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Shelly Spence :: owner/publisher :: 623-341-8221 Amanda Christmann Larson Stephanie Maher Palenque Jeffrey Cody Nigel Spence

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Jerri Parness :: photographer Terry Cockerham :: photographer Meaghan’s Dream :: graphic artist Jeff Penzone :: advertising consultant :: 623-341-0123 ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

Table of Contents 08

Meet the Pope Family




Youth :: From Books to Boots


Youth :: Fashion Forward


Inspire :: Hands On in Haiti


Playing thekards Right


Gone Wild :: Southwest Wildlife


Stars, Planets and Faraway Galaxies


Lindsey Weaver


Dining Guide :: English Rose Tea Room




Real Estate Market Update


Local Index


Recipe :: S’mores from Cask 63

staff bio Meaghan Mitchell Graphic Designer Meaghan Mitchell has been a contributing designer for ImagesAZ since 2004. She has a passion to see a client’s ideas and concept come to life with branding and graphic design. Meaghan has provided business and merchandise branding for local businesses Dollyrockers and AndrewZ Fine Jewelry since they began business. She looks forward to being creative with ImagesAZ each month. Meaghan is also a staff pastor at Grace North Church. She served as co-youth pastor for eight years and recently transitioned to the experience pastor. She has been in pastoral ministry for 9 years with ministry


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

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Each month here at ImagesAZ, as the deadline for our writers and photographers approaches, I wait in anticipation to see who they’ve met and what they’ve been doing. In this double July/August issue, they’ve reached for the stars, and they found them among faces and places many of us may least expect. From the halls of local high schools to the outermost stretches of the cosmos, there are bright lights sparkling everywhere! There are heroes all around us, including volunteers making a difference in the lives of people from all over the globe, near and far, and those who remind us that our most vulnerable neighbors, the wildlife we share our habitat with, are also to be respected and preserved. Speaking of youth, golf phenom Lindsey Weaver and young designer Alexander Sanchez are dazzling in their own ways, and the four young men who make up the rock band thekards – entertaining in more

ways than one – are reaching heights many

seasoned rockers only dream of. Three new Cactus Shadows graduates are setting their sights on bright futures, too, and are well on their way. While some of the personalities our writers and photographers spent time with this month are catching their own rising stars, another is literally discovering the stars. The theories being developed by one familiar face are electrifying not only our own world, but also worlds far, far beyond our galaxy. A helpful library volunteer by day, it’s what Don Scott does beneath the night sky that makes him outstanding, and may just make him the next Galileo of our time! On behalf of myself and our staff, I want to thank you, once again, for sharing with us the faces and places that make our community shine. Enjoy your summer, and we will be back in September! Cheers! Shelly Spence Publisher, ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

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family Meet the Pope Family If you know a family you would like to nominate, please email

Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photographer Jerri Parness


hether helping people plan their financial futures or working to provide a home for a family in need, Glee Pope and her supportive family are bright spots in the foothills community. Glee and husband

Jim, who divides his time between trading lumber, keeping his boat motor from standing stagnant too long, and testing his clubs on the golf course, came to the area in 1994, when their now-adult sons, Chad and Hunter, had left the ‘nest.’ They were among the first residents of Terravita, and even though they live in a different house now, their community roots have grown deep. “I can remember when we bought our house in Terravita,” Jim said. “There was a lot of angst in the local community about the 1,300 homes that were going to be built there. People who lived on Black Mountain were upset because they were going to be looking down on a sea of roofs.” Jim continued, “The changes since it’s been built, in my opinion, have been really positive. Everyone’s property values have appreciated and we saw commercial development come out here, being very well planned, as far as the environment is concerned. Development here, in general, has been very careful in taking into account how to preserve the community and natural spaces.”


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There has been significant change in the community, but families like the Popes have helped

The re h as bee n

to usher it in through positive community involvement.

signi fican t

Most people know Glee as a smiling, blond-haired dynamo, balancing a number of hats at any

c hange in th e

Barney, she spends her work days helping people make decisions about assets, retirement

commun i ty, but famili e s l ike th e Pope s have h elped

given point in time. A financial planner first with AG Edwards and now at Morgan Stanley Smith planning, estate management and many more defining financial choices. “I’ve been doing it for over 35 years, and I really enjoy what I do,” she said. “I love my clients and I love helping people manage their money. For many people, decisions about their money are among the most emotional decisions they make in their lives. In good times, and in difficult times, no matter what, I’m there for them.” Her dedication to helping others doesn’t end when she leaves the office. Glee is a past president

to ush er i t i n

of the Executive Women’s Golf Association, past president of the local chapter of Soroptimist

t hrough posi ti ve

Habitat for Humanity. Her enthusiasm for leadership and joy of being part of organizations that

communi ty involveme n t.

International, past president of Desert Foothills Woman’s Club and a current board member of make a difference for local people is evident when she talks about each one. “The Soroptimist Club is a group of wonderful businesswomen – although any woman can join – trying to make a difference in the lives of women and children, “she explained. “They are the only non- governmental organization (NGO) recognized by the United Nations.” For 39


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years, the group has shown what can happen when a few women get together and decide to change lives. Through, for example, scholarships, backpacks for needy students and awards to

“The c lub ha s evolve d and c h ang e d as t h e c ommunity h a s c h ange d, but there

promote volunteerism in high school girls, they have empowered women and children in this community to meet educational goals and give back to the community. Jim may not be in the foreground as much as Glee, but he is a constant source of support. He was named “Soropti-Man of the Year” one year for his contributions to the group. “I just do what she needs me to do,” he said with a laugh.

w i l l alway s need fo r a plac e w here n ew wome n in t h e c o mmunity can

One of Glee’s first involvements in the community was with the Desert Foothills Woman’s Club. The organization began as a social club for women who moved to the area before development made shopping, dining and socializing convenient. It was a way for women to get together and share interests, friendship and fun. “The club has evolved and changed as

c o me and meet

the community has changed, but there will always need for a place where new women in the

ot he r wome n in

community can come and meet other women in the community with like interests. It’s a group

t he c ommunity w i t h like inte rests.

of wonderfully interesting, vibrant women,” she said. Habitat for Humanity is another passion of Glee’s. As a board member, she has now helped

It’s a g roup o f

to usher in a new era for the organization as Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills merges

wonde r fu lly

with the Valley of the Sun affiliate. “I think it will be a good thing,” said Glee, adding that the

i n te resting, v ibran t wome n,” s he sa id.

organization’s mission and involvement in the area will not change. It has evolved, however, as the real estate market has changed. In the last decade, finding land on which to build affordable housing has been a challenge, as has been raising donations and contributions for projects since the stock market crashed in 2008. Glee and other board members have their


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“We h ave to g i ve back. We have been ve r y for t unate, so i t’s

eyes and on the future, however, and believe a strong mission and sound management will allow the organization to remain strong. Glee’s newest passion is the Desert Foothills Library where you can find her on Monday afternoons shelving books and helping patrons. “Jim tells me I try to cram too much into my days, but I tell him I can sleep in my grave,” laughs Glee.

our duty to find

Jim keeps himself busy, too. He came to Scottsdale with Glee and their children in 1986

ways to make

changed the face of forest management and the lumber industry. He is passionate about

a difference

industry has all but died within our state, despite the fact that Arizona is home to the world’s

for th ose le ss for t unate th an ourselve s.”

through his career at Southwest Lumber, before changes in environmental laws drastically responsible forest management and the role the lumber industry should be playing. The largest stand of Ponderosa pines. His role has changed as the social and political climate transformed, and he now is a wholesale broker of lumber from other parts of the country and Canada. For Jim and Glee, their public lives are busy and fulfilling, but there is just as much respect earned and given behind closed doors. The two wandered into each other’s lives at the original Houlihan’s restaurant in Kansas City, and they’ve stuck together for 37 years. Chad and Hunter


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were just five and two years old at the time, and Jim knew and loved the fact that Glee and the boys were a package deal. “They’re my kids,” Jim says matter-of-factly. Their boys were in middle school and high school when they moved to Scottsdale from Albuquerque. They went to Horizon High School, where Chad later coached and taught special education. His wife, Carrie, also went to Horizon High, and the two began dating when they were both students at Arizona State University. They married the day after Chad earned his degree, and Carrie went on, impressively, to earn her law degree and MBA simultaneously. Today, Carrie is an employment trial attorney with Stinson Morrison Hecker and Chad is a dedicated stay-at-home dad. He dabbles in amateur music and photography on the side, and is also a teaching substitute when time allows. Their two sons, Mason and Dayton, are busy this summer playing All-Star baseball and squeezing in some golf instruction. Hunter lives in Austin, Texas and is a dad now, too, to a


son and a daughter, Haven and Enid. His wife works for the State of Texas, and, like his brother, he has developed his own passion. “He has always had music as an avocation, so that’s why they stay in Austin,” Glee said.

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The J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Home Improvement Retailer Store Satisfaction Study again ranked Ace Hardware “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores.” Ace has captured this ranking ever since the organization began researching the home improvement category six years ago. According to Dave Karsten, owner of Karsten’s Ace in Cave Creek, Carefree and Goodyear, the knowledgeable and helpful staff at each location should be credited with going the extra mile to please customers. “Our employees and our team deserve this recognition for a job well done,” he said. Knowledge and convenience, combined with a localized product mix is also important, Karsten said. “Each of our stores provides shoppers with items which are unique to their community. For instance, horse and pet supplies along with feed are sold at our Cave Creek and Goodyear stores.” Karsten and his wife Cheryl have owned the stores since 2002. Karsten also credits his customers for the stores’ success. “We have an extremely loyal customer base. They provide us with the opportunity to grow and are the reason Ace has been recognized with this customer satisfaction distinction. “ Karsten’s Ace in Cave Creek at 28220 N. Tatum Boulevard, 480-513-7020 Karsten’s Carefree Ace and Hardware at 36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive, 480-488-4400

Hang 10 Golf

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MIM in July

All of the events below will be held at the Musical Instrument Museum (4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050). For more information or to purchase tickets please see details below the event listings. Drop-in MIM Highlight Tours Wednesday, July 4 | 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 | 2:30 p.m. Celebrate the Fourth of July with “World of Musical Journeys” tour of MIM’s galleries. This tour provides an in-depth look at various exhibits, highlighting countries, musical cultures, and fascinating instruments in each of MIM’s major Geographical Galleries. Tours meet across from Guest Service in the lobby. Each tour is on a firstcome, first-served basis and limited to 40 guests. Tickets: Free with museum admission. Doc Severinsen and the San Miguel Five Friday, July 6 | 7 p.m. Friday, July 6 | 9 p.m. The vivacious trumpeter and bandleader Doc Severinsen leads the San Miguel Five in an evening of sophisticated Latin rhythms and jazz. It is virtuoso classical Spanish with a jazz flair, gorgeous ballads, both Latino and American, plus some great movie music and some gypsy jazz, à la Django Reinhardt. Tickets: $37.50-$47.50 Boy Scouts Workshop: Make Your Own Sanza Saturday, July 7 | 11 a.m. to Noon MIM invites Arizona’s Boy Scouts to make and decorate their very own thumb piano in this kids’ workshop. Learn about the meaning behind these instruments and the symbolism used to decorate them through MIM’s special exhibition, SANZA: African Thumb Pianos. After this workshop, you can take home your own sanza. This workshop is best for ages 8 to 12. Den registration encouraged. Tickets: $8 per Boy Scout; chaperones are free within a 1:5 ratio. Instrument Spotlight on: African Thumb Pianos Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8 | 10 to 11 a.m. Enjoy the opportunity to play a thumb piano in MIM’s Africa Gallery. Try your hand at this instrument, which is found all over the African continent. Learn about the cultural significance of these fascinating instruments from a MIM docent. This instrument spotlight is in conjunction with the SANZA: African Thumb Pianos special exhibition. Tickets: Free with museum admission. J ul y/Aug us t 2 0 1 2


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Mini Tour of SANZA: African Thumb Pianos Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8 | 10 to 10:20 a.m., 11 to 11:20 a.m., Noon to 12:20 p.m., and 1 to 1:20 p.m. Join a docent-led mini-tour of the SANZA: African Thumb Pianos exhibition featuring more than two hundred lamellaphones. MIM docents will share insights and fun facts about the history, forms, uses, and multiple names that define this important instrument; for example, the meaning of the term “lamellaphone.” Tickets: Free with museum admission. Mariachi Mystery Tour Saturday, July 7 | 7 p.m. What if you re-imagined the music of the Beatles through the lens of a mariachi? Led by a National Heritage Fellow from New Mexico who is also a fan of four lads from Liverpool, the result is a seamless artistic and cultural collision. The Albuquerque Journal raves, “Mariachi Mystery Tour doesn’t just make classic songs fresh, the group makes them new.” Tickets: $29.50–$37.50 Bastille Day Saturday, July 14 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join MIM for a celebration of French culture including live, indoor music performances, an educational talk, a French-themed menu in the Café at MIM, and a spotlight on MIM’s France exhibit. More details will be announced soon. Check for a full schedule of events. Tickets: Free with museum admission. Stephane Wrembel Saturday, July 14 | 7 p.m. In celebration of Bastille Day, MIM Music Theater hosts French guitarist Stephane Wrembel. Described by Rolling Stone magazine as “a revelation,” Wrembel is a French-born musician and composer who has made an impression as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music. Among his many accomplishments is the theme from the 2012 Academy Award-winning film, Midnight in Paris, which he was commissioned by director Woody Allen to score. Tickets: $22.50–$27.50. Michael Kaeshammer Sunday, July 15 | 7 p.m. Michael Kaeshammer has been called Canada’s triple-threat combo of piano virtuosity, vocal ability, and charisma. This potent combination has earned the Toronto-based artist international acclaim and a loyal and growing fan base. Kaeshammer’s performances are pure delight, and his energy knows no bounds. He has piano technique to burn and, to his audience’s delight, has an acrobatic way with a grand piano. Tickets: $32.50 - $37.50 Celebrate AZ Kids at MIM Sunday, July 22 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate Arizona kids with cool programs at MIM. Take a family friendly tour of the “I Am AZ Music” exhibition, enjoy story time with a musical


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tale, make a musical instrument craft inspired by the Apache fiddle and listen to some Arizona children from Desert Ridge Music Academy play great rock and roll. This program is an officially recognized Legacy Project of the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission. Tickets: Free with museum admission. Leipzig Quartet Wednesday, July 25 | 7 p.m. Founded in 1988, the widely acclaimed Leipzig String Quartet is one of the most exciting string quartets in the international chamber music scene today. The foursome has won global recognition, including the ARD International Competition in Munich (1991) as well as the Brüder-Busch Award (1991) and the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize (1992), and is described as “superbly integrated” by the Washington Post. The quartet’s recordings span from Mozart to Cage to the complete works of Brahms, and has received such international honors as the “Diapason d’Or” and two nominations for the “Cannes Classical Award,” among others. Tickets: $42.50–$47.50. Luísa Maita Friday, July 27 | 7 p.m. Sultry, seductive, and infused with that inimitable samba swing, the music of Luísa Maita embodies the modern spirit of Brazil. Inspired by the bustling urban life found in her native city of São Paulo, her music has a contemporary vibe with influences from alternative pop and “downtempo” electronic music melded with an acoustic foundation deeply rooted in samba, bossa nova, and MPB (Música Popular Brasileira). Tickets: $29.50-$34.50. 480-478-6000

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Café Bink Announces New Weekend Brunch

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Desert Foothills Library

The Desert Foothills Library, 38443 North Schoolhouse Road, Cave Creek, is hosting numerous children’s-, family- and adult-orientated activities throughout the month of July. Below is a sample of some of the activities. A full listing can be found on the library’s website.


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July 9, 10:50 to 11:20 a.m. Dreamchaser Animal Rescue (All Ages) To teach children animal care and respect, the rescue shares animals from its facility with children and adults of all ages. Recent visitors from the rescue have been a baby bunny, chicks, a horse, and mother and daughter miniature ponies. Dreamchaser is a non-profit horse and animal rescue located in New River. For more information about this wonderful project please visit July 10, 1 to 2 p.m. Japanese Taiko Drumming (Ages 5+) Taiko is the Japanese word for “great drum.” This ancient musical art form originated centuries ago in Asia as signals of danger and more. Today, the drumming is used for celebration and musical performances. Join us for a demonstration and a hands-on drumming experience! July 11, 1 to 2 p.m., and July 21, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income* Learn the answers to the following: • Will Social Security be there for me? • How much can I expect to receive? • How can I maximize my benefits/when to apply? • Will Social Security be enough to live on? • How do I coordinate benefits with my spouse, or with other retirement income sources? Decisions made now can have a tremendous impact on the total amount of benefits collected over a lifetime. Presented by Andrea Flores, Taylor Wealth Mgt., LLC. July 13, 11 a.m. to noon Medical Qi Gong: “Ask the Scottsdale Healthcare Expert” Instructor LauRha Frankfort returns to share more about how to boost your energy and find relief from many medical conditions. She will demonstrate simple, beneficial movements and techniques. This session, which includes both lecture and participation, is suited for all ages and conditions (can be adapted for seated exercise). Limited seating is available, and registration is recommended. July 14, 11 a.m. Upcycling Books (Ages 10+), Saturday, July 14, 11 a.m. What can you make with a book? You’ll be surprised by the possibilities! Bring an old book to repurpose (if you have one), and have lots of fun designing new objects. We will have a small amount of materials available for those who don’t bring their own. Limit 15 participants; please register. July 17, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Red Rohall Silkscreen T-shirt Printing Workshop (Ages 12 - 18) Express yourself! Each participant designs, prepares, and then prints a one-of-akind t-shirt using the silkscreen printing art form with 2 to 3 colors. Finished shirts are permanent, washable, and very colorful. All materials are provided. Limit 20 participants; please register.

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July 24, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mother Goose (All Ages) Mother Goose brings her own special style to classic nursery rhymes, stories, songs and magic, with plenty of audience involvement. Guaranteed to bring smiles to children, adults … EVERYONE! July 25, 10 to 11:15 a.m. Beginning Yoga for Adults Julie Kaplan from Yoga Breeze will introduce basic concepts of yoga, discuss health benefits and lead a full class. Bring a mat if you have one. Class size limited; registration required at 480-488-2286. July 30, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Every Child Ready to Read Parent and Child Workshop (Ages 0 - 5) Before children learn to read, they must develop early literacy skills. Learning these skills, which begins at birthday, has a long-term impact on children’s reading achievement and success. Parents are in the best position to help develop these skills. Come learn how to incorporate talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing into your everyday routines. This workshop is for both parents and children; all child participants will receive a t-shirt. Limit 15 children participants; please register. July 31, 1 to 2 p.m. Kinder Party (Ages 5 - 6), Tuesday, July 31, 1 to 2 pm: Let’s celebrate this exciting moment for our kindergarten-bound patrons and help ready them for the upcoming school year. We will take a private tour of the library, have snacks, and give away some special items just for our newest kindergartners. Limit 15 participants; please register. Fridays from July 27 – Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m. to noon Desert Foothills Library Independent Film Festival 2012 Popcorn and soft drinks provided! Enjoy a selection of multiple award-winners from independent film festivals around the world. Check the website,, or stop by the library for a flyer with film descriptions. Our lineup: July 27: First Dog (G) Aug. 3: Happy, Happy (R) English/Norwegian w/subtitles Aug. 10: The Greening of Southie (documentary) Aug. 17: Hachi: a Dog’s Tale (G) Aug. 24: Exporting Raymond (PG) Aug. 31: The First Grader (PG-13)

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In recognition of National Independents Week, Local First Arizona will honor locally owned independent businesses from July 1 - 7, 2012.

Known fondly as ‘Indie Week,’ the week-long celebration will be filled with festive events and a special “Golden Coupon” offer, good for a 20 percent discount at participating businesses. The collaboration between independent businesses and consumers is just the boost the Valley needs, especially moving into the summer months. While Independents Week is a festive week-long celebration, the larger message and goal is to create a ripple effect of local spending. By shifting even a small percentage of purchases to locally owned businesses, money is circulated back into the economy over and over, creating up to 75 percent more tax revenue to the community and state. Independents Week is a great starting point on the road to a healthier local economy and more cohesive initiative to “Keep Your Money Where Your Home Is.”

July 3 Celebrate Independence Day Early at Harold’s Corral

Celebrate Independence Day Cave Creek style! The town’s spectacular “3rd of July” fireworks display takes place at sunset on Tuesday at Harold’s Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek. The festive celebration starts at 5 p.m. with an outside barbecue, followed by live music throughout the night. Country Western band Young Country will perform outside from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. EastonAshe will energize the crowd inside from 8:30 p.m. to closing. The party also features drink specials, prizes, face painting, shaved ice and the Mobile Video Game Truck. Harold’s is one of just a few venues in the North Valley to host a full-scale professional fireworks show. With the help of Rural Metro, fireworks are safely shot off from a hill behind the restaurant, making the largest display in Cave Creek one of the most exhilarating shows in the Valley. “We’ve been the proud host of this show for more than 20 years,” said Danny Piacquadio, co-owner of Harold’s Corral. “We know how important it is to our community and we’re grateful to the Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, the Carefree-Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Cave Creek, Walmart and local merchants for their support.” Admission to the 3rd of July Fireworks Display is free for open seating on a first come, first served basis. For reservations, go to Harold’s website to purchase and secure a table. Reserve a two-top for $5; four-top for $10 or a ten-top for $20. 480-488-1906

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July 9 - 13 The Secret Garden at Cactus Shadows

The Secret Garden, an original Missoula Children’s Theatre musical theater production by Michael McGill, is a joyful retelling of a story of hope and celebration and all good things in life. Mistress Mary Quite Contrary embarks on a journey from India to her uncle’s home in England. Along the way she makes friends with the hilarious Canadian Geese and the colorful Giant Bugs that Rock! Students, grades K through 12, have an opportunity to join the cast of The Secret Garden in the roles of Mary Lennox, Martha Sowerbury, Dickon Sowerbury, Colin Craven, Archibald Craven, Ayah/ Bilge Rat/Captain, Mrs. Medlock, Doctor Craven, Ben Weatherstaff, Robin Redbreast, the Bugs that Rock, the Canadian Geese, the Moor Folk, the Fireflies and the Secret Garden. Everyone will have a role! No advance preparation is necessary. The Missoula Children’s Theatre touring production is complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. Missoula Children’s Theatre Tour actor/directors conduct the auditions, rehearsals, costuming, and two final performances. Students will act, sing, dance and have a great time as part of this award-winning children’s theater production, presented by Desert Foothills Community Education. This DFCE Artist-in-Residency program runs July 9 - July 13, 1 to 5 p.m. at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. Performances are July 13 at 2:30 and 7 p.m. on the main stage. 480-575-2440

July 28 Christmas in July

The Village Center in Cave Creek, 6554 E. Cave Creek Rd. (next to Dairy Queen), and additional businesses, are joining together to celebrate “Christmas In July, Yule is so Cool” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28. Those who like to get an early jump on their Christmas preparations can shop early for Christmas, and shop local as well. Snow cones will be on offer from Kona Ice as well as many other refreshments from participating businesses. There will be raffles drawn, and the opportunity to make a contribution to the Foothills Food Bank. The event is sponsored by the following businesses: Curious Goods by Morning Star, Dazzle Creations Boutique, Spazzie Nails, Desert Dog Spa, Red Velvet Tailoring, Cut and Color by Rona, Edward Jones and the Gold Mine Thrift Shop.


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youth From Books to Boots If you know a young person you would like to nominate, please

Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photographer Jerri Parness


It is an extraordinary young person who can fully grasp the wisdom of those who have come before them. Experience and maturity are usually prerequisites for appreciating the sacrifices,

Thre e CSHS G i rl s Head e d to M ilita r y Ex c e lle nc e

lessons and mistakes of earlier generations. But for three recent Cactus Shadows graduates, all co-captains of Cactus Shadows’ first girls’ varsity soccer team to make it as a State runnerup team, Madi Pascale, Brenna Leech and Saige Williams, not only have they dedicated time to listen to and record stories from local veterans, they’ve been inspired by them. They are supporting each other’s goals of creating promising futures in the military.

Madi Pascale is one of only eight percent of applicants to be accepted into the United States Naval Academy. She found her passion after becoming involved in the Veterans’ Heritage Project during her sophomore year of high school. Through the project, she got to know veterans from World War II and Vietnam, and learned more than just history from them. Their stories taught her life lessons about perseverance, pride and respect.

“It sounds so cliché, but it really changed my life,” she said. “I realized that military people


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are a different breed, and when I learned about the Naval Academy, I thought, ‘Why not?’”

A natural leader, she did not let the statistics deter her. Of the only eight percent of applicants accepted into the prestigious school, only one in five is a woman. She earned the nomination of Representative David Schweikert, no big surprise for a girl whose vitae already includes being captain of two soccer teams, president of her high school French club, vice-president of the Veterans’ Heritage Project, a member of National Honor Society, English Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society.

Although she knows they will be demanding, she is looking forward to the next four years, and is living out her own motto. “Shoot for something different, reach farther,” she said. “Always really challenge yourself. You never know how far you can get.”

Madi’s friend Brenna Leech is also aiming high. She has been admitted into the United States Air Force Academy. Like Madi, Brenna’s interest in the military flourished as she became involved with the Veterans’ Heritage Project. Through the stories of veterans, her interest in airplanes and flying turned into a larger goal when she found out about the academy. “I said, ‘This is the place for me,’” she explained.

The hardest part for Brenna was her interview to gain a recommendation from Senator John McCain and Representative Ben Quayle. “I’m not going to lie … that was the toughest part by far,” she said. “To sit in front of all of these impressive people and say, ‘I’m a good person! Send me to the academy!’ was really hard.”

Brenna’s experience as co-captain of her soccer team, volleyball, track, National Honor Society, Key Club, the Veterans’ Heritage Project and Spanish Honor Society, to name a few, have given her leadership skills and confidence to succeed.

Still, she did well and is looking forward to her schooling. “I’m a no-nonsense, no-drama kind of person,” she explained. “I’m

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youth From Books to Boots If you know a young person you would like to nominate, please email

“I can assure you that my generation truly

excited to go into a world where drama is not going to be on the forefront.”

She, too, acknowledges that the next four years might be tough. “Someone told me that, when things get really hard, to tell myself that I’ll leave tomorrow. That tomorrow never comes, and you just learn to live through today.”


Like the other girls, Veterans’ Heritage Project participant and fellow soccer co-captain Saige

that freedom

the recipient of a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship to the University

isn’t free,” said Saige.

Williams was also inspired by the veterans she met and decided to follow their lead. She is

of Arizona. When she graduates, she will be commissioned Ensign Saige Williams in the United States Navy.

Saige and Brenna had the unique opportunity to travel to Vietnam to visit several of the places significant to veterans they interviewed. The experience helped them connect with both the


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veterans they interviewed and the many service men and women who sacrificed their lives to military service.

It was at a Boy Scout function at Cave Creek





her brothers that Saige first gained an appreciation for the sacrifices and service of our military veterans. Six years later, she had the opportunity to interview the same commander she’d listened to years prior through the Veterans’ Heritage Project.

“It was in that moment that I distinctly remember being fascinated with and truly feeling a calling toward the armed services,” Saige said in an American Legion Memorial Day address earlier this year. “It’s safe to say, I was hooked.”

Saige continued, “I am strongly motivated to honor, and in some ways I hope to repay those who we interviewed in VHP and all who have served our country … I humbly hope to do my part to leave the world a safer and better place for future generations.

The integrity and determination shown by these three girls is admirable, and the community has much to be proud of. Their wisdom and appreciation for those who came before them is remarkable. We believe these three will be among the leaders of tomorrow, and will continue to honor their role models for a long time to come.

“I can assure you that my generation truly understands that freedom isn’t free,” said Saige.

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youth Fashion Forward If you know a young person you

Writer Amanda Christmann Larson

would like to nominate, please email

While some teens are more concerned with their social scene in their spare time, Alexander

“ I re al l y s tar te d

Sanchez has more of a passion for textiles than texting, and is quickly shaping his love for design and creativity into a bright future.

l e a r n i ng a bout des i g n and how to wo r k wit h a d e si g n”, h e s ai d.“I’m l e arn i ng to mas ter t h e ba s i c s wit h

“When I was younger, I was always drawing dresses and Halloween costumes. I’ve always had an obsession with costumes,” he explained. That obsession is quickly turning him into a fashion prodigy. Among other venues, Alexander is currently being considered to showcase his designs at Phoenix Fashion Week. If he is invited, he will be the youngest designer to show at the event.

He is inspired by fabrics and colors, and even nature. Butterflies, flowers and other natural elements have a way of popping up, and off of his designs. His creations range from simple

de si g n i ng, wo rking

and sophisticated to wild and whimsical, and he is definitely gifted in both his imagination

wi t h fab r i c s and

and his ability to conceptualize his vision. He is so inspired, in fact, that he and his mother,

basi c s ew i ng s kills.”

Monica, formally launched Alexander Sanchez Designs.

Alexander isn’t alone in his love of fashion design, although he did find it difficult to find peers who understood him in public school. When his mom, Monica, heard about Tempe’s


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New School for the Arts & Academics, and its fashion design program, Alexander agreed to give it a try. He hasn’t looked back, and his talent is thriving.

“I really started learning about design and how to work with a design,” he said. “I’m learning to master the basics with designing, working with fabrics and basic sewing skills.”

After completing his junior year, Alexander is already looking ahead to his future. “I would love to go to design school,” he said. “I would love to take it to the top. I want to be in bigger fashion weeks, like LA or possibly New York. I’d love to be designing for Givenchy or do an internship with another high-end designer.”

That’s just for starters. Eventually, if Alexander has his way, we may come to know his name by the label in our clothing. “I want to take it to where I would have my own house and be able to assemble pieces like other big designers do.” At the rate he is making a name for himself now, that may be a possibility.

For now, he continues to be inspired by trends in Paris, Milan and New York, and Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Balenciaga and Chanel. He is learning more and more about what it takes to succeed in the world of fashion couture. Phoenix may not be the most obvious place for an up-and-coming designer, but beginning here seems to be working. With Phoenix and Scottsdale Fashion Weeks growing in popularity and respect, Alexander just might be developing his skills at precisely the right time in the Valley of the Sun.

“We may not be in LA, but it’s a good starting ground,” he said.

ImagesAZ wishes Alexander Sanchez the best in his endeavors, and hope his rising star shines! J ul y/Aug us t 2 0 1 2


inspire Hands On in Haiti Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photography Terry Cockerham

On a sunny afternoon in January 2010, the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti was bustling with traffic. Thousands of business people, office workers, medical staff and teachers were ending their

Many people have never had access to healthcare, education, clean water, sanitation or proper nutrition.

work days, some attending to last-minute details, and thousands more already on their way home, most packed in rickety minibuses and taxis headed down littered streets. Vendors, with everything from fried plantain chips to clothing balanced on top of their heads, hawked their goods through traffic. Like most days at this time, they held a captive audience. Other vendors with stands marked by colorful but dirty umbrellas lined the roadsides. Their targets were the crowds of people walking. School children were also finished for the day. It was a Tuesday, not long after classes had resumed following the Christmas holiday. Some played soccer, some were doing homework, and some were helping with chores, preparing stews or dire ak pwa, the local version of rice and beans, for dinner, or washing children in froth-filled buckets. It was in the midst of this normalcy that disaster struck. At first, the ground began to tremble, hardly noticeable through the rumbling of engines and sounds of thousands of people milling about. Quickly, though, things changed. The rumbling grew louder and buildings began to sway. Concrete began to fall from taller buildings in large chunks as people screamed and began running. There was nowhere to escape. Buildings collapsed, crushing those inside, and the trembling earth tossed cars, people and everything else into giant heaps of rubble.


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The earthquake, measuring a massive 7.0 in magnitude, devastated Port-au-Prince and the rest of the tiny island nation, already the poorest in the Western hemisphere. An estimated 3 million people were affected. The United Nations estimates 1.5 million people were displaced. Haitian government estimates the injured count at about 300,000, and 316,000 people, or 60 times the population of Cave Creek, were killed. Since the quake, tremendous amounts of aid have arrived, and some progress has been made. Within a year, the number of people living in makeshift camps went from 1.5 million to 500,000, and continues to decrease. Still, corruption, lack of coordination and difficulty in getting resources to people who need it have hindered assistance efforts. Donor frustration has resulted largely from a lack of accountability of resources once they arrive in Haiti. The earthquake was devastating and loss of life terrifically tragic, but Haiti needed help long before

“From Here to Haiti” photo exhibition Aug. 13 - Sept. 24

FACE Gallery - Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center 33606 N. 60th Street, Scottsdale 85331 480-575-2039

the earth shook. Eighty percent of the people there were already living below the poverty line, and 54 percent were living in abject poverty. Many people have never had access to healthcare, education, clean water, sanitation or proper nutrition. Roads and other infrastructure were desperately in need of construction and






economically crippled many areas outside of the cities. Two years before the earthquake, a small team from Pinnacle Presbyterian Church traveled to Haiti to join Pastor Luc Deratus, whose compassion and willingness to work led him to start Harmony Ministries in 1981. His organization has established churches and nondenominational schools, provided meals, education, medical care, medicine and hope for people in one of Haiti’s poorest slums. A year later, a larger team went, including an interpreter and three trained medical personnel. Each day, the team saw between 300 and 400 people a day. They worked with Pastor Luc and saw where their donations and contributed resources were going, making them feel confident help was going where it was needed most. “The only practical way to get anything done is to have someone in Haiti who is knowledgeable and effective,” agreed Roy Gust, former team leader and Jan Loichle, the current team leader of PPC’s Haiti Initiative. “Pastor Luc gets things done, and for very little money. No one who needs help is turned down.” J ul y/Aug us t 2 0 1 2


inspire Hands On in Haiti

When the earthquake struck, the PPC team knew who to turn to. While donations from large organizations with few on-the-ground ties to Haiti sat on the airport tarmac, Pastor Luc was

“We can’t ‘fix’ Haiti or ‘heal’

out distributing water, food, clothing and other aid provided by the U.S.-based Harmony Partners for Haiti, the organization formed by PPC and nine other churches in response to the quake.

the people,” said

In January of this year, more local doctors, nurse practitioners, support people and a

Loichle.“But we

Pastor Luc in Port-au-Prince and the towns of Thoman and Leogane. Some supplies were

can provide a caring hand and suppor t an effor t that helps Haitian people help themselves.”

videographer/photographer joined a larger team and made another trip to Haiti to work with shipped ahead of time, but the PPC team also took 500 pounds of donated medical supplies, medicines and a microscope for the Port-au-Prince clinic. “For the first time, visitors could see the extent of poverty and the kind of living conditions people are living in,” said Loichle. “It’s really beyond anything people can imagine. When we got there, we really couldn’t believe the sights, sounds, and massiveness of it.” Loichle continued, “Thousands and thousands of people are living in hovels without running water or reliable electricity, next to open drainage ditches filled with trash and who-knows-what else.” In five days, the team saw hundreds, if not thousands of patients, many of whom had walked for miles to be treated. They also inspected a new building and school that local donors are contributing to, and saw Pastor Luc’s programs at work. Children and adults were being educated, people receiving healthcare, and the most basic of needs, such as clean water and food, being provided, as well as marriage and pre-marital counseling, and health and


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hygiene education. People wanting jobs were receiving vocational training so they could get them. Most of all, they saw the hope and joy of people who, despite difficult lives, continued to smile, sing, dance, pray and find optimism among the crumble. “To be able to have an immediate and personal connection, rather than going through an agency and writing a check, is not the same,” said Loichle. “To know we’re continuing to have a real impact right now, not only by providing food and shelter for people, but supplying jobs and education is very real, very important. “This experience has given me the satisfaction of knowing I’m helping to make a difference,” said Loichle. Dallas photographer Terry Cockerham accompanied the group on their mission, documenting the faces and places behind the tragedy and the hope. His pictures will help spread the word and give a voice to those bound

“From Here to Haiti” photo exhibition Aug. 13 - Sept. 24

FACE Gallery - Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center 33606 N. 60th Street, Scottsdale 85331 480-575-2039

by tragedy and poverty. Co-hosted by Desert Foothills Community Education, an exhibition called “From Here to Haiti” will be held at the FACE Gallery, located in the lobby of the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center Aug. 13 through Sept. 24, so that the photographs can “speak” their stories to all who will listen. Even though the group left hundreds of pounds of supplies behind, they brought back far more than they’d left with, including a renewed faith in humanity, and a different perspective on their own lives. “We are so blessed and privileged to live in a beautiful place where we have so many opportunities,” said Loichle. “Being able to do so many things for other people is personally so fulfilling.” “We can’t ‘fix’ Haiti or ‘heal’ the people,” said Loichle. “But we can provide a caring hand and support an effort that helps Haitian people help themselves.” For information on Harmony Partners for Haiti, including how to join or help, contact Jan Loichle at 480-575-9125 or For information on the “From Here to Haiti” exhibition, contact






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Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photographer Jerri Parness

It’s another summer afternoon for thekards, a four-man band jamming away in North Scottsdale. They start with covers by the Eagles, Rush, the Beatles and even a little Herbie Hancock before working on some of their original music.

For them,this is a fun time hanging out with friends,but for anyone else,it’s difficult not to do a double-take,seeing the young faces behind the music.

They sound great Jared Grady is on lead guitar, Jacob Williams is on rhythm, Lucas Aikin hits complex licks on drums and Habib Sabbagh covers bass and lead vocals. For them, this is a fun time hanging out with friends, but for anyone else, it’s difficult not to do a doubletake, seeing the young faces behind the music. The band is not a road-hard, experienced group; they’re 14- and 15-year-olds whose musical talent and contagious enthusiasm are well beyond their chronology. And, despite their young ages, they are already making waves in the local music scene. In the past year, the high schoolers have spread their musical wings by opening for Easton Ashe, Arizona Blues Project and playing popular hot spots like Cocomo Joe’s and O’Donoghue’s. They’ve played at events like Taste of Cave Creek, Cave Creek Wicked and Thieves’ Market. None has been more exciting for the boys than playing at Alice Cooper’s J ul y/Aug us t 2 0 1 2


the kards are d e finite ly a group to watc h in up c om ing ye ars. I t will b e f un to se e wh e re the ir passion and talent ta ke s th e m . 40

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School’s Out for Summer and Alice’s Christmas Pudding, with the exception, maybe, of their gig at Arena during the Coyotes playoffs. Not bad, considering they’re still too young to drive. What makes them even more remarkable is that they have only been together for a little over a year. They came together at one of Stages Music’s Rock & Roll Workshop, a fourday intensive camp of sorts for young music enthusiasts. During the workshop, they learned to play songs and even compose an original piece. For Jared, Jacob, Lucas and Habib, their love of rock and roll and their musical abilities complimented each other so well that they decided to see what they could do together. The teens, who all attend different schools, are learning that there is a lot of work involved in having a band, but they don’t see their regular practices and gigs as a burden. “It’s hard to describe,” said Jared, 15. “When you’re in the ‘zone’ and you get connected with the audience, it’s fun.” “It doesn’t feel like work at all,” added Lucas, 14. Each of the band members got started in music separately, most at seven or eight years old. They have all had support from their parents and their community, most recently from Mogollon bassist Bryan Kuban, who is now mentoring the boys through their

emerging careers. Through Kuban, they have learned quite a bit about stage presence, writing, recording and conducting business. With his help, they are currently recording their first album. It can be difficult to remember how young thekards are when listening to them perform, but once they’re off the stage, inside jokes and talk about girls and school are quick reminders that they are teenaged boys. They’re all outgoing and quick-witted, although they all name Habib as the front man of the four. Lucas’ mom, Jessica, is one of the band’s biggest fans. “They have a lot of fun, and they don’t take themselves too seriously,” she said. “They keep it light and try to have a good time. Being successful is important to them, but they also have fun doing it.” “We try to make work time business time,” added Jared, “but it’s also a really good time.” When they’re not playing music, they love airsoft guns and hanging out,

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mostly together. They all have college goals and do well in school. Jared plays in the Brophy Jazz Band, and Jacob has taken two years of advanced music theory at Scottsdale Preparatory Academy. Jacob wants to go into mechanical engineering, but they all say they want music to remain a big part of their lives in one way or another. “We’re just kind of rolling with it right now,” said Jared. thekards are definitely a group to watch in upcoming years. It will be fun to see where their passion and talent takes them. ImagesAZ wishes Jared, Habib, Jacob and Lucas all the best in their

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GoneWild Down a quiet dirt road in the shadow of McDowell Mountain, a cougar named Maya lounges in a boulder cave beneath a tree. After a while, she stands up and stretches her back, then slowly saunters through the cave’s opening. She’s a beautiful creature. Long and agile, her eyes are wise and her size commands respect.

Writer Amanda Christmann Larson

Maya walks gingerly on her feet, taking each step very carefully because her large paws are constantly sore. She was declawed at just two months old, leaving her big feet without support and tender, even years later. Her large canine teeth were extracted at the same time, damaging

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her jaws. She walks up to the front of her caged enclosure at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center to receive a frozen mouse treat. It’s a far cry from the deer she would normally be feeding on in the wild, but she doesn’t know the difference: she’s never been in the wild. Maya is one of thousands of big cats outside of the American zoo system who has lived in captivity for her entire life. She was bred to be a “pet” in South Carolina, then was shipped to an Arizona woman after the woman purchased Maya over the Internet. When neighbors saw the woman walking Maya on a leash in Central Phoenix, they notified police. Game and Fish officials found Maya living in the spare bedroom of an apartment building. Most shocking, the woman had three small children living in the apartment, also. “People who try to keep wild animals as pets always seem to think they have a special bond with the animal and that they will never hurt them,” said Southwest Wildlife founder and director Linda Searles. “It makes them feel special to have a wild animal. The thing is, wild animals and people don’t speak the same language. We might have a smell or move a certain way, and the animal interprets that entirely differently than how we mean it. They have natural instincts to hunt and to protect that we can’t control, and it just takes that one time for tragedy to happen.” Maya’s owner planned to send her to a roadside zoo in Kingman where Maya would have spent the rest of her life in a concrete-floored cage, exploited for entertainment, but instead, she made one good decision. She called the American Sanctuary Association, which led her to Southwest Wildlife, the only accredited sanctuary in Arizona capable of handling an animal Maya’s size. When Game and Fish officers showed up to seize Maya, they learned the owner had not been reformed. She had already ordered another mountain lion from a breeder. Maya’s owner was charged with child endangerment, but Maya was sentenced to life in a sort of prison. Although Southwest Wildlife provides a safe habitat with plenty of food, veterinary care, stimulation and respect for Maya and other animals with similar stories, it is not their natural habitat. They are forced to live out their lives behind fences.

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The woman who had Maya was lucky. Maya was still very young and had not yet become difficult to control. Tens of thousands of wild animals are relinquished or destroyed each year because, although they are cute and cuddly as babies, they can become aggressive or too expensive to feed when they get older. Others are released into the wild, a cruel fate for animals that have lost their fear of humans and have never learned to hunt for themselves. Perhaps saddest of all, however, are the wild animals kept in homes in captivity that are fed improper diets, surgically handicapped and treated as if they are human. There is no dignity for an animal that is denied its natural identity. Maya is not alone. Southwest Wildlife is home to wolves, bobcats, mountain lions, bears, porcupines, coatis, foxes, raccoons, coyotes and feathered creatures, most of which were purchased or bred as pets and would have been destroyed had it not been for Linda, the small staff, and army of volunteers and donors who keep them alive. Linda started the sanctuary 19 years ago with a single coyote, injured after he was run over by a tractor. She quickly realized there was nowhere to take large injured wild animals. As her passion grew, she found more and more people who were interested in helping her. She also educated herself on wildlife rehabilitation and partnered with nutritionists, veterinarians, volunteers and anyone else willing to pitch in. Even local grocers began donating outdated meat and day-old bread. Still, each year, it is a struggle to raise the money needed to care for these creatures, but Linda knows she has no choice, because the animals have no choices. Not all of the animals that come to Southwest Wildlife stay. About 70 percent of them are rehabilitated and released. They are the lucky ones; humans have not left their mark on their natural instincts. They are injured or orphaned, or their habitat has been encroached upon

by development. They need veterinary care or time to heal before they can be released. Staff takes special care not to let babies imprint on staff or adult animals lose their natural fear of humans. Interaction is limited, and the vast majority of the animals can be released to live out their lives in freedom. In some cases, they are even released to help the ecosystem. A nearly two-year project to collect injured and nuisance javalinas ended in June with the successful transplantation of a large herd to an area in Mexico, where jaguars have been attacking cattle. The problem there has been that javalinas have succumbed to canine distemper. The herd cultivated at Southwest Wildlife has been vaccinated, and will be part of a repopulation program where they can be bred and the new generations vaccinated, then be released into new natural habitats. Reintroduction will again provide jaguars with their natural food source so that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t attack cattle. It will also give the javalina a second chance at natural life. Among the amazing creatures at Southwest Wildlife is one giant not normally found in the Arizona wildlands. Leonardo, a gorgeous and tremendously large African leopard, is king of the sanctuary. Leonardo was a Las Vegas show animal before he spent many years in a small cage in a privatelyowned roadside zoo in Douglas, Arizona. By the time the zoo closed, Leonardo had pneumonia, a collapsed lung, and his jaw structure was brittle because his large teeth had been removed. Linda had followed his plight for years, and the efforts to remove him from the ranch where he was kept. When she was contacted through the American Sanctuary Association to help rehabilitate Leonardo, she immediately accepted. Leonardo was supposed to stay at Southwest Wildlife for only a short time, but he responded so well to his surroundings that Linda agreed to keep him there. A new habitat is being constructed for him. Every enclosed habitat at Southwest Wildlife is home to an animal with a story. They are all sad, but more than that, they are full of hope. If people begin to listen to their stories, to become aware of their plight, they may make better choices. Maybe, just maybe, they may learn to leave wildlife in the wild and live alongside these creatures with new-found respect and understanding. When that happens, the lives and struggles of these animals will not have been in vain.

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S ta r s , p l a n e t s a n d fa r away

Writer Amanda Christmann Larson

Looking up into the night sky, one can’t help but marvel at the wonder of it all. Stars, planets and faraway galaxies have fascinated man since long before time began, telling stories and keeping secrets that still defy the limits of science today.

Stars, plane ts

Looking through a high-powered telescope, the mysteries only become more perplexing.

and fa raway

Brilliant colors, dazzling patterns and terrific shows that elude the naked eye suddenly

galax ies have

brilliance are questions we are only beginning to answer, but one North Scottsdale

fasc inate d man sinc e

become apparent. How they function and what occurs in the cosmos to form such

resident just might have answers that could change the way we view other worlds, and our own.

Many know Don Scott as a helpful volunteer at the Desert Foothills Library, but few

long be fore

know that he just may be a driving force behind changing what future generations

tim e be gan,

theorizing has the potential to turn astrophysicist’s gravity theories upside down. By

telling storie s and kee ping

learn about space. What he and a small group of scientists and enthusiasts are

asking the question, “What if …?” he and his colleagues are coming up with some unconventional, yet captivating possible explanations for anomalies and enigmas that can’t be answered by other current astronomical theories.

se c re ts t hat

Don’s love for astronomy began at the tender age of 13, when he took a trip with

still de fy

the clear, endless sky, he first fell in love with the view from behind the lens of a

th e lim its of s cie nc e today.

his parents from his New York City home to visit a cousin in rural Iowa. There, under

telescope. “I took one look, and I was hooked for the rest of my life,” he said. When he returned home, he built his own telescope.

Although he always maintained his love for the night sky, life took him in other directions. He became a professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He married his wife, Annis, and together, they raised two talented and successful daughters. The family enjoyed sailing, and spent months at

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a time on the high seas. It wasn’t until after he retired and Annis and daughter Laura decided to explore the desert Southwest that Don’s life journey led him to deeply explore the highest of frontiers: the cosmos.

Annis designed the couple’s first Arizona home, near Tucson, with an observatory, where like his North Scottsdale home, preserved dark skies make viewing possible. For the first time, Don could focus his full attention on astronomy. He began closely following astronomy publications and releases, looking for answers to what he was observing. “It was when astrophysicists began saying things that I, as an electrical engineer, knew were wrong that I began to have serious doubts about their pronouncements. What troubled me most was when they began saying things that any of my junior-year students could show were completely incorrect.

If astrophysicists

were saying things that were demonstrably wrong in my area of expertise, could it be that they were making similar mistakes in their own field as well?”

It appears there may be quite a bit they’ve had wrong all along, and the scientific community is beginning to take notice.

The issue is this: the vast majority of the visible universe, and most likely beyond, is made up of plasma. Scientists were not aware of this until recently because space plasma begins about 200 miles above


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To put it in layman’s terms, the movement of electrons from negative to positive is electricity, so what happens in the plasma in and outside of our universe can, according to Don and his fellow researchers, be explained by what we already know about electricity. Because NASA and the scientific community have, in the past, only focused on gravity and magnetism to explain what happens beyond our own rocky planet, Don believes there is a tremendous untapped potential for understanding more.

In short, he and his colleagues are asking, “What if the cosmos is electric?”

“Scientists don’t study plasma the way electrical engineers do,” Don explained. “As we make more

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and more discoveries we, who understand the ways of electricity and plasma, are proposing answers to things that astronomers can’t explain.”

By viewing the vast array of strangely shaped objects beyond our own solar system through the “electric” lens, it suddenly becomes apparent that occurrences that have been unexplainable by the most widely accepted theories might have simple answers. Oddly shaped galaxies, for example, suddenly have feasible explanations. Solar flares, which have baffled scientists for years, can easily be explained by Don’s “Electric Sky” hypothesis. Like all circuits, solar flares are visible in arc plasma when photographed with special time-lapse cameras, such as the one Don uses. The process is comparable to a plasma arc welder.

Don’s most recent book, The Electric Sky - A Challenge to the Myths of Modern Astronomy, edited by his wife Annis and with input from an astronomer friend, has caused quite a stir. He has found himself in demand as a speaker on the subject, and has been invited to speak at NASA’s Goddard Space Center. The invitation and his warm reception marked a considerable milestone in reaching the active scientific community. The theories being developed by Don and his colleagues are new and controversial, and go against both governmentally and corporately funded research, as well as the life work of many respected astronomers today.

He has also been a featured speaker at the First Crisis in Cosmology Conference in Monção, Portugal and at many scientific conferences around the country, and he has lectured twice for the Foothills Community Center’s MindQuest series in North Scottsdale.

Despite Don’s passion for relatively heady subject matter, he maintains both humor and humility. In addition to scholarly audiences, he has shared his love for astronomy with school children at Grayhawk Elementary, one of his favorite experiences. The name of his home observatory is affectionately referred


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to on his website as the “Holin A. Grotch Observatory” because it is just that: a hole in his garage roof that opens manually to provide a viewing spot for his impressive telescope.

As a library volunteer, he serves as a general handy man, hanging pictures and fixing furniture as well as checking out






glance, although he certainly appears respectable, few would guess the genius behind Dr. Scott’s pleasant smile.

Perhaps most significant, though, is Don’s willingness to be open to new ideas. “When you hear a different idea, don’t disbelieve it automatically,” he said. “Instead, ask, ‘What makes you think that?’ and be willing to listen to the answer. There is a big difference between being open-minded and being empty-headed.”

Don Scott is breaking barriers in many ways, and his hypotheses just may change the way we view our world and its surrounds in the very near future. Annis Scott summed it up best when she said, “Science and our understanding of it has been an evolutionary process. Throughout history, there have been certain benchmarks, after which we look back and think, ‘How little we used to know until we crossed that threshold!’ I believe we will look back on people like Don and what they bring to science because people like him have the courage to ask questions and suggest very different answers.”

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Lindsey Weaver Writer Nigel Spence

On Feb ruar y 26, Weaver became just the second female golfer in histor y to record an 18-hole competition round of 59.

Lindsey Weaver sat comfortably at the table, a caramel frappuccino with extra caramel held between her hands, and a welcoming smile on her face. She wore a neat, navy golf outfit, nothing out of the ordinary, and did not show a care in the world about wearing golf shoes into Starbuck’s.

Apart from the shoes, Weaver would pass as just another Cactus Shadows High School graduate, enjoying a normal day of summer break. Her youth and size contradicted what I expected to find in someone who had accomplished so much. But flying under the radar is perhaps just how Weaver prefers it to be. The 5-foot-3-inch 18-year-old, may not stand out in the crowd as a premiere athlete in the nation, but her performances on the golf course in recent months have taken her to heights experienced by only the ultimate player in the game.

On February 26, Weaver became just the second female golfer in history to record an 18-hole competition round of 59. The other to do it, Annika Sorenstam, the most decorated player in LPGA history, and someone that Weaver lists as her most admired golfer. “Annika had a really good work ethic. I got to meet her as she attends a lot of tournaments as a speaker, and I played in her invitational earlier this year. She is really nice, and now she is giving back to the game [in her retirement]. She was fun to watch. She was amazing.”

Annika’s 59 at Moon Valley Country Club in 2001 was highlighted by 8 birdies on the first eight holes and 12 birdies through the first 13. She held her nerve, made a birdie at the 17th hole, and made a par at the last to record the magical number.

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In contrast, Weaver was having a great round at the Apache course at Desert Mountain in the Ping Junior Interclub event, 8-under par through 14 holes, but it would require a whirlwind finish to break into one of the sport’s most elite circles. After birdies at holes 15, 16 and 17, Weaver

“M y d a d s a i d to m e ,‘ M a ke s om e th i ng

would need an eagle at the par-5 18th hole. After another fairway splitting tee shot, Weaver knew exactly where she stood, “I had 183 yards on the 18th hole for my second shot and I knew that I had to make eagle to shoot 59. I hit the approach using a 23 degree Hybrid, so pure, and it finished about 8 feet from the hole. I was a little bit nervous over the putt, but it went in.”

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Shooting 59 put Weaver into the record books, but perhaps more than that, it gave Weaver the

to day,’ ” L ind sey

record round, Weaver would find herself in a situation where she needed to “go low” in order to

c onfi d e d , admitti ng th a t i t was a s tate m en t t h at s h e h a s

confidence that she could shoot really low scores at critical times. Five weeks after shooting the

contend. After rounds of 67 and 75 in the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow, to be even par on the 6,150-yard, par-71 layout, Weaver was six strokes behind. Preparing for the final round, Lindsey’s father Craig, who Lindsey admits is the most influential person in shaping her career, offered some words of advice that she took to heart.

“My dad said to me, ‘Make something special happen today,’” Lindsey confided, admitting that it was a statement that she has remembered ever since.

re m e m be re d eve r s in c e .

In the final round, Weaver would do exactly as her dad had asked. She collected three birdies in the first nine holes and four more on the back, to post a final round 7-under 64. The score was good enough to tie Amy Lee of Brea, California, and force a sudden death playoff. When Lee failed to make par at the first playoff hole, Weaver collected the title with a 3-foot par putt,


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her 9th, and most coveted American Junior Golf Association title.

In May, Weaver stepped up to the next level, entering the Qualifier for the

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U.S. Women’s Open. Held at Terravita Golf Club, a short distance from her home and former high school, Weaver posted rounds of 71 and 69, to share medalist honors and ensure her spot in the event, to be held July 5 – 8, in Kohler, Wisconsin.

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over the country, Weaver signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana.

“I am ready to go and really excited. The campus is amazing. I liked the sense of tradition. I liked the coaches and the girls on the team and I loved the atmosphere,” Weaver admitted of her future school.

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Government/business Town of Carefree 480-488-3686 Town of Cave Creek 480-488-1400 Chamber of Commerce Carefree/Cave Creek 480-488-3381 Chamber of Commerce Cave Creek 480-437-1110 Motor Vehicle Department 602-255-0072 Social Security 800-772-1213 Voter Registration 602-506-1511 Gym Curves of Cave Creek 480-437-1088 Handyman Desert Foothills Handyman Service 602-540-9794 Health care Cierra Medical Walk-In Care 480-575-0131 Desert Foothills Medical Center 480-488-9220 John C. Lincoln Deer Valley 623-879-6100 Mayo Clinic 480-301-8000 Mayo Hospital 480-585-6296 Paradise Valley Hospital 602-923-5000 Scottsdale Healthcare 480-324-7000 7400 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy 480-323-3000 90th St. & Shea Blvd. Westland Family Foot and Ankle Specialist 480-361-2500


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Chris Mellon & Company 7509 E. Cave Creek Rd. 480-575-6977 Landscape Design Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc. 480-595-0611 Iddings & Sons Landscaping, Inc. 623-465-2546 623-297-7584 Library Desert Broom Library 602-262-4636 Desert Foothills Library 480-488-2286 Outdoor Furniture Cave Creek Outdoor Living 480-575-3091 Elegant Outdoor Living 623-340-3072 Painting Daisy Mountain Painting 623-551-3156 Dino’s Painting 480-710-9267 Parks Cave Creek Regional Park 623-465-0431 Gateway Desert Awareness 480-488-1400 Spur Cross Ranch 480-488-6601 Cave Creek Ranger 480-595-3300 Photography Jerri Parness Photography 480-650-3138 Karen Sophia Photography 480-543-7526

Pogue Photography 480-748-9100 Physical therapy Arizona Hand & Physical Therapy 480-563-1916 Plumbing Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 480-567-2395 Proskill Plumbing 623-551-7473 Pool Design/construction Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc. 480-595-0611 Eco Blu Pools 480-626-8200 7003 E. Cave Creek Road Pool Maintenance Perfect Pools 480-656-2984 Post office Carefree 480-488-3781 Cave Creek 480-488-1218 Realtor Russ Lyon - Sotheby’s International Realty 34305 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-488-2400 The RJ Team 480-239-4412 Restaurants Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House 480-488-8031 English Rose Tea Room 480-488-4812 201 Easy St. Carefree, AZ The Station 623-465-7290 46202 N. Black Canyon Hwy. The Village Coffee Shop 480-488-3835 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd. #134 B Tonto Bar and Grill 480-488-0698

SCHOOL Annunciation Catholic School 480-361-8234 Bella Vista Private School 480-575-6001 Black Mountain Elementary School 480-575-2100 Cactus Shadows High School Main Line 480-575-2400 Attendance 480-575-2431 Career Success School 480-575-0075 Cave Creek Unified School District 480-575-2000 Community Education Preschool 480-575-2072 Desert Foothills Lutheran Preschool 480-585-8007 Desert Sun Academy 480-575-2900 Desert Willow Elementary School 480-575-2800 Foothills Academy 480-488-5583 Goddard School 480-437-1000 Horseshoe Trails Elementary School 480-272-8500 Lone Mountain Elementary School 480-437-3000 Montessori School 480-563-2929

Sheriff Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Posse 602-256-1895

Desert Foothills Lutheran Church 480-585-8007

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

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church 480-488-3384

Solar & Electric Black Platinum Solar & Electric 623-434-3340 Water Softener & Filtration Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 480-567-2395 Rayne of the North Valley 623-234-9047 Soft Water Plus AZ 623-465-4873 Window Treatments Exciting Windows 480-575-9727 480-861-3427 Worship Black Mountain Baptist Church 480-488-1975 Black Mountain United Church of Christ 480-575-1801

Our Lady of Joy Preschool 480-595-6409

Canyon Church of Christ 623-889-3388

Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain 602-493-2600

Carefree Highway Community Church 480-488-5565

Quality Interactive Montessori School 480-575-5269

Cave Creek Adventist Fellowship 602-663-1268

Sonoran Trails Middle School Main Line 480-272-8600 Attendance: 480-272-8604

Christ Anglican Episcopal Church 480-488-0525

Ventana Academic School 480-488-9362

Christ the Lord Lutheran 480-488-2081

Security Doors Steel Shield Security Doors 623-581-DOOR CrimSafe 602-448-3346

Church of Jesus Christ of LDS 480-488-3035 Coolwater Christian Church 480-585-5554 Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church 623-465-9461

Desert Mission United Methodist Church 480-595-1814 Desert Valley Baptist Church 623-465-9461 First Baptist Church of Cave Creek 480-488-2958 First Church of Christ Scientist 480-488-2665 Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church 480-488-3283 Light of the Desert Lutheran Church 480-563-5500 Lone Mountain Fellowship Church 480-818-5653 North Scottsdale Christian 480-367-8182 North Ridge Community Church 480-515-4673 North Valley Church of Christ 480-473-7611 Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church 480-488-2229 Pinnacle Presbyterian Church 480-585-9448 Redeemer Lutheran Church 480-585-7002 Son Rise Community Church 480-502-2834 Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center 480-488-5218 St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church 480-595-0883

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recipe S’mores Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

Many of us have fond memories of sitting around a campfire beneath the stars when we were introduced to S’mores for the first time. In my case, that first camping experience was my last, but I will always hold the memories of my first S’mores near and dear to my heart. One does not need to sacrifice convenience and luxury in order to have out-of-this world S’mores. Head down to Cask 63 in Scottsdale, where Executive Chef Brian Feirstein is serving this tasty treat coupled with organic peanut butter ice cream to the droves of devotees the restaurant has already collected since its opening in January 2012. There you go … an authentic camping experience without the sleeping bag and bugs!

Cask 63 8877 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, Arizona 85253 480-922-5666

A classic camping treat, with cosmopolitan flair Ingredients: 1 pound unsalted butter 1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, divided 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate 6 extra-large eggs 3 tablespoons instant coffee powder or fresh ground espresso 2 tablespoons real vanilla extract 2 1/4 cups sugar 1 1/4 cups flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon kosher salt Peanut butter ice cream, as desired 8-12 graham crackers Chocolate sauce, as desired 8-12 marshmallows

Directions for the brownies: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Grease and flour a 13 by 18 by 1 1/2-inch sheet pan. 3. Melt together the butter, 1 pound chocolate chips, and bitter chocolate on top of a double boiler. 4. Cool slightly. 5. Stir together the eggs, instant coffee, vanilla, and sugar. 6. Stir in the warm chocolate mixture and cool to room temperature. 7. Stir together 1 cup of the flour, baking powder and salt. 8. Add to cooled chocolate mixture. 9. Then add the remaining chocolate chips to the chocolate batter. 10. Pour into prepared pan. 11. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until tester just comes out clean. 12. Halfway through the baking, rap the pan against the oven shelf to allow air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough. 13. Do not over bake! 14. Cool thoroughly and cut into squares. Directions for the S’mores: 1. Cut the brownie in half, top with a graham cracker, drizzle with chocolate sauce. 2. Place another brownie on top, Layer another graham cracker, drizzle with more chocolate sauce and top with a marshmallow. 3. Using a torch, caramelize the marshmallow on all sides. 4. Serve with peanut butter ice cream on the side.


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$623,000 Beautiful Boulders Lot--6 other lots available Gail Anthony 480-694-6830 Stacy Paluscio 602-526-9431


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

P. 480-488-2400

$825,000 THE BOULDERS Custom, Newly Updated T/O. Stone Fireplace,Wood Floors. Private/view Lot. Arlene Little 480-239-7130

$1,359,000 Debbie O.

Turn-Key Executive Homeâ&#x20AC;ŚCity Lights! 480-375-1522

$409,900 location.

$930,000 Debbie O.

RV Garage - 4.5 Acres - 4 Bedrooms - 4 Baths 480-375-1522

Light, bright, open floorplan in great Troon North Linda Moorhead 480-650-4502

$232,500 Priced to Sell! Very upgraded 1970 SF Condo in Carefree; 2 Master Suites /3 BA. Erika Willison 602-550-9595


$439,000 Cave Creek custom 5+acres w/exceptional views & potential! Preston Westmoreland 602-377-0060 Mark Hazelton 602-399-0399

$1,050,000 Golf course and Back Mountain views located in the resort community of the Boulders. Ron Bartz 602-402-3703

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Stunning Home in The Boulders with Golf Course Donna Taylor 480-980-7508

ImagesAZ Magazine North Scottsdale, Carefree and Cave CreekJune 2012 Edition.  

July/August 2012 Edition. Local magazine distributed to North Scottsdale, Carefree and Cave Creek.