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Meet the Naplan Family



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Sports :: Drafted to the Major League


New Beginnings


The Musical Round-Up: Sal Carlino


Church in a Saloon


Not Your Momma’s Vortexes

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Fine American Crafts at Pinnacle Gallery


Native Son


Life without Limits at UCP


Living the Golden Rule


Pets and Rattlesnakes


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Local Index


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staff bio Amanda Christmann Larson Editor/Contributing Writer Amanda Christmann Larson has been a contributing writer for ImagesAZ since December 2010. As a former awardwinning newspaper reporter, she has taken her love for writing beyond hard news and into the everyday lives of local residents, sharing their struggles, accomplishments and inspiring moments.


Finding inspiration all around her is not a side job for Amanda. She is founder and director of a non-profit volunteer organization called Compassionate Journeys, dedicated to bringing medical volunteers and teachers to rural areas in Ghana, West Africa. She is motivated every day by her love for children and her desire to

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empower women and children with educational, health and economic opportunities so that they can not only survive, but thrive. She and her volunteers have begun construction on a home for rescued child slaves in Ghana called “Melor Vinyewo,” or, “I Love All My Children.” Last fall, she embarked on a bicycle journey across the United States, from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida, called “Babes Blocking Traffic” to raise funds and increase awareness about child trafficking and slavery happening across the globe. She’s pedaling out again in September, this time from Ontario, Canada to Mobile, Alabama.



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Sharing one love, one lifetime


all it fate. Call it destiny. Allan and Christina Naplan’s romance has the elements of kismet typically reserved for the grand stage.

After growing up in Boston and studying voice at Ithaca College, Allan pursued a career as an opera singer in New York for years. He then transitioned from a performance career into arts administration, eventually finding his way to the Pittsburgh Opera.

Christina studied voice at Boston University, then pursued a career as an opera singer in New York for years after having been with the Pittsburgh Opera.


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“Our careers aligned very closely for years, but we never met each other,” says Allan. “We were both opera singers. We sang in many of the same companies a year apart from each another. She arrived in Boston to study voice a year after I took voice lessons at Boston University.”

“She needs to make it because I have something special in


“It wasn’t until a mutual friend got married that we met one another at their wedding,” adds Christina.

And, as they say, the rest was history.

A Proposal to Remember Allan and Christina shared a long-distance relationship for several years. Allan’s career took him to Wisconsin, where he was director of the Madison Opera. Christina was still in New York performing as an opera singer when Allan proposed.

my pocket

“At the time, I would frequently go to New York. Christina and I would see shows and

for after the

Metropolitan Opera to see ‘The Magic Flute.’ We had dinner beforehand and Christina


the performance. I just kept thinking, ‘She needs to make it because I have something

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operas both for work and for play,” says Allan. “That night, we were going to the

was feeling quite ill. We were questioning whether she was going to make it through

special in my pocket for after the performance!’”

To add insult to injury, it was raining that night. Allan proceeded through the obstacles, got down on one knee and proposed to Christina at the Lincoln Center Fountain. Tears mixed in with the rain as Christina accepted.

“It had a lot of symbolism for us because it’s the hub of where our aspirations lay in terms of the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, and everything that is cultural and professional for musicians in New York,” says Allan.

“It was very romantic,” adds Christina. “Then we went back to my apartment and I was sick the rest of the weekend but Allan took good care of me.”

“We really enjoy singing together as a family,” says Christina.

A Musical Family Christina joined Allan in Madison and the couple were married. They started their family there with the birth of Jonah, now 4, and Elliot, 2.

Though they loved living in the Midwest, including two years in Minneapolis where Allan ran the Minnesota Opera, Allan was interested in transitioning his career from opera administration to the festival world.

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“I love opera and have dedicated a great deal of my career to it, but I also have a great interest in a much broader breadth of the music world,” says Allan. “So when I started looking at music festivals, I was drawn to where we could do varied music. I found the Arizona Musicfest where there is classical, jazz, cross-over … just a lot of different genres of music, and I found that exciting.”

In January of this year, Allan was named executive director of Arizona Musicfest and oversaw the festival this past spring.

“It’s very exciting that every night we can welcome different audiences and try to cross-pollinate genres so that people can be introduced to different types of music,” says Allan. “I also am very proud of Arizona Musicfest’s work and commitment to education. One of my degrees is in music education and my mom is a music teacher. It’s just something I value very much and the community component is very important.”










disappointing that so many schools are losing their music programs from budget cuts,” adds Christina. “Musicfest is really fulfilling a need. They go into schools and offer free music education and youth performance opportunities. It’s so great for the kids.”

Music education is something that both Allan and Christina take part in at home as well. Jonah and Elliot are miniature musicians themselves.

“Thankfully, our DNA has passed onto them and they are extremely musical,” says Allan “They just love every bit of it. They are constantly singing and playing instruments.”

“It’s very cute and it’s very loud,” adds Christina who currently stays home with the two boys, who are 22 months apart. “In addition to playing music, we have had


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a great time since moving to the area. Just being able to be outside through the winter and spring has been wonderful, and there is much going on in the local community.”

Jonah attends Temple Chai Preschool and Elliot will start there in the fall. The two boys like the Okee Dokee Brothers band and performing songs for their parents in the evenings.

“We really enjoy singing together as a family,” says Christina.

You know this is a musical family when Elliot stops drinking from his sippy cup to announce, “My favorite instrument is the banjo.” He then proceeds to spell the words “xylophone” and “opera.”

In arguably the most famous musical of all time, “The Phantom of the Opera,” Raoul says to Christine, “Say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime.” Together they sing, “Share each day with me, each night, each morning. Love me; that’s all I ask of you.”

For the Naplan family, their mornings and nights are sure to be filled with love and music.

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Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center Welcomes First Customer The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center welcomed its first customer, Yvonne H., to its new facility following a grand opening May 18, 2013. Pam DiPietro, executive director of the Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center, welcomed Yvonne to the new facility with a special gift. The new complex allows the food bank to better serve the more than 9,000 individuals and families in the northern desert foothills. The Foothills Food Bank‘s new home is located at 6038 E. Hidden Valley Dr. in Cave Creek. 480-488-1145

Summer Fun for Kids at Desert Foothills Library The Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd. in Cave Creek is the place to be for summertime fun. A wide variety of free classes and programs will be held all summer long, giving children and parents a number of great ways to discover the joy of learning and beat the heat. Among the many programs offered, the Summer Reading Program runs through July 27 for children and young adults through 18 years. The “Dig Into Reading” kids’ program and “Beneath the Surface” teen program provide fun activities, and prizes. Register online and start reading for great prizes. The Summer Reading Program encourages every member of the family to develop a love of reading for pleasure while enabling children to maintain their reading skills during the long summer. It’s fun and free! The Great Arizona Puppet Theater: “The Monkey and the Pirate” will be held Monday, July 8 at 11 a.m. for all ages. A monkey, a pirate and a valuable banana treasure all add up to plenty of hilarious fun for the whole family in this rollicking and rambunctious original show. Kids’ yoga for ages 5 and up will be held on Fridays, June 7 to July 19 at 2 p.m. (No yoga on Friday, July 5) No registration is required; attend one session or all six sessions. Other programs include “Worm Drive, the Musical” (ages 5+) July 15 at 11 a.m.; a henna workshop (ages 11-18) July 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; E-books for Kids workshops with library Nooks (ages 5+) July 3 and 10 at 10:30 a.m. and the teen program July 9 and 23, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Duct tape crafts (ages 11-18) July 23, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Lego Club (ages 5+) July 25 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and more! A full listing of programs is available on the library website. This summer, get lost – in a book – and enjoy! 480-488-2286


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Travel the Globe Culinary-Style at The Herb Box This summer, travel the globe at The Herb Box in SouthBridge or DC Ranch with the Second Annual Summer Supper Club series. Every Tuesday and Wednesday evening through July 31, take a culinary adventure with a weekly changing themed prix fixe menu of casual summer specials that explore a wide variety of cuisine styles. The Summer Supper Club schedule is as follows: July 2, 3 & 4: Made in the U.S.A. Enjoy squash puppies served with green tomato jam, Coffee Molasses Smoked Beef Brisket topped with tabasco and fried shallots, served with roasted red potato salad, with corn, bacon, scallions, and Rogue blue cheese. Dessert is a star-spangled all-American apple pie with cinnamon ice cream. July 9 & 10: German Kitchen Currywurst and pommes frites with mayo and creamy dilled cucumber salad start this scrumptious feast, followed by paprika pork schnitzel served with bacon scallion potato salad and braised cabbage. For desert, dive into our Boozy Black Forest Cherry Chocolate Trifle and Kirschwasser. July 16 & 17: Ploughman’s Pub Savor house-smoked trout and power greens salad with sliced radish, pumpernickel croutons, crushed red pepper, olive oil, and horseradish crème fraîche, followed by fish and chips served with malt vinegar, celery root remoulade and micro celery. For dessert, enjoy a fruit soup of mixed berries in rosé wine, topped with honey mascarpone and mint. July 23 & 24: Nuevo Latino Black Bean and Manchego Stuffed Pupusa Masa Griddle Cake start this zesty meal, followed by Cuban Braised Pork with tepary bean and cilantro, plus Napa cabbage slaw. Caramelized plantains with brown sugar and cinnamon, served with lime Kahlua chocolate bread pudding, topped with sweet cream and shaved chocolate complete la deliciosa comida. July 30 & 31: Korea Town Dive into Korean green onion pancakes with sesame-soy dipping sauce, followed by bulgogi Korean BBQ beef served in soft butter lettuce cups with sticky calrose rice, hot cucumbers, and sesame bean sprouts. For dessert, savor the taste of crystallized ginger ice cream with candied orange and edible flower petals. Dinners are $30 per person and include three courses plus a glass of wine. Pick up a Summer Supper Club dining passport at The Herb Box and after purchasing six prix fixe dinners, the seventh dinner is free. The Herb Box is located at SouthBridge in Old Town, 7134 E. Stetson Dr., Suites 100-200 in Scottsdale, and at DC Ranch on Market Street, 20707 N. Pima Rd., Suites 140-145 in Scottsdale 480-289-6180 Jul y 2013


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Scottsdale Musical Theatre Company Announces 2013/2014 Season Continuing its tradition of bringing Broadway’s favorites back to life, Scottsdale Musical Theatre Company (SMTC) is proud to announce productions for the 2013-2014 season. Performances will take place at the intimate 300-seat Dorrance Auditorium on the beautiful campus at Phoenix Country Day School in Paradise Valley. All SMTC shows feature the best local talent in the valley and a live 20+ piece orchestra. Shows planned for the 2013-2014 season are: November 14 – 17: “The Music Man” (Tickets available now online.) March 2014: “Cabaret” Summer 2014: “West Side Story” or “A Little Night Music” Fall 2014: “42nd Street” SMTC will be holding dancing auditions Monday, June 17 beginning at 6 p.m. for children age 16 and under, and beginning at 7 p.m. for adults. Auditions will be held at the Conservatory for Dance, 13637 N. Tatum Blvd. by appointment only. 602-909-4215

July 1 - 31 Educator Appreciation Month at MIM The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) invites Arizona K-12 educators to explore nearly 6,000 instruments and artifacts from every country in the world for free during the entire month of July. Current Arizona teachers, school and district administrators, registered student teachers, teachers’ aides and homeschool educators will be granted complimentary admission with a school- or district-issued ID, fingerprint clearance card or (for homeschool educators) an affidavit of intent. Teachers’ Preview Day will be held Sunday, July 21 from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets are free for Arizona K-12 educators, administrators, principals, registered student teachers and homeschool educators. Educators can take an in-depth look at MIM’s educational offerings for the 2013-2014 school year and programming will include information about field trips


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(both docent-led and self-guided tour options), pre-and post-visit curricula and Artist Residency Programs. The July 21 preview day will also feature a performance by the KawambeOmowale African Drum and Dance Theatre, one of the 2013-2014 Artists in Residence; light refreshments; the opportunity to tour MIM’s galleries; and a preview of MIM’s two new school-tour options. To register, visit Seating for the Teachers’ Preview Days is limited, so register early. 480-478-6000

July 7 Independence Day Potluck at North Valley Christian Church Celebrate Independence Day with a special patriotic service and potluck July 7 at North Valley Christian Church, formerly Spur Cross Cowboy Church. The service starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Opera House at Pioneer Living History Museum, 3901 W. Pioneer Rd. in Phoenix. Join the North Valley Christian Church community for celebration and fellowship at this fun event. 623-308-4338

July 11 Laughter Club at DFL No need to twist yourself into a pretzel! In laughter yoga (no poses, only yoga breathing), we set aside the critical mind and do playful laughter exercises that release our natural inner joy. Soon, the laughter becomes infectious and we experience many physical and psychological benefits. Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Dereth DeHaan demonstrates how laughter exercises, yoga breathing and relaxation combine to help you feel refreshed and revitalized. The class will be held at Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd. in Cave Creek from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. July 11. Registration is limited to 25 participants. 480-488-2286

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July 12 Cool Summer Nights Concerts at Pinnacle Peak Patio Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse, Arizona’s largest Western steakhouse and one of the grandest Western entertainment venues, continues its free Friday night concert series, “Cool Summer Nights,” July 12 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The higher elevation of Pinnacle Peak Patio provides temperatures on average of 10 degrees cooler than southern parts of the Phoenix/ Scottsdale area. This makes the steakhouse’s patios a popular gathering place throughout the summer months coupled with a relaxed atmosphere and amazing views. The first in the series will feature draft Michelob Ultra, Bud, Bud Light for only $3 and $12 dinner specials on the patio. A full dinner menu will be available inside the restaurant and a kids’ menu special also will be provided. Young Country will kick it up for the crowd. Other concerts in the series include the James Parker Band from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. August 16, and Mike Easterday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. September 13. Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse is the oldest and largest privately owned western restaurant/entertainment venue in the Southwest. The popular Scottsdale restaurant and entertainment center is located at 10426 E. Jomax Road in Scottsdale. 480-615-1113


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July 13 Desert Foothills Photography Contest Reception Winning entries of the Desert Foothills Photography Contest will be announced at a special reception 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 13 at the Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd. in Cave Creek. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. Everyone is welcome! All entries will be on display at the library from mid-June until the reception. Please register to assist in planning refreshments. 480-488-2286

July 13, 14 Experience France through the MIM Celebrate French music and culture in honor of Bastille Day! Come to the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix and enjoy live music performances and hands-on activities, shop for French merchandise at the museum store and indulge in a French-inspired menu at Café Allegro. This program is sponsored by PetSmart and supported by Alliance Française of Greater Phoenix. The event will be held July 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and July 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are free with museum admission. 480-478-6000

July 17 I am Hip-Hop: the Legacy of an International Youth Movement Join educator, writer and consultant Lasana Hotep for an in-depth, multimedia look into the history of the hip-hop movement July 17 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd. in Cave Creek. Learn about the environment in which hip-hop was born, its nine elements and the global response to the movement. Highlights include rappers from Cuba, breakers from Japan and DJs from the Philippines. You’ll experience the many ways hip-hop has permeated American popular culture and higher education. Free. Seating is limited. Please call to register. 480-488-2286

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July 18 Fanfare Ciocărlia It’s an exciting musical evening at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix as Fanfare Ciocarlia takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.! Fanfare Ciocarlia is one of the world’s greatest live bands, and their energy and ingenuity have won them fans around the globe. Fanfare’s members proudly approach every concert as a challenge to both entertain audiences and keep the true spirit of gypsy music alive. Fanfare’s musicians take pride in their ability to play as an extremely fast and tight unit, utilizing timpani, trumpets, horns and clarinets. Tickets cost is $34.50 to $42.50. 480-478-6000

July 20 Gold Rush in Cave Creek Everyone is invited to enjoy a modern-day gold mining extravaganza! Stake your claim and go ‘mining.’ Search out unused, broken, bent, outdated items in your jewelry box and drawers for ‘ore’ (jewelry, coin, silverware, collectibles). Bring that ‘ore’ to meet precious metal assayers who will examine, weigh and value your treasures. Sell or trade your ‘ore’ at Wild West Pawn’s July Gold Rush!


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Come to Wild West Pawn at 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and evaluations, and bring friends and family. 480-575-0069

July 21 After the Homestretch AZ Celebration at Harold’s Join After the Homestretch AZ for a second anniversary spaghetti dinner celebration from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 21 at Harold’s Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. After the Homestretch AZ is a 501(c)(3) Arizona non-profit organization whose mission is protecting the legacy of former racehorses through reconditioning, retraining and re-homing. One hundred percent of all proceeds go toward horse care. July 2013 will be the organization’s second anniversary; since taking in their first horse in October 2012, volunteers have rescued 25 horses, 23 of which are ex-racehorses, and two that were colts. After the Homestretch AZ has found homes for 17 horses and now have 10 horses in their current herd, ranging in age from 5 to 27 years, including Make Us Proud, who came from Santa Anita in February. Tickets are pre-sale at $15 for adults and $8 for children through July 11. Tickets at the door will be $20 for adults and $10 for children. An on-line auction featuring many interesting items, including fine dining and hotels is available through the After the Homestretch AZ website. This auction will continue through July 14. At the event, take a chance on fabulous raffle drawings, including one for a two-night, three-day stay at the Arizona Biltmore. You do not need to be present to win. 480-695-6187

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Joey Wise, a star pitcher who blossomed in his junior year and built up to a 90 mph fastball as a senior, was selected last month in the Major League Baseball draft. The Cactus Shadows High School Class of 2013 likely will produce lawyers, accountants, doctors, nurses, engineers, graphic designers and maybe, just maybe, a big-league baseball player. Joey Wise, a star pitcher who blossomed in his junior year and built up to a 90 mph fastball as a senior, was selected last month in the Major League Baseball draft. On the third day of the grueling draft, the Cleveland Indians made Wise a 33rd round selection. He was the 981st high school or college player drafted. “By far one of the most stressful events of my life, I’m not going to lie,” an emotionally spent Wise said, the day after the draft. His hopes for a higher draft slot had been fueled by pro scouts he talked to, and a Baseball America rating that had him as the 20th best high school or college player in Arizona. “I went a lot lower than I wanted to go,” Wise said. Even so, outstanding talent like Notre Dame Prep pitcher Austin Schnabel didn’t get drafted at all. And Tyler Viza, ranked No. 11 in Arizona and 427th nationally by Baseball America, was drafted just a few spots ahead of Wise. Unlike the military, where a “draft” means obligatory duty, the baseball draft is entirely voluntary. Wise can follow the example of Brett Jacobson, the 6-foot-6 hurler who pitched for Cactus Shadows. The hometown Arizona Diamondbacks selected Jacobson in the 11th round of the 2005 MLB draft. He chose to go to college at Vanderbilt University and, three years later, was drafted in the fourth round by the Detroit Tigers. (Jacobson is in the Colorado Rockies organization, at the AAA level.)

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Whether he starts

The day after the draft, Wise’s head was spinning with possibilities. He could sign with the

his pro career this

Indians, or pass on professional ball for now and attend a four-year college, such as Grand

year, next year or in four years, Joey Wise will have a

Canyon University. That would require him to wait two years before re-entering the draft. If he attends a two-year community or junior college, Wise can enter next year’s pro baseball draft. “I haven’t decided what I want to do,” he said, as he was still waiting to hear what Cleveland would offer.

long grind to make it from the minor

Though it may be a tough decision, Wise has someone with experience in his corner. Doug

leagues to the

Ketchen, Wise’s baseball coach since he was 10 years old, has been able to prepare him for


the ways of a professional career. Before settling in Cave Creek, Ketchen spent six seasons in the minor leagues, including parts of two seasons with the Tucson Toros, the AAA affiliate of the Houston Astros. The AAA league is the last minor-league step before the major leagues, but Ketchen never was called up to “the big time.”


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“It’s called the business side of baseball,” Ketchen said, when asked how his career ended. “I was in my sixth year and my numbers were good, but they had younger guys with the same stuff, and they decided to go with younger guys.” The Astros released him two days before the end of spring training, not giving him much chance to land elsewhere. Even so, he says he has few regrets. “I enjoyed it. I had a good career,” Ketchen said. “And then my son was born. Life sort of changed for me. I gave it 100 percent, but it was time to move on and get back to the real world.” He and his wife settled in Cave Creek and started raising son Cameron. Eight years ago, while coaching his oldest son and other Little Leaguers, Doug Ketchen first saw Joey Wise, a tall, skinny left-handed pitcher with a fastball few 10-year-olds could handle. “I told him, ‘You’ve got talent. You’ve got a gift. Keep working with it and good things will come with it.’” Over the last few years, Joey Wise literally “made the radar” of pro scouts. “There’s a radar gun at every game I go to, and I’m usually sitting at 87 to 91 mph,” Wise said. He also throws a circle changeup at about 80-81 mph and a more unusual knuckle curve in the upper 70s. He developed the knuckle curve, “When I was little, I couldn’t get the regular curveball down. You just put one finger on the seam and the knuckle in the middle of the ball.” What’s it like to face the scowling Wise, an intimidating left-hander at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds? Ask the Queen Creek baseball team. In his junior year, Wise pitched five innings against Queen Creek. The visitors had 15 batters against him. One kid hit a ground ball out. The other 14? All strikeouts.

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In a junior year that caught the attention of scouts, Wise batted .400 and went 6-2 with a 2.85 ERA. As a senior, in 35 innings pitched, he struck out 51, walking only 19. The team had a slightly disappointing season, squeaking into the playoffs, and then losing in the first round. Wise’s stats were not all that impressive, as he was 2-3 in eight starts with a 4.16 ERA. But scouts don’t put much emphasis on high school won-loss records and earned run averages. For young pitchers, scouts are looking for arms; kids who can “bring it.” And Wise can get the ball to the plate faster than most, with a whistling fastball that delivers a loud “pop” in the catcher’s mitt. During the draft, it was Wise who felt like he was whiffing. The process started June 6, with the first three rounds. The middle rounds took place on June 7, and the final rounds on June 8. That was a Saturday, and Joey Wise was following it closely online, his spirits falling with each round that he didn’t get selected. Finally, he took a break, and was having a chat with his mother. “All of the sudden, my phone started blowing up from people congratulating me,” he said. “I didn’t know why until people were texting me I got drafted by Cleveland.” A congratulatory call from the Indians organization confirmed the news.


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Though the draft process was stressful, “It was just a cool experience,” Wise said. “Definitely something you take with you the rest of your life.” What advice would he have for any Cactus Shadows kid who finds himself in the middle of draft talk in the future? “Stay confident. Believe in yourself.” Whether he starts his pro career this year, next year or in four years, Joey Wise will have a long grind to make it from the minor leagues to the majors. “I think he definitely has a good shot,” said Doug Ketchen, who once was on the doorstep to the Big Leagues. “I think mentally he’s strong enough to do it.” In his pitching career, Doug Ketchen topped out at 92 mph. At just 18 years old, Wise is already just behind him at 90-91 mph. “I think he’ll gain 2, 3 maybe 4 mph on his fastball,” Ketchen said. But there are many pitchers who throw 95 mph and higher, yet never make it to the Big Leagues. “I believe right now Joey is a thrower trying to be a pitcher,” said Doug Ketchen, who hopes his student will one day come back to Cave Creek with stories about a career in Major League Baseball.

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New Beginnings Writer Donna Kublin

“I’m walking through a new door,” she said beaming with a broad smile. “I have been waiting for this and I couldn’t be more excited.” The smile and comments come from Robin Ray who is newly retired. In May, Robin retired from Cactus Shadows High School (CSHS) where she was an arts teacher, department head, peer mentor and catalyst for advancing the arts. She became an educator more than 30 years ago. For the past 25 years, she taught art at Cactus Shadows High School, and also spent two years at Paradise Valley Community College. “Teaching has been the most worthwhile and rewarding thing I’ve ever done,” she said, “but I was a professional artist first, before teaching, and now I can focus on it full time.” She explains that teaching gave her stability and an opportunity to focus on the process of developing her art, to be investigative versus product-oriented. It has been a joyful process on both counts. “I loved working with the high school students, helping them tap into their creativity and go deep within to find a happy place,” said Robin. “And it is very gratifying that many students became professional artists.” Robin has lived in Cave Creek for 25 years, as do many of her students. “I love living here, seeing my former students as adults with children of their own. They still call me as Miss Ray, but from now on it’s just Robin.” Robin is widely known for her whimsical watercolors, but in addition to 2-D art, she also creates delightful 3-D ceramic sculptures. She plans to continue both at her studio/home which she calls Robin’s Nest. Her work can be described as striking color, simple shapes and repetitive pattern, all of which create artwork with energy. Intuitive and whimsical in nature, her pieces leave people smiling. She is influenced by the simplified shapes, color, and patterns of Henri Matisse and respects Belgian surrealist artist, René Magritte for the substance of his work, which has a great depth in content and meaning. She also admires Georgia O’Keeffe’s close-up, cropped manner, distilling her subject to its single most important characteristic. As Robin begins to shape her artistic life anew, one area of interest that brings her great satisfaction is mural painting on walls and other permanent surfaces, including fireplaces and entryways. So far, Robin has completed 130 such projects for homes and businesses, each of them incorporating the architectural elements harmoniously into the picture. Jul y 2013


First, Robin views the area where the mural is to be created, looking at the surroundings for patterns and colors that might work into the design. Collaborating with the client, she decides on colors and general design elements. She then draws the design freehand with chalk on the surface and uses live examples of the botanicals that will be in the mural. The chalk allows her to easily make adjustments and the botanicals help her to add the dimensional qualities she wants. She has been known to have plants on ladders while she works. She then applies house paint on to the drawing. The end result is an amazing, one-of-a-kind masterpiece that enlivens the space and in the outdoor setting, provides reliable design interest and color, no matter what the weather. Innovation is part of what Robin is especially interested in, particularly with her ceramic pieces. A couple of years ago she began creating animal sculptures, working with clay slabs. Her process includes creating the form; for example, a cow. Once the form is finished and while the clay is still leather hard, using her hands she “paints� it with multiple colors of liquid clay. Then she carves a design into it. Her carvings are done spontaneously so no two are alike. The sculptures are then fired in one of her newly purchased kilns, which also add their own element of surprise since firing changes colors. The end results are a one-of-a-kind animal sculptures that are primitive in style, while at the same time contemporary and energetic in carved lines. They can be used both indoors and outdoors. During the Hidden in the Hills studio tour last November, her sculptures went flying off the shelves. She plans to do more and also work on larger scale pieces. Always seeking new techniques, Robin is in the process of exploration and, given her talents, she has lots of mediums to explore. There is no telling what she will develop next. Her educational background helped prepare her for this. While studying art at Montana State University, she was taught by leading ceramist Frances Senska. She also studied at Northern Arizona State University, where she received her MFA with an emphasis in ceramics. Most uniquely, she attended Chapman’s College World Campus Afloat studying in a number of countries in Africa and Asia.


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Robin’s studio is open by invitation. You may also see her at local farmers’ markets with her whimsical watercolors, cards and calendars. She likes to interact directly with the public and recently bought a used tent with this in mind. While Robin has no immediate plans to teach, she has not ruled it out. As a consummate educator with a keen interest in helping children, especially teens, coupled with her leadership abilities, she has taken on co-chair responsibilities for the Sonoran Arts League Youth Education Committee. Already, she has helped the league develop a five-year plan for youth education




reinstitution of the league’s summer art program in conjunction with CCUSD’s Education & Community Service Department. People retiring from their professions often face uncertainty and lack clarity on what to do next. Robin is the antithesis. This high-energy, innovative and productive artist and educator will continue to make her mark as she opens the door to her new beginnings. 480-488-3132 Jul y 2013


volunteer Student Newspaper Guru Robert Adamson Writer Tom Scanlon

“For the longest time, I thought he was one of our staff members. I thought we were paying him!”

To paraphrase a line from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “We’re not dead yet!” That would be the cry of newspapers, gasping and bruised after years of being pummeled by various Internet forces, yet still insisting they have life. Here in Cave Creek, there is a school newspaper that was actually without a pulse. But, thanks to the efforts of an exceptional volunteer, that publication not only has life, it is now recognized as one of the best in the country. One look at the Cactus Shadows Press (CSP) and you think, “This is not your average high school newspaper.” Unlike the haphazard publications to be found on many high school campuses, the Cactus Shadows High monthly newspaper is filled with eye-catching layouts, thoughtful stories, challenging opinion pieces and an overall high quality. Indeed, the CSP has been officially recognized as one of the best student newspapers in the country, and the awards keep stacking up: A Gold Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press and a Pacemaker from the National Scholastic Press Association. Those two awards represent the highest honors from the two national associations. Another honor was presented by the school itself: The Cactus Shadows Excellence Award. It was not given to the newspaper, but to Robert Adamson, the take-charge


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volunteer who resurrected the newspaper. Working in tandem with Lori Hart, Adamson has been the driving force behind the CSP winning national awards and winning the hearts and minds of students. Indeed, Cactus Shadows is becoming a journalism training ground for scores of boys and girls. The CSP comeback story begins seven years ago. Adamson had retired as a Philadelphia school teacher and moved to Glendale with his wife. At 60, he was too young to sit around the house and do nothing all day. “I foolishly thought I would be a substitute teacher, after having taught all my life,” he said. He picked the school in Cave Creek because of its sprawling, welcoming campus. “I went to Cactus Shadows and was a substitute for a week or two. I didn’t like that at all. But I did discover they didn’t have a student newspaper, which is something I am very good at.” After getting approval from the administration, he talked to Hart, an English teacher who also helped students produce a literary magazine. She agreed to re-start the newspaper, as long as Adamson would help out. It’s almost ludicrous to call Adamson a “volunteer,” which implies someone who casually stops in now and then to see how students are doing. Take it from Debbi Burdick, superintendent of Cactus Shadows Unified School District. “He’s amazing,” she says of Adamson. “I’ve seen him in the back of Lori Hart’s classroom I’m not sure how many years. It just seems like every time I stop by there, he’s there. “For the longest time, I thought he was one of our staff members. I thought we were paying him!” When school is in, so is Adamson. He commutes from his Glendale home every school day to help teach two journalism classes. “I’m there two hours a day, maybe two and a half,” Adamson said. “And once a month, I come in on a Saturday to do the paper.” Jul y 2013


volunteer Student Newspaper Guru Robert Adamson

“The primary goal

Even more impressive than the hours Adamson puts in is his attitude, the enthusiasm

is to turn out

and caring he brings to the classes. “I was amazed a community member would

young leaders. A

have such passion,” said Burdick. “I really think his commitment to journalism and

newspaper is a very tangible product, at the end of a month they can say, ‘Look, I did this, I got everyone together

writing has inspired students to be journalists.” The district superintendent recently met with a group of parents, and one father happened to pick up a Cactus Shadows Press copy and look it over. “He had been part of a newspaper when he was in high school,” Burdick said. “He said he was amazed by the quality of articles and they certainly do not seem like they were written by high school kids.”

and we did this.’ The world only needs X number of journalists. But it needs organizers, someone who can manage others.”

Burdick is quite proud of the growth of CSP over the last few years. “It’s more robust. It’s bigger. The stories are more timely. They are tied to what’s happening in our community, our state and our world. And they’re not afraid to take on any topics. But they always try to give both points of view. They are writing from a journalistic aspect, unbiased. That’s where I’ve seen the evolution. We truly get information from this publication. We read it like we would other newspapers.” Adamson is modest about his newspaper leadership. “You might as well do something you like,” he said, from his Glendale home. “It’s all volunteer work. Doing it for nothing is not much different than doing it for money, for me. For me it’s become in the last few years a daily occupation. I go to school and do the newspaper.”


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Adamson, 67, grew up outside Philadelphia. He studied 16th and 17th century literature in college (“my interests were scholarly”) before entering the Peace Corps at 21. Two years later, he began his teaching career, and for three decades taught English and journalism, which introduced him to the world of high school newspapers. These days, student as well as professional newspapers are outside the known world of many youngsters, and boys and girls who rarely (if ever) read the papers often walk into the Cactus Shadows newspaper class. “The idea is to get the kids as involved as possible,” Adamson said. “There’s only so much you can do when you have kids involved for just a year or two. The more I can do to teach quickly, the better it is … There are always a few who are enthusiastic enough that it makes the project worthwhile.” Some of the kids have become so enthusiastic that, after graduating from Cactus Shadows, they study journalism at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and other colleges. Even so, “That’s not the primary goal of the newspaper; it’s not to turn out young journalists,” Adamson stressed. “The primary goal is to turn out young leaders. A newspaper is a very tangible product, at the end of a month they can say, ‘Look, I did this, I got everyone together and we did this.’ The world only needs X number of journalists. But it needs organizers, someone who can manage others.” And skills learned in the journalism class can be used in the fast-growing fields of Internet communication and marketing. “The world always needs someone to tell the story,” said Adamson. He strives to continue pushing CSP forward, with improvements every year. Even during summer break, his mind is tumbling over ways to make the Cactus Shadows newspaper better. “This summer, I’m looking at fonts. And I want to do more next year with infographics. They’re real hot, and kids don’t get them.” Not yet, at least; but when this volunteer sets his mind to getting a point across, one imagines that the anchor usually sinks in securely. As the introduction to Robert Adamson’s Excellence Award stated, “He is a mentor and an inspiration, and we are pleased to recognize him for his truly remarkable contributions to our students.”

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The Musical Round-Up: Sal Carlino

Writer Tom Scanlon Photographer Jamie Pogue


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“Oh, it’s better than sunshine,

before he landed his steady drummer and bass player. “Hey,

It’s better than moonshine,

Sal, what stray hounds are you dragging in tonight?” Bradshaw

Gotta let your soul shine, shine ’til the break of day.”


After delivering the massive closing notes to Govt. Mule’s

Now that Sal has a steady rhythm section, the sound seems to

“Soulshine,” Sal Carlino unplugs his guitar and steps off the Tap

be growing bigger and sharper. Pierce and others appreciate

Haus stage. As he approaches the bar, an adoring fan leaps

the focused energy Carlino puts into his shows. “He gets very

into his arms. Sal’s girlfriend, Erica, looks on with a grin. “She’s

down and deep into his music, and sensual. His music gets

infatuated with him,” Erica says, as a rescue Chihuahua named

more sensual as the night goes on.

Amore frantically wags its tail and snuggles into Sal’s neck. On a personal level, manager Pierce says Carlino is “very Amore’s not the only lady who digs Sal. “You’re beautiful,” a

family oriented. A reliable, straight-forward guy. He’s the All-

woman declared to Sal after another show. To go along with

American guy.”

Sal’s Al Pacino-meets-Sal Mineo looks, Carlino powers out fast, gritty, sensual guitar notes on his Fender. His top-shelf artistry

Sal Carlino was exposed to the blues back in his days growing

tends to get the ladies swaying and dancing and guys bobbing

up in Chicago. He was always a hard worker, whether as a

their heads in appreciation.

cook in Italian restaurants or on his family’s construction site; driving a bulldozer, he always had rock music blaring in his

Carlino is rapidly becoming known as the top guitar player

headphones. “I just wanted to play music!” For a brief period,

in the Cave Creek music scene, and his dynamic playing is

he owned a restaurant/sports bar called Chasers. “I love music

becoming as much a staple at the Tap Haus as the 50 beers

so much I turned it into a blues bar,” he recalled with a grin.

on tap. He and his band play Friday nights, and return to the Cave Creek brew house to play Sunday afternoons. They

After that, he returned to working day jobs and hustling

have also played regular shows at the Hideaway, but are on

around at night and on weekends to play occasional shows.

summer break there.

Then, a sharp pain in his neck led to a trip to the emergency room; he was told there was a 50-50 chance he wouldn’t be

On Friday nights, Sal and the Strayhounds turn the sports bar

able to walk again due to nerve damage. Though he came out

into a mini-arena, blasting out muscular, refined music. “I have

of it physically fine, it was a frying pan-to-the-head moment.

originals, but I don’t play them live,” said Carlino, who lives in

“That made me go 100 percent into music. I decided I was

Anthem. His music selection ranges from the Allman Brothers

just going to do what I love doing.”

to BB King to ZZ Top. Called to the Tap Haus stage for an encore, Sal and the “I don’t have a set list, I just get up there and play,” he says,

Strayhounds start a slow, deceptively easy beat in a ZZ Top

typically nonchalant. He may be easygoing to chat with about

number, then kick into gear for another blow-out number.

music, but when he is on stage, he is intensely in the moment, his muscles tensed in concentration. “People come up to me

Perhaps bartender Victoria Nunez said it best: “I think Sal and

after the show and ask me, ‘What did you play?’ I tell them,

Cave Creek go together perfectly.”

‘I have no idea.’” Sal and the Strayhounds perform at the Tap Haus on Friday The Strayhounds band includes drummer Brian Lovins and

nights from 8 p.m. to midnight and Sundays from 2 p.m. to

bass player Joe Schofield, with occasional harmonica and sax

6 p.m. No cover charge. The Tap Haus also has music on

players jumping in for cameos. “I’m just happy to be playing,”

Saturday nights, with rotating blues and rock bands.

says Carlino, quite a humble rocker. Others are less reserved in praising his skills. “I think Sal’s an amazing musician,” said Antonio Pierce. “He’s a very talented performer. He’s got great stage presence, puts a lot of energy out there.” Pierce is the manager of the Tap Haus, owned by Jim and Lisa O’Toole and Mark Bradshaw. The latter also owns the Hideaway just next door, which explains how Sal and the Strayhounds are the house band at both. Bradshaw is also responsible for the band name, from a comment he made about Sal’s rotating cast of musicians

The Tap Haus 6900 E. Cave Creek Road 480-488-3300 Jul y 2013


The Musical Round-Up

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

Amaro Pizzeria and Vino Lounge


Soft, jazzy lighting and oversized couches make

The elegant Cellar 13 Wine Bar hosts surprisingly rowdy

this a nice place to sink in, order an appetizer an

music on the first Fridays and 13th of every month.

a glass of wine, and get lost in the music. Jeordie

Buffalo Chip Saloon

(just the one name) serves up groovy, soulful covers

Cellar 13

of everything from “Sweet Home Alabama” to Joni

7202 E. Ho Rd., Carefree

Mitchell, with a few originals sprinkled into the mix.


This upscale pizza place on Tatum and Dynamite


next to Cocomo Joe’s hosts music on Wednesday,

Where many bars around Cave Creek have a laid-

Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

back feel, this is “the scene” with young ladies dressed to dazzle. The dance floor fills for live


Amaro Pizzeria and Vino Lounge

music four nights a week at this island-themed bar

28234 N. Tatum Blvd., Cave Creek,

at Tatum and Dynamite.


Plugged in rock and blues bands play Friday and

Buffalo Chip Saloon

Saturday nights, with karaoke on Wednesday and Sunday nights.

When a bar has bull-riding shows out back, it’s a pretty good bet they’re going to be playing country

Cocomo Joe’s

music inside. Buffalo Chip has one of the finest

28244 N. Tatum Blvd.,

Arizona country acts, the Pat James Band Monday,


Thursday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Whether you’re out to kick up your heels or just sit


back and listen, Cave Creek’s Buffalo Chip Saloon

Bill Dutcher plays guitar every Friday night, 6:30

is a prime spot. The bar and casual restaurant

p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the sushi restaurant and bar

are almost always full,

in lower Cave Creek.

but the crowd is relatively

mellow, considering the place does big bull riding shows out back on Wednesday and Friday nights.

Electric Eel 30815 N. Cave Creek Rd., Suite 132, Cave Creek

The County Line Band plays Tuesday and Friday


nights. Music is from 8 p.m. to midnight, every

night. Free dance lessons Thursdays from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.

HAROLD’S The opening chords of “You Really Got Me” really

Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse

get some ladies jumping up and down in their

6811 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek

boots. Dudes in cowboy hats playing the Kinks?


That’s kinky at Harold’s, the musical powerhouse

atop Cave Creek. Rotating, high-energy country and blues/rock bands play Friday and Saturday nights


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The Hideaway

Big Earls Greasy Eats

at Harold’s, which hosts highly skilled bands who

The Hideaway

know how to work the crowd.

6746 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek 480-595-0358

The Arizona Blues Project is the Thursday night house band at Harold’s, ripping through upbeat

blues and even hard rock numbers with high-energy


precision, veteran musicians at work. This is blues

Janey’s has one of the coziest outdoor venues

with sonic jams, every song in danger of being epic-

you’ve ever been to – and if you haven’t, you

ified with slowly, incrementally layered, and almost

should. Blues, alt-country and Americana music fans

playful builds toward ear-busting crescendos.

relax in comfortable chairs surrounded by planters

Harold’s Corral

made of mini-boulders. Behind the stage, soft lights Harold’s Corral

highlight a cactus-lined hillside.

6895 E. Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek 480-488-1906

The summer music schedule is full Fridays and

Saturdays, with a cast of rotating regulars including

THE HIDEAWAY Have you heard the Hideaway is a biker bar?

Big Pete Peterson and Big Nick and the Gila Monsters. Janey’s Coffeehouse 6602 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek

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 live-music destination

VINO 100

whether you roll up on two wheels or four. The

Tucked in the Tuscany Village Center (just north of

Hideaway hosts live music just about every night.

Tatum), this wine shop features live music Friday

While the bands are tucked in the corner of the

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


covered bar, patrons enjoy the music while lounging around a few fire pits in the spacious outdoor area.

Vino 100 30835 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix

The music ranges from the high-energy blues/rock


of Sal and the Stray Hounds (so-named because

Venues Café

the singer-guitarist always seemed to be showing up with different “stray hound” backing players) to a blues-jam band called the New Brothers. “I pray Lord have mercy, Lord won’t you have mercy on me,” singer Charlie Dickens softly wails, over a seemingly endless groove by his backing musicians. The New Brothers’ set list ranged from “Ain’t 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.”

Vino 100

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faith Church in a Saloon? Writer Paul Stockford Photographer Jerri Parness

Drive by the Buffalo Chip Saloon in the heart of Cave Creek any night of the week and chances are you’ll hear rowdy country music emanating from the bar. Drive by the Buffalo Chip on Sunday mornings, and the music you’ll hear is decidedly different. On this particular Sunday morning, the






Kristofferson classic “Why Me, Lord?” drift along on the warm spring breeze. A mecca for raucous country music and two-stepping locals seven nights a week, things change considerably every Sunday morning at 9 a.m. as the Buffalo Chip Saloon becomes Ecclesia, the “Church at the Chip” for an hour. In 2012, Arizona native and Cave Creek resident Steve Gilbertson, the coffee house pastor at a Scottsdale mega-church for several years, felt the time was right to pursue his dream of establishing a church right in the heart of Cave Creek. “Cave Creek is a unique community,” said Gilbertson, pastor at Ecclesia. “It deserves a church that expresses its personality:


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and a bit unconventional. Where else but Cave Creek would it seem appropriate to have a church that meets in a saloon?” Ecclesia held its first service outdoors, next to the bull riding arena at the Buffalo Chip, on Easter Sunday, 2012. Buffalo Chip owner Larry Wendt, who knew Gilbertson from his previous church, offered the use of his saloon grounds when he first heard of his plans for a church to serve the Cave Creek community.

“A lot of people in Cave Creek believe in God, but aren’t comfortable in a traditional church.”

That first service drew over 100 attendees, some arriving on horseback, some with dogs in tow and most sporting cowboy hats and dusty boots. Clearly there was something about Ecclesia that resonated with the local Cave Creek population. “A lot of people in Cave Creek believe in God, but aren’t comfortable in a traditional church,” said Gilbertson. “We’re serious about teaching the Bible, but we do it in an unconventional way and I think people appreciate that.” Ecclesia’s Sunday morning non-denominational church services began in October, 2012 and the Church at the Chip has been growing since. Offering traditional music with a touch of cowboy and traditional

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faith Church in a Saloon?

Clockwise from left, Pastor Steve Gilbertson, Paul Stockford (article author and harmonica player), Cheryl and Doug Johnson.

“We’re serious about teaching the bible, but we do it in an unconventional way and I think people appreciate that.”

teaching in a decidedly non-traditional setting, Pastor Gilbertson’s sermons are often punctuated by the sounds of birds in the surrounding trees, the nickering of Buffalo Chip’s rodeo pickup horses and the sight of an occasional deer darting across the hills that frame the makeshift pulpit. Shade from a giant mesquite tree keeps the congregation comfortable as rising temperatures warm the morning air. Cheryl and Doug Johnson of Desert Hills began attending Ecclesia in November 2012 at the invitation of neighbors Janice and Kim Cowles, who had discovered the fledgling cowboy church themselves. Doug Johnson has been battling the onset of a condition called frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) for the past several years. FTD


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has also caused him to be stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” The disease has taken its toll physically and emotionally on both Doug and Cheryl.

Looking for

spiritual support, they turned to Ecclesia. “We’ve always had issues with organized religion,” said Cheryl. “Doug’s FTD made him uncomfortable around other people, but we quickly discovered that Ecclesia is different. Doug is not only comfortable at Ecclesia, he is truly happy to be there. Sunday mornings at Ecclesia are now as much a part of his care as his doctors and support groups.” With a growing congregation drawing an eclectic group that






executives and everything in between, the Church at the Chip is as diverse as the population it serves. According to Pastor Steve Gilbertson, “Everyone needs something







something to become. We’re thankful that people from all walks of life are finding Ecclesia to be a welcoming community of faith, love and hope.” Ecclesia is a church as unique as the community it serves. You might say it’s a bit of a throw-back. It is unpretentious, direct and authentic. It’s a little bit cowboy, a little bit biker, and it’s very Cave Creek.

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Not Your Momma’s


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Throw out the word “vortex” at a dinner party in Mainstream, USA, and you’re likely to get more than a few odd looks. Chances are good that, before you can say, “Pass the meatloaf,” someone will either politely change the subject or begin to chuckle. For the last few dozen years, the term “vortex” has been associated with alternative hippie granola types who believe world peace is mandatory and shaving is optional – not that there is a thing wrong with that, of course. I’m no hater. My point is that the concept of energy centers has been a little underground, if you will. Not so true anymore, says Dennis Andres, author of “What is a Vortex: A Practical Guide to Sedona’s Vortex Sites.” He should know; he and his Keens have covered over 10,000 miles of Sedona trails with a spectrum of seekers, from yogis to yuppies through his long stretch as tour and meditation guide and official “Mr. Sedona.” “A vortex is a center of spiritual energy,” he explains. “In the case of Sedona, it’s a word used to mean ‘sacred site.’ It’s a place that combines abundant natural beauty with a hard-to-define feeling of well-being and connectedness that people find here.” Before you feel a need to create a space and process that download over a cup of kombucha, the concepts Dennis is referring to are not so far-out. Sacred places are found all over the world and are woven through recorded history. Dennis says they are characterized by one or both of two things: tremendous natural beauty and a recurring phenomenon of people experiencing unusual reactions from being there. It’s not a matter of New Age as much as it’s a matter of ancient wisdom. From Machu Picchu to the Pyramids of Giza, sacred places have lured souls for centuries, and we’re lucky enough to have one of these spots in our own back yard. “Sacred places are divine creations, and you can define ‘divine’ any way you want,” says Dennis. “People from many different faiths experience something special in Sedona. It’s not about religion, it’s about spirit. I’m not asking anyone to worship it, but I do think it’s worthwhile to recognize that a place can have its own energy. “All places have their own energy,” he continues. “Where you were born may feel different than where you went to school, and where you went to school may feel different from where you work. Sometimes the energy expression is vibrant in a way that people notice it more.” Writer Amanda Christmann Larson

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just based on warm, fuzzy feelings. Science may be filling in some of the blanks. In the 1970s, a scientist named James Lovelock formulated the Gaia hypothesis, suggesting that the earth’s atmosphere, oceans, geophysiology and other systems are interrelated and that the earth itself is a single living organism. At first, this radical idea was ignored and dismissed as a neo-pagan New Age religion. However, after a few tweaks and a lot of scientific banter, many of the ideas presented by the Gaia hypothesis are now being used to understand geophysiology, earth systems science, biogeochemistry, systems ecology and climate science. It does more than make good coffee shop fodder for the white coat types. Currently, researchers from the University of Maryland and Western Washington University have discovered a way to track chemical elements that could ultimately prove or disprove the theory. In the meantime, the perspective that the earth functions as a single living organism has added some explanation for otherwise mysterious processes that affect us all. If proven, it will validate what ancient people have said for centuries and what environmentalists have been proclaiming for decades: the earth is alive.


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A vortex, then, says Dennis is a “place in nature where the earth is exceptionally alive and healthy.” So if a vortex is simply a center of life-force energy, how is that energy measured? Well, for one thing, it’s not magnetic energy like iron in Sedona’s red rocks may suggest. It’s also not electrical energy. It’s an esoteric energy, and there are growing volumes of scientific studies proving its existence and validity, including work by Stanford University Professor Emeritus William Tiller and Paul J. Rosch, clinical professor of medicine and psychiatry at New York Medical College, among others. Dennis has a more readily available tool. “In observing the experiences of nearly a thousand people in Sedona, it is clear that there is a more sensitive, more accurate measuring device of the energy that is here. It is us: human beings. As complex organisms with an ability to sense more than what can be seen physically, we are often able to detect this energy.” If you’ve ever experienced a woman’s intuition or a bad feeling about someone, you’ve felt subtle energy. Some call it a sixth sense; some call it chi; some call it life force. Regardless of semantics, when people connect to it in Sedona, sometimes they laugh, sometimes they cry, and sometimes they feel physical elation. Dennis says that women are often the ones who shed tears while men, usually the more physical of our species, feel an urge to climb mountains or otherwise conquer nature. Some, however, feel nothing at all. That’s good and fine, too. “When we use the term ‘vortex,’ it’s a New Age term, and not one I use a lot,” he says, speaking slowly as he formulates his words carefully. “When we say ‘vortex,’ it makes people think one of three things that is incorrect. “The first is that there are specific places where the energy is strongest. The phenomenon people experience is in the whole area, and the idea that there are spots where it is stronger is actually doing harm to nature because everyone wants to stand in certain places. People have trampled their way through what was once pristine wilderness to get to those spots.”

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Visitors from all over the world flock to Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock or Bell Rock, among other places in Sedona, hoping to feel something special. Dennis, too, once believed that certain locations held more significance. He now believes the energy is somewhat fluid, and that people can connect with it from many places in the area. “I love Bell Rock, but it is not necessarily the best place to visit for finding spots. It could also prevent you from connecting with nature because there are often so many other people there. Rather than searching for ‘X-marks-the-sacred-spot,’ it’s the connection you are making to wherever you are standing that matters, whether it be a tree, a flower or an awesome red rock formation.” And, oh, is there nature to find! There are 115 hiking trails that weave through the forested and stone-studded land, and not one of them is a dud. A visit to the Hike House near Uptown will put you on a path right for you. Early morning and sunset bring almost otherworldly views, with orchid skies bursting against bright salmon and apricot mountains. Dennis continues, “The second incorrect idea is that there is magnetic energy. There is not. You won’t feel a magnetic pull when you come to Sedona because it simply is not there.” The third fallacy may be the one that causes the most misunderstanding and frustration. “Using the term ‘vortex’ makes people think that there is somehow a correct way to feel what happens,” Dennis explains. “It makes people think that, if they don’t feel something, they’re somehow spiritually deficient. That’s not true. People simply experience things in ways unique to them.” People visit Sedona with many different intentions. Some just want to hike in a beautiful place. Some want a spiritual experience. There is no right or wrong; there are no losers in this discussion. No one should be disappointed. That’s the beauty of places like Sedona; everybody wins. No matter how we process it, we are all surrounded by magic and wonder. It’s when we stop seeing the beauty that lies within nature – any nature – that we stop appreciating those gifts. Whether you meditate on an outcrop of an ancient red mountain, or walk through the forest and notice tiny flowers in bloom, there is peace in Sedona. Maybe it’s a coincidence; or maybe, just maybe, creation whipped up something a little extra special. As the science behind the wonder continues to evolve, it may just prove what people have been saying all along. Vortexes may not be so ‘out there’ after all.


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Fine American Crafts at Pinnacle Gallery Writer Donna Kublin


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Offering the largest and best selection of fine contemporary crafts anywhere in the Valley, Pinnacle Gallery represents outstanding national and regional artists in glass, jewelry, ceramics, metal and wood. The exceptional artwork, beautiful displays, and superb lighting combine to make a gallery that is visually stunning and, at the same time, welcoming. Located in North Scottsdale, the 2,400-square-foot Pinnacle Gallery was opened 15 years ago by Peter and Joanne Hildt. Married for 35 years, the couple are used to working together, having owned a successful advertising agency in Chicago before moving to Scottsdale. Their love of fine crafts and their eye for artful presentation have been widely recognized. The gallery has received the highest award in their industry for nine years, voted a top gallery of American Craft by NICHE magazine. While other galleries often feature a craft artist or two, fine crafts are exclusively what you will find at this gallery. They also take it a step further. “What makes Pinnacle Gallery different is what we emphasize using fine American crafts in interior design,” explains Joanne. “We have wonderful artists, and they allow us to have a lot of resources at our disposal. We give clients plenty of choices because we have diverse mediums in various sizes and colors. “In addition to being uniquely beautiful, the contemporary crafts we show work in all styles of homes from contemporary to Tuscan, from traditional Southwest to Midwest,” said Joanne. “The pieces help make the atmosphere of the home lighter, richer and more interesting.” One of the services that sets the gallery apart from others is their complimentary interior design service to residential and professional clients. During the first meeting, Joanne visits a customer’s home or location to get a feel for lighting, decor and homeowner’s personal style. A few days later, Peter packs their SUV with anywhere from one to 30 pieces Joanne has selected, which they try out with the homeowner. Sometimes, additional trips are needed. Typically, the pieces are left for a day or two for the homeowners to see the effects of evening light and morning sun, and then any pieces that don’t work for them are picked up and those they love are purchased. Joanne explains, “There is no charge for these design services, and our services may include moving your own pieces to better present a cohesive design with the new pieces.” There are many extraordinary artists represented exclusively by Pinnacle Gallery. One such artist is Californiabased Anne Goldman, who has been involved in ceramics for over 30 years. Her work has been represented extensively in museums, galleries, private collections and exhibitions in the US, Europe and Asia. These include New York’s Museum of Art and Design, the Smithsonian and Philadelphia Museum of Art, to name a few. Goldman works with large wheel-thrown vessels, utilizing the sensuous, responsive qualities of clay. The surfaces are carved and sculpted and sometimes the initial forms are altered. Her inspiration is the natural

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world: coastal rocks, rivers, waterfalls, volcanoes, land forms. In her self-expression for her love and reverence for the beauty of the earth, clay is her language. Pohacu, meaning “rock” or “stone,” is the title of a dynamic and colorful glass sculpture series created by brother artists Robert and Andrew Madvin. Inspired by the objects constructed by ancient Hawaiians who would stack stones upon one another to create rock sculptures as navigational instruments throughout the islands, the artists have turned the organic tools of old into spectacular glass art in heights ranging from 23 inches to 32 inches (page 50, top right). The pieces are created in their 10,000-square-foot Detroit studio, where the Madvins explore new innovative designs and techniques and collaborate on ideas, art and paths to new levels. They seek inspiration from natural creations and human nature and seek to create objects that express a balance and a contrast between the natural world and a conscious order of man’s objective mind. “My personal aim is to merge my sensitivity and creativity of the fine arts with the hand skills and training of a master craftsman,” said Andrew. While similar in concept, but entirely different in design, glass cairns/rock totems by Vermont artist Melanie Guernsey-Leppla offer an artistic resemblance






throughout the Sonoran desert. Cairns are manmade piles of stones that serve to mark trails above timberline, indicate a mountain summit and, in Scandinavia, large white cairns guide sailors into safe harbors. Some hikers add a stone to the cairn at the summit of a mountain to commemorate their accomplishment. Hence, in addition to the beauty of a glass cairn they can symbolize accomplishments, guidance and pathways traveled or anticipated.


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Melanie has been working professionally with glass for 27 years. Her work is included in the Museum of American Craft and the Museum of American Glass as well as numerous private collections (page 50, top left). Local artist Jude Kettunen creates what she calls “spirits.” Growing up in the Midwest and acquiring a background in anthropology, Jude came to Arizona as a park ranger, working at Casa Grande and later at Mesa Verde in Colorado. She studied the arts of the Hohokam and Anasazi and painted traditional Southwestern themes, but now is also interested in the abstract forms and textures of the local landscape and cultures. Her ceramic spirit figures reflect her studies of Southwestern cultures, her stunning color palette, and a bit of whimsy with each figure adorned with feathers and “personality.” The Hildts’ shared passion for collecting fine crafts continues to serve as the foundation of Pinnacle Gallery’s success. Joanne is as selective about buying for the gallery as she is for her own home. While she’s learned over time what sells, she won’t compromise her artists or her vision for the bottom line. “Talented artists come first and then customers will follow. In the long run, this counts more toward success than the immediate sales revenue,” said Joanne. The reputation that the gallery has developed over the years has really paid off. “American-craft collectors from across the world walk into the gallery, specifically seeking us out,” said Peter “We try to be a destination gallery.” Pinnacle Gallery


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Native Son Writer Amanda Christmann Larson

As narrators have done throughout time, the Storyteller begins his tale. His dark brow furrows in concentration, and he recalls a story passed down by his people from grandparents to grandchildren as years turned into decades and decades became centuries. It is a story of survival; ironic because now it is the stories themselves that may soon be lost. He begins his tale slowly, his brown hands clasped in front of him. “In the beginning,” he says, “the Apaches were the only ones who lived in the mountains.” It is the White Mountains of eastern Arizona he is speaking of, its rich ponderosa pine forest now a vast monument to the thousands of ancestors who lived and died there. “In time, other people started coming, and with them, they brought tools, weapons and diseases.” His dark brown eyes remain steady. “In other villages, people started getting sores, all over their faces and arms and bodies, and they began to die. The white people called this disease ‘smallpox,’ and some of them would hand out blankets to our people that were contaminated with smallpox.” Like a child, I interrupt. “On purpose?” I ask. “On purpose,” he says. “They wanted to get rid of us and take the land.” He continues. “Luckily the Apache didn’t live in large settlements. Each clan had only a few people living in one place, but one by one, they all began to die. The medicine men did everything they could, but they couldn’t cure it. The people went to the oldest and wisest medicine man, and he, too, couldn’t cure it. “The people asked him four times to try,” he continues, then remembering my inexperience, he explains, “It is our tradition that, if someone asks four times, you have to try again. “He climbed to the top of Mount Baldy, and for four days, he waited for a sign. On the fifth day, the people gathered in front of his house to see what he would say. The old medicine man smiled and said, ‘I have an answer. Everyone who has faith in prayer, follow me.’ He led them through the forest to the base of the mountain, where they came to a stream. It was early in the morning, and the stream was very cold. ‘Stand in the forest stream!’ he told the people. They were hesitant because it was so cold, but they did as they were told. Jul y 2013


“As they stood in the stream, he told them to splash the

“Someone also noticed that a rainbow appeared on the

cold water on their bodies, and they began to splash.

fishes’ sides. After a rain, the Creator said he had washed

They began praying to the Creator and spreading yellow

all creation and a rainbow would appear. The people, too,

cattail pollen in the water.

were being washed in the river.

“Pretty soon, someone noticed that something had

“Someone also noticed that the fishes’ bodies were

brushed up against his leg. Soon after, someone else

turning yellow like the sacred pollen. Pretty soon, there

felt something too. ‘It’s a fish!’ someone said. But the

were no more sores on the people. The fish had healed

medicine man said it could not be a fish because fish

them and taken all of their spots away for them. The

didn’t swim this far upstream. They looked in the water

people made a vow to never eat the flesh of the Apache

and saw not just one fish, but whole schools of fish

trout because of their sacrifice, and to this day, no Apache

swimming among them.

will ever fish for them.

“As they swam all around the people, they noticed that,

“In all of the oceans, streams and rivers, there is no one

every time they passed by an Apache who was infected

who sees these fish anywhere; only in the streams of the

with smallpox, a new spot would appear on the fish. The

Land of the Apache. It was because of these fish that our

spots on the people began to disappear, and more and

people survived smallpox.”

more began to appear on the fish.


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This is the story of the Arizona state fish, the Apache trout. I was aware that they are endangered and protected, but I did not know the legend even though I once lived on land that had been occupied by the Apache people for generations. Whether the legend is true or not, through my own travels I have long since stopped questioning the folklore of indigenous peoples; I am resigned to the understanding that many things happened before logic and reasoning stifled our belief in miracles. For San Carlos Apache Storyteller, Ken Duncan, the story is just as much a part of history as his people’s brave fight for their land, and then punishment of being resettled by the U.S. government to a desert wasteland east of Globe. Raised by his grandparents, 55-year-old Ken had a more traditional upbringing than many of his contemporaries, spending countless hours learning the language and the stories of his ancestors. Although he wasn’t always enthusiastic about it at the time, he now embraces the gift his grandparents instilled. “I am one of the few people who

The Storyteller pauses, then continues, his eyes never shifting. “If I can sing songs and teach my children and grandchildren the dances, hopefully when I’m gone, they will teach others the dances and stories and continue to give people hope.”

know the true names of the mountains and the stories of the ancestors,” he says. “Apache is my first language, and I speak it the traditional way. There are not many of us who know the old language.” It is difficult to fathom the concept of an entire culture being lost, but for Apaches and many other Natives, the

only with generations of children, but also worldwide.

possibility is very real. Much of it is tucked away in the minds

He and his children – and now grandchildren, too – are

of the elders in a language that may soon cease to exist.

known as the Yellow Bird Indian Dancers, and have been

The ceremonies and stories, once only held in their own

named “Culture Keepers of Arizona.”

languages, are now often translated into English, a tongue that does not have words for some of the most meaningful

Together, they have presented some of the most

messages. Written history has often been recorded from

acclaimed Native dancing shows in the United States and

a white perspective, which often made heroes and villains

in the world, representing the United States in cultural

out of people who deserved neither title.

exchanges in such countries as El Salvador, Lebanon, Colombia, Kosovo and many, many more places. They

The responsibility of passing the torch weighs heavily on

performed before First Lady Laura Bush, President Carter,

Ken, but it is not without its perks. For much of his adult

President Ford, the Queen of Denmark and the Queen of

life, he and his family have been sharing their culture not

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and at the Smithsonian Institute, the Kennedy Center and the National Museum of the American Indian. Son Tony was named 2011 World Champion Hoop Dancer and came in second place this year, and 6-year-old grandson RJ is the current world champion hoop dancer among his age group, the 6 to 12 bracket. He was also the youngest competitor for the title. Son Kevin came in third place in the same division. With seven children, Ken Jr., 33; Christy (Lopez), 31; Tony, 29; Karl, 28; Kevin, 23; Sky, 16; and Talon, 14; and seven grandchildren – some of them still babies – the Duncans are their own small village of emissaries. At times, because of their heritage, they have been able to slide in below the radar of antiAmerican protests and serve as ambassadors through their message of peace and respect. “For a long time, our government outlawed our traditions,” explains Ken’s wife Doreen. “Now the same government that didn’t let us do what was important to us says, ‘Go to these other countries.’ Because we are indigenous people, we’re more likely to get through those doors.” Some of those “doors” are in war-torn countries, where Ken describes his own fascination at being accompanied through bullet-ridden buildings, only to turn corners and see the colorful banners and bright smiles from festivals and celebrations. It is in these places that the hoop dances representing all life forms and Creation hold special meaning. Doreen usually lets Ken do the talking, and describes herself as the quiet one. She is a member of the North Dakota Hidatsa Arikara tribe. She and Ken met when they were in high Photo Credit Robert Doyle Courtesy of Canyon Records


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school boarding school, where many Natives

were educated because of the isolation and lack of

hearts. They love to celebrate beauty through music, art,

resources on reservations. They were married when they

dance and stories. It gives me hope that the human race

were 21 years old, and although the traditions of her tribe

can still find a means for peace and survival through the

are different than those of the Apache people, she fully

performing arts.”

understands the importance of keeping them alive. When her mother passed away, she had been one of only five

The Storyteller pauses, then continues, his eyes never

people on earth who spoke her own ancestors’ language.

shifting. “If I can sing songs and teach my children and grandchildren the dances, hopefully when I’m gone, they

In spite of history, patriotism runs deep in Native blood.

will teach others the dances and stories and continue to

Compared to their total overall population, there are more

give people hope.”

Natives per capita enlisting in the military than any other race in America, according to the Heritage Foundation.

Ken Duncan is one of the featured speakers at Cartwright’s

The Duncans are similarly patriotic, representing the United

Arizona History Dinners. He will be sharing stories and

States with pride, in spite of politics or other divisive factors.

music July 31 at Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House, 6710 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek. Cocktails begin at

“There are good people all over the world,” Doreen explains.

5 p.m.; dinner is served at 6 p.m. sharp. The presentation

“People who don’t even know us want to help us. I think

begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $55 per person for presentation,

many people in the world are good, and they want to get

live music and three-course dinner, plus sales tax and 18

along. We have more in common than we have differences.”

percent gratuity. Reservations are required.

Ken agrees. “In spite of all we hear about violence

and things not going right with Mother Earth, people

themselves still have hope in their eyes and hope in their

Son Tony was named 2011 World Champion Hoop Dancer and came in second place this year, and 6-year-old grandson RJ is the current world champion hoop dancer among his age group, the 6 to 12 bracket. He was also the youngest competitor for the title. Son Kevin came in third place in the same division.

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Life Without Limits at UCP

Writer Amanda Christmann Larson

Like any young woman, Jessi Salinas (pictured on page 60

Each year, UCP is nurturing potential and creating

far left) enjoys being with her friends. It’s easy to see that her

opportunities for over 7,000 children and adults with

confidence is blooming as her independence grows. Jessi

disabilities including cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome,

likes working, and she’s eager to learn on the job. She has

developmental delays and learning disabilities. UCP provides

gained employment skills, but that’s not all.

therapies, life skills, independent living services, innovative social outlets, and inclusive and integrated educational-

Jessi has cerebral palsy, and her time at United Cerebral

based programs. UCP is also a valuable resource for families

Palsy of Central Arizona’s (UCP) Café without Limits, which

addressing the needs of those with disabilities by providing

is an expansion of UCP’s workforce training program, is

services in the areas of:

providing her with retail training and customer service

• Day Treatment and Training for adults

interaction. Her bright smile is telling; she is developing

• Day Treatment and Training for children

self-assurance and pride in her work, and the strides she is

• An Early Learning Center

making are meaningful for her and for her family.

• Home and Community-Based Services • Information and Referrals

Jessi attends the Day Treatment for Adults program and also

• Therapy

receives home and community-based services through UCP. Jessi’s mother is moved by her daughter’s growth. “She came

“We continue to prove that, with proper understanding,

home after an outing to a pizza place and told us that she

loving support, and the commitment of many people

looked someone (a boy) in the eye and smiled,” she says.

working as one, the possibilities are endless,” says CEO

“That was amazing for her! She normally avoids eye contact

Armando A. Contreras. “Together, we can continue to

with strangers. Jessi has also become more independent. I

provide comprehensive services to individuals with various

don’t have to worry as much about how she is doing.”

disabilities and their families.”

When a child is born with a disability, parents want possibilities;

Dedicated employees like program lead Melinda Montoya

they need hope. They want to provide a life without limits, and

are making a difference. “I have been working at UCP for

they want to know that their child can experience happiness

almost 10 years,” she says. “I am very blessed that I have

and confidence. Since 1952, UCP has been committed to

been able to work for United Cerebral Palsy.

ensuring a life without limits for people with disabilities.

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“I have grown so much here. The consumers I have worked

What sets the Early Learning Center apart is not only the high

with through the years have taught me more than I could

standard of care, but the inclusive environment of typical and

ever teach them. I have experienced watching a young child

special needs children that fosters social acceptance and

whose disabilities brought on barriers, and then I have been

tolerance at an early age.

blessed so much to have seen that child break those barriers and do things no one thought they could do.”

UCP’s Early Learning Center: Inclusive, Engaging, Stimulating


Scholarships Available for Day Treatment and Training Scholarships are currently available for the UCP Day Treatment and Training for Children’s (DTT) after-school and summer programs, including transportation services.

The Early Learning Center (ELC) is a high-quality,

DTT serves special needs children ages 3-22. Scholarship

developmentally appropriate educational environment serving

requirements are that: 1) children must have a disability

children ages six weeks to five years with and without disabilities,

and will benefit from the program; 2) they have been denied

their families, and the community. The ELC prepares the whole

Title XIX services and/or they have been denied funding by

child, mentally and physically, for school. The center has low

the Division of Developmental Disabilities; 3) they must be

staff-to-children ratios to allow children to be engaged in learning

attending preschool, elementary school, junior high or high

opportunities and growth in age-appropriate groups: infants,

school; 4) transportation services (for those who need it) must

toddlers, two-year-olds, and preschool.

fall within UCP’s designated boundaries.

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Get Involved with UCP Children in the program have conditions and disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. DTT also serves children with traumatic brain injuries, developmental delays, and learning disabilities. DTT engages children through interaction, games, social outings, and questions. If you or someone you know is interested in DTT services, please contact UCP and reference this article in the community update section: 1-866-943-5472 UCP currently has scholarships available for DTT’s after-

children and adults they serve, share their talents and become

school and summer program for eligible special needs

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students from age 3 up to 22 years. UCP even provides transportation services to and from the program within their

“Working at UCP is being a part of more than just a company

designated boundaries.

that serves consumers with disabilities,” says Montoya. “It is

Get Involved Becoming involved with UCP, either as a donor or as a

being a part of something bigger. We have the privilege of changing lives, but in the end we have the privilege of our lives being changed and for the better.”

volunteer or employee, is incredibly rewarding. Every day, UCP is making a very real difference in the lives of adults and children with disabilities. For over 30 years, Circle K has been an invaluable source of support, collecting millions of dollars in spare change for UCP in every Circle K in the valley. Please consider dropping your spare change in the canister by the counter the next time you’re in your neighborhood Circle K. 100 percent of change collected goes directly to UCP. You can also donate to UCP online at Contributions qualify for the Arizona Working Poor tax credit program.

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The Golden Rule in Different Faiths


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Buddhism “…a state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another?” Samyutta NIkaya v. 353 Christianity “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 Hinduism “This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.” Mahabharata 5:1517 Humanism “Humanists acknowledge human interdependence, the need for mutual respect and the kinship of all humanity.” British Humanist Society Islam “None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” Number 13 of Imam “Al-Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths” Judaism “…thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Leviticus 19:18 Native American Spirituality “All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One.” Black Elk Shinto “Be charitable to all beings, love is the representative of God.” Ko-ji-ki Hachiman Kasuga Unitarian “We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Unitarian principles

Living the Golden Rule Writer Amanda Christmann Larson It often feels as if we live in a world of fear. Suspicious of those we deem not like ourselves in race, religion, politics, socioeconomic status or other factors, we have built divisive walls and separated the world into tidy categories of “them” and “us,” brushing entire groups of people with broad strokes of judgment based on conclusions drawn from the nightly news or Facebook posts. Look a little deeper, though, and the capacity for creativity, empathy and love is present in every one of us, no matter what our labels. Of course, there are people who make choices to hurt others, but recognizing that the vast majority of us have far more in common than we may realize is the key to moving beyond fear and into the realm of unity and respect where true change in our own lives and the lives of others can begin to happen. Doing right for one another starts by knocking down walls and getting to know each other with a child-like openness. Perhaps the simplest guide for this is our spirituality. What many of us know as the Golden Rule, or “Treat others as you want to be treated,” is also known as “Ethics of Reciprocity.” It is found in the doctrine of nearly every major and minor religion in the world, as well as in ancient cultures. It’s not about religion: even many secular humanists – agnostics and atheists – embrace the Golden Rule as their primary guide to morality and ethics. Jul y 2013


It is intended to be applied to the entire human race, but all-too-often, it is selectively enforced, with the caveat, “… if others are just like me.” Opening our eyes and hearts to recognize that it applies to everyone changes our perspective, thoughts and actions. The common thread of the Golden Rule, according to Arizona Interfaith Movement (AIFM) Director Paul Eppinger, is the tie that binds us all. “By focusing on the common ground we share as people with differing viewpoints, we build bridges of respect, understanding and support,” he explained. Although it’s an ancient concept, it’s creating a new level of unity among people of all different religions. Interfaith movements are springing up worldwide, and people of all faiths are joining together to learn about each other, help each other and extend an olive branch of peace. Following the Golden Rule is not about changing our own beliefs; it’s about recognizing the connections we share and expressing a willingness to learn about others. It’s also about reaching out to each other in times of need, not because they are fellow Christians or fellow Muslims (or any other religion), but because they are fellow humans. It seems to be catching on. Last month, the annual Arizona Interfaith Movement Golden Rule Award Banquet catered to a sold-out crowd of people representing about 25 different faiths. At every table, conversations centered on faith and family, careers and children, all told through lenses brightly colored by different spiritual beliefs. The energy in the air was palpable; for those in attendance, the banquet represented the promise of hope that exists when we embrace each other, differences and all. Emcee Pat McMahon, whose television and radio career, notably “Wallace and Ladmo” and KPHO television, spans back to the 1960s, perhaps said it best when he noted, “I knew as I ascended the steps to the stage that this must be a spiritual group because I heard some of you say, ‘My God! Is he still alive?!’” And so the tone was set. This year’s honorees include Marty Shultz, senior policy director for Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, and Schreck, LLP; Benevilla CEO Michelle Dionisio; Hopefest Director Billy Thrall; Gilbert Mayor John Lewis; and First Things First Director Rhian Evans Allvin. Also among the honorees were two outstanding young people, Spencer Zimmerman and Dayton Howard, both from Gilbert. The two met while attending the same LDS church. In 2010, Spencer wanted to share the joy of finishing a triathlon with his friend Dayton, who has cerebral palsy, so badly that he pushed, pulled and carried his friend through a 500-meter swim, 3.2 mile run and 12-mile bike ride. In a beautiful spirit of love, Spencer said he is the one who is lucky for having a friend like Dayton.


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Spencer and Dayton shared the podium together. To a crowd with not a dry eye in the house, Spencer shared advice from far beyond his now-16 years. “Act on every worthy thought,” he said. “Service isn’t something you do just to be recognized; it should be behind the scenes. You’ve got to be willing to do it in the shadows. Be the person who stands out, but doesn’t really stand out.” The crowd rose to its feet in applause. No matter what their race, culture or religious beliefs, everyone in the room understood the gift in Spencer’s words. Even the final honoree, whose fame and popularity preceded him, started his own acceptance speech by acknowledging the emotion hanging in the room after the boys left the stage. In a smart gray suit and tie, Arizona Cardinal wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. applauded the boys, nearly half the age of his own 29 years, for the courage and integrity they inspired in others. Fitzgerald knows all about inspiration, although his option to “do it in the shadows” may be more difficult than for some. In addition to his feats on the football field, he started the First Down Fund, supporting families in crisis, working with organizations that provide healthcare to those in need, and funding positive activities for children across the country. The 6’3” speedster has also formed a partnership with Oxfam and the Starkey Hearing Foundation, working in developing countries throughout the world to provide the gift of hearing. He also sponsors a scholarship program, empowering returning learners to complete their degree programs through the University of Phoenix. “I know that, without my faith, my foundation wouldn’t be here,” he said. “If you watch Fox or CNN, you would think that we couldn’t all get along. It doesn’t matter if you are a mayor, a philanthropic leader, or a 16-year-old student, you can make a difference.” Alfred Adler once said, “There is a law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years, it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it, he must perish.” Added Eppinger, “Today, we must learn and practice the Golden Rule.” The crowd, dressed in different versions of their Sunday best, with different accents and histories, listened as one as he continued. “Go in peace. Go in joy. Go in love. Go, living out the Golden Rule.”

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pets & Rattlesnakes Writer Tom Scanlon Photographer Bryan Hughes

While they don’t always follow common sense, at least most humans have the knowledge that rattlesnakes are dangerous things, not to be treated as toys. Yet to an untrained dog, a diamondback is the coolest thing ever, squirming around with a fascinating smell and what a cool tail; it even rattles! Now this is something to be investigated, let me get in there and get a close look and a good sniff …. Dogs tend to lead with their noses, which is exactly where a venomous snake will bite them. Take it from Rob Graham, manager of Animal Health Services, Cave Creek’s always-open pet emergency treatment center. How many dogs are brought in because of rattlesnake bites? “Pretty close to 100 a year,” Graham says. On a recent Monday, Graham looked over at two dogs, a pitbull and terrier, both recovering from rattler bites. He notes that the bites are not always poisonous. “The thing about rattlesnakes is 20 percent of the bites turn out to be a dry bite, where the snake recently fed and there’s no venom. So there’s the potential it won’t cause severe bleeding. …Rattlesnake venom causes bleeding under the skin. When a dog gets bit under the nose, which is the most common place, the whole head swells up like a basketball.” Even so, fast action vastly reduces fatalities. “We don’t see many of the (dogs bitten by rattlers) die, certainly not the ones we treat with anti-venom.” He recalls only a few that have died as a result of rattlesnake bites over the last five years. “One got bit in chest, and the venom went mainline. The other was a small Yorkie that got bit in the eye.” What to do if a rattlesnake bites your dog? “Go directly to a veterinarian who has anti-venom. Even if you’re not sure it got bit (by a rattler), better to get anti-venom. The sooner you get anti-venom, the less severe the reactions.” And bring your credit cards. A shot of anti-venom costs around $800. Then there are typically observation and checks to make sure the anti-venom is working well enough that the dog’s blood clotting capability has returned to normal. After a 24- to 36-hour treatment, most dogs wag their tails as they walk out the door, with the owners panting at a $1,500-2,000 bill. “Whereas snake avoidance training costs about $100,” Graham notes.

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The Cave Creek Snake Avoidance Training program charges $89 to train dogs to stay away from rattlesnakes. Dogs are outfitted with shock collars and allowed to approach live rattlesnakes in cages; the dogs get a shock when they get close, teaching them to avoid the sound and smell of rattlesnakes. The motto here: “A few seconds of discomfort is better than weeks of pain.” In New River, Viper Avoidance charges $60 for the “shocking” training. A transmitter sends a signal to the collar which produces a harmless, but attention-getting, shock. An appropriate amount of shock is required to get the message that rattlesnakes are dangerous across to your dog. Graham is not a fan of another alternative. “There is a rattlesnake vaccine that we do not endorse,” he said. He explained he is concerned about the vaccine for two reasons: 1) the maker has not released testing results; and 2) he has treated dogs that had the vaccine and were bit by rattlesnakes, “and there was no difference.” Various vets around Cave Creek and Anthem do carry the diamondback vaccine, produced by Red Rock Biologics. Ken Harding, the veterinarian of Animal Skies Hospital in Cave Creek, recommends the product. “It doesn’t prevent (snake bites), but hopefully it cuts down on some of the damage,” he said. “I use it on my own dog.” A Cave Creek woman who trains search dogs saw one

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of her dogs get bit by a baby rattlesnake. “Those are the worst kind,” she said. “Big snakes might strike two or three times before they release venom. But the babies don’t know better, they release all their venom.” Her dog had not yet been snake-trained, but had been given the rattlesnake vaccine. “It bought time,” she said; she was in a remote area when the dog received the bite, and it barely survived the long drive for anti-venom. According to the website of Red Rock Biologics, “The rattlesnake vaccine is intended to help create an immunity that will protect your dog against rattlesnake venom.” The producer notes that the vaccine does not create full protection. “Even after your dog is vaccinated against rattlesnake venom, she should be taken to a veterinarian


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for evaluation and care as soon as possible following snakebite. Veterinarians can determine whether your dog will require additional treatment.” And the vaccine does not provide protection against bites by the dreaded Mohave (commonly spelled “Mojave”) rattlesnake. According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s website, the Mohave can be up to 4 feet long, and are “widely considered the most toxic rattlesnake in the U.S.” and are easily confused with the Western diamondbacked rattlesnake. Either rattlesnake can be deadly to humans, dogs, horses and other animals. The folks at Viper Avoidance say, “The vaccine and the training are two weapons in your arsenal against rattlesnake bites and should be used together.” Harding, the Cave Creek vet, agrees with this view. And, most importantly, he preaches alertness to pet owners. “It’s best to keep dogs on a leash and away from bushes, which is where snakes like to hide.” While dogs are by far the most common victims of rattlesnake bites, other outside pets are at risk. As Harding noted, “I just had a cat in yesterday that got bit by a rattlesnake.” According to Red Rock Biologics, “Our research suggests that the rattlesnake vaccine may actually work better in cats than in dogs.” Whether it’s a cat or dog, perhaps the best vaccine is the owner’s commonsense and precaution. Experts recommend, particularly in the summer months when rattlesnakes thrive, pet owners should remove rocks, decorations and other places where snakes can hide in your yard, and carefully check the space before letting your pet outside. Keep dogs on leashes when walking. Precautions can save pain to your pet, and to your wallet.

Resources/further reading Vaccine maker’s website: Cave Creek Snake Avoidance Training: 4640 E. Forest Pleasant Pl., Cave Creek; 480-595-6700; New River Viper Avoidance: 43226 N. 7th Ave., New River; 480-215-1776; Animal Health Services, 24-hour pet emergency clinic, 37555 N. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, 480-488-6181. Emergency Animal Clinics: 24-hour pet emergency clinics, have several locations, including: North Scottsdale, 22595 N. Scottsdale Rd. (south of Pinnacle Peak Rd.), 480-949-8001; and Glendale, 2260 W. Glendale Ave., 602-995-3757. Arizona Game and Fish Department website on rattlesnakes: Jul y 2013


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A Tonto Taste of Summer in the Sonoran Desert At award-winning Tonto Bar and Grill, the unique culinary talents of Executive Chef Ryan Peters and Pastry Chef Amanda Crick combine to deliver a distinctive taste of summer in the Sonoran desert. The seasonal delights offered by local farmers and our desert surroundings provide a rich palette of edible enjoyment. The chefs love to get out early on hot days to harvest the desert’s plentiful sweet and tart offerings, including prickly pear and saguaro fruit. A small sample of the summer fare includes Chef Peters’ roasted and chilled yellow heirloom tomato gazpacho with avocado crème fraîche, local baby sweet peppers, red Fresno chile oil and micro cilantro for $5 per cup or $7 per bowl. Pastry Chef Amanda Crick is featuring mini coconut caramel tea cakes, hazelnut chocolate, coconut caramel filling and brûléed bananas. Assistant Pastry Chef Erin Glassburn created her prickly pear margarita torte with candied julienned cactus and citrus compote, prickly pear coulis. Each dessert is $11. Tonto Bar & Grill 5736 E. Rancho Mañana Blvd., Cave Creek 480-488-0698

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recipe Grilled Asparagus and Quinoa

Grilled Asparagus and Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese and Olive Vinaigrette Why bring a tired, old fashioned pasta salad circa 1976 to your next cookout or picnic? Instead, opt for a cool, fresh, nutritious salad that tastes like summertime in the Mediterranean. This salad is easy to make and transport to picnics and outdoor grilling events. In addition to being a tasty, more modern option for your summertime parties, this salad is a powerhouse when it comes to healthful ingredients. Quinoa has been deemed the “supergrain of the future” because it is packed with protein, fiber, iron, lysine, magnesium and riboflavin (B2). Olives are known to have wonderful cardiovascular benefits, as well as benefits for skin, hair, bone and connective tissue, digestive tract, eyes and cellular development. Eat with confidence for a healthy heart and a happy tummy! Ingredients:

12 spears asparagus, trimmed Olive oil Salt and pepper 2 cups quinoa 8 ounces aged goat cheese, shaved ¼ cup chopped parsley leaves 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 5 nicoise or kalamata olives 1 Roma tomato, sliced Parsley sprigs for garnish

Black Olive Vinaigrette Ingredients:


¼ cup aged sherry vinegar 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard ½ teaspoon chile de arbol ½ cup pitted nicoise olives ½ cup olive oil July 2 0 1 3

Directions: Heat grill. Brush asparagus with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Grill on both sides until just cooked through, about two minutes on each side. Remove from grill and cut in half. Bring 8 cups of salted water to a boil. Add quinoa and cook until soft. Drain and rinse with cold water and drain again. Place the quinoa in a medium bowl and add red wine vinegar, olive oil, parsley and ¼ cup of olive vinaigrette. Stir to combine. Place on a plate and top with goat cheese, asparagus, whole olives, sliced tomato and parsley sprigs.

Black Olive Vinaigrette Directions: Combine vinegar, mustard, chile powder, olives, and olive oil in a blender and blend until smooth.

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