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Meet the McCune Family



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Playing in the Big (Ivy) League


Hospitality Employee of the Year


Notre Dame Prep goes to Washington DC


Explore Prague


76th Street :: Haley and Spencer


Phoenix Chamber Music Society

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Fighting for Life


Tour d’Artistes




Local Index



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Meet the McCune Family Writer Lynsi Freitag Photographer Loralei Photography

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“We love


hris and Holly McCune’s home is in a quiet part of Scottsdale where the landscaping has matured, making the grass seem a little greener and healthier.

Scottsdale, there

The streets have a friendly feeling and neighbors wave to passing drivers. It’s no

is so much to do

surprise that two Midwesterners chose the picturesque, tranquil and warm area of

here. We like the

Scottsdale Ranch to call home.

outdoors and love

Chris and Holly met in high school, but they will quickly tell you that they weren’t

going to Bartlett

high school sweethearts. Instead their families were friends, creating a foundation of

Lake, hiking the

friendship that continues to resonate today.

desert, just all of

“We are very grounded people,” says Holly. “I think having that core foundation, shared

the diversity.”

values and a love for our families is what really has kept us focused on what’s important.” After high school, Holly studied Spanish and elementary education at the Augsburg College while also balancing being an NFL cheerleader for the Minnesota Vikings. Holly’s


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smile broadens when she talks about both cheering and studying education, such diverse passions yet both so evident. While Holly stayed in Minnesota, Chris headed to the University of Montana where he studied business. After college, he worked in golf maintenance as a superintendent. Though he loved the work, he didn’t love the lull in work six months a year when the golf courses were covered with snow. He headed to Scottsdale where the sun shines bright and golf courses abound. As fate would have it, Holly’s sister had also moved to Arizona. Given that their families were friends, Chris and Holly would hang out on occasion when she was visiting her sister in Arizona. A long-distance relationship turned more serious and the couple was married in March 2004 at the Orange Tree Golf Resort. Holly was teaching third grade at Tesseract Elementary School at the time, and the school choir sang at their wedding. “It was really beautiful,” says Holly. “I can’t believe we’re coming up on our 10th anniversary,” adds Chris. The memories hit them both. They smile in unison.

Twice the Pink,Double the Fun About eight months after their wedding, Chris and Holly received the surprise – and blessing – of their lives. Newly pregnant and having just shared the news with family friends a few days earlier, Chris and Holly went into an ultrasound appointment where the technician told them they were expecting identical twin girls. “I always joked that I wanted twins: a boy and a girl and done,” laughs Chris. “But when they said we were having twins, I was just shocked.” They went to lunch afterwards where they sat in silence staring at the ultrasound photos. The shock quickly turned to excitement as they prepared for twice the pink and double the fun. The girls were born six weeks early at Scottsdale Shea Hospital and were in the NICU for 12 days. Malayna was five pounds and Sierra was four pounds. “We are so proud of our girls,” says Holly. “They are strong, sweet and compassionate children, who care for others and always see the good in life.”


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The girls sit side-by-side, listening patiently and sharing glances with one another. When asked where they attend school, they say in unison, “Shepherd of the Desert.” They are in second grade, play soccer, and take horseback riding and piano lessons. They talk about being teachers or scientists. They are smart, driven, and darling … times two. They are also jokesters. Malayna and Sierra keep their teachers, friends and parents on their toes every April 1 when they pretend to be each other – or not – only they know.

Loving Life in Scottsdale While Chris works as a superintendent at a golf course in Chandler, Holly spends her weeks with the girls. She works at Shepherd of the Desert as a Spanish teacher and resource teacher. As a family, they enjoy traveling around the country and serving locally. The girls have been to 15 states and love seeing the princesses at Disneyland most of all. Locally, they volunteer throughout the year at many organizations and put together meal packs for Feed My Starving Children. “It is a wonderful time to spend together as a family and give back to the community,” says Holly. Just for fun, the girls in the house model from time-to-time. Holly, Malayna and Sierra modeled for Leslie’s pool stores on pool floats and water toy packages and boxes. The girls still have fun going into the stores and finding their pictures. The family is taking it easy in 2014 after a busy year of traveling and appearances as Holly was Mrs. Arizona International 2013. This year, they are taking the time to enjoy each other and the place they call home. “We love Scottsdale, there is so much to do here,” says Chris. “We like the outdoors and love going to Bartlett Lake, hiking the desert, just all of the diversity.” “I like where we live because it’s still really green and we have the man-made lake,” adds Holly. “It just reminds me of home.” Mar ch 2014

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Xavier Students Receive Art Honors The National Art Honor Society recently published the work of several of Xavier College Preparatory’s talented art students in its winter magazine. A bird mural, created by 13 of Xavier’s National Art Honor Society members last spring for the “Phoenix Renews” project, and a portrait of Sister Mary Kenneth Keller, created by McCaslin Polich, then a Xavier senior, now a freshman at Northern Arizona University, were featured in the publication. ImagesAZ extends congratulations to the students and educators who are making visual and creative arts a priority in education.

SCA Fourth Grader earns Perfect Score in National Competition Fourth grader Nathan Yee, representing Scottsdale Christian Academy, recently received a perfect score in the first of three meets for this year’s WordMasters Challenge, a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. Competing in the difficult blue division of the challenge, Yee earned a perfect score of 20 in the recent meet. Nationally, only 29 fifth graders achieved a perfect score. Another student at Scottsdale Christian Academy who achieved outstanding results in the first meet is Elyse LaVallee, who scored 19. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge by SCA honors teacher Shirley Cox. Congratulations to these talented students and kudos to the parents and educators who are helping them achieve great heights!

Xavier Prep Athletes Sign Letters of Intent Xavier College Preparatory is pleased to announce five student athletes have signed collegiate letters of intent. Shelby Brown has committed to University of Mississippi in cross country / track; Lauren Pipitone will attend Creighton University in soccer; Audrey O’Sullivan will attend Rockhurst University in soccer; Carlie Wagner will attend Fordham University in soccer; and Kellie Peay has signed with Santa Clara University’s soccer program. “Xavier is incredibly proud of all of these exceptional young women,” said Sister Lynn Winsor, BVM, vice principal for activities and athletic director at Xavier College Preparatory. “We are thrilled to see their years of academic and athletic dedication recognized by these colleges.”

New Song Center for Grieving Children Serves ScottsdaleArea Families New Song Center serves families in the Scottsdale area with grief support groups that meet at Episcopal Parish of Saint Barnabas on the Desert, 6716 N. Mockingbird Ln. in Scottsdale. Groups meet every other week in the evening. Children, teens and young adults learn to cope with their grief and loss by sharing stories and experiences, as well as through art, music and recreation. At New Song Center, which is part of services offered by Hospice of the Valley, families find the support they need in a “safe” place to share feelings of loss. Children and adults find support through difficult emotional times. New Song Center also serves families at locations in Phoenix, Gilbert and Avondale. 480-951-8985


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February 28–March 2 Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival Husband and wife team Joan Michlin and Skip Ennis will be featured artists at the 19th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival the weekend of February 28 and March 1 and 2 in downtown Carefree. The talented duo is the first jewelers ever to be featured at a Thunderbird Artists event. In addition to their stunning jewelry, the festival features







displaying over 5,000 original pieces of artwork in a variety of mediums. Award-winning composer Darren Skanson, one of the most requested classical guitarists on Beethoven Radio, will perform, and wine tasting is also offered, with a vast array of wines to sample from around the world. Delicious food and delectable chocolates supply the final touches to the unparalleled ambience this festival holds. The event will take place in the heart of downtown Carefree. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $3. Carefree residents receive complimentary admission. Parking is free all weekend.

March 1 50s Dance Party All the high voltage hits like “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “La Bamba” and “Chantilly Lace” will get you up on the dance floor in this Tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper! It’s a rock ‘n’ rollin’ good time starring John Mueller as Buddy Holly, Jay P. Richardson, Jr. as The Big Bopper, Las Vegas Legends headliner Ray Anthony as Ritchie Valens, Grammy winner Mike Acosta on saxophone, and a first-rate band. Celebrate this festival finale of Arizona Musicfest 2014. The event will be held at Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. in Scottsdale. Tickets are available online, or call for information. 480-840-0457

March 7–9 Tour d’Artistes 2014 Enjoy an “artful” weekend in scenic Fountain Hills, March 7, 8, and 9 at Tour d’Artistes 2014, a self-guided tour of working studios and local galleries where you can interact with the artists as they explain their processes and what inspires them to create art. Funds raised go to create art scholarships, Boys and Girls Club and for free art programs for abused children. Passport tickets, which include the map/ ticket and reception, cost $20 per person and are available for sale from galleries on the tour, from members of the FH Art League and on their website. Tickets are also available at the March 6 reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery, 16858 Avenue of the Fountains, Suite #103. 480-836-9919

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March 14–16 Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire The quaint little town of Fountain Hills will be the venue for the last Thunderbird Artists festival of the year, the Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire March 14 – 16. This exciting festival will take place at the home of one of the world’s tallest fountains, during the spectacular St. Patrick’s Day celebration when the fountain water will be dyed emerald green March 16. The festival will take place on Avenue of the Fountains, between La Montana and Saguaro Blvd. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $3, and residents of Fountain Hills receive complimentary admission. Parking is free all weekend.

March 20 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Taliesin West Join David Shifrin, Tara Helen O’Connor and other Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center artists for an evening of flute, clarinet and strings in the music pavilion at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West March 20.

The performance will include works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,

Heitor Villa-Lobos, Sebastian Currier and Joan Tower. Prior to the performance, share hors d’oeuvres and wine with the artists in the Sculpture Garden. The sunset reception begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $70 inclusive of the reception. The Taliesin West concert is one of six performances in the Phoenix Chamber Music Society’s 2014 Winter Festival. The festival opens March 15. Tickets to all events are available online. 602-252-0095

March 22 Free Skin Care, Health & Fitness Evaluations and Pain Relief Demos Bodywork for Life and Fusion Skin Care are hosting an open house in their new north Scottsdale location in The Peaks Corporate Park at 7629 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite 118 in Scottsdale March 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are recommended. The experienced Bodywork for Life staff will be offering complimentary

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Massage • Microcurrent • Pilates • Egoscue

postural analysis, strength and fitness assessments, and demonstrations of unique pain relief methods.

Fusion Skin Care will also be available. Esthetician Paula Ridley will be giving demonstrations of her unique ultrasonic facials, as seen on “The Doctors,” and talking about her specialty line of natural skin care products. Learn how these treatments and products can effectively treat dry skin, hyper-pigmentation, acne and rosacea. We will be offering demonstrations of frequency-specific microcurrent, equipment-based Pilates and movement therapy, and Egoscue therapeutic exercises created by famed author of “Pain Free,” Pete Egoscue. 480-595-0246

March 23 Arizona Musicfest’s “A Touch of Class” Musicale What could signal spring more than a beautiful string ensemble, the Tetra Quartet, performing an intimate concert on the tiered garden patio of a charming home at The Boulders! The Arizona Musicfest “A Touch of Class” Musicale March 23 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. recreates a full traditional high tea in the garden. Delicious scones with all the scrumptious accompaniments, tea sandwiches of delightful varieties, and a full dessert selection catered by Carefree’s English Rose Tea Room are all part of the musical event. Feel free to wear your favorite garden party hat, or for the gentlemen, a straw boater or cap could be a festive accoutrement! (White gloves not required.) Limited seating provides the ultimate musical and dining experience, so reserve early so you won’t be left out. Tickets are $80 per person. Hosts and co-hosts have generously covered all Musicale-related expenses, allowing the ticket price to fully support Arizona Musicfest’s annual festival, youth education and Young Musicians programs. 480-488-0806

March 29 MIM Curator’s Choice Lecture: Ritual Musical Instruments Join Manuel Jordán, chief curator and director of collections at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), for this short, informal lecture as he highlights the use of a variety of musical instruments in the context of divination and healing among Central African peoples. The lecture will take place March 29 from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the MIM, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix. It is free with museum admission. Jordán will present specific cases to illustrate how music and musical instruments become strategic devices in the process of redressing illness and misfortune. Among different Central African groups, divination is viewed as a process through which individuals with extraordinary knowledge attempt to find solutions to the problems of others. Learn how a diviner and/or healer aims to create order out of disorder and, through the use of divination and musical instruments, has the ability to identify an agent of misfortune and recommend actions toward resolution of afflictions. 480-478-8690

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March 30 Scottsdale North Rotary Hosts Wine Tasting for FAR The Scottsdale North Rotary Club is sponsoring a wine tasting

the 10th of the month

fundraiser for the Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR) March 30 from 3 p.m.

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to 5 p.m., at Vino 100 in Tuscany Village Center, 30835 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. Enjoy wine, appetizers, and music by the popular group The New Deal while raising funds for FAR, a cage-free, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that saves lives through rescue, care and adoption of homeless cats and dogs. Tickets are $20 per person, $35 per couple and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Checks should be made payable to Foothills Animal Rescue. 480-595-0697

April 7 Arizona MusicFest Scholarship Application Deadline Arizona Musicfest has announced the Arizona Musicfest scholarship application period is January 27 through April 7. The Arizona Musicfest Scholarship Decision Committee seeks applications from deserving, highly qualified Arizona high school seniors who will graduate during spring or summer 2014 and enroll in a college-level music performance program prior to December 31, 2014. In addition to the student’s performance abilities, also taken into account will be high school academic record, personal enthusiasm, and third-party recommendations. The scholarship award will be $2,500, paid directly by Arizona Musicfest to the recipient’s school. The winning applicant will also be considered for additional awards for the remaining three years of college. Applications can be downloaded online. The application deadline is midnight April 7. The winner will be announced May 1.


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Writer Barb Evans

Every child deserves a chance to laugh, play and just be a kid. For some, that means forgetting they are sick, even if it is just for a moment. The American Saddlebred Association of Arizona (ASAA) is helping those children have their moment by hosting the 43rd Annual Carousel Charity Horse Show at West World of Scottsdale March 13 through March 16. This year, the largest multi-breed horse show in the Southwest will donate a portion of their proceeds to Camp Soaring Eagle, a Sedona non-profit organization that provides year-round medically supervised camping programs for children who suffer from such chronic or life-threatening illnesses as diabetes, hemophilia or cancer. The multi-day event features various breeds of horses shown by riders of all ages who are competing to be the best in their class. Attendees can try their hand at judging a class in


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the jackpot judging contest Saturday evening, or cheer on the academy riders and participants of the Equestrian Special Olympic classes Sunday afternoon. The county fair-like atmosphere will also include a variety of family-friendly activities, silent auctions, raffle tables, and numerous vendors. “An event such as the 43rd Annual Carousel Charity Horse Show means so much to our campers because it shows the kids that their illness does not have to prevent them from experiencing new and exciting things,� said Paula Bommarito, executive director of development for Camp Soaring Eagle. At the camps, children ages seven to 15 years old enjoy such fun activities as horseback riding, fishing, crafts, archery and boating. For a moment, they and their families can take a break from the grinding schedule of tests, treatments and hospital stays and discover the wonderful healing power of laughter and play. The camp is free of charge to participants and their families, and is funded through charitable donations and events like the Carousel Charity Horse Show. Camp Soaring Eagle campers will be in attendance at the show as event volunteers, sharing their stories about how the camp has improved their lives. The event will be held at West World of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 13 through March 16. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

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OK, I’ll admit it, I’m addicted to the Tucson Festival of Books, the intellectual stimulation of panel discussions, the exhilaration of literary “rock stars” being applauded by enthusiastic fans, and the sheer enjoyment of being with people having fun. On my calendar a year in advance, I was happy to sing Auld Lang Syne, signaling only 74 days left to get my fix, another delectable feast for my mind and spirit. This passion started in 2009 with the inaugural festival.






Hampshire, an avid reader, spent spring break with us. Casting about looking for something of interest for us to do, I discovered it. I have been hooked ever since. We went to the special Friday night festivities which included dining with a published author. She was thrilled. We ended up staying through Sunday, attending workshops, listening to best-selling authors, checking out activities at the pavilions, and listening to musical groups while we sampled local cuisine. We both had an amazing time and after that, mid-March became sacred. I’ve just checked the updated list of presenting authors and I’m psyched. Mega-best-selling writer



Turow Pulitzer







Richard Russo (“Elsewhere”), mystery master Craig Johnson (whose work spawned TV’s “Longmire” series), and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (“Out of Order”)

A Feast of Literary Talent

Tucson Festival of Books March 15 and 16

will be there, just to name a few. In total, there will be 450 authors, illustrators, science experts and entertainers on hand. Packed with romance, mystery, fantasy, truelife stories, and lots of activities, the festival is suitable for all ages. With special author

Writer Donna Kublin


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events for every genre, themed panel discussions

place winners will be part of a panel discussion. In



addition to cash prizes, winners receive scholarships

noted cookbook authors, and child-focused activities,

to the two-day masters’ workshop, which will follow

there is something for everyone. In addition to

the festival. First place winners in the 2014 writing

author events, kids of all ages can enjoy hands-

competition are: Luke Tennis, Baltimore, Maryland

on literacy activities, live performances, and the

(fiction), Michelle Chikaonda, Philadephia, Pennsylvania

kid-focused Science City. The event will host more

(non-fiction) and Emelia Reuterfors, Tucson, (poetry).

than 250 exhibitors, including those representing

The complete list of winners can be found on the

small publishing houses, book-related products and






services, booksellers and educational programs. A variety of food by local restaurants will be available The festival’s Science City will offer highly engaging,

in the food court, ranging from BBQ to Mexican,



organic to traditional sandwiches and snow cones to

including Chemistry of Combustion show; Adventures

kettle corn. This year’s event is expected to match

with Things that Bite, Hiss, Sting and Crawl; Arizona

or exceed last year’s 120,000 attendance. Each year



the festival grows, but this well-organized event on

rattlesnakes, hawks, ringtail cats and Gila monsters;

UA’s campus, ably assisted by 1,500 volunteers, has

52 nature activities for city kids; and presentations

always run very smoothly.









from children’s science authors. The 2014 edition will be held Saturday and Sunday, Presenting authors, hand-picked by the festival’s

March 15 and 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on

author committee and subcommittees, will appear

the campus of the University of Arizona. Entrance

in the workshops, panel discussions, demonstrations

and parking is free. In its sixth year, the festival is

and solo presentations that make up the official

proud of being the fourth largest event of its kind

events of the Festival. The committee ensures that

– challenging long-standing book festivals in mega-

an outstanding and diverse mix of local, regional

markets Miami, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.

and internationally best-selling authors will be able to discuss topics of interest in more than a dozen

For the second year in a row I am going with my

genres of literature, with educators, storytellers and

friend, a published author, who I have to admit I

illustrators adding their expertise to a number of

enticed into going last year only to find her quickly

sessions. Presentations are followed by book signings

marking her calendar for the next. I am not at all

at nearby locations and there are also book signing

guilty about it. In my book, healthy addictions are

events at exhibitor booths throughout the weekend.

just fine, and the Tucson Festival of Books is a

There are author pavilions for those who are not

great one to have. Appetite strong, mouth watering

presenting authors, and new for 2014, there is a

already, I can’t wait to sink my teeth and brain into

Mexican authors’ pavilion presented by University of

this delectable literary feast.

Arizona’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry. Winners of the festival’s Second Annual Literary Awards writing competition were announced and first

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Playing in the Big (Ivy) League Writer Tom Scanlon

Most would agree that being invited to play football for a major college is quite an achievement, showing that a high school athlete has reached the ultimate level. Not to slight the hard-studying crowd, being invited to learn at an Ivy League school also is a rare accomplishment. But to combine the two? Well, those hulked-out footballers surely can’t be smart enough to go to places like Harvard University, right? Such are the stereotypes Billy Nichols faces on a regular basis. Standing 6 feet 5 inches off the ground, and sinking into it at 282 pounds, he certainly has the look of a college football player; no need to convince anyone there. But when people ask him where he’s going to college, and he answers – that’s where the fun begins. “Some people I needed to convince I was going to Harvard,” he said with a light chuckle. “Some people make me show them my ID. It’s so rare to meet someone going to Harvard.” Not to mention someone who looks like he could bench press a smart car! For the record, a smart car weighs about 1,800 pounds; Nichols can only bench press 360.


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After spending four years shoving smaller players around on the Pinnacle High football field, the beastly Nichols turned down the likes of Utah University and other big football schools to enroll at Harvard. After his first semester at the school in Cambridge, Mass., Nichols returned home to north Scottsdale for winter break, hitting the weights, soaking up some of that glorious Arizona sun (Boston weather: brutally cold) and telling his high school friends what the Ivy League life is like. “I tell them it’s pretty challenging,” said Nichols, over coffee on a Saturday afternoon. “But school wasn’t as tough as I thought it would be. We’re given the resources to succeed, teachers and tutors, and students help each other out. “On the football end, it was a lot more work than high school. It’s like a full-time job. Lifting in the morning, then school throughout day, then you come back and watch film from the past day’s practice. You go out to practice, then there’s usually more film – you watch the team you’re playing that week. Then you go back to your room and go to sleep.” How does he have energy to study, on days like those? “You just kind of have to push through it. As long as you don’t take a nap,” Nichols said with a smile, “it’s O.K.” He said he got by on five or six hours sleep a night during football season, and plans to sleep more, now that football is done for the year. “One of the things that’s great about Harvard is that there are no kids that put partying first. Everyone realizes you have to put academics first, which makes it easy on time management – school, football, eat, sleep.” In his first semester, Nichols had a 3.0 gradepoint average in class (“I think I can improve”), and learned quite a bit about football. “My technique is what changed. And just being aggressive, that’s another thing I worked on. Pass blocking and run blocking.” His







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weekend and attended the Dartmouth game. “They got to see other guys play and me stand on sidelines,” Nichols said with a sardonic smile. He did play briefly in three games, logging about seven minutes total in games against San Diego, Brown and Cornell. He’ll long remember his first time on the college field: “I was a little nervous. It felt just like high school, until you actually had to hit the other guy and you realized he was a full grown man.” Did it hurt? “A little,” he answered, with a deep chuckle. “You grow used to it after you get hit every single play, which linemen do.” His goal for next season is to crack the starting lineup, which won’t be easy as Harvard has two sophomores starting at his position, offensive tackle. If he can make it as a starter, he may even get a shot to play pro football. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and three other Harvard grads played in the NFL last season. “Over the next four years I’m going to work as hard as I can in the classroom and on field, and see what opportunities I have,” Nichols said. “If that’s the NFL, great.” If not, he expects to put his economics courses to work. While he was a captain of the Pinnacle High football team and named to the all-state team, his time here in Scottsdale was hardly defined by football. Nichols played on the club hockey team, was a class senator, member of several academic clubs and earned A’s in nearly every class he took here. “I was always really competitive in the class room, trying to beat out my best friends. We usually tied with straight A’s.” Curiously, though he was always the biggest kid in


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the class (“I was looking back at a kindergarten picture, and I was a head above everyone else”), his first love was hockey. “Then my junior year when I played (football), I started getting interest from colleges. That’s when I realized I could take it to next level.” After his junior year, he attended a Harvard football camp. “That’s when they offered me a spot on the team,” Nichols recalled. “My dad jumped out of his seat. I’m the first person in my immediate family to go to college.” And not just any college – the school! Asked what his toughest assignment was in his first Harvard semester, Nichols pondered, then answered. “Nothing is really easy when it comes to schoolwork at Harvard, but for a project in my economic-based statistics class I had to estimate housing prices drawn from different variables for 100 houses. To do this, I was given data concerning about 800 other houses which included prices. I had to create a model by deciding which variables were important in estimating the price, and which were not. I also had to create dummy variables (more specific variables based on other broader variables)







estimations. It was nothing too bad since I was able to ask my teaching fellow for guidance a few times. Plus it was almost kind of fun.” If he finds economic variables fun, he is clearly in the right place at Harvard University. Nichols’ advice to those who enjoy books as well as sports and who want to follow in his footsteps from north Scottsdale to the Ivy League: “I would say to work hard in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. And remember to put school first, because we are student athletes.”

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Employee of the Year Olivia Writer Tom Scanlon Photographer Jamie Pogue


Just about everyone is nice to friends, family, co-workers and others he or she knows. Strangers? That’s a different story. Some people want to be nice to people they don’t know, but are too shy; others are too wrapped up in their own lives to think of people they don’t know; some actually think kindness is a sign of weakness.


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For those folks, working in the hospitality industry

“This was gut-wrenching. There is no pain like the

probably isn’t the best idea. Oh, they might be able

loss of a child, and then to compound it with Fenn’s

to fake it for a while, though the false smiles and

confusion was agonizing,” the Mullins’ later wrote in

forcing “have a nice day” would wear them down.

a letter of appreciation to the Four Seasons. “As

They probably wouldn’t be able to work in hospitality

parents, our first priority was to help our little one

for a year, let alone win an award.

find his smile and sweet laugh again.

No, they would be no threat to take the title from

“It was a warm, sunny afternoon the day we arrived

Olivia Fierro, a 25-year-old Anthem resident with a

and we decided to take Fenn to the pool. The

non-stop smile and rare spirit. Last year, she was

walk over from our room was something we had

named Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year by

never experienced with our usually happy boy. There

the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

were tantrums and tears and more heart-wrenching questions. It felt like one of the longest walks we had

Fierro, known to most as “Liv,” is a front desk supervisor

ever taken. We finally made it over to the pool, and

being groomed as a manager at Four Seasons Resort

that’s where it all began.

Scottsdale at Troon North. According to Troon, “She has received countless guest experience accolades

“We found a few chaise lounges by the pool, soon to

and is regularly recognized by her colleagues for

find out the pretty girl with the beautiful smile would

outstanding service to the guests and team.”

be our ever-loving Liv!”

Liv Fierro shares her secret: Being nice to complete

The Mullins’ said Liv was kind and attentive on that

strangers is easy, for her. That’s just the way she is.

first day, though she had no idea what they had been

“I genuinely care about every single person I meet,”

through. At the end of the day, the father and mother

said this passionate young woman, who found her

shared with Liv what had happened to Lile.

niche after college. Raised in East Hampton, a resort town on New York’s Long Island, she came west to

“The next morning we went to the patio restaurant

study business and communications at Arizona State

by the pool for breakfast,” the Mullins’ later wrote,

University. After graduating, she couldn’t decide what

“and there was Liv with a basket full of toys for Fenn

to do next, and at her mother’s urging decided to

– rubber snakes, Matchbox cars, Nerf balls and all

try the hospitality industry.

the things little boys love. The smile on Fenn’s face would have lit up the world. Over the course of our

In February 2011, she was hired by Four Seasons as

stay, which we extended from a three- to an eight-

a pool server, which is what she was doing when she

night stay, we would see Liv at the pool daily. With

met the Mullins’. They are a Colorado family of three

this, we slowly started to see the light come back

who were trying to emerge from the loss of seven-

into Fenn’s eyes and hear a laugh from deep down

year-old son Lile, who died in a hiking accident. The

within him. Our encounter with Liv has been a life-

parents took Lile’s three-year-old brother Fenn on a

changing experience that our family will be forever

vacation to Scottsdale, hoping to distract him while

grateful and thankful for.

they pulled themselves together. But the strategy didn’t seem to be working, early on the trip. “Where’s

“We will always describe her as the girl who brought

Lile?” Fenn kept asking.

our little boy’s smile back.”

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The Four Seasons attached the letter in nominating Fierro, who at first was shocked to find out she won a state competition, and said she had no idea she would win the national award. Then again, receiving nation-wide recognition paled for her, compared to the actual experience of meeting and befriending the Mullins family and the appreciation they passed back to her. “That letter and that family means more to me than anything else on this planet,” said Fierro, who later accepted an invitation to visit the Mullins family in Colorado. “They changed my life just as much as I changed theirs.” As such, she dedicates the award to Lile and Fenn Mullins. Tall and statuesque, with a tan complexion and long, dark-blonde hair, Liv Fierro is now training newer Four Seasons employees to provide the kind of customer service she expects. “It’s all about the little things,” she says with the kind of passion that you won’t find in a corporate manual or how-to PowerPoint. “I want my front desk agents to succeed and do well. I want them to do little things like, when a guest checks in, ask, ‘Why are you here? Are you celebrating?’” If it turns out to be a birthday or anniversary, after the guests leave the front desk area, Fierro will turn to her staff and suggest they do a little something special. That can mean having a box of truffles delivered to the room, or bottle of champagne – or simply a nice note, saying “Thanks for picking us to help you celebrate.” The daughter of a gregarious pizzeria owner, Liv Fierro is naturally polite and respectful, perhaps a throwback amongst a generation who are glued to their phones, seemingly oblivious of the outside world, and little social customs that seem to be fast-fading. “Whether it’s at work or on the street, when someone’s right behind me or over there by the plant,” she points to an area about 15 yards away, “I wait and hold the door for them. People are shocked. I feel like so much has been lost in translation. Even with the harder guests to deal with, I just say to myself, ‘They must be dealing with something I can’t understand.’” And if a guest has a complaint, large or small, this lady from Long Island takes it as a personal mission: “For me, I actually enjoy the challenging guests. There’s nothing better to me than turning their


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day around. If they’re upset about a room location or whatever it may be, I love to give them options and completely turn them around. And I definitely don’t stop until I know someone’s happy. A lot of times I’ll put it in back in their hands, ‘What is going to make you the happiest you can be?’” She says the Four Seasons backs





really give you every opportunity to go that extra step and make sure that the guest is happy.” Though Fierro’s parents spend a great deal of time in Anthem, most of her big, Italian-American family is back east. Her close workplace helps with that. “It’s like family here. It’s a really, really wonderful place to work.” And she has been folded into another family, becoming an honorary





family, and Fenn’s big sister – the Liv who taught him how to live, again. She will always be known around this resort as “the girl who won that big award,” but deflects it. “When (coworkers) say ‘You won that award!’ I say, ‘No, we won that award.’” It has certainly been a career-booster, and likely will continue to be, as she plans to stay in the hospitality field, wherever it takes her. Yet she hopes “Employee





define her. “I don’t want to be judged by that award. I just want to be judged by being a good person.”

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Notre Dame Prep Goes to D.C.

Writer Tom Scanlon

It has been said that there are two things you don’t want

The Close Up Foundation program allows students to

to watch being made: sausage and laws. Yet a group of

see their government in action. Though the Scottsdale

Notre Dame Prep students were happy to spend a week

students were able to see famous monuments, memorials

getting a behind-the-scenes look at the grind of our federal

and institutions, this is far more than a sightseeing tour,


as the students also were able to sit in on meetings with congressional delegations. Seminar panels included


Social studies teacher Rob Gwynn led a group of NDP

lobbyists, journalists and members of the military and, at

students to Washington, D.C.; they landed on January 19,

“hot topics� events, liberal and conservative guest speakers

and attended a debate that evening.

squared off, with students moderating the debates.

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Gwynn, who has been at Notre Dame Prep since it opened a dozen years ago, has led trips to D.C. for the past seven years. “I take seniors on the trip during the third week of January every year to experience Washington, D.C. in a way they have not had access to before,” he said. “We go to D.C. to become immersed into how our government works and functions. The students actively participate in daily workshops and debates that not only teach them about how government works, but also help them to develop their own political identity which they can carry with them as they enter into the voting world. In the seven years I’ve been going with students, I have yet to have a student who isn’t positively impacted by the experience they’ve had on our trip.” Twenty-five Notre Dame Prep seniors made the trip to the epicenter of American politics: Taylor Ashton, Haley Bacon, Erin Bradford, Meg Cahill, Kyle Conway, Emily Discerni, Katherine DiVall, Sarah Eversman, Aleksei Gendron, Kristin Green, Noelle Haro, Mickey Horn, Emile Kassir, John Lauro, Mary Lauro, Bridget Maguire, Maya Mangels, Gabriella Martinez,





Madeline Sobek, Madeline Stearns, Emily Thomas, McKayla Tully and Grant Zaro. Their teacher said it was great preparation for life beyond high school. “Aside from working with the government, the students are also interacting with high school students from around the country during their week in the nation’s capital,” Gwynn noted. “This may be the most valuable experience of all as it teaches our college-bound kids about the diversity they will find outside of our little corner of the world, and prepares them for interacting with all sorts of students from all over the country when they head off to college in the fall.” Mar ch 2014

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You might say that the Rotary Club is somewhat discriminatory – you can’t join if you have more than two legs. Even so, there will be tails wagging joyfully this month, as a local Rotary chapter is gearing up to help out some needy four-leggers. The local story begins when Dena Oppenheim lived in Iowa, where she was a member of the Rotary Club of Fairfield, although she spent her winters here in the sunshine. Out of curiosity, she started popping in on meetings of the Scottsdale Rotary Club. Once she and her husband moved here permanently, she decided to help launch the Rotary Club of Scottsdale North. “We received our charter from Rotary International in September 2009,” she notes. She and her co-founders had some slightly different ideas than the usual: “Ours was, at the time, a fairly new concept for Rotary Club in that we meet in the evenings and have no weekly speaker. We also try to do everything at our meetings and not by committee. Our whole club acts more as a traditional club’s board and committees. “Our meetings are fun and quite lively. One visitor called it ‘efficient

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chaos.’ At the end of the meetings, we have a long list of plans for the future and a sense of accomplishment for all we have done.” And this group of men and women are quite busy with community building. Some recent and ongoing projects: - The Interact Club at Pinnacle High School. The local chapter sends several students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. - Providing dictionaries to local third graders. - A sale of “gently-used” items to benefit Foothills Animal Rescue. - “Adopt-a-Road” clean-ups. - Cleaning and planting along the side of the Pinnacle Peak Trail. - Fundraisers for the Foothills Food Bank. - Supplies for local schools. - Donation of money and goods to the TRRFCC horsemanship program for youth. - Nooks donated to local schoolchildren. Every spring, the North Scottsdale Rotary Club targets a local community group and sponsors a fundraiser. This year, the funds will go to Foothills Animal Rescue, a no-cage shelter for homeless cats and dogs at 23030 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale.


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“Pets and Wine – two of our favorite things” is this year’s fundraising theme. And so it is that Sunday, March 30, Vino 100 in the Tuscany Village Center, 30835 N. Cave Creek Road will be the setting for a wine tasting to benefit these homeless animals. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple. Admission includes four wine tastings, appetizers and music by the New Deal. How else does money get raised? “We raise funds by collecting ‘Happy/Sad Bucks’ at every meeting,” said Oppenheim. “This is not unique to our club, but we have a different twist:

we all share and we all give something.

This has helped to bond our group because each week we hear from each member what they are happy and/or sad for/about that past week. This sharing has proved to be a tremendous boost to our club’s friendly and caring feeling.” The North Scottsdale Rotarians have dinner meetings every Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. at Hacienda Mexican Grill, 32527 N. Scottsdale Road. “We welcome visitors and new members and do not use the traditional category system for admitting new members,” said Oppenheim, the group’s secretary. The North Scottsdale chapter has attracted the likes of Cherry Baumbusch, a part-timer from the Washington, D.C. area. “I am actually a member of the Rotary Club of McLean (recent past president), am a past member of the Rotary Club of Dubai (UAE). I have visited Rotary Clubs around the world in my seven years as a Rotarian. I am a new winter resident of Scottsdale, have visited for years, and the Scottsdale North Rotary Club has always welcomed me as one of their own, along with their other ‘snowbirds,’ as they call us.” Cherry likes what she sees about this club: “I would say from my experience with many Rotary Clubs, this one is unique in its meeting format, which is casual and very much run like an open forum for member participation and comment. This brings a feeling of unity and commitment among members.” // 480-595-0697 //

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Explore Prague Writer Margie BouttĂŠ


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At least once a year, I try to take a

Vuitton and Versace, Prague has

most amazing panoramic views of the

trip abroad. I think of every trip as a

gleefully joined the consumer culture.

city, including spectacular views of the

voyage of discovery. On this particular

Millions of tourists visit every year to

square, Prague Castle, the Charles

trip to the Czech Republic, Prague,

admire its architecture, absorb the

Bridge and hundreds of narrow streets

the 1,100+ year old Golden City of

culture and to drink the incredible

and alleys. It pays to head up there as

100 Spires did not disappoint. Easily

beer. Czechs take immense pride

soon as you arrive, and you will not

up there with the best in Europe, the

in their city and their buildings,

regret a climb to the top.

stunning architecture, riverside locale

preserving centuries-old facades and

and romantic ambiance make Prague

employing city workers to carefully

One of the jewels in Prague’s crown

a world-class stunner.

pry cigarette butts out of the millions

is its Astronomical Clock, the third

of crevices in cobbled streets.

oldest in the world and the only one

Prague is a fairy tale city with its

still functioning. This is a special

beautiful castles perched on hilltops,

The main sightseeing areas of Prague

clock with unique mechanisms. Its



are separated by the Vltava River.

main dial still shows the local time

bridges, museums, quaint cobbled

The city of Prague encompasses the

and a wheel with zodiac signs, which

streets, walled courtyards, numerous

grouping of four towns: Mala Strana

turns inside the display to reveal

gardens and lots more. It is a mix of

(The Little Town) located under the

the position of the stars. The outer

buildings in gothic, baroque and art

castle; Stare Mesto (The Old Town) with

ring of the clock, marked with Arabic

nouveau styles of architecture, and

its famous Old Town Square; Josefov

numerals, calculates the time from

the Vltava River passing through the

(The Jewish Town) with its interesting

the precise moment of sunset. If you

city completes the mise en scène.

synagogues and old cemetery; and

come at the right time, you can see

Nové Mesto (The New Town) with its

the hourly display of the 12 apostles

Founded in the 800s, Prague’s status

fantastic art nouveau buildings and

taking turns peeking out from the

as an influential European city has

the great Wenceslas Square.

two small doors above the clock.



weathered many masters, as the seat

At the same time, creepy skeletons

of the Holy Roman Empire, capital



symbolizing death, vanity, greed, and

of Bohemia, player in the Protestant

center is Old Town Square. Beautifully

the Ottoman invader placed around

Reformation and the Thirty Years’ War,

restored, it is a good place to start a

the clock move along the sound of

and a key city for the Hapsburg rulers

Prague visit. This square is a beautiful

bells. Crowds amass at the top of

and their Austro-Hungarian Empire.

mix of historic sites, churches, cafes,

every hour to watch this ritual, but I

After World War I, Prague became the

restaurants and shops, and it’s also

have to admit, the spectacle itself is

capital of Czechoslovakia. During World

the place frequented most by tourists.

rather anticlimactic. The real wonder

War II, Hitler intended for Prague to

Within the square are the beautiful

is that this clock built in 1410 is still

be the arts and culture capital of Nazi

gothic spires of Týn Church, the

ticking away the time.

Europe, and thus it was kept intact. In


1993, when Czechoslovakia split into

the famous Astronomical Clock. The

Charles Bridge is on the top of every

two countries, Prague became the

center of the square has the statue of

Prague visitor’s must-see list. The

capital city of the new Czech Republic.

reformer Jan Hus Memorial. Alongside

scenic and legendary 15th century

the Astronomical Clock, Old Town

stone gothic bridge is popular with

Prague has levied history to become

Hall Tower built in 1338 is one of

Czech artists, musicians and souvenir

a booming tourist destination. From

the most striking buildings in Prague,

vendors whose stands line both sides

glass shops, garnet shops, Louis

where atop you will find some of the

of the bridge. During the day you








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can climb towers on both sides of the bridge for outstanding views. I especially recommend the one on the Old Town side for wonderful views of the bridge and Old Town spires. Sunset affords a breathtaking view of the fully lit Prague Castle against the evening sky. Records indicate that Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle area in the world and home to Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and the offices of the Czech Presidents. This complex has more than 18 buildings, including palaces, churches, halls and towers, and eight large gardens, so be prepared to see a lot and do some walking. The presidential offices are housed inside the castle. One of the most interesting streets in Prague is Golden Lane within Prague Castle grounds. Originally built for palace guards, the tiny houses along Golden Lane were eventually taken over by goldsmiths, giving the street its name. Today these houses have been converted to shops that sell trinkets, books and souvenirs for the thousands of tourists who pass every day. A day excursion to Terezin Memorial complex, about an hour outside of Prague, is a must. This fortress served as a prison almost from the very beginning and became notorious as a Gestapo prison, Jewish ghetto and concentration camp during World War II. In the years 1941-1945, TerezĂ­n became the largest concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. Over 140,000 Jewish men, women and children were brought here from around the country, as well as from Germany, Austria, Holland, Denmark, Slovakia and Hungary. The majority of those who survived the forced labor, malnutrition and terrible living conditions were later transported to the extermination camps further east. TerezĂ­n was turned into a memorial in 1947.


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There is a lot to see in the Czech Republic besides Prague, and I highly recommend a week if possible to explore charming towns full of historical treasures, castles, peaceful mountains, forests, lakes, villages, people and traditions. The Czech Republic is a great country for hiking, biking, touring, climbing towers, even tasting local wines. Among the most visited places outside of Prague is the beautiful Ceský Krumlov, located in Southern Bohemia, and Moravia, a region of beautiful sweeping hills dissected by waterways, located in the southeast corner of the country. These can be visited as day trips from Prague. Southern Bohemia, with its historic towns and man-made lakes, is one of Czech Republic’s

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“Most Likely to be Best Friends Forever.” We are deep in the heart of a quiet Scottsdale suburb, not far from Grayhawk Park. On a Tuesday evening, the rest of the neighborhood is quiet – almost creepily so, and you wonder if you’re about to hear a scary-movie soundtrack. The homes look similar, but as you get closer to one of them, the one with a giant cactus and iron cowboy sculpture out front, you start to hear it, the sound of something brewing, not scary-movie but scary-good. Inside, Haley Gold and Spencer Bryant are up to something, as usual. These Pinnacle High seniors have changed, in more ways than can be described by “senioritis.” No, it’s not that. Last year, they both played on the school’s undefeated, state champion lacrosse team; this year, they decided not to play. They spend their days in school, dreaming of this … something. They cut back on spending time with other friends. They dyed their hair black. Just what is going on here? A gang? A cult? Black magic? Witchcraft? Well, yes and no. Since launching the musical duo Haley & Spencer, now known as 76th Street, these two have been bewitching audiences with their mystical melodies and heavenly harmonies. “It’s magic,” one observer insists. Though each is having a very hard time focusing on schoolwork, their parents are otherwise unworried. Indeed, you won’t find many parents who are less worried about their attractive, 17-yearold daughters. “It keeps them off the streets,” Debra Gold, Haley’s mother, said with a laugh. Haley and Spencer spend practically every free moment they have here in the Gold’s high-ceilinged living room, singing and singing as the hours fly by. The last things Debra and husband Jason often hear before they slip off to sleep are the angelic sounds of the girls harmonizing. “We love it, it’s so wonderful,” Debra said. Spencer Bryant’s parents, Jaina and Brian Thompson, agree with that assessment, and so do audiences around Phoenix. The two have played a number of shows in the half-year they have since they launched a rock-solid collaboration, but they are slowly winning new fans with their confident, artistic performances. First known as Haley & Spencer, now going by 76th Street, they have played big, seemingly-intimidating outdoor stages at San Tan Village and Desert Ridge, as well as the smaller confines of Cave Creek’s charming Songbird’s Nest. Jennifer Kelber, the singer-songwriter who owns Songbird’s Nest, plans to have the duo back at her place this month. “I adore them,” Kelber says of Haley and Spencer; Kelber has known Spencer since she was 14 years old. “I’m beyond thrilled that these two best friends are collaborating. Mar ch 2014

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“When they perform, it’s magic, and they’re such good friends, which makes it more awesome.” The two have been close friends since fifth grade, and soon found they had a common love of music. “I came over here one day,” Spencer said, looking at Haley with a twinkle in her eye. “And you were always singing, all around the house. I said, ‘I like singing, too!’” Haley laughs. “We loved all those terrible songs!” Seven years ago, the 10-year-olds were big on all the pop radio hits. While they encouraged each other to sing, each of them performed solo or in other bands for years. “Now that I think of it, that was so boring,” Haley said. And, as usual, Spencer instantly agreed. “I’d be at my house playing guitar alone in my room, and she’d be here playing piano.” Spencer is almost shocked by a realization: “I don’t know how we were friends for so long and didn’t sing together!” The light switch flipped on when they would do shows together, each singing individually, then singing together for a few songs. “When we did songs together, we were getting amazing responses,” Haley said. So, the summer before their senior year, the two 17-year-olds (both have April birthdays) decided to form a band. And, instantly, a bond. Without hesitation, they locked in on the project. “It’s a lot of commitment, a lot of practicing,” Haley said. “We played lacrosse the last three years, but we made a commitment to our music.” Once they made their joint decision


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to quit lacrosse, they knew they had made the right choice. They felt they needed to practice together “every single chance we have a free moment.” Their first show was at the Arizona State Fair November 2, 2013. Since then, they have had at least one show per month, sometimes more. Haley is a fine piano and keyboard player, and Spencer has a nice guitar style. But what makes them so fascinating is the way their voices fit together, sinking and soaring like birds naturally following each other. As Kelber notes, “They feed off each other, they even finish each other’s thoughts. They come together beautifully.” The staples of the 76th Street shows remain cover songs, albeit creative versions of other people’s hits. Even if you grit your teeth at Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” you might be thrilled by the Haley & Spencer version, which is at once sultry and vulnerable – haunting, rather than poppy. And they like to put a spin on country hits, like an up-tempo version of Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel.” Now, they are really getting creative, writing their own songs. The first original they have recorded is “Too Weird,” pumped up by a Billy Joel piano beat, but again with a fascinating twist. It’s something of an anti-love song, with the sneaky, devastating hook:

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The song pretty much sums up the philosophy of this duo. As Spencer starts it, “When I used to write songs, it was all about boys and breaking up.” “None of our songs are about that,” Haley finishes. So what is their theme? “Most of our songs are about independence,” Haley says. “A different outlook on things,” Spencer says, harmonizing. Though they have been together officially for less than a year, this duo recently changed its name from Haley & Spencer to 76th Street. “We thought we should have a more permanent name, with the symbolism being that it is the road between our two neighborhoods that brought us together.” Whatever they call themselves, the community around the budding Lennon-and-McCartney of Pinnacle High expects these two to be a musical pair for a long, long time. This probably won’t surprise you: Their high school class recently voted Haley and Spencer “Most Likely to be Best Friends Forever.” Now we’re left to wonder: What will the future be like, for these musical BFF’s? Jennifer Kelber suggests what many are thinking: “I hope they go far.”


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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at

Taliesin West Phoenix Chamber Winter Festival 2014

Writer Donna Kublin Photography by Andrew Pielage, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation


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There is nothing commonplace about the Phoenix Chamber Winter Festival concert at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West March 20; the setting, the musicians and the music are all extraordinary. “You know you are about to experience something special when you drive up to Taliesin West and begin to see the architectural masterpiece gracefully set into the desert landscape,” said David Shifrin, artistic director of festival. “This historic landmark created by a 20th century genius is the venue for our world class musicians to perform the world premiere of another 20th century genius.” David Shifrin, Tara Helen O’Connor and other Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) artists will present an evening of flute, clarinet and strings in the Music Pavilion at Taliesin West March 20. The performance will include works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Sebastian Currier and Joan Tower. “The ink is barely dry on the page of the Currier piece,” said Shifrin. “We are thrilled to be able to bring this world premiere to our Taliesin West concert, the centerpiece of our winter festival”. Prior to the performance, hors d’oeuvres and wine with the artists will be served at a sunset reception in the sculpture garden. Performers include: David Shifrin, clarinet; Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Yura Lee, viola; Mihai Marica, cello; and Ani Kavafian, violin. Tickets are $70 inclusive of the reception and are limited to 140 guests. The concert is one of six performances in the Phoenix Chamber Music Society’s 2014 Winter Festival which runs March 15 to March 21. Under the direction of Shifrin for the past five years, the festival is exceptional for its musical talent, diverse programming, and venues. “Nowhere else can you see all this in one week: 20 world-class musicians performing different pieces in six venues, ranging from private homes to Tempe Center for the Arts, to the Binns Wildflower Pavilion at the Desert Botanical Garden, all showing how adaptable chamber music is,” said Shifrin, whose goal it is for people to give up everything they are doing that week to attend. Shifrin has an extraordinary resume which includes performing with major orchestras, chamber ensembles as well as being artistic director in several settings, including CMS from 1992 to 2004 and Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon since 1981. He joined the faculty at the Yale School of Music in 1987 and was appointed artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Yale and Yale’s annual concert series at Carnegie Hall in September 2008. He has also served on the faculties of major universities. Mar ch 2014

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Composer Sebastian Currier, whose world premiere will be performed at the Taliesin West concert, is the 2007 recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award. Heralded as “music with a distinctive voice” by the New York Times and as “lyrical, colorful, firmly rooted in tradition, but absolutely new” by the Washington Post, his music has been performed at major venues world-wide by acclaimed artists and orchestras. His music has been enthusiastically embraced by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, for whom he wrote “Aftersong,” which she performed extensively in the US and Europe. His violin concerto, “Time Machines,” dedicated to Ms. Mutter, was premiered by the New York Philharmonic in June 2011, and called “rapturously beautiful” by the New York Times. His chamber music was presented by the Berlin Philharmonic in 2007 and 2008, including three world premieres. “Currier’s piece using the same combination of instruments as Mozart’s flute quartet is remarkable,” said Shifrin, “as is the fact that the creator of the Music Pavilion, Frank Lloyd Wright, had a musical background and often compared his architecture to the structure of music and the shapes and materials of instruments.” Frank Lloyd Wright grew up with music. His father William C. Wright was a composer, pianist, and organist, and Frank himself played the viola as a teenager. He believed that music is enriching and essential to life and his apprentices were encouraged to pursue music for not only enjoyment, but to help them with design work as well. Music has always been a large part of Taliesin West’s activities. The Music Pavilion, built in 1956, was primarily intended for dance performances since Wright’s daughter danced and choreographed, and his wife, a musician, composed the music for the performances as well as for chamber concerts. Since then, there has been a rich history of resident artists and other professional musical performances over the years. Effi Casey, Taliesin music director, is pleased to be having CMS artists there for the second year. “At this point in the development of the foundation it is important that a wider audience has the opportunity to experience Taliesin West as a cultural place in which the exchange of ideas, music and dance are celebrated,” said Casey. “This concert, especially, will be one not to miss.” The festival’s opener is March 15 at Camelback Bible Church and includes Mozart Piano Quartet and Dvorak Piano Quintet. Piano is also featured March 17 at the American Lutheran Church of Sun City. March 18, the Desert Botanical Garden hosts Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”


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The festival concludes March 21 with Stravinsky’s rarely-performed “L’histoire du soldat” (“The Soldier’s Tale”) at Tempe Center for the Arts, one of two pieces involving the spoken word that will be performed that evening. “A portion of Stravinsky’s piece, titled ‘Couplets du diable’ (‘The Devil’s Song’), is what I consider to be the earliest rap music written,” said Shifrin. There is also a Meet the Artists event the evening before at the AZ Opera Center with David Shifrin and Ani Kavafian along with their graduate students from Yale who are performing at the Tempe Center. They will be giving a concert plus chatting about themselves. The audience will have an opportunity to ask them questions. The festival musicians are all exceptional, having won






having played as soloists with major orchestras around the world, in addition to playing with chamber music ensembles. Some of the artists include: world renowned flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, a charismatic performer sought after for her unusual artistic depth, brilliant technique, and colorful tone in music of every era; violinist/violist Yura Lee, the winner of the only first prize awarded across the four categories in the 2013 ARD Music Competition in Munich, Germany; Ani Kavafian, a classical violinist and full professor at the Yale School of Music; cellist Mihai Marica, who won the first prize in the 2005 Irving M. Klein International String Competition; violinist Arnaud Sussmann, a multifaceted and compelling artist who has performed as soloist throughout the United States, Central America, Europe, and Asia; and one of the great viola players in the world, Nokuthula Ngwenyama. Full concert schedule as well as tickets may be purchased at the website or by calling the Phoenix Chamber Music Society., 602-252-0095

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Jeff Luttrell was only five years old when he became a superhero. Like all his favorite Marvel comic book heroes, he wasn’t trying to be different, but a twist of fate and a villain called “cancer” revealed his hidden strengths. For two decades, he’s continued to battle his nemesis, and he’s stayed strong, relying on his physical fortitude when he could, and his mental strength when he could not. Like all superheroes, Jeff can really never rest. At 25 years old, he’s in his seventh bout with cancer right now, a fight he’s determined to win. And with a league of fellow superheroes in the Children’s Cancer Network fighting behind him with all they’ve got, he’s got a great chance at winning yet another battle for his life. It was Jeff’s second day of kindergarten when he faced his first skirmish with the disease. His mom Patti took him to the doctor for a series of illnesses that didn’t seem to be getting better. Tests revealed Jeff had leukemia. The initial blow was a clear strike to Patti and her husband Steve, even before Jeff began a difficult sequence of treatments that left him weak, but appeared to work. With each victory the family celebrated, cancer came back with a sucker punch. By the time

Fighting for Life

Writer Amanda Christmann Larson


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he was in fifth grade, Jeff was in his fifth bout with cancer, and a bone marrow transplant was the only weapon left in his arsenal. The Make A Wish foundation entered the picture and helped Jeff create his dream: his own action figure called Razor, which still shows up on shelves at stores and Comic Con today. It was during that difficult time while he was lying in a Tucson hospital bed that his family began to realize their own power. In the room next door, another little girl lost her cancer battle. Her family had traveled to be near her in

her last moments, but the financial

that we wanted to talk directly to

strain of having a sick child had

the families, the nurses, the doctors

left them unable to pay for gas

and the social workers to find out

to get home. Jeff’s sister Jenny

what people needed.”

overheard their need and came to her parents with a plea. “We have

And so Children’s Cancer Network

to find a way to help,” she said.


“We have to do something.” The first need they identified was And that’s what they did.

for gas and food cards. Like the Luttrells, families of children with

On that fateful night, the Luttrells


and other families pitched in to

countless hours on the road and in









hotel rooms obtaining treatment and




visiting doctors. The financial burden

end there. Jenny had an idea

put on working parents, or on single

to hold a fashion show to start

parents, can be tremendous.



a fund for families enduring the financial




“When a child is diagnosed with





cancer, the first thing parents think

the healthiest of bank accounts.

is, ‘Is my child going to live?’”

That first year, they raised $7,000

explains Steve. “When they get to

and donated it to the Pediatric

the stage when they realize that



most kids do have a fairly decent

at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and

chance at survival, the next thing

University Medical Center.

they think is, ‘How am I going to




pay for this? Do I have to quit Every two hours, three U.S. children

my job? How do I get my child

are diagnosed with cancer. The

to treatment? Will this be covered

Luttrells wanted to be more than a

by my health insurance?’ There are

statistic. For perhaps the first time

so many questions that go through

since cancer stole the beautiful,

parents’ minds.”





lives, the Luttrells discovered there

Today, over a decade later, the


Children’s Cancer Network commits





proactively to fight back.

$35,000 each year to gas and food cards for families in need. Most

“It was a good feeling to give back

recently, the non-profit foundation

and help other families,” says Patti.

has also begun to distribute bus and

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hospital cafeteria passes through

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The next step for the Luttrells and Children’s Cancer Network was to implement a special program for families of children with cancer during the holidays. At a time when few families are able to focus on anything beyond survival, the smiles and tears of joy when families receive holiday gifts are emotional for everyone involved. The holiday program expanded to include back-to-school supplies for survivors and siblings. Then, when Patti and Steve learned that many area children with cancer do not have beds of their own, they added them to the list of needs they wanted to fill. Scholarships, too, became part of the opportunities Children’s Cancer Network began to provide, and some of the 76 scholarship recipients have used their honed strength to go on to make a difference in the lives of others who are walking all-too-familiar paths. The Luttrells soon realized there was a wide gap in services that provided for the emotional needs of survivors, parents and siblings. Cancer tears at every bond in the family, and no one understands that like other survivors. Children’s Cancer Network began implementing “It’s All About You” programs for every member of the family to provide targeted yet uplifting sessions for every member of the family. Self-care, which is often forgotten about during cancer crises, is the focus of each one of these body, mind, and spirit-lifting sessions. Today’s Adopt-A-Family, scholarship, and It’s All About You programs through Children’s Cancer Network address a multitude of financial and social needs for families who, more than any other time, need the warmth and caring of people who care and understand. Their new center in Chandler offers a bright, safe space where, for a few hours at a time, life happens outside of cancer. They allow families to focus on healing, and rebuild a “new normal” full of hope. Children’s Cancer Network has also dedicated funding to Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Molecular Medicine at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), where cutting-edge cures for childhood diseases are being developed.


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Pictured from left to right: Jenny, Patti Steve and Jeff Luttrell

The Luttrells have learned a few things, too. They’ve learned that their love for each other is more enduring than any disease, and they’ve learned that life is not for worrying about the future. Life, they say, is about being fearless, and they have learned they are strong. As for Jeff, he is still spreading hope, too. He’s a graphic design student, and although he’s recently endured more painful treatments, he is as courageous as ever. He has fought cancer seven times and won. “The one thing you’ve got to remember is to never give up,” he says, in true superhero fashion. “Keep on fighting and just keep going. Just know that things are going to be tough, but there are times it’s going to be a nice life, too.” The Grand Canyon University Run to Fight Children’s Cancer will take place March 8 at Grand Canyon University, 3300 W. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix. The event includes a 10K run, a 5K run/walk, and a survivor’s walk. There’s something for everyone in the family, from arts and crafts, music, jumping castles and more. Registration and packet pick-up information can be found online. Also, this year’s “Inspirations” Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held March 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. in Phoenix. Young survivors and their siblings take the spotlight in a fun and positive way at this signature event, and all funds go to Children’s Cancer Network programs. Information on registration, table sponsorships, model sponsorships and more can be found online. 602-717-9139

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Enjoy an artist reception and visit artist studios in Fountain Hills during the third annual Tour d’Artistes March 7, 8, and 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. This unique weekend event offers a chance to meet and view artwork of over 80 local artists and interact with them as they work,

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gaining insight into their processes and what inspires them to create. There will also be artists’ demonstrations, snacks and music at some venues and art work will be available for purchase, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, fiber and gourds. Kicking off the tour is an artist reception March 6 at Fountain Hills Artists Gallery. Sponsored by the Fountain Hills Art League, the self-guided tour of working studios and local galleries is available to those who purchase a Tour Passport Ticket, good for three days. A portion of the ticket price helps fund a scholarship for Fountain Hills art students, art programs at the Fountain Hills Boys and Girls Club, and Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. Passport tickets, which include the map/ticket and reception, cost $20 per person.


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Tickets can be purchased from art league members or at Gridley’s of Fountain Hills or Fountain Hills Artists Gallery, the location of the reception March 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception is open to all artists participating in the tour as well as ticket holders. Tickets can be purchased at the reception. Tour visitors whose passport has a stamp from all venues on the tour will be entered into a drawing to win one of four original artworks donated by artists. Stamped passports are turned in at the last venue visited. Well-known metal artist and owner of Kenworthy Custom Metal, Don Kenworthy and his wife Andrea are co-chairs for Tour d’Artistes this year. “The tour was started by Michelle Williams three years ago to raise money and to showcase Fountain Hills as a viable art community giving people a unique opportunity to visit artists at their studios and interact with them,” said Don. “Attendance was great last year on both days of the tour, so we added a third day this year.” More artists and studios are participating than in the past, with 80 artists and 16 venues. Four are art galleries and 12 are private studios being showcased. “Our hopes for this year’s tour is to introduce as many people as we can to all the wonderful artists in Fountain Hills, to raise more money to support and promote the arts in our community, and to help keep art alive in our charities,” said Don, who adds, “Each year we give scholarships to Fountain Hills High School seniors wishing to advance their studies in art.” Don Kenworthy is well-known in the area. Beginning his artistic career in Seattle, Washington 20 years ago, Don has been creating metal art and custom metal work for the residences around Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek and Fountain Hills since 2001. The Town of Fountain Hills recently purchased his sculpture called “Big Blue” and placed it in Fountain Hills’ world famous fountain.

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Don explained the background of “Big Blue”: “I started this piece back in 2009 as a commission piece for a client of mine. It was supposed to be an abstract representation of the great blue heron. As I researched more about blue herons I decided it needed to be more realistic in form to represent the majestic bird. This change led to increased costs and my client did not want to raise his budget for the project. I returned his deposit, packed up the half completed piece, placing it in the corner of my studio until the beginning of 2013 when, with no other projects going, I decided to finish it. As it was getting close to completion, my wife and I went for a walk around Fountain Lake, saw a blue heron sitting on the island and talked about how cool it would be to have the piece there. A few days later we were at the Fountain Hills Artists Gallery showing some pictures of him to a fellow artist, who suggested I present the piece to the town’s public art committee. I sent pictures to Sandi Thompson, public art chair, and the rest is history.” Don became interested in metal work as artistic expression when he was working for a small metal fabrication company in Seattle. He worked there for four years and then started his own business in 1994, doing custom metal work for high-end homes around Lake Washington and the greater Seattle area. He explained what helped him start to see himself as a professional artist and not just a welder/ fabricator. “When the designers and architects started calling me to help them with the designs for the metal work on their projects, I felt I had earned my place as an artist.” A real turning point came after one of the


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first jobs he did, a 7,000-squarefoot, three-story home on the waterfront of Mercer Island, where he fabricated and installed the 30-foot-tall structural steel frame for the home. He later returned to design the ornamental railings and metalwork for the finishing touches on the home. “When we finished, the house looked great and



used a picture of the entry rails in their advertising,” said Don. Don’s work, ranging in subject matter and scale, can be seen at Emerson Gallery and at his studio, Kenworthy Custom Metal, both on the tour, and, of course, “Big Blue” at Fountain Lake. Tour




intimate view of local artists at work, an opportunity to see and purchase a variety of artwork, while at the same time supporting the








through local charities. Tickets for the event can be purchased at Gridley’s of Fountain Hills, 16830 E. Avenue of the Fountains; at Fountain Hills Artists Gallery, 16858 E. Avenue of the Fountains, #103; from Fountain Hills Art League members, or through the arts league website. 480-234-1584 Mar ch 2014

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Square Writer Paula Theotocatos

In this age of peas-in-a-pod sameness of suburban development, it is a delight to stroll through historic neighborhoods of unique homes that give us a rare glimpse into the past. Phoenix has several residential areas dating back to the early 20th century that have been restored with love, cash and hard work. Stellar among these is Windsor Square, which was recently recognized by CNNMoney magazine as one of the “Best Big City Neighborhoods to Live In.” Phoenix magazine featured Windsor Square as one of the city’s “Hot Neighborhoods” because of its tree-shaded homes


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on winding streets, excellent schools and its access to light rail and nearby restaurants. Back in 1929 when the Windsor Square project was first announced, developers promised it would “stand out as one of the very finest home communities in the entire Southwest.” Bordered by Central Avenue and Seventh Street and Pasadena Avenue and Oregon Avenue, builders boasted of features like curbs, sidewalks, ornamental lights and landscaping in the 260-home now-historic district. Phoenix’s population was about 70,000 back then, and its trolley line ended at Thomas Street. On Sunday, March 30, you will have a chance to walk through Windsor Square on a self-guided walking tour that features 12 historic homes, beautiful gardens and a beer garden. Based at Central Avenue and Camelback Road, the event will also feature live music, fine arts and crafts from street vendors and delicious food from central Phoenix’s famous food trucks. Presented by the Windsor Square Neighborhood Association, the self-guided walking tour and festivities, which run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will give you an extraordinary look at the distinctive architectural styles. You might even pick up a decorating idea or two. Historic Home Tour committee chair and Windsor Square resident Jeffrey Long notes: “The residents of Windsor Square take great pride in their neighborhood, and every other year we open our doors to share the rich history of our north central Phoenix neighborhood with the public. This year’s will be one of our best tours yet with a wide variety of homes, a beer garden and a fantastic choice of street vendors featuring everything from food trucks to unique gifts and crafts to home improvement services.” Tickets will be available for purchase online in advance of the tour, as well as the day of the tour at Orange and 2nd Street, which is located one block east of Central Avenue and just north of Camelback Road. Free parking will be available and there will be a discount of $1 for attendees who show light rail tickets for the day. The cost is $15 for adults; children 12 and under are admitted free. 602-619-4444

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who rock Writer Tom Scanlon

The genre-bending Women Who Rock features outfits, hand-written lyrics, guitars and other artifacts from dozens of powerful female vocalists, covering a period from the early days of the blues to current pop. Perched like a security guard outside the exhibit is an ordinary-looking piano … not so ordinary, as exhibit notes explain this was Lady Gaga’s childhood piano. “She wrote her first song when she was five years old. Joan Jett rocks, and so does Mavis Staples. Pat Benatar is a rocker and so is Aretha Franklin. Madonna rocks, as did Ma Rainey, long before her. As the Musical Instrument Museum’s Women Who Rock exhibit shows, you don’t have to be a rocker to rock. This dynamic and thought-provoking exhibit will be on display through April 20. While the exhibit itself has plenty of recorded music, a Mavis Staples concert here March 12, and several other live performances, including Nicole Atkins March 8, and Storm Large April 17. In addition to a vibrant solo career, Mavis Staples sang with her father and siblings as the Staple Singers, the brilliant R&B/gospel crossover act that had a string of 1970s hits, including “Let’s Do It Again” and “I’ll Take You There,” a song that truly delivers on its promise. With a voice that seems like it just left church and is on the way to a blues bar, Mavis Staples is a perfect example of a non-rocker who just flat out rocks.


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It was called ‘Dollar Bills’ and was inspired by Pink Floyd’s ‘Money.’” Fitting, as Lady G would later make a lotta dollar bills, with her tours grossing an estimated half-billion dollars. The exhibit also features the “meat dress” Lady Gaga wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, the sexy bustier Madonna wore on her controversial Blonde Ambition Tour in 1990 and a diamante dress from Tina Turner’s Wildest Dreams Tour (1996). Over on the right wall are the Bob Mackie-designed dress Cher wore in her Half Breed era (1973), the skintight two-piece Britney Spears wore in 2000, and sexy Sheila E and Janet Jackson outfits. The emphasis is on fashion, yet this is hardly all glam and sizzle. To stimulate wide-ranging thought, there is a 1923 record from the powerful, influential Ma Rainey, as well as a somewhat jolting 1920s poster advertising “the world’s largest colored show.” Trailblazing women of color are prevalent in Women Who Rock, which features blues great Bessie Smith,

a poster for Billie Holiday’s just-out-

Museum in Cleveland. Here at the

of-jail 1948 concert at Carnegie Hall

MIM, more than 10,000 have visited

(ticket range, $1.20-3.60), Ruth Brown

the exhibit.

dresses from 1949 and 1988 and a copy of Mahalia Jackson’s “The


World’s Greatest Gospel Singer” 1954

contributions women have made, not


only to rock and roll per se, but more




broadly to popular music – primarily On the flip side, there is also plenty

American, yes – and to changes in

of pop, with Spears, Cyndi Lauper,

society from the late 1920s through

Christina Aguilera and a few other hit

the present day,” Strawn said. “Blues,


gospel, jazz, country music, rockabilly, Motown, soul, folk, disco, R&B, punk,

And if you’re looking for the women

new wave, hip hop, and pop all are

who really rocked, as in fire up the

represented as influences, extensions

electric guitars and jam, the exhibit

and contemporaries of rock music.”

flicks a metaphorical lighter to Kim Deal (set list from a 1986 Pixies concert),

As clothing is such a big part of the

Joan Jett (hand-written “Cherry Bomb”

exhibit in a museum that celebrates

lyrics from her Runaways days), Heart

musical instruments, Strawn explained,

(Nancy and Ann Wilson dresses, and

“Many of the artists represented in

Ann’s guitar), Pat Benatar and Chrissie

the exhibition have used clothing as


key elements of their performance aesthetics,





statements. In this way, the outfits

jacket and left-hooked by a Patti

have been part of the bigger picture

Smith mid-1970s outfit, faded baseball

of music making, as have musical

jacket, racing T-shirt and battered,

instruments and other relevant tools.”




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duct-taped army boots. Strawn’s favorite piece in the exhibit That rocks!







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greatest talents, and possessions of

Scottsdale exhibit, holds a Bachelor

hers are rare. The fox fur stole in the

of Music in Performance degree from

exhibition is a symbol of her success

the University of North Carolina at

despite the otherwise dark and difficult

Greensboro. He noted the Women

realities of her life.”

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Wild Holly Gallery Art for Your Body - Wild Holly Gallery Introduces its Wearable Art Collection Wild Holly Gallery in Carefree is proud to announce the opening of its Wearable Art Collection. The Wearable Art Collection features eclectic art from 92 different artists. The collection, which owner Holly Bergman calls ‘art for your body,’ includes the work of 25 new artists who utilize a variety of materials to create clothing, leather goods, jewelry, handbags, shawls, hats and just about anything else. For example, you may find an Art Norby sculpture with a Tess McGuire hand-felted hat perched on its head. The gallery is proud to announce the addition of Teri Jo Summer’s one-of-a-kind creations to the wearable art department. Teri Jo Summer has worked as an accessories and clothing designer for nearly 30 years. Her collections have been well received in fine stores and galleries throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe. Her body of work ranging from belts to bags to specialty clothing continues to evolve. As an animal lover, Teri is donating a portion of all her sales at the Wild Holly Gallery to Ms. Bergman’s second love, Foothills Animal Rescue in Scottsdale. The gallery even shows handmade alpaca dog coats! 480-595-8757 22 Easy St., Carefree


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Bridal and Formal Wear The Quintessential Bride and Formal Wear 18291 N. Pima Rd. A125 480-419-7755

Desert Foothills Community Association 480-488-4043

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Art Gallery Wild Holly Gallery 480-595-8757 22 Easy Street Carefree, AZ

College Paradise Valley Community College 602-493-2600

Artificial plants, flowers and succulent Arizona Silk Flower 480-991-0285 23425 N. Scottsdale Rd. Ste A-107

COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE Animal Control 602-506-7387

Automotive Sales AZ Used Care Factory 602-359-2539 Luxury Motorsports 855-497-3675 Sanderson Lincoln 602-375-7500 Beauty Studio C Salon 480-664-0602 Skin Care Merle Norman Cosmetics 480-948-1659 7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., B-125 Bike SHop Flat Tire Bike Shop 6149 E. Cave Creek Road 480-488-5261


Boutique Stefan Mann 3455 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite G10 480-488-3371

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Desert Awareness Committee 480-488-1090

Desert Foothills Community Education 480-575-2440 Desert Foothills Land Trust 480-488-6131 Desert Foothills Theater 480-488-1981 Foothills Community Foundation 480-488-1090 McDowell Sonoran Conservancy 480-998-7971

Community Loan Closet 480-488-8400

Newcomers Club of Scottsdale 480-990-1976

Foothills Animal Rescue 480-488-9890

Rotary Club 480-585-9157

Foothills Caring Corps 480-488-1105

Sonoran Arts League 480-575-6624

Foothills Food Bank 480-488-1145

Soroptimist International 480-522-6692

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YMCA 480-596-9622

Salvation Army 480-488-3590 St. Vincent de Paul Society 602-254-3338 COMMUNITY organizations American Legion Post No. 34 & Auxiliary 480-488-2669 Arizona Archaeological Society 480-595-9255 Arizona Musicfest 480-488-0806

Financial Planning Investments Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Pope Scanlon Team Glee Pope - 480-502-6072 Owen Scanlon - 480-922-7909 Summit Wealth Management 7202 E. Carefree Drive, Building 3, Suite 1 480-596-9222 Flooring Carefree Floors 480-515-9999

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Government/business Motor Vehicle Department 602-255-0072 Social Security 800-772-1213 Voter Registration 602-506-1511 Handyman Desert Foothills Handyman Service 602-540-9794 Hauling/Rubbish Removal Rubbish Works Local Junk Removal & Recycling 480-545-1220 Ext. 711 800-501-9324 Health care Cierra Medical Walk-In Care 480-575-0131 Desert Foothills Medical Center 480-488-9220

House Cleaning The Maids Scottsdale 602-923-4000

PEst control Paradise Pest Control 602-677-9780

Insurance Allstate Insurance Frank M. Schubert 480-515-6259

PET Supplies Pinnacle Horse & Pet 480-575-1242 6015 E. Cave Creek Road

State Farm Kyle Vanlandingham 480-515-4400 Landscape Design and Maintenance A Couple of Green Thumbs 6061 E. Cave Creek Road 480-488-2155 Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc. 480-595-0611 Library Appaloosa Library 480-312-7323

Mayo Clinic 480-515-6296

Desert Broom Library 602-262-4636

Mayo Hospital 480-585-6296

Desert Foothills Library 480-488-2286

Paradise Valley Hospital 602-923-5000 Scottsdale Healthcare 480-324-7000 7400 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy. 480-323-3000 90th St. & Shea Blvd. Home COntractor & Design New Legacy Building & Design 480-363-6713 Home Services Desert Lifestyle Management 480-907-4662 Plan B Home Services 602-540-7900

Photography Karen Sophia Photography 480-543-7526 Loralei Photography 602-795-0555 Plumbing Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 480-595-5330 Proskill Services 623-551-7473 Podiatry Westland Family Foot and Ankle Specialist 480-361-2500

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Pool Design/construction Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc. 480-595-0611

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Post office Scottsdale Post Office 7339 E. Williams Dr. 480-513-2935

Parks Cave Creek Regional Park 623-465-0431

Real Estate Jean Ransdell Russ Lyon Sotheby’s 480-294-3257

Gateway Desert Awareness 480-488-1400 Spur Cross Ranch 480-488-6601 Cave Creek Ranger 480-595-3300

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Restaurant English Rose Tea Room 480-488-4812 201 Easy St. Carefree, AZ Retirement Community The Heritage at Carefree 480-488-1622 SCHOOL Annunciation Catholic School 480-361-8234 Bella Vista Private School 480-575-6001 Black Mountain Elementary School 480-575-2100

The Scottsdale School 480-451-9442

Horseshoe Trails Elementary School 480-272-8500

Ventana Academic School 480-488-9362

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool 480-585-7000 Lone Mountain Elementary School 480-437-3000 McDowell Mtn Ranch KinderCare 480-538-0411

Career Success School 480-575-0075

Notre Dame Preparatory 480-634-8200

Copper Ridge School 480-484-1400

Our Lady of Joy Preschool 480-595-6409

Community Education Preschool 480-575-2072

Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain 602-493-2600

Desert Foothills Lutheran Preschool 480-585-8007

Pinnacle High School 602-449-4000

Desert Canyon Middle School 480-484-4600

Pinnacle Peak Elementary School 480-538-7120

Desert Sun Academy 480-575-2900 Desert Willow Elementary School 480-575-2800 DO Re Mi School of the Arts 480-451-8233 El Dorado Private School 480-502-6878 Foothills Academy 480-488-5583 Goddard School 480-437-1000


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Pope John XXIII Catholic School Community 480-905-0939 Quality Interactive Montessori School 480-575-5269 Scottsdale Christian Academy 602-992-5100 Scottsdale Preparatory Academy 480-776-1970 Sonoran Trails Middle School Main Line 480-272-8600 Attendance: 480-272-8604

Sheriff Sheriff’s Posse 602-876-1895 Shopping Cave Creek Candle & Gifts 6245 E. Cave Creek Road 480-488-7799 Finders Creekers 602-739-3494 6554 E. Cave Creek Road Las Tiendas 6140 E. Cave Creek Rd. Stefan Mann 3455 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite G10 480-488-3371 Technology Support Tech 4 Life 748 Easy Street #5 480-553-9171 Tire Repair C&R Tire 623-551-6255 Vacation Rental Homes Kobey’s Cozy Desert Oasis 602-359-2539 Water Softener & Filtration Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 480-595-5330 Proskill Services 623-551-7473

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Desert Foothills Lutheran Church 480-585-8007

North Scottsdale Christian 480-367-8182

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church 480-488-3384

North Ridge Community Church 480-515-4673

Desert Mission United Methodist Church 480-595-1814

North Valley Church of Christ 480-473-7611

Desert Valley Baptist Church 623-465-9461

Canyon Church of Christ 623-889-3388

Episcopal Church-The Nativity 480-307-9216

Carefree Highway Community Church 480-488-5565

First Baptist Church of Cave Creek 480-488-2958

Cave Creek Adventist Fellowship 602-663-1268

First Church of Christ Scientist 480-488-2665

Christ Anglican Episcopal Church 480-488-0525

Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church 480-488-3283

Christ the Lord Lutheran 480-488-2081

Highlands Church 480-348-9191

Church of Jesus Christ of LDS 480-488-3035

Light of the Desert Lutheran Church 480-563-5500

Congregation Or Chadash 480-342-8858 Coolwater Christian Church 480-585-5554 Covenant Community Church 480-419-0844 Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church 623-465-9461

Living Water Lutheran Church 480-473-8400 Lone Mountain Fellowship Church 480-818-5653 Mountain Valley Church 602-531-5432 New Covenant Lutheran Church 480-860-0169

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Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church 480-488-2229 Pinnacle Presbyterian Church 480-585-9448 Redeemer Lutheran Church 480-585-7002 Sanctuary Church 480-656-0081 Son Rise Community Church 480-502-2834 Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center 480-488-5218 St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church 480-661-9843 St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church 480-595-0883 St. Patrick’s Catholic Community Church 480-998-3843 Via de Cristo United Methodist Fellowship 480-515-4490

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Irish Soda Bread

Writer Jenn Korducki Krenn // Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, embrace the luck of the Irish and give friends and family a taste of this zesty soda bread. A staple at mealtime on the Emerald Isle, this crumbly, currantstudded loaf will conjure images of rolling green hills and cozy bed and breakfasts. Traditional Irish soda bread was made cheaply with flour, baking soda, soured milk and salt. Before baking, a cross was cut on top that was often said to ward off the devil and protect the household. Beyond the spiritual significance, however, is a practical explanation: slicing the dough helps the bread stretch and expand as it rises. It is best enjoyed freshly baked and warm.

Ingredients: 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for currants

Directions: Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

4 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut

Combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add butter and mix on low speed until butter is mixed into flour.

into 1/2-inch cubes 1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken

With a fork, lightly beat buttermilk, egg and orange zest together

1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten

in a measuring cup. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the

1 teaspoon grated orange zest 1 cup dried currants

buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Combine currants with 1 tablespoon of flour and mix into dough. It will be very wet. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf. Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan and lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. When you tap the loaf, it will have a hollow sound. Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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