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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 623.398.5541 info@EstrellaPublishing.com Al Uretsky, Publisher and Sales Executive 623.398.5541 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. Neither this publication nor Estrella Publishing is an agent of or in any way affiliated with the associated Developer nor Homeowners Association, or any of their respective affiliates. This publication has not been approved by, sponsored by, or endorsed by the associated Developer nor Homeowners Association in any way.

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64th Annual Gila County Gem & Mineral Show Jan 14-16

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AZ Philharmonic ¡Andalusia! Jan 8

Queen of Rock & Soul, Lakisha Jones Jan 15 West Valley Symphony Jan 16 Ambrosia Jan 22

Gila County Fairgrounds 900 E Fairgrounds Rd Globe, AZ www.gilagem.org/gem-shows

Barrett Jackson Car Show Jan 22-30 Westworld of Scottsdale 16601 N Pima Road Scottsdale, AZ www.barrett-jackson.com

Louie Anderson Jan 29

Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show Jan 22-30

Verde River Winter Thursday Farmers Market Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 Verde River 16729 E Avenue of the Fountains Fountain Hills, AZ fountainhillsfarmersmarketplace.com

Copper State Beer Fest Jan 15

Riverview Park 2100 W Rio Salado Parkway Mesa, AZ www.eventbrite.com/e/copper-state-beer-festtickets-163586881767

The Arizona Wine Festival Jan 28-30

AZ Philharmonic Brahms Requiem Jan 30 The Vista Center for the Arts 15660 N Parkview Place Surprise, AZ www.thevistaaz.com/events

Kerry’s Second Car Show Classic Jan 22

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From Me To You... Have you heard of the Sandwich Generation? It sounds like a great place to be, right? Grilled cheese, or ham and cheddar on wheat bread with a pickle on the side? Actually it is none of those. What it does involve is having children who are growing up (or have grown and fled the nest) then all of a sudden, your reliably independent parents slip and break a hip, or they don’t seem to remember like they used to, or they just need you to help them get by with daily tasks. You are sandwiched in between both generations, taking on the burden - sometimes all at once - of caring for everyone.

It is a tough spot to be in, not one that most of us prepare for, and not one that most of our parents desire either. The awkward conversations arise. Who tells Dad he should not be driving anymore? Is someone able to help Mom make sure she takes her medication? Did anyone mention plans for later life? Is there money put aside for long term care? Is there a will? Did anyone talk to Mom and Dad about funerals, or cremation?

I have had most of these conversations with my parents and my in-laws in the last few months. Some of them out of necessity and some so we can all be prepared. Let me tell you, it is not easy. Then, just when you think you have it all locked in place, the future you were preparing for may end up not being the one that comes about. My mother has always planned on aging in place. She has a chair lift so she can get to her room, a life alert device so she can call for help if necessary, a cleaning service to keep up with the housework and a local meal delivery service so her freezer is fully stocked. Then there are the friends who pop by to check on her and keep her spirits up should she feel lonely. Sounds perfect, right? Well all of this was premeditated on her declining physically. The problem that is beginning to arise is that due to Long Covid (the lasting, nasty effects of the disease), she is facing other challenges. My sharp-as-a-tack mother is losing words, and it is driving her crazy. She is most likely having mini strokes causing the memory and coherence issues, and that is creating a situation we did not anticipate. How long can she stay in her perfect home? That is a question I am having to come to terms with. The future we all planned together has gone and a new alternative is before us. We will navigate it, sandwiched between other responsibilities and the need to parent our parents. What I would like you to come away from this letter with, is the understanding that planning is key. Not just for the obvious things, but for other eventualities. If you have a resolution this year that you follow through on, it should be this. Plan your estate. I don’t care if you are 24 or 74, you need to let people know what your wishes are- in every eventuality you can imagine. Start a conversation with your loved ones and take some of that burden away from them - you can even bring sandwiches.

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Shop Local

There are millions of small businesses in the United States owned by passionate people working hard to make their dreams a reality. Rather than buying from a big retailer the next time you need something, consider supporting the locally owned businesses around you. When you support a small business, you’re not only helping build your community, but also directly impacting someone’s life. Every customer counts when it comes to small business, which means your dollars can help that small business owner thrive. This holiday season is the perfect time to support your local businesses. Here are three simple ways to support small businesses and have a positive impact this holiday season and beyond: Get to know your community through its businesses While holidays are important times to shop local, your support matters all year long. For many people, this means shifting their mind-set to

thinking about local options first and getting to know the types of products and services your local businesses are providing. Whether you are purchasing items for yourself or someone else, start to understand how these local businesses can fill your needs. Don’t forget, many small businesses offer gift cards, which are wonderful ways to show ongoing support. Support small business service providers Small businesses aren’t just for tangible goods. Many provide important services, such as your local mechanic, dentist or insurance agent. So, no matter your needs, try and find businesses that are active in the community. The next time you have a need arise, think of how a small business can help. Every effort counts to build your community, show your support, and ensure you continue to have thriving small businesses near you.

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Take Care of Your Teeth It’s no secret, the holidays are a sweet time of year with seemingly endless sugary snacks, drinks and desserts. That, coupled with a long break from school can mean grazing in-between meals is at an all-time high for families across the nation. Dr. Jeannie Beauchamp, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, shares her top teeth tips.

* Schedule (or reschedule) those dental appointments: Like many other medical appointments, pediatric dental check-ups have been pushed off during the pandemic, causing cavity-prone kids. Dr. Beauchamp has noticed an increase in cavities, tooth decay and longer cleaning times in patients. Preventive dental appointments not only catch compromised teeth but offer children educational reinforcement on proper dental cleaning and habits. Leaving cavities untreated can result in larger, lasting health issues. * Teeth are NOT package openers: Teeth make for excellent tools when it comes to eating, drinking and enunciating. But spare those tiny teeth when it comes to opening packages, snacks or presents. This can lead to weakened

enamel and expensive and painful repairs. * Avoid constant snacking: It’s important to limit in-between meal snacking to prevent unwanted wear and tear on teeth that can cause the tooth enamel to weaken and lead to tooth decay or cavities. Dr. Beauchamp also warned, many children might have fallen into a pattern of grazing throughout the day due to digital learning and encourages families to set boundaries when snacking. * Keep a routine: Make brushing and flossing a priority and ensure kids brush thoroughly for two minutes at least twice a day. Keeping a routine means preventive dental appoints as well, shared Dr. Beauchamp. With regular pediatric dental appointments, there are fewer dental emergencies. * Water, water, water! Drinking water in between meals encourages saliva, washes away bacteria/ food debris, and neutralizes plaque acids. This includes drinking fluoridated water, proven to keep teeth strong and reduce cavities. For more information about children’s oral health or to find a pediatric dentist in your area, visit mychildrensteeth.org.

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Eczema Tips On top of the physical, chronic symptoms including intense and persistent itching, patches and skin dryness - eczema can affect everything from a child’s concentration in school to their ability to do everyday activities. A new eBook, My ECZ-ellent Day at Camp, is raising awareness and understanding about the experiences of children with eczema and how, together, we can help them better navigate the challenges. The book tells the story of Taylor, a child living with eczema, who learns to overcome difficulties and have a fun day at camp. Written for parents and caregivers, the book aims to share important tips for helping young children with eczema - as a caregiver and as a peer or friend. Here are three crucial things to know: 1. Learn as much as you can about the disease Eczema is complex and can affect children both physically and emotionally. That’s why it’s critical for caregivers to understand how it works, what the symptoms are and how to manage it. My ECZ-ellent Day at Camp includes a helpful field guide to give caregivers a basic understanding of

the disease and its potential unseen impacts, like isolation and anxiety. These challenges can be difficult to navigate for children and caregivers alike. 2. Find different ways to have fun Children with eczema are often forced to avoid activities that can trigger their symptoms, like swimming. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other options for them. It’s important for caregivers to help their kids focus on things they can do, as opposed to things they cannot do. 3. Talk openly about eczema Many children don’t know what eczema is or even how to say it. But talking about it can help spread awareness. “My daughter Hadley is often asked questions about eczema that embarrass her,” says Ashley Ellis, whose daughter has severe eczema. “But many people just don’t understand what it can be like to live with eczema every day. That’s why stories like My ECZ-ellent Day at Camp are so meaningful.” The eBook is one of many free resources available to caregivers at UnderstandAD.com. “NEA wants children living with eczema and their families to know that they are not alone, they have a whole big community to help support them and to help them find support in their journey,” said Julie Block, President and CEO, National Eczema Association. Visit www. UnderstandAD.com

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Vroom Vroom As temperatures decrease, there are a few things you should do to ensure your vehicle is winterweather ready, especially if you drive north this winter.

1. Check the battery. At 32 degrees Fahrenheit, batteries lose a significant amount of power, and continue to get weaker as the temperature drops. Keep the surfaces of the battery clean and make sure all the connections are tight. 2. Check the oil. During cold winters, you need an oil that can handle low temperatures and quickly flow to critical engine parts on those icy mornings. A full synthetic oil is ideal for the winter months; it’s designed to flow well even in lower temperatures. 3. Check the antifreeze. The level and freshness of your vehicle’s antifreeze is crucial during the winter. It protects the engine from freezing as well as from rust and corrosion damage. 4. Check the tires. Cool air is less dense, taking up less space in your tire and diminishing tire

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Out & About

Planning any travel adventures for 2022? If you love the outdoors, and have an interest in the history of the West, opportunities abound for a bucket list-worthy trip to Casper, Wyoming the perfect stop on the way to the legendary Yellowstone National Park. Here are three great reasons - and notable anniversaries - for putting Casper and Yellowstone at the top of your 2022 travel list. 1. Yellowstone National Park turns 150 One hundred fifty years ago, Yellowstone became the world’s first national park, with its unique geological and hydrothermal wonders, along with spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife. Whether you fly into Casper/Natrona County International Airport or begin your Wyoming adventure as an epic road trip, Casper, Wyoming, is the ideal starting point for your

Yellowstone vacation. After making the most of outdoor activities in the area, you’ll be able to enjoy dining, culture and nightlife before continuing on your wilderness adventure in Yellowstone, starting at the park’s south, east or northeast entrances. 2. 40 years of amazing music and sporting events at the Ford Wyoming Center The beautiful, state-of-the-art complex is built high on a hill overlooking Casper, Casper Mountain and the scenic North Platte River. You can visit FordWyomingCenter.com/Events to see what’s coming up in 2022 and snag some tickets ahead of your visit. 3. National Historic Trails Interpretive Center celebrates 20 years If you’ve always been fascinated by the legends of the American West, the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper will be right up your alley - or wagon trail. Founded 20 years ago, the center commemorates American Indian history and the early explorers, with an emphasis on the many historic trails that have gone through Casper, including the famed Oregon, Mormon, California and Pony Express trails, as well as the Bridger and Bozeman trails. You can still see some of the remaining ruts of these trails in the area today, allowing you to imagine the legendary journeys of everyone from fur trappers and homesteaders to ranchers, miners and more as they traveled West. When you’re ready to travel, Casper has plenty of wide-open spaces and things to do, all while practicing social distancing.

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Insurance Myths Insurance is one of the most useful investments you can make to protect your family, belongings and financial assets, but it’s important to know what is actually being purchased. Here are four things you should know about your auto, homeowners or renters insurance policy to ensure adequate protection in the event of an unforeseen or unexpected loss.

1. Myth: Your homeowners insurance policy covers everything One of the biggest misunderstandings many policyholders have is that if their home is damaged or destroyed their homeowners insurance policy will cover the cost of everything. Homeowners insurance covers losses or damages to your house and personal belongings in the event of a fire, sudden flooding caused by a broken pipe, or theft, but there are some situations that your policy may not cover. 2. Myth: You only need the minimum auto liability insurance coverage required by your state

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• Most states require drivers to carry auto liability insurance but this coverage only provides financial protection if you’re found to be legally responsible for causing injury to another person or their property. • Auto liability coverage doesn’t cover damage to your vehicle, items stolen from your vehicle, or damage from a storm or vandalism. • Collision insurance covers you if, while your vehicle is in motion, you crash into another vehicle or a fixed object, like a pothole, guardrail or light post. This coverage is typically required by a lender when you finance a vehicle. • Comprehensive insurance is coverage that protects your vehicle when it is damaged while not in motion. This could include vandalism, theft or weather-related damage like a hailstorm or fire. 3. Myth: Renters don’t need insurance Renters insurance is affordable, however, only 41 percent of renters purchase it. Without renters insurance, you’ll have to pay out of pocket if your personal belongings are damaged in a fire or are stolen.

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Samurai Sudoku for January 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 Samurai Sudoku Puzzle #25 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. 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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