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all means different things to different people, but for Arizona foodies it means celebrating the arrival of the Arizona Restaurant Association’s (ARA) Fall Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW). This year marks the 10th anniversary of this food-focused event, which has developed into a 10-day long gastronomic jubilee, with restaurants statewide offering their special ARW menus brimming with the bounty of the season’s harvest. To celebrate 10 years of this spectacular event, this year the ARA is giving diners a chance to win big during Fall Restaurant Week with an exciting online contest featuring 10 experiential prizes that foodie and travel lovers will eat up. The 2017 Fall Arizona Restaurant Week will kick off September 15 and run through September 24, with nearly 200 participating restaurants showcasing three-course prix-fixe meals for $33 or $44 per person. In addition to Fall ARW, the Arizona Restaurant Association hosts Spring ARW in May and Arizona Breakfast Weekend in July,

and is proud to be supported by its sponsors: Young’s Market Company, Sanderson Lincoln, Sanderson Ford, Open Table, the Arizona Office of Tourism and American Express. Arizona Restaurant Association president and CEO Steve Chucri says, “Arizona Restaurant Week gives Valley diners a unique opportunity to try some of the state’s finest and most popular restaurants featuring special menus designed to let their culinary staff shine. We are proud to have contributed to the interest, development and support of the

local culinary scene for the past 10 years — and counting.” Participating Fall restaurants include Artizen, Café ZuZu, Christopher’s and Crush Lounge, El Panzon y Frida, Marcellino Ristorante, Match, Nobuo at Teeter House, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Second Story Liquor Bar, Sonata’s, SumoMaya, The Capital Grille (Phoenix and Scottsdale), The Dhaba, The Keg and many others. Event updates along with a list of participating restaurants and their ARW menus can be found at www. arizonarestaurantweek.com.

2017-18 Performing Arts Season Preview Get ready for a season of dance, music and live theatre as the 2017-18 performing arts season kicks off this fall. The Valley is home to worldclass performance troupes, musicians and venues, offering entertaining options for young and old and everyone in between. The 2017-18 Performing Arts Season Preview

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2017-18 Performing Arts Season:

Be In The ‘Now’

Publisher Lorrie Pomeroy Publisher Emeritus Hope H. Ozer

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“I regard the theater as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. This supremacy of the theater derives from the fact that it is always ‘now’ on the stage.”

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Creative Director Jenifer Lee Assistant to the Publisher Darlene Keberle

—Thornton Wilder

Columnists Stephen Cohen, O.D. Cathy Droz Darla Hoffmann Barbara Kaplan Rabbi Robert Kravitz Allen Nohre James Roberts Melanie Tighe Pastor Paul Witkop

The power of live performance is something that everyone should experience — especially our youth. The arts can engage the imagination, broaden horizons and open one’s eyes to the beauty and life around us and within us. A group of people will work for months on a production with the sole intent of engaging you, the audience. Then, for a modest sum, they will transport you to another place, time or thought process; relieve you for an hour or so of the day’s concerns, or bring San Tan human concerns front-and-center; make you laugh, cry, think — feel. The performing Oktoberfest arts are escapism at its finest; communication that is at turns intellectual and visceral; an experience that is both personal and communal. September marks the beginning of the performing arts season in the Valley, and once again we are offering you a short preview of what you can look forward to — whether you enjoy dance, music, opera, drama or comedy; modern or classical; Hamilton or Henry IV. In our large metropolitan area, we are blessed to have an abundance of resident and touring professionals perform each season. But beyond the big venues and well-known stars, please do not neglect the local school theater, band, dance and choir; check out our small community theaters and symphonies; and patronize our area jazz and clubs. 2017-18 Performing blues The performing arts rely on the audience to help Arts Season bring their beauty/truth/life to light, so enjoy and participate in the performing arts wherever you live — they are there for you, be there for them.

Contributors Libby Banks Dr. Debbi Burdick Cave Creek Mayor Ernie Bunch Melanie Droz Shawcroft Scottsdale Mayor W.J. Jim Lane Carefree Mayor Les Peterson Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

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Until next month, all my best.

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MAYOR LANE WRITES… Events For The City of Scottsdale In September By Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane

Looking for something to do in September in Scottsdale? We have a few ideas! From picnics, to safety, to breakfast, we’ve got you covered! MAYOR City of Scottsdale

Celebrate Scottsdale Parks at Grand Ol’ Picnic, September 30 Several city parks have milestone anniversaries 480.312.3111 www.scottsdaleaz.gov in 2017. Each will celebrate in its own way through the year. But Scottsdale’s oldest park, Eldorado, will celebrate from 4–7pm Saturday, September 30. Free games, food and entertainment. Visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov and search “picnic.”

Scottsdale Mayor and Council Economic Development Breakfast, September 28 Each year, Scottsdale’s Economic Development Department hosts this event to share accomplishments and provide a brief look at what’s on the horizon. This year’s event is at 8am, Thursday, September 28, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Visit www.choosescottsdale.com and search “2017 annual breakfast.” Visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov for more details on the above listed events.

Mac & Cheese Festival Invites Home Chefs To S’Mac Down The art of making a killer Mac & Cheese isn’t just for professionals. After all, this beloved dish holds such significance and treasured memories because of how it all began for most of us — at home. In this spirit, the Mac & Cheese Festival is inviting the many talented home chefs across the Valley, and their offspring, to compete in the Home Chef S’Mac Down later in September. The way in to the competition begins with video submissions from Big and Little Cheeses who believe they have a winning recipe. Videos can be submitted via the Mac & Cheese Festival’s Youtube channel until September 4. See Mac & Cheese Festival, page 6

Culinary Tour Offers Taste Experience Of A Lifetime The James Beard Foundation (JBF) brings its fifth anniversary year of the Taste America to Phoenix September 21–23. The weekend-long Taste America program will feature a welcome reception, a one-of-a-kind benefit dinner prepared by Taste America All-Star Traci Des Jardins and Local Star Nobuo Fukuda, as well as free in-store consumer events at Sur La Table Scottsdale Fashion Square with celebrity chef appearances, cooking demonstrations, book signings, tastings from local producers and artisans and more. Phoenix’s itinerary will kick off the three-day Taste America weekend on Thursday, September 21, with a welcome reception at Fox Restaurant Concepts’ Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend at The Yard. Guests will meet and greet participating chefs while enjoying a delicious cocktail and tasting reception. The weekend continues Friday at Mountain Shadows with A Night of Culinary Stars, an exclusive dining event benefiting the James Beard Foundation. The evening will begin with a reception filled with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and restaurateurs, including Aaron Chamberlin (St. Francis), Dustin Christofolo (Quiessence), Lori Hashimoto (Hana Japanese Eatery), Branden Levine (Sel Restaurant) and Beau MacMillan (elements at Sanctuary). Emcee for the evening will be CBS News anchor Sean McLaughlin. Afterwards, guests will be seated for an extraordinary one-night-only dinner prepared by Des Jardins (Jardinière), along with Fukuda (Nobuo at Teeter House) and host chef Charles Wiley (Hearth ’61 at Mountain Shadows). The evening will conclude with a dessert reception with sweets from local pastry chefs Tammie Coe (Tammie Coe Cakes), Country Velador (Super Chunk), and Cassie Weisz (Churn). The benefit dinner is co-chaired by honorary chair Bill Nassikas, whose father, James, was a personal friend of James Beard. Mountain Shadows has arranged for a special overnight package, which includes complimentary drinks upon arrival, a special arrival amenity, an upgraded room type upon arrival (based on availability) and admittance to the dinner. Occupancy for the night of the event only. On Saturday, free in-store consumer events will take place at Sur La Table located at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Activities of the day will include cooking demonstrations by All-Star Traci Des Jardins and chef Chris Bianco (Bianco Restaurants), book signings, tastings from local producers and artisans, as well as product demonstrations and tastings from national sponsors. Reservations for the free cooking demonstrations will begin September 8 at www.jamesbeard.org/ taste-america-phoenix.

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September is National Preparedness Month Create a plan that outlines each family member’s responsibilities in case of an emergency. Make a “Go Kit,” which can include food and water, medication, money, contact information and locations to meet. Visit www.ready.gov and search “September.”




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Speed Painter Randall Hedden paints a portrait of Pat Tillman for auction the night of the NiteFlite Gala 2016. Photo: Holly Fain

A performer walking around the 2016 NiteFlite Gala. Photo: Shane Baker Studios

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Night Of Dining & Dancing To Benefit Local Children’s Charities



Local nonprofit Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club is getting ready for one of its largest signature fundraising events of the year. NiteFlite is a two night event beginning with a golf tournament Friday, October 13, at 12pm at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. The fun then continues at the formal gala Saturday, October 14, at The W Scottsdale Hotel at 6:30pm. This is the Club’s 28th year hosting NiteFlite. More than 1,500 people are expected to take part in this night of glitz and glamour all for a good cause. More than a dozen local charities will benefit from this formal gala — including the main beneficiary, Playworks (www.playworks.org). Playworks is a nonprofit that partners with elementary schools to create a place for every kid on the playground — a place where every kid belongs. Five-some registrations for the golf event are limited. Tickets for the gala and golf tournament can be purchased at www.2030nf.org. Learn more about the organization at www.scottsdale2030.org.

The Top 10 Big and Little Cheeses with the most “likes” will move on to the qualifying round at a local commercial kitchen where they’ll go head to head, or cheese to noodle, with one another in friendly competition. Local food bloggers will serve as judges and decide who advances. From here, the Top 3 Big Cheese and Little Cheese chefs and their mouth-watering Mac & Cheese dishes will be heading to the big stage inside the Demo Tent at the Mac & Cheese Festival Saturday, October 7. In addition to priceless bragging rights and celebrity status in their inner circles, the Grand Prize winner in each category will be awarded with the prestigious Golden Noodle trophy, along with a prize package valued at $500. To enter, visit www.macandcheesefestaz. com/mac-cheese-smac-down. The Scottsdale Waterfront, 7134 East Stetson Drive, will play host to the inaugural Mac & Cheese Fest Saturday, October 7. Guests will enjoy one comfortfood-filled day tasting the Valley’s Best Mac & Cheese from Top Chef’s competing to win the “Golden Noodle” trophy. Craft beer and perfectly paired libations will be available to taste and sample as guests work their way through over 30 Mac & Cheese taste sensations. General Admission gates open at 12pm. VIP Ticket holders receive early access at 11am. Children 3 and under do not require an admission ticket. The Festival gates close at 7pm. Tickets are for admission only, with advance food and drink ticket packages available online. Visit www.macandcheesefestaz.com.

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Desert Canyon Elementary School kindergarteners are saying Ni hao to a new school year. The Scottsdale Unified School District is expanding its Foreign Language Immersion (FLI) programs to include Mandarin Chinese. Participating students spend half of their day learning math, science and Chinese language arts from a native Mandarin speaker, who will speak to them in Mandarin only. The students will spend the other half of their day learning reading, writing and social studies from an English-speaking teacher. The new offering at Desert Canyon Elementary School is so popular, it fills up two kindergarten classrooms this school year. The Mandarin FLI program will now follow those students as they advance in grade level, expanding next year to first grade, then second grade, until it progresses all the way through Desert Canyon Middle School and, ultimately, Desert Mountain High School. “Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken, first language in the world,” said Desert Canyon Elementary principal Kristin Kinghorn. “If you are able to communicate in both Mandarin and English, you can speak to 50 percent of the world’s population. We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our students.” Mandarin has been identified by the U.S. Department of Defense as a 21st century “critical language.” Among the benefits of acquiring second-language skills: • Greater cognitive flexibility


Mandarin Immersion Begins At Desert Canyon Elementary


• Superior problem-solving skills • Better performance on English standardized tests • Increased cultural sensitivity Mandarin Immersion is the second FLI program for Scottsdale Unified School District. Spanish Immersion is currently available at Pueblo Elementary School and Mohave Middle School. For additional information, visit www.susd.org.



Famous 48

Slated To Open This Fall



National Coffee Day is Friday, September 29 — a day created to honor the beverage more than half of the country cannot go without. According to the National Coffee Association every day is “coffee day” for most of the country. Its 2017 report found 62 percent of people in the U.S. enjoy a cup daily. In honor of the drink that fuels America, Press Coffee Roasters is giving people a free small cup of drip or cold brew coffee at its five Valley locations September 29 — no purchase necessary. For those who like to brew at home, or maybe need a cup before they walk out the door, Press Coffee’s Alex Mason says a Chemex brewer, scale and timer are a great, affordable way to make specialty coffee pour overs. Mason has trained hundreds of baristas in his more than 10 years in specialty coffee and provides pro brewing tips on the Press Coffee website. Press has been Phoenix’s local coffee roaster since 2008, and has five Valley locations in Scottsdale, Tempe, Phoenix and Chandler. Visit Press Coffee online at www.presscoffee.com.

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Celebrate National Coffee Day With Press Coffee

Square One Concepts, Inc. announced that its newest restaurant concept, Famous 48, will open in fall 2017, delivering a balance of casual, yet sophisticated dining wrapped in a tavern-theme in Old Town Scottsdale. The new eatery’s name gives a nod to the USA’s lower 48 states, and the many classically American dishes found therein. The Famous 48 “We saw two opportunities: feature a spot that combines the best of both casual dining and a great bar atmosphere, always emphasizing great food first, create a brand that honors the culinary staples that make our country great and offers a sophisticated, yet comfortable restaurant ambience that suits nearly any occasion,” said president & CEO S. Barrett Rinzler, Square One Concepts. “Mix those elements with Miso Salmon the Old Town location, and we’re very enthusiastic about Famous 48.” The Famous 48 menu will feature regional dishes from around the country, crafted with an artisanal approach. Dishes include half roasted chicken, BBQ baby back ribs, roasted pork loin, fish ‘n chips, fresh salads, sandwiches and shared plates prepared with the highest quality and freshest ingredients available. BBQ Baby Back Ribs In addition to classic menu items, Famous 48 offers a creative cocktail program, craft beers and wines. In the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, at 4218 North Scottsdale Road, the casual, yet sophisticated tavern-themed venue has a 3,000 square-foot interior styled with leather horseshoe booths and banquettes, wood high tops with tufted honey leather bar stools for maximum comfort and a full-service indoor/outdoor bar with a beautiful walnut countertop and patterned tiles. An open-air patio will feature couches and fire pits creating an intimate dining and lounging experience. Lunch and dinner will be served seven days a week with Happy Hour Monday–Friday, 3–6pm. For information, call 480.941.0101 or visit www.famous48.com.

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Matching Grant For Girl Scouts Campaign The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has issued a $1.6 million matching challenge to the Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) to help complete its $18 million Campaign for Girls in Arizona. The Foundation will match all donations received between now and December 31, 2017, dollar-fordollar, up to $1.6 million. “Renee and I have seen firsthand how the Girl Scouts are working to create future leaders in our community,” said entrepreneur and philanthropist, Bob Parsons. “It is our sincere hope that this

fundraising match campaign will give others cause to join us in this important investment with the sole purpose of educating and encouraging young girls to grow up and become strong future leaders.” This recent gift adds to the Parsons’ previous $5 million grant to the Campaign for Girls — the largest single gift ever received by a Girl Scout council nationwide — that allowed for the completion of The Bob & Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain earlier this year.

“The Girl Scouts are doing incredible work in providing a safe environment for girls to try on their leadership hats,” said businesswoman and philanthropist Renee Parsons. “Once this campaign is complete, the organization will be able to concentrate efforts on its true mission of fostering honesty, courage, friendship and inclusion, while teaching important skills and serving girls in our community.” Local businesses, community supporters and Girl Scout alumnae are challenged to join in their support and visit www.girlscoutsaz.org/campaign to make a gift by December 31, 2017 to

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qualify for the matching funds. “The goal of Campaign for Girls is to provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to more girls throughout the state, including those who come from underserved communities,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO of GSACPC. “Our new center is a testament to what we stand for, so much more than camp and cookies, we provide girls with relevant programming that builds confidence and allows our girls to learn and grow in a supportive environment, all year long.” To learn more, visit www.girlscoutsaz.org or www.tbrpf.org.



Beth Ami Temple Introduces New Clergy When the congregants of Beth Ami Temple of Paradise Valley return to their synagogue nestled in the shadows of Camelback Mountain for the New Member Open House and Shabbat Service Friday, September 8, at 7:30pm, two extra-special new faces will greet them: Rabbi Allison Lawton and Cantorial Soloist Michael Robbins. Along with an oneg Shabbat service and wine and cheese reception, the evening will serve as the official introduction of the new clergy to both new and returning members of the Reform congregation. Rabbi Lawton, relocating from Los Angeles, takes over for Rabbi Art Abrams, who had led the “small temple with a big heart” for the last 11 years. Rabbi Lawton’s passion for combining social justice with creating sacred space, combined with her seeking new and truly unique opportunities for Jews to maintain deep connections to traditions and foster strong commitments to community, meshes well with the boutique synagogue comprised of active adults seeking Jewish religious and social connections. According to the Rabbi, Judaism is about potential. “There is more potential within

our tradition than any one person can ever fully comprehend.” The Phoenix transplant has been involved for decades in issues related to special education, LGBTQ rights, victims of human trafficking, and prison reform. Cantor Robbins, a Phoenix native who sang in Congregation Beth Israel’s choir for 18 years and has extensive community theater experience, joins Rabbi Lawton on the bimah. “We are eagerly awaiting the start of Beth Ami’s 40th year,” said Temple president Jerry Mittelman. “Rabbi Lawton’s energy and enthusiasm, combined with Michael Robbins talent, ensure that this coming year will be one of great spirituality and intensity. We invite and welcome one and all to join us to meet and greet Rabbi Lawton and Cantor Robbins, especially if you are looking for an active adult congregation.” After complementary wine and cheese welcome reception, the community can experience the temple’s Friday night services, as well as discover more information about the congregation’s Speakers Series, musical concerts, community involvement and meet current members. For more information, call 602.956.0805 or visit www. bethamitemple.org.


SCC Planetarium Lecture Series Begins Scottsdale Community College (SCC) professor of Astronomy and Physics Steve Mutz will once again conduct planetarium shows twice a month from September to April this academic year. This year’s September shows will be September 9 and September 23 at 1pm in room NS 400 on the SCC campus. All shows are free and open to anyone ages nine to 99. Because the venue is rather small (24 seats per show), seating is by reservation using the Eventbrite website. Show topics change each month, with this September’s shows being on the Juno mission to Jupiter. Reservations for September events can be made on the Eventbrite website at www.eventbrite.com; search “SCC Planetarium.” Scottsdale Community College is located at 9000 East Chaparral Road, Scottsdale. For additional information, visit www.scottsdalecc.edu. Image courtesy of NASA

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Lon’s Last Drop at The Hermosa Inn is offering a special BBQ Board for two September 1–October 1. Savor a BBQ Board for two for $36, including choice of either a one-liter carafe of the Arizona-made Provisioner Rose Wine (offered on tap) or a 64-ounce growler of Mudshark Lager, from Lake Havasu. Tax and gratuity not included. The BBQ board will include Pulled Pork Sliders, HouseSmoked Baby Back Pork Ribs, House-Made Smoked Sausage, Smoked Chicken Lollipop Drumsticks, Grilled Mexican Street Corn and Coleslaw. Lon’s Last Drop at The Hermosa Inn is located at 5532 North Palo Cristi Road in Paradise Valley. For additional information, call 602.955.7878 or visit www. hermosainn.com/lons-last-drop. Photo by Debby Wolvos

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LON’s Last Drop BBQ Board For Two

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The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a number of events throughout the month for its members and guests. The Chamber will hold its next PM Connect event at Embassy Suites, Thursday, September 7, 5–7pm. Embassy Suites is located at 5001 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. This month’s AM Connect event will be held September 21, 7:30–9am, at iFly Indoor Skydiving, 9206 East Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. Both events are free to members and $20 for guests. In addition to its September “Connect” events, the Chamber will host a Red Ribbon networking event at Global Mobility Solutions, 15333 North Pima Road, Suite 240, Scottsdale, September 8, 3:30–5:30pm. For a complete listing of upcoming events, or information about the Chamber, call 480.355.2700 or visit www.scottsdalechamber.com.




Graythorn Breaks Ground On Townhome Community

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From L to R: Developers Craig Waddell, Bill Beck, Hudd Hassel, City of Scottsdale Councilmember Suzanne Klapp, Developers Mark Madkour, Bill Patterson, City of Scottsdale Planners Keith Neiderer and Tim Curtis



Graythorn Development, LLC conducted a groundbreaking ceremony July 11 at the Graythorn residences in North Scottsdale, a new for-sale townhome community. Plans for this community include 27 new single-story modern contemporary residences situated on a 3.6-acre site located at 9850 East McDowell Mountain Road. Graythorn took a very thoughtful approach in design to ensure that the single-story residences felt very spacious, bright, and open with 13-foot ceilings throughout the great room area. Each home has a private patio that blends with the natural Sonoran Desert landscapes and a two-car attached garage. The kitchens feature granite or quartz countertops with designer appointed finishes and stainless-steel appliances. Energy-efficient features include dual-glazed windows with low-E, energy-saving glass, and water-conserving toilets. For information, call 480.477.6444 or visit www.graythorndevelopment.com.

Exhibit Explores Artwork Of Indigenous Australian Matriarchs This month, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) opens Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia. The exhibit features the work of nine contemporary artists from remote indigenous communities across Australia: Nonggirrnga Marawili, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Yukultji Napangati, Angelina Pwerle, Carlene West, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Lena Yarinkura, Gulumbu Yunupingu and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. The works are drawn from the collection of Miami-based philanthropists Debra and Dennis Scholl and offer a glimpse into the diverse contemporary art practice of aboriginal Australians. All of the artists in this exhibition are revered matriarchs, commanding leadership roles and using art to empower their respective communities. Their works are steeped in ancient cultural traditions specific to each artist and yet speak to universal contemporary themes, revealing the continued relevance of indigenous knowledge in the 21st century. Marking the Infinite opens at SMoCA September 23 and runs through January 21, 2018. For additional information, call 480.874.4666 or visit www.smoca.org.


MIM Announces Fall 2017 Concert Series The MIM Music Theater announced its Fall 2017 Concert Series, sponsored in part by Sanderson Lincoln, and it includes more than 45 concerts from September through December, spanning multiple genres from across the globe. The series promises to be their most diverse line up yet. Highlights include a soulful performance by Irma Thomas and the Blind Boys of Alabama, with the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet, who are touring together for the first time. Wu Man will help celebrate Musical Instrument Museum’s (MIM) new exhibition opening in November by performing traditional, ancient, and historic music of China. The Sachal Ensemble, inspired by the acclaimed documentary film of the same name, merge Eastern and Western sounds while confronting terrorism in their native homeland of Pakistan. Guests can look forward to the return of several favorites to the MIM Music Theater, including American cellist and folk singer Leyla McCalla, Grammy-winning artist Loudon Wainwright III, and singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin who is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of her debut album, A Few Small Repairs. The series also welcomes some artists who will be performing at the MIM Music Theater for their first time. New performers include acoustic-electronica trio GoGo Penguin, Galician singer Xabier Díaz & Adufeiras de Salitre, jazz quartet Fourplay, multiple award-winning Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, and Americana roots rock band Donna the Buffalo. The MIM Music Theater presents over 250 concerts per year and has had over 150 Grammy-winning artists perform on its stage. Within the span of only seven years, the theater has been recognized as one of the top music venues of its size, anywhere in the world. It has received praise from audiences and musicians for its unparalleled intimate atmosphere and acoustically superb sound quality. Tickets for the 2017 Fall Concert Series are on sale to the public now. Additional artists will be added to the lineup throughout the season. MIM is located at 4725 East Mayo Boulevard in North Phoenix. For additional information, visit www.mim.org.

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One of the top things I hear from young people in Phoenix is their need for jobs and training — and help finding pathways to employment. It’s critical that we make sure every young person has the skills and education they need to succeed. In 2015, the Greater Phoenix area had a crisis: We had the highest rate of opportunity youth in the nation. Nearly 100,000 MAYOR Phoenix youth between the ages of 16 and 24 City of Phoenix were considered “disconnected” — neither in 602.262.7111 school nor employed. If our city did nothing www.phoenix.gov to address this crisis, the economic impact would have been devastating. The choice for us was easy — so we rolled up our sleeves and worked together to address the issue. Over the last three years, we have engaged hundreds of partners to connect these youth to employment and education pathways. We all understand that the first job a young person lands is often the most important. It sets the pace for self-sufficiency and responsibility — sometimes for the rest of their careers. The results have been outstanding. Our city went from having 100,000 opportunity youth to 74,000. That is a 26 percent reduction, according to Measure of America. This is one of the greatest and most notable successes on this issue in the country. Our progress is a testament to the power of collective impact, because the City couldn’t do it alone. It reminds us that for real change to occur, we need to align our efforts. We need to work together. One of our biggest private partners has been Starbucks, which helped us convene businesses and nonprofits though their 100,000 Opportunities Initiative. They invested in a Starbucks Community Store in Central Phoenix, which opened one year ago, that now serves as a training center for vital nonprofits ACYR and Chicanos Por La Causa. We hosted town halls in that store — to bring more voices to the table to help us identify ways to tackle our greatest challenges. Those voices included My Brother’s Keeper, Maricopa County, Arizona State University, Maricopa County Community Colleges, Urban League, Year Up, One-N-Ten, and countless others. And together, we started making strides. As a result of Starbucks’ investment in that training facility, nearly 100 young people have already benefited from working with ACYR to secure jobs. And not just jobs with Starbucks, but with employers throughout our community. This collaboration illustrates how linking youth to the resources and opportunities they need and deserve can make a difference in their individual success, and in the long-term health of our economy. And putting our weight behind this issue to make it part of our economic conversations has paid off. Never has the opportunity to invest in our future talent been greater. Thankfully, our partners, both private and public, will not rest until all of our city’s youth have access to viable employment and excellent educational options.



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Great American Seed Up Returns To Phoenix The Great American Seed Up is once again setting up shop in Phoenix. After three successful showings in previous years, the “pop-up” seed market will be returning to the Uptown Farmers Market at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 North Central Avenue. Imagine walking into a room filled with more than 60 varieties of seeds ready to be scooped up and taken home for planting or saving. This is what the Great American Seed Up is all about. When seeds are grown, saved and replanted locally, they accrue amazing benefits — hardier crops, more pest-resistance tastier food, and most importantly, they are better prepared for local climatic conditions. This year, the Seed Up will span two days beginning with the signature event “Seed Dating” where participants bring a friend for free plus includes a viewing of the thought-provoking documentary Seed: The Untold Story. The movie will begin Friday, September 22, at 6:30pm. A Q-and-A session will follow with seed expert Bill McDorman, who is featured in the film. People can also scoop and purchase seeds from 5–9pm that night. On Saturday, September 23, the event is open for seed scooping from 10am–2pm. Saturday is education day featuring three classes on seed saving and storage that will take place throughout the day at 11am, 12pm and 1pm. The event will feature a seed bazaar overflowing with bulk

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quantities of popular openpollinated, non-GMO vegetable, wildflower, flower and herb seed varieties available at deep discounts. This event is a boon for all seed growers and lovers, from professional Community Supported Agriculture farmers to home gardeners. Families, community groups and interested individuals are welcome to shop for seeds and take in seed knowledge firsthand from expert presenters. All varieties for sale will be specially chosen for their ability to thrive in hot, dry desert climates. Many are the same varieties sourced by the top seed companies but available at the “Seed Up” at a quarter of the cost (or more). On Saturday, workshops and presentations with seed experts will educate and inspire attendees with practical knowledge about the techniques and benefits of seed saving. Scheduled presenters include McDorman (www.seedsave.org, w w w. r o c k y m o u n t a i n s e e d s . org), and Kari Spencer (www. themicrofarmproject.com). Discussion topics will include how to save seeds, planting and starting seeds and how to properly store new seeds. Tickets are $7.50 per day and do not include the cost of purchasing seeds. Advance registration is required online at http:// greatamericanseedup.org.

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Eighteenth Annual Fruit Tree Program Kicks Off In Phoenix

• The Vegan Athlete, Jake Mace, will discuss how wood chips transformed his desert yard into a lush oasis with more than 200 fruit trees and plants. He will present before-and-after pictures of his food forest and gardens, show the

four stages of wood chip breakdown and explain how his “Mace Mix” can reenergize gardens. • Greg Peterson, owner of The Urban Farm and creator of this program, will dig in and share planting and growing strategies and fruit tree varieties for success. He pulls on 40 years of experience growing fruit trees in the desert and is committed to sharing strategies that appeal to the lazy gardener. Peterson’s favorite thing to say about fruit trees is, “you plant it once and it makes fruit for decades.” Discovering just what works and how to pick a perfect fruit tree for a yard can be perplexing. In this talk, Peterson will cover the most important things to know about growing fruit trees in the desert. Each September, The Urban Farm launches its Fruit Tree Education Program with free in-person classes and online webinars. Once people become familiar with the best fruit trees for their yard and lifestyle, Urban Farm offers preorders for its selection of deciduous (like apples, peaches, apricots, plums, figs, grapes and berries) and citrus trees, including lemons, limes, oranges and more. The program offers special Early Bird bundle pricing through November. For additional information, visit www. urbanfarm.org/fruit-tree-program.

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The Urban Farm announced that the 18th annual Urban Farm Fruit Tree Education Program is underway in the Valley. The Urban Farm offers education on the best techniques for successfully growing fruit trees in the desert, and then provides an opportunity to purchase “Urban Farm Approved” fruit trees that thrive in our climate. The program starts with a half-day free event that will take place at Uptown Farmer’s Market, 5757 North Central Avenue in Phoenix, Saturday, September 2, from 8:30am–1pm. The program continues throughout September, October and November with free webinars and live classes around the city. This kick-off event features guest speakers offering their expertise on fruit tree care and success: • Rafael de Grenade will explain ways to create an edible forest and how to “think like a forest,” including permaculture design strategies, multiple species/multiple layers and how to use edible forests as cultural memory preserves.



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NAWBO Meeting To Host Money Strategy Panel Women business owners who need to fund, grow, manage and invest money will have the opportunity to learn trends, strategies and tools this month. Join members of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Phoenix Chapter, and their guests Wednesday, September 13, from 11am–1pm, for an educational and practical session. “Seriously: You Need Money…and that’s a Good Thing!” will be presented by four money experts: Karen Russo, money momentum coach; Cindy Gordon, Business Rescue Coaching; Jeff Swenson, Maricopa Small Business Development Center; and Fern Hailey, Arizona Bank & Trust Wealth Advisory. “We are joining other Empowered PhXX collaborators for September as Money Month by focusing on this topic for our September monthly luncheon,” explains Julie S. Cook, NAWBO Phoenix president. “We applaud their goals of supporting female entrepreneurship.” Cost for the September 13 luncheon meeting is $38 and $48 for guests. For information on meeting location and to make a reservation, visit www.nawbophx.org.

UCP Hosts Champions in Life Night Each fall, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona (UCP) celebrates its yearly accomplishments during its Champions in Life Night Gala. This year, the gala will be held Saturday, October 21, 5:30pm, at the Chateau Luxe, located at 1175 East Lone Cactus Road Drive in Phoenix. At UCP, the organization’s name does not tell the entire story. Their compassionate, expert staff not only helps children and adults with cerebral palsy but also with a wide range of additional diagnoses including autism, sensory processing disorder and genetic disorders, orthopedic disabilities, birth defects, Down Syndrome, effects of in-utero substance abuse exposure, traumatic brain injuries, development delays and more. Every person that comes to UCP is provided with the best care because the organization believes in the dignity and value of everyone it serves. UCP’s world-class assistance to families includes therapy, respite care in the home, after school socialization, early childhood intervention and adult programming. During the gala event, UCP will acknowledge

two community partners that have impacted the disabilities community. First, Circle K who has been a champion for over 34 years for children and adults with disabilities. They fundraise through their 600 plus store canister collections and their Desert Klassic Golf Tournament. The second honoree is the Sisters of Mercy who will be receiving the UCP Laura Dozer Award for their lifetime of service to the community. The Sisters of Mercy were innovative and creative in developing a comprehensive health care model that includes St. Joseph’s Hospital, Barrow’s Neurological Institute, Mercy Care Plan a health care for the poor and disabled, Children’s Rehabilitation Services and much more. This year’s event theme, “Fashion Without Limits,” is an opportunity to celebrate the individuality of UCP’s children and young adults, and for them to participate in the fashion show. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is again the title sponsor for the event, and Dillard’s is the fashion show sponsor. For additional information, call 602.943.5472 or visit www.ucpofcentralaz.org.

Field Named Mortgage Loan Originator of the Year Mark Field, branch manager and senior loan officer for Geneva Financial has been awarded the “Mortgage Loan Originator of the Year” by the Arizona Journal of Real Estate & Business. Field has worked in the mortgage industry for 18 years, serving as an underwriter, loan officer and branch manager. “Mark Field has made significant contributions to the State of Arizona including restoring over 70 memorials at the Arizona State Capitol in which I presented him a Proclamation from the Arizona Legislature for his community service efforts,” said Arizona State Senator Catherine Miranda. Field proudly served eight years in the U.S. Navy on submarines and is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Thunderbird School of Global Management. The U.S. Small Business Administration named him the Veteran Small Business Champion and he was honored by U.S. Senator John McCain who stated, “I am honored to recognize and commend your public service efforts and congratulate you for being named the Mortgage Loan Originator of the Year. Mark teaches school kids about the importance of math including information on how to buy a car, how to buy a house and understanding debt to help prepare them for their future. “It is a privilege to work in the housing industry. Access to safe and affordable housing is the basis of the American Dream. I pride myself on honest and ethical mortgage practices, which has led to many repeat and referral clients,” said Field. Field serves homeowners all over Arizona and can be reached at 602.241.2500.

Business community invited to join festivities • Working to ensure businesses gain a positive ROI of their membership • Cultivating more members, thus further broadening business and networking opportunities for members

• Hosting effective weekly networking events and power teams • Creating and supporting more fundraisers for member charities • Scheduling volunteer efforts with charities, where members give back to the community • Providing members with opportunities for personal and professional growth through educational seminars

As it celebrates a successful third year and looks to its future, PMCC has extended an open invitation to the business community and nonprofit organizations to share in the festivities, and to witness the energy and passion of the organization. A celebration will be held Wednesday, September 20, 5:30–8pm, at Chateau Luxe, 1175 East Lone Cactus Drive in Phoenix. The cost to attend is $45 and includes appetizers, a four-course meal and dessert. Highlights of the evening include two live bands, DJ Bobby Bruno, a talent show, silent auction and networking. Founder and CEO of PMCC is Gene Bressler, father to Jason, who says, “I’m so proud of how our members support other members’ businesses, and how hard our members work to keep the Chamber growing. In large part, PMCC is run with the dedicated help of a large group of volunteers, as well as our 45 years of combined business experience and chamber management.” Father and son conclude, “We are rapidly becoming a powerhouse. There is no better time than now to join the Chamber and promote your business.” To register for the Anniversary Celebration, visit www.phoenixmetrochamber.com/events/3rdanniversary-celebration.

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With its first three years characterized by explosive growth, the upstart Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce (PMCC) is about to celebrate in gala fashion, and the business community is invited. “We’ve had an amazing third year,” says executive director Jason Bressler. “We hit a notable goal of 500 member businesses, and are well on our way to 600, which makes us one of the fastest growing chamber of commerce organizations in Arizona.” Established in 2014, PMCC claims to be a chamber of commerce with a difference. According to Bressler, its support for charities and not-for-profit enterprises plays a vital role in the organization. “We hosted our First Annual Charity Golf Tournament this year, and raised $7,000 for local charities,” Bressler said. “Plus, our ongoing Bare Necessities Campaign helps us regularly donate food, clothing, school supplies, pet food and other necessities to our many member charities.” “Finally, we recently established The Phoenix Metro Chamber Foundation. This is a 501(c)(3) arm of the Chamber, which will allow us to do even more for our nonprofit organizations.” As PMCC moves into its fourth year, Bressler says that the Chamber will continue to offer the experiences that have drawn so many Valley businesses to the group:


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Legion Post To Hold Flag Disposal Ceremony American Legion Post 107 will hold a flag disposal ceremony in front of the Post close to dusk — between 6:30pm and 7pm — Friday, September 22. The ceremony includes a few of the flags the Legion Post has accumulated. Burning of the remainder takes place in the following days. The Post accepts tattered flags from any resident; there is a depository for the flags right inside the front doors in the lobby. American Legion Post 107 is located at 20001 North Cave Creek Road in Phoenix. For additional information, call 602.971.9982 or visit www.alpost107.com.

JTO Seeks Corporate Tax Credit Donations To Fund Scholarships The Jewish Tuition Organization (JTO) is currently raising funds through the Arizona dollar-fordollar corporate private school tax credit to provide Jewish day school scholarships for children from low-income families. The Arizona Department of Revenue has more than $5 million remaining before it reaches its cap for the 2017 corporate private school tax credit. “If you own or work for a company that files taxes as a C-corp or an S-corp, you can make the difference,” said JTO executive director Linda Zell. “Insurance companies and banks fulfilling CRA programs are also eligible to take the tax credit.” The JTO is reaching out to ask corporations to help secure its share of these funds for the students in its schools who need it the most. “Last year the state’s funds were exhausted within hours; this is a wonderful opportunity to support need-based scholarships for Jewish day school students. We really don’t know how long the money will be available, so there is a sense

of urgency,” explains Zell. The JTO is a student tuition organization that provides needbased scholarships to students who attend one of six area Jewish day schools: Desert Jewish Academy, Pardes Jewish Day School, Phoenix Hebrew Academy, Shearim Torah High School for Girls, Torah Day School of Phoenix, Yeshiva High School of Arizona. Students do not have to be Jewish to attend the day schools, and all children in need are eligible. Additional funds to the JTO mean additional funds in scholarships to students attending Jewish day schools. All JTO scholarships are need-based and more than 90 percent of funds raised are distributed through scholarships. “The JTO’s goal is to provide any child who wants to attend a Jewish day school the ability to attend one, we don’t want to turn away any child regardless of the family’s ability to pay for a Jewish education,” says Zell. For additional information, call 480.634.4926 or visit www.jtophoenix.org.

Networking Group Hosts Fall Mixer The 101 Referral Network is hosting another event where members, professionals and business owners from around the Valley are invited. The 101 Referral Network Fall Magical Mixer will be held at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy Monday, October 9, from 5:30–7:30pm. The group will be featuring and supporting Tosha Tharp of Pawsitive Friendships, a nonprofit organization that provides animal therapy to children with special needs. Stop by and shop with over 25 local vendors who will be showcasing their products and services throughout the evening. Phoenix magician Eric Giliam, who has won national and international awards, will provide professional magic entertainment between 6:30–7pm. Mike Miller will conduct the 50/50 cash raffle and the winner will be announced at the end. The event will be emceed by Carol Blonder, the host of Networking Arizona on Independent Talk KFNX Radio. There’ll be more than 6,000 square feet to network, a cash bar and a menu of delicious choices. Sponsorships are available. If interested, call 602.463.7812. For additional information, visit www.101referralnetwork.com.

Phoenix Art Museum announced the opening of Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art from the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, slated for September 1. The exhibition will be the first major presentation of objects from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo (MAM) in the U.S., and presents a rare panorama of the most innovative art produced in Brazil from the 1990s to the 2010s.


Contemporary Brazilian Art Exhibit Comes To The Valley

Adriana Varejão, Dioneia (série Carnívoras), 2012. Oil and gesso on canvas. Gift of the Artist. Photo by Renato Parada. All artwork from Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo Collection.

Past/Future/Present counts among its objects the first-ever performance art piece in an exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum (to remain a surprise until opening day), work by an Academy-Award-nominated photographer, and a large-scale, collaborative installation that will be constructed using local labor and materials. Premiering on First Friday, September 1, and on view through

December 31, Past/Future/Present will feature 70 artworks created by 59 artists in diverse media, including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video and performance. At first glance, it may seem that the works in Past/Future/Present have little in common beyond artists of a common origin. The works range from small objects to giant installations, each unique in scope and subject

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<Odires Mlászho, Marcus Aurelius, 1996. Photograph. Gift of José Mindlin. Photo by Romulo Fialdini.

matter. However, the exhibition reveals that there is much that binds these objects together conceptually. Some thematic strands that tie the works together include an engagement with Brazilian history, social norms, indigenous mythologies, and national traditions in Brazilian art as well as global art trends. For information, visit www.phxart. org/exhibition/mam-sao-paulo.



September Events At The Library The Maricopa County Library District Fountain Hills Branch offers events throughout the month for residents of all ages. Here are a few of the events coming up in September: Preschool Story Time with EPCOR Water | Wednesday, September 13; 10–11am Join EPCOR Water at the library for a special, storytelling engagement. An EPCOR representative will read a story to the children and then present a fun, hands-on activity to complement the story. Stories will cover the water cycle and role of water in the desert. For children age 3-5. Code Club | Wednesday, September 13; 3:30–5pm Want to learn how to code? Head to the library and get started making apps, games and websites. No computer or coding experience is needed. Absolute beginners are welcome.

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Time for Toddlers | Thursday, September 14; 10–11am Children 18–36 months old are invited to join their parents the first four Thursdays of each month for age appropriate stories, activities and crafts that focus on developing early literacy skills. This month’s theme is “Animals.”



Maricopa County Library Fountain Hills Branch is located at 12901 North La Montana Drive. For a complete listing of events and services available, call 602.652.3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

Oktoberfest Celebrations Return To The Valley This original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany was first organized as a “Volksfest” in celebration of Bavarian King Ludwig I’s marriage in 1810. It was the first time that royalty invited common folks to a joint celebration. It was so popular, the event has been repeated annually since then, except for war periods. Oktoberfest has inspired numerous similar events using the name Oktoberfest in Germany and around the world, many of which were founded by German immigrants or their descendants. To this day Oktoberfest remains a popular annual world-wide tradition. Two Oktoberfest events in Arizona are founded by German organizations to celebrate these traditions in the Valley. The first event will be in in Peoria September 22–23, the second will be held in Fountain Hills September 29–30. These two Arizona Oktoberfest events are a celebration of German traditions and feature a band flown in from Germany, mouthwatering brats, homemade potato pancakes prepared on site, apple strudel, pretzels and much more. The bier is brewed in Germany by the Warsteiner Brewery with choices including the traditional Oktoberfest Bier, Pilsner Dunkel (dark), and König Ludwig’s award-winning Hefeweizen. The mayors of the respective cities will follow the tradition of tapping the ceremonial keg on opening night with the announcement, O zapft is, meaning “It’s been tapped,” and the festivities can begin. Many Oktoberfest guests enjoy wearing the traditional attire of colorful dirndl for the ladies and lederhosen for the guys. Attendees can compete for fun and prizes, including at the Bier Stein holding competition. The family-friendly event includes a fun, interactive area where children can enjoy themselves with bounce houses and a rock climbing wall free of charge. A vendor area will offer a variety of products. The Peoria event, (organized by Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures; www.ac4gc.org) will be held at Centennial Plaza in Peoria September 22–23, 5–10pm. The Fountain Hills event (Fountain Events, Inc.; www.fountaineventsaz. com) will be held in Fountain Park, September 29–30, 5–10pm.

Old School Outreach Program Restores Local Garden met with Stepping Stones Academy just a few blocks from their office over the summer. In a twist of fate, not only did Stepping Stones have its own learning garden and associated curriculum, but the teacher in charge of the program had just retired, so it had not been maintained for some time. “As a result, we started growing vegetables and herbs in our office from seedlings, so they would be ready for the students when they got back to school,” said Minor, whose team not only started the growing process right at the branch, but took up a collection to help the school pay for on-going maintenance to their on-site garden, as well as to fund special items including goody bags, gardening books and more for the students who will be taking on the garden this year. On August 5, the entire branch rolled up its sleeves to transfer them to the school’s garden. They also painted flower beds and performed general maintenance and upkeep to the garden space, ensuring that it will be ready for the school’s fifth grade class, who will be

Pictured L–R: Howard Hughes, owner of Hughes Residential; Eron Walsh, escrow officer; Monique Minor, escrow officer; Sandra Bay, assistant escrow officer; Cathy Weir, branch manager; Helena McCune, assistant escrow officer; and Kengo Sun, sales and marketing representative. Photos by Bre Krager

taking care of the plants — and even harvesting them — to take over this semester. “We are taking donations to help the students with the garden all year long; come on in anytime and help us help them earn their green thumbs,” said Weir, noting they plan to check in on the students in coming weeks. For details, or to get involved, call 623.516.0727.

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In recent months, Pioneer Title Agency, which has been family-owned and operated since its inception in 1985, empowered each of its branches to get more involved with the local schools in their community through a new project called “Old School.” Through it, each branch is given paid time outside of the office to help local schools with various fundraising and other projects. And while at just three years old they are among the youngest branches in the state, the Sonoran Village office in North Phoenix — located 34406 North 27th Drive and serving Anthem, New River, Norterra, Desert Hills, Fireside, Tramonto and surrounding communities — wanted to make their mark in a big way. “I am an avid gardener, often bringing in my harvest for the office to taste,” said branch manager Cathy Weir. “That gave us a wild idea: why not partner with a local school to help them develop their own sustainable garden?” Inspired, the senior escrow officer Monique Minor



COMMUNITY VOICES September: A Month Filled With Heaviness…And Hope RABBI ROBERT L. KRAVITZ Northeast Valley

When To Review And Renew Your Estate Plan LIBBY BANKS

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If change is on the horizon for you, your estate plan may need a change too. Here are some times when you should review — and possibly renew — your estate plan. The Big Four Life Events: Marriage, Divorce, Birth and Death It seems obvious that if you get married or divorced, you need to change your plan. If you are getting married, you really do need to have your estate plan updated. You’ve pledged your love to this person and committed to the marriage. Now put your money where your mouth is and commit to protecting each other with an estate plan. On the other end of the spectrum, someone who is going through a divorce needs to evaluate their estate plan as well. If you have separate property — something you inherited from your family, for instance — you need something in writing that says where it goes. If you want your own family to get it, and not the spouse who is divorcing you, a will or trust must state that to assure your wishes are granted. If you pass away during your divorce, you are still married. Your spouse still has all the right he or she had before the divorce action was filed. The birth of a child is also an occasion to change your plan, or put one in place if you haven’t done so yet. You’ve brought a life into the world or increased your family with an adoption. You want to do all you can to protect your new child. Protection includes making sure things are in place for the child’s care if you are no longer around. A death, while bringing grief and pain, also often brings an inheritance, or changes the distribution your plan makes. If your estate has suddenly expanded due to a parent leaving you money or property, it’s vital to take a look at how it affects your plan. If you’ve had a life event that requires a change to your estate plan, give me a call at 602.375.6752, or email me at libby@libbybanks.com.


September is filled with significant personal, and substantial international, calendar dates. The first Monday of the month is Labor Day. That’s the day after which we who grew up Back East began school. Not in the middle of the hot summer, but as it began to cool down. Of course, Labor Day is highlighted because it reminds us, if only once a year, of the need to protect the workers who make or harvest what we use and what we have available to eat. Protections for workers is an essential part of the American way. Then the eleventh. Yes, Sept. 11. Who cannot recall exactly where they were when the news of the falling towers was broadcast, followed too quickly by the subsequent attacks on Pennsylvania and D.C. Thousands in New York and New Jersey and millions around the world were awakened by the terrorists who attacked us, and changed the way of the world. Near the end of September this year, Jews worldwide will be commemorating our New Year, followed five days later by the Day of Atonement. The first Holy Day (Rosh Hashanah) is the time to connect with those around us, to clear the slate of sins or unfulfilled promises. Completing that challenge allows the second holiest day on our liturgical calendar Yom Kippur to have supreme value; compelling us to directly ask forgiveness for sins between ourselves and our Creator. [FYI: Shabbat is the holiest calendar day because (1) it comes weekly and (2) is the only holiday to appear in the 10 Commandments.] You may be thinking, “What is the connection between workers, terrorism and holiness?” The correct answer is people. And the fact that all people can either do good or evil, and some find it terribly difficult to make correct choices. There are traditions that teach that we are born in sin, others that we make our own sins. Nevertheless, at some time in every life a choice is made — to do what is right, or to do what is not. It’s the choosing that differentiates the good person from the wicked person, the saint from the sinner. Yes, there is sometimes a grey area, and that may force us to wrestle the proper response from the expedient one.

As we enter into a September that is different from all other Septembers, we must reflect on the death and injury of August 2017. We must remember the pain and the unrestrained hatred brought into a small Virginia city by those who support anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry. These extremists whose violence and anger is dividing our United States of America. These haters who would have no remorse for injuring or killing Jews, Blacks, Latinos and anyone they chose, who is different from their radical views. This September carries forth the stain of the previous month, like no other month in recent history. We watched aghast as Nazis and white supremacists marched unfettered with burning torches, while battalions of militia forces armed with military weapons and batons stood alongside, and top American leadership equivocated while trying to normalize bigotry and hatred in our country. There is so much to consider. Whatever happened to those who used to quote Bible passages like “Love your neighbor as yourself” and “Don’t stand idly by” while your neighbor bleeds? This is a ‘heavy’ month. Much to ponder. Much to wrestle with. Much to respond to. So much to pray about. My prayerful hope is that this September 2017 — already filled to overflowing with significant dates and commemorations — will inspire good people to join together in opposition to extremism; that the majority of mainstream Americans will come together, to support individuals and groups that speak out against the sickening agenda of bigots and racists and haters; that forces of good will, understanding and hope will counteract disgusting fanaticism — to bring about a safe and compassionate place, where everyone can walk down the same avenue, unafraid. Amen. Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. is known Valley-wide for his more than three decades of support for civil and human rights, and the positive efforts of law enforcement. A volunteer police chaplain, he regularly lectures on related subjects, while working part-time as Hospital Chaplaincy Coordinator for Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Contact at rrlkdd@hotmail.com.


Western Lifestyle, Open Spaces & Vibrant Town Life:

It’s Time To Celebrate Cave Creek! MAYOR BUNCH WRITES… Welcome to the annual CITYSunTimes Cave Creek Special Events Issue!


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By Mayor Ernie Bunch

If you don’t know about the wonderful Town of Cave Creek, then peruse these pages and see what you’ve been missing! From the hiking, biking and equestrian to food and entertainment opportunities, for a small town we can’t be beat. It’s the small-town feel so many miss — with the close proximity to the Greater Phoenix Metro area. MAYOR Town of Cave Creek From Taste of Cave Creek, Wild West Days in the fall to Cave Creek Rodeo Days and Bike Week in the spring, there is 480.488.1400 www.cavecreek.org always something going on in town. If live music is your thing, then join the Cave Creek Music group on Facebook. You’ll be amazed at the level of talent that can be found here. If art is your thing, don’t miss the Hidden in the Hills open studio event — seriously worth the time. So, once again, look through these pages and get on up to Cave Creek and see what you’ve been missing.

he 2017–18 Cave Creek season officially returns in October, and area residents can get a preview of all the fun in this month’s Cave Creek Special Events pullout. The issue highlights everything from celebrating the area’s best food and drinks, to experiencing its Western heritage — and everything in between. Kicking off the season is the Town’s signature event, The Taste of Cave Creek, held this year October 18–19 (www.tasteofcavecreek.com). The two-day event showcases all the best that the town offers year-round, including its more than 25 area restaurants, live music, wine tasting, beer garden and some favorite artists and area vendors. For those who are cowboys and cowgirls at heart, the 15th Annual Wild West Days takes place November 1–5 (www.wildwestdayscavecreek. com). After a two-year hiatus, the ever-popular Desert Foothills Christmas Pageant is back December 2–3. In the spring, the Cave Creek Rodeo Days celebrates 41 years of professional rodeo in Cave Creek. The parade is March 17 with the rodeo held March 23–25 (www.cavecreekrodeo). The Town wraps up its season by celebrating Independence Day with patriotism and family-friendly fireworks July 3–4. In between Cave Creek’s main events are an abundant variety of things to do and places to go, and the Town invites everyone to celebrate its western lifestyle, explore its open spaces and enjoy its varied and vibrant town life. |CST Look for the Cave Creek 2017–18 Calendar beginning on page 35.


Publisher Lorrie Pomeroy Publisher Emeritus Hope H. Ozer Editor-in-Chief Kathryn M. Miller Creative Director Jenifer Lee

Volunteers Are Needed For Wild West Days Managed by the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association (CCMEA) and a Town of Cave Creek signature event, the 15th Annual Cave Creek Wild West Days is set for Wednesday, November 1 through Sunday, November 5. Organizers of Wild West Days are seeking parade entrants, event participants, contestants, sponsors and more. Evelyn Johnson, CCMEA president and event chair, says that volunteers are also needed for a variety of roles. “This is the perfect opportunity to lend a hand and show off what Cave Creek is all about.” Volunteers are needed to help with events to be held throughout the Town. For questions about volunteering for Wild West Days events, send an email to cavecreekwildwestdays@gmail. com or visit www.wildwestdayscavecreek.com and click on the “Volunteer” link. Registration forms for the Parade, Mutton Bustin’ and Poker Run Trail Ride are also available on the website.

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Empty Bowls Event Adds Art Auction Proceeds to benefit Foothills Food Bank he Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch & Art Auction 2017 to honor World Hunger Day will be held Friday, October 20, at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral from 11am–1pm.

According to Pam DiPietro, executive director of Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center, this year the organization is adding a new feature to its Empty Bowls event — an art auction. The auction will be on the food bank’s website, www.foothillsfoodbank. com, which gives residents the opportunity to bid on 60 fine art and craft items donated by renowned local artists. “We are excited to offer this auction online so people who support this worthy cause can spend the quality time they need to research the bid items,” says DiPietro. “This has always been an amazing event with a great turnout, but this year we will take Empty Bowls to a new level with the online auction.” Carole Perry, who created the festival in the Northern Desert Foothills more than 17 years ago, says online bidding will begin September 20 and be available to bidders throughout the celebration. Perry says 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center, and will support its ongoing effort to provide emergency food and services to area families in need of assistance. Lunch will be served in handmade ceramic or glass bowls. Individuals are encouraged to donate $15 to the cause and select their own unique bowl made by Arizona artists, and keep it as a lasting reminder of world hunger. The Foothills Empty Bowls & Art Auction 2017 is sponsored by the Sonoran Arts League, Harold’s Corral, Marjon Ceramics and Laguna Clay. Other donors are Saguaro and Cactus Shadows High School students, Paradise Valley Community College ceramics students and local potters and artists who make and donate the bowls and auction items. Harold’s Corral is located at 6895 East Cave Creek Road. For more information about the event, call 480.488.1145.

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You Can Now Have Dentures And Dental Implants That Fit, Stay Put And Look Great! Extreme Conditions Are Welcome Dr. Beckham is dedicated to helping everyone achieve a great smile. Dr. Beckham has the expertise and technology to correct even the most complicated dental conditions – even the worst-case scenarios that other dentists refuse to treat. Don’t suffer the pain or embarrassment any longer. Let Dr. Beckham, Dr. Ellsworth and the friendly Beckham Dental team bring that smile back to your face. Beckham Dental is a friendly, small town dental office that just happens to feature one of the regions foremost dental experts. With more than 35 years of experience, Dr. Mike Beckham has the skills and technology to produce spectacular results. When it comes to dentures and mini dental implants, Dr. Beckham’s unsurpassed expertise includes current training under Dr. Shatkin, the leading authority on Mini Dental Implants. “I love living and being a dentist in Cave Creek”.

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It Just Feels Right Why do people at Beckham Dental smile so much? Well, part of it is our outstanding dental care. And also, we’re just happier and friendlier. Cave Creek is a great place to live. It’s like Mayberry — out west. Beckham Dental in Cave Creek…for the “Carefree” smile! Located at 4815 East Carefree Highway, Suite #102, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. Call 480.214.9060.

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Cactus Shadows High School (CSHS), in the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD), congratulated Peyton McGregor (CSHS Class of 2019) who represented the Southwest playing with the Milwaukee Brewers Organization in August. Over the summer, Peyton was invited by a major league baseball scout to try out for the Area Code Baseball team. In July, his parents found out that he will be one of 25 boys from Arizona, Nevada and California to represent the Southwest. Jim Swetter, CSHS assistant principal of Operations and Athletics said, “Congratulations to Peyton for being selected to represent his state and school in this prestigious tournament!” According to their website, six regional teams will travel to California to compete in a three-day underclassman tournament. The rosters feature the best baseball players from around the nation competing at the highest level. Scouts, from all 30 Major League teams and the Major League Scouting Bureau as well as top NCAA coaches will be in attendance. CSHS principal, Dr. Steve Bebee said, “What an exciting opportunity for Peyton and his family. We are very excited for him and the opportunity he has to represent himself and the Cactus Shadows Baseball program.” CSHS also announced that Spencer Ciammitti (CSHS Class of 2018) has been awarded the 2016 NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Award). This award, sponsored by REI and the International Mountain Bicycling Association Teen Trail Corps, “honors an individual who has demonstrated respect, empathy and compassion towards other trail users by working both on and off the bike to build awareness and care for trails in their community.” Spencer has been a student in the CCUSD since kindergarten. Dr. Bebee said, “The success that CCUSD students continue to have are an amazing result of the talented students we have the privilege to interact with in our district.” Cactus Shadows High School is an A+ School of Excellence. For more information, contact Dr. Bebee at sbebee@ccusd93.org or visit www.ccusd93.org.


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Kiwanis Supports Internet Safety At CCUSD Schools Cactus Shadows High School and Sonoran Trails Middle School expressed their gratitude to the Kiwanis Club of Carefree for its generous financial donation that will bring the Digital Citizenship Academy to the secondary students in the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD). The donation was presented by Rick Heiken who represented the membership of the Kiwanis Club. In today’s fast-paced world of technology and social media, students are often unaware of the dangers that exist in the form of digital predators and the permanent digital footprint that they are creating through social media — a footprint that will be with them for the rest of their lives. The financial contribution that Kiwanis has made on behalf of the students at Sonoran Trails Middle School and Cactus Shadows High School will allow each school the ability to educate and inform students, their parents and the Cave Creek community at large on the dangers that exist in the dark web and the risks that students encounter through social media interactions. The Cave Creek Unified School District thanked the Kiwanis for assisting them in educating area students to become upstanding digital citizens in school and as they move on to college. “Keeping our students safe and providing a safe learning environment is one of the most important things we do as school principals,” said Dr. Steve Bebee, principal at Cactus Shadows High School. “I am thankful to Carefree Kiwanis for helping us keep our students safe in the digital world as well the learning environment.” To learn more about Sonoran Trails or Cactus Shadows, visit www.ccusd93.org.


As the Valley moves into the fall season, the team at the Desert Foothills Library is busy organizing events and classes for area residents young and old. Below is a compilation of just a few of the many events planned for September: Sept. 7, 2–5pm: Music @ the Movies: The Music Man ~ Confidence man Harold Hill arrives at staid River City intending to cheat the community with his standard scam of offering to equip and train a boy’s marching band, then skip town with the money since he has no music skill anyway. Things go awry when he falls for a librarian he tries to divert from exposing him while he inadvertently enriches the town with a love of music. (152 min.) Hosted by music enthusiast Annis Scott. No registration is needed; held first Thursdays. September 7 & 21, 9:30–11am: Remembering Our Stories — A Writing Group ~ Experience connection and get inspired in a writing group that will nurture the heart and spirit, as well as spark creativity. Absolutely no writing experience needed. Questions? Contact life and wellness coach Sharon Spector at 512.460.9108. Call the library to register. Sept. 8–10: Chapter2Books Special Sale ~ Held the second weekend each month, guests can browse at this sale that features more than 15,000 books, as well as DVDs, CDs and audiobooks, starting at just 50 cents. Chapter2Books is located inside Desert Foothills Library, and is open seven days a week, or check them out on Amazon. Donations are welcome and help

support the library. For additional information, call 480.488.2777 or visit www.chapter2booksaz.com. Sept. 9, 1–4pm: Visions & Variable of Homeschooling ~ Join Carol Gary from the Home School Foundation, as she helps parents develop their own family vision statement, unpack homeschooling myths and tackle several big questions that most homeschoolers face at the beginning or during other critical points of their home education journey. This three-hour interactive workshop is the first of the nine sessions of “The Balanced Homeschooler” virtual mentoring program. Call to register. Sept. 11, 12:30–2:30pm: The Literate Foodie Club ~ Love food, books, cooking and conversation? Explore all these and more at this monthly event. September Topic: Cooked, by Michael Pollan, one of the preeminent food historians and writers of our time. Come prepared to share tales of summer adventures, food and otherwise…and sample some Pollan-inspired recipes. Facilitated by Dana Rakinic. Questions? Send an email to danarakinic@ gmail.com. The cost is $10. Call to register. Sept. 14, 10–11:30am: Library Book Club ~ The book club is held on second Tuesdays. This month’s discussion is The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. Sept. 15, 3–5pm: Cinematic Reflections on WWI: The 100th Anniversary ~ Inevitable, but also easily

avoidable, World War I is one of the most tragic and unique wars in history. This series, held on third Fridays, will highlight films that define the triumphs, tragedies, innovations and sacrifices in what was hailed as “The War to End All Wars.” WWI will ultimately cause WWII and shape the entire 20th century. Enjoy a post-film discussion, facilitated by Gary Zaro. This month: “The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century” episodes “Explosion” and “Stalemate” (105 min.). Call to register. Sept. 23, 10:30–11:30am: Dream Big ~ Presenter Ron Walker will introduce enticing details on the building of his project, The Star Barn Planetarium. Familiar to many locals, the planetarium is dedicated to education and introducing individuals to the wonders of the night sky, and has become a popular attraction. Call to register. In addition to the events mentioned, residents can take advantage of ongoing classes such as Spanish, or take in a variety of yoga classes or guided meditation. Also offered is a monthly support group, The Healing Pathway: After the Loss of a Spouse or Partner. All events are free, except where noted. For a complete schedule of events, visit the l ibrary website. The Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.488.2286 or visit www.desertfoothillslibrary.org.

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PVCC at Black Mountain Unveils New Telescope This Month

Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain (PVCC) will unveil its 14-inch Cassegrain telescope September 14, for a first light viewing party from 7–9:45pm. “First light” refers to the first time that a telescope is used to take an astronomical image. The telescope, located on the PVCC at Black Mountain campus, collects 3,136 times more light than the human eye. It will allow viewers to see the colors of the Orion nebula, storms on Jupiter and the structure of the Andromeda galaxy, which is located 2.5 million light years away. “This new telescope will allow PVCC students to conduct research on variable and binary stars from the observatory dome, in the classroom, and even remotely from the Union Hills Campus,” said Jenny Weitz, professor of Astronomy at Paradise Valley Community College. “It will also give the public gorgeous views of planets and nebulae during our popular Star Parties.” PVCC partners with the Phoenix Astronomical Society to provide students, faculty and members of the community with opportunities to explore the dark night skies of Cave Creek and Carefree. “We are constantly striving to bring learning alive at PVCC as well as finding ways to actively engage students and community members as learners.” said Paradise Valley Community College president, Paul Dale. “I am confident that this new telescope will serve as a catalyst for enhancing learning and community engagement around astronomy, physics and related sciences.” Before the first light viewing party, there will be a STEAM night highlighting astronomy through hands-on activities. The STEAM night will run 6–7pm. Both events are free and open to the public. To RSVP, send an email to events@pasaz.org. Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain is a satellite site of Paradise Valley Community College. It is located 34250 North 60 Street in Scottsdale. For additional information, visit www.paradisevalley.edu/ black-mountain.

For the cowgirls and cowboys who are watching the waist — it’s hard to get up on that horse after a BBQ loaded meal; the horse doesn’t like it either — chef Bryan Dooley of Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbeque heard the call, and acted. “One person after another would step up to the order window and say, ‘Hey Chef, when are we getting a salad on the menu?’ We had our Ribs of Romaine as a side but they wanted meat too. It took me some time to come up with just the right combo that still said Bryan’s BBQ, and we have it for sure!” Bryan’s has more surprises to come in the year, but for now the chef introduces his fresh salad entrée, with several choices: • The Iceberg Wedge with Creamy Smoked Tomato Date Dressing, choice of meats — chicken, pork, brisket or ribs — served with toast points. (Dooley says this dressing tastes like bacon.) The salad is topped with shaved red onion, pear tomatoes and chopped dates.

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• Ribs of Romaine with Lemon Pepper Vinaigrette and choice of sides — chicken, pork, brisket or ribs. This is the original but enhanced with the meats. Guests can even order the Creamy Smoked Tomato Dressing instead. Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue is located at 6130 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. For information, call 480.575.7155 or visit www.bryansbbq.com.


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Harold’s Hosts Twentieth Annual Hawaiian Luau

Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is hosting its 20th Annual Hawaiian Luau Sunday, September 3. The festive party features a pig roast luau buffet, Hawaiian luau dancers, reggae music, a limbo and hula contest, face painting, lei making, Hawaiian vendors, drink specials and more. Gates open at 6pm with the buffet (two pig roast stations) beginning at 6:15pm. The buffet will include succulent roast pork, smoked Mahi Mahi, a shrimp/seafood casserole, herb roasted chicken, Teriyaki steak and other traditional Hawaiian cuisine. The outside luau show featuring Tia’s Royal Islanders starts at 7:45pm with an exciting fire knife dance, hula and limbo contests and more during the show. Then, at 8:45pm, reggae band Grantman and the Island Beat take the stage inside. Because last year’s event sold out, guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets early. Open seating is first come first serve. Tickets are $30 per adult and $15 for children 12 and under. Larger parties can

purchase a 10-top VIP table for $375, which includes a front row table, cocktail service and complimentary Hawaiian gift. Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is located at 6895 East Cave Creek Road. To purchase Hawaiian Luau tickets, call 480.488.1906 or visit www.haroldscorral.com.

October 7: Harold’s Oktoberfest Harold’s Cave Creek Corral www.haroldscorral.com; 480.488.1906

October 8: Family Workshop Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 Join in a celebration of fall activates and Halloween projects as the doors are swung open for a new season at the Cave Creek Museum; 1–3pm.

October 13–15: Roadhouse UTV Rally Cave Creek Roadhouse 602.423.5602; kevin@hideaway-usa.com

October 20: Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch & Art Auction 2017 www.sonoranartsleague.org; 480.575.6624 www.foothillsfoodbank.com; 480.488.1145 The 2017 Empty Bowls event to honor World Hunger Day will be held at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 11am–1pm. Bidding in the online art auction begins September 20 at www.foothillsfoodbank.com. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center. The event is sponsored by the Sonoran Arts League and other community groups.

Sonoran Arts League Center for the Arts 7100 East Cave Creek Road, #144 (in Stagecoach Village) www.sonoranartsleague.org; 480.575.6624 “Be a Part of the Arts” and join the Sonoran Arts League at its grand opening party. Free admission, refreshments and activities; 4–7pm.

October 14: Stamp Mill Operational Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 1:30–2pm

Hideaway Grill & Cave Creek Roadhouse Contact Kevin: 602.423.5602; kevin @hideaway-usa.com

September 30: Cactus Shadows High School Homecoming Game

October 14: Adult Discovery Series

October 27–29: Stagecoach Village Fine Art & Wine Festival

Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 2–3:30pm

Vermillion Promotions www.vermillionpromotions.com; 623.734.6526

October 18–19: Taste of Cave Creek

October 28: Cave Creek Wicked — All Day & All Night

September 30: Harold’s Anniversary Party Harold’s Cave Creek Corral 6895 East Cave Creek Road www.haroldscorral.com; 480.488.1906

October 1: Opening Day at The Museum Cave Creek Museum 6140 East Skyline Drive www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 1–4pm

www.tasteofcavecreek.com If there is one thing that Creeker’s can’t get enough of, it is good food and good times! Taste of Cave Creek 2017 will be held over a two-day span — Wednesday, October 18, and Thursday, October 19, from 5–9pm — at Stagecoach Village. $10 entry fee; food and drink tickets $3–$5: Children 12 and under, free admission.

October 20–22: Cave Creek Biketoberfest

November 1–5: Wild West Days www.wildwestdayscavecreek.com Managed by the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association (www.cavecreekmerchants.com), Wild West Days Cave Creek is one of Arizona’s largest western celebrations and a Town of Cave Creek (www. cavecreek.org) signature event. Wild West Days will celebrate its 15th year by welcoming more than 10,000 people to the heart of one of America’s most authentic western towns. Some of the 2017 events: The Wild Wet Days Parade (held November 4), mutton bustin’, horseback poker run, pig races, pie eating contest and Battle of the Bars, and so much more.

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September 16: Arts Filled — Grand Opening Party

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Residents and visitors alike are invited to come out and enjoy the 2017–18 Cave Creek season of events. The Town of Cave Creek is ready to welcome everyone to celebrate its western lifestyle, explore its open spaces and enjoy its varied and vibrant town life. Keep this calendar as a handy reference throughout the year, and we’ll see you around town!


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November 11: Cystic Fibrosis Bicycle Race

November 24–26: Thanksgiving Weekend Show

Contact: Karli Newman@ 602.224.0068; knewman@cff.org

Dixie Green Promotions www.dixiegreenpromotions.com; 602.789.7222

November 3–5: Cave Creek Roadhouse Attractions Magic Bird Festivals at Cave Creek Roadhouse 6900 East Cave Creek Road www.magicbirdfestivals.com; 480.488.2014 This new gift and art market series at the Cave Creek Roadhouse runs from November 2017 through March 2018 and showcases an array of local artists and vendors exhibiting boutique apparel, custom jewelry, handcrafted goods and gourmet packaged edibles; 10am–5pm.

November 24–26: Stagecoach Village Fine Art & Wine Festival November 11: Ninth Annual Cave Creek Cactus Classic www.cavecreekcactusclassic.org www.dfmba.org Contact Lorrain Montuori: lmontuori@cox.net

November 12: Community Connections Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 Help define our community and build a sense of place at the Cave Creek Museum, and celebrate veterans that make the community great; 1:30–3pm.

November 14: Museum Miner’s Dinner Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764

Carlos Page is the 2017 Directory cover artist; Photo by Beth Hyatt

Vermillion Promotions www.vermillionpromotions.com; 623.734.6526

November 17–19 & 24–26: Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour & Sale Sonoran Arts League www.sonoranartsleague.org; 480.575.6624 The Sonoran Arts League presents its signature event and the Valley’s largest six-day studio tour and sale for art enthusiasts, patrons and serious collectors. The Hidden in The Hills tour of members’ studios offers a unique opportunity to observe artists at work and their guest artists. Visitors are welcome to participate in conversation and creative connection with up to 180 artists, gleaning insight into the creative process, learning about the tools of the trade and purchasing works directly from the artists.

November (All Month): Veteran Art Show Sonoran Arts League www.sonoranartsleague.org; 480.575.6624 Veterans throughout Arizona may submit their artwork to participate in a free art show featuring two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. This show is open to both active and retired veterans.

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November 4: Desert Discovery Day at Jewel of the Creek Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area 44000 North Spur Cross Road Discover the wonder and beauty of our Sonoran Desert home with a day of outdoor experiences and hands-on education in the Jewel of the Creek Preserve; 10am–2pm.

November 11: Stamp Mill Operational Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 1:30–2pm

November 11: Adult Discovery Series


Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 2–3:30pm

November: Studio 1 Youth Art Exhibit Opening Reception Sonoran Arts League Center for the Arts www.sonoranartsleague.org; 480.575.6624 The exhibit is held annually in conjunction with the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tours, with a reception on Nov. 2 from 4–7pm. Student work is on display, and for sale at the Center for the Arts throughout November.

November 24–26: Cave Creek Roadhouse Attractions Magic Bird Festivals at Cave Creek Roadhouse www.magicbirdfestivals. com; 480.488.2014 Holiday market; 10am–5pm.

December 2: 5th Annual Holiday & Bake Sale Desert Foothills Library 38443 North Schoolhouse Road www.desertfoothillslibrary.org; 480.488.2286

December 15–17: Christmas Gift Show

Cave Creek Spur Cross Ranch; 7pm Contact Toby Payne: 480.544.2290; tobypayne@aol.com

Dixie Green Promotions www.dixiegreenpromotions.com; 602.789.7222

December 15–17: Arts League Holiday Artisan Market

December 3: Holiday Magic

January 14: Family workshop Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 Time Travel, Discover & Taste — go back in time to discover and taste the foods from yesteryear; 1:30–3pm.

Vermillion Promotions www.vermillionpromotions.com; 623.734.6526

February 10: Stamp Mill Operational

Sonoran Arts League Center for the Arts Stagecoach Village Courtyard www.sonoranartsleague.org; 480.575.6624 League members display and sell original art at the Sonoran Arts League Center for the Arts in Stagecoach Village. Over 40 League artists exhibit their works during the three-day event. Admission is free and the show is open from 10am– 5pm daily.

Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 Cave Creek Museum kicks off the holiday season with a cowboy-style Christmas. Join museum staff and docents for an afternoon of rootin’ tootin’ family fun. Cookie decorating and crafts; 1:30–4pm.

February 9–11: Stagecoach Village Fine Art and Chocolate Affaire

Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 1:30–2pm

February 10: Adult Discovery Series Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 2–3:30pm

February 11: Arizona Birthday Party January 19–21: Cave Creek Indian Market Vermillion Promotions www.vermillionpromotions.com; 623.734.6526

Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 Join Conrad Storad for a presentation/ workshop based on his book, Arizona Way Out West and Wacky. Reservations are required; 1:30–3pm.

Magic Bird Festivals at Cave Creek Roadhouse www.magicbirdfestivals.com; 480.488.2014 10am–5pm

December 3 – January 7: Small Works Fine Art Show Sonoran Arts League Center for the Arts www.smallworksshow.com; 480.575.6624 The Small Works Show features works of art by Arizona artists, and is an all-media invitational that includes affordable paintings, sculptures and mixed-media pieces in a wide variety of themes. The show is open to the public and free to attend.

December 8–10: Stagecoach Village Christmas

December 29–31: Cave Creek Roadhouse Attractions Magic Bird Festivals at Cave Creek Roadhouse www.magicbirdfestivals.com; 480.488.2014 New Year’s in The Creek; 10am–5pm.

December 29–31: New Year’s Show

January 20: Antique Appraisal Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764

January 26–28: Dixie Green Show Dixie Green Promotions www.dixiegreenpromotions.com; 602.789.7222

Dixie Green Promotions www.dixiegreenpromotions.com; 602.789.7222

February 13: Mardi Gras/ Fat Tuesday At Harold’s Harold’s Cave Creek Corral www.haroldscorral.com; 480.488.1906

Vermillion Promotions www.vermillionpromotions.com; 623.734.6526

December 9: Stamp Mill Operational

January 13: Stamp Mill Operational

Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 1:30–2pm

Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 1:30–2pm

December 9: Adult Discovery Series

January 13: Adult Discovery Series

Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 2–3:30pm

Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 2–3:30pm

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January 19–21: Cave Creek Roadhouse Attractions


December 2–3: Cave Creek Christmas Pageant


February 16–18: Dixie Green Show February 9–10: Ragnar Relay Del Sol www.ragnarrelay.com/race/delsol Running together as a team is an experience like no other, and teams will celebrate the challenge as they party Ragnar-style at the finish line. Join the Ragnar Nation and forge new friendships, challenge each other and connect as Ragnarians in an unforgettable overnight running relay experience. Contact Troy Wheeler: troy@ragnarrelay.com.

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March 17: Cave Creek Rodeo Days Parade

February (Date TBD): Roadhouse UTV Rally

www.cavecreekrodeo.com Kick off the 2018 Cave Creek Rodeo Days with a parade through the heart of the Town of Cave Creek. Contact: parade@ cavecreekrodeo.com; 480.304.5634, Ext. 2.

Contact Kevin: 602.423.5602; kevin@ hideaway-usa.com

Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 Learn from a ‘real cowboy’ how to rope a steer, learn new and practice old campfire songs and make a pair of chaps or a corset; 1:30–3pm.

www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 Come help celebrate Arizona Archaeology Month. Bring the whole family out to Spur Cross Conservation Area and have fun while learning about our beautiful state; 9am–3pm.

Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 1:30–2pm

March 23–25: Dixie Green Show

April 13–15: Stagecoach Village Arts on the Plaza

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Vermillion Promotions www.vermillionpromotions.com; 623.734.6526

March 24–25: MS Society Arizona Chapter Charity Bike Race

April 14: Stamp Mill Operational

Contact Lexis Johnson; 303.698.7400

March 10: Adult Discovery Series

March 25: Library Fundraising Event

Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 2–3:30pm

Desert Foothills Library www.desertfoothillslibrary.org; 480.488.2286

March 11: Cave Creek Home Tour & Garden Boutique

March 30 – April 1: Easter Weekend Show

March 16–18: Stagecoach Village Fine Art & Wine Festival

April 6–15: Cave Creek Bike Week

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March 10: Stamp Mill Operational


May 12: Stamp Mill Run

www.cavecreekrodeo.com Cave Creek Rodeo Days 2018 celebrates the town’s Western heritage, and the 41st anniversary of continuous Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association events in Cave Creek. Rodeo Days 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. Contact Beth Cornell: 623.293.8445; beth@cavecreekrodeo.com.

March 4: Cave Creek Museum Spur Cross Archaeology Fair



May 6: Dude Ranching at the Museum

Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764 Learn some of the tricks of observation when looking at an artifact; 1:30–3pm.

March 23–25: Cave Creek Rodeo Days

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April 8: Do Artifacts Talk?


April (Date TBD): Cave Creek Museum Spaghetti Dinner Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764

May 26: Ninth Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival Rancho Mañana Golf Club 5734 East Rancho Mañana Boulevard www.cavecreekfestivals.com Thanks to overwhelming attendance of over 8,000 smiling patrons at last year’s balloon festival, Tonto Bar & Grill and Aerial Solutions, LLC are again teaming up to bring the event back to Cave Creek. Contact Eric Flatt, Tonto Bar & Grill: eflatt@tontobarandgrill.com.

June (Date TBD): Cave Creek Museum Summer Camp Cave Creek Museum www.cavecreekmuseum.org; 480.488.2764

July 3 & 4: Independence Day Fireworks Harold’s Cave Creek Corral & Frontier Town All event details are current at the time of publication. However, attendees should consult the respective event websites or contact for updates prior to the event. For additional information, visit www.cavecreek.org.

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Get Ready To Savor Local Flavor The Taste returns in October

The Town of Cave Creek will once again be hosting its premier event, The Taste of Cave Creek. The event, held this year October 18–19, continues to grow in popularity — last year the attendance grew to more than 5,000 people for the two-day event. From Bryan’s Black Mountain BBQ to Z’s Asian Fusion, the Taste of Cave Creek will represent the eclectic mix that Cave Creek is most known for. Marshal Adam Stein will once again be heading up the Taste of Cave Creek, as he has done for the past 15 years. The Town is pleased to announce Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln are the Taste of Cave Creek premier sponsor once again. The Taste of Cave Creek will be held at Stagecoach Village with the outdoor, open-air setting that will feature two stages of live music nightly. Newly featured this year will be the Craft Beer VIP experience along with the Wine Tasting VIP experience. A craft beer garden featuring more than 11 craft beers will have a presence at the highly anticipated event. To-date, craft beer participants are Alaskan Brewing, Phoenix Ale Brewery, Left Hand Brewing, Grand Canyon Brewing, Big Sky Brewing, Dragoon Brewing, THAT Brewery, St. Archer Brewing, Hop Valley Brewing, Upslope Brewing and Unibroue. In addition to the craft beer, there will be wine and tequila tastings, and the Town announced that Tito’s Vodka is the vodka sponsor and will be doing vodka tastings.

More than 25 restaurants will descend upon Stagecoach Village in historic Cave Creek. The highly anticipated restaurants to participate are Bryan’s Black Mountain BBQ, Bourbon Cellar, Brugo’s Pizza & Bistro, Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse, Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine, Desirable Desserts, El Encanto Mexican Food, Harold’s Corral, Grilled Addiction and Wandering Donkey, Indigo Crow, It’s a Divine Bakery, J Chen, Le Sans Souci, Local Jonny’s, Grotto Café, Mountain View Pub, The Horny Toad, Roadhouse/Hideaway, The Treatery, Tailgaters, Burritoholics, Calcukma and many more. Stagecoach Village is located at 7100 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. The Taste of Cave Creek runs 5–9pm, October 18–19. The $10 admission tickets will be sold at the front gate. Tickets for food sampling will be available from $3–$5 at the event. Parking is available at Cave Creek Road and Schoolhouse Road where a free shuttle will then take guests to the venue. This is the best way to go, as the shuttles will drop off and pick up at the front entrance gate at Stagecoach Village. The free shuttles will start at 4:45pm each night. For complete event information, visit www.tasteofcavecreek.com.

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The Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain (PVCC) kicks off its 2017–18 events this month with a free Star Party and astronomy STEAM night. The two events will be held September 14, with the STEAM activities — highlighting the field of Astronomy through fun, hands on activities and an interactive lecture by professor Jenny Weitz — running from 6–7pm and the Star Party from 7–9pm — featuring the PVCC at Black Mountain astronomy observatory’s 14-inch Schmidt Cassegrain telescope. The event is a partnership with PVCC Astronomy faculty and the Phoenix Astronomical Society. RSVPs are requested so that organizers can ensure there are enough telescopes. For event information, call 602.561.5398. To RSVP, send an email to events@pasaz.org. PVCC at Black Mountain will hold additional Star Party/ STEAM Night events throughout the year: October 19, November 9, February 15, March 8, April 12 and May 3. The STEAM themes change each month, and they are Nursing/EMT, Forensics, Festival of Tales, STEAMtastic Arizona SciTech night, Earth Week and Star Wars, respectively. Other events include PVCC at Black Mountain Faculty Concert (September 28 and April 5); and a University Transfer Fair (November 15). PVCC at Black Mountain is located at 34250 North 60th Street in Scottsdale. For additional information, visit www. paradisevalley.edu/blackmountain.


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New Center for the Arts Opens To The Public

Grand opening event to be held

The Sonoran Arts League, which promotes art, artists and art education through leadership and service in the Northern Desert Foothills, will host a free, arts-filled grand opening event Saturday, September 16, 4-7pm, at its new home in Stagecoach Village (The Center for the Arts). According to Sonoran Arts League executive director Pat Bell-Demers, the new Center for the Arts will showcase art education programs, local artists, gallery, free art library, after school classes for youth, workshops and amazing art for sale. “We are excited to share our art destination with Arizona residents,

visitors and guests,” says Bell-Demers. “The League’s Center for the Arts is a destination where people can join a workshop or open studio, learn a new artistic skill and support the power of art as it enriches life and builds valuable skills.” During the grand opening, guests will tour the center, enjoy art demonstrations, entertainment, face painting and art activities for children, and experience fantastic food from Indigo Crow and the newly opened Creekers Beer & Crab Shack in Stagecoach Village. See Sonoran Arts League, page 47


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“The center is the best creative resource around and offers people a venue where they can learn, purchase, view, experience and taste the visual arts,” adds Bell-Demers. “It’s right in line with our mission and we’re looking forward to enhancing collaborations with community partners through unique public art events.” In addition, the grand opening event will feature the many outreach programs of the Sonoran Arts League, a number of exhibits and upcoming art shows, including youth art created at the center and information on the League’s free veteran’s art program, among other exhibits. Bell-Demers says the extravaganza also will kick off the Sonoran Arts League’s capital campaign efforts to purchase the building. The League’s Center for the Arts is also available to corporate groups or those seeking a unique location for their special events.

The Sonoran Arts League’s Center for the Arts is located at 7100 East Cave Creek Road, Suite 144, in Cave Creek. Visit the Sonoran Arts League at www.sonoranartsleague.org, or contact them by emailing info@ sonoranartsleague.org or calling 480.575.6624.

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Local Artist’s Glasswork Featured At Empty Bowls Carole Perry, who helped create the Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch in the Northern Desert Foothills more than 17 years ago, knows glass. Intimately. Her business, Laughing Glass Contemporary Glass Art Studio, has been producing beautiful glass artwork for more than 27 years and thousands of Laughing Glass bowls have been a hallmark of the colorful glass and ceramic bowls offered each year as part of the Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch to honor World Hunger Day. This year, Perry and other local artists’ glass and ceramic bowls will be available to participants who attend the event at Harold’s Corral, from 11am–1pm, Friday, October 20. Perry says she began working with the project because her local community supports artists and as an artist, she wanted to give back in a meaningful way. Perry and her Sonoran Arts League friends began by creating and donating bowls to the Empty Bowls project at the Arizona Center in 1997. After starting the Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch to benefit the Foothills Food Bank at El Pedregal in North Scottsdale in 2000, Empty Bowls now has found a home in Cave Creek. Today, Perry continues giving back while enjoying her own success as one of the top glass artists of her kind. “When I came back to the desert, every magical, mystical thing came together for me,” says Perry. “I love what I do and this is where I learned the simplest of rules: the more you give, the more you receive…and, I get to live in the greatest place on Earth.”

Mathnasium of Cave Creek is a neighborhood math learning center located in the Tatum Plaza at the intersection of Cave Creek Road and Tatum Boulevard. At Mathnasium, the staff believes that every child can be successful in math — it’s just a matter of teaching in a way that makes sense to them. They offer mathematics instruction by instructors trained in the Mathnasium Method, utilizing a time-tested approach that provides initial and ongoing assessments, customized learning plans, personalized instruction and guided practice to build each student’s math understanding and skill. The learning center works on foundational learning by first assessing each student to discover

precisely where help is needed. With individualized learning plans, the team builds math knowledge upon what students already know, helping them quickly learn and immediately boost their confidence. Mathnasium believes that when math makes sense, grades improve, excitement grows and doors open. Children not only start to learn math, but also grow to love it — which will be reflected on report cards and standardized assessments that measure a child’s scholastic success over time. Mathnasium of Cave Creek is located at 29834 North Cave Creek Road, Suite 112, in Cave Creek. For more information, call 602.313.0901 or visit www.mathnasium.com/ cavecreek.


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Archaeology Society Kicks Off Lecture Season Desert Foothills Chapter of the Nazca fish pot Arizona Archaeology Society, based in Cave Creek, is a nonprofit celebrating over 50 years of existence. The chapter meets September through May on the second Wednesday of each month in Cave Creek and features well-known guest lecturers during these meetings. The meetings are open to the public at no cost, except for the December Christmas Party, which is members only. The September 13 meeting features Todd W. Bostwick, PhD, RPA presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Interpreting the Nazca Lines: Enigmatic Images of the Peruvian Desert.â&#x20AC;? The mysterious lines and figures sketched onto the desert floor of Southern Peru, one of the most arid regions of the world, have long intrigued archaeologists and explorers. There are various theories proposed concerning the origins and purposes of these geoglyphs, from wild speculation that they served as runways for alien spaceships to more believable but nonetheless controversial ideas that they are related to ancient astronomy. This talk provides a detailed examination of the culture that created the geoglyphs, shows aerial photographs of the more famous geoglyphs and discusses the various researchers who worked in Nazca and the results of their studies. Studies demonstrated that the Nazca people developed an ingenious underground water system that allowed them to survive in the harsh desert environment, and excavations revealed a ceramic tradition that incorporated colorful and bizarre scenes painted on their vessels. Dr. Bostwick has conducted archaeological research in the Southwest for 36 years. He was the Phoenix City Archaeologist for 21 years at Pueblo Grande Museum and is currently the Director of Archaeology at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde. The Desert Foothills Chapter meetings are held in the community room (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepard of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. Refreshments are available at 7pm and the meeting begins at 7:30pm, usually ending prior to 9pm. For information, visit www.azarchsoc.wildapricot.org/desertfoothills.

Chamber Events 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 Wednesday, September 13, 5:30–7pm. The cost to attend is $5 for members and $15 for non-members (non-members may attend twice before joining). The mixer will be held at Sonoran Property Associates, 34422 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 125, Scottsdale. To learn more about Sonoran Property Associates, call 480.437.9100 or visit www. sparizona.com. The Chamber will hold its monthly Business Breakfast Thursday, September 28, from 8–9:30am, at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek (www.haroldscorral. com). Join Chamber members for an informational monthly business breakfast presentation and early morning networking. The cost to attend is $7 for members and $15 for non-members. To learn more about the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, call 480.488.3381 or visit www.carefreecavecreek.org.


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Valley Moving Needs All At 1 Stop Located in Black Canyon City, 1 Stop Moving Shop is a retail location selling moving and storage supplies. Some of the items the store carries include different size boxes, bubble wrap, tape, mattress bags, rope, cargo nets, locks and wrapping paper for. The owners, Laura and Rick Hinson, say that they will also order specialty supplies as needed. “Let me know in advance, and I can order most any items U-Haul carries,” says Laura. “We also rent U-Haul trucks and trailers. We can make reservations for anyone in the United States, regardless of whether they are getting vehicles to or from me. Let me make your reservations.” 1 Stop Moving Shop is a family-owned and operated business, alongside Eagle Road Service. For after-hours rental, call 602.457.7904. For more information, call 623.219.4224 or visit www.1stopmovingshop.com.

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Ciolilim, a fine art gallery that teaches classes in oils, acrylic, watercolor and drawing, will offer “Open Studio” time on Thursdays (unless there is a guest class scheduled) from 12–4pm. Those who are looking for some exposure to gain experience, or guidance and critical critique from the instructor, are welcome to bring a canvas and paint with a group. Guests are invited to stay all day or part of the day. The cost is $25 with instructor guidance. Ciolim is located at 6710 Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.488.7947 or visit www.ciolim.com.



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Magic Bird Announces New Event Series



Magic Bird Festivals has expanded its Valley-wide cultural and entertainment events to include Cave Creek Roadhouse Attractions, a new gift and art market series at the Cave Creek Roadhouse, 6900 East Cave Creek Road. The outdoor, weekend festivals are centrally located along Cave Creekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main commercial drive surrounded by a stunning Sonoran Desert landscape. These multi-day seasonal events will run from November 2017

through March 2018. Each Roadhouse Attraction event showcases an array of local artists and vendors exhibiting boutique apparel, custom jewelry, handcrafted goods and gourmet packaged edibles. During the shows, attendees are invited to stroll around the charming, cowboy town of Cave Creek, as well as dine on classic American fare at the Roadhouse. The motorcycle bar and restaurant often features onstage music and entertainment. Magic Bird Festival community events take place throughout Arizona with multiple festival locations including, Fountain Hills, Gilbert and Williams. Free and open to the public, Roadhouse Attractions take place from 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. For additional information or to register as a vendor visit www.magicbirdfestivals.com or call 480.488.2014.

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Carefree’s Long Term Financial Strategy Updated By Mayor Les Peterson

Parade entries and Market vendors sought The Town of Carefree will play host to Christmas in Carefree — A Season of Traditions, Friday, December 1 through Saturday, December 23. Part of the celebration is the much-anticipated Community Parade of Holiday Traditions, Saturday, December 9, at 10am, and it is easy for area residents to participate. All groups, churches, businesses and community organizations are encouraged to join in the small-town holiday fun and create a float to tell their holiday story. The fee is only $25 per entry. Visit www.carefreecavecreek.org/christmas-carefreeseason-traditions to complete an application, or contact the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce at 480.488.2051. In addition, area residents who would like to be a vendor in the Christmas Market or interested in volunteering should contact Vicki Zimmerman at 480.488.3686 or vicki@carefree.org All the celebration activities are centrally located at 101 Easy Street in Downtown Carefree, home of the iconic Carefree Sundial, Carefree Desert Gardens and the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. For a complete list of Christmas in Carefree events, visit www.carefree.org and look for “Christmas in Carefree” under the “Things to Do” link.

Spanish Village Secures New Restaurant With over 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Joe Viher has finally secured the longawaited space in Spanish Village for his modern Latin table “dream.” Bacán, which means “awesome” or “cool” in Latin, will consist of a heavy Central South American influence and present itself as an upscale, casual dining experience. Bacán will offer the community an experience like no other and refresh the menu based on seasonality and current trends. Modern Latin food is known to offer a lighter, healthier menu, featuring fresh meats, small plates, seafood, soups, salads and sandwiches with a Latin influence. There isn’t much guests won’t see with over 35 items on the menu.

Working recently as a consultant for restaurants in the Valley, Viher is still remembered for owning the popular Spanish Village Bodega Bistro and Tapas Bar 10 years ago. Before the anticipated November 2017 opening, Viher will introduce his chef, but until then residents will notice renovation being done to the site including an increase in the size of the bar and creating a 300 plus seating experience. Plans also include rooftop dining, offering guests stunning views of Elephant Butte and Black Mountain. Bacán is located at Historic Spanish Village, 7212 East Ho Hum Road, Suite 5, and will open for brunch, lunch and evenings with plans to offer a competitive happy hour.

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Periodically, every municipality needs to review MAYOR its source of funding, assess Town of Carefree the situation in which it is 480.488.3686 operating, evaluate what www.carefree.org activities and programs have been working the most efficiently, and make revenue and expenditure projections for future years. This evaluation soon becomes a blue print of a future Long-Term Financial Plan for that community, impacting income and expenditure decisions for the next five to 10 years. Carefree developed a Long Term Financial Plan in 2003 and later updated that same plan in 2012. Due to recent changes in income projections, accentuated by legislative changes, we are currently in the process of updating it again for upcoming years. A joint workshop of the Carefree Town Council and Planning and Zoning Commission was held Monday, August 14, 2017. During this meeting, the Carefree Long Range Financial Planning Group presented and discussed the data and recommendation they had developed, and provided additional thinking regarding downtown and existing development plans, land use, revitalization, additional commercial uses, and sales tax among other financial strategies. The Carefree Long Range Financial Planning Committee consists of 10 members, which includes Carefree Town Council members (Les Peterson, John Crane and Michael Krahe), Carefree Town staff members (Gary Neiss and Jim Keen), and residents (Stephen Hatcher, Gary Hayward, Leslie Hine, John Traynor and Jerry Wetta). The members believe this plan to be the most appropriate for Carefree to pursue over the upcoming five to 10 years. Members of the committee would also be pleased to present and discuss this work with HOA and other groups with a minimum of 20 attendees. Presentations last two to two-and-a-half hours, so please plan accordingly. Please contact Les Peterson at mayor@carefree.org or call the Town office at 480.488.3686 to make an appointment. A copy of the presentation can be found on the Carefree Town website at www.carefree.org.

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Expo Offers Strategies To Keep The Brain Young, Active & Strong This year’s Healthy Brain Expo II offers nine stimulating educational and experiential workshops for people seeking positive brain health. With speakers from HonorHealth Longevity Institute and Barrow Neurological Institute, among others, topics include the relationship between good brain health and sex to understanding the impact of diet, sleep and exercise on brain health and more: • Sex and the Brain: Glynnis Zieman, MD • Hot Topics on the Brain: James Stoehr, Ph.D. • The Science behind the Brain — What are we learning? What is it telling us?: Kari Johnson, Ph.D., RN, ACNS-BC • Impact of Diet, Sleep & Exercise on Brain Health: Alexis McNeil, NMD • Tai Chi & Qigong — Benefits for the Brain: Bina Bou, Certified Instructor, Institute of Integral Qigong Tai Chi • Protecting & Nurturing Your Brain: Casey Erickson, MS, LAT, ATC • Brain & Body Dynamics — Redefine Aging: Judah Page, Certified Somatic and Brain Health Coach

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• The Pillars of the Brain — Integrative Strategies for Brain Health: Lindsay Thomas, MSN, RN



• Techniques for Stress Reduction & Healing — Reiki and Hypnosis: Paula Dieck, MSCCC-SLP, Certified Hypnotist and Reiki Master Learn what research is currently being done and other hot topics on the brain. Experience how reiki, tai chi, qigong and hypnosis can help with stress and healing. Integrate new strategies for brain health and learn how brain/body dynamics can redefine aging. “HonorHealth is committed to providing world-class care, furthering research and educating the public,” says Lindsay Thomas, MSN, RN, director of HonorHealth Longevity Institute and speaker. Foothills Community Foundation president Chris Winger states, “Through this event our community will gain a better understanding of how to stimulate and improve their own brain health.” The Healthy Brain Expo II is hosted by the Foothills Community Foundation’s MindQuest Speakers Series, and will be held October 28, 9am–1:30pm, at Holland Community Center, 34250 North 60th Street in Scottsdale. Advance online registration is recommended as last year’s event sold out. The cost is $20 in advance and $30 at the door. For more information and registration, visit www.azfcf.org or call 480.488.1090.

Save The Date For Art in pARTnership III The Art in pARTnership III Fine Art Exhibit and Sale promises to be even better than last year. Once again, this eclectic collection of fine art, created from an array of media, will be hosted by the Holland Gallery of Fine Art in Scottsdale. Residents are invited to attend and enjoy artwork by some of Arizona’s finest artists. The show runs September 30–October 26, with an artist reception to be held Saturday, October 14, 4:30–6:30pm. Art has proven to help those in need of extra care, and the Arizona Art Alliance is a nonprofit organization that promotes arts for all in Arizona. One hundred percent of revenue received from exhibits and other fundraising projects go to a multitude of deserving outreach programs — serving everyone from children to “Still Life Abstract” seniors, handicapped and veterans. Holland Gallery of Fine Art is located at 34250 North 60th Street, Building B, Scottsdale. For information, call 602.870.7610 or visit www.azartalliance.com.

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A Christmas tea in the middle of summer? Leave it to a partnership between Foothills Caring Corps and Jo Gemmill, English Rose Tea Room owner, to delight the community with a Christmas Tea in July fundraiser. The festivities, with catering from the English Tea Room, included more than 70 people who enjoyed tea sandwiches, scones, tea and a wide selection of desserts. Held at Desert Foothills Lutheran Church, the crowd stayed entertained with wonderful Christmas themed traditions, the fabulous Salvation Army Band and the musical stylings of Michael Golding. Rounding out the joyful event, Binka Schwan led everyone in a rousing sing-along of Christmas favorites. The hard-working group of volunteers from the Foothills Caring Corps put together a spectacular event with an assist from an anonymous donor benefiting services for older residents in the Northeast Valley. Foothills Caring Corps is a Carefree based volunteer driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to promoting independence and enhancing the quality of life for older residents in the Northeast Valley. The agency offers services including medical and van transportation, friendly visits, mobile meals, shopping assistance and more. For information, call 480.488.1105 or visit www.foothillscaringcorps.com.


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New Luxury Office Suites Available In Carefree

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Harry Vardakis, Palm Desert Realty, announced another new “classic, modern, landmark” office building at 7405 Nonchalant Avenue, on the corner of Nonchalant and Elbow Bend in Carefree, almost adjoining the landmark copper domed building. The new building consists of seven luxury offices for the executive desiring a home office away from home. The luxury suites offer individual private baths and individual heating and cooling. Sizes range from 234 to 410 square feet. The turn-key suites are available October 1, and an open house will be held Saturday, September 9, 2–5pm. Contact Vardakis, owner, at 480.488.3099 for an appointment.





Allen Nohre lives in Carefree with his wife, Kathie. He is a writer at Terros and can be reached at anohre@cox.net.

Consignment Shop Showcases Unique Treasures Easy Street Galleria is now a unique and fun consignment shop in Carefree. It is home to an everchanging selection of gently used consignment treasures. Shoppers can find everything from high quality art, furniture, home décor, antiques and more. Find great designer deals on clothing, jewelry and accessories in the Galleria’s funky fashion boutique. Easy Street Galleria Consignment is a showcase for treasures from Carefree, Cave Creek, North Scottsdale, Desert Mountain, The Boulders and other prestigious local communities. The staff inspects every item to ensure the best quality and offers reasonable pricing. New items arrive on a regular basis, so residents are encouraged to stop by often. Those who have quality items they would like to re-home may call (630.336.1300) or stop in and talk to Vicki. For additional information, visit www. easystreetgalleria.com.

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I don’t have a strong conviction about an afterlife, but I am open to the idea. Recently, I was walking in the foothills ALLEN NOHRE of the mountains of Cave Writer Creek with Mark, my friend of 50 years. As we began our walk, he said, “I bet Donna is looking down on us.” Donna is Mark’s wife who died two years ago, and she was always with us on our runs and walks in Cave Creek, Minneapolis, the North Shore of Lake Superior, and on the beaches of St. John, VI. Mark is powerfully rational, not a literalist, and not a fundamentalist. He chooses to imagine Donna and his sister, parents and grandparents, all of who have passed away, as continuing to be in some way. He knows he could choose to believe something else. There are many ideas of life after death, including the idea there is no life after death. Why does Mark believe, or perhaps a better word is, why did Mark “imagine” that Donna was looking down on us during our walk? He said, “Because I like feeling connected to her.” It is as simple and profound as that! My parents and my two sisters have passed away. They continue to live in my memory and through my on-going love for them. They are still in my life, and I intend to keep them here because we are still a family. My focus is on living this moment with as much soul connection and spirited energy as possible. I embrace the theologian Paul Tillich’s notion of the “eternal now” containing the past, present, and the future. I assume what is unique about me will continue in some way or fashion after this life and if I am wrong, I accept that. Loving my “now” life. Amor fati.



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Fearlessly Turbulent:

Chaos And Order In Neo-Expressionism four-person show opens in Downtown Phoenix October 5 at The Icehouse Gallery (www.theicehouseaz.com) and travels to Carefree’s Fearless Art Works November 10. The wild explosions of color, texture and image in the work of these abstract expressionists are underpinned by classic elements of aesthetic order: composition, line and design. In oil, acrylic or mixed media on canvas, board or paper, the paintings evoke the uncertainties of the 20th and 21st centuries, accept this turbulence fearlessly and reach for the renewal of peace and unity. The four artists, Michelle Micalizzi, Ken Kaminski, Joe Holdren and Dennis Kleidon, will show a wide range of recent abstract expressionist paintings. Kleidon is a Chicago-born painter with an extensive history of exhibition. His work is inspired by the waves of the Great Lakes, the rock formations of Arizona, and the rhythms of dance and music. Kaminski does paintings rich with commentary from life in Chicago, LA, New York and Cave Creek, where Ken Kaminski “Monumental Collapse” clouds inspire his most recent paintings about conflicting ideologies, human suffering, risk and recovery. Micalizzi is a visual journalist who uses painting to bring a story to life for the viewer. Her work illustrates universal concepts that speak to the choice of approaching life fearlessly. Holdren sees his paintings as mark-makings that create an orderly disorder, inspired by fleeting moments and glimpses of an image or word, whether born of an instant’s emotion or an ongoing emotional state. MichelleMicalizzi, “I Fearlessly Deliver” Each gallery will hold an artists’ reception on the opening night. For more information, call 480.526.2609. Fearless Art Works is located at 7211 East Ho Road, Suite 17, in Carefree. Call 480.595.0501 or visit www.fearlessartworks.com. “Fearlessly Turbulent” opens with a public, artists’ reception November 10, 6–9pm and continues through December 7.


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SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE The 2017-18 school year has begun, and in the Cave Creek Unified School District, we are thrilled to have our students back in classrooms and our staff facilitating learning. In the Northeast Valley, we are fortunate to have excellent options for our children’s schooling, with many choices available for their interests and needs. We hope you will consider the Cave Creek Unified School District when looking educational options. Our uniqueness is our DR. DEBBI BURDICK for small size, “family feel” and our menu of wellSuperintendent rounded, rigorous academic programs — schools Cave Creek Unified School District with signature curriculum and points of pride. Here is a snapshot of our exciting opportunities: • Black Mountain Elementary School emphasizes performing arts, music, dance and drama with specialized teachers for each area. Black Mountain uses an individualized learning model and all students learn Spanish. • Desert Sun Academy focuses on STEAM (Science-Technology-EngineeringArt-Math) with Spanish taught to all students, as well as a French Immersion World Language Program. Students at this school wear uniforms. • Desert Willow Elementary School boasts the first Spanish Immersion Program in Arizona and has won many awards of distinction for the program, which has been replicated around the state. • Horseshoe Trails Elementary School has an on-site Horsemanship and Equestrian program, a Chinese Immersion curriculum, as well as Chinese instruction for all students Pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade.

• Sonoran Trails Middle School is a World Language School of Excellence with all students taking Chinese, French or Spanish and a heavy emphasis on technology. Sonoran Trails has one-to-one technology and a state-of-the-art Sci-tech lab. • Cactus Shadows High School is our flagship and we love that all our students can become Falcons! Cactus Shadows has programming for every student and is proud to be an International Baccalaureate School, as well as offering Early College and Advanced Placement coursework. To learn more about our comprehensive programming for the whole child, go to www.ccusd93.org. We hope to see you in our schools! 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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Join Arizona Humanities for the launch of award-winning local children’s author Rodo Sofranac’s sixth educational, colorful, and fun children’s book, Find Your Nose. Enjoy a free and fun afternoon celebrating books, reading, arts and crafts, music and more. The book launch event will be held Sunday, September 17, 2–5pm, at Arizona Humanities/Ellis-Shackelford House, 1242 North Central Avenue in Phoenix. All donations and half of book sale profits from the event go to support Arizona Humanities. The mission of Arizona Humanities is to build a just and civil society by creating opportunities to explore our shared human experiences through discussion, learning and reflection. Arizona Humanities is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For information, visit www.azhumanities.org.

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• Lone Mountain Elementary is our STEM school (Science-TechnologyEngineering-Math) with a personalized learning model and Chinese language instruction for all students K-6. They have recently secured a three-year partnership with the Arizona Science Center through the generosity of Carefree Kiwanis.

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Campers had an up-close encounter as Dino Crew dinosaurs invaded the Valley of the Sun JCC for an adventurous final day of Shemesh Summer Day Camp. More adventures await during fall break camps. Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and Valley of the Sun JCC is located at 12701 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 201, in Scottsdale. For additional information, call 480.481.1794 or visit www.jewishphoenix. org or www.vosjcc.org. Photo courtesy of Valley of the Sun JCC



Sept. 16

Rockabilly Rules 7 The Rhythm Room

Sept. 17

GoGo Penguin

Sept. 23

Brazilian Day Festival Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Musical Instrument Museum

Sept. 23

Benny Green Trio

Sept. 17

Tempe Center for the Arts

Arizona Blues Showdown The Rhythm Room

Sept. 23

Sept. 8

Sept. 1

Jared & The Mill

Ricardo Arjona

Phoenix Mercury vs. Connecticut Sun

The Van Buren Phoenix

Comerica Theatre www.livenation.com

Talking Stick Resort Arena www.phoenixmercury.com

Sept. 23

Ballet Under the Stars

Sept. 8–24

Ballet Arizona at Steele Indian School Park

Sept. 1–24


Hands on a Hardbody

Mesa Encore Theatre at Mesa Arts Center www.mesaartscenter.com; 480.644.6500

Arizona Broadway Theatre www.azbroadway.org; 623.776.8400

Sept. 24


Arizona Blues Showdown Final Rounds The Rhythm Room

Sept. 8


Cold Shott & The Hurricane Horns

Sept. 17

The Rhythm Room www.rhythmroom.com; 602.265.4842

The Beach Boys


Sept. 25

Mesa Arts Center

Debashish Bhattacharya and Derek Gripper

Sept. 20

Musical Instrument Museum

Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna

Sept. 28 – Oct. 8

Musical Instrument Museum

King Thrushbeard East Valley Children’s Theatre at Mesa Arts Center www.evct.org

Sept. 21

Leyla McCalla Musical Instrument Museum

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Comerica Theatre www.livenation.com


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Phoenix Mercury vs. Atlanta Dream Talking Stick Resort Arena

Too Marvelous for Words: The Story of Nat “King” Cole

Sept. 3

Tempe Center for the Arts www.tempe.gov/tca; 480.350.2822

Matt Herskowitz Trio Mesa Arts Center

Sept. 22

Ballet Under the Stars Ballet Arizona at Fountain Park www.balletaz.org; 602.381.1096

Ana Popovic Musical Instrument Museum www.mim.org; 480.478.6000

Sept. 9

Eliane Elias Musical Instrument Museum

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Sept. 12

Carbon Leaf Musical Instrument Museum

Beth Hart

Bob Corritore’s Birthday Bash The Rhythm Room

Sept. 7

The Van Buren www.thevanburenphx.com

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George Benson and Kenny G

Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory

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Oct. 1

Kaki King and Derek Gripper Musical Instrument Museum

Sept. 7

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Diaspora Showcase Africa

The Accidentals

Salt River Brass: Phoenix Rising

Tempe Center for the Arts

Musical Instrument Museum

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Arizona Broadway Theatre www.azbroadway.org; 623.776.8400 Oct. 13 – Nov. 11: Man of La Mancha Nov. 24 – Dec. 30: South Pacific Jan. 12 – Feb. 10: Show Boat Feb. 23 – March 25: Hair April 13 – May 13: The Bridges of Madison County June 1–30: Mary Poppins July 13 – Aug. 12: Catch Me If You Can Aug. 24 – Sept. 16: Altar Boyz

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Oct. 5–22: Chapter Two Nov. 16 – Dec. 3: The River Bride Jan. 5–27: Man of La Mancha Feb. 15 – March 4: Outside Mullingar April 5–22: Low Down Dirty Blues May 17 – June 3: The Diary of Anne Frank

Sept. 1–17: Chicago Oct. 13–29: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Jan. 26 – Feb. 11: Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story March 9–25: Fools April 20 – May 6: We Will Rock You

Oct. 19–22: Ghosts & Goblins & Witches, Oh My! Dec. 2–17: Snow Queen March 2–3: Shakespeare at The Herberger March 3–4: Cinderella Rock! April 18–22: American Voices

Mesa Arts Center

www.asugammage.com; 480.965.3434 Sept. 5–10: Fun Home Oct. 31–Nov. 5: Something Rotten! Nov. 28 – Dec. 3: The Bodyguard Dec. 19–24: Cinderella Jan. 30 – Feb. 25: Hamilton March 20–25: The King And I April 17–22: The Color Purple May 15–20: Les Misérables May 29 – June 3: The Humans June 19–24: School of Rock

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www.fhtaz.org; 480.837.9661

ASU Gammage

www.balletaz.org; 602.381.1096

Oct. 21–22: Hercules vs. Vampires Nov. 17–19: Tosca Feb. 2–4: Candide March 9–11: The Barber of Seville April 6–8: Das Rheingold June – Aug.: Opera & Gelato Film Fest

www.centerdance.com; 602.252.8497

Chris De’Sean Lee & Hamilton Chicago Company Photo: Joan Marcus

www.azmusicfest.org; 480.422.8449 Nov. 3–17: Musicfest Second Annual Fall Festival (Season line-up: Super Diamond; Young Musicians Fall Concert; Dennis Rowland with Diana Lee; Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra; Mary Chapin Carpenter; The HillBenders) Jan. 26 – March 16: Musicfest 27th Annual Winter Festival

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Fountain Hills Theater

www.mesaartscenter.com; 480.644.6500

Arizona Musicfest

Arizona Opera

Center Dance Ensemble

Oct. 26–29: Swan Lake Dec. 8-24: The Nutcracker Feb. 15–18: Cinderella March 22–25: Today’s Masters May 3–6: All Balanchine May 15 – June 2: An Evening at the Garden

Black Theatre Troupe www.blacktheatretroupe.org; 602.258.8129 Sept. 15 – Oct. 1: Caroline, or Change Oct. 27 – Nov. 12: Seven Guitars Dec. 1–10: Black Nativity Feb. 9–25: Lines in the Dust April 6–22: Blackberry DAZE

Brelby Theatre www.brelby.com Oct. 6–28: Depend on Me Nov. 3–11: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Dec. 1–23: Elf Academy Jan. 12–20: The Night of Shorts Feb. 9 – March 3: Lysistrada Jones March 23 – April 14: Spin May 11 – June 2: Fly By Night June 29 – July 21: Spy Love You Aug. 3–11: Th 5th Annual Brelby Miscast Concert Aug. 24 – Sept. 15: Return to Rosie’s Pub

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Get ready for a season of dance, music and live theatre as the 2017-18 performing arts season kicks off this fall. The Valley is home to world-class performance troupes, musicians and venues, offering entertaining options for young and old and everyone in between. Here is a preview of some of the outstanding events and venues to experience this season.

Kick off the 2017-18 season with a free, family-friendly festival, “The Good, The Bad and The Weird” Friday, September 8. The event is inspired by surrealism and themes of exhibitions opening in Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum that same evening. Festival goers will see live performances, hear nonstop live music, see artist demonstrations and enjoy foods from local vendors.

Childsplay www.childsplayaz.org; 480.921.5700 Sept. 7 – Oct. 15: The Phantom Tollbooth Oct. 21 – Nov. 12: Tomás and the Library Lady Nov. 25 – Dec. 23: Go, Dog. Go! Dec. 1–24: A Christmas Carol with Katie McFadzen Jan. 21 – March 11: A Snowy Day and Other Stories March 31 – April 8: Maddi’s Fridge April 22 – May 20: Flora & Ulysses

Desert Foothills Theater www.dftheater.org; 480.488.1981 Oct. 7–15: The Addams Family Musical Nov. 10–19: Annie Jan. 12–21: Charlotte’s Web Jan. 28: Piano Men Generations Feb. 2–11: Driving Ms. Daisy Feb. 25: December ‘63 March 25: Diamond Rocks March 30 – April 15: In the Heights May 11–20: Shrek the Musical

The Don Bluth Front Row Theatre www.donbluthfrontrowtheatre. com; 480.314.0841 Sept. 14 – Nov. 4: She Loves Me Nov. 16 – Dec. 30: It’s a Wonderful Life

Musical Instrument Museum www.mim.org; 480.478.6000 MIM brings world-class performers to the Valley while celebrating music as a sustaining human gift that enriches world culture by collecting, preserving and exhibiting a wide variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. The MIM Music Theater presents over 250 concerts per year and has had over 150 Grammy-winning artists perform on its stage. Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna performs at MIM Sept. 20

Musical Theatre of Anthem www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org; 623.336.6001 Sept. 21–24: The Jungle Book Kids Sept. 28 – Oct. 8: The Secret Garden Nov. 30 – Dec. 3: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Dec. 7–10: Elf Jr. Feb. 22–25: Once On This Island Jr. March 1–4: Decided May 3–12: Beauty and the Beast June 14–17: Annie Jr.

www.northvalleysymphony.org; 623.980.4628 Oct. 14: Russian Roundup Dec. 16–17: Holiday Pops March 3: Concertos and More May 19: Best of Broadway and Opera

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www.phoenixtheatre.com; 602.254.2151

Theatre Artists Studio

Sept. 6 – Oct. 15: Mamma Mia! Sept. 20 – Oct. 15: Hedwig and the Angry Inch Nov. 15 – Dec. 31: Newsies Jan. 24 – Feb. 11: It’s Only A Play Feb. 2–25: Hand to God Feb. 14 – March 4: The Boob Show March 7 – April 8: Million Dollar Quartet April 18 – May 13: Godspell May 16 – June 10: Little Shop of Horrors Rock Photo: Rose Torres

www.thestudiophx.org; 602.765.0120 Aug. 25 – Sept. 17: The Cemetery Club Oct. 13 – Nov. 5: Switzerland Dec. 1–17: Father Christmas & The Snow Queen Jan. 12 – Feb. 4: Trying March 2–25: Red April 20 – May 13: I Never Sang For My Father June 7–17: New Summer Shorts 2018 Twelfth Night

Southwest Shakespeare Company


North Valley Symphony Orchestra

www.swshakespeare.org; 480.435.6868 Sept. 8–30: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Oct. 13-28: The Three Musketeers Dec. 1–3: Twelfth Night Jan. 12–27: Romeo and Juliet Jan. 13–27: The Infinite Canary Feb. 16 – March 10: Sense and Sensibility March 23 – April 7: Henry IV, Part I

Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts www.paradisevalley.edu/cpa; 602.787.7738

ELAN: Convergence Ballet Company, Summer 2017

Phoenix Chorale www.phoenixchorale.org; 602.253.2224 Oct. 27–29: Bruffy’s Best Dec. 15–19: A Chorale Christmas March 2–4: Nordic Songs April 27–29: Sing of Spring

The Phoenix Symphony www.phoenixsymphony.org; 602.495.1999 From the smoke-filled nightclubs of 1950s New York to the peasant villages of premodern Russia, Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz kicks off the 70th Anniversary season September 15–16 with a bold and colorful program of musical masterpieces. The program includes Stravinsky’s folkloric ballet The Rite of Spring; Prelude, Fugue and Riffs (kicking off a season-long focus on the music of Leonard Bernstein); and Tchaikovsky’s sizzling Violin Concerto.

Tempe Center for the Arts www.tempe.gov; 480.350.2822

Rock Photo: Rose Torres

Scorpius Dance Theatre www.scorpiusdance.com; 602.254.2151 Oct. 26 – Nov. 4: A Vampire Tale Oct. 27: Vampire Ball March 29–31: Rock

Tempe Center for the Arts kicks off its 2017-18 Season September 8 with an anniversary celebration featuring local favorite Jordin Sparks. The singer/ songwriter, “American Idol” winner and Arizona native rocketed into the entertainment stratosphere with millions of albums sold worldwide and she returns home to headline the Center’s 10th Anniversary weekend.

www.theaterworks.org; 623.815.7930


Sept. 8–24: Gypsy Oct. 13–29: Frankenstein Oct. – Nov. 12: Savannah Sipping Society Dec. 8–24: 3 A Christmas Carol Feb. 16 – March 4: A Chorus Line March 30 – April 15: Forever Plaid

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org; 480.499.8587 Among the artists making their Center debuts are Broadway stars Kelli O’Hara and Megan Hilty, and pop musician Steven Page. The Center continues its long tradition of welcoming international performers, including Ireland’s The Chieftains, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Argentina’s The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires and Australia’s The TEN Tenors. Other highlights include the Parsons Dance ensemble and classical musicians Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman and Murray Perahia, along with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Hope.

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This fully professional theatre and multi-use facility houses student productions, touring acts and educational programs — from film festivals and student directed one-act plays to concert series, chamber ensembles and faculty jazz concerts. Save the dates for the Fine & Performing Arts Open House (Saturday, October 7) and the PVCC Festival of Tales (Saturday, December 2), and visit the website for a complete list of upcoming events.

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Valley Youth Theatre www.vyt.com; 602.253.8188 Oct. 28 – Nov. 19: Madagascar — A Musical Adventure Dec. 1–23: A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail Feb. 9–25: The Hobbit April 6–22: Little Women, The Broadway Musical June 15 – July 1: Annie, The Musical



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SanTan Celebrates Ten Years At Annual Oktoberfest



Fans of polka music, German food and craft beer will don their lederhosen and dirndls and gather in Downtown Chandler Saturday, September 30, from 3–11pm to celebrate SanTan Brewing’s 10th annual Oktoberfest. Leading the entertainment lineup are Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Reel Big Fish and other local acts. Professionally produced by HDE Agency and presented by Bashas’, this year’s event will highlight beer games, brat eating contest, and family zone all in celebration of SanTan Brewing’s 10th anniversary. No Oktoberfest celebration would be complete without beer, and the SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest will feature a Bavarian-style beer garden where thirsty patrons will enjoy SanTan’s Oktoberfest lager. Oktoberfest is a traditional German lager boasting a toasty strong malt profile with a clean and crisp lager flavor, ABV 5.5%. SanTan will also pour their core beers and other seasonal offerings. Other highlights include a beer pong tournament, bag toss, wiener dog races, stein holding, keg stacking and tricycle races. For tickets and more information, visit www.santanoktoberfest.com.

Ocean Prime’s Colorado Lamb Chops with Arugula mint pesto and Mint vinaigrette

Restaurants have always been a part of chef Jagger Griffin’s life — his mother served tables to support the two of them. At the age of 17, Griffin’s mother got him a line cook position at the casual restaurant where she worked. After trying out different positions in the food service industry, Griffin felt the calling to hone his culinary skills and create a career in hospitality. A graduate of the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont, Griffin was a sous chef at two Phoenix restaurants, Christopher’s and Eddie Matney’s, before becoming chef de cuisine at Eddie Matney’s. In 2000, Jagger joined Anthem Restaurants of America as executive chef of Furio in Scottsdale. After winning multiple awards and being named one of Arizona’s Up and Coming Chefs in 2002, Griffin was asked to help develop Anthem’s fresh Mexican cantina concept, Salty Senorita in 2003. In 2009, Jagger became executive chef at Ocean Prime Phoenix. Ocean Prime is an award-winning modern American restaurant and lounge from restauranteur Cameron Mitchell. Ocean Prime delivers an impressive menu of seafood and prime cuts of steak, signature cocktails, a Wine Spectatorhonored wine list and aims to present its guests with truly genuine hospitality. From the kitchen and bar, there is an appreciation for ingredients that comes through in every dish. The menu is classic and yet there is a modern sensibility to the preparations. Ocean Prime Phoenix is located at 5455 East High Street. For additional information, call 480.347.1313 or visit www.ocean-prime.com. GET MORE: Go online now for Chef Griffin’s Colorado Lamb Chops recipe. Visit news.CITYSunTimes.com and click on the “Kitchen Insider” link.

Rock The Guac At The Camby

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The founders of the Arizona Taco Festival are partnering with The Camby, a luxury lifestyle urban hotel, to throw a tasty event on National Guacamole Day, September 16: Rock the Guac. The event will pit more than 12 of the Valley’s top chefs against each other in a friendly culinary battle while providing a festive way for guacamole fans to “rock out with their guac out.” This fiesta also marks the final countdown until the Arizona Taco Festival at Salt River Fields October 14–15 (www.aztacofestival.com). Tickets to Rock the Guac cost $40 and come with unlimited guacamole samples, a gourmet taco station provided by The Camby, and two drink tickets good for Casa Noble margaritas and Corona cervezas. The event will also include live lucha libre wrestling, flamenco dancing performances and DJ. Proceeds from Rock the Guac will benefit Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona (www.freeartsaz.org), a nonprofit organization that helps heal homeless and abused children through artistic expression. The Camby is located at 2401 East Camelback Road in Phoenix. For event information, visit www.universe.com/rocktheguac.

New Medically-Supervised Weight Management Program Offered

Abrazo Community Health Network will host a free public forum about heart health from 6–8:30pm September 15 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort’s Highland Center, 11111 North 7th Street in Phoenix. The event will feature live broadcasts of advanced cardiovascular procedures from Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital. There will also be patient and caregiver storytelling, and a question-and-answer session with Abrazo cardiovascular specialists. Participants can come early for free health screenings, Ask the Doctor and educational materials about cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control reports that more than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year. That’s one in every four deaths. Those interested in the latest advancements in cardiovascular care, along with tips for a heart-healthy lifestyle, are encouraged to attend the event. Seating is limited. To register, visit www.abrazohealth.com/hearthealth or call 844.563.6109.

Meditation and modern Buddhism come to the Grand Canyon region as a new 20-acre retreat center in Williams opens fall 2017. The International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, located along the historic Route 66 portion of Interstate 40, is nestled at the edge of the Kaibab National Forest, and offers an idyllic setting for meditation and retreat. With mountain views and abundant evergreens, a former 73-room hotel and guest ranch is currently under renovation. Along with comfortable accommodation and excellent retreat conditions, the center is transforming a former ballroom into a tranquil and spacious meditation room with comfortable chairs as well as floor cushions. Everyone will be welcome to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere away from the distractions of everyday life, surrounded by an environment of incredible natural beauty. The retreat center will host many programs throughout the year to appeal to a range of guests. Whether looking for a day visit, an introduction to Buddhist meditation or an in-depth course or retreat, all will find an enjoyable and meaningful experience. In conjunction with the opening, internationally renowned Buddhist monk and newly appointed Resident Teacher of the retreat center, Gen-la Kelsang Jampa, will be giving talks around the state. He is well-loved for his clear and inspiring teachings, as well as his ability to touch people’s hearts through his sincerity and loving-kindness. Gen-la Jampa will present “Choose Happiness” September 12, 7–8:30pm, at the Phoenix Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 East Townley Avenue in Phoenix. Additional September dates are schedule in Northern and Southern Arizona. The public talks will serve as perfect introduction to what guests can expect to find on a visit to the retreat center. All public talks will be followed by regular weekly classes. Reserve a seat at www. meditationinnorthernarizona.org.

Grand Canyon Region Welcomes New Retreat Center Preview sessions to be held in the Valley

Abrazo To Host Free Cardiovascular Health Forum

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Carefree Internal Medicine is offering a medicallysupervised weight management program that will be completely personalized. The program will consider each client’s medical conditions, desired (healthy) weight, complete body composition analysis, nutrition education, personalized meal replacements, medicines needed for weight loss, and various factors involved in weight gain, weight loss and sustenance. Additionally, the program will assess an individual’s psychosocial factors that play a major role in achieving Dr. Seema Mohan a healthy weight and overall wellness. In conjunction with the program, highly informative, comprehensive educational seminars will be offered. Information on the seminars can be found on the company’s Facebook page. Dr. Seema Mohan has recently done extensive training in this much-needed area and is very enthusiastic to add this to her already wide array of expert services that are offered at Carefree Internal Medicine. She is a member of Obesity Medical Association as well as American Medical Association, and will keep up with ongoing education and new developments in these much-needed fields. With her strong background in internal medicine and deep understanding of medical conditions, the human body and the mind, she will be a strong asset to patients’ bodily wellness. Carefree Internal Medicine is located at 36800 North Sidewinder, Suite A-4, in Carefree. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call 480.595.0431 or visit www.carefreeinternalmedicine.com.



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At Tucson Benefit Concert



Jazz Legends Live swings into its 16th year Saturday, September 23, at The Lodge at Ventana Canyon. Presented by Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA), this collaborative concert brings jazz greats from around the world for a once in a lifetime creative collaboration, celebrating Tucson’s place in the world of jazz. Jazz Legends Live was founded in 2001 by Al and Marilyn Cook in the backyard of their Oro Valley home. Over the course of its history the event has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including John Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Todd Coolman, Lewis Nash, Grace Kelly, and Corey Wilcox, and the talented lineup scheduled for 2017 is sure to impress jazz fans of all ages. “Each year the lineup features a collection of truly fantastic jazz talent,” Kate Marquez, SAACA’s

Niki Harris

executive director, says of the event. “In 2017, we’re reaching across genres and styles to continue to strive for the unique sound and experience Jazz Legend attendees have come to expect.” The 2017 Jazz Legends are Lewis Nash, drums; Bobby Floyd, piano; Niki Harris, vocals; Jon Faddis, trumpet; and Tom Kennedy, acoustic and electric bass. In addition to its fundraising goals for SAACA’s creative arts therapy programs, Jazz Legends Live seeks to define paths and expand the possibilities for all artists, from emerging and lesser-known musicians, to jazz students and today’s top jazz stars. The event will be held at The Lodge at Ventana Canyon, 6200 North Club House Lane, offering an intimate setting for the concert. All the proceeds raised from the event help SAACA continue to fund Creative Arts Therapy and Arts Education

Jon Faddis programs in the community. Concert tickets can be purchased for $65 (middle rows) or $55 (back rows). For an upgraded event experience, a $150 ticket will offer attendees VIP front row concert seating, and a three-course dinner prior to the concert featuring live music from the UA Studio Jazz Ensemble. Dinner begins at 5:30pm and the concert starts at 7pm. For additional information, call 520.797.3959 or visit www.saaca.org/jazzlegends.

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The Fall Open Studio Tours in Southern Arizona promote selfguided tours of artist studios and creative work spaces in the region. The tour divides the region into two weekends showcasing individual artists and local creative businesses from across Southern Arizona. The first weekend, September 20 – October 1, will highlight the northern area; the second weekend, October 7–8, will highlight the southern portion. The Open Studio Tour mission is to support and promote local artists who work and exhibit in Southern Arizona — inspiring and enriching its growing cultural community. The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona (www.artsfoundtucson.org) and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (www.saaca.org) partner to provide this opportunity free of charge for artists, creatives and makers to participate throughout the region. And visitors are invited into these artists’ spaces free of charge, to engage directly with the artists and learn more about their artistic process. The tour runs from 10am–5pm daily during each weekend. For additional information, visit www.openstudiotours.com.


Southern Arizona Open Studio Tours Fall 2017




Rhonda Vincent and The Rage

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Pickin’ in the Pines Celebrates Bluegrass & Acoustic Music



The 12th annual Pickin’ in the Pines Music Festival is an award-winning bluegrass and acoustic music festival that will transform the ponderosa pines during the weekend of September 15–17. Guests will enjoy bluegrass, old-time music, Celtic and gypsy jazz, in addition to workshops, band contests, activities for children, jam sessions and camping. Pickin’ in the Pines is a world-class music festival first held in 2006. The festival honors the interests of the diverse membership of Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music (www.ffotm.org), whose mission is to share, preserve and promote American folk music, bluegrass and dance in Northern Arizona. The line-up of performers includes Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, Tim O’Brien, Della Mae, The Drew Emmit Band and Mountain Heart, among many others. Pickin’ in the Pines will be held at Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park, located within the Fort Tuthill Coconino County Park complex, 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop, Flagstaff. Tickets are on sale now. Visit www.pickininthepines.org for additional information.

Annual Film Fest Winds Its Way Through Verde Valley Recognized by Movie Maker Magazine as one of the top “25 Coolest Film Festivals” in the world in August 2017, and chosen as one of the “12 Finest Summer Festivals in Arizona” by Travel Mag, the Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival aims to stay raw and original by offering its guests a welcoming spirit and cinematic adventure. Originally rooted in and held exclusively in Jerome, (America’s largest ghost town and once coined “Wickedest Town in the West”) the festival has recently expanded down the hill from the stilted village to include the unique and historic hamlets of Clarkdale and Old Town Cottonwood as well. Each town possesses its own distinct charm and personality and are just minutes from one another. All three towns make up one community located in Verde Valley, the main artery of Northern Arizona’s wine country. Throughout the four-day festival, held September 8–10, independent films screen at various unexpected locations, which include (among others) historic, charming buildings, inside a funky home, in the hallway of a haunted high school and on a train that travels through the majestic Verde Canyon. Films cover a broad range — short and feature films in documentary, horror, comedy, animation, student film music video. And be sure to check out the Film Fair, held Saturday, September 9, from 11am–4pm. Explore vendors including film industry, local artists, area wineries, breweries and distilleries and enjoy food, wine and craft beer sampling. Organizers say that the Jerome Indie Film Festival has “the spirit of Woodstock but with films and wine. It feels like a down-to-earth house party held in three of Arizona’s most interesting and beautiful historic towns where attendees connect and become family.” For complete details, visit www.jeromefilmfestival.com.

A celebration of music and art

Family Campout Program Offers Fun-Filled Outdoor Adventures Arizona residents are invited to join the fun at Arizona State Parks and Trails award-winning Family Campout Program this fall. The program gives children a break from electronics and introduces them to new outdoor adventures for one weekend at a state park. The program is ideal for those new to camping but all are welcome to share in this weekend experience. An activity filled weekend could include fishing, archery, mountain biking, hiking or birding, depending on the date and park chosen. Trained camp coordinators will assist by teaching campers how to set up a tent, prepare food outside, build a fire and work on a service project. The program fee is $90 for a family of up to four people. Additional family members are $5 each for up to six people. Children five and younger and pets cannot attend this program. The Fall 2017 season includes: • September 16–17: Cattail Cove State Park, Lake Havasu City • September 23–24: Homolovi State Park, Winslow

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Photos courtesy of Patagonia Fall Festival

Twenty-eight years ago, the Town of Patagonia held its first fall festival to showcase extraordinary talent and artistry against the beautiful backdrop of its community, which is nestled at over 4,000 feet in the mountains of Southeast Arizona. Now, the festival attracts more than 15,000 visitors to the lovely tree-shaded park in the center of town over a festive three-day weekend. The festival hosts top-of-the-line entertainment on each day of the event. Entertainers represent a great mix of styles sure to please every taste. The festival also features food and beverage vendors for every taste along with the offerings of Patagonia’s well-known eateries such as the Velvet Elvis, Gathering Grounds, Wild Horse, Mercedes, Ovens of Patagonia and the Wagon Wheel Saloon. Room is also made available for not-for-profit and information booths as well as the Patagonia Library book sale. The festival helps support the activities of the Sky Islands Tourism Association, such as its new Visitor’s Center. It also helps support the Park Preservation Fund of the Town of Patagonia. Funds will be utilized to preserve, maintain and improve the park’s trees and landscaping as well as its facilities. The Patagonia Fall Festival takes place October 13–15; 11am–5pm Friday, and 10am–5pm Saturday and Sunday. For additional information, call 520.345.4172 or visit www.patagoniafallfestival.com.


Save The Date: Patagonia Fall Festival


• October 7–8: Lyman Lake State Park, St. Johns • October 14–15: Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, Show Low • October 28–29: Kartchner Caverns State Park, Benson • November 4–5: Picacho Peak State Park, Eloy • December 2–3: Lost Dutchman State Park, Apache Junction Fall 2017 registration is now open. Visit www.azstateparks.com/family-camp to register and for more information. For information about all 35 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call 877. MY.PARKS or visit www.azstateparks.com. Prickly pear along the Apache Trail courtesy of the Arizona Office of Tourism

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Blue Light: The Visible Danger

Over the past decade, our lives have been transformed due to smartphones, tablets and other handheld devices. These devices are backlit by LED light. Also, legislation has been implemented that require that incandescent light bulbs be replaced by more energy efficient LED bulbs. Unfortunately, this change in technology has come with a price tag: these devices emit high levels of “blue light.” Think about the colors of the rainbow. On the spectrum, blue light is right next to ultraviolet radiation (UV). We know that UV (which we cannot see) can be damaging to our skin and to our eyes. Its neighbor, blue light, has been found to cause numerous problems in higher and extended doses. Although the sun is the major source of all wavelengths of light, including blue light, we have experienced a tremendous increase in blue light exposure in other settings, such as in our office, on our laptop, and even in our beds when we tend to use our smartphones and tablets before going to sleep. Read the rest of “Blue Light: The Visible Danger” online now!


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2017 Dodge Durango R/T RWD: Hit of the Party

My oldest son just turned six, and this year marks his final overindulgent, overcrowded and over budget birthday bash. From now on, I will take five friends on an understated adventure. One thing that was definitely not over embellished at the party was the 2017 Dodge Durango we were able to test drive while preparing for the shindig.

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North Valley September 2017 Issue of CITYSunTimes  

CITYSunTimes is a locally owned community publication now in its 15th year, serving over 80,000 readers in the North Valley. CST offers pers...

North Valley September 2017 Issue of CITYSunTimes  

CITYSunTimes is a locally owned community publication now in its 15th year, serving over 80,000 readers in the North Valley. CST offers pers...