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contents :: contributors 08

Meet the DeJarnett Family


High School Sports :: BCHS Football Foundation

Shelly Spence :: owner/publisher :: 623-341-8221

20 Youth

Stephanie Maher Palenque :: executive writer

26 Community

Amanda Christmann Larson :: contributing writer Donna Kublin :: contributing writer


Scorpion Hunt


One Woman Show :: Famous Women Brought to Life

42 Back-to-School :: Top Five Fashion Trends for 2012

Jeffrey Cody :: contributing writer Jenny Brooks :: contributing writer Nigel Spence :: contributing writer


Anthem/North Gateway Chamber :: ProSkill


The PEO Sisterhood


The “Six P’s” of Pool Design


Summer Salads

Meaghan’s Dream :: graphic artist


Infused Waters


Olive Oil Traders

Jeff Penzone :: advertising consultant :: 623-341-0123


Dining Guide




Local Index

82 Recipe :: Sweet Melon Salad

Karen Sophia Photography :: photographer Pogue Photography :: photographer

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feature staff bio Stephanie Maher Palenque has been writing for ImagesAZ since 2004. She is a self-described nerd who has been a writer, lover of literature and a book collector for as long as she can remember. She grew up above the New Jersey deli owned by her family, and married executive chef Jaime Palenque 20 years ago. When they fell in love, their interests collided, and Stephanie became a food writer. Now, with their three daughters, they enjoy discovering all of the culinary surprises that Arizona has to offer. Stephanie earned a B.A. in political science and criminal justice, and an M.A. in English literature and creative writing, both from Seton Hall University in her hometown of South Orange, New Jersey. She also earned an M.Ed. from Northern Arizona University. She teaches all levels of English literature and creative writing, and enjoys sharing her passion for the written word with her high school and college students.

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ere in Arizona, August is a time of transition. Our children are heading back to school. Some of us may

be returning home from vacation and going back to the grind of our daily jobs. The one constant in August seems to be our weather. August in Arizona is humid, hot and right in the middle of monsoon season. But we, Arizonans, are pioneers by nature, and we adapt to lessthan-perfect conditions. Instead of swimming under the searing sun during the day, we may enjoy swimming at night. Rather than using our oven and heating up our entire kitchen to make dinner, we might opt for a large, fresh salad for our nighttime meal. In this issue, we offer cool options for the hottest time of the year. We encourage you to take these ideas and make them your own! If you are about to take the plunge and build a pool, make sure you read Stephanie Maher Palenque’s article about pool and landscape design. The article discusses where your money is best spent …and it is probably not where you think! Sneak out to enjoy some of the Valley’s best salads. Read Stephanie’s article for ideas on how to spruce up your own greens at home. Finally, enjoy these last few days of the summer. Before you know it, we will be complaining about the chill in the air! Cheers! Shelly Spence ImagesAZ Magazine Owner/Publisher

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Writer Stephanie Maher Palanque Photographer Still Life Studios LLC

Meet the

DeJarnett Family An Anthem Love Story


prom ake and Megan DeJarnett may not be a traditional fairy tale couple,

but they are living a life filled with love and romance nonetheless. High school best friends and sweethearts, they were nominated to prom royalty at Boulder Creek High School. Even though Megan, who has been in an electric wheelchair since the age of 4, was thrilled, one of her initial thoughts was, “What will our first dance be like if we win?” Jake took those worries away from her the moment they heard their names announced. He escorted her off the dance floor, swooped her up into his arms, and danced around the floor with Megan in his arms as if they owned it. According to Megan, there wasn’t a dry eye in the entire room. The pair has been making sweet music together, and waltzing through life ever since. Their story together began when the two local residents moved to Boulder Creek


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High School from Sandra Day O’Connor as sophomores in what would be the first-ever graduating class for BCHS in 2007. Even though they were both Anthem-area residents, they had not crossed paths at Sandra Day O’Connor High School. Jake was born in Phoenix and has lived in Arizona all of his life. His family lives in Tramonto. Megan’s family moved to Anthem from Monterey, California back in 2000. “We moved to one of the first neighborhoods built in Anthem when I was in sixth grade. I went to Anthem School – that was the only school here at the time,” Megan recalled. Megan’s family, the Cuadernos, are well known in town, partially due to her mom, Kathy’s position as the private events director at Anthem Golf and Country Club. Megan, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at 18 months old, is one of four children in the Cuaderno family that also includes Ryan, Austin (who is also in a wheelchair due to the same condition) and sister, Kaitlyn. Dad Ken rounds out this family of Anthem pioneers. Jake and Megan grew closer as they moved through their high school years. After they graduated from Boulder Creek, they moved on to


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April 22, 2011, the couple exchanged vows at the Country Club in front of almost 400 people at what Megan calls her “dream wedding.” Megan recalls, “It was such a special day. When the minister asked, “Who gives this woman in marriage?” I took time to acknowledge the great work and sacrifice that my parents have made for me all of my life, and the fact that Jake was willing to take on that great commitment of being my everything, forever.”

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year-long internships at their church, Grace North Church

A year later, on April 22, 2011, the couple exchanged

in Anthem, where Jake now serves as band director, and

vows at the country club in front of almost 400 people

Megan volunteers as a pastor’s assistant for Lydia Ingegneri.

at what Megan calls her “dream wedding.” Megan recalls, “It was such a special day. When the minister

Some people in Anthem might remember Jake as the

asked, “Who gives this woman in marriage?” I took time

talented guitar teacher at a now-closed music school on

to acknowledge the great work and sacrifice that my

the west side of Anthem. He now gives private guitar

parents have made for me all of my life, and the fact that

lessons from his home in Anthem. He also serves as

Jake was willing to take on that great commitment of

producer and guitar player for the local Christian band,

being my everything, forever.”

SIP (Saturated in Praise). Megan explained that Jake’s commitment to marrying Romance seems to come naturally to this couple, and

her means more than the typical commitment one might

Jake’s proposal to Megan certainly lived up to the

make to his partner. “My parents have to do most things

fairytale. Megan explains, “We went on a big family

for me. I am a positive person with a lot of energy, but

cruise to the Caribbean and we had just spent the day

the fact that I am wheelchair-bound means that I need

swimming with dolphins followed by snorkeling. My

help doing most of the things that others take for granted.

family had just helped me on with all of my gear and

Those responsibilities have now become Jake’s. Aside

we went underwater. I was busy looking at all of the

from being an amazingly talented man, he lays down his

beautiful fish when Jake hung my engagement ring in

life to take care of me.”

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I couldn’t wait till I got to the surface to hear him say

As for Jake, he is quick to explain that since he met his

‘Megan, will you marry me?’” The family spent the rest of

soul mate, he entered her information into his phone

the night celebrating the couple’s engagement.

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how he viewed her. It is easy to see how this pair complements each other on so many levels. They are looking forward to many happy years spent together in Anthem, where Megan also works part time at Nannette McClelland-Miller’s State Farm Insurance office. “We attend all of the festivals, and we know that once we have children we will find even more ways to enjoy this wonderful community.” They are grateful for the love and support they feel in the community that they both consider home. Megan shares, “No matter where we are -- the bank, the post office, the supermarket -- we see people we know. They watched us grow up together. I am confident that if something was to happen, we would have a ton of love and support from this community, and it makes us feel great.” At their wedding reception, in front of hundreds of their family members and friends, Jake escorted Megan to the side of the dance floor and swept her up out of her chair for their first dance as a married couple, as he did years ago when they were graduating seniors. Many wondered what their first dance would look like. But the newly married DeJarnetts knew the answer to that question. They would lean on each other for support and move to the music, the way they always have, and always will.


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Well, it’s turn and face the Stars and Stripes, it’s fighting back them butterflies It’s calling in the air, Alrighty, yes sir, we want the ball And it’s knockin’ heads and talkin’ trash, it’s slinging mud and dirt and grass It’s I got your number, I got your back when your

Sports 16

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back’s against the wall Kenny Chesney’s song, Boys of Fall, describes the small town feel of everyone being behind the young men who pull on the jersey on a Friday night, and the youngsters who aspire to one day have the chance to wear that uniform. As the Boulder Creek Football program heads toward being in existence for 10 years, tradition is being built. The stands on Friday nights are filling up earlier, with not just parents and friends of the players in attendance, but members of the community who want to support their home team. The growth of support has been a long-term effort by a number of groups, including the coaching staff and the Boulder Creek Football Foundation. The Boulder Creek Football Foundation (BCFF) is a group of spirited parents and community members who ensure that the coaching staff and players have everything that they need for a successful season. One of the major contributions that this group makes is feeding the players on game day. A balanced meal is an important piece of the preparation puzzle, and this group is responsible for funding and feeding every player on the Varsity, Junior Varsity and Freshman teams.

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The BCFF has also been instrumental in recognizing the importance of youth football programs in the region. Seeing the various youth football teams as the next generation of Boulder Creek players, the BCFF states, “We value the importance of community spirit and unity in all football programs.” It was with this belief in mind, that the BCFF wanted to find a way to integrate the youth players with the high school program, in an attempt to make the transition from one level to the next as seamless as possible. Three years ago, the Boulder Creek Football Foundation celebrated the beginning of the season with a kickoff party. It was an audacious idea. While not easy to coordinate, it served as a pep rally for the current team, a social night of fun and meeting one another for parents, and an opportunity for youth football players within the community to meet the high school players. The event was an amazing success, the second annual event even better and now preparations are in place for it’s third hosting. “This is a really fun event. We get to get together, listen to some music, eat some food and meet some kids in the region who want to play football for Boulder Creek when they are old enough. It also serves as a fundraiser for our football foundation that does so much for our players. They feed our players, provide drinks at summer passing league games when it’s 105 degrees and raise funds to purchase equipment to help the football team,” a thankful coach Dan Friedman said. The Third Annual 2012 Community Football Kick Off Celebration will take place on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Connolly’s Sports Grill


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located at 2605 W. Carefree Highway from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets to the event are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The price of admission includes live entertainment provided by The Hamptons, a BBQ dinner, as well as raffles and giveaways. The evening will be concluded with an introduction of the 2012 BCHS players and coaches. The team that will be introduced is certain to have some fresh faces. “We will be a very young and enthusiastic team this year. Last year our offensive line allowed us to push some teams around. This year, we will have five new players, from tackle to tackle, filling those roles,” coach Friedman remarked. Friedman, who is entering his sixth year as head coach at Boulder Creek High School, has seen it all in his 27 years of coaching high school football. Based on the personnel, Friedman is planning to make some major adjustments to his strategies and schemes to reach the goals that he has set for his team, “We want to make it to the state championship playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. If we execute, this is a very realistic goal.” The Jags will be flying high on Friday nights from late August until the end of October. Be a part of this season by attending the kick off celebration Aug. 18, and attend a game or two to help continue the growing tradition. For tickets to the Third Annual 2012 Community Football Kick Off Celebration, please contact Kim Labno, 602-309-3105.

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Writer Nigel Spence

New Orleans Saints’ defense place bounties on opposing players and attempt to intentionally hurt them with headhigh tackles? Why is there a growing number of former players suing the NFL for not doing enough to inform players of the dangers of concussions and what is the NFL going to do about the issue in the future? The common theme of the three stories ... head and neck injuries caused by the violence of football. While the NFL is dealing with this issue, the trickle down effect has been felt at all levels of the game. Junior and

The popularity of the NFL has never been greater. As we head into the second half of the summer, reports of training camps, pre-season preparations and how newly acquired players are fitting in on new teams begin to fill sports media

head injuries. There are educational videos that players are mandated to watch prior to participating in football, and coaches are teaching tackling techniques that reduce the

telecasts, talk radio and the sports section of the paper.

likelihood of helmet-to-helmet contact. But is this enough?

Even during the off-season, NFL news takes precedence

Anthem Preparatory Academy football program is taking

over the other major sports, even their playoffs. This offseason has had three major headlines: Where will neck injury-plagued Peyton Manning play next season? Did the


high school coaches are educating their players about

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their awareness of head and neck injuries one step further by requiring every player on the team to wear an additional helmet protector. The product, called a ProCap, is produced

by Pennsylvania-based Protective Sports Equipment. It is a half-inch urethane foam protector that is attached by Velcro to the outside of the helmet. Independent studies have shown that players who wear the ProCap greatly reduce their likelihood of concussions, neck strains and head injuries. Mark Huston, football coach of the Anthem Prep Eagles, and a former high school and collegiate football player, is spearheading this campaign. “I have been involved with the great sport of football for 40 years as both a player at the youth, high school and college levels as well as a youth and high school head coach. During my football career in high school at Shadow Mountain, and in college at Northern Arizona University, I personally suffered a concussion. It was the one in college that ended my football career. Simply said, I want our Anthem Prep football players to have the latest technology available to them in order to best protect them against the risk of a concussion. The ProCap has been scientifically proven to greatly reduce the risk of concussion. Although there is no ‘silver bullet’ regarding the elimination of concussions, this latest technology will allow our players the best and safest way to participate in what I believe is the greatest team sport in the world,” Huston explained. Continued participation of youth is one concern of the NFL. When former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner commented in a Dan Patrick Show interview in May that it scared him when he thought of his own children playing football, and that he would prefer that they didn’t, alarm bells rang through the media and in homes across America, making parents uneasy about the possibility that their children’s safety may be at risk. Huston concurs with Warner and believes that if changes are not made, participation may suffer, “In my opinion, if the world of football and all those involved in it do not embrace this scientific technology regarding the protection against head trauma, I believe parents will begin to no longer allow their children to partake in youth tackle football programs.” Huston continued, “I’m proud to inform the parents of my local community as to the steps we are taking within the Anthem Prep Academy Football Program to ensure that we will always be at the front of the line and not the back of the line when it comes to embracing, and more importantly, implementing the newest technology as it pertains to the overall safety of our football players. I’m thrilled and proud to say that Anthem Prep Academy was the first school in the State of Arizona to see the need for this additional safety feature upon its football helmets and was willing to step to the front of the line and become the leader in the embracing of this latest scientific technology.” However the NFL continues to deal with the issue of head injuries in football, parents can feel good that there are coaches like Mark Huston, and administrations such as that at Anthem Prep Academy, who are leading the way to a safer playing field. Augus t 2 0 1 2



Writer Donna Kublin Photography by Revolution Studios

Rising Star Shines Kyle Yeomans, a very talented 13-year-old with connections

Kyle’s serious interest in performing began at age 10 when

to Anthem, made it to the later stages of the X-Factor

he heard about a talent show audition while driving in the

competition this July. Out of tens of thousands of aspiring

car with his dad. As a result of his natural abilities, he was

performers from across the country, Kyle was one of

offered special training by professionals and started doing

approximately 150 finalists in the Greensboro bracket. While

school and community theater. His singing talent started to

he wasn’t selected to move on, he was picked up by a well-

blossom as did his passion for it. He did so well with a vocal

regarded talent agency in Raleigh, N.C.

coach that after three months it was recommended that he work with someone who could take him to the next level. He

After the competition, Kyle headed back to Anthem to be

subsequently recorded two cover songs.

in the final summer production of Starlight Community Theater’s Camp Rising Star, which he has attended for the

His first audition with the X-Factor was at the coliseum in

past two years.

Greensboro, N.C. where out of thousands of contestants, he made it to the top 150. He fell just short of the TV


His dad, Robert Yeomans said, “Kyle loves the close family

round, but thoroughly enjoyed the experience and life’s

atmosphere at Starlight’s Camp and really enjoys the

lessons along the way. “My career is young,” said Kyle,

relationships that are fostered there.” While Kyle no longer

“and even though I didn’t move up with the X-Factor, other

lives in Anthem, he spends his summers here with family.

opportunities have opened up for me.” As for the future,

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Kyle said: “You always hope you will make it big, but it takes little steps to develop, and that is what I’m doing.” Kyle has performed in school and community theater productions as Michael Jackson in “Thriller,” Pongo in “101 Dalmatians,” Mowgli in “Jungle Book,” Aladdin in “Aladdin,” and most recently, Thomas O’Malley in “Disney’s The AristoCats Kids” with Starlight. Kyle continues to follow his passion, but in addition to acting and singing, he enjoys participating in various sports, community service, and he is in the advanced math, reading and science programs. “At first it was tough to balance everything,” said Kyle, “but I have figured out how to make it work for me, getting the practice time I need and balancing school work and other activities.” Describing his experiences with performing and with recording his CD, Kyle said, “It is more work than you expect, but it is really so much fun and once it comes out, you can be proud of what you accomplished.”

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... “You always hope you will make it big, but it takes little steps to develop and that is what I’m doing.”

“There are so many opportunities out there for kids if they have a passion for it, and a lot of avenues to encourage and support their dreams,” said Robert. “Kyle’s mother and I do not sing and have never participated in theater ourselves, but Kyle knows what he wants to do and is going for it.” Starlight’s Camp Rising Star has taken place for the past eight years as a way to introduce and develop talents and theatrical interests of children. While the camp is finished for 2012, Starlight Community Theater has announced their upcoming season in which many talented adults and young people will take the stage to entertain the community. In the process, they are learning more about themselves and each other, and the community can participate by helping with stage sets and costumes, as well as attending the shows.


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Starlight Community Theater 2012-13 Season and Upcoming Events All events take place at Starlight Community Theater, Safeway Center, Suite B-119, 3655 W. Anthem Way, Anthem.

How to Audition Workshop (free for all ages) August 4, 9 – 11 a.m.

Rising Stars Dance Party (kids and teens) August 4, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Stage Mom & Dad Mixer (meet and greet Starlight board) August 4, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Wizard of Oz Auditions: August 18 Performances: November 2 – 17, 2012

Steel Magnolias Auditions: October 26, 27 (Ages 16 and up) Performances: January 25, 2012 – February 10, 2013

The Hobbit Auditions: December 7, 8 Performances: March 8 – 16, 2013

Lend Me A Tenor Auditions: February 16, 17 (Ages 16 and up) Performances: April 12 – 27, 2013

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our community Casino Night Fundraiser for the Caepe School The Caepe School will be hosting its Second Annual Casino Night fundraiser, complete with a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, professional casino service, cash bar service and silent auction, Sept. 21. The event will be held at the Caepe School campus, 39905 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem. The fun is set to get underway at 6 p.m. and run through until 10. The cost is $75 per person or $125 per couple, which includes a drink ticket, light dinner and $1,000 of funny money. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Caepe School. 480-375-1246

MIM August Events The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), located at 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, is hosting numerous events throughout the month of August. From African Thumb Pianos and Balinese Gamelan, through to the more familiar sights and sounds of a guitarist playing folk music, the MIM is hosting an event that is sure to please everyone. Some highlighted performances include guitar wizard Raul Midón, a museum encounter with Primus drummer Tim Alexander, and singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin. Raul Midón will perform Wednesday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m. Described by People magazine as an “eclectic adventurist,” this singer-songwriter melds the influences of Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Bill Withers into a uniquely percussive approach to acoustic steel-string

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guitar. Tickets for this event are $27.50 - $32.50. On Sunday, Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. join drummer Tim Alexander for the opening of a new exhibit that features the drum set that he played on the Primus albums Sailing the Seas of Cheese and Pork Soda. Alexander will play the drums, provide insight into his career and take time for Q&A. Tickets for this event are free with admission to the museum. Grammy award-winning Shawn Colvin is slated to appear at the MIM on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. Best known for her acclaimed song Sunny Came Home, Colvin is one of America’s finest singer/songwriters, a talented guitarist and leader of the new folk movement. Tickets for this event are $47.50 - $52.50 For a full listing of August events be sure to visit the MIM website. 480-478-6000


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North Valley Symphony Orchestra Musicians from North Phoenix, Glendale, Tramonto, Anthem and New River have met to organize a new community-based orchestra, with the desire to provide not only a place for musicians to play the music they love, but also provide pop and classical music concerts for North Valley audiences. Members of the new North Valley Symphony Orchestra have invited Kevin Kozacek to be the founding music director. Kozacek recently served for nine very successful seasons as the founding artistic director for ProMusica Arizona. His vision for the new orchestra is to “build community through music.” The new orchestra membership is comprised of current teachers and part-time musicians who currently excel in their art, students who are taking private lessons and desire to play in a large ensemble, and community musicians who want to “dust off” their instruments and become involved again in making music. The North Valley Symphony Orchestra will focus on a 21st century approach to performing music in a way that makes the music more accessible, with the hope of attracting a variety of audiences. The founding committees are working hard to creatively

From left to right: Janet Plummer, Marcie Kolacki, Brian Pollock, Kevin Kozacek, Corinne Grant, Kira Assad Photo by Mike Spinelli

plan concerts to enrich the cultural climate of the Phoenix North Valley while also providing opportunities for volunteer musicians to play for the pure joy of playing. A founding membership meeting will be held on Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. Rehearsals are expected to begin in late August on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at Goldwater High School. If interested in joining the NVSO, or in helping to manage or sponsor this new organization in any way, please email

Anthem Community Council Approves Purchase of Civic Building At the June 27, 2012 Anthem Community Council (ACC) meeting, the board of directors approved the purchase of the building at 3701 W. Anthem Way in the amount of $2.3 million for development and use as a civic facility by the Anthem community. The intended purpose of the facility is to provide Anthem residents with amenities and services previously identified in community studies and surveys. “This building will be an important addition to Anthem, and will serve as a gathering place for the community,” said Jenna Kollings, community executive officer. “Thanks to all of the community volunteers who were part of the planning and consideration of this project, and to all of the residents who took the time to provide comments.” The ACC Board also directed Ms. Kollings to develop an action plan for development of the civic building for consideration by the board at a future meeting. This action plan will consist of the steps necessary to convert the building into the proposed civic building with all of its various components.


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The Caepe School Announces Appointment to Board The Caepe School is excited to announce the newest appointment to its school board, Mrs. Leah Parker. Leah has been recently appointed the staff member in charge of professional development where she will be commencing her duties as director of transition to Common Core Standards.

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At the Caepe School, the Common Core Standards (researched and evidencebased standards developed by educators and standards experts across the country supported by rigorous international benchmarks) will be used as a foundation for learning, so that stakeholders can be confident its students are academically competitive with students across the nation. Leah is quick to note, however, “We are not limited by the standards, though, as we continually reach beyond common expectations for a rich, well-rounded, and inspiring educational experience.” Leah has been a valued member of the Caepe School since 2009 and holds a

Brahms & Friends

Friday, August 24 | 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $29.50–$37.50 Elmira Darvarova, former concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, is joined by Japanese pianist Tomoko Kanamaru and Howard Wall of the New York Philharmonic on French horn.

bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education. She has been in education for over 15 years with experience in teaching students in both private and public schools, grades 3 through 12. She is a gifted education specialist who brings to the Caepe School her special love of learning through exploring relevant places and experiences. Leah has also been writing science curriculum for the last few years and is an adjunct professor at Ottawa University.

Sonya and Elizabeth Schumann

Sunday, August 26 | 3:00 p.m. Tickets: $29.50–$37.50 The internationally acclaimed pianists and sisters present Piano Theater, a unique program that combines music and acting. Works by George Gershwin, Johannes Brahms, and others are featured.

Red Rocks Music Festival Ensemble

Friday, August 31 | 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $29.50–$37.50 Classical meets jazz in this concert featuring works by Johannes Brahms, Astor Piazzolla, and Duke Ellington, plus Paul Schoenfield’s Café Music for violin, cello, and piano.

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Concerts presented by MIM and Red Rocks

The PMAZ Chorale and Orchestra announces its program for the

2012 Concert Season sponsored in part by

2012-2013 concert season. The lineup includes a patriotic salute Nov. 3 and 4 in recognition of Veterans’ Day, a return to the audience favorite, Joyous Noel, with new lessons and carols Dec. 15 and 16, a classical performance at the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix March 23, and a season finale on May 16 through 19 showcasing PMAZ’s talented members performing Mozart’s

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ProMusica Arizona Recruiting for Upcoming Season ProMusica is holding adult chorale, orchestra and youth orchestra auditions for its 10th anniversary season. Additionally, they are recruiting to hire a youth orchestra conductor who will also play in the adult orchestra and a concertmaster/mistress for the adult orchestra. Adult Chorale: All voices are welcome to audition, but tenors and basses are especially needed. Vocalists should be able to read music and have come experience in a choir. No preparation piece is required. Auditions for vocalists consist of an assessment of range, vocal quality, intonation and reading ability. Weekly chorale rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Boulder Creek High School. Adult Orchestra: Auditions for all instruments are welcome. Instrumentalists require at least an intermediate level, but preferably an advanced level of skill. A two-minute prepared piece is appreciated but not required. Weekly orchestra rehearsals are on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Boulder Creek High School. Youth Orchestra: The mixed instrumental youth orchestra is for musicians grades 6 through 12. String, brass, woodwind and percussion instrumentalists with intermediate to advanced capabilities who are currently taking individual lessons on their primary instrument are invited to audition. Weekly rehearsals are held Mondays from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. at Boulder Creek High School. Auditions will be held at 34975 N. Valley Parkway, Suite 152 in Tramonto Aug. 10 from 6 to 10 p.m. and Aug. 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. For an audition appointment and directions, call 623-889-7144 or email Yvonne Dolby at For additional information or questions about the PMAZ chorale or orchestras, contact PMAZ artistic director Adam Stich at

August 4 Coffee with a Cop Anthem residents are encouraged to join local law enforcement for a breakfast event at CafĂŠ Aroma, 4220 W. Summit Walk Ct., in the commerce park at Anthem. With proceedings set to run from 8 to 10 a.m., residents will have the opportunity to meet local law enforcers, ask them any questions and can discuss quality of life issues in their neighborhoods and on the roads.


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August 4 Starlight Community Theater Events Everyone is invited to a free “How to Audition” workshop on Saturday, Aug. 4, hosted by Starlight Community Theater directors Christian Graca and Susan Gibson. They will de-mystify the audition process and discuss such subjects as what to expect, how to choose a song or monologue, how to prepare for the big day, and what directors are looking for when casting. The event will be hosted at Suite B-119 of the Safeway Shopping Center, 3655 W. Anthem Way, Anthem, from 9 – 11 a.m. This will be a great opportunity for anyone interested in being on stage. The same evening, kids and teens are invited to the Rising Stars Dance Party from 7 – 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. While the kids are dancing next door, there is a one-hour meet and greet with Starlight board members and other theatre families. From 7 – 8 p.m., the Stage Mom and Dad Mixer gives parents a chance to learn about upcoming shows and how they can get involved.

August 4 Anthem Community Center Open House The Anthem Community Center will host an open house on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon. A myriad of demonstrations, contests, activities and sample classes will be available for the whole family to experience, such as: FREE Kid Zone from 9 – 11 a.m. FREE continental breakfast FREE group fitness classes (check with front desk for schedule) FREE gymnastics time with AZ Sunrays from 10 - 11 a.m. One-day only discounts and specials on several registrations Registration for upcoming fall classes and programs Community Center staff will be on hand to answer questions about the facility’s classes, equipment and programs. 623-879-3011 Augus t 2 0 1 2


August 4 & 11 Arizona Dance Artistry Open House Arizona Dance Artistry will hold its annual open house to kick off fall enrollment Saturday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 11. New students are welcome to tour the facility, meet the staff and attend a free trial class. The Aug. 4 open house will be hip hop-themed, and will include trial classes and registration for all classes. From 10:30 - 11 a.m. a trial class for children ages 5 - 7 years will take place, followed by a class from
11:15 - 11:45 a.m. for those 8 years and older. Reserve spots in advance for trial classes. The Aug. 11 event will be a princess party open house. Pre-ballet/tumble combo trial classes will run from 10 10:30 a.m. for 2 - 3-year-olds, with the same themed class running from
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. A magic wand craft station and cupcake party will run from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. These open house events will also offer the opportunity for dancers to get fitted for shoes, tights and leotards, gather information on upcoming events and performances including the Nutcracker, and learn about recital and costume ordering. 602-314-8033

August 4-5 MTA Auditions

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) hosts auditions for their upcoming straight play “Our Town,” for ages 13 - adult, and the high-spirited musical romp, “Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.,” a no-cut production for ages 13 - 19. Auditions for both will be held on Aug. 4 - 5 in Anthem. Performers may choose to audition for both “Our Town” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.,” and those not cast in “Our Town” will be cast in “Millie.” “Our Town” is directed by Zoni-nominee Laura O’Meara. Rehearsals begin Aug. 10, with performances taking place Sept. 20 - 23 at MTA’s new theater. Rehearsals for “Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.” begin Aug. 9, with performances taking place Sept. 27 - Oct. 7. Auditions for both shows will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 11 a.m. The dance call for “Thoroughly Modern Millie” will be on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m., with callbacks at 11:30 a.m. Callbacks for “Our Town” will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m. Auditions, callbacks and rehearsals will be held at MTA’s new theater performance space at 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem. Those auditioning should prepare a musical theater song, 16 - 32 bars or one minute in length. Bring an accompaniment CD or iPod to sing with; you may also sing a capella if needed. “Our Town” auditioners need to prepare a one-minute monologue, as well as a musical theater song. Please have your registration materials (available on the website) completed prior to coming to the audition. Audition preparation acting classes will be held for both shows by their respective directors. A 90-minute group session for “Millie” will take place on Thursday, Aug. 2 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Thirty minute one-on-one sessions for “Our Town” will be held on Aug. 2 and 3.

August 14 Meet Your Candidates

The New River/Desert Hills Community Association (NR/DHCA) will be hosting its bi-annual “Meet Your Candidates” Night Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church located at 42425 N. New River Road. The meeting will begin at the special time of 7 p.m. (note the early than normal start time) and will run until 9:30 p.m. NR/DHCA has invited candidates for the offices of US Senate, US District 8 Representative, Arizona Legislative District 1 (Senate and Representative), multiple county positions, and Justice of the Peace for Desert Ridge. Tentatively, each speaker will have three minutes to speak. After all the candidates for an office have spoken, there will be a five-minute question/answer period for all the candidates running for that office. The speaking time allotted may change depending on the number of candidates that RSVP. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet many of the individuals who are running for public office in our community. It’s your chance to listen to and ask questions about the issues that matter most to you. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn first-hand about the candidates you may be voting for in the upcoming election. All NR/DHCA community meetings are open to the public. You won’t want to miss this popular and informative bi-annual event. 602-432-2800


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August 15 and 29 Arizona History Dinner Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House (6710 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek) is hosting a series of Arizona History Dinners, which feature various speakers with a menu to match the evening entertainment. Each event will kick off with a friendly no-host cocktail hour at 5 p.m., followed by dinner served promptly at 6 p.m. and the presentation at 7 p.m. The cost is $45 per person plus sales tax and 18 percent gratuity for a three-course meal with an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Beverages are available for purchase. Marshall Trimble will be making two appearances at Cartwright’s in August. August 15 - Arizona Land of Anomalies and Tamales Appetizer: Sweet Corn Tamale with Gulf Crab Meat and Avocado Crema Entrée: Arizona Territory Beef Skirt Steak with Pan Roasted Shrimp, Peppers, Onions and Red Chili Butter, Sweet Potato, Corn and Tortilla Hash and a Flour Tortilla Dessert: Arizona Saguaro Fruit Ice Cream with Tequila Marinated Berries and Crushed Pecan Brittle Bread: Green Chili and Jack Cheese Casserole Cornbread August 29 - Arizona’s Colorful Characters Appetizer: Spinach Salad with Brown Sugar Bacon, Balsamic Vinaigrette and Fresh Strawberries Entrée: Arbuckles Coffee and Cocoa Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Agave Nectar and Pomegranate Demi Glace, Wild Rice with Candied Arizona Pecans, Summer Squash Succotash Dessert: Almond and Fresh Peach Cobbler with Cinnamon Ice Cream Bread: 4-Onion Baguette 480-488-8031


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August 18 Third Annual Community Football Kick Off Celebration The Boulder Creek Football Foundation is hosting the Third Annual Community Football Kick-Off Celebration for the North Phoenix area. Those in attendance will enjoy live music performed by The Hamptons, a BBQ dinner, raffle opportunities, giveaways and more. This community fundraiser is being sponsored in hopes of uniting all the football programs in the North Phoenix Valley. The Boulder Creek Football Foundation would like to send a message: “We value the importance of community spirit and unity in all football programs.” The event will be held at Connolly’s Sports Grill, located at 2605 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 or at the door for $20, with proceeds going to support the Boulder Creek Football Foundation. 602-309-3105

August 18 Starlight Community Theater Audition A casting call for Starlight’s upcoming youth production of “The Wizard of Oz” is taking place Aug. 18 at 9 a.m. Audition is for lead roles. A no-cut ensemble cast is also available. At 10 a.m. registration begins for munchkins and other roles, which are perfect for kids looking to explore the fun of theater. Performances of “The Wizard of Oz” are scheduled for three weekends from Nov. 2 – 17.

August 18 PADDLESPORTS AMERICA The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary presents a day of fun, and learning how to kayak safely and effectively. The course, which is a collaboration of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Maricopa County, Arizona Game and Fish Department and ACA, will focus on the novice kayaker, offering both classroom and calm water instruction. Classroom instruction will take place at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s main office, located at 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix. Classroom instruction in the morning will cover topics such as: · The parts and characteristics of canoes and kayaks · Before You Go - The basics for pre-departure · Operating Your Boat Safely · The Legal Requirements of Boating in Arizona and beyond · Boating emergencies - What to do? Following the classroom session 8 a.m. to noon will be an on-the-water demonstration and paddle at Biscuit Tank (located at Ben Avery Shooting Range) from 1 – 5 p.m. The course costs $20 with an additional ACA $8 insurance fee paid on the day of event. AZ Game and Fish provides use of life vests, paddles and access to a variety of kayaks. Those attending to pack a picnic lunch for the one-hour break between the classroom session and the on-water event. 623-251-6612


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August 20-23 Anthem Soccer Club Tryouts Anthem Soccer Club will be hosting tryouts for their U-9 boys, U-10 boys, U-10 girls and U-13 boys teams to compete in the 2012 - 13 AYSA Soccer League season. For specific times for each team, please contact Mark Kerlin at the contact information listed below. 623-582-2413

August 25 Anthem Community Day with the Diamondbacks Anthem Community Council has once again partnered with the Arizona Diamondbacks to offer an Anthem Community Day at Chase Field Saturday, Aug. 25, to watch the 
D-backs take on the San Diego Padres at 5:10 p.m. Anthem residents are invited to enjoy a night of baseball with friends and family while representing the Anthem community in cheering on Arizona’s home team. Discounted tickets are available for purchase at a rate of $32 each (regular price is $35), which includes all-you-can-eat unlimited ballpark fare such as hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, chips, soft drinks and bottled water from the time gates open until the end of the seventh inning, and a special pre-game recognition of Anthem fans. To reserve and purchase tickets, residents can go online to the community website and select the “D-backs Tickets” button on the left side, which will direct them to the proper link. When ordering, enter the special offer code: anthem. All Anthem fans will be seated in Section 222.

August 25 Open Nutcracker Ballet Auditions The Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre and Arizona Dance Artistry are hosting auditions open to all dancers in the Phoenix community ages 7 years and older for the Nutcracker. This production is put on each year by the youth ballet company with the support of the local Phoenix community through the Foundation to ASPIRE fundraising efforts. Every effort is made to provide dancers with professional costumes, backdrops and scenery, training and choreography as well the stage experience they will never forget at a minimal participation cost to the family. Dancers from all around the Valley have joined our annual production of the Nutcracker since 2008. Auditions will be held at AZDA, 1745 W. Deer Valley Rd., Suite 102 
Phoenix. Ages 7 – 9 years 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 Ages 10 years and older with less than 3 years’ experience 12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
 Ages 10 years and older with more than 3 years’ experience 1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
 Soloist auditions by invitation, 2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
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It’s time to go on a hunt

a scorpion hunt! Writer Jeffrey Cody

Black light-wielding explorers dared the dusk at Cave Creek

end up in bed with you! The striped tail is three inches long, and

Regional Park in search of what many of us do our best to avoid:

the giant hairy scorpion is up to six inches long.

scorpions. The larger scorpions have less need for venom, as they often It started inside the nature center with Ranger Sarah Steele

catch their prey with their larger claws. As for the amount of

introducing these predators from the past. It seems that

venom, the babies have as much as their parents. They are more

these nocturnal beasties have been injecting venom into their

dangerous because they have less control over the dosage.

unsuspecting prey for around 430 million years. The past holds

Adults use only the amount of venom necessary to incapacitate

no refuge.

their prey. The babies get excited and inject all they have without restraint.

Ranger Sarah next quizzed our group to see what we knew of the myths and facts regarding our subject. Here are some of the

Scorpion stings can range from mild to severe. While the pain

questions and answers:

from many stings lasts only a few hours and some are only

• They have no predators: Myth

painful at the site, the venom of the bark scorpion can extend

• The smallest are the most venomous: Fact

to areas farther from the site. The pain may be intense for from

• They can’t climb: Myth - They can and do.

six to eight hours and cause numbness and tingling of limbs for

• They are bioluminescent: Myth

several weeks.

• They are all venomous: Fact • They can be over 1 foot long: Myth

If stung, you need to clean the site with soap and water, apply

• They give birth to live young: Fact - They carry them (up to 35

cool compresses and position the limb comfortably. You can use

at a time), until their first molt (about 7-21 days). At that time the

over-the-counter pain medication to lessen the pain. If the pain

youngsters either abandon ship or become mom’s next meal!

doesn’t subside, or if you experience visual changes, shortness

• If under 1 inch, they are babies: Myth

of breath, or muscle twitching, a trip to the emergency room for treatment is in order, as death is possible, although extremely

Scorpions are opportunistic predators of small arthropods,

rare in the U.S., children are more susceptible, therefore, should

although the larger kinds have been known to kill small lizards

always be treated.

and mice. Their predators include birds, centipedes, lizards, mice, possums and rats.

That ended the lecture. We were ready to hit the trail to find scorpions! Armed with black lights, we formed groups on the

According to Ranger Sarah, of the 30 different types of scorpions

patio of the nature center and waited for Ranger Sarah.

in Arizona, three are most common. The smallest and most lethal


is the bark scorpion, which is often less than one inch in length

Why black lights? As noted in the quiz, scorpions are not

and the only one that prefers climbing. They are the most likely to

bioluminescent. They don’t produce light, but they do glow when

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exposed to certain wavelengths of ultraviolet light, such as that produced by a black light. There are fluorescent chemicals in the cuticle of the scorpion. Each time a scorpion molts, the effect becomes more intense, so the older they are the brighter they glow! Having been warned to stay on the trails and follow the ranger to keep from running into other nocturnal predators like the rattlesnake, the 62 attendees hiked down the Overton Trail in a line that stretched for about 150 yards. As I had rear guard duties, many of the “discoveries” had fled by the time I reached their lairs. I didn’t mind, as I had pleasant


companions who kept me entertained as we flashed our black lights among the rocks and bushes that lined the trail. Our goal was the ramada area where rocks were piled to retard erosion. It was a perfect place to spot our quarry. When a beam from a black light hit a scorpion, the person holding the light yelled, “Scorpion!” and dozens of feet rumbled as kids and adults scurried to see the object of

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the quest glowing phosphorescent green against the dark desert landscape. Again and again, sightings were made until one lonely voice yelled, “Snake!” Believe it or not, footsteps again rumbled in the night as participants hurried to the site of the snake sighting. Ranger Sarah diligently held the curious at bay, as she used the experience to teach of the dangers inherent in roaming the desert after dark. This is the time for predators to hunt. It is their world; we are the intruders and must remain vigilant at all times. They won’t attack, but they will defend themselves. As our tired but happy entourage slowly meandered back along the trail to the nature center, many interesting conversations developed involving tales of previous hunts and encounters with scorpions or snakes. The scorpion hunt is just one of many fun and exciting programs to enjoy any season of the year at Cave Creek Regional Park, so get out and enjoy the park at night. Augus t 2 0 1 2


One woman show:

Famous Women

Brought to Life Writer Donna Kublin

Petticoats to Power Suits Saturday, August 25 at Boulder Creek High School

Matinee Show: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. $15 tickets at the door $10 advance tickets and group rates Evening Show: 7:30 p.m. $25, $40 and $75. 40

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Nationally known actor and singer Kate Campbell Stevenson presents a truly unique onewoman musical show on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Boulder Creek High School in Anthem, bringing to life many of the world’s most famous women. Entertaining and motivating, “Petticoats to Power Suits” provides a glimpse into the lives and times of women who have helped shape our country and culture. Stevenson uses clever costume and makeup changes done right on stage and transforms herself into the inspiring women role models from history. Her show brings history alive for people of all ages. Based in Maryland, Stevenson is coming to Arizona to present three benefit performances on Aug. 25, helping ProMusica Arizona Chorale & Orchestra kickoff its tenth anniversary season. Two matinee performances for all ages will run approximately one hour and feature Juliette Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, Bessie Coleman, who was not only the first aviatrix in this country (before Amelia Earhart), but the first African-American one; and Eleanor Roosevelt. Matinee tickets at the door are $15 and advance tickets and group rates are $10. Show times are 1 and 3 p.m. The 7:30 p.m. evening show is a two-hour performance for adult audiences featuring the following historical women: Abigail Adams, Alice Paul, Rose Crabtree, Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson. After a brief intermission, there will be a panel discussion of distinguished Arizona women leaders from education, the military, business and medicine providing leadership lessons for today as America moves to a more equitable shared leadership with men and women in our society. Timing of the event coincides with the celebration of National Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26. Tickets for the evening show are $25, $40 and $75. The $75 ticket includes a postperformance reception with Stevenson and distinguished panelists at a private residence in Anthem Country Club. Stevenson has performed her various one-woman shows all over the country, at town halls, everywhere from the poorest rural schools to the most posh private schools, and universities; from corporate diversity trainings to military bases, NASA, the Pentagon; and from county fairs to the Oval Office. In March this year, Stevenson was named to The Daily Record’s annual list of “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” in recognition of her outstanding achievements through professional accomplishments, community leadership and mentoring. Stevenson performed the very first performance held at the Boulder Creek High School Performing Arts Center Nov. 13, 2004. Before creating her one woman shows, she was a popular performer in regional theatres across the U.S., performing leading roles in such musicals as “My Fair Lady,” “Camelot,” “Carousel,” “The King and I” and 30 more. 623-889-7144, Augus t 2 0 1 2



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Chamber Contributor Jenny Brooks, Special to ImagesAZ

Brothers in Business

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Early in my career, I had the pleasure of providing public relations services for the local plumbing industry trade association, known as PIPE (Piping Industry Profess and Education Trust Fund). According to PIPE’s website, the association is “committed to upholding the highest standards of performance in the plumbing and pipefitting industry.” In my work with this organization I learned a lot about the plumbing industry - water treatment plants now have a special place in my heart, but that’s another story - and one of the things I learned is that the good plumbers are constantly working to overthrow any negative images bad plumbers leave in their wake. When it comes to this month’s Anthem North Gateway Chamber of Commerce member profile, I really enjoyed interviewing the Ringe brothers of ProSkill Plumbing, Heating and Air. When they talk about their business, they come across as committed, passionate and as making every effort to run a reputable business and be one of those good plumbing and air conditioning companies. Travis and Tyler always knew they would go into business together. Their father instilled a strong work ethic in the brothers as they worked in the family home building business, and continually encouraged them to explore other opportunities on the side. “When our dad decided to retire, he told Tyler and I that we should look at entering a service industry,” said Travis. “His point was that service industries are steadier than others and that it would serve us better in the long run.” The two brothers decided on plumbing service.

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“We worked at the same plumbing company, and we were assigned to the same service truck,” explained Travis. “Our business was born during that time when Tyler and I would talk

about what we wanted to do with our own business one day, and how we can stand apart.” Tyler couldn’t help himself from displaying his passion and commitment to running an honest business. For example, they don’t charge a service or trip fee to come out. “We felt really strongly that not charging a service fee was the right thing to do,” explained Travis. “The Anthem area is a small region, it doesn’t cost us that much in gas to make a visit, and we are confident we can earn a lifelong customer with our fair pricing.” Another differentiating factor is their commitment to being a neighborhood business. “Our goal was to provide professional and on time plumbing service at a fair price to our neighbors,” said Travis. “We try to keep our overhead as low as possible by doing our own print design, web design, and using basic storage facilities rather than employing a fancy showroom. We’re able to pass on the savings from these business decisions to our customers.” The brothers have also made it their goal to uphold a positive image. They created a readily recognizable brand as ProSkill Plumbing with red and black uniforms, brand-wrapped trucks and professional policies for entering customers’ homes. “I’m really proud of the brand we’ve created and our customer retention. We really can’t ask for more than our customers calling us back when they need ongoing services,” said Travis. The brothers are members of the Anthem North Gateway Chamber and use it as a business resource in many

different ways. “We really enjoy the networking and the relationships with people we probably never would have known,” said Travis. “And it’s great to have the inside track on what’s going on in the community from other members and presenters who are in-the-know.” The brothers are really passionate about building a solid business, and they depend on the knowledge they get from Chamber mixers and guest speakers. “We learn something from just about every presentation and put it into practice in our business,” said Travis. The brothers grew up in Cave Creek and watched the Anthem area develop. They live in the area and also employ Anthem residents in their business. Travis is married to Kalie. Tyler and his wife, Abby, have a 16-month-old daughter, Ellie. When asked what advice he would give to other business owners, Travis was ready with a great answer. “You’ll never get every job that calls, no matter how cheap you bid or what you offer; but if you treat the customers right that you do get, they’ll refer you and choose you again.” It’s a consistent theme among the small business owners in the area, and I was delighted to talk with two business owners who are passionate about what they do. If you ask me, they’re doing a great job upholding the plumbing trade association’s commitment to high standards.

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The PEO Sisterhood:

Women Helping Women Reach for the Stars When it was time for new resident Jan Sandoz to move about a year ago from Nebraska to Anthem, she knew she had a lot of decisions facing

The only thing better than education is more education. Progress to Freedom (1942) by Agnes E. Benedict, American Educator, 1889-1950

Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

her concerning what she would bring to the hot desert climate. But the one thing that she was sure she would bring is her membership in the international organization, Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO). She had only just joined her active Nebraska chapter, but she knew right away that it was a worthwhile activity. PEO is passionate about its mission: promoting educational opportunities for women. They do this by offering scholarships, grants, awards and loans to help women enhance their lives through learning. There are numerous opportunities for funding for multiple levels of education. The STAR scholarship fund provides scholarships for exceptional high school senior


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women. The Scholar Awards provide substantial merit-based awards for women who are pursuing a doctorate-level degree. A unique fund is the Program for Continuing Education (PCE). This fund provides need-based grants for women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families. Candidates for these grants must have at least 24 consecutive months as a non-student sometime in their adult life and be within 24 consecutive months of completing their educational goal. These grants can be used for either academic or technical courses. Sandoz serves as the Cottey College Project Chair for the local chapter. Cottey College is an independent, fully accredited liberal arts and sciences college in Nevada, Missouri for women who are pursuing two-year and selected four-year programs. PEO is especially proud of its Cottey College project, for which PEO provided an average financial aid package of $17,150 per student in 2010-11. The average out-of-pocket expense was less than $5,000 per student. Cottey offers associate’s degrees in arts, arts/music, fine arts, and science. Bachelor of arts degrees are offered in English, environmental studies, international relations and business, and psychology. Cottey is known for its academic rigor, women’s leadership programs, international experience offered to all students, and supportive campus community. The student to faculty ratio is 10:1 with over 91 percent of the 35 full-time faculty members holding doctoral degrees or the terminal degrees in their fields. The primary interest of the Cottey College faculty is in teaching and mentoring young women of promise. Part of the application process for grants and scholarships includes being sponsored by the local PEO Chapter, which will help guide candidates through the application process for the appropriate program. One local recipient, Kristie Rogers, describes her award as “incredibly beneficial.” Kristie shares, “I submitted information about myself to PEO when I became aware of the scholar award opportunity. I was contacted by the local chapter and met with two chapter members for an Augus t 2 0 1 2


P E O is passionate about its mission : promoting educational opportunities for women. interview. I was later notified that the chapter would nominate me

With the help and support of PEO, Kristie Rogers earned her

the following academic year for the PEO Scholar Award. I was

Ph.D. in management with an emphasis in organizational

delighted to receive the nomination and began the extensive

behavior from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona

application process, providing information about my research,

State University in May of 2012.

academic goals and personal interests. Several months later, I was notified that I was a recipient of the award. The chapter that

PEO was founded in 1869 in Iowa by seven college students,

nominated me invited me to speak at a meeting. I explained my

and has grown to 260,000 women strong, including Anthem’s

research to them and how they were helping me reach my goals.”

37-member chapter. PEO International is responsible for dispersing more than $221.5 million to 88,000 recipients.

According to Kristie, her research would not have been possible

Most of the funds for PEO’s amazing projects are raised through

without her award from PEO. She explains, “The chapter that

local fundraisers. As the autumn approaches there will be

nominated me for the award has shown a genuine interest in me

opportunities to get involved in fundraisers sponsored by the

and my research. The award has been incredibly beneficial to me.

local Anthem chapter. Be on the lookout for these upcoming

It allowed me to execute a very ambitious dissertation research

events, and more opportunities to help support this worthy cause.

design that my advisors knew I would not be able to do well


without adequate resources. This award enabled me to conduct

Jan Sandoz,

the highest quality research that I am capable of, and I believe that

the project will be highly impactful and publishable as a result.”

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The of“Six P’s” Pool Design

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My father used to say, “Remember your Five P’s. Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.” It would seem that, when it comes to building a pool, the “Five Ps” could easily be transformed to the Six Ps: Prior Planning of your Pool Prevents Poor Performance. When your outdoor living space is created with forethought and an eye toward your lifestyle, and the future you will be happier in the long run. According to Michael Rockwell, Master of the Southwest landscape architect and co-owner of Azul-Verde Design Group in Cave Creek, one of the greatest and most common mistakes that a homeowner can make is to build a pool and then leave the surrounding landscape as an afterthought. He explains, “Too often, pools are built with no thought of the overall orientation or integration with the existing home and space – no thought to the future. Someone has to come in after a pool is built and then make the area around it look pretty. The result is a loss of continuity, quality, and overall integration.” Rockwell takes a holistic approach to pool and landscape design. When he meets his clients he not only looks at the space he is working with, but also considers who they are and what they are striving to accomplish. He works with the visual as well as the physical aspects of a given space. Trends, by their very nature, come and go. Rockwell warns against jumping on the bandwagon and slapping something into your design because you saw it at someone else’s home last Saturday night. He says, “Way too often these features are overused, copy cat, flavor-of-the-day, and ultimately underutilized.” In fact, there are some dangerous trends that homeowners should avoid when planning for a pool. These include the

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tendency to bargain shop. It seems that everyone

relationship with their architect or designer in a “trusted

is looking for a great deal today, and they are

advisor” role. This begins where every plan for a

certainly available. When accepting bids on pools

spectacular outdoor living area should begin – with a

and landscaping, beware of what Rockwell refers to

good, solid design that reflects you, your lifestyle, your

as “beauty contest bidding.” Pool companies will try

existing home and surroundings, and your desires.

to woo customers with endless promises, upgrades

Rockwell explains, “There are companies who will

and enhancements. When you accept bids, be sure

draw in customers with a free design. Nothing is for

that you are comparing “apples to apples.”

free. Hire a quality landscape architect first, and have an upfront discussion about your budget. Too often,


The happiest customers, according to Rockwell,

people avoid discussing finances because talking

are the ones who have been able to build a working

about money can be uncomfortable, but that leads

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to a situation where you think you are walking the same path, but eventually you will come to a fork in the road. The ideal situation is that a homeowner and architect walk down that long path together, hand-in-hand.” And what to do if your financial situation is less than ideal? “Put your money into a good design that can be implemented over time, and you can keep referring to that solid plan that was put together with the future in mind,” Rockwell advises. The positive trends in the pool industry are ones that make sense for your lifestyle. Rather than taking a “trend” and trying to fit it like a square peg into a round hole, integrate healthier, more common sense approaches to your pool into your life.

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Some of the more common sense “trends” that you might want to consider for your pool include going with a clear water filtration system. Kevin Hahn, owner of EcoBlu Pools is a proponent of clear water filtration systems. Hahn explains, during the dawn of salt water systems, there was a lot of misinformation out there about what a salt water system really is. It doesn’t eliminate chlorine from your pool. I always tell my clients, ‘Now you have two harmful chemicals in your pool instead of one.’ While clear water filtration systems were never financially feasible in the past because of having to run a pool’s system non-stop, the variable speed pump makes a system like this one a cost-effective measure that makes sense, according to Hahn. Other cost-effective measures that may make sense


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what their needs are. A single person may only need

cocktail dress for a special event, would you go to a

a small lifestyle pool where he can take a dip once

big box store and buy off the rack, or would you go

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Mediterranean Chopped Salad

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Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

To remember a successful salad is generally to remember a successful dinner; at all events, the perfect dinner necessarily includes the perfect salad.” George Ellwanger (1848-1906) Pleasures of the Table (1902)

It is funny how our perception of food changes over the years. When I was growing up in my family’s New Jersey delicatessen in the 1970s and 80s, a good salad was usually a mayonnaise-laden heavy pasta or potato salad. Don’t get me wrong – those salads still have a place in my life, and they can be very tasty, indeed. However, some of the best salads this season are light, colorful, and packed with “power foods” such as salmon, quinoa and sunflower seeds. Many of them are cool and juicy, with fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables.

This list could have gone on for pages and pages. Here are some of the best of the best that I have been able to find in the Valley this year! Check out my blog, “Food for Thought” ( group/stephanie) for updates and new dishes.

True Food Kitchen

Biltmore Fashion Park: 2502 E. Camelback Rd. #135, Phoenix 602-774-3488;

Mediterranean Chopped Salad Simply delicious – this chopped salad features cucumber, olives, cherry tomatoes, quinoa, feta cheese, Marcona almonds, and a lemon oregano vinaigrette.

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Tropical Shrimp Salad

Carefree Station Grill & Bar 7212 Ho Hum Rd., Carefree


Tropical Shrimp Salad Tropical shrimp salad is large shrimp, poached and chilled, tossed in a rice paper bowl with spring lettuce mix, pineapple, mango, honeydew, cantaloupe, red onion, and poblano peppers, served with a Cruzan rum, raspberry and coconut vinaigrette.

Mozzarella and Tomato Salad Mozzarella and tomato salad is an old standard on many menus, but there is nothing standard about Carefree Stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version that features heirloom tomatoes and butter lettuce, and is then drizzled with a balsamic dressing and basil pesto.

Tropical Shrimp Salad photo by Rick Gayle

Palo Verde Restaurant The Boulders: 34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree

Mozzarella and Tomato Salad


Baby Arugula and Watercress Salad in a Citrus Vinaigrette This inspired salad is like summer itself on a salad plate. The salad is overflowing with the peppery flavor of arugula balanced very nicely by sweet blackberries and candied pistachios, and dressed with a crafted citrus vinaigrette that delicately coats the salad and makes it everything a summer salad should be. Thank you, executive chef Michel Pieton!


10455 East Pinnacle Peak Parkway, Scottsdale 480-502-3335;

Blood Orange Salad with Shaved Fennel and Olives Executive chef Christopher Nicosia offers a whole new twist on summertime with this combination of flavors: fresh, fruity and briny all at the same time. This salad will remain in your memory way past the end of the monsoon. Kalamata olives, juicy blood oranges,

Mozzarella and Tomato Salad photo by John Ormond


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and the peppery flavor of arugula make this dish a winner.

Brussels Sprout Salad

Tonto Bar & Grill at Rancho Mañana 5736 E. Rancho Mañana Blvd., Cave Creek 480-488-0698;

Asian Shrimp Salad The fresh, cool Asian and Southwestern flavors of this salad featuring large, fresh shrimp front and center will keep you on the edge of your seat during every bite. This is a unique

Chelsea’s Kitchen

salad, and will create a unique dining experience for diners.

5040 N. 40th St., Phoenix


Chelsea’s Kitchen has ventured where not many dare to go … into the realm of Brussels sprouts. So many of us grew up fearing this harmless vegetable, that the idea of ordering it willingly is laughable. However, it really makes this salad that is adorned with bacon, almonds, dried berries and Manchego cheese. Way to go, Chelsea’s!

Asian Shrimp Salad

Brussels Sprout Salad

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Smoked Salmon Salad

Le Grande Orange Grocery 4410 N. 40th St., Phoenix


Smoked Salmon Salad Le Grand Orange Grocery features power ingredients in one of their summer salads that can only be described as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;salad for superheroes.â&#x20AC;? It also just happens to be one of the tastiest salads around: smoked salmon, baby spinach, arugula, basil, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, couscous and house vinaigrette.

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15323 North Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 195, Scottsdale 480-245-6708;

Shrimp Salad Esquites This salad from the South features spicy grilled shrimp and grilled in-season corn on arugula, with lemon and Cotija cheese. Fun and fresh for any fiesta!

Shrimp Salad Esquites

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Shrimp Salad Esquites photo by Rick Gayle


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Fresh Beet Salad

Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House 6710 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek 480-488-8031

Fresh Beet Salad with Local Goat Cheese This salad surely can’t be beat! It features fresh


2502 E. Camelback Rd. #127, Phoenix 602-424-9500;

Roasted Chicken Salad This is not mom’s chicken salad – this chicken salad is

dried cranberries and raspberry vinaigrette. Tart and tasty is the way to go in this heat!

Heirloom Tomatoes Salad This is truly a traditional “summer” salad. A summer salad, because it will leave you wondering why when it comes to traditional salads, summer so much better than others! My guess is that it is the unique addition of orange, jicama, spices pepitas and a housemade lemon-honey vinaigrette!

Heirloom Tomatoes Salad

Roasted Chicken Salad Roasted Chicken Salad photo by Fox Restaurant Concepts

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Water makes up about 60% of our body weight.

InfusedWaters Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

M int and raspberry Strawberry and basil Cucumber and lemon

breakfast every morning. In fact, it became a lifelong habit. I would often drink it at different points of the day, instead of soda. No one ever questioned the habit, because it was a great dose of vitamin C, what every child needs.

Pineapple and mint

Well, what you can get away with at 10 might catch up to you when you’re … uh, my

Watermelon and lime

age. A nutritionist recently made a suggestion that I switch to water infused with oranges

Watermelon and basil Citrus and coriander Pineapple and chipotle Lemon and lavender O range and mint Cucumber and melon 70

Like most children, especially from my generation, I grew up drinking orange juice at

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and other citrus fruits, especially if I try to reach for the orange juice throughout the day. Water makes up about 60 percent of our body weight. It is our body’s principal component. It serves an important function in our bodies: it flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to our cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. Without sufficient water in our systems we can feel tired, lose energy, and become very sick.

According to the Mayo Clinic, an average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate needs between 9 (women) and 13 (men) cups of water per day. It is safe to say that in our hot desert climate, these numbers would increase dramatically. Infused waters are not only a more healthful alternative to juices and sodas, and a more interesting alternative to plain water, but they can be attractive to serve at parties. A large glass carafe or pitcher filled with fresh water and your choice of infusions can serve as the centerpiece of an entire table. Infused waters also make a great splash for smaller get-togethers. Try serving them in round-top mason jars with colorful straws during your summer party. Let your creativity run wild! These fancy waters are built for fun in the sun â&#x20AC;&#x201C; there is really no limit to what you can do with them, or how many versions you can create. Try these ideas to get you up and running:

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Olive Oil Traders

Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

On a perfect summer morning, we set out for the high country, ready to get a taste of something new. The clear, blue, pre-monsoon sky stretched out in front of us with a day full of promise ahead. My daughters were looking forward to this day trip almost as much as we were. There have been few tasting trips that they have been able to take full advantage of, and the day offered the perfect opportunity. Nestled in the heart of Old Town Cottonwood is a gourmet retail store unlike any other in Arizona. The shop features 36 on-tap aged balsamic vinegars and olive oils. Visitors are encouraged to taste them as they please, before making final purchasing decisions. According to owner, Mike Kilpatrick, European patrons would never consider purchasing olive oils or wines without being able to first taste the product. Patrons at Verde Valley Olive Oil are not only permitted to, but encouraged to taste until their heart is (or taste buds are) content. The place is family-friendly and relaxed. My daughters felt very comfortable as they roamed from fusti to fusti (the stainless steel airtight tasting containers that are made only in Italy) sampling and comparing flavors. Some of these flavors are amazing – black cherry, dark chocolate, maple, and golden pineapple white, just to name a few of our favorites. An afternoon at Olive Oil Traders ignites anyone’s culinary creativity – you can hardly wait to get home and try these olive oils and balsamic vinegars in your salads, poultry, desserts and just about anything else.


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Mike’s wife, Dawn Waltman, co-owner of Verde Valley Oil Traders, was the ultimate hostess. She moved with ease about the tasting area, suggesting flavors that she knew would blow our minds. Her culinary suggestions were outside of the box. Suggestions such as ripe peach balsamic vinegar drizzled over cobbler, Vermont maple dark balsamic vinegar over oatmeal in the morning, and cranberry pear white balsamic vinegar as a glaze for poultry made us anxious to return home with some bottles to get started creating new recipes. The pair makes it a point to hire mixologists who are passionate and well-versed on olive oils and balsamics. Mike considers himself in the “edu-tainment” business. After all, learning should be fun, as well as enlightening. Mike, along with the stars from his team, gently offer suggestions and pairing ideas as you make your way around the store. They are like …olive oil whisperers. Mike and Dawn purchase all 36 varieties from a single importer whose family has been in the olive oil import business since 1924. All varieties are bottled and labeled on site, usually by Samantha Galatioto, one of the stars on the Olive Oil Traders’ team. Another accomplished mixologist is Linda Kuschel, who has honed her culinary skills as a professional chef all over the world. Mike enjoys seeing his vision coming to fruition. His first space, just down the street from his current 2000+ -square-foot space, was only just over 900 square feet. They opened in their first location

Good oil, like good wine, is a gift from the gods. The grape and the olive are among the priceless benefactions of the soil, and were destined, each in its way, to promote the welfare of man. - George Ellwanger, Pleasures of the Table (1902) in July of 2010, then moved into their current space last March. In the meantime, business has only grown as they identified opportunities in Jerome and opened there in June of 2011, and another store will open in Flagstaff this August. Currently, the Verde Valley store has a large space toward the rear of the store that they are developing as a gourmet teaching kitchen and meeting area. He envisions a community-oriented space where chefs and culinary professionals can offer classes, and non-profit organizations can hold meetings. The Flagstaff store should be a welcomed addition to the community, and will feature the artwork of nationally known and well-regarded Native American artist who lives in Flagstaff, Baje Whitethorn Sr. A barrel that he painted with his distinctive art sits proudly placed front and center in the Verde Valley store, a taste of things to come in Flagstaff. Eventually, his art will be displayed in each of the stores in Old Town Cottonwood, Jerome and Flagstaff. According to Mike, even their out-of-area customers are kept satisfied by the shipping options on their website. When they visit the store and fall in love with the products, certain flavors become their favorites. They can restock by having the products shipped to them and can also sample other flavors as they become available. Mike explains, “Many of our customers have realized that these bottles make great gifts throughout the year.” A trip to the north country might be exactly what your family needs this time of year. Head north with your taste buds poised for an experience like none other! Verde Valley Olive Oil Traders 1002 N. Main St., Old Town Cottonwood, 928-634-9900 Olive Oil Traders – Flagstaff 18 E. Birch Ave., Downtown Flagstaff, 928-773-9900 Jerome Olive Oil Traders 403 N Clark St., Jerome 928-634-2090 Augus t 2 0 1 2


Dining Guide Spotlight

Q-to-U BBQ 623-465-7800

3434 W. Anthem Way #146 Anthem, AZ 85086

We already know that we are lucky to have top-notch barbecue in Anthem at Q-to-U-BBQ, but it may come as a surprise to some (certainly no one who has ever tasted their slow-smoked barbecue) that they are a national favorite. Barbecuing has been a labor of love for the Rosol family for many years now. So it is no wonder that they have turned their passion into perfection on the competition circuit. Q-To-U-BBQ was just named one of the “favorites around the country” by Chile Pepper Magazine. They are clearly a regional favorite as well. In 2008 they were recognized as the fourth ranked team in the state of Arizona for competitive barbecue. They were also named “Best Barbecue in Phoenix” two years in a row, and they were included in the Food Lover’s Guide to Phoenix and Scottsdale. Finish the summer slow-smoked style, and plan to have Q-To-U-BBQ at your summer swim party or end-of-the-summer celebration. The Rosol family caters parties of all sizes with their “Feed a Crowd” and bulk meat options. Stop in today to discuss how you can end the summer on a memorable note.


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Desert Foothills Accounting & Tax Services Your business is our number one priority ... whether it is in tax planning & preparation, small business financial statement preparation, or partnership & corporation tax returns. Our fundamental focus is to go the extra mile for our clients. We provide a cost-effective, value-added service that saves our clients’ money and optimizes their financial results. Emily Griffin has been a certified public accountant in since 1993 and is licensed in Arizona, California, and Michigan. She has a master’s degree in taxation from Walsh College in Michigan and over 25 years of experience in tax & accounting. Emily has worked in Big Four firms such as Price Waterhouse Coopers and Deloitte & Touche. She has also worked in a variety of smaller firms in three of which she was the owner and principal. She has extensive knowledge of individual and small business tax laws. Dan Griffin became an enrolled agent in 2010. He is skilled and detailed in assisting individuals and small business start-up companies manage the tax arena. He received a BSEE from Texas Tech University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He has had leadership roles in the service management and technical support departments of high technology firms (including the healthcare divisions of General Electric & Siemens) prior to joining Emily in the accounting and tax business. Desert Foothills Accounting & Tax Services 623-551-3100

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Integrity Inspections of Arizona

There is a difference between home prices, mortgage rates and home inspections. The first two are products. The last is a service. Nobody wants to spend more than they have to on anything, especially these days, but spending a little more on a quality service is well worth it. Where does Integrity Inspections of Arizona fall on this ‘price vs. quality’ spectrum? Like any red-blooded American, I want to be compensated fairly for my time and knowledge level I bring to the process. My home inspections aren’t the cheapest, but they’re not the most expensive either. Before I became a home inspector, I owned and operated a construction company. Call it an unfair advantage over my competition, but it really works to your advantage. My background in building and construction means I know certain things to look out for, what matters to the quality and structural integrity of a house and other “insider” tricks of the trade. So when you are comparing inspection companies, be sure to compare the quality of service, not just price. This is your major investment. Choose wisely. Integrity Inspections of Arizona, LLC 480-710-7313


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S weet M e l o n S alad During the summer months, our focus becomes keeping cool and properly hydrated. Why not infuse some fun and flavor into that focus? Melons are in season, flavorful and full of the fluid that we all need so desperately. Try this salad recipe on your own family and friends!

M e lon S al ad w /S picy Y ogurt D ressing Makes 4 to 6 servings. Ingredients: 1 ¼ cups Greek-style yogurt 1 lime, juice and zest 2 tablespoons mint, roughly chopped 1 tablespoon basil, roughly chopped 2 teaspoons ginger, roughly chopped ½ teaspoon ancho chili powder Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 4 to 5 pounds ripe melon such as cantelope, honeydew or watermelon ½ bunch watercress 2 green onions, thinly sliced Basil for garnish Cayenne pepper (optional) Combine the yogurt, lime juice and zest, mint, basil, ginger and chili powder; mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside. Peel the skin off the melon, cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Cut into bite-sized pieces. Place melon in a serving bowl and drizzle with some of the yogurt dressing. Sprinkle with watercress and green onion; finish with a sprig of basil. Melon can be tossed with yogurt dressing if desired. Serve remaining dressing on the side. For an extra kick, add a pinch of cayenne.


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ImagesAZ Magazine :: Tramonto, Anthem, Desert Hills and New River August 2012 issue.  

August 2012 issue. ImagesAZ Magazine distributed to Tramonto, Anthem, Desert Hills and New RIver.

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