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Meet the Thompson Family

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Sports :: Badminton

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Community

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Seeds of Change :: PB Americano

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5 minutes with... Tracy Seman

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17th Annual Hidden In The Hills Artist Studio Tour

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Hands Across Anthem Golf Tournament

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MaryAnn Derryberry Inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame

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Fight Like a Girl

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welcome Even in the desert, fall is in the air! As the November air begins to give us respite from the heat of the summer sun, we are reminded once again why we live in the beautiful and sometimes-harsh Sonoran Desert. If it is the climate that brings us to Arizona, it is the people that make us want to stay. Once again, we had no difficulty finding interesting and inspirational people with stories to share in ImagesAZ. Reading through the stories, I am particularly touched by the continuing work of MaryAnn Derryberry, whose continuing fight for female veterans has influenced the lives of countless people, and has earned her an honor in the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame. Like so many impassioned people in our community, she is living her life out loud and changing lives by doing so. She is also a good reminder during this Veterans Day month of the innumerable sacrifices made by the many men – and women – who serve our country. So sit back and relax, and take it all in! Once again, we are grateful to be a part of this wonderful community and thankful to each of our readers and fantastic advertisers for your continued support! Cheers! Shelly Spence Publisher, ImagesAZ Magazine shelly@imagesaz.com 623-341-8221

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Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photographer Karen Sophia Photography

Meet the

Thompson Family

Calling on Hope

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here is no strength without struggle, and for many area families, the fight

is overwhelming. There are many parents in our area whose children are facing terminal illnesses, difficult diseases and other heartbreaking battles. It can be difficult to watch as friends, neighbors and family members experience so much pain. What we all need is a little hope. That’s where the Thompson family comes in. For the Thompsons, hope wasn’t borne out of naiveté or without courage, although they seemed to be living a fulfilling yet unexceptional life a little over a decade ago. Randy and Dana Thompson had a young

family, and they were trying to balance the same dirty diapers and lack of sleep that any new parents deal with. Back then-3-year-old daughter Ellie and 5-month-old son Andrew kept the couple busy. Randy’s landscape business was growing, and Dana was juggling her own work and family responsibilities. Then came news that Dana was pregnant. Overwhelmed but overjoyed, the family began to prepare to transition from two little sets of fingers and toes to three. When Dana hit the 16-week mark in her pregnancy an ultrasound put a different filter on their joy. For most new parents, the 16-week ultrasound is the most anticipated check-up during pregnancy. It is during that visit that many couples find out if they’ll be painting the nursery pink or blue, and the Thompsons and their extended family were anxious to find out if there would be another boy or another girl to welcome home. Instead of excitement, they received a devastating blow: their unborn baby had an encephalocele, or a malformation in which a portion of his brain was encapsulated outside of his head. According

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God gave us this baby... to the Centers for Disease Control, about one in 10,000

magazine when Kyle was 3 years old. “We never knew

babies is born with this condition, but the majority don’t

what was going to happen. There were a lot of trips back

survive until birth. Of those who do, many face serious

and forth to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.”

complications, such as severe mental retardation, critical digestive difficulties and other debilitating consequences.

The family’s lives began to center around Kyle’s physical, occupational, early intervention and speech therapy and

The Thompsons were sent home to make an important

the small army of help that trudged in and out of the house

decision. They could terminate the pregnancy, or they

on a daily basis. They were determined to give Kyle a

could hope to beat the odds, knowing they faced serious

“normal” life, including letting him make his own mistakes.

challenges down the road. They took one look at their young family, their growing responsibilities, and faced the fear of

“We let him fall, we let him crawl up stairs, climb on things,”

the unknown head-on. They decided to go for it. They had

Dana says. “So many people would ask me, “Aren’t you

an unborn son and they would fight to give him life.

scared he’ll hurt his head?’ I would say, ‘Nope, I’m more afraid of holding him back.’”

“The turning point in our faith is when we decided that the decision was not ours,” Dana says. “God gave us this baby and

They grappled with balancing the needs of their other two

if He wants this baby to live, it will happen. Randy and I both

children and their finances and marriage. Through it all,

felt a huge sense of peace and strength that came from that

though, they stuck together and took on one day at a time,

decision. It’s what got us through the rest of the pregnancy.”

leaning on their hope and their faith, and the nurturing relationships they developed along the way.

A few months later, Kyle was born. The Thompsons

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leaned on their neighbors and friends while they suffered,

“We learned to keep the faith,” Dana acknowledges. “We

unable to ease the pain of their tiny son as he went through

are a lot smaller than we think we are. God has a plan for

surgeries, hospitalizations and nearly fatal complications.

us, and we don’t have to control everything. It just takes

“It was a nervous time for us, in those early years,” Randy

baby steps to get there, and sometimes you have to remind

says, recalling an interview the family did with ImagesAZ

yourself constantly to relinquish control.”

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NVCA’s Competitive Advantage in Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Spotlight on our Middle School Staff

VISION Lenny Claycomb, 5 years Masters Degree in Psychology University of Mexico Home: Mexico City Teaches: Spanish Passion: Teaching

SERVICE Amy Price, 6 years Masters Degree in Education, Northern Arizona University Home: Waterloo, Iowa Teaches: Language Arts. Social Studies Passion: Cooking

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LEADERSHIP Pam McDonald, 19 years Masters Degree in Education, Prescott College Home: New York Teaches: Language Arts, Art Passion: Helping at-risk children, Art

‘Each, in our own way, were called to NVCA to serve as a catalyst between our students and the Lord-helping to further develop their faith, Christ-like traits, and instill values that emphasize the importance of healthy relationships and a strong work ethic that challenges them to reach their full potential.’ ‘We each have a passion for inspiring youth to become excited about learning, growing into active learners, developing relationships, growing spiritually and reaching farther to realize their God-given potential.’

EXCELLENCE Mark Kempf, 22 years Masters Degree in Education, School Administration Concordia University, Irvine, California Home: Hawaii Dean of Students Teaches: Bible, Athletics Passion: Jesus, Family

INTEGRITY John Bredehoft, 30+ years Masters Degree in Education Pepperdine University Home: Detroit, Michigan Teaches: Science, Literature Passion: Scuba diving, snorkeling, salt-water aquariums, oil painting

RELATIONSHIPS Jackie Lutz, 40+ years Masters Degree in Education, Temple University, Philadelphia Home: Norristown, Pennsylvania Teaches: Math Passion: Reading

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Randy agrees. “It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-

therapists. Other than the sometimes painful memories

day. In that moment of whatever it is, it’s so hard to get out of

of difficult moments, there are very few reminders of his

that microcosm of misery. It’s hard to envision the big picture.”

health ordeals. He is a happy, healthy fifth grader who has recently begun to take to the golf course with his dad

But for the Thompsons, and for far too many other local

and who loves football – particularly a certain Arizona

families, there is hope. Seven years after we first met the

Cardinals player, number 11, Larry Fitzgerald.

Thompsons, theirs is an entirely different story. Older brother Andrew, now 11 years old, is a sixth grader

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Kyle, now 10 years old, is doing remarkably well. No

at Gavilan Peak. He has found his skill in diving, and

longer does the family share their space with nurses and

is excelling at the sport on USA Diving Club team, the

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Change a Young Life Forever in Anthem

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Donate a Scholarship and Reap the Rewards Through an NVCA and ACSTO partnership, you can support Christian education and get credit for your investment. Located in Anthem, NVCA, an exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization is the only private, Christian school in the greater, north Phoenix area serving students and families preschool thru 8th grade. By contributing to ACSTO, you support students of families wanting a Christ-centered education for their child but unable to afford the full costs of the education. Your gift provides for a truly exceptional education-and you get a credit against your AZ income taxes, and possibly, another benefit on your Federal taxes with a donation deduction.*

How the donation works: State Deduction: You may donate prior to filing taxes, but no later than April 15, and claim the credit for the previous year’s taxes. For donations made between January 1 and April 15, it is up to the donor to determine whether to claim the tax credit for the previous or current year. Federal Deduction: Any deduction must be claimed for the tax year in which the donation was made-the April 15 deadline does not apply. How much of my donation is Awarded for Scholarships? 90% of donated funds are awarded as scholarships. How much can you donate? For 2013, married couples, filing jointly, can donate up to $2062, or $1031 as a single filer, on your Az income tax liability, whichever is less. You must donate the maximum for the Original tax credit ($1034 married, $517 single, before anymore can count towards the Overflow/Plus tax credit of an additional $1028 for married, filing jointly, and $514 for single filers. This credit can be claimed on Az. tax forms 323 and 348, respectively. Can I recommend who I want to receive the scholarship? Donors may recommend a student at NVCA or identify NVCA as the recipient of the donation, but actual scholarships are subject to the absolute discretion of ACSTO. Recommended students for your overflow contribution can only be awarded to students who meet certain eligibility requirements**. How do I donate? Donate Online: at ACSTO’s secure website, www.acsto.org, or by phone to 480.820.0403. Be sure and specify an NVCA student or NVCA for the donation. Connect with us!

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“We are so inspired by all the stories in our area as well.“It’s so amazing to see people completely give in and completely trust God. It’s easier to be mad and angry and say, ‘Why me?!’ It’s a harder thing to give in and let go.”

Arizona Heat. He competes throughout the Southwest,

blessings, and although they were difficult, they appreciate

and the pride on his parents’ faces is evident as they share

the lessons they have had the opportunity to learn. They

his accomplishments.

also know their story can give other families hope.

Sister Ellie is 14 years old – the first teenager in the group.

“We are so inspired by all the stories in our area as well,”

Her passion is dance, and she spends all the time she can

Dana says. “It’s so amazing to see people completely give

at Dynamic Motion Dance Academy learning tap, jazz,

in and completely trust God. It’s easier to be mad and

ballet, lyrical and hip hop styles. Dana and Randy marvel

angry and say, ‘Why me?!’ It’s a harder thing to give in and

at her talent. “She didn’t get that from me,” Dana laughs.

let go.

Randy continued to grow his commercial landscaping

“It’s not just about living or dying,” she adds. “No matter

business, Native Sons, and Dana is now an aesthetician at

what happens, you have the strength to get through.”

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Our orthopedic surgeons set the pace. So, now, Ed can go the distance. For more than 55 years, Ed’s bowed legs had taken a serious toll on his knees. So when his condition led to osteoarthritis and the pain became too much to bear, he looked to John C. Lincoln for double knee replacement. With our advanced procedures that improved the longevity of his new knees, Ed can now go the distance. And he’s leaving his past in the dust. To read Ed’s story, visit JCL.com/Ed.

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First, a little quiz. Please select one of the following: a) Badmitten b) Bad miten c) Badminton d) Who cares?

Sports

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BCHS Badminton

The correct answer, of course, is “c” – although “d” will probably also get plenty of snarky play. Such would not be the case in places like China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey and even Australia, where badminton is a very big deal. Not so much here in the USA, where football, baseball and basketball are the most popular sports and even at the high school level, those “big three” dominate, with screaming crowds rooting on the home teams in hotly contested games, and coaches and fans alike begging for wins, crushed by losses. A handful of girls who wanted casual competitions rather than the glare of the spotlight gravitated to something new, something that seemed like it would be recreational and mellow, when Boulder Creek High School launched its badminton program in 2011. “It was more of a fun thing,” says Paige Fuchs, now a senior. “I thought it was fun in PE.” Her doubles partner says Paige had a leg up on her, three years ago. “She had a little experience, playing in the backyard. I didn’t have that,” says Kaitlyn Rausch. “I never played it before my freshman year.” So why did she want to try it? “Coming into high school was really intimidating,” Kaitlyn says, “but I wanted to be involved with badminton. Because it was a new sport, I was guaranteed to be part of it. I didn’t want to try out for a big sport that was really intimidating.” For those completely unfamiliar with the sport, badminton is similar to tennis, except

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“It’s been a great three years,” seconds Paige Fuchs. “Everyone on the team has been like family. It’s been the greatest experience for me. The most fun thing is the friends you make. I’ve honestly made, like, 20 new friends playing badminton. It’s the nicest sport you’ll play.” And now, the pressure of that first victory is off her back. “To get our first varsity win while I’m still here, it’s amazing,” she says, adding that she sensed this would be a more productive season. “It felt like it was going to be a good year. And it’s my senior year, so it was time to win some matches.” This time next year, she expects to be at Grand Canyon University studying film. And Rausch will have a new doubles partner for next season. “Paige is the only girl I’ve played with,” Rausch says. “This is the last year I get to play with her, so I’m really upset.” Who will she double with, next year? “It’s too sad, I don’t even want to think about it.” of a ball. The object is to keep the birdie in the air; if it lands on your side of the court, your opponent scores. That was happening all too often in the early days of BCHS badminton. Rausch found she had a natural flair for the sport, and has become Boulder Creek’s No. 1 badminton player. She and Fuchs have toughed out a couple of years, which have been challenging, to say the least. Back in 2011, the BCHS Falcons’ team lost its first badminton match. No shame in that, and it probably wasn’t all that surprising that the team lost all its matches, the first year. Last year? Another goose egg, as the girls finished the season with a 0-14 record. It’s a different story this year. Last month, Fuchs, fellow seniors Jessica Owen and Lauren Phanawong, junior Rausch and sophomores Parker Fuchs and Samantha Markey finally tasted victory not once, but three times. And, coach Jeremy Lord points out, the junior varsity team won four matches early in the year. “The future is looking bright,” he says. While winning is certainly more enjoyable than losing, the girls say badminton is quite a fun sport, even if your team isn’t among the best in the state. “Badminton is one of the greatest things I’ve done, it’s so much fun,” says Rausch, an honors student who is taking AP U.S. History and two classes with dual high school/college credits.

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The word “click” describes how the two connected as badminton partners from the day they helped start the school’s program. “When we first started, something just clicked,” says Fuchs. “We can communicate so well, even without talking – it’s like we were sisters, but we’re not. … If she’s frustrated, I can calm her down. And if I’m frustrated, she can calm me down.” Their coach also tries to minimize frustrations with a low-pressure approach. “Our goal each year is for the girls to get better each and every day,” says Jeremy Lord, who is also the school’s junior varsity softball coach. “As long as they can do their best, show improvement, but most of all have fun, then I feel we have been successful. “The hardest part to teach is probably convincing the girls that they will get better – helping them overcome their frustration of not being great at a new sport. Once I can convince them that they will get better through hard work and seeing them believe in their skills is difficult. But, once they see their improvement and confidence grows, that makes it all worthwhile.” Not long after the coach made that assessment, his BCHS badminton girls finished third in a tournament, topped only the No. 1 and No. 4 teams in the state. So it seems that Falcons and birdies can be compatible after all.


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Our Community Sleeping Bags for the Homeless Donation Dollars, Volunteers Needed

For the last 10 years, Carefree Vineyard Church (formerly Vineyard Church at Anthem) has had the privilege of delivering more than 2,600 blankets and sleeping bags to the homeless in downtown Phoenix. The church could use your help to reach this year’s goal of 500 sleeping bags. Sleeping bags cost $15 each and may be purchased through the church website or by phone. Donations of any amount are welcome and are taxdeductible. The sleeping bags will be delivered Nov. 16 and community members are also invited to help with the distribution. 623-551-1133 www.carefreevineyard.com/covering-the-homeless

Puma and Joey’s of Chicago Join Outlets at Anthem

Outlets at Anthem, a Craig Realty Group property, has added the Puma Store to its list of designer brand name shops. The center will also add Joey’s of Chicago to its food pavilion. The Puma Store is one of the world’s leading sports-lifestyle companies that features footwear, apparel and accessories. It is also known for supporting creativity, sustainability and peace throughout the world. The 4,343 squarefoot Puma Store at Outlets at Anthem is located in suite number 765. The new Joey’s of Chicago will be the restaurant’s third Phoenix location. Joey’s of Chicago offers authentic Chicago-style hot dogs and sandwiches. The company uses Vienna beef with the highest-quality products to ensure a fresh, quality meal. Joey’s of Chicago prides itself on providing outstanding friendly service at an affordable price. Additionally, Outlets at Anthem will have several new seasonal stores open for the holidays. The popular Posh-Flops will return to the center as well as Calendar Club and Games. Posh-Flops is known for its flip-flop accessories and will be located in suite number 475. Calendar Club and Games is expected to open this fall and specializes in selling calendars, games and toys. www.outletsanthem.com

Foothills Food Bank Launches Adopt-a-Family Program

The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center is joining with several organizations to brighten the holiday season for children, families and seniors in the foothills community. More than 12 organizations and churches are working to provide gifts, holiday meals and hope for those in crisis in the community.

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Individual donors and donor groups such as businesses, HOAs and classmates are encouraged to participate in this year’s program by providing gifts for a family, children or seniors in the community. Donors should indicate the size of family they are willing to adopt and a family wish list will be provided to serve as a shopping guide. There is no minimum donation and shopping assistance is available for monetary donations to support the program. Checks are payable to the Foothills Food Bank. All gifts and donations are tax deductible according to tax laws. adoptafamily2013@gmail.com 480-595-8584 480-540-7631

Scottsdale Christian Academy Students Garner National Merit Scholarship Awards

Scottsdale Christian Academy has five students who were named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and an additional student who was commended. More than 1.5 million students took the PSAT/NMSQT which is a nationwide competition for recognition and awards. David Amano, Ethan Blake, Joel Hanson, Brennan Hobbs, and Mackenzie Moses all received the National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist honor which represents the top 1 percent of the students taking the test. SCA student Ryan McDowell was a “Commended� student, placing him in the top 5 percent of the test takers. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for nearly 8,000 National Merit Finalist Scholarships worth about $25 million dollars. SCA has consistently produced National Merit Scholarship students for years. The campus is a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade college prep campus located on Tatum Boulevard between Greenway and Thunderbird. 602-992-5100 www.scarizona.org

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Musical Theatre of Anthem Announces Lyle Kishbaugh Scholarship Fund

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces the Lyle Kishbaugh Scholarship Fund, which will enable MTA to provide scholarships for participants who might otherwise not be able to participate. Started by Lyle’s wife Evon, it is MTA’s goal to be able to provide one Lyle Kishbaugh Scholarship per show during their 10 show season. MTA casts youth ages 6 to 19, and they are especially looking for young men (dancers/singers), as well as committed MTA participants. Interested scholarship applicants should write a brief paragraph about why they would like to be considered for the award and email it to musicaltheatreofanthem@gmail.com prior to auditions for each production. The season lineup and audition dates can be found on MTA’s website. Lyle had a passion for theater which started in high school and spanned throughout his life. He had the honor of being one of the founding board members of MTA and performed in several MTA productions, two of which he had the thrill of performing with his daughter Jessica. For those who would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, you may use the donate button on the MTA website or mail a check payable to Musical Theatre of Anthem to 42323 N. Vision Way, Building 2, Anthem, AZ 85086. Please note the “Lyle Kishbaugh Scholarship Fund,” and thank you for your support in helping to remember this wonderful man who is dearly missed. www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org

Gavilan Peak Students Win ASU Art Contest Honors

Students from Gavilan Peak Global Leadership Academy in Anthem won the Arizona State University Confucius Institute (ASU CI) 2013 Poster Design Contest. Arizona students grades K-8 submitted original illustrations from three Chinese themes: people, landscapes or holiday celebrations. The judging criteria were based on creativity, expression of theme and composition. Sage Sollars, first grade Mandarin immersion student at Gavilan Peak, took first place in the K-2 category with her depiction of the Moon Festival goddess Chang’e. Brent Sollars, kindergarten Mandarin immersion student at Gavilan Peak, won third place with his “Year of Snake” entry. Norah Lindsay, fourth grade Mandarin immersion student at Gavilan Peak entered “Twin Chinese Cherry Blossoms” and Corrina Tapley, fourth grade Mandarin immersion

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student at Gavilan Peak entered: “Cranes in China.” Both girls won an outstanding award. Justin Noble, fourth grade Mandarin immersion student at Gavilan Peak received an honorable mention for his “Bamboo Forest” entry. The ASU CI and the United Chinese Association of Arizona (UCAA) exhibited award winning and outstanding drawings during the 7th annual Arizona Chinese National Day/Mid-Autumn celebration reception in the ASU Memorial Ballroom Sept. 22. ImagesAZ offers congratulations to the young Anthem artists who participated and earned honors in this event. www.dvmandarin.org

12th Annual Linda’s WISH a “Howling” Success

A chill in the air and a wee bit of wind howling didn’t stop over 400 runners, walkers, volunteers, the Spirit Team from Boulder Creek High School, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, family and friends from participating in the Linda’s WISH 5K Walk and Run to benefit breast cancer research. “The human spirit is still on track to help fund breast cancer research and technology for those who are fighting to beat this horrible disease and we are so proud of all our local communities, sponsors and Anthem Country Club for their continued unwavering support,” said Dy Mogan, event coordinator. The event raised over $9,000 and added new sponsors to the list this year: Flat Tire Defender, Center for Evolved Movement, Flat Tire Bike Shop, and Sonoran Beauty Salon – all from Cave Creek; plus Cooper’s Nutrition in Carefree. And once again, for their unconditional support, Team WISH would like to thank Frank Kacmarksy, husband of Linda Kacmarksy for whom the event is named after, Anthem Country Club, Seattle’s Swinest, and Custom Image for the event t-shirt production. Funds raised for Linda’s WISH will be distributed to Team WISH members to help them reach their $2,300 goals in order to participate in the AZ 3-day, 60-mile walk Nov. 8-10. www.teamwishaz.org

North Valley Christian Academy (NVCA)’s International Student Program

On Oct. 14 North Valley Christian Academy inaugurated their new International Student Program, which is designed to promote cross-cultural learning and build lasting relationships among students, schools and communities. The initial program runs 10 to 12 weeks and involves 11 students, from 10 to 12 years old, who are visiting from a leadership school in Korea.

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In addition, NVCA teachers and administrators participated in an evening of outreach services at McDonald’s in Anthem Sept. 19. The fundraiser was for the Katie Wagner and Friends Stepping Out 4 Hope project for the building of a nearly completed new school in Liberia, Africa.

New location for First American Title Insurance Company

First American Title Insurance Company recently announced their move to new offices in Fry’s shopping center in Anthem. As one of the pioneering businesses in Anthem, the insurance company is proud to serve the title and escrow needs of its clients. “We are neighbors helping neighbors, providing unparalleled experience and service,” says Bonnie Smith. The firm is part of the Arizona State Escrow Association and prides itself in providing technical expertise and a positive customer experience for their clients. “As one of the largest companies in the title and escrow field, we are 100 percent committed to you and your success.” First American Title Insurance Company is also located in Carefree. 39508 N. Daisy Mountain Dr., #128

November 1–3 20th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

Arizona’s highest quality fine art event, produced by Thunderbird Artists, is coming once again to downtown Carefree. The 20th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival Nov. 1 through Nov. 3 will feature some of the best wine and most accomplished artists in the United States. Whether you are a collector or simply enjoy creativity and the beautiful offerings of Carefree, you will want to explore the work of more than 165 world-class, jury-selected artists from around the United States and abroad, displaying over 5,000 original pieces of fine art including small to life-sized bronzes, paintings, pottery, photography, scratchboard, wood, clay, metal and glass sculptures, batiks, jewelry and so much more.

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Participating wineries will each have their own selection of red, white and blush wines from around the world available for tasting. There is a fee of $10, which includes an engraved souvenir wine glass and six tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets can be purchased for $1 each. In addition to the delicious food from participating vendors, patrons will have many dining options with Carefree’s surrounding restaurants and outdoor cafes, such as the Sundial Garden Café, Saba’s, Venues and more. Live entertainment and featured artists will also make the festival enjoyable and memorable. The Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival will be held in downtown Carefree at 101 Easy St. Admission is $3 for adults all three days, and complimentary for Carefree residents. Parking is free. 480-837-5637 www.thunderbirdartists.com

November 2 Anthem Rotary Round Up

Join the Anthem Rotary Club for the Anthem Rotary Roundup at Pioneer Village for a Wild West good time Nov. 2 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come enjoy an afternoon of good vittles and libations, along with music, bull riding, auctions and fun, and find out more about what this lively group is doing to help people near and far. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online, and coupons for a complimentary oil change at C&R Tire (a $30 value) are provided with online purchases. 623-533-0070 623-551-9467

November 2
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Have one last hoorah before you store your bike for the winter, and know that you are contributing to critical efforts to help families and children in Africa improve their daily life, you’ll love the challenge of the 2013 Tour de New River road and mountain biking event in Scottsdale Nov. 2. This year’s event is bigger and better than ever, with a new hiking option thrown in the mix of events to take part in! This year, there will be rides and activities for all levels of athletes: 70-mile, 40-mile and 10-mile road races; a 14-mile mountain bike; the Schizophrenic Dualthalon (road and mountain bike); and hikes on Pinnacle Peak for non-riders. Details and maps can be found online. N o vem b er 2013

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Fundraising from entry fees and donations raised go directly to our local partners who provide ongoing work to educate and empower children in Tanzania through schools, nutrition, health and hygiene, and to liberate women from the bonds of tribal practices. For nine years, the Tour de New River bike ride event has offered several road bike and mountain bike rides for the novice to experienced rider, as well as fun for your entire family. Cyclists ride through scenic areas of New River, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Carefree and north Phoenix. The event kicks off in Scottsdale at Pinnacle Peak Patio, 10426 E. Jomax in Scottsdale. Scottsdale Bible Church launched the vision to begin a partnership with several communities in Tanzania, Africa back in 2005 in order to instill renewed hope to families throughout two specific communities, Mairowa and Kondoa. The idea for an annual bike event was birthed to help raise funds for classrooms, nutrition, school supplies and more in partnership with IMARA ministries in Tanzania. The entry fee is $80 each for the rides, and $20 (individual) / $50 (family) for the hike. Lunch will be catered by Pinnacle Peak Patio, and is included for all riders, hikers and volunteers. Jerseys are available for purchase, but will be provided free for entrants who raise a minimum of $300. Online registration for the bike event closes Oct. 30, three days prior to the event. Day-of-event sign-ups and registrations will be accepted; however, the fee will increase slightly after online registration closes. www.tourdenewriver.com

November 4, 5 BCHS Talent Show Auditions – Performance November 21

Calling all Boulder Creek High School students with a talent to show off! The Boulder Creek High School PTA is holding auditions for “The Show Off,” the annual talent show for 9 – 12 graders. Comics, bands, singers, dancers, actors, skits, ropers, bike stunts, clubs, baton twirlers and more are invited to audition, so come on out with whatever your talent may be! Auditions take place Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the BCHS mini-auditorium. Sign up in the student lobby for your timeslot. Individuals and groups are welcome to audition. If selected, there is a $12 per person participation fee. Prizes will be awarded for top acts in the show. The talent show will be held Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at Boulder Creek High School’s Performing Arts Center, 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy. in Anthem. Tickets are available at the door for $7; the box office will open at 6 p.m.

November 5 Mail-Only Voting for DVUSD Bond Election Deadline

The Deer Valley Unified School District’s Governing Board called for a 2013 special bond election in the amount of $158,315,000 to fund safety, security, efficiency and modernization projects through the year 2020. Safety is a top priority for DVUSD. Some district schools are now 30 years old and 10-12 district buses without air conditioning are transporting students every day. The total cost is less than $8 a month on average assessed home value. This funding is being structured to not increase the projected tax rate.

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This year, the bond election is an all-mail election, which means there will be no polling locations. Ballots are currently ready for mailing and must be mailed back and received by midnight Nov. 5. For more information and a list of what your neighborhood school will receive over a seven-year period, if this bond election is passed, visit the district website. www.dvusd.org

November 9 Auditions for Teens: “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying”

Starlight Community Theater is seeking performers for the upcoming production of “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.” Youth actors, singers, and dancers, ages 12-19 will be considered. Those interested are encouraged to attend a free pre-audition dance workshop Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Auditions are scheduled Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. Call-backs will be held Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. Performers are asked to prepare two minutes/32 bars of a Broadway show tune. Bring a CD. No iPods, and no a capella, please. Auditioners should dress for dance. All audition events will take place at Starlight Community Theater’s new venue at 1611 W. Whispering Wind Dr. #160 in Phoenix, just east of the Shops at Norterra, at Happy Valley Road and I-17. Rehearsals will be mostly Thursday and Friday evenings, as well as Saturdays and Sundays. Nine performances run from Feb. 21 to March 8. Under the Direction of Christian Graca, this classic musical comedy, set in the early 1960’s, will come to life in Phoenix. Following the advice of a book entitled “How to Succeed in Business,” young window cleaner, J. Pierrepont Finch begins a meteoric rise from the mail-room to vice president of advertising at the World Wide Wicket Company. Finch’s unorthodox and morally questionable business practices jeopardize not only his career, but also his romance with secretary Rosemary Pilkington. N o vem b er 2013

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With a beloved score by Frank Loesser, “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” is packed with hit standards such as “I Believe in You,” “Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm,” “The Company Way,” “Been a Long Day,” “Rosemary,” and “Brotherhood of Man.” Starlight is currently in its ninth season. Audiences will soon enjoy the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which runs Dec. 6 through Dec. 21. www.starlightcommunitytheater.com

November 9 Certified Local Fall Festival Fun

November 9, the quiet grassy area at Portland Parkway will transform into a colorful and animated festival dedicated to Arizona’s unique culture and business community. The Certified Local Fall Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Portland Parkway, 10 W. Portland St., in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The festival is free to attend, and is family and pet-friendly. Parking will be available in surrounding areas, although attendees are encouraged to ride the light rail and disembark at the Central Avenue and Roosevelt Street station. The first 500 attendees to the Fall Festival will receive a gift bag filled with goodies from local businesses. Over 100 locally owned Arizona businesses from all over the state will be represented at this year’s Certified Local Fall Festival. Vendors will host activities at their booths and some will have products and items for sale. Festival attendees will be able to sample delicious bites from some of Arizona’s best restaurants and favorite food trucks. All restaurants and food trucks will be offering samples, and each food sample is one ticket; tickets are $1 each and can be purchased on-site at the festival. In addition to the samples, some vendors will offer full priced items. In addition, festival attendees will be able to sample a wide array of Arizonamade beer, wine and spirits. Each beverage sample costs two tickets, and tickets can be purchased on-site at the festival for $1 each. The Certified Local Fall Festival will be filled with family-friendly activities to engage kids and adults in all that Arizona has to offer. Activities are free to enjoy. Mountainside Fitness is sponsoring the Arizona Diamondbacks’ batting

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cage to create excitement for the home team; Kidstop Toys is sponsoring a craft area to let the kids unleash their creativity; the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is sponsoring the bounce house for energized young ones; Tony Felice PR & Marketing is sponsoring a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activity to demonstrate how Arizona has become a technology hub; Native Seeds/SEARCH is sponsoring an interactive agricultural activity to teach kids about the importance of knowing where food comes from. An entertainment stage and silent auction and raffle will also be offered, and bids can be placed via Smartphone. Over 20 raffle items will also be given away each hour. Both the auction and the raffle include fantastic items from a variety of sponsors. www.localfirstaz.com

November 12 Decrease Your Medication Dependence Health and Wellness Seminar

Do you know the top three killers you may be overlooking in your life today? Learn about these and how to decrease medication usage at a special event hosted by Back to Health Chiropractic Dr. Brian Hester Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Two Brothers Kitchen in Anthem – Safeway Shopping Plaza. This event is free, but space is limited, so reserve your spot by phone. Reservations are required. Dr. Brian Hester has been an Anthem Chiropractor for over 10 years. He is a wellness coach in health, fitness and nutrition and will discuss how to set up a realistic program to care for yourself so you don’t fall victim to the leading causes of disease. This special event is open to the public and for adults only. 623-551-6677 www.myanthemchiro.com

November 14–17 MTA Presents Youth Drama “Broken Paths”

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces performances for their upcoming play, “Broken Paths,” a new original youth drama that follows several lives and the paths they take. This touching and gripping show looks into the world of our young people and their journey through life. The cast of 13-19 year olds, comprised of both ariZoni and NYA award winners and nominees, presents the show Nov. 14-17 in Anthem. N o vem b er 2013

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The show is written and directed by Jim Gradillas, an ariZoni award-winning playwright and director, co-written and assistant directed by Michelle Marie. “Along with my writing partner, Michelle Marie, we always want to write a realistic, creative way of telling teenage stories,” said Gradillas. “We thought it might be interesting to have ‘inner demons’ following the characters throughout the play, altering their decisions and testing their strength. Our hope is that adults and teenagers can take away many lessons from this play about their journey through life.” Performances take place Nov. 14 at 7 p.m., Nov. 15 at 8 p.m., Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., and Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at 42323 N. Vision Way, Bldg. 2 in Anthem. Adult tickets are $18; tickets for students, seniors and children 12 and under are $15. Tickets can be purchased online. www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org

November 16 Auditions Announced for MTA Holiday Show

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) is holding auditions for youth ages 9 to 19 for their upcoming Holiday Show to be held Dec. 5 through Dec. 8 in Anthem. This concert-style performance will feature sounds of the season, including classic carols and popular music. Select performers will also be chosen to perform in various venues around the Valley in December, including Glendale Glitters, Outlets at Anthem events, hospitals, nursing homes, and the UMOM homeless shelter. The show will be directed by Jackie Hammond. Auditions will be held Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. at MTA’s performance space at 42323 N. Vision Way in Anthem. Those auditioning should prepare a holiday song, one minute in length, sung a capella. Please complete registration materials (available on the website) prior to coming to the audition. If you are unable to make the scheduled audition time, please contact musicaltheatreofanthem@ gmail.com for an alternate appointment time. www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org

November 16 Tree Lighting at Outlets at Anthem

The Outlets at Anthem, known for making the holidays grand by showcasing the nation’s tallest fresh-cut decorated Christmas tree, has done it again with a 115-foot tall white fir. The tree is the center of the Outlets at Anthem’s wellknown holiday experiences and attracts visitors from across the nation. Always looking to add new elements of excitement, this year Outlets at Anthem’s 115-foot Christmas tree has a twin. Two trees grew in the ShastaTrinity National Forest area, now making them the tallest fresh-cut Christmas trees in the nation. The trees will find homes at the Outlets at Anthem, and at its sister center, Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles. Soon, these two majestic trees will begin the journey to their new home. Spanning 20 feet longer than an NBA basketball court and standing at twice the size of the iconic Hollywood sign, the Outlets at Anthem tree will be transported nearly 750 miles from Northern California on a 75-foot stretch trailer.

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A 14-person team worked more than 112 hours over two weeks using mobile cranes to shape and decorate the 27-foot-wide tree. A total of 180 strands of LED lights stretching three miles and more than 6,000 ornaments decorate the tree, along with bows and a three-foottall copper star at the top. Adorned with lights and ornaments, the tree, which weighs 16 tons, is ready to welcome guests and shoppers to the 12th annual Christmas tree lighting spectacular featuring national artists and fun for the entire family Nov. 16. Outlets at Anthem, voted Best of the Valley Outlet Shopping Center, offers pedestrian-friendly and petfriendly open-air shopping of name brand fashions to residents and visitors alike. The center is home to more than 60 designer brand shops including Coach, J.Crew, Banana Republic Factory Store, DKNY, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Columbia Sportswear, BCBGMAXAZRIA and Under Armour, among others. The center is located off 1-17, 15 minutes north of Loop 101, at the Anthem Way exit 229.

November 19 Wellness Orientation Workshop

Join Dr. Brian Hester for a free wellness orientation workshop Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Back to Health Chiropractic, 42104 N. Venture Dr., Suite A102 in Anthem. Dr. Hester is a wellness coach in health, fitness and nutrition, and he 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. Anyone who attends will receive a special gift certificate for one or more services at Back to Health Chiropractic. This fun and informative program is free, but space is limited, so reserve your spot by phone. 623-551-6677 www.myanthemchiro.com

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November 20 Women Who Rock: Shemekia Copeland at MIM

Two-time Grammy nominee Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues genre. She has opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous other festivals around the world, scored critics’ choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic, shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B. B. King, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton and has even performed at the White House. Now she will be performing at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Scottsdale Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas such as Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, Copeland was presented with Taylor’s crown in 2011 at the Chicago Blues Festival and given the honor of being the new “Queen of the Blues” by official proclamation of the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois. Copeland’s passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency. Her music comes from deep within her soul and from the streets where she grew up, surrounded by the everyday sounds of the city: street performers, gospel singers, blasting radios, bands in local parks and so much more. Tickets for this exciting presentation are $27.50 - $29.50. 480-478-6000 www.mim.org

November 22 Holiday Fun at Fellowship Church

Join friends and neighbors at Fellowship Church Nov. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. for an evening of live music, holiday shopping and art at the Fellowship Church campus, 39905 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy. in Anthem. This casual gathering will feature a car show and food truck, and beer and wine will also be available for purchase. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the holidays Anthem style! 480-375-1246

November 22–24, 29–30 and December 1 Hidden In The Hills Artist Studio Tour and Sale

Come to Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale to experience the most visible art event in the Desert Foothills, the Sonoran Arts League’s 17th Annual Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour and Sale, scheduled for Nov. 22-24, 2930, and Dec. 1. This is an extraordinary, dynamic, and free self-guided tour of 46 studios and 167 working artists. Artists Virginia Brooks (oil), Judy Darbyshire (ceramic), Katalin Ehling (batik), Morrie Elmer (wood), Dick Mueller (pencil), Carole Perry (glass), Robin Ray (ceramic/acrylic/watercolor) and Valentine (metal/bronze) have participated in Hidden In The Hills every year since 1997. “The studio tour began as a home-grown affair with local artists inviting their family, friends and neighbors,” explains Ray. “Several of us were doing home shows for the holiday season and thought working together instead of

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competing with each other would be a more positive experience. I love seeing the same people return, as well as making new contacts.” Jewelry artist Allena Mistral, who at 24 is the youngest artist to ever participate in the event, is looking forward to her first year. “After seeing my parents show in Hidden in the Hills for so many years, I decided that I wanted to share my art with the world,” she explains. “Seeing people come out to support the artist community is wonderful and I’m very excited to be a part of it this year.” The self-guided tour, sponsored by National Bank of Arizona, is free and is the largest art show and sale in the Phoenix metro area. A variety of artistic genres and mediums such as acrylic, ceramics, pencil, jewelry and photography, will be available for sale. Before embarking on the tour, art enthusiasts, collectors and the general public can learn more about each artist by purchasing a directory of artists and/or searching the artist database. Both the directory and database are available online, as well as a map. 480-575-6624 www.sonoranartsleague.org

November 29, 30, December 1 5th Annual Stagecoach Village Fine Art Festival

Celebrate the beginning of the traditional holiday shopping season with the fun, outdoor 5th Annual Stagecoach Village Fine Art Festival. The festival features a wide variety of jury-selected fine arts and crafts including original oils, acrylics, watercolors, stone and bronze sculptures, mixed media and exquisite jewelry. Enjoy open-air shopping, dining, wine tasting and musical entertainment in the high Sonoran Desert surrounding Cave Creek and Carefree. The festival will be held Nov. 29, Nov. 30, and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. Admission and parking are free. 623-734-6526 www.vermillionpromotions.com

December 13–15 6th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival

Mark your calendar! Winter arrives in downtown Carefree with the 6th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival Dec. 13 through Dec. 15. The holiday event provides three days and two nights of free holiday festivities, at the Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St., in Carefree. The signature Electric Light Parade will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 along Easy Street. A fireworks display with a special commemorative salute, in cooperation with the 100 Club, will take place to honor the 19 fallen Yarnell firefighters at 8 p.m., immediately following the parade. Other activities include a Kids’ Zone with 35 tons of real snow, carriage rides, caroling, dance and singing performances, a nativity display, a pet parade and pet adoptions, and other activities for the entire family. Santa will be in attendance throughout the weekend for photos.

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An outdoor shopping and gift mart with more than 100 exhibitors and a holiday food court, will take place throughout the weekend offering daytime and nighttime, outdoor holiday shopping, amidst the backdrop of holiday music and festivities. This year’s expanded event includes a live holiday jazz concert by the Kelso Brothers Quintet, dance performances by Adage Dance Company and the 10-piece Affinity Dance Band, plus a medley of theater classics presented by Desert Foothills Theater.

Hidden In The Hills Studio Tour 2013 FREE

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Two weekends: November 22–24 and November 29–December 1 Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Engage in the passion and artistic process at the 17th Annual Hidden In The Hills free, self-guided studio tour and sale

The four-acre Carefree Desert Gardens provide a stunning backdrop for this family-friendly event. Thousands of cacti, many of them rare or unusual specimens, are illuminated in holiday lights for the event.

167 artists in 46 private art studios in Cave Creek, Carefree and north Scottsdale See paintings, sculpture, jewelry and every art form in between, in a variety of styles and mediums

More than 35,000 people are expected to attend. Parking is free. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for the parade. 480-488-3381 www.carefreechristmasfestival.com

Purchase original works of fine art directly from nationally recognized artists and emerging new artists The collectible full-color directory featuring the participating artist’s work includes a map and can be purchased in advance for only $5, either online at www.HiddenInTheHills.org or call the Sonoran Arts Leaguee office at 480-575-6624.

Observe artists at work; gain insight into materials and technique

For more information or to customize your route using the interactive map visit:

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In school, being “different” can be an agonizing experience; it’s practically like wearing a T-shirt that says “Tease, taunt and bully me, please!”

Taking the Stage

Musical Theatre of Anthem awards

But in the performance world, being “different” means having the courage and talent to plunge into an imaginary character; no bullying, just applause. And, in cases of the most extreme, talented disparate souls, being “different” can translate into awards. While it is nice that the Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) is stacking up awards and growing its reputation as one of the top youth theaters in Arizona, the far more important notion is that this theater is helping shape the lives of dozens of young folks around Anthem. For many parents, it’s quite a relief to know that a youngster is doing something positive after school, learning new things in a fun, safe environment. And for a few multi-award winning “stars,” MTA has had a huge impact, coaxing them out of the shyness and social awkwardness that can make growing up emotionally painful. Stage standouts Ann Emilie Tjorhom, 16 years old, and Ali Giordano, 14, are both MTA veterans with glittering resumes. The two Anthem girls who previously won National Youth Arts awards were called to the acceptance podium again, this time for ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence (“Zoni,” for short), presented September 16 at Tempe Center for the Arts. Ali and Ann Emilie both have overcome social challenges to blossom in a theater that has become a comforting, nurturing second home. Ali’s mother, Connie, explains, “Although Ali is very high functioning, Ali was diagnosed with autism at the age of 4. It is the little social things that make every day at school so difficult.” On top of that, Ali was diagnosed last year with Celiac Disease and Hashimoto’s Disease; she must avoid gluten products, which makes her eating choices “different” at birthday parties and even every-day lunches. “Sometimes I feel like nobody understands me,” Ali says. Not nearly true, as those who watch her perform understand her artistic spirit. Ali was recently honored with a Zoni award for her “Little Mermaid” performance as Sebastian. “It was a very fun role to play,” she said. “I had to sing in a Jamaican accent that was pretty cool!” She was also honored with an NYA Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for “Something Beautiful.” As a singing actor, Ali has set her sights on becoming a Broadway actress. A huge step toward her goal is coming soon, as she is on her way to New York City to appear in a benefit at Stage 72 at the Triad Theater. She will be performing alongside some of the most talented youngsters of the New

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This Anthem teen was anxiously awaiting her first trip to the theater Mecca. “I’m very excited,” Ali (short for Alixandra) gushed. “It’s a great opportunity. New York to me sounds like a beautiful and magical place. It’s where the theater dreams come true.” Her mother and others often ask her if she wouldn’t rather stay closer to home and try Los Angeles, to be in movies and TV. No way, she tells them. “I just love that on Broadway it’s teamwork. In L.A. sometimes it’s teamwork, but it’s more about (individuals). And I like the live performance.” Though she had to overcome initial fears of performing in public, after seven years of acting and singing, getting on stage before an audience is a thrilling experience. “I’m not scared,” she says. “I love it!” Ditto for Ann Emilie Tjorhom, who at 16 years old is a six-year stage veteran. She recently won a Zoni award for her role as Mrs. Webb in MTA’s production of “Our Town,” after being honored with a National Youth Arts award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role as Ursula in MTA’s “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.” The talented young Ann Emilie, who also performs in MTA’s Outreach Group, is a junior at Boulder Creek High School. You would hardly guess it if you saw her belt out a song in front of a packed theater, but this young lady used to be painfully shy. “I was never very comfortable talking in front of people,” Ann Emilie explains. “I didn’t even like talking on the phone to people I didn’t know very well. Being in theater has taken me to a level where I can talk to people very comfortably. I feel confident talking to people and entertaining them.” She says it took her a few MTA shows to get her stage legs. “After the third show it became comfortable, getting out on stage was less nerve wracking and more exciting. I always loved singing but I was sort of nervous to do it in front of people. You put so much of yourself out there.” She credits the MTA staff. “They made me feel comfortable and knew that I could to it,” she says. She has also had encouragement at home: “I come from a very musical family. My dad was singing to me from the time I was born. He knew I would enjoy it and he pushed me.” For the Tjorhoms, theater has become a family affair. Following in Ann Emilie’s footsteps, younger brother Tor Christian, 12 years old, is acting with MTA, and so is Harald, their father. (The family is Norwegian, in case you are wondering about the spelling of names.) The three of them appeared in an MTA production of “Peter Pan.” What about Jennifer, the mom? “My mom’s always been super supportive, but she works in an emergency room so she didn’t have time to be in these productions.”

average. “I’m not sure if musical theater is the path I want to take in college, but I definitely want to do it the rest of my life, whether it’s with a professional theater or community theater, because it makes me happy.” The MTA continues its mission to make art and people happy both on stage and in the audience.

Real people. Real life. Real hope. Come join us on this adventure to know Christ and to make Him known. Worship Services 9 & 10:45 a.m. Sunday School: Infant-High School at 9 a.m. Infant-6th Grade at 10:45 a.m.

It launched its sixth season this fall with a sold-out run of “Carrie, the Musical,” followed by the November 14-17, an original drama written and directed by Jim Gradillas, another AriZoni award winner. www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org

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Welcome, Kristin Wurr!

Jim Carroll has extensive trial experience in numerous state and federal courts, and his firm will not hesitate to take your matter to trial if the insurance company is unwilling to pay just compensation for damages you may have sustained. In Arizona, it is not uncommon for the insurance company for the person who caused your injury to contact you directly and to offer to settle without the services of your attorney. However, the amounts often offered by adjusters may not fully compensate you for your damages, including medical treatment expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and permanent disability. An attorney will help ensure you receive the full measure of damages you are entitled to for your claim. The Carroll Law Firm is excited to welcome Kristin Wurr as Television and radio are full of ads from regional and national law firms

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Seeds of Change:

PB Americano Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photographer Brenna Zumbro

Young people these days … if they only knew how good

South America. While the venture was Malkoon’s idea, their

they have it, right? Their plugged-in, hyper-entertained,

shared love for travel and their combined entrepreneurial skills

overly bold perspectives are going to be the downfall of us

were well-matched from the start.

all, if you listen to some reports. “He caught me in the right frame of mind when he asked if I Looking at 26-year-olds Michael McGillicuddy and Jeff

wanted to do it,” said McGillicuddy with a laugh.

Malkoon, it’s hard to reconcile those thoughts with these clean-cut, well-read social entrepreneurs. Both the brain

PB Americano, was created to allow them to contribute to

and the brawn behind their homegrown company Peanut

the charity Un Techo para Mi Pais or A Roof for My Country,

Butter Americano, McGillicuddy and Malkoon are not only

building emergency housing and providing job training

forging their own paths, but they’re doing it in a unique,

for people in the Americas and the Caribbean. Malkoon

socially responsible way.

volunteered with the organization in Uruguay during a 2011 trip, and it opened his eyes to the incredible need and

Like many of their fellow Generation Y peers, McGillicuddy

opportunity to serve in developing countries.

and Malkoon came of age looking for meaning outside of corporate hierarchies and accumulated wealth. The Brophy

While their friends were checking out the bar scene,

Prep grads traveled – a lot – and they had the audacity to

McGillicuddy and Malkoon sat in their living room shelling

question the meaning of their United States privilege. Instead

thousands of peanuts. Armed with Malkoon’s mom’s food

of settling in and enjoying the fruits of their college degrees

processor, some pots and pans, and a few tips they gleaned

(Michael’s in anthropology and Jeff’s in global studies with

online, they started making their own peanut butter, using

a master’s in non-profit studies), they looked for a way to

friends and family members as taste-testers along the way.

achieve financial independence while giving those in need a hand up, too.

First, they perfected their classic peanut butter. Then they experimented with other yummy add-ins to create

And so they went nuts. Peanuts, to be exact.

cinnamon-honey (their top-seller), white chocolate and dark chocolate flavors. They decided to make it as healthy as

Just under a year ago, following life-changing treks for both

possible, avoiding sugar and using peanut oil instead of palm

of them, McGillicuddy and Malkoon cooked up a plan. They

oil or other less-healthy options found in most commercial

wanted to use an American staple, peanut butter, to provide

peanut butters.

a living and a life for themselves and for people in Central and

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In December 2012, with branding and

man full time. “We’re currently in 11

legal requirements under their belts,

different stores throughout the state,

they took to the road and began selling

and we will soon be in AJ’s Fine Foods

PB Americano flavors at farmers’

stores as well. Our goal is to have

markets and specialty stores. They

PB Americano in every country in the

spent their Christmas vacation making

Western hemisphere.”

peanut butter until dawn each day, hoping consumers would like it.

PB Americano is planning to be a regular at the Anthem Farmers’ Market

In a nutshell, it was a hit. Production was

as well as in several other places

moved to a larger facility to accommodate

throughout the state. Fans of their

for the now-hundreds of pounds sold

products and work can also buy them

each month, and they hired friends and

online. Their classic and cinnamon-

family to keep up with the growing circuit

honey flavors are 100 percent natural.

of farmers’ markets they attend nearly

Every customer has a favorite, although

every day each week. On their first day at

cinnamon-honey provides the bread-

the Anthem Farmers’ Market, they sold

and-(peanut) butter of the business.

out in less than two hours. For Profits

from

guys

behind

PB

Americano, having the world at their

chocolate flavor go to Un Techo para

fingertips has only broadened their

Mi

known

horizons. Like so many other young

as TECHO, although the two are

people, a more globalized world has

considering forming a more locally

meant that their eyes are wide open to

controlled initiative to channel their

both the problems and the possibilities

funds to specific projects, such as

before them.

more

delicious

young

dark

Pais,

their

the

commonly

micro-finance loans and job creation. The rest of the profits have helped

From

them to build their company, and at the

that’s a pretty good view.

McGillicuddy’s

perspective,

rate they are going, they’ll do just fine. “It’s

like

Robert

Frost

said,”

“We want to make a splash this fall,”

explained. “The road not usually taken

explained McGillicuddy, who recently

makes all the difference.”

quit his job as an elementary physical education teacher to become a peanut

www.pbamericano.com

Fun Facts from the National Peanut Board: • November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month

• Goober—a nickname for peanuts—comes from “nguba”, the Congo language name for peanut. • Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth. • The average American child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he/she graduates high school. • Peanuts contribute more than $4 billion to the U.S. economy each year. • Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter.

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• It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.


SCA ESTABLISHED

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personality

Q A

Five Minutes with...

Tracy Seman Writer Tom Scanlon Photographer Jamie Pogue

Have you heard about CrossFit? It’s an intense physical fitness program that involves a variety of exercises, combining cardio, gymnastic movements and weight training. And, according to one workout wonderwoman, it’s challenging, rewarding and fun. Fitness trainer Tracy Seman believes in the concept so much, she opened Ironwood CrossFit in Anthem this year. The mother of two (Cameron, 15, and Taylor, 12) says her husband Jeff gave her the emotional encouragement she needed to launch the business. What’s CrossFit all about? ImagesAZ spent 5 minutes getting the scoop from Tracy.

ImagesAZ: How long have you been a personal trainer and how did you get started in it?

Tracy Seman: I became a certified personal trainer in January 2010. Prior to that I assisted my running coach during his Fit Camps. I was motivated to get certified because I love helping people change their lives through proper whole food nutrition and exercise.

IAZ: Where are you from, and were you athletic when you were in high school? TS: I was born in Wisconsin and raised here in Arizona. Athletics did not play a big part in my childhood. I really became involved in fitness and nutrition later in life. I have done it all at one time or another – marathons, triathlons, boot camps, traditional gyms, figure competitions. CrossFit has changed the way I workout and I can truly do this the rest of my life.

IAZ: How many days a week do you personally work out? Do you take any days off? TS: In my perfect world, I get to CrossFit five times a week and take two complete days off a week to fully recover.

IAZ: Cross training is so big now, how do you feel about it, and do you recommend it for everyone? TS: We have athletes at our gym from ages 6 to 65. They all perform the WOD (workout of the day). The workouts are scaled for all levels of all ages. I hear people say they want to try CrossFit but need to get in shape first. Nothing could be further from the truth! The best part of CrossFit is the supportive community that is created by our coaches and athletes. I am amazed every day seeing what people can achieve when they are encouraged by their CrossFit family. There’s nothing like watching an athlete who is ready to quit get

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encouragement from their fellow athletes to finish strong and never give up!

IAZ:

Just about everyone wants to lose at least 10

pounds. What’s the best way to do this, and what’s a reasonable time period to expect to lose those 10?

TS:

Great question, and I may not have the response

you would expect. I tell all of our athletes to throw out their scale and quit becoming obsessed with numbers. We coach our athletes to change their lifestyle and learn how to eat whole foods and no longer eat processed foods. We recommend you eat a balanced diet from grass-fed meat, fish, poultry, whole eggs, vegetables, healthy fats, nuts and fruit.

IAZ: What techniques do you have to inspire someone to keep going, not just during a workout but long term?

TS:

Workouts and the gym atmosphere should not

be intimidating. We have found a happy medium where we can give you a great workout but keep you smiling, hopefully that makes people want to come back. One of our favorite things we hear at Ironwood CrossFit is, “That workout was so hard I am never coming back! OK, see you tomorrow!”

IAZ: What’s the weirdest fitness fad you’ve seen over the years?

TS: Mostly diet-related. I hate the fad diets and diets in general. Anyone can lose weight by restricting calories and fat. However, that doesn’t last. Quick weight loss always leads to weight gain. I would rather you lose true body fat slowly while gaining lean muscle.

IAZ: Favorite healthy dinner? TS: New York strip steak with sautéed mushrooms and onion in ghee (clarified butter), steamed broccoli with melted ghee on top.

IAZ: Favorite “cheat” food? TS: My favorite treat is gelato.

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Writer Donna Kublin

17th annual

HIDDEN IN THE HILLS ARTIST STUDIO TOUR and SALE Ari Plosker

Studio #15 www.sunscapephotography.com

Hidden In The Hills (HITH) is one of the best artists’ studio tours in the country, and the largest in the Valley. The selfguided tour features 167 working artists at 46 studio locations throughout Cave Creek, Carefree and north Scottsdale and is held the last two weekends in November: November 22-24 and November 29- December 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. All art forms are included, with many nationally-known artists, as well as emerging artists, presenting their latest work. HITH provides art enthusiasts and serious collectors from all over the world with a unique opportunity to tour at their own pace, observe artists at work in their private studios and purchase art directly from the creators. It is presented by the 450+ member non-profit Sonoran Arts League.

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With so many artists and studios to see, a little planning really helps. A complete directory can be ordered online or by phone. The directory cover is highly sought after by the participating artists. In prior years, only one artist was selected, usually a painter. In a departure from this tradition, there are four artists on the cover this year and in addition to paintings, the artwork includes jewelry and photography. Each of the featured artists expressed their honor in having their artwork so placed.

Diane Sepanski The artwork on the left-hand side of the cover was created by Diane Sepanski. It is a one-of-a-kind jewelry piece consisting of lampworked glass capturing images of the Sonoran desert and disks that she created with metal clay. Each unique piece in this series incorporates her innovative fusion of metal and glass, for which she has received many awards including first place in the 2013 Art Glass Expo in Las Vegas and first place 2013 International Society of Glass Beadmakers in Arizona. “I consider myself a mixed media artist,” said Sepanski. “Each component is done by hand and includes a variety of materials

Diane Sepanski

Studio #26 www.dianesepanski.com

using a number of different processes.” Sepanski delights in telling how she got started creating these beautiful Arizona landscapes with lampwork glass. “My family and I visited Arizona with the idea of relocating from the Midwest and I looked for a memento to commemorate the adventure. I never found one and that inspired me to create this series for visitors and collectors alike. “Lampworking has allowed me to create jewelry, bringing together various metal clays, steel, silver and found objects,” said Sepanski. “Each new technique I learn inspires me to find a way to make it my own. What was once an unknown world to me has now become the path to my creative venture. Lampworking has helped me find the authentic artist within myself.” Sepanski enjoys creating, selling her work at shows across the country, and teaching her techniques to others. She is passionate about what she does and enjoys explaining to visitors on the tour. Her website even includes tutorials.

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Judy Bruce

Studio #42 www.judybruceart.com

Judy Bruce Judy Bruce created the painting on the top right of the cover in her Cave Creek studio, which has been on the HITHs tour for nine years. Bruce has been a painter for 50 years and been doing art her entire life. As a process painter, she allows the images to emerge as she paints in her studio most every day. Her work is truly authentic. It is something she calls “human art” as it expresses aspects of the human condition in a single portrait painting. “I want my art to embrace the dichotomies encountered in life: beauty along with decay, joy along with sorrow, health along with sickness. There cannot be one without the other,” said Bruce. Her “Ravaged Face” series addresses the destruction caused by time, disease, love or death and at the same

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time joy, beauty, hope and peace coming out through pattern, line, texture and color in the same painting. These are done in mixed media and oil. Her “Vulnerable” series deals with people, young and old, male and female and their fragility whether overwhelming or buried deep inside. Many of her subjects are portraits and composites of students and their frailties and strengths. Bruce especially enjoyed working with special needs adolescents who found art to be uplifting and often life saving. Bruce enjoys sharing her “people” during Hidden in the Hills. Many are created using a printing press in a monotype process with mixed media (pastel, water color, collage, colored pencil, inks) added. She has several other series, many in oil and some pastel. Two additional artists will also be showing their work at her studio.


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Barbara Bowman Barbara Bowman created the painting in the center right-hand side of the cover. Her boldly colored contemporary pieces are done in acrylic. Abstract expressionism is Bowman’s passion. She explains: “As a child, I was fascinated with abstract art. I would look at an abstract painting and ponder the lines or lack of them, the colors that merged effortlessly into one another. I’d wonder how they did that, the blending of colors to suggest lines, movement and shadows. Although it may have had no concrete subject matter to speak of, an entire story was unfolding before my eyes. I was in awe and knew someday I would do that, too. “Many people see a painting of mine that they

Barbara Bowman

Studio #25 www.bhbowmanstudios.com

like, but want it in a larger size or with a different color palette,” added Bowman. “That is never a problem. I enjoy doing commission pieces as well as murals to specifically fit a home décor.” Bowman describes her process as something akin to of a true, organic relationship. She likes to paint while listening to music. “It’s almost effortless!” she said with a smile. “Art is a part of me. I enjoy creating it, I enjoy sharing it, and I encourage everyone to explore that part of art within them too!” Bowman’s home studio has been on the tour for six years. “We like to create a warm and welcoming experience for our visitors,” she said. “Many return each year to see new work of the five artists situated in various parts of the property. The work includes jewelry, pastel, tile and sculpture as well as my abstract paintings. We also have live music and refreshments.”

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Ari Plosker The image at the bottom right-hand side of the cover is the work of Ari Plosker. It looks like a painting, but it is a photograph. “I view color photography as a fine art form,” said Plosker. “As an art history major in college, I learned about composition and color and there is a lot of crossover to photography. In the right hands, it can be fine art as much as painting can.”

Ari Plosker

Studio #15 www.sunscapephotography.com

Plosker approaches his work much as a painter focusing on strong composition, bold color and lighting, and good use of space and balance

in the image. He does little post-processing, using only basic digital equivalents to techniques that would typically be used in the development process if it were done at a traditional lab or in a dark room. Plosker is partial to landscape, architecture and other outdoor genres. He believes that taking a successful photograph is as much about preparation as it is luck. His are well-planned. He chooses the final composition when he looks through his lens. If there are special effects needed, he experiments with unusual techniques such as long shutter speed or deliberate camera motion. In this way, the camera for him becomes a truly creative artistic tool in the fullest sense of the term. Equally as important as the photograph itself, he feels it is important to pick right media for each piece, the one that presents the image best. His work that will be available on the tour has a broad range of mounting presentations from conventional to canvas, and from metallic paper and aluminum to traditional photo paper.

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Hands Across

anthem Annual Golf Tournament By Stephanie Maher Palenque

After years of running and hosting the annual We Care Golf

Casey and his wife Jerri worked feverishly with over 100

Tournament, the We Care organization is officially passing the

volunteers to put an event together to raise money for the family.

baton (golf club) to Hands Across Anthem, the organization

Their hope for the organization, which has grown in leaps and

founded by Jerri and Casey Cottrell.

bounds since their first event, is to garner support for other families who are dealing with adversity.

Their mission has

We Care in Anthem has successfully produced 10 golf tournaments

become: “Helping families facing catastrophic life-threatening

that helped to fund the organization and helped countless local

illnesses or injury or the sudden loss of a child or spouse.” The

families. This year is the eleventh annual tournament, and Hands

annual golf tournament is the perfect opportunity to do just that.

Across Anthem has stepped up to take over. Jerri said, “When Eric Kilstrom called me in August to ask me if

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Hands Across Anthem was borne of a dream, literally. The idea

I wanted to take over the golf tournament that was usually held

for the organization’s first-ever event came to Casey, owner of

by We Care, I jumped in with both feet and said ‘absolutely.’ I

Daisy Mountain Painting Services, LLC, in the middle of the night

knew it would be a lot of work, but Hands Across Anthem has

after learning that his friend Steve Wagner’s daughter, Katie, had

been as successful as it is because we continually try to involve

received sudden diagnosis of stage four lung and bone cancer.

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“I asked for volunteers from our board and from the public. We have worked our tails off to get sponsorships solidified and are now ready to open registration up to the public. Tickets to the dinner and silent auction at the end of the golf tournament will also be available to the public.” To date, Hands Across Anthem has been able to attract many sponsors including the Prickett Group, Priceless Plumbing, Pure Health & Wellness Center, Fox Designs, and Marquee Mortgage, LLC. Hole sponsors include Tobias’ Automotive Specialists, Inc, Whitman & Jackson CPAs, Titan Pest Control, BNA – Business Network of Anthem, PostNet Anthem Az115, Soft Water Plus, RVI Team Sports, AZ Shade, and Coldwell Banker Daisy Mountain – Doreen Drew. Jerri is grateful to the entire community for its support. Jerri said, “From the business owners to the homeowners, Hands Across Anthem really is this community’s organization. There’s no way I could do all of this alone. I continually count on volunteers to make these wonderful events happen! I am looking forward to a successful event that players and sponsors will want to participate in again. The funds raised from this tournament will allow us to keep doing what we do – helping families in our own backyard who are suffering the unimaginable.” When: Friday, November 22, 2013 11:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Where: Ironwood Country Club, Anthem, AZ Details: Golf is $125 per person – includes golf, an awesome swag bag and a fabulous dinner at the Country Club. Registration opens at 11:30 a.m. Friday, November 22. There will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start, 5 p.m. dinner, silent auction, and awards ceremony. Sponsors and golfers still needed. jerri@handsacrossanthem.org www.handsacrossanthem.org

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C hamber Profile

Go with Service

Chamber Contributor Jenny Brooks, Special to ImagesAZ

The National Small Business Association recently conducted a survey that found 40 percent of small businesses owners outsource their payroll function. The reasons for this weren’t revealed, but it probably has something to do with the importance of payroll and the advantage to having an expert handle the task.

Upcoming Chamber Events Business for Breakfast Thursday, Nov. 14 from 7 to 8:15 a.m. Speaker: Barbara Barnstead Topic: Making Money with the Phoenix

The Anthem North Gateway Chamber of Commerce has exactly that kind of member: a payroll and humans resources provider. Payroll Control Systems (PCS) is one of the largest and fastest growing independent payroll service providers. For the last 17 years, the company has been helping businesses with payroll, payroll taxes and human resources solutions. Joseph M. Reilly, Jr. founded PCS in 1995 because he recognized the market for outsourcing payroll and related services in the 1990s was suffering from a lack of service, despite growing demand.

Business Journal Hampton Inn: 42415 N. 41st Dr., Anthem

BUSINESS HOLIDAY RECEPTION Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Anthem Golf and Country Club, Ironwood Thank you to our sponsors: Anthem Community Council, EPCOR Water, V.I.P. Mortgage and Whitman & Jackson CPAs.

www.northgatewaychamber.org

Kimberly Overton is a sales representative for PCS and is proud of the company’s commitment to service. “PCS is unique in how we approach our clients. We offer customized solutions to meet the client’s needs rather than make them meet our needs,” Overton said. “We are able to deliver a customized solution and ensure they’re not paying for more services than they need.” Its ability to offer such highly customized solutions is due to its software programs, along with

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ongoing training for each solution. The company’s mission is to become an extension of their clients’ businesses, providing them with only the products and services they need to be successful. PCS has offices in Phoenix, Milwaukee and Spokane, and supports clients in all 50 states. The company promises its clients that a live person will always answer the phone, not a computer. “I love that I have a little part in helping businesses become more efficient and successful,” Overton said. “I’m building long-term relationships and making friends in my work.” One of the services that PCS offers as a differentiator is to dedicate a client account manager to each client. These account managers provide clients with expertise and insight on a weekly basis. “I’m really proud of this promise we make to our clients because we have a really experienced team of account managers who know their clients’ specific needs inside and out,” Overton said. She has been living in the North Gateway area for only six months. She and her husband Joe relocated to Phoenix from Albuquerque in May. As a new Phoenix resident, Overton said she’s really enjoying her role as PCS’s Phoenix North Gateway Chamber of Commerce representative. “This Chamber is made up of some extraordinary members, and I’m enjoying networking with these business owners and learning how they’ve built successful businesses,” Overton said. “And being new to the area, I’ve learned so much about our state and what it has to offer through the Chamber.” The North Gateway’s link to the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has also been a great resource for her. In fact, Overton

has recently become an ambassador for the Greater Phoenix Chamber. As a new member to the community and a new employee with PCS, Overton has jumped in feet-first. Overton was born and raised in Indiana. She and her husband lived for 25 years in Chicago, running their own business before moving to New Mexico and operating a franchise business. Together, they are enjoying the weather and being close to family again. Overton’s sister and brother-in-law live in Scottsdale, and her parents will be relocating from Florida, as well as her aunt and uncle. And her two daughters are in New Mexico going to college, not too far away. Overton’s past experience as a business owner and franchise operator gives her an especially helpful perspective for her clients and some great business wisdom. When asked what advice she’d give to business owners, she was quick with her answer: “Work hard, make more good decisions than bad, and know that there is no reward without risk,” she said. “Business owners have to learn to weather the difficult times. My husband and I always subscribed to the mantra that ‘this too shall pass,’ which helps a lot.” To find out more about how PCS can help your business, give Overton a call. And don’t be surprised if you find a new friend in the process. Payroll Control Systems 480-325-4042 1819 E. Morten Ave., Ste. 240 Phoenix AZ 85020 www.pcspay.com

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Mary Ann Derryberry

I nd ucted into Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame

Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque Photographer Bryan Black

Volunteer for the parade: daisymtnvetsparade@cox.net www.daisymtnvets.org www.veteransfirstltd.org

October 25 at the Shrine Auditorium, the governor will be presenting an award to someone Anthemites have long known deserves significant recognition: MaryAnn Derryberry. MaryAnn, who is hesitant to accept the spotlight on her, does so reluctantly in the hope that active service to one’s nation and community is contagious. One would have to hope that whatever “bug” MaryAnn caught years ago, would be. Locals might know her as the woman who produces the now-legendary Anthem Veterans Parade, which is in its ninth year. She is quick to call it a labor of love, but the emphasis should be on the word “labor.” The parade is the only parade in the Valley, and possibly beyond, that is 100 percent supported by the community, includes more than 2,000 people and carries a price tag that hovers around $15,000. What is now known as Arizona’s largest veterans parade has become a tradition for many families, including children who have grown up watching the two-mile long parade. With five announcers along the parade route, it has become a legendary event in its own right. MaryAnn is quick to point out that without the volunteers, the parade would not happen, but it is fairly safe to say that without MaryAnn, the parade would not happen either. Both long- and short-term volunteers are needed to help with the parade, and all are invited to become involved. In the last three years, MaryAnn has taken on another project that has become close to her heart: Veterans First, which is working on behalf of homeless female veterans. MaryAnn said, “People do not realize what these women go through when they are deployed, some two or three times. They often come home to no husbands or homes. They find themselves without jobs and a place to live. It’s very degrading – a woman likes to nest.”

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Veterans First, Ltd., an organization “dedicated to assisting our past,

Sallie’s Place is the current housing endeavor for women veterans

present and future veterans, their families, and caregivers,” notes

that will feature full-sized two bedroom apartments. Mary Ann said,

there are an estimated 75,000 homeless veterans on our nation’s

“I’m very proud to be associated with Veterans First. “ She adds,

streets every night. It is projected that women veterans make up 8

“I could never do any of this without the love, understand and

percent of that population, which is expected to grow to 10 percent

support of my husband, Tom.”

in the next three to five years. There are special issues that come into play when accounting for and reporting on women veterans, as

United States Navy Rear Admiral (Ret.) Ron Tucker was inducted

they often move from home to home, staying with family members

into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame last year for his years of

and friends, and so are never officially counted. Because of the likely

service. He served thirty-two years of active duty in the U.S.

inaccurate numbers, it is important to have an active outreach for

Navy, but his service to his country and community did not end

this population to we can help them to meet their basic needs.

there. In addition to his active involvement with the Phoenix Navy League and the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund, he initiated and was

Through Veterans First, Ltd., a number of grants and the kindness

an integral part of bringing the Anthem Veterans Memorial in the

and dedication of volunteers like MaryAnn, Mary Ellen’s Place was

Anthem Community Park to fruition. He continues to support the

created to assist in addressing the housing need and to provide

project through the Anthem Veterans Memorial Support Team to

the common thread of social interaction while creating a culture to

promote, raise funds through the sale of pavers and other means,

meet the unique needs of our women veterans.

and assist in communication about and upkeep of the memorial.

Mary Ellen’s Place provides a comfortable, supportive, and safe home

He also is a great supporter of Arizona Veterans Heritage Project, in

for women veterans with no limit on age or tenancy, and assists in

which the stories of veteran are collected, honored and published.

preventing homelessness through affordable rent. It offers a safe

Ron said, “The more kids you can expose to veterans, the more

environment for women veterans who need to decompress and slowly

meaningful their freedom is to them.”

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Ron was “humbled by and appreciative of” his induction last year into the Hall of Fame and calls the award “a wonderful honor from the State of Arizona.” He congratulates this year’s Anthem inductee, Mary Ann Derryberry, and notes she is “very deserving of this honor.” Everyone loves a parade … A cannon shot will signify the start of the exciting parade, which included more than 2,000 marchers last year. The 2013 event will take place Saturday, November 9 at 10 a.m. and will honor Korean War veterans (June 1950 to July 1955). As always, the parade will run for about two miles and there will be five emcees along the parade route so that both spectators and participants will not miss a beat! Veterans Memorial Ceremony Attending the Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony at the Anthem Community Park on Veterans Day is a poignant way to honor our veterans. Anthem Veterans Memorial Support Team (AVMS) invites Anthem and neighboring communities to attend the ceremony at 10 a.m. November 11 at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. The ceremony will be presented by Daisy Mountain Veterans, an alliance of the members of American Legion Post 128, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12031, and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 128. The ceremony will include live music, a tribute to Korean War veterans, special honors and keynote address. Admiral Vernon E. Clark (Ret.) will serve as the keynote speaker this year. Admiral Clark completed a distinguished 37-year Navy career in 2005. His Navy experience spans his early days in destroyers, command of a patrol gunboat as a lieutenant, and concluded in the halls of the Pentagon as the Chief of Naval Operations and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In between, he commanded ships, two destroyer squadrons, the Atlantic Fleet’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center, a carrier battle group, the Second Fleet, NATO’s Striking Fleet and the Atlantic Fleet. Admiral Clark has received numerous military decorations for his service and has served numerous boards in industry and education since his retirement. He also is engaged in consulting in the national security arena and frequently lectures regarding our military and leadership. All ceremony attendees are asked to bring new toiletries and canned food to the ceremony to assist veterans and their children in need. Also, remember to bring a camera as, at 11:11 a.m., the sun’s rays will pass through the five service branch columns’ ellipses to cast a perfect shadow around the mosaic of the Great Seal of the United States.

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the action is all real T ramonto resident Jill “ Pushy Tushy” B artlett

Like modern-day Clark Kents-in-drag, mild-mannered teachers, nurses, real estate agents and secretaries release their alter egos when the work day ends. Off come the collars and heels; on go ripped fishnet stockings, knee pads and other nefarious accessories of femme fatale on wheels. With names like Reeking Havoc, Hannah Barbaric, Blok ‘n’ DekHER and Ophelia Agony, they take to the flat track, pushing, striking and blocking each other in explosive offense and diva-like defense. They’re athletic and they’re tenacious, and don’t even try to call them by the names on their business cards. These are the girls of Arizona Roller Derby, the second oldest roller derby league, and one of the toughest, in the United States. Tramonto resident Jill “Pushy Tushy” Bartlett is among the faces at the flat track. A former Ironman competitor, she’s got the build and discipline of a seasoned contender, and the pink hair and edgy grunge look of a rock-and-roller. There’s no mistaking it. This girl is a roller derby girl. The action is all real: every fall, every blow, and every bloody clash. The sport is not for the faint of heart, but for women who grew up playing tough competitive sports like softball or basketball, and for fans who watch hockey games for the fights or Nascar for the crashes. Roller derby offers a level of competition and camaraderie that can’t be found in running, cycling or other female-friendly sports. They play not for money or fame, but for the fight of competition and the glory of winning in front of a cheering crowd. “Roller derby is action-packed, like football,” Bartlett explained. “It’s hard hitting, but there’s still something very feminine about it. What other sport can you come out in looking sexy, but still have full contact? That’s what makes women’s roller derby unique, and that’s why there’s a full revival in it right now.” And when it comes to team competitive sports, it seems women know how to bring the fun. Where else can you watch head-to-head jams between teams called “Brawlarinas,” “Gaudylupes,” “Surly Gurlies” and “Bad News Beaters”? And where else can a spontaneous dance party break out during a long time-out?

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Each bout consists of a short series of matchups, called “jams,” during which each team sends out five players, including one scorer, or “jammer,” and four blockers. Like in football, the jammers are often small and fast while blockers are often bigger, tougher girls – a fact that makes roller derby all-the-more inviting to women of different shapes and sizes. The jammer scores points by lapping players on the opposing team. The rest of the rules are simple enough to pick up by watching a bout or two. There are other leagues in the state and in the nation, but Arizona Roller Derby, a charter member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, is among the most competitive. This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is skater-owned and skater-operated, and its hard-hitting, fast action is part of what makes roller derby one of the fastest-growing sports in the nation. In a recent bout between state-ranked teams the Gaudylupes and the Brawlarinas, the crowd went wild for Brawlas jammer CarBomb-Ya, a tiny, athletic skater who scored an impressive 102 points. In spite of her success, she couldn’t lead her team past the Gaudys, whose leading jammer Cana Dash came off of maternity leave to lead with 38 points. She was backed solidly by fellow Gaudys jammers Choke Ya Latte and Dee Troit, for a leading score of 170 Gaudys points to the Brawlarinas’ 161. There were some scrapes and bruises along the way, but in the end, both teams skated through high fives and the helmets came off. They mingled and laughed together, then wandered off in groups, many of the skaters gripping the hands of toddlers or rounding up grade schoolers on their way to a relaxed after-party.

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Dinner with the Doc.

Enjoy a COMPLIMENTARY DINNER at Two Brothers Kitchen in Anthem on Tuesday, November 12th at 6:30PM. Learn about the Three Top Killers and how to decrease medication usage. This special event is open to the public. RSVP is required to attend. For more information and to reserve your seat:

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We’re real girls, and real athletes... W herever you are in yo u r walk of life , if yo u are interested in roller derby, there is a place for yo u .

Hanging out in the bleachers at the double header bout (the other match a blowout by the Bad News Beaters, who defeated the Dirty Verde Roller Derby girls 349-88) was Bartlett, who is vice president of athletics for the league. Her team, the Surly Gurlies, didn’t take to the track, but she brought her 10-year-old daughter Jada and 6-year-old son Richie for the fun. Despite its seemingly rough-and-tumble description, roller derby is a family-friendly sport. It’s not unusual to see little ones cheering and wearing t-shirts bearing their mothers’ team names. There is even an emerging league for girls as young as 8 years old, and a men’s league as well. Most women in the league are 20- or 30-somethings, but a handful have passed the 40-year-old mark. To get on a state-level team takes some work, and the women of roller derby put in the same dedicated hours that any competitive athlete does. They begin on the Smash Squad, undergoing three levels of training before being eligible for serious competition. Most beginners have never put on roller skates before, so they start with very basic skills. They practice, hone their technique, and serve as cheerleaders during bouts. Eventually, they earn their way to a team designation. Once they’re designated to a team, they compete with women from all over the state in Phoenix, Mesa, Tucson, Prescott, and even in Anthem, where the Surlies will be pitted against the Whiskey Row-llers in January. It’s serious competition, and it’s not for weekend warriors. “There are several official league practices per week, as well as team practices,” explained a likeable gal with a not-so-printable name, who serves as the league’s media spokesperson. “This provides our skaters

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the opportunity to practice every day of the week. Players are also expected to do off-skates workouts on their own.” Bouts are held about once a month from September to May.” A tougher team, the Tent City Terrors, competes on the national level for more competitive derby girls like Bartlett, who was a member of triathlon group Team Anthem before tying up roller skates for the first time two years ago. The Terrors dress in – you guessed it – pink uniforms and jailhouse stripes, and they are truly outstanding. “Being an

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Kids will also enjoy dining at Cafe Provence. Cafe Provence is kid-friendly and offers a children’s menu that includes penne with marinara, macaroni and cheese, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders and grilled cheese sandwiches. Bring the kids along to enjoy a great meal together! Local patrons can be proud to know that Cafe Provence recently received an A rating from the Maricopa County Health Department during their quarterly inspection. Acquiring an A rating is not always easy to achieve. We congratulate Cafe Provence staff and management for a job well done! Make your reservations early for two memorable evenings. Space is limited!

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Meet the Marketplace

Yards By Paul

Your personal groundskeeper in Anthem. Anthem residents are discovering that they can have competitively-priced yard maintenance with attention to detail, and customer service skills to boot. Upon moving to Anthem about five years ago, Paul hired a company to service his yard, and quickly learned that service providers in this industry were difficult to keep scheduled, and were doing an incomplete job without supervision. Paul found yard maintenance suprisingly costly too, and was doubtful that he was receiving a good value. Between teaching jobs one summer, Paul took a job doing landscaping maintenance for a company in Phoenix, and then ventured out on his own in Anthem. Now three years later, Paul, and associates Josh and Thad, are serving a growing clientelle list. Paul’s clients rave about his crew’s attention to detail, and their true care for the look and health of their yards. “We hate to leave debris underneath the shrubs. We trim the branches hanging on the ground, so we can really blow through each plant. I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I keep a list of things we can do to improve my yards, so that with each visit, I know the yard will continue to look better.” Because Paul is local to our community, he can respond in a jiffy to emergencies. He is communicative, and always available to take a call. He offers emailed invoices, online bill pay, and options for economical 4-, 6-, 8- and 12-week intervals. Most yards are offered at $60-90 per month. Yards By Paul 480-363-8390 Call or Text for free estimate www.yardsbypaul.com

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John C. Lincoln Health Network John C. Lincoln Health Network is a nonprofit organization with two hospitals, 38 physician practices, a spectrum of charitable community service programs and a health foundation. Our newest facility, Sonoran Health and Emergency Center, opens December 2013 with emergency, medical imaging and breast care services. During more than 85 years, John C. Lincoln has built an impressive and well-regarded network of health and human services. With approximately 4,000 employees and a medical staff of almost 1,100 physicians, John C. Lincoln provides the Valley with the latest diagnostic and treatment options in a wide variety of specialties. Although our focus is local, we hold ourselves to national standards of excellence. From nursing care to community services to business practices and more, we’ve been honored by experts for practically every aspect of our work. John C. Lincoln Health Network www.JCL.com


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Iddings and Sons Landscaping Creating the Perfect Environment for You

It’s simple, really. We are a family of professionals who love what we do. Years of design and gardening experience gives us the ability to create a unique landscape experience for you, our customer. Barbecues, fireplaces, water features and patios are all great amenities to a yard, but if you do not have a true artist composing each piece to flow together, these creations will be neither functional nor attractive. We feel just as strongly about gardening. By focusing on key elements like plant health, proper plant and tree growth, irrigation inspection and attention to detail, we are able to beautify yards to their fullest potential. To our family, it’s not just about maintaining yards or assembling landscapes. At Iddings and Sons, each new design, each project, each yard we care for is a chance to truly do what we’re best at … creating the perfect environment for you.

Planet Beach a Contempo Spa

Planet Beach a Contempo Spa is your new neighborhood retreat. We are here to change the way the world rejuvenates. Our automated day spa gives you the luxury of escaping your everyday life with the touch of a button. With Planet Beach’s innovative vision to enhance your health and wellness needs, we have incorporated machines to assist with detox and weight loss, pain relief and inflammation, red light therapy for your full body and face, sleep deprivation and meditation. We also feature four different types of massage units to choose from, teeth whitening, UV and Mystic sunless tanning. Many of our customers come to relax and rejuvenate not only from the outside in, but from the inside out. Our goal is to provide you with superior customer service so that you can achieve your individual needs. If you have visited us before, Planet Beach is under new local

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ownership. We would like to invite you back in to see all of the new treatments that we offer. Please come and enjoy three spa sessions on us. Come relax, renew and glow with Planet Beach. Planet Beach 623-551-6871

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For Advertising Information Shelly Spence :: 623-341-8221 shelly@imagesaz.com Accountant Hasslacher Tax & Financial, LLC. 623-551-2332 42104 N. Venture Court, B130 Sonoran Tax and Accounting 623-738-4TAX 42104 N. Venture Drive, Suite D122 www.sonorantax.com Advertising ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221 www.imagesaz.com Air conditioning/Heating Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 623-444-0611 www.pricelessplumbing.com Proskill Plumbing 623-551-7473 www.proskillplumbing.com Animal Services Sonoran Desert Pet Resort 623-551-5299 www.sdpetresort.com Pet Spa Desert Oasis Pet Spaw 623-551-5299 www.sdpetresort.com Attorney Boates Law Firm 623-551-5457 www.anthemlaw.com Carroll Law Firm 623-551-9366 www.anthemlawfirm.com Automotive Sales Right Toyota - Mark E. Settell 480-788-2243 480-444-6409 Sanderson Lincoln 602-375-7500 www.sandersonlincoln.com Automotive Repair Meineke/Econo Lube and Brakes 623-551-0033 42410 N. Vision Way Sanderson Lincoln 602-375-7500 www.sandersonlincoln.com

Beauty Skin Care Merle Norman Cosmetics 623-551-9502 www.merlenorman.com Boutique Nothing in Moderation Located in Merle Norman 623-551-9502 Business Center Post Net Business Center 623-551-1305 www.postnet.com/az115 Business Groups Anthem/North Gateway Chamber of Commerce 602-495-6483 www.northgatewaychamber.org Preferred Business at Anthem 623-551-0523 www.pbanthem.com Charity Network Network of Anthem Area Assistance Providers (NAAAP) www.anthemnetwork.org Chiropractor Back to Health 42104 N. Venture Drive, Building, Suite 102 623-551-6677 www.myanthemchiro.com Cruise/vacation Cruise One Feiner & Associates 623-551-2042 www.cruiseone.com/hfeiner College Paradise Valley Community College 602-493-2600 my.maricopa.edu Community Theater Musical Theatre of Anthem www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org 602-743-9892 Starlight Community Theater www.starlightcommunitytheater.org www.starlightcommunitytheater.com

Counseling Core Recovery 602-810-1210 www.corerecoveryaz.com Dentist Bishara Dental 623-742-7220 46641 N. Black Canyon Hwy #7 Daisy Mountain Dentistry 623-551-5250 4205 W. Anthem Way, Suite #106 North Valley Family Dentistry 623-551-9200 42104 N. Venture Drive, Building E www.myanthemdentist.com West Valley Pediatric Dentistry 623-935-9873 3618 W. Anthem Way, Suite D104 Financial Planning Edward Jones - Doug DeMuth 623-551-0523 www.edwardjones.com Hasslacher Tax & Financial, LLC 623-551-2332 42104 N. Venture Court, B130 Garage Door Dynamic Door Service 602-335-1077 www.wefixuglydoors.com Habilitation, REspite & Attendant care Arion 623-238-4349 sdykhuizen@arioncaresolutions.com www.arioncaresolutions.com Hauling/Rubbish Removal Rubbish Works Local Junk Removal & Recycling 480-545-1220 Ext. 711 800-501-9324 www.rubbishworks.com/phoenix Health & Fitness Sports Conditioning Harper Physical Therapy 623-742-7338 41818 N. Venture Drive, Suite #120 Curves Anthem 623-551-5100 42302 N. Vision Way #115A N o vem b er 2013

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Holiday Lighting AZ Holiday Lighting 623-780-5402 www.azholidaylighting.com Home Design Arizona Home Design 480-818-3827 insurance Auto/home/life/renters/health/ retirement/Auto Loans & refinancing American Family Insurance John Kovach Agency 623-551-7900 www.johnkovachagency.com Farmers Insurance Glenn Grossman 480-588-9310 Maki Insurance 623-551-3585 www.makiinsurance.com Investing/Retirement Edward Jones - Doug DeMuth 623-551-0523 www.edwardjones.com INterior Design In Season Design 248-505-0977 www.inseasondesign.com Jewelry/gold buyers AndrewZ Diamonds and Fine Jewelry 623-551-6892 www.andrewzdiamonds.com 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 paulnugent@me.com Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Jen Gentry 623-251-5518 42104 N. Venture Drive, C-122 www.drjengentry.com Premier Wellness Center 623-399-8222 42211 N. 41st Drive, Suite A109 www.premierwellnessaz.com

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

Podiatry Westland Family Foot and Ankle Specialist 480-361-2500 www.westlandffas.com

Outdoor Lighting Let There be Light, LLC 480-575-3204 www.lettherebelightllc.com

Pool maintenance My Pool Gal 480-626-2604 www.ecoblupools.com

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

Realtor Coldwell Banker Daisy Mountain RE Gary Drew 623-512-0828 www.drewazrealestate.com

Wood Orthodontics/Wyatt Wood 623-792-7323 3618 W. Anthem Way, Suite D108 Painting Daisy Mountain Painting 623-551-3156 www.daisymountainpainting.com Premier Commercial Painting 623-551-8640 www.premier-commercial.com Pediatrics Angel Pediatrics 623-551-0442 3654 W. Anthem Way Suite B-114 Twin Pediatrics 623-551-9825 42211 N. 41st Dr. Suite 153 Pest Control Titan Pest Control 623-879-8700 www.titanpest.com Photography Karen Sophia Photography 480-543-7526 www.karensophiaphotography.com Pogue Photography 480-748-9100 www.poguephoto.com Physical Therapy Harper Physical Therapy 623-742-7338 41818 N. Venture Drive, Suite #120 Plumbing Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 623-444-0611 www.pricelessplumbing.com Proskill Plumbing 623-551-7473 www.proskillplumbing.com Rayne of the North Valley 623-551-5952 www.raynewater.com

RE/MAX Professionals Linda Rehwalt 602-249-SOLD www.azrealty.com Restaurants CafĂŠ Provence 623-551-1313 www.cafeprovenceaz.com Dara Thai Cafe 623-551-6676 3655 W. Anthem Way Ste B-127 Desert Donuts 623-582-0281 www.desertdonuts.com English Rose Tea Room 480-488-4812 201 Easy St. Carefree, AZ www.carefreetea.com Spa Planet Beach Spa 3668 W. Anthem Way, Suite B154 623-551-6871 www.planetbeachanthem.com Premier Wellness Center 623-399-8222 42211 N. 41st Drive, Suite A109 www.premierwellnessaz.com Screens C&S Screens 623-582-8592 cssreens@cox.net Security Doors Steel Shield Security Doors 623-581-DOOR www.steelshieldsecurity.com Schools Anthem Elementary School Main Line 623-376-3700 Attendance 623-376-3790 Anthem Preparatory Academy 623-465-4776 www.anthemprep.org


Barry Goldwater High School Main Line 623-445-3000 Attendance 623-445-3090 Brighter Beginnings Preschool 602-619-4202 www.brighterbeginninspreschool.com Boulder Creek High School Main Line 623-445-8600 Attendance 623-445-8690

Urgent Care John C. Lincoln Urgent Care in Anthem 623-434-6444 Water Softener & Filtration Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 623-444-0611 www.pricelessplumbing.com

Cross of Christ Lutheran Church 623-551-9851 www.anthemcross.org Deer Valley Worship Center 623-582-1001 www.dvworship.com Desert View Bible Church 623-298-4900 www.desertviewbible.org

The Caepe School Main Line 623-551-7808 www.thecaepeschool.org

Proskill Plumbing 623-551-7473 www.proskillplumbing.com

Fellowship Church 623-551-1144 www.fellowshipanthem.com

Canyon Springs Elementary Main Line 623-376-5200 Attendance 623-376-5290

Rayne of the North Valley 623-551-5952 www.raynewater.com

Grace North Church 623-551-0007 www.gracenorth.com

Caurus Academy 623-551-5083 www.caurusacademy.org

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Writer and photographer Jenn Korducki Krenn

Spinach and Gruyère Gratin

Who needs potatoes au gratin when you can serve up a cheesy version of Popeye’s favorite leafy green? Gruyère is a hard yellow cheese with a sweet but slightly salty flavor that varies with age. Combined with creamy ingredient companions and spicy nutmeg, it creates a distinctive taste that complements the heartiness (and healthiness) of the spinach. Pair it with a glass of Riesling or other white wine at your Thanksgiving feast this year for an alternative side dish that will please many palates. This recipe makes enough for eight. Recipe from Real Simple

Spinach and Gruyère Gratin Ingredients:

Directions:

1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for the baking dish

Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a shallow 2 1/2- to 3-quart baking dish with olive oil. Set aside.

6 shallots, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 cup dry white wine 6 large eggs 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup whole milk 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, grated 4 10-ounce packages frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove excess moisture 8 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

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Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over mediumhigh heat. Add the shallots, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until evaporated, 4 to 6 minutes. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, milk, nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Stir in the spinach, shallot mixture, Gruyère and Parmesan cheese. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Bake until the spinach mixture is bubbling and the top is golden brown, 45 to 55 minutes.


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