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Meet the Cassese Family



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They say time flies when you’re having fun, and wow, has it flown this year! As this month’s edition of ImagesAZ magazine arrives in mailboxes throughout the area, 2014 is already on its way in the door. It’s been a year of challenges, but it has also been a year of gifts. As our ImagesAZ family has gotten to know so many of our neighbors in the Carefree, Cave Creek and north Phoenix area, we’ve all fallen in love with our home and our heritage even more. It is such a pleasure to be part of this dynamic community, and to share so many inspirational stories, unique history and interesting activities throughout our pages. Behind each of these are fantastically diverse people who follow their passions to become creative, compassionate and outstanding in so many ways! All of us at ImagesAZ thank you for an incredible 2013, and wish you and yours the very best for 2014. May we all continue to grow and learn together, and may we never forget to appreciate the beauty all around. Cheers! Shelly Spence Publisher, ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

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When Susan asked John what his profession was, he told her that he was a member of the Capris,


t was a romantic beginning to a well-lived life. John and Susan Cassese met 50 years ago in the casually elegant environs of the Hamptons, New York. When Susan asked John what

his profession was, he told her that he was a member of the Capris, the well-known singing group. Susan thought it was a line, but he told her that he would have tickets waiting for her the following week at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater for a Rock and Roll show in which he would be performing. When she arrived at the theater the following week, much to her delighted surprise, the tickets were waiting for her and her friend. Then she saw John on stage, singing bass lines on the big hit, “There’s a Moon out Tonight.” The notes of the doo-wop singers made all the young ladies swoon. “It was wonderful,” Susan recalls. “He has a beautiful voice. Then we went back stage and met all the bands.”

the well-

It was love at first sight for John and Susan, and his career, though impressive, did not enter

known singing

into the equation for their deep affection toward each other. John adds, almost singing it out,


“I saw the writing on the wall.” He starts to laugh, and his wife joins in, as does his daughter Tamara and her husband Danny Meaux, forming a doo-wop of laughter. These four are together often, so it is not a surprise to find them on a pleasant Saturday afternoon at Donte’s of New York. Nine years after the Capris’ 1961 Number 1 hit, bass singer John Cassese was at the top of the charts again, but in his new line of work. He won top billing in the International Hair Replacement Award at a competition held at the Statler Hilton Hotel in New York City and


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he is well-known for his hair innovation techniques throughout the industry. John and Susan are the owners of Donte’s of New York, a hair replacement center for men and women, which has been in operation for more than 50 years, both in New York City and Scottsdale. Many people in Arizona know John by the name of Donte. When John first started in the hair replacement business in New York City, he was advised that the name “John” would not be as appealing as something more original. His second career turned out to be just as successful as his first, but of much longer duration. So what brought John and Susan to Scottsdale? It was their daughter, Tamara. After graduating from Forest Hills High School, where she had such an affinity for languages that she was speaking five of them fluently, Tamara continued studying Spanish and Latin American Studies at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She graduated and decided that she was d-o-n-e with the snow, ice and frigid temperatures of New York. After Tamara moved to Arizona, her parents visited her often. They not only missed their only daughter terribly, but they fell in love with Arizona as well. Tamara met Danny at a speed-dating event in Old Town Scottsdale. As it was for her parents, it was love at first date for Tamara. “He is just such a good person,” she says of Danny. “He is the kind of person that would do anything for anybody. He’s got a great heart, I love being with him and we have a lot of fun together.” How was it for this laid-back Southerner, being thrown into the close-knit family of three energetic New Yorkers? “They welcomed me right from the beginning,” the soft-spoken Danny answers with a grin. “Being from the South,” – he’s from Louisiana, originally, and moved here as part of his career in the hotel business – “family is very important to me.” “He’s one of us, 100 percent,” adds Susan. The four of them get together several times a month, sometimes for an Italian meal whipped up by John. John, Susan and Tamara spend countless hours together in the business, now located in the Scottsdale Ridge business development. Susan is an accountant, Tamara the office manager. “We get along well,” says Tamara. “We’re fortunate. I guess being an only child helped bond the parents with the child, I think that’s part of it.”


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The family also loves animals. Susan and





groups and had a wonderful time.”


Woody and Pinky. Tamara and Danny

“There’s a Moon out Tonight” also

have three cats as well, Tokyo Rose,


Crème and Brulee. “All animals are a

occasionally making it to a soundtrack.

very important and vital part of our

Most recently, it was featured in an

lives,” states Susan.

episode of “The Sopranos” (Season






6, “Join the Club” episode when Tony Susan and John are also very involved

goes to the hospital; the song plays

in the sport of tennis. Being from the

on the radio, and the mobster and his

former “Tennis Capital” of the United

wife reminisce about dancing to it.)

States, the two of them never missed going to tennis events in New York.

Looking back at his dual careers in

They met many of the great tennis

the hair and show businesses, John

players of the 60s, 70s and 80s,

Cassese doesn’t have any regrets …

including Jimmy Connors, Chris Evert,

well, maybe one. Back in the early

Billy Jean King, Andre Agassi and many

1960s, a baby-faced singer-songwriter

others of that period. They love playing

started hanging around the Capris.

tennis weekly. Tamara and Danny are

“Paul Simon lived on the same block

also avid travelers who have enjoyed

as our manager,” John remembers. “He

vacations all over the globe.

used to sit in our office with his guitar – he wanted us to sing his songs, but

As a self-described people person, John/Donte


clearly as

we just wanted to do our own.


greeting customers and making them

“That was a big mistake!”

feel better about themselves as he was as a singer on stage. “He likes

But, from the big laugh he lets out,

to make people happy,” says Susan.

one figures John Cassese is just fine with the way things played out for him.

“He has a real passion for it,” adds people

After all, with the clear skies of

feel better about the way they look.”

Arizona, “there’s a moon out” just




about every night. And then there’s Back in the music business, the Capris

that girl whose heart he stole 50

are still going, though now with only

years ago, still by his side for that

one original member. The originals

long, slow stroll through life.

did get together back in 2008, when the band was inducted into the Rock

There’s a moon out tonight wah wah wah oooh

and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland,

Let’s go strollin’

along with many other original groups

There’s a girl in my heart wah wah wah oooh

from that Rock and Roll era. “The

Whose heart I’ve stolen

group not only performed,” Susan

There’s a moon out tonight

says, “but we danced and sang for

Hey let’s go strollin’ through the park

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SCA Coach Fredericks Recognized by USAToday

Scottsdale Christian Academy’s varsity boys’ basketball coach Bob

Fredericks has been selected as one of USAToday’s nominees for National Basketball Coach of the year. Coach Fredericks has been coaching at SCA for 29 years and has a long list of accolades. He has a 629-204 coaching record and was named National Federation of High Schools Coach of the Year (2000), National Christian School Athletic Association Coach of the Year (2006), National High School Athletic Coaches Association District Coach of the Year, and Finalist for National Coach of the Year (2012), nine-time State Coach of the Year by a variety of highly regarded newspapers and organizations, and has five state championship titles from 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2010. ImagesAZ congratulates Coach Fredericks for his long list of accomplishments, and his outstanding career.

Barbara’s Boutique Now in Terravita Marketplace Barbara’s Boutique, a north Scottsdale specialty women’s clothing boutique, has recently relocated to Terravita Marketplace located at 34522 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale, on the southwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Carefree Highway. The boutique features many American and Canadian clothing lines with fashion-forward designs, good quality, attention to detail and fabulous fit. Sizes range from small through XXL, and sizes 4 to 16. Handbags, jewelry and other accessories are meticulously hand-selected to coordinate with the fashions offered. A one-of-a-kind jewelry line, hand-crafted by Barbara, is also available in an array of beautiful colorful beads and crystals. The store is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Sundays. 480-575-8115

The Henry Brings Timeless American Cuisine to Phoenix A truly neighborhood restaurant is now open in Phoenix. The Henry, an American brasserie, at 4455 E. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix, positioned directly underneath Fox Restaurant Concepts’ “Big Kitchen,” or home office is the 15th concept created by the Fox family of restaurants in the past 15 years. The Henry will serve lunch and dinner Monday through Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekends; and will feature a full coffee bar and larder open daily at 6:30 a.m. serving breakfast and lunch items with a convenient pickup window for coffee, pastries and more. The menu will feature made-from-scratch American fare that is both comfortable and refined. A variety of meats will be cured in-house and pastries will be hand-rolled and baked fresh each morning. The centerpiece of the open kitchen is a wood-burning grill. The dining area of the restaurant offers inspiring views of Camelback Mountain, a true attribute of the Arcadia neighborhood. The warm interior


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is adorned with rich evergreen banquettes, navy and gold-studded walls and a mix of modern and industrial décor. Guests feel like they have a place in the neighborhood. “The Henry was designed to be inviting to families enjoying a night out, professionals wanting to meet for lunch or unwind after work, and 480-585-5215

friends who need a place to catch up,” said Fox Restaurant Concepts founder Sam Fox. “We want to offer comfortable food paired with hospitality and gratitude to our customers for choosing to spend time at The Henry.”

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wait another 11 months to try again. Frustration becomes the only constant because, try as we may, nothing seems to work. personal trainer at the Desert Foothills YMCA says, “One proven way to set effective goals is by you to transform those goals into reality and break the annual cycle of frustration.” Setting SMART goals helps ensure you can keep on track. SMART is an acronym for:



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Specific: Goals must specifically state what is to be accomplished, easily understood and should not be ambiguous. For example, instead of stating that you want to get in shape set a specific goal of running a 10-minute mile. Measurable:




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Attainable: Goals must not be too difficult or too easy, but realistic. For instance, maybe you need to lose 50 pounds. That sounds like a lot, so break this goal down and instead set a goal of five pounds a month.

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would not be the best approach to achieving this goal. Make sure your efforts are not in vain and plan activities that will benefit your goal. Time-bound: Your goals must have specific deadlines for completion. Timelines can be both short-term and long-term, and should help you stay focused and on track. Desert Foothills YMCA’s healthy living professionals can help you meet your fitness and wellness goals. Whether you are looking to get back into exercise or are an athlete, the expert staff will help you set and achieve realistic goals through mentorship and a variety of programs and activities for all ages. 602-404-9622

Burdick Receives ASA All-Arizona Superintendent Award Dr. Debbi Burdick, superintendent of the Cave Creek Unified School District, has been chosen as the Arizona School Administrator’s Association’s All-Arizona Superintendent Award winner for the Large Districts category. Dr. Burdick is an effective, visionary leader for the Cave Creek Unified School District and the five distinct municipalities that it serves. Student outcomes are at the forefront of Dr. Burdick’s focus, and she emphasizes a 21st century learning approach to maximize student achievement. Through Dr. Burdick’s empowering leadership style, she has collaborated with staff, students, families and the community to achieve a world-class education for all students. Cave Creek Unified School District offers a renowned world languages program, and is the first district in Arizona to teach Spanish, French and Chinese as a core curriculum to all students in grades K-12. Dr. Burdick implemented the CCUSD technology plan with full implementation of Wi-Fi in all schools, a new infrastructure and broadband to support leadingedge technologies. Additionally, the district has been designated an “A” district from the Arizona Department of Education for the past three years. Colleagues describe Burdick as being visible, open, honest, and maintaining an open-door policy that shows how devoted she is to every student, staff member, parent and community organization in the district. A life-long learner, Dr. Burdick models consummate professional behavior and the high expectations she wishes to see in everyone. Dr. Burdick is an outstanding leader in Arizona who continues to set the standard for excellence in education.

Foothills Food Bank Provides Snacks for Hungry Children Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is helping hungry children in the Cave Creek Unified School District by providing special snack packs. The Snack Pack program provides 102 children with nutritionistrecommended meals every weekend. Each pack includes a breakfast, lunch


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and dinner as well as two snacks for Saturday and Sunday. The meals are assembled by volunteers and delivered to the schools on Fridays in donated plastic bags. Children who receive snack packs participate in the Federal School Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Approximately 11 percent of families in the northern foothills school district qualify for the Snack Pack program. The program costs a little more than $5 per child each week. The program, which is funded by a federal grant and donations, is offered in seven elementary and middle schools. Soon, it also will be offered to high school students.

Take a Hike Arizona Launches New Guided Hiking Operation Take a Hike Arizona is launching its new guided hiking adventures in Cave Creek and Scottsdale by offering special pricing through New Year’s weekend. Take a Hike Arizona is based out of the Spur Cross Stables in Cave Creek. The company provides one- to four-hour customized interpretive guided hikes into Arizona State Trust Land and the Tonto National Forest in Cave Creek, and in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale. “The





uplands area around Phoenix, is a remarkable environment,” said Tom Thieding, manager of Take a Hike Arizona. “We’ll make sure guests will experience, explore, and enjoy the Sonoran Desert in a manner that is safe, fun, and educational.” One of the featured hikes is a four-hour hike following Cave Creek into the Tonto National Forest to Native American petroglyphs that are estimated to be at least 600 years old. Hikes are provided to individuals, families and groups and tailored to the ability of hikers from easy trails to challenging climbs. All hikers are provided bottled water and snacks, and desert bingo for kids.

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Scottsdale Station Now Open Scottsdale Station, a restaurant owned by long-time restaurateurs Robert and Linda Gabrick, opened its doors at The Village at Hayden. The Gabricks are known for their acclaimed restaurant, Carefree Station, which, sadly, closed its doors in September 2013. In 2012, the couple also opened a popular northern Arizona outpost, Prescott Station, located within a short walk from the Prescott Courthouse Square. With a combined 60 years of experience in restaurant operations, the Gabricks have always had a love for the industry. They share a passion for creating a unique guest experience and pushing the culinary envelope to create dishes full of bold, often unexpected flavors. Scottsdale Station promises to offer the same attention to detail and globally inspired dishes that longtime fans of Carefree Station and Prescott Station have come to love, plus so much more. With 8,200 square-feet of indoor space, including multiple private dining areas and a large bar, plus plenty of outdoor seating, there are many more stages to showcase Scottsdale Station’s culinary creations. Carefree





Thomas Nasworthy, has now become corporate executive chef to oversee Scottsdale Station and Prescott Station. Thomas has been with the Gabricks since 2008, excelling on the stage of high-volume, fine dining. A Cordon Bleu trained chef, Thomas was raised in a military family. His nomadic lifestyle taught him to embrace the diverse cuisines of the world. The restaurants’ eclectic cuisine enables Thomas to continually experiment and add his own creative twist to the menus. Thomas’s wife, Heather Nasworthy, who has also been part of the culinary team since 2008, will be Scottsdale Station’s pastry chef. New to the team, Ben Lieberman will manage the kitchen as head chef of Scottsdale Station. Most recently, Lieberman was with Talavera at Four Seasons in Scottsdale. Prior to that, he designed the menus for Searsucker and Burlap in San Diego, reinvigorated Bali Hai in San Diego, and was the executive sous chef for Katsuya in Los Angeles, to name a few. Scottsdale Station is located in The Village at Hayden, 8220 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale. 480-998-7777

PVCC Earns HOSA National Chapter Status Paradise Valley Community College recently inaugurated the first slate of officers in the college’s newly-established Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Future Health Professionals chapter. PVCC is just the second community college in Arizona to earn official chapter status in the national organization, and is the first of the Maricopa County Community College District institutions to do so.


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motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, post-secondary, and collegiate students enrolled in health career programs. HOSA at PVCC is under the guidance of Arizona HOSA (AzHOSA) and supports the organization’s mission to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. The PVCC chapter sponsors the HOSA Distinguished Speakers Series, which brings noted health care visionaries to campus to share their insights about compelling issues and the future of health care. All events are free and open to the public. Future chapter projects include senior holiday visits; participation in HopeFest and Relay for Life; professional development workshops; and support of the college’s summer EXPLORE Health Careers Academy for Grades 6-12, and summer STEM Boot Camp. 602-787-6693

January 8 Archaeological Society Hosts Hopi History Lecture Imagine life without our modern means




Smartphones, Internet, television or printed media. Next, remove written language as a further means of communication. The impact on culture and society is rather dramatic. The oral traditions developed prior to modern communication and held closely by the Hopi tribe are still important today, and their legacy continues. Eric Polingyouma carries a heavy burden of responsibility. As the last of the highly respected Blue Bird clan, he is responsible for carrying on Hopi oral histories and an evolving migration story. Eric does this task during a time with modern communication distractions, realizing that simply writing a story makes a story inflexible over time. He spent a large portion of his life examining and discovering migration paths from areas near or around Guatemala and Oaxaca, seeking shared symbolic traditions or possible Hopi clan symbols during his travels. Eric is director of the Hopi Migration Project, a program that brings the oral tradition of the Hopi to a general audience. His son Lance will one day be responsible for carrying on his mission. Lance Polingyouma is the project recorder for the Hopi Migration Project. One of his tasks is translating oral histories into a more tangible format. Lance’s involvement with this project extends 20 years. A member J an uary 2014


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of the Hopi Sun clan, Lance studied anthropology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and archaeology at Arizona State University. He currently works at the Heard Museum. Eric and Lance will present some of this oral history at the Arizona Archaeology Society of Desert Foothills chapter meeting Jan. 8. The meeting is open to the public, and there is no charge. Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m., and the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in the community room at Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek.

January 9, 26, 31 Pinnacle Concert Series Moments to Remember The Pinnacle Concert Series at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd. in Scottsdale features a tremendous variety of musical presentations in a casual and unique atmosphere. January holds some exciting international offerings you won’t want to miss. Jan. 9: Greet the New Year in joyous fashion with the unique blend of native African rhythms, contemporary gospel music and ethnic dance of Uganda’s Watoto Children’s Choir. The choir, composed of children who have suffered the loss of their parents through war or disease, has traveled internationally since 1994, acting as ambassadors, warming hearts and raising awareness of the more than 50 million orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa. Jan. 26: The VIDA Guitar Quartet is a dynamic guitar ensemble from the United Kingdom. Sparkling with vitality and spontaneity, weaving a rich tapestry of color and breathtaking range, they leave audiences spellbound. “There is only one word for it: magic,” says Gramophone magazine. Jan. 31: The Four Lads’ radio, television and live appearances read like a veritable “who’s who” of the entertainment industry. With gold record hits like “Istanbul,” this Canadian quartet will provide many moments to remember, delivering their signature songs like “Standin’ on the Corner” and “No, Not Much.”

January 11 Team Camelot Swaps Boots for Sneakers January 11, Team Camelot will run, walk and roll its way 3.1 miles in Arizona Disabled Sports’ 5th annual 5k around Tempe Town Lake to raise money for the Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship program. While race


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registration benefits Arizona Disabled Sports, Team Camelot will raise funds for their program in support of their racers through GoFundMe (search term: “Kilometers for Camelot”).



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cerebral palsy and uses a walker, or as she calls it, her “silver chariot.” She has never tried to walk 3.1 miles before, but Jan. 11 that is exactly what she will do. “Everyone should support Team Camelot,” says Draper, “because Camelot is awesome. The mission of Camelot is unique. Not many nonprofits, or sports-related programs for people with disabilities for that matter, promote and encourage the participants to be independent, make choices and take risks, but Camelot does. “To me, when someone donates to Camelot it says, ‘I want all people, people with disabilities or people without disabilities, to get out there, live their lives, and accomplish their goals despite their dragons of doubt or self-defeat.’” Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship is a nonprofit organization that teaches horsemanship to children and adults who have physical disabilities. Camelot, located in north Scottsdale, has been offering all services at no cost to students for 30 years. Camelot will use funds raised by Team Camelot to continue to offer their horsemanship program to children and adults with disabilities free of charge. Make a donation in support of Team Camelot at Register for the race and join Team Camelot on January 11 (Enter “Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship Team Camelot”).

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January 11 Ryan Sims’ Album Release Party Ryan





rock musician and founding member of critically acclaimed band EastonAshe, will be celebrating the release of his first selftitled solo album with an album release party Jan. 11 at Harold’s Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. The evening’s festivities will kick off at 8:30 p.m. with an EastonAshe reunion show, featuring past and present members of the band, playing original Ryan Sims material from their early albums. Ryan will then perform his newly-released solo album in its entirety. The night will conclude with an all-star set featuring Ryan, EastonAshe members of past and present, and other well-known Arizona musicians, in a finale celebration of Ryan’s album. The self-taught guitarist, singer-songwriter and Cave Creek native has been busy in Nashville, recording and producing his first solo album. Ryan’s self-titled album features a unique blend of original rock-infused country music, which delivers both lyrically and musically. “I decided to make this my self-titled album because it represents a more reflective period of my life when I was defining my path.” Ryan wrote the music and lyrics to nine of the 10 songs on his new album, which was recorded at House of Blues Studios with Angel Crush Entertainment. Angel Crush Entertainment recorded artists such as Matchbox 20, Greenwheel and Collective Soul. Tickets are available through TicketMaster for $25, or $30 at the door. Ticket prices include a copy of the new album.

January 12 American Idol David Cook at the MIM Join one of America’s favorites, David Cook, Jan. 12 at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo in Phoenix at 7 p.m. The rock singer-songwriter rose to fame after winning the seventh season of American Idol. This talented rocker with fiery vocals and searing songwriting skills has entered an exciting new chapter marked by a newfound creative freedom and maturity. In the wake of American Idol, Cook endured an emotional rollercoaster marked by career highs mixed with the devastating personal tragedy of losing his beloved brother Adam to brain cancer. He is currently working on his 11th album, the follow-up to his wildly popular “This Loud Morning” release. Tickets are $32.50 - $37.50 and are available online. 480-478-6000


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January 16 Russian Life from an American Perspective Join former CIA analyst Linda Wetzel as she presents “Russian Life from an American Perspective” at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd. in Cave Creek. Wetzel is the former chief of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Russia Leadership branch and a lifelong student of Russian and Soviet affairs. Wetzel will recount her adventures in the USSR and post-Soviet Russia as a CIA analyst, as well as her experiences while a consultant in international business expansion and adjunct professor at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Her first sojourn in the Soviet Union was as a college student in 1972 and her most recent visit in 2011 was as the leader of a group of executive MBA candidates. The film “The Sum of All Fears” portrays a character based on her CIA position. The event is free. Seating is limited. Please register in advance. 480-488-2286

January 17–19 21st Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival Downtown Carefree will be bustling with excitement as Thunderbird Artists present the 21st Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival Jan. 17, 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 165 award-winning fine artists from throughout the United States and abroad will display paintings in all mediums and subjects, J an uary 2014


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and patrons will enjoy live musical entertainment, appetizing food, tempting chocolates and unparalleled wine tasting. In addition to a wide variety of paintings, drawings, charcoals and pastels, patrons will find impressive small, medium and life-sized sculptures, bronzes, sparkling hand-blown glass, wood, clay, metal, stone, gourds, one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry, exceptional photography and much more! This year’s featured artist will be mixed-media painter Esther Rogoway. Her bold use of color is pure and with an elegant balance between opposites. In some cases, the painting exhibits more of subtle blending of compatible colors. All of Esther’s pieces are examples of masterful design and use of color. Bob Culbertson will perform on the Chapman Stick. Caribbean steel drums by Keith Johnson and Donna McGee’s voice will fill the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, and patrons will smile from the sweet sounds of pianist Dave Swaim. A vast array of domestic and imported wines will be on hand for tasting from wineries including: Arizona Stronghold, PRP







Vinocopia and more! Admission to the festival is $3; residents and children under 18 years old are admitted free. The $10 wine tasting fee includes an engraved souvenir wine glass and six wine tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased for $1 each. The festival center will be at 101 Easy St. in Carefree. Parking is free. 480-837-5637

January 17–26 Desert Foothills Theater presents “Little Shop of Horrors” We’ve all killed our share of house plants. But what if the plant returned the favor? Desert Foothills Theater (DFT), a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, presents “Little Shop of Horrors” Jan. 17 through Jan. 26 in the Black Box Theatre of Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St. in north Scottsdale. Directed by Dale Nakagawa with musical direction by Jen Whiting, “Little Shop of Horrors” tells the story of Seymour Krelborn, an orphan, loser and nebbish. His dead-end job in a skid-row flower shop is enlivened only by his love for the beautiful Audrey, seemingly destined to remain unrequited. Then one day at the wholesale flower market, after a mysterious solar eclipse, Seymour takes home a very special plant, which he names Audrey II: A plant that grows, a plant that sings, a plant with some unusual … appetites. A delightful mash-up of ’60s camp horror, outrageous black comedy, and rock, doo-wop, and Motown, “Little Shop of Horrors” was an offBroadway smash before being “discovered” by Broadway and Hollywood. You’ll laugh, you’ll scream, you’ll sing along, and you’ll never turn your back on your geraniums again.


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Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. A special 2 p.m. performance featuring a Q&A after the show will take place Jan. 25. Tickets range from $15 - $21 for adults and $11 - $16 for youth and students. Purchase tickets before midnight Jan. 3 and receive an early-purchase discount. Group sale discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Rated “H” for Horticultural, due to slithering tendrils, gaping maws, on-stage germination and mild fertilizer use. 480-488-1981

January 18 Kiwanis Club of Carefree Flea Market & Marketplace There







electronics, exercise equipment, housewares, clothing, accessories and collectibles waiting to be scooped up at the Carefree Kiwanis Flea Market Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Our community youth programs benefit from their donations and shoppers get incredible bargains,” said Carefree Kiwanis president Frank Tyrol. Quality clothing, accessories, jewelry, artwork, collectibles and unique pieces of furniture can be found at the Carefree Kiwanis Marketplace, across the parking lot from the flea market. The marketplace is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Special sales take place throughout the month. The Carefree Kiwanis Flea Market is located at Dave Anderson Memorial Building, 7177 E. Ed Everett Way in Carefree at the southwest corner of Tom Darlington and Cave Creek Road. The marketplace is located at 7171 Cave Creek Rd. in Carefree. Look for the large Kiwanis Club of Carefree Marketplace signs. Cash, credit cards and checks (with I.D.) will be accepted. All proceeds benefit Kiwanis Club of Carefree youth programs. Kiwanis is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 480-488-8400 J an uary 2014


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January 18 New Christy Minstrels’ “Building the Future for Kids” Kiwanis Benefit With their engaging original songs and high energy, the New Christy Minstrels, founded by Randy Sparks who heads up the group today, burst onto the American folk music scene in 1962. Their debut album, “Presenting the New Christy Minstrels” won a Grammy Award and topped Billboard charts for two years. The dynamic group will be performing Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. to benefit the Carefree Kiwanis Club in a special program titled “Building the Future for Kids.” The benefit concert supports the Kiwanis of Carefree Benefit Foundation with 100 percent of each $30 concert ticket going to the foundation. The concert will be held at North Scottsdale Christian, located at 28700 N. Pima Rd. in Scottsdale, on the west side of Pima, just north of Dynamite. The Kiwanis Club of Carefree’s “Building the Future for Kids” program is helping children recognize and develop their potential by offering postsecondary scholarships, summer art programs, community science fairs, mentorship, special needs support, youth service organizations, and more. Advance tickets are $30 and are available by phone. Tickets purchased at the door on the night of the performance are $40. 480-488-8400

January 18 Antique Appraisal Day at Cave Creek Museum Cave Creek Museum is gearing up for an exciting year, and they’re kicking it off with the popular Antique Appraisal Day Jan. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appraiser Sean Morton will examine treasures, discuss their origins, and assess their value. Mr. Morton is a member of the Antiques Appraisal Association of America and has more than 20 years’ experience in the fine arts and antiques field. There is a fee of $20 per item, and a limit of two items per person, per session. You may attend more than one session. New this year, Cathy and Bob Gallagher will offer high-speed scanning of photos and documents (up to 400 photos per hour). Cost is 20 cents per scan. Documents are scanned to a free DVD with a case. A portion of proceeds will benefit the museum. Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 Skyline Dr. in Cave Creek. The museum 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 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 480-488-2764


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January 18 Arizona Musicfest Young Performers Recital Arizona Musicfest will present its annual Arizona Musicfest Young Performers Recital Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. at Vi at Grayhawk, 7501 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy. in Scottsdale. This exciting performance features three awardwinning young artists: Linda Han, violinist; Jonah Breakstone, pianist; and Jessica Zhang, pianist. The trio will perform a selection of beautiful pieces by Debussy, Sarasate, Scarlatti, Haydn and Chopin. Gifted young musicians don’t walk out their front doors directly onto the stage or into a classroom at a prestigious college-level music school. They work hard at their schoolwork, community commitments and practice, refining their techniques and learning how to perform in front of an audience. “Arizona Musicfest is proud to offer talented and dedicated kids the opportunity to perform in a professional concert environment,” said Irene O’Hare, chairperson for the Arizona Musicfest Youth Performance Committee. “As an audience member at a Young Performers Recital, you are part of an inspiring musical experience filled with beautiful works by master composers. I can’t think of a better way to spend an hour on a Saturday afternoon!” The concert is followed by a Meet the Musicians reception with refreshments, so that everyone can ask questions, discuss the program or chat about various musical experiences. There is no charge, and no RSVP is required. 480-488-0806

January 19 Arizona Musicfest “Jazz Art Fusion” Musicale What could go better together than jazz, contemporary art, and architecture? The answer is: all of the above with wine! The Arizona Musicfest “Jazz Art Fusion” Musicale will be held Jan. 19 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. With the event set in a breathtaking home, the beautiful desert foothills will be a fusion of all things contemporary and wonderful. The home’s interior, designed by Elizabeth Rosensteel whose work is showcased in lifestyle and design magazines, has created intimate spaces in this contemporary home while allowing stunning vignettes of exterior views throughout an open, languorously stretching floor plan.

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The owners’ private art collection is exhibited throughout the home, and reflects their travels, life-experiences and sense of humor. The concert of modern, upbeat jazz by the terrifically popular Armand Boatman Trio fits perfectly into this sophisticated yet warm and welcoming environment. Wine appreciation stations featuring artisanal offerings will allow guests to discover a new vintage favorite and enjoy the art, décor and views at their own pace. This is a very special evening designed for a limited number of guests to provide the ultimate musical and dining experience. Please call Arizona Musicfest for information and reservations. Tickets are $85 per person. Hosts and co-hosts have generously covered all Musicale-related expenses, allowing the ticket price to fully support Arizona Musicfest’s annual festival, youth education and young musicians’ programs. 480-488-0806

January 20 Josh Ritter at the MIM Recognized for honest lyrics that sing like a dream and a distinctive Americana style, singer-songwriter and guitarist Josh Ritter transports listeners into his musical world and tells a story with every song. Ritter will share his musical talent at the Musical Instrument Museum Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. Often performing and recording with the Royal City Band, Ritter has a loyal fan base who love his folk-leaning, Bob Dylan- and Leonard Cohen-inspired style. Joined by Gregory Alan Isakov, who has been buzzing in the ears of folkmusic lovers everywhere, the duo is sure to provide a mellow and melodic evening. Tickets are $42.50 - $47.50. The MIM is located at 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix. 480-478-6000


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January 24–26 3rd Annual Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival Magic Bird Festivals will host the 3rd Annual Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 24 through Jan. 26 in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion at the Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St. in Carefree. Admission is free. The event hosts 100 distinguished artists whose creations celebrate Native American culture and artisanship, as well as music and dance performers from across the region. Many of the invited artists are recognized under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, which validates the authenticity of the exhibitors. This year’s feature performer is world-champion hoop







Productions. Native Spirit is a cultural entertainment company that represents tribal nations throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, worldchampion hoop dancer Moontee Sinquah will also be in attendance. Moontee specializes in traditional Hopi songs and dances. Spectators can view the live entertainment in the open air Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. A Native American and Southwestern Culinary Food Court will serve savory festival fare. Over 10,000 visitors are expected to attend. The Indian Marketplace will feature handcrafted beadwork and jewelry. Sculptures and paintings will also be available for purchase, as well as handmade Native American musical instruments. 480-488-2014

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January 25 “Architecture in Arizona” at Cave Creek Museum Learn about architecture in Arizona through the Cave Creek Museum’s special exhibit on the work of the late Paolo Soleri and the Hohokam House in the Archaeology Wing from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Architect Michael Johnson will be on hand to discuss Soleri’s designs, including the innovative Arcosanti. Members of the Desert Foothills Archaeology Society will also be in attendance. Try your hand at designing a home of the future. All ages are welcome, although students middle school and up will enjoy the day best. Pre-registration is requested; space is limited. Admission is free. Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 Skyline Dr. in Cave Creek. The museum 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 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 480-488-2764

January 30 The Music of ABBA with Arrival from Sweden Arrival from Sweden stars in “The Music of ABBA,” the ultimate tribute to an iconic group that set the gold standard for pop music around the world. This is the best ABBA since … ABBA! The world’s most popular ABBA show band, talented performers with millions of international fans, brings the full fabulous ABBA experience to Arizona Musicfest Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. in Scottsdale. Your favorite dance tunes and ballads will rock the house! Enjoy all the hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Waterloo,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “S.O.S.” and more. Even the costumes are exact copies of the originals, provided by the original designer. You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life at “The Music of ABBA”! Tickets are $23; $33, $49, $65; Student (K-12) $5; College with ID $10. 480-840-0457


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January 30 Coffee and Crime with Dirk Cussler Meet




mystery author and enjoy iced tea and gourmet treats in a beautiful social setting as American adventure author





collaboration on installments in the “Dirk Pitt” fiction series. Join this well-known and dynamic writer at the Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd. in Cave Creek from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Jan. 30. Cussler’s techno-thrillers, which he




his father Clive to create, feature high-technology,






underwater exploration. Dirk



Berkley, and is also the President of the National Underwater and Marine Agency




started by his father to encourage the exploration and conservation of shipwreck sites. NUMA was originally a fictional organization in the Dirk Pitt novels before Clive Cussler founded it in real life. This program is presented in partnership with nationally acclaimed independent



publisher, The Poisoned Pen. Cost is $10. Seating is limited; register by Tuesday, January 28. 480-488-2286 J an uary 2014


DFL for Lovers of Literature and Music Writer Annis Pepion Scott

With the wide variety of services it provides, it is hard to imagine that the Desert Foothill Library on School House Road in Cave Creek receives no direct tax money. Informally known as the “Little Library That Could,” it is more of a community center than merely a book, CD and DVD lender. Because of the warm and welcoming nature of the library and the multitude of programs offered, thankful donors support it year ’round. The ‘Can Do’ Desert Foothills Library is not your typical library. It is tuned in to the needs of the community and provides services that attract people of all ages from Cave Creek and its many surrounding towns, including the Lovers of Literature gala and “A Duet: Musicfest at the Desert Foothills Library.” These two events that delight those who attend and, at the same time, benefit non-profit institutions that cater to the community. Chapter 2 Bookstore, run by the Friends of the Library, has an inventory of over 20,000 books, many of which have been published recently and are in gift-giving condition at an affordable fraction of their original cost. Wi-Fi is available throughout the library, and 22 computers are available to the public, including a special computer with appropriate software designated just for job-seekers. A variety of free culture passes to area museums, the zoo, and the botanical gardens are available for check out. Children’s programs include presentations by artists, and naturalists, story times, movies, and crafting, to name just a few. There is a room for teens to study, socialize, and plan events to support the library.


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2014 Desert Foothills Library Gala Commitee. From left to right: Nancy Keller, Mary Peterson, Stephanie Anderson, Linda Martin, Suzie Gauss, Christine Del Deo, Coe Gardner, Annis Scott, Knoppy Hoffmann, and seated, Judy Bruce.









week passport service, to such programs as Spanish classes, music appreciation with musicologist Fran Rosenthal, bridge lessons, instructions in downloading e-books and operating iPads, a world culture series and much more, there is something for everyone at the Desert Foothills Library. In addition, the view that surrounds the library’s Saguaro Hill setting is breathtaking, and the Sonoran Arts League’s display of local artists’ work is a feast for the eyes. Once each year, the community is invited to participate in the Lovers of Literature fundraising gala for the library. This gourmet sit-down dinner with wine and music features a live auction, which will include packages at Rancho de los Caballeros, the Waikiki Beach Marriott Hotel and Resort, the Boulder House and many more. This year, the gala will be held February 8, starting at 6 p.m., when cocktails will be served. Tickets to Lovers of Literature are $150 per person, of which $50 is tax deductible. All proceeds will benefit the library to support its mission to respond to community needs. Invitations and RSVP forms will be available at the Desert Foothills Library and tickets may be purchased online. Another annual fund-raising and outreach event is A Duet: Musicfest at the Desert Foothills Library. For lovers of music this is a rare treat – an informal evening with Maestro Robert Moody and musicians playing an eclectic variety of music, from jazz to blues, to pop to classical. Music is a natural at this library, given a Steinway piano sits center stage among the stacks of books. This year’s duet will be held January 28, starting at 6 p.m., followed by a reception with wine and restaurant-catered hors d’oeuvres. Admission is $30. Proceeds will be shared by AZMusicfest and the library. Seating is limited at this popular program, so make your reservations as soon as possible by calling the Desert Foothills Library or Musicfest. Desert Foothills Library: 480-488-2286 AZMusicfest: 480-488-0806 J an uary 2014




Five Minutes with...

Meribeth Reeves Writer Donna Kublin

The curtain continues to rise on another exciting season of Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) thanks in large part to Meribeth Reeves, managing director. With little fanfare and lots of improvisation, she has been the leading lady behind the scenes, shining a spotlight on the strengths of community theater. While she may be a self-admitted and widely known “terrible cook,” she knows how to stir things up on stage. Under her tenure, DFT productions have grown from two adult shows per year to a series of

six productions (and over 42 performances) including three adult and three fully-produced youth shows. DFT has won several ariZoni awards for its work. The youth theater, which Reeves initiated, has won 15 National Youth Arts awards and had several ariZoni nominations in just three short

“Little Shop of Horrors” years of producing work. The theater has grown through the recession with a budget that has Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center quadrupled since 2006. 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale Jan. 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7 p.m. Having completed four marathons so far, Reeves knows how to dedicate herself to accomplishing Jan. 19, 25, 26 at 2 p.m. her goals. A native of Carefree, she began her theatrical career at Coronado High School under

the direction of Jim Newcomer. She attended Oberlin College, where she focused her studies on Full schedule of productions theater criticism and direction under the tutelage of Roger Copeland, and on music education and special events: as a double-degree student in the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, her instrument a cello. 480-488-1981 She began her career in arts marketing with the Pittsburgh Dance Council, one of the country’s

largest dance-only presenters, where she moved up the ranks to marketing director. While her children were young, she worked part-time in the arts, and then moved on to DFT.


With your background, you can direct and/or critique dance, theater and

musical productions. Why have you chosen instead to manage community theater?

Meribeth Reeves:

I didn’t really choose to manage the theater, it sort of chose me.

When I started at DFT in 2006 it was just a part-time day job that fit in with my other consulting work. The job just continued to grow as the theater did.

ImagesAZ: What theater character best describes you and your life, and why? MR: Zorah Bloch. She is the director of a community playhouse in “Inspecting Carol” do almost anything to save her struggling theater.


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ImagesAZ: What was the biggest surprise in a DFT production you ever had? MR: The financial success of our Centennial Project production, “In the Devil’s Frying

Pan.” With editors writing articles

questioning whether the Arizona Centennial itself was a strong enough reason to create work, funding for Centennial projects being almost non-existent and the work not having quite enough time to develop as fully as we would have liked, we expected the show to struggle. But, we continued and we were very glad we did.

ImagesAZ: What has stood out most to you in your career with DFT? MR: The recognition that community theater changes lives. Kids who become

more self-confident and learn team

work, performers wanting to get back into the game find a starting point, and adults who can find a creative outlet. And, of course, the audience can see terrific live entertainment at a reasonable price right in their backyard.

ImagesAZ: What is MR: When the upright

the craziest or weirdest thing that ever happened in front of a DFT audience? piano fell on its back on stage and on an actor’s foot during a scene change in “The Music

Man.” There was a huge gasp in the audience. One of our actors just escaped serious injury. But they picked up the piano and, well, if no one has lost a limb or there is no serious bleeding, the show must go on – and it did.

ImagesAZ: Which is tougher: acting, directing, or managing a non-profit? MR: Managing the non-profit is by far the most challenging. But at DFT, it has

been made easier by the huge support

base we have, for which I am exceedingly grateful.

ImagesAZ: If you MR: Theater people

“break a leg,” is that a good thing? are very superstitious. It is bad luck to wish someone “good luck,” so instead we wish them

the opposite of something good: we say “Break a leg.” So yes, you would like someone to “break a leg” on opening night. (This was her answer before Meribeth did break a leg while disassembling a set at Herberger Theater with her son, Mason. She managed a chuckle when she updated her response.) But, having just suffered a broken leg myself, I would now say, “A good thing? Not so much.” For one thing, it is impossible to take a proper shower.

ImagesAZ: Tell me one thing about yourself you wouldn’t want me to know. MR: I am a horrible cook and do not feed my children. Yes, I admit it. I am

just not good at cooking and when I

do spend the time to cook something, no one wants to eat it. It is frustrating. My poor children. Directors and others who work with the theater have taken to bringing my children food. It’s a running joke now at DFT. If we have potlucks, I bring the plates. That being said, I can bake and must admit, I think my snickerdoodles are well-loved.

ImagesAZ: What is coming out MR: We kick off 2014 with “Little

of the oven this month at DFT? Shop of Horrors,” a 1960s mash-up of outrageous black comedy, camp horror,

rock, doo-wop, and Motown. A hapless skid-row florist shop worker, Seymour, raises a very special plant that he names Audrey II after his coworker, and seemingly unrequited love. The plant grows, the plant sings, the plant has some unusual appetites. Hugely popular, this show began off-Broadway in the early 1980s, had a long run on Broadway, and has been performed all over the world; it also was made into a Hollywood movie. For 2014, DFT is presenting some terrific productions and special events, all part of a feast of talent we are proud to serve.

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hogs and horses Writer Tom Scanlon

There are plenty of restaurant and bar employees

plans on bringing more family shows to Cave Creek

around Cave Creek and Carefree who always seem

than the town has ever seen. He is hosting buffalo

to be happy and helpful, perennially perky.

trick shows starring himself and Harvey, plus roping and riding shows with pro cowboys, with music and

Harvey is not one of them.

comedy in the mix.

Indeed, sometimes his boss will give him an order, and

Oh, and did we mention bikini barrel racing?

Harvey will just stare him down, motionless, chewing away. The order will be repeated. Harvey might comply,

The varied entertainment has attracted big crowds

or he might just yawn and shake his head lazily.

in the first few months Harvey’s place has been open. Thorstenson always wants big and bigger, as

You can get away with that, when you come from a

evidenced by his choice of animals to train; while

line of celebrities.

he has been generally pleased with the opening of Hogs and Horses, he says the best is yet to come.

And when you weigh 2,500 pounds.

In 2014, he expects every night he’ll put on a show – sometimes two.

Full-grown at eight years old, Harvey Wallbanger Jr. is the biggest thing to hit Cave Creek since – well,

Looking like a mid-career Robert Duvall, T.C. sits

he’s probably the biggest thing to hit town ever.

down at a picnic bench to answer some questions

This buffalo is the star of a new show known as

after leading a somewhat reluctant Harvey through

Hogs and Horses. Technically, this is Cave Creek’s

a Sunday afternoon show. On a drizzly, cool late

newest bar and restaurant, but it seems like one big

afternoon, there were only a handful of patrons

carnival, as owner T.C. Thorstenson is putting the

watching the tricks, but that’s all this showman

emphasis on entertainment, Wild West-style.

needs. “I want a full house. But whether it’s a full house or not, my goal is for every person who

“It’s not a bar with entertainment, this is a Western

comes here to have a good time. I want this to be

theme park with a bar,” says Thorstenson. He’s

a destination place for America.”

something of a cowboy version of P.T. Barnum, and

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Thorstenson, 56, wears a worked-out white cowboy hat

Funny Photoshop stuff, right? Nope. Give T.C. a stack

with a feather shooting out the back, and is layered up

of bibles and he’ll swear that photo is legit.

in flannel shirts and a thick sweatshirt; he has some hay on his shoulder, after rolling around with Harvey.

“The first Harvey won 76 of 92 races against major

And by “rolling around,” we mean that literally.

racehorses. He beat Willie Shoemaker two out of three times. We did that for seven years, then he

The owner/trainer runs through Harvey’s repertoire:

died – he’s fully stuffed in the house. Then I started

“He lays down, he plays dead, gets up on a pedestal,

doing pro rodeos over the last 20 years.”

goes through a burning ring of fire. And, when he feels like it, lays down on top of me.” Most people

Ten years ago, T.C. bought a 10-acre parcel of

wouldn’t perform such tricks with a cranky co-star,

land smack in the middle of Cave Creek, a span

but clearly, T.C. Thorstenson isn’t most people. He

stretching from just south of the Buffalo Chip. After

has been training the giant animals for decades.

years of planning and false starts, he finally got the green light from the city and pulled the trigger on

Harvey is the latest in a line of big buffalo bred by

the place of his dreams. Now that he finally has the

T.C. This Harvey has been a star of commercials and

place up and running, he is not holding back. In

corporate events; previous Harveys had camera time

addition to being a trainer, T.C. is also a champion

in movies such as “Lonesome Dove” and “Dances

shooter and rider. He doesn’t just tell you about

with Wolves.” And these beasts aren’t just huge, they

it, he proves it – he likes to ride around the ring

are surprisingly speedy.

on Harvey and, taking careful aim while in motion, shoot a cigar out of a volunteer’s mouth.

Photos of Harvey and his predecessors are laminated in


the bar. There are pictures of T.C. and buffaloes doing

This is Wild West, 365 days a year. Thorstenson’s

tricks, half-time performances, celebrity appearances –

goal is not just to have a successful bar and

there’s even one of T.C. riding a buffalo that’s about

restaurant, but to be “the town’s arena.” His motto:

to cross the finish line ahead or racehorses.

“Rodeo seven nights a week.”

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With the Buffalo Chip next door









shooting, and








the spirit of the Wild West going year-round. “I’m




Western business,”

Thorstenson says. “That’s all I want to do. It’s about having




cowboys can go, where bikers tourists







everybody gets to have a good time. I just want to show ’em all good, Western entertainment.” Thorstenson had planned on





the fall, but by the time Hogs




ready to throw open its swinging doors (just like old West saloons), it was the weekend of Wild West

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Days, likely the biggest festival in Cave Creek. Hogs

Raised on a ranch in the Sioux country of South

and Horses was a key venue for the festival. “We had

Dakota, T.C. Thorstenson has lived in Arizona for 25

4,000 people come in the first two days,” T.C. said

years; he’s had a ranch with four buffalo, 10 head

with a tired grin.

of horses, two longhorns, a few dozen chickens and a wolf or two (“I also train wolves”) in Cave Creek

He spent months working 12-plus-hour days, getting

for the last decade. The city suits this cowboy just

Hogs and Horses ready to roll, and then smoothing

fine. “Great people. Good, small-town country living.”

the kinks out of the new place. It wasn’t unlike breaking a wild animal, but it took him away from

The budding superstar of the town is Harvey

Harvey time. “I spend a lot of time here. An hour

Wallbanger Jr., and, cranky as he is, the big fella

before sunup to two hours after dark for months. It

seems to be taking to the spotlight just fine.

hurt the buffalo training – buffalo need to be trained


every day.” He indicates with a nod toward Harvey,

One of his favorite things is to walk up a ramp and

munching hay (he eats 35 to 40 pounds a day) in

laze around on top of a 50-foot trailer. Phoenix

the fenced-off arena. “That’s why he’s not working

TV helicopter cameras filmed him doing this during

as good as he should.”

recent rainstorms, thinking he was fleeing the rain.

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Nope, he just likes it up there, the king of Cave Creek in his throne. “He likes the view up there,” Thorstenson says. The same could be said of his owner, thriving in the scene from the top of this town. “There ain’t no place like Cave Creek,” says





has found a home in the foothills. “I love Cave Creek and I’ll be here ’til the day I die.” Harvey



would probably agree with that. And, if you told him the town’s new motto is “Cave Creek: Where the Wild West Lives,” if Harvey could talk, he’d probably say, “You got that right, little human! Now get me some fresh hay, I’ll be up on my trailer.”

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Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photographer Bryan Black

There are some things I knew. I can Google with the best of them, and there were lots of statistics floating in my head as Siri on my iPhone led me down the winding dirt roads of Rio Verde. I knew, for example, that over 14,000 children in Arizona were in foster care, group homes and crisis centers in March 2013, and that the majority of those children – over 88 percent – are victims of neglect. Just a handful of those children are fostered for less than a month; over 2,300 Arizona children are in foster care for more than two years.* I also knew that foster care is tough. There are some amazing foster care parents out there, and to them I tip my imaginary hat, but there are also homes that are unprepared (or worse) for traumatized kids to land in. It also doesn’t take a lot of asking around to learn how burdened current care providers and social workers are. There are just over 3,500 licensed foster homes in the entire state of Arizona, and nearly a third of the state’s social workers left their jobs for different pastures last year.** It’s grim. It’s ugly. And it’s not the stuff that most people want to talk about over drinks with co-workers or lounging by the pool. That’s what makes Chris and Amanda Moore so special, and it’s the reason I was testing the off-road capabilities of my Prius. After a few turns north of 164th Street and Dynamite in the wilds east of Scottsdale, the sweet smell of horses and hay go from a hint to a statement. The beauty and relative isolation may have once been an organic development, but now the people who live on this quiet piece of desert paradise maintain it quite purposefully. Sweat still has more value than frippery in these parts, and it’s only fitting that Reigning Grace Ranch be located in such a spot. The ranch itself is a bit sprawling, but not pretentiously so. A total of 33 horses, as well as a few other friendly faces, congregate in several paddocks. Unlike other facilities, the horses divide themselves into pairs and herds and are not boarded in individual stables. This, too, is by design. J an uary 2014


Nearly all of these horses are rescued, some from

“It’s almost magical what happens when you pair broken

situations of neglect or trauma, some as retired race

horses with broken children,” Amanda tells me. I feel it

horses, and some from homes that can no longer

as I watch a small group of young people paired with

support them or others from wild herds whose territory

a group of eager adult mentors. They happily busy

has been encroached on by human development. They

themselves with their first chores of the day.

each have a story, and Amanda shares each one as she walks easily through a sea of curious muzzles and

One of the many unique aspects about Reigning Grace

swishing tails.

Ranch is that the horses are in charge of “picking” the children they work with. They are remarkably

“We keep them in their natural environment,” Amanda

intuitive. Whether it’s from centuries of honing their

says. “They’re all barefoot, and they can roam around

predator-sensing skills, or simply because they are

almost anywhere they want to go here. By keeping

more empathetic than most people give them credit

them this way, it helps keep them really chill. They

for, horses seem to sense breathing patterns, heart

like to be moving around and social.”

rates, and the energy people have when they step into the paddock. They sense when they should stay

These horses deserve to be social; they’ve got plenty

away – and they sense when they are needed.

of work to do. “It’s remarkable,” Amanda tells me pointedly. “Almost Each week, these horses are restorative for the souls

every time, when a horse chooses a child, they do it

of about 50 children who are considered “at risk.”

for a reason. Something happens that day. Nine out

Many are in foster care or in state custody. Some

of 10 times, they see something in that horse that

have been adopted. Some are dealing with personal

reminds them of themselves, and they bond in a way

tragedies like death or divorce in their families. Some

that they were just supposed to bond.”

struggle with self-esteem issues or other difficult demons. In any case, they find horse-powered peace

Inside the tack house, among the halters and bridles

and healing in the strength and vulnerability of these

hangs a single picture made from blotches of brightly

four-legged companions.

colored finger paints in the would-be unmistakable artwork of a child. Amanda takes it down from the


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wall and laughs. “This is our elephant,” she says. I don’t hide my confusion, so she explains that the picture is artwork created by a child and a horse together, using non-toxic paints and the horse’s lips as a brush, of sorts. The child decided the painting looked like an elephant, and so it was. Sometimes children use horse art to depict more than pachyderms. Some days, they use the paints to create stories on the horses themselves, sharing pieces of their own pain through the emotional safety and trust of their living canvas. It’s not just artwork that heals these children. They

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“The horses know when you’re in a bad mood, or when you’re not being authentic. If you say you’re OK but

you’re really angry or upset, the horses can tell.” She continues: “I would get mad at Chris sometimes J an uary 2014


when he didn’t want to be around me because I was in a bad mood or not being nice. When I’d come out to the horses, though, they wouldn’t want to be around me either. I had to stop and realize, ‘Maybe I’m not being very nice.’ They started to make me see my own issues, and they made me start to change.” During that time, on one clear evening, two more muzzles appeared outside of their fence. These were wild horses whose herd was struggling to survive in the hot Arizona sun. Decades ago, the herd originated on a local ranch and grazed at-will. Cattle guards and fences kept them contained, but as land was purchased and subdivided, cattle guards were filled in and fences torn down. The scrappy horses wandered off of their land and into the surrounding McDowell Mountains, where they lived and died for years. Amanda first noticed the two hungry stragglers when she was feeding her own horses. “I couldn’t feed mine and not feed them,” she says. And so she did. The next night, though, there were four sets of eyes begging for hay. Then eight. Not too long afterward, Amanda went out of town for a night. She reminded Chris to feed the wild horses while he was doing evening chores. “I got a phone call from Chris,” Amanda laughs. “He said, ‘Which horses do you want me to feed? Because for as far as I can see, there is a horse behind every single tree out here.’” There were 40-50 wild horses that had come to the couple for food. In a short period of time, though, they proved to be less than “neigh”borly, trampling neighbors’ land and raiding their hay piles. The Moores teamed up with friends and rounded them up, managing to get most adopted by other horse lovers. Through the process, they noticed they were attracting another group seeking refuge. Neighborhood kids, many going through their own struggles, began appearing regularly, bonding with the horses and finding unconditional acceptance. Chris and Amanda recognized the opportunity, and made the decision to walk forward in the purpose they’d been handed.


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Today, Reigning Grace Ranch is the kind of amazing place where dreams come true – even those dreams that have been tucked away into dark corners and covered in a layer of fear and sadness. It’s a place where no person or animal is a misfit, including the ranch’s single Jersey cow, Norman, who seems to think he is a horse. No one minds, though, because at Reigning Grace, it’s possible to be whoever you want to be without judgment. The ranch is 100 percent donation-funded, although there is little wiggle room in its budget. It also runs on the kindness of volunteers, from retired teachers to college students, who mentor children, exercise horses, and keep up with the tremendous amount of work it takes to keep miracles happening. The Moores are always looking for volunteers to lend expertise in construction, plumbing, and physical labor, as well as volunteer mentors, who are carefully screened for the safety of the vulnerable children who trust them. And, of course, they need monetary donations. As I drove away down the now-familiar route, I couldn’t help but think I had witnessed something wonderful. Sure, the horses were more than special, and the affection I witnessed between children, caring adults, and animals was exceptional. But what really struck me was the extraordinarily beauty of the love that brought so many together. When we open our hearts to other creatures, no matter how many legs they have, we experience something unique. Where we have been and what has marked us in life are no longer important. It’s something like grace, and let grace reign.

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Let’s Play 46

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Writer Donna Kublin


Four bodies tilt forward, leaning toward each other over a square table. Faces fill with concentration, hands hold steady, breaths quicken—the last play of a bridge hand. The queen of diamonds takes it. Conversation erupts. It’s Friday morning at FCF Holland Community Center (HCC), the final bridge class in a series of eight introducing beginners to the game. It is time for the critique. Ethel Blake-Ward, the energetic and passionate teacher, replays the hand using “best play” techniques as faces light with recognition. Stimulating, challenging, and fun describe the past eight weeks of classes, which were anything but ordinary. Blake-Ward covered the basics thoroughly, working with each student as needed and she also added extra tidbits that advance understanding of the game. A nuance or strategy was coming when she said, “Here’s a Velcro ball.” These pearls of wisdom pushed the envelope of our learning and were meant to stick in our minds. Often her immediate feedback was a classroom of glazed looks. In time, the looks transformed to “ah ha” moments. She enjoyed seeing them. Blake-Ward has made a bit of a second career out of bridge. Fifteen years ago, after retiring from her career as a high school principal at an inner city school in New York, she and her husband made their home in Troon. She started playing bridge in a casual way about 10 years ago and then began taking it more seriously. Five years ago, she began teaching bridge at Paradise Valley Community College. When they cancelled their extension classes, HCC continued to offer them. She loves teaching beginners. In her past career, she specialized in learning theory, how people acquire, retain, and use knowledge, and this really helps her connect with each of her students. “I really have a passion for starting new people off with the game and enjoy imparting skills,” said Blake-Ward. “It is a wonderful game and a great way to meet people. What especially makes bridge exciting is that you can do it on many different levels, from social to tournament play.” J an uary 2014


Her former students play with friends, join social groups,

some though, competition is key. Fortunately, there are

or duplicate bridge clubs. Several are participating in

places to play at different levels: social games, just for

a social bridge group at Terravita. Started by Janet

fun; local clubs that play in duplicate style with many

Hitchcock two years ago, the group of three tables

tables playing the same hand; and in tournaments at

plays together on a weekly basis. “There were a lot

local, national and international levels.

of more advanced bridge groups at Terravita and we wanted a beginner group. Several of us had played

Competitive bridge is very popular. The North American

a bit in college and thought it would be fun to play

Bridge Championships were held in Phoenix November 28

together. Starting a new group is a great way for

through December 8 with over 5,000 people attending,

beginners to play without the pressure of advanced

playing at all levels. Among the notable was Bill Gates

players,” said Hitchcock.

who, along with Warren Buffett, loves the game.

When they get stuck playing a hand, former and present

Bridge is great for the mind. For young people, it

students often invoke the spirit of Ethel. “We try to

helps develop math, strategy, and communication

remember those Velcro balls, and often when we think

skills, and after school classes are offered in many

about it, they come back to us just in the nick of time,”

communities. For mature players, it helps keep their

said Lynn Laver who agreed with others that praised

minds stimulated and challenged. There are many

Ethel’s teaching techniques.

still playing in their 90s, and I recently learned of a 102-year-old woman who stopped only because she

Meet new people, challenge the mind, and have fun seem to be the main reasons people play bridge. For


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was having trouble seeing her cards.

Photo on far left: Ethel Blake-Ward Photo on left: Ethel Blake-Ward standing, Ann Heller seated side view, Sandra Cioe seated facing

Bridge also opens doors to meeting new people. It offers a reason to stay connected to those with a common interest and sometimes these friendships connect people across the country. In addition to local bridge groups, the Newcomers Club of Scottsdale offers various levels of bridge games on a weekly basis. For more advanced players, there are many duplicate bridge clubs in the area. The American Contract Bridge League also has listings. Since bridge is a challenge to learn, finding the right learning situation is the key to success. Some people learn best with classes, others with one-toone instruction, an online tutorial or application, or books. There are a lot of options available. Blake-Ward will be starting up her classes again January 24 at HCC. Classes run for eight weeks, with beginners from 10 a.m. to noon, and those ready for the next step from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost for an eight-week class is $99. Eager to continue, enthusiastic beginners from the class have already signed up for more challenge, more fun, and more






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New Christy Minstrels Perform Benefit Concert for Kids Writer Donna Kublin

With their engaging original songs and high energy, the New Christy Minstrels will perform January 18 in north Scottsdale to support the Kiwanis of Carefree Benefit Foundation, with 100 percent of each $30 concert ticket going to Kiwanis’ “Building the Future for Kids” program. The concert allows many children to be helped through scholarships and other programs. The New Christy Minstrels, founded by Randy Sparks who heads up the group today, burst onto the American folk music scene in 1962. Their debut album, “Presenting the New Christy Minstrels,” won a Grammy Award and topped Billboard charts for two years. Their immense popularity in concert and on television and movie soundtracks was and is due to their philosophy that their brand of folk music should entertain and make people “forget about problems.” The group is still going strong with original members performing hits like “Today,” “Green, Green,” “Mighty Mississippi,” “Saturday Night,” and “This Land Is Your Land,” as well as fresh songs from their new CD, “Nice Time to Be Alive.” “For over 50 years we have been the best talent show ever,” said Randy Sparks. “We still are.”


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Members of the New Christy Minstrels are: Randy Sparks, Dolan Ellis, Pete Henderson, Eddie Boggs, Becky Jo Benson, Jennifer Lind, Dave Deutschendorf, Greg O’Haver and Vecca, the Show Dog. “The genuine star of our show when we’re in Arizona is Dolan Ellis, Arizona State Balladeer,” Sparks pointed out. Ellis is Arizona’s first and only official state balladeer, appointed by then-Governor Sam Goddard in 1966, and reappointed by every successive governor. As the first “Arizona Culture Keeper,” Ellis’ work “embodies the dusty-cowboy feel and every-man folklore of the Southwest through storytelling.” [Phoenix magazine] The New Christy Minstrels’ strong influence on the music of an era launched the career of superstar Kenny Rogers and many other New Christy Minstrel artists that became part of popular culture: The First Edition, Larry Ramos and the Association, The Byrds’ Gene Clark, Kim Carnes (“Bette Davis Eyes”), Terry Anne Meeuwsen (Miss America and later, host of the 700 Club), actress Karen Black, and Barry McGuire (“Eve of Destruction”) to name a few. Popular lore has it that John Denver was a member of the group, which is almost true. When he was Henry John Deutschendorf, Denver was brought into Ledbetter’s (Randy Sparks’ club in Los Angeles), as a prospective New Christy Minstrel replacement member. Randy changed Deutschendorf’s last name to “Denver,” but Denver never actually joined the group. He was on a fast track to solo stardom. Denver’s uncle, Dave, is a current member of the group. All proceeds benefit the Kiwanis of Carefree Benefit Foundation, part of Kiwanis Club of Carefree, a 501(c)(3) organization. The Building the Future for Kids program helps children recognize and develop their potential by offering post-secondary scholarships, summer art programs, community science fairs and mentorship, special needs support, youth service organizations, and more. 480-488-8400

Carefree Kiwanis Benefit Concert with the New Christy Minstrels Saturday, January 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m. North Scottsdale Christian, 28700 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale (west side of Pima, just north of Dynamite) Advance tickets $30, call 480-488-8400. Tickets at the door, $40. J an uary 2014


Arizona Musicfest

“Jazz Art Fusion” Musicale Writer Donna Kublin

January 19 Arizona Musicfest Ticket price $85 480-488-0806

A sensory experience beyond compare awaits the fortunate guests attending the intimate “Jazz Art Fusion” Musicale fundraiser




January 19. The setting, a breathtaking contemporary home in the beautiful desert foothills tastefully complemented by contemporary art, will come alive with





delicious pairings of wine, and guests enjoying a feast for all their senses. The home’s interior was designed by Elizabeth Rosensteel, whose work is showcased





magazines. It includes intimate spaces while







throughout stretching






The owners’ eclectic art collection is exhibited throughout the home, waiting to be discovered, and reflects their travels, life experiences and sense of humor. The concert of modern, upbeat jazz by the terrifically popular Armand Boatman Trio fits perfectly into this sophisticated yet warm and welcoming environment. Appealing renditions of old favorites and uniquely styled improvisations, a hallmark of this trio, will entertain and delight.


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Food stations featuring artisanal offerings will allow guests to discover a new vintage favorite at “wine appreciation” stations while enjoying the art, décor and views at their own pace. Among the tempting food selections are crab cakes with shrimp and mango, tamarind filet on baguette, mini frittatas, lobster/langostino cheese cake, spinach ravioli, plus several more appetizers, and finally, a decadent dessert. Designed for a limited number of guests to provide the ultimate musical and dining experience, this very special afternoon begins at 3 p.m. Hosts and co-hosts have generously covered all Musicale-related expenses, allowing the ticket price to fully support Arizona Musicfest’s initiatives. In addition to the widely acclaimed winter music festival, this non-profit, a remarkable asset to the community, benefitted over 9,000 students last year with its youth and education programs. In addition, their scholarship program is financially supporting the college-level education of four of Arizona’s finest young musicians majoring in instrument performance at four renowned schools of music across the country. Arizona Musicfest winter festival begins January 30, with “The Music of ABBA” with Arrival from Sweden being held at the Highlands Church in Scottsdale, followed by “Judy Collins the Legend - LIVE!” February 3. The full concert schedule is available on the website with the last event March 1, “50s Dance Party,” a tribute to Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper. Of course, the heart of the festival is the Festival Orchestra, this year featuring music from composers by geographic area: British Isles are featured February 18, Russia February 20, and Germany, February 23. Ukulele phenom Jake Shimabukuro will perform with the orchestra February 21. The acoustically superb Pinnacle Presbyterian Church is the location for all the orchestral performances. By attending the Jazz Art Fusion Musicale, guests help keep music a vibrant force in the community, all while having a fabulous time enjoying delicious food, wine, and music in a truly remarkable Carefree home.

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Riding the Third Wave of Coffee:

Roastery of Cave Creek Writer Jenn Korducki Krenn // Photographer Bryan Black

In the small hours of the morning, while many people

into the cooling bin – once the coffee has reached its

are still snug and warm in their beds, Dave Anderson

ideal roasting point, the beans need to cool as quickly

is already hard at work roasting the fuel that draws

as possible.

more than 83 percent of Americans out from under the covers. Beyond the front door of his Roastery of

“We’ll test our coffees at 410, 420, 430 degrees …

Cave Creek (ROC2) sit dozens of 150-pound burlap

sometimes even in five-degree increments just to find

bags brimming with coffee beans. Though shipped

where we think it shows best,” Anderson says. “Then

from many regions of the world, these beans are all

we transfer that profile to the production machines.

green in color and herbal in smell.

Most of our coffees are on the medium range of the spectrum. If you get too dark then you’ll start to have a

It’s coffee in its rawest form, fresh and keen to be roasted.

burnt and bitter taste, sort of like that big green chain.”

A large scoop transfers these green coffee beans from

Whether consumed at big green chains or small local

bag to bucket. They are then carried up the steps of

shops, for the caffeinated jolt or as part of a daily

ROC2’s fully customized roaster and poured into a

routine, coffee is second only to petroleum in its

mammoth of a metal funnel, which can swallow up to 75

energy-giving popularity. Armed with this knowledge,

pounds of coffee at a time. The beans trickle down the


funnel’s throat into a fiery cast iron drum. Flames ignite,

Creek Coffee Company, also known as C4, in 1997,

and the rotating drum works as a convection oven,

as part of what he refers to as the “third wave” of

heating the beans for 14 to 15 minutes to temperatures

coffee. The first wave of Maxwell House and Folgers

ranging from 400 to 450 degrees. As they roast, they

gave way to a second wave of brands like Starbucks.

are transformed into a kaleidoscope of greens and

While second wave coffee chains are still profitable, in

yellows and browns, ultimately landing on the chestnut

recent years a third wave of independent shops and

hue familiar to java enthusiasts everywhere.

roasters has been ushered in, appealing to consumers






who appreciate subtleties in flavor. Time and temperature depend on the type of coffee being created. Roasting profiles for all ROC2 blends

Anderson wasted no time jumping into the water. He

and varietals are stored in the roaster’s computer. Like

bought a small commercial roaster and was trained on

an automated cookbook, it follows the recipe, swirling

how to develop proprietary recipes, a culinary process

the beans inside the drum before spitting them out

of good old trial and error.

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“It’s a blend of art and science,” he says. “The combinations are endless. We’ve roasted thousands of tons of coffee since we started, and will roast at least 100,000 pounds this year.” Anderson’s business model has evolved significantly over that same time period. He sold C4 in 2007, and after 15 years of delighting Cave Creek and many other Valley residents with freshly brewed coffee, a cozy community atmosphere and live music that at times featured Grammy-winning artists, the shop officially closed its doors in 2012. The retail side had paved the way for a successful wholesale coffee business, and Anderson was ready to make ROC2 his first priority. “C4 put us on the map,” he explains. “With a physical location,








restaurateurs, who asked if we’d consider letting them sell it in their restaurants. Retaining the wholesale business afforded me the ability to continue following my passion of sourcing and roasting the highest quality organic coffee possible.” The quality of his product got people talking, and soon Anderson boasted an impressive resume of customers, including “Best of Phoenix” favorites La Grande Orange and Pizzeria Bianco. He has also roasted for largescale events, such as the two most recent James Beard Foundation award dinners held in the Valley. For many years, his marketing strategy has been to wait for the phone to ring – and for many years, it has. One customer success story that helps demonstrate the power of ROC2’s word of mouth marketing is Matt’s Big Breakfast. During the restaurant’s early days in downtown Phoenix, a food critic wrote a review raving about the food at chef Matt Pool’s establishment. But the one place where she felt Pool had gone awry was in not ordering coffee from Dave Anderson at C4. “At the time I read the review and thought, ‘you know, I better call that guy,’” he says with a laugh. “He beat J an uary 2014


me to the punch, and I’ve been giving them coffee for going on 10 years now.” With a growing reputation in the wholesale market and an established presence as a coffee retailer, it’s no surprise that when Anderson finally met with a local distributor, they were eager to add his coffee to their roster. The meeting came about by chance two years ago as a result of Anderson running into one of the founders of China Mist Brands at a local event. The Scottsdalebased tea company works with a distributor called Nationwide Gourmets of Arizona to sell its products across the country. Anderson casually mentioned that if the distributor ever needed a local coffee roaster, they should call him up. A couple of weeks later, the phone rang for him yet again. “It’s been a great partnership with good people to work with,” he says. “For the local culinary market it’s a onestop shop for fresh coffee and tea. Our business has expanded substantially.” Fresh is a keyword for Anderson, who currently sells his coffee as whole beans and has no plans to grind them up anytime soon. “Whole bean coffee loses half its freshness and flavor 10 to 14 days out of the roastery,” he explains. “When you grind the beans, those days turn into hours. We take orders from our customers on Mondays and Tuesdays and deliver them fresh coffee at the end of each week.” Anderson ships in beans from all four of the primary coffee-growing regions: Central America, South America, Africa and Indonesia. He has traveled to many of the places he buys from in Central America and has plans to visit South America this winter. Nearly 98 percent of the coffee ROC2 produces is organic. Currently there are 15 single varietals and four coffee blends, including their signature Black & Tan, which harkens back to the days of C4.


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“We blend a dark and medium roast together in a way that balances out and makes for a smooth, robust cup of coffee,” he says. “It’s a bestseller, but no matter what ROC2 coffee you’re drinking, my mission is to provide the best cup I can.” Judging from the fact that Phoenix New Times recently gave ROC2 coffee beans the “Best of Phoenix” award for 2013, it’s safe to say that mission is consistently accomplished. With considerable experience, acute attention to detail and high praise from everyone they work with, ROC2 has brewed a recipe for success that bodes well for the future. It begs the question: will the company continue to expand? “We’re at a point where our equipment can handle a high volume of orders, and I’m happy with that right now,” he says. “I’ve hired two people to help me roast the coffee and keep things going at this level. I’m making a good living, and quality of life is high on my list of priorities.” For Anderson, a high quality of life means indulging in some of his no less caffeinated hobbies, such as building custom furniture out of steel and reclaimed lumber. A few of his finished works can be spotted around the Valley, including the steel sign outside Citizen Public House, his own sign for the headquarters of ROC2 and the waiting benches outside Beckett’s Table. Anderson also enjoys cruising around Cave Creek on either of his two motorcycles and traveling to some of the country’s most beautiful places to shoot landscape photographs with his brother. A selection of his favorite shots are blown up on canvases that adorn the walls of the roastery, including breathtaking vistas of Death Valley, California and White Sands, New Mexico – all juxtaposed against a black-and-white portrait of ROC2’s “CEO,” Scout the dog. J an uary 2014







beautiful place,” says Anderson, who is originally from Kansas and spent time in Dallas and Washington, D.C. early on in his career before moving out west to join his parents, who sold their Midwest farm in the early 90s to relocate to Arizona. “I fell in love with the little town of Cave Creek, with the lifestyle




that surround the town. Now when I come into the roastery in the mornings or evenings and see the shadows on the mountains, I have to pinch myself. I’ve been very lucky.” Whether it’s luck, hard work or a perfected blend of both, no one needs to tell Dave Anderson to wake up and smell the coffee. He’s got plenty of the good stuff to go around. Roastery of Cave Creek (ROC2) 7003 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek 480-488-6060


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Writer Donna Kublin


For the Love of Art

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“There are a lot of parallels between horses and people. There is a lot of love.”

Some artists paint what they see, others what they feel, and a few paint from some interior place - their subconscious, their dreams, their soul. The canvas speaks to them. It takes full concentration of mind and spirit as images emerge, an outward expression of their inner world. Esther Rogoway is such a painter. Listening to her inner artist voice, she has a strong urge to paint, which she attributes in part to being born into a family full of artists, painters, weavers, and playwrights. Her father was noted artist Alfred Rogoway, and she grew up in the art world, surrounded by fine artists, writers, and poets in artistic communities such as San Francisco, Big Sur, Santa Fe, Taos, Mexico, Cannes and Mijas, Spain. A texture, mixed-media artist, Rogoway works on board, canvas board, or steel, and prepares each surface with 15-20 coats of acrylic and acrylic enamel, with acid-free sand, paper, gold leaf, and other materials added. She then paints the figures with oils. Her figures, primarily those of horses or people, are easily recognizable. The nature of each composition speaks more of an inner world of feeling and imagination than to the outer world of reality. The actual interpretation is in the eye of the viewer. Her bold use of color is pure and she retains an elegant balance, at times blending the colors. Her collectors include celebrities like Judge Judy and state governors, who love her work. Often the subjects of her work, horses, are her passion. “I love horses and observe them for hours, watching how they interact,” said Rogoway. “There are a lot of parallels between horses and people. There is a lot of love.” Rogoway is a strong advocate for horses and works very closely with non-profit Equine Voices Rescue and Sanctuary, a horse rescue and sanctuary located in Green Valley, AZ. She has fostered several horses and donates art to Equine Voices for their fundraisers.

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Two of her paintings that were shown at the Kentucky

and imported wines will be available for tasting from

Derby were sold with the proceeds benefiting horse

wineries including Arizona Stronghold, Distinctive Italian

rescue. She recently opened Pink Door Gallery at Old

Wines, PRP Wine, Schlossadler International, Vinocopia

Town Artisans in downtown Tucson. A percentage of

and more. There is a fee of $10, which includes

the sales go to help the horses at Equine Voices. She

an engraved souvenir wine glass and six wine-tasting

also shows her work at galleries around the country,

tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased for $1.

including the Lanning Gallery in Sedona. String virtuoso, Bob Culbertson, will perform Celtic Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

music on a Chapman Stick, a 10-12 string touch

Rogoway is the featured artist for the 21st Annual

board. Keith Johnson will play Caribbean steel drums.

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival in downtown Carefree

Well-known singer/guitarist Donna McGee will perform

January 17, 18, and 19, and will be on hand to meet

her signature smooth, easy-listening music, and sweet

patrons and show her passionate and expressive work.

sounds will emanate from pianist, Dave Swaim. The Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival is a fun way

This award-winning festival, a signature event for the

to enjoy wine tasting, fine art, and live musical

town of Carefree, will highlight the artistic works of

entertainment all in one place.

more than 165 juried fine artists from throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to a wide

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

variety of paintings, drawings, charcoals and pastels,

January 17, 18, 19

there will be impressive small-, medium- and life-sized

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

sculptures, bronzes, sparkling hand-blown glass, wood,

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clay, metal, stone, gourds, one-of-a-kind handcrafted

Admission $3 and free to Carefree residents, parking is free.

jewelry, exceptional photography and much more. The festival is also renowned as one of Arizona’s largest wine-tasting events. A vast array of domestic


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a night aglow in Cave Creek

January 4 3pm to 9pm

Writer Amanda Christmann Larson

It’s that time of year again! The Fifth Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival featured by Sanderson Lincoln & Ford is coming to Rancho Mañana driving range January 4 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. For the last four years, this new tradition has been packed with sky-high fun for the whole family. Tonto Bar & Grill, Aerial Solutions, Sanderson Lincoln and Valerie’s Fine Furniture are again teaming up for this unique Cave Creek event. This year’s festival is more special than ever, as it benefits schools in the Cave Creek Unified School District. Tickets are sold online, and 10 percent of each purchase will go to the district. The school with the most ticket sales will receive an extra $500. “We’re really proud of this event, and excited about the fact that we can give back to our schools,” said Eric Flatt, co-owner of Tonto Bar & Grill and event organizer. “We love Cave Creek, so it’s a good opportunity for us to make a contribution for the benefit of children and families in this area.” The balloon festival is a sight to behold. Gates open at 3 p.m., and live music by The Kards and other great local artists from Rock the District will grace the stage. Tasty food and non-alcoholic beverages, cocktails, wine, and locally brewed Four Peaks beer will be available for purchase. Kids will enjoy the larger-than-ever kids’ zone and great activities.

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Rancho Mañana Golf Club driving range will once again become a magical field of glowing splendor when






balloons come to life at 6 p.m. This year, the “Bud E. Beaver” balloon will make its inaugural appearance. At about 8 p.m., the flying Arizona Skyhawks will descend from 13,000 feet in the air with special suits outfitted with pyrotechnics, flying their way to the field in a spectacular exhibition. Go in style with Valerie’s Furniture VIP tickets, which are the “best tickets in town,” according to Flatt. These special tickets include event admission, a gourmet buffet from Tonto Bar & Grill from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., private cash bar and private restrooms. General admission tickets cost $10 for adults; $5 for ages 10 and under; children 2 and under enter free.


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Valerie’s Furniture VIP tickets are $60 for adults; $25 for ages 10 and under. Tax and gratuity are included. VIP tickets must be purchased in advance by December 31. General admission tickets are available at the gate. And all sales are final. Parking is $5, and is available at 38406 N. Schoolhouse Rd. in Cave Creek, and a Cactus Shadows High School bus will shuttle festivalgoers to and from the event. Proceeds will go to the school district. There will be no access from Tonto Bar & Grill. Step away from the festival and enjoy a gourmet meal at Tonto Bar & Grill while relaxing on the patio or inside this rustic restaurant. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please, no lawn chairs, dogs or outside food and beverages allowed. All activities are dependent on weather. ATMs are available on-site.

Ticket Sales: 480-488-0698 Facebook: Twitter: @ccfestivals

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dining Located at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd., 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 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 and butter, topped with powdered sugar and whipped cream) or Yin Yang (bananas, Nutella and 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 treat or a Sunday brunch with the family! Located at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd., Ste. 134B 480-488-3835


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professional ser vices Financial Tools Support Client Goals Natasha Hundman, a financial advisor with Edward Jones, is taking advantage of new state-of-the-art financial assessment tools to better

Most exciting is the ability to deliver more customized, easyto-understand reports. At a glance, added color and graphics illustrate important data and steps clients should take to help reach their goals. “When I sit down with my clients, my job is to help them

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The technology is an engine for

technology will improve conversations about why people invest

financial advisors to identify and prioritize clients’ financial goals, analyze information, make and implement recommendations and monitor progress. “These tools assist me in guiding clients through a process, answer questions and help them set realistic long-term financial goals versus just buying stocks, bonds and mutual funds,” Hundman said. “My clients want to know, ‘Can we afford to retire?

tailored financial road maps they can follow,” Hundman said. “This and, over the long haul, help them stay on track.” Let me show you how I can help you achieve your financial goals. Call to schedule your complimentary assessment today. 4815 E. Carefree Highway, Suite 103, Cave Creek 480-488-2821 PMS 5535

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The Document House The Document House is a long way from the manicured fields of professional baseball, but new owner Cody McKay feels right at home at Cave Creek’s source for all things printed. People are often surprised to hear about all of the services performed by The Document House’s talented and personable staff, including personalized invitations, catalogs, logos, brochures, calendars and photo books. “If it’s printed, the answer is usually, ‘Yes! We do that,’” McKay explains. Small business ownership is a second career for McKay, who played ten years of professional baseball. He grew up in Arizona and recently moved back to the Grand Canyon State with his family, immediately identifying Cave Creek as the community in which he wanted to establish roots. “It’s so rare to find a place as special as Cave Creek,” he says. “The Document House is just as special. Everyone here really enjoys connecting with the customers, getting to know them and providing high-quality products.” Whether you need quick copies, a full-color brochure to impress clients or if you just have a vague idea for a special project, the staff at The Document House is ready to create your custom printed materials. 480-437-1196 6217 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek


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Healing & Wellness for All As stress and exhaustion have become epidemic in our culture, the mission of Yoga Breeze Healing & Wellness Center is reminiscent – and just as relevant – as Emma Lazarus’ words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” With over 30 yoga classes per week, the center is a safe environment for all ages, bodies and levels of experience. All instructors and healers are extensively trained to provide highly individualized attention, deep wisdom and the most powerful modalities available. Offerings include wall yoga, private yoga, yoga therapy, a 200-hour teacher training certification program, community outreach programs, retreats, unique workshops and events, nutritional guidance, massage, herbalism classes, Reiki and life coaching. “We’re more than a yoga studio,” says owner Christine Thomas. “This is a place where anyone can walk in and experience a profound healing shift that will transform their life.” Yoga Breeze is a heart-centered community where all are welcome. 480-595-2855 4705 E. Carefree Hwy., Cave Creek

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marketplace Bags and Rags One of Carefree’s unique offerings is a ladies’ fine apparel, handbags and accessories boutique. Bags & Rags, located in the heart of town, offers stylish, comfortable, easy-care clothing for women of all ages and body types. Bags& Rags carries many well-respected designers representing every facet of clothing and accessories in a rainbow assortment of colors and styles. As the name would suggest, Bags & Rags has an outstanding selection of unique, attractive and appropriately priced handbags, as well as accessories such as sunglasses, locally handmade jewelry, a unique variety of scarves and more. Each visit is unique at Bags & Rags, as new items arrive weekly. Proprietor Rose Toon is dedicated to helping you find the right look for your personality and body shape. With years of experience, she views her clients as friends and strives to make them feel welcome – and at the same time, look absolutely fabulous. Shopping here is fun and relaxing. Why do both tourists and locals love Bags & Rags? Because we offer something that other Carefree boutiques don’t – a rotating inventory of unique goods that suit every style. Our friendly staff is here to help you look your best. Come and explore our selection and find something perfect for you. Say you saw this article in ImagesAZ magazine and receive a full 10 percent discount on your purchase in January. 480-575-3114 16 Easy St., Carefree


Flat Tire Bike Shop Looking to buy a bike? Need a little help making the right decision? When you purchase a bicycle, you’re not just buying a bike; you’re buying into the cycling experience. Flat Tire Bike Shop can help you find the bike that’s right for you, and our friendly staff provides the information and maintenance needed to keep you riding for years to come. Don’t fret about what brand of bike to buy. Instead, focus on what shop you feel comfortable with, and simply buy a brand they know, sell and service. Most quality bike shops sell bikes that are similar, if not identical, to every other shop down the road. It is the people who make the difference in great bike shops. Your comfort with the shop will ensure that you will enjoy this new cycling experience for the long-term. It’s about how the bike fits you and your needs, so that you are comfortable riding it and are excited to get back on it time and again. Above all else, buying a bike should be hassle-free and fun. At Flat Tire Bike Shop we do our best to provide a great bike shop experience. 480-488-5261 6149 E. Cave Creek Rd. Cave Creek

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Bags & Rags Ladies Fine Apparel 480-575-3114 16 Easy Street, Carefree Bridal and Formal Wear The Quintessential Bride and Formal Wear 8291 N. Pima Rd. A125 480-419-7755 Business Services The Document House 480-437-1196 6217 E. Cave Creek Rd. Buy and Sell Gold American Federal 480-553-5282 College Paradise Valley Community College 602-493-2600 COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE Foothills Animal Rescue 480-488-9890 Foothills Caring Corps 480-488-1105 Foothills Food Bank 480-488-1145 Mobile Meals Foothills Caring Corps 480-488-1105 Salvation Army 480-488-3590 St. Vincent de Paul Society 602-254-3338 COMMUNITY organizations American Legion Post No. 34 & Auxiliary 480-488-2669 Arizona Archaeological Society 480-595-9255 Arizona Musicfest 480-488-0806 Cave Creek Museum 480-488-2764 Desert Awareness Committee 480-488-1090

Desert Foothills Community Association 480-488-4043 Desert Foothills Community Education 480-575-2440 Desert Foothills Land Trust 480-488-6131 Desert Foothills Theater 480-488-1981 Foothills Community Foundation 480-488-1090 Kiwanis Club of Carefree 480-488-8400 Newcomers Club of Scottsdale 480-990-1976 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 Cosmetics Merle Norman 480-488-3208 37417 Tom Darlington Dr. Dentist Carefree Dentists 480-488-9735 Dentistry at Westland 480-585-5215 33725 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 101 Financial Planning Investments Edward Jones Natasha Hundman 480-488-2821 Edward Jones Noah Kendrick 480-595-2041

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Farm Bureau Financial Services Leslie Jensen 480-575-0710 6554 E. Cave Creek Road, Suite 4 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Pope Scanlon Team Glee Pope - 480-502-6072 Owen Scanlon - 480-922-7909 Summit Wealth Management 7202 E. Carefree Drive, Building 3, Suite 1 480-596-9222 FIRE Fire Service 480-627-6900 Flooring Carefree Floors 480-515-9999 Garage Door Dynamic Door Service 602-335-1077 Government/business Town of Carefree 480-488-3686 Town of Cave Creek 480-488-1400 Cave Creek Merchants and Events Association 480-437-1110 Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce 480-488-3381 Motor Vehicle Department 602-255-0072 Social Security 800-772-1213 Voter Registration 602-506-1511 Hair Restoration Donte’s of New York 480-483-8800 Handyman Desert Foothills Handyman Service 602-540-9794

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

Landscape Design and Maintenance A Couple of Green Thumbs 6061 E. Cave Creek Road 480-488-2155

Desert Foothills Medical Center 480-488-9220 John C. Lincoln Deer Valley 623-879-6100 Mayo Clinic 480-515-6296 Mayo Hospital 480-585-6296 Paradise Valley Hospital 602-923-5000 Scottsdale Healthcare 480-324-7000 7400 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy. 480-323-3000 90th St. & Shea Blvd. Home COntractor & Design New Legacy Building & Design 480-363-6713 Home Decor Big Bronco Furniture Barn 480-575-1357 General Store 480-575-7025 Home Entertainment Systems Sundog Home Systems 602-616-3825 Home Services Carefree Property Services 480-575-6600 Horse Riding Twisted Tree Farm 480-860-8215 House Cleaning The Maids Scottsdale 602-923-4000

Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc. 480-595-0611 Iddings & Sons Landscaping, Inc. 623-465-2546 623-297-7584 Library Desert Broom Library 602-262-4636 Desert Foothills Library 480-488-2286 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 Gateway Desert Awareness 480-488-1400 Spur Cross Ranch 480-488-6601 Cave Creek Ranger 480-595-3300 PEst control Paradise Pest Control 602-677-9780 PET BOARDING In My Home NO cages or kennels! N/E Scottsd. ‘Jackie’ 480-250-9475 J an uary 2014


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PET Supplies Pinnacle Horse & Pet 480-575-1242 6015 E. Cave Creek Road Photography Loralei Photography 602-795-0555 Pogue Photography 480-748-9100 Plumbing Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 480-595-5330 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 36889 N. Tom Darlington Pool maintenance Carefree Crystal Clear Pool & Spa 480-488-2636 7202 E. Cave Creek Rd. 7A My Pool Gal 480-626-2604 36889 N. Tom Darlington Post office Carefree 480-488-3781 Cave Creek 480-488-1218 Realtor Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty 34305 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-488-2400 Russ Lyon Sotheby

Restaurants Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House 480-488-8031 Summit Diner 480-575-6562 The Grotto 480-499-0140 6501 E. Cave Creek Rd. The Village Coffee Shop 480-488-3835 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd. #134 B Z’s Asian Fusion 6554 E. Cave Creek 480-489-7055 480-489-7078 Retirement Community The Heritage at Carefree 480-488-1622 SCHOOL Annunciation Catholic School 480-361-8234 Bella Vista Private School 480-575-6001 Black Mountain Elementary School 480-575-2100 Cactus Shadows High School Main Line 480-575-2400 Attendance 480-575-2431 Career Success School 480-575-0075 Cave Creek Montessori School 480-563-2929 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


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Foothills Academy 480-488-5583 Goddard School 480-437-1000 Horseshoe Trails Elementary School 480-272-8500 Lone Mountain Elementary School 480-437-3000 Montessori School 480-563-2929 Our Lady of Joy Preschool 480-595-6409 Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain 602-493-2600 Quality Interactive Montessori School 480-575-5269 Scottsdale Christian Academy 602-992-5100 Sonoran Trails Middle School Main Line 480-272-8600 Attendance: 480-272-8604 Ventana Academic School 480-488-9362 Security Doors and Screens Steel Shield Security Doors 623-581-DOOR Sheriff Sheriff’s Posse 602-256-1895 Shopping Arizona Territorial Antiques and Rustic Decor 480-595-9110 Cave Creek Candle & Gifts 6245 E. Cave Creek Road 480-488-7799 Finders Creekers 602-739-3494 6554 E. Cave Creek Road Las Tiendas 6140 E. Cave Creek Rd.

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Technology Support Tech 4 Life 748 Easy Street #5 480-553-9171 Vacation Rental Homes Kobey’s Cozy Desert Oasis 602-359-2539 Water Softener & Filtration Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 480-595-5330 Rayne of the North Valley 623-234-9047 Weed Control Arizona Weed Guard 623-465-9051 window treatments Carefree Coverings 602-617-2920 7275 E. Easy Street Worship Black Mountain Baptist Church 480-488-1975

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P.B. & J. Grilled Cheese (Pear, Brie & Jam) Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque // Courtesy of Executive Chef Brian Feirstein


8 sourdough bread slices (½” thick) 1 T. butter 1 lb. triple cream brie, sliced ¼” thick ½ lb. red wine poached pears (recipe below) 1 c. bacon jam (recipe below) 8 oz. wild arugula salt and pepper to taste

Red Wine Poached Pears 2 ea. Bosc pears 1 c. red wine 2 cinnamon sticks 2 whole cloves

Bacon Jam 1 lb. thick-cut pepper bacon, cut into matchstick-sized pieces ½ c. brown sugar 1 yellow onion, diced 1 c. red wine vinegar ½ c. maple syrup


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Directions: Heat a nonstick pan or griddle over medium heat. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place bread in the pan with the buttered side down. Place sliced brie on one slice of the bread and ¼ cup of bacon jam on the other side of bread. Cook until bread is golden and the cheese is melted. While the cheese is melting, mix arugula with 1 teaspoon bacon jam, salt and pepper and set aside. Once the cheese is melted, place sliced pears on the melted cheese. Top pears with dressed arugula. Put the top slice of bread with the bacon jam on the arugula to form the sandwich. Slice in half and serve.

Slice pears ¼-inch thick. Bring wine, cinnamon, and cloves to a simmer in a small saucepan. Once simmering, add pears to the pan and turn off the heat. Allow the pears to steep in the wine while cooling. Reserve for later.

Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook bacon until completely rendered and crisp. Add onion to the pan and cook until completely soft. Deglaze with red wine vinegar and reduce by half. Add sugar and maple syrup to the pan and cook for approximately 15 minutes or until thick. Puree using a food processor and cool completely. Reserve.

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$889,000 Elevated lot on Black Mtn. w/beautiful views, and build envelope for single level home. Carmen Thomas 480-231-0777

$995,000 William L. Donaldson III

Amazing Views …on 5 ac, disappearing walls of glass 480-375-1522

5 Acre Cave Creek Equestrian Estate 480-488-5436

North Scottsdale-Carefree Office $385,000

CAVE CREEK on .86 ac / under $110 per SF! 3508 SF; 5 BR/3BA & Horse setup

602-550-9595 uary 2014 84Erika Jan

34305 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85266

P. 480-488-2400

ImagesAZ Magazine North Scottsdale, Carefree and Cave Creek  

January 2014 Edition. Local magazine distributed to North Scottsdale, Carefree and Cave Creek.