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Not only are we the BEST trampoline park in town, but we also offer a one-of-a-kind camp experience for ages 3-up. Whether you choose our “Wiggles and Giggles” camp for 3 & 4 year olds or our “Going Bananas” camp for 5-up your kids will enjoy a wide selection of activities. They will include arts and crafts, open jumping, relay races, gymnastics, scooter races, snacks, and a chance to meet the Phoenix Sun’s Gorilla. Half day or full day options available. More information offered at flipdunksports.com WHERE: 1515 E. Bethany Home Road Phoenix, AZ 85014 WHEN: May-August, beginning May 31-August 19, Monday-Friday TYPE AND AGES: Day Camp, Ages 3-12 CONTACT: Lori Price, 602-277-0067

Celebrating 37 years of fun! Over 30+ specialty camps for 3-13 year olds offered: Mission: Earth & Beyond (Star Wars), Girls Just Want to Have Fun!, American Girl, Fine Arts, Dance/ Theater, Play-well Technology, Xtreme Games, Indoor Sports, Yg. Mad Scientist, Kids’ Concoctions, News Reporter, Challenges, Survivor: Desert Skills, Mission Impossible, Shark Tank, Gymnastics, Habitats, STEM: Fairy Tales, Pirates, Construction, Dinosaurs, Kitchen Tales, etc, plus preschool theme based camps for 3 & 4 year olds. 3 week sessions, M-TH, 9-12 $270. or 9-3 $484.00 WHERE: 4455 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley WHEN: Two Three-week sessions: May 31-June 16 & June 20-July 7 TYPE & AGES: Day Camp. Ages 3-13. CONTACT: (480) 570-5234., bev@imaginethatsummercamp.com, imaginethatsummercamp.com

ST. JOSEPH’S YOUTH CAMP (NORTHERN ARIZONA)

6 days and 6 nights. This overnight camp offers lots of activities: Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Arts & Crafts, Mountain Biking, Archery, Hiking, Campfire and Telescope nights and much more! Includes: Lodging, Food, R/T chartered Bus from Tempe, Camp T-shirt, DVD of the week and memories for a lifetime! Register Campers ages 8-15 early and SAVE $50. (reg. $598). Early Bird Registration is $548. WHERE: Mormon Lake, AZ. 86038 ( just 23 miles SE of Flagstaff) WHEN: June 26-July 2 and July 3-9 for ages 8-12; July 10-16 for ages 13-15; June 19-25 teens ages 15-17 can train to be Camp Counselors. Training $198: includes CPR, Team building and Leadership activities, opportunity to earn Community Service Hours and much more! TYPE & AGES: Overnight. Ages 8-17 CONTACT: Register Today at: www.SJYCAZ.com or email us at: admin@SJYCAZ.com. Phone: 480-449-0848.

REPTILE ENCOUNTERS SUMMER CAMP

This is the camp for the reptile enthusiast in your family! Here, campers can learn about reptiles from around the world by interacting with, researching, and observing the 1700+ animals at our wildlife sanctuary. Campers will learn about adaptations, reptile diversity, desert safety, and conservation. Each day is interactive and there are many additional camps to choose from, such as Croc Camp, Turtle Camp, or Vet Camp. WHERE: Phoenix Herpetological Society - North Scottsdale WHEN: May - July; dates depend on camper age TYPE AND AGES: Day Camp; 6 - 7 year old half day camp, 8 Year Old Camp, Junior Camp (for 9 - 11 year olds), and Advanced Camp (for 12 14 year olds) CONTACT: Email Crystie Baker, PHS Education Director, at crystie@phoenixherp.com or call 480.513.4377 ext. 3

AZ on the Rocks Summer Camp will keep your kids active, cool and having a rockin’ good time! Campers will spend time defying gravity on our climbing walls, playing related team building games and activities, doing yoga, martial arts and much more. Lunch is provided fresh every day from Pita Jungle. Half and full day options are available. Campers must be between the ages of 6-12 years. WHERE: 16447 N. 91st Street, #105 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 WHEN: March 7-11 (Spring) June 6-August 5 (Summer) TYPE AND AGES: Day. 6-12 years old. CONTACT: Stephanie Mills, Stephanie@azontherocks.com

FUTURE STARS CAMPS

Character. Accountability. Success. Future Stars is the premier provider in youth sports and enrichment programs in the valley of the sun. Future Stars, focuses on character building through leadership and accountability as pathways to success. Our high-level staff made up of coaches and mentors have undergone special training to ensure only the best will be working with your children. WHERE: Future Stars Camps are located throughout the Greater Phoenix Area. Checkout our website to find a location near you! WHEN: Summer 2016 - Programs Begin as Early as May 21st! TYPE AND AGES: Day camp. Offering a wide variety of summer camps for ages 5-19, including archery, art, basketball, cheer, chess, coding, dance, foreign language, martial arts, robotics, and volleyball. We have just about everything! CONTACT: Visit us online at www.FutureStarsUSA.com or call (623) 326-4267 for more information!

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The highest attended basketball camp in Arizona. Tom Kuyper has been running his basketball camps (and “all sports” camps) since 1988. Learn, improve and have a blast! Three kinds of camps: “All sports” camp, basketball skills, game tournament week. About Tom Kuyper: • Played at ASU • Played pro in Europe • Coached high school and college. WHERE: Two locations available: American Indian College, 10020 N. 15th Ave. Phoenix (19th Ave and Dunlap); Moon Valley Country Club, 151 W. Moon Valley Dr. Phoenix, (7th St. and Greenway) WHEN: 11 individual weeks all summer, May 31-August 12 TYPE AND AGES: Day camp. Boys and girls Kindergarten-10th grade. CONTACT: Call 602-995-8877, visit www.tomkuyperbasketball.com or email tomkuyper@kidsandsports.com


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CITY NEWS

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More than 100 Carrington College students took part in this year’s Heart Pillow Project, donating their own materials as needed and taking sewing kits home to ensure they would far exceed the original 400-pillow goal. In order to be respectful of the patients at the hospital, only 10 students are selected to personally deliver the pillows – those who have perfect attendance, excellent grades and have gone above and beyond in helping to craft the pillows with our team, Chace said.

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IN RECENT WEEKS, STUDENTS IN THE MEDICAL ASSISTING PROGRAM at Carrington College’s Phoenix North campus, which is located at 8503 N. 27th Ave., delivered more than 520 homemade heartshaped pillows to Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) through its Heart Pillow Project, which aims to raise awareness of congenital heart defects. As part of the program, now in its eighth year, the pillows are cut, sewn, stuffed and stitched by students, staff and faculty to donate to the children at PCH. To bring a smile to each child’s face, they also attach homemade cards of encouragement to each pillow. “Not only is the message included with the pillow meant to be inspirational, but the pillow will have a practical use,” said Traci Chace, medical assisting instructor at Carrington College’s Phoenix North campus. “For some patients, the pillow might be placed under the back of their necks so their heads can be tilted back to change the breathing apparatus. For others, a pillow can help patients who cough to sit up, giving them something to hold on to.”

Although the pillow project is intended to raise awareness of congenital heart defects, young patients with other ailments also received pillows. “When we talk about congenital heart defects to our classes, there are always students who share their stories about someone they know with the condition – it really does impact many lives,” Chace said. “Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the United States, affecting more than 35,000 babies each year.” This project is one of many the local campus undertakes each year as part of its Carrington Cares community outreach program. Carrington College offers a variety of programs that lead to a certificate or associate degree. Programs prepare students for careers in the medical, dental and veterinary fields. For more information, visit www.carrington.edu.

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FUN PLACES TO EXPLORE IN ARIZONA THIS SPRING THE WEATHER IS WARMING UP and that means it’s time to get out and explore! To help give you ideas, Primavera Online High School gathered a list of places to explore in Arizona. Check them out below. MONTEZUMA CASTLE Located about 1.5 hours away from Phoenix, the Montezuma Castle in Camp Verde is a rare sight to see. The ancient Puebloan dwelling is carved straight out of the limestone cliff,

and was believed to be a “high rise apartment complex.” Take a trip up north and explore inside the ancient cliff dwellings found only in Arizona!

And of course, it is pretty apart of the majestic Grand Canyon so you can stop by other areas to view as well!

DEVIL’S BRIDGE Once you’re finished venturing through the Montezuma Castle, drive a few minutes farther to the beautiful town of Sedona! The red rock country has several breathtaking views, including the Devil’s Bridge. Hike along the canyons and if you’re brave enough, walk over the narrow Devil’s Bridge for an amazing selfie.

THE THING? To our southern Arizonans up for a road trip, we want to know: what is The Thing? Billboards along the Interstate 10 highway will keep you in suspense telling you to go check out the thing. Eventually, it will lead you to a small museum of sorts where you pay a $1 to see The Thing, but to date, they’ve kept what The Thing is a great secret. So if you’re feeling bored, go figure out just what that thing is!

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REAL ESTATE

ARE YOU SOLD ON SELLING YOUR OWN HOUSE? By Amanda Ventura

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omeowners have more tools than ever before to market and sell their property. Do they even need a realtor to field offers? Realtors, of course, say yes. But so does research. If a homeowner wants more money out of the sale, a realtor may be the way to go – commission and all. For-Sale-By-Owner homes, or FSBOs, fetched an average of $210,000 last year. On the other hand, the National Association of Realtors reports that homes sold by agents, on average, make $249,000. At an average commission of six percent, that means homeowners can still come out ahead by using a realtor. The perks can range from professional photography, complimentary Zillow

listings as well as years of experience learned through hundreds of transactions. “You’re exposed to more qualified buyers when working with an agent,” says HomeSmart agent Rodney Coty.

There are many web services and apps that help listings reach more potential buyers – Zillow and OpenDoor leading the pack among them. In the current economic climate, homeowners can feel empowered to take as much of the home sale process into their own hands to save broker fees. “Consumer exposure on the web isn’t enough,” says Todd Sumney, chief marketing officer at HomeSmart. “Otherwise, Zillow would be No. 1 in selling homes.” OpenDoor is a service that offers to buy homes in cash from sellers or

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“OpenDoor takes the risk out of the selling process,” says HomeSmart Elite Group REALTOR Neil Brooks. He says he can see OpenDoor working for busy families who live in cities such as Buckeye and don’t have time to entertain prospective buyers. When it comes to fees, though, Brooks does warn that OpenDoor premiums can reach 9 to 11 percent depending on the home’s location.

From preparing a home for showing to ensuring the legal T’s and I’s are minded to, an agent can make the process smoother, quicker and maximize the value a seller receives.

“No two transactions are the same,” says Sumney. “Ask yourself what you don’t know. For example, the statistics, data and experience a realtor brings to the table is priceless. Finally, ask yourself what your time is worth.”

Coty points out agents’ relationships with cash-only investors offer something similar to OpenDoor. While a supporter and user of Zillow, Brooks says homeowners shouldn’t discount the importance of working with an agent throughout the entire sale process.

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BUSINESS

HOW TO SPEND YOUR TAX DAY ‘BONUS’

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his year, every American is getting an extra bonus on Tax Day. Time!

“Given how complicated the United States Tax Code is (over

70,000 pages), it’s no surprise many Americans make mistakes when preparing and/or filing their tax returns,” says Patrick Whelan, associate at The Frutkin Law Firm. “Even according to genius Albert Einstein, ‘the hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.’”

With Emancipation Day being celebrated on April 15, taxpayers have three extra days to file their return before Tax Day.

Rather than using those precious days to procrastinate, give your tax process a spring cleaning.

APRIL 16: GIVE YOURSELF CREDIT People complain about how much taxes cost them, but Americans also tend to overpay to the tune of one billion dollars. One way to keep from contributing to the community chest is to be prepared to claim all tax credits available to you. Word to the wise: An increasingly common, but misused, deduction comes in the form of claiming purchases for hobbies as business expenses. “If you’re running a small business, you really need to have a legitimate business or home office to claim those expenses,” says Stephanie Fierro, partner at The Frutkin Law Firm. “I would love to be able to deduct my dry cleaning, but it’s not a legitimate deduction.” To make the most of today, establish a way to organize these credits for next tax season. APRIL 17: CHARITY CASE Arizona offers charitable tax credits as an incentive to donate to nonprofits that benefit lower income or disabled residents. “The nice thing about a credit is that even if you donate $10, you get $10 back,” Fierro points out. “It’s a good way to reduce your tax liability and benefit a good cause. If you’re going to owe, you may as well take advantage of these things.” To make the most of today, look at the Arizona Department of Revenue’s website for qualifying charities that resonate with you. In 2014, just over 100,000 Arizona residents claimed $28.2 million. APRIL 18: SHRED FEST The second-most common legal trouble people get into with their taxes – after not filing – is forgetting to pay, says Fierro. Before you head to that fancy cross-cut shredder in your home office, keep in mind that the IRS has six years to investigate tax fraud on unreported income. If you’re bent on trashing your file cabinets today, try scanning them so they can be easily accessed, even beyond the six-year limit. And, if you do procrastinate? You aren’t alone. The Internal Revenue Service reports that 20 percent of taxpayers wait until the last week to file. It also reported people who wait until the last minute to file taxes make more mistakes on their returns. A little due diligence can ensure that certain minor, but costly, mistakes don’t happen to you. In addition, tax software can be quite helpful in catching a number of careless mistakes for you, including mathematical errors.

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Griffin, 17, and a junior in high school, was not always excited about learning. At a very young age he was diagnosed with a cognitive memory delay, which made school more difficult for him. Fortunately his mother, Bonnie, was able to homeschool him through elementary and middle school, but by the time he reached high school, they both knew Griffin needed another option. “His cognitive memory delay would scramble things up and make it difficult for him to learn,” said Bonnie. “I didn’t know where to fill in the gaps of what he was learning from me and where he might need extra help.” Bonnie discovered Brightmont Academy – Deer Valley, a school that specializes in one-to-one instruction, and she knew right away that the school’s unique approach could be a good fit for Griffin. He started off just taking math, but now Griffin takes Spanish and English as well at Brightmont Academy. His mother still teaches him history and an art class, and he enjoys the fact that he is able to work at home independently and with Brightmont Academy during the week.

Bonnie. “Brightmont Academy has provided the support that we needed and has built up Griffin’s confidence.” The flexible schedule at Brightmont Academy also enabled Griffin to play tennis competitively, one of his passions. He used to travel across the country for national tournaments, but now he sticks to the local ones. “Tennis keeps him balanced and other parents regularly tell us that Griffin should receive the sportsmanship award,” said Bonnie. “It’s so touching as a mother to see how others respond to our son as a friend and value him as a person. We believe Brightmont Academy has helped tremendously.”

“He has done really well with the oneto-one instruction at Brightmont Academy,” said

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HANDCRAFTED FROM GRAIN TO BOTTLE:

PARADOX DISTILLERY FOCUSES ON CRAFT SPIRITS

By Dave Ficere

“Sam Adams started the trend, but now the market is over-using the term.”

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any people dream of getting out of the corporate world and starting their own business. They want to exit the “rat race,” control their own schedules and pursue their dreams while working with others of their choosing. That dream of wanting out of corporate America and pursuing a dream was the primary motivator for Mike Mazzarotto, co-owner of Paradox Distillery. “About three years ago, I wanted out of the corporate world and wanted ownership of something of my own and more control,” Mike says, “and so I began looking at the home brewing of beers, which quickly moved into spirits.”

After working for about a year with a friend on some small-scale testing, they decided to turn their hobby into a business. “My family comes from a long line of farmers that produce wine in Italy,” Mike says “so it’s in the blood – a part of my heritage, so to speak.” He also found it interesting to experiment to find the correct “craft” product – something different in the marketplace with a unique taste that others would enjoy. Their slogan says it all: Never compromise the spirit within. Paradox takes pride in their product which is “handcrafted from grain to bottle.” Enter co-owner John Racer who dove into home brewing on his own about four years ago and got

“Some of the experimentation that goes on also helps define the craft process,” Mike chimes in, “and we’re able to tinker with different grains and processes.”

to know Mike and some of the other people in the industry. “I saw where Mike was heading and that there were just a few companies doing this – and still are only a few. And, because Craft spirits have an identity of their own, much different than beers, there’s room in the marketplace for the unique products we want to produce.” “There are about a dozen or so licensed distillers in Arizona, and three or four in the Phoenix Metro area,” John says. “The breweries and wineries have led the way with the local vibe.”

Paradox Distillery is a small, startup company will plans for increasing growth, including eventually offering tastings and private tours to give visitors a chance to try new products. Currently, they only produce vodka, which is the easiest to get to market, but rum is in their short-term plans as well as some whisky. Their Vodka product is just about ready to hit the market so begin looking for it at some local restaurants and stores. John and Mike will also soon be working with a distributor to get their products to a wider audience. “My vision is to continue to grow so we can reach all of Arizona and perhaps the Southwest. I’d also like to tinker and continue to experiment with new products that are unique in the marketplace,” Mike says.

Paradox will also have a presence at several local events this year including the Chandler Craft Spirits Festival at the end of April. You can also learn more about them and their unique products on their website, paradoxdistillery.com, or by following them on Facebook.

“Hand-craft or hand-made is our niche,” Mike adds, “and we do everything from milling the grain to cooking it, all the way to the bottling. We know exactly the grains and profiles we’re looking for so we can control the production process.” So how does one define “craft” brewing? “Craft defines the ‘smaller guys who do it by hand’ as a way of differentiating themselves from the big boys,” John says.

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PET HEALTH

3 DANGEROUS INGREDIENT GROUPS

TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR DOG’S SHAMPOO From Dogs Naturally Magazine

PRESERVATIVES Look for preservatives such as formaldehyde, benzene, or parabens on the shampoo label. Have you seen an ingredient label that simply said “Preservatives?” If so, don’t put it in your shopping cart. Chances are they aren’t disclosing it because it is one of the formaldehyde releasers. Formaldehyde is considered to be a known carcinogen. Studies have demonstrated that formaldehyde can be absorbed through the skin. Formaldehyde may also cause skin reactions and rashes. On its own, there is nothing in sodium benzoate that would cause a health concern. When sodium benzoate and citric acid and/or ascorbic acid (vitamin C) are mixed together, they may become benzene –

a cancer causing chemical associated with leukemia and other blood disorders. Parabens, another type of preservative, can be harder to find. Parabens are thought to be stored in the body and have a cumulative effect, posing health risks such as estrogen disruption, breast cancer, and reproductive issues. The most commonly used parabens are butyl paraben, methyl paraben, and propyl paraben.

SULPHATES Manufacturers will tell you they use sulfates (aka detergents) in dog shampoo because in addition to making the product sudsy, the hair/ fur sleek and shiny, they capture oil and dirt that washes out in the rinse. It sounds great, right? What they don’t tell you is while the sulfates are removing excess oil and dirt, they are also stripping the natural oils and irritating the skin. These irritations are likely not noticed on your furry friend unless they become infected.

Will your dog get cancer because formaldehyde, benzene, or parabens are in his shampoo? We don’t know the answer to that question, as there are no long term studies that look at exposure to normal use of products. We can say that these ingredients have been linked to a range of health issues from skin irritation to cancer and there are viable alternatives.

MEA AND OTHER THREE LETTER ETHANOLAMINES The ethanolamines are a group of chemicals made from proteins (amino acids) and alcohol that have ammonia-like odors. The three ethanolamines commonly found in your dog shampoo are MEA, DEA, and TEA. Manufacturers use ethanolamines in the synthetic

development of dog shampoos as they create a creamy texture with good foam.

When ethanolamines are used in the same product as certain preservatives or other ingredients, they break down into nitrogen and can form what is called nitrosamines. The nitrosamines are classes of chemicals that are thought to be carcinogenic, have reproductive toxicity, developmental toxicity, and organ system toxicity. Armed with this information, you should be able to find a safe shampoo for your dog. You might want to take your magnifying glass when you go shopping as the small print really is very small! To see the full article, please go to: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine. com/3-dangerous-ingredients-inyour-dogs-shampoo/

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or many people, the biggest hurdle in their quest to eat sensibly isn’t a question of what they should eat, but how much? If overeating is an issue you face, consider the following tips:

• STAY HYDRATED. Thirst is often confused for hunger. Stay hydrated so that when true hunger strikes, you will know what your body needs. • SNACK. It may sound counter-intuitive to eat more meals. But staying fueled throughout the day will prevent you from feeling ravenous and over-eating later. • REST. Lack of sleep can leave you hungry. Get proper rest each night. • MAKE MORE ROOM. It sounds simple but the more calories you burn, the more food your body requires. If you like large meals, consider “working up an appetite,” first.

Even if you follow the tips above, you may have trouble relying on your intuition when it comes to doling out properly sized portions. A new cookbook may prove useful with that challenge. “The Perfect Portion Cookbook,” offers 150 comfort food recipes that have undergone healthful makeovers. Each is easily divided into 100-calorie portions whether measured by a cup, piece or slice. Readers can enjoy 100-, 200-, 300- or 400 calorie servings of their favorite comfort foods. The book also offers tips for making meal plans, smart snacking and burning calories.

“Understanding realistic portion sizes and the calories within them is the first step,” says Anson Williams, “Happy Days,” TV star and director who has teamed with cookbook author Bob Warden and nutritionist Mona Dolgov to create the book. “Without worry or guilt, we can all eat perfect portions of the foods we love and never overeat.”

The trio is offering this recipe for Creamy Stovetop Mac & Cheese (recommended portion size: 300 calories = 1 cup):

• Remove sauce from heat, and stir in cream cheese, cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese, until melted and creamy.

Ingredients: 16 ounces elbow macaroni 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 1/2 cups chicken broth 1 12-ounce can fat-free evaporated milk 3/4 teaspoon salt 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese.

• Add the cooked macaroni into the cheese sauce, and stir to combine before serving. • For more recipes, tips and information about the book which is available on QVC and elsewhere, visit theperfectportion.com. (StatePoint)

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