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Meet the Hess Family


Sports :: BCHS Girls’ Basketball




Kung Fu Kids


Far From Home


Spirited Holiday Celebration


Road Tripping in Southwestern Colorado


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The Migration and Lives of the Hopi People


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welcome It was one year ago nearly to the day that I wrote that time is one of our greatest commodities. “How we spend it makes all the difference,” I said at the end of last December. I still believe that wholeheartedly, but reflecting back upon 2013, I realize there is more to that lesson I had yet to learn. Over the past 12 months, through unexpected challenges and some very special miracles, I have come to realize that it’s not simply the continued ticking of the clock that is so valuable, but rather it’s where we direct our attention and love during the time that we have with each other. Every day and every moment, we have an opportunity to choose what we focus on and how we want to treat each other. How often have we all made the needs of our children, our spouses, or others we love secondary to work or other responsibilities? This year, I have realized that there is nothing more important than appreciating the beauty and goodness around me. There is nothing more significant than making those who love me feel special, and to spend moments each day making sure they know how much they mean to me. I am not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I challenge each of us – including myself – to become more mindful of the people and things in life that bring us joy. Tell people how much you love them, and lift them up a little each day. As the days pass and the years go by, it will be these moments that are the most important, because love is really the greatest commodity. Shelly Spence Publisher, ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

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nyone who has connected at all with North Valley Christian Academy has been welcomed by

the sweet smile and warm spirit of Paula Hess. Along with her husband Campbell (“Cam”), she has become a fixture not only at North Valley Christian Academy and Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, but in the community as well. Their beautiful blended family has produced 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, but with Paula’s passion for TV crime shows and Cam’s love of shooting sports and fast cars (he proudly drives a Z06 Corvette) they are certainly not your stereotypical grandparents! Paula and Cam’s shared history began at a mid-Ohio steel plant where she was the hourly and salary payroll supervisor and Cam was supervisor of software systems. Cam said, “Problems with the steel plant’s computers were frequent occurrences of course, and she always received a ‘top priority,’ maybe even excuses from this computer department person for visits.”

Cam was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and after high school attended Allegheny Community College in the “Burgh,” and eventually Ohio University where he received a BSS (bachelor of specialized studies) in computer science in business management. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and gained experience relating to the “new” field of data processing. Cam said, “It was the beginning of a new era, with huge machines that required the separate wiring of removable boards and programming for each task. These were the days of huge stacks of punched cards waiting to be fed into the machines. It was always interesting to remove an entire tray of punched cards from a rack 24 inches high, holding thousands together, and inserting them into the machine. It sounds silly today, but I took pride in the job.” After the service, Cam held jobs in computer operations at a Pittsburgh bank and a local specialty steel company. He eventually moved to programming, systems analyst, and supervision of software positions. He was transferred to the Ohio plant and retired 31 years later at age 55, and has never regretted the decision.


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Best wishes and many blessings to all in 2014! Paula was born in Coshocton, Ohio and graduated

The freezing temperature and snow did nothing to cool

from River View High School, then attended classes at

their love for each other. They are still very much in love,

Muskingum Area Technical College and Ohio University.

and they delight in the fact that they are best friends

She began working at the steel plant in 1968 as a

who have complementary interests that make the time

clerk typist for the plant controller, and was eventually

they spend together enjoyable. They also respect each

promoted to payroll supervisor.

other’s private space, and give each other space for individual hobbies and interests.

She is thankful for the support and encouragement of her father, as there were limited career opportunities in her

They moved to Anthem in September 2001, just as the events

small farming community. It is what helped her to be able

of 9/11 took place, and have vivid memories of watching a

to retire after 30 years at the age of 48. She eventually

small TV with rabbit ears as the tragic event unfolded.

chose to come out of retirement in 2005 to become business manager for North Valley Christian Academy.

Even though they are technically empty nesters, the Hess’

She said, “I feel truly blessed to be part of the NVCA

are a vast extended family that includes Paula’s son Kurt

staff. I appreciate being able to spend each day with our

and daughter Keri, who both live in mid-Ohio, Cam’s

school families and students.”

daughter Lisa who lives in Glendale, and Tracy who lives in Pittsburgh – and then, of course, their legion of

Cam and Paula chose to move to Arizona at the urging of

little ones! They love spending their favorite holidays,

their daughter who encouraged them to do so, as well as a

Christmas and Easter, with family, but the myriad of

desire to leave the snow behind. It is no wonder why they

decisions and the logistics that come along with planning

were anxious to abandon Ohio’s snowy winters. On their

a visit around the holidays can be overwhelming!

scheduled wedding day 26 years ago Ohio got bombarded


with 8 inches of snow and the wedding had to be postponed

When they are together at home, Cam and Paula enjoy

for a couple of days! All of the visitors were stuck in the

the beautiful weather by sharing outdoor activities such

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out. When the temperature gets oppressive, they stay inside and watch forensic programs and crime TV shows, as well as follow racing, especially the Formula 1 and American Le Mans series. They dream of someday touring Italy together, or perhaps the French Riviera. The Hess family frequently opens up their home to welcome future church pastors and workers. Currently, a young Korean teacher, SumiLee (her American name is Esther) is staying with them. She is the chaperone for 11 Korean middle school international students from the Keystone Leadership Academy. They are spending 10 weeks at North Valley Christian Academy. The program is designed to expose them to a Christ-centered education as well as our American culture. North Valley Christian Academy is the only school in the North Valley with this unique international program. Sumi-Lee might not have expected to gain such an education for herself during her stay in Anthem. She loves Anthem because the weather is always calm with plenty of sunshine and no “rough” weather. She also looks forward to experiencing firsthand the lifestyle in other countries including France and Italy. Sumi-Lee was surprised by many geographical and cultural differences during her stay with the Hess family in Anthem. She referred to America as a “really big land” and was in awe of the nature around her. She said that everything is bigger and less expensive in America, including groceries such as ice cream, snacks, bread and milk. Mealtime differs too, as Koreans use spoons and chopsticks and eat soup and rice at every meal. “Americans tend to eat more for dinner, whereas Koreans have their larger meal at breakfast,” said Sumi-Lee. Many household differences also surprised Sumi-Lee, such as the fact that Americans wear shoes indoors, and heat the air indoors, whereas Koreans use a floor heating system called “Ondol.” Sumi-Lee said, “The indoor heater makes the air dry, but Ondol doesn’t.” She valued the time she spent with the Hess family, and she said, “Even though I lived here only 10 weeks, I made relationships with nice people while I was in NVCA with teachers and my homestay family.” The Hess family has a lot to be thankful for, including their religious family, their immediate family, friends, and the Anthem community that they have grown to call home. Best wishes and many blessings to all in 2014!


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BCHS Girls’ Basketball New eras are beginning in Boulder Creek basketball, for both the boys’ and girls’ teams. The Lady Jags will be without last year’s dominant force in the middle, 6-foot-3 center Sam Young, who has graduated and earned a scholarship to California State University Northridge. So how will Josiah McDaniel try to match – or better – last year’s 18-11, playoff-qualifying record? Without Young’s go-to presence in the post, and that intimidating defender, the Boulder Creek High girls’ basketball team will be smaller, faster and probably a good bit scrappier. Coach McDaniel was confident, as the season began: “I like our team, I think we have some really solid pieces to make for a successful season.” It helps that he has several experienced players returning, including one of the best athletes in the league, Darian Slaga. She led the team in scoring last year, averaging 13.4 points per game (Young averaged 12.5 points), even though she was hampered by ankle and wrist injuries. In the intrasquad scrimmage that served as a warm-up to the season, Slaga appeared to be the most poised, polished player on the court. A cool leader,


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she calmly bounces the ball upcourt with her head up, switching hands to dribble, firing crisp cross court passes, driving hard to the basket; given room, she drains a 3-point shot. Her plan is to go full steam ahead and help guide the team back to the playoffs; last season’s one-and-done appearance in the playoffs was disappointing, she said. “That was a rough game – I was playing with two bad wrists. … We definitely feel like we can go a lot further this year than the last few years. I have full faith we can.” The graceful athlete said the team spent the summer working on team-building and communication. “The Vanguard University retreat definitely helped us. We spent four days together and got to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. A lot of conversations definitely brought us closer.” Without the intimidating presence of a 6-foot-plus center, Slaga says the Lady Jaguars will speed up their game. Slaga plays point or shooting guard, and will be called on to hit the boards to try to help fill that big hole in the middle. As she begins her junior season, Slaga is hearing from colleges and is keeping her options open. “I’m not sure where I want to go, but I definitely plan on playing in college.” She hopes to be a physical therapist, and this year at B.C., she’s taking two advanced placement classes, pre-calculus and Spanish, as well as anatomy. Asked what she has learned from Coach McDaniel, Slaga said, “He’s definitely big on the way our attitudes are towards each other, and the way we communicate with each other and just encourage ourselves. He’s big on basketball not just as a sport, but about our character and the way we treat other people on and off the court.” As a powerful leader, she will be something of a mentor on the court, particularly when leading relatively inexperienced teammates. “Ever since my freshman year


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I’ve felt like a leader,” she said. “I think this year it’s going to be a much bigger change in the way I have to progress and the way I lead. I have faith I can do that and they can look up to me.” She said the intense play during the scrimmage was typical of how the Lady Jags have been coached. “From the first day of my freshman year, Coach emphasized mental toughness and to keep pushing each other.” Two days later, not only did she play on an injured ankle, she scored 19 points, leading Boulder Creek to a 55-40 win over Peoria. With Slaga averaging more than 20 points per game, the Lady Jags were off to a strong start early in the season. Key games in January will tell the story of how far this year’s smaller, faster team can advance.

BCHS boys Basketball The Boulder Creek boys’ basketball team has a new coach: Ryne Holstrom. Raised near Portland, Holstrom played basketball and football in high school before focusing on football at Northern Arizona University. At 6-foot-6, 300plus pounds, the offensive lineman played a few years of pro football in the Arena Football League and Canadian Football League,

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before giving up his NFL dreams to focus on teaching

team in Division 1 with all new runners is pretty much

(biology) and coaching.

unheard of,” noted Coach Andrea Williams. The top boys’ cross country runners were Alex Tomaso, Braden

He takes over the coaching position vacated by Randy

Weiler, Mason Schirm, Daniel Lozano, Robert Gladding,

Walker, who led the Jaguars to several strong seasons

Kyler Gates, Allen Clarke and Jake Copeland.

and state tournament appearances before dropping to 11-14 last year.

The girls’ team narrowly missed qualifying for the state competition, with Lauren Potter, Dani Ahern, Bella Mejia,

Holstrom has his work cut out for him, as the team’s

Rachel Davis, Katie Engelhardt, Brooke Weiler and

top three scorers last season have all graduated. The

Natalie Boates all running well at the state qualifier.

top returning scorer is senior Kennedy McGrath, who

Williams is high on this batch of girls: “Our team

will be called on to lead a young team.

is very young and has a very bright future. All the

BCHS cross country

coaches are very excited about it.”

A young Boulder Creek boys’ cross country team finished 19th in the state. “Finishing Top 20 as a


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Our Community SCA Coach Fredericks Recognized by USAToday

Scottsdale Christian Academy’s varsity boys’ basketball coach

Bob Fredericks has been selected as one of USAToday’s nominees for National Basketball Coach of the year. Coach Fredericks has been coaching at SCA for 29 years and has a long list of accolades. He has a 629-204 coaching record and was named National Federation of High Schools Coach of the Year (2000), National Christian School Athletic Association Coach of the Year (2006), National High School Athletic Coaches Association District Coach of the Year and Finalist for National Coach of the Year (2012), nine-time State Coach of the Year by a variety of highly regarded newspapers and organizations, and has five state championship titles from 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2010. ImagesAZ congratulates Coach Fredericks for his long list of accomplishments, and his outstanding career.

Curves Partners with Jillian Michaels Curves, the largest chain of fitness centers for women in the world, has teamed up with America’s health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels to launch Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels. These cuttingedge total body workouts feature the Curves circuit strength training machines in conjunction with functional body weight-based exercises that ramp up metabolism and transform physique. The workouts boost intensity, build strength, burn fat and prevent plateaus. “I am so thrilled to be partnered with Curves to provide women with the tools necessary to take control of their health,” said Michaels. “Curves is everywhere, so now my program is accessible, effective and affordable.” Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels are designed for women at every fitness level and include simple modifications for each movement. Metabolic conditioning exercises will be done in between each strength machine within the Curves Circuit, all within a 30-minute class. Curves coaches have been trained to deliver the moves and are in every circuit to ensure safety and effectiveness. Also available at Curves Clubs is Curves Complete. With Curves Complete, women have a fully integrated, personalized weight loss and weight management solution that includes the Curves fitness program (30 minute circuit with a coach), a customizable meal plan and one-onone coaching and support. Curves in Anthem is located at 42302 N. Vision Way, Ste. 115. 623-551-5100

The Henry Brings Timeless American Cuisine to Phoenix A true neighborhood restaurant is now open in Phoenix. The Henry, an American brasserie, at 4455 E. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix, positioned


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office is the 15th concept created by the Fox family of restaurants in the past 15 years. The Henry will serve lunch and dinner Monday through Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekends; and will feature a full coffee bar and larder open daily at 6:30 a.m. serving breakfast and lunch items with a convenient pickup window for coffee, pastries and more. The menu will feature made-from-scratch American fare that is both comfortable and refined. A variety of meats will be cured in-house and pastries will be hand-rolled and baked fresh each morning. The centerpiece of the open kitchen is a wood-burning grill. The dining area of the restaurant offers inspiring views of Camelback Mountain, a true attribute of the Arcadia neighborhood. The warm interior is adorned with rich evergreen banquettes, navy and gold-studded walls and a mix of modern and industrial décor that will make guests feel like they have a place in the neighborhood. “The Henry was designed to be inviting to families enjoying a night out, professionals wanting to meet for lunch or unwind after work, and friends who need a place to catch up,” said Fox Restaurant Concepts founder Sam Fox. “We want to offer comfortable food paired with hospitality and gratitude for choosing to spend time at The Henry.”

Scottsdale Christian Academy Basketball Team Helps Families in Need The Scottsdale Christian Academy (SCA) boys’ varsity basketball team participated in a project to help families in need, traveling to Cottonwood, AZ for a special outreach weekend. After spending the night at a cabin outside of Prescott and enjoying eight inches of fresh snow in the pines, SCA seniors led an all-team church service at one of the local churches. After the service, the team spent two and a half hours separating food products donated to a Prescott area food bank. The team boxed up more than 100 boxes to aid families in the Prescott area. Additionally, the team donated 20 turkeys to the food drive for families. SCA is known for extensive ministry work around the state, country, and even in foreign countries.

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Foothills Food Bank Provides Snacks for Hungry Children Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is helping hungry children in the Cave Creek Unified School District by providing special snack packs. The Snack Pack program provides 102 children with nutritionistrecommended meals every weekend. Each pack includes a breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as two snacks for Saturday and Sunday. The meals are assembled by volunteers and delivered to the schools on Fridays in donated plastic bags. Children who receive snack packs participate in the Federal School Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Approximately 11 percent of families in the northern foothills school district qualify for the Snack Pack Program. The Cave Creek food bank program costs a little more than $5 per child each week. The program, which is funded by a federal grant and donations, is offered in seven elementary and middle schools. Soon, it also will be offered to high school students.

ACC 15th Anniversary Logo Contest Winners Announced The Anthem Community Council (ACC) is proud to announce the winners of the Anthem 15th Anniversary Celebration Committee’s art logo contest. Grand prize winner Lindsay Boggs, art teacher at Anthem School, received $150 for her design. First place People’s Choice winners Ellie Crampton (Level One; 5 yrs. and under), Abby Maxwell (Level Two; ages 6-10), Jazney Moss (Level Three; ages 11-18), and Krystal Carman (Level Four; ages 19+) received gift cards provided by Anthem Travel. Boggs’ grand prize-winning logo, selected by a volunteer committee, will be placed as the centerpiece for a commemorative quilt which will be displayed in the new Anthem Civic Building and used on select 15th Anniversary promotional and marketing materials throughout the year-long celebration. October 26 and 27, more than 700 Autumnfest attendees filled out ballots to select their favorite logos for the People’s Choice awards, presented in four different age categories. Earlier this year, Anthem residents of all ages, as well as non-resident Anthem business owners/ employees, and all students attending Anthem schools were invited to participate in the contest. The logo contest kicks off a series of 15th Anniversary activities being planned throughout 2014, starting with the grand opening celebration of the new Anthem Civic Building Jan. 25.


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Scottsdale Christian Academy Sends Shoes around World Scottsdale Christian Academy students participated in a school-wide service project for Operation Christmas Child. Students in preschool through 12th grade had a week and a half to collect new items to put into the shoe boxes, which were sent across the world and opened Christmas Day. Nearly 850 shoe boxes were packaged for needy children. Students followed their specific box using an online tracking system. Scottsdale Christian Academy has participated in Operation Christmas Child for more than 10 years and is honored to be a part of it again this year. The program is run through Samaritan’s Purse, a non-denominational evangelical Christian organization, providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.

PVCC Earns HOSA National Chapter Status Paradise Valley Community College recently inaugurated the first slate of officers in the college’s newly-established Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Future Health Professionals chapter. PVCC is just the second community college in Arizona to earn official chapter status in the national organization, and is the first of the Maricopa County Community College District institutions to do so. The founding chapter officers are: Jake McElearney, president Felipe Santoyo Cuellar, vice president Emily Hanka, secretary Mike Day, treasurer HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, and collegiate students enrolled in health career programs. HOSA at PVCC is under the guidance of Arizona HOSA (AzHOSA) and supports the organization’s mission to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. The PVCC chapter sponsors the HOSA Distinguished Speakers Series, which brings noted health care visionaries to campus to share their insights about compelling issues and the future of health care. All events are free and open to the public. Future chapter projects include senior holiday visits; participation in HopeFest and Relay for Life; professional development workshops; and support of the college’s summer Explore Health Careers Academy for Grades 6-12, and summer STEM Boot Camp. 602-787-6693 J an uary 2014


January 7, 14, 21 Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes Young Rembrandts art classes are a wonderful way to develop creativity and fine motor skills. Anthem Community Center will host two different Young Rembrandts drawing classes, Young Rembrandts for Mommy & Me, and Young Rembrandts Rising Artists, Jan. 7, 14, and 21. Young Rembrandts for Mommy & Me – or Daddy, grandparents or anyone who wants to have drawing fun with a preschooler – is for preschoolers ages three and four. Children will learn basic shapes and develop fine motor skills. Since children this age are just learning how to hold a pencil and understand instructions, a parent is on hand to give them some help. Parents will draw along with their child. Classes begin at 9 a.m. on each designated Tuesday and last 45 minutes. Cost is $35 for Anthem residents for all three classes. There is an additional fee for non-residents. A late fee of $5 will be added if attendees are not registered at least five days before class begins. All materials are included. Parents with a three- or four-year-old and a fiveyear-old may enroll the five-year-old in this class. Space is limited, sign up early! Young Rembrandts Rising Artists is for four- and five-year-olds. Young children are eager to learn but still need help in developing drawing skills. Children will work on basic shapes and then be guided on a simple drawing. Each lesson features delightful subject matter that is appropriate for young children. This class helps children with kindergarten readiness skills including fine motor and time on task. Your child will think it’s all about fun. Classes begin at 10 a.m. on designated Tuesdays. The fee is $35 for Anthem residents; non-residents will be assessed an additional charge. Sign up on or before January 2 to avoid additional $5 charge. All materials provided. Six-year-olds are welcome to attend with siblings. Space is limited, sign up early! Registration is available at the Community Center at 41130 N. Freedom Way in Anthem, or online. 602-955-3729


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January 8 Archaeological Society Hosts Hopi History Lecture Imagine life without our modern means of communication: no Smartphones, Internet, television or printed media. Next, remove written language as a further means of communication. The impact on culture and society is rather dramatic. The oral traditions developed prior to modern communication and held closely by the Hopi tribe are still important today, and their legacy continues. Eric Polingyouma carries a heavy burden of responsibility. As the last of the highly respected Blue Bird clan, he is responsible for carrying on Hopi oral histories and an evolving migration story. Eric does this task during a time with modern communication distractions, realizing that simply writing a story makes a story inflexible over time. He spent a large portion of his life examining and discovering migration paths from areas near or around Guatemala and Oaxaca, seeking shared symbolic traditions or possible Hopi clan symbols during his travels. Eric is director of the Hopi Migration Project, a program that brings the oral tradition of the Hopi to a general audience. His son Lance will one day be responsible for carrying on his mission. Lance Polingyouma is the project recorder for the Hopi Migration Project. One of his tasks is translating oral histories into a more tangible format. Lance’s involvement with this project extends 20 years. A member of the Hopi Sun clan, Lance studied anthropology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and archaeology at Arizona State University. He currently works at the Heard Museum. Eric and Lance will present some of this oral history at the Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter meeting Jan. 8. The meeting is open to the public, and there is no charge. Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m., and the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in the community room at Good Shepard of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek.

Local artist Renee Palmer-Jones has been recognized by the national society of Daughters of the American Revolution as the recipient of the American Heritage Committee’s Women in Arts Award. This prestigious

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The Anthem Veterans Memorial was designated with an historic marker by the Arizona Historical Society in 2012. In addition to the memorial, Palmer-Jones’ artistic talents extend to beautiful abstract paintings, contemporary realism, and life-like portraits. She currently teaches oil painting for adults through structured workshops in the area. She also serves on non-profit boards and committees. Palmer-Jones will be the featured speaker at the Ocotillo Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution meeting and program Jan. 11 at 9:35 a.m. in the Outlets at Anthem Community Room, Suite 435. Meetings are open to non-members. 623-551-3764

January 11, 12 MTA Auditions for Three Youth Productions Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces auditions for their upcoming musical productions of Disney’s “Cinderella Kids” for ages 6 to 9, “Freckleface Strawberry” for ages 10 to 12, and “42nd Street” for ages 13 to 19. Auditions for all three will be held Jan. 11 and 12 at MTA in Anthem. The award-winning theater will cast all who audition. All vocal auditions will be held Jan. 11, with “Cinderella Kids” at 10 a.m.; “Freckleface Strawberry” at 12:30 p.m.; and “42nd Street” at 3 p.m. The dance call for “42nd Street” will be held at 4 p.m. Jan. 11 (bring tap shoes), with dance callbacks Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. and vocal and acting callbacks at 6:30 p.m. The dance call for “Cinderella KIDS” will be Jan. 12 at 10 a.m., with callbacks at 11:30 a.m. The dance call for “Freckleface Strawberry” will be held Jan. 12 at 2 p.m., with callbacks at 3:30 p.m. Auditions, callbacks, and rehearsals will be held at MTA’s performance space at 42323 N. Vision Way in Anthem. Those auditioning should prepare a musical theater song, 16-32 bars or one minute in length. Bring an accompaniment CD or iPod to sing with; you may also sing a capella if needed. Please have your registration materials (available on the website) completed prior to coming to the audition. If you are unable to make the scheduled audition time, please contact for an alternate appointment time. Audition preparation workshops will be held for all three shows by their respective directors Jan. 9 and 10. During these 90-minute sessions, participants will be instructed on cold reads, acting technique, characterization and more. Workshop participants will get to audition 30 minutes prior to the general audition time. The cost of each audition prep group session is just $35 per participant. Space is limited.

January 12 American Idol David Cook at the MIM Join one of America’s favorites, David Cook, Jan. 12 at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo in Phoenix at 7 p.m. The rock singersongwriter rose to fame after winning the seventh season of “American Idol.”


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This talented rocker with fiery vocals and searing songwriting skills has entered an exciting new chapter marked by a newfound creative freedom and maturity. In the wake of American Idol, Cook endured an emotional rollercoaster marked by career highs mixed with the devastating personal tragedy of losing his beloved brother Adam to brain cancer. He is currently working on his 11th album, the follow-up to his wildly popular “This Loud Morning� release. Tickets are $32.50 - $37.50 and are available online. 480-478-6000

January 16 Anthem Young Professionals to Hold Inaugural Meeting Area professionals between the ages of 21 and 39 are invited to attend the first Anthem Young Professionals Group meeting to be held Jan. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ocho Locos, 3655 W. Anthem Way in the Safeway shopping center. The group will hold events on the third Thursday of each month to socialize, network and get involved in the community and with local charities.

January 20 Josh Ritter at the MIM Recognized for honest lyrics that sing like a dream and a distinctive Americana style, singer-songwriter and guitarist Josh Ritter transports listeners into his musical world and tells a story with every song. Ritter will share his musical talent at the Musical Instrument Museum Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. Often performing and recording with the Royal City Band, Ritter has a loyal fan base who love his folk-leaning, Bob Dylan- and Leonard


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Cohen-inspired style. Joined by Gregory Alan Isakov, who has been buzzing in the ears of folk-music lovers everywhere, the duo is sure to provide a mellow and melodic evening. Tickets are $42.50 - $47.50. The MIM is located at 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix. 480-478-6000

January 24–26 3rd Annual Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival Magic Bird Festivals will host the 3rd Annual Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 24 through Jan. 26 in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion at the Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St. in Carefree. Admission is free. The event hosts 100 distinguished artists whose creations celebrate Native American culture and artisanship, as well as music and dance performers from across the region. Many of the invited artists are recognized under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 which validates the authenticity of the exhibitors. This year’s feature performer is world-champion hoop dancer, Brian Hammill of Native Spirit Productions. Native Spirit is a cultural entertainment company that represents tribal nations throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, world-champion hoop dancer Moontee Sinquah will also be in attendance. Moontee specializes in traditional Hopi songs and dances. Spectators can view the live entertainment in the open air Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. A Native American and Southwestern Culinary Food Court will serve savory festival fare. Over 10,000 visitors are expected to attend. The Indian Marketplace will feature handcrafted beadwork and jewelry. Sculptures and paintings will also be available for purchase, as well as handmade Native American musical instruments. 480-488-2014 J an uary 2014


Music is, almost by definition, a form of entertainment. Yet there are some who believe it is a powerful, positive force. While a perky song you like might snap you out of a brief funk, those who are using


music as therapy say rhythms can be “healers” that are far more effective than pharmaceuticals. As usual, the Musical Instrument Museum has plenty going on in January, with diverse entertainers such as intense singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin (January 22 and 23), fast-rising English band The Dunwells (January 30), American Idol winner David Cook (January 12), Grammy-nominated bluegrass band The Grascals (January 16), Americana singer Josh Ritter (January 20, with Gregory Alan Isakov) and Steve Gadd, drummer on Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” and Steely Dan’s “Aja.” Then there is what may be one of the more outof-the-box events put on by the always-progressive MIM: “Music and Dementia: Hitting the Right Note” Tuesday, January 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The folks behind this are an interesting duo: Frank Thompson of AZ Rhythm Connection and Dr. Maribeth Gallagher, director of Hospice of the Valley’s dementia program. She will speak about “the role of music in dementia care and how to use music to optimize the well-being of persons with dementia as well as their caregivers.” Gallagher has personal experience on both fronts, as a former professional singer and caregiver for a loved one with dementia. The like-minded Thompson has a great deal of experience in exploring music not just as an audience-pleaser,





“Entertainment is the least of it,” Thompson said. Writer Tom Scanlon

“Music is always entertaining and engaging, but it’s always healthful too. …Our fundamental technique is to use group drumming to create a safe and welcome space for participants to easily and joyfully


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join in together to make rhythm and

events including Irish Bodran, East

sing songs,” explains Thompson, a

Indian Tabla and West African Djembe.”

north Scottsdale resident.

An Arizona State University adjunct faculty








group music and rhythm experiences

has been around for a dozen years,

at the Music Therapy Clinic at ASU’s

always with a higher purpose that

School of Music.

simply jamming. “We have been making community music with dementia care

Though AZ Rhythm Connection does

and cancer patients since our beginning,”

regular performances in Fountain Hills,

says Thompson. “We provide community

Paradise Valley, Phoenix and Scottsdale,

music making with many populations

Thompson pleads not to think of

and underserved groups.”

them as traditional sit-there-and-listen experiences. “We don’t do any ‘shows,’

Thompson started his musical journey

that would be entertainment. We do a

as a singer in San Diego, then found

variety of health rhythms protocols –


not just for dementia, but for stress





founded a rhythm and drum circle


called “Classic Moment Entertainment” in






African/Caribbean beats.





music with cancer patients, adults with mental health issues, folks dealing with

Since coming to Arizona, he has

holiday stress or just fun-loving kids,



Thompson says the “connection” in

about using music to help people

his group’s name is key. “Our world is

with dementia and other populations

about community events.” He gives a



laugh, then provides self-commentary:

“It’s really positive. There’s a lot of

“Every other word you hear out of me is

literature and research out there –

community, community, community – but

I’m not a researcher, but there’s a

it’s really connecting people musically.”





lot of documentation that shows the positive impact, sometimes music is

Part of that connection is to form a

an anchor that brings them back to

non-judgmental setting; so, if you get

reality,” he said. “It often opens a

involved in one of his participatory non-

gateway -- ways of communicating

shows, don’t be afraid when the drum

that you didn’t have before.”

comes your way. “It doesn’t matter how well anyone plays, whatever music

Thompson has been a teaching artist

comes out of it is the right music.

at the MIM since it opened. “As a MIM artist, I have led many community

“It’s always in the moment music.”

and culturally specific group drumming

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Anthem: Kung Fu kids

Writer Tom Scanlon


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Cue the old disco era hit:

“Everybody was kung fu fighting (huh!) Those cats were fast as lightning (haw!) In fact it was a little bit frightening ...

Did you know Anthem is becoming the kung fu capital of Arizona? At the recent United States Karate Alliance (USKA) Arizona State Championship tournament, students from Anthem’s School of Tao Chi Kung Fu took home more trophies and ribbons than any other Arizona martial arts school. It all starts at the Anthem Community Center gym, which on Monday and Wednesday evenings is the scene for quite a show: The Tao Chi Kung Fu students, ranging in age from 6 to 47, wearing traditional black Shaolin kung fu uniforms, engage in tough, vigorous workouts that teach skill and discipline. The training is paying off. Of the 15 Anthem students who competed at the tournament, 13 placed in the top four of their age groups, each gaining a chance to compete at the National USKA Championships. The Anthem school had four first-place finishers, and four seconds. “I was certainly pleased and surprised,” said Franklin Wood, the grandmaster abbot who is the Anthem group’s sifu, or instructor. “But these kids have practiced really, really hard. Especially in the last two months. The tournament before that they did really well but I wanted them to perfect their skills. They learned a form that was really intricate and has a lot of challenges. They met the challenge. I was pleasantly surprised, and so were the judges.” Sanya Shah who, at 6 years old, is the youngest of the Anthem group, won a first place award, as did sibling Samme Shah, 9 years old; Carson Gillespie, also 9; Aiden Bundy, 10; Kyla Hymas, 14; Christian Scarlatescu, 37 years old; and Mike Gillespie, 47 years old. Second place finishers were Keane Gillespie, 7 years old; Trevor Kimball, 11; Sheldon Garde, 16; and Dan Kimball, 47.

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Meaghan D’Arcy, 10, finished third and Erika Allen, 12, qualified for the national event with a fourth place finish. After a regional competition in late January, the next big step for the Anthem kung fu team is the national championships in Las Vegas in March. Wood is a Taoist abbot, and teaches the traditional Shaolin style of kung fu, assisted by Mike Gillespie.

Both have

spent many hours in and outside of formal classes helping the students refine their competitive forms. Wood, 61, is a retired counselor who moved to Anthem from Alaska 14 years ago. Since then, he has made an impact teaching kung fu to kids. “A lot of my kids, their parents put them in the class because they’re having difficulties or have special needs. A lot of them have ADD or ADHD,” Wood says. His method is “to help them a lot with their self esteem, their courage and confidence, as well as athletic ability, grace and respect for themselves and others.” He chuckles, reflecting on the many letters and appreciative comments he has heard over the years. “A lot of parents thought their kids didn’t have capacity to compete in athletics, much less win something!” One of the many amazed parents is Molly Kimball, mother of Trevor, who has been in the class for over a year. The intense


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competition of a few recent tournaments has brought the students and their families closer together, she says. “Until the September tournament rolled around, I knew a few of the other parents, but for the most part we sat on the sidelines and caught up on our email or read books during the class. At this point, we are a solidly bonded group of parents. “Many of us are developing strong friendships outside of the class, as are our kids. And the impact on the kids is hard to overstate. I believe many of the kids started the class because their parents wanted them to learn discipline and focus.” Students learn kung fu form, including increasingly difficult fighting stances, often mixing in cartwheels and other acrobatic moves. While there is much to learn, the class is not entirely intense. “The beauty of Tao Sifu’s teaching style is that he allows for a lot of fun and play in the class,” says Molly Kimball. “He believes in the primary importance of kids being able to play and relax, and that working out should be fun. But when it’s time for business, he doesn’t need to do much more than give a stern look, and everyone lines up and works hard.” The Anthem school was a bit of an underdog in the martial arts tournament, as all the other schools were practitioners of karate. But the kung fu kids (and adults) impressed the judges with their skills and spirit. Naturally, Molly is glowing over her son’s state runner-up finish. But she is proud of the other kids, particularly the youngest “warrior.” At a previous tournament, young Sanya Shah did not finish high enough to win a trophy. “She worked incredibly hard,” says Molly. She and the other parents anxiously awaited the 6-year-old girl finishers, announced in reverse order. Fourth, third and second places were announced – no Sanya. “Then they called her forward for first, and it was like the sun came through the clouds. I know a lot of us shed some tears. Which brings us to the ‘community building’ aspect of this whole thing.” So it is quite fitting that this community has been built right here, at the Anthem Community Center.

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Learning All-Day at DVUSD

Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

During the November 26 Deer Valley Unified School District

The leadership at DVUSD is excited about this step forward

governing board meeting, members voted to adopt a new

for the district. Superintendent Dr. James R. Veitenheimer

district calendar for next year and bring back free full-day

said, “DVUSD is proud to offer free full-day kindergarten

kindergarten. Implementation is set for the 2014-15 school

and two new preschool programs, which include a gifted

year with an absolute priority to not increase class sizes.

program and a Mandarin Chinese language immersion

The district presented the board with a proposal of options

program beginning in the 2014-15 school year. We are now

that would fund the program.

accepting student registration in order to staff accordingly for next year.

It is the general consensus that full-day kindergarten is a very positive option for young minds. Researchers have

“I believe these opportunities will increase student achievement



and better prepare students for the first grade. DVUSD wants

academic success for many decades, and findings have

to ensure that children are provided with the tools necessary



to develop strong academic, social and emotional skills. Help

enrolled in all-day kindergarten. In fact, one study found that

us spread the word about the great news and we encourage

participation in all-day kindergarten was related positively to

parents to contact our schools for a tour!�


effects shown







on all

subsequent school performance. Children who attended allday kindergarten scored higher on standardized tests, had fewer grade retentions and had fewer Chapter 1 placements.


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BCHS Band:

Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

The Mighty Maestros


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Superior with Distinction The bus, packed from front to back, side-to-side with BCHS band members, their equipment and instruments, chugged up the mountain on its way to Northern Arizona University, where the band would face a daunting competition as new Division One competitors. They were prepared, though, in every sense of the word. For weeks, in addition to attending regular band classes during the day, they attended regularly scheduled practice sessions at night, and on weekends as well. They even left the Valley en route to NAU hours earlier than necessary to leave enough time for extra practice and preparation. As new Division One members, band members’ confidence was a bit shaken. Director of bands James O’Halloran said, “This year has been a trying one for the band. Because of the recent growth of the program, BCHS has found itself competing in the Division One bracket during the marching season. The total number of performers on the field determines division placement. The minimum number for Division One is 95 members; BCHS has 97. “The Division One bracket means that we are competing with programs twice our size and who have won state titles. The size difference made it seem like David going to fight the giant. Several discussions were had to assure the players that it was the quality of the group, and not the size, that would lead us to success.” Sadly, on the way to “fight the giant,” the bus broke down just an hour outside of Flagstaff. Even with all the preparation and confidence in the world, not much could be done about this quandary. With an estimated two- to three-hour wait time before another bus could make it there, all might have been lost had they not left Anthem so early. They were soon on their way to the competition, albeit with 20 minutes to practice and prepare before competition, rather than the two hours they had planned on. One would assume that, by now their spirit would be lower than a snake’s belly. Instead, the BCHS band played their hearts out. They were understandably nervous, but hopeful. The band members were tense during the awards ceremony.

All of the other bands

were given their awards, but Boulder Creek had yet to be announced. The band was finally awarded the “Superior with Distinction” rating for their efforts.

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O’Halloran said, “We were the only group during the

Under the current structure, the Jaguar Pride Band

entire day out of 36 total bands who received this

program consists of six K-8 feeder schools and one

honor. ‘Superior with Distinction’ is the highest award

K-6 school. The high school program consists of three

that a band can receive during a competition.

concert band ensembles, several pep bands and many other student-led chamber ensembles. The marching

“The band was overjoyed about their accomplishment,

band is a co-curricular organization that consists of

and the light bulb had finally gone off: it’s not about

all ninth through 12th grade band members. Jaguar

the size of the band, it’s about the level of execution

Pride meets after school for rehearsals and performs

in the field show that counts!”

at home and away football games as well as various regional and state marching band contests.

The Boulder Creek Jaguar Pride program was founded


in 2004 and, over the past nine years, has developed

The band has received its share of awards, in addition

a tradition of musical excellence. The program has

to their win at NAU. The Pride was named the recipient

been, and remains, a work-in-progress.

of the Arizona State Coach Flemming Award in 2012,

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and has been a participant in the ABODA state championships twice, placing fifth in the 2012 season. The school band program also has produced several regional and all-state musicians in the last sixth years, including the top tuba player in the state for the last two years. The band was even asked to perform at this year’s Fiesta Bowl Parade in downtown Phoenix December 28. The parade will be broadcast by several local television outlets. The Wind Ensemble (their toplevel concert band) has also been invited to perform at the Tempe Center for the Arts February 26, 2014. The band’s marching season culminated with the state competition where they received an “Excellent” and missed a top ten finish by a mere 1.8 points. Although the band did not quite make the top ten, their performance placed them above many of the state bands that are larger in size and who have competed in this division for several years. Director Halloran said, “The band proved that it is not the size of the band that matters, it is the quality of the performance that matters most in the end. I’m very proud

of the

band’s accomplishments this season and I am eagerly looking forward to next marching season!” There are quite a few ways the community can support this exciting group. The first is by supporting fundraisers such as the annual community garage sale in the BCHS parking lot and their sale of advance screening tickets to the movies. The second, and probably best option, is to attend any one of their performances throughout the year. They perform as a marching band during every home game and hold various concerts during the year. Every concert starts at 7 p.m. in the BCHS auditorium and is free of charge. Remaining concert dates are: March 4, 5, and 6, and May 8. Come out to support your local band and see what everyone else in the state already knows: David can fight the giant, win, and make beautiful music while doing it!

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Far From Home Writer Amanda Christmann Larson

The most striking thing about the dark-haired group of teachers gathered around a table in the North Valley Regional Library is the diversity. Sure, they’re all Chinese, but this group of educators represents a variety of ages and interests, and their personalities are clearly different. Some, like fashion-savvy Katy Wang, are more hipster-mod. Others, like new momto-be Sophie Zhao, are rooted in the family life that Anthem seems to represent so well. As they talk about their experiences in Anthem, it’s evident there are even more differences. Seren Jo, a city girl at heart, has struggled to cope with the quiet evenings in Anthem, while Wenjie Fang, the group’s only male, has bonded well with his host family, sharing culture through cooking and other activities. Some are outgoing while some are shy. They represent the same span in temperament and interests as any random sampling of American teachers would, not surprising considering their diverse backgrounds in a home country of over 1.35 billion people. What they do all share are their adventurous spirits, and no matter how well they are coping, they are all far from home, submitting to the challenges and rewards of life thousands of miles from their families and all things familiar. They’ve all decided to dedicate themselves to teaching Gavilan Peak, Diamond Canyon and Boulder Creek High School students Mandarin, and to giving of themselves with the hope of spreading cultural awareness, as well as language and literacy skills. They’ve relied on the kindness of teachers, administrators and local families to navigate the often difficult tasks of shopping and maintaining an active social life without the benefit of nearby public transportation. Some in this often fiercely independent group have managed to save up to purchase vehicles; others have to plan their schedules at the convenience of others, a task difficult for any adult.

Why do they do it?

“I love teaching,” said K-8 Mandarin specials teacher Fangfang Dai. “I’ve been teaching seven years in China. I came here to experience a different life, but do the same thing I love.” It may be the teachers whose lives are most visibly affected, but the hundreds of students and dozens of families who have become involved in the Deer Valley Unified School District’s Mandarin Chinese Project have also been affected..

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Parent Maureen Sollars, whose children attend Gavilan

a foreign language. In contrast, in China, there are 200

Peak, said she first questioned why the district wanted to

million students learning English, a required course in all

incorporate Mandarin into her children’s education. After

schools, and 873 million native speakers.

attending an early informational meeting, she says she and other parents were sold on the idea.

In 2011, $539 billion (with a “b”) in goods was passed back and forth between the United States and China. China is

“It’s such a gift to have this program in Anthem,” Sollars

the United States’ biggest trade partner, yet the second

explained. “How lucky we are! This is the state’s only

languages of choice in most schools are Spanish and

immersion program, and it’s right here in Anthem.”

French. Preparing children for the new global future involves rethinking both the languages they learn, as well as the

China represents one of the biggest emerging players in

cultural education they receive.

the global trade game, yet very few American children know


how to speak the primary Chinese language. In fact, only

In order to do that, DVUSD has partnered with ASU’s

31 percent of American elementary schools report teaching

Confucius Institute and Hanban, the Ministry of Education

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in China to create this flagship program. Funded

teachers and, like others in the community, have

through a grant from an organization called College

tried to make them as comfortable as possible

Board, Mandarin teachers are integrated into the

throughout their transition. In addition to the



dedication of the MPBC, Mandarin Chinese Project

through sixth grade at Diamond Canyon and Gavilan

administrators and other teachers in the community

Peak Mandarin Chinese language and culture.

say it is the Chinese teachers who deserve all of




the credit. At Gavilan Peak, select students are enrolled in Mandarin immersion, learning multiple subjects in

“It is so difficult to leave everything behind to

the language. Both Gavilan Peak and Diamond

come here to teach,” said one MPBC board officer.

Canyon, incorporate culture and language offered

“Just think of what that would be like. I admire

as special classes for Kindergarten through eighth

every one of them for coming here, and for making

grade; Boulder Creek High School also offers

sacrifices so that our children and community can

Mandarin electives. Students learn to speak and

learn from them.”

read basic Mandarin phrases and learn about cultural differences. The classes enrich their lives

More host families and cultural partners are needed

by expanding students’ perspectives on the world

to help this unique group of Anthem residents. As

and their role within it.

most people could imagine, having a network of friendly faces to go to for help, or to simply

Both Gavilan Peak and Diamond Canyon offer

connect is important. The rewards are priceless.

Mandarin culture and language, and Mandarin is offered as a special class for kindergarten through

Recognizing that, no matter what culture people

eighth graders. In both, students learn to speak

come from, they are imperfect and beautifully

and read basic Mandarin phrases, as well as learn

human is one of the biggest gifts. Both cultures

about cultural differences. Both enrich their lives

have an opportunity to learn from each other’s

by expanding students’ perspectives on the world

traditions, food and lifestyles, and from lessons

and their role within it.

they’ve learned in their own journeys.

The program has been popular among parents

But as Qin Li added, no one expects perfection.

and students alike, but it is the behind-the-scenes

“With our host families and friends, we’re not

community members and the teachers themselves

alone here now. We feel connected to this new

who deserve so much of the credit. Blending


cultures and helping the teachers care for their needs in a foreign land are serious commitments,


and the families and individuals who have stepped

understanding of another’s language, culture, or

up to the plate are the real heroes.

simply the fact that we’re all in the world together,








it’s that connection that counts – especially when Mandarin Parents Booster Club (MPBC) members

you’re learning to live and love, far from home.

have been among those who have helped. They have been friends and mentors to many of the

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Spirited Holiday Celebration Chamber Contributor Jenny Brooks, Special to ImagesAZ Photographer Mike Spinelli

The holiday season is over, but generosity and good spirits are carrying everyone into the New Year. Some of this holiday generosity and good spirit was seen at the Anthem North Gateway Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday party, co-hosted for the second year by Anthem Community Council. More than 140 people attended the two-hour event for networking and to support some very special awards recipients. “We are so pleased to once again partner with the chamber for yet another successful awards reception that recognizes the important services our local businesses provide to Anthem,” said Jenna Kollings, CEO, Anthem Community Council. “This festive and celebratory occasion was the perfect opportunity to honor those who have made such an impact in the overall quality of life in Anthem over the past year. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the chamber to continue to recognize our incredible Anthem business leaders.” In addition to the valuable networking opportunities the event fostered, each group presented some very special awards.


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Photo on left: Nominees Dennis Jones from D.L. Jones & Associates and Mike Spinelli from Mike Spinelli Photography with recipient Nanette McClelland-Miller from State Farm Insurance.

Anthem North Gateway Chamber announced the winner of its annual Business Person of the Year Award, and Anthem Community Council presented its 2013 Business Awards. The Chamber Business Person of the Year was awarded to Nanette McClelland-Miller of State Farm Insurance. “Thank you very much for all y’all’s support,” said McClelland-Miller with her Louisiana-born accent when she was presented with the award. “Thank you to Mike and Dennis who I’ve been friends with for many, many years now.” McClelland-Miller was nominated for her strong commitment to building a successful business and the support she offers in return to the community. She recently relocated her business to a storefront location in the Fry’s Shopping Center at the corner of Daisy Mountain Drive and Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem. Every year, she and her husband bring a little bit of her Louisiana heritage to Anthem with a Mardi Gras fundraiser, which to date has raised more than $80,000 for a variety of causes. In fact, the next one is coming up March 1. “My husband and I are so blessed and so fortunate to be in such a great community. We’ve been in business for 13 years, and we’ve always done what we can to support the community through education and fundraisers,” said McClelland-Miller. “I grew up in a small town and it’s so wonderful to be in a place like that again where we can grow with the community, and that everywhere you go, you are giving service because you are running into people you know. It’s humbling, and I love it.” McClelland-Miller also gave credit to her team of insurance account representatives, Kristina Merz, Diana Lack, Neil Concepcion, Meggie Connors and Shannon Godina and says she wouldn’t be here today without them. McClelland-Miller had some tough competition. The other two nominees for Business Person of the Year were Mike Spinelli of Mike Spinelli Photography and Dennis Jones of D.L. Jones & Associates Real Estate. Past recipients of the Business Person of the Year include Dave Newham of Rayne of the North Valley in 2012, Casey Cottrell, owner of Daisy Mountain Painting in 2011 and Andrew Zychowski of Andrew Z Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, who was the 2010 recipient. Fellow members of the Anthem North Gateway Chamber made the nominations for the Business Person of the Year. Nominees are required to be residents of the Anthem North Gateway area or own a business based in the area. Nominees must also demonstrate the following qualities: community involvement, innovation and business accomplishments. J an uary 2014



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Anthem Community Council presented its inaugural business awards in two categories. The awards went to: • Rose Urness of Creative Castle Preschool and Kindergarten for Best Exterior Commercial Property Improvement • Andrew Zychowski of Andrew Z Diamonds and Fine

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Road Tripping in

Southwestern Colorado Writer Suzanne Wright

In terms of geography, history, weather, culture and food, southwestern Colorado has more in common with New Mexico than it does with Denver, still more than six hours away. When locals talk about a weekend getaway, they mean Santa Fe, not Boulder. After hearing my neighbors rave about the Four Corners region of Colorado, I tossed a suitcase in my SUV and headed out from Cave Creek for a leisurely week of road-tripping. My first stop was Mesa Verde National Park, which claims to be the archeological center of America. Mesa Verde – “green table” in Spanish – was home to the ancestral Puebloans (the politically correct term which replaces Anasazis) from 600 to 1300 A.D. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site with more than 5,000 archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. Even if you’ve seen cliff dwellings at Montezuma National Monument in Arizona or Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico, you haven’t seen anything on this scale. There was a hushed reverence as 12 of us leaned in to hear the ranger lead a tour of Cliff Palace, Balcony House and Long House. In both guide and guest, there was a respect for these enterprising ancients who created elaborate stone dwellings that sustained these remarkable communities for more than 700 years. From Mesa Verde I made my way to Durango, the contemporary heart of southwestern Colorado. Linguistically, it’s pleasing to say Durango, which explains why both a boot company and a car company have named their products after this storied town. Situated in the Animas River Valley and surrounded by the gorgeously photogenic San Juan Mountains, downtown Durango is about as picturesque and vibrant as a Western town gets. Founded in 1880, Durango has always been a railroad town and its bestknown attraction remains the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. It was an atypical

day -- raw and rainy -- as I climbed aboard. I’d long wanted to experience

the famed scenery along the route, which parallels a 48-mile stretch of national forest.

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Durango I settled into a first-class car for a half-day trip, bundled up and as excited as a kid. There were kids of all ages on the coal-fired, steam-powered train, excitedly exclaiming and snapping photographs. To gain two perspectives, take the train ride up to Silverton and the bus back, allowing you to experience both the intimacy of the twisty lower canyon and the majesty of the Million Dollar Highway. Coloradans eat well. The altitude and exercise seems to stoke diners’ appetites and the creativity of the chefs. One of the real surprises of the trip was just how good the local restaurants were; I scribbled “unexpected mountain gourmet” in my notes. This area has a strong agriculture heritage and a long-held “eat local” mindset that predates the trend now sweeping the rest of the U.S. Regardless of culinary preferences or budget, the bold mountain cuisine with its honest flavors and hearty portions matched the high country views. On the advice of a local shopkeeper, I had a memorable lunch at Cyprus Café. The lamb sloppy joe with cinnamon-scented tomato sauce offered a delicate, North-African twist on a beloved childhood favorite. This was definitely not my mama’s Manwich. At Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen, as the name implies, the pizza was stellar: a chewy, toothsome crust topped with sweet caramelized onions and housemade fennel sausage, covered with fontino and taleggio cheese and kissed with truffle salt. Wash it down with a margarita made with fire-roasted jalapenos and muddled cucumber, so potent I could smell the libation before the server set it on the table. As unlikely as it may seem, Durango also boasts a French bakery called Jean Pierre that will transport you to the Left Bank. I particularly loved the orange chocolate croissants and was delighted to find that after 3 p.m. anything left in the case is two-for-one. Next I made for Pagosa Springs, renowned for having the world’s deepest geothermal hot springs. Pagosa is a name given to the town by the Ute Indians; “pah” meaning waters and “gosa” meaning boiling. They are odoriferous, owing to the many minerals that bubble up through Mother Earth’s depths, including sulfate, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese and zinc. I experienced the healing these springs offer a road- and hiking-weary traveler firsthand at The Springs Resort & Spa. Open to the public, the resort features 23 soaking pools J an uary 2014



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Pagosa Springs with temperatures ranging from 98 to 110 degrees perched over the San Juan River. Some pools are social, some are quiet; like Goldilocks, you’ll find one that is just right for you. Mine was 103 degrees and silent. Soaking under warm sunshine was wonderful, but I most enjoyed soaking in relative solitude under a clear night sky winking with stars. The next morning, before heading up to see the season’s first snow at Wolf Creek Pass, I fueled up at Pagosa Baking Company, where I indulged in a slice of ham quiche (ask for a ladle of bracing green chile chicken on top), strong coffee and a fist-sized, glutenfree pumpkin muffin. Wolf Creek Pass sits on the Continental Divide at nearly 11,000 feet. Driving the serpentine Highway 160 mid-week before the ice of winter settled into the slopes was a pleasure. I stopped several times, hiking briefly on forest access roads before arriving at Treasure Falls. After obliging a couple from Texas their portrait framed by the dramatic 100-foot falls (they return the favor), we discussed our respective road trips. All three of us were animated as we discussed hiking trails, scenic drives, our favorite eateries. A highlight of any trip is always the people you meet and the camaraderie you share. Southwestern Colorado seems to bring out the best in folks. Over the next couple of days, I crammed in several more noteworthy meals. At Farrago Market Café, I lunched on Moroccan chicken salad and a coconut macaroon at a sunny picnic table under autumn gold aspens. At the adjacent First Crush, I sampled – and purchased – several gourmet flavored olive oils and vinegars. At the Backroom Wine Bar, I split a killer lamb sausage pizza with the friendly female bartender. Pagosa is the kind of town where it’s easy to hang with the locals. The fanciest meal in town is the Alley House Grille, where at a table near the fireplace I tucked into plump, green curry mussels and a tender rack of lamb with rosemary roasted fingerling potatoes. Perhaps my favorite Pagosa meal was at the welcoming Riff Raff Brewing Company, where I spent my final night sampling seasonal beers: one made with spruce tree tips, one pumpkin ale, another spiked with red chile. This seems to be where the town’s waitstaff gather after they finish their shifts and there’s a cool, loose vibe. The cabrito (goat) burger with cotija cheese, ale caramelized onions and hatch chilies on a fluffy roll elicited a thumbs up from a dreadlocked 20-something.

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I loved staying in a rustic rental home nestled amid

snow-capped mountains along this curving stretch of

cottonwoods downtown just a short hike to the town

highway are easily worth a million dollars.

reservoir for panoramic views. The 1926 cottage has been restored in an eco-friendly, chic way reflective

The winter population of Ouray is just 800 hearty

of the town’s values. There’s a copper soaking tub

souls. But I immediately decide they are lucky:

in one bathroom and a hot tub outside. But what I

besotted with my

liked best were the doe and her fawn that nibbled on

gorgeous town surrounded on three sides with rugged

fruit-bearing trees in the yard in the mornings and

Rocky Mountain peaks that rise to 13,000 feet.



first jaw-dropping glimpse of this

late afternoons.

There are hundreds of miles of historic Jeep roads, so I joined Colorado West for the Imogene Pass scenic tour. The second highest drive-able pass in the state offered spectacular views – and a few

My last stop is Ouray, known as the “Switzerland of

heart-stopping moments – along with the rich mining

America.” In a state blessed with gorgeous vistas, the

history. Arriving back in the center of town red-

drive from on San Juan Skyway is truly eye-popping.

cheeked and a bit chilled, I immediately made for

The section between Silverton and Ouray has been

Mouse’s Chocolate coffeehouse for a hot chocolate

dubbed the “Million Dollar Highway,” though you’ll hear

and a “scrap” cookie.

varying stories as to why. Some say it cost a million


dollars a mile to build; others say the fill dirt used

Two-thirds of Ouray’s original Victorian structures are

in its construction contains a million dollars of gold

still occupied. The excellent Ouray County Historical

ore. But everyone agrees that the splendid views of

Museum is shuttered in the winter, but the quirky

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Ouray Alchemist is well worth an hour, if you can keep your private tour to that. After he flips his sign to “Closed,” Curt Haggar, said alchemist, will regale you with tales of his obsessive collecting. Some of his artifacts date to the 16th century. I fell into an easy daily rhythm, hiking the excellent five-mile Perimeter Trail on a shelf above town, taking in Cascade and Box Canyon Falls and dropping into town at different access points to shop, eat and chat with locals. I split my stay between the deluxe Hot Springs Inn and the modest Wiesbaden Inn. Each has its charms. Overlooking the Uncompahgre River, the Hot Springs Inn is somewhere I’d love to live fulltime, with its darling Western décor, private balconies and handcrafted beds. The Weisbaden has a funky vapor cave and is run by a sweetnatured Texan named Linda. Ambling the streets of Ouray, I ran into the front desk clerk from the Hot Springs Inn who treated me to excellent fish and chips at O’Brien’s Pub and Grill. I literally bumped into Richard, the Jeep driver who doubles as a piano player at night at the Outlaw Restaurant. A fellow traveler from Florida, a retired doctor, shared a bottle of Malbec with me at the bar at the Beaumont Grill. After two days, folks wave in greeting, recognizing a familiar face. I am tempted to stay ... forever. For now, I savor every minute and look forward to returning to southwest Colorado in other seasons. Southwestern Colorado is unpretentious and authentic, affordable and family-friendly. To learn more about Durango, visit Log onto and book the MacCabe Creek Cabin in Pagosa Springs at To plan your trip to Ouray, log onto

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Writer Donna Kublin

For the Love of Art Some artists paint what they see, others what they feel, and a few paint from some interior place - their subconscious, their dreams, their soul. The canvas speaks to them. It takes full concentration of mind and spirit as images emerge, an outward expression of their inner world. Esther Rogoway is such a painter. Listening to her inner artist voice, she has a strong urge to paint, which she attributes in part to being born into a family full of artists, painters, weavers, and playwrights. Her father was noted artist Alfred Rogoway, and she grew up in the art world, surrounded by fine artists, writers, and poets in artistic communities such as San Francisco, Big Sur, Santa Fe, Taos, Mexico, Cannes and Mijas, Spain. A texture, mixed-media artist, Rogoway works on board, canvas board, or steel, and prepares each surface with 1520 coats of acrylic and acrylic enamel, with acid-free sand, paper, gold leaf, and other materials added. She then paints the figures with oils. Her figures, primarily those of horses or people, are easily recognizable. The nature of each composition speaks more of an inner world of feeling and imagination than to the outer world of reality. The actual interpretation is in the eye of

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the viewer. Her bold use of color is pure and she retains an elegant balance, at times blending the colors. Her collectors include celebrities like Judge Judy and state governors, who love her work. Often the subjects of her work, horses are her passion. “I love horses and observe them for hours, watching how they interact,” said Rogoway. “There are a lot of parallels between horses and people. There is a lot of love.”

“There are a lot of parallels between horses and people. There is a lot of love.” Rogoway is a strong advocate for horses and works

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donates art to Equine Voices for their fundraisers. Two of her paintings that were shown at the Kentucky

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Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival Rogoway is the featured artist for the 21st Annual

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patrons and show her passionate and expressive work.

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Simple History:

The Migration and Lives of the Hopi People Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photographer Bryan Black

There’s a humble quality to Anthem resident Lance Polingyouma. Beneath the enthusiasm and subtle but biting wit, the soul of a wanderer peeks out from behind dark eyes, searching for answers, knowing deeper truths and walking the often cryptic line between history and progress. Short and solid like his Hopi ancestors, he carries the weight of a legacy on his shoulders, balancing the questioning mind of a learner with the nearly zen-like spirit of simplicity cultivated in his bloodline for thousands of years, if not more. Polingyouma is one of a disappearing people. In 2010, there were fewer than 19,000 Hopis left on the planet, a number that is said to be dwindling somewhere around 15,000 now. Stuck in the awkward duality of wanting to preserve what has been while valuing natural order and the finality that comes with it, Hopis have found themselves firmly divided with what to do next. It is difficult for many Americans to understand the depth and breadth of the cultural traditions of the Hopi; the values of collectivism over individualism, loyalty over logic, and simplicity over the typical American version of success are difficult for many to comprehend. The ‘noise’ and linear thinking of modern Western life is not conducive to the Hopi way of life. For as long as the Hopi people have roamed, their traditions and stories have been passed along, some say preserved perfectly, through a disciplined oral history held guarded and sacred by the tribe.

Until now, that is.

Many secrets remain: What are Hopi religious tenets? What do certain ceremonial dances mean? What do particular symbols mean on petroglyphs left hundreds of years ago? Despite the shroud of mystery that has preserved many truths for thousands of years, the answer to one question, Where did the Hopi come from? is now starting to be revealed in small doses by tribal elders, specifically by one of the tribe’s official oral historians, Eric Polingyouma, Lance’s own father.

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According to history books – or at least the ones that cover Native American perspectives – the Hopi emerged into the present-day world, known to them as the Fourth World, from the Colorado River. That history is now being challenged, as traditional stories are beginning to line up with anthropology and archaeology to show that the Hopi people migrated from what is now Guatemala. Through the process of cultural mapping, Hopi people are beginning to make sense of their roots and possibly confirm their relation to other North American tribes. Eric Polingyouma carries the heavy burden of responsibility for passing on the oral stories of the tribe, including the tribe’s history and migration story, an area of focus that has recently become more and more important as Hopi numbers decline. Lance, an anthropology and archaeology expert, is project manager for the Hopi Migration Project, as this search into the transitory history of the Hopi people has been dubbed. Started in the 1920s, the project picked up momentum in the 1960s. Like many other elements of Hopi culture, it has been heavily guarded both out of a need to preserve identity and to avoid politicization of the potentially impactful information.


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One thing most U.S. history books do reveal is the long-standing controversy over land occupation between the Hopis and Navajos and other Southwestern tribes. Lance is first to point out that the release of the Hopi Migration Project has been carefully orchestrated to avoid politics altogether. The purpose, instead, is to show ‘hinuiti,’ or truth; what really happened. The Hopi have yet to determine what to do with their own migration story; the significance has not been fully realized. “Socially and culturally, it has value that is in and of itself,” Lance says. As an employee of the shop at the Heard Museum and a frequent speaker on Hopi history, this angle is of particular interest to him. “It gives people the opportunity to see and validate Native American culture with no

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ulterior motives.” Perhaps the Hopi migration story is one of those rare bits of thought that lead us down a path in which no steps are taken forward, backward, left or right; but when we emerge, the world before us is different. It is difficult to share the colorful history of the Hopi people, not because it is daunting, but because it is sacred. The Hopi, whose name

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means “peace” or “peaceful ones,” believe their purpose is to pursue a simple, respectful life. All of nature is revered, and death is embraced as the necessary paradox to life. For 2,000 years, Hopis have depended on corn, ‘the Mother,’ to sustain them. “From a seed she grows, and sacrifices her own seed so that we can live,” explains Lance. According to Hopi songs and tradition, the tribe has lived through three other worlds. In the First World, they were like insects, confined to the inside of the earth, killing each other and obsessed with the selfish pursuit of simply living. In the Second World, they were like monkeys and submitted to hedonism, taking all things in excess and without discipline. Beginning with the Third World, archaeological evidence seems to suggest the legend has scientific merit and that it began not in the Colorado River Valley, as once thought, but rather among the volcanoes of Central America. Wanting for discipline, the Hopi emerged as humans but allowed themselves to be ruled by others. The result was that they were enslaved, and often sacrificed to appease deities of other tribes. Evidence of this is found among the ruins of the J an uary 2014


Temple of Quetzalcoatl, Monte Albán and the Valley of Oaxaca. The Hopis believe they fled the abusive powers, eventually coming to rest in the Fourth World, where corn was provided, along with the makings of a simple, humble life. “Before, in the first three worlds, we had lived a life out of balance,” Lance explains, his hands folded and his gaze steady as he sits at the dining room table at his Parkside home. Even sitting down, we are close to equal in height, although his shoulders are broader than my own. “It was better to die than to live,” he continued. “Life had no meaning; it was cheap. We needed to put our lives back into balance, and so we were put into the Fourth World to become more balanced and live peaceful lives.” The arid land where Hopis now live among the mesas and dramatic red buttes of the Colorado Plateau appears to be barren, but among the villages of the 12 clans of Hopis, agriculture is coaxed and cultivated from the earth year after year. Their current life here on earth on what is called the ‘Black Mesa,’ believed to be the center of the universe, is the fourth and final world created by a deity for the Hopi. Their dedication to hard work and persistence is all part of the greater mission: to embrace simplicity so as not to be distracted from the single-minded goal of creating peace. As one who walks between two modern-day worlds, fully aware of the Hopi culture he grew up in, and of the Euro-American culture in which he went to school and now spends much of his time, Lance knows these stories are difficult to plant without sowing more questions than answers. In Hopi tradition, “why” is the great complicator, and ego is its vehicle. Still, he






explanation. “Hopi is more of a religion or way of life, not a group of people. People who practice this way of life


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are living the opposite of everything they’ve been shown in the first three





should do right by fellow people, be respectful of nature, and be peaceful.” These beliefs follow longstanding, unquestionable traditions that have governed and protected the Hopi people. It is these same beliefs that say death is part of life, and this fourth and final world will also come to pass. The question then becomes, is it more important to preserve what is, or do the Hopi allow themselves to leave the world, as was predicted by elders millennia ago? “I don’t know the answer to that,” Lance





shrug. “There are two schools of thought.” He leaves the possibilities hanging in the air like thick morning fog, where they will continue to linger until time makes the final decision. Lance




will be featured speakers at the Arizona Archaeology Society, Desert Foothills Chapter meeting January 8. The meeting will be held in the Community Room at Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m.; presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.

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a night aglow in Cave Creek

January 4 3pm to 9pm

Writer Amanda Christmann Larson

It’s that time of year again! The Fifth Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival featured by Sanderson Lincoln & Ford is coming to Rancho Mañana driving range January 4 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. For the last four years, this new tradition has been packed with sky-high fun for the whole family. Tonto Bar & Grill, Aerial Solutions, Sanderson Lincoln and Valerie’s Fine Furniture are again teaming up for this unique Cave Creek event. This year’s festival is more special than ever, as it benefits schools in the Cave Creek Unified School District. Tickets are sold online, and 10 percent of each purchase will go to the district. The school with the most ticket sales will receive an extra $500. “We’re really proud of this event, and excited about the fact that we can give back to our schools,” said Eric Flatt, co-owner of Tonto Bar & Grill and event organizer. “We love Cave Creek, so it’s a good opportunity for us to make a contribution for the benefit of children and families in this area.” The balloon festival is a sight to behold. Gates open at 3 p.m., and live music by The Kards and other great local artists from Cave Creek’s Rock the District will grace the stage. Tasty food and non-alcoholic beverages, cocktails, wine, and locally brewed Four Peaks beer are available for purchase, and children will enjoy the larger-thanever kids’ zone and great activities.

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Rancho Mañana Golf Club driving range will once again become a magical field of glowing splendor when






balloons come to life at 6 p.m. This year, the “Bud E. Beaver” balloon makes its inaugural appearance. At about 8 p.m., the flying Arizona Skyhawks are scheduled to descend from 13,000 feet in the air with special suits outfitted with pyrotechnics, flying their way to the field in a spectacular exhibition. Go in style with Valerie’s Furniture VIP tickets, which are the “best tickets in town,” according to Flatt. These special tickets include event admission, a gourmet buffet from Tonto Bar & Grill from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., private cash bar and private restrooms. General admission tickets cost $10 for adults; $5 for ages 10 and under; children 2 and under enter free.


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Valerie’s Furniture VIP tickets are $60 for adults; $25 for ages 10 and under. Tax and gratuity are included. VIP tickets must be purchased in advance by December 31. General admission tickets are available at the gate. And all sales are final. Parking is $5, and is available at 38406 N. Schoolhouse Rd. in Cave Creek, and a Cactus Shadows High School bus will shuttle festivalgoers to and from the event. Proceeds will go to the school district. There will be no access from Tonto Bar & Grill. Step away from the festival and enjoy a gourmet meal at Tonto Bar & Grill while relaxing on the patio or inside this rustic restaurant. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please, no lawn chairs, dogs or outside food and beverages allowed. All activities are dependent on weather. ATMs are available on-site.

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Dining Guide Spotlight

Ludwig van Beethoven said “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.” If this is true, Dara Thai’s owner Peter S. must have one of the purest hearts in Anthem! The standout soup on Dara Thai’s menu is the Tom Ka Gai, served in a flaming soup tureen. It is meant as an entrée for one, but easily feeds a family of four. The soup is a coconut milk-based broth hot and sour soup with big pieces of white chicken meat or shrimp, lemongrass, and gigantic fresh mushrooms. The only downside of ordering this soup is that once you taste it, you will crave it forever and never get the opportunity to taste all of the other delicious items on the menu! When you are looking for something warm, satisfying and hard-to-forget, head over to Dara Thai for Tom Ka Gai. Don’t forget to order the Thai tea! Dara Thai Cafe 3655 W. Anthem Way Suite B-127



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For Advertising Information Shelly Spence :: 623-341-8221

Accountant Hasslacher Tax & Financial, LLC. 623-551-2332 42104 N. Venture Court, B130 Sonoran Tax and Accounting 623-738-4TAX 42104 N. Venture Drive, Suite D122 Advertising ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221 Air conditioning/Heating Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 623-444-0611 Animal Services Sonoran Desert Pet Resort 623-551-5299 Pet Spa Desert Oasis Pet Spaw 623-551-5299 Attorney Boates Law Firm 623-551-5457 Carroll Law Firm 623-551-9366 Automotive Sales Right Toyota - Mark E. Settell 480-788-2243 480-444-6409 Sanderson Lincoln 602-375-7500 Automotive Repair C&R Tire 623-551-6255 Sanderson Lincoln 602-375-7500 Beauty Hair Care A Wild Hair 623-551-5561

Skin Care Merle Norman Cosmetics 623-551-9502

North Valley Family Dentistry 623-551-9200 42104 N. Venture Drive, Building E

Boutique Nothing in Moderation Located in Merle Norman 623-551-9502

West Valley Pediatric Dentistry 623-935-9873 3618 W. Anthem Way, Suite D104

Business Center Post Net Business Center 623-551-1305 Business Groups Anthem/North Gateway Chamber of Commerce 602-495-6483 Preferred Business at Anthem 623-551-0523 Chiropractor Back to Health 42104 N. Venture Drive, Building, Suite 102 623-551-6677 College Paradise Valley Community College 602-493-2600 Community Theater Musical Theatre of Anthem 602-743-9892 Starlight Community Theater Counseling Core Recovery 602-810-1210 Dentist Bishara Dental 623-742-7220 46641 N. Black Canyon Hwy #7 Daisy Mountain Dentistry 623-551-5250 4205 W. Anthem Way, Suite #106

Financial Planning Edward Jones - Doug DeMuth 623-551-0523 Hasslacher Tax & Financial, LLC 623-551-2332 42104 N. Venture Court, B130 Garage Door Dynamic Door Service 602-335-1077 Habilitation, REspite & Attendant care Arion 623-238-4349 Health & Fitness Sports Conditioning Harper Physical Therapy 623-742-7338 41818 N. Venture Drive, Suite #120 Curves Anthem 623-551-5100 42302 N. Vision Way #115A insurance Auto/home/life/renters/health/ retirement/Auto Loans & refinancing American Family Insurance John Kovach Agency 623-551-7900 Farmers Insurance Glenn Grossman 480-588-9310 Maki Insurance 623-551-3585 State Farm - Nanette Miller 623-742-6866 J an uary 2014


Investing/Retirement Edward Jones - Doug DeMuth 623-551-0523 Hasslacher Tax & Financial, LLC 623-551-2332 42104 N. Venture Court, B130 INterior Design In Season Design 248-505-0977 Jewelry/gold buyers AndrewZ Diamonds and Fine Jewelry 623-551-6892 Landscape Design Iddings & Sons Landscaping, Inc. 623-465-2546 623-297-7584 Landscape Maintenance Iddings & Sons Landscaping, Inc. 623-465-2546 623-297-7584 Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Jen Gentry 623-251-5518 42104 N. Venture Drive, C-122 Premier Wellness Center 623-399-8222 42211 N. 41st Drive, Suite A109 Outdoor Lighting Let There be Light, LLC 480-575-3204 Orthodontics Cordon Orthodontics 623-465-5478 42201 N. 41st Dr., # 102 Wood Orthodontics/Wyatt Wood 623-792-7323 3618 W. Anthem Way, Suite D108 Painting Daisy Mountain Painting 623-551-3156 Premier Commercial Painting 623-551-8640 Sam’s Painting and Construction 480-290-0014 ROC# 287617


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Pediatrics Angel Pediatrics 623-551-0442 3654 W. Anthem Way Suite B-114 Twin Pediatrics 623-551-9825 42211 N. 41st Dr. Suite 153 Pest Control Titan Pest Control 623-879-8700 Photography Karen Sophia Photography 480-543-7526 Pogue Photography 480-748-9100 Physical Therapy Harper Physical Therapy 623-742-7338 41818 N. Venture Drive, Suite #120 Plastic Surgeon Dr. Patti Flint 480-945-3300 Plumbing Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 623-444-0611 Podiatry Westland Family Foot and Ankle Specialist 480-361-2500 Pool maintenance My Pool Gal 480-626-2604 Realtor Coldwell Banker Daisy Mountain RE Gary Drew 623-512-0828 RE/MAX Professionals Linda Rehwalt 602-249-SOLD Restaurants Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House 480-488-8031 Dara Thai Cafe 623-551-6676 3655 W. Anthem Way Ste B-127

Ebisu Sushi 623-465-1600 Ocho Locos 623-551-8580 3655 W. Anthem Way Roberto’s Mexican 623-465-1515 Streets of New York 623-551-8803 Spa Hand and Stone Massage 623-551-6602 Planet Beach Spa 3668 W. Anthem Way, Suite B154 623-551-6871 Premier Wellness Center 623-399-8222 42211 N. 41st Drive, Suite A109 Screens C&S Screens 623-582-8592 Security Doors Steel Shield Security Doors 623-581-DOOR Schools Anthem Elementary School Main Line 623-376-3700 Attendance 623-376-3790 Anthem Preparatory Academy 623-465-4776 Barry Goldwater High School Main Line 623-445-3000 Attendance 623-445-3090 Brighter Beginnings Preschool 602-619-4202 Boulder Creek High School Main Line 623-445-8600 Attendance 623-445-8690 The Caepe School Main Line 623-551-7808 Canyon Springs Elementary Main Line 623-376-5200 Attendance 623-376-5290

Caurus Academy 623-551-5083 Creative Castle Preschool 602-740-9561 Desert Mountain School Main Line 623-445-3500 Attendance 623-445-3590 Diamond Canyon Elementary Main Line 623-445-8000 Attendance 623-445-8090 Gavilan Peak Elementary Main Line 623-445-7400 Attendance 623-445-7490 New River Elementary Main Line 623-376-3500 Attendance 623-376-3590 North Valley Christian Academy and Preschool 623-551-3454 Northwest Christian School 602-978-5134 Ridgeline Academy CFA 623-223-1335

Water Softener & Filtration Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 623-444-0611 Rayne of the North Valley 623-234-9047 Soft Water Plus AZ 623-465-4873 Weed Control Titan Pest Control 623-879-8700 Website design Fox Designs Studio 602-688-7588 Window Treatments Carefree Coverings 602-617-2920 7275 E. Easy Street Worship Arizona Hills Community 623-465-0202

Scottsdale Christian Academy 602-992-5100

Calvary Chapel Desert Hills 623-434-5060

Sunset Ridge Elementary Main Line 623-445-7800 Attendance 623-445-7890

Chabad Jewish Center of Anthem 42302 N. Vision Way Suite #106 623-551-8348

Westwind Prep at Northern 602-864-7731

Chapel Bellavista 480-502-0707

Termite Treatment Titan Pest Control 623-879-8700 Tire Repair C&R Tire 623-551-6255 Transportation/Sedan Service Kierland Transportation 602-999-5447 Urgent Care John C. Lincoln Urgent Care in Anthem 623-434-6444 Veterinary Daisy Mountain Veterinary 623-551-8387

Canyon Church of Christ 623-889-3388 Carefree Vineyard Church 623-551-1133 Christ’s Church at the Crossroads 623-466-7964 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 2503 W. Anthem Way Meeting times 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. Cross of Christ Lutheran Church 623-551-9851 Crossroads Christian Fellowship 602-740-5964 42425 N. New River Rd.

Deer Valley Worship Center 623-582-1001 Desert View Bible Church 623-298-4900 Fellowship Church 623-551-1144 Grace North Church 623-551-0007 Hosanna Christian Fellowship 623-512-6213 New Creation Community 623-551-2622 New River First Assembly of God 623-465-7455 Northgate Church 34835 N. 7th Street Phoenix, AZ 85086 North Ridge Community Church 480-515-4673 North Valley Assembly of God 623-516-8734 North Valley Jewish Community Association 623-322-0957 Pioneer United Methodist Church 623-551-0802 Pureheart Christian Fellowship 602-866-8850 Spur Cross Cowboy Church 623-556-7935 St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church 623-486-8665 Sun Valley Baptist Church 623-986-1687 Catholic Community of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne 623-465-9740 Valley Life Church 623-850-8777

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Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

We are still in the middle of early morning chills and cold snaps, and nothing pleases our


loved ones like something warm and satisfying to eat before they head out to work or school. Consider making a batch of these sticky sweeties and serving them warm throughout the week! Sticky buns did not arrive on the shores of the United States until two waves of refugees came to the East Coast from Europe as a result of two separate wars: The Nine Years’ War in 1688 and the Spanish Succession in 1702. These sweet roll-loving people settled in an area of Philadelphia called Germantown, bringing with them their succulent treats. To this day, Philadelphia is known as the sticky bun capital of the world. In fact, there are many restaurants that bring sweet rolls and sticky buns to the table before serving any meal. Make this recipe a part of your family’s dining tradition!

Sticky Buns Ingredients:

1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, heat milk, water and butter to 120-130 degrees.

3 ½ to 4 cups all-purpose flour

Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Stir in enough

3 tablespoons sugar

remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).

2 packages (¼ ounce each) quick-rise yeast

2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic,

1 teaspoon salt

about 6-8 minutes. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

1 cup 2% milk

3. Roll into a 14-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Spread butter to within ½

½ cup water

inch of edges; sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting

¼ cup butter, cubed

with a long side; pinch seams to seal. Cut into 12 rolls.


4. In a small saucepan, melt remaining butter. Stir in the brown

¼ cup butter, softened 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon Topping: ½ cup butter, cubed 1 cup packed brown sugar 2/3 cup chopped pecans



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sugar, pecans and molasses; pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Place rolls, cut side down, in a dish. 5. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 15 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately invert onto a serving platter. Serve warm. Yield: 12 servings.

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ImagesAZ Magazine :: Tramonto, Anthem, Desert Hills and New River  

January 2014 issue of ImagesAZ Magazine distributed to Tramonto, Anthem, Desert Hills and New RIver.

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