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One Little Library at a time By Kathryn M. Miller

A movement is afoot. The movement comes in small packages, although typically bigger than a breadbox – but the reach is global and has one rule: “Take a book, return a book.” The movement is the Little Free Library, which began in 2009 as a tribute to the founder’s mother – a former school teacher who loved reading. Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin built a model of a one-room school house, filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. Rick Brooks of Madison, who promotes green practices and a vibrant local economy, joined forces with Bol and a community was formed. Little Free Libraries have sprung up around the world and become gathering places where neighbors share their favorite

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literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. It is a story of achieving a variety of goals for the common good – and the story is spreading, which is where Melissa Wiegand, a teacher at Copper Canyon Elementary School in the Paradise Valley Unified School District, comes in. “I read an article about the Little Free Library movement to my classes,” says Wiegand, a teacher for 19 years. “After I read the article to them and showed them some videos, one of the kids said, ‘We should do this.’ All the students agreed. One of the kids put his hands out in the center of the group and said, ‘Everyone, hands in.’ Everyone put their hands in in agreement to do the Little Free Library.” Copper Canyon Little Library, continued page 18

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44th Scottsdale Arts Festival The Scottsdale Arts Festival is a weekend-long celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts. The event features 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the United States, continuous live music and entertainment on two stages, an expanded roster of 15 local gourmet food trucks from the Phoenix Street Food Coalition, creative activities for kids at the Imagine Nation family area and free admission to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). In collaboration with the Festival, Scottsdale Public Art will present the U.S. debut of Happy Rainbow by the Los Angeles-based artist duo FriendsWithYou. The outdoor event will be held at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (7380 East Second Street) March 14-16, and runs 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Singleday passes are $8 for adults; children age 12 and under are free. For additional information, visit or call 480.499.8587.



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Nothing Beats A Good Book

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I read that, at one point, Thomas “You can never get a Wake Up with Jefferson’s personal library was the cup of tea large enough the Butterflies largest personal collection in the country. or a book long He even sold it to the government to enough to suit me.” help replace the Library of Congress – C.S. Lewis when the British burned Washington down during the War of 1812. After which, he wrote to John Adams, “I cannot live without books,” and began purchasing books again – much to his own financial detriment. I totally relate – I try to avoid bookstores and rely on the local library instead. The Bookstore Avoidance Maneuver doesn’t always work, though. It’s heartening to know that this love of reading has been taken up by my kids. My daughter recently told me that one of the best things I ever did for her was to give her a copy of Harry Potter in 1999. She was seven and has been a voracious reader ever since. She turns 21 this month and her Spring possessions consist mostly of books – a reader after Mr. Jefferson’s heart! I also find it encouraging that we have dedicated teachers like Melissa Wiegand of Copper Canyon Training in Elementary School (see this month’s Northeast Valley cover story). Ms. Wiegand’s passion for reading led her the Valley students to build a community library in order to share their own love of books. National Read Across America Day is March 3. The purpose of the day is to celebrate reading and promote the enjoyment of books in the hopes of creating lifelong readers. But why wait for a special day to celebrate books? Take your kids (or yourself) down to the local library and check out some magic this month. They’ll thank you for it – and you may just rediscover your own passion. Until next month…all my best,



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A Modern-Day Boomtown By Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane



Did you know that 8.9 million people visit Scottsdale each year? They enjoy our arts and culture. They stay in our hotels. They eat in our restaurants. They shop at our stores and they enjoy everything there is to see and do here. They support an environment and tax base that makes Scottsdale…“Scottsdale.” MAYOR In fact, more people will visit City of Scottsdale Scottsdale this year than the combined 480.312.3111 populations of Wyoming, Vermont, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska, Delaware, Montana, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Hawaii and the District of Columbia. And did you know that EIGHT out of every TEN visitors to Scottsdale spend time in Downtown Scottsdale? That is because Downtown Scottsdale is a place unlike anywhere else. It is the anchor of our brand and the envy of the Southwest. As a result of the forward thinking of a majority of the City Council, civic leaders and business owners, Downtown Scottsdale can easily be described as a modern-day boomtown. There are more restaurants, nightclubs and shops in our downtown than anywhere else in the State. Private investment in the past three years has reached nearly half a billion dollars. More and more people are choosing to live in our downtown thanks to great options like Optima Camelview and Optima Sonoran Village – which has just begun building its second phase. Broadstone at the Waterfront is nearing completion, and another new project, called “Industry,” will begin construction soon in the Entertainment District. More people living downtown is injecting more life, more energy and frankly, more money into our downtown. According to data from the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors, residential real estate in Downtown Scottsdale has appreciated at double the rate of residential real estate around the rest of the City. It’s easy to see why I am so bullish on Downtown Scottsdale. We have built something special, and it is growing just like we hoped it would. So this weekend, don’t forget to visit downtown and take pride in one of the many things that sets Scottsdale apart.

Arizona Fine Art Expo Wraps The patron-friendly, 10-week fine art event, the Arizona Fine Art Expo wraps its 74 straight days of “Art Adventure” this month on the 30th. “Every year patrons walk away from the show raving about the quality of art, friendliness of the artists and the special Expo ambiance,” says Judith Combs, CEO of the award-winning Thunderbird Artists and CEO/partner of Arizona Fine Art Expo. This is the place to be to watch sculptors chipping, etching and polishing stone, skillfully placing and smoothing clay on unfinished figures or welding metals behind their masks. They are busy weaving fine strands of delicate wire, soldering and designing jewelry, weaving and firing glass, carving and etching gourds and pottery, designing and placing mosaic pieces of tile and more. Visit the charming Café de Expo where patrons enjoy eating indoors surrounded by working artists or out in the garden surrounded by spectacular sculptures. The Art Expo is open daily from 10am-6pm at 26540 North Scottsdale Road (southwest corner of Jomax and Scottsdale Roads). The cost is $10 for a season pass, which includes unlimited entrance. For additional information, call 480.837.7163 or visit

Scottsdale Sci-Tech Celebrations March kicks off the state wide Arizona SciTech Festival, a celebration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). On March 1, critters, robots and science labs will be on display at Scottsdale Community College (SCC) as it presents the second annual Full STEAM Ahead festival (the “A” for arts is added at SCC). The festival is free and students of all ages are encouraged to attend the family-friendly affair, which features robotic demonstrations, tours of the Center for Native and Urban Wildlife (CNUW), science exhibits and experts sharing their insights on a wide range of topics, including electronic gaming. The festival will be in the northwest part of campus, just north of the SCC Fitness Center. More than 200 SciTech-related events are scheduled throughout the state, including the City of Scottsdale, which is presenting Science of the City of Scottsdale, also on March 1, from 10am-2pm. Families can use the free Scottsdale Trolley to experience both events. For a complete listing of SciTech events, visit For more information, visit or call 480.423.6000.

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The Goodguys 5th Spring Nationals is a colorful hot rod and custom car festival featuring more than 2,500 hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars and trick trucks through 1972 vintage. In addition to the car show, the festival will include vendor exhibits, a swap meet and cars-for-sale area, special “themed” parking areas, Goodguys Autocross (to test vehicle agility and performance), model car show, children’s fun – PPG Coloring

contest, Revell model car kit make ‘n’ take sessions – and lots of fun for the entire family. The event runs March 7-9 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 North Pima Road. Adult admission is $18; children seven through 12 are $6 and ages six and under are free. Tickets are available online or on-site. For additional information, visit www.good-guys. com/sn-2014 or call WestWorld at 480.312.6802.

Celebrating Arizona Wine The Arizona Wine Growers Association will present its inaugural The Art of Arizona Wine Celebration March 15. This will be of interest to Arizona wine enthusiasts, hobbyists, wine retailers, wineries and winemakers. The event begins at 8am and will include something for everyone: timely and interesting educational sessions, tasting the best 20 Arizona wineries have to offer, an Arizona wine art show, a wine industry trade show, an intriguing keynote address; and, the day will conclude with The Art of Arizona Wine Gala Celebration from 5:30-8:30pm. Events will take place at The Saguaro Hotel and Clayton on the Park. For details and pricing information, visit



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Foothills Caring Corps (FCC), a nonprofit providing in-home and transportation services to older adults in the North Valley who are homebound, is recruiting volunteers to assist participants with basic tasks and errands needed to live an independent lifestyle. “Our older residents are among our community’s Michael Robison enjoys pet therapy with Cooper and most precious treasures, Jim Barrow, an FCC volunteer. and they need our support to continue living a life that’s both fulfilling and independent,” says FCC Executive Director Debbra Determan. “Foothills Caring Corps is dedicated to empowering older adults, and volunteers are crucial to our success and reach.” To aid recruitment efforts, FCC tapped Scottsdale Leadership, Inc., a nationally acclaimed leadership development and community stewardship organization. Participants in the nonprofit’s Core Program Class 28 are assisting FCC with volunteer outreach. During the next few weeks, Scottsdale Leadership Class 28 participants are reaching out to North Valley residents, employers and neighborhood associations to identify new volunteers who are willing to donate their time on a regular, semi-regular or one-time basis. They are scheduling “lunch and learns” with area companies and developing a series of promotional tools that FCC can utilize with volunteer outreach throughout the year. On April 4, participants will compete against four other groups of Class 28 classmates. Scottsdale community leaders will judge the competition and award a cash prize. The group will present its results in the first Scottsdale Leadership “Lead it Forward Showcase and Reception” at Scottsdale’s historic Hotel Valley Ho at 5:30pm. The public is invited. Community members interested in learning more about FCC volunteer opportunities can visit or call 480.488.1105. For more information, visit


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Stylish Women In Film Series A special series of four films featuring iconic American Indian women in the arts will be presented on four Thursdays in late February and March at the Heard Museum North Scottsdale. The series, “Stylish Women in Film,” will be presented at 11:30am on each of these Thursdays: February 27, March 6, 13 and 20, at the Museum, 32633 North Scottsdale Road (at Ashler Hills Drive) in Scottsdale. Each film is from the collection of the Museum’s Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives. Admission is free with Museum admission of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors age 65 and older, $2 for children ages six-12 and for students with ID. Heard Museum members, children age five and younger and American Indians are admitted free. Films presented include: •

February 27 – Tallchief (2007, 57 min.)

March 6 – Maria, Black Pottery of San Ildefonso (30 min.)

• March 13 – Pablita Velarde: An Artist and Her People (20 min.) • March 20 – Miss Navajo (2007, 60 min.) For more information, call 480.488.9817 or visit Tallchief as Eurydice in Balanchine’s Orpheus, c. 1948. The estate of George Platt Lynes/the George Balanchine Trust/New York City Ballet Archives

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Rotary Club of Scottsdale North will hold a fundraising event for Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR) Sunday, March 30 at Vino 100. The fundraiser runs from 3-5pm and costs $20 per person or $35 per couple. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door day of the event. Guests will receive four wine tasting tickets (additional wines – glass or bottle – and beers available for purchase) and enjoy an assortment of appetizers and music by The New Deal. Vino 100 is located at 30835 North Cave Creek Road in Phoenix. Call 480.502.8466 or visit for information. For event questions, contact Julia at 480.595.0697 or jmcmanus@ Learn more about Rotary Club of Scottsdale North at Learn more about FAR at

Discounted tickets benefit Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation

Something For Just About Everyone WestWorld of Scottsdale will host the Scottsdale Home & Garden Show March 29-30. The event boasts four distinct expos contained in one huge event: Baby Boomer, Live Well Expo; Home Expo; Women’s Expo and Big, Big Green Expo, which includes shopping, green seminars, gardening, music and fun, fashion, beauty, home improvement, vacation and travel, building green and more. The event runs 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday. Admission price is $10. For more information, call 602.277.6045 or visit

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The LPGA Founders Cup has teamed up with Scottsdale Healthcare to donate 100 percent of proceeds to charity from Good Any Day Tickets and Weekly Badges purchased (offered at a 25 percent discount) through www. for the LPGA Founder’s Cup, March 18-23 at Wildfire Golf Club at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. Proceeds from tickets purchased through the website will benefit patient care in the nonprofit Scottsdale Healthcare hospitals serving the Northeast Phoenix and Scottsdale communities. Nearby Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital is minutes from the tournament site and Scottsdale Healthcare will provide first aid service during the LPGA Founders Cup. In addition, Saturday, March 22 is Scottsdale Healthcare Day at the Founders Cup. Medical professionals from Scottsdale Healthcare will offer free skin cancer and heart health checks for spectators entering the grounds. Proceeds from the LPGA Founders Cup benefit the Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation, LPGA Foundation and LPGA-USGA Girls Golf. Scottsdale Healthcare is a founding partner of the LPGA Founders Cup, and the exclusive outlet for discounted online advance sale tickets, now available at


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Waking Up with the Butterflies

Photo by Kathryn M. Miller

Butterfly Wonderland hosts a self-guided tour photography session, Waking Up with the Butterflies, Saturday, March 29 from 8-9am (prior to opening to the public) giving photographers a quiet and private opportunity to photograph the exotic butterflies in the atrium. Check-in is 7:45am. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Program is limited to 20 participants. The cost is $10 for members; $30 for non-members (includes admission to Butterfly Wonderland). To register, contact Adriane Grimaldi at 480.800.3000, Extension 207. Butterfly Wonderland is located at 9500 East Via de Ventura in Scottsdale. Visit www. for information.



Sips and Sounds Concert Series Wraps The SHOPS at Gainey Village wraps up its annual concert series featuring live music, drinks and food Thursday, March 6. Guests are invited to relax under the stars and listen to music performed by the 10-piece powerhouse band Affinity from 6-8:30pm. Affinity performs an extensive repertoire of contemporary swing, big band jazz and vocal harmonies ranging from Frank Sinatra to U2. Affinity spotlights female and male vocalists with a powerful rhythm consisting of guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, saxophones, trumpets and trombones. The Sips and Sounds concert series also features food from many of the shopping center’s restaurants including Village Tavern, Paradise Bakery, Downside Risk and Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery, among others. The event is free to attend; food and drinks are available for purchase. For more information, visit

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts continues its free Sunday A’Fair outdoor concert series on Sunday, March 2 with performances by Sonoran Jazz (12pm) and Delphine Cortez and Jazz Alive (2pm). Now in its 27th season, Sunday A’Fair is a free afternoon mini-festival that takes place on the beautiful grounds of Scottsdale Civic Center Park, adjacent to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Each Sunday A’Fair features two bands along with a fine arts and crafts market, fun activities for kids and free admission to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). Other performances are as follows: • March 9 – The Ramblers, 12pm; Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns, 2pm


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• March 23 – Bad Luck Blue Eyes, 12pm; Big Nick and the Gila Monsters, 2pm • March 30 – Charles Lewis and Friends, 12pm; Novo Mundo, 2pm • April 6 – Origination: A Festival of Native Cultures, 12-4pm For additional information, visit or call 480.499.8587.

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Park Playgrounds Receive Makeover The next time you visit a Maricopa County park, you may notice that some of the critters you spy on the playground appear to be larger than life. Don’t worry, you’re not seeing things, they really are larger than life. “Last year, we had an outside agency conduct a free safety assessment on our playground systems. The audit highlighted what we suspected, our 20-plus-year-old playground systems were outdated, not compliant with current standards and in need of a makeover,” says R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation department director. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved initial funding for improvements to Cave Creek, Estrella Mountain, McDowell

Mountain, Usery Mountain and White Tank Mountain Regional Parks. “The department focused on selecting naturebased pieces that would not only blend into the parks’ natural surroundings, but also encourage young visitors to explore these surroundings and appreciate our beautiful Sonoran Desert,” says Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri, District 2. The newly renovated playgrounds feature a mountain lion and arch boulders, rope wall link climbers, fallen cactus balance beams, climbing boulders, spider web climbers, cactus fossil rock steppers and cactus themed T-swings, among others. For information, visit

McDowell Mountain Regional Park playground, located at 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive in Fort McDowell. Call 480.471.0173 for information.

Foothills Academy Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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Foothills Academy is celebrating 20 years this month. Transitioning from a one room warehouse with 20 students in Cave Creek, to multiple campuses including a Kindergarten and nearly 400 students, the school has seen fantastic growth. The anniversary is an opportunity for the school and its alumni to honor and even be amused by its history, taking a collective pause to share memories and reconnect. Two events are planned for the special occasion. An Alumni Gathering will be held March 14 at 6:30pm for Foothills Academy graduates and former students at Hacienda’s Mexican Grill, 32527 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Included in the ticket price of $20 per person is an elegant buffet of hearty appetizers, beginning with lighter fare, until 7:30pm; nonalcoholic beverages; one house margarita; happy hour drink prices all evening (for guests 21+); and the opportunity to get together with old friends. A Family Fun Day will also be held for current and former students (K-12), staff, families and friends Saturday March 15 10am-2pm at the Academy middle/high school green field. Foothills Academy middle/high school is located at 7191 East Ashler Hills Drive in Scottsdale. The Academy also has an elementary and a Kindergarten campus, both in Cave Creek. For more information, call 480.488.5583 or visit

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Join Anthem residents and Valley neighbors for the 15th Annual Anthem Days event. This free, family-friendly event includes a business expo – a highlight that showcases the Valley’s business community and its products and services available. Other festival features include: • Craft vendors • Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt (featuring the Hippity Hop Band) • Live musical entertainment • Frazier Shows Carnival • Food Court/Rotary Beer Garden • Kids Zone with inflatables • OSR Physical Therapy’s Basketball Half-Court Shot Contest ▼ As part of Anthem’s 15th Anniversary celebrations, the ACC buried a time capsule featuring a variety of items representative of the community’s early years. The capsule will be retrieved in 2024, in time for Anthem’s 25th Anniversary.

The Frazier Shows Carnival will be on site two days prior to Anthem Days. All-you-can-ride promotional bracelets will be available for $18 every night except Friday. The schedule is as follows: Thursday, 5-9pm; Friday, 5-10pm; Saturday, 1-10pm; Sunday, 1-7pm. Anthem Days will be held at ACC Community Park, 41730 North Gavilan Peak Parkway, and runs March 29-30. Admission and parking are free – the event is open to the public. For more information, call 623.742.6050 or

Fine Art in the Garden

“Artichoke Blossoms” by Velma Barder

The Fine Art in the Garden festival will be held at Shemer Art Center March 15 from 9am-4pm. Now in its 49th year, this spring tradition features 20 artists working in watercolor, oil, pastels, printmaking, jewelry, ceramics, fused glass, quilting and sculpture. Artwork will be for sale. In addition, there will be live music, light refreshments and a raffle of 20 special works will be held to benefit the Center’s education programs. Participating artists include Velma Barder, Barbara Burton, Laura Cohen-Hogan, Marilyn Cohn, John Erwin, Jean Harney, Kim Harris, Gill Harry, Sue Hunter, Larron Lerdall, Darleen Lodge, Joan Milman, Misty Mulleneaux, Wahid Nahle, Karen Onken, Ann Osgood, Donna Read, John Read, Christine Sandifur and Linda Taylor. The event is family friendly and open to the public. Admission is free. Shemer Art Center is located at 5005 East Camelback Road in Phoenix. For more information, call 602.262.4727 or visit

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Last month, our community came together to celebrate an incredible accomplishment: that Phoenix is the first city in the nation to end chronic homelessness among our veterans. It could not have happened without the work of so many. These veterans – who were homeless MAYOR for an average of eight years – are in City of Phoenix permanent homes because the Phoenix 602.262.7111 community decided that no person who wore our nation’s uniform should ever have to sleep on the street. Today, they’re receiving the services they need, and some have even found jobs. We’re a stronger community because of it. I want to take a moment to recognize those who were on the front lines throughout this effort, and those who came together to form a unified coalition coordinated an all-handson-deck effort. That coalition – Project H3 Vets – is coordinated by the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness, and it brought together groups including HOM, Inc., Community Bridges, Valley of the Sun United Way, the Phoenix VA Healthcare System, Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation, the state Department of Veterans Services, the City of Phoenix and many more. Hundreds of local residents volunteered their time to make a difference. Our work to end homelessness on a larger scale continues. And as we work toward that goal, we can move forward confident that the Phoenix community can climb any mountain and cross any bridge – if we do it together.

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Symphony Presents Tchaikovsky


Tragic To Triumphant –

The North Valley Symphony Orchestra (NVSO) will present Tchaik FIVE – a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony – March 8 at 7pm. The symphony begins with a musical theme that is presented first in the minor key, and is melancholy; tragic. Throughout the work, the theme keeps resurfacing, each time with more optimism and spirit, until finally it is presented in the final movement in the major key, and is hopeful; triumphant. “This is a concert Phoenix audiences won’t want to miss,” says NVSO Music Director Kevin Kozacek. “Our orchestra is preparing some technically difficult works this season, with successful and fulfilling performances for not only themselves as artists, but for the enjoyment of our audiences as well.” The performance will be held at North Canyon High School Performing Arts Center, 1700 East Union Hills Drive. Tickets are $5. To order tickets or for information, visit or call 623.980.4628.

A local author invites writers to stop dreaming about it and do it – become a published author, that is. Dog-Eared Pages bookstore will host an orientation to Anna Questerly’s 2014 Writer’s Workshop Saturday, March 1 from 12:30-2:25pm. Learn the ins and outs of writing, rewriting, editing, proofreading, critiquing, formatting, layout and publishing in this year-long workshop. Anna Questerly is a historical fiction writer whose work includes the series The Minstrel’s Tale. Dog-Eared Pages bookstore is located at 16428 North 32nd Street in Phoenix. For more information, visit

Emma’s Run In Anthem Anthem Community Center will host Emma’s Run March 29. Emma’s Run celebrates and commemorates the life of Emma Simpkins while raising money for local families in need. Proceeds from this year’s race will benefit We Care, an organization that provides support to seriously ill children and their families. The rolling course (5K and 10K) winds through the beautiful Anthem community in the shadow of Daisy Mountain. The cost to participate is $30-40. The event begins at 8am. Parking is available at the Anthem Community Center, located at 41130 North Freedom Way. For more information, call 623.330.0913 or visit emmas-run-2014.

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Food Truck Vendor Fair The Phoenix Elks Lodge #335 will host a vendor fair featuring food trucks Saturday, March 8 from 9am-2pm in the Lodge parking lot, 14424 North 32nd Street in Phoenix. The event is free and open to the public. The fair will feature a wide variety of vendors, a disc jockey, door prizes and many food truck offerings. For information, contact Marc Shapiro at 602.810.2639 or Joe Carroccio at 480.329.3957. For Lodge information, visit



Copper Canyon Little Free Library Project, continued from Northeast Valley cover Fast forward a few months and the Copper Canyon branch of the Little Free Library is open for business. Led by classmates Daniel, Graydon, Joey and Shawn, the project required research, permission from Principal Kyle Shappee and Assistant Principal Stacey Orest. The fifth and sixth grade classmates created an iMovie to state their intentions, and once approval was achieved, continued to document their progress. Along the way, a parent donated all of the building materials, as well as helped with the building itself, and the group enlisted another class parent to help paint the library. The school community helped to stock the library through a book drive. “We collected 272 books in one week,” says Wiegand. “People have continued to donate books since then. Overall, we have probably collected over 500 books.” In the true spirit of what books represent, the entire project was a learning experience for both the class and the school. According to Wiegand, the students learned that when people collaborate and communicate, a lot can be accomplished. Even the teacher received a lesson with this project. “I already knew that we have a very supportive and involved community at Copper Canyon, but I didn’t expect the level of support that we received,” she says. “As soon as people started hearing about it, they were just as excited about it as we were. The PTA helped us advertise our book drive and even put a bin to collect books the Copper Canyon book fair. The teachers encouraged

Get into the literacy spirit! March 3 is Read Across America Day. Take the time to share your favorite book with the children in your life. Mrs. Wiegand’s Pick: Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina – a favorite when she was her student’s age. Learn more about Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day) at

their students to participate in the book drive. It was really amazing!” The library is currently housed in the school lobby, but the district will soon place the Library in the front of the school – providing access for the entire community. Learn more about the Copper Canyon Little Free Library project at http:// c c - l i t t l e f r e e l i b r a r y. Learn more about the movement at http:// | CST L-R: Shawn, Daniel, Joey and Graydon


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Half Moon Sports Grill is looking for a home chef to be named Arizona’s “Sauce Boss.” Its wing sauce recipe contest launched last month, with an entry deadline of February 28. The winner will get a free pound of wings every day for a year and his or her recipe on the menu. Half Moon is also launching a weekly “Wing Nut Night” where customers can order as many of the restaurant’s award-winning wings they can eat for just $.50 a piece from 7-10pm on Tuesdays. (Minimum order is five. Dine in only.) The Half Moon Sauce Boss competition will culminate during Wing Nut Night beginning 7:30pm Tuesday, March 11 at Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill, 2121 East Highland Avenue in Phoenix. Call 602.977.2700. Each finalist’s wing sauce submission will be sampled and voted on by a panel of local celebrity/VIP judges. The “Boss” will be determined by the celebrity judges’ combined scores. Scoring will be based on overall flavor, originality and appropriate heat. Event attendees can order any of the 10 finalist wings that night. The competition is free to the public. Visit the Moon Valley Half Moon Sports Grill location at 288 East Greenway Parkway in Phoenix. For more information, call 602.993.6600 or visit

Local business owners are invited to join Phoenix District 3 Councilman Bill Gates for a Moon Valley Business Roundtable March 12. “Economic development is my top priority in 2014 and the Moon Valley area is a priority of my economic development efforts,” says Gates. “I invite and encourage area businesses to attend the Moon Valley Business Roundtable to identify ways to improve economic development and opportunities in Moon Valley.” The event will be held from 8-9am at the Moon Valley Country Club, 151 West Moon Valley Drive in Phoenix. Various City departments will be present, including Economic Development, Planning and Zoning, Neighborhood Services and Phoenix Police. District 3 Councilman Gates is looking for the business community’s involvement and ideas on how the City of Phoenix can better address business needs. “With the economy recovering, now is the time to capitalize on redevelopment opportunities,” continues Gates. Those interested in becoming involved in the Moon Valley Business Coalition should contact Gates’ District 3 office at 602.262.7441 or council.district.3

Polish Festival Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish will host a Polish Festival March 1-2. Delicious Polish cuisine and imported Polish beer will complement traditional folk dances, Polish music and fun activities for the whole family. Attendees can explore a souvenir boutique filled with a variety of traditional Polish jewelry, crafts, national ornaments, T-shirts, hats and more. The free event runs Saturday from 11am9pm and Sunday 10am5pm. For more information, call 480.442.9765 or visit

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Time Is Running Out – Sign Up Today! The clock is ticking and spots are filling quickly for the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (NPCC) 28th Annual Charity Golf Classic tournament. Join NPCC on the green Friday, April 25, for a full day of golf and fundraising to help support two community organizations – United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona (UPC) and Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC). UCP provides therapy services including occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech and language pathology. Those its serves have various disabilities, including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, autism, Down’s syndrome, developmental delays and learning disabilities. Visit http://ucpofcentralaz. org for detailed information on all the services that UCP provides. Proceeds from the NPCC Golf Classic will also establish a scholarship at PVCC for NPCC member employees. The scholarship will be held at the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that manages gifts

on behalf of the MCCCD colleges. Learn more at This year’s Golf Classic will once again be held at the Moon Valley Country Club, located at 151 West Moon Valley Drive in Phoenix. ( Registration is now open for the tournament. Pricing is as follows: Single Golfer: $180; Twosome: $325; Foursome: $600. Golf includes greens fee, GPS in cart, practice balls, polo shirt, golfer goodie bag and lunch. New this year, a $25,000 Hole-in-One Contest sponsored by C&R Tire and Yokohama Tire. A number of other sponsorship opportunities are also available. Beyond the major title sponsorships, organizations and individuals can participate as a hole sponsor, cart sponsor or luncheon sponsor. The Chamber is also seeking raffle and silent auction item donations and goodie bag items for 144 golfers. This event sold out last year, so golfers will not want to wait to register. For complete event details, visit

Philanthropy In Action The Chamber’s Philanthropy Committee, under the leadership of chair Patrick Walker and co-chair Melina Shah, is very active in the community increasing awareness of the Chamber’s nonprofit, charitable members. Recently, the committee held its first fundraising event at Vino 100, located at 30835 North Cave Creek Road in Phoenix (http:// The event raised $2,000 for the Philanthropy Fund. These funds will be distributed throughout the year to the Chamber’s 40 plus non-profit organizations. To keep up on all of the upcoming Philanthropy events and volunteer opportunities, follow the group on Facebook at npccphilanthropy.



The North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce offers plenty of ways for residents to connect with fellow business owners and community leaders this month.

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The Business Resource and Networking Luncheon will be held Tuesday, March 11 from 11:00am-1:30pm at Moon Valley Country Club, located at 151 West Moon Valley Drive in Phoenix. This month’s program topic will be “State of the District,” presented by Paradise Valley Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Jim Lee. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members if registered by March 7. The March Mix & Mingle Networking Event will be held Thursday, March 20 from 5:30-7:30pm, also at Moon Valley Country Club. The event will be a great lead-up to the Chamber golf tournament held in April. Enjoy networking and fantastic food, while meeting great like-minded individuals. This energetic and professional setting is great for making connections and building incredible centers of influence. Finally, the fourth Tuesday Business Networking Luncheon will be held March 25 from 11:30am-1:30pm at Native New Yorker, located at 4717 East Bell Road in Phoenix. Get to know fellow business owners and community leaders and the businesses/industries they represent. Enjoy lunch and present a 20 second commercial, followed by open networking. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members if registered by March 21. To register for any of these events, or to see a complete listing of the Chamber’s future events, visit www. events. For more information, call 602.482.3344.


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Biltmore Beer Dinners The Arizona Biltmore hosts Beer Dinners the second Monday of each month through April. Arizona’s finest microbrews are paired with original culinary creations by Executive Chef Gordon Maybury. The dinners are held in the private Sunroom of Frank & Albert’s restaurant. This month, the Dinner falls on March 10 and will include: >> Reception: Sonoran rubbed Wings, Crow’s Dairy Feta and Sweet Pepper Puff, Mini Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Avocado Lime Aioli, Chanterelle-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Lake Havasu Hare Medallion >> Pairing: Up River Light Lager >> First Course: Arizona Biltmore Grown Sour Orange and Toasted Garlic Mojo Shrimp with Cilantro Saffron Risotto, Roasted Baby Carrots >> Pairing: Full Moon Belgian White >> Second Course: Walnut Crusted Rack of Lamb with Scorpion Amber Caramel, Sweet Potato Puree, Braised Spinach >> Pairing: Scorpion Amber Ale >> Dessert: Espresso Mint Entremet with Espresso Cake, Dark chocolate Mint Mousse Praline crunch, Dark chocolate glaze >> Pairing: Abominable Winter Stout For reservations and additional information call 602.381.7632 or visit



Local DAR Presents History Of Sweets

Huge Expo For Outdoor Enthusiasts

The Ocotillo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will hold its next meeting and program Saturday, March 8 at 9:35am in Suite #435 at the Outlets at Anthem. The guest speaker, Paulette Karras, member of the Saguaro Chapter, presents her program on the history of great American candies – “A Taste of Confections…Oh, So Sweet.” Guests will learn about American history from revolutionary days to present days by tasting it. Did you know: Ben Franklin sold chocolate out of his print shop and George Washington made sure that chocolate was part of the rations for his continental army? Once the colonist tossed the tea into the harbor, what other hot beverage was there to drink besides coffee, hot chocolate? What inspired Milton Hershey to develop chocolate bars and what about popcorn balls? The March 8 meeting will present the rest of the sweet story. The program is open to non-members. For questions about the program, contact Willine Evans at 623.551.3764. Visit at http:// or www.dar. org for more information.

Experience the great outdoors at Arizona’s largest hands-on outdoor expo March 29-30. The Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo is a family-friendly event with loads of fun activities for all ages – from novices to seasoned outdoor recreationists. See live wildlife, check out the huge kids’ fishing tanks, learn target archery, hike a field course, attend educational presentations, learn camping tips, try out shooting sports in a safe, supervised environment on the range, see off-highway vehicle exhibits, watch exciting cowboy mounted shooting competition, learn about boating recreation and safety and visit with more than 150 exhibitors. The 2014 Outdoor Expo hours will be 9am-5pm on Saturday, March 29, and 9am-4pm on Sunday, March 30. The Expo will be held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility located at 4044 West Black Canyon Boulevard (off Carefree Highway, about a half mile west of I-17) in Phoenix. Admission and parking are free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit

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Celebration Welcome To Fiesta Days!


t is often said that the month of March “comes in like a lion and out like a lamb…” Well, in our Town of Cave Creek, that just is not true. We close out March loud and proud with our longest standing tradition – the Fiesta Days Rodeo! The Annual Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo, Parade, Dances, Mutton Bustin’ and Golf Tournament offers something for everyone. Rodeo fans of all ages are anxiously anticipating another exciting weekend of Pro Rodeo in the Town of Cave Creek. I’d like to personally recognize the hard-working members of the Cave Creek Pro Rodeo Committee. These dedicated volunteers proudly produce Fiesta Days, the only PRCA Rodeo in Cave Creek, for our enjoyment. Their mission is to preserve our western heritage and to promote the sport of professional rodeo. The rodeo serves to provide quality entertainment and foster economic growth in Cave Creek. The Town of Cave Creek works closely with the rodeo committee to make improvements to the rodeo grounds each year. This year, the arena lighting will receive much-needed upgrades. I also know the rodeo committee made some great improvements at the bucking chute end of the arena and it is looking better than ever. I personally applaud everyone who supports this signature event. As Mayor, I’d like to thank all the sponsors and advertisers who offer their support to our rodeo each year. I’d also like to thank all the rodeo fans who attend Fiesta Days – whether it is the rodeo performances or other special events. The more successful the rodeo, the more the committee gives back to our community. I am proud to recognize their 2013 charitable efforts that exceeded $7,000 to local charities. I’m looking forward to seeing our citizens enjoying the Fiesta Days activities, whether it be the Historic Parade, the action-packed rodeo performances or the kid’s Mutton Bustin’. Fiesta Days is a wonderful way to support your community and meet your neighbors. Here’s to a very successful Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo weekend – now let’s rodeo! ~ Mayor Vincent Francia


elcome to the Annual Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo celebration. The members of the Cave Creek Pro Rodeo Committee have been working hard all year to bring you another great weekend of professional rodeo. We are extremely pleased to be bringing back the Cervi Brothers Rodeo Company as our 2014 Stock Contractor. Their world champion bucking horses and bulls definitely did not disappoint our fans or the cowboys in 2012 or 2013. Once again, we’ve been busy in the arena making improvements. The Bucking Chutes got a much-needed face-lift, with lots of paint and new sponsor signage. Hats off to the committee members who have forfeited their weekends to make sure the rodeo grounds are looking good for our event. The continued support from our sponsors and advertisers is so important and we thank each and every one of you. The 2014 Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo is presented by Sanderson Ford. Sanderson Ford is the first CCFDR Presenting Sponsor and we are looking forward to continuing this partnership for many years. For our thousands of rodeo fans, the first PRCA performance is on Friday, March 28 at 7:30pm and it is “Pink Night.” The second PRCA performance is Saturday night at 7:30pm. The final PRCA performance, the Wrangler National Patriot Day, is Sunday at 2pm. Rodeo weekend offers three full action packed PRCA performances at the Cave Creek Memorial Arena and tickets are available now at (2013 had two sold out performances, so we suggest buying tickets early). Special events during the rodeo include the Historic Fiesta Days Parade at 9am on Saturday morning in the Town of Cave Creek. The Mutton Bustin’ competition and Finals is at 2pm on Saturday. The Friday night Rodeo Dance is sponsored by the Cave Creek Tap Haus. The Saturday night Rodeo Dance is sponsored by Harold’s Corral. The full schedule of rodeo and special events can be found at On behalf of the 2014 Board of Directors, I’d like to thank the Cave Creek Pro Rodeo Committee and all its volunteers who spend countless hours organizing and planning this annual event. Our ultimate success relies on the commitment and support from our committee members, volunteers, sponsors, advertisers and the Town of Cave Creek. We know you will enjoy Fiesta Days and all it has to offer. Your attendance helps us to continue the tradition of professional rodeo in Cave Creek and also helps us support local charities. We are proud to have donated over $7,000 to local charities in 2013 and look forward to giving even more this year. See you at the Chutes – March 28, 29 and 30. ~ Traci Casale 2013 /2014 CCPR President

Fiesta Days cover photos by Greg Westfall, 2013 PRCA Photographer of the Year

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2014 CAVE CREEK FIESTA DAYS SPONSORS PRESENTING SPONSOR • Sanderson Ford PLATINUM SPONSOR • The Town of Cave Creek GOLD BUCKLE SPONSORS • Kennedy Design Build • Patrick Hayes Architecture • Coors Banquet / Coors Light • Walmart • Harold’s Cave Creek Corral • Rural Metro Fire Department SILVER BUCKLE SPONSORS • APS • Wells Fargo • Valerie’s Furniture & Accents • Foothills Granite • Cave Creek Tap Haus • 96.3 Real Country • Coca-Cola Refreshments • Hayden Electric • Bingham / Phoenix Bobcat



BRONZE BUCKLE SPONSORS • No Waste Grinding • Dental Studio 101 • Dirty Tequila • Reddy Ice • Karsten’s Ace Hardware • Boot Barn BUCKING CHUTE SPONSORS • Town of Cave Creek • Kennedy Design Build • American Desert Landscape • Bob Hartman / NY Life • Harold’s Cave Creek Corral

ROPING CHUTE SPONSOR • Kennedy Design Build MAIN GATE / ARENA SIGNAGE SPONSORS • Valerie’s Furniture & Accents • No Waste Grindings • Hampton Inn Phoenix - Anthem • Building by Don Fredricks / Larson Excavating • Elrod Fence • Foothills Granite • Three Bars Feed & Tack VIP FOOD SPONSORS • Chileen’s on 17 (Friday) • Outback Steakhouse (Saturday) • Cave Creek Smokehouse (Sunday)


It’s Good To Be The 2014 Miss Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo Queen is Cassie Robertson. The 21-year-old originally hails from Cicero, Indiana, but these days she calls Cave Creek home. Her interests include horse training, colt starting, barrel racing and rodeo. Her career goals include teaching and working in the field of agriculture. To learn more about the Rodeo Queen program, write to Cave Creek Pro Rodeo, ATTN: Queen Program; PO Box 647, Cave Creek, AZ 85327. Photo by Timon Harper


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Tap Haus. Please support the local businesses that help provide a safe ride for Cave Creek Pro Rodeo fans by enjoying dinner at one of these establishments. Of course, and event of this size could not be successful without the hard work of volunteers and a dedicated board. The 2014 event board includes Traci Casale, president and production manager; Bill Buckles, Arena director, Gina Kraut, production assistant; Beth Cornell, treasurer & VIP Club chair; Stacy Tucker, volunteers and VIP Club co-chair; Gary Stark, security and parking; Robbie Hall, Parade; Cody Hall, livestock manager; Tina Hayden, recording secretary and Mutton Bustin’; Jim Olsen, bleachers, seating and merchandise; Patty Byerly, contestant Hospitality Kitchen. All Rodeo events are held at the Cave Creek Memorial Arena located at 37201 North 28th Street, with the exception of the Fiesta Days Dan Lebsock Golf Tournament and Fundraiser, the Fiesta Days Parade and the dances. For a complete list of Rodeo events, check out the event map on the centerfold. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http:// or call 480.488.4043.


Let’s Go Rodeo! The Cave Creek Pro Rodeo Committee is pleased to once again present the annual Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo – this year from March 28-30. With three days of PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) action, a golf tournament, Mutton Bustin’ for the little wranglers and evening dances, there is truly something for everyone. New this year, the Mutton Bustin’ competition and the finals take place Saturday at 2pm (no more Sunday finals). Gates open at 12pm on March 29 and registration is from 12:30-1:30pm. The Friday night Fiesta Days Dance sponsor is Cave Creek Tap Haus. After the Friday night PRCA Performance, everyone can head over to continue the celebration with dancing to local favorite Young Country. The Saturday night Dance is sponsored by Harold’s Cave Creek Corral. Complimentary shuttles will run every 15 minutes from town to the Rodeo grounds and back – starting at 5pm until 10pm on Saturday. Rodeo fans can enjoy dinner and drinks in town and then take a free shuttle to the Saturday night performance. Shuttle stops are sponsored by Hogs N Horses, Buffalo Chip Saloon, Harold’s Cave Creek Corral and the Cave Creek



MAYOR FRANCIA WRITES... By Mayor Vincent Francia

By March publishing time, the fate of an east-west trail may be decided by Town Council. What’s to decide? There are many trails running through Cave Creek, supported by both the citizenry and General Plan. So, make it happen. Trails are as American as apple pie. Literally. Famous U.S. trails are the 2,200-mile Appalachian and 2,000mile Oregon trails. The proposed Cave Creek, Morning MAYOR Star alignment east-west trail is about one-and-a-half Town of Cave Creek miles long; a stone’s throw from beginning to end. 480.488.1400 National trails and the proposed local one have in common, private property rights, community planning/ national interests, rights of way, easements and existing agreements, to name a few. These seemingly at-odds matters can dizzy cerebral matter, making one want to go for a hike. East-west access used to be via Cloud Road, crossing the Cave Creek Wash at New River Road. However, the great rains of ’93 reconfigured the wash, making it impassable, thereby denying western-based citizens’ equestrian passage to the east. A trail is simple, composed of native dirt, with width and length, stretching from point A to B. A trail is also emotional, triggering both apprehensions and aspirations. The straightforwardness of a trail can come supplemented with sidebar narratives that ratchet up citizens’ dialogue in the Council chamber to fever pitch. Of course, emotional commitment is part of what makes Cave Creek unique. Just as a trail is an asset that makes the community appreciated. There’s room enough for both.



Harold’s Mardi Gras Party St. Patrick’s celebration March 17 Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is holding its annual Mardi Gras Party beginning at 6pm on Fat Tuesday, March 4. The party features an authentic Mardi Gras buffet, a costume contest, a “Most Beads” contest, a crawfish eating contest, swing dance lessons, drink specials and live music by the 52nd Street Jazz Band and Acoustic Kings. The fun continues on Monday, March 17, when the western cowboy restaurant and bar transforms into “O’Harold’s” with a huge St. Patrick’s Day party from 1:30pm-1am.

Guests can enjoy a special St. Patrick’s Day menu with traditional Irish fare, such as Corn Beef and Cabbage for $13.99; Shepherd’s Pie for $12.99; Mulligan Stew for $13.99; and Fish and Chips for $13.99. Drink specials include Bailey’s, Guinness, Harp, Bushmills and green beer. The party also features a mix of live Irish, pop and country music. Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is located at 6895 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. For information, call 480.488.1906 or visit


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Accountant Now QuickBooks Expert Local accountant Christine Johnson, CPA, an accountant for more than 24 years, has earned credentials as one of the top QuickBooks experts in North Metropolitan Phoenix. QuickBooks is rated as the number one small business accounting software. Johnson received her bachelor’s in public accounting from Syracuse University. She provides tailored accounting packages to meet each client’s specific needs. In addition to mastering QuickBooks, Johnson has opened Nada Ripple Ranch in Desert Hills to full service RV rentals. The ranch, located at 24th Street and Joy Ranch Road, also now offers horse boarding on more than three acres with riding access to the Cave Creek, Spur Cross Ranch and Tonto National Forest. Johnson also serves on the membership committee of the Cave Creek Merchants and Events Association. She can be reached at 623.465.5554 or at

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The Cave Creek Auction Company will showcase hundreds of classic, rod, muscle, collector and exotic vehicles at Stagecoach Village with the Spring Cave Creek Classic Car Auction in Downtown Cave Creek. The event will be held April 3-5, and feature a western theme to tie into Arizona’s top western destination town. Car owners and visitors who attend are encouraged to don their western wear for the three-day event. On April 3, the auction will feature a preview day and a classic cruise to show off the classic cars. April 4-5, the vehicles will be auctioned each day beginning at 11am until approximately 6pm. Cave Creek Auction Company will showcase each vehicle as many of the owners drive their own car through the lane to be auctioned during the fun western event. Well-known high energy Cave Creek Auction owner and auctioneer Johnny B will auction the vehicles. Individuals who want to sell vehicles in the auction can take advantage of the company’s 100/5 deal by registering their ride for auction for only $100. If the car sells, a commission fee of only five percent is charged. The preliminary auction catalog will be posted on the company’s website and new auction entries will be added as they are registered. Auction pre-bidding also is available online. In addition to the car auction, vendors will be onsite, as well as food and drink provided by the Smokehouse Restaurant & Pour House Patio. The classic car auction will be held at Stagecoach Village, which is located at 7100 East Cave Creek Road. For more information and to bid online, visit, inquire at or call 480.525.1136.




Science And Technology Events At Library Celebrate the AZ Sci-Tech Festival this month at the Desert Foothills Library. Programs included are: Science and the Psychology of Dreaming Saturday, March 8 • 1-2:30pm Bob Hoss, author of Dream Language and Dream to Freedom and past president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and director of DreamScience Foundation, will discuss the nature of the brain while dreaming, the evolution of brain scan technology and understanding dreams. Limited seating. Register: 480.488.2286. Visit The Hidden Sky Monday, March 10 • 10-11am There is a great deal more in the night sky than most think. A pair of binoculars only reveals some of it, and a small telescope shows more. But time photography reveals deep colors and vast details that are breathtaking. Retired professor Don Scott will show amazing images he has taken of the hidden sky. He will also describe some of the techniques used to obtain this collection of beautiful images. Limited seating. Register: 480.488.2286. Yappy Hour on the Terrace: Why Your Dog Loves You So Tuesday, March 18 • 4-5:30pm Wine for humans and treats for the pups. Join in with your dog (or just because you’re a dog lover), mingle out on the Waterfall Terrace and enjoy hearing Clive D. L. Wynne, PhD, a professor of psychology at ASU and director of Canine Science Collaboratory, discuss the cognition and behavior of dogs. Limited seating. Register: 480.488.2286. Visit psychology for more information. Visit for a full listing of March events.



Pieh Tool Company 2 will hold a one year anniversary open house event March 15 from 8am-6pm, with store-wide discounts throughout the day. The festivities will include a free Esco Buff Seminar, which will count as six AAPF/CAPF continuing education credit, coffee, donuts and lunch. Registration begins at 8am and the seminar runs from 9am-4:30pm. Space is limited and registration must be made by March 12. Call 888.743.4866. Pieh Tool Company 2 is located at 28255 North Tatum Boulevard, Suite 1, in Cave Creek. For more information, call 480.626.0924.


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Craft Workshop For Children

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The Cave Creek Museum will hold a children’s workshop to demonstrate how crafting has evolved Saturday, March 8 from 1:30-3:30pm. Many crafts made today are based on ones from the past. During this hands-on program, guests will learn how crafts were done in the early days of Cave Creek and how they have changed in the 21st century. Children will learn about wood crafting, quilting, calligraphy and other crafts still practiced today. Children younger than six may find some of the hands-on activities difficult. This is a free event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Carefree. Registration is requested. Call 480.488.2764. The Cave Creek Museum is located on the corner of Basin and Skyline off Cave Creek Road. Visit




Get ready for Pasta for Paws 2014 April 3, as Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR) once again partners with Harold’s in Cave Creek. Enjoy a pasta dinner, complete with a silent auction, balloon pop prizes and friends to raise money to benefit the animals at FAR. The annual signature event is the biggest fundraiser held all season. The event will be held from 6-9 pm. Tickets are available for $25 and can be purchased at the FAR Shelter, located at 23030 North Pima Road, in Scottsdale (west side of the road, south of Pinnacle Peak). Balloon pops will be sold at $10 each – all balloon pop items are valued at $10 or greater. If you have a silent auction donation, or wish to donate gift certificates for the balloon pop prizes, contact Eddie Nichols at 602.326.8510 or eddie.nichols@ A tax donation receipt will be made available. Tickets can also be purchased online at

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Spur Cross Events With more than 2,100 acres of lush and lovely Sonoran Desert, the Spur Cross Conservation Area is a must see for hiking enthusiasts, nature lovers and anyone who wants to enjoys a vibrant Arizona landmark. There are endless trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Park trails range in length from 1.2 miles to 4.6 miles and range in difficulty from easy to difficult. In addition to the Fifth Annual Archeology Expo March 1, there are a wide variety of events scheduled this month. To reach the conservation area, drive 4.5 miles north on Spur Cross Road, from Cave Creek Road in Downtown Cave Creek, to the designated parking area. Entry is $3 per person. Visit parks/spur_cross.

Highlights include: • Rocks and Streams Walk March 2 • 2pm • Take Your Walk to the Desert March 3 • 9am • Fitness Friday March 7 • 9am • Elephant Mountain Fortress Hike March 8 • 8am • Hohokam Houses – the Ruins of Spur Cross March 9 • 9am • Exploring the Dragonfly Trail March 12 • 9am • Moonlight Hike March 15 • 7pm • Wildfire Walk March 19 • 7pm

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The Fourth Annual Archeology Expo will be held at Spur Cross Conservation Area March 2 from 9am3pm. Join the park staff as well as the Arizona Archaeology Society for a day of fun and learning. The expo is sponsored by Desert Foothills Chapter, Arizona Archaeological Society, the Town of Cave Creek, Cave Creek Museum and Maricopa County Parks. Hikes to archaeological sites, booths, crafts, pottery and flint-knapping demonstrations, plus other hands-on children activities will be featured. The Spur Cross Conservation Area is located at 44000 Spur Cross Road in Cave Creek. For more information, call Park Ranger Kevin Smith at 480.488.6623 or email him at


“Homes Through Time” Tour March 16 Proceeds benefit Cave Creek Museum Cave Creek Museum is hosting its annual “Homes Through Time” Home Tour from 10am-4pm Sunday, March 16. This year’s theme is Diverse Architecture and features four unique homes that range from Western traditional to unconventional. Spend the day touring these historic and contemporary homes, including the Boulder Home, designed by Charles E. Johnson, which was featured on the cover of Architectural Digest. Homes also included are:

Collins Home This unique Black Mountain home with stunning views covers all the angles of compact living, creating energetic conviviality and dynamic interest. The Tyrol Home Elegance and relaxed ranch lifestyles blend beautifully in this inviting southwest home on 18 acres near the creek.

Annual Golf Tournament Announced The Annual Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament will be held at Tatum Ranch Golf Club April 14. Participants will enjoy18 holes of golf, dinner and award presentation, hole-in-one contest featuring a grand prize and prizes for all par-three holes, complementary foursome photo. Great raffle prizes this year include rounds of golf, hotel stays, restaurant certificates and lots more. The entry fee in this best ball format tournament is $110 per player. Registration begins at 11:30pm; shotgun start is 1pm. Tatum Ranch Golf Club is located at 29888 North Tatum Drive in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.488.3381 or visit

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Bowman Home A charming classic southwest home with a compelling array of Indian artwork that is wonderfully displayed along with the owner’s own skilled paintings and portraits.

“Our home tour has always been a significant fundraiser for the Museum, and we’re very excited to showcase theses beautiful homes,” says Evelyn Johnson, Cave Creek Museum’s executive director. A self-guided tour, the Museum will provide a informative pamphlet that serves as a ticket into the homes. Docents on hand will point out additional aspects of each home. Tickets can be purchased online at www., at the museum or with credit card by phone. Tickets will not be available at the homes. Advance tickets cost $30 per person. The Museum will open early at 8am Sunday, March 16, to sell tickets, which cost $35 the day of the event. No pets, food or beverages or photography will be allowed within the homes and no children under the age of 12 will be admitted. Please note that some of the homes are on uneven terrain and may not be handicap accessible. For information, call 480.488.2764.




New Business Opens On Landmark Site Spur Cross Trading Post grand opening March 15-16

By Katherine Koenig

The new Spur Cross Trading Post will hold its grand opening this month in the heart of Cave Creek, beginning a new era on a historical site. Located at 6006 East Cave Creek Road, the new store opens on a landmark originally built back in 1958 as a Mexican

curio store. The story, passed down through generations, is that original part of store was dragged on to the site down Spur Cross Road on skids. It has since been several bars and restaurants, most recently operating as the Cracked Crab. “Lots of people have stopped by to say they’re impressed on how some of the original rooms were saved and floors and ceilings were preserved,” says co-owner/partner Chris Anderson. As a fifth generation Arizonan, Anderson says he’s happy to have the history included in the new business. The old wood beams were saved, as well as the original Saltillo

floor and upstairs “bar” area. The store offers an eclectic mix of old western, cowboy, cavalry, native American arts and much more. On March 15-16, the grand opening will bring lots of events and shopping opportunities for those looking forward to seeing the remodeled landmark. “There will be food, music and drinks plus 10 percent off throughout the store,” adds Anderson. Grand opening hours are 10am5pm on Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sunday. This is the second store in the area for Anderson and his partner Rick Leach. Arizona Territorial Antiques in Carefree was opened in November, 2012. Call 480.766.6434 for information.

Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at Realty Executives North Mountain last month. Realty Executives is located at 4815 East Carefree Highway, Suite 124, in Cave Creek. For information, call 480.575.7777. For more information, contact the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce at 480.488.3363 or visit



Pictured: Karin Johnson (holding the scissors) between Realty Executives North Mountain owners Mark Reed and Brandon Riddick. Members of the Chamber are also surrounding Johnson along with her fellow team members.


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Friday, March 28 • PRCA Slack – 12pm, Cave Creek Memorial Arena • First PRCA Performance (Pink Night) – 7:30pm, Cave Creek Memorial Arena • Rodeo Dance – (After first Performance) Cave Creek Tap Haus

Saturday, March 29 • Fiesta Days Rodeo Parade – 9am, Town of Cave Creek • Mutton Bustin’ Competition and Finals – 2pm, Cave Creek Memorial Arena • Second PRCA Performance – 7:30pm, Cave Creek Memorial Arena • Rodeo Dance – (After second Performance) Harold’s Cave Creek Corral

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MUSINGS OF A DISTRACTIBLE MIND / BY HOPE H. OZER seven days a week? Fifty-two weeks a year? That’s a story for another time. I took them to the airport. Off they went. I was convinced that they were holed up in their hotel room – fearful of being in a “foreign” land – not knowing what to do or where to go. I do know

that Puerto Rico is a U.S. possession, but face it – they speak Spanish. They have different customs. Sally and Lou spoke English and Yiddish. Folks in San Juan do speak English, Hope! Some even speak Yiddish. What’s a daughter to do? Go into rescue mode. What loving daughter wouldn’t? LH and I flew to San Juan that weekend to surprise them – take them to dinner – show them the island. Boy, were we in for a shocker. They were having the time of their lives! Dining. Dancing. Gambling. Touring.

Drinking! The only time my father would drink alcohol was a whiskey and soda on special occasions. Occasionally at a celebration, Mom would have a mild cocktail. Just one. This night they were drinking whiskey sours. The cocktail of the era. Combine the high they were on from the vacation along with the booze and the sugar in several cocktails and what do you get? Loose tongues. And that’s how we found out that my shy, retiring, inhibited father had a side to him that I had never seen. Nobody had. This was the night that I found out the secret they had kept for more than 35 years. On a cold, snowy December night in 1934, my father picked up my mother from her parents’ home for a date. Times were different. Single women lived with their parents until they were married. None of this “Sex in the City” stuff. I digress. Distractible mind. Louie drove with Sally across the state line into New York State where he had arranged for a justice of the peace to marry them. They ELOPED! My Daddy – a sly one! Who woulda thunk? Processing. Thus, they were really married December 2, 1934. They told no one. Mom went back to living with her parents until they were formally married on St. Patrick’s Day some three months later. I, of course, being the irreverent daughter, asked what seemed an obvious question: “So, did you do it?” Simultaneously my father said, “Yes!” and my mother said, “NO!” They started to giggle uncontrollably. Daddy’s face turned crimson. Just think, had I not known, when I went to their safe deposit box upon my mother’s demise and discovered not one but TWO marriage certificates – and NOBODY alive to explain that one. They took that to their graves. Nobody ever knew. Except for me. And now, you. Oh, the secrets I have yet to share with my daughter! Hope H. Ozer is founder and Publisher Emeritus of CITYSunTimes. Her monthly columns previously written as “Publisher’s Pen” range from personal – some humorous, some poignant – to observations on life, and continue to be one of CST’s most enduring features.

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March. St. Patrick’s Day. Men named Paddy. Parades. Corned beef and cabbage. All things green. Tales of leprechauns. The day of the greatest story never told. Well, almost never. Until now. A tale not from Ireland across the sea. From across this country. New Jersey. Go figure. St. Patrick’s Day, 1935. Sally was 25; Louie, 27. They married surrounded by family and friends. To be candid, Sally was a little “long in the tooth” to be marrying. At her age, spinsterhood was right around the corner. Women of her generation married young. Birthed their children. Became homemakers. Her older sister had married and had her first child at 16. Sally was proud that she had some years of college. A job. My parents were married, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, until my father died on Valentine’s Day, 1981. My family does milestones on holidays. How long were they married? Seems like a simple question. Just do the math. Not so fast, missy! Depends on whom you ask. And when you ask. Spring, 1970. Their 35th anniversary. Supposedly. Officially? Again, depends on whom you ask. And when. How cool would it be to send them on a special trip for their anniversary? They had never traveled outside of the New York area. We’d send them to Puerto Rico – less than a four-hour flight from New York. Close enough. They had survived the pogroms, the loss of their business in the Newark riots. Surely they could survive traveling a mere 1,000 miles off the southern coast of Florida. But could they? Would they? I got the tickets. Booked the hotel. Made all arrangements. They were excited. I was worried. Until then, the only vacation they had ever taken was to the Catskills for a week. To a mediocre hotel. All meals and activities included. No thinking required. And they hadn’t done that until they were married for 25 years. Did I mention my dad worked





Call Us! Don’t Be Afraid, Call Us! By Mayor David Schwan

I’ve met many citizens who have something that has been bothering them for a long time. They ask me their questions, get answers and, typically, are satisfied. I often ask them why they haven’t called the Town and asked their questions or registered their complaint. The citizens almost always respond, “I didn’t want to bother anyone.” MAYOR Town of Carefree Your calls to Town Hall (480.488.3686) are NOT a bother. Your calls are helpful information about what we can do in Town Hall to make Carefree better for everyone. 480.488.3686 You, the citizens, are the best eyes and ears we have. You see potholes first. You see suspicious activity in your neighborhood first. You see intersections where the view is obstructed by overgrown bushes and trees. Please do your job as involved citizens in the Town of Carefree. If you see something that needs to be fixed or if you’ve heard a rumor that just doesn’t seem right, pick up the phone and call Town Hall at 480.488.3686. If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood call MCSO at 911 immediately. The Deputies at MSCO will respond and handle the situation with respect for everyone. So, don’t’ be afraid, call us and we’ll be around!

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Celebrating Chamber Excellence The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual awards ceremony at the Carefree Resort & Conference Center Thursday, March 27 from 8-10am. The Celebration of Excellence Awards includes a breakfast buffet in the Opera House and costs $25 per person. This year’s guest speaker is Dr. Connie Mariano, also known as the White House doctor. She will discuss the importance of setting both business and personal goals and the significance of inspiration and perseverance in executing them. Executive Director Patty Villeneuve says, “The Chamber looks forward to this event every year to honor those truly exceptional members of the community.” The event salutes Chamber members, businesses and volunteers of distinction. This year’s award nominees include: Business of the Year • Animal Health Services • Ace Hardware • Rubbish Works • UPS Store

The Carefree Desert Gardens Photo Contest had a record number of entries this year. Here are the results of the judges’ top picks. • 1st place: Linda Benedetto • 2nd place: Taline Schmidt

Entrepreneur of the Year • Dr. Cliff Faver – Animal Health Services • Shelly Spence – Images AZ Magazine • Lisa Hamm – Blue Ribbon Awards • Howard Bertram – Bertram Signs & Graphics

• 3rd place: Tom Baker


Honorable Mentions were awarded to Betsy Anderson, Paige Brinkley, Teri Ferro, Nicole Neri, Sandra Neri, D.J. Stapley, Linda Stewart, James Thomas, Hazel Vaughn and Sara Windom. This year, in addition to the judges’ picks, Mike Burns, Jeanne Cassanova and Nathaniel Kastelic will have photos appearing in the 2015 calendar.

Golden TEE Award – (Time, Energy & Effort) • Jennifer McGirr • Evelyn Johnson • Bob Fearnside • Steele Moran

2nd place: Taline Schmidt 1st place: Linda Benedetto


The award ceremony will take place in the Gardens on Saturday, March 22 at 11am. The winning photos will once again become part of the annual Carefree Desert Gardens calendar, which are for sale. The judges chose a total of 13 for public voting and to pick the crowd favorite. The photos were on display for public voting last month at the Magic Bird Fine Art and Fine Chocolate Festival, the Desert Foothills Library and at the Cave Creek Museum. CITYSunTimes was proud to be official media sponsor of this year’s contest. To see all the winning photos, visit

Community Award • Desert Foothills Library Silver Spur Award • Steve Woods – Tech 4 Life Carefree Resort and Conference Center is located at 37220 North Mule Train Road. Those interested in attending the event must RSVP by Friday, March 21 by calling 480.488. 3381. For additional information, visit

The spectacular and dramatic saguaro cactus grows naturally only in the Sonoran Desert. What are the keys to successfully transplant and establish them from one landscape into another? Cesar Mazier, former director of horticulture for the Desert Botanical Garden and popular presenter on native plants, will share some answers on March 8. He will discuss how soil, water and temperature impact a favorable transition for the desert giants and other desert plants. This is the final program of the 2013-14 Desert Gardens Seminar series.

Internationally recognized for his expertise in desert horticulture, and considered by many to be one of the leading experts, Mazier has done intensive research and authored articles on the care of saguaros and boojums. The program will begin at 9:30am and run until approximately 12pm in the Town Council Chambers located in the U.S. Post Office Building 100 Easy Street, Carefree. A $5 (or more) donation is appreciated to support these programs. For information call 480.488.3686.


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Discover Celestial Wonders Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) at Black Mountain will once again team up with the Phoenix Astronomical Society to host a Star Party this month. Held March 20, the family-friendly event is free and runs from 7-10pm. The March event is also a part of the school’s SciTech events. RSVPs are requested in order to have enough telescopes on hand. Send an email to or call 602.561.5398 for more information. PVCC at Black Mountain is located at 34250 North 60th Street. Contact the school at 602.493.2600 or visit

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Festival Of Fine Art Returns The Sonoran Arts League and Vermillion Promotions present the 13th Annual Festival of Fine Art in Carefree March 21-23. It will feature members of the Sonoran Arts League as well as nationally acclaimed artists from around the country. As one of the largest open-air fine art shows in the Southwest, the festival offers a wide variety of mediums and styles. For three days, Downtown Carefree will transform into an outdoor gallery showcasing a spectacular gathering of artists offering a wide variety of original works of fine art. Works include oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, stone and bronze sculptures, etchings and mixed media. There is a vast array of pottery, photography, hand-crafted jewelry and select fine crafts. The Festival runs from 10am-5pm each day and admission if free. Enjoy live entertainment and food. For infomation, call 480.575.6624 or email

Don’t Dress for Dinner

Taste of Foothills Foothills Caring Corp Benefit Enjoy the best food from area restaurants while raising money for the Foothills Caring Corps at the annual Taste of the Foothills Celebration and Cash & Caring Raffle Friday, March 28. The event will be held at el Pedregal in Scottsdale from 5-9pm. Admission to the event is free with the purchase of a Cash & Caring raffle ticket for $100 or $40 per person without a raffle ticket. The evening includes food tastings from area restaurants, live music and entertainment, and is the largest fundraiser of the year for the non-profit organization that provides services to the homebound and elderly throughout the northeast. The band performing for the evening is Affinity. A 10-piece powerhouse band that’s been a musical mainstay in the Valley for over 30 years. A live auction and silent auction will also take place, as well as the Cash & Caring benefit raffle. Drawings will be held throughout the evening with three winners receiving cash prizes. Raffle tickets may be purchased for $100, three for $275 or eight for $500. Participants need not be present to win. Admission and raffle tickets are on sale now and will be sold at the event. el Pedregal is located at 34505 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. For tickets or information, call Foothills Caring Corps at 480.488.1105 or visit

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Non-stop laughs are expected when Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) presents Don’t Dress for Dinner running March 28 – April 13. See it in the intimate Black Box Theater of Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. Written by Marc Carmoletti and adapted by Robin Hawdon, the farce promises to deliver plenty of laughs as audience members experience a night of mayhem relating to a sizzling affair. The plot revolves around the main character, Bernard, who is having an affair with Suzanne. Bernard hires chef Suzette to cook them a romantic dinner while his wife Jacqueline visits her mother for the weekend. He invites his old chum Robert to dinner as an alibi. It’s the perfect plan. What could go wrong? The West End hit, from the creator of Boeing-Boeing, has gotten rave reviews from critics. London’s The Guardian described the play: “Hurtling along at the speed of light, Marc Camoletti’s breathtaking farce is a near faultless piece of theatrical invention.” DFT’s production is directed by Jere Van Patton. Performances are at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2pm on Sunday. A special 2pm performance featuring a Q & A after the show will take place on Sunday, April 6. Tickets range from $15-$32 for adults and $11-$16 for youth and students. Purchase tickets before March 13 at midnight and receive an early-purchase discount. Group sale discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Visit or call 480. 488.1981. The theater is located at 33606 North 60th Street in North Scottsdale.


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Vintage And Collectible Finds At Kiwanis Markets Does NASCAR memorabilia get your engine revving? Does the thought of adding a vintage Avon perfume bottle (or two, or three) to your collection sound sweet? There are many popular collectibles at the upcoming Carefree Kiwanis Flea Market and Marketplace Saturday, March 8, 8am-1pm, in addition to the usual vast array of furnishings, electronics, exercise equipment and housewares. An extensive collection of NASCAR memorabilia (in what looks to be mint condition) will be available for sale. “In the first couple of boxes, we found raceway caps (some autographed), boxed toys, commemorative pins, vintage bottles and autographed trading cards, framed Daytona 500 T-shirts with race passes and life-sized cardboard standups,” says Carefree Kiwanis Marketplace chairperson Anne Hilton. “Who knows what’s in all those other boxes!” Most items will be priced in the range of $1 to $8. A large collection of Avon perfume bottles will be sold individually at prices that range from $1 to $4, so even a young collector will be able to find a lovely piece to suit a tight budget. “In full disclosure,” adds Hilton, “the bottles are empty and the original boxes are long gone.”

In addition to the racing memorabilia and perfume bottles are Norman Rockwell collector plates and Limoge “Paris Series” collector plates. “Vintage items are regularly available at the Carefree Marketplace, along with quality clothing, accessories, jewelry, artwork, collectibles and unique pieces of furniture,” notes Hilton. The Marketplace is open Wednesday-Saturday 9am-1pm and is located at 7171 Cave Creek Road in Carefree…across the parking lot from the Flea Market, located at the Dave Anderson Memorial Building, 7177 East Ed Everett Way. For more information, call 480.488.8400 or visit

Desert Foothills YMCA presents a community day and live “Science of Swimming� experiment Saturday, March 15. Working collaboratively, the AZ SciTech Festival and the YMCA created an opportunity for hands-on learning and building the spirit, mind and body. The experiment is open to all ages. Must be able to swim at least one length of the pool freestyle to qualify for the study. Age groups/times are as follows: 10 and younger (9-11am); 11-18 (11am-1pm); 19 and older (1-3 pm). Experiments will be run at the top of every hour and take approximately 50 minutes to complete. Participation in the event is free and every YMCA branch is open to the community free of charge on March 15. Participants and volunteers are needed for the experiment. Space is limited so register now at by visiting the Desert Foothills YMCA Welcome Center. Walk-ins will be accepted on a space available basis. Contact Katie Smetana at or visit for more information. Desert Foothills YMCA is located at 34250 North 60th Street in Scottsdale. Call 480.596.9622 for details.


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I Ain’t Afraid By Allen Noehre

When I was in third grade, I won first place in a declamation contest. (Yes that is what a poetry reading was called in the 1940’s.) For weeks, my teacher, Miss Luthander, who picked out the poem for me, had me practice it, from memory, in front of the class. It began, “I ain’t afraid of snakes or toads, or bugs or worms or mice, and things that girls are scared of, I think are awfully nice.” But I was afraid; particularly afraid of the stern and imposing school superintendent, Mr. A.J. Sater. One morning, before class began, my friend Buckshot and I were roughhousing between the rows of desks. We weren’t fighting to hurt each other; we were having fun. It was our bad luck that Mr. Sater was walking past our classroom. He saw what he thought was a fight, and told us to immediately go down to his office. As I walked down the hallway, filled with kids headed to their classrooms, I was scared and embarrassed. They knew I was in

big trouble. I followed Buckshot into the superintendent’s office, past two secretaries and into Mr. Sater’s private office, where he was sitting behind his desk. I sat there petrified, listening to his lecture, and urgently asked if I could use his private bathroom – but it was too late. I was so frightened I had already peed in my pants. My humiliation was now complete. Back in the classroom, I had to sit in my wet pants until I walked home for lunch and changed. Reflecting back on that day I realize that bad timing, misunderstanding and humiliation happens to all of us at any age, and I’m sure it will happen again to me. Hopefully, next time though, I won’t be required to change my pants afterwards. Allen Nohre lives in Carefree with his wife, Kathie. He is a writer at TERROS Behavioral Health, publishes the blog www.spiritand and can be reached at

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The Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center will benefit from cash donations and all American peanut butter and jelly during the Walk to End Hunger, Sunday, April 6. The 23rd annual walk benefits the Food Bank, the World Hunger Education, Advocacy and Training organization (WHEAT) and Feed My Starving Children. Registration for walkers begins at 1:30pm and the walk gets underway at 2pm. Individuals are asked to pledge a minimum of $30 to help the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Centr. Donations are due the day of the walk. Participants also are encouraged to bring a jar of peanut butter and/or jelly for the cause. The 5k/3.1 mile walk takes place in the beautiful desert foothills of Carefree beginning at the Town’s amphitheater, which is located at the Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy Street in Downtown Carefree. Checks are payable to Foothills Walk for the Hungry. Call 480.488.1145 for additional details.

The Carefree Cave Creek Camber of Commerce is always working hard to create a dynamic and vital economy that serves the needs of its community. To help achieve this goal, the Chamber offers a number of great events each month for business owners and residents. Here are some of the events coming up in March.


March Chamber Events

Evening Mixer Come for an opportunity to network with others in the community, enjoy some food and to find out more about Vi at Silverstone, located at 22605 North 74th Street in Scottsdale. The Mixer will be held Wednesday, March 12 at 5:30pm. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. POWER Lunch Profitable Opportunities With Empowering Results. A hands-on lunch and learn seminar to help grow one’s business. Lunch is provided. RSVP is a must. The lunch will be held Tuesday, March 18 11:30am-1pm at Venues Café, 34 Easy Street in Carefree. Cost is $20 per person.

For information, call 480.488.3381 or visit

Art Enrichment Internship The Kiwanis Club of Carefree Art Enrichment Internship encourages the development of outstanding students from the Desert Foothills area who excel in the visual arts fields. The program is now in its 11th year. Six to eight students will be selected to take the course of their choice this summer at the Scottsdale Artists’ School, located in Downtown Scottsdale. Information about the school can be found at The internships must be used during June or July of 2014. The internship funds will be sent directly to the Scottsdale Artists’ School to cover tuition costs. Requirements: • The applicant must be entering freshman, sophomore or junior year in the fall of 2014. The winners must be attending Cactus Shadows High School, a

local home schooling program or can be a local student attending an alternative school. • Seniors are not eligible for this internship. The Kiwanis Club of Carefree would like the winners to be able to bring back what they learned to their local fall art courses. • The applicant must be a legal resident of Arizona and willing to sign a commitment to complete their course of choice.

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Evening Mixer An evening of business building in the heart of Cave Creek. Come out to Glory Bees in Frontier Town and meet up with other members of the business community. Refreshments will be served. Glory Bees is located at 6245 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. The Mixer will be held Tuesday, March 25 from 5:30-7:00pm. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.


• The applicant will be expected, upon completion of their art course, to give a short talk about their experiences in their summer art class to the Kiwanis Club of Carefree at a Kiwanis luncheon in winter of 2015. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 2. For more information, call 480.488.8400 or visit



An Arizona Evening To Benefit Kiwanis Foundation His work is synonymous with Arizona, its lands and its people. Dolan Ellis has explored the little known corners of our grand state, researching legends and historical events to write and sing about them in a way that only he can. An Arizona Evening with Dolan Ellis: Tall Tales, Lost Trails & Heroes on March 15, is exactly what the concert title promises: true stories and tall tales, great music and a heartfelt celebration of the history and people of Arizona. Much loved Western music standards on the evening’s program, like “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” and the humorous “Tuba City Truck Stop,” attest to why Ellis has been the acknowledged “voice of Arizona” for 47 years. Special guest, writer and western artist Bob Boze Bell, executive editor of True West Magazine, will introduce Ellis, and the two are in the process of “cooking up something” that will be a real treat during the performance. Proceeds from the event will support the Kiwanis of Carefree Benefit Foundation. The concert begins at 7pm at North Scottsdale Christian, located at 28700 North Pima Road in Scottsdale. Advance tickets are available for $28 by calling 480.488.8400 or at www.kiwaniscarefree. org. Tickets purchased at the door on the night of the performance are $35.

Hearts And Hands Gala



Mark the calendar for Sunday, March 9 as the annual Foothills Community Foundation (FCF) celebrates a night of spectacular festivities with the Hearts and Hands Gala. This is a chance to help out with many community based services that FCF provides and enjoy a special evening. The gala will offer a gourmet dinner by Tonto Bar & Grill with a Celebrity ticket – or a wonderful buffet by Harold’s with a Marquee ticket. There will be entertainment, live and silent auctions and more. A ticket to the event goes a long way in helping reach the goal of $50,000. For instance, it will allow Desert Foothills Theater to continue presenting its awardwinning productions. It will enable the Holland Community Center to continue providing programs for all ages. Students in the community will also benefit through the Teacher Vision Grants and it will ensure that critical social work continues to expand, so that more families receive much needed assistance through Save One Student Scholarships. Support the community by purchasing a ticket to the gala or make a donation. Visit www.azfcf. org to make a donation or choose your ticket type. Call 480.488.1090 for more information.

By Lyn Hitchon

A positive impact on the economy is created when residents and government entities patronize locally owned and operated businesses. This includes not just Mom and Pop stores, but also larger Arizona based businesses, such as Bashas’, which are privately held. These businesses are the backbone of our towns and cities. For every dollar spent with a local business, 45 cents stays in the local economy, as opposed to 13 cents spent in a national chain store. While national chains do create jobs, on average for every two jobs created, three jobs are lost due to closures of smaller local businesses. In addition, many local companies support second tier jobs by utilizing other local resources rather than outsourcing. Many people who move to Arizona patronized neighborhood businesses in their home towns, having traditionally, sometimes for generations, shopped and eaten in those establishments. Upon moving here and losing those historical ties, many tend to gravitate towards recognized national chains, rather than exploring the opportunities in their new back yards. The services we all enjoy are financed in large part by sales tax dollars, as Carefree does not impose a local property tax. Local businesses in Carefree include many wonderful restaurants, shops and services, which satisfy a variety of needs and price points. |CST

Head over to MacDonald’s Ranch to join in the family fun with food, championship hoop dancing, live entertainment, western games and more at the Great Western Cookout March 1 from 4-8pm. The event benefits the Desert Foothills Scenic Drive and is sponsored by Greater Pinnacle Peak Association/Friends of the Scenic Drive and MacDonald’s Ranch. Use the Adventure Passport to roam the cookout site, set in the midst of a western “town” and visit 15 adventure stations, including Sonoran wildlife, stagecoach rides, petting zoo, western games and more. Also, find silent auction bargains, Hohokam artifacts and specimens of local geology. After visiting the stations, pick up a reward sack, with goodies and special offer coupons donated by local organizations and businesses. There will be live musical entertainment, championship hoop dancing and a sunset cookout dinner with all the fixin’s. Reservations and tickets are available online at or by calling 480.361.6498. MacDonald’s Ranch is located at 26540 North Scottsdale Road. For information, also visit

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FOREVER FAMILIES / BY SARA CLAWSON Aid to Adoption of Special Kids When Isaac visited the Mesa Arts Center, he had no idea he’d leave with a new skill. “Basically, I learned how to draw a self-portrait of myself. I think I did good,” he says. Isaac, 11, received a lesson from drawing instructor David Miller, who taught him the importance of shading. He has always loved to draw, but said he mostly dabbled in cartooning. In his spare time he works on his comic book, Random Series, which follows the antics of protagonist Max. Max has a series of unfortunate run-ins with bullies at school and must outsmart them to survive. “It’s basically about a guy and he’s horrible at everything he does,” Isaac says. Isaac wants to be a published author or have a career in videogames. “What I would like to be when I grow up is a video game tester because I would actually be getting paid for doing the thing I like the most, and that’s playing videogames.” Isaac wants two parents and brothers who can keep up with him. Eleven-year-old Isaac is a budding artist who would one day like to “I mainly want brothers in my house,” he says. “To tell you the truth, I really be a video game tester. want them to be over 10 years old so that they would be at least my age.” Good parents for Isaac would be ones who are loving, caring and helpful. “I just want to get into a real family, soon,” Isaac says. “The reason I want to find my family soon is because I actually want somebody who would take care of me. What makes good parents is they would actually take care of their children. Make sure they’re fed and that they actually sleep well and that they’re being taken care of.” For more information, call 602.254.2275 or visit

COMMUNITY Riding For A Cure Reach 11 Sports Complex will host the 11th Annual Tour de Cure event March 22. Showcasing the Sonoran Desert in spring, the Phoenix Tour de Cure offers a memorable cycling experience for riders of all ages and abilities. All routes are fully supported with well stocked rest tops, enthusiastic teams of volunteers and SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles. Riders will enjoy pre-Tour refreshments, start line festivities, route support, themed rest stops and return to a full lunch and finish line party. Bicycle rides include a 10-mile family and novice-friendly ride, as well as 25-, 50-, 75- and 100-mile routes. The event benefits Americans Diabetes Association. Reach 11 Sports Complex is located at 2425 East Deer Valley Road in Phoenix. For more information, call 888.DIABETES or visit


Local First Arizona will hold its next monthly Lunch Mixer March 5 from 11:30am-1pm at Republica Empanada, 204 East 1st Avenue in Mesa. Evening Mixers are also held monthly from 6-8pm at various locations. The events give members the opportunity to dine together, network and learn about the latest efforts in the Local movement. The events are open to members only; however, guests may attend the events with a member. For more information, call 602.956.0909 or visit NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) will hold a Public Policy Day and 5th Annual Capitol Cocktail Happy Hour Wednesday, March 12. Bring your own lunch to Burton Barr Library for networking, lunch and various presentations. Then head over to Alexi’s at 5pm for happy hour. For more information, call 480.289.5768 or visit

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Each month, the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce hosts a networking breakfast meeting, which includes a speaker on relevant topics and an opportunity for everyone present to introduce themselves and connect with prospective customers. In addition, after-hours mixers are hosted each month by a different member. The Chamber is committed to promoting a dynamic and vital economy that serves the needs of its community. For more information, call 480.488.3381 or visit


The North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Business Resource and Networking Luncheon March 11 from 11:00am-1:30pm at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix. Its next Networking Luncheon will be held March 25 at Native New Yorker, Bell Road, from 11:30am-1:30pm. Learn about how you can connect with your North Valley community and grow your business. For information, call 602.482.3344 or visit The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its next PM Connect networking event Wednesday, March 5 from 5-7:30pm at the International Club. The Chamber will hold its next AM Connect event Thursday, March 20 from 7:309am at Verizon in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.355.2700 or visit


Fine Art & Wine Affaire Mark your calendars for March 14-16 and enjoy an unforgettable weekend – and the last Thunderbird Artists festival of the season – at the 10th annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire. The festival couples superior art and fine crafts with robust, imported and domestic wines, tasty food, flavorful sweets and live musical entertainment. This year, Thunderbird Artists welcomes wood sculptor Bruce Taylor as the featured artist. Taylor specializes in fish carvings, but has expanded to a variety of turtle species and birds, including puffins, hawks and eagles. In addition to Taylor’s fine sculptures, this juried festival hosts more than 125 nationally acclaimed, award-winning artists from throughout the country and abroad; in addition to unparalleled wine tasting. For $10, patrons receive an engraved souvenir wine glass, with tasting tickets, allowing them to taste wines from throughout the United States and beyond. The festival will take place on Avenue of the Fountains, between La Montana and Saguaro Boulevard 10am-5pm each day. Admission is $3 – residents of Fountain Hills receive complimentary admission. Parking is free all weekend. For more information, call 480.837.5637 or visit

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Tour D’Artistes 2014 Studio # 7: Red Rock Studio – Barbara Drake (Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor)

Enjoy an artful weekend in scenic Fountain Hills March 7-9 as studios and galleries open their doors for the Tour D’Artistes 2014 presented by the Fountain Hills Art League. Take a self-guided tour of working studios and local galleries where guests can interact with over 80 artists as they explain their processes and what inspires them to create art. To kick off the event, a reception will be held March 6 from 5-8pm at the Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery, located at 16858 Avenue of the Fountains, Suite 103. Call 480.836.9919 for additional information. Admission to the three-day event is $20. The event will raise funds for scholarships for Fountain Hills High School senior art students, as well as for the Fountain Hills Boys and Girls Club and Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. Visit for more information.

Studio #3: Fountainside Arts – Marcia McClellan (Printmaking, Book Arts, Handmade Paper)

Annual White Cane Parade The Black Canyon Bi Centennial Lions Club presents the 29th Annual White Cane Parade April 5. This year’s theme is “It’s A Dog’s Life,” and will feature service animals. The event will show appreciation for animal companions by paying tribute and raising awareness. Lion Tom Simmons and his leader dog, Nelson, will be Grand Marshals. Events include: • Pancake Breakfast – 7-9am at VFW Post 1796, 34801 South Velda Rose Road • Parade – 10am, followed by a festival at Albin’s Community Center, 19055 East K-Mine Road

• Awards Ceremony – 12pm Parade entries should be submitted by March 14 to Black Canyon Bi Centennial Lion’s Club, P.O. Box 43, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324. For applications, call Marilyn at 623.764.2298 or Karen at 623.374.5218.

Rabies Shot Clinic Sanders Ranch Supply will hold a rabies shot clinic from 10am-2pm Saturday, March 8. Sanders carries a complete selection of feed, tack and animal supplies and accessories. The store is open 10am6pm Tuesday through Saturday, and is located at 20305 East Squaw Valley Road in Black Canyon City. For more information, call 623.374.5570 or visit

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• Chili Cook Off – 10am at Javalina Crossing Saloon; immediately following the parade



ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT February 28 – March 22


March 1

George Thorogood and The Destroyers

March 6-29

Talking Stick Resort

Native Trails Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Equivocation Thru March 16

Monty Python’s Spamalot Fountain Hills Theater; 480.837.9661, Extension 3

Southwest Shakespeare Company at Mesa Arts Center; 480.644.6500

March 1

March 1

10th Annual Run for Ryan House DC Ranch; 480.342.7178

Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate

March 1

Arizona Broadway Theatre; 623.776.8400

Carnaval Do Brazil! The Venue of Scottsdale

March 7

Musical Instrument Museum; 480.478.6000

Annie Moses Band Musical Instrument Museum

March 1-2

Heard Museum Guild 56th Annual Indian Fair & Market

March 1 February 28 – March 16

Carlos Núñez

Great Arizona Beer Festival

Heard Museum; 602.252.8840

Tempe Town Lake; 480.968.7559

March 8 March 2

Sharon Corr Musical Instrument Museum

Women Who Rock: Nicole Atkins Musical Instrument Museum March 8

Video Games Live March 3-16

16th Annual New Works Festival

Photo by Guto Muniza

Phoenix Theatre; 602.254.2151

Comerica Theatre March 8

23rd Annual Blues Blast Margaret T. Hance Park; 602.516.8870 March 12

Women Who Rock: Mavis Staples Musical Instrument Museum March 13-14 March 4

Masters of Movement


Ballet Arizona at Dorrance Theatre; 602.381.1096

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts www.scottsdale; 480.499.8587 March 5-30


Pippin Phoenix Theatre March 6-9

March 14-15

4th Annual Checkered Flag Run Phoenix International Raceway; 866.498.7223

Secrets Herberger Theater; 602.252.8497 March 6 – April 12

March 14-15

Classics 7 Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall

Guys and Dolls


The Don Bluth Front Row Theatre www.donbluthfrontrow; 480.314.0841

March 14-16

Arizona Antique Market Thunderbird Plaza

US Airways Center March 14-16

44th Scottsdale Arts Festival Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts March 15

March 22-23

50th Annual Arizona Scottish Highland Games Steele Indian School Park; 602.431.0095

Ricky Nelson Remembered March 22-30

Higley Center for the Performing Arts

Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle

March 15

Childsplay; 480.921.5700

31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Family Faire


March 22

Cher: Dressed to Kill

March 26 – July 6

Downtown Phoenix; 602.280.9221

Hollywood Costume

March 15-16

Phoenix Art Museum

Experience Ireland Musical Instrument Museum

March 28

Il Divo – A Musical Affair Comerica Theatre

March 19

San Francisco Opera: Grand Opera Cinema Series Don Giovanni

March 28-29

Classics 8 The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall

March 20

Spring into the Arts ArtWalk

March 28-30

Scottsdale Arts District; 480.990.3939

36th Annual Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo & Parade

March 21

The Music of The Rolling Stones Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite perform on March 30

The Phoenix Symphony March 21

March 28-30

Patti LuPone: Far Away Places

McDowell Mountain Music Festival

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Margaret T. Hance Park; 602.343.0453

March 22

Trace Bundy with Sungha Jung Musical Instrument Museum

March 28-29


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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts March 30

Aaron Neville

LeeLee Robert – Cowgirl Jazz

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Higley Center for the Performing Arts

March 22



Detour 26: Celebrating Art & Local Color Head to Downtown Phoenix this month for the 26th Annual Art Detour, March 8-9 – a celebration of artists and their important contribution to the vibrancy of the area. More than 100 spaces, including working artist studios, unique art spaces, galleries, cultural venues, restaurants and retailers will open their doors to make this the best two-day, all-access pass to the downtown arts scene in Detour’s 26-year history. “Detour-ists” are invited to visit artists’ private working studios not typically open for viewing, explore Pop-Up Gallery exhibits exclusively planned for Art Detour and discover the colorful mural scene on walls, buildings and fences throughout downtown. A free double-decker London bus will circulate, making stops at neighborhood “park-and-ride hubs” in Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, CityScape, Arizona Center and more, providing the public with a unique opportunity to explore Phoenix’s art scene in a fun, festival environment. The event coincides with First Friday, March 7, resulting in a weekend chock-full of artsrelated experiences, exhibitions and activities. To kick off the festivities, join the Office of the Mayor, Downtown Phoenix, Inc., Artlink and other community partners on Saturday, March 1 at the Art d’Core Gala, a celebration of the significant role the arts have played in invigorating and adding color to downtown. Mayor Greg Stanton will be the featured speaker of the festive event at Crescent Ballroom, toasting business leaders, small business

entrepreneurs, neighborhood groups, and the flourishing arts community in an expression of shared pride in Phoenix. This free, “fun formal” affair will feature live music and dancing; fabulous food and drink; art installations featuring premiere local artists; and an eye-popping virtual tour of downtown art spaces. Guests are encouraged to dress colorfully with creative formal attire. This free weekend event also offers programming for all ages, including family-friendly “Kids’ Detour” activities at participating venues. For more information or to RSVP for the Gala, visit


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Get A Pass To Arts & Culture In The Valley Finding quality things to do for both you and your family, on a budget, is not easy. The arts enrich and educate us all, so take advantage of the Act One Culture Pass. Library cardholders can check out an Act One Culture Pass for free admission or tickets for two people at participating arts and cultural institutions. Passes are available on a first come, first served basis; they are not renewable and “holds” cannot be placed on them, nor will library staff be able to pull them for guests. The display for the Culture Pass Program is at the front of each library. Library-goers find the destination in which they are interested, and take the card to the checkout desk. Staff gives them a date-due slip admitting two people for a visit to the museum in the next seven days. Passes may be limited to general admission only. Special exhibitions may not be covered and other restrictions may apply. One pass per

family, two passes per month. This year, Act One has also expanded the Culture Pass to include live performing arts.

Participating organizations include: • Arcosanti-Cordes Junction • Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park • ASU Gammage • Ballet Arizona • Cave Creek Museum • Children’s Museum of Phoenix • Childsplay • Deer Valley Rock Art Center • Desert Botanical Garden • Desert Caballeros Western Museum • Heard Museum • Phoenix Art Museum • The Phoenix Symphony • Phoenix Zoo • Pueblo Grande Museum • Rossen House Museum • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art: SMoCA



• Superstition Mountain Museum Northeast Valley participating libraries include Desert Foothills Library and libraries in the Phoenix Public Library and Scottsdale Public Library systems, as well as the ASU Library. Last year, 43 public libraries and 21 arts and cultural organizations participated. For a complete listing of current organizations, visit or stop in at your local library.

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YOUTH & EDUCATION Take Your Kids On The Ultimate Play Date Scottsdale Civic Center Library presents the Ultimate Play Date Saturday, March 29 from 9am-1pm. This free community event features eight different play zones filled with art, science, language and building activities for children ages one to eight. There will be plenty of fun games to play, arts and crafts to make, live music and story times and a few surprises for everyone to enjoy. Various community partners will also be on hand with fun activities and information to share; including the Scottsdale Police Department, the Musical Instrument Museum and more. For more information, visit www.

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE Spring is an ideal time to review the State of the District – a difficult task when trying to include all of the remarkable accomplishments in a limited space. Most notable is our all “A” rating from the Arizona Department of Education for student achievement; number one in the Northeast Valley and number five in the state. With the highest percentage of National Board Certified Teachers in the state, we also have a of the Year national finalist, an Arizona DR. DEBBI BURDICK Counselor Elementary Counselor of the Year, Arizona Superintendent Elementary Art Teacher of the Year and Arizona Cave Creek Unified School District Distinguished Principal of the Year. We continue our commitment to the teaching profession, partnering with ASU’s iTeach Program at three schools where our expert teachers mentor ASU teacher candidates for one year. With our focus on student engagement and instructional technology, we continue to infuse technology into our classrooms with the help of our PTOs, Cave Creek Unified Education (CCUEF) and Partners in Education foundations and competitive grants. Our Sonoran Trails Middle School has completed its 21st Century Classroom Project with technology carts in all academic classrooms in addition to the new Sci-Tech Lab and Bring Your Own Technology Program. We have received over a million dollars in grants since August. We successfully began a Nurses’ Assistant Program through PVCC and partners, Arizona MusicFest and CCUEF, continue to support and grow the incredible Strummers Ukelele and Guitar programs – now at three schools with plans to expand to middle school next August. Free all-day kindergarten was reinstated and students K-12 have opportunities for World Language instruction. Our students have excelled in the arts, athletics and clubs, with our high school newspaper, cheer, pom, golf, band and student council recognized for state achievements. To learn more about CCUSD and our inspiring education system, view our website at To contact Dr. Burdick, call 480.575.2000. For more information on the Cave Creek Unified School District, visit

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This summer, more than 40 teens will gain life skills while learning about future law enforcement and fire service career possibilities. The Public Safety Teen Academy runs June 2-6, 6:30am-3:30pm. The Academy, offered at no cost to participants, provides a total public safety experience, including exposure to police and fire training and job duties. The action-packed week is held at the Tom Hontz Training Facility (911 North Stadem Drive in Tempe) and will feature hands-on learning and demonstrations. Act now because slots fill fast. Teens (ages 14-18) must submit an application and complete a basic background check. The deadline to apply is April 1. Attendance for the entire academy is required. A link to the online application can be found at www.scottsdaleaz. gov/fire/teenacademy. For more information, contact Officer Toni Moag, Scottsdale Police Department, 480.312.0275 or tmoag@scottsdaleaz. gov; or Lori Schmidt, Scottsdale Fire Department, at 480.312.1817 or



The Valley’s Best

The beautiful Phoenix Art Museum is cooking this month as the Devoured Food & Wine Classic returns. Now in its fifth year, the independently edible, award-winning culinary event is a luscious showcase of Arizona’s finest independent restaurants, chefs, wineries and industry purveyors. A collaboration of the Museum, Local First Arizona and Devour Phoenix, the event brings together the culinary leaders that are establishing Metro Phoenix as a premier culinary destination. Each year, over 100 restaurant owners, chefs, food producers, wine makers, distillers and craft beer makers come together to create an incredibly unique culinary experience for 4,000 lucky guests. The leaders in Arizona’s culinary community present their crafts in every way imaginable – showcasing fivestar restaurants and classically trained chefs, self-made restaurateurs and food entrepreneurs, nationally acclaimed wine makers and beer crafters from Arizona and more. Guests can partake in innovative culinary demonstrations and meet the makers of favorite edibles and drinkables while tasting an enormous array of culinary excellence from the region’s best. In addition to enjoying the best food and wine Arizona has to offer, guests receive general admission to Phoenix Art Museum. The Devoured Food & Wine Classic runs March 1-2, beginning at 11:30am each day. For more information, call 866.977.6849 or visit

Food Fest Features Culinary Hotspots

The 30th Annual My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge is a day-long festival featuring the number one condiment in the U.S. – salsa. This culinary competition features over 100 freshly made salsas and professional “chefs” will compete for the judge’s vote while attendees enjoy Margarita Mix-Off all the chips and salsa they can eat. The Salsa Challenge proudly features restaurants, businesses and individuals competing to make the best tasting salsa in their category – not to mention the Margarita Mix-Off competition. More than 20,000 people are expected to come and taste freshly made salsas, listen to live music, enjoy margaritas, cold beers and vote for their favorite salsa chef. In addition, the VIP tent boasts the opportunity to not only enjoy the salsa entries but complimentary beverages, a meal prepared by Macayos and a meet and greet with Roger Clyne of Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. The Salsa Challenges takes place March 8 at Steele Indian School Park in Downtown Phoenix. Tickets are $12-15 ($55 for VIP tickets); children under 12 are free. For more information, call 602.955.1962 or

Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival touts a restaurant lineup featuring culinary hotspots such as Tarbell’s, Durant’s, Citizen Public House, Cowboy Ciao and Centurion, among others. For a second year, more than 30 restaurants transform CityScape into a culinary showcase of Arizona’s favorite independent restaurants, plus wineries and craft breweries, closing down Central Avenue in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. Based on the most popular locally produced TV show on Eight, Arizona PBS, Eight and R Entertainment Company deliver an exploration of Arizona’s independent restaurant scene, dishing out cuisine from five-star dining establishments to tucked away cafes. Similar to the event’s first year, the second annual Check, Please! Arizona Festival promises a lineup of discussions, cooking demonstrations and celebrity chef participants to inform and entertain. For example, last year’s inaugural event featured a rare panel discussion of Arizona’s James Beard Award winners, among other sessions. A singular opportunity for fans at the CityScape event is the chance for guests to audition for the fifth season of the TV show. The event is set for Sunday, March 30 from 11am-3pm; and a special ticket rate of $59 is available through March 2. Visit checkplease for details.

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FitPHX Last month, the partnership of FitPHX with the Healthy Arizona Worksites Program brought practical workplace wellness strategies to 40 local businesspeople from three dozen organizations that employ approximately 84,400 people. Businesses included large health care companies, a local supermarket chain, a bank and a variety of other companies. Enhancing the training curriculum, Mayor Greg Stanton, Councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela and Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman represented FitPHX and talked to the businesses about the importance of health in the workplace. The three leaders of the City’s FitPHX health and wellness initiative also will follow up with in-person business visits. Registration for the session filled up quickly, so a second training for additional businesses was scheduled for 8:30am-12pm, Tuesday, May 13, at the Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center, 302 North First Avenue, sixth floor. Space is limited. To RSVP, visit The Healthy Arizona Worksites Program offers a variety of classes, teaching employers how to design a healthy worksite program, with relevant tools and resources. Participating businesses that complete the training and meet certain other criteria will be recognized as a Healthy Arizona Worksite and FitPHX businesses. The prevention message also can help control health care costs. Employers in the U.S. lose $153 billion annually due to absenteeism from workers who are overweight or obese and have other chronic health conditions. FitPHX is a citywide initiative with the goal of improving health and wellness in the region and making the Phoenix area one of the healthiest in the nation. For more information, visit

Freedom Fitness Freedom Fitness has a lot of new options for its members. The Troon location is now offering two new spin classes: Monday 6am Spin and Tuesday 10am Fat Burning Low Intensity Spin. At the Cave Creek location, the following classes are now available:


• Monday 9am Body Blast with Kathy • Tuesday 8am Stretch with Carolyn • Thursday 8am Stretch with Phyllis • Thursday 4:30pm Kickbox with Gina • Friday 9am Body Blast with Kelly


In addition to its new offerings, the personal training facilities continue their strong focus on weight loss, sport specific conditioning, men’s and women’s competitive bodybuilding and figure and bikini competitions. Massage therapy and assisted stretching is offered at both locations and day care is offered at the Cave Creek location. Continued, page 67

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Holistic Health and Fitness Coach Teams With Saguaro

Danny Collier (foreground)

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The Saguaro Scottsdale hotel invites residents and guests to give those unwanted pounds and unhealthy habits the southwestern-style boot. Ford model and creator of Simplicity Fitness, Danny Collier, teamed up with the hotel to create Simplicity Fitness at the Saguaro Scottsdale. This partnership offers hotel guests, local residents and Ford models a variety of dynamic fitness and wellness programs – including boot camps, clean nutrition coaching, personal training, TRX, yoga classes and more. “With an integration of functional training, clean nutrition and wellness practices, the benefits of healthier lifestyle choices are universal, so I have developed an ongoing program of classes at the Saguaro Scottsdale that are open to both hotel guests and local residents,” says Collier. Drop-in classes are just $20 and are offered for both TRX Training and Hatha yoga. This positive lifestyle program embraces all of the qualities The Saguaro is known for: uncomplicated fun, playfulness, authenticity, casual spirit and Technicolor. The classes will be held on the covered poolside patio, surrounded by the hotel’s exterior bright color palette, which was inspired by the local desert’s indigenous flowers. “By embracing the simplicity of life, we’ve created a catalyst for optimal health. We train functionally, mostly outdoors and with minimal equipment; we promote a clean, natural diet; and we offer yoga classes to help manage stress by focusing on the simple, pristine present moment.” For more information, visit or http://

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Freedom Fitness is located at 4532 East Lone Mountain Road, Suite 211, in Cave Creek (call 480.488.8848); and at 10440 East Jomax Road in Scottsdale (call 480.556.1949). For more information, visit

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DESTINATIONS It’s Spring Training Time In The Valley! Fill the cooler, break out your team ball cap and get ready for some fantastic Major League baseball action – Cactus League Spring Training returns to the Valley February 26 – March 29. The weather is gorgeous and for visitors and residents alike, the Cactus League couldn’t be more convenient, with short drive times between ballparks and a full range of hotel, dining and shopping amenities. Greater Phoenix provides the excitement of the Old West within a thriving metropolitan area brimming with cultural and outdoor activity. Fans can enjoy Cactus League games in Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise and Tempe.

Spring Training baseball has been a tradition for devoted fans since 1947, when just two teams, the Cleveland Indians and the New York Giants, came here to prepare for the rigors of the long regular season. Today, 15 teams train in the Phoenix metropolitan area in the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States. For tickets, call 800.905.3315 or purchase from Ticketmaster by calling 800.745.3000 or visiting www.ticketmaster. com. Tickets may also be purchased at Fry’s Marketplace locations across the Valley. Download a schedule of games at http:// pdf. For more information, visit

Where To Find Your Team: • Glendale – Camelback Ranch: Chicago White Sox & Los Angeles Dodgers • Goodyear – Goodyear Ballpark: Cleveland Indians & Cincinnati Reds • Maryvale – Maryvale Baseball Park: Milwaukee Brewers • Mesa – Cubs Park: Chicago Cubs • Peoria – Peoria Sports Complex: San Diego Padres & Seattle Mariners • Phoenix – Phoenix Municipal Stadium: Oakland A’s •

Scottsdale – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick: Arizona Diamondbacks & Colorado Rockies

• Scottsdale – Scottsdale Stadium: San Francisco Giants • Surprise – Surprise Recreation Campus: Kansas City Royals & Texas Rangers • Tempe – Tempe Diablo Stadium: Angels Baseball



Delicious prelude to annual food fest

the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa will host the dinner event at its deseo restaurant. The event begins at sunset featuring a magnificent ice sculpture, delicious hors d’oeuvres, aperitifs and wine at the resort’s Dreamweaver’s Canyon, which overlooks a seasonal flowerbed centerpiece patterned after a Navajo blanket. The cocktail hour closes with a Scottish bagpiper

The featured chefs for 2014 are: • Chef James Boyce (Cotton Row, Huntsville, AL; formerly of Mary Elaine’s in Scottsdale) • Chef Susur Lee (Lee Restaurants, Toronto, ON) • Chef Floyd Cardoz (North End Grill, New York, NY) • Chef Pierre Poulin (Aureole, New York, NY) • Host Chef Michael Ginor (Hudson Valley Foie Gras and Restaurant Lola, Great Neck, NY) • Host Chef Chris Masco (The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa) • Host Chef Roberto Madrid (The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa) Beard Dinner is the ideal appetizer for the 36th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival (April 8-13). The dinner will be held Thursday, March 13 beginning at 6pm. Tickets are priced at $400 per person. Internationally renowned culinary talents join forces for one night only to craft an exceptional dinner that will keep the conversations going long into the evening. Every year, James Beard award-winning chefs prepare a multi-course, once-in-a-lifetime dinner complete with carefully selected wine pairings. In partnership with the Festival,

on the 18th green. Following this spectacular introduction is the main event; a multi-course dinner featuring a live auction. The Westin Kierland Resort is located at 6902 East Greenway Parkway in Scottsdale. For ticket information, visit http:// For information about the Scottsdale League for the Arts, call 480.945.7193 or visit The 36th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival runs April 8-13. Look for complete details in the April issue of CITYSunTimes.

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The Scottsdale League for the Arts, the nonprofit organization responsible for bringing the Scottsdale Culinary Festival to life, will kick off the festival a month early with its premier wine-paired dinner event – the Friends of James Beard Dinner. As the longest running James Beard Foundation fundraiser in the Southwest, the Friends of James


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Paws in the Park The City of Scottsdale and Petco along with Scottsdale Fire Department and Scottsdale Fire Fighter’s Association present the Third Annual Paws in the Park event Saturday, March 1 from 8am-12pm. Head out to the Chaparral Park Off Leash Area (5401 North Hayden Road) for a fun event for the whole family. This year’s event will help to raise money for pets in need and directly support the Chaparral Off Leash Area. Residents can assist by providing a monetary donation to the Scottsdale Firefighters Charities to purchase pet supplies and food for local animal shelters in the Valley. Donations will be accepted the day of the event. Pet supply donations will also be accepted at Scottsdale fire stations and local Petco stores. Pet supply donations will be given to local animal shelters. In addition, Paws in the Park attendees can register for the Sniff and Stroll – the two-mile fun walk for dogs and owners will wind through the xeriscape gardens and Chaparral Park. Cost is $10 per dog and proceeds will directly support the Chaparral Off Leash Area. Pre-registration is highly encouraged. For more information, visit

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#1 AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION $35 “FIRST TIME RESIDENCE SPECIAL RATE”. Private Executive SUV’s on Every Reservation! 24 Hour Email Confirmations, Courtesy Call/Text Reminders Day Before Pickup. We Service Sky Harbor & Mesa Gateway. 6 Years In Biz. 602.475.1125.

Investigation PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR Free consultations, confidential and discreet Cheating Spouse, Divorce, Child Custody, Surveillance, GPS Tracking, Fraud, Employee Theft, Background Checks, Locate Address, Place of Employment, Hidden Bank Accounts, Asset Searches. We are located in North Phoenix and serve the entire Valley and the State of Arizona. License #1606665. 602.300.5667.

Business Services MARKETING IN MOTION Mobile Car Wrap Advertisement (LINK ART). Interested Car owner should apply and earn $500/wk. Email resumes to donpearce014@ or call 747.200.9825 for more information.

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

Painting Services ROBERTS PAINTING Interior/ Exterior. Epoxy Garage Floors. Commercial/Residential. Local Painter Since 1985. Commercial ROC#190331-L-34; Residential ROC#181287-C-34. Greg Roberts, Owner/Operator, 602.809.2327.

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Seven Keys To Fabulous Relationships Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and although that day can be filled with passion, many of us, by the very next day, have lost the romance and are back to our old patterns in relationship. How can we maintain fulfilling relationships year-round, without having to wait for a special occasion? Here are seven keys that can make the experience of real love a reality.

How often we search for something to brighten our way; to make living more comfortable; to assist us in reaching our goals. And where do we find it? For some, the help is from a book, or a Bible or a poem. Others need the support of a friendly person – a family member, spouse or colleague. There is help for each issue that we bring up. Every concern that faces us has a resolution.



You have to love the Fiat vehicle branding, you know, the commercials with beautiful Italian women flirting with nerdy guys in front of a Fiat 500 Abarth, and the most recent ads with a scene from the days of Paul Revere yelling “the Italians are coming” featuring several of the 2014 Fiat 500L in “redcoat” red. Does it make you want to rip off the bottom of your matronly dress, cut your hair and date an Italian actor? Does it actually make you want to buy a Fiat? Yep!


iPhone/iPad Printing Q. Is there some way I can print directly from my iPad or iPhone? A. Yes, you can print from the iPad or iPhone, though I found it easiest to purchase an AirPrint compatible printer ( as recommended by Apple. Read the rest of Mr. Modem’s answer to this question, learn some quick tips for working with Windows 8 and explore all of Mr. M’s Websites Of The Month.

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I recently saw a patient who told me that her prior eye doctor told her that if she didn’t deal with her insomnia, she would develop cataracts (a clouding of the lens inside our eye) and eventually go blind. Perhaps the message wasn’t delivered so harshly, but that’s what she heard. Here’s an explanation about how sleep affects our eyes, and how insomnia can impact our vision.

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A Few Of Your Favorite Things This month’s winning photo was submitted by Matthew DeYoung. The photo was taken in Seligman at the famous barber shop. DeYoung says, “After spending a few minutes there we were introduced to Angel the Barber himself; this man is credited with actually saving Route 66 and having the Government make it a Historic Road. While talking to him I was amazed at his pure joy for the town, the state and the life that he lives. After saying goodbye I walked away and will never be able to get that laugh out of my head; the sincerity and the happiness of that man is something I will never forget.” This year’s contest is all about your favorites – whether it is a person, place or thing. Snap a photo and send us a brief description of why your “favorite” is so special. Do you treasure time with the family? Show us what makes you smile. Do you enjoy mountain hikes? Let us in on the experience. Maybe you are a regular at a Valley restaurant…show us what keeps you going back. And if it’s raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens that get you going, please, take a photo and share it with our readers! In addition to a prize giveaway, the winning photo will be on the cover of the January 2015 issue cover. When submitting your photo, please include your full name, contact number and what area you live in. Submit your digital photo to news@ with “My Best Shot” in the subject line. The photo should be high resolution and at least 800x600 in size. Thanks for participating – we cannot wait to see your favorite things!

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North Valley March 2014 CITYSunTimes  

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

North Valley March 2014 CITYSunTimes  

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