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Meet the band Elvis Before Noon


Learn more about the source of the Valley’s summer heat


Home interiors go glam

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A summer family survival kit


Tips for a spectacular Independence Day celebration


Gary Smith breaks age barriers


New and noteworthy


Exploring Meteor Crater


Hollywood takes center stage at the Phoenix Art Museum


The curvature of a golf shot


Matters of the home and hearth


The 2014 Nissan Quest

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Straight arrow—in search of adventure

Give the man in your life a tasty Father’s Day treat

Manscaping––in search of the perfect shave

What to wear to brunch

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A local artist gaining a reputation in the East Valley

The Dearings chime in

Tone your arms with these tips

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A character out of Arizona’s history


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Chef Matt takes a turn on Cutthroat Kitchen

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Healthy treats to make with your family


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A slew of celebrities including Richard Sherman, Billy Crystal, Michael Bublé, Robert DeNiro, Kenny Rogers, and more


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4 The fireworks start at 9:30

p.m. for Chandler’s Fourth of July Firework Celebration. Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. chandleraz.gov

10 Tap your toes to Footloose: The Musical, running through August 23. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. haletheatrearizona.com

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down by playing night golf. The $25 fee includes glow products, green fees, prizes, and a goodie bag. Palo Verde Golf Course, 6215 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix. phoenix.gov/golf

26 Sample local produce and so much more every Saturday morning at the Gilbert Farmers Market. Downtown Gilbert, 222 N. Ash Drive Gilbert. gilbertmarket.com

27 Call the South Mountain roads your own, past the Central Avenue gate, on Silent Sunday (the fourth Sunday of every month). It’s open only to bicyclists, strollers, wheelchair users, in-line skaters, and other wheeled conveyances from 5:30 a.m.–7 p.m. South Mountain Park, 10919 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. For more info, call (602) 495-5811.



The inaugural Arizona Sports Fan Expo kicks off at the University of Phoenix Stadium on June 28 and 29. As part of this dynamic event, the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, and Arizona Rattlers will feature interactive activities and showcase team personalities, cheerleaders, and mascots at their booths. Hundreds of exhibitors with sports-oriented products and services will sell, demonstrate, and display their wares on the 160,000-square-footstadium floor. Features will include the Ultimate Fan Cave, a Tailgate Party Pavilion, Video Gaming Wall, Sports Photo Booths, the Money Zone, and Kids Camp. Live entertainment will occur on multiple stages and include team chef demonstrations, player autograph and photo sessions, education seminars, and panel discussions. A live sports memorabilia auction will be a highlight on Saturday. “The event will offer something for sports fans of all ages,” says Arizona Sports Fan Expo creator Susan Ratliff. Tickets start at just $12 for adults and $10 for active military and seniors with ID. Kids 12 and under free. For more info, visit azsportsfanexpo.com. EASTvalleymagazine.com JUNE | JULY 2014





James Taylor US Airways Center Legendary singersongwriter and guitarist James Taylor and his band descend on US Airways Center for one intimate and memorable night. Over the course of his celebrated career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum, and multiplatinum awards for classics ranging from Sweet Baby James in 1970 to October Road in 2002. Come spend an unforgettable night with this notable performer.



26 Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, and Chase Rice Ak-Chin Pavilion Heartthrob and award-winning singersongwriter Dierks Bentley returns to the Valley during his Riser Tour. Bentley mixes elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass, and rock hits such as “I Hold On” and “Home.” Throw on some blue jeans and head to Ak-Chin Pavilion for a rowdy throwdown of killer jams.

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Lady Gaga US Airways Center Lady Gaga kicked off her ArtRAVE on May 4 in Ft. Lauderdale clad in her latest assortment of alienlike garb. With overthe-top ensembles, no one can forget the pop icon that shocked the media and the world by wearing a dress made of raw meat to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. Her lineup of hits for her tour includes “Bad Romance” and “Applause.”



How to Train Your Dragon 2

Begin Again


Dragons are moving into a neighborhood near you. Take the whole family to see this colorful upcoming American 3-D computer-animated action-fantasy film produced by DreamWorks Animation. Loosely based on the book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is the sequel to the 2010 computer-animated film How to Train Your Dragon and stars Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, and America Ferrera.


Get your fix of the “Sexiest Man Alive”— Adam Levine— in Begin Again. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her longtime boyfriend, Dave (Adam Levine), are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his newfound fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her hope for love is not lost when she crosses paths with Dan (Mark Ruffalo).


27 Transformers 4: Age of Extinction It’s judgment day in Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, a sequel to Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The film takes place four years after the invasion of Chicago and tells the story of a mechanic (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter (Nicola Peltz) as they make a discovery that brings down Autobots and Decepticons as well as a paranoid government official (Kelsey Grammer). This semireboot of the series features a new human cast and both new and returning Transformers characters.

By Kristin Caliendo



True Blood HBO

Welcome to Sweden NBC

Food Fighters NBC

True Blood has taken its many devoted fans on an unforgettable journey during its six seasons. The fictional universe depicted in the series is premised on the notion that vampires (and other supernatural creatures) have been living among us. As the seventh season and final season culminates, fans are in for a treat. Centered on the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress with an otherworldly quality, the first five seasons of the series won several awards, including a Golden Globe and an Emmy.

From producers Amy Poehler and Greg Poehler comes a fish-out-of-water comedy about Bruce Evans (Greg Poehler), a New York accountant who falls in love with Emma Wiik (Josephine Bornebusch) as he agrees to move with her back to her native Stockholm to begin a new life together. The love-struck couple entertains audiences in Welcome to Sweden with the adventures and bloopers that come with moving half way across the world in the name of love.

A culinary clash is coming July 22 on NBC. This appetizing competition hosted by Travel Channel personality Adam Richman pits amateur cooks against professional chefs, combining compelling competition and game-show fun with a delicious twist, giving everyday home cooks a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete with worldclass chefs.





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Elvis Before Noon

Writer Lynette Carrington catches up with the band that covers the classics and creates new ones, too. Much in the way that Elvis Presley is unforgettable, Valley band Elvis Before Noon will leave listeners with solid memories of the night before. The band whips out some wicked cover tunes and has a distinctive sound that is instantly recognizable as Tempe-inspired, with equal parts classic rock and power pop and just a bit of country. The seasoned members of the band have been together since 2008 and include vocalist and songwriter Daylon Greer, drummer “Ringo,” guitarist Roger Singleton (or sometimes Scott Johnson of the Gin Blossoms), and bassist Mr. P-body, also an area DJ. “Roger plays with us quite frequently because Scott Johnson is in the Gin Blossoms and he’s gone a lot,” says Mr. P-body, who aptly named himself after the bespectacled character from the Mr. Peabody & Sherman cartoon. Mr. P-body, who simply chooses to be known by his stage name, ran me through the metamorphosis of Elvis Before Noon. The members first came together by accident at The Vig. “Although Daylon and Scott were playing there before, Daylon’s friend Ringo plays drums, and he would play with them at parties,” Mr. P-body says. “The owner of The Vig said, ‘Hey, you should bring a drummer.’” 20

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Scott later ran into Mr. P-body and mentioned he was playing at The Vig. Mr. P-body visited the club to hear them and loved the variety of music. He mentioned to them that he had a bass at home. He joined in on the sessions, and the rest, as they say, is history. “The story of our name is sort of an inside joke, but we also found it interesting that Elvis Presley was delivered to Graceland just before noon,” Mr. P-body said. Many of the Elvis Before Noon members grew up when the Tempe music scene on Mill was the hottest thing in Arizona, and those musical influences are echoed in the band’s music today. They tend to like the classics, although the band does play more recent numbers. Besides the cover songs, the band has a CD of original music, which was recorded at the studio of the Gin Blossoms’ front man, Robin Wilson. The CD is available through the band’s website and on iTunes. “If we didn’t tell you that we were playing an original, it would just slip into our set and you wouldn’t know it,” Mr. P-body says. He points to the great songwriting of Greer and their cohesiveness as a band for the great sound of their original songs. “We’re getting ready to come out with a

Elvis Before Noon performs at a diverse set of venues. The band says they were “born at The Vig” and continues to play there on a regular basis; you can also catch them poolside 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Friday at Hotel Valley Ho. Additionally, the band plays events and private parties and holds court at high-profile events on a regular basis, including the Scottsdale Culinary Festival and the annual Pat’s Run and Circus Mexicus in Rocky Point. Find them at these other Valley spots:


Coach House Aunt Chilada’s Old Town Tavern Blue Martini Nabers

live album that will consist of some of the covers because we have some favorites that people like to hear, and we have some unique takes on the stuff we do,” Mr. P-body says. “We’ll take two songs and mash them up. There’s Marshall Tucker Band mashed up with Oasis or Vanilla Ice mashed up with a whole number of things.” For more information about the band, visit elvisbeforenoon.com.

Lynette Carrington is a prolific local freelance writer with a background in marketing and the entertainment industry.



By Steve Kates

If you could walk on the sun, you would weigh 27 times your Earth weight. The sun is roug 93,000h,0ly0 miles awa 0 y.

The Sun

The sun is a G2 spectral-class star (average size) and is at least 4.5 billion years old.

Learn more about the source of the Valley’s summer heat. Did you know that the summer solstice (aka the first day of summer) actually begins on June 21 at exactly 3:51 a.m. local time? That is the official marker of summer and the time of the year when the sun climbs highest in the Arizona sky, deep in the heart of the constellation, Gemini. Heat is what we’re known for in Arizona, so this is the time to look at the source of it all: our own star, the sun. Did you know that the sun is just an average star when ranked against other stars in the galaxy? The sun is some four billion years old and will shine on long after we are gone—for at least another four billion years, according to some estimates. Equally incredible is the fact that the light that you see from the sun began as photons from the center of the sun millions of years ago and just got to your eyes roughly eight and a half minutes after departing the sun’s surface—that’s after traveling the speed of light! The sun is a large fusion reactor of sorts and converts some 600 million tons of hydrogen into 596 million tons of helium each second while four million tons of matter are converted into energy. So, even though it’s hot in Arizona this time of year, it’s nearly inconceivable how hot the surface of the sun is. Aside from the peaking of the sun, our June skies are interesting. The moon reaches first quarter on June 5, the Full Strawberry Moon occurs on the 13th, and then it’s back to the last-quarter moon on the 19th, with the dark of the moon (new moon) on the 27th. June skies are rich with planets, too! Look low in the northwestern sky at sunset to see Jupiter. Mars is still high in the south at sunset, as we then find Saturn low in the southeastern sky at sunset, too. Jupiter moves on to solar conjunction on July 24 and moves into the morning sky. July skies are quite a treat, too! The moon is our closest celestial friend, and it starts off the month at first quarter on the fifth, with the July full moon, known as the Full Buck Moon. The moon then moves on to last quarter on the 18th and back to the dark of the moon (new moon) on the 26th. The July sky is full of planets, too! Mars and Saturn remain the two major planets in the evening sky. Venus remains an early morning sight, low in the northeast at dawn. Looking ahead, get set for the Perseid meteor shower on the night of August 12. Unfortunately, a nearly full moon will spoil a lot of the show!

LUNAR X PRIZE Google is sponsoring a contest known as the LunarX Prize, offering up to $30 million in incentive-based prizes. In order to win this money, a private company must land safely on the surface of the moon; travel 500 meters above, below, or on the lunar surface; and send back two “mooncasts” to Earth. Teams may also compete for bonus prizes such as exploring lunar artifacts or surviving the lunar night, and can be awarded prize money earlier by completing terrestrial or in-space milestones. All of this must be completed by Dec. 31, 2015. The race is on! For more info, visit googlelunarxprize.org.

A radio and television personality, Steve Kates (aka Dr. Sky®) has been engaged in the science of astronomy for over 30 years. Tune in to the Dr. Sky Show on News Talk 92.3 FM, KTAR, on Saturday mornings at 3 a.m. for the full sky tour, or visit drsky.com.

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No Age Limit

Chandler’s Gary Smith proves that you’re never too old to earn a black belt. Gary Smith encourages people to “find something they think they’ll enjoy and give it a shot. Be willing to take a risk!” And he walks that way of life to the utmost. The verbal meaning of Taekwondo, a popular Korean martial art, is in fact “way of life,” and Smith earned a first-degree black belt in the sport in June 2013—he’ll soon be testing for a second degree. What’s especially remarkable about Smith’s achievement is that only two years ago, he was 60 pounds overweight and prediabetic. And he was about to turn 70. Smith’s first experience with Taekwondo occurred nearly 25 years ago, when he was 45. He signed up for a class with his 12-year-old son. He figured the Korean martial art would help him meet the physical fitness requirements of the Air National Guard and give him something to do with his son as well. By the time his son turned 16, Smith had been recommended for black belt. But then, life got busy; he became a full-time Air National Guard, and his son had begun developing other interests. As a result, Smith began to spend less time practicing and eventually stopped altogether. Fast-forward to 2012: Smith’s health was suffering, and he was leading a very sedentary life—he was overweight and predia-

betic. “I tried the gym. I tried a couple of fad diets,” says the longtime East Valley resident. But he said that nothing stuck. One day, Smith happened to notice an American Taekwondo Association (ATA) studio near work. “It always grated on me that I hadn’t accomplished a black belt, and I remembered how much I enjoyed it in the late ’80s and ’90s,” he says. He stopped into the studio and discovered that his ATA enrollment number was still on file. The instructor he talked to encouraged him to finish what he had started, and that’s exactly what he did, although he admits that walking into the first class after being away for so long was “an interesting experience.”

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“There’s a bigger time investment with each belt.” He found himself wondering, “What am I getting myself into?” But he persevered. It might have taken him 25 years, but Smith earned his longawaited black belt. The story doesn’t end there, though. Some might think that a black belt is the pinnacle of a martial arts program, but that’s not the case. According to the ATA website, there are 10 degrees of

By Anissa Stringer

Anissa Stringer is an aspiring fiction writer from the East Valley and especially enjoys writing for middle school and young-adult audiences. black belt (the 10th is usually reserved for those who have made a significant contribution to Taekwondo). “There’s a bigger time investment with each belt,” Smith explains. To achieve a second-degree black belt, there are four test cycles, each demonstrating different forms, board breaks, self-defense, or sparring. It takes more than a year to earn a second degree black belt, and each subsequent degree requires even more extensive testing and time. Smith hasn’t thought much beyond a third-degree black belt, but working toward something higher isn’t out of the question. In the meantime, Smith continues to be an inspiration to those around him. According to a recent press release, he holds top-10 rankings in state and national competitions for point sparring, traditional forms, and combat weapons, and he’s also planning on competing in the district and world championships this year. One of the reasons he enjoys the competitions is the people. “Through the competitions, you meet a lot of people from all over, and there’s a bond and friendship that has developed,” he says. Smith adds that the great thing about ATA Taekwondo, and especially the instructors at Lee’s ATA Martial Arts Chandler Campus, is that physical limitations don’t prevent participation. “You still set goals, but you are able to work to your own abilities and at your own speed. Because of the rank system, there’s always something to work toward.” He says that Taekwondo is a great way for parents to get involved in something with their kids, too—it teaches them about discipline while emphasizing the emotional and mental aspects of respect and integrity. “Taekwondo,” he says, “has no age barriers.” Gary Smith is living proof of that.

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By Julie Carlson

MORE BOOKS TO TRY The Land of Steady Habits By Ted Thompson

DOROTHY MUST DIE By Danielle Paige Dorothy Must Die is a twist on a classic tale. Amy Gumm grew up in a trailer park in Kansas. She wishes more than anything to run away from her alcoholic mother and the bullies at school. When a tornado sweeps through Kansas and takes Amy’s home for a wild ride, she gets her wish but winds up in Oz. Amy had, of course, read the story and saw the movie, but she never imagined that Oz was real. What she didn’t know was that years before, Dorothy Gale had returned to Oz, power and magic hungry. Amy is soon recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to help the citizens of Oz by taking down Dorothy and her evil henchman. Paige fleshes out the characters and world of Oz in an imaginative novel with likable characters to root for and villains you want Amy to pour some water on.


AMERICAN BLONDE By Jennifer Niven American Blonde is the fourth novel in the Velva Jean series, but you can still enjoy it as a stand-alone read. At the opening of the novel, Velva Jean Hart and her brother Johnny Clay have returned to the United States from World War II. But when Velva Jean arrives in New York, she’s swamped by news reporters who are interested in knowing about her heroics as an overseas Women’s Air Force Service Pilot. Metro-GoldwynMayer wants to really show off America’s sweetheart by making her the next big star. Soon, Velva Jean flies to Hollywood and becomes wrapped up in the glamour. But then, a murder mystery hits too close to home, leading Velva Jean to take the investigation into her own hands. Every moment of American Blonde sparkles with wit, excitement, and historical accuracy.

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THE CUCKOO’S CALLING By Robert Galbraith At the time this novel was originally published, many readers had no idea that Robert Gilbraith was a pen name for J.K. Rowling. It was soon found out that Rowling is behind The Cuckoo’s Calling, only this time, the novel is strictly for adults. Rowling’s older fans will enjoy her foray into the mystery field. The Cuckoo’s Calling is an intriguing tale with a protagonist who is not your typical private detective. When a friend asks Cormoran Strike to investigate the death of his sister, a supermodel, he’s not quite sure he wants to take on such a high-profile case. But, in need of quick cash, he decides to give the case a go. Cormoran finds that the case is not the open-and-shut suicide it appears to be. Just as with her Harry Potter series, Rowling (aka Galbraith) is in top form.

This story finely chronicles a man in deep conflict with his life and the community he’s abandoned. It’s an interesting novel about the clumsy, hilarious, and heartbreaking journey to reconcile a past with the present.

In Paradise By Peter Matthiessen A deeply thoughtprovoking novel that follows an American academic of Polish descent researching the death of a concentration camp survivor as he succumbs to the grip of emotions that follows a history he has long suppressed.

Sous Chef By Michael Gibney In a story about what it takes to deliver an exceptional plate of food, Chef Michael Gibney uses 24 hours to animate the intricate camaraderie and culinary choreography in an upscale New York restaurant kitchen.

Meteor Crater


Jim Oliveri discovers that the site of a meteorite strike is more than just a hole in the ground. Area residents looking for a fascinating day trip would do well to consider Meteor Crater outside Winslow as an easily accessible destination. Often overshadowed by its world-famous neighbor, the Grand Canyon, the Crater has a remarkable history of its own. It’s the best-preserved site of a meteorite strike to be found anywhere on the planet.

Origins About 50,000 years ago, a huge chunk of iron and nickel 45 meters wide smashed into the Earth’s surface at 26,000 mph. Originating in the asteroid belt between the planets Mars and Jupiter, the meteorite is believed to have orbited the sun for more than 500 million years before meeting its fate in what was then a forested Arizona plain. In less than 10 seconds, the impact created a crater almost a mile across and more than 700 feet deep, smashing through several layers of bedrock and scattering huge boulders the size of houses. The object struck with the force of 2.5 million tons of TNT, 150 times greater than the nuclear bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. More than 175 million tons of sandstone and limestone were ejected from the crater, creating a continuous blanket of debris around the impact zone out to more than a mile. Hurricanelike winds generated by the blast may have exceeded 200 mph, scattering mammoths and mastodons roaming the area. There is no known record of how the local cavemen reacted to the catastrophe.

Points of Reference

To fully appreciate the magnitude of the event, it helps to use modern comparisons. Although 500 centuries of erosion have raised the crater floor, a 60-story building placed at the bottom still would not reach the rim. More than 20 football fields could be comfortably placed side by side inside the crater. Seating for more than two million fans could be constructed around the fields. With a bit of imagination, the site is reminiscent of the Colosseum in Rome, but on a far grander scale.

The Crater Today The crater sits on privately owned land that has belonged to the Barringer family since 1912. Visitors come from all over the globe to view the site of one of the most dramatic natural events in the Earth’s history. Although the meteorite itself was virtually vaporized by the impact, a fragment less than 3 feet in length but weighing 1,400 pounds is on display in the Visitor Center. Here, in a wide-screen theater, you can also enjoy two short movies depicting the incredible power of the meteorite strike. Then you can view the crater from one of the convenient observation trails. If you choose,

Jim Oliveri lives in the Valley and is a retired bank vice president, a writer, and an editor. He’s written two books based upon his experiences while serving with a military advisory unit in Vietnam. guided tours along the rim are also available. The crater itself is so similar to the moon that NASA used it as an official training site for the Apollo astronauts. An actual Apollo space capsule and the American Astronaut Wall of Fame can be found in the Visitor Center courtyard. A museum, a gift shop, and a restaurant are also on premises, with a service area and an RV park nearby. Meteor Crater, 35 miles east of Flagstaff, is a comfortable drive of just over two hours from the Valley. The site is open to the public year-round from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’re planning a visit to the Grand Canyon this spring, Meteor Crater is well worth a side trip. Don’t miss seeing this active meteorite impact research site. There’s nothing to compare with it anyplace in the world.

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Celebrate Cinema

Hollywood takes center stage at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Hollywood Red Carpet Exhibit This exhibit reveals the influence of the red carpet on the fashion industry and its profound impact on international trends. On the famed scarlet path, you’ll see gowns worn by Glenn Close, Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, and many more Oscar nominees.

Are you a history buff? Do you enjoy watching movies from the past and present? Do you marvel at the wonders of technology? Then the Hollywood Costume exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum is just for you! The spectacular exhibition celebrates more than 100 years of cinematic storytelling. The Phoenix Art Museum is honored to have been selected for the Western U.S. premiere for this major multimedia exhibition that features over 75 costumes. On March 26. the premiere was graced with such celebrities as noted actress Glenn Close. Many of these costumes have never been on display to the public, and some have been kept behind closed doors in secured studio archives as well as in private collections. The exhibition is designed by Casson Mann of London and organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, also in London. Bridging together Hollywood glamour and technology, the Hollywood Costume exhibit is curated by Academy Award-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis, who has created such iconic costumes such as the fedora and leather jacket worn by Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Michael Jackson’s red jacket in his music video for Thriller. Other notable curators of the Hollywood Costume exhibit include Sir Christopher Frayling, professor emeritus of cultural history at the Royal College of Art, and Keith Lodwick, the set and costume designer and assistant curator for the V&A. The Hollywood Costume Exhibit has special admission prices of $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 6–17. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door and can be used to enjoy the rest of the museum. Follow the cardboard cutouts of Marilyn Monroe, Harry Potter, and Austin Powers on the main level to the Katz Wing to the exhibit’s entrance, complete with welcoming illuminated marquee and a wall devoted to movie posters. Before stepping through the floor-to-ceiling soundstage door, visitors will feel as if the Phoenix Art Museum had laid out the red carpet lined with velvet ropes for their own arrival. The exhibit is structured into three acts: Deconstruction, Dialogue, and Finale and can easily take more than an hour to view. The first act gives visitors an introduction into the art of costume design, including the roles that both a costumer and a screenwriter play in creating the characters on-screen. Costumes in this section range from the simplistic like Jason Bourne’s outfit in The Bourne Ultimatum to the elaborate period dress of Shakespeare in Love. Also included is a description of the rugged cowboy attire worn by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain as well as early sketches Steven Spielberg drew of Indiana Jones. Act Two: Dialogue follows the creative collaboration between filmmakers, actors, and designers. Film is a great part of the exhibit; through use of archival footage, directors and costume designers such as Martin Scorsese and Sandy Powell discuss working together on their vision for creating the look of Bill “The Butcher” Cutting portrayed by Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs of New York. Costumes in this act also include two designs worn by Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, a 1929 dress

Hollywood Costume Exhibit

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worn by Bessie Love in Broadway Melody, and the iconic costumes of Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep, Audrey Hepburn, and Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet’s contrasting clothing in Titanic are also displayed. The last area is devoted to some of the most recognizable costumes in cinema history, such as the Batman suit in The Dark Knight Rises, the Gryiffindor uniform in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the black suits in The Blues Brothers, Marilyn Monroe’s white dress in The Seven-Year Itch, and the white-and-blue gingham pinafore and red ruby slippers Judy Garland wore in The Wizard of Oz. All of the costumes are displayed on mannequins or posed in character. Technology is put to good use via video monitors where the head would normally be so that visitors can meet the actors “in person,” bringing the costumes to life. To complement the Hollywood Costume exhibit, famous outfits worn by actresses in the Oscar nominated roles they portrayed on screen and the designer ball gowns they wore to the Academy Award ceremonies are on display for the Hollywood Red Carpet exhibit located in Ellman Fashion Design Gallery through July 27. The Hollywood Costume exhibit continues through July 6, so there’s still plenty of time to catch it. Visit phxart.org or call (602) 2571880 for more information. The Phoenix Art Museum is located at 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

Julie Carlson is a local freelance writer and an aspiring screenwriter.

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Location: Archery Academy, 6401 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler Contact Info: (480) 940-1814 or archeryacademy.com Cost: $25 for an hour long class (less with a Groupon). Activity level: Mild—this is mostly standing and requires a small amount of upper-body strength. Suitable for: Families (8 years+), girls’ night out, or even date night. What to wear / bring: Street clothes are fine; all equipment is provided.

Straight Arrow Writer Anissa Stringer goes in search of East Valley adventures. Finding fun ways to stay cool during the summer can be difficult sometimes. Sure, you can go to a movie or the pool, but what else is there? This column is about finding local things to do—and they can actually be done all year long—that are just a little bit out of the ordinary. Then, the next time someone says, “There’s nothing to do,” you’ll know otherwise! Right on target! I was a little nervous when I walked into the Archery Academy in Chandler with my daughter, niece, and sister. I imagined that we’d be the only

The least you should know: Watch your positioning! I got a couple of big bruises on my forearm from holding the bow wrong. Ouch!

women in a class of tough, loud men who would actually have a clue about what they were doing. Not so. Thanks to movies like Brave and The Hunger Games, archery seems to be more popular than ever, especially among girls. In fact, of the eight or so of us in the class, only one was a man. Our instructor, Matt, helped us figure out if we were right- or left-handed archers—and this is not as simple as you’d expect. In fact, it turns out that I’m a leftie archer even though I’m normally right-handed. Matt gave us bows (we all chose recurves rather than crossbows), and then we had a quick talk about safety. Next, we practiced our stances by fishhooking the corners of our mouths with

Anissa Stringer is an aspiring fiction writer from the East Valley and especially enjoys writing for young-adult audiences.


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our elbows held high. Sure we felt silly and looked even sillier, but none of us will ever forget how we’re supposed to hold a bow! My first series of shots were off. Way off. I hit the wall instead of the target, and I even got the floor once. Everyone else managed to hit their targets, or at least near their targets. Then, I realized I’d forgotten to look through the scope while I was aiming (yes, bows these days have scopes). I’d been looking at the tip of the arrow instead. Oops! With that problem solved and my scope adjusted a couple of times, I managed to hit the target right in the yellow. And then I hit it again. And again. And again! We shot a few more rounds of arrows, and then were given a choice: We could shoot balloons instead…or we could shoot zombies. I chose a zombie (who wouldn’t?). I even managed to kill mine with two—yes, two!—arrows to the left eye. Admittedly, I was aiming for the right eye both times, but still—I killed a zombie! Sadly, the class ended after a couple rounds of balloon- and zombie-killing fun, which was far too soon. In fact, that’s the one thing I didn’t like about the class: An hour just wasn’t long enough! So would I go back? Absolutely—it was that much fun! In fact, my sister, my daughter, and I have signed up for the six-week Archery 101 class that Archery Academy also offers. This class would be a great activity for families, as a unique date night, or for girls’ night out. Children must be 8 years or older and you will be using real weapons, so keep that in mind, too! Do you have an enjoyable, unique activity in the East Valley that you’d like to see featured here? Let me know by posting on Facebook.com/eastvalleymagazine.

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Give the man in your life a tasty Father’s Day treat that’s 12 times as thoughtful, with these delicious best-of-the-month clubs.

BACON baconfreak.com This could very well be the best gift ever—well, unless your dad is vegan (pssst, we’ve got them covered, too!). There’s a 99.9 percent chance he’ll be delighted with a monthly supply of delicious pork belly in savory flavors like mesquite, Cajun, and honey BBQ delivered to his doorstep. $40/month

CHEESE cheesemonthclub.com Go ahead, be cheesy—literally—with your gift. What dad wouldn’t enjoy carefully aged, handcut artisanal farmhouse cheeses from France and England every 30 days? The only question on our minds: Do deliveries fondue on your doorstep in the summer? $33.95/month

COFFEE craftcoffee.com Caffeinate your dad’s entire year with three expertly curated coffee selections each month. What does that mean? The pros at Craft Coffee taste over 50 coffees each month, from tiny upstarts to established artisan roasters from across the country. Only three of the finest roasts they taste make it to your dad, gifting him with the best-of-the-best beans. $24.99/month

HOT SAUCE hotsauceofthemonth.com Blow your dad’s taste buds away each month with a heated selection of the hottest stuff in the world. From award-winning sauces to hard-to-find specialties like Afterlife Ghost Pepper Sauce and Blair’s Pure Death with Jolokia, the only thing hotter is an Arizona summer. $20/month


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Nicole Royse is an artist and the associate curator at the MonOrchid gallery. To see her work, visit nicoleroyse.com.

Tad Smith

Writer Nicole Royse on a local artist who’s gaining recognition in the East Valley. Gilbert artist Tad Smith creates unique, contemporary works of art reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein or Patrick Nagel. Trained as a graphic designer, he has owned The Design Idea for over 20 years. You may have seen some of his graphic design work in campaigns for various East Valley cities. Recently, he had a large exhibition of his artwork at the city of Chandler’s Vision Gallery, where he created incredible portraits of some of the city’s most respected and valued citizens. His current works are his Glamour Girl series; he also completes commissioned portraits. Smith works from photographs, explaining his process as reducing a portrait to simple lines and flat colors. “I create a visual representation that makes

my subject effortlessly beautiful,” he says. Typically, one of his portraits will take between three to four weeks to complete, and the end results are stunning. The portrait sizes vary, but his basic size is 16 x 16 for a gallery-wrapped canvas that starts at $500. Smith also creates highly textured abstract artwork that is reminiscent of earth. His latest series is titled Sedona, using earth tones and incorporating red rocks from Sedona. Up next for Smith is an exhibition of his work at Skyline Lofts, 600 N. 4th St. in Phoenix, opening on First Friday, June 6 and running through the end of the month. For more info, visit portraitsbytad.com.

There are a number of wonderful art exhibits going on this season. The Tempe Center for the Arts is currently featuring American Pop: Comic Books to Science Fiction, on view until June 8. This installation is great for all ages and highlights the ongoing popularity of satire, fantasy, and escapism in the world of comics, graphic novels, gaming, toys, television, and movies. The new home of the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center is now open at ASU Art Museum Brickyard on Mill Avenue in Downtown Tempe, showcasing their beautiful contemporary ceramics collection. The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum has five new exhibitions that include Boundless: The Book Transformed in Contemporary Art, In/Visible, Turning the Page: Sculpture, Fold, Paper Scissors, and Metal and Beyond: A Lifework of Creativity, on view until August 10. Tempe Center For The Arts: tempe.gov ASU Art Museum Brickyard: asuartmuseum.asu.edu/ceramicsresearchcenter Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum: mesaartscenter.com/art-exhibitions-contemporary-art-gallery.html 32

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ANDY BIGGS— HAIR STYLIST (480) 513-8414 zoltons.com

MOMENTI PIZZA (602) 992-0505 momentipizza.com

Leeann: Momenti Pizza just opened its doors in May 2014, nestled next to my favorite local yogurt shop, Zoyo, and Coffee Bean. If you’ve ever read our column before, you know that pizza is my thing. The menu plays it safe with a variety of 12-inch personal pizzas with a few classic combinations or a list of toppings for you to “make your own masterpiece.” The pizza came out quickly with a delicious crispy crust. I tried the classic margherita pizza. Loved it. The sauce was just spicy enough. They also have a salad menu, but I’m not the type of girl that goes to a pizza place and orders a salad. You’re on your own there, reader. Matthew: If you’ve ever read our column before, you also know that I’m not a pizza fan in general. Take my review with a grain of salt, dear reader. I ordered the sausage and pepper personal pizza. My two-year-old seemed to enjoy it. I was less enthusiastic. The crust was too crispy for me. They don’t deliver either, which is a little bit of a bummer. On the plus side, they’re right next to Zoyo. I can fill up my cup with root beer and run next door for a scoop of vanilla froyo. Bam— instant root beer float!

Matthew and Leeann Dearing own and operate the local Dearing Acting Studio. Visit their website, dearingstudio.com, or follow them on Twitter @LeeannDearing and @DirectorDearing.

Leeann: Jim Morrison once said, “Some of the worst mistakes in life were haircuts.” I understand this sentiment. At 16, I attempted the “Friends” cut with disastrous results. Like most women, I’ve flirted with hair stylists all my life. I stayed put for a few cuts, but ultimately my wandering eyes would stumble upon another salon. Another Groupon—you get the idea. I’m now in a happily committed relationship with a hairdresser ’til death do us part. Honestly, I’m hesitant to even write this review because I know you’re going to all book up Andy’s calendar and then I won’t be able to get in and see him. But I’m going to write this anyway because the world must know about the splendor that is Andy Biggs of Zolton’s Salon. Andy styles. Andy cuts. Andy highlights. Andy beautifies Miss USA contestants and Sports Illustrated models, and now he shall do the same for you. He is a fantastically talented hair stylist. Run, don’t walk. Matthew: There are few things in this world that make my wife skip—literally skip—around our home. When she comes back from her haircuts with Andy, she skips and tosses her head around, singing the song from Flashdance. That part is annoying, but her hair looks awesome.

SEAWORLD seaworld.com

Leeann: I know, I know, SeaWorld is not in the Valley. However, many of you are planning summer vacations, and we just got back from one of our trips to San Diego. I’d never been to SeaWorld, so my family decided to try it out. (Note to reader: This is before we saw the notorious documentary.) I was expecting some tiny, tired little pseudo-park. That’s not the case at all! Dolphins! Penguins! Sea otters! Magical! My son was mesmerized! Here’s where it gets crazy: I have a 6-week-old daughter whom I was breastfeeding— completely covered. An employee approaches me and tells me that I’m not allowed to breastfeed in their park unless I’m indoors in a designated area. Say what? I politely told the employee that what she was asking me to do was illegal. There are laws protecting a woman’s right to feed her baby anywhere, anytime. The employee proceeded to tell me that this is company policy. I stormed out of the orca show and down to guest services. They apologized profusely, insisting that this was not their policy at all. Allegedly, the employee was misinformed. Between that and the negative information presented in the documentary, I doubt I’ll be going back. Matthew: All right, here’s the thing. All scandals aside, I went to SeaWorld as a kid, and I loved it. I saw the trainers riding the orcas, and yes, I thought it was the greatest thing I’d ever seen. I was really excited to take my children to the park this summer. The dolphins and sea otters alone are worth the price of admission, in my opinion. The shows are entertaining and manage to be fun for parents and kids at the same time. Going back to the orca show this time was completely different, however. After the documentary came to light, trainers are no longer allowed in the water. Between all the tragedy surrounding the orca shows and the missing interaction between trainers and the beautiful whales, it felt very strange to sit through the performance. Then, when a SeaWorld employee tried to tell my wife she wasn’t allowed to breastfeed in public, they really lost me. The park supervisor was nice enough and offered us free tickets for another day. We declined their offer.

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A character out of Arizona’s History “Prescott’s First Citizen” was a rough-and-tumble grizzlyfighting mountain man—by the name of Pauline Weaver. When old Joe Walker, one of the West’s most famous explorers, and his party of prospectors arrived at Granite Creek in the spring of 1863, an old mountaineer by the name of Pauline Weaver was already camped there. The area was the stomping ground of the Yavapai Indians, a formidable tribe of warriors, but surprisingly, the earliest days of Prescott’s history were relatively free of bloodshed, and the credit goes to Weaver. So what’s a rough-and-tumble grizzlyfighting mountain man doing with the name Pauline? His first name was really Powell, but when he showed up in New Mexico in the 1830s, it was changed to the Spanish Paulino and from there to the English Pauline. Weaver was one of those ubiquitous— and he was, literally, everywhere—characters who best fit the description of never having had time to write or narrate early Arizona history—they were too busy making it. He was born in Tennessee around 1800, the son of a white father and a Cherokee mother. For a time, he worked for the Hudson Bay Fur Company but preferred warmer climes, so he headed for the Southwest. He first arrived in Arizona in the late 1820s

and over the next few years established himself as a first-rate mountain man. During the Mexican War, General Stephen Watts Kearny, commander of the Army of the West, hired Weaver as a guide for the storied Mormon Battalion on its historic road-building trek along the Gila Trail. Weaver spent the 1850s trapping for beaver along the rivers and streams and became friendly with most of the tribes who inhabited the area. On Jan. 12, 1862, on the Day of the Feast of Our Lady of Peace, some of the natives along the Colorado River showed Weaver some rich gold placers, and when he showed up in Yuma with goose quills stuffed with tiny gold nuggets, the rush was on. The town of La Paz was born. Soon after, Weaver was hired out as chief of scouts for the Union Army as it was advancing east from California on its way to drive the Confederates out of Tucson. The hard-riding mountain man guided a company of Union cavalry up the Gila River to the Pima Villages at today’s Sacaton. Two detachments of this group headed on to Picacho, where they fought a battle with the Confederates in what is called the “Westernmost Battle of the Civil War.” Weaver was then off to another Arizona Adventure, this time guiding the A.H. Peeples party up the Hassayampa River in

Arizona’s official state historian, Marshall Trimble, is a cowboy singer, a humorist, and a storyteller.


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search of gold. A few miles north of Wickenburg, they stumbled upon a treasure trove of gold nuggets lying atop a rocky hill that they appropriately named Rich Hill. It turned out to be the richest single placer gold strike in Arizona history. The nearby Weaver Mountains are named for Pauline Weaver, as is the legendary Weaver’s Needle of Lost Dutchman Mine fame. These early prospectors were the first white men to enter the land of the Yavapai Indians, and Weaver worked tirelessly to

The town of

La Paz

almost became the territorial capital of Arizona.

By Marshall Trimble

In May, the city of Prescott, the Arizona Territory’s first capital and home of the World’s Oldest Rodeo, celebrated its 150th Anniversary. negotiate a treaty between the natives and the newcomers. And he succeeded for a time. Both groups used the password Paulino Tobacco to indicate to each other they were friendly. Tobacco was a word nearly every Indian knew and understood as it was always given by whites during a parley as a token of friendship. As more whites who weren’t aware or didn’t care about the arrangement poured into the area, the treaty became meaningless. Too many cultural differences and mutual mistrust caused the inevitable outbreak of hostilities. Weaver himself was jumped by a war party outside Prescott and was seriously wounded. The old scout thought he was a goner and went into his “death song,” a custom he’d adopted from the Plains Indians. The Yavapai, not familiar with the ritual, believed he’d gone crazy and avoided him. The old scout was too tough to die, and when he realized he was all alone, he ceased singing, got up, and walked back to his camp. It was said the Yavapai were remorseful about shooting Weaver and during friendly parleys always asked how “Powlino” was getting along. Pauline Weaver died on June 27, 1867, and was buried at Camp Lincoln (Verde) with full military honors. Later, when the post was abandoned, his remains were taken to California. In 1929, poethistorian Sharlot Hall organized a campaign to have Weaver’s remains returned to Prescott. Thanks to the Boy Scouts and Prescott schoolchildren, funds were raised and Weaver was reburied on the grounds of the old territorial capital where the Sharlot Hall Museum is located today. At the ceremony, Ms. Hall declared him “Prescott’s First Citizen,” a title he richly deserved. EASTvalleymagazine.com JUNE | JULY 2014


The Valley’s


Doctors East Valley Magazine teamed up with HealthTap—a leading company that helps consumers make better medical decisions— to bring you the area’s best physicians and dentists.



Wilber Su, MD Heart Rhythm Specialists of Arizona (480) 289-6898

North Valley John Lewis, MD Mayo Clinic (480) 301-8000 Amy Shah, MD Valley ENT (623) 566-4718

Harry Teaford, MD Mayo Clinic (480) 301-8000

John Lynch, MD Mayo Clinic (480) 301-8095 East Valley Charles Jost, MD Southwest Cardiovascular Associates (480) 945-4343 Andrew Kaplan, MD CardioVascular Associates of Mesa (480) 641-5400

East Valley Miriam Anand, MD Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. (480) 838-4296 Laine Keahey, MD Arizona Allergy Associates (480) 897-6992 S. Reed Shimanto, MD San Tan Allergy & Asthma (480) 626-6600



North Valley Susan Wilansky, MD Mayo Clinic (480) 301-8000


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Michael Friedman, MD Mayo Clinic (480) 301-8000 East Valley Matthew Woods, MD Desert Sky Dermatology (480) 855-0085

Daniel Klee, MD Valley Heart Associates (480) 656-5711

Henry Roenigk Jr., MD Arizona Advanced Dermatology (602) 264-9044


Stephen Kessler, DO Alta Dermatology Group (480) 981-2888

North Valley John A. Ebner, DO Arizona Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery (602) 996-3050 Neel Patel, MD Scottsdale Healthcare (602) 494-1817



DIABETES, & METABOLISM North Valley Daniel Duick, MD Endocrinology Associates, P.A. (602) 266-8463

Lori Roust, MD Mayo Clinic (480) 301-8000 Rohit Dwivedi, MD Arizona Endocrinology Center (602) 439-9000 East Valley Gyan Brard, MD Banner Baywood Medical Center (480) 981-8088 Lyuba Belitsky, MD Chandler Endocrinology, LLC (480) 899-0350 Shahzad Shadmany, MD Banner Baywood Medical Center (480) 321-2000



North Valley Barbara Pockaj, MD Mayo Clinic (480) 301-8000

Richard Schlinkert, MD Mayo Clinic (480) 515-6296 Kristi Harold, MD Mayo Clinic (480) 301-8000

East Valley Ali Ghazanfari, MD Cardiovascular Associates (480) 926-3353


Narendra Myneni, MD (480) 461-1334

Richard Caselli, MD Mayo Clinic (480) 301-8000


North Valley Glen Weiss, MD Cancer Treatment Centers of America (800) 268-0786 Jason A. Salganick, MD Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers (480) 821-2838

East Valley Arun Kumar Ganesasivasubramaniam, MD Banner Baywood Medical Center (480) 854-7100 David Suber, MD Desert Neurology (480) 838-1000

John Camoriano, MD Mayo Clinic (480) 301-8335 East Valley Marvin Chassin, MD (480) 969-3637 Clayton Polowy, MD (480) 969-3637 Lawrence Kasper, MD (602) 258-4875

North Valley Dr. Steve Chung, MD St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital and Medical Center (602) 406-6262 David Dodick, MD Mayo Clinic (480) 301-8100

Syed Tahir, MD (480) 854-8124



Ashok Narayan, MD Chandler Regional Medical Center (480) 535-8314



GYNECOLOGY North Valley Robert Phillips, MD Desert West Obstetrics & Gynecology, LTD (602) 978-1500 EASTvalleymagazine.com JUNE | JULY 2014



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DENTISTRY North Valley Richard Parsanko, DDS Sonoran Desert Dentistry (480) 614-4200

East Valley Gregory Edmonds, DDS Ahwatukee Oral & Maxillofacial (480) 598-3006 Thomas Giacobbi, DDS Chandler Dental Health (480) 899-6677

Sabrina Dhanjal, DDS Protection Plus Dental (623) 322-6522

Carlos Lopez, DMD Riggs Family Dental (480) 895-9373

Dennis Cufone, DDS (480) 419-7900

Robert Fowler, MD Mayo Clinic (480) 301-8000 Cathleen Harris, MD Scottsdale Perinatal Associates (480) 970-7664

Justin Field, MD Desert Institute for Spinal Care (602) 944-2900

East Valley Andrew Villa, MD New Horizons Women’s Care (480) 895-9555 Jamal Mourad, DO Banner Health (602) 839-4915 H. Randall Craig, MD Fertility Treatment Center (480) 831-2445



North Valley David Bailie, MD The Orthopedic Clinic Association (602) 277-6211 Gil Ortega, MD Sonoran Hip Center (480) 398-4624

Brian Shafer, MD Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists (602) 493-9361

Derek Braun, MD Banner Health (480) 981-4391

East Valley Neil Motzkin, MD Desert Bone and Joint Surgeons (480) 969-7444


Andre Matthews, MD Banner Baywood Medical Center (480) 981-1085


Jerold Powers, MD Scottsdale Healthcare–Shea (480) 661-0030

William Casey, MD Mayo Clinic (480) 301-8000 East Valley Jeffrey Goldstein, MD Banner Children’s Pediatric Specialists (480) 899-6100 Rimma Finkel, MD (480) 963-3034

Ronald Fischler, MD North Scottsdale Pediatric Associates (480) 860-8488 East Valley Joseph Bouvier, MD Phoenix Childrens Urgent Care—East Valley (480) 833-5437 Sujith Kalmadi, MD Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers (480) 821-2838

HealthTap is dedicated to improving people’s health and wellbeing by providing users with personalized health information and free online and mobile answers from thousands of the best doctors in the U.S. so they can make better medical decisions. They teamed up with East Valley Magazine to present this list of the top doctors in the Phoenix area. Doctors are ranked based on unbiased expert knowledge, community insights, and relevant data, according to HealthTap’s proprietary algorithms. With over 1.2 million doctor profiles and tens of thousands of U.S. doctors in HealthTap’s Medical Expert Network, the wealth of experience and information on healthtap.com helps you find the right doctor, right now.

North Valley Patti Flint, MD (480) 945-3300

Richard Brown, MD (480) 947-2455


North Valley Michael Graham, MD Banner Health (480) 412-4100


Robert Spies, MD (480) 890-0600



North Valley Paul Dlugie, MD (480) 657-7000

William Zachow, DO Cigna Medical Group (623) 937-3373 Charles Howard, MD (480) 947-5471

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Photos by Gillian Tomimbang, gilliantomimbang.com

Go Glam Incorporate vintage Hollywood glamour into your home design. Interior decorator Heather Sanders shows you how.

Glam style reemerged on the home and fashion scene a few years back, and its popularity appears to be sticking. No wonder—it’s reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour and evokes the beauty of silver-screen starlets. We have an affinity for luxury and a fondness for eras gone by. While this style can be expressed to the max (think chandeliers dripping with crystals or flockedvelvet wallpaper), aspects of glam style can be easily added into your décor.

Luxe living is all about layering and details. Try these simple tips for bringing some glam into your home.

Magic Mirror

A hallmark of glam style is mirrored furniture. This comes with the warning that a little goes a long way. One accent piece is stunning; five is over the top. Try a coffee table, a side table, a buffet, or a small chest to really pack a punch in your room.

Go Glossy

Nothing evokes the luxe feel more than glossy finishes. Finish your look with mother-ofpearl, lacquer, shiny ceramics, and glass accessories.

Faux Fur

Add in some scrumptious fur (faux, of course!) for the ultimate in luxury. (Warning: Everyone will want to touch those little touches!) Try a pillow, a throw blanket, a small ottoman, or pouf.

Metallic Mixing

Break all the rules when it comes to mixing metals. Gold/ brass tones, silver from matte to shiny chrome, and copper all have a place in this style.

Fabulous Fabrics

Heather Sanders is a local home-style expert with an affinity for livable spaces and budget-friendly designs. See more of her work at restylegroup.com.

Glam style means luxurious fabrics mixed together but not matched. Just like a great outfit, every room needs a layering of rich texture. You can easily add in glamour to your space by opting for velvets, tone-on-tone wovens, silks, or embellished linens. EASTvalleymagazine.com JUNE | JULY 2014


> HOME/LIFE Keep Boredom at Bay The first few days of summer are always fun, but then the kids start whining the I’m Bored Blues. But making sure your children don’t turn into couch potatoes this summer doesn’t have to hurt your wallet or sanity. Here’s a sampling of theme days matched with their respective activities in the East Valley:

Movie Mondays

Summer Family Survival Kit Shay Moser helps you make the dog days memorable, not miserable.

What did you do when the beginning of spring brought on restlessness, excitement, or laziness? Maybe you were full of spring-cleaning spirit. You daydreamed about playing in the pool and long summer days. You looked forward to a loose schedule. Now the triple-digit days are here. It’s just a week into summer break, and the kids are already bickering at the drop of a sun hat. But the beach vacation and summer camp only cover two weeks. How will you keep the kids out of trouble, entertained, and active the rest of the summer? The solution can be found in your back-to-school daydreams. Take it from the teachers (who are on vacation at last): turn each day of the week into a theme. In school, there are certain days each grade goes to the library, does art, takes PE, works on computers, and attends music class. So choose a theme for each day of the summer, for instance, Movie Mondays, Try Something New Tuesdays, Water Wednesdays, Throwback Thursdays, and Food + Friends Fridays. The East Valley is home to a generous amount of indoor and outdoor entertainment. Once you have your theme days picked out, it’s simply a matter of plugging in the things to do and places to go. For inspiration, look back to your anticipation of summer. This is your opportunity to make memories!

Shay Moser is a Gilbert mom, writer, and business owner, and she’s passionate about the East Valley. Follow her @ShayMoser.


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• Purchase tickets to Harkins Summer Movie Fun shows, which include 10 kid movies for $7 per person (harkinstheatres.com/summermoviefun.aspx). • Go to see How to Train Your Dragon 2, which comes out June 13, and Planes: Fire and Rescue, which gets released July 18.

Tryout Tuesdays


• Have a go at mini-bowling with mini-pins and mini-bowling balls at FlipSide in Gilbert (exploreflipside.com). • Pack food with your children (as young as 5) at Feed My Starving Children in Tempe (fmsc.org).

Water Wednesdays


• Buy summer passes to Mesa Golfland Sunsplash (golfland.com/mesa). • Cool off at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center in Chandler, where there are water slides, a lazy river, a family play pool, a splash pad, and more (chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=733).

Throwback Thursdays


• Break out old photo albums and pictures to sort through, put into scrapbooks, and reminisce about. • Show ’em you haven’t lost your roller-skating moves at Skateland in Chandler (unitedskates.com/public/chandler/index.cfm).

Friendly Fridays


• Host a Father’s Day craft party a week before the holiday. Ask each person who attends, including yourself, to bring the directions for one Father’s Day craft plus the supplies. Provide simple snacks and drinks for everyone to enjoy while making homemade gifts for Dad. You can do the same for Memorial Day and Fourth of July.



Fourth of July Fete

Party styling: Jamila Watson/Parties On Purpose Photographer: Epiphany Creative Party Decorations: (balloons, straws, baking cups, white cake stand) Tomkat Studio Fourth of July party printables: Paiges of Style on Etsy Cake, cupcakes: Albertsons

Party planner Jamila Watson offers three steps for a spectacular Independence Day celebration. As you know by now, I am a huge lover of holiday celebrations, and this one is no exception. When my family and I relocated from Pennsylvania to Arizona, the first holiday we celebrated was the Fourth of July. We took a ride down the street in my mom’s truck, pulled on the side of the road with all the other cars, hopped in the back of the truck with our treats, and watched the spectacular fireworks. Let’s celebrate our independence this year by planning a spectacular Fourth of July gettogether in just three easy steps!

Jamila Watson runs partiesonpurpose.com, a children’s party-and-event entertainment company.

Decorations I love decorating and adding those cute little touches to make guests feel welcome and ready to have fun! Why not add a festive Fourth of July banner; hang some red, white, and blue decorative fans or honeycombs; or add a few 36-inch balloons? These items are simple and easy to decorate with and will help to create a festive mood in no time at all.

Food and Dessert When I think of Fourth of July, the first thing that comes to mind is food, backyard barbecues, and block parties. Jazz up your Independence Day celebration by adding some patriotic touches to your food table display. Serve your drinks in mason jars with striped straws, cut up your fruit with a star cookie cutter, use matching cupcake baking cups with cupcake toppers, or make up popcorn and licorice treat bags so that people can serve themselves. One of my favorite mason jar treats (yes, I am still in love with mason jars) is a layered goodie with pound cake, strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream chilled for a few minutes in the refrigerator. Add a cute wooden spoon to the side and tie it with matching twine. Super yummy and super cute!

Activities One of the most popular activities for an Independence Day celebration is relaxing by the pool with family and friends, especially since it’s so hot in July. For your indoor activities, set up a few games (I love the game Hedbanz), have the kids make fruit kabobs and fruit smoothies, and end the night with some fun fireworks!

I hope these simple tips will inspire you to create your own Fourth of July celebration! EASTvalleymagazine.com JUNE | JULY 2014



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MEET THE SECOND -PLACE FINISHER THOR Thor, a French bulldog, came into Stephanie Meek’s life when he was 10 weeks old. Meek says, “He is from a rescue group—the breeder was taking his litter to a puppy auction [where they are sold to other breeders or pet stores], and since his entire litter was underweight and several had deformities, they would not have been able to sell them. So the rescue stepped in and got them. He had an umbilical hernia and also had very narrow nostril openings, which he has since had surgery to correct. I applied to adopt him on Friday, talked to the rescue on Saturday, and flew out to pick him up on Sunday!” Thor’s a huge goofball, she says. He loves to snuggle and is always up for a belly rub. “He is a total momma’s boy and follows me around the house everywhere. Currently, he knows about 25 tricks and commands and is learning agility as well, as he will do just about anything for food! He is also a model with Arizona Animal Actors and has been featured in PetSmart ads.” Since coming into their household two years ago, Thor has brought constant joy to the entire family. Says Meek, “He reminds us to not take little things so seriously and makes us laugh every day with his silly antics.”


DIXIE When Karen Foulds spotted Dixie, a terrier/bulldog (with a dash of mastiff) mix, at Maricopa County Animal Control, she instantly knew she was the dog for her. “We had recently lost our 10-year-old Dalmatian mix, and the house wasn’t the same,” Foulds says. “I spotted Dixie at the shelter while looking for another Dalmatian, and her coloring and face resembled the dog I had just lost, so I knew it was meant to be.” Besides her distinctive look—two different-color ears and unusual spots—Dixie is a lovable gal who likes the limelight. She required a lot of patience as a puppy, but now, at 6 years old, she has brought the Foulds family many happy times and lots of licks and love. EASTvalleymagazine.com JUNE | JULY 2014


JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge 5350 E. Marriott Dr. Phoenix (480) 293-5000

Summer Staycation

Area resorts and hotels beckon with fabulous deals and packages that’ll keep you coming back all season long.

This spacious resort adds up to a desert escape. The property is a lush tropical paradise surrounded by palm trees, sparkling waterways, numerous swimming pools, and its own lazy river––there’s also a serpentine waterslide to get your heart racing. It’s an ideal place to hang out and kick back—there’s an endless assortment of spa, golf, and recreational activities as well as an expansive pool area. Moms can relax in the award-winning Revive Spa, and dads can hit the links. Several affordable staycation packages are being offered at this high-end property; they include the Fling and Swing Golf Package, starting at $159 a night, includes a luxurious resort room, $50 daily resort credit, free meals for kids, a waived resort fee, and unlimited golf for four people after 11 a.m. daily and the Ultimate Fling and Swing Package, from $199 a night, includes a luxurious resort room, $50 daily resort credit, free meals for kids, a waived resort fee, one Swedish massage, and unlimited golf. marriott.com/phxdr

The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale is an intimate desert oasis nestled at the base of Pinnacle Peak. It offers guests a unique respite that’s close to home yet seems far removed. Families can indulge in five-diamond luxury and be treated to renowned personal service while enjoying temperatures up to 10 degrees cooler than the Valley below. Embracing casual luxury, the Four Seasons Scottsdale offers an environment where families can create affordable summer memories. Weekday rates begin at $169 per night for a luxurious casita guestroom through August 31. Families can select the Very Important Kids Package, with rates starting at $239 per night and a $100 credit with every two paid consecutive nights. Four Seasons Resort The package also includes a special snack-mix turndown amenity, Scottsdale at Troon a complimentary in-room family North movie, and one poolside smoothie for up to two children per room. The entire family can head to the pool for the complimentary Dive-In Movies that run every 10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr. Saturday night throughout the summer. During the day, you can relax at the pool, which was recently named one of the 10 best resort swimming pools in the nation by USA Today. Scottsdale Complimentary cabanas and poolside amenities such as smoothie samples and fruit kebabs (480) 515-5700 round out a cool summer vacation for parents and kids. fourseasons.com/scottsdale 48

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By Brooke Bailor

Harrah’s Ak-Chin 15406 N. Maricopa Rd., Maricopa (480) 802-5000 For the excitement of a casino with the relaxing ambience of a resort, look no further than Harrah’s Ak-Chin. Operated by Caesars Entertainment, the 40,000-squarefoot casino has video poker and slot machines in addition to blackjack, keno, and bingo. Entertainment and dining options abound, and with the recent addition of a 152-room hotel tower, the resort now boasts 300 well-appointed guestrooms and features a swimming pool complex with palm trees, a swim-up bar, and other amenities. Also on site is the Fred Couplesdesigned Southern Dunes golf course, a Troon Golf-managed course with 320 sprawling acres of 360-degree desert views, creative routing, and rugged views. It was recently ranked among Golfweek magazine’s Top 10 Arizona courses. During the summer months, nightly room rates start at an affordable $69, and they offer various Stay and Play Packages throughout June, July, and August for gaming enthusiasts. harrahsakchin.com The Arizona Grand Resort has been named one of the Top 10 Theme Parks Arizona Grand by the Travel Channel, with water recreation unrivaled in the Valley. The best Resort part? You can stay and play in one of their 640 newly redesigned residential style all-suite accommodations or in one 8000 Arizona Grand of the 100 brand-new one- and twoPkwy. bedroom luxury resort villas. The entire family will delight in the onsite water Phoenix slides, the 10,000-square-foot Oasis (602) 438-9000 wave pool, the 950-foot-long Active River, and other wet and wild features that await adventure seekers. Or the kids can play while their parents enjoy the well-regarded spa and golf facilities available on the property. Summer rates start at $99. Among the popular summer deals is the Grand Choices Package for $399, which includes the resort fee and your choice of two of the following: 18 holes of golf for two, $100 dining credit, a 50-minute custom massage including gratuity, or a 50-minute custom facial including gratuity. arizonagrandresort.com

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What’s so important about center contact? Golf pro Scott Sackett examines how off-center hits affect the curvature of a golf shot.

How Much Does Center Contact Really Matter?

With the help of Trackman, we’re going to examine how much an offcenter hit affects the curvature on a golf shot. In the picture below, one of my students hit a shot that, had it been hit in the center of the face should have gone relatively straight. This is because where the golf club was traveling through impact (club path) was close to 0 and where the face was pointing at impact (face angle) was also close to 0. Another way of saying that would be that the path of the golf club was traveling down the target line with a face square to the target. As you can see in the screen graphic, this shot did not go straight. Before we proceed, let’s first define a term. Spin axis is the amount of tilt the golf ball has. The ball spins on one single axis. It does not have backspin and sidespin. A difference between where the club path is moving and where the face is pointed is one way the axis of the golf ball gets tilted. That difference is represented in the graphic above by face to path. As you can see, that number is relatively low, indicating that the spin axis of the golf ball should be minimally tilted. It is not. It has been tilted 19.5 degrees to the left. At a spin loft of 21.3 degrees, the spin axis of the golf ball will be tilted approximately 2.9 degrees per one-degree face-to-path differential, assuming center contact. Another way the spin axis gets tilted is by an off-center hit. How far off the toe or heel the ball is struck will either increase or decrease the axis tilt of the ball. With a driver, a half-inch-strike toward either the toe or heel will tilt the axis of the golf ball approximately 20 degrees. In our example, our spin axis was -19.5 degrees, indicating a draw axis (for a right handed player). With that information, we know with relative certainty the ball was struck approximately a half-inch on the toe. The moral of this story is simple: You can have a club moving down the target line and face square to the target line, but if you don’t strike the center of the face, the ball is not going straight.

Scott Sackett, a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher since 1999, was recently voted as one of Golf Digest’s best teachers in Arizona for the fifth year in a row. Reach him via scottsackett.com or youtube.com/scottsackettgolf.


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The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are

1 in 67 million. The word caddy comes from the French word for junior military student, cadet, which is pronounced cad-DAY



Ask Dirk

A guy’s perspective on matters of the heart and hearth. Dear Dirk, My husband and I just had our first baby. I stay home with my son while my husband works. It’s hard to get a routine going with my son taking up all of my time. The laundry is piled up, and the sink is filled with dishes because my dishwasher started leaking and I don’t have time to hand-wash them all. When my husband comes home from work, he gets frustrated, he doesn’t say anything, but I can tell he’s mad when he starts banging around dishes while he’s making dinner, washing out a pot or pan, or storms back out to go get fast food. I am afraid he resents the baby and me. I am worried that I don’t give him enough attention anymore and that I may be neglecting him in order to make time for the baby, but I am just so tired by the time he gets home. What should I do? —Worn-Out Mommy Mommy: This is a common problem and actually an easy fix. First, you need to kill the breaker to the dishwasher to prevent getting a nasty shock. Then, remove the racks and start drying out the dishwasher with towels. Once inside the appliance, you are going to be looking for any clogs in the drainage ducts. Remove these with a fork or a coat hanger, depending on the depth of the clog. Last, get a roll of adhesive stripping from Lowes or Home Depot to create a seal around the door to prevent future leakage. It’ll cost you about $10. If you don’t consider yourself Mrs. Fix-It, call a dishwasher repairman. Problem solved. Now, on to the bigger issue: it doesn’t sound like your husband’s having second thoughts about the marriage or resenting the baby. Based on what you’ve said, he’s banging dishes because he’s hungry and has to cook. He is storming out to get fast food because he’s hungry. Being a mom is a tough, nonstop job that causes crippling anxiety, and so does hunger. However, if you can slap something together (even a PB&J), order a pizza, or get him to pick up takeout on the way home, the problem should fix itself. Remember that old saying about the way to a man’s heart? Clichés are clichés for a reason. I hope this helps! —Dirk

To submit a question about your relationship, e-mail askdirk@northvalleymagazine.com.

On average, men work longer hours outside the home, yet even in families where women work equivalent or longer hours and earn higher salaries, they still take on more household responsibilities.

Sixty-two percent of adults say that sharing household chores is very important to marital success.

Sharing household chores is one of the three highest-ranking issues associated with a successful marriage—third only to faithfulness and good sex. Stats according to a Pew Research Poll

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2014 Nissan Quest Auto writer Greg Rubenstein finds unexpected luxury and performance in a minivan. Start with a power-everything, leather-trimmed interior featuring three rows of seats, each row with its own automatic climate zone, and add in a premium DVD entertainment system that includes an 11-inch 16:9 aspect ratio display screen along with hard-drivebased navigation. Then, blend a full complement of advanced safety features, including blind-spot warning with 360-degree surround cameras. Tap into a potent 260-horsepower V-6 engine connected to a silky-smooth continuously variable transmission, and then top it all off with dual-opening panoramic glass moonroofs. The upright driving position’s commanding road view and the aforementioned generous appointments might bring to mind any number of luxury sport-utility vehicles. Yet if the amazingly versatile second- and third-row split and dead-calm flat-folding cargo-carrying capability weren’t the giveaway, the sliding side doors and the unmistakable if athletic-for-the-breed silhouette most certainly do.


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So here it is—the 2014 Nissan Quest. This fun-to-drive, eminently practical ride is a minivan. Perhaps even more maligned (and rare in terms of available models) than the station wagon, minivans in general are the best thing going when it comes to a balance of people-hauling capability, luxury, performance, economy, and value. For those able to overcome personal or peer negative preconceptions, sit behind the wheel of the top-trim Quest 3.5 LE and find yourself swaddled in a heated seat while your passengers get comfortable with more available head-, hip-, and legroom than they’ll find in just about any behemoth SUV. The Quest is rated for 21 mpg (EPA estimated) combined city/ highway and 27 mpg observed on the highway over a week’s worth of commuting—2 mph more than the EPA estimate—all while burning regular-grade fuel. Few three-row people haulers can do better. Whether on the freeway or slogging through heavy surface


> BUZZ/ANSWERS traffic, the Quest provides peppy off-the-line acceleration, with driving dynamics capable of running circles around lumbering SUVs plus a tidy turning circle that makes tight parkinglot maneuvers a breeze. The Quest LE starts at $43,500, including delivery. Options on the reviewed sample were the $1,350 panoramic moonroofs and upgraded floor mats, for an as-tested price of $45,060. A base Quest can be had as low as $27,080, but the fully appointed version is where this minivan delivers the best combination of utility and luxury at a price point thousands—if not tens of thousands—lower than a comparably equipped premium large sedan or SUV. Although the Quest is rated to tow 3,500 pounds, its real forte is hauling folks, not fillies. If you do lots of the former, whether co-workers or kids, there is no easier vehicle to live with than a minivan. Give the Quest LE a drive, and you too might discover how good practical can really be.


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1. 8-inch touch-sensitive multifunction display


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4. 13-speaker sound system

Greg Rubenstein is a freelance automotive journalist and deputy editor for izoom.com, an auto-enthusiast website. He’s been writing about and racing cars for 25 years.

1 Summer solstice month 3 Father’s Day gift 5 Diamondback opponent from NY 8 Supporting 9 Big Arizona lizard (goes with 40 across) 10 Sonoran Desert cactus 11 Quixote title 12 Neither’s pal 14 Toward the sky 15 What winds do 16 Mr. Holland’s _______ 19 Extinct bird of New Zealand 21 Cocktail addition 23 Sonoran desert reptile 25 Beer container 27 Ancient 29 Initials of a Van Halen lead vocalist 30 Point in time 31 “Wild Hogs” bike 33 Happy cat’s sound 34 Imitates 35 This coastal northeastern state is a cool place for a summer vacation 36 French Riviera resort 39 Had the edge 40 See 9 across

41 Italian city with iconic old ruins


1 Arizona desert tree 2 Old horses 3 Rocky pinnacle 4 Desert tree with blue-green leaves 5 Second word in a Shakespeare comedy title 6 “All over the world” singers, for short 7 Go brown in the sun 8 Niagara, for example 13 Desert bird 17 Whisky _______ (bar drink) 18 Stinger of the Southwest 20 Desert plant with fleshy graygreen leaves 22 2014 Oscar host, first name 24 European peak 26 Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra 28 Home to a sidewinder snake 32 Car club that will give you a tow 35 Soccer __________ 36 Tucson or Sedona, for example 37 Hardwood tree 38 Go visit

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Manscaping Beauty expert Jacqueline Starr-Hubert goes in search of the perfect shave.

1. Allow a few minutes for your face to deflate. Allow the first-thing-in-themorning puffiness to reduce itself before you shave. Ten minutes should do the trick. Doing so dramatically reduces the risk of nicking. A smoother surface allows for better results. 2. Always start with cool water. To prepare skin before shaving, cleanse skin thoroughly with a face wash and warm water—avoid using hot water as this can overdry skin, leading to irritation. 3. Take a day off from weekly shaving (sorry, ladies!). Try not to shave at least once a week—it really helps skin if you give it a rest, and I find that when you next shave, you tend to get a super-close and smoother finish. 4. Make “slow and short strokes” your mantra. The most common mistake men make while shaving is the speed at which they stroke. Men who suffer from razor burn tend to be the ones who shave at 100 mph. This creates friction, which leads to irritation. Take your time and use slow, short strokes. 5. Apply gel or cream in circular motions. When applying shaving gel or cream, apply it with your fingertips, using a circular motion. Beard hair grows in several different directions, and by spreading the lather in circles, there’s less risk of missing an area. In addition, this encourages the beard to spring out from the skin in preparation for the shave.


6. Press, don’t push! Men tend to think that if they press harder, they’ll get a closer shave, but that’s not so. Modern razors are designed to work with relatively little pressure, so if you want to reduce irritation, don’t push. Instead, apply just enough pressure to keep the blade in contact with the skin, and let the blade do all the work for you. 7. Switch to oils if you’re sensitive. Certain skin types can be greatly affected by the alkaline PH level in some shaving products. If your skin is easily irritated, it may be worth checking the shaving medium you use and try something new. 8. Be aware of your blades. Never use a blunt blade, as it is distressing to the skin, causes redness and irritation, and won’t shave skin evenly. (Ladies, use your own…we’ve all done it!) 9. Skip the aftershave. Aftershaves all typically contain a high level of alcohol, which tends to dry out your skin, increase the risk of irritation after your shave, and deplete the skin’s natural defensive barrier, accelerating the skin aging process. Instead, apply an aftershave balm or moisturizer. 10. Ingrown hairs! Ingrown hairs aren’t serious, but they can be irritating and embarrassing. Often, an ingrown hair will go away on its own. If it doesn’t go away, it can become infected, permanently darken the skin, or leave behind a scar, especially if you’ve been scratching or picking at it.

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Guys, this one’s for you. As you make the effort to stay competitive and look your best, you may also prefer to keep it simple and perfect the routine you already have. So, let’s explore the most basic of regimes—shaving. It’s an underrated thing, the regimen, and in the interest of making every moment of this crucial ritual count, we offer a guide to the best way we know how to conduct it.

To minimize problems, try shaving oil, which I find much kinder for sensitive skin. Recommendation: American Crew Shaving products @ V’s Barbershop, vbarbershop. com, prices vary. American Crew Shave Oil, Shave Cream, and Shave Gel: American Crew products provide ultimate razor glide for a clean, close shave.

Recommendation: Tend Skin, $20 @ drugstore.com Tend Skin is a topical solution that is applied to an area that is problematic. It is very effective and inexpensive to purchase.

Recommendation: Fixx™ Skin Soother, $17.50 @ shop.com/ishopjsh Fixx Skin Soother works quickly, effectively, and gently to help smooth, calm, and hydrate the skin after hair removal. This allbody product contains ingredients that help cool, exfoliate, and moisturize, giving your skin relief after hair removal.

TIP: If an ingrown hair is bothering you or has become infected, your doctor can make a small cut in your skin with a sterile needle or a scalpel to release it. Your doctor may also prescribe medicine such as: > Steroid medication that you rub on your skin to bring down the swelling > Retinoid (Retin A) to remove dead skin cells and reduce the skin pigment changes that can occur from ingrown hairs > Antibiotic that you take by mouth or rub onto your skin to treat an ingrown hair infection

Jacqueline Starr-Hubert, ME, MLT, is a North Valley resident. A medical esthetician/laser technician and makeup artist, she works at Bellina Med Spa in Paradise Valley.


The Tank Top Arms Workout

By Kim Miller and Shannon Dougherty, the Fit Mom Diet Team Photos by Steven Trujillo, trudgephoto.com

Try this quick workout to tone and strengthen your arms and back.

Limited time often prevents us from exercising, which makes finding creative, easy ways to move our body extremely important. Don’t have equipment? Household items can be great substitutes! Personal trainer and founder of Train Dirty Fitness Crystal Honeycutt, along with the Fit Mom Diet duo, has come up with this quick workout designed to tone and strengthen your arms and back to ensure that you are tank top ready for the summer. Whether you're at home, at the park, or on vacation, this workout is easy to implement into your routine.

Shannon and Kim are the Fit Mom Diet Team. They’re nationally published health experts, and they also advocate locally on wellness at fitmomdiet.com.



1. Push-Up

Setup: Place your hands slightly wider than shoulder width and point fingertips forward. Hold your body tight, with shoulders, hips, and ankles forming a straight line while keeping the head aligned with the spine in a neutral position.


Action: Slowly lower the body down until the chest almost touches the floor and the elbows are at right angles. Press your body back into the starting position. a

2. Bent-Over Row and Kickback

Setup: Holding two water jugs, bend your knees slightly and bring your torso forward by bending at the waist while keeping the back straight. Make sure that you keep your head up. 

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Action: While keeping the torso stationary, breathe out and move water jugs in a rowing motion. Keep the elbows close to the body, and only use the forearms to hold the jug. At the top contracted position, squeeze the back muscles and hold for a brief pause. Keeping your upper arm still, straighten your arm behind you until your entire arm is parallel to the floor. Slowly bend your arm back to the row position. Then slowly lower the jugs back to the starting position.

3. Bicep Rotational Curls

Setup: Stand straight while holding a jug of water in each hand, with the palms of your hands facing your thighs. Action: Keep your elbows at your sides as you lift the jug toward your shoulder while you rotate your palms to face upward. Slowly lower the water back down to the starting position, with your palms returning to face your thighs.


The Big Time

Young culinary gun Chef Matthew Grunwald takes a turn on The Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen. My dreams of becoming a chef on network television have finally come to fruition. I’ve harbored this goal since childhood, back in the day as I watched celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse of Essence of Emeril cook so flawlessly. He inspired me from the start. This past December, I was given that opportunity when I was invited by the executive producers of The Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen to fly out for an all-expense-paid trip to Los Angeles and tape a competition episode called “TSO Good.” As the name of the show suggests, 58

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the premise behind this three-round competition is to use cunning and sabotage to end up the victor. It’s all about destroying your competitors to gain an advantage in the cooking rounds. During the three rounds of the show, I was dished out most of the culinary deterrents since I was the youngest competitor. Chefs twice my age were shaken when they saw that despite my age, I had the skills of a chef who had been in the industry for many years. My first sabotage: Knives were stolen

right from under me. Didn’t I need these to cook my requisite dish of poutine? I didn’t even give it a second thought! I was up for the challenge—I am, after all, a skilled chef, and we make it work regardless of circumstances. I was handed a very large, extremely dull hockey skate to cut with. No problem! As far as I was concerned, that skate was a finely sharpened Shun. Holding the potato in place, I wound my arm back with the hockey skate in hand, and like a slicing blade on an assembly line, I sectioned the potato.

Poutine is a classic Canadian staple of French fries and melted cheese curds smothered in hot beef gravy—very simple to compose if you consider that the proper utensils are available. This is where force was required. I was able to slice thick rounds of the potato and then flatten them to an edible size by using the underside of a cast-iron skillet. There was a lot of slamming, but I had previous experience with this technique with a dish I created at home called smashed potatoes, so I was able to use that knowledge and transfer it to my poutine dish. That seemed to please the judge. It wasn’t exactly poutine, but I do believe the flavor and presentation won the judge over. All in all, I played the game well and made it to the final round with an amazing carrot cake. With clenched jaw, I stood there and awaited the judges’ decision. Envisioning the money at stake made me excited but nervous. Although I didn’t win, it’s an honor to experience so much support from all my newfound fans.

“Smashed” Potatoes 3 lbs. baby Yukon Gold Potatoes (1-1½ inches in diameter) 6 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbs. kosher salt 1 Tbs. freshly ground black pepper 2 Tbs. freshly chopped thyme leaves 4 ounce French Boursin cheese > Preheat the oven to 425ºF.

Matthew Grunwald regularly whips up original recipes for a television audience on Arizona Midday and Valley Dish segments.

> With a meat mallet, smash the potatoes so that they burst open but still hold together. Note: there should be large cracks in the potatoes. > Toss and coat the potatoes with the olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme. Transfer them to a baking sheet and place in the center rack of the oven. Roast for 30 minutes, turning the potatoes over 15 minutes into the cooking process. Remove from the oven and transfer the potatoes to a mixing bowl. Crumble the Boursin cheese over the potatoes and allow it to melt. Toss the potatoes in the melted cheese. Enjoy.

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Local dietitian Kelli Morgan dishes on healthy treats to make with your family. Did you know that June is National Candy Month? Well, in my house, the rule is “If you’re going to eat junk food, you have to make it yourself!” Why? Because everyone loves a treat, and by making your treats yourself, you get to control the ingredients. No more high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, or food coloring for your family! I even have a few treats up my sleeve that have some healthy ingredients. Shhh—don’t let ’em know it’s good for them!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have created many healthy variations of these chocolate chip cookies. This version is the closest to the traditional bakery-style chocolate chip cookie. They are light and crispy around the edges and soft and chewy in the middle. They hit the spot every time! I add nutrition to this cookie by using coconut oil and ground oats as the base. ½ cup coconut oil, softened ¼ cup packed brown sugar (I used organic) ½ cup organic raw sugar 1 flax egg (1 Tbs. ground flax mixed with 3 Tbs. water) 1 Tsp. vanilla extract ½ Tsp. baking soda ½ Tsp. kosher salt 1 cup oat flour (I grind my own in the Vitamix, but you can buy it preground) 1 cup old-fashioned oats Dash of cinnamon ½

cup dark chocolate chips

>Preheat oven to 350°F. I like to line my baking sheets with a Sil-Pad so the cookies don’t stick. >In a small bowl, mix the flax egg and set aside.

Peanut Butter Rice Cereal Treats*

This recipe got my family and me through the first few months of our diet overhaul four years ago. They are rich and decadent while still leaving you feeling light on your feet after you eat them. I increase the nutrition in these treats by using brown rice cereal, brown rice syrup, and natural peanut butter. If you want these treats to be even healthier, feel free to replace the peanut butter with almond butter and the chocolate chips with raisins. Either way, they’re amazing!

1 jar of brown rice syrup (found in the organic section at Fry’s) 6 cups brown rice cereal 1 cup natural peanut butter pinch of sea salt ½

cup chocolate chips

>Pour the rice cereal into a large bowl. >Heat the syrup, sea salt, and peanut butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until melted and thoroughly combined. >Pour this mixture over the cereal. Mix well! Let the cereal mixture cool to room temperature. Add the chocolate chips. >Place the mixture into an 8 x 8-inch or a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Cut into bars, and enjoy! Recipe adapted from Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet


>With an electric mixer, beat oil until fluffy. Add the sugars and beat for 1–2 minutes until creamy. Beat in the flax egg and vanilla extract. >Beat in the dry ingredients and fold in the chocolate chips. >Use a small cookie dough scoop to place the dough on the baking sheets. Bake for about 8–10 minutes until slightly golden along edges. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet.


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Kelli Morgan, R.D., is a registered dietitian living and loving the Valley. She’s also a total foodie. Check out her recipes on kellird.com.


By Myles Mellor

3 Across Across 1 Summer solstice month 3 Father’s Day gift 5 Diamondback opponent from NY 8 Supporting 9 Big Arizona lizard (goes with 40 across) 10 Sonoran Desert cactus 11 Quixote title 12 Neither’s pal 14 Toward the sky 15 What winds do 16 Mr. Holland’s ___ 19 Extinct bird of New Zealand 21 Cocktail addition 23 Sonoran desert reptile 25 Beer container 27 Ancient 29 Initials of a Van Halen lead vocalist 30 Point in time 31 “Wild Hogs” bike 33 Happy cat’s sound 34 Imitates 35 This coastal northeastern state is a cool place for a summer vacation

36 French Riviera resort 39 Had the edge 40 See 9 across 41 Italian city with iconic old ruins

Down 1 Arizona desert tree 2 Old horses 3 Rocky pinnacle 4 Desert tree with blue-green leaves 5 Second word in a Shakespeare comedy title 6 “All over the world” singers, for short 7 Go brown in the sun 8 Niagara, for example 13 Desert bird 17 Whisky _______ (bar drink) 18 Stinger of the Southwest 20 Desert plant with fleshy graygreen leaves

22 2014 Oscar host, first name 24 European peak 26 Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra 28 Home to a sidewinder snake 32 Car club that will give you a tow 35 Soccer __________ 36 Tucson or Sedona, for example 37 Hardwood tree 38 Go visit

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By M.D. Thalmann

It’s a Dry Heat! (Yeah, Right!)

Pounding pavement during an Arizona summer? Writer M.D. Thalmann has some suggestions for you.


Well, it went from cool to “damn, it’s hot” in a flash. I, being a sales professional, an accounts man, and a pavement pounder, have to deal with it in a woolen suit and hard-soled shoes. Yeah, I write a column and have a few novels to lean on, but that only brings home the bacon bits and I need a whole hog to feed my Irish twins. So during the time when people with best sellers are off in Minnesota and Utah, I’m sweating to the oldies in my undies. Summer means, of course, Fourth of July—a perfect excuse to swill light beer in the pool and never leave for the toilet. You can substitute Cinco de Mayo, but you don’t need to

get drunk for both or people may start to talk. Choose one. For example, if you don’t speak Spanish, stay home—you have nothing to celebrate. Chances are some of you are new to this climate we here in the desert call normal, and as a result, you’ll be questioning all of your choices that have led you to this mirage and a mouth full of dry sand. As a fellow transplant from a more human ecosystem, I have developed a few tips to help in the dire months ahead.

Think about getting illegal tint…then, after thinking it over, go get some. I know a guy.

Don’t be fooled by the lack of daylight savings time. Get up early anyway.

Parking is an algorithm. Shade/ distance from door + duration of visit (+/- leather seat)2 = how long you’ll drive around looking for a spot with cover. Resign from your job and get a position checking IDs or bouncing handsy drunks from a nightclub. The pay cut will be worth it to avoid the sun.

Two more words—go commando.

Become comfortable with your body, then walk around in as little clothing as possible.

Two words—som-brero.


M.D. Thalmann is a local writer and author. To see his work, visit mdthalmann.com .

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Spray-paint your car with chrome Krylon—it’s better to blind pedestrians than to melt into your Camry. It costs $4.99 a can and is worth every penny.

Another two words— strawberry margaritas with salt. The more you have, the more accurate my math gets (see tip 2).

Avoid people you truly care about. Your violent mood swings caused by dehydration and claustrophobia from sopping-wet garments will strain even the strongest of relationships.

Hang out at Albertson’s in the frozen-foods aisle. All day. They have free Wi-Fi. Last but not least, two final words—Flag-staff.

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