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Wine, Dine & Taste The Best Arizona Has To Offer

Around Town: American in Paris


Celebrate Indie Bookstore Day


Visit Our National Parks


From world-class cuisine to some of the globe’s best wine lists, Arizona’s resorts have what it takes to attract over 36 million travelers annually, and that is what the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association celebrates with its annual AZ Wine & Dine festival. This premier gathering of hoteliers, business leaders and food connoisseurs provides a one-of-akind opportunity to taste the culinary creations of Arizona’s top chefs from premier resort restaurants. Now in its sixth year, AZ Wine & Dine is slated for 5-8pm Thursday, April 13, at Scottsdale Quarter and will welcome award-winning chefs from the Valley and state’s favorite resort restaurants. Participating chefs will serve up some of their most buzzworthy plates, and each dish will be expertly pre-paired with the best wines in the region and accompanied by the sounds of live music. “Our resort dining scene is world-class and enjoyed by both local residents and national and international visitors,” says Kim Sabow, president and CEO of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association. “AZ Wine & Dine provides an opportunity to meet these resort chefs and enjoy their culinary art in a vibrant and energetic setting.” This event is 21 and over. For additional information, visit

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Celebrate Earth Day April 22 Keep Phoenix Beautiful and Republic Services present the Eighth Annual Earth Day celebration this month at Steele Indian School Park. Get all of the details on page 13.

The following week, April 22, Scottsdale Waterfront will be abuzz with an expected 5,000 attendees who will flock to the Original Taste in search of the most delectable bites and beverages served up by some of the Valley’s most popular restaurants. More than 40 local restaurants will be serving samples of their inspired menus including Bourbon & Bones, Crab & Mermaid, Sushi Roku, Fogo de Chao, Kaleidoscope and many more. In addition to fine eats, more than 50 wines from around the world, select brands of beer and premium liquor options abound. Live entertainment will keep the crowd hoppin’ all night long. The Original Taste is presented by the members of Executive Council 70 and benefits Executive Council Charities. Proceeds from the event support local youth charities. The 21-and-older-only event runs from 7-10pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit







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Celebrate Nature & The Beauty That Surrounds Us “We need the tonic of wildness… At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable; that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”

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– Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

April is always a beautiful month in Arizona – the perfect time to get out and explore our beautiful deserts and diverse high country before the summer heat arrives – and we have included a number of stories this month to help you do just that. April is an opportune time to visit our National Parks – in the state and around the country – as we celebrate National Park Week, April 15-23 (see story on page 50). Earth Day also falls during that week; Saturday, April 22. Keep Phoenix Beautiful will host its eighth annual celebration in Downtown Phoenix (see story on page 13). The event will offer residents the opportunity to learn how to adopt a “greener” lifestyle through family-friendly activities and participating vendors. In addition to getting out and about, and ways to explore and celebrate nature, you will find stories throughout this issue that cover topics ranging from open space conservation and reducing greenhouse gasses to ways to “reduce, reuse and recyle” – from furniture to books and beyond – and so much more. Enjoy! Find “Nirvana”

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SMTC Premieres Irving Berlin Revue



Scottsdale Musical Theater Company (SMTC) presents the worldpremiere of That Irving Berlin Thing – a two-act revue of more than 40 of the beloved songwriter’s most notable – and rarely-heard – material. What is that “thing” Irving Berlin had that made his songs so popular and accessible to the masses, conquering Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and the movies? More than just a biography of the legendary composer, That Irving Berlin Thing explores the cultural impact Berlin had not only during his time, but for decades to come – from his early association with the “Ziegfeld Follies” and Hollywood, his military service and undying patriotism to his unabashed celebration of the holidays. That Irving Berlin Thing was conceived, written and directed by Irving Berlin award-winning performer/director Hector Coris with music direction and arrangements by Curtis Moeller. The featured performers are Coris, Terry Gadaire, Melissa Kamel, Lauren Koeritzer, Michael Schauble and Karylin Veres. The show will also feature a five-piece band. “It is vital to preserve these classics of the ‘Great American Songbook,’ which are in danger of becoming lost in the public consciousness. These songs are timeless and speak to a huge part of our cultural history,” says Coris. “Plus, with the current tempestuous arguments against immigrants, Irving Berlin is a prime example of a wayward soul welcomed into this country’s fabric and his ever-lasting contributions therein.” Performances will be held at Tempe Center for the Arts April 20 at 2pm and 7pm; and April 21 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are $28-$34, and available by calling 602.909.4215 or online at or at the Center for the Arts box office.

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market Returns To Scottsdale The Southwest’s original vintage shopping experience is returning to Scottsdale with its spring show, scheduled to take place April 28-30 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market will showcase over 200 of the finest vintage and handmade vendors selling all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade. Known for the quality of its vendors and the curation of the items being sold, Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market will once again combine one-of-a-kind vintage shopping with live local music, food trucks, and a lounge for nursing moms, all to create an inspiring atmosphere and fun-filled event. With a purpose of “Inspiring Creativity by Curating Spaces to Embrace a Vintage Lifestyle,” the Junk in the Trunk team hopes that its thousands of loyal followers as well as those new to the Market will be motivated to curate their own spaces with their unique finds. “We are very intentional about trying to inspire creativity when planning our Markets,” says Coley Arnold, Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market co-founder and owner. “The ambiance, décor, vendor selection, booth setups – all great event elements – are intended to encourage people to embrace a vintage lifestyle.” “It’s why people come back Market after Market,” adds Lindsey Holt, co-founder and owner of Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. “And with the best vendors providing an array of options and price points, there really is something for everyone.” Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market is held at West World, 16601 North Pima Road in Scottsdale. The Friday night shopping VIP event will be April 28 from 5-9pm. Tickets will be available online for $50 until April 17, and include early entry on Saturday, general admission all weekend, canvas tote, drink ticket and first dibs on the best “junk.” West World charges $5 per car for parking. For additional ticket price information, as well as a detailed list of vendors and information, visit

‘The Nature Series’ Continues At SCC The Scottsdale Community College (SCC) Library and the Center for Native and Urban Wildlife (CNUW) are partnering to present “The Nature Series,” highlighting the diverse wonders of the living world. A series of exhibits and presentations about nature and biodiversity kicked off in January and continues through April. “Our goal is to integrate the exhibits and presentations into campus programs and classes as possible assignments, extra credit or service-learning opportunities,” says Edward Weigand, CNUW’s education coordinator.

CNUW is a non-profit started by SCC Biology professors to create greater awareness of the Sonoran Desert biodiversity and sustainability efforts. The lecture series and exhibits are open to the public and free to attend. Events will run from 10am-1pm. April’s schedule includes: “International Conservation”: April 10 and April 13; in conjunction with a weeklong photography exhibit: “The People, Landscape and Wildlife of Uganda” by CNUW’s Weigand “Nature Photography Contest”: Through the end of April. Contest themes: Urban and Nature as One, Desert

Conservation in my Eyes and The Desert and Me. Send entries to Weigand: SCC is located at 9000 East Chaparral Road, Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.423.6000 or visit www.


Two-Day Event Offers Pet Exhibits Galore

Upcoming Scottsdale Chamber Events The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a number of events throughout the month for its members and guests. The next PM Connect event will be at Four Peaks Grill & Tap, 15745 North Hayden Road in Scottsdale, April 6 from 5-7pm. A AM Connect event will be held March 16, 7:309am, at Hilton Garden Inn, 7324 East Indian School Road in Scottsdale. Both events are free to members and $20 for guests. The Chamber hosts a number of other events throughout the month, in addition to its “Connect� events. For information, call 480.355.2700 or visit

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The Phoenix Amazing Pet Expo takes over WestWorld of Scottsdale April 22-23 with a wide variety of events and products for Valley pet parents. The free event will feature pet-friendly exhibitors and rescues, live demos in positive-reinforcement obedience training, the latest pet sports, the opportunity to learn about pet care and activism, giveaways and prizes, discounts on pet products, talent and costume contests, and retailers, plus shopping, adoptions, free nail trims, low-cost vaccinations, agility and more. The event runs Saturday from 10am-6pm, and Sunday from 11am4pm. For additional information, visit




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Enjoy Moonlit Drive-In Movies At The Promenade

The Promenade, located at Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and North Scottsdale Road, will host its third annual Moonlit Drive-In Movie series this April each Saturday Night with festivities kicking off at 7pm in the parking lot near Nordstrom Rack. The Promenade launched this free movie series in 2015 and by popular demand will bring it back with the following dates and family friendly flicks: • April 1: The Secret Life of Pets

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• April 8: Moana



• April 15: The BFG • April 22: SING • April 29: Finding Dory Each film will start at 7:30pm and be shown on a 32-foot inflatable screen. Viewers are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets or other portable seating options. Many choose to watch the film from their cars and take advantage of the authentic “Drive-in” feeling.

A balloon twister will be on site between 6:45-7:30pm offering free balloon animals and other contests, prizes and activities are planned. During the events, The Promenade will be holding a household item drive to benefit kids transitioning out of the state’s foster care system into their first apartments who are part of the “Keys to Success” program through Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. Attendees are asked to donate items such as rugs, cleaning supplies, paper towels, bathroom supplies, bath towels, kitchen necessities and more. “The response to our drive-in movie series was so positive last year,” says Promenade Marketing Director Kelly Corbet. “We just knew we had to bring it back and we look forward to another successful event series.” For additional information, visit

Sips & Sounds Returns To Shops Gainey Village The Sips and Sounds concert series returns to the Shops Gainey Village this spring with a live concert by Marmalade Skies from 6-8pm Thursday, April 6. Guests are invited to relax under the stars and listen to music while enjoying complimentary soft drinks and food for purchase from many of the shopping center’s famed restaurants including Drexyl, Village Tavern, ALMA, Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery, Panera Bread Company, Pei Wei, Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana, Forno Fabbri Italian Market & Mozzarella Bar, The Hash Kitchen and the Living Room, among others. The event is free to attend. Marmalade Skies is a seven-piece band that performs songs from the Beatles. Their motto is “No boots. No suits. The magic’s in the music!” Members of the band include Bobby Frasier, Jodi Drew Frasier, Kevin Crum, Mark Aguirre, Keith Rosenbaum, Michael Roe and Steve Golba. The next Sips and Sounds event will be held Thursday, May 4, and will feature Arizona cover band Rock Lobster. For more information, visit


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Save the date for an exciting new event, The Cocktail Society, coming to the Scottsdale Performing Arts Center Friday, April 7, from 7-11pm. With high energy entertainment around every turn, The Cocktail Society, presented by the Scottsdale League for the Arts, features interactive libation experiences including aerial bartenders dropping down from the ceiling for service. Enjoy an abundance of electrifying entertainment including a pair of dueling DJ’s from Desert House Productions, shadow dancers, Saydi Driggers and Urban Electra – an electric string quartet performing everything from rock, pop, club music and cutting edge electronic music. Let your senses run wild with SensMood – an interactive experience of flavor, aroma and taste. Then, take a break and enjoy sips and puffs in the cigar lounge. Or, check the Stella the Airstream Picture Bus, silver 1966 Airstream camper that has been restored and repurposed as a classic photo booth. All net proceeds raised will support the non-profit Scottsdale League for the Arts in its effort to promote arts and arts education organizations in the Phoenix metropolitan area. For tickets and information, visit


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Middle School To Hold Information Session



Foothills Academy Middle School will hold an information session Wednesday, April 5, at 5:30pm in the multipurpose room. Area sixth and seventh grade students and their parents are invited to attend the event in order to learn more about the school’s programs next year and beyond. Foothills Academy Middle School is located at 7191 East Ashler Hills Drive in North Scottsdale. For questions about the information session, call 480.488.5583. For additional information, visit

Phoenix Chorale Performs Audience Favorites The votes have been tallied and the results are in for the Phoenix Chorale’s final concert of the season. Audiences submitted nearly 250 of their favorite choral selections and voted on their top 10 favorite pieces – the most popular songs will be performed at the Phoenix Chorale’s Mix Tape concerts, April 28-30. Mix Tape will be performed in Scottsdale Sunday, April 30, 3pm, at Camelback Bible Church. For information about additional performances, as well as ticketing information, call 602.253.2224 or visit

Tee Up For Ronald McDonald House LPGA icons Betsy King, Pat Bradley and Jan Stephenson will join PGA stars Howard Twitty, Tom Purtzer and Kirk Triplett to play alongside golfers from across the Valley on the Jack Nicklaus-designed 7,197-yard, par-72 Chiricahua Course at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, at the third annual Ronald McDonald House Pro-Am Golf Tournament Thursday, May 11. Action begins with a 9am shotgun start for the shambles format tournament. Registration and raffle start at 7:30am and a luncheon and awards ceremony will follow the event. Tournament proceeds underwrite the cost for families staying at the Valley’s three Ronald McDonald Houses while their children are undergoing critical medical care. No family is ever turned away for being unable to manage the $15 nightly donation that is asked. La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Arizona is the Presenting Sponsor. Additional sponsorship packages are available starting at $3,500. For information and to register online, go to

During the month of April, Butterfly Wonderland will celebrate nature with activities for the whole family, from photography workshops, story time for the kids, yoga, rainforest talks and bee talks, among others. There will also be free face painting every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm. Some of April’s activities are:


Celebrate Nature At Butterfly Wonderland

Aquatic Feedings: Every Day; 11am and 3:30pm Stingray and shark feedings in the Tropical Waters exhibit; Koi fish feeding in the Conservatory (9:30am) Explore The Rainforest Tours: Every Saturday and Sunday, as scheduled Enjoy a guided tour around the Conservatory to learn more about the butterflies from curatorial specialists. Free with admission.

Yoga in the Rainforest: April 4, 13, 18 & 27; 5:30-6:30pm; check in 5:15pm Practice yoga surrounded by thousands of butterflies. This hourlong class will guide attendees through a series of yoga poses that help build strength and flexibility. Ages 18 and up; $20/person. Pre-registration required; call to reserve. Spring Butterfly Hike: April 29; 9am-1:30pm Ideal for beginners, this easy hike to Sears Kay Ruins and Rackensack Canyon offers viewing of Arizona’s spring butterflies. Bring a sack lunch, camera, hat, water, sunscreen and comfortable hiking shoes. Cost is $10 per person; $5 is allocated to the Butterfly Wonderland Foundation and the other $5 is allotted to the carpool driver. Butterfly Wonderland is located at 9500 East Via de Ventura in Scottsdale. For information, call 480.800.3000 or visit

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Bee Talks with Curator: Every Sunday; 2:30pm Entomologist and horticulturist Dayna Cooper informs guests on the important topics surrounding bees, at the Honey Bee Extravaganza exhibit within the Conservatory. Free with admission.



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Culinary Festival Celebrates Arizona Food Culture Scottsdale Culinary Festival returns to Scottsdale Civic Center Mall April 8-9. Hosted by Scottsdale League for the Arts, the event highlights include 40 local restaurants, 30 craft breweries, 20 bands, a teen cooking challenge, chef demos, family zone, wine garden and the Tito’s Handmade Vodka deck. The 2.5-acre Scottsdale Culinary Festival grounds will feature 11 themed zones jam packed with interactive experiences to taste, sip and celebrate the Arizona food culture. Access to all zone activity is included in the general admission ticket pricing, with the exception of the VIP zone and the Beer Garden. New to the Scottsdale Culinary Festival in 2017 is the Local Lounge presented by Hensley Beverage Co., showcasing local wineries, spirits and craft beer from around the state. Sip and sample the best that the Valley has to offer in wines, spirits and cuisine while being entertained by local musicians and artists. All net proceeds raised will support the non-profit Scottsdale League for the Arts in its effort to promote the arts and arts education organizations in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall is located at 7380 East Second Street. For tickets and additional information, visit

Phoenix Sets Ambitious New Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal

Arizonans Are Moving Their Money To Local Banks Arizona businesses and individuals are joining a trend in transferring their savings and financing to locally headquartered banks and institutions that are rooted in the local community. According to the most recent Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Summary of Deposits, the share of deposits held by independent banks chartered in Arizona rose from 5.84 percent to 7.21 percent from June 2015 to June 2016. This 23.4 percent increase signals that Arizonans are more aware of the benefits of banking locally and thoughtful about where they are choosing to keep their money. The three largest banks, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank of America, control 69.57 percent of Arizona deposits, down from 70.38 percent last year. “When your money is deposited in locally owned and operated community banks and credit unions, it’s quickly recycled back into our local economy,” says Kimber Lanning, founder and executive director of Local First Arizona. “For example, according to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, although small and midsized banks control less than one-quarter of all bank assets, they account for more than half of all small business lending. We’re now seeing that more and more people are taking action to move their money from big banks to local banks to facilitate this kind of local economic impact in their communities.” See Community Banking Expands, page 18

• Approved replacement of all 90,000 streetlights with energy-efficient LED lights • Increased light rail and bus service as part of the city’s voter-approved 35-year transportation plan • Marked two-year anniversary of Grid Bike Share, which now has 12,000 registered riders who have traveled 140,000 miles – the equivalent of five and half times around the globe • Reported Phoenix residents using 34 percent less water per capita than they did in 1996, and with the city reclaiming 84 percent of all wastewater for beneficial reuse • Stepped up participation in the circular economy by working with entrepreneurs to convert solid waste items destined for landfills into new products. A private company will convert 34,000 tons of palm fronts into livestock feed in 2017. • Began construction on the city’s first compost facility to divert organic materials from landfills For more information, visit www.phoenix. gov/sustainability.

Show Some Love For Your ‘Mother’ Keep Phoenix Beautiful and Republic Services present the Eighth Annual Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 22, from 11am-4pm, at Steele Indian School Park. Enjoy a day at the park while learning from various exhibitors on how to live a greener lifestyle and better take care of “Mother Earth.” In addition to exhibitors, this family-friendly event will include eco-classes (such as Composting 101), activities for children, live music and food trucks (including Boca Taco Truck, Burger Passion and Pho King Kitchen). Since it is Earth Day, organizers highly recommend taking alternative modes of transportation. Grid Bikes and the Metro Light Rail have a stop right at the entrance. This is a zero-waste event – composting and recycling bins will be available throughout the event. Keep Phoenix Beautiful ( is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. They have been active in Phoenix since 1982 to involve and educate residents about recycling management and beautification practices. For details about Phoenix Earth Day 2017 events, visit

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The Northwest Light Rail Extension at Dunlap & 19th Avenues Photo by Kathryn M. Miller

At the end of February, the Phoenix City Council unanimously approved an ambitious new goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 percent within its own operations by 2025. The City Council took action after hearing an update on the city’s progress toward its long term goal of becoming a carbon-neutral city. “Phoenix has authored one of the best sustainability turnaround stories in the nation, but we can’t rest on our laurels,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “If we hope to reverse the effects of climate change it’s up to cities to lead the way. This is an ambitious goal, but every time we’ve set a high bar for ourselves on sustainability Phoenix has risen to the challenge to meet it.” “The council’s vote this week shows we’re charging ahead and beyond our already impressive results in reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the past 10 years,” said Vice Mayor Kate Gallego, chair of the City Council’s Sustainability, Housing, Efficiency and Neighborhoods Subcommittee, after the February 21 Policy Session. “It also reaffirms Phoenix’s role as a home for green business and sustainable innovation.” The presentation highlighted how the City of Phoenix surpassed its previous goal of a 15 percent GHG reduction by 2015 and now is ready to set a new goal for 2025. The City’s Office of Sustainability reported accomplishments and positive progress on several recent city sustainability initiatives:



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Chamber Sponsors Inaugural Golf Tournament Usually, April 15 is far from the happiest day of the year. For golfers, however, 2017 will be different – with Tax Day offering the chance to take part in a spectacular charity tournament, have fun and garner a tax deduction in the process. While the Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce (PMCC) is a relative newcomer to the Valley, it has already gained a reputation for dynamic community action and commercial momentum. This inaugural PMCC Charity Golf Tournament is a prime example, designed this year to benefit both the Southwest Veterans Foundation and the American Academy of Pediatrics (Arizona Chapter). The tournament takes place at Stonecreek Golf Club, 4435 East Paradise Village Parkway South in Phoenix, one block south of Paradise Valley Mall. The day – which begins at 8am – includes 18 holes of golf, a four-course lunch, on-course entertainments and activities, a raffle and auction…and of course, prizes and awards. A single entry is $150, and provides a free luncheon ticket plus two drink tickets. A foursome costs less per player – $560 total, and includes four luncheon tickets and two drink tickets per head. Non-golfers are welcome at the four-course lunch for $35, which will start around 1pm when the golfers come off the course. Sponsorships are available and deeply welcomed, as these not only support the PMCC Tournament’s charities, but offer local businesspeople the opportunity to showcase their ventures to spectators, participants and the media. To sign up or learn more, visit events, or send an email to info@

major sporting events for kids who might not otherwise be able to participate. Set on more than 35 acres in North Phoenix in the Adobe Dam Regional Park on Pinnacle Peak Road, near I-17, the park features two of the top slides in the nation – Maximum Velocity, the world’s first, gravitydefying, dueling Master Blaster water coaster, and Constrictor, with more twists and turns that any slide in Arizona – plus a variety of other rides, slides and attractions for all ages to enjoy. For more information on park hours, slides, attractions and admission prices, visit

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Subway Restaurants of Arizona is making it easy for families to cool down as the Valley enters the summer months with heavily discounted passes to Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix, the largest theme park in Arizona. Discount admission passes, which are good for up to $20 each, are available now at Subway ( restaurants throughout Maricopa County. Each coupon is good for $20 off main admission to the park after 4pm any day of the week, or $9 off main gate admission to the park with no time restrictions. Limit six per household. Coupons expire October 15, 2017, and are available at Subway locations through July 31, or while supplies last. No purchase necessary. In addition to the partnership to offer discounted admission, Wet ‘n’ Wild has also stepped up to support Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona through the program. For each coupon redeemed now through the end of the season, Wet ‘n’ Wild will donate $1 to the Arizona-based nonprofit organization, whose mission is to provide sports equipment, uniforms, registration fees and access to


Subway Teams With Wet ‘n’ Wild For Summer Savings



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Locally Owned C & R Focuses On Quality & Service

C & R Tire is a family-owned, local company that has been serving the Valley since 1996. The independent tire dealer can get almost any brand of tire make, and they guarantee the lowest out-the-door retail tire price in the Valley. C & R also offers a 2-year/24,000-mile in-house warranty on parts and labor for automotive repair and a nationwide 12-month/12,000-mile warranty. “We understand the process of vehicle repair can be taxing and we pride ourselves in building long term relationships with you by listening to your needs and delivering elite service and quality. We know that our customers can go anywhere for vehicle repairs but choose us because of our honesty, quality, and ability to go the extra mile with all our customers’ requests.” Rick Witham the service advisor at the Cave Creek location, has worked for C & R Tire since 2005 and has held multiple positions in the company. He says, “I hold myself to the upmost standards of honesty and customer service and I am looking forward to meeting you. Please stop in to say hello.” C & R Tire Cave Creek is located at 17434 North Cave Creek Road in Phoenix. For more information, call 602.493.5258. For information on other Phoenix and Scottsdale locations, visit

Spring 2017 Job Fair To Be Held Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) will hold a job fair Wednesday, April 12, from 10am-1pm. Hosted by Career Services, the job fair will include more than 40 Valley employers onsite. Attendees are encouraged to “dress to impress” and bring plenty of resumes. The event will be held in the KSC 1000A/B rooms on the PVCC campus, 18401 North 32nd Street in Phoenix. For information about the event, contact Career Services at 602.787.7073. Learn more about PVCC online at

Vibrant Drawings Get Grounded At Vestar Chalk Art Festival Dozens of chalk artists will hit the pavement during the fourth annual Chalk Art Festival Saturday, April 29, from 11am-6pm at Desert Ridge Marketplace and other Vestar properties. Artists from the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) will descend upon each shopping venue to craft colorful, eye-popping, dimension bending illustrations on 6-by-6-foot canvas murals. The addition of canvases is a switch up from years past, when art was drawn directly onto the pavement. The permanent canvases will allow the murals to be enjoyed long after the festival concludes. Inspired guests can head over the KidsZone and community participation mural area, where kids and adults can get in on the artsy fun. Participation in the KidsZone and community participation areas is free and pastel chalk and artist instruction will be provided at no cost. The festival offers an opportunity for fans to take home their favorite piece. From Saturday, April 29 through Thursday, May 4, the public will have the chance to vote on their favorite mural on each shopping center’s website. One lucky fan per venue will win the mural they vote for. Murals that are not snagged up by voters will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, Vestar Branch, where the murals will line the walls of the Club for years to come. Chalk artists and their murals will be located throughout Desert Ridge and other properties. For more information, visit

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Phoenix Chapter will hold its next luncheon Wednesday, April 12, from 11am-1pm. The program, “The Devil in Disguise, How Banking Regulation Affects Your Business,” will feature Candace Hunter Wiest, president, CEO of West Valley Bancorp, Inc., and West Valley National Bank, the West Valley’s only locally owned and operated community bank. The luncheon will be held at Phoenix Country Club, 2901 North 7th Street in Phoenix. Attendee registration is $38 for members and $48 for non-members. For more information, visit


NAWBO Luncheon Event

Kentucky Derby Party Returns To Turf Paradise

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The Stella Artois Derby Day Club with live racing and betting, returns to Turf Paradise Saturday, May 6, with air-conditioned tents, private betting terminals, all-inclusive VIP tickets and the ever popular Mint Juleps. The Stella Artois Derby DayClub opens at 10:30am with live racing at Turf Paradise starting at 11:30am. Place bets on-site for the Kentucky Derby, which will be broadcast live at the track and in the Derby DayClub at 3:24pm. General admission tickets start at $25, or reserve a spot inside the Sanderson Lincoln Black Label VIP Lounge - $100 now or $110 at the door, which includes complimentary food and cocktails. Sit track-side inside the exclusive air-conditioned Stella Artois Derby DayClub VIP Tent where you can watch all the finish line action, track-side betting terminals, and a no-host bar including Mint Juleps, beer, wine and cocktails, DJ and 65” TVs to watch the Kentucky Derby. The Lincoln Black Label VIP Lounge also provide access to the Hefeweizen Beer Garden, presented by Hensley. To experience horse racing like never before reserved tables are available that include eight tickets and a complimentary bottle of Moët champagne. First row tables are $500, second row tables are $400 and third row tables are $300. Individual advanced tickets are $25 per person and $30 at the door. For more information or to reserve a table visit To learn about Turf Paradise in North Phoenix, visit




NPCC Holds Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Family Fun Walk To Support Arizona’s Foster Children Gather friends, family and colleagues to meet at Steele Indian School Park and show support for the nearly 18,000 foster children in Arizona. Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) will hold its Fourth Annual AASK Family Fun Walk. This 1.25mile, family-friendly fun walk will be held Saturday, May 6, from 7:30-10:30am. Walk teams can be any size – from two to three family members walking together to 100-plus corporate walk teams. Enjoy music, food and games for children of all ages. Funds raised through the event will help connect children in foster care with mentors, siblings and loving families. Steele Indian School Park, 300 West Indian School Road, Phoenix. To register, visit For additional information, contact Jackie Palmenberg at 602.930.4452.

The North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (NPCC) will hold its 31st Annual Charity Golf Classic Friday, April 21, at Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club. As always, the Chamber is looking for golfers, sponsors, volunteers and anybody that is willing to come out and help support the community while enjoying a day of golf at Dove Valley. This year’s event kicks off with a shotgun start at 1pm. Be sure to arrive early to get all the goodies and a T-shirt. Dinner and awards will follow the tournament. The 2017 tournament will benefit both the Junior Golf Association of Arizona and the Paradise Valley Community College NPCC Scholarship Fund. For additional information, call 602.482.3344 or tournament chair Alex Nelson at 602.721.4892. To register, visit

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Community Banking Expands Many business owners and individuals are also saying that they’re moving their money to local banks because of the connection they have to the community. “This is the community where we’ve chosen to raise our children and we want them to have a strong local economy for generations to come,” says Kevin Danzeisen of Danzeisen Dairy, who banks with Pinnacle Bank. “These values are shared by Pinnacle Bank and we’re thankful for the opportunity they’ve given us to strengthen our presence in this community.” This news coincides with Local First Arizona’s celebration of Community Banking Month in April, a national campaign to promote the benefits of banking with community banks. The organization has developed a resource page on their website to help connect individuals and business owners move their money to the right financial institution. It is also celebrating Community Banking Month with several events in the Phoenix area. Learn more at

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The excitement is building as 32 ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) singers rehearse music for their Carnegie Hall performance April 24 in New York City. As one of an exclusive list of invitees, ProMusica Arizona will join a festival chorus of singers from across the United States for a three-day residency program culminating in a final performance with a nationallyrecognized guest conductor. The concert will take place in Carnegie Hall’s famous Isaac Stern Auditorium. Accompanied by a blue grass combo of Grammy-award-winning musicians from Nashville, the performance will include Come Away to the Skies: A High, Lonesome Mass by Dr. Tim Sharp, executive director of the American Choral Directors Association, and Dear Appalachia, a three movement tribute to the music and beauty of the Appalachian Mountains composed by Dr. Tim Powell, a colleague of PMAZ’s artistic director, Dr. Adam Stich. For ticket information about ProMusica Arizona’s Carnegie Hall concert April 24, visit, or contact Yvonne Dolby at PMAZ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Back by popular demand, ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) presents The Unpredictable Adventures of Henry Hicklebee, a uniquely formatted one-man show with chorale and orchestra accompaniment featuring local actor Matt Newhard as Henry Hicklebee. Performances are April 7 at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in North Scottsdale and April 8 at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Anthem. Written by PMAZ Artistic Director Adam Stich, the storyline focuses on Henry Hicklebee’s worldwide journey to find his family’s roots. Surprisingly, audiences are asked to turn on their cell phones to vote in real time to help Henry choose each stage in his journey. Where will he go? Russia? Spain? Africa? Will he discover Romance? Adventure? The music performed by the chorus and orchestra depicts the location the audience chooses, so each performance is unique. Beautiful multimedia accents and live actors create an awesome experience for all ages. A 2015 winner of an award from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, The Unpredictable Adventures of Henry Hicklebee is unlike any other concert. Tickets are available online at or www.; by phone at 480.303.2474 or 623.326.5172, or at the door.

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Enjoy Music In The Hills April 1 The Fountain Hills Tourism Division invites residents to get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather that the Valley has to offer as it presents the 2017 Fountain Hills Music Festival April 1. The free festival will be held at Fountain Park, from 4-9pm. Musical groups at the 2017 Festival include: Western Fusion: 4-5pm Rock Lobster: 5:15-6:15pm Ryan Sims Band: 6:30-7:30pm Urban Electra: 7-45-9pm In addition to the music, a variety of dining options will be offered from a number of food trucks including Loca Popa, Circle R Farms, Queso Good, in addition to beverages and treats from Fountain Hills Water and Ice. Fountain Park is located at 12925 North Saguaro Boulevard. For information, visit

Youth Theater Presents Anne of Green Gables Anne of Green Gables is based on the novel by L.M. Montgomery and adapted for the stage by Peter DeLaurier. When aging brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert send to the orphanage in Nova Scotia for a boy to help them on the farm, they get more than they bargain for. Due to a mix-up, they are instead left with 11-year-old Anne Shirley. Over the course of six years, this romantic, hot-headed and energetic girl wins their hearts and turns the stodgy, rural Canadian community into a bright world of “kindred spirits.” Anne of Green Gables is produced by Kendra Lytle, directed by Paige Beckman, with costume design by Kayla Etheridge. The cast includes Lachlan Henderson, Emma Baldwin, Macy Morgan, Iris Lochner, Lauren Skemp, Shannon Gyger, Erin Schumacher, Brendan Mooney, Nicholas Strozzi, Sophia Vanella, Makayla Lopez, Rosie Eden, Melody Beckman, Allison Avery, Elizabeth Campbell, Sage Henderson, Chloe Rozalsky and Giselle Schmidt. Anne of Green Gables will play at the Fountain Hills Youth Theater, located at 11445 North Saguaro Boulevard, through April 15. For tickets, call the box office at 480.837.9661, Extension 3, or visit L-R: Lachlan Henderson and Emma Baldwin

Celebrate A Century At Washington Federal Ribbon Cutting The Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce invites residents to join them for a 100th Anniversary/Birthday Celebration for Washington Federal (WaFed) April 25. The bank is located at 16600 East Avenue of the Fountains. The ribbon cutting will be at 5pm, with festivities running through 6pm. In addition to the company itself having the 100th Anniversary, WaFed has also had a presence in Fountain Hills for the last 17 years. Over the years, they have made some major changes to their accounts and systems and would like to reintroduce these to the community. All Chamber members and the community are invited to this fun celebration – refreshments will be served. To learn more about this and other Chamber events, call 480.837.1654 or visit

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Enjoy Concerts In The Gardens, Sundays In April Sugar Thieves

The Town of Carefree, in partnership with Jim May Productions (who has been offering quality talent to the Valley since 1978), will once again present Sunday concerts in the Carefree Desert Gardens in the month of April. Based on the feedback from “regulars,” the Town has booked a selection of high profile performances within the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. The concerts are free, however, donations will be accepted at the Carefree Booth. The concert series runs each Sunday in April from 1-3pm as follows:

• April 2: Mogollon


• April 9: Sugar Thieves • April 23: Herndon Brothers • April 30: Marmalade Skies For additional information about these or other events, visit

Healing of Memories Workshop For Women Veterans The first Healing of Memories Workshop for Women Veterans will be held at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, April 7-9. The workshop is devoted to women vets only and will provide them with a safe experiential and interactive way to address anger, loss, grief and guilt. The workshop is free of charge to any woman service member or veteran, including all meals and two nights lodging. It begins with dinner at 6pm Friday, April 7, and ends at 2pm Sunday, April 9. Those who have attended this workshop say that it was a major step in their healing from their psychological and spiritual wounds. Transportation will be provided to those who need it. The Healing of Memories Workshop was created by Father Michael Lapsley, an Anglican missionary priest, who in 1990 suffered the loss

of his hands and the sight in one eye from a letter bomb that was sent to him in Zimbabwe by a supporter of the pro-apartheid government in South Africa. After a long recovery from the bombing, Father Lapsley decided to dedicate his life to helping victims of emotional, psychological and spiritual wounds inflicted by war, human rights abuses and other traumatic circumstances. Any woman service member or veteran who is interested in the workshop may find out more information or register free for the workshop by contacting the workshop program manager, Navy veteran Mike Wold, at 651.687.9767 or email: Space is limited to the first 20 registrants. For additional information, visit www. and look for the list of upcoming programs under the “Programs” link.

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Prior to 2007, fire service for Carefree residents and businesses was handled on an individual basis MAYOR through a contract between each Town of Carefree resident and Rural Metro. The fees 480.488.3686 associated with these individual contracts for this fire service typically ranged between $800 and $1,100 annually, depending upon the size of the home. Alternatively, if their home had no mortgage, each homeowner could decide not to subscribe for this fire service with Rural Metro, and, in essence, “self-insure” their home against a fire or other catastrophic event. This is the way fire service is currently handled in Cave Creek, while larger communities such as Scottsdale and Phoenix provide fire service through municipal property taxes. In 2007, the Carefree Town Council approved and put into place fire service for all Carefree residences and businesses as a fully funded Town service. Carefree built its current firehouse on Tom Darlington Road, bought all of the required equipment and signed a long-term agreement with Rural Metro for them to provide the necessary first responder crews. Currently, fire service costs Carefree approximately $1.5 million per year, paid out of the annual Carefree operating budget. To offset these costs, Carefree enacted a 1 cent per dollar sales tax. If Carefree didn’t provide this fire service to all of its residents, their homeowner’s insurance policy costs would increase substantially. Fire service is one of the highest costing components of homeowner’s insurance costs. Estimates of the cost differential for a 3,000 square foot home with town provided fire service to all residents in comparison to towns where individual residents can choose between purchasing and not purchasing fire service on an individual basis is approximately $1,000/year. When looked at together, these two elements generate considerable savings for each Carefree resident. Eliminating the need to spend roughly $800 to $1,100 per year to purchase their own fire service contract with Rural Metro is one component of this savings. The additional financial benefit comes from the typical savings of roughly $1,000 per year on their homeowner’s insurance costs by virtue of Carefree providing fire service to all residents. Carefree is pleased to provide fire service to all Carefree residents because it enhances safety, as well as generating significant savings for current residents while attracting new residents into the community.




Easter Champagne Brunch At Palo Verde Restaurant

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The Boulders Resort & Spa’s signature Palo Verde Restaurant will host a luxurious Champagne brunch Sunday, April 16, in celebration of the Easter holiday. Guests will be treated to a sparkling wine and fresh juice mimosa station, chef station, carving station, stationary dessert display and more from 9am-1pm. Featured menu items include: Crab Claws; Chef Prepared Omelet and Eggs; Wood Grilled Lamb Chops; Lump Crab Cakes with Grain Mustard Crème Fraiche; Steadfast Farms Porchetta with Salsa Verde; Wood Plank Roasted Scottish Salmon; PV Benedict with Roasted Turkey & Annatto Hollandaise; Smoked & Roasted Fingerling Potatoes; Squash & Fennel Gratin; Orange & White Chocolate Brioche French Toast; Strawberry Shortcake; Pistachio Panna Cotta with Sour Cherries; and Salted Caramel Peanut Tarts. The cost for brunch is $65 per person. Boulders Resort & Spa is located at 34631 North Tom Darlington Drive. For more information or to make a reservation, call 480.488.9009 or visit



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English Rose Hosts Beauty & The Beast Costume Tea Party Just in time for the launch of Disney’s newest live action, big screen adaptation, the English Rose Tea Room invites residents to “be their guest” at a Beauty & The Beast Costume Tea Party, Sunday, April 2, from 3-5pm. Guests of all ages are encouraged to get into character, don costumes and celebrate the classic love story with special guest appearances, photo opportunities, crafts and sing-alongs. Tea, cakes, tea sandwiches and treats will be served. The English Rose Tea Room, an acclaimed tearoom in the desert, is celebrating 15 years as a top Arizona destination for those who want to experience an authentic British style afternoon tea. Recognized by the U.K. Telegraph newspaper and known for costumed celebrations commemorating Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, Princess Kate and others, the popular tearoom recently hosted a sold-out celebration for the series end of the popular “Downtown Abbey” on PBS. Owner Jo Gemmill originally hails from England and has a love of live theater, British history and classic princess stories. “This is a beautiful event for the entire family. We invite those who love the classic tale to dress up as their favorite character from the movie, or as their favorite princess, and spend an afternoon with Mrs. Potts and Belle,” she says. The English Rose Tea Room is located at 201 Easy Street in Carefree. Admission to the Beauty & The Beast Costume Tea is $30 per person. Reservations are suggested by calling 480.488.4812. Seating is limited. For more information, visit

5047 E. RANCHO TIERRA DRIVE, CAVE CREEK, AZ 85331 6421 E. GLORIA LANE, CAVE CREEK Separate living areas for an active family on a walled acre with horse privileges, storage buildings, and sparkling pool. Two BR, bath, den loft and flex room upstairs. Master BR and bath, large kitchen with ample counter space, formal dining and large living room with vaulted ceiling, downstairs. Two-car garage and attached 3-car carport. No HOA. MLS#5542733 REDUCED $469,000

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

EXCLUSIVE TONTO HILLS LOTS LOT 85, Yucca Lane. Spacious 1.9 acre lot on quiet cul-de-sac location with water, electricity and phone at the street. Up to 4 horses allowed. Priceless views! MLS#557537 $135,000 LOT 149, Deer Trail Road. Fabulous, high, 1.81 acre view lot with water, electric, and phone. Striking homes on all sides, boulder strewn arroyo adds instant landscape character. MLS#5317571 REDUCED $139,000 LOT 224Q, Old Mine Road. Owners say sell it! Great 1.24 acre lot, centrally located, water, electricity and phone in the street. Views to both Pinnacle Peak and Weaver’s Needle. MLS#5525343 Priced for a quick sale $125,000

CAREFREE ROLLING HILLS PROPERTY 9214 E Sunrise Circle, Lot #29. A generous 1.27 acres of exquisite views to surrounding mountains. On a private cul-de-sac, easy to build property. All utilities available. An excellent investment in Carefree. MLS#5154302 REDUCED $169,000

CAREFREE HIGHLANDS VIEW LOT THE MOST BUILDABLE LOT ON THE MARKET IN CAREFREE HIGHLANDS! Beautiful 5.3 acre view lot in the most private and quiet corner of the development. Pristine, saguaro studded lot has several possible building sites, classic Black Mountain views, all the best Carefree Highlands has to offer. MLS#5525321 $300,000

Uniquely designed custom home in one of the Foothills’ finest subdivisions. Over-sized 1.5 acre lot with room for two horses, a pool or just enjoy the natural desert space. Master suite with wood burning fireplace, huge covered outside balcony, walk-in closet, and large double sink vanity area on second level. Two bedrooms, full bath, bright eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, family room with gas fireplace, and formal living room with vaulted ceilings on the ground floor. Large basement is 75% complete, ducted for heat and cooling with 3/4 bath for any number of uses. MLS#5578109 $525,000

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

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

CAREFREE COMMERCIAL FOR LEASE COMING SOON:: Corner of Elbow Bend & Nonchalant. 7405 Nonchalant, 2,500 sq.ft. New building. Seven Luxury Office Suites, 234-410 sq.ft. Can be combined. Turnkey ready. Tile and carpeting throughout. Private baths. Individual heating and cooling. A home office away from home. Modified gross lease available. CAREFREE GALLERIA: 3755 Hum Road. 3 suites available, ground floor 710, 720, and 1,128 sq.ft. Excellent exposure for retail. Private baths. Individual heating and cooling. Modified gross lease available. 2nd floor offices, elevator access, are also available. Private baths. Individual heating and cooling. Excellent views. CAREFREE CORNERS: 7509 Cave Creek Road. Corner of Elbow Bend & Cave Creek Road. 2 suites available, both 3,165 sq.ft. Multi-use building with roll-up rear doors for assemblage. Work area 13 feet to graduating 18 feet ceiling. Front for showplace displays and office. Modified gross lease available. Excellent exposure.

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The Desert Foothills Family YMCA will hold a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active this summer Saturday, April 29, from 9am-12pm. Desert Foothills Family YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. This year’s event will feature activities and giveaways for all ages around fun, safety, nutrition and healthy living. Activities will include a focus on healthy eating, water safety, arts and crafts, face painting, bounce house, food vendors and more. The event will also include special presentations and appearances from local community partners showcasing the branch’s summer camp offerings, including world renowned artist and sculptor Ray Villafane, Reptile Adventures, the Phoenix Suns Interactive Kia and much more. Kids can also experience an outdoor climbing wall that is one of the many offerings at Camp Sky Y – the Valley of the Sun YMCA’s overnight adventure camp in Prescott. The Desert Foothills Family YMCA will be offering a one-day only membership special April 29 along with discounts to their summer programs with membership. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at 34250 North 60th Street, Scottsdale, located on the Black Mountain Campus. For more information, call Denise Bergstrom at 602.212.6293, via email at or visit


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A Must-See For Contemporary Art Lovers Local artist Ted Phillip Denton extends an invitation to stop by and visit his interesting collection of original art, which ranges from delicate clay objects to large scale paintings of bold color, multimedia canvases and metal sculpture both functional and decorative of all sizes. Denton’s blending of the architectural, a variety of materials and minimalistic design is always singular, powerful and dramatic. A self-taught artist and a true minimalist, Denton produces contemporary works of art with an architectural influence at the Ted Phillip Denton Contemporary Art gallery and working studio. “I’ll look at a space, internal or external, and envision what needs to be there. That has always been my inspiration – architecture rather than art. The drama, harmony and beauty of minimalism, clean lines, geometric forms, primary colors, light, space and simplicity define my art. As my favorite architect, Al Beadle, once said, ‘Simplicity carried to an extreme is elegance!’”

Other original art featured in the gallery includes: • Classic beaded jewelry and landscape photography by Denton’s wife, Joy Landau • Sculptural wood turnings by Hans Finsterwalder of Lake Havasu City • Unique kiln formed glass art by Palm Springs artist DaVidRo, and local artist Pat Isaacson • Ceramic bowls and pots by local artists, Tom Kreuser and Ken Gometz • Composite Imagery by local artist, Joey Morgan • Fiber art by local artist, Andrea Cook • Miniature bronze figurative sculptures by Yenny Cocq of Santa Fe Ted Phillip Denton Contemporary Art is located at 100 Easy Street, Suite 1 (back side of the Post Office building facing the Desert Garden’s waterfall, splash pad and Sundial) in Carefree. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11am-5pm, Sunday when there are special events in the Desert Gardens and by appointment. In addition, “Art Talks” are held on the first Friday of each month through May from 4-7pm. A virtual tour of the gallery is available at or on Google Maps at Ted Phillip Denton, Carefree. For further information, contact Denton at or 760.780.8484 or Joy at or 760.835.9204.

Soroptimist International is a global women’s organization working together to transform the lives of women and girls. The organization works at the local, national and international level to improve their lives through education leading to social and economic empowerment. In February, the Saguaro Foothills club members assisted teen girls at Streetlight USA, a local shelter, to construct “Dream Boards” as part of the “Dream It Be It” program, which helps mentor young girls to visualize a happy, healthy and successful future. The organization also offers a number of scholarships and awards to area women. The Live Your Dream scholarship was established in 1972 and is available to women who are head of household, demonstrate financial need and are motivated to achieve their education and career goals. Awards were presented February 20 at The Holland Center to the following recipients:

• The Violet Richardson Award recognizes young women who make their community and world a better place through their volunteer efforts. This program honors girls between the ages of 14 and 17 who contribute their time and energy to volunteer projects in their school and community. This year’s recipients are Hannah Martin with her volunteer focus at Martin Miracles; and Mikaela Morris who volunteers her time with Veterans Heritage Project. The Saguaro Foothills club will hold a Ladies Bunco fundraiser April 6 at Coolwater Christian Church, 2818 North 56th Street, Scottsdale, at 6pm. Entry fee is $20. For information, visit www.

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• Livia McEachern from North Phoenix is the 2017 winner of the “Live Your Dream Scholarship,” and was awarded a $2,500 scholarship. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Northern Arizona University with a goal of specializing in cancer care. She is the mother of two children and is in her final year of nursing school. Lydia Negron was the first runner up, and the second runner up was Joy McDaniel.


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• The Soroptimist Ruby Award honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their profession and/or volunteer work. The Ruby Award was given to Gail Coronato, AZ Helping Hands; Robin Ray, art ambassador; and Katie Smetana, YMCA programs.



Kiwanis Splash Park Set To Open For The Season The Town of Carefree announced that it will open the Kiwanis Splash Park for its second season April 1. It will be open every day from 9am-7pm. Located in the Carefree Desert Gardens, the local Kiwanis Club of Carefree donated the funds so that local families and their children could have a place to escape the heat while enjoying the beautiful surrounding views of Carefree. In keeping with the Carefree Desert Garden theme, the park has an exciting, one-of-a-kind addition – the artful scorpion centered within the splash pad named “KIWANI.” When visitors least expect it, the scorpion sprays its jets, creating a magical, nature-inspired play environment. Families are welcome to enjoy the Kiwanis Splash Park for free, and are also encouraged to visit and take pictures of the new 30-ton sand sculpture of a tortoise and her babies, created by renowned artist Ray Villafane, at the nearby Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. In addition to the beautiful landscape in the Gardens, there is also a covered playground featuring a Gila Monster slide like no other. The Park will remain open until October. For details, check the town website,

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Personal Growth Support Groups Planned For April


Did you have plans to make some changes in the beginning of 2017 and now can’t believe it is already April and nothing has been started? Those who can answer “yes” to that question, may consider attending a support group that will help in personal growth and planning for the future. “Many times we get busy with everyday life and just keep doing what we have been doing and let another year pass us by,” says Sue Beastall, a licensed marriage and family therapist. “Change is often difficult, but always worth the effort. At times, it can even be fun and exciting. We never know what our possibilities are until we take a chance and try something new.” Beastall will be starting several groups in April to deal with accepting and anticipating change, grief and relationship renewal. She has been a therapist in Carefree for over 20 years and works with families, individuals and children. Issues such as depression, anxiety, domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse and substance abuse are all areas she deals with in her practice. She is an educator, corporate leadership development trainer and marriage and relationship group facilitator. Those interested in joining a group, or who want to know more about individual therapy, may contact Beastall at 602.230.5341.

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Garden Seminar:

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Carefree Desert Gardens welcomes Scott McMahon, manager of the Desert Botanical Garden’s world-class cactus collection, and residents are invited to experience a special two-part program, “Cacti for the Desert Foothills.” Join the continuing Garden Seminar Saturday, April 8. In the first hour McMahon will speak on cacti that benefit from the climate of the desert foothills area. Genus Echinocereus, hedgehog, is characterized by their small mounding appearance, dramatic spines and brilliant flowers. Opuntia, prickly pear, have flat pads, some stay at ground level, some grow to tree size. Cylindropuntia, cholla, have a dense covering of spines over thin, cylindrical stems. Ferocactus, barrel cactus, may grow up to 10’ high. He will also speak on other cacti from North and South America and how they benefit from the climate of the desert foothills area, being more suited to the higher elevation and cooler nights compared to conditions in the low desert. The talk will cover species selection, horticulture, and proper site placement. In the second hour, McMahon will guide attendees on a walking tour through the stunning Carefree Desert Gardens, which showcases intriguing plants and trees of dramatic and unusual form – plants that are living works of art – all surrounding the famed Carefree Sundial. A hat, sunscreen, a camera and favorite walking shoes are suggestd. The program will begin at 9:30am and run approximately until noon at Corrado’s Cucina Italiana, located on the northwest corner of the U.S. Post Office building, 100 Easy Street, Carefree. A $5 (or more) donation is suggested to support these programs. For information, call 480.488.3686. Come early as seating is limited. This is the last program of the 2017 season.



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MAYOR BUNCH WRITES… A Weeknight Trip Through Cave Creek

Kicks off capital campaign

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By Mayor Ernie Bunch


On a recent Wednesday evening, I decided to go into the Town core and do an evaluation of just what was going on. What I found was not really a surprise. I’ve known for some time that the Music Scene is alive and well in Cave Creek. My first stop was Local Jonny’s where Mr. Jim Sheehy and his acoustic electric were playing very pleasing easy listening tunes that we’re all familiar with. Local Jonny’s is a coffee house/ wine bar that draws locals and visitors alike. The food is excellent and the atmosphere relaxing. Next on my trip through Town is Big Earl’s Greasy Eats. This establishment is in one of those “kit” gasoline stations from a bygone era. It is a real taste of nostalgia. Earls frequently has live music but on this night did not. It was, after all, Wednesday. On up the road at Outlaw Annie’s, there was two-step and line dancing lessons with a DJ. Live music at Annie’s starts on Thursday nights and runs through 6pm Sunday evening. Thursdays are Casey Killian and George Brunson playing fun tunes we’re all familiar with. Friday and Saturday nights feature The Tom Wagner Band. Good music to dance to! Sunday afternoon is Acoustic musicians from 2-6pm. Moving on up the road is the old standby Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse in its newly rebuilt (post fire) form. Wednesday and Friday night are bull riding (not the electric kind) and live music. One of my favorite Country Music Bands is Pick o’ the Litter and they are tight! For those that don’t know music lingo, “tight” has nothing to do with alcohol but how well they play together. The other band here is Jaty Edwards who plays Country as well. I mean, what would you expect from a place that showcases actual real live bull riding. See Mayor Bunch, page 39

L-R: David Court, executive director of Desert Foothills Library, and Jim Bruce, president of the Library.

Desert Foothills Library, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-funded library, is launching a capital campaign, “Investing in Our Community.” The goal is to raise $1,150,000 to fund a redesign and expansion of the library to meet the needs of the desert foothills community. “I am extremely proud of strategic planning efforts of the Desert Foothills Library board of directors, volunteers, employees and donors that have increased the number of programs by 33 percent and program attendance by 73 percent in the last five years,” says David Court, Desert Foothills Library executive director. “The community’s vital financial contributions to Desert Foothills Library will allow us to continue more educational and cultural programs and special events for children and adults.” The phenomenal growth of the Library is attributed to the community spirit of volunteers, staff, patrons and private funding from donors.

This successful expansion of programs revealed two challenges to current needs and continued growth – the need for more parking and more meeting room space. The former has been addressed with the addition of 52 parking spaces, which will be completed in May. The capital campaign will address the current and future needs of the library and the community. All Maricopa County residents, visitors and lovers of libraries everywhere are encouraged to get involved in the campaign by making a tax-deductible contribution on the Desert Foothills Library website,, in person at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road or by mail at P.O. Box 4070, Cave Creek, AZ 85327. The Desert Foothills Library is open seven days a week and serves the entire desert foothills community with culturally enriching programs, educational events and quality services. For more information, call 480.488.2286.

Celebrate Forty Years Of Rodeo & Western Heritage 2017 Cave Creek Rodeo Days


Catch all of the Cave Creek Rodeo Days Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) action Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2, at the Cave Creek Memorial Arena, 37201 North 28th Street. The event will celebrate the town’s Western heritage, and the 40-year anniversary of continuous PRCA events in Cave Creek. The all-volunteer community celebration is sponsored by Sanderson Ford, and supported by the Town of Cave Creek. Find complete coverage online now at, or visit

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Next up is Harold’s Cave Creek Corral. Harold’s is a Cave Creek landmark and has been around for 80 years or so but you really can’t tell from looking at it. On Wednesday nights they have Karaoke starting at 9pm, which in my estimation is a great start time for this activity. You can’t truly enjoy Karaoke without at least one adult beverage under your belt and Harold’s has those. Other nights live music is on the menu. Great bands and lots of dancing. Across the street is the Roadhouse, which was fairly quiet for a Wednesday, but the weekends here are another story altogether. Lots of motorcycle parking and good fun. The outdoor patio, with the shade sails, is a great place to relax and visit with your friends. Down the road from here is The Hideaway where a fellow named Aaron Ricker was playing his Taylor guitar and singing songs most of us would know. Overall, a quiet kind of evening but very relaxing. I had not met Aaron prior to this and after we spoke for a bit he was gracious enough to let me play his guitar and sing a

few myself. On the bright side of this, nobody walked out while I played. Moving on down Cave Creek Road I came to my last stop of the night, which is Janey’s Cafe. Playing this night was a group called Chaos Creek and I’ll tell you for sure that nothing about their music is chaotic! They were fantastic! Janey’s has live music every night of the month with different musicians. It’s tough for a musician to get a gig here because the competition is fierce. On this night I learned that Phoenix Magazine had just voted Janey’s the Number 6 live music venue in the metro area. Now “6” may not sound all that impressive, but the Musical Instrument Museum was number one. All I can say about that is MIM best be checking their rearview mirror, because Janey’s is coming on fast. For what is happening in the music scene in Cave Creek, check out the respective establishment websites. The info is most likely there. You can also join the Facebook page “Cave Creek Music.” So for a normal, boring hump day evening, if you’re looking for something to do, try Cave Creek, if you can’t find it here, it may not exist.


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Stagecoach Village To Host Three-Day Outdoor Market The Magic Bird Festivals Artisan Market, featuring arts, crafts and live entertainment, will take place from 10am-5pm, Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 23, at Stagecoach Village. The free, open-air event combines art and entertainment for three full days of fun. Attendees can expect a festive mix of nearly 70 exhibitors ranging from Native American jewelry artists to unique, one-of-a-kind folk art. Artists and exhibitors present photography, pottery, metal art, home décor and even wearable art, boutique designs and apparel. Live family-style entertainment takes place on the main stage. Guests are encouraged to walk throughout the entire venue and enjoy delicious food, or a refreshing adult beverage at any number of restaurants on site.

“The beautiful outdoor venue offers guests an opportunity stroll in the spring weather, enjoy the stunning backdrop of Cave Creek, and savor a variety of arts, crafts, live entertainment, food and beverages,” says Roberta Toombs-Rechlin, festival producer. The Artisan Market is one of a growing number of events for Magic Bird Festivals, which was established in 1987 and celebrating 30 years in business. The promoter also puts on festivals in Fountain Hills, Carefree, and other Arizona locations. “We have developed relationships with the most outstanding artists, entertainers and venues. Our artisan market at Stagecoach Village is in our own backyard. We take extra pride in adding this new event,” she says. Stagecoach Village is located at 7100 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.488.2014 or visit


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Roseanne Anderson, or as most people know her, Rosie, was born and raised just outside of New York City. Anderson discovered her passion over 20 years ago in the hair industry, and she strives to make people look and feel great. After falling in love with Cave Creek, she purchased Sonoran Beauty Salon in 2012. Three years later, she expanded, adding a trendy and affordable boutique. “With the help of an amazing team, you will not only be greeted with a friendly, unique environment, you will also receive the treatment, knowledge, and experience you are looking for,” says Anderson, who invites residents to call for a free consultation or stop by the boutique to “see what the town has been raving about.” Sonoran Beauty Salon is located at 6501 East Cave Creek Road, Suite 2-3, Cave Creek. For information, call 480.595.1700 or visit



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Save The Dates: April Chamber Events The next Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce Mixer will be held April 12, from 5:30-7pm at Hunt Distinctive Properties – Fulton Rizzo Team, 5734 East Rancho Mañana Boulevard, Building 1, in Cave Creek. The cost is $5 for members; $15 for non-members. The Fulton-Rizzo Team has extensive knowledge of the Cave Creek, Carefree and Scottsdale communities, and will help both buyers and sellers meet their real estate objectives. For additional information, visit The next Chamber Business Breakfast will be held April 27, from 8-9:30am. Join fellow Chamber members for an informational presentation and early morning networking at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. The cost is $7 for members and $15 for non-members. Learn more about Harold’s at The Chamber invites all area business owners and residents to mix, mingle and connect at its monthly events. For additional information, call 480.488.3381 or visit

April for the Arts Annual Fundraiser & Garden Party Join the Sonoran Arts League at its annual fundraiser and garden party, April for the Arts, to be held April 8. Held at The Grotto Café (www., this party is not to be missed. Featuring food, drinks, live music and a silent auction, this garden party is a unique one-of-kind opportunity to support the arts with proceeds benefiting youth and veteran art programs. The Sonoran Arts League is a nonprofit, volunteer-based, arts service organization. The organization began in 1975 as an informal gathering of local artists who put on art shows under the Tamarisk groves in Cave Creek. Today, the organization has grown to over 650 members from around the United States and Canada. Its mission is to give to the community by promoting art, artists and art education through leadership and service in the belief that an artistic awareness is essential to the well-being of life and the community. April for the Arts will be held from 6-9pm at The Grotto Café, 6501 East Cave Creek Road, Suite 8, in Cave Creek. Tickets are $45 per person or $90 per couple. For additional information, call 480.575.6624 or visit


Outlaw Annie’s Breathes New Life Into Town

Expansion and new development in the works By Kathryn M. Miller

to about 250’ by 150’ with all of the accessories.” The focus this year is to operate Outlaw Annie’s through the season, completing the expansion of the arena over the summer months in time to re-open next season. Meanwhile, plans for the boutique hotel are simmering away on the back burner. “The hotel will be located at the corner of Viola and Hidden Rock on the southwest corner of the property, and will be anywhere from 60-100 rooms,” says Spittler. “That’s probably 18-24 months out.” In the meantime, area residents can stop in at Outlaw Annie’s any day of the week. They are expecting plenty of business during Rodeo Days and Bike Week in April, and are set up to handle the crowds. “We can accommodate about 600 people here, inside-out and on top,” says Spittler, who is also proud of their menu offerings. “The food’s excellent. It’s a little different than what’s been in Cave Creek – we’ve been getting great reviews from people coming here – from Mahi-mahi Tacos to great burgers; we’re just opening up the entrée menu.” Thursday through Sunday, the arena hosts everything from team roping, barrel racing, all girl’s rodeos and bull riding, in addition to live music. “It’s something that’s a lot of fun,” says Spittler. “Saturday and Sunday we just see tons of families, and we have a great evening life for the adults.” Outlaw Annie’s is located at 6705 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. For more information, call 480.488.2873 or visit www. | CST

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Outlaw Annie’s, one of the newest additions to the Downtown Cave Creek scene – is bringing new life to what was once Hogs N’ Horses, and as the facility was gearing up for Cave Creek Rodeo days, I sat down with Pete Spittler, principle at Outlaw Annie’s, and learned more about him, and exciting development plans in the works. After one too many frigid Ohio winters, Spittler headed west and discovered a new calling, and while he may be new to the area, when it comes to the development plans he has for Annie’s, this isn’t his first rodeo. “I moved here from Cleveland two-and-a-half years ago and fell in love with Cave Creek for all of the reasons you can see right here,” Spittler said as we took in the view from the second floor of Outlaw Annie’s sprawling patio. An architect by trade, he put together a group of investors and proceeded with the development of Hogs N’ Horses. “Our plans are to continue with the full rodeo facilities and expand on them,” he said. But that is only the beginning of Spittler’s ambitious plans for the area. “We’d love to bring Cave Creek Rodeo downtown so it services all the businesses in town, as well as an expansion of this facility and a boutique hotel. Our goal would be to host 2,400 seats, which is pretty close to what the Town currently has out at the Memorial Arena. But that would allow us to host some major rodeo events; obviously not the big ones, but definitely the second tiers. The arena will be expanded




Fundraiser Aims To Protect Beautiful Sonoran Desert Guests to this year’s Sonoran Stars event to benefit Desert Foothills Land Trust will be treated to a fabulous evening Saturday, April 29. The non-profit organization, which works to protect the beautiful landscape of our fragile Sonoran Desert, will hold the event at the Carefree Resort and Conference Center. “We are looking forward to another exciting evening under the Sonoran Stars. This year we will be treated to a true wild-west experience with gun slinging lawdogs and outlaws,” says Vicki Preston, Desert Foothills Land

Trust’s executive director. “It’s sure to be a wonderful evening, celebrating our work to protect the desert we love.” The Land Trust’s conservation efforts play a vital role in protecting the Sonoran Desert landscape that supports our community and businesses. “We simply cannot accomplish our important mission without the generous support of our Sonoran Stars sponsors, guests and other donors,” says Preston. Sonoran Stars will begin at 5pm with a cocktail hour featuring an open bar and appetizers, as well as wild west entertainment with the Prescott

Regulators and Their Shady Ladies. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase “mystery” bags – a raffle that could result in winning a gift card to a local restaurant, a bottle of wine, art work or an exciting trip. Guests will then enjoy a wonderful gourmet dinner and more action packed entertainment in the Opera House.

As dinner winds down, auctioneer Brett Higgins will conduct a fast-paced live auction that will include a number of unique items and experiences like a trip to Nashville to attend the Country Music Awards. The event will also feature an incredible Emmy Award winning video celebrating the Land Trust’s conservation work, as well as the release of a rehabilitated raptor by Wild At Heart. Tickets to Sonoran Stars are $250 per person. Sponsor tables for 10 guests and premium sponsor packages are available. Guests are encouraged to dress in casual or Western attire and should anticipate cool evening temperatures. Space is limited. To reserve tickets, visit or call 480.488.6131, Extension 2.

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Rock the Toad To Debut At The Horny Toad



The Horny Toad, Cave Creek’s oldest originally owned restaurant and an Arizona landmark, will host an entertainment-filled, family-friendly day, known as Rock the Toad, Saturday, April 22, from 10am-3:30pm. The fun kicks off with music by the teen Rock the District program. The gifted young performers will entertain residents and visitors with their amazing musical skills from 12:30-3:30pm. Admission is free. But that’s not all. From 10am until 3pm, members of the Cowboy Fast Draw Association, known as the Arizona Gunslingers, who share a common interest in preserving the history of the Old West, will demonstrate their shooting skills and assist event visitors interested in trying the sport of cowboy fast draw. Tom Price, general manager for The Horny Toad, says the restaurant, which turns 41 years old later this year, will also offer food and drink specials that tie into the Rock the Toad theme. Rock the District, the only teen musician program of its kind in the nation, is a parent-guided, student-driven program that is part of Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation ( The Horny Toad, located at 6738 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek, offers world-famous signature dishes including made-from-scratch fried chicken, scrumptious barbecue, pork and beef ribs and mesquite-grilled porterhouse, prime rib and strawberry shortcake. For more information, call 480.488.9542 or visit


Cave Creek Bike Week 2017 Kick-Off Events

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The biggest bike event in the state rolls into town as Cave Creek Bike Week 2017 takes place March 31 – April 9 “Somewhere In Cave Creek.” The Hideaway Grill is “Rally HQ” and invites participants to kick off the week the right way with live music by Michael Nitro from 6-10pm March 31. Also that night, enjoy a BBQ buffet at Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse from 6pm-12am, in addition to live music by the Jaty Edwards Band from 9pm-1am, and live Biker Bull Riding from 8pm-12am. April 1-2, favorite local builders will be at Hideaway, along with live music by Rum Runners from 1-6pm, followed by Harley Davidson Harkins from 6-10pm. At the Buffalo Chip, enjoy all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet and nut fry from 10am-10pm, with live music by Jaty Edwards Band from 9pm-1am. For a trifold containing a complete schedule of events, stop by Hideaway or Roadhouse or find it on the Hideaway page,





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Estate Planning For Incapacity – The Durable Power of Attorney Part of estate planning is making sure someone can handle your finances if you can’t. An integral part of that plan includes a durable power of attorney. A properly drafted and comprehensive durable power of attorney permits your appointed agent to perform myriad tasks crucial to keeping your financial boat afloat. Some of those include: • Banking and paying bills • Dealing with your employer, including collecting a paycheck due you • Applying for disability – either through insurance you may have or through Social Security

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SCC Presents Genocide Awareness Week April 17-22 An impressive lineup of lectures, exhibits and events are on tap for the Fifth Annual Genocide Awareness Week: Not on our Watch, April 17-22, at Scottsdale Community College (SCC). Several presentations will be held daily starting at 9am, as well as an evening lecture or event each day at 6:30pm. Once again, Oskar Knoblauch, one of the most active Holocaust survivors in Holocaust education, will share his story of survival and forgiveness from his experiences during one of the darkest times in our history. Knoblauch’s talk is scheduled for opening day (April 17) at 10:30am, following a presentation on Native American Genocide at 9am by Dr. Jaakko Puisto, a history professor with SCC. “This year is very special because it’s our fifth annual Genocide Awareness Week and that’s a very significant milestone,” says John Liffiton, professor and co-founder of Genocide Awareness Week at SCC. “We learn something each year and keep improving to give those who attend an experience that will help them grow in their knowledge and understanding of genocide and how to prevent these atrocities.” A new topic and focus added this year is the 1936 Olympics, with lectures, a panel discussion and an exhibit that will be on display for the entire week. “We say ‘never forget’ and ‘never again’ but we need to keep striving for that,” says Liffiton. “Some people still have the idea that this happened 80 years ago only. That’s not the case. It continues to happen today.” For the full schedule of events go to

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In a time of hand-held video games and smartphones with streaming video, 13-year-old Ladavia prefers the refuge found in an old-fashioned ink-onpaper book. “If I don’t want to go outside and just be lazy, I read,” she says. “It takes you to another world.” The eighth-grader says she likes the Twilight series of vampire-themed fantasy romance novels and the romance novels of author Nicholas Sparks. Her preference for romance extends to movies, she says. “I don’t like scary movies,” Ladavia says. Ladavia doesn’t just consume art, she creates it, too. She loves to draw in the subdued blacks and grays of pencil and in the bold colors of street art. “I like graffiti – that’s my favorite art,” she says. But, don’t get the impression Ladavia is a couch potato. “I want to go skydiving,” she says. “I want to go bungee jumping.” For now, she gets her thrills skateboarding. During a lesson with Timothy Ward, program director of the youth program Skate After School, Ladavia zipped down ramps at a Gilbert skate park and she learned a couple of new tricks, too. She is learning at school, too. “My grades are pretty good,” she says, adding “I actually love my school.” Ladavia says she is already looking forward to going to college. Being part of a forever family will help her reach that goal, she says. “I don’t care what sort of forever family I have as long as they like me for who I am.” For more information on children eligible for adoption, call Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) at 602.930.4900, or visit



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Camerone Parker To Serve As Keynote At MS Society Benefit Nearly 75 percent of all multiple sclerosis (MS) patients are women. When faced with this shocking diagnosis, many women and their families face physical, informational, emotional and financial crises. In order to better educate and galvanize the community against MS, the Arizona Chapter of National MS Society will host the 12th Annual Women Against MS (WAMS) Luncheon held Friday, April 14, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. Valley residents are invited to attend and celebrate the grace and strength of the many people living with MS, including Camerone Parker, model and TV personality and star of the high fashion and beauty industry. Parker will share her experience of living with MS in silence and her courageous decision to step up and speak out to lend her voice to MS and patient advocacy. In addition, her collection Project Runway will be on display. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa is located at 2400 East Missouri Avenue in Phoenix. Complimentary valet parking is provided. Registration begins at 11am; the luncheon runs from 11:30am1pm. Tickets are $100 per person and are available by visiting or calling Laura Czarzasty at 480.455.3958. For more information about MS, visit

Celebrate Your Independents – Bookstores, That Is! April 29 is National Independent Bookstore Day, and to celebrate, we asked Melanie Tighe, local author and owner of Dog-Eared Pages Used Books, to share her top reasons to check out the indies this month – here are her “Top 5.” |CST

Top 5 Reasons Folks Should Always Checkout Indie Bookstores Indie bookstores are great places to meet intelligent, interesting new friends because only smart people bother to visit. Sometimes it seems everyone is reading the same few books offered at the big box stores. By visiting an indie store, you may be the first of your friends to discover a unique literary voice! Indie bookstore people love talking with other book people, and are so much more appreciative of your business!

Indie bookstores offer readers a taste of Local Lit – Check out Authorpalooza; a dozen talented Arizona authors gather to sign and chat with fans and fans-to-be Saturday, April 29, from 1-4pm at Dog-Eared Pages. Variety is guaranteed! Every indie bookstore is completely different from the last one you visited. Whether they offer new, used or rare books, you never know what you’re going to find at an indie. It’s always a treasure hunt!

One more reason to visit is that indie bookstores are becoming a rare and endangered species. Another bookstore in North Phoenix closed last month. One of the last indie stores left in the Northeast Valley is Dog-Eared Pages, located just south of Bell Road on the west side of 32nd Street. Make it a point to stop in April 29, National Indie Bookstore Day, and meet a story of writers, a scream of scribblers and an anthology of authors all at the same time! To learn more, visit

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Celebrate Arizona Wine Growers In Elgin The Fifth Annual Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival takes place April 22-23 at Kief-Joshua Vineyards in Elgin. Featuring 20 Arizona wineries and winemakers, the event will also feature four bands as well as a professional chili cook-off with the CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International) where cooks earn points toward nationals. The event runs from 11am-5pm both days. For additional information, call 520.455.5582 or

Foodies: Find “Nirvana” At Sanctuary This Month or four days this month, Scottsdale will be heaven for fine food aficionados with the debut of Nirvana, a culinary festival hosted by Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa. Destined to be an annual event, the inaugural Nirvana will evoke “a flavorful state of mind” as it brings together festival-goers with world-acclaimed chefs and winemakers for a series of tastings, special meals, and a celebrity golf tournament, April 27-30. If “a gourmet is a being pleasing to the heavens,” as French gastronome Charles Pierre Monselet once said, then Nirvana is certain to live up to its name. Sanctuary’s own star executive chef Beau MacMillan will share the spotlight with Robert Irvine, Todd English, Scott Conant and renowned chefs and mixologists from Scottsdale’s most exciting local restaurants. Also playing a starring role will be Arizona’s glorious spring weather and famous sunsets, with Sanctuary’s mountain perch offering the ideal vantage point. The 2017 festival line-up includes: • Torch: April 27 – Hosted by celebrity chef and television personality Irvine and local celebrity mixologist Jason Asher, owner of Counter Intuitive and Undertow • Birds and Bubbles: April 28 – Hosted by chef, restaurateur, author and television personality English • Master of Taste honoring Chuck Wagner: April 28 • Golf Tournament: April 29 • Best of the West: April 29 – Hosted by chef/restauranteur (Mora Italian) and “Chopped” judge Conant • New Orleans Jazz & Bourbon Brunch: April 30

Tickets are sold at www.nirvana A portion of proceeds will benefit HopeKids (www., an organization that provides ongoing events, activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition. Festival-goers can make it a vacation by reserving a casita, suite or private home at Sanctuary, one of the most celebrated resorts in the U.S. Room rates will start at $479 per night, plus tax and resort fee, with a two-night minimum. For information, call 480.948.2100 or visit

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The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy will be hosting an evening under the stars in the peach orchards at Schneph Farms in Queen Creek April 8 for special friends and guests who support science-based ecologically sustainable public policies and care for Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, one of Arizona’s most popular recreational destinations for residents and visitors alike. The event is a part of the Schneph Farms “Dinner Down the Orchard” series and marks the first time that the Schnepf Farms has partnered with a nonprofit organization. Dinner guests will enjoy a cocktail party and dinner of farm-to-table cuisine with wine pairings prepared by acclaimed chefs. All guests will be treated to a gourmet goodie bag too. The $200 per person fundraiser is open to anyone who would like to enjoy an enchanted evening under the stars in a magical setting while supporting the Conservancy, which champions the sustainability of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve for the benefit of over 750,000 residents and visitors annually. Contact the Conservancy office to reserve seats. Limited seating is available for this exclusive event open only to Conservancy guests. To purchase tickets or to get more details, call 480.998.7971 or visit




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The Arizona Game and Fish Department and Wildlife For Tomorrow are once again hosting a wildlife and outdoor recreation summer camp for children ages 8-13. Registration is now open for camp sessions being held June 12-15 and June 19-22. The camp will be held at the department’s Hirsch Conservation Area located on the grounds of the Ben Avery Shooting Facility (northwest corner of Carefree Highway and I-17). Camp hours are 7:30am-3:15pm. Each session will include hands-on science experiments, fishing, kayaking, archery, air rifles, wildlife encounters and more. Children will have the opportunity to experience that essential connection with nature while having fun and learning more about Arizona’s amazing wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities. Space is limited. The fee to attend is $225 per session per child. To register, visit and click on the “Wildlife & Outdoor Recreation Summer Camp” link. Register and pay online or download a registration packet. For more information, call 602.501.4788 or e-mail

Show Appreciation For Teachers At Fun Run Keeping Teachers Teaching will hold its second annual Teacher Appreciation Health & Wellness 2K Fun Run/Walk event Saturday, April 29, from 7-11am, at Steele Indian School Park. This event is free and open to the public. There will be free food, giveaways, entertainment, and a kids’ zone. The event aims to bring awareness to educators’ needs in Arizona. Keeping Teachers Teaching is dedicated to serving teachers through offering general health programs, health services, discounts from national vendors, continuing education and certifications, just to name a few. This event kicks off the Teacher Appreciation Week, which starts May 1-7, to show appreciation for educators in Arizona. Steele Indian School Park is located at 300 East Indian School Road in Phoenix. Sign up for the event at or www., or go to

Across the nation and even in Arizona, there is a real need to close the achievement gap and provide every student with equal access and opportunity to quality academic and extracurricular activities. In order to provide equal access to programs for all students, PVSchools completed an equity audit and has identified strengths and challenges. We’ve created a common language about equity and goals to support equitable actions, and most importantly, we’ve established a District Equity DR. JAMES P. LEE Leadership Team of Advisors (DELTA) in 2015. Paradise Valley Unified School District This team is comprised of students, parents, teachers, support professionals, building and district administrators who support our equity objectives. DELTA members provide insight and advice to our district equity initiatives from a stakeholder perspective. PVSchools stands apart from other school districts in Arizona due to our ongoing commitment to leadership training that prioritizes equitable opportunity for all students. Since 2009, PVSchools has been a member of the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN), which I also have the honor to serve as president. MSAN is a national coalition of multiracial suburbanurban school districts that have come together to understand and eliminate achievement gaps that persist in schools. PVSchools has hosted a national MSAN High School Conference with more than 200 students from across the United States and have presented at numerous local and national MSAN conferences. At PVSchools, we are continuously working to develop cultural competence throughout our district. PVSchools accomplishes this by: • Setting goals at both the district and school level to ensure equity and access exists for all of our students • Hosting our annual administrative Equity Leadership Summit • Hosting our Middle School Equity Conference that will include students and representatives from our district, as well as our partner MSAN districts, Isaac and Buckeye Elementary School Districts. This event is being led and co-planned by our high school students • Designing and hosting a National Equity Conference, in conjunction with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development I hope that you will take the time to learn more about the importance of providing equity and access for every student. For more information about PVSchools and our programs, visit our website at or call 602.449.2000. To reach Dr. Lee or for more information about the Paradise Valley Unified School District, call 602.449.2000 or visit

Boys & Girls Clubs Launch Matching Funds Challenge Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has launched a $1 Million Match fundraising challenge aptly named “One in a Million.” Every dollar contributed up to $1 million will be matched through the generosity of Ellie and Michael Ziegler. “The intent of our challenge grant is to create a groundswell of community support, by doubling the immediate impact of every dollar collected,” says Ellie Ziegler. The challenge’s goal is to raise $3.5 million needed to build new additions and renovate existing facilities in two Clubs in Desert Ridge and Grawhawk. Both Clubs play a vital role in their communities, providing a safe place where children and teens can grow socially and academically under the guidance of positive adult mentors during vulnerable non-school hours. For more information, or to become “One in a Million” by donating, visit or text MDM1 to 91999.

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Dental Studio 101 is located at 33739 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 101, in Scottsdale. For information, call 480.488.4852 or visit

Childhood Obesity Healthy LifeStars, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping today’s youth fight childhood obesity by promoting active, healthy lifestyles at a young age, announces its 2017 Step Up 4 Kids Walkathon, which will be held April 17-23. This fun, annual event is designed to encourage children and adults to be healthy and active by walking the most steps for one consecutive week. Funds raised will be used to help combat childhood obesity by supporting underserved children and organizations wishing to join the Healthy LifeStars program. Whether as a team or individual, participation is easy. Once registered for the Walkathon at www.healthy, participants use a pedometer or other step-tracking device such as a Fitbit or phone app to track their daily steps and each day they log in to the Healthy LifeStars website to enter that day’s total steps. It’s all virtual – so people can walk and record steps from anywhere in the country all week long. Participants raise money by asking friends, family, and colleagues to sponsor their efforts or make a donation. Prizes will be awarded to the top 25 kids, top three adults and the top team to log the most steps during the week of the Walkathon. A celebration fundraising dinner will culminate November 8 in Phoenix. All winners are eligible for a free ticket to the celebration dinner; one representative from the winning team will also receive a free ticket. Registration is $25 per adult and free for participants 17 and younger, with the first 200 to register, 100 adults and 100 kids receiving a free T-shirt. The first 100 children (17 and under) to register will also receive a free pedometer and other goodies. For more information or to register, visit www.healthylifestars.organd click on the “Step Up 4 Kids” link.

Hubbard Offers ‘Blitz’ Swim Lessons Hubbard Family Swim School in Phoenix will offer “Four-Day Blitz” swim lessons May 22 through August 3. These weekly swim lessons occur on four consecutive days in one specific week and are held for 30 minutes at the same time each day. Children can sign up for one week at a time. Choose a week where the child can make all four lessons in a row. These daily blitz lessons are a wonderful way for children to tune up their swimming skills and improve their swim strokes this summer. The lessons are available from 9am-1pm. The cost is $78 per week for ages 3 and older; $115 per week for semi-private classes for ages 24-36 months. Advanced registration is required. Hubbard Family Swim School is located at 13832 North 32nd Street, Suite 100, Phoenix. For information and to register, visit

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“Let your dentist know if you are taking this medicine.” We’ve all heard the warning that comes along with medications for osteoporosis, but why are dentists concerned about your Boniva, Reclast, Fosamax, Zometa or Actonel? These drugs have been shown to strengthen the bones throughout your body and improve the bone density screening; however, their biggest side effect is actually seen in your jaw bones. We have had numerous patients experience areas of exposed bone that do not heal because of these medications, a side effect called bisphosphonate related osteonecrosis of the jaw. This can be after a dental extraction and sometimes can occur for little or no reason at all. They can range from minor sores to large infected areas. They can happen while you’re on the medication and even up to years after you’ve stopped taking it. We can take a proactive approach to avoiding this major complication by having a thorough dental exam prior to starting any of these medicines and maintaining good oral health and checkups while you’re on them. As a woman, I would also recommend having a candid conversation with your doctor, if there are any alternatives that may benefit your osteoporosis or osteopenia prior to starting these medicines. Perhaps calcium supplements and weight bearing exercise may improve your bone density. If they are necessary for osteoporosis or even cancer I advise patients to be practical about how long you actually need to stay on the medicine. I am always available to consult with you or your loved one on this important topic.

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April 6-29

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Don Bluth Front Row Theatre; 480.314.0841

April 8-9

Uncommon Markets Salt River Fields at Talking Stick; 480.448.9959

April 7

Phoenix Suns vs. Oklahoma City Talking Stick Resort Arena

April 8-16

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The Grumpiest Boy in the World Childsplay at Tempe Center for the Arts; 480.350.2822, Ext. 2

April 5

Phoenix Suns vs. Golden State


Talking Stick Resort Arena

April 5

Charles Lewis Legacy Quintet ASU Kerr Cultural Center

April 5

Bye Bye Birdie Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School Mesa Arts Center; 480.644.6500

April 5-9

21st Annual Arizona Bike Week WestWorld; 480.644.8191

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April 2

A Night in Berlin: Max Raabe & Palast Orchester Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts; 480.499.8587

Thru April 16

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash Arizona Theatre Company; 602.256.6995

Daniela Mack as Cinderella ; Photo: Matthew Starver

April 9

Redneck Run

April 7-9

April 5-11

Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

The Scottsboro Boys

Arizona Opera at Symphony Hall; 602.266.7464

Black Theatre Troupe at Phoenix Theatre; 602.254.2151

Westgate Entertainment District; 480.609.3978

April 9

April 6

April 7-23

Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas

The Secret Garden (The Musical)

Talking Stick Resort Arena

Musical Instrument Museum

Valley Youth Theatre; 602.253.8188

Gaby Moreno April 6

Comerica Theatre

April 7-23

Art in Motion: A Video Experience ArtWalk

Ripcord Theatre Artists Studio; 602.765.0120

Scottsdale Arts District; 480.990.3939


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April 13

Marquee Brass Mesa Arts Center



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Jon McLaughlin: The Indiana Tour April 5

River Whyless Musical Instrument Museum; 480.478.6000

April 5


San Francisco Opera: Grand Opera Cinema Series Mozart’s The Magic Flute Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

April 6-9

Musical Instrument Museum

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

Phoenix Children’s Festival

April 6-13


Phoenix Bikefest

17th Annual Phoenix Film Fest Scottsdale 101 Harkins Theatres; 602.955.6444

April 8

April 8

April 13-15

Flavors of the West

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Downtown Litchfield Park

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

April 19

Jazz Under the Stars with Carols Henriquez Mesa Arts Center

April 24

April 29

The Intangible Heritage Mariachi Inspired Symphonic Music Tempe High School Auditorium

April 20

Paul Tayolor’s American Modern Dance

Cherish the Ladies Musical Instrument Museum


April 25

Willie Nelson & Family

Mesa Arts Center

Celebrity Theatre


April 26


Musical Instrument Museum

April 14

La Santa Cecilia

April 28 – May 14

April 21

Tempe Center for the Arts; 480.350.2822

Jenny and the Mexicats

Once Upon a Mattress

Musical Instrument Museum

Theater Works; 623.815.7930


April 30

Coast Modern

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Crescent Ballroom

April 30

Rhiannon Giddens


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May 2

Zakir Hussain with Rahul Sharma Musical Instrument Museum

May 2

Metropolitan Youth Symphony 35th Season Spring Concert Mesa Arts Center

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April 23

April 15

American Voices

Carnival of Illusion – Magic, Mystery & Oooh La La

Center Dance Ensemble at Herberger Theater Center; 602.252.8497

Tempe Center for the Arts; 480.359.7469

April 15

Taj Express


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April 16

Charles Lloyd and the Marvels

Mesa Arts Center

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Arizona Broadway Theatre; 623.776.8400

May 3-4

Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music

Musical Instrument Museum

April 17-22


16th Phoenix Improv Festival Herberger Theater; 602.252.8497

April 18

David Lindley Musical Instrument Museum

April 18-23

April 23

Afro-Cuban All Stars

An American in Paris

Musical Instrument Museum

ASU Gammage; 480.965.3434

April 23 – May 21

April 19

Suzy Bogguss Musical Instrument Museum

Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure Tempe Center for the Arts; 480.921.5700


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Four Peaks Celebrates Twenty Years

Blues Traveler to perform at event GRAMMY award-winning band Blues Traveler is set to perform at Four Peaks Tasting Room in Tempe to help celebrate Four Peaks’ 20 years of brewing. The event will take place Saturday, April 15. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Blues Traveler’s monumental career after emerging in the late 80’s. The band soared to mainstream success with the release of its fourth studio album “four.” The multi-platinum selling album features the chart-topping hits “Run-Around” and “Hook.” For tickets and information, visit

Culinary Fundraiser To Benefit Herberger Youth Outreach Programs The second annual Plated & Staged…A Herberger Theater Experience fundraiser will be held Sunday, April 30. Guests will dine at top Valley restaurants to benefit the Herberger Theater’s Youth Outreach Programs – Arizona Young Artists’ Competition, Multicultural Theater Camp and Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts. To add a little theater drama, guests won’t know where they are dining until the night of the event. The evening will begin at the Herberger Theater, located at 222 East Monroe Street in Downtown Phoenix, at 5pm for a cocktail reception, silent auction and entertainment. Dinner follows at 7:30pm. Guests find out which fine dining restaurant they will experience just before departure at 7pm. Participating restaurants will host a table of eight with a specially prepared three-course meal and wine: table of eight, $1,800; single ticket, $225; cocktail reception/silent auction only, $50.

The Herberger Theater Center (HTC) is a 501(c)(3) Arizona nonprofit organization that supports and fosters the growth of the arts in Phoenix as the premier performance venue, arts incubator and advocate. Opened in 1989 and fully renovated in 2010, the HTC is home to several Valley theater and dance companies; and offers three theater venues, an art gallery, and rentable event space for a variety of community uses. Plated & Staged…A Herberger Theater Experience is sponsored by Billie Jo and Judd Herberger, APS, Arizona Community Foundation, Arizona Lottery, flutterDshutter Photography, Gensler, Lithotech and Tom & Lin Catering. For tickets or information, contact Laurene Austin at 602.254.7399, Extension 105, or visit www.herbergertheater. org and click on the “Plated & Staged” link.

The Nash Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month The nation celebrates all things Jazz in April, as Jazz Appreciation Month events kick off all over the country. Phoenix’s best jazz venue, The Nash will host key events and performers, culminating in a concert of the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane with master trumpeter Fred Forney April 29. Other highlights include Peter and Will Anderson Trio April 15, Katie Thiroux and Ken Peplowksi April 22, and Spiffy, featuring Michael Kocour and Bruce Forman April 2. In addition, Charles Lewis will perform April 5 as part of The Nash series at Kerr Cultural Center. The Nash offers extensive wine and beer service at all shows with a wonderful selection of full bottles and wine by the glass as well as an assortment of craft beers for patrons’ enjoyment. The Nash is located at 110 East Roosevelt Street on Roosevelt Row in Downtown Phoenix. Tickets for all concerts and jam sessions are available at www.thenash. org or by calling 602.795.0464. Peter and Will Anderson

Our December contest winner, Del Atia of Scottsdale, shared this photo saying, “I had won four tickets for the Valley Youth Theatre production of Alice in Wonderland. Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to enjoy this marvelous show. The costumes as well as the performances given by each individual were fantastic. My kids, Anahita and Yasmi, had only seen Alice in Wonderland on TV and were thrilled to see it live and with a slightly different perspective. To our surprise, when we went to enjoy the show, IHOP was hosting a special event and so we got to enjoy IHOP’s delicious pancakes too!”




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Fans of old school music get ready as UrbanAZ Cameo presents Funk Fest featuring Cameo, Lakeside, Dazz Band, Brick and ConFunkShun at 7:30pm Friday, May 26 at Celebrity Theatre. Pick up any Cameo compilation and it will serve up a solid history of late20th century funk and R&B. The group’s smash single “Word Up!” hit the radio airwaves in 1986, and became the best pop single of the year. Take a “Fantastic Voyage” with Lakeside, whose journey began close to three decades ago and it’s still going strong. Dazz Band was one of the most popular funk groups of the early ‘80s. Leader and founder Bobby Harris formed the group in the late 70s, an ensemble that would go on to score the Grammy-winning smash hit “Let It Whip,” among others. Brick’s claim to fame came in 1971 with the #1 R&B hit “Dazz,” demonstrating the successful merge of funk and jazz. ConFunkShun is unquestionably among the heroes of funk with romantic ballads and dance-party hits galore. Formed more than 35 years ago, the group scored numerous hits in the 1970s and ‘80s. Doors open at 5pm for happy hour. Tickets ($55, $65 and $75) are on sale at Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street in Phoenix, or online at www. To charge by phone, call 602.267.1600, Extension 1.

Get ready as Arizona’s largest film festival once again takes to the screens. Every year, the Phoenix Film Festival screens more than 175 films over eight days, and holds filmmaking seminars, parties and amazing events for some 25,000 attendees at the Harkins Scottsdale 101. Phoenix Film Festival has been named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” and a “Top 50 Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine, and has been called the most filmmaker-friendly festival out there. The Phoenix Film Festival is held all in one place making the festival experience that much more fun. All screenings are at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 theatre. The ticket center and the Party Pavilion are all within steps of the theatre making the festival experience as easy and relaxed as possible. The Party Pavilion is free and open to the public all weekend. Networking events, workshops, DJs, booths…the Party Pavilion is packed with fun, information and entertainment. The festival kicks off April 6 with a screening of The Hero at the opening night premiere event, held from 6-10pm. The Hero stars the legendary Sam Elliott as an aging actor confronting mortality in the moving new film from writer/director Brett Haley. In addition to the screening, some of Phoenix’s best restaurants will cook up a wide variety of different foods for moviegoers. Along with some of the best food and drink around, guests will have the opportunity to bid on some exclusive silent auction items. Tickets are $60 per person. All proceeds go to the Phoenix Film Foundation’s education programs. The Phoenix Film Festival runs April 6-13. Harkins Scottsdale 101 is located at 7000 East Mayo Boulevard in North Phoenix. For more information, call 602.955.6444 or visit

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Enjoy A Weekend Of Classic Baseball In Bisbee

Vintage & Antique Market Place All things rusty, antique, vintage and handmade will be featured vendors at the second annual Vintage & Antique Market Place in Wickenburg April 22. Thirty handpicked artists will sell their items, while local musicians entertain guests and nearby restaurants and shopping opportunities add to the festivities. The free event runs from 8am-2pm at the Wickenburg Community Center, 160 North Valentine Street. The event is sponsored by the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce. For information, call 928.684.5479 or visit

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The Eighth Annual Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament takes place at the Historic Warren Ball Park in Bisbee April 8-9. Enjoy old style baseball played by 1860 rules, join “cranks” – the 1800’s term for fans – as the teams take the field wearing old-style uniforms. The Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League and the Friends of Warren Ballpark Tournament will again host the tournament. Six teams will play five League teams including the local team, the Bisbee Black Sox. This year’s tournament is dedicated to two World War II veterans who played on the 1941 Bisbee Bees Minor League team before heading off to war: Clarence Maddern, Bisbee’s first native born male player to make the Big Show; and Bert Shepard, who, in 1945, served as a shining example to all badly wounded warriors that life was still worth living when they came home from battle. Admission is $10 for one day, $15 for both days. Children under 12 are free with adult. The gate opens at 9:30am. For more information, call 520.432.3813 or visit




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Explore The Magic Of Nature At Birding Festival



The 17th Annual Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival will be held April 27-30 at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood. The event will include field trips, local tours, workshops and seminars, as well as educational activities for kids, exhibits, key-note speaker and entertainment. About the festival’s 2017 artwork from artist Deedy Greeg: “‘Migration Magic’ is experienced throughout the avian world leaving us marveling at the stamina, path-finding ability, and tenacity of these mad creatures. One of the most amazing is the rufous hummingbird… Join us this year as we celebrate all migrations including the birders who travel the country in search of feathered migrants. Join the madness.” For additional information, call 928.282.2202 or visit www.


Sedona Open Studios Tour Set For End Of April “Taos Winter” by Sedona artist Barbara Donahue

speak much more intimately to them as it provides an opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the creative process,” says Open Studios’ co-chair Mike Upp, adding that a major appeal of such an experience is the chance to buy one-of-a-kind and locally produced artwork direct from the artist. Open Studios’ artists create in widely diverse mediums including glass, ceramics, painting, mixed media, digital art, fiber, photography, jewelry and watercolor – a testament to the flourishing diversity of the arts community. This year there will be more than 50 studios participating in Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek, Cornville, Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Camp Verde. For information, including artists’ name and medium, studio locations, a downloadable map, and suggestions and ideas for planning a personalized tour, visit www.

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Working artists in the Verde Valley will be opening their private studios to the public for the Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition’s (SVAC) 14th annual Open Studios Tour. This self-guided event is free and runs daily from 10am-5pm Friday, April 28-April 30. The annual tour has become known as a golden opportunity for art lovers to visit with professional artists in authentic working environments, as well as purchase art while enjoying the lush landscape of Sedona and the Verde Valley. It also offers a venue for local artists to shine by engaging visitors and fostering a community that values the arts. Past tour visitors report one of the pleasures of shopping on the studio tour for their own collection or for gifts, is spending time with the wide variety of artists who offer a personal look at how and where a piece is made. “For the visitor, the Open Studios experience invites the artwork to




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Celebrate National Park Week With Free Weekends In celebration of National Park Week, all national parks will waive their entrance fees April 15-16 and April 22-23. Take in the great scenery of natural landscapes, learn about the nation’s rich history and enjoy the great outdoors – the nation’s public lands have so much to offer. National Park Week is America’s largest celebration of national heritage. It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea – the national parks. For information, or to find a park, visit

Forever Resorts, a National Park Service concessioner based in Scottsdale, operates lodges and restaurants in some of the country’s most revered park lands. At all of these restaurants, visitors encounter a variety of distinctive dishes, including those inspired by the specific region and its native inhabitants. “Our company is committed to offering not only sustainable business practices in each of our park destinations, but also a culinary experience representative of the local area and its traditions,” explains Rod Taylor, vice president, Forever Resorts. Forever Resorts’ park-inspired dishes include: Signal Mountain Lodge (Wyoming), Grand Teton National Park: Surrounding Peaks Burger at made with local ingredients.

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Central Wine On Central Avenue

God is Greater Discouragement is rampant these days. You could be in a very tough time right now…you or somebody close could be out of work…your finances might not be adding up…your marriage might be very broken…you might have medical challenges or even challenges with your parents or your children. None of us will escape difficult times. King David in the Bible experienced the highs and lows of life. David was a strong king, a fierce general, a talented musician and a brilliant poet. However, beginning in I Samuel 19, we see that David runs through a streak of incredible hardship. Read the rest of “God Is Greater” online now.


Bring Out Your Inner Shrek Far be it from us to tell you to bring out your less attractive features on your dating profile, but a provocative TED talk suggests that maybe you should do just that. Now, we’re not talking about how you still live with your mother, how you view every other driver on the road as your sworn enemy or how you erupt in a wild rage just hearing the words “Buffalo” or “cleaning woman.” No, the TED presenter, British mathematician Hannah Fry in “The Mathematics of Love,” makes the very good point that hiding features that are going to get you busted on the first meeting are not helping your dating life. Read the rest of “Bring Out Your Inner Shrek” online now!

It’s no secret that Downtown Phoenix has been kissed by welcomed urbanization and significant transformation. The use of Adaptive Reuse Projects is plentiful and it is becoming a big draw for people to move downtown. Businesses are also gaining exposure from people in the suburbs. This is such a positive message for the economy of Arizona. One of the many other things driving the economy is the increasing visibility of Arizona wines. My constant research of wine in Arizona led me to Central Wine, a product of an Adaptive Reuse Project, which just happens to be Downtown, on Central Avenue, near Indian School. The building also houses The Clever Koi and Modern Citizen, a Leiden Mitchell salon. Read the rest of “Central Wine On Central Avenue” online now.


Scottsdale Interior Designer

What Is Bajaro? For most people, their home is a refuge – a place where they can forget about the outside world. A place that allows them to go within to create healing for the things they cannot control. This is what I refer to as a person’s “sacred space” or “healing environment.” Everyone needs a sanctuary where they feel safe from the outside world and in control of their circumstances. As we leave our homes and go about our business everyday, we have “musts” and “should” to deal with. How we respond to them dictates how we feel. At the end of the day it is our home where we rejuvenate and energize for tomorrow – it’s a place where healing occurs. Read the rest of “What is Bajaro?” online now.


Phoenix Book Enthusiast

Dog-Eared Review: Wisdom Arizona’s own Patrick Tylee takes sci-fi to another realm in this first book of his Wisdom series. His choice of the first person point of view from a clone is perfect for what has to be one of the most unique science fiction stories ever written. Filled with characters as alien as they come, and others as familiar as family, Wisdom captures the true battle between good and evil in an unexpected way, that leaves the reader wanting more. Wisdom and more of Tylee’s books are available online or pick up a signed copy at Dog-Eared Pages bookstore.


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