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he Fox family, David, Lori, and sons Christian, 5, and Jesse, 4, are passionate

about each other, their Anthem community, and their respective entrepreneurial undertakings. During their 10-year marriage they have seen their share of struggles as any couple would, but they keep in mind that with God, all things are possible. David Fox, an East Coaster by birth, was brought west when his father sought treatment for medical issues in Colorado, where David and Lori met. After dating and marrying a few years later in January 2004, they decided to forge a new, shared path and stake their own claim in the Grand Canyon State.

Being new to the Valley, they promptly connected with a realtor and gave the realtor a wish list for their perfect family home. Luckily, the realtor was familiar with Anthem and suggested it right away. They purchased their family’s home, and with it, the promise of the life they would build together in a tight-knit, supportive community, in which they could build their future and support local businesses. David knew starting in 2000 that his passion laid in the graphic arts. It was then that he began his journey of freelancing and invested in one day building his own business. After the move to Arizona in 2004, David started working for a local web design company with a focus on mortgage and real-estate. Three years later he continued his career at and later contracted with the University of Phoenix.


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It was in 2008 that David started Fox Designs Studio, with a

It was a tough profession that touched Lori’s heart. She said,

focus on marketing, social media and custom website design.

“Eighty percent of the babies I worked with were drug-

David is passionate about being involved in the Anthem

exposed.” She loved her job and the hope she was bringing

community and helping local businesses grow. “I love getting

to families across the Valley; however, after she gave birth to

to know local business owners and building relationships

her second son, Jesse, she also gave birth to the seedling of

based on helping each other and the community.”

an idea that grew into her current business, which she hopes to bring to the families here in Anthem.

Lori graduated with a master’s degree in school psychology from Argosy University in Phoenix, where she studied

At her 34th week of pregnancy, Lori was preparing to travel

early childhood education. She worked as a family support

to Sedona for a girls’ weekend and baby shower. She saw

specialist and child and family therapist with infants from

her doctor before leaving and was told to go straight to the

birth to 5 years old.

hospital for an emergency C-section. Jesse was born at 3.5 pounds and spent 10 days in the NICU; eight of those days


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Lori spent in the hospital being treated for pre-eclampsia. During this time period, she was unable to visit Jesse, and missed that special bonding time that a mother and baby normally share right after birth. As a result, she suffered from post-partum depression, until someone suggested infant massage. Lori said, “It really helped. He gained weight right away he was sleeping well, and we felt closer. He just turned four in July and he still asks me to rub his feet!” After going through this life-changing experience, Lori realized there are other parents and families who may be helped in the same way that she was helped when she so desperately needed it. Faith ‘n’ Love was born, a business through which Lori goes to the homes of clients to teach them about infant massage. She also foresees working with groups and organizations. On her down time, Lori spends her time helping support aspiring women who are passionate about what they do. On June 23rd Lori, along with a friend were inspired to help other women in the community build their business. Together they created the first Anthem Womens’s Expo held at the Hampton Inn. “The community really came together for this,” Lori said. They were able to get over $4000 in donations to go towards a raffle at the event all to benefit Hands Across Anthem. Lori hopes to hold a second expo near the holidays again to help the women of Anthem and local charities. The boys, Christian and Jesse, are growing up probably faster than Mom and Dad would like them to! Lori says, “Christian is Septem b er 2013


constantly moving, into sports, and was able to ride a dirt

called the trip “completely life changing.” Lori also lovingly

bike at 3 years old! Jesse is low key, pretty chill, and nothing

points out that this is where he adopted his current look of

bothers him. He is very interested in arts and loves to play

sporting dreadlocks.

the drums.” The Fox family can be found hanging out at home watching Both brothers attend North Valley Christian Academy, where

movies and playing during the summer, and dirt biking,

David and Lori appreciate the “warm, loving, supportive

camping, and enjoying the outdoors the rest of the year.

environment encouraged and fostered by Nate (Kretzmann,

When they eat out, they frequent Two Brothers’ Kitchen as

executive director), Shannon (Lauletta, school principal), and

well as the new The Tennessee Grill, because the “friendly

the rest of the staff.”

environment embodies what Anthem is all about.”

The Fox family enjoys traveling, and recently vacationed in

The Fox family wishes a blessed school year to all of their

Jamaica. They enjoyed it quite a bit, especially David, who

Anthem friends and neighbors. “Remember,” they say, “with

went back to the more socio-economically challenged areas

God, all things are possible!”

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We’ve Got the Spirit!

Writer Tom Scanlon

Who cheers for the cheerleaders?

While the Boulder Creek High School cheer squad leads the applause for football, basketball, wrestling and other sports, who gives spirit to the Spiritline? And does anyone take them seriously? Does anyone realize they spent their summers getting up at the crack of dawn to be ready for 7 a.m. conditioning/strength training, followed by practices learning acrobatic routines at 8 a.m.? “Most people are like, ‘Oh, you’re just a cheerleader, you cheer on the sidelines. What’s hard about that?’” said senior cheerleader Sarah Huffman, drenched in sweat after an intense morning practice in late July. While cheerleaders at many schools can feel under-appreciated and, thanks to many movies and TV shows, stereotyped as ditzy goofballs, the cheer team/spiritline at Boulder Creek High School also is struggling to overcome last year’s stumbling ending. “We could have been a reality TV show,” said junior cheerleader Emma Williams. A promising trip to Anaheim for a national competition finished in disappointment when a rules violation led to the season ending early, and the team’s banquet cancelled. A new season and a new coach are bringing a fresh outlook. “We have a different perspective, after what happened at nationals,” said Huffman, one of the senior captains. Senior co-captain Emily Scully, who will spend much of her senior year taking nursing classes, sees the 2013-14 year as a positive challenge. “I think we definitely need to rebuild our reputation,” said Scully. The woman behind the rebuilding effort is charismatic Jill Milnor, a veteran competitive cheerleading coach who is coming out of retirement to help turn the BC program around. She is a fireball of energy and positivity, and gushes at the thought of how far the 2013-14 team can go.


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“I have 11 girls that can do a roundoff-back-hamstring-layout,” Milnor said, referring to a speeding, fluid, spinning acrobatic move. “You have to have had major gymnastics training to do that, and 11 of my 20 varsity girls have that.” The coach explains the challenging move: “Roundoff-back-handspringlayout is where the cheerleader/gymnast starts off running and rotates to their hands on the ground (similar to the start of a cartwheel), pulls their feet together, and when the feet touch the ground they rotate backwards quickly to their hands (so they are in an arch position) and their feet go over their head. Then when their feet land again, they open their body up and rotate again, but this time in a straight board position not touching the ground and fully flipping, to land back on their feet. The entire varsity team can do a round-off-back-handspring and standing back-handspring. Layouts are an advanced tumbling skill and difficult to complete on a nonspring floor. It is impressive to have 11 girls at that skill level.” Even more than the talent level, she admires the character of her team. “They’re amazing kids. I’m so lucky to be working with them. They are determined to be positive with the community.”

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The 2013-14 BC Spiritline crew has 56 members, including 21 varsity cheerleaders, 19 junior varsity cheerleaders and 16 pom members, and they have been training just as hard as the teams they cheer. At Boulder Creek, and many high schools around Arizona, cheering is serious business. The spiritlines start the year cheering at football and basketball games, then the cheerleaders compete themselves, sizing up against other squads at high schools around the state – and if they do well enough, around the country. It’s up to Milnor to get the full potential out of the girls. A little background on the new coach: Jill Milnor was a cheerleader in high school in Oregon, as well as at Oregon State University, where she started coaching cheerleading while attending graduate school. After that, she was a member of the Portland Trail Blazers dance team, taught high school and coached three-time state champion cheerleaders at Glencoe High School. “Then I met my husband,” she said with a laugh. “He works for the government, so we moved around a lot.” She continued to teach and coach in Los Angeles, then stepped back from teaching and coaching to raise her own children while living first in Washington, D.C., then Denmark. After five years overseas, Glenn and Jill Milnor and their four children (Brittney, 15, James, 13, Lauren, 10 and Maia, 7) moved to Anthem in 2009. “I did the stay-home-mom thing for a while, then my husband and I both agreed I’m very passionate about teaching, working with high schoolers, and I need to make a difference in the community.” It was good timing, as Boulder Creek High was looking for a change in the coaching staff. “At first I was nervous about taking the position, I was


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worried being a first-year teacher (biology) and having four kids of my own,” Milnor said. “but both my husband and I agreed this is a great opportunity, it’s a great time. Because we live in Anthem, we want to be part of the community, and make Anthem a better, stronger, happier place to live.” A Monday morning in late July found several dozen young cheerleaders in the Boulder Creek gym; hair up in buns, their bodies lean and toned from weeks of conditioning, they could have passed for a soccer, softball, volleyball or track team (though not basketball, as the girls tend to be on the shorter side). They may cheer for others, but they are undeniably athletes themselves, as evidenced by the running, flipping, twisting flips and cartwheels. The new coach has been demanding, co-captain Scully said. “We’re more conditioned,” she said. “I don’t want to say she’s more organized, but more strict. And I like that.” Scully has high hopes for her senior season on the spirit line. “I definitely want to place in the top five in nationals,” she said. “and I would like to win state.” More important than placing high in competitions, Scully stressed: “I really want to be a team this year.” Junior Makenna Mercer echoed this: “I just want us to be more of a team. Last year, by the end of the season we were all so frustrated and mad, we just all went off on our own. We started the season so happy, I just want to end that way.” So who will pick these girls up in tough times? “My team keeps me going,” said Huffman. “It’s like having a second family, a place where you can go to forget about all my problems.” And, yes, there are those who cheer for the cheerleaders: The B.C. Spiritline Booster Club, made up of cheerleader moms and dads who know how much hard work their kids do, and are there to pat them on the back, tell them what how great the routines were, help pack up and get ready for the next in a long line of events. “I have an amazing booster group,” said Coach Milnor, who is also backed by assistant cheer coach Lisa Latham and head pom coach Rachel Hall. The BCHS Spiritline Booster Club provides home-cooked meals to the cheerleaders before football and basketball games, raises funds, designs, orders and fits camp clothes and other outfits, maintains a website and Facebook page and hosts pre-competition breakfasts. B.C. Spiritline will be cheering the whole school year, starting with the football kickoff dinner and first football game in August. The girls also perform at school assemblies and community events. Competitive cheerleading events begin in late October, with the state competition in January and nationals in March. “I think we’ll qualify for state,” says new coach Milnor. “And if we do that, we can make nationals.” How serious is Jill Milnor about taking Boulder Creek’s Spiritline to the next level? “I flew out a choreographer from Los Angeles in July,” she said. “We spent 16 hours one weekend doing our competition routine.” Even so, the bottom line for the coach is not competitions, but the cheering at high school football and basketball games. “I love being part of the school and game time,” said Jill Milnor, pumping up the cheerleaders. “I love being at the games. I love having the cheerleaders understand the game, and getting the crowd fired up. Believe it or not, cheerleaders can make a difference. If you can get the crowd fired up, they get the team fired up. I’ve seen it happen; it swings the game.”


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Quincy Janisse: Star-On-the-Rise Writer Tom Scanlon Photo above by Rebecca Novicki Photography

Long before starring in movies like “Gangster Squad” and “Superbad,”

In a Creative Stages Youth Theater production in late July, Quincy and

Emma Stone (then known as Emily Jean Stone) was directed by Jim

other young actors were challenged to dig into emotions – real emotions

Gradillas in Valley Youth Theatre productions of “The Wiz” and “The

– in an unscripted play about bullying, low self-esteem and teen suicide.

Little Mermaid.” In two decades of teaching and directing youth theater

“Moving to a company like this and more intense acting takes a lot of

around Phoenix, Gradillas also was an early influence on Taylor

maturity and focus. She has that,” Gradillas says of Quincy, one of the

“Lavagirl” Dooley and Max Crumm, who won a TV contest to star in a

younger actors in a company that ranged in age up to 17 years old.

Broadway production of “Grease” (Crum also co-starred with Stone in the film “Easy A”); Gradillas also directed “a lot of others who aren’t

“It could be scary for kids that age to do this. It’s almost like therapy,”

famous but are working on Broadway and touring in shows.”

the youth director says. “Quincy had no problem doing it, kind of letting it all hang out. That’s big for actors.”

He has another young one he expects to follow in that professional performance tradition: Quincy Janisse of Anthem. At 12 years old,

In the fast-moving play, Quincy at first played a slump-shouldered

Quincy already has more than two dozen productions on her resume

loner, beaten down by other kids with words like, “Nobody likes you!”

to go with a stunning, beyond-her-years voice she used to sing the

A few scenes later, she returned to the stage as a fierce bully, getting

national anthem at an Arizona Rattlers football game.

in another girl’s face and bellowing, “Do the world a favor and leave!” Quincy, who has a ravenous appetite for performing and learning

Quincy recently received a National Youth Arts award for her portrayal

new things in theater and music, was looking for precisely this kind

of the Tin Man in the Starlight Community Theater production of “The

of challenge.

Wizard of Oz.” While playing a man was a stretch for her, it was only a warm-up to work for the challenging Gradillas, the Stanislavsky of

“The reason I did this camp is because I wanted to make a difference

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of classical songs,” says Quincy, who has a knack at interpreting songs from her grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ youths. Where does Gradillas see the wise-beyond-her-ears Quincy Janisse going in a decade or so? “I think she’ll be working in the theater,” he says without hesitation. “She trains so much. I knew her when her voice was just starting to kick in, and she really worked on it. “She’s going to do really great things.” Unlike many young actors, Quincy isn’t dreaming of Hollywood; her gaze is fixed to the east. “I would really love to be on Broadway when I grow up,” she says. Her parents have instilled confidence in her and given her the opportunity to dream big. Quincy’s parents are a gregarious pair, as mother Flynann is the motivational executive director of national agency Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation, a non-profit organization that provides service-enriched housing programs for residents of rental housing communities throughout the country; Quincy’s father, Darryl, is head golf professional at Rio Verde Country Club, so he knows quite a bit about coaching and encouraging. “My mom said I was always singing around the house, so she had me audition at Starlight Theater,” Quincy says, explaining her start in public performing some seven years ago. “Before I was going to audition for ‘Cinderella’ at Starlight, my mom had me stand in front of P.F. Chang’s and sing to every single person who walked by. “At the audition, at first I thought I would be scared, but then I thought, ‘This is just like P.F. Chang’s.’” She’s a well-rounded girl, and for all her successes, humble, hard-working and eager to improve. Jackie Stewart Hammond, artistic director of the Musical Theater of Anthem, calls Quincy “very talented, very vivacious, great team player, and a super sweet girl.” It’s not just about being on stage for Quincy, as her parents have taught her the importance of excelling in school as well as performing. “I’m not allowed to have anything below an A,” says this seventh grader, who attends Sunset Ridge Elementary School in Tramonto. “When I’m in school, I just think about school. “After school, and after homework, I have all the time in the world to work on lines and dream about Broadway.”

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Red Hot Hair Salon, a brand new salon suite inside Spark Day Spa at the Happy Valley Town Center at 2501 W. Happy Valley Rd. has opened its doors for business. Owned by Kimberly Anzar, winner of multiple styling competitions, the salon offers a full range of services including hair extensions, keratin complex smoothing and professional coloring options. “This is my first salon and I am very excited to be building a name for myself,” said Kimberly. “I have always had a passion for hair.” Kimberly has attended considerable training and continuing education in several different areas of styling. “Now I’m ready to tackle my next challenge as a salon owner,” she said. “I would love for you to come in and have me rejuvenate your hair! I offer a wide variety of services and personalize each appointment for clients needs. Consultations are always free; call for your appointment today!” Red Hot Hair is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 602-999-0206

Logo Contest: “What Anthem Means to Me”

Anthem will celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2014, and a logo that represents and reflects what Anthem is all about and how Anthem has evolved in the past 15 years – “What Anthem Means to Me” –is needed to help commemorate the event! The contest is open to all Anthem residents, business owners/employees and students attending Anthem schools. Entry levels include: Level 1, ages 5 and under; Level 2, ages 6-10; Level 3, ages 11-18; and Level 4, ages 19 and older. To be eligible, entries must be: • Original artwork that represents the artist’s vision of what Anthem is all about and how Anthem has evolved in the past 15 years – “What Anthem means to Me”; • A tasteful reflection/representation of the Anthem Community with regards to design and color palette; • Submitted on 8½ x 11” white bond paper; • Accompanied by a separate sheet or card containing artist’s name, address, phone number, email, and entry level. If not an Anthem resident, but otherwise eligible, include name of Anthem business or school; • Submitted by mail or hand delivered by 5 p.m. Sept. 30 to Anthem Community Council, Attn: Meghann Hill, 3701 W. Anthem Way, Anthem, AZ 85086.


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Contest finalists’ artwork in each entry level will be on display at the 15th Anniversary Celebration booth at this year’s Autumnfest (October 26-27) to collect People’s Choice votes for favorite logo artistic representation. A panel of judges will determine the final contest winners. Winners will be announced Nov. 1. Prizes will be awarded to a winner in each of the four categories and to the overall winner. The overall winning logo design will be placed as the centerpiece for a commemorative quilt, which will be displayed in the new Anthem Civic Building, and used on select 15th Anniversary promotional and marketing materials throughout the celebration. Complete contest rules and entry forms available online.

ProMusica Earns $3,000 Grant

ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) is pleased to announce that it has received a grant of $3,000 from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. According to PMAZ Executive Director Yvonne Dolby, the grant will support the continuing efforts of PMAZ’s combined chorale and orchestra to provide diverse and creative programming for the Greater Phoenix Area. Now in its eleventh season, PMAZ is a non-profit, multi-generational organization that offers unique opportunities for performers and audience alike in concert venues throughout the area. PMAZ has a combined performance unit of almost 100 musicians and singers ranging in age from 16 to 80. The grant will help support the upcoming season, which includes “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Joyous Noel,” “Video Games Live” and Haydn’s “Creation.” According to Dolby, “This grant is an important achievement for PMAZ. We want to offer opportunities for performers to learn and grow, and to provide musical events that appeal to a wide range of audience members. Our season this year is very dynamic—it incorporates elements of Broadway, traditional, classical, and experimental—a challenge and an opportunity.” Arts Commission grants are funded through the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Commission’s mission is to create opportunities for all Arizonans to participate and experience the arts.

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Desert Donuts is now open in the Tramanto Marketplace just a few doors down from Albertson’s. The shop offers made-to-order cake donuts, served hot and locally roasted coffee ground every morning just for you. Desert Donuts opens at 6 a.m. daily; Sundays at 8 a.m. Each donut is fried right in front of you once you place your order. Then comes the really fun part: picking your icing and your toppings. The choices range from rainbow sprinkles to bacon with maple icing - a top seller! Visit Desert Donuts … they’re hot!

Musical Theatre of Anthem Receives 25 ariZoni Nominations, 7 National Youth Awards

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) is thrilled to have been nominated for 25 ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence for their 2012-2013 season, including Overall Production: Youth Play for “Our Town.” Winners will be announced at the ariZoni Award Youth Ceremony Sept. 16 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. “The entire production staff at MTA is thrilled about our 25 ariZoni nominations in multiple categories for our past season,” said Jackie Hammond, MTA’s producing artistic director. “We are so proud of the cast members and are truly thankful to everyone involved at MTA who make our theater a success!” Musical Theatre of Anthem has also received seven National Youth Arts Awards, with an additional 39 nominations, for the 2012-2013 season, including outstanding ensemble for “The Little Mermaid Jr.” National Youth Arts honors outstanding work by youth in the arts across the nation. Award winners will be honored at the Western Regional Ceremony at the Herberger Theater Center Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m.


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MTA kicks off their sixth season with “Carrie, the Musical” Sept. 5-8, “Oro and Leona” Oct. 3-6, and Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” Oct. 24-27.

Food Bank, Caring Corps Assisting Seniors and Homebound The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center is partnering with Carefree Caring Corps to assist seniors and individuals who are homebound.

The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center provides emergency food, financial assistance and other life necessities and resources to individuals and families in the desert foothills, which encompasses a 180-square mile area including Cave Creek, Carefree, Anthem, Desert Hills, New River, north Scottsdale and north Phoenix. Food bank volunteers help those in need in a caring, nurturing environment filled with compassion, understanding and one-on-one attention. Carefree Caring Corps is dedicated to promoting independence and enhancing the quality of life for older residents throughout the community through a force of volunteers and staff who deliver services and support that provide access to basic needs such as food, medical care and activities that promote physical, mental and emotional health. Foothills Food Bank is located at 6038 E. Hidden Valley Dr. in Cave Creek. 480-488-1145

Fortner Receives First Paver at Anthem Veterans Memorial

Officer Phillip Fortner was honored with a special paver at the Anthem Veterans Memorial through the Honor a Veteran program. It was the first paver given through the sponsorship program. Officer Fortner entered the US Marine Corps in 1977 and retired after 22 years of service as master sergeant, E8. His service to our nation and continued service to the citizens of Maricopa County were recognized with the paver, which was inscribed with his name, rank, service branch and years of service. Service to Officer Fortner appears to have additional meaning as after he retired from the USMC, he began a second career with the MCSO. The inscribed paver was paid for anonymously by a donor who wished to commemorate Fortner’s dedication because, “Officer Fortner’s continued service to our community, even after serving the country for 21 years in the Marine Corps, exemplifies the dedication and sacrifice of all veterans.”

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MCSO Lt. Kip Rustenburg, Commander IV District; numerous members of MCSO; Anthem Community Council Director Ray Norris (USA, Lt. Col. Ret); Anthem Community Council Director Ryan Halleran; Jenna Kollings, Anthem chief executive officer; Neal Shearer, Anthem community operations officer; Jim Martin, memorial chief engineer, members of the Daisy Mountain Veterans; and Sgt. Fortner and his family members were on-hand to dedicate the paver August 12, although it was a surprise for Fortner. The Anthem Veterans Memorial was dedicated Veterans Day, November 11, 2011. Each year, veterans and community members gather at the memorial for Memorial Day services, Veterans Day ceremonies and special occasions, such as this one. Through the Honor a Vet program, a veteran is selected and his/her service commemorated at the memorial with an inscribed paver. The cost of each paver is $150.

Anthem Prep and Archway Open New Campus

Anthem Preparatory and Archway Classical Academy, a K-12 public charter school and part of the Great Hearts Academies network of schools, officially opened their new campus at 39808 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in August. The children’s choir performed as students, parents and staff filled the courtyard for the event. Headmaster Bryan Smith delivered opening remarks and guest speaker, Andrew Ellison, vice-president of academics for Great Hearts Academies, welcomed the school to its new home. As Boy Scouts raised the American flag, the choir and crowd sang the national anthem. “This is a momentous day not just in the life of the school but in the history of Anthem,” states Ellison. “Anthem Prep and Archway Anthem will continue to transform this community by educating kids and their families for truth, goodness and beauty.”


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Headmaster Smith and Lance Sherwood, Anthem Prep school board member, cut the ribbon to officially open the new campus. Following the ceremony, students and their families were invited to see the new classrooms and meet their teachers for the coming school year. The new campus includes fully-equipped classrooms and science labs, along with a gymnasium that features a stage with a lighting and sound system. There is also an outdoor playground and multi-sport area. The move to the new, larger campus allowed Anthem Preparatory Academy and Archway Classical Academy to expand to offer kindergarten, first, second and twelfth grades for the 2013-2014 school year—something the communities of north Phoenix have sought for several years. “Anthem Prep has found a fitting home on this beautiful campus. No one can doubt that Anthem Prep is here for good,” says Headmaster Bryan Smith. “I say ‘for good’ because all these preparations and efforts are in the service of helping our young people grow up to be great-hearted men and women.” For the past three years, Anthem Prep and Archway have posted the top AIMS scores in the DVUSD area and have ranked in the upper echelon of other charter schools and private schools in the Phoenix metro area. The school also excels in athletics, offering 24 sports for students in middle and high school. During the 2012-13 school year, 11 athletes received all-state or all-conference awards. “The new campus is fantastic,” says Athletic Director Doug Pillsbury. “Our gymnasium is the perfect venue to host our home basketball and volleyball games.”

September 5-8 Musical Theatre of Anthem Presents “Carrie, the Musical”

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces performances for “Carrie, the Musical” featuring an electrifying pop-rock score about a bullied teenager with telekinetic powers who takes revenge on prom night. Based on Stephen King’s 1974 novel which premiered on Broadway in 1988, this new re-invented production is written by the composers of Footloose and Fame. The award-winning cast of teens and adults brings “Carrie” to the stage for the first time in Arizona Sept. 5-8. Cast members hail from around the Valley, and adults in supporting roles have professional experience. This show is rated PG-13 due to adult themes and language. “In an age where bullying is more prominent than ever, Septem b er 2013


MTA is producing this edgy musical to raise awareness of this problem in hopes that people might make a change for the better,” said Jackie Hammond, MTA’s producing artistic director. Production staff includes Director Adam Vargas, Co-Director and Choreographer Shawna Weitekamp, and Music Director Cris Wo. “It is very exciting that MTA is taking a chance on Stephen King’s classic story of ‘Carrie’ which still proves to be socially relevant today,” said Vargas. “There is something about this story that has fascinated many people.” Performances take place Sept. 5, 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 7 and 8 at 3 p.m. at MTA’s performance space at 42323 N. Vision Way, Bldg. 2 in Anthem. Adult tickets are $18 and students, seniors and children 12 and under are $15. Tickets may be purchased online.

September 10, 12 Foothills Food Bank, Scottsdale Healthcare Host Tobacco Cessation, Cardio Screening

Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center, located at 6038 E. Hidden Valley Dr. in Cave Creek is partnering with Scottsdale Healthcare to offer tobacco cessation and cardiovascular screening programs. The eight-week tobacco cessation program will teach individuals about the effects of tobacco, provide insight into personal motivators for tobacco use and help attendees quit for good with group support. The cessation program begins Sept. 10, 2013 and will be held on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. at Foothills Food Bank. Registration is free. Trained tobacco treatment specialists will teach all classes, and a minimum of eight participants is required. Register online or by calling. Beginning Sept. 12, Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center and Scottsdale Healthcare will offer free cardiovascular screenings Thursday from 8 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn about cholesterol guidelines and how controlling LDL or “bad” cholesterol can contribute to better heart health. All participants will receive educational materials, counseling and a copy of screening results to take to their physician.


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The free screening includes: • total cholesterol and glucose checks • blood pressure checks • body mass index (BMI) Fasting eight hours prior is required. Attendees must drink water and take prescribed medicine as required. Registration is free, and can be done online or by calling. 480-882-4636

September 12 8 Weeks to Wellness Orientation

Join Back to Health Chiropractic at Ironwood Country Club Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. for a free 8 Weeks to Wellness Orientation with Dr. Brian Hester. Dr. Dane Donohue, founder of this incredible program, will be a special guest. Learn the following: • How to naturally decrease your blood pressure. • How to decrease your cholesterol without drugs. • How to set up, and get the most out of a realistic, ongoing program of care for yourself, while saving time and money. • Get the ‘what,’ the ‘how,’ and most importantly the ‘why’ behind this structured program that has changed so many lives. This fun and informative event is free; however space is limited. Call to reserve your spot. 623-551-6677

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September 13 Military Appreciation Night with Phoenix Mercury

You are invited to join Veterans First and your Phoenix Mercury Sept. 13 for Military Appreciation Night with special recognition of our Korean War Women Veterans (KWWV). Veterans First is partnering with Phoenix VA Healthcare to inform families, friends and the public how they can help our military veterans through the Veteran Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255. All ticket holders will have the opportunity to watch pre-game warm-ups starting at 5:30 p.m. In addition, a group photo will be taken at 5:50 p.m. with Mercury player Candice Dupree and her mother, MSgt. Patty Llanos USAF (Ret). The game starts at 7 p.m. and 50/50 raffle tickets will be made available benefitting the Veterans First Homeless and At-Risk Women Veteran program. Our Korean War Woman Veterans (KWWV) will be represented by one woman from each branch of service and recognized at center court by Sharon Helman, director of Phoenix VA Medical Center, MSgt. Llanos, and Carl Orth of the Arizona Korean War Veterans Association. All our KWWVs sitting with the Veterans First group will be recognized on the Jumbo-tron honoring their military service to our nation. Veterans First is looking for a KWWV from the Navy and Coast Guard. We ask your help in finding them and inviting all our KWWVs to be honored at this event, along with fellow military, veterans, friends and family. Thirty children of veterans and current military will be allowed in the fan tunnel and ball exchange during the game. Veterans First is looking for ticket sponsors for these 30 children, as well as for our Korean War Women Veterans.

September 13, 14, 15 Casting Call for MTA Production: Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces auditions for their upcoming musical production, Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” Sept. 14. Join Alice’s madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit,


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races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubbleblowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! The award-winning theater will cast all who audition, ages 10-14, with many roles available. The production staff includes AriZoni Award-winning Director Laura O’Meara, Vocal Director Ginette Rossi, and Choreographer Danielle Cicogna. Rehearsals begin Sept.19, with performances taking place Oct. 24-27. Vocal auditions will be held Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. Dance Call for everyone will be Sept. 15 at noon, with callbacks at 2 p.m. Auditions, callbacks and rehearsals will be held at MTA’s performance space at 42323 N. Vision Way in Anthem. Those auditioning should prepare a musical theater song, 16-32 bars or one minute in length. Bring an accompaniment CD or iPod to sing with; you may also sing a capella if needed. Please have your registration materials (available on the website) completed prior to coming to the audition. If you are unable to make the scheduled audition time, please contact musicaltheatreofanthem@ for an alternate appointment time. Audition preparation classes will be held September 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at MTA. Work with the director of Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” and get a leg up on your audition. During this 90-minute session, participants will be instructed on cold reads, acting technique, characterization and audition practice. Cost is just $35, and each session is limited to 18 participants.

September 14 Daniel Boone and His Neighbors at DAR

The Ocotillo Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will host Sandi and Bill Wilson September 14, 9:35 a.m. in suite #435 at the Outlets at Anthem Community Room. The Wilsons, who will be in period costume, will present a program on Kentucky settlers during the American Revolution. The Thomas Wilson, Sr. portrayed really was Bill’s ancestor, whose family was burnt out by Indians incited by the British and who was related to Daniel Boone. Sandi is the ASDAR state librarian, a member of the ASDAR speaker’s staff, a correspondent docent for the DAR Museum and the regent of Desert Wells Chapter. Bill was a member of the SAR and is currently a member of the Mohave Muleskinners and the Goldfield Ghost Town Gunfighters. He is a trail master for Apache Trail Jeep Tours and was recently a recipient of the NSDAR Community Service Medal. Bill and Sandi retired from Indiana University. In the past, they were long-time re-enactors for the Brigade of the American Revolution and the Northwest Territory Alliance as members of the Kentucky militia.

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September 14 John Lennon Educational Tour Bus visits MIM

It’s not a yellow submarine! The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD-video recording and production facility, and it will be available for tours throughout the day at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Three onboard engineers, ready to demonstrate the latest technology and equipment, will explain their mission of providing young people with a studio tour and a chance to participate in songwriting and multimedia-production workshops. Inside the museum, enjoy a live performance and video featuring new and original music by students from the Desert Ridge Music Academy (DRMA) created in an all-day songwriting and multimedia-production workshop on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. Tickets are free and included with museum admission. 480-478-6000

September 21, 22 Youth Auditions for MTA’s “Broken Paths”

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces auditions for their upcoming play, “Broken Paths,” a new original youth drama written and directed by Jim Gradillas, an AriZoni Award-winning playwright and director. This touching and gripping drama follows several lives and the paths they take. Auditions are open for ages 13-19, and all who audition will be cast. Auditions will be held Sept. 21 at 1 p.m., with call backs Sept. 22 at noon. Auditions, callbacks and rehearsals will be held at MTA’s performance space at 42323 N. Vision Way in Anthem. Those auditioning should prepare a 1-2 minute dramatic monologue (original or published). There may also be cold readings from the script and easy improvisation. Please have your registration materials (available on the website) completed prior to coming to the audition. If you are unable to make the scheduled audition time, please contact for an alternate appointment time. Rehearsals begin Sept. 26, with performances taking place Nov. 14-17.

September 22 Christian Artist Matt Maher at Desert View Bible Church

Join Christian artist Matt Maher in concert at Desert View Bible Church, located at 105 W. Carefree Hwy. Sunday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. 623-298-4900

September 24 Wellness Orientation Workshop

Join Back to Health Chiropractic for a free wellness orientation workshop. Dr. Brian Hester, wellness coach in health, fitness and nutrition will discuss how to


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set up a realistic program of care for yourself, and what you can do to take the first steps toward living a healthy lifestyle. Anyone who attends will receive a special gift certificate for one or more services at Back to Health Chiropractic. The next workshop is Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Back to Health Chiropractic, 42104 N. Venture Dr. A102 in Anthem. This fun and informative program is free, but space is limited, so call to reserve your spot. 623-551-6677

September 28, 29 Experience Mexico at MIM

Experience the diversity of Mexico through music at the Musical Instrument Museum! See and hear how Mexican and Mexican-American music has evolved from roots in regional traditions to popular styles heard internationally at this signature event September 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join us for dancing, musical performances, crafts and storytelling. MIM’s Café Allegro will also feature a themed menu and special gifts will be available for purchase at the Museum Store. This event is sponsored by PetSmart. The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix. The event is free with museum admission. 480-478-6000

September 29 Second Annual Dive In 4 Diabetes

Teams are being formed for the Second Annual Dive In 4 Diabetes event Sept. 29. Teams will be swimming 5,000 meters to show support for kids with Type 1 diabetes. Many causes have runs, walks or rides to raise awareness and funds, but swimmers are seldom represented. Here’s your chance to dive in and kick diabetes. All proceeds go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for diabetes research. JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. JDRF is the world’s largest charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research and is responsible for more than $1billion in direct funding since it was founded. JDRF funds research with the greatest impact throughout the world, leading to results as soon as possible. Team JDRF and Team Anthony ... our goal is the cure.

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October 5 Linda’s WISH 5K Run, Walk

It’s time to stretch, prepare and get ready for the 12th Annual Linda’s WISH 5K Run & Walk, Oct. 5 at 8 a.m. Last year over 600 runners and walkers participated in the 5K Run/Walk and raised over $7,000. This year the goal is even higher, the event even bigger and more surprises are being planned. “We couldn’t be more pleased with continued commitment of Ironwood at Anthem Country Club, the surrounding communities and folks young and old, who continue to embrace this event and to help raise funds and find a cure for breast cancer!” said Dy Mogan, event coordinator and member of Team WISH Arizona. Register before Sept. 16 for event cost of $20. Participants will receive an outstanding event t-shirt sponsored by the Seattle Swiners, Flat Tire Defender and Custom Image. Registration on the day of the event is $20 for adults, $10 for children 11 to 18 years old; children under 10 are free, but will not receive a t-shirt. Carol Stacy of Team WISH Arizona said, “The month of October kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our focus is to grow and expand this event so we can make a difference and help fund those in need of treatment and medicines to live a normal and happy life. We couldn’t do it without the support of our friends at Anthem Country Club.” She added, “With the help of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, the Spirit Team from Boulder Creek High School, members of Team WISH Arizona, the staff at Anthem Country Club and tons of volunteers, it will be a fun-filled day with music, family, friends and more!” The event is named after co-founder of Team WISH Arizona, Linda Kacmarsky, who passed away in December 2010 but left a legacy to carry on and help find a cure for breast cancer. Pre-registration forms can be found online, or contact Dy Mogan at They can also be obtained at Anthem Community Center and Anthem Country Club fitness centers.

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Meet Nicole Rocha Turner, problem child. Indeed, she is creating difficulties the likes of which Boulder Creek High School may not see

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again for a long, long time. “What are we going to do with this kid?!” school administrators are wondering to each other. Oh, if only more children presented this kind of problem to schools. For Nicole is fast becoming known around Anthem by a two-word phrase: “Math wiz.” Nicole, who turned 14 in April, is taking calculus this semester. While she is just beginning ninth grade, the other students in her class will mostly be seniors, with a few juniors. She’ll be the youngest by far but Nicole is used to learning with older students. Last semester she took a high school math class as an eighth grader. She didn’t just fit in, she excelled. “I tutored a couple of kids at the high school,” she said, almost sheepishly. “My math teacher was like, ‘Nicole, you have a gift ! Tutor!’ At first, it was a little weird, because I was tutoring older kids. But then it was OK.” Though there are awkward moments, she is learning to accept her gift and make the most of it. Then again, the term “gift” may be misleading. It implies an easy cruise, as if she merely has to look at a complex math equation and instantly know the answer. In actuality, Nicole Rocha Turner is driven to learn new things, and her modus operandi is to slowly, methodically work things out. For example, when an easy multiplication question came up in casual conversation, she

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looked to her father for the answer. He chuckled, as she apologetically said, “I’m not good at things like that. I have to write them out.” Nicole was in her father’s kitchen, where she likes to study on the spacious islandstyle counter, spreading out books in front of her. “I work better with some noise,” she said. “Usually, my dad will be doing something around the house. That kind of soothes me.” Most of us are not as easily soothed as the thought of that 500-pound beast of subjects, the intimidating, even terrifying Math Monster. “A lot of my friends think math is so scary,” Nicole said, chuckling. Why is she not only not afraid of tackling complex math problems, but actually attracted to it? She says it’s a combination of her father and many other relatives being educators, and some kind of math DNA. “My aunt loves math, my grandmother loves math, my mom loves math ...” No wonder Nicole has been on a math fast-track since testing far beyond her grade level in fifth grade. “I just finished algebra,” Nicole said, in late July. “Right now, during summer I’ve been pretty low-key. But I try to review math. I extremely dislike it at the beginning of the year when I can’t remember something I’ve learned.” And what is beyond the calculus class she is taking this fall? “Boulder Creek is worried I’ll run out of math classes to take,” the soft-spoken Nicole said, with a humble shrug. Her father, English teacher Anthony Rocha Turner, said he likely will drive Nicole to a community college for math classes. He has support for the plan from Nicole’s mother, Paola Caceres, a native of Argentina who works in the airline industry. “We are lucky in that we get along well,” says Nicole’s father. Nicole was born in Southern California and attended her first years of school there, until her parents, though divorced, “both decided to move to Anthem years ago to have Nicole be raised in a small town setting,” Anthony explains. Here in Anthem, Nicole has accelerated her fast-track down the math highway. The subject is endlessly fascinating to her. “I love it,” she says. “There’s always an answer to your problem. It’s always the same process, and the same answer. “It’s probably my favorite subject, but not the only thing I like about school.” She is a prolific reader, and has a full course of honor classes her freshman year. Yet Nicole

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Turner is far from the traditional “egghead,” or “bookish nerd.” She plays soccer in a competitive club league and was named the Arizona Youth Soccer Association Player of the Month in July. Does she use her math skills in playing soccer? Her answer: “There is an intense level of focus in math, especially during important tests, as you must be extremely precise about calculations and your answers. One minor mistake can mean the entire formula or problem is incorrect. So in order to have success in math, at those moments you must have a type of laser focus. “There are elements of soccer that are exactly the same. When a ball is sent to you, when you receive the ball, you must have laser focus on your initial touch and trapping of the ball. The entire play, or sequence, or team’s success cannot transpire without an extremely good first touch on that initial touch of reception.” She also had an interesting answer to a challenge to “translate” a soccer play into math language. Photo by Jerri Parness

Her response: “There are some elements of Pythagoras’ theorem ( a2 + b2 = c2) that apply to soccer. Soccer sometimes is a reduction of time, or a reduction of energy used. Pythagoras’ theorem can be applied the same way. However, what reminds me of the theorem is fixed positions or points can lead to quicker understanding of other nonexistent fixed positions. If a team has been trained to go ‘square,’ for example (a player always being on a parallel plane to the teammate with the ball, then there is understanding by the person with the ball of another person’s spacing and distance, and that reminds me of the theorem. The term ‘triangle’ is used in soccer. So if two teammates, other than the teammate with


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the ball, are in two fixed triangle positions, assumptions can be made in regards to future decisions of what to do with the ball, in a much faster way. Additionally, without knowing the size of the next imaginary triangle, there is some understanding of distances before the next triangle has materialized.” In addition to using her math skills to play midfielder for Desert Foothills Athletic Club, Nicole is on the Boulder Creek High cheerleading team. She also plans to be on the school soccer and track teams “and probably a couple of clubs.” Her dad chuckles at her typical over-achieving plans. “I’m

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going to go all-out!” she says, in answer to his laugh. She clearly has taken time out from activities, sports and homework to think about where she is (Point A), and where she is going (Point B). “I’m looking at being some sort of doctor,” she says. As for college, “My dream is to go to an Ivy League

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school. It just seems like a great environment to be in, where everyone in the class really wants to learn.” Her enthusiasm for education is finite, however. She admits to having days where she just doesn’t feel like cracking open a book. “But then I always end up being the one to say, ‘Let’s go learn something!’ “I get excited,” adds Nicole the Math Wiz, smiling at the thought of a new school year. “I’m excited to learn new things.”

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Kickin’ It with Sereno Club Soccer Writer Tom Scanlon Photos by Darla Sipolt


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Anthem athletes are getting used to doing big things on

“(The Slammers) were the choice to win it all. I thought

the national stage. Last month, we heard about Arizona

it was really cool, I like being the underdog and showing

Fear, a club volleyball team led by four Boulder Creek

people up, and we were able to do that.”

boys who finished third in a national tournament. And now, two Boulder Creek girls helped their team make

If you’re confused by terms like “ECNL” and “U-16,”

it to the club soccer finals round in Virginia. Natalie

you’re not alone. Club soccer is more than a bit esoteric

Stephens and Brooke Denesik came back to the Anthem

to the outside world. “It’s almost like a cult!” Wendy

area as national champs, after leading the Sereno team

Dobbs, Natalie’s mother, said with a laugh. “You know,

to a championship in the Elite Clubs National League

with some religions you don’t know about them until

16-and-under league.

you’re in them. The more advanced they get in club soccer, the more complex it is.”

Sereno did it the hard way, standing tough against furious rallies from Slammers, the Southern California

The main thing to know is that the elite league is the

defending champions that many had picked to steamroll

best of young soccer players and programs around the

the Arizona club. Instead, Sereno battled to a scoreless

country. And Sereno topped them all, finishing first out of

tie through 100 minutes of play, then won a nerve-

80 teams from coast to coast. The semi-finals took place

wracking 2-0 shootout.

in Colorado, followed by the final round in Virginia.

The July victory made months of practices and a

Three other Boulder Creek girls made it to the semi-finals

particularly tough post-season regime worth the time

with another Arizona club team. Superstar midfielder

and extreme effort. “Leading up to national qualifiers

Kyle Esobedo, powerful goalkeeper Meghan Strang and

and the actual nationals, we did two-a-day practices,”

defender Angela Boyle play for Del Sol. Kalee Harsch, a

said Stephens. “Sometimes three-a-days. When it came

freshman for Boulder Creek last season, played for the Del

down to the last 10 or 15 minutes in a game, it really

Sol 15-and-under team that won a national championship.

came down to how much preparation and practices you had. The way your coaches pushed you – all that running

In high school play last season, Escobedo led Boulder

in practice – it really paid off.”

Creek with 19 goals; Stephens was right behind her with 17 scores. With fellow double-digit goal scorers Shelby

Stephens, a star for Sereno who scored three of the

Stewart and Madi Rasimas back for the Jaguars, as well

team’s six semi-final goals, already has accepted a

as defenders like Boyle and Denesik and the intimidating

full scholarship to Arizona State University. Denesik,

Strang, Boulder Creek should be even better than it was

just starting her junior year at Boulder Creek High like

last year, when the team finished 18-2-2.

Stephens, was one of the unsung heroes for Sereno, as she was one of the defenders who kept the Slammers

The recent success of the team under coach Natalie

from scoring. “A lot of hard work was put into it, but it

Schmidtke has led to some unexpected frustrations.

was definitely fun,” Denesik said. “It was fun to be the

“For high school soccer, the last two seasons have been

underdog and beat teams nobody thought you could.

the best in the school’s history,” said Stephens. “Nobody

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had been aware of how good our soccer team is, but people

but she had interest from Harvard and Texas; she had interest

at our school have no idea the level of players we have. Three

from schools across the U.S. Her goal at this point is to get

of us have committed (to college scholarships) already. People

into Barrett Honors College. That will open the door for her to

think it’s super-easy to get scholarships, because we have so

get a scholarship if she’s trying to get into graduate school.”

many. The challenge for student athletes like Stephens is to “It bothers me!” Stephens continued. “It has not been an easy

incorporate studying into intense club soccer, with strict

road to get here, I’ve been playing soccer for 10 years.”

practice schedules and frequent travel. “She’s very good with time management,” said Dobbs. “I’m really impressed with

“It’s pretty aggravating,” Denesik added, regarding the snarky

her. She’s been like that since she was a little girl. I never

comments, “because they don’t know what they’re talking

had to harp on her about homework. She’d come home from

about. The girls who do get scholarships, I know them, and I

school, do her homework, have a snack and go play soccer.

know how hard they’ve worked.”

And she doesn’t ever rest from playing soccer.”

The reality is that, while talented soccer players like Stephens,

Natalie Stephens has been running around with a soccer ball

Escobedo and Strang are offered scholarships at surprisingly

as long as she can remember. “I love soccer and I want to

early ages, making it to that level requires a nearly year-around

take it as far as I can take it,” she says. “The first time I played

commitment to playing. And then there’s the financial aspect.

soccer, I was 5, and I was hooked.”

Wendy Dobbs chuckled at the thought of how much the family has spent on Natalie’s club soccer career, compared to her

Stephens, Escobedo, Denesik, Strang and the other club players

college scholarship. “I guess we’ll break even,” she said.

now start to focus on the coming Boulder Creek season, and the chance to compete for a state championship. “If everyone

Finances aside, Natalie’s mother admires her daughter, both

comes back healthy,” Stephens vowed, “we are going to have

for what she has achieved and what she plans to do with her

a great season.”

opportunity. “Natalie chose to stay at home and go to ASU,


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ProMusica Arizona Sweeney Todd:


The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Writer Peni Long Photographer Mike Spinelli “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is Stephen Sondheim’s chilling masterpiece of murderous barberism, vengeance, and culinary crime. Considered by musicologists to be Sondheim’s greatest work, the production features barber Sweeney Todd, unjustly convicted and exiled by lecherous Judge Turpin. Upon his return to 19th century London, a vengeance-seeking Todd allies himself with resourceful pie shop proprietress Mrs. Lovett. In his new barbershop above her pie shop, Todd’s thirst for vengeance expands to include his unfortunate customers. Taking advantage of the barber’s deeds, Mrs. Lovett soon has the people of London lining up to sample her new meat pies—blissfully ignorant of the creation process and the recipe. Replete with murder, mayhem and music, Sweeney Todd is a production that leaves audiences gasping, laughing and clapping. To bring this unique semi-staged production to life, ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) has cast a multi-talented slate of performers to sing and act the lead roles, accompanied by the orchestra and chorale. AriZoni Award-winning Matt Newhard stars as Sweeney Todd. Since his first venture into the spotlight in 2007, Matt has performed in major musicals in the Phoenix area and won the Zoni Award in 2009 for Best Supporting Actor.


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specializing in: The role of Judge Turpin is being played by Kirk Douglas, choral director at Boulder Creek High School. He has performed in the Arizona Broadway Theatre and the Black Theatre Troupe, and recently completed performances in Italy with the Lorenzo Malfatti Accademia

and much more!

Vocale di Lucca. Joining Matt and Kirk will be John Haubner, who has performed in national and regional productions of popular musicals and also as a soloist with the Phoenix Symphony, and Ryan Glover, who has performed in concerts with the Phoenix Opera, PMAZ (last seen in “Trial by Jury”), and Opera Breve in Texas. Starring as the redoubtable Mrs. Lovett, Debra Qualtire makes her debut appearance with PMAZ. No stranger to Valley stages, she has appeared at Phoenix Theatre, Theater Works and Copperstate Theatre. Debra is

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joined on stage by Jennifer Alexander, adding to her experience with numerous groups in the Valley, most recently with Scottsdale Musical Theater Company. Completing the lead cast is Nicole (Nicki) Bond, who has performed as both a soloist and a chorale member throughout Europe, Canada and the United States, including musical theater productions throughout the Phoenix area. ProMusica’s innovative performance of Sweeney Todd is semi-staged with costumes, props and platforms surrounding and throughout the orchestra during the entire performance. The mood is further enhanced by dramatic, intense lighting to augment the beautiful and haunting music. This unique production has not been previously presented in Scottsdale

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Musical Theatre of Anthem

The Musical Theatre of Anthem is participant-friendly, with casting calls for shows in which no one is cut. Try out, and you get a part in the show. While this might sound like the recipe for free-for-all, raggedy shows, the opposite is true, as MTA attracts and trains talented youth and puts on crisp productions that are widely respected. Indeed, MTA practically had to hire an accountant to tabulate awards and nominations that came pouring in over the summer. First, 39 MTA cast members received National Youth Arts award nominations; when winners were announced, six individuals and the ensemble from “The Little Mermaid Jr.” were honored with awards. The big winner was MTA regular Lily Castle, who was named Junior Artist of the Year. “She is a dynamic performer with an amazing voice,” said Jackie Stewart Hammond, artistic director of the Musical Theater of Anthem. Lily was honored for her work in multiple productions, including MTA’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” and “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.” and Valley Youth Theater’s “They Chose Me!” “I’d just been having a very bad day, a bunch of little things that added up,” Lily recalled. “I got a text from a good theater friend of mine who said, ‘Congrats on your award.’ I was like, ‘What in the world are you talking about?’ I looked it up and found I won Junior Artist of the Year.” Added Erin Castle, Lily’s mother: “We were stunned.” Here’s the funny thing, and the reason the Castles were so surprised: Though Lily won the equivalent of a Best Actress Oscar, Lily wasn’t the star of any of those shows. “I didn’t really have a lead role this season,” Lily said. “It was a lot of featured ensemble, you could say. I was very, very honored to have that award. It made it even more special.”

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She played Chef Louis in “The Little Mermaid”; Mrs. Lambchop

Ali Giordano, Outstanding Lead Actress, Junior Division (Stella,

(the title character’s mother) in “Flat Stanley”; and one of the

“Something Beautiful”). “She is an incredible performer, very strong

adopted kids in “They Chose Me.”

actress. She’s 13 now, and just works so hard.”

Lily and her parents, Erin and T.J., and brothers Liam (16 years old)

Samantha Lewter, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

and Owen (9), live in the Desert Ridge area of north Scottsdale.

(Aquata, “The Little Mermaid Jr.”). “She really stole the show. Very

This means plenty of driving to shuttle Lily to various theaters.

outgoing and energetic, terrific performer. She moved, we’ll miss

“We’ve slowly gotten used to it,” said her mother.


Lily is a natural who has only been doing theater for three years,

Maddison Lopez , Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

catching the performance bug after making her debut at MTA.

(The Plant, “Little Shop of Horrors”). “We did something a little

“We love it because it’s where she started, she has a ton of her

unique where she was shown, generally the plant is not shown.

friends there,” said Erin. “And there are no cuts, so from the very

She’s another powerhouse vocalist. She was also nominated for

beginning she wasn’t intimidated. That was a really nice perk.”

Ursula from ‘The Little Mermaid.’”

Next up for Lily Castle is “Seussical,” September 13-29 at Valley

Ann Emilie Tjorhom, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

Youth Theater. “I’m in the ensemble,” she said, typically satisfied

(Ursula, “The Little Mermaid Jr.”). “What’s really neat about her is

with a non-starring role.

she used to be so shy she couldn’t even speak in public. She’s blossomed into a tremendous actress. That’s what acting does, it

The seventh grader at Explorer Middle School says that, no matter

helps give the kids lifelong skills to be confident.”

how many productions she is in, she manages to keep up with her school work. “A lot of the theaters I go to really acknowledge it’s hard

At the end of July, there was even more good news for MTA: The

to keep track of homework and school work and all that stuff, so they

Anthem theater learned it received 25 more nominations from

let us bring our homework (to rehearsals). They really focus on school.

ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence for the 2012-2013 season,

If there’s ever down time, they have us do our homework.”

including Overall Production for “Our Town.” Winners will be announced September 16.

Her plans for theater? “I’d love to do it my whole life, but who knows?”

Up next is one of the more challenging projects MTA has tackled: “Carrie, the Musical.” Yes, a musical based on Stephen King’s horror

Here are MTA’s other National Youth Arts award winners, and

novel-turned-shock movie from the 1970s. The aforementioned

comments from artistic director Stewart Hammond about them:

Leigh Treat and Maddison Lopez are leads, with Julia Davis as the title character when “Carrie” kicks off MTA’s sixth season, playing

Leigh Treat, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical (Ariel, “The

September 5-8. It will be followed by MTA fall productions of “Oro

Little Mermaid Jr.”). “She is 18, has been doing theater for many

and Leona,” October 3-6, and “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.,”

years. Her voice is just crystal clear, a pure Disney sounding voice.

October 24-27.

Very talented. She also wants to study stage managing.”

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Writer Tom Scanlon Photographer Tony Poleo

Never an Excuse: Living and Winning with Diabetes

When parents learn a child has a serious medical condition that will require almost constant monitoring, the natural reaction is to say, “OK, you’re just going to stay home and we’ll ride this thing out as safely as possible.” But what kind of way is that for a kid to live? Fortunately, many kids who have diabetes can learn to manage their situations stay active and even thrive. A shining example is Anthony Poleo Jr., of Anthem. January 6, 2012, Tony and Laura Poleo learned that Anthony Jr., 9 years old at the time, athletic and normal save for some recent problems, had Type 1 diabetes. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent


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diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy.” Anthony Jr. and his parents were told that, in order for his body to process sugar, he would have to give himself four to five shots of insulin per day, and check his blood sugar eight to 10 times daily. “When we first got diagnosed,” Anthony Jr.’s father said, “we had a pity party for maybe 20 minutes. But as a parent, you have to react to the situation. There’s a weird instinct where you rise to the occasion as a mom and dad.”

Tony Poleo, a professional project manager, then started doing what he does best: networking. “I did find out other people have Type 1 diabetes. There are some families in Anthem who are dealing with it.” He talked to a personal trainer whose child has diabetes and was told physical activity is actually a good thing for a young diabetic. For years, Tony had encouraged his son to follow in his footsteps and swim competitively, but Anthony Jr. was more interested in football. Then, after losing weight from his condition, Anthony Jr. had to give up football. He tried swimming with the Anthem Dolphins youth swim team, and took to it like a fish tossed into water – a fast fish, at that. The kid started winning races as soon as he was competing.

finished third in the 50-meter and ninth in the 100-meter breaststroke races. He qualified in both those events to swim at the Far Western Championships in San Jose, though a broken toe kept him out of the national meet. “He was having fun with his mom, doing the tango,” said Anthony’s father of his broken digit. “She had shoes on, he didn’t! I will have to get them dancing lessons.” As the toe heals, the family is preparing for what is becoming an annual event. Tony Poleo is putting on the second annual Dive In 4 Diabetes event September 29 at the Anthem pool. All proceeds of the fundraiser go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Even so, giving their son the green light to compete in anything was nerve-wracking at first. “We’re paranoid, of course,” Tony Poleo said with a laugh. “It’s a very hard process every day to balance his blood sugar, especially when he’s doing strenuous activities.”

“It’s a fun swim; it’s not a race,” Tony emphasizes. “I want it to be something to create awareness about diabetes and support.” Several swimmers are lining up pledges as they plan to swim 200 laps each, or 5,000 meters.

Parental fears were eased when they found out one of the Dolphins coaches, Helen Lowbridge, was a Type 1 diabetic herself. “He’s in good hands,” Tony said. “She says, ‘Diabetes should never be an excuse. We’ll manage around it.’”

One of the swimmers will be Anthony Jr. Another will be his father. “Anthony’s swimming got me back to swimming,” said Tony. “I’ve been out the water for 25 years. But things come full circle. I’m competing again, too.”

Lowbridge says she has had Type 1 diabetes for 20 years. “I was 21 when I was first diagnosed,” she said, “so I’m a little different than Anthony. But the same questions go through your head, ‘Why do I have this? Why me?’” Living half her life with diabetes has taught her to “eat a healthy diet, just take care of myself, and try to stay active. Make sure you do all you can to stay healthy.”

Before starting a career and a family, Tony Poleo was quite a swimmer in Mesa, winning state championships before competing for the University of Nebraska and University of Arizona, and making it to the 1984 Olympic trials. His event, just like his son’s, is the breaststroke. Now that Tony is back in the pool, he won the state championship in the 45-to-49-year-old division, qualifying for the national championship.

Her advice to young Anthony: “I just tell him it’s something we both have, it’s unfortunate we both have it, but we just have to learn to live with it, not to use it as an excuse not to do something you love. It’s just something we have. As you get older, you understand it a little bit more.” Lowbridge, a native of England, describes Anthony as “very talented. He can be outgoing, but he can be shy, bashful. Very polite. He’s a kid that, when he races, it’s what he likes to do. He’s very competitive. He’s been doing awesome.” Indeed, in less than a year as an Anthem Dolphin, Anthony set a team record for the 50-meter breaststroke and won two breaststroke races at the Phoenix Invite. At the state championships this summer, he

While he is having fun competing, Tony Poleo is mostly just swimming with pride over his son, both for his accomplishments and attitude. “He has adapted very well to his new world and is still an extremely positive kid,” the father said. Having to check his blood sugar levels and give himself insulin shots several times a day is not going to slow down this Dolphin, Anthony says. “I’m just going to do what I want to do.” 623-551-4144

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A motto for life and business

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Shalimar Roper’s motto is, “Do good, look good and feel good.”

Roper is the owner and operator of Shalimar Salon in Anthem, an Aveda salon. The salon offers a full suite of services, from hair care to skin care and manicures to waxing. As an Aveda salon representative, Roper has chosen to use only products made by the world-renowned beauty brand with ingredients derived naturally from plants, flowers and pure essences. Everything is done with the vision of doing business consciously and sustainably. Roper designed the salon herself and installed some unique touches to enhance the guest experience including the Lather Lounge where guests receive their shampoo and conditioner treatments and the Color Bar where stylists mix hair colors in front of guests. The thing Roper enjoys the most about her salon is her role in entertaining guests. “I actually very rarely do hair because my favorite part is being available to meet my guests’ needs and make sure they are enjoying their experience,” said Roper. “We work hard to provide an extraordinary guest experience and excellent customer service in a relaxing environment.”

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To achieve her mission, Roper operates her salon with a team mindset, where everyone has a role in each guest’s experience. It starts with warmly greeting each and continues in Roper’s Lather Lounge where staff wraps each shampoo bowl in warm towels for the comfort of the guest. Each relaxing shampoo and conditioner treatment comes with a relaxing scalp

massage from the stylist while another staff member gives a soothing hand massage. “We offer a beautiful product and a great service with a wonderful staff,” she said. “We all work together to make sure each guest has the full experience.” As an Aveda salon, the stylists in the shop, including Roper, never stop learning. Whether she’s bringing in a master stylist from the prestigious Aveda Institute or they go directly to the Aveda Institute, she provides many opportunities for her staff to keep up with the trends in styles and products. They also attend beauty trade shows for the same reason. Her salon is a model of automation. Each guest’s visit is recorded for easy reference. Appointment reminders are automated as well. Roper prides herself on her commitment to providing a cutting-edge environment for her stylists to learn within and to be a reliable and trusted resource for her guests. “If a guest comes in and says she wants the color she had last February, we have it in our system and can mix it right there for her at our Color Bar,” she said. “There’s no guessing and everyone is happy.” Another way Roper keeps her business on the cutting edge is paying attention to what’s going on in business around her. Her primary reason for membership in the Anthem North Gateway Chamber of Commerce is to learn from her fellow members. “I love chit-chatting with everyone because I want to learn how people are marketing themselves and what they’re doing to be successful,” she said. “I’m reminded all the time that everyone has to start somewhere and that you must pay attention to your growth and find inspiration from each other. We’re all in this together.”

And while Roper feels like she gains great information from the Chamber, she also has great experience to offer. Her salon is not her first business. Prior to moving to Arizona she was a successful real estate agent in San Diego, and before that she owned three insurance agencies in California’s Bay Area. She and Ken, her husband of 13 years, moved to Anthem to retire, but the couple is a great example of not letting retirement slow you down. While Shalimar operates the salon, Ken operates a whole-house water system company, AZ Waterboy. In fact, Shalimar uses the water system in her salon. When she’s not at the salon, Roper loves being at home. She and her husband have three teacup poodles that Roper calls her “children of the universe.” “We really enjoy each other’s company and are perfectly happy at home with each other just being together,” she said about their downtime. Roper also loves to sew and tackles any and every home interior project that interests her. Roper’s multi-faceted career and her enthusiasm for what she does make her advice for business owners all the more appropriate.

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Family Day in Anthem:

More Than “Just Say No” Writer Amanda Christmann Larson

Perhaps now more than ever, opening the lines of communication between educators, role models, parents and teens about alcohol and drugs is critical. Even the most high-achieving teens from good families are facing temptation and pressure, and even the best kids can get caught in the trap of substance abuse and addiction. In 2012, according to the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Illicit drug use among teenagers has continued at high rates, largely due to the popularity of marijuana.” Nearly 37 percent of all high school seniors reported using illicit drugs, and one in nine reported using synthetic marijuana, or spice. Prescription drugs taken for non-prescription use were also on the rise, with nearly 15 percent of high school seniors – or one in six – abusing painkillers or stimulants found in household medicine cabinets. “Kids use drugs as a solution to boredom, hopelessness and social anxiety,” explained Anthem Community Council president and local mom Holly Matson. “Advertising pounds them with messages to drink beer, smoke cigarettes, and solve pain instantly with medication.” These messages begin early, Matson added. “In the United States, the average age of a young person exposed to drugs is 8 years old – that’s third grade! Addiction knows no boundaries; it can strike any family regardless of affluence, age, gender or ethnicity.” That’s why Anthem Community Council introduced the concept of Family Day to the community in January 2013. Moving beyond the now-dated “Just Say No” campaign, Family Day encourages families to talk about substance abuse, encourages family values, and creates a sense of identity in teens so that they don’t feel the need to experiment with dangerous drugs or alcohol. The program is based on a national initiative created by CASAColumbia. “Helping kids to understand the risks of drugs and alcohol will save them and the community enormous trouble in the future,” Matson said. “A full understanding of what drugs are really doing to a person and the long-term consequences allows kids to weigh their options and come to a rational decision.” Anthem Community Council has partnered with law enforcement, DVUSD, Outlets of Anthem, North Valley Regional Library and local churches to celebrate National Family Day September 23. The Anthem Community will celebrate the movement with family events.

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September 19

National Family Day Awareness and Drug Education Presentation & Ice Cream Social September 19 / 6:30 p.m. at the Anthem Community Center 41130 N. Freedom Way, Anthem Join Stephanie Siete, Community Bridges, for a conversation about the latest teen drug trends. During this one-hour presentation, learn more about commonly-used marijuana, underage drinking, the new world of synthetic drugs, and how to intervene and effectively communicate with teens about high-risk behaviors. Cheerleaders from the Anthem community will share their energy and enthusiasm, and there will be a special

Family Week

September 9-13

North Valley Regional Library 40410 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem Have fun with your family at the library! Join them for a week full of fun family evening programs! Crafts, Book-making, Lego-building, nutrition tips, and an afterhours movie night will be some of the exciting programs


and activities that you can attend to build some lasting memories with your family.

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performance by Musical Theater of Anthem.

Canyon Church Family Day Celebration Festivities Canyon Church Canyon Church

34975 N. North Valley Pkwy. #152, Phoenix Canyon Church will celebrate families the month of September; sermons throughout September will be aimed at strengthening families. Be sure to attend the following events – details may be found at • TV turn-off week during the first week of September culminating in Family Game Night at Canyon Church • Faith and Family night with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, September 13 • Coloring page contest • September 22, 2013 sermon will be dedicated to the importance of the family in preventing drug abuse • Daddy/Daughter picnic Saturday, September 28


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September 21-22 Celebrate Family Weekend Celebrate Family Weekend Outlets at Anthem September 21-22 4250 W. Anthem Way, Phoenix “Celebrate Family Weekend,” September 21-22, will kick-off the National Family Day celebration Monday, September 23. Outlets at Anthem has partnered with local organizations including Farmers Insurance, North Valley Library, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Phoenix Police Department and more. The two-day event will encourage family fun for all ages and feature a variety of activities, including: • Family photo booth • Family fitness activities • Pony rides • Petting zoo • Balloon animals • Fingerprinting • Family picnic • Store discounts • Reading circle and book giveaways • Weekend Sidewalk Sale from Friday, September




September 23.

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2013-14 Performing Arts Season

Writer Donna Kublin


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The 2013-14 performing arts season begins this month and promises to be outstanding, with something for everyone. Quality theater productions as well as dance and musical concerts, all with local connections, are on offer. They are a great value and many have the additional benefit of performance venues within easy reach. A vibrant season is about to begin and as it unfolds each month, ImagesAZ will provide more event details.


AZDance Group, a professional touring dance company, will present their spring concert, “Rejuvenation,” on April 26 at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center and April 27 at Paradise Valley Community College Center for Performing Arts. They will also perform as part of Herberger Theater’s Festival of the Arts October 5 and Bender’s “DANCEINSPIRATION” at the Orpheum Theater on January 12. Concerts include performances by Movement-E-Motion (MEM) which provides artistic physical activity, movement, expression and dance for those with Down syndrome, autism and/or physical challenges; classes begin September 11 and January 22. MEM is one of AZDance Group’s five educational outreach programs.

AZDance Group Photos by Patty Kaufman, Its U Photo

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Arizona Musicfest

Photo by Paul Markow

ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra Photos by Mike Spinelli


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Arizona Musicfest 2014 presents top artists of classical, chamber, jazz, rock n’ roll and pop in 14 extraordinary concerts from January 30 to March 1 at venues in Scottsdale, Carefree and Phoenix. Opening night, January 30, is the Festival Fanfare with “ABBA, A Concert,” with original members of the ABBA rhythm section. This is followed February 3 by “Judy Collins – The Legend – LIVE!” and February 7 “A Celebration of Dave Brubeck with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet.” Other highlights include: “A British Orchestral Odyssey featuring Holst’s ‘The Planets’”; “Symphonic Russian Sketches featuring Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition”; “Ukulele Phenom Jake Shimabukuro with the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra”; “A German Requiem: Brahms’ Monumental ‘Choral’ Masterpiece’”; and “50s Dance Party: A Tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.” For the full schedule visit North Valley Symphony Orchestra (NVSO) features both an adult and a youth orchestra and will present its season opener October 19 at North Canyon High School Auditorium in Phoenix. The concert includes Berlioz “Symphonie Fantastique” and Saint Saens “Danse Macabre.” The December 14 concert “Holiday Toys” includes Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” and Mozart’s “Toy Symphony”; the March concert includes Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5” and Hayden’s “Cello Concerto”; the May concert will feature Hanson’s “Symphony No. 3” and Copland’s “Appalachian Spring Suite.” ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra (PMAZ) begins its 11th season with Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” This special semi-staged concert is being held at the Virginia G. Piper Theater October 5 and is supported in part by the Scottsdale Cultural Council. “Celebrate the Joy” will be presented December 7 at Boulder Creek High School Performing Arts Center (BCHS) in Anthem, and at the Camelback Bible Church (CBC) in Paradise Valley December 8. Haydn’s “Creation” will be presented at BCHS and CBC in May. PMAZ will also perform at “Video Games Live” at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix March 8.

North Valley Symphony Orchestra Photos by Mike Spinelli Septem b er 2013


MIM Music Theater


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MIM Music Theater’s 2013 fall concert series is packed with an impressive mix of jazz, country, folk, blues, rock, and world music. A few of the highlights include New York‒based singer/songwriter José James September 15; New Orleans funk/R&B master Jon Cleary September 17; flamenco-jazz guitar sensation Ottmar Liebert September 19; Scottish band Tannahill Weavers September 20; all-girl, alt-country band The Trishas September 21; Grammy-winning country music icon Suzy Bogguss September 28; Grammy winner Taj Mahal with South African songwriter and master storyteller Vusi Mahlasela October 11; and rock ‘n’ roll royalty Lisa Marie Presley November 3. For a full line-up visit Pinnacle Concert Series, which runs October through April, opens its 15th season with the St. Olaf Orchestra Friday, October 18 at the Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale. Beginning in December, concerts include “Celebration of Christmas,” Orpheus Male Chorus, the Phoenix Symphony, Watoto Children’s Choir, VIDA Guitar Quartet, the Four Lads, Piano4, organist James David Christie, Trumpet Invasion, and “Jazz Under the Stars with Cinco de Moio.” In addition, Time Out for Arts, a free open forum featuring artists and lecturers is offered throughout the season.

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Desert Foothills Theater

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Musical Theatre of Anthem Photos by Jamie Pear


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Desert Foothills Theater (DFT), an award-winning theater that has been presenting theater in the far north valley for 39 years, features productions of adult theater and youth theater as well as classes. Their upcoming season at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center in Scottsdale includes black box theatre productions of “Disney Little Mermaid Jr.” opening Friday, October 4; “Little Shop of Horrors” opening January 17; “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” opening February 14; “Don’t Dress for Dinner” opening March 27; and a main stage production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” opening November 15. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will open May 2 at FCF-Holland Cabaret Theater. Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA), an award-winning theater founded in 2008, presents no-cut productions of youth theater, as well as auditioned adult productions at their venue in Anthem. They received 71 award nominations for last season and are now offering acting and tap dancing classes. The season opens September 5 with “Carrie” (rated PG-13 due to adult themes and language) followed by “Oro and Leona” opening October 3; “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. opening October 24; “Broken Paths” opening November 14; “Freckle Face Strawberry” opening February 20; “42nd Street” opening February 27; “Disney’s Cinderella KIDS” opening March 6; “Disney’s Aristocats KIDS” opening May 15; “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” opening May 28; and “The Pied Piper of Hamlin” opening June 20. Starlight Community Theater, an award-winning community theatre now in its ninth year, opens the season with a youth performance of Disney’s “Mulan” beginning October 4, followed by a teens/adult show “Beyond the Door” opening October 25. Other productions include “It’s a Wonderful Life” opening December 6; “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” opening February 21; “Pump Boys and the Dinettes” opening March 28, and “An Actor’s Life for Me” opening June 6. See the website for audition, performance times and locations, dates for Improv Night events and schedule additions.

Starlight Community Theater Photos by Rebecca Novicki Photography Septem b er 2013


Bees The Buzz on

I’m in love with you, Honey. Say you love me too, Honey. No one else will do, Honey. Seems funny, but it’s true. Martha Mogul For years, there has been a fear-inducing quote circulating that has been questionably attributed to Albert Einstein: “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!” While it is not likely that Einstein said this, being busy as a physicist and with his Theory of Relativity and all, the quote may give us some pause for thought. The buzz is, that the honeybee population has been declining. In fact, a study released by the Department of Agriculture in May of this year found that 31% of bee colonies died this past winter – about 800,000 bees. What a buzz kill. The decline is nothing new. It was first reported by beekeepers in 2006 and is attributed to multiple factors such as parasites, malnutrition and disease. A separate study by the Department of Agriculture indicated that they could find no single cause for the bee deaths. While these reports may be stinging, you may not feel you are affected if you don’t buy much honey. Actually, bees, as well as beekeepers are critically important to our environment and our economy. Crops such as apples, pears, beans, blackberries,

Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque


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blueberries, cucumbers, cauliflower, cabbage, peaches, corn, sweet potatoes, oilseeds, and so many more need bees for pollination. Bees pollinate most of the world’s wildflowers and the death of the flowers could have a major impact on wildlife. It all goes back to the delicate balance of the food chain that we learned about in school. If you are interested in learning about one of nature’s tiniest treasures, the honeybee, from Butterfly Wonderland’s resident beekeeper and AZ Queen Bee, Emily Brown, consider attending her new fall workshop Thursday September 19. Brown will teach attendees about the wonderful world of honeybees, beekeeping and honey. Brown will talk about the history of honeybees and honey, how the honeybee colony works, and the importance of honeybees to our society. In addition, guests will learn about the many natural products produced by honeybees, and the amazing array of honey varieties throughout the United States, and what can be done to help support honey bees in the environment. A honey sampling and “Ask the Beekeeper” Q&A will take place near the Honey Bee Observation Hive after the presentation. This workshop is a “must attend” for anyone who is fascinated by the life of honeybees and all that they produce! 480-800-3000 ext. 207

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Dining Guide Spotlight

Two Brothers Kitchen 3655 W. Anthem Way C-137

In the Safeway Shopping Center 623-551-2276

If you haven’t tried Two Brothers Kitchen, you’re missing something delicious! Located in Anthem’s Safeway Plaza, we’re easy to find and hard to forget. Healthy never tasted so good! At Two Brothers Kitchen, you can feel safe about where your food comes from, and can enjoy consuming good quality food with fresh quality ingredients. All of our produce is either certified organic or grown locally in greenhouses. Our pork, chicken and beef are sourced from the most sustainably minded producers in the business, all top quality and free of hormones and antibiotics. Our eggs are from Glaum Egg Ranch, which are 100 percent cage-free brown organic eggs. The chickens are fed a vegetarian diet, free of hormones, antibiotics and animal by-products. With all of these considerations, the proof is in the taste! Our diverse breakfast and lunch menus are full of tasty delights, with large portions that are sure to please even the most finicky of eaters! Hours are Monday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. From our kitchen, we hope you enjoy.


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Ocho Locos 3655 W. Anthem Way

In the Safeway Shopping Center 623-551-8580

When the temps finally cool off, let your food heat up at Ocho Locos Mexican Restaurant & Cantina. Start off with an app like Ocho’s famous Mary Lou (red or green chile beef folded inside a cheese crisp served with sour cream), or try their Albondigas Soup (Mexican meatball soup with hardy cuts of fresh vegetables and rice. Served with a warm flour tortilla). Fajitas are always a sizzling hot choice on the menu, as well as Tio Pancho’s Pollo Con Queso (tender seasoned chicken wrapped in a deep fried flour tortilla and smothered in their famous cheese sauce.) And Ocho Locos doesn’t leave you hanging! All specials are served with homemade rice and refried or black beans. Also, the chips and salsa are free-flowing and kids eat free on Wednesdays (with the purchase of an adult meal). Live music concerts for your dining pleasure are on tap on the large flat screens that surround the dining room. So do the Jarabe Tapatio (Mexican Hat Dance) over to Ocho Locos and enjoy!


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Arizona Home Designs Linda Greer, MD, medical director for John C. Lincoln’s Breast Health and Research Center, points to the cancer found in the 3D image on the right. The images shown are 2D and 3D mammograms of the same breast.

John C. Lincoln Offers Arizona’s First Lower-Dose 3D Mammograms John C. Lincoln’s Breast Health and Research Center in North Phoenix is now Arizona’s first with lower-dose 3D mammography, the latest innovation in breast cancer screening. The new lower-dose system reduces radiation exposure and compression time by creating 2D images from the 3D data set, eliminating the need for a separate digital X-ray.

Arizona Home Designs owner Paul C. Cooper says his company is more than just a home builder. “We are reliable, friendly, compassionate, and affordable and we are a family-owned company,” he explained. “I believe my background working with different companies and in different industries makes me and my company experienced and knowledgeable with whatever the project is, no matter what the client is looking for.” Arizona Home Design, established in 2012, was part of a natural progression for Cooper, whose experience includes years in framing, residential architecture, and project management. “I started in the building industry 1992,” Cooper said. Starting as a framer, his hard work earned him opportunities as a building superintendent. He received a degree in architectural drafting and CAD in 1996 and worked for many architectural firms in commercial and residential projects, holdings positions as a drafter, senior job caption and project manager for over a

“Lower-dose 3D allows radiologists to see greater detail that results in earlier detection of cancers, while reducing the false positives, the unclear results that require patients to return for additional medical imaging to rule out cancer,” said breast radiologist Linda Greer, MD, medical director of the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center. John C. Lincoln’s Breast Health Center has long been at the forefront of breast screening. It was first in the Valley to offer breast imaging in a spa-like setting; first in Arizona to offer 3D screening, which is becoming the worldwide standard; and one of the first in the nation designated a Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.


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decade. In 2004, he and his father began an architectural design company that gave him the opportunity to draft and design hundreds of projects. Then, in 2006 he took a job with a large architectural firm. Currently, Cooper works with four contractors on projects ranging from small remodels to million dollar additions and custom work. “Arizona Home Designs has the experience to design and draft anything residential, and small TI (commercial),” Cooper added. Let Arizona Home Designs make your dream project a reality. Arizona Home Designs 480-818-3827

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Iddings and Sons Landscaping Creating the Perfect Environment for You

It’s simple, really. We are a family of professionals who love what we do. Years of design and gardening experience gives us the ability to create a unique landscape experience for you, our customer. Barbecues, fireplaces, water features and patios are all great amenities to a yard, but if you do not have a true artist composing each piece to flow together, these creations will be neither functional nor attractive. We feel just as strongly about gardening. By focusing on key elements like plant health, proper plant and tree growth, irrigation

Arion Care Solutions

Locally owned and operated, Arion Care Solutions is an agency contracted statewide to provide respite, habilitation and attendant care support for individuals who receive services through the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). Arion Care’s respite services allow the parent(s) to take a much-needed break while dedicated caregivers attend to the social and physical needs of the client. Habilitation focuses on teaching strategies and activities to help the individual move toward independence, and attendant care focuses on meeting personal care needs. Parents are able to work as habilitation or attendant care providers when their child reaches the age of 18.

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If you are interested in a rewarding career that offers great flexibility and competitive rates ($10.25 - $12.90/hr.) contact us today for more information. Arion Care Solutions 623-238-4349


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Hasslacher Tax & Financial, LLC. 623-551-2332 42104 N. Venture Court, B130 Sonoran Tax and Accounting 623-738-4TAX 42104 N. Venture Drive, Suite D122


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Boates Law Firm 623-551-5457 Carroll Law Firm 623-551-9366

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Right Toyota - Mark E. Settell 480-788-2243 480-444-6409 Sanderson Lincoln 602-375-7500

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Meineke/Econo Lube and Brakes 623-551-0033 42410 N. Vision Way Sanderson Lincoln 602-375-7500


Skin Care Merle Norman Cosmetics 623-551-9502


Bishara Dental 623-742-7220 46641 N. Black Canyon Hwy #7


Daisy Mountain Dentistry 623-551-5250 4205 W. Anthem Way, Suite #106

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

Nothing in Moderation Located in Merle Norman 623-551-9502 Post Net Business Center 623-551-1305

Business Groups

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

Charity Network

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Back to Health 42104 N. Venture Drive, Building, Suite 102 623-551-6677


Cruise One Feiner & Associates 623-551-2042


Paradise Valley Community College 602-493-2600

Community Theater

Musical Theatre of Anthem 602-743-9892 Starlight Community Theater

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

Financial Planning

Edward Jones - Doug DeMuth 623-551-0523 Hasslacher Tax & Financial, LLC 623-551-2332 42104 N. Venture Court, B130

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Dynamic Door Service 602-335-1077

Habilitation, REspite & Attendant care

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Hauling/Rubbish Removal

Rubbish Works Local Junk Removal & Recycling 480-545-1220 Ext. 711 800-501-9324

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

Home Cleaning

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Auto/home/life/renters/health/retirement/Auto Loans & refinancing

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Iddings & Sons Landscaping, Inc. 623-465-2546 623-297-7584

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Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Jen Gentry 623-251-5518 42104 N. Venture Drive, C-122

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Desertscape Nursery 623-492-0799 36544 N. 7 Ave Phoenix, AZ 85086


Cordon Orthodontics 623-465-5478 42201 N. 41st Dr., # 102 Wood Orthodontics/Wyatt Wood 623-792-7323 3618 W. Anthem Way, Suite D108


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Daisy Mountain Painting 623-551-3156 Premier Commercial Painting 623-551-8640


Angel Pediatrics 623-551-0442 3654 W. Anthem Way Suite B-114 Twin Pediatrics 623-551-9825 42211 N. 41st Dr. Suite 153

RE/MAX Professionals Linda Rehwalt 602-249-SOLD


CafÊ Provence 623-551-1313 Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House 480-488-8031 Dara Thai Cafe 623-551-6676 3655 W. Anthem Way Ste B-127

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English Rose Tea Room 480-488-4812 201 Easy St. Carefree, AZ


Tennessee Grill 4220 W. Summit Walk Court 623-551-1500

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Karen Sophia Photography 480-543-7526 Pogue Photography 480-748-9100

Physical Therapy

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Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 623-444-0611 Proskill Plumbing 623-551-7473 Rayne of the North Valley 623-551-5952


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Pool maintenance Eco Blu Pool 480-626-8200


Coldwell Banker Daisy Mountain RE Gary Drew 623-512-0828

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Anthem Elementary School Main Line 623-376-3700 Attendance 623-376-3790 Anthem Preparatory Academy 623-465-4776 Barry Goldwater High School Main Line 623-445-3000 Attendance 623-445-3090 Brighter Beginnings Preschool 602-619-4202

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Water Softener & Filtration

Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 623-444-0611 Proskill Plumbing 623-551-7473 Rayne of the North Valley 623-551-5952 Soft Water Plus AZ 623-465-4873

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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 623-889-3388 Carefree Vineyard Church 623-551-1133 Christ’s Church at the Crossroads 623-466-7964 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 2503 W. Anthem Way Meeting times 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. Cross of Christ Lutheran Church 623-551-9851

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

Deer Valley Worship Center 623-582-1001 Desert View Bible Church 623-298-4900

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Recipe Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

Kielbasa with Onions and Apple Oktoberfest is here, and with it, just a hint of autumn in the air and a yen for brats and beer gardens. This autumn recipe is a “can’t miss,” and can be served as a stand-alone dish for dinner or on a hard roll with grain mustard for lunch. The sweet, caramelized onions and tart Granny Smith apple are a perfect acidic balancing act in this seasonal recipe, especially when combined with a smoky kielbasa. A perfect accompaniment is pierogies, which can be prepared right alongside the main dish.

Kielbasa with Onions and Apple Ingredients:

2 pounds smoked kielbasa (cut cross-wise into 3-inch lengths) 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 large onions ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper ½ stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter 1 large Granny Smith apple 1 ¾ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (14 fluid ounces) Directions: Lightly score each piece of sausage in several places with a sharp paring knife. Heat one tablespoon oil in 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then brown half of sausage, turning occasionally, until golden, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cover to keep warm. Pour off fat from skillet and wipe skillet clean. Add remaining tablespoon oil to skillet and brown remaining sausage in same manner, transferring to bowl as cooked. Wipe skillet clean again, then cook onions with salt and pepper in butter over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, peel, core, and finely chop apple. Stir apple and broth into onion mixture and simmer briskly, uncovered, stirring occasionally until apple is tender, 6 to 7 minutes. Add sausage and simmer, stirring, until heated through, about 1 minute. Serve with pierogies.


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

September 2013 issue of ImagesAZ Magazine distributed to Tramonto, Anthem, Desert Hills and New RIver.

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

September 2013 issue of ImagesAZ Magazine distributed to Tramonto, Anthem, Desert Hills and New RIver.