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Published by Estrella Publishing LLC, PO Box 6962, Goodyear AZ 85338. Additional copies and article reproductions can be obtained for a fee by contacting info@EstrellaPublishing.com Catherine Uretsky, Publisher and Editor 623.594.9283 info@EstrellaPublishing.com Al Uretsky, Publisher and Sales Executive 623.594.9283 info@EstrellaPublishing.com All contents © 2010-present Estrella Publishing LLC. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in any form, in whole or part, without written permission from Estrella Publishing LLC is prohibited. Estrella Publishing accepts freelance contributions, there is no guarantee that materials will be used or returned. Some content is provided by Brandpointe and Family Features. Estrella Publishing is not responsible for the views of contributing writers and assumes no responsibility for errors appearing within. Opinions expressed are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the Publisher or Advertisers. Estrella Publishing reserves the right to restrict all advertisement to their proper classification and to edit or reject any copy at its sole discretion.

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Fall Events 2021 AROUND THE VALLEY

Pumpkin Fest at the Princess

Phoenix Greek Festival

Following the end of its summer space-themed events, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess will host its fall festival with mini carnival rides, a pumpkin patch, fireworks, and a hay maze. New this year is The Cider Orchard with flaming ciders (alcoholic and nonalcoholic), kettle corn, and caramel apples, Mystic Passage with animatronics and photo opportunities, and “The Spookeasy” at the Plaza Bar.

The Phoenix Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Phoenix will celebrate 60 years in 2021. The three-day festival will have Greek food, music, dancing, and vendors selling artwork and jewelry. Friday, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m, and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1973 E. Maryland Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85016; admission is $5, food and drink are extra; parking is $5 at church or free at Charles Schwab (24th Street and Lincoln).

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Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party

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Schnepf Farms’ yearly fall festival runs throughout the month of October with a U-pick pumpkin patch, 10-acre corn maze, pig races, small amusement rides, hayrides, petting zoo, live entertainment, bonfires, chili dinners, and a spooky train ride. A new attraction this year will be a ropes course. Tickets are $24 per person and include more than a dozen rides, including superslide, hyperloop, ropes course, zip lines, plus a petting zoo, 4-acre, and 10-acre corn mazes. The train ride, haunted bus, food, and pumpkins are separate costs. A season pass is $79.

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Dustin Lynch, Old Dominion, Luke Combes, and Eric Church are set to headline the fourday desert music festival in Florence, Arizona. Old Dominion replaced Morgan Wallen. Meghan Patrick, Hardy, Mitchell Tenpenny, Chris Janson, Ashley McBryde, Parmalee, among others, are also scheduled to perform. Single-day tickets start at $99, four-day pass starts at $200; campgrounds are additional; 20585 E. Water Way, Florence, AZ 85132..

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Vertuccio Farms Fall Festival (Oct. 1 - 31)

Kids and families can venture through a five-acre corn maze, play mini-golf, and jump on a giant jump pad, among other activities, at Vertuccio Farms’ yearly fall festival. There are also giant tube rolls, pumpkins, duck races, a petting zoo, barrel train rides, and pumpkin bowling. Admission is $12 per person. Kids two and younger are free.

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Dia De Los Muertos PHX (Oct. 23 & 24)

Also known as “Day of the Dead,” families remember and honor their ancestors through photos, offerings, music, and artwork. Plans for this year’s festival include mask making, a community altar, live music and entertainment, face painting, and a sunset procession. Free, though food, drink, merchandise are separate costs; gates open at 1 p.m.

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Anthem AutumnFest (Oct. 23 & 24)

This year’s Anthem AutumnFest will have carnival rides, an arts and crafts fair, hayrides, live music, a food court and beer garden, and a pumpkin patch. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Communiy Park. Free. Pumpkins and carnival rides may have their own costs.

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Mesa Arts Center’s Dia De Los Muertos Festival (Oct. 23 & 24)

Celebrate “Day of the Dead” and Latin American art and culture at this free event at the Mesa Art Center. Free, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Mesa Arts Center, One East Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201.

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From Me To You... ‘If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.’ Benjamin Franklin.

I am a planner, always have been. In fact I usually have a plan, a back-up plan, and a worst case scenario plan. I suppose it is because I work on an “assume the best but prepare for the worst” mentality and for that you need a few plans. We also have four children and that takes a ton of planning. School, work, extra-curriculars, they all need to be combined in the plan. Now that three of our kids are adults I thought I could ease up on the planning and allow others to take the lead. Well, as Michael Chabon said, “Man makes plans... and God laughs.” Our lives changed dramatically a few months ago and we have since welcomed two teenage girls into our home and our family. We love having them and we have known them for most of their lives so the transition is mostly seamless. Except for the planning. These kids have never learned how to plan ahead. For anything. They live on the fly and change plans on a whim. They

are truly go with the flow girls and it has worked for them up to this point. The problem is that it doesn’t work in our family dynamic. I can’t drop everything to pick someone up from school when they decide not to go to a friend’s house after all, or they have to buy something for school the next day. I can help them out when I know what’s coming, we are working on that together and I know it will get better with time. Long-term plans are something else I love to do. You could call it a form of dreaming I suppose. The things I would love to do if everything comes together. I have been planning a family trip for a couple of years now but because of Covid my plans keep getting shelved and changed. My father turned 80 this summer and we were all supposed to be in England for a month of celebrations and exploration. Obviously that did not happen according to plan. We spent the summer in the US - California and Florida, where we dodged hurricanes and humidity. Fun, but not the original plan. I am also coming to a new stage in life. Planning for retirement. Not the financial part, that happened many years ago, thank goodness. I am talking about the fun part. Downsizing to a smaller house, traveling, taking on a new hobby. All the things I have been putting on the back burner while I get on with the business of raising a family. The possibilities are endless well as endless as my budget allows anyway. I have never been to Belize, or on safari, I was supposed to live in New Zealand with family when I was younger, perhaps I could finally see what life is like in the antipodes. Whatever I decide to do I know that there will be many plans to make - and really that’s half the fun!

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Home Sweet Home The kitchen is famously the go-to room of the house where family and friends gather to spend time together, so it should be a space that you enjoy hanging out in. If your kitchen’s decor is starting to look a little tired, you can always freshen things up by adding modern and functional touches. Here are five ideas that can transform your kitchen from tired to top-notch.

1. Color your world Adding color doesn’t need to be expensive or time-consuming. For instance, small appliances are to kitchens what throw pillows are to couches. Look for small, countertop kitchen appliances with a color you love and put them on display. Dress up your floors with a colorful runner. Paint something - an accent wall, a nook, woodwork, or cabinets. 2. Warm up your countertops If you want to add a bit of natural warmth to your kitchen, consider butcher block countertops. Adding to the benefits of butcher block, the close grain of the wood provides a smooth, scratch-resistant surface that’s easy to clean.

Make a cozy, intimate seating area Because people tend to congregate in the kitchen, invite them to stay awhile by installing a modern seating area. Get creative with counter seating, or carve out a cozy nook in a corner. Banquet seating or a bench at a window-side table can give your kitchen an inviting atmosphere. 4. Shed a new light on it Updating your light fixtures can make a nightand-day difference in the mood of your kitchen. The easiest to install is pendant lighting that you plug into the wall. Hang a hook from the ceiling and swoop the cord over it and voila, you’ve got modern lighting. 5. Put a spotlight on your kitchen floor Fresh flooring can greatly revitalize your kitchen, instantly sprucing up any dull decor with a timeless product that is resilient, waterproof, durable and attractive. Breathing new life into your kitchen can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. Start small and go big, or start big and accent with small touches of color. Make it yours, and make it inviting.

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Furry Friends Did you know honey bees are responsible for over 35% of the foods you eat, as well as the honey you enjoy? Honey bees are vital to the health of the planet and to the food chain, as they are necessary for pollinating more than 90 food crops including fruits, vegetables and nuts - plus alfalfa, which is used as feed for the livestock that supply our meat and dairy.

Here are Michalczyk’s tips for enjoying and celebrating the hardworking pollinator. 1. Celebrate pollinator foods Honey bees pollinate plants and trees in all 50 U.S. states, and are needed to pollinate over 90 crops. So the next time you are enjoying apples, avocados, cherries, almonds or sunflower seeds, you can celebrate the fact that all of these foods are made possible by hardworking honey bees.

There are many ways you can enjoy the fruits of the honey bees’ labor, while also helping to support their habitats and ensuring they’ll be around for generations to come. The National Honey Board has partnered with registered dietitian Maggie Michalczyk, RDN, to bring you her favorite planet-friendly tips and ideas.

2. Sweat for bees Movement is key to a balanced life. Skip the pesticides in your yard and pull weeds by hand instead. Then make sure to plant bee-friendly flowers and flowering herbs in your garden and yard. Get the whole family involved and let kids know which flowers are good for bees, so they’ll know to get excited when they see bees around in the future.

“Honey is one of my go-to staples because of its pure qualities and positive impact on crucial pollinators,” said Michalczyk. “I like to recommend honey to my clients who want wholesome ingredients they can feel good about consuming, without having to compromise taste - as honey is a flavorful addition to a variety of foods and beverages.”

3. Expand your produce palate Pollinators, including honey bees, are responsible for 1 in every 3 bites of food that everyone eats, including many fruits and vegetables. Eating a wide variety of produce plays a role in enhancing the diversity of your gut microbiome, which has been reported to be good for your overall health.

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Holiday Shopping After nearly 18 months of celebrating anniversaries, birthdays and graduations through video chat, people are vying for in-person connection with friends and family. With the holiday season around the corner, there is no better way to reconnect with loved ones than through gifting a new experience or favorite pastime to create lifelong memories. Below is a list of five experiential travel gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list - including the person who has everything. Tickets to live events For the friend or family member who shares new music before it hits the radio or is counting down the days for Broadway to re-open. There’s nothing quite like seeing your favorite band take the stage to play their top hits live, or sitting courtside to cheer on your hometown team. Art class series For the friend or family member who spends their weekends covered in paint and clay. Give the gift of craftsmanship through a series of classes with local artisans. If your giftee is an

interior design fanatic who’s always down for a DIY project, a woodworking or upholstery class could be the winner.

Culinary adventures For the friend or family member who is constantly testing out new flavors in the kitchen. Culinary tourism is a growing trend as travelers are looking to indulge in unique, palateexpanding experiences. Consider gifting a cooking class that dives into regional dishes and local ingredients. Culinary walking tours offer the best of both worlds as they can explore multiple neighborhoods while trying new cuisines. Action-packed escapades For the friend or family member who is always seeking their next adrenaline rush. Help them chase their next adventure and give the gift of once-in-a-lifetime moments. Whether that be channeling their inner speed demon with a race car test drive or cheering on their daredevil nature with extreme whitewater rafting, these heart-pumping experiences make the perfect gift. Wellness essentials For the friend or family member who indulges in self-care on a daily basis. Known as a regular in the local apothecary shop and an avid selfimprovement podcast listener, this giftee has mastered their wellness routine. From aerial yoga and tai chi classes to 24-karat gold facials and cupping therapy, spa and wellness packages will open the door to new cultures and opportunities to boost personal care. Put a bow on top Wrap any of these gifts up with a hotel stay! Many hotels offer unique experiences, so be sure to research or contact hotels in your sought-after destination to learn more. So, get a head start on holiday shopping and gift an unforgettable experience.

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Senior Living A person’s golden years may be some of the best years of their life, living each day to the fullest by doing what they love, from pursuing hobbies to spending time with their families and beyond. Thinking about senior living may seem like a distant concern, but it’s an important conversation to have now so you and your family are ready for the future. Your may not feel ready to make the move, especially if you’re still physically and mentally healthy. However, setting yourself up for quality care in the future is important, especially as health care costs continue to skyrocket. According to a CNBC report, health care costs for retirees are expected to increase more than 5% every year through 2026. In these instances, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) can be beneficial for both your personal and financial health.

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A CCRC, otherwise known as a life plan community, is a smart long-term option for seniors. CCRCs have different housing levels where seniors initially live independently and can transition to an assisted living or skilled nursing facility if needed, all at significantly reduced costs compared to the market.

Here are a few important benefits of living in a CCRC: A sense of community Meeting new friends at a CCRC is easy, as they provide many social activities, including mixers, clubs and, in some cases, organized travel. All-inclusive benefits Housing, health care, dining, fitness, and other amenities are all part of the CCRC package. While CCRCs can be costly, many offer ways for seniors and their families to reduce those costs, such as Life Care contracts. While they’re expensive upfront, life care contracts can make a world of difference. If you end up needing assisted living or another level of care, a Life Care contract prevents your health care costs from increasing with that transition, which can save thousands of dollars over the years.

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Keep The Lights On Like most Americans, you’ve probably been living, learning and working from home more than ever, which means you need power all day long - for your HVAC system to your internet connection and, of course, your lights. On top of that, severe weather events, including everything from hurricanes to heat waves and more, are predicted to become even more frequent in coming years due to climate change.

If you’re concerned about blackouts due to severe weather and power grid failures, you’re not alone - more people today are considering ways to keep their homes powered, no matter what happens. Thinking about getting a generator to help protect your home’s power in

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Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner with Grapes, Carrots and Parsnips Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 1/4 teaspoons turmeric 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 2 large garlic cloves, minced 4 chicken thighs on the bone, skin removed and visible fat trimmed 2 medium onions, sliced 1/3-inch thick 3 carrots, peeled and cut in 2 and 1/2-inch sticks 2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut in 2 and 1/2inch sticks Freshly ground pepper 1 1/4 cups red California grapes Directions Heat the oven to 400 F with rack in the center. Line a shallow baking sheet (10x15 or 11x17) with parchment paper or foil (shiny side down). If using foil, spray with vegetable oil cooking spray to prevent vegetables from sticking. In a large bowl, stir to combine the oil, cumin,

turmeric, salt and garlic. Add the chicken, turning to coat, and then transfer smooth side up to the baking sheet. Add the vegetables to the bowl and toss in the remaining spiced oil, then distribute them around the chicken pieces on the baking sheet. Season with freshly ground pepper. Roast the chicken and vegetables for 25 minutes. Sprinkle the grapes over the vegetables and roast about 5 minutes more, until the juices run clear when the chicken is pierced with the tip of a small sharp knife. (Note: for softer roasted grapes, add them to the pan earlier.)

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Samurai Sudoku for October This samurai sudoku puzzle is a great way to engage the brain and help develop logic skills. There are 5 overlapping grids with one unique solution. Each of 4 corners are shaded. To solve this Samurai puzzle use standard sudoku rules for every 9x9 grid: each digit from 1 to 9 can only appear once in Samurai Sudoku Puzzle #13 every row, column and 3x3 box. Good Luck! Solutions are on our website www.EstrellaPublishing.com This samurai sudoku puzzle is a great way to engage the brain and help develop logic skills. There are 5 overlapping grids with one unique solution. Each of 4 corners are shaded. To solve this Samurai puzzle use standard sudoku rules for every 9x9 grid: each digit from 1 to 9 can only appear once in every row, column and 3x3 box.

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