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It’s that time of year! No matter where I go, holiday cheer puts a smile on my face. From the twinkling of lights to the kind, familiar smiles of wintertime neighbors, there is so much goodness in the air if we look beyond our busyness and take time to appreciate each other. The words “thank you” are the most beautiful words in our language. They light up our hearts and feed our souls. With that simple phrase, we become mindful of our connectedness. In that spirit, I would like to bid a sincere and heartfelt thank you to each one of our readers, advertisers and supporters who have made it possible for each of us at ImagesAZ magazine to wake up each morning and invest our talents and energy into something we truly love. As another year comes to an end, we wish you a new year full of health, happiness and joy. From our family to yours, may 2014 be filled with peace, kindness and thankfulness. Cheers! Shelly Spence Publisher, ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

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Writer Tom Scanlon Photographer Jamie Pogue

We both said we want two kids and a stay-athome business so we could spend


eet the Kobeys of Cave Creek, an Internet family. They have figured out how to use technology to frame their collective lives and build a family; it wasn’t

quite as simple as going online, finding a secret underground website and clicking “happy family of four.” No, this is more about a strong-willed and like-minded couple who decided to make bold changes in their lives, opening their arms to two babies born to different parents, then altering their lives to make the newcomers the focus of their attention, energy, and love.

time at home

A decade ago, Dixie and Guy Kobey sat down for a “big picture” talk. “We were saying,

with the kids

‘What do we see our lives being, 10 years from now?’ We both said we want two kids. And a stay-at-home business so we could spend time at home with the kids,” Dixie says, over a recent casual family dinner. “We never wanted to be 9-to-5ers,” Guy adds. But how to pull it off? Guy was working long hours managing his family’s restaurant and moonlighting at a showroom, selling cars. And Dixie was waiting tables. “I remember the day,” says Dixie as she looks over at her husband. “I was 30, he was 31. I had a friend who was supporting her boys doing this eBay thing.”


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“That was right when eBay was getting started,” Guy adds. “We started selling shoes and handbags, then we moved on to higher-ticket items,” Dixie says. Selling stuff on the Internet, what could be easier? “It’s the ability to put a widget on the Internet, and to have the world as your market,” explains Guy. Once they found niches online, they built their own success. They now operate an online auto dealership, as well as online cabin and vacation home rental sites. However, not everything is online. Last year, they opened a designer boutique resale shop called Finders Creekers, where Dixie finally put for sale all of the vintage items she had been buying for the past 15 years. The various businesses are all structured around ways to have time and energy to embrace the kids. They are quite a pair, now: Porsha, 9, spinning with energy and ideas. A petite girl with a larger-than-life presence is carrying on the family’s Internet tradition and is two grades ahead of the norm while attending K-12 Arizona Virtual Academy. Winter, 7, is taller than her big sister, and is also an amazing student attending a local private school. She sits with a quiet grace, hands folded and back in perfect posture as she allows Porsha center stage. Dixie, raised in Naperville, Illinois, says she has wanted to adopt since learning her grandmother was raised in an orphanage. After the two met backstage at a Stevie Wonder concert, Dixie says it was love at first sight. She starts to tell the story of how they married in 1998 when Porsha and Winter interject. “On a boat!” they say, beating their mom to the punchline. This is clearly a family who has woven stories into a cozy quilt, memories and legends flickering in a nightly home movie. The girls were adopted as babies by the Kobeys, who first tried a few physically and mentally exhausting medical procedures to try to have a baby on their own. Once they found out that they could not, the adoption process began.


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Dixie is very open about the adoptive nature of her family; gone, perhaps, are the generations when having an adopted child was “the big secret,” guarded with fierce protectiveness by parents. Dixie says it’s just an accepted, “that’s-the-way-it-is” kind of thing around Cave Creek, and that there are so many adopted children within our little town. Guy and Dixie both agree that, “If you are wanting to adopt, you don’t need to go overseas to do it, and that there are plenty of Arizona children who need families right here.” The Kobeys are happy to share their story. “I hope it encourages other people to adopt,” Dixie says. “You don’t have to be a perfect looking family where everyone looks the same.” She recalls an inspiring TV segment called “Wednesday’s Child” that featured older children in need of adoptive families who were asked, “What they would do if they won a million dollars in the lottery?” Most of them listed typical “kid” stuff – Xbox, cars, and other material desires. Jose, an eight-year-old boy, had a heart-wrenching response: “I’d buy a family,” he said. “Every time Dixie talks about Jose it brings her to tears. It hurts deeply to imagine our daughters could’ve been in that same position,” says Guy. The very notion of “orphanage” sends shudders down Dixie’s spine, as she recalls stories her grandmother told her. “She was raised in an orphanage,” Dixie says of her grandmother. “They’d take her out of her crib, change her diaper, feed her and just put her back in the crib.” Overcome with emotion, Dixie can’t finish the story and looks away, her eyes starting to overflow; without a word, Porsha slides a napkin across the table to her mother, who uses it to dab away tears. “Often when people hear that we’ve adopted they say how nice it was of us, or that we did such a nice thing for these children. But in reality, we are the lucky ones,” Dixie says. She and Guy say they constantly ask one question to each other: “How did we get so lucky?” As she speaks, Guy’s smartphones bleep and vibrate loudly, but he ignores them. It’s family time, and one of the keys to having a successful Internet family is to draw boundaries, and not obsessively log on to see every possible sale or rental offer. “You’ve got to know when to turn your phone off,” Guy says. “My


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phones have probably beeped 20 times (during dinner). But you’ve got to know when to be with your family.” They do mix business with family, when the girls help out at Finders Creekers; sometimes Dixie does it just to give Guy some space. “He’s here in his office, and the girls want his attention,” she says with a laugh. “It’s a balance, with the kids. One of us always has to be there for them.” Long after the initial excitement wears off, when a child given up at birth is old enough to start analyzing things, it’s almost inevitable that an adopted child will ask, “Why didn’t my mommy want me?” What to say to that? “We have been open with them since they were able to understand what the words ‘to be adopted’ mean,” says Dixie. “At a very early age Porsha used to tell couples without kids, ‘You know you can ‘abopt’ don’t you?’ We have always told our girls that God chose us to be their lucky mommy and daddy.” The Kobeys’ advice to parents of adopted kids: “Love them unconditionally, take lots of family pictures, and go on as many family vacations as you can. The bottom line is, they are your family now.” While they live in a beautiful house, to the girls, the important thing is that it is home. Porsha is asked how she would describe her family. She thinks for a moment, and then decides: “Caring.” And it’s not just the adults. “My sister helps me when I’m feeling down.” Isn’t that what family is all about?

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Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center Launches Adopta-Family Program The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center is joining with several other organizations to brighten the holiday season for children, families and seniors in the northern Arizona foothills community. More than a dozen local organizations and churches are working to provide gifts, holiday meals and hope for those in crisis in the community. Individual donors as well as donor groups such as businesses, HOAs, churches, and school classmates are encouraged to participate in this year’s program by providing gifts for a family, children or seniors in our community. Donors indicate the size of the family they are willing to adopt, and a family wish list will be provided to serve as a shopping guide. There is no minimum donation and shopping assistance is available for monetary donations to support the program. Checks are payable to the Foothills Food Bank. All gifts and donations are tax-deductible according to tax laws. Jeanne Panhorst, 480-595-8584 Judi Anderson, 480-540-7631

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Clark+Kensington brand, in an inspiring array of pre-mixed and custom colors. Paired with the helpful, neighborly advice you can expect at Karsten’s Ace Hardware, the Paint Studio provides a world-class paint experience right in your neighborhood. “The Paint Studio at Karsten’s Ace Hardware will truly elevate our customers’ experience,” said owner Dave Karsten. “With our helpful, neighborly advice, we’re ready to help our customers through the entire paint journey – from giving them the confidence to select the perfect color to helping them find the best products to ensure they get the project done right.” With eye-catching color racks filled with a large selection of gorgeous colors along with smaller, curated collections of color, the Paint Studio was designed with color displays and tools to help you find your right color while enjoying the process. From inspiring style ideas, to innovative boutique drawers, trend-proof color trios, and creative paint project suggestions, the Paint Studio creates an engaging store-within-a-store shopping experience and promotes confident color selection. Cave Creek location: 480-510-7020 Carefree location: 480-488-4400


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Black Mountain Market Now Open Sundays Sundays in downtown Cave Creek just got a little more exciting. Black Mountain Market is now open to all. Enjoy outdoor shopping with a beautiful backdrop of Black Mountain. This local market has something for everyone, 480-585-5215

including food trucks, fashion trucks, artists, jewelry designers, arts and crafts, food, clothing and Western wear. There’s something for everyone. Black






Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House, 6710 E. Cave Creek Rd. in downtown Cave Creek. Parking is free and open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday through May. For additional information or to become a vendor at Black Mountain Market, contact Susie Bayeck. 480-686-6168 Dr. Richard Calabrese

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History Comes to Life in a New Way at Cartwright’s Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House at 6710 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek is one of the few places where a hard-working ranch hand and a high-powered businessman can dine together and both feel comfortable. It’s always been that way, even though the menu and feel continue to evolve, most recently with a stunning renovation and new menu offerings that incorporate even more history and lore. Cartwright’s renovation elevates cowboy cuisine to a whole new level, thoughtfully melding the essence of the original ranch with modern comfort and class. Cartwright’s signature brand of Modern Ranch Cuisine melds fresh, sustainable meats and vegetables with heirloom spices, chili peppers, beans, molasses and delectable sauces, creating the base flavors of the West. Their signature quality is only enhanced with new menu selections that reflect Western roots all-the-more. Cartwright’s artfully recreates that unpretentious charm with repurposed railroad floor tables and reclaimed wooden chairs. Twisted branches of manzanita gently glow in evening light, evoking thoughts of campfire glow lighting the desert floor. Photographs of some of Cave Creek’s most notable and interesting residents welcome guests with the appeal and hospitality of a familiar homestead, as does the friendly plaid-clad staff. A fully stocked bar featuring a large array of

whiskies, tequilas and elixirs of apothecary-infused jars,

including a great lineup of crafted beers and unique wines of the world, welcome patrons to the bar with the rustic charm of a fine saloon. It’s the kind of place where fine suits and blue jeans are equally appropriate. “Our goal is to always exceed each guest’s expectations when they dine with us. It is also important to keep offering new and intriguing food and beverage items as we have throughout the many years we have been pleasing our customers,” says co-owner Eric Flatt. Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House is more than just a restaurant; it’s a piece of history. Urbanites, locavores, foodies and Western stewards alike come for the food, but stay for the feel. Take off your hat and sit a spell – there’s always a place at the table for those who appreciate dining at its very best. 480-488-8031

December 1; 24–25 Christ Anglican Church Celebrates Christmas in Carefree Christ Anglican Church, located at 35500 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Carefree announces its upcoming Christmas events. Fr. Steven Dart will host Advent lessons and carols Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. The one-hour devotional commences the holiday season with scripture and songs. A reception in Dorothy McGinnis Hall will follow. On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., Christ Anglican Church offers a candlelight service with carols and hymns. The Church will open its nursery at 5 p.m. for children 3 years and under. Christmas Day, Dec. 25 at 10:30 a.m., Fr. Steven Dart will lead Christmas services. Christ Anglican Church welcomes everyone to celebrate Christmas with the Carefree community. The church is part of the Anglican Province


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The parish serves the communities of Carefree, Cave Creek, north Scottsdale, north Phoenix and Anthem. Worship services take place at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. 


December 1 7th Annual Cowboy Christmas Children’s Program Kick off the holiday season this year with lots of family fun at Cave Creek Museum’s Cowboy Christmas Dec. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. Activities include roping a steer with a hula-hoop, making chaps, making and decorating cookies and other crafts and games. Gary Sprague and his own talented mount, Dusty, return to entertain visitors at 2:30 p.m. with holiday poetry, stories and songs. This is a free family event, but reservations are required. Space is limited. Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 E. Skyline Dr. in Cave Creek. 480-488-2764

December 1 Chef Jon Paul Hutchins Dinner at Binkley’s The Jon Paul Hutchins Dinner Dec. 1 at Binkley’s Restaurant, 6920 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek will feature six courses prepared by Chef Kevin Binkley and his former culinary instructor, Chef Jon Paul Hutchins of the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. The stage is set for a culinary masterpiece of the Jon Paul Hutchins Dinner, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Chef Kevin Binkley and Chef Jon Paul Hutchins will reinvent and contemporize classic dishes such as knodel, poele of quail, and corned veal. Cost of the dinner is $98 per person; accompanied wine

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pairings $52. Reservations should be made early, and can be made online or by phone. Chef Jon Paul Hutchins instructed Chef Kevin Binkley in 1992 at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, which is now known as Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. He is part chef, part celebrity, with appearances on the Today Show and the Food Network. Inducted into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame in 2008, Chef Jon Paul Hutchins is a well-recognized culinary figure, named as one of the Best Chefs of America in 2013. With three restaurants in the Valley, numerous accolades, Chef Kevin Binkley refuses to sit back. He continues to push the boundaries and as a food pioneer. His intuition regarding taste and presentation has made him a consecutive finalist for the James Beard Award Best Chef of the Southwest. An instructor for over 20 years, Hutchins views culinary schooling as a means for discovering and evolving. “I can take no credit for Kevin’s success,” Hutchins says, “I just gave him a basic skill set.” There is no doubt that Chef Binkley has mastered these skills and gone beyond them, as Chef Jon Paul explains, “Kevin never settled.” 480-437-1072

December 3 Art Nosh Lunch: The Astonishing Architecture of Frank Gehry Enjoy a nosh while being educated and entertained at Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd. in Cave Creek Dec. 3 from noon to 1 p.m. Canadian-American




Frank Gehry is one of the most celebrated architects working today. Several of his buildings have become tourist attractions. The event is free. Order an optional boxed lunch provided by Grotto Café for $10. Registration required by Dec. 2. Choose from three menu items (available at the library desk) or brown bag it. 480-488-2286

December 5 Rita Coolidge at the MIM With a special appearance by members of the Phoenix Children’s Chorus, “A Rita Coolidge Christmas” is a true holiday celebration. The concert, presented at the Musical Instrument Museum Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m., will range from beautiful and timeless classics, such as “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree,” “Let It Snow,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” to inspirational, powerful gospel ballads. It will also highlight the unique mosaic of styles that have inspired and defined Coolidge’s solo career. Coolidge will also pay homage to her rich Cherokee roots by singing several verses of “Amazing Grace” in the tribe’s native language before closing with a familiar English verse. Tickets to the concert are $52.50 to $62.50. The MIM is located at 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix. 480-478-6000


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December 5 Paolo Soleri Honored at Cave Creek Museum Viewing of “Beyond Form,” a special documentary honoring renowned architect and visionary Paolo Soleri will be held 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Cave Creek Museum, 6140 E. Skyline Dr. in Cave Creek. The film will be shown in the museum’s historic church as part of Desert Foothills Library’s Arizona Filmmakers Speak: Sip Wine and Savor Stories series. Tickets for the event are $10. This special documentary produced by Scottsdale film maker Aimee Madsen ties in with Cave Creek Museum’s new exhibit, “Paolo Soleri in Cave Creek: The Dome House,” which was curated by Cave Creek architect Michael P. Johnson and produced by Linda Pierce, a volunteer with the museum. While Soleri is best known for his award-winning ceramic and bronze wind bells and his work to establish the self-sustaining community Arcosanti near Cordes Junction, many people don’t realize his first commissioned building was the dome house in the heart of Cave Creek. This unique oneroom glass house, which was built for Nora Woods over a two-year span and completed in 1951, features desert masonry walls developed by Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, a movable glass dome and expansive views of Elephant Mountain. The structure is also important because it was Soleri’s first real-world project, which introduced his idea of “arcology,” a concept he came up with in 1948 while working with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin. Soleri viewed arcology as a way of combining architecture and ecology to minimize human impact on natural resources. Many of his ideas included dome structures and his vision was particularly revolutionary because communities would not include automobiles. “The Dome is truly one of Cave Creek’s historical treasures. I hope our exhibit piques people’s intellectual curiosity so that they will visit Cosanti and Arcosanti and learn more about Paolo’s vision as an urban theorist for living and interacting with each other,” Johnson said. 480-488-2764

December 7 Kiwanis Club of Carefree Flea Market & Marketplace Loads and loads of furnishings, electronics, exercise equipment, housewares, clothing, accessories and collectibles are waiting to be scooped up at the Carefree Kiwanis Flea Market Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dave Anderson Memorial Building, 7177 E. Ed Everett Way in Cave Creek, at the southwest corner of Tom Darlington and Cave Creek Road. Quality clothing, accessories, jewelry, artwork, collectibles and unique pieces of furniture can be found at the Carefree Kiwanis Marketplace, Decem b er 2013


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across the parking lot from the flea market. The marketplace is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Special sales take place throughout the month. “The warehouse is full of gently used merchandise that must be moved out,” said Dave Bell, Carefree Kiwanis Flea Market chairman. “We are constantly picking up entire households of furnishings, including electronics and sporting goods. People retire and downsize, or move into resort homes and find that their traditional furniture doesn’t suit their new Southwestern space. They redecorate and donate complete rooms of furniture and artwork to us. Our community youth programs benefit from their donations and shoppers get incredible bargains.” Donation pick-up or volunteer opportunities can be scheduled by calling the Kiwanis Club of Carefree. Cash, credit cards and checks (with I.D.) will be accepted. All proceeds benefit the youth programs of Kiwanis Club of Carefree, a 501(c)(3) organization. 480-488-8400

December 7 Carols & Candlelight to Benefit Bone Marrow Transplant Patients When Ewan and Melana Elliot’s daughter Hayley received a bone marrow transplant in October 2007, she spent five weeks in an isolation room at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and another eight months isolated at home. It was a difficult time to be away from family and friends. To reach out to others going through the struggles of a bone marrow transplant, the Elliot family created the Carols & Candlelight dinner, a






Family Blood and Marrow Transplant Program. The dinner will take place at Terravita Country Club Dec. 7 beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $85 per person, with raffle tickets available for $5 each at the event. The Elliots hope to raise awareness about the struggles families face when a child goes through a bone marrow transplant. “Maintaining a balanced family life when you have a seriously ill child is daunting enough,” Hayley’s mom Melana said, “but the transition home following the procedure is the most difficult part. In the hospital you rely on the nurses and staff to administer medication,


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cook immunosuppressive meals and organize activities. When you are released from the hospital, you are responsible for those things on your own.” Now a healthy teenager, Hayley loves math, science, drama and music. She wants to study engineering in college. Survivors like Hayley will have medical challenges throughout their lives. The Elliot family took those lessons to heart and is dedicated to helping others in the same situation. “We know, no matter what we face, we have made it this far, thanks to the help we received from others,” Melana said. “Because of this, we have dedicated our time, finances and hearts to helping other families who are right now enduring a part of their journey that nobody should ever have to go through alone.”

December 7, 8 Carolyn Eynon Singers’ “Herald in the Holidays” Join the Carolyn Enyon Singers as they “Herald in the Holidays” at two dynamic concerts Dec. 7 and Dec. 8. Music by Conrad Susa, Tim Corlis, Kirby Shaw, Paul Gibson, Craig Courtney, Mark Hayes and other American composers will be featured, and a guest choir, the Arizona Chinese Chorus, will join the singers on “One Song,” written by composer Michael Frassetti. The evening would not be complete without a carol sing-along. The Dec. 7 concert will be held at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd. in Scottsdale at 7 p.m. The second concert, held Dec. 8, will be at Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. Tickets are $15 for adults, and admission for students under 18 is free.

December 7, 8 Desert Foothills Christmas Pageant The first weekend of December, Cave Creek once again hosts the annual Desert



Pageant, a long-time local cultural pageant,

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Kiwanis Club of Carefree, will be held at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area in Cave Creek, 44000 N. Spur Cross Rd., and begins at 7 p.m. Decem b er 2013



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residents perform in the choir and in pantomime. There is a live, occasionally stubborn, donkey for Mary, and the three kings travel on horseback. A majestic-voiced narrator presides over the Christmas story with beautiful musical





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Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, angel, townspeople, shepherds and kings. Volunteers handle all aspects of the pageant, from ground prep, sound tech and sets, to luminaria placement and critter coordination. “There wouldn’t be a pageant without the volunteer crews who set everything up and help run the event; local youth and adults in the cast and choir; animal owners; and the ‘angels’ – Kiwanis Key Club members from Cactus Shadows High School, Foothills Academy and Notre Dame Prep, who place and the light the five-plus miles of beautiful luminaria leading to the pageant site at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area,” said Toby Payne, longtime Kiwanis supporter. Because there is no built-in seating, bring a blanket to sit up close on the ground or a portable chair. Wear warm clothes and walking shoes. A flashlight is useful because the Spur Cross Ranch is illuminated primarily by the moon and stars. Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area is located approximately 35 miles north of central Phoenix. Interstate 17, State Route 51, and Loop 101 can all be used to reach the park. From the intersection of Carefree Highway and Cave Creek Road head north on Cave Creek Road about 2.5 miles to Spur Cross Road. Turn north for approximately 4.5 miles to the public parking area. After 3 miles, the road turns to all-weather graded. Admission and parking are free. 480-488-8400

December 13 Holiday Comedy Happy Hour at Desert Foothills Library Who says the holiday season has to be stressful?! Join funny, insightful, award-winning solo artist Raleigh Pinskey for “Munching on Memories: Food for Thought from the Body, Mind and Spirit” at Desert Foothills Library Dec. 13 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. A local favorite, Pinskey returns this year with new stories to entertain and jumpstart your Friday night with laughs. Cost is $10, which includes the show and a complimentary glass of wine. Proceeds benefit the Desert Foothills Library. Seating is limited, and payment is due with reservation. 480-488-2286


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December 13–15 6th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival Mark






downtown Carefree with the 6th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival Dec. 13 through Dec. 15. The holiday event provides three days and two nights of free holiday festivities at Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St. in Carefree. The signature Electric Light Parade will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 along Easy Street. A fireworks display with a special commemorative salute, in cooperation with the 100 Club, will take place to honor the 19 fallen Yarnell firefighters at 8 p.m., immediately following the parade. Other activities include a kids’ zone with 35 tons of real snow, carriage rides, caroling, dance and singing performances, a Nativity display, a pet parade and pet adoptions, and other activities for the entire family. Santa will be in attendance throughout the weekend for photos and requests. An outdoor shopping and gift mart with more than 100 exhibitors and a holiday food court will be held throughout the weekend, offering daytime and nighttime outdoor holiday shopping amidst holiday music and festivities. This






live holiday jazz concert by the Kelso Brothers Quintet, dance performances by Adage Dance Company and the 10-piece Affinity Dance Band, plus a medley of theater classics presented by Desert Foothills Theater. The





provide a stunning backdrop for this familyfriendly event. Thousands of cacti, many of them rare or unusual specimens, are illuminated in holiday lights for the event. More than 35,000 people are expected to attend. Parking is free. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for the parade. 480-488-3381 Decem b er 2013


community events

December 14 Old Guard Riders Sponsor “Wreaths across America” The Old Guard Riders, whose mission is to remember, honor and teach, is coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies of

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National Cemetery, as well as at several Arizona by the 10th of the month prior to publication.

veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. This year’s ceremonies once again include the National Memorial Cemetery at 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. A






veterans’ tributes, ceremonies at state houses and a week-long veterans’ parade between Maine and Virginia will be held as part of the national effort. Members of the group will stop along the way to spread the message of the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms. You are invited to join this wonderful ceremony of remembrance. Last year there were nearly 4,000 wreaths placed. In addition, sponsors are needed to help pay for wreaths. Sponsors have the option to go online and make their donations, mail them directly to Wreaths across America. All checks should be made payable to Wreaths across America. Sponsorships are not necessary to attend the ceremony. 602-414-4531

December 15 Boulder Creek Honor Choir Performs “A Ceremony of Carols” The Living Music Performance Series at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church welcomes the Boulder Creek High School Honor Choir Dec. 15. This outstanding choir will present English composer Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” during 10 a.m. worship. The program of choral music and harp celebrates the centenary of Benjamin Britten, who was born in November 1913. The Boulder Creek Honor Choir, under the direction of Mr. Kirk Douglas, is composed of the top 35-40 vocalists at Boulder Creek High School. Individual choir members are also represented in the All-State Jazz and Show Choir, Regional Honor Choir, and the All-State Choir. Enjoy this seasonal performance followed by a festive Christmas cookie reception. All are welcome! A free will donation will be taken at the door to support the honor choir’s fundraising efforts. Christ the Lord Lutheran Church is located at 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Carefree. 480-488-7712


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December 15 Upscale Singers present “Songs of the Season” The Upscale Singers present their once-a-year Christmas concert “Songs of the Season” Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church. The concert also features the Upscale Kids and the Upscale Scholars who won this fall’s vocal scholarship audition. “Uplifting!” “One of my favorite holiday treats!” “We look forward to this every year!” These are just some of the comments made in past years from the crowd, who gather for this annual event. This year’s “Songs of the Season” begins with light-hearted favorites, and then moves into choral arrangements of best-loved carols. The culmination of the concert features the Upscale Kids singing the round “Dona Nobis Pacem.” Next, the adults join in with the carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” based on the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Then in despair I bowed my head: “There is no peace on earth,” I said, “For hate is strong, and it mocks the song Of peace on earth, good will to men.” Longfellow resolves his gloom as he hears the pealing of the Christmas bells. The choral arrangement by David Hamilton ends with the children and the adults once again singing quietly, prayerfully, “Dona Nobis Pacem.” Fervent as that prayer is, it’s no way to end a concert – and so the choir bursts joyfully into “African Noel” as they bid everyone to “Go Tell It on the Mountain” followed, of course, with cheer as they wish everyone a Merry Christmas. The








Presbyterian Church, where the setting sun over the boulders behind the sanctuary is as special as the music. Mark this date on your calendars early, for it’s an evening not to be missed. 480-575-0188

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community events

December 17, 18 Manhattan Transfer Holiday Show at MIM Manhattan Transfer is bringing its holiday show to MIM! Manhattan Transfer has won a dozen Grammy

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Awards, sold millions of albums and even made

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Grammy Award history in 1981 when they became the by the 10th of

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the same year. This quartet is one of the most notable jazz vocal ensembles in music history. Touching on bebop, contemporary jazz, doo-wop, Latin melodies, pop/rock and much more, these singers push the envelope on what four-part harmonies can do. In the process, they’ve sold out concert halls across the world, and they continue to delight fans with their high-energy renditions of tunes from the 1930s to the 1980s. Join Manhattan Transfer for one of four special holiday shows presented by the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix. Shows will be held Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., and Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets range from $47.50 to $77.50. 480-478-6000

December 25 Free Community Christmas Brunch Don’t be alone at Christmas! All are invited to a celebration of Christmas brunch to be held at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 34605 N. Scottsdale Rd., at the corner of Carefree Highway and Scottsdale Road in Carefree. Brunch is free and will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christmas Day, December 25. “Since this is a day to spend with others, you are invited to come and dine with neighbors and families. The food will be delicious and great music will be performed by our Carefree neighbors ‘Music Serving the Word.’ It will not be a grace-filled day without you,” said Rev. Jayne Hubbard of the Foothills Caring Corps, one of the organizers of the event. “This is a gift to the community by members of local congregations,” Hubbard added. Transportation is available including wheelchair-accessible van transportation. RSVP is appreciated but not required. 480-488-3384


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A winter of Music

Writer Emily Smith, Sophomore BCHS

December 10 and 11 at 7 p.m., the Boulder Creek High

The BCHS choir program had an outstanding start this

School (BCHS) choir program will present their popular

season. At the fall concert, they presented their newest

winter choir concert at the Performing Arts Center. A total

choir, Broadway Bound, a mixed-show choir that succeeded

of six choirs and 230 students will be participating in these

in meeting the high expectations of the crowd. Everyone

concerts. Voices of these outstanding students will fill the hall

expects to see them meet or exceed the same standards

as they perform songs such as Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony

at this concert.

of Carols,” and more well-known holiday favorites such as


“Jingle Bells,” “Baby its Cold Outside,” “Santa Baby,” and

As well as preparing for this upcoming concert, the choir

Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” Tickets are $5 at the door.

has been busy with smaller projects, such as their first-

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ever flash mob to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on Halloween during students’ lunch hours. They also had a successful turnout from their AllState Jazz and Show Choir auditions September 28, where many of the students scored top positions and made it into the choirs. During the Upscale Singers auditions, some choir students placed in the top five positions. These winners won money to help pay for vocal lessons, with the first prize totaling about $500. With the growing reputation of the choir program, turnout is expect to be high for the concerts. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is advisable to arrive early. In a separate concert, BCHS Honor Choir will perform at the Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd., Carefree, December 15 during the 10 a.m. worship service as part of the Church’s Living Music Performance Series. This outstanding choir will present English composer Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols.” The program of choral music and harp celebrates the centenary of Britten, who was born in 1913. The Honor Choir is composed of the top 35-40 vocalists at BCHS. Individual choir members are also represented in the All-State Jazz and Show Choir, Regional Honor Choir, and the All-State Choir. The performance will be followed by a festive Christmas cookie reception. A free-will donation will be taken at the door to support the Honor Choir’s fundraising efforts.

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Celebrating the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Writer Amanda Christmann Larson

It’s time for the holidays, and for those who celebrate

his name?” She compiled her findings into a beautifully

Christmas, traditions like decorating a tree, awaiting the

illustrated 166-page hard cover coffee table book titled

arrival of Santa and hanging holiday lights are as much

“Christmas Traditions and Legends.”

a part of the season as the biblical story of the birth of a savior.

“I started research on the origin of mistletoe and that got me into all kinds of other things,” Doris explained. “A lot


But why do we have these traditions? That’s a question

of traditions go back to the pagans, and then we also



have the influx of people from European countries who

Her curiosity was whetted by a question her oldest

came here. Each of them brought their own traditions, so

granddaughter asked as a kindergartener: “Why do we

our traditions today are a conglomeration of all of those

have mistletoe at Christmastime?”


More than a decade later, Doris had the answer to that

Doris had nearly as much fun researching the 16 legend

question and many more, such as, “Why do we decorate

stories of Christmas around the world as she now does

with holly and poinsettias?” and “How did Santa Claus get

sharing the book with others. “My favorite legend is the


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legend of tinsel,” she said. “The story of tinsel is about little baby spider who wanted to see all the decorations on the Christmas tree. I can’t pick a favorite beyond that!” The book, illustrated and designed by talented Portland-based artist Richard Ferguson, was selfpublished and has sold 20,000 copies since its first release in 2000. Baines has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning Arizona, and on local programs in Portland, San Diego and San Francisco. For 10 years, she held book signings at Barnes & Noble stores, a notable accomplishment for a retailer where the average book has a shelf life somewhere between that of eggnog and pumpkin pie. “Christmas Traditions and Legends” has become a family tradition of its own for many. From the “12 Days of Christmas,” to the story of the Magi, to why stockings are hung by the chimney with care, readers not only learn the history behind the lore, but are also reminded of heritage sometimes forgotten. At one book signing, Doris shared that her favorite story was about tinsel, and a little girl wondered aloud, “What’s tinsel?!” “I don’t know if people even have tinsel anymore,” Doris laughed. There are few better ways to celebrate the Christmas season than to share the magic and joy of holiday traditions with loved ones. This holiday treasure is available online, and it’s a must-add for any Christmas collection – including that of the author herself. “Christmas has meant more to me because of this book,” she said with a twinkle in her eye and a warm smile on her face.

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Five Minutes with...

Santa Claus Writer Tom Scanlon

Santa Claus is coming to Carefree, and don’t even think about looking him in his twinkling eyes and wondering aloud, “Are you really real?” He’ll answer, “Absolutely, Santa is real!” Give that beard a tug; it’s the real deal. And as for the jolly St. Nick spirit, you just can’t get any more “real” than Ron Bacher, who has been donning a red suit for the Carefree Christmas Festival for as long as he’s had a twinkle in his eye. “He is an awesome Santa,” raves local resident Kim Prince. “If you could hear his discussion with the kids you would laugh so hard! He is kind, gentle, super nice and funny.” As usual, Santa Bacher will be the star of the sixth annual Carefree Christmas Festival December 13 through 15 at Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, located at 101 Easy St. in Carefree. The festival features its yearly Electric Light Parade at 6 p.m. December 14, followed by a fireworks display to honor the fallen Yarnell 19 firefighters. Activities include a kids’ zone with 35 tons of real snow, carriage rides, caroling, dance and singing performances, a Nativity display, a pet parade and pet adoptions. Santa will be in attendance throughout the weekend for photos and private conversations. Bacher, 66, a north Phoenix resident, delights in spreading Christmas joy to boys and girls, patiently chatting with hundreds of kids and making sure each of them has a “Santa experience.” 32

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He took time out from getting his reindeer organized to answer a few questions.

ImagesAZ: How long have you been a Santa? Santa: Oh, I started many years ago when one

of my friends

asked me, “What are you doing Christmas morning?” I just laughed and said, “What do you think I’m doing? I’ve got four kids and grandkids.” He said, “I want you to be Santa Claus! Come over to the house early in the morning. I’ll wake up the kids, you’ll be pretending to lay down presents by the tree, then you’ll have an interaction, eat some cookies, drink some milk, they’ll be blown away.” And they were. On the way out, I tapped the eaves of the roof so it sounded like someone was on it. The kids were amazing, the glory of the interaction and the look in their eyes. Words don’t even describe what you see.









Santa: Just

getting the presents. At the age of seven or eight,

you’d tear something to peek at it to try to see what you had. Afterward you’d think, “I didn’t get the bike, but I got a lot of great presents!” Then you’d hear, “Oh by the way, go to the car and get me this pen.” And you’d walk outside – and there’s the bike!

ImagesAZ: What’s the best thing about playing Santa? Santa: The person playing Santa switches and becomes


person looking at Santa. You picture yourself as a child and think, “Wow what would that be like?” Then you have to shake it off and get back in character.

ImagesAZ: What

are some of the funniest/weirdest things

kids say to you?

Santa: One

kid said, “World peace.” That’s what he wanted for

Christmas. My running joke with the kids if they start rattling off all this electronic stuff, I just shut them off with, “No way!” Then when they look shocked, I say, “Just kidding!” I say, “I can’t promise you anything, but you’re going to have a wonderful Christmas.”

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ImagesAZ: What are boys asking for these Santa: They ask for video games. Most of the

days? time I’m not up on the words they say. I say, “You

deserve it, I don’t know if you’ll get it this year but you’re going to have a wonderful Christmas. And after you get your presents, make sure you give everyone a hug.”

ImagesAZ: And how about girls? What do they want for Christmas? Santa: The girls are more set back, they’re a little shy. It’s still dolls. ImagesAZ: Weirdest Santa story? Santa: There was a kid living across

the street who told his parents, “I would know if it’s a true

Santa.” His parents asked how he was planning to find out. He said “I’ll smell him. If he smells like a cookie, he’s the real deal.” So before I went over there, my wife spritzed the air with vanilla and I walked through it. I went over, and darned it if the kid didn’t start sniffing at my leg like a dog. I said, “How do I smell?” He gave me the thumbs up.

ImagesAZ: What

do you do when you come across a child who seems to be afraid of Santa,

maybe even crying?

Santa: I

go to the child and give them a hug and say, “It’s OK. You don’t have to sit with Santa

if you don’t want to.” Then it’s usually fine, and they come on over.

ImagesAZ: Is it physically demanding? Santa: (laughing) The first year I did it, by

the end of it, I looked like Gumby! I was flattened in

the chair and my eyes were glazed over.

ImagesAZ: What’s Santa: “Santa, I love


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your favorite thing to hear a kid say? you.” And they do tell you that.

Carefree Christmas Schedule

Friday, December 13, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Gift Market 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Christmas Music 3 – 4 p.m., Kelso Brothers Quintet, live jazz (New!) 5 – 9 p.m., Holiday Party with Sarah Birkett 5 – 9 p.m., Carriage Rides along Easy Street 5 – 9 p.m., Strolling Carolers presented by the Desert Foothills Theater

Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Gift Market 10 – 11 a.m., Adaptive Force Dance Studio 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Medley of Theater Classics, presented by the Desert Foothills Theater, (New!) 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Kiddie Train 1 – 2 p.m., Mrs. Claus, presented by the Desert Foothills Library 2 – 3 p.m., High School Choir presented by Cactus Shadows High School. 3 – 4 p.m., Live Nativity and Choir presented by Desert Hills Presbyterian Church 5 – 9 p.m. Holiday Party with DJ Robin 6 p.m., Electric Light Parade sponsored by Carefree Resort & Conference Center 8 p.m., Fireworks and Granite Mountain Hotshot Salute, (New!)

Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Gift Market 9 – noon, Pet Parade – presented Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR) 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Kiddie Train 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Adage Dance Company (New!) 3 – 5 p.m., Affinity Dance Band, Arizona’s #1 Ranked, 10-Piece Dance Band (New!)

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Writer Donna Kublin

Sparkling Holiday Classic


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December 6-24

Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix Tickets start at $26 602-381-1096

The curtain will rise on an enchanted winter wonderland as Ballet Arizona presents their dynamic performance of “The Nutcracker.” Dancing toys, mischievous mice, waltzing flowers and sparkling snowflakes pirouette, glide, and leap across the stage to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score. The beloved ballet tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. She encounters the frightful King Rat before embarking on a wondrous journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Her experiences include a Christmas tree that “grows” to 40 feet, 200 pounds of “snow” that falls during the blizzard, and the firing of cannons, to name a few. Tchaikovsky’s beloved melodies, performed by the Phoenix Symphony, transports everyone to this magical world. Elaborate stage elements and intricate lighting unleash the imagination. Choreographed by renowned artistic director Ib Andersen, “The Nutcracker” is traditional but is full of dynamic flair showcasing his brilliant choreographic concept. Ballet Arizona’s artistry, techniques, and love for dance make this, the 28th year, one to remember. “The Nutcracker” will run December 6 through 24 for a total of 20 performances, with afternoon and evening shows at Phoenix Symphony Hall. Forty-five minutes before each performance, audiences are invited to the Symphony Hall lobby for pre-show events, including storytelling and photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy beneath Ballet Arizona’s 20foot Christmas tree, hung with decorated toe shoes. Hot cocoa and cookies are available for purchase. Details: December 6-24 Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix Tickets start at $26 and are available through Ballet Arizona’s box office, Ticketmaster or online. Discounts for seniors and students and groups of 10 or more are available through the box office. 602-381-1096

The Nutcracker

fun facts:

There are 260 costumes in Ballet Arizona’s “The Nutcracker,” requiring more than 6,500 yards of fabric. A tutu alone takes 12 yards of material and 60 hours to produce. More than 100,000 Austrian Swarovski crystals make the spectacular Snow Scene sparkle. Scenic elements including sets, lights, costumes and special effects require four tractor trailers and two 24-foot trucks to bring them to Symphony Hall. The Mouse King is more than 9 feet tall with his crown. During the run of “The Nutcracker,” Ballet Arizona female dancers will use more than 300 pairs of pointe shoes. Pointe shoes are custom-made and cost more than $90 a pair. Most pairs of shoes last one performance. Costume department personnel will wash about 125 loads of laundry during the run of show. The





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Ryan Sims

Writer Tom Scanlon Photographer Kelly Cappelli


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How many times has Ryan Sims strapped on a guitar and stepped on stage at Harold’s Corral? The singer with cowboy charisma flashes a grin that gives ladies butterflies as he tries to come up with a number, settling on 150. “The first time was when I was 19,” he says, the smile taking a slightly wicked, bad-boy twist. Those were the days, barely out of high school, rocking out at the biggest bar in his hometown. Since then, he’s clocked more hours at Harold’s than some of owner Danny Piacquidio’s full-time employees. So his January 11 show at Harold’s is no big deal, justanother-gig, right? Oh no, far from it. For Ryan Sims, this show is a turning point. The show in early 2014 will be the launch of Sims’ solo career as he leaves the comfort of his long-time band, EastonAshe. It would be quite easy for him to keep traveling with his posse, but he has decided it’s time to cowboy up and ride solo. “The big difference is: EastonAshe has always been a group project, with four members going after the same thing,” Sims was saying, during a break at an EastonAshe show in late October. “Being solo will take 10 times as much passion as anything I’ve ever done.” Which is saying something. EastonAshe has always been a pedal-to-the-metal band. Sims’ band has been playing 250 shows a year for the last decade, mostly around Arizona and the Southwest. And this is a band that delivers big, rollicking shows. EastonAshe charges through country, rock and pop songs, cranking out song after song – with medleys mixed in - during as many as four powerhouse sets. Most bar bands play one or two sets, before calling it a night. After years of playing other bands’ hits, the former boywonder of Cave Creek has decided the time has come for him to grow up and stand on his own song-writing legs. A

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big part of that maturation is taking a risk, trying something different and challenging himself to make it on his own. “I’m 31, now,” Sims said. “I’ve kind of perfected the craft of getting out and playing shows. EastonAshe is about the band – it’s about playing covers, drinking beer … “Through my 20s, we were the fun-time, party band. Going out and playing shows and drinking beer every night, well, that’s kind of cute when you’re in your 20s. But it’s not so cute when you’re in your 30s.” He takes a big drink – of ice water. Significant, as Sims noted that, while making his solo album, he didn’t drink any alcohol; this was quite a departure, for someone used to partying it up with his bandmates and fun-loving fans. “We became ‘the big local band’ and did really well. But I’m the kind of person who always wants to know, ‘What’s next?’ And there is no ‘What’s next?’ for EastonAshe in Arizona – we’ve done it all, here.”

While his focus is shifting, he notes the band is not breaking up. “EastonAshe will always be around,” he said. Sims’ solo career really began two years ago, when he was selected to compete on the Simon Cowell TV show “X Factor.” Though he didn’t advance beyond the final 32 (out of thousands of entrants), Sims made a few connections and walked away with the confidence that he could fly on his own, without the safety net of a backing band. “What ‘X Factor’ did for me was that it gave me a chance to let me get back to being myself, and achieving more than just being a local band.” Ryan Sims has had some invisible force pushing him for a long, long time. “I knew when I was 3 years old I was going to play music for a living. My grandma went to Goodwill and bought me a guitar when I was 3, and I hardly put it down for years.” Except for a few weeks as a bartender, Sims has never had a paying job other than being a musician. Unlike many bands that consider themselves lucky if they can land one or two shows per week, EastonAshe normally has four or five shows each week.


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“You have to work hard in Arizona, to make a living as a musician,” the singer says, his face darkening, for the moment. “Some nights, it does feel like work. But on my worst night of work,” he says, flashing that charismatic grin, “I’m still playing music.” A Creeker to the core, he gives big credit to the local scene for fueling his passion and his development. “Growing up in Cave Creek, there was music seven nights a week – there was always a show. And the older guys were always great about sharing the stage and giving me a chance.” Sims was talking about being “31, single and looking for love” – when he suddenly gave a start. Megan Ellsworth, a 26-year-old new fan, had snuck up behind and goosed him. After seeing Sims perform for the first time, Ellsworth was smitten. “When he was on stage, I was like, ‘Oh, that guy is sexy!’ I always like a guy with a good voice,” she added, her blue eyes dancing. Sims blushed a bit, with cowboy politeness thanked the little lady, and told her it was time to get back to work. A few minutes later, he’s back on stage, doing the only kind of job he ever wanted: Singing and playing guitar.

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Wildfire Gallery Writer Donna Kublin

Nestled in the heart of Cave Creek is a unique gallery specializing in contemporary, Southwestern fine art, giclees, art furnishings, accessories, boutique items and gifts. The colorful, imaginative and welcoming gallery has work by 15 to 20 talented artists, most from Arizona. The aim of owner and entrepreneur Janet Kelly is to invite people to engage with the art, to come in and explore. She sees her role as one of helping people find what they are looking for, and if she doesn’t have it in her gallery, she will point them in the right direction. “Everyone should have a piece of art in their home that they are proud of, something that pleases them, no matter what their budget,” Janet said. Her approach of learning what people want and finding talented artists and pieces to meet those needs seems to work. Now in its fourth year, the gallery is flourishing, with a continuous flow of new selections showcased. Photo of Janet Kelly above.

To Janet, art is like a special occasion all the time, conjuring emotion in those who create it and those who enjoy it. Whether for the collector or tasteful home decor, she believes all art is relevant. Her appreciation and cultivated style inspires her to select everything that goes in the gallery with careful discrimination. The artists, the varied chosen works, and the discerning eye of her clients are foremost in creating the engaging atmosphere of Wildfire Gallery. Customer service is paramount to Janet, who will visit a client’s home to help decide what might work or help choose the right subjects, color, dimensions, or place to hang; and she will deliver pieces, whatever the customer needs. “Nothing makes me feel better than knowing I did everything I could to make the customer happy,” she said. She can also arrange for commission work. “If a customer sees a piece they like, but wants it done in a different size or if they have a photograph and want something created by a particular artist, I will arrange to have it done and help the customer through the process.” Decem b er 2013


Among the artists represented are many who are nationally known with a large following, those who are well-established and exploring new mediums, and upand-coming artists whose work has garnered awards and acclaim. Mediums include oil, pastel, and acrylic paintings, photography, and art furnishings of wood, stone, copper, mixed media and glass. Contemporary still life painter Karen Budan creates colorful, imaginative works that transform everyday objects to extraordinary ones. Her style is realistic, almost photorealistic, and many of her pieces convey a bit of tongue-in-cheek whimsy. Most of her work is pastel painting and she has received national recognition. She has begun to present her work in oils as well, and plans to develop the same level of credentials with oils on a national level as she has with pastels. Among her recent honors and awards, Budan’s work won first place at the Arizona Pastel Artists’ Association Fall Show in October; she attained Master Circle status at the International Association of Pastel Societies in November, 2012; Pastel Society of America’s “Enduring

Karen Budan


Brilliance” Exhibition, September, 2012 - Pastels Etc. Award; and the online BoldBrush Painting Competition, Jury’s FAV 15 percent, for both June and July, 2013.

I spend about a third of my time on compositions, selecting the objects to fit an idea, creating the set up, finding the right light. 44

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“I spend about a third of my time on




objects to fit an idea, creating the set up, finding the right light,” said Budan. “I set the light from all different directions, finding the best way to show off the composition, and the best vantage point from which to paint.” “I started out painting just for fun, but loved it so much, I devote as such time to it as I did in my previous career,” said Budan who was a school superintendent in Michigan. “I love it when people buy a painting and tell me how much they enjoy it. It makes me happy that something they enjoy is something I have fun doing.” Handcrafted art furnishings are an extensive part of Wildfire Gallery’s collection,





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Their architectural, functional art is dramatically different and each piece is one-of-a-kind. Some of the most intriguing are mixed media console tables, which they refer to as “falling water” tables. Their inventive process includes a preliminary design, the selection of metal for the base, and stone for the table top that could be marble, granite, quartzite or travertine. They

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Even though the process is the same, each of these pieces is unique. Sometimes people think the waves are made using

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wall sculpture has a maximum of three designs within its series, with distinct variations making each an original, thus protecting the integrity of design. Custom commissions are welcome. Marohnic is already thinking where he will take this art form and has in mind trying to represent the dynamic

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Horses Will Welcome All to Cave Creek Writer Donna Kublin

Ending a three-month, nationwide search for the right

Owner of the Sculpture Studio in Cave Creek, Carroll

monuments to grace their entrances, Cave Creek Town

has over 30 years’ experience as an art teacher and

Council and Mayor selected the winner at their open

professional sculptor, though he doesn’t currently teach

meeting in October. The discussion of the finalists’

classes. This very talented artist works with a wide

proposals was the last item on the agenda of a long

range of materials and techniques, as well as scale,

meeting, and in the audience was one person who

from monumental to very small. He comes from a family

waited anxiously for the topic and the decision.

of artists. His father, Richard, was a wood and stone carver, and his mother, Mary, a landscape oil painter.

For him, it began in July, when Mayor Vincent Francia announced the Cave Creek Gateways Art Competition

Each monument will consist of a single stainless steel

seeking to find a concept and an artist to create entrance

horse with a steel and natural sandstone base. They

way monuments with a “wow” factor. The town wanted

will be a spectacular welcoming image as you enter the

something that would encapsulate Cave Creek’s multi-

town, and a nod to the tradition of horsemanship for

faceted identity and history, as well as extoll its commitment

which the town is known.

to preservation of its unique desert environment. One monument will be located at the east side of Cave Sculptor Mark Carroll thought he had a shot at winning

Creek Road, approximately six tenths of a mile south of

since, as a resident, he had often thought about creating

Carefree Highway. The second will be on the north side

a sculpture that would depict the character of Cave

of Cave Creek Road and 100 feet west of Scopa Trail.

Creek. “It was a nail biter,” said Carroll of the meeting. “I was thrilled when they selected my proposal.”


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Holiday Beauty Trends Writer Tia Lucchesi


Fashion Tip

Big, bouncy curls are in this year. Use a curling iron or curling wand to pump up the volume!

Who doesn’t love a little glitter around the holidays? It’s like fluffy white snow on Christmas morning or a dusting of powdered sugar on that once-a-year cookie recipe you’ve waited 11 months to try. Truth be told, glamour and glitz have always been part of holiday traditions.

Lucky for us, this year the trends are all about it.

To help light that sparkle within, ImagesAZ brings to you a very do-able list of holiday beauty tips and trends forecasted by local industry professionals. Topping the list with a big nod to glitz and glam are glitter nails, namely French manicures with a nude base and gold sparkle tips. Our panel agrees it’s a can’t-go-wrong festive update: one not too obviously flashy that turns up the holiday spirit in a snap. Beyond this season’s most wanted manicure, we present a breakdown of trends local style mavens vouch will take you from the holidays into the new year.


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Christie Rawson, owner of Studio C in Carefree

A beauty lounge full-service salon in Carefree shares a few of her “must have” beauty tips for now through early 2014.

- Makeup and hair color reflect the metallic trend we see in fashion. Hues of silver, rose gold and icy bronze are the three top shades of the season. - Sun-kissed, flawless skin minus harmful rays is another must. Rawson recommends applying bronzer where the sun would hit the face first: cheekbones, chin, nose and forehead. - Try colored mascara to make eyes really pop. Beautiful electric shades like royal blue, teal and purple add just the right embellishment. - Finally, Studio C is seeing nails in vibrant deep hues on toes, like CND VinylLux, a new nail polish system resistant to chips and claims to last up to four times longer than traditional polish, in Fedora, a deep plum/ wine shade.

Donna DeMatio, owner of Donna Jean Salon in Carefree

Donna knows what her clients love. After more than 20 years serving the Carefree/Cave Creek community she too feels strongly glitz and glamour are as big as they’ve ever been. But in her opinion, it’s a more conservative form of glitter we’ll see up here.

- Shiny hair is always in, but giving your hair “oil-enriched care” as well as sprucing up locks with a glaze is a simple, effective way to boost glossiness during the cooler AZ months. - According to DeMatio, perms are back and growing in popularity. She insists this time around they are truly better than ever – for real. And if a perm seems a little scary, beachy waves achieved with a curling iron, curling wand or flat-iron are a great temporary alternative. - Similarly, DeMatio believes big hair with lots of bounce and body is key for all holiday events. This can be achieved with volumizing product and by switching to the appropriate volume-enhancing shampoo.


Fashion Tip

Makeup and hair color reflect the metallic trend we see in fashion. Hues of silver, rose gold and icy bronze are the

three top shades of the season.

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Alison Goodman, marketing director for Scottsdale Quarter With several hair and nail salons and numerous clothing boutiques on her watch, Goodman gives us beauty tips as well as the latest trends in fashion and accessories. Bling and shimmer are definitely not just for beauty products, according to Goodman. Here are her recommendations for top holiday and new year styles across the board.

- A hair trend that’s still going strong: braids. However, this season’s braids are smaller and edgier. Think a small braid going from ear-to-ear as a headband would or a simple French braid circling the crown of your head. - Goodman is seeing plaid everywhere this season and from slim pants and long-sleeved mini dresses to flats and clutches. Think punk rock goes bright: a lot of this season’s plaids are made of red, yellow, black and white. - Last but not least, the newest trend in jewelry is stackable, dainty rings – wearing rings on two or more fingers on one hand isn’t enough. This season, it’s all about the “knuckle” ring – a small, simple ring that sits between your nail bed and second knuckle of your finger.

All sparkle and baubles aside, this time of year the bigger institution of giving and love is undoubtedly what we value most. Sometimes we just need a little boost in confidence to remember how easy and important it is be extra kind and generous. If gold-tipped nails help fuel that fire, then why not? And if all else fails, there is really just one timeless piece of beauty advice to remember.

As Audrey Hepburn

put it best, “Happy girls are the prettiest girls.”

Nothing is more glamorous or true than that.

big hair

Fashion Tip

Big hair with lots of bounce and body is key for all holiday events. This can be achieved with volumizing product and by switching to the appropriate volume-enhancing shampoo.


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Fashion Tip sexy, side-swept braids, sleek ponytails or

big feminine loose curls.

Sandra Stevens ,Owner of Beyond Your Roots Salon in Cave Creek Sandra not only loves glitter nails, but texture too.

- Matte and sand finish for nail polish are a trend Stevens predicts will continue long into next year. - Ombre color for hair is still in as well. It’s subtle but makes an impact. - Finally, Stevens recommends a few easy hairstyles that are on-trend and perfect for the holidays: sexy, side-swept braids, sleek ponytails or big feminine loose curls.

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Photo by Adam Van Dyke

A Cowboy Christmas ---------------------------------------------- Writer Amanda Christmann Larson ----------------------------------------------


More than just an American Tale

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Arrow stayed faithful and grazed nearby. I got up slowly dusting myself off looking for thorns. Resting there in the cuff of my trousers, I spied a pearl button on a thread. I looked over the giant cactus for a note. There was none. Carefully, I removed the few barbed fruits from my saddle blanket and crawled onto my pony. I found the trail marker with wood arrows pointing the way to Phoenix, Wickenburg, Gold Fields and Indians. Looking over the crossroad, I tried to read which trail the wagons traveled and carried my true love away. With visions of fortunes to be made, the trails to both the gold fields and to Wickenburg were well tracked, leaving no clue to which route Ginny’s wagon traveled… Giving Arrow his head, he chose the trail to the gold fields. Boy, was he wrong.

And so the adventure begins for young WB, the

For Van Dyke, the book is more than just a story.

protagonist of a short-but-sweet story, “A Cowboy

It is clear from the delight in his eyes and the tone



of his voice that he has poured his heart and soul

Creek’s own Tom Van Dyke, the beautifully embossed

into WB and his tale. Indeed, their stories intertwine.

perfectly bound novella artfully tells the story of WB

It is WB who smoothed the path for Van Dyke, whose

and his odyssey through the untamed American West

expression first began with art, to connect with school

in 1873. Van Dyke’s richly woven prose not only

children to promote an agenda he feels equally

brings our local heritage back to life, but it takes the

impassioned by: creativity in education.






reader back to the days when the written word held its own valued currency.

“I want to talk about creativity. I want to talk about inspiring the imagination,” he says. Nearly larger than

From Indian encounters to mining mishaps and

life, his eyes light up and his deep baritone stretches

stampeding steers to flash floods, 15-year-old WB

out the word “inspiring” so that it sounds as exciting

sets out to prove his manhood and grows up in the

as a dare. His wife Mary grants him the podium,

process. His trek across the Atlantic on the trail of

understanding the level of his commitment.

discovery quickly takes a turn when he falls in with a wagon train in the company of young Ginny and

“I believe that all children – all people – are innately

her family. It is Ginny who awakens his passions, and

creative,” he continues. “As soon as we are born,

when surprise events leave WB on the ground, picking

everything we see, and do, and feel, and touch and

prickly pear from his parts while the wagon train

sense impacts us and makes us who we are.” His

speeds on, it is his search for Ginny that consumes

words build on each other like a speeding locomotive.

his days and nights. “In our schools and in our society, the creative Fast-moving and colorful, “A Cowboy Christmas” rekindles

process is missed. …We have the facts. What we need

the spark of adventure found naturally in children, and

are creative people to ask, ‘What if …?’”

that so many adults forget to stoke along the way.

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Photo by Mary Van Dyke

Photo by Mark Van Dyke

Van Dyke knows from whence he speaks. Born in

Center, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Henry Ford

Dearborn, Michigan, he was encouraged by his own

Museum, the Cranbrook Institute of Arts and the Butler

parents and teachers along the way to develop

Institute of American Art. Like his writing, the subjects

his artistic talent. It was through their support and

of his artwork vary with whimsy. Like everything that

mentorship that he learned not only what it meant

spills from Van Dyke’s mind, it is tinted in the colors

to be himself, but to become comfortable in his

of his own soul.

own skin. His finest work has been collaboration. He and Mary “My mother always told me the difference between

are the proud parents of what they call “remarkable

me and the other kids was worth exploring. She was

human beings,” each of whom they encouraged to find

right,” Van Dyke says.

their own path, and each expected to be responsible along the way.

Upon graduation, Van Dyke found a new medium that captured his imagination: motion pictures. He began

“We raised five strong, independent people,” Van Dyke

writing screenplays in 1970, and among other works,

says. “All are successful people, all working and happy.”

he created and wrote the American Bicentennial television public service announcements, “Stand Up

It was, as a matter of fact, a conversation with one

and be Counted,” which became the most nationally

of those “remarkable people” that led to the creation

and internationally viewed PSAs in television history.

of the character of WB, and ultimately “A Cowboy Christmas.” In 2008, the family decorated a Christmas


Van Dyke also did more than dabble in art. His

tree at their Cave Creek ranch house in the spirit of

sculptures, paintings and photography have earned

the Old West, hanging feathers, rope and stones from

him accolades and positions in exhibits and permanent

its branches in cowboy tradition. Son Mark initiated a

collections in the New York Museum of Modern Art,

conversation about what Christmas in the early 1800s

the Carnegie Art Institute, the Buffalo Bill Historical

would have been like. Van Dyke tumbled and smoothed

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the idea in his mind until it was polished like a pebble, and the idea for his book was born. Hours turned into days, and days turned into weeks as the story made its way onto paper. He poured through historical documents and listened to accounts in order to make the events and backdrop as authentic as possible. Mary went to work too, editing and typing the words with careful attention. The current edition is in its fifth printing, and the process has been ongoing. Before each new print, changes and additions have been made. Most recently, Ginny’s character was developed more than she had been before – a modification Van Dyke made as a move to evolve the book to stage or screen performances. “You don’t have to be a cowboy to like this book,” Van Dyke says. “It’s an allegory; a metaphor. It’s also a feel-good piece. You feel good about America and our heritage as a people when you read this story.” He hopes his writing and filmmaking can merge for future projects with “A Cowboy Christmas,” and with his gumption, it just might. In the meantime, with Mary by his side, he finds plenty of time to do readings in his dynamic and articulate voice. He inspires and stimulates the imaginations of both children and adults through both his words and his presence. “You have one voice,” says the man who has honed his own quite well. “Like WB, kids are growing up trying to discover who they are, and liking what they find. ‘A Cowboy Christmas’ teaches lessons about value, hope, character development – all the lessons people of all ages can absorb. “It teaches them they can be anyone they want to be.”

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Grateful for the Gifts Writer Amanda Christmann Larson


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Gratitude is one of the most difficult but most rewarding habits we can cultivate. Recognizing the gift in each struggle turns the most troubling of situations into opportunities and reminds us what is truly important. It isn’t always easy though, especially when those struggles threaten the lives of those we love.

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their education, their home, and their family plan. When the couple became a trio with the birth of daughter Hayley in 2000, their lives were steadily moving along as expected. In spite of a difficult pregnancy and Hayley’s premature birth, all appeared to be normal. “She was beautiful,” Melana recalls with a mother’s pride. Their plans were soon derailed when, four weeks after Hayley’s birth, Ewan and Melana noticed she appeared pale. They took her to the doctor for a weight check, and they were referred to a specialist for a blood draw. Perhaps a vitamin supplement would give her the boost she needed, the new parents were told. A simple blood test showed little Hayley’s red blood cell count was dramatically low. The situation was critical. With her parents in a daze, Hayley was rushed to the hospital for more testing. Decem b er 2013


“I just kept thinking, ‘What happened to the vitamin supplement?!’” Ewan says. “We were stunned.” A battery of additional tests revealed Hayley had a rare disease called Diamond-Blackfan anemia. Her bone marrow did not produce enough red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body. Only five to seven out of every one million children is born with this particular type of anemia. Of them, 70 percent respond well to low-dose steroids; through trial and error, the Elliots discovered Hayley was one of the 30 percent of children with the disease who did not. The Elliots were determined to do anything needed to help Hayley. When high-dose steroids didn’t work, they took her to Phoenix Children’s Hospital once a month for transfusions. They administered nightly chelation therapy, which required them to stick the wriggly toddler with needles and connect a special pump to rid her body of excess iron it could not utilize. They knew there was a strong possibility that one day she would need a bone marrow transplant to save her life. The couple also knew they wanted more children. Because genetic abnormalities like Hayley’s could be pre-determined through technology, the couple decided to try in vitro fertilization. Four different times, they underwent the physically and emotionally grueling process of hormone therapy and implantation; each time it failed.


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They gave up on the in vitro process, knowing they had made their best effort. Feeling defeated and low, the couple decided their plans were not their own to decide. Three months later, they learned how right they were – in the most unexpected of ways: they were pregnant again, with no outside help. Ian entered the world five years after his sister, happy and healthy, and with the same precocious smile. He rolled with the routine at home, going along to PCH each month for Hayley’s transfusions and spending plenty of time together with his sister and adoring parents. Two years later, in October 2007, another



revealed the biggest hurdle yet. Hayley’s body had quit producing white blood cells and she needed a bone marrow transplant. By fate and not by design, Ian was a perfect match. Melana still tears up when she recalls home

Hayley’s before







really hit me the night before. If you can imagine, as a parent, you’re thinking, ‘This may be the last time I give my child a meal, and the last time I tuck her into bed.’” She pauses, overcome with emotion. “With a bone marrow transplant, if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.

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It could have been the last time we were a family of four. That is unimaginable.” The process began with high-dose chemotherapy. Hayley lost her hair and suffered severe nausea. Over a week later, when her own marrow was gone, Hayley was ready for the transplant. Ian, just a toddler at the time, remained blissfully unaware. “I didn’t really know then because I was only two,” the second grader now says. He saved his sister’s life in a process that took a single day for him, but months of recovery for Hayley. Coming home was much-anticipated, but it had its own challenges. The house had to be kept immaculate for Hayley’s compromised immune system, and she had to remain isolated from other people. Bedding had to be changed daily. Special foods had to be prepared, and 12 different medications managed. “On the first day, I was really excited to be home,” Melana says. “On the second day, I found myself thinking, ‘Who’s going to do all of this?!’ “Maintaining a balanced family life when you have a seriously ill child is daunting enough,” Melana adds. “But the transition home following the procedure is the most difficult part.” Still, they managed, and onceweekly check-ups turned into every-other-week visits. Then they became monthly, then once every three months. Today, Hayley visits her doctor for check-ups once a year, and goes to Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Late-Effects Clinic annually. There, physicians hope to identify issues to monitor for children receiving transplants in the future. Now a healthy teenager, Hayley loves math, science, music, and performing in community theater productions. She wants to study engineering in college, and she has the intelligence and maturity to succeed. She will always be at-risk for secondary cancers, but she knows what to watch for, and at 13, she has taken some control over her own health. Ian is also well-adjusted. A talkative and polite seven-year-old, he loves playing with Legos, drawing, playing sports and watching Garfield cartoons. All seems well in the Elliot household, and by all accounts, it is.


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But the family has not stopped living in gratitude. “We know, no matter what we face, we have made it this far thanks to the help we received from others,” Melana says. “Because of this, we have dedicated our time, finances and hearts to helping other families who are right now enduring a part of their journey that nobody should ever have to go through alone.” To reach out to others going through bone marrow transplants, the Elliot family created the Carols & Candlelight dinner, a holiday evening benefitting the Ottossen Family Blood and Marrow Transplant Program. The dinner will take place at the Terravita Country Club December 7 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $85 per person, with raffle tickets available. Over $7,000-worth of in-kind donations has been received. Carolers will greet attendees in song, and







with candles. The evening will begin with cocktails and light hors d’ouevres, continue with an elegant dinner, and end with assorted desserts and a champagne toast. “It will be a celebration of life,” Melana explains. And an evening of gratitude. Because every trial in life is ripe with opportunity to learn to live life to its fullest, appreciate the small joys, and celebrate the love that surrounds us all.

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Lighting Up the Night Writer Tom Scanlon

The Desert Foothills Theater will benefit from a fun race that kicks off the holiday season in Cave Creek. The 11th annual Cave Creek Luminaria Run will light up Cave Creek Regional Park Saturday, December 7. At sunset, hundreds of joggers and walkers, adults and kids will participate in races long and short on luminaria-lit paths through the desert hills. Events include a timed 5K run, an untimed one-mile fun run/walk and kids’ “desert dashes” ranging between 50 and 100 meters. The first race begins at 4:45 p.m. Parking is available at Cave Creek Memorial Rodeo Arena, 37201 N. 28th St., in Cave Creek. Registration fees range from $10 to $35.


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The new course features stunning desert views and gorgeous city lights. It begins on an uphill course, and returns downhill as luminaries line both sides of the road. Care to help people “see the light”? Luminaria race director and founder Meribeth Reeves is putting out a call to volunteers. “Our luminaria crews are made up of four people and a pickup truck that each take up to three hours to place and light luminarias on a half-mile section of the course. It’s a fun activity for friends and families, and you’ll also be treated to free pizza from Bad Donkey,” Reeves said. Don’t look for Reeves among the runners this year. She loves to race, but is recovering from a broken leg. She’ll be there, watching and listening. “I’m always fascinated by the stories I hear about why people participate in the run,” Reeves said. “Some are families who come every year as a holiday tradition. It is just so amazing to think that the first year of the race, my son, now a sophomore at Pinnacle High School, was only four.” She encourages everyone from powerful athletes to beginners to participate in the events. “Come for the beautiful sunset, gorgeous desert views and glowing luminaria. It is a unique event.” Luminaria Run sponsors include Maricopa County Parks and Recreation, Cave Creek Regional Park, the Town of Cave Creek, Roadrunner Sports and Wilhelm Automotive. Participants can register online or in person through December 5. In-person registrants can visit the FCF Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Building B, in Scottsdale, Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or Roadrunner Sports at Scottsdale Road and Mayo Boulevard (south of the 101, next to Whole Foods), from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. 480-488-1981 Decem b er 2013


Paint Like an Artist

Marless Fellows, renowned Western artist and owner of Saddle Up Gallery in Cave Creek, is offering pet lovers a chance to tap into their inner artist and paint their pet. “Everyone loves their pets, and what better way to cherish them than by immortalizing their cat or dog in a painting,” said Fellows.

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December 6 and again December 12, she is

Writer Donna Kublin

which students can paint their dog or cat. The

offering her special Christmas painting class in class runs for three hours, with all the supplies provided. The end result is a 12” x 16” acrylic painting of the student’s best friend. Fellows uses a photo of the pet as the basis of a sketch, which she completes prior to class. These are used to help guide the painting, so a good photo of your pet, taken at eye-level, is a requirement. Usually, photos must be emailed or delivered two week prior to class, but she has extended the deadline to December 2. She reviews and approves each photo to ensure that the artist will be satisfied with their painting. Each class is open to just six students since Fellows works closely with each person. Sign up can be done on the Saddle Up Gallery website, and the photo can be emailed or hand delivered. The class runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and all classes are located in the casita behind Saddle Up Gallery where there is plenty of parking. While painting, attendees will be served appetizers, hot cider and Christmas cookies for these special classes. The cost of the Paint Your Pet class is $60. Also







vivacious, professional fine art gourd artist will teach how to create gourd ornaments. In the threehour class December 13, students will complete three different ornaments. Boggs will share the


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special techniques that make her gourds beautiful and popular with collectors and home decorators. Cost of this class is $45 and is limited to 12. Beyond pets and ornaments, Fellows has coordinated additional professional artists to teach classes, all under the banner of Hidden Talent Art Classes. These artists teach attendees of all levels from the complete novice and those who just want to connect with others in the art and creative community, to students who want to try something new. She started Hidden Talent as a way to give back and share her abilities with those who might need some encouragement to get started at their own creative talents. She looks forward to the day one of the students tells her the class gave them their start as a painter or sculptor. “Owning my own gallery has been a wonderful and exciting venture, helping me grow as an artist and entrepreneur,” said Fellows. “I am happy to be able to share my artwork and those I represent in Saddle Up, as well as offer these classes.” Ron Stewart, a renowned Western artist known for his incredible bronzes, will be teaching sculpting classes every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. His classes are personalized for all levels for those who have always wanted to learn form. Some supplies are needed. The website has the listings for December and January classes. The Paint Your Pet class will be offered again January 14 and 21 from 6 - 9 p.m., with pet photos due for these classes two weeks prior to the start of the class. Gift certificates are available for classes or for use at Saddle Up Gallery for that special Christmas present. “I am a firm believer that art soothes the soul,” she said. “Life can be hard and sometimes and we often need an outlet that gives us peace and focus in positive ways.” What a great gift for anyone. Saddle Up Gallery 6140 E. Cave Creek Rd., Suite 3B, Cave Creek 480-577-8426 Decem b er 2013


dining Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House 6710 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek 480-488-8031

For 13 years, Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House has been part of the foothills community. Our commitment to preserving and sustaining our rich Western heritage and the land to which we are connected has long been loved and appreciated by our customers. We walk a fine line between maintaining our cherished history and serving the evolving demands of a changing world. In keeping with our own high standards, we’ve taken the input our valued customers have given us and developed a new menu we know our customers will appreciate. Steaks and seafood are butchered in-house, and all of our sauces, breads, dressings and desserts are made fresh daily. Our food continues to be steeped in rich ranching history and ethnic flavors of the Southwest. “Our new menu allows us to actually go further back to our roots and embrace the heritage of hearth and wood-fired cooking, while presenting them in a modern comfortable style,” says co-owner Eric Flatt. More creativity – and more history – infused into the many delicious selections make Cartwright’s unique and special. With more sustainable and locally grown and sourced selections has come a new atmosphere as well. Linen tablecloths have been replaced with beautiful solid-wood tables fashioned out of the floors of old railroad cars. Chairs built from wood repurposed from all over the world are comfortable and inviting. Manzanita branches, lit from below with gentle lights reminiscent of a campfire glow, create a warm and unique look that takes diners back in time to the days on the range. Even the plaid-clad wait staff are reminiscent of home cooked suppers on the ranch. Cartwright’s is part of north Valley history, and its uncommon approach makes for an unparalleled dining experience. “I can truly say that we approach our food with gratitude, the honesty of knowing where our products come from and the skill which our talented chefs possess,” says Flatt.


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professional ser vices Answering the Tough Questions The goal of the Stevens Law Office is to educate clients regarding their options should they someday be unable to handle their financial affairs. These are the typical questions presented to John Stevens, former Circuit Court Judge: Who decides what medical care I am to receive? A well-drafted health care agreement, which includes both a power of attorney and advanced directives, appoints an agent of

My banker told me to designate all of my accounts POD (payable to a beneficiary) upon death. Won’t that work? In the proper situation, I sometimes recommend a POD account, but I have seen many estate complications when it is used without taking all of the issues in the entire estate into consideration. I’ve been told a financial power of attorney is all I need? A well-drafted flexible power of attorney document can provide

your choice to make medical decisions for you if you can’t.

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If I have a will can my family avoid probate court?

doesn’t distribute the decedent’s property.

By law, a will goes to probate. Many prefer to use a revocable trust to provide financial management during life and to avoid probate at death. John, can’t I put all my assets in joint ownership? This is a common form of ownership for married couples, but it doesn’t solve the problem when the surviving spouse dies. Joint ownership with relatives can carry significant risks.

ill or legally incompetent. It cannot be used after death, and it

There are many difficult questions about asset management that require expert analysis. Don’t leave those questions up to chance – or worse, up to probate court. Stevens Law Office 42807 Old Mine Road, Tonto Hills 480-488-2591

computing device: Apple or PC, telephone, television or tablet, wireless or wired. We are also experts in web design, web hosting and search engine optimization. Whether launching your business or starting a new club, we will take the frustration out of it all! We are local and committed to our community. We provide free training at the Desert Foothills Library almost every week, and our community partners program provides free consulting and 20 percent discounts to non-profit organizations. Some of our more familiar partners include Foothills Food Bank,

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Sonoran Arts League, Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, Cave Creek Merchants’ Association, Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, Desert Foothills Library and the Desert Foothills Land Trust. We also support more local businesses than can be listed. Our office is at 748 Easy St. in Carefree. We can come to you, you can come to us or we do remote support over your Internet connection. Schedule a time to start a new relationship with us, and with your technology, 4 Life! 480-553-9171

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Big Bronco The word “bronco” elicits daydreams of wild horses galloping across the Western deserts, beautifully graceful creatures in their untamed freedom. It is that sense of untamed beauty and freedom that owner Faith Weinberg brings to her eclectic gallery of Western, hand-hewn furniture and contemporary items. “My family and I moved to Arizona in 2000 from the Northwest,” Faith explains. “My passion for horses, antiques and all things Western, combined with an extensive background in retail, led to the opening of Big Bronco.” Faith prides herself in hand-picking the antiques and rustic home furnishings that fill her Big Bronco store. Furniture items may feature old reclaimed lumber, wagon wheels, copper and turquoise inlay, old horse tack and cowhide. “Our customers are very earth-conscious and are looking for products made from reclaimed materials. A new look in the Western home incorporates rustic and contemporary elements,” Faith adds. In addition to helping their customers live their Western dream, Big Bronco is also proud to support non-profit agencies such as Triple R horse rescue and Arizona Equine rescue. 6602 Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek 480-575-1357


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Go “Beyond Your Roots” to look and feel amazing When the opportunity to own Beyond Your Roots Salon & Boutique, Debbie Lee and Sandra Stevens couldn’t pass it up. The Cave Creek pair, who connected through their children, have spent more than two decades in the community. Their friendship grew over the years with mutual support, inspiration and laughter. Becoming business partners in a place they love was a natural step. Beyond Your Roots carries a wide range of professional hair products, including Goldwell, KMS styling products and MoroccanOil. The salon’s color experts find a shade that is “you,” just more fabulous! A professional nail stylist offers CND shellacs and Gelish gel polish, as well as OPI and Essie polishes. Enjoy the latest “on trend” manicure and pedicure styles like Colored French, Glitter for Grown-ups, Sand and Ombré. If unique accessories and boutique gifts are on your list, you will love the exceptional selection of handbags and clutches, jewelry and scarves. Beyond Your Roots Salon & Boutique also features Erin Smith’s “Holy Crap” greeting cards, Voluspa Candles and much more. Located in the heart of downtown Cave Creek in the beautiful El Palenque Building, Debbie and Sandra and all of the staff at Beyond Your Roots invite you to drop in for a visit. You can also find Beyond Your Roots on Facebook. 6450 E. Cave Creek Rd., Suite 105, Cave Creek 480-488-7095


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Cabinet Designs Monarch Cabinet Designs 480-370-4463 College Paradise Valley Community College 602-493-2600 COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE Foothills Animal Rescue 480-488-9890

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Financial Planning Investments Edward Jones Natasha Hundman 480-488-2821 Farm Bureau Financial Services Leslie Jensen 480-575-0710 6554 E. Cave Creek Road, Suite 4 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Pope Scanlon Team Glee Pope - 480-502-6072 Owen Scanlon - 480-922-7909 Summit Wealth Management 7202 E. Carefree Drive, Building 3, Suite 1 480-596-9222 FIRE Fire Service 480-627-6900 Flooring Carefree Floors 480-515-9999 Garage Door Dynamic Door Service 602-335-1077 Government/business Town of Carefree 480-488-3686 Town of Cave Creek 480-488-1400 Cave Creek Merchants and Events Association 480-437-1110 Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce 480-488-3381 Motor Vehicle Department 602-255-0072 Social Security 800-772-1213 Voter Registration 602-506-1511

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Ace Hardware Cave Creek 480-518-7020 Hauling/Rubbish Removal Rubbish Works Local Junk Removal & Recycling 480-545-1220 Ext. 711 800-501-9324 Health care Cierra Medical Walk-In Care 480-575-0131 Desert Foothills Medical Center 480-488-9220 John C. Lincoln Deer Valley 623-879-6100 Mayo Clinic 480-515-6296 Mayo Hospital 480-585-6296 Paradise Valley Hospital 602-923-5000 Scottsdale Healthcare 480-324-7000 7400 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy. 480-323-3000 90th St. & Shea Blvd. Home COntractor & Design New Legacy Building & Design 480-363-6713 Home Decor Big Bronco Furniture Barn 480-575-1357 General Store 480-575-7025

Insurance Farm Bureau Financial Services Leslie Jensen 480-575-0710 6554 E. Cave Creek Road, Suite 4 State Farm - Shelley V. Anderson 480-941-2257 8080 E. Gelding Drive, Suite D106 Interior Design Buttercup Interiors 480-522-0209 Mongrel Design 480-488-9375 Landscape Design and Maintenance A Couple of Green Thumbs 6061 E. Cave Creek Road 480-488-2155 Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc. 480-595-0611 Iddings & Sons Landscaping, Inc. 623-465-2546 623-297-7584 Library Desert Broom Library 602-262-4636 Desert Foothills Library 480-488-2286 Outdoor Furniture Carefree Outdoor Living 480-575-3091

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recipe Christmas Peppermint Bark Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

This festive candy is almost designed to display and share during the holidays. One of the best parts of this recipe (beside the taste) is that it is not a painstaking, detailed process. The whole family can have fun making it together, and every member of the family can have a job that contributes to the finished product. Perfect for hostess or teachers’ gifts! Ingredients: 12 ounces good-quality semisweet chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract 1 pound good-quality white chocolate, chopped into 1/2–inch pieces 3 candy canes or 12 round hard peppermint candies, crushed

Directions: Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, shiny side up; smooth out any wrinkles. Heat about one inch of water in a saucepan over low heat until steaming. Put all but 3/4 cup of semisweet chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. Set the bowl over the saucepan of steaming water (do not let the bowl touch the water) and stir until 1/3 of the chocolate is melted. Remove the bowl from the saucepan; keep the steaming water over low heat. Gradually stir the reserved 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate into the bowl, a few pieces at a time, until all of the chocolate is melted. Return the bowl to the saucepan, 5 to 10 seconds at a time, to help melt the chocolate, if needed. Stir 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract into the chocolate, then quickly pour into the prepared baking dish and spread evenly. Remove any air bubbles by tapping the dish. Set aside for 10 minutes until room temperature. Meanwhile, put all but one cup of the white chocolate in a large heat-proof bowl and repeat the melting process. Stir in remaining 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract.


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Pour over the semisweet chocolate and spread evenly. Sprinkle immediately with crushed candy canes, gently pressing them into the white chocolate. Set aside at room temperature until firm, about one hour. Lift the bark out of the pan using the foil and break into pieces. Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.

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