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NOVEMBER 2019

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Happy Thanksgiving, Chandler! AS NOVEMBER ROLLS AROUND, WE’RE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THE APPROACH OF THANKSGIVING, THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND TIME SPENT WITH OUR LOVED ONES. The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us—

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remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished in months past; looking back on turkey disaster stories, mornings watching the Thanksgiving Day parade or afternoons spent curled up on the couch after one too many pieces of pie; thinking of the people, experiences and things we’ve been blessed with in the last year. As we press pause on the hustle and bustle of life putting together a monthly magazine, we’re able to look back on the past year and, most meaningfully, the stories from all of you that have made what we do possible. We also take this chance to think of those less fortunate and encourage you to take the opportunity this giving season to donate to local organizations or charities giving back locally.

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INSIDE THE ISSUE NOVEMBER 2019

FEATURES 16 The Power of Play Playworks Arizona Teaches Kids How Fun and Games are More Than Just Fun and Games

24 Mom and Daughter Spend Time Together, Serve the Community The Chandler Duo Volunteer Through National Charity League

30 Leader in Assists WNBA Star Diana Taurasi a Superstar On, Off the Court

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34 Recipes From Our Readers Local Readers Share Their Favorite Holiday Recipes

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Chandler Lifestyle's Celebration Reunion With The Men and Women of Chandler Chandler Lifestyle magazine held a Celebration Reunion with the Men and Women of Chandler at Gila River Hotels & Casinos—Wild Horse Pass. The Men and Women of Chandler from the past three classes joined together for an evening of mingling, music and raffle prizes. The event sponsor and host was Gila River Hotels & Casinos. PHOTOGRAPHY BY LINDSAY BORG PHOTOGRAPHY

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18th Annual Chandler Chamber Golf Tournament The 18th Annual Chandler Chamber Golf Tournament was held at Ocotillo Golf Club. Golfers enjoyed breakfast, raffles, contests, prizes, lunch, and of course, golf. A portion of the proceeds benefited the Chandler Chamber Community Foundation Scholarships.

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The Music and The Message Part concert, part message of hope, national safety advocate  Elizabeth Smart spoke at Mesa Arts Center on Sept. 28. Proceeds went to Childhelp and Operation Underground Railroad,  organizations fighting child abuse/trafficking. The event was sponsored by Rosevelt Sings. The finale, O America, was sung by the Chandler Children’s Choir. 

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Dr. Vu and Dr. Asgari are excited to welcome a new member to their team! Dr. Trent Cox is an Arizona native who attended Arizona State University. After graduating, he spent two years in the Dominican Republic where he learned to speak Spanish while serving a church service mission. After returning to ASU, he completed dental school, earning his Doctor of Medical Dentistry Degree (DMD). It was there that he also received his certificate in Public Health, Certificate in Orthodontics and his Doctor of Health Science degree (DHSc) and completed the process to become board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Cox is active in his church and enjoys all outdoor activities. An accomplished long distance runner, he has competed in both marathons and ultramarathons. He also competes in mountain biking and road cycling races. He recently hiked Mt. Whitney but his favorite hike was the Grand Canyon. Most importantly, Dr. Cox is a family man. He and his wife Carrie are the parents of four children, 3 girls and a boy. He loves being an orthodontist and considers it his dream job being able to create beautiful smiles.

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SANTAN SPIRITS WINS MEDALS AT WINE & SPIRITS COMPETITION SanTan Spirits—the distilling side of SanTan Brewing Company—recently won four medals at the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition. The awards were given for their Sacred Stave and Butcher Jones Whiskeys, and included three double gold (Sacred Stave American Single Malt Whiskey, 90 Proof; Butcher Jones Arizona Straight Rye Whiskey, Cask Strength; and Sacred Stave American Single Malt Whiskey, Cask Strength—Best of Class) and one silver (Butcher Jones Arizona Straight Rye Whiskey, 100 Proof). Tours of the production facility are available at 495 E. Warner Road. Beer and spirits will be

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available for purchase there, as well. For information or to schedule a tour, visit SanTanTours.com.

Join in the fun on Sat., Dec., 7 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Downtown Ocotillo. The event honors veterans and features a full Honor Guard; a live performance of the National Anthem; food; drawings; a live remote from 88.7FM THE PULSE with Frank from Wrench Nation;  a trophy presentation by Chandler’s own Jack Holder,  a Pearl Harbor Survivor;  plus other local celebs. All proceeds from the event go to Lost Our Home Pet Rescue, which will also be on hand with pets who are available for adoption. https:// www.facebook.com/Kustom-Karz-for-K-9zand-Katz-Kar-Show-1633260820274430/

ONE SMALL STEP MOVES CLOTHES CABIN After eight years at its current location at Alma School and Ray roads, One Small Step is moving Clothes Cabin to a larger, regional facility near Cooper and Guadalupe roads in Gilbert. The cloth-

Tryst Cafe, an award-winning, locally-owned

ing bank and homeless services have expanded over

restaurant offering nearly 100 traditional, vegan,

the years, and clients are driving from long distances

vegetarian and gluten-free items, recently debuted

to access the programs available without cost.

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the clothing, shoes, household linens, and hygiene

Peach Cobbler Martini, Tryst Old Fashioned, and

items we can provide,” says Caryn Shoemaker, a

CBD Pumpkin Spice Latte. The restaurant also

founder and board member.

debuted new monthly events, including Me Time

The new facility will have a classroom, laundry

for Moms and Date Night. Both feature an all-level

and shower for its homeless clients, and more

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space dedicated to the Back-to-Work program,

visit TrystCafe.com. Photo by Mark Lipczynski

which provides steel-toe work boots, scrubs, and work apparel for anyone seeking employment. The new location will open this month at 710 N.

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Davis won the Summer Float Contest and received travel vouchers up to $5,000 for a trip of his choosing. As the world’s largest float spa brand, True REST Float Spa gives members a moment of relaxation by providing opportunities to reduce stress and pain. The annual Float to Freedom contest was designed to support the community and offer members an opportunity to further step away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. All new True REST memberships and upgrades were eligible to win in addition to receiving one additional float added to their account at no extra cost. Mason and his wife are planning to use the free trip they won at True REST Float Spa to visit Hawaii. True REST Float Spa provides a unique experience of  floating in a float pod. Each pod is filled with a mixture of water and 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts that  creates a 30% salt solution, enabling effortless floating. TrueREST.com

ARIZONA CARDINALS NAME GILA RIVER HOTELS & CASINOS AS OFFICIAL PARTNER The Arizona Cardinals have long collaborated with Gila River Hotels & Casino—Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte and Vee Quiva. Now, the partnership is even stronger as the Arizona Cardinals name Gila River Hotels & Casinos as their Official Hotel and Casino partner. To celebrate, Gila River Hotels & Casinos is offering more than $250,000 in prizes, including three Ford F-150 trucks. With Cardinals-themed contests, two custom Cardinals-designed hotel rooms, and other promotions throughout football season at all three properties, patrons will be treated to an elevated fan experience. PlayAtGila.com November 2019 | Chandler Lifestyle

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PLAYWORKS ARIZONA TEACHES KIDS HOW FUN AND GAMES ARE MORE THAN JUST FUN AND GAMES 16

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more significance. Through programs that encourage safe and inclusive play, the nonprofit Playworks helps get kids active, build social skills and develop relationships with peers. The results are literally life-changing. Simply put, they unleash the underestimated power of play. “The act of play is helping kids to communicate and show respect and leadership for each other,” Kerryann says. “Something that seems as simple as play can do all of that for a child and I see it every day in our program.” Playworks accomplishes this by training faculty and staff at elementary schools and youth organizations in its techniques and games. It also provides on-site adult coaches, if requested. Several Chandler

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arms and shoulders. In Zombie Tag, kids walk to their targets like zombies. In Frozen Tag, tagged kids must freeze until a pal comes to unfreeze them. The options are endless and keep everyone engaged. The program’s flexibility means kids can put their own spin on tradition, which is empowering. For example, they use the

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just bouncing a ball and instead using mental capacity and memory. Kids learn to resolve competitive ties or disputes with a single round of Rock Paper Scissors. The “Good job, nice try buddy” that Playworks encourages on the playground has gone beyond. Kerryann has heard kids say this to each other in nonplay situations and witnessed Rock Paper Scissors resolutions. “I was like, it really works!” she says. “Campuses are transformed.” The results have been powerful. Kids that perennially wound up in the principal’s office reversed that pattern. Some became junior coaches who embraced leadership roles even when not on the playground. There’s one young lady who used to spend most of her non-school hours at home with no social network of friends. She became a Playworks junior coach and one of the program’s best success stories with her work with younger children. Now, she teaches neighborhood kids the games she’s learned and built many friendships that she never had before. This story especially touches Kerryann’s heart. The girl’s mother personally thanked her. “This allows a child to elevate their voice and feel confident. Kids have the opportunity to lead other kids so they can help their peers on the playground,” Kerryann says. “This is why we are passionate about what play can do.” For more information, visit Playworks.org/Arizona. 18

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THE CHANDLER DUO VOLUNTEER THROUGH NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE

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needs, as well as their families,” Gina says. “After

“We thought it would be a fun way to give back to

dinner, an auction and fashion show took place and

the community and we could also spend quality time

the individuals with special needs walked in it. It was

volunteering together,” Gina says, adding that she and

awesome to see the smiles of joy on their faces as they

Olivia, who is now a freshman at Perry High School, are

took on the catwalk.”

both definitely pleased with their decision to join NCL. As Gina explains, NCL is a nonprofit organiza-

Having the opportunity to choose from so many philanthropies to work with is a highlight for Gina.

tion committed to the development of mothers and

“One weekend we could be volunteering at the Live

daughters as leaders and improving communities

Love House or the i.d.e.a. Museum helping kids with

by volunteering.

crafts, and the next week we could be packing meals

“The mothers in the organization are called Patronesses and the daughters are Ticktockers. To be in good standing, both Patronesses and Ticktockers are required to fulfill a certain amount of philanthropy hours and league hours each year,” Gina explains. So far, the mother-daughter duo has worked on a number of projects through NCL. For example, they assisted with the RAD Recreation and Athletics

for Feed My Starving Children,” she says. For Olivia, volunteering along with her mom is definitely a bonus. “It’s fun to be able to spend time with my mom while giving back to my community, and I have also made a lot of new friends in the process,” she says. Both Gina and Olivia say they would definitely encourage other moms and daughters to join NCL.

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“The older our children get, the less time they

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want to spend with family and the more time they

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want to spend with friends,” Gina says. “I feel like

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this is a great opportunity for us to give back to

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the community together while also spending time

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together. I feel it also teaches Olivia compassion

Gina and Olivia have also helped to pack meals at Feed My Starving Children, and they assisted with the set up, break down and clean up at the 12Ks of

and leadership skills.” “It makes you feel good to do something for others and it’s also fun, as well,” Olivia adds.

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Dr. Shadow Asgari SONORAN SMILE ORTHODONTICS

Dr. Shadow Asgari loves spending time with her family and friends. Traveling, running and yoga are at the top of her fun list. But, creating beautiful smiles for people fills her cup to the brim. Shadow was born, raised and received her education in Houston, Texas. She first came to Arizona during her residency. “I fell in love with the vast desert and skies, and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. I knew then this is where I’d come after graduation to begin my career,” she says. “After completing my education in 2002, I moved to Chandler to begin my practice in orthodontics, and I’ve been here since.”   Shadow’s father immigrated to the United States to receive a good education and always encouraged his daughters to study, work hard and go into healthcare. He wanted them to have secure careers. “Some call this the immigrant mentality and many children of immigrants can relate. My other sisters also went into dentistry and medicine,” says Shadow. “I’m glad I chose this field because it has been rewarding to make such a big difference in people’s lives. What’s better than helping create beautiful smiles?” Her inspiration is the City of Chandler, its community and the way people come together to help each other. The community is what inspires her to be and do better, to be a leader and an example for others. It’s also what moved Shadow and her partner, Dr. Samantha Vu, to give back by treating many teachers at no charge or reduced fees. “We love teachers and I have personally been so touched by their sacrifices and the difference they’ve made in my kids’ lives,” she says. “I hope to expand on this and be able to do more in the future for more of the selfless givers in our city.”

Cathleen Carter RE/MAX ALLIANCE GROUP

Cathleen Carter is a real estate professional who loves what she does for a living—helping people buy and sell homes. But for her it’s more than just the end goal, it’s the process from start to finish. She likes making new friends, working with people, and striving to keep transactions running smooth and easy. “One client said it quite well. He said, ‘It’s such an abrupt goodbye.’ We are in contact almost daily and when we close the transaction it instantly stops. That’s the hard part,” Cathleen says. She’s been a salesperson for years and understands the importance of being in charge of her business. This is perhaps why she is inspired by successful people in any industry. It challenges her to better herself. “I know there will always be someone in front of me and someone behind. I just try to keep myself in check and continue to strive to be my best,” she says. Cathleen admits it’s difficult for her to slow down, but she does enjoy fresh air, green grass and a good game of golf. “My Chandler connection is my heart. I love Chandler and truly can’t see myself living anywhere else,” she says. “I’m from South Bend, Indiana, moved to the Valley in 1989, and have been watching it grow up.” 28

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Amy Barro BARRO’S PIZZA

Amy Barro is the corporate vice president for Barro’s Pizza and a half-time reading specialist at Ashland Ranch Elementary. Amy moved with her husband and two sons to Chandler in 1998 because they fell in love with the Ocotillo area, the school system, and the family-friendly atmosphere. Her sons are grown, but the couple still lives here with their two golden retrievers. Amy taught elementary school for years. During this time, they opened their first of three Barro’s Pizza locations in Chandler. “My husband Ken and I have been married for 28 years, so I have been blessed to watch Barro’s Pizza grow from just a few locations to soon-to-be 45. It’s extremely rewarding to work so closely with family members and to be such a big part of the community. Many people think we are a franchise, but all locations are family-owned, and in many of our restaurants you can find a family member working behind the counter,” says Amy. She’s inspired by people who’ve survived difficult, life-changing experiences such as the loss of a child or the diagnosis of a serious illness. She’s in awe of their courage to get up every day and live on. “When I think that life is hard or I’m having a bad day, I think of those going through difficult times and remind myself to have gratitude for everything in my life,” she says. Amy is a strong advocate for the needs of children and animals, and her passion lies in helping those who cannot help themselves. During the holidays she partners with Ocotillo Friends to organize an adopt-a-family event. On a business level, Barro’s Pizza holds the Doran Barro Hunger Fight on the first Tuesday in December each year. The event is special to the family and named for their matriarch, who lost her battle with cancer in 2014. All proceeds are donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank. “If each and every one of us took the time to give back to just one thing we are passionate about, we could make the world a much more positive place. It doesn’t have to be monetary—start out by spending an hour once a month helping a child learn to read. Find your passion and live it,” says Amy. Her favorite quote is from the children’s book Wonder by R.J. Palacio: “Greatness is not being strong, but using strength to carry the most hearts.” November 2019 | Chandler Lifestyle

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TOP: Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images MIDDLE: Diana Taurasi during the Grand Marshal reveal. BOTTOM: Fiesta Bowl Charities’ KaBOOM! playground.

LEADER IN ASSISTS

WNBA STAR DIANA TAURASI A SUPERSTAR ON, OFF THE COURT

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IN HER STORIED CAREER IN THE VALLEY, DIANA TAURASI HAS WON THREE WNBA CHAMPIONSHIPS (2007, 2009, 2014), ONE WNBA MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD (2009), TWO WNBA FINALS MVP AWARDS (2009, 2014), FOUR OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS, (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), FIVE SCORING TITLES (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), THE WNBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD (2004) AND THREE FIBA WORLD CUPS (2010, 2014, 2018). She is considered one of the greatest female basketball players of all time—nicknamed by Kobe Bryant as “the white mamba”—and the WNBA’s all-time scoring leader. But, for all of the work she has done on the court, the work she has done off of it is just as special. Since being drafted number one overall by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2004 WNBA Draft, Diana has invested many hours when not on the court volunteering and fundraising across Arizona. She is a past winner of the WNBA’s Community Assist Award, which is given to WNBA players who go the extra mile to make “assists” for those in need. Tireless in her volunteerism, she has worked with One Community, Save the Family and many others, especially helping women and children. Just last year, she partnered with a group of local nonprofits to host more than 50 single mothers and their families, who were given grocery store gift cards, flowers and breakfast, and spent the morning with Diana and her teammates. One organization for which she is especially involved is called KaBOOM!. KaBOOM! is dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. Since its inception in 1996, the organization has built or improved over 17,000 play spaces and served more than 10 million children. Diana not only volunteers and fundraises for KaBOOM!; she has a portal on her own website where fans can buy autographed merchandise of hers, with 100% of proceeds benefiting the organization. Beyond that, she hosted her own fundraising events and donated her own funds to help build a KaBOOM! playground in Connecticut in the name of University of Photo by Barry Gossage/ NBAE via Getty Images

Connecticut Women’s Basketball Alumni, of which she is one.

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“I THINK WHAT THE FIESTA BOWL IS DOING THIS YEAR SAYS A LOT ABOUT WHAT THEY MEAN TO THE COMMUNITY, WHAT THEY MEAN TO THE COUNTRY AS FAR AS FORWARD THINKING AND GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.”

Another Valley organization that supports KaBOOM! is the Fiesta Bowl, also a nonprofit that is most known for hosting one of the nation’s top college football postseason matchups every year at State Farm Stadium. The Fiesta Bowl has built seven playgrounds across the state of Arizona with KaBOOM!, with another on the way this month in Fort Mohave. So it’s appropriate that Diana and the Fiesta Bowl came together last month when Diana was named as one of five Arizona female icons who will serve as Grand Marshals for the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade, presented by Cheez-It on Sat., Dec. 28. She will be joined by Amy Bockerstette, Julie Ertz, Jessica McDonald and Allysa Seely. “I’ve been on a lot of teams but that’s a pretty strong starting five right there,” Diana says. “It’s a time for women in sports to be recognized and carry this torch into the future. I think what the Fiesta Bowl is doing this year says a lot about what they mean to the community, what they mean to the country as far as forward thinking and going in the right direction.” Amy is the first Special Olympics athlete to receive a full college athletic scholarship and currently plays golf for Paradise Valley Community College. You may also remember her from the Waste Management Phoenix Open in January when she parred the famous 16th hole, alongside defending champion Gary Woodland. A native of Mesa, Julie was recently named to the 2019 FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World 11 and earned 2017 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year. She won two World Cup titles and has been on the National Team since 2013. The Dobson High School graduate and her husband, Zach, a tight end for 2018 Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, co-founded the Ertz Family Foundation to create opportunities for children in sports and education. Soccer star Jessica made her first World Cup appearance this year at 31 years old, and was the only mother on the Team USA at the 2019 World Cup. Allysa won an ESPY Award this summer for Best Female Athlete with a Disability. After graduPhoto by Barry Gossage/ NBAE via Getty Images

ating from Mountain Ridge High School, she competed for the club triathlon team at Arizona State University before she was diagnosed with brain,

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Fiesta Bowl Charities Kaboom! playground.

spine and connective tissue conditions in 2010. She was told she might never walk unaided again and then overcame it all and won gold at the 2016 Paralympic Games and became a three-time ITU Paratriathalon World Champion. With the Parade theme of Women in Sports honoring Diana and her fellow trailblazers’ contributions in their fields, the connection between Diana and the Fiesta Bowl is something special given their like-minded dedication to charitable works, both big and small. Like Diana, the Fiesta Bowl understands that teachers and mentors—though often the ones providing support to others—need to be supported right back. In 2016, the Fiesta Bowl Charities launched Wishes for Teachers, powered by DriveTime. The program grants classroom wishes to teachers across the state of Arizona. As a way to support, celebrate and honor Arizona educators, teachers are invited to fill out an online application detailing their school and classroom wish. Wishes are selected by a random drawing to receive a $5,000 grant. All wish recipients are invited to walk in the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade and be recognized on-field at the Cheez-It® Bowl. In its first three years, Wishes for Teachers granted over $2.2 million to Arizona teachers, impacting over 100,000 children across the state. Another $1 million was granted a few weeks ago to 200 statewide teachers.

Fiesta Bowl Charities' KaBOOM! playground.

In 2018, six $5,000 grants were given in Chandler, to teachers at John M. Andersen Elementary, Jordan Center For Early Education, Bologna Elementary, San Marcos Elementary School, Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School and San Tan Junior High. When taking the entire Southeast Valley into account, 40 total grants were given in the area last year, totaling $200,000. Through its two annual bowl games in the Valley, the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and the Cheez-It® Bowl, as well as community events throughout the year, Fiesta Bowl Charities has given more than $15.5 million across the state of Arizona in the last nine years, including $3 million in 2019 alone. On Sat., Dec. 28 at 9 a.m., Diana invites the entire state of Arizona to join her at the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade. Beyond Diana and her fellow female trailblazers, the event will feature various brilliantly colored floats, giant balloons, equestrian units, charitable groups, local celebrities and marching bands that will make their way down the two-mile route through Central Phoenix. Admission is free to the public, with premium and reserved seating available for $30. The event is broadcast live on Arizona’s Family 3TV. Every year, a combination of more than 2,500 men, women, children, floats, balloons and animals are part of the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade. November 2019 | Chandler Lifestyle

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CULINARY CREATIONS

RECIPES FROM OUR READERS

LOCAL READERS THERESA GRECO, CREATOR OF THE FOOD HUNTER’S GUIDE TO CUISINE, AND KRISTIN WOOD SHARE THEIR FAVORITE HOLIDAY RECIPES

BUTTERNUT SQUASH & BACON CASSEROLE INGREDIENTS + 3 lbs. butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into

ARTICLE MICHELLE GLICKSMAN PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

1/2-inch cubes   + 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided + 3 Tbsp. fresh sage leaves, minced + 1 red onion, chopped + 1/2 lb. bacon, diced + 6 large eggs + 1 1/2 cups whole milk + 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese + 8 oz. baguette,  crusts removed and bread cut into 1/2-inch cubes + Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 400° F. Grease a Farberware 9x13-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, toss the butternut squash with 2 Tbsp. of olive oil and the sage. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Spread the squash on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast until tender, about 25 minutes, tossing once halfway through. Let cool.  Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. of olive oil. Add the bacon, cook on low heat until just starting to crisp, then add the onions. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the onions are tender. Let cool.  In a large bowl beat eggs together with the milk. Add 1 tsp. of salt and 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper. Stir in the bread and let stand for 10 minutes. Fold in the squash and the bacon and onions. Transfer the mixture to a prepared casserole dish and bake for about 1 hour, until lightly golden on top. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving. The prepared casserole can be covered and refrigerated or frozen several days before baking. —Theresa Greco 34

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“It can be prepared in advance and popped in the oven a mere hour before serving, alleviating stress and allowing you more time to spend with family and friends.”—Theresa Greco


“This pumpkin pie recipe is so tasty that you would never guess that it is gluten-free, vegan and refined sugar-free. Coconut milk adds an extra touch of creaminess in this easy and healthy holiday recipe!”—Kristin Wood

VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE PUMPKIN PIE INGREDIENTS + 1 batch gluten-free and vegan pre-prepared pie crust dough (can use regular, as well) + 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree  + 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. maple syrup + 1/4 cup tapioca starch  + 1 tsp. ground ginger + 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon + 1/4 tsp. ground cloves + 1/4 tsp. sea salt or pink salt + 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. full fat coconut milk

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350°F. Take prepared pie crust dough and evenly press into the bottoms and sides of a greased pie dish. Prick the dough with a fork. Optionally press or crimp the edges as desired. Set aside. In a large bowl combine pumpkin, maple syrup, tapioca flour, spices and salt. Whisk until smooth. Pour in coconut milk. Mix until smooth. Pour pie filling into prepared pie crust shell. Smooth the top evenly with the back of a spoon. Place into preheated oven and bake for 1 hour or until the filling is set but still has a slight jiggle in the center and the crust edges are turning golden. Remove and let cool, then place in the refrigerator to cool and set for at least 4 hours before serving. Optionally, top with a dollop of whipped coconut cream before serving. Enjoy! —Kristin Wood

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NOVEMBER

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

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opportunities at Tumbleweed Ranch.

WALK TO SAVE THE ANIMALS

8, 9

ARIZONA HARVEST FEST

ARIZONA PINNERS CONFERENCE

early at the free family-friendly,

PardnersOfTumbleweedRanch.org

Tempe Town Lake

Arizona

Animal

Welfare

League

hosts its largest annual fundraiser,

Dr. A.J. Chandler Park

Get your holiday shopping done

WestWorld of Scottsdale

open-air market in the heart of the

help raise funds for thousands of

The spirit of Pinterest will come to

city. Products and services from

homeless and medically in-need ani-

life with crafts, workshops, shop-

150 merchants will fill the streets

mals. Walk around Tempe Town Lake

ping and more than 100 classes

with artisan gourmet foods, holiday

and then browse endless pet-friendly

taught by top experts, influencers

items, jewelry, clothing, art, health

vendors and activities at this family-

and creators. Crafty guests are

and wellness services and home

and pet-friendly event. The event will

invited to learn, create and con-

improvements, décor and furnish-

also feature food trucks and a beer

nect as they shop an entire floor of

ings. ArizonaHarvestFest.com

garden. AAWL.org

nearly 300 local and national brands.

where over 3,500 people and dogs

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3, 10, 17, 24 HEALTHY KIDS RUNNING SERIES Valley Christian High School

Healthy Kids Running Series is a

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CHANDLER GOLF CHALLENGE Bear Creek Golf Complex

LEANN RIMES

Hit the links and get your daily dose of iron when you tee up in sup-

Chandler Center for the Arts

Rimes

port of the Mayor’s Committee for

profit that provides a fun, inclusive

comes to Chandler on her national

People with Disabilities Scholarship

five-week running series for ages

tour. The multi-platinum selling artist

Fund and

2-14, designed for kids to get active,

continues to astound her fans since

Events. The challenge will  include

feel accomplished, and lay the

winning her first GRAMMY Award at

green fees, range balls, a golf polo, a

foundation for a healthy lifestyle.

age 14. A gifted songwriter with an

golfer gift, course contest holes, and

Join in one race or race in all five

incredible depth of sound, she arrives

dinner. ChandlerAZ.gov

races of the series (Nov. 3-Dec. 8).

to perform an intimate acoustic set of

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newest album. ChandlerCenter.org

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FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE

10TH ANNUAL CHANDLER CHUCK WAGON COOK-OFF

BRUNCH, BROWSING & BEAUTY

series will take place on the third

national,

community-based

non-

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superstar

LeAnn

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Awareness

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The new family-friendly concert

The Forum

Friday of every month through

Tumbleweed Ranch

Grab your girlfriends, moms and sis-

May. The events are free and cel-

Experience an up-close look at

ters and enjoy a mimosa while you

ebrate

Western history during Chandler’s

shop from favorite local vendors.

the

iconic culinary event. Teams from

Browse vendors such as Color Street,

scene in the Valley. November's

around the Southwest use authentic

Flawless Faces, Isagenix, Lifevantage,

event will feature the Chandler

1880s chuck wagons and historic

Monat, Homemade Lotions, Udder

Children’s Choir and  Desert Dixie.

cooking methods to create the best

Love, Mary Kay, Willing Beauty,

ChandlerAZ.gov

meals fit for the trail. Enjoy a beer

Chalk

garden and live music. Funds raised

& Dot and Norwex. Don’t miss a

help develop educational outreach

chance to win high-value door prizes.

Couture,

doTERRA,

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16, 17 3RD ANNUAL MAC & CHEESE FESTIVAL

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Families can put their own twist on the dish at the Home Chef S’Mac Down. MacandCheeseFestAZ.com

16-24 INFAMY: DECEMBER 7, 1941 Chandler Museum

This National WWII Museum traveling

exhibit opens at Chandler Museum on Oct. 16. The exhibit will explore the events that followed Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, which ultimately

led to America’s entry into World War II. ChandlerAZ.gov/museum

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Dogs and their owners will come out to play during this fur-filled day of free family fun. Vendors will cater to pups of all types, whether yours prefers to “ruff it” on a hike or prefers to sit in the lap of luxury. Additional activities will include pet adoptions, pet psychic readings, pet caricatures and more. ChandlerAZ.gov

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2ND ANNUAL DOWNTOWN DONUT FESTIVAL Margaret T. Hance Park

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once again partnering with the festival. Also, a mimosa bar, craft beer and wine tasting stations, fun lawn games, and live bands. DowntownDonutFest.com

21 PAINTING AND VINO The Forum

Master Artist, Erica Marr, will instruct the group as couples recreate the iconic “Sandy Claws.”  The project is designed for a team of two. Each will create half of the whole to hang side-by-side. You can also paint a one-canvas version if you don't want to share. Enjoy food,

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ART QUILTS XIV: FROM ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY Vision Gallery

With the theme of "From Ordinary to Extraordinary," this annual art quilt exhibition has grown from a local and

regional quilt show to a respected

create memories

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23 DOWNTOWN CHANDLER FARMERS MARKET Dr. A.J. Chandler Park

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Celebrating 25 years as the premier ballroom dance studio.

The market returns this fall for its second season and features local produce, freshly made foods, and artisan goods. You can even enjoy some yoga in the park at 10 a.m. All ages and levels are welcome but don’t forget a mat, sunscreen and water. ChandlerAZ.gov

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