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Meet the Burris Family


Sports :: Boulder Creek Girls’ Volleyball




Sonoran Phoenix Preserve




Anthem - 15 Years Later


A Bright Future for Starlight Community Theater

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Nurturing the Singers of Tomorrow


Dining Guide



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Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photographer Karen Sophia Photography

Meet the

Burris Family

Life is Like a Box of Donuts


he English language is finicky and inadequate, conceived to express

ourselves only in the most common of contexts. For example, when we lose a spouse, we become a widow or widower. When we lose a parent, we become an orphan. But when someone loses a child, there are no words to describe the emptiness or the helplessness that are left behind. There is no word to encompass the heavy stone that plants itself firmly in a surviving parent’s chest when they are asked the simplest of questions like, “How many children do you have?” And there is no word to describe the monumental effort it takes for a parent to continue to walk through life, one step at a time, even after a child can no longer walk with them.

But there are other words that help: words like “hope” and “family.” And also words like “love,” because others who were left behind have also been touched and changed by the light that still glows. It is in those special people and shared memories and dreams that there is peace, and where Chris and Linda Burris have anchored their own lives in the joy that still exists even after their son died. In the early morning hours of March 5, 2011, the Burris’ third and youngest son, 28-year-old Ryan, was killed in a house fire in New York, ending a remarkable life that left few, if any, regrets. He’d visited castles in Europe and put himself through school in Scotland. He had a quick sense of humor and loved


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skiing and friends. He valued people over things, and most of all, he loved the family that supported and encouraged him, and who loved him unconditionally. “The one thing I’m most grateful for is that we didn’t leave any big regrets,” Linda said, tears still showing up uninvited two years later. “Some people say they didn’t get a chance to tell their loved ones they love them, but there was nothing like that. He knew. We knew.” At Ryan’s funeral service in Auburn, New York, even the standing room was filled. Even in death, there were more lessons this vibrant young man had to teach. The worst kind of tragedy, the Burris family came to realize, is not always the abrupt ending of a beautiful life, but in the failure to fully live and deeply love while there is still time. “Ryan could walk into a room full of strangers and know everyone within 15 minutes,” Chris said. “Anything he wanted to do, he found a way to do it, and I’m glad he did. I’m glad he didn’t listen to me when I tried to get him to be more practical. Money was never important to him.” Embrace simplicity and embrace each other, was the resounding message. The family that was once scattered in North Carolina, Michigan and Arizona became much closer. Within a year, Chris and Linda joined their oldest son Brent and

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his young family in moving to Arizona, where their middle

special charges, three girls and two boys, ranging in age

son Brandon and his family were already living.

from nine years to nine months.

Although the pain is not gone, they are all finding new

Chris, a former business owner and project manager, tried

places to find happiness.

a new venture, combining his son’s love for donuts with his own dream of owning a coffee shop. He and Brent did


Linda, who had been an office manager before, became a

their homework, finding the perfect location, developing

full-time grandma, spending her days doting over her new

a business plan, and designing and building a sleek but

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comfortable environment that would become Desert Donuts

Other times, it’s in making others smile when they take

in Tramonto. The whole family pitches in to run the shop,

their first bite of the treats Ryan loved. But always, it’s in

Linda included, and it’s become a place of happy healing.

appreciating the little things that make life worthwhile.

In many ways, they made their hard-earned philosophy

“It’s not how many items you buy,” explained Linda as her

of enjoying the “now” part of their business plan. Their

youngest grandson flashed an innocent grin her direction.

concept is to make donuts hot and fresh while the customer

“It’s how many memories you make.”

watches, letting each customer pick and choose what they


want to add. They also serve locally roasted Kona coffee.

After all, it’s all apropos. Life is like a donut. We can pick

In just a couple of short months, they have gained a steady

and choose what, if anything, we want to sprinkle on top.

following of families and business patrons alike.

And it can be filled with sweetness if we choose.

And there is once again joy. Sometimes it is in the sleepy

And even when there is a hole in the middle that cannot be

eyes of a toddler snuggling onto grandma’s lap after a nap,

filled, it can still be quite wonderful if we decide to make

holding her face close to his with precious chubby fingers.

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Diggin’ It with BCHS Girls’ Volleyball

Writer Tom Scanlon Photographer Jamie Pogue

Coach Sarah Widhalm turned around a Boulder Creek girls’ volleyball team from the mediocrity of 2008, when the girls were 11-18, to a solid team that won 20 or more matches in three of the last four years. After a strong run, Widhalm moved out of the state. Enter the energetic young Troy Dueling, who has made a mark as the Boulder Creek High boys’ volleyball coach for the last five years. “I felt like now was a good time to take on a program that has the complexity this one does,” Dueling said. “I think now I’m in a good position to head the program up.” Dueling has had great success with the boys’ volleyball team, particularly last year, when the team dominated early in the season, running up a 17-3 record before bowing out in the semi-finals of the state tournament. “I’m definitely trying to take what has been successful on the guys’ side and bring it to the girls’ side – the style of play and the way we practice. I’m sure I’ll learn the tweaks and adjustments that need to be made.” Dueling certainly knows the lay of the land, as he and his wife of seven years, Britney, a teacher at Paseo Hills Elementary School in Paradise Valley, and their 7-month-old daughter Alice live a short serve from Boulder Creek High. Troy Dueling, who teaches special education at Boulder Creek, also coaches the Arizona Fear club, where he coached some of the younger girls on this year’s varsity team. “They’re very excited about a new direction,” Dueling said of his team, at the beginning of the 2013 season. “I think they’re excited about a new style. They’ve been working hard so far in practice. They’re in it to do it right, to try to play at a high level.”


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Asked about goals, Dueling said that, at first, he was trying to maintain low expectations – but then the competitive coach could not help himself. “I think one goal is to make it to state,” he said. With a tough schedule looming, Dueling is looking to his seniors to lead the team through some challenging matches. He praises Sierra Ruiz as “a true competitor. She works hard, she’s very athletic. I think she’s a leader and makes her teammates around her better.” The coach has been impressed with the work ethic and consistency of Tate McCulley, and has high hopes for the other three seniors on the team: Hailey Goyette, Coleen McTier and Ashlee Trujillo. Beyond the seniors and a few juniors, “We’re going to have four sophomores who are going to be playing substantial roles. We are going to be very young.” Dueling did have the luxury of choosing from a big pool of 65 to 70 girls who tried out for the varsity team. By comparison, he has had less than a third of that number trying out for boys’ varsity. The Lady Jaguars started the season by hosting Paradise Valley’s Horizon High, a powerhouse program with most of the top players back from a state championship, 43-3 season. The Horizon High team features four Amazonian blondes who towered above the comparatively Lilliputian-like Lady Jags. Physically overmatched, the Boulder Creek girls refused to be intimidated and played a scrappy match, led by Goyette, who fully extended in a dive to try to defend a power spike. After a series of devastating hammer-hits by the taller visitors led to a 20-10 lead for Horizon, the home girls refused to cave in to the giants. Scrambling defense, nice sets and movement on offense and several strong serves by Ruiz put Boulder Creek back in the game at 22-17; the Lady Jags ultimately lost the game 25-18, and the match, 3-0. That was followed by another 3-0 home loss to a second highly-ranked team, Sandra Day O’Connor High. Two days later, the Lady Jaguars won their first match of the Troy Dueling era, defeating Dobson High. Dueling’s coaching is more big-picture than individual matches or even a single season. “It takes a community to buy in to the success of the program over the success of the individual child. Once that forms and takes shape, this program can truly be successful on the state level,” he says. “The boys’ program didn’t happen overnight, I don’t expect this one to either. It’s creating a culture.”


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Our Community Calling All Marching Bands, Photographers and Volunteers The Daisy Mountain Veterans organization is seeking marching bands interested in participating in the Ninth Annual Veterans Parade to be held in Anthem Nov. 9. Volunteers and photographers are also needed to assist on the day of the parade, and community service credit will be provided where applicable.

The Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade is one of the largest patriotic events in the state of Arizona and has quickly become a local tradition. This year, special recognition will be given to veterans of the Korean Conflict, who will serve as parade grand marshals. In 2012, the parade drew almost 100 units and more than 2,000 participants. Those numbers are expected to increase in 2013. School, municipality or private marching bands are encouraged to participate in the parade and to take advantage of the considerable recognition usually given to this event by the local media. Transportation assistance is available if needed.

Brighter Beginnings Preschool Welcomes New Teacher

Brighter Beginnings Preschool, located at 39905 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy. in Anthem, would like to introduce new teacher Kerri Askew, who has joined the staff of dedicated professionals who are focused on providing the very best care and learning environment for area children. Askew received her master’s degree in elementary education from Niagara University in New York. She has several years of experience teaching both first and second grade. In her classroom, instruction is differentiated to meet the needs of all children. Askew moved to Arizona eight years ago and loves living in Anthem. When not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Tobias’ Automotive Specialists Earns AAA Top Shop Award

Anthem- and Cave Creek-based Tobias’ Automotive has been awarded AAA’s Top Shop Award, an honor bestowed upon only 29 auto repair shops in Arizona in 2013. According to Don Nunnari, AAA vice president of automotive and travel services, Tobias’ surpasses AAA’s stringent requirements and represents the best that AAA’s automotive network has to offer. Family-owned and operated, Tobias’ Automotive Specialists is owned by husband-and-wife team Andy and Louise Tobias. The automotive repair company, established in 1989, has been recognized with the award for five years in a row.


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Both Tobias’ locations feature eight service bays, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and a team of ASE-certified technicians. The Tobias’ are known as hands-on owners who have made giving back to their community a priority. Louise grew up in the automotive business and Andy is an ASE-certified technician. “The Top Shop honor is a valuable recognition for our entire team, including our long-standing employees who have made a commitment to excellence,” Andy Tobias said. “Our customers, who keep us in business, have placed their trust in us for nearly 25 years and we value that trust.” In addition to meeting 20 different criteria for the award, Tobias’ Automotive Specialists maintained a 100 percent customer approval rating. They are actively involved in the community and uphold an exemplary business reputation. The Tobias’ accepted their awards at a luncheon in Phoenix.

Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club Welcomed in Anthem

The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed annually across the nation on the third Friday of September. It honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. This year’s Anthem ceremony was especially poignant as it was attended by the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club, which observed the Sept. 20 day of recognition at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. The observance included a prayer service and ceremony honoring prisoners of war and veterans who remain missing in action. The public was invited to participate and asked to wear red. US Navy Rear Admiral (Ret.) Ron Tucker said, “We are honored the members of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club selected the Anthem Veterans Memorial for their ceremony. This somber and reflective site provides a magnificent background for this important national day of recognition.”

October 3 Learn to Build a Butterfly Haven

Butterfly Wonderland will be hosting a workshop to teach visitors how to build a butterfly garden. Taught by Adriane Grimaldi, Butterfly Wonderland’s director of education, attendees will learn the elements needed to attract butterflies to their yard. In addition, Grimaldi will share spectacular photos from Monarch overwintering sites in central Mexico. Grimaldi has built her own whimsical butterfly garden, which has attracted 30 different species of Octob er 2013


butterflies, and her backyard has been listed as a National Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Cost to attend this event is $15 for those with founders’ memberships or annual passes, and $20 for the general public. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Butterfly Wonderland is located at 9500 E. Via de Ventura in Scottsdale. 480-800-3000, ext. 207

October 3–6 MTA Presents “Oro and Leona”

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces performances for the original musical “Oro and Leona,” the heartwarming story of two golden lion tamarin monkeys who are separated from the rest of their family and must learn to survive on their own in the Amazon rainforest. A talented cast of 57 area youth ages 6-9 participate in this show, and the music is sure to transport you to the tropical rain forest. Performances take place Oct. 3 and 4 at 7 p.m.; Oct. 5 at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the MTA performance center, 42323 N. Vision Way., Bldg. 2 in Anthem. Adult tickets are $18. Tickets for students, seniors and children 12 and under are $15. Tickets may be purchased online.

October 4–19 Starlight Community Theater Presents Disney’s “Mulan, Jr.”

Starlight Community Theater is kicking off the season with a new logo, a new theater and a fantastic new youth production of Disney’s “Mulan, Jr.” One of Disney’s most beloved animated features comes to life on stage in this wonderful story of culture, honor and a fighting spirit. Audience members will enjoy their favorite songs from the movie such as “I’ll Make a Man out of You,” as well as several new upbeat songs for this stage adaptation. Director Eric Gibson, Assistant Director Susan Gibson and Musical Director Scott Sims are excited to bring this family-friendly entertainment to Starlight Community Theater’s brand new stadium seating-style theater and to showcase the amazing talent of local youth here in Anthem and northern Phoenix.


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All shows will be held at Starlight’s new theater at 1611 W. Whispering Wind Dr., Suite #160, just off Happy Valley Rd. in Phoenix. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or online.

October 5 Ninth Annual Shopping Extravaganza at Outlets at Anthem

Outlets at Anthem is hosting its Ninth Annual Shopping Extravaganza to benefit 20 local charities Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The all-day event features a catered sit-down lunch, additional store discounts, wine and chocolate tastings, live entertainment, gift bags and chances to win more than $30,000 in gift cards and prizes. Tickets to the Shopping Extravaganza are $20 each, with 75 percent of the proceeds going directly to participating Valley charitable organizations. Tickets can be purchased through Oct. 2 directly through partner charities, online, or at the outlets’ customer service desk located in the food pavilion.

October 5 ProMusica Presents “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

ProMusica Arizona’s 2013-2014 season begins with a staged concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Sondheim’s chilling masterpiece of murderous “barber-ism,” vengeance, and culinary crime is considered by musicologists to be his greatest work. This production features barber Sweeney Todd and a resourceful pie shop proprietress who have customers clamoring for their mysterious new meat pies, blissfully ignorant of the creation process and the recipe. It tells the infamous tale of the unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him. In his barbershop above Mrs. Lovett’s pie shop, Todd’s thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers. Mrs. Lovett, the resourceful, comic proprietress of the pie shop downstairs, soon takes advantage of the barber’s deeds, and has the people of London lining up in droves to sample her new meat pies. Octob er 2013


Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, “Sweeney Todd” nevertheless has a great sense of fun, mixing intense drama with funny moments of dark humor. Audiences find themselves laughing one moment and gasping in surprise the next. ProMusica’s innovative performance is conceptually staged with costumes, props and platforms surrounding and throughout the orchestra during the entire performance. This uniquely staged production has been made possible in part through assistance from the Scottsdale Cultural Council and will be presented at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $50.

October 8, 22 8 Weeks to Wellness Orientation

Join Back to Health Chiropractic for a free 8 Weeks to Wellness orientation with Dr. Brian Hester. Hester will discuss: • Wellness versus sickness care. • How to make choices to improve the quality of your life. • How to establish, and get the most out of, a realistic, ongoing program of care while saving time and money. • Get the “what,” the “how,” and most importantly, the “why” behind this structured program. Attendees will receive a special gift certificate for one or more services at Back to Health Chiropractic. The next 8 Weeks to Wellness orientations are Tuesdays, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Both workshops are held at Back to Health Chiropractic, 42104 N. Venture Dr. A-102 in Anthem. This fun and informative program is free, but space is limited, reserve your spot. 623-551-6677


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October 11 Bunco Bash for Breast Cancer

The month of October is a little busy for Team WISH Arizona! Each year, October is designated as worldwide Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That’s exciting because it’s just before the Nov. 8 to Nov. 11, Arizona 3-day, 60-mile Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk. Members of Team WISH Arizona are ‘playing their cards right’ by creating fundraisers so that each member of the team will reach their goal of $2,300 in order to participate in the walk. Their friends at Rookies Neighborhood Sports Grill will be hosting a night filled with raffles, prizes, laughter and more – and you’re invited! Why stay home and watch TV when you can have a fabulous, fun Friday night playing Bunco with your friends? Join the team Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. at Rookies, 3668 W. Anthem Way in Anthem. Seats are limited, so sign up now and reserve your spot at the table. Cost is $20.

October 11 Boulder Creek Hosts Homecoming Tailgating Boulder Creek High School hosts their first tailgating event of the year to kick off the homecoming game against Mountain Ridge Oct. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the practice field. Join students and families for carnival games, food and bounce house activities.

Wristbands are only $5 per person for unlimited access to all activities, excluding food. Food will be on sale during the event. Help us celebrate homecoming and Boulder Creek’s 10-year anniversary by bringing the community together in fun!

October 12 Medicine on the Battlefield at DAR

“If you want to study medicine,” Hippocrates once said, “go to war.” The Ocotillo Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its next meeting and program at 9:35 a.m. in suite #435 at the Outlets at Anthem Community Room. It is an honor to have Dr. Octob er 2013


Abraham “Rudy” Byrd III, who serves as the surgeon general of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution and color guard vice commander of the Arizona Society SAR/Tucson Chapter, as the program guest speaker. The loss of life during the Revolutionary War is mostly unknown. Most died of disease rather than in battle. One of the more important decisions made by General Washington was to inoculate his troops for smallpox. Byrd will discuss medicine on the battlefield as patriots fought for our independence during the military phase of the war, which took place from 1775 to 1783. This event is open to both members and non-members.

October 12, 13 23rd Annual Sedona Arts Festival

The Sedona Arts Festival celebrates its 23rd anniversary from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd. in Sedona. More than 125 juried artists from across the country will surround themselves with Sedona’s breathtaking red rocks and Arizona’s magnificent fall weather while showing works in ceramics, fiber art, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography and wood. The newly configured layout of booths provides easier access for guests and greater visibility for artists. Festival proceeds will benefit the Sedona Arts Festival Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships and grants to local artists and students. Over $300,000 has been distributed since the festival began. The festival’s Kid Zone gives children 12 and under the chance to create their own masterpieces with help from local artists. The Gourmet Gallery features locally produced and packaged food items from throughout the state. The 2013 Guest Gallery will feature Oaxacan carvings, and local musicians will entertain throughout the weekend. Admission is $10 for adults; $9 for seniors 60 and older and students with ID. Discount tickets are available online. Children 12 and under are admitted free. 928-204-9456


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October 15 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 set up a realistic program of care for yourself, and what you can do to take the first steps toward living a healthy lifestyle. Attendees will receive a special gift certificate for one or more services at Back to Health Chiropractic. The next workshop is Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Back to Health Chiropractic, 42104 N. Venture Dr., Suite A102 in Anthem. This fun and informative program is free, but space is limited, so call to reserve your spot. 623-551-6677

October 16, 17 Fill Up at Taste of Cave Creek

Sample the cuisine of more than 25 restaurants in an outdoor, open-air setting. Two stages with live music nightly, a wine and craft beer garden, tequila tastings and an art exhibit and sale by the Sonoran Arts League are just part of the fun at Taste of Cave Creek Oct. 16 and 17. The expanded 2013 event includes a nightly chili cook-off, sponsored by Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln on Bell Road, and a new Salsa Challenge. More than 40 fine artists, members of the Sonoran Arts League, will be demonstrating and exhibiting their talents with a variety of artistic projects, including glasswork, sculpture, jewelry, painting, photography, gourds and mixed media, for show and sale. Stagecoach Village is located at 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. Taste of Cave Creek will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10, and tickets are available at the gate. Food tastings are just $2 to $5 each from participating restaurants including: Amaro, Bart’s Indian Village, Binkley’s, Brugo’s Pizza, Bryan’s BBQ, Buffalo Chip Saloon, Café Bink, Cave Creek Tap Haus, Carefree Resort & Villas, Cave Creek Smoke House, Cartwright’s Octob er 2013


Sonoran Ranch House, Cibo e Vino, El Encanto, The Grotto, Harold’s, The Hideaway, Le Sans Souci, Roc2 Coffee, Saba’s, Chef Sara’s Vegan Academy, Tonto Bar & Grill, Uncle Louie and Village Coffee & Crepes. 480-488-1400

October 17, 19 Upscale Singers Offer Youth Scholarships

Calling all youth singers! If singing is your passion and you’d like to hone your skills, this may be the opportunity for you! The Upscale Singers announce their seventh annual scholarship auditions with prizes ranging from $150 to $500. The money is paid directly to the voice teacher chosen by the winning student. In the past six years, the Upscale Singers have made 65 awards totaling well over $16,000. Auditions are open to all junior and senior high students (grades 7-12) living in the Cave Creek and Anthem/New River school boundaries. Both public and private school students are welcome. Audition appointments are available Oct. 17 from 4:30 to 8 p.m., and Oct. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Singers must schedule their appointments before Oct. 11 by phone. Auditions are held at the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church at 34605 N. Scottsdale Rd., on the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Carefree Highway. This is the same church where the Upscale Singers present their annual Christmas concert. Students sing either one or two songs at their audition. An accompanist is provided, or they may use a CD or iPod, provided there are no lead vocals on the accompaniment. The auditions are private, and Upscale Singers have a reputation with the area vocal teachers for providing a warm and positive setting for all the young singers who try out. 480-575-0188


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October 18 13th Annual Foothills Empty Bowls Project

Looking for a way to enjoy a nice lunch and provide food for others? The 13th Annual Foothills Empty Bowls Project lunch benefit for the Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center will be held Friday, Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carefree Town Center. A minimum donation of $15 provides patrons with a hand-crafted ceramic or glass bowl. The cost also includes pasta lunch provided by Carefree Resort & Conference Center. The luncheon event also includes a silent auction and boutique. All proceeds will be donated to the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center, and will support their ongoing effort to provide emergency food and services to area families in need of assistance. The Foothills Food Bank assists families in Anthem, Black Canyon City, Carefree, Cave Creek, Desert Hills, New River, north Phoenix, north Scottsdale and other North Valley areas. The Empty Bowls event is sponsored by the Sonoran Arts League, the Town of Carefree and Carefree Resort & Conference Center. 480-488-1145

October 18, 19 St. Rose Festival: Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest enthusiasts looking for a fun way to celebrate will have to look no further than the Eighth Annual St. Rose Oktoberfest. The fall festival and car show is a two-day event held Oct. 18 and Oct. 19. Friday night will feature an authentic German and American dinner including bratwurst, soft pretzels, and apple strudel, and the Budweiser truck will be on site. German band, Das Lederhosen, will perform favorite oompah-pah tunes. From chanting German drinking cheers to performing in German, this group delivers an authentic experience. The evening will end with a fireworks show accompanied by music produced by Fireworks Productions of Arizona. Saturday will showcase the car and motorcycle show. Last year there were 78 entrants from all over the state. Other Saturday highlights include an amazing Kids’ Zone, the Great America Talent Show competition, delicious food, local vendors, silent and live auctions and entertainment. An online auction to benefit the church’s foundation commences Oct. 3. Put this event on your calendar for sure, and plan on attending with the whole family! The pre-registration fee for the car and motorcycle show is $15, or $20 the day of the show. Online registration is available. All registrants receive a free T-shirt and a dash plaque.

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October 19 NVSO Presents “Journeys Fantastique”

North Valley Symphony Orchestra announces a haunting and powerful group of selections to showcase the season, “Journeys Fantastique.” The program will be held Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at North Canyon High School Auditorium, 1700 E. Union Hills Dr. in Phoenix. Composer Hector Berlioz was only 24 years old when he became obsessed with Harriet Smithson, a popular Shakespearean actress performing in Paris. His obsession caused him to compose “Symphonie Fantastique,” which depicts a turbulent ride through the mind of a man obsessed, but unable to be with the woman he loves. In the final movement of the symphony, his dreams ultimately turn nasty and he has visions of his beloved taunting him from the underworld in a witches’ Sabbath dance. Audience members will enjoy the expressive narration by Jason Bressler, executive director of North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, to fullyParade engage in starts at 10am the story of “Symphonie Fantastique.” I-17 North to Anthem Way, East to Gavilan Peak Pkwy

yearÕs will pay special tribute to! In a similar theme, Saint Saens’ “Danse Macabre” isThis a journey intoparade the HeartatRecipients & Wounded Warriors centuries-old celebration of the DancePOWs, of Death,Purple which occurs midnight ! on All-Hallows’ Eve. Last season’s Summerford Violin Competition Floats, winner, bands, schools, military units. Gabrielle Lorenc, will play the “Danse Macabre” solo, which represents the Veterans Parade in AZ! ItÕs the BIGGEST devil playing fiddle throughout the dance.

8th Annual Daisy Mountain Veterans



I-17 to Daisy Mountain, North on Gavilan Peak, and East on Anthem Way


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and Family Picnic

9th Annual Daisy Mountain Veterans

PARADE 12:30-3pm

Anthem Park

Food Court, Beer Garden, Jumpies, Great Entertainment, and Veterans Row

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The Youth Orchestra will complete the evening’s journey with Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite,” which is based on the travels of Peer Gynt into the Hall of the Mountain King, where trolls and gnomes abound. Ticket prices are $5 each or $15 for a full-season pass, which includes all four concerts. Tickets are available online. 623-980-4628

October 24–27 Musical Theatre of Anthem’s Presents Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.”

Join Alice’s madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” is a fast-paced stage adaption featuring updated dialogue and new arrangements of such classic Disney songs as “I’m Late,” “The Un-Birthday Song” and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.” Join the talented cast of Musical Theatre of Anthem for performances Oct. 24 and 25 at 7 p.m.; Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. at MTA’s performance center, located at 42323 N. Vision Way in Anthem. Tickets may be purchased online. Adult tickets are $18; students, seniors and children 12 and under are $15.

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October 25–27 St. Haralambos Taste of Greece Festival

Come be a part of St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church’s exciting threeday extravaganza! Sample authentic, mouth-watering homemade Greek food and scrumptious desserts created by the parish’s experienced chefs. Dancers have practiced their nimble dance moves and the Greek band will tune up their bouzouki instruments to play music that will have you tapping your toes. Festival attendees will be transported to a Grecian village where they can enjoy delicious Mediterranean cuisine, coffee and desserts and shop in the “agora” (marketplace) for beautiful and unique gift items. For children’s fun, a fantasy fun playground of giant inflatable toys will also be on site. Half of admissions proceeds will go to benefit the Valley View Community Food Bank. Festival hours are Friday, Oct. 25 from 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 27, noon to 8 p.m. Admission cost for adults is $3; children under 12 are admitted free, as are active military with proper ID. St. Haralambos Church is located at 7950 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd., just east of 83rd Ave. in Peoria. 623-486-8665


October 2013

October 26–27 Anthem’s 6th Annual Autumnfest

Anthem will celebrate its 6th Annual Autumnfest in the Anthem Community Park. The event includes an arts and crafts fair, pumpkin patch, Kids’ Zone, food court and beer garden, Frazier Shows carnival, apple pie-baking contest and more. The festival will be held at Anthem Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27.

October 31–November 1 Voddie Baucham at Scottsdale Christian Academy

Scottsdale Christian Academy, located at 14400 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix, will be hosting author, professor, pastor and speaker Voddie Baucham Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. There will be workshops throughout both of the days scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. He will be speaking to students and families about what being Christian should look like. Voddie will be focusing on several areas to include a father’s role in the family, ministry of marriage, family discipleship and salvation. “What He Must Be: If He Wants to Marry My Daughter” is one of the many books Voddie has written and will be referencing during the conference. The public is invited to attend. 602-992-5100

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Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

Taste of Cave Creek:

Full of Fun, Flair and Flavor


October 2013

From Binkley’s to the Buffalo Chip to blown glasswork, Cave Creek has it all, and they’re not afraid to prove it. The 2013 Taste of Cave Creek event, which takes place Wednesday, October 16 and Thursday, October 17 at Stagecoach Village in Downtown Cave Creek, promises to be a night unlike any other, and the town’s largest “Taste” event ever. More than 25 restaurants will descend upon Stagecoach Village in downtown Cave Creek for a two-day taste fest. The outdoor, open-air setting has proven in past years to be enjoyable for many. This year’s event will feature two stages with live music nightly, a wine and craft beer garden and tequila tastings. There will also be the nightly Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln on Bell Road Chili Cook-off and a new Salsa Challenge. Participating restaurants represent the eclectic mix that is Cave Creek and may include Amaro, Bart’s Indian Village, Binkley’s, Bryan’s BBQ, Buffalo Chip Saloon, Café Bink, Cave Creek Tap Haus, Carefree Resort & Villas, Cave Creek Smoke House, Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House, El Encanto Mexican Food, The Grotto, Harold’s, The Hideaway, Le Sans Souci, Roc2 Coffee, Saba’s, Chef Sara’s Vegan Academy, Tonto Bar & Grill, Uncle Louie, and Village Coffee & Crepes, among others. Kevin Binkley said, “We opened Binkley’s Restaurant in Cave Creek in 2004 and haven’t looked back. We appreciate being part of a unique community that has a flavor all its own. The Taste of Cave Creek really shows people what variety the town has to offer. We wouldn’t miss it.” The Sonoran Arts League will also be representing with pride as they present their Fine Art Exhibition and Sale on both nights from 5 to 10 p.m. More than 40 fine artists, members of the Sonoran Arts League, will be participating in the event. The league will be demonstrating and exhibiting their talents with a variety of artistic projects, including glasswork, sculpture, jewelry, painting, photography, gourds and mixed media. The Sonoran Arts League was founded in 1975 and is proud of their more than 450 members throughout the northeast desert foothills. Ninety-five percent of their members are practicing in multiple disciplines. Admission: $10, available at the gate Food tastings: $2 to $5 each 480-488-1400 Octob er 2013


Boulder Creek

lacrosse Writer Tom Scanlon


October 2013

Groans of recognition will likely be heard when members

of branches and used fruit for balls. In 2013, equipment

of the Boulder Creek High School lacrosse team come

such as helmets, shoulder pads, store-bought sticks,

across “A Tale of Two Cities.” The Charles Dickens novel

jerseys and field fees all cost money, so you might be

famously begins: “It was the best of times, it was the

seeing your local lacrosse team out doing fundraising.

worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age

As Jackson said, “We have tried to keep our dues the

of foolishness … we had everything before us, we had

lowest in the district so that playing lacrosse isn’t cost

nothing before us.”

prohibitive for families. Now that we will have to pay for lights and fields to practice on, we will be doing some

Coming off their best season, highlighted by an overtime

serious fundraising around the community. Our goal is

win in the quarterfinals before losing a tough match in

to raise enough money so that dues to play in the spring

the semi-finals, the B.C. lacrosse team seemingly had

stay relatively the same.

everything before them. Or was it nothing? Coach Dan Booth’s team found out late last year that its Deer Valley

“We don’t want kids to not be able to play on the team

Unified School District (DVUSD) funding was being cut.

simply because they can’t afford to.”

Not cut down, cut out completely. Jackson’s son, also named Chris Jackson, started Parent and team administrator Chris Jackson described

playing in eighth grade. “The second I started playing I fell

the predicament in an email: “Last year was one of our

in love with the sport,” the younger Jackson said. It does

most successful varsity seasons yet. …We also received

have its challenging moments: “We don’t stop between

the district’s award for sportsmanship. So imagine the

plays, and even after a penalty the play can continue for

boys’ disappointment when it was announced DVUSD

many seconds or minutes creating a frustrating situation

was cutting ties with club sports! This leaves our lacrosse

where you want to retaliate but can’t.”

team with a serious budget deficit.” Midfielder Mitch Miller, getting charged up about his Lacrosse is the oldest sport in North America. Native

senior year, said he never played lacrosse until

Americans faced each other in matches for more than

freshman year. “I was in Sedona with my buddy Nathan

sport. It was used to resolve conflicts, for religious

to celebrate his birthday. On our down time he pulled

purposes, and to prove manhood. At times, the loser

out a couple of lacrosse sticks and asked if I wanted to

even faced death. In some native cultures, it is still

play catch. My response was, ‘What the heck are those

referred to as the “Creator’s Game.”

things?’ I had never seen a lacrosse stick before. At first I


was horrible and couldn’t catch or throw to save my life. For those not familiar with a sport that may be both

But after a few hours I started to get the hang of it.

America’s oldest and fastest-growing sport, lacrosse (French for “the stick”) has similarities to hockey and

“When we got back to our hotel room, his dad (Coach Fuller)

soccer. Players toss a ball back and forth using curving

said I should play. At first I kind of took it as a joke. But when

sticks with mesh netting to catch and toss the ball, trying

I got home the following day I thought I’d give it a try. …It

to keep it away from the opposing team before ultimately

took a few weeks to get the hang of it but the coaches were

tossing it into their goal.

great and helped me get to where I am today.”

Though fairly simple, it is not as cheap as it was when

After a few years of playing and practicing, Miller is

the first Native Americans fashioned playing sticks out

getting used to digs. “I’d say it’s a sport that is unknown.

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When my buddies and I are out playing catch we get a lot of

all they know. Their season shouldn’t be decided on whether

comments like ‘What are those butterfly net-looking things?’

they can afford it or not. I know several kids with great talent

We just laugh. Lacrosse is a growing sport for sure, but our

who are worried they can’t play due to costs, so I am pretty

numbers on the team are still low and we could use all the

bugged about the issue but all we can do is go out there and

players we can get. The challenging aspects of it are the

try to raise money so that we can make the season possible.”

coordination it requires to catch, cradle and pass with the stick. But just like anything it comes with time.”

Fundraising activities include car washes and Wal-Mart coin drops, as well as soliciting friends and families for donations.

He says the payoff for all the learning is that this sport is a

Miller added, “Maggie’s Bite Size Bake Shop will be donating

blast. “Everything about lacrosse is fun. I’ve played football

a portion of their profit during Autumnfest. We are so thankful

most of my life and I’m used to angry coaches and miserable

for any donations or sponsorships we receive.”

practices, but one thing that keeps me coming back to lacrosse every year is that the practice is fun. I’d say our team

Parent and administrator Jackson agrees. “Supporting

is a pretty fun group of guys to be around.”

a local lacrosse team is good for the school, students and community,” he said.

The district’s decision jolted the fun for him. “When I heard


funding was cut, I was honestly really stressed out,” Miller said.


“We have so many great kids who love the game and that’s

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Picture This …

Mountains of the Land Photo Contest

Bob Hughes first place

photographers’ choice in the 2012 Black Mountain Photo Contest

What must Arizona’s earliest inhabitants have thought as they first crossed the rugged North Valley terrain with its towering saguaros, striking wildlife and majestic mountain sunsets? Surely their thoughts must have been similar to the reverence and respect we feel today. For those who have come to peace with the rhythm and flow of desert life, the colossal marching of dust storms across the valleys, the scurry of lizards across the sun-scorched earth, and the first blooms of the prickly pear after monsoon rains are more than postcard fodder; they are part of who we are.


October 2013

The golden hours, those first ticks of the clock after the sun rises, and again before it sets, are truly magical in our mountain preserves. Iconic mountain landmarks that serve as a backdrop to daily activities take front and center stage as they awash with blue and

Helena Spandau

was only 8 when she was selected as a BMPC finalist last year. the judges didn’t know her age until AFTER she was selected.

purple splendor while the sun makes its grand circadian entrances and exits. There is surely not a single creature who has witnessed the sight that has not held his breath in awe of the daily spectacle. Two of those mountain monuments, Daisy Mountain in New River and Anthem and Black Mountain in Carefree and Cave Creek, are among the most notable in our desert foothills communities. With their conservation as a priority for Desert Foothills Land Trust (DFLT), they are more than just beautiful; they are iconic examples of the importance of taking care of the precious natural resources in and around our desert mountain communities.

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As part of their conservation efforts, DFLT, which has merged with both

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love for the desert foothills in photographs with the 2013 Mountains of the Land Trust photo contest.

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“The photo contest is intended to encourage a deeper appreciation for the unique characteristics of Black Mountain and Daisy Mountain,” said DFLT Executive Director Sonia Perillo. “Photos can be taken any time, but should feature Black Mountain or Daisy Mountain in some way.”

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in recent years, is inviting local residents and visitors to capture their

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Deanna Bailey

won first place in the 13- to 18-year-old category of the 2012 Daisy Mountain Photo Contest

Submissions for Mountains of the Land photo contest

According to Perillo, photographer judges’ top picks and

will be judged by professional photographers Alan

the People’s Choice Award winner will be announced at

Lowy, Kazu Okutomi, Richard Rubenstein, Jerry Sieve

an awards reception for entrants to be held at the Desert

and Mike Spinelli, who will choose 13 winning photos,

Foothills Library December 4. All photos will be used in the

including one in the Under 18 category. Winning photos

2014 Mountains of the Land Trust Photo Contest calendar,

will then go on public display for viewing and voting for

which will be unveiled at the reception. Calendars will be

the People’s Choice Award.

available for sale just in time for holiday gift‐giving.

The photos will be shown at Anthem Autumnfest October

“By calling attention to the beauty and majesty of Black

26 and 27; North Valley Regional Library from October

Mountain and Daisy Mountain, Desert Foothills Land Trust

29 to November 1; and the Cave Creek Museum from

hopes to emphasize the importance of land conservation

November 4 through November 10. The photos will

in our communities,” Perillo added. “We can’t wait to see

then move to the Desert Foothills Library November 11,

your photos and to celebrate the landscape we love!”

where they will remain through early December. Complete rules and entry forms are available online or at Voting for the People’s Choice Award will end November

the DFLT office at 7518 E. Elbow Bend in Carefree, or at

15. Votes can be cast at the locales where they are

the Town of Carefree, Town of Cave Creek or Anthem

exhibited, and also on the land trust’s Facebook page.

administrative offices. Submissions must be received by 4 p.m. October 18.


October 2013

Rob Aschert

was a finalist in the 2012 DMPC

There are as many ways to capture the beauty of these two mountains as there are ways to enjoy them. Each day brings new light and new perspective, and landscape views can be just as compelling as intimate close-ups of fauna and flora. Like each experience, each photograph is a perspective unique to the beholder. Capture the beauty of the mountains as they are in our own snapshot in time so that our connection to this rugged and intriguing land is not lost.

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On August 29, Anthem lost a well-loved and respected community leader, true advocate and pet warrior, Barbara

Barbara Windgassen: The Passion Behind Anthem Pets

Windgassen. Barbara, president and founder of Anthem Pets, passed away peacefully after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Barbara founded Anthem pets in September 2005 to address the lack of facilities for local pets to exercise and socialize. Since then, her name was first on the lips of many who would find a lost or abandoned animal, and she would step in, day or night, to help make provisions for a pet in need. Through her good works and accomplishments on behalf of the pets and animals of Anthem and surrounding communities she became a local leader, but she also brought national attention to the area with the creation of the nation’s first all-green dog park at Jackass Acres K-9 Korral, which was named the Best Dog Park in USA by Dog Fancy magazine in 2008 and Best of Arizona in 2008 and 2009. Some of her other notable accomplishments through Anthem Pets included establishing a 24/7 hotline for lost and found animals in the North Valley; establishing a strong network of animal foster families; overseeing adoptions for animals in need of loving homes; holding microchip clinics; hosting low-cost rabies and shot clinics and facilitating educational programs. Barb fought her cancer battle with the same spirit she fought for her animals, and she fought for both until the very end. Those who knew her believed her passion for Anthem Pets sustained her and allowed her many more years than her diagnosed life expectancy. Anthem Pets is fighting a courageous battle as well. Their main fundraiser of the summer, Duck Daze, was cancelled due to a combination of circumstances. Unfortunately, local needs have increased as Anthem Pets has seen a significant increase in owners surrendering their pets, or people abandoning their pets altogether. According to board member Lisa Kilwein, “Animals are coming

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October 2013

in faster than donations, and the costs for getting these pets the medical attention they need when they enter our network

have taken its toll on our medical fund. Many people think we are a shelter, but we are not. Thankfully, we have a loyal group of foster families, but right now they are overcrowded and overwhelmed. “We are simply running out of room. In order to continue to grow and do the work we do, we need to build up our medical fund again, and we really could use more foster families and volunteers – people who are willing to donate some of their time and talent to the organization by working on pet trapping, administrative work, social media support and graphic design. All are needed to keep Barbara’s dream and life’s work alive.” Barb’s passion for animals established a legacy that lives on through dedicated board members and volunteers who will continue her mission of protecting and re-homing abandoned animals in the nine communities of the North Valley. They are committed to honoring her legacy by honoring her vision of no pet left alone, neglected, or without a loving family. Anthem Pets will host a memorial walk for Barb October 12 from 9 to 11 a.m. The entire family is invited, including the four-legged ones, of course! Twenty-dollar donations are encouraged, but not required to walk. Wristbands will be distributed to those who make a donation, and water will be supplied at the halfway point around the park. Proceeds will go to the Anthem Pets Medical Fund. No donations are too big or too small, and no donation is required. To make a donation in advance visit and click on the “donate now” button. The starting point for the walk is on Freedom Way. There will be a red Anthem Pets tent located between the Anthem Community Center and Anthem School to sign in. Our thoughts are with Barb’s loyal and devoted husband and partner, Tom, and her loving daughter Elizabeth, both of whom often accompanied her to Anthem Pets events. In lieu of flowers, Barb and family have asked that donations be made to her passion, Anthem Pets, for the medical fund. Donations can be sent directly to: 2658 West Patagonia Way, Anthem, AZ 85086.; Twitter@AnthemPetsAZ Octob er 2013


The Sonoran Phoenix Preserve Gets a Workout and a Trailhead

Writer Lynsi Freitag


October 2013

The heat is starting to break with intermittent rainy and overcast days. This is a welcome weather report for most Arizonans and, in particular, those who enjoy outdoor recreational activities. One area trail system that has been gaining in popularity with outdoor enthusiasts is the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve. Many people park at Carefree Highway and 7th Avenue where three trails meet: the Ocotillo, Sidewinder and Tower trails. On a drizzly Saturday morning, we took a hike on the Ocotillo trail to see what all the buzz was about. We were not disappointed. The trail is marked as “easy,” which seems a fair assessment. We did a simple fourmile trail run on the course and experienced packed dirt, small rolling hills and beautiful desert landscape. The beginning of the trail parallels Carefree Highway, yet the scenery quickly transported us from the busyness of the traffic to the serenity of the desert. For as vast and arid as the preserve appears from the highway, it is lush and vibrant around the bend of the mountain. The gorgeous trail was quite busy with mountain bikers eager to take advantage of the cloudy day, a reminder for all trail users to be mindful of others when using this increasingly popular area. The Ocotillo trail runs the length of the trail system in this part of the park and is a great option for hikers, runners and cyclists alike. The Sonoran Preserve, though the newest addition to Phoenix’s vast desert preserve system, has been around for years. It was, and still is being purchased with voterapproved funds and state grants. The area has added a whole new element to the city’s expansive desert preserves. Since 2009, 31 miles of new trails have been designed and constructed in the Sonoran Preserve. Currently, department staff is designing the next phases of trails. “We have currently purchased 9,100 acres and the master plan calls for a total of over 20,000 acres,” says Jarod Rogers, trails coordinator for the Sonoran Preserve, who is accepting community input into the trail design and layout. “It is really important to have these areas available for residents and tourists to enjoy for generations. It is part of our mission and commitment to preserving the Sonoran Desert.” In November, the Apache Wash Trailhead will be opening at 1600 E. Sonoran Desert Drive. There will be 200 parking spaces, restrooms, equestrian parking and 18 miles of trails accessible from that area. There is also a trailhead at the southern section of the preserve. This is the Desert Vista Trailhead, at 1901 W. Desert Vista Trail.

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Wendt offers insurance for all the personal lines of insurance, including home, auto, boat, RV and motorcycles, as well as business insurance. When working with a new client, she uses a very thorough process to make sure she understands the full scope of her clients’ needs. “I want to make sure my clients have the right coverage, whether it’s using one of my products or someone else’s,” said Wendt. “I’m proud of the fact that I always go the extra mile to help my clients, even when it doesn’t benefit me or my business.” As a former human resources manager, Wendt said she’s surprised at how much she enjoys the sales aspect as an agent. She says she really enjoys talking to people, getting to know them and figuring out how she can help them.

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“Insurance isn’t an instant-sale kind of transaction,” explained Wendt. “First it takes building up a relationship and establishing trust, and that’s something I really enjoy about what I do.”

“Most people don’t go to their agent’s office anymore and most business is done over the phone and email,” she explained. “I can sell to anyone in the state as long as I have my phone!”

As a locally based agent, Wendt is a member of the Anthem North Gateway Chamber of Commerce and participates in several local networking activities. She also has learned to take advantage of the bonus access to the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce that comes with the North Gateway Chamber dues. Through her membership, she’s gained a lot of networking opportunities, especially with access to the Greater Phoenix Chamber.

After deciding to make a career change, she worked with several different insurance companies but decided to align herself with just one. Wendt says she chose to be part of EZ Insurance Solutions because of their high retention rates and their client satisfaction scores.

“I like networking with other business owners, masterminding and picking up tidbits that help me run my own business better,” she said. “With access to both chambers, for as much time and effort as I want to put into it, there are opportunities to do so. Plus there are a lot of really good speakers who come through.” Wendt’s experience with the North Gateway Chamber of Commerce has left her with the impression that everyone personally cares about the members’ successes. “They’re not just looking to get their fees,” she explained. “The people I’ve worked with want to help and are looking out for their members.” One thing Wendt really enjoys about her work is the flexibility. With her husband Wil, 3-year-old daughter Savannah, and 6-year-old son Alex, being an independent agent gives her flexibility to be available to her family and her clients, wherever she is.

“My husband has a background in insurance on the marketing side and has worked with all of the insurance agencies out there,” she said. “He was a great advisor and sounding board when I decided to launch my career in this direction. His experience in the industry was incredibly helpful.” As a family, they love to be on the lake, to camp and to hike. And with Alex starting to be more active in sports, they’re finding their time is definitely taken up with community life. When asked what advice she would offer to other business owners, Wendt had an instant answer: “Be open to change. It doesn’t matter what business you’re in, especially with how fast technology advances, everything is changing all the time. To be open is the best way to keep up with the times and keep your business where it needs to be,” she said. EZ Insurance Solutions 623-297-1475

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October 2013

Autumnfest in Anthem Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

In other parts of the country, the arrival of autumn is typically signaled by the nip in the air, the smell of burning firewood in the early evenings, and the crunch of leaves under your shoes as you walk on the sidewalk under low-hanging, vivid foliage. In Anthem, one has to look a little harder for those signs of the season, but they are there nevertheless. One sure sign of the arrival of autumn in Anthem is Autumnfest. It kicks off the holiday season and brings people outdoors to enjoy the cooler temperatures, meet up with their neighbors after the long, hot summer, and discover new and exciting businesses in the area. It also gives them a chance to say hello to some older ones. Just follow the scent of homemade apple pies, and your nose will lead you to the ACC Community Park October 26 and 27 where the Sixth Annual Autumnfest will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The annual Apple Pie Baking Contest takes place from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday (entry details available online). There will also be arts and crafts booths, carnival rides and games, Kids’ Zone, train rides on the Daisy Mountain Railroad, Pumpkin Patch, food court and beer and wine garden, and live entertainment on the gazebo. A special booth hosted by Anthem Community Council will offer information on Anthem’s 15th Anniversary Celebration, as well as the latest information about ACC’s Facilities Master Plan Projects. A large variety of vendors will be proudly displaying their products at Autumnfest. Be sure to visit their booths and see the unique items they have to offer!

Charmin Stitches: You Pitch it, We’ll StiTch it! Buffie Garcia and her daughter Jodie launched their business, Charming Stitches in 2010. Buffie handles most of the sewing and crafting while Jodie works on social media and sales. They started their craft by simply helping friends and family with gifts and sewing projects such as mending, hemming, and creating baby gifts. From there, their need to learn grew more exponentially. They went from simple sewing projects to learning how to digitize embroidery designs, which results in a truly unique item. They have collected thousands of yards of designer fabric from all over the world with which to make their products. Buffie says, “We are consistently advancing our techniques with new ideas and ways to satisfy our customers; each one giving us new Octob er 2013


ideas to customize our products toward their specific needs. We like to provide unique, one-ofa-kind items to all of our customers. With the love of creating new things, our trademark was developed, “You Pitch it, We’ll Stitch it!” The pair will be showcasing a wide variety of items at Autumnfest, including their lovely multicolored infinity scarves that complement their maxi skirts, as well as their quaint tooth fairy pillows that can also be used as a door hanger which are sure to be a lifetime memento of childhood. Buffie says, “Being in Autumnfest is a huge opportunity to showcase our local business to the awesome people of Anthem. Living here for almost 10 years, we are proud to be a part of a great community and to share our creativity with others here is a huge blessing.”

Essential Oils 4 Health Ten-year-resident and devoted Autumnfest attendee Norma Cantu has attended the festival every year, but participated as a business owner for the first time last year. Norma says, “I really enjoyed it. It is my favorite event. It kicks off the excitement for the fall and holiday season and the variety of activities available make it a fun outing for the whole family!” Norma also has extended family who live in Anthem as well; her two daughters and grandchildren all enjoy living in Anthem. Besides Anthem and Autumnfest, another thing that Norma is passionate about is essential oils. dōTerra Essential Oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) and represent the safest, purest, and most beneficial essential oils today – free of contaminants, synthetics, or chemical substitutes. They are a natural way to take care of our health and are 50 to 70 times more powerful than herbs. The word “dōTerra” means “gift of the earth.” Through her business, Essential Oils 4 Health, she is able to raise awareness about the powerful healing benefits of favorite and popular products that provide quick relief for pain and discomfort. For example, her On Guard Protective Essential Oil blend, Throat Drops and Deep Blue rub are top sellers, along with her introductory kits, which help people who are new to essential oils learn about them. Norma says, “I am excited that recent scientific studies and user testimonials have found that the On Guard Protective blend, which contains essential oils of clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, and wild orange is effective against the deadly infectious strain of bacteria called MRSA.” Other products she plans to offer at Autumnfest include oil samples, bottles, diffusers, and vitamin supplement information. There will also be gift basket raffles and information on her next essential oil class. Stop by the booth to say hello!


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Anthem’s littlest ghosts and goblins (along with their parents) are invited to trick-or-treat, doorto-door at Anthem’s commercial properties from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, October 25. Participating businesses throughout Anthem will display an ACC-issued Trick or Treat for an Anthem Sweet window decal as a sign that they have candy and spooky surprises for all visiting families. This event is not only beneficial for little trick-ortreaters who want to collect candy in a safe, inviting environment, it is also a wonderful opportunity for businesses to invite in residents who may not otherwise come through their doors. Repeat business participant Justin Simons of State Farm, who is also chair of the ACC Economic Development and Marketing Committee, says, “This event gives our businesses the opportunity to enhance their exposure and strengthen their Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque


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potential customer base.”

Simons is looking forward to this year’s event as he does every year. “It is always great to participate in a community event, especially around the holidays. Each year it seems like we get 500-600 kids dressed up and parading through our shopping center. It is an exciting time handing out treats to the swarm of kids and seeing many of their parents who are also clients. It makes me proud to be part of something that is fun, unique, and most importantly, safe.� Trick-or-treaters and their parents are encouraged to pull out all the stops when it comes to costumes. Many business owners like Simons (also known as the Red Power Ranger) will do so as well! Interested




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A Great Place to Live, Work and Play


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Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque Photographer Karen Sophia Photography

It is now difficult to imagine the North Valley without Anthem. But 15 years ago, one had to be able to imagine what “could be” because all that was here was desert as far as the eye could see. When residents purchased homes here back in 1998, they were buying so much more than the promise of four walls, a roof and a numbered lot of land. They were buying a dream. A vision of a life that was created by Del Webb: “Anthem: A great place to live, work and play.” Anthem looked a whole lot different when its original pioneers, Fred and Sandy Wagner Struss purchased the very first home sold in Anthem almost 15 years ago. Native Phoenicians, Fred and Sandy were no strangers to desert living. Fred, a Del Webb salesperson in the Heritage neighborhood, had been working on the Anthem development for about two years before the community actually opened. Back in 1997, the Struss family would “drive out” to the outlets and cross the I-17 into the future Anthem and check out the development of the infrastructure. Sandy says, “We knew Anthem was going to be our future home. When Anthem opened for employee sales in February 1999, we signed the first contract.” Her brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Jacque Wagner, purchased a home the next weekend. Both families have built very loving families and fruitful lives here in Anthem. Fred and Sandy’s daughters, Jennifer Romeus and Emily Harrison are now grown and married, and have started families of their own. Being grandparents fits Sandy and Fred well. When it was discovered that their niece, Steve and Jacque’s daughter Katie Wagner, had cancer in October 2011, the Anthem community rallied around the family and is still rallying two years later. Old friends and new friends have given their time, talents, and financial support to the Wagners. We Care at Anthem and Hands Across Anthem stepped up as vehicles to help individuals help the family. Fred says, “We are convinced that the love and support we continue to receive from people in Anthem just would not have happened outside of our Anthem community.”

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Anthem: From A to Z A little-known, yet momentous event recently took place – the selling of Anthem’s last-built home. As is the case with most local residents, last home buyers Alicia and Kevin Rojewski were drawn to Arizona by the weather and the beautiful desert landscape. The pair spent most of their lives in the cold wintery suburbs of Michigan and couldn’t wait to leave the snow in their rear view mirror, especially after visiting Arizona on vacation. They were looking for “a great neighborhood with some property.” Their eight-day tour of Arizona included places like Scottsdale, Sun City, Paradise Valley, Surprise, and even Tucson and Sedona. On the last day, they had just about given up. Alicia says, “We were driving back from Sedona and both of us figured that maybe Arizona wasn’t for us. We couldn’t find both a house and property to our liking. But my husband saw the Arroyo Grande model home sign and asked if I wanted to check out one last home. Having a home built was a good idea because we had the ability to select options. We drove into Anthem to see if we liked the community. I just loved it! I had a great feeling about the house we could create together and loved how Anthem looked. I told Kevin, “Let’s buy it!” Alicia and Kevin have been enjoying their new home, and everything the community has to offer. Alicia says, “We have made many new friends. Our neighbors are excellent and we are very happy to have them. Each night we go on a walk with our dog and friends from the neighborhood. When we were staying in an extended-stay (hotel) looking for jobs, many of our neighbors said we could stay with them to save some money. The hospitality here is incredible. They have made us feel very welcome. We just love our new home and love the sunny days!”

Time to Celebrate! Anthem’s 15th anniversary is quickly approaching and there are a number of events taking place to commemorate the special event. A year-long celebration unlike Anthem has ever seen will commence with this year’s Autumnfest, and will continue until Autumnfest 2014. In preparation for the big event, the ACC Board of Directors approved an initial start-up expenditure of $5,000 toward the event’s planning and marketing efforts. Four volunteer committees (Activities, Events, Sponsorships, and Marketing) have been formed to help with planning for the celebration. Among the proposed initial expenditures will be T-shirts, a booth at Autumnfest, a logo contest, a time capsule, quilt materials, and other upfront costs for the civic building grand opening. There is a lot of “buzz” in particular around the logo contest, “What Anthem Means to Me,” an art contest and search for a 15th anniversary logo that represents and reflects what Anthem is all about and how it has


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select 15th anniversary promotional and marketing materials. Contest finalists’ artwork in each entry level will be on display at Autumnfest October 26 and 27 to collect the “People’s Choice” votes for favorite logo artistic representation. There is much planned, and the help and dedication of volunteers will be critical for bringing the festivities to fruition. The Anthem Celebration Committee is looking for community volunteers to become celebration ambassadors, performing in a roles designed to help promote 15th Anniversary initiatives and special events throughout 2014. Ideal candidates will be those who love to engage in and with the community, recruit others to help spread the word to neighbors and fellow community members regarding the year-long celebration, and volunteer to assist at some of the planned events. Volunteers for the events subcommittee are still being accepted for anyone interested in helping plan and implement a large community event in the fall of 2014. Those interested should have the ability to dedicate time

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A Bright Future for Starlight Community Theater

Writer Elizabeth A. Medora Photographer Rebecca Novicki, Team Shots USA


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A new season A new look

A new venue Starlight Community Theater is embracing its 2013-2014 season with a new logo, a new venue, and new shows. Over the past nine years, this all-volunteer theater group has continued to expand out of its multiple temporary locations. Now, Starlight has moved into a more permanent space just south of Happy Valley Road at 1611 W. Whispering Wind Drive that is well suited to the growing theater’s needs. “Starlight has grown quite a bit!” emphasized theater president Raquel Jarvill. “We’re pleased to have an expanded presence in the North Valley.” The moving-in process isn’t quite completed, but the theater plans to be up and running in time for their production of Disney’s “Mulan Jr.,” which runs Fridays and Saturdays, October 4 through October 19. “Beyond the Door and Other Twisted Tales,” Starlight’s other October production, will be held at the current Anthem location. The enthusiasm the cast and crew have for sharing their art makes the work enjoyable, and dedicated volunteers help with everything from costume-crafting to set-building. “Mulan Jr.” director Eric Gibson noted that the unique form of the new building makes it a good venue for the audience. “Every seat is a great seat,” he said. “Every seat can clearly see the stage, thanks to the theater-style seating.” Gibson knows what’s he talking about when it comes to theaters. His son’s interest in auditioning at Starlight broke what he calls his “brief 20-year hiatus from the stage.” Gibson and his wife Susan met doing opera at GCU; they’re currently both nominees for ariZoni Theater Awards of Excellence. His job as director of “Mulan Jr.” is overseeing the operations of the show and encouraging the youth cast as they embrace their play characters. Caitlyn Martinez, 13, is playing the lead role in “Mulan Jr.” and is very excited to act in the new space. “It’s very organized,” she noted. “ I like how it is thought out,” she said.

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Martinez has performed in four other Starlight shows, and she loves the mix of fun and hard work that acting provides. “I get to pretend I’m a totally different person,” she said. “It’s like Hollywood!” Starlight president Jarvill describes the theater as a “full-family community theater.” Like upcoming Disney production “Mulan Jr.,” many of their shows are youth-centered. However, they also have productions geared more toward teens and adult viewers, like “Beyond the Door and Other Twisted Tales,” a spooky ‘dramedy’ that runs October 25 through November 2. Their December production will be the all-ages Christmas classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Volunteer photographer Rebecca Novicki has three children, ages 14, 12, and 5, in “Mulan Jr.” Her daughter Lucy is the youngest cast member in this show. “I love seeing them do things together,” Novicki said. Auditions are held for every show, so anyone is welcome to join the inclusive Starlight cast.


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“No one is left out at Starlight,” emphasized 14-year-old Griffin LeBlanc, who will be playing the “Mulan Jr.” role of Captain Shang. “I love that everyone can become a family in a cast.” Griffin’s 13-year-old sister Lilly, who is playing Mushu in the same production, agreed with his assessment of the Starlight bond. “I’ve been at Starlight so long that they’re like my family,” she


said. “It’s my escape when I’m stressed out.” Both LeBlancs have been acting with Starlight for years and are enjoying the new theater space. “There’s a lot of room, with a better stage and better audience


seating,” noted Griffin. ariZoni Award-winner Lilly enthusiastically added, “We’ll be taken more seriously by award judges in our new space. Just to get nominated for awards is a really huge thing!” Starlight is known in the community for being warm and friendly, and for new actress Brittany Dresevic, the theater lives up to its good reputation. “The people are just super sweet, and I love them,” said the 15-year-old, who is playing an ancestor in the upcoming Disney show. While she’s performed in multiple shows through her school and other venues, this is her first show with Starlight. “I feel so at home here because everyone has been so welcoming and great. Everyone, the board and parents, too, immediately, they’ll shake your hand.” While a lot has changed with this new season, the family atmosphere of Starlight Community Theater will stay the same. Thirteen-year-old actress Chelsea Carll, who’ll be playing a variety of parts in “Mulan Jr.,” emphasized that she looked forward to the opportunity and challenge of the new venue.

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second chapter - One Fit Widow Four years later, the pain is still raw. “Time does not heal grief. Time does not make you better,” she wrote on her blog. “Time is just a reason for the rest of the world to assume all is healed, all is well.”


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It would be easy to pass by Michelle Steinke and think that she’s

explains. She ignored her intuition and watched him back out

got it all. She’s beautiful, confident and independent, all of which

of the driveway, then dove into her work like any other day.

are plainly evident on her face. But the real beauty in Michelle is not that she’s athletic and blond; it’s that she is vulnerable, not

Mitch did some errands, then went to the Deer Valley Airport,

in a fragile way, but that she dares to connect to other people

where he hopped into his father’s home-built biplane. An

authentically and candidly. She does have it all, some may say,

accomplished pilot, Mitch texted Michelle to tell her to watch

but she didn’t earn it without overcoming her own battles.

for him as he flew over the house. Busy at work, she did not see the text until much later. It would not have mattered

Michelle is the founder of One Fit Widow, an online community

though; Mitch didn’t fly over the house that day.

nearly 25,000 people have joined to be inspired, to connect and to find health at a time when they need it most. Michelle

As Michelle went about her normal routine, driving her

understands their struggles, and is a natural mentor for those

daughter to dance class, she started to become concerned.

who are fighting for their physical and mental well-being. People

When she called Mitch, his phone went to voicemail. It was

relate to her because she has been where they are, and she

unusual. The feeling that something was horribly awry began

has become what they want to be. It’s a huge responsibility,

to creep up her spine. She continued to call and text, but

but also a gift for the 40-something-year-old mom of two.

got no answer. Finally, a much different reply than what she expected came while she watched her little girl dance. It was

The “fit” part of One Fit Widow is evident; the “widow” part

a phone call. There had been a crash, and Mitch was in the

is not always so much. Fortunately, Michelle has grown

plane that went down.

to explain it openly: “In 2009, I was living a wonderful life, traveling the world for my executive job, enjoying the beauty

Michelle drove home numbly, unable to acknowledge her

of two very young children, secure in a wonderful marriage,

fear and grief as her daughter watched innocently from her

and completely miserable with myself. At 36, I was tired, out

car seat.

of shape, and angry that I had let it get that bad.” Confirmation of the worst came a short time later. Mitch In spite of her weight and self-esteem issues, her husband

was gone.

Mitch, who was her best friend for 15 years, and to whom she’d been married to for nine years, was always supportive.

Four years later, the pain is still raw. “Time does not heal

“He always told me to not sweat the small stuff,” she says.

grief. Time does not make you better,” she wrote on her blog.

“He didn’t care what I looked like. He loved me for who I was.

“Time is just a reason for the rest of the world to assume all

It was me who couldn’t love me.”

is healed, all is well.”

In 2009, at 206 pounds, she hit an emotional low. She avoided

From the beginning, the grief process was rough, as it would

family pictures and had no energy to enjoy her children, who were

be for anyone. Michelle threw herself into exercise, relying

one and three years old at the time. “It was my breaking point,”

on the resulting endorphins to carry her through the day. It

she says. “I had finally had enough. Rock bottom is a solid place

became a healthy coping mechanism. For the first time, she

to build a new foundation, and that is exactly what I did.”

didn’t exercise to punish herself; she exercised to nurture herself.

Looking back, there were small signs that something was wrong on October 9, 2009. “That morning I recall waking up

It took some time for her to start asking the right questions:

and taking mental pictures of him in my mind. I remember

What if it was okay to keep living? What if it was okay to

looking at him, feeling the need to really see him,” Michelle

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Michelle chose to embrace life. She clung to her memories, her home and her children. And she took control of her own life, which was positively impacted because of Mitch. “I can’t change what happened in my past,” she says. “I can’t go back and tell him not to fly that day. I can’t bring him back to me and our babies, but I can decide this life and this time matter for those who still have the blessing of time left.” As she became healthier and began to emerge from her pain, she learned her own strength. She also recognized that the respect she had learned to give her body allowed her to heal, and that others could also be inspired by her journey: One Fit Widow was borne. What started with a small group of fellow widows and widowers has grown exponentially to include thousands of people who enjoy the positive affirmations,




suggestions and camaraderie of other One Fit Widow followers. Michelle estimates that about half of her current following have lost a spouse. The rest are simply inspired. “I’m not a fitness model and I’m not a pro athlete,” she says. “My kids stress me out now and again, and I have days I don’t want to work out. I have moments I want to cave and eat like crap. I occasionally feel sorry for myself and cry for no good reason.” It is exactly those moments that people can relate to, and what make her so popular, along with the driving philosophy that gets her, and so many others, through those times: “We all have excuses. We’ve got to let go. No excuses, no regrets.” Her Facebook page is a source of strength for all who follow her. She posts workouts, pictures of meals for both herself and her children, holds virtual conversations


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and provides motivation and self-affirmation. She’s developed more than an audience: she’s built a community. Getting started is the hardest part. “All you have to do is give it 15 minutes a day,” she explains. “Movement creates movement. If you can commit to 21 days of 15 minutes of movement, you will feel so much better. “It doesn’t have to be a gym. You should love what you do. Swim. Hike. Play with your kids on the playground. Your body doesn’t know if you’re in the gym, it just knows it’s moving.” It’s also not about the scale. Health, she says, is a holistic experience, and weight is only a small part. Fitting into jeans

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is far less important than being physically strong and able to enjoy life’s opportunities. The other most difficult part is not on the outside; it’s on the inside. “One of the biggest things, whether you are a widow or not, is that you can’t love everyone else in your life if you don’t love yourself. People think it’s selfish of them if they take time for themselves. I know my flaws and I’m not perfect, but I give it my all. I’m more

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present with my kids because I take time for myself.” Her life has also taken another turn. Quite unexpectedly, as she learned to find happiness from the inside out, Chapter 2 began. Keith Baumgard walked into her life and showed her that she could take a different, yet still beautiful path through life and love. And so that story continues, as do the lessons. “Life is what it is, we can’t change the bad, but we can control how we see the good. Look at your life, see the blessing amongst the drama, and know that you can never have this moment back. Make your moments count, because this is your life.” For Michelle and her family, their new normal is filled with blessings, but is also enriched with the legacy Mitch left behind. “We can’t change the past,” Michelle says. “We can only process it, grieve for it, and then learn from it. I have made my choice, I will live the depth and breadth of the remainder of my days, damage and all, and I will smile and laugh like he taught me to do.” Octob er 2013


Like food, everyone’s taste in music is different. But just as everyone savors a delicious meal, everyone enjoys a song well-sung, a voice well-trained, and a style wellpresented. Singers, even those with great talent and potential, need to have their abilities nurtured and developed. Developing the singers of tomorrow is something that only a gifted few do really well. Fortunately, there is one such leader in our midst. At Boulder Creek High School (BCHS), the choir program is under the direction of Kirk Douglas, a trained singer, energetic and passionate teacher, and someone committed to further development of his own voice. He has the perfect combination.


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Douglas came to BCHS after returning to Arizona where he grew up, having had what he describes as “a bit of a vocal career.” He performed with the Lyric Opera of Los Angeles, Opera in the Ozarks, Bear Valley Music Festival, and in many oratorios at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, to name a few. He decided it was time to give back, to pass on what he learned to the next generation, much to the benefit of the hundreds of students he has worked with over the past four years. As a guiding force Douglas, a singer himself, holds the perspective that developing the voice is the core of a good choir. Lauren Sheahan, BCHS principal described his work there. “Kirk Douglas has had an amazing impact on the growth of the choral music program at Boulder Creek. Students stretch their abilities with challenging pieces with global influence and fall in love with jazz standards and pop favorites. Watching Mr. Douglas teach is like listening to a beautiful aria; there are grand crescendos, steady melodies and moments of quiet beauty.” Douglas loves teaching. He also loves to perform, though while he was building the choir program, he stepped back from doing it. Now things are at a point where he has the energy to incorporate performing back into his life. He is

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doing that with gusto October 5 in a production of “Sweeney Todd” that will be something quite remarkable. But before the production, there is how he spent his summer vacation. Seeking further development of his own voice and acting skills, Douglas jumped at an opportunity to participate in an intensive summer program, the Lorenzo Malfatti Accademia Vocale Di Lucca, held in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. He was provided with a scholarship which helped defray the costs. In exchange he served as opera assistant to Director John Sikora and coached ensembles as assistant to Gianfranco Cosmi. The vocal academy, which presented its pilot program this summer, was named in honor of the international vocal and opera coach who established a similar program in 1968 and continued it for three decades. The new program’s faculty had all been influenced by Malfatti and was eager to participate as a way to honor him and his generosity in giving back to the next generation. Mary Sue Hyatt, artistic director, helped select the faculty of international reputation that included representatives from the Curtis Institute of Music, Julliard School of Music, Metropolitan Opera, Arizona State University, Kent State University, Opera di Roma, Spoleto Festival and the Broadway stage. She was thrilled by the results: “Everything we could ever wish for came to be.” Hyatt, a Carefree resident, is a mezzo soprano with extensive concert experience and professor of music and faculty emerita at Kent State University, where she served as professor of voice for over three decades. She co-founded and directed the Kent State University “Kent in Florence” music program for over two decades. Conducting auditions around the country for entry to the program, Hyatt was instrumental in having Douglas attend. This rich learning experience for 22 students working with luminaries in the field of opera not only involved class time, but also included outdoor performances that were open to the public free of charge. “It is amazing what I learned,” said Douglas, who seemed even more electrified than usual. “I have so much more to pass on.” He described his experience. “We lived and breathed opera the entire time, for 12 hours a day for four weeks. We had to learn on-the-spot and utilize what we learned. Classes included Italian, diction, private coaching, and a master class with Franc D’Ambrosio on how to act in opera.” D’Ambrosio is best known for his impressive portrayal of the role of Phantom in “Phantom of the Opera,” and at one time he held the title of the longest performing Phantom. Two of Douglas’ graduating choir students also attended. McKenna Blair, who was in the choir for four years, received an Accademia scholarship; and Zachary Fitzgerald, who was in the choir for three years, was the recipient of two scholarships: Arts Council of Octob er 2013


Simonetta Puccini, middle of the photo, last surviving heir of the Puccini family with the students and faculty of the Lorenzo Malfatti Accademia Vocale di Lucca. She invited them to a concert in honor of grandfather, Michele Puccini’s 200th anniversary of his birth, at the Villa Oliva in San Gancrazio, (Lucca) Italy.

the North Valley scholarship and Anthem Rotary scholarship, both of which helped him attend the program. Zachary had his debut as soloist performing Handel’s “Te Deum” at St. James Episcopal Church in Florence while in Tuscany. Also participating as an Accademia scholarship recipient was local singer and Northern Arizona University opera student, Rebecca Zaner who attended the last of Malfatti’s original program in 2008 when she was 16 years old. Douglas has already started to use his new skills. In addition to helping his students, he will be performing the very meaty role of Judge Turpin in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Being staged at Virginia G. Piper Center at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts October 5 by ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra (PMAZ), this production will be very special. PMAZ’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 been made possible, in part, through assistance from the Scottsdale Cultural Council. To meet Douglas who is friendly, sincere and has a great sense of humor, it is hard to imagine him being a villain. “I have been preparing for the role of this dark, twisted character, Judge Turpin,


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by doing my research. With a bass baritone voice, I will often be cast as a villain. The trick is to become the character, while, following the advice of D’Ambrosio, living truthfully under imaginary circumstances. This adds to the uniqueness that you can bring to the role.” “I am very excited to be part of this production. The lead singers are all excellent, some have performed roles from ‘Sweeney Todd’ previously,” said Douglas. “Their voices are amazing.” The talented cast, orchestra and choir of PMAZ’s production represents a special combination of committed musicians and singers, all interested in supporting the further development of talent, no matter what the age. Douglas credits his high school choral director, Greg Hebert, for getting him started on the musical path. Reflecting on this, his summer experience, and his reentry into performing, Douglas commented, “It is one of the things I love about music, it is a community where people give to one another. And it is giving that nurtures the singers of tomorrow.” Pro Musica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” Saturday, October 5, 7:30 p.m. Virginia G. Piper Center at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Tickets $30 and $50 623-326-5172 Lorenzo Malfatti Accademia Vocale Di Lucca Boulder Creek High School Choir Concert on October 9 & 10 at 7 p.m. BCHS Performing Arts Center $4 pre-sale/ $5 at the door

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Each donut is fried right in front of you after you place your order. Then comes the fun part … picking your icing and toppings. Choices range from rainbow sprinkles to our ever-changing specials, which have included mini M&M’s, Oreos, and Cap’n Crunch. Let’s not forget the bacon! That’s right – bacon with maple icing is a top seller. Now the hard part is over. Sit down and enjoy your own yummy donut creation with a nice cup of coffee, locally roasted and ground fresh daily. Come visit us at Desert Donuts where they’re hot! Desert Donuts is now open in the Tramonto Marketplace. Open daily, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.;


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Sonoran Tax & Accounting

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and Candace Crandall pride themselves in the the importance of a working relationship built upon trust and security to serve individuals and small businesses. Sonoran Tax & Accounting specializes in matters of

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Paradise Pest Control is a local, professionally run business that will make sure your residence is the paradise you deserve. Owner and operator Jeff Kregg came to Arizona over 20 years


ago and immediately fell in love with the desert. If the Kregg name sounds familiar, it’s because Jeff, a graduate of Arizona State University, has built a number of successful businesses in

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specializing in integrated pest management for the last decade. Jeff cares about his customers and their homes, and treats their homes with the same care as if they were his own. He calls each client when it’s time for their monthly service. Paradise Pest Control does not require a lengthy or costly contract. Paradise Pest Control provides general pest control services along with home sealing, which eliminates entry points for pests. Paradise Pest Control also uses environmentally preferable products, along with state-of-the-art equipment.


of investors of all ages and financial means. Doug has built his business on the golden rule, treating his clients as he would want to be treated, a simple rule that still makes sense in today’s complex marketplace. PMS 5535Jones can: Edward

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Help you meet other long-term financial goals. Doug would like to invite you in for a no-obligation consultation. IfWhite your hard-earned money isn’t hard at work for you, please stop by the office or call 623-551-0523 to schedule an appointment.” Edward Jones Investments 3655 W. Anthem Way B-143 623-551-0523 Member SIPC


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Bishara Dental

At Bishara Dental, Dr. Helen Bishara, a graduate of the Tufts school of dentistry in Boston, provides the highest quality care using the most sophisticated technology available. She and her capable staff are dedicated to keeping every patient as healthy as possible. “The oral cavity is attached to the rest of the body, therefore a healthy mouth translates into a healthy human being,” Bishara says. “My goal is to help every patient obtain dental health while enhancing their knowledge and understanding of what it takes to achieve it.” Bishara Dental offers an array of services in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, including implant dentistry, crowns, root canal treatment, extractions, partial and complete fixed dentures, transitional and immediate dentures, veneers, scaling and root planing, composite fillings, onlays and inlays and Invisalign aligners. Most insurance providers are partners, making quality dental care accessible and affordable. “I am looking forward to taking that journey with members of our community and have them become part of our family,” Bishara added. Bishara Dental 623-742-7220

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For Advertising Information Jeff Penzone :: 623-341-0123


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


ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-0123

Air conditioning/Heating Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 623-444-0611 Proskill Plumbing 623-551-7473

Animal Services

Sonoran Desert Pet Resort 623-551-5299

Pet Spa Desert Oasis Pet Spaw 623-551-5299


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

Automotive Sales

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

Automotive Repair

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

Tobias’ Automotive 623-551-7474


Skin Care Merle Norman Cosmetics 623-551-9502

Starlight Community Theater


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


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

Business Center

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

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

Charity Network

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Habilitation, REspite & Attendant care

Network of Anthem Area Assistance Providers (NAAAP)

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

Dynamic Door Service 602-335-1077

Arion 623-238-4349

Hauling/Rubbish Removal

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

Health & Fitness

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Home Design

Arizona Home Design 480-818-3827


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

American Family Insurance John Kovach Agency 623-551-7900 Maki Insurance 623-551-3585

Investing/Retirement Edward Jones - Doug DeMuth 623-551-0523

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In Season Design 248-505-0977

Jewelry/gold buyers AndrewZ Diamonds and Fine Jewelry 623-551-6892

Landscape Design

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

Landscape Maintenance Iddings & Sons Landscaping, Inc. 623-465-2546 623-297-7584 Yards by Paul 480-363-8390

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

Premier Wellness Center 623-399-8222 42211 N. 41st Drive, Suite A109


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


Cordon Orthodontics 623-465-5478 42201 N. 41st Dr., # 102


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Wood Orthodontics/Wyatt Wood 623-792-7323 3618 W. Anthem Way, Suite D108


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

Pest Control Titan Pest Control 623-879-8700


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

Physical Therapy

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


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


Westland Family Foot and Ankle Specialist 480-361-2500

Pool maintenance Eco Blu Pool 480-626-8200


Coldwell Banker Daisy Mountain RE Gary Drew 623-512-0828 RE/MAX Professionals Linda Rehwalt 602-249-SOLD


CafÊ Provence 623-551-1313 Dara Thai Cafe 623-551-6676 3655 W. Anthem Way Ste B-127 Desert Donuts 623-582-0281 English Rose Tea Room 480-488-4812 201 Easy St. Carefree, AZ Harold’s Corral 480-488-1906


Planet Beach Spa 3668 W. Anthem Way, Suite B154 623-551-6871 Premier Wellness Center 623-399-8222 42211 N. 41st Drive, Suite A109


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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 Boulder Creek High School Main Line 623-445-8600 Attendance 623-445-8690 The Caepe School Main Line 623-551-7808 Canyon Springs Elementary Main Line 623-376-5200 Attendance 623-376-5290 Caurus Academy 623-551-5083 Creative Castle Preschool 602-740-9561 Desert Mountain School Main Line 623-445-3500 Attendance 623-445-3590 Diamond Canyon Elementary Main Line 623-445-8000 Attendance 623-445-8090 Gavilan Peak Elementary Main Line 623-445-7400 Attendance 623-445-7490 New River Elementary Main Line 623-376-3500 Attendance 623-376-3590 North Valley Christian Academy and Preschool 623-551-3454 Northwest Christian School 602-978-5134 Ridgeline Academy CFA 623-223-1335 Scottsdale Christian Academy 602-992-5100 Sunset Ridge Elementary Main Line 623-445-7800 Attendance 623-445-7890 Westwind Prep at Northern 602-864-7731

Termite Treatment Titan Pest Control 623-879-8700

Urgent Care

John C. Lincoln Urgent Care in Anthem 623-434-6444

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

Weed Control Titan Pest Control 623-879-8700

Website design

Fox Designs Studio 602-688-7588

Window Treatments Carefree Coverings 602-617-2920 7275 E. Easy Street


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

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

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Recipe Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

Autumn Apple Cheesecake Cheesecake is a perfect dessert for almost any occasion and can be adapted according to the season. This dessert is a wonderfully delicious tribute to autumn. During the fall, apples are plentiful and in-season. There will be plenty of apple pie-baking in Anthem during Autumnfest, but why not try an apple cheesecake?

Autumn Apple Cheesecake Ingredients:

1 cup graham cracker crumbs ½ cup finely chopped pecans 3 tablespoons white sugar ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened ½ cup white sugar 2 eggs ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups apples – peeled, cored and thinly sliced 1/3 cup white sugar ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ cup chopped pecans Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs, ½ cup finely chopped pecans, 3 tablespoons sugar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9” spring form pan. Bake for 10 minutes. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and ½ cup sugar. Mix at medium speed until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in vanilla; pour filling into the baked crust. In a small bowl, stir together 1/3 cup sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Toss cinnamon-sugar mixture with apples to coat. Spoon apple mixture over cream cheese layer and sprinkle with ¼ cup chopped pecans. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes. With a knife, loosen cake from rim of pan. Let cool, then remove sides of the spring form. Chill cake before serving.


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