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Contents

Publisher Shelly Spence

Editor/contributing writer Jenn Korducki Krenn

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

Photographers Bryan Black Loralei Lazurek Keri Meyers Mike Harvey Karen Hamilton Monica Longenbaker Brandon Tigrett

Graphic artist Sam Paul

Images Arizona P.O. Box 1416 Carefree, AZ. 85377 623-341-8221 // imagesaz.com Submission of news for Community News section should be in to shelly@imagesaz.com by the 10th of the month prior to publication.

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Images Arizona is published by ImagesAZ Inc. Copyright Š 2016 by ImagesAZ, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction, in whole or part, without permission is prohibited. The publisher is not responsible for the return of unsolicited material.

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Mortgages, VIP Mortgage

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Matt Garner 602.690.0586

Home Appraisals, Foothills Appraisal

Printing & Shipping Services, PostNet

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Law Office of Florence M. Bruemmer, P.C.

Florence Bruemmer, Esq. 623.551.0380

Harper Physical Therapy

CPA / Investments

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Daisy Mountain Painting

Casey Cottrell 623.551.3156

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Sandy Struss 602.762.8422

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Real Estate, D.L. Jones & Associates

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Join us this Wednesday, 7am at the Hampton Inn, Anthem. Febr uary 2016

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If you listen closely, you just might hear it: the jubilant sound of dozens of top classical, chamber, jazz, Broadway, country, blues, opera, bluegrass and pop musicians, coming together in harmony for six weeks at venues across the Valley. Arizona Musicfest is turning 25, and its talented performers are turning up the volume to make this year’s festival one of the best yet. With American jazz singer Al Jarreau and superstar violinist Joshua Bell as headliners, this silver anniversary celebration is geared up to deliver on that promise. And of course, no Musicfest would be complete without the Festival Orchestra, led by Maestro Robert Moody, along with the 100-voice Arizona Musicfest Chorus, one of the region’s top choral ensembles.

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Among the descriptions I’ve read of the event, “performances so close … that take you so far,” could not ring truer. Not only does Arizona Musicfest engage and delight audiences visiting from a wide variety of locations; it also educates and inspires aspiring young musicians through its enrichment programs, performance opportunities, competitions and scholarships — giving them the chance to explore their potential and grow their passion for the performing arts. It goes without saying that this is a community event not

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to be missed; a sonorous reminder of why we are so

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fortunate to call Arizona home. Enjoy! Shelly Spence Publisher, Images Arizona magazine shelly@imagesaz.com 623-341-8221

Arizona Musicfest P. 50

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Meet THE

Carterfamily

Jeni, Camelin & Aleksandra If you know a family you would like to nominate, please email shelly@imagesaz.com.

Writer Lauren Strait Photographer Loralei Lazurek

It’s very easy for a family to fall into a black hole of darkness, epecially when it feels like you are being hit one time after the next with bad news, hardships and health issues. For Jeni Carter and her two daughters, trying times have built nothing but strength and character, which definitely shows from the inside out. A North Carolina native, Jeni found herself in Anthem after getting into the real estate business 15 years ago. She began looking for homes for her investor clients and fell in love with the Anthem community. In 2004, she and her husband purchased a home so she and her daughters could lay down new roots. “We lived in Las Vegas for some time and loved the atmosphere and the weather here in Arizona,” says Jeni. “I knew Arizona would be a better place to raise our girls.” In 2011, Jeni and her husband decided to divorce. It really took a toll on the girls, but their faith and positive attitudes prevailed. As if divorce wasn’t enough to shake up their lives, Jeni’s oldest daughter, Camelin, began feeling ill during her sophomore year of high school.

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Jeni started searching the Internet to help diagnose her

“With two children in our own community who

daughter. Camelin was becoming tired, with no energy

committed suicide this year alone, Camelin is

and signs of depression. Jeni knew it was more than

determined to find kids the help they need,” says Jeni.

just stress from the normal struggles of high school.

“She told me she wants to go to college and become

After several trips to the doctor and multiple tests,

a child psychologist.”

Camelin was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. Camelin, now 17 and a senior in high school, has Hashimoto’s disease is a condition where your

already applied to three colleges and has been granted

immune system attacks your thyroid. The thyroid,

two merit scholarships. She hasn’t decided where she

which produces hormones that coordinate many of

wants to go yet, but she has a few more months to

your body’s activities, becomes underactive and can

decide before she graduates from Boulder Creek High

cause severe weight loss, rapid or irregular heartbeat

School.

and depression. As you can imagine for a teenage girl, being diagnosed with a chronic illness can be

Jeni’s younger daughter, Aleksandra, is 16 and the

devastating news, but Camelin saw the silver lining.

sophomore class president at BC. When she is not cheering on the varsity cheer squad, she can be found

“Camelin met many other kids who were suffering from

hanging out with her friends or with her older sister.

Hashimoto’s disease when going through treatment,” says Jeni.

When the trio are not working or involved in school activities, they love to shop, take road trips and just be

It was there she discovered her passion for helping

together.

others. She found her calling to want to help other kids

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dealing with depression and is currently working toward

“We have an extremely close bond,” says Jeni. “I love

building a nonprofit to help kids who are suicidal.

that we are all super close.”

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Once, Jeni and the girls took a trip up to Sedona and decided to get their auras read. It is believed that our bodies put out energies, and auras can determine what kind of energy it is based on the color of the energy that is found on your chart. Each of them got their auras read and, shockingly, they were all the same colors: red and black. “The lady reading our auras said she had never seen red and black with a mother and daughters before,” Jeni says. “She told us it meant that we were very closely connected.” Red aura people are enthusiastic and energetic individuals, forever on the lookout for new adventure. A black aura means there is also a sense of underlying stress that needs to be relieved. “For us, it just confirmed our deep bond,” says Jeni. Today, Jeni is continuing to raise her girls and serves as one of the preferred Anthem Realtors on Zillow and Trulia with Realty One Group. She is also excited to bring her passion of interior design back to life with the recent opening of her interior design studio, Grace and Hope Designs. “My degree is in interior design, and it’s been rewarding to finally get this new adventure off the ground,” she says. Her first major project is designing the interiors for her boyfriend’s new home.

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Sports

Writer Tom Scanlon Photographer Rob Ascherl

ANTHEM ATHLETES GRAPPLE FOR STATE TITLE If it’s February, it’s Crooks time. The name “Crooks” has become synonymous with Boulder Creek High School wrestling. Chiefly, there is coach Doug Crooks. The longtime — first and only — BC wrestling coach has fired up his grapplers, who have taken the program to an elite level in the last few Februarys. The state tournament is held annually mid-month at the Prescott Valley Event Center. Crooks reflects on building this program from scratch back when BC opened in 2004. “I have been in the Deer Valley Unified School District since 1986; I was coaching at Barry Goldwater,” Crooks says. “I heard Boulder Creek was opening up, so my wife and I thought it would be a good idea for us to move to Anthem and both of us work at the school. I was excited at being able to start a new program.” His BC program has been on the rise, peaking two years ago when the team finished third in the state for the 2013-14 season and senior Jro Byrd brought a state championship back to Anthem. The coach’s sons also scored big, with then-freshman Stone Crooks getting a runnerup trophy and then-sophomore Cory Crooks taking fourth place. Juniors Nathan Elridge and Branson Tibbs were also runners-up.

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Last year, the Jags had another strong season, finishing

proud father/coach. “They are the leaders of the team and

seventh place at the state tournament. Cory Crooks and

set the example of what is needed to be successful in a

Tibbs narrowly missed out on state titles and had second-

quest for a title.”

place finishes. Stone Crooks was upset early and did not finish high, but Taber Spray finished fifth and Kile

Wrestling at 145 pounds, senior Cory Crooks was 25-0,

Pendergraft finished sixth.

landing championships at the big Moon Valley and Black Watch tournaments.

This year’s tournament will be held February 11-12. Can BC score another high finish as a team, and maybe another

“Backbone of the team,” the coach says of Cory. “Works

state trophy or two for individuals?

harder than everyone else, will stay after practice and help anyone who needs some help — sometimes even if they

With a combined 49-1 record as of last month, the Crooks

don’t want it. He cares about his team and the sport of

boys will certainly be in the running for state titles.

wrestling. We are lucky to have an example of what hard work does for an athlete.”

“The team goes as the Crooks brothers go,” says their

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Cory plans to take a state title with him when he starts his college wrestling career at Grand Canyon University. Little brother, Stone, now a junior, plans to avenge his state tournament shutout from last year. At 126 pounds, Stone was 24-1 this season, plus a Black Watch championship. His lone loss was at the Moon Valley finals. “Stone has been working very hard on both his physical and mental skills, and the results are evident,” says coach Crooks. “He looks better than ever.” He is excited about more than just seeing his boys at the end of the season; Crooks calls this one of the most talented teams he has ever coached. “I have never had any more fun,” he says. “It’s a great group of kids who work hard.” The team started the season winning the Valley Classic dual meet tournament, finished runner-up at the Moon Valley Invitational and runner-up at the Black Watch tournament at Upland High School in California. “We have an exceptional group of young men who have one another’s backs at all times,” the coach says. “They enjoy being together, work hard for each other and have made this an enjoyable journey, and the best is yet to come.” BC has some promising young talent, including sophomore Nick Tufte, with a 14-8 record at 106 pounds. Tufte is “gaining confidence and getting better every match.” Two freshmen are also looking like they will have outstanding BC careers. At 113 pounds, Jarett Christofferson was 22-4, a “hard-nosed freshman looking to make a name for himself.” Sheldon Cole, at 120 pounds, had a sparkling 20-2 record and has been competing well against some tough opponents, his coach says.

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This team has a good mix of youth and veterans. Kyle

At 160 pounds, two seniors, Gianni Tenaglia (13-8) and

Muncie is a 132-pound senior gathering momentum as

Blake Labno (2-1) have been battling for mat time. Chandler

they head into the exciting part of the season. Jacob

Deegan is another promising underclassman; the sophomore

Swagerty, a junior at 138, got off to a terrific 11-1 start,

had a 17-11 record in the fierce 170-pound category.

then hit some injuries that he hopes to shake for the tournament. Another junior, Tanner Henson, is having a

Connor Basabe had a winning record (12-10) at 182

strong 21-6 year at 152 pounds.

pounds, and fellow senior Jake Holtman was 21-6 at 195 pounds. When he is on his game, Jake is tough to beat,

“Tanner is proof that wrestling in the off-season pays off,”

coach Crooks says.

says Crooks. “He’s come a long way in a short period of time.”

And look out for Ryan Cazares, a sophomore who was 20-8 at 220 pounds.

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“Ryan gets a little wild at times, but when he’s tame, he’s dangerous,” Crooks says. No doubt about it, wrestling is an intensely individual sport. Make a wrong move out there on the mat and you don’t have any teammates to keep you from getting pinned. Even so, coach Crooks is big on promoting the “team atmosphere,” and making sure to thank a community behind the wrestlers. “We wouldn’t be successful if we didn’t have such a great support group of parents who travel to all our matches and tournaments, and a hardworking group of coaches who sacrifice to make a difference to our wrestlers,” he says. “Coaches Tracy Dent, Eli Grimmet and Mikey Contreras are making sure all of our kids are getting better every day they walk into the wrestling room, and Jimmy Lopez is running our youth program, preparing the kids for our high school program. We are blessed to have a group of committed coaches.” Now, after months of teaching and pushing the kids, rigorous training and practices and tough preliminary matches, the finish line is approaching. The home crowd will be roaring for the Jaguars, as Section IV matches will be held at BC on February 6, with the top finishers qualifying for the state tournament the following week. BC just might have another state champion or two to add to the trophy case. Febr uary 2016

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community arts // Culture // announcements Writer Barb Evans

Feb. 13 Fostering Hope: A Fine Wine Auction Wine enthusiasts and distinguished collectors can spend an elegant evening bidding on classic, vintage and modern bottles of wine while raising much-needed funds for nonprofit OCJ Foster Kids. $100; $125 at the door. 6-10 p.m. J. Levine Auction and Appraisal, 10345 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-496-2212, ocjwineauction.com. *Pictured Royal Wedding Reserve from Princess Diana’s Wedding

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community calendar arts // Culture // announcements

Feb. 11 Black Mountain Star Party Come view the night stars through high-powered telescopes and learn about constellations, meteors and other celestial events. Free. 7-10 p.m. Paradise Valley

Feb. 6 Up Close with Arabian Horses See the exotic beauty, stamina and spirit of several Royal Arabian horses at this special event featuring a delicious continental breakfast and

Mountain, 34250 N. 60th St.,

MIM Concert: Charles Lloyd and Friends

602-493-2600, paradisevalley.

Tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd brings together a fellowship of

edu/blackmountain.

his favorite musical partners, including guitar luminary Bill Frisell, drummer Eric Harland and bassist Reuben Rodgers. $48.50-$73.50. 7 p.m. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd.,

Feb. 11-14

draw and paint pictures of the

Carefree Festival of Fine Chocolate and Fine Art

horses within a brief timed period. $10; $8 for seniors and military. 9-11 a.m. Arizona Fine Art Expo, 26540 N.

and youth orchestras with

Scottsdale Rd., 480-837-7163,

this special dinner featuring

arizonafineartexpo.com.

a presentation by music

Feb. 6

entertainment by NVSO small

Support the North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s adult

director Kevin Kozacek and ensembles. $50; free for Allegro and Allegretto donors. 5:30 p.m. Moon Valley Country Club, 151 W. Moon Valley Dr., 623-9804628, northvalleysymphony.org.

Feb. 13-15 Hideaway AZ Custom Bike Builders Showcase

480-478-6000, mim.org.

artist quick draw, where artists

NVSO’s Fundraising and Donor Appreciation Dinner

Community College at Black

Feb. 8

Take a decadent escape on

Meet Arizona’s premier bike builders and enjoy giveaways, drink specials, live music and more. Hideaway Grill, 6746 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-595-0358, hideaway-usa.com.

Valentine’s weekend to this yearly festival showcasing scrumptious confections,

Feb. 18-28

and entertainment.

MTA Presents “Junie B. Jones, The Musical”

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carefree

A talented cast comprised of

Desert Gardens, 101

award winners and nominees

handcrafted designs, live music

Easy St., 480-488-2014,

ages 6-13 performs this

magicbirdfestivals.com.

comical musical based on Barbara Park’s bestselling

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community calendar arts // Culture // announcements book series about a sassy

areas. Entry fee includes

little girl and her adventures

a pancake breakfast and

in first grade. $16-$19. Check

commemorative T-shirt. $20-

website for show times. Musical

$40. 7 a.m. St. Rose Philippine

Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N.

Duchesne, 2825 W. Rose

Vision Way, 602-743-9892,

Canyon Cir., Bldg. B.

musicaltheatreofanthem.org.

Feb. 19 ACTS 6th Annual Silent Auction and Fundraiser Hundreds of exciting items

Feb. 21

such as art, wine, gift

Scottsdale Philharmonic Concert

certificates, vacation packages, golf packages, travel and more will be auctioned to

The Scottsdale Philharmonic,

raise money for Anthem Cares

a professional symphony

Through Service, a nonprofit

orchestra, performs

volunteer organization that

March 4-6

raises funds to help local families in need. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Anthem Golf and Country Club’s Ironwood Clubhouse, 41551 N. Anthem Hills Dr., anthemacts.com.

Feb. 19-21 Stagecoach Village Art, Wine and Chocolate Affaire

Tour d’Artistes Studio Tour and Sale Interact with more than 60 local artists and view original work in their homes and studios during this self-guided tour. Downloadable maps available on website. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Various locations throughout Fountain Hills, fountainhillsartleague.com. 9:30 a.m. Stagecoach Village,

tasting and live entertainment.

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finale from Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Free. VIP seating available for $15. 4 p.m. Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd., 480-951-6077,

7100 E. Cave Creek Rd.,

St. Vincent de Paul hosts

623-734-6526,

this third annual 5K run/walk

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to raise money to maintain

Feb. 25

Feb. 20

available other assistance to

Friends of the Poor 5K Run/Walk

Hills, Anthem, Tramonto, New

A select group of juried fine

confectionary booths, wine

Surprise Symphony and the

scottsdalephilharmonic.com.

artists and craftsmen display their original works alongside

The Anthem conference of

Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor, Haydn’s

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a food pantry and make people living in the Desert River and Black Canyon City

Celebrating Stradivarius Benefit Luncheon Experience the beauty of Italy through food, décor and


community calendar arts // Culture // announcements 2015 “Best Places to Work” award in the small business category of 100 employees or less. The business was the only physical therapy organization to make the list. To be considered, OSR employees were anonymously

live music at this prosecco and wine reception featuring a silent auction and viewing of the Musical Instrument Museum’s newest special exhibition, “Stradivarius: Origins and Legacy of the Greatest

surveyed in 10 core areas

March 5, 6

such as individual contributions,

ProMusica Arizona Presents: “From Broadway to B.B. King”

job satisfaction and benefits.

trust in senior leadership,

ProMusica Arizona Orchestra and Chorale continues celebrating “The American Dream” with two concerts featuring two of the most iconic

March 6: American Lutheran Church of Sun City, 17200 N. Del Webb Blvd., 623-326-5172, pmaz.org.

The Horny Toad, Cave owned restaurant and Arizona landmark, celebrates

Instrument Museum, 4725 E.

its 40th anniversary this

Mayo Blvd., 480-478-6000,

year. Purchased in 1976 by

mim.org.

Glenn and Marian Price, the restaurant is now managed

NVCA Receives $1 Million Capital Campaign Gift

anonymous gift of $1 million cash toward the development and construction of their new campus, scheduled for opening August 2017. Executive director Nate Kretzmann expressed his appreciation for the generous

The Horny Toad Celebrates 40 Years Creek’s oldest originally

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Musical

Academy recently received an

osrphysicaltherapy.com.

of American music forms: Broadway musicals and jazz. $12-$20. 3 p.m. March 5: Sanderson Lincoln Outdoor Pavilion, 101 Easy St.;

Violin Maker.” $200 per person.

North Valley Christian

For more information, visit

by their son, Jeff Price, with a managing staff of Tom Price, gift, but noted that they still have “major capital needs yet to be met” in order to green light the project for a definite August 2017 opening. For more information and to contribute, visit northvalleyca.org.

OSR Physical Therapy Earns “Best Places To Work” Award OSR Physical Therapy, a family

Pam Hurst and Jim Leonard. Over the years, the Horny Toad has earned numerous culinary awards and has been the location for several

owned business headquartered

Western movies and photo

in Anthem, recently earned

shoots. For more information,

the Phoenix Business Journal’s

visit thehornytoad.com.

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Writer Paula Theotocatos Photographer Sam Paul

AonNew Venue venture drive A new 20,000-square foot building has been built at 41930

Dr. Wood graduated from dental school at the University

N. Venture Dr. in Anthem, a beautiful addition to the

of Nebraska and from the orthodontic residency program

town’s business landscape. Drs. Wyatt Wood and Gregory

at Ohio State University. He is currently working on

Sheppard are the new owners and tenants of the building,

decorating the new office in as much scarlet and gray

and Dr. Brian Hester is the third enthusiastic tenant.

as possible for his Michigan fan patients. Dr. Wood has been an orthodontist (Wood Orthodontics) in Anthem for

“We transformed a dirt-filled lot into an attractive building

many years and looks forward to providing the same

— a positive addition to Anthem,” says Dr. Wood. “Our

great service he has done in the past with some new

business is now more visible to the community. It will

improvements.

provide more room for timely and quality patient care, as well as provide a change of scenery for my team and

“We have added three new 3-D scanners to make molds

me.”

of teeth for orthodontic treatment,” Dr. Wood says. “No more goopy stuff! Our added space gives us a better

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ability to treat simple orthodontic emergencies in a timelier manner. In addition, we have more space for our office staff and a more comfortable waiting room with a bubble wall to mesmerize our patients’ parents.” Dr. Sheppard, of Sheppard Pediatric Dentistry of Phoenix, was educated at Brigham Young University and Ohio State University. It was at Ohio State that Dr. Sheppard decided to “dedicate his professional practice to helping young children combat oral disease and maintain optimal dental health.” “The new office allows us to improve our business by giving us two additional chairs,” Dr. Sheppard explains, “and a larger area to give us the flexibility to see more patients and be more efficient. We have updated and advanced our technology to allow us to help our patients be even more comfortable and at ease while in a dental setting. We plan on delivering the same great service to our patients in a new, state-of-the-art location.” In addition, Sheppard Pediatric Dentistry of Phoenix will be adding electronic charting and records. “This will allow parents to access their information prior to their child’s appointment and to update their records at home,” Dr. Sheppard adds. “This will save them time at their actual appointment.” Dr. Hester, owner of Back to Health of Anthem, has practiced in Anthem since 2003. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic from Life University in Georgia. In addition to providing chiropractic care, Dr. Hester’s practice includes “8 Weeks to Wellness,” a whole food nutritional program, which also includes massage therapy and focuses on functional fitness. Dr. Hester’s “8 Weeks to Wellness” uses a holistic approach to teach clients to make the necessary changes for better health through diet, exercise and self-care. A “True Wellness Score” is the yardstick by which wellness is measured, to reveal what you are doing well and what needs improvement. “Wellness is tangible,” Dr. Hester states. “Wellness is measurable.”

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Sheppard Pediatric dentistry

Wood Orthodontics

Back to health anthem

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One other important area of Dr. Hester’s practice is functional training, which he defines as “moving your own body weight against gravity.” If people sit too much, their bodies become deconditioned and they are unable to support themselves later in life because they lose lean muscle mass as they age. “No one ever decides today is the day that I want to start using a walker or a wheelchair,” Dr. Hester cautions, “but when they don’t keep moving, this is exactly where they are headed.” One major reason Dr. Hester is happy to have moved to the new building is that now his practice can have its own functional training center for his “8 Weeks to Wellness” program under its own roof, instead of patients having to go to separate locations for functional training by other training partners. The larger and enhanced facility will enable the three doctors to continue serving Anthem as great as they have in the past, but in an improved capacity. Check the new building out and see what a great addition it is to the Anthem community. woodortho.com drsheppard.com myanthemhealth.com

Open House

Come explore the new location for Wood Orthodontics, Sheppard Pediatric Dentistry of Phoenix and Back to Health of Anthem. The open house will have light refreshments and children’s activities.

Saturday, February 20 9 a.m. to noon 41930 N. Venture Dr., Anthem

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Writer Donna Kublin

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An indoor mural series currently on view at the

served on several arts boards and has led projects

Phoenix Convention Center tells the story of Phoenix

internationally, serves as curator and project adviser.

in nine time periods, providing a unique way to learn

He directed the team of 16 artists to design

the fascinating history of the sixth largest city in the

installations that would fit major Phoenix civic spaces.

country. One of the many unique pieces is a mural created From the early Hohokam civilization to the imagined

by artist Darrin Armijo-Wardle that depicts Phoenix

future, 16 large painted murals capture notable events

pioneers during territorial and early statehood years.

throughout Phoenix history as told by historians,

The mural provides a glimpse into the life of founding

researchers, authors and residents of all ages.

pioneers, water stewardship and perseverance to build

Local artists created these intricate paintings about

a community while surviving hot weather and periods of

their assigned time periods to depict major Phoenix

drought and floods.

landmarks, leaders, issues and urban legends. Other murals feature iconic eras, including the advent “The collection reflects commitment by talented local

of air conditioning by artist Marisa Hall Valdez, the shift

artists to learn about and illustrate the unique and

from agriculture to industry after World War II by artist

dramatic story of Phoenix,” says Carol Poore, Ph.D.,

James McCarty III, Phoenix high-rise development by

president and producer of the Phoenix Phabulous

artist Aileen Frick and glimpses of the imagined future

Experience. “The murals create unique opportunities

by artist Justin Queal.

to show the fortitude it took to create and sustain a desert community.”

The murals were created during a two-year period and have included storytelling events focused on each of

Hugo Medina, a well-known local artist who has

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“With the murals as a springboard, our storytelling

participated at storytelling events, with countless viewings

gathers people who share fascinating personal stories

online.

about their connections to our city and aspirations for its future,” says Poore. “Following a rigorous traveling

The mural collection can be seen in the Phoenix

display schedule, the most recent storytelling event took

Convention Center West Building Arcade, 100 N.

place last August and more will be planned for 2016.”

Third St., First Floor. The exhibit will be hosted at the center through December 2016 and is open during

Videos of many of the storytellers can be viewed on the

business hours, Monday through Friday, when events

Phoenix Phabulous Experience website under the heading

and conventions are not scheduled in that area. For

“Phoenix History,” organized by time period.

scheduled events, check phoenixconventioncenter.com/ events.

For example, the 1912-1945 time period features several videos of storytellers discussing how Phoenix community

Phoenix Phabulous Experience encourages civic

life evolved, built upon a foundation of diverse pioneers,

engagement and family-friendly fun, forging community-

their families and their cultures. The community life

based collaboration through its productions and

experience of tribal people is told by Ivan Makil; Dr. Fred

community dialogues. The storytelling murals and events

Warren discusses the African American community; and

have been the primary vehicle for accomplishing this so

Henry Ong, Jr. shares early Chinese history in Phoenix.

far, but there is more in store for the future.

Future storytelling will include scholars, historians and community members who have their Phoenix story to

“At some point in the future, we hope to showcase

share. The emphasis is on bringing people and cultures

visually the history of Phoenix in an outdoor setting

together to celebrate the urban core of Phoenix through

using a continuous 3-D digital projection onto one of the

storytelling, art and technology.

downtown buildings,” says Poore. “We have the vision, the story and the place in mind; all we need now is the

Since its launch in 2014, the mural series has been

funding to make it a reality.”

displayed in nine downtown grand civic spaces, enabling more than 100,000 residents and visitors to view the series. More than 1,000 audience members have

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MURAL HISTORY Darrin Armijo-Wardle’s mural, “Early Stewards of Phoenix,” depicts rebirth, the most iconic theme in the story of Phoenix. It starts with the Hohokam civilization that built an extensive irrigation network rivaling those used in the ancient Near East, Egypt and China. With these canals

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and the fine alluvial soil of the Salt and Gila River valleys, the Hohokam transformed the desert into lush farmland. Though the Hohokam mysteriously disappeared, possibly due to drought and other factors, the ancient canal system remained in place when Jack Swilling arrived in 1867. Swilling was inspired to resurrect the canals, bringing water and farming back to the Valley. When the water flowed, so did the people; thus, civilization in Phoenix was reborn. But it wouldn’t come easy; for early Phoenix pioneers after 1967, foods, fires and tension between selfinterest and the common good were ever-present. Yet the stewardship of the men and women of this community from diverse walks of life — Mexican, Anglo, Native American, African-American and Asian — would carry Phoenix from a city in Arizona’s territorial era to the chosen capital of a new state.

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Writer Rebecca Zaner

Going away to camp is an experience that many children

children ages 6-15 with serious and chronic illnesses.

look forward to each year. It’s a place for them to learn,

Qualifying illnesses include Type 1 diabetes, respiratory

grow, have fun, experience new adventures and make

diseases, cancer, collagen vascular disease, inflammatory

new friends.

bowel disease, metabolic syndrome, mitochondrial disease, neuromuscular impairments, retinoblastoma and

For other children, camp is not even a possibility. These

blood disorders.

children are living with serious illnesses, and their severe medical conditions do not allow for traditional camping

With medical professionals on staff 24 hours a day, the

opportunities.

campers are guaranteed the special care they need. These medics volunteer each weekend, and the camp

Fortunately, for the more than 311,000 children in

is free to all campers and their family members. It is

Arizona who require frequent special medical attention,

because of generous charitable donations that Camp

there is another option: Camp Soaring Eagle, a going

Soaring Eagle can provide this experience to families who

away experience created specifically for these children to

are otherwise dealing with many medical bills.

enjoy a safe camping environment while also receiving

their individual medical care.

Wanting to leave a legacy, the camp was founded in 2007 by Max and Linda James, after Max’s friend had

Located in Northern Arizona on a 26-acre facility, Camp

an ill child whose background inspired him to start the

Soaring Eagle provides multiple year-round programs to

camp. Since then, they have served more than 6,000

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children and now offer 15 camp programs each year. To participate in a camping program, children and their families must submit an application for illness-specific sessions and be recommended by their medical physician. They will then attend one of six different types of camping programs: illness-specific camping weekends, illness-specific family retreats, sibling camper weekends, summer camp programs, camp outreach and veterans’ children weekends. Illness-specific camper weekends bring children with similar conditions together for a weekend. Campers participate in many activities such as horseback riding, fishing, crafts, music and archery. During family retreats, siblings and parents can share experiences with other families going through the same type of medical situation. This weekend is also a chance for the families to take a break from the stress that comes with their child’s condition. “We really take care of the parents,” says Tiffany Bennett, marketing and communications manager of Camp Soaring Eagle. “They take a backseat to their child’s illness, so it is important to give them some special time. Families have date nights incorporated to restore normalcy within their lives as much as we can.” During sibling camper weekends, the siblings of the unwell campers are given an opportunity to escape from the often stressful environments of home. They are allowed their own camping weekend to make friends and have fun with other children who are also living and coping with a sick sibling. This weekend gives them a special getaway to enjoy being kids. The summer camp program is a weeklong experience for children ages 6-15 to enjoy some time away from their illness. Alongside other campers who are living with similar conditions, the children make new friends and are able to spend a full week having fun. Each program revolves around a different theme to make them unique and interesting. Past themes have included “Minute to Win It,” “Pirates,” “Inspector Gadget,” “Men in Black” and “‘80s Neon.” “We also have many sponsors that help us offer unique activities to our campers,” says Bennett. “In the past, we have received tickets to local sporting events, including the Arizona Diamondbacks, Coyotes and Rattlers. We have also received tickets to the ballet, Northern Arizona’s Polar Express during the holidays and the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. When medical expenses come first, these are luxuries the families cannot afford. It is so nice to have the ability to provide these outings to our campers.” Partners of Camp Soaring Eagle include Cardon Children’s Medical Center, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and other medical facilities. Febr uary 2016

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Camp outreach is a unique way of sharing the camp experience with children who are undergoing long-term hospital stays for treatment or therapy. During the year, campers and families can enjoy sporting events, theatrical entertainment and other fun group activities when going away to camp is not an option. Camp Soaring Eagle also offers a veterans’ kids camper weekend, which allows children of soldiers a few days of escape and relaxation. The camp is proud to honor Arizona soldiers and veterans by caring for their children. During all camp programs, food is provided by Sweet Grace Catering, and the campers’ many specific dietary needs are strictly accommodated. To keep the camp free for all participants, donations are always accepted. Camp Soaring Eagle also seeks volunteers for camper weekends who can run special activities, such as archery, crafts and fishing. There are also volunteer positions for trained medical personnel. Corporate sponsors and events are also helpful in raising money for the camp. Donors can choose to give monthly to the camp or even purchase items directly off the camp’s wish list, which can be viewed online. The camp is always in need of many tools and materials to run the programs and rely on the generosity of donors. There are many fundraisers, including Camp Soaring Eagle’s signature Annual Affair, which is held each November. This black-tie soiree gives the community and friends of the camp an opportunity to celebrate Camp Soaring Eagle while fundraising to support another year of campers. This event features fine foods, cocktails, live entertainment, games and a silent auction. Bennett is proud to support the organization and its campers. “I love giving our campers memories and opportunities that they otherwise wouldn’t have,” she says. “The difference you see in a child after attending camp is remarkable. Sick children often struggle with confidence and independence. When they are surrounded by peers going through similar circumstances, they experience a profound change in their personalities. They are some of the strongest and most courageous people I know. They’re just kids, but are going through something so challenging. You can never take life or health for granted. That keeps me going.” 928-284-9393 info@campsoaringeagle.org campsoaringeagle.org

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Writers Mikaela Mayhew, Faith Novak and Brendan Mau

With more than 200,000 people being diagnosed with a

with 250 walkers and $7,500, and now raises more

brain tumor each year, it is very possible that someone

than $1.75 million through its annual walk-a-thons. The

you know or love has been affected by one already.

organization is primarily run by high school students

Brain tumors are the leading cause of solid tumor

from Red Mountain High School, Shadow Mountain

cancer deaths in children under the age of 20, the

High School, North Canyon High School, Notre Dame

second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in males

Preparatory, Chaparral High School, Horizon High School

ages 20-39 and the fifth leading cause of cancer-

and others. Their donations earn them awards, plaques

related deaths in females ages 20-39, according to the

and respect.

American Brain Tumor Association. SSBTR donates 93 percent of all funds to Phoenix

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The largest student-run nonprofit in Arizona, Students

Children’s Hospital, the National Brain Tumor Society,

Supporting Brain Tumor Research (SSBTR) started out

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Center and the Translational Genomics Research Institute, or TGen. As students at Boulder Creek High School, we’re aiming to get our whole school involved — maybe even all of Anthem. We know people who have been diagnosed with the disease, such as Braden Waymire and Tim Mayhew (father of Mikaela, one of the article’s authors), and we bet you know others. We want everyone involved so that we can help SSBTR reach its goal of raising enough money to find a cure. There are many engaging activities at the walka-thon, such as a silent auction, bounce houses, tasty food, a photo booth, face painting and more. Phoenix Suns dancers and the Gorilla are there every year and local sports teams such as the Suns, Coyotes and Cardinals are also involved and have items up for auction. Other local celebrities who are a part of this organization include Al McCoy (voice of the Phoenix Suns), Katie Raml (ABC15 anchor), Mark Curtis (12 News anchor) and Chris Coraggio (CBS 5 anchor). CBS 5 reporter Jason Barry, whose son passed away from this disease, is also involved in the organization, as well as local disc jockeys Johnjay Van Es and Rich Berra. Steve Glassman, student council adviser at Pinnacle High School, founded SSBTR when three of his students were diagnosed with and passed away from a brain tumor. He worked with a small group of student volunteers and organized the first walka-thon in 2002. SSBTR has been growing each year since, and we would like it to continue. The walk-a-thon will be held on February 27, 2016. If you are interested in attending, you must purchase a wristband at 8390 E. Via de Ventura, Ste. F-110, Scottsdale, 85258. 888-772-8729 ssbtr.org

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Writer Peni Long

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As the driving force behind Arizona American Saddlebred Rescue (AASR), it seems fitting that Catherine Gottschalk grew up surrounded by pets, as well as cows and horses within visiting distance. Her early experiences with animals included one encounter that changed her life and helped her discover her life’s mission. “I remember walking to a nearby barn where I had discovered an old grey pony,” she recalls. “He was in a tiny stall, and I didn’t quite understand it at the time, but I knew his hooves did not look right — and he was so skinny. He could barely walk, and I remember feeling such compassion for him. I’d take sugar cubes and carrots after school so he’d have something to look forward to every day.” That pony helped solidify Catherine’s passion for rescuing, healing and finding safe havens for abandoned, abused and neglected animals — a passion that came with her when she moved to Arizona from the Midwest 22 years ago, and became her life’s work when she answered a phone call in 2009 and was told there was a 12-year-old retired race horse that

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After doing some research and talking to trainers,

Ace

Saddlebred owners and other organizations, Catherine

Ace was a 15-year-old gelding discovered living in what

decided to focus her animal rescue and rehabilitation

resembled a junkyard. He suffered years of neglect and

efforts on this breed and formed the Arizona American

abuse at the hands of a human who did not even feed

Saddlebred Rescue, a safety net for these special horses in

him. When he arrived, the first things Catherine noticed

our state. She is passionate about her work on their behalf.

were his blood-filled tears and overgrown hooves.

“They are very proud horses with spunky personalities,

“He had no spirit and hung his head in shame, as if he

huge hearts, charm and grace,” she says. “The horses that

did something wrong,” she recalls. “I knew his survival was

we take in are my heart and soul. I think the reason I’m

questionable, but I couldn’t give up on him. Ace deserved

able to develop such a strong bond with them is because

to feel a kind human touch and love, even if it was for

I see many of my own personality traits in each individual

just a short time.”

horse. I’m able to identify with them.” Catherine dispatched a veterinarian, farrier and equine Given the history and nature of the American Saddlebred,

therapist to treat him, and despite his weakness and fear,

it may be difficult to understand how there could be a

he did his best to cooperate.

need for a specific rescue mission, or how such horses could need help. But as it so often seems to be the case,

“We were able to file down the sharp teeth that prevented

whether unintentional or deliberately, humans deliver ample

him from eating and we trimmed approximately five inches

opportunity for rescue.

off his neglected hooves,” she says.

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Radiographs revealed the worst: Ace’s coffin bones had deteriorated. But for a little more than three months, Ace was gaining weight, interacting with the herd at the Saddlebred facility and even joining Catherine for walks. For the first time in years, he seemed to be a bright-eyed normal horse whose sweet morning snickers warmed her heart. Sadly, these happy moments were short-lived, and Ace started a rapid decline. He crossed the “Rainbow Bridge” surrounded by the horses and humans who adored him. Star In August 2014, Catherine received a call about three horses that were being starved by a local boarding facility. After her first visit, she knew they would not survive much longer, and the necessary authorities were contacted. With the help of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, all three horses were removed. “I secured a home with another local rescue for two of them, and Star came home with me,” she says. “We learned she had previously been rescued from a slaughter truck. Our vet estimated she had almost 100 pounds of sand in her stomach.” Star’s survival was questionable, but something in her eyes told Catherine not to give up on her. It was a challenge, but the good news is that she is once again a sassy mare and has recently been adopted. The Horse Chooses Certainly the goal of the AASR is to find safe new homes for rescued and rehabilitated horses. But given what most of the rescues have been through, the adoption process is rightfully tough — and the horse always picks the potential adopter. “Since each one of our rescues requires a specific type of home, we are very selective when a placement is made,” Catherine says. “We require several visits to help ensure both horse and adopter have some connection. There are several follow-up visits, and we are committed to the horse for life.”

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herd. They receive routine veterinarian visits, farrier care and exercise, including walks in the neighborhood and even a swim in a nearby lake. For now, the number of horses that can be accommodated on the property is 12, but Catherine hopes to expand soon. “We are looking for land to build a new horse facility, which will include a riding arena and a paddock system to help maintain natural hoof care,” she says. AASR is also in the process of planning to host an American Competitive Trail Horse Association ride this spring, with proceeds raised to benefit the horses at the facility, and plans to implement a new training program to help horses that can no longer be ridden but are suitable as companion pets. It is AASR’s hope to provide care for these special animals, to promote adoption, to bring awareness to the breed and to showcase their amazing versatility through organized events and community outreach programs. AASR is a nonprofit organization. Donations and volunteers are always needed, so if you have a love of horses and some time or money to spare, both will be well used for the benefit of the Arizona American Saddlebred Rescues. Food donations can also be made through Three Bars Feed and Tack in New River. 480-652-4844 azamericansaddlebredrescue@gmail.com facebook.com/Arizona-AmericanSaddlebred-Rescue-677519025725526

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Close your eyes and ponder the following phrase:

Young quarterback Tyler Schweigert even got to change

Pee Wee football.

plays with audibles at the line of scrimmage.

Are you picturing cute little tykes in oversized helmets,

“It was very impressive,” the coach says. “On defense,

stumbling around, trying to remember which way to run?

we were able to play a full varsity high school style zone, man to man, dime packages and nickel packages.

Well, that might be the old days, but that’s hardly the

It was an absolute privilege to coach these kids.”

case for today’s Anthem area youth football. And they didn’t just learn sophisticated play on both Under the coaching of Matt Carolan and his assistants,

sides of the ball; these kids executed.

a group of 11- and 12-year-old Pee Wees learned how to play football like high school seniors.

Indeed, the Desert Highlands Jaguars were the Arizona Youth Football champions, topping a November

“I was pretty proud of what the kids learned,” Carolan

tournament held at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil

says. “We were able to teach them a high school varsity

Stadium.

offense. We ran a Power I [formation], we taught them the full spread offense.”

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“We were able to go to ASU in one of the toughest


divisions I can remember and win the state championship,” Carolan says. In the championship, the boys from the North took on the West Valley Red Army, a powerhouse team that had overwhelmed opponents throughout the season. “Everyone had them as the favorites, but we beat them handily, 22-6,” says the coach, adding that the score could have been even more lopsided, but the Jaguars were stopped short of the end zone twice. The team didn’t stop there; they went on to compete at December’s American Youth Football (AYF) national championship tournament, held in Florida. The Jags didn’t win a national title, but they played some good football in a highly competitive environment. “This season was phenomenal,” the coach says. He gives credit to his “main man,” the kid doing the audibles and defensive reads. “Tyler Schweigert, our quarterback, he had a great season. He really stepped up; he brought it in big games.” Yet this wasn’t a superstar-driven team. “We were more like a New England Patriots team, no standout stars. We just had some talented athletes and kids that were really good football players.” he says. The running backs were the coach’s son, Danny, and the Decker twins, Carsen and Codee, along with younger brother, Casey. The coach says his son also played linebacker and was a “go-to guy.” In the state championship game, Jacob Cisneros again proved how valuable he was, scoring the second touchdown. When Tyler put the ball in the air, tight end Landon Mumford and wide receivers David Valdez and Damien Owens regularly came up with big catches. The defense was led by linemen Garrett Pitney and Jackson Huntley, and safety Noah Richardson, who combined with some tough linebacking play to help shut out several opponents. Febr uary 2016

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There was an unsung hero, as well. “We did a lot of spreads and shotguns, and our center Brandon Lee didn’t put one snap on the ground the entire season,” the coach says. “To do that at that age was incredible.” Other members of the team who helped lead the way to Florida: Avery Lambert, Dominick Brister, Ethan Kafenbaum, Bryan Decker, Kayden Gillies, Haydan Slucher, Baylor Anderson and Jett Campaigne. To be eligible as a Pee Wee, the 11 year olds had to weigh less than 145 pounds. To keep things even, 12 year olds could also play, but only if they were under 125 pounds. In the last year, football leagues from Pee Wees to the pros have been dominated by one word: concussion. That’s also the name of a movie about some professional football players who have had horrific fates after enduring years of head collisions. The coach’s own son and one of the Decker brothers had concussions during the championships. The league provides certified trainers to go through concussion protocol with players if they’ve taken a hit, and in this case, two of the Jags starters were sidelined and could not return to play without a doctor’s clearance. “Prior to that, we never really had a problem with it,” says Carolan. Using the proper equipment and techniques to avoid head injuries has become a big focus in AYF. “Last year, every kid got a new helmet,” the coach explains. “We’re in the safety tackle programs. We do everything we

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can as an organization, we’re in the heads up program, heads up tackling. I would definitely say in the last couple years, awareness has gone up.” While this was the fourth time Carolan has taken an Anthem youth football team to the national championship rounds, AYF is about more than just winning and losing on the football field.

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According to one mom, Julie Huntley, “I am very

The top three goals are:

impressed with this league for many reasons, but in

• To provide interested youth the opportunity to

particular there is an emphasis placed on academics.

participate in a supervised, organized and safety-

Phoenix AYF, along with Arizona State University,

oriented program of tackle football and cheer;

recognizes athletes for their academic achievements.

• Bring area youth together by means of a common

Every year at the start of the football season, ASU

interest in sportsmanship, fair play and fellowship; and

hosts a scholar banquet on campus to honor young

• Teach all participants the fundamentals of the game

athletes across the Valley who have a GPA of 3.0 and

and keep the welfare of the children free of any selfish

higher. It’s amazing to see the pride on their faces

adult ambition.

when they are called up to the podium to receive the medal they’ve worked so hard for all year long!”

Leagues include Mighty Mite, ages 7-9; Cadet, ages 8-10; Junior Pee Wee, ages 9-11; Pee Wee, ages 10-12;

As the Desert Highlands website states, “We provide

Junior Midget, ages 11-13; Midget, ages 11-15; and All-

opportunities for youth ages 5-14 to participate in

American, ages 12-15.

organized football and cheer. Our organization is run

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It’s time to celebrate!

Broadway Tenors. Artistic director Robert Moody also leads the festival’s acclaimed orchestra and chorus in

Arizona Musicfest is turning 25, and to commemorate

several performances.

its silver anniversary, organizers have lined up a starstudded roster of performers for this year’s festival,

The first Arizona Musicfest was held in 1991 by a

held January 19 through March 11.

small group of dedicated music lovers who dreamed of bringing quality, classical music to the Valley. Since

Lucie Arnaz, Broadway star and daughter of Hollywood

then, the event has grown into one of America’s

legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, kicked off the

premier music festivals, featuring a broad range of

festivities on January 18 with a 25th anniversary

musical genres and attracting record attendance

celebration. The special concert and reception was

over the last two years. The nonprofit organization

held at the Musical Instrument Museum, where Arnaz

now works diligently year-round with a full-time staff

performed a high-energy tribute to her parents and

and hundreds of volunteers to pursue its mission of

celebrated her Latin musical roots.

enriching the community with music through its annual festival, musical education programs, scholarships and

American jazz singer Al Jarreau and superstar violinist

performance opportunities for young musicians.

Joshua Bell will both make their Musicfest debuts as headliners with separate performances during the six-

Tickets prices and venues for this year’s festival vary

week long event. Other performers include celebrity

by performance, but bundle packages and student

guitarist Esteban, Bluegrass bands Run Boy Run and

discounts are available. Check the website or call the

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- February 5, 7:30 p.m., Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd.

Seven-time Grammy Award winner Al Jarreau, hailed as “the greatest jazz singer alive” by Time magazine, makes his Arizona Musicfest debut in this headlining concert, performing such memorable favorites as “We’re in this Love Together,” “Take Five,” and “Mornin’,” along with selections from his newest release.

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BRASS TRANSIT: THE MUSIC OF CHICAGO - January 29, 7:30 p.m., Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. Harken back to the freewheeling days of the 1970s with the jazz-rock sounds of Brass Transit, a Chicago tribute band featuring a world-class horn section, rocking rhythm section and sky-high vocals. This eight-member group of Canada’s most in-demand musicians plays all the hits from the legendary band, including “Saturday in the Park,” “Hard Habit to Break,” and “You’re the Inspiration.”

VIRTUOSITY FROM THE START: YOUNG MUSICIANS CONCERT - January 31, 2 p.m., Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd. Enjoy an enchanting afternoon as rising stars and past Musicfest competition and scholarship winners astound audiences with their amazing talent, technique and artistry, including 2014 scholarship winner Anna Han, an accomplished pianist who currently studies at The Julliard School.

SINATRA AND MORE Featuring Tony DeSare - February 1, 7:30 p.m., Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. Critically-acclaimed singer, pianist and composer Tony DeSare, described by The New York Times as “a lean baby Sinatra with burning brown eyes and flashing teeth,” brings back the big band sounds and tender ballads of the late Frank Sinatra in this tribute performance.

PETER AND WILL ANDERSON QUARTET - February 3, 7:30 p.m., Troon Country Club, 25000 N. Windy Walk Dr. See why The New York Times calls Julliard-trained woodwind dynamos Peter and Will Anderson “virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” as they perform their jazzy melodies and strong backbeats that have earned them headline status at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the famed Blue Note in New York City.

RUN BOY RUN IN CONCERT - February 8, 7:30 p.m., Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. Tucson five-piece band Run Boy Run weaves stunning vocals and rapid fire fiddling with the captivating sounds of the cello and mandolin, for a unique bluegrass sound that blends classical, jazz and folk for a feel-good, toetapping night of music. A favorite of the popular live radio variety show “A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor,” the group is one of the most talked about bands on the circuit.

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BOB MOODY AND FRIENDS - February 16, 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Troon Country Club, 25000 N. Windy Walk Dr. Arizona Musicfest’s own artistic director Bob Moody joins longtime friend and Metropolitan Opera star Elizabeth Bishop for a cabaret performance that showcases her impressive range and power.

CALIDORE STRING QUARTET - February 18, 7:30 p.m., MIM Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. The young and energetic Calidore String Quartet, consisting of violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi, makes its first appearance at the Arizona Musicfest in what promises to be a rich chamber music experience featuring the lustrous works of such French composers as Jadin and Debussy.

ARIZONA MUSICFEST ORCHESTRA PERFORMS MOZART’S NO. 25 AND MAHLER’S “TITAN” SYMPHONY Conducted by Robert Moody - February 23, 7:30 p.m., Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd. Featuring players from the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and more, and under the direction of Maestro Robert Moody, the 2016 Festival Orchestra salutes the 25th anniversary of Arizona Musicfest with this emotional performance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “Titan.”

JOSHUA BELL WITH THE ARIZONA MUSICFEST ORCHESTRA Conducted by Robert Moody - February 25, 7:30 p.m., La Casa de Cristo Church, 6300 E. Bell Rd. Superstar violinist Joshua Bell makes his Arizona Musicfest debut and headlines this year’s festival with performances of Bruch’s immensely popular “Violin Concerto,” known for its glittering finale filled with technical fireworks, and Dvorák’s beloved “Symphony No. 7,” a work the composer describes as “capable of stirring the world.”

ESTEBAN WITH THE ARIZONA MUSICFEST ORCHESTRA Ravel’s “Bolero” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol” - February 26, 7:30 p.m., Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. Celebrity guitarist and Arizona treasure Esteban joins the Festival Orchestra for a special night of musical collaboration with a Spanish flair, featuring his chart-topping signature works, Ravel’s “Bolero” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol,” as well as fiery and seductive flamenco interpretations of beloved concert showpieces.

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ARIZONA MUSICFEST ORCHESTRA, CHORUS AND SOLOISTS PERFORM “CARMINA BURANA” Conducted by Robert Moody - February 28, 3 p.m., La Casa de Cristo Church, 6300 E. Bell Rd. This special concert and triumphant finale to Orchestra Week 2016 brings Arizona Musicfest’s Festival Orchestra and Chorus, guest soloists and the Phoenix Girls Chorus together for a riveting performance of Carl Orff’s masterpiece, “Carmina Burana,” and evocative works by Richard Strauss.

DUKES OF DIXIELAND: DANCING WITH THE DUKES - March 3, 7:30 p.m., Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. Take a trip to the Big Easy with this rousing night of traditional New Orleans jazz by the oldest continuing Dixieland band, Dukes of Dixieland. The Dukes’ spirited sound will have you dancing to original tunes as well as classics from Dr. John, Fats Domino, Huey Smith and Louis Prima.

THE BROADWAY TENORS - March 6, 7:30 p.m., Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. Three of Broadway’s leading men — John Cudia (“The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Misérables”), Lewis Cleale (“The Book of Mormon,” “Spamalot”) and Kyle Dean Massey (“Wicked,” “Pippin,” and ABC’s “Nashville”) — come together to perform musical hits from their signature Broadway appearances and favorites from “West Side Story,” “South Pacific,” “Jersey Boys” and more.

THE AUSTRALIAN BEE GEES SHOW: A Tribute to the Bee Gees - March 11, 7:30 p.m., Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. Arizona Musicfest’s 25th Anniversary Festival comes to a close with this highenergy disco extravaganza that pays tribute to the iconic disco band of the 1970s, the Bee Gees. Relive such favorites as “Stayin’ Alive,” “You Should be Dancin’,” and “Jive Talkin’” with this uncanny “reincarnation of the pop group that made disco forever cool” (Democrat Gazette). Febr uary 2016

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Writer Rebecca Zaner

It was the heat of the summer, two days before the Fourth

cancer goes through the bloodstream. The family learned

of July. The Hill family was celebrating another holiday at

that Evelyn had a rapid buildup of cells in the blood of

the Anthem Independence Day Festival. The smell of hot

her leg. As more tests came back, the doctors noticed

dogs, the sound of children’s laughter, the warmth of the

something different than the norm; Evelyn’s low chromosome

July sun; all indicators of another fun holiday.

count diagnosed her with a rare category of leukemia called acute myeloid leukemia (AML), which is harder to

The next morning, the Hills awoke to a sick daughter. Their

treat. The success rate is not as great, and AML patients

youngest child, 3-year-old Evelyn, had come down with a

are almost always in the hospital. She was put on a list for

fever, and she didn’t want to stand up to get out of bed.

a bone marrow transplant; the donor registry was carefully

Thinking it was just a cold, MaryAnn, Evelyn’s mom, did

searched to find a donor with the closest matching tissue.

what any mother would do — she waited it out. The next day, however, Evelyn still wouldn’t stand up. MaryAnn had a

“We didn’t want to keep her on chemotherapy,” MaryAnn

feeling something might be wrong, so on the Fourth of July,

says. “We tested all of our children to see if one would be

she took Evelyn to urgent care.

a match for her, but none were able to be a donor.”

Initially, she thought it could be a broken leg, as Evelyn did

Generally, when doctors seek donors for bone marrow

not want to stand. The doctors performed many labs and

transplants, the siblings are a greater match than the

X-rays and couldn’t diagnose a problem. Evelyn was sent to

parents. None of Evelyn’s family was a good enough match.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital for tests to determine a possible

Evelyn was quickly matched with a 29-year-old man from

bone infection.

Croatia. His tissue was a 9 out of 10 match, although still not a perfect 10. Evelyn received her transplant on October

“My husband, David, and I were pulled into another room

22, 2015. The Hills are hoping to have the opportunity to

with the doctors while Evelyn was napping,” MaryAnn

learn more about Evelyn’s donor.

explains. “They told us they were pretty positive she had leukemia — a blood cancer. I didn’t even know what it was.

“We had a two-hour meeting with her doctor before the

All I was thinking was, ‘Could she walk again?’”

surgery,” MaryAnn recalls. “I had to know what her odds were. They said she would have a 30 percent chance of

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The Hills have four other children, ages 8 to 16. A child

surviving without the transplant. The transplant gives her

life specialist talked to Evelyn’s siblings and explained how

another 10 or 20 percent chance. She’s a strong little girl.

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Her journey does not end here; this

nose and throat, but now when we

is when the real work starts. I’m kind

approach her with the syringes of

of scared to go home because we

meds, she covers her mouth and

have such great care here at the

points to the tube. We give her about

hospital.”

35 doses of different medications and formulas daily.”

Evelyn regained the ability to walk after two months in physical

Evelyn is much more active at home.

therapy, but she still receives

She is getting stronger each day.

intense chemotherapy to kill out

Caring for Evelyn at home is quite a

the cancerous cells in her bone

job for the family, but they are more

marrow. Evelyn also suffers from

than happy to have her there with

graft-versus-host disease, which is

them.

a condition that sometimes occurs after transplant. With this disease,

“Having our family all together for

the donated bone marrow views

Christmas was really the best gift

the recipient’s body as foreign and

ever,” says MaryAnn. “However,

the bone marrow attacks the body.

the home cleanliness and constant

Evelyn’s medicine is currently working

disinfection, food preparations,

for her and she is doing well with her

medications, precautions; there are so

treatment. She spends two to three

many things to do and be careful of.

days a week at the hospital and

It is all very extensive and important.

will be continuing physical therapy

We’re her nurses and her caretakers

throughout the year.

at home. I feel like I could get a degree in nursing now.”

“We need to make sure her body is accepting this new bone marrow,”

Supporters can follow Evelyn’s

says MaryAnn.

journey on her Facebook page, Hope for Evelyn, which constantly

Evelyn was able to return home for

posts updates on her health. A

Christmas. She has been placed on

friend of the family has also started

a feeding tube that goes directly into

selling T-shirts to support Evelyn.

her intestine.

They can be ordered by emailing hopeforevelyn@gmail.com.

“It has truly been a lifesaver,” MaryAnn exclaims. “We are able

Mostly, the family needs support and

to give Evelyn all her medications

prayers of healing for Evelyn.

through the tube. This is especially helpful because she gets so many

“We have such a great community,”

right now. They don’t taste good, and

says MaryAnn. “We are so blessed

a lot of times we need to give them

to have so much support. I’ve never

when she is sleeping. One of the

known a child with cancer; it’s

other benefits of the tube is because

something I’ve never imagined. Evelyn

she is not eating much, she is on a

is very loving. She has a good spitfire

formula that runs through her tube

attitude, and hopefully that fighter

continuously to give her the needed

in her will help her overcome this

nutrition for now. It’s much like a

hurdle. We are constantly seeking

baby formula. We make a new batch

strength to overcome.”

daily and change it out regularly to keep it fresh. She was not so fond

facebook.com/HopeforEvelyn

of the new tube at first. It must

hopeforevelyn@gmail.com

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THE APPROACH

PINNACLE PEAK COUNTRY CLUB

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Tucked away at the intersection of Pinnacle Peak and

“The golf course at Pinnacle Peak Country Club is an

Pima roads, Pinnacle Peak Country Club was the first

extraordinary test of golf for players of all abilities,” says

private golf facility in North Scottsdale. The member-owned

Bill Kuikman, the club’s director of golf. “From the par-5

club was founded in 1976, and as the only traditional

first hole to the fabulous collection of par 3s, every hole

parkland golf course in the area, has attracted rave

is interesting, yet straightforward.”

reviews from the start. The Championship layout is suited perfectly for walking, and Pinnacle Peak Country Club is

The four par 3 holes during the round are all distinctive,

known for excellent conditions and fast-paced play.

provide great variety and have considerable influence on the final score. Of the par 3 holes, the ninth is the

Since its inception 40 years ago, the golf course has

standout. It measures between 170 and 116 yards with

undergone two renovations. In 1998, golf course architect

a pond to the right, the clubhouse behind the green —

Dick Phelps reshaped the greens and fairways to enhance

complete with avid viewers from the Grill who are generally

the already great traditional design. This summer,

wagering with one another on whether the player will hit

Pinnacle Peak Country Club will undergo another greens

the green or not — and a front row view of the majestic

renovation that, when complete, will continue to provide

McDowell Mountains.

the exemplary bentgrass putting surfaces that discerning members have come to expect.

But if there is a hole that encapsulates the nuances, beauty and majesty of Pinnacle Peak Country Club, it

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would be the challenging par-4 13th hole. Measuring 439

either lay up or attempt to hit a shot around the edge

yards from the back tee, the hole requires accuracy,

of the lake to create a short approach of 100 yards to a

precision and thoughtfulness while providing the golfer with

large, well bunkered green.

a comfortable feeling of being on a traditional parkland course rather than the customary desert golf courses

The golf course at Pinnacle Peak Country Club is the kind

of Arizona. A large eucalyptus to the left of the fairway

where people learned to play and fall in love with the

requires the longer hitter to shape the drive right to the

game of golf. The club has created a community of all

left hole for maximum distance. The elevated yet receptive

ages, interests and backgrounds. Over the years, members

green is protected by one large bunker guarding a back

of Pinnacle Peak have also established a tradition of

pin location. Truly a strong test of golf, where making par

availability by limiting the number of members to 325,

is not just a good score, but a great score.

offering the luxury of uncrowded golf at all times. If you get the chance to walk the fairways of Pinnacle Peak

The par-5 18th hole creates the arena for some

Country Club, you will know why after all of the golf

spectacular finishes to some great matches known to take

course development in North Scottsdale, Pinnacle Peak

place at Pinnacle Peak Country Club. The drive is uphill

Country Club continues to hold the niche of a traditional

and requires a carry of 270 yards to reach the plateau,

and authentic country club golf experience.

where the player can then see the green. The entire left side is flanked by a water hazard tempting the player to

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Recipe

Heart-Shaped Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing Writer and photographer Monica Longenbaker

Nothing beats the winter blues like a warm, buttery cinnamon roll fresh from the oven. Made by the panful, these ooey, gooey sweets are meant to be shared. By simply adding an extra swirl, the rolls take on the shape of a heart, making them the perfect treat for your loved ones on Valentine’s Day.

Heart-Shaped Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing Yield: 12 rolls For rolls: 1 cup whole milk ¼ cup unsalted butter 1 package active dry yeast (1/4 ounce) ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 large egg, beaten 1 teaspoon salt 3½ to 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more

Directions: Gently warm the milk and butter in a saucepan over low heat until the butter is melted. (Do not let it boil.) Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool to 115 F. Add the yeast and a pinch of sugar to the milk mixture and allow it to sit for 5 minutes until bubbles begin to form. Stir in the beaten egg and remaining sugar. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. With the mixer on low, gradually add the salt and 3½ cups of the flour. Beat for 5 minutes or until a smooth, tacky dough is formed. If the mixture is too wet, continue to add up to ½ cup of flour as needed. Place the dough into an oiled bowl, cover loosely with a towel and allow it to sit in a warm place until it doubles in size, about 1½ to 2 hours.

for dusting cream cheese icing (see recipe below) For filling: ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened

Once the dough has risen, use a rolling pin to roll it into a 16x12-inch rectangle. For the filling, combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar and cinnamon. Spread the softened butter over the top of the dough and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. Roll one side of the dough lengthwise toward the center, stopping halfway. Then roll the other side toward the center until it meets the other side.

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Recipe

Cream Cheese Icing

Carefully slice the dough into 12 equal pieces and pinch the bottom end of each roll to create

2 ounces cream cheese, softened

the shape of a heart. Place them cut side up into a greased 9x13-inch baking pan, facing each

4 ounces unsalted butter, softened ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup powdered sugar 1 to 2 tablespoons whole milk

roll in the opposite direction so they fit in the pan. Make sure to leave enough space between the rolls to allow for rising. Cover the rolls once more with a towel and place into a warm spot to rise, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 F. Bake the rolls for 20-30 minutes or until the center is fluffy and the tops are golden brown. While still warm, drizzle each roll with cream cheese icing. Serve warm or room temperature. Direcitons: Whip the cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract together with an electric mixer. Slowly add the powdered sugar until thick and smooth. Add whole milk until it reaches the desired consistency. Reserve.

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Images Arizona: Anthem February 2016 Issue  

February 2016 issue of Images Arizona magazine distributed to Tramonto, Anthem, Desert Hills and New RIver.

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