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and faith communities to provide services, resources and caring adults to address the needs of the most vulnerable in our society. Founders Gary and Tammie Webb’s passion was to reach out to the growing population of unsupervised youth aged 12-18 who were gathering after school with nothing productive to occupy their time and who were being tempted by negative influences, including gangs, drugs and violent behavior.

Gary and Tammie knew these youth were making choices that would impact the rest of their lives and were determined to establish a program to offer positive activities and adult mentors who would not only encourage them to take the “right path,” but could show them how through direct assistance and role modeling. Area residents are invited to support the One Bright Star Toy Drive by donating toys or volunteerting to help wrap gifts, or at one of the Christmas parties. Gift wrapping and other prep work will be completed December 13–15, with the parties taking place December 16–17. Anyone interested in volunteering can visit the OCJ website (www.ocjkids.org) to sign up. To find out how to donate gifts, visit the website or call 602.439.2171.

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CJ Kids believes that no child should miss out on the fun and magic of Christmas. As a result, the nonprofit organization partners with businesses and organizations within the community to support its One Bright Star Toy Drive. This annual event ensures that these forgotten children get to have the same exciting and joyous holiday that so many families take for granted. “OCJ Kids will host its 10th Annual One Bright Star Christmas Bowling Party this month,” says Tammie Webb, director of operations. “We understand that children in foster care have been exposed to traumatic and heartbreaking experiences in their young lives. The One Bright Star Christmas Party provides a place for them to celebrate, laugh, feel love and begin to heal. We create family and connection for these children.” The children are invited to a fun and exciting holiday party, with plenty of activities and snacks to eat. The organization also makes sure that each of these children gets a gift with their name on it – a small but powerful way to let them know that someone cares about them personally. Webb continued, “This year, over 600 foster children who currently live in a group home will celebrate with our staff and volunteers and memories will be created!” OCJ Kids (Opportunity Community and Justice for Kids), founded in 1992, formed an alliance with the business


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One Year Later: Put In The Work, Reap The Rewards

In the December 2016 issue, I wrote about my experiences with my son’s marching band (Choose Light — Move Forward — Don’t Give Up). Last year at this time, “The Band” had missed qualifying for the State Festival by .025 points. They were disappointed; but, inspired by the best score they had achieved to-date, determined to work even harder next season. Here we are, one year later. Aching from the seemingly endless hours of practice, sunburnt and sleep-deprived, but nevertheless resolute, they did it! At High Spirited their final regular season competition, Cupcakes The Band clinched a spot at the State Festival. The cheers from their section as the score was announced was deafening. Some of the other teams commented on The Band’s level of excitement, so they told their tale: The Year of .025. The other bands got it. Everyone had been there at some point. This group of young adults has been a source of inspiration for me. They come from broadly diverse backgrounds and outside of marching band may not have much in common. But they choose to come together, every day, and work together toward a common goal…and reap the rewards of their shared success. One more step toward commonality, and a reason for hopefulness in this crazy world. I wish you all a beautiful holiday season, and until next year, all my best.

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MAYOR LANE WRITES… Winter Events In Scottsdale

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As the weather cools, the events warm up in Scottsdale! With so MAYOR much to do and see City of Scottsdale during the holidays, 480.312.3111 make sure you attend www.scottsdaleaz.gov one of the events. Scottsdazzle in our downtown is a monthlong holiday celebration with live music, street performers, unique events, stunning décor and more! Visit www.scottsdazzle.com for a complete schedule of events: • Canal concerts along the Waterfront every Saturday in December, except December 31. Don’t miss the holiday tree and unique decorations throughout December.

Monthlong Holiday Celebration Returns To Scottsdale Scottsdazzle brings signature events, massive tree, décor and more The holiday season is upon us, and the City of Scottsdale is back with its monthlong holiday celebration: Scottsdazzle. The event, which kicked off in late November with a tree-lighting and holiday sing-a-long, is sure to make the holiday season more festive. The monthlong celebration will incorporate several signature events scattered throughout December as well as other ongoing festivities and specialty artwork: • Waterfront Art installations – PRISMATICA has 25 giant revolving prism sculptures placed along the Scottsdale Waterfront. Visitors can walk among them to see city life in every color of the spectrum and turn the prisms to make the colors dance. After sunset, the enormous interactive kaleidoscope’s illusory effects reach a crescendo. The rotation of the prisms also triggers variable-intensity bell music. Reflection Rising by Poetic Kinetics will engage the area along the Arizona Canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront. The suspended kinetic sculpture is designed to maximize the experience for viewers throughout the space. Beneath an open sky, tethered elusively on the cusp of flight, Reflection Risingis a constant reminder of nature moving around us. •

Canal Concerts – Various artists will perform live music on Soleri Plaza each Saturday night starting December 2 and continuing December 9, 16 and 23, 7–8:30pm.

Santa Wine Around – Join the Scottsdale Wine Trail wineries for a wine tasting extravaganza December 2 at 6pm. Arrive dressed as Santa or Mrs. Claus and receive a commemorative wineglass.

• Gold Palette ArtWalk in the Downtown Arts District 6:30–9pm, December 14.

Miracle of Roses Pageant – Old Adobe Mission Church will hold a pageant honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe December 9, 4–5pm.

• Sugar Plum Avenue presents family entertainment, décor and activities along 5th Avenue between Stetson Drive and Marshall Way 3–7pm, December 16. In addition to Scottsdazzle, McCormickStillman Railroad Park will have five weeks of holiday lights! Starting Friday, December 1, and running most nights through Sunday, January 7, you can ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad through a winter wonderland of lights and displays. The historic Charros Carousel and other holiday festivities are a wonderful family fun time! This one-of-a-kind experience takes place 6–9pm nightly, except for a few select dates. Visit www.therailroadpark.com for details. For more information about city events, please log on to www.scottsdaleaz.gov or call the city’s information line during business hours to get answers about events and activities: 480.312.3111.

Scottsdazzle Art Walk – In addition to the holiday art walk, enjoy live entertainment, up and down Marshall Way between Main Street and 5th Avenue December 14, 6:30-9:30pm. Free horse and carriage rides will also be available.

Cowboy Christmas – Themed décor and entertainment in Old Town throughout December. The celebration will take place Saturday, December 9, 3–7pm.

• Cowboy Christmas features family entertainment, activities and free horse and wagon rides in Old Town on Main Street and Brown Avenue 3–7pm, December 9.

• Lessons and Carols – There will be a live nativity and adult choir December 15, beginning at 6:30pm. The indoor celebration of “Lessons and Carols” will include music, reflections and scripture. • Sugar Plum Avenue – A holiday sugar plum fairy festival will take place December 16, 3–7pm. In addition to these signature events and art installations, the downtown area will be decorated in the holiday spirit. Poinsettias, geranium hanging baskets and other holiday décor will line the streets throughout Downtown Scottsdale, and a life-size menorah will be placed at Civic Center Plaza to be lit nightly during Hanukkah. To round out the festive season, many merchants and restaurants will offer holiday specials, cocktails, discounts and more. For complete details on all the Scottsdazzle events, visit www.scottsdazzle.com.


The Scottsdale Community College (SCC) Dance Program presents “Images in Motion,” a dance concert performed by SCC’s three resident companies, Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2. In the tradition of inspiring productions, SCC dancers will demonstrate their artistic and physical excellence through a variety of dance styles. The all-ages concert offers a thrilling evening of entertainment. The shows are free to attend and open to the public (donations graciously accepted). Three performing companies will be in attendance:

• SCC Moving Company, performing works by faculty members Karryn Allen and Lisa Thorngren and guest choreographer Elizabeth Rhodes • Scottsdale Arizona Jazz Ensemble, performing works by faculty member Jennifer Rhea McKusick and guest choreographer Jenna Lyn Myers The SCC Dance program is the largest among all Maricopa Community Colleges. Each year, SCC Dance attends the prestigious collegiate American College Dance Association Conference where it has been selected for the final gala performance numerous times since 2000. Both shows begin at 8pm at Scottsdale Community College Performing Arts Center, 9000 East Chaparral Road in Scottsdale. For additional information, call 480.423.6000 or visit www. scottsdalecc.edu.

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• Instinct Dancecorps, performing works by faculty members Angela Rosenkrans and Jenny Gerena, as well as guest choreographers David Marchant, Leandro Damasco and Jordan Daniels

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Teaspressa Opens First Pop-Up Shop Phoenix-based gourmet beverage company Teaspressa opened its first pop-up shop, expanding its location and offerings in October at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. Taliesin West is home to the School of Architecture at

Taliesin and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The new pop-up shop location offers signature handcrafted recipes, such as London Fog, Caramel Cape, Black Rose and Swiss Ivory. The signature drink recipes are comparable to lattes, mochas and other gourmet coffee beverages, but made with the option to choose signature shots of concentrated tea or Dapper & Wise espresso shots, a specialty coffee roaster based in Portland, Oregon. Teaspressa is a pioneer in gourmet tea preparation, handcrafting a hybrid beverage that combines the best of both the coffee and tea worlds. Its signature tea blends are created using a patented tea concentration technology developed by the company’s founder, Allison DeVane. The tea blends are loose leaf and prepared like espresso shots, resulting in gourmet tea lattes and coffee-inspired beverages that contain as much caffeine as espresso, but provide consumers the health benefits of traditional tea. Taliesin West, a national historic landmark. The partnership between

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Teaspressa celebrates the Valley’s past and present innovators. As a part of the Foundation’s dedication to pursuing new innovations and inspiring innovators, Teaspressa will serve Taliesin West’s 100,000 visitors per year as the only on-site refreshment café. Teaspressa’s new location at Taliesin West is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 8am–4pm. Taliesin West is located at 12621 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in Scottsdale. For additional information, visit www.teaspressa.com or www. franklloydwright.org/taliesin-west.


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New Entertainment & Dining Space Coming To Scottsdale

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Valley-based Evening Entertainment Group, and celebrity designer and HGTV star, Alison Victoria, announced their latest Scottsdale landmark, Casa Amigos and Sky Lanes. Both are housed inside the soaring two-story space previously known as Livewire, located at 7340 Indian Plaza in Scottsdale. Scheduled to open in mid-December, Casa Amigos is transforming the bottom floor into a stylish, spicy and downright sexy take on the traditional Mexican restaurant and lounge, while Sky Lanes upstairs will be a music-centric boutique bowling alley featuring bottle service late into the night. Unspooling across the entire ground floor of this expanded, 16,000-plus square-foot building, Casa Amigos will import authentic Mexican fare, including signature buildyour-own guacamole menus and late-night dining. Think tacos such as crispy octopus or picadillo beef, hearty shared plates such as street corn or queso fundido and flavorful entrees such as the bacon-wrapped Sonoran hot dog or Veracruz grilled swordfish (menu items are subject to change). Plus Casa Amigos will also offer an extensive selection of handcrafted cocktails and icy cervezas, highlighted by dozens of premium sipping tequilas and mezcals and multiple margarita varieties. Upstairs at Sky Lanes, guests will discover a state-of-the-art bowling alley and lounge like nothing Scottsdale has ever seen before. Featuring a striking, retro-modern décor, Sky Lanes guests can enjoy a high-energy mix of modern pop music and throwback 80s and 90s jams, paired with bowling and bottle service well into the night. “This location has always been special to Diane and me,” says Les Corieri, co-owner of Evening Entertainment Group. “From our original ultra-lounge and nightclub, Axis-Radius, to the former Livewire music hall, this space has always been a landmark in the Scottsdale nightlife scene. So, when we looked to launch a new concept, we knew we had to go all out and create a one-of-a-kind experience that speaks to the way people like to nightlife today-casual yet stylish dining in an indoor-outdoor that setting takes advantage of Arizona’s wonderful weather. And then with Sky Lanes we know there a market for fun, cocktail-friendly entertainment with a high-energy vibe.”

Given the ongoing demand for local products combined with the popularity of cooking shows for all ages, Scramble – A Breakfast & Lunch Joint’s Scottsdale location has been continuing its “Think Global – Eat Local” Junior Edition for 2017. The final event of the year is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, 6–7:30pm, and will feature ways to use bread in recipes including banana bread pudding with croissants and meatloaf, from local bread purveyor Strictly From Scratch. “Think Global – Eat Local” Junior Edition includes quarterly cooking classes for youths ages 6 to 16. Executive chef Mike Williams at Scramble Scottsdale teaches hands-on classes; youths must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $25 per class. Youths will learn chef skills and cooking techniques, they get to eat what they’ve cooked, and they take home a goodie bag with Scramble water bottles, aprons, samples, coupons and more. “We’ve developed this series in cooperation with our valued vendors to help teach youths how much fun food can be, said Scramble co-owner Don Talbot. “They’re introduced to the basics of cooking and how to get creative with food, along with learning to use healthy, fresh, local ingredients.” Classes will be held at Scramble – A Breakfast Joint’s Scottsdale location only, at 6590 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. For additional details and to register, visit www.azscramble.com.


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The Contemporary Watercolor Artists of Arizona (CWA) announced an exhibition of creative water media paintings to be held at the Holland Gallery of Fine Art December 14–January 26. Paintings will be on sale just in time for the holidays. This show of water media paintings includes a wide range of both abstract and realistic work including landscapes, portraits and other subjects. Many of the pieces were responses to monthly challenges issued to members. Work created in transparent watercolor, acrylic paint, gouache and colored inks will be shown. In addition to the exhibition, an awards reception will be held “Tuesday World” by Candice Diaz January 13, 4:30–6:30pm. CWA began in 1969 and held its first exhibition in 1972 with the intention of pushing each member to expand their capabilities and to reach higher levels of achievement. Membership is limited by invitation to 40 members who must be recommended and present a portfolio of their work for review. Holland Gallery of Fine Art is located 34250 North 60th Street in North Scottsdale. For information, visit www.contemporarywatercolorists.com.

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Usher In The Holidays With Seasonal Favorites

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innacle Concert Series’ “Celebration of Christmas” is a delightful way to usher in the holiday season. Join the Pinnacle Chancel Choir, Pinnacle Pealers, Brandon Burns on the Richards-Fowkes organ, the Brass of the Desert, and Bartholomew Faire in a beautifullycrafted program of readings and song that tell the story of the beloved carol, “The First Nowell.” This wonderfully varied concert of inspirational and joyous Christmas music surely will become a family tradition, if it is not already. The concert will be held Sunday, December 3, 4–7pm, at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 25150 North Pima Road in Scottsdale. The concert is free; however, donations are accepted. For additional information, visit www.pinnacleconcerts.com. The Phoenix Symphony, Chorus and soloists take the stage at Pinnacle to present Handel’s Messiah Sunday, December 10, at 3pm. Handel’s massive oratorio makes a profound musical statement of the Christian faith, celebrating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The acclaimed and popular “Hallelujah” chorus highlights this spiritual concert. Join music director Tito Muñoz as he conducts The Phoenix Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and world-class soloists in this full-length version of Messiah. General admission is $79. Tickets are available only through The Phoenix Symphony box office at www.pinnacleconcerts.com, or by calling 602.495.1999 or 800.776.9080.

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Book By Local Authors Wins Prestigious Literary Award

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A children’s book written by local authors, “Chloe and the Desert Heroes: A Tale of Adventure in the Sonoran Desert,” was awarded third place out of 54 entries in the 2017 Arizona Literary Award, children’s literature division. “It is a good feeling to be recognized for something that has been a labor of love and has done so much good in promoting conservation and stewardship of the Sonoran Desert,” said Diane L–R: Brenda Olive, Diane Vaszily and Abby Hemingway, members of The Desert Awareness Committee Vaszily, spokesperson for the Scottsdale-based Desert Awareness Committee. The book that has delighted fourth graders in the North Valley for the last two years is the product of a collaboration of local residents affiliated with Desert Awareness, a heritage program of the Foothills Community Foundation. Writing credits include Abby Hemingway, Kathleen Hindle, Brenda Olive, Phyllis Strupp and Vaszily. Original color illustrations were created by Judy Speer and Georgia Taylor. “Chloe and the Desert Heroes” is a comingof-age tale about 12-year-old Chloe who gets lost in the desert when her dog chases a rabbit. She encounters familiar desert animals – the book’s heroes – who help her learn some important lessons about the Sonoran Desert, and, coincidentally, how to deal with school bullies. The book has become a supplement of the fourth grade Arizona Studies curriculum, enhancing understanding of the desert ecosystem through a hands-on desert classroom program and field experience. The Desert Awareness Committee hopes to expand the popular program statewide and nationally. “Chloe and the Desert Heroes” is available as a single copy on Amazon.com. For classroom book sets, including hands-on investigation stations, go to www.azfcf.org/about-desert-awareness.


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Farmers Market + Eclectic Art = Magic Bird Farm N’ Art

Community Carnival Kicks Off Chanukah Celebration Congregation Beth Israel’s Chanen Preschool will present its Eighth Annual Chanukah Carnival in celebration of the holiday. Open to the public and offering something for every age group, this multigenerational event will include bounce houses, a rock-climbing wall and an exclusive shopping experience. This year, the Carnival will offer old favorites like train and pony rides, petting zoo and face painting. Chanen Preschool will partner with Congregation Beth Israel’s Mark L. Haberkorn Religious School to offer carnival games throughout the event and CBI’s youth programming will let attendees pie them in the face. “Working collaboratively with our congregational family, I am so excited to offer this event to our community,” said Ari Moffitt, preschool director at Chanen Preschool. Attendees will enjoy the exclusive shopping experience featuring jewelers, fused glass art, clothing boutiques, children’s shops, skincare and more. Delicious, traditional Chanukah holiday treats like latkes, sufganiyot, pizza, cotton candy and popcorn will be available for purchase. Eighth Annual Chanukah Carnival will be held Sunday December 3, 11am– 2pm, at Congregation Beth Israel, 10460 North 56th Street in Scottsdale. Presale tickets are $18; $25 at the door. Adults and children 18 months and under are free. For questions or to purchase tickets call 480.951.3398 or visit www.cbiaz. org/chanen-pre-school.

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Magic Bird Festivals announced that it has expanded its popular arts and entertainment shows to include Farm N’ Art Markets, new weekly community markets combining the farmers’ market concept with a pinch of artisan spice at two Scottsdale locations. Free and open to the public, the eclectic events will feature edible fare with a spotlight on fresh, organic and gourmet from Arizona vendors. “We are pleased to bring our new Farm N’ Art Markets to Scottsdale and neighboring communities,” said Lia Abati, Magic Bird Festivals assistant event facilitator. “Join us for fresh eats that will excite your palate, unique treasures to awaken your artistic mind and meet neighbors shopping alongside you.” Art and gift items will center on one-of-a-kind items, handcrafted by local artisans. Creative home cooks will enjoy finding Arizona produce, meats, handmade foods and packaged edibles alongside a few select artisan’s handcrafted goods and unique wares designed to spark creative ways to liven up the home or garden. These outdoor, neighborhood markets will be a weekly stop with two locations: Terravita (Carefree Highway and Tom Darlington Road, 34402 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale), held every Wednesday, 3–7pm; and Desert Canyon (10405 East McDowell Mountain Ranch Road, Scottsdale), held every Friday, 3–7pm. For more information or to register as a vendor, visit www.magicbirdfestivals. com or call 480.488.2014.

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Explore The Magic Of The Garden This Season

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Around the country and in in our own community, more families than ever before are confronting the tragic realities of drug addiction. Because of the nation’s opioid epidemic, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death of Americans under 50 years old, and it’s tearing families apart. Opioids have created the deadliest MAYOR drug crisis in the nation’s history, and City of Phoenix it’s hitting Arizona especially hard. In 602.262.7111 fact, opioid-related deaths in our state www.phoenix.gov are occurring at a rate nearly double compared to last year. In the last four and a half months alone, at least 564 Arizonans have died a suspected opioid-related death. That’s a tragedy, and a public health crisis. This is a crisis that didn’t have to happen – and it’s a direct result of how drug companies engaged in fraudulent marketing to minimize the risks associated with opioids, including their highly addictive nature. As a result, when many fathers, mothers, sons and daughters were prescribed what seemed like safe prescription painkillers after a car accident or minor surgery, they were put not on a road to recovery, but on a path to addition. For many drug companies, profits came before people. The burden placed on taxpayers has been immense. The White House Council of Economic Advisers estimates that the cost of the opioid crisis was $504 billion in 2015 alone – and the crisis is getting worse. The strain in Phoenix is real too. Overdoses are so common that every Phoenix Fire Department engine and rescue vehicle carries doses of naloxone, an opioid antidote – and overdoses that require an ambulance trip are happening more frequently than ever before. Police detectives and patrol officers experience additional demands in response to opioidrelated calls, and taxpayers are paying additional jail costs. The crisis is creating new threats to our neighborhoods and even contributing to the City’s homelessness challenges. Phoenix is taking action. Earlier this month, the City Council approved a plan put forward by myself and Councilwomen Thelda Williams and Debra Stark to take legal action against the drug companies and distributors who created this crisis. They must be held accountable. Not only do we have a moral obligation to act, but I believe that the resources recovered from this action can better equip first responders and neighborhoods with the tools they need to respond to the crisis, as well as help those suffering from addiction. Although many cities across the country are taking this battle to court, Phoenix is the first in Arizona, and I’m hopeful that our approach will encourage others to take action as well. We can’t solve this crisis alone – but if we work together, we can turn the tide and give Arizona families confronting this epidemic the help they need.

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Desert Botanical Garden welcomes residents and visitors to its iconic holiday event – Las Noches de las Luminarias – which runs through December 30. The Garden will be aglow for 21 magical evenings as guests experience the beauty of more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and dramatic desert views. As an exciting addition to this year’s event, visitors will experience the bold, monumental sculptures of Japanese-American artist Jun Kaneko, which will be on display throughout Garden trails. Tickets are on sale at www.dbg.org or by calling 480.941.1225. Throughout the evening, guests will have the chance to experience musical performances by some of the Valley’s most popular bands and performers, including Mariachi Pasion and Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli, Mother Road Trio, Run Boy Run, Salt River Brass Quintet, Simply Three, The Sugar Thieves, The Sahnas Brothers, Traveler featuring Scott Jeffers and more than half a dozen hand bell groups from across the Valley. Other evening entertainment includes Liberty Wildlife, Yellowbird/Duncan family performances and cowboy and cowgal poets and musicians. A sumptuous buffet dinner is available at an additional cost from Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events, and the Garden’s Patio Café will be open for a la carte items. Buffet meal tickets are $22 for adults

Run Boy Run is just one of the many groups performing at the 2017 Las Noches de las Luminaria.

and $12 for children 12 and under. Gourmet s’mores by a fire pit, boutique wines, cocoa and cider will be available for purchase. In addition, Gertrude’s restaurant will be open. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 480.719.8600 or visiting www. gertrudesrestaurant.net. The Garden Shop will also be open each night of Luminaria and is the ideal place to find desert-inspired gifts for the holiday season. Desert Botanical Garden is located at 1201 North Galvin Parkway in Phoenix. Visit www.dbg. org/luminaria for additional information.


The Phoenix Metro Chamber Foundation (PMCF) announced that its annual Charity Golf Tournament, designed to benefit both the American Academy of Pediatrics (Arizona Chapter) and the March of Dimes in 2018, will be held Saturday, May 12. The tournament will take place at Troon North Golf Club, located at 10320 East Dynamite Boulevard in Scottsdale. The event, which begins at 7:30am, includes 18 holes of golf, a four-course lunch, on-course entertainments and activities, a raffle and auction and, of course, prizes and awards. Early bird pricing for a single golfer is $175, and incudes a free breakfast and luncheon ticket, while a foursome is less per player at $700 total and includes four breakfast and luncheon tickets. Non-golfers are welcome at the four-course lunch for $35; lunch will start around 1pm when the golfers come off the course.

Sponsorships are available and deeply welcomed. Sponsorships support not only the Tournament’s charities, but offer local business people the opportunity to showcase their ventures to spectators, participants and the media. PMCF is also accepting donations of items to fill 150 swag bags, empty baskets to make gift baskets and other donations. Phoenix Metro Chamber Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that supports other nonprofit organizations that are active members of the Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce. For information, visit www.phoenixmetrochamber.com.

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Nightly Snowfall Brings Seasonal Cheer To Desert Ridge

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Desert Ridge Marketplace is once again helping area residents get into the holiday spirit this year with its Nightly Snowfall and Holiday Classics in the Courtyard events. In November, Desert Ridge kicked off its Nightly Snowfall. The event, which runs 7pm and 8pm nightly through December 31 (except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day), turns the marketplace into a winter wonderland. Each evening this holiday season, residents are invited to bring the family and enjoy the cold, crystal flakes falling from the sky. Plus, enjoy holiday sounds featuring local community groups. Grab friends and family and rediscover childhood favorites this holiday season with beloved holiday films on the new big screen. Desert Ridge presents Holiday Classic Movie Nights December 7 and 28, 6–8pm, in the Barnes & Noble Courtyard. Sit back, relax and enjoy the film while reclining in the brand-new Adirondack seating. Plus, enjoy great deals and discounts at Marketplace restaurants. December movies include A Christmas Carol December 7 and Elf December 28. Desert Ridge Marketplace is located at 21001 North Tatum Boulevard in North Phoenix. For information, call 480.513.7586 or visit www.shopdesertridge.com.

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Symphony Orchestra To Perform Holiday Pops Concert North Valley Symphony Orchestra (NVSO) will present a charming evening and matinee performance of seasonal favorites. Area residents are invited to enjoy favorite holiday music, Saturday, December 16, at 7pm, or Sunday, December 17, at 3pm. Both concerts will be performed at North Canyon High School Performing Arts Center, 1700 East Union Hills Drive. NVSO will make this a holiday to remember, as the adult orchestra performs selections made popular by Mannheim Steamroller and Trans Siberian Orchestra, Anderson’s popular “Sleigh Ride,” Berlin’s “White Christmas,” and more. Pictures with Santa will be taken before the NVSO performs concerts to bring holiday cheer. concerts and at intermission. Photographer Tom Argiro will provide a free download of the photo at his website. The talented NVSO Youth Orchestra will open the second half of the concert with Prokofiev’s Troika from “Lieutenant Kije.” NVSO’s three youth orchestras will also be adding their musical talents to festivities at the Outlets at Anthem Saturday, December 2, at 3pm. They will also present their annual free holiday concert Saturday, December 9, at 3:30pm at Cactus Shadows High School, 5802 East Dove Valley Road. NVSO proudly provides affordable concert experiences to the Phoenix North Valley community. Tickets are $5, and can be purchased online at www.northvalleysymphony.org. The “Holiday Pops” concert is the perfect way to inspire children and young adults in the appreciation of orchestral music, while starting a family tradition of regularly supporting the arts in the community.

Horses Help Introduces New Program For Military & First Responders This fall, Horses Help launched a new program, Operation Unbridled, for those who are past or present military, police or fire personnel. Operation Unbridled offers a time of camaraderie where participants can learn and hone the art of horsemanship. PATH International-certified instructors and well-trained horses will provide a unique outdoor equine related activity that is presented in a welcoming and relaxed environment. Participants in Operation Unbridled may choose to attend for reasons including discovering a new hobby, decompressing from the job or reconnecting with horse-related activities. Operation Unbridled is a groundwork only program that focuses on teaching safe, quality horse handling skills ranging from grooming, leading through trail course obstacles, to desensitizing horses to various objects. As horses are innately responsive to body language and tone of voice, participants will also practice verbal and non-verbal communication with their equine team member. For several years, Horses Help has offered a program geared towards the military community, but as the military and first responder communities are often closely intertwined, the facility has expanded services to now offer Operation Unbridled. Horses Help, founded in 1987, has been a leader in providing safe, quality Equine Assisted Learning and Activities and is a PATH International Premier Accredited Center. Operation Unbridled is a weekly program offered at a very minimal cost to participants thanks to financial support from the community. For information, send an email to saebra.p@horseshelp. org or visit www.horseshelp.org.


NAWBO Holds Annual Red Affair Luncheon Join members of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Phoenix Chapter, and their guests Wednesday, December 13, 11am– 1pm, for the organization’s annual Red Affair Luncheon. Guests will enjoy a meal and signature red dessert, as well as the opportunity to network with NAWBO members and support member companies via a raffle and silent auction. Red attire is encouraged. Tickets are $55–$75. The event will be held at Gainey Ranch Golf Club, 7600 East Gainey Club Drive in Scottsdale. For information or to make a reservation, visit www. nawbo.org/phoenix.

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Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication, and this holiday season, Miracle Mile Deli is dedicated to giving guests a feast. From Tuesday, December 12, through Wednesday, December 20, the local restaurant is offering up a special Hanukkah meal on its dine-in menu. Indulge in a Brisket Plate, served with a potato pancake with applesauce, sour cream and a cup of Matzo Ball Soup for just $14. Miracle Mile Deli has been a staple in the Valley for 68 years. The locally-owned restaurant is located at 4433 North 16th Street in Phoenix. Miracle Mile Deli has been family-owned and operated for three generations and continues to provide a unique experience in casual dining. For additional information, call 602.776.0992 or visit www.miraclemiledeli.com.

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Reports space is eighty percent leased

The Esplanade announced the completion of a 12-month revitalization that kicks off an incredible comeback for both this landmark mixed-use campus, and this once again red-hot commercial district. Led by a partnership of Californiabased LBA Realty, who purchased the development located at the southeast corner of 24th Street and Camelback Road, The Esplanade’s wall-to-wall renovation has already attracted highprofile companies such as CBRE, Alliance Residential, Cushman &

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Wakefield, BDO, Goldwater Bank and more. Combined with new amenities such as the state-of-the-art E-Center, six on-site restaurants, world-class shopping, luxury high-rise living, six hotels and 36 golf holes all within one mile, The Esplanade is once again influencing the Camelback Corridor’s recent renaissance. The Esplanade provides office and retail tenants with highly flexible, creative-friendly layouts and workspaces. Designed by Gensler & Associates, with landscaping design by SWA, this yearlong renovation stripped away decades of dated design details to create a clean, modern and alluring mixed-use workplace environment. Highlights include replacing the steeple-like shade structures with

sleek, low-slung shade sails that blend seamlessly with the surrounding high-rises, while also providing more effective sun protection. The plaza was also transformed thanks to modern desert landscaping and stylish outdoor seating, while all entryways, signage and the secured underground parking were all reconfigured for better, more intuitive way finding. All common areas, including each building’s lobby, are being upgraded with modern yet timeless finishes and furnishings, while all exterior lighting has been updated with eco-friendly LED lighting. Today, The Esplanade is nearing 80 percent occupancy thanks to 200,000 square feet of new leasing, as well as an additional 100,000 square feet of renewals and expansions, in 2016 alone.


Feel The Joy This Season With ProMusica

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Christmas is a time of celebration and song, and ProMusica Arizona wants to brighten the holiday season with an afternoon or evening of seasonal music. This year’s holiday concert, “Comfort and Joy,” will feature Bach’s Magnificat, a baroque masterpiece for chorale with orchestral accompaniment, and musical selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite musical selections. And, of course, what would a Christmas concert be without perennial favorites such as “Silent Night” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” plus “Winter Wonderland,” “Let it Snow” and Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” A multimedia presentation completes the experience. ProMusica invites residents to join them for this family concert with holiday pieces to inspire the hope and joy of the holiday season. Dates and venues include Saturday, December 16, 7:30pm, at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 39808 North Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem; and Sunday, December 17, 3pm, at American Lutheran Church, 17200 North Del Webb Boulevard in Sun City. Ticket prices are $20 for adults; $18 for seniors (65 and over) and military; $12 for students (16-22). Children 15 and younger are free with a paid adult. Free student rush tickets are available 15 minutes before each performance, based on availability. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.pmaz.org or call 623.326.5172.

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Fountain Hills Theater Presents Holiday Classic & More

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Fountain Hills Theater (FHT) has taken the spirit of the season, wrapped it in beautiful original melodies and tied it with all the holiday magic and wonder of childhood. Based on the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol tells the tale of curmudgeonly miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future hoping to change his destiny and save his soul. Follow Scrooge through a series of strange and magical journeys, where he ultimately discovers the true spirit of the holiday season. This delightful musical, an original adaptation, is written by FHT artistic director Peter J. Hill, with music and lyrics by Hill and Jay Melberg. A Christmas Carol: The Musical runs November 30 – December 24 on even dates. Set in a theatre, Inspecting Carol deals with a regional theatre company that is rehearsing its annual production of A Christmas Carol, its cash cow, when it gets news of the impending arrival of an

inspector from the National Endowment for the Arts to review their work. The actor playing Tiny Tim gets a better offer and leaves the production in the lurch. When

an aspiring actor of somewhat questionable talent arrives to audition, he is mistaken for the inspector and given the part of the child actor. The company goes on to stage an accident filled, error laden production of their play. Inspecting Carol runs December 1–23 on odd dates. FHT Youth Theater reprises it’s holiday hit, Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! – this time with a brand new cast. Junie B. Jones, first-grader, is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday SingAlong and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.’s fun. So, when Junie B. draws May’s name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson. But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! runs December 1–17. For additional information, call 480.837.9661, Extension 3, or visit www.fhtaz.org.

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Mojo, Charlie and Faith, along with other rescues, live at Pal’s Inn Pet Resort in Fountain Hills. They were rescued by Rescue Pals, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and local dog rescue/adoption organization. Even though they are well taken care of, they are very tired of living in a kennel. Mojo, approximately five years old, is an American Bulldog. He is affectionate and smart. He does well with adults, kids and other dogs. He loves his daily walks. Charlie is a mixed breed sweetie and about three years old. He loves to walk and listens very well. He would make a wonderful addition to any family. Each of these dogs would do best in a home with a nice back yard and a doggy door. Mojo and Charlie, along with their other canine buddies (big and small) who also live at Pal’s Inn, would sure love to meet you if you think you have room in your heart and your home for a loving four-legged friend. Contact Rescue Pals by searching “Rescue Pals” on Facebook, or email rescuepals85268@gmail.com, or call Pal’s Inn at 480.837.0069 to find out more or arrange a visit. Mojo, Charlie, Brandi, Toby, Baxter, Marley, Dixie, and Faith and her three puppies wish you a joyous holiday season!


Twenty-Three Days Of Seasonal Celebrations

his year, the Town of Carefree is building upon the decade-long tradition of the Carefree Christmas Festival – and expanding the holiday season, while also furthering community and business involvement. Preserving the sense of community for locals while also showcasing all the color and beauty of Carefree to new visitors will be the focal point of the expanded Christmas in Carefree celebration. The seasonal celebration is set to run from December 1 through 23, and will include highlights of an official tree lighting at the iconic Carefree Sundial, Carefree Snow Village (featuring real snow), an open-air Christmas Market, concerts, a comedy show, arts and crafts, gingerbread build-off, Luminaria Tribute in the Garden, and a new daytime community parade by the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, just to name a few. “The expanded footprint will allow for even more visitors to enjoy the festivities over an extended period,” said Carefree Mayor Les Peterson. “This will complement typical business hours and also provide a platform for nonprofits from all over the desert foothills area to engage with the community and showcase their cause.” Evenings in the enchanting, four-acre Carefree Desert Gardens will be adorned with a professional holiday light display. Meanwhile, the daytime hours will be better positioned for the community parade December 9 – while also allowing for more community involvement, reduced safety risks and enhanced exposure of Carefree’s pedestrian-friendly business district. There will also be special appearances by Beatle Tribute Band Marmalade Skies, singer-songwriter Ryan Sims and comedian-actor Jill Kimmel, who is the younger sister of the late-night talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel will pay tribute to veterans and first responders by performing a comedy show just for them. Admission will be an unwrapped toy for the annual toy drive, which supports children of a family selected by the Foothills Food Bank. All toys will be delivered by the Carefree Rural Metro Fire Department. The Cave Creek Unified School District will also include performances from the Cactus Shadows High School Jazz Band as well as various elementary and middle school choirs in addition to the bell ringers and choir from the local Presbyterian church. It all adds up to an enchanting expansion of the Carefree Christmas Festival – and the sign of even more exceptional things to come. “We anticipate this event becoming one of the most-attended and revered holiday traditions in the Northeast Valley,” said Peterson. “We look forward to seeing it grow and evolve, year after year.” For more information, visit www.christmasincarefree.com.

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MAYOR PETERSON WRITES... Carefree At The Crossroads Of The Northeast Valley By Mayor Les Peterson

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There are a limited number of streets serving the northeast quadrant of the metropolitan area that are not interrupted by the nearby mountainous terrain. Several of the roads of regional significance bisect the Town of Carefree – Carefree Highway, Scottsdale Road (Tom Darlington), MAYOR Pima Road and Cave Creek Roads. Town of Carefree The majority of travel along these routes is generated 480.488.3686 from daily commuters living in nearby communities and www.carefree.org regularly traveling to work and school. This traffic will continue to increase in the future as growth in these adjacent communities continues. The Town of Carefree has little impact or control over this future external growth; however, Carefree’s public streets will continue to absorb the impacts.

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Jill Kimmel To Perform Standup During Christmas in Carefree The holiday season means a lot of things to a lot of people. Thanks to Jill Kimmel, there’s one thing the expanded Christmas in Carefree (www.christmasincarefree.com) promises to be: filled with laughter. Last December, the proud Arizona resident, and sister of popular late-night television show host Jimmy Kimmel, was performing on her fifth tour with Armed Forces Entertainment, spending Christmas and New Year’s Eve with American troops stationed overseas. This holiday season, Jill will be in Carefree, performing standup Friday, December 8, 4–5:15pm, in the Carefree Desert Garden’s Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Kimmel’s entertaining set will be part of an evening in support of the Foothills Food Bank (www.foothillsfoodbank.com) supported by U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and first responders. Immediately following her performance, the Main Event Band will be playing live music honoring all visitors with a concert until 8pm. All in attendance are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to families that have been identified by the Foothills Food Bank. In partnership with Rural Metro Fire Fighters in Carefree, the toys will be delivered to the families before Christmas. Kimmel’s comedy set will open with fellow performer Gregory Freiler. For additional information about Kimmel, visit www.jillkimmel.com. Go to page 34 for a Christmas in Carefree Calendar of Events!

Luminaria Tribute Bags Benefit Youth Achievement

It is critical to note that the vast majority (over 98 percent) of the Town is and will remain residential. However, adjacent to the intersections of these regional streets are a few remaining undeveloped properties. These undeveloped properties are less desirable for low-density, spacious homes that define the community. Therefore, alternative land uses that complement this regional traffic patterns should be considered to provide these commuters/consumers the opportunity to stop within the community and enjoy quality goods/products. As a result, the town’s sales tax-centric revenue stream will be enhanced so the Town can continue to provide its citizens Town services such as fire, police, public works and community development services without the need for a town-specific property tax like many nearby communities. Indeed, change is inevitable. The challenge is to address and respond to anticipated changes with appropriate responses. We believe that limited increases in commercial zoning along these major traffic arteries maintains the rural character of Carefree while at the same time preparing Carefree to adapt and thrive in the future as well.

The Town of Carefree is partnering with the Desert Foothills YMCA to help support teen leadership programs by selling luminaria bags for $10. Purchasers will decorate their bags to celebrate a cherished memory or the life of a loved one and the decorated bags will be displayed and lit in the Carefree Desert Gardens December 15–24. Part of the proceeds will go to the Teen Leaders program at the YMCA, which provides opportunities for youth to realize who they are and what they are capable of achieving through academic enrichment, confidence building, goal setting and much more. For additional information, contact Desert Foothills YMCA at 480.596.9622 or go online at www. christmasincarefree.com.


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The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce was present Tuesday November 7, to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony for Well Adjusted Chiropractic. Well Adjusted Chiropractic’s mission is to restore hope to those who have lost it and inspire the Scottsdale and surrounding areas, including Cave Creek, Carefree, Phoenix and Fountain Hills, to find a better, more effective way to reach health and healing. The company’s goal is to educate and empower individuals and entire families to make informed decisions about their health. Well Adjusted Chiropractic is located at 23341 North Pima Road, Suite 134, in Scottsdale. For additional information, call 480.630.2141 or visit www.liveadjusted.com.


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Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting With Fulton-Rizzo Team

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The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce was present Tuesday, November 14, to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony for Hunt Distinctive Properties–Fulton Rizzo Team. The Fulton Rizzo Team at Hunt Distinctive Properties has over 32 years of experience in real estate sales and development both in Colorado and in Arizona. Tom Fulton and MariaElena Rizzo will help guide clients through all of their real estate endeavors. The team works closely with a talented group of affiliates to professionally handle all real estate needs to make transactions a smooth, stress free, experience. They specialize in properties in the Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale areas. Fulton is an expert negotiator with years of experience handling many complex contractual issues. Rizzo helps guide clients through the process from start to finish – whether selling or buying a home – by creating a deep understanding of the client’s goals and objectives. The Fulton Rizzo Team at Hunt Distinctive Properties office is located at 5734 East Rancho Mañana Boulevard, Building 1, Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.489.1811 or visit www.fultonrizzo.com.

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Foothills Academy College Preparatory: Breaking Down Classroom Walls

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“Have you ever seen a tomato do this? What do you suppose is creating this phenomenon?” As the students gaze in awe, one small voice suggests the possibility of an alien tomato, while another makes a connection to previous lessons about the essential elements that a plant needs to grow. And this is just the beginning. It is these curious questions that light the spark for students to be creative, communicate effectively, collaborate with their peers and think critically about what it is they are investigating. “At Foothills Academy College Preparatory, we have taken this one step further: we are on a mission to break down classroom walls,” says Dr. Jane White, principal at Foothills Academy. “Quite literally, the simple questions above have blossomed into a fully functioning outdoor classroom garden – designed, planted and cared for by Foothills Academy students and the broader school community. With many gracious thanks to the continued support of Kiwanis Club of Carefree, Foothills Academy College Preparatory students in grades K–9 are actively engaged in the school’s STEAM (integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) program.” Most recently, Kiwanis Club of Carefree granted Foothills Academy $30,000 to further expand Foothills Academy’s STEAM offerings. Led by Mary Beth Abbey, M.Ed., Foothills Academy’s STEAM director, Kiwanis grant funds are utilized to purchase the hands-on, minds-on resources to support our STEAM curriculum, designed to purposefully integrate STEM with industry training standards.

“This is our take on adding the ‘A’ in STEAM,” says Dr. White. “It is the ‘human element’.” This includes development of skills in problem solving and team building. Students are encouraged to look inward, identifying individual strengths, and outward to capitalize on the strengths of others in order to arrive at more effective solutions. How better to arrive at understanding the “human element” than to study a culture far different from one’s own. Imagine having the opportunity to creatively design and 3D-print a solar-powered light source, in collaboration with someone on the other side of the globe. Students at Foothills Academy College Preparatory are experiencing just that. The students have been paired one-to-one with students from schools across the globe. Through project based learning, which combines guided discussion, hands-on activities and interactive media, students are identifying an issue and applying design thinking to solve real-world problems. The result is meaningful, global collaboration and an enhanced understanding of the world; genuine global competency. Foothills Academy College Prep is grateful for the financial support and interest Kiwanis has demonstrated in its STEAM program. A robust program has been established that continues to engage students and teachers’ curiosity and imagination. For more information about the STEAM program, as well as many other Foothills Academy kindergarten through 12th grade programs, call 480.488.5583, or visit www. foothillsacademy.com.


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Chamber Visits Little Free Library

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The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Little Free Library Thursday, November 16, The Little Free Library�project was underwritten by longtime Carefree residents Linda and Mark Putney, on behalf of the Desert Foothills Library (www. desertfoothillslibrary.org), and is a neighborhood book exchange that promotes literacy and the love of reading. The Town of Carefree installed the Little Free Library adjacent to the Gila monster playground for easy access by children and adults. Everyone visiting the Carefree Desert Gardens is encouraged to stop, reach into the little green house, select a favorite book to read or leave a book for someone else to find. Volunteers from the Desert Foothills Library maintain the Little Free Library on a daily basis and add books that are supplied by Chapter2 Bookstore, which is located inside the Desert Foothills Library.

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SOUL CONNECTION

Black Mountain Centers Our Communities Black Mountain is the majestic centerpiece of our Carefree and Cave Creek communities. Our homes and businesses are organized around the multi-colored mountain and it looks down on us as we go about our lives. We can drive, bike, run or walk the nine miles around its base looking at ALLEN NOHRE its blackness from Cave Creek Road Writer on the west and north that turns green with rains in the spring. From Tom Darlington on the east, and Carefree Highway on the south, the giant brown boulders precariously dot the side of the mountain as if placed by a creator playing with stones. Have you ever regarded Black Mountain as sacred? There are mountains that are just mountains and there are mountains that are regarded as special. The highest mountain peak in Greece is Mount Olympus, believed to be the home of the Greek gods and of the Hellenistic world. Mount Sinai, where Moses ascended to receive the Ten Commandments from God, is a sacred mountain. The volcanic Mount Etna in Italy is believed to be the home of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire. When a place in nature is special to us, we often take measures to protect and preserve it. The summit of Black Mountain is a 250-acre preserve transferred in 1973 from the Bureau of Land Management to the Maricopa County Parks Department. The Desert Foothills Land Trust has also

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preserved two five-acre parcels near the summit. If you are in great physical shape, you can hike to the peak on a rugged trail that begins at School House Road in Downtown Cave Creek. The trail is not groomed and in some places it is very steep with jagged rocks. I’ve hiked it and enjoyed looking down on our house at the base of the mountain. My preferred way of enjoying Black Mountain is gazing up at him from our patio late in the evening and saluting his majesty with a glass of port. Black Mountain is special – maybe even sacred. Allen Nohre lives in Carefree with his wife, Kathie. He is a writer at Terros and can be reached at anohre@cox.net.


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Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting At Easy Street Galleria The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce was present Thursday, November 9, to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony for Easy Street Galleria’s new consignment store. Easy Street Galleria is a unique and fun consignment shop in the town of Carefree that is home to an ever-changing selection of gently-used consignment treasures and uncommon goods. Shoppers will find everything from high quality art, furniture, home décor and antiques as well as a funky fashion boutique. Easy Street Galleria is located at 100 Easy Street in the Post Office building. For information, call Victoria at 630.336.1300 or visit www.easystreetgalleria.com.

Carefree Church invites residents to participate in its 10th Annual Kidslife Charity Golf Tournament & Auction. Proceeds from the fundraising event will benefit “Kidslife,” which ministers to children of all ages through Bible classes, charitable events, summer camps, musicals and festivals throughout the year. Scheduled for Monday, December 11, the tournament format is a four-person scramble. Green fees include 18 holes of golf, shared golf cart, lunch on the course and dinner. Registration begins at 9:30am. The golf tournament will be held at The Boulders Golf Course and Tohono Ballroom at el Pedregal, 34631 North Tom Darlington Drive, Scottsdale. For additional information, visit www.carefreechurch.com.

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Cactus Shadows Announces New Equestrian Club Horsemanship is a hot topic in the Cave Creek Unified School District, and now, Cactus Shadows High School has launched an Equestrian Club to fuel the interest. Tina Steensen-Bech, the club’s sponsor, has many members with varying backgrounds in horsemanship. Activities planned for this year include volunteer work at local stables and rescues, visits to an equine hospital and spectating at WestWorld equestrian events. Guest speakers will include veterinarians and representatives from colleges and universities with equine programs and equestrian teams. Local breeders, horse therapy trainers, polo players and jockeys will also be visiting the club’s membership. Principal Steve Bebee said, “Over the last nine years, I have had many conversations with our students who ride competitively. It is really cool that Cactus Shadows will now have a club that will bond students who love to ride horses together at school.” The Equestrian Club’s mission is to educate members about horse care, health and safety, equestrian education opportunities and careers and current part-time jobs in the community, while having fun discussing equestrian topics and visiting shows together. “Cactus Shadows is an ideal place for an equestrian club. We have so many students who take part in equestrian events at all levels and styles that it just seems natural for these students to have this venue. I commend our students and Ms. Steensen-Beck who have been working hard to start the Equestrian Club,” said Jim Swetter, assistant principal at Cactus Shadows. For information about the club, call 480.575.2214 or visit www.ccusd93.org.


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EXCLUSIVE TONTO HILLS LOTS LOT 149, Deer Trail Road. Fabulous, high, 1.81 acre view lot with water, electric, and phone. Striking homes on all sides, boulder strewn arroyo adds instant landscape character. MLS#5317571 REDUCED $139,000

CAREFREE CROSSINGS 2 Superb 1 acre building lot in area of million dollar homes. Walking distance to Carefree shops and restaurants, yet private and gated. Black Mountain views could be out the windows of your custom home. MLS#5445335 $175,000

CAREFREE ROLLING HILLS 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# 5667611 REDUCED $168,500

46300 N SEVEN SPRINGS ROAD, #36 Charming cabin along flowing Camp Creek with lush green shade in the summer and fall change of color. Part of the Camp Creek Recreational Residence Tract in the Tonto National Forest. Upgraded kitchen, loft bedroom, furnished. At about 3400” elevation, terrific hiking to Indian ruins, pleasant drive from the Valley. Electricity, phone, water, satellite TV and internet available. MLS#5666178 $89,000

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

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The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Holiday Party Wednesday, December 13, 6–8pm, at the Holland Community Center, 34250 North 60th Street, Building B, in Scottsdale. The evening event will be decorated in white, silver and platinum to transport attendees to a winter wonderland. Food, two drink tickets and goodie bags are included in the ticket price of $25. A CTE Scholarship silent auction will also be held during the festive event. For additional details, visit www.carefreecavecreek.org/ small-business-local-christmas. In addition to the holiday party, the Chamber will hold a POWER Hour (Profitable Opportunities With Empowering Results) event Monday, December 4, 5–6pm. The event will be held at The Lemon Drop (formerly known as Carefree Bistro) located at 37555 North Hum Road, Suite 109, in Carefree. This informal gathering is created to be an additional opportunity to network with fellow Chamber members and guests while giving local Chamber member restaurant a boost in sales – stay for a few minutes or the whole hour. To learn more about monthly events offered by the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, call 480.488.3381 or visit www.carefreecavecreek.org.

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Food Bank Seeks Adopt-A-Family Sponsors For Families

The Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is seeking donors to brighten the holiday season for children, families and seniors in the northern Arizona foothills community. The food bank is working with more than a dozen local organizations and churches to provide gifts, holiday meals and hope for those in crisis in the community. The 14th annual Adopt-a-Family program will be held Saturday, December 9, in Black Canyon City at High Desert Park, 9am–4pm, and Sunday, December 10, at Holland Community Center, 34250 North 60th Street, Building B, in Scottsdale, 1–3pm. According to Pam DiPietro, executive director of Foothills Food Bank, all families must be signed up by December 1. Individual donors, as well as donor groups such as businesses, HOAs, churches and schools, are encouraged to participate in this year’s Adopt-a-Family program. Interested donors determine the size of the family they are willing to adopt then a family wish list is provided as a shopping guide. Monetary donations also are accepted to support the program. All gifts must be wrapped and delivered before December 8 either directly to the family or dropped off at Holland Community Center. Checks are payable to Foothills Food Bank. All gifts and donations are tax deductible according to tax laws. For information about the 2017 Adopt-a-Family program or to request a donor sign-up form, email adoptafamily@ foothillsfoodbank.com or pick up a form at the food bank. Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located at 6038 East Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.488.1145 or visit www.foothillsfoodbank.com.

Celebrate The Season With Upscale Singers Enjoy favorite holiday music at “Songs of the Season,” the 12th annual Upscale Singers holiday concert. Under the direction of Margaret Watson, the performers will take guests through a medley of popular, lighthearted and sacred music of the season. Area residents are invited to gather with family and friends December 10 and December 17 and be part of this Christmas tradition at the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church (Scottsdale Road and Carefree Highway). For ticket information, call 480.575.0811 or visit www.upscalesingers.com.


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Christmas In Carefree 2017 December 1–23

Preserving a sense of community for locals while also showcasing all the color and beauty of Carefree to new visitors will be the focal point of the 2017 Carefree Christmas celebration. The expanded seasonal celebration is set to run from December 1 through 23. Enjoy Christmas in Carefree – three weeks of magical, seasonal fun!

Highlighted Events

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Tree Lighting Ceremony & Party December 1: 5–8pm

Jill Kimmel Comedy Show December 8: 4–5:30pm

Join the Town of Carefree for the lighting of its new 26’ Carefree Christmas tree. Featuring the Phoenix Boys Choir, Bell Ringers, CCUSD Jazz Band, Santa holiday party, treats and more!

Comedy show tribute to veterans and first responders. Bring an unwrapped toy for Rural Metro Foothills Food Bank toy drive. Show is appropriate for adults age 18 and older. Free.

REAL Snow! December 1–3

Carefree Snow Village December 8–10

Carefree Christmas Market December 1–3 & December 8–10

Enjoy REAL snow plus a 35’-high al pine slide, human snow globe and more. Only $5 for all day play.

Shop the “open air” market for traditional, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.

Photo with Santa Santa will be in Carefree all season making stops at the Snow Village and other events throughout the celebration. (Bring your own camera; no charge for photo.)

Carefree Desert Garden Luminaria Tribute Sale: December 1–15; Display 15–24 Celebrate a cherished memory or the life of a loved one by decorating and lighting a Tribute Bag displayed in the Gardens. $10 per bag.

Fireworks Extravaganza December 9: 7:30pm Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the fireworks display.

Gingerbread House Competition December 10: 1–4pm

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Day Parade of Holiday Traditions December 9: 10–11am A festive celebration of the Foothills community featuring local business and groups! Presented by Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce.

Marmalade Skies December 2: 3–5pm

Ryan Sims Band December 9: 5–7pm

Beatles Tribute Band will fill Saturday afternoon with live music. Free.

Live country music featured in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Free.

Teams will compete to build the best gingerbread houses. The winners will be on display in the Pavilion for the week.

Some events require an RSVP or fee. All event information is current at time of publication. Visit www.christmasincarefree.com for updated event information.


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MAYOR BUNCH WRITES… By Mayor Ernie Bunch

The spirit of giving and community partnership is flourishing at the Desert Foothills Library, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-funded library, with a new donor rewards program supported by local area business partners. Individual donors who contribute $40, and families $70, or more annually to the Library will receive a rewards card giving the holder a 10 percent discount on goods and services at participating restaurants and other business. Encouraging the reciprocity of giving and receiving, this new program incentivizes purchasing from local merchants who support the library while increasing sales and new customers. Providing a way to thank donors and community partners, the program also helps increase minimum level donations for the Library, which is almost entirely dependent upon contributions. It is easy to make a tax-deductible donation and get a rewards card. Stop in at the Library, 38443 North Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek, or go online to www.dfla.org. For additional information, call 480.488.2286.

Foothills Christmas Pageant Celebrates The Season

Travel Back In Time (Or Around Cave Creek) On A Stagecoach Dan Harris, owner of D & K Wagon Rides, has come to historic Cave Creek to set the stage for a “trip back in time.” The stagecoach is slung on leather through braces, which creates a sooth motion that needs to be experienced to understand. “If you have never ridden in a stagecoach, there is no other ride like it,” says Harris. His top priority is taking care of the horses, shires Fiona and Frisco and Clydesdales Jack and Ace. But he also built the stagecoach and is a farrier and wheelwright. Harris provides services to the public as well as special events and weddings. Harris has been running his stagecoach in Durango from Memorial Day through October for about five years. Now, Harris and his stagecoach will carry Cave Creek visitors and residents through town this winter and spring. The stagecoach runs Wednesday through Sunday, 1–5pm, from Harold’s Corral to Frontier Town. The cost for adults to ride is $10 one-way; children 6–12, $5 (plus, kids can sit on top of the stagecoach and ride shotgun). Children 5 and under ride for free. Learn more about D & K Wagon Rides on the company’s Facebook page or at www.dkwagonrides.com.

A traditional community event started by the Cave Creek 4-H Club in 1952, as a re-enactment of the Christmas story showcasing the 4-H Club members’ animals, will celebrate its 65th annual performance. The Foothills Christmas Pageant takes place at 7pm Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3, at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area in Cave Creek. Area residents perform in the choir and make up the cast. Volunteers handle all aspects of the pageant, from ground prep, sound tech and sets, to luminaria placement and critter coordination. “We are very proud to keep this tradition going, which is truly a classic,” says Toby Payne, longtime organizer of the Pageant. “You may know the story, but you haven’t experienced it like this. Come, reflect and enjoy. It’s a joy for people of all ages. No one should miss it.” Majestic-voiced narrator Robert Hutson presides over the non-denominational Christmas story with beautiful musical accompaniment provided by the Pageant choir

conducted by Steve Norris. Cactus Shadows Shadowbox Players, directed by Andrew Cupo, enact the roles of Mary, Joseph, Angel, Townspeople and Shepherds. The Three Kings make their dramatic entrance on horseback. Other animals and their owners participate as they wish. Because there is no built-in seating, bring a blanket to sit up-close on the ground or a portable chair. Wear warm clothes and walking shoes. A flashlight is useful because the primary lighting for Spur Cross Ranch is starlight. Admission and parking are free. “There wouldn’t be a Pageant without the volunteer crews who set everything up and help run the event,” said Payne. “We need as many people as possible to participate and keep this 65-year tradition alive.” Anyone interested in volunteering or requiring additional information should contact Payne at 480.544.2290. Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area is located at 44000 North Spur Cross Road in Cave Creek. For details, visit www.foothillschristmaspageant.com.

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“If We Make It Through December.” A Merle Haggard classic about a man who loses his job and is looking forward to a brighter future from the depths of his misfortune. One of the lines is, “I don’t mean to hate December, it’s meant to be a happy time of year.” A very hectic month for those who procrastinate; but up in Cave Creek it’s mostly fun. MAYOR We’ve got a lot going on with just our everyday Town of Cave Creek business, especially if you enjoy a great meal. Those 480.488.1400 winter visitors certainly deserve a tour through our town. www.cavecreek.org The Christmas Pageant will be held again this year on the 2nd and 3rd at 7pm at the Phoenix Mine Site. Just take Spur Cross Road north until you get there. I have photographs of this event from the 1950s – it’s the story of Christmas. For the rest of the month, it’s our normal hopping community. Live music, dancing, bull riding and other attractions. New this year is Ollie’s Trolley making a loop through town and up into Carefree on the weekends. For something really special, there is now a horsedrawn stagecoach for a true Western experience! Enjoy the month, enjoy family and the time we get to spend together. Most of all there’s really no need to hate December! Merry Christmas!

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Magic Bird Festivals expanded its Valley-wide cultural and entertainment events to include Cave Creek Roadhouse Attractions, a new gift and art market series at the Cave Creek Roadhouse, 6900 East Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek. The outdoor, weekend festivals are centrally located along Cave Creek’s main commercial drive surrounded by a stunning Sonoran Desert landscape. These multi-day seasonal events will run from November 2017 through March 2018. Each Roadhouse Attraction event showcases an array of local artists and vendors exhibiting boutique apparel, custom jewelry, handcrafted goods and gourmet packaged edibles. During the shows, attendees are invited to stroll around the charming, cowboy town of Cave Creek, as well as dine on classic American fare at the Roadhouse. The motorcycle bar and restaurant often feature onstage music and entertainment. Free and open to the public, Roadhouse Attractions take place 10am–5pm. Upcoming events include December 1–3, December 8–10 and December 29–31. For more information or to register as a vendor, visit www.magicbirdfestivals. com or call 480.488.2014.

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Celebrate Christmas In the Creek At Horny Toad The Horny Toad invites the public to enjoy the bountiful Christmas spirit Saturday, December 2, 11:30am–9pm. During the Christmas event, the Toad will introduce Cave Creek Christmas Company and offer family-friendly fun: • Bring children for a visit with Santa and his elves from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Children under 12 receive a special gift from Kris Kringle. Each child’s photo with Santa will be emailed to his/her parents. Kids enjoy lunch specials of macaroni and cheese with fries or a corn dog with fries for only $3.50 between 11am and 3pm. • Visit the Toad’s new Cave Creek Christmas Company, a magical Christmas store within the restaurant. Shop and discover unique Christmas decorations for family and friends. Enjoy two pieces of The Horny Toad’s famous fried chicken, a quarter rack of pork ribs, coleslaw and fries for just $14.95 between 11am and 3pm. Also enjoy the restaurant’s award-winning strawberry shortcake for only $4 a half order. • Bring a new toy (wrapped) for a child age four to 12 and enjoy wine for only $5, Horny Toad Ale for $4 and Moscow Mule cocktails for $6 while shopping and dining. The toys will be donated to Foothills Food Bank for its Adopt-a-Family program. The establishment also will accept canned food and cash donations for the food bank. • Join the Toad’s elves for dinner that day, too. A 16-ounce T-bone steak, baked potato, veggies, garlic bread and cowboy beans for $23.95 and $5 house wine as the restaurant’s Christmas gift to adults; served 4-9pm. The Horny Toad is located at 6738 East Cave Creek Road. Call 480.488.9542 for more information or visit www.thehornytoad.com.

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Harold’s Event To Support CCUSD A Success The Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) thanked Harold’s Corral for hosting the Oktoberfest Fundraiser, which was held October 7, and raising more than $7,500 for CCUSD schools. Sponsors included Sanderson Lincoln on Bell Road (Title Sponsor); YMCA and State Farm-Steve Fair (Entry Sponsor); The UPS Store and Paddy O’ Furniture (Presenting Sponsors) and Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, AFPA, Kiwanis Club of Carefree, Images Arizona and CITYSunTimes (Sponsors). Desert Sun Academy’s PTO received an additional $500 as the winning prize for selling the most tickets. Black Mountain Elementary School received $1,514.25; Lone Mountain Elementary School received $147.18; Sonoran Trails Middle School received $1,514.25; Desert Willow Elementary School received $1,143.48; Cactus Shadows received $738.73 and Desert Sun Academy received $2,829.39 (includes $500 winner prize) for a total of $7,887.28. Dr. Debbi Burdick, superintendent, said, “Harold’s continues to be a strong supporter of our Cave Creek Unified Schools. The generosity of Harold’s and the many sponsors of Oktoberfest allows dollars for our school Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) to support the various needs at their schools, whether it be technology, playground equipment or instructional aides. CCUSD is fortunate to have such amazing community support – thank you!” Cave Creek Unified School District is the number one school district in Maricopa County for student achievement. For more information, visit www. ccusd93.org or call 480.575.2000.

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Paula Cullison, local travel writer and Paula photographer, will be featured by the Desert Cullison Foothills Library Saturday, December 9, 10:30am–12 noon. Cullison will give a PowerPoint presentation entitled “Ireland: Journey through the Emerald Isle.” The session is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to RSVP by calling 480.488.2286. This event is being held in conjunction with Cullison’s photography exhibit of Ireland: twelve 16” x 20” works, which will be on display December 6–30 at the library. Cullison is the 2017 recipient of the Children & Family Resources “Lifetime Achievement Award” named for founder, Martha Rothman. Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. For information about Cullison, send an email to paulacullison@aol.com.

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Mrs. Claus Is Coming To Las Tiendas… And bringing holiday cheer for all Las Tiendas is hosting some seasonal royalty this month: Mrs. Claus is riding into town in her beautiful white carriage. She is helping a busy Santa this year, so she is bringing her helper, “Cowboy.” Residents are invited to enjoy a holiday ride (4pm to dusk), sing songs with Mrs. Claus, listen to stories… Cowboy, her helper, even does trick roping. Join the fun Saturday, December 16, 4–8pm. It’s a Divine Bake Shop is now open, and guests can meet baker Susan Fiebig on the 16th and enjoy European baked confections such as breads, pastries, cookies and more. In addition, stop in and get a cup of coffee, hot chocolate and holiday spiced cider. Each child can also get a free gingerbread cookie. Stroll into Etania Gems to visit with candle maker Sheri Nielson of Twisted Bees Wax Candles, and see all of Lisa Baker’s incredible jewelry. Western Delights will be sharing artists of local origin and author CC Harrison will be signing her new book. Head to Shop on the Hill, the little red house on the hill where visitors will find fabulous hand-roasted nuts and gifts from local purveyors, and take the opportunity to meet roaster Bill Sutherland. Sign up to win in-store prizes and a gingerbread house from It’s a Divine Bakery, a gift basket from Shop on The Hill and more. Dicken’s carolers and bell ringers, all dressed for the season, will bring cheer with holiday music. Carolers will be singing throughout the event, and don’t miss the octet of carolers and bell ringers at 6pm. Las Tiendas Center is located at 6130 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. For additional information, visit www.lastiendascavecreek.com.


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Chicago was introduced to the hot dog in 1893. Today, the famed Vienna Beef hot dog has been rejuvenated and introduced to Cave Creek, and the northern foothill communities that surround it, in the form of Mike’s Chicago Dogs. Mike Harjung says his business specializes in 100 percent Vienna Beef hot dogs. “As a true Chicagoan would say, ‘drag it through the garden,’” says Harjung. “Each dog is nestled in a poppy seed bun and topped with mustard, relish, tomatoes, onion, sport peppers, a dill pickle spear and a dash of celery salt on top for a true Chicago Dog experience.” A native Chicagoan, Harjung moved his family to Cave Creek in 2005. Although Cave Creek is now his home, the business entrepreneur says Chicago remains dear to his heart and is where most of his family lives today. Harjung says Mike’s Chicago Dogs, which now has a regular presence at the American Legion Post 34 and the Roadhouse, is also available for private parties, special events and onsite customer meals. Mike’s Chicago Dogs, which has been named the “Best New Hog Dog Cart in Arizona,” can be found at a variety of venues in Cave Creek, Carefree, North Phoenix and North Scottsdale throughout the year. Harjung certainly knows Chicago-style dogs like no other as he boasts a degree from Vienna Hot Dog University. For more information and to locate Mike’s Chicago Dogs, call 480.358.8189 or visit www.mikeschicagodogs.com.

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Museum Offers Holiday Fun & More In December Cave Creek Museum kicks off the holiday season with a cowboy-style Christmas. Join Museum staff and docents for an afternoon of rootin’ tootin’ holiday fun for the whole family at its Family Fun Workshop December 3, 1:30–3pm. Staff will offer holiday crafts and cookies to decorate. Make reservations online or call 480.488.2764 so that there are enough supplies for all family members to enjoy. The holiday workshop is free for Museum members and $5 for non-members at the door. Moved from its original site on Continental Mountain, the Golden Reef Stamp Mill is the pride of the Cave Creek Museum and is the only fully operational stamp mill in Arizona. Residents are invited to feel the thrill of the stamp mill in operation December 9 at 1:30pm. The stamp mill was donated to the Cave Creek Museum and moved from Continental Mountain to the Museum in 2009. It was restored back to operation in 2013. It is presently run at least once a month to demonstrate what the miners had to do to extract gold from the quartz in the 1920s. Also held December 9 is the Adult Discover Series, 2–3:30pm, presenting award-winning journalist, historian and Carefree resident, Robert A. Kittle at the Museum to share insights into his recently published book, Franciscan Frontiersmen. The Franciscan Friars may seem to be improbable heroes. And yet…starting with a harrowing

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transatlantic voyage, all three traveled through uncharted lands and found themselves beset by raiders, marauding bears, starvation and scurvy. Along the way, the Friars made invaluable notes on indigenous peoples, flora and fauna, and prominent 18th Century figures. Their adventures led them across the highlands of Mexico, the deserts of the American Southwest and coastal California. “These three men opened up a broader swath and a more important swath of the North American continent than Lewis and Clark did,” notes Kittle. Autographed copies of Franciscan Frontiersmen will be available for purchase at the event. The event is free for Museum members and $5 for non-members at the door. Times and topics are subject to change without notice. Reservations are always suggested and may be made by calling 480.488.2764. Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 Skyline Drive in Cave Creek. For information, visit www.cavecreekmuseum.org.


Lia Matevosyan Haselton, 2016 winner of the People’s Choice Award with executive director Pat Bell-Demers.

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The Sonoran Arts League presents its second annual Small Works Fine Art and Holiday Show, featuring works of art by Arizona artists, both regionally and nationally known, December 3–January 7. Small Works is a juried show that includes affordable, exceptional paintings, sculptures and mixed-media pieces in a wide variety of themes. While sizes vary, each artist was asked to create works close to a 12” x 12” (not including frame/mat) configuration. One of the League’s most popular exhibits, this is a favorite of many patrons due to the the smaller scale and affordability of the art. The exhibition officially opens to the general public on December 3 and continues through January 7, 2018. The show will kick off the season with a free Artists’ Reception Gala December 1 at the Sonoran Arts League. During the Gala, attendees will be asked to participate in the “People’s Choice Award” and vote for their favorite piece of artwork in the show. A prize of $500 will be awarded during the gala to the winning artist. Open to the public, seasoned collectors, art enthusiasts and holiday shoppers, the Small Works show hours are 10am–5pm, Monday through Saturday and 1–4pm Sundays at the Sonoran Arts League Center for the Arts. Admission is free. In addition to the Small Works show, the Arts League will hold its Holiday Artisan Market December 15–17. Visitors can get some holiday shopping in while browsing unique, original art and handmade holiday gifts created by League artists. The Holiday Artisan Market will be held 10am–5pm at the Sonoran Arts League Center for the Arts, 7100 East Cave Creek Road, Suite 144, in Cave Creek’s Stagecoach Village. For information, call 480.575.6624 or visit www.sonoranartsleague.org.

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Roastery of Cave Creek Celebrates Twenty Years Led by Arizona coffee pioneer David Anderson and his wife Alison, The Roastery of Cave Creek (ROC2), celebrated its 20th anniversary in November, while continuing expansion by increasing roasting capacity by nearly 40 percent. “It’s a milestone to be at 20 years and among the leading Arizona coffee producers,” said Anderson. “We’re honored to be working with some of the best chefs and establishments in the ever-expanding Arizona culinary scene, and we have some exciting plans ahead as we continue to grow.” It started in 1997 with a small 3-kilo roaster in the back of Anderson’s Cave Creek coffee shop. “I had enough mad scientist in me to know I wanted to roast my own beans and control the taste and freshness,” said Anderson. Since then, he has grown a massive wholesale operation featuring more than 20 proprietary blends and single origin coffees. Nitro and Cold Brew were developed in 2015 in partnership with Whole Foods. “We took a year to really dial in the Nitro and Cold Brew programming, but it was worth it, and it’s arguably the best in the Valley – many even say the best they’ve ever tasted,” said Anderson. In addition to Whole Foods, customers range from small cafes to the state’s largest resorts who provide ROC2 coffee to their guests; and ROC2 also serves as a coffee consultation business that not only sells equipment but also helps restaurants and cafes develop their coffee programming, menus, and store design. In November, Anderson continued ROC2’s expansion by increasing its roasting capacity to more than 850,000 pounds per year, a 35–40 percent increase, by adding a new 25-kilo UG Retro 22 roaster. “Presently there are only about

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five of these machines in the U.S. and we are thrilled to have one,” said Anderson. ROC2 is served at many of the Valley’s favorite restaurants: Matt’s Big Breakfast, Tarbell’s, Rancho Pinot, FnB, Pizzeria Bianco, Lon’s at the Hermosa and Richardson’s, to name a few – and there are many new ventures are on the horizon. While ROC2 does not have a retail location, the Cave Creek roastery (located at 7003 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek) offers fresh roasted beans from “The Box,” a steel cabinet stocked with their coffees available on a grab-n-go basis on the honor system. The box is located just outside the roastery, and there is a mail slot to leave payments with a karma sign above the door. “Locals seem to like it and we have many people who drive from around the Valley and bring out-of-town guests to visit The Box. Every now and then we get I.O.U.’s written on a piece of paper – some are pretty funny – but people always seem to come back and pay. If you give people the opportunity to do the right thing, they generally will.” For more information or to shop ROC2’s coffee blends, visit www.roc2. coffee or call 480.488.6060.


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Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting At Gold Mine

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The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce was present Thursday, November 9, to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Gold Mine Thrift Shop for its 70th anniversary. The Gold Mine Thrift Shop is a charity thrift store located in the heart of Cave Creek. Along with 25 monetary charities, including the Foothills Food Bank, Horses Help and Foothills Caring Corps – all a part of the Good Shepherd of the Hills outreach program (www.goodshepherdaz.org) – the Gold Mine continues a rich tradition of providing service and physical merchandise to those in need. The Gold Mine Thrift Shop was originally housed in the Good Shepherd of the Hills parish and served the needs of the community and the fund various mission work. Skip ahead 70 years, with a team of dedicated volunteers, the Gold Mine is still ministering to our neighbors needs and raising funds for over 27 charities. Gold Mine Thrift Shop is located adjacent to the church campus at 6502 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. For more information, call 480.488.3721.

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COMMUNITY VOICES

Be A Living Christmas Letter PASTOR PAUL WITKOP Light of the Desert Lutheran Church

Paul Witkop is Pastor of Light of the Desert Lutheran Church in Cave Creek. Call 480.563.5500 or e-mail paulw@lightofthedesert.org.

National Radio Host Premiers Children’s Book For Charity Rich Berra, nationally syndicated radio host of iHeart Media’s Johnjay and Rich Show, debuts The Tale of Christmas Steve, a hilarious and heartwarming holiday children’s book. The whimsical story about a Christmas elf is a timely reminder that everyone has something unique to offer – no matter the outside package. “I wanted to share a story that I used to tell my kids,” said Berra. “When I started writing, it started rhyming; then Christmas Steve took on a life of his own. The magic of Christmas is alive – and I hope people feel it.” Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Berra has been in radio since he was 14. He co-founded the #LoveUp Foundation, which focuses on enriching the lives of children in the foster care system and supporting children and families in need. The Tale of Christmas Steve is his first book. Illustrated by Design Art Studio and published by Branded Pros, the 32-page hardcover book is available for purchase at www.christmassteve.org and on Amazon. Proceeds benefit the Johnjay and Rich Christmas Wish program, a division of #LoveUp, which provides food, clothing, comfort and holiday presents to those in need.

Remembered Well Helps Preserve Family Histories Everyone has a story to tell. No one has lived the same life nor experienced the same experiences. Memories and experiences are a part of one’s personal legacy. But what about preserving them? Remembered Well founder Michele Trent launched a family and personal history business after recording her own father at the end of his battle with cancer. Hearing her dad, long after he has passed away, is an incredibly precious gift. Trent was so passionate about the result that she left her 25-year career to start Remembered Well and help other families preserve their history. Just imagine being able to hear a grandmother or great-grandfather or any relatives telling their stories, in their own words and in their own voice. Oral histories are unique in that they are highly personal works of art. Yet, they are simple and enjoyable to create. With the guidance of a personal historian like Trent, one’s story, or that of a loved one, can be captured in only a few sit-down conversations. The final product is a professional, digitally preserved, recording of a story. Personal history packages are a great gift idea. Not only are they a gift to the recipient, they are also a gift for the entire family for generations. Learn more about personal history projects and listen to some excerpts from client stories by visiting www.rememberedwell.com.

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Do you send out Christmas letters to your friends and family? They are a great way to reconnect with people we do not see regularly and to share news and greetings. How about trying something different this year, or at least adding to your letter writing tradition? How about bringing your letters to life? Rather than just sending letters on paper, how about sending a letter that shows your love and concern for others…in person? In II Corinthians 3:3, the apostle Paul tells his readers: You are letter from Christ…not written pen and ink but with the Spirit of the living God. Do you bring encouragement or discouragement to others in your daily connecting with others? This Christmas, I want to challenge you to go one step further. Instead of simply writing a letter, be a living Christmas letter from Christ. Choose three people or families who you know could really use encouragement and make a special pre-Christmas visit to their homes. Think about it. Who do you know that is especially lonely, sorrowful, confined to their home, recuperating from surgery, new to your neighborhood, jobless or any other condition where a visit from your family and you would be a highlight for the whole season? The greatest and most appreciated gift is the investment of your love and time. When God wanted to send the most important message to the world, He didn’t write it in the clouds or send it with a huge bang. God sent a person, a living letter. God sent Jesus to live with us and to love us. May you receive the message that our living God wants to send you this Christmas. You matter very much to God. He loves you and has a plan for your life that is greater than anything you can imagine. Please open this living letter and allow your heart to be changed this Christmas.

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Area Couple Launch Mobile Fitness Concept

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Bill Stark and his wife, Beth Russell, opened Arizona’s first GYMGUYZ, serving the Scottsdale area, in November. GYMGUYZ, a mobile fitness concept, supplies its clients with in-home personal training. Stark and his trainers will travel around Scottsdale in a GYMGUYZ van stocked with more than 365 pieces of equipment. Stark saw Scottsdale’s need for convenient fitness due to the number of retirees living in the area. He recognized a chance to help others foster an improved lifestyle through this unique fitness concept. Helping others is one of Stark’s passions. He volunteers as a Special Olympics coach for athletes in the area. Before GYMGUYZ, he worked in the consulting field for a healthcare company. GYMGUYZ offers workouts from one-on-one personal training to group training for offices. They can specialize and critique a workout to fit any client’s goals. Scottsdale locals can schedule a free consultation to get fit in their own living room by visiting www.gymguyz.com/scottsdale.

Red Cross Offers Three Ways To Make Saving Lives Easier Than Ever The holidays are known for the giving spirit and a hectic pace. This holiday season, the American Red Cross is sharing three ways to give the gift of life in less time. At this time of year, many regular blood and platelet donors delay giving due to busy schedules – but the need for blood remains. To help donors fit in a donation, the Red Cross offers three easy ways to make helping save lives faster and more convenient: • RapidPass: Donors can complete their pre-donation reading and health history questions online to save about 15 minutes at their donation. In September, RapidPass became available on mobile devices, giving donors the ability to complete their RapidPass from a smartphone, tablet or computer. • Blood Donor App: Through the Red Cross Blood Donor App, users can find local blood drives and donation centers, schedule an appointment, receive appointment reminders and keep track of total blood donations – all from the palm of their hand.

• Online appointment scheduling: Donors can conveniently schedule an appointment and find tips for a successful blood or platelet donation at redcrossblood.org. “The Red Cross is thankful for the generosity of donors who help keep hospital shelves stocked with lifesaving blood products, but we know that the holiday activities that we cherish most can make it difficult for many regular donors to find a moment to donate this time of year,” said Christine Welch, communications manager, Red Cross Arizona Blood Services Region. “We hope technologies like online appointment scheduling, the Blood Donor App and RapidPass will make it a little easier for donors to give more life for patients this holiday season.” Patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions, and all blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply is available. Appointments can be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting www.redcrossblood.org or calling 800.733.2767. To learn more about RapidPass, visit redcrossblood.org/rapidpass and follow the instructions on the site.


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Local Baker Whips Up ‘Spirited’ Cupcakes

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What happens when craft cocktails and handcrafted cupcakes are combined? Phoenix’s tastiest new boutique bakery, High Spirited Cupcakes. Led by Valley native and self-taught baker Lauren Klein and her partner, Heather Shoemaker, High Spirited Cupcakes tempts with 25 deliciously decadent, and wildly inventive, cupcake varieties, such as the bourbon-spiked Sinabun or the Hole Molé made with mezcal-infused chocolate molé cake. Always made-to-order, High Spirited Cupcakes also whips up custom cupcakes for any occasion or flavor profile, and even offers kid-friendly non-alcoholic versions. A Phoenix native, Klein learned to bake alongside her mother and grandmother and says that baking is her therapy. But it wasn’t until she graduated from Northern Arizona University with a theater degree that Klein realized cooking could be a career. “I still love theater,” she says, “but I wasn’t ready to relocate to L.A. or New York, and I’d always dreamed of opening my own bakery.” Although Klein had been experimenting with incorporating alcohol into her desserts recipes for years, it wasn’t until she met her longtime boyfriend Ross Simon, owner of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, that she got serious about spiking her cupcakes with premium liquors, liqueurs and other craft cocktail staples. Today, High Spirited Cupcakes offers dozens of delightful varieties such as Rosé All Day (rosé cake filled with strawberry curd and finished off with a fragrant rose European meringue buttercream), and Breakfast of Champions (Crown Royal maple cake with a maple whiskey pastry cream filling, Don’t Go Bacon My Heart topped with a peanut butter European buttercream and finished with candied bacon and chocolate eggs). Operating out of a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, High Spirited Cupcakes are available for delivery Valley-wide, as well as curbside pickup at the Residence Inn/Courtyard Phoenix Downtown, at The Bistro inside the Residence Inn (non-alcoholic only) and at Bitter & Twisted (three different rotating flavors). High Spirited Cupcakes cost $48 per dozen (one flavor per dozen), and orders must be made 72-hours in advance. For more information or to order, visit www. highspiritedcupcakes.com.

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Scottsdale Sushi Shop: Focus On Fresh – Family-Driven Dive into a dining experience overflowing with fresh flavors and flown-in-daily ingredients, all handcrafted by two top Valley chefs and served inside a hidden gem in the heart of Scottsdale. J’s Kaiyo Sushi + Bar not only serves the freshest fish at the sushi bar – even closing on Sundays because there’s no fresh fish delivery on that day – this innovative restaurant also offers an irresistible menu of sharable Mediterraneanand Easterninfluenced dishes. Led by chef Jason McGrath and sushi chef Todd Register, think Moroccan-spiced racks of lamb ribs, or a crab-stuffed and fire-charred avocado rolled in exotic Asian seeds and spices. J’s Kaiyo is also a family-driven (and family-friendly) affair. Named after owner Peji Malihi’s son (and chef Jason McGrath’s nephew), Jayden – J for short, this casual and welcoming space offers a kid’s menu. Meanwhile, adults will love the extensive menu of Japanese sake, craft cocktails and fine wines and beers. Importing the best of Japan’s communal izakaya drinking culture to Scottsdale, diners can share bottles of unique sake flavors or toast with handcrafted cocktails customized to complement the flavor profiles of the dining menu. At J’s Kaiyo, the quality of ingredients is what makes the difference, says both chef Register (formerly of Stingray, RA and Roka Akor) and chef McGrath, who was practically raised in the kitchen by his father and James Beard Awardwinning chef Robert McGrath. This includes fish delivered and devoured every single day to ensure the highest quality and flavor. “The focus is always on keeping the dishes fresh, clean, and simple,” McGrath says. “The only thing you’ll find in our freezers is our mochi ice cream.” As Malihi likes to say, “the roll speaks for itself,” there is no need for heavy sauces, creams or batters to give their sushi mouthwatering flavor. “It’s all about sharing creative, quality food with the community,” McGrath says. J’s Kaiyo, located at 4412 North Miller Road, is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and dinner on Saturday, plus weekday happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30pm. For information, call 480.427.2526 or visit www.jskaiyo.com.


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Cactus Shadows Student Wins ‘High School Heisman’ Last month, Dr. Steve Bebee, principal of Cactus Shadows High School, congratulated Tayler Markland for being named the school winner of Wendy’s High School Heisman. There are some students who set the bar. They work harder, show more passion and lead by example – in the classroom, on the field and within the community.

To contact Dr. Burdick, call 480.575.2000. For more information on the Cave Creek Unified School District, visit www.ccusd93.org.

Hubbard Sports Camp During Winter Break For families looking to keep children happy, active and “not bored” during the long winter break from school, Hubbard Sports Camp will offer a Winter Sports Camp for children, ages 4 to 13, at Thunderbird Academy in Scottsdale. Children will get to learn and play basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, archery, field sports and a variety of indoor and outdoor games. The camp is offered in full-day and half-day options. Camp dates are December 27–29 and January 2–5. Parents may choose one or more days for their child to attend. There is a full-day option from 8:30am to 3:30pm and a half-day option from 8:30am to noon. The cost is $50, full-day; $35, half-day. Doors open at 8am. Extended care is also available for $15 per child from 3:45pm to 6pm. Full-day campers must bring their own self-cooled lunches. Children do not have to be skilled athletes to have a great time at Hubbard Sports Camp. Some campers have never tried many of the sports and activities that the staff introduces them to. However, the campers who are skilled athletes are challenged and motivated by the highly-qualified and dedicated staff members. The main goal at camp is to make some new friends and learn some new sports. Thunderbird Academy is located at 7410 East Sutton Drive in Scottsdale. For more information or to register, visit www.hubbardsports.com.

“This student is known by her teachers and friends for her commitment to excellence. We are excited and honored that a program like Wendy’s High School Heisman is also recognizing her hard work,” said Dr. Bebee. Since 1994, Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust have been running the same play to perfection: honoring more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed students. This year, Wendy’s will celebrate the accomplishments of thousands of the best high school seniors, awarding winners in five phases. School winners receive a School Winner certificate and a Wendy’s High School Heisman Patch. State finalists will receive a bronze medal, a Wendy’s High School Heisman State Finalist patch and a $25 gift card. Cactus Shadows High School is an “A+ School of Excellence” and part of the Cave Creek Unified School District. For additional information, visit www.ccusd93.org.

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In the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD), we like to say we are one of the state’s best kept secrets, where our students get a private school education for a public-school cost. Our mission is Inspire Excellence – a belief and mindset that we expect from every student and every employee, no matter what their position. Our vision statement is to inspire students to become learners in order to succeed in a global DR. DEBBI BURDICK lifelong economy and we take that goal very seriously as Superintendent we shape the future through our students. Cave Creek Unified School District Where is CCUSD? Tucked away in the Northeast Valley, we cover 175 square miles of the Sonoran Foothills: west to 40th Street; east to approximately 176th Street; north to Jenny Lin Road; south, a zig-zagged boundary from Jomax to Pima and Pinnacle Peak Road to 136th Street. CCUSD educates students from Cave Creek, Carefree, North Scottsdale, North Phoenix and unincorporated county islands. Interestingly, we no longer have any schools in Cave Creek – our beautiful school campuses are in North Scottsdale and North Phoenix. What is CCUSD? We are a progressive learning district with five elementary schools, one middle and one high school, along with a preschool center where there are educational programs to interest every student. Besides the typical electives, every school teaches world languages, and all are infused with technology to personalized instruction. We are proud to recognize our students and teachers’ academic excellence – No. 1 in Maricopa County for public district schools as measured by AzMERIT and No. 6 in Arizona, for combined math and English Language Arts achievement. What is special about CCUSD? CCUSD students are never a number in our small learning communities. Our educators know their students and pride themselves on providing each and every student an engaging learning experience. Come check out CCUSD! Visit www.ccusd93.org.

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Peppa Pig Live

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Comerica Theatre www.livenation.com

The Music Man in Concert Orpheum Theatre www.theaterleague.com/phoenix; 800.776.7469

Dec. 13

49th Annual Fall Festival of the Arts

Elf, Jr. Musical Theatre of Anthem www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org; 623.336.6001

Dec. 8–30

Father Christmas and the Snow Queen

39th Annual Las Noches de las Luminarias

Theatre Artists Studio www.thestudiophx.org; 602.765.0120

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3rd Annual Masters of Scotch Autumn Tasting Series

Desert Botanical Gardens www.dbg.org; 480.481.8188

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ARTrageous Gala

The River Bride

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

Arizona Theatre Company www.arizonatheatre.org; 602.256.6995

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Dec. 2–3

It’s A Wonderful Life

22nd Annual Arizona Asian Festival

Don Bluth Front Row Theatre www.donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com; 480.314.0841

Scottsdale Civic Center Mall www.aaaa-az.org; 310.500.7256

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The Nutcracker Ballet Arizona at Symphony Hall www.balletaz.org; 602.381.1096

Dec. 9

Phoenix Suns vs. San Antonio Spurs Talking Stick Resort Arena

Dec. 11–12

Tower of Power Dec. 1–3

Musical Instrument Museum

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Dec. 5

Makana Musical Instrument Museum www.mim.org; 480.478.6000

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa www.kierlandresort.com; 480.624.1202

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Paula Rebelo in The River Bride; Photo: Tim Fuller

Dec. 7

Musical Instrument Museum

Black Nativity

www.phoenix.gov/parks/elp; 602.262.6437

Musical Instrument Museum

Sharon Isbin and the Pacifica Quartet

Black Theatre Troupe at Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center www.blacktheatretroupe.org; 602.258.8129

Dec. 2

Talking Stick Resort Arena www.suns.com; 602.379.SUNS

Dec. 14

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31st Annual APS Electric Light Parade

The Klezmatics: A Happy Joyous Hanukkah

Phoenix Suns vs. Washington Wizards

Dec. 1–3

Downtown Tempe www.tempefestivalofthearts.com; 480.967.4877

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Dec. 13

Phoenix Suns vs. Toronto Raptors Talking Stick Resort Arena

Dec. 15

The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 14th Annual Christmas Rocks! Celebrity Theatre www.celebritytheatre.com

Dec. 15–21

Holiday Cabaret Phoenix Theatre www.phoenixtheatre.com; 602.254.2151


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Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández: A Merry-Achi Christmas

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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild Swingin’ Holiday Party

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Phoenix Suns vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Talking Stick Resort Arena

Dec. 26

29th Annual Cactus Bowl

Dec. 26

Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies Talking Stick Resort Arena

Dec. 26–30

Sing-a-Long-a Grease Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

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Chase Field www.fiestabowl.org; 480.350.0911

Dom Flemons: The American Songster Musical Instrument Museum

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Sistahs Too with Hans Olson

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Dec. 30

47th Annual National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade Dec. 19–24

Cinderella ASU Gammage www.asugammage.com; 480.965.3434

Central Phoenix www.fiestabowl.org

Dec. 31

Phoenix Suns vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Dec. 21

Talking Stick Resort Arena

Talking Stick Resort Arena

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Dec. 31

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Herberger Theater Announces Addition Of Three Resident Companies In mid-November, the Herberger Theater Center (HTC) announced the addition of three resident companies beginning with the 2018–19 season: Arizona Opera, Childsplay Theatre and Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT). They will join current resident companies, Arizona Theatre Company, Center Dance Ensemble and iTheatre Collaborative. These new companies will add to the extraordinary offerings of performing arts, as the Herberger Theater Center fulfills its vision to provide and support significant and relevant experiences and to serve as a premier performance venue, “Where Audience Meets Art.” “We are excited and proud to welcome these wonderful organizations to join the amazing resident companies who call the Herberger Theater Center home,” said Mark Mettes, president and CEO of HTC. “Each of these new companies have a long history of quality productions for audiences throughout the Valley and I can’t wait to see their performances on our stages. Together, the diverse offerings of the resident companies of the Herberger Theater Center will entertain and inspire audiences of all ages, providing more reasons than ever to live, work and play in Downtown Phoenix.” Arizona Opera (www.azopera.org) is entering an exciting new chapter of artistic vibrancy and community engagement. Beginning in the 2018–19 season, the organization will enhance its programming with an innovative new season model. “With this program expansion, we are increasing our commitment to presenting an adventurous, gutsy and compelling repertoire of diverse works to inspire new audiences, while continuing to meaningfully invest in the cherished traditional operas known and loved by so many,” said Joseph Specter, president and general director of Arizona Opera. In addition to Arizona Opera’s Main Stage Series in the winter and spring, Arizona Opera will launch a new fall series entitled Arizona Opera RED. Arizona

Opera RED will be presented in the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix and the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson. The winter/spring Main Stage Season will continue to be presented in Phoenix’s Symphony Hall and at Tucson Music Hall. “Childsplay is very happy to be performing at a more central Valley location and we are a thrilled to be a member of the Herberger Theater Center’s outstanding family of

resident companies,” commented Steve Martin, managing director of Childsplay (www.childsplayaz.org). Looking to expand its brand of Broadway-style musicals to an ever-growing audience in the Valley, ABT (www.azbroadway. org) plans a continued partnership with the Herberger Theater Center – co-presenting a number of blockbuster productions at the Herberger Theater Center in 2018–19. “As founder of Arizona Broadway Theatre, I am thrilled the Herberger Theater Center’s board of directors has accepted ABT as one of its newest resident companies. With our recent success at HTC of A Christmas Carol last December and Disney’s Beauty and The Beast this past summer, we know there is an audience in central Phoenix and the East Valley for ABT’s brand of entertainment,” said Kiel Klaphake, CEO and executive producer of ABT. Opened in 1989 and fully renovated in 2010, the Herberger Theater offers three theater venues, art gallery, plaza and rentable event space for a variety of community uses. Herberger Theater Center is located at in Downtown Phoenix. For information, visit www.herbergertheater.org.


Renaissance Festival Celebrates Thirty Years Don’t miss raucous revelry at the 30th Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival opening February 10. The Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 13-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast – all rolled into one non-stop, day-long adventure. Visitors never know what they will find on or off the stage. This unique outdoor event combines entertainment and wares reminiscent of what may have been found in a 16th century European village market celebrating the arrival of the king and queen to their shire. Guests will walk through the gates to be transported back in time. Mingle with over 2,000 costumed characters, eat a giant roasted turkey leg, take part in games of chance and skill, cheer on a favorite knight, shop in over 200 artisan shops and select an inimitable gift for that special someone – there is so much to see and do. Eat, drink and be merry is the order of the day at the Village of Fairhaven. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is open Saturdays and Sundays February 10 – April 1 and President’s Day Monday, February 19. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is located just east of Apache Junction, on U.S. Highway 60. For additional information, visit www.arizona.renfestinfo.com.

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Every winter, the Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express comes to life on a journey from the nighttime wilderness of Williams to the enchanted beauty of “the North Pole” – where Santa Claus

and his reindeer are waiting with a keepsake present for every good boy and girl. Guests will be smiling from ear to ear, as they watch children’s faces light up when the train arrives, and enjoy hot

chocolate and chocolate chip cookies while listening to this timeless story. Much like in the book and movie, guests can expect a lively bunch of elves, chefs and other characters to provide constant entertainment. Photo-ops are plentiful as riders are encouraged to sing, dance and act out old fashioned holiday songs and read along to The Polar Express story by Chris Van Allsburg. Fill up on chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate provided by Santa’s chefs just

before arriving at the North Pole. Upon arrival to Santa’s Village, the train will fill with anticipation as Santa makes his way through the cars, visiting every boy, girl, mom and dad, leaving them with a special gift. Santa will visit each car as the train returns to the Williams Depot. The ride lasts a little over an hour, with the train leaving each night at 5:30pm and 7:30pm. To make a reservation, call 888.848.3511. For information, visit www.thetrain.com.


The Hermosa Inn and LONS’s will serve up a number of ways to celebrate the holidays this month – whether picking up some holiday meal tips, helping do some good in the community or just enjoying an evening out, the Paradise Valley hideaway resort has residents covered.

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Chef Jeremy Pacheco

Using LON’s oversized cowboy cauldron, executive chef Jeremy Pacheco and the LON’s culinary team, will demonstrate how to prepare an entire holiday meal on the grill at the Cowboy Cauldron Holiday Cooking Class. Savor small plates of all the recipes, hot off the grill, with either a glass of wine or a beer, 11am–1pm Saturday, December 2. Sunday, December 3, enjoy the Artist in Residence Sunday Brunch and annual Ornament & Holiday Card Benefit. Throughout the month of December, guests dining at LON’s and LON’s Last Drop will have the opportunity to purchase one-of-akind hand-painted ornaments and holiday cards created by the students from the Scottsdale Artists’ School. On Sunday, December 3, students from the school will be on hand to customize these special gifts, with proceeds going towards scholarships allowing children who are less fortunate to attend the school’s Youth Academy winter and summer camps. The event runs 10am–2pm and is complimentary with brunch. Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17, 11am–1pm, kids and kids at heart, can discover the joys of decorating gingerbread houses and make memories to last a lifetime. LON’s pastry chefs host two classes

annually to cheerfully guide guests on a holiday journey of creating their unique and delicious dream gingerbread house with myriad edible materials. Snacks and beverages are included. Celebrate the season with a prixfixe three-course menu prepared by Pacheco and LON’s culinary team Christmas Eve (4–8pm) and Christmas Day (noon–7pm), and toast the new holiday memories that will be created with family and friends. Reservations are required. Call 602.955.7878 or visit www.lons.com. Round out the year with a Roederer Estate Champagne Dinner Thursday, December 28, 6–9pm. The Boulders’ executive chef Brian Archibald will join chef Pacheco for a multi-course year-end celebration featuring Roederer Estate. Cheers to the new year with two culinary powerhouses and one of the premier champagne houses in the world. The Hermosa Inn is located at 5532 Palo Christi Road in Paradise Valley. For information, call 602.955.7878 or visit www.hermosainn.com.

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Artlink Announces New Third Friday Trolley Tour Artlink announced a new complimentary Third Friday Trolley Tour that will operate in addition to its First Friday Tours. With one additional tour each month, art lovers will find it even easier to access Phoenix’s arts districts and destinations. The free Third Friday trolley will circulate between Roosevelt Row and the Historic Grand Avenue Arts Districts, and the Downtown Phoenix core, with periodic stops along the route. Patrons will be invited to hop-on hop-off where they choose, with an invitation to visit galleries and cultural venues such as Modified Arts, eye lounge, {9} The Gallery, the new Sisao at Oasis on Grand or the Herberger Gallery at Arizona Center. Volunteer docents will staff the trolleys, providing information on the night’s arts and culture offerings. The trolleys will operate between 6pm and 9pm each third Friday (effective November 17). Find a map of the new route at https://artlinkphx.org/third-fridays. Each circuit will take approximately 25 minutes to travel it in its entirety. The trolleys, provided by Dunn Transportation, Artlink’s official transportation partner, have been serving First Fridays for several years, with over 6,000 riders hopping aboard last year. “We are encouraged by the growing demand for the arts in Phoenix and are thrilled to work with our district partners and Dunn Transportation to connect patrons to the increasingly popular arts and culture offerings one more night each month,” said Artlink board president Catrina Kahler. “Third Friday has long been considered the more arts-centric version of Phoenix’s Fridays by arts enthusiasts and we look forward to introducing the night to a new audience.” The route is now permanent for all Third Fridays with a similar version scheduled for March Third Friday during Art Detour 30, Artlink’s annual multi-day celebration of the arts’ influence in developing the America’s fifthlargest city. More details about Art Detour 30, March 15–20, will be announced at www.artdetour.com.


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Great Wolf Lodge Southern California celebrates the most festive time of year with its annual Snowland celebration taking place through January 1, 2018. From daily snow showers in the Grand Lobby and visits from Santa to a life-sized gingerbread house and more, families will soak up the holiday spirit, splash in the 84-degree indoor water park and enjoy the most magical gift of all – time together. Adults and children alike will delight when they arrive at Great Wolf Lodge as the Grand Lobby transforms into a winter wonderland complete with hundreds of twinkling lights, Christmas trees, daily snow showers, and other cheerful decorations. The centerpiece of the decorations is the lifesized gingerbread house (where families can reserve a special holiday meal) constructed from more than 600 pounds of gingerbread dough, 1,300 pounds of sugar and hundreds of candies. In addition to the 100,000 square-foot indoor water park, guests will be treated to countless holiday-themed activities: • Snowland-themed suites, with a special cookies and milk delivery • Hot Cocoa Bar with Wiley and his friends • Cookies with Mrs. Claus • Snow ‘n’ Glow Dance Parties in the Grand Lobby • Visits with Santa Claus • North Pole University activities • A special visit from the Coca-Cola Caravan Christmas Truck December 13–18 Great Wolf Lodge Southern California also just launched its Character Breakfast, a daily breakfast visit for guests from Wiley the Wolf and his friends, with singing and celebrations for families to enjoy while dining at Loose Moose Kitchen. In addition to two days of play in the water park for each night stayed at Great Wolf Lodge, all of the Snowland activities are included complimentary as part of an overnight stay. Activities vary daily and based on location. A complete listing of daily activities and times can be found in the Lodge Life event schedule provided to guests upon check-in, or verified in advance by calling the location directly. For additional information or reservations, visit www.greatwolf.com/ snowland or www.greatwolf.com/southern-california.

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The 46th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is themed, “Arrgh! A Pirate’s Christmas,” and will have more than 80 lavishly decorated boats touring the Bayfront on the evenings of December 10 and 17. With more than 100,000 residents and visitors in attendance each year, the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights has become one of the most iconic events in the region. “We are absolutely certain that the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is the most

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Do You Treat Yourself Well At Home?

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All many of us really want for the holiday gifting season is less aggravation. Here are a few empirical guidelines for you

How do you prefer to live? Do you take the time to treat yourself well at home? Do you do things in your home that make you happy and feel good? Last week, I had a conversation with a client about bringing rituals and ceremony into her home. She had read one of my articles and wanted to bring her “signature” into her environment. To do this she knew she had to better understand herself so that she could customize her personal space. As we talked about doing this she realized that it was about her preferences. It was about her habits and things she likes that gave her comfort and bonded her with her surroundings. Of course, her favorite things are very different from yours and mine.

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