Dirty Tricks Plague Clean Energy, but SunSolar Fights Back. And So Can You!By Erick O’Donnell
As a mission-driven company, we tend to keep an eye on more than just our own bottom line. Together, we and our customers are investing in a clean, resilient energy infrastructure. The success of that investment depends on a culture of integrity, not just in our own firm but in the industry as a whole.
That is why news over the past few years gives reason for concern. Unscrupulous practices in America’s solar industry have recently been the focus of scrutiny from government officials and watchdog groups, a trend that points both to a troubling lack of accountability and to a growing recognition of the need to create it.
State attorneys general throughout the country have launched a spate of investigations over the past few years into deceptive sales pitches and other dishonest business practices. Law firm Troutman Pepper, which has been tracking these investigations, has so far found one significant resolution to a legal action: a $69,000 settlement between the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and a company based in the state, which was accused of failing to make good on claims about savings and costs related to system purchases. And it’s not just state governments that are involved; the SEC has recently opened an investigation into allegedly defective panels sold by Tesla.
A few patterns stand out. Official investigations, as well as our own observations, show that solar companies often strategically rebrand themselves after receiving unfavorable public exposure, including a Missouri company that changed its name amid consumer complaints and an investigation by the state attorney general. And, in addition to being misled by sales pitches about the finances of investing in a solar system, customers tend to complain of shoddy installation work after being left with roof leaks or even structural damage.
Such slipshod work can be found in the recent attorney generals’ investigations as well as news reports, such as a 2019 investigation by an east-coast ABC affiliate that uncovered severe damage to customers’ roofs by major national installers. One customer suffered water damage to all her rooms after installers left severe leaks. The news outlet found another customer whose roof started cracking under the weight of his panels, which had been installed not by the company that sold the system but by a contractor.
That last detail highlights a recurring problem, the consequences of which are personal for our own company’s leaders. Speaking to a reporter for Solar Power World, Val Berechet, co-founder and CEO at SunSolar Solutions, recently shared his own eye-opening experience dealing with subpar installation work. After a drawn-out regulatory process full of administrative delays and failed inspections, the company Berechet had chosen ultimately left holes in his roof that were
visible from the attic. The experience both angered and inspired him.
“I was angry that a contractor would disrespect a customer and their home this way, hacking up the roof and leaving holes,” Berechet told reporter Kelly Pickerel. “[I also had this] feeling of motivation that this can be done better. From there, I set out to start a solar company.”
The company he co-founded, SunSolar Solutions, has been devoted since its founding to honest quotes and high-quality installation, which it ensured at first by carefully selecting its contractors and then, starting last year, by performing all installation work in-house. The results are apparent in customers’ responses; SunSolar is the top recommended solar installer on Yelp and is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau.
Widespread ethical problems in the industry are especially unfortunate given the need for trust at this pivotal moment in history. Increasingly severe and frequent weather disasters around the world—from the perpetual wildfires in California to the massive floods that recently inundated much of Pakistan— are vindicating decades’ worth of expert warnings about the consequences of continuing to rely on planet-warming fossil fuels. Meanwhile, with the tax credits that were extended and bolstered by Congress earlier this year, the federal government is effectively offering to pay homeowners, on better terms than ever before, to install their own distributed, sun-fueled power generators—a key component of plans to build an advanced, climate-neutral energy infrastructure.
In short, we are facing both the greatest need and the greatest opportunity to avert the worst consequences of an artificially distorted climate, and we can only do so through confident, concerted action. Such action is possible only in a climate of trust, the very thing that is undermined by greed-fueled, underhanded business practices.
Dirty tricks are threatening to erode trust in this critical industry, but vigilant investigative work—whether by public officials, journalists, or concerned citizens—can equip us with the knowledge to fight back against scammers and bolster trust.
But customers need to actively make use of that knowledge by hiring only companies with a proven track record of competence and fair dealing. SunSolar Solutions has been helping homeowners go solar for over seven years, and in that time, it has proven its outstanding craftsmanship and integrity through our service to over 8,800 satisfied customers. (And we’ve had the same name the whole time!)
If you’re ready to bypass fossil fuels and scammers, then call SunSolar Solutions today at 623-562-9009 to have a design prepared for your home free of charge.
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programs. When you complete the donor form, you will be matched with a senior or family and provided a brief biography and wish list. Each year, these programs serve hundreds of families and seniors in need, thanks to the generosity of the individuals, families, and organizations who support the program. Visit scottsdaleaz.gov/seniors/adopt-a-senior or scottsdaleaz.gov/human-services/vista-del-camino/ adopt-a-family to participate.
LOCAL VETERANS CAN MAKE UP TO $150 A DAY WORKING THE POLLS
The HAWK remains in an “off” position until activated by someone wanting to cross a busy street. After pushing a button, the signal begins with a flashing yellow light that warns drivers approaching the crosswalk to slow down. The flashing yellow light is followed by a solid yellow light, indicating drivers to prepare to stop. The signal then changes to a solid red for the drivers to stop at the stop bar, and the pedestrian gets a walk signal. The solid red converts to a flashing red after a few seconds, allowing drivers to proceed when safe to do so, according to a HAWK spec sheet.
Currently in use at the below crossings, two more HAWK devices are planned for between Scottsdale Road and Goldwater Boulevard and Goldwater Boulevard, just west of Marshall Way.
Scottsdale Unified School District’s Scottsdale Community Opportunity for Real-world Education (SCORE) program provides training and support to gain employment and develop independent living skills for students with intellectual disabilities ages 18 to 22. The city’s Adaptive Services Center hosts this group once a week throughout the school year to provide students and instructors access to a state-ofthe-art kitchen, multi-sensory room, and recreational space. During the 2021-22 school year, the SCORE program helped 14 students gain employment despite significant challenges related to the pandemic. For more information, visit susd.org/page/5171.
BRING HOLIDAY CHEER TO SCOTTSDALE FAMILIES
State and local officials are scrambling to staff polling sites with election volunteers. Major indicators are projecting a massive poll worker shortage for the 2022 midterms and beyond.
More than one million volunteers are needed to run national elections. If only 10% of the 17 million American veterans enlisted as poll workers, that would fill the void of any poll worker shortage.
Aware of this potential crisis, the Vet the Vote campaign is seeking to recruit 100,000 veterans and military family members to be poll workers in the 2022 midterms and other future elections. Vet the Vote is a coalition of 26 veteran and military service organizations and four civic groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Football League (NFL). Sign up to be a poll worker at vetthe. vote/pages/sign-up-now.
HIGH-INTENSITY ACTIVATED CROSSWALKS IN SCOTTSDALE
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2022 Adopt-a-Senior and Adopt-a-Family holiday
Developed in Tucson 22 years ago, the High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk Beacon (HAWK) device provides a protected pedestrian crossing with the push of a button.
• Scottsdale Road between Butherus Drive and Greenway-Hayden Loop
• Pima Road and Dixileta Drive
• Pima Road and Jomax Road
• Chaparral Road just east of 78th Street
• Chaparral Road just west of Miller Road (Arizona Canal crossing)
• McDonald Road just east of Cattletrack Road (Arizona Canal crossing)
• Scottsdale Road and Palm Lane
• Indian Bend Road and McCormick Stillman Railroad Park
• Hayden Road north of Princess Boulevard
• Thomas Road and 86th Street
• Camelback Road and Saddlebag Trail
To learn more about this innovative system, visit scottsdaleaz.gov/transportation/streets/high-intensityactivated-crosswalk.
New Motorcycle Lane Filtering Law in Effect
AS OF SEPT. 24, A NEW MOTORCYCLE LANE FILTERING LAW IS IN EFFECT. Passed during the most recent legislative session, the new law applies statewide and allows motorcycles to split the lanes to ride between and move ahead of other stopped vehicles when certain criteria are met.
To legally lane filter, motorcyclist must be able to safely pass stopped motor vehicles traveling the same direction and:
1. Be riding on a roadway with two or more adjacent travel lanes going in the same direction
2. Make sure the posted speed limit on the road is 45 mph or less
3. Drive no faster than 15 mph, while riding between stopped vehicles
For more information, refer to azleg.gov regarding Arizona Revised Statute 28-903.F.
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SCOTTSDALE’S DIVERSITY CHAMPIONS ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO EXEMPLIFY THE PHILOSOPHY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND WHO HAVE ENRICHED AND IMPACTED THE SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY THROUGH THEIR WORK AND/OR VOLUNTEERISM BY EMPOWERING OTHERS.
They are recognized and honored each year at the Annual Scottsdale Celebrates MLK Jr. event, which will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wed., Jan. 12, 2023, at The Fieldhouse at Scottsdale Stadium.
Each Diversity Champion Award recipient will be a person who has greatly impacted Scottsdale by empowering others. In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., they will have lived, worked, or volunteered in the community to bring diverse groups together and to promote civil and human rights in the pursuit of justice for all.
Chris Haines, Angela Hughey, and Alan “AP” Powell were recognized as 2022 Diversity Champions, joining 44 other Diversity Champions honored since the recognition program started in 2001.
The nomination process is currently open. The deadline is noon Fri., Nov. 4. Nominators will be asked to provide a one-page written statement describing the nominee’s accomplishments and community involvement that describe
Ravenscroft Brings World Class Musical Artists to Scottsdale
RAVENSCROFT DELIVERS EXCEPTIONAL MUSICAL EXPERIENCES THAT SHOWCASE THE TALENTS OF RENOWNED MUSICAL ARTISTS IN AN IMMERSIVE, INTIMATE SETTING IN NORTH SCOTTSDALE’S PERIMETER COMPLEX.
Luxurious Ravenscroft Hall offers an unparalleled musical experience with superb acoustics featuring the renowned Meyer Constellation sound system. Fans will enjoy an optimal listening experience and perfect viewing from any seat in this performance space. Some shows will also feature projected visuals that accompany the music, creating a multi-sensory experience for attendees.
Ravenscroft’s second season began in September and continues through May 2023, with the next performance on Oct. 22. Featuring Alicia Olatuja, a world class vocalist from New York City, she takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, every Friday evening, Ravenscroft’s urban New York Citythemed Jazzbird Lounge lights up with exciting performances from local and regional artists. This fun, vibrant, and family-friendly environment provides a great way to cap off the week. Sit back and relax in the upscale space with
friends or family for a full evening of live music and modern ambience, complete with a fine selection of wine, beer, and catered meals for purchase.
There is a $10 cover charge at the door, reservations are not required.
Chamber music lovers will enjoy experiencing performances in the beauty of Ravenscroft Hall. Four different chamber music programs are part of the season, starting with a Nov. 5 performance with special guest Trio Zimbalist from the Curtis School of Music. Additional chamber performances are scheduled in 2023 on Jan. 15, March 5, and May 13.
“Ravenscroft represents the highest form of architecture, design, and technology coming together in one space. This creates an immersive experience for the audience when they hear a performance in the concert hall,” says Ravenscroft Director David Bauer.
Ravenscroft is located at 8445 E. Hartford Dr. and is an outreach of Music Serving the Word Ministries, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit private foundation and is dedicated to presenting creativity that gives glory to God. For more information, call 800-785-3318 or visit theravenscroft.com.
Architecture, design & technology blend together in Ravenscroft Hall, creating an immersive concert experience enhanced by the renowned Constellation Audio System by Meyer Sound This is a one of kind concert hall, and you have never heard live music like this before!
Jazzbird Nights showcase local and regional artists every Friday at 7pm in the Jazzbird Lounge. Jazzbird nights also feature a fine selection of craft beers, wine and catered dinners for purchase It's a fun family friendly way to cap off your week
Sit back and relax and enjoy an award winning line up of top tier jazz artists every week at Ravenscroft!Ravenscroft Director David Bauer and Executive Producer Woody Wilson, who founded Lakeshore, invite you to come join us for the Ravenscroft Jazz Series! Ravenscroft is North Scottsdale's very own upscale music venue Our 2nd season is in full swing and we are pleased to present the finest in live jazz every month in our Ravenscroft Jazz Series (formerly Lakeshore Music) Photos Courtesy of Ravenscroft
City News First Look at Super Bowl LVII Brand Around the Valley Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and National Football League Show Off
THE ARIZONA SUPER BOWL HOST COMMITTEE AND NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (NFL) UNVEILED THE FIRST LOOK OF THE ARIZONA-THEMED SUPER BOWL LVII BRAND RECENTLY TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE AWARENESS AND EXCITEMENT FOR SUPER BOWL.
The Super Bowl LVII logo is a window into the remarkable landscape of Arizona. The creative story that will unfold this season will highlight Arizona’s unparalleled natural wonder. The visual story will also include artwork honoring the indigenous communities and the vivid colors synonymous with the stunning scenes from around the state.
“The creative elements for Super Bowl LVII focus on the iconic Arizona scenery,” says Jay Parry, president and chief executive officer of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. “Super
Bowl LVII is a point of pride for the entire state, so it is important to highlight features across Arizona. From northern Arizona’s red rocks and incredible night sky to the sunrise over the Sonoran Desert, each component is uniquely Arizona.”
“There is no shortcut to building a Super Bowl identity and visual brand. It has to reflect and resonate with the local community. We spend real time on the ground, immersing ourselves in what is special and true – leaning on the experiences of those who truly know the place and its people.” says Chris Stackhouse, senior creative director, leading the NFL Brand Experience team.
“We can’t wait to see Super Bowl LVII come to life amongst Arizona’s incredibly unique landscape.”
The displays across billboards and LED signage around the Valley are the first elements of a more extensive campaign to roll out in the coming months.Photos Courtesy of Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee
Kierland Commons Hosts Fine Art & Wine Festival
KIERLAND COMMONS SHOPPING CENTER IS THE PLACE TO GO THIS FALL, ESPECIALLY AS IT INTRODUCES A NEW OUTDOOR FESTIVAL FOR THE COMMUNITY.
Kierland Fine Art & Wine Festival takes place Sat., Oct. 29 and Sun., Oct. 30, at the popular shopping center, with the Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, and a Wine Garden from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
More than 100 artists from around the world will create a one-of-a-kind outdoor gallery on the shopping center’s Main Street, with a collection of original art representing various cultures and a range of subject matter and media, including still life, landscape, portraiture, nature, and abstract. Original works will include bronze, clay, glass, metal, and wood sculptures. Other works include paintings on canvas, mixed media, fiber art, hand-blown glass, handcrafted jewelry, photography, and more. The artists are being juried by a group of professionals in the industry whose focus is creativity, quality, presentation, and uniqueness.
Those 21 and older will enjoy a Wine Garden, where
they can taste wines from 15 of Arizona’s best wineries, while strolling along Main Street, listening to upbeat sounds of live music. Wilcox Wine Country, a region in the southeastern part of the state associated with Arizona Farm Wineries and Vineyards, is organizing the wine aspect of the event. The Willcox area leads Arizona’s wine grape production, growing 74% of the state’s wine grapes. The region is also home to the most highly rated Arizona wines by Wine Spectator magazine.
On Sat., Oct. 29, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., David Ryan Harris will hold a live outdoor concert at the event. The singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist has produced, written, and performed with the likes of John Mayer, Dave Matthews, India.Arie, Cassandra Wilson, and Guy Sebastian – with whom he co-wrote the RIAA platinum-certified “Battle Scars.” David’s independently released album, “Lightyears,” features guest appearances from John Mayer, India.Arie, and Nikka Costa.
Additionally, Colton Avery, a singer-songwriter who hails from Phoenix will also perform as the opening act. Avery was discovered by The Script, who took him to London, where he honed his skills as an artist, fusing
a UK singer-songwriter sound with American pop sensibilities. He’s performed at popular venues such as The Wiltern, Croke Park, and the O2 before returning to the United States to focus on songwriting.
Various delectables will be available from a selection of gourmet cottage vendors, local confectionaries, and trendy food concessions to complement the festival experience. The shopping center also boasts 12 chefdriven restaurants, outdoor cafes, and upscale retail shops.
Kierland Commons is located at 15205 N. Kierland Blvd. The Art Festival offers free admission and is open to all ages of the public. Those 21 and older can purchase a ticket for $30-$35 to enter the Wine Garden. The Wine Garden ticket price includes a commemorative wine glass and 10 tasting tickets. Proceeds from Wine Garden ticket sales will benefit Horse’s Help, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that serves the special needs and at-risk community by using horses and people to improve quality of life.
To purchase Wine Garden tickets, visit https://bit. ly/3xPJ46e
The Westin Kierland Resort Hosts OktoberWest Festival
GET READY TO CLAP YOUR HANDS AND STOMP YOUR FEET DURING THE WESTIN KIERLAND RESORT’S INAUGURAL OKTOBERWEST FESTIVAL, A SIGNATURE KIERLAND AFTER DARK EVENT. Taking place on the Pittman Lawn of at the Wes tin Kierland in Scottsdale on Sat., Oct. 15 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the festival features a modern twist on a traditional Oktober fest gathering, with a western theme.
An interactive performance from
country music artist and Glendale resident Ashley Wineland, who’ll lead line dances alongside fans, is part of the fun. The country-rock group Mogollon Band is also slated to entertain attendees.
Mogollon is one of the world’s premier country rock entertainment groups. The band began in 1979 out of the Mogollon Rim country of Heber-Overgaard in Arizona. With five recorded albums and songs featured on the Billboard Hot 100 music industry record chart, Mogollon
Band delivers a fun, high energy, interactive performance that audiences of all ages love. Special guest singer Donny Grubb and fiddle player Patrick Clark (who toured with Big & Rich) will join Mogollon Band for the festivities. A lively deejay will also keep guest moving on the dance floor throughout the night.
Take a whirl on the mechanical bull, show off your skills at corn hole, and be on the lookout for a fun photo booth
and unexpected entertainment along the way. This one-of-a-kind experience will keep you entertained and boot-scoot boogie-ing throughout the night!
Tickets are $45 per person and proceeds will benefit the Phoenix-based veteran nonprofit Friends of Freedom. The Westin Kierland Resort is located at 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy. To purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com/e/oktoberwest-2022tickets-402693987557.Mogollon Band Ashley Wineland
Community Making Friends
Scottsdale residents share ‘it’s a small world’ momentBy Shay Moser Photos Courtesy of Gary Matey and LeeAnn Land
Gary Matey and LeeAnn Land live within a five-minute bike ride from one another in Scottsdale. Yet they met in Wyoming at the end of week three of a nine-week Cycle America tour.
This summer, Matey, Land, and 43 other cyclists from across the nation––and around the world––cycled from Seattle to Boston. The 4,320-plus mile tour crossed 13 states and a Canadian province. The 64-day trip took 56 ride days, seven rest days, and 68 to 105 miles of daily riding. The tour included meals, camping facilities, showers, luggage transport, support staff, and more––but Matey and Land also got a “small world” moment and made a new neighborhood friend.
Before leaving for the Coast-to-Coast
2022 Cycle America tour, Land was at Cyclologic in Scottsdale to professionally prepare and ship her bike. “I got to the bike shop and realized I forgot the ship-to address,” she explains. Land was going to call from home with the address, but she noticed a large box ready for shipping before she left.
“The box said Everett, Washington, addressed to the Cycle America mechanic, which is where I needed to send my bike, too,” she explains.
Land asked whom the box belonged to, and they said it was Gary Matey’s. Land didn’t know Matey, but she asked them to use the same Washington address to ship her bike. Then she forgot about the experience––that is, until she met and supported Matey on a challenging 25-mile uphill climb on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming on day 20 of the tour. Land noticed Gary’s orange Cycle America license plate on the back
of his bike as she rode up behind him. It read: Gary – Arizona. As she rode up next to him, Land excitedly asked where he lived in Arizona.
“I live in Pinnacle Peak,” Gary answered. And then they rode the rest of the day together, discussing the similarity of their home ride routes, amazed they had never met.
“It was so bizarre to meet on Wind River in Wyoming and on one of the longest climbs we’d done on the trip,” says Land. When Matey and Land consider some of the cyclists skipped parts of the tour, it’s surprising they met when and where they did.
In addition to the 45 riders committed to completing all nine of the one-week segments of the cross-country effort, “some people rode select segments of the tour,” Matey explains. “Some rode only the first week. Some rode the third and
fourth weeks. We’d have as many as 70 people on certain segments.”
Matey, 68, retired in 2016, and Land, 66, retired during the trip. Both were on the Coast-to-Coast 2022 Cycle America tour for the first time, completing the entire nine-week tour––rain or shine.
While the cross-country tour was a first for them, Matey has been cycling for 50 years. Land took up the sport when she was 56.
What has drawn them to cycling for all these years? Land says she enjoys the freedom of going anywhere on a bike, visiting interesting places, and seeing beautiful scenery. Matey does it to stay in shape and enjoy alone time.
The two plan to get together and ride their familiar North Scottsdale routes. Land is already looking forward to the Tour de Palm Springs in February. And she may talk Matey into joining her.
Dining A View to Dine ForBy Gretchen Pahia Photos Courtesy of Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort at Troon North
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in a quiet north Scottsdale neighborhood, the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is a must visit for locals looking for an extraordinary dining experience complete with stunning views and sumptuous interiors.
The resort has fantastic dining options that are great for tourists and locals alike. Perfect for a romantic date night, dinner with friends or family, or cocktails, the property offers distinct dining options to impress even the most traveled foodie in your circle.
Talavera is a Spanish steakhouse featuring elevated dishes to entice the taste buds. The chef focuses on traditional Latin ingredients to create nuanced meals including dry-aged steak, Jamon Iberico, paella (one of Talavera’s specialties), fresh seafood, and more. Befitting a restaurant influenced by Spanish cuisine, an extensive list of tapas are featured––octopus, lobster tostadas, beet salad, pan con tomate, to name but a few.
Some of the dishes come with a side but for an authentic Spanish-type, family-style dining experience, shared side dishes are an intriguing option. Select from patatas bravas, grilled asparagus, roasted squash, and mashed potatoes.
Leave room for dessert, as Talavera’s pastry chef whips up incredible creations. Basque cake with poached pears, pomegranate wine gastrique, and cardamon cream; cinnamon churros with a chocolate dipping sauce; mocha chocoflan with cajeta caramel, orange scented cream, and espresso candied cocoa nibs; and a selection of sorbets, all offer an irresistible allure to justify indulgence in a sweet treat.
Start your Talavera experience with a pre-dinner, hand crafted cocktail served up by the creative bartending crew a few steps away at the Onyx Bar & Lounge. The Southwest Sangria, Troon Margarita, or the build-your-
own Gin & Tonic are among the bar’s most popular. Follow this up with a glass of wine, or a bottle from Talavera’s cellar, which features an impressive selection of new and Old-World vintages.
Talavera is open Thursday to Sunday and Onyx is open daily at 5 p.m.
For a taste of the Southwest, check out the resort’s more casual dining option, Proof, an American Canteen. Proof’s menu is filled with classic comfort food and is a cozy spot to enjoy a meal with the family. Proof offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is situated to take advantage of the expansive views of the Valley below.
Breakfast options include avocado toast, omelets, short rib skillet, lox n’ bagel, pancakes, a fresh fruit bowl, yogurt parfaits, and more. For lunch, enjoy a variety of starters, salads, handhelds such as burgers and sandwiches, and main entrée options such as salmon and pasta.
The dinner menu delights guests with several starter options including hummus, tulip wings, chips & dip, pretzel bites, and more. Salad options, sandwiches, burgers, and Proof’s famous lobster roll, all make appearances. Main dishes on the dinner menu range from ribs, smoked half chicken, and prime flat iron steak.
Desserts are another area where Proof shines, although the build-your-own-sundae is among the most requested. If you prefer to drink your calories, a well-curated cocktail and drink menu ensures you’ll be satisfied. From the Mamacita Margarita and Lavender Martini to draft beers and tasty non-alcoholic beverages, quenching your thirst won’t be an issue.
Proof Cantina is open seven days a week starting at 7 a.m. for breakfast. Lunch service begins at 11 a.m., and dinner service starts at 5 p.m.
The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is located at 10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr., Scottsdale. fourseasons.com/scottsdale
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HELLO, MY NAME IS… Lauren Lerner
I’VE LIVED IN SCOTTSDALE FOR THE LAST 15 YEARS AND I LOVE IT BECAUSE… the weather is beautiful year round and it allows me to be outside most of the year. It’s a quick escape up north to cooler temperatures.
A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES… waking up early to start my day with a cappuccino and a hike, usually at Apache Wash or Cave Creek Regional Park before I take my kiddo to school and start my workday.
MY FAMILY IS… my 7-year-old boy and my two rescue dogs. Both my parents and my grandpa live in Scottsdale as well.
ONE THING I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT IS… great food and drinks and exploring new spots around the Valley.
MY FAVORITE MOVIE I COULD NEVER GET TIRED OF WATCHING AND WHY… I love to watch documentaries around various topics and never get tired of learning something new.
WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I WANTED TO BE… a veterinarian!
THE SONG I WOULD SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT IS… anything 90s!
THE ONE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS… my kiddo! Being successful and challenging myself everyday so that I can set a good example for him.
THE LAST THING THAT MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD WAS… daily texts with my team!
THE PERFECT DAY IS… waking up early to enjoy something outside and spending the day at a local resort for a massage and a pool day, followed by a great dinner out.
MY FAVORITE LOCAL NONPROFIT IS… Sojouner Shelter, a woman’s shelter.
MY LIFE IS… better than I have ever dreamed of.
THE BEST GIFT I’VE EVER RECEIVED WAS… my parents sending me to college and paying for tuition so that I could graduate and have a fresh start without having to repay school loans.
MY DREAM VACATION WOULD BE… an amazing African luxury safari.
THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS… dream big!
Check Your Meds Day: Help Prevent Health Complications
Do you have expired medications or duplicate prescriptions you no longer need? National Check Your Meds Day is Oct. 21, a good time to take an annual inventory of your family’s prescription medications.
Health care professionals from Abrazo Health say that keeping your list of medications and health history up to date can help patients avoid adverse effects from dosing errors, omissions, duplications, and drug interactions.
Check Your Meds Day is also a good time to organize a list of the medications in your family’s medicine cabinet in case there’s a medical emergency, according to Char Comfort, pharmacy manager at Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital and Abrazo Scottsdale Campus.
National Check Your Meds Day is particularly important for those with multiple health conditions taking multiple drugs from several providers. Your local
pharmacist or primary care physician can review that your prescription drugs are correct, the dosage is correct, you are taking the drug correctly, and the medication has not expired. They can also check your supplements, vitamins, and other over-the-counter medications you are taking, and answer any questions.
If you have expired or duplicate prescriptions, many fire and police stations will accept medications for safe disposal on National Drug Take Back Day, Oct. 27.
“Medication lists are important to have, because not having this information may cause a delay in care, as paramedics or hospital staff try to confirm current medications before providing that information to the physician. A lack of up-to-date medical information may lead to avoidable medication errors or adverse drug reactions,” says Comfort.
“You may prefer to document your
medications on paper, but you can keep a list on your phone as well,” says Comfort. “Keep a historical record. This applies to you, along with your spouse and children, and it’s a good idea to ask your parents to do the same, especially if you may be called to assist them with a health crisis.”
Some of the important things to keep track of for emergencies and doctor visits include:
• Medications, including name, dosage and whether it was completed or is ongoing.
• Medical history. This may include chronic conditions or recent illnesses.
• Allergies to medications and foods and the type of reaction.
• Vitamins, supplements, and other overthe-counter items, and dosage.
• Other pertinent health information, including immunizations.
“Update the list when changes occur. It may sound cumbersome, but it’s important to keep your list current. Even
the slightest change, such as adding a vitamin supplement, should be noted,” says Comfort.
Each time you make a change, note the date. Ask your pharmacy (or pharmacies) to print out a list of medications filled in the last year. And make sure someone in your family or circle of friends knows where you keep your medications list. Time is precious, and in an emergency, minutes matter,” says Comfort.
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This month’s pickleball tip is for the intermediate player and more specifically the Dinkers out there. Look for the ball to be bordering the yellow zone and into the green zone before accelerating. Patience is key here because if you accelerate when the ball is still in the yellow zone, or especially the red zone, your chances of losing the point increases significantly. You want to wait for the right time and make sure you’re hitting down on the ball when you decide to pull the trigger.
Now the good stuff (the tip within the tip): learning to be a patient and disciplined Dinker requires looking past just a single point in a match. Developing this skill of patience is difficult, but it will provide you with the edge that is necessary to break into the next skill level as a 4.0–4.5 player.
Health Sugar and Your Health: Simple Ways to Reduce Your Daily IntakeBy Dr. Jenna Dye, Naturopathic Physician
it’s sweet, it tastes good, but it comes with a cost. Overconsumption can lead to chronic health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, fatigue, and more. Sugar can directly inhibit the immune system and cause inflammation in the body. It is all around us and can often be hidden in foods we may least expect.
TIPS TO REDUCE YOUR DAILY SUGAR INTAKE Read the labels and look for hidden sugars. We know the obvious sugar rich foods such as sodas, candy bars, and desserts. But there are many hidden sugars in the processed foods we eat. Added sugar can be found in ketchup, BBQ sauce, salad dressings, canned soups, and spaghetti sauces. We can also find added sugars in alternative milk. It is important to read the ingredient labels and choose foods that do not have these added sugars. Choose unsweetened alternative milks and reduced or no sugar sauces. Or even better, make your own at home.
Eliminate sugary beverages. Sodas, energy drinks, fancy flavored coffee drinks, and juices are very high in sugar. Even those “healthy” premade smoothies/juices can be loaded with sugar. Calories from sugary drinks do not satisfy our appetite like real whole foods do, so we tend to consume larger quantities. Instead try the following:
• Sparkling water and add lemon or lime to flavor.
• Herbal tea (without caffeine counts as water) and try it iced in the hot weather months.
• If you drink coffee, you can add stevia, which is a natural sweetener, or unsweetened alternative milk.
• And just plain water: most of us do not drink enough of it anyway.
Eat more protein and full fat foods. When you eat protein rich foods, your blood sugar does not spike like it does with sugar rich foods. Adding in protein snacks throughout the day can help balance blood sugar and decrease those sugar cravings. Many of us have been programed to think that fat is a bad thing, especially when you may want to lose weight and cut calories. Unfortunately, the “low fat” or “fat free” options typically contain more sugar, thus adding more calories. Full fat foods also help us feel satisfied, which will help cut those sugar cravings. Plus, they just taste better! I encourage patients to pick the full fat Greek yogurt or the full fat cottage cheese in moderation.
Watch out for “healthy” processed foods. Even foods from a health food store can have high amounts of sugar. Hidden sugar can be found in granola bars, protein bars, premade fruit smoothies, and some dried fruits. Always check the labels for the added sugars.
Alternatives for these snacks can include: a handful of nuts or trail mix with dried fruit with no added sugar, a hard-boiled egg, or fresh fruit with a protein source (i.e., apple slices with nut butter).
Decreasing sugar in your diet has many benefits, including potential weight loss, reducing inflammation, strengthening the immune system, and improving chronic diseases and overall health.
Your naturopathic doctor can further individualize treatment that is tailored to your specific health goals.
Dr. Jenna Dye is a licensed naturopathic physician. Her role is to support the body’s foundation to restore and maintain optimal health. Together with her patients, this is achieved by identifying and removing barriers that may be impacting health while creating a healing environment. For more information, visit drjennadye.com.
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Braden Sherman is a customer experience and marketing expert at Healthy Home Flooring. She shares that Healthy Home Flooring aims to “floor” customers with their quality products and services from the very first phone call.
“The first phone call from a potential customer is always a chance for us to take our time and get to know the customer and their family’s needs,” Sherman explains. “We consider ourselves a family, so we want to make sure that each customer is treated like we would treat our own kin. We totally understand that having your flooring replaced can be a scary process! But we want potential customers to know that we are there for them every step of the way.”
WHY HEALTHY HOME FLOORING STANDS OUT
Healthy Home Flooring specializes in providing high quality flooring products that are hypoallergenic, eco-friendly, and low maintenance once installed.
Customer service and making things as convenient as possible for clients is always top of mind.
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• Free furniture pads, that are provided and installed
“And you don’t have to lift a finger: with our white-glove services, that include moving your heavy furniture, appliances, replacing your baseboards with new ones, removing the old flooring, hauling it away, and dumping it for you. Our job is done when your happiness exceeds our expectations by making your lives easier while leaving your house looking new and happy for years to come. Taste is a matter is of choice. Quality is a matter of fact.”
Sherman notes that Healthy Home Flooring only uses the best ecofriendly flooring products that are hypoallergenic and have little to no VOC (volatile organic compound). And, as a bonus, Healthy Home Flooring offers a free air duct cleaning service with each installation to say thank you for choosing them to install your family’s flooring.
Healthy Home Flooring also does their part to give back to the local community. The company has given back to nonprofit organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“From start to finish, top to bottom, one call does it all,” according to Healthy Home Flooring. “Sameday appointments, evenings, and weekends are available as well. We will bring the store to your door and give you a free in-home estimate with no hidden extras or unknown costs. You get to see the samples in your home’s lighting next to your furniture and decorations.”
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Sherman shares that there are always promotions and savings happening and—with the motto of treating customers like family—Healthy Home Flooring is always looking to provide clients with the best deals possible.
Healthy Home Flooring also does their part to give back to the local community. The company has given back to nonprofit organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Looking toward the future, the flooring experts at Healthy Home Flooring plan to continue to grow their footprint across the Valley.
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Barro’s Pizza and Dr Pepper Team up for the 11th Annual Barro’s Pizza Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway
Family-owned and operated Barro’s Pizza, is giving away $10,000 to one local Arizona resident in the 2022 Arizona Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway. The prize money is available to help pay college tuition or any related educational expenses. Entries will be accepted online at barrospizza.com/drpeppercontest through Dec. 19.
“Our community is such an important part of who we are as a company,” says
Ken Barro, owner of Barro’s Pizza. “We are honored each year to partner with Dr Pepper to give away $10,000 to a local student that may be struggling to pay for school or expenses that come with it. We look forward to this campaign each year, it means a lot to be able to help a student achieve their educational goals.”
The Barro’s Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway has awarded $95,000 to students in Arizona since 2012. Submissions are
open to all Arizona residents 18 years or older. A winner will be selected at random from the online and text-to-win entries. The winner can use the money to pay for current expenses such as tuition and books or to pay off outstanding student loans. Concurrently, Dr Pepper is running a separate country-wide Tuition Giveaway Challenge with five $100,000 tuition prizes and five $20,000 runner-up prizes. Entries are accepted for this contest through Oct. 12 at drpeppertuition.com.
‘Birth to Five Helpline Awareness Week’ to Spotlight Free Support Line for Families with Young Children
Southwest Human Development, Arizona’s largest early childhood development nonprofit, will host the second annual Birth to Five Helpline Awareness Week on Oct. 10 to 16 to spotlight the organization’s free support line for those who have questions or concerns about parenting and the early development of children from birth to age 5.
With support from First Things First and other community partners, the Birth to Five Helpline (877705-KIDS) allows Arizona parents, caregivers, and professionals to call, text, or email a Birth to Five Helpline early childhood specialist for support around a variety of early childhood issues such as feeding and eating, sleep, toilet/potty training, developmental
milestones, fussiness/colic and difficult behaviors, general parenting questions, and more.
“At one time or another, all of us as parents have had questions about raising our children, and many of us don’t have local family or friends to turn to,” says Jake Adams, chief development officer at Southwest Human Development. “We find ourselves asking, ‘Am I doing the right thing?,’ or, ‘Why is my child behaving this way?’ The Birth to Five Helpline is a critical resource for families that helps bridge that gap and provides much-needed support for families of the nearly 80,000 babies that are born in Arizona each year.”
Started in 2005, the Birth to Five Helpline is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., by calling or sending a text message to (877) 705-KIDS (5437). To submit a question online, visit birthtofivehelpline.org. A Birth to Five Helpline app is also available for easy onetouch access on the App Store and Google Play.
“Parenting is hard, so our goal is to make sure every Arizona family with young children knows that this free service is available to them,” says Ricardo Reyes,
manager of community outreach at Southwest Human Development. “The Birth to Five Helpline is unique to Arizona; you just don’t find these kinds of supports readily available in other states. Not only do callers get to speak directly with an early childhood expert who takes the time to listen and think together about their questions and concerns, the Birth to Five Helpline also serves as a gateway for programs and services throughout our community.”
Local High Schooler Participates in US Kids Golf European ChampionshipPhotos provided by Cave Creek Unified School District
Cave Creek Unified School District student Aveeva Mirchandani placed fifth in the 2022 US Kids Golf European Championship in the Girls 15 to 18 division. Held at Royal Musselburgh Golf Course in Scotland,
Mirchandani played in the three-day tour nament series held from May 31 to June 2, where she earned the Top Five trophy. Over 500 junior golfers from 46 countries, ages five to 18, competed in the prestigious tournament.
“It truly was a fantastic experience to play in Scotland under such different courses, grass cuts, greens, and with some great players. It was raining for most of the days, so the ball stuck wherever it landed. It was the first time I had played in the rain,”
explains the 15-year-old Mirchandani, who’d previously never played golf beyond Arizona.Aveeva Mirchandani placed fifth in the 2022 Kids Golf European Championship.
Kids’ Corner Sari on SCIENCE
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE VOLCANO
As school is back in session, let’s take a moment to explore one of my favorite at-home science experiments. Grab an adult and get ready to get messy!
The hydrogen peroxide volcano demonstrates how a catalyst works in chemistry. Hydrogen peroxide naturally wants to break down into water and oxygen (2H2O2 --› 2H2O + O2). This process usually happens too slowly to be easily perceived and this is where our catalyst comes in. A catalyst is a substance that increases how fast a chemical reaction happens without undergoing any permanent chemical change. In this case, our catalyst is the yeast, which will help to speed up the decomposition process. This volcano is more reactive than a standard vinegar and baking soda volcano; proper protective gear and parental supervision are absolutely necessary!
Here’s What You Need:
• 3 tablespoons of room temperature water in a bowl
• 1 packet dry yeast
• 1 recycled water or soda bottle
• 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap
• 1 funnel
• 1 stir stick (popsicle stick works fine)
• 1 safety goggles per person participating
• 1 pair of rubber gloves per person participating
• 1/2 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
• Optional: food coloring
• Rinse bottle thoroughly, and place it upright in the sink
• Use the funnel to add hydrogen peroxide to the bottle
• If you would like, you can add five to eight drops of food coloring to the bottle
• Add dishwashing liquid and gently agitate mixture by swirling and not forming bubbles
• Add yeast to the bowl of room temperature water, mix with the stir stick for 30 seconds (it should become the consistency of melted ice cream)
• Use the funnel to add yeast mixture to hydrogen peroxide mixture
• Remove the funnel and watch the reaction
What Do You Observe? This reaction is exothermic, which means it produces heat. Do
you see steam? How big was the reaction? What did the experiment sound like? Could you hear the gasses reacting? Did you smell anything? How long did the reaction last? If you added food coloring, how did the color change over the course of the experiment? Try the experiment again in a different container. Does the size of the container make a difference?
Sari Custer is a lifelong science junkie, Chief Curiosity Officer at Arizona Science Center, and mom to daughter Carson (7). Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @SariOnScience.
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Listing Season Is Coming. Are You Getting Your House Ready to Sell?By Scott Gaertner, Associate Broker
Contrary to what is seen in most of the country, real estate cycles in Scottsdale North move in the opposite direction. We’re approaching our peak season as they’re leaving theirs, which is late spring and early summer. If you are considering selling, here are some tips.
In a market that’s shifting as fast as our is today, many homeowners wonder what, if anything, needs to be renovated before they sell their house. That’s where a trusted real estate professional comes in. They can help you think through today’s market conditions and how they impact what you should––and shouldn’t––do before selling your house.
Here are some considerations a professional will guide you through.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR LOCAL MARKET
Since the supply of homes for sale has increased so much this year, today’s buyers have more options than they had last year. That will mean you’re not able to ignore some of those repairs or cosmetic updates you could have skipped in previous months. As a recent article from realtor.com says:
“To stand out in the market, sellers should make their homes attractive to buyers, which usually means some selective updates.”
The key word here is selective. Since Scottsdale North is still a slight sellers’ market, focusing on a few key areas may be enough to make your house stand out from other options. And since inventory is still low
overall, it’s also possible buyers may be willing to handle the renovations themselves once they move in. It all depends on buyer demand and the available inventory in your local area. For advice on what’s happening in your market and what to do to make your house show well, lean on a professional.
NOT ALL RENOVATION PROJECTS ARE EQUAL In addition to making sure your house makes a good first impression, you’ll also want to consider the return on your investment (ROI) for any renovations.
According to the 2022 Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), here are the projects that could net you the best return when you sell your house (see visual below):
way, potential buyers know about the features that may help sell them on the house. As an example, new HVAC systems are important in Scottsdale North. Make sure buyers know that yours has been done.
No matter what, contact a local real estate professional for expert advice on what work needs to be done and how to make it as appealing as possible to future buyers. Every home is different, so a conversation with your agent is mission critical to make sure you make the right moves when selling this season.
If you are on the fence about selling, our Fall 2022 Seller’s guide should be very helpful. It has lots of things to consider before you decide to sell, and a checklist to move the entire process along easier. To get your copy just give us a call or email us at moreinfo@ scottggroup.com and tell us you want the seller guide.
Again, your real estate advisor is your best resource. When your agent comes to your house for a walkthru and consultation, they’ll use their expertise to offer any insight into what you may need to repair, replace, or refinish. They also know what other sellers are doing before listing their homes and how buyers are reacting to those upgrades to help steer you in the right direction. As Vice President of Demographics and Behavioral Insights for NAR Dr. Jessica Lautz explains:
“This year, the winner was hardwood flooring. Hardwood floor refinishing and putting in new wood flooring had the most significant value. . .”
HOW TO DRAW BUYER ATTENTION TO THE UPGRADES YOU’VE MADE
For any projects you’ve already completed or for those you plan to do before listing, make sure your real estate professional knows. They’re not just an advisor to help you decide where to focus your efforts, they’re also skilled at highlighting any upgrades in your listing. That
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In today’s shifting market, it’s important to spend your time and money wisely when you’re getting ready to move. Let’s connect to find out where to focus your efforts before you sell.
Scott Gaertner is an Associate Broker with Keller Williams Northeast who for the past 35+ years has helped more people find their lifestyle niche in the Scottsdale North area than anyone else. He also contributes his thoughts on the real estate market and lifestyle interests in the area and is the creator of ConnectingScottsdaleNorth.com. For additional info, visit scottgaertnergroup.com or call 480-634-5000.
Estate Planning Basics –The Revocable Living Trust and Incapacity PlanningBy Libby Banks, The Law Office of Libby Banks, PLLC
People often ask me how much money the threshold net worth is before they need a revocable living trust. There is no magic number. The factors that go into the decision include family situation, types of assets, location of real property, and, yes, net worth. The next question I’m asked is, why have a trust?
THE REVOCABLE LIVING TRUST GIVES INSTRUCTIONS IF YOU ARE INCAPACITATED
Both a will and a trust contain instructions for distributing your assets after you die. However, a trust also contains your instructions for managing your assets if you become incapacitated. The trust allows a successor you have chosen to step into your shoes to pay your bills, manage your assets, sell property if needed, and generally handle your financial affairs. The trust makes is easy for someone to step in charge to assist when you need help.
In addition to your trust, for someone to handle all your financial affairs while you are incapacitated, you need a durable power of attorney for finances in place.
WITHOUT INCAPACITY PLANNING YOUR FAMILY MUST FILE FOR CONSERVATORSHIP
Without a trust, control over your finances
may require a court proceeding known as a conservatorship. One attorney I know who does these proceedings called conservatorships “cumbersome.” They are also quite costly, far more than the cost of creating a trust. At least two attorneys are involved in any conservatorship case.
Money isn’t the only cost of conservatorship. Your family is asking the court to declare you incompetent. This takes a huge emotional toll on everyone. It takes time too, both to have the proceeding, and to make accountings to the court according to its rigorous guidelines.
Last, the conservatorship is a very public affair. There are no locked doors in the courthouse on these. With the trust, we maintain our privacy. We state in the trust how and when it should be decided that we can no longer handle our affairs.
THE BOTTOM LINE
It is important to be sure someone can manage your affairs if you are incapacitated. The trust is an ideal way to assure a smooth transition if you can no longer manage your affairs.
To learn more, schedule a consultation or review by calling the office at 602375-6752, or check out our website at libbybanks.com.
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CHAMPIONS OF MAGIC
When: Oct. 6 & 7
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams, Phoenix
What: Watch as five world-class illusionists present original, phenomenal ensemble illusions and interactive magic. The show happens all around the theatre and features spectacular magic.
31ST ANNUAL SEDONA ARTS FESTIVAL
When: Oct. 8 & 9
Where: Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona
What: The 31st Annual Sedona Arts Festival will showcase a diverse lineup of 100 juried artists from across the country. Held on the campus of Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road in West Sedona, this renowned fine art festival will also feature live music, raffle prizes, food, and a beer and wine garden – all set against the breathtaking backdrop of Sedona’s red rocks.
PHOENIX FASHION WEEK
When: Oct. 14 & 15
Where: Chateau Luxe, 1175 E. Lone Cactus Dr., Phoenix
What: Phoenix Fashion Week is the leading fashion industry event in the Southwest. The mission is to bridge national and international designers with retailers, boutiques, fashionistas, and top fashion media globally. The event showcases fall and holiday 2022 collections with designer runway shows, trunk sales, statewide retail events, fashionable workshops led by top industry experts, and fabulous after parties.
MARICOPA COUNTY HOME & GARDEN SHOW
When: Oct. 14, 15, & 16
Where: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16500 N. 94th St., Scottsdale
What: The Maricopa County Home & Garden Show features hundreds of home improvement vendors, tiny homes, holiday lighting, unique copper skillets
and kitchen accessories, and seminars by local pros. Wander through the Tiny Homes Street of Dreams to get an exclusive tour inside a wooden yurt, a shipping container converted into a bar, a ModHous dome, and more.
BODY ART EXPO
When: Oct. 21, 22, & 23
Where: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16500 N. 94th St., Scottsdale
What: This gathering of over 200 top-notch tattoo artists features tattoo contests, live entertainment, beer, and more.
When: Oct. 20, 21, 22, & 23
Where: Ballet Arizona, 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix
What: As if stepping between the pages of a belovedPANIC! JAKEVERSUSPAUL ANDERSON SILVA CHAMPIONS
storybook, Ib Andersen’s “Cinderella” brings the romantic story to life, vividly delighting audiences with the beauty and majesty of classical ballet, wrapped in the promise of “happily ever after,” and generously sprinkled with a wonderful dose of humor.
Info: balletaz.org/performance/ cinderella-2022
AZ JAZZ FEST
When: Oct. 21, 22, & 23
Where: High Street, 5415 E. High St., Phoenix
What: More than 20 performers, including Eric Benét, Eric Darius, Raheem DeVaughn, Norman Brown, Mindi Abair, Boney James, Michael Lington, and dozens more descend on High Street for a jam-packed weekend of jazz music and fine food and drink.
PANIC! AT THE DISCO
When: Oct. 23
Where: Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
What: Panic! At The Disco with special guests MARINA and Jake Wesley Rogers perform on the Viva Las Vengeance Tour.
SPOOKTACULAR HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL
When: Oct. 28, 29, & 30
Where: Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
What: Bring the entire family to experience Halloween in a fun and safe environment. Over 20 hot air balloons will be on display and 4,000 pounds of candy will be passed out to trick-ortreaters. There will be live music, food, a free Kids Zone with over 30 inflatable slides and attractions, a costume contest, vendor market, tethered balloon rides, fireworks, and more.
JAKE PAUL VERSUS ANDERSON SILVA
When: Oct. 29
Where: Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale
What: International superstar and undefeated boxing standout Jake “The Problem Child” Paul has knocked out every opponent he’s faced. Now he takes on his toughest test to date, legendary UFC Champion, MMA’S most feared striker, turned professional boxer, Anderson “The Spider” Silva.
Info: gilariverarena.com/events/detail/ paul_vs_silva
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Movie Reviews and Upcoming Release DatesBy Tony Beal
“Three Thousand Years of Longing”
A woman discovers a genie who tells her stories of his quest for purpose.
and Meredith (Iyana Halley), there’s not much personality to be had in this clicheridden script. The decision to go with long takes for many scenes is also confusing, making many of them drag on for far too long and removing tension from moments where they are most needed. When the lion attacks, it is fun, and sometimes the long takes are used well. Still, there’s little to discuss here when even the usually reliable Sharlto Copley seems bored. This movie is inoffensive, not terrible, but forgettable.
some of their career best, particularly John Boyega with his fearful, angry, and apologetic performance. By the end, you’ll be haunted by what you’ve watched.
• “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone” (Netflix)
• “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” (Theaters)
A woman finds that something sinister lies beneath the Airbnb she rented.
There’re two types of horror films that studios dump with little to no marketing: the kind that are dull and average, aimed for teenagers. Then there’s the one that “Barbarian” falls into, a unique and offthe-wall film that you’re amazed a big studio backed.
At first, director Zach Cregger guides the audience and Tess (played greatly by Georgina Campbell) through a set up where something feels off before putting the protagonist at ease with the unexpected situation. Then, suddenly, the rug is pulled out from under you and the film veers toward something bizarrely comical, yet frightening. This is one of the most intense movies of the year and is a great balance between terror and humor, with some sly commentary on class and gender. You’re unlikely to see anything like it this year.
George Miller’s fairy tale is not the fast paced and wild story that its marketing promises. Instead, it’s a quiet and, at times, somber look at love and a search for purpose that’s constantly denied. Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton are excellent, two lovers who don’t know it yet. They feel like their lives have little to show. Meanwhile, Miller utilizes a heightened sense of reality for his story that isn’t as bombastic as “Fury Road” but more charming and subtle (for the most part). It’s stunning in a way that you rarely see in a film that doesn’t care to be pinned down in one way or another, and it’s all the better for it.
A widowed father is hunted with his daughters in a South African reserve by a lion.
“Beast” is something that’s weirdly dull for what could be an entertaining premise and it’s not helped by the lack of true care or chemistry between the leads. Despite all the tragedy they speak about and the dis tance between Nate Samuels (Idris Elba)
A veteran holds the employees of a bank hostage to get the Veterans Affairs check he was denied.
“Breaking” doesn’t hold back or play a ‘both sides’ narrative, it knows and wants you to know that Brian Brown-Easley was wronged. In doing so, it puts you in his shoes and plays on the intensity of the robbery. Every movement from either him or the two hostages could be life or death, and even if you don’t know what happened in real life, you still feel the somberness that preceded the protagonist’s actions. Each actor gives
• “Tár” (Theaters, limited)
• “Hellraiser” (Hulu)
• “Dark Glasses” (Shudder)
• “Halloween Ends” (Theaters & Peacock)
• “White Bird: A Wonder Story” (Theaters)
• “Stars at Noon” (Theaters, limited)
• “Till” (Theaters, limited)
• “Rosaline” (Hulu)
• “The Curse Of Bridge Hollow” (Netflix)
• “The School For Good and Evil” (Netflix)
• “V/H/S 99” (Shudder)
• “Black Adam” (Theaters)
• “Ticket To Paradise” (Theaters)
• “The Banshees of Inisherin” (Theaters, limited)
• “Raymond and Ray” (Apple TV+ and Theaters, limited)
• “The Good Nurse” (Netflix)
• “Prey For The Devil” (Theaters)
• “Armageddon Time” (Theaters, limited)
• “Wendell And Wild” (Netflix)
• “All Quiet On The Western Front” (Netflix)
Small and weak
Opposite of paleo
“Xanadu” music genre
Village, mostly in South Africa
Tangerine plus grapefruit
Colloquial “Follow me!”
NASA’s orange drink
Meryl Streep/Philip Seymour Hoffman 2008 movie
Fashion week stage
*Sidewalk artist’s medium
Indian black tea
Unwelcome reception, pl.
Give a quote
In an unfriendly manner
Incense without prefix
Comme ci, comme ça
Store as fodder
Lady Slipper, e.g.
“Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” host
Horny odd-toed ungulate, for short
Between Phi and Kappa
Bad luck predictor
NAPABy Alison Bailin Batz
There is nothing like Napa during the late fall and winter. Gone are throngs of crowds seeking to sip in the sun through the spring and summer and then celebrate harvest season in early autumn. Exploring Napa during the cooler months feels like having Disneyland – a very adult Disneyland – to oneself. And thanks to a daily flight from Phoenix to Napa neighbor Santa Rosa on American Airlines, it is in credibly easy to hop on the 75-minute flight and get tasting.
Now, when visiting during busier months, wine lovers usually must focus on one growing region within Napa – Yountville, St. Helena, Rutherford, Carneros, Calistoga –given the high season’s never-ending traffic. However, for the next several months, the surprisingly rural roads through the mighty wine country are wide open, meaning visitors may spread their wings and sample away.
Fall in Love with the Preeminent Wine Region in the Country
The first step to planning the perfect Napa getaway is choosing idyllic accommodations. Among the best bets are Bardessono Hotel and Spa, Carneros Resort, and The Meritage Resort and Spa. The sprawling Bardessono is a proud LEED Platinum Certified prop erty and situated within its own vineyard along the main drag in the culinary mecca of Napa’s Yountville. Somehow, the modern resort provides an ultra-lavish experience and one of the best area dining experiences in its famed Lucy Restaurant yet does it all within a sustainable environment. Carneros, located in Napa’s Carneros where pinot noir and chardonnay rule, is equal parts farm, culinary hotspot, and luxury resort all in one. Then there is The Meritage, a AAA Four Diamond resort that also boasts a chic hotelwithin-a-hotel concept called Vista Collina at The Meritage and full-scale brewery onsite.
With sleeping quarters set, the next step is to decide which of the 400-plus wineries in the area to visit. Book reservations at a combina tion of vineyards and tastings rooms that offer diverse experiences, including:
ONEHOPE WINE: Napa’s only causerelated winery, and its co-owner calls Arizona home! Book the Wine & Bites experience for the vineyard’s most exclusive selections, each paired with a small plate from their onsite chef.
HANDWRITTEN WINES: These wines are like buttah. So, it is only fitting they offer the Bread and Butter experience, which pairs
five distinct cabernets with artisan butters and locally sourced fresh bread.
RAM’S GATE: If design lovers are on the trip, the architecturally awe-inspiring Ram’s Gate is the perfect stop. Book the Caviar Experience and compare caviars with both still and sparkling wines.
GIRARD: Do not miss the VIP Tasting here, an ultimate behind-the-scenes tour capped with Calistoga-exclusive wines and small bites.
SILVER TRIDENT: This tasting room doubles as a Ralph Lauren showroom and offers one of the cheekiest tastings in its Potato Chip Extravaganza. Yes, it is a wine and potato chip pairing. And it is even better than one might imagine.
CAKEBREAD CELLARS: This familyowned jewel has an amazing culinary lunch experience as well as the Perfect Pair experi ence, which features a walk through their sustainable vineyard and gardens.
ROMBAUER: While known for its char donnay, the zinfandel at Rombauer will be everyone’s new favorite wine. Book the Cave Tour, which feels like entering a Hobbit’s home, but in the best way possible.
CLOS PEGASE: The only way to do this gem justice is booking the Connoisseur Cave Tour & Tasting, which has a little of every thing, including a cave theatre and culinary pairing.
PALMAZ: Founded by the doctor who created the heart stent, it is said each grape in this vineyard represents a life he has saved. Book the tour through the unground cave and its surprise “light show.”
RAYMOND VINEYARDS: At Ray mond, they offer guests the chance to blend their own bottles through the Winemaker for a Day experience. Also, while there check out the “Red Room,” too!
CHANDON: Bubbles, anyone? Go big at this sparkling wine fairyland by booking the Epicurean Experience, a full multi-course and sensory experience of all thing’s food and wine. It is a wow.
HUNGRY FOR MORE? Napa is also among the most lauded foodie destinations in the world. Find time to visit RH Yount ville, the Bubble Room, Press Napa Valley, Mustard’s Grill, and Bottega as well.