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NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2018
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EVENT CALENDAR NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2018
39th Annual Bluegrass Festival Wickenburg | November 9-11 WickenburgChamber.com Sponsored by the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, The Four Corner States Bluegrass Festival is one of the oldest Bluegrass festivals in the Southwest. At the three-day festival, you will find food & drink concessions, arts and crafts and a designated kids zone. It is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.
Thanksgiving Day Parade Fountain Hills | November 24 FountainHillsChamber.com Thanksgiving Day Parade on Saguaro Boulevard— the state’s only Thanksgiving Day Parade—with up to 75 units including bands, floats and marching units. Fun for the whole family and free!
Dianne Reeves: Christmas Time Is Here Scottsdale | December 8 ScottsdalePerformingArts.org Renowned for her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves will warm your heart with holiday cheer. Reeves rings in the holiday season with music from her celebrated album, Christmas Time Is Here, melding her timeless grace, elegance and charisma into unforgettable jazz renditions of holiday favorites.
Ballet Arizona - The Nutcracker Phoenix| December 13-24 BalletAz.org Celebrate the joy and wonder of the holidays with Ib Andersen’s The Nutcracker. Follow Clara’s wintry adventure as she battles mischievous mice and charms the Sugar Plum Fairy. With 150 performers, 100,000 Swarovski crystals and Tchaikovsky’s cherished score performed live, Ballet Arizona’s The Nutcracker is the best way to celebrate the holidays with friends and family.
The Great Pinecone Drop Flagstaff | December 31 FlagstaffArizona.org Visitors in Flagstaff for New Year’s Eve should not miss the city’s traditional countdown celebration at the Weatherford Hotel in downtown. The Great Pinecone drop is to Flagstaff what the glitzy giant ball is to New York City. The city sings as the countdown takes place and illuminates the sky with a lightshow and fireworks. This event is free and appropriate for all ages.
COMMUNITY to Call Your Own W
hile the term master-planned community tends to evoke images of active seniors and golf cart traffic, the careful planning and structure of cities has been around for a millennia. Even in the United States the first such community, St. Augustine, Florida, was created in 1695. Closer to home, the city planners of 1960s Scottsdale anticipated the growth to come when they created McCormick Ranch – the Valley’s first master-planned community. A more contemporary definition, according to BusinessDictionary.com, cites “a type of residential plan that includes an unusual number of recreational amenities such as parks, golf courses, lakes, bike paths, and jogging trails. The scope of the plan is very large scale and the number and variety of amenities clearly separates it from a normal plan for a housing subdivision.” In fact, many such communities contain several individual subdivisions that may offer varied housing choices from multi-family properties to townhomes to large estates. Some may include age-restricted neighborhoods for 55 and older, or cater to families with extra parks and playgrounds. In addition to recreation, many of the large communities today include their own shopping areas, neighborhood schools, healthcare resources and yes, golf courses. Planners have given great thought to the lifestyles and needs of the residents they hope to attract, be it families, singles, seniors – or all of the above. These amenities can be even more valuable when the community lies a good distance from cities and centers of commerce. Styles of homes can vary within a community or large subdivision given the necessity of having more than one builder or developer on the project. This can give homeowners a stronger feeling of individuality, plus a more localized look and vibe to the neighborhoods. This standard can sometimes come at a cost in the form of HOA (homeowner association) fees and CCRs (codes, covenants and restrictions), ensuring a level of quality throughout. The tradeoff , however, is usually worth it for homeowners hoping to maintain good property values. In growing cities whose populations number in the millions, people in all demographics still seek that small town feeling. Even in the heart of Phoenix, a wellthought-out, amenity-rich, master-planned community can provide just that.
A Few Popular Master Plans in the Valley: SOUTHEAST: Power Ranch, Ocotillo and Sun Lakes.
NORTHWEST: Sun City West, Anthem and Desert Ridge.
SOUTHWEST: Verrado, Estrella and Mountain Park Ranch.
SCOTTSDALE: DC Ranch, Gainey Ranch and Grayhawk.
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your iPhone pics and take them to the next level. Follow these sure-snap secrets to get gallery-worthy photographs from your iPhone. First, get to know your iPhone camera. It helps to find the quickest way to open your camera so you can catch that one special moment without fumbling around (you can swipe up to open your camera without logging in, which can save precious time). Most phones now offer a variety of functions, such as delayed timers, which allow you to run to get into your shot before the camera goes off. Phones also have camera filter controls, which allow you to pick the tone of the photo before you take it (warm, cool, noir, and silvertone are a few interesting examples to experiment with for different effects).
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INGREDIENTS 2 7 tbsp 1/4 cup 1/4 cup 1 cup
Large blood oranges Unsalted butter Packed brown sugar Sliced almonds All-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp 1/4 tsp 1/2 cup 1 1/2 cup
Baking powder Salt Granulated sugar Large egg Fat-free milk
DIRECTIONS Grate 2 teaspoons of orange peel. Cut oranges into ½-inch-thick slices (need 8 slices). Carefully remove rind. Place 3 tablespoons butter in 9-inch-round baking pan.
Place pan in oven. Preheat oven to 350° F. When butter is melted, swirl pan to coat bottom. Sprinkle brown sugar over melted butter and stir to coat pan bottom evenly. Top with orange slices. Sprinkle almonds mostly between orange slices. Combine flour, grated orange peel, baking powder and salt in small bowl. With electric mixer, beat remaining 4 tablespoons butter and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until crumbly. Beat in egg. Alternately beat in flour mixture and milk. Spoon over orange slices, spreading evenly. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for about 30 minutes. Run knife around edge of pan; invert cake onto serving plate. Serve warm.
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The Statesman Group announced that it will launch nearly $200 million in luxury residential real estate within Desert Ridge. Two communities will be available for purchase or rent with the introduction of The Luxe at Desert Ridge (223 condominiums) and The Montreux (335 apartments). Starting from $550,000, The Luxe will feature three-bedroom condominiums ranging in size from 1,630 to 2,225 square feet and customizable penthouse units up to 3,300 square feet. The Montreux will be comprised of 335 one, two and three bedroom luxury apartments ranging in size from 805 to 1,518 square feet, plus a robust lineup of resort-style amenities.
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