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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 day 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.

Catherine Uretsky Publisher & Editor

Christie Giannetto Al Uretsky Associate Editor Publisher & Sales Exec

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From Me To You... Welcome to the first issue of White Tanks View magazine. We hope you enjoy the articles, puzzles and games. Be sure to reach out to our advertisers, they are local and ready to help plus, they are the reason you get this publication for free every month! ‘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.”

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. Our lives changed dramatically a few months ago I am talking about the fun part. Downsizing to a smaller house, traveling, taking on a new and we have since welcomed two teenage girls hobby. All the things I have been putting on the into our home and our family. We love having back burner while I get on with the business of them and we have known them for most of their raising a family. The possibilities are endless lives so the transition is mostly seamless. Except well as endless as my budget allows anyway. I for the planning. These kids have never learned have never been to Belize, or on safari, I was how to plan ahead. For anything. They live on supposed to live in New Zealand with family the fly and change plans on a whim. They are when I was younger, perhaps I could finally see truly go with the flow girls and it has worked 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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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).

(Sept. 16 - Oct. 31)

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Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party

Country Thunder Arizona

(Oct. 1 - 31)

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.

(Oct. 14-17)

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..

www.pumpkinandchiliparty.com.

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.

www.vertucciofarms.com/fall-festival

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.

diadelosmuertosphx.com

www.countrythunder.com

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.

www.onlineatanthem.com

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.

www.mesaartscenter.com/diadelosmuertos

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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. 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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Pet of the Month Spikey is a year old bearded dragon who owns Marley Park resident, Cash Malera. Cash bought him with his birthday money last year. When Spikey isn’t outside on his leash with Cash, he can often be found staring out the window like he is in the photo. He also loves cuddling under your hair and falling asleep, chasing flies, and roaming around the house. It’s not uncommon for him to end up under the couch which then must be moved so he can be rescued. Meal worms are his favorite and he HATES kale. Submitted by Nicole Melara Marley Park Resident

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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. 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. Here are Michalczyk’s tips for enjoying and celebrating the hardworking pollinator. 1. Celebrate pollinator foods Honey bees 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.

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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. 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. 4. Work in daily natural energy boosters Consider a mid-afternoon break with a cup of tea sweetened with honey. Green and black tea both contain beneficial antioxidants, and honey is a 100% pure and natural energy booster. 5. Make it Mediterranean Take a page from the popular Mediterranean diet and fill your plate with whole grains, lean proteins like fish, unsaturated fats, fruits and veggies - and use honey whenever possible. Honey is traditionally part of the MediterraneanStyle Dietary Pattern, as recognized in the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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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

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.

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.

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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Community Cares Our family loves Halloween in Surprise. There are amazing decorations to see, the excited energy that crowds of kids trick-or-treating create, and the fun of handing out candy too. I would argue that is more fun than the actual trick-or-treating, but don’t tell my kids! Trick-or-treating brings candy, and with candy comes… candy wrappers. The day after Halloween always finds the local neighborhood littered with candy wrappers and other trash that demonstrate how much the neighborhood children enjoy their “Halloween Haul” every year. This year let’s work together to keep our community beautiful! Before Halloween, consider talking to your kids about the importance of keeping track of their trash, and not littering. Our family’s strategy is to put any trash we create

in our trick-or-treat bag and sort it our later. Another option would be for parents to carry a separate bag for your trash as well as any trash seen on the ground along the way. This year, the day after Halloween is a Monday, which for many means a walk to school. We typically walk our kids to school, and it is an easy opportunity to help clean up the mess of the night before. We grab a trash bag on our way out the door and pick up anything we see on our route. Don’t forget to bring the hand sanitizer! We look forward to seeing our neighbors on another incredible Halloween night in Surprise! Submitted by Tracy McCall | Surprise Resident

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Home Sweet Home One of the questions I’m asked most often is whether it’s a good time to buy a home. The answer depends on your current circumstances and homeownership. If you own your current home, but are looking to upgrade, downsize, or relocate, I typically recommend selling and buying now. Home values have appreciated significantly in the past year, making it a great time to sell. At the same time, low interest rates mean you can afford to purchase a more expensive home, especially if you’re reinvesting the equity from the sale of your current home. If the market softens, it will be at least partly because interest rates have increased which means that even if it’s still a good time to sell, you may not be able to afford the house you want because your monthly payment will be higher. If you don’t currently own a home, then it becomes a bit less straightforward. Prices could fall and that would seem like a better time to buy, but a softer market and falling prices will likely mean interest rate increases. That means you still might not be able to afford to buy the

house you want. All the crystal balls and market experts in the world can’t really predict what will happen with the market, overall economy, and interest rates, so if you can afford what you want at today’s low rates, buy now. If you can’t afford to buy now, then you could take a wait-and-see approach and hope housing will be more affordable soon. Unless you can pay cash for a home, however, it’s important to keep in mind that “affordable” is just as much about the monthly payment as the actual price of the home; and payment amounts are dependent on interest rates. A home purchased for $450,000 at today’s interest rates is going to be much more “affordable” than a home purchased for the same $450,000 at higher interest rates in the future. If you are thinking about selling, buying, or both, in the current market, reach out to your local real estate specialist for a free consultation. A good agent will help you determine when the time is right to make your move. Submitted by Christie Giannetto | REALTOR® | Real Broker

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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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Homes Sold in

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18361 W Becker Ln

17941 W Evans Dr

18257 W Mauna Loa Ln

15218 N 184th Ct

17931 W Caribbean Ln

Sold Price .......................$690,000 Sq Ft.......................................3,644 Lot Sq Ft ................................7,950 Amenities..................Builder Model

Sold Price ....................$1,450,000 Sq Ft.......................................4,933 Lot Sq Ft ..............................48,499 Amenities..................Custom Home

Sold Price .......................$637,500 Sq Ft.......................................4,329 Lot Sq Ft ................................9,970 Amenities...................3-Car Garage

Sold Price .......................$575,000 Sq Ft.......................................3,708 Lot Sq Ft ..............................16,614 Amenities...................3-Car Garage

Sold Price .......................$481,000 Sq Ft.......................................2,635 Lot Sq Ft ................................6,930 Amenities.................................Pool

Buyer & Seller represented by Christie Giannetto

Buyer & Seller represented by Christie Giannetto

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17627 W Larkspur Dr

17855 W Windrose Dr

17862 W Alexandria Way

14440 N 177th Ln

17655 W Acapulco Ln

Sold Price .......................$465,000 Sq Ft.......................................2,155 Lot Sq Ft ................................6,225 Amenities.................................Pool

Sold Price .......................$575,000 Sq Ft.......................................2,302 Lot Sq Ft ..............................10,089 Amenities .......................RV Garage

Sold Price .......................$475,000 Sq Ft.......................................2,104 Lot Sq Ft ................................7,708 Amenities.................................Pool

Sold Price .......................$550,000 Sq Ft.......................................3,336 Lot Sq Ft ................................8,885 Amenities.................................Pool

Sold Price .......................$455,000 Sq Ft.......................................2,439 Lot Sq Ft ................................5,830 Amenities.................................Pool

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17674 W Acapulco Ln

15209 N 185th Ave

14410 N 176th Ln

17764 W Columbine Dr

13442 N 177th Dr

Sold Price .......................$550,000 Sq Ft.......................................2,287 Lot Sq Ft ................................5,684 Amenities.................................Pool

Sold Price .......................$460,000 Sq Ft.......................................2,527 Lot Sq Ft ................................9,107 Amenities...................3-Car Garage

Sold Price .......................$500,000 Sq Ft.......................................2,435 Lot Sq Ft ................................7,661 Amenities.................................Pool

Sold Price .......................$485,000 Sq Ft.......................................2,144 Lot Sq Ft ................................7,319 Amenities...................3-Car Garage

Sold Price .......................$477,625 Sq Ft.......................................2,104 Lot Sq Ft ................................7,560 Amenities.................................Pool

Your Surprise Neighbor and Real Estate Specialist Christie Giannetto | REALTOR® 602.740.2313 Christie@AZLifestyleTeam.com

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