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Spice of life You may know that I am not a chef. Let me rephrase that: I hate to cook, so there would be no point in my becoming a chef. And becoming a chef doesn’t mean you are a good cook; you earn that distinction. (I should know – I’m paying for someone in my family to be called “chef.”) All that aside, we recently were invited by some dear friends to participate in a couples cooking class. As if cooking alone isn’t bad enough for me, but I get to show my ineptitude in front of my husband (who already knows) AND our dear friends, and a few strangers who are not inept in the kitchen. (Why else would you have a cooking party – you wouldn’t throw a cooking party if you didn’t like to cook. At least I sure as heck wouldn’t.) Because I sort of fancy myself the Let’s Go version of George Plimpton, there isn’t much I won’t try just to get a story. It’s not because I want to be the story – I want to be able to write a story so others like me (God help you) can (1) identify with someone else, and (2) feel better because you aren’t the only poor schlub who is not great at everything (anything?). We didn’t have much time for me to fret about this party. We found out about it on a Thursday, and the deal was on Saturday. I can overthink things sometimes; the less time I have to worry about something, the better off the world is (particularly my husband, who has to listen to me analyze everything). The party started with cocktails at a restaurant. I’m not much of a drinker, so I stuck with water. It was a good thing I went that route…there were sharp knives and heat involved with the cooking class. Not a good combination for me anyway, but tipsy, no thanks. The menu we would be preparing was paella, that delightful, beautiful Spanish dish that looks really hard to make. There were 17 people in the class – one couple brought their daughter, so that’s why there was a prime number in attendance, in case you wondered. There was the chef and his three assistants. (I could probably be a chef if I had three people helping me cook.) Chef gave us a little history lesson about paella, then explained the system. We would divide into three groups, fix three different

kinds of paella and a salad, then take a break and return to eat our masterpieces. Each person would do something in the food prep (even though a whole lot of stuff was done for us in advance by the able assistants). But the point is for the class to be involved. My role was coach: “Yeah, good job cutting that onion!” “Hey, way to go on putting that aromatic in the pan.” Until Chef noticed that I wasn’t really participating, I was doing a fine job coaching my team. He decided to make me his sous chef. Great. In the salad making portion of the program, I had two assignments: first, I was to zest an orange over a pan full of orange juice. My second task was to make a chiffonade of mint. These would be for the vinaigrette. Easy enough. Chef handed me a tool of some sort – a zester. Well, I certainly got the concept, but the execution wasn’t that easy. I nearly caught my arm on fire – along with the kitchen. This fancy cooking school uses gas to cook. Because I am a little vertically challenged (note the name of this column), I was right on top of the fire. My arm was about an inch away from the flame. But because I also am incredibly ridiculous about looking cool, I was trying like mad to not show the pain I was feeling just because I was burning my arm off. As a result of that, the zest was going everywhere but in the pan, and in fact, did catch on fire. I casually handed the orange to my husband while I moseyed over to the refrigerator for ice. Nobody even noticed the blisters forming on my arm. I wasn’t screaming or anything. I’m sure no one thought a thing about my helping myself to the freezer. The chiffonade was a little less dangerous. How great is it to tell people you got to make a chiffonade? Besides that, I did such a good job, I got a standing ovation. Well, it wasn’t really a standing ovation. People were already standing up cooking, but still. They clapped for my handiwork. I felt sort of proud. But I am not giving up my day job to cook. My husband is a wonderful cook who makes dinner for me every night (unless it’s my night to cook, in which case we go out). I also have a talented daughter who is attending culinary school and makes fabulous desserts when she is at home. We had a really good time in the class. I was out of my element, but I enjoyed it. We met some nice people, spent a great evening with our friends and I may have learned something about cooking. I’m not sure about that third thing, but it didn’t kill me or anything. And because I didn’t die in the middle of the class, I decided to go ahead and have a cocktail after it was over. Who am I kidding? I needed a cocktail after it was over. It isn’t every day you can find me in a kitchen. And that is a little bit scary. Just ask my husband.

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Arizona Art McDowell Park sets August events It may be hot, but that doesn’t mean are silent. there isn’t plenty to do at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. The park’s Interpretive Ranger Amy Ford has a number of programs planned for August, including two full moon hikes. There are two full moons in August, so two hikes are scheduled. The desert toads will be returning underground for the remainder of the year, so these night hikes give visitors a chance to hear them singing before they

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The park is located north of Fountain Hills on McDowell Mountain Road, the extension of Fountain Hills Boulevard. There is a $6 fee per vehicle to enter the park. Program listings, changes or cancellations are posted on the Website, Call (480) 471-0173, ext. 201, or e-mail Ranger Amy Ford at for more information.

The Arizona Art Alliance Gallery has a number of art classes on the schedule. The gallery is located at 9011 E. Indian Bend in the Pavilions. Call (602) 870-7610 for information, or visit Nancy Troupe has a series of five classes for children beginning Friday, Aug. 10. Participants are invited to take one class or sign up for all five. Each workshop is $25 and includes supplies. The dates for Troupe’s children’s workshops are Aug 10, Aug. 15, 22, 24 and 29. All five classes are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Troupe also will teach an acrylics class for adults Saturday, Aug. 10. The class runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register, call (602) 570-2388, or e-mail, or visit www. A Watercolor on Canvas or Paper class will be taught by Valerie Toliver Sunday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $85. To reserve a seat, e-mail vtoliver@, or to reserve a seat using PayPal, visit

A group of women founded Rescue Pals, an organization that helps dogs find new homes. Part of what they do is walk dogs who are living at Pal’s Inn. Among the walkers are from left, Renee Pertnoy (with Max), Susan Dawson (with Duncan), Loretta Becker (with Jubilee) and Christine Schaeken (with Sundae).

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Dakota is one of the dogs up for adoption. Adam Blake walks dogs at Pal’s Inn as a member of Rescue Pals.

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enough for the group to assist with medical costs of the pets, along with boarding costs and other considerations. Rescue Pals is working toward becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The volunteers work not only with Pal’s Inn, but also with Spike’s Treats owners Ronnie Sells and Michelle Adams and ADOG, another non-profit animal group in Fountain Hills, along with individual animal lovers. Dogs are every shape and size. Some of them are part of other rescue groups. Some have been surrendered because an owner is unable to keep a dog for various reasons. Rescue Pals work hard to find homes for their charges. “Walking the dogs gives them exposure to potential adopters,” Pertnoy said. “We walk the dogs in the Park, and people notice them. Sometimes, we find a home for one of the dogs.” The availability of dogs also is part of the purpose of the Facebook page. “The page is used to network each of the rescues currently boarded at Pal’s Inn,” according to Pertnoy’s posting on Facebook. For more information about Rescue Pals, e-mail, or call Pal’s Inn, (480) 837-0069.


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Guinea pigs find homes, happiness Piggie Poo, Arizona’s Small Animal Rescue, Inc., provides a service for people to surrender their small animals, or to adopt them. Organization President Amanda Peterson loves snuggling with the little critters, including “Butterscotch.”

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Sometimes little things are overlooked – simply because they are little. But in the Valley of the Sun, little animals, such as guinea pigs, hamsters, even chinchillas, are cared for the same way other – and usually bigger -- pets may be. Piggie Poo, Arizona’s Small Animal Rescue, takes care of the small creatures. In addition to giving the animals a place to live, but Piggie Poo also places the animals in permanent homes. Other services include boarding, grooming and classes. Piggie Poo, located at 1610 E. Bell Rd., in Phoenix, also has a small store with food and accessories for guinea pigs. According to Wendy Anderton, who is director of public relations for the guinea pig rescue, the organization has between 20 and 60 guinea pigs and other small, exotic animals on any given day. “We have placed more than 1,500 animals since we formed in 2006,” Anderton said. “We work with other rescue organizations, including some in California.” The local rescue group travels to

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California regularly to pick up guinea pigs bred by “backyard breeders,” Anderton said. “We have picked up as many as 100 guinea pigs from our California counterparts. We’re glad we can help them, and they are very grateful to us.” The valley rescue organization is run by volunteers. Its website, www.piggiepoo. org, describes the services provided, and offers information for persons wishing to surrender their animals, as well as to those who want to adopt. “People can fill out the forms online to surrender or adopt a pet,” Anderton said. “The process is easy, and we’re more than happy to help people with their needs.” Anderton describes guinea pigs as “great little snugglers. “They aren’t like cats or dogs who like to play with people,” she said. “But they love humans, and they are really fun to have as pets.” Guinea pigs are “very communicative,” Anderton said. “They squeak to communicate all kinds of things: they are hungry, (cont. on Page 9)

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Nine Lives give kitties new chance at life The old adage “cats have nine lives” may be true. Nine Lives Foundation does its best to give those kitties every opportunity to have one good life. “There are so many kitties available for adoption,” said Fountain Hills volunteer Kim Kamins. “It can be so challenging, but we are a determined group. We are truly dedicated to finding homes for these cats and kittens.” Nine Lives is an Arizona non-profit corporation and rescues, rehabilitates and

places domestic cats in to stable homes. The foundation places pets in area pet stores, including Petco stores in Fountain Hills and at the Pavilions in Scottsdale. Kamins said the group is looking at rental space for a rescue center in Fountain Hills. “This is such an exciting time for us,” she said. “A permanent facility will give us a lot more ability to house more animals.” Nine Lives President Paula Hatch said the partnership with Petco will continue. “Even after we find rental space, we will

Changes afoot for ADOG ADOG is undergoing a number of changes, including a name change. ADOG, which stands for Association of Dog Owners Group, was established in 1998. Since its inception, ADOG, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, has been dedicated to promoting the Fountain Hills off-leash dog park and encouraging responsible pet ownership. Memberships are available for $20 per household and are tax-deductible. The group also holds fundraisers through the year, and donations are accepted. The new name for the organization

is FHIDO (Fountain Hills Independent Dog Oracle). FHIDO is in the process of finalizing details for the changes, including new articles of incorporation, newsletter and website. The group also has begun to take PayPal payments on the Internet. FHIDO is gearing up for its annual fall Spaghetti Dinner, set for Oct. 12, at the First Presbyterian Church. Information about tickets will be available in the coming weeks. For information about ADOG and FHIDO, visit

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continue our wonderful relationship with Petco,” Hatch said. “They have been so great with us.” The organization is a no-kill cat rescue group. Animals may have been abandoned or surrendered by their owners who no longer can keep them. Nine Lives also gets cats from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. Since the boarding facilities at the Petco stores are size-limited, a number of cats are placed in foster families. The stores hold adoption events each Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., according to another Fountain Hills volunteer, Laura Elliott. Elliott said cats and kittens are available for adoption now. Nine Lives offers a full consultation for potential adopters to make the adoption experience successful. Forms and additional information are available online at The organization is in need of foster homes, adoption specialists and volunteers to help with the growing number of cats and kittens being surrendered. Donations also are accepted. Nine Lives is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so donations are deductible within IRS guidelines. Donations can be made by check, or online through PayPal.

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they’re happy to see you, they hear you come in the room. There is just a lot they can say.” Guinea pigs are completely vegetarian. They eat timothy hay, all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as pellets enriched with nutrients they need. Anderton recommends a child be at least eight years old before he or she takes care of a guinea pig. “A child should probably be about 12 before they are ready for full responsibility,” she said. “They are wonderful pets, but they require good care. Sometimes younger children don’t understand that.” Piggie Poo offers classes on how to care for guinea pigs, and helps adopters find resources for assistance. The rescue is self-funded through fundraisers, donations, adoption fees, retails sales and grants. Visit the website or call (602) 412-4952.

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FH Youth Theater opens new season with ‘School House’ The summer is winding down, and Fountain Hills Theater is staging its final two shows of the Sizzlin’ Summer Series. The Youth Theater in Fountain Hills, meanwhile, is gearing up for the 2012-13 season, when School House Rock Live! Jr. opens Aug. 24. The final two shows for the summer on the Mainstage are Unforgettable, which runs through Aug. 5, and The Soul of Broadway, which opens Aug. 17 and continues through Aug. 26. Unforgettable features music by Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peggy Lee, Dean Martin and others, all performed by sound-alike artists T.A. Burrows and Linda Waymire. The two capture the essence of the legendary singers and deliver performances of some of the most beloved songs anywhere. They perform more than 20 songs by 10 memorable singers. The Soul of Broadway celebrates some of the most famous tunes from the Great White Way’s “soul” musicals, including songs from Porgy and Bess and Big River to Dreamgirls and The Lion King.

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FH Theater offers after school workshops Fountain Hills Theater has announced its after school workshop offerings. The workshops are for children ages four to 13 and begin Monday, Aug. 27. The theater offers discounts to families enrolling more than one child or for more than one workshop within a session. Scholarships also are available, as are payment plans. For more information, visit www., or call (480) 837-9661. Classes will be held at the theater, located at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. Classes include the following: Christmas with the Peanuts Gang, A Performance Theater Workshop. Class is twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. For children seven to 13, who will rehearse for and perform a

Christmas show. Tuition is $225 for more than 50 hours of instruction. Storybook Theater! Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m. Children four and five use their imaginations to bring to life their favorite stories and characters, learn stage direction and build confidence. Storybook Theater! Fridays, 4-5 p.m. Children four to six. Tuition is $65. Dance Adorables! Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m. Students ages four to six learn the basics of tap and ballet. Closed-toe shoes are required. Kids will show off their skills on the last day of class. Tuition is $65. Tap, Jazz and Ballet, Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m. Be prepared to audition and perform in musical theater by learning the essentials

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Desert Stages Theatre in Scottsdale is winding up several shows in August in time for the new season of productions. Rent wraps up its run Aug. 11. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Rent is playing in Cullity Hall, the Scottsdale Theater’s main stage. The female version of The Odd Couple ends its run Aug. 19 in the Actor’s Café. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. The male version ends Aug. 26, with shows at the same times and the same days on alternating

weekends. The first show of the new season in the Children’s Theatre is Disney’s High School Musical, which opens Aug. 24 and runs through Sept. 23. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 1 and 3 p.m. Tickets for Children’s Theatre productions are $15. Ticket prices for shows in the Actor’s Café and Cullity Hall are $22 and $25 the day of the show. Call (480) 483-1664, or visit for tickets. Desert Stages is located at 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd.



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throughout the run of the season opener, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard.” The show runs from Sept. 14 through 30. A Grand Finale Bidding Day Party will be held Sunday, Oct. 7, to give participants one last chance to place a winning bid. Winning bids will be announced Oct. 9. Dinner parties start Oct. 19 and continue until Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2013. For more information, visit www.fhtaz. org, or call (480) 837-9661.

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Broadway Palm sold to Utah man The Broadway Palm Dinner Theater went dark July 28, finishing its 11th season in the valley. The theater has been sold to Mike Todd, who owns the Desert Star Playhouse in Utah with his wife. The new ownership goes in to effect Aug. 1. The Prather family remain owners of a theater in Lancaster, Penn., and Fort Myers, Fla., as well as its national touring company. The format of the theater will

change when shows begin running in October. Instead of Broadway shows, the Silver Star Playhouse will feature musical comedy parodies. Linda Cobb, director of marketing and public relations for Broadway Palm, said the new theater no longer will be a buffet meal but patrons can order from a menu. Additional announcements will be made in the coming weeks.


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The show is Fountain Hills Theater’s opening production for the 2012-13 season. It runs through Sept. 30 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, and $20 for children 17 and younger. Visit or call (480) 8379661 for tickets. The theater is located at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd.

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2848 or visit Show Times and Tickets: The comedy cruise is done on random Saturday nights at 8 p.m. so check the website for exact dates. The cruise and show last for 90 minutes. Upcoming shows are Aug. 25 and Sept. 22. The cost is $20 per person or $19 for seniors. Also, be sure to check for deals in Let’s Go!, and on websites such as Groupon or DealChicken. Beverage and Food Service: There is no food serv i ce o n t h e boat other than popcorn and some light s n a c k s . Yo u can purchase a to go dinner at the Lake Shore Restaurant at the marina and bring it on the boat. You can purchase beer ($4), wine ($4), soda ($2) and water ($1) on the boat. The Venue: The boat has two levels, but the comedy show is held on the upper deck which is covered but not enclosed and seats about 80. Since the

cruise begins after sundown and is on the lake, the temperature is not too bad even when the daytime temperature is above 110. Dress to be cool and casual. The comics are on a well-lighted stage at the front of the boat with a good sound system. There is a faux brick wall behind the comics to give that traditional comedy setting. The boat does not actually go up the lake for this cruise. It goes out to the middle of the main lake, then slowly circles. It was a pretty calm cruise. The Comed i a n s : Jo h n Waldron is a part owner in the boat and happens to be a funny comedian as well. He is the promoter for this show calling it Joke on the Water. He is specifically looking for clean local comedians who will appeal to the general public. You will get some adult humor but minus the foul language or anything raunchy. I don’t know that you would want to

take young children, but you won’t be embarrassed to bring your parents or friends. You won’t be getting any out of town headliners, but you will enjoy a nice show with local comics like Ken Kaz, Jay Penn, Lamar Newmeyer and maybe me. Rating: I give Joke on the Water a rating of cc. It is certainly a unique venue for a comedy show and perfect for those who don’t like the constant obscenities that often seem to come with this type of entertainment. (*Note: Ratings are based on the overall quality of a club. CCC=best; CC=above average; C=average.) Postscript - Last month I wrote about Laughs and Drafts on Tuesdays at the Copper Blues restaurant in Cityscape. They have moved back the start time of their show from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bob Howard is a full-time family law attorney in Scottsdale and a part-time comic. He is appearing at the Comedy Spot, 7117 E. Third Ave., in Scottsdale Friday, June 8. If you would like to contact him, send your email to rhoward@jekel-howard. com.

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Fountain Hills Library Schools start soon so Fountain Hills Library is gearing up to help students with projects through the school year. Regular library hours at the Fountain Hills Library are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (602) 652-3000 for more information. The Friends of the Library Bookstore, located just outside the library, can be reached at (602) 652-3263. The library is located at 12901 N. LaMontana Drive. For a complete listing

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Regular Events Children Happily Ever after on Thursday Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 – 10-11 a.m. Story time especially for infants to age three. Stories, finger plays, rhymes and crafts for fun and for skill development of this age group. “Colors� is the theme for August. Conference Room. Once upon a Monday Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27 – 10-11 a.m.

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Teen Council Wednesday, Aug. 29, 3:30-4 p.m. Fountain Hills Branch Library wants teens to participate on its teen council. Be a part of planning activities, scheduling performances and creating a cozy teen corner in the Library. Teen Book Club Wednesday, Aug. 29, 4-4:30 p.m. This book club focuses on teen classics from Animal Farm to Zorro. All Ages E-Device Support Saturday, Aug. 4 and 18, 12:30-2 p.m. The library is offering help to those who need support downloading library items to an e-reader, tablet, smart phone or other e-device. The library has assistance available on alternating Saturdays in the Reading Lounge near the window. Adults Mystery Reading Group Monday, Aug. 13, 6:30-8 p.m. Do you enjoy reading “who-done-its� whether they are courtroom thrillers or cozies? Want to discuss these books with other mystery lovers and discover new authors? Come join the Mystery Reading Group. The group will be reading Los Alamos by Joseph Kanon.



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Fountain Hills Senior Activity Center The John O’Flynn Senior Activity Center is hosting free health screenings Wednesday, Aug. 29. Screenings will be from 9 a.m. to noon. Preregistration is required. Call, (480) 816-5226 or stop by the center, 13001 N. La Montana Drive to register. The center provides hundreds of opportunities each year for seniors to prove that age is only a number. Fewer events are scheduled during the summer months. The center has an annual membership fee of $17 for the calendar year Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012. Membership is not limited to “seniors.” All adults 18 and over are eligible for membership. Many classes are on hiatus for summer, but there are activities. Additionally, plans are under way for the coming months. Upcoming activities are as follows:

istration required. Fees are $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. The fee is payable to the instructor by check only the day of the class. Reference course #6095. Class is limited to 20 participants. Special Presentations Medicare and Benefits presented by Area Agency on Aging, Thursday, Sept. 20, 1-2 p.m. Free for Activity Center members, $5 for non-members. Preregistration required. Open to the public. Reference course #6098.

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Regular Activities Activity Center membership is required. Monthly: Armchair Travelogue, third Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m. Topic for Aug. 15 is “Native Americans, Then and Now.” This travelogue show covers the history and culture of the Native people of the southwest. Women’s Singles, second Wednesday, 2-3 p.m. Hand & Foot Cards, second and fourth Wednesdays, 9 a.m-noon.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days The third film in this kid series based on the hit books sees everyone’s favorite “wimpy kid” and his friends trying to survive the long, hot summer. Starring: Devon Bostick Genre: Family MPAA Rating: PG for rude humor.

Total Recall In this remake of the classic 1990 action flick, Douglas Quaid finds himself on the run when a company promises to turn his wildest fantasies into actual memories and, in the process, uncovers a life-changing secret buried deep within his mind. Starring: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston Genre: Sci-Fi MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, some sexual content, brief nudity and language.

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son they have been praying for. And it’s never too early to gear up for Halloween, right? ParaNorman hits the silver screen on Aug. 17, too, offering an animated romp into the supernatural that might serve as a perfect counterbalance to the more emotional Timothy Green. And it wouldn’t be summer without a slew of action flicks featuring flying bullets and all sorts of things getting blown sky high. First up for you adrenaline fiends in the audience is Total Recall, a remake of the 1990 Sci-Fi classic starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Colin Farrell will be taking on the role of Douglas Quaid this time around, but he’ll still be running for his life through a world of mystery and doublecrosses as he tries to discover the truth hidden beneath a mountain of corporate lies. In similar fashion, Jeremy Renner will be taking over for lead man Matt Damon in The Bourne Legacy, set to hit theaters Aug. 10. Similar to the character of Jason Bourne of the previous films, Renner’s character is a government super assassin that learns he must fight against the people who made him as they try to cover up their misdeeds by sending him to an early grave. Finally, what’s better than a summer

If you’re looking for family-friendly fare or action flicks to keep you entertained at the movie theater, then the final month of the summer has a nice selection to choose from. It seems you can’t keep a good “Wimpy Kid” down as the series’ third entry, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, is primed to kick off the month on Aug. 3. That’s pretty appropriate, given the fact that this time around the kids will be struggling to survive the last stretch of summer before heading back to school. Art imitates life, you know. If tear-jerkers are more your family’s cup of tea, then you might want to consider checking out The Odd Life of Timothy Green when it releases Aug. 17. When a young couple, desperate to have a child, discovers they will be unable to do so, the duo decides to take part in a “healing exercise” that sees them imagining what their perfect son would be like. Once they write out all of these thoughts and wishes on bits of paper and place them in a box to be buried in the back yard, the last thing they expect to find on their doorstep the next morning is a unique child who appears to be the very

The Campaign When a well-liked congressman makes a major gaffe during election year, a pair of wealthy CEOs back a local chump to steal the election in hopes of gaining some political leverage. Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis

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Hope Springs A couple, married for 30 years, decides to attend an intense counseling weekend in hopes of saving their relationship. Starring: Meryl Streep, Steve Carell, Tommy Lee Jones Genre: Drama MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic content.

Aug. 17 The Odd Life of Timothy Green A couple, unable to have a baby, decides to bury a box in their yard containing trinkets and a list of traits they would want their child to have. When an actual boy shows up on their doorstep covered in mud, the most peculiar of families forms. Starring: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, Ron Livingston

Genre: Fantasy MPAA Rating: PG. Why Stop Now Hilarity ensues when a teen tries to check his mom into rehab and finds himself instead kidnapped by her goofball drug dealter. (cont. on page 20 )

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Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Tracy Morgan Genre: Comedy MPAA Rating: Rating Pending. The Expendables 2 Starring every action hero known to man, the Expendables find themselves on a quest for revenge when their mentor is brutally murdered. Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc. Genre: Action MPAA Rating: Rating Pending. Cosmopolis A young billionaire and financial genius finds his day turned upside-down when he arrogantly bets his company against the Chinese Yuan. Starring: Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti Genre: Drama MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language.

The Awakening While England struggles to recover from WWI, a young ghost hunter investigates a boarding school where the ghost of a young child has been spotted. Starring: Rebecca Hall Genre: Horror MPAA Rating: R for some violence and sexuality/nudity. Sparkle A young girl struggles with love and family issues while trying to make a musical career for herself during the Motown-era. Starring: Whitney Houston, Mike Epps, Jordin Sparks Genre: Drama MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature content, some violence and language.

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Premium Rush When a New York bike messenger finds himself being chased by a crooked cop, he discovers that the package he’s transporting might cost him his life. Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Chung Genre: Action MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and language.

blockbuster featuring your favorite action star? How about a summer blockbuster featuring all of your favorite action stars at once? The Expendables 2 arrives on Aug. 17, promising higher stakes, more action and a heck of a lot more carnage than its already over-the-top predecessor. Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis will have more involved roles this time around, joining the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Randy Couture, Jason Statham, Jet Li and newcomers Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris. Now THAT is how you end the summer movie season.

Aug. 31 The Tall Man When a woman witnesses a “tall man” abducting her child, she will stop at nothing to track him down. Starring: Jessica Biel Genre: Thriller MPAA Rating: R for violence, terror and language.

ParaNorman A sleepy town is under siege by a horde of zombies, witches and ghost. Only Norman, with his bizarre ability to speak with the dead, can save the day. Starring (voices): Anna Kendrick, John Goodman

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10th Annual Art Unraveled Embassy Suites - Phoenix July 30 through Aug. 7 Mixed media art workshops, evening workshops. Priced individually so you can attend as many workshops as you wish. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Mountain Artists Guild’s 52nd Annual Summer Festival of Fine Art and Crafts Prescott Courthouse Plaza (928) 445-2510 Aug. 11-2 Juried art show with more than 120 artisans from throughout the west displaying and demonstrating works. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

Prelude to Open Studios Art Exhibition Coconino Center for the Arts Flagstaff (928) 528-8761 Aug. 11 through Sept. 8 A preview of work by more than 80 artists who are participating in the 14th annual Flagstaff Open Studio events. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

ment, trucks, tractors, car corral, swap meet, trophies, raffle. $5 parking, admission by donation.

16th Annual Cool Country Cruise-In & Route 66 Festival 2012 Williams (928) 635-1418 Aug. 10-11 Classic car show with trophies for various classes. More than 200 cars.

Culinary Annual HarvestFest Sonoita Vineyards Elgin (520) 455-5893 www. Aug. 4-5 Wine tasting, wine and food pairings, winery tours, vineyard tours, grape stomping. Lunch available for purchase.

16th Annual NAU Wine & Dine in the Pines Arizona Snowbowl - Flagstaff (928) 523-5353 Aug. 19 The finest wines from around the world paired with culinary delights from the best restaurants in northern Arizona. 2-6 p.m.

15thAnnual Flagstaff Open Studios Various studios (928) 779-2300 Aug. 25-26 More than 80 studios. The self-guided studio tour spotlights a variety of art media. Meet local art stars. Art projects for children. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bicycles 11th Annual Absolute Bikes St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Old-Fashioned Mountain Bike Race

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38th Annual Car Exhibit by Prescott Antique Auto Club Watson Lake Park (928) 778-5386 Aug. 4-5 Pre-1981 cars, old engine fire-up which includes fly-wheel engines, mining equip-

Cultural Events 63rd Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture – Walk in Beauty Museum of Northern Arizona - Flagstaff (928) 774-5213 Aug. 4-5 More than 70 Navajo artists, storytellers and cultural interpreters from different clans. Activities for all ages. 9 a.m-5 p.m. $4-$7.

Summer Twilight Tours Deer Valley Rock Art Center Phoenix (623) 582-8007 Aug. 10 & 24 Guided tour of rock art, petroglyphs, archaeology, desert plants and animals and Native American cultures. Reservations. 5:30 p.m. $3-$7.

Navajo Code Talkers Day Navajo Veterans Park Window Rock Aug. 14 Parade, commemoration ceremony and entertainment.


Expos 19th Annual The Big West Valley Home & Garden Show University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale (602) 485-1619 Aug. 3-5 See, hear and feel the desert night. Bring your flashlight. 250,000-square-feet of exhibit space featuring interior design, consultation, landscape displays, remodeling, gardening, prizes. Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5 admission benefits The 100 Club.

Festivals Peach Mania Festival Apple Annie’s Produce & Pumpkins Willcox (520) 384-2084 Aug. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 You-pick tree ripened peaches and apples, all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. 7-10 a.m. Peach ice cream, peach pie, 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free.

Citywide Birthday Bash Tucson (520) 327-7544 Aug.1-31 Special events will celebrate Tucson’s 237th birthday with a ceremony at the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Aug.20. Parades, parties, free family events throughout the month.

Dog Days of Summer Historic Downtown Glendale (623) 930-4500 Aug. 4 Activities include photo stations, Frosty Paw treats, appearance by Topaz, the Glendale Fire Department’s crisis response dog, more. 6-9 p.m.

64th Annual Vigilante Days Tombstone Aug. 10-12 Wild West history comes to life with street entertainment, 1880s fashion show, 10K, shoot-outs, hangings, concert, chili cook-off, more. Community Center Ramada.


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Second Annual Mountain Daze Festival Community Center Ramada Pine http://pinestrawberrybusinesscommunityaz. com Aug. 11-2 Vendors, food, music, antique cars and tractors. Kids Kraft Korner, craft festival. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Ninth Annual Dog Days of Summer Frontier Park Show Low (928) 532-4140 Aug. 25-26 Activities, demonstrations, booths, canine disc local championship, dog dancing, Me and My Mutt look-alike contest, freestyle canine disc demonstrations. 8 a.m.

21st Annual Family Cornfest, Arts and Crafts Fair El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium Phoenix (602) 231-0300 Aug. 25-26 Some 60 arts and crafts exhibitors, fresh sweet corn, free admission and parking. $9 for lunch.

Farmer John’s Birthday Party and Willcox March for Zane 2012 Apple Annie’s Orchard Willcox (520) 384-2084 Aug. 25-26 You-pick fruit and vegetables 20 percent off. Burger Barn lunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds benefits March of Dimes. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Film Prescott Film Festival The Elks Opera House Yavapai College Performance Arts Center Aug. 1-8 Creative independent films, filmmakers, free workshops, parties, more.

Jazz on a Summer’s Day Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (480) 499-8587 Aug. 9 This film features legendary performances by Louis Armstrong, Anita O’Day, Mahalia Jackson and Thelonious Monk from the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. 7:30 p.m. $7.

Fundraisers Seventh Annual Summer Spaaaah Series Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort Phoenix July 27 Luxury spa events with gift bag, open house party, certificate for a 50- or 60-minute spa service. $125, benefits Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.

Gems & Minerals Prescott Gem & Mineral Club’s 9th Annual Show and Sale Embry-Riddle Aug. 2-5 More than 28 dealers with fine jewelry, beading components, mineral specimens, tools, equipment and rock for lapidary work, rough rock, door prize drawings. Friday, Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $2, under 12 free.

Horses Mountain Air Dressage Show Fort Tuthill County Park Flagstaff (602) 942-6062 Aug. 18-19 Equestrian dressage show, Olympic sport where horse and rider compete by riding a pattern in an arena. 100 competitors in three rings. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

Music Flamenco Dancing Sofrita - Fountain Hills (480) 816-5613 Every Thursday Music of Brio Flamenco and the Flamenco por la Vida dancers. 6-8 p.m.

Jazz in the Hills Fireside Grill at the Holiday Inn - Fountain Hills Every Friday Fridays, join jazz lovers in an intimate setting for great music and company. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. $5; students free.

Wine and Music Grapeables Fountain Hills (480) 816-5959 Different musicians play at the local wine shop. Perfect for listening and dancing. 7:30 – 11 p.m. Call for individual performance information.

Live Music on the Sunset Cruise Desert Belle Saguaro Lake Cruises (480) 984-2425 Live music every Friday and Saturday. 5 p.m. Sunset cruise only. $20.

Kelly Clarkson and The Fray US Airways Center Phoenix Aug. 1 Special guest Carolina Liar. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., $29.75-$65.75.

Second Annual High Mountain Music Festival Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex Pinetop/Lakeside (800) 573-4031 Aug. 3-4 Featuring Whiskey Rodeo, Hollow, Tony Luca and more. Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $20/day; $30/weekend.

11th Annual Music from Greer Concerts with Altitude Ragel Community Center - Greer Aug. 4 Jazz by Tea for Five. 7 p.m. Admission by donation.

Weird Al Yankovic The Apocalypse Tour Comerica Theater Phoenix Aug. 5 Concert for all ages. 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$52.

Second Annual Celtic Music Festival Watson Lake Park Prescott (928) 771-1218 Aug. 18 The Old Blind Dogs from Scotland headline. Music in two ramadas. 10 a.m. -5 p.m. $25$28, 18 and younger free.

Acker on the Plaza Prescott Courthouse Plaza Aug. 18 Musical entertainment at various locations on the plaza. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free.

ASU @ The Center Opera and Operetta Extravaganza Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 Aug. 22 Part of a series of performances by Arizona State University’s School of Music, students and faculty.

11th Annual Red Rocks Music Festival Musical Instrument Museum - Phoenix Aug. 24 Featuring the works by J. Brahms, R. Schumann and Arizona premiers by Robert Kahn and Amanda Maier. 7 p.m.

Prescott Jazz Summit Various locations in Prescott (928) 771-1268 Aug. 24-26 Annual jazz festival with international stars and Phoenix-based and local musicians includes the best of Arizona high school musicians.

29th Annual Grand Canyon Music Festival Shrine of the Ages Auditorium Grand Canyon (800) 779-5969 Aug. 24 through Sept. 8 Annual series of evening concerts, musicians from around the country from jazz to classical. 7:30 p.m. $8-$15.

11th Annual Red Rocks Music Festival Sedona Creative Life Center Aug. 25 Works by J.Brahms, R. Schumann and Arizona premiers by Robert Kahn and Amanda Maier. 7 p.m. $24.

11th Annual Red Rocks Music Festival Musical Instrument Museum Piano Theater Phoenix Aug. 26 With Sonya and Elizabeth Schumann in works by J. Brahms, RG Gershwin and more. 6:30 p.m.

Neil Diamond US Airways Center Phoenix (800) 745-3000 Aug. 29 2012 North American Summer Tour with the rock and pop icon Neil Diamond. 8 p.m. $55-$120.

11th Annual Red Rocks Music Festival Musical Instrument Museum Piano Theater Phoenix Aug. 31 Classical meets jazz with works by J. Brahms, F. Schubert, P. Schoenfield and D. Ellington. 7 p.m.

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Nature 21st Annual Southwest Wings Birding & Nature Festival Cochise College - Sierra Vista (520) 678-8237 Aug. 1-4 Self- and other-guided tours, field trips, seminars, vendors, silent auction, displays, more. $15 for adults; free for children with parents or grandparents.

Summer Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden - Phoenix (480) 941-1225 Aug. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 See, hear and feel the desert night. Bring flashlight. 7 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Free with admission of $5-$15.

Sedona Hummingbird Festival Sedona Performing Arts Center (800) 529-3699 Aug. 3-5 Presentations by hummingbird experts, science, gardening, photography, conservation, regional species. $7-$15; $35 for three day pass.

Navajo Springs Hike Mormon Lake Lodge (928) 354-2227 Aug. 4 Two-mile round trip hike to Navajo Springs and the Arizona Trail. Led by NPS/USFS interpretive partnership ranger. Hiking and water recommended. Free.

Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival Riverpark Inn - Tucson Aug. 15-19 A combination of free and paid field trips, workshops, exhibits and talks by renowned naturalists.

Wildflower Walks The Arboretum at Flagstaff (928) 774-1442 Aug. 18 A special wildflower walk focusing on native species blooming at this time of year. Sign up upon arrival. 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Plants of the Bible Guided Tours Boyce Thompson Arboretum Superior (520) 689-2811 Aug. 18 Learn about the botany, history and scripture on a walk alongside volunteer and Bible scholar David Oberpriller. 9:30 a.m. $3-$7.50.

Edible and Medicinal Plants Boyce Thompson Arboretum Superior (520) 689-2811 Aug. 26 One-hour walk up the Curandero Trail to learn about Sonoran Desert plants. David Morris and Jean Groen lead the hike. 8:30 a.m. $3-$7.50.

Zoo by Moonlight Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary Prescott (928) 778-4242, ext. 16 Aug. 31 Bring a flashlight to see the nocturnal residents. 8-9:30 p.m. $5.

Rodeos 128th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo Payson (928) 474-4515 Aug. 16-19 Bull riding, calf roping and barrel racing among other competitions. PRCA sanctioned. Considered the country’s small rodeo. $7.50$22.

Ninth Annual Cowboy Capital Professional Bull Riding Prescott Rodeo Grounds (866) 407-6336 Aug. 25 Features 40 of the toughest bull riders matched against 40 of the rankest bulls. 7:30 p.m. $16-$26.

Sports Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field - Phoenix (602) 462-4600 Aug. 10-12 vs. Washington Nationals Aug. 20-23 vs. Miami Marlins Aug. 24-26 vs. San Diego Padres Aug. 27-29 vs. Cincinnati Reds

Arizona Open Water Swim Series 2 Pleasant Harbor Marina Lake Pleasant - Peoria Aug. 25 1,000, 2,000 or 4,000 meter open water swim distances or combine the 1,000 and the 4,000 to compete in this year’s 5K distance. Four divisions including wetsuit and nonwetsuit. Every finisher earns a commemorative award. 8:30 a.m. $40-$50.

Theater Rent Desert Stages Scottsdale (480) 483-1664 Through Aug. 11 A theater favorite. Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. (No matinee July 14). $22.


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Fountain Hills Theater (480) 837-1654 Through Aug. 5 Close your eyes and you’ll swear Nat King Cole is crooning the title song. A number of unforgettable songs and their singers are featured. Friday, Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. $25.

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Ft. Tuthill County Fairgrounds Flagstaff (928) 773-2135 Aug. 4 2K, 5K, 10K runs benefits the Children’s Health Center at Flagstaff Medical Center. 6:30 a.m. registration.

American Cancer Society’s Climb to Conquer Cancer Arizona Snowbowl Flagstaff (928) 526-2896 Aug. 18 Join hundreds of climbers on a seven-mile walk up the paved road to Snowbowl. 7 a.m.


The Soul of Broadway Fountain Hills Theater (480) 837-1654 Aug. 17-26 This show celebrates famous tunes from the Great White Way’s soul musicals and characters including “Porgy and Bess,” “Dreamgirls” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” The revue takes the audience on a journey through other classic and contemporary shows such as “The Lion King,” “Once on this Island,” “Aida,” “Hairspray” and “The Wiz.”

Lit Lounge Scottsdale Museum for Contemporary Art (480) 499-8587 Aug. 24 Experience engaging writers and performers sharing true stories fused with live music. 7 p.m. $10 online.

Chapters: School House Rock Live! Jr. Fountain Hills Youth Theater (480) 837-9661 Aug. 24 through Sept. 9 A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m. $15 adults; $12 youth.

Bringing Them Home: The Chautauquas Sharlot Hall Museum’s Blue Rose Theater Prescott (928) 445-3122 Aug. 26 Arizona artist Kat Cory performed by Sandy Moss. Reservations needed. 2 p.m. $5.

Triathlons 17th Annual Tri in the Pines Triathlon

Arizona Broadway Theater - Peoria (623) 776-8400 Aug. 3 through Sept. 2 The life and career of famed humorist and performer Will Rogers using the Ziegfeld Follies as the backdrop.

Family Aquatic Center Show Low Aug. 11 Swim 625 yards at Family Aquatic Center; bike ride 12.3 miles on city streets; run 3.5 miles on multi-use trail in City Park. Youth triathlon features 175-yard swim, four-mile bike ride, one-mile run.

25th Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering

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Yavapai College Performance Hall Prescott (877) 928-4253 Aug. 9-11 More than 40 poets and old-time singers celebrate the oral traditions of the working cowboy. Multiple daytime sessions for free. Evening shows are $16 for headline performances.

Lake Mary Flagstaff (928) 526-8761 Aug. 12 Spring: swim 700 meters, bike 10.6 miles, run 3.1 miles; Olympic: swim 1500 meters, bike 24.9 miles, run 6.2 miles. 6:30 a.m. Spectators free.


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NEW this summer for kids!! Wild Art Wednesday

This non-competitive class especially for toddlers is designed to capture movement, drama, gain confidence, balance, motor skills, and improve self esteem together in a social group setting. Bean bags, tumbling mats, rhythm sticks, mats, hoops, tunnels, balls and balance beams are some of the things that will encourage your ‘tuff kid’ to get on the move. Parents are welcome to stay but need not be present. Class Level/Age Day Date Time Fee 6117 Move & Groove 18-36 months Mon/Thurs Aug. 12-22 9:00-9:45 a.m. $28 6120 Mighty Movement 3-5 years Mon/Thurs Aug 13-22 10-10:45 a.m. $28 Age: 18 months to 5 years Location: Community Center Instructor: Kathy Worrell

Teen Activities Skateland Aug. 1, 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. This fun-filled trip to Skateland will have everyone moving to the beat, with skates on their feet! This trip includes admission, skate rental, a hot dog dinner, drink and a glowing souvenir. Bus leaves at 4:30 p.m. from Fountain Hills Middle School. Parents must pick up promptly at 8 p.m. Open to the first 30 teens, entering 5-8 grades, to register. The trip is FREE* but pre-registration is required! Course #6106

Participants will enjoy a different activity and project each class. All levels are welcome, ages 2 – 6 years old; as well as older and younger siblings - so sign them up too! Everyone will have fun getting messy and making creative take-home projects. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Fee includes all supplies and materials. Pre-registration is required. Class Day Date Time Fee 6134 Wed Aug 8 9-10 a.m. $10/class Age: 2 to 6 years old Location: Community Center – Art Room Instructor: Kathy Worrell

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Wednesday, Sept. 26 5:30 p.m. Avenue of the Fountains

August Fountain Hills Artists Gallery Upcoming Public Events L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum - Italian Dinner and Auction Saturday, Aug. 25

Spend a relaxing evening under the gorgeous Arizona sky as Ballet Arizona continues its annual season opening tradition with “Ballet under the Stars”. Bring the entire family and enjoy a combination of classical and contemporary works in a casual setting for FREE. “Ballet under the Stars” performances often feature the debut performance of works created as part of our “Class Act” program.

Closed for Labor Day Sept. 3

Seniors and Boomers Programs

Special Presentations These presentations are educational, cultural and/or health-related.

Movie in the Park Saturday, Sept. 22 7 p.m. Fountain Park Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax This animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. FREE ADMISSION!

Armchair Travelogue- monthly program Wednesday, Aug. 15; 9 -10:30 a.m. – Native Americans, Then and Now. This travelogue slide show will cover the history and culture of the Native American people of the southwest. No registration necessary. Senior Center Membership is required

Special Presentations & Events Course Day Health Screenings Wed




9 a.m.-noon


Free Open to the public. Cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure check, body mass index, waist circumference measuring, and professional counseling. Sign-up for a time slot in the Activity Center.

Oktoberfest Friday & Saturday, Sept.28-29 5-10 p.m. Fountain Park Join us for an authentic German Oktoberfest celebration. Food and beverages include bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad, and strudel, along with Warsteiner beer, wine, water and soft drinks available for purchase. Entertainment will be provided by the band “die echten Wald-Baum” direct from Germany. Additional activities include a designated children’s area with inflatable bouncers, contests, dachshund races, raffle prizes, and more; providing something for the whole family to enjoy. Find us on Facebook!— Fountain Hills Oktoberfest Presented by the Southwest German Society, AMVETS Post 7, and the Fountain Hills Elks Lodge #2846 and the Town of Fountain Hills.

AARP Defensive Safe Driving Class Tues 9/11

8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

$12-AARP member; $14 non-member Learn new defensive driving techniques and more road awareness. Check with your insurance agent. You may be able to receive a discount for this class. Fee payable to the instructor by check only. Pre-registration required. Course #6095

Medicare and Benefits Presented by Area Agency on Aging Thu 9/20

1-2 p.m.

Free Open to the public

Learn about the right benefits for you. Pre-registration required. Course #6098.

Dining for Wellness Mon 9/10 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Membership required Chef Matt of Fountain View Village will prepare simple foods that are “heart healthy.” Pre-registration required. Course #6145.

This year, The L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum is marking the end of summer with an Italian Dinner.

Saturday, Aug. 25, 5 p.m.

Fountain Hills Community Center Join us forand great food, and liveunknown auctions (with great Band auction items) music bysilent Don Young’s Associates

Tickets: $15/two for $25; kids 10 and under, $5. Available at The River of Time Museum, Gridleys of Fountain Hills, Sami Fine Jewelry, Fountain Fashions, CSI Printing and The Fountain Hills Times

All12901 proceeds benefit the Cruikshank River of Time Museum LaMontana Dr.L.•Alan Fountain Hills, AZ • (480) 837-2612

4ALET’S august2012 28 GO! August 2012 Fountain Hills Community Services Mission Statement The mission of the Fountain Hills Community Services Department is to provide exceptional customer service to enhance the quality of life by providing and maintaining safe, available, and accessible parks and facilities, recreation programs, events, and services that will meet the intellectual, social, cultural, and leisure needs of all residents.

Parks and Facilities Facilities & Hours of Operation

Golden Eagle Park

Community Services @ Town Hall

15900 E. Golden Eagle Blvd. 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

16705 E. Avenue of the Fountains Monday-Thursday – 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 480-816-5151

Four Peaks Park 14825 N. Del Cambre Avenue 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Community Center

Desert Vista Park 11800 N. Desert Vista 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Dog Park – 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Skate Park – 7 a.m. to Sunset

13001 N. La Montana Drive Monday-Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 480-816-5200

Senior & Boomers @ the Community Center

Desert Botanical Garden

13001 N. La Montana Drive Monday-Friday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 480-816-5226

11300 N. Fountain Hills Blvd. Sunrise to Sunset

Fountain Park

Golden Eagle Trailhead Sunrise to Sunset

McDowell Mountain Preserve

12925 N. Saguaro Blvd. Sunrise to Sunset

The Community Services staff is constantly striving to provide programs that “meet the intellectual, cultural, fitness, and leisure needs of all residents.” If there is a recreational program that you would like to see offered, contact Community Services at 816-5151 or

Program Refunds • A FULL refund is granted when Community Services cancels any program. • NO refunds will be granted after the start of a program except for medical reasons or relocation out of the area. • NO refunds will be granted for trips or team sports leagues unless the spot can be filled. • A $10.00 administrative fee will be charged against ALL refunds to cover administrative costs. There are no administrative fees charged when the program is cancelled by Community Services. • Credit card refunds are issued back to the card used for payment. • Refund processing takes four to six weeks.

Facility Refunds

Snooze – You Lose! Nothing kills a good program quicker than everyone waiting until the last minute to register. Whether or not a program takes place is determined by registration, not waiting or assuming how many people may show up. If a program interests you, be sure to register today!

To Err is Human Although Community Services staff work hard to ensure each program is free from errors, there are times when errors in dates, times, rates, or registration information do occur. We will do everything possible to correct such errors and we thank you for your patience and understanding when these situations arise.

Register Online Visit today How do I get started? Simply contact our Customer Service Representatives at gov or 480-816-5151 to request you Personal ID Number and your Account PIN Number.

Chiropractic Care

Now Offering Monthly Wellness Programs for you or your whole family! Monthly Family Plan

Acupuncture Also Available - Call for Details

Do I have to register online? No, we will still take registrations at Town Hall or the Community Center via fax, mail or in person.

Fight Fatigue & Boost Mood Buy 2 B-12 Shots Get One FREE Reg price $20 each / exp 8/31/12

• $49 per month 2 family members $89 per month • One scheduled visit per week 3 family members $119 per month • Additional scheduled visits $25 each 4 (+) family members $129 per month • Additional walk-in visits $29 each Limited to the first 50 people. Expires 8/30/12

Walk-Ins Tuesdays & Thursdays 10-2

480-837-0900 Dr. Matthew Teusink

Whole Health Chiropractic 13215 N. Verde River Drive, Suite 4 • Fountain Hills


For more detailed information on Community Services refund policies, call 480816-5151.

If I register online, will I know if I get into a program right away? Yes, the registrations are in “real time”. If a program has an opening, when you complete your registration you will be registered, and you will receive confirmation that your registration has been received. If a program is closed, you will be able to sign up online to be on the waitlist.

Online registration is available 24 hours a day!

Experience the Benefits of

• A FULL refund will be made if Community Services cancels the rental. • In the event of inclement weather, the responsible party may re-schedule the rental at a later date. • All changes to reservations need to be made at least 24 hours in advance. All changes to weekend reservations need to be made by the Thursday prior to the reservation. • Refund processing takes four to six weeks.

How do I know what programs are available online? When browsing programs online, registration availability will be indicated.

With online registration you are able to browse for classes and programs offered and register for them with secure payment options.

Monthly Maintenance Plan

Do You Have An Idea For A New Program? Tell Us About It!

Fountain Hills Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Nicole Sundene 16719 E. Palisades Blvd., #205 • Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Let's Go in the Northeast Valley - August 2012  

Monthly newspaper covering Fountain Hills, Northeast Scottsdale and surrounding areas.