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Arizona Ups Its Ballgame Cactus League & NCAA come to the Valley By Kathryn M. Miller

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the Valley gears up to host the 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four. Final Four festivities will run March 31 – April 3, with a number of ancillary events offered free or low cost to the public. During the Final Four Fan Fest at the Phoenix Convention Center March 31 – April 3, fans can enjoy interactive basketball activities, youth clinics, special performances, photo ops, prizes, autograph sessions and more. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Final Four weekend, the NCAA will host the March Madness Music Festival at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix. Reese’s Final Four Friday will be held March 31 at University of Phoenix Stadium. During the event, fans can watch all the Final Four teams practice and hear from each head coach. The Final Four Dribble will take place in Downtown Phoenix at 11am April 2. Thousands of children will be given their own Final Four T-shirt and official NCAA basketball to dribble along a route ending at the entrance of Fan Fest. “We have been working for years as a community to prepare for this historic event – the first Final Four in Arizona and the first in the West since 1995,” says Dawn Rogers, executive director/CEO of the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee. “We promise that it will be an unforgettable experience for the visiting student-athletes, alumni, fans, media and NCAA corporate champions and partners, as well as Arizona residents.” For complete details, visit www.ncaa.com/final-four. |CST

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The crack of the bat, the smell of fresh-mowed grass, the warmth of the Arizona sun – it’s Cactus League spring training time once again in the Valley. With a combination of beautiful weather and visiting Major League Baseball teams, spring in the Valley has been a favorite time of the year for local and visiting baseball fans alike for decades. And the Cactus League industry continues to grow and contributes nearly $600 million annually in economic impact in the state. Currently, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers all call Arizona their spring training home. With 10 facilities hosting the teams, the Phoenix metropolitan area holds claim to the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States, and offers baseball fans the experience of watching and meeting favorite players in a more intimate ballpark setting. Cactus League teams play in the Valley through April 1. For a complete rundown of games, visit www.cactusleague.com. Surprisingly, despite continuing record attendance each year, baseball doesn’t float everyone’s boat, which is why Arizona fans of college hoops have reason to celebrate this year as

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EDITOR’S PICKS

The Power Of Collective Giving

Publisher Lorrie Pomeroy Publisher Emeritus Hope H. Ozer

“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.”

Editor-in-Chief Kathryn M. Miller

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Columnists Stephen Cohen, O.D. Cathy Droz Darla Hoffmann Barbara Kaplan Rabbi Robert Kravitz Allen Nohre James Roberts Melanie Tighe Pastor Paul Witkop Contributors Alison Bailin Batz Cave Creek Mayor Ernie Bunch Dr. Debbi Burdick Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane Dr. James P. Lee Ron McArthur Melinda Myers Carefree Mayor Les Peterson Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton Account Representatives Bob Hesselgesser Susan Pine

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“Next Stop Wobegon” by Scott and Naomi Schoenherr

On The Cover: Sharon Standridge: “Frontier Heritage” 24h x 18w, oil on linen

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Spring Training In Scottsdale 2017 Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane

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Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too. – Yogi Berra

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that every February 14 brings together three important milestones. It’s Valentine’s Day, of course, when we appreciate the ones we love. It’s also Arizona Statehood Day. And every year around that time, we all get a special birthday present…the date pitchers and catchers report for spring training. The magic of each baseball season starts here, in Scottsdale and other communities across the Valley. It’s a time when fans rekindle their hope and allegiance to favorite teams and visitors flock to the Valley for sunshine and Cactus League games. Teams have trained in Scottsdale since 1956, when we had more farm fields than restaurants. Some of the game’s greatest stars have played here – Ted Williams, Ernie Banks and Willie Mays, to name a few. You can learn their stories this season – and celebrate the game of baseball – at a free exhibit in Scottsdale’s Civic Center Library, 3839 North Drinkwater Boulevard. The exhibit celebrates the five teams that have called Scottsdale Stadium home over the years and also individuals inducted into the Cactus League Hall of Fame. The 2017 class is filled with exceptional players. Willie Mays, Larry Doby, Monte Irvin and Ernie Banks, refined their skills in spring training, helped break baseball’s color barrier and went on to stellar major league careers. Arizona played a key role in their development and continues to shape the game. In addition to hosting the San Francisco Giants each spring, Scottsdale Stadium is home to the Fall League Hall of Fame. Modern stars such as Dustin Pedroia, Derek Jeter and Bryce Harper built their foundations here. Each October, the next crop of stars arrives to begin their journey. Want to soak up more baseball history and culture? Take a stroll along the Cactus League Legacy Trail, a self-guided tour of local exhibits and watering holes tied to the game. Many stops are located in Downtown Scottsdale. This is a great time of year to be in Scottsdale. We offer great weather, awesome events and a chance to renew our collective love affair with America’s Pastime. Somewhere, Yogi Berra is smiling. Want more information? Visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov and search “spring training.”

Celebrate Art, Music, Food And Family Fun A weekend-long celebration of creativity, the 47th annual Scottsdale Arts Festival will shine on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 10-12, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Civic Center Park. Known for its high-quality art and beautiful park setting, the Scottsdale Arts Festival will showcase 175 jury-selected artists from throughout the United States and abroad, who work in painting, sculpture, Stan O’Neil, Marble Vases, Hand-blown glass glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography and other media. Works of art are available for purchase directly from the artists and through the Festival’s online art auction. Throughout the weekend, more than 20 Arizona bands and performers will provide continuous live music and entertainment on two stages, including blues, country/folk, jazz, R&B, rock and more. Among the musical acts are The Apaches, The Blood Feud Family Singers, Scott and Naomi Schoenherr, Cascabel, The Everyday Players, Jay Allan & Next Stop Wobegon, Ceramics the Uncommon Good, Jovert, Jan Sandwich and Friends and Moonlight Magic. New Orleans-based soul-rock singer Nikki Hill will perform the headline concert on Saturday at 4pm and Valley-based Beatles tribute band Marmalade Skies will close the Festival on Sunday at 3:30pm. Foodies will enjoy a moveable feast with more than a dozen of the Valley’s gourmet food trucks and eateries serving up savory dishes from around the world, from classic American comfort food to Asian, Latin American and Mediterranean delights. Vendors include Affogato, Barrie’s Original Kettle Korn, Frites Street, Hibachibot, Lu Lu’s Italian Ice, The Maine Lobster Lady, Mustache Pretzels, Paletas Betty, Pita Jungle, Press Italian, Que Sazón, Satay Hut and United Lunchadoras. New this year, the Soundbite food truck, a collaboration between Short Leash Hotdogs and Friends of Public Radio KJZZ, will make its Festival debut. The interactive vehicle combines food and sound with a dropdown stage for live entertainment and a state-of-the-art recording studio. In addition to delicious food, Soundbite will feature programming in partnership with KJZZ 91.5 FM throughout Festival weekend. A variety of fine wines, beers, cocktails and beverages will be offered at the Festival, including happy-hour drink specials and build-your-own Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Also new this year, the Festival’s

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Community Art Studio will offer creative activities for all ages as well as the opportunity to watch local artists in action – painting, sculpting, weaving and drawing. In collaboration with the Festival, Scottsdale Public Art will showcase six of the interactive Los Trompos (“spinning-top”) sculptures created by Mexico City-based artists and designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena. Public Art will also offer a guided walking tour ($15) of Old Town Scottsdale at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 11. (Tickets for the tour and additional details are available at www.scottsdalepublicart. org.) In addition, during the Festival, admission will be free to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SmoCA).

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Goodguys Kicks Off 2017 Season At WestWorld The stage is set for another season of cool cars, cool people and good times as Goodguys Rod & Custom Association kicks off its 2017 event season March 10-12 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. The venue is the perfect backdrop for over 2,500 candy colored and chromed hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks converging on the Valley for three days of true American hot rodding fun.

aficionados like him together to show off their cars, trade ideas, listen to some live music and have a little fun. The Goodguys AutoCross fills that gap for those who have the need for speed. The shrill sound of rubber meeting pavement will fill the air with excitement as competitors in the Goodguys AutoCross, a closed performance race course, vehicle speed and agility meet to battle it out in a weekend long fastest-car-wins

This event has become one of the “must attend� events on the Goodguys schedule and brings hot rodders from all over the U.S. and Canada to the Phoenix metro area. Throw in some AutoCross racing, great food, music, exhibits and entertainment and the result is a three-day festival that is the Goodguys experience. Goodguys events originate back to 1983, when official car nut Gary Meadors founded Goodguys as a way to get car people and hot rod

contest of speed and skill. Again this year, the Goodguys event season will showcase the AutoCross Shootout Finals qualifying at each event. The Duel in the Desert, the Final Shootout will take place at the 20th Southwest Nationals, November 18 at WestWorld. The Spring Nationals is open Friday and Saturday from 8am-5pm and Sunday 8am-3pm. General admission is $20, kids 7-12 $6. Westworld parking is $5. Visit www.good-guys.com to purchase event tickets.

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Save The Dates For Food, Fun & Festivities

Scottsdale Culinary Festival returns

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Scottsdale Culinary Festival is set to return to the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall Saturday, April 8 – Sunday, April 9. Hosted by the Scottsdale League for the Arts, event highlights include 40 local restaurants, 30 craft breweries, 20 bands, a teen cooking challenge, chef demos, family zone, wine garden and the Tito’s Handmade Vodka deck. The 2.5-acre Scottsdale Culinary Festival grounds will feature 11 themed zones jam packed with interactive experiences to taste, sip and celebrate the Arizona food culture. Access to all zone activity is included in the general admission ticket pricing, with the exception of the VIP zone and the Beer Garden.

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New to the Scottsdale Culinary Festival in 2017 is the Local Lounge presented by Hensley Beverage Co., showcasing local wineries, spirits and craft beer from around the state. Sip and sample the best that the Valley has to offer in wines, spirits and cuisine while being entertained by local musicians and artists. All net proceeds raised will support the non-profit Scottsdale League for the Arts in its effort to promote the arts and arts education organizations in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall is located at 7380 East Second Street. For tickets and additional information, visit www.scottsdalefest.org.

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Pre-Leasing Announced For 7160 Optima Kierland Optima Kierland, a 10-story boutique leasing tower in the North Scottsdale Kierland neighborhood, hosted its grand opening in February. Pre-leasing for priority list registrants is now underway for the luxury high-rise community where residents will begin moving in late April 2017. Located at 7160 East Kierland Boulevard, 7160 Optima Kierland includes 150, studio to threebedroom residences, ranging from 595 to 1,795 square feet. Available for 12- to 15-month lease terms, the rental rates range from $1,425 to $5,275 per month. Thirteen floor plans are available, and all residences feature designer materials and fixtures, nine-foot ceilings (10-foot in penthouses), large terraces and floor-to-ceiling high-efficiency windows throughout. Optima’s signature vertical landscape gardens cool outdoor and indoor spaces and offer privacy. Four distinctive designer finish packages are available with granite or polished quartz counters, wine refrigerators, large format wall and floor tile, Kohler fixtures and stainless steel appliances with gas cooktops.

The 5.5-acre lushly landscaped grounds at Optima Kierland include walking paths, a pet park, a sculpture garden and shade trees. Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter shopping centers, with their abundant shopping, dining and entertainment offerings are steps away. For additional information, call 480.630.1400 or visit www.optima-kierland.com.

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Adventure seekers in the Valley can now live out their dream of flight, as a new indoor skydiving operation, iFLY, lands in Scottsdale. The new location is located at 9206 Talking Stick Way in Scottsdale, and is the 28th iFLY facility in the U.S. With iFLY, people of all ages and abilities can experience the sensation of skydiving in a safe, comfortable and fun environment – without having to jump out of an airplane. Each indoor skydiving facility is a marvel of engineering that replicates the sensation of freefall, creating conditions that allow people to fly on a smooth cushion of air. With the help of iFLY certified flight instructors, customers learn to fly, control their bodies in the air and experience true human flight. To prepare for their flight experience, customers complete a training class guided by one of iFLY’s flight and safety instructors. They then are equipped with flight gear, including goggles, helmet and flight suit and enter the flight chamber safely supported by a cushion of air, with a flight instructor at their side. All flight packages include training, flight gear, and flight time with an International Bodyflight Association (IBA) certified instructor. The IBA established the gold standard for training and safety standards for indoor skydiving instructors. All iFLY instructors meet or exceed IBA standards. For more information, visit www.iflyworld.com/phoenix.

La Mirada To Host Celebration of Appreciation The La Mirada Center in Scottsdale invites the community to join in a Celebration of Appreciation. La Mirada is a one-stop lifestyle center for shopping, dining, beauty, fitness, health and well-being – with more than 30 local businesses. The event will be held Thursday, March 23, from 4-7pm. Stroll through the sophisticated shops of La Mirada and enjoy refreshments, special pricing, extended happy hour pricing and more. Stop by and visit Pinnacle Fitness, Sunny and Chair, Protravel, Bodega 13, Cuddles and the Hills Salon & Spa to name just a few. La Mirada Center is located at 8852 East Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale. For more information, visit www.lamiradacenter.com.


The 5Cs

This month, Paradise Valley will welcome a new restaurant, Hearth ’61, a concept led by Chef Charles Wiley. Serving Valley locals and visitors alike, it will be the signature restaurant at Mountain Shadows, the new $100-million resort on the corner of 56th Street and Lincoln Drive. The name Hearth ’61 refers to the centerpiece of the restaurant’s kitchen, which is a hearth, and pays tribute to 1961, the year the Town of Paradise Valley was incorporated. The restaurant will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Niman Aged Tomahawk Rib-Eye showcasing an ingredient-driven, seasonal menu, along with an inventive cocktail program (featuring two different signature cocktails, The 5Cs and The Forty-Rod), unparalleled hospitality and some of the best views in the Valley. “It is truly an honor to be a part of this iconic project, the rebirth of Mountain Shadows,” says Wiley. “We will rely on all the relationships we’ve cultivated over the years with local farmers and artisans to craft a rustic yet vibrant cuisine. The culinary team we’ve assembled is nothing less than extraordinary, and we’re excited to present menus featuring a perfect balance of innovation and tradition.” The restaurant features an open kitchen, sunken living room lounge, welcoming bar and a glass encased, above ground wine cellar with a tasting area. A stunning water feature at the center of the restaurant will cast light and animation on the mid-century modern butterfly roof. The stunning desert scenery will be showcased through the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling glass walls and spacious patio overlooking the pools and Camelback Mountain. For more information, call 480.624.5400 or visit www.mountainshadows.com/dining/hearth.

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Upcoming Scottsdale Chamber Events The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a number of events throughout the month for its members and guests. An AM Connect event will be held March 16, 7:30-9am, at Scottsdale Gun Club, 14860 North Northsight Boulevard, Scottsdale. The next PM Connect event will be at Two Brothers Taphous & Brewery, 4321 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, March 2 from 5-7pm. Both events are free to members and $20 for guests. The Chamber hosts a number of other events throughout the month, in addition to its “Connect” events. For additional information, call 480.355.2700 or visit www.scottsdalechamber.com.

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Hearth Cooking Comes To New Desert Modern Resort

Sunday A’Fair: Discover France As part of its 2016-17 Discovery France Series, Scottsdale Arts presents OrigiNation: A Festival of Native Cultures (France) Sunday, March 26, from 12-4pm. This special Sunday A’Fair event celebrates the cultures of France and Arizona in an afternoon of entertainment and interactive experiences. Visitors will enjoy music, dance and stories; arts-andcrafts by local artists; creative art stations for kids and families; a French market, food, wine pairings and more. The free event will be held at Scottsdale Civic Center Park. For details, call 480.499.8587 or visit www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

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Taos Exhibition Showcases Vibrant, American Artwork

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Swing by Shake Shack in Scottsdale this month as it continues its all-new Shack Sounds monthly concert series. Hosted on the spacious outdoor dining patio of Shake Shack’s Scottsdale Fashion Square location (7014 East Camelback Road, #B116), this free concert series will feature live performances from top local bands each month. Plus, pair a burger and tunes with specially-priced draft pours of Huss Brewing Co.’s signature Scottsdale Blonde ($4 for 16-ounce pints/$5 for 24-ounce glasses), offered exclusively during the Shack Sounds concert from 7-8pm. Each Shack Sounds concert in Scottsdale will feature a live music performance by a local Arizona band also performing all original music at this year’s McDowell Mountain Music Festival held March 3-5 (www.mmmf.com). Shack Sounds concerts will take place Thursday, March 30; Thursday, April 27; and Thursday, May 25. For information, call 480.270.8825 or visit www.shakeshack.com.

artworks ever exhibited together, including several rarely seen paintings on loan from institutions and private collections. It is sponsored by Scottsdale Art Auction. The Society’s American masterpieces feature vivid images of dramatic landscapes and Native Americans in traditional clothing, which shaped popular cultures’ perceptions of the American Southwest. The 19 Society members and associate members transformed Taos into a world-famous center of art and culture, and established one of the most influential schools of American painting in the nation’s history. Their creative output influenced generations of artists, including Georgia O’Keefe, Eanger Irving Couse, The Pottery Decorator, 1924, oil on canvas; Courtesy the Peterson Family Collection. Andrew Dasburg, Marsden Hartley and Maynard Dixon. The Society officially disbanded in 1927. The museum is presenting several events in conjunction with the exhibition. At 11am, Tuesday, March 14, Diana Pardue, curator of collections for the Heard Museum, will discuss Taos Associate Member John Sloan, and his advocacy of Native American art. Oscar Berninghaus, Glorieta, 1927, oil on canvas; Berninghaus “The Taos Society Family Collection. of Artists” Symposium will be held from 1-5pm, Thursday, Once again, people are traveling April 6, and Friday, April 7. from across the country to see these The symposium will feature artworks, but now it is to Western internationally recognized scholars Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of and descendants of the artists. the West. At 11am Tuesday, April 11, the “The Taos Society of Artists” museum will screen Awakening exhibition opened to the public in Taos, a documentary about January 10, and will remain on Mabel Dodge Luhan. exhibit through April 30, 2017 at the The exhibition and related events Smithsonian Affiliate located at 3830 are included in museum admission North Marshall Way in Downtown and free to museum members. For Scottsdale. information, call 480.686.9539 or visit The exhibition includes 80 of www.scottsdalemuseumwest.org. the finest and most valued Society One hundred years ago, people from across the country and from all walks of life – even families on vacation – traveled to the remote community of Taos, New Mexico to see with their own eyes the dramatic landscapes and Native people painted by the Taos Society of Artists, and to meet the artists.


Dorothea Lange, Heading Toward Los Angeles, 1937.

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Phoenix Art Museum Presents

Photographic Portrait Of Iconic American Highways Coming to Phoenix Art Museum April 15, Longer Ways to Go explores the symbiotic relationship between photography and the folklore of the American highway, including the emblematic Route 66. The exhibition is the most recent collaboration between the Museum and the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography (CCP), and includes more than 80 works from the CCP’s collection. Longer Ways juxtaposes photographs from different eras, exploring themes related to travel, ideals of small-town life, the national heritage of westward expansion and personal freedom. The exhibition will be on view in the Norton Family Photography Gallery through October 15. “Longer Ways to Go delves deep into the role photography has played in an important aspect of our national identity,” says Andrew Kensett, the Center for Creative Photography’s Assistant Curator and the curator of the exhibition. “The road has a deep significance in Americanculture. We’re excited to feature this selection of photographs that demonstrate the relationship of reciprocal influence between images of the road and the road itself.” The exhibition is organized around a body of photographs of Route 66 by Kozo Miyoshi, a Japanese photographer and former artist in residence at the Center for Creative Photography. Taken in the 1990s, Miyoshi’s photographs of Route 66 are complex, even ambivalent in tone. Rather than re-creating the Route 66 of historical

Arthur Rothstein, Vernon Evans, Migrant to Oregon from South Dakota, 1936.

imagination, his photographs show both the areas of 66 that have managed to survive through ingenuity and the once-iconic sites that have fallen into disrepair. Alongside Miyoshi’s photographs, Longer Ways to Go features a diverse selection of images of the American road. Chronologically, Longer Ways to Go begins with works by Depression-era photographers including Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and Marion Post Wolcott, and extends to the present day. The exhibition also features work by Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Robert Frank, Gary Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, Danny Lyon, Ed Ruscha, Elaine Mayes, Stephen Shore, Richard Avedon, Richard Misrach, Christopher Churchill and scott b. davis. To learn more, visit www.phxart.org, or call 602.257.1222.

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Every Phoenix child deserves a shot at success, without exception. As a community, we provide that shot through access to a quality education – regardless of a child’s neighborhood or parents’ income. Our work to improve education outcomes is what will dictate our future success as a community and the trajectory of our economy. MAYOR We all have stake, and we all have a role City of Phoenix we can play. 602.262.7111 One of the most vital parts of preparing www.phoenix.gov students for success in an innovationbased economy is providing them with high-quality hands-on experiences that enhance their classroom learning. Students benefit immeasurably from extracurricular activities like field trips to the Phoenix Zoo, Arizona Science Center, Heard Museum and our other incredible cultural attractions. And school music programs, academic clubs and after-school sports enhance the learning experience by encouraging artistic curiosity and developing character and leadership skills. Unfortunately, when it comes to providing valuable extracurricular activities, the playing field is not even. Our underfunded schools increasingly must rely on the state’s public school tax credit to support these activities, and the level of donations varies starkly among school in lower-income neighborhoods and those in wealthier areas. Some Phoenix schools receive as little as $3 per student, while much wealthier schools received up to $120 per student. Too many kids in our community are missing out on these essential learning experiences. You can help balance the scales by directing your tax credit to a Phoenix school in need. To help bring awareness and close this funding gap, my office and other partner organizations launched the “Kids are Missing Out” awareness campaign in 2014 to spread the word about the dollar-for-dollar credit. It’s now easier than ever to support our schools and make a difference. Following a change to state law that took effect last year, you can now make donations all the way until April 15 deadline rather than at the end of the calendar year. Even if you are not a parent, we can all do our part to help students at schools in need. Any individual may contribute up to $200 to a school – and a couple can contribute up to $400 – and that money comes back to you dollar-for-dollar when you complete your taxes. The community’s efforts to raise awareness – and your generosity – have helped benefit hundreds of thousands of students. Let’s keep up the support! Together, we can provide children with a well-rounded education, so that they can compete and thrive in our modern, global economy. You can find out more and connect directly with the schools that need your help most at www.kidsaremissingout.org.

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Fundraiser To Support Homeless Seniors & Veterans Justa Center invites the public to place their bets at its sixth annual Bets4Vets Casino Night Fundraiser benefiting homeless seniors and veterans, aged 55 and older. Guests will enjoy an evening of casino games, drinks and food, and everyone is welcome to attend. The event raises muchneeded funds for Justa Center and its members. All of the money raised from the night’s festivities – this also includes the money via donations and sponsorships – will help fund vital resources the center provides, such as deposits and move-in assistance for housing, counseling, basic health care and nutrition assistance. Justa Center is a day resource center for seniors over the age of 55 who are homeless in Downtown

Phoenix. Founded in 2006, Justa Center serves approximately 130 people daily, 40 percent of whom are veterans, helping them secure housing and employment, as well as earned benefits. Justa Center also provides access to phone and internet services, showers and basic healthcare, counseling, a library and other resources. The fundraiser will be held Saturday, March 18, from 6:3010:30pm at Fenlon Hall, St. Patrick Catholic Community, 10815 North 84th Street in Scottsdale. Advance tickets are $60 per person or $70 at the door, which includes food, two drink tickets and $100 in “fun money” for casino games, plus automatic entry into Grand Prize drawing. Tickets can be purchased online at www.justacenter.org.

Riding for the Long Haul Event Promotes Bike Safety Motorcyclists are dying on Arizona roadways and that number is increasing, giving the State of Arizona the challenge to help reduce motorcycle crashes and fatalities. Experts say enough is enough. As a result, the third annual “Riding for the Long Haul” event will be held Sunday, March 5, at the Shriner Auditorium & Convention Center, 522 North 40th Street, Phoenix, from 10am5pm. During the day-long event, the Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation (AMSAF), State of Arizona and numerous healthcare, motorcycle business, insurance and industry sponsors and leaders, will showcase how they are working together to help change the alarming statistics through motorcycle training for the 75 percent of riders who have no formal training. Motorcycle enthusiasts will have the opportunity to engage in interactive education and see the latest in safety gear. Entertainment during the event will include a motorcycle drill team, food, a silent auction for motorcycle memorabilia, live music and the latest in motorcycle technology. In addition, there will be more than $10,000 in raffle prizes including a grand prize drawing worth over $2,000. There also will be interactive activities, safety demonstrations and vendors. Riding for the Long Haul will help educate Arizona residents and communities about the critical need to reduce motorcycle crashes and fatalities. All profits from the event will benefit AMSAF and its mission to provide discounted motorcycle training scholarships and endorsement in the State of Arizona. For more information, visit www.amsaf.org/riding-for-the-long-haul.


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Residents are invited to witness the Beatles’ legendary album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” performed live by the Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) Faculty Rock Band, special guest vocalists and a 20-piece orchestra. Proceeds from this event will benefit the PVCC Student Scholarship Fund. The event will be held March 10-11, at 7:30pm. Admission ranges from $8-$20. The Center for the Performing Arts at PVCC is located at 34th Street and Union Hills at the east end of the campus of Paradise Valley Community College in North Phoenix. Parking is free. For additional information or reservations, call 602.787.7738 or visit www.paradisevalley.edu/cpa.

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Enjoy a refreshing margarita in a signature glowing glass while sampling gourmet cuisine prepared by renowned Valley restaurants and caterers at Desert Botanical Garden’s 15th Annual Agave on the Rocks. Proceeds from this event benefit the Garden’s education, research and conservation programs. Guests can dance under the stars to the vibrant beats of live musical entertainment throughout the Garden, and won’t want to miss the ever-popular tequila sampling station in Dorrance Hall where hosts will be present to discuss the finer points of tasting. Guests will be served a welcome margarita upon arrival in a glowing glass (non-alcoholic drink will be available and guests can keep the glass). Unlimited samples of gourmet cuisine will be available, and full cash bars will be located throughout the Garden offering a variety of agave inspired cocktails. Entertainment will be provided by Marmalade Skies, Ratio Band, DJ “Mondo Shane” Kennedy and DJ Muchacho Mike, with aerial performances by Vertical Fix. The event runs from 6:30-10pm March 31. Tickets are $70 for members and $75 for general public. For tickets and additional information, call 480.481.8188 or visit www.dbg.org.

Celebrate Fifty Years Of Legendary Beatles Album

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Delicious Event To Benefit Botanical Garden

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NAWBO Phoenix March Luncheon Event National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Phoenix Chapter will hold its next luncheon Wednesday, March 8, from 11am-1pm. The program is “Celebrating Women’s History Month.” If you are a woman in business today, you are benefiting from the courageous acts of other women who have fought for your rights. One of those women is the unstoppable Dr. Gladys Taylor McGarey. Internationally recognized as the Mother of Holistic Medicine, Dr. Gladys, as she is affectionately known, is board certified in Holistic and Integrated Medicine and has held a family practice for more than 60 years. Dr. Gladys has not only made history, but she has also witnessed the history making changes in women’s rights over the last 90 years. But history isn’t stagnant…there is more to be made. Join NAWBO and learn about the women who have already made history and the women who are set to make history in the future. The luncheon will be held at Phoenix Country Club, 2901 North 7th Street in Phoenix. Attendee registration is $38 for members and $48 for non-members. For more information, visit www. nawbophx.org.

PVSchools Art Students Honored

Three Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVSchools) students were honored at the 2017 New Horizons High School Student Art Exhibition Awards Ceremony January 21 at Shemer Art Center. In all, there were 65 works of arts on display, representing 60 high schools across the Valley. The following PVSchools students won awards: James Hughes, a senior at Pinnacle High School, received the Ted Decker Award. His Advanced Placement Studio Art teacher is Jina Ferraro.

Madelynn Backe, a junior at Pinnacle High School, received the Marjon Ceramics Award. Her Ceramics 3-4 teacher is Lisa Balach. Kiana Rabouin, a junior at Shadow Mountain High School, received the Thomas Wood Award. Her Advanced Drawing teacher is Tia Tull. Learn more about PVSchools at www. pvschools.net.

Annual Car Show Returns To Desert Ridge The Covenant Hot Rod Association presents its Seventh Annual Southwest Regional Car Show Saturday, March 18, in the parking lot near Majerle’s Sports Grill at Desert Ridge Marketplace, from 10am-3pm. All ages are welcome at this free event. Whether it is a rusted forgotten ‘33 Chevrolet or a 60’s Muscle Car, it is the Association’s “joy and passion to witness the creation of a beautiful piece of automotive art as the meaningful culmination of our combined skills and efforts.” Desert Ridge Marketplace is located at 21001 North Tatum Boulevard in North Phoenix. For additional event information, visit www.covenanthotrod.com.

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Chamber Sponsors Golf Tournament Usually, April 15 is far from the happiest day of the year. For golfers, however, 2017 will be different – with Tax Day offering the chance to take part in a spectacular charity tournament, have fun and garner a tax deduction in the process. While the Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce (PMCC) is a relative newcomer to the Valley, it has already gained a reputation for dynamic community action and commercial momentum. This inaugural PMCC Charity Golf Tournament is a prime example, designed this year to benefit both the Southwest Veterans Foundation and the American Academy of Pediatrics (Arizona Chapter). The tournament takes place at Stonecreek Golf Club, 4435 East Paradise Village Parkway South in Phoenix, one block south of Paradise Valley Mall. The day – which begins at 8am – includes 18 holes of golf, a four-course lunch, on-course entertainments

and activities, a raffle and auction…and of course, prizes and awards. A single entry is $150, and provides a free luncheon ticket plus two drink tickets. A foursome costs less per player – $560 total, and includes four luncheon tickets and two drink tickets per head. Non-golfers are welcome at the four-course lunch for just $35, which will start around 1pm when the golfers come off the course. Sponsorships are available and deeply welcomed, as these not only support the PMCC Tournament’s charities, but offer local businesspeople the opportunity to showcase their ventures to spectators, participants and the media. To sign up or for more information, visit www. phoenixmetrochamber.com/events, or send an email to info@phoenixmetrochamber.com.


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Altan Brings Traditional Irish Flavor To MIM to be recognized on her own in a genre that has been slow to recognize female musicians. “I’m so indebted to my father for encouraging me when I was younger, because I know a lot of men his age wouldn’t be encouraging women musicians. But he wanted us all to have music, because he loved playing music and I don’t think gender came into it at all.” The band will embark on a 17-date tour in the U.S. in continued support of their most recent album, “The Widening Gyre,” and in anticipation of a new album, soon to be recorded, to commemorate their 35-year anniversary. Altan will perform at Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) Sunday, March 19, with performances at 4pm and 7pm. MIM is located at 4725 East Mayo Boulevard in North Phoenix. For more information, call 480.478.6000 or visit www.mim.org.

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With a career spanning 35 years in Irish music, Altan (www.altan.ie) has achieved legendary status in the genre that has been equally shaped by the band’s influence and genius. Adding to their long list of awards and honors, fiddler, singer and founding member Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh became the 2017 recipient of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil/ Traditional Musician of the Year, one of Ireland’s highest musical honors, recognizing her prominent role in supporting, nurturing and strengthening Irish traditional music. “I’m just so honoured to be put in such prestigious company [past recipients include Kevin Burke, Máirtín O’Connor, Harry Bradley and Mary Bergin]. When you’re a performer, you perform anyway, regardless of whether anyone’s listening to you, but it’s nice to get the recognition.” Though the band received the same award for Band of the Year in 2001, Mairéad was glad

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Zerorez Gives Back To Local Community – Expands In North Valley By Alison Bailin Batz

Zerorez of Phoenix, a locally owned small business specializing in carpet, tile and grout, upholstery, area rug, hard surface and mattress cleaning as well as pet odor treatment, believes in giving back to the community it serves. The company will partner with Phoenix Children’s Hospital for a sixth year in a row by donating a portion of every single cleaning to the organization throughout the month of March. “For the past five years, we’ve raised funds for Phoenix Children’s Hospital each spring, donating more than $26,000 to directly impact research and care for the children at the hospital,” says Casey Ashdown, owner, noting they hope to raise well over $6,000 through this year’s program. But for Ashdown – a father of four himself – Phoenix Children’s Hospital just scratches the surface of how he and his team are focused on being a part of the local community. In recent months, Zerorez aligned with the Arizona Humane Society in a first-ever partnership Zerorez’s Blue Crew and families volunteering at Riparian Preserve. to sponsor their annual calendar program, helping to raise more than $30,000 for the organization at the local level. In addition, the business has helped to make the holidays brighter for Sunshine Acres Children’s Homes over the years by volunteering to clean the nonprofit’s homes, and recently rolled up its sleeves to assist AZTV’s Hometown Heroes Toy Drive, raising $1,000 toward the purchase of toys for children of Arizona’s fallen, wounded and deployed military families and local first responders. “As a business, but also as members of the community who live and raise families here ourselves, we believe in both proactively volunteering in our community as well as Donating handmade hats to Phoenix Children’s Hospital helping to ensure the success of its children and families,” says Ashdown. At present, the business is working with the Heritage Academy, donating a percentage of sales from friends and families of the school back toward the needs of several of its campuses. “And we’ve been just as busy volunteering as many hours as we do dollars,” says Ashdown. “In just the past year, we’ve volunteered our time making hats for children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, planting cactus at a Riparian Preserve, writing Christmas cards for children at Save the Family and even volunteering time at Feed My Starving Children.” Altogether, the small business has recently spent more than 150 hours volunteering together on causes they collectively care about and choose to support. A 2015 Better Business Bureau Ethics Award winner for work like this, the business currently has more than 70 employees and 31 vans Valleywide, and is in the process of expanding its facility in Deer Valley to accommodate the exponential growth it has seen in recent years. “And we’re just getting started,” says Ashdown. For information, call 480.507.2419 or visit www.zerorezphoenix.com.

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Anthem Days Celebrates Family Fun In March

MTA Hosts Annual Gala And Fundraiser Join Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) at its 10th Annual Raise the Curtain Gala and Fundraiser Monday, March 13. The event is the primary fundraiser for the theater during the year. Guests will be the first to hear the full list of shows planned for the theater’s 10th season, which kicks off this summer. Producing Artistic Director Jackie Stewart Hammond and a slew of professional talent will perform selections from each of next season’s shows. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on an exciting line-up of silent and live auction items, which will help secure a healthy start to the season. Every ticket includes appetizers, drinks, desserts plus a free raffle entry to win season tickets for two or a free show tuition. The Raise the Curtain Gala and Fundraiser will be held from 6-9:30pm March 13 at Anthem Ironwood Country Club, 41551 North Anthem Hills Drive. For tickets or information, call 623.336.6001 or visit www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org.

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Anthem residents and visitors will flock to Anthem Community Park this month for Anthem Days, March 25-26. This free, familyfriendly event runs from 10am-4pm each day. Admission and parking are free. Highlights of the two-day event include live musical entertainment (Uncorked the Band on Saturday; Jacob Tyler Lucas Band on Sunday); Rotary beer garden; kid’s zone with inflatables (fees apply); a multisport competition sponsored by OSR Physical Therapy (Saturday); Photo by Jimmy Cho a trail mix station, sponsored by the Anthem Youth Advisory Council at the ACC booth (Saturday); and a free egg hunt for kids, featuring the Hippity Hop Band, Mother Nature and Peter Cottontail, sponsored by Christ’s Church of the Valley (Sunday). Additional events this year include an egg hunt, a petting zoo and pony rides on Sunday. The popular salsa recipe contest returns, with sampling chips and prizes courtesy of Legends Bar & Grill. The Frazier Shows Carnival opens ahead of the event Thursday, March 23, at 5pm. The fun continues Friday evening, beginning at 5pm.; and Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 1pm. For more information or detailed event schedules, visit www.onlineatanthem.com/anthem-days.

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Microchipping Event To Be Held From 9am-12pm Saturday March 11, residents can get a pet microchipped in the Desert Vista Dog Park for only $10. The park is located at 11800 North Desert Vista in Fountain Hills. The event is co-sponsored by ADOG, Pal’s Inn and Gimme Shelter. Attendees must pre-register and pre-pay at the ADOG website: www.adogfh.org, or at https:// regencyfountainhills.wixsite.com/itshiptomicrochip.

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The 15th Annual Kite Flying Festival (Basant Mela) will be held March 11 in Fountain Park, and is hosted by the Pakistan Information Cultural Organization. Kites are of different shapes and sizes and are tied with specially made thread called “Doore.” Special arrangements have been made this year to get customized kites for the event from Pakistan. The free event runs from 11am-6pm. For more information, call 480.235.1011 or visit www.pakistaninformation.org.

Inaugural Fountain O’Green Artisan Market St. Patrick’s Day weekend is greener than ever at Magic Bird Festivals’ inaugural Fountain O’Green Artisan Market, Friday, March 17 – Sunday, March 19, at the landmark Fountain Hills Fountain, 16705 East Avenue of the Fountains. Featuring traditional and contemporary designs from selected local and regional artists, the community festival ushers in the spring season with live music and dance performances throughout the weekend. Attendees will appreciate the festival’s extraordinary outdoor setting, which is ideally situated along the Avenue of Fountains with views of the Mazatzal Range’s Four Peaks. Visitors can browse an eclectic selection of art exhibits, from sculptures and paintings to handcrafted jewelry and apparel. Only a short walk from the Fountain O’ Green Artisan Market is the town’s world-famous fountain that will be spouting green for the holiday. Magic Bird’s festive food court will offer sweet and savory fare and Irish treats from local Arizona vendors. Adult beverages are available at several Fountain Hills establishments located within walking distance of the Avenue of Fountains event area. The three-day holiday event is open daily from 10am-5pm. For more information, call 480.488.2014 or visit www.carefreeazfestivals.com.

Fine Art & Wine Affaire Thunderbird Artists and the Sunset Kiwanis of Fountain Hills have once again partnered to host an extraordinary juried fine art event that encompasses quality wines and delightful musical entertainment. Unequaled in its ambiance and the quality of fine art, the 13th Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire, held March 24-26, is the ideal setting for this world-class gathering of artists. The quaint little Town of Fountain Hills is Featured Artist: Randy Polk located east of Scottsdale. The community is surrounded by captivating mountain views including Four Peaks, Superstition Mountains and the McDowell Mountains, as well as the beauty of the natural desert terrain. The fourth highest fountain in the world, the 560-foot tall surge of water bursts high into the sky with the look of fireworks as the water trails down into the man-made 28-acre lake set in the center of Fountain Hills. This Fine Art & Wine Affaire enjoys the closeness of the fountain waterworks while strolling throughout the elegance of outstanding fine art. The area abounds with shopping and dining choices. So, visitors will want to be sure to allow plenty of time to visit the surrounding specialty shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and outdoor cafes. The event will be held from 10am-5pm at 16810 East Avenue of the Fountains. Admission is $3. Wine Tasting ticket with souvenir glass is $10. For additional information, call 480.837.5637 or visit www.thunderbirdartists.com.


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MAYOR BUNCH WRITES…

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What do Cave Creek councilwoman Mary Elrod, Realtor Beth Cornell, Harold’s Corral partner Danny Piacquadio, pool man Steve Alley, Dynamite Arena partners Bryan Beaver and Daren Peterson and myself have in common? We’re the quickly and loosely formed “board” that is resurrecting the Cave Creek Rodeo, Parade, Golf Tournament, Mutton Bustin’, Dances and activities associated with the historic Town of Cave Creek Fiesta Days celebration. In all fairness, it has not been a resurrection but more of a quick response, putting out a fire. The moment we learned of Cave Creek’s event moving to another locale, we mobilized! We will have the same rodeo stock contractor that has brought world-class animals and contestants that we’ve had for the last five or six years. Different this year is that General Admission tickets allow our guests to pick where they want to sit, so getting there early will have

benefits. This General Admission does not include access to the Stockman’s Club, which is for our generous sponsors and members. The festivities will kick off Saturday, March 25, with the traditional parade that actually pre-dates the rodeo by about six years. Bring the kids, grandparents, dogs and even tethered goats if you wish, along with your lawn chairs, and enjoy yourselves. The parade starts at 9:30am, so be there early to get your best views. After the parade, grab a bite to eat at one of Cave Creek’s eating establishments where you can enjoy Bar-B-Que, burgers, fry bread, or just a normal late breakfast. Adult beverages are also available, but don’t share your beer with your goat, as they can’t handle their alcohol! Enjoy the shops for a while then head over to Outlaw Annie’s where this year’s Mutton Bustin’ competition is held. For those not familiar with this event, brave kids put on helmets and

do their best to hang on to a sheep that doesn’t particularly care to be ridden. It’s an absolute hoot to watch. Saturday evening at 8pm, the Kick-Off Rodeo Dance will be held at the rebuilt Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse. So grab your western finest including hats and boots, (spurs optional), and enjoy a night of music and dancing in the heart of Cave Creek. On Monday, March 27, the Golf Tournament will be held at the Tatum Ranch Golf Club. The format will be a four-person scramble and this is always a fun event. After the tournament, contestants will move north to Harold’s Cave Creek Corral for an included dinner, awards and silent auction. Don’t golf? You’re still invited to join us for dinner. Friday night, March 31, the first rodeo performance begins at 7pm at the Cave Creek Memorial Arena. Make sure to get there early for best parking and seating. You really can’t go wrong attending this PRCA sanctioned event.

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Saturday night we’re scheduled for a 7pm start, also. After the rodeo, head on back to Harold’s for the Rodeo Dance where many of the contestants will attend. It will be a great time for sure. Sunday’s rodeo performance is a matinee that starts at 1pm, so bring hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. Gates for all performances open two hours before the posted start times. If you don’t plan to attend this, it’s your loss and you probably don’t “get” Cave Creek anyway!

Publisher Lorrie Pomeroy Publisher Emeritus Hope H. Ozer Editor-in-Chief Kathryn M. Miller Creative Director Jenifer Lee Assistant to the Publisher Darlene Keberle Account Representatives Bob Hesselgesser Susan Pine

2017 Cave Creek Rodeo Days

Cave Creek Rodeo Days is slated to take place Saturday, March 25, through Sunday, April 2, celebrating the town’s Western heritage, and the 40-year anniversary of continuous Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) events in Cave Creek. The all-volunteer community celebration is sponsored by Sanderson Ford and supported by the Town of Cave Creek. The weeklong event brings together local friends and neighbors to raise money for charity, and to assist the town with the continued maintenance and enhancement of the Cave Creek Memorial Arena through the professional sport of rodeo. Highlights include the PRCA rodeo events, a parade, mutton busting, a golf tournament, two rodeo dances and much more. “We cherish our Western lifestyle. Our entire community is coming together for Cave Creek Rodeo Days. This event celebrates everything we love about our town,” says Cave Creek Mayor Ernie Bunch. The lineup of top-ranking PRCA contestants is expected to draw thousands of attendees including cowboys, cowgirls and pro-rodeo fans. See 2017 Cave Creek Rodeo Days Roundup of Events, page 26

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Saturday, March 25 Parade, Mutton Busting, Rodeo Kick-Off Dance Festivities kick off at 9:30am, Saturday, March 25, with a street parade along downtown Cave Creek Road, presented by Wells Fargo. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and bring lawn chairs for best seating. Emcees at seven announcer stands along the route will introduce the lineup of entrees and local celebrities. Immediately following the parade, Outlaw Annie’s, 6705 East Cave Creek Road, will host the popular mutton busting competition where children, ages four to seven and weighting less than 75 pounds can ride a sheep across the arena for six seconds to win prizes. Entries are $10 per contestant and signup begins at 12:30pm. Space is limited to the first 100 entries. The Rodeo Kickoff Dance will take place at the newly reopened Buffalo Chip Saloon, 6823 East Cave Creek Road, and starts at 9pm with live music by Pick O’The Litter band.

Monday, March 27 Golf Tourney And Award Dinner The Tatum Ranch Golf Club, 29888 North Tatum Ranch Drive, will host the golf tournament Monday, March 27. The scramble format fundraiser tees off at 12:30pm, with awards for first, second and third place, and other Hole-in-One, Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin prizes. Following the tournament, a prime rib dinner, silent auction and golf award presentation will be hosted by Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road. Tickets are $140 per person and includes the prime rib dinner. Dinner-only tickets can be purchased for $25.

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Prca Rodeo Events The PRCA Rodeo events, featuring the return of world-renowned stock contractor Cervi Champion Rodeo, take place at the Cave Creek Memorial Arena, 37201 North 28th Street, Cave Creek. Rodeo competition begins at 7pm Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1, and final performances take place at 1pm Sunday, April 2. More than 25 vendors will provide food, drinks and shopping. Highlights include the Wrangler National Patriot Day Friday. Attendees Saturday are encouraged to wear rodeo colors of purple and turquoise, and pink Sunday for the “Wrangler Tough Enough to Wear Pink Cancer Awareness,” campaign. Rodeo gates open two hours before each event. Admission to the PRCA evening events is $20 per person, and free for children 5 years of age and under with the purchase of an adult ticket. Seating is first come, first serve. Stockman VIP Tickets are available for an enhanced experience including special seating, open bar, hosted dinner and limited exclusive parking. Admission to the Rodeo Slack Round is free and includes calf roping, team roping, barrel racing, and other activities starting at 9:30am, Saturday, April 1, at the Cave Creek Memorial Arena.

Saturday, April 1 Official Rodeo Dance Harold’s Corral will host the official rodeo dance at 9pm Saturday, April 1, featuring live music from Mogollon and the Crown Kings on separate stages.

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opportunity to be the 2014 Miss Wild West Days and am enthralled to be given the opportunity to represent once again. I graduated from high school in 2014 from Cactus Shadows and am currently continuing my education at Mesa and Chandler-Gilbert Community College. I have the intent of finishing my degree of sustainable engineering at Arizona State University. During the time I lived in Cave Creek I traveled across the country to compete in mounted shooting events to earn the title of the fourth lady in the world in 2014.

I have also earned many other titles in the world of mounted shooting including 2014 MSA National Champion and 2014 CMSA Bishop Trailer Winter Championship Overall Cowgirl. I have many other hobbies including: Scuba diving, hiking, camping, trail riding, jumping, barrels and pole bending, and spending time with my other fur babies. I am extremely passionate and dedicated to my horses and cannot wait to show the rodeo world what Cave Creek and I have to offer.

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Representing Cave Creek as the 40th rodeo queen is more than an honor. Being able to represent the best town in all of Arizona and the proud residents known as, “Creekers,” is a once-in-a -lifetime opportunity that I will cherish for the rest if my life. Indulging in the rich, western culture, sharing the unique charisma and character of Cave Creek to the rest of the state, is a delightful endeavor I will proudly represent. I currently do not live in Cave Creek and being queen is a chance for me to still be involved in the one-of-akind culture that The Creek provides. I was a local for about seven years and had some of the best experiences of my life. Whether I was riding to Harold’s or through the scenic mountains, I was never disappointed by what Cave Creek has to offer. I was given the amazing

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Fundraiser Celebrates 40-Year Anniversary Of Cave Creek Rodeo Days The Tatum Ranch Golf Club will host a golf tournament as one of Cave Creek Rodeo Days’ weeklong events to be held at the club Monday, March 27. The scramble format fundraiser begins sign in at 10:30am and tees off at 12:30pm, with awards for first, second and third place, and Holein-One, Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin prizes. Following the tournament, a prime rib dinner, silent auction and golf award presentation will be hosted by Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road. Tickets are $560 a foursome, or $140 per person, and includes green fees, cart and range balls. Dinner-only tickets can be purchased for $25. Sponsorships are available. Cave Creek Rodeo Days is slated to take place Saturday, March 25, through Sunday, April 2, celebrating the town’s Western heritage, and the 40-year anniversary of continuous Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) events in Cave Creek.

The all-volunteer community celebration and weeklong event brings together local friends and neighbors to raise money for charity, and to assist the town with the continued maintenance and enhancement of the Cave Creek Memorial Arena through the professional sport of rodeo. “Golf, community and cowboys and cowgirls make Cave Creek Rodeo Days a time-honored event with something for everyone to celebrate the rich Western heritage and community spirit of Cave Creek,” says Danny Piacquadio, co-owner of Harold’s Cave Creek Corral. “As a business owner and local resident, I am proud to participate in and support the Cave Creek Rodeo Days Golf Tournament and Award Dinner.” Tatum Ranch Golf Club is located at 29888 North Tatum Ranch Drive. For information, a full calendar of events or tickets, visit www.cavecreekrodeo.com.


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The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Elite Golf Schools of Arizona (EGS) January 26 at Dove Valley Ranch Gold Club. EGS (www.elitegolfofaz.com) produces college scholarships through the game of golf. Each player enrolled in the academy is assigned a customized program to achieve proven results. The EGS vision is to create junior and high school championship-level players through the mentorship of the game’s highest level players and instructors. Each student will be influenced by the team of professionals to aid in total player development. Their methods influence the mind and body to mold players who are hungry for greatness. Learn more about the Chamber at www.carefreecavecreek.org.

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Four Stunning Homes On Museum Home and Garden Tour Cave Creek Museum’s Home and Garden Tour returns Sunday, March 12. The popular event takes place from 10am-4pm and serves as one of the Museum’s biggest fund-raising events. This year’s tour features four unique homes that range from Western traditional to modern. Binkovitz Residence: This unique, mid-century modern home boasts spectacular views of the surrounding desert and mountains from its location atop a hill above Rancho Mañana. The modest home, which is owned by Dr. Larry and Jean Binkovitz, uses a creative design to maximize its 1,660 square feet of living space. Hamline Residence: One of the original five homes built in Carefree, this home was designed by renowned Carefree architect Gerry Jones. In 2006, the home was remodeled and the exterior was clad with steel that eventually rusted. The new look gives the home a contemporary, industrial feel that is continued throughout the interior. Spurgin Residence: This beautiful and sprawling 4,424 square foot home was designed to house the owners’ extensive fine art collection. The attention to architectural detail and interior décor highlight the incredible artwork throughout the residence. The Museum will conduct a “Kitchen and Garden Boutique” at this tour stop, where guests can purchase homemade baked goods, small cooking and gardening accessories, plants and crafts. All proceeds benefit Cave Creek Museum.

Dickens Home: Reminiscent of an Italian Villa, this recently renovated residence belongs to award-winning artist Lucy Dickens and her husband Richard. The ceilings add a unique charm to this home, with a beamed ceiling in the massive great room and a brick ceiling in the kitchen that add to the European ambience throughout. Dickens’ studio will also be open during the tour. A self-guided tour, the event provides the flexibility to choose the order of which properties to visit. The Museum will provide a pamphlet that serves as a ticket and includes the history and a detailed description of each home. On-site docents will point out additional aspects of each home. Once the admission pamphlet is in hand, attendees can start the tour at any of the featured locations. Tickets may be purchased online at www.cavecreekmuseum. org, at the Museum, 6140 Skyline Drive, or with credit card by phone. The Museum also will open early at 8am Sunday, March 12, to sell tickets. Tickets will not be available at the homes. Tickets cost $35 per person through 5pm. Monday, March 6. After that, tickets cost $40 per person. No pets, food or beverages or photography will be allowed within the homes and no children under the age of 12 will be admitted. Please note that some of the homes are on uneven terrain and may not be handicap accessible. For additional information, call 480.488.2764 or visit www.cavecreekmuseum.org.

Binkovitz, Hamline and Spurgin photos by Peter Philpott

Dickens photo by Lucy Dickens


Moira’s Unique Boutique is an eclectic treasure trove of fun and funky fashion, accessories and unique gifts. Moira Burton has had over 30 years in the fashion industry, starting with her first job as a Laura Ashley Girl, in Edinburgh Scotland, 1976. Educated in art, photography, dance and literature, and passionate about music, she has always lived her life with a dramatic, stylish flair. She owned and operated her first boutique in western Canada, from 1983 to 1993. She followed her passion for many years dealing in vintage fashion, via Ebay. Burton then spent 15 years as a caregiver and wife. Relocating to Scottsdale on a permanent basis in 2013, she opened up the opportunity to once again follow her heart and take the big step to restart her Ebay business and open a little storefront. Moira’s Boutique is located in the Mariachi Plaza, on the corner of Tom Darlington and Cave Creek Road. Nestled on the corner behind Carefree Coffee and Alberto’s, Burton says that, “It will become a place you will want to come back to again and again!” Moira’s Unique Boutique is located at 7171 Cave Creek Road, Suite P, in Carefree. For more information, call 480.595.9336.

Disabled police horse in need of medical treatment For more than a year, Officer Moose served the Tempe Police Department with honor before being retired due to disability. Now, he needs the community’s help. According to Carrie Singer, founder and executive director of Animal Guardian Network (AGN), the 10-year-old draft cross gelding came to AGN with neurological challenges requiring on-going skilled care. The sanctuary had been providing Officer Moose intensive care for both his physical and emotional disorders when he began showing strange symptoms that have veterinarians baffled. “While Officer Moose currently is receiving antibiotic treatment, he will need numerous tests and other procedures to save his life,” says Singer. “He is very ill and needs the support of animal lovers in our community so he not only can survive but live the peaceful life he deserves.” AGN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit healing ranch and farm sanctuary that provides neglected animals with life-saving care and rehabilitation. AGN operates solely through grants, donations and fundraising events. Singer says the fundraiser will include a silent auction and other fun activities. The cost is $30 per person and includes an all you can eat barbecue buffet and nonalcoholic beverages. The fundraiser will be held at The Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse, 6823 East Cave Creek Road, from 5:30-8:30pm March 4. For more information, contact Carrie Singer at 602.568.5636 or carrie@animalguardiannetwork.org.

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Western Festival Returns With Three Days Of Family Fun rizona Wild West Festival will take place March 10-12 in Cave Creek. Admission is free to the public. This one-of-a-kind event will feature a number of signature, family-friendly activities, period vendors and other

western entertainment throughout its three-day run. “This is the second year for this unique western/music festival,” says Fran Booth, ABC, chair of the event. “Festival attendees will enjoy everything from gunfight

performances and team treasure hunts to a professional stuntman rivalry, wild and crazy western entertainment and some of the best music in the territory. There has never been a festival like it in Arizona.” Crowds will roar as the Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse hosts an evening of high intensity bull riding, known as Battle with the Saddle, Friday March 10. Bull riding takes place at 8pm, 9:30pm and 10:45pm. Festivities kick off Saturday, March 11, with a patriotic salute to the country and its veterans, presented by American Legion Post 34 on the west lot of Frontier town at 11:30am. Kickin’ ‘n Pickin’, held Saturday, March 11, features western, country western and southern rock bands battling for the top title as the best local western band around. The one-day music event, which will be judged, will conclude with a prize for the winning musical act. The Horny Toad will feature music for judging at 1pm; the Buffalo Chip’s band will play for judges at 2pm; the Silver Spur Saloon at 3pm; Rock the District’s Homestretch teen band will compete at the Buffalo Chip at 5pm; and Outlaw Annie’s at 7pm. Guns of Anarchy will feature gunfighter performers from around the U.S. during a competition for first, second and third place cash prizes, the largest purse in the West. The competitions take place on the west lot of Frontier Town, 11am-3pm on March 11 and 11am-2pm, March 12. Elegance in History, where contestants showcase their best in period-correct wardrobe, will be professionally judged on the west lot of Frontier Town, March 11 at 11am.

A screening of the Arizona fulllength western film, Copper Wind, takes place at the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion on the evening of March 11; sponsored by Sanderson Lincoln. No-host cocktails prior; March 11 from 4:30-8pm. Rock the District features teen bands playing their best country music for the crowds at Big Earl’s Greasy Eats. March 11 is a “band-off” between rockers and crooners; March 12 bands play for fun; the musicians play both days from 12-2pm. Hooligan’s Treasure Hunt takes place March 11, 12-1:30pm. Teams of two to four receive a set of clues for this fun western treasure hunt from representatives on the west lot of Frontier Town then figure out where to find “treasures” at each stop; the first three winning groups receive a prize. Bust the Dust is an action-packed event March 11, 12-2pm, at Outlaw Annie’s arena featuring some of Arizona and Hollywood’s best stuntmen compete on an arduous obstacle course filled with high falling, knuckle brawling challenges for prizes and bragging rights. Come between 8-11am for a cowboy breakfast and Bloody Mary bar. On March 12, the activities kickoff with Church at the Chip at 9am at the nostalgic Buffalo Chip Saloon. Six Gun Entertainment, LLC in conjunction with cavecreeklive. com, Booth Communications, Inc., Southwest Stunt Association, Southwest Industrial Rigging, Sanderson Lincoln and other community sponsors, produces Arizona Wild West Festival. For more information, call 602.400.3330 or visit www.cavecreeklive.com.

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The Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation (CCUEF) presents the eighth Annual Rock the District Concert at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek, Saturday, March 4. Gates open at 5pm and the concert will run from 6-9pm. Rock the District benefits the Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation a not for profit 501(c)(3). This year’s show is jam packed with 20 solo artists, duos, rock, pop, punk and country bands. In all there will be 53 performers hitting the stage. The Sonoran Trails Middle School choir will be joining their peers to showcase their vocal talents. Returning Rock the District performers include Alice Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding semifinalist, Halle Abadi, and finalist, Kailin Kay. A returning band, Divided Minds, was just named by Phoenix New Times as one of the best metro Phoenix bands under 21 for 2017. Returning band, Don’t Tell Mom, finished third in the 2016 Proof is in the Pudding Competition. Newly formed (2016) country band, Homestretch, features the talents of Grady Byrne and Matt Ward. These performers, with big name talent shows, EPs and CDs under their belts, are accomplished artists. Rock the District was started eight years ago by Cactus Shadows High School alumnus Melissa Nelson, who is now studying and working in New York City. Most recently, she appeared on an episode of “Law and Order.” All proceeds from Rock the District will benefit Cave Creek Unified School District teachers. The teachers submit grant applications for items that are otherwise not district funded and meet CCUEF’s Four Pillars: Technology; Music and the Arts; International Learning; and Health and Wellness. In September 2016, CCUEF awarded more than $20,000 in grant awards to teachers throughout CCUSD. In the four years the foundation has been awarding grants, more than $100,000 has gone directly to CCUSD classrooms. Admission to the March 4 concert is $10 for students and faculty, $20 for adults, and children four and under free. Food and beverage will be available for purchase during the concert along with a raffle and silent auction. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at https://ccuef.webconnex.com/rtd8. For more information, visit www.rockthedistrict.net and www.ccuef.org.

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Rodeo Weekend – Cave Creek Memorial Arena Friday, March 31 First PRCA performance (Wrangler National Patriot Day) – 7pm

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Sunday, April 2 Final PRCA performance – 1pm (Wrangler Tough Enough to Wear Pink Cancer Awareness Day)

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Silver Spur Saloon Gears Up For Construction The Silver Spur Saloon in Frontier Town is preparing to rebuild following the demolition of the building, which was ravaged by fire last June. According to Alisha Hopkins, co-owner of the establishment, the restaurant is open to the public in the meantime. “We are excited about the future and want to share our silver lining with everyone,” says Hopkins. “While we await construction to begin, the Silver Spur Saloon continues serving lunch, dinner, all-day-long happy hour Mel’s Auction on Tuesdays at 7pm, Songo on Saturdays and Jenga every day.” Hopkins is hopeful visitors, guests and locals will share favorite memories of the historic venue via email or by stopping by so the owners can share their insights with others in the community. Silver Spur Saloon & Restaurant is located at 6245 East Cave Creek Road. For more information, call 480.488.3317 or visit www.silverspursaloon.com.

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The Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society based in Cave Creek meets September through May on the second Wednesday of each month and features well-known guest lecturers during these meetings. The March 8 meeting features Deborah Slaney presenting “The World of Leekya.” Zuni carver Leekya Deyuse (known to as Leekya) emerged in the early 1900s as the pre-eminent maker of stone figural sculptures, fetishes, mosaic work and figural jewelry in the 20th century. A laborer on Frederick Hodge’s excavation of Hawikku Pueblo, Leekya’s excellence in carving reached its pinnacle by the 1930s-1950s. This talk celebrates his legacy and those of his fellow carvers and descendants. The presentation is also the basis for the very first comprehensive exhibit on Leekya and his family to be held at the Albuquerque Museum in June 2017, demonstrating how his descendants have adopted innovative and independent marketing strategies in the 21st century. Slaney is curator of history for The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and Casa San Ysidro in Corrales, New Mexico. Her research interests include Pueblo and Spanish Colonial archaeology, Hispano material culture and Southwestern popular culture. The general public may attend an Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter meeting at no charge, except for the member-only holiday party in December. Refreshments will be available at 7pm and the meeting begins at 7:30pm, usually ending prior to 9pm. The meetings are held in the community building (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. For information, visit www.azarchsoc.org/desertfoothills.

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The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce invites area business owners and residents to mix and mingle at its monthly mixer event. The next Chamber Mixer will be held March 8, from 5:30-7pm at American Federal Rare Coin & Bullion, 500 Easy Street in Carefree. American Federal Rare Coin & Bullion started as a wholesale dealer in the early 80’s and has grown to offer in-person rare coin evaluations throughout the United States. Learn more by calling 480.553.5282, or visit www.americanfederal.com. The next Chamber Business Breakfast will be held March 23, from 8-9:30am. Join fellow Chamber members for an informational presentation and early morning networking at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. The cost is $7 for members and $15 for non-members. For information, call 480.488.3381 or visit www.carefreecavecreek.org.


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Brooke Butler, a native Cave Creek resident who has worked for iconic Big Earl’s Greasy Eats for more than four years, has purchased the business. Butler, who has many plans for the retro restaurant/bar, says buying the business was her destiny. “I wanted to buy Big Earl’s Greasy Eats because I have worked here for years and have a deep connection with the restaurant and the many relationships I have fostered here,” says Butler. “It became apparent to me that this is where I should be.” Butler says her team of 17 employees have already removed the stage and dancing poles, which were key to the development of the restaurant/bar’s annual White Trash Bash that takes place every July. “We are excited to bring a lot of fun and interesting changes to Big Earl’s in the coming weeks and months,” adds Butler. “Our team has added tater tots and fried pickles to the menu and are offering even more exciting adult milkshake varieties, and we plan to add more new food items later this year. One of our goals is to bring back the 1950s feel that made this place a piece of Arizona history, however, we have committed to continue serving the same awardwinning food that people have come to love.” Butler is planning to add Monday night family nights, video truck games monthly and a party to celebrate the sale of the establishment. Known as the old Cave Creek gas station, Big Earl’s Greasy Eats was designed as a station for Standard Oil in 1935 and patented in 1936. Today, the Cave Creek station, Big Earl’s Greasy Eats, is the only known surviving example of a 1930s art deco Standard gas station in the Greater Phoenix area. Open 364 days a year, and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Big Earl’s Greasy Eats is located at 6135 East Cave Creek Road. For more information, call 480.575.7889 or visit www.bigearlsgreasyeats.com.

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MAYOR PETERSON WRITES...

Carefree Town Events Drive Marketing Strategy

Sophisticated, Smart, Scenic Eastwood taps into Carefree lifestyle

By Mayor Les Peterson

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Many people have asked Council members what is the purpose of the “Town Events,” such as the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden, the Christmas Festival, as well as the historic art and wine festivals? Is it strictly sales taxes or is it something that goes deeper than the tax? Permit me to explain what we believe Town Events offer Carefree residents. Every Town Event should achieve one or more of these primary objectives: 1. Enhance the quality of life and enjoyment of the downtown area for our current residents and serve to generate pride, a sense of ownership and participation in the Carefree community.

2. “Brand” Carefree and show a pedestrian friendly environment that is emerging into a social and cultural hub for the Northeast Valley. 3. Attract progressive, trendy restaurants, breweries and specialty shops. 4. Generate awareness and visitation among non-residents and serve as an introductory visitation experience by attracting people and delivering a positive, indelible experience that makes them want to return. 5. Introduce new visitors to some facts about the town such as: • With no town specific property tax, Carefree can be a very affordable place to live! • Carefree is considered one of the most distinct, scenic places in Arizona • Carefree is close to cultural and work related centers of Phoenix but removed from the day-to-day traffic and congestion of the big city Please join me for the upcoming “Town Events” in Downtown Carefree: • March 1: Watch Ray Villafane create his next 24-ton sand sculpture! • March 17-19: Thunderbird Artists Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival • April 1: Opening of the Splash Pad in the Carefree Desert Gardens • April: Carefree Sunday Concert Series featuring Mogollon, Marmalade Skies and more!

Keystone Homes is answering the call of the demographic of sophisticated Arizona homebuyers who are looking for a community that fits their high standards for impeccable craftsmanship and luxurious amenities, is highly energy efficient, caters to an active lock-andleave lifestyle, has inspirational desert and mountain views and is situated in a dreamy location. With homes starting in the high $400,000s, Eastwood is located in the unique Sonoran Desert ranch environment of Carefree. The development is close to boutiques, restaurants and art festivals, and just minutes from golf courses, hiking trails and lakes. Home sites are large enough for decompressing around pools or spas, but not too big to manage for on-the-go people who may well be downsizing. “Eastwood is being designed for those who may be making an important, well-deserved shift in their lifestyle that reflects their success and hard-earned privilege of carefree living,” says Keystone Homes vice president and principal Rich Eneim. “The people who will choose

this desirable community have the freedom to live anywhere, but will be drawn to Eastwood for its refined and relaxed year-round or seasonal living.” This luxury gated development will have 39 Arizona Contemporary Ranch single level villas and a heated community pool. All homes will be Energy Star certified, with the highest ranking from the Environments For Living program. Keystone, a family business of third generation Arizona homebuilders, has been operating continuously since 1989, and take pride in customizing homes. “We’ve always been conservative, focused on quality and flexibility in design,” says Eneim. “Every one of our new successful communities receives new floorplan and elevation designs so that they are perfectly tailored to the buyer, site and latest trends of design and layout.” “It feels good to be able to offer such a unique community at this price point. We know how special it is and how hard it is to find great projects. I believe Eastwood is the best of everything we’ve learned.” For additional information, visit www.keystonehomesaz.com.

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Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain in partnership with Foothills Community Foundation, Desert Foothills YMCA, Phoenix Astronomical Society and Cave Creek Unified School District will host STEAMtastic, an Arizona SciTech premier signature event. Attend an afternoon and evening celebrating science and technology in everyday lives through fun, hands-on activities for all ages. The expo and demonstrations are March 9, from 4-7pm. Activities will showcase science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics, music and much more. Event activities include molecular gastronomy,

subzero science, potato launch, science of brewing, glow in the dark room and experiments and local businesses showing science in everyday life. After 7pm, the outside lights will be turned off for a Star Party in the new Astronomy Observatory. Explore the night sky through high-powered telescopes with the help of PVCC Astronomy faculty and the Phoenix Astronomical Society. Other upcoming Star Party event dates include March 23, April 20 and May 4. PVCC at Black Mountain is located at 34250 North 60th Street, Scottsdale. For additional information, visit www.paradisevalley.edu/blackmountain.


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

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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 $189,000

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As a kid, I laughed during the Looney Tunes cartoons of Wiley E. Coyote attempting to catch the Road Runner. Coyote’s elaborate plans to snag and eat his prey always backfired with the Road Runner escaping and Coyote often getting injured in a slapstick fashion. Both of these desert creatures inhabit our neighborhoods where they have lived long before we moved in. Now, our neighborhoods also have pets, loved companions who ALLEN NOHRE are more vulnerable to the coyote than the roadrunner was Writer in the cartoons. As I walk trails in the foothills, I see pet owners walking small dogs seemingly unaware of the dangers posed by the coyotes. Maybe they haven’t heard the gruesome stories of dogs or cats becoming the prey of coyotes. The ending is not funny like the Looney Tunes cartoon. Andrew Steinkohl, a trainer at Hunter Canine in Cave Creek, advices that if you live in an area with coyotes, you should constantly monitor your dog by either having it on a leash or trained to obediently be called back to the owner if encountering a coyote. Andrew also mentioned another concern: “snakes, especially rattlesnakes, pose a great danger to dogs.” Kathie became worried one morning while walking Bailee, our 14-month-old Samoyed in front of our house. Two coyotes came out of the desert and stood at the end of our driveway. She waved her arms and yelled at the top of her voice while hanging onto Bailee’s leash. The coyotes didn’t move, but eventually sauntered off. We now have a safe solution for Bailee to get her exercise. Every afternoon at five o’clock, Kathie walks Bailee in the beautiful Carefree Desert Gardens in Downtown Carefree. They join other dog owners, the dogs play with each other and they get their exercise without the fear of coyotes.

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March Events At FCF Holland Center Foothills Community Foundation (FCF) Holland Community Center offers classes and programs throughout the month for area residents of all ages. Here are some of the events taking place in March.

Art Opening Reception at the Holland Gallery of Fine Art Saturday, March 11, 4:30-6:30pm Meet the artists during this open reception. Snacks, beverages, entertainment.

5th Annual Hearts & Hands Gala Sunday, March 5, 5-8:30pm The fifth annual Hearts & Hands Gala will feature a circus-theme event with open bar reception, silent and live auction, formal sit-down dinner catered by Tonto Bar & Grill and a uniquely captivating stage show by mentalist Brett Barry. Event tickets are $175 each. All proceeds benefit the Foothills Community Foundation’s partner programs including Desert Awareness Committee, Desert Foothills Theater, MindQuest, Partners in Education (PIE), The Holland Gallery of Fine Art and general community programs offered at the Holland Community Center.

T.G.I.F. Tasters Club: The Deserts Pantry Friday, March 17, 3-5pm Learn techniques on harvesting, preparing and tasting what the Sonoran Desert has to offer (maybe even in one’s backyard). Presented by Desert Awareness Committee member Tammy Teegardin. Get recipes for and taste Prickly Pear Lemonade, Cholla Salad and Mesquite Cookies. Registration fee is $20.

Family History Writing Workshop #2: Telling the Story Behind Your Family Artifacts Saturday, March 11, 10am-12pm Artifacts are more than inanimate objects. They tell us stories if we listen: stories about family heritage, stories about family values and stories with deep personal meaning. For those who possess treasured family items such as old letters, clothing, photographs, jewelry, military medals, antique furniture, prayer books or other artifacts, this workshop will help attendees hear the story behind it and write about what it means. Registration fee is $25. Additional details can be found on the website.

Train your Brain Workshop: “How to Exercise 5 Key Brain Areas & Develop a Personal Neuroplasticity Plan” Saturday, March 18: 9:30-11:45am This class offers proven brain training strategies to boost memory, motivation and vitality. Focus on five key brain areas that need exercise and the fun and fulfilling activities that work them. Leave the program with a Personal Neuroplasticity Plan to help one’s brain get better with age. Class fee of $50 includes a copy of the book Better with Age: The Ultimate Guide to Brain Training. Instructed by brain training expert Phyllis Strupp, www.brainwealth. org. To register email phyllis@ brainwealth.org or call 480.488.5858. Holland Community Center is located at 34250 North 60th Street, Building B, Scottsdale. Online registration and details are available at www.azfcf.org. For additional information, call 480.488.1090.

Kiwanis Present ‘Brilliant Futures Initiative’ Kiwanis Club of Carefree will present Brilliant Futures Initiative, taking place at Holland Community Center, 34250 North 60th Street, Building B, Scottsdale, Saturday April 1, from 8:30am-2pm. The Kiwanis Club of Carefree invites residents to an Open Space Meeting to speak to this question: “What is necessary for the youth of our community to have a brilliant future?” Area residents are invited to identify the questions, ideas and stories that keep one up at night. Come prepared to lead and/or participate in conversations about the central question. Guests can lead the discussion or contribute to colleagues’ discussion. Space is limited, and an RSVP is required. Refreshments and box lunch are provided. To RSVP, send an email to kiwanisosm@gmail.com.


9:30am and run approximately until 12pm at a new location, Corrado’s Cucina Italiana, located on the northwest corner of the U.S. Post Office building, 100 Easy Street, Carefree. A $5 (or more) donation is suggested to support these programs. For information, call 480.488.3686. Come early as seating is limited.

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Honeybees have long provided humans with honey and beeswax. They play a major role in plant pollination and are important for the production of agricultural crops contributing $15 billion annually to the American economy. Residents can learn about the biology of bees, their fascinating behavior and the role of Arizons’s native plants in bee life at the next Carefree Desert Gardens Seminar, Saturday, March 25. Carefree Desert Gardens invites residents to spend an enjoyable morning with Mike Hills and Lee Ann Aronson. Hills studied Agronomy and Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona and raised bees as a teenager. Aronson is the newsletter editor of the Arizona Herb Association. They will discuss how we, unknowingly, may be contributing to the decline of bees and share the latest research and techniques on promoting a healthy environment for bees in yards. In addition to the lecture participants can sample a variety of honey and take away some tips on the various uses of honey or how to raise one’s own honeybees. The program, which usually includes a plant raffle, will begin at

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Local Photographer To Exhibit At Krazy 4 Koffee The work of local photographer Wes Grunden will be on exhibit through May 31 at Krazy 4 Koffee, 711 East Carefree Highway, Suite 109, in Desert Hills. Grunden has won multiple awards for his photography and his work has appeared in publications from Arizona to New England. Krazy 4 Koffee is family owned and operated. In addition to a wonderful assortment of coffee beverages, the restaurant features homemade breakfast and lunch sandwiches, soups and baked goods. For more information, call 623.582.9578 or visit http://krazy4koffee.weebly.com.

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With 42 years in education, Dr. Debbi Burdick has been named the 2017 American Association of School Administrators’ (AASA) Arizona Superintendent of the Year. She has held the position of superintendent in the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) since 2008. She came to the District in 2004 as the associate superintendent, and has been a teacher, principal and teaching consultant, as well as an adjunct professor at GCU and ASU. She serves as a board member for the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, the Cave Creek Unified Educational Foundation, AZ Business & Education Coalition board, the AZ Musicfest board, Kiwanis of Carefree board of directors and the Desert Foothills YMCA advisory board. She is also on the Phoenix Youth & Education Commission and the Department of Child Services Community Advisory Committee. CCUSD Governing Board president Mark Warren said, “We are very proud of Dr. Burdick, and so excited that she has earned such a great recognition. Since she arrived in Cave Creek many years ago, she has worked to make this a better place for all of us. It’s great that state and soon the nation will know what we’ve known for years, that Dr. Burdick is a great leader and tremendous educator.” Dr. Burdick will be honored at the AASA Annual Conference being held in New Orleans in March. Learn more about CCUSD at www.ccusd93.org.


Chamber Ribbon Cutting At FAR The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Foothills Animal Rescue’s new Brynne Smith Campus Thursday, February 9. Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR) is a cage-free, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that saves lives by rescue, care and adoption of homeless cats and dogs. FAR has been saving lives since 1995. They are successfully reducing homeless pets in the community through rescue, loving care and are able to provide a temporary safe “haven” while working towards finding orphaned pets a forever home. FAR is able to shelter 60 animals, relying heavily on its dedicated volunteers to socialize, exercise, groom the animals and help keep the shelter and Adoption Center clean and organized. Foothills Animal Rescue works closely with the community by providing animal welfare resources and education of responsible pet ownership. Learn more by calling 480.488.9890, or visit www.foothillsanimal.org.

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At the February 13, Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) Governing Board Meeting, Cristina Ladas, World Language Coordinator, introduced the World Language Guest teachers and assistants for CCUSD. Each year, CCUSD receives guest teachers and assistants from other countries. Ladas said, “This year we are honored to have 11 teachers from China and Wang Yunhua and Dr. Steve Bebee, principal at Cactus Spain and assistants from Shadows High School France and Spain. All of these teachers and assistants arrive on a cultural exchange visa with the goal of sharing their language and culture while learning about American education.” CCUSD has established partnerships with the Embassy of Spain, Embassy of France, ASU Confucius Institute and the College Board Chinese Guest Teacher Program. Ladas continued, “We consider our international guest teachers a true gift and could not have the robust world language and immersion programs that we do without their support.” Teachers welcomed include: From China: Tian Jing (Horseshoe Trails Elementary); Yin Chunxiang (Horseshoe Trails Elementary); Si Qi (Lone Mountain Elementary); Wang Zhen (Sonoran Trails Middle School) and Wang Yunhua (Cactus Shadows High School). From France: Maryline DesPierres (Desert Sun Academy) and Veda Muhammad (Desert Sun Academy). From Spain: Lucia Franjo (Sonoran Trails Middle School); Irene Camarasa (Desert Willow Elementary); Raquel Torregrosa (Desert Willow Elementary) and Alex Cebria Aparisi (Desert Willow Elementary). For more information about the World Language Programs at CCUSD, visit www.ccusd93.org.

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Three-Day Feast For The Senses

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival The streets of Downtown Carefree will close March 17-19, making room for more than 165 artists and an excess of 5,000 original masterpieces of fine art at the 22nd Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival. The three-day festival is widely known as a collector’s show, due to its rigorous jury, which produces a festival unequaled in quality. Artists’ works include small, medium, life-size and monumental bronze sculptures, metal, clay, wood, stone, glass and mixed media sculptures. There is an array of pottery, photography, hand crafted jewelry, batiks and select fine crafts. There are also spectacular oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, watercolors, pastel, charcoal, etchings and mixed media paintings. Subject matter ranges from Southwest and traditional to contemporary and abstract, including floral, wildlife, European, African and Native American art to name a few. The festival offers a wide variety of mediums, styles, sizes, subject matters and price ranges, to ensure there is something that appeals to everyone. The Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festivals are enhanced by the beautiful Sonoran Desert backdrop of Carefree. Thunderbird Artists holds the title of Arizona’s largest wine-tasting events, featuring first-class wines from around the world. These festivals touch each of the senses, with fine wines, mouthwatering chocolates, the visual feast of art and the subtle sound of ambient music. After taking in all the sights and sounds of the festival, make sure and leave time to discover Carefree’s assortment of unique shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and outdoor cafes. Admission to the event is $3. Wine tasting tickets with a souvenir glass cost $10. The 22nd Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival runs March 17-19, 10am-5pm. For information, call 480.837.5637 or visit www.thunderbirdartists.com. Dan & Joi LaChaussee, glass artists, are featured artists at the Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival.


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COMMUNITY VOICES Good Things Come In Small Packages: 2016 FIAT 500 Arbath Cabrio By Julia Droz Serafine – HER Certified

When I think of the word “adorable,” I normally think of a baby or puppy. Never would I describe a car as adorable, until I saw the 2016 FIAT 500 Arbath and it literally made me yell aloud “I want that!” First of all, I absolutely adore the FIAT brand and I get super excited when I see one on the road or in a TV commercial. I am literally transported back to Italy where I honeymooned with my husband eight years ago. We raced around that country in our rented FIAT convertible and it was the best time, in the best car, feeling as native Italian as we could!

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According to a poll by Kindness USA, only 25 percent of Americans believe we’re living in a kind society. More than half said kindness has deteriorated in the past 10 years. Many are perhaps searching for encouragement amidst the divisiveness and extremism growing throughout the world, which is where Marty Brounstein enters. Brounstein, speaker and author of Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust, is in Arizona for the sixth winter in a row sharing the power of kindness in a remarkable true story of courage, compassion and rescue. “Audiences and readers are craving stories that promote care, respect, service and unity,” says Brounstein. “This book brings such a story to life, one that we can learn from.” Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust, (2nd Edition – Tate Publishing) is a true story of bravery focusing on a Christian couple named Frans and Mien Wijnakker who, despite great risk and danger, saved the lives of many Jews from death in Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II and the Holocaust. Despite having four small children of their own, the Wijnakkers got involved to help people in dire need when fear, indifference and sympathies with the Nazis kept most others from doing so. Whether through the book or Brounstein’s compelling presentations, it’s clear that this is more than just another Holocaust story. It’s a remarkable tale of courage and compassion that promotes interfaith respect along with ethics and positive values – lessons we can apply today more than ever. “It just takes one person, one act to show the power of kindness,” said Brounstein. “You don’t need money or a ton of time, and this story exemplifies it.” Brounstein will be in the Valley for a speaking series through mid-March. Learn more at www.martyabrounstein.com/public-events.

Helping At-Risk Youth Find New Direction New Pathways for Youth is dedicated to transforming lives of at-risk youth through mentoring and life skill development. The organization envisions a community where all young people have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. A model and thought-leader surrounding transformative mentoring relationships, New Pathways facilitates relationships between youth ages 9 - 21 and adult mentors. Over its 25-year history, the organization has positively impacted the lives of more than 5,500 youth, and it currently serves more than 500 youth from across the Greater Phoenix area. New Pathways for Youth partners high-risk youth with a caring adult for a one-year mentorship program, and the impact is real. About 75 percent of the program’s youth pursue post-secondary education after participating. But this impact isn’t possible without committed adults who are willing to step up and mentor a youth. The organization is looking for positive adult role models who can share his or her own experiences with a youth looking to change the direction of their life. For more information, call 602.258.1012 or visit www.npfy.org.

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When I was given the chance to drive the 2016 FIAT 500 Arbarth here in Arizona, I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic; despite the sight of cactus in place of vineyards. At first glance, it might seem like you are getting into a “Barbie car” like the pink one in my garage. However, mine was Giallo Moderna Perla (YELLOW), which normally I would steer away from, but seemed fitting for the Arizona sun and my yellow purse. This car has a spunky personality, like yours truly, and it definitely gets you noticed with the top down. How much pep does this tiny car have you ask? I run after three little girls daily, so it needs to keep up with me! This “David” literally turns in to “Goliath” within seconds via its 160-hp turbocharged four-cylinder. Of course, a six-speed automatic is optional, but that’s no fun! A five-speed manual is standard for this FIAT and the smooth suspension makes for great handling. You can definitely see yourself racing up the Amalfi Coast in this little speed demon, hair and scarf blowing in the wind. You might even fantasize about getting a glimpse of George and Amal Clooney.

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Relish Tasty Times At Barbecue & Beer Festival

Burger Battle Returns

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The eighth annual Great American Barbecue & Beer Festival, Saturday, March 25, will fill the Downtown Chandler air with the sweet aroma of finger licking good grub.

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Winner of Outstanding Event of the Year in 2012 and 2013 at the APS AzTEC Awards, the 2017 Great American Barbecue & Beer Festival will be the biggest and best year yet with expanded event zones, and over 60 BBQ pitmasters from across the nation serving up over 20,000 pounds of mouthwatering pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken, all paired with 200 kegs of the state’s finest craft beer from SanTan Brewing Company. Festival highlights include a full day of country music, a March Madness lounge, grilling demonstrations, a kids’ zone, eating competition zone, a local band stage, mechanical bull riding, jumbo lawn games, a farmers market and over 100 exhibitors. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Boot Campaign (www. bootcampaign.com), a 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing assistance to wounded military and their families with job placement and securing mortgage free homes, post-traumatic stress disorder counseling, adaptive clothing and much more. Presale general admission tickets are available for $15 online and will be $20 at the gate day of. Food and beverages are sold separately. Children 12 years of age and younger are admitted for free. Visit www.chandlerbbq.com for more info and to purchase tickets online.

This year, the Scottsdale League for the Arts is moving its annual Burger Battle to the Scottsdale Waterfront March 9. The new location is the perfect place to grow this event, making room for even more burgers, side dishes, beer and good times. The fun starts at 6pm for VIP admission and at 7pm for general admission, that’s when the competition heats up as over a dozen of the Valley’s best chefs and restaurants go head to head for the title of Best Burger in the Valley. Presented by Budweiser, hungry patrons will enjoy tasting mouthwatering burger creations and voting for the best burger to bestow the People’s Choice Award. A panel of culinary experts and local celebrities will taste their way through the grills and select the Judge’s Choice Award winner. Two lucky chefs will win the golden ticket to compete in the World Food Championships in November. Participating restaurants (so far) include returning winners Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill and Zinburger, as well as Aioli Gourmet Burgers, Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co., Asadero, BLK Live, Tavern Americana, Casino Arizona, Hand Cut Burgers, Hopdoddy Burger Bar and the District American Kitchen. All admissions to Burger Battle include all the burger tastings you can eat, ice cold beer, wine, fries, desserts, lawn games and live entertainment by the Groove Merchants. This is a 21and over event, only. Burger Battle will take place at the Scottsdale Waterfront at Southbridge, 4420 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. For more information or tickets, visit www.scottsdalefest.org.

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Queen Creek is set to host its first-ever S’More Sweets Festival Saturday, March 25, at Founder’s Park, and anyone with a sweet tooth simply can’t miss this ode to all things sugary, chocolatey and decadent. From cookies, cakes and chocolate fountains to crepes, candy-topped waffles and other crazy concoctions, Queen Creek’s family-friendly S’More Sweets Festival promises sweet treats in abundance, and they’ll all be served up in a Candyland-like

atmosphere. Attendees can sneak a peek at a large-scale ice cream sundae, or take part in creating the largest cotton candy tower ever in the state, so grab the whole family for a fun-packed day when Queen Creek takes the sweets to the street. The festival runs from 1-6pm, Saturday, March 25, at Founder’s Park, located at 22407 South Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek. For more information, visit www.sweetsfest.com.


Grow A High Yield Vegetable Garden This Season By Melinda Myers

A productive garden starts with a plan, but choosing the best vegetables to grow and where to plant them can be overwhelming. You can break out the graph paper and pencils to design your garden or turn to technology for help. Many websites and apps provide ready-to-use garden plans or planning guidelines. Gardener’s Supply (gardeners.com) offers free pre-planned gardens that do the planning for you. Reduce maintenance by growing easy care vegetables featured in the Plant-it & Forget-it garden. Or grow more than 50 pounds of produce in just 18 square feet of space with the High Yield Vegetable Garden Plan and High Yield Vegetable Seeds. These and other intensively planted gardens require proper soil preparation to maximize productivity. Invest time up front to reduce ongoing maintenance and increase your harvest. Dig several

inches of compost or other organic matter into the top 8 to 12 inches of the soil. This improves drainage in heavy soil and increases the water holding ability in fast draining soils. Incorporate a slow release organic fertilizer at the same time. This provides needed nutrients throughout the growing season. Check the label and your plants to determine if a mid-season application is needed. Gardener’s Supply Company

Maximize your planting budget by starting your plants from seeds. Many gardeners like to start long season plants like tomatoes and broccoli from seeds indoors. This keeps their green thumb warmed up for the season

By Ron McArthur, CEO Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center, Chairman of the Board, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

As we begin the New Year, one of the challenges and opportunities for hospitals is to provide input to the Trump Administration and Congress on how to replace Obamacare. The most important priority for hospitals in replacing Obamacare is to maintain Medicaid coverage for the uninsured. We believe that healthy hospitals are cornerstones of healthy communities. To that end, any system-wide reforms pursued at the federal or state level must emphasize community value and they must prioritize people and patients. It is imperative that Arizonans maintain access to the right care, at the right time and at the right place. Additionally, we believe that broad-based health coverage is critical to prevent the cycle of uninsured that harms individual health, threatens hospital bottom lines and generally increases costs for everyone. This is especially true for Summit Healthcare which serves one of the poorest counties in Arizona and the Nation. Prior to Governor Brewer and the State Legislature reinstating Prop 204 (Medicaid coverage for childless adults) and expanding Medicaid to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, Summit Healthcare’s bad debt and charity care increased from $14,345,329 in 2011 to $22,354,801 in 2014. Following the reinstatement of Prop 204 and the Medicaid expansion, bad debts and charity care decreased to $13,861,433 in 2016. Summit Healthcare’s efforts to offer state-of-the-art services and technology and the recruitment of 40 new physicians have resulted in an increase in workforce from 600 to 1100 over the past several years, making Summit the largest White Mountain employer. Summit’s ability to continue to grow and provide jobs in the future will be determined in large part on how Obamacare is replaced. As the Trump Administration and Congress begin the process of replacing Obamacare, please join me in encouraging them to maintain Medicaid coverage for the uninsured.

Barbara Passaretti Joins BabyFace Barbara Passarettii, RN, MSN, has joined BabyFace LLC as a medical aesthetics nurse. With more than 30 years nursing experience and as a speaker and consultant in medical esthetics, Passaretti has advanced training and certification in dermal fillers, neurotoxins, laser skin resurfacing, photofacial, skin care rejuvenation and laser hair removal. She strives to provide the highest level of care possible to help her clients achieve their fullest potential in the treatments they choose. Prior to moving to Arizona, Passarettii performed a wide variety of medical esthetic treatments, worked in the operating room, supervised staff and established a loyal following of clients due to her excellent standard of patient care and high level of customer satisfaction with treatment results. BabyFace, LLC is located at 8888 East Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite 20, in Scottsdale. For more information, visit www.babyfacellc.com.

transplants with a thin layer of shredded leaves, herbicide-free grass clippings or evergreen needles. This mulch helps conserve moisture and suppress weeds. Plus, it improves the soil as it breaks down. You’ll save time and improve your plants’ health and productivity with this one task. After it’s planted and mulched, you’ll spend minimal time maintaining your garden. But be sure to plan a bit of time to enjoy the big, flavorful harvest your high yield garden is sure to provide. Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books. Learn more at www. melindamyers.com.

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and provides the greatest selection of vegetable varieties. Others buy these plants from their local garden center. Start seeds of shorter season crops like greens, radishes, and squash directly in the garden when the growing season begins. Check the seed packet for specific directions on when and how to plant these seeds indoors and out. When shopping for seeds, select varieties suited to your climate and known for their disease resistance and high yield. Most vegetables produce best when grown in full sun. Greens and root crops are a bit more shade tolerant. Once planted, cover the soil surrounding the seeded rows and

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AROUND TOWN

March 11

Foghat

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino www.wingilariver.com; 800.946.4452

March 11-12

Experience Ireland Musical Instrument Museum

March 16-26

Albatross Arizona Theatre Company Herberger Theater Center www.arizonatheatre.org; 602.252.8497

March 12

March 17

Phoenix Suns vs. Portland

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Talking Stick Resort Arena

Steele Indian School Park www.arizonascots.com; 602.431.0095

Niyaz with Azam Ali

53rd Annual Phoenix Scottish Games

Phoenix Suns vs. Orlando Talking Stick Resort Arena

March 13

March 17-18

Spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity

Musical Instrument Museum

March 5

Mesa Arts Center www.mesaartscenter.com/spark

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Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Talking Stick Resort Arena

March 17-18

March 7

Pot of Gold Music Festival

Talking Stick Resort Arena

Rawhide www.potofgoldmusicfestival.com

Phoenix Suns vs. Washington March 8

March 17 – April 16

Davina and the Vagabonds

Jesus Christ Superstar

Musical Instrument Museum

Arizona Broadway Theatre www.azbroadway.org; 623.776.8400

March 9

Phoenix Suns vs. L.A. Lakers

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Talking Stick Resort Arena

March 3

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Martha Redbone

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Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Musical Instrument Museum www.mim.org; 480.478.6000

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

March 3

DakhaBrakha

March 14

Phoenix Suns vs. Oklahoma City

Musical Instrument Museum

Talking Stick Resort Arena www.suns.com

March 3-5

Riders of the Purple Sage

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Cameron Carpenter

Musical Instrument Museum

29th Annual Ostrich Festival

Love Stories

Tumbleweed Regional Park www.ostrichfestival.com; 480.963.4571

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

March 15

Phoenix Suns vs. Sacramento

March 10-12

March 3-5

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ASU Gammage www.asugammage.com; 480.965.3434

Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson

Arizona Opera at Symphony Hall www.azopera.org; 602.266.7464

Center Dance Ensemble at Herberger Theater Center www.herbergertheater.org; 602.252.8497

Finding Neverland

Talking Stick Resort Arena

March 19

Daniel Hope & Vanessa Perez

March 15-16

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Judy Collins: “Sondheim and Hits”

March 10-19

Musical Instrument Museum

Billy Elliot the Musical Mesa Arts Center www.mesaartscenter.com; 480.644.6500

March 19

March 15-19

ABBAFAB: The Music of ABBA

To Sleep To Dream

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

Piper Repertory Theater at Mesa Arts Center

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Agnes Obel

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Margaret T. Hance Park www.mmmf.net; 602.343.0453

Musical Instrument Museum

March 11

March 4

34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Family Faire

Talking Stick Resort Arena

Margaret T. Hance Park www.stpatricksdayphoenix.org; 602.280.9221

Bon Jovi’s This House is Not For Sale Tour

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Ramsey Lewis

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March 3-5

14th Annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival

March 21-22

Disenchanted! March 16-17

DIAVOLO: Architecture in Motion Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Mesa Arts Center

March 21-22

Shen Yun

Mesa Arts Center


San Francisco Opera: Grand Opera Cinema Series Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini

Talking Stick Resort Arena www.livenation.com

March 29

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Nat Geo Live: The Mystery of our Human Story

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Lyle Lovett and Vince Gill Mesa Arts Center www.livenation.com

March 29

March 23-26

Poranguí

Today’s Masters

Musical Instrument Museum

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

March 30

Phoenix Suns vs. L.A. Clippers

March 23 – June 10

Talking Stick Resort Arena

Topia Ballet Arizona at Desert Botanical Garden

March 31

Final Four Friday

March 24

University of Phoenix Stadium www.ncaa.com/finalfour

Jimmie Vaughan

March 31

In The Mood

March 24 – April 8

Mesa Arts Center

Pride and Prejudice Southwest Shakespeare Company at Mesa Arts Center

March 31 – April 2

Final Four Fan Fest Phoenix Convention Center www.ncaa.com/finalfour

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March 31 – April 2

NCAA March Madness Music Festival Margaret T. Hance Park www.ncaa.com/finalfour

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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

March 25 – April 2

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Talking Stick Resort www.ticketmaster.com; 480.850.7734

Chef Jacques Pépin & Claudine Pépin

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

March 29

Panic! At the Disco with MisterWives and Saint Motel

March 22

Interrupting Vanessa Childsplay Arizona at Tempe Center for the Arts www.childsplayaz.org; 480.921.5700

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Downtown Tempe www.tempefestivalofthearts.com; 480.921.2300

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March 26

Blaise Lantana Quintet Musical Instrument Museum

March 26

An Evening with Neil Gaiman Mesa Arts Center

April 1

Minid Abair

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

Musical Instrument Museum

Talking Stick Resort Arena www.livenation.com

Brain Candy Live

April 2

Mesa Arts Center

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Pinnacle Concert Series: The Four Freshmen Singing with a harmony uniquely their own, The Four Freshmen (www.fourfreshmen.com) have been entertaining listeners worldwide for 65 years. Their tight-knit sound is inspired by The Beach Boys, The Mamas & The Papas, and Frankie Valli, among others. While paying tribute to such classic Freshmen favorites as “Day by Day” and “Blue World,” the current group also continues to deliver new arrangements such as “The Girl from Impanema” and “Stompin’ at the Savoy” that have become audience favorites. The faces may have changed through the years, but the integrity of their time-honored sound and the energy of the performers make this a concert not to be missed. As part of the Pinnacle Concert Series, The Four Freshmen will perform at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 North Pima Road in Scottsdale, Friday, March 10, at 7:30pm. Reserved seating is available for this concert (premium seating, $45; general admission, $30; student, free). Information and tickets are available online at www.pinnacleconcerts.org. Tickets are also available at the door or by calling 480.303.2474.


• A family four-pack of tickets to the 26th Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival: Sandra Schultz of Anthem • A pair of tickets to dinner and a show at Arizona Broadway Theatre to see Jesus Christ Superstar: Linda Carr of Scottsdale

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THE FEBRUARY WINNERS ARE… • A family two-pack of tickets to Valley Youth Theatre to see The Secret Garden: Maximus Del Garbino of Scottsdale

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Sprout Film Festival Returns To Tempe The Arc of Arizona and Chandler-Gilbert Arc announce the Third Annual Sprout Film Festival, to be held Friday, March 31, at Pollack Tempe Cinemas. This unique festival gives audiences a realistic glimpse at the lives and loves, dreams and achievements of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) – Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fragile X, cerebral palsy and many other diagnoses. “On-screen depictions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are rarely true-to-life,” says Jon Meyers, executive director of The Arc of Arizona, “mostly because the actors playing these roles rarely have I/DD themselves. And more often than not they don’t shed light on the actual life experiences of people with I/DD.” The 2017 The Arc & Sprout Film Festival showcases 28 professionally produced short films – dramas, comedies, documentaries, animation and music videos – in which every character with an intellectual or developmental disability actually

is portrayed by an actor with I/DD or, in the case of documentaries, by the subject of the film him/herself. All films are drawn from the catalog of the nationally-acclaimed Sprout Film Festival, based in New York City, and are appropriate for audiences of all ages. Descriptions of this year’s Sprout Films will be announced soon. Festival screenings are at 9:30am, 12pm and 7pm Friday, March 31, and the program of films is different for each screening. Each screening is followed by an audience Q-&-A with Sprout director Anthony Di Salvo. Tickets are $5 general admission, $4 for groups of 10 or more, and $12 for a Full-Festival Pass (good for all three screenings). Pollack Tempe Cinemas is located at 1825 East Elliott Road, Tempe. Tickets are on sale now at www.arcarizona.org.

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The event that helped launch Phoenix’s First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon, Art Detour, is now in its 29th year and is known as a regional destination for art aficionados and culture connoisseurs of all ages. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton says it loud and clear, “Art Detour is one of the most important events in Phoenix’s calendar.” Originally held on a Saturday and Sunday each March, Art Detour 29 is now a four-day, multifaceted exploration of the arts and culture of America’s sixth-largest city and its myriad art spaces, running March 16-19. It’s a roadmap to guide visitors to meet artists in their working environments. A virtually limitless number of selfguided tours will fit the needs of every visitor. Step into more than 100 artist studios, galleries and other venues, as well as enjoying performances and activities. A “Kids’ Detour” with family-friendly activities will also be featured, as well as pop-up galleries, and docent-guided shuttles.

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Art Detour 29 kicks off Thursday, March 16, with the Art d’Core Gala, from 5-9pm. The art party of the year will be held at Warehouse215 @ Bentley Projects in Downtown Phoenix’s Warehouse District. “We consider Art Detour 29 the penultimate event of a significant 30-year history of Artlink and for the Phoenix arts scene as a whole,” says Catrina Kahler, Artlink board president. “Artists have created much more than their own work in this time. They have contributed to our environment, built businesses, developed districts, and created a textured downtown for the sixth largest city in the nation. Art Detour tells this story and invites Phoenicians and springtime visitors to buy art for their home or tickets to a performance, all in support and celebration of our city’s creative economy and culture.” Go to www.artlinkphoenix.com for a complete list of events and participating galleries.


Registration Open For 2017 Girl Scout Camps

Get Glam At Girly Girlz Camps Girly Girlz Tea & Trinkets was founded as a place where every girl can feel like a princess or a rock star for a day. Locally owned by Melissa Fink, the retail and event space offers experiences that capture the imagination of young girls and tweens – whether it’s in the boutique filled with thousands of unique items, or at an upscale birthday party or special event. In addition to a schedule of special events, Girly Girlz also offers spring and summer break camps. The 2017 Spring Break Camp will run March 6-10, 10am-2pm; and March 13-17, 10am-2pm. Summer Camp runs May 30 – August 4, 10am-2pm. Camps include daily glam session, snacks and dessert, crafts, games, karaoke and more. Just bring a sack lunch. For pricing, visit www.girly-girlz.com and click on the “Special Events” link. Girly Girlz is located at 15425 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 240, in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.998.4832.

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE There has been much in the news this school year about full day kindergarten. Educators have always known the value of this important, introductory grade, and they are now joined by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, as well as notable community and business leaders. The Twenty-first Century Kindergarten classroom is very different than what many of us experienced as five and six year olds. Our little digital natives have used some form of technology since they could hold a smartphone or tablet. They are accustomed to a learning rich environment with information – both auditory and visual – coming at them in almost constant streaming. Today’s Kindergarten is what DR. DEBBI BURDICK many of us experienced in first or even second grade in the past as they learn to read, add and subtract, as well as write sentences and stories. Superintendent Kindergarten students have standards (www.azed.gov/standardsCave Creek Unified School District practices) that define what skills they are to learn in English Language Arts, Math, Arts, Educational Technology, Health, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies and World and Native Languages. The kindergarten social studies standards alone have 66 skills to master during the 180 days of the school year. The “half day kindergarten” that is funded by our state is typically a two-and-a-half or three-hour day that can barely touch on more than English Language Arts and Math. A typical six-hour school day is critical if our youngest learners are going to master the many standards required and necessary to lay the necessary foundation for a successful academic future. In addition, the social skills that many of us remember vividly that were our kindergarten experience are still a critical piece and taught as well. Social skills are more important than ever for the collaboration that business leaders tell us are imperative as students move from academia to the modern workplace. CCUSD has five unique elementary schools that all provide art, physical education, music and a world language as part of our full day kindergarten program. With signature programs to choose from at each school, kinders can also experience Spanish, Chinese or French Immersion, drama, dance, technology, “First Touch” equine character education and so much more. Come join us as we Inspire Excellence each and every day at CCUSD! Visit www.ccusd93.org. To contact Dr. Burdick, call 480.575.2000. For more information on the Cave Creek Unified School District, visit www.ccusd93.org.

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Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is gearing up for its 2017 summer camp programs, and registration is open. With the recent addition of the Parsons Leadership Center for Women and Girls at Camp South Mountain, Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is proud to offer four camps, all of which are unique, to accommodate the diverse interests of every girl. However, despite their differences, each camp’s purpose remains the same – to provide a place where girls learn new things about themselves, their fellow campers and the outdoors in an environment that is as adventuresome as it is educational. All four camps (Camp Marapai, Shadow Rim Ranch, Willow Springs and Camp South Mountain) offer a variety of programs that vary from day and overnight camps to three-week-long adventures. These camps take place over nine weeks throughout the summer. The first camp will begin June 4 and the season wraps up with the last camp starting on July 28. “Girl Scout camps are about getting outdoors, making new friends and building girls’ self-confidence all while helping them grow as leaders,” says Melissa Tornquist, public relations and communications coordinator of the local council. Registration offers tiered pricing on a first-come, firstserved basis. Girls who are not Girl Scouts are welcome to register for any camp for an additional fee. For more information, visit www. girlscoutsaz.org/en/camps/ how-to-sign-up.html.

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Prescott Zoo Holds Yard Sale

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Every year, Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary holds a yard sale that benefits the animals and education programs its provides. This event is a fun and unique way to engage with the community – both by collecting donations of unwanted household items and for guests to find some neat treasures when they visit. The sale will be held on zoo grounds this year, in the Pence Pavilion. The sale will run Friday, March 31 – Sunday, April 2. Admission will not be required to visit the sale.

HPZS is a local not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) wildlife sanctuary and education facility open 365 days a year to the public and provide educational opportunities to the community, as well as conservation

and triage services to more than 300 injured wild animals every year. Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary is located at 1403 Heritage Park Road, Prescott. For details, call visit www.heritageparkzoo.org.


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Patterson Observatory Offers Free Public Nights

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The Patterson Observatory, located on the campus of University of Arizona South, is owned by the University South Foundation, Inc. (a nonprofit corporation) and is made available to the public for free. Members of the Huachuca Astronomy Club are the volunteer operators at the observatory. The observatory is available to clubs, schools, youth organizations, and civic groups by reservation for free (donations are requested). Interested parties should call Rose Sueskind at 520.458.8278, Ext. 2129. The observatory also hosts regularly scheduled open-house “Public Nights” once a month (excluding monsoon), which begin a half hour after sunset. The events are free and family friendly. The remaining Public Nights for 2017 are: March 2, March 30, May 4, June 1, September 7, October 26, November 16 and December 28. These events are weather dependent and will be cancelled if the sky turns cloudy. University of Arizona South is located at 1140 North Colombo Avenue in Sierra Vista. For more information, visit www.universitysouthfoundation.com and click on the “Patterson Observatory” link.

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Women Of The West Tell Tales Through Art The 12th Annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the other Half of the West Invitational Exhibition & Sale at Desert Caballeros Western Museum will celebrate its opening weekend March 24-26. The weekend festivities include artists’ and patrons’ party, bash ‘n bid gala, chuck wagon breakfast and artists’ quick draw and auction.

Michelle Chrisman: “Chama River Patterns in Autumn” 40h x 30w, oil on canvas

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Sonja Caywood: “Painted Ladies” 24h x 48w, oil on panel

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Harriet Rox Corbett: “Buick and the Beast”, 17.5h x 25w, charcoal on rag paper

Each year, women artists who work to capture the spirit and the lifestyle of the West are invited to come to the Museum to show off their finery – the finest in western painting, drawing and sculpture. The exhibit, which features 28 talented artists, continues through May 7. Desert Caballeros Western Museum is located at 21 North Frontier Street in Wickenburg. For details, call 928.684.2272 or visit www.westernmuseum.org.

Shawn Cameron: “The Rancher’s Daughter” 14h x 11w, oil on canvas


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The Sedona Yoga Festival is a three-day, three-night conference that offers an unforgettable opportunity to deepen a yoga practice, explore meditation, hiking and energy healing. The festival runs March 9-12. “Are you joining us this year? Allow us to provide the sanctified space for you to rest, rejuvenate, recharge, learn and grow,” says Marc Titus, founder and executive producer. “SYF2017 will provide the awesomesauce that you can dip into for the entire year!” With over 200 intimate workshops, panels, conscious conversations, sessions, classes, performances, gatherings, land hikes and healings there is certainly something for everyone from the absolute beginner to the most experienced yogi seeking professional credits and certifications. Sessions begin with pre-conference immersions on Thursday morning, including the “Traumatic Stress, Resiliency & Healing with Yoga” training for yoga teachers, followed by the opening ceremony at 6pm. General sessions run from 7:30am-6pm Friday and Saturday, and 7:30am-4pm Sunday. Evening events will be performances, yoga Nidra, restorative, sound healing and gatherings. Dixon’s Violin, “Yogi’s Be Crazy” with David Rodwin, a Masquerade Ball, are only beginning. Kids Yoga and Seva classes are open to the public will run all weekend, with closing ceremonies at 6pm on Sunday. Nestled among the red rocks and surrounded by easily accessible trails, attendees can tap into the energy of the land. Rich in energy “vortexes,” Sedona has long been known for its magnifying, regenerative powers. Filled with galleries, shops, restaurants, museums, artists, spas and cafes, it is a lively high-vibe venue in Sedona Village. The Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock will host many of the conference sessions and adjacent The Collective Sedona will host many of the outdoor sessions as well deep dives in Vista Hall, all joined together with a vibrant expo linking the two. For information or to register, visit www.sedonayogafestival.com.

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Gear Up For Summer Adventure At Sportsmen’s Expo

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The 18th Annual Phoenix International Sportsmen’s Exposition returns to WestWorld of Scottsdale March 23-26. The event will feature 300 exhibitors showcasing the latest in adventure trips, hunting accessories, fishing gear and family fun, camping equipment, info about lodges, resorts, boating, seminars, contests and hands-on features. Adult admission is $14, and youth 15 and under are free. New this year is the Watersports Pond, with wakeboarding, kayak and SUP demos; High Impact Archery Range, hosting a cash contest and Western Finals; Fly-casting seminars and instruction, and more. The expo hours are Thursday – Saturday 10am-7pm, and Sunday 10am-5pm. There is a $5 per car parking fee at WestWorld, which is located at 16601 North Pima Road in Scottsdale. For additional information, call 800.545.6100 or visit www.sportsexpos.com.


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Valley residents can reserve a spot now to sit just a few feet away from one of the planet’s most endangered mammals, the Mexican Gray Wolf, at the one-of-a-kind Dinner with Wolves event, to be held at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center Sunday, April 2, from 4-7pm. Sponsored by My Sister’s Closet and CEO Ann Siner, the evening will benefit Defenders of Wildlife (www. defenders.org) and Arizona’s Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (www. southwestwildlife.org). Guests can drive themselves or ride on the private bus, included in the ticket price, with pick up and drop off at My Sister’s Closet located at the Lincoln Village Shopping Center at 6204 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. The intimate evening will begin with a 4pm departure from My Sister’s Closet Lincoln Village. Upon arrival and during the cocktail hour, guests will have the opportunity to take guided tours of Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and see the resident Mexican gray wolves. Cocktail hour and tours will be followed by a silent auction, sit-down dinner and presentation by Craig Miller, the Senior Southwest Represenative at Defenders of Wildlife. The evening will conclude at approximately 6:30pm when guests may board the private bus back to My Sister’s Closet. Mingling mere feet from the wolves’ enclosures, guests attending Dinner with Wolves will be up close and personal with several Mexican gray wolves now living at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, along with other animals including bears, mountain lions and leopards. Dinner with Wolves will introduce guests to the plight and beauty of the Mexican gray wolf, the most endangered gray wolf in the world. At last count, there were fewer than 120 wild Mexican gray wolves in the entire world with only 50 living in Arizona. Guests will learn how their support can save this special animal within Arizona state boundaries. Individual tickets to the event are $250 and can be purchased online at www.dinnerwithwolves.com or by calling 602.374.3906.

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Summer Staycation Awaits At Newly Renovated Hermosa The Hermosa Inn, a AAA Four Diamond boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Paradise Valley, recently completed the second phase of a $5.5 million renovation and expansion. Situated on six pristine acres of Sonoran Desert landscape with panoramic mountain views, the renovation included the addition of 10 deluxe hideaway casitas, the complete renovation of 12 historic rancho casitas and an expansion of LON’s Last Drop bar and patio, increasing the hotel’s number of hacienda-style accommodations and casitas to 43. Phase one of the expansion began in 2015, shortly after the resort was purchased by Allred Capital LLLP, a partnership led by Ron and Mike Allred, who are passionately committed to retaining the legacy and historic charm of the original home and studio built by Arizona’s famed and first cowboy artist, Lon Megargee, in the early 1930s. Boasting an unobstructed view of Camelback Mountain, a stately fountain anchors the hotel’s new entryway, creating a welcoming arrival that leads directly into the newly-built, ruggedly handsome lobby with beamed ceilings and a hefty fireplace that perfectly mirrors the understated, Old Arizona elegance and residential comfort of the original hacienda. Situated just a short stroll from the main building, via a walkway trellised with hot-pink bougainvillea, Old West meets modern luxury in the 10 spacious, 700-square-foot deluxe hideaway casitas that feature European white oak floors, vaulted ceilings with a skylight, a beehive fireplace, an expansive yet secluded patio, and luxurious bathrooms with both a clawfoot tub and a glass enclosed shower. Simultaneously, 12 historic rancho casitas were completely renovated, with careful attention paid to modern-day conveniences and residential comforts, while preserving their Old Arizona charm, historic touches and original adobe walls. In 2016, all of Hermosa Inn’s existing accommodations underwent a complete renovation, including the installation of wood floors; new and luxurious bedding, soft goods and leather furnishings; reupholstered benches and completely remodeled bathrooms. Complementing the rooms addition and further paying homage to Megargee’s love for a drink with fellow cowhands, the Allreds also expanded the much loved and lauded hotel bar: LON’s Last Drop, appropriately named after Megargee’s most famous painting: “Last Drop From His Stetson,” which was commissioned by the Stetson Hat Company in the 1920s. LON’s Last Drop doubled its interior seating capacity with low slung leather seating clusters that encourage guests to unwind and reconnect over signature cocktails or an Arizona wine or beer on tap. The outside patio also doubled in capacity, adding five more fireplaces and cozy conversational couches, making it the ultimate gathering spot with the simplest of ingredients – creative cocktails, globallyinspired Arizona fare, unrivaled views of Camelback Mountain and perfect Arizona temperatures. The Hermosa Inn is located at 5532 Palo Christi Road, Paradise Valley. For more information, visit www.hermosainn.com or call 602.955.8614.


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I’ve been a wine lover for the better part of my life so when I moved to Phoenix from Cleveland 17 years ago, I was in search of that perfect wine bar, where I could peacefully explore exceptional and regional choices of beautiful wines. I bought my home in Ahwatukee but didn’t know the lay of the land, nor any people. Technology wasn’t as easy as it is now to find your local spot at the click of a button back then either. I became friends with a woman who told me on several occasions that she had either just gotten back from My Wine Cellar, or that she had a meeting next to My Wine Cellar. Finally, I asked “Where is your wine cellar?” Needless to say, I felt quite foolish to learn this was an actual wine lounge. However, I quickly learned that this ‘cellar,’ although didn’t specifically belong to my friend, did in a sense belong to the wine lovers in the community.

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