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new year has come and I am looking forward to what lies ahead. A new year provides so many opportunities to dream bigger than you ever have before, reach new goals, make new friends, and get involved in your community. In our January issue we are going to focus on golf and senior citizens. Scottsdale lends such a hand to our seniors as well as shining great light on the game of golf. Every year towards the end of January and beginning of February, Scottsdale’s TPC golf course hosts the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open. Go check out the 16th hole, as fans cheer on their favorite players in the stands that surround the par three. The Bird’s Nest this year will host American rock band O.A.R as well as country music star Jake Owen. This is a great event that the entire family can enjoy. Speaking of the WM Phoenix Open, head on over to our Family Spotlight where you can read about one of the players. Kevin Streelman and his wife Courtney open up about life on the PGA Tour. From stresses to highlights, these two have figured out how to roll with the punches. And with their first little one on the way, there is only a bright future for the Streelman family.

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A feature in this month’s issue highlights the Chandler Senior Center. This is a place where all seniors in the area can go for a friendly get together. From group outings, social services, lounge, library, computer room and more, Chandler Senior Center is sure to help all seniors get connected and build relationships.

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Village Inn this year is celebrating National Pie Day. Be sure to go to their website or stop by the local store on January 23rd to order your delicious pie. Learn more about the history of National Pie Day in our History 101 column. Always be sure to browse over the monthly Calendar of Events, Good Times, and Around Town columns. We are promising some incredible events that you and your family will not want to miss out on in 2014. Good Times will update you on past events and Around Town will keep you informed of news in the area throughout the year. This year make it a point to enjoy your family and loved ones. Be quick to forgive for we have already been forgiven. Don’t fill your life with offense. Share your dreams, make new memories, and live life to the fullest. We only get this one shot at 2014, let’s make the most of it!

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MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL In 1995, the Friends of the Chandler Public Library established the Chandler Multicultural Festival. The goal was to have a day of music, dance, and fun while exploring the diversity amongst the community. Over the years, the festival has become an important event for the City of Chandler, bringing different cultures from all over The Valley of the Sun together. The Multicultural Festival is a part of the Celebration of Unity annual events and will be held on January 18 at the downtown Chandler Library Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Enjoy food from different cultures, as well as, arts and crafts for the whole family. For more information, visit or call 480.782.2735.

POP-UP POOCH PARKS Bring your furry friends to the Hayden Square Amphitheater in the Mill Avenue District of Tempe every third Thursday at 5:00 p.m. for a pawsitively good time. Enjoy live music and taking photos in the free photo booth while the dogs play the evening away. Add to the entertainment by dressing your mutt up in wacky and wild outfits. Each Pop-Up Pooch Park features a different theme and band performance. The theme on January 16 will be Pugly Sweater Day and the featured band will be Vaughn SWIF Willis. It will be a doggone fun event, so for pet’s sake, don’t miss it! For more information, visit

C-Town Suitcase Club Wrangle up your 3-5 year olds and come travel through time and explore everyday objects! Join other children and parents on January 21 at the Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive, at 10 a.m. This event is free of charge! The program will continue 10 Chandler Lifestyle | January 2014

Bring your singing skills to the Stadium Club at 940 N. Alma School Rd. to join in the karaoke fun. Karaoke is every Tuesday through Sunday from 9 p.m. until close, and each night there will be a different drink of the day on special. There is a full kitchen open until 11 p.m. weeknights and midnight Friday and Saturday, as well as a late night menu served until 2 a.m. Thursday is Cash Karaoke and everyone who sings gets a chance to pick the lucky key that unlocks the pot of cash. Ages 21 years and older, bring your friends because it is bound to be a good time for all. To find out more about the Stadium Club, visit StadiumClubChandler. com, or call 480.963.3866.

cushions, and blankets. Life of the Party Catering will be onsite for each concert offering a selection of hot and cold lunch selections. Beverages and tasty desserts will also be available. You may also bring your own lunch. The Mesa Arts Center is located off of E. Main Street and S. Center Street. For the entertainment schedule, see

Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix Actor, singer, and dancer Dick Van Dyke has entertained audiences for years with movies like Bye Bye Birdie and Mary Poppins as well as his hit TV show, The Dick Van Dyke Show. He now joins the three other members of his quartet in his new show, Dick Van Dyke and the Vantastix. On January 25 at 7:30 p.m., they will sing tunes from his stage and screen work. Before the main show, start off the evening at 6 p.m. with the, Night at the Center pre-party, listening to local high school choirs sing the classic musicals of Dick van Dyke. There will also be prize and cash raffles. For more information on both events, visit or call 480.782.2680.

2014 Winter GOLF CLASS Lone Tree Golf Club is putting on a series of five 90-minute lessons, each with a fun, oncourse activity. Brush up on your skills on the manicured greens and lush fairways during the month of January. Lessons are scheduled for January 17, 18, 19, 25, and 26. Each lesson begins at 4 p.m. and golf clubs will be provided for participants if needed. Children ages 12-17 may be enrolled with a parent or adult guardian. Get Golf Ready Level 1 graduates can play free after 3 p.m. for up to six months. Lone Tree Golf Club is located at 6262 S. Mountain Blvd. To learn more about the classes and the course, visit or call 480.219.0831.

SPRING OUT TO LUNCH CONCERT SERIES Finding yourself bored on Thursdays? Well, luckily free afternoon concerts are here to liven things up! From January 23 until March 27, concerts will be held in the Wells Fargo Garden performance area on the Shadow Walk at the Mesa Arts Center and begin at 12:30 p.m. Seating is limited so you are encouraged to bring your favorite comfortable folding chairs,

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Healthy Lifestyle

18 Smart Snacks for The Golf Course Article Cate Ritter


ealthy snacks provide energy and nutrients needed to keep your brain and body fueled to play your best. Snacks are also helpful for preventing post-round overeating. Most golfers have experienced the hazards of 19th hole hunger as they’ve packed their plates with BBQ sauce slathered meats and fried foods, while guzzling glasses of sugary cocktail concoctions. The good news is, you can spare your belly and save your score by learning what snacks to pack or grab at the turn.

Choose Whole Foods

Although many golfers grab convenient snacks for the course such as granola bars or chocolate-covered pretzels, those insulin-spiking, processed products can actually leave you hungrier than before. Take the first step to snack with success by choosing more natural, whole foods over man-made, processed products. For example, opt for an apple and walnuts over a granola bar or pack a banana with dark chocolate and almond butter instead of a candy bar. Also, make it a habit to always read labels and, although it might be obvious, avoid foods containing words you can’t pronounce. My snacks are whole foods or contain minimal ingredients that I can pronounce.

Pack For The Course

Almond butter on celery sticks Chocolate protein shake with coconut, banana and spinach Leftover chicken dipped in hummus with baby carrots Hard-cooked eggs with guacamole and cherry tomatoes Organic cottage cheese with raspberries and sliced peaches Beef/bison jerky with walnuts and a banana Organic yogurt with cinnamon, berries and slivered almonds Mary’s Gone Crackers with sliced cheese and olives Sprouted cinnamon raisin bread with organic peanut butter Grab At The Turn

Apple and almonds Hard-cooked eggs and fresh fruit Sausage with a couple slices of cheese Jerky with a mini bag of nuts and a banana Tuna with tomato and avocado on a slice of sourdough Lettuce-wrapped burger with avocado and tomato Sliced turkey rolled with alfalfa sprouts and avocado Chicken salad 1/2 sandwich on sourdough bread Ham with sliced cheese and green apple Healthy Homemade Hummus

Enjoy Balanced Snacks

Next, make more birdies by balancing out carbs with high quality protein and natural fat whenever possible. Natural fats, such as avocado, walnuts and almond butter, are especially helpful for providing sustainable energy, reducing sugar cravings, and increasing satiation. In other words, playing your best is not about going “low-fat,” but selecting healthy fats that keep your energy high so you can focus on shooting low. My snacks are balanced with carbohydrates, protein and fat. Plan And Pack

Lastly, it’s important to plan snacks ahead of time. Waiting to find food until you’re “starving” on the 6th hole is right on target for making poor nutrition decisions. Be proactive by preparing some of the suggestions below before your tee time or opt for healthier snack shack selections. My snacks are colorful and delicious! 12 Chandler Lifestyle | January 2014

Yields 2 Cups Ingredients 15 ounces canned chickpeas, rinsed 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder 1 large lemon, juiced 1/4 cup tahini 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup fresh basil (optional) Instructions

Process all of the ingredients in a food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer the hummus to an airtight container and chill for at least 30 minutes. Serve cold with carrot sticks, cucumber slices, crackers, pita chips or leftover chicken. Hummus will last up to 10 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Meet Kevin and Courtney Streelman Balancing golf and everyday Life Article Moriah Schowengerdt | Photography Casey Graham


e is currently ranked in the top 50 in the world and finished in the top 30 on tour last year. He won his first tournament last year at the Tampa Bay Championship, finished 2nd in the Player’s Championship, and took 3rd at the RBC Heritage. After 7 years on the PGA tour, Kevin Streelman is only getting more successful in his golf career. Between the constant traveling, making time to spend with his wife, and preparing for a new baby on the way, Kevin has a full plate. But, he wouldn’t change a single thing. Kevin started playing golf at a very early age. Slightly influenced by his parents, who are huge golf lovers themselves, Kevin was a natural. Although he liked the sport, golf didn’t become serious for Kevin until his junior year in high school when he decided to quit tennis and basketball to focus more on his golf game. After graduating from Duke University in 2001, Kevin went straight into a professional career. Between 2001 and 2007, Kevin played in what’s called the mini tours. During this time, he drove all over the country and worked odd jobs to pay for his entry fees. In 2007, Kevin received his PGA tour card through qualifying school and has been on tour ever since. His biggest fan and supporter is his wife. Courtney received her undergrad at ASU

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and has lived in Arizona ever since. Once she and Kevin met, they were inseparable. The Streelman family is about to grow. “I’m pregnant with our first child, a baby girl, and she is due Feb 3--interestingly enough, the day after the Waste Management Open,” Courtney says. Now Kevin will have two cheerleaders on the golf course. It is expected with such a busy lifestyle that times aren’t always easy. “Golf and the suitcase lifestyle can definitely bring challenges, but honestly, our close relationship makes those challenges that much easier,” Courtney shares. “We try to keep the Lord at the center of our marriage, relationships, and decisions, and He takes care of the rest.  There is a lot of peace in allowing Him to be in control.  We may not always be perfect at that, but we try our best.” With the weekly travel and different hotel stays, these two together handle the pressure. Kevin and Courtney love to do normal, everyday activities when they have time away from the world of golf. They relish being at home and catching up with friends on weeks when Kevin isn’t playing. They like sports and music as well. “We love music and like to attend concerts, we love sports-especially football, so

we enjoy a lot of couch watching when we get a few days of rest at home, and occasionally we attend live sporting events,” says Courtney. “Our favorite teams are University of Alabama, the Chicago Bears and the Arizona Cardinals.  We are also huge Duke basketball fans.” And when it comes to being at home in Scottsdale, the Streelman’s enjoy going out to dinner at some of their favorite places including Mastro’s, Cowboy Ciao, Mojo and Local Bistro. This year in the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open, Kevin intends to make an appearance unless his baby girl has other plans. Regardless of whether he plays this year in Scottsdale or not, Kevin and Courtney live a life that they wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. “I think the reward is that Kevin is able to pursue his passion and make a living at it,” says Courtney. “It’s such a blessing to be able to do what you love.  Of course it’s rewarding to see him experience success when it comes (in golf it can be few and far between, and sometimes nonexistent), but I think it’s most rewarding for him to have a positive impact on other people’s lives.  We have developed friendships and met so many great people-it’s neat to see where it takes you, but also amazing to give back.”

Driver’s Notebook

Volvo’s Hot S60 R-Design Packs Plenty of Power Article and Photography Tom Strongman


olvos used to be thought of as the Earth Shoe of automobiles, but today, the S60 R-Design is so athletic it’s more like an expensive pair of running shoes. Note the word expensive. The R-Design package bumps up the output of the turbocharged six-cylinder engine to 325 versus 300 for the standard S60 T6, but the base price jumps from $40,450 to $43,900. The additional oomph also boosts torque to 354 pound-feet. The added torque results in lightning-quick throttle response that gives you a kick in the back and a satisfying surge of acceleration when you snap open the throttle. Sixty miles per hour comes up in 5.4 seconds. Fuel economy is rated at 18 miles per gallon in the city and 25 on the highway. The all-wheel-drive system is not just for all-weather traction, although that is a strong selling point. It also splits torque from side to side and that means it helps “steer” the car around corners. The six-speed automatic transmission can be shifted manually when so desired. In standard guise, the S60 has a dynamic personality and the R-Design package amplifies it with sharper reflexes and a more aggressive look that makes routine driving fun. Head out to the countryside in search of some curvy roads and you will have more fun than a video game. The S60’s styling is lean and athletic, a fitting face for a car that flaunts its sportiness, accented by the test car’s bright Rebel Blue paint. I grew to like the bright blue, but folks seeking a low profile would be better off choosing a color that doesn’t generate quite so much attention. The bright blue is a nod to Polestar Racing that has collaborated with Volvo since 1996 and is responsible for all of Volvo’s major undertakings in motorsport. Polestar offers performance upgrades through Volvo dealers. The R-Design’s handling is sports-sedan taut, but on rough or broken pavement, the low-profile tires and tight suspension were a bit too rough. That’s the trade-off for flat cornering and high-speed stability. The S60 is a technological showcase. Vehicle stability control, anti-lock brakes and corner traction control are great driver aids. The optional pedestrian detection system alerts the driver to a person in the road. Below 22 miles per hour, it automatically applies the brakes and stops the car. The Volvo’s cabin is finished in a style that looks like fine furniture. The front seats were not especially comfortable for me because the forward-leaning headrest pushed my head forward, but that is more a function of my short size than the seat itself.

Rear-seat legroom has been improved, and although knee room is still snug, it is more accommodating than the previous model. Price: The test car’s base price was $43,900. Options included heated front seats, heated windshield washers, navigation system, premium sound system and rear park-assist camera. The sticker price was $48,195. Warranty: Volvo’s Safe + Secure plan covers scheduled maintenance and wear and tear items such as brakes, rotors and wiper blades for five years or 50,000 miles. At a Glance

Point: Volvo’s S60 R-Design challenges the top sports sedans in its segment. It has oodles of power, great handling and eye-catching styling. Add in that maintenance and wear and tear is covered under warranty, and that makes the S60 very attractive. Counterpoint: Rear-seat legroom is better than before but still not overly generous. The well-equipped R-Design gets fairly expensive. 2013 Volvo S60 R-Design Engine: 3.0-liter, 325-hp six-cylinder Transmission: Six-speed automatic All-wheel drive Wheelbase: 109.3 inches Curb weight: 3,812 pounds Base price: $43,900 As driven: $48,195 MPG rating: 18 city, 25 highway

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Hometown Hero

Military Mom Inspires Female War Veterans New online t-shirt business benefits homeless and abused veterans, serves as resource Article Meghann Finn Sepulveda Photography Provided by Michelle Bravo


hen Michelle Bravo, 43, enlisted in the Army, it wasn’t until she returned home from her first deployment to Kuwait in 2001 that she truly felt a sense of patriotism. Bravo realized her role in the Army was much bigger than she ever expected it to be. A soldier for more than 20 years, Bravo has mastered the act of selfless service. This past Veteran’s Day, Bravo launched i Rock the Boots, a new clothing line for female veterans that embraces the femininity of every woman. A portion of all proceeds benefits female veterans who are in transition or homeless, and those dealing with trauma or abuse. She hopes her site can also serve as a support system and resource for military women across the globe. By the numbers

Of the approximately 1.4 million active-duty military, more than 200,000 are women. Females account for nearly 15 percent and are represented in both enlisted and officer ranks of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, according to the Pentagon website? A Pentagon spokesperson?. “There’s an understanding between women in the military,” says Bravo. “You have to find a balance between being a female and a soldier. Femininity is now being celebrated instead of viewed as sign of weakness.” While there are only a small percentage of females in combat, about 3 percent of women are assigned to the front line units and have served in war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Carley Jones, a Marine since 2011, describes what it’s like. “The friends I’ve made in the Marine Corps are more like brothers and sisters to me,” she says. “Our bond is like no other because we all go through the same difficulties and good times together. We depend on each other and we have been through so much together it kind of just happens.” An honorable military career

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riences she experienced while in the military, Bravo was intrigued by military life. “I was a girly girl,” says Bravo. “I wasn’t very athletic and wasn’t into sports. I chose the Army because it seemed to be the perfect fit for me. I wanted something that challenged me, was meaningful, and gave me a sense of purpose and an opportunity to give back.” After a six year enlistment, Bravo attended college at University of Arizona where she enrolled in the Army ROTC program, and received a bachelor’s in business management. Upon graduation in 1999, she became a commissioned officer. During her service, Bravo deployed three times, including two tours to Kuwait and one to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She also served as an assignment officer in Washington D.C. and Fort Knox, Ky., where she was promoted to Major before coming to Arizona State University’s Department of Military Science as an executive officer in 2011. The time to give back is now

Bravo always wanted to be an entrepreneur. Hosting bake sales and other fundraising events from a young age, she felt like now was the time to make her dream of owning a business and giving back to others come true. “I envision i Rock the Boots to not only be a t-shirt and apparel line for military women, but for the website and social media sites to become a virtual gathering place for women to connect, to learn about national veterans events–like walks and fundraisers–to become a place for mentorship, an opportunity to highlight heroes, and a sounding board for those struggling with challenges.” The t-shirts are intended for all women who proudly protect our freedom on a daily basis including firefighters, police officers and border patrol. i Rock the Boots has partnered with Madison Street Veterans Association (MANA) to collaborate and re-open the female wing at the MANA house for homeless veterans in Phoenix. Loss of government

funding forced the wing to close and left 16 beds empty. Funds that are raised through t-shirts sales will help local female veterans find a place to live, and will better assist in their transition.

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Even though her current assignment is only 20 minutes away from her home in Chandler, Bravo still puts in long hours, often consisting of 12- to 15-hour days; She typically begins with daily physical training at 6 a.m. There are evening events, temporary duty trips and training weekends, which take away time from husband, Ric, and two-yearold son, Isaiah. “It’s a constant inner struggle,” Bravo said. “I’m fortunate because I have an amazing support system. I focus on giving my all to my family when I am with them and to my job when I am at work.” But not all military moms are able to come home every night. Some are deployed overseas for several months at a time. A 2006 study from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston reported that after Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield, women with children reported a higher rate of emotional health problems after deployment than women without children, including anxiety and difficulty readjusting after deployment. Children also reported an increase in emotional stress during their parent’s absence.

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Chandler Senior Center Offers Friendship and Support to Seniors 10,000-square-foot facility serves more than 40,000 active adults annually Article Meghann Finn Sepulveda | Photography Chandler Senior Center


handler resident Maynard White doesn’t let his age slow him down. At 106-years-old, White participates in exercise class three times per week at Chandler Senior Center. White says it is the exercise that keeps him healthy. Following his workout, he stays and enjoys lunch with his friends. Chandler Senior Center, located at 202 E. Boston St. in Chandler, is dedicated to providing affordable leisure and recreational activities for adults ages 55 and older, and those with disabilities. The Center focuses on daily activities, social services and group outings, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no cost to join. Center amenities

Offered within the 10,000-square-foot facility is a library, lounge, computer lab with free Wi-Fi, quilting room, game room, multipurpose area and patio with a garden. Lunch is served daily for a suggested donation of $2.50. The Center estimates 125-150 people take advantage of these offerings on a daily basis. “In 2012 we had approximately 43,631 participants in our activities,” says Nancy Jackson, facility manager. “People come here not only to engage in our programs, but to socialize and have fun.” Daily activities, monthly outings

Seniors, like White, can attend a group exercise class, which also includes low impact movement and chair options. Most exercise classes are free, with the exception of a few are associated with a small fee that require certified instructors who teach Zumba or yoga. 18 Chandler Lifestyle | January 2014

White says exercise is a choice. “It’s a matter of making up your mind to do it. I recommend it to anyone,” he says. Sue Woodward, a fitness instructor at Chandler Senior Center, says, “The classes offer a place for people to meet new friends while they exercise. It helps them keep track of one another. It is a fun environment in which we laugh a lot.” There are also a number of groups of seniors who play cards such as bridge and bunko, or those who make arts and crafts, or play Bingo. There are also five monthly outings to sporting events, museums, movie theatres and the casino. For holidays, there are parties that include a special dinner and feature music or entertainment. Additional classes and activities, including therapeutic recreation,

are available through the City of Chandler’s Recreation Department and listed in the Break Time brochure and online. Social services provide health information, support

Another amenity of the Chandler Senior Center is its social services program, which offers health and wellness information and guidance, including peer and licensed counselors who provide assistance and support for those dealing with stress or coping with a loss of a loved one. “Sometimes it’s easier for people to talk directly to a friend who has experienced what they are going through,” Jackson said. “We also offer seniors the opportunity to schedule private appointments with licensed counselors.” Health professionals also come in and provide information on various topics, including ways to avoid falls, a common problem in the senior community. Social workers and contracted vendors will check wheelchairs and other medical equipment to make sure everything is functioning properly. “We could never find someone to help service my wife’s walker without charging an outrageous fee,” says George Pace, 72, of Chandler. “It is very comforting to know that we can come to the Chandler Senior Center and someone will help us on the spot.”

support and celebrate each other, including milestones in their lives. White is honored each year on May 8 by Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, who proclaimed that date as Maynard White Day, which is also his birthday. The annual tradition has been in place since he turned 100. White is publicly recognized for being a wonderful treasure in the Chandler community, and for spreading joy and kindness at the Chandler Senior Center. White, who lost his wife 12 years ago, enjoys the friendship and camaraderie he’s found at Chandler Senior Center. He is certainly an inspiration.

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Lone Tree Golf Club Chandler Destination For All Golfers

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ucked away in the southeast corner of the city lies a peaceful place where golfers of all ages are able to go for an enjoyable game of golf. Lone Tree Golf Club is a top of the line facility golf club where there is a number of possibilities to improve your game, eat great food, and maybe even run into a PGA professional. Lone Tree Golf Club was built in 2001 by Pulte Homes. Greg Avant with TG Golf Inc. purchased the course in April of 2005. “I had worked for Pulte Homes in the golf division for eight years with the hope of making the move one day and fortunately we got the deal done,” says Avant. He had a dream to make this course one that everyone could enjoy, and he has spent the last eight years making sure that happened. The number one thing that he wants people to know is that Lone Tree is a public course. Greg has heard that a lot of people think it’s a private course and costs a lot to play. The truth, however, is just the opposite. The course is open to anyone and it won’t drain your bank account to play.

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A lot of behind the scenes work takes place to ensure the quality of the golf course. “More than you will ever imagine,” says Avant. Maintenance requires a fine balance when dealing with the summer grass, winter grass, reclaimed water, minimal rain and intense heat. All of these factors make it rather difficult to keep the course looking its finest. The amazing and diligent staff keeps a close eye on the course at all times. Lone Tree also helps the community by using environmentally sensitive products to keep the community as pure as possible. According to Avant, the best time of year to play the course is November-June when the cool winter and spring weather is present. “April has to be the best,” says Avant. And the course always seems to be in fantastic shape during September for those who are brave enough to endure the heat. The professionals of the golf world seem to enjoy playing at Lone Tree as well, and it’s quite possible that you could run into one while

playing. Names like Kevin Stadler, Steve Jones, Mark Hensby and Joe Daley have played the course. Charlie Beljan, a PGA Tour winner, holds a Lone Tree course record. Avant says that even Tiger Woods has an open invitation any time! Many more have played the course as Lone Tree has hosted the Gateway Tour and the Phoenix Open Waste Management qualifier a countless number of times. So as you play, be on the lookout for one of these great guys. Not only is Lone Tree home to prestigious greens, fairways and professionals, but also it’s home to several golf instructional programs, too. They have “The First Tee” program, which is a nationally recognized program for junior players. This program helps juniors figure out life lessons, skills and leadership through the game of golf. They also have a program called “Get Golf Ready.” This program is for those who are just beginning to discover the game. The program consists of five, 90-minute small group classes where the basic skills of golf are learned. This is a great way for already experienced golfers to introduce the game to their friends and family. The four PGA pros that teach at Lone Tree add a certain perk as well. Tony Grimes is a teacher there who played on the PGA tour for seven years. With Chandler being an active community, Lone Tree has something for everyone no matter where they may be in their golfing ability. Avant says there are many rewarding and challenging aspects to owning a golf course as well known as Lone Tree. “Rewarding,” he says, “would have to be the great relationships you develop with members, guests and staff. Being able to tee it up

at almost any time isn’t bad either.” The difficult side includes small business ownership and the state of golf in general. “However, we ARE one of the lucky ones because of our committed members and regular players.” Lone Tree Golf Club is a place where golf fans make memories, learn lessons and build relationships. Every drive, chip and putt to the hole is another opportunity to reach golf goals and achieve aspirations. And, now is the time to set golf objectives for the year to come. Give Lone Tree a try. Check out some lessons, talk with a professional, and see what fairway your swing will take you down next.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open Should be another memorable year Article Kory Kilmer | Photography provided by WM Phoenix Open


n just a few weeks the eyes of the golf world will once again fall upon the north metro area as the PGA Tour makes it annual stop at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) Scottsdale for The Waste Management Phoenix Open. For nearly eighty years the Phoenix Open has been a staple on the calendar of the PGA, and a lot has changed since Robert W. Goldwater (Barry’s younger brother) founded the tournament back in 1932. A passionate golfer, Goldwater not only had to sell tickets and recruit volunteers in those early years, but could also be seen preparing the course at the Phoenix Country Club. In 1955 the Phoenix Open began alternating its hosting responsibilities with the Arizona Country Club, before once again becoming the tournament’s exclusive home in 1975. Ralph Guldahl, a popular early 20th Century golfer who would end his career with three major championships, won that inaugural tournament, then called the Arizona Open. He would pocket a cool $600 for his efforts, which pales in comparison to the $1.1 million taken home by last year’s winner and ASU Alum Phil Mickelson. That win was Mickleson’s third Phoenix Open, placing him in a three-way tie for the most ever. His score of 256 (-28) also tied him with Mark Calcavecchia with the best four-day score in the history of the event.

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The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale would claim the event on a permanent basis in 1987, where it has been constantly voted a favorite by competing golfers and a constant highlight for golf fans across the region and beyond. “We have attended each of the last five years,” says John Frazier, a resident of Albuquerque who makes the trip with a loyal group of golf buddies. “We come out early on that Monday and spend three days golfing around town before the tournament even begins. But come Thursday afternoon it’s all about hanging out at the Open, eating, drinking, and having a great time.” Frazier and his friends are not alone in their enjoyment of the Valley in early February, as season after season the Phoenix Open sets itself high above the rest of the PGA events as the most attended event all year. Attendance over the course of the four days averages around a half-million. On the Saturday of 2013, a single-day record was set, with 179,022 converging on Scottsdale to take in a day following the world’s best golfers. Behind the scenes, the tournament also provides a charitable focal point for one of Phoenix’s oldest and proudest civic organizations. When the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce decided it needed a special events committee in 1937, a young Robert Goldwater was among the early young professionals selected for membership.

The group would become known as the Thunderbirds, and with new member Goldwater already the established tournament chairman, their link with the Phoenix Open was officially forged. Today, Thunderbird membership resides around 300 members, all of who have a love of sports equal only to their dedication for improving their community. Over the years they have been able to donate more than $86.1 million of Phoenix Open proceeds to organizations such as the Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Clubs, and local agencies of the United Way. Now just a single-year term, the chairmanship for 2014 is held by Tom King, now in this his eighth year as a Thunderbirds member. “It’s a full-time job,” says King, whose duties include having the final say on every tournament host detail. “You work all year long on the event, and every year you try to add your own element to it to make it bigger and different.” Among the tasks on King’s agenda are the details of the Coors Light Birds Nest, which remains one of the most distinctive events of the whole week. Held each year just outside the main entrance to the tournament, the Birds Nest becomes Scottsdale’s hottest spot for nightlife during tournament week, as headline acts take the stage for a night of high-octane, 21-and-over rock ‘n roll entertainment.

American rock band O.A.R will open up the 2014 edition of the Bird’s Nest on Wednesday, January 29, followed by country music star Jake Owen on Thursday. Legendary alternative rockers Weezer will headline Friday, and hometown cover band Metalhead will conclude the festivities in front of what is traditionally a soldout crowd on Saturday night. From the first off the tee Thursday morning to the roar of the crowd Sunday afternoon as a new champion is crowned, the stage is set for this year’s edition of the Phoenix Open to add its own memorable chapter to the storied history of the event. And Chairman King looks no farther back than last year to what a perfect ending to his tenure would be. “Seeing Phil Mickelson going wire-to-wire to win it, especially being a local favorite and ASU guy, that was awesome,” he says. “This year I would love to see a repeat performance. For me, that would be ideal.” The 79th Waste Management Phoenix Open is slated from January 30 to February 2. For more information on the tournament or the Thunderbirds, call the Thunderbirds Office at 602.870.0163 or visit

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uane Knutson can truly empathize with those he helps. He is a Vietnam War veteran himself who lived with post-traumatic stress for more than 30 years. Now as co-founder and executive director of the Scottsdale-based, non-profit United States War Veteran’s PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) Foundation, he is using his experience to help other vets. The PTSD Foundation’s mission is to provide comprehensive treatment for combat veterans with the disorder. Knutson suffered, in particular, with nightmares and what he calls “hyper-vigilance” from his days as a combat medic, the post where he earned his longtime nickname of “Doc,” the moniker given to some medics by fellow soldiers to show respect. “When you’re getting shot at, you have all that adrenaline running through your body and then you come back home and you still have all that adrenaline running through your body,” says Knutson. “It takes awhile for it to dissipate. It doesn’t just go away.” He’s also had his share of drinking episodes, anger issues and dealing with his denial about having PTSD. And that history has made helping others with this affliction his true passion. In fact, he’s honored to note that in the last five and half years, the Foundation has treated more than 800 combat veterans using a variety of therapies, including neuro-feedback. But those numbers are small compared to how many more still suffer from PTSD. He says statistics indicate 20 percent of all combat veterans deal with PTSD. He believes there are a lot more people to reach, and he’s ready to try. “Ultimately, we want to be nationwide,” he says. 24 Chandler Lifestyle | January 2014

Defining PTSD

So what, exactly, is PTSD? For one thing, it’s not a disorder limited to veterans. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website, PTSD can occur after experiencing a traumatic event which can include combat exposure; child sexual or physical abuse; terrorist attack; sexual or physical assault; serious accidents, like a car wreck; and natural disasters, like a fire, tornado, hurricane, flood or earthquake. According to the VA website, “During a traumatic event, you think that your life or others’ lives are in danger. You may feel afraid or feel that you have no control over what is happening around you. Most people have some stress-related reactions after a traumatic event, but not everyone gets PTSD. If your reactions don’t go away over time and they disrupt your life, you may have PTSD.” As for the symptoms of PTSD, the VA website says they usually start soon after the traumatic event, but they may not appear until months or years later. Knutson notes that the onset of PTSD for veterans usually takes one to six months after being in the field. Symptoms also may come and go over many years, according to the VA. Symptoms lasting longer than four weeks, causing great distress, or interfering with work or home life may be indicative of PTSD. There are four types of symptoms of PTSD:

Reliving the event (also called re-experiencing symptoms). You may have bad memories or nightmares. You even may feel like you’re going through the event again. This is called a flashback.

Avoiding situations that remind you of the event. You may try to avoid situations or people that trigger memories of the traumatic event. You may even avoid talking or thinking about the event. Negative changes in beliefs and feelings. The way you think about yourself and others may change because of the trauma. You may feel fear, guilt or shame. Or, you may not be interested in activities you used to enjoy. This is another way to avoid memories. Feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal). You may be jittery, or always alert and on the lookout for danger. Or, you may have trouble concentrating or sleeping. ‘The unseen wound’

Knutson never received treatment for his PTSD, often termed “the unseen wound,” because there really wasn’t any treatment available, he says. Sufferers were said to have “Post-Vietnam Syndrome” and, for the most part, told to “man up.” Even in 2008, when he and the late David Arnold, who’d been a U.S. Navy Seabee during the Vietnam War, co-founded the Foundation, the term PTSD still was barely acknowledged and even less understood. He’s glad that has changed and that society is now more accepting of the mental health problem, even if there is still a ways to go. “Our difficulty is getting people through the door,” he admits, “because if they go to a VA hospital, it goes on their record and it inhibits promotions sometimes. Veterans are concerned that reporting it will be detrimental to their careers.” And that’s the main way that the War Veterans PTSD Foundation differs from VA facilities, Knutson adds. Clients can remain anonymous and all their information remains confidential. “The only people who know they’re being treated are the caregiver and myself,” he says. Knutson earned a doctorate in psychology and also serves as the foundation’s treatment coordinator.

A hug? ‘That’s payment’

Knutson said a veteran seeking treatment at the Foundation will typically first undergo an in-office assessment during which a staff technologist will administer an EEG, or electroencephalography, that records electrical impulses from the nerves in the patient’s head. After that, a treatment plan of 10 to 30 sessions is devised and may include medication or any number of non-drug therapies, including psychotherapy, or “talk” therapy; Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT), which uses color and/or light to facilitate change; and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), which uses stimulation to activate opposite sides of the brain. A number of affiliated psychiatrists and psychologists are also available for clients’ specific needs and, in fact, many of the medical professionals donate their services to the Foundation’s Doctors Donate program. In this unique approach, which helps the Foundation curb its costs and keep its services free, a participating doctor agrees to treat one veteran for one year on a pro bono basis. For Knutson, a retiree who doesn’t draw a salary, the only paid staffers are the Foundation’s development director and the technologists, one of whom is Mark Arnold, the son of co-founder David Arnold – that means the world. And he’s found that heading the Foundation makes him rich in a multitude of other ways. “When I get a hug from a veteran who’s doing better, that’s payment,” he says. Want more information about the United States War Veterans PTSD Foundation? Contact Duane Knutson at: 3260 N Hayden Road, Suite 210-322 Scottsdale, Arizona, 85251 480.922.4950 Email: Website:


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ollowing an afternoon of golf, players at Ocotillo Golf Resort can relax and enjoy culinary dishes such as fresh seafood and prime meat and sip locally brewed beer as part of the “Nine and Dine” special menu, offered through May. If you’ve never had the opportunity to golf at Ocotillo Golf Resort, now is the perfect time. Managed by Troon Golf, the beautiful and traditional-style course maintains the highest standards of course conditions and provides superior customer service. The three, nine-hole courses vary in difficulty and there is something for golfers of every level.

sauce, or house-made grilled pizza with your choice of toppings. Some of the dinner options include a locally-brewed beer. On Monday nights, guests can enjoy a weekly special and music from steel drummer Paul McDermand from 5 to 8 p.m. The entire menu features fresh ingredients, including some locally-grown produce, meat, bread and eggs obtained from nearby farms, retailers and bakeries. Holidays, brunch and weekday offerings

Golfers are not the only ones who can take advantage of the delicious food and beautiful scenery at Ocotillo Golf Resort. Couples, Beautiful surroundings, lush landscaping families and large parties are encouraged to dine at Bernard’s. Ocotillo Golf Resort is a unique jewel and often referred to as an Open at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. for lunch Sunday oasis in the desert. You won’t find landscaping that and Monday, and breakfast, lunch and dinner – depicts the southwest. served at 5 p.m. – on Tuesday through Saturday, “The majority of our golf course is surrounded by the menu at Bernard’s surely has something to water,” says Brad Hodges, group sales manager, Ocotiplease every palette. Bernard’s at Ocotillo llo Golf Resort. “Our golfers say they have a different Weekend brunch offerings feature breakfast fa3751 S Clubhouse Drive experience golfing here than at other Valley courses.” vorites such as biscuits and gravy, eggs benedict and Chandler, AZ 85248 Large water features, cascading waterfalls and an omelet station. Other brunch choices include a (480) 917-6660 lush greenery are what make Ocotillo Golf Resort prime beef burger, pulled pork sandwich and so beautiful. sar salad. Mimosas and bloody Mary’s, as well as “Ocotillo Golf Resort treats me like I’m part of espresso and coffee drinks are available. There is one big family,” says Jim Heffernan, 61, of Chandler. also a children’s menu. Brunch dishes vary in price “When I walk on property, I have a personal relationship with people but typically range between $7 to $12. at the bag drop, golf shop, and restaurant. It’s a great atmosphere.” Special holiday dining events such as Easter and Mother’s Day are also available and usually include a carving station and a variety Dinner and golf deals of buffet-style offerings. Spaces typically fill up fast. Reservations On weekdays, golfers can take advantage of the “Nine and Dine” are recommended. menu at Bernard’s restaurant. Under the culinary direction of ExecuThe venue also serves as a beautiful setting for weddings and other tive Chef Adam Sturges, this special is offered for those with tee times special events. beginning at 3 p.m. and vary in price from $35 to $40 for nine holes of Whether you are an avid golfer, or just someone who enjoys a unique golf and dinner. dining experience with breathtaking scenery, consider spending your “It’s a really popular program,” Hodges says. “The times vary de- next meal at Bernard’s at Ocotillo Golf Resort. pending on the sunset, but it typically gives players two hours to golf HOURS nine holes before the sun goes down.” Breakfast: 6:30 to 11 a.m. (everyday) The menu changes daily and features items like an 8 oz. slice of Lunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (everyday) queen cut prime rib, served with a loaded baked potato and fresh vegDinner: 5 to 9 p.m. (Tuesday through Saturday) etables. Other nightly offerings include San Tan Brewery Devil’s Ale Happy Hour: 3 to 7 p.m. (Tuesday through Friday) beer battered pacific cod, house fries and coleslaw with sriacha tartar Brunch: Weekends


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History 101

Celebrate National Pie Day with a Slice of History Article and Photography Provided by Village Inn


ost Americans are well acquainted with delicious dessert pies and include them as a regular staple at holiday meals and family gatherings. Yet, few are familiar with the long and rich history of how this famous comfort food secured its place in American culture. Although the phrase “there is nothing more American than apple pie” is widely known, pies were originally adapted from a traditional Greek and Roman dish. A grass-like plan called a reed acted as a crust that held meat fillings, though, the reeds were not typically eaten. It wasn’t until the 14th Century that the word “pie” became popular, and the crust became known as ‘coffyns’ by the English. It was also the English who introduced fruit pies to the world, having originally called the desserts ‘pasties.’ The Pilgrims brought these savory English pie recipes across the ocean during their voyage to the New World in the 1600’s. It only took a couple hundred years in the American homeland for the English name ‘coffyn’ to eventually change to the American term ‘coffin,’ then finally ‘crust’ around the time of the American Revolution. The first American sweet pies with edible crusts emerged in the 1800’s; the same sweet, tangy, irresistible pies embraced today.

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Village Inn Restaurants have become a community staple for the home-style pies Americans all know and love. “We encourage people to continue to experience this American tradition by coming in every Wednesday on Pie Rush Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to receive a free slice of pie with any dinein purchase as our thank you,” says Cheryl Ahlbrandt, Village Inn marketing vice president. Of course, home-style pies will always have a cult-like following, and Village Inn’s pie selection is sure to please people with various tastes and preferences. On National Pie Day, the demand for pies increases, and guests can now get ahead of the crowd by ordering their favorite pie online at Guests can also order by phone or in person, and there are plenty of options to satisfy everyone in the family. “On National Pie Day, there is nothing more comforting than a warm, sweet pick-me-up, and we invite people to come in and enjoy a slice of one of our more than 15 pie flavors,” says Ahlbrandt. From the earliest days in Greek and Roman culture, to the 14th Century English empire, to the American Revolution, pies have changed in flavors, types and ingredients over centuries. National Pie Day on January 23 is sure to bring pie-lovers to Village Inn to try a slice of one of life’s simplest pleasures.

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AbbaFab plays tribute to the Swedish pop group ABBA. Hits performed include, “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Fernando.” For more information, visit

Musicians from all around the Valley come together under Jack Herriman and Associate Conductor Alex Zheng. This performance showcases the “Musician’s Choice” in which members of the CSO perform their choice of various music selections. For more information, visit or call 480.899.3447.

JANUARY 10 Meet the Legislators Breakfast CHANDLER

Chandler Chamber members, take part in this opportunity to meet the 2014 Arizona State Legislators.The breakfast includes a visit from Dick Castner of the US Chamber of Commerce, and a recap of the 2014 “How We Stand” document. For more information, go to


Enjoy science experiments with the whole family. This Science Saturday’s theme is Sensing the World Around You: Five Sensational Senses. For more information, visit


Get out your dancing shoes and come see Squeezebox and the Mollie B. Polka Party play polkas, waltzes, fox-trots, 2-steps, big band, swing, and square dances. To learn more about this accordion-filled event, visit

JANUARY 11 Tour of the Preserve GILBERT

See the birds and plants of the Preserve while Naturalist Jennie Rambo leads a tour of the Preserve. For more information, visit or call 480.797.2019.

JANUARY 15 East Valley Breakfast with the Governor CHANDLER

This East Valley Breakfast features Arizona Governor, the Honorable Jan Brewer. For more information, visit or call 480.963.4571.


Michael Fosberg shares his story of how he grew up in a middle-class, white family and then one day discovered that he is African-American. Fosberg tells his unique tale via performance in his one-man autobiographical play, Incognito. For more information, visit


Grab all your glow-in-the-dark items and get ready for a run in the dark. Runners get to delight in the zoo lights as they run through the paths of the Phoenix Zoo. Proceeds to benefit children with hearing loss through the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund. For more information, visit


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John Belushi, Mike Myers, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey. Come see its performers bring smart, cutting edge comedy to the stage. The show includes improvisational, as well as scripted material. For more information, visit


Join in the MLK Weekend’s festivities as the Valley’s premier open mic, Homebase, celebrates its Big Nickel Anniversary. For more information, visit


Cuchi-cuchi! The flamboyant and outrageous Charo delights fans with her comedic music show. The performance includes her topnotch classical flamenco guitar skills. For more information, visit


Enjoy this tale of love, secrets and betrayal as told by the elderly Wyatt and Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp. “The Sunset Years” is a two-person play which follows the times and trials of the couple’s 47-year life together. For more information, visit


One of the world’s greatest love stories is brought to the stage through beautiful choreography and timeless storytelling. This classic ballet is for the whole family to enjoy. To learn more about the ballet, visit

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34 Chandler Lifestyle | January 2014

f you’re reading this publication, it’s likely that you and I have several things in common. We don’t have to worry about where we’ll get our next meal. Our basic needs are being met and we’ll go to bed in a warm, safe and comfortable home tonight. What a wonderful blessing! I continue to wonder if I’ve done enough to teach my two boys about how blessed they are. How the years of hard work, careful planning and wise decision-making by two parents has not always been easy, but it is why they live the way they do and have what they have. Do they understand to whom much is given, much is to be expected? That they need to look for opportunities to give back? What about you? As the New Year begins, have you taken time recently to reassess how you’ll make a difference in the world around you this year? As an individual, and even as a family? The very best way to teach our children and grandchildren about being charitable is to lead by example. Don’t just write a check and put it in an envelope or fill a bag with cast-offs and set it out on the front porch to be collected. Instead, show your children, grandchildren, friends and family what’s important to you by rolling up your sleeves and volunteering on a regular basis. If you don’t want to do it alone, invite a friend or neighbor to join you. With volunteerism, the more the merrier is an absolute given! Most school-aged children can earn impressive service awards by volunteering a certain number of hours in a year. Encourage your children or grandchildren to choose one charity and focus their attention on it for many years. They’ll have the opportunity to build relationships and learn more about how the organization works if they visit more than just a time or two. They’ll find out what the organization really needs and may set out to complete a project to help meet that need. Before you know it, they’ll learn how to really make a difference. Pick an organization that touches your heart. Are you passionate about children or babies? Literacy initiatives? Animals or veterans? Finding a cure for a specific disease? Your volunteerism will mean more if the mission of the organization is one you believe in wholeheartedly. Before you give your support, please do the responsible thing and do your homework. There are too many organizations out there raising money and claiming to do good, when in fact they do very little to distribute the money and goods they collect. Celebrity-backed charities are a dime a dozen. Don’t assume that a famous face supporting or leading a charity means it is more legitimate than others. Ask a few questions about the percentage of money earned that goes to administrative costs and about how much has been given away in the past few years. You may find that it’s better to give directly to a national organization rather than a local, celebrity-backed offshoot that supposedly supports a national organization. You’ve got a year of giving ahead of you. Go out there and make a difference!

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Chandler Lifestyle January 2014  

January 2014 Issue of Chandler Lifestyle

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