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Shelly Spence :: owner/publisher :: 623-341-8221

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Life is a Stage

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Sports :: Falcon Football

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Lessons From a Warrior


History :: Folklore, Food and Fun


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A Place to Relax - A place to Renew

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neighbors possess. In our July/ August 2012 issue the “Stars, Planets and Faraway Galaxies” article about Don Scott and his astrological discoveries and theories, we inadvertently omitted his name in photo attributions. Not only does Don have an incredible scientific

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


Finding inspiration all around her is not a side job for Amanda. She is founder and director of a non-profit volunteer organization called Compassionate Journeys, dedicated to bringing medical volunteers and teachers to rural areas in Ghana, West Africa. She is motivated every Se p t eday m b eby r 2her 0 1 2love for children and her desire to provide

them with educational, health and economic opportunities so that they can not only survive, but thrive. More recently, she and her volunteers have begun raising funds to build a home for rescued child slaves in Ghana called “Melor Vinyewo,” or, “I Love All My Children.” This month, with the support of her husband and three sons, Amanda is embarking on a bicycle journey across the United States, from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida, called “Babes Blocking Traffic” to raise funds and increase awareness about child trafficking and slavery going on today across the globe.

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While putting together this month’s ImagesAZ, I couldn’t help but think of the many seasons we go through in life. As our own summer rains usher in the beauty of the desert fall, we are also undergoing very personal seasonal changes of our own. From the front cover to the final word, our writers captured people and moments that are all part of the ongoing “story of us.” Some are at the beginning of the journey, while others are focused on creating a better place for future generations. Still others are picking up the torch from generations past so that we can know where we came from to navigate the road ahead. Each is in his or her own season of life, but the blend of personalities and what they are contributing to our community is nothing less than fantastic. One story in this month’s ImagesAZ was one we did not plan to write, although deep-down, we knew the time would come. A few months ago, we had the gift of meeting Wylder Laffoon and his inspirational parents, Shannon and Steven, who sincerely touched us all. Now, this brave little warrior has won his battle with Neimann Pick A by leaving this world on his own terms, and we find ourselves looking back upon his life and the lessons he taught. It reminds me that, when someone comes into our lives, no matter their age, we never know what we can learn from them. Many wonderful people featured in this issue have lessons for us, but the short season we spent with Wylder has been among the most touching for me personally, and for many of you. As summer becomes fall, it’s our pleasure to spend this season together with you. Sit back and enjoy these moments, and embrace the time we have to share our accomplishments, joys and sorrows, because it is only by walking through these seasons with each other that we see the true reflection of our community and our lives. Warmly, Shelly Spence Publisher, ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

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ost people know them as the area’s “first couple” of music and theater, but Kevin Glenn and Martha Lindsey-Glenn’s story is much more than a playbill bio. When the curtain goes down and the stage

has been swept, Kevin and Martha continue to share their passions, giving back to the community, experiencing new cultures, teaching voice and piano, and simply enjoying their time together. Their real-life story is nearly as much of a fairy tale as some of their theatrical performances. Both are from the East Coast, Martha from Norfolk, Virginia and Kevin from Toms River, NJ. (“Yes, that Jersey Shore and, believe me, it is nothing like what is shown on the current TV shows,” he quips). Not surprisingly, it was their love for performance that brought them together. “We met in NYC at rehearsals for a light opera company’s productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ and ‘The Mikado,’” Kevin recalled. “There was a sea of people at the first rehearsal, and Martha was way across the room from me. I connected with her eyes and fell instantly!” Paired by the director, they quickly became friends. The two toured the East Coast, Southeast, and Midwest with the productions, exchanging stories of their travels on long bus rides, sharing meals and jogging together in their spare time. As the miles passed by, their friendship grew deeper. Six months later, on the Fourth of July, Kevin proposed, and they were married the following February.


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Their lives in New York were exciting. Both had emerging careers in music and had found success doing what they enjoyed. “We had a big, old brownstone in Brooklyn Heights, built in 1860, that

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we loved,” Kevin reminisced. “We had wonderful times there and still talk about them.”

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“I never thought I would leave New York City,” said Martha. “I do love the city, though Kev had wanted to move out for awhile. We came out [to Arizona] on vacation one August, of all months, and fell in love with the desert foothills.”

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Captivated by the desert, they made it their home two and a half years later. “When you feel that

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love it is almost something you cannot explain,” said Martha. “It truly is almost like a spiritual calling.

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We also explored different musical outlets here and felt we could put our talents to use in this area.” “We are building many good future memories here in Arizona,” Kevin added. “Since that move, we have been tremendously blessed to meet so many wonderful people – friends, colleagues, students, and parents of students, who welcomed us with such warmth and support. We could never begin to express our gratitude and thanks to all the people in our lives now,” said Martha. There are many who would say the same about them. Kevin has served as musical director for several of the

Desert Foothills Theater’s productions, earning an AriZoni award for his work on

“Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” He served on the board of directors for the Cave Creek Film and Arts Festival and was chairman of the song writing competition portion of the festival. He has been integral in Scottsdale Community Players’ productions, as well as those of Desert Foothills Theater, Herberger Lunchtime Theater, and the establishment of Carefree Christmas Chorus. He and C. Nicholas Johnson have worked together to create some of the most unique and entertaining musical theater in the Valley. He is a true entertainer with a heart for enriching the lives of others through performance.


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Kevin’s latest venture is directing the chorus at Sonoran Trails Middle School. “I am greatly looking forward to working with the students, and presenting the best middle school winter season concert the area has ever seen,” he said.

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Hundreds of area residents know Martha for her tremendous vocal talent, showcased on stage

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and off. Classically trained in oratorio, opera, musical performance remains one of her fortes.

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Both have been actively involved in Cactus Shadows High School’s music department, and Martha

w hom we h a ve wond e r f u l s h a red me m or ie s a s we l l ,” Kev in s a i d .

When she’s not onstage, her passion has evolved into helping others realize their own potential. and Kevin have opened the Lindsey-Glenn Voice and Piano Studio, coaching some of the Valley’s most talented vocalists and musicians. “We absolutely adore our students, with whom we have wonderful shared memories as well,” Kevin said. “We love watching the growth occur in our students and become absolutely thrilled when they break through a particular barrier that might be holding them back. So many of them work, full- or part-time, in the performing arts, and we support them wholeheartedly in whatever they choose to do.” They are eager to do what they can to promote the arts for the entire community, and have been active in programs such as the Desert Foothills Community Education’s Artists in Residence. They performed “Amahl and the Night Visitors” for community education fundraisers, and have taken the stage for Musica Nova, Musicfest, the International Association of Barristers, Habitat for Humanity, the Women’s Gold Association and many more causes. “We both believe that community is of the utmost importance. We are all here to help and support each other in the best way that we can,” Kevin noted.


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He added, “It seems that the arts programs are the first to go when budgets are cut in the school system. It is a wonderful thing when community events occur and are successful. Everyone comes together for a common cause, which is the performing arts for us, and for the greater good of all. The arts touch so many people in so many ways and I couldn’t see myself living in a community without them.” For information on the Carefree Community Christmas Chorus, contact Kevin at

For Kevin and Martha, life is more about the journey than the destination, and walking the path together, whether they are onstage in Cave Creek or exploring new cultures in other parts of the world, is what makes them happiest. Rehearsals are held on Sunday afternoons at the Foothills Community Center, beginning in mid-October.

“I think our travels together are certainly fond memories, but simple things, like sitting out and watching a meteor shower, bring up fond memories as well.” Kevin said. “We were in Key West a number of years ago and, after a late dinner, we walked out to the end of a very long pier, sat down in a couple of chairs, and stared at the stars that went all the way down to the horizon. It was stunning and we sat there not saying a word for a very long time. Talk about a magical memory!”

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Martha agreed. “This may sound corny, but each moment of our life together encompasses fond memories -- the times of fun, of travel, with friends, the times of challenges, the times of just sitting with our pets, having dinner and watching Jeopardy -- each moment is a fond memory, even in the most challenging of times.” Kevin and Martha exemplify what so many in the community strive to be. They have followed their passions and made life a journey. They’ve walked that journey together and learned that giving others joy has, indeed, been the secret to happiness.


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Cave Creek Museum Seeks Mimeograph Machine and Volunteers

As Cave Creek Museum prepares to re-open for the new season Wednesday, Oct. 3, it is seeking several items for its new “Office Through the Ages” exhibit, including a 10-key adding machine, old office furniture and a mimeograph machine to show how the community’s local newspapers were produced. “Advancements in technology certainly have made work easier, but it is not nearly as interactive as it was many decades ago,” Evelyn Johnson, Cave Creek Museum’s executive director, said. “This new exhibit will include various tools and equipment from different eras to show how offices and the workplace have changed over the years.” The museum is also planning a new general store exhibit and is seeking old fabrics, flour sacks, old Cracker Jack boxes and other old general store items. The museum is seeking volunteers of all ages for a variety of positions, including docents and special project-based positions. Experience is not necessary, though a background in public speaking, education, hospitality, retail, merchandising, construction or digital media will be helpful. Docent training orientations for volunteers are being planned. 480-488-2764

Venues Café Revs it Up

Venues Café, 34 Easy St., Carefree, is revving up every Saturday morning, all year round through magnificent food, sites and sounds. Car collectors are swarming to Venues Café for cruise-ins, displaying their collectible cars while also enjoying a delicious breakfast and sharing fellowship with other collectible car owners. Carefree has long been renowned as a beautiful place to drive and experience the diversity of the Arizona landscape. Venues Café has now made it a destination for car lovers to come and enjoy it all in one place. To compliment the swarm of activity, Venues serves a breakfast buffet (8 - 10 a.m.) of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, country potatoes, fresh fruit and bottomless coffee for $9.95. Cruise-ins are free for both car owners and spectators. Come early to get a good spot!


MIM Debuts First Museum Catalog

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is proud to announce the release of its first museum catalog, “MIM: Highlights from the Musical Instrument Museum.” The catalog is 216 pages and showcases beautiful photographs and extensive descriptions of more than 200 of the museum’s instruments, as well as the award-winning museum itself.


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The idea for a catalog originated because many of the museum’s guests wanted a memento in which they could learn more about MIM after their visit. The book uniquely highlights instruments and facts that may not be on display in the galleries. This allows visitors to continue learning about the museum’s instruments, and the cultures in which they are made and performed, from the comfort of their homes. “MIM: Highlights from the Musical Instrument Museum” is available in the Museum Store for a retail price of $40. The catalog can also be purchased by e-mailing or calling the museum store. Shipping is available for an additional fee. 480-478-6002

Desert Foothills Library

The Desert Foothills Library, 38443 North Schoolhouse Road, Cave Creek, is hosting numerous activities throughout the month of September. For the full listing, please visit the library’s website. One highlight on the calendar in September is the Mystery Tea with Jeffrey Siger. Mystery Tea is an ongoing series presented by the Desert Foothills Library in partnership with nationally acclaimed independent bookseller and publisher, the Poisoned Pen. These events allow those in attendance to meet nationally known mystery authors, and enjoy iced tea and gourmet treats in a beautiful social setting. On Sept. 19, from 2:30 – 4 p.m. Jeffrey Siger, a New York City attorney, who spends half his year on the Greek island of Mykonos will be featuring the fourth of his “thoughtful police procedurals,” Target: Tinos. The cost for this event is $10. Or, attend your first in our authors’ series (Mystery Tea or Coffee and Crime) for free by becoming a first-time donating member of the library with a contribution of $35 or more. 480-488-2286

ProMusica Arizona Announces Tenth Season

In celebration of ProMusica Arizona’s tenth anniversary, the 2012-13 season is sure to please audiences with a variety of entertainment. Below are the season dates and performances. America the Beautiful Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. Boulder Creek High School Performing Arts Center 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem Nov. 4, 4 p.m. Camelback Bible Church 3900 E. Stanford Drive, Paradise Valley Septem b er 2 0 1 2


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Joyous Noel Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 4 p.m. Boulder Creek High School Performing Arts Center Deep Blue March 23, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Orpheum Theatre 203 W. Adams Street, Phoenix PMAZ’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration May 17, 2013, 7:30 p.m. May 18, 2013, 7:30 p.m. May 19, 2013, 4 p.m. Boulder Creek High School Performing Arts Center Tickets can be purchased by calling ProMusica Arizona, visiting the website or stopping by Deer Valley Credit Union or Andrew Z Jewelers in Anthem. 623-889-7144

Tai Chi Classes

Paradise Valley Community College Black Mountain campus has openings in Tai Chi classes taught by Ray Sol, known as “The Tai Chi Guy.” Beginner, intermediate and advanced Tai Chi classes will be held at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church each Tuesday and Thursday, commencing Sept. 4 and running through Dec. 6. The beginner class teaches the fundamentals of Tai Chi, including the moves, rules and traditional discipline of the sport. The program uses innovative techniques for health and stress management. Tai Chi movements combined with music and breathing bring about a state of relaxation, and also strengthen muscles, reduce weight, increase flexibility, strengthen the cardiovascular system and promote total well being. Sol has been teaching Tai Chi for 13 years and can see the benefits that he passes along to his students. “I’ve seen marked improvement in the flexibility, strength and balance of many students. This year, one of them won a gold medal in Tai Chi at the Arizona Senior Olympics. It shows how skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom can be used for success in the real world.” To register, visit PVCC at Black Mountain Campus, 34250 N. 60th Street, Scottsdale. 602-493-2600


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Online Triathlon Store Opens Scottsdale Location

After several years of competing in triathlon races, Brooke Schohl, MS, RD, brings her passion for the sport to Scottsdale. Schohl launched Destination Kona as an online triathlon store in March 2012, and will be expanding to a North Scottsdale retail location this fall, complete with in-house nutrition coaching. Located in the premier Scottsdale Promenade, Destination Kona will be located at 16459 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 101, Scottsdale. The triathlon store will open its doors in late September. “Destination Kona was created to not only provide triathletes with exceptional gear and apparel, but to offer convenient nutrition and coaching services for everyone,” said Schohl, who recently obtained a master’s degree in nutrition and founded an endurance nutrition coaching business called Fuel to the Finish. To distinguish her triathlon store from general sporting goods stores, Schohl offers products and training guidance specific for triathlons as well as to those training for the three sequential endurance events independently: swimming, cycling and running. In-store or online, athletes of all levels can find men’s and women’s fitness apparel and gear, as well as fueling products. “Triathlons have become a lifestyle for many people,” Schohl said. “It’s about setting goals, making lifestyle changes, improving nutrition, revving up physical activity, building confidence and pushing the mind and body to the limit. At Destination Kona, we promote lifestyle change through the incredible sport of triathlon.” For more information on Destination Kona, Scottsdale’s newest triathlon store, their products, hours of operation, and upcoming events, visit the website listed below. 866-984-6333

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Carefree Sundays festival is sponsored by AZ Wines. The event is free to attend; food and wine tasting tickets are available for purchase. This year’s fall festival will run every Sunday from Sept. 30 to Nov. 4, 1 – 4 p.m. El Pedregal is located on the southeast corner of Scottsdale Rd. and Carefree Hwy.

September Concerts and Events at MIM

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), located at 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, is hosting numerous events throughout the month of September. From Bach to Balinese Gamelan and everything in between, the MIM is hosting an event that is sure to please everyone. Highlighted performances include Rodney Crowell, Rachel Barton Pine and Sondre Lerche. Rodney Crowell takes the stage Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. The Grammywinning songwriter, producer, and artist will bring poetry and earthy tautness to songs steeped in country and Americana. Tickets for his show range from $37.50 to $42.50. Classical violinist Rachel Barton Pine is set to perform Friday, Sept. 21. Hailed as one of the most charismatic and compelling American violinist of her generation, Pine is certain to amaze you with her incredible talents. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show range from $32.50 to $42.50. On Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. indie-pop singer songwriter Sondre Lerche takes the stage, performing his contrasting musical styles that have gained critical praise from Rolling Stone and the New York Times. The Norwegian-born musician is on a national tour, and the MIM presents the only opportunity to catch him in Arizona. Tickets range from $23.50 to $28.50 480-478-6000


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Bicycle Vibe Celebrates Two Years

When Amber Mellano took a risk and opened a cycling store just off of Carefree Highway near Mountainside Fitness, she didn’t know how much happiness she would be bringing to bikers all over the area. For the last two years, the shop has been a convenient local source for bikes, parts and services, but also a great place to find helpful smiles, an upbeat atmosphere and a cold or warm cup of joe. She and her knowledgeable staff have created a community of cyclists of all ages and skill levels who gather for group rides and cheer each other on as they reach for their personal goals. Labor Day weekend will mark the second anniversary of what has now become a staple store for hundreds of area residents, and Bicycle Vibe would like you to join the celebration. Join the whole gang for an anniversary customer appreciation weekend. The 2013 cycles have now been released, so there has never been a better time to pick up a 2012 model for up to hundreds of dollars off their original prices, and preview the new stock to see what’s new and exciting. Bicycle Vibe is located at 2605 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix. Hours are Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m to 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

September 2 Harold’s Cave Creek Corral Luau

Hele mei hoohiwahiwa! Or, “Come Celebrate!” the end of summer and Labor Day Weekend at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., Sunday, Sept. 2. Once again, Harold’s is hosting a festive Hawaiian luau, complete with 10 tons of sand, 10 palm trees, a thrilling Fire Knife Dance and lots of fun. The popular party features a pig roast luau buffet, Ka’ea Mauna Lani Hawaiian luau dancers, a reggae performance by Grantman & the Island Beat, a limbo and hula contest, face painting, lei making, Hawaiian vendors, drink specials and more. Your host is Danny “Maui Dan” Piacquadio, Harold’s Corral’s co-owner, who started the Cave Creek Luau tradition 15 years ago. “It’s probably the only place in Arizona where you’ll see real cowboys hula dancing and people of all ages competing in a limbo contest,” Piacquadio said. Last year’s event sold out, so get your tickets early. Piacquadio also encourages guests to take note of the entertainment and buffet schedule, so they don’t miss out on any fun: 6 p.m. | Gates open 6:30 p.m. | Hawaiian buffet begins (two pig roast buffet stations). 7:30 p.m. | Luau show begins outside. 8:30 p.m. | Grantman & the Island Beat perform reggae music inside Open seating is first come/first served. Tickets are $25 per adult and $12 for children ages 12 and under. Larger parties can purchase a 10-top VIP table for $275, which includes a front row table, cocktail service and complimentary Hawaiian gift. 480-488-1906 Septem b er 2 0 1 2


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September 10 – 15 Missoula Children’s Theater’s “The Wizard of Oz” Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion drop in on the Northeast Valley! Is it due to a haboob? No! It’s the Missoula Children’s Theatre musical production of “The Wizard of Oz,” presented by Education & Community Services (formerly Desert Foothills Community Education), a department of the Cave Creek Unified School District. Local students, grades K - 12, have an opportunity to join the cast of Missoula Children’s Theatre’s “The Wizard of Oz,” in the roles of Dorothy, Toto, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, the Professor / Wizard, the Green Guard, Glinda, the Wicked Witch, Mayor Munchkin, Farmer Munchkin, the Munchkins, the Winkies, the Magicians, and the Fierce and Ferocious Flowers. Everyone who participates in this Education & Community Services Artist in Residency program will have a role. Auditions are scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. Rehearsals will take place from 4 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday (cast members must be available for all scheduled rehearsals and performances) with performances scheduled for CCUSD assemblies Friday at 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. The final performance is open to the public, Saturday Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. The ticket price is at the viewer’s discretion. The final performance as well as auditions, all rehearsals and CCUSD performances will take place at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, located at 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale. The Missoula Children’s Theatre “The Wizard of Oz” Artist in Residency fee is $80, with a $25 ECS (formerly DFCE) enrollment fee. The $25 fee is waived if the student is enrolled in another program during the ECS fall session or was enrolled in an ECS / DFCE summer program. 480-575-2440

September 16 – 17, 25 – 26 NVJCA High Holiday Celebrations

The North Valley Jewish Community Association (NVJCA) invites those interested to join them for High Holiday services led by student rabbi Miriam Green at the following dates and times: Rosh Hashanah: Erev Rosh Hashanah, Sunday, Sept. 16 Rosh Hashanah: Morning Service, Monday, Sept. 17 Yom Kippur: Erev Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre, Tuesday, Sept. 25 Yom Kippur: Morning and Yiskor Service, Wednesday, Sept. 26 Annual membership, which includes the High Holiday services, is $70 per person. For more information and/or membership application, please see the details below. 623-322-0957


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September 26 Falls Prevention Month

The public is invited to learn how to prevent trips, slips and falls leading to injury at the Falls Prevention event, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the FCF-Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale. The event, which commemorates National Falls Prevention Month in September, includes balance screenings, yoga and Tai Chi demonstrations, a panel discussion and equipment and resource displays, along with interactive information that will provide a variety of community resources that work to provide safety in the home. According to the Area Agency on Aging in Phoenix, falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and over. Nearly 33 percent of all falls in the elderly involve environmental hazards in the home. Failure to exercise regularly results in poor muscle tone, decreased strength and loss of bone mass and flexibility. In honor of the event, the governments of Cave Creek and Carefree have both proclaimed Wednesday Sept. 26, 2012 as Fall Prevention Day. For information or to RSVP, call 480-488-1105.

September 27 The Spouse Whisperer

Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center cordially invites you to attend a fundraising event at the Carefree Resort Opera House and Kachina Court Yard, 37220 Mule Train Road, Carefree, Thursday Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. Come spend an evening among friends and have tons of laughs, great food and enjoy a new journey with Mark Cordes, the Spouse Whisperer. This is one show that will have you laughing hysterically and educate you on the Do’s and the Don’ts of relationships, ‘til death do us part. Tickets for the event are $50, which includes a pasta buffet dinner, jazz entertainment and the comedy show. Foothills Food Bank is hosting this event in an effort raise funds to build a permanent home for their operations. The organization has outgrown their current location and would like to serve the community better. The food bank currently serves 8,000 families, almost half whom live in Cave Creek/Carefree. 480-488-1145

September 28 – October 7 Desert Foothills Theater’s “Disney’s The AristoCats Kids”

Desert Foothills Theater (DFT), a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, kicks off its new season with “Disney’s The AristoCats Kids” set for Friday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 7 in the intimate Black Box Theater of Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th Street, in North Scottsdale. Septem b er 2 0 1 2


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The special DFT Gecko Teatro youth theater production features a cast of emerging artists ages 8 – 14, and promises to deliver fun and laughter to the entire family. Directed by Mitchell Vantrease, this classic musical play begins with Madame’s jealous butler Edgar who cat-naps Duchess and her Aristokittens and abandons them in the Parisian countryside. What’s a cat to do? Luckily, Thomas O’Malley and his rag-tag bunch of alley cats come to their rescue! This feline adventure is sure to have audiences tapping their feet to its hip, jazzy beat, which includes the Disney favorites “The Aristocats,” “Scales and Arpeggios” and “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat.” Morning, matinee and evening performances vary depending on date. Tickets range from $10 to $20. 480-488-1981

September 29 Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Cave Creek Museum re-opens for the season Wednesday, Oct. 3. Located at 6140 Skyline Drive, Cave Creek Museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts from the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. Museum hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 – 4:30 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Entrance fees are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for students. Children 12 and under are free.

Cave Creek Museum is planning several events during the season, including a Miner’s Dinner fundraiser for its stamp mill to be held in November, Antiques Appraisal Days in January, Authors’ Month in February, several children’s workshops and more. Guests will also have an opportunity to preview the museum’s new exhibits during the popular Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Saturday, Sept. 29. The museum will open 1 – 4:30 p.m. for this special event. Admission is free with downloaded tickets. 480-488-2764

September 29 Harold’s Corral Celebrates 77th Anniversary

Cave Creek’s original “Wild West Saloon and Restaurant,” Harold’s Corral, is celebrating its 77th Anniversary with live music and a familyfriendly BBQ Bash on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The festivities begin at 4 p.m. with face painting, a mega bouncer, the popular Games2U van, ice cream and snow cone truck and more. Guests receive one (1) free BBQ plate per person, which must be used by 7 p.m. EastonAshe will perform inside from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and Young Country will perform outside from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Admission is $5; No charge for children six and under. Reservations are suggested.


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Danny Piacquadio, co-owner of Harold’s Corral, said the celebration will pay tribute to the thousands of patrons who have visited the establishment and seven decades of “crazy stories.” “A man named Johnny Walker built the original structure in 1935,” Piacquadio said. “Back then it was known as The Cave Creek Corral Bar, and it became popular with patrons who spent their days building Bartlett and Horseshoe Dams. There were seven bars in Cave Creek at that time, but by 1947, when the dams were finished and the workers left, the Corral was the only bar that survived.” Somewhere around 1950, Harold and Ruth Gavagan purchased the building, changing the name to Harold’s Cave Creek Corral. Though Harold passed many years ago, and ownership has changed a few times, the restaurant’s current owners continue the legend with delicious food, live entertainment, and a unique hospitality that can only be experienced first-hand. Harold’s Corral is located at 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek. For more information about the 77th Anniversary Party, call 480-488-1906 or visit 480-488-1906

Save the Date!!! October 27 FCF Casino Night Fun-d Raiser

Roll the dice for a good cause! Grab your friends and join the warm camaraderie of the Foothills Community Foundation family for a fun night out at FCF Casino Night. For $35, you’ll receive $300 in fun money, one drink and appetizers. You’ll also enjoy a unique beer tasting opportunity, courtesy of Crescent Crown Distributing. Try your luck at raffle and auction items, including a stay-cation at Gainey Ranch Suites, champagne brunch at Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, a Segway tour and more! The event will be held at the Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th Street, in Scottsdale, just south of Carefree Highway. Childcare will be available next door to the event at the YMCA. Tickets are available through the FCF office, 34250 N. 60th Street, Bldg. B, Scottsdale. 480-488-1090

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youth Kelly Didiot If you know a young person you would like to nominate, please

Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque Photographer Jerri Parness


The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt


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Many young people have dreams, but few chase them with everything they have. Kelly Didiot may be a dreamer, but she is also a young woman of action. Once you get to know her, you have no doubt that she will do what it takes to bring each one of her dreams to fruition.

Kelly is a native New Yorker and lived in the Big Apple until the age of 13, but then moved to the Grand Canyon State, which she now proudly considers her home. She attended Boulder Creek High School, where she was cheer captain, and danced with Arizona Dance Artistry, where she continues to hone her dancing skills. She is continuing her education at Paradise Valley Community College on President’s Scholarship for two years. Her major is nursing, in a program that works through Northern Arizona University.

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Shoulder to Hand Therapy Specialists Kelly explains, “My mom wanted to be a nurse when she was pregnant with me, and then life as a young mother took over and her dreams of being a nurse were diverted. I feel that it is meant to be that I become a nurse.” She may not end there. She has also set her sights on being a surgeon. She remembers, “When I was in Boulder Creek High School I took a medical science class.

It was an amazing class, and

ignited my interest in the medical field.”

During the upcoming semester Kelly will be an honors retreat leader and member of Phi Theta Kappa. She is also a member of the Student Honors Advisory Council that works with students who want to make a difference on campus and in the community.

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Kelly has found many ways to serve the community that complement her interests, such as volunteering at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. But it wasn’t until she read an article in Phoenix magazine titled, “Hunger Games” that described the plight of the hungry and discussed issues surrounding the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly called food stamps, and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program that she got involved with the United Food

Dorie Mesch, OTR/L CHT CFCE Board Certified Shoulder to Hand Therapist

Bank. Now, she volunteers once a week as a food sorter in the organization’s Mesa office and compiles back-to-school-backpacks that hold nutritious snacks for young children who face hunger-filled school days ahead. Kelly attends Calvary Chapel near her home in Desert Hills. Every other Saturday morning she works with the church to pack lunches for the hungry.

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youth Kelly Didiot If you know a young person you would like to nominate, please email

Many young

through her competition in the pageant systems of Miss USA and Miss America. On Nov. 18

people have

pageant system, held at the Mesa Arts Center, focuses on who the contestant is as a person.

dreams, but far fewer chase them with

she will compete in the Miss Arizona, USA pageant as Miss Cave Creek USA. This particular

Depending upon how Kelly fares in that pageant, she is also considering competing in the Miss Tempe/Mesa pageant, part of the Miss America system. Kelly is especially pleased that these pageants have provided her with the opportunity to meet other amazing young women. These women go on to become lawyers, doctors, and politicians. She shares, “It is difficult to feel bad when you have lost, because you have gained so much in the process of competing that you are actually a winner.�

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No matter how Kelly fares at her upcoming pageants, we at ImagesAZ already consider Kelly a winner. We wish her the best of luck in everything she does!

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Sports Falcon Football Writer Nigel Spence Photography by Lifetouch

The Cactus Shadows High School Football team is approaching the 2012-13 season with a

To transform means that there is a change on the inside that becomes apparent on the outside. To conform simply means that you modify the outside, with no change on the inside.

new game plan. Second-year head coach Greg Davis has filed away last season’s 3-7 record as a benchmark from which to measure what needs to be improved, and has combined that information with his previous 16 years of coaching football to formulate a new standard at Cactus Shadows. To incorporate his vision, Davis has created a players’ contract including three goals, a new creed and four articles to which his players are to adhere. Within the document, equal emphasis is placed on academics, citizenship, sportsmanship and athletic performance. Davis asks that his athletes transform rather than conform. “To transform means that there is a change on the inside that becomes apparent on the outside,” he explained. “To conform simply means that you modify the outside, with no change on the inside. Lets transform this program.” Davis may ask a lot of teenage football players, but the young men who get to put on game jerseys each Friday night will have earned the right to do so. “We will dress 40 players for varsity games. We don’t have a lot, but it is quality over quantity,” Davis said.

Let’s transform this program.

Much of the success of the Falcons this year will rely on the efforts of the players in the trenches, “I am leaning heavily on our offensive and defensive lines. They are going to win us games. Dylan Hasse, Brad Souva, Nate Covert, Kyle Hajek, Cody Fisher are going to have


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to really step up, along with Andrew Stephens and Mike Thompson,” Davis shared. Senior Mike Thompson will be an integral part of the defensive line, but will also be called upon to play fullback when the Falcons are on offense. In a pre-season scrimmage, Thompson broke through the line of defenders on several occasions, and proved very difficult to bring down in the secondary. Davis recognized Thompson for his toughness and work ethic and is expecting great things from him this year on both sides of the ball. Establishing a powerful running game is certain to open up the field for third year starting quarterback, Bryce Kinsler. Having already amassed 6,172 passing yards in his career, Kinsler has an opportunity to break the alltime Arizona career passing yards record. The 4A record for passing yards is 8,312, held by former Falcon, Phillip

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Aholt (2004-06). Kinsler has thrown 53 touchdowns in his two years as the starting quarterback, but it is his ability to deal with adversity that Davis recognizes as his most powerful asset on the field, “Bryce has the right demeanor about him to play the position. He can forget the past and learn from his mistakes without beating himself up.” As strong as the offense seems to be shaping up, it is in the defense where Davis is hoping to see the most improvement. Having given up 42.1 points per game in 2011, the Falcons hope to halve that number in 2012. To do so, Davis has employed a fundamental approach to the defense this off-season, simplifying the defensive scheme and concentrating on tackling technique. Despite the 3-7 record of last season, the Falcons still managed to defend their nest, winning three of their five home games. Over the last eight seasons the Falcons have an impressive tally of 28-17 at home, a record that they are hoping to add to in 2012 and into the future

The Falcon Creed “Live everyday like it is your last. Play

with Coach Davis at the helm.

every down like it is your last. Make your

“We have had a very successful off-season and I expect

mark by showing high character, discipline,

it to show on Friday nights this season. The players have demonstrated dedication, hard work and a desire to make the community proud through character and

having high-academic standards and showing

wins,” Davis remarked.

toughness that is not matched by any

Regardless of the win column at seasons end, if Davis

opponent on or off the field.”

and the 2012 team can take steps toward transforming the program to the vision set forth, the community can be very proud of what the players accomplish. Septem b er 2 0 1 2


youth Ciara Petronzio If you know a young person you would like to nominate, please

Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque Photographer Marie Peck


Like many of us, North Scottsdale resident Ciara Petronzio is a dog lover. However, this young lady takes her love to a level of action and advocacy that few of us have. She proves that just because you’re small doesn’t mean that your service and contributions to community have to be small as well.

A D og gone D e d i c ated Ad voc a te for D og s

When Ciara, a 15-year-old student at Notre Dame Catholic Prep, was 8 years old, her 16-yearold Golden Retriever, Dakota, died and his death rocked her world. She decided to turn her grief around and dedicate herself to helping dogs in need. She became a foster parent to two Goldens, Magic and Harley, and also rescued a Yellow Lab, Maverick.

However, it wasn’t enough for her merely to have rescued these doggies. She wanted to do more for other dogs waiting to be rescued as well. She began by collecting blankets for dogs in shelters, and then started gift-wrapping books outside of Barnes and Noble to raise money and awareness of the thousands of dogs waiting to be loved in the Valley.

According to her mom, Barbara, “She started small, by having a penny collection at her middle school. She was so excited to present that first check to a rescue group. Since then she has had numerous fundraisers including a used book sale, a dog show, a four-legged food drive


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that raised over 2 tons of food that she helped deliver to various groups, and she even co-chaired her first big event this past summer, a charity golf tournament.”

In September 2011, the charity golf tournament that Ciara helped organize at Troon North Golf Club raised $10,000 in charity donations for the Rescue a Golden charity.

Ciara is setting her sights on two upcoming golf tournaments this year, including one at Troon North on Sept. 15, and the other at Whirlwind Golf Club on Oct. 6. She is hoping these will prove to be her greatest fundraisers yet.

Ciara created her own charity, Pennies for Pups, when she was named the 2009 Arizona Prudential Spirit of Community award winner for her volunteering efforts. She received a trip to Washington DC with the winners from the other states. During her visit she had the privilege of meeting First Lady Laura Bush. After this remarkable trip that put her in contact with many other motivated and like-minded young people, she came home and decided to do even more. She investigated what it would take to create her own charity and file for non-profit status, and by doing so has had the opportunity to raise money and donations for many animal rescue groups across the Valley. She even created her own website, all with support from her mom and dad.

There are many other adults who have helped, mentored, and encouraged Ciara along the way. Her caring spirit runs in the family. Not too far from home lives her grandmother, Rose Marie Petronzio, who attends St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Cave Creek and works on behalf of the St. Vincent de Paul Charity, a group designed to aid in helping the homeless, poor and disenfranchised in various areas around the world.

Ciara has also learned much from Marie Peck of the Fetch Foundation who she considers her mentor. Marie fondly remembers first meeting a 10-year-old Ciara who was not just passionate about dogs, but passionate about everything. “I was impressed with her from the moment I met her. She is willing to do whatever is asked of her, from preparing medical emergency bags to exercising rescue dogs. She has an unbelievable passion and sense of commitment,” says Marie.

Not surprisingly, Ciara has career aspirations of becoming a veterinarian. Ciara has proven that age doesn’t have to determine contribution to the community. She was featured on a Channel 12 segment called “Heroes Central” and received the Christian Service Award. Her mom shares, “Everything she does is with a smile on her face and love in her heart.”

ImagesAZ thanks you for everything you do, Ciara! Septem b er 2 0 1 2


Lessons From a

Warrior Writer Amanda Christmann Larson

In March, I had the gift of meeting Wylder Laffoon and his parents, Steven and Shannon. As a writer and reporter, I’ve met a lot of people through the years, but few have touched me as much as the Laffoon family. I found myself wiping away tears as I wrote their story, not because of pity, but because I was humbled by their strength and the beauty that this very special little boy brought into the lives of everyone around him. The end of the family’s April ImagesAZ story read: “Inevitably, there is going to be a time to mourn,” Steven said, Shannon running her fingers through Wylder’s dark hair as he rests comfortably beside them. “Now is not that time.” July 20, at 5:16 a.m., three-year-old Wylder’s time here on earth came to an end. He left peacefully, snuggled in bed with his parents, in his own way, winning his battle with Niemann Pick A, the disease that stole his body, but couldn’t take away the lessons or the love he exemplified. In a private ceremony just off the coast of Maui, under the brilliant blue sky, Wylder’s ashes were released into the crystal sea among 5,000 flowers tossed in beautiful memory. A friend gently strummed “Twinkle, Twinkle,” and as the current reclaimed Wylder’s body, his spirit was finally freed. Many of our readers have shared the burden of Steven and Shannon’s pain, but it is not their son’s death that touched those who knew him, rather it was the way he lived the life he was given. He spent his short time here on earth as a teacher, and his lessons, and his spirit, live on.


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Lessons From a

Warrior I see you there, in my empty room searching for me, wanting to hold me one last time.

I watch you cry holding my clothes smelling the scent I left behind wishing for something, anything to bring me back. I am right here, where I will always be, where I have always been. I am inside your heart, our souls intertwined, guiding you, keeping you, and reminding you of the beauty all around. I am the early morning light and the brilliance of the sunset. I am the moonlight and the gentle glow of candlelight reminding you that even the darkest night holds hope. I am the cool fall breeze and the sweet birdsong of spring telling you to live in the moment and love every day.

I am the rainbow after the storm and desert flowers in bloom, showing you that there is always hope, and always grace. I am right here, where I will always be, where I have always been. Time is an invention, and death is an illusion. Life is a journey that cannot be measured in miles, steps or years. I am not gone, only changed, running and playing, laughing in the wind. I know how you held me, cried for me, loved me. I did not leave you, I came for you. I am right here, where I will always be, where I have always been. _____________________ Poem written as a tribute to Wylder by Amanda Christmann Larson

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history Folklore, Food and Fun Writer Amanda Christmann Larson

Did you hear about the two old cowboys reminiscing about what it was like here before Carefree, Cave Creek and North Scottsdale were developed? “I used to be able to wake up on one side of my property when the sun came up, get on my horse and ride all day long,” the first one said. “I still didn’t get to the other side of my property until after sundown.”

There is no better place

The other old cowboy sniffed and tipped his hat a bit, then replied in a slow drawl, “I had a horse like that once. I got rid of him.”

to learn about

Since the West was wild, Arizona has been full of personalities whose tall and short tales


burglars and even a German-born Lost Dutchman have left their mark in local lore. Some

histor y and mysteries than

have evolved into legend over campfires and along cattle trails. Television cowboys, bungling accounts are as honest as the day is long, and others are as crooked as a barrel of fishhooks. The fun part is that it doesn’t really matter which is which. There is no better place to learn about Arizona’s history and mysteries than at Cartwright’s

at Car t wright’s

Sonoran Ranch House, where the past and the present mesh seamlessly in a tradition of


better tale spinners than our own Marshall Trimble and Bob Boze Bell. Put them all together,

Ranch Ho use.

Western hospitality and tasty chow that would draw any gunfighter out of hiding. There are no and you’ll be filling your belly while getting an earful – both in a very satisfying way – at Cartwright’s second annual series of History Dinners. Trimble, known hereabouts as the ‘Will Rogers of Arizona,’ is hosting the majority of the frequently sold-out dinners, held every other Wednesday evening through October. “I will be telling stories and singing songs about Arizona places and events … songs about camels in


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Arizona, Kokopelli, the Grand Canyon Bright Angel Trail’s lack of toilets, a song about the old Black Canyon Highway, and a song about Cave Creek, ‘Man With the Big Hat,’” he said, in his typical tongue-in-cheek manner. “Arizona is a land of anomalies,” Trimble added. “The first white man to come here was a black man. The first cowboy movie star from Arizona was a girl. The Lost Dutchman was a German, and the Gunfight at OK Corral didn’t occur there.” Those ironies are more than just interesting, they’re fodder for some pretty catchy tunes, one-liners and stories you’ll remember long after your evening at Cartwright’s History Dinner. Bob Boze Bell entertained dinner guests at the Cartwright’s History Dinner event in July with tales of Billy the Kid while they enjoyed fresh cut throat trout, stolen butter sauce and mesquite wood-grilled buffalo sausage and pork chop topped with a fire bullet, among other vittles and fixin’s. Bell is also a crowd favorite. Back by popular demand, he will be wrapping up the series Oct. 24 with a story about the OK Corral. Seating and service will be banquet style, so it’s also a great way to get to know your neighbors. “I really want this to be a community gathering for folks to ‘pony down’ and sink their teeth into the tastes and traditions of Arizona’s past,” said Eric Flatt, Cartwright’s co-owner. “This year, we’re featuring a wide variety of topics – from long guns to movie myths to tales of outlaws and gunfighters. There’s no shortage of material, thanks to all of Arizona’s fascinating characters.” Cartwright’s is the perfect setting for this exciting event series, because the location is rich with history itself. It was named after a pioneering ranching family who raised cattle in the area for three generations, and the venue was designed to hearken back to the original house they built in the early 1900s. Cartwright’s Chef Montez Crane and Pastry Chef Amanda Crick have created mouth-watering menus that evoke the eras and subject themes. Everything from appetizers to cobbler is made from scratch. Bend an elbow and enjoy a cocktail or two at 5 p.m., then sit a spell and enjoy the grub at 6 p.m. Trimble or Bell (depending on the evening) will spin their tales at 7 p.m. Cost is $45 per person plus tax and an 18 percent gratuity – all for a three-course meal with an appetizer, entrée and dessert, and great entertainment. Unless you’re drinking Adam’s ale (water), beverages are extra. Don’t dilly-dally around the water hole, though. These pleasure-filled evenings are often sold out. Make your reservations early by calling 480-488-8031. No online reservations available for these special events. Please note that you will be charged for the dinner at the time of reservation, so make sure to have your credit card ready when you call. Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House is located at 6710 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek.

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Arizona History Dinner featuring Marshall Trimble, “Tinseltown: Tales of Classic Western’s Filmed in Arizona” 5 – 9 p.m. Appetizer: Heirloom Tomato Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Entrée: Mesquite Wood-Grilled Bistro Tender, Pan-Roasted Mushrooms, Roasted Grand Canyon Onions and Cracked Pink Peppercorn Demi Cream. Herb and Garlic Roasted Potatoes and Sautéed Broccolini Dessert: Rhubarb Upside-down cake with Strawberry Compote


Wednesday, Sept. 26

Arizona History Dinner featuring Marshall Trimble, “Bungled Burglaries: Tales of Arizona’s Mentally-Challenged Outlaws” 5 - 9 p.m. Appetizer: Mother’s Pickled Beet Salad with Local Goat Cheese and Field Greens Entrée: Roasted Organic Chicken with Preserved Lemon Sage Butter, Whipped Potatoes and Farmers Green Beans Dessert: Son-of-a-Gun-in-a-Sack with Molasses Plum sauce


Wednesday, Oct. 10

Arizona History Dinner featuring Marshall Trimble, “Law of the Gun: Outlawry and Justice in Old Arizona” 5 - 9 p.m. Appetizer: Pine Nut-Crusted Trout Salad with Dried Peach Relish Entrée: Soulful Caldo: Braised Stew of Chicken Thighs, Pork Ribs and Chorizo Pinto Beans, Corn, Tomatoes and Roasted Chilies Dessert: Fried Cherry Empanadas with Mexican Chocolate Sauce


Wednesday, Oct. 24

Arizona History Dinner featuring Bob Boze Bell, “O.K. Corral Fight” 5 - 9 p.m. Appetizer: Autumn Greens with Dried Cranberries, Grilled Apples, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Candied Ginger Dressing Entrée: Braised Turkey Mole with Cornbread Stuffing and Butternut Squash Dessert: Pumpkin-Pecan Cheesecake with Brandied Eggnog Anglaise Septem b er 2 0 1 2


Inspire Putting the “Special” in Education Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photographer Jerri Parness

At first glance, Dylan Smith, Jason Behmyer and Josh Munoz look like typical teenagers. Dylan,

Th e se o u ts tand ing te a c h e r s . . . ha ve l i fte d th e l i d on i n n ova ti o n ...

a junior at Cactus Shadows High School, is eager to share his thoughts and opinions. Jason, also a junior, is quieter, but his friendly smile is contagious. Josh is contemplative – he seems to roll every idea over in his head for consideration before giving well-considered responses. All three have different hopes and dreams, and each faces challenges. They come from various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, and have very different personalities. They also have diverse gifts to contribute to the world. Dylan talks about wanting to drive a semi-truck, and

op e n i ng th e door s

Josh wants to be a welder. Jason has lots of ideas, but hasn’t settled on just one thing yet.

for th o u s ands of

What these young men have in common is that they all have teachers and other adults

sp e c i a l s tu d e nt s. and c o n fi d ence fro m Di C i cco’s wor k.

and peers in their lives who recognize their value and have helped them reach beyond their disabilities. They have learned that their challenges simply mean that they are differently-abled, and that they are capable of contributing in their own unique ways to the world around them. Dylan and Jason attend Cave Creek Unified School District’s (CCUSD) Cactus Shadows High School, and Josh recently graduated from Scottsdale Unified School District’s (SUSD) Coronado High School. Each has received Special Education Services, which has shown them more what they can do than what they cannot.


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Special Education staffs in both districts have been building bridges, sharing their passion for giving students like Dylan, Jason and Josh opportunities to develop their skills so that they can become as independent as possible. From preschool through high school, these outstanding teachers and staff members have lifted the lid on innovation, removing limitations and opening doors for thousands of special students





emotional, mental, speech and learning disabilities. Most recently, at the Arizona Department of








Transition Program coordinator Lori DiCicco was honored for her work. She and District Special





are working with area employers to train high school Special Education juniors and seniors in social and professional skills so that they will be able to fill local openings. DiCicco’s


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Burdick, principal Steve Bebee, as well as from other teachers, students, parents and community members to make the program successful. Among






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them CCUSD’s most prestigious honor, the Helping Us Grow (HUG) Award. Both districts have developed great programs, and by learning from each other, the students, and the schools, benefit. Jason is one of the students who has gained skills and confidence from DiCicco’s work. He has been staffing the school’s copy center during part of the day. The copy center was once staffed by a paid employee, but budget cuts necessitated that






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be copied and compiled each year, so DiCicco and staff turned the loss of an employee into

“ We all do s omething that makes u s d i ffe re nt,” said Specia l Educ ation Directo r Hol t , he r de dica tio n and p assion s howing i n t h e we ll of e m o tio n t h at fille d he r eyes. “ Th at’s just the wa y it s hould b e.”


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an opportunity. Now, Jason and other students spend time learning to run the machines, fix minor mechanical problems, conduct inventory and fill supply orders. They also learn social and organizational skills and thus are rewarded with the satisfaction that comes with a job well done. They share the motto, “We Ink to Please!” and take great pride in their work. “It’s fun!” said Jason with a wide smile, showing off a handbook he and other students spent many hours compiling. The handbooks, printed on progressively sized, bound colored paper, are now in every classroom in the district. The laborious job of compiling them was once outsourced to a printing company, but student efforts have now saved the district money, in addition to providing them with a chance to shine. This year, new juniors like Dylan have an opportunity to work in the copy center, as well as take part in other programs developed through the collaboration of Cave Creek and Scottsdale teachers and staff. Like CCUSD, SUSD has realized the need to be creative with programs due to budget cuts. One of their solutions was to integrate students receiving special education services into their

facilities’ maintenance and landscaping needs. With support from local businesses and school administration, it has become a very successful program. Scottsdale followed Cactus Shadows’ model for a school-to-

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work program in their own way, and now students from both districts will be able to learn a variety of skills, working in their

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school cafeterias, libraries, facilities management and preschools, thanks to the bridges built by staff from both schools. Often, the students become the instructors, proving to staff members that they, too, can be dedicated and hardworking, thereby teaching them that the worth of a person isn’t determined by their challenges.

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In both cases, students have been filling needs, yes, but more importantly, they have been learning life and job skills. Holt said recent statistics show that over 90 percent of the students enrolled in the district’s special education programs graduate and go on to either further their education or have jobs. “The kids benefit, and ultimately, that’s what things are supposed to be about.”




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Manhattan Transfer Holiday Show

November 29 & 30 | 7:00 & 9:00 p.m. | Tickets: $52.50–$77.50 Josh continued, “If I didn’t have Team 7, my attitude wouldn’t be as good as it is now. I would be a lot angrier. Now, I’m less quick to judge people. Without this program, I would most likely have turned in the wrong direction.” “Kids like us in Special Ed, we’re learning something,” Dylan

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A Place to Renew A Place to


Jewel of the Creek! What a wealth of images the phrase conjures up to the thoughtful hiker. Writer Jeffrey Cody Photography courtesy Desert Foothills Land Trust

Summer’s heat can be cruel and daunting for outdoor recreation in the Valley. It is tough to find a place in nature to while away an hour or two in tranquil comfort. Let me tell you about just such a place.

What is not readily apparent when crossing over from the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area (SCRCA) to exit at the trailhead just south of the park is the diversity of plant and animal life

Jewel of the C reek Preser ve

in this small preserve. As one of the last remaining perennial streams in Maricopa County, this section of Cave Creek is a veritable oasis in the desert landscape north of the town.

The drive to the trailhead is a little rough – the pavement runs out on Spur Cross road about four miles south of the preserve. But the many cool hideaways this preserve offers make it worth the effort. Of course, the best times are early morning or just before the preserve closes at sunset.

You’ll want to find your own sanctuary in this lush riparian desert oasis, but I thought you might be interested in a few I found with the help of Ranger Kevin Smith from SCRCA.

Starting from the trailhead, we walked a short distance before the trail began its descent to the creek. By turning right at the “Y” at the bottom of this hill, we stumbled upon an almost hidden treasure along the way. It was a blooming jimson weed, or sacred datura. Its blossom reminds me of an Easter lily; I understand it is extremely poisonous. We found it flourishing amid an area formerly burned over – life arising from the ashes.

Just beyond this beauty is a cool, green haven where a fairly large pool keeps the temperature mild. It’s a place to sit in quiet meditation – a place you might be visited by deer, hummingbirds or other indigenous neighbors looking for a cool drink.

If you choose not to stay, you can make your way over a narrow plank bridge and up past debris clogged in trees on the upper bank. Considering the height of the debris compared to the usual level of the stream, there must have been a flow here at least 20 feet deep at one time. This area has many mysteries. It doesn’t seem possible to have that much water in a desert creek, but from the tales I’m told, it has happened often in the past. Septem b er 2 0 1 2


N o t hi ng in th e se hil l s was ever a s

As we roamed the trail past an old, abandoned mine, we came to another marshy area. Here Ranger Kevin pointed out some of the trees providing shade in this cool hideaway. There are Arizona walnut, willow, cottonwood and ash, all huddled along the streambed.

val uable as th e i r beauty, whi c h D e ser t Foothi l l s

We hopped over fallen trees and rocks to reach a collection of boulders that are home to a pair of canyon tree frogs. They were relaxing in the sun on a low shelf, just off to our left. I snapped several pictures, worried that I would disturb them. As it turned out, they could have cared less.

Land Trust (DF LT) had th e foresi gh t to set asi d e . 46

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Not far from where the frogs were enjoying their morning sunbath, we came upon a beautiful little pool. I guess I just missed the turtles that live here. In their shyness, they dove for cover under a large rock, just as I arrived. Kevin’s shadow had alerted them to our presence. I found

a comfortable rock and sat for a few minutes, absorbing the peace emanating from the lovely scene. As we watched the non-native crawfish scurrying along the bottom of the pool, Ranger Kevin noted the claws scattered along the bank, discarded by raccoons feasting on their catch.

What’s Keeping Us Apart?

On the track back to the trailhead, we passed the remains of the old Maricopa Mine. Here, dreams were born – and shattered. Nothing in these hills was ever as valuable as their beauty, which Desert Foothills Land Trust (DFLT) had the foresight to set aside. The trust purchased

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Growing Smarter Land Acquisition grant program under the Arizona Preserve Initiative.

I will return often to this riparian haven in our Sonoran Desert. As those who have gone before, I take solace in the beauty that nature provides for those willing to look. Early prospectors came looking for wealth. All they had to do was look around. It lay in the land. Nothing they took away will ever compare in value.

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music 2012 Musicfest Ambassador Awards Writer Mary Beth Coonan Photography Steve Warsaw/Arizona Musicfest

Musicfest Minutes, the hallmark educational program provided by Arizona Musicfest to almost 6,000 students in six different school districts, should really be called Musicfest Magic!

Ing e n i ou s ?

With Musicfest Minutes, students listen to a classical piece of music each day for five days.

Ye s, ma ybe

instruments featured, or the musical composition itself. They’re brief and sequential, building

even ma g i ca l !

First, they hear a short introduction. These introductions may talk about the composer, or the on the material presented the previous day. After the introduction, students listen carefully to the featured musical selection; a piece that grows familiar by their fifth day of listening. By the end of the week, the students are sophisticated listeners after having been introduced to musical, historical and mathematical concepts. Ingenious? Yes, maybe even magical!


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While Musicfest Minutes is a weekly routine used in 230 classrooms within 12 different schools, there is variation in how each teacher uses the material. Not surprisingly, the teachers who are especially dedicated in their daily use of Musicfest Minutes have students who are equally enthusiastic in their love of music. And so, the Arizona Musicfest Education Committee




Awards to highlight the best practices of the creative teachers. Besides shining the spotlight on the Ambassadors, the committee hopes to inspire other teachers when they use this unique program. In the second year of Ambassador Awards, Arizona Musicfest is happy to announce two new recipients of the Gold Baton Award and one Honorable Mention. (The award includes an honorary stipend.) Trumpet and drum roll, please!

The 2012 Ambassadors are: Susan Jeffer, kindergarten teacher, Desert Willow Elementary (Gold Baton)

Laura Kimble,

third grade teacher,

Horseshoe Trails Elementary (Gold Baton)

Danielle Carpenter,


teacher, Horseshoe Trails Elementary (Honorable Mention) They join the three Ambassadors selected in






Maria Carvalho, Sherri Rambo and Shelly Richardson, who coincidentally were all from Horseshoe Trails Elementary - in promoting Musicfest





educational tool for music and for life!

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music 2012 Musicfest Ambassador Awards

Laura Kimble

Danielle Carpenter

Susan Jeffer

Gold Baton - Susan Jeffer, Desert Willow

Are these musical pieces that we adults can conjure up

Susan Jeffer receives glowing praise from her principal

easily in our memory banks? Maybe we need the magic of

Roger Hill, who notes that she has “done a superb job as

those Musicfest Minutes too!

our Arizona Musicfest liaison.”

Gold Baton - Laura Kimble, Horseshoe Trails

Jeffer has catalogued all the Arizona Musicfest materials in

Laura Kimble so loves the Musicfest Minutes materials that,

the library and keeps track of supplies. She also writes a

on her own, she listened to every selection in the entire

note about the composer and piece presented each week

set of CDs. Since this involves 119 pieces of music, this

in her weekly parent newsletter.

is no small feat! It helped Kimble select her favorites and create her own schedule for listening with her students.

In the classroom, Jeffer asks her students to write and illustrate stories about the musical pieces they have heard. Her

For instance, Kimble starts the year with Zoltan Kodaly’s

application for Ambassador included delightful interpretations

“Viennese Musical Clock” because the sound of the clock

of Nicolo Paganini’s Sonata #1 for Violin and Guitar.

reminds her of the sound of the school bell starting a new year. She introduces each new season with the appropriate

One student drew a “lapcon” (leprechaun!) complete with green hat, green outfit and a big smile.

Vivaldi selection.

A second

imagined a cat and mouse for the same music. And for

Kimble’s students catch her enthusiasm, as they adhere to

Stravinsky’s “Firebird,” a third child drew a happy “gost”

her high standards. They draw and write about the musical

(ghost) in flight.

selection on Fridays, when they’ve listened not once but twice to the music. They label their work carefully with the

Finally, she arranges for an Arizona Musicfest representative

composer’s name.

to speak at music teacher Mindy Foyer’s concerts. This encourages a connection between music lovers in the

How many adults, when they were in the third grade, could

community and parents.)

have written Sergey Prokofiev’s name and knew that, in addition to Peter and the Wolf, he had also written Cinderella’s Suite?


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Kimble’s students always have a special weekend assignment: to share with their parents what they’ve learned that week in Musicfest Minutes. As Kimble observes with glee, “In that way the students become the teacher!”

Honorable Mention - Danielle Carpenter, Horseshoe Trails Routine is important for kindergartners as they start their elementary school years. Danielle Carpenter is l aware of that and thus her daily schedule is well defined. And, every day following lunch and recess, she dedicates twenty minutes to Musicfest Minutes. Carpenter’s parent volunteers are as enthralled as her students. As one parent, Marianne Robertson, wrote, “I’ve watched the children in the class respond to Musicfest Minutes in many ways. One child was pretending to play the violin, others were watching the colors on the smart board move to the beat of the music, and others were entranced by the melody as they sat peacefully. I feel like this is an important part of the children’s day because it allows them to take a break, breathe, and listen.” Another parent, Ju-Leigh Sharp, said, “Not a day goes by that I am not amazed at what my daughter brings home. She discusses the composer she learned about that day and recognizes songs she heard on other days. It’s truly a delight to see my child develop a greater sense of self-expression and creativity through music.” Musicfest Minutes does not happen in a vacuum. It comes to life with the help of disciplined and enthusiastic teachers. Likewise, those teachers need the continued support of their principals who assure them that Musicfest Minutes is a very worthwhile program. It’s no surprise that five of the six Ambassadors teach under the leadership of Principal Janiene Marlow at Horseshoe Trails. Marlow herself remembers fondly her days as a music student.

And she notes that the

students “love Musicfest Minutes. When we have to skip it, they ask for it.” At present, 230 teachers in twelve schools use the Musicfest Minutes program. Some use it when they can squeeze it in. Others, like our cherished Ambassadors, use it with joy and imagination. They give their students the extraordinary gift of music appreciation that will long outlast their days in the classroom. Septem b er 2 0 1 2


Kindness Head of the Class Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photography Proven Media/Virginia Proster

Kindness is a unique gift. The point is not to pay it back, but rather to pay it forward, and if we can do so expecting nothing in return, the impact is invaluable. If it were possible to quantify such a gift, Carefree resident Noah Kendrick would have done it by now, but some things are better left uncalculated.

K i nd n e s s is a

Kendrick seems to have a good handle on what it means to pay it forward. He has recognized

un i q u e g i ft. The

teachers and support staff whose hard work is sometimes overlooked, rallied donations of school

p oi nt i s n o t to p a y

had, to broaden their horizons through a scholarship program, just to name a few contributions.

i t b a c k , b u t rat he r to p ay i t fo r wa rd , and i f we can d o s o e x p e c t ing n ot h i ng i n re t ur n, t h e i m p ac t over t i me i s i nva l u a b le .

materials to give to those who need them most, and given students an opportunity, like he

Such generosity may be more expected from someone who has had the benefit of years of personal growth and reflection. Not true, in Noah’s case. He’s young, sharp and energetic, with a fun sense of humor to balance his serious work ethic. He’s also more likely to ask a stranger how their day is going than to brag about his own accomplishments. “I take my business seriously, but not myself,” Kendrick laughed. His ethics are rooted in strong family values. Born in Arizona, he grew up in a small Ohio town as one of eight children. He learned out of necessity to be responsible with finances. During his college years at the University of Akron, Kendrick served as an intern with a local financial planning firm, earning a scholarship to help him pay his own way through school. He worked hard, and success followed. He was featured in USA Today as one of the top business interns in the country in 2000. It was that experience that inspired him to create a scholarship opportunity for local high school students participating in the Chamber of Commerce internship


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I learned a lot early on in my career,” he said. “I had a mentor that would always say, ‘Your clients are a lot like your spouse; if you don’t show them that they are appreciated, they will take their business elsewhere.’ There is a lesson in there: Take care of your clients and give back.”

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Kendrick often makes it look simple to wear multiple hats because he loves what

notebooks and construction paper to Cave Creek

he does. He is a former president of, and still active in, the Carefree/Cave Creek

Unified School District classrooms. Other needed

Chamber of Commerce, the creator of the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of


Commerce Student Scholarship Program, founder of the Fourth Annual Edward

Saltine crackers.






Jones School Supply Drive that benefits local students and teachers, and he sponsors the CCUSD employee recognition award each month.

The Fourth Annual Edward Jones Emergency Supply Drive, led by Noah Kendrick of Edward Jones in

His passion for education is a team effort. His wife, Meghan, is a seventh grade


English teacher at Desert Shadows Middle School. “She’s been a big part of

teachers during the 2012-13 school year.







everything I’ve done. She encouraged me early on to look into ways we could support education through business,” Kendrick said. “Within education, teachers

Supplies can be dropped off during business hours at

and support staff are often not recognized enough, so I’m happy we have found

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areas where we feel we can add value.” 37555 Hum Rd., Ste. 205, Carefree Two years ago, Kendrick was tapped to serve on the board of directors for

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the Foothills Community Foundation. He has now been chosen to co-chair the

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group’s education division, Partners in Education, which has made substantial

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Last year, the generous contributions of FCF’s Partners in Education provided a

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total of 46 S.O.S. (Save One Student) scholarships. As a result, 10 children were given a head start in preschool, and the families of 36 additional children were provided with scholarships to grade-appropriate enrichment and tutorial programs offered through Desert Foothills Community Education. Teacher Vision Grants were also awarded in the amounts of $500 to $5,000, with the goal to advance learning in the arts, mathematics, communications, technology and the environment. “It’s no secret that global competition within our younger generations continues to rise, making quality education that much more important,” says Kendrick. “We hope to inspire and support young adults as they work to achieve their goals.” After having given so much, Kendrick remains modest about his contributions. “I’ve been very fortunate to be surrounded with very experienced, bright and ambitious people.” It’s been my experience that there’s no limit to what can be accomplished as long as you don’t worry about who gets credit,” he said with a genuine smile. His advice to others? “Stay positive and, maybe most importantly, stay persistent,” Kendrick said. “Certainly it’s important to acknowledge the challenges that exist in our country and our communities, but I see evidence every day that we possess the intellect, the capacity and the resources needed to address our challenges and help each other succeed.” Kendrick’s example teaches that happiness and success lies in finding your passion and turning it into compassion for the benefit of others, and that investing in people can be just as important as financial investments. After all, it all adds up.

Saturday, October 27, 7 p.m. Roll the dice for a good cause! Grab your friends and join the warm camaraderie of the Foothills Community Foundation family for a fun night out at FCF Casino Night. For $35, you’ll receive $300 in fun money, one drink and appetizers. You’ll also enjoy a unique beer tasting opportunity, courtesy of Crescent Crown Distributing. Try your luck at raffle and auction items, including a stay-cation at Gainey Ranch Suites, champagne brunch at Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, a Segway tour and more! The event will be held at the Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th Street, in Scottsdale, just south of Carefree Highway. Child care will be available next door to the event at the YMCA. Tickets are available through the FCF office, 34250 N. 60th Street, Bldg. B, Scottsdale. 480-488-1090

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A custom entry gate from Spain welcoming you into a warm and inviting courtyard is a preview of the outstanding architectural details in this one-of-a-kind Sonoran Desert dream home. The hand-carved door, created for this home by one of Scotland’s premier woodworkers, is another sign of the attention to detail that does not stop as you enter. Custom-designed fireplaces, solid wood cabinets, custom tiles and rich, oversized natural wood vigas throughout make this home unparalleled. The resplendent features will delight your senses. This exquisite estate boasts approximately 5,000 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Step back in time as you enter the master bedroom to an era when fine workmanship was not only expected, but also demanded. So many other custom details abound, including hand-made sinks, doors, wall finishes, mirrors, flooring and beautiful hand-forged lighting fixtures. Built on 5 acres abutting a national preserve, your favorite neighbors will be the plentiful wildlife. Enjoy any one of the multiple outdoor areas while sipping a cup of coffee at sunrise, or a glass of wine at sunset. Peacefulness will overtake you. It’s like having your own private, unblemished slice of heaven. No expense has been spared on this beautiful estate – few compare – bested by none. This exceptional property is currently available and is being represented by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Sonoran Desert Lifestyles. For more information please contact Patrick Jones at 480-251-2215.,,

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Local Index contact ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221

AIR CONDITIONING/HEATING Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 480-567-2395 Proskill Plumbing 623-551-7473 Art Gallery Di Tommaso Fine Art Galleries 480-575-1023 30 Easy Street Carefree, AZ Attorney John W. Stevens, Attorney 480-488-2591 Carefree Area Automotive Sales Sanderson Lincoln 602-375-7500 Automotive Repair Tobias’ Automotive Specialist 6022 E. Cave Creek Rd. 480-488-2914 Bicycle Bicycle Vibe 623-582-3111 Boutique Bags & Rags Ladies Fine Apparel 623-582-3111 16 Easy Street, Carefree Buy and Sell Gold American Federal 480-553-5282 Cabinet Design Gutowski Cabinet Works 623-465-5802 Shelves that Slide 623-780-2555 College Paradise Valley Community College 602-493-2600

COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE Alcoholics Anonymous 602-264-1341 Animal Control 602-506-7387 Community Loan Closet 480-488-8400 Foothills Animal Rescue 480-488-9890 Foothills Caring Corps 480-488-1105 Foothills Food Bank 480-488-1145 Gold Mine Thrift Shop 480-488-3721 Meals on Wheels 480-488-1090 Salvation Army 480-488-3590 Snake Removal 480-945-6311 St. Vincent de Paul Society 602-254-3338 COMMUNITY organizations American Legion Post No. 34 & Auxiliary 480-488-2669 Arizona Archaeological Society 480-595-9255 Arizona Musicfest 480-488-0806 Boy Scouts 602-955-7747 Cave Creek Museum 480-488-2764 Desert Awareness Committee 480-585-5657 Desert Cactus Kickers (Foothills Dancing Grannies) 480-488-9661 Desert Foothills Community Association (Fiesta Days Parade & Rodeo) 480-488-4043

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Desert Foothills Community Education 480-575-2440 Desert Foothills Land Trust 480-488-6131 Desert Foothills New Horizons Band 602-992-1550 Desert Foothills Theater 480-488-1981 Foothills Community Foundation 480-488-1090 Girl Scouts 602-253-6359 Kiwanis Club of Carefree 480-488-8400 Little League Baseball/Softball 480-488-1244 New River Senior Center 623-465-0367 Rotary Club 480-585-9157 Sonoran Arts League 480-575-6624 Soroptimist International 480-522-6692 YMCA 480-596-9622 Dentist Carefree Dentists 480-488-9735 Carefree Village Dentistry 480-488-9241 Dental Studio 101 480-488-4852 Dentistry at Westland 480-585-5215 33725 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 101 Feldhake & Associates 623-931-8898 480-661-0660 Septem b er 2 0 1 2


Doctor Arizona Hand & Physical Therapy 480-563-1916 Tarnick Wellness Chiropractic 480-488-2591 FIRE Fire Service 480-627-6900 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.


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Home Inspection Integrity Inspections AZ 480-710-7313 Home Remodeling Anthem North Interiors 623-444-9424 Landscape Design Azul-Verde Design Group, Inc. 480-595-0611 Iddings & Sons Landscaping, Inc. 623-465-2546 623-297-7584 Library Desert Broom Library 602-262-4636 Desert Foothills Library 480-488-2286 Music Lessons Black Mountain Guitar 480-200-6499 Outdoor Furniture Cave Creek Outdoor Living 480-575-3091 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 Better Home and Garden Sonoran Desert Lifestyles Real Estate 480-682-3700 Russ Lyon - Sotheby’s International Realty 34305 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-488-2400 The RJ Team 480-239-4412 Restaurants Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House 480-488-8031 Cibo E. Vino 480-595-6600 34522 N. Scottsdale Rd. The Station 623-465-7290 46202 N. Black Canyon Hwy. Tonto Bar and Grill 480-488-0698 Venues Cafe 480-595-9909 34 Easy Street, Carefree

SCHOOL Annunciation Catholic School 480-361-8234 Bella Vista Private School 480-575-6001 Black Mountain Elementary School 480-575-2100 Cactus Shadows High School Main Line 480-575-2400 Attendance 480-575-2431 Career Success School 480-575-0075 Cave Creek Unified School District 480-575-2000 Community Education Preschool 480-575-2072 Desert Foothills Lutheran Preschool 480-585-8007 Desert Sun Academy 480-575-2900 Desert Willow Elementary School 480-575-2800 Foothills Academy 480-488-5583 Goddard School 480-437-1000 Horseshoe Trails Elementary School 480-272-8500 Lone Mountain Elementary School 480-437-3000 Montessori School 480-563-2929 Our Lady of Joy Preschool 480-595-6409 Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain 602-493-2600 Quality Interactive Montessori School 480-575-5269 Sonoran Trails Middle School Main Line 480-272-8600 Attendance: 480-272-8604 Ventana Academic School 480-488-9362 Security Doors Steel Shield Security Doors 623-581-DOOR CrimSafe 602-448-3346

Sheriff Sheriff’s Posse 602-256-1895

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church 480-488-3384

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

Desert Mission United Methodist Church 480-595-1814

Water Softener & Filtration Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 480-567-2395 Proskill Plumbing 623-551-7473 Rayne of the North Valley 623-234-9047 Soft Water Plus AZ 623-465-4873 Worship Black Mountain Baptist Church 480-488-1975 Black Mountain United Church of Christ 480-575-1801 Canyon Church of Christ 623-889-3388 Carefree Highway Community Church 480-488-5565 Cave Creek Adventist Fellowship 602-663-1268 Christ Anglican Episcopal Church 480-488-0525 Christ the Lord Lutheran 480-488-2081 Church of Jesus Christ of LDS 480-488-3035 Coolwater Christian Church 480-585-5554 Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church 623-465-9461

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

Desert Foothills Lutheran Church 480-585-8007

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real estate Market Watch Real Estate data provide by Russ Lyon - Sotheby’s North Scottsdale Carefree Office Heidi Stamp, Managing Broker

Graphs for 85266, 85331, 85377, 85262

While the median sales price tends to be somewhat lower than average sales price, the median sales price graphs above are a snapshot of our surrounding zip codes. This gives us a picture of current market trends. Homes under $500,000 have increased in listing price by almost 9 percent, under contract 16.5 percent and sold 17 percent. Homes between $500,00 to $1,000,000 we see median list price increase by 3.7 percent, under contract 3.1 percent and sold at 9.2 percent. Above the $1,000,000 mark the picture changes quite a bit. There still seems to be a disconnect between list price and sold price. Homes listed at 1,000,000 and above have increased in list price by over 7 percent while the median sales price has remained in decline. Year to date there has been over 120 homes that have closed over $1,000,000 so the median sold price decline of 17.3 percent. While this information gives us an idea of what is happening in our area, each zip code broken down would produce different results. It is important to consult a RealtorÂŽ for a target market analysis. Information supplied by ARMLS through BrokerMetrics ÂŽ Information not guaranteed. Information retrieved on 08/18/2012.


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The Fruits of the Desert recipe Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque Photographer Jerri Parness

After emerging from a sweltering summer some might wonder how our desert-dweller ancestors made it through the punishing heat. First off, it’s difficult to imagine life in the Sonoran Desert without air-conditioning, but next we might speculate on our ancestors’ source of food at a time when there were no drip systems to irrigate crops much less supermarkets. Eric Flatt, owner of Tonto Bar & Grill and Cartwrights in Cave Creek has often pondered this question. According to Eric, “If you’re going to survive in the desert, you have to literally know every plant there is and what it can offer you.” As an Arizonan with a deep respect for the desert and the bounty it has to offer, Eric knows that there is a delicate balance when it comes to the harvest each year. He explains, “Most of the good stuff is in the dead heat of summer. It is hot, humid, and everything is out to poke your skin and leave you with a little reminder for weeks to come.” He watches the harvest each summer like an expectant father – waiting, and anticipating. This year, Eric felt as though the “saguaro spirits” were toying with him. Eric shares, “The trick to harvesting saguaro fruits is to catch them when they are red, but not open. Once they open, they are not good. It is a lot of trial and error each year. Harvesting isn’t easy, and if you don’t get it at the right time, it just doesn’t turn out. But when you hit it right, anything you make with it is amazing.” As a restaurateur, Eric is committed to using the freshest ingredients possible in every dish, even if it means going out on horseback with his chef from Tonto, Ryan Peters and Cartwright’s sous chef, Nicole De Kruyter, in order to harvest them. Sometimes it pays off, and other times they are not so lucky. All of Eric’s nervous anticipation did not change the fact that this year the time just never seemed to be right for the harvesting of the saguaro fruit. However, they had a

bumper crop of Ocotillo flower this year. “We literally ride up on our horses, grab the flower bud and pull it right off. We give them a bath in cold water and then use them on salads and desserts. We also make tea and vinaigrettes with them.” Eric knows all too well that chefs are limited by what they can get their hands on and what is in season. “When you are harvesting directly from the land, you have to remember that this is what mother nature has provided for you, and like it or not, there isn’t any more available until next season.” We can learn to live within our environment, using the gifts of the desert to our advantage, and cooking with the beautiful and delicious saguaro fruit is one way that we can do that. This unique desert fruit ripens in late June and early July and the fruit-picking time traditionally continues for two to four weeks. This timing coincides with the desert dwellers’ eager anticipation of the monsoon rains. The hope is that these fruits can be harvested before they burst atop the plant, after which the fruit is basically useless. The fruit is usually harvested early in the mornings with a Cactus Puller, and once collected, the pulp is cleaned of stones, sticks and dirt, then dumped into a tub of water and soaked for two to three hours. People typically make syrup or jam from this naturally sweet fruit. Jam is made by cooking the unstrained pulp or by mixing dried seedless pulp with water and adding this to a boiling container of Saguaro syrup. When it swells into a gelatin-like mass, it is transferred to a mixing bowl and beaten vigorously for half an hour. If you were lucky enough to harvest sweet Saguaro fruit this season, don’t waste any time before boiling this desert treasure down to a jelly, jam or syrup so that you can enjoy it over an extended period of time. Just like our monsoon, its season is over in a flash, and all we will have are memories until next year. Septem b er 2 0 1 2


recipe Saguaro Cactus Fruit Jelly Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque Photographer Jerri Parness

Saguaro Cactus Fruit Jelly Here is a basic jelly recipe that you can use for the fruits of your harvest!

Ingredients: Pulp Sugar

Directions: Add 2 cups of sugar to 8 cups of pulp. Simmer and reduce to a volume of 2 pints. Add 3-4 tablespoons of lemon juice.

Lemon Juice Have clean, half-pint or pint canning jars, lids and rings ready. Quickly pour boiling jam into jars to within 1/8 inch of rim. Make sure rim of jar is absolutely clean. Cover immediately with lid and screw ring on tightly. Invert jars for 5 minutes. Turn jars right side up again and wait for lids to suck down as jars cool (usually within a half hour or so.) Enjoy!


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ImagesAZ Magazine North Scottsdale, Carefree and Cave Creek  

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

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