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contents 10

Meet the Brandhagen Family

16 youth 22 High School Sports Lacrosse and Baseball

Shelly Spence owner/publisher

28 Community

stephanie maher palenque executive writer

42 Outdoors

Paula theotocatos contributing writer

46 Get ready to picnic

Donna Kublin contributing writer

50 business - Jenny Brooks Jenny Brooks Public Relations

Jeffrey Cody contributing writer


Folk and Heritage Festival


Fiesta Days

58 3rd annual historic homes through time 66 H.o.t.s. - HOpe on the streets 70

Scottsdale Culinary Festival


BBQ Competition


golf the valley


dining guide Spotlight

79 Local Index 82 Vegetable Kebabs


meet our contributors

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Nigel Spence contributing writer Jenny Brooks contributing writer Michele celentano photographer Brenna Orozco photographer Meaghan’s Dream graphic artist

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welcome letter from the publisher


hat a wonderful time to live in Arizona. In addition to having

the most beautiful weather in the country, we are fortunate to be blessed with an array of festivals that celebrate our history, tickle our taste buds, expand our imaginations, and offer soothing sounds to our souls. This is most definitely one of my most favorite times of year to experience and explore all of the exciting events that Arizona has to offer. This month we have dedicated many of our pages to the festivals that surround us this time of year, hoping that there is something that sparks your passion to investigate further and attend. Each month we feature a local family. Sometimes it is a family new to the region, sometimes they have been here since our community’s inception. Some months it is newlyweds, other times those who are celebrating 50th wedding anniversaries, such is the diversity within our region. Our family piece this month spotlights the Brandhagen family, and most importantly their autistic son, Kade. Over the years I have come to realize that we are so very fortunate to have such a strong sense of community in this region. After reading this story, I am certain that collectively we can help this family in their mission to bring Kade and his new companion together. To all of the readers, enjoy the beauty of Spring and all that we have at our fingertips. Sincerely, Shelly Spence ImagesAZ Magazine 623.341.8221

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brandhagen family Meet the

We can make elaborate plans for a trip to an exotic locale, but in the end, the final destination might not be where we had planned on. The actual destination is not “bad” or somehow less than the one we had planned on, just different. Different plans must be made, different guidebooks purchased, and there are different experiences in store for us there. The Brandhagen family’s journey has been worlds different than the one that they expected to take, when they met as teenagers at an under-21 dance club years ago, but it has been no less special, nonetheless. There were no children that were more wanted than Alexandra, Kade, and Celeste Brandhagen. Randy and Sharolyn struggled with infertility for six years, and went as far as to have embryos harvested and frozen. They tried in-vitro fertilization twice and decided to keep the embryos frozen, adopt, and then try the frozen embryos again at a later date. They had a chosen

Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque Photography By Brenna Orozco


a baby to adopt and were ready to move forward with the adoption, when Sharolyn realized that she was pregnant. After that, the Brandhagen babies came mily Perl Kingsley, a writer

at a fast and furious pace. Alex, Kade,

for Sesame Street since 1970 and a mom

and Celeste were all born between

to Jason, a child with Down syndrome,

February 13, 1997 and April 18, 2000

wrote “Welcome to Holland,” a poignant

- three babies in 39 months. All three

story that compares the experience

babies were in diapers at the same

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time for a while, and “baby duty” was

traveling to an unexpected destination.


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Family was happy. All three children developed and progressed as typical children would. Kade seemed to get a lot of ear infections, which resulted in delaying some of his vaccinations. In order to catch up, he received five in one day, including the controversial MMR vaccination. Randy reflects, “We wish that was a decision that we could take back.” That same week, Kade was rushed to the hospital with a 106-degree fever, and went limp in Randy’s arms. They spent several hours at the hospital, but doctors could find nothing wrong except for the fever. Randy explains, “At the time of his fever, Kade had a vocabulary of about thirty words, would love to dance in front of the television, especially if you said, ‘Kade, dance!’ and would turn and look at you if you said his name. About ninety days later, he no longer was able to speak any words, would not respond to his name, and had no interest in watching - let alone dancing in front of the TV. If he did look at you, he had his head turned away and would look with just the corner of his eyes. He spent a lot of time just lining up his little toy animals in a straight line. Another favorite activity was sitting on the kitchen floor and bouncing objects on the floor’s surface. He was content to sit alone and play with an empty can of soda. This behavior was his life and ours for months and months. We were losing our little boy day-by-day, and we still had a newborn baby and a equally shared between Randy and Sharolyn. Randy explains, “Sharolyn used to work swing shift as an RN in Eugene, Oregon and wouldn’t get home until 11:30PM, so I would often take all three kids to the mall in a double stroller. Alex (3) would sit in the back of the stroller with Celeste (1), where a baby would normally sit. Kade (2) would sit in the front part of the stroller. This seemed like the easiest way to keep an eye on all three at the same time. I am certain that looked pretty humorous!” Randy, an employee of Symantec Corporation for ten years, had his hands full, but the Brandhagen


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three-year-old to care for at the same time.” A conversation at Mom’s club, and a subsequent evaluation confirmed what the Brandhagens had feared: Kade was autistic. The diagnosis, which was later confirmed by a team of doctors at the University of Oregon, brought the family to its knees, emotionally. “I wept for a very long time ...I couldn’t stop,” Randy admitted. “Sharolyn and I just held each other in that meeting room with everyone around us. I didn’t know what to do. I had read about autism and knew that there wasn’t a cure. My little boy was going to be like this forever.”

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Randy likens autism to a sort of “kidnapping” of a child, “Many parents of autistic children have said that it is as if they had died. Each day you are reminded that the son you used to have is no longer with you. Someone comes into your home in the middle of the night and kidnaps your child and leaves behind someone who looks just like your child, but they don’t seem to love you any more, they don’t want you to touch them; they don’t even like you to look at them. It is horrible.” The Brandhagens enrolled Kade in an early intervention school on the University of Oregon campus that they loved. He rode the bus by himself at age three. The teachers all cared a lot about him and they were trying to teach him using Applied Behavior Analysis, a simple reward system - do “X” and you get a reward; do “X” again, you get a reward; if you do not do “X” you do not get a reward. At that time, they also joined a support group. However, at that time, Oregon did not have great services available for children with disabilities. Meanwhile, Kade loved to be outside, whether it was sunny or raining, hot or cold, he just wanted to be outside. So, in 2002 when Randy found out that his position within the company was being moved to Dublin, Ireland and he had the choice of moving with it, or accepting a severance package, the choice was easy. The Brandhagens researched communities in warmer climates and fell in love with Anthem instantly. The added benefits of moving to Arizona were many. The Brandhagens realized that Arizona offered more comprehensive benefits for children with disabilities. Kade also had his first major breakthrough here - his habworker realized that he could read, and then was able to express what he read through sign language. Randy remembers, “We hugged the habworker and cried - Kade had a new tool for learning. This was a monumental breakthrough. We pulled him out of public school and homeschooled him for two years. He was progressing like never before!” However, there was still something missing from his life. Kade had never had a friend. In December of 2008, Kade, Sharolyn, and a habworker went to Ohio for two weeks and trained with a service dog, “Will” - short for “Where there’s a


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Will, there’s a way!” They came home to Anthem with Kade’s first-ever friend. People from this community - friends and family, and people as far away as Chicago - had heard about Kade’s wish for a service dog and friend, and rallied to raise the $14,000 for the special dog. The dog would not only serve as a friend, but he could track Kade if he was lost, help Kade avoid danger, and help Kade to socialize with other children so that he might be able to make a human friend. Kade and Will were inseparable - they went out to eat together, went to the park, and even went to church together. The friendship was short-lived, however. After a mere 18 months, Will ate a ball of yarn and $2,000 in doctor’s bills and surgery could not help save him. When Will died on the veterinarian’s table, Kade simply laid his hands on his first and only friend. Thankfully, when the service organization that had supplied Will heard about the tragedy, they offered a replacement dog at no cost to the family. Kade is looking forward to getting his new friend in May! Today, Alexandra (14) is in 8th grade and likes music and art, children, and babysitting. Kade (12) is in 7th grade and loves swimming and being on the beach, as well as going to the movies. Celeste (10) is in 5th grade and enjoys playing softball, singing, and dancing. All three children attend Anthem Prep. When the family is together, they enjoy the “cheap seats” at Silver Cinema on Bell; they also love working out at Sweat and eating at Legends Bar and Grill where they serve Kade a side of pickles without even having to ask! Sharolyn expressed her appreciation for all of what this community does, and is, “I would love for the community to know how much support and love we feel in Anthem when we reached out. We have come up against difficulties in our life and struggled through them. When we have let go and shared our story and issues with others, support was given. I hope that our story can inspire other families to share their stories. There is benefit beyond measure when we are able to help others who are going through similar circumstances. I feel blessed to have a child with Autism. Kade has shown me gifts and made me a better person. I have purpose in my life.”


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Life has been good to the Brandhagen Family, and even though it hasn’t been what Randy and Sharolyn might have scripted or guessed when they got married twenty-four years ago, it has been special nonetheless. Holland can be a beautiful destination; especially if you travel with those you love and have a special friend by your side!

One of the things that Sharolyn loves most about this community is how we embrace those in need. Please join Randy Brandhagen and family on

March 17th from noon to 8:00PM to help raise money for Kade’s new service dog. While Kade’s “replacement dog” was offered at no cost to the family, there is still considerable cost involved in taking the two-week trip to go through training and get certified as the “handler.”

15% of all food purchases that day from noon to 8:00PM at Streets of New York in Anthem will be donated to the family. Donation is available with dine-in or take out.





Writer Donna Kublin

Teen Art Competition

“The ACNV Regional Teen Art Competition has brought a great sense of pride to all the students who participated; even if they didn’t win they felt proud to see their artwork hung in a public place for the community, friends, and family to see,” said Stephanie Sullinger-Dukarm, Deer Valley High School art department.

entertainment on Saturday at Noon and Sunday at 1:00PM.

Emerging artists from North Valley high schools compete for honors at the Sixth Annual ACNV Regional Teen Art Competition presented by the Arts Council of the North Valley. A free exhibition of their work is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, from 10AM to 5:00PM at the Outlets at Anthem. The art gallery will be located at Suite 550.

“Prior to the ACNV teen art competition, there was no venue for students to view work done at other schools. This show provides my students with the opportunity to have their work matted, framed, and properly displayed,” said Carl Wilfong, Art Instructor, Mountain Ridge High School. “Having their work judged for quality against peers from other schools is an invaluable tool that helps them to better evaluate their own work.”

“Artists in Studio” will feature mixed media, ceramics, oil, acrylic, and more in a gallery/show type setting. To add to the fun, Musical Theatre of Anthem will perform live


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Each year, through a partnership with visual art teachers, teen artists from area high schools compete for this prize at their schools. The ten best pieces are selected for the exhibition.

“Our program at Deer Valley High School has become more community-based, and the students are more

aware of the art world around them, since we started participating in the ACNV teen art competition,” said Stephanie Sullinger-Dukarm, Deer Valley High School Art Department. “As a teacher, it is gives us a chance to share our successes with the North Valley community, giving more opportunities for our students to network and prepare them for college and creative careers.” Professional art instructors from the Scottsdale Artists’ School will judge the artwork. “The organizers and judges have been very giving and supportive of our students; they take the time to engage the students in conversation about their art and their future plans,” said Sullinger-Dukarm. “The students that received awards came back to the school with a sense of pride and shared their enthusiasm with their peers.” The public will also have a chance to vote on their favorite piece. Those who vote for the People’s Choice Award will receive a ticket for two prize drawings to be held at the Sunday afternoon Recognition and Awards Ceremony. Open to everyone, the Ceremony will take place during the reception on Sunday, April 17, from 3:00PM to 5:00PM. “It is so gratifying to see the artwork of these talented teens and for me to have the opportunity to congratulate them on their participation in the program,” said Willine Evans, ACNV Program Chair. “Many of the students from past events have pursued art as a career, and we believe their participation helps them develop skills needed to compete in the post-high school world.” The ACNV Regional Teen Art Competition promotes artistic self-expression, attention to quality of artwork and display, and provides a meaningful opportunity for artistic teens to receive public recognition for their efforts. It also gives the community an opportunity to glimpse the professional artists of the future.

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Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17 from 10:00AM to 5:00PM Outlets at Anthem 4250 W. Anthem Way, Anthem, Arizona - Take I-17 to exit 229 Suite 550 is located to the left of the Food Court For further information visit / 623.516.2268





Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

The Caepe Pledges to Help Haiti’s Apocalypse School Classical Greek philosopher Diogenes Laertius said, “The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” If this is indeed the truth, then Haiti is on very shaky ground, both literally and figuratively. Just barely a year after their catastrophic 7.3-magnitude earthquake centered in the capital of Port-au-Prince the reality sets in that Haiti must not only deal with the death toll and the crumbling of its infrastructure, but also its educational system. Tamara Lee, Head of School at The Caepe School identified this issue after several conversations with family and friends who were already involved in a project to assist Haiti, and she decided to get involved. Tamara shares, “When I learned of the minimal costs to educate a child in Haiti of approximately $300 per year, and I thought of the everyday standards we’re accustomed to in Anthem, I wanted to see how we could help.”


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The Caepe crew has already set out on their first fact-finding mission to see firsthand the devastating toll that the earthquake took on a particular private school with which they will be working, The Apocalypse School, a private K-12 school located in the city of Tabar. What they discovered was almost unimaginable: no electricity, no safe drinking water, and antiquated computers. The numbers are staggering ... over 50 percent of Haiti’s population is school age, yet over half the population is illiterate. Many children cannot afford the costs of education in Haiti because the average family makes less than a dollar per day. The government does not provide adequate funding for public schools and most families cannot afford the costs of private education, which can be as little as $20 a year in some cases.

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Tamara Lee holds a very positive philosophy in which she dreams of empowering the youth in Haiti to become strong leaders through education. She explains, “Through education all things are possible and with education, new leaders can be groomed in order to change the current conditions in Haiti. We know that we can’t fix the situation, now or anytime in the near future, but we can begin to help make a difference.” The Caepe hopes that joining forces with “The Open Window Project” can make the difference. Phase One of the project is to help re-build The Apocalypse School, then they will move on to the second phase of the project, to build a university. Tamara is hopeful about the project but honest about the cautious steps they must take to fully realize the vision. She explains, “The relationship is just now unfolding and we don’t know exactly what we can achieve at this time to ensure that our efforts are received in the most effective and efficient manner. With so much devastation and the country in political turmoil, we must first determine the proper channels to go through to assist.” The passion and desire are certainly there, though, especially on the part of The Caepe’s student body. Tamara reflects, “The efforts are quadrupled with the desire exhibited from the Caepe students. During our first trip, the students created postcards to give to students of The Apocalypse School with heart-wrenching messages that were rooted in support. The students are learning about community every day here in Anthem, but this is teaching students about other parts of the world and how they can make a difference in areas that were foreign to them prior to the earthquake. Their outpouring of selfless expression has energized The Caepe School to remain involved and create a longstanding relationship with The Apocalypse School.” For more information, please check The Caepe School website for an open community discussion meeting concerning future plans in Haiti.





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Writer Nigel Spence

The Boulder Creek High School Club Lacrosse team is

Booth, a Vermont native, who played four years of high

embarking upon their second season of varsity play this

school lacrosse and four more years at the collegiate

semester. Having played three years of JV Lacrosse,

level, has injected a sense of enthusiasm and fun

the Jags stepped up to fielding a varsity team last season

into the Boulder Creek team, “My main goal is for the

and are looking to improve upon the 2009-10 campaign.

players to have fun. Sometimes they want to stress, and I just tell them to remember their fundamentals

The club has experienced burgeoning numbers in

and have fun. If they can’t have fun playing lacrosse,

participation, a trend that has been experienced

then I really don’t want them out there.”

across the board in the North Valley as more and more families become involved with the game of lacrosse.

The game of lacrosse, which is common on the east

The North Valley Predators, a local junior high club

coast but slowly migrating west, demands much of the

team, has been steadily growing for several seasons,

athlete. Participants need to have great foot speed,

which is now feeding the High School with students

endurance, strength, and no fear of contact. The pre-

interested in lacrosse. “We have a total of forty-four

season conditioning is no picnic, but Booth maintains

players this year, up from thirty-two a year ago. The

that athletes with a competitive spirit are easily

increase in participation has created competition for

attracted to the game, “Lacrosse is a fast-paced, high-

positions on the starting lineup and has allowed us to

scoring, physical game. Once an athlete is exposed

share playing time among a larger group,” remarked

to it, and they pick up the fundamentals, it is easy to

second-year head coach Dan Booth.

see how they get hooked.”




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This season the Jaguars have set the goal to make



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Last year, the team made it to the state semi-finals and Coach McDonald is determined that this is not the year to take a backward step, “Momentum is on our side and we are excited to continue where we left off. We feel we have arrived as one of the top programs in the state.   The first rankings from AZ Republic has listed

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Boulder Creek at #4. We have goals set to be the Northwest Region Champions and to be playing on May 14th in the state title game.” McDonald will be looking to another strong group of seasoned seniors to take leadership roles both on and off of the diamond; to be strongly supported by a cast of up-and-coming talent. Senior Cody Jones is likely to be the ace in the starting pitching rotation after a solid junior campaign in 2010. Fellow seniors, Alex Real and Omar Ramirez, are slated to spend time on the mound in support of Jones, as well as Juniors Tony Blanford, Cameron Brendel, and Alex Lownes. Jonny Pawling will spend the majority of his time behind the plate, but he, too, can assist with pitching duties. Pawling will also be called upon for offensive production. His .424 batting average from a year ago is the highest

BCHS Baseball Returning from the baseball program’s most successful season, Coach Joe McDonald is going to continue full throttle as the Jaguars power toward the dream of capturing a state championship.

of all returning players, narrowly higher than Jones at .410. The team has been strongly boosted by the arrival of Alex Real, who transferred from nearby Pinnacle High School. Through the first few games of the season, Real led the team in both batting average and slugging percentage; hopefully a sign of things to come. Boulder Creek Baseball is played on a beautiful diamond on campus. If you love baseball, go along and support the Jags this season.

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Community The Great ACE Race In the age of iPads, DSis, and Wiis it is not often that an opportunity arises not only for young people to do something with family, but also to create something using his or her own hands. One of those golden opportunities is upcoming in the form of “The Great ACE Race” at the ACE Hardware in Anthem sponsored by the store and Jeffrey King of Keller Williams Realty. The challenge is to build a Pine Car for the pine car derby that will take place at the store on Sunday, April 10th at 2PM. The race is for youngsters ages 5 and up. There will be car-building workshops at the store on March 26, and April 2 from 1 to 3PM. Registration on the day of the race begins at 12:30PM. The Great ACE Race will follow traditional Boy Scouts of America Pinewood Derby guidelines, which can be found at: Supplies for building the pine car can be purchased at Ace Hardware in Anthem.  Race guidelines and registration forms are also available at the store. ACE Hardware 3440 W. Anthem Way, Anthem 623.551.5990

Anthem Prep Captures Soccer Championship The Anthem Prep Girls Middle School soccer team won the school’s first Great Heart Middle School League Championship in dramatic fashion over Scottsdale Prep. In what was seemingly a David vs. Goliath scenario, Anthem Prep battled throughout the game just to stay within striking distance. With five minutes to go, Anthem Prep found themselves trailing 3-1 and it appeared that Scottsdale Prep, with five classes of eighth graders to select their team from, would just be too good for the much smaller Anthem-based school. With the heart of David, Anthem Prep refused to give up, scoring a second goal off of the boot of Mackenzie Jakubik. With just seconds left in the game, Anthem Prep’s continuous pressure on goal was rewarded when a Scottsdale Prep player illegally used her hand in front of goal, leading to a Penalty shot that was calmly put into the back of the net by Makayla Roe. The game would be decided by a penalty shootout and when Anthem Prep goal keeper, Sierra Averill , made a save, it was left to Jakubik to strike the potentially championship winning shot. Showing the leadership she has demonstrated all year, she calmly placed the shot into the corner. She was then mobbed by her ecstatic teammates, as coaches and parents poured on the field to celebrate the improbable victory.


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Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum! This musical adaptation of the classic “Jack & the Beanstalk” English folk-tale will surely delight the whole family. Follow Jack as he goes up the beanstalk and into the castle where he not only fights Gogmagog, the giant, but a malicious troll as well. By the end of this zany tale, the cow is returned, the chicken learns how to lay golden eggs and the good life returns to the kingdom.  You’ll love the lively score, including “Good Things are Bound to Happen,” “Magic Beans” and the toe-tapping “Run, Jack, Run,” which will have both young and old humming the catchy tunes! This no-cut, no-audition, 36-hour program is designed for children ages 6 to 14. Cost is $200.00 per child with 25% sibling discounts available. Classes start March 22nd, and are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:00PM to 6:00PM at Canyon Springs School. Children will learn the joy of performing while learning important aspects of theatre, including, but not limited to, vocalization, dance, character development, stage presence, self and group discipline, and theatrical protocol. The curriculum includes a combination of physical exercise, oral reading and theatrical games, all taught in a loving and nurturing environment. Families are encouraged to join the fun by helping make simple sets and costumes. Performances for Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum are scheduled for April 29th and 30th, at Cross of Christ Church. 623.594.3832

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Honors Medals Brendon McNicholas: Gold, Language and Literature; Gold, Music; Gold, Overall Highest Scoring Student; Silver, Art; Silver, Economics; Silver, Math; Silver, Social Science; Silver, Speech; Trophy, Best Prepared Speech Overall; Bronze, Super Quiz Jessica Schildt: Gold, Essay Scholastic Medals Rick Kearney: Gold, Language and Literature; Gold, Essay: Gold, Overall Scholastic; Silver, Speech; Bronze, Economics; Bronze, Art Alicia Rodriguez: Silver, Social Science;

BCHS Academic Decathalon Academic Decathlon may not be the most well-known among Boulder Creek’s various clubs, sports, and organizations, but the award-winning BC team recently received recognition at the Regional Competition on February 4-5, 2011. Earning fourth place, Boulder Creek’s Academic Decathlon contained a diverse team of students this year; five out of the nine team members earned awards, for a total of twenty medals and three trophies. Team competitors in Academic Decathlon are tested on information in seven subjects, and are also judged on a speech, a formal interview, and a timed essay on one of three given topics. Led by Coach Elizabeth Erickson and Assistant Coach Roz McDermott, the nine team competitors won medals in every area of study. On the right is a list of the medals and trophies won. Academic Decathlon is preparing for the upcoming State Competition, which will occur on March 1112, 2011. ImagesAZ congratulates the BCHS Academic Decathlon on the great results at the regional championships and all the very best for the upcoming state championships.

GFWC Volunteer of the Year Nominations Nominations for the 2011 Volunteer of the Year award are now being accepted by the GFWC North Valley Women’s Club. The award honors extraordinary community volunteers who have helped improve or promote the general welfare of the North Valley communities. Judging is based on the activity, need, leadership, initiative and innovation of the nominees. “It is with great pleasure that we annually recognize the Volunteer of the Year who has given their time and heart so generously to our North Valley communities. The award recipient will receive a $250 check payable to the charity of their choice and will be the guest of honor at the annual Volunteer of the Year luncheon,” said Wanda Hill, club President. A nomination form may be requested by emailing V. Davis at The deadline for nomination is March 31, 2011. Previous Volunteers of the Year have been Donna Kublin, founding President of the Arts Council of the North Valley, Eric Kilstrom, Executive Director of We Care in Anthem, Jack and Judy Maltby, North Valley Sheriff’s Posse, Linda Kacmarsky, Team W.I.S.H., Craig Boates, Anthem Rotary and Barbara Windgassen, President of Anthem Pets Inc.


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Bronze, Interview Cameron Howard: Gold, Math Trophies/Plaques Highest Scoring Student: Brendon McNicholas Overall Best Prepared Speech: Brendon McNicholas Overall Best Essay: Rick Kearney Team Competitors: Brendon McNicholas, Kathleen Carrol, Jessica Schildt, Rick Kearney, Alicia Rodriguez, Cameron Howard, Ty Reeves, John Schildt, Taylor Robinson. Alternates: Maddie Anderson, Ashley Hough, Emily Huffman. Club President: Taylor Reigel




North Association Pop Warner Football and Cheer Registration The North Association Pop Warner Football and Cheer are hosting several registration events for their upcoming 2011 season. Early registration discounts are in place, and parents are encouraged to sign up early to help secure accurate player numbers. Please visit the website for your registration packet prior to attending registration. Please be sure to read all of the registration requirements on the website to ensure your youngster won’t be disappointed. Season starts August 1st for tackle football and August 8th for flag. 602.944.4508 March 26th

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SAVE the date.... Melodramas and Megastars: The Theatre in Territorial Arizona (1878-1912) Pioneer Living History Museum (PLHM) is proud to present a reader’s theater presentation by Tom Collins and Karen Churchill, both professors of the arts with years of experience before the footlights. On Sunday, April 17, visitors to PLHM will relive the golden days of live theater in this presentation, enhanced by Power Point slides of actors, vintage theater posters, scenes from plays, and old-time opera houses, that brings Territorial Arizona vividly to life. In the days when miners, cowboys, lawyers, and army men and women all rubbed shoulders in the so-called “opera houses” of Territorial Arizona; megastars like Pauline Markham, Nellie Boyd, Louis James, and Charles B. Hanford strutted the boards in thrilling melodramas that roused audiences to boos, cheers, and tears. From “East Lynne” to “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” to “The Cowboy and the Lady,” detestable villains preyed upon vulnerable women, unlikely heroes championed virtue in distress, and angelic children ascended to Heaven. Yes, it was the days when larger-than-life classical actors brought Shakespeare’s most melodramatic tragedies to Tombstone, Tucson, Phoenix, and Prescott; the days when legitimate drama competed with magicians, midgets, and minstrel shows. The show at Pioneer begins at 2:00PM in the Opera House on April 17, so make it a day! PLHM opens each day, Wednesday through Sunday at 9:00AM and doesn’t close until 4:00PM. Pioneer Living History Museum is located off I-17 at Pioneer exit 225. It is just south of Daisy Mountain and north of Carefree Highway. Find out more about PLHM at or call them at: 623.465.1052. The show is included in the regular price of admission, which is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for students 5-17 years, $6.00 for seniors 60+. Children under 5 years of age are free. 623.465.1052


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Habitat Breaks Ground on Two New Projects Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills got wonderful press when they presented their last home to a lucky recipient, with the help of NFL star Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda, through their “First Things First” Foundation. Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills has now broken ground on two new homes at Carefree Highway and 12th Street. The group is looking for more people to donate their time and talent to the ongoing projects. If you believe in and want to further the cause, there are other ways that you can support the project and future projects of Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills. One of them is by “raising the roof” in the upcoming “Raise the Roof” Golf Tournament at Troon North Golf Club on Monday, April 18th. While you are enjoying your day of golf, fun, food, and entertainment, you will be raising money to support the very worthwhile mission of Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills. The day will begin at 10:30AM with practice on the driving range, bidding on silent auction items, and lunch provided by Babbo Italian Eatery. The day begins with a shotgun start at 12:30PM and concludes with a complimentary wine tasting. There will be a brief awards ceremony at the end of the night, but no doubt, the real reward will be knowing that you made a contribution to a worthwhile cause! Registration:

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March 17-20 21ST ANNUAL NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE WEST Festival of the West is held at Westworld in Scottsdale from March 17 through March 20. This star-studded event features celebrities from TV, movies, and Country Western music. Beginning each day at 10:00AM and continuing until 7:00PM, kids can participate in Karaoke, a petting zoo, rodeo activities, crafts, face-painting, shoot-outs, and laser-gun activities. Attendees can enjoy visits to four stages of continuous music and dancing all day long; visits with celebrities, getting their autographs; and checking out the vendor shows to purchase western clothing, accessories, and souvenirs. There will be buggy rides, gun fights, and Buffalo Soldiers. You can explore the Mountain Man Rendezvous, and enjoy the wonderful aromas and tastes of the Chuck Wagon cook-offs. When the day is done, there will be concerts and dancing beginning at 8:00PM, Thursday through Saturday, with concerts all day Sunday. On Kid’s Day- Friday, March 18, children under 12 will be admitted free with adult supervision. Why not join the more than 50,000


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March 18 & 19 PROMUSICA ARIZONA CONCERT “Beethoven’s Fantasy” March brings a great opportunity to enjoy Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert in musical works that celebrate life, hope, and triumph. ProMusica Arizona Chorale & Orchestra (PMAZ), will present a concert entitled “Beethoven’s Fantasy” at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center (33606 N. 60th St. Scottsdale, just south of the intersection of Carefree Highway & 60th Street) on March 18 and 19 at 7:30PM. After her rousing début in spring 2008 playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, PMAZ is thrilled to once again feature the North Valley’s own gifted piano soloist, Karen Stephens Taylor. Guest soprano soloist Megan Weston (pictured right) from New York City will also join Maestro Kevin Kozacek and the 120 members of PMAZ on stage. Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy is a tremendous piece that showcases not only the chorale, but the talented nimble fingers of Mrs. Taylor in a piano concerto-like opening that bursts open with song and lyrics of spring’s optimism. Tickets are $20-adults, $18-Seniors, $15 Students 623.465.4650


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March 25-27 Show-Stopping Miniature Horses Capture WestWorld Cute, adorable, and mesmerizing are adjectives that describe Arizona’s smallest equine, the miniature horse. This loveable animal, averaging three feet tall at the shoulders, is a real crowdpleaser anytime it appears. This year, the 24th Annual Touch of Class Miniature Horse Show will showcase these lovable minis on March 25th, 26th, and 27th at the Equidome at Westworld, located at 16601 N. Pima Road, off Loop 101 in Scottsdale. Each day, Arizona’s largest miniature-horse show will begin at 8:00AM and continue until evening. Families can enjoy watching the show, or they can tour the barns for an up-close and personal experience with these delightful equines. The show includes both halter and performance classes, such as: driving, obstacle, roadster, jumping, liberty, and costume. Don’t miss Sunday’s performance by the Arizona Mini-Mystique Driving Drill Team, who will perform a precision drill, set to music during Sunday’s lunch break. One lucky visitor will even be able to take a miniature horse home with them. The raffle tickets for a miniature horse are available at the show for the raffle to be held on Sunday afternoon. Admission and parking are free: so there is no excuse for horse and animal lovers to stay home. These smallest of equines will steal your heart as you enjoy one of the Southwest’s biggest shows of American Miniature Horses, with representatives from many neighboring states. Food, refreshments, and many vendor booths will be on the show grounds, so every member of the family will find something to enjoy.




March 26 Pioneer Village Vintage Baseball Team CALLING ALL NORTH VALLEY BALLPLAYERS!!! PIONEER IS PUTTING TOGETHER AN 1860’S STYLE BASEBALL TEAM! Anyone, male or female, from 12 to 85 years of age, who is interested in some good old-fashioned fun with friends and family, is invited to the kick-off meeting at PLHM on Saturday, March 26. This will include a practice session and will run from 5:00PM until 7:00PM; so wear comfortable shoes and clothing- no steelcleats on shoes, please. You don’t even need a glove. If you haven’t seen a Vintage, 1860’s-style ball game, you’re going to love the experience. This is a game for everyone, even the spectators, who are called “Cranks.” While 1860’s rules apply, the friendly competition has no place for big egos or steroids! “We play for fun; and we play to win; but most of all, we play for the friendship and camaraderie. We know each other better and have become closer than in any other game that I’ve been involved in,” said Jim Roth of the Bisbee Bees. The first scheduled game will be played at Pioneer on April 30th against the Arizona Territories Stars and Stripes Baseball Team. So, if you think you’re up for a friendly game, come on out to PLHM on March 26th at 5:00PM, and join the fun. it all goes as planned, Pioneer’s team could join in-league play, beginning next October. Pioneer Living History Museum is located off I-17 at Pioneer exit 225. It is just south of Daisy Mountain and north of Carefree Highway. 623.465.1052;


March 26 & 27 Starlight Community Theater Auditions for Bye-Bye Birdie

This satire on American society was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer, Elvis Presley, and his draft notice into the Army in 1958. A rock singer, Conrad Birdie, travels to Sweet Apple, Ohio to make his farewell television performance and kiss his biggest fan, Kim MacAfee, before he is drafted. Get ready to “Put on a Happy Face!” Auditions will be held March 26 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM with callbacks, March 27 6:00PM to 9:00PM. Location and audition Forms will be available on the Starlight website. Those auditioning are asked to please prepare 16 bars of an upbeat song and bring CD accompaniment. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for dancing. Performances of Bye Bye Birdie will be held June 9th through June 12th. 623.551.9600;


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April 2 Ari Hest “On the Lawn” Renowned “Folk Rocker” Ari Hest Returns to Arizona for April 2nd’s “On the Lawn” Concert at Tonto Bar & Grill. Hest will perform songs from his new CD, “Sunset Over Hope Street.” Presented by the Roastery of Cave Creek (ROC2), the concert takes place on the lawn in front of the restaurant’s patio at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:00PM) amidst breathtaking desert views and the dramatic ridge of the Tonto National Forest in the background. Tonto Bar & Grill at Rancho Mañana Golf Resort is located at 5736 E. Rancho Mañana Blvd. in Cave Creek. Hest, who received rave reviews from his concert at Tonto Bar & Grill last May, will captivate his audience with his intelligent and entertaining acoustic set. His concert is part of his new Sunset Over Hope Street tour to promote his new CD, which will be released on

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April 3, 10, 17 Live Jazz at El Pedregal El Pedregal Shops and Dining at the Boulders Resort, and KYOT 95.5 Jazz Radio return with the annual Spring Wine and Jazz Concert Series, celebrating distinctive shopping, delightful wines, and live jazz music from notable valley artists. Held in the outdoor amphitheatre, guests are invited to sit under the blue sky, relax on the grass, and listen to classic jazz music every Sunday throughout the month of April, between the hours of 1:00PM and 4:00PM. Admission is free and food tickets and commemorative wine glasses are available for purchase. The April line-up includes Urban Quartet on April 3rd.  This string group, which has performed for nearly one-hundred-thousand fans, explores an eclectic repertoire, showcasing original and contemporary works such as Metallica, Gwen Stefani, Queen, Led Zepplin, and the Rolling Stones -through the means of a string quartet. April 10th will feature Alice Tatum, a fixture in the Phoenix music scene for over thirty years. Tatum is an award-winning and critically-acclaimed singer who has played alongside greats such as The Righteous Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Alice Cooper, and Nancy Wilson. Tatum performs intimate jazz music and dance varieties. April 17th - Affinity takes the stage. This ten-piece band performs contemporary swing, big band jazz, and great vocal harmonies. Affinity spotlights female and male vocalists with a powerful rhythm consisting of guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, saxophones, trumpets, and trombones. Affinity performs arrangements with the sounds of Sinatra, Michael Buble, Santana, Sister Sledge, The Eagles, Donna Summer, the Temptations, and more!



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April 6-10 Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo From Wednesday, April 6 through Sunday, April 10, the Fiesta Days Rodeo will be held at the Cave Creek Memorial Arena, which is located one-mile north of Carefree Highway on North 28th Street. Festivities begin on Wednesday with the 1st Annual Fiesta Days-Dan Lebsock Memorial Golf Tournament at Rancho Manana Golf Club. Thursday brings the Miss Rodeo Arizona Horsemanship contest to the Memorial Arena, with a Kid’s Night Movie at dark. The excitement escalates beginning at 8:00AM on Friday; the PRCA Slack events will allow cowboys unable to schedule a regular ride in the rodeo to post their times. The Women’s Professional Rodeo follows at 10:00AM. Finally, it’s time for the RODEO!!! Three days of buckin’, ropin’, and cowboy fun will fill the arena Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon. Yes, there’s something for everyone. The Fiesta Days Parade will progress through the streets of Cave Creek beginning at 9:00AM on Saturday. The kids get a chance at Mutton Bustin’ at the arena, both Saturday and Sunday; and Harold’s Cave Creek Corral will hold Rodeo Dances on Friday and Saturday after the Rodeo. It’s a weekend of fun and excitement that you won’t want to miss, if you enjoy good, old-time cowboy fun.

April 9 & 10 12th Annual Anthem Days The 12th Annual Anthem Days takes place this year on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10. The Anthem Community Park will be a-buzz as this two-day festival celebrates everything Spring with an arts and crafts fair, a business fair, live entertainment, carnival rides and games, a food court and beer garden, bounce houses, pony and barrel rides, contests and an egg hunt that includes a visit by Peter Cottontail.




April 14 – 17 MTA Performs Honk Jr. Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces its upcoming musical production of Honk! Jr. – the contemporary and comic retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, “The Ugly Duckling.” Honk features a wonderful Dreamcoat-like score that everyone will enjoy. Visit the farm in Anthem with the talented cast of 65 area youth, ages 6-14, as they perform the heart-warming story that reminds us all not to judge a book by its cover. Performances will be held on April 14 and 16 at 7:00PM, and April 16 and 17 at 3:00PM at Boulder Creek High School’s Performing Arts Center (Main Auditorium), 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy, Anthem, AZ 85086. Adult tickets are $18 and Students, Seniors and Children 12 and under are $15. Tickets can be purchased at the MTA Website.

April 15 2nd ANNUAL “BULLS 4 BOOBS” Get ready for the 2nd Annual ‘Bulls 4 Boobs’ fundraiser hosted by Team W.I. S.H. Arizona and the Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse, Cave Creek, AZ, Friday, April 15, 5:30PM-10:00PM. Bull riding is an extreme sport with cowboys on-board who have the tenacity to try and hang on for ‘8 seconds’ of glory. Not to be outdone, 46 members of Team W.I.S.H. will participate in the AZ 3-Day 60-mile walk, November 11-13, 2011 in the Phoenix area and raise funds to help find a cure for this horrible disease. Team members will be on hand every Friday night starting March 11, along with these ‘bovine athletes’ through the finale April 15, selling raffle tickets, Bulls 4 Boobs event shirts, pink ribbons and more. And the Buffalo Chip will be serving up great food, two-stepping music and barrels of fun for every age! “We could not have been as successful last year without the support of Buffalo Chip owner, Larry Wendt and his staff, along with all the contributors and media that got behind this event,” agrees Kira Westin and Carol Stacy, Team W.I.S.H Arizona members. So…pull your boots on, get out your Friday’s best, and scoot up to the Buffalo Chip for a ‘rock’em, sock’em’ fundraiser and show your support because…‘everyone deserves a lifetime!’


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April 16 Outlets at Anthem’s 8th Annual Strike-A-Pose Model Search Could you be one of Arizona’s next top models? Outlets at Anthem is once again teaming up with FORD/Robert Black Agency to discover the freshest Valley faces ready to make the big time. The 8th Annual Strike-A-Pose Model Search will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Outlets at Anthem. Four grand-prize winners will be awarded a one-year modeling contract with FORD/ Robert Black. In addition, Outlets at Anthem will select another ten winners to represent the center in their yearround print ad campaigns and televised appearances. No prior modeling experience is necessary. All that’s needed is a smiling face and a positive attitude. Entrants must be between the ages of five and forty. Registration is free and will take place on site starting at 7:30AM on event day. Pre-registration is also available online at the

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There is always something happening at Cave Creek Regional Park. Ranger Sarah Steele and her enthusiastic corps of volunteers are always thinking up new and exciting adventures to enrich their regular inventory of stimulating experiences. March and April brings a focus to spring and the beautiful desert flora in the park. Learn of the ancient people who once called the Sonora Desert home. Go for a horseback ride, take a hike, watch the reptiles as they enjoy their monthly meal, or learn to handle a bow and arrow. It’s all happening in the park. Cave Creek Regional Park is located north of Carefree Highway, 7 miles east of I-17 and 2 miles north on 32nd Street. Park admission is $6 per vehicle or $75 for a yearly, vehicle pass. Visit their website at: for more information.

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Reach Your Goal Fitness Series Finale!!!! March 17 @ 9:00AM– 12:00PM (Meet at the Go John Trailhead) Hike the Go John Trail - 6 miles/moderate to difficult at points. Ride with the Ranger March 17 and March 24 @ 3:00PM Join the Ranger and Cave Creek Trail Rides* as they introduce you to the amazing wonders of Cave Creek Park and the Sonoran Desert on horseback! This will be a 1-hour ride where you will experience the nature and landscape as you have never seen it before. Registration is required for this fee based program. ***Please call Cave Creek Trail Rides at 623.742.6700 to sign up.**** Desert Survival March 18 @ 10:00AM (Meet at the Nature Center) Join a discussion of basic techniques for staying alive in the desert. The focus will be safety, hydration, “staying found”, orienting, venomous creatures, etc. These are skills that could save your life one day. Desert Jeopardy March 18 @ 4:00PM (Meet at Nature Center) Test your knowledge of the desert by participating in this fun quiz show! Ranger Sarah will discover what you know and will let you discover what she knows! Trivia topics include desert mammals, reptiles, birds, plants, history, geology, and hiking. All ages will enjoy this fun indoor game. Prizes will be given to the highest-scoring participants in each age group. Archery 101 March 19 @ 9:00AM (Meet at the Group Campground) Find out how it feels to shoot a compound or recurve bow! This archery program is open to anyone ages 8 and older. Participants experience a safe, fun, and well-balanced introduction to recreational and international-style target archery. Equipment is provided. Please bring water, a non-elastic 90 inch piece of rope and wear closed-toe shoes. ***Pre-registration is required for this class; please call 623.465.0431***

Creature Feature March 19 @ 3:00PM (Meet at the Nature Center) A special interpretive program will explore the fascinating world of the Hohokam People and give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the ancient inhabitants of our Sonoran desert. The program will conclude with a family-friendly movie presentation depicting the life of another ancient culture. Feel free to bring a mat, pillow, blanket or sleeping bag! Concessions will be available for purchase in the nature center; however, you are welcome to bring your own food and beverages - no glass containers please. Full Moon Hike: Clay Mine March 19 and April 16 @ 7:00PM (Meet at the Group Campground) Take an amazing and mysterious adventure as you enter Clay Mine at night! This will be an easy, 1-mile hike, as the moon lights the way to the mine. Once inside, candles will guide you through the history of this mine, and you will learn how its contents were used to cure all your ailments. Bring water and a flashlight, in case you need it. Helmets will be supplied to enter the mine, as long as you wear sturdy shoes. Go John Fitness Hike March 24 @ 9:00AM– 12:00PM (Meet at the Go John Trailhead) Get out on our Go John Trail and enjoy this 6-mile, moderate-to-difficult loop while getting a workout. If you have just finished the fitness series, or weren’t able to make it last week, here is your chance to get out there and stay consistent. Bring plenty of EXTRA water and sturdy closed-toed shoes. Spring into Wildflowers March 25 @ 9:00AM (Meet at the Overton Trailhead) Spring is here and so are the wildflowers! See what’s blooming in Cave Creek. This 2-hour stroll along the 3.5 mile Overton/ Go John loop-trail will showcase the wildflowers found in the park and explore the beauty of the area. Bring plenty of water and sturdy closed-toe shoes.

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Reptile Feeding March 26 @ 10:00AM (Feeding takes place at the Nature Center) Have you ever seen a reptile eat? Join the staff after your morning hike and see how our cold-blooded residents eat their meals! Frozen rodent entrees will be served to the critters. Come learn about the important roles these creatures play in our dynamic food web. Venomous Creatures March 26 @ 2:00PM (Meet at Nature Center) Join a presentation about the venomous creatures you may find around the Valley! Enjoy the beauty of these wonderful and misunderstood animals, while learning fascinating facts and the important role each creature plays in the desert ecosystem. The Desert Drugstore: Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert March 27 @ 10:00AM (Meet at Nature Center) Local Herbalist Melanie Dunlap RMT/LMT, will be able to show you just how people have, and continue to employ our native flora to heal. Along a 1-mile hike, Melanie will show you how these amazing plants can help with allergies, insect stings, and more!


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Clay Mine Mysteries April 1 @ 4:00PM (Meet at the Nature Center) Join a moderate 2-mile hike to explore the history of Clay Mine. Go in this mine and see why it was used to produce an elixir to cure all of your ailments. Helmets will be supplied to enter the mine, as long as you wear sturdy shoes. FITNESS FOCUSED April 7 @ 8:30AM (Meet at the Overton Trailhead) Every Thursday in April, get your feet moving and heart pumping. Guides will lead you throughout a different part of the park each week as you average 2.5 to 3.5 miles. It is getting warm out there, so bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. FITNESS FOCUSED April 14 @ 8:30AM (Meet at the Go John Trailhead) *Cave Creek Trail Rides Located in Cave Creek Regional Park. For trail ride info, prices, and reservations, 623.742.6700 *Hikes/programs are canceled if heavy, inclement weather is imminent. Canceled hikes and updates will be posted on the website.




Writer Donna Kublin

Get Ready to Picnic! Picnic Under the Stars ~ Express Your Inner Self! Anthem Community Park Gazebo

Saturday, April 30 @ 6:00pm - (5:00pm table set up can begin) Tickets $35 EACH Becky MacMillan / / 623.551.3254 / Deadline April 23


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< Marlana Stoddard-Hayes “Agaricus Lace” Refreshing adult fun is right around the corner at the Third Annual ACNV Picnic Under the Stars – Express Your Inner Self. The fact that it is a fundraiser for the arts is a bonus; people love the event because it not only gives

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them an opportunity to contribute to the support of local arts, it also gives them a chance to let their hair down. On the evening of Saturday, April 30, the gazebo area of Anthem Community

One of the finest Assisted Live dance music and laughter will fill the air. The lawn will be covered with Living Homes is located decorated tables and people who have “decorated” themselves in themes right here in Anthem? from Ancient Rome to Easy Rider, and from Caribbean Islands to Old West Park will be transformed by the sights and sounds of adults having fun.

Cowboys. Food choices run the gamut from elaborate meals to pizza or sushi, depending on what people bring. An exciting part of the event is a chance to bid on live and silent auction items, all to benefit the arts in the North Valley community. Art enthusiasts have provided some amazing auction items this year. They range from massages, tailgate parties, and jewelry, to original artist paintings, wines from Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list, and vacation retreats such as a trip to Cabo at the Club Cascadas de Baja on Medan Beach in the Sea of Cortez. Fabulous art will be part of the live auction. In addition to local artists Renee Palmer Jones and Dawn Kirschner, the ACNV executive director, Holly

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Matson, has drawn upon her contacts in the Pacific Northwest to obtain some remarkable pieces. One such artist is Marlana Stoddard-Hayes, who lives on a one-acre property outside of Portland, Oregon. An accomplished artist, college instructor and thesis adviser with two Master of Arts degrees, Marlana has developed a unique form of painting that combines her interest in nature, organic

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Each fall, a large variety of mushrooms begin to sprout on Marlana’s property with some mushroom caps as small as two inches across and some as large as dinner plates. She harvests the mushrooms and uses the caps directly on her paintings by pressing the gills against them and trapping the spores in resin. In a sense, she is using mushroom spores as a form of pigmentation. She then employs a painting-layering process to complement the shapes and colors of the spores, which vary from white to black and everything in between. Each painting can take up to four months to complete, with the end result a fabulous original with a look of textiles. Marlana has always loved mushrooms, having been a morel hunter in her youth and having grown up in Iowa and Wyoming where she enjoyed most being outdoors. The June/July issue of the nature publication, “Orion Magazine,” includes a six-page feature of Marlana titled “The Mushroom’s Chronicle.” Love of the outdoors, naturalistic forms, and organic shapes have led Marlana to develop this unique and beautiful art form. While fabulous auction items, terrific dance music, and friendly camaraderie are key to this event, for newcomers to the community, Picnic is a great way to meet people. The relaxed atmosphere filled with dancing, laughing, and exciting auctions makes it easy to mingle. “If you are new to the community or just to Picnic, simply call to order tickets and an ACNV representative will walk you through the details,” said Holly, ACNV executive director. “You can join a larger table that has already picked a theme, or have an intimate table for two or more and pick your own theme, such as Finally a Night Out.” For some past attendees, competition is keen for Best Table honors and they take it quite seriously; well sort of - as it is all about having fun. Having won for “Jamaica My Weekend” in 2009, a group


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which proved to be very competitive even though it didn’t win. Anthem resident Joyce Jugenheimer told us about the secret of their success. “The first and most important thing to do is to invite people to your table and then have a planning meeting,” Joyce told us. “At the planning meeting, everyone throws in ideas for the theme and then votes for the top theme. Next, we create the plan to carry out the theme. The process is fun because Picnic is all about being with friends, showing our creativity, and supporting the arts.” Whether people want to go all-out for best table honors or just do a simple theme, Picnic Under the Stars welcomes every adult to come out for “let your hair down” fun with friends, neighbors, and colleagues. This unique event provides lasting memories and can lead to forming new connections and enduring friendships, while at the same time supporting the arts in the community.

DETAILS: Picnic Under the Stars Express Your Inner Self! Anthem Community Park Gazebo Saturday, April 30 @ 6:00PM (5:00PM table set up can begin) Tickets are $35 each and may be purchased by contacting Becky MacMillan at or 623.551.3254. Deadline for ticket sales is April 23. A preview of auction items will be emailed to ticket holders.

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find the ideal ways to reach your clients and share your message with them. Who your customers are and what you want to say to them are up to you; but how you communicate with them is where you’ll find help from your local public relations professional. There are a variety of ways in which you can reach your customer, including: Brochures Websites Newsletters

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Everyone Talks About It... But what is it? I am a public relations practitioner.

Blog posts Social media Events Email campaigns Endless possibilities, really The basic idea is that you want your

What kind of reaction did you just have to

prospective customers to know about you; and

reading that sentence? Comprehension?

a public relations practitioner is trained to be

Confusion? A vague sense that you might know

able to do this for you.

what that means? And maybe you would like to

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News releases

learn more about a particular idea?

Why would you hire someone to do your public relations rather than do it yourself? It’s

To help you get beyond that vague sense, I’d

easy. Business owners often underestimate

like to explain a bit about what public relations

the amount of time and expertise it will take to

can do for you.

properly develop what they want to say and

The crux of public relations is businesses

then get it out to their customers. You have a

communicating with their customers. When you

business to run and build. Your business is not

hire a public relations practitioner, you’re asking

to do public relations.

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for help in identifying three things:

When you hire someone to do your public

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Who your ideal customer is

relations, you want to look for someone

What you want to tell them

who has a background in journalism or

How you want to tell them

communications. Of course, it’s all the better if

A public relations practitioner will help you

they actually studied public relations.

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Folk and Heritage Festival

Fun for Everyone Writer Donna Kublin

In 2009, my teenage niece from back East called and asked

Porch, the Maintenance Shed, and the Guest House

if she could visit during Spring break. My husband and I said,

Porch. People of all ages gathered to listen, sitting on

“Sure!” After I hung up the phone, we looked at each other’s

lawn chairs or blankets.

wrinkled face and said together, “Now what will we do with a hyperactive teenager to keep her interest?”

Under the shade of massive trees, camped out on the grass, we noticed that informal jam sessions seemed to

As it happened, I knew she liked music and she also liked

spring up spontaneously. There was also Cowboy Poetry

stories. On a leap of faith, I decided we would go to the

and Storytelling sessions going on. Everyone was having

first annual Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival. I learned

a grand time.

about the event through an email blast from one of the


groups I had heard perform elsewhere. The email said

My niece was fascinated and loved being able to go from

they were going to perform in the Fruit Packing Shed.

stage to stage and hear different performers; and to see all the

“Well, this could be interesting,” I thought.

activity. It was just perfect to satisfy her teenage curiosity.

Not knowing quite what to expect, my niece and I headed

Fast forwarding to 2011, I caught up with Paul King,

to the Historic Sahuaro Ranch Park on 59th Avenue, just

Senior Recreation Coordinator for Sahuaro Ranch

north of the Glendale Community College main campus.

Park Historic Area, to find out what was going on this

What we found was amazing. Accomplished entertainers

year. “The amount of support has really increased this

were performing heartfelt Folk, Country, and Bluegrass

year,” said King. “One hundred and fifty accomplished

music on six intimate stages, including the Foreman’s

entertainers from across the country will come and

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perform for this one weekend. They

The Sahuaro Ranch Park with its

consider it an honor to donate their

history and historic buildings is

time and talent to this event.”

interesting in itself and site tours are available. The first building was

In addition to performances, there

constructed in 1887 when the ranch

is a whole slate of free teaching

included 640 acres. Fruit trees, fig

workshops such as Guitar finger-

orchards, date palms, grain crops,

style, Songwriter’s Circle, as well

and olives were grown at one time

as ukulele techniques, mountain

during its working years. Seventeen

dulcimer beginning autoharp, and

acres of the ranch is now owned by

banjo. To participate, all one has to

the City of Glendale, and the historic

do is show up.

structures are on the National Register of Historic Places.

The two-day Folk and Heritage Festival is definitely a family event

Food and refreshments will be

meant to provide entertainment

available for purchase. People can

for all ages. There are historic site

bring their own picnic lunches as

tours, antique tractor displays that

well. Admission, parking, and most

make great backdrops for photos,

activities are free.

blacksmith demonstrations, children’s games and activity area, and a petting

The Festival is fun for all ages. Judging

zoo. Several of the workshops

from the response of my niece, it is

are geared to children and include

definitely suitable for the teenage set

“Singing Games and Stories” and

and from my viewpoint, it is great for

“Learn to Play with Spoons”.

the mature among us as well.

For music purists, only three of


the six stages have amplification, and it is kept at a low level. The

Glendale Park and Recreation

acoustic value allows the raw talent

Folk and Heritage Festival

to engulf the audience. In addition

Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area

to string instruments, there will also

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be vocalists who will sing without

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accompaniment. In half-hour sets, seasoned performers as well as

Saturday and Sunday

those just starting out who have

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passed muster, will share the stages.

Free Admission

Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s Official

A complete schedule of the

State Historian, will take the stage

entertainment and workshops

on Saturday afternoon. Trimble

is available at www.glendaleaz.

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Picture a bright, blue, Arizona sky. The stands are filled with spectators in a rainbow of colors; broad-brimmed hats on their heads, and bright bandanas around their necks. This is a rodeo crowd, and they are ready for action. It’s going to be a day and night to remember. Top-ranking PRCA cowboys will be vying for prizes in the upcoming events. Bull-ridin’, bronc-bustin’, bulldoggin’, and fancy ropin’ will bring all the fans of rodeo to their feet, shouting and cheering for their favorites. There may be parades, dances, and clowns; but this is what the weekend is all about. It’s time to RODEO AT CAVE CREEK !!!! From Wednesday, April 6 through Sunday, April 10, the 33rd Annual Fiesta Days Rodeo will be performed with daring and flare at the Cave Creek Memorial Arena, located one-mile north of Carefree Highway on North 28th Street. Five days of festivities, presented by the Desert Foothills Community Association (DFCA), begin on Wednesday with the 1st Annual Fiesta DaysDan Lebsock Memorial Golf Tournament at Rancho Mañana Golf Club. A dinner and awards celebration will be held following the tournament at Harold’s Corral. Thursday, the ladies and their horses bring a touch of class to the Memorial Arena with the Miss Rodeo Arizona Horsemanship contest, which will be followed by a Kids Movie Night at dark. On Friday, the excitement escalates beginning at 8:00AM, when the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) Slack events allow cowboys unable to schedule a regular ride in the rodeo to post their times. The action is just as exciting and the tension just as high. Not to be outdone, the Women’s Professional Rodeo (WPRA) follows at 10:00AM, and admission is free. Finally, it’s time for the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) contestants to get down and RODEO!!! Three days of buckin’, ropin’, and cowboy fun, featuring top-ranking PRCA cowboys, will fill the arena on Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon. The theme for Friday night’s performance is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” in support of the fight against cancer, while Sunday’s performance is designated “Wrangler National Patriot Day” in support of America’s wounded and fallen soldiers and their families. Yes, there’s something for everyone: men, women, the young, and the notso-young. The Fiesta Days Parade will progress through the streets of the Town of Cave Creek beginning at 9:00AM on Saturday, April 9. This not-tobe-missed parade celebrates Cave Creek’s Western heritage and National Patriotism.




Be sure to visit the chili cook-off at Frontier Town, before

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 8, 9, and 10, rodeo

moseyin’ out to the Memorial Arena to watch the kids take

admission is $10 for adults; $5 for kids ages 5-14; and free

their chances in the fun-filled, and always exciting, Mutton

for children 4 and under. Parking during performances is $3

Bustin’ contests held on both Saturday and Sunday before

or $1 with two or more non-perishable food donations to

the rodeo. To round-out the fun, Harold’s Cave Creek Corral

support the Foothills Food Bank.

will hold Rodeo Dances on Friday and Saturday nights, after the Rodeo.

Check out all the times and information at:

It’s a weekend of fun and excitement that you won’t want to miss, if you enjoy good, old-time cowboy fun. Admission to the arena and parking on Thursday are free.


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This coming March 20th, aficionados of history and design are in for a treat as the Cave Creek Museum hosts its third annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homes Through Timeâ&#x20AC;? tour on Sunday, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. The most famous home on the tour, the Boulder House, which was built within and around huge granite boulders, was featured on the cover of Architectural Digest. Also on the tour are a southwest hacienda, a European influenced home, and a home that sits surrounded by lovely gardens under the gaze of the mountains of Cave Creek.

Writer Paula Theotocatos Photographer Brenna Orozco (The Boulder House) M ARCH



The Boulder House “Awake, sweet Earth to the warmth of the Sun’s first Rays, And the glow of Renewal.” Sunnie Empie In August of 1974, Bill Empie was intrigued by an ad he saw that said, “Must sell my beautiful pile of boulders near Carefree.” A third-generation Arizonan, Bill had always loved the high country of the Sonoran Desert. He and his wife, Sunnie, were living on beautiful Puget Sound in Olympia, Washington, but the rainy winters were not enjoyable; so Bill decided to take a look at this unusual property. The instructions on how to find the property described the old trail they were to find from Scottsdale Road as “two ruts through the desert – about 100 yards past a rustic, carved wood cactus with an identification sign and the words “Prickly Pear” painted on it in white letters. What Bill found were massive stone monoliths standing guard over the wild desert vegetation. The tumbled clusters of weathered granite boulders are about 1.45 billion years old. More than 12,000 years ago, Paleo-Indians came to this area, following migrating mammoths and bison. They were succeeded later by the Hopi and Hohokam. Military and stagecoach roads followed the ancient trails the Indians had carved out that led to springs. Nearby Cave Creek began as a mail stop in 1877. The Empies bought the property and engaged wellknown architect Charles F. Johnson, challenging him to build a home with “a sense of the old ancestral Pueblo-style of architecture that combines nature’s materials, space, and spirit.” It took Johnson several years to draw up the plans and three more years to construct it, but finally in 1982, this spectacular home was completed.


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The Boulder House Johnson presented to the Empies was a contemporary home built in, around, and over the boulders present on the site. Incorporating the granite boulders into the design of the home imbued it with the spirit of nature and the ancient cultures who had lived there before. The only small stone that was moved to build the house can be seen standing in the hallway leading from the dining room There are no ninety-degree angles in this “living sculpture” of a home. The angled front door and the windows covering the crevices between the boulders all conform to the spaces found in nature. About sixty percent of the walls in the home are the natural weathered granite of the boulders; the remaining walls are plastered in white stucco, rounded to fit in and around the boulders. Sunlight enters through the natural crevices, and as the outside light changes during the day, it casts dramatic shadows across the walls and floors. The ceilings are composed of Douglas fir beams and hand-hewn pine log vigas of up to thirty feet long. The floors of each room are flat, laid out in large tiles, but walking through the hallways is like hiking in the outdoors; you must traverse the rounded tops of boulders to get to the next room. Roughly-hewn stone steps lead up the master bedroom. Climbing up isn’t too hard, but there are no handrails to ease your way down the steep incline in the middle of the night, should you crave a midnight cookies and milk run. Sunnie’s poem quoted above is painted in calligraphy on one of the master bedroom’s walls. The master bath has a tiled sunken tub and shower with walk-in steps. A faux kiva-like fireplace plastered in white holds towels on the shelves built into it. A very





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large walk-in closet leads from the bath to a small terrace called the Moon Terrace – a lovely spot to sit and view the dramatic Sonoran Desert. The outside paint color of soft terra rosa was chosen to replicate the color found in the ancient pot shards found on the property.

There are several spots

from which the owners could spend time in quiet contemplation.

The stucco terrace off the living/

dining room area offers spectacular views of the native vegetation of saguaros, ocotillos, prickly pears, and cholla. Wildlife abounds and it is not unusual to see and hear the howling of coyotes as they roam the wild Sonoran desert landscape. A small Sculpture Garden can be seen from the dining room hallway and from the master bedroom’s Moon Terrace balcony overhang.

Another spot for peaceful meditation is

the seven-path labyrinth constructed in a corner of the property of creamy white quartz stones. As the building site was being developed, many petroglyphs were discovered painted on the boulders and old, red-on-buff Indian pottery shards that had been used by the ancient people who once populated the area were found. In one of the two guest bedrooms, a fireplace was being planned when it was serendipitously discovered that this particular spot had actually been a place where fires had been built in ancient times. The modern fireplace was constructed around the original carbon soot stains in order to preserve this sacred spot. The Boulder Home was put the National Registry of Historic Places as the “Empie Petroglyph Site” on August 31, 1998. The home and land are now owned by the Yavapai Indians. Park your car at Russ Lyon Realty between Terravita Way and Carefree Highway, off Scottsdale Road, to take a shuttle to the home. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door. 480.488.2764




OTHER HOMES ON THE TOUR: Maczka-Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor Home The melodic sounds of a fountain within the cool shadows of an elegant courtyard lead to the Palladian-style villa, with French Provincial touches. The manicured shrubs, mature Chilean Mesquite trees, an arbor of fragrant jasmine, trumpet vine, and catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claw complement the classically designed home. The European influence is felt all through the home, with striking arched doors, a grand piano/music salon, arched windows, tapestries, art work, French doors, oriental carpets, and elaborately carved antiques filling this graceful home.

Azure Hills Home Natural





Southwestern home nestled in the mountains of Cave Creek.

Sandstone, slate, travertine,

and tiles are mixed for stunning effect.


kitchen boasts a gleaming copper ceiling. The dining roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glass-topped table rests upon an old Mexican mesquite lattice door. A Mexican carved wood sideboard and other accents complete the south-of-the-border ambiance. The master suite is decorated with a variety of Native American carpets and the intricatelycarved settee at the foot of the bed was lovingly salvaged and refinished by the owner. The master bath features copper-colored stone and tiles in electrifying colors, and fossilized stone sinks. The master patio boasts a beautiful tile medallion floor, a tinkling fountain and the promising warmth of a fireplace for cozy comfort.


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Monachino/Tucker Home The master gardener who lives in this home has created a showplace of beautiful plants and exquisite landscape design that is in harmony with the natural beauty of the Sonoran desert. The courtyard entry is enclosed by colorful walls and a serene koi pond. Art works, carefully selected by the owners dominate the home. The dining room, done in warm tones, features a specially-crafted chandelier. The two guest bedrooms have different themes; one feminine and feline (they love cats), and the other a masculine cowboy room. In the master bedroom suite, look for the delightful collection of Lilliput Lane cottages that are displayed on an antique shelf made by the ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father. Be ready to catch your breath on the back patio when you view the negative-edge pool and the view beyond of Elephant Butte. The ramada to the east side of the patio embraces a barbecue for outdoor eating and a large potting studio for the master gardenerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creative fun.





Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque Photographer brenna Orozco

Hope On The Streets Anyone who has youngsters knows the dramatic verbiage

sorting through donated items to be taken downtown

they use when things don’t go their way. In fact, the

on Monday, February 14th, Valentine’s Day. Just one

verbiage can alternate between extremes in a short

day earlier, our family had appeared on a television

period of time. Seasoned parents know that it can go

morning show for a cooking segment; we later went out

from being ”The best day ever,” to “The worst day ever,”

to breakfast, and then went shopping. My daughter had

in a matter of minutes.

just chosen a pair of designer shoes, but was quick to complain about it being “The Worst Day Ever” when she

My nine-year-old’s words spoken the day before echoed

realized that she wasn’t going to get the second pair of

in my mind as I observed the cheerful members of

shoes that she had chosen.

Hope On The Streets (H.O.T.S.) preparing lunches and


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As the volunteer members of H.O.T.S., an outreach

fact, the H.O.T.S. volunteers get to know much more

ministry that delivers food, water, and other necessities

than that. They become familiar with the lives of the

to those in dire need in downtown Phoenix, bounded

people who wait for them every Monday morning at

into the Fellowship Church kitchen at 8:30AM with

9:30, like clockwork. They get to know who they are,

smiles from ear to ear, they truly looked as though

where they come from, the circumstances of their lives,

they thought it was “The Best Day Ever.” If I hadn’t

and most importantly, what they need to survive.

known, I never would have guessed that they were preparing lunch kits, hygiene kits (including items

The group is an outreach ministry that has been in

such as shampoo, conditioner, razors, and aspirin),

existence for the past three years. Rather than going

and miscellaneous items (reading glasses, books,

downtown to “preach” to those in need, they go down

backpacks, and work jeans) for many people who would

to listen, according to longtime member Earl Ingels.

be within their rights to call it “The Worst Day Ever.”

He explains, “We worked for our credibility here. Many groups come here with an agenda, or their visits subside

There was a gentleman at the door handing long-

after a couple of months. People count on us to be here

stemmed roses to the female volunteers as they arrived,

each week, and we do our best to make sure that we

in honor of Valentine’s Day. Everyone knew exactly what

are here every week when they need us – we try not to

to do, and snapped into action. There were the lunch-

let them down, and they appreciate it.”

packers, the donated items-sifters, and the hygiene kit compilers. The members’ ages ranged from elementary

Within twenty minutes of arriving at Fellowship, the

school children to senior citizens. One senior, Carol

H.O.T.S. team members pack up their cars and head

Pinkerton, who identified herself as a “snowbird” had

out in a caravan onto I-17. By 9:30 they pull into the

lovingly packed Valentine’s Day candy into each lunch

parking lot of the park near 7th Street and Roosevelt.

as a special treat. Pinkerton has been with the group for

There is already a crowd anxiously awaiting their arrival.

only a few months, but has happily found a home with

I exited my car, not knowing what to expect – the crowd

them each Monday morning. She explains, “They are

astonished me. At first, I decided to stay back, as I

always surprised when we get to know their names.” In

expected the crowd to rush to the supplies that had




just arrived. The crowd did rush to the cars, but to my

across the park and hand out lunches and water, Reed,

surprise, it was not for the supplies – it was for hugs and

a fixture at the park on Monday mornings proudly swung

greetings. The volunteers returned their affection, greeting

a cooler bag and other supplies across his chest and

everyone by name. As the same gentleman who was

walked with the group, as he always does.

handing out roses when the volunteers were packing kits continued to distribute roses to the homeless, I watched

After we exchanged “goodbyes” in the parking lot when

in awe as they just as quickly handed the roses to the

the last lunch was distributed, I decided that I would bring

members of H.O.T.S., taking the opportunity to thank

my three daughters the next week. When I did, I realized

them and show their appreciation. It was one of the

that it was one of the best gifts that I had ever given to

most beautiful expressions of affection that I had ever

them. Everyone can benefit from a bit of “perspective”

witnessed on Valentine’s Day, or any other day, for that

once in a while. One thing that we can be sure of is that


no matter how much we may think we need, hurt, or lack in life, there is always someone who is worse off than we

Next, trunks were opened, boxes pulled out, coolers

are. There is no doubt in my mind that my family gained

hoisted, and items were distributed as needed. Many

much more than anyone else did on the day of our visit,

people had returned to see if the items that they

and for that I will be eternally grateful.

had requested from the previous week were there – necessities such as jeans for work, nail clippers, or

If you have food, hygiene, or other items, time, or

reading glasses. Those people were not disappointed as

companionship that you would like to offer to the

the H.O.T.S. volunteers delivered on their promises. The

H.O.T.S. group on Monday mornings, please send an

volunteers simultaneously took notes for the following

email to

week’s delivery. As the H.O.T.S. group readied to trek

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Delicious food, refreshing drinks, and good times.





Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

Scottsdale Culinary Festival:

A Feast of Fun This year marks thirty-three years of food and fun in the form of the Scottsdale Culinary Festival here in the Valley, the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longest continually-running food festival. Not only is the festival nationally-known and respected, but also it is a great way to support the arts and fund capital improvements at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, as well as arts education scholarships throughout the Valley. There is something for everyone at the festival, which runs from April 5th through the 10th. Tickets are on sale online at, where you can choose just one event to attend, or all of them! Here is just a sample of what will be happening throughout the week:

Tuesday, April 5 The Kick Off Party (SHADE at W Scottsdale; $40 per

Chef Tribute Dinner (J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician;

person): The perfect way to kick off a fun week of

$150 per person or $125 per person for a table of eight):

food and fabulous times! Hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, specialty

In honor of world-renowned chef/restaurateur Jean-

cocktails, and DJ.

Georges Vongerichten. Chef will prepare a five-course, wine-paired tasting menu featuring classic dishes from

Wednesday, April 6 Bubbles & Bliss (Narcisse Champagne Lounge at

his restaurants around the world.

Scottsdale Quarter; $40 per person): Tasting event

Thursday, April 7

that you will remember all year long.

The Chocolate & Wine Experience (Degree 270 at Talking Stick Resort; $50 per person): Indulge in


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chocolate creations from some of the Valley’s best pastry chefs, expertly paired with unique wines from around the world and musical entertainment. Friends of James Beard Dinner (Deseo at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa; $200 per person): Exceptional food prepared in collaboration by eight of the USA’s most prestigious James Beard award-winning chefs in a multi-course dinner with carefully-selected wine pairings.

Friday, April 8 Eat, Drink, and Be Pretty Party (Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts; $65 per person): A fashion-forward culinary soiree with a menagerie of tastes from local restaurants, varietals of wine, and an array of cocktails. Food & fashion at its best!

Saturday, April 9 Chef Wine Dinners (Various restaurants; $125 per person): Enjoy a fourcourse meal prepared by award-winning chefs, each course paired with rich vintage wines. A total VIP dining experience!

Sunday, April 10 Wine Country Brunch (Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center; $65 per person or $55 per person for a table of ten): A luxurious brunch with expertly-crafted delicacies and free-flowing Mimosas. Open bidding on silent auction items. Best of the Fest (Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa; $175 per person): The grand finale! An exciting open-air, music-filled event that will lift the spirits and please the palate. Some of the Valley’s finest chefs will share the stage to craft a sumptuous five-course, wine-paired feast served in a beautiful outdoor setting with music.

April 9-10 Cooks & Corks (Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts; $75 Saturday, $65 Sunday): A two-day culinary affair showcasing cooking demonstrations from some of the nation’s hottest chefs. Select Valley restaurants will offer a delectable assortment of foods paired with a wide variety of flavorful wines. Great Arizona Picnic (Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza; $10 per person, general admission. Children under 12 and seniors over 65 receive free admission): Fun for the whole family! An opportunity to taste foods from many restaurants across the Valley, attend cooking demonstrations, and enjoy Sunday’s Challenge to the Chefs battle. Stop by the SKYY Bar, sample more than 200 beers in the Southwest Festival of Beers area, and enjoy your favorite tequila at the Patron Experience. The whole family will want to visit the Family Zone that offers bouncy castles, art activities, and kids’ favorite snacks.




Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque Photographer Michele Celentano

BBQ Competition: The Sweet Heat


With shows such as Top Chef, Iron Chef, The

Barbeque competitions are especially near and dear

Chopping Block, Masterchef, and The Next Food

to the hearts of the public, particularly in the Southern

Network Star, cooking competitions and the shows

states, and the Southwest. One family in Anthem “caught

that feature them might seem like a new phenomenon.

the bug” years ago when they attended, and casually

However, cooking competitions are anything but new.

observed, a barbecue competition in Taylor, Arizona

Cooking competitions have been popular for years,

after moving here from California. From that point, they

and still are – they combine a variety of passions held

judged their first competition in Lake Pleasant, and when

by much of the public: food, suspense, creativity, the

they competed and won second place in the Chicken

spirit of competition, and winning!

category, they were absolutely hooked.

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Thankfully, they turned their passion into a business

There are a couple of festivals upcoming in Arizona (it

...Q-to-U-BBQ, owned by David and Karyn Rosol,

seems that there always are!) including the Arizona

along with their two sons, Ryan and Zachary. The

Barbecue Festival in Scottsdale on March 26th

Rosol Family found a home in the exciting BBQ

(, and the Sam’s Club BBQ

competition circuit and they continue to compete

Competition in Gilbert, Arizona on April 8th and

with great success in the Kansas City Barbecue

9th. In the meantime, while you are scoping out the

Society (KCBS) under the nationally-ranked team

competition, visit the Rosol’s Q-To-U-BBQ near Ace

“Toys 4 BBQ’N.” Both serve as certified judges for

Hardware in Anthem and taste some award-winning

competitions and in 2008 they were recognized as

slow-smoked barbecue – you can taste the passion!

the fourth-ranked team in the state of Arizona for competitive barbecue. So, what is in it for this barbecue-loving family? Possibly fame, but certainly not fortune, according to David Rosol. He explains, “Competitive barbecuing is an expensive hobby. The toys needed are expensive, and each competition can cost a competitor between $500 to $1000 when considering the entry fee, the food cost, and traveling expenses – this is aside from the equipment you may need.” However, once you enter your first competition, be careful because you may just be hooked! “When we went on stage to accept our trophy for 2nd Place Chicken, out of 58 competing teams, we were addicted,” admits Karyn.

From the Judge’s Seat:

David can testify to the spirit of competition and

David Rosol, a certified judge for the Kansas City BBQ

camaraderie that accompanies a win, “It’s great to

Society, has tasted and judged more than his share of

meet the people who share the same passion. There

barbecue. He explains that every judge comes to the table

is a competitive feeling in the air, but when you come

with his or her personal preferences, but a judge must put

down off the stage after a win, those competitors are

personal preferences aside in order to judge the box entry

high-fiving you and congratulating you on your win.”

in front of him. Judges generally judge entries in three areas: Appearance, Taste, and Texture/Tenderness, and each

If you are curious about barbecuing competitions,

category carries a different weight within the scoring system.

the Rosols suggest that you first attend festivals as a

Here are some competition tips from the Rosols...

spectator, and possibly find a competing team to join so that you can gain perspective from a competitor’s

Be consistent

point of view, especially before jumping in and making

Stick to what you do best

the initial cash investment for the barbecuing equipment

Practice makes perfect!

you will need if you decide to compete. David explains,

Take a competition class – it can take off as much as two

“Many of the serious barbecue teams will show up

years from the usual learning curve!

the night before an event so that they can start slowbarbecuing their entry. It can take up to sixteen hours

Learn more:

sometimes. This may be the best time to talk to a

Kansas City BBQ Society:

competitor and learn from them. The pressure (of the

International BBQ Cookers Association (IBCA):

next day) is not there yet, and after all, it is their passion.”




Writer Nigel Spence

golfthevalley Rancho Manana Course Yardage 6016 Yds.

Rating 66.7/128

5734 E. Rancho Manana Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331 480.488.0398

Green Fee $69-$99 (0-7 Days)

At 6,016 yards from the back tees, par 70, Rancho Manana Golf Club falls into the category of a course that requires far more strategy, and skill than just sheer power. In fact, the only power one really needs to exercise is the will power to keep oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind on playing golf and not from wandering to the mesmerizing vistas and stunning beauty of the natural surrounds. From the moment that you make your way down the drive, you know that you are in for a truly unique experience. What was once part of a dude ranch dating back to the 1940â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, is now a rustic little golf shop. Shaded by palms,


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Must Experience Tonto Bar & Grill Happy Hour

mesquites, and two large eucalyptus trees, the golf shop sits with a view of the first and eleventh tees, flanked by a small chipping area and overlooking the horseshoeshaped putting green surrounded by flora both native and introduced. Two ponds in the distance add to the oasis feel and the tranquility of the setting certainly does help settle any thought of first tee jitters. It is undoubtedly one of the most intimate first tee settings in all of golf. As early as the second tee, golfers begin to experience the stunning views for which Rancho Manana is renowned. The eastern-facing ridge that serves as a backdrop for this

downhill, dogleg right par four, is covered in an army of saguaros that radiate in the early morning sun. It is this natural desert beauty that is on display for the remainder of the round. The course crosses Cave Creek Wash and heads up higher on to a ridge, providing the golfer with views of Camelback Mountain, Mummy Mountain, Squaw Peak, Black Mountain, South Mountain, and the dramatic Tonto National Forest, with its distinctive Elephant Butte. The picturesque seventh hole is probably the course’s most famed par three. Measuring 207 yards from the back tee, this hole plays straight downhill, to the point that you have to walk to the front of the tee, just to see the green. The town of Cave Creek is seen in the distance, as your ball flies and stays in the air seemingly forever. The anticipation level rises as the ball nears its final landing point and you can only hope that you have calculated the distance correctly to the shallow green. The holes meander back down the ridge, through some housing to the clubhouse before heading north for the back nine. Hole twelve challenges the player for both length and accuracy at 401 yards with out of bounds bordering both sides of the fairway. It is also the perfect link to a remarkable triangle of holes that circumnavigate three lakes and provide the golfer with further unobstructed views of mountain surrounds. Local fauna are often seen in this area, drinking from the lakes or hunting their prey. Two par five holes, separated by a par three are all that are left to complete your round. The sixteenth hole, a sweeping right par 5, offers the long hitter an opportunity to chance his hand at reaching the green in two shots. One must be accurate, as out of bounds

lines the left and Galloway Wash creeps in down the right, requiring the shot to be pinpoint accurate. The finishing hole is quintessential of Rancho Manana’s style. Natural desert frames the driving area with a gnarly mesquite sitting in the fairway, offering players a distinct target. Andora Wash runs up the right side of the fairway and crosses in front of the green, which is further protected by ponds both right and over the green. Accuracy and distance control are once again a premium, and the backdrop of the old ranch turned golf facility is beautiful.

coursetiptosuccess The key to success at Rancho Manana is undoubtedly hitting the ball straight, but more importantly, the correct distance. One of the most common faults made by amateur players is that they think that they hit the ball further than they actually do. This leads golfers to “under club” and then swing out of rhythm in an effort to make the ball go further. More often than not, this leads to disaster. When calculating how far you hit each club, hit ten shots on a driving range, discard a couple of outliers, and take the average of where those ten balls landed, not where they finished. And remember it is the “average “of those ten balls; not the distance of the furthest shot. Use these yardages to calculate how far your clubs go, and you will swing within yourself and hit more precise shots to your targets. Nigel Spence is an Assistant Golf Professional at Whisper Rock Golf Club. He is a former member of the Australasian PGA Tour with experience playing on the European, Asian and Nationwide Tours. He played collegiately at Colorado State University prior to pursuing a career as a Golf Professional where he was awarded the Distinction of National Assistant Professional of the Year twice as a part of the Australian PGA.




Café Provence Monday – Saturday 11AM – 9PM

There are two new ways to enjoy Café Provence

Sunday Brunch 8:30AM to 2PM

...stop by to try their new breakfast menu that

39504 Daisy Mountain Rd., Anthem

features Eggs Benedict with your choice of Shrimp,

Filet Mignon or traditional. Other delectable dishes


include French Toast and Omelets. Lunch times at the Café are wonderful, especially with their new lunch menu with half sandwiches and half salads for only $10, which includes a soft drink. If you haven’t tried the fine dining section at Café Provence, what are you waiting for? The menu features classic favorites such as Bouillabaisse and Fruits de Mer. Let it set the stage for your special affair.


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Hours: Mon to Sat 11am to 9pm Sunday 8:30am to 2:30pm





Revised Happy Hour 2:30 -6:30pm - New pricing! Live Entertainment Every Evening Tue-Sat


39504 N. Daisy Mountain Dr. Suite 110

In the Anthem Fry’s Shopping Center by Starbucks






Delicious food, refreshing drinks, and good times.






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Hasslacher Tax & Financial, LLC. 623-551-2332 42104 N. Venture Court, B130 Whitman & Jackson CPAs 623-455-9630

Advertising ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

Animal Services Sonoran Desert Pet Resort 623-551-5299

Pet Spa Desert Oasis Pet Spaw 623-551-5299

Assisted Living Anthem Senior Living 602-909-9550


Boates Law Firm 623-551-5457 Droban & Company 480-612-3058 Henry & Rosser, PLLC 623-434-7100

Automotive Econo Lube and Brakes 623-551-0033 42410 N. Vision Way


Hair Care Dollyrockers 623-879-6969 Echo Hair and Color Salon 623-581-3333 Skin Care Merle Norman Cosmetics 623-551-9502


Fans and Fashionistas Shops at Norterra 623-587-1400 Nothing in Moderation Located in Merle Norman 623-551-9502

Business Groups

Chamber of Commerce 602-495-6483 Preferred Business at Anthem 623-551-0523

Charity Network

Network of Anthem Area Assistance Providers (NAAAP) Access info at 623-465-5335

dance Education

AZ Dance Group â&#x20AC;&#x153;Movement E-Motionâ&#x20AC;? 480-215-1916


Musical Theatre of Anthem 602-743-9892 On The Towne Community Theatre 623-594-3832 Starlight Community Theater

Financial Planning

Hasslacher Tax & Financial, LLC 623-551-2332 42104 N. Venture Court, B130 Whitman & Jackson CPAs 623-455-9630




Health & Fitness Gyms Sweat, Josh & Laura Rogers 623-551-5753

Sports Conditioning Harper Physical Therapy 623-742-7338 41818 N. Venture Drive, Suite #120


Air conditioning/Heating Daisy Mountain Air Conditioning 623-551-3422 Desert Hills Air Conditioning 623-551-6409 Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 623-444-0611 House Sitting Sonoran Desert Sports Dog 623-551-5299 Interior Design Angelique Interiors 623-512-7745 Home improvement supplies Ace Hardware 623-551-5990 3440 W. Anthem Way Pest Control Titan Pest Control 623-879-8700 Painting Daisy Mountain Painting 623-551-3156 Premier Commercial Painting 623-551-8640 Plumbing Liberty Plumbing and Solar 623-551-9156


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Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 623-444-0611 Termite Treatment Titan Pest Control 623-879-8700 Water Softener & Filtration Soft Water Plus AZ 623-465-4873 Weed Control Titan Pest Control 623-879-8700


Auto, Home & Life Morgan and Morgan 623-551-9620 State Farm - Nanette Miller 623-742-6866

Jewelry/gold buyers AndrewZ 623-551-6892


Chiropractic Back to Health Chiropractic 623-551-6677 42104 N Venture Dr., A-102 Desert Chiropractic 602-993-2400 Dentist Arizona Heights Dentistry 623-551-3511 42201 N. 41st Drive, Suite #156 Daisy Mountain Dentistry 623-551-5250 4205 W. Anthem Way, Suite #106 Feldhake & Associates 623-931-8898 480-661-0660

North Valley Family Dentistry 623-551-9200 42104 N. Venture Drive, Building E West Valley Pediatric Dentistry 623-935-9873 3618 W. Anthem Way, Suite D104 Wood Orthodontics/Wyatt Wood 623-792-7323 3618 W. Anthem Way, Suite D108 naturopathic Dr. Jennifer Gentry, NMD 623-251-5518 42104 N. Venture Ct., Suite C-126 Orthodontics Crodon Orthodontics 623-465-5478 42201 N. 41st Dr,, # 102 Wood Orthodontics/Wyatt Wood 623-792-7323 3618 W. Anthem Way, Suite D108 Pediatrics Angel Pediatrics 623-551-0442 3654 W. Anthem Way Suite B-114 Twin Pediatrics 623-551-9825 42211 N. 41st Dr. Suite 153 Physical Therapy Harper Physical Therapy 623-742-7338 41818 N. Venture Drive, Suite #120 Urgent Care John C. Lincoln 623-434-6444

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Heritage Christian Assembly 602-635-3722

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The Orme School 928-632-7601

Northridge Community 480-515-4673

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

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RE/MAX Integrity Realtors Linda Rehwalt 602-249-SOLD Sam Tyler Realty, LLC 602-459-7455 Jonathan Pear


Anthem Elementary School Main Line 623-376-3700 Attendance 623-376-3790 Barry Goldwater High School Main Line 623-445-3000 Attendance 623-445-3090 Boulder Creek High School Main Line 623-445-8600 Attendance 623-445-8690 The Caepe School Main Line 623-551-7808 The Caepe Preschool Main Line 623-551-7808 Canyon Springs Elementary Main Line 623-376-5200 Attendance 623-376-5290 Creative Castle Preschool and Kindergarten 602-740-9561


Arizona Hills Community 623-465-0202 Chabad Jewish Center of Anthem 42302 N. Vision Way Suite #106 623-551-8348 Chapel Bellavista 480-502-0707 Canyon Church of Christ 623-551-3175 Christ’s Church at the Crossroads 623-466-7964 Cross of Christ Lutheran Church 623-551-9851 Deer Valley Worship Center 623-582-1001

North Valley Jewish Community Association 623-322-0957 Pioneer United Methodist Church 602-320-7724 Pureheart Christian Fellowship 602-866-8850 Spur Cross Cowboy Church 623-556-7935

Sun Valley Baptist Church 623-986-1687 Catholic Community of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne 623-465-9740 Vineyard Christian Fellowship 623-551-1133

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By Stephanie Maher Palenque We are approaching grilling and barbecue season, and most of us have our favorite main dishes, and an idea of what type of barbecue sauce we like. But no matter what you are grilling and what your “secret sauce” tastes like, every barbecued dish can benefit from some chunky fresh vegetable kebabs. Here is a great “mainstay” for grilling season. Throw the kebabs on the grill and enjoy!


Vegetable kebabs Ingredients: 1 lemon, zested and juiced 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon dried oregano ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper 16 cherry tomatoes 10 ounces white mushrooms, stemmed 1 small red onion, cut into wedges 1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced into 1-inch pieces Directions: Preheat grill to high. Combine lemon zest, lemon juice, oil, oregano, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, and onion to the marinade, toss well to coat. Thread the vegetables onto eight 10-inch skewers. Drizzle the vegetables with the marinade. Grill the vegetable kebabs, turning frequently, until tender and lightly charred, 8 to 12 minutes, total. Remove the vegetables from the skewers and serve with your barbecue. Tip: When using wooden skewers, wrap the exposed parts with foil to keep them from burning. (Contrary to conventional wisdom, soaking skewers in water doesn’t protect them.)


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