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Gifts I have to take advantage of these next few weeks. The Princess is leaving for college really soon. The moment has arrived when I must conjure up my wisest, most motherly, important insights about life. These words of wisdom must come from the heart and convey life lessons that will carry Her Highness into the next phase of her life and beyond. This cannot be mere advice. Weight must be placed on each and every utterance – both spoken and written – until the end of August. My speeches must be heartfelt but not preachy. Solemn yet not morose. The knowledge I impart should raise her up and inspire her to achieve greatness. Oh, enough of that. I hope the Lizard goes to college and has the time of her life. I want her to make tons of friends, become a master chef, have fun, travel, see things she hasn’t seen and do things she hasn’t done. I have a wonderful daughter. She is witty and observant. She also is quiet and reserved. She definitely is her own person.
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Her going off in to the world is kind of like That Girl meets Hell’s Kitchen. When she wants to be, Her Highness can be as perky and sweet as Marlo Thomas. She can be not dissimilar to Chef Ramsay. Either way, it is who she is. I don’t think we could ask for more. It’s hard to watch your child begin the wind-down toward leaving the nest. But it is exhilarating, too. It makes you proud that they want to leave home, that they have enough confidence to go off into the wild blue yonder to see what’s out there. Elizabeth will be in Denver, a thousand miles away. She is going without knowing anyone at her school. It’s a brave thing she is getting ready to do. But that’s the wonder of youth. You don’t exactly know what you’re in for, but you know you want to find out. As a parent, you kind of know what’s what, but you don’t really know. And that’s okay. It is hard to let go, but it’s worse to hold on. You have to have faith that you’ve done at least an adequate job. I would never be so arrogant to think I had done a great job. We did our best, loved our daughter and gave her tools to get her started. We spoiled her, no doubt. Those things may make it a little more difficult to navigate growing up, but she’ll meet the challenges, of that I am certain. She is well on her way. Her school starts after Labor Day. Soon the leaves will begin to turn. Then the snow will fly. Our little Lizard will experience the four seasons for the first time in her life. It will be a grand adventure. I wish I could go with her. No, I really don’t. My parents had tremendous grace in letting us go. I remain grateful to them for that. If there is only one gift I can give my girl, it is the gift of freedom. Well, that and a heavy coat. It gets really cold in Denver in the winter.
You might just have room in your home – and in your heart – for a new pet. Nine Lives Foundation has an adoption facility at Petco in Fountain Hills. The organization is always looking for homes for cats and kittens. Visit www.ninelivesadoptions.org for more information, or stop in at Petco, 16835 E. Shea Blvd.
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Fundraiser to benefit museum Fountain Hills Mayor Jay S ch l u m , r i g h t , and his mother, Dawn, enjoyed the L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum l a s t y e a r. T h e event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27, this year.
Get Spaghetti Dinner tickets The L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum will hold its annual Spaghetti Dinner Saturday, Aug. 27. The event will be held at the Fountain
College financial seminar set “How to Give Your Kid a Four-Year College Education without Going Broke” will be presented at Appaloosa and Mustang libraries in Scottsdale. J.D. Wyzalek, founder of AZ College Planning, will present information to parents and students from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at the Appaloosa Library, 7377 E. Silverstone Aug. 3. The presentation at Mustang Library is set for Aug. 24 from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Mustang is located at 10101 N. 90th St. Reserve seats by calling (888) 2372087, ext. 2, or online at www.azcollegeplan.com.
Hills Community Center from 5 to 9 p.m. In addition to the dinner, guests can participate in a silent auction, as well as the live auction featuring State Representative John Kavanagh as auctioneer. Jim Doeden will perform at the dinner, singing popular country tunes. The Spaghetti Dinner is one of the primary fundraisers for the Museum. Organizers are collecting items for the auctions. For information, e-mail Historical Society President Debbie Skehen at Skehen@cox.net or call her at (480) 816-4186. Tickets for the dinner are $15 per person or two for $25. Children under 10 are $5. Beer, wine, mixed drinks and soda will be sold. Included in the ticket price are lemonade, iced tea and water. Tickets are available from CSI Printing, Sami Fine Jewelry, Fountain Fashions, Gridleys of Fountain Hills and The Fountain Hills Times. They also can be purchased online at www.riveroftimemuseum.org and at the museum.
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FOCUS An average of 10 people drown daily in this country according to the Center for Disease Control. Arizona is second only to Florida in child drowning. In both states, drowning is the leading cause of death in children four and younger. According to Fountain Hills Rural/ Metro Fire Captain Todd Brunin, most drowning or near-drowning incidents occur in backyard swimming pools. Everyone recognizes that children can drown in any body of water, but incidents occurring close to home are most common. According to Brunin, to prevent these
tragedies, certain steps must be taken. “First and most importantly, if you are a parent or someone who has young children visit and a backyard pool exists, you must maintain a hyper-vigilant mindset that no child will ever be able to get to the pool or spa on their own,” he said. “Additionally, you must accept that no child will be in or near any water without good adult supervision.” Phoenix Children’s Hospital, along with area fire departments, offer guidelines to help prevent drowning tragedies:
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A pool is an attractive place for people in the summertime, but vigilance – including removing toys and floating devices – from the pool when not in use can help prevent tragedy.
Know who is in charge. Often in group settings, everyone thinks someone else is watching the children. Designate a “water watcher.” Know who can swim, and who cannot. Non-swimming adults are not able to make a rescue and should not be designated as the water watcher. Non-swimming children should be in “touch distance” of the water watcher. Give the water watcher a break. Don’t ask one adult to supervise too many children, especially those under the age of five. Add more supervision for large gatherings or busy pools. Keep up CPR. In water-related emergencies, seconds count. Make sure your CPR skills are current. Be able to recognize a drowning. Adults and children may look as if they are swimming but they may be in need of rescue. Drowning also can be entirely silent and when in doubt, the water watcher should act immediately to perform a rescue. Insist on sobriety. A water watcher should not be under the influence of drugs or alchol. Brunin outlined the ABCs for pool safety: Adult capable supervision when a child is anywhere near the water. Being capable means the adult is not distracted by conversations, phone calls, texting, doing yard work, cooking or alcohol use. As the water watcher, that person must be the last person to leave the area of the water, making
sure all swimming toys are removed and all access to the area are secured. Barriers: We know it is nearly impossible to keep your eyes on children at all times. Having a way to isolate a child from the pool or spa provides an extra layer of protection. Classes: Educate yourself about pool and water safety. Take a CPR class. Know the fastest way to contact 911. When calling 911 from a cell phone, the address will not be shown to the dispatcher, so be prepared with the address. Using a portable home phone may be the better solution. Be sure to listen to the dispatcher as he or she will assist with CPR or rescue breathing. The City of Scottsdale Fire offers CPR and first Aid certification classes for the community, as does the Town of Fountain Hills. Scottsdale Classes are offered at Scottsdale Fire Headquarters, 8401 e. Indian School Rd. Class sizes are a minimum of eight and a maximum of 12. The next Basic CPR and AED class is set for Saturday, Oct. 1. A first aid class is scheduled for Aug. 6. For information on the classes, call (480) 312-7957 or visit www.scottsdaleaz. gov/fire/CPRclasses The Town of Fountain Hills has a CPR and AED class the second Saturday of each month at the Community Center, 13001 N. LaMontana Drive. For more information and to register, visit www.fh.az.gov/ efountain, or call 480-816-5151.
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Homey ‘Spike’s Treats’ great dog hangout Dogs need a hometown place to go, too. Somewhere they can be themselves, bark a little, run a little, wag a little. Just be dogs. In the true tradition of the late Spike, an American Staffordshire terrier, Spike’s Treats is that place. Owners Ronnie Sells and Michelle Adams, Spike’s Treats has the “mom and pop” appeal they experienced with a similar
store in the St. Louis area. The owner of that St. Louis store has served as consultant to the couple as they have worked to open the local business. Fountain Hills homeowners since 2005, the couple began considering opening a store here as they learned more and more about dog health, wellness and nutrition. “The store is the culmination of what
we learned from Spike and other pets,” Sells said. “When we lost Spike, we were so downtrodden and sad. But out of that sadness we were brought to realize that we have a great support system here. We started exploring the possibilities, and out of a dream to give back to other pet owners came this physical reality.” When they decided to open the store, putting the deal together happened quickly. They opened April 2 this year and have seen a steady increase in traffic.
“People have told us how much we have helped them with their pets, and we have had amazing support from the community,” Adams said. “We got passionate about (dog) allergies and other illnesses. Other pet parents are going through the same things. We are all able to help each other.” The couple attributes the success and passion to the business to Spike. “He was a wonderful dog, and he taught (cont. on page 7)
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There is nothing quite like a dip in the pool on a hot day. Daycare doggies at Zusia’s take advantage of the backyard pools.
Zusia’s pools keep pooches cool Summertime can be as hard on dogs as it is on humans. Zusia’s doggie salon and su”paw”market has just the thing for your cooped up canine. Zusia’s is featuring swimming for dogs this summer. The business, located at 16650 E. Palisades Blvd., #110, has two 85-gallon bone-shaped pools and a 29-gallon paw-shaped pool. Customers
may accompany their dogs to the pools, or are invited to have their dogs hang out for daycare by the hour or all day. “The dogs really like the pools,” said Zusia’s owner Suzanne Paterson. It’s easy to see that. A bunch of dogs – five to be exact -- were taken out to the play yard and immediately jumped in the pools. They clearly enjoyed their time (cont. on page 8)
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SPIKE’S TREATS (cont. from page 5)
us a lot,” Adams said. Spike’s Treats has a number of activities for pets, in addition to a full array of pet foods, supplies, accessories, toys and more. The couple makes the dog treats, providing healthy, tasty snacks for animals. They also have Yappy Hour the first Friday of each month starting at 5 p.m. the third Saturday of each month from 8
to 8:30 a.m. is reserved for “Doga,” a way of doing Yoga with your dog. “We are so grateful for the patronage we have had from the community,” Sells said. “We want to provide a lot of activities and goods for our customers. They are like family to us.” Spike’s Treats, located at Plaza Fountainside, 12645 N. Saguaro Blvd., is open 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store is closed Mondays. Call (480) 634-4449 or visit www.spikestreats.com for more information.
Spike’s Treats is owned by Michelle Adams and Ronnie Sells.
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ZUSIA’S (cont. from page 6) romping in the cool water and running around with each other. It makes you want to be a dog. When the dogs aren’t playing in the back, the ones staying in daycare are lounging in the playroom inside, complete with couches, mattresses and lots of toys. “I don’t like dogs to have to spend a lot of time on concrete,” Suzanne said. “So we have the soft places for them to lie around and enjoy themselves.” Zusia’s originally opened in Fountain Hills almost five years ago. Some health issues created a situation where Suzanne had to run the business out of her home, but she and her husband, Dana, reopened
the business Feb. 1 this year. “We are really glad to be back in our building,” Suzanne said. They have expanded the business to include food and accessories, along with the daycare and grooming. The slogan used by the Patersons in the business is “Eat, Play, Love,” which is obvious when you see the dogs enjoying themselves. They are happy and playful. The grooming area is quiet and calm so if a dog has to wait for grooming he is comfortable. A cat groomer may be added in the fall. Zusia’s is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For information and appointments, call (480) 836-1007.
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Let Fido help clean up There is a responsibility to dog ownership. When you are out walking your dog, you must carry bags to pick up Fido’s business. And usually you have to carr y the bags home to discard it. Now you can have Fido carry his ow n b a g . The “portable poop pouch,” ZippityPooDa has been introduced to the multimillion dollar pet product industry. Lightweight, it attaches to the dog’s leash. The Velcro pouch eliminates carry the bag yourself; it is placed in the pouch, which is attached to the leash. When you arrive at a trash receptacle, flip out the bag, and you’re good to go. The pouches are machine washable, made of nylon. The bottom of the pouch is designed to serve as a bag dispenser,
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Desert Stages Theater readying for 2011-12 Scottsdale Desert Stages is getting ready for its 2011-12 season on all three stages. The Children’s Theater starts the lineup with three new shows in the upcoming year. Children’s Theater ticket prices are $12 in advance; $12 for children and $15 for adults the day of the show. The following is the lineup: The Wizard of Oz, Aug. 19-Sept. 18. Annie Jr., Nov. 18-Dec. 18. Alice in Wonderland, Feb. 24-March 25, 2012. The Actor’s Café starts its season in September with Death of a Salesman (Sept. 9-Oct. 23). Actor’s Café tickets are $22 in advance, and $25 the day of the show. The following are the productions: Death of a Salesman, Sept. 9-Oct. 23. Mornings at Seven, Nov. 11-Dec. 18. The Pillowman, Feb. 3-March 4, 2012. The Alter Boys, March 23-May 20, 2012.
The Odd Couple (Male Cast), June 8-July 29. The Odd Couple (Female Cast), June 8-July 29. Cullity Hall has its first show Oct. 7. Ticket prices are $22 in advance, and $25 the day of the show. Here’s the lineup: Oliver, Oct. 7-Nov. 5. Annie Get Your Gun, Jan. 13-Feb. 11, 2012. How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, April13-May 12, 2012. Rent, July 13-Aug. 11, 2012. The theater is winding up its run of Hairspray. Tickets for the show are still available. The production closes Aug. 7. Scottsdale Desert Stages is located at 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd. For tickets and other information, stop by the box office, call the theater at (480) 483-1664 or visit www.desertstages.org.
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Peyton Jordan and Nick Maddox are Beauty and the Beast, playing at Fountain Hills Theater from Aug. 26 through Sept. 11. It is the first production of the season on the Youth Stage.
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Fountain Hills Theater begins its 25th anniversary season in earnest this month with the opening of Beauty and the Beast Jr. The production will be in the Youth Theater, which is starting its 10th season. The show opens Aug. 26 and runs through Sept. 11. Tickets are on sale now at the box office, (480) 837-9661, ext. 3, at the theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. or online at www. fhct.org. The cost is $15 for adults and $12
Broadway Palm Dinner Theater is running full steam ahead on its new season. The first show of the 2011-12 season, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, runs through Aug. 6. The remaining productions of the Mainstage are as follows: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sept. 1-Oct. 1. Legally Blonde, The Musical, Oct. 6-Nov. 12. A Christmas Carol, Nov. 17-Dec. 25. Brigadoon, Dec. 30-Feb. 11, 2012. Me and My Girl, Feb. 16-April 8, 2012. A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, April 12-May 26, 2012. Broadway Palm Concerts: The Magic of Manilow, Aug. 11. ABBA Fab, The Premier ABBA Experience, Aug. 18. AZ Diamond, Aug. 19 and 20; Oct. 10; Dec. 12.
That Kool Band, Aug. 21 and 22; Oct. 31; Dec. 19. Piano Man – The Ultimate Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John, Aug. 25. The Andrews Brothers, through Aug. 27. The Gene Krupa Story, Feb. 20-21, 2012. Children’s Theater: Nutcracker, Nov. 25-Dec. 23. School House Rock Live!, March 2-30, 2012. Pinkalicious, The Musical, May 4-25, 2012. Tickets range from $28 for adults for show only to $49 for dinner and show. Children’s shows are $16 each and include children’s lunch and the show. Prices for concerts vary by show. Tickets are available at the box office, 5247 E. Brown Rd. in Mesa, online at www. broadwaypalmwest.com or by calling (480) 325-6700.
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Catch a concert at Mesa dinner theater Broadway Palm Dinner Theater is running full steam ahead on its new season. The first show of the 2011-12 season, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, runs through Aug. 6. The remaining productions of the Mainstage are as follows: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sept. 1-Oct. 1. Legally Blonde, The Musical, Oct. 6-Nov. 12. A Christmas Carol, Nov. 17-Dec. 25.
Get Greasepaint season tickets Tickets for Greasepaint Youtheatre’s 2011-12 season are now on sale. The new season features Disney’s Aladdin Jr., which opens Oct. 21 and runs through Oct. 30; Les Miserables School Edition, Jan. 20-29, 2012; Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, March 23 through April 1, 2012. Greasepaint officials encourage actors ages six to 19 to audition for the season’s shows. Call (602) 889-7609 for information and times.
Brigadoon, Dec. 30-Feb. 11, 2012. Me and My Girl, Feb. 16-April 8, 2012. A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, April 12-May 26, 2012. Broadway Palm Concerts:
Andrew Bros. delights audience The Andrews Brothers continues on stage at the Broadway Dinner Theater through Aug. 27. Mistaken identity, zany humor and some of the greatest songs of the 1940s fill this madcap musical comedy. The music of an entire generation highlights this valentine to the World War II heroes. The two act production will delight audiences who love the timeless tunes. The show will be held in the Marquee Theatre, an intimate 100-seat general admission theater. Tickets are $39 and include dinner and show. Tickets can be purchased online at www.broadwaypalmwest.com, by phone at (480) 325-6700 or at the box office, 5247 E. Brown Rd. in Mesa.
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Nutcracker, Nov. 25-Dec. 23. School House Rock Live!, March 2-30, 2012. Pinkalicious, The Musical, May 4-25, 2012. Tickets range from $28 for adults for show only to $49 for dinner and show. Children’s shows are $16 each and include children’s lunch and the show. Prices for concerts vary by show. Tickets are available at the box office, 5247 E. Brown Rd. in Mesa, online at www. broadwaypalmwest.com or by calling (480) 325-6700.
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Who’s funnier–a lawyer or a comic?
Attorney Bob Howard can tell you
by Linda McThrall Let’s Go! Editor
Standing on a bare stage with a mic and a spotlight may seem daunting when you’re doing standup comedy. Standing up before the Supreme Court is a lot scarier. Attorney Bob Howard has done both. He loves practicing law, but he has another life delivering punch lines. Howard, who writes a monthly column in Let’s Go! called ”Finding the Funny” has been doing comedy since the mid-1990s. He is a journeyman comic. He is part of a little society in the Valley that features solid comedians, intimate clubs and loyal followers. Tall and thin, Howard is lawyerly, but he has a subtle comportment of funniness. He is talkative, but not chatty. His law practice is one source of material for his comedy routines, but life provides him
with plenty of inspiration. He is cerebral but not stuffy. And he has fun being a comic. “If it wasn’t fun, if there wasn’t a certain adrenaline rush, people wouldn’t do it,” Howard said. “But as a hobby, it is really fun to do.” Howard happened in to doing standup comedy. He had been involved with providing entertainment for organizations such as the Scottsdale Chorros, with which he has been involved since 1985. He wrote skits and funny poems for various events the group held. But he had a call from a friend asking him if he would take a standup comedy class with him. “I couldn’t think of a reason not to take the class,” he said. “And then I just got into it.”
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His comedy led to his being named “The Funniest Person in the Valley” in 2001. The contest was held at the Backstage in Scottsdale. Balloting took place over 10 weeks, and Howard learned about the contest on the third of fourth week. “I was kind of behind others, but I was good at bringing in friends, so I ended up winning,” he said. The prize was $1,000 and a spot at the Tempe Improv. He opened six shows for Wanda Sykes. “I got a pretty good idea from that experience how it is for a comic to be on the road, doing one show after another,” he said. “After awhile, it starts feeling like work.” Howard explored the idea of making comedy his “real” profession. “It is not an easy thing to do at all,” he said. I took a couple of seminars and realized I wouldn’t like doing this as a profession. I love practicing law, and I enjoy comedy. This way, I have both.” He performs once or twice a month now. “That way it doesn’t get monotonous,” he said. He has developed a 30-minute show and can adapt it to a shorter show if necessary. He also has four or five other five to 10 minute routines.
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Scottsdale Attorney Bob Howard will appear at the Comedy Spot in Scottsdale Friday, Aug. 5.
“I do stuff on marriage and divorce,” he said. “I do attorney jokes. I tweak stuff from family law. And I do topical stuff to keep it fresh.” Howard said his best audiences are older. “Baby boomers and up,” he said. Howard does “clean” shows. “I’m just not a blue guy,” he said. “You can make something funny without an f-bomb.” Howard’s favorite comedians are pretty clean, too: Jack Benny, Alan King, Red Skelton, Steve Martin. He enjoys the improvisational giants Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Jonathan Winters. “They are really amazing,” he said. “Feeding off an audience and doing your work is pretty incredible.” Howard said he also likes (Don) Rickles but he doesn’t care for the standup work of (Jerry) Seinfeld. “I think his TV show was brilliant, but I don’t really like him in his (standup) act,” Howard said. “But not everybody likes Rickles, so it’s all pretty subjective.” Doing comedy may not be everybody’s cup of joe, but Howard said he will keep doing it as long as there are venues. “Phoenix is a really good place to do comedy,” he said. “There are a lot of good clubs and little restaurants and bars that have comedy nights.”
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A lucky person will win the Copper Chopper, Arizona’s official mascot of the upcoming Centennial Celebration. Tickets are on sale at various events being held throughout the celebration year, and at Circle K. The custom motorcycle will be awarded in February 2012.
Circle K selling tickets for state’s ‘Copper Chopper’ It is now easier than ever for motorcycle enthusiasts to enter the ongoing drawing to win the official mascot of the Arizona Centennial – the Copper Chopper. Circle K is selling tickets at its more than 600 stores throughout the state. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at any Circle K as well as official Copper Chopper appearances throughout Arizona, as well as online at www.AZ100Years.org. Each month, 3TV/Phoenix broadcasts a drawing. The winner is awarded prizes valued at $1,000 or more. Tat winner also becomes one of the 17 finalists in the last drawing to win the Copper Chopper. That event will be held Feb. 12, 2012, on the 100th birthday of the state of Arizona. The Copper Chopper, a fully-operational, one-of-a-kind work of art is covered in Arizona copper and etched with historical notes and markings. It was designed and built by world-renowned bike designer Paul Yaffe. The bike was unveiled last October and has been touring the state since then. It
Back to school If it seems like the summer went fast, it’s true. Area schools will be in session in a couple of weeks. Scottsdale and Fountain Hills schools start Monday, Aug. 8. Maricopa County Community College District classes get under way Saturday, Aug. 20. Arizona State University starts classes Aug. 18, followed by the University of Arizona Aug. 22 and Northern Arizona University Aug. 29.
n an unassuming strip mall situated out in Northeast Scottsdale where Via Linda and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard curve and intersect sits a gem of a restaurant. George Yang opened up George & Son’s after the birth of his first and only son. In honor of the special event he named his restaurant accordingly. The restaurant business was familiar to Yang, he grew up in Burma and was exposed to spices, aromas and flavors of many different cuisines. As a result, George & Son’s is a cross-cultural restaurant. George & Son’s most popular dish is Shrimp with Honey Glazed Walnuts. Other signature dishes include Citrus Chicken, Seafood Pockets and Spicy Crackling Calamari. The menu also offers many noodle dishes, a staple in Asian cooking. Lo Mein, Chow Mein and Pad Thai can be found at George & Son’s. Tofu dishes are also available. Spicier dishes include Kung Pao Three Seas, a combination of wonderful shrimp, scallops and fillet of fish and Dragon & Phoenix, a medley of shrimp and chicken all in a spicy sauce.
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Get to the state parks to camp It is still hot, and state parks have restrictions on camp and cooking fires, but it is summer, and there are plenty of campsites open and waiting form campers. If you camp regularly, buy an annual for day-use for $75, or $200 for the premium river pass and four people can go to the state parks every day of the year. As of early July, there were campgrounds open throughout the state. Updates are available at www.azstateparks. com, or by calling (520) 586-2283. Remember that no matter where you camp, there will be campfire restrictions due to the extreme drought and fire danger. If you cause a fire under fire restrictions, it may result in substantial fines and jail time. To keep your family and public lands safe, it is best to use camp cook stoves only and smoke only in vehicles. Here is a list of some of the parks that remained open in early July:
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â€˜August Doinâ€™sâ€™ in Payson brings cowboys, fans Known since its inception in 1884 as â€œAugust Doinâ€™s,â€? the 127th Annual Worldâ€™s Oldest Continuous Rodeo gets under way Aug. 19 in Payson. Rodeo performances start at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20, and at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Gates open two hours prior to the performances. The first rodeos in Payson provided local ranchers and cowhands a chance to show off their roping and ranching skills during the down time before the fall round up. The â€œAugust Doinâ€™sâ€? continues to be held the third weekend in August. The
event, named the countryâ€™s Best Small Rodeo by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, attracts the best competitors from all over the world, vying for substantial prize money. Weekend festivities include an oldfashioned parade at 9 a.m. Saturday down Paysonâ€™s Main Street. There will be rodeo dances, and the four rodeo performances. Tickets are available at the gate and at www.paysonrimcountry.com/augustdoins. Admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors 65 and older and $10 for children eight to 12.
Arizona Trail part of Centennial Celebration Even the Arizona Trail will be commemorated in the Centennial Celebration. The Arizona Trail Centennial Adventure is an outing for different groups to collectively hike, bike, run or ride the entire 800+ miles of scenic country. A series of talks across the state will provide information about the adventure. REI in Phoenix, Tempe and Tucson will host the series. Each session will include a short overview of the trail, summary of the AZT Centennial Adventure and time for questions and answers. Presentation dates are Aug. 22 at the Paradise Valley area store, Aug. 23 at the Tucson store and Aug. 24 at the Tempe store. All three presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. The Arizona Trail has been divided into 100 sections from as short as two miles to one section that is 29 miles. Those interested in participating on the trail must register by Aug. 30. Information about
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Art on the Avenue Temperatures may be a little high to stroll the Avenue of the Fountains to look at art, but artists continue to show their art. The Fireside Grill at the Holiday Inn and Suites is featuring local artists once a month. The next show is set for Saturday, Aug. 13, from noon to 6 p.m. Artists include Jim Eldridge, Sue Fairbanks, Spencer Fairbanks, Sherry Kimmel, Rugh Davis, Betina Ferrara and Roseann Gilligan, Carol Wilson, Elaine Tarr, Rose Balaes and Kristen Saggau. The Holiday and Inn and Suites is located at 12600 N. Saguaro Blvd. in Fountain Hills.
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Scottsdale Center for the Arts Valley Singles’ August plans open 2011-12 season in October Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will open its 2011-12 season soon. Tony and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth opens the season Saturday, Oct. 15, with her one-woman cabaret show. Known for her role as Lilith on the sitcom Cheers, Neuwirth won Tonys for her roles in Chicago and Sweet Charity. Tickets are $59, $69 and $149. The show starts at 8 p.m. Other highlights this season are as follows: Pink Martini, Nov. 13; Ben Vereen, Nov. 19; Marvin Hamlisch, Dec. 3; Bruce Hornsby, March 10, 2012; Sarah Vowell, April 28, 2012; Garrison Keillor, Feb. 2, 2012. Also, Tyne Daly, Jan. 27, 2012; Patti LuPone, March 3; and Jane Krakowski, March 31. There also will be offerings from world music and dance, contemporary dance, jazz, classical and holiday traditions. Festivals this season include Dine Out with the Chefs: A Celebration of the Culinary Arts, Oct. 2, along with the annual Native Trails performances, Sunday A’Fair programs
Valley Singles Club is planning a “Lock & Key” event for Aug. 12. Those interested should visit www. lockandkeyevents.com/PHX for more information and to register. The Aug. 12 party will be at Cream Stereo Lounge, 4252 N. Drinkwater Ave. RSVP with Debbie, (480) 837-9449. The event is an ice breaker singles party. Participants receive a lock or key, serving as conversation starters. When there is a match, the participant earns an entry in to a prize drawing, which is held at the end of the party.
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Team Richard Gala Sept. 10 A prelude to the annual Team Rychard AIDS walk is being planned. The Team Rychard Gala will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, at Fountain Hills Holiday Inn and Suites. Tickets are $25 each, with proceeds going to Team Rychard. Team Rychard is a group of area residents who participate in the Phoenix AIDS Walk. Organized by the late Rychard Eldridge’s mother, Barb, the group helps raise funds for the AIDS Walk. Team Rychard was organized after Barb promised her late son, who died of AIDS in 2004 at the age of 36, which she would
Members and guests also will meet at Organ Stop Pizza, 1149 E. Southern Ave.., at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. RSVP with Debbie, (480) 837-9449. The group also is planning an event at Eli’s American Grille, 7000 E. Shea Blvd. Gather at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, for dinner and dancing. RSVP, Debbie, (480) 837-9449. The final event planned for August is bowling at AMF Frontier Lanes, 7300 E. Thomas Rd. Meet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. RSVP, Ray, (480) 231-4475.
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Faith, family night at D-backs Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church has set Friday, Aug. 26, as Faith and Family Night at the Diamondbacks game. Discounted tickets are available for $12. Seats are located in the upper level infield reserve between home and first base. A portion of the proceeds from every ticket will be donated to StreetLight. Faith and Family Night includes game tickets, post-game fireworks, Diamondbacks player q&a and testimonial, and TobyMac concert. Fireworks and concert
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Le Chalet Location: Contact Information, Parking: Le Chalet is located at 5626 W. Bell Road, #101, Glendale 85308. There is plenty of free parking around the restaurant. The restaurant website is www.lechalet-lic. com. The phone number is (602) 337-8760. The website to buy tickets for the show is www.cleancomedyclub.com. Show Times and Tickets: The main show is on the third Saturday of the month. Showtime has been 9:30 p.m. but they moved it to 8:30 p.m. for the summer.
It may be best to call or check the websites to verify. There also is a free show on the first Sunday of the month which is more of an open mic show, although comics do need to be approved by the folks running the events. Tickets are $10 at the door or a little less if you reserve on line. There is a $10 minimum purchase of food and beverage per person. Beverage and Food Service: This is an upscale restaurant as opposed to a regular bar. They specialize in French and Swiss cuisine with fondue dishes and crepes. It is a little bit pricier than some of the other comedy venues, but the restaurant reviews seem to be pretty favorable. I was performing so I did not sample the menu. An interesting sidelight is that food preparation can be watched on the televisions screens in the room where the comedy show occurs. The Venue: The comedy happens in a rectangular side room with a capacity of about 65. There is a long bar, a line of tables in the middle and additional tables on the side. The stage is actually in a simulated ice cave so it was like performing in the Matterhorn at Disneyland. The sound was good and visibility of the stage was fine. The lighting could use some improvement. The Comedians: The show is booked by Anders Berg who was affiliated with
the now-defunct Ahwatukee Comedy Club. He runs the shows along with local comedian, Keith Ellis. As you might guess from their website, they specialize in clean comedy, which means you may get some adult subject matter but you are not going to get the four letter words or other obscenities that seem to come with so many of these shows. On the other hand, they don’t bring in out-of-state headliners as do The Comedy Spot or Standup Scottsdale, so you are only going to get local comics. The night I was there featured Keith Ellis, Bob Kubota, Tom Grayson and Chris Bennett. Bob and Chris have both tried the California comedy scene but are now living and performing in the Phoenix area. I think these shows definitely will be a step above the many free mid-week bar shows in terms of the quality and quantity of humor. The show is reasonably priced and you will have no problem meeting the $10 per person expenditure if you
have dinner there. I don’t think it will be the laugh riot you are likely to get with some of the dedicated comedy clubs, but it should make for a pleasant and inoffensive evening out. Rating: I gave Le Chalet a rating of cc. If you like a show with your dinner, this should be a great evening on the town. (*Note: Ratings are based on the overall quality of a club. CCC=best; CC=above average; C=average.) Bob Howard is a full time family law attorney in Scottsdale and a part time comic. If you would like to contact him, send your email to email@example.com.
Catch Bob at Comedy Spot Bob Howard will be performing at the Comedy Spot on Friday, August 5, 2011. Go to www.thecomedyspot.net for further information. The Comedy Spot is located at 7117 E. Third Ave., in Scottsdale Howard performs at 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $10.
‘Grape to Glass’ at LDV Aug. 27 Lawrence Dunham Vineyards is hosting its second “Grape to Glass Symposium” Saturday, Aug. 27. Lawrence Dunham, owned by Fountain Hills residents Curt Dunham, the winemaker, and his wife Peggy Fiandaca, is the producer of its 2009 R.E.D. blend, 2009 Sky Island Petite Sirah and 2009 Petite Sirah, among other varietals, is located in Cochise County in southern Arizona. The symposium gives oenophiles a chance to visit the winery and learn about the varietals grown at the vineyard, as well as the environment and sustainable agricultural techniques used at LDV. The day-long event begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Visitors will tour the winery, then experience a barrel tasting and lunch paired with LDV wines. The cost is $45 per person, or $25 for Chiricahau Circle members. For information and to register, call (602) 320-1485, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fountain Hills Library The Fountain Hills branch of Maricopa County Library has a number of activities planned for August. The summer reading program ends July 30. Prizes were awarded according to numbers of books patrons read. Regular library hours 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 of services, visit www.mcldaz.org. August activities are as follows:
Children Once upon a Monday Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22 -- 10 a.m. Preschoolers are invited each Monday for stories, activities and crafts. The theme this month is “Award Winning Books.” Conference Room.
Happily Ever after on Thursday Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25 -- 10 a.m. Story time especially for toddlers to age three. Stories, finger plays, rhymes and crafts for fun and for skill development of this age group. “Colors” is August’s theme. Conference Room. Lightbulb Lab Saturday, Aug. 13, 3 p.m. Registration is required for the lab that meets once a month to conduct and record fun science experiments. Ages 5-8. The August lab theme is an “fossils.”
Teens Chain Reaction (Video Club) Thursday, Aug. 11, 5:20 – 7:30 p.m. Check out this group if you are interested in creating videos from pre-production (writing), production (filming) to post-production (editing) for live-action and animation. The plan is to create a collaborative work each month.
Via Linda Senior Center Enjoy a virtual trip to the islands when Via Linda Senior Center hosts a luau Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 11 a.m. to noon. Call the service desk, (480) 312-5810, for reservations. The center is located at 10440 E. Via Linda in Scottsdale. Regular center hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call the center for new schedules for blood pressure checks, table tennis, vision screenings and hearing tests. The knitting group is on hiatus. Volunteer opportunities are available. Those wishing to volunteer may call the center for a list of opportunities and complete information. Events that occur weekly on the same day are support groups for Divorced or Separated (Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon); Benefits Assistance (Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, call for appointment); Grief and Loss (Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m.); Men’s Group (Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.); Master Gardener Q & A, (Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.); Can We Talk discussion group (Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon); Market Strategies (Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m.); Anxiety (Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m.); Bipolar (Fridays, 3 to 4:30 p.m.); Book Discussion, call for this month’s book selection,
date and time. Other regularly scheduled events include Pocket Billiard Tournaments (Mondays, 1 to 5 p.m.); Movie Matinees (Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.); and Open Cards and Games, daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Alzheimer’s Partners, Wednesday, Aug. 3 and 17; 11:30 to 1 p.m. Women’s Discussion, Friday, Aug 5 and 19, 10 a.m. to noon. Mended Hearts, Monday, Aug. 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Caregivers’ Support, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 10 to 11:30 a.m. MS Support, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 5 to 7 p.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support, Wednesday, Aug. 10 and 24, 11:30 a.m. Chronic Pain Support, Wednesday, Aug. 10 and 24, 6:30 p.m. Sing-Along, Friday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Call to confirm.) Legal Services, Tuesday, Aug. 17, appointments required from 10 a.m. to noon. Low Vision Group, Thursday, Aug. 18, 1 p.m. Library Services. Friday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. Lyme disease, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2:30 p.m. IPF Support, Saturday, Aug. 27, 11 a.m. (Call to confirm.)
Anime Day Wednesdays, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 3:454:45 p.m. Beat the heat this summer with a cool Anime film screening. Teen Council Tuesday, Aug. 30, 4-5 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.
Adults Mystery Reading Group Monday, Aug. 8, 6:30 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 The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum. Computer Classes Unless noted, those attending computer classes should have mouse, keyboard and scrolling skills Plan a Trip on the Web Saturday, Aug. 20, 9-10:30 a.m. Learn about Websites for travel re-
search and booking hotels, flights and car rentals. Feed Readers Wednesday, Aug. 24, 9-10:30 a.m. Feed readers compile news and information from sites you select and organize everything on one page. Introduction to Microsoft Excel Wednesday, Aug. 31, 9-10:30 a.m. Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel and create a simple spreadsheet. Excel is used for calculations, graphs, financial data, charts and more.
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O’Flynn Senior Activity Center The O’Flynn Senior Activity Center is featuring complimentary chair massage Tuesday, Aug. 9. The event is sponsored by Red Rock Family Chiropractic. Registration is required. Sign up at the activity center. An ice cream social also is planned for August. Schultz Chiropractic Clinic and Schwan’s will serve ice cream sundaes from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. Ice cream and all the toppings will be provided. The activity center has an annual membership of $15, effective from Jan. 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2011, entitling members to participate in a number of activities. Membership is not limited to seniors. All adults 18 and older are eligible to join. Regularly scheduled events at the center require membership. A number of regularly scheduled activities will be on hold through the summer. Those activities include the Swing Time Music; Women’s Empowerment; Golden Age of Radio; Sherlock Holmes Book Club; Beginning Line Dancing; Spanish II, Celiac Support Group; Caregivers Support Group; Hearing Screenings; Hearing Loss Support Group; and Legal Consultations.
Monthly: Armchair Travelogue, third Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m. August 17 meeting will look at various settings in Arizona that have proven to be important to some of our famous residents. Scrabble Club, first and third Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Women’s Singles, second Wednesday, 2-3 p.m. Hand & Foot Cards, second and fourth Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon. Quilts N’ More, first and third Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. Program is open to anyone who wants to join in the wonderful world of sewing and quilting. Bunko, First Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.
Weekly: Ping Pong, Mondays, 9-11 a.m. Men’s Discussion Group, Mondays, 9-10:30 a.m. Conversational Spanish (some Spanish skills needed to practice speaking the language), Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Hooks and Needles, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.noon. Line Dancing (advanced) Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Bridge (contract-beginners), every
Monday, 12-3 p.m. Mah Jongg, Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m. Movie, Tuesdays, 1-3:30 p.m. Bingo, Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Must be 21 or older. Poker, Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Line Dancing (intermediate), Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Table Talk, a women’s discussion group, Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. Parkinson’s Art Group, Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. Exercise With Laurie, Fridays, 8:30-9:30 a.m. New program starts Sept. 2. Cards, Fridays, 9:15 a.m.-noon. Parkinson’s Exercise, Fridays, 9-10 a.m. and 10-11 a.m. Dominoes, Fridays, 1-4 p.m. Woodcarving, Fridays, 1-3 p.m.
Twice weekly: Peer-Led Exercise, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9 a.m. Contract Bridge, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.–noon.
Trips: Stop by the Activity Center to pick up flyers on a vast number of trip offerings through the end of 2011.
Support groups: All interested persons welcome. Not age restrictive. All meetings open to the public. No fee. Alzheimer Support Group, first Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group, first Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Bereavement Support Group, second and fourth Monday, 1-2:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening, First and third Tuesdays with LPN from Fountain View Village, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and second and fourth Tuesdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with Baruch Rosen, M.D. No appointment needed.
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Submit recipes for museum cookbook There is still time to submit recipes in the L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum cookbook. The book, Flavors from the Lower Verde River Valley, is a fundraiser for the museum. Recipes are being collected now. Collection sheets are available online, as well as at the museum, 12901 N. LaMontana Drive. Return sheets by e-mail, email@example.com, drop them off at the museum or mail them to River of Time Museum, P.O. Box 17445, Fountain Hills, AZ 85269. All recipes must be submitted by Aug. 30. Contributors may submit up to three recipes. Selected recipes will include the name and town of the contributor. The cookbook will be divided in to eight categories: Appetizers & Beverages; This & That; Soups & Salads; Vegetables & Side Dishes; Cookies & Candy; Main Dishes; Breads & Rolls; and Desserts. The project is an official AZ Centennial Project. For more information, visit the Website, www.riveroftimemuseum.org, or call the museum, (480) 837-2612.
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes In this new take on the Planet of the Apes franchise, witness the experiments that led to a supremely intelligent species of ape that would eventually give way to a battle for supremacy with the race of man. Starring: James Franco Genre: Sci/Fi MPAA Rating: Rating pending.
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Final Destination 5 When a group of people survive an event they were never supposed to live through, death returns to claim them one by one. Starring: Miles Fisher, Arlen Escarpeta Genre: Horror MPAA Rating: R for graphic scenes of violence. 30 Minutes or Less Two would-be criminal masterminds kidnap the pizza delivery guy and force him and his best friend to rob a bank. Hilarity ensues. Starring: Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Jesse Eisenberg Genre: Comedy MPAA Rating: Rating pending.
Dirty Girl The high school “dirty girl” partners up with the class gay and goes on a summer road trip to find her estranged father. Starring: Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy Genre: Drama/Comedy MPAA Rating: Rating pending.
The Help Set in the 1960s, two white women befriend their black housekeepers to build an unexpected friendship around a secret writing project that will cause the people of their Mississippi hometown to question social norms. Starring: Emma Stone, Mike Vogel, Allison Janney Genre: Drama MPAA Rating: PG-13.
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Conan the Barbarian When Conan originally sets out on a quest for vengeance, his plans are quickly sidetracked when he discovers he may be the only person capable of saving his homelands from a dark and powerful supernatural foe. Starring: Jason Momoa, Rose McGowan, Ron Perlman Genre: Adventure MPAA Rating: Rating Pending.
Our Idiot Brother Three sisters turn to their idealist brother when their overbearing mother shows up and starts wreaking havoc in everyone’s lives. Starring: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Steve Coogan Genre: Comedy MPAA Rating: Rating Pending.
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World When a former spy gets reactivated, it’s her two children that will have to save the day from the evil Time Keeper, who is on a mission to stop time itself. Starring: Jessica Alba, Joel McHale
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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark When a young girl goes to live with her father and his new girlfriend, she discovers their house is also home to terrifying creatures that live under the stairs and thrive on darkness. Starring: Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes Genre: Horror MPAA Rating: R for violence and terror.
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Want to catch a flick? Check out these theaters in the Northeast Valley (call for show times): Harkins Shea 14 Luxury Cinemas, 7354 E. Shea Blvd.; (480) 222-4275 ext. #040. Cine Capri at Scottsdale 101, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd.; (480) 222-4275 ext. #007. AMC Desert Ridge, 21001 N. Tatum, Suite 32; (602) 956-4262. Scottsdale Drive-in, 8101 E. McKellips Road; (480) 949-9451. Cinemark Mesa 16, 1051 N. Dobson Rd; 1-800-FANDANGO, ext. 2127# Harkins Tempe Marketplace and Cine Capri, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway; 480557-0027, Ext. 021 (Marketplace) and 032 (Cine Capri). UltraStar Scottsdale Pavilions, 9090 E. Indian Bend Rd.; (480) 278-7324.
If July is the time to celebrate Christmas early, then August must be the early October, as a fourth of this month’s big releases fall into the horror genre. For families, you’re pretty much stuck with the new Spy Kids flick releasing midAugust. Sorry about that. The chillers start a bit earlier in the month with Final Destination 5 dropping Aug. 12. Yet another group of people must be killed off in yet another series of creative deathtraps, once again being brought to you in glorious 3D. If that’s not your sort of thing, then you might be more interested in the remake of Fright Night hitting the screen Aug. 19. Dr. Who fans will be happy to see David Tennant make an appearance in this film about a nerd-turned-jerk who must save
his neighborhood from a pointy-toothed creature of the night who may or may not be his next door neighbor. Finally, and earning my pick for the month, is Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, opening Aug. 26. This remake of the 1973 television movie is being penned by none other than Guillermo del Toro, perhaps best known for his work on the haunting adult fairytale, Pan’s Labyrinth. Afraid of the Dark looks to be another terrific stab at dark fantasy, though its R rating makes it clear that this ghost story is not meant for the wee ones. With Halloween only a couple months away, you might as well get in the spirit of the season a bit early and check out something scream-worthy.
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Your guide for places to go and things to do in the Northeast Valley and around the state. Information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, but dates and times are subject to change without notice.
Archeology Summer Twilight Tours Deer Valley Rock Art Center Phoenix (623) 582-8007 http://dvrac.asu.edu Aug. 6, 20 Guided tour of spectacular rock art. Learn about petroglyphs, archaeology, desert plants, animals and Native American cultures. 6:30 p.m. Reservations. $2.50-$6.50.
Art 62nd Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture Museum of Northern Arizona Flagstaff (928) 774-5213 www.musnaz.org Aug. 6-7 More than 70 Navajo artists, storytellers and more. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $4-$7.
Fine Art and Craft Festival Wheeler Park Flagstaff (928)789-7222 Aug. 6-7 Unusual fine art and crafts. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; until 4 p.m. Sunday. Free.
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14th Annual Peach Mania Festival
Hualapai Mountain Resort Kingman (928) 757-3545 http://www.kindmantourism.org Aug. 20-21 Enjoy arts and crafts among Ponderosa pines. 9 a.m. Free.
Apple Annie’s Orchard Willcox (520) 384-2084 www.appleannies.com Aug. 6-7, 13-14 U-pick tree ripened peaches and apples. Breakfast, 7 – 10 a.m. Peach ice cream, pie. 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free admission.
14th Annual Flagstaff Open Studios Flagstaff (928) 779-2300 www.flagstaff-arts.org Aug. 27-28 More than 80 studios are featured in this self-guided tour spotlighting a variety of media. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $
Boats Fourth Annual Bullhead City River Regatta
63rd Annual Vigilante Days Tombstone www.tombstonechamber.com Aug. 12-14 Wild West history comes to life in the streets of Tombstone. Entertainment, fashion show, 10K, shootouts, hangings, concert, chili cook-off, saloon girls.
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Bullhead City (928) 542-8885 www.bullheadregatta.com Aug. 12-13 Kayak races, tube floaters, them floats. Lots of fun, entertainment, competition. $
Apple Annie’s Orchard Willcox (520) 384-2084 www.appleannies.com Aug. 20-21 U-pick fruit & vegetables. Proceeds benefit March of Dimes. 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Free admission.
3rd Annual Hell City Tattoo Festival
15th Annual Cool Country Cruise-in and Route 66 Festival 2011
Biltmore Resort & Spa - Phoenix www.hellcity.com Aug. 26-28 Discover the world of tattooing with world class artists from all over the world. Friday, Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-8 p.m. $
Hilton El Conquistador Resort Oro Valley www.orovalleyfestival.org Aug. 13-14 Features exhibiting artists in all mediums and genres featuring demonstrations, music, wine and culinary arts. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free
Williams (928) 635-1418 www.williamschamber. com Aug. 12-14 Classic car show with trophies for various classes. More than 200 cars.
Mountain Artists Guilds 51st Annual Summer Festival of Fine Art and Crafts
El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium Phoenix (602) 231-0300 www.el-zaribah.org Aug. 27-28 60 arts and crafts exhibitors, fresh sweet corn. Free admission and parking. $5 for lunch.
Courthouse Plaza Prescott (928) 445-2510 www.mountainartistsguild.org Aug. 13-14 More than 120 artisans from the west in this juried show. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; until 4 p.m. Sunday. Free.
18th Annual Big West Valley Home and Garden Show
11th Annual Apple Harvest
Children’s Music and Arts Festival Wheeler Park Flagstaff (928) 213-2312 http://flagstaff.az.gov/recreation Aug. 20 Music, theater and dance, performances by local youth. Recycled arts and crafts project. Musical instrument workshops, painting, sculptures, more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free
University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale (602) 485-1619 www.maricopacountyhomeshows.com Aug. 5-7 Interiors, exteriors, consultations, much more. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; until 6 p.m. Sunday. $5.
Festivals Mountain Daze Festival Pine Community Center Ramada www.pinestrawberrybusinesscommunityaz.com Aug. 6-7 Vendors, food, music, antique cars, health fair, Fire on the Rim Bike Race. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; until 4 p.m. Sunday. $
20th Annual Family Cornfest
Apple Annie’s Orchard - Willcox (520) 384-2084 www.appleannies.com Aug. 27-28 All things apple are celebrated this weekend. 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Free admission.
Horses Mountain Air Dressage Show Fort Tuthill County Park Flagstaff (602) 942-6062 www.azdressage.org Aug. 17-18, 20-21 Equestrian dressage show where horse and rider compete by riding a pattern in an
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arena. 100 competitors in three rings. 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free
Museums L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum annual Spaghetti Dinner Fountain Hills Community Center (480) 837-2612 www.riveroftimemuseum.org Aug. 27 Great food, auction, friends and fun. $15 for one ticket’ two for $25.
Jazz in the Hills Octagon Cafe - Fountain Hills (480) 837-4882 (480) 837-9661 Every Friday Fridays, join jazz lovers in an intimate setting for great music and company. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. free, donations welcome. Call to confirm event.
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.
The Magic of Manilow Broadway Palm Dinner Theater - Mesa (480) 325-6700 www.broadwaypalmwest.com Aug. 11 Terry Davies gives a great rendition of Barry Manilow. 5:30 p.m. $39 includes dinner and concert.
Mariachi Mystery Tour Musical Instrument Museum
Classic Rock Tribute Series Valley Vista Performing Arts Center Surprise (866) 967-8167 www.showtix4u.com Aug. 13 Ultimate tribute to the Beach Boys. 7:30 p.m. $20-$35.
High Mountain Music Festival Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex Pinetop/Lakeside (928) 367-4290 www.pinetoplakesidechamber.com Aug. 13-14 Lots of music. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; until 5 p.m. Sunday. $20/day, $30/weekend.
ABBA Fab Broadway Palm Dinner Theater - Mesa (480) 325-6700 www.broadwaypalmwest.com Aug. 18 The premier ABBA experience. 5:30 p.m. $39 includes dinner and concert.
Josh Groban US Airways Center - Phoenix (800) 745-3000 www.livenation.com Aug. 19 Straight to You World Tour. His first full-scale global arena tour since 2007. Special guest will open the 8 p.m. show. $77.50-$97.50.
AZ Diamond Broadway Palm Dinner Theater - Mesa (480) 325-6700 www.broadwaypalmwest.com Aug. 19 and 20 High energy group led by vocalist Eddie Kij replicate the glitter and vocals of the legendary Neil Diamond. $35 includes buffet and show.
That Kool Band Broadway Palm Dinner Theater Mesa (480) 325-6700 www.broadwaypalmwest.com Aug. 21, 22 Danceable fun of Arizona’s premier oldies band. 7 p.m. $ Concert only.
Piano Man Broadway Palm Dinner Theater Mesa (480) 325-6700 www.broadwaypalmwest.com Aug. 25 The ultimate tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John. 5:30 p.m. $39 includes dinner and concert. Music Theater - Phoenix (480) 478-6000 www.theMIM.org Aug. 13 7 p.m. $25-$30.
Prescott Jazz Summit Various locations - Prescott (928) 771-1268 www.prescottjazz.com Aug. 26-28
Annual jazz festival with international stars and great area players. $
28th Annual Grand Canyon Music Festival Shrine of the Ages Auditorium and other venues Grand Canyon (928) 638-9215 www.grandcanyonmusicfest.org Aug. 26 through Sept. 10 Annual series of evening concerts. Musicians from around the country from jazz to classical. 7:30 p.m. $8-$15.
Nature Summer Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden - Phoenix (480) 941-1225 www.dbg.org Aug. 1-31 See, hear and feel the desert at night. Bring your flashlight. Thursday and Saturday nights. $5-$15.
20th Annual Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival Cochise College Sierra Vista (520) 678-8237 www.swwings.org Aug. 3-7 A variety of activities, seminars, vendors, lectures, animals. $15 for adults, free for children with parents or grandparents.
Third Awakening Earth Expo Pine (928) 476-3655 http://pinestrawberrycommunityaz.com Aug. 6-7
Perseid Meteor Shower Lowell Observatory - Flagstaff (928) 233-3210 www.lowell.edu Aug. 12 An indoor program focusing on meteor showers. 5-9:30 p.m. $
Becoming an Outdoors Woman Camp Friendly Pines - Prescott (480) 644-0077 www.azwildlife.org Aug.12-14 Adventure and life skills for women 18 and older wishing to learn to camp, fish, rappel, hike, cook with Dutch ovens and more. $270 includes meals, lodging and classes.
Learn your Lizards Boyce Thompson Arboretum - Superior (520) 689-2811 www.arboretum.ag.arizona.edu Aug. 13 Educates participants to identify common
lizards. 8:30 a.m. $3-$7.50.
Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival Riverpark Inn Tucson http://tucsonaudubon.org/festival Aug. 17-21 Combination of free and paid field trips, workshops, exhibits and talks by renowned naturalists.
Plants of the Bible Guided Tour Boyce Thompson Arboretum Superior (520) 689-2811 www.arboretum.ag.arizona.edu Aug. 20 Learn about the botany, history and scripture on a walk alongside volunteer and Bible scholar David Oberpriller. 9:30 a.m. $3-$7.50.
Arizona Trail Centennial Adventure Sessions REI Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson www.REI.com/stores Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m., Phoenix Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m., Tucson Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m., Tempe A series of talks across the state will provide information about the Arizona Trail Centennial Adventure in September and October. Free.
Edible and Medicinal Plants Boyce Thompson Arboretum - Superior (520) 689-2811 www.arboretum.ag.arizona.edu Aug. 28 Learn about Sonoran Desert plants with Choctaw Nation member and ethno-biologist David Morris and cookbook author Jean Groen. 8:30 a.m. $3-$7.50.
Pets Dog Days of Summer Historic Downtown Glendale (623) 930-4500 www.visitglendale.az.com Aug. 6 Activities include photo stations, Frosty Paw Treats, water stations, fashion show, pet gifts and accessories. 6-9 p.m.
Turns & Wraps Dog Agility Contest Cureton Park - Williams (928) 710-0006 www.williamschamber.com Aug. 13-14 Man’s best friend is put to the test with competitions all weekend.
LET’S GO! August 2011
Runs / Walks
Fifth Annual Cool Country Classic World Series of Team Roping
34th Annual “Run for the Magic”
Williams (928) 692-8465 www.williamschamber.com Aug. 6-7 A qualifying weekend in Williams to make it to the finals in Las Vegas. $
Cowboy Capital Professional Bull Riding Prescott Rodeo Grounds (866) 407-6336 www.worldsoldestrodeo.com Aug. 13 “The toughest sport on dirt.” 7:30 p.m. $
127th Annual World’s Oldest Rodeo Payson (928) 474-4515 www.paysonrimcountry.com Aug. 18-21 Bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and more. PRCA sanctioned. Considered the country’s best small rodeo. $7.50-$22.
National Barrel Horse Association Barrel Races Williams Rodeo Grounds (928) 522-6905 www.williamschamber.com Aug. 27-28
Wheeler Park Flagstaff (928) 774-0649 www.bbbsf.com Aug. 13 Big Brothers/Big Sisters Half Marathon, Half Marathon walk and 5K fun run. One of the oldest half marathons in Arizona. Pre-race pasta dinner the night before. More than 400 runners from around the country. 7:30 a.m. $30-$60.
Through Aug. 6 Musical retelling of the timeless tale of one of the most romantic stories ever. $
Hairspray Scottsdale Desert Stages (480) 483-1664, ext. 1 www.desertstages.org Through Aug. 7 An audience favorite. $22.
And Then There Were None Scottsdale Desert Stages (480) 483-1664, ext. 1 www.desertstages.org Through Aug. 21st Murderous mystery by Agatha Christie. $22.
Beauty and the Beast Jr.
Chase Field - Phoenix http://dbacks.com Aug. 5-7 D-backs vs. Dodgers Aug. 8-11 D-backs vs. Astros Aug. 12-14 D-backs vs. Mets Aug. 26-28 D-backs vs. Padres Aug. 29-31 D-backs vs. Rockies
Fountain Hills Theater Fountain Hills (480) 837-9661 www.fht.org Aug. 26-Sept. 11 The beautiful, bright Belle yearns to escape her provincial life but becomes captive in a Beast’s enchanted castle. $
The Andrews Brothers
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella Broadway Palm Dinner Theater - Mesa (480) 325-6700 www.broadwaypalmwest.com
Broadway Palm Dinner Theater Mesa (480) 325-6700 www.broadwaypalmwest.com Through Aug. 27 New ‘40s musical by Roger Bean, paying
homage to the USO entertainers of World War II. $39 includes buffet and show.
The Wizard of Oz Scottsdale Desert Stages (480) 483-1664, ext. 1 www.desertstages.org Aug. 19-Sept. 18 Fridays, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 1 and 3 p.m. $12 in advance.
Triathlons 16th Annual Tri in the Pines Show Low www.trifind.net/nf/az.html Aug. 13 825 yard swim at Family Aquatic Center; 12.3 mile bike ride on city streets; 3.5 mile run on paved multi-use trail in City Park, USA. Triathlon-sanctioned event.
27th Annual Mountain Man Triathlon Lake Mary Flagstaff (928) 526-8761 www.trifind.net Aug. 14 Sprint: swim 700 meters, bike 10.6 miles, run 3.1 miles; Olympic: swim 1,500 meters, bike 24.9 miles, run 6.2 miles. 6:30 a.m. Free for spectators; entry fee for participants.
Lots of plans on tap at McDowell Mountain Park The following are events planned for August at McDowell Mountain Park. Program changes or cancellations are posted on the Website, maricopa.gov/parks/ mcdowell. Call (480) 471-0173, ext. 201, or e-mail Ranger Amy Ford at amyford@ mail.maricopa.gov for more information. 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. Little Critters Storytime with Ranger Amy, Thursdays, Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (Geared toward preschoolers and up.) Themed program set around a children’s book read aloud by Ranger Amy. Activities vary and may include live animals, songs, crafts and/or puppet plays. Visitor Center. Friday Fitness Hikes, Aug. 5 (meet at Lousley Hill Trailhead, 6:30-7:30 a.m.); Aug. 12 (Meet at Wagner Trail, 6-7:30 a.m.); Aug. 19 (Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area, 6:30-7:30 a.m.); Aug. 26 (Meet at the alternate entrance to park – Dixie Mine Trail).
Reptile and Live Animal Feeding at McDowell, Saturday, Aug. 6, 10-11 a.m.; Saturday, Aug. 20, 10-11 a.m. Watch as some of the animals eat. Ask questions, meet the park’s huge wolf spider and giant hairy scorpion. Visitor Center. Mystery Tracks and Holes Sunset Walk, Saturday, Aug. 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m. A short, 1 ½ mile wash hike helps participants learn how to identify tracks and critter holes. Ranger Amy leads the hike for all ages. Bring binoculars, water and wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots. Meet at the Lousley Hill Trailhead.
Close Encounters of the Reptilian Kind, Friday, Aug. 12, 10-11 a.m. Nature Center. Get close to some cold-blooded
creatures with Ranger Amy. Mountain Bike in the Moonlight, Friday, Aug. 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Pemberton Trail – meet at the trailhead staging area). This year’s night ride series is sponsored by Slipper Pig bike shops in Fountain Hills and Phoenix. Helmets and lights with at least a three hour power source are mandatory on the ride. All riders must sign in and out. Rides not guided. August Full Moon Hike, Friday, Aug. 13, 7-9:30 p.m. Join Ranger Amy to experience the sights and sounds of a desert evening by the light of the moon. The Park is a whole new world at night, where coyotes howl and saguaros stand as silent sentinels. Flashlights are permitted but not required. Bring plenty of water and sturdy shoes. Hiking time is two hours and three miles. Meet at the Trailhead Staging area. No pets. Mythbusting the “Wise Old Owl:” Indoor Desert Learning Series with Ranger Amy, Friday, Aug. 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Unravel the myths and mysteries surrounding owls at this cool indoor interpretive program for all ages. Large groups, please
RSVP. Visitor Center. Scorpion Scavenger Hunt – Win Wet & Wild tickets!, Saturday, Aug. 20, 8-9 p.m. Scorpions are kind of interesting to find, especially glowing under a blacklight – outside, and not in your house. Learn all about these venomous creatures and what makes them so adaptable. All scorpions – even scorpion fossils – glow under blacklight. Bring a flashlight or blacklight and wear sturdy shoes. After the program, a four-pack of Wet and Wild Waterpark tickets will be given away. Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area. Trailside Mountain Bike Maintenance – Mountain Biking Clinic Series with Slippery Pig Bike Shop, Saturday, Aug. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Do you know how to change a bike tire when you’re out on the trail, miles from nowhere? The mountain biking experts from Slippery Pig Bike Shop will teach you how to repair the most common bike malfunctions at this clinic. Attendees will be entered in to a free drawing for a four-pack of Wet and Wild Waterpark. Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area.
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