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North Scottsdale


Cave Creek

November 2012

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Table of Contents 08

Meet the Chisholm Family




Youth :: Will Sheehan


Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour


Caring :: Horses and Healing


Michael Allen


Cactus Shadows IB Students


Hiking :: Family-Friendly Pinnacle Peak


Fighting for a Place :: Sallie’s Place


Music to our Ears :: Pinnacle Concert Series


Dining Guide :: Carefree Station




Local Index


Recipe :: Cranberry Sauce with Sour Cherries

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Stephanie Maher Palenque Writer


Stephanie Maher Palenque first fell in love with the Cave

with her high school and college students. She holds

Creek/Carefree area when she visited her aunt and uncle

a B.A. in Political Science and Criminal Justice and an

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

M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing, both from

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

Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. She

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

also holds a Masters in Education from Northern Arizona

husband and family and made it her home.


Stephanie has written hundreds of articles for national

Stephanie lives in Anthem with her husband of 20 years,

and regional magazines and her first book was published

Jaime, and their three daughters, Sophia, Alexandra and

in 2005. She shares her passion for literature and writing


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welcome Editorial

Joseph Campbell, the America writer, philosopher and lecturer said, “Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” Throughout the pages of this issue you will see many residents in the area who are following their bliss, whether it is running marathons, playing golf, learning the art of horsemanship or teaching it to others, or “rocking” the school district for a worthy cause. They used their passion as a compass not necessarily to lead them towards a vocation, but also towards a way of inspiring or affecting change in the lives of neighbors, their peers, or their community as a whole. Their “bliss” has led to the “bliss” of others around them. We are blessed to have the weather and the resources to follow our bliss, wherever it may lead us. May your “bliss” be a driving force in your life, and the lives of others in the community! Cheers, Shelly Spence Publisher, ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

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Marathons Marriage and a Baby Carriage


itting in the Chisholm’s family room, it is impossible to escape the warmth and energy of their home environment. Chad and Catherine, both in their 30s and married for over six years, have infectious smiles

as well as loving glances, side chuckles and benign sparring. Their 3-year old daughter, Leah, tugs at her dad’s shirt pointing to her play-dough creation with pride, “I made three circles!” And their 15-month old daughter, Kelly, climbs chairs, couches, stairs and tables all while pointing to objects and squealing with urgency, “This! This! This!” They live in the budding residential area of Desert Ridge, a place they moved to from Glendale just last year – two weeks after Kelly was born. “We love it here,” says Catherine, who goes by “Catie” with family and friends. “The school system is good and there’s a great community of really active people.” “Really active” can often be subjective. But not when you’re talking about the Chisholm family because they are the definition of what “really active” means. This busy couple, not only works full-time while raising their two small girls, but Catie also competes in half- and full-marathons, while Chad prefers triathlons, like these ‘little’ competitions called Ironmans. In case you aren’t familiar with an Ironman Triathlon, it is comprised of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a marathon (26.2-mile) run, raced in that order and without a break. Yeah, they are active.


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First comes marriage. Chad and Catie met their freshman year at Tulane University where Chad earned his B.S. in

“I thought we were running together and Chad thought we were racing,” she says. “So the last half mile he takes off and beats me by like 20 seconds.”

mechanical engineering and Catie her B.S. in psychology and biology as well as a master’s degree in public health. “It was 16 years ago this week,” says Chad during our interview in August. “Ah… sitting on the ground by the dorms,” he reminisces. They smile. Love is not lost in this couple. They didn’t actually start dating until after college, at which point they lived in separate states but still kept in touch. A romantic relationship evolved and Chad, who works as a development lead at OSIsoft, a technology company he has been with for more than 11 years, moved to his employer’s Phoenix office nine years ago. Catie, who works in the pharmaceutical industry, moved to Arizona two years later. Married on April, 4, 2006, they started their family in 2009 when Leah was born, followed 19 months later with the birth of Kelly in May, 2011.

From marriage to marathons. Both Chad and Catie are active, but it is Catie who introduced Chad to long-distance running. They ran his first half-marathon together. Well, at least that’s what Catie thought. “I thought we were running together and Chad thought we were racing,” she says. “So the last half mile he takes off and beats me by like 20 seconds.” “I think it was more like 30-seconds,” Chad interjects. “Yeah, and then he makes this huge deal the rest of the day about all the things that happened to him at the finish line like while he was ‘waiting for me’ to finish,” says Catie. “And then two days later I found out I was pregnant with Leah.”


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“Yeah, I’m the man who ran ahead of my pregnant wife,” says Chad. “But she was totally oxygen-

You have to make exercise a part of your lifestyle.

doping,” he teases.

A family affair. What makes this family unique is, not only their shared interest in living an active lifestyle, but also how well they support one another and function as a unit. Catie typically competes in three to four half-marathons a year. Chad has completed over nine sprint triathlons in a year, but his races vary in length and quantity. He has competed in three half and two full Ironmans. They also take a few family vacations and staycations

a year. The

girls are in weekly swim classes. It is a lot to juggle and means trading training seasons for Catie and Chad. When Chad has a big race, Catie cuts back on her training and vice versa. “I also go to the office early and work out in the evenings,” says Catie, “It’s not my natural inclination, but it’s when I have the time.” Chad nods in agreement. “We have a bike trainer and a treadmill, so when I was training for the Ironman this summer, I worked out in the house everyday – either biked or ran or both - before the girls woke up. And then I swam at lunch two days a week. And then I did my long bike rides on Saturday and long runs on Sundays.” They also run together – as a family - when the weather permits. “We get home from work, put the kids in the double stroller and run three miles before dinner,” says Catie. “Balance is an ongoing struggle and battle. You have to make exercise a part of your lifestyle. It becomes a compulsory thing that you just have to make time for in your schedule.”


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Catie’s most recent race was over Labor Day weekend where she did the Disneyland half-marathon and both of the girls did the run-Disney 100-meter dash. “The girls were in the same age group, it’s 1-3 year olds,” says Catie. “Leah loved ‘practicing’ for her race. We would go to a grassy area in the neighborhood and say ‘Practice your running. Ready, Set, Go!’” Ensuring focus is always stressed with Leah and Kelly; the girls become either participants, cheerleaders, or simply awesome travel companions when on a race destination. “It’s fun to do races in fun family vacation spots,” says Catie. “We went to Oceanside, California for one of Chad’s half-Ironmans and the girls loved that trip. We also made his Ironman at Coeur d’Alene a week-long family vacation.” During Catie’s recent half-marathon at Disneyland, they bought two-day passes to the park where the girls met Mickey Mouse and many of their favorite princesses. By combining races and vacations, they have been able to share their accomplishments and passions as a unit and family. Another way they do this is by taking the girls to swimming classes at Hubbard’s Swim School. It’s a family affair on Tuesday evenings with Catie participating with Kelly and Chad with Leah. They usually go to Boston Market afterwards for dinner. It’s an activity where they have an enjoyable bonding time together as well as sharing their passion with the kids.

Obstacles and Injuries. All that training doesn’t come without injury. When Catie was sixmonths pregnant with Leah, Chad biked into a road sign – a road sign that said, “Bike lane closed ahead.” He fell and broke his jaw. It was June 2009 and 101-degrees that day. “I went to the nursing room and they wouldn’t let me eat,” says Chad. “They sewed my jaw shut that night and I couldn’t eat for a month. I lost a lot of weight and couldn’t train because I could barely breathe out of my mouth when biking and swimming.” “Being at the hospital with him that day, I got really dehydrated,” says Catie. “I started getting Braxton Hicks contractions that lasted the rest of my pregnancy. We were not a happy couple that summer.” It can also be challenging to find other people who share the same interest and with whom to train. Whether it be a 17mile training run, or a 70-mile bike ride, doing it solo means a lot of alone time in one’s head. “I also believe a person gets


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better when pushed by a group, as compared to solo running or swimming,” says Chad. “What’s nice is there’s a huge community of runners in this area of Phoenix. It’s really neat to see all of the same people and their kids at the races,” says Catie. “And it’s also easy to train here. We have lived in the humid climates of New Orleans and Houston. The arid climate here is much more accommodating to running and biking.”

What’s Next? When asked if Chad has any Ironmans in his future, he says “Maybe I’ll do another Ironman when the girls are old enough to drive. I see older couples who train and race together when their kids are older and that seems much more doable.” Wait . . . couples doing an Ironman? We have to ask: is Catie also getting the Ironman bug? Her eyes grow wide. “I guuuess so. Sounds like it.” Chad interjects, “She has the biking aptitude, for sure. She is built to be a cyclist. She has very strong legs.” Catie replies, “I do like biking a lot. It’s the swim I’m not so sure about. In all seriousness, I’d like to try a sprint triathlon and go from there. Start small and see how that goes.” “I’d love to do another full marathon, but I’ll wait until the kids are older,” she adds. “The training for a full is a whole other story from the half. It’s not just the 20-mile training runs and the time it takes to complete those, but also the time to recover. You need a nap after that kind of run so it would be difficult to take care of the kids after that kind of training.” Right now, they are enjoying their handful of triathlons and halfmarathons every year, raising their two spitfire girls, and working and living in the North Phoenix community. “We’re so happy to have found this neighborhood and community,” says Catie. “The great schools and parks, the open roads for biking and running – we feel really lucky to have found this area, to have found our ‘home.’”


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Jo London

You can take the girl out of London, but not London out of the girl. Such is the case with Jo Gemmill, who recently opened jo london, a store that carries everything British for the home. As if to recreate the feeling one gets when travelling throughout England, Gemmill has designed the jo london experience to be all at once warm, cozy, hip and trendy. The shop carries a wide array of British paraphernalia, antiques collections, books, doggie ephemera, quirky signs, one-of-a-kind jewelry, nostalgic memorabilia and more. The intimate interior captures the essence of eclectic British design with rich colors, real brick walls, exposed ceilings and an oversized fireplace. Located at 201 E. Easy Street, just adjacent to the English Rose Tea Room in Carefree, jo london is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. 480-488-1162

Foothills Community Foundation Events

The Foothills Community Foundation (FCF) has a variety of events in the coming months that appeal to a wide audience. Be sure to check out the events listed below. A full listing of events is available on the FCF website. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Heart Math presented by Scottsdale Healthcare. Held at the Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th Street. Thursday, Nov. 8, 5 - 6:30 p.m. FCF Annual Meeting– share in celebrating another year of community service. The executive director of the Big Brother/Big Sister program, Tom Ambrose, will be the guest speaker at this free event. Wine and appetizers will be served at this event held at the Holland Community Center. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7 – 8 p.m. –The Science of Dreaming, a fascinating MindQuest lecture by internationally acclaimed dream researcher, Robert Hoss, will be held at the Holland Community Center. The cost for this lecture is $18 for members, $20 for nonmembers and $5 for students.

Café Bink Mixes Up New Bacon-Inspired Bloodies

Café Bink has created three new bloody drinks, a perfect accompaniment to their popular weekend brunch, which takes place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The crown jewel of the new trio is the Bacon Bloody Mary.

“It’s no secret that people love bacon, and since Bloody Marys are a popular breakfast drink, we figured why not try to combine the two,” says Café Bink owner and 2012 James Beard Foundation Award finalist, Chef Kevin Binkley. “We think we’ve done so with a great measure of success.”


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The Bacon hot sauce, olive. “The of bacon,”

Bloody Mary includes house-made bacon-infused vodka, bacon bacon salt, and is garnished with a bacon strip, lime, and an Bacon Bloody Mary has a little zing and the added smokiness says Binkley.

Café Bink is located at 37889 N. Tom Darlington Drive in Carefree. Hours are: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday – Friday, and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 480-488-9796

Taylor Swift Exhibit to Join MIM’s Artist Gallery

On Oct. 20, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) will unveil the newest addition to its Artist Gallery—an exhibit honoring international multiplatinum superstar Taylor Swift. The exhibit will be welcomed with a weekend-long celebration including live music, educational workshops, exhibit talks, and more! The first section of the exhibit details the beginning of Swift’s career, from learning to play guitar and writing songs to the release of her first single, “Tim McGraw,” in June 2006. Objects in this part of the exhibit include Swift’s handwritten lyrics for the song “Tim McGraw,” along with her signature Taylor koa, six-string acoustic guitar and cowboy boots featured in the “Tim McGraw” music video. Furthermore, the space dedicated to the Taylor Swift exhibit will be one of the largest for a single artist, matched only by the Elvis Presley display. The second section features Swift’s meteoric rise to superstardom, shown through instruments, stage wear, and set pieces from the Speak Now World Tour. MIM will celebrate the exhibit’s opening with a variety of activities for the entire family on Oct. 20 and 21. All activities are free with museum admission. For more information and the complete schedule of activities, visit

Desert Foothills Library

The Desert Foothills Library, 38443 North Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek, is hosting numerous activities throughout the month of November. The full listing is available online. Below are some of the highlights on this month’s schedule: November 6, noon – 1 p.m. (1st Tuesday each month through May) Art Nosh Lunch Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts presents “So, You Call That Art?” Brown bag it or order a $10 box lunch provided by the Grotto Café while being educated and entertained on a variety N o vem b er 2 0 1 2


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of art topics by experts from Phoenix Art Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts and Heard Museum Guild. See DFL website for a list of scheduled topics. Free event; limited seating. A portion of box lunch sales will benefit DFL. November 3 through 24, 1 – 3 p.m. (Saturdays) Paradise Valley Community College: Kids Count as Citizen Scientists Wanted: Bird Counters, Star Gazers, Nest & Feeder Watchers, Butterfly Taggers, Bud Bloomers, Ladybug & Frog Spotters, Habitat Restorers, Soil Samplers, Pollen Motivators, Nature Photographers, Water & Mountain Monitors, Wildlife Protectors and more! Fun and relevant projects will teach kids about the environment and inquiry method, while they gather data that scientists actually use for research. Through lively activities, they will practice problem-solving skills, nurture their self-esteem, and cultivate teamwork. Instructor Roger Baker. Cost: $119 (Please register through Paradise Valley Community College at 602-787-6500 or 480-488-2286

November 1 Herradura Tequila Dinner at Spotted Donkey Cantina

On Thursday Nov. 1, the Spotted Donkey Cantina at el Pedregal in North Scottsdale hosts a dining event featuring a specialty menu paired with Herradura Tequilas. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. with a three-course dinner beginning at 7 p.m. The menu items include: • Grilled Shrimp and Artichoke Nachos with Roasted Yellow Pepper Drizzle, Beef Albondigas Mini Muffins with Green Chili Potato Icing, and Bacon paired with Arizona Mules featuring Antiguo de Herradura Blanco • Grilled Corn, Tomato, Manchego Cheese and Onion Salad, with Fresh Basil Dressing paired with Herradura Silver • Roasted Tom-a-Hawk Pork Chop Filled with Sundried Cranberries, served over a Sweet Potato and Grilled Banana • Tequila Lime Crème Brulée with Pinion Nut Cookies paired with Herradura Anejo The cost of the event is $65 per person (does not including tax or gratuity). 480-488-3358


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November 1-4 Champions Tour comes to Desert Mountain

The Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the season-ending event of the Champions Tour, is scheduled Nov. 1 - 4 on the Cochise course at the Desert Mountain Club in North Scottsdale. Featuring the 30 top players on the Tour’s season-long points race, the championship will offer a purse of $2.5 million. This year’s defending champions are Jay Don Blake, the 2011 tournament winner, and Tom Lehman, the 2011 Charles Schwab Cup Champion. Crowd favorites Michael Allen, Fred Couples, Fred Funk and Kenny Perry will also be playing. Individual day pass tickets are $20 or a weekly grounds ticket, valid Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, is available for $50. Children 18 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Complimentary tickets are available for all active, retired and reserve military and their dependents. In addition, discounted tickets are available for military veterans and their dependents as a part of the ‘Birdies for the Brave’ initiative. 888-401-8000

November 2 Coolwater Christian Church Benefit Concert

Coolwater Christian Church presents a Coolwater Concert Series event “An Evening of Cool Jazz,” featuring multi-talented musician and composer, Mr. Shea Marshall as a part of the Shea Marshall Trio. The benefit concert will take place on Friday, Nov. 2 at Coolwater Christian Church, 28181 N. 56th Street in North Scottsdale. Shea Marshall has been playing music since age five and performing since age 12. Shea’s primary instruments are saxophone and organ, but this versatile musician also plays the piano, violin, mandolin, clarinet, flute, bass, and harmonica. Shea’s broad array of performance experiences has shaped him into a musician who is well known for his unique universal approach to sound. Tickets for this event are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. All concert proceeds will benefit two local charities: the Foothills Food Bank – providing food and assistance to those in need, and the Scully Learning Center – enriching the lives of developmentally disabled participants. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the concert set to begin at 7 p.m. 480-510-8203


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November 3 Starry Knights Features Star of “The Horse Boy”

On Saturday, Nov. 3, Rupert Isaacson, the author of “The Horse Boy” and star of the critically acclaimed documentary of the same name, will speak in Scottsdale at Starry Knights, an evening benefiting Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship. Camelot will use funds raised through Starry Knights to expand their services by bringing Isaacson’s “The Horse Boy Method” to their Scottsdale program. Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship is a non-profit organization located in North Scottsdale that teaches horsemanship to children and adults who have physical disabilities. Camelot has been offering all services at no cost to students for 30 years. This year’s Starry Knights event will be held at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85253. Individual tickets are $110 prior to Oct. 10 and $125 after that date. Corporate packages are available for $1,000 (ten tickets). The event includes Dinner, Silent and Live Auctions along with the opportunity to hear from the guest speaker. Please join Mr. Isaacson and Camelot for a delightful evening of horses, hope and healing.

November 2-4 10th Annual Wild West Days

Wild West Days, Arizona’s largest western venue and a Cave Creek signature event, will celebrate its 10th anniversary from Nov. 2 - 4, throughout the Town of Cave Creek. This year’s edition features the second annual Gun Down by Sundown. Led by the town’s entertainment company of choice, Six Gun Entertainment, LLC, the two-day event will feature gunfighter groups from throughout the West that will perform in a gunfight competition all day long,


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on Nov. 3 and 4. The final performance will feature a special centennial show in honor of Arizona’s 100-year anniversary. Other exciting Wild West Days activities include: • Cowpokes and Little Folks: a western playland for kids and families featuring pony rides, performances by Detour Company, stunt training for youngsters and more. • Walk for 100 (Saturday during the parade): Hundreds of firefighters, police and service men and women on horseback and on foot walk in silence to honor and pay tribute to colleagues who have fallen in the line of duty. • Western parade (Saturday, 9 a.m.): numerous nonvehicular entries bring the true spirit of the west to Cave Creek visitors • Bathtub races (Saturday): Homemade bathtubs race down the street for the grand prize • Pig races (Saturday): Pigs race as fast as they can to show their personal best to festival visitors • Wild West bull fest – live bull riding competitions • Headlining country music at many locations throughout the town


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November 4 Carefree Sundays Finale

el Pedregal Shops and Dining at the Boulders Resort (Southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Carefree Highway) finishes its Fall Festival featuring lively music, distinctive shopping, and refreshing wines on Sunday, Nov. 4th with a live concert by Marmalade Skies from 1 – 4 p.m. This seven-piece band performs songs from the Beatles. Their motto is “No boots. No suits. The magic’s in the music!” Members of the band include Bobby Frasier, Jodi Drew Frasier, Kevin Crum, Mark Aguirre, Keith Rosenbaum, Michael Roe and Steve Golba. Carefree Sundays: Live from el Pedregal festival is sponsored by AZ Wines. The event is free to attend; food and wine tasting tickets are available for purchase. 480-488-1072

November 10 Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

The Kiwanis Club of Carefree is holding a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 7 – 11 a.m. at the Carefree Gardens Amphitheater, 101 Easy St., Carefree. Pancakes, sausages, juice and coffee will all be available as the New Horizon Jazz Band provides entertainment. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. Benefits from this event will go directly to helping Kiwanis local youth programs. 480-488-8400


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November 10 Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade

The 8th Annual Daisy Mountain Veterans (DMV) Parade and Family Picnic will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10 in Anthem beginning at 10 a.m. Family activities, including games and entertainment, will follow between 12:30 and 3 p.m., with vendors in a food court providing a wide variety of refreshments. Four former Prisoners of War will serve as Grand Marshals for this year’s parade: Brigadier General E.D. (Dave) Woellner, USAF (Ret) Colonel Thomas H. Kirk Jr., USAF (Ret) T/Sgt Henry Ong Jr., USAAF Corporal James Yeager, USA The DMV will once again participate this year with the U.S. Marine Corps in its “Toys for Tots” program. Collection boxes will be available from Oct. 22 to Nov. 9 at the following locations in Anthem: The Anthem Community Center, both Wells Fargo Bank offices, OSR Physical Therapy, Toys “R” Us in the Outlets, Phantom Realty, Rayne of the North Valley, and State Farm Insurance. Those who prefer to bring a toy to the parade will receive a piece of birthday cake in honor of the 237th anniversary of the Marine Corps celebrated on Nov. 10. 623-243-7998

November 11 SASSI Thanks Veterans

SASSI’s longtime tradition to thank the men and women who have served in the U.S. military continues Sunday, Nov. 11. Veterans are invited to enjoy a complimentary three-course dinner prepared by SASSI’s Executive Chef, Christopher Nicosia, in honor of National Veterans Day. N o vem b er 2 0 1 2


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U.S. veterans and active duty military must provide proof of current or former military service (an identification card, an earnings statement, or veteran’s organization card) for the complimentary meal. This is an exclusive offer for Veterans-only, but family members and friends are welcome to attend. The Veterans Day offer is valid from 4 – 8 p.m. 480-502-9095

November 11 Pinnacle Concert Series – Pamela Decker

Pamela Decker has been hailed as a formidable organist/composer whose music and performance are brimming with energy, intensity, passion, and creativity. In addition to serving as Professor of Organ/ Music Theory at the University of Arizona, Decker also maintains an active performance schedule on the national and international stage. This concert promises an afternoon of dazzling music, as one of America’s most gifted composer-organists performs on the celebrated Richards, Fowkes, Inc. organ. The concert is set to begin at 4 p.m. at the Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. General Admission $30; Main Floor Rear $15; Student: $7.

November 11 Paws Awhile at Harold’s

Four Peaks Animal Rescue will be hosting Paws Awhile at Harold’s from 4 -7 p.m. at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. Four Peaks Animal Rescue is a non-profit animal rescue that provides for the welfare and medical attention of rescued animals while finding them loving, permanent homes.

The three-hour event on Veterans Day includes an appetizer buffet, silent auction, balloon pops and baked goods table. Advance tickets are $25 and can be purchased online. the door are $30.


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November 16 AZDance Fundraiser

AZDance Group, will host their second annual fundraiser, Dancing Divas & Dudes in the Desert at the intimate Fellowship Performing Arts Center in Anthem, Nov. 16 from 6 – 8 p.m. The event will delight your palate - both your taste buds with memorable desserts by Our Kitchen to Yours, and emotionally through a private preview performance of their professionals and their young adults with Down Syndrome, Autism and/or physical challenges. Single tickets for this event are $35 and couples tickets are available for $50. Funds from this Dancing Divas & Dudes in the Desert will allow AZDance’s most inspirational outreach program, Movement E-Motion (MEM), to expand and continue. It will allow this company to continue to present their works in numerous venues throughout the region and beyond. 623-256-8903

November 16-18 Street Artists visit Terravita Marketplace

Award-winning street artists will have their work on show at the Longfellow Fine Art Festival hosted at Terravita Marketplace 34402 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Nov.16-18. If you are looking for piece of décor treasure for your home, this is an event not to be missed.

November 16-18 The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival

Since 2008, Cave Creek Thieves Market, LLC has provided independent artists and entrepreneurs with a marketplace where they can benefit from their creativity. Market founders Lori Cowherd and Mickey Meulenbeek now are producing a juried handmade and salvaged goods event called The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival, to be held Nov. 16, 17 and 18, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Cave Creek. N o vem b er 2 0 1 2


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The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival is emerging as one of the most exceptional indie, vintage, modern, industrial and salvaged goods gatherings in the West. The Big Heap co-founder Lori Cowherd describes the festival as “a lab for the way we live because at The Big Heap, the lost arts aren’t lost.” The Big Heap, which is sponsored by the founders of Cave Creek Thieves Market, will be held at 38410 N. School House Road in Cave Creek. Admission to the event is $5 for adults and children are free. 480-575-6828

November 17 Desert Discovery Day

Come out to discover the wonder and beauty of our Sonoran Desert home. Desert Foothills Land Trust is thrilled to host a day of free outdoor experiences and hands-on education at the Jewel of the Creek Preserve in Cave Creek. Desert Discovery Day on Nov. 17 will allow children of all ages to explore the preserve, learn about the diversity of life in our desert, and to examine the geology and archaeology underlying this magnificent landscape. The day will include a “scavenger hunt” of informational stations along the Harry Dalton Trail. Children will receive a stamp at each station, and they’ll receive a goody bag for collecting all of the stamps. There will be exhibitors, crafts, and free refreshments. Desert Discovery Day is sure to be an exciting event for our community, and for our children in particular. Wear your hiking shoes and come prepared for fun, hands-on desert adventures. 480-488-6131

November 23-25 Magic Bird Festivals

Magic Bird Festivals, a Cave Creek-based event planning company, is pleased to announce its upcoming Carefree Fine Art of the Southwest Festival Nov. 23-25. Set in the Carefree Desert Gardens and Amphitheater, located at 101 Easy St., Carefree, this festival will feature authentic, vetted


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Southwestern and Native American fine arts and high-quality crafts. The festival will also feature live music and other live entertainment. Approximately 100 arts and crafts booths and numerous food concession booths will be available. 12,000 people are expected to attend the threeday-long festival. The family-friendly art and culture event begins at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 5 p.m. each day. Admission to this event is free.

November 25 The Phoenix Symphony and Chorus

Celebrate Music Director Michael Christie’s debut in his final season with The Phoenix Symphony as he leads the Symphony and Chorus in one of the most memorable musical creations of the 20th century, Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” Enjoy the majesty of this scenic cantata based on the famous collection of medieval poems that has survived as one of the most invigorating, entertaining, and easily heard compositions of the classical music repertoire. The often-heralded “O Fortuna” movement has been used in countless movie scores. In addition, back by popular demand, Maestro Christie will conduct contemporary composer Marjan Mozetich’s “Procession of Duos,” featuring solos from various pairs of instruments in the orchestra. The concert is set to begin at 3 p.m. at the Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. General Admission tickets are $30.

December 1 Luminaria Run

Join the folks at Desert Foothills Theater and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Luminaria Run, 4:30 p.m., Dec. 1 at the Cave Creek Rodeo Grounds, 37201 N. 28th Street, Cave Creek. This unique luminaria-lit evening run draws people from around the world, who enjoy running the quiet desert streets of Cave Creek. Participants this year will enjoy fabulous holiday lighting and entertainment. Registration for the main event is $20 in advance. Proceeds from this event will support the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Desert Foothills Theater’s own community Gecko Teatro Youth Theater.


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If you can’t make it, consider being a sponsor of a “luminaria light” and help families whose children are faced with bone marrow transplants. To purchase a $10 Luminaria Light or to find more detailed information on the annual Luminaria Run, visit the website. 480-488-1981

Save the Date - December 7-9 5th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival

Imagine a quaint town named Carefree set high in the foothills of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, suddenly transformed into a lighted Christmas winter wonderland. Experience it yourself at the 5th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival, taking place along Easy Street in downtown Carefree, Friday, Dec. 7 through Sunday, Dec. 9. Free holiday events for the entire family will take place throughout the weekend and include an Electric Light Parade and Holiday Fireworks Extravaganza, live music, a gift and food market and 25 tons of real snow. The Electric Light Parade will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday and feature more than sixty lighted entries. The Holiday Fireworks Extravaganza will takes place at 8 p.m., immediately following the parade. Parade attendees are encouraged to arrive early and bring lawn chairs to get a prime viewing spot. The Carefree Christmas Gift Market by Magic Bird will take place throughout the weekend and will feature more than 100 gift vendors offering a wide array of holiday gift shopping options and seasonal food and drink favorites. Real snow and Santa are the highlights of the Kid’s Zone at the festival. More than 25 tons of snow, a snow slide, bounce house and other activities are available for children of all ages. Santa will be available for photos throughout the event. Carefree Christmas Festival hours are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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youth Young Man With A Mission If you know a young person you

Writer Paula Theotocatos

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Will Sheehan of Cave Creek has long been a young man with a mission – to earn the rank of Eagle Scout – not an achievement that is easy to do. In fact, only about five percent of the Boy Scout population attains this important rank. Requirements for Eagle Scout include earning at least 21 merit badges, demonstrating superior

“I wanted to do a

leadership, and the planning and management of a major service project. Will

project that would

leadership positions as Patrol Leader of the Venture Patrol, Troop Historian, and

benefit my town and be around forever,”

exceeded these requirements by earning a total of 37 merit badges and has held Senior Assistant Patrol Leader. Will’s service project was the construction of a stone welcome sign announcing the settlement and founding of Cave Creek. The 16-year-old, a sophomore at Cactus Shadows High School, is a scout in Cave

he said. “Several

Creek Troop 15. Born in New Jersey, Will moved to Cave Creek with his parents, James

suggestions were

Arizonan. His older sister, Jamie, is studying business law at ASU’s W. P. Caret School

made by the town, but I felt a town sign would give me the most pride.

and Valerie Sheehan, when he was only 3 months old, making him practically a native of Business. Becoming an Eagle Scout was young Will’s objective from the start. “As a Boy Scout, I set a goal for myself to achieve the highest rank attainable,” he told us. “This is an Eagle Scout.

The journey to Eagle has taken me many years.

Earning my 37

badges has taught me several skills that will benefit me throughout my life.


leadership positions I have held have given me the confidence and experience to lead and mentor younger scouts. Herb Pierpan, the Unit Committee Chair from the Grand Canyon Council of Phoenix, is my personal advisor who helped me attain the rank of Eagle Scout.” During his journey to Eagle Scout, Will also earned the Ad Altare Dei emblem and is an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow. Of all the service projects Will considered, the one he homed in on was a Welcome to Cave Creek sign. “I wanted to do a project that would benefit my town and be around forever,” he said. “Several suggestions were made by the town, but I felt a town sign would give me the most pride. My father, who is the owner of McKenzie


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Brothers General Contractors, has shown me what’s involved in all phases of construction throughout my life, which gave me the confidence to take on this monumental task.” We asked Will what was the most difficult part of completing this project. “The safety concerns of the location and waiting for fabrication of the monument,” he replied. “If it were not for the support of the Town Marshall, Adam Stein, and the Sheriff’s Department, I would not have felt comfortable working in the median of a heavy traffic area in town.” Many of Will’s family members and friends contributed financially to this project. “My largest cash donations were from the Carefree Kiwanis Club, Diane Blacket and Robert Wachs, local residents of Cave Creek, and Roger Baldecchi, Avanti Enterprise,” he shares. “Frank and Cheryl Tyrol of Tyrol Insurance let me use their parking lot on Cave Creek Road to have a car wash fundraiser.” In addition, several local businesses donated materials, supplies, tools and manpower: James Sheehan, McKenzie Brothers Custom Homes Steve Olberfield, Olberfield Precast (fabricated stone monument) Sean Sessa, Canyon State Masonry Neil Hofer, Neil Hofer Concrete Jim Miller, JJ Excavating Adam Stein, Town Marshall, and Sheriff Department Frank Tibolla, volunteer EMT (safety vests) John Niemeyer, Niemeyer Brothers Plumbing John Heffernan, Superlite Block Tim Perfect, Cave Creek Building Supply Dennis, Trammel Crane Cemex Concrete Shelly Hutchins, She Created This (painted in letters of sign) The gracefully executed stone tablet announcing Cave Creek’s settlement and incorporation dates is located across from Rancho Manana on Cave Creek Road. After graduation from high school, Will wants to go to college, do some more traveling, and continue to support the Boy Scouts of America. In the meantime, he enjoys camping and hiking at local sites throughout Arizona as well as spelunking in Tucson and scuba diving off Catalina Island. He has also taken the National Jamboree Trip to Virginia and visited Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. Whatever Will Sheehan decides to do when he becomes an adult, we know for sure that it will be carefully thought out and performed. Every time we see the Welcome to Cave Creek sign we will be reminded of a young man who showed his pride in his town and his zeal for achieving the Scout’s highest honor. N o vem b er 2 0 1 2



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r u o T o i d u t S s l l i H e h t n i n Hidde on i s s a P r e H ng Livi s g g o B e n a J

blin Writer Donna Ku

It is said that people who find their passion and achieve success have lives that are fulfilled. My recent visit with award-winning artist Jane Boggs brought this to mind as I learned she is living her life just that way. I talked with Jane about art and gained insights into how she found her passion and how she developed it into her business. Jane is the directory cover artist for this year’s Sonoran Arts League Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour (HITH), which takes place the last two weekends in November. It is a coveted honor and Jane is thrilled to have been selected. Each year there is a competition and this is the first time that a three-dimensional artist has been chosen. Jane works with gourds and many materials to embellish them, creating one-of-a-kind art pieces, including sculpture figures that are multi-cultural, masks, and vessels. It is her piece, titled “Avatar,” that was selected for the cover. It is a large piece, measuring 49”w x 52”h x 12”d and, while it looks amazing in the photograph, in person it is stunningly beautiful. If it were a woman, it would be said that, “she exudes beauty, energy, power and confidence.” For Jane, “Avatar” was two years in the making. It started with a beautiful gourd and an idea. Jane had created masks before, using gourds and natural feathers to embellish them, but she knew that this particular gourd wanted to be something epic. “It took a while for the idea to develop and many months to select the design and combinations of feathers and sculptural qualities,” said Jane. The wait paid off… the piece is magnificent. Jane shared with me how she got started with gourds. “It all began with a safari to Africa that my husband and I took in the early 1990s,” said Jane. “I was intrigued with the functional uses of gourds and how they have been used by many cultures for over 10,000 years for things like water dippers, storage containers, canteens, and musical instruments. In fact, gourds are still used today for some of the same purposes.” She showed me one that she purchased on that trip, which had been used as a “lunch box” by a Maasai warrior. The lunch was something like goats’ milk and blood, which sounds pretty primitive, but is extremely nutritious. While purely functional, the object is highly decorated, which is what many cultures do with everyday items.

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Jane Boggs

The next piece of the puzzle fit together when Jane and her husband moved to Cave Creek from

Denver, Colorado fifteen years ago, after a successful business career. One of the first things she did was to take up oil painting. One day, a friend called her and asked if she wanted to go to a farm in the South Mountain area. When she got there she saw a field full of gourds drying in the sunshine. She walked out into the field and instantly felt a real connection to the gourds. She loved the earthiness of them and the possibilities they presented. She ended up filling her car to the brim with gourds, having bought over 100 of them. She and her friend laughed all the way home. “I had no idea what to do with them,” said Jane with a chuckle. “And, of course, the car was a mess; it was also filled with the soil and detritus from the fields.” Her trip to Africa had sparked her interest, and she felt called to do something with gourds, but 15 years ago gourds were not used for art very much and there was very little information available about how to treat them or their artistic potential. Internet search capability was in its infancy, and there were very few relevant books. She had to figure it out on her own: how to clean them, cut them, dry them and then how to use them as a medium for artistic expression. There was a lot of trial and error. She became so fascinated by gourds that she dropped out of oil painting and concentrated on experimenting and developing her ideas using gourds as an artistic medium. She always loved


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Hopi Kachinas and was inspired to use gourds as the figurative shape for the sculpture. Her first sale was to a man who has an extensive Kachina collection. Since that time she has created many wonderful one-of-a-kind pieces. Each gourd speaks to her and tells her what it wants to become. This process usually starts as the gourd is cleaned and the outside surface reveals its true colors. The unusual contours might indicate the potential for an interesting figure or mask, an Asian-style piece, something contemporary, or something that would be enhanced with an etched drawing. Acrylic dyes, inks and paints are then applied to complement the organic surface of the gourd. Some of the pieces are embellished with exotic feathers, leather, turquoise, copper, natural reeds and beads, which give each piece their truly original look. She also adds clay to her figures, which gives them an even more realistic life form. As with her Avatar piece, Jane doesn’t force or rush the creative process.

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Working out of her beautiful pueblo-style home and studio, Jane also enjoys teaching classes at her studio, in addition to creating art. Many students return time and time again for the experience. They find that creating an art piece and being in the beautiful Sonoran desert is a wonderful way to spend the day. Throughout our discussion, several things about Jane struck me. Her enthusiasm and vibrancy is clearly visible, but behind that there is her sense of adventure, her inner confidence, and her willingness to take risks. I asked her how she came to be the person she is:

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Jane Boggs


When I see people look at my art and smile, it makes me very happy

someone willing to be open to discovering and then following her passion. She explained that her mother instilled in her the philosophy that, whatever you want to try - do it. The only failure is not to try. “My advice to anyone who will listen is that, if there is something you really want to do in life, do it,” said Jane. “I always felt that when I’m gone I want to leave something here on earth that is part of me, not just being a wife and mother, but rather something that makes people think of me, something they will enjoy. When I see people look at my art and smile, it makes me very happy and I realize I got my wish.” Jane is open to what life presents, willing to think outside the box and to jump into things she knows nothing about. Over the course of her life, she started her own business, she later became head of a six-state region for junior competitive tennis, and for the past 15 years she has pursued her art and provided leadership organizing art events and helping other artists. Drawing on these insights from Jane, perhaps finding your passion takes courage to try things that you don’t know anything about, to follow something that sparks your interest, to be willing


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to experiment, and to be tenacious in discovering what will work and not work. Perhaps, though, it all boils down to the lesson she learned from her mother - the only failure is not to try. What a great philosophy to pass on to your children. Jane’s studio has been on the HITH Studio Tour for 15 years, and she hosts many of the same artists she did from the beginning. Talented artists at her studio this year include fine art jewelry, Cynthia Downs;

ENJOY TWO WONDERFUL WEEKENDS Cave Creek, Carefree & North Scottsdale, AZ November 16–18 & November 23–25, 2012 Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Call 480.575.6624 or visit

pastel painter, Sue Hunter; oil painter, Ellen Leibow; photographer, Bill Leibow; and leather furniture, Ernie Apodaca. Her studio number is #38 and it is located at 33488 N. 55th Street, Cave Creek, AZ. Her phone is 480-488-8833 and her website is HITH is one of the best artist studio tours in the country, and the largest in the Valley. The self-guided tour features 150 working artists at 45 studio locations throughout Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale and is held the last two weekends in November: November 16-18 and November 23-25, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. All art forms are included with many nationally- known artists presenting their latest work, as well as talented new emerging artists. This event provides art enthusiasts with a unique opportunity to tour at their own pace, observe artists at work in their private studios, and purchase art directly from the creators. The 450-member non-profit Sonoran


The Sonoran Arts League welcomes you to the 16th Annual Hidden In The Hills Studio Tour & Sale, where League artists open their private studios and invite you to be a part of the arts.


self-guided tour! See 164 working artists– 37 are new this year. See 49 studios– 5 are new this year. Purchase fine art directly from the artists.

Arts League presents this much-anticipated annual event. Visitors can plan their own personalized tour by creating a customizable map at


480-575-6624 Sonoran Arts League office

The HITH Artist Directory featuring participating artists’ work and locations can be purchased online or at the Sonoran Arts League office located at 6051 E. Hidden Valley Drive, Cave Creek, AZ. Customize your route using the interactive map feature on the website: / onoranartsleague

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caring Horses and Healing Writer Lynsi Freitag

When Rupert Issacson published his book, “The Horse Boy,” and subsequently produced the documentary of the same name about his and his wife, Kristin’s, incredible journey

Camelot looks to expand their services

in search of healing for their autistic son, Rowan, the world listened. Their story begins with their son’s autism diagnosis and follows the couple on an excursion to Mongolia where they summon horses, shamans and Mother Nature, all with the hope of easing Rowan’s symptoms. They were not in search for a cure, but for healing. It is a compelling story of the lengths - emotionally and globally – that parents will go to for their children. It is also a story of the mysterious and healing effect of horses on humans. In the end, we see that Rowan benefited from their journey and his most severe autistic symptoms have been alleviated. From the movie as well as Rupert’s many video diaries on his website, we learn that he first thought that animals might hold an answer to Rowan’s condition in 2001. Rupert describes how one day, as he and his son were walking near their home in Texas, Rowan ran off and darted through a fence into a field of horses, throwing himself right in front of a large and grumpy-looking mare named Betsy. The horse was a dominant one in the herd and Rupert feared that Rowan would be hurt. Instead, Betsy dipped her head in a sign of equine submission. “It was quite extraordinary,” Rupert says in a video. “I have never seen a horse spontaneously


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offer that behavior before, much less to a babbling autistic 2 1/2-year old.” Although he had thought Rowan would never be able to ride, Rupert decided to take the risk: he saddled Betsy and asked his son whether he wanted to get up. For the first time ever, Rowan offered an answer to a question. “Up,” he said. And off they went. Before long, Rupert and Rowan were spending a great deal of time in the saddle together. Rowan’s verbal communication continued to improve. “Not a cure, because, with autism there is no cure,” Rupert says.

Healing here in Arizona

North Scottsdale is home to Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship, a special place combining horses and healing. “We teach horsemanship to children and adults with physical disabilities,” says Michelle Bartlett, director of community relations and principal riding instructor. “We






paralysis, visual impairment, cerebral palsy, or multiple sclerosis, as well as students undergoing chemotherapy. Our students are people who can’t safely participate in a horsemanship program at the barn down the street. They need specialized services and support.” Camelot is not a place that offers therapy





though the warm, nurturing energy of the environment is in itself therapeutic. Instead, it is a place where students can








of their environment. This creates confidence and exhilaration in students who might never have imagined being able to groom, saddle and ride a horse independently. “We approach horsemanship through a curriculumbased program, which means that we N o vem b er 2 0 1 2


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have a curriculum that students follow,” says Bartlett. “We teach the history of horsemanship, for example, where students get ground lessons as well as how to bridle a horse. Not every lesson is in the saddle.” Camelot’s program typically takes two years to complete, but some students need more time to get integrated. “We love it when a student can be integrated and take horsemanship at another facility. Some of our students have a goal of horse ownership. They are trying to soak up everything like a sponge. Others just really enjoy taking a horse out on the trail. Everyone has his or her own goal and purpose.” At full capacity, Camelot serves 25 students every year, solely through private instruction and at no cost to the student. “Private instruction allows our students to achieve the level of independence that each is capable of achieving,” says Bartlett. “Some of our students will start with someone leading their horse and a person on each side of them for support, and eventually they are up and riding. Independence is always our goal.”

Learning from the horse’s mouth

Mary Hadsall, Camelot’s executive director, and Michelle Bartlett are certified riding instructors through PATH, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. However, they also have additional, unique training. “When Mary and I entered the program we mentored under Camelot’s founder, Eileen Szychowski, who was a woman with a disability.

Therefore, we have

had the opportunity to learn from the horse’s mouth. We were mentored by someone who has a disability and also has intimate knowledge in working with a wide range of disabilities.. And that is unique, having someone from the disabled population as your teacher.”


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“We have really kept to our mission of serving a small niche of people who tend to fall through the cracks,” says Bartlett. “But more and more we are called by parents who are looking for services for their children who have autism.” Hadsall and Bartlett researched methods of treating autism with horses and learned about Rupert Issacson, his son Rowan and the ‘Horse Boy Method’. “It is not where my training is, it’s not where Mary’s training is. We really couldn’t do the population justice. But we’ve been thinking that, because there is such a need out there, wouldn’t it be great if we could expand our services.” Therefore, they went to Rupert Issacson’s ranch in Texas and, again, learned from the horse’s mouth. They fell in love with the technique and trained for certification, with the goal of bringing the ‘Horse Boy Method’ to Camelot. “What we like so much about Horse Boy is that they are thinking outside of the box,” says Bartlett. “And our founder thought outside of the box. We just felt this strong connection between the two programs.” Though there is a strong core connection of philosophy here, there are differences too. “The one thing that is unique about the Horse Boy Method is that it isn’t focused on horsemanship, but, rather, on communication and the horse is used as a tool,” says Bartlett. “I also love how they cater to the whole family. They are not just trying to promote communication. They are trying to mend the hearts of the entire family.” There is a science behind how horses mend the hearts of students and families. Much of it is a mystery too. “Horses are just magic – being outside in the fresh air, away from traffic and concrete. There is just something magical and healing about being outside with a horse,” says Bartlett. Right now, nobody in the Phoenix area offers the Horse Boy Method, and Camelot still needs to raise the funds to offer the service to the community. “We see ourselves serving just a few families at the start, and we still need to get people certified first,” says Bartlett. “We are hoping to raise funds during our Starry Knights event in November in order to hire another staff member and provide Horse Boy services.” Camelot’s Starry Knights event is November 3, 2012, and the keynote speaker will be none other than Rupert Issacson, talking about his Horse Boy Method. “We are also celebrating our 30th anniversary this year,” says Bartlett. “Thirty years of offering our services at no cost. We are pretty excited about that. We are a debt-free organization, and we have been since day one. And that’s fantastic. Raising money before expanding services is important to us. It’s a big year for us and we’re excited to celebrate everything at the event. It’s a year of change, expansion and celebration.” N o vem b er 2 0 1 2



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Writer Nigel Spence Photographer Bryan Black - Blackswan Photographers

On the surface, the life of a professional golfer is quite glorious. Chartered private jets fly players to exotic locations where they compete for exorbitant prize purses for a vocation that is more leisurely than laborious. So far this season, 92 players have earned seven-figure incomes on the US-based tours alone. When you combine on-course income with the extra financial rewards provided by sponsors, the PGA tour slogan of “These Guys are Good” could easily read “These Guys Have it Good.” But glory and riches from the beginning of a career are reserved for just a handful of players. For every Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, there are thousands of golfers trying to uncover the secrets to the most mystifying game known to man in an effort to earn the right to play for the treasure. Often, playing out of the back of their cars, these golfers play mini-tour events in every corner of the country as they chase their dream. These tours require entry fees in excess of $1000, leading to only the top third recouping their entry fee, in what is not much more than high stakes gambling. They keep competitive in an attempt to prepare for PGA Tour Qualifying School, a three-stage, fourteen-round marathon, that eliminates players at each stage until the top 25 at the final stage are granted PGA Tour cards and access to the tour’s riches. On the journey, these players are often forced to take part-time jobs, caddying at private clubs or bartending at night to keep the wolves from the door. As years pass, hope tends to wane, and new generations of players pass them by. The search for the secret to riches becomes more frantic, as a player following the once clear road map begins to look more like a man lost in the desert looking for water. At this point, only the very best, the very patient, and the very persistent find the

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This preparation schedule served Allen well throughout his career as he became known as “The King of Q-School,� reaching the final stage 13 times and graduating a record nine times. He once quipped that he is the only guy at Qualifying School who had a reserved parking space. 50

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treasure. The vast majority search so desperately that they lose sight of where they are headed, ultimately retracing their footsteps, ending their dreams, and leaving the game with not much more than sand in their pockets. Sitting atop the Champions Tour money list in 2012, one would never know that Scottsdale resident Michael Allen has spent most of his career in the desert, both figuratively and literally. A native of San Mateo, California, Allen failed to make his way on to the PGA Tour in his early years as a professional; instead finding a home on the European Tour where he would succeed in winning during his third season. But the US was home, and Allen wanted to prove his mettle against the best that the PGA Tour had to offer. Having moved to Scottsdale to work with a golf instructor and enjoy the climate, Allen set about hitting the ball higher in order to play in the United States. He secured playing privileges on the US Tour in 1990 through the rigors of Qualifying School, but inconsistent performances throughout the next five seasons saw him returning to the end-of-year tournament that no player wants to attend very often. Deep down Allen knew that he was a better player than he was demonstrating on the course, and that something was not quite right with his game. He would see other tour players finish their round, have a bite to eat, roll a few putts and head back to their hotel room, while he would hit balls on the range for hours just to keep some sort of feel for his swing and have some idea where the ball would

go the next day. In 1995, the enormous workload, the constant pressure and poor performances were too much, and Allen walked away from the game, taking a summer job at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York, before trying his hand in a couple of different industries. “I went out into the real world, tried to make a living, and found out just how hard that was. It was a big turn-around for me in those two or three years that I was off of the tour. They were very tough times for us as a family, but we were able to get through it,” Allen reflected. With a new perspective, and the support of some of the members of



Country himself

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School the only way he knew how. “I prepared myself for that tournament more than I prepared myself for anything in my life. I would do two practice sessions a day. I had a schedule of everything that I had to do in the day and would not leave the course until

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everything had been completed.” This preparation schedule served Allen well throughout his career as he became known as “The King of Q-School,” reaching the final stage 13 times and graduating a record nine times. He once quipped that he is the only guy

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Over the next seven seasons, playing predominantly the secondary tour against players almost half his age, Allen continued to learn about his golf game. He sought the advice of golf instructors, looked inwardly to discover what worked best for him, and never gave in to the thought of not being successful. “When I had a family it was just desperation (that kept me going). This is what I do, and you are going to do whatever it takes to provide for your family,” Allen asserted. In 2004, Allen’s desert wanderings finally reached an oasis. Mike Mitchell, the PGA Professional at The Hideaway Golf Club in La Quinta, California, was that desert oasis. Through all of his years of playing golf, Allen had never felt that his swing was in harmony from one day to the next until he began to work with Mitchell. Allen describes the swing that he and Mitchell have worked toward as being “from the core out,” using the body to rotate and the arms and club to follow, delivering a solid blow every time. With more consistency from tee to green, less pressure on his short game and time to practice his putting rather than beat balls for hours on the range, Allen’s game flourished. In 2007, at age 48, he had his best year on tour, earning in excess of $1 million for the first time in his career. In 2009, Allen turned 50 years of age and was given a special exemption to the Senior PGA Championship by the PGA of America. Having no status on the Champions Tour, but a full PGA Tour card, Allen made the most of his opportunity, winning the event by two strokes. Having battled his entire career to have a place to play, ironically, Allen now had the predicament of where to play. After splitting time on both tours in 2010, Allen has spent the past two seasons focused on the Champions Tour, where he has won three times, had 29 top-ten finishes and accumulated more than $4 million in earnings. He is playing the best golf of his life, and is appreciative of everything that comes his way. “These days I tell young players to have fun and work hard. We are so blessed to be able to go out there and make


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a living. People work for months getting sponsors, preparing the golf course and all we do is show up and play. I totally appreciate all of the sponsors and work that people do to allow us to perform and show what we do. It is fun what we do; it wasn’t always fun for me when I was young and frustrated, but I recognize





Allen remarked with a deep sense of sincerity. Allen’s career has taken him to the depths of the desert floor where he





way out. He has stumbled through the desert haze, discovering the occasional oasis that has provided him relief, and now he aspires to keep ascending and reach the pinnacle. The final climb for Allen this season is the Charles Schwab Cup, a year-long points race tracking Champions Tour performances. He currently sits in fourth place, and in the first week of November he will play in the final event of the year where he hopes to finish on top. And the venue for this year’s Charles Schwab Cup Finale could not be more appropriate for a desert wanderer trying to reach the top - Desert Mountain.

Charles Schwab Cup Championship Thursday Nov. 1 through Sunday Nov. 4

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Photographer Kari Workman

Photographer Sarah Nelson Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

Cactus Shadows IB Students

“Rock the District” with Community, Action and Service When empowered young people join forces with their community leaders, they form an unstoppable alliance. The Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation (CCEUF), the Cactus Shadows High School International Baccalaureate (IB) program, and the “Rock the District” teen concert event have created such an alliance. ImagesAZ readers might remember an article published last year about Melissa Nelson, the founder of the “Rock the District” concert in 2009. She had attended a PSI leadership conference the summer before she entered high school and had taken on a 90-day challenge to do something big and bold to better her community. Melissa, who is musically gifted, wanted to raise money for local music programs and increase awareness about the importance of music education for youth. She decided to orchestrate a benefit concert for the community to support under-funded music programs in the Cave Creek Unified school district.

In 2009, with the help of her mother, Kristin

Nelson, and several caring Cave Creek Teens and community members, “Rock the District” was born. As the event grew, it became apparent that, in order to continue staging it, they would need more resources and manpower. When CCEUF stepped up to underwrite the concert and partner with Cave Creek Teens to produce the second annual “Rock the District” concert, it was an ideal match of mutual goals and passion. The goal of the Cave Creek Education Foundation is to raise money to sustain under-funded programs in the District for music, art, technology, and foreign language studies.


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“Rock the District” event is now underway.

With the help of The

Education Foundation, the popular teen musician concert should top the charts in attendance this fall. Scheduled at el Pedregal at the Boulders outdoor amphitheater on Saturday, November 17 from 5 – 9 pm, it is a ‘not-to-miss’ event. They are anticipating 1,000+ in attendance for a night of outstanding music and a great variety of products and services offered for raffle by local businesses. Tickets are available at According to Casey Hargett, Vice Chairman





Foundation has recently formed an outstanding




International Baccalaureate students at





Melissa Nelson and nine of her IB colleagues took on the challenge to bring “Rock the District” to a higher level. stresses

The IB student curriculum a



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community, action, and service; so a team of the IB students claimed ownership of “Rock the District” and took on the duties relating to the show, including planning auditions, running the concert, soliciting raffle items, selling raffle tickets, handling public relations, and selling tickets to the event. As a result, their involvement helped expand “Rock the District” by almost 50 percent, while also helping them satisfy their IB requirements, learn more about business and event planning, and help their home school district and the community at large. The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a worldwide, run by a


November 16 - Dancing Divas & Dudes in the Desert 6 to 8pm - Fellowship Performing Arts Center at Anthem Fundraiser for continued performances and AZDance’s MEM program A scrumptious evening of delectable desserts, silent auction items and special preview performances. Tickets December 1 - A Joyous Christmas - Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center December 2 - A Joyous Christmas - PVCC Center for Performing Arts 2pm both performances A tradition for families of all ages; emotionally filled afternoons of music and movement. Tickets* $5-15; Details January 20 - DanceInspiration - Orpheum Theater guest artists April 27 and 28 - Simply Put 2013 - Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center 480-215-1916 N o vem b er 2 0 1 2


Since its inception at Cactus Shadows seven years ago, the school’s program has been wildly successful, evidenced by their

90 percent completion rate...

non-profit educational foundation with the mission to “help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.” Founded in 1968, it is currently in 3462 schools in 143 countries and offers programs to more than 1,049,000 students. Cactus Shadows students are fortunate to have access to the IB curriculum. The IB program is highly acclaimed and standardized across the world, yet each school’s approach is a bit different. The ways in which schools carry out the requirements of the program vary. Some Cactus Shadows IB students traveled to China last year, and others are planning a trip to Italy and Germany this coming spring. The heart of the program is the focused commitment to invest oneself in creative pursuits, action, and service. This commitment is one of the essential elements in the IB students’ diploma program experience and involves a range of activities in addition to their academic studies. Each candidate must meet the CAS requirements as well as other mandatory components for the award of the IB diploma. One of the common misconceptions about the IB program is that there is so much work involved and it is so overwhelming that there is no room for anything else in an IB student’s life except for academics. On the contrary, while the program is academically challenging, one of the benefits is that the IB program compels its students to carve out time for creative pursuits and community service. Many students feel that, while the program might be difficult, it helps them discover how to achieve life balance and prioritization – an important skill for success in adulthood. Since its inception at Cactus Shadows seven years ago, the school’s program has been wildly successful, evidenced by their 90 percent completion rate, which is in stark contrast to the worldwide average of about 75 percent. It is clear that Cactus Shadows has something figured out. One of those things might be the culture and team spirit that Cactus Shadows fosters, engendered by the fact that the IB program supports the community with great enthusiasm through a variety of service initiatives. According to Pam Menton, IB Coordinator/Counselor, “Cactus Shadows High School IB students are highly involved in extra curricular activities. They take part in a variety of service projects including “Rock the District,” peer mediation, and tutoring. They have also worked at the local food bank to gather donations and stock shelves, as well as working with the Together We Paint organization, which paints an average of 200 buildings per year throughout Arizona, including the homes of low-income families, seniors, and public school and community buildings.” In addition to the commitment to ‘CAS’ for IB student hopefuls, acceptance to the program involves a rigorous review of courses, test scores, and recommendations. Despite the steep


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criteria curve, history has proven that the students who graduate from this program have attained not only the acclaimed IB diploma, but also the life experience gained along the way – well worth the time and effort they invested. Menton





graduates has been outstanding. Ninety to 100 percent of our IB students have indicated





research, and organizational skills have helped them in their college experience.” Additionally, students report that their community/action/service


clearly set them apart from the crowd in the application process. This year’s IB Juniors and Seniors hope that you will attend “Rock the District” this fall to help them reach their goal of 1000+ in attendance.

It will be a

showcase of talented local teen musicians as well as a demonstration of the hard work and pride of many IB students in the district. The concert will take place on Saturday night, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. at el Pedregal at the Boulders Resort. It will feature some of the area’s hottest musicians in grades 6 through 12 from CCUSD and surrounding districts. Tickets to the event are just $10 per student or CCUSD faculty and $15 for an adult. All proceeds go to CCUEF, which distributes the money to schools in the district, based on their pillars of








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hiking Family-Friendly Pinnacle Peak Writer Lynsi Freitag

You are not alone if you enjoy hiking here in North Scottsdale. It is home to some

The Sierra Club rates the 150-acre Pinnacle Peak hike as moderate, with an elevation gain of 1,300 feet to a high point of 2,889 feet.

extraordinarily beautiful state parks and hiking trails. One of the most popular – and best family-friendly hike – is at Pinnacle Peak Park.

The Sierra Club rates the 150-acre Pinnacle Peak hike as moderate, with an elevation gain of 1,300 feet to a high point of 2,889 feet. The trail is 3.5 miles with a 1.75-mile out-and-back route (it is not a loop so you return the same way you entered).

It is a terrific hiking spot for all levels of fitness as well as for families with small children. There is parking for 50 cars and one horse trailer at the trailhead entrance. There is also ample street parking leading into the lot, offering families the comfort of being able to get in

The trail is 3.5 miles with a 1.75-mile outand-back route

and out of the park easily.

There are restrooms, drinking fountains and four picnic tables at the trailhead, as well as a staffed office where information about the park is available. Picnic tables are under a ramada, offering a welcome shaded rest spot before or after the hike.

Once you get to the trailhead, do not be alarmed by the sight in front of you. The first 1/3 of the trail is the most difficult, with switchbacks up the side of the peak’s eastern face. It is


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common to see families with baby carriers, which provides an extra workout. It is also common to see runners speeding past or hikers using hiking sticks. Whatever your level or situation, you will be among friends.

That being said, we recommend using standard


hiking protocol, staying to the right of the trail to accommodate other hikers, and yielding the

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right-of-way to horseback riders or runners. No dogs or bicycles are allowed on the trail.

The trail is particularly well marked. Distances are noted about every quarter- to half- mile. The first 1/3 of the trail is pretty much exposed to sunlight, but after that there are frequent shady spots where one may stop to take a break and view the spectacular scenery.

Pinnacle Peak Park features the


Sonoran Desert saguaros, as well as cacti,

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sighting devices pointing to Four Peaks and the Cave Creek Mountains. You might also see mountain climbers who are scaling the various rock climbing routes. You will not be at a loss for something to see and take in.

The park offers guided hikes, moonlight hikes, and other special events. Check the Pinnacle Peak website for dates, times, and a calendar for events.

The best months for hiking in Arizona are October through May. Remember to slather on sunscreen and bring plenty of water.

After your trek, head down to DC Ranch for a weekend brunch at the Herb Box. This eatery offers a constantly changing menu with fresh, seasonal ingredients. It’s a local restaurant you don’t want to miss and the perfect place to refuel after your hike at Pinnacle Peak Park. N o vem b er 2 0 1 2


Sallie’s Place is named in honor of Lieutenant Colonel Sallie Carroll, a retired Vietnam veteran and decorated Bronze Star recipient (pictured above).


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Fighting for a Place

Sallie’s Place

Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photographer Jerri Parness

It was in 1963 that Bob Dylan recorded “The Times They are A-Changin’.” Influenced by racism, poverty and social change, the words he wrote became the country’s unofficial anthem during a time when we were mourning the assassination of a president, the civil rights movement was sweeping the nation, and our troops were building up in Vietnam.

It seems times are still a-changin’ in many ways. The

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world is certainly a different place from what it was 40 years ago, but even with the changes that have occurred, some lines that have divided us still remain.

The border drawn between men and women in the military has evolved from an impenetrable boundary to a more ambiguous and subtle one. In recent years, according the U.S. Department of Defense, 280,000 women have been sent to Iraq, Afghanistan, or to jobs

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in neighboring nations in support of their conflicts. Because hostile fire can be found around any corner in even the most seemingly friendly places, keeping women out of combat zones, as required by military policy, can be next to impossible. As of February 2012, of the more than 6,300 military deaths, 144 were women.

This new dynamic of women in combat has caused changes that have trickled down into civilian life. The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs reports that women make up about 8 percent, or 1.8 million, of the 23 million U.S. veterans today. For many, some of

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the most significant struggles have not been with what happens while they are enlisted, but rather with reintegrating into the civilian population once their military careers have concluded.

Like their male counterparts, more and more female veterans find themselves faced with traumatic injuries, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), depression, and hypertension. Unlike their male counterparts, however, female veterans return home to find that they have to navigate through a benefit system created for men. Many are also rejoining civilian life as primary caregivers for their children.

A disproportionate number of these women are finding that, although much of their military training is helpful, they have missed out on certifications and other skills needed to make them competitive in today’s difficult job market. A disproportionate 13.5 percent of women veterans were unemployed last January, compared to 8.5 percent in the population of the non-veteran women.

“We’ve got 46,000 women veterans in Arizona alone,” said Joan Sisco, Marine Corps veteran and president of Veterans First, Ltd., a Phoenix-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to addressing issues female veterans are facing. “So many of them are coming back from this war, and they can’t find jobs or an affordable place to live. They’re going couch to couch, living with friends and family.”

While some programs exist for male veterans, very little has been done to create similar programs for women, according to Sisco. “Nothing has been done across the nation for women, as far as housing them. Many are homeless, and many more of them are at risk, close to being homeless.”

Veterans First, Ltd. has launched a pilot program to provide affordable housing, rent assistance, and a supportive community for women veterans as they ease back into their lives after service in the military. Last year, the group opened Mary Ellen’s Place, a complex of 16


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studio apartments for single women veterans in North Central Phoenix. Now, thanks in large part to the success of Mary Ellen’s Place, they plan to launch a second complex nearby for homeless or near-homeless mothers who are veterans.

Sallie’s Place is named in honor of Lieutenant Colonel Sallie Carroll, a retired Vietnam veteran and decorated Bronze Star recipient who served in the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Army from 1952 - 1975. She has been a pioneer for women, winning numerous shooting awards at national and international levels, and was inducted into the US Army Marksmanship Unit Hall of Fame. Now, at 80 years old, she is fighting her own personal battle with health issues.

When renovations are completed, Sallie’s Place will feature two-bedroom apartments near the city’s transit system and schools, with a playground built just for the children of these special women.

Anthem Rotary Club is among the organizations that have recognized the importance of the work Veterans First, Ltd. is doing by presenting a check for $1,000 to help build Sallie’s Place. “These women have served their country when we needed them, and now we need to assist them when they need us.” said Anthem Rotary president Dave Newham.

“So many people and groups have been such a part of this to make it happen,” said Sisco. “We receive no federal money. Everything we have done has been purely by people donating money and in-kind donations. We’ve been so blessed, but it needs to continue to happen if we’re going to help these women.”

The times, they may be a-changin’, but the American spirit remains proud. We are a people who reach out to those in need, especially to those who have given so much for our country. We need to fight for those who fought for us.

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Music to Our Ears

Writer Donna Kublin

Pinnacle Concert Series Begins November 11 Diverse musical styles and exceptional performances are being presented in the 14th Annual Pinnacle Concert Series that kicks off on Sunday, November 11, and continues to Friday, May 3. Performances ranging from piano and organ to symphony and from choral to steel drums are included in the exciting 2012-13 season. “We are especially delighted to bring a variety of unique musical styles and outstanding performances to our venue,” says Brent Hylton, musical director of the Pinnacle Concert Series. Presented by Pinnacle Presbyterian Church on Pima Road, North Scottsdale, the concerts take place in the beautifully distinctive sanctuary. This acoustically superb space seats up to 800 people in tiered and balcony seating, affording the audience excellent lines of sight to the concert stage. For many patrons, these performances are a tradition, but each year newcomers discover this special experience. Several performing groups return each season, but there are always new and unique offerings as well. “Many favorites will return, such as the Pinnacle Chancel Choir and Soloists in Celebration of Christmas, and The Phoenix Symphony, including the annual Messiah,” said Hylton. “In addition, two extraordinary new talents include Umi Garrett, piano soloist; and the Manhattan Piano Trio.”


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Umi Garrett has been hailed as a definitive rising star in classical music. The young piano prodigy was only 8 years old when she appeared on NBC’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2009. She caused such a sensation that her career has skyrocketed, and Umi continually receives requests to perform both in the US and abroad. The Manhattan Piano Trio is a dynamic young string and piano group that is hailed by critics as “a grand departure from the usual” and has quickly become one of the most creative, exciting and dynamic young ensembles in the United States. The Trio is one of the most active groups on the classical music scene and boasts more than 300 concerts in its first five years, welcomed by enthusiastic audiences in over 30 states, Australia and South Africa. The season also features several fine groups from our own backyard: The Shrine of Ages Choir from Northern Arizona University; UA Steel, a pulsating steel drum group from the University of Arizona; and Pamela Decker, the effervescent organist, also from the University of Arizona. The exquisite choral sound of the Westmount College Choir rounds out the season.

Brimming with Energy Sunday, November 11 – 4:00 p.m. Pamela Decker, Organ Brimming with Energy & Passion Pamela Decker has been hailed as a formidable organist/ composer whose music and performance are brimming with energy, intensity, passion, and creativity. In addition to serving as Professor of Organ/Music Theory at the University of Arizona, Decker also maintains an active performance schedule on the national and international stage. This concert promises an afternoon of dazzling music, as one of America’s most gifted composer-organists performs on the celebrated Richards, Fowkes, Inc. organ. Ticket Pricing: General Admission $30; Main Floor Rear $15; Student: $7

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Phoenix Symphony Schedule for November and December

Sunday, November 25 – 3:00 p.m. The Phoenix Symphony and Chorus

Phoenix Symphony

Sunday, December 16 – 3:00 p.m.

Michael Christie, conductor Celena Shafer, soprano; Javier Abreu, tenor; Craig Irvin, baritone

The Phoenix Symphony

The Majesty of Carmina Burana

Handel’s Messiah

Celebrate Music Director Michael Christie’s debut in

Always a Sold-Out Performance

his final season with The Phoenix Symphony as he

Maestro Michael Christie and The Phoenix Symphony

leads the Symphony and Chorus in one of the most memorable musical creations of the 20th century, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Enjoy the majesty of this scenic cantata based on the famous collection of

present the full version of Handel’s Messiah. Joined by The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and soloists, this ever-popular work is a classical favorite around the

medieval poems that has survived as one of the most

world. Written to tell the story of Jesus to ordinary

invigorating, entertaining, and easily heard compositions

people through music, Messiah continues to be a

of the classical music repertoire. The often-heralded “O

holiday tradition for many. This event is co-presented

Fortuna” movement has been used in countless movie

by Arizona Musicfest.

scores. In addition, back by popular demand, Maestro Christie will conduct contemporary composer Marjan

Ticket Pricing: General Admission $36

Mozetich’s Procession of Duos, featuring solos from various pairs of instruments in the orchestra. Ticket Pricing: General Admission $30

Phoenix Symphony

Sunday, December 9 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Celebration of Christmas The Pinnacle Chancel Choir, Soloists One of the most beloved concerts of the season, Celebration of Christmas, offers a stunning program of inspirational and joyous holiday music. Already a favorite tradition among many, this event features music and movement to usher in the Christmas spirit. Join the Pinnacle Chancel Choir, Pinnacle Pealers, Pinnacle Dancers and special guests, Brass of the Desert, as they join forces to create a magical experience not to be missed! Ticket Pricing: FREE. Donations will be accepted to further the fine arts program of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church.


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Scott Wallis

“There is something for everyone this season at our family-friendly concerts,” said Hylton. “We also urge everyone to take advantage of our Time Out for the Arts series, a free, open forum that explores the visual and performing arts, showcasing artists and lecturers in the greater Phoenix community.” The first, titled An Afternoon of P.D.Q. Bach, is scheduled for Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Donations will be accepted to support a musical mission trip to Haiti.

The venue is Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 North Pima Road, Scottsdale 85255 (NW corner of Pima & Happy Valley Roads)

Ticket prices range from $15 to $42, depending on the concert and the seat location. (General Admission or Premium Seating). Student tickets are $7. There is also a $35 ticket (for UA Steel) that admits the entire family. Box Office at 480-303-2474 or

Schedule for JANUARY - May Sunday, January 20 – 4:00 p.m. Umi Garrett, piano

Sunday, January 27 – 3:00 p.m. The Phoenix Symphony Joseph Young, conductor Laura Wilde, mezzo-soprano

Sunday, March 10 – 4:00 p.m. Manhattan Piano Trio

Sunday, April 7 – 4:00 p.m.









2 0 1 2 - 2 0 1 3 3 - D ay Eve n t s Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festivals Oct 26-28 • Feb 15-17 7135 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festivals Nov 2-4 • Jan 18-20 • Mar 1-3 101 Easy Street, Carefree

Thunderbird Emporium of Scottsdale Nov 16-18 • A Unique Holiday Experience! 7135 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale

Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival Feb 1-3 15960 N Bullard Ave, Surprise

Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire

Mar 15-17 16810 Ave of the Fountains, Fountain Hills $5 Admission to Festivals • Held Outdoors Visit for hours and details. $1 from every admission is donated to the veteran charity, American Healing Arts Foundation.

UA Steel

Sunday, April 14 – 4:00 p.m. Shrine of the Ages Choir Edith Copley, conductor

Tuesday, May 14 – 7:00 p.m. Westmount College Choir Michael Shasberger, conductor

Watch Artists Working in Studios Daily! Café, 2-Acre Sculpture Garden with Weekend Music, Garden Parties, Art Classes and More! 10-Week Show

Jan 10-Mar 24, 2013—74 Days of Art Adventure 26540 N Scottsdale Rd at Jomax • Scottsdale 480-837-7163 • 10-week Expo Season Pass $10; $8 for Military & Seniors • 480-837-5637 N o vem b er 2 0 1 2


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

Luxury Market Over $1,000,000

There are some positive signs in the luxury market over $1,000,000. An increase in the average price per sq. ft. is due to some significant sales in our area. The graph above paints a telling picture in the in homes sales over $1,000,000. The zip codes used 87331, 85377, 85262, 85266. In Cave Creek and Carefree there have been 19 significant sales over 1,000,000 so far year to date as of 10-10-12. The highest volume sale in Carefree was $3,800,000. the second highest sale in Carefree was $2,925,000. The rest of the 17 sales ranged between $1,000,000 to $1,600,000. In 85262 there has been 87 sales over $1,000,000 year to date as of 10-10-12. The significant sale was $5,350,000 with 17 luxury homes sold over $2,000,000 with 70 sold between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000. One must remember that we live in an area where custom home prices vary from subdivision to subdivision and street to street. It is important to call a Realtor® to assist you in your real estate needs. Information supplied by ARMLS through BrokerMetrics ® Information not guaranteed. Information retrieved on 10/10/2012.


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The Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association Proudly Presents


2012 In

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H i s t o r i c C av e C r e e k , A r i z o n a

Join in on the Family Fun!

Wild West Parade ∙ Walk for 100 & CHILI CHALLENGE ∙ Mutton Bustin’ ACMSA Mounted Shooting Competitions ∙ Miss Wild West Days The Cowboy Gathering featuring Dave Stamey & Bob Boze Bell Live Bull Riding ∙ Pig Races ∙ Bath Tub Races Horse Demos with Brandi Lyons and Mike Stacy Six Gun ENTERTAINMENT Cowboy Gunfighter Competitions

November 2 - 4,

Featured Appearances by Gary Sprague - The Singing Cowboy ∙ Bob Roloff, The Arizona Duuude ∙ CHARLIE LESUEUR ∙ Mike Ewing ∙ Lee Anderson ∙ LANCE HEADLEE And a Cast of Cowboy Characters See Billboard’s Top Country Music Artist







Live in Concert at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral


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dining Carefree Station 7212 Ho Hum Road Carefree, AZ 480-488-8182

Carefree Station Elegance, enchantment, and epicurean delights abound at Carefree Station Grill & Bar. This gem is nestled in the heart of Carefree in the Spanish Village, where guests can stage their own dining experience by enjoying the garden courtyard, rooftop deck, atrium patio or cozy indoor space. Whether you visit with the family for Sunday brunch and try one of their unique versions of Eggs Benedict, stop by for happy hour and sample the bar menu, that sets the “bar” high for any other establishment, or you plan a date night and indulge in a decadent dessert such as Pastry Chef Heather’s rich and creamy Chai Tea Tiramisu – you can’t go wrong. Carefree Station expertly combines big bold flavors to create Southwestern-inspired, eclectic cuisine. During the holiday season, the restaurant is open on Thanksgiving and Christmas, offering the perfect setting to enjoy a global culinary adventure with friends and family.


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34 Easy Street, Carefree Town Center Reservations (480) 595-9909 •

Called The Most Beautiful Restaurant In All Of Arizona

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Pogue Photography Pogue Photography opened its studio in Oct. 2011, just in time for the holiday portrait rush, and has been going strong ever since. With two photographers in one studio, the possibilities are endless. Husband and wife team, Wes

Bicycle Vibe Bicycle Vibe offers top quality bikes from Trek and Cannondale, for riding on the road or in the dirt, and for recreational/family riders, from beach cruisers to fitness bikes.

We have a great selection of shoes, shorts and

jerseys to round out your riding experience. Come to Bicycle Vibe for certified bike fitting, reliable repairs performed by our friendly and experienced mechanics who have the skills to work on any bike, any problem. At Bicycle Vibe you will find all the help, parts and accessories you need to keep you and your bicycle safe and in great shape. We also have a full service gourmet espresso and coffee bar. Come in and enjoy a delicious latte or tasty drip coffee while you ogle all the great bikes or talk to our techs about repair – or just swap riding stories. We have free wifi too! Bicycle Vibe 623-582-3111 2605 W. Carefree Highway

and Jamie Pogue, have different photographic specialties, complementing each other’s work with new ideas and input. Jamie specializes in children’s and family portraiture, and Wes in action sports photography. As a mother of two young children, Jamie has knowledge and patience and that reflects in her portraits. She loves inviting children, from newborns to teens, to come to the studio as much as she enjoys going out on location with them. Families often choose to do a combination session with her to get both studio and outdoor shots. Wes is often seen out at the racetrack or on the trails. If he is not on his motorcycle or dirt bike, he is behind the camera. As a retired professional racer, he knows which shots look the very best and is at home in the world of sports photography. Pogue Photography sessions are available by appointment, Monday through Saturday. Be sure to ask about current specials or check the Pogue Photography Facebook page for the latest promotions. Pogue Photography 480-748-9100


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Tarnick Wellness Chiropractic Dr. Tarnick’s first patient at his North Scottsdale office had never used a chiropractor before and was slightly apprehensive about trying something new. Understanding

Stevens Law Office At Stevens Law Office, we listen to your needs and create an estate plan tailored to you and your family. After analyzing your goals and financial information, we provide a firm fee quote before drafting the documents. Our focus is on estate planning.

We work with you

more complex issues, such as providing for disabled children, assisting dependent parents or creating succession plans for a family business. For clients who are subject to estate taxes, we recommend a variety of techniques to accomplish family goals without incurring unnecessary taxes. We also assist families with probate or trust termination when a loved one dies. We prepare the trust income tax, federal estate tax returns and the trust accounting documents, as well as assist in the transfer of assets to beneficiaries. John Stevens holds business and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin (Madison), and is a former Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge. Our team consists of an attorney and two paralegals with a combined

Stevens Law Office 480-488-2591 Carefree area


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feel comfortable by informing her of the steps that he uses with each new patient. On your first visit to Tarnick Wellness Chiropractic, Dr. Chad Tarnick will explain how the science of chiropractic

on needs ranging from simple wills and trusts to

experience of 75 years.

the anxiety the patient was feeling, Dr. Tarnick made her

works, and give you a full evaluation to see if chiropractic care is right for you.

If there is a good fit, he will develop

a plan of care that is specific to your condition and health goals. Dr. Tarnick utilizes a gentle chiropractic adjustment, which uses light pressure along the spine to remove any spinal misalignments that might be putting pressure on the nervous system. This technique does not utilize any twisting or aggressive motions, and our patients often comment that it is a very comfortable adjustment. If you never thought chiropractic was for you or if you too have been apprehensive about using chiropractic, then you must come in and feel the benefits. At our office, we have free consultations, so it does not cost you anything to come in, talk to Dr. Tarnick and see how we may help you. We also have same-day appointments, so give us a call today and get your life back with chiropractic. Tarnick Wellness Chiropractic 480-595-9797


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Local Index contact ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

AIR CONDITIONING/HEATING Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 480-595-5330 Proskill Plumbing 623-551-7473 Art Gallery Di Tommaso Fine Art Galleries 480-575-1023 30 Easy Street Carefree, AZ Wild Holly Gallery 480-595-8757 22 Easy Street Carefree, AZ Attorney John W. Stevens, Attorney 480-488-2591 Carefree Area Automotive Sales Sanderson Lincoln 602-375-7500 Bicycle Bicycle Vibe 623-582-3111 Boutique Bags & Rags Ladies Fine Apparel 480-575-3114 16 Easy Street, Carefree Buy and Sell Gold American Federal 480-553-5282 Cabinet Design Gutowski Cabinet Works 623-465-5802 Shelves that Slide 623-780-2555


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

College Paradise Valley Community College 602-493-2600 COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE Alcoholics Anonymous 602-264-1341 Animal Control 602-506-7387 Community Loan Closet 480-488-8400 Foothills Animal Rescue 480-488-9890 Foothills Caring Corps 480-488-1105 Foothills Food Bank 480-488-1145 Meals on Wheels 480-488-1090 Salvation Army 480-488-3590 St. Vincent de Paul Society 602-254-3338 COMMUNITY organizations American Legion Post No. 34 & Auxiliary 480-488-2669 Arizona Archaeological Society 480-595-9255 Arizona Musicfest 480-488-0806 Boy Scouts 602-955-7747 Cave Creek Museum 480-488-2764 Desert Awareness Committee 480-585-5657

Desert Cactus Kickers 480-488-9661 Desert Foothills Community Association 480-488-4043 Desert Foothills Community Education 480-575-2440 Desert Foothills Land Trust 480-488-6131 Desert Foothills New Horizons Band 602-992-1550 Desert Foothills Theater 480-488-1981 Foothills Community Foundation 480-488-1090 Girl Scouts 602-253-6359 Kiwanis Club of Carefree 480-488-8400 Little League Baseball/Softball 480-488-1244 New River Senior Center 623-465-0367 Rotary Club 480-585-9157 Sonoran Arts League 480-575-6624 Soroptimist International 480-522-6692 YMCA 480-596-9622 Dentist Carefree Dentists 480-488-9735

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Carefree Village Dentistry 480-488-9241

Cave Creek Merchants and Events Association 480-437-1110

Dental Studio 101 480-488-4852

Chamber of Commerce Carefree/Cave Creek 480-488-3381

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

Motor Vehicle Department 602-255-0072

L’uxCozy Dental Spa 480-488-9655 Doctor Arizona Hand & Physical Therapy 480-563-1916 Tarnick Wellness Chiropractic 480-488-2591 Financial Planning Black Mountain Wealth Advisors 480-247-7228 36600 N. Pima Rd. Suite 101 Edward Jones - Noah Kendrick 480-595-2041 37555 Hum Rd Ste 205 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Pope Scanlon Team Glee Pope - 480-502-6072 Owen Scanlon - 480-922-7909 FIRE Fire Service 480-627-6900 Government/business Town of Carefree 480-488-3686 Town of Cave Creek 480-488-1400

Social Security 800-772-1213 Voter Registration 602-506-1511 Gym Curves of Cave Creek 480-437-1088 Handyman Desert Foothills Handyman Service 602-540-9794 Health care Cierra Medical Walk-In Care 480-575-0131 Desert Foothills Medical Center 480-488-9220 John C. Lincoln Deer Valley 623-879-6100 Mayo Clinic 480-301-8000 Mayo Hospital 480-585-6296 Paradise Valley Hospital 602-923-5000 Scottsdale Healthcare 480-324-7000 7400 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy 480-323-3000 90th St. & Shea Blvd.

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Holiday Lights/Decor AZ Holiday Lighting 623-444-9424 Home Decor Anthem North Interiors 623-780-5402 Jewelry/gold buyers AndrewZ Jewelry 623-551-6892 Landscape Design Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc. 480-595-0611 Iddings & Sons Landscaping, Inc. 623-465-2546 623-297-7584 Library Desert Broom Library 602-262-4636 Desert Foothills Library 480-488-2286 Music Lessons Black Mountain Guitar 480-200-6499 Outdoor Furniture Carefree Outdoor Living 480-575-3091 Elegant Outdoor Living 623-340-3072 Outdoor Lighting Let There be Light, LLC 480-575-3204

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Local Index contact ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

Parks Cave Creek Regional Park 623-465-0431 Gateway Desert Awareness 480-488-1400 Spur Cross Ranch 480-488-6601 Cave Creek Ranger 480-595-3300 Photography Blackswan Photographers 480-282-8646 Jerri Parness Photography 480-650-3138 Pogue Photography 480-748-9100 Physical therapy Arizona Hand & Physical Therapy 480-563-1916 Plumbing Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 480-595-5330 Proskill Plumbing 623-551-7473 Podiatry Westland Family Foot and Ankle Specialist 480-361-2500 Pool Design/construction Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc. 480-595-0611 Eco Blu Pools 480-626-8200 7003 E. Cave Creek Road


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

Pool Maintenance Perfect Pools 480-656-2984 Post office Carefree 480-488-3781 Cave Creek 480-488-1218 Realtor Better Home and Garden Sonoran Desert Lifestyles Real Estate 480-682-3700 Russ Lyon - Sotheby’s International Realty 34305 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-488-2400 Russ Lyon - Sotheby’s Gail Pritikin - 480-352-4948 Carol Ogilvie - 480-550-0454 The RJ Team 480-239-4412 Restaurants Black Mountain Coffee Shop 480-488-9261 Spanish Village Carefree Station 480-488-8182 7212 E. Ho Road Carefree, AZ Cibo E. Vino 480-595-6600 34522 N. Scottsdale Rd. English Rose Tea Room 480-488-4812 201 Easy St. Carefree, AZ The Grotto Cafe 480-575-0100 The Station 623-465-7290 46202 N. Black Canyon Hwy.

Venues Cafe 480-595-9909 34 Easy Street, Carefree The Village Coffee Shop 480-488-3835 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd. #134 B SCHOOL Annunciation Catholic School 480-361-8234 Bella Vista Private School 480-575-6001 Black Mountain Elementary School 480-575-2100 Cactus Shadows High School Main Line 480-575-2400 Attendance 480-575-2431 Career Success School 480-575-0075 Cave Creek Unified School District 480-575-2000 Community Education Preschool 480-575-2072 Desert Foothills Lutheran Preschool 480-585-8007 Desert Sun Academy 480-575-2900 Desert Willow Elementary School 480-575-2800 Foothills Academy 480-488-5583 Goddard School 480-437-1000 Horseshoe Trails Elementary School 480-272-8500 Lone Mountain Elementary School 480-437-3000 Montessori School 480-563-2929 Our Lady of Joy Preschool 480-595-6409

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Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain 602-493-2600 Quality Interactive Montessori School 480-575-5269 Sonoran Trails Middle School Main Line 480-272-8600 Attendance: 480-272-8604 Ventana Academic School 480-488-9362 Security Doors Steel Shield Security Doors 623-581-DOOR Sheriff Sheriff’s Posse 602-256-1895 Shopping Desert Treasures 480-488-3782

Black Mountain United Church of Christ 480-575-1801

First Church of Christ Scientist 480-488-2665

Canyon Church of Christ 623-889-3388

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

Carefree Highway Community Church 480-488-5565 Cave Creek Adventist Fellowship 602-663-1268 Christ Anglican Episcopal Church 480-488-0525 Christ the Lord Lutheran 480-488-2081 Church of Jesus Christ of LDS 480-488-3035

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

Coolwater Christian Church 480-585-5554

The Red Truck Trading Co. 480-575-0100

Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church 623-465-9461

Water Softener & Filtration Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 480-595-5330 Proskill Plumbing 623-551-7473 Rayne of the North Valley 623-234-9047 Window Treatments Carefree Coverings 602-617-2920 Worship Black Mountain Baptist Church 480-488-1975

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Desert Foothills Lutheran Church 480-585-8007 Desert Hills Presbyterian Church 480-488-3384 Desert Mission United Methodist Church 480-595-1814 Desert Valley Baptist Church 623-465-9461 First Baptist Church of Cave Creek 480-488-2958

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

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recipe Cranberry Sauce Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

Cranberry Sauce with Sour Cherries When I moved from New Jersey to Massachusetts as a newlywed, I knew that I was in for a culture shock. It was the first time that I would live outside of the Garden State, my birthplace. However, I did not expect to be shocked so early in my journey. The Eastern Seaboard, between New Jersey and New England, is dotted with 14,000 acres of working cranberry bogs and 63,000 acres of open space. In fact, the cranberry is Massachusetts’ number one agricultural commodity crop. The view is breathtaking. The shocking garnet color as far as the eye can see is truly a feast for the eyes. Once we arrived in Massachusetts and spent our first Thanksgiving there, not far from Plymouth where the first “Thanksgiving” was celebrated in 1621, I realized that gelatinous cranberries in the form of a ribbed metal can is far from a cranberry’s natural form. Fresh cranberry sauce or chutney is not difficult to make and well worth the effort if you are looking for a fresher alternative to the canned variety. Enjoy the following recipe this Thanksgiving! Ingredients: Makes 3 ½ cups 1 bag (12 ounces) fresh cranberries, washed, dried and picked over ¾ cup dried sour cherries 1/3 cup sugar

Directions: 1. In a large saucepan, combine cranberries, sour cherries, sugar, currant jelly, and water. Over low heat, bring to a low simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes, or until cranberries begin to pop. Cranberries should be tender but not mushy. You may cook the sauce to your taste from firm whole cranberries to softer ones that give off more pectin and make a thicker sauce.

2/3 cup red currant jelly 2/3 cup water ¼ cup dark rum


2. Remove sauce from heat. Stir in rum. Refrigerate at least overnight to thicken sauce. Return to room temperature to serve. Note: This sauce may be made ahead and refrigerated. The recipe may be

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doubled, and the rum be eliminated.

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$456,900 Sonoran Foothills Executive Home 3232SF; 4BR/3BA/3CG Pool & Spa Gated Community & Highly Upgraded! Erika Willison 602-550-9595


North Scottsdale-Carefree Office 34305 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85266

P. 480-488-2400

$725,000 Cave Creek home w/mtn views, horse set-up, private resort style backyard, updated kitchen. Laura Shutt 480-560-1730

$860,000 Donna Taylor 480-980-7508

Private Retreat in The Boulders Debbie Beede 602-373-6353

$649,000 At the Boulders Custom, update T/O Scenic view lot on open space. Arlene Little 480-239-7130 John Barker 602-739-7089

$1,135,000 Outstanding views! Contemporary home on Black Mt. Separate casita. 1.7 Acres Linda Moorhead 480-650-4502

$939,000 Desert Highlands Lifestyle with city light views. William L. Donaldson III 480-488-5436

$899,000 Debbie O.

Carefree Sunsets! Gated 4BR-Den-Exercise-4 Car 480-375-1522

$269,000 Golf Course views at Dove Valley Estates in Cave Creek. 4 BD/3 BA is priced to sell. Jill Anderson 602-617-6794 Jill Anderson 602-617-6794

$439,900 Debbie O.

Walk to Breakfast in Carefree! 3BR-3Car Garage 480-375-1522

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ImagesAZ Magazine North Scottsdale, Carefree and Cave Creek  
ImagesAZ Magazine North Scottsdale, Carefree and Cave Creek  

November 2012 Edition. Local magazine distributed to North Scottsdale, Carefree and Cave Creek.