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In This Issue City News......................................................4-9 Holiday Happenings.................................. 10-13 Education....................................................14-15 Real Estate................................................. 18-19

SPECIAL HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS SECTION! Neighbors........................................................21 Business Directory......................................... 23 Health.............................................................. 24 Legal................................................................ 25

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C Gallery in North Scottsdale Showcases the Beauty of Art This Holiday Season Photo Courtesy of C Gallery LOCATED AT DC RANCH MARKETPLACE, C GALLERY IS A LOCAL ART GALLERY AND INTIMATE EVENT VENUE. They feature large oil on canvas work, limited edition prints, and photographs exclusive to local, national, and international female artists.

“C Gallery features female artists who bring a unique perspective of the world around us. C Gallery also focuses on the lasting legacy of art from generation to generation,” according to the gallery. “Curating your own art collection reflects your individual personality.”

In addition to having their own space to showcase art, the gallery supports nonprofits by donating a portion of every art sale to charity and donating their space to charitable events. This month, C Gallery owner and featured artist Charlene Falk is bringing the community together and sharing the beauty of art this holiday season.

Some of this month’s featured artists include: • Photographer Rebecca Ritchie is a selftaught photographer from Phoenix. Her photos are mainly focused on landscapes, wildlife, and plants. She was first inspired by her father, who was a talented oil painter and specialized in realistic landscapes. • Abstract artist Nasta Salgado was born in Sonora and nature has always inspired her to create. Her main motive behind her artwork is to manifest happiness and good vibes through vibrant colors and abstract shapes. • Earthenware pottery artist Carol

Balyozian resides in Arizona and is accomplished in many art forms, including photography, printmaking, and origami. Patterns and textures are a strong visual theme in her work. More recently she has found herself immersed in clay, giving way for further exploration with form and volume. • Resin works artist Allison Roy resides in Scottsdale and is inspired by the scenic colors that Arizona offers. From the vibrant blue skyline to the arid desert colors, Allison creates coasters, trivets and platters using resin and alcohol ink to be used and appreciated in the home. C Gallery is located at 20789 N. Pima Road, Suite 100, in the DC Ranch Marketplace. In addition to having art on display, art is also available for sale, and the gallery features coffee products, too. To learn more, visit cgalleryart.com, call 480-825-2794, or follow along on Facebook and Instagram @CGalleryArt.

Scottsdale Parks & Recreation Winter Registration Now Open Information and photos courtesy of the City of Scottsdale “RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY RELIEVES US OF THE FEELING OF FATIGUE, RESTORES OUR ENERGY AND PROMOTES A SENSE OF JOY,” CITIES THE JOURNAL OF SPORTS. Luckily for local residents, registration for Scottsdale Parks and Recreation’s winter programs are in full swing. Winter programs take place during the months of January, February, and March 2022. This includes swim lessons, water exercise classes, youth activities, adult programs, and more. Programming is not limited to a specific age— there are a variety of options for everyone from toddlers to seniors. Browse all recreation offerings online at ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search 'recreation classes'. From there, you can register via the city's Activenet page. 4 • December 2021 • SCOTTSDALE NORTH NEWS

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New Charitable Organization Shares Modern Healing with Disadvantaged Youth

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uasar Quantum Youth Fund, a new Scottsdale-based philanthropic organization, is offering cutting-edge, non-invasive technologies and holistic modalities to at-risk youth facing physical, mental, and emotional challenges. The nonprofit, dedicated to helping disadvantaged children and teens with their wellness journeys, is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona to sponsor a child from within the organization each quarter to help them heal by formulating a plan for the child to live a healthy, balanced life. Quasar Quantum Youth Fund provides full and partial scholarships to children and teenagers in financial need facing challenges like depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, drug and alcohol use, and autism spectrum disorder, who may benefit from the programs offered by Quasar Quantum Healing. Quasar Quantum Healing is a breakthrough, stateof-the-art healing center in North Scottsdale that offers science-backed modern

technologies combined with natural therapies. The center provides an alternative to conventional wellness practices, with an emphasis on healing the body and mind at a cellular level to optimize mental, emotional, and physical health. By partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, Quasar Quantum Youth Fund will be able to provide the same beneficial therapies available to the clients of Quasar Quantum Healing to one new child per quarter, giving them access to unique treatments, including the state’s only Walk-in Hyperbaric Chamber, LED Light Bed Therapy, Wellness IV Drips, Quantum Foot Detox, AO Scan, Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), Theta Chamber, Himalayan Salt Cave salt therapy, yoga, nutritional education, and more. The sponsored child will be selected based on an assessment provided by Quasar Quantum Youth Fund and recommendations by the leaders within Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona.

Quasar Quantum Youth Fund gives disadvantaged youth access to the breakthrough treatments provided by Quasar Quantum Healing, which utilizes caring treatment and guidance to help clients heal at a cellular level, reprogram the mind and body, and implement a healthier lifestyle for a better life.

Those interested in supporting the organization’s mission to heal disadvantaged youth struggling with mental, emotional and physical hardships or who know a worthy candidate that would benefit from the services offered by Quasar Quantum Healing, can find more information at quasarquantumyouthfund.org.

Nonprofit notMYkid Opens New Campus in North Scottsdale By Jenna-Lee Neff

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ommunity-oriented nonprofit notMYkid just announced the grand opening of The Well, a 13,000 square foot well-being campus in Scottsdale where youth and families can go for ongoing education, counseling, mentoring programs, and more. The new campus is located at 5310 E. Shea Boulevard. The Well helps meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of individuals ages 10-24. Trauma-informed, certified providers who are passionate about helping

individuals staff the campus with an array of programs for teens, young adults, and caregivers. The campus is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and evenings by appointment. Locals can learn more by calling 602652-0163 or by visiting notMYkid.org. “Our journey to opening The Well over the past six months has given us an incredible opportunity to completely transform how we serve and urgently respond to the second pandemic upon us: a mental health emergency,” says notMYkid Chief Executive Officer Kristen Polin. “Our organization, notMYkid, has worked tirelessly to pivot how we support families, schools, and communities by implementing a comprehensive mental health response. We have opened a licensed outpatient treatment center, developed critically needed peer support services, offer social emotional learning in partnership with schools, virtual webinars for caregivers, and we created a family navigation protocol to help families access the care they need.” In addition to providing trauma-informed outpatient therapy, the well-being campus offers a full spectrum of healing modalities, including educational workshops and retreats, mindfulness and meditation, movement

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and yoga, sound healing, art expression, and social emotional learning. “This is heart work for our team,” Polin shares. “We are proud of what we have built, and we are excited to share The Well with our community for many years to come.” Following two decades of service in Arizona, notMYkid is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit that has completely transformed their services to meet the unique needs facing youth, young adults, and their families. Since 2020, the organization now offers a full continuum of life-saving prevention, early intervention, behavioral health support, and wellness programs. Their team of prevention and behavioral health experts are dedicated to helping youth and young adults overcome challenges during their most vulnerable years. Programs are traditionally delivered in schools, community organizations, at the workplace, and direct to devices via podcast and webinars. With the arrival of a global pandemic, it has not been business as usual and their commitment to quality and inclusivity led to a swift transition to in-person and technology-assisted care platforms as well as expansion into treatment services to meet the urgent and rapidly changing needs of families. SCOTTSDALE NORTH NEWS • December 2021 • 5


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Upcoming Art Adventures at Sonoran Arts League THE SONORAN ARTS LEAGUE IS A NONPROFIT 501(C) (3), VOLUNTEER-BASED, ARTS SERVICE ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO ACTIVELY ADVANCING ART, ARTISTS, AND ART EDUCATION.

This month, they offer a multitude of art classes for North Valley residents to enjoy at The Holland Center, located at 34250 N. 60th Street in Scottsdale. Veterans are invited to take part in a monthly free open studio art workshop on the second Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon. This month, it will take place on December 9. Veterans and active-duty service members can work on any of their art for free; guests and spouses are invited to join pending available space for $12. Join a two-session ceramics class with instructor Robin Ray from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, December 10 and 17 to learn advanced hand building techniques. This is designed for adults who have attended an Intro to Ceramics workshop at the Sonoran Arts League or who have prior experience with ceramics. Ceramics materials that are provided will include clay, tools, ware boards, plastic, and underglazes with two rounds of firing. The fee is $150 with a $20 materials fee to be paid to the instructor. Students in third through eighth grades can get in on the pottery painting fun for free from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 11. Kids select a bisque-fired ceramic piece and use a variety of glazes and texture materials to

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embellish. The pieces will be kiln fired and available for pickup at the Sonoran Arts League Center for the Arts the following week. This workshop is presented free to the community through the support of Kiwanis of Carefree. Veterans are invited to learn to draw skulls in a free art workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, December 16. An important step in learning how to draw portraits, this class will review perspective, shadows, angles, and more. Veterans and active-duty service members can work on any of their art for free; guests and spouses are invited to join pending available space for $12. Did you miss Hidden in the Hills last month? An exhibit of the 53 artists who participated in Hidden in the Hills is on display at the Desert Foothills Library Gallery, located at 38443 N. Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek through January 20, 2022. The Sonoran Art League’s mission is to, “Give to the community by promoting art, artists and art education through leadership and service in the belief that an artistic awareness is essential to the well-being of life and our community.” For information about an event or to register for a class, visit sonoranartsleague.org, email info@sonoranartsleague.org, or call 480-575-6624.

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Dynamite Smiles Dentistry is Bringing Brighter Smiles to North Scottsdale in 2022 By Jenna-Lee Neff LOCAL FAMILIES AND THOSE IN NEED OF SPECIALTY DENTAL SERVICES CAN FIND RELIEF IN NORTH SCOTTSDALE STARTING NEXT MONTH AT DYNAMITE SMILES DENTISTRY. Created by Dr. Saba Heday, Dynamite Smiles Dentistry opens soon and adds a personal touch and warmth to dentistry through individualized treatment plans by carefully listening to patient concerns and taking a holistic well-being approach. Doors don’t offi cially open until January, though locals can book appointments now at dynamitesmilesdentistry.com. “I am bringing my love of providing gentle and caring dentistry to my neighborhood to serve my own community,” says Dr. Heday. “I care about my patients like they are a part of my family.” Dynamite Smiles Dentistry provides comprehensive dental services to patients of all ages. In addition, they provide specialized care such as obstructive sleep apnea evaluation and treatment, temporomandibular joint disorder treatments, veneers, Invisalign, oral cancer screenings, and more. “Our offi ce is focused on providing a calm and friendly environment to allow the patients to relax while receiving the care they need,” Dr. Heday says. “Throughout my career I have found that when patients know they are in good hands in a calm and trusting environment the best rela-tionships are formed.” The practice off ers noise cancelling headphones, hygienic weighted and non-weighted blankets, pillows, oral and IV sedation and more to make patients comfortable during their dental treatment. Dr. Heday and her team work to incorporate the latest advances in treatment and technology into the practice through

continuing education and the use of state-of-the-art technology, including laser dentistry, digital 2D and 3D scans. “Our belief is in taking a minimally inva-sive approach to solving diffi cult problems using the latest technology,” she says. “We engage in continuous education and keep ourselves informed of the latest research and technology to provide the most eff ec-tive and conservative treatments for our patients.” Dr. Heday, an Arizona native, takes an educated approach to solving diffi cult problems, a skill she cultivated while earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. She then went on to receive her Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Arizona State University, researching immunology. Dr. Heday obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of California in San Francisco, one of the top research facilities in the United States, followed by a residency in general practice at the San Diego Veteran Aff airs Medical Center, where she gained a great appreciation for the sacrifi ces made by the men and women in uniform. She has been practicing in the Valley since 2012. “We are so excited to bring our vision to the neighborhood,” Dr. Heday shares. “We hope to see you at our offi ce to meet the team, visit our beautiful location, and allow us to care for your health.” New patients can schedule an appointment by phone at 480-591-8111 or online by visiting dynamitesmilesdentistry.com. Dynamite Smiles Dentistry is located at 28190 N. Alma School Parkway in Scottsdale. To keep up with the latest news and information, follow along on Facebook and Instagram @dynamitesmilesdentistry.

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SCOTT AND MELISSA MCINTIRE, OWNERS OF MAC ENTERTAINMENT GROUP AND THE COUPLE BEHIND THE AINSWORTH IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX AND THE LOLA AT WESTGATE, ALONG WITH “JOEY BOY” RODRIGUEZ, HOST OF THE MORNING MESS, ANNOUNCE PLANS TO OPEN A UNIQUE NEW CONCEPT CALLED BUDDHA’S RITUAL IN NORTH SCOTTSDALE THIS FALL. Buddha’s Ritual was created by local entrepreneur and branding visionary, Freddy Nguyen, and will occupy the ground floor retail space in SOHO Scottsdale, a live/work loft and townhome community on the southwest corner of Bahia Drive and N. 92nd Street, just down the street from WestWorld. “Joey and I looked at a number of spaces for a Scottsdale restaurant and finally found the right one,” says Scott McIntire. “We’re excited to bring something entirely new to the area and are confident it is going to be well-received. We can’t wait to open and officially expand Mac Entertainment Group to Scottsdale.” Buddha’s Ritual is a completely original concept fusing food and fashion and Asian and American fare in a fun, casual environment. The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving several signature items like croffles (croissant waffles) and Buddha’s Benny with crispy pork belly in the morning and pho, ramen, a deconstructed Banh Mi plate,

kimchi mac and cheese, kimchi grilled cheese and stone brick oven pizzas with Asian-inspired toppings in the evenings. Just like Mac Entertainment Group’s other two concepts, Buddha’s Ritual will have a strong cocktail program and a great happy hour.

The Buddha’s Ritual experience will begin by entering the 2,700 square foot restaurant through a hot pink front door. Guests can enjoy the indoor-outdoor space enabled by multiple garage doors, relax on the expansive patio that will feature a fire pit and lawn games, and sip on signature cocktails at the large bar. Merchandise, including high quality hats and shirts, reflecting the concept’s playful branding also will be available for purchase. “SOHO Scottsdale is pleased to collaborate with Mac Entertainment Group on their latest concept, Buddha’s Ritual,” says Irene Catsibris Clary, developer of SOHO Scottsdale. “Even the most discerning foodies will be enticed with the mouthwatering menu items that have been created.” Buddha’s Ritual is planning to open soon and is currently looking to hire 50 team members for all front and back of house positions. Interested parties can apply by emailing sohoscottsdale@buddhasritual. com. Open interviews will be held on site every Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. leading up to the opening.

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Nominations Now Open for the Spirit of Scottsdale Awards DO YOU KNOW A PERSON OR BUSINESS THAT EMBODIES SCOTTSDALE SPIRIT?

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Scottsdale’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission wants to showcase the people and organizations that embody the “Spirit of Scottsdale.”

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This award recognizes residents and organizations/businesses that help to strengthen and build Scottsdale’s community through their commitment to and involvement in neighborhoods. Nominees should be individuals or organizations that: • Have active years of service/ involvement in strengthening neighborhood identity; • Champion community dialogue to produce constructive recommendations/solutions that address the dynamic need(s) of a neighborhood; • Provides unique contributions of time, effort, skills, and/or financial resources to a neighborhood. Nominations are being accepted now through December 31. The 2020 Organization Award Winner was the Parada Del Sol Committee and the 2020 Individual Winner was Dana Close, who created the annual Scottsdale Home Tour events to showcase the

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2020 Individual Dana Close redevelopment of the south Scottsdale Hacienda del Ray neighborhood. Commission Staff Coordinator Brandon McMahon says, “These awards are very dear to the Neighborhood Advisory Commission. They provide an opportunity to recognize those who are involved in strengthening neighborhood identity and provide unique contributions to Scottsdale’s neighborhoods.” To nominate a person or organization, visit scottsdaleaz.gov/citizen-service/ spirit-awards. Do you have specific questions? Contact Brandon McMahon, associate planner, at bmcmahon@scottsdaleaz.gov.

may limit your opportunities. However, you may also be able to find scholarships from other sources that apply specifically for older students. Your school’s financial aid office may be a helpful resource. • Loans. Adult students are eligible to take out traditional student loans. If you do, be thoughtful about the amount you borrow and diligent about repaying them quickly after graduation. You may be able to deduct a portion of the student loan interest from your gross income, subject to certain limitations. • Tax credits. There may be opportunities to reduce your tax bill if you qualify for education-related tax credits. For example, the Lifetime Learning Credit is a tax credit of up to $2,000 per tax return for qualifying higher education expenses (income limits apply). Which option – or combination of options – is right for you? Enrolling as a full-time student means higher upfront costs and a bigger time commitment. Yet, it can result in a degree or certification faster, which may be ideal if you are eligible for a higher-paying position afterward or if you are funding your schooling through scholarships and loans. If you choose to complete a class at a time, your education will take longer. Financially, this could allow you to absorb tuition and fees into your regular budget or pull the funds from a 529 account that is earning investment income in the meantime. Additionally, doing so may maximize your tax credit and reimbursement options. No matter how you fund higher education, consider how the cost fits within your overall financial strategy. A good place to start is to sit down with a financial advisor to discuss how you can prioritize school amid your other financial goals.

illions of Americans in the workforce are heading back to school to further their education. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, college students over the age of 25 are projected to increase 11% by 2026. These adult learners are enrolling for a variety of reasons – to train for a new career, satisfy an urge to expand their knowledge base, or earn an MBA or master’s degree to improve their growth in their current job. If you decide additional education is the right option for you, be aware that tuition costs are on the rise. How will you pay for it? Here are some options to contemplate: • Your savings. Consider what savings you may have available to put toward tuition. If your return to school is still a semester or two away, start setting aside specific savings you can use for this purpose. Be sure to account for the cost of books, technology and other fees your school of choice may require. Resist the urge to tap into your retirement accounts. While it may be tempting, you have other sources of funds to pay for school that are not available to pay for your retirement. • 529 Plans. A tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan is typically used as a savings vehicle for future education needs of children or grandchildren. But you can also establish a 529 for your own education or tap unused assets you established in a child’s account for your own expenses. • Tuition reimbursement. Returning to school is particularly attractive if your employer offers a tuition reimbursement program. In practical terms, this means you could further your education and potentially improve your job and career prospects at a reduced cost to you. Important caveats may be tied to the reimbursement, such as only covering tuition Renee A. Hanson, CFP®, ChFC®, CEP®, CDFATM, CFS®, BFA®, APMA®, is a Private Wealth Advisor with Affinity Wealth Advisory Group, a private for coursework in an area relevant to your current role or requiring you to remain with your employer for a wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. in Phoenix, Arizona. She specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset period of time after completing your education. Check management strategies and has been in practice for 30 years. To contact with your human resources department to see what her visit www.affinitywealthadvisor.com or call (602) 923-9800. Her office is located at 7010 E. Chauncey Lane, Suite #200, Phoenix, AZ 85054-3115. benefits are available to you. Investmentin.advisory products services are made available through Putting and the needs of clients firstisisno theage approach I’ll work withandyou to find • Grants scholarships. There limit to I believe Financial Services, LLC, a registered investment adviser. the right solutions to help you for yourAmeriprise unique goals. And together, we’ll qualify for financial federal financial aid. Financial needplan dictates Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. Member FINRA and SIPC. track your over time, your plan along way Financial, to helpInc. get you reserved. where the ability to progress qualify for grants at theadjusting federal level, which © 2021the Ameriprise All rights you want to go. Renee A. Hanson CFP®, CEP®, CDFA®, CFS®, ChFC®, APMA® Private Wealth Advisor Affinity Wealth Advisory Group A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

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The Magic of Christmas At The Princess THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS AT THE PRINCESS AT THE FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS IS SET OPEN FOR ITS TWELFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR. The iconic AAA Five Diamond resort becomes the most festive place this side of the North Pole during its annual Christmas at the Princess six-week festival, which happens through Jan. 2, 2022. Guests will experience that town center holiday feel that you see in all those holiday movies, where people hug a little longer, smile a little more, and share the joy of the holidays with those they love. NEW THIS YEAR A Christmas Wish Forest: As the sun begins to set in the evening sky, make a wish upon a star in the Wish Forest that shines each night with the hopes and dreams of families. Each family will receive magical wish paper to write and record their holiday wishes and dreams. Then, the magical paper is lit, and the wish flutters to the stars. Write it, light it, and watch it fly to the stars! Donations will be accepted and will go to LoveUp to benefit foster care kids in the Valley. The Village, Featuring S’mores Land: The powder is falling, and the mountains are calling at The Village. Sled down the 120-foot Snow Mountain, conquer the ice as you glide through the Alpine Skate Trail, or catch a thrill with a ride on the 90-foot-tall chair lift, with 26 gondolas. Little adventurers will be challenged in the Ice Maze! And don’t forget to Ski Scottsdale with a hop on the ski lift for a fun photo op. Ice Pass, Unlimited Skating: The all-new ice pass gives guests unlimited access to the two outdoor 6,000 square foot ice skating rinks – Desert Ice and the new

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Alpine Trail – both made of real ice! $40 per person (skate rental included). Snow Mountain: Sled down 120 feet of blizzardy bliss on the four-lane ice slide! And don’t forget to say hello to Shivers the Yeti before sliding down the frozen attraction. VIP Igloos: As Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, warm up in one of ten VIP climate-controlled igloos with adjoining heated patios. Enjoy the ambience with a warm winter cocktail in hand. Advanced tickets required. CHERISHED FAVORITES Activities that are must-visit favorites are back, including: Enchanted Plaza with the four-story musical tree, Enchanted Plaza video show, Princess Express Train, a walk-through experience of more than six million Lagoon Lights, the Nativity Garden, S’mores Land, Winterland, and Twinkle Town. ADMISSION AND PARKING • In-house guests: Express pass event admission is complimentary for registered hotel guests. • Dine-in: Dine at the resort’s signature restaurants and receive complimentary admission and 50% off valet parking with a $75 minimum spend at any of the resort’s restaurants. Reservations required. • Self-parking and admission: $72; includes up to four wristbands. For more information on Christmas at the Princess, visit ScottsdalePrincess.com or call 480-585-4848. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is located at 7575 East Princess Drive.

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Celebrate the Season at the MIM Holiday tunes and new tastes at the newly re-opened Café Allegro Information and Photos Courtesy of the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) IF YOU’RE IN THE MOOD FOR SOME FESTIVE MUSIC, COME CELEBRATE THE SOUNDS OF THE SEASON AT THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM (MIM) WITH THEIR MIM HOLIDAY CONCERT SERIES. Find showtimes, ticket prices and a full list of upcoming events at mim.org/ concerts. MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM JOSE JAMES Tuesday, December 7 Have yourself a soulful little Christmas with smoothas-silk crooner José James, the crown prince of new jack jazz. An R&B-steeped singer who is as effective evoking Billie Holiday as Bill Withers, James returns with his first holiday project that imbues classic songs of the season with the warmth of a roaring fireplace in winter, captured on his new album. MADDIE POPPE’S ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS Friday, December 10 Maddie Poppe is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Clarksville, Iowa, and the Season 16 winner of American Idol. Poppe fell in love with music at a young age, learning to play guitar, ukulele, and piano. In 2016, she released her debut album, Songs from the Basement, which she wrote, produced, and recorded alongside her father, Trent. WINDHAM HILL’S WINTER SOLSTICE

Saturday, December 11 Celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of original and traditional acoustic music. This season marks the 36th anniversary of the multi-platinum-selling A Winter’s Solstice album series, originally released on Windham Hill Records. Grammynominated singer, fiddler, pianist, and songwriter Barbara Higbie joins composer and guitarist Todd Boston and cellist Mia Pixley to lead a joyous holiday concert. A PETER WHITE CHRISTMAS Tuesday, December 14 Make your list and check it twice—this holiday concert is more than just nice! A Peter White Christmas with Mindi Abair and Vincent Ingala is coming to town. myhyperlocalnews.com

Contemporary jazz lovers eagerly await this annual fun-filled concert, which has packed fans into halls and arenas coast-to-coast, year after year. MARTY ASHBY’S HOLIDAY JAZZ CELEBRATION 2021

Saturday, December 18 Enjoy a musical review of traditional favorites and new songs for the holidays performed by the Marty Ashby Quartet including Lewis Nash, with special guest Ann Hampton Callaway and music from her album The Hope of Christmas. Celebrate the holiday season with songs that feel familiar yet fresh. PAUL MCDERMAND’S CHRISTMAS ISLAND Tuesday, December 21 Paul McDermand and his band are joined by special guest Don Marovich of the world-renowned Kingston Trio for an evening of seasonal and popular favorites. A melodic percussion master (steel drums, vibraphone, and marimba), McDermand has appeared with some of the biggest names in music, including Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, Natalie Cole, and the Moody Blues. As a concert artist, McDermand appears both as leader of his own Island Time touring band and as a guest soloist with the finest orchestras and ensembles. When home in Scottsdale, Arizona, he is a featured performer with the Barleens Dinner Show, the Valley’s longest-running dinner theater. JIM BRICKMAN: THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS Wednesday, December 29 through Friday, December 31 Jim Brickman’s distinctive piano style and captivating live performances have revolutionized the popularity of instrumental music, making him a driving force behind modern American music.

A Note From the MIM: Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result will be required for entry and may include the following options: a vaccination card (or photo), a digital record within an app, an official immunization record, or documentation of a negative test result. All MIM Music Theater team members are vaccinated and will wear masks. CAFÉ ALLEGRO REOPENS AT THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM April Salomon, executive director of the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), recently announced the reopening of award-winning Café Allegro in partnership with hospitality management company Guest Services, Inc. (GSI). Executive Chef James Moran introduced an inspired new menu of seasonal dishes and drinks to mark the reopening. The reimagined menu offers guests a range of rotating selections that celebrate culinary influences from around the globe, many prepared with local flavors and ingredients. The inaugural menu includes a variety of original sandwiches, salads, hearty soups, and fresh grilled entrees. Chef Moran reopens Café Allegro with a menu that will change weekly and seasonally. Guests can peruse the day’s full menu before their visit at MIMdining.org. MIM also recently began service at the adjacent Beats Coffee Bar, offering specialty roasted coffee, espresso, and tea drinks, along with house-made pastries and other breakfast offerings, grab-and-go lunch options, wine, beer, and other seasonal treats. “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome museum guests and the Phoenix community back to Café Allegro for a memorable in-person dining experience. Our refreshed culinary offerings are reason enough to visit MIM and will further enhance the MIM experience during our innovative exhibitions and programs,” Salomon says. “It has been a pleasure to see and taste all-new dishes as the menu has come together, and I hope our guests enjoy GSI’s creations as much as we do. The food is a delicious complement to the global collections and perspectives presented throughout our galleries.”

The hit-making songwriter is the best-selling solo pianist of our time, earning 21 number-one albums and 32 Top 20 Radio Singles in the industry bible, Billboard magazine. He’s garnered two Grammy nominations, gospel music’s Dove Award, two SESAC Songwriter of the Year Awards, and the Canadian Country Music Award. He has written three best-selling books, starred in four TV concert specials, and is the host of the popular syndicated radio show The Jim Brickman Show. SCOTTSDALE NORTH NEWS • December 2021 • 11


Holiday Happenings

The Holiday Cheer is Here at Desert Ridge Marketplace THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS IN FULL SWING, AND DESERT RIDGE MARKETPLACE IS CELEBRATING WITH A CALENDAR FULL OF CHEERFUL EVENTS AND FESTIVE PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES. Guests are invited to wander through a whimsical wonderland in The District where they can catch festive feels, snap dazzling shots, and check off their holiday gift list. All month long, take in the sights of Christmas in Color, a collection of festive art installations in vibrant shades. Stop by Nutcracker Nights, which features massive Nutcrackers standing four to ten feet tall, framing the fireplace near AMC Theatres. Head toward Dave & Buster’s and stroll beneath a canopy of illuminated spheres and catch a glimpse of the 20-foot-long Starry

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& Bright star tunnel filled with vibrant new pops of color. Finally, pop over to the 40-foot-tall Holiday Tree at the main entrance that is sure to make the perfect seasonal shot.

the Salvation Army to provide holiday gifts to children in need. Through December 22, guests can visit the table near Dave & Buster’s, pull a tag, and shop for a gift at their favorite Desert Ridge Marketplace brands.

Through December 31, Desert Ridge Marketplace will transform into a living snow globe with its nightly snowfall every evening at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. near AMC Theatres (excluding Christmas Day). Plus, enjoy snowfall every hour on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Desert Ridge Marketplace will also feature some of the Valley’s hottest local bands at The District Stage every Friday and Saturday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Plus, enjoy holiday shows from local community performance groups. Visit shopdesertridge.com for the full schedule.

Continuing the holiday spirit, Desert Ridge Marketplace invites guests to partake in its Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree. The center has partnered with

Desert Ridge Marketplace is located at 21001 N. Tatum Boulevard in Phoenix. For more information, visit shopdesertridge.com.

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Holiday Happenings

The Latest from Kierland Commons Compiled by Michelle Talsma Everson Photos Courtesy of Kierland Commons

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IT’S SHAPING UP TO BE A BUSY SEASON AT KIERLAND COMMONS, THE POPULAR SCOTTSDALE SHOPPING CENTER LOCATED AT 15205 N. KIERLAND BOULEVARD. To help keep you in the know, we rounded up Kierland Commons’ latest news and events.

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On November 18, Bad Birdie celebrated their retail store’s grand opening at Kierland Commons. This holiday season enjoy fun family festivities at Kierland Commons. There are story times with Mrs. Claus (Saturdays, December 11 and 18 from 3-6 p.m.), and photos for your pets (Mondays, December 13 and December 20 from 4-8 p.m.) There’s also, of course, photos available with the big man in red all season long. Visit kierlandcommons. com/holiday for full details. VUORI CLOTHING NOW OPEN

Vuori makes premium performance apparel inspired by the active coastal California lifestyle, an integration of fitness, surf, sport, and art, according to the company. They celebrated their grand opening at Kierland Commons on November 12. myhyperlocalnews.com

“At Bad Birdie, we design standout golf apparel that’s comfortable as all hell without compromising on performance or good vibes. We do it this way because, quite frankly, we think it’s what the game needs,” according to the company. “So, if you’re looking for a good game, and a better time, then we’re going to get along just fine.” NEW OPENINGS THIS MONTH Kierland Commons also confirmed these businesses to be opening in December:

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JOHNNIE-O: “We are excited to announce that Johnnie-O will be opening at Kierland Commons this December,” according to the shopping center. Johnnie-O, started by John O’Donnell in 2005, is a branded lifestyle apparel company, founded in Santa Monica, California, that embodies living your best life. The johnnie-O brand fuses a Southern California vibe with East Coast style through a full line of clothing and accessories for men and boys. COMING IN SPRING 2022 Here is a sneak peek at what to expect in spring 2022 at Kierland Commons: TravisMathew: “We are excited to announce TravisMathew will join Kierland Commons in 2022,” according to the shopping center. Founded in 2007, TravisMathew draws its inspiration from the culture and lifestyle of Southern California’s surf, sand, and sun. As a premier men’s lifestyle brand, TravisMathew has created versatile, everyday apparel that seamlessly transitions from work to play. With a smart blend of performance and innovative design, each product is crafted to achieve a perfect balance between functional comfort and superior style. The Lexus Experience: Lexus will bring its interactive, visceral brand experience of brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance to Kierland Commons. Known for anticipating the future of luxury for its customers, the space promises a memorable encounter, inviting you to explore vehicles in a lowpressure environment that is steeped in immersive design.

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Education

Thoughts on the Future as CCUSD Moves Forward After Capital Bond Election Doesn’t Pass By Cort Monroe, Ed.D., CCUSD Superintendent

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s you may have heard, our locally supported bond election did not pass. Despite the results, I want to thank everyone who supported this bond. Many of you worked tirelessly to communicate the facts and you encouraged our community to vote. First, I want you to know how thankful I am that our Governing Board approved this bond election. This was not an easy decision and was not taken lightly. Living in a state that is ranked 48th in the country for education funding with severe cuts to capital funding over the past eight years, bond elections are inevitable. Our board is not only committed to serving our current students and families, but they are also working to help make CCUSD a proactive organization that is prepared for the future for our students. Second, even though the bond did not pass, we will do

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our best to plan and prepare for this future. There are many possible options and, as always, we will do our best to find creative solutions to the challenges and opportunities ahead. Although this was not the outcome we predicted, we respect the collective vote of our constituents, and we are committed to providing all CCUSD students with an education of the highest quality. Our institution serves as a cornerstone to a strong economy and democracy, and I want to encourage you to continue supporting and sharing the positive news about our exceptional district.

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SCC Offers New App Development Certificate Program

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o you have an idea for the next brilliant social media platform, fitness tracker, travel planner, or something entirely new? Now’s the time to bring it to life! Scottsdale Community College (SCC) is working with Apple to teach students the skills needed to develop apps for the ubiquitous iOS ecosystem. The courses will be available starting in the spring 2022 semester. The “Everyone Can Code” curriculum developed by Apple is designed to give students with creative problem-solving skills the knowledge they need to bring an exciting new app to market or to take advantage of the increasing job opportunities in the tech field. Careers in software development are primed for a boom over the next decade, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating a 22% increase by 2030 – nearly tripling the average growth rate. Designed to be accessible to first-time coders or aspiring developers, the cur-

riculum covers the spectrum of industryessential skills. Starting with the basics of understanding hardware and software components and learning about various programming languages, students will soon be able to create document structured and object-oriented programs utilizing Swift and Xcode, laying the foundation to design, write, test, debug, and implement custom apps using the iOS app development process. “Creative minds looking to get hands-on experience in a rapidly growing field will be a perfect fit for this program,” says Dan Combellick, SCC Computer Information Systems department chair. “Since Apple designed this curriculum, students know they will be getting exactly the skills they need to bring their ideas to life – and maybe build the next big thing.” For more information on the courses, visit the iOS App Development program page at scottsdalecc.edu. The spring 2022 semester starts January 15, 2022.

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Cover Story

Arizona Natural Concepts

A passion for the plant, patient, and community

By Michelle Talsma Everson Photos by Kimberly Carrillo

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arlier this year, Arizona became the fifteenth state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. Now, adults ages 21 and over can legally purchase marijuana (also known as cannabis) in its various forms from qualified dispensaries.

time to continue serving their established patients and introduce new ones to the ever-growing world of cannabis. QUALITY PRODUCTS AND PATIENT CARE Before ANC served recreational users, they were first and foremost a medical facility for medical marijuana patients, according to Hicks. “While cannabis is now legal for recreational use, we were—and still are—a medical facility serving patients,” Stewart emphasizes.

Arizona Natural Concepts, known as ANC, has been providing quality cannabis for its patients since 2018—years According to ANC, “Cannabis continues producing healing relief and comfort for patients desperately seeking before the recent legalization. To ANC partner Lori Hicks alternative therapies for their ailments.” and store manager Tammy Stewart, now is an exciting 16 • December 2021 • SCOTTSDALE NORTH NEWS

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Hicks and Stewart share that cannabis can potentially help patients find relief from: • Anxiety and depression • Cancer treatment side effects • Substance abuse issues • Pain • Sleeping issues • And more. “We [ANC] take pride in our attention to compassionate patient care,” Hicks explains. “We understand there is no one size fits all approach when it comes to an individual’s need to treat pain, insomnia, anxiety, and other ailments.” Hicks adds that ANC’s goal, “Is to provide professional service while making high quality medicine available to all its patients and adult use customers, where safety, education and convenience are paramount.” THE ANC EXPERIENCE For those who have never been to a marijuana dispensary, there may be a curiosity factor about what it’s like inside and the process to purchasing just the right product. “The stereotype that a dispensary is not a welcoming environment, or is shady, is a thing of the past,” Hicks shares. “At ANC, you’re greeted by knowledgeable, friendly staff members with expertise in medical marijuana and recreational marijuana products offering a unique ‘deli style’ service, along with pre-packaged offerings,” she adds. “We will always remember our purpose is to help people in need who can benefit from alternative sources of medicine.” “Walking into ANC is akin to visiting with an old friend,” Hicks describes. “The atmosphere is filled with an easy feeling and the air is swirling with the smell of sweetness wafting in through the vents; the aroma is as comforting as the smiles on the faces of everyone who is working. With the music softly thumping in the background and the sound of collective laughter being shared in the foreground, the sense of camaraderie and healing is unmistakable.”

“It is not uncommon to see our patient consultants spending a significant amount of time with customers, tailoring their cannabis uses to their specific needs,” Stewart says. “Educating the consumer is as important as treating them. We have a motto: passion for the plant and patient.” To give back to their patients and the community at large, ANC often has thoughtful deals and affordable options—especially when it comes to cannabis for medical use. They also offer veteran discounts and senior discounts year-round. “We’ve done sponsorships for patients when they, for example, are using cannabis to help them with cancer treatment,” Hicks shares. “We are known for being compassionate and caring, and offering the proper medicine for our patients to help them feel better mentally and physically. To do this, our patient consultants are well educated and have great listening skills to help guide patients to the medicine options that work best for them.” ANC boasts 16,000 square feet of growth space for its cannabis that not only benefits the shop but also the entire cannabis community. For those interested in the latest products, ANC is the home of the popular handmade edible brands Tipsy Turtle and Yummy Gummy. They also carry the newly launched concentrate brand Achieve. COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS AND A BRIGHT FUTURE Giving back to the local community that supports them is important to ANC. Since ANC’s inception, they have sponsored Bikers for Boobies, a nonprofit charity for breast cancer research. Annually, in November, they hold a sock and food drive, directly followed up by a toy drive for the holidays for Arizona Helping Hands (which is going on now). They also work with local pet adoption agencies and support other community organizations. “We are loud and proud about what we do—we provide medicine to help people feel better at a price that’s fair,” Hicks says. “We also know that if it wasn’t for our medical patients and recreational clients, we wouldn’t be here, so giving back to the community now and into the future is extremely important to us.”

When a new or returning patient or recreational client comes in, they meet with an educated patient consultant and go over questions like: • What is your budget? • What is the patient/client looking to accomplish? • How do you want to ingest the cannabis? (Smoking, eating, etc.)

Looking toward the future, Hicks excitingly shares that ANC has purchased a 60-acre outdoor growing space in Wilcox to continue growing their own products. She also plans for ANC to continue connecting with local businesses and is considering a local business fair to build connections in the North Phoenix community.

They then make recommendations on their experiences and product knowledge. If a patient/ client is using the bud of the plant, they will weigh it out right there. They also always have deals happening to make sure that patients receive the best deals possible.

Arizona Natural Concepts is located at 1039 East Carefree Highway, Site D, in Phoenix. To learn more, visit ancdispensary.com or call 602-224-5999. You can also follow them on social media as well on Facebook @AZNaturalConcepts and Instagram @ arizonanaturalconcepts.

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Real Estate

Cash App Scams Are On The Rise: How To Protect Yourself and Your Transactions By Scott Gaertner, Associate Broker

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recent news story on local TV news channel ABC 15 caught my attention and I wanted to share its message of raising awareness of cash app scams so that our Scottsdale North residents stay safe and vigilant—especially during major transactions like real estate purchases. In the story (you can find it on ABC15. com by searching ‘Arizona woman loses thousands of dollars in cash transfer app scam’), veteran Valley journalist Fay Fredricks tells the harrowing tale of an Arizona family that unfortunately lost $10,000 in a real estate scam. The family thought they were purchasing their dream home and transferring the money over Zelle to who they assumed was a legitimate real estate agent—only to find out that it was a scam. “When they say that it’s not going to happen to everyone, ‘I’m too smart, it’s not going to happen.’ It can happen,” warns the local victim of the scam to ABC 15. According to Fredericks’ reporting, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office has received multiple complaints about money transfer scams over the past year. THE RISE OF CASH APP SCAMS According to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, in 2016, Arizona placed at number 19 for states reporting consumer fraud and tenth among states reporting identity theft. Scam artists victimize consumers of all ages, backgrounds, and income levels, but the elderly are disproportionately targeted. During the pandemic, digital payment apps such as Venmo, Zelle, Cash App, and others, grew in popularity. This past summer, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) released a report showing that scams involving cash apps rose.

“People are complaining, not just once, they’re complaining for weeks or months at a time and they’re getting no result,” Ed Mierzwinski, Senior Director of Federal Consumer Programs at U.S. PIRG, told Scripps National in a news report. “A big problem with the scammers and the apps is that when you initiate the transaction and send the money to the ‘bad guy,’ it’s not an unauthorized charge under the act. Congress should fix that.” HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF To protect yourself from cash app scams, experts suggest treating cash apps such as Zelle, PayPal, Cash App, Venmo, and others like, well, cash. Use them only with trusted friends, family, and retailers. Other expert tips for avoiding cash app scams include: • Set privacy settings on these apps to the most private they can be. • Only send money to people you know and trust. • Double and triple check emails or usernames. • Watch out (and question) unexpected money requests. • Be aware of fake scam emails. One tip is to compare e-mails to the ‘contact us’ page on the app’s website. • With apps like Zelle that are attached to your bank account, be sure to have a strong, unique login, and two-factor authorization. • With all apps, have a unique login and password. Change your password occasionally, especially if it may have been compromised. • Never give anyone your login and password. • Always question an email or text that’s from a cash app. • Consider forgoing cash apps when possible and use credit or debit cards, which come with a bit more security when it comes to transactions.

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IF YOU THINK YOU’VE BEEN SCAMMED If the worst happens and you think you may be a scam victim, contact the app you used (there’s often a contact us form on their website) and your bank right away. The Arizona Attorney General also notes that if you believe you have been the victim of consumer fraud, you may file a consumer complaint online at azag.gov/ complaints/consumer or call them at 602542-5763 to request a complaint form.

Wire fraud has also become a huge problem for home buyers and sellers. Look for another article coming soon on that topic.

REAL ESTATE FRAUD SCHEMES In the ABC 15 story that I first mentioned, the scam victim lost $10,000 of hard-earned money in what she thought was a legitimate real estate transaction. To avoid doing this, I recommend only working with a local real estate agent with a trustworthy track record and using only traditional methods of payment in the real estate transactions.

Scott Gaertner is an Associate Broker with Keller Williams Northeast, who for the past 25+ years has helped more people to find their lifestyle niche in the Scottsdale North area than anyone else. He also contributes his thoughts on lifestyle interests in the area.

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Real Estate ICON at Silverleaf Luxury Condominiums Open for Prospective Buyers A fter a successful sell-out of the first 24 residences, sales are now underway at ICON at Silverleaf, a high style, highly amenitized enclave of luxury condominiums tucked into the canyons of the McDowell Mountains. Situated within the gates of Silverleaf at DC Ranch, regarded as one of Arizona’s most exclusive golf club communities, ICON is surrounded by natural desert beauty and magnificent mountain views of the McDowell Mountain Preserve. Adjacent to the Canyon Village commercial center and Village Health Club and Spa, it is also close to a variety of entertainment, dining, shopping, and cultural destinations. With 24-hour manned, gate-guarded security, residents here enjoy a private, low maintenance “lock and leave” lifestyle. Although in proximity to many upscale residential services, the setting is tranquil with artfully designed structures harmonizing with the environment. Upon completion, ICON will include eight four-story buildings. Covered parking garages, pre-wired for electric car chargers, are located on the first floors. Three buildings are complete, and five buildings remain. Greg Holmes, former head of sales at Zoom, Chris Nottoli, co-founder of CCI Network Services, and internationally renowned architect Bing Hu are managing the new ICON development. Three single-story floor plans, reflecting Hu’s signature architectural style, are offered, ranging from 2,752 to 6,288 square feet with up to four bedrooms and fourand-one-half baths. Fresh, lively, and flowing with modern layouts and expansive open spaces, plans are designed to showcase incredible views. For the ultimate in exclusivity and convenience, elevators are semi-private with a designated vestibule in each plan. In addition, buyers have a myriad of the best quality selections and upscale options for individualizing their residences.

biggest plans with the best views, are a first for the state of Arizona. Penthouse owners have the option to finish their rooftops with their own private pool and outdoor living space. ICON’s opulent resort-style pool and spa is reserved exclusively for residents. There is also easy access to miles of hiking trails in the McDowell Mountain Preserve, community parks and the Silverleaf Club. The Silverleaf Club features a Tom-Weiskopf-designed, 18-hole championship golf course. Its 50,000 square foot clubhouse includes world-class spa facilities, resort and lap pools, fully appointed men’s and women’s locker rooms, as well as fine and casual dining. New members are currently being accepted.

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Silverleaf is part of the 8,300-acre DC Ranch master plan, including more than 4,600 acres of open space. “ICON is the last new development within Silverleaf,” Deborah Beardsley, Silverleaf Realty Associate Broker, says. “We offer a unique and highly desirable lifestyle in a pristine desert environment. I’ve been a part of this community since the beginning and am excited to be a part of this final offering.” “We are finding more and more clients looking for upscale properties in private communities,” Laura Lester, Silverleaf Realty Sales Associate, says. “I am very pleased to offer ICON at Silverleaf.” ICON at Silverleaf condominium sales are handled by Silverleaf Realty. Private construction tours for interested buyers are conducted at 18801 N. 101st Street, Suite 100, in Scottsdale by appointment only. For additional information, visit ICONSilverleaf.com or call 480-7255827.

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I’VE LIVED IN NORTH SCOTTSDALE FOR 25 YEARS AND I LOVE IT BECAUSE... Of the beauty of the mountains, and the ability to hike, bike, and walk right out the front door. We are so fortunate to live here and raise our children in this beautiful part of the world.

THE SONG I WOULD SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT IS… I would sing “Country Roads,” by John Denver, as it reminds me of my home in Michigan. John Denver is one of my all-time favorite storytellers.

A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES... Working from home gives me the opportunity to have a flexible day so I can design my day anyway I want. I am a Director of Regional Sales for a data center services company based in Dallas, Texas. I am responsible for developing brand new accounts and driving expansion across existing accounts. I travel around the West visiting clients and prospects. MY FAMILY... My husband Randy and I enjoy outdoor adventures: skiing, hiking, biking, camping and offroading in our Jeep. We will be growing our family soon with the addition of a yellow lab that we plan on naming Dakota. Our children are all grown up and living their best lives. ONE THING I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT IS... The outdoors and nature and the ability to access so many different terrains here in Arizona, without the long drive. Hiking, biking, and off-roading give us a way to connect that feels authentic and familiar and is an incredibly special gift that our Mother Earth gives us.

THE ONE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS… My husband Randy motivates me every day to smile, be nice, and reach for more. He reminds me that I don’t have anything to prove to anyone else other than myself. It all starts with you. Stop searching for validation from other sources and focus inward on yourself. Approval from others isn’t needed, but true love of self is an absolute necessity. Accept and love yourself unconditionally. THE LAST THING THAT MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD WAS… Watching animals “talk” on Tik Tok. It is addicting and so fun but a big waste of time.

THE PERFECT DAY WOULD BE… Sailing on a 42-foot sailboat in the British Virgin Islands. We sailed three times there and it is beautiful. The snorkeling, diving and local fare is so colorful and relaxing. MY FAVORITE LOCAL NONPROFIT IS… Foothills Animal Rescue Boutique in North Scottsdale as all the items that are donated help to save and support animals in need. The thrift store takes in all donations and sells them to the public so the monies can be put toward animals that need medical attention or adopted. MY LIFE… Is good, full of joy, hope, and positivity. Nature gives us a large perspective; large enough where all our own versions look small. The version that nature provides helps wipe our worries. Find your nature and find your new perspective. THE BEST GIFT I’VE EVER RECEIVED WAS… I received a cross necklace from my husband that reminds me to always smile, be grateful, and count your blessings.

MY FAVORITE MOVIE I COULD NEVER GET TIRED OF WATCHING AND WHY… Pretty Women because it is a great love story and proof that it does not matter where you came from, it is where you are going.

MY DREAM VACATION WOULD BE TO… Maui, Hawaii. We are saving up to go there for our 20th anniversary and plan on snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, jumping off waterfalls, and island hopping.

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I WANTED TO BE… A vet because I love all animals, especially horses. I hope to own

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED... Make peace with your broken pieces.

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UTILITY COSTS AND BARRIERS TO GOING SOLAR REMOVED BY REGULATORS

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hoever said that all good things must come to an end never saw anything like the Arizona solar industry. With generous government subsidies, rapidly improving technology, and plenty of Arizona sunshine, the past decade has been a great time for homeowners to invest in solar power, and the reasons to go solar are about to get even better after some recent policy victories for energy customers go into effect this month. Arizona’s utility regulator, on November 9, issued a litany of ruleshredding orders to one of the state’s largest power companies, resolving a number of longstanding disputes over burdensome restrictions on solar energy. A few of these orders make solar power even more economically beneficial than it already is. Most importantly, the Arizona Corporation Commission ordered APS to eliminate the “grid-access charge” that it had imposed on owners of home solar systems. This fee, which totaled about $100 a year per household on average, was based on a supposed need to recoup a shortfall in what solar customers contributed to grid maintenance. But after a long debate, the commission found this need to be unsubstantiated and ordered it revoked. Solar-industry companies and their customers are celebrating the removal of this arbitrary financial burden, which promises to enhance the financial returns to an investment in solar. “Arizona got rid of an unjustified and outdated charge that has been a drag on the Arizona solar economy,” said Sara Birmingham, a senior policy director at the Solar Energy Industries Association, in a statement. “We are at a point in our country where we need to focus SSS Horizontal.qxp_Layout 1 11/19/21 3:57 PM Page 1 on deploying more clean energy, and unnecessary utility charges and

fees can be a major deterrent to potential solar customers. This change will more fairly recognize the benefits of local solar adoption and we hope we can expand solar accessibility to even more Arizonans. We commend the commission for reversing course on this harmful and discriminatory charge for residential solar customers in Arizona.” Two other rule revocations lift arbitrary restrictions on the size of customers’ solar systems. APS had previously capped the productive capacity of residents’ systems at 1.5 times their greatest energy demand, which APS calculated on the basis of one hour of peak usage in a year. Another scrapped rule had required customers with systems above a certain KW threshold to buy an expensive new electrical control panel, a mandate with no basis in either technological necessity or the electrical code. This will have the effect of reducing the cost to homeowners of larger system installations by up to $3000. These rule changes, which are effective this month, promise to make a good deal even better. By creating substantial cost savings, increasing home equity, and insulating homeowners from unpredictable fossilfuel prices, solar power has already proven its ability to enhance Arizonans’ financial security and independence. Now APS customers can maximize their energy freedom with fewer arbitrary restrictions on how much solar energy they can harness or how much financial benefit they can derive from it. Solar pioneers are winning the fight for forward-thinking energy policy in Arizona. Have you considered taking advantage of the new opportunities that are opening up? If so, contact SunSolar Solutions today at 623-562-9009 to have a design prepared for your home free of charge.

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• For the AHCCCS Complete Care (ACC) Medicaid program our service area is Gila, Maricopa and Pinal counties. • For ALTCS Medicaid our service area is Gila, Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal counties. • For the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities, our service area is all Arizona counties. Mercy Care Advantage’s network includes primary care providers (PCP), specialists, therapists, urgent care centers, clinics, hospitals, and providers of home and community-based services. In addition, Mercy Care Advantage members receive coverage for routine transportation to certain Mercy Care Advantage supplemental benefits. To receive the most from your benefits, all Mercy Care Advantage members are required to receive all routine care from Mercy Care Advantage plan providers. Exceptions are made in the event of an emergency or an urgently needed care situation or for kidney dialysis services received from a Medicare-certified dialysis facility when you are temporarily outside the plan’s service area. Mercy Care Advantage is more than just a health plan, we are part of the Arizona community. Our employees are your neighbors, family and friends. With a commitment to serving the health needs of Arizona, our members are the focus of our organization, and we treat each member with respect, compassion and dignity. We connect with the community in many ways. An important part of our mission is helping the community thrive. We care about what happens here. We work with and support community organizations whose mission aligns with our goals of improving the health of members in Arizona. Each year, through Mercy C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Action, Resources, Education and Service), we provide direct support with grant funding, sponsorship or other financial investments. We also provide support through volunteer service hours, board participation and fundraising efforts to nonprofit organizations and programs that address addiction recovery, housing, school-based services, food insecurity, women’s health and pandemic support across Arizona.

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When Life Changes, Your Estate Plan Might Change Too By Libby Banks, the Law Office of Libby Banks, PLLC

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hange is inevitable. With estate planning, you put in place the best plan you can at the time. However, as your life proceeds, and the law twists and turns, your plan may need an update. So, when should you review – and possibly renew – your estate plan? CHANGES IN THE LAW One change that can make a difference in your plan isn’t even something you might know about. Federal or state law may change, and your plan might need to be adjusted to address the new laws.

simpler plan in place will make it easier for your surviving spouse and children to administer. THE BIG FOUR OF LIFE EVENTS – MARRIAGE, DIVORCE, BIRTH AND DEATH It seems obvious that if you get married or divorced, you need to change your plan. When you leave a marriage, leave the old estate plan and replace it with a new plan. On marrying, don’t forget to change the plan you did before marriage. I’ve had to console the spouse who finds out too late that her husband failed to adjust his plan and didn’t change his life insurance or IRA beneficiaries.

For example, the Arizona Trust Code was enacted in 2008, changing the former trust law completely. If your trust was put in place before 2008, you need a review, because the law on which it was based is now very different.

The birth of a child is also an occasion to change your plan or put one in place if you haven’t done so yet. You need to protect that life you brought into the world. Protection includes making sure things are in place for their care if you are no longer here.

The federal estate tax exemption has changed over the years as well. The exemption (what you can give away in life and at death without taxes) has been as low as $600,0000 but is now $11.7 million per person. If your estate plan was done when the exemption was low, your plan may be far more complex than what you need if your estate is well below the exemption amount. Putting a

MOVING FROM STATE TO STATE Another significant life event is a move to another state. While your attorney in your old state may have done a fine job, it is important to be sure that your new home state doesn’t have laws that affect your plan adversely. A local attorney can advise you about whether your existing plan requires changes.

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North Pole Experience NPX, Home of Santa’s Workshop, Welcomes Valley Families This Holiday Season

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he North Pole Experience (NPX), the Home of Santa’s Workshop, is heading into their twelfth year of opening their workshop doors to families from around the world to build toys with the elves. Located in Flagstaff, the North Pole Experience is the only one of its kind in the United States, providing guests the utmost unique Christmas adventure of a lifetime. The NPX adventure begins at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, which is decked out in millions of lights. When families arrive to Little America, they will check in and receive their golden ticket to Santa’s Workshop. The golden ticket grants access to board one of Santa’s trolleys, which is where the North Pole Experience begins. Families take a ride through a magic portal to Santa’s massive workshop in the middle of the forest. As guests pass through the portal, Christmas music fills the trolley, lights flash, and children close their eyes. Before they know it, they have reached the North Pole. There in front of them lies the secret of all secrets: Santa’s massive workshop in the middle of the North Pole Forest. Children and parents are then guided off the trolley where they find themselves in front of a set of mag-

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nificent doors where they knock for the elves. Once families enter Santa’s toy factory headquarters, that is where the real magic begins. Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole Experience is a complete, hands-on experience for children. Families work side-by-side with the elves, learning all sort of secrets inside the workshops. Children receive high-clearance access to build toys with the elves, interacting with the workshop bustle. Families visit Santa’s main factory floor, which is filled with conveyor belts and soaring ceilings filled with gifts and packages. The fun doesn’t stop there as you stop for a visit with Mrs. Claus and enjoy scrumptious “Yeti-o’s” (sugared donuts) and “snowman soup” (hot chocolate with marshmallows) in the North Pole Bakery before heading into Elf University.

Owner Scott Pace is the mastermind behind the ultimate Christmas experience, carefully recreating every detail and vision of what his then-5-year-old twin girls requested 13 years ago. “They wanted to visit Santa’s real workshop, and a year later, the portal opened.” “It’s wonderful to have guests back to the North Pole Experience again this year and welcome families to enjoy the magic of Christmas,” says Pace. “Christmas is a magical time of year, and it just wasn’t the same last year. NPX offers a truly one-of-a-kind experience that captures the essence of the Christmas spirit and unforgettable memories to last a lifetime.”

The NPX 2021 season goes through Sunday, December 26. Families are encouraged to pre-select time and If your child has ever wondered what happens to all dates as the experience sells out every year. Once you those letters they send to Santa, be sure to stop by San- have booked tickets for North Pole Experience, you ta’s mailroom and his personal office while you’re there! can stretch your adventure out even longer by booking Santa’s mailroom, his personal office, and his top-secret a meal or overnight stay at the Little America Hotel. Options include breakfast with Santa and/or the North “Area 47” Sleigh Hanger, featuring his famous sleigh, is jam packed with some of the most advanced technology Pole Experience dinner buffet. Meals are available for in the world, including runway lights, radar systems, and purchase even if you don’t stay the night at the hotel. All tickets for the North Pole Experience can be purchased more. Families end the 1.5-hour workshop tour with a online at northpoleexperience.com. private family visit with Santa.

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Movie Reviews and Upcoming Release Dates By A.D. Beal

IN THEATERS Dune

Spencer A fable about Princess Diana set over three days. Haunting, but not scary, Spencer is strangely a relatable movie. The anxiety that Diana feels throughout the film, in one of Kristen Stewart’s finest roles, is realistic and terrifying, sometimes going into surreal. The fuzzy visuals add to the mood of the film, giving it a lovely but still unsettling mood. Jonny Greenwood’s score is outstanding, very different from his usual film work, more like his earlier Radiohead days in how somber it comes across. If you can stomach how patient it is as a film, you will be rewarded with an incredible experience. Eternals

have praised this film for diverging from the usual Marvel fare, but to me it didn’t go far enough. Every now and then, an interesting idea about these characters’ roles pops its head, and almost goes somewhere. But then, the script does nothing with it and chooses to focus on something else, like the usual forced humor of Marvel films or long scenes of dull exposition. You feel bad for the actors here, trying so desperately to get something out of this material when they have so little to work with, but only Brian Tyree Henry comes out succeeding. Most of all, for a film with the lore it has, it strangely does little with it and takes potentially grand images and worlds and wastes them. What could have been something special in this series turned out to be another disposable picture to add to the Disney+ library.

ON NETFLIX The Harder They Fall

In the far future, a young man must face his destiny when his family is under attack over control of a planet and its resources. Dune is the ideal blockbuster and a showcase of Denis Villenueve at the height of his filmmaking career. With worldbuilding not seen since The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, each faction, character and planet feel alive and breathing, despite their different amounts of screen time. In spite of its handling as an adventure/action film (which it delivers), the film is filled with several moments straight out of a horror movie with Paul’s terrible visions of war and the scenes on Giedi Prime. At the same time, the tragic moments pack their necessary punch and the cast is one of the best ensembles in recent years. A true masterpiece, and likely to be a defining film of its time, Dune is not to be missed. myhyperlocalnews.com

They Fall establishes Jeymes Samuel well. An homage that doesn’t become a copy, energetic but still thoughtful, it’s a rare Netflix original with genuine personality to it. Portrayed like a tall tale of these real-life people, the cast brings them to life with the tone that fits its time while still modernizing it. The old west feels like it’s at the end of its peak in this film, complimented by the production design, which is both complex and minimal when needed. Most of all, the action is exciting with each blast, explosion and punch hitting their mark. The Harder They Fall is one of Netflix’s best films yet.

DECEMBER RELEASES December 3: • Try Harder! • Wolf • Flee (Limited) • Bendetta (Limited) • The Hand Of God (Limited) • Invasion (Limited) December 10: • West Side Story • Red Rocket (Limited) • Being The Ricardos (Limited) • Don’t Look Up (Limited) December 17: • Spider-Man: No Way Home • Nightmare Alley

After thousands of years without interfering, a group of immortal beings find themselves divided on what to do about a world-ending event. You can almost see the tug of war between Chloé Zhao and the people of Marvel Studios in regards to the direction of Eternals. Some

December 22: • The Matrix Resurrections • Sing 2 • The King’s Man

Nat Love assembles his old gang to find the man who murdered his family. For a directorial debut, The Harder

December 25: • A Journal For Jordan • American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story

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check out these amazing holiday events happening across the state RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL

THE NUTCRACKER

When: Various dates in December Where: 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix What: Ballet Arizona returns to Symphony Hall in grand fashion with this holiday classic. Celebrate the joy and wonder of the season with Ib Andersen’s The Nutcracker as Tchaikovsky’s cherished score is masterfully performed by The Phoenix Symphony. Follow Clara’s wintry adventures as she battles mischievous mice and charms the Sugar Plum Fairy. Whether this is your first Nutcracker or your 101st, this heartwarming tradition never fails to enchant and draw smiles from all! Info: balletaz.org/performance/the-nutcracker-2021

When: Through December 24 Where: Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix What: The holiday classic soars off the screen in this musical adaptation of the beloved television special. Filled with holiday hits like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Holly Jolly Christmas,” Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer features all of your favorite characters, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Info: herbergertheater.org/events

PHOESTIVUS 2021

When: December 15 and 16 Where: N. Central Ave. and Pierce St., Phoenix What: Shopping local has never been better! The chance to find the perfect gifts for this holiday season, meet the artists, participate in the Phoestivus traditions, enjoy a Phoestivus Ale, and more all while enjoying the great outdoors. Phoestivus began in 2009 to be the perfect all-inclusive December celebration. Phoestivus is the brainchild of Ken Clark from Get Your PHX and Community Food Connections. The Phoenix event boasts traditions like the Pheats of Strength, the Airing of Grievances, Hipster Santa, and Yeti sightings. Info: phoestivus.com

RAWHIDE SNOWY CHRISTMAS

When: Through December 18 Where: Rawhide Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler What: The Town will illuminate with over a million lights and be decked out with holiday décor through December 18. Rawhide will feature holiday festivities nightly during public hours (5 - 10 p.m.). Every Friday and Saturday night, Santa will lead the official tree lighting ceremony and be available for photos. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the nightly snowfall down Main Street and seeing all the town lit up. Admission is free! Info: rawhide.com/event/rawhide-snowy-christmas-2021

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THE MAGICAL CHRISTMAS JOURNEY TO THE NORTH POLE

When: Through December 24 Where: Verde Canyon Railroad, 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale What: At the magical North Pole passengers will see 12 creatively decorated buildings featuring Santa’s Workshop, Mrs. Claus’ Bakeshop, Naughty Kids Coal Mine, the Antler Inn, Reindeer Flight School, Ice Fishing Hut, Elf School, and Ugly Sweater Factory, among others. Mrs. Claus and acrobatic elves will wave good-bye to Santa Claus as he boards the train for the return trip to Clarkdale. The man in the big red suit will interact with all the children and gift them with a little train memento as a reminder of their Christmas Adventure aboard Verde Canyon Railroad. Info: verdecanyonrr.com/events/christmas-train

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CHRISTMAS AT SCHNEPF FARMS

When: Through December 31 Where: Schnepf Farms, 24610 E. Rittenhouse, Queen Creek What: Experience the wonder of Christmas at Schnepf Farms, a special kind of holiday magic for the entire family. Featuring the Illumination Express train ride, a Christmas carousel, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, hayrides to reindeer, pictures with Santa, snow globe mini golf, a beer and wine garden, and the world’s largest inflatable Christmas-themed obstacle course. Info: schnepfchristmas.com

LIGHTS AT THE FARM

When: Through January 2, 2022 Where: Vertuccio Farms, 4011 S. Power Rd., Mesa What: Lights at the Farm at Vertuccio Farms is Arizona’s largest walk-through synchronized Christmas light show featuring ten acres of festive light displays. Keep time with popular Christmas songs, guaranteed to spread Christmas cheer. Enjoy delicious food, music, skating, and other family-friendly entertainment. Skating is available for an additional charge. Info: lightsatthefarm.com

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STATEPOINT CROSSWORD - THEME: LANGUAGES ACROSS 1. Lacking imagination 6. Afflict 9. Bob of boxing world 13. From then on 14. Ornamental pond dweller 15. Not asleep 16. Cuzco valley people 17. Overnight lodging 18. 5th of 7 canonical hours 19. *Brothers Grimm language 21. *Language considered to have most words 23. Man’s tasseled hat 24. Cross to bear 25. Retriever’s word, for short 28. Person, place or thing 30. Like a bow or a racket 35. Pale ____ beverage, pl. 37. It has multiple limbs 39. Mister in Madrid 40. Spare in a trunk 41. Manuscript changes 43. Romantic occurrence 44. Letter-shaped girder 46. Russian mountain range 47. Curved molding 48. HNO3 acid 50. Egyptian goddess of fertility 52. Rub the wrong way 53. CISC alternative 55. Cry of horror, in comics 57. *First language spoken in outer space 61. *Once considered the language of diplomacy 64. Like old cracker 65. What acrimony and acrobat have in common 67. Get ready to drive, on a golf course 69. It’s often rewarded with a medal in military 70. Sturgeon yield 71. Backyards separator? 72. “That was close!” 73. “C’____ la vie!” 74. “Silas Marner” novelist

DOWN 1. Pressure unit 2. A year in a trunk 3. It’s sometimes enough 4. Cozy accessory 5. Unquestioning ones 6. Similar 7. H+, e.g. 8. Flax-derived fabric 9. Deserter’s acronym 10. Indian princess 11. Luau instrument, pl. 12. Mosquito net, e.g. 15. Teenagers’ emotions 20. Nitrogen, in the olden days 22. *Greek N, pl. 24. Relating to dreams 25. *”Veni, vidi, vici” language 26. “My wife can vouch for me”, e.g. 27. Prince’s “Raspberry ____” 29. *Pakistani language 31. Make over 32. Eel in a sushi restaurant 33. Annotator 34. *Hellenic language 36. Popular way to cook tuna 38. *Greek H, pl. 42. More like a fox 45. Quaggier 49. Langley, VA org. 51. Be full of anger 54. Rabbit trap 56. Land on patellas 57. Invitation acronym 58. One of Four Corners states 59. Price reduction 60. Snail-like 61. Guitar part 62. Ghana monetary unit 63. Designer Boss 66. Trigonometry abbr. 68. Favorite one

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