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Contributors Shelly Spence :: owner/publisher :: 623-341-8221 Amanda Christmann Larson Stephanie Maher Palenque Donna Kublin Tom Scanlon Lynsi Freitag

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Meet the Hall Family




Music :: Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation


Climbing to Greater Heights


The Musical Round-Up: Arizona’s Blues Project


Taking it from the Top


Wild Holly Gallery


Experience Bartlett Lake


Dining Guide




Local Index


Recipe :: Dressing Up!

staff bio Lynsi Freitag Contributing Writer Lynsi Freitag is a contributing writer at ImagesAZ. She knew she wanted to be a writer at the age of 10 when she set her eyes on her mom’s dusty old typewriter and fell in love. She spent many hours creating short stories on that machine; stories that are tucked away in a box somewhere and are probably very brilliant and not at all embarrassing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in liberal studies and spent 10 years in various marketing and communications roles utilizing her writing skills to manage and edit a magazine, copy edit for


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the Los Angeles Times, and write speeches for top management executives. For the last three years, she has been freelance writing while staying at home with her 2and 3-year old daughters. Having moved to the Valley when she was seven years old, Lynsi considers Phoenix “home” and enjoys all the natural scenery the state offers. She and her husband enjoy hiking with their daughters on the weekends and she loves to run having recently completing the Phoenix Marathon in March, 2013.


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welcome Editorial

Turning the pages of this month’s magazine, I’m reminded of how many fascinating scenes there are in our community. The music scene, the arts scene, the outdoor scene, the Western scene … we have so many ways to engage ourselves in life in this beautiful place we call home. There’s something for everyone in every scene in this issue of ImagesAZ! From the faces who make the North Valley special to the places where we make memories, I found myself smiling as each story unfolded simply because they are the stories about who we are and why we are all here sharing the beautiful Sonoran desert together. And speaking of scenes, I’d like to introduce one of the newest members to arrive on the scene, Joslyn Claire Spence. She joined the community April 5 at 9:50 a.m. weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces and 19 3/4” long. She’s perfect and beautiful, and we’re very excited to welcome her into both our Spence and ImagesAZ families! Thank you all for your thoughts and well wishes along the way. I am reminded every day how fortunate I am to raise my family in such a loving, supportive place. Cheers! Shelly Spence Publisher, ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

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he Hall family is always in motion. Whether it is Shantall, a busy mom and emergency room physician working evenings in the West Valley, or little Vienna, the youngest in the family,

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Part of being together meant constant movement in place. “We love to travel and travel as much as possible,” says Shantall.

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me he had a surprise for me and that he wanted to reserve a weekend when I wouldn’t be studying. He then told me he was going to take me somewhere and it was one of three places, but that he wasn’t going to tell me which one. So he told me to pack for three different types of trips. He said that two would require a plane ticket and one might require a passport. He said to pack for 1) a

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camping trip and a boat ride and to be prepared to get wet; 2) a trip to the beach with a luau dinner and; 3) an excursion to a romantic city and a nice dinner. So I packed for the three different trips and had the three piles of clothes laid out. He then went in and grabbed the pile of clothes for the trip he had planned.”

“We then got into the car and I told her that we weren’t going camping and were headed

After getting married and graduating from their respective law and medical schools, Cameron and Shantall were on the search for where to go to next.

to the airport,” says Cameron.

“So we get to the airport and he wanted me to be blindfolded, but that didn’t work so well with security,” says Shantall. “So I put my hands over my eyes and would only lift them when necessary. We bought ear plugs and headphones and just tuned out all the announcements of the cities being called for boarding.”

“She kind of suspected that we were headed for Europe, but I teased her that maybe the plane was stopping in Europe and then continuing on,” says Cameron.

“I love surprises so didn’t want to know,” says Shantall. “And I had been up the night before studying so when we got on the plane, I fell asleep right away. Then all of a sudden, I woke up, the plane was landing and they said, ‘Welcome to Paris.’”

“We had dinner at the Eiffel Tower and that’s where I proposed,” says Cameron.

“It was very romantic,” says Shantall.


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Moving to Arizona After getting married and graduating from their respective law and medical schools, Cameron and Shantall were on the search for where to go to next.

“We liked Austin but there aren’t any ER residencies there,” says Shantall. “So we wanted something similar to Austin. We like the outdoors and warm weather.”

“We discovered Arizona and just love it here. We love the fact that you can drive to so many places,” says Cameron. “We had season passes to Disneyland last year and you can go to Flagstaff, Sedona, Vegas and a number of other places because they are very close.” The couple settled in the North Valley.

“I am an ER doctor in the West Valley and work about 14 nights a month,” says Shantall. “It’s a bit of a commute, but I love where we live. I’ve been in this profession for almost seven years and I like the variety and that it doesn’t get boring. I also like that it’s a shift and that I work hard when I work and then I’m done. I call it a perfect mommy job because it pays well and it’s 14 nights a month. So I leave my girls fed, bathed, and I often read them their bedtime stories. Then I go to work and when I come home, I get them ready for school. Then Cameron takes them to school and I sleep.”

Daughter Berlin is five years old, and attends Scottsdale Christian Academy. Vienna is two years old and goes to Cave Creek Montessori. They both take gymnastics at Arizona Sunrays.


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“I saw the name ‘Berlin’ in a movie and really liked it,” says Shantall. “We thought it was cool because we like to travel. Cameron grew up in Europe, and my dad’s part German. I like unique names, but that are also easy to spell.”







daughter, we wanted to stay with the city theme,” says Cameron. “We looked at more cities in Europe. Vienna is such a pretty name. We’re excited to take them to their cities when they’re older.”

What next? Cameron owned his own law firm for years before deciding in 2012 that his passion lay outside of practicing law.

“I’m really interested in earning my PhD and becoming a professor,” says Cameron. “I’d love to teach law, business or politics.”





farther into Cave Creek onto some horse property,” says Shantall. “We just really like the area up there and would love more land.”

For the Hall family, the future is sure to be busy and exciting.

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Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Unites Community April’s Carefree Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the Carefree Gardens Amphitheater brought 546 folks together for humongous (and very tasty) pancakes, gourmet sausage, great coffee and fresh OJ, plus a terrific al fresco jazz concert by the award-winning Cactus Shadows Jazz Band. About 18 to 20 Key Club members from local high schools assisted the Carefree Kiwanis volunteers in setting up, serving food and cleaning up. “I see the pancake breakfast as a way to bring everyone in the community together for breakfast,” said Ron Junier, event chairman. “See you next fall when we do it all again!” Special thanks go to Tonto Bar and Grill and the Roastery of Cave Creek for their support. 480-488-8400

Cactus Shadows High School’s CSPress Takes Gold Crown Award

Cactus Shadows High School is pleased to announce their monthly newspaper, CSPress, has been awarded a Gold Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association at their annual convention in New York City. The Awards Convocation for Scholastic Crown recipients took place on March 22, 2013 at Columbia University in New York City. CSPress was among 1,344 publications eligible for the 2013 Crown Awards Program. The entries were judged at Columbia University in December 2012 by the Board of Crown judges. The publication was judged on writing/editing, design, content, concept, photography, art and graphics. CSPress is the only high school newspaper in Arizona to receive this distinguished award. Congratulations to the 2011-2012 CSPress staff and their advisor Ms. Lori Hart.

Crow Supports Veterans’ Heritage Project Reception Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University (ASU), was the keynote speaker at this year’s Veterans Heritage Project Reception and Book Signing April 21. Veterans, local dignitaries and students came together to honor those who have served our country and celebrated the publishing of the ninth annual volumes of “Since You Asked: Arizona Veterans Share their Memories,” this year a two-volume set of the stories of Phoenix and Tucson/Show Low veterans.

President Crow said it was fitting for the event to take place on an ASU campus, ASU West, given the university’s record of strong support for veterans. “ASU is dedicated to meeting the needs of our nation’s military veterans,” said Crow.


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“We are fully committed to our veterans’ success and provide support to them on all ASU campuses.” Veterans Heritage Project (VHP) connects middle and high school students with veterans to document their stories. These essays are then compiled by project members (students) into published volumes of stories, which are sent to the Library of Congress through Veterans Heritage Project to be forever preserved in our national library. Veterans’ families also receive a DVD of their veteran’s service. The project, founded by Barbara Hatch as a club at Cactus Shadows High School has grown to 14 chapters: Show Low High School; Tucson’s Ironwood Ridge High School and Tanque Verde High School; Paradise Valley’s Shea Middle School and Shadow Mountain High School; Musical Theatre of Anthem; Millennium High School in Goodyear; Scottsdale’s Chaparral High School and the district’s service learning program; Sandra Day O’Connor High School; and Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland. In 2010, VHP established its 501(c)(3) status. 602-421-9419

Iussa Joins Rose Law Group

One of the leading law firms in the state, Rose Law Group. P.C. (RLG), announces the hire of Robert Iussa to chair the intellectual property division, an area of the law which continues to grow in light of recent legal battles over intellectual property rights. “Our clients are innovators, and with Rob we can provide the very best service to help them protect their business and creations. From the upstart businesses to the major corporations we counsel, it seems everyone has a variety of intellectual property needs. Whether you just need to protect your name (trademark), creative works (copyright) or have new and/or existing technology that requires patent assistance, Rob has the vast range of experience to advise wisely,” said Rose Law Group President and Founder Jordan Rose. Prior to joining Rose Law Group, Iussa concentrated his intellectual property work on patent, trademark and copyright procurement and protection in the United States and around the world, and has extensive experience in the specialty. “My level of experience and range of work is a perfect fit for Rose Law Group,” said Iussa. “I’m looking forward to using my skill set and expertise to help Rose Law clients with their needs in the area of intellectual property, an area that is only going to grow.” 480-505-3936

Hayouna, Amrein and Bertilson Win Musicfest Young Musicians Vocal Awards

Every year in March, the Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Vocal Competition recognizes exceptionally talented young singers in their pursuit of musical excellence.

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The winners are: 1st place, Inés Hayouna of North Canyon High School; 2nd place, Brielle Amrein of Sandra Day O’ Connor High School; 3rd place, Daniel Bertilson of Pinnacle High School; and Honorable Mention, Samuel Grandaw of Verde Valley High School. The competition, chaired by opera’s Mary Sue Hyatt, is designed to nurture young musicians in the arts and to serve as an entree into the world of vocal performance for those seriously interested in pursuing a professional operatic/classical singing career. The 2013 judges were Darleen-Kliewer-Britton, ASU professor emeritus of music in voice; Melanie Ohm, DMA from ASU in vocal performance, teacher and scholar; and Christopher Hutton, current doctoral candidate in voice performance at ASU, who has performed on opera stages around the nation. Students and vocal teachers with eligible students who are interested in next year’s Young Musicians Vocal Competition should keep an eye on the Arizona Musicfest website where the application is posted.

Bink’s Midtown Now Open

Valley residents are in for a sumptuous and exceptionally creative dining experience as acclaimed chefs Kevin and Amy Binkley open the doors to their latest culinary adventure, Bink’s Midtown. Chef Kevin Binkley is a 2013 James Beard culinary award finalist for the Best Chef in the Southwest.


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Bink’s Midtown, located at 2320 E. Osborn Road in Phoenix, features inspired menu selections that showcase Kevin Binkley’s appreciation and imaginative preparation of locally grown produce and vegetables. The new restaurant offers plentiful lunch and dinner selections each day. Brunch will be served on weekends. Guests can choose from deliciously prepared, pleasantly priced cold or hot produce offerings, salads and soups, appetizers, sandwiches, entrees and desserts. A full bar offers a comprehensive array of beer, a three-tiered wine menu and cocktails, all personally selected by Amy Binkley. “Bink’s will be one of the first restaurants to offer wine on tap,” said Binkley. Bink’s Midtown seats will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. 602-388-4874

May 1 Doc Severinsen and the San Miguel Five

Vivacious trumpeter and bandleader Doc Severinsen leads the San Miguel Five in an evening of sophisticated Latin rhythms and jazz at the Musical Instrument Museum Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. It is virtuoso classical Spanish with a jazz flair, gorgeous ballads, both Latino and American, plus some great movie music and some gypsy jazz, à la Django Reinhardt. Together with guitarist and co-leader Gil Gutiérrez, Doc has crafted an innovative and exciting program. Classical guitarist Gutiérrez is a virtuoso who consistently delivers energetic, electric performances. Add violin, bass and percussion players and the soaring trumpet of Doc, and the experience is indescribably brilliant— visually and musically. Tickets are $37.50 and $47.50 and the Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix.

May 3 Time Out for the Arts Cultural Performance

Friday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. Time Out for the Arts presents “Discovering the History of Poland through Music,” with talented organist Ilona KubiaczykAdler at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd. in Scottsdale. Featuring the music of Poland, this program showcases the influence of history and politics on organ music as well as the beauty and flexibility of the stunning Richards, Fowkes, Inc. instrument. Compositions on the program span the last 500 years, from music of East Prussia found in the 16th century Johannes Fischer Tablature, to a newly composed work written for Ilona by her husband, Jacob Adler. The program is free, and co-sponsored by the Central Arizona Chapter American Guild of Organists. M ay 2013


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Time Out for the Arts is an open forum that explores the visual and performing arts, featuring artists and lecturers from the Phoenix area and across the country. 480-303-2474

May 4 Hooves & Heroes at Camelot

May 4, Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship will open its gates to the public to celebrate the Kentucky Derby at its 12th Annual Hooves & Heroes family event. Admission is free, hats are encouraged! Join the fun at 6250 E. Jomax Rd. in Scottsdale from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Meet Coughdrop, Paladin and the rest of the Camelot therapy horses. There will be activities and games for the kids and a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby. Enjoy live music by local musician Karen Dawson, and try for a chance at great raffle prizes and silent auction gifts. Barbecue lunch will be provided by Bruce Brown Catering at a cost of $10 per adult, $5 for children. Beer, wine, “mint tulips” (our non-alcoholic version of the mint julep) and cupcake desserts will be available for sale. Even bigger than the derby, Camelot students and instructors will be putting on a live performance for all visitors. You don’t want to miss it! Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship is a non-profit organization that teaches horsemanship to children and adults who have physical disabilities, and is planning to expand its services to include children affected by autism. Camelot has been offering all services at no cost to students for 30 years. 480-515-1542

May 4 Turf Paradise Kentucky Derby Party

The biggest and best Kentucky Derby party in Arizona is May 4 at Turf Paradise, located at 19th Ave. and Bell Rd. The Kentucky Derby is celebrated with all the thrills and fun at Turf Paradise in what has become the biggest spring party in town. Mint juleps, ladies in bonnets and sundresses, and guys in their Kentuckygent finery; there is no better place to savor all the excitement of what is described as “the greatest two minutes in sports.”

In addition to watching the simulcast from Kentucky, the day also features a full card of live racing, giving fans a chance to bet on the derby and live local horse racing. There is also live music, a family fun park and free Kentucky Derby glasses for the first 3,500 paid admissions.


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Turf Paradise will also be the place to be for the Valley’s biggest and best Kentucky Derby Hat and fashion contests with cash prizes. Start making your bonnets and get your matching dress ready for our annual Kentucky Derby Ensemble and Hat Contest held in the grandstand apron right after the running of the Kentucky Derby. Registration for the contest is free and begins at noon. Grandstand admission is $5. Gates open at 7:15 a.m. Buffet packages are available. The first Turf Paradise live post will be at 11:30 a.m. and the Kentucky Derby begins at approximately 3:24 p.m. Times are subject to change without notice, please check back for the most current times. 602-375-6471

May 4 Kiwanis Club of Carefree Flea Market

Here’s your chance at some very good deals! The Carefree Kiwanis Flea Market will be held Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. “We have acquired a second trailer and have expanded our crews because we have been blessed with many more pickups at homes,” explained Dave Bell, chairman of the Carefree Kiwanis Flea Market. “This means more merchandise than ever before at the flea market and marketplace.” Showers are not in the forecast, but should the weather change, the flea market will automatically be postponed to the following Saturday, May 11. When in doubt, check the Carefree Kiwanis website. The Carefree Kiwanis Flea Market is located at Dave Anderson Memorial Building, 7177 E. Ed Everett Way in Cave Creek, on the southwest corner of Tom Darlington and Cave Creek Roads. Across the parking lot from the flea market, you’ll find the Kiwanis Club of Carefree Marketplace. That’s where quality clothing, accessories, jewelry, artwork, collectibles and a few prime pieces of furniture can be found.

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The Marketplace is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is located at 7171 Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek. Look for the large Kiwanis Club of Carefree Marketplace signs. Cash, credit cards and checks (with I.D.) will be accepted. All proceeds benefit the youth programs of Kiwanis Club of Carefree, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Remaining flea market dates for 2013 are June 22, August 17 and October 12. 480-488-8400

May 5 Cinco de Mayo at el Pedregal

El Pedregal hosts a festive Cinco de Mayo event Sunday, May 5th throughout the gorgeous outdoor amphitheatre featuring a cooling margarita and tequila bar, festive foods provided by the Boulders outdoor grill, a salsa bar showcasing a variety of sweet, savory and spicy salsas from local restaurants and live music by Freddie Duran Plan. The free event will take place at el Pedregal, located on the southeast corner of Scottsdale Rd. and Carefree Highway, 34505 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. 480-488-1072


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May 5, 12 Spring Festival on Sundays at el Pedregal

El Pedregal’s “Carefree Sundays” music series continues throughout the month of May, featuring lively music, distinctive shopping and refreshing wines. Guests will enjoy music Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The concert lineup includes: May 5, Desert Sky with Freddie Duran Plan: In celebration of the Cinco de Mayo holiday, Desert Sky with Freddie Duran Plan performs Latin Jazz, Tejano, and American hits. Known for their high energy, versatility and ability to engage and interact with the audience, this band covers a broad spectrum of musical styles. May 12, Affinity: Affinity performs an extensive repertoire of contemporary swing, big band jazz, and vocal harmonies ranging from Frank Sinatra to U2. Affinity spotlights female and male vocalists with a powerful rhythm consisting of guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, saxophones, trumpets and trombones. Carefree Sundays festival is sponsored by Clear Channel’s 98.7 “The Peak” Radio. The event is free to attend; food and wine tasting tickets are available for purchase. The Spring Festival takes place through May 12.

May 8 Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce Evening Mixer

Join the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce for an evening of networking and fun at Anne’s Boutique, 29850 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 110 in Cave Creek Wednesday, May 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. This mixer is not just for the ladies. This is a networking opportunity for both men and women. Enjoy refreshments and raffles while meeting the great people of our community. 480-488-3381

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May 10 – 19 Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.

Desert Foothills Theater (DFT), a program of the Foothills Community Foundation, presents “Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.” Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 19 at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th Street in North Scottsdale. The special DFT Gecko Teatro youth theater production features a cast of emerging artists ages eight through 19 and promises to deliver fun and laughter to the entire family. Directed by Aubrey Watkins with musical direction by Sara Bernstein and Reynaldo Saenz, “Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.” is set in Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail! A stage adaptation of the Disney hit film, the musical includes all of Aladdin’s favorite characters and features the tuneful, Academy Awardwinning score with songs including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.” Morning, matinee and evening performances vary depending on date. Tickets range from $10 to $20. Ticketing fees apply. 480-488-1981

May 11 Desert Harvest Workshop at Desert Awareness Park

A Desert Harvest Workshop on desert edibles is being offered by the Desert Awareness Committee of the Foothills Community Foundation Saturday, May 11. The workshop will begin at 8 a.m. at Desert Awareness Park, located at the corner of Cave Creek and Vermeersch Roads in Cave Creek. This event is part of the edible and medicinal desert series offered by the Desert Awareness organization, which provides programs for all CCUSD fourth grades, stewardship for Desert Awareness Park and communitywide programs on sustainable desert living. The harvest involves techniques for gathering and preparing mesquite beans, prickly pear fruits (tunas), jojoba nuts and Mormon tea. Participants will get to taste mesquite cookies, jojoba nuts prickly pear juice and lemonade. Gather at the Desert Heritage Center, across the wash from the first parking lot. Handicapped parking is available on the far side of the wash. A $3 donation per person is requested. 480-488-1090


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May 11 R. Carlos Nakai & Will Clipman at MIM

Tucson-based multi-instrumentalist R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. A cultural anthropologist of Navajo-Ute descent, he began his musical studies on the trumpet but his musical interests took a turn when he was given a traditional cedar flute as a gift and challenged to master it. Join Nakai and Will Clipman at the Musical Instrument Museum Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this spectacular performance are $32.50 to $37.50 and the Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix. Nakai is a traditionalist who views his cultural heritage not only as a source of inspiration, but also as a dynamic continuum of natural change, growth, and adaptation subject to expressive needs. He creates original compositions that capture the essence of his heritage in highly personalized ways.

May 14 Pinnacle Concert Series Presents Westmont College Choir

Come hear the sounds of the Westmont College Choir from Santa Monica, California in an inspirational choral experience Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd. in Scottsdale.

The choir is comprised of 50 undergraduate musicians from across campus life. Directed by Michael Shasberger, the ensemble studies and performs a wide range of music from the classic repertoire of the past five centuries to spirituals, folk-song arrangements and music of other cultures. Their extensive touring has taken them to Scotland, England and the Pacific Northwest. While many of the singers are pursuing music degrees, others study music in addition to working towards degrees in science or humanities. All share the joy of singing and their concerts are an inspiration to all who hear them.

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Tickets are free. Donations will be accepted to help support the Westmont College Choir. This is the final concert of the 2012–2013 Pinnacle Concert Series. 480-303-2474

May 16 Free Educational Retirement Information Session Social Security: Your Questions Answered

Are you or a family member thinking about retirement? If so, you are invited to attend a free, informative session, “Social Security: Your Questions Answered,” hosted by financial advisor, Noah S. Kendrick of Edward Jones in Carefree. The event takes place Thursday, May 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Spotted Donkey Cantina at el Pedregal, 34505 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. According to Kendrick, as individuals approach retirement, Social Security questions are common. Attendees will learn more about how Social Security fits into retirement, when to start taking benefits and the tax implications of benefits. A question and answer session is included. Kendrick is currently on the board of directors for the Foothills Community Foundation and leads the charge for non-profit organization’s Partners in Education program. He has been recognized for his financial expertise in USA Today and was recently featured in Scottsdale Business+Life Magazine as a top advisor in the Valley. Space is limited. To RSVP, call 480-595-2041. 480-595-2041

May 18 Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center Grand Opening

May 18, the Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center will celebrate the grand opening of its new 5,000-square-foot facility at 6038 E. Hidden Valley Rd. in Cave Creek. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting planned for 10:30 a.m.

According to Executive Director Pam DiPietro, the new complex will allow the food bank to better serve the more than 9,000 individuals and families in the northern desert foothills. In order to pay for its new home, the food bank has launched a $500,000 capital funding campaign. We all have been affected by the recession in recent years and the people in our community have felt the impact of this economy more than many,” says DiPietro. “We have an increased number of individuals who live in their cars or in the desert. We also have food bank clients from very affluent areas. The recession reached far and wide, sparing few in its path. Since 2008, our client base has increased by 486 percent.” 480-488-1145


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May 18 North Valley Symphony Orchestra Presents “Spring Romance”

Don’t miss NVSO’s final concert of their inaugural season, “Spring Romance,” featuring solo violinist Diane Sullivan Saturday, May 18, beginning at 7 p.m. Performance will be held at North Canyon High School Center of Performing Arts, 1700 E. Union Hills Dr. in Phoenix. Ms. Sullivan is a well-known member of the violin section of the Phoenix Symphony. She has also appeared as a fellowship member of the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood under the direction of Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein. Ms. Sullivan performed for violinist Itzhak Perlman at a Phoenix reception held in his honor, and has appeared as soloist with the Flagstaff Symphony. She has studied violin with renowned artists Sydney Harth, Eugene Lombardi, Esther Glazer, Raphael Bronstein, Eudice Shapiro, Joseph Silverstein and Peter Winograd. Ms. Sullivan will perform with the newly-formed North Valley Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Founding Music Director Kevin Kozacek. Sullivan will perform Beethoven’s “Romance in F Major,” and Monti’s “Czardas.” The orchestra will also perform Dvorak’s “Symphony #8.” NVSO’s mission is to build community through music, and it continues to honor its audience members with ticket prices at only $5 to help attract families and audience members who might be new to attending live music events. Tickets may be purchased online. 623-980-4628

May 20 Every Child Ready to Read

The Desert Foothills Library is a proud to offer “Every Child Ready to Read” early literacy workshop May 20 at 10:30 a.m. The workshop shares tips, activities and easyto-use practices to develop language and other early literacy skills in children from birth to age five. During the workshop, parents will learn why early literacy skills are so important, learn how to help children develop the skills and leave with early literacy activities they can incorporate into their family’s daily routine. M ay 2013


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The program is based on research about language, early literacy skills, and how children learn from birth to age five primarily through interactions with their parents and other important adults in their lives, as well as from their environments. Every Child Ready to Read gives parents and other caregivers simple but powerful ways to help children develop the language and other skills they need to learn to read. Parents can give children a tremendous advantage in school and in life by helping to prepare them for reading success by talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. The free program will be held at Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd. in Cave Creek and is limited to 15 children. Please register. 480-488-2286

May 21 Mystery Tea with Kris Neri: Revenge on Route 66

Now that summer is on its way, enjoy iced tea and cake in a beautiful social setting, at our informal talk and book signing 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 21 – free! A portion of book sales will benefit the library. Join Sedona author Kris Neri at the library, located at 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd. in Cave Creek, as she discusses her latest book, “Revenge on Route 66,” a funny road trip mystery along the quirkiest spots on the Mother Road. It’s the latest in her Tracy Eaton mystery series, featuring the daughter of eccentric Hollywood stars. She also writes the Samantha Brennan and Annabelle Haggerty magical series, featuring a questionable psychic who teams up with a modern goddess/FBI agent. Neri’s novels have been nominated for such prestigious awards as the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity Awards and they are three-time Lefty Award finalists. The most recent book in her magical series, “Magical Alienation” won the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. Kris teaches writing online for the prestigious Writers’ Program of the UCLA Extension School, and with her husband, owns the Well Red Coyote bookstore in Sedona. Limited seating. Call to register. 480-488-2286

May 27 Memorial Day Ceremony: A Day of Remembrance

The community is invited to attend the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Anthem Veterans Memorial on Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. The ceremony’s keynote speaker is Robert Martens, “Gold Star Dad.” We hope you will join the Daisy Mountain Veterans (Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12031, American Legion Post 128


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and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 128) in honoring those men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The Anthem Veterans Memorial is located in the Anthem Community Park. The entrance to the Veterans Memorial is off Gavilan Peak Parkway. The ceremony is expected to last thirty minutes. Gold Star Dads of America: The Gold Star Dads of America organization was created to bring together the “gold star” fathers in a single community, enabling us to honor and remember our sons and daughters, and to support one another in our loss. First and foremost, we are a Gold Star Family support organization. But we are much more than that, we are American Patriots. Additional information may be found at

May 28 Encore at Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary

Join the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce for a visit to Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary, located at 27115 N. 45th St. in Cave Creek Tuesday, May 28 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and see the forever home of many neglected, abandoned or mistreated horses. This is a great way to meet other men and women of the community while exploring the true grit of maintaining a forever home to horses. Refreshments will be provided by Joan Miller of Keller Williams Realty. Part of the evening’s proceeds will go back to Tierra Madre to assist in the everyday costs of the Horse Sanctuary. Cost is $10 for chamber members, $15 for nonmembers. 480-488-3381

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music Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation Writer Tom Scanlon Photographer Jerri Parness

Gilroy proudly calls itself the “Garlic Capital of the World.” For tulips, unless you’re headed to Holland, you want to go to Snohomish County, up past Seattle in Washington State. A town in North Carolina called Mount Olive is known for its pickles. It started when they had a huge crop of cucumbers, and decided to pickle them. Here in Cave Creek, a bumper crop of musicians is sprouting. One after another, a group of talented kids as young as seventh grade took the makeshift stage at the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce annual awards dinner in March. All of the budding musicians seemed poised and polished, without a hint of nervousness. The entertainment was sponsored by Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation, the garden that is simultaneously nourishing the young musicians, and raising a stunning amount of money. According to the CCUEF website, “The Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation was formed independent of the Cave Creek Unified School District to provide an alternative, tax exempt source of funding. Founded in 2009 to provide monetary aid to the Cave Creek Unified School District, the foundation is committed to pursuing additional sources of revenue to support three strategic areas of student impact: classroom resources and technology; international learning/IB/ language programs; and arts and music education.” In less than four years, CCUEF has raised $50,000; in turn, the foundation has passed on grants to seven schools in the district. This “musician garden” is growing itself, with plans to double the fundraising efforts, continue the popular “Rock the District” annual show and launch an “unplugged” monthly series. Those plans are music to the ears of performance-hungry local teens like Bobbi Kerr. Bobbi got a guitar when she was eight years old, started playing and hasn’t stopped playing, singing and dreaming. Now, her life is guided by one word: Nashville. Well, that and two others: Taylor Swift.


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Sure, she still goes to school, enjoying




classes at Cactus Shadows High School. And she still does normalkid stuff, like riding quads on a family




spring break. But she really comes alive when she straps the guitar over one little shoulder, steps in front of a microphone and starts to sing, with a country voice that seems far older than its owner. From the living room of a tuckedaway Cave Creek home, Bobbi was asked where she likes to sing. “I sing everywhere,” she said, rolling her eyes in mild self-mockery. “I sing inside, outside, riding my bike, I sing in the shower. I’m always singing.” “To the point where she makes us crazy,” commented her mother, the smiling-with-pride Yvonne Kerr. “They yell at me a lot,” said Bobbi,




one’s-stopping-me look in her eye. After being recruited by Kristin Nelson, Bobbi Kerr joined CCUEF about two years ago. Bobbi also is part of “Chicks with Picks,” a group of hundreds of female guitar players. Between events sponsored by the two, Bobbi has played Harold’s, el Pedegral, Buffalo Chip, Hard Rock Café, Cody’s and a handful of other venues. She is 15 years old, by the way; a freshman at Cactus Shadows. With a performance resume like hers, perhaps it’s no surprise she looked so relaxed at the Chamber of Commerce event held at the Tatum Ranch Golf Club. “It wasn’t M ay 2013


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that big a crowd of people,” she said, with a shrug. She does admit to nerves before performances, “… but after I play the first song, then I warm up.” She sings material by her musical idol, Taylor Swift, as well as Carrie Underwood, Jessie J.,

“You get excited for all the kids. They’re living the dream,

Eden’s Edge, Miranda Lambert and even a few originals. “I wrote one for my grandma called ‘I Love You More,’ another one called ‘Dear John.’” Being a part of Chicks with Picks and CCUEF has been a boost, both musically and socially. “I like these groups because they get you out there more and help you meet people that have the same interests as you. If it wasn’t for this group I probably would just be doing a lot of open mikes.” Instead, she and her musical friends from around Cave Creek are performing at venues that

doing what

normally host veteran, professional musicians. “It’s exciting,” said Yvonne, Bobbi’s mother.

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just never seem nervous!” As for CCUEF, “I think it’s a great foundation,” Yvonne continued.

to do.

“You get excited for all the kids. They’re living the dream, doing what they want to do. They “It allows the kids to contribute and raise funds. … The money they raise helps keep those programs around.” Speaking of fundraising, Bobbi Kerr is banking as much money as she can with her vision on that country hotbed in Tennessee: “I want to go to Nashville.” Performing with the group also has helped Victoria Grovich grow, personally and musically. “Playing music has helped me to get out of being shy and be friendly with people,” said Victoria, another 15-year-old. Like Bobbi Kerr, Victoria also seemed relaxed and in her element


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at the Chamber of Commerce show. “It’s always a little nerve wracking getting out in front of people. But it’s fun, too,” she said. A naturally reserved type, Victoria had been playing guitar and singing on her own for a few years before making her public debut with a “Rock the District” show. She quickly found a home at CCUEF. “It’s fun to work with everybody. I really like it because it’s more acoustic than some of the other groups.” Victoria is an acoustic guitarist who covers the likes of alternative rockers Lincoln Park, Coldplay and Matchbox 20. Like the country girl Bobbi, alternative Victoria lives for music, whether it’s performing in public or practicing on her own. How this budding poet-singer spends her time: “I like to play a lot and write songs.” While the kids are the stars of the CCUEF shows, parents have been working hard behind the scenes, planning, plotting, preparing and selflessly doing the grunt work. The adult contributors range from founding members like Tammy Baker to newcomers such as Cynthia Weiss. “I am a brand new trustee with CCUEF, having just officially started in January,” said Weiss. “I have been a patron fan of the mission and principles of this group since the beginning, when Cactus Shadows student Melissa Nelson embarked on her personal journey to ‘do something big for others that you cannot do yourself.’ My personal experience has been very rewarding, and I am proud and honored to be associated with CCUEF and my fellow trustees.” Baker praises the support from Cactus Shadows School District: “The district and especially the Superintendent Debbie Burdick and staff have been wonderful to work with, and very supportive of the foundation. “I know I speak for the entire board when I say that we all feel very fortunate to have our children in such an excelling district with fantastic teachers and administration. Being able to give back to the district, even in a small way, through being a part of the CCUEF is a real privilege. We look forward to seeing it grow and flourish over the upcoming years.” Grow and flourish. Sounds like a fitting goal for a musical garden. M ay 2013



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Greater Heights Climbing to

Writer Amanda Christmann Larson

It’s funny what we can miss in our busy-ness. Some of the most remarkable people can be blended into the faces and places of everyday life. We never know what hidden human treasures we can uncover with a simple smile or hello. Kevin Cherilla is one of those special people. The former middle school gym teacher has the lean frame of a runner. He wears a baseball cap on top of his head, and the only thing that makes him stand out from the regular morning crowd milling about a local coffee shop is the wide smile he wears below his sunglasses. Yet Kevin is outstanding. He is one of less than a handful of Arizonans who has scaled Mt. Everest, and his world travels have led him to places most people only read about in story books. From Nepal to Argentina’s Macchu Picchu, he’s seen the world from a bird’s eye view and conquered the impossible. His greatest accomplishments, though, have not been in altitude, but rather in servitude. In 2009 he led a team of eight blind children up Tanzania’s legendary Mt. Kilimanjaro. It was a feat no one had ever attempted, and the group’s success gave hope to disabled children across the globe. That trip launched the K2 Adventure Foundation. Kevin teamed up with business partner Kristen Sandquist, who also came along for the trek despite never having climbed a big mountain or slept in a tent before. Her background was in non-profit management, and between Kevin’s love for adventure and Kristen’s keen nonprofit business mind, the two became an unstoppable pair.

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K2 Adventure Travel, the for-profit arm of the partnership, is a philanthropic adventure travel company. Whether people want to spend a week in an exotic location or push their limits by bungee jumping, climbing or other adventure sports, Kevin leads travelers on unforgettable journeys. At the same time, they give back through the foundation’s work, spending time building or teaching in some of the most desperate and neglected places on earth. K2’s combined efforts have brought wheelchairs to handicapped children; canes and Braille writers to children whose blindness is considered a curse in their own villages; built and manned an impressive dental and medical clinic in Tanzania, and given blind and albino children the courage to dream of a purposeful life. The help does not end overseas. In fact, it’s only a small portion of what the K2 Adventure Foundation does. Throughout the country, Americans – Arizonans included – are struggling with limited benefits for disabilities. Even well-insured people find themselves in coverage nightmares … youngsters who grow out of their wheelchairs and are suffering for months or even years because of insurance restrictions; children with cerebral palsy who are turned down for leg braces by their insurance company because they are considered a “luxury item;” and people with special needs who could benefit from camp experiences where they aren’t considered “different” or somehow lesser.


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Last year, here at home, K2 Adventure Foundation provided thousands of dollars in medical equipment – some through a very generous grant by Henry Schein – and sent 30 children to camps for kids with similar abilities and challenges. The biggest project abroad is a home, school, medical and dental clinic in Tanzania for albino and blind children, as well as children, called “moon kids,” with a deadly and painful rare condition called exoderma pigmentosa. These children are outcast by their own communities, which often rely on superstition for their medical knowledge and social practices. Of the 11,000 schools in Tanzania, only five are for blind children, and there are no others for albino children, who are also often blind. The school had no running water, very little space and no resources when the group began. K2 changed that. K2 built a dormitory and provided beds for the children of the school, who were sharing tiny mattresses with two or three other children when K2 became involved. Now each of the 78 children living there has a bed. They provided clean, running water for the home and school, no small feat in a country where many have no safe water source. Classrooms were built, a computer lab presented, and wheelchairs, canes and other special equipment brought to help the children become more independent. They distributed 2,000 pairs of shoes and socks to children who spent much of their time barefoot, many of whom had worms and parasites in their feet as a result.

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The group helped the children and administrators build a garden to grow their own vegetables on campus, and also develop a tilapia farm and chicken coops. When K2 began, only 40 percent of the school’s sighted children were able to pass standardized testing to gain entrance to secondary school. Blind children were not able to take the test. Today, 100 percent of the eligible children, including the blind children, have passed. “This is how our donors’ money works,” said Kevin. “This is how it changes kids’ lives.” Working with a local organization here in Phoenix called Project Cure that allocates millions of dollars in medical equipment that cannot be used by hospitals to non-profit organizations, as well as a local dental supply representative who procured used but workable dental chairs for the cause, K2 has provided three large containers of much-needed medical equipment to the freestanding clinic they built. For the first time, people in and around the village, as well as the children, had the opportunity to have bad teeth pulled, receive proper medications and feel cared for. One boy with a disability, who had been on the ground for all of his nine years in Peru, was supplied with a wheelchair for the first time. To his joy, Kristen pushed him in it so that he could take part in a soccer game with his friends for the first time. K2 Adventure Travel and K2 Adventure Foundation has led over 300 people up Mt. Kilimanjaro in over 15 trips, all of whom have made an impact on the children at the home. Their work is not finished. This summer, K2 will be leading 70 people on adventure/philanthropy trips. In November, they will be leading “Veterans to the Summit,” a group of veterans from


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all eras of war who will be raising money to help the foundation continue to make a difference locally and abroad. K2 Adventure Foundation will be holding the first of its two annual fundraisers, the Summer in the City Fashion Luncheon at the Phoenician May 18. The second event, Boots & Bling, will be held November 16. They hope to raise at least $100,000 at both events to continue helping. “We just want to make the impossible possible for people,” said Kevin. “We want to be a household name. We want it to go as big as we can make it.” As our coffee shop interview came to a close, Kevin once again disappeared into the crowd, a glowing example of what passion and caring can do. There are no limits to what we can each accomplish, if only we allow ourselves to try, and there are examples everywhere if we only choose to look – really look – and see the people all around us who are making a difference. For more information, please visit their website at

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The Musical Round-Up: Arizona Blues Project Writer Tom Scanlon Photographer Jerri Parness


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Paul Reed is a strong, steady, capable musician, one of the

The Arizona Blues Project plays every Thursday night at

most respected guitar players in the Cave Creek music scene.

Harold’s, where they rip through up-beat blues and even hardrock numbers with the kind of high-energy precision that only

But that’s only half of his story, if that. He is also a selfless,

veterans can sustain. If you listen closely, you’ll also hear

tireless promoter of that scene, energetically connecting

some amusing between-songs banter. (“Should we do the next

musicians, encouraging individuals and bands and generally

one in B-flat?” “B-flat? If we could do it in B-flat, would we be

doing all he can to hype things up around town.

in (expletive) Harold’s?”)

“He’s the musical mayor of Cave Creek,” chuckled Sal Carlino

The other night, a few dozen people were enjoying cocktails

the other night. It was a Friday night at the Tap Haus,

and the music, with some dancing to a long blues jam buzzed

and Reed wasn’t there to play, just to enjoy Carlino’s band

up by thunderous drums and the wailing duel guitars of Hall

and cheer on the dynamic guitarist. Reed also consistently

and Reed. Wearing a straw hat, the white-bearded Reed calmly

challenged Carlino, walking up to the stage to request complex

sits and strums a pretty white guitar almost like it’s a banjo.

Gov’t Mule and Robin Trower songs.

He is a very democratic band leader, letting others take the microphone and run the show. On a recent night, he even

During a break, Reed introduced Carlino to this interviewer,

allowed a talented 14-year-old local to borrow his guitar and

then went off to flag down other musicians in the room. “He

take his spot for a few songs.

makes sure everybody meets everybody,” Carlino said of Reed. “And he’s the loudest clapper in town.”

The ABP plays the dirty, low-down, busted-wallet, old-ladyhates-me blues, as the gigantic Hall steps to the microphone

Reed’s seemingly selfless networking also has served him well.

and howls about a demon girl, punctuating the song with a

The second act of his own musical career began when a serious

staccato exclamation point. This is blues with sonic jams,

knock on the head led this former daredevil back to the blues.

every song in danger of going epic with incrementally layered, almost playful builds toward ear-busting crescendos. The savvy

A few years ago, he was doing stunts on a motorcycle,

players seem to treat notes like a whiskey bottle, taking a few

driving a good 70 mph as he came into a turn and tried to

swigs and passing it on. (Check out the 12-minute version of

accelerate to do a wheelie. The bike went out of control. “I

“The Thrill Is Gone” on YouTube.)

went 10 feet in the air, landed right on my head,” Reed told me. After recovering from head and other injuries, it was clear

The anchor is Reed, the fast-talking gunslinger who lives in

he couldn’t direct his wild energies on two wheels anymore.

Carefree and is as eager to pump up other bands as his own.

“I was running around saying, ‘What am I going to do with

“Most nights within a half-mile, there’re four or five or six great

myself, now?’ My buddies said, ‘Play guitar!’”

bands playing,” the gangling, over-sized leprechaun gushes. “Cave Creek is like a mini-Austin.”

Now 63, he had played guitar through college and formed a band, but when that group broke up he lost interest in playing

In addition to the Arizona Blues Project on Thursdays, rotating

and set about a stable career in manufacturing sales. After

country and blues/rock bands play Friday and Saturday nights

retiring, he decided to relocate to the Cave Creek area, which

at Harold’s, which also hosts karaoke on Wednesday nights.

he was familiar with from traveling here for gun shooting shows. “I used to stay at the Tumbleweed Hotel.” Once he settled here and revived his music playing, the owner of the Cave Creek Coffee Company offered him a regular spot. So Reed did what he does best, making phone calls, cajoling, pitching and using all his sales tools to surround himself with top-notch players. Reed’s Arizona Blues Project band features Chuck Hall, “a legend of the Phoenix scene,” who agreed to take time away from his own band; Al Ortiz, a sizzling bass player who toured for years with Stevie Nicks; and drummer Gary Bruzzese, who was on the road with Glen Campbell for two decades. After C4 closed, Reed and company sauntered up Cave Creek Road to Harold’s.

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in the Cave Creek/Carefree area (free admission, unless otherwise noted)

Haus it’s an eclectic mix. One Saturday night

Amaro Pizzeria and Vino Lounge This







Dynamite (next to Cocomo Joe’s) also serves delicious music. From comfortable couches, cocktail tables or the long bar, visitors can kick back and enjoy Friday and Saturday night

Buffalo Chip Saloon

music. The other Saturday night, Jody (who goes by just the one name) was singing easyon-the-ears versions of Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.” Amaro Pizzeria and Vino Lounge 28234 N. Tatum Blvd., Cave Creek, 480-502-1920


Buffalo Chip Saloon When a bar has bull-riding shows out back, it’s a pretty good bet they’re going to be playing country music inside. Buffalo Chip features the no-bull country of the Pat James Band, on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday nights. From classic country to the new hits, they play just about everything, plus some fine originals. Whether you’re out to kick up your heels or just sit back and listen, this saloon is a prime spot. The bar and casual restaurant are almost always full, but the crowd is relatively mellow –considering the place does big bull riding shows out back on Wednesday and Friday. The County Line Band plays Tuesday and Friday nights. Music is from 8 to midnight, every night. Free dance lessons Thursdays, 7 – 8 p.m. Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse 6811 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek 480-488-9118


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“Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay,” the next acoustic singer Teneia Sanders doing a sultry version of Greshwin’s “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy ...” On Friday nights, Sal and the Stray Hounds power through muscular blues rock, led by Sal Carlino. Without an ounce of pretension, he grips the attention of the room as he tears through everything from Hendrix to soul to originals. The Tap Haus has bands Friday and Saturday nights, karaoke on Sunday nights. And if you like your suds, this is the spot – 50 beers on tap. Cave Creek Tap Haus 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek 480-488-3300 www.cavecreekTap








surprisingly rowdy music on the first Fridays and 13th of every month. Cellar 13 7202 E. Ho Rd., Carefree 480-437-1313

THE HIDEAWAY Have you heard the Hideaway is a biker bar? It’s all that and more. While the Hideaway has a hard-earned reputation as a pit stop for the Harley crew, it also is a fine little livemusic destination - whether you roll up on two wheels, or four. The Hideaway hosts live music just about every night. While the bands are tucked in the corner of the covered bar,

patrons enjoy the music while lounging around


The music ranges from the high-energy blues/

While Harold’s and Buffalo Chip across the

The Hideaway

it might be a rhythm-and-blues band covering

road crank up country music, here at the Tap

a few fire pits in the spacious outdoor area.

rock of Sal and the Stray Hounds (so named because the singer-guitarist always seemed

El Pedregal to be showing up with different “stray hound”

as big as Cave Creek Coffee, Janey’s is nearly

backing players) to a blues-jam band called


the New Brothers. “I pray Lord have mercy,

ranging from the harmonizing neo-folk of the

Lord won’t you have mercy on me,” singer

Sugar Thieves to old-school bluesman Big

Charlie Dickens softly wails, over a seemingly

Pete Pearson.

endless groove by his backing musicians.






Janey’s Coffeehouse

The New Brothers’ set list ranged from “Ain’t

6602 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek

No Sunshine When She’s Gone” to a localized


version of a Creedence Clearwater Revival hit: “Oh Lord, I’m stuck in … Cave Creek again.”

EL PEDREGAL This attractive shopping center at Scottsdale

The Hideaway

Road and Carefree Highway has again started

6746 E Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek

its “Carefree Sundays” music schedule. Live,


open air music plays every Sunday from 1 to

4 p.m. in the open courtyard.


el Pedregal at the Boulders

Hatman Dan plays Willie, Merle and other

34505 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

old-school country at the off-the-wall Horny


Toad on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10

p.m., Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

Music happens here every Saturday night,

6738 E Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek

with the likes of Scott Helmer, Lauren Natalie,


Carson Parks and Los Dos Dons performing









34 Easy Street, Carefree

coffeehouse that hosts live music four nights





Venues Café

has moved outdoors at Janey’s, the cozy week,





Venues Café

The Horny Toad


Janey’s Coffeehouse



If you’re not in the mood for coffee after sundown, no worries – Janey’s serves up beer

VINO 100

and wine. The outdoor setting is casually

Tucked in the Tuscany Village Center (just

beautiful, with the performers framed by

north of Tatum), this wine shop features live

boulder planters in the foreground and a

music Friday and Saturday nights, 7 to 9 p.m.

cactus-line hillside in the background.

Venues Café

Vino 100

Janey’s has become something of a stand-

30835 N. Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix

in for the beloved Cave Creek Coffee, the


coffeehouse/wine shop that became known

as a treasured venue for live music before breaking hearts by closing. Though not nearly

Vino 100

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Taking it from the

Writer Amanda Christmann Larson

From under the downturned brim of a smart fedora, Eric Watson’s eyes gleam behind

Photographer Bryan Black of Blackswan Photographers

dark-rimmed glasses. His words come out with a touch of molasses, more from his deliberate nature than from his Ohio roots. The ticking of the clock, he proves, is not the only thing that determines the rhythm of life and the destiny of a passion. Time has stood still, or at least taken a pause, inside Watson’s Hat Shop in downtown Cave Creek. Like the gentle clicking of his century-old sewing machines or the heavy comfort of beaver hair felt as he inspects rims and crowns that he’s molded and shaped himself, it’s tradition that finds its way into every corner of the shop, settling in like a comfortable friend. Just outside the doors of the single-room store, traffic passes innocuously, keeping pace with the steady comings and goings of modern life. Inside the door, however, the honor and pride of a bygone era is alive and well. Behind its magic is a man much younger than expected, but whose love for the art of hattery is timeless. Watson has always been an old soul. Even as a young child, he was more comfortable around people his grandparents’ age than his own peers. “They were smarter,” Watson said matter-offactly. “You can learn a lot more from somebody older than you.”

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In the 1980s, at the age of 13, he discovered the first love of his life at the movies. It was Indiana Jones – not the character, so much as what he was wearing. The worn and rugged fedora Jones sported separated him from anyone else Watson had ever seen. Though he was young, Watson knew he wanted to experience life from underneath a hat like that. In the coming months and years, Watson begged his mother to take him to antique stores to find such a hat. He could never find just the right one, but he did find several well-worn versions that kept his imagination going. One day he struck a treasure. He came across a store owner who had some hat making equipment that would put the boy’s imagination in motion. “I bought an old beat-up hat and some hat blocks, and lo and behold, the first hat blocks were my size,” said Watson fondly. Using the blocks to restore his finds, he began a hobby that would later become a respectable trade. “I was always the guy with the hats,” Watson said of his early years. “In particular, I loved old fedoras.” He researched techniques and found pieces of equipment along the way that helped him build his collection and he spent countless hours cleaning and reshaping until it became, well, old hat. “You can tell a lot about a person by the hat that they wear,” Watson explained, plucking an example from a display rack. “If you had this hat on you,” he adds, “you would stand out.” There’s no doubt about that. The hat he shows me is a beautiful Western hat with a leather hat band studded with silver conches. It’s all handmade and is surely the finest hat I’ve ever felt. I put it on, and my jeans and T-shirt are suddenly part of a very different look. “I think a hat is part of somebody’s personality. It distinguishes them from other people,” he says. “It completes them.” At 18, Watson went off to college, earning degrees in aviation studies and international studies. He went on to flight school, he thought, to become a multi-engine commercial pilot. There he met his wife, Emily. It was love at first flight, and they’ve been together ever since.


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A downturn in the economy led Watson to sell the fedoras he’d restored as a teenager. Still in Ohio, he consigned a few at a local shop and put some on eBay. “They sold like that,” he said, snapping his fingers. “People started asking me, ‘Do you have more?’” Before he knew it, he was selling his hats all over the world. Knowing he was on to something, Watson began to research everything he could about hat making. He got online and looked for hat shops that seemed to be selling the quality of hats that impressed him. “I knew from looking at what they were making if they were any good or not. There are hatters out there who make hats, and then there are hatters out there who make hats well, and their reputation precedes them,” he explained. Somewhat surprisingly, it was difficult for Watson to find hatters who were interested in talking. They tend to take their trade and its secrets very seriously, he learned. But one hatter from Bisbee, Arizona did take the time to talk. Over the next years, the two struck up a friendship based on their love of the art. Grant, the Bisbee hatter, gave Watson the opportunity of a lifetime by offering for sale a large collection of equipment, including century-old hat blocks, a crown iron machine from the 1920s, a hat stamper and many other tools of the trade to get him started. Without Grant’s help and the help of another old hatter back east, it may have taken Watson decades to find such

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treasures in antique shops. Very few, if any, manufacturers still make the specialized molds and hand-operated machines used to create or refurbish authentic Western hats, fedoras, derby hats and other handcrafted toppers. About two years ago, Watson’s wife was offered a job as a flight instructor at Deer Valley Airport. On a bright Sunday, as they searched the Valley for a place to settle down, they ended up on the road through Cave Creek. Like a prodigal son called home, Watson felt an instant connection. They drove past a “For Rent” sign next to Bryan’s BBQ and on a whim, Watson turned the car around and checked the place out. He wrote down the phone number, and the rest, as they say, is history. Watson’s Hat Shop is small but mighty, in a charming kind of way. Each hat starts out as a rough form made from one of four materials: genuine American beaver felt, European hare felt, Ecuadorian Cuenca or Monte Christo straw from Ecuador. The materials themselves are fine and meant to last. Through a series of timeless (and timeconsuming) processes, Watson spends hours gently shaping, molding, sewing and completing each creation until it’s exactly as the customer wants. His felts come in 31 colors, and he has 40 colors of hatter’s ribbon to choose from for hat bands. He’s also partnered with several other talented local leather toolers, silversmiths and other impressive artists to create custom bands for his clientele. “I’ve been blessed with so many wonderful craftsmen in just a few months,” Watson said.

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Finding the perfect hat is much more involved than one might think. Each client’s head shape is different, and every lump and bump affects the fit of a hat. Watson uses a special tool to map those differences; then his apprentice, Steve Snider, creates a wooden template for the customer to exact a perfect fit. The rest of the hat is based not on whim, but on the length and width of the face and width of the customers’ shoulders. Every bit of felt or straw is coaxed into place, from the crown to the peak, using molds and presses until the vision takes shape. Every band is hand-stitched, and the smallest details are tended to with tools whose names are long forgotten. Watson pours a piece of himself into each hat he makes, his dedication and creativity the true marks of a master craftsman. From the utilitarian Western hat to the classic derby, and so many in between, each finished product boasts its own personality. From the fine leather sweat band inside the hats to the smart handcrafted ribbon, turquoise and metalwork touches on the outside, there is nothing plain about Watson’s art. His dedication is just as much about creating the new as it is keeping alive the old. “It’s all about quality and the tradition behind it,” Watson said. “People get that. They understand that … the ones who have been raised that way do.”

Watson’s Hat Shop 6140 E. Cave Creek Rd. Suite 5, Cave Creek 602-419-6436

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Wild Holly Gallery Writer Donna Kublin

Most everyone who has been to downtown Carefree has seen Wild Holly Gallery or at least the

famous 1948 five-window, persimmon-colored truck that is usually parked nearby. Most people venture into the gallery to admire and purchase artwork, but there are a few who have yet to do so. They don’t know what they are missing. On a recent visit I found that Wild Holly Gallery continues to have some of the latest, most exciting,

and best artwork in the Phoenix area and contains a stunning array of pieces by over 95 artists representing an eclectic mixture with styles from traditional to ultra-modern. It is breathtaking. The artwork includes paintings, sculptures, artistic fountains, jewelry, and much more, with about 20 percent created by local artists, many of whom work exclusively with this gallery, and the balance from elsewhere in the country. Having been the founder and owner for over 12 years, Holly Pagliaro-Bergman has an eye for selecting high-quality pieces in a variety of mediums and in a range of prices. She knows what people want, even if they have yet to figure it out. One of the best aspects of the gallery is that Pagliaro-Bergman makes the art accessible. It can be experienced up close and personal, without someone hovering or making small talk. No one feels pressured. “I believe that the best way for people to connect with art is to let them do so uninterrupted,” said Pagliaro-Bergman. “If asked, we are here to explain the story behind the pieces, to talk about the artists, or to help customers select a piece of art, but we allow patrons the opportunity to wander our almost 5,000 square-foot space to appreciate the pieces in their own way.”

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Recently, Pagliaro-Bergman added some extraordinary talent to her gallery, as she does each year. John Yeager, who previously owned his own gallery in Carefree, joined the Wild Holly Gallery on April 1. He is considered today to be one of the foremost and finest artists of Western art. Collectors praise Yaeger’s landscapes and figurative oil paintings. Most often, they mention the spirit seen in the faces he paints and the powerful emotions they evoke. His paintings glow with rich, yet subtle light, always framing the inner soul and thoughtful expression of his subjects. His figures inevitably inspire an emotional involvement in the story captured in the brief moment he paints. “The people I paint,” Yaeger said, “have such character and dignity, such a joy for living. Their spirits never seem to fade, they are truly eternal.” Also new to the gallery this year is the unique sculptural work of award-winning Scottsdale artist Russell Marohnic. In a departure from their tradition, Marohnic whose studio, ARTSCAPES, creates commissioned and site-specific, one-of-a-kind unique sculptures and water features, decided to show some of his work at Wild Holly Gallery. “We love the gallery; it is truly unique and exciting and we felt it would be a good place to show our work,” said partner Fern Marohnic.

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metals with natural stone or glass or working with only one medium, Marohnic also creates tranquil water features with sounds to live with and enjoy. There is one such piece at the entry to Wild Holly Gallery along with a bench that is created of hand-selected quarried Arizona sandstone, dating back millions of years, the others having been sold. Some





ARTSCAPES has received includes “Ranking Arizona” #1 for three years in a row in the outdoor remodel category for 2008, 2009, 2010; Beautification Award from the City of Tempe for installation of unique water feature sculpture/benches at the SRP facility; and Master of the Southwest 2006 by Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine, that described him as follows: many say he is “an artisan of note, a craftsman of superb skill, a man of limitless imagination...” Pagliaro-Bergman is delighted with the new artists that have joined the gallery, but is careful to point out that there are several that she has represented for many years that have national and international reputations. One such artist is Paul Henry. New River artist Paul Henry has been represented exclusively by Wild Holly Gallery since 2006.

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His large-scale paintings are stunning and imaginative with amazing depth and dimension. His recent portrait of Jimmy Hendricks is extraordinary, capturing the essence of the person while creating visual excitement and energy. Other subjects include portraits of The Beatles, several western characters, a desert tortoise, and a popular theme of his, which fits right with the area culture, paintings with bikers and their machines. Henry spent 20 years as an illustrator in the New York area and decided to leave the big city and “get away from it all.” He chose the secluded New River environment, which fit his free spirit just fine. He began creating his Southwestern paintings while living back east. “I started showing my work when I lived in the SoHo district of New York City,” said Henry. “Southwestern art in New York is pretty hot. People like it a lot.” I really enjoyed browsing Wild Holly Gallery and imagining where the original artwork might fit into my life. There are many pieces at the gallery that I pictured in our home and several items as gifts to friends and family. It is quite remarkable to find it all in one place, it speaks to the range of styles presented. I left with an indelible impression that with the constant flow of new work and lively presentation, this gallery will always be fresh and inviting to collectors, browsers, and the curious. Wild Holly Gallery 22 Easy Street, Carefree Open Monday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 480-595-8757

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Local Galleries Adelante Gallery

el Pedregal, 34505 N Scottsdale Rd., Ste. A14, Scottsdale 480-488-1285

Showcases paintings, sculpture and jewelry by local and

Desert Village Shopping Center, Southeast corner Pinnacle Peak and Pima Rd. Scottsdale, 480-563-9800

international folk and fine artists.

Fine contemporary American crafts; art glass, ceramics,

Blue Coyote Gallery

jewelry, wood, metal.

6141 E Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek 480-488-2334

Regional contemporary and Twentieth Century fine art

Saddle Up Gallery

6140 E Cave Creek Rd., Ste 3B, Cave Creek 480-488-9303

featuring Western landscape paintings. Native American

Western fine art by local artists.

art, custom furniture.

Sergio Ladron de Guevara Fine Art

Blue Sage Gallery

7100 E Cave Creek Rd., #131, Cave Creek 480-945-3385

Vintage and historic Native American art, late 19th century to 1950

Bob Parks Gallery 14 Easy St., Carefree 602-469-5955

Sculpture in bronze by Bob Parks

Easy Street Gallery 100 Easy St., Carefree 480-656-4446

Contemporary fine art gallery with resident artists in working studios.

M&E Stoyanov Fine Art Gallery 37555 N Hum Rd., Carefree 480-575-7857


Pinnacle Gallery

6501 E. Cave Creek Rd., Ste 4, Cave Creek, 480-595-1123 Fine art paintings by Sergio Ladron de Guevara

The Sculpture Studio

6051 Hidden Valley Dr., Ste 4, Cave Creek, 480-575-6670 Sculpture by Mark Carroll in stone, wood and metal

Treasurers in Art

8711 E Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale, 480-585-9800 An eclectic collection of traditional and contemporary art, sculpture, wood carving, southwestern furniture by regional artists.

Wild Holly Gallery 22 Easy St., Carefree 480-595-8757

American artists of all styles and mediums.

Wildfire Gallery

6501 E Cave Creek Rd., Ste 3, Cave Creek

Fine art paintings in classic realism by Michael and


Ekaterina Stoyanov operating since 1998.

Contemporary art; metal, paintings, gifts

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More to come... This is the first of several

articles on the fabulous art

galleries in the Carefree, Cave Creek, and North Scottsdale area. Our exploration begins with galleries that represent many different artists from the local area as well as other parts of the country. We want to share information about some of the artwork and the gallery owners and acknowledge the work that they do to promote art and artists as well as contribute to the local community. Later we will present articles and information about artist studio/ galleries, where an individual artist develops his/her artwork and has it on display for the public. Each studio/gallery is as unique as the artwork itself. We hope that you enjoy the articles as much as we enjoy exploring the galleries.

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Bartlett Lake

Boating without buying:

Writer Lynsi Freitag

Bartlett Lake Boat Club offers happiness without the headache Less than twenty miles northeast of Carefree there is a jewel in the desert known as Bartlett Lake. Originally developed by the Salt River Project, it was named after former Arizona Governor Bill Bartlett, a government surveyor. Bartlett Lake is located in the Tonto National Forest, covers more than 2,000 acres and is twelve miles long. It is managed by the United States Forest Service. After winter rains, the area around the lake sprouts wildflowers; during the summer, the lake is a water oasis. That’s where the Bartlett Lake Boat Club offers a great, cost-efficient way for everyone to enjoy the outdoors in a gorgeous setting.


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Club versus ownership There’s an old saying that the two happiest days in a boat owner’s life are the day they buy a boat and the day they sell it. Yes, owning a boat can be rewarding. Boating is an exhilarating activity. But that reward can also come at a great cost, both in terms of time and money. Fortunately for boaters who want to enjoy the open waters without the stresses of ownership, there is a local alternative. The Bartlett Lake Boat Club offers members the chance to boat anytime, on any boat. “It’s a no-hassle way to boat,” says Bryan Church, owner of the club. “We take care of all the maintenance, the insurance and the upkeep. So members can spend 100 percent of the time boating and having fun. We’ve been around since 2002 so we know the lake like the proverbial back of our hand.”

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A boat for every boater “We have a wide variety of boats,” says Church. “From pontoon boats to run-about’s to professional wakeboard boats. It’s a great opportunity for people to try out different boats and decide if they want to be a boat owner. And we ensure that our members are comfortable with each boat before going on the water. They are not alone out there.” Billy Thall, who grew up boating in the Lake Tahoe area, has been a happy member of the Bartlett Lake Boat Club since it began. “I used to be a boat owner, but I don’t need to be one anymore,” says Thall. “The disadvantages of owning a boat are maintaining it, storage, cleaning it, insurance, towing it; just all of those things. I went to the Boat Club to see how much a wet slip would cost and it was less expensive to be part of the Boat Club. And the great thing about the Boat Club is the variety of boats.” Thall says that he has tried different boats when taking out different groups of friends to the lake.


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“If I’m up in the area, I’ll even go by myself in the middle of the week,” says Thall. “It’s just so easy. The boats are in the water and ready to go. And you can make reservations from your cell phone.” “I was actually out there one day when my boat had a problem and we headed back to the marina; there was another boat available and we hopped on and continued to have fun,” says Thall. “If that had been my boat, it would have ended the day. And, at the end of the day, you don’t have to do anything. You get off the boat and go home. They take care of the cleaning and any repairs.” Thall enjoys it so much he had to share it with his family. “For Mother’s Day one year, I bought my mom a oneyear membership,” says Thall. “Our members range from families to professional wake-boarders, to single-moms, we satisfy all of their needs,” says Church. “We have members who want to go out with their family and cruise around the lake, maybe do some tubing with their kids. We also have retired couples who want to go fishing during the middle of the week when the lake is at its calmest.” For New Jersey-native Craig Sacks, growing up near beaches was a lifestyle that he wanted to share with his family. He and his wife have been members of the Boat Club for ten years with their now 13-year old daughter growing up on the Bartlett Lake waters. “It’s just a great time,” says Sacks. “This past weekend, my cousins came to town with their kids who are 6- and 8-years old. We took them out on a pontoon boat and put the kids on the inner tubes and they thought it was the best thing ever.”

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Fishermen (and women) welcome One of the best kept secrets is the quality of fishing Bartlett Lake offers. The average depth of the lake is 100 feet, enough to support a lively supply of game fish such as both largemouth and small mouth bass and pan fish such as crappies and sunfish. For those who like the feel of “lunkers� on the line, there are carp and both channel and flathead catfish. Boats suitable for any style of fishing are available.


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A hassle-free experience “In this gorgeous setting, the Boat Club enables its members and, their family and friends to experience the boat culture without the hassles, times and expense associated with ownership,” says Church. “It’s much easier and cost-effective than owning a boat,” agrees Sacks. “We love the whole boat thing, but if you put the math on it, just your monthly storage would be the cost of the Boat Club.” “And what is so nice is that it’s family owned and just really good people are out there running the club,” says Sacks. Thall agrees. “It’s like we’re all family out there,” he says. “The energy and vibe is friendly and welcoming. I love being part of it.” Mark Twain is attributed as saying: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” One almost thinks that he must have had Bartlett Lake, the Verde River and Tonto National Forest in mind. 480-221-5737

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dining Cave Creek Tap Haus 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd Cave Creek 480-488-3300

Popular Cave Creek Tap Haus Offers it All Welcome to the Cave Creek Tap Haus Grill, brought to you by local business owners Jim and Lisa O’Toole and Mark Bradshaw. With over 50 beers on tap, awesome pub food, and a fully stocked bar featuring a great tequila and whiskey selection, the Tap Haus Grill will have something for everyone. Tap Haus features over 20 HD TV’s to watch your favorite sports games including two 20ft X 20ft screens. With a full sports package you can count on watching Hockey, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Football, MMA, NASCAR or anything else you might enjoy. PPV UFC fights are aired regularly and shown on the giant screens with volume inside and out. Just give us a call to see if we will be airing your favorite fight. Tap Haus is a Chicago Bears Den and we get down for Bears games! With Blue and Orange Bears Shots at touchdowns, our own Staley The Bear Mascot and a little friendly competition with the neighboring Packers and Steelers Bars, the Tap Haus is Bears Central. Tap Haus Grill features great live music in the Blues or Classic Rock vein on its full-size lighted stage every Friday and Saturday night. Why not come in and enjoy Cave Creek’s best pub food, beautiful interior and good times. Enjoy a good cigar? The Tap Haus has a heated or cooled porch, friendly to cigar smoke on one side and smoke-free on the other; with proper ashtrays, a great whisky, scotch and bourbon selection and a small humidor behind the bar. Tap Haus even has a fine cigar cutter tacked to the rail outside! The Tap Haus is always excited to meet a new friend and neighbor. We all look forward to having you as our guest and sharing our love of sports, food, music, beer and great times soon! 480-488-3300


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dining Black Mountain Coffee Shop Spanish Village at the corner of Ho & Hum Carefree 480-488-9261

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


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real estate Market Watch Real Estate data provide by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Heidi Stamp, Managing Broker Carefree Office 34305 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale AZ 85266 Managing Broker Heidi Stamp 480-488-2400

Annual Price Per Sq. Ft. and Pending Price Per Sq. Ft. Last 3 Years 300



4/13 $ Per Sq Ft

4/12 $ Per Sq Ft 150


4/11 $ Per Sq Ft 4/13 Pending $ Per Sq. Ft. 4/12 Pending $ Per Sq.Ft.


4/11 Pending $ Per Sq. Ft.


The recovery is positive and the momentum is continuing. Home prices and interest rates are helping with the recovery, but the untold story is the number of cash buyers wanting the benefits of attractive home prices for second and vacation homes. Our unique area with its enjoyable landscape and weather lends itself as an ideal place to retreat. As the average annual price per square foot continues to rise, forecasters are watching and waiting to see what happens in the second half of this year. Many sellers are now able to think about placing their home on the market without the worries of being underwater. While inventory is still low, buyers’ agents are scrambling to find homes suitable for their buyers. Multiple offers are occurring on homes over $800,000. While the market in our area can be seasonal, savvy buyers will continue to perceive the value of the market well into the summer and beyond. Information supplied by ARMLS through BrokerMetrics ® Information not guaranteed. Information retrieved on 04/12/2013.


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marketplace “Belmont’s tiered programming allows each partner to interact with peers and maintain their own mental and physical fitness,” said Beverly Sanborn, vice president, Belmont Village. “Because our entire building is licensed to provide directed care, we don’t have to separate couples with varying support needs.” In 2005, Belmont Village developed Circle of Friends®, a program for assisted living residents who don’t need dementia care, but do need a higher level of cognitive support. Individuals with mild cognitive Impairment participate daily in research-based group activities led by

Belmont Village Couples who have shared their lives for decades usually think they’ve resolved their differences. However, unexpected health changes in a spouse or varying needs can create a challenge in later years, especially when one spouse becomes the caregiver for the other. Belmont Village Scottsdale offers a couples’ solution with a range of programs that give each partner what they need.

specially trained staff.

Additionally, physical, occupational

and speech therapies are available at Belmont Village and a licensed nurse is on-site 24/7. Belmont Village 13850 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480-945-3600

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Carefree Floors Locally owned and operated, Carefree Floors is the place to go for flooring, counter and bath experts. Owner Brian Kunkel has more than 20 years’ experience, and the award-winning team of designers, installers and supervisors provide the expert quality you expect, in the time frame you need. We know floors! Our showroom is located in downtown Cave Creek at 6528 E. Cave Creek Road, just west of Dairy Queen. Drop in and let us show you the professional, hand-crafted difference. We do work Valley-wide, and from small repairs to large, custom-built home floors, counters and showers, we do it all. Carefree Floors uses environmentally preferred floor cleaning products. We also offer a complete selection of environmentally friendly flooring, including carpet, stone, tile, wood, bamboo and cork. We also offer green-friendly bath and countertop products. In addition to traditional interior flooring, we also have a full range of outdoor tile, stone, and natural products that allow us to make the exterior of your home as beautiful as the inside. Whether you are building a new home or updating your existing home, come visit our showroom and let us design and build your dream! We offer a full selection of the latest materials with the backing of industry-leading craftsmen. Not only will your job look beautiful, but it will last a lifetime. Carefree Floors 480-515-9999 6528 E. Cave Creek Road Cave Creek


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agreed with her vision, and after two expansions, Turn West Design has decided to “go big” with a move to its current location in Cave Creek. The new 6,000-square-foot showroom includes the “Endless Possibilities” Design Center where her interior designers have a large selection of current fabrics and leathers for customizing furniture pieces, window treatments and bedding to complement any décor. Turn West features fine manufacturers such as Hancock & Moore, the Jason Scott Collection, and so many more. Accessories range from quality servingware to a wide range of lamps, mirrors, and art. Renowned Western and Southwestern artists Robert Dawson, Sharon Brening and Bob Burt are featured. Many gift items are also available. The knowledgeable and friendly staff contributes to a comfortable shopping experience. Canine lovers enjoy being greeted by popular salesmen Jackson and Brooks, the friendly Yorkie mascots who join the staff at work each day. Last month, the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce honored her achievements by awarding her the 2012 Business of the Year. Showroom hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 480-595-5933 6535 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek


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Carefree Outdoor Living Carefree Outdoor Living, specializing in outdoor patio furniture and barbecue island components, is pleased to announce the addition of several new lines. The Tommy Bahama Outdoor Collection and Tropitone line have been added to provide very well-rounded offerings in patio furniture selection. Lynx has been added to our barbecue grill collection with

Let There Be Light Let There Be Light LLC, is a local Carefree-based company that specializes in low-voltage outdoor lighting.

Let There Be Light was established in March

of 2007 and quickly became known as the go-to guys for outdoor lighting due to their expertise and vast knowledge of the industry. “Lighting is all we do,” says Brian Gold, owner of the company. “We don’t get into hardscape, landscaping or irrigation, which allows us to be experts at what we do best.”

Bryan Gold believes that finding your niche

in an industry and sticking with it is what makes the difference. “We sit down with our clients on a personal basis to discuss their needs and design a lighting system based around each customer’s requirements.” From lighting tune-ups and LED retro-fits on existing jobs, to complete lighting design and installation from the ground up, Let There Be Light, LLC can provide you with an unmatched lighting system for years to come. Let There Be Light is known for “Properly Lighting Landscapes One Property at a Time.” Let There Be Light LLC 480-575-3204

plans to add both DCS and Viking brands in the near future. Please stop by anytime and check out these new additions to our showroom. The age of the outdoor room has arrived and Carefree Outdoor Living has been firmly establishing itself as the go-to resource for innovative outdoor room components, designs, and patio furniture in the Cave Creek, Carefree, and North Scottsdale areas. Carefree Outdoor Living was formed with the idea of offering a higher level of service for its customers and clients. They offer a multitude of different patio furniture brands at competitive pricing, with the majority of their sales focused on customized fabric selections and pieces that fit perfectly in any outdoor area. Outdoor kitchens are also a main area of focus for the business. “We offer a wide variety of brands and price points for outdoor kitchen components,” says co-owner Nick Stelfox. “Whether you’re building your outdoor dream kitchen from scratch or simply upgrading your current barbecue area, we offer full-service, start-to-completion services.” From simple cushion replacements with new fabric to fully designing and outfitting a complete outdoor living area, Carefree Outdoor Living will meet your needs. Carefree Outdoor Living 36889 N Tom Darlington Rd, Carefree, AZ 85377 480-575-3091


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Foothills Community Foundation 480-488-1090

Community Loan Closet 480-488-8400

Kiwanis Club of Carefree 480-488-8400 New River Senior Center 623-465-0367

Foothills Animal Rescue 480-488-9890

Art Gallery Wild Holly Gallery 480-595-8757 22 Easy Street Carefree, AZ

Foothills Caring Corps 480-488-1105

Attorney John W. Stevens, Attorney 480-488-2591 Carefree Area

Mobile Meals Foothills Caring Corps 480-488-1105

Automotive Sales Sanderson Lincoln 602-375-7500 Barber Shop Sam’s Barber Shop 480-488-3929

Foothills Food Bank 480-488-1145

Salvation Army 480-488-3590 St. Vincent de Paul Society 602-254-3338 COMMUNITY organizations American Legion Post No. 34 & Auxiliary 480-488-2669

Boutique Bags & Rags Ladies Fine Apparel 480-575-3114 16 Easy Street, Carefree

Arizona Archaeological Society 480-595-9255

Buy and Sell Gold American Federal 480-553-5282

Cave Creek Museum 480-488-2764

Cabinet Designs Monarch Cabinet Designs 480-370-4463 College Paradise Valley Community College 602-493-2600 COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE Alcoholics Anonymous 602-264-1341


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Arizona Musicfest 480-488-0806

Desert Awareness Committee 480-585-5657 Desert Foothills Community Association 480-488-4043

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 Noah Kendrick 480-595-2041 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Pope Scanlon Team Glee Pope - 480-502-6072 Owen Scanlon - 480-922-7909

Desert Foothills Community Education 480-575-2440

FIRE Fire Service 480-627-6900

Desert Foothills Land Trust 480-488-6131

Fitness Bodywork for Life 480-595-0246

Desert Foothills Theater 480-488-1981

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Freedom Fitness 480-488-8848 480-556-1949 Flooring Carefree Floors 480-515-9999 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 Habilitation, REspite & Attendant care Arion 623-238-4349 Handyman Desert Foothills Handyman Service 602-540-9794 Hauling/Rubbish Removal Rubbish Works Local Junk Removal & Recycling 480-545-1220 Ext. 711 800-501-9324 Health care Cierra Medical Walk-In Care 480-575-0131

Desert Foothills Medical Center 480-488-9220 John C. Lincoln Deer Valley 623-879-6100 Mayo Clinic 480-301-8000 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 Decor/Interior Design Buttercup Interiors 480-522-0209 Turn West Design 480-595-5933 Home Remodel Dynamite Desert Design 480-463-7113 Insurance Allstate - Debra Atkinson 480-488-5729 33725 N. Scottsdale Rd. #120 Landscape Design Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc. 480-595-0611 Earth Care AZ 480-488-2915 Iddings & Sons Landscaping, Inc. 623-465-2546 623-297-7584 Library Desert Broom Library 602-262-4636

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Desert Foothills Library 480-488-2286 maid Service The Maids Scottsdale 602-923-4000 Massage Bodywork for Life 480-595-0246 New home Trilogy at Vistancia Shea Homes 866-680-3691 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 Pavers Phx Pavers 623-434-5908 Pawn Wild West Pawn 480-575-0069 Photography Loralei Photography 602-795-0555 M ay 2013


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Pilates Bodywork for Life 480-595-0246 Plumbing Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 480-595-5330 Proskill Plumbing 623-551-7473 Podiatry Westland Family Foot and Ankle Specialist 480-361-2500 Pool Design/construction Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc. 480-595-0611 Eco Blu Pools 480-626-8200 36889 N. Tom Darlington Pool maintenance Carefree Crystal Clear Pool & Spa 480-488-2636 7202 E. Cave Creek Rd. 7A Eco Blu Pools 480-626-8200 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 Recreation Bartlett Lake Marina 602-316-3378 480-221-0503


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Restaurants Black Mountain Coffee Shop 480-488-9261 Spanish Village English Rose Tea Room 480-488-4812 201 Easy St. Carefree, AZ

Cave Creek Montessori School 480-563-2929 Cave Creek Unified School District 480-575-2000 Community Education Preschool 480-575-2072

Giordano’s Trattoria Romana 480-595-0233 7275 E. Easy Street, Carefree

Desert Foothills Lutheran Preschool 480-585-8007

Summit Diner 480-575-6562

Desert Sun Academy 480-575-2900

Tap Haus Grill 480-488-3300 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd. The Grotto Cafe 480-575-0100 The Village Coffee Shop 480-488-3835 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd. #134 B Retirement Community Belmont Village Senior Living 480-945-3600 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

Desert Willow Elementary School 480-575-2800 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 Sonoran Trails Middle School Main Line 480-272-8600 Attendance: 480-272-8604 Ventana Academic School 480-488-9362

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Security Doors Steel Shield Security Doors 623-581-DOOR Sheriff Sheriff’s Posse 602-256-1895 Shopping Desert Treasures 480-488-3782

Canyon Church of Christ 623-889-3388 Carefree Highway Community Church 480-488-5565 Cave Creek Adventist Fellowship 602-663-1268

el Pedregal at the Boulders 480-488-1072 34505 N. Scottsdale Road

Christ Anglican Episcopal Church 480-488-0525

The Red Truck Trading Co. 480-575-0100

Christ the Lord Lutheran 480-488-2081

Wild West Pawn 480-575-0069

Church of Jesus Christ of LDS 480-488-3035

Water Softener & Filtration Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 480-595-5330 Proskill Plumbing 623-551-7473 Rayne of the North Valley 623-234-9047 Weed Control Arizona Weed Guard 623-465-9051 Window Treatments Carefree Coverings 480-595-2920 7202 E. Cave Creek Rd. Worship Black Mountain Baptist Church 480-488-1975 Black Mountain United Church of Christ 480-575-1801

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

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Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church 480-488-3283 Light of the Desert Lutheran Church 480-563-5500 Lone Mountain Fellowship Church 480-818-5653 North Scottsdale Christian 480-367-8182 North Ridge Community Church 480-515-4673 North Valley Church of Christ 480-473-7611 Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church 480-488-2229 Pinnacle Presbyterian Church 480-585-9448 Redeemer Lutheran Church 480-585-7002 Son Rise Community Church 480-502-2834 Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center 480-488-5218 St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church 480-595-0883 Via de Cristo United Methodist Fellowship 480-515-4490

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recipe Dressing up! Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

I don’t know about you, but I have always felt uncomfortable with buying the freshest greens available for my salads, then dumping shelf-safe salad dressing on top that doesn’t expire until my third-grade daughter will enter high school. Unfortunately, for many of us, the fact that we are uncomfortable with it doesn’t always translate into action on our part. While making your own salad dressing may take a bit more thought and effort than grabbing a bottle off the shelf, it is not akin to churning your own butter or baking your own bread! Once you have the basic ingredients and formula down, you can experiment freely, and with confidence. Here are the basics that you need to know. Remember, if you are going to enjoy a salad, be sure to dress it well!

Whether you want a simple vinaigrette or creamy variation, all dressings come down to these five elements: 1. Oil: Don’t use that $35 bottle of extra virgin olive oil that you purchased as your latest foodie find. The delicate qualities of an oil will get lost in the dressing. Instead, use a good quality olive oil or neutral tasting alternative like canola or grapeseed oil. Combined with a bit of sesame oil or nut oil, you’ve got a dressing you won’t find in the store. How much oil do you need? Traditionally the oil to acid ratio is 3 to 1, or you may prefer an equal mix. 2. Acid: The go-to vinegars are balsamic, red wine and white wine vinegars. For a change of pace, try champagne or sherry vinegar. You can also substitute freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice. 3. Sweet: To take the edge off the acid, add a touch of sugar. Ordinary white sugar will do, but you’ll add more layers of flavor with honey, maple syrup, apple juice, or frozen orange juice concentrate, or even jam. 4. Salt: A generous pinch or two is usually enough. If salt tolerances vary at your table, season individual servings with finishing salt. 5. Aromatics: Minced fresh herbs, shallots, citrus rind, black pepper and/or garlic aren’t mandatory but add flavor and variety. Common salad herbs include basil, thyme, tarragon, cilantro, mint, parsley and dill. Feel free to experiment with these! To make your dressing, combine all the ingredients in a small mason jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake. If using a small bowl, whisk the oil into the other ingredients. Store any unused portion in the refrigerator.

Dressing up Your Dressing

Before serving, sample a bit of dressing on a piece of lettuce and, if necessary, adjust. Here are some common issues: • Is the garlic too intense? Don’t add garlic directly to the mix. Instead, crush a clove with the flat of a knife to release some of the juices. Drop the clove in the oil reserved for the salad dressing and shake to incorporate. After 5 or 10 minutes, remove the clove. • If your oil separates and it bothers you, add a bit of mustard to help emulsify the dressing. • If you are a fan of creamy dressings, add a bit of low-fat buttermilk to your mixture. • Add heat with a bit of curry paste or oil infused with dried chilies.


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$865,000 Million $$ views & finishes in this Cave Creek Santa Fe home. Patrick Thornton 480-540-7036 Star Thornton 480-510-6713


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City Lights Home on Mtn., 2008 gorgeous Custom! 480-375-1522

Luxury Carefree Retreat MLS #4827735 The Premier Lifestyle Group 480-420-8110

Turn-key & Modern, all new finishes & Pool, 1.7ac 480-375-1522

ImagesAZ Magazine North Scottsdale, Carefree and Cave Creek  

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

ImagesAZ Magazine North Scottsdale, Carefree and Cave Creek  

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