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Contents

Publisher Shelly Spence

Editor/contributing writer Jenn Korducki Krenn

Contributing writers Donna Kublin Amanda Christmann Larson Tom Scanlon Monica Longenbaker Rebecca Zaner Barb Evans Lara Piu Stephanie Maher Palenque Paula Theotocatos Lauren Strait Peni Long Suzanne Wright Nigel Spence

Photographers Bryan Black Loralei Lazurek Keri Meyers Mike Harvey Michele Celentano Karen Hamilton Monica Longenbaker

Graphic artist Sam Paul

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When it comes to putting together a monthly magazine, the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” most certainly applies. In many ways, these bound printed pages are the collective “baby” of our group of talented staff and contributors, all of whom make it their goal to provide high-quality, locally-grown stories at your fingertips — and have fun while doing it. Take this month’s patriotic piece, “Main Street, U.S.A.” (pg. 42). The model behind those fabulous flag socks is none other than advertising consultant and writer, Brian Bluvas. It’s likely you’ll spot him and our graphic artist, Sam Paul

Meet The Killingsworth Family Writer Lauren Strait Photographer Keri Meyers P. 8

(the photographer for the piece), wandering around town in the coming months as they continue to find and feature local businesses. Also doing a fantastic job behind the scenes is Barb Evans, who has been putting her stellar organizational skills to use as our assignment editor. She’s developed a knack for discovering where our team’s strengths are and highlighting them through the stories each person is given. And most recently with this issue, Jenn Korducki Krenn has stepped back into the editing chair, after a few months spent exclusively with her other baby — a brand new, bright-eyed little boy.

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I can’t say enough how much I appreciate every single one of my Images Arizona team members. We take pride in the roles we play in getting this finished product to the printer, and I’m confident our dedication shines through from cover to cover. Cheers! Shelly Spence

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Meet THE

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Writer Lauren Strait Photographer Keri Meyers

As moms, we tend to put others needs before our own. For Theresa Killingson, it was no different. Back in the 90s, as a recently divorced mother of four small children, her main focus was providing for her family. The local Fry’s grocery store was a common stop for her and the kids. Week after week, she started to notice a very bald, yet handsome man working there with a warm and welcoming demeanor. “He was always so helpful with people,” she said. She enjoyed the way he handled himself when helping a customer or walking an elderly woman to the car and loading up her groceries. One afternoon, Theresa was talking with her sister on the phone when she mentioned this man that she had taken to. Her sister immediately chimed in with this advice, “The next time you go to the grocery store, be sure you get in his check out line and say, ‘How much money do I have to spend until you have a drink with me?’” Theresa shrugged it off, for she would never do such an embarrassing thing.

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A few weeks later Theresa was back at the grocery store

Theresa’s children, now grown with the youngest one just

and saw him again. She made sure to get in his line as

graduating college, all stay close and meet up regularly.

check out, but told herself she wasn’t going to say what her sister told her. So she smiled at him and suddenly

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she felt as though her sister took over her body.

Brian, 27, works with his younger brother Eric, 25, in sales. Brian is very driven and loves technology. His

“I couldn’t believe I actually asked used my sister’s exact

mom always counts on him when she needs technical

words,” she said.

assistance.

“I was mortified right after I said it. I

could see his [bald] head turn three shades of purple.

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But he smiled, grabbed my receipt and wrote his phone

Eric loves sports, especially basketball, and played for

number on it.”

ASU through college.

She called him a few weeks later and they were out on

Sarah, 23, just graduated from ASU and followed in her

their first date. They went out in April, were engaged

mom’s footsteps by becoming a teacher in the Alhambra

in December and married the following July. They have

School District, the same district where her mom started

been married for 14 years.

and still works. She loves kids and sand volleyball.

“He has been amazing for all of us. He is 10 years

Theresa’s youngest son Kevin, 22 finished college at

younger than me, had never been married and took

Grand Canyon State University and is preparing to sit

on a divorced woman all while supporting my career in

for the CPA exam. He loves sports, including his annual

education and helping raise my four small children.”

fantasy football league.

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Scrappy to Happy With six years left until retirement, Theresa always knew she wanted to have her own business. She has been an employee of the Alhambra School District for 14 years. She started as a teacher and now serves as a principal. She loves her job and serving the people and children of the community, but it can also be very demanding. “My job as a principal is very hectic,” she said. “I have to focus 100 percent of my energy on other people. Parents, students, teachers – everyone except me.” Theresa wanted to find a way to earn money, but to also do something that cleared her mind through creativity. Pinterest was about to change her world. “I was scrolling through Pinterest one afternoon when I came across these wood pallet jewelry holders,” she said. “I thought, I can do that.” So off she went to her workshop at the back of her New River home where her own spin on wood pallet projects began to take shape. “When I do this, it clears my mind,” she said. She spoke about how she gets lost in her creativity and is very therapeutic. It clears her mind so when Monday comes, she is ready to give 100 percent back to those she devotes her life to everyday. Her pieces come to life with some help of her finds in the surrounding desert landscape. Theresa and her husband enjoy hiking and frequently find little treasures to incorporate into her designs including bullet shell casings, pieces of wood, antlers and others. Theresa finished a few jewelry pieces and wine racks and started advertising them in November 2014 on Swip Swap, a local Facebook group where people can sell items.

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“I was amazed at the level of interest,” said Theresa. “We were really busy before the holidays.” She figured business would slow down at the beginning of the New Year, but it never did. “We are now grossing $2,000 in sales each month just parttime.” Theresa’s favorite piece to-date is a jewelry organizer she made that says ‘Hunt Like a Girl.’ She incorporated some of the shell casings as the jewelry holder pieces and included some antlers from hunting on her brother’s land back in Illinois. She is also a spiritual person and she has a devotional called “Looking at Life from a Deer Stand.” It relates scripture to seeing the world in the peaceful forest of a deer stand. She enjoys decoupaging pages of that devotional to her pieces. One of the greatest things about

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Sports

Writer Tom Scanlon Photographer Mike Harvey

BC TENNIS STAR

learns ace lessons from his father Raise your hand if you wish you had Tyler Pham’s problem: “I’m too skinny.” He said this, in all sincerity, after rallying from mid-season doldrums to charge through the early rounds of the state high school tennis tournament. Pham, a Boulder Creek High School junior, made it to the quarterfinal match with a tough three-set victory over Freddie Wentling of Hamilton High School, the No. 8 seed in the tournament. (Victories are declared when one player wins two sets; the first to win six games wins the set.) Pham then faced off against Horizon High School’s Jarod Hing, the top seed who had not lost a single game after dominating his first two opponents. Pham battled to win three games against Hing, but lost 6-2, 6-1. That was the same score that Hing would ring up the next day in winning the state title. Since Hing won his semifinal match 6-0, 6-1, Pham can take consolation in knowing that he won as many games against Hing as anyone else. Even so, Pham knows he has a long way to go to get to Hing’s level.

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“He’s training right now with the best coach in Arizona,” Pham said of the state champion. “His shot selection was so precise. Not only is he so precise with his location, he’s also a powerful kid. He was making shots barely inside the line, and they were coming pretty fast.” And so, rather than taking it easy and celebrating his unexpected playoff run after a rocky season, as the school year was reaching its end, Pham was plotting an intense, rigorous summer. A recent Saturday had him alternating study time with a trip to the gym. “It’s upper body day,” he said. “I’ll be bench pressing, doing inclines and working with the dumbbells. I’m just trying to get bigger. I’m too skinny. It’s not good for my game.” You read that right: a tennis player who plans to bulk up. In decades gone by, football and wrestling were about the only sports where off-season weightlifting was considered appropriate. But in the summer of 2015, basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball players, as well as golfers and — yes — tennis players will be hitting the weight room. Pham hopes to hulk up to add power to his game. The 5-foot-10-inch athlete had a playing weight of around 145 pounds this season. He wants to add at least 10 pounds by the time his senior season rolls around, with a huge goal: “Next season, I hope to be the state champion.” That sounds like a fair target for someone who came within two victories of the finals, until you consider the backstory to Pham’s junior season. On paper, his record looks great. He lost only three

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Tyler with his father Quang

matches during the season, including an early season

“I got No. 1 back for the last two matches,” Pham said.

drop to that same Hing.

“I never really gave up on trying to get my spot back, even when Trent was playing No. 1 most of the season.

“I played him in my first match of the season,” Pham

I didn’t get discouraged even though he beat me three

recalled. “I got more games off him because he was

times.”

making errors.” As older folks know, winning and losing little battles are But after starting off the season as Boulder Creek’s

part of life. Pham learned a lesson in his junior year

No. 1 player, Pham lost focus and his top spot. Trent

when he showed himself the power of positive thinking

Calleja, also a junior, took over as the top Jaguar

and believing in himself.

for most of the season, bumping Pham to the No. 2 position.

“I felt like, I’m not going to give up, I’m going to stay tough,” he said. His favorite quote: “Tough situations

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always go away, but the tough people don’t.”

on yourself, there’s nothing to get mad about. My dad always tells me, ‘You know, Tyler, as long as you’re

That thought has helped him, as Pham has been playing

working as hard as you can work, you shouldn’t worry

competitive tennis for only about five years. He started

about the results.’”

playing at the Anthem Community Center, learning the game from coach Cheryl Barnett and her son, Josiah,

It’s a tight family, as Quang is also training Pham’s

with later teaching from Terry Bennett.

younger sister, Grace, who is 11. Quang’s wife, Lan, works with him at the salon. Their support will be key,

“They definitely got me a good start on the basics,”

as in his senior year Pham will again be competing with

Pham said. “When I turned 12, my dad took over my

Calleja for the top spot. Then he will attempt to take

tennis career.”

the title away from Horizon star, Hing, who will also likely be bigger and stronger in his senior year.

Pham’s father, Quang (the “g” is silent), a Vietnamese immigrant and owner of Tru Colors Salon in Anthem,

Whatever the results, the Pham family will be

became a self-taught tennis coach.

encouraging Tyler to give it his best shot.

“He learned it from YouTube,” said Pham. “He

“My dad tells me all the time, ‘I don’t care if you win or

would take me out to courts and drill me, teach me

lose, as long as you go out there and give 110 percent

techniques.”

effort,’” Pham said. “There’s going to be days when my opponent is stronger or just better. But as long as I give

As important, if not more, than the physicality of the

my best, that’s what matters.”

game, Pham’s father preached an attitude of hard work and positivity. The emphasis was on what one puts

His best was pretty top notch at the Grand Canyon

in, rather than rewards. Not just tennis lessons ... life

State Games in late May. Even though he had been

lessons.

concentrating on preparing for finals, Pham entered the statewide tournament. He broke two racquets,

“He changed my life,” Pham said. “It definitely improved

which forced him to change his game, but still won the

my work ethic and gave me a whole new mindset about

championship.

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community arts // Culture // announcements Writer Barb Evans

July 29 Forgers’ Secrets Revealed: Watch Experts Create a Fake Painting Curtis Dowling and Andy Smith, co-stars of CNBC’s “Treasure Detectives,” illustrate some of the most deceitful techniques used by the world’s best painting forgers. 6-9 p.m. Free. J. Levine Auction and Appraisal, 10345 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-223-1307, jlevines.com.

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community calendar arts // Culture // announcements

of preventing others from facing the same tragedy. 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Anthem Civic Building,

July 4

3701 W. Anthem Way, 623-7426050, onlineatanthem.com/acb-

Independence Day at Butterfly Wonderland

programs.

Celebrate Independence Day

July 22

with a plethora of activities, opportunity for the whole

ACC Teen Series: Unleash Your Inner Power

family with red, white and blue

Motivational speaker AJ Adams

including a patriotic photo

July 19

butterflies, food trucks and live entertainment. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via De Ventura, 480-800-3000, butterflywonderland.com.

July 9 ACC Teen Series: Stay Sharp Drug Prevention In this hard-hitting, high-energy presentation, teens learn about the destructiveness of drug and alcohol abuse by hearing the stories of other teens who found out the hard way that using drugs and alcohol come with serious consequences. 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, 623-742-6050, onlineatanthem. com/acb-programs.

delivers an influential message of recognizing the power

Teddy Bear Tea Children are invited to bring their favorite teddy bears dressed in their best teatime attire to enjoy tea, treats and a story read by Goldilocks. Reservations required. 3-5 p.m. Adults, $25; children, $15; bears, free. English Rose Tea Room, 201 Easy St., 480-488-4812, carefreetea.com.

July 11, 18, 25 MIMkids: Musical Adventures Series Pick up your MIMkids Passport and embark on a musical journey with MIMkids Musical Adventures Series, an educational program designed for kids ages 6–10. Participants will discover new cultures by actively participating in music making, creating musical instruments and exploring MIM’s exhibits. 1:30-2:30 p.m. $12

individuals have within them to overcome any obstacle. 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, 623-7426050, onlineatanthem.com/acbprograms.

per class. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., 480-478-6000, mim.org.

July 15 ACC Teen Series: Kaity’s Way – Healthy Relationships The family of Kaitlyn (Kaity) Marie Sudberry, a Moon Valley High School student who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2008, leads this presentation on violent relationships in hopes

July 25 Wake Up with the Butterflies Photography Session Novice and professional photographers are invited to capture the perfect photograph of butterflies waking and new species being welcomed into the sanctuary. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Members, $10; public, $30. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via De Ventura, 480-800-3000, butterflywonderland.com.

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community calendar arts // Culture // announcements (NVCA) recently received a

July 29

three-year, $750,000 challenge

ACC Teen Series: Amplif(i) – Coping with Stress, Overcoming Depression

grant from an anonymous foundation. The grant will match dollar-for-dollar all

This peer-to-peer prevention

donations from supporters who

education program inspires

have not previously contributed

positive life choices in youth

to NVCA and will be used

through the sharing of real-life

toward the school’s capital

stories from the presenters

campaign, “Steps of Faith,” to

themselves. Learn how youth

raise funds to purchase land

have successfully recovered

to build a new school campus.

from depression and stress

For more information, visit

issues and how they positively cope today. 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, 623-742-6050, onlineatanthem.com/acbprograms.

August 8

northvalleyca.org.

NVSO Auditions

Audition for a number of string, wind and bass positions available for North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-16 season. Check northvalleysymphony.org/adult-orchestra/ for audition instructions and excerpts. Contact music director Kevin Kozacek to schedule at conductor@northvalleysymphony.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, 3141 E. Beardsley Rd., #120, 623-980-4628, northvalleysymphony.org. six times a season. Contact

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music director Kevin Kozacek

including water slides, gifts,

to schedule at conductor@

prizes, food and refreshments.

Current pre-K-12 grade

northvalleysymphony.org. 10

3-6 p.m. Free. Crossroads

teachers, school and district

NVSO Youth Orchestra Auditions

a.m. to 3 p.m. North Phoenix

Christian Fellowship Baptist

administrators, registered

Chamber of Commerce, 3141 E.

Church of New River, 42425 N.

student teachers, teacher’s

Beardsley Rd., #120, 623-980-

New River Rd., 623-465-9461,

aides and homeschool

Youths skilled in string

4628, northvalleysymphony.org.

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educators can enjoy the

instruments can audition for North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Orchestra, which plays in an honor orchestra setting and performs

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off with an afternoon of fun,

MIM Offers Free Admission for Educators in July

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Musical Instrument Museum

Back-to-School Bash

NVCA Receives $750,000 Challenge Grant

Start the new school year

North Valley Christian Academy

(MIM) for free during the month of July as part of MIM’s fourth annual Educator Appreciation Month. To participate, educators


community calendar arts // Culture // announcements must show a school or district-

nominated Britton for her

issued ID, fingerprint clearance

passion and accomplishments

card or (for homeschool

in musical education. To

educators) an affidavit of intent

nominate a teacher for this

upon arrival at MIM. Throughout

award, complete an entry form

the month, educators will also

at breyerlaw.com/lawyers-for-

receive a 10 percent discount

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on select items at the museum store and Café Allegro. For general museum information and a full schedule of events, visit mim.org or call 480-478-6000.

Amy Bennett Foundation Offers Scholarships to Camp Rising Star The Amy Bennett Foundation is offering one $250 scholarship to each of Starlight Community Theater’s three 2015 Camp Rising Star sessions. The summer camp is for children ages 6 to 18 years of age and includes the productions “A Year With Frog and Toad KIDS,” “From Shakespeare with Love,” and “Annie KIDS.” The Amy Bennett Foundation is a nonprofit commemorative and fundraising platform established by the family of Amy Bennett, a young woman who was tragically killed while riding her bike to work in 2014, to support her passion for the

Anthem Kung Fu Students Bring Home 12 Trophies From Phoenix Open Eighteen students from Anthem’s School of Tao Chi competed with more than 400 competitors in the Phoenix Open Martial Arts Championship held in April. Ten students brought home trophies, including Meghan Darcy, who placed first in both traditional weapons and forms, and Devon Jackson, who placed first in traditional weapons. The school’s other trophy winners ranged in age from 6 to 50 years old, with students demonstrating traditional weapons forms that included staffs, swords, daggers, sabers and fans. This was the second year the school participated in the competition. For more information, visit schooloftaochi.com.

Tobias Automotive Named AAA Top Shop for 7th Consecutive Year Tobias Automotive Specialists, with locations in both Cave Creek and Anthem, received the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) 2015 Top Shop award, the highest recognition an automotive repair shop can receive. This

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Britton received a $250 check

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and commemorative plaque

Shop award the organization

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Melanie Britton Receives Teacher Appreciation Award Sandra Day O’Connor High School music director Melanie

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community calendar arts // Culture // announcements both Andy and Louise Tobias. For more information, visit tobiasauto.com.

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in America” by healthcare industry trade publication Becker’s Hospital Review. The editorial team from Becker’s noted several positives of the hospital, including surgical expertise, patient safety, education

Gavilan Peak Kindergarteners Enjoy Trip to Anthem Veterans Memorial Seventy kindergarten students from Gavilan Peak Elementary School traveled to the Anthem Veterans Memorial on Tuesday, May 20, to receive valuable lessons about the memorial’s design elements and symbols. In addition to learning about the colors of the memorial, the five military branches and the Great Seal of the United States, students learned about the basic rules of behavior

and research capabilities,

while visiting, including how to use the sidewalk upon entering and

as well as the hospital’s

exiting, how to be quiet and how to look at, but never stand on,

orthopedic programs and involvement in drug development research. To develop the list, Becker’s editorial team conducted

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the Great Seal. Classes, clubs and organizations of any age can schedule educational trips to the memorial by contacting Elizabeth Turner at elizabethturnerus@yahoo.com. For more information, visit onlineatanthem.com/anthem-veterans-memorial.

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research and evaluated

Healthgrades and several

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other resources. For

sources, such as U.S.

Pinnacle Student Wins NVSO’s Summerford Violin Competition

more information, visit

Pinnacle High School student

News & World Report,

honorhealth.com.

Sydney Cooney recently

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received a brand new

The competition consisted of composing answers to five essay questions, obtaining a letter of recommendation from outside the NVSO organization and auditioning in front of a panel of judges. Applicants must also be members in good standing in NVSO’s Symphonettes or Youth Orchestra. The violin is donated every year by local luthier Jody Summerford. Sydney has been playing the violin for six years and is the current concertmaster of the NVSO Youth Orchestra. She also plays in the second violin section of the NVSO Adult Orchestra.


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Writer Barb Evans

The biggest decision you should have to make this Fourth of July is where to get the most bang for your firework, so if you’re looking for the best place to celebrate our nation’s independence, here are some of the largest pyrotechnics shows in the Valley that are guaranteed to bring you a lot of explosive fun.

July 2 Anthem’s 16th Annual Independence Day Celebration Keep your weekend travel plans intact and celebrate the Fourth of July early with Anthem’s 16th Annual Independence Day Celebration. The community’s beautiful park will be filled with thousands of spectators looking for the best spot to watch the light show, which is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. after resident Jamyia James performs the national anthem. Come early to enjoy the food court, beer garden and plenty of wet and dry inflatables, rides and activities. 6 p.m. Free. $15 wristband required for inflatables and rides. Anthem Community Park softball fields, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy. 623-742-6050, onlineatanthem.com/news/independence-day-tips.

July 3 Cave Creek’s 3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza One of the Valley’s biggest parties of the year, this familyfriendly Independence Day celebration features plenty of live music, kids’ activities, food and drink specials and a free shuttle that will take you around town from 6 p.m. until midnight. Shortly after sunset, the fireworks will be shot off from a hill behind Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, allowing for great viewing anywhere along Cave Creek Road. Admission is free at both restaurants with open seating on a first-come first-served basis, but you can plan ahead and reserve seats for $10 to $30. 5 p.m. Free. Harold’s Cave Creek Corral and The Buffalo Chip Saloon, 6895 and 6811 E. Cave Creek Rd. 480-488-1906, haroldscorral.com, buffalochipsaloon.com.

July 4 Scottsdale’s Fourth of July at WestWorld If you want to keep it cool, then opt for Scottsdale’s indoor celebration at WestWorld. This friendly, patriotic wonderland is set to take place inside the 117,000-squarefoot, fully air-conditioned North Hall and features a super

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kids’ play zone, delicious food, live entertainment, patriotic music, a traditional fireworks show and much more. 2 p.m. General admission, $10 in advance; VIP admission, $30 in advance; children 6 and under, free; military and family, free. Scottsdale residents receive $5 discount online only. Purchase tickets at protixonline.com. WestWorld’s North Hall, 16601 N. Pima Rd., 866-977-6849, scottsdaleaz.gov.

July 4 Fountain Hills’ Fourth at the Fountain What do parachutes, water slides, rock climbing walls and fireworks have in common? They’re all part of Fountain Hills’ Fourth at the Fountain celebration. This one-of-a-kind community is putting on a one-of-a-kind event featuring food, fun, fireworks and, of course, the world-famous fountain. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, bounce houses, a beer garden, parachuting demonstrations and an impressive fireworks show starting at 9:30 p.m. 5 p.m. Ages 20 and under, free; adults 21 and over, $5. Fountain Park, 16705 E. Avenue of the Fountains, 480-816-5100, experiencefountainhills.org.

July 4 Tempe Town Lake Festival For a unique fireworks show, head over to Tempe Town Lake and watch one of the Valley’s largest collections of pyrotechnics take off from the Mill Avenue Bridge and light up the waters of Tempe Town Lake. The block party also includes plenty of live musical entertainment on the main stage, a free inflatable village for all ages with a variety of rides, rock climbing walls, entertainment and kids’ activities, a food court, beer gardens, splash playground and more. 5 p.m. Children 12 and under, free; adults, $6 at all Fry’s grocery stores, $5 online and at select City of Tempe offices, $8 at the door. Tempe Beach Park, S. Mill Ave. and W. Rio Salado Pkwy., 480-350-5189, tempe4th.com.

July 4 Fabulous Phoenix Fourth The Fabulous Phoenix Fourth celebration is one of the largest fireworks displays in the Southwest, regularly attracting 100,000-plus visitors each year. This year, there will be two stages featuring local entertainers and a variety of vendors will offer festival-style food, beverages, arts and crafts and interactive exhibits. Youth activities, rides, inflatables and a water spray zone will be part of Kids’ World. The event also includes a classic car display and a Veterans’ Village that pays tribute to military veterans with resources for employment, health, finance and family. 6 p.m. Free. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., 602-262-6011, phoenix.gov/parks/special-events/fabphx4.

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Writer Tom Scanlon

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INTERIOR BAR – NIGHT 1

This living-out-loud writer’s latest creation is “CON,” which is excerpted at the beginning of this article. In August,

Jonah sits at the bar scribbling a plan on a piece of

Suto’s series about two con artists working a college

paper. A book and the name Iris are written on the paper.

campus will air on Trojan Vision Channel 8.1 in Los

Penny walks up.

Angeles, which is a long way — maybe not in distance, but certainly in culture, pace and lifestyle — from Anthem.

PENNY I hear they call you the Architect. That you plan out the

Suto says she loved growing up in Anthem, and those

perfect cons.

who knew her in high school aren’t surprised she is multitasking like mad. She described herself as “hyper-

JONAH

involved” at Boulder Creek High School, where she was in

You’ve got the wrong guy.

the National Honor Society, student government, writing club, film club and ballroom club and played junior varsity

Jonah starts to get up.

basketball.

PENNY

“I also wrote a novel every November for National Novel

Yeah, I didn’t believe a word of what they said. You don’t

Writing Month and did a variety of film projects with my

seem like a real con artist to me.

friends,” she says. Her secret? “I think my coffee addiction counts as a special skill on my resume.”

Jonah turns back to her. In all seriousness, she thanks the Boulder Creek teachers JONAH

who encouraged her to write and explore filmmaking. Not

I am a real con artist. I can make anything happen,

that there was any stopping her.

anytime I want. “I knew that I wanted to be a writer-producer since my PENNY

first year of high school, when I made my first short film

Prove it. Rob this bar.

called ‘Voicemail’ about a phone that gets voicemail from the future,” she says. “It featured not one, but two green

Welcome to “CON,” from the percolating mind of young

screen car chases where we draped a green screen over

Amy Suto. As she introduces herself on her website,

a parked car and pretended we were being pursued,

amysuto.com, “I’m a caffeine connoisseur, thriller

adding the other cars in post-production.”

enthusiast and a screenwriting BFA at the University of Southern California.”

Now at the top-notch film school USC, she is living her dream. She is able to go to school and exercise her

There’s a saying that goes, “a writer writes,” meaning

writing-producing obsession simultaneously.

it’s easy to talk about being a writer, another thing to actually set your mind to it and do it. But Suto, who

“I’m going into my senior year and I’m going to miss this

was raised in Anthem and now attends the University of

school,” she says. “I was admitted to the film school as

Southern California’s prestigious film school, writes.

part of the screenwriting Bachelor of Fine Arts, so working on ‘CON’ dovetails nicely with the kind of work I do for

And writes. And writes. And writes some more.

class: breaking stories, scene work and getting my work made.”

She has written six novels, seven feature screenplays, two pilots, two television specs, dozens of short stories

Her big moments thus far?

and short films and two seasons of a Web series. At just 20 years old, she has probably written more than J.D.

“During my first year here, I won an underground

Salinger, Harper Lee and Ken Kesey combined.

competition hosted by faculty where we made films and creative projects for points and the film students with

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Amy Suto

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Amy with her brother DJ


the most points were able to meet a famous alum of the film school,” she recalls. “My team and I were able to meet John August (screenwriter of ‘Big Fish’), Randal Kleiser (director of ‘Grease’) and, for the grand prize, we had lunch with Robert Zemeckis (director of ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Forrest Gump’). USC is just one of those schools where no matter how long I’m here, I still feel like it’s all too good to be true.” Her biggest challenge is juggling the long hours it takes to produce her work, attend film festivals and keep up her studies. “Learning how to balance the beginnings of my career with practical real-life responsibilities like studying plate tectonics is still something I’m learning how to do,” she says. Yet she has found the time to collect strange hobbies that may ring a bell for fans of Rian Johnson’s “The Brothers Bloom,” an inspiration for Amy; she practices archery, ballroom dancing and samba. “And next semester I’m taking a class about logic and chess where we study famous games and play a chessmaster for our final exam,” she adds. A class on security taught her how to pick locks and hack into computers, which led to “CON.” Her elevator pitch on the series: “Friends become enemies. Enemies become allies. It’s a tale of truth told by liars.”

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Speaking of which, they say there’s a fabricating con man or two on every corner of Hollywood. This time next year, Suto will be leaving the relative security and sincerity of a college campus for the real world of show biz. But she says her family has her back, all the way. “I’m extremely grateful to my parents, Liz and Jack Suto, for being so supportive and encouraging and helping me pursue a career in the film industry despite it being a risky and challenging path,” she says. “I’m also lucky to have an awesome brother, DJ Suto, who despite being a neuroscience major at UCLA after graduating from Boulder Creek last year still guest stars in my projects when I need him to. I love coming home to Anthem during breaks and holidays because my support system of friends and family make all the difference in my life.” Her plan to crack into the sharky world of studios? “After graduation, I hope to work in a writer’s room as an assistant while continuing to get projects produced on the side,” she says, having scripted her future. “This July, a short film I wrote is going into production in Miami, and I want to continue networking with other filmmakers who are passionate about the same kinds of stories as I am. If I can keep trying to do good work with good people, eventually things will fall into place.” Write on, Amy Suto. Write on.... July 2015

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Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photography by Miller Photo

Ask nearly anyone in the United States what they think about Arizona history and you’ll likely receive an answer that includes cowboys, campfires and Wild West antics. Not only did some of the most newsworthy gunfights and cowboy history happen in our backyard (and front yard, in some cases), but you’ll also find the places and spaces where history’s ghosts have left a permanent mark.

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One of the most significant places in Arizona for cowboy

The beauty and permanence of the buildings is part of

history is the town of Prescott. Founded in 1864, this

what makes Prescott so appealing to visitors still today

central Arizona town features both high desert and

and they are also a large part of the reason its cowboy

towering pines, with Prescott National Forest to its west

and mining legacy has remained alive.

and Prescott Valley to its east. Prescott is a cool day trip away from Phoenix, an hour up and west on I-17,

Prescott Frontier Days

and it offers more than just fantastic lakes and vistas. It

Few people realize that modern rodeo was born right

was once the territorial capital of Arizona and its colorful

here in Arizona. On July 4, 1888, a group of Prescott

Whiskey Row stands in testament to its Wild West

townsmen established what they called a “cowboy

history.

tournament” on a vacant piece of land that is now Forbing Park. They advertised with local fliers and

Cowboy tales often originated from campfires along

by word of mouth and offered relatively small cash

cattle drives near its boundaries. At one time, some 40

purses to the top contestants. A cowboy named Juan

saloons, several hotels and numerous houses of ill repute

Leivas was the first top prizewinner that year, and the

are rumored to have lined the streets of Whiskey Row,

competition raised its bar as each year brought a new

allowing it to compete heartily with towns like Tombstone

annual contest.

and Jerome for customers and their loyalty. As the idea began to grow, other towns began hosting A fire that started in the O.K. Lodging House and quickly

their own cowboy contests. Prescott, however, remained

spread throughout Whiskey Row burned nearly the entire

the biggest draw. Local cattlemen and hands embraced

famous block to the ground. As a result of the fire and

the competition as a way to show off their skills and

the skyrocketing insurance rates that followed, most of

compete with other cowboys in roping and riding.

the buildings reconstructed after the fire were no longer made of wood. Instead, property owners opted for brick

In 1909, a young cowboy named Tom Mix would win the

and masonry construction, which was less likely to burn.

top title at the Prescott Cowboy Contest (it wasn’t called

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a “rodeo” in Prescott until 1924). He would go on to be a Western megastar on the big screen, starring in some 291 films. He later attended the contest, along with the likes of Will Rogers and other stars, to promote it. He may very well have helped grow rodeo into the multimillion-dollar sport it is today. Today, the rodeo remains king in Prescott. Now called Prescott Frontier Days, it is coined the “World’s Oldest Rodeo,” bringing in about 75,000 visitors at the end of each June and beginning of July. This year’s events run June 29 – July 5 and can be found at worldsoldestrodeo.com. National Day of the Cowboy Another summer event is planned in Prescott in July to commemorate not only the town’s history, but also the history of the American West. The first National Day of the Cowboy was established in 2005 and after much lobbying and work on the part of a group of dedicated historians, was passed simultaneously as an official holiday by Congress and the House in 2008. Arizona was the fourth state to sign on to establish the holiday on an annual basis and to date, 10 states celebrate the day during the last week in July to spotlight the contributions of the American cowboy to United States history and culture. Take a step back in time July 26 and 27 as Prescott celebrates their ninth annual National Day of the Cowboy with a bang on Whiskey Row. You won’t want to miss cowboy shootouts, skit competitions that range from whimsical to dead serious portrayed by reenactment groups from Arizona and California, as well as what is billed to be the largest costume contest in Arizona. Kids’ games, vendors, crafts and food will also be on hand, as well as great performances and appearances by Dr. Buck and the Wild Bunch, internationally-known AZ Gunfighters and Lee Anderson and his horse Concho. Local shops will also be in on the action — there will be plenty to do in this no-longer-one-horse town! The events will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day downtown along Whiskey Row, near Goodwin and Montezuma. nationaldayofthecowboy.org July 2015

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Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photograph by Bryan Black All other photos by Surrealsister Photography

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Few people remember a time when Phoenix was a

loved people (he even left his estate to his English

small dot of concrete surrounded by cattle yards and

bulldog, Humble) and he was quick to express his

citrus orchards, but it was just that a generation ago.

dislike to anyone who looked sideways at him. But

The railroad served as the most important mode of

others say Durant was more bark than bite, and that

transportation for both agricultural commodities and

his stories were little more than a persona created

human cargo, and Union Station was a place where

and driven by his own ego.

families hung out on long weekend days, simply for the excitement of it all.

In either case, or in the more likely case of the truth falling somewhere in between, Jack Durant was one of

The soon-to-be booming city was firmly divided into

the most colorful characters ever to grace the mid-

blocks on one side of the tracks or the other based

century Central Avenue strip with his alleged (albeit

on skin color, and real cowboys fresh from their cattle

well-substantiated) ties to the mafia, his flirtatious and

drives mingled with bankers and politicians at any of

misogynist overtures toward his waitresses, his prolific

the downtown bars on hot summer afternoons.

lies and his earned reputation for not being one to double cross.

The year was 1950 — the same year a now-iconic restaurant opened its doors on bustling Central

The restaurant itself, with it’s pepto-pink exterior and

Avenue. For the last 65 years, Durant’s and its

brass handles in the shape of its owner’s initials, was

founder, Jack Durant, have become the stuff of lore

(and still is) a hot spot for anyone whose name was

and legend. John Wayne, Burt Reynolds, Jim Nabors,

known in print, from movie stars to baseball players,

Zsa Zsa Gabor and Lucille Ball all placed their orders

journalists to legislators. It is said that four Arizona

at Durant’s.

governors once dined there all in the same day, but not at the same time.

To this day, the deals that have been signed, wedding proposals accepted, pacts made and even the murder

Even today, regulars know not to enter through the

of Phoenix reporter Don Bolles, rumored to have been

front doors at Durant’s; instead, like a scene from

planned among Durant’s time capsule of bordello-style

“Goodfellas,” they enter through the rear and walk

crimson-flocked walls, deco-style rounded bar and

through the delicious smells and steamy humidity of

chintzy red vinyl booths have created a legacy that

the kitchen.

simply will not die. It is a monument to a time when corruption ruled and to the dicey underworld of the

Now, Durant’s life and a day in the life of the

early days of Phoenix, when who a guy knew could

restaurant — or one interpretation of it — will be

put him in the black or could put him six feet under.

presented by Phoenix director and screenwriter Travis Mills in his new film, “Durant’s Never Closes.”

But beyond the glitz, glam, grit and whiskey is a man

Launching first at film festivals, it’s one of many films

who is more of an enigma — a mystery wrapped

Mills has created with his company Running Wild Films

tightly inside a riddle. Jack Durant was both sinner

and the first to attract Hollywood talent.

and saint, but to what extent, no one will likely ever know.

Tom Sizemore, known best for his fiery tough guy roles in “Saving Private Ryan,” “Black Hawk Down,”

Some say he murdered a man in a mob-related hit in

“Heat” and “Natural Born Killers,” is cast in the role

Chicago. He’s rumored to have been on the FBI’s 10

of the audacious Durant, supported by director and

Most Dangerous People in Arizona list in his younger

actor Peter Bogdanovich (“The Last Picture Show” and

years. People say he loved his dogs far more than he

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Stafford and John Gries, best known for his role as

name “James Earl Allen” in the map dot of Tellico

Uncle Rico in “Napoleon Dynamite” and from the

Plains, Tennessee. Like many dreamers of his day, he

“Taken” trilogy.

purportedly hopped a train headed for what he hoped would be a life of excitement at the age of 14. He

The screenplay is largely based on a series of novels

heard tales of gold and success, which left stars in

written by Mabel R. Leo. Her account of Durant is

his eyes until he found himself deep in the bowels of

perhaps the most heavily researched and was also

a copper mine in Miami, Arizona.

the basis for a play directed by Terry Earp. Mills is the first to admit that even Leo’s thorough research is

While working in the mines, he landed a pitching spot

open to interpretation.

on the Miami Miners baseball team. It may have been there that he got the idea to change his name. Rumor

According to one story, Durant was born with the

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has it that former members of the Chicago White Sox


team, who were caught in a national scandal for trying to throw the 1919 World Series, were playing on the team under false names. They had been banned from Major League Baseball and anyone caught playing with them would also be banned from the game forever. James joined the namechanging game and took on the moniker of handsome burlesque comedian Jack Durant. The name stuck far longer than his baseball career did. According to Leo, Durant took work as a bartender in the bustling little Arizona town and later struck a partnership with the town’s mayor to open the Keystone Room, a gambling parlor and whorehouse. A couple of years later, Miami town officials decided gambling wasn’t serving their town very well. They outlawed it in 1933, which sent Durant packing for Phoenix. But first, he needed to raise money for his next venture. In her book, “The Saga of Jack Durant,” Leo wrote that Durant pretended to be a federal agent and shook down Chinese families who ran Miami’s service industries. He allegedly told them they were slated for deportation, but that he would see to it that their paperwork was in order if they paid him $100 each. When he made his escape, his pockets were lined with Ben Franklins. Once in Phoenix, Durant met gambler and mob associate Gus Greenbaum. Greenbaum, who was closely connected to Al Capone, sent Durant to Las Vegas to keep an eye on Bugsy Siegel, one of the most dangerous and renowned mafia figures of the day. Greenbaum turned up dead not too long afterward, and Durant and Siegel were (inexplicably) allies. Siegel was one of the key figures in the development of the Las Vegas Strip, cutting deals in smoky rooms and helping to build some of the Strip’s most famous now-historic hotels. Durant became one of Siegel’s most trusted associates, and he put him to work in his Flamingo Hotel. Siegel was murdered in 1947 — shot dead at his girlfriend’s house — and, according to Leo, Durant’s FBI files say he is believed to have murdered a man outside the Flamingo around the same time. His involvement was never proven because allegedly the details were taken care of by the mafia. Around that time, too, Durant married Helen Gilbert, the first of five soonto-be estranged wives Durant would have “irreconcilable differences” with. After Siegel’s death, Durant returned to Phoenix and formed a partnership with cattleman Jack “Swede” McElroy to purchase the then-newly bankrupt Midway BBQ for $26,000. Durant had his own unique taste, Vegas chic, where heavy fabrics and dark woods mingled at the time with smoke-filled air, the aroma of steaks and seafood and the clinking of whiskey glasses at the rounded bar. July 2015

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“In my humble opinion, Durant’s is the finest eating and drinking establishment in the entire world.”

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– Jack Durant


Durant prided himself on his work ethic and rightfully earned respect for it. At the same time, had he been in the business today, he’d likely be dodging some serious sexual harassment charges for his advances toward his female staff. More than one account says he’d often go a little too far with those advances, then make up for it by leaving a waitress a couple of hundred dollars in her purse at the end of the night. There are also stories of how Durant never needed to send out a bill to customers whose tab had gotten a little too hefty. Instead, he’d wait until they came in with guests, then would approach their table with a gruff, “Hey [expletive], don’t you think it’s about time you paid your bill?” Once a supplier sent Durant a truckload of meat that he thought wasn’t the right color. He stared the driver down with cold blue eyes, then dumped the entire shipment onto the ground before calling the supplier to come pick it up off the steamy pavement. To this day, love Durant or hate him, dining at Durant’s is still an occasion. Regulars come back for celebrations, holidays and special occasions the same as they have since the doors first opened. Servers still maintain an air of formality and pictures of Durant’s late canines are hung on the wall like relatives. And still, just who Jack Durant was and was not remains a mystery. It’s that mystery that attracted Mills to his story in the first place, and the seasoned filmmaker is hedging his own bets that audiences will be equally intrigued. Either way, Durant’s will still be serving rare steaks and shrimp cocktails with a generous helping of legend. And when you go, if you catch him on a good night, you just might see the ghost of a blue-eyed man in a suit, still larger than life, whose spirit continues to live on. Because Jack Durant can never really die, and Durant’s never closes.

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Whether you prefer to keep your pride covered up or like to wear it loud and proud, Sockfish Trading Co. is the place for you. You’ll find socks that will satisfy anyone’s love for Old Glory and a whole lot more. Cave Creek, 480-737-6377 sockfishtradingco.com

Independence Day only comes once a year, but showing pride in our country is a year-round pastime for Americans. Since we all show our patriotism in different ways, here are a few ideas to get you in the holiday spirit from some of our favorite local businesses.

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Pay tribute to the fearless men and women who keep our nation safe with Alex and Ani bracelets, some of the hottest jewelry around right now. You’ll find their Armed Forces collection, along with many other patriotic pieces, at Andrew Z Diamonds and Fine Jewelry. Anthem, 623-551-6892 andrewzdiamonds.com

For the patriotic interior designer in you, giddy up to Valerie’s Furniture and Accents. Plan on staying awhile because there’s a lot to see in this cool, unique store. Cave Creek, 480-483-3327 valeriesfurniture.com

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From clothes to furniture, Big Bronco has something for everyone. Show off your patriotic cowgirl side with a tank top or decorate your walls with one of many cool home accessories. Cave Creek, 480-575-7025 bigbroncocavecreek.com

Scarves are all the rage and they’re so versatile, too. They’re even better when they’re stylishly covered with the stars and stripes. Grab friends and get shopping at Lost Soul. Scottsdale, 480-515-3631 lostsoulaz.com

If you like American made, then look no further than North Scottsdale’s Kimes Ranch. Their jeans are the perfect combination of style, craftsmanship and high-quality, tough denim. You can wear them riding or wear them out, but you’ll never wear ‘em out. Just ask the cowpokes and hipsters who love them. Apparel for men and women. 480-471-7457 kimesranch.com

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Writer Rebecca Zaner Photographer Keri Meyers

“She was a normal baby as far as we knew, but she

12, loves baseball. Both sons are very smart and

was literally dying in our arms.”

maintain top grades in school.

Savannah Ruiz, born April 19, 2015. A new cry in

Kendra was anxious to have a baby. Unfortunately,

the delivery room, signifying the arrival of new life.

Frankie had undergone a vasectomy shortly after

Happy tears, smiles, hugs; all the wonderful traces of

Diego was born, but Kendra loved and supported

a birthday celebration. A proud moment as the Ruiz

him too much to let that stand in the way of their

family welcomes a baby girl. Pictures are taken as

marriage.

the infant is passed from one loving arm to another. As far as everyone knows, Savannah is a heathy,

“We’re just so in sync with one another,” Frankie

normal baby. For the first day of her life, she was;

shared. “She supports me no matter what.”

or so she seemed. They eventually decided to try for a baby. After Frankie and Kendra Ruiz live in Anthem. While

a very expensive process of reversal surgery, the

Kendra is an Arizona native, Frankie was born in

couple decided on in vitro fertilization. The first time

Colorado. He is an eight-year army veteran and after

was unsuccessful and resulted in much physical

serving, found his way to Arizona as an instructor at

and emotional anxiety. After another long period of

Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He eventually

time, Frankie and Kendra tried again and were finally

decided to move to the Valley and return to the

successful.

automotive industry, which he had been a part of for 16 years. That is how he met Kendra. A mutual

Kendra endured a mostly normal pregnancy and was

friend of theirs came to buy a truck and eventually,

overjoyed to finally have a baby.

the two were introduced. “I had more ultrasounds than the normal woman Frankie and Kendra have been together for seven

because of the in vitro, but every single time they

years. They married in 2013 and started their

saw a normal heartbeat,” Kendra said. “My original

own business, Azteca Pest Control and Landscape

due date was May 4. In mid-April, my blood pressure

Services, so that Frankie could spend more time with

kept escalating very high, so Frankie took me to the

his family outside the automotive business. Frankie

hospital. Doctors tried for three days to induce labor

has two sons from a previous marriage: Xavier,

but I wasn’t dilating past one centimeter.”

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It’s incredible how we are strangers in this community and yet everyone started to rally and pray for Savannah.

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On the morning of April 19, Kendra gave birth to

recalled. “It was about six hours, but the doctors at

Savannah via cesarean section. At that time, there

Phoenix Children’s Hospital were very positive and

weren’t any signs of complications with the baby

optimistic. Thankfully, everything went phenomenally.”

other than Kendra’s failure to induce labor. But after Savannah’s first day in the nursery, a pair of nurses

While Savannah pushed through the surgery, there

entered Kendra’s room with grim news.

is still much more to come. Her second surgery will occur between 4 and 6 months of age. As she ages,

“They told me Savannah was rushed to the NICU

she will likely need more surgeries and is much

[neonatal intensive care unit],” Kendra recalled.

more susceptible to needing organ transplants in the

“I immediately started bawling because I didn’t

future.

understand what was going on.” The family took to social media to share Savannah’s Kendra eventually learned that Savannah’s tests

story.

showed an oxygen deficiency in her arm and leg. Her blood vessels were not working properly.

“We needed prayers in the worst way,” Frankie recalled. “Immediately, thousands of people started

“When I arrived at the hospital, Savannah was

jumping on board. It’s incredible how we are

grey in color,” Frankie said. “Things were not

strangers in this community and yet everyone

looking good at all. They said she might not make

started to rally and pray for Savannah.”

it through the night. Being religious, we had her baptized and gave her the middle name, Marie.”

The family spent several weeks with Savannah recovering in the hospital. While her recovery

Savannah was transferred to the Phoenix Children’s

process was successful, her condition remains the

Hospital and later diagnosed with heterotaxy. This

same.

syndrome causes organs to develop on opposite sides of the body and the heart is unable to pump

“She looked like a science project,” Frankie admitted

enough blood throughout the body. It is a very rare

after seeing her hooked up to various machines.

disease that affects only 4 out of 1 million children.

“She made it through that surgery and continues

Savannah was born without a pulmonary artery. Her

to improve. It was really the power of prayer that

pulmonary veins, which are supposed to connect to

brings us these miracles. It is just profound.”

the lungs, connect through her liver instead. She is now at home and being cared for by her “It was not a coincidence that I wasn’t dilating the

parents. A typical day at home with Savannah is

night I gave birth to Savannah,” Kendra said. “She

unlike the average newborn.

never would have made it through labor in her condition.”

“It’s difficult because we can’t really go out,” Kendra explained. “It’s very important that she doesn’t get

The cause of Savannah’s condition is unknown.

sick.”

Unfortunately, she will need many surgeries to correct the misplacement of her organs. Savannah

Savannah eats through a feeding tube and uses a

had her first of these surgeries at just 9 days old

pulse oximeter at all times. She is weighed every

to cut the veins from her liver and redirect them to

morning and her stats are sent to Phoenix Children’s

her lungs.

Hospital via text message, where they receive immediate attention. If any of her numbers look

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for clinical testing. Every week, an electrocardiogram

Anthem locals have reached out to the Ruiz family to

monitors her heart. She is on medications to stabilize

help support Savannah’s journey. Friends and family

her heart rate and receives them eight times a day:

encourage the community to join Savannah’s fight.

twice in the morning, twice in the afternoon, twice at

There are many ways to get involved. A Facebook

night and once at 4 a.m.

page, “SavannahStrong – Ruiz,” features information about Savannah and all the ways to support her. A

“I am a strong, Type-A personality,” Frankie shared.

GoFundMe account has been set up to raise funds for

“I’m used to always being in control. With Savannah,

Savannah’s astronomical medical costs. A community

I am not in control. We’ve put men on the moon. My

food chain is also available for sign-up to deliver meals

daughter has congenital heart disease. How can we

to the family. T-shirts and bracelets bearing the slogan,

not fix this? I just keep believing that while I am not in

#SavannahStrong, are also available for purchase, with

control, God is. That is what helps me get through this.”

full profits going toward Savannah’s fund.

Savannah does not seem to be in any pain. She is not

“We’re now past the questioning,” Kendra says. “We

on pain medications and like most babies, she loves

don’t ask, ‘Why her? Why us? What will her life be like?’

being held. Her brothers are very caring toward her, but

I take things one day at a time. We don’t know what

sometimes they get nervous. She has a big scar on her

can happen between now and the next surgery. I don’t

chest that looks scary to children.

want to spend every day worrying about what could be. I want to enjoy her.”

“We can’t pick her up like a normal baby,” Kendra said. “Rather than lifting her under the arms, she must

facebook.com/savannahruizheartwarrior


be scooped from below to keep her chest scar from

gofundme.com/sprvj2t

opening.”

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Savannah’s journey is just beginning. She faces many challenges yet to come. Her family will continue to give her the best care possible.

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Writer Amanda Christmann Larson

Whether you’re a craft beer regular or have just wondered what the fuss is all about, you’re in for a treat this month. The Real, Wild & Woody Craft Beer Festival is coming to the Phoenix Convention Center July 18, bringing with it 50 of Arizona’s most outstanding home grown breweries and their caches of original brews, beer cocktails and other small batch favorites. It’s a fantastic four-hour event featuring beer, beer and more beer, with paired food favorites from some of the Valley’s best restaurants. It lasts from 2 to 6 p.m. (just enough time for a relaxing afternoon getaway) and promises to be an event you’ll remember in the beer aisle for months to come. To get in the mood, let’s take a

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walk down memory lane into an abridged (and very loosely translated) history of beer. Sometime around 5500 B.C., early man figured out that barley and yeast stuck in water under the hot sun would eventually form a broth-like substance that could form alcohol. Eventually, the bitter hops flower was tossed into the liquid, and beer was born. In 1800 B.C., the Sumerians thought beer was such good stuff that someone dedicated an entire goddess to it, inscribing the “Hymn to Ninkasi” into a tablet. A lot of beer drinking happened in the next centuries, and in about A.D. 600, St. Arnold of Metz, now one of dozens of patron saints of beer, convinced locals to drink beer over impure water, arguing that those who did not succumbed to plague and illness. Throughout the Middle Ages, beer was an integral part of society (not to mention, it really did save people from the plague because it gave them something to drink other than contaminated water). More than 1,000 years later, beer played a part in America’s independence. On a cold night in December 1773, Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty sat around the Green Dragon Tavern and came up with the idea of boarding a British ship and raising a ruckus. They ended up hauling 342 chests of tea over the edge and into the water. By 1873, our country had 4,131 breweries. Today, craft beers make up a $19.6 billion industry in the United States, according to the Brewers Association. Arizona ranks 18th in the country for economic impact, with $664.2 million in sales in 2014. Breweries in our state produced 156,702 barrels of brew last year alone. So check out the Real, Wild & Woody Craft Beer Festival July 18. There is so much to learn about this timeless brew, and so much to celebrate. After all, it’s part of our history, and an American tradition. realwildandwoody.com

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Have you been to The Nash? Let’s rephrase that question: Do you love jazz? If so, get thee to First and Roosevelt streets, where The Nash resides just off Central Avenue — fitting, since it is jazz central for Phoenix. The young venue, which celebrates its third birthday in September, is more than a jazz club. It is the club in Phoenix and has hosted the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Houston Person, Randy Brecker, Javon Jackson, Eddie Henderson, Cedar Walton, Renee Rosnes, Barry Harris, Peter Washington, George Mraz ... and a sublime drummer named Lewis Nash, the club’s namesake. Generally, you have to be pretty good at something to have a place named after you once you die. But to have something named for you while you’re still living? Well, you either have a striking wealth of money (donors often get buildings named after them) or, like Lewis Nash, an astonishing wealth of skills and level of respect in the industry. If you haven’t seen it and want to have your mind blown away, go to YouTube and search “Lewis Nash drum solo with brushes.” But make sure you have a few hours at your disposal, as that will likely lead you down a rabbit hole into other Nash videos: master class series, Tommy Flanagan Trio solo and more. While the name of the club suggests you can walk in any time of day or night and see and hear

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Nash jamming, such is not the case. One of the world’s

Adding to the magnetism, DownBeat magazine put The

most in-demand players, Lewis Nash has played on not

Nash on its list of “Great Jazz Venues” in 2014 and

dozens, not scores but hundreds of albums. Though a

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native of Phoenix, he has lived and played in the New York City area since his early 20s and toured the world

Here, it’s all about the music, as there is no kitchen

regularly with giants of jazz, including the likes of Oscar

or bar. You can bring your own bottle, as long as you

Peterson, Stan Getz, Branford Marsalis, Ron Carter, Sonny

follow the rules: no more than one 750 milliliter bottle

Rollins, Stanley Turrentine, Diana Krall — pretty much

of wine per two people or two beers per person, with a

every jazz luminary who has performed and recorded

$5 corkage fee per bottle of wine and $1 per beer can

over the past three-plus decades.

or bottle.

But that hardly means The Nash is silent when the mad

The Nash is not just about great nights for adults.

drummer is on the road. The club was launched by Jazz

Indeed, the club’s website, thenash.org, emphasizes

in Arizona, a 38-year-old nonprofit organization that

that this is a place for all ages: “Educational and

is dialed into both the local and national jazz scenes.

performance programs at The Nash include: classic jazz

Between the association and the great musician, The

and new music; performances by student musicians,

Nash has become a must-play venue for top artists.

local pros and touring artists; weekly jazz jam sessions; workshops; master classes and clinics ... The Nash

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operates in collaboration with schools and other arts and culture organizations in our neighborhood, across the Valley and throughout America.” All of this was reinforced by an interview with Joel Robin Goldenthal, executive director of The Nash. When asked about the goals of the venue, he said, “The goal of The Nash when it was conceived four years ago was to give young musicians a place to perform and learn about jazz, and to cultivate a new audience for jazz.” He was emphatic about the impact the club has made on the local jazz scene. “The Nash has become the venue for live jazz performances, jam sessions, senior recitals and unique jazz education programs,” Goldenthal said. “The Nash has galvanized the music community, attracting students and educators from high schools and colleges to perform and teach. Student and professional musicians alike want to perform at The Nash because it’s all about the music, without the distractions or limitations of a commercial environment. Musicians are free to play music that is important to them, which has unfortunately become a luxury in today’s market.” A pied piper potency particularly pleases the executive director, who says the jazz club “is constantly building new audiences, with half of performance attendees typically being first-timers.” The club has also “presented a number of regional and national contemporary jazz artists who have particular appeal to younger jazz audiences, such as Snarky Puppy, Donny McCaslin and (saxophonist/singer) Grace Kelly.” The Nash is a nonprofit operation, so Goldenthal and the board of directors are trying to create a strategic business plan that emphasizes the sustainability of The Nash and allows the club to grow its educational programs and present more leading jazz musicians, both to enrich the cultural landscape of America’s sixth largest city and inspire the next generation. The Nash is becoming known as a great summer spot, a place to chill out to some of the coolest music in the Southwest. Jazz central will have some 20 shows per month, including a big band every Wednesday night, a jam session every Sunday, “Catch a Rising Star” performances by student bands and top-name local jazz, Latin and contemporary jazz musicians. As one new fan reported on Yelp, “I’ve passed the neon sign like a million times, assuming this was just some quiet little jazz house. I was wrong. It’s a booming, hip jazz house, and I’m a dummy for not checking it out sooner.” thenash.org July 2015

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Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photograph by David Olsen/Zocalo Magazine

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Arizona is stunning for its natural beauty, but it also

south of the Tucson Convention Center and bordered

holds another attraction unlike anywhere else in the

by Cushing Street, Stone Avenue, 18th Street and Main

world. It is a place where indigenous tribes lived for

Avenue, Barrio Viejo appears to be frozen in time.

centuries before white settlers arrived, carved the continent into boundaries and labeled them with names

Much of the old neighborhood remains today, but a

of states and territories.

significant portion of it was tragically bulldozed in the 1960s and ‘70s to make way for urban development.

Just to our south, if the mountains and saguaros in and

Still, the Sonoran Traditional architecture is a sight to

around what is now Tucson could speak, the tales they

see, especially on South Convent Avenue, where many

would tell would be full of intrigue. From the earliest

of the residential renovation efforts are centered. Local

Hohokam communities who coaxed crops from the thirsty

resident Kelley Rollings, who began buying and renovating

soil to Spanish conquistadors searching for gold, the

buildings in the area in 1971, spearheaded many of

stories are full of fortitude and resilience. In the last

those efforts.

two centuries, the tales turned from Apache warriors relentlessly defending their land from encroaching

Barrio Viejo is unlike any other American neighborhood.

settlers, to missionaries eager to replace altars to deities

Narrow streets cut through what is believed to be

with crosses and crucifixes, to battles over boundaries

the largest neighborhood of old adobe houses left in

that could only be found on paper and to the wild, wild

the United States. Façades, many now in an array of

West, where the lines between right and wrong, good and

primary colors thanks to a neighborhood revival in

bad were as hazy as the horizon in a dust storm.

recent decades, hide brilliant interior spaces occasionally available for perusal during walking tours and special

It is during the latter part of this time, in 1861, that Lt.

events. Even if you’re just passing through by vehicle or

Col. John Baylor and his troops conquered the southern

walking up and down the streets of Barrio Viejo, you’ll

New Mexico territory. He proclaimed the area to be

want to bring a camera. There are plenty of voices from

the Confederate Arizona Territory and named himself

the past to capture on film.

permanent governor, staking his personal claim in the newly named capital of Tucson.

Few sidewalks line the area; homes and businesses are built like fortresses against curbs that were once dusty

Of course, others also had leadership in mind, and his

streets. Front yards were not a priority for early residents

reign only lasted a year. The Union army took over and

of this second oldest neighborhood in Tucson; instead,

as mining and agriculture began to boom in the area

interior spaces were the focus and courtyards inside or

and political interests sparred, the Arizona Territory

behind homes provided outdoor sanctuaries.

capital was moved from Prescott to Tucson in 1863. This made Tucson an even more important hub for business

The neighborhood is tribute to a period of time when

and government endeavors.

Arizona and United States history was rapidly changing. The railroad, which began service to and from Tucson in

It was because of this boom that, in the 1870s, one of

1880, brought about the most significant growth of the

the most visually unique neighborhoods remaining in the

time.

United States sprang up. Barrio Viejo, which translates from Spanish to “Old Neighborhood,” is a must-see for

First came the Southern Pacific Railroad, followed a year

history-loving or architecture-appreciating day-trippers

later by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad.

eager to see remnants of a bygone era. Located due

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passenger and commercial cargo. With the railroad came

movie theater, community hall, ballroom, boxing arena,

more businesses, more people and more diversity. The

Elks’ lodge and a garage. It was even featured in the

population started to boom and within a couple of short

1995 movie, “Boys on the Side,” which starred Drew

years, black neighborhoods and Chinese laundries and

Barrymore, Whoopi Goldberg and Mary-Louise Parker.

grocers began to spring up. Tucson began to experience a level of diversity that much of the Southwest had never

Cushing Street Bar and Restaurant, located at 198 W.

seen.

Cushing St. and featuring, among other things, a saguaro rib ceiling, is the renovated territorial home of Clara

With diversity came new ideas. Homes in other now-

Ferrin Bloom. Bloom was born in the house in 1881 to

historic but then-newer Tucson neighborhoods began

parents who emigrated from Germany, and went on to

taking on the Victorian influence so popular in the east,

become an early University of Arizona graduate and

and some of that influence made its way into Barrio

schoolteacher in the community. A local school was

Viejo. Flat roofs were replaced with hipped designs and

later named after her. Bloom’s son, David, established

decorative pediments and front porches were added to

the Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives at the University

some houses. Still, much of the neighborhood remained

of Arizona, leaving a legacy to help build what is now a

the same.

strong Jewish community in Tucson. He was the owner of one of Tucson’s most renowned men’s clothing stores,

Among the sights is the Teatro Carmen at 348 S. Meyer

Dave Bloom and Sons.

Ave., the first Spanish language theater in Tucson. It

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opened in 1915 and with 1,400 seats inside an elegantly

Cushing Street itself is named after Howard Bass

decorated building, was the premier cultural venue for

Cushing, who was known as the “Custer of Arizona” for

dramas, operas and musicals. Later, it would become a

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Indian Wars. He was one of three Cushing brothers highly renowned and decorated in their time. In 1871, while in pursuit of Cochise a few miles outside of Fort Huachuca, he and his troops were ambushed by a band of Apaches led by Cochise’s brother. An historical marker near presentday Sonoita commemorates the site of his death. He was buried at Fort Lowell, then later reinterred at the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio of San Francisco. One of the most interesting markers in Barrio Viejo is El Tiradito, known as The Wishing Shrine. Located at 420 S. Main Ave., this shrine is unlike other religious shrines found throughout the desert Southwest because it is not dedicated to a saint. Instead, it is the burial site of a sinner named Juan Oliveras, a 19-year-old sheep ranch hand who was caught in a most compromising position with his mother-in-law. There are many versions of the legend, all of which center on a love triangle that ended in tragedy when Oliveras was murdered by his father-in-law in a jealous rage. El Tiradito, which translates to “The Little Throwaway,” commemorates the spot where Oliveras was buried. In spite of requests from local officials, the Catholic Church refused to allow him to be buried in the church cemetery because of the adultery he committed. Today, it is said that wishes may be granted at the site, depending on the heart and intention of the requestor. It is believed that if a candle is lit at the shrine and burns all night long without extinguishing, a wish may come true. Other area landmarks include St. Augustine’s Cathedral and Carillo Elementary School. Both stand as testaments to the many MexicanAmerican families who settled in the area. Chinese grocer Jerry Lee Ho’s former market, located on the northwest corner of South Meyer and 17th Street, has been beautifully renovated and is now the office of geotechnical and environmental engineering firm, Haley and Aldrich. Another favorite, El Minuto Mexican Restaurant, located next to El Tiradito, has been a family-owned eatery since 1936. They specialize in carne seca and menudo served every day. Barrio Viejo is full of history and charm for those willing to make the trip south. Visitors can almost picture the dusty streets and bustling business that happened in this now-quiet but friendly neighborhood. The air in Barrio Viejo is almost thick with antiquity, but the continued revitalization and celebration of Arizona history is making this little gem of a find worth visiting for years to come. July 2015

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Recipe

Grilled Tri-Color Potato Salad Writer and photographer Monica Longenbaker

No Fourth of July barbecue would be complete without potato salad. In the spirit of Independence Day, venture from your old recipe for something revolutionary. A mixture of red, Yukon and purple potatoes create a striking contrast in color and texture in this tri-color potato salad. For a real game changer, the potatoes are grilled until smoky and crisp. Then, while still piping hot, they are tossed with a tangy dressing so flavorful you won’t even miss the mayo.

Grilled Tri-Color Potato Salad Yield: 5-6 servings

Directions: Place the potatoes into a pot, cover them with water and bring to a boil. Add a generous pinch of salt and cook for 6-7 minutes. The potatoes should be tender but

1½ pounds tri-color potatoes (red, Yukon, purple), cut into 2-inch pieces 1 tablespoon cooking oil 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1 garlic clove, minced ¼ cup olive oil ¼ cup red onion, minced ¼ cup celery, minced

still slightly firm. Drain the potatoes and coat them with cooking oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place the potatoes onto a hot grill over high heat. Remove from the grill once the potatoes are slightly charred and completely cooked through. In a bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, garlic and olive oil. Toss the hot potatoes with the dressing. Add the red onion, celery and parsley. Add more salt and pepper if necessary.

2 tablespoons parsley, chopped salt and pepper

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Allow the potato salad to rest for 30 minutes before serving. Serve room temperature.


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Images Arizona: Anthem July 2015 Issue  

July 2015 issue of Images Arizona magazine distributed to Tramonto, Anthem, Desert Hills and New RIver.