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Meet the Franks Family




Carefree Adventures


Caring :: Finding a Forever Home


The Hoop Dancer of the Hopis


Barrett Jackson :: Bigger than Big


Telling Stories One Collage at a Time


Learning :: Child’s Play at Its Best


Youth :: Young Performers to Inspire


Exceptional Dining Experience


Dining Guide




Local Index


Recipe :: Tuscan Kale Salad

staff bio

ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

Stephanie Maher Palenque Writer


Stephanie Maher Palenque first fell in love with the Cave

with her high school and college students. She holds

Creek/Carefree area when she visited her aunt and uncle

a B.A. in political science and criminal justice and an

in Cave Creek as a teenager in the 1980s. She visited

M.A. in English literature and creative writing, both from

again as a newlywed and fell in love with the area all

Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. She

over again. Soon after, she moved to Arizona with her

also holds a master’s degree in education from Northern

husband and family and made it her home.

Arizona University.

Stephanie has written hundreds of articles for national

Stephanie lives in Anthem with her husband of 20 years,

and regional magazines and her first book was published

Jaime, and their three daughters, Sophia, Alexandra and

in 2005. She shares her passion for literature and writing


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A brand new year has begun, and we’re excited to “ring in the new” with our friends and neighbors! 2012 was a year filled with challenges and blessings. As ImagesAZ has grown, we’ve made new friends and embraced old ones. We’ve been awed by the creativity and talent of so many of our neighbors, and been inspired by the courage and works of those all around us. You’ve opened your doors and allowed us to experience your joys and your struggles in times of triumph and pain. It has been a year of growth and change. On a personal level, I feel so very blessed to have had the opportunity to work and share a community with so many people committed to making this a place we can all be proud of. What a gift! As we each set our goals for the upcoming year, let us first stop to enjoy and be thankful for all of the blessings we have already. Here’s to a year of health, happiness and appreciation! Cheers! Shelly Spence Publisher, ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

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It’s All in the Family


he home of the Franks family is warm and inviting. Decorated in warm tones of brown and tan with wineinspired décor brings a sense of Southwest elegance, socialization and cheer.

Their 3-year-old daughter Josephine – affectionately nicknamed Josie – is quick to perform as a greeter offering spoons for everyone’s coffee and demonstrating the perfect stir. It is impossible to not feel at home. For the Franks, that’s just the way of life.

Young Love Nancy and Bryan Franks met when they were 13 and 16 years old attending the same high school in the Bay area. “We started dating when we were 19 and 22,” says Bryan. “And then we came here together to attend Arizona State University.” It was while students at ASU that they decided to take the next step. “I proposed at our first apartment,” says Bryan. “I got the ring at noon and proposed at 6 o’clock. I couldn’t wait. It was burning a hole in my pocket. I thought of all these grandiose ways of doing it and then it was like, ‘Will you marry me?’” “Oh, it was perfect,” says Nancy. “We were engaged for two and a half years,” adds Bryan. “We were still in college so there wasn’t really a rush to get married, I just wanted to lock her up.” They laugh while giving one another flirty glances, their love still very alive.


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We love what we do. They went back to the Bay area to get married in what Nancy describes as a “Father of the Bride” wedding. “It was in Bryan’s dad’s backyard and it was perfect,” she says. While in the Bay area, Bryan worked management positions in bars, creating wine lists while Nancy

“You got to do what you love,” says Bryan. “And we love wine and country music so we put them together.”

went into retail management. After two years, they realized they missed Arizona and wanted to make it their home. “On our one-year anniversary, we moved to Arizona,” says Nancy. “We had the top tier of our wedding cake all saved to bring with us and were going to eat it when we got to Arizona as a sort of homecoming for us. Then we got here and realized we forgot it in my parent’s freezer. We were so disappointed to not have it.” They had wine instead.

Finding Home Bryan and Nancy not only made Arizona home, but, specifically, Cave Creek. “We were trying hard to get up here and we finally found the right house,” says Bryan. “We are less than 10 minutes from work. We live in Cave Creek, we work in Cave Creek, we dine in Cave Creek, and we buy our coffee in Cave Creek. We love the small town feel. It’s the kind of place where people love supporting the mom and pop shops and it’s just got a great feel to it up here. We just absolutely love it.” “We do absolutely love it here,” adds Nancy. “It definitely is home to us.” About five years ago, they decided to work for themselves and start a business in the town that they love. “You got to do what you love,” says Bryan. “And we love wine and country music so we put them together.”


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Josie & Caroline Rose Passion Meets Purpose “We put my wine knowledge and her sales and marketing expertise together for a concept of a

“The biggest compliment that

retail store so when you come in all the wine is priced at retail. Whether you drink it here or you drink it at home, there is no corkage fee –

it’s the same price no matter where you drink it.”

we have gotten

“We love country music and the cowboy culture,” says Bryan. “So in the bar we have bull horns

over and over

just love the country Western feel and we love wine. That’s why Cave Creek is just the perfect

again is that it feels like the Cheers of Cave Creek, and that means a lot to us,” says Nancy. “The people, the vibe, it’s really special.”


country Western wine bar,” says Bryan describing their wine bar, Brix. “Brix is both a bar and a

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and chaps. We always play country music. It comes back to ‘you got to do what you love.’ We place for us and the perfect place for us to have opened Brix.” “The biggest compliment that we have gotten over and over again is that it feels like the Cheers of Cave Creek, and that means a lot to us,” says Nancy. “The people, the vibe, it’s really special.” “And it’s really special to share it as a family and with Josie,” says Bryan. “Everybody at the bar knows Josie.” “Yes, Josie has grown up at the bar, greeting people, and socializing,” says Nancy. “People will ask how we have such a social child and it’s because she’s grown up at the bar. Though it doesn’t really feel like a bar. It feels more like a hangout.” Bryan and Nancy are expecting another girl in March, already named Caroline Rose. “We’re really excited,” says Nancy. “It will be fun to have two little girls.”


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“Yeah, our lives revolve around Josie now so it will be more spoiling,” says Bryan. “We love spoiling Josie as much as possible whether it’s taking her to As You Wish or Barnes and Noble or splash pads. It’s a blast.”

“We love what we do and love the people who come to Brix. I wake up everyday and know that I’m going to sell wine, listen to country music and hang out with my friends.

It’s a Lifestyle What makes the Franks family work is their shared passion for country music, Western culture and wine while, at the same time, having complementary aptitudes. “We really complement one another because we have different skill sets. He doesn’t want to do my part and I don’t want to do his part, and we trust that the other person is doing their part well,” says Nancy. “Yeah, all I’ve ever done is wine pretty much and it’s great having her sales and marketing. She does things for Brix that I wouldn’t have even thought of,” agrees Bryan. Even their wine tastes are varied. “I’m a pinot noir guy,” says Bryan. “I’m a cabernet girl,” says Nancy. “You know, wine is a lifestyle. It just gets inside your everyday life. Whether it’s the décor, design, or sharing it with friends. It’s a social type of experience.” Bryan agrees. “It’s an absolute blast,” he says. “We love what we do and love the people who come to Brix. I wake up everyday and know that I’m going to sell wine, listen to country music and hang out with my friends. Who’s got it better than me?” Nancy nods. “It’s kind of a dream,” she says.


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FCF’s Hearts & Hands Community-Wide Fundraiser in Search of Sponsors Save the date for the second annual community-wide Foothills Community Foundation fundraiser, Hearts & Hands Gala, to be held at the Holland Community Center March 3. This is the organization’s largest fundraiser and it will help FCF acquire the necessary funds to support its many community services and education programs. Please consider sponsoring one of several youth, education, service or cultural programs. 480-488-1090

Volunteers Needed to Teach Desert Awareness

Do you love the Sonoran Desert? Then help educate others! The Desert Awareness Committee’s Desert Reach program has been presented in local schools for the past 9 years, and the committee is planning another successful year of sharing the uniqueness of the Sonoran Desert with fourth graders. In 2013, Desert Reach will be taught in 20 different classes in five schools, reaching more than 400 students to promote understanding of our beloved Sonoran Desert. Participating schools are already requesting dates for January through March, and new schools are waiting in the wings. As the program expands, the teams of “reachers” will not be able to keep up with the increasing demand.

The Desert Awareness Committee asks that you consider becoming a reacher with them. While the formal training necessary to become a Desert Reach reacher takes place in early January, on-the-job training occurs during every program. As a reacher, you will always be part of a two- or three-person team. It is exciting, fun and so gratifying to know you are sharing your love and knowledge of the Sonoran Desert with the next generation. The mission of the Desert Awareness Committee of the Desert Foothills is to provide education about preserving and understanding the Sonoran Desert with those who are a part of it. This program provides the organization with an exciting method to do just that. Contact the committee today so that the continuation of the Desert Reach program is guaranteed. 480-595-5501 480-488-5477

Cactus Shadows Students Win Upscale Singers Scholarships The Upscale Singers are proud to announce the results from their sixth annual vocal scholarship auditions. Cactus Shadows High School students were among the top winners of scholarship awards, which will be paid to the voice teachers of their choice.


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All of the honorees were featured in the Upscale Singers’ annual holiday concert “Spirit of the Season” Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church on the northeast corner of Carefree Hwy. and Tom Darlington Dr. in Carefree. Margaret Watson, director of the Upscale Singers, was particularly pleased with the quality of the auditioning students. She remembers a grateful parent saying, “Your support has made a world of difference to my son, inspiring him to sing.”

Upscale Scholars Awards 1st: Taylor Ellsworth - $500 (Boulder Creek sophomore) 2nd: Jazney Moss - $400 (Boulder Creek sophomore) 3rd: Zachary Fitzgerald - $300 (Boulder Creek senior) 4th: McKenna Blair - $200 (Boulder Creek senior) 5th: Melissa Nelson - $150 (Cactus Shadows senior) Honorable Mention Amanda Gilbert - $100 (Cactus Shadows sophomore) Mason Reeves - $100 (Cactus Shadows freshman) Jade Schalk - $100 (Boulder Creek sophomore) Daphne Sietz - $100 (Boulder Creek junior) Junior High 1st: Lauren Lord - $400 (Blessed John XXIII, Eighth Grade) 2nd: Chance McLaughlin - $300 (Sonoran Trails, Seventh Grade) 3rd: Sarah Nelson - $200 (Sonoran Trails, Eighth Grade) 4th:

Jaylin Erath - $150 (Diamond Canyon, Eighth Grade)

Honorable Mention John Estrada - $100 (Diamond Canyon, Seventh Grade) 480-575-0188

Foothills Academy Launches Online College Prep Classes

Foothills Academy College Preparatory is enrolling new students for an innovative program that represents the rapidly changing demands of 21st century learners. The program offers academically advanced eleventh and twelfth graders an alternative educational setting to practice independent learning and performing through self-motivation and self-direction. It blends the highest quality web-based courseware and a strong, tightly

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connected support system for each student, with personnel available online and face-to face. In this unique program model, students can earn college credits through advanced placement and dual enrollment courses, and work at their own pace, potentially graduating early. Each student follows a custom curriculum, a personal learning plan formulated with his/her advisor at the start of the program, founded in the Common Core State Standards. The program is open to high school juniors and seniors who are selfdirected and motivated, and are independent and determined learners. They should be college-bound and academically advanced. The program provides personalized learning programs and individual attention by experienced, highly qualified teachers. Foothills Academy is excited to present this novel program. It is part of the school’s persistent effort to maintain a productive, safe educational environment where each individual can exercise whatever learning styles best support his/her own growth and development toward college and career success. Foothills Academy is one of Arizona’s first-wave charter schools, with an excelling rating for many years and currently an “A” school under the new system. Since 1995, it has been college preparatory, with outstanding results. Spring semester begins Jan. 7. 480-292-9819

Desert Foothills Key Club Members Meet Gabby

Desert Foothills Key Club members and Cactus Shadows High School students Jenalee Beazley and Bailey Brown had the opportunity to meet Gabrielle Giffords at Arizona Town Hall. Kiwanis Club of Carefree Key Club chairman Manny Gonzales and president Toby Payne accompanied the Key Club members to the 50th Anniversary Arizona Town Hall, during which former Arizona Representative Giffords was honored with the 2012 Shirley Agnos Legacy Award, along with her husband Mark Kelly. This was a rare public appearance for Giffords without Kelly.


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Arizona Town Hall is an independent non-profit membership organization that identifies critical issues facing Arizona, creates the forum for education and exploration of the topic, and fosters leadership development. The celebratory luncheon recognizing civic leaders was held at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. It was held in conjunction with the 101st Arizona Town Hall, which was convened to address Civic Leadership for Arizona’s Future. Key Club is an international student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership. Key Club members receive guidance and support from Kiwanis. 480-488-8400

January 5 Family Day at MIM

Celebrate the start of the New Year in style! The Musical Instrument Museum will be hosting Family Day Jan. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. MIM is hosting a family-friendly day full of the vibrant sights and sounds of American jazz and Caribbean masquerade traditions. Enjoy mini tours, make drums from recycled materials, create festive masquerade masks, participate in a jazzy story time, and march (or dance) into 2013 by joining a performance with the ASU Dixie Devils. It’s sure to be fun for everyone in the family! Explore MIM’s jazz exhibit, featuring instruments from the Smithsonian Institution and other collections. A MIM docent will highlight instruments and artists from American jazz history in a family-friendly mini tour of this vibrant exhibit. From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., use recycled materials to make unique instruments and costumes inspired by the sights and sounds of the Bahamas Junkanoo Festival. Make your own ad hoc drums from recycled materials and masks that would be the star at any Junkanoo celebration. MIM staff will provide all of the supplies and guide you in the creation of these fun Junkanoo crafts. ZA . . . ZEE . . . ZA-zee-ZOO-zay, listen to the story of “The Jazz Fly,” by Matthew Gollub at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and noon. Learn the importance of improvisation and listening to new sounds. A MIM docent will help bring the story to life with simple interactive activities. The program is best for ages 3 – 6. Seating is limited and is available on a


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first-come, first-served basis. Please check in for story time at the Family Center and the Experience Gallery. Enjoy these events and so much more! Family Day events are free with admission. 480-478-6000

January 10 Get Organized Now!

Are your closets full of clutter? Are your pantries piling up? Having trouble finding things? Professional organizer Pam Fitzgibbons will provide tips and strategies for mastering the chaos and share solutions to help you organize these areas of your life in the new year! Join Pam from 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Desert Foothills Library. Pam, member of NAPO, has been helping people get organized for more than 12 years. Register at the library or by calling. 480-488-2286

January 11 Boomers – Now What?

“Boomers – Now What?” is a one-day conference sponsored by Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center and iCoachBoomers. This comprehensive and informative workshop targets the Boomer demographic, which will be increasing by 10,000 people daily for the next 19 years. Because today’s life expectancies have increased 20 or more years, Boomers are facing issues like long-term money management, goal-setting, marriage and divorce issues, medical myths and more like never before in history. Experts in medicine, law, public policy, financial planning, psychology, investment strategy, education, travel and more will help answer some of the most difficult questions and invite dialogue on these topics. “Boomers - Now What?” takes place Jan. 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center (VOSJCC). The cost per individual is $45, including lunch. Parking is free. 480-483-7121 ext. 1230


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January 11 – 13 4th Annual Cave Creek Indian Market

Join the fun at the annual Cave Creek Indian Market will be held Jan. 11 – 13, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. Celebrate the colorful history and rich heritage of the Southwest with a diverse gathering of Native American, Spanish and Southwestern fine artists and craftsmen. Enjoy music, cultural traditions, and the work of unique artists at this family-friendly event. Come see what magic awaits you!

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January 14, 15 Kronos Quartet at MIM

Enjoy an evening of beautiful music by Kronos Quartet Jan. 14 and 15. Kronos Quartet is one of the world’s most renowned string quartets, selling more than 1.5 million records and with more than 3,000 performances. They are the only recipients of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians. The group’s other awards include a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and as “Musicians of the Year” (2003) from Musical America. The ensemble’s origin dates back to 1973 in Seattle, Washington, although it is now based in San Francisco, California. Having worked with masters ranging from Shostakovich and Webern to jazz legends Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman, Kronos performs work that is adventurous as it is inspiring. Their dedication and commitment to new music is matched by their indepth collaborations with many of the world’s foremost composers. Both evening performances begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $47.50 to $67.50. 480-478-6000






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January 15 DRC 5th Annual Pasta for Paws at Carefree Resort

Foothills Animal Rescue will soon be celebrating their 5th Annual Pasta for Paws at Carefree Resort in Carefree Jan. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m., sponsored this year by Depression Recovery Centers (DRC). This year’s event promises a new venue and a more inviting experience for all: a delightful evening of class and style in support of the North Scottsdale animal rescue, with plenty of seating in Carefree Resort’s beautiful Opera House. A silent auction will be held in their lovely Kachina Courtyard. “Pasta for Paws is about raising money to help animals,” said event chairperson Kathy Gaines. “What better way to give than to have a fine dinner out in support of such a terrific cause. There will be multiple cash bars, a dance floor, balloon pop prizes and a special treat – a handful of adoptable dogs will be showcased during the event! We are pleased to have James Kole and his band performing live.” In early 2010, Foothills Animal Rescue purchased a new facility with spacious cat rooms, individual dog suites and a medical clinic in North Scottsdale. Foothills Animal Rescue was recently named as a worthy “Adoption Option” in Phoenix magazine’s “Best of the Valley” issue. Tickets to DRC 5th Annual Pasta for Paws at Carefree Resort are $50 and are available online. Corporate tables are $1,000 and come with many incentives. 480-452-2002

January 17 Le Sans Souci Wine Tasting Dinner

Back in 1958 when there were more saguaros than people in the desert Southwest, Monsieur Louis German arrived in Scottsdale and opened a French restaurant call Chez-Louis in Old Town Scottsdale. The area was the perfect location for both of his passions: authentic French food and his love for horses. Forty years later, German opened Le Sans Souci in Cave Creek at 7030 E. Bella Vista Dr. Le Sans Souci is a rare gem that brings delicious food and French ambiance without having to fly an ocean away. Now you can enjoy the taste of France and fine wines at Le Sans Souci in Cave Creek Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. Sample André Brunel cotes de Rhone (2009), Bouchard Pere Fils Bourgogne chardonnay (2009), Chateau Guiraud Cheval Black Cote de Bourg (2009) and Louis Jadot Poully Fuisse (2010). Appetizers include scallops sautéed with cream sherry sauce and baked ocean-fresh oysters Rockefeller. Enjoy a bowl of shrimp bisque, followed by grilled salmon, filet mignon, or chicken breast marinated in red wine sauce and topped with Bourdaleis. Finish your meal with a delicious grand marnier soufflé.


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January 18 – 20 Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

Join Thunderbird Artists for a milestone celebration weekend at the 20th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival Jan. 18 – 20. Richard Curtner, textual collage extraordinaire, will be the featured artist at this awardwinning festival, which will highlight the artistic works of more than 165 sensational juried fine artists, live musical entertainment, appetizing food, tempting chocolates and unparalleled wine tasting. The Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival is one of the largest wine-tasting events in the Southwest, serving fine wines that encompass an elaborate collection of domestic and imported wines. For $10, patrons will receive our newest engraved collector wine glass with six wine-tasting tickets, allowing them to enjoy their vino while strolling throughout this event widely referred to as a collector’s paradise. Mark your calendars and be sure to attend this unforgettable event in downtown Carefree at 101 Easy Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and admission is $3. The event is free to Carefree residents. Parking is free all weekend.

January 19 Antique Appraisal Day at Cave Creek Museum

Do you know the value of your fine art or antiques? Join Appraiser Sean Morton at the Cave Creek Museum at 6140 Skyline Dr. in Cave Creek Jan. 19, 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. to find out! Mr. Morton will examine your

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treasures, discuss their origins, and assess their value. He is a member of the Antiques Appraisal Association of America and has more than 20 years’ experience in the fine arts and antiques field. The fee for this event is $20 per item – limit of two items per person per session. You may attend more than one session. A certified jeweler will be on hand to purchase gold and silver, and a portion of proceeds will benefit the museum. Cave Creek features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. Museum hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 480-488-2764

January 19 Arizona Musicfest at Desert Foothills Library: A Duet

Listen and learn from Maestro Bob Moody as he and guest musicians take us on a musical journey with commentary and a preview of the 2013 Festival season at the Desert Foothills Library Jan. 19, 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Be entertained by a range of vocals and instrumentals, as well as stories and insights behind the music. Wine and gourmet hors d’oeuvres follow Saturday’s performance by Moody, Kristen Drathman, Jennifer Chiang, and Larry Loeber. Cost is $30 per person. Seating is limited; reservations strongly suggested. 480-488-0806

January 20 Piano Prodigy Umi Garrett in Concert

Young piano prodigy Umi Garrett was only eight years old when she appeared on NBC’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2009. She caused such a sensation that her career skyrocketed. She continually receives requests to perform in the United States and abroad. Her career highlights – at age 11 – include an appearance with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, and orchestral debut with the Desert Symphony in Palm Springs (CA). Outside the country, Umi has mesmerized


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classical patrons from Panama to the Netherlands and beyond. Her brilliant performances and bubbling charm earn Umi standing ovations and establish her as a definitive rising star in classical music. Umi will be performing at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. Premium seating tickets are $42; general admission $32; main floor rear $16; students $7. 480-303-2474

January 22 FCF MindQuest Welcomes Robert Moody

FCF-MindQuest is thrilled to present Maestro Robert Moody as its debut speaker for 2013 at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center Tues., Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. Maestro Moody will share his story and discuss the art vs. craft of conducting and summarize the role of the American symphony orchestra in the 21st century. Maestro Moody is the artistic director of Arizona Musicfest. The Musicfest Festival Orchestra consists of members of some of the nation’s top orchestras (Chicago, Boston, Detroit, national symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and many more). Maestro Moody leads this orchestra in four orchestral concert programs each February. Robert Moody has served as music director for the Winston-Salem Symphony (North Carolina) since 2005, artistic director of Arizona Musicfest since 2007, and music director for the Portland Symphony Orchestra (Maine) since 2008. Moody served as associate, then resident conductor of the Phoenix Symphony from 1998 through 2006. He conducted a wide variety of concerts, including classics, chamber, pops, family, Handel’s Messiah, and New Year’s Eve gala. In addition, he founded the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and for seven years was music director of the Phoenix Symphony Youth Orchestra. Moody was born and raised in Greenville, SC, where he took up the cello in the public school system in fourth grade. He received his bachelor’s degree in church music from Furman University with performing emphasis on voice and cello. He completed his master of music degree in conducting at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

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You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear Maestro Moody share his passion and excitement for the future of conducting. Tickets are $18 for FCF members, $20 for non-members and guests and $5 for students. 480-488-1090

January 24 – February 10 Desert Foothills Theater’s Pippin

Desert Foothills Theater (DFT), a program of the Foothills Community Foundation, presents the fabulous musical Pippin Thurs., Jan. 24 through Sun., Feb. 10 in the Cabaret Theater at the FCF-Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th Street, Building B, in Scottsdale. Directed by Mark Clemente with musical direction by Daniel Kurek, Pippin is a hip, tongue-in-cheek, anachronistic fairy tale that captivated Broadway audiences and continues to appeal to the young at heart everywhere. The energetic pop-influenced score by three-time Oscar-winning composer/ lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Children of Eden, and the animated films Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Prince Of Egypt) bursts with one show-stopping number after another, from soaring ballads to infectious dance numbers. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, with a post-show Q & A on Sunday, Feb. 10. (Note: There is no show on Feb. 9). Adult tickets range from $15 to $20; youth tickets range from $10 to $20. 480-488-1981

January 25 Surf’s Up! Catch the Wave!

Arizona Musicfest is throwing a party! This is not some stuffy black-tie, “sit down and don’t move” event! This is a rockin’ beach party with dance music provided by a local band everyone loves, the Southwest Surfers. Surf’s Up! Catch the Wave! is Fri., Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m. at the Troon Country Club “Surf Shack.” Even though dress is casual and creative, you’ll still need advance reservations, because dinner is a three-course gourmet event. Dancing to Beach Boys’ tunes and other favorites will knock off those holiday calories in no time! And if you don’t feel like dancing, there’s always the Beach Combers’ Delight silent auction and Primo! live auction, emceed by Kevin Glenn. Primo! auction treasures include a condo for one week during the balloon festival in Telluride, a jazzy weekend in New Orleans, designer jewelry and something mysteriously called “Hang Ten at the Tablethon.” Catch a wave and ride on in to help Arizona Musicfest programs that benefit more than 11,000 children each year. 480-488-0806


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January 25 Phoenix Symphony - Beautiful Melodies of Beethoven & Ravel Join the Phoenix Symphony for an afternoon of beautiful music Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale.

Resident Conductor Joseph Young leads The Phoenix Symphony in Beethoven’s beautiful, fiery and harmoniously rich Symphony No. 4. Composed while Beethoven worked on his famous 5th Symphony, this increasingly popular and sometimes playful work frequently recalls influences of Beethoven’s former teacher Joseph Haydn and includes, “one of the most imaginative passages anywhere in Beethoven.” Additionally, the ”ravishingly beautiful mezzo sound” of mezzo-soprano Laura Wilde will be heard as she conjures up the sights and sounds of the East in Ravel’s Shéhérazade, a three-part song cycle based on poems inspired by the French translation of the Arabian Nights stories. Tickets are $30. 480-303-2474

January 25 – 27 Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival

The 2nd Annual Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival will take place at the Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St. 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Carefree. Featuring authentic Native American arts and crafts from up to 100 vetted Native American artists, as well as fabulous entertainment and food, it’s one of the most unique and interesting area festivals.

Live hoop dancing and live Native American folk music will be part of the eclectic show meant to celebrate the rich culture of local Native American communities. Twenty thousand people are expected to attend the three-day festival. Admission is free. “We are very proud of the strong Native American culture here in Arizona,” says Roberta Toombs Rechlin, founder of Magic Bird Festivals. “We’re very excited to work with the town of Carefree. The location couldn’t be any better, the Carefree Town Garden Center will be a beautiful backdrop for these great events.” 480-488-2014

January 26 “Career Day Back Then” Children’s Program

What do you consider ‘back then’? Which is faster: you or the machine? Bring your pennies to the Cave Creek Museum and find out when you use the money counter at the museum Jan. 26, 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Visit the historic store exhibit to learn how much your paycheck from ‘back then’ will buy and figure how math was done before the modern calculator … without a calculator as we know it. This program is recommended for adults and children 6 – 13 years old and is free with advance reservations. Space is limited. 480-488-2764


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January 26 Kiwanis Flea Market

It’s time again for the much-anticipated Kiwanis Flea Market! The market is held seven times a year, and will open its doors next on Sat. Jan. 26 at the Dave Anderson Memorial Building, 7177 E. Ed Everett Way, Cave Creek (SW corner of Tom Darlington & Cave Creek Road). Look for the large Kiwanis Flea Market signs. 480-488-8400

January 26 Pedals, Pipes and Pizza

Take time out for the arts Sat., Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd. in Scottsdale. Pedals, Pipes and Pizza is a free program designed to introduce the pipe organ to youth (grades 4 -12) who are already studying the piano. There will be a demonstration of the inner workings of the organ, and each young person registered will receive an organ lesson using their current piano repertoire. A pizza lunch will be provided, and the program will end with a student recital. Space is limited, so please register early. 480-585-9448 ext. 213

February 1 – 3 Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival to Feature Jim Prindiville

Indians are coming to Surprise, but they won’t be on horseback…they will be on canvas! Thunderbird Artists is partnering with the City of Surprise to feature renowned artist Jim Prindiville with his contemporary Native American and horse paintings for the Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival Feb. 1 – 3. Stirred by Arizona’s land and people and captivated by the rich and varied imagery of the region, majestic mountains and infinite vistas, Prindiville incorporates the drama of the West and Southwest onto canvas. There will also be more than 2,000 pieces of fine art displayed, including paintings in all mediums, batiks, copper, glass, clay, stone, metal and wood sculptures, unique jewelry, photography and more. Patrons will have the opportunity to meet and converse with the artists during all three days of the event. Strolling throughout the finest gathering of artists, sampling great wines and microbrews, all while listening to musical entertainment is the ambiance Thunderbird Artists is best recognized for. This celebration highlights an extensive collection of fine wines, both domestic and imported. The expansive wine list allows patrons the opportunity to learn how to taste wines like the pros! For $10, patrons receive an engraved souvenir wine glass and six wine-tasting tickets. The event will take place at the Surprise Recreation Campus, 15960 N. Bullard Ave in Surprise. The festival is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. Admission into the festival is $3 per person and parking is free.


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carefree adventures Writer Amanda Christmann Larson As the blazing desert sun rises over mountaintops, chasing cool night breezes into their daytime hiding spots, a lone figure steps out into the horizon. His black Stetson hat and loaded holster form a silhouette in the glowing dawn, and the quiet hush of his presence is broken by the sound of his boots crushing gravel below as he steps with purpose toward his steed. This isn’t an ordinary cowboy. This is Cave Creek’s own Johnny Ringo. He may not be as dangerous as his famed namesake, but around these parts, he’s just as notorious. With his trademark mustache and cowboy hat, he has been raising a ruckus – in a good way – for 25 years, attracting locals and visitors alike to enjoy his romance with the West. Ringo’s company, Johnny Ringo’s Carefree Adventures, is as unique as he is. Jeep tours may seem to be a dime a dozen, but Ringo’s excursions are not just tours: they’re experiences. The same beauty and ruggedness that lured miners, cowfolk and even ancient Native Americans to the Southwest is still alive and well, and Ringo knows not only how to get there, but how to bring the past alive.


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“I love sharing knowledge of the beauty and passion of the desert landscape,” said Ringo, his eyes twinkling beneath the brim of his John B. “For those of us who live here, opportunities pass us up every single day to enjoy it, but if we keep our hearts and minds open, we can find it.” A transplant from New Jersey, Ringo grew up watching spaghetti Westerns and dreaming of cowboy adventures. He dabbled in the corporate world for more than a few years, then traded his suit coats in for leather vests and his razor in for a mustache brush. Off he went to live his dream. It wasn’t simple, though. He tried his luck as a starving artist, but realized quickly that the “starving” part wasn’t much fun. He came to a fork in his road and sat down to contemplate it – quite literally, in the middle of the desert. Three days in a row, Jeep tours passed him, and by the third day, he decided it was a sign. The rest, as they say, is history. Behind Ringo’s success is a small army of guides equally as passionate about the desert. Each has his or her own character and passion, and each has gained a following among loyal fans who come back year after year. After 25 years in the business, Ringo has seen his business and his life (it’s difficult to separate the two) come full-circle. He’s grateful to the clients who have made his business thrive. To his delight, a recent visitor booked a tour with her family, then explained she’d taken a tour years ago as a young teenager. She’d remembered Ringo and the fun they had as a highlight of her childhood, and wanted to share the experience with her own children.

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explore A mine Carefree Adventures may not be the cheapest operation out there, but as Ringo explains, you get what you pay for. His matter-of-fact attitude is coupled with down-home hospitality, and he and his guides work hard to cater each tour to the folks who are joining him for the day. He lights up when he talks about experiencing gold mines, volcanoes, archaeological ruins, and other hidden treasures of our local desertscape with visitors to the area, or even with neighbors who weren’t aware of the cache within their reach. Corporate clients are also a favorite because, as Ringo explained, “There’s nothing more fun than seeing a bunch of people who normally dress up in business suits come out here and live their childhood dreams. It puts smiles on their faces, and mine, too.” Business trips, family outings, birthday parties, holiday events … any time of year, any day of the week is a great day for an adventure. In fact, if you’re looking for a good Valentine’s Day gift, check out Johnny Ringo’s Carefree


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Adventures’ “Mine, Wine and Roses” tour. No one is too young or too old to experience Johnny Ringo’s Carefree Adventures. They’re exciting, picturesque, memorable and above all, fun. “You don’t have to drive to Sedona or the Grand Canyon,” Ringo said, sunlight softening his features and warming his laugh. “You’d be amazed at what’s in your back yard. You would be amazed by what’s out here, so close to us.” As the sun hovers high in the noon-time sky, once again, Ringo ambles off into the distance. With the tip of his hat and his six-shooter by his side, one can’t help but wonder if this carefree cowboy just may be the real deal. We’ll leave it for the adventurers to decide. 480-488-2466 Advertorial brought to you by Carefree Adventures.

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caring Finding a Forever Home Writer Lynsi Freitag

Have you ever wondered what happens to race horses when they become injured or after they retire? Sadly, it’s not always a rosy retirement. Some go to auction

After the Homestretch is dedicated to giving race horses a second career

where they are adopted out. These are the lucky ones who escape being put down. The New York Times recently reported, on average, 24 horses die each week at racetracks across America. One

new non-profit is hoping to decrease this number and ensure happy endings

for such horses. After the Homestretch aims to take in ex-racehorses, abandoned horses and ones that the Arizona Department of Agriculture have picked up, giving them an opportunity to learn a new career and find a loving home. It is at this rescue that the horses are rested, rehabilitated and trained in preparation for being adopted into a non-racing home.


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“I learned of the great need for these services when I was working at another horse rescue,” says Dannielle Marturana, president and founder of After the Homestretch. “The track would call us looking for placements for the horses that needed to retire from racing. Sometimes the horses had a recoverable injury and just needed someplace to rest. The trainers tried very hard to find homes for the horses.”

Starting Homestretch “When I left the rescue where I was ranch manager, I thought about this need and niche,” says Dannielle. “So I took a month to regroup and think of everything that I learned and the people who believed in the same cause and had some expertise. We got together and decided we wanted to be an ex-racehorse rescue.” They have been open since July 25, 2011 and took in their first horse in October, 2011. “We get ex-racehorses from three different places,” says Dannielle. “We get them from the track. We have some trainers who will contact us when one of their horses isn’t going to race anymore. For example, we have a very healthy horse who is 12 years old, but at that age you just can’t keep running them. We have another 4-year-old horse off the track which has chips in his knees and the track veterinarian recommended that they call us so we picked him up. We also get horses from the Arizona Department of Agriculture and from owners who are in dire straits and can no longer take care of their horse.”

Rest and Rehabilitation “After

we get a horse, we rest it, allowing it to just be a horse for

approximately three months,” say Dannielle. “These horses have been trained to run fast and go to the left. So we add basic ground manners and leg cues to walk, trot and canter. Our horses are trained to do trail

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riding and there are other horses which – with some training – can do anything: from the hunter-jumper to dressage.”

After the Homestretch is dedicated to giving

After the Homestretch has taken in 23 horses and adopted out 10 of them. This is particularly remarkable given that they do not have a “home” of their own yet. They are operating out of two satellite locations – one in Phoenix and one in Wittmann – with other horses in foster homes. “A physical location is going to help tremendously,” says Dannielle. “It will help us

race horses a

get more trainers to come in and work with the horses so that they can be more

second career

people to come see them. Ideally we would like to have our own property in the

adoptable. Also, once the horses are adoptable, having the location will allow more Scottsdale/Cave Creek/Phoenix area. Until then, we have to rely on foster families and homes.”


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career by age 7 and yet the average horse lives to 28 years, so they are not even middleaged by the time they retire. At After the Homestretch, their goal is to give horses an opportunity to find their forever home. They have taken in horses ranging in age from 2 – 24 years old, all of which became adoptable with rest, care and training. “Horses have a whole life ahead of them after their racing careers end,” says Dannielle. “The more support we get, the more horses we can help. We want to see these horses into their second career.” ----------------------------After the Homestretch is a nonprofit and completely volunteerrun,





directly toward the horses, be it feed, maintenance or medical care.

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The Hoop Dancer Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque Photographer Jerry Williamson

If you ask my daughters about their heritage, they will proudly proclaim that they are Bolivian, Irish, Russian, Austrian, Lithuanian and New Jerseyan. There is no doubt that each of those areas definitely possesses a strong culture, and my daughters have always owned those cultures. They have been exposed to our particular accents, old family recipes and traditions as early in their memories as they can recall. The stories we have shared about their relatives, our childhoods and our experiences have given them desire to learn about their backgrounds. Children have a natural hunger to learn about what came before them, and why. Moontee Sinquah did the same for his young children. He made sure that his daughter Erika, 23; and sons, Sampson, 20 and Scott, 19 grew up enjoying and taking part in Native American festivals in which there was a lot of music, dancing and storytelling. Sinquah explains, “No matter where we come from, our indigenous dance and music should be encouraged. Often, when children grow up in the midst of their traditions and various forms of cultural expression, they don’t realize that they are a part of anything different – it just becomes second nature to them – a part of who they are.” Sinquah’s children started dancing in their native tradition at the ages of three or four. Quentin Pipestem of Alberta, Canada, family friend and 1992 world title holder in Native American hoop dancing, introduced them to this form of dance. Hoop dancing is believed to have originated in Taos, New Mexico, as a type of healing dance found among the cultural traditions of several Native American nations. Like many indigenous dances, it is a storytelling dance. As the dancer moves the hoops through and around his body, he creates various shapes that tell stories of creation. It is said that each hoop added as the dancer dances equals a day in the life of someone who is sick.

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Sinquah explains, “Legend tell us that the dance was first performed by a young boy while his grandfather sang for him. They said every time he passed through a hoop it would add a day on to the life of the sick person he danced for. As with all dances, it is performed to heal others, as well as our surroundings. We never dance for ourselves, but for others who can’t dance for themselves, especially our ancestors and veterans who our creator blessed us with.” For more than 20 years, Moontee has performed the historic and intricate dances and music of the Hopi, Tewa and Choctaw nations. He has traveled around the world sharing his gifts, and has won a JUNO Award for his songwriting ability and has been nominated for a Native American Music Award for his solo work. He also makes musical instruments and produces Native American music professionally for both himself and other recording artists. Moontee started hoop dancing alongside his children at the age of 40, and since then has won two world titles. He is proud to have the opportunity to dance, because it was not very long ago that Native Americans were barred from dancing by the U.S. government, for fear of uprising. “My main reason for dancing is to influence people in a positive way; to encourage them to respect and care for our environment. Without the environment, we can’t exist,” he says. Area residents will be able to enjoy Sinquah’s award-winning dancing at the second annual Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival, which will be spread out over three days Jan. 25 – 27 at Carefree Desert Gardens in downtown Carefree. The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and will feature Native American art, music and dance by champions such as Moontee Sinquah and Brian Hammill. The opportunity to expose children to Native American culture is great at this festival, as there is also a specialty food market with Native American food favorites such as Indian-made fry bread with a variety of food toppings, Indian home-baked delicacies and other treats. Tribes from throughout the country will be represented at the juried exhibit and sale that features arts and crafts including jewelry, pottery, baskets, carved stone fetishes, woven rugs, paintings, sculpture, bead work, Kachina dolls, clothing drums, flutes and more. Come out to Carefree and give your child a gift that they will always remember: a piece of their heritage, or some knowledge and understanding of the rich Native American heritage and traditions. It will be a wonderful experience for all! J an uary 2013


What is Bigger Than Big? Barrett Jackson event expects to surpass records January 13 thru 20, 2013 Writer Lynsi Freitag


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We are all well aware of the Barrett Jackson Collector Car event that takes place at Westworld at the end of the month. Even if you aren’t a car collector yourself, maybe you have taken part in one of the many week-long events that draw non-car spectators as well. Even if you still haven’t participated, it is impossible to ignore the huge tents and increased traffic jams along Arizona State Route 101 in North Scottsdale every January. Yes, it is huge.

Have you ever wondered about everything that goes into such a massive event? Let’s review some of the numbers from the 2012 event:


Over 270,000 people attended over eight days of events.


$5.9 million was raised for local and national charities.


$92 million was generated in sales.


All of the tenting comprised 700,000 sq. ft. in total – more than 16 acres.


The main tent alone is more than six football fields long.


Event planners used 30 miles of temporary power cable, four megawatts of temporary power, and 50 days to set up the event.


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“People come from all over the world,” says Jaime Witczak, senior marketing manager at Barrett Jackson Auction Company. “We have a huge following and our brand recognition is really growing internationally. Last year, a prince from Saudi Arabia was at our Scottsdale event.” This month will mark the 42nd Annual Barrett Jackson Collector Car event in Scottsdale and it is set to be even bigger, more diverse, and bring in more sales than previous years. “Our highest-selling vehicle was a Shelby Super Snake that sold for $5.5 million in 2007,” says Witczak. “With that being said, the line-up for our vehicles for our 2013 event is going to create the largest and most exciting auction we have had thus far. There are a lot of people in the company and throughout the media who think we have a couple cars that might surpass that $5.5 million sale in 2007.” The event now has activities for the entire family to enjoy. Where else can you find a Radio Disney event on Sunday, a Neiman Marcus fashion show on Monday and cars, cars and more cars all week long? “We have activities for the whole family to enjoy,” says Witczak. “We have really become a lifestyle event and a destination. Many families build their vacations around coming to Scottsdale for the event so we have activities for everyone.”

a sneak peek of some of the hottest cars what will be at the event this month:


1968 Shelby EXP 500 “The Green Hornet.” Arguably the rarest and most desirable Shelby Mustang of all time.


Clark Gable’s 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe. Purchased new by Clark Gable at Mercedes-Benz of Hollywood.


1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Mulliner Drophead Coupe. One of the most desirable of all post-war cars and one of the rarest; only 12 cars were built, nine being left-hand drive. J an uary 2013



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Telling Stories

one Collage at a Time Writer Donna Kublin

For the past 11 years, award-winning California artist Richard Curtner has created unique artwork for thousands of clients across the country, blending his artistic talents with his passion for the written word. He calls his distinctive art pieces “word collage art” with every part of them, every detail, found material with nothing drawn, colored in, or computer-generated. His collages are an encapsulation of written text focused on subject matter creating realistic visual images. Each piece tells a story on many different levels, provoking inner thought and opening dimensions of contemplation. Curtner has drawn and painted all his life and from a young age knew that he wanted to be an artist. For the most part, he is self-taught and skilled in a variety of mediums. Over the years he took private lessons and traveled the world to study with various masters. He eventually journeyed to the Dominican Republic and studied with famed artist, Guillo Perez, internationally known for his landscape art. Curtner’s technique developed out of necessity while he was there. He described it this way: “I’d been doing oil paintings, but when I couldn’t find the paints I needed on the island, I started creating pieces completely with magazine cutouts, adding a literary story to the visual images. When I returned to the States, I just kept going.” His work begins with a theme and a search. He looks in high-quality magazines for the right color combined with the right words which, he said, “is tricky and can often take a good deal of time.” He cuts each piece from a magazine and then assembles the image by gluing each one, and finishing the image with several coats of varnish. The size of the work varies with some as large as 5 feet by 5 feet, and some as small as 11 by 14 inches.

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When he first began creating his word collage art, he rummaged second-hand bookstores for magazines. Over the years, he developed a following and people began giving him their magazines. He now has an extensive collection and a library of words and colors that he files by theme. He really enjoys his work and is always on the search for combinations of colors and words and ways to tell his story. Having discovered a truly unique artistic expression, Curtner has had three main interests: people, especially romantic themes, drinks, and musical instruments. Most recently he has added a concentration on different cities, especially cityscapes. He just finished a Chicago piece that will be available at his upcoming show in Carefree. His captivating, intricate, museum-quality collages not only allow the viewer to see the detailed image, but read the story within the fascinating picture as well. “It’s an incredible enjoyment for me, watching people discover how the underlying words and phrases relate to the theme and emotion of these conversation pieces,” said Curtner. His work has been displayed at museum exhibitions in four museums in California and one in the state of Washington. His work is shown at galleries in Las Vegas and in Fremont, California and can also be seen at shows throughout the country. Curtner creates and has for sale original art pieces, as well as framed and very affordable unframed giclee prints. He also does commission work, many for weddings, and anniversaries. Since his work covers a wide variety of themes, his customers are also quite varied. He told me about a piece he did for a man in Fort Worth that was really fun to do. “He wanted an image of a man bent on one knee proposing to a woman, and he wanted the couple to look like he and his woman friend,” said Curtner. “On the day of the show they came to my booth to collect his artwork and he showed it to her. The artwork included the words ‘Will you marry me?’ Fortunately, she replied, ‘Yes!’ I had a bottle of champagne handy and joined them in the celebration.” Dedicating himself full-time to his art for the past 11 years, Curtner travels the country doing 25 shows per year. He has shown his work at Thunderbird Artists shows for the past few years, and he was honored when asked to create the poster art for the 20th Anniversary Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, Jan. 18, 19 and 20 in downtown Carefree. The poster with his romantic image titled “Found in Context” will be available at the show. Thunderbird Artists’ award-winning fine art festival will highlight the artistic works of more than 165 juried fine artists, live musical entertainment, appetizing food, tempting chocolates and unparalleled wine tasting.

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artistic works

Other juried fine artists and craftsman will display sensational






watercolors, pastels, charcoals and mixed media. Other mediums include spectacular bronzes, luminous glass sculptures, metal creations and fabulous batiks. There is also hand-thrown clay, Raku pottery and sculptures, traditional





baskets, inlaid wood turned bowls, unique and one-ofa-kind jewelry, black and white or color photography, elegant stone, copper, clay, mixed media sculptures and more. Live musical performers include: Bob Culbertson, Chapman Stick player, Scott Helmer, country- and Americana-style guitarist, Patrick Ki, classical guitar with a Hawaiian flair, Aaron Mesenberg, progressive flamenco classical guitarist, and Jeffrey Michael, smooth jazz pianist. A vast array of domestic and imported wines will be available for tasting from wineries including: Hinnant Family Vineyards, Kokopelli Winery, Page Springs Vineyards and Cellars, Rex Goliath, Schlossadler International Wines, Vinocopia and Windmill Winery. There is a fee of $10, which includes an engraved souvenir wine glass and six wine-tasting tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased for $1.

20th Anniversary Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival January 18, 19 and 20 101 Easy Street, Carefree 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day Admission is $3 and free to Carefree residents. Parking is free all weekend. 480-837-5637 760-861-7046

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learning Child’s Play at Its Best Special to ImagesAZ courtesy of Child’s Play Learning Centers Photographs courtesy of Child’s Play Learning Centers

It’s a lottery, and each January, local pre-school parents have an opportunity to win. It’s not the lottery, of course, but the outcome can be exciting. It is the enrollment lottery for the popular Child’s Play learning center’s Desert Willow Preschool Spanish

Our curriculum focuses on the whole child

Immersion program. At Cave Creek Unified School District’s (CCUSD) Desert Willow preschool, children are not only immersed in Spanish throughout their day, but their entire curriculum is taught in Spanish. Because young minds are like sponges, especially in language development, their ability to learn a second language is especially keen. The lottery meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the computer lab at Desert Willow Elementary School. Lottery forms will be collected until Friday, Jan. 25. Another very important deadline, the “First come; first served” enrollment for three other Child’s Play learning center locations – Black Mountain, ECS Learning Center and Horseshoe Trails – occurs in February.


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Celebrating 25 years in our community, Child’s Play preschool is an early childhood program of Education and Community Services, a division of CCUSD. The Child’s Play curriculum is aligned with the Arizona Department of Education Early Learning Standards. “Our curriculum focuses on the whole child with an emphasis on learning as a process of interaction with other children, adults, and materials within an environment of play,” says Jenny Stahl, early childhood coordinator for the district’s Education and Community Services. “Children will be involved in a variety of project-based activities, guided investigations and materials which are concrete and relevant to the lives of young children, and emphasize the process, not the product,” she explains. The program is held at four locations within the district. Three are at CCUSD elementary schools and the fourth, which includes the developmental preschool, is at the Education and Community Services learning center. Three of the school sites have National Accreditation Commission accreditation, and the fourth site is in the process of completing the accreditation process. Each Child’s Play preschool center team of staff works with the district to form a complimentary curriculum for children ages three- to five-years-old. “Our staff and the kindergarten teachers attend district training sessions,” says Stahl. “We have the same orientation. This provides a smooth transition when the children begin kindergarten.” “We want the children to walk into their elementary school classroom prepared and confident of success,” Stahl says.

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learning Child’s Play at Its Best

Child’s Play preschool centers are offered at the following locations:

“We want the children to walk into their

Black Mountain Learning Center is a friend of Core Knowledge Curriculum. This program for three- to five-year-olds is specifically designed to provide a child with the solid foundation he or she will need for later learning in kindergarten and beyond.

elementary school

ECS Learning Center is a friend of Core Knowledge Curriculum. This program for

classroom prepared

three- to five-year-olds is specifically designed to provide a child with the solid

and confident of success,” Stahl says.

foundation he or she will need for later learning in kindergarten and beyond. New to ECS Learning Center is the Introduction to Spanish Culture and Language classroom that opened in October. Horseshoe Trails Learning Center specializes in a hands-on learning environment where each child progresses at a unique rate, and has an individual learning style and possesses diverse abilities. Horseshoe Trails Learning Center is looking


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forward to participating in the Chinese Mandarin Language Program with the elementary school for the 2013-2014 school year. Desert Willow Learning Center is home to the Spanish Immersion Program. Children are not only immersed in Spanish throughout their day, but their entire curriculum is taught in Spanish. Class schedule with days, times and tuition is available online, along with downloadable registration forms, at


handbooks and curriculum handbooks are also available online. If your family needs assistance with tuition,




available, including assistance from Foothills



For scholarship information, please contact 480-575-2440. Child’s Play Business & Registration Office 33016 N. 60th St. Cave Creek, AZ 85331 Phone: 480-575-2440 Fax: 480-575-2590 Child’s Play Mailing Address Education & Community Services (ECS) P.O. Box 426 Cave Creek, AZ 85327

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youth Young Performers to Inspire Writer Amanda Christmann Larson

The talent of the young people at these events is so inspiring Our community is as diverse as the rich desert landscape. Like the many plants and wildlife that spread across the mountains and valleys, buttes and washes, so are the people here, each with their own special gifts and passions. Together, they make up the tapestry of life that we all embrace in our North Valley home.

Saturday, January 12, at 2 p.m.

Westminster Village, 12000 North 90th St. 480-488-0806

Even our young people have so much to give. Whether they are talented in sports, academics, drama or music, they, too, are part of our life story here. There are few better examples than the talented youth performers who share their musical passions several times a year at the Arizona Musicfest’s Young Performers recitals. “The talent of the young people at these events is so inspiring,” said event chairperson Irene O’Hare. “We hear so many negative things about kids today, but I will tell you, these young people are so incredible, it just gives me chills. It’s really quite wonderful.” January 12 at Westminster Village in Scottsdale, flautist Bomi Johnson, soprano vocalist Rebecca Zaner (pictured above), and pianist Hao Zhao will be the featured performing artists at the Young Performers recital. They’re young, they’re talented, and they’ve worked incredibly hard to hone their skills and refine their techniques. They very well could be the next Boehm, Adelina Patti or Beethoven. Johnson, a junior at Desert Vista High School, has been playing flute for six years now and currently studies with Judy Conrad. She has served as principal flautist in the


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North Central Region Orchestra for the past two years, was principal flautist in the Symphonette Orchestra, and is also a member of the Phoenix Youth Symphony. She was a member of the All-State Honor Band both freshman and sophomore years. She served as Associate Principal Flautist in the All State Honor Band her sophomore year. She auditioned and placed fourth in the National Honor Band, in Indianapolis, Indiana last year, and the year before, she won top honors at Music Teacher’s National Association State Solo Competition in the woodwind category. If that isn’t impressive enough, Johnson also plays classical piano, and is under the study of Fei Xu. She received the rank of Superior Honors in Level 12 of the Arizona Study Program and won the DVMTA Piano Competition in 2011. In addition, Johnson has won the rank of Superior with Distinction in her piano and flute solos both in 2011 and 2012, which she performed at the North Central Region auditions. Besides music, Johnson has been involved in various school activities, such as cross country, National Honors Society and STAND Club, which is a human rights club for prevention of genocide in Darfur. She teaches piano to younger students in her spare time. Rebecca Zaner is a junior at Northern Arizona University (NAU) studying vocal performance with Judith Cloud. Rebecca began vocal lessons with Mary Sue Hyatt in January 2007. Only a year later, Zaner traveled to Italy, where she was selected to participate in the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca. She completed her freshman and sophomore years of vocal training at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) where she studied with Mary Schiller, and she has performed the roles of Zerlina from Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Lisette from Puccini’s La Rondine in CIM’s 2012 opera scenes program under the direction of David Bamberger. Rebecca is currently preparing the role of Despina for NAU Opera Theatre’s upcoming performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte in April, 2013. Hao Zhao is sixteen years old and in a senior at Hamilton High School. He was born in Tianjin, China, and now lives in Chandler. In addition to piano, Zhao participates in speech and debate, specifically Lincoln-Douglass debate. He also swims and was on Hamilton’s swim team for two years. For several years, he participated in Academic Decathlon. In his free time, he enjoys being with his friends. This well-rounded young man is impressive in many ways, but his skill and technique on the piano is particularly noteworthy. His music is inspiring to young and old alike, and he is one to watch as his accomplishments grow. Join these amazing young performers at the final Arizona Musicfest Young Performers recital of the 2012-2013 season Saturday, January 12, at 2 p.m. at Westminster Village, 12000 North 90th St. in Scottsdale. The one-hour concert will be followed by a “Meet the Musicians” reception. 480-488-0806

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Writer Donna Kublin

Dining Experience

Looking for a different wine and dine experience? Look no further.

Different Pointe of View, the AAA Four Diamond mountaintop restaurant in Phoenix, is known for spectacular views and upscale culinary selections. It is also becoming known for its exclusive Insider’s View Dining Series. What makes the Insider’s View dinners so special is that each event in the series offers an intimate dining experience where only a dozen guests enjoy four-course dinners prepared tableside by Executive Chef Anthony DeMuro. Every course is paired with specially selected wine from an esteemed winery, whose owner/winemaker serves as guest host. My friends and I had the opportunity to attend the October’s Insider’s View dinner with the evening’s guest host, Melissa Phillips Stroud, the daughter (and “owner in waiting”) of Michael David of Michael David Winery. I will long remember this evening fondly, starting from the inviting entrance into the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. Winding our way to the top of the 1,800-foot mountain, I felt that I was leaving Phoenix, and maybe even Arizona. It was like a mini-vacation and I was excited to see how the evening would unfold. It began with a sunset wine and appetizer reception on the outdoor patio surrounded by spectacular panoramic views of the Valley below. While tasting the first wine selection, Incognito White Blend, we met the other guests, savored the incredible appetizers, and met Melissa Phillips Stroud. Melissa, a graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with double majors in wine and viticulture and agriculture business, gave us a preview of the evening’s wine selections and some insights into the wine business. We learned that Michael David Winery has its roots in farming since her great-great grandparents homesteaded 160 acres near the town of Lodi, following the Civil War in the 1860s. Very much a family business built with future generations in mind, the winery grows many varietals and produces many well-known wines, such as 7 Deadly Zins, Petite Petit, and Earthquake wines.

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all I could think was, WOW! This is amazing.

She shared that there is a story behind the naming of each wine. For example, Incognito was so-named since for years, the grapes that comprised the wine were misidentified. It took an astute observer and DNA testing to correctly identify them. We also learned that her brother Kevin writes poems for many of the labels, in addition to being vicepresident of operations. He and Melissa are part of the next generation helping the family business prosper. To our delight, we discovered that Incognito was an exquisite fruity, dry wine with wonderful aromatics and was just rated by Robert Parker with 88 points. The food highlight of the reception was the lobster bisque. It burst with lobster flavor complemented with hints of sherry, and we learned that it is made with three reductions that concentrate the flavor and give it that special, intense quality.


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escorted to the main dining room which houses floor-to-ceiling glass windows, showcasing breathtaking desert and city views. We wound our way around tables of other diners, and were seated at a long table facing stunning mountain views. In front of us was a long table covered with the tools of the culinary trade. We soon met Chef DeMuro and he began preparing the first course right before our eyes, while at the same time engaging in conversation and sharing his culinary secrets. I was impressed by the ease with which he worked and his overall friendly demeanor. He never seemed rushed or flustered as he prepared the first course for the 12 guests. As DeMuro put the finishing touches on the first dish, Melissa explained the next wine selection and why it was chosen to complement the dish. She also entertained us with inside stories about the winery and hidden secrets about the labels. Each course was extraordinary with innovative and flavorful combinations. Our selections for the evening included pan-seared




Ellensburg lamb loin, and port-braised Wagyu short ribs that had been deboned and




weight so that they were tender and full of texture and flavor. Each artfully presented dish was accompanied with a vegetables or risotto.

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Dessert followed and, after sipping the last of our wine and saying farewell to the chef, and guest host, we ambled outside to the spacious patio that surrounds the restaurant and offers dramatic panoramic views of the Valley’s desert landscape. The night air was perfect and twinkling lights from the Valley below and stars above were like diamonds. There were a number of cozy seating areas with overstuffed settees and confidante sofas on offer, and we wished we had time to linger. What a perfect setting for ending a glorious evening. Guests were sipping after-dinner drinks and some were roasting delicious-looking liqueur infused marshmallows, complimentary to patrons purchasing drinks in the lounge. One of the fireplaces was ablaze with guests snuggled next to it getting ready to roast theirs. Different Pointe of View is known as a place for creating memories and I can see why that is so. The setting is extraordinary, the menu innovative and bold, and the atmosphere sophisticated while at the same time very approachable. It is definitely a dining destination and I’ll go back soon.

Different Pointe of View

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, 11111 North 7th Street, Phoenix, Michael David Winery,


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Upcoming Insider’s View Dinners January 18 - Halter Ranch Vineyard:

Kevin Sass is

the winemaker at Halter Ranch in Paso Robles, California. The vineyard currently has 19 grape varieties grown by environmentally friendly practices. February 22 - Lyeth Estate: Winemaker Katie Cochrane of the Sonoma County winery Lyeth Estate joins the Insider’s View dinner series. Lyeth Estate creates wines from blends of different tastes to craft wines with distinctive flavors and characteristics. March 15 - St. Supéry Vineyards: Michael Scholz, winemaker at St. Supéry Vineyards, will share information on the Napa Valley’s three tiers of wine that include fruitforward wines, Bordeaux blends, and Sauvignon Blanc. April 26 - Martin Ray Winery: Bill Batchelor is the winemaker at this historic Santa Rosa, California winery. The site of Martin Ray Winery is known as Twin Fir Winery, the oldest winery in continuous operation in Sonoma County. May 17 - Roth Estate Winery: Jesse Katz, winemaker at this award-winning Sonoma County vineyard, returns to the Insider’s View dinner. Roth Estate Winery is most famous for its classic Bordeaux varietals. Reservations are required and limited to a dozen. The cost for this exclusive and unique event is $99 per person. To make a reservation for an upcoming Insider’s View Dinner, call 602-866-6350. Different Pointe of View

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real estate Market Watch Real Estate data provide by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Heidi Stamp, Managing Broker

Average Price per Square Foot

Positive signs are being witnessed in Carefree, Cave Creek and surrounding zip codes. A slight rise in price per square foot is the positive sign we are hoping will continue into the new year. News articles are now emerging that refer to the fact that investors are having a harder time finding properties to flip. Distressed properties, which include REOs and short sales, are on the decline as well. Carefree: Rise in average price per square foot is $201, over last year’s average price per square foot $184. Closed distressed properties have fallen to only 16 percent at a year-to-date average of $179 per square foot. Cave Creek: Over $500,000. Average price per square foot is $220, up over last year’s $174. Closed distressed percentage has also fallen to 25 percent and the average price per square foot year-todate is $181. 85266: Rise in average price per square foot is $184, up over $170 last year, while distressed is down to 21 percent with an average price of $163 per square foot. 85262: Average price per square foot is $214, up over last year’s $203. Distressed properties are down to 13 percent with an average price of $162 per square foot.

Information supplied by ARMLS through BrokerMetrics ® Information not guaranteed. Information retrieved on 12/12/2012.


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dining Black Mountain Coffee Shop Spanish Village at the corner of Ho & Hum Carefree, AZ



Black Mountain Coffee Shop It has been said Black Mountain Coffee Shop has served the best breakfast and lunch in Arizona for more than 30 years. Find out what local foothills residents already know. When you come in and smell the delicious homemade cinnamon rolls, biscuits and gravy, chili and much more, you will feel right at home. Black Mountain Coffee Shop’s friendly staff is ready to serve you seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. in our dining room or on our patio. We also offer a pet-friendly patio for our four-legged loved ones. It’s amazing what a big smile and a cheerful “good morning” can do to start your day right. Patrons keep coming back for the eggs, pancakes, French toast, omelets, biscuits and gravy and all the rest, plentiful, satisfying and value-priced. With freshly brewed coffee for only $1.50 per cup (including refills) and soft, tempting cinnamon rolls, this desert discovery, with it’s basic home-cooking at yesterday’s prices is just the remedy needed to start a great day, or take the sting out of a week’s worth of business bruises.


We can’t wait to see you! Welcome to all from Shelly, Roger and the rest of our staff. Jan u a r y 2 0 1 3

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dining Located at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, Ste 134B, 480-488-3835

The Village Coffee Shop

The queen of crêpes, Marina Matatov has revolutionized the art of fine dining with her signature crêpes! Using the recipes that have been in her family for generations, she brings a unique Russian twist to a French classic that I’m sure would have made her grandmother proud. The café serves both sweet and savory crêpes – there is something for everyone! Crêpes such as Dijon (chicken on top of melted cheddar cheese, tomatoes, Romaine lettuce with Dijon mustard dressing) and raspberry chicken (chicken with melted cheddar cheese, tomatoes, spinach topped with raspberry preserves and walnut pieces can only be topped by a sweet sign off such as cinnamon swirl (sweet butter walnuts, brown sugar cinnamon), lemon zest (fresh lemon juice, raw sugar & butter, topped with powdered sugar and whipped cream) or Yin Yang (bananas, Nutella & mini marshmallows). These fantastic crêpes can be enjoyed with out-of-this-world coffee and an array of beverages from the espresso bar. Great for a winter warm-up or a Sunday brunch with the family! Located at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, Ste 134B 480-488-3835


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American Federal Rare Coin and Bullion American Federal Rare Coin and Bullion is celebrating

Sam’s Barbershop Most people have a family doctor, but the locals of Cave Creek also have a family barber. Sam’s Barbershop is located in Stagecoach Village at 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd., Suite 134. The shop has a warm family feeling that offers more than just full-service haircuts; they offer family tradition. Twenty-two years ago, Sam and Olga emigrated from Russia with a certain trade in hand. They both shared the same American dream, which was to start a familyowned business. Sam had the business skills and Olga had the talent. When put together, they created a vibrant business that’s become an enduring part of the foothills community and beyond. Sam’s Barbershop is not just about the haircut, but also a true experience. Free upper neck massages are available with any haircut, and walk-ins and families are welcome. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.; and Sundays, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Come see why generations of loyal customers keep coming back. Sam’s Barbershop 480-488-3929 In the Stagecoach Village 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd. Ste 134


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We specialize in

buying and selling rare coins, gold, silver and platinum bullion and bullion coins. We base our business on honesty, integrity and educating our clients to fully understand these markets. Recently we have opened our doors to the public to help turn your old gold and precious metal jewelry, scrap, watches and even gold teeth into cash. We pay competitive prices for all precious metal items, even if the jewelry is damaged or broken. We can purchase or consign your rare coins whether your collection is worth a few hundred dollars or a few million. We have handled some of the country’s finest collections of rare collectable coins. The company and owner are members of virtually every rare coin and bullion trade organization, including the prestigious PNG (Professional Numismatists Guild), American Numismatic Association and many others. American Federal also maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and has been a member since 1986. American Federal Rare Coin & Bullion 480-553-5282 500 Easy Street Carefree, AZ


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Wildfire Gallery Wildfire Gallery is in its third year in the heart of Cave Creek, and proprietor Janet Kelly continues to appeal to the variety of tastes in her buyers and collectors. Janet hand-selects each artist and piece, which results in an eclectic display of Southwest and contemporary paintings, sculptures, copper works, jewelry, woodturning, giclees, photography, unique boutique and gift items and will consider high quality art for resale. Other popular items at Wildfire Gallery are Brazilian cowhides in a variety of colors, which she says are the best quality you can buy, and unique custom art tables that bring the “Wow!” factor to any home. To Janet, art is like “a special occasion all the time,” conjuring emotion in those who create it and those who enjoy it. Whether for the collector or tasteful home decor, she believes all art is relevant. Her appreciation and cultivated style inspires her to select everything that goes in the gallery with careful discrimination. The artists, the varied chosen works and pieces and the discerning eye of her clients are foremost in creating the engaging atmosphere of Wildfire Gallery. Wildfire Gallery 480-595-5188 6501 E. Cave Creek Road Suite 3 Cave Creek, AZ


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Let There Be Light Let There Be Light is a Carefree-based company that specializes in low voltage outdoor lighting. Established in March, 2007, Let There Be Light quickly became known as the “go-to” guys for outdoor lighting due to their unrivaled industry expertise. “Lighting is all we do,” says owner Bryan Gold. “We don’t get into hardscape, landscaping or irrigation, which allows us to be experts at what we do.” Let There Be Light is known for properly lighting landscapes to bring out its very best, one property at a time. Gold believes that finding his niche in an industry and sticking with it is what has made the difference. “We sit down with our clients on a personal basis to discuss their needs, and design a lighting system based around each customer. From lighting tuneups and LED retro-fits on existing jobs, to complete lighting design and installation from the ground up, Let There Be Light, LLC can provide you with an un-matched lighting system for years to come.” Let There Be Light 480-575-3204 7202 E. Cave Creek Rd. Carefree, AZ


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Local Index contact ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

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Adventures Carefree Adventures 480-488-2466

Cigars The Man Cave 480-595-0500

AIR CONDITIONING/HEATING Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 480-595-5330

College Paradise Valley Community College 602-493-2600

Proskill Plumbing 623-551-7473 Art Gallery Wildfire Gallery 480-595-5188 Wild Holly Gallery 480-595-8757 22 Easy Street Carefree, AZ Attorney John W. Stevens, Attorney 480-488-2591 Carefree Area Automotive Sales Sanderson Lincoln 602-375-7500 Barber Shop Sam’s Barber Shop 480-488-3929 Bicycle Bicycle Vibe 623-582-3111 Boutique Bags & Rags Ladies Fine Apparel 480-575-3114 16 Easy Street, Carefree Buy and Sell Gold American Federal 480-553-5282


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COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE Alcoholics Anonymous 602-264-1341 Animal Control 602-506-7387 Community Loan Closet 480-488-8400

Cave Creek Museum 480-488-2764 Desert Awareness Committee 480-585-5657 Desert Cactus Kickers 480-488-9661 Desert Foothills Community Association 480-488-4043 Desert Foothills Community Education 480-575-2440 Desert Foothills Land Trust 480-488-6131

Foothills Animal Rescue 480-488-9890

Desert Foothills New Horizons Band 602-992-1550

Foothills Caring Corps 480-488-1105

Desert Foothills Theater 480-488-1981

Foothills Food Bank 480-488-1145

Foothills Community Foundation 480-488-1090

Meals on Wheels 480-488-1090

Girl Scouts 602-253-6359

Salvation Army 480-488-3590

Kiwanis Club of Carefree 480-488-8400

St. Vincent de Paul Society 602-254-3338

Little League Baseball/Softball 480-488-1244

COMMUNITY organizations American Legion Post No. 34 & Auxiliary 480-488-2669 Arizona Archaeological Society 480-595-9255 Arizona Musicfest 480-488-0806 Boy Scouts 602-955-7747

New River Senior Center 623-465-0367 Rotary Club 480-585-9157 Sonoran Arts League 480-575-6624 Soroptimist International 480-522-6692 YMCA 480-596-9622

Local Index contact ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

Dentist Carefree Dentists 480-488-9735 Carefree Village Dentistry 480-488-9241 Dental Studio 101 480-488-4852

Social Security 800-772-1213 Voter Registration 602-506-1511 Handyman Desert Foothills Handyman Service 602-540-9794

Dentistry at Westland 480-585-5215 33725 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 101

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

L’uxCozy Dental Spa 480-488-9655

Health care Cierra Medical Walk-In Care 480-575-0131

Financial Planning Black Mountain Wealth Advisors 480-247-7228 36600 N. Pima Rd. Suite 101 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Pope Scanlon Team Glee Pope - 480-502-6072 Owen Scanlon - 480-922-7909 FIRE Fire Service 480-627-6900 Government/business Town of Carefree 480-488-3686 Town of Cave Creek 480-488-1400 Cave Creek Merchants and Events Association 480-437-1110 Chamber of Commerce Carefree/Cave Creek 480-488-3381 Motor Vehicle Department 602-255-0072

Desert Foothills Medical Center 480-488-9220 John C. Lincoln Deer Valley 623-879-6100 Mayo Clinic 480-301-8000

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

Iddings & Sons Landscaping, Inc. 623-465-2546 623-297-7584 Library Desert Broom Library 602-262-4636 Desert Foothills Library 480-488-2286 Music Lessons Black Mountain Guitar 480-200-6499 Outdoor Furniture Carefree Outdoor Living 480-575-3091 Outdoor Lighting Let There be Light, LLC 480-575-3204 Parks Cave Creek Regional Park 623-465-0431

Mayo Hospital 480-585-6296

Gateway Desert Awareness 480-488-1400

Paradise Valley Hospital 602-923-5000

Spur Cross Ranch 480-488-6601

Scottsdale Healthcare 480-324-7000 7400 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy 480-323-3000 90th St. & Shea Blvd.

Cave Creek Ranger 480-595-3300

Insurance Allstate - Debra Atkinson 480-488-5729 33725 N. Scottsdale Rd. #120 Landscape Design Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc. 480-595-0611

Pet sitting Happy Paws 480-250-9475 No Kennels, No Cages Photography Jerri Parness Photography 480-650-3138

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Local Index contact ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

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Plumbing Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 480-595-5330 Proskill Plumbing 623-551-7473 Podiatry Westland Family Foot and Ankle Specialist 480-361-2500 Pool Design/construction Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc. 480-595-0611 Eco Blu Pools 480-626-8200 7003 E. Cave Creek Road Post office Carefree 480-488-3781 Cave Creek 480-488-1218 Realtor Better Home and Garden Sonoran Desert Lifestyles Real Estate 480-682-3700 Russ Lyon - Sotheby’s International Realty 34305 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-488-2400 The RJ Team 480-239-4412 Restaurants Black Mountain Coffee Shop 480-488-9261 Spanish Village


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Carefree Resort 480-488-5300 Carefree Station 480-488-8182 7212 E. Ho Road Carefree, AZ English Rose Tea Room 480-488-4812 201 Easy St. Carefree, AZ Giordano’s Trattoria Romana 480-595-0233 7275 E. Easy Street, Carefree The Grotto Cafe 480-575-0100

Cave Creek Unified School District 480-575-2000 Community Education Preschool 480-575-2072 Desert Foothills Lutheran Preschool 480-585-8007 Desert Sun Academy 480-575-2900 Desert Willow Elementary School 480-575-2800 Foothills Academy 480-488-5583 Goddard School 480-437-1000

Venues Cafe 480-595-9909 34 Easy Street, Carefree

Horseshoe Trails Elementary School 480-272-8500

The Village Coffee Shop 480-488-3835 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd. #134 B

Lone Mountain Elementary School 480-437-3000

Retirement Community The Heritage At Carefree 480-488-1622 SCHOOL Annunciation Catholic School 480-361-8234 Bella Vista Private School 480-575-6001

Montessori School 480-563-2929 Our Lady of Joy Preschool 480-595-6409 Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain 602-493-2600

Black Mountain Elementary School 480-575-2100

Quality Interactive Montessori School 480-575-5269

Cactus Shadows High School Main Line 480-575-2400 Attendance 480-575-2431

Sonoran Trails Middle School Main Line 480-272-8600 Attendance: 480-272-8604

Career Success School 480-575-0075

Ventana Academic School 480-488-9362

Local Index contact ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

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Security Doors Steel Shield Security Doors 623-581-DOOR

Carefree Highway Community Church 480-488-5565

Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church 480-488-3283

Sheriff Sheriff’s Posse 602-256-1895

Cave Creek Adventist Fellowship 602-663-1268

Shopping Desert Treasures 480-488-3782

Christ Anglican Episcopal Church 480-488-0525

Light of the Desert Lutheran Church 480-563-5500

el Pedregal at the Boulders 480-488-1072 34505 N. Scottsdale Road The Red Truck Trading Co. 480-575-0100 Water Softener & Filtration Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 480-595-5330 Proskill Plumbing 623-551-7473 Rayne of the North Valley 623-234-9047 Weed Control Arizona Weed Guard 623-465-9051 Worship Black Mountain Baptist Church 480-488-1975 Black Mountain United Church of Christ 480-575-1801 Canyon Church of Christ 623-889-3388

Christ the Lord Lutheran 480-488-2081 Church of Jesus Christ of LDS 480-488-3035 Coolwater Christian Church 480-585-5554 Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church 623-465-9461 Desert Foothills Lutheran Church 480-585-8007 Desert Hills Presbyterian Church 480-488-3384 Desert Mission United Methodist Church 480-595-1814 Desert Valley Baptist Church 623-465-9461 First Baptist Church of Cave Creek 480-488-2958 First Church of Christ Scientist 480-488-2665

Lone Mountain Fellowship Church 480-818-5653 North Scottsdale Christian 480-367-8182 North Ridge Community Church 480-515-4673 North Valley Church of Christ 480-473-7611 Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church 480-488-2229 Pinnacle Presbyterian Church 480-585-9448 Redeemer Lutheran Church 480-585-7002 Son Rise Community Church 480-502-2834 Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center 480-488-5218 St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church 480-595-0883

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recipe Tuscan Kale Salad Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

Tuscan Kale Salad

Kale is, in the true sense of the word, a power food. It is among the most nutrient-dense commonly eaten vegetables. One cup provides 1,327 percent of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin K, 192 percent of DV for vitamin A, and 88 percent for vitamin C. This spectacular salad is included in the new True Food cookbook that recently hit number one on the list of bestsellers. The cookbook would make a great holiday gift for foodies and health food aficionados alike, paired with a Fox Restaurant gift card. The cookbook, True Food, is a collaboration among best-selling author Dr. Andrew Weil, James Beard Award-nominated restaurateur Sam Fox and Executive Chef Michael Stebner. It features not only 125 recipes from the True Food restaurant, but also accompanying essays on relevant topics ranging from farmers’ markets and proper proportions to identifying true whole grains and the lifelong benefits of following an anti-inflammatory diet. This traditional Tuscan salad is made with strips of Italian black kale, fresh lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, crushed garlic, red pepper flakes, grated pecorino Tuscano cheese and bread crumbs. These bright, refreshing flavors combine to bring the sunny taste of Italy to your table. Ingredients: 4-6 cups kale, loosely packed, sliced leaves of Italian black (Lacinato, “dinosaur,” cavolo nero) midribs removed
 Juice of 1 lemon
 3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
 2 cloves garlic, mashed
 salt & pepper, to taste
 hot red pepper flakes, to taste
 2/3 cup grated Pecorino Toscano cheese (Rosselino variety if you can find it) or other flavorful grating cheese such as Asiago or Parmesan


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Directions: Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and a generous pinch (or more to taste) of hot red pepper flakes. Pour over kale in serving bowl and toss well. Add 2/3 of the cheese and toss again. Let kale sit for at least 5 minutes. Add bread crumbs, toss again, and top with remaining cheese.

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ImagesAZ Magazine North Scottsdale, Carefree and Cave Creek  

January 2013 Edition. Local magazine distributed to North Scottsdale, Carefree and Cave Creek.

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