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Meet the Schenck Family



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Sports :: Cactus Shadows Sports


Riding High with the Pony Club


The Musical Round-Up: Big Nick and the Gila Monsters


Meet Artist Fausto Fernandez

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A Neighborly Place to find Western Art


Legends of the West




Get out of the Heat


Dining Guide




Local Index


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

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staff bio Meaghan Mitchell Graphic Designer Meaghan Mitchell has been a contributing designer for ImagesAZ since 2004. She has a passion for seeing clients’ ideas and concepts come to life with branding and graphic design. Meaghan has used her creativity and talent to provide business and merchandise branding for Dollyrockers and AndrewZ Fine Jewelry since they began business. She looks forward to being creative with ImagesAZ each month. Meaghan is also contracted by the Foursquare Southwest district as the camp specialist. She has been in pastoral


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ministry for over 10 years with ministry experience in the areas of youth and young adults, children’s ministry, women’s ministry, mentoring, ministry team building, international church publications and publicity, hospitality, preaching, missions ministries, outreach and events, camps and weekend service directing. Meaghan moved back to Arizona in 2002 and purchased her first home in 2005. She enjoys spending time going to the movies with her friends and family.



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welcome Editorial

This month I’m reminded that we live in a place that’s as colorful in history our mid-summer sunsets. That character and legend is still alive today in the people and places that define the North Valley. All it takes to appreciate our past is a good look around, and a fine sense of humor doesn’t hurt, either! Connecting to our historical past is simple when we realize it is part of who we are. It’s in stables along the dirt roads on the outskirts of town; it’s in the bars and coffee shops where we enjoy the company of our friends; and it’s in the faces of our neighbors whose belief that the integrity the Western spirit deserves a place in the lives of today’s generations. As I have often said, every time we recognize that who we are is, in large part, thanks to those who came before us, we better understand where our own walk is taking us. I am grateful to have the opportunity to walk these desert trails, sharing the past – and the future – with you. Cheers! Shelly Spence Publisher, ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

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Enduring Love


riving to the Schenck family house requires good direction and a dose of faith. Located in the upper north end of Cave Creek and nestled in the Tonto Hills where mountain lions

roam, the Schenck house is a quiet sanctuary where one-of-a-kind sculptures dot the landscape. It is beautiful. It is serene. It is home.

Good direction and lots of faith continues behind their closed doors as well.


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The Schenck family: mom, Virginia; dad, Eddie; 12-year-old Calvin; and 10-year-old Seth, are in the fight of their lives. Calvin was diagnosed in September 2012 with stage IV high-risk neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer. They are dedicated to getting Calvin healthy together as a family, with an enormous amount of enduring love.

But their family story begins outside of the desert wild.

Love Sprung in Colorado Springs “When I graduated from the University of South Alabama, I really wanted to move to Colorado,” says Virginia. “It’s so silly, but I read Stephen King’s “The Stand” and all the

Good direction and lots of faith continues

good people were in Colorado. I wanted to be a good person, so my parents helped me move to Colorado as part of my graduation present.”

It was there that she found herself at a bar with a male colleague trying to help him meet someone.

behind their

“He was always complaining that he couldn’t meet anyone, so I was trying to get

closed doors

mesmerized and probably stared at him for about an hour with no courage to do

as well.

him out,” says Virginia. “As I looked around the bar myself, I saw Eddie. I was just

anything. Finally, he caught me staring at him and waved me over, so I approached him and we’ve been together ever since.”

“That was 18 years ago,” says Eddie. “We have been married for 16 years. It has been amazing.”


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Raising Kids in Cave Creek Eddie and Virginia were married in Colorado and embarked on business ownership as well as starting their family. Calvin was born in 2000, and Seth followed in 2003.

“They were both so easy and healthy as kids,” says Virginia. “No major illnesses, no problems at all. Even as newborns, they went to sleep ay 8 p.m. and woke at 8 a.m.”

But balancing kids and a sign company proved difficult. When Seth picked up an Exacto knife in their home office, Virginia and Eddie decided they needed a change.








responsibility,” says Virginia. “It was just one of those things where, when Seth picked up that knife, we just realized that it was too much to have two small children and a business.”

“Plus my mom and sister live here,” adds Eddie. “When we would visit them in Phoenix, my mom would always say, ‘You should check out Cave Creek. You would really like it.’ When we came up here, we said, ‘Oh, we have to be here someday!’ We are really glad to finally be here. There is a big art collective up here. I’m a sculptor and we just wanted to be part of the art metropolitan vibe.”

“The schools are great up here too,” says Virginia, “and the sense of community is wonderful.”

Community for Calvin Life changed for the Schenck family last summer. Eddie and Virginia noticed that Calvin was favoring his neck and that his gait was a bit off. J une 2013


“When a bump showed up on his neck, we took him to the doctor to get checked out,” says Eddie.

”Since the bump wasn’t really bothering Calvin, they were about to release us,” adds Virginia. “That’s when the doctor asked him to lie down on the examining table. When Calvin had to hold his neck and head on the way down, the doctor grew concerned because it just didn’t look right, so they ordered an MRI.”

“Everything happened really fast,” says Eddie. “It was all just in a matter of days. First they told us that he needed his spine fused because his C1 had been eroded and was halfway gone, and that’s why his muscles weren’t holding his head up … they had to put him in a neck brace and fuse his spine. But then the next question was, ‘Well, why did that happen?’ That took about a week to figure out.”

“It was really hard getting Calvin’s diagnosis,” says Virginia. “When they did all the tests and scans and came back with a diagnosis of neuroblastoma and said that it was everywhere … we just sat in the consultation room and felt like we had been kicked.”

For Calvin with his strong, resolute character, the news meant excavating all the courage he had in his middle school body.

“My mom and dad told me,” he explains. “I just felt like I needed to be tough.”

“The day I found out, I came home from school and I didn’t know where Calvin was,” says Seth. “I was looking for him, but couldn’t find him. Then dad said we were going to go see him. In the car dad explained what Calvin had. Dad sorta cried just a little bit. Then we went to the hospital and I got to see Calvin. He still had hair then.”

Calvin gives his little brother a warm smile.

“I had to wear the neck brace for two months,” says Calvin. “I wore it everywhere: even for sleeping and showering. I have titanium rods and bolts up my spine and into my head. One of the bolts I made into a necklace.”


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He wears it proudly around his neck, showing what he has already survived.

Figuring out a treatment plan requires a mix of art and science with an enormous reliance on gut instinct. Right now, Calvin goes to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for most of his chemotherapy treatments and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York for more involved treatments.

“At Sloan’s they specialize in neuroblastoma,” says Eddie. “You need a course in cancer; it’s just so hard to figure out the right thing to do.”

When in New York, they stay at the Ronald McDonald House. Visits have lasted up to five weeks at a time.

“This last time, Seth and I missed them so much, we had to go up there and visit them,” says Virginia.

“For the next two years, we will be going every three weeks for just a week,” says Eddie.

“It’s a commitment, but it’s the best place for his treatment,” says Virginia.

For Calvin, he would trade the Big Apple for Cave Creek and barbeque any day.

“I don’t like how busy it is in New York,” he says. “I like it out here where there is nature. When we’re home, I like playing video games, going to Bartlett Lake and I love Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue.”


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“I don’t know anybody who would have

“I like ribs, but not barbeque sauce,” Seth adds, going into a monologue of different types of food and his personal ratings and reviews. This Black Mountain Elementary student is ever the entertainer. “I don’t like New York as much as here either.”

“It’s hard because Calvin has been immuno-suppressed much of the time and we have to avoid crowds

coped better

and be careful of what he eats,” says Eddie. “He also has a central line, which is a port that goes into

than Calvin,”

that goes septic, it’s right at his heart. We’re pretty limited as to what we can do in New York because

says Virginia.

his heart, and we just need to be careful that he doesn’t get any infections in his blood because, if

there are just so many people.”

At the same time, Calvin has made friends in New York. “I’ve met a 13-year-old girl there with neuroblastoma and a college guy who has leukemia,” says Calvin, “so that’s nice when I’m up there.”

“And then he also keeps in touch with his Arizona friends here through Xbox chat and Instagram,” adds Virginia.

Determination and Hope “I try to not think of my cancer as a bad thing,” says Calvin. “I just try to not think about it. There is no changing it.”

“I don’t know anybody who would have coped better than Calvin,” says Virginia. “Like he said, all you can do


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is kind of deal with it and do what you’re supposed to do. We’re all working really hard to get Calvin out of this.”

“My dad and I joke around a lot,” says Calvin with a sly smile to Eddie, who grins. Their unspoken connection is palpable. Both boys want to be artists like their dad and take turns showcasing their various drawings and sculptures. Eddie is quick to point out Virginia’s artistic talents.

“Oh, I’m not an artist,” says Virginia.

“Yes, she is,” says Eddie, dismissing her modesty. “Virginia is great. She’s an illustrator.”

The family plans to open an art gallery on Cave Creek Road later this year.

“We just decided that this is something that we need to do,” says Virginia. “If we have to close the one week every month that Eddie and Calvin are in New York, that’s fine.”

“Cave Creek is just the right place for us,” says Eddie. “This is just a great community, so we think it would be a great place to have the gallery.”

“Cave Creek has been so good to us,” agrees Virginia. “We have had so many people offer their support, kind words and prayers for Calvin and our family. It really helps us so much.”

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Belmont Village Paella Party for Justa Center a Success More than 100 business professionals attended a paella party hosted by Belmont Village Senior Living Scottsdale to raise funds for the Justa Center and fight senior homelessness. The group raised almost $1,000 for the Justa Center, which relies solely on private donations. Belmont Village also supported the Justa Center during their grand opening celebration in 2012.

In addition to financial donations, the 501(c)(3) non-profit welcomes regularly needed items such as coffee, sugar, creamer, coffee cups, stamps, reading glasses, toilet paper, cleaning supplies and laundry soap.

Arizona Musicfest Thanks Whole Foods Shoppers

Due to enthusiastic shopper participation in Whole Foods Market Five Percent Community Support Day March 13, Scottsdale Whole Foods Market and Raintree Whole Foods Market were able to write Arizona Musicfest a check for $6,510.25! “Arizona Musicfest is proud to be selected by Whole Foods Market of Scottsdale and Raintree as their Community Partner for Five Percent Community Support Day,” said Ann Wallenmeyer-Krahman, Arizona Musicfest chairman of the board. “The staff at Whole Foods Market made our volunteers feel at home, and we appreciate the opportunity to introduce Arizona Musicfest to the patrons of Whole Foods Market. The money raised will go to Arizona Musicfest youth education and performance programs. 480-488-0806

Bay and Associates Wins Excellence Awards

Bay and Associates of Scottsdale earned an Excellence for Copy Writing Award for their promotion of Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue, as well as awards for Marketing/Promotion and distinction for Integrated Campaign – Promotion/Branding. Bay’s team included Chef Bryan Dooley of Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue, David Moore of David Moore Photography and Lori Cowherd of the Orange Gourd. The awards, held in New York, are judged and overseen by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA), a 600+ member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. “We are both excited and amazed by the quality of work received for


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the 19th Annual Communicator Awards. This year’s class of entries is a true reflection of the progressive and innovative nature of marketing and communications,” noted Linda Day, executive director of the International Academy of the Visual Arts. “On behalf of the entire academy I want to applaud this year’s Communicator Awards entrants and winners for their dedication to perfecting their craft as they continue to push the envelope of creativity.”

Talented Young Musicians Earn Arizona Musicfest Scholarships Arizona Musicfest is proud to announce the 2013/2014 Arizona Musicfest scholarship recipients. The newest recipient of the Arizona Musicfest scholarship is Dana Brink, a bassoonist from Corona del Sol High School in Tempe.

“I am so honored to have been selected for this scholarship. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that less than four years after starting on my instrument, I would be on the pathway to becoming a professional musician and attending the amazing Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York in the fall. The Arizona Musicfest scholarship will undoubtedly help me make that dream a reality,” said Brink. Dana joins violinist Jeanelle Brierley (2012/2013 scholarship recipient), pianist Evan Pensis (2012/2013 scholarship recipient), and pianist Karen Nguyen (2011/2012 and 2012/2013 scholarship recipient), who were also awarded scholarships this year. “This year we could not be more proud of our four scholarship winners. Each of them excels musically, academically and their extracurricular activities cover a wide range of interests. These young adults are so accomplished, it is inspiring!” said Ann Wallenmeyer-Krahman, Arizona Musicfest board chair. “Part of our mission is to support young musicians who have a passion for classical music. Arizona Musicfest is proud to offer scholarships to accomplished young musicians pursuing a career in classical music performance,” Wallenmeyer-Krahman added. Each year, Arizona Musicfest hosts a renowned winter music festival. Beyond the festival, the organization provides opportunities for young people to develop their talents through programs and scholarship awards. Congratulations to these talented young people, and best of luck in the future! 480-488-0806

Desert Awareness Committee Announces Volunteer of the Year

Forty-two volunteers from the programs under Foothills Community Foundation gathered April 19 to be recognized for the outstanding work they do for FCF. “Without volunteers, we could not function,” says Executive Director Karen Mackiewich.

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Contenders for the prestigious Goldberg Volunteer of the Year Award came from the programs under the FCF umbrella. This year’s award went to Fran Wylie of the Desert Awareness Committee, a group under Partners in Education, for her innumerable hours of work recruiting, training, organizing and leading the team of volunteers who present a classroom desert experience to all fourth grade classes in the foothills area. The classroom program, known as Desert Reach, has reached over 5,000 students since inception in 2003. We applaud Fran’s commitment and dedication to the mission of the Desert Awareness Committee through this classroom program. Training for volunteers takes place in January for the program, which is presented January through March. The Chet Goldberg Volunteer of the Year Award was initiated in 2011 to honor the founding volunteer of the Foothills Community Foundation, Chet Goldberg. Fran’s name will appear on the permanent plaque housed at the Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St. Bldg. B in Scottsdale. Other Recognized volunteers are Amy Cummings and Mark Sweeney.

Arizona Musicfest Announces 2013 Young Musicians Competition Winners

The annual Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Competition (Instrumental) draws Arizona’s gifted instrumental soloists and ensembles, grades 7 through 12, to be judged by a distinguished panel of music professors and symphony musicians. Arizona Musicfest is proud to announce the 2013 Young Musicians Competition (Instrumental) Winners: Division I (Solo Instruments, Grades 7 & 8): Tiffany Chang, Violin, won with her performance of Hubay’s “Carmen Fantasie Brilliante.” Ms. Chang is in the 8th grade at Kyrene Aprende Middle School in Chandler.


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Division II (Solo Instruments, Grades 9 & 10): Eric Lin, Piano, won with his rendition of Chopin’s “Ballade, Op. 47 in A-flat Major.” Mr. Lin is in the 10th grade at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe. Division III (Solo Instruments, Grades 11 & 12): Zhihan Jennifer Zhang, Piano, won with Prokofiev’s “Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 14.” Ms. Zhan is in the 11th grade at Desert Vista High School. Division IV (Ensembles, grades 7 – 12): Phantasie Piano Quintet – Joyce Yang, Piano; Tiffany Chang, Violin; Andrea Lin, Violin; Gina Han, Viola; Paula Li, Cello – won with a performance of Dvořák’s “Piano Quintet, No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81:I (Allegro, ma non tanto).” Ms. Yang, Ms. Han and Ms. Li are in the 11th grade at Desert Vista High School. Ms. Chang is in the 8th grade at Kyrene Aprende Middle School. Ms. Lin is in the 11th grade at Hamilton High School in Chandler. The judges of this year’s Young Musicians Competition (Instrumental) were Marian Buswell, principal oboeist of the Phoenix Symphony; well-known adjudicator Dr. Barbara Spoelman; and Dr. Robert Strava, violinist with the Phoenix Symphony. Pat Cohen was the competition chairman. Fifty talented musicians competed in the instrumental competition, held annually in honor of two founding members of Arizona Musicfest, Chet and Ann Goldberg. Patricia and Robert Goulstone sponsored this year’s event March 6 and 7, with the finals held March 13, 2013. 480-488-0806

May 28 – August 7 Summer Youth Programs at Desert Foothills Family YMCA

The Desert Foothills Family YMCA is offering a wide variety of exciting summer activities beginning May 28 for kids of all ages, including summer day programs, team sports and aquatics. Programs are offered to members and non-members and registration is available at the branch, located at 34250 N. 60th St. in Scottsdale. There is something fun for everyone at the YMCA! Join us for a summer of fun.

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From Tots to Teens - Desert Foothills Library Offers FREE Summer Events for All Ages

The Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek is offering a sweet summer lineup of more than 30 free summer programs for kids of all ages, from tots to teens. The library, located at 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd. in Cave Creek, is open every day. According to children’s librarian Kerri Krist, the programs are entertaining, educational and fun. The programs kick off on June 4 with “Wildman Phil and his Animal Friends,” a program for all ages. The children’s summer programs will continue throughout June and July. June highlights include: “Yoga for Kids” for ages 5+, “Dinosaurs Exposed” for ages 5-12, “Cowgirl Jan” for ages 0-10, t-shirt making for ages 11+, the “Craig Davis Magic Show” for all ages, and more. Seating is limited and children’s programs fill up quickly. Reservations are not required on most programs, but families are encouraged to arrive early for best parking and seating. Programs are subject to change. Please check the website for updates. 480-488-2686

May 31 – June 23 Arizona Broadway Theatre Brings “Into the Woods” to the Valley

Arizona Broadway Theatre, the highest-attended live, year-round theater in the Valley of the Sun, will deliver the return of the twisted fairytale “Into the Woods” to Phoenix from May 31 through June 23. The story follows a baker and his wife as they set off on a journey to remove a curse placed on them by a beguiling witch. In the process, they find their lives interwoven together with Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack (and his magic beans), Rapunzel, royal princes and a wolf as they cross paths in the woods. “‘Into the Woods’ offers a realistic and unique take on ‘once upon a time,’ and gives the audience a wonderful, theatrical display of growth and self-discovery,” said Director James Rio. “This production takes popular fairytales and breathes real-life struggle into them creating the common man’s experience with happily-ever-after.”


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Prominent local talent lead the production at ABT, including award-winning actress Cassandra Norville Klaphake as the Witch, and one of Echo magazine’s “Five Actors to Watch,” Brad York, in the role of the baker. The two will be joined by a number of local and NewYork-based performers such as Katrina Hagofsky (Sunset Boulevard) as the baker’s wife, David Errigo (Footloose) as Jack, Carolyn McPhee (“9 to 5”) as Cinderella’s stepmother and Brad Rupp (Oklahoma!) as Cinderella’s prince and the wolf. Tickets are on sale now for evening and matinee performances. Prices vary according to date, time and availability. “Into the Woods” contains content that might not be suitable for all ages; children under 12 are not recommended. 623-776-8400

June 8 U.S. Pony Club Open House

An open house will be held at Desert Equi-Sports, located at 34812 N. 50th St., just north of Carefree Highway, for those interested in joining Pony Club on June 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free pony rides and demonstrations on grooming and handling horses will be offered, as well as answers to any questions regarding Pony Club or summer camp for kids. Pony Club membership is $150 per year, plus a small monthly facility fee that is yet to be determined. Although the club is open to members as young as 4 years old, members 6 and older tend to benefit more from the program. It is not limited to children; there is a horsemasters’ program for adult volunteers to allow adults to learn the Pony Club curriculum. For more information on this exciting club, see this month’s article, “Riding High with Pony Club.” 602-845-9597

June 10 - 14 Christ the Lord Vacation Bible School

Christ the Lord, located at 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek is proud to announce the return of Vacation Bible School to their campus. This five-day adventure for children grades K-5 will be filled with creative crafts, exciting games, exotic snacks, and much more. This year’s theme is “Tell it on the Mountain: Where Jesus Christ is Lord.” J une 2013


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As a CTL tradition, the congregation will be hosting VBS free of charge to the community. A loose change donation will be collected, and all funds go directly towards Mercy Forever’s Ready Now: Disaster Response Fund, building mountains of hope for children whose lives have been turned upside down by disaster. The program will be held 9:30 a.m. to noon. 480-488-2081

June 12 Renowned Guitarist Jerry Douglas at the MIM

Internationally recognized as the greatest living Dobro guitar player, Jerry Douglas ranks among the top contemporary artists in American music. Douglas has graced more than 2,000 recordings by artists ranging from James Taylor and Paul Simon to Ray Charles, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and Phish. See Douglas live in concert at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix Wednesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $52.50-$62.50. 480-478-6000


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June 21 Royal Baby Shower at the English Rose Tea Room

Inviting all royal followers to join in a royal tea celebration for the impending arrival of the next heir to the throne of England! Join us at the English Rose Tea Room, 201 Easy St., #103 in Carefree, for the much anticipated arrival of Prince William and Princess Kate’s new baby Friday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests are invited to bring baby gifts, especially diapers, which will be made into fancy diaper cakes and donated to UMOM, a non-profit organization in Phoenix that helps provide support and assistance to homeless moms and their newborns. Guests will be games boy or

are encouraged to write in the “baby advice” book for Kate, which mailed off to the palace. Play along with the usual baby showers and fun, including “Guess the Royal Baby’s Name.” Will it be a a girl?!

The English Rose Tea Room has played host to many royal occasions over the years, including the royal wedding, the Queen’s birthday and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Cost $30 per person, which includes formal afternoon tea and royal surprises throughout the day! Help us build the biggest collection of diaper cakes to donate to UMOM and celebrate Kate’s new baby in royal style. Hats positively encouraged! 480-488-4812

June 29 Raul Midón Live at the MIM

Described by People magazine as an “eclectic adventurist,” singersongwriter and blind guitar wizard Raul Midón melds the influences of Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Bill Withers into a uniquely percussive approach to acoustic steel-string guitar. He will be performing live at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25.50 to $32.50. Summer is here and it is the best time of year to spend a day in airconditioned comfort while experiencing MIM. A variety of concerts and events are planned all summer long that are sure to please music aficionados of all tastes. 480-478-6000 J une 2013


spor ts Cactus Shadows Sports Writer Tom Scanlon

Like most coaches, Patty Egan of Cactus Shadows High School loves to hear her athletes doing good deeds in the community. Usually, that is. When her track and field star Ethan Homan told her what he had just done a few weeks before the state tournament, she had to shake her head in frustration.

“My coach gave

“He gave blood, which I do not support during the season. I always ask the kids to

me a race plan to

wait until summer, but I didn’t hear about the blood drive,” Egan said. “He didn’t

kind of feel things

just give blood, he did the ‘super red’ where they take two pints of red cells and

out the first

pump plasma back in for a quicker recovery. Quicker that what?!

lap, let the race

“He was not up to par the last two weeks and was not sure how he would perform.

develop, and with

We had to change his race plan strategy a bit. He had to run to win and not care

400 (meters) to go,

about his time.”

really position

Homan’s main event is the 800-meter run. That’s twice around the track; it’s a

myself. Be patient,

grueling race in which pace is everything, and strong runners must make sure they

and in the last 100, really take off.”

have enough in the tank for a final “kick” during the home stretch. Last year, as a junior competing in the state finals, Homan made his move to the front with 300 meters to go. But he slowed slightly near the end and was edged out in a close race, finishing second. Ethan Homan had an entire year to think about that race, as he trained on desert trails and roads around his Cave Creek home: If only I had waited. If only I made


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my move just a little later …. On May 11 at Mesa Community College, the site of the state meet, it was nearly 7 p.m. by the time Homan approached the starting line for the last race of his high school career. The sun that had blazed on the athletes all day was fading, and the stadium lights had just turned on. “Be patient,” Homan told himself. “My






plan,” he later said, “to kind of feel things out the first lap, let the race develop, and with 400 (meters) to go, really position myself. Be patient, and in the last 100, really take off.” Early in the second, or “gun” lap, Brandon Gonzalez of Liberty was in the lead. With a close race, the crowd was roaring, but Homan’s ears were tuned to one frequency: “I heard my coach with 300 to go saying, ‘Be patient.’” Nearing




Homan steeled himself and began the final sprint. “I made my move and just got one or two meters on the kid who had been leading. He matched my speed. He was right on my hip the entire straightaway. We stayed the same distance apart the whole homestretch.” With the two athletes sprinting for the finish line, the winning time clocked at 1:53.96. The time between first and second was one-tenth of a second, the blink of an eye. J une 2013


spor ts Cactus Shadows Sports

Photographer Margot Kelly/

“Coach Patty Egan. Her coaching style is unique. She’s

Photographer Daniel Tooker

Photographer Margot Kelly/

This time, it was Ethan Homan who won the close race; he returned to Cave Creek with not a “close, sorry no cigar,” but as a state champion. The humble, hard-working honors student will enjoy his victory for a few weeks, then again hit the desert trails and streets of Cave Creek. This summer, he will be training to live up to a running scholarship to Boston

very supportive,

University, one of the most esteemed schools in the country (seven Nobel, 22 Pulitzer Prize

and whether I’m


performing well or not, she’s there.

The 18-year-old said he has received great support from his teammates and family, parents Ben and Annette Homan, older sister Tess and younger brother Carter, 12. As for his

She’s established a

scholarship and his state championship, he underscores one person: “Coach Patty Egan. Her

bit of a reputation

coaching style is unique. She’s very supportive, and whether I’m performing well or not, she’s

in Arizona. She peaks athletes well; her athletes always do well at the state meet.”

there. She’s established a bit of a reputation in Arizona. She peaks athletes well; her athletes always do well at the state meet.” “Even when they don’t follow my instructions about giving blood,” she would probably add. In any case, Cactus Shadows had several impressive performances at the state championship. Anchored by Homan, the boys’ 4 x 800 relay team finished second in the state. Preston Holding, a senior, revved it up in the finals, finishing third in the 300-meter hurdles and


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fourth in the 110-meter hurdles – after finishing sixth in preliminary heats for both events. Pole vaulter Alex Collins, a sophomore, cleared 10 feet even as she finished fifth at the state tournament. Keith Durkin, another sophomore, also had a fifth place finish in the 3,200-meter run, and finished eleventh in the 1,600-meter run. Erika Soderstrom, yet another sophomore, was sixth in the state in the 300-meter hurdles. Terri Baker, a senior, took ninth in the 1,600 and eighth in the 3,200. Paige Cresswell, a senior, came in eighth in the shotput and ninth in the discus. In the discus finals, Cresswell looked graceful and powerful, starting low, spinning twice and exploding with her release. She had a few impressively long throws but two were wide of the field of play, and on one that was straight down the middle, the judge ruled she had stepped out of the release area. The







second at the Northeast Valley regional competition in the discus; she also took a regional first place in the shot put. Teammate Suzanna Gormley added a firstplace finish in the 100-meter dash, leading the Cactus Shadows girls to a first-place regional finish. The cheerful Cresswell was philosophical about her state competition. “I didn’t do too well, but I was proud of my season,” she said. Her field coach, Luke Sullivan, was also quite proud of Creswell’s senior year. “She’s had a great season,” Sullivan said. “I’m very impressed with her. She worked really hard in the off-season, and it’s paying off.” This year’s Cactus Shadows High track and field team leaves its mark, as Cresswell (discus), Holding (110 and 200 hurdles), Baker (1,600 meter) and Homan (800 and 1,600) all set school records.

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Riding High with the

Pony Club Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photographer Paula Anderson

In the bucolic shadow of Black Mountain, where spritewinged verdin perch in palo verde trees, sounding out their chipper three-note whistle to an audience of whiptailed lizards, the earthy scent of the desert mixes with the sweet smell of alfalfa. From behind a curtain of ironwoods and creosote comes a whinny, followed by a friendly nicker from nearby. Along a quiet road hidden from the steady flow of traffic along Carefree Highway, Tiffany Aritz arrives at her barn. As her car nears the outdoor pens, a dapper chestnut mare trots out from a box stall, ears forward, to greet her. Tiffany makes her way to the fence and scratches the mare’s ears, then pulls something out from a bag in her hand. “I don’t think you’ll like this, Ruby,” she says patiently, holding a lump of green, her hand flat as the horse picks it up with hairy lips. Ruby chews, then drops the green out in chunks. “This is for the rabbits,” Tiffany explains to her. Dressed in a pink long-sleeved shirt, dark riding pants and boots, Tiffany enters the barn and greets each horse. Most come to the front of their stalls, partly out of curiosity, partly out of respect for their rider, trainer and caretaker. The halcyon setting of her facility, Desert Equi-Sports, evokes the stuff of dreams. There is a calming peace that enters the skin and settles in the bones just being in the midst of these strong, gentle creatures. But their loyalty can be hard-won, and their upkeep time-consuming, expensive and strenuous. What separates a horse owner from a horse person is not bundles of dollars, but the time, the sweat and the tears he or she has spent. While some stables pride themselves on keeping horses in “ready to ride” condition at all times, riders at this stable groom horses, clean stalls, scrub water buckets and clean tack. In doing so, they develop balance, not just in core strength but in their mental, emotional and moral strength as well. “If you don’t earn it, you’re not going to appreciate it,” she says with the matter-of-fact confidence that comes from walking the walk. J une 2013


Those are the values that Tiffany plans to instill in an emerging group of riders. Her facility was recently certified as a U.S. Pony Club Center by the non-profit Pony Club, and is recruiting riders young and old to join the group. Her goal is make horsemanship accessible to everyone, regardless of how much money they have or whether or not they have the ability to own a horse. Pony Club is an organization not unlike Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts in that it operates as a club where members develop skills and self-esteem and learn respect. Members of all ages meet once a week and earn badges for learning such things as horse and human first aid, equine nutrition, stable management, safe riding and handling of a horse, organized teamwork, service to others and much more. Members also attend rallies, similar to horse shows, where their skills in and out of the arena are judged and levels of achievement are earned. They have access to clinics, international exchanges, the National Youth Congress, championships and even college scholarships. Physically, they reap the benefits of cardiovascular exercise and strong posture. Riding is a strenuous activity that builds strength, balance and coordination as well as mental focus. Emotionally, riders form a bond with their horse, developing an almost intuitive response to their needs. Pony Club is a popular national program, and Tiffany had to jump through her own set of obstacles in order for her facility to be recognized as an official center, including a background check, on-site inspections and an interview process. As with everything else she does, she dedicated herself to the process and saw it through ’til the end, which is no surprise since her own assiduity was instilled by Pony Club. “I started in Pony Club in Pennsylvania when I was about 12 years old,” she says. “I was raised on a farm, and when it got subdivided, the woman who purchased the house where my grandfather was born happened to be president of the Pony Club. I became enamored by horses. I worked in exchange for lessons, and became part of Pony Club. She taught me all about horses, bought me equipment and really supported me.”


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She went on to earn a degree in equine science, but eventually traded her breeches for business suits. The focus and self-discipline she learned in the barn and in the arena helped her land and build a successful career in the insurance industry. She quickly rose to the top, but as her career took more of her time and energy, she missed the simple joys that came with having the wind in her hair and dirt under her fingernails. Seven years ago, her company transferred her to Arizona. Set to continue to pursue fortune and status in Phoenix, she made an offer on a house and prepared herself for the move. It was then that a mixed blessing occurred; she received a diagnosis of melanoma that ultimately changed the course of her life. Looking back, the trajectory of fate appears to be no accident. “I asked myself, ‘If I don’t survive this, what are going to be my regrets in life?’” That was the turning point. As she boarded a plane toward the Grand Canyon State, she was heading back to her roots. Tiffany met her soon-to-be husband Patrick, and slowly made her way back into the arena. After her second child was born, with Patrick’s support, she made the difficult but increasingly obvious decision to end her lucrative career in exchange for the balance and authenticity that she had come to miss. She began teaching lessons and training horses, and Desert Equi-Sports was founded. Managing a Pony Club chapter seems to be a natural progression for Tiffany, whose compassion and patience has bloomed, as has her loving command for respect and discipline. “Respect is my number one rule,” she explains. “It is unacceptable to be anything other than respectful. As tough as I am, I’m just as supportive and respectful of my students. I really try to empower them; it’s all about positive reinforcement.” It’s not only the students who feel comfortable knowing what is expected of them. The horses know, too. “Discipline is love,” she says with sincerity. “Whether it’s horses or students, they need to understand their boundaries.” J une 2013


That same common-sense approach is applied to hard work. “You do the work, you get the reward,” she says. “There are no short cuts when it comes to caring for a horse.” Self-discipline, determination and problemsolving take more than skill; they take courage – courage to succeed, and courage to accept responsibility for actions and attitudes. An open house will be held at Desert Equi-Sports, located at 34812 N. 50th St., just north of Carefree Highway, for those interested in joining Pony Club on June 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free pony rides and demonstrations on grooming and handling horses will be offered, as well as answers to questions anyone may have regarding Pony Club or summer camp for kids. Pony Club membership is $150 per year, plus a small monthly facility fee that is yet to be determined. Although the club is open to members as young as 4 years old, members 6 years and older tend to benefit more from the program. It is not limited to children; there is a horsemasters’ program for adult volunteers to allow adults to learn the Pony Club curriculum.


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serve by giving others the same opportunities she was given is an indescribable reward. “I get to give back,” she says with a grin. “The more you give, the happier you are as an individual.” As she speaks, a handsome Gypsy vanner gelding named Castle nibbles away at fresh hay while Kisses, a miniature horse that has become mascot for the stable, kicks away at his stall door, hoping for a treat. Across the barn, several pairs of beautiful warm eyes look out into the aisle, seemingly anxious to join the conversation. Tiffany, comfortable in the ambiance she’s poured from her soul to create, leans comfortably against the wall. “Being rich in life,” she says, “is more important than being wealthy.” 602-845-9597

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histor y Ancient History of Arizona Writer Amanda Christmann Larson

Who were the earliest sports fans in our state?

Mention Arizona history to just about anyone in the country, and most likely they’ll

Who built irrigation canals long before SRP got credit?

From the earliest Paleoindians, to the Archaic period hunters, to the prehistoric

These questions and more will be answered in a free

recall figures like Cochise, Geronimo and the infamous shootout at the OK Corral. Fact is, many of the faces and places that formed the foundation for life as we know it in the Grand Canyon State did so with little to no notoriety.

archaeological cultures of the Pueblo, Mogollon, Sinagua, Hohokam, Salado and Patayan peoples, the true legacy of Arizona’s early residents was established long before written history. Thanks to the Arizona Humanities Council Speakers’ Bureau and Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, their stories will come to life in a presentation by archaeologist Allen Dart.

presentation, “Archaeology

“Humanities is the exploration and interpretation of the human experience,” Dart

and Cultures of Arizona”

explained. “It provides perspective regarding why cultures differ, and perspective

Friday, June 14 at

about our own experience. One of the things we learn is that people are people

Desert Foothills Library

everywhere, throughout history.”

38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Who were the earliest sports fans in our state? Who burned their dead? Who made the skulls of infants flat by binding their heads? When did hunters turn into farmers? Who built irrigation canals long before SRP got credit? These questions and more will be answered in a free presentation, “Archaeology and Cultures of Arizona” at the Desert Foothills Library Friday, June 14 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. “Many different peoples have contributed to making Arizona such a unique and fascinating cultural place,” said Dart. In addition to the rugged and resourceful people who long ago lived here, Dart will discuss the connections between archaeology


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and history, and will provide an overview of the Native American, European, Mexican, African and Asian peoples who have formed our state’s more recent history. It has been said that he who controls the past controls the future. Understanding the similarities and differences in human thought, actions, creations and values from a broad stroke through time enlightens us, enriches us and adds context to the significance of our own cultures and values. Archaeology and Cultures of Arizona will be presented at several Maricopa County libraries, and no reservations are needed. Enjoy the experience – and share a piece of history!

Monday, June 3 Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 N. 98th Ave., Peoria 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, June 6 Fairway Library, 10600 W. Peoria Ave. Room 144, Sun City 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 11 Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 13 Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 14 Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Road, Cave Creek 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Wednesday, June 19 El Mirage Branch Library, 14011 N. 1st Avenue, El Mirage 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, June 20 Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Rd., Tempe 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 602-652-3006

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The Musical Round-Up: Big Nick and the Gila Monsters Writer Tom Scanlon Photographer for photo below: FishEye Photography


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“Call my boss and tell him I don’t want to work no more!”

they wanted ‘Big somebody’ but John was out of the question.”

As the dusk slips into dark on a Saturday night in late April, a few dozen folks looking extraordinarily comfortable are sipping wine and beer outside Janey’s Coffeehouse. The focus of attention is the blues band Big Nick and the Gila Monsters, led by a charismatic singer looking like a cross between Blues Brother John Belushi and CSI actor William Petersen. From the right side of the audience, the background for the howling Big Nick is a nicely lit cactus at the edge of an up-sloping hill, perhaps the perfect setting for Cave Creek blues.

After moving to Phoenix, it didn’t take Samora long to get back into the music scene. “The very first night I was here, I met my future rhythm section. It was jam night at a place called Inside Out, and I started singing with a drummer named Bobby ‘White Shoes’ Bowley and James ‘Muddy’ Mason on bass. And we just had a gas, we had so much fun. After the set, Bobby jumped down off the drum set and said, ‘Man, we have to start a band!’”

The sound, more than the view, has the audience rapt. “That was great!” a new fan gushes. Like dusk to dark, the foursome smoothly slides through its set list from a Chuck Berry early-rock number, to a slower song with a rumba beat, to some good ol’ Chicago blues. The pace is fast and upbeat, with the singer interrupting the music to ask, “How was your work week? Bet you all worked hard this week,” … a subtle reminder that they are now in the fun zone, spreadsheets and deadlines and grinding meetings a million miles away. By the end of the set, the makeshift dance floor is filled, whether it’s the drinks going down, the beats going up or a little of both. This band’s winning performances are the result of hundreds of shows and thousands of practices; Big Nick and the Gila Monsters have been pumping out the blues around Phoenix for nearly 25 years. “We just love Janey’s,” said John “Big Nick” Samora, the singer and leader of Big Nick and the Gila Monsters, from his home in central Phoenix where he was spending a Saturday afternoon trimming tangerine trees. “Normally, when you encounter club owners, it’s all about, ‘What’s the bottom line?’ They could barely care what we do. But Sam (Gesell) and Mitch (Markowitz) genuinely want the best musicians they can get. They consider themselves part of the audience. They’re just terrific to work with.” Speaking of work, like all but a few Phoenix musicians, Samora supports himself with a day job. His is a fairly unusual one: food photographer for the Arizona Republic.

Big Nick and the Gila Monsters thus was born, with guitarist Mike Lewis added to the mix. “Seven years ago Bobby retired, and our current drummer Ricky Jay Lockhart joined the band. Then a year and half ago, James passed away from pancreatitis. James was a true bluesman. One of the things about playing blues, I think John Lee Hooker put it best in his song ‘Boogie Chillun’ when he said, ‘It’s in, and it’s gotta come out.’ That is the absolute truth. If it’s in you, you have to let it out. And James knew that as much as anyone. It fed his soul to get up there and play. Unless he was physically unable to perform, he would get up and play.” During the set at Janey’s, the band dedicated a song to Mason: “Rockin’ Chair,” written by the late bass player. “We can rock anywhere …” is the chorus of a song filled with double entendres. The irony of bands like Big Nick and the Gila Monsters is that they are playing the blues, but in a joyous way. “The blues defy a single description,” Samora says emphatically. “Especially what we play; I call it American music. What we play is the roots of all-American music. If you listen to anything, blues, country, rock, hip hop, it’s based on the blues. If you took a book of American music and shook it, a page is going to fall out called ‘Roadhouse.’ That’s what we are. People come and expect to dance. We give it to them, up-tempo and real dance-able. “That’s one thing about our band: We always get dancers.” Big Nick and the Gila Monsters is scheduled to play Janey’s Saturday, June 8. After hosting live music four nights per week in the winter and early spring, Janey’s is now on its summer schedule, with bands playing Friday and Saturday nights.

You would think that, since it just sits there without moving much, food would be an easy thing to photograph; yet few photographers can master the technical aspects needed to make food photos “pop” on the printed page. “It’s very, very challenging,” said Samora, who had his own commercial studio before returning to work at the Republic. Samora moved here to work for the Phoenix newspaper in 1989, heading west from Ohio, where he was a shooter for the Cincinnati Enquirer. There, he had a band called Big Nick and the Home Wreckers. “All the band members were part of the photo staff. It was really just a lark, and then we started getting notoriety.” His alter ego? “It was pure caprice. My first band needed a name and

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in the Cave Creek/Carefree area (free admission, unless otherwise noted) Amaro Pizzeria and Vino Lounge This upscale pizza place on Tatum and Dynamite next to Cocomo Joe’s also serves delicious music. From comfortable couches, cocktail tables or the long bar, visitors can kick back and enjoy Friday and Saturday night music. The other Saturday night, Jody was easy-on-the-ears versions of Janis

Buffalo Chip Saloon

Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.”

28234 N. Tatum Blvd., Cave Creek, 480-502-1920

Big Earl dishes up burgers, fries, shakes and highcalorie music. The Kards, an energetic young band, rock the outdoor stage every Saturday night. The foursome of Jared Grady (lead guitar), Jacob Williams (rhythm guitar), Habib Sabbagh (bass guitar, vocals) and Lucas Aikin (drums and keyboard) range from 14 to 16 years of age. But don’t expect teenpop, as these lads dig into muscular classic rock of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

6135 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek 480-575-7889

Buffalo Chip Saloon When a bar has bull-riding shows out back, it’s a pretty good bet they’re going to be playing country music inside. Buffalo Chip has one of the finest 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 is a prime spot. The bar and casual restaurant but the crowd is relatively

mellow, considering the place does big bull riding shows out back on Wednesday and Friday nights. The County Line Band plays Tuesday and Friday nights. Music is from 8 p.m. to midnight, every

The Hideaway


CAVE CREEK TAP HAUS through muscular blues rock. Sal Carlino is one of the top blues/rock guitarists in Phoenix. Without an ounce of pretension, he grips the attention of the

While Harold’s and Buffalo Chip across the road crank up country music, here at the Tap Haus it’s an eclectic mix. One Saturday night it might be a rhythm-and-blues band covering “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay,” the next acoustic singer Teneia Sanders doing a sultry version of Greshwin’s “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy….” The Tap Haus has bands Friday and Saturday nights, karaoke on Sunday nights. And if you like your suds, this is the spot – 50 beers are on tap.

Big Earl’s Greasy Eats

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6811 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek

to soul to originals.



Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse

room as he tears through everything from Hendrix

are almost always full,

until 8 p.m.

On Friday nights, Sal and the Stray Hounds power

Amaro Pizzeria and Vino Lounge


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

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

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

COCOMO JOE’S “C’mon, Cocomo’s, let’s party!” commands the singer of the Crown Kings on a recent Saturday night, before leading the way with a dialed-up version of the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Woman.” This tucked-away,






Dynamite hosts live music four nights a week.

Big Earls Greasy Eats Plugged-in rock and blues bands play Friday and

the singer-guitarist always seemed to be showing

Saturday nights, with acoustic music on Sunday

up with different “stray hound” backing players)

afternoons (Bull Dutcher, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) and

to a blues-jam band called the New Brothers. “I

Thursday nights (two members of the Crown Kings,

pray Lord have mercy, Lord won’t you have mercy

starting at 7:30 p.m.).

on me,” singer Charlie Dickens softly wails, over a seemingly endless groove by his backing musicians.

Cocomo Joe’s 28244 N. Tatum Blvd.,

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.”

The opening chords of “You Really Got Me” really

The Hideaway

get some ladies jumping up and down in their

6746 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

Harold’s Corral

blues/rock bands play Friday and Saturday nights


at Harold’s, which hosts highly skilled bands who

Hatman Dan plays Willie, Merle and other old-school

know how to work the crowd.

country at the off-the-wall Horny Toad on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays from

The Arizona Blues Project is the Thursday night

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

house band at Harold’s, ripping through upbeat blues and even hard rock numbers with high-energy

The Horny Toad

precision, veteran musicians at work. This is blues

6738 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek

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


ified with slowly, incrementally layered, and almost

playful builds toward ear-busting crescendos.


Venues Café

Harold’s Corral

Music happens here every Saturday night, with the

6895 E. Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek

likes of Scott Helmer, Lauren Natalie, Carson Parks


and Los Dos Dons performing from 7:30 p.m. to

10:30 p.m. in this Carefree Center restaurant/bar.


Venues Café

Have you heard the Hideaway is a biker bar?

34 Easy St., Carefree

Venues Café

480-595-9909 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

Vino 100

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Photo by Bill Timmerman


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Writer Donna Kublin

Meet Artist Fausto Fernandez Art of a Thoughtful Person

Fausto Fernandez, mixed media collage artist in his mid-30s, has accomplished a great deal so far in his career. First and foremost a painter, his extraordinary talent can also be seen at the PHX Sky Train Station that opened April 8, 2013, where he designed the 440’ x 40’ terrazzo floor. For Fernandez, the Sky Train project was quite an undertaking. Five years ago, when he was selected to create a proposal from a pool of local artists, he looked at hundreds of photos of airplanes, musing about what shapes might be interesting. He became inspired by the shape of an airplane’s horizontal stabilizer, known as a tailplane. These stabilizers are a small lifting surface located on the tail and serve three purposes: equilibrium, stability and control. He next had to turn his idea into a large-scale floor design, and for this he tapped his love of layered colors and mechanical shapes. “As a painter, it was a challenge for me to imagine something as large as the train station floor, especially since it wasn’t yet built and this was my first permanent public art project,” said Fernandez. “It also took a while to realize that the viewer would not be able to see the entire floor as they would a painting, but rather about a 10-foot radius as they walked along it. It had to be an interesting design in its parts as well as its whole.” “I wanted to keep it simple in design and decided on a repetitive composition of horizontal stabilizers from aircraft. I used 10 colors to create the platform’s rhythmic geometric patterns and sweeping bands,” said Fernandez. The architecture and the windows framing the floor called for a design that would reflect the aesthetic of the barrel vault and its repetitive beams framing the structure. The outlines of the stabilizers in the design are repetitive shapes that keep a consistency and maintain symmetry as they flow into the terminal and create an illusion of linear perspective.

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“Attraction, Love, and Communication” (72” x 48”)

Built in terrazzo, the floor contains aggregates of glass and mirror that reflect light from the exterior windows. Fernandez spent a lot of time with the fabricators to create the colors. He heightened the floor’s reflective qualities by adding aggregates of recycled, crushed glass and mirror. The floor consists of 10 colors, black being the only color with aggregates of mirror connecting the design in one organic linear shape from one end to the other. The black line interweaves between the shapes providing a variation with the symmetry. Fernandez is quick to point out that working closely for five years with the project’s design and construction team of architects, engineers and fabricators was an experience of a lifetime and made this work possible. “I am happy with the floor,” said Fernandez, “and happy that they believed in me.” Fernandez typically paints large scale pieces, six-feet-wide or more. He paints the familiar in extraordinary, interesting and unusual combinations, each with a particular idea in mind. A showcase of his latest works are on display at Mesa Contemporary Arts (MCA) where he is part of a group show titled “Arizona Catalyst: Artists Working In and Beyond the State” (May 10 - August 11). The show features four exceptionally talented artists whose artistic careers began in Arizona, and who have strong ties to the local art community and Arizona State University. Fernandez lived and worked in Phoenix for 10 years prior to moving to Los Angeles in 2012. Two of the pieces in the show were created in his LA studio as part of a series of five paintings that explore the relationship of mathematics to people’s everyday concerns. Typically, his layered work, done by hand and not computer applications, depict technology by incorporating tools, machines and aviation renderings. He explores their relationship with nature and how these conceptually relate to human behavior. The paintings include a mixture of blueprints, maps, wallpaper, asphalt, spray paint, acrylic paint, laser jet transfers and dress patterns as backgrounds, with overlays of bold graphic designs figuring the foreground. What is also striking about his work is the idea behind each piece and the thinking and meaning for each gesture, layer and line. In the painting, “The Drake Equation” (72” x 48”) on display at MCA, the painting involves human space exploration and a mathematical idea behind it. Drake Equation was named for radio astronomer Frank Drake who became the first person to start a systematic search for intelligent signals from the cosmos. In 1961, he devised a probabilistic argument used to estimate the number of active, communicative extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy. The equation summarizes the main factors which scientists must contemplate when considering the question of other radio-communicative life.

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“Attraction, Love, and Communication” (72” x 48”), incorporates an image of a rotary telephone symbolizing communication as well as a mathematical formula that allows you to solve the problem with “I<3 U” (I Love You). “The paintings are metaphors for how I see relationships,” said Fernandez. “’Modern Advances Adapting to Nature’ (74” x 96”) is the centerpiece of the MCA show,” said Tiffany Fairall, associate curator. “While the subject matter is completely different, it is an homage to Pablo Picasso’s famous “Guernica,” and is a stunning piece.” Fairall continued, “All four artists, Wesley Anderegg (California), Angel Cabrales (Texas), Angela Young (Wisconsin), and Fernandez have strong ties to the Phoenix area and their talent was cultivated here before moving on as their careers expanded. Their work was selected for the strength of the artist, and the quality and consistency of the art.” Fernandez described how he develops his ideas: “The subjects in my work are based on the people around me, experiences I want to explore and interesting things I want to experience. My intentions are to include these concepts and ideas in my paintings by finding materials or imagery I think could relate, and then apply them in my paintings. My process is directly influenced by graphic design, before computers did most of the work. I find interest in exploring my relationships, friendships and family and how these relationships impact my personality.” Fernandez’s newest series explores music and musicians. “Love is What You Make It Out to Be” (72” x 72”), available at Gebert Contemporary in Scottsdale, was inspired by singer and songwriter Aubrey Debauchery, who lives in Chico, California, who Fernandez met online. After the painting was finished, Fernandez was going to


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name it after one of her songs, but instead he asked Debauchery to title it. She not only did that, but wrote a soulful song inspired by the painting which can be heard on his blog. This painting was selected for inclusion in the Tucson Museum of Art’s “Arizona Biennial 2013.” This is the oldest-running juried exhibition featuring exclusively Arizona artists, and will be on view at the museum from July 20 through September 29. Fernandez’s work is featured in permanent collections at the Phoenix Art Museum, the Tucson Art Museum, the Heard Museum and at the Gebert Contemporary Arts Gallery in Scottsdale. He was invited to have a solo show in April created to highlight an exceptional University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP) alumni artist, where he graduated in 2001. Fernandez received his BFA in painting and BFA in graphic design from UTEP. “As Fernandez is influenced by his experiences in LA and the other artists there,” said Fairall, “it will be interesting to see how his work continues to evolve.” This very thoughtful artist will continue to have much to share. PHX Sky Train Station 44th and Washington Streets, Phoenix Mesa Contemporary Arts One E. Main St., Mesa Gebert Contemporary 7160 E. Main St., Scottsdale Tucson Museum of Art 140 N. Main Ave., Tucson

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A Neighborly Place to Find Western Art Writer Donna Kublin


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Marless Fellows From the moment I entered Saddle Up Gallery at Las Tiendas Center in Cave Creek, I was struck by how welcome I felt. The gallery’s rich hues and the old wood-paned windows Photo by Leslie

V. Bay

drew me in and surrounded me with a comfortable homey-ness.

A reflection of Marless Fellows, the artist/owner’s personality, the gallery is genuinely warm, cheerful and inviting. It is also tastefully filled with a wide variety of Western-themed art including paintings, furniture, bronze sculpture, pottery, gourds, photography and jewelry done by talented local artists. Each piece of artwork seems to complement the others. Fellows opened the gallery in April 2012. Happy with her life and her painting, she decided to shake things up a bit and fulfill something she had in her heart for a long while. It took just two months from the time she saw the retail space to the opening of the gallery; quite a feat. I discovered that Fellows often works at a fast pace. She shows her work at the Phippen Western Art Show and Sale in Prescott and participates in the Quick Draw & Auction that has taken place for the past 34 years. This event is a 60-minute, timed demonstration in which 15 to 20 artists create pieces of art in front of the public, starting with completely blank canvases. The pieces are then auctioned to the audience. Fellows loves doing it. She recently launched and completed a project to paint portraits of 24 local Cave Creek cowboys and cowgirls, which she did in just seven weeks, adding four additional portraits to the project. “I put out an invitation to the community and, to my surprise, it took on a life of its own. I chose to do portraits because I wanted people to see and admire faces of the West and connect to the walk of life that I deeply admire.

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Marless Fellows “Faces of the West” was a triumph. All the portraits were hung in the gallery in April at a reception that was open to the community. Fellows has painted for over 17 years and gradually became drawn to painting the horses, donkeys, cowboys and cowgirls that were a strong influence on her when she was growing up. Now, those are all she paints. She loves to capture the individual personality of the person or animal, and catch them doing something that they do in the ordinary course of living. She creates a painting with an intimacy and immediacy that is quite extraordinary. Wanting to share the cowboy ethos, Fellows explains: “The cowboy creed runs deep in the people I paint, and as I paint them I can see the strength and character of each person. To be honest and trustworthy, and to care for their neighbors is as natural as it is for them to breath. I believe that no matter how it came to be, it is the ability to live it that is important. It is one of my most cherished gifts to share this character in my paintings.”


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Fellows participated in many art festivals. It was at a festival in Prescott that she was approached by two cowboy poets who asked her to apply to be resident artist for 2010 Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering. Each year, one painting is selected for the event, and her painting “Mischief” was chosen as their theme. Attending the gathering with her husband and biggest supporter, Rick, a retired airline pilot, she was amazed to see a supersized image of her painting behind the dais. “It was a thrill to be there and to be one of the artists selected. Many of those previously chosen are among the Cowboy Artists of America”. When she is not greeting or assisting customers as they select artwork, Fellows paints while at the gallery. She is surrounded by her paintings as well as those of other talented local artists including her sister, Jacque Cohan, who paints representational with a Western contemporary style, and Sherri Blanchard Stuart, who is one of the top Western art painters in the country.

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There are also bronze sculptures by award-winning artist Ron Stewart. His refined artistic abilities in watercolor, oil, and bronze are truly distinguished and go far beyond technical competence. His hallmark is the representation of the mood and the atmosphere appropriate to whatever he approaches. These aspects are evident in the beautiful bronze sculptures on display. There is also some remarkable furniture by John Montoya whose creative pieces, all with a Southwestern flair, are functional and artistic. The furniture is a unique blend of wood, metal, painting and stone inlay. His tables, chests, credenzas, mirrors and unique wall art combine rustic elements and fine wood to create pieces that are both natural and sophisticated. Pottery by Rick Fitch captures the style, beauty and colors of the Southwest. He is intrigued with shaping, designing and decorating the functional pottery he produces. The ceramic artwork he produces is both wheel-thrown and hand-built, ranging from intimate dinnerware sets and serving pieces to commissioned decorative creations. His work has won numerous awards and, in addition to being at Saddle Up Gallery, is on display in many galleries and gift shops throughout the United States and in some foreign countries. Among the other artists at the gallery, you will find work by Tom Taylor, fine art photography; Jane Boggs, fine art gourds; Linda Richardson, fused glass and beaded jewelry designer; and Dick Mueller, graphite and colored pencil drawings of Western scenes, people and wildlife. “I personally know, respect, and enjoy all of the artists in the gallery and sometimes it feels as though they are all part of our family,” said Fellows. “When people come to the gallery, they will not experience any pressure. I want them to enjoy the beautiful artwork and take home something that they feel they can’t wait to see in their home.” Saddle Up Gallery exudes a small town kind of atmosphere, and I enjoyed my visit there. I left feeling like I just met a new neighbor and a possible friend. My guess is that it is exactly what Fellows wants us to experience when we stop by. Saddle Up Gallery 6140 E. Cave Creek Rd., Suite 3B, Cave Creek 480-488-9303

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Legends of the West Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photographer Bryan Black of Blackswan Photographers

When my oldest son was 7 years old, he talked me into buying not just one, but about a week’s worth of button-up vests. He’d proudly march through Denny’s and Wal-Mart wearing them over long-sleeved, button-down shirts and vinyl-looking cowboy boots. He tied it together with a plastic sheriff’s badge and a black felt hat we’d found in the toy aisle at Target. I submitted to his will and bought him a fancy red cap gun, which he carried around with an air of authority in a Velcro holster around his waist. It turned into a thing, which is how this stuff goes, and I encouraged it right along as he ran around the yard in chaps, chasing horse rustlers and holding his head in an unnatural state of “up” so he could see out from underneath the too-low brim of his hat. As I sit across from True West magazine Executive Editor Bob “Boze” Bell, I imagine he was probably that kid, too. Sure, the hat is now beaver felt and cost a pretty penny more than the dime store version, and he’s proven his skill at growing facial hair, but deep inside (or maybe not even so deep), he’s carrying the torch for the timeless souls who make up our Western heritage. With his trademark mustache (somewhere between a chevron and a walrus, for people who follow that type of thing), he looks a little like Sam Elliot. Just like the outlaws and heroes he writes about, draws and paints, his name is known around these parts and he’s recognizable in public. Just like those characters, too, the line between lore and reality is a little blurred in his colorful history, even though the man himself is as unambiguous as the tail end of a horse. Born in tiny Forest City, Iowa, a bucolic little town where the bovine population still outnumbers the humans, he moved to Kingman when he was 9 years old. There, an extraordinary 209-bulb marquee with a swooping arrow lured Route 66 passers-by with the titillating offer of “Jugs Iced Free.” That same arrow enticed his father into buying its locale, “Big Al’s Flying A” filling station, where young Bob spent the latter half of the 1950s watching the comings and goings of people from all walks of life on their way to and from the glamorous destination of Los Angeles. “I was a typical kid,” he says. “I played Little League, played on the basketball team. I wasn’t very good, but I loved the competitiveness.” It was in a baseball game that he earned his nickname. As he rounded first and second base backward, a coach hollered out the insult, “Bozo!” He never lived it down. It was shortened to “Boze” and stuck like newsprint on silly putty. He also loved spaghetti Westerns. As he sat fixated in front of his family’s RCA television one day, watching his hero on “The Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp,” his grandmother pointed her finger and said, “Wyatt Earp was the biggest jerk

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that ever walked the West.” The contradiction between his grandmother’s opinion and what he thought he knew was the ember that would spark his quest for answers. He wanted to know the truth behind the yarns that were spun about people who shaped the legends of the West. “I was intrigued,” he says. “I’m obsessed with the facts about our Western mythology. I want to know, ‘What did these guys really do?’ What I’ve learned through the years is that understanding history is really like peeling an onion. The more you peel it, the more you cry. The trick is to try to read between the lines and figure out people’s motives: who was probably lying, and why. What you end up with is really a human person.” He didn’t start peeling those layers right away, though. In the rolling tide of the ’60s, he was carried on a different course by a little group called the Beatles, whose sound (and the girls they attracted) inspired him to become a rock and roll drummer (a gig he maintained until 2008, when a heart attack sent him to the health food store and yoga studio instead). He went off to school at the University of Arizona, where he spent the next five years pondering deep thoughts – though rarely in class – and leaving campus for good just three units short of a degree in commercial art. Always a creative kind of guy, Bob and a friend began his first venture into publishing in 1972 with an unlucrative quarterly called the “Razz Revue.” A year and a half later, he married. Even though he didn’t make a dime on the magazine, when it folded after four years, it had still lasted longer than his marriage. Bitter and burned, he began working for the New Times in Phoenix, and he swore off women forever. Two months later, without or eHarmony to rely on, he forged his own path back to dating by attending a wake. There, he picked up Kathy, the decedent’s girlfriend, and he hasn’t let go since. “She is the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” he says with candor. He and Kathy have been married for nearly 34 years. “She’s a therapist,” he explains. “Thank god, because I get it for free.” Together, they have two adult children and their first grandchild is due this month. His daughter Deena works in the financial world, and his son Tommy, a former Peace Corps volunteer, is in graduate school studying psychology. “I told my kids three things growing up,” he says. “Be honest, have a sense of humor, and no tattoos. So far, they’re damned funny and dang honest, and I don’t think they have any tattoos.” Now a responsible family man, Bob made good use of all those hours of doodling he did while he was supposed to be paying attention in class. He plugged away at the New Times, and in 1983, in what he calls a “fluke of major proportions,” he earned the Arizona Press Club’s Cartoonist of the Year award. He earned himself an assignment illustrating for an issue of Arizona Highways magazine, and he did it so well that the entire issue was packed with his work. Bob met the station manager at KSLX-FM radio a few months later while he was on good behavior and plugging a book of cartoons called “Low Blows” (featuring such nuggets of wisdom as: “Men are Jerks, How to Get Pregnant,” “How to Tell if your Parents are on Drugs” and “101 Uses for a Dead Nuclear Plant”) on Valley radio shows. The manager thought Bob had something special, so he asked him to read the news. Afterward he hired him anyway, and “The Jones & Boze Show” aired from 1986 to 1994 – an impressive amount of time considering Bob outlasted that manager and three of his successors.

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Bob pushed his luck and, in his spare time, came up with a book idea: “The Illustrated Life & Times of Billy the Kid.” It would be a comprehensive history of the legend, and he wanted it to be in full color to showcase his artwork. He knew it would do well, but 26 different publishers thought differently and sent him an anthology of rejection letters. He borrowed $5,000 from his dad and published it himself; it sold out and he pledged to “repay his patient father $200 a month until the millennium.” He decided to make another go of it a year later with an illustrated tome about Wyatt Earp. He borrowed $3,000 from his mother-in-law, promising to repay her in a year. (“Priorities,” he explains.) It sold out several times over, which was a good thing because he found himself pounding the pavement in search of a new job within a few months when he was laid off by the newest management of the radio station. The market for funny guys who could draw was pretty tight. He quickly put together and printed another book, “The Illustrated Life & Times of Doc Holliday.” His propensity for Western lore began running through his body like a virus, multiplying and leaving its mark, and changing the direction of his life. His artwork and his writing were honed into a singular focus, and he found his niche – although not without a few hitches along the way. His venture into art galleries, for example, was often less than fruitful, and he learned that sometimes the juice just ain’t worth the squeeze. A few of his showings did well, though, and combined with other commissioned work, it was enough to keep a brush in his hand.


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In 1999, the same year he published his fourth book, “Bad Men: Outlaws & Gunfighters of the Wild West,” Bob and two ambitious friends bought True West magazine. They plunked down their savings, and then promptly



debt to the tune of $30,000 a month. He could have quit;

Join Bob Boze Bell June 19 at Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House, 6710 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek as he speaks about growing up on Historic Route 66 as part of the third annual Arizona History Dinners series. Cartwright’s honors the outrageous legends, lore, music and tastes of Arizona every other Wednesday through October, starting Wednesday, June 5. No-host cocktails begin at 5 p.m.; delicious, themed three-course dinner is served at 6 p.m. sharp. Presentations begin at 7 p.m. Cost is $55 plus sales tax and 18 percent gratuity. Reservations are required for this popular series; please call.

he could have folded. Instead,

The schedule is as follows:

he dug deeper and started

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a pretty stubborn SOB. I think I

Lively historian Marshall Trimble presents “Legends in Levis: The Old Time Cowboys.”

got some of that,” he reckons.

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making changes. “My dad was

Today, Bob and Publisher Ken Amorosano are at the helm

Bob Boze Bell: “On the Trail of Arizona History: Growing up on Route 66 and the History of the Legendary Highway”

July 3

of the ever-evolving popular

Jana Bommersbach: “Poor Arizona. Nobody Wanted Us. Nobody.”


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studded Black Mountain where

Marshall Trimble: “Boom Towns and Mineral Mania: From the Town to Tough to Die to the Ghosts of Cleopatra Hill”

cowboy lore once played out

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in the shadows of saguaro-

in real time, and with the help of a small yet diligent army of employees, they have become the keepers of the flame of Western history.

spot for himself, too. He is a storyteller, breathing new life into stories we thought we knew; sorting out truth from fiction and sharing it with the same appeal that his cowboy did



shared timeless tales around campfires. He has woven the narrative for them, and for himself, in the timeless, gutsy spirit of the West.

August 14

Bob Boze Bell: “Outrageous Arizonanas II” From an Apache named ‘Fun’ to an old coot named Harry Nipple, these guys are flat-out weird (but perfect for Arizona).

August 28

Bob has found a comfortable


Full-blooded San Carlos Apache Ken Duncan shares stories and sounds from the Apache tribe.

Marshall Trimble: “Arizona’s Hard-Riding Heroes: From Pete Kitchen to Buckey O’Neill”

September 11

Marshall Trimble: “Enter the Law: Bringing Law and Order to the Last Frontier”

September 25

Bob Boze Bell talks art from Remington to Russell, including former Cave Creek rancher Lon Megargee.

October 9

Marshall Trimble: “Rural Arizona, Small Towns and Zany Characters”

October 23

Lance Polingyouma, project recorder for the Hopi Migration Project talks about the migration of the Hopi culture through petroglyphs and song. 480-488-8031

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school Cactus Shadows Students Come Home Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque Photographer Jamie Pogue

There are few of us who, as students, didn’t have the fantasy of roaming the hallowed halls of our alma mater as a teacher; turning the tables, seeing things from the other side and finally being in control of our own destiny. In reality, once a former student returns to his alma mater, poignant memories are abundant, “Hiring former alum reinforces the sense

a deeper understanding of the school’s culture exists, and it represents a true homecoming for both former students and veteran teachers.

of community and

Steve Bebee, principal of Cactus Shadows High School (CSHS) in Cave Creek has

belonging that

hired more than his fair share of alumni. Seven Cactus Shadows teachers are

students have to

Cactus Shadows graduates, and he recently hired an eighth for the 2013-14 school year.

Cactus Shadows. Our school has a great deal of

“Hiring alum reinforces the sense of community and belonging that students have to Cactus Shadows,” he says. “Our school has a great deal of school spirit and there is a small town atmosphere that surrounds our community. I have been told

school spirit and

over the years that students who attend our school have a very close bond. It is

there is a small

really neat for our students to be taught by people who once walked the same

town atmosphere

paths as they walk every day. They ‘get’ the kids; they understand our community and they know the pride that comes with being a Falcon.”

that surrounds our community.”

Former student and current theater instructor Andrew Cupo loves the fact that he is able to give back to the school and community in which he grew up, but he admits that his new role as teacher puts many things into perspective. He shares, “Learning


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He recalls, “The first few years on campus I would have moments where I would be walking around the campus and suddenly flash back to a specific moment in high school. For example, as I walked past the library I remembered in vivid detail ditching class to watch the space shuttle Challenger launch. The rest of the day was a blur, but each time I go past the library that moment comes to mind.” Other teachers who were former students, such as special education teacher Desiree D’Ambrosi, remember feelings and other intangible characteristics at Cactus Shadows. When D’Ambrosi interviewed with Janet Holt, Mary Derks and Lori DiCicco for her current position, it became apparent that the support she remembers from being a student was still a part of the culture at Cactus Shadows. She explains, “I could see it in my interview, all the new challenges teachers face definitely makes me look back on my time at Cactus Shadows High School and appreciate the hard work those teachers put in to make my experience enjoyable. “Perhaps the biggest transition has been learning to call my former teachers and now colleagues by their first names. I still catch myself saying ‘Mr.’ or ‘Mrs.,’ even after three years of employment,” he adds. James Carrick, American and Arizona government and history teacher and head coach of freshman football experienced the same difficulty when it came to addressing new colleagues who were his former teachers. “It took me years before I could call my former teachers by their first names, and some of them I still call ‘Mr.’ or ‘Mrs.’” Carrick also takes the inevitable walk down memory lane when he is on campus. As with all high school experiences, some are happy and others may not be. However, they all combine to make us who we are today.

and I continue to see it each day within my department.” D’Ambrosi also treasures the strong sense of family and community at Cactus Shadows. “I love coming to campus each day. I love walking by the bronze falcon that my father sculpted and donated as a senior gift from my sister’s graduating class of 1996. It reminds me of the family support that the school receives from parents. “I’ve worked at other districts that did not have this type of family involvement. I love watching students mill about at lunch when Cameron Bender and the student government put on Fun Fridays. It reminds me of the lifelong friends I made here at this school. I love working with students who come from a similar upbringing and sense of community that is unique to Cave Creek.” Perhaps D’Ambrosi expressed the experience best when she said, “I moved back to Cave Creek because it feels like home. The school feels like home. The people here feel like home. As an adult, you learn that home is not a place, but a feeling of acceptance and love. I am lucky to call CSHS my home.”

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Rattlesnakes Writer Tom Scanlon

From Anthem to Cave Creek, and New River to Scottsdale, dozens of amazing hiking and biking trails dangle like ripe fruit. The paths extend into the desert and up into the foothills with views of the mountains, cactus, rugged but beautiful wildflowers, and glimpses of wildlife such as fluttering butterflies, scurrying lizards, darting rabbits, prowling coyotes and (cue sound effects of a slowly rising “hiss,” followed by an ominous “rattle”) … snakes! The good news is that rattlesnakes and other venomous desert snakes do not generally eat humans. The bad news is that they will bite them. Snakes are somewhat lazy and won’t go out of their way to attack you. There are very few instances, for example, of a rattlesnake stalking a victim, following the victim home, breaking in and attacking the victim in the shower or in bed. However, they will attack if you come into their homes. People like Susie Wilken regularly take strolls through the desert, where thousands of venomous snakes live. Wilken is a 47-year-old financial analyst who lives in Desert Hills. She spends much of her free time exploring hiking trails those at the Sonoran Preserve, near Carefree Highway at 7th Avenue. Unlike many of us, she isn’t afraid of snakes, even the most dangerous ones. “I am very appreciative of them, very respectful of them.” Wilken’s advice, regarding snakes on the trail: “Stay on one of the larger trails that are wider. If you have animals, keep them on a short leash. If you have children, keep them on a short leash. Be aware of your surroundings and watch the trail in front of you.” Erica Goff is a 20-year-old who recently moved from Gilbert to New River. Around here, she has been enjoying exploring and jogging on new trails, such as the Sonoran Preserve. Around sundown the previous day, she saw a big snake on the asphalt road that winds up to the radio tower. She didn’t know if it was a rattler, just that it had some red on it. It didn’t send her shrieking home. “If I just see it on the trial, it’s fine. It’s not a big deal. It’s their territory. I just go around it and keep going.” According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s website, 13 species of rattlesnakes live in Arizona, “more than any other state.” By far the most common is the Western diamondback rattlesnake, which can grow nearly six feet long and is “responsible for more bites and deaths to humans than any other rattlesnake species in U.S.” Even so, the Game and Fish department’s J une 2013


website notes, “According to Arizona Poison Centers, less than one percent of rattlesnake bites result in human deaths.” If a snake that you think might be venomous bites you, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. If you are hiking into the desert, always take a cell phone (and check it frequently to make sure you have coverage). It’s shocking enough to see a diamondback out on the trail; finding one in your backyard can be downright terrifying. In the big picture of life in northern Phoenix, this is hardly uncommon. If you see a rattlesnake somewhere around your home, you can call the fire department’s non-emergency number (Cave Creek, Rural Metro 480-945-6311) and request that a crew be sent out to take care of the dangerous snake. You can also call the 24/7 Rattlesnake Removal Hotline at 480-237-9975. If you see a dangerous snake, “Don’t go near it, or try to catch it. Just keep an eye on it, and give us a call,” says Brian Hughes, owner of Rattlesnake Solutions, a business he started in Anthem. Hughes’ rattler removal service now covers all of Phoenix, though the most common calls are here in the north. Hughes says removal/relocation of a snake to within a mile of capture by state standards usually costs $80 to $120. Spring is the time when snake sightings accelerate. According to Hughes, people will “see them when they’re doing yard work or, when they’re going to work, a snake will be curled up by the front door or by a bush, in the driveway or on the back porch. Maybe they’ll see a snake crawling along the back fence or getting a drink of water out of the pool.” There are precautions that can be taken. “Try to make the yard less useful to a snake. The less things you have there that they like, they’ll stay out and stay in the desert.” Rattlers aren’t after human food. However, the kind of food people leave out, from garbage to bird seed, often attracts rodents and other prey that, in turn, attract the snakes. An open garage door is also an invitation to have a rattlesnake visit. “They go in there and cool off,” Hughes explains.


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As far as snakes on hiking and biking trails, Hughes says they really pose no danger to respectful humans. “As long as people don’t bother them, they’ll be fine. If a snake is laying on the trail, it’s trying to lie still because it doesn’t see the person as a threat. … But if a person continues to approach, it’ll put its rattle on. “The common thing is, someone will see a snake on trail, a couple people show up, someone throws a pebble, and before you know it there’s a crowd mentality.” In Arizona, it is illegal to kill a rattlesnake unless it is about to attack and/or you have a hunting license. According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, “Many native species of snakes can be taken with an Arizona hunting license, but there are four protected rattlesnake species that one cannot take or possess, including the banded rock rattlesnake (crotalus lepedus), twin-spotted rattlesnake (crotalus), ridge-nosed rattlesnake (crotalus willardi) and massagua (sisturus catenatus) species.” Hughes, for one, does not feel sorry for most alleged victims of rattlesnakes. “It’s mostly men being bitten on the hand who end up in the hospital, so that tells you something,” he said, with a touch of scorn. “A lot of times people are drunk. There’re all kinds of things that cause people to ignore nature’s warning for a good Facebook photo opportunity.” Even if you’re not looking for trouble, you may find it if you enjoy exploring the desert. A relatively new Cave Creek resident who came here from Kentucky was riding his mountain bike through the desert; he came around a bend and “almost wet myself” (he used slightly stronger language) when a big rattler snapped at him as he passed, narrowly missing him.

Photos by Tom Scanlon

Rattlesnake Facts (Arizona Game and Fish Department): • Scientists have identified 36 rattlesnake species • Rattlesnakes live only in North and South America • 13 species live in Arizona, more than any other state • Rattlesnakes use the “loreal pit,” a heat-sensing organ between the nostril and eye to locate prey and potential predators • These snakes have glands that make venom, much like human saliva glands make saliva • The rattle is made of keratin, the same material found in human hair and fingernails • The age of a rattlesnake cannot be determined by counting the segments of its rattle • Rattlesnake prey may include small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and centipedes • According to Arizona Poison Centers, less than 1 percent of rattlesnake bites result in human deaths J une 2013


Get out of the Heat

Hike your way to cooler temperatures Writer Lynsi Freitag


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The weather is cranking up and you are interested in getting out – out of the heat, out of the scorching sun, out in the cool, open air. Thankfully, you don’t have to go far to find what you’re looking for. There are many gems within Arizona that are perfect for enjoying the outdoors without sweating in the triple digits.

Check out some of our reader favorites:

Sedona – Cathedral Rock The red rock of Sedona’s natural landscape is a must-see in Arizona. It’s an incredibly awe-inspiring and distinctive destination. In addition to the beauty, temperatures are a bit cooler than here in Phoenix, making it an even more attractive destination for hikers.


“I love hiking in Sedona,” says Scottsdale resident Susan West. “Not only is it breathtakingly beautiful and unique, but it’s the perfect place to combine a great workout with a great meal and glass of wine afterward.” West considers Cathedral Rock one of her favorite hikes in the area. “It’s pretty short, but it’s a scramble to the top over wacky red rocks, so it’s a great workout,” she says. “Because it’s steep, it gets traffic, but it’s not full of people. When you get to the top, you have an expansive view of Sedona and many of the iconic formations. Off the back, it’s a quiet view to green fields. The Coconino National Forest website describes the hike as “more of a rock climb than a hike,” and says the trail is “unshaded and steep and difficult in places.” But West has discovered it to be doable by adults and kids alike. “I know kids as young as three years old who have completed the hike, and older kids can definitely do it,” she says. “It’s short enough to be family-friendly but also fun for all ages.”

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• Best season: spring through fall

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Flagstaff – Humphrey’s Flagstaff is a very popular destination for Arizonans, and Humphrey’s Trail is one of the must-see hiking destinations in the area. “It is my favorite hike in Arizona,” says Desert Ridge resident Catherine Chisholm.


“But it is a challenge.” What makes the hike so popular is that, at 12,633 feet, the summit of Humphrey’s Peak is the highest elevation in Arizona, showcasing distant views of the Grand Canyon and Oak Creek Canyon. What makes it a challenge is that the trail is steep, with a quick 3,333 foot elevation gain, and becomes very rocky at its higher reaches. “The last part of the hike is above the treeline,” says Chisholm. “I have been with really fit people who started to feel the altitude in the last 30 minutes and have gotten dizzy. You don’t have to go all the way to the top, the beginning of the hike is in a densely forested area and a lot of hikers go up and back for an hour or so.” The trail runs approximately 5 to 5.5 miles each way, so if you do plan on hiking the whole trail in a roundtrip day hike, start early and check the forecast. “If you are going to go to the top, make sure the weather is going to be good - you wouldn’t want to get stuck in a thunderstorm up there,” says Chisholm. “Also, you’ll need plenty of food or water because it will take most of the day.” Above the treeline, the only plants that can survive are small tundra shrubs and wildflowers that huddle for shelter among the rocks. Some are found nowhere else in the world. Past the tree line, you come to the top. “It is amazing at the top,” says Chisholm. “It is the highest point in Arizona and you feel like you are above the clouds.”

The Hiking Facts (from the Coconino National Forest website) • Usage: medium to heavy

• Best season: late spring through fall • Difficulty: Strenuous • Hiking Time: 3 hours (one way).


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Strawberry – Fossil Creek Fossil Creek is a true gem. The hike is beautiful and the rewards are great. At the bottom of the 1,600-foot-deep canyon are a series of springs that eject 20,000 gallons of water a minute. Fossil Creek attracts all sorts of visitors: day hikers, campers, adults and kids alike. It really has something for everyone. “My husband and I love Fossil Creek,” says Desert Ridge resident Jessica Warren. “We love camping and this is a much easier alternative to the Grand Canyon. It is so much fun to splash around in the water at the bottom of the canyon in the creek.” The Coconino National Forest claims “over 30 million gallons of water are discharged each day at a constant 70 degrees,” making it a huge draw for those willing to hike all the way to the bottom. The route drops a little more than 1,300 feet over four miles down to the creek, making it an eight-mile roundtrip hike. Plan on camping overnight or going early. “I recommend bringing plenty of water with you,” adds Warren. “It is still hot in the summer and the hike out is challenging, but it’s worth it. You get to experience desert landscape along with lots of rocks, trees and the amazing springs. It’s just a great place.” Warren isn’t alone in her sentiment. In fact, Fossil Creek has increased so much in popularity that the trails are often shut down because of too much traffic. Before you make the trip, make sure the trails are open and accepting hikers. Coconino National Forest highly recommends hiking on a weekday if your schedule allows.

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• Best season: year round; summer can be warm

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Strawberry Cream Cheesecake recipe Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

Strawberries may be the perfect treat! They are sweet, juicy, refreshing, and they happen to be in peak season right now. Supermarkets and farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; markets are overflowing with these sweet and fragrant bite-sized bits of heaven, and the price is right. The time to experiment with strawberries is now. When choosing strawberries, be sure to choose ones that are bright red with no white or green around the stem; fragrant, and plump with no soft spots. It is best not to refrigerate them if you plan to use them right away. Otherwise, lay the berries on a flat sheet of paper towel-lined plate and refrigerate for up to two days. Do not rinse or hull until they are ready for use. Even though strawberries are exquisite when served simply as they are, they are also an excellent ingredient for countless desserts. Try this version of Strawberry Cream Cheesecake at your next pool party or dinner party. The oven roasting intensifies the flavor of the strawberries; the mascarpone adds to the cakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decadent nature; and the vanilla bean gives it a hint of aromatic fragrance from a natural source.

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recipe Strawberry Cream Cheesecake Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

Ingredients: 1 lb. strawberries, hulled 3 tbsp. light corn syrup 1 c. finely ground graham crackers (about 4 sheets)

Directions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place strawberries in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with corn syrup, and toss gently to coat. Bake until syrup thickens and strawberries turn deep red and shrink slightly, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Transfer strawberries and syrup to a medium bowl, and mash with a potato masher. Let cool completely.

1 c. plus 3 tbsp. sugar 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted 1 lb. plus 13 oz. cream cheese, room temperature 1/4 tsp. salt 2 large eggs, room temperature

Raise oven temperature to 350 degrees. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, 3 tablespoons sugar, and melted butter in a small bowl. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan to make an even layer. Bake until crust is firm to the touch and has just darkened, about 10 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack, and let crust cool completely.

Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Put cream cheese into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted

1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped and reserved

with a paddle attachment; mix on medium-low speed until creamy, about two minutes. Scrape down

8 1/4 oz. mascarpone cheese,

sides of bowl, then gradually add remaining cup of sugar and salt. Scrape down sides of bowl; add

room temperature

eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down sides of bowl, and mix in vanilla bean seeds and mascarpone until very creamy and no lumps remain, about three minutes. (Reserve vanilla bean for another use.)

Transfer five cups of cream cheese mixture to bowl with mashed strawberries; stir to combine. Pour strawberry/cream cheese mixture on top of crust; smooth with an offset spatula. Carefully spoon dollops of plain cream cheese mixture on top, smoothing with an offset spatula.

Wrap the exterior of the springform pan in two layers of foil; set in a large roasting pan. Fill roasting pan with boiling water until water reaches halfway up the sides of the springform pan. Bake cheesecake until set, about one hour to one hour, 10 minutes. Remove springform pan from water


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