of a new luxury condominium tower. Slated for completion in 2016, the property located at 4244 North 75th Street will be transformed into an exclusive residential addresses. Aptly named, Envy will include 90 elegantly appointed residential units and rise eight stories to overlook the vibrant Entertainment District’s culinary, nightlife, gallery and retail scene. The property was developed in a joint venture between Deco Communities and a partnership

comprised of Minneapolis-based Castlelake and California based Isles Ranch Partners. Envy will offer luxury in the heart of Scottsdale’s urban core. Envisioned by a team of worldclass talent, this sleek, contemporary structure will tower over the city, offering residents unobstructed panoramas of Camelback Mountain, the McDowell Mountain Range and the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Learn more at Reservations for Envy residences will open in summer 2014.

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Junk in the Trunk Spring Market Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market will hold its spring shopping event May 3. This event will take place in the newly built, state-ofthe-art, air-conditioned building at WestWorld. New to the 2014 market is a special partnership with local artists who will be creating visuals out of repurposed materials to decorate the market entrance. These pieces will be judged and the winner will receive a special prize. Also, the first 300 people through the door will receive a Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market Reusable bag to carry home their treasures. The women behind Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market, Lindsey Holt and Coley Arnold, are bringing over 150 local Arizona and California artists and vendors together for this unique day of shopping. From handmade to period pieces and antique furniture to contemporary treasures, attendees are sure to find something that they absolutely cannot live without. In addition to the shopping, the market will also feature fabulous live music, great food, and plenty of inspiration to create a fun-filled day for all. Early entry admission is available from 8-10am for $10 per adult ticket. General admission starts at 10am and adult tickets are $5 each. All children under 12 years of age are free all day. This year, the market also features extended hours, ending at 5pm. Bring cash as not all vendors can accept credit cards. For more information, visit

Derby Day Family Fun & Fundraising Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship will celebrate the Kentucky Derby at its annual Hooves & Heroes family event Saturday, May 3 from 2-7pm. Admission is free and derby hats are encouraged. Hooves & Heroes is Camelot’s annual Open House and Spring Fundraiser at its North Scottsdale ranch. This year’s event will mark 13 years. Festivities will include live Derby broadcast, dinner by Bruce Brown Catering ($10 per adult, $5 for children) and dessert, a bounce house and face painting for the kids, line dancing instruction, a silent auction and raffle, live horseback riding performance and the opportunity to meet Camelot’s therapy horses. Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship is a nonprofit organization that teaches horsemanship to children and adults who have physical disabilities. Camelot has been offering all services at no cost to students since 1983. Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship is located at 6250 East Jomax Road in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.515.1542 or visit

utterfly Wonderland celebrates its one year anniversary this year with “Native Wings” – a weeklong celebration that will take place from Saturday, May 17 to Sunday, May 25, between the hours of 9am-5pm, daily. The event will include a series of Native American experiences – a cultural bridge to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community, in which it makes its home. Butterfly Wonderland is located at 9500 East Via de Ventura in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.800.3000 or visit

For the one year celebration, program highlights will include: • Native American dance performances • Native American artisans/dreamcatchers • Native American story telling/arts/crafts for children • Cultural tastings/authentic Indian fry bread and more


Native Wings Takes Flight At Wonderland

• Honey bee demonstrations • ButterFLY hot air balloon flights • Contest to enter and win a trip for two to Costa Rica

SCC Robotics Club Members Compete In Championships different sized innovative robots that work together to score the most points possible in qualification matches, elimination matches and Skills Challenges. The SCC students were invited to participate based on the showing of the SCC Robotics Club at the state VEX Robotics competition in April. SCC successfully defended its championship, topping teams from Arizona State University, Embry Riddle and Phoenix College. For more information, visit

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SCC Robotics Club members Mamali Saranjam and Brian Calaway.

Two members of the Scottsdale Community College Robotics Club competed in the VEX Robotics World Championship April 23-26 in Anaheim, California. Mamali Saranjam, president of the SCC Robotics Club, and Brian Calaway represented SCC in the VEX U division, facing off against 61 other college-level teams from throughout the U.S. and world, including teams from Mexico, Malaysia and New Zealand. In the VEX U division, teams will build two




Pictured are the winners of the American History Essay Contest and the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. L-R: Chapter Regent, Katie Paulsen; American History Vice Chairman, Nancy Arnold; Meagan Johnson; Tara Boyd; Anita Ramaswamy; Ryan Taylor; Grace Taylor; and Betty Heenan, American History Chairman.

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Scottsdale DAR Presents Awards To Local Winners



The Grand Canyon Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual awards ceremony recently at Chaparral Suites in Scottsdale. Awards were given for Outstanding Teacher of American History, Outstanding Special Education Teacher, DAR Good Citizen, Veterans Outstanding Youth Volunteer, Outstanding Community Service, DAR Youth Citizenship, Historic Preservation Recognition, Women in the Arts Recognition Award, and to students who won the annual American History Essay Contest and Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. For more, visit

Scottsdale Resort Ranks High In Annual Business Poll Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center is ranked in the Top 5 for Arizona meeting and convention centers with 50,000 square feet or more – coming in fourth – and rounds up the Top 10 for resorts and hotels with up to 349 rooms, according to “Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business 2014.” The AAA Four Diamond Scottsdale Resort combines modern accommodations and technologically advanced meeting spaces with amenities that capture the elegance of historic haciendas of the past. This intimate and inviting resort is both a vacation retreat and an Phoenix-area meeting destination. Scottsdale Resort is home to a number of exceptional dining experiences and just minutes from the culture, restaurants and nightlife that make Scottsdale famous. For information, call 480.991.9000 or visit

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Those who may own a special antique or piece of antique jewelry, fine art, collectible, clock, porcelain, silver or Asian antique and have always been curious to learn just how special and valuable the item may be, will want to pay a visit to Consign2Design Saturday, May 10 from 10am-5pm. Professional appraiser Sean Morton of Morton Appraisals will be on hand to offer informative, individual appraisals at Consign2Design. Light refreshments will be served. The cost for appraisal is $25 per item with a maximum of two items per customer. There will be a time limit of five to 10 minutes per piece. Advanced registration is required. There will be three time slots available: 10am-12pm; 12-2pm; and 2-5pm. Small pieces of furniture that can be brought to the store will also be appraised. Customers are asked to please call the store in advance and give detailed information about the item so that the Consign2Design staff can determine whether it can be appraised at the event. Consign2Design is an upscale home and garden consignment showroom and design center located at 7342 East Shea Boulevard, Suite 111, in Scottsdale. To reserve an appraisal time and get more information, call 480.970.7617 or visit


Fine Art & Antiques Appraisal Event


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Fundraiser To Support “Homeless to Heroes” The National Concierge Association (NCA) in raising funds for NCA-AZ and The Fetch Foundation at its Fourth Annual Fundraiser and Silent Auction, Homeless to Heroes, May 2. The event will be held at Donovan’s Steak & Chop House in Phoenix from 5:30-8:30pm, and will include a silent auction, balloon pop, Chinese auction, in addition to light appetizers and a cash bar. The silent and Chinese auctions will close at 8pm. Auction items include adventure packages, resort stays, jewelry and, new this year, the Barrel O’ Wine (a wheel barrel full of wine, donated by members). The Fetch Foundation will be in attendance to accept physical donations and there will be a special four-legged guest joining the festivities. Admission to the event is a $5 donation. Donovan’s Steak & Chop House is located at 3101 East Camelback Road in Phoenix. For additional event information, contact the Event Chair/Chapter President Diane Schure at 480.636.0500. The Fetch Foundation “Homeless to Heroes” program rescues dogs that have been abused or neglected to train with Military Veterans and become their personal Service Companion. For additional information, visit

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Chief Clinical Officer Named



Joanne Clavelle, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, was promoted to senior vice president and chief clinical officer for the Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network (SLHN) last month. Clavelle previously served as senior vice president and chief clinical officer of Scottsdale Healthcare since September 2013. “Creation of a chief clinical officer for the Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network enhances what has been a hallmark of the nursing service at both Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network: nursing excellence, quality patient care and professional nursing practice,” says Rhonda Forsyth, president, Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network. “Joanne brings both leadership and nursing experience to this role.” Clavelle will serve as the senior system nursing executive for the SLHN hospitals, clinics and ambulatory sites. She will be responsible for creating a system infrastructure for Magnet designation, nursing professional education, nursing practice, nursing research, nursing clinical informatics, home care and care coordination in collaboration with her colleagues. For more information, visit or

One of the perks of living at Sage: a private underground wine cellar located within its Clubhouse.

natural stone gas fireplaces, over nine-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, private oversized balconies and patios overlooking mountain and water views and dramatic foyer entrances that create an impactful sense of arrival. At the heart of Sage is an active homeowner community coupled amenities such as an expansive clubhouse featuring an underground stone wine cellar with personal storage, a private fitness area that opens to spanning views, a business and conference room and a swimming pool with a spa and barbeque area. Conveniently located within walking distance of world-class shopping, restaurants, independent art galleries in Old Town Scottsdale. Sage is located at 4855 North Woodmere Fairway in Scottsdale. For additional information, call 480.947.7243 or visit

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iStar Residential has broken ground on the final phase of Sage, the luxury condominium community along the Scottsdale Waterfront. Following the success of the sold-out first phase, Sage’s final phase will feature 72 two- and three-bedroom condominiums ranging from 1,490 to 1,775 squarefeet, with optional den floor plans, and is expected to be priced from the high $400,000s. Located directly south of Sage’s first phase at Chaparral Road just east of Scottsdale Road, the two, three-story buildings are now under construction with owner move-in by early 2015. The design and architecture of the final phase will be nearly identical to the first, but the final phase will have more efficient layouts and additional state-ofthe-art technology conveniences such as WiFi programmable thermostats, USB charging ports and enhanced energy-efficient windows. Tucked into a quiet residential neighborhood that lines the waterfront of The Arizona Canal, Sage combines the feel of a suburban lifestyle in an urban location. Inside Sages’ residences are top-of-the-line features and finishes, including Dacor appliances and high-end fixtures, granite and travertine countertops,


Final Phase Of Sage Breaks Ground



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Budget Talks Continue – Public Comment Welcome There are several opportunities to comment on the proposed budget before the City Council considers its adoption on Tuesday, June 3. The proposed budget includes salary increases for employees who perform well; $2.7 million in general fund spending cuts; eliminates 22 general fund positions; ends the intergovernmental agreement with the Scottsdale Unified School District for the Palomino Library; includes organizational changes that eliminate unnecessary structure; and increases the contribution to the capital improvement plan. Residents can review the proposed budget at

Bringing Art To S.T.E.M. Exploration

The tentative City Council budget review schedule is: • Tuesday, April 29: Public hearing, Council discussion and proposed budget overview • Tuesday, May 6 (if needed): Public hearing and Council discussion • Tuesday, May 13: Public hearing and tentative budget adoption • Tuesday, June 3: Public hearing and final budget adoption; truth-in-taxation hearing • Tuesday, June 17: Public hearing and final adoption of tax levies Students from across the Valley will present exhilarating performances at this year’s Arts-Education Showcase, Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead, May 7. The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts welcomes guests to a world where art and design drive innovation; where art is the creative force behind the exploration of science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.). The event kicks off with entertainment, exhibitions and hors d’oeuvres from 5:30-6:15pm, followed by An Extraordinary Voyage – a theater, dance and music spectacle – at 6:30pm and the Fantastic Finale – post-show revelry that will include a chocolate fountain. For additional information, visit To RSVP for this free event, contact Jeri Thompson at 480.874.4638 or




MAYOR STANTON WRITES... By Mayor Greg Stanton

“China 1999” by Errol Zimmerman

Through Each Others Eyes Through Each Others Eyes held its first exhibit February 22, 1988, as an art exchange with Phoenix sister city of Himeji, Japan. Since that time the photographers have sponsored 38 photographic exchanges with photographers, not only in Japan, but in Mexico, Cuba, Canada, China, the Philippines, Ireland, Scotland, the Czech Republic and Italy. In celebration of its 25th year, they will be displaying their photographs at the Shemer Art Center from May 1-June 19. Through Each Others Eyes encourages people around the world to understand and appreciate diverse cultures through photography. A special opening celebration will provide the opportunity to meet some of the Arizona photographers on Saturday, May 3, from 7-9pm. Shemer Art Center is locate at 5005 East Camelback Road in Phoenix. For more information, visit

Turf Paradise Wraps Season With Derby Party

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If we’re ever going to create the kind of innovation-based economy we need to be successful over the long-term, we have to do a better job of getting our children the education they need to succeed in reading, math and science. Too many Arizona kids are falling behind – and they’re falling behind early on. More than MAYOR one-third of fourth graders aren’t reading at City of Phoenix grade level, and kids in low-income areas are 602.262.7111 struggling at disproportionate rates. Each of us has a responsibility to change that, and through a new partnership between the City of Phoenix and AARP Experience Corps, we’re calling on mature adults in our community to play a more important role. This effort will pair AARP members – and others 50 and older – with Kindergarten through thirdgrade students in four Phoenix school districts who need additional help with reading skills. This award-winning program works: in other cities, half of the students who worked with Experience Corps volunteers improved reading skills and literacy performance by a grade level or more. I hope you’ll consider volunteering. Experience Corps asks volunteers to commit five hours each week for the full school year, and they’re looking for patient and enthusiastic individuals to get started this fall. Find more information at or e-mail the Phoenix Youth and Education Office at Phoenix kids need your help. Students who trail their peers when it comes to reading run the risk of entering a vicious cycle. They become less likely to graduate high school or college, more likely to get caught up in crime and far less likely to positively contribute to our economy. We have a stake in the future of every Phoenix child. That’s why we’re doing more to reach our goal of getting every student reading by the end of third grade. And with your help, we don’t have to do it alone.


Attendance at the venerable Phoenix racetrack Turf Paradise is up by more than 17,000 for the season that started in October and is on track to host the biggest Kentucky Derby party in Arizona as the season concludes. From the upscale to the unhinged, the Kentucky Derby party at Turf Paradise is Arizona’s signature horse racing and party day event of the year. This year’s party is Saturday, May 3 and attendance is expected to reach 9,000. The Kentucky Derby, America’s most famous horse race, is celebrated with all the thrills and fun with mint juleps, ladies in bonnets and sundresses and guys in their Kentucky-Gent finery. In addition to offering fans the chance to wager on the Derby and watch the live simulcast from Kentucky, Turf Paradise also features a full card of live and local racing where fans can watch, cheer and wager. There will also be live music, a Kids Fun Park and free Derby glasses to the first 4,000 paid admissions. Turf Paradise is located at 19th Avenue and Bell Road in North Phoenix. For more information, visit


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AZSciTech Festival PSA Contest The AZSciTech Festival is calling all students between the ages of 13-19 to create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) video about safe driving. The mission is to encourage new and soon-to-be young drivers to drive safely by producing a 30-second video PSA. This contest is sponsored by the AZScitech Festival and made possible through a grant from State Farm. For more information about entering the contest, visit The contest runs through May 31.

Haydn’s The Creation Continues To Inspire

Joseph Haydn introduced The Creation in 1798, and it is considered by many to be his masterpiece. The oratorio celebrates the creation of the world as described in the biblical book of Genesis, leading listeners from darkness and chaos, through dissonance and harmony, to the earthly paradise of the Garden of Eden. The music ranges from hushed, charming passages to powerful crescendos as it portrays the evolution of the world and its inhabitants. According to ProMusica Arizona’s Artistic Director, Dr. Adam Stich, The Creation was selected as the group’s final concert of the season because, “It is exciting and full of life – you can hear (in the orchestration) the running lions and leaping stallions, as well as the chaos and the ‘Big Bang’.”

ProMusica Arizona’s entire orchestra and chorale and featured soloists will be engaged to present this dramatic, inspiring concert, which will also include video elements, costumes and dancers. Dr. Stich sees this lightly staged production as “a modern take on a masterpiece, with additions that are meant to enhance the beauty and wonder of the music and bring the experience to today’s audience.” The Creation will be presented at the Boulder Creek High School Performing Arts Center in Anthem on May 17 at 7:30pm and at the Camelback Bible Church in Paradise Valley on May 18 at 4pm. Tickets are $20 for Adults, $17.50 for seniors and $12 for students. Call 623.326.5172 or go to for more information.

Music in May Concert Series Anthem’s popular outdoor concert series Music in May returns for the 12th year to the ACC Community Park Amphitheater every Friday throughout May. Open to the public, each show is from 7-9pm at 41730 North Gavilan Peak Parkway. Admission and parking are free. Attendees at this family-friendly event are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, picnics and flashlights. Food trucks return for the opening week of the series for the second straight year, offering a variety of dinner options. Ice cream will be available at the remainder of the concerts. The performance lineup is as follows: • May 2 – Young Country

David Hernandez will perform May 23.

• May 9 – The JJ’s Band • May 16 – The Saucy Jacks • May 23 – David Hernandez


• May 30 – Sugahbeat For more information, call 623.742.4510 or visit

Phoenix Elks Helps Families In Need


Phoenix Elks Lodge 335 knows that raising a family can be hard work, and even harder when done alone. Through its Single Parent Relief Project, Elks will offer support and assistance to single-parent families in need. On the first Saturday of each month, families will be welcomed into the Lodge for a hearty breakfast and a chance to build relationships with similar families. Parents will also receive

a food and supplies box. Parents and children will benefit from knowing that the Elks family is there for them. For details on how to apply, please contact Joe Carroccio at 480.329.3957. Phoenix Elks Lodge 335 is located at 14424 North 32nd Street in Phoenix. For more information, call 602.482.2335 or visit

Just in time for National Bike Month, Phoenix is the most recent city selected to participate in the My City Bikes Project. My City Bikes is a public health initiative to provide community-centered mobile apps for Apple, Android and Windows devices that encourage people to bike more. With the help of local bike shops like Giant Scottsdale and Javelina Cycles, My City Bikes will provide residents with a centralized resource for the area’s best beginner-friendly road, commuter and mountain biking. The announcement of Phoenix as the latest My City Bikes

destination came just in time for Earth Day in April with a simple suggestion for being better stewards of our planet: bike more. The average passenger car produces about one pound of pollutants per mile. Swapping a car for a bike just once a week can improve air quality in the community and save about $10 a day for every 10-mile round trip commute made by bike. The My City Bikes apps for Metro Phoenix will be made available during National Bike Month in May. For information and updates, visit


Metro Phoenix Selected For My City Bikes Project

Rib Giveaway At Shane’s

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Shane’s Rib Shack restaurant will hold its annual Rib Giveaway Saturday, May 17. The first 100 guests at participating Shane’s Rib Shack locations will receive a free half rack of slow-cooked baby back ribs, a 20 ounce beverage and special edition Rib Giveaway t-shirt in honor of the official month of BBQ. “Since we founded Shane’s Rib Shack 12 years ago in McDonough, Georgia, our main priority has been to serve our customers the best-tasting, all-American barbecue and provide a place that feels like home,” says Shane Thompson, president and founder of Shane’s Rib Shack. “Seventy locations later, we are still committed to providing customers in each location with the best food and customer experience. Our fifth annual Rib Giveaway provides us the opportunity to say thank you to all of our loyal customers and fans who have made Shane’s Rib Shack what it is today.” Visit Shane’s Rib Shack in the North Valley at 2501 West Happy Valley Road, Suite 50-128. For additional information, call 623.581.3704 or visit



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Annual Golf Tournament Huge Success



With 124 participating golfers and dozens of volunteers on hand, the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce 28th Annual Charity Golf Classic was a huge success. Held Friday, April 25 at Moon Valley Country Club, the event was chaired by Larry Hevner, owner of EmbroidMe North Phoenix, and benefited two long-standing community organizations – United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona (UPC) and Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC). UCP provides therapy services including occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech and language pathology. Those it serves have various disabilities, including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, autism, Down’s syndrome, developmental delays and learning disabilities. Visit for more information. Proceeds from the NPCC Golf Classic will also establish a scholarship at PVCC for NPCC member employees. The scholarship will be held at the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that manages gifts on behalf of the MCCCD colleges. Learn more at This year’s major sponsors included Chasse Building Team, CORE Construction, McCarthy Building Companies, C & R Tire, Yokohama Tire, Chapman BMW on Camelback, ADM Group, DLR Group, CITYSunTimes, International Minute Press in North Phoenix and Moon Valley Tattler. Learn more about the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce by calling 602.482.3344 or visiting

May Networking Opportunities The North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce offers a number of ways for members and guests to connect with fellow business owners and community leaders this month. The AM Networking with NPCC breakfast will be held from 7-8:30am Tuesday, May 6, at Blue Agave Mexican Cantina, 7000 East Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix. The Business Resource and Networking Luncheon will be held Tuesday, May 13, from 11am-1:30pm at Moon Valley Country Club, 151 West Moon Valley Drive in Phoenix. This month’s program will be presented by Gelie Akhenblit, CEO and founder of The Chamber’s third Thursday evening mixer will be held May 15 at Modern Margarita, 5410 East High Street in Phoenix. Finally, the fourth Tuesday Business Networking Luncheon will be held May 27 from 11:30am-1:30pm at Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 17007 North Scottsdale road in Scottsdale. Enjoy lunch and present a 20 second commercial, followed by open networking. To register for any of these events, or to see a complete listing of the Chamber’s future events, visit For additional information, call 602.482.3344.

Last month, the Chamber’s Events & Fundraising Committee Chair of two years, Fern Hailey with AmTrust Bank, passed the reigns to the 2014-15 chair, Melina Shah with Loss Consultants, LLC. Shah, who has been involved the NPCC for many years was most recently the co-chair of the Chamber’s Philanthropy Committee. >The 2014-15 Events & Fundraising Committee chair, Melina Shah, is pictured here (on the right) with Valley favorite Dolly Kennedy of The Dolly Steamboat. Photo courtesy of Glenn Mire, Mire Images.

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

Pictured L-R: NPCC Board Member Dr. Jim Lee, Paradise Valley Unified School District; Vice-Chair Luke Shafer, American Family Insurance; Board Chair Gordon Parkman, Achieve Results Consulting, LLC; and Board Member and 2012-14 Events & Fundraising Committee Chair Fern Hailey, AmTrust Bank, at the April Business Resource and Networking Luncheon.

Making Connections North Valley business men and women will enjoy making valuable connections at NPCC events. Chamber members cover a broad cross section of industries and range from sole proprietors to major corporations. Its goal is to unite the people and spheres of influence in commerce, industry, education, philanthropy and the professions to work together for the development of the Greater North Phoenix area. The Chamber believes that by fostering business growth and prosperity, the quality of life of the entire area is improved. Contact the Chamber office at 602.482.3344 and learn how you can connect with North Valley businesses and community members.

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Local Bookstore Named “Best” Dog Eared Pages Used Books has been selected for the 2014 Best of Business Award by Small Business Community Association, whose mission is to promote a vibrant and growing small business community, support education that will preserve and extend the future of small business and use our gifts within the small business community to serve others for the betterment of the world. The Association does this by focusing on three key areas: growth, advocacy and compassion. The Small Business Community recognizes and awards business owners because they often do not receive the recognition they deserve. Business owners are role models for everyone whether they know it or not. Small Business Community 2014 Best of Business Award holders are a valuable asset to their community and exemplify what makes small businesses great. Dog Eared Pages Used Books is located at 16428 N. 32nd Street in Phoenix. For information, call 602.283.5423 or visit

NVSO Concert Celebrates America

Competition Day – Winner of the violin, Frank Islas (far left), and other competitors Noel Washington, Sophia Packard and Alberto Islas.

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Maestro Kevin Kozacek will lead the North Valley Symphony Orchestra (NVSO) in a celebration of America with two of its most revered and popular 20th century composers – Aaron Copland and Howard Hanson. Plan to join the orchestra for Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite and Hanson’s 2nd Symphony. Additionally, New River resident Frank Islas, the winner of the annual violin competition, will perform the audition piece with the orchestra, Bach’s Violin Concerto in A-minor. This is the second year that local luthier Jody Summerford is donating a handcrafted violin to a


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talented member of the NVSO youth orchestras. Summerford is providing one of his violins, valued at well over $2,000, to a deserving student that is planning on continuing a career in music. NVSO includes musicians from around the valley, including north Phoenix, Tramonto, Anthem, New River, Desert Hills, Scottsdale, Glendale, Peoria, Litchfield, Surprise and Sun City. The concert will be held at North Canyon High School Center of Performing Arts, 1700 East Union Hills Drive, beginning at 7pm, Saturday, May 17. Tickets may be purchased at

National law firm Polsinelli will be the host and sponsor of the newest chapter of House of Genius, a cutting edge think-tank that brings together entrepreneurs and a diverse mix of collaborators from the community once a month for an evening of creative thinking, supportive input and innovative ideas. “The launch of House of Genius’ Phoenix Chapter will be a terrific addition to the entrepreneurial community in Arizona.” says Evan Gilbert, a member of the House of Genius and business attorney at Polsinelli. “Providing a forum for people with great ideas is essential to creating new opportunities that will benefit our state and the world.” “The House of Genius is an excellent resource for entrepreneurs looking for a different point of view,” says Phillip Guttilla, chair of Polsinelli’s Phoenix Corporate and Transactional Practice Group. “Arizona is becoming a significant player in the start-up community and we look forward to helping that happen.” For more information, visit



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Free Concerts At PVCC North Valley residents can take in free concerts this month at Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC). First up is the PVCC Classical Music Ensembles Concert, May 1 at 7:30pm. This concert will feature performances by the North Valley Chamber Orchestra, Piano Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Tuba Ensemble and more. On May 2, the North Valley Battle of the Bands Showcase Concert kick s off at 7:30pm and features The Hill in Mind, Hands of a Traitor, The Zoo and this year’s winner, Soldiers of Virtue. The Battle of the Bands encourages aspiring high school and college aged musicians to work on their craft and to continue to make original music. As sponsor

of the event, the Commercial Music Program at PVCC supports these goals by providing an opportunity to the participating bands to perform live in a number of venues, to be critiqued by professional musicians, and for select groups to receive free recording time in the school’s recording facilities. The project culminates in the production of a full-length CD. Now in its 12th year, the project is an important tool used to support the creation of original music and to train the next generation of music business professionals. To learn about performances throughout the month or to purchase tickets, visit cpa or call 602.787.7738.

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The Ocotillo Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) will hold its next meeting and program Saturday, May 10, 9:35am. The program will feature a presentation by special guest speaker Peggy Hurd. What is the real story of the origins of “Taps?” The beautiful sound of notes of sadness and sweetness is the call played by the bugler on his/her trumpet at funerals, wreath-laying and memorial services of fallen veterans. The presentation – “Taps” – 24 Notes – will be given by Hurd, a fourth generation Daughter who joined the NSDAR as a Junior Member over 40 years ago. She is an Arizona Honorary State Regent and past Treasurer General of the National Society. She is the current Arizona Chapter Development and Revitalization Commission Chairman and is the National Vice Chairman of the DAR Leadership Development Committee. The meeting will be held at Outlets at Anthem in Community Room #435. Meetings are open to non-members. For information contact, Willine Evans at 623.551.3764 or visit or




Fundraising Community Breakfast To Be Held The 2014 Ryan House Community Breakfast will be held Wednesday, May 7 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. This fundraising breakfast will provide guests the opportunity to learn more about Ryan House and hear stories about the inspiring work being done by the organization for children with life-threatening medical conditions. During the breakfast, guests will also have the chance to contribute much-needed funding that will provide care, comfort and community to children and families at Ryan House. This event is targeted to more than 600 community and business leaders in attendance that morning, with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit Ryan House. Registration begins at 7:15am; breakfast and program is 8-9am. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa is located at 2400 East Missouri Avenue in Phoenix. For more information, call 602.200.0767or visit

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Women’s Group Meets



Central Phoenix Women will meet Tuesday, May 6 at 3:30pm at The RitzCarlton Phoenix, 2401 East Camelback Road. The meeting will feature a presentation by James Eggimann from the Ritz Carlton Leadership Center. The meeting sponsor and favor partner is ROLFS with publication partner, Modern Luxury Scottsdale magazine. Reservations are required. More information and an invitation are available at

Celebrating Jewish Pride & Unity A community-wide celebration to foster Jewish pride and unity will take place May 18. Presented by Chabad Lubavitch of Arizona (2110 East Lincoln Drive in Phoenix), Lag B’Omer will bring together families for a fun day featuring story time, a rally, a magic show, delicious food and much more. The whole family will enjoy the activities, and after the show and lunch, everyone will be able to go to Enchanted Island. The event and lunch is free, but there is a cost for the wristbands at Enchanted Island. This year, local schools and synagogues can get involved by having classes design holiday banners,

which will be displayed as part of the decorations. If you would like to register your school or synagogue, call Rabbi Yossi at 602.944.2753 or send an e-mail to Lag B’Omer is literally translated as the 33rd day of the Omer, a period of seven weeks between Passover, which commemorates the Jewish people’s Exodus from Egypt, and Shavout, which commemorates the giving of the Ten Commandments. The Lag B’Omer celebration will take place May 18 beginning at 10:30am at Encanto Park in Downtown Phoenix. For more information, call 602.944.2753 or visit

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Farm Fresh Friday In Carefree

Head over to the Carefree Farmers Market every Friday from 9am-1pm to get your fill of fresh, local veggies, bread, eggs, honey, micro greens – even treats for the four-legged family members. The market is held at the Carefree Sundial, 101 Easy Street. For more information, find Carefree Farmers Market on Facebook.

The Run For The Roses For 140 years, the Kentucky Derby has been held during the first weekend in May. Head to the English Rose Tea Room in Carefree this year for an all-day Kentucky Derby celebration with fancy hats, fascinators and mint tea juleps to commemorate the annual Run for the Roses. This year, restaurant owner Jo Gemmill will be hosting a celebration from 10am-5pm on Saturday, May 3, to commemorate America’s longest running sporting event. Guests attending are encouraged to dress for the occasion, sporting racing hats and proper attire suitable for a day at the track. A sampling of what guests will expect: “We love Derby day. We will • Coverage of the race on large screen have lots of activities throughout televisions the day, from hat contests to • Sip on Mint Tea Juleps and other English race contests. Proceeds from the drawings will benefit the Cave Rose favorites Creek based Triple R Horse Rescue • A vast array of classic British finger foods who rescue, rehabilitate and from cucumber sandwiches to scones, re-home horses,” says Gemmill. plus special Mint Julep cupcakes The Tea Room’s full menu will • An opportunity to test their luck and be available, along with special race day culinary delights. The enter into prize drawings English Rose Tea Room is located at • Race day memorabilia 201 Easy Street in Carefree. RSVP is • Hat contest suggested by calling 480.488.4812.

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“Lockbox for Seniors” is a new program in Carefree. Lockbox for Seniors expedites first responder access to a home when all the doors and windows are locked. Rural Metro will place a lock box with a key near the front door of the home. The code to open the lockbox is given to the first responders as they go to the emergency. If the resident cannot open their door, the first responders can use the lock box to gain access to the home without having to break a window or door. MAYOR Town of Carefree Response time to the emergency is reduced and damage to the home is eliminated. 480.488.3686 Councilman Mike Farrar discovered this program at the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors (SAAR). He brought the idea to Foothills Caring Corps, Rural Metro and the Town of Carefree. Foothills Caring Corps asked their neighbors in Carefree if they wanted this service. The initial responses suggest that many citizens would like this service. The Town of Carefree has allocated $3,000 to start the program in Carefree. For the present, Lockbox for Seniors is limited to neighbors of Foothills Caring Corps who live in Carefree. I appreciate the cooperation of several agencies in our community. By working together they are bringing a worthwhile service to our citizens. THANK YOU!



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Our Swiss Bank Account By Allen Nohre

In 1965, my wife and I were psychology students at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. Living overseas, we were worried about losing our cash or having it stolen. What better place to keep it safe than in a Swiss bank? One-third of all worldwide funds held outside their country of origin, known as offshore funds, are kept in Switzerland, and in 1965 those funds included our money. On a typically cloudy, winter day in Zurich, we walked along the Bahnhofstrasse, one of the most expensive and elegant shopping streets in the world, looking for a bank to deposit our money. We chose Credit Suisse, and inside it was like a magnificent gothic cathedral.


We walked to a teller window and asked the banker if he spoke English. He politely excused himself and we stood there wondering what was going to happen next. Another official arrived, as polite and respectful as the first one and said to follow him. An elevator took the three of us to the second floor where we walked down a long carpeted hall with artwork on the walls, and he ushered us into a conference room appointed with big upholstered chairs and sofas. He offered us water, tea or coffee and said he’d be right back. We sat there embarrassed that we are being treated like a couple about to open a multi-million dollar account. When he came back, we apologetically told him we only had a thousand dollars to deposit. He didn’t flinch. We signed some papers and he escorted us back to the lobby and said, “Thank you and Auf Wiedersehen,” as if we had just deposited millions. It is nice to be treated like a millionaire even when you are not. Allen Nohre lives in Carefree with his wife, Kathie. He is a writer at TERROS Behavioral Health, publishes the blog and can be reached at

Humanitarian of the Year



The Foothills Caring Corps (FCC) Board of Directors recently hosted a special recognition celebration for major supporters at a private residence in Desert Mountain. Bill Bergman was honored with the Humanitarian of the Year 2014 for his longtime support. FCC is dedicated to promoting independence and enhancing the quality of life for older residents throughout the community. For additional information on volunteering or to donate, visit

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream The Desert Foothills Theater (DFT), a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, will present a special youth theatre production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream May 2-11 at the FCF-Holland Cabaret Theater. Directed by Amy Serafin, the DFT production of William Shakespeare’s comedy follows the (mis)adventures of assorted royals, wood spirits and actors over the course of one long night in a mysterious forest. “This is not your musty, dusty Shakespeare,” says Serafin. “It’s the timeless tale re-imagined, re-thought and re-envisioned for today’s audience. It’s a fresh new take, brought to life by an exciting and energetic young cast and crew who challenge you to put aside your notions of what it means to be a classic.” Performances are held Friday, May 2 and May 9 at 7pm; Saturday, May 3 and May 10 at 7pm and Sunday, May 4 and May 11 at 2pm. Tickets range from $15 to $21 for adults and $11 to $16 for youth and students. A special 2pm performance featuring a Q&A after the show will take place on Sunday, May 4. Group sale discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Visit or call 480.488.1981. The cabaret theater is located at 34250 North 60th Street, Building B, in North Scottsdale.

Violin Orchestra Hosts Fundraiser Recital The Jubilate Violin Orchestra (JVO) will host a fundraiser recital from 3-4:30pm Saturday, May 10 at the Christ Anglican Church in Carefree. The event is open to the public with a $5 suggested donation at the door. The fundraiser will help raise money for the JVO and includes performances by the Jubilate Family Choir, an all-ages music group, as well as presentations by the Jubilate Music Theory class. Light refreshments will follow the recital. Currently, the JVO offers a general music theory class, where children learn to read music, as well as Level 1 and Level 2 violin instruction classes. Starting in August, the JVO is adding an expanded selection of music programs that will include two levels of theory classes and a Level 3 violin instruction course. Laya Field, of Cave Creek, teaches the course. Fields is a classically trained violinist and opera singer who began playing the violin at the age of eight. All JVO programs take place at the Dorothy McGinnis Hall of Christ Anglican Church, 35500 North Cave Creek Road, half a mile north of the corner of Carefree Highway and Cave Creek Road, in Carefree. For more information, call 480.993.6147.

Sonoran Trails Track And Field Honors Congratulations to Sonoran Trails Middle School Girls’ and Boys’ Track & Field teams on their impressive performance at the Conference Championship meet. The girls’ team finished in first place and the boys’ team in second. They came away with a whopping 32 medals of which 17 were gold. The girls were led by Kelby Kuo first in the discus, 100, 200 and anchored the 4 x 100 relay team to another school record that included Jensen Gomez, Natacha Ramioulle and Reilly Krawczyk. Faith Hasher won the mile run and the 800. Gomez took first in the 55-meter hurdles and Megan Alsever won the long jump. Krawczyk took first place honors in the shot put and third in the discus. Xandra Squier was second in the high jump and Brecken Spigarelli was third in the 400. The boys were led by Eddie Htet who won the 100, took second in the 200 and 2nd in the 4 x 100 relay along with Justin Segura, Kassidy Wheeler and CJ Nnorom. Luke McGowan was second in the mile run. Kyle Anderson took third in the 110 hurdles and Chandler Thomas was third in the 800.

CCUSD Business Forum The Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) will host “Making Social Media Work for You and Your Bottom Line” Monday, May 5 from 11:30am-1:30pm. Superintendent Dr. Debbi Burdick invites area business leaders to attend the business luncheon forum presented by CCUSD community member Michael Murphy. Murphy is the director of communications for the Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix where he is responsible for the development and implementation of an overall marketing and communications business plan with goals, objectives and strategies that supports its mission and priorities. The forum will be held at CCUSD’s Governing Board Room, 33016 North 60th Street in Scottsdale. Space is limited to 50 participants. Questions may be directed to Julia Scotto at or 480.575.2016.

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The Arizona Centennial didn’t end with the celebration in 2012. Arizona Centennial Legacy Projects were conceived for continuing impact and range from restoration of historic properties to public art and musical compositions. One of the Legacy Projects, At Home in the Desert written by Phyllis Strupp, is a one-act play, seeking to help tweens be resilient amidst social difficulties by connecting with the natural world around them – the desert. The play promotes diversity and communication and will be made available to schools statewide as a tool to reduce bullying. The play will be performed on April 30 and May 1 at 6:30pm at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 12 and under. Contact the Foothills Community Foundation for additional information at or 480.488.1090. The Fine Arts Center is located at 33606 North 60th Street in Scottsdale.


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A Hat For Every Ocassion



Mumbo Jumbo, an eclectic boutique in Carefree, offers a wide selection of hats for every type of event – from Derby day to Mother’s Day and everything in between, including fascinators (think royal weddings), clothes from the ‘20s, reproduction Victorian chapeaus and Derby couture creations. “Each and every one of these hats is meticulously handmade and one-of-akind,” says Sherry Nelson, store owner and hat aficionado. “Some are made from ostrich or vintage feathers, others are designed and embellished with tulle and beads…even fabric birds. The creativity is amazing.” Nelson brings in new hats daily to satisfy the demands of her local, national and international clientele. More than 100 are on display and range in cost from $30 to $300. Mumbo Jumbo is located at 36889 North Tom Darlington Drive in Carefree. For more information, call 480.575.5858.

Ace Hardware owner David Karsten recently announced the promotion of Ron Welch to Director of Retail Operations. Welch will oversee Karsten’s Ace Hardware’s Valley locations in Cave Creek, Carefree and Goodyear. A valued member of the Karsten’s team for the past six years, Welch has served as the Carefree store

manager for more than four years. “Ron has been representing Karsten’s out in our community as well as volunteering his time to numerous charitable organizations. It gives me great pleasure to announce his promotion,” says Karsten. Welch will oversee store managers and the inventory manager at each location. “My goals have always been centered around helping others both at work and in the community, says Welch. “In this new position, I will continue to share my knowledge, provide an amazing customer experience and help meet our associates’ needs.” Ron Welch is a familiar face in the Northeast Valley. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Carefree/ Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, and is heavily involved in the Carefree Christmas Festival.

Carefree Movement Physical Therapy is relocating its 1,600-squarefoot studio this month to Pima Norte, located at the southwest corner of Pima Road and Cave Creek Road. A hybrid method that combines principles of structural integrity and alignment with strength conditioning, Pilates and stretching, Carefree Movement Physical Therapy offers movement therapy, structural personal training and post rehab yoga to residents in the Carefree, Cave Creek and North Scottsdale area. For more information, call 602.908.7108 or visit

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Chamber Events This Month Membership Drive The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce is holding a membership drive and, for the month of May, the Chamber is waiving the admin fee and offering 13 months for the price of a new one-year membership. There are many incentives for all existing members who refer a new member during this month. This is a great opportunity to become a member of the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber. For information on all events, visit

Evening Mixer May 14 • 5:30-7pm Enjoy a fun opportunity to see the heartbeat of the community. The Desert Foothills YMCA, Foothills Community Foundation and the Paradise Valley Community College Black Mountain are hosting this networking event. Mix and mingle with other men and women of the business community. Located at 34250 North 60th Street, in Scottsdale. Cost: $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

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POWER Lunch May 20 • 11:30am-1pm Profitable Opportunities With Empowering Results, or POWER, is a hands-on lunch and learn seminar to help grow your business. Lunch is provided. RSVP is a must. Information: 480.488.3381. Located at Venues Café, 34 Easy Street, Carefree. Cost: $20 per person.



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Ribbon Cutting and Open House May 21 • 4-6pm Celebrate the one year anniversary of Sentimental Journey Antiques with a ribbon cutting and open house. Everyone is welcome. Ribbon cutting to take place at 5pm. Refreshments will be provided. Located at 7171 East Cave Creek, Suite L&M, Carefree. Business Breakfast May 29 • 8-9:30am Early morning networking event and a very informative guest speaker. Come listen to the Scottsdale Police Department as they discuss how to handle a situation with an active shooter at Harold’s Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. Cost: $6 for members and $10 for non-members.

Without a doubt, the 2013-14 season of festivals in Carefree was a huge success, and those who The Magic Bird Festivals 2014-15 schedule may have missed out will want to mark their calendars for the 2014-15 line up of events from of Carefree events is as follows: Magic Bird Festivals. (All shows take place from 10am-5pm unless otherwise noted.) The annual art and entertainment events, set against the backdrop of Black Mountain and woven Third Annual Carefree Fine Art of the Southwest throughout a four-acre cactus garden in Carefree, include the Carefree Fine Art of the Southwest November 28, 29, and 30 Festival, the Carefree Christmas Festival and Gift Market, the Carefree Indian Market and Friday, Saturday, Sunday Cultural Festival, the Carefree Festival of Fine Chocolate and Fine Art and Carefree Days. All events take place at the Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy Street, in Downtown Seventh Annual Carefree Christmas Festival Carefree, adjacent to the world famous Carefree Sundial. Admission is free. Gift Market & Food Court Live music and dance performances set the stage for each event on the site’s December 12, 13, and 14 newly expanded Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, and provide attendees state-ofFriday, Saturday, Sunday the-art sound and plentiful seating. 10am-9pm on Friday and Saturday, Hand-selected local, regional and national fine artists, and crafts exhibitors, 10am-5pm on Sunday. are featured throughout the scenic botanical gardens. The Christmas Gift Fourth Carefree Indian Market & Cultural Festival Market combines an expanded variety of holiday gift and specialty exhibitors. January 23, 24, and 25, 2015 Attendees can select from a variety of culinary vendors and food options at Friday, Saturday, Sunday every event. Adult beverages are available along Easy Street at a multitude of restaurants that surround the events. Fourth Carefree Festival of Fine Chocolate & Fine Art “We could not ask for a better setting than the beautiful desert gardens in February 12, 13, 14, and 15, 2015 Downtown Carefree,” says Roberta Toombs-Rechlin, owner of Magic Bird. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday “We have worked closely with the mayor and staff of Carefree to maximize the Second Annual Carefree Days art, entertainment and nature experience for the attendee. There is nothing else April 10, 11, and 12, 2015 quite like it in Arizona.” World-champion hoop dancer, Moontee Friday, Saturday, Sunday For information, call 480.488.2014 or visit Sinquah. Photo courtesy of Jerry Williamson.

Noah Kendrick, financial advisor at Edward Jones in Carefree, has been an avid supporter of the students, teachers and staff of the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) for the past eight years. In April, he was named CCUSD Business Partner of the Month for his inspiring service. A recognized business leader, Kendrick has contributed to the district’s Employee of the Month program, supplying plaques for hundreds of deserving honorees, as well as hand written notes of congratulations. Kendrick has also donated safety supplies for CCUSD classrooms and generated annual school supply drives. “Within our local school districts, educators and support staff are often not recognized enough for all of the extra effort required to prepare our future generations for success. We are proud to play a part in that much deserved recognition,” says Kendrick. Kendrick currently serves on the board of directors for the Foothills Community Foundation and serves on its planned giving committee. Along with his active participation in youth and community programs, Kendrick has served as chair of the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, where he was the founder of a scholarship program for Cactus Shadows High School student interns working at local businesses. Kendrick was recognized for his extraordinary support that has encouraged excellence within the community school district. For information, contact Edward Jones, 37555 Hum Road, Suite 205, in Carefree, or call 480.595.2041.

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Exploring Spur Cross For those who may not have ventured out in the area yet, just north of Cave Creek with more than 2,100 acres of lush Sonoran Desert, the Spur Cross Conservation Area is a must see for hiking enthusiast, nature lovers and anyone who wants to enjoys a new and vibrant Arizona landmark. There are endless trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Park trails range in length from 1.2 miles to 4.6 miles and range in difficulty from easy to difficult. The elevation and dense vegetation make hiking relatively comfortable for a large portion of the year. The main trail running along Cave Creek connects to the popular trail system in the Tonto National Forest. It contains fascinating archaeology sites from the prehistoric Hohokam people and lush riparian areas along Cave Creek, which flows throughout the winter months. The diverse, wildlife habitat is amazing, and the area continues to grow and develop with abundant vegetation present in the conservation area. The Spur Cross area was protected from developers and made available to the public through several years of focused, community efforts. To reach the conservation area, drive 4.5 miles north on Spur Cross Road, from Cave Creek Road in Downtown Cave Creek, to the designated parking area. Entry is $3 per person.

Spur Cross May Schedule 2014 • May 3 – Sunset Over Spur Cross • May 4 – Rocks and Streams Walk • May 9 – Exploring Spur Cross • May 10 – Hohokam Houses – the Ruins of Spur Cross • May 14 – Full Moon Hike • May 17 – Life Along the Creek • May 23 – Desert Washes Walk • May 24 – Exploring Dragonfly Trail • May 31 – Rock Art of Spur Cross

Annual Pass Available To Residents All those residing within the Town limits of Cave Creek are eligible for an annual pass to Maricopa County Park’s Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area in Northern Cave Creek. This pass will allow the holder to access the Conservation Area without paying the usual $3 entry fee. The fee for the pass is $1 per year and passes may be purchased in one-, five- or 10-year increments. For more information, call 480.488.6612.



The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Desert Sonoran Lifestyles to its new home in the area. The ribbon cutting last month celebrated the new location at 33747 North Scottsdale Road. Desert Sonoran Lifestyles owners Patrick Jones and Scott Lehman (holding the scissors – Lehman is in orange on the right) are surrounded by the members of the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce.

MUSINGS OF A DISTRACTIBLE MIND / BY HOPE H. OZER Flushometer [that’s a real word!] to save water and energy. Sensor-operated and manual Flushometers are designed for many years of reliable service. Also available with Royal [Yup, ‘Royal’!] dual [goes both up and down] Flush Valve. Toilet seat not included.” Not even going there. Who knew? Fasten your seatbelts for this madcap journey.

provocation. No encouragement or action on your part. They just do. They often flush prematurely when you’re not yet “done” if their antenna is a bit “off.” You’ve gotta be fast. For this one, standing or sitting also works. It’s always a surprise. One would think that the little genie in there could tell when the timing is right. Then there are the tankless wall mounted toilets (see photo) where the

Some public restrooms have a basic toilet similar to most home models. The flushing mechanism is on the front or side of the tank. Simple enough. We’ve practiced since we were potty trained. We know what to do. The good ol’ American Standard or Kohler. This can be flushed while standing or seated. In my research (yes, I researched this) I found that the Kohler’s Cimarron model “…with the AquaPiston® advantage seamlessly blends high-end design with high-octane performance… The result is a streamlined machine that delivers a powerful flush…four times more than the average adult needs.” [Emphasis added by author.] Now that’s impressive. I really don’t know what more to say. Some public restrooms have toilets with a sensor activated flushing technology. You’ve experienced these. They flush with no warning. No

lever can be positioned behind the bowl at varying heights on either side of the valve. My research shows the left side to be most popular. The right side – less popular. (Are you thinking I have too much time on my hands?) This is one where you must stand to flush. Unless, of course, you are a contortionist. You may use your hand, or if your equilibrium is intact, you can stand on one foot while flushing with the other. Crucial consideration here is flexibility and balance. I’m pretty limber and I’m a germaphobe. I use my foot. Knew you’d want to know. So, there I am, famished and having gone through the fasting blood test. Gauze and cotton wrapped around my arm in several locations (see vein reference, above). I grab breakfast in the Mayo Clinic cafeteria before the dreaded “procedure.” Heading out of the cafeteria, dead ahead, it’s a clear shot to a unisex bathroom. It made good sense to stop in for a “just in case” visit. The room is huge. Wheelchair accessible sink opposite door. Toilet at far end. Nice. Could have a party in here. I do my “thing.” All is well.

CITYVIEWS Couple my being a multitasker with my distractible mind and not wanting to forget to flush, I activate the lever positioned about 15” above the bowl with my foot simultaneously while pulling my pants up. Not bad for an old broad. Picture this. With slacks only partially pulled up I stand on my left foot to the right of the commode. I raise my right foot to flush. When the Flushometer is on the left, there is balance. With it on the right, with me on the right, there is no balance. The Flushometer is on the right. I begin to fall sideways. I reach for the grab bar – miss – hit the shiny red square with the words emblazoned: “PRESS TO LOCK – PRESS TO UNLOCK.” The door at the sink end of the room starts to open to a hallway overflowing with folks exiting the cafeteria. I sprint to the door holding my pants around my knees with one hand and push to close the door with the other. It’s electrohydraulic. It is strong. It continues to open. I continue to push. It continues to open. I turn around pressing my back against the door – feet firmly planted on tile floor in front of me – praying the floor isn’t wet – now holding pants with two hands – pushing with every ounce of strength in my partially clothed body to keep the door from opening further. Still trying to pull up my pants. The door keeps coming. I keep pushing (the door) and pulling (the pants). You had to be there. Better you weren’t. It’s a Keystone Kops routine – me the only cop. I am mortified. The door finally gives up the fight and allows me to close it. Locked it. Laughed so hard that I cried. My advice to public restroom users everywhere: Even if you are a multitasker, in public restrooms do not multitask. Pull your pants up, honey. Then flush. And that, my dear friends, is another day in the life of a distractible mind. Hope H. Ozer is founder and Publisher Emeritus of CITYSunTimes. Her monthly columns previously written as “Publisher’s Pen” range from personal – some humorous, some poignant – to observations on life, and continue to be one of CST’s most enduring features.

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I maintain that cooking can be hazardous to one’s health. Burns. Cuts. Abrasions. But, who would have thought that a run of the mill potty stop could be fraught with drama? Danger? Embarrassment? Until now. This is about me. A woman who has never met a public restroom – or a private one for that matter – that I didn’t like. “Like” might be too strong a verb. “Paid a visit” might be a better way to put it. That is, until April. The month of my birth. Other than death and taxes – the third certainty after a “certain age” is the dreaded annual physical. This, preceded by the obligatory tests – fasting blood labs and mammogram. I don’t fast well. I get ornery when not having eaten. More ornery than usual. Plus, having gone through chemo over a decade ago, finding a viable vein in my arm is akin to striking oil in the Valley. Then there’s the delight of compressing my breast in a vise for the mammogram. Oh joy. I am told that the current machine is less “uncomfortable” than the old one. Cudda fooled me. I am not in a happy place. At this point in the story, you may think you’re not either. Wait for it. But first, you must learn about the variety of available toilet flushing mechanisms. You are now to discover far more than you thought you’d ever want to know. (Did you ever really think about it?) There are several. I am not kidding. Go ahead. Google it. Now, this makes for compelling reading. Consider the value of adding what you’re about to learn to your mental trivia bank. Unrivaled cocktail party conversation. Could morph into a new pick-up line. Probably not the best bet for dinner conversation. Then again, who knows? I have a proctologist friend who is known to tell the most colorful patient stories over dinner. Some devices sound downright elegant: “…combine the performance of both the fixture and the flush valve to ensure a true, water-efficient system… may be specified with a solar-powered




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The word volunteer was first recorded in the 1630s. During the 19th century America experienced a surge in volunteerism. Women volunteered to aid wounded soldiers in the Civil War. The Red Cross in 1881 provided volunteers for disaster relief. Now, a couple centuries later, volunteerism is thriving, especially in Cave Creek. Take the recently held Fiesta Days and rodeo. It’s a great community pride event. Like Wild West Days it combines attracting MAYOR new people to the historic core businesses with the right touch of Town of Cave Creek cowboy rowdy-ism, promoting the “I Had Fun in Cave Creek” buzz. 480.488.1400 These two events, like so many others in town, happen because of volunteers. Numerous volunteers. Volunteers are the pulse of the Cave Creek Food Bank, Museum, Caring Corps, Visitors’ Center, Taste of Cave Creek, Desert Awareness Park, Open Space Trail Run and Open Space Committee, Cactus Classic Bike Event and the Christmas Pageant, to name a few. Volunteers not only donate their time but also supply ideas and energy, revitalizing these events year-to-year while spreading the word via the best possible means of advertising: person-to-person. Nothing quite like that real-life, real-person testimonial. Cave Creek citizens count their blessings. From dawn’s first-light view of pure desert and native wildlife to nighttime’s star-studded skies (yes, there is a Milky Way), we don’t take this place we call home for granted. Nor do we take for granted our volunteers. We salute and thank them.

Tantalizing Your Taste Buds Sixteen months ago, Zilia Rungboonkong opened a restaurant on Cave Creek Road, hoping that the community would take to her unique blend of Thai and other Asian cuisines. Take to it they did, and thanks to loyal customers, Z’s Asian Fusion has become a success beyond what Rungboonkong had hoped for. What’s next? “Well, I listen to my customers and what they want,” Rungboonkong says. “For the spring and summer I will be adding several new entrees and appetizers to the menu. I always emphasize fresh and healthy food without allergycausing preservatives. I also offer my customers a full bar including popular Asian beers.” If you’ve not yet given Z’s Asian Fusion a try, check out the reviews on, and Some nice photos taken by customers are at Z’s also offers a variety of live music on Saturday evenings. Z’s Asian Fusion is located at 6554 Cave Creek Road, Suite 14, in Cave Creek. For more information, call 480.489.7055 or visit

Harold’s Presents Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Harold’s Cave Creek Corral presents the Ball Wash Open Charity Golf Tournament Monday, May 12, at the renowned Boulders Golf Club. Shot gun start is at 1pm and registration begins at 11:30am. Join participants at the beautiful Boulders golf resort for an exciting and fun-filled day to raise money for several local charities. The tournament includes: • Scramble Format • Get a New Car for a Hole in One • Betting Hole • Closest To The Pin Prize • Longest Drive Prize There will also be a great raffle, live and silent auction later in the day at Harold’s Corral, which will include: • Luxury Hotel and Resort Packages • Sports Memorabilia • Golf Foursome Packages • Sporting Event Tickets • Jewelry, Art Non-golfing dinner guests can join in at Harold’s Corral at 6pm for the post tournament dinner, drinking, awards ceremony, raffle and silent and live auction. The cost is $25 per dinner guest. Call 480.488.1906 for registration information or visit

Fine art and estate grand event in May • • • •

A rare Edward Hopper painting entitled “Waiting behind the Theater” will be included in the art and estate auction on May 17 in Cave Creek.

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Cave Creek Auction, which is relocating its headquarters to 6032 East Cave Creek Road, will hold a one-of-a-kind auction Saturday, May 17 at 12pm. According to auction founder John Bettencourt, the “high end treasure hunt auction” will feature an exceptional no reserve, original Edward Hopper painting entitled, “Waiting behind the Theater.” Hopper was one of the foremost realists among 20th century American artists. Last year, one of Hopper’s paintings sold for more than $40 million. Cave Creek Auction currently is accepting consignment items for inclusion in this and future auctions. The event also will feature: • Fine art and rare estate finds including upscale artwork and bronzes • Rare earth gems • An original RC Gorman • A 1910 washing machine • Antique Presidential signed documents • Engraved guns including a rare Colt pistol

A World War II surgery kit Gold, silver and diamond jewelry Antiques Classic vehicles The auction also will provide live simulcast bidding. Due to the quality of offerings, a minimum $500 credit card or $500 refundable cash deposit for a bidder card will be required to bid. During the high-energy auction event, consignors will enjoy beverages and appetizers. The public is invited to the grand opening celebration and auction preview on May 16 from 10am-3pm. Wild West Pawn, which is located in the same complex, will also offer reduced prices for the day. Visit for all event details or send email to info@cavecreekauction. com. Questions can also be directed to 480.525.1136 or 602.419.5797.


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Archaeology Society Presents Easter Island Expert

The Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter offers residents the opportunity to hear from Dr. Britton Shepardson, the author of Moai: a New Look at Old Faces, at its May 14 meeting. Easter Island, a Polynesian island, is one of the most remote islands in the world. The nearest continental point is central Chile at a distance of 2,182 miles and the closest island with just 50 people is still 1,289 miles away. Yet, most of us know this island for one primary reason – statues…really large statues. The enormous carved extant monumental statues are called moai and created by the Rapa Nui people. Shepardson is an archaeologist and lecturer at Northern Arizona University. Over the past 14 years, his research has addressed a number of research topics on Easter Island and other Polynesian islands. He is the founder and director of Archaeological Outreach (TAO), an international volunteer program dedicated to educating and empowering local youths on Easter Island. The AAS-DFC meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May. Refreshments are served at 7pm; the presentation begins at 7:30pm. The meetings are held in the community room (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. For more information, visit


Legion Post Honors Veterans Commander Al Morgan, Adjudant Barb Owings and other Legion members, along with Cub Scout Master Rob Madden and his Pack 134, begin early in the morning placing flags on all the military graves in the cemetery. Pack 134 acts as the Honor Guard, presenting the Colors for the ceremony. Commander Morgan then welcomes all in attendance and shares a few remarks before introducing a guest speaker, usually an active duty or a retired vet. As the ceremony ends, military songs are played as many of the participants walk among the graves, paying their respects. Before nightfall all flags are removed, to be used again the following year. For more information regarding the time of this event, contact Commander Morgan 480.488.2669. Post 34 is located at 6272 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek.

Refresher Facial Offered J. Julian offers over 30 years of training and experience in an elegant, European style spa setting dedicated to restoring the skin from the inside out. A variety of treatments are offered for rosacea, sensitive skin, acne and hi-tech antiaging, and a skin evaluation assures a customized experience, using the finest products such as Nelly De Vuyst, which are certified biological ingredients, and environmentally friendly. J. Julian’s innovative approach and cutting-edge scientific knowledge guarantee the effectiveness of the Diadermic Method. This method leads the field in results-oriented fine skin care where science meets nature. Also available, Shear-Wave technology, offering the skin-tightening option without surgery. For new clients, J. Julian is offering her custom “Refresher Facial” at $45, regularly $65 and a choice of either a free brow wax, regularly $15, or a free microdermabrasion, regularly $55. To schedule an appointment, call 480.595.1281. J. Julian is located at 6450 East Cave Creek Road, Suite 108, in Cave Creek.

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The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veteran service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security and continued devotion to fellow service members and veterans. Memorial Day is the day Americans set aside to honor those brave men and women who met tragic ends during times of war. This Memorial Day, the American Legion Frank W. Wright Post 34 in Cave Creek invites residents to join in remembrance of the nation’s fallen heroes by attending the Memorial Services at Cave Creek Cemetery.




Walk & Talk At Desert Awareness

Ripe wolfberry fruits

The Desert Awareness Committee of Foothills Community Foundation will hold two special Walk & Talk events at Desert Awareness Park, corner of Cave Creek and Vermeersch Roads. The events will be held May 10 and 13, from 8-10am each day. The Desert Harvest Walk & Talk on May 10 will focus on gathering and preparing desert edibles. The Desert Medicine Plant Walk & Talk on May 13 will focus on gathering and preparing desert medicinals. Gather at the Desert Heritage Center, across the wash from the first parking lot. There is handicapped parking available on the far side of the wash. Call the FCF office at 480.488.1090 for more information. A $3 donation is appreciated.

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Spelling Bee Winners



The official Foothills Community Foundation Spelling Bee award was given to Cactus Shadows High School students Ryan Jimenez, Mackenzie Glenn and Eddie Shimkus (pictured here with their teacher Mr. LaVigne) last month. The award will reside in Mr. LaVigne’s classroom until the end of the year and then be moved to the school’s front office.

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Food Bank Seeks Van Drivers

May 2014 Youth Events/Programs

The Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is in need of volunteer drivers to pick up and drop off food and related items for the food bank. Because requests for food assistance have intensified, van drivers are needed to help ensure the families that are served by Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center receive the food and personal items they need. According to Executive Director Pam DiPietro, Foothills Food Bank seeks individuals with an SUV or small truck who can work one day a week for two hours to pick up and transport donated food. Food pick-ups, which range in size and weight, are typically conducted during early morning hours between 7-10am. Interested and available volunteers can contact John Murphy at 480.600.6978 or by email at Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located at 6038 East Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek. For more information, visit

Every Tuesday • 9:45-10:15am Toddler Storytime Ages two-five Every Thursday • 9:45-10:15am Little Ones Storytime Ages birth-36 months Every Friday • 4-5pm Teen Table Games Looking for something to do on a Friday afternoon? Join in for table games – from Pictionary to Monopoly, chess and checkers and much more. Refreshments are provided.

May 17 • 10:30-11am Pajama Storytime All ages welcome. Come in your cozy weekend clothes or jammies for family fun and enjoy a morning of stories, songs and games.

May 25 • 1-3pm Teen Advisory Group Held the last Sunday of each month, this group brings together teens who are interested in being involved at the Desert Foothills Library. Whether through volunteering or brainstorming for programs, come meet other library enthusiasts and share your ideas. Refreshments are provided. All events take place at Desert Foothills Library, 38443 North Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. Events are free. For more information and registration, call 480.488.2286.

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May 15 • 12-3pm Teen Tech Help Desk Having trouble with your smart phone, e-reader, tablet or other mobile device? Can’t get that pesky app to do what you want it to? Come seek the assistance of local teens. They’re tech-savvy and ready to help you learn your way around your device. No registration required, drop in any time for help.

May 29 • 4-5pm LEGO Club All ages, recommended age three and up This monthly group gives kids a chance to create and build with the Library’s collection of LEGOs! It encourages spatial thinking, cooperation, creativity, critical thinking and engineering in this fun afternoon activity. Register at 480.488.2286.


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New Hi-Health Location Specialty nutritional product retailer, Hi-Health held a grand opening celebration recently to debut a new design concept at its newest location in Cave Creek The store represents a major redesign of the Arizona-based health supplement retailer’s stores. “The design concept of this store offers customers a unique shopping experience. We have created ‘stores within a store’ for several of the top brands, which enables customers to shop a variety of products offered by a manufacturer in one section rather than spread throughout the

store.” says Tom Merrihew, VP of Merchandising for Hi-Health. He adds, “The new concept store has a warm, welcoming feel, yet offers technology upgrades including several touch-screen computers, so customers can easily access information about their favorite products or research questions they have on a particular health or fitness related topics.” The new location is at Tatum Road Crossing Shopping Center (southeast corner of Cave Creek and Tatum Boulevard). For more information, call 480.513.1300.

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Big Bronco Celebrates – And Gives Back

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Last month, Big Bronco celebrated its 14th anniversary in a big way. Held every year on the last weekend in April, the annual celebration includes huge sales and specials throughout the store, live music and entertainment – and most importantly to owner Faith Weinberg, an opportunity to give back to the community. This year, proceeds from the three-day event benefited Triple R Horse Rescue and AZ Equine Rescue. And while the party may be over, the sales pricing will continue into the summer months, with 20 percent off all furniture and 10 percent off on lighting, pillows and throws. Big Bronco offers a boutique shopping experience, with one-of-a-kind Western and rustic home furnishings that are hand-picked by Weinberg and her buyers. Its website will give shoppers a good idea of the type of products to expect, but nothing beats an in-store visit, where you can touch and feel the fabrics and furniture textures as well as get personalized shopping and design service. Big Bronco is located at 6602 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek, and is open MondaySaturday from 10am-6pm, and Sundays from 11am-5pm. For information, call 480.575.1357 or visit





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Lions Club Seeks New Members While it may be a part of the largest service club organization in the world, the Black Canyon Bi-Centennial Lions Club is clearly focused on the community it serves. The Lions Club supports Cañon School, the local library, the Historical Society, fire department, High Desert Park, the Archery Club, Meals on Wheels and Chihuahua’s Chill Grill Oktoberfest – and that is just a beginning. Last month it held its annual White Cane Parade and the club provides an “Angel Tree” at Christmas and helped support the residents and businesses in Yarnell after the fire that devastated that community in 2013. With 17 current members, ranging in age from mid-20’s to early 90’s, the club is looking for additional members to carry on the legacy that began February 14, 1976. The club meets twice per month; at 7pm on the first and third Thursday at the VFW Post 1796 in Black Canyon City. The second meeting of each month is also a potluck dinner for members and guests. For information, visit

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Author Sylvia Nobel was in Black Canyon City recently scouting locations for the film adaption of her book Deadly Sanctuary. The movie is being filmed in the area in May. For information, visit

Offering More Than Storage In addition to storage units ranging from 5’x5’ to 12’x50’ – and everything in between – Black Canyon Storage also offers P.O. boxes, key cutting, packing boxes and supplies, UPS shipping, copying and faxing. Black Canyon Storage is located at 34655 South Mud Springs Road. For more information, call 480.725.1245 or visit

Squaw Peak Coffee Company is now open in Black Canyon City. The coffee shop serves up breakfast dishes such as biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, green chili pork breakfast burritos and croissant sandwiches; pastries and sweet heart donuts and freshly ground and brewed coffee. Squaw Peak Coffee Company is located next to Chilleen’s on 17. For more information, call 623.374.9000.

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Ron’s Has What You Need For more than 28 years, Ron’s Market owner Ron Loy has offered Black Canyon City groceries, sundries, beer, wine, ice, ATM services and more. He opened his doors on December 3, 1985 after purchasing the market from the Wagners. For years, he was the only market within many miles, but Ron’s Market is still the go-to for BCC area residents. Located at 34360 Old Black Canyon Highway, the market is open every day from 8am-8pm. 623.374.5546.


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Memorial Day In Fountain Hills



Fountain Hills VFW Post 7507’s Color Guard will parade the colors at the Town’s Memorial Day Commemorative Service at the Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial at 9am Monday, May 26. All residents of Scottsdale, Fountain Hills and the Verde communities are invited to attend. Veterans are encourage to wear their medals and/or ribbons whether on civilian clothes or full/partial uniforms. The wearing of shirts with the slogan “Home of the Free Because of the Brave” or other patriotic apparel is appropriate and encouraged. VFW, American Legion, AmVets, DAV and other veterans organization members are encourage to wear organizational caps/hats and shirts. The keynote speaker will be Navy veteran and artist Carlos Hadaway, a local resident. Chairs for attendees will be provided by the VFW. Coffee and donuts will be available at American Legion Post 58 for all who attend the ceremony. American Legion Post 58 is located at 16837 East Parkview Avenue in Downtown Fountain Hills. Additional information can be obtained from VFW Post 7507 Communications/ Public Relations Officer Boe James. Call 480.836.5520 or send an email to

Interactive Musical Review Of Broadway’s Best Fountain Hills Theater (FHT) will bring back the interactive musical revue Broadway Jukebox – running through May 11. In this one-of-a-kind musical, audience members who arrive at least 15 minutes before curtain, are invited to select their favorites from our giant jukebox of over 100 of the greatest Broadway songs ever written. The choices are tallied and a brand-new revue, created by the audience, is brought to life before their very eyes by the cast. Each show is as unique and as different as the audience that created it. Broadway Jukebox was created and directed by FHT’s Artistic/Managing Director Peter J. Hill, choreographed by Noel Irick and musically directed and accompanied by Irene Lopez. The show stars Alex Gonzalez, Peter J. Hill, Noel Irick, Jacqui Notorio, Stephen Serna and Janine Smith. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm at Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 North Saguaro Boulevard. For tickets, call 480.837.9661, Extension 3, or visit


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Local First Arizona will hold its next monthly Lunch Mixer May 7 from 11:30am-1pm at Lox, Stock & Bagel, 7353 North Via Paseo Del Sur in Scottsdale. The next Evening Mixer will be held May 21 from 6-8pm at Adelante Healthcare, 1705 West Main Street in Mesa. The events give members the opportunity to dine together, network and learn about the latest efforts in the Local movement, and are open to members only; however, guests may attend the events with a member. For more information, call 602.956.0909 or visit

The North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Business Resource and Networking Luncheon May 13 from 11:00am-1:30pm at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix. Its next Networking Luncheon will be held May 27 at Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Scottsdale, from 11:30am-1:30pm. Learn about how you can connect with your North Valley community and grow your business. For more information, call 602.482.3344 or visit The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Los Tres Amigos Mixer May 1 at The Phoenix Zoo from 5-7pm – the once-a-year joint mixer of the Scottsdale Area, Greater Phoenix and Tempe Chambers of Commerce. The Chamber will hold its next AM Connect networking event May 15 from 7:30-9am at BMW, 7501 East Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.355.2700 or visit

Steps of Hope Rally Seeks Change Arizona is the sixth worst state for drug overdose deaths. In 2010, Arizona had 17.5 overdose deaths per 100,000. The Addicts Mom (TAM) is seeking to increase awareness by decreasing the stigma of addiction. On May 17, TAM is sponsoring the Steps of Hope Rally. The group will meet at 10am on the Wesley Bolin Plaza at the Arizona State Capitol, located at 1700 West Washington Street in Phoenix. The organization is dedicated to addressing the mother’s pain, but more importantly, the commonalities of experiences thus illustrating to the grieving mother that she is not alone. It does this through: • Providing education and awareness of the disease of addiction • Dispelling the myths and stigma which surrounds drug addicts and their families • Empowering members to become involved at a local, state and/or national level • Participating in national drug addiction events such as “Steps of Hope” in May • Working with other organizations dedicated to fighting addiction such as SAMSHA and NIDA For more information, visit

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Each month, the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce hosts a networking breakfast meeting and after-hours mixer. This month, enjoy an evening mixer with the Desert Foothills YMCA, Foothills Community Foundation (FCF) and Paradise Valley Community College Black Mountain, to be held at FCF. The Chamber is committed to promoting a dynamic and vital economy that serves the needs of its community. For information, call 480.488.3381 or visit www.

NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) will hold its next luncheon meeting May 14 from 10:45am-1pm. The program is “The Power of Social Media for Your Business,” which will feature local experts and business owners presenting multiple round table discussions covering different aspects of social media. The luncheon will be held at Phoenix Country Club, 2901 North 7th Street. For more information, call 480.289.5768 or visit



Aid to Adoption of Special Kids Playing sports is a walk in the park for David, age 13. He’s skilled in basketball, football and baseball. “I have an interest in basketball because it seems fun to do when you’re bored. It’s a fun game to do with friends,” he says. His desire to stay in good shape is related to his future goals. “When I grow up I want to be in the Army and be an engineer or something,”

he continues. “I do not have a position in mind, but I want to do it because it seems like it would be fun to build something and then blow it up.” School comes easy to the eighth-grader. “My grades are A’s and B’s. It’s going good,” he says. He’s friendly and engaging, says Rayleen Carangio, his CPS caseworker. “David may seem shy when you first


Thirteen-year-old David enjoys sports, does very well in school and has a quick wit. For information, call 602.254.2275 or visit

In celebration of Armed Forces Day, Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona are offering two specials exclusively for U.S. troops on May 17. During the Saturday observance, veterans and active-duty soldiers can enjoy a two-for-one breakfast at Talking Stick Resort’s Wandering Horse Buffet as well as a buy one, get two free electronic Bingo package at Casino Arizona. Located on the casino floor, Wandering Horse Buffet offers a casual dining experience from 8am-10pm. The restaurant features an eclectic fare including Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean and American dishes as well as a carving station, pizza kitchen, dessert table and salad bar. To learn more about the Armed Forces Day deals and discounts, call 480.850.777 or visit or

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meet him but once he warms up to you, he has a great sense of humor. Once you get to know David you will find a quick and witty comedian that finds a sarcastic humor in life’s unpredictable circumstances.” David needs support from a family, Carangio says. “David is extremely intelligent and with supportive guidance he has the potential to obtain any life goals he desires. School comes fairly easy for David and he would benefit from someone to challenge his learning capabilities.” It’s important to him that he finds a family. “A good mom and dad is someone who is helpful and encouraging. It’s important so I have some place to go or so they can help me to get my career going,” David says. “I live in a group home right now, but the family I’m looking for is like a mom and a dad who are active and fun. What I would bring to a family would be fun moments, laughter and honor.”

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In March, Scottsdale Community College (SCC) and Glendale Community College were both certified as a “Veterans Supportive Campus,” becoming the state’s first community colleges to earn the designation. Under state law, Arizona postsecondary institutions can seek certification if they demonstrate that they have identified the needs and issues of student veterans and established a campus steering committee focused on developing programs to support them. “This state-approved certification and award recognizes our commitment to serve our veteran students and validates our efforts to honor them in some small measure for their sacrifice to our country,” says Gia Taylor, SCC’s Dean of Students. SCC was presented an award by representatives from the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services commemorating the designation last month. About 250 SCC students receive federal educational benefits designated for veterans. For more information, call 480.423.6000 or visit

Summer Theater Program Presents Brave New World

SUMMER CAMP The Arizona Challenger Space Center is offering week-long “Adventures in Space” summer camps to curious kids from May 27 to August 1. Every day exciting new discoveries in space and science change our understanding of the universe around us. Summer campers will use fun, hands-on learning to make their own discoveries and explore how their findings affect our daily lives. The camps are available to kids ages five to 13, either for half-day or full-day camps. For information, call 623.322.2001 or visit

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE When choosing a school, select the best choice for your child. Scottsdale Unified School District’s (SUSD) educational opportunities have been unmatched for 118 years. SUSD provides rigorous academics, STEM programs, technology-rich classrooms, diverse elective courses and exceptional extracurricular opportunities – promoting success from pre-Kindergarten to high school graduation. SUSD has the resources to help students develop leadership and teamwork DR. DAVID PETERSON skills. SUSD is proud to be designated as an “A” Superintendent school district for three consecutive years by the Scottsdale Unified School District ADE. One hundred percent of our teachers are Highly-Qualified and 71 are National Board Certified, providing an inspiring and challenging environment to prepare our students for the current global, competitive world. Your “Best Choice” starts with our early learning program at SUSD elementary schools. SUSD continues to offer a world-class education beginning with free, full-day Kindergarten. Our elementary schools offer challenging learning and quality instruction to provide a foundation of skills, knowledge and values for secondary school. SUSD middle schools offer students opportunities to explore their possibilities with rigorous curriculum and elective selections that include world languages, technology and Honors classes. From exploring a child’s talents to planning for college and career, SUSD middle schools offer the best choice for your middle level student. SUSD high schools have been nationally recognized, scoring above state and national averages on SAT/ACT exams. Students are challenged with rigorous core academics, AP, Dual Enrollment, STEM, online learning and a wide range of engaging electives. Our programs allow students to define their college and career path through exceptional and inclusive academic programming. SUSD’s 2013 graduating class received over $41.4 million in merit scholarships. SUSD offers the “Best Choices” to accommodate your child’s learning needs from pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. For over a century, SUSD has fostered community connection, offered an outstanding educational foundation and nurtured friendships to last a lifetime. Visit today. To contact Dr. Peterson, call 480.484.6100. For more information on the Scottsdale Unified School District, visit

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C. Nicholas Johnson and his artistic team have been bringing “amazing” theater to our community for over 25 years. This summer’s production will feature the art of mime and dance of Nick Johnson and Sabrina Vasquez along with the creative Bonanza Educational staff that works with students to create LEGO® animated C. Nicholas Johnson working with the students enrolled in his performing arts residency at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. videos. The theme will be Photo by Bryan Black / Blackswan Photography. “A Brave New World.” During the first week, students will work with artist Renee Swan and dance instructor Elizabeth Lincoln to create costumes, props, sets and the animated LEGO® component, as well as develop their performance skills. The second week will focus on the actual stage production including choreography, movement and the incorporation of the LEGO® video into the final performance. This thought provoking process will require the students to hone their mime skills while challenging them to portray emotion and character in a vivid fashion onstage. The two-week residency, June 2-13, will culminate in two public multi-media performances of C. Nicholas Johnson’s A Brave New World on Saturday, June 14, on the Main Stage of the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. The program, offered by Education and Community Services of Cave Creek Unified School District, is open to all students, public, private, charter or homeschooled, grades four through 12. For information, visit




Regina Carter: Southern Comfort Musical Instrument Museum

Thru May 4

May 1-18

Venus In Fur Arizona Theatre Company at Herberger Theater Center; 602.256.6995

May 9

Arizona Broadway Theatre; 623.776.8400

Scottsdale Arts District

Thru May 25

May 2

Music in the Garden: Pick & Holler

Thru May 25

May 2

Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers

Phoenix Theatre – Mainstage Theatre; 602.254.2151

May 3

Mothers Who Write Spring Public Reading

May 1-4

May 3-31

All Balanchine

Jazz on Main Street

Ballet Arizona at Phoenix Symphony Hall; 602.381.1096

Main Street in Scottsdale

May 1-15

May 6

ArtBridge Thursdays

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Scottsdale Waterfront; 602.314.0323

Musical Instrument Museum; 480478.6000

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art May 11

Odyssey Family Day on Mother’s Day Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Thru May 31

Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple The Don Bluth Front Row Theatre www.donbluthfrontrowtheatre. com; 480.314.0841 Thru May 31

Stories Outside the Lines: American Indian Ledger Art Heard Museum; 602.252.8840 May 31 May 15 – June1

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Talking Stick Resort

Desert Botanical Garden fairyworlds; May 16

Off-site Art Nosh SMoCA Docent Talk Desert Foothills Library; 480.488.2286 May 16

Music in the Garden: Grupo Liberdade Desert Botanical Garden May 17 & 24

Carnival of Illusion 5.14

Phoenix Art Museum; 602.257.1880

May 10

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Saturday Sounds Scottsdale Arts District

Thru May 31

Hollywood Costume

Aura SMoCA Fundraiser 2014

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; 480.874.4666 May 3-31

Desert Botanical Garden

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts www.scottsdale; 480.499.8587

Thru May 25

Avenue Q

May 10

An Evening with Mario Cantone

Talking Stick Resort; 480.850.7734

Phoenix Theatre – Hormel Theatre

Musical Instrument Museum

Music in the Garden: Big Pete and the Gamblers

Crystal Bowersox

Desert Botanical Garden; 480.941.1225

Les Misérables

Musical Instrument Museum May 30

Scottsdale ArtWalk

Schoolhouse Rock Live! Childsplay at Tempe Center for the Arts; 480.350.2822, Extension 0

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May 26

Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle

Bye Bye Birdie

Thru May 11


May 9

Desert Stages Theatre; 480.483.1664

May 1-29

Musical Instrument Museum

Music in the Garden: Domingo Degrazia Spanish Guitar Band Desert Botanical Garden

The Secret Garden

May 22

An Evening of Music and Dance with Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock

Arizona Biltmore; 480.359.7469

June 3-8

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess ASU Gammage; 480.965.3434

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Curtain Up Gala Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) celebrates its 47th season Sunday, May 4 at its annual Curtain Up Benefit Gala. The event will feature a special cabaret by Mark Anders and Carl Danielsen, stars of ATC’s Two Pianos Four Hands. The event co-chairs are Enid and Michael Seiden and Char and Alan Augenstein. The Standing Ovation Award is presented by ATC to an organization and or individual that has truly gone “above and beyond” their support of the arts and of ATC. This year’s honoree is Linda “Mac” Perlich from On Media Publications. The festivities take place at Herberger Theater Center and begin with a 4:30pm cocktail reception, followed by the show, live auction and award Gillian Williams and Michael Tisdale in Arizona presentation at 5:30pm and Theatre Company’s Venus in Fur. Photo by dinner and live music by Urban Chris Bennion. Electra beginning at 7pm. Proceeds benefit Arizona Theatre Company’s programs to further the company’s mission of serving as an educational and cultural resource in the state. For more information, call 602.256.6899 or visit

Musical Comedy Opens 9 To 5: The Musical is based on the hit 1980s movie. Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. They conspire to take control of their company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do – even in a man’s world. The show is directed and choreographed by Dale Nakagawa, produced by Patty Torrilhon and musically directed by Dan Kurek and Assistant Music Director, Eric D. Fish. Costuming is by Gail Oliphant, props by Steve Mancarella, sound and projection design by Todd Carrie and light and set design by Peter J. Hill. The Amy Powers, DeAnna Zaccaria and Kimberly production stars Miles Brindley, L-R: Cooper-Schmidt and Scott Hyder Kimberly Cooper-Schmidt, Scott Hyder, Matt Mcdonald, Amy Powers, Janis Webb and DeAnna Zacaria and features; Jennifer Blom, Amy Burnett, Jonathan Perry Brown, Rebecca Dayley, Cristen Fortier, Erika Hanson, Mary Beth Ingram, Barry Lewis, Lew Myers, Tanya Schoenwolf, Kelly and Svitlana Smith and Patrick Steward. The play runs May 16 – June 8 at Fountain Hills Theater on its Mainstage at 11445 North Saguaro Boulevard. For tickets and information, call 480.837.9661, Extension 3, or visit

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If you have a child who’s interested in learning tennis this summer or improving their game, the Seth Korey Summer Tennis Camp offers a great tennis camp program for ages four to 16 at La Camarilla Racquet, Fitness and Swim Club in Scottsdale. This tennis camp for beginners to advanced players will go from May 26 – August 1. The camp hours are 8am-1pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8am-4pm on Friday with fun, special field trips included. Cost is $195 per week per child. Lunch is included. There is also a sibling discount. La Camarilla Racquet, Fitness and Swim Club is located at 5320 East Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale. For more information, call the Seth Korey Tennis Academy at 602.803.4006 or visit

Testosterone is a naturally occurring hormone that affects many aspects of the male body, and decreases as a man ages beginning in the 30’s. This may result in what is commonly called “Low-T.” While testosterone is most commonly associated with libido, it benefits many other aspects of a man’s quality of life. Restoring Low-T to a normal level has been shown to be effective in increasing libido/sex drive, increasing energy levels, increased mental clarity, a reduction in belly fat and increased muscle mass. Dr. Larke, NMD of Summit Male Medical explains that while Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) has had a dramatic positive effect in the quality of life for many of his patients, it is also necessary to perform ongoing blood tests to ensure peak performance. Testosterone, estrogen, prostate markers and other tests to ensure cardiovascular health are essential. “Summit Male Medical is solely dedicated to treating male medical conditions,” says Dr. Larke. “We have a 98 percent success rate in our six-year history of treating erectile dysfunction (ED) and premature ejaculation (PE), and are able to treat patients with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, prostate conditions, hypertension and many other physical challenges, which may be at the root of erectile dysfunction. To learn more, contact Dr. Larke at 480.398.4000, or visit



Open Classes At School of Ballet Arizona Teens age 14 and up and adults of all ages can experience dance training, stay in shape and have fun at the School of Ballet Arizona. Ballet classes are offered for true beginners in the Introduction to Ballet level. More experienced dancers move on to classes in the Beginner and Intermediate levels. All ballet classes will have live piano accompaniment. Students should dress for comfort – ballet slippers, tights and leotards are recommended. Open classes for adults are scheduled throughout the week both mornings and evenings, and on Saturdays. In addition to ballet, Zumba, Yoga, Flamenco, Jazz, Ballroom and Tango classes are offered, with single class and six-month class fee schedules. The School of Ballet is located at 2835 East Washington Street in Phoenix. For more information, call 602.381.0188 or visit

The Skin Cancer Foundation encourages teens and young men and women who are gearing up for summer to embrace their natural skin tone. Those tempted to visit a tanning salon should think twice: just one indoor tanning session per year should in high school or college boosts the risk of developing potentially deadly melanoma by 20 percent, and each additional session during the same year raises this risk almost another two percent. The risk of basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, soars to 73 percent after six or more indoor tanning sessions. “There is no such thing as a safe tan,” says Perry Robins, MD, president of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “A tan is dangerous and comes with consequences. In addition to increasing your risk of skin cancer, the cumulative damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation can lead to signs of skin aging including wrinkles, brown spots and leathery skin.” The Skin Cancer Foundation strongly advocates embracing one’s natural skin tone. The Foundation’s Go With Your Own Glow campaign encourages young people to love – and protect – their skin, whatever its natural hue. Those who can’t resist the bronzed look but won’t sacrifice their health to achieve it should consider sunless (UV-free) tanners. Sunless tanners effectively produce an even “tanned” look without causing skin damage. More information is available at

In honor of Mother’s Day weekend, two Elements Massage franchise locations – in Paradise Valley and at Scottsdale Chaparral Plaza – invite all mothers and mothers-to-be to stop by and enjoy complimentary, gourmet chocolates, iced tea, lemonade, receive a small gift and discounts on all relaxing and therapeutic massage services. Gift certificates will be available. On Saturday, May 10, from 10am2pm, there will also be a special Baby Shower event for all excited, expectant couples. Parents-to-be are invited to enjoy complimentary refreshments at the “Pregnancy Cravings Bar” and take advantage of great discounts on all couple’s massages, maternity massages, sports massages and all other massage services. Elements features unique, hydraulic, cut-out tables for expectant mothers for added safety, support and comfort. There are 55-minute, 80-minute and 110-minute massage sessions available. Elements at Scottsdale Chaparral Plaza is located at 7908 East Chaparral Road, Suite 105, Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.970.1123 or visit Elements Paradise Valley is located at 10625 North Tatum Boulevard, Suite D138, Phoenix. For more information, visit or call 480.483.1123.

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KITCHEN INSIDER This month, step into the kitchen of Executive Chef Chris Nicosia from Sassi in Scottsdale, and learn his recipe for Prosciutto and Asparagus Fritatta with Fontina – perfect for Mother’s Day brunch.

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AJ’s Fine Foods will present its annual Summer Wine Spectacular Tasting Event at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, May 31, from 2-5pm. The event is a perfect opportunity to discover new wines with friends in a fun, entertaining setting while supporting the arts, and features tastings of more than 40 exceptional wines of value, all personally rated and selected by AJ’s cellar masters, who will be available to provide their expert recommendations for wine and food pairings. Tastings will be complemented with gourmet specialties from AJ’s, including artisan breads and cheeses, shrimp cocktail, sushi, delectable sweets and more. Guests will enjoy live music and a silent auction offering wines and other items from AJ’s and its partners. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Tickets are available for $35 at www.scottsdale or 480.499.8587. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 East Second Street. For additional information, visit or

While many Valley restaurants celebrate farm- or ranch-to-table cooking, Nicosia actually lives the lifestyle. When whipping up a meal at home, he often starts his week at the farmer’s market at Roadrunner Park in Phoenix, chatting it up with the local producers and making his produce selections for the restaurant for the week. He’s also been known to catch his own entrees. “I have been lucky enough to travel the world with my family on hunting and fishing expeditions, which also turned into eating marathons where we ate what we caught or shot, sometimes right on the boat, or in the field,” he says. So far, he’s voyaged to South Africa, Panama, Venezuela, Columbia, Costa Rica, Canada, Hawaii and the Virgin Islands in search of supper. Chef Nicosia takes great pride in the handcrafted approach, making nearly everything served in the restaurant by hand. Bread is baked fresh to order, sauces are made from scratch using the freshest local ingredients and the restaurant even makes its own authentic Italian gelato from scratch in small batches every day. Sassi is located at 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Parkway in Scottsdale. Call 480.502.9095 or visit for more information. Visit now to get Chef Nicosia’s recipe for Prosciutto and Asparagus Fritatta with Fontina.

Serving Vintage Quirk & Homestyle Goodness Carmel’s Breakfast House, located in a repurposed 1940’s house in Phoenix’s lively Arcadia neighborhood, was recently recognized internationally in the April issue of Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the top six breakfast spots in the world. The story, “Eat Like a Local – Six Indulgent Reasons To Get Out Of The Hotel Early,” features breakfast spots in Amsterdam, Vienna, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Toronto…and Phoenix Carmel’s features vintage and mid-century modern décor, and a relaxed and warm ambiance earning a loyal and growing following. Owner Patrick Flanigan describes the breakfast menu as “Sunday morning breakfast at Grandma’s

– straight-up good food served fresh in a place that just feels right.” Locals will tell you to find Carmel’s by looking for the orange vintage VW van that sits outside the eatery and serves as both sign and a hint of its quirkiness. Highlights of the breakfast menu include Warm Croissant Egg & Bacon Sandwich, Tartin, Sweet Crepes, Herbed Omelet, Breakfast Panini, Breakfast Burrito, French Toast Croissant and the Sunrise Special – in addition to coffee that is taken seriously and freshsqueezed juices and a number of baked goods. Carmel’s Breakfast House is located at 4233 East Camelback Road. For more information, call 480.251.888 or visit

Finding A Peaceful End For Faithful Friends

FOOTHILLS ANIMAL RESCUE PET OF THE MONTH This little sweetheart is an adorable tuxedo kitty and is quite a character. She has an independent spirit, adventurous and likes to explore her surroundings. She came to FAR as an owner surrender after being kept in a cage for the first several months of her life. She is feeling her oats and exploring like crazy now. Emmy is looking for a very quiet home that places no demands on her attention but will let her make the first moves. If you are willing to open your heart and home for Emmy we feel she will make a wonderful companion throughout her lifetime. Emmy’s front paws are also declawed. Adoption fee is $35. Foothills Animal Rescue is located at 23030 North Pima Road in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.488.9890 or visit

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Gentle Journey is a provider of in-home veterinary euthanasia in Arizona and specializes in providing compassionate in-home euthanasia for companion pets. Gentle Journey’s service focuses on reducing the stress surrounding the difficult end-of-life decision by providing an anxiety-free and caring atmosphere for both the pet and their owners. Gentle Journey was founded by Dr. Christina Nutter to meet the increasing demand for alternative options sought out by pet owners facing the sad realization of driving their pet to their veterinarian clinic for the final time. “My desire is for each euthanasia to end with the feeling of peace and the reassurance that this was the best decision for the pet,” says Dr. Nutter “This can only be accomplished by properly assessing each pet’s quality of life and educating pet owners regarding how pets experience and express pain and suffering.” Gentle Journey offers families a point-of-contact for consulting, euthanasia, cremation services and most importantly, support during this difficult time. The decision for euthanasia is very personal and is based on individual values and the unique circumstances regarding your pet’s health. Its goal is to provide the maximum level of comfort while maintaining the highest quality of life by supporting the pet and their family through the end-of-life process. For more information, visit or call 602.332.7757.



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With 33 members at the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery, visitors will find an array of unique items for home, gifts or personal adornment created by talented local artists. From pottery, jewelry and clothing to photography, mixed media and fine art, the Gallery is home to local works of art of all kinds. Every two months the Featured Artist Room rotates its display to host a unique show featuring one of the member’s latest creations. The next show, entitled “Calizona – Where I Live,” opens Saturday, May 3, from 5-8pm.


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Members of the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery

Guests will have an opportunity to witness the talent, technique and humor of photographer Mark Foltz. A transplant from Akron, Ohio to the Verde Valley in 2003, and with connections through graphic design in California, Folz’s sense of humor shines through. He recalls the “Jollywood” idea came to him while driving to Jerome one afternoon for his work-shift at the Co-op. Folz noticed that the Jerome mountains reminded him of the Hollywood hills. As he drove closer, he saw the big white “J” etched on the Jerome mountain (in real life). Next thing you know, he imagined “Jollywood” written there in big, bold letters above the town and laughed out loud. “Jerome is indeed ‘Jolly,’ he laughs. “A lot of the pieces in my show were born that way.” Folz’s flexible mind and imagination allow disparate elements to recombine in new ways. “Calizona – Where I Live” runs May 3 through July 2. The Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery is open daily from 10am-6pm and is located at 502 North Main Street in Jerome. For more information, call 928.639.4276 or visit

The White Mountain Audubon Society presents the Third Annual Nature Film Festival June 13-15, Award winning films such as Wings of Life and the work of local talent such as Barbara Davis will be presented. There will be films with deep science and others with light-hearted humor. The Festival kicks off with dinner and reception at a local restaurant on Friday, June 1, at 5:30pm – where film producers will mingle with the crowd. Films will be shown at Unity of the White Mountains (at 257 Woodland Road) June 14-15. Proceeds fund local high school scholarships and education programs. For additional information contact Mary Ellen Bittorf at 928.367.2462 or Liz Jernigan at 928.532.1510, or visit

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Still from Wings of Life. Photo courtesy of Disneynature.


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Fun Wine Facts From Pleasant Valley Winery The vintage year isn’t necessarily the year wine is bottled, because some wines may not be bottled the same year the grapes are picked. Typically, a vintage wine is a product of a single year’s harvest. A non-vintage wine is a blend of wines from two or more years.

There is a right and wrong way to hold a wine glass. Wine glasses should always be held by the stem and not the bowl because the heat of the hand will raise the temperature of the wine. Champagne, one of the world’s greatest sparkling wines, is erroneously thought to have been invented by the Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Perignon (1638-1715). Although he did not invent or discover champagne, he founded many principles and processes in its production that are still in use today. And he purportedly declared upon drinking the bubbly beverage, “I am drinking stars.” Pleasant Valley Winery is located in Young, where owners Jim and Marie Petroff have been making wines since 2000. For more information, call 866.551.5581, send an email to or visit www.



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SERVICES CONT. Hauling-Rubbish Removal Service Rubbish Works: Your Local Junk Hauler & Chamber Member. Labor, Hauling, Junk Removal, Garage/House Cleanouts. Any combination of Debris! We Recycle or Donate. We remove Old Furniture, Boxes, Trash, Household Items, Appliances, Garbage, Moving Items, Yard Waste, Construction Debris. Safe, Reliable, Insured. Contact Brandon 480.545.1220x711 or WWW. RUBBISHWORKS. COM/ PHOENIX

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Landscape & Maintenance ANY AREA - UNLIMITED TREE TRIMMING and Total Yard Cleanup Specialists. We specialize in all tree trimming, pruning, topping, thinning, shaping. Weed removal, mow, edge. Removal and hauling of anything and everything. You name it, we do it! Reasonable, Reliable, and Prompt. Call Vuna now, 480.600.7357.

Computer Support Hello I’m Jeff McCormick, your computer support professional. I fix all types of computer problems on-site: virus & popups, slow computers, WinXP upgrade to Win7 or Win8, network setup, memory and disk upgrades, software installs, etc. I’m local, I own the business AND I do the work, so I really care about my customer’s satisfaction. References available. Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, Android. Web: or call 602.571.5456.

SERVICES CONT. Landscaping Tree Work Specials All types of tree work performed. Thinning, pruning, removals, palms. You name it we do it. Arborist on staff. Best prices in town! Free estimates. Mention this ad to receive 10% off. Call Tom at 480.436.2337. Licensed, bonded and Insured.

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Living Happy With Chronic Illness



What if you lived with a chronic illness or a disability – something that affects the way you feel, physically, every day? Could you still live a happy, productive, life? The answer is yes – but it is all about the mindset. People who are happy, in spite of their physical challenges have a few important things in common.

Beauty All Around… Or Merely A Charade? School will soon be completed for the semester. The fresh grass of spring is already “in” and growing on the golf courses. Weddings for June are planned. Summer vacations await happy participants. The world appears great today! Joined morning and evening by the glorious sunrises and sunsets, our Valley moves along harmoniously. It’s as if no problems exist in this paradise.


A Few Of Your Favorite Things This month’s winning shot was taken by Marie Armstrong in the Cave Creek/Desert Hills area. Armstrong says, “A favorite pastime is observing wildlife in the yard. This rosy colored Coach Whip Snake was found drinking out of the pool.” This year’s contest is all about your favorites – whether it is a person, place or thing. Snap a photo and send us a brief description of why your “favorite” is so special. In addition to a prize giveaway, the winning photo will be on the cover of the January 2015 issue. When submitting your photo, please include your full name, contact number and what area you live in. Submit your digital photo to with “My Best Shot” in the subject line. The photo should be high resolution and at least 800x600 in size.

When I hear the word viper, I think of a very dangerous snake, and since I live in the deserts of Arizona I stay clear of trails where those poisonous reptiles might appear. Did you know that the venom of the viper contains neurotoxins? These substances restrict prey by disabling muscle control leaving you motionless and vulnerable when they bite. Well, now I know why they named the Dodge muscle car the VIPER.

A Second Chance With CTRL + Z Q. Sometimes when I drag a file, I fumble with the mouse and the file winds up in the wrong location. Is there some way I can cancel what I just did so I can start over? A. Windows does provide a second chance of sorts for this type of oopsie. (It’s a technical term.) Get the rest of Mr. Modem’s answer to this and other questions, as well as his Sites Of The Month, online now.

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2014 SRT Dodge Viper


Although allergies can occur year round, we are now entering the prime season…beautiful weather that reminds us why we live here, but a huge challenge trying to fend off the plethora of allergens floating around. Up to 30 percent of Americans have some form of allergy, and itchy, watery eyes ranks number one as the most annoying symptom. Fortunately, there are steps one can take to deal with it.

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James Roberts

Scottsdale Optometrist

Pastor Paul Witkop



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North Valley May 2014 Issue of CITYSunTimes  

CITYSunTimes is a locally owned community publication now in its 12th year, serving over 80,000 readers in the North Valley. CST offers pers...

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