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JANUARY 2020

The Health & Wellness Issue

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Happy New Year! FIVE… FOUR… THREE… TWO… ONE!

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Emily Stout CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Michelle Everson, Michelle Guerrero, Staci Hauk, Autumn Jarrett, Annelise Krafft

Welcome to 2020! Seriously, where does the time go? Last year just flew by in a blur

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of family activities (hello, carpools!), time with friends, and of course, sharing the

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amazing stories of Chandler. We’re so excited to begin this new year with you. There are so many fabulous people in the community who we can’t wait to highlight, and such fun happenings, too. This month, we share the story of the founders of BackFit Health + Spine, who launched their multispecialty medical center in Chandler nearly 18 years ago—and which is now going national. And, meet Raj Khillan, a man who realized his dream of “finding a way to help the less fortunate.”

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt

Speaking of helping others, Chandler teen Tressa Stevenson saw a need in the

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community to help seniors and took it. Check out her story!

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There are other great stories, too, from the mobile eye care company to hot spot

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson

ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor

Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa and a yummy recipe for Lemon Bars. Here at Chandler Lifestyle, we are so proud of the growth in our community through the last year and cannot wait to see what is coming for 2020. As new businesses

EDITORIAL MANAGER Nicolette Martin AD MANAGER Chad Jensen REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Eric Williams WEB APPLICATIONS Michael O’Connell

open, old businesses expand, charities fundraise and we all turn one year older, we will continue to be right here to share your stories and celebrate your milestones. Happy New Year, Chandler. Thank you for being a part of our story! Yours, ARIZONA | CALIFORNIA | COLORADO | CONNECTICUT | FLORIDA | GEORGIA IDAHO | ILLINOIS | KANSAS | MARYLAND | MINNESOTA | MISSOURI | MONTANA NEVADA | NEW JERSEY | NORTH CAROLINA | OHIO | OKLAHOMA | OREGON SOUTH CAROLINA | TENNESSEE | TEXAS | VIRGINIA | WASHINGTON

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INSIDE THE ISSUE JANUARY 2020

FEATURES 16 Chandler Dad Inspires Through Global Nonprofit Raj Khillan Co-founds Smile Donor

18 What You Need to Know About CBD Priya Kalra, With Curavi Organics, Answers Our Questions

20 Family Medicine BackFit Health + Spine, originally started in Chandler, grows nationwide

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28 Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa A Health Club that Offers Fitness For The Mind, Body And Soul

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Giving Back

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Local Limelight

28 City Scene 30 Healthy Lifestyle 34 Trend Setter 38 Lifestyle Calendar 42 Local Limelight


GOOD TIMES

Marriott Phoenix Chandler Opening On Nov. 12, 2019, the Marriott Phoenix Chandler celebrated its opening. Located in the Price Road Corridor, the hotel features stylish and modern guest rooms and amenities, including an M Club, pool, fitness center, and extensive conference venues. Café MeSo features American cuisine with Southwest and Mediterranean influences, and Proof 19 showcases handcrafted cocktails and small bites. MarriottPhoenixChandler.com PHOTOS BY DAVID APEJI

Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting at Young Orthodontics On Oct. 24, 2019, Dr. Aubrey Young and her team celebrated Young Orthodontics with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Young is passionate about orthodontics, and has been caring for patients at Chamberlain-Young Orthodontics for the last five years. She recently purchased the practice and is now proud to introduce Young Orthodontics. SmileStraight.com

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Chandler Compadres’ Rock the Cause for Kids On Nov. 9, 2019, over 1,900 guests attended the Chandler Compadres’ Rock the Cause for Kids. This year’s theme for Chandler’s largest party and fundraiser was ICONS: A Night of Heroes and Villains. In one legendary evening, clashing good versus evil, ultimately the good persevered by raising a record $1.2 million for disadvantaged children in the community.

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FASTEST-GROWING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR ITS FOURTH YEAR The Chandler International Film Festival (CIFF) returns on Jan. 17-20. Featuring over 120 films from more than 35 countries and six continents, the festival will be held at Harkins Chandler Fashion Center. This year, CIFF will be partnering with Cece’s Hope

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Center and Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley. Each organization will receive 100% of the profits from a select festival film. Known as one of the fastest-growing film festivals in Arizona, CIFF was created to bring together filmmakers, industry professionals and film fanatics to celebrate all genres of cinema. Along with a diverse mix of international films, the weekend will feature various types of programming and events, including a red carpet, opening ceremony, awards ceremony, filmmaker workshops, Q&As, panel discussions, daily after parties, and celebrity guest appearances. Each film at this year’s festival will be making its Arizona premiere, including acclaimed filmmaker Michael Winterbottom’s latest film, Greed. Other anticipated screenings include Daniel Roher’s documentary, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson And The Band,  and Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s Ordinary Love, starring Academy Award® nominees Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville. ChandlerFilmFestival.com

CHANDLER RECEIVES TOP 10 FOR DIGITAL CITIES AWARD The City of Chandler was recognized as one of the top 10 Digital Cities Survey award recipients by the Center for Digital Government (CDG). The top-ranked cities received the award during the National League of Cities’ annual conference in San Antonio, Texas on Nov. 21. The annual survey recognizes cities using technology to tackle social challenges, enhance services, strengthen cybersecurity and more. Chandler ranked ninth in the category for cities with a population of 250,000-499,999. Chandler’s population was estimated at 262,500 as of Nov. 1, 2019. Chandler has a long-held commitment to innovation and technology, and looks for opportunities for smart, sustainable solutions and innovative ideas that promote efficiency, productivity

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CHANDLER FIRE DEPARTMENT TO CONTINUE CHILD CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS AND TRAINING The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has

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awarded a highway safety grant in the amount of $34,310 to the Chandler Fire Department (CFD). The grants will enable the Department to continue its Child Safety Seat Clinics program through Sept. 30, 2020. Grant funds will be used to staff the clinics and to provide 170 child safety seats for families who cannot afford to purchase this lifesaving equipment on their own.

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CHANDLER RESIDENT LANE G. MARTINSEN AUTHORS BOOK ON INCREASING INCOME One of the biggest fears amongst retirees is outliving their retirement savings. Not only are trustees projecting that the Social Security  fund will become depleted in 2035, but individuals are living longer, which can mean more health expenses. Also, numerous individuals have much of their savings in tax-deferred accounts that will face higher tax rates in the future. Lane G. Martinsen’s book shares

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GIVING BACK

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RAJ KHILLAN BELIEVES YOU DO NOT NEED A REASON TO HELP OTHERS—AND MADE THAT BELIEF A FOCAL POINT IN HIS CAREER. “I grew up in the small state of Punjab, India, where I witnessed poverty firsthand,” he says. “After coming to America in 2001 to pursue my PhD at Louisiana Tech University, I dreamed of finding a way to help the less fortunate back home.” In 2014, that dream came to fruition. Raj and his wife, Ashu Vohra, co-founded Smile Donor, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to uplifting and providing for underprivileged children across the globe. “We’ve tackled several projects since our founding, helping orphanages and special needs children abroad, and working to improve education for children in India as well as here in Chandler,” says Raj. “With our team of 50 people, we’ve been able to help around 10,000 kids, which has been amazing!” In some of its recent projects in India, Smile Donor partnered

prompted him to continue his good works through his franchises, giving back to local low-income elementary schools.

with proVISION ASIA to collect 200 wheelchairs for disabled

“For the past two years, we have worked with Webster

individuals in Bangalore; raised $24,000 to support therapy and

Elementary School in Mesa to reward the students of its Positive

treatment for 40 special needs children in the Solan District of

Behavior Interventions and Supports program, which encourages

Himachal Pradesh; and joined forces with Arizona nonprofit

students through a philosophy of positive reinforcement,” he says.

Samhita to bring new bathrooms, a kitchen and a well to Vikash

“Students are selected every month to walk over to Subway for

Parishad orphanage in Sarangada.

a free lunch. It’s especially meaningful because most of these

“In Chandler, we also just finished a charity hike to raise money

students come from low-income households, transnational fam-

for the Student Welfare Fund at Hamilton High School,” Raj says.

ilies, or families living in homeless shelters, so a day eating out is

“The fund benefits homeless and underprivileged students and their

something truly special.”

families, and we were able to raise $4,500 to contribute.” As if he is not already busy enough, Raj also owns six Subway franchises across Chandler, Mesa and Phoenix. His giving heart has

Of all this Chandler dad’s roles, one takes priority. “Being a dad to my 7-year-old twins, Ayan and Avya. They keep me the busiest!” laughs Raj.

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

What You Need to Know About CBD WHAT IS CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, a plant with a rich history as a medicine going back thousands of years. WHAT IS CBD USED FOR? Many people are seeking alternatives to pharmaceuticals with harsh side effects—medicine more in sync with natural processes. By tapping into how we function biologically on a deep level, CBD is said to provide relief for chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, depression, and many other conditions. WILL CBD MAKE ME FEEL “HIGH”? CBD is considered to be a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, so it will not get you high how marijuana does. THC, the compound that’s responsible for causing the marijuana “high,” is not present in CBD. Both CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are part of the cannabis plant, but when the product is made, THC is separated, and the CBD has a very small percentage (0.3%) or even none at all. IS CBD LEGAL? CBD, when hemp-derived, is legal in the United States, given the derived products are low in THC (below 0.3%). CBD oil is classified as a harmless supplement that can be bought over-the-counter, versus a plant with high THC which can only be bought with a license in most states. HOW DOES CBD WORK? Humans have a built-in cannabinoid receptor system called the endocannabinoid system. The system works to create homeostasis—in other words, establishing a stable internal environment despite fluctu-

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ations in the external environment. It operates throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. This system is a highly attuned physiological system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. HOW DO I USE CBD? Depending on your requirement, you can use our tinctures (which go under the tongue), soft gels or gummies if you cannot tolerate the taste. For skin issues we have salves, which can be applied directly. We all have different bodies and what works for one doesn’t necessarily work 18

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BACKFIT HEALTH + SPINE, ORIGINALLY STARTED IN CHANDLER, GROWS NATIONWIDE

family medicine ARTICLE MICHELLE EVERSON | PHOTOGRAPHY JILLIAN MILAM

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BACKFIT HEALTH + SPINE, A MULTISPECIALTY MEDICAL CENTER, WAS STARTED IN CHANDLER NEARLY 18 YEARS AGO BY DR. YASMIN RAHIMI, DC, FIAMA (DR. YAS), AS A SMALL START-UP PRACTICE. When her brother, Dr. Radi Rahiminejad, DC, MUA (Dr. Radi), joined the practice shortly after its debut, the duo helped it to grow and—by 2005—they had four practices across the Valley. “My brother was the key driving force to our growth and success,” Dr. Yas says. “His experience with working for a multi-location group practice prior to joining me, combined with the vision I had created for what the BackFit experience should be, has allowed us to be successful and continue to grow.” In the family-run practice, Dr. Yas serves as the vice president, director of marketing and co-founder. Dr. Radi  is BackFit’s president, CEO and co-founder, and their mother, Minoo Rahiminejad, is also at the helm as the practice’s CFO. BackFit places an emphasis on the concept of proactivity—essentially not just treating the disease, but finding and addressing its root cause. Each location—including two in Chandler and several in the East Valley— offers multiple specialties under one roof. The family notes that this year is one of tremendous growth as there are plans to open approximately 10 locations outside of the state in Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Illinois. These are in addition to their already established nine locations across the Valley. Dr. Yas credits their continuing success to a variety of factors. “Our success and growth are  due to an amazing team of staff members that make the patient experience a positive and enjoyable one,” she says. “We are proud having team members that have been with us from the start of our first practice. We are also very patient-centered in our approach to health care. We do what we can to make the patient achieve the best results possible.” So what does it mean to be a multispecialty practice?

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FAMILY MEDICINE (CONTINUED)

“Multispecialty means that we have multiple types of providers that manage patients,” Dr. Radi explains. “Medical providers, chiropractors, and physical therapists all work together under one roof and in a collaborative effort they create a tailored plan of care for each patient. “This not only saves time and money for the patient because they are able to see different providers within the same visit, but it manages their care more efficiently because the providers are able to effectively communicate with one another, provide multiple types of care, and get the best results possible for the patient,” he continues. According to the BackFit team, they provide a proactive and integrative approach to wellness. Examples of services include allergy testing, nutrition, weight loss, pain management and pain prevention, sports medicine, massage therapy, chiropractic, accident and injury care, and many other specialties, all under one roof. It’s like one-stop shopping for all of the patient’s medical needs. Dr. Radi shares how this multispecialty, proactive emphasis to health might differ from more traditional medical practices. “Traditional medicine looks as the body as a bunch of parts that are not interconnected,” he explains. “When you come to BackFit, we find the root of the problem and treat the whole chain of areas that affect the body part. We work on getting to the root cause and dealing with all the factors that could be attributing to your pain or discomfort and preventing it from reoccurring. We know patients are tired of just masking their symptoms with endless medications and short-lived therapy. It is only when you combine effective modalities that the patient gets back to doing and living the way they deserve to live.” To learn more about BackFit Health + Spine, visit BackFitHealth.com.

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CHARLESTON'S SERVES UP AMERICAN CLASSICS WITH A FRESH TWIST THE PERFECT COZY SPOT FOR FAMILY TOGETHERNESS

WINTER IS THE TIME FOR COMFORT FOODS AND COZY SURROUNDINGS. Familiarity and mouth-watering food around the table abound in these colder times, and Charleston’s is a nostalgic name in the Valley, offering a plethora of delicious winter favorites with an ambiance that is meant for family togetherness. The casual, upbeat atmosphere at Charleston’s is equal parts classy and welcoming, utilizing dark woods and gas fixture lighting. This, coupled with a modestly priced menu, makes it a hot spot for festivities this winter. American classics with a fresh twist are prepared from scratch daily with the highest quality ingredients.  Fragrant dishes such as the decadent baked potato soup, topped with bacon, chives and cheese;  barbeque baby back ribs, slowcooked and falling off the bone; grilled pork chop, made on hardwood and grilled with mashed potatoes and baked beans; and the popular enchilada plate, filled with grilled chicken, Monterey Jack

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and enchilada red sauce, will leave everyone satisfied and ready for the season. Shrimp Cargot,

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cheese and served with toast points, or the Parmesan Crusted Chicken seasoned in a Parmesan, walnut and pecan crust, topped with marinara on a bed of angel hair pasta, with a grape tomato, mozzarella and red onion herbal salad, are also mouth-watering options to warm up from the brisk weather.  A different soup is featured each day, ranging from chicken tortilla to gumbo, and clam chowder and chili, while the  baked potato soup is offered daily. A huge  stone bar is the centerpiece of the restaurant. Enjoy a glass of wine from the extensive list, or try one of the  signature drinks like the perfect margarita or peach bellini. The action of the display kitchen is great for young kids and families to watch as they dine, and kids 12 and under can enjoy items from the kid’s menu.  There are  seven  different options, including a grilled cheese sandwich, kid’s sirloin, mac and cheese, and a kid’s burger.  Charleston’s also has a gluten-free menu, and offers happy hour Monday through Friday. Grilled pork chops

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CHANDLER GIRL SCOUT EASES SENIORS’ ANXIETY BY TEACHING SOCIAL MEDIA SKILLS

THE 1940S AND 1950S MARKED A TIME OF

Plan in hand, Tressa then spent, on average,

CRITICAL TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGHS

two hours every week at Chandler Senior Center

AND ADVANCEMENTS. Major inventions, ranging

teaching her curriculum, answering questions, and

from the credit card to color television to the modem,

helping seniors set up their devices.

were developed in this time period. Sadly, all these years later, it is technology that sometimes does more harm than good to our senior

“The older demographic, people over the age of

to effectively use or understand today’s technolo-

65, are the most common victims of identity theft,”

gies—from social media to video streaming—are in

says Tressa. “I wanted to make sure I taught them

some cases contributors to depression, feelings of

how to be safe on the internet.”

isolation, anxiety and frustration, which could con-

The other half of the curriculum focused on the

tribute to serious illnesses including heart attacks,

ins-and-outs of social media, including what to do,

stroke and cancer.

what not to do, and how to use social media as an

Stevenson, first saw these issues while trying to help her own grandmother navigate social media apps a few years ago. “When I was a sophomore in high school, my grandma got her first iPhone and wanted to use Snapchat to communicate with my younger cousins,” says Tressa. “It became a several months-long process for me to help her get comfortable with the smartphone and platform itself.”

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For Tressa, internet safety was an important element to include and served as the first part of

additional tool to stay in touch—but not as a substitution for human interactions. “During my time at the center, I realized that the seniors just needed someone there to be available to them, and to be flexible and adapt to their needs,” Tressa says. Her

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years

to complete. “Beyond helping others, I learned many things too, including perseverance to keep going,” says

Tressa realized her grandmother may not be alone,

Tressa, now a graduate of Chandler High School and

and made a plan to help others struggling like her

currently studying at the Barrett Honors College at

grandmother. In fact, she decided to apply her Girl

Arizona State University. “Girl Scouts showed me

Scout Gold Award to this community and educate

how I was capable of doing so much and how valu-

others on using social media. This distinguished award,

able my voice is if I am willing to use it.”

considered the most difficult to earn, allows Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts like Tressa are working toward

to take action in their communities by tackling an issue

becoming Gold Award Girl Scouts every day, right

and implementing measurable and sustainable change.

here in the Chandler community. Many of them are

“If my grandma—who is tech-savvy for her age—

also taking part in the upcoming 2020 Girl Scout

was struggling, I wondered how many other people

Cookie season, which begins Jan. 20 and runs

out there were struggling, and how many people I

through March 1.

could help,” she says.

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“Most people don’t realize that 100% of cookie proceeds stay in Arizona Cactus-Pine Council to benefit local Girl Scouts like me,” she says.

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CITY SCENE

A HEALTH CLUB THAT OFFERS FITNESS FOR THE MIND, BODY AND SOUL

OCOTILLO VILLAGE HEALTH CLUB & SPA

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“In our busy lives we need to remember to take care of ourselves,

COULD NEVER BE WELL UNLESS THE WHOLE IS WELL.

our mind and our body. The spa is a place to take a moment and just

Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa has taken this concept to another

breathe. Sit back and let us do the work in pampering you and giving

level by creating a community of health and wellness. They treat the

you that much needed relaxation time,” says Michelle Sorensen, the

body through fitness programs. They soothe the mind in their spa.

spa director.

And they feed the soul in their café, but also through the welcoming community they’ve built.

She says many guests will get together with friends and make a day out of it.

The Chandler location opened in 2015 and is the newest of four

“You can start the day with a yoga class, relax in the sauna or

Village Health Clubs in the Valley. While they’re membership-based,

Jacuzzi, enjoy a spa service, have brunch on one of several patios,

they welcome the general public to enjoy their spa and café. Any spa

and lay by the pool. If you are interested in tennis lessons, racquet-

service earns guests an Ocotillo Village day pass. They also have a

ball, Pilates, or personal training, we can also set that up for you as

Kid’s Club available for up to three hours of childcare.

well,” she says.

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They’re a full-service spa. New club members receive two complimentary treatments and a membership discount. “The Village is a place to take care of yourself. It’s a one-stop shop where you can work out, enjoy a spa service, shop, eat and socialize. Staff and members alike are friendly and happy,” Michelle explains. Ocotillo Village offers more than 140 group fitness and yoga classes weekly, and private and group Pilates sessions. They have qualified personal training for beginners and advanced athletes. “Fitness is important since it allows us to keep moving, be active and enjoy a healthier and longer life,” says Linda Bernal, the group fitness, yoga and Pilates director. “Fitness is what helps us stay green and growing. I always end by telling members to thank your bodies for one more day and one more workout.” They also offer MYZONE, an innovative, wearable heart ratebased system that uses wireless and cloud technology to accurately monitor physical activity. “This helps members work smarter, not just harder,” says Linda. “Members constantly comment that they have built many friendships and a great sense of community.  This is not your everyday gym. Imagine yourself coming in for a great workout with a friend, and then enjoying a great meal with a glass of wine in the café.” The Lakeview Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It serves healthy options like salads, protein plates, grilled salmon and chicken, as well as protein shakes, energy bars and drinks. “We are not your typical café,” explains Carla Diaz, the café manager. One of her favorite dishes is the stuffed chicken breast with spinach and feta cheese wrapped with bacon. “We have it all, amazing group exercise classes and yoga. We have a family pool, a lap pool, tennis court, basketball courts, an amazing Kid’s Club, and of course the amazing Café. But the best part is all the people who work here. They all are very loving and caring people who love what they do and genuinely want to help our members achieve their fitness goals. I love being part of such amazing club,” she says.

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“POMEGRANATE CAFE VALUES THE SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP WE SHARE WITH THE EARTH AND RECOGNIZES THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AS OUR LIVELIHOOD. WE SUPPORT SMALL, LOCAL FARMERS AND ARTISANS WHO SHARE OUR COMMITMENT TO PROVIDING EXCEPTIONAL PRODUCTS WITH ECOLOGICALLY RESPONSIBLE METHODS,” SAYS CASSIE.

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Lemon Bars XYLITOL SYRUP: + 1 cup xylitol + 1 cup hot water Mix together until blended to make a syrup.

LEMON BAR FILLING: + 5 cups cashews (soaked in purified water for 1–3 hours) + 5 organic lemons, zested (use these lemons to make the juice) + 1 ½ cups lemon juice + ½ cup coconut oil (melted) + 1 ¼ cup xylitol syrup + 1 Tbsp. turmeric Place all ingredients in a high speed blender (we use a Vitamix), and blend until very smooth and creamy. LEMON BAR CRUST: + 2 cups almonds + 3 cups walnuts + 2 cups dates (pitted) + Pinch sea salt + 1 Tbsp. vanilla Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until a dough forms. Press crust into the bottom of an 8 x 8 inch baking dish. Top with Lemon Bar filling and refrigerate at least four hours, preferably overnight. To serve, slice and top with shredded coconut and sliced lemons. 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix;  PomegranateCafe.com January 2020 | Chandler Lifestyle

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TREND SETTER

WO R KO U T S F O R YO U R MOODS NEW YEAR, NEW US. We don’t mean to be cliché, but is there really any better time for working on yourself than when Jan. 1 rolls around—whether you’re focused on your physical health or your mental health? It sure seems like the perfect time, but there will also be days when you’re just not quite feeling it. The holidays are over, the days are shorter and, let’s face it, there’s not really a ton to look forward to until spring sprouts. But, whatever

NEED A PICK-ME-UP, BUT DON’T QUITE

your mood is this time of year, there’s still an

HAVE THE ENERGY? THESE ACTIVITIES WILL

activity you can do that’s worthwhile—and

GET YOU MOVING AND OUT OF YOUR

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FEELING ANXIOUS

A regular yoga practice can help to ease anxiety by increasing body awareness, reducing muscle tension, relieving stress and sharpening attention + concentration.

01 R AG D O L L Ragdoll pose is great for relaxation and to release tension. Stand tall + reach your arms up, then allow them to fall gently toward the floor. as you bend over

02 C H I L D ’ S P O S E This calming and restorative pose is a common beginner’s position. Starting from your knees, sit back on your heels then walk your arms forward, bringing your torso down until you can rest your forehead on the floor.

03 S AVA S A N A Relax one body part at a time, one muscle

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at a time + one thought at a time through a daily Savasana practice.


RUNNING There’s a reason people who are active runners describe something called a “runner’s high.” Studies show that aerobic exercises release

FEELING DOWN

mood-boosting endorphins.

BEGINNERS If you want to get into running but aren’t sure where to start, check out a couch-to-5K program to ease into it.

C A S UA L R U N N E R S Challenge yourself by switching up your running routine. Whether you’re changing your route or upping your distance, a new twist could give you a nice refresh.

ENTHUSIASTS Whether you’re into 10Ks or half marathons, consider signing up for a new race and decreasing your time. When your head is full of thoughts, it can get overwhelming. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) provides a break from that with short bursts of 100% focus followed by rest. Here’s a quick circuit.

01 K E T T L E B E L L SW I N G S Do as many reps as possible in 45 seconds, followed by 15 seconds of rest.

02 H I G H K N E E S Climb it out for 45 seconds, followed by 15 seconds of rest.

03 P L A N K Hold your plank for 45 seconds, followed by 15 seconds of rest. Repeat the circuit three times for a quick workout that touches on strength, cardio + core.

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JANUARY

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

7

the block with No Reserve at this year's

a gala benefiting Phoenix Children's

event, as well as the final 13 vehicles of the

Hospital held on Jan. 15 will mark the start

HISTORY BITES LUNCHTIME TALKS

Vault Portfolio, and 21 vehicles from the

of the event. RussoAndSteele.com

Paul Walker Collection. In addition to the

Chandler Museum

auto auctions, there are automobilia auc-

Bring your lunch to the Chandler Museum

tions, Dodge thrill rides, and activities for

and get a taste of Chandler’s history during

the entire family. Barrett-Jackson.com

a 30-minute talk led by the museum curator. The topic for this event is Broadacre City: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Chandler Project. ChandlerMuseum.org

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COCKTAILS & CONNECTIONS The Forum

Market your business in a relaxed and casual social environment. This event

PAPERBACK WRITER

is a low-pressure, high-energy mixer

Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass

designed to provide professionals, busi-

The Beatles Experience takes its audi-

ness owners, marketers, and entrepre-

ence on a trip through the musical years

neurs the opportunity to build their busi-

of the world’s most popular rock group of

ness through networking and referrals.

all time. Hear the hits from the Ed Sullivan

Bring business cards. Interested business

Marriott Phoenix Chandler

Show through the colorful Sgt. Pepper’s

owners are encouraged to bring a door

Guests will have the opportunity to meet

years and on the roof tops of "Let it Be"

prize to be raffled off and receive a shout-

the 2020 Arizona state legislators, federal,

performed with “spot-on” vocals, looks

out during the event. TheAZForum.com

local, and school governing board offi-

and sounds. PlayAtGila.com

MEET THE ELECTED OFFICIALS BREAKFAST 2020

cials, as well as hear an update from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. At the event, the new 2020 How We Stand document, which depicts legislative agendas and priorities for the coming year, will also be unveiled. ChandlerChamber.com

JAN 14-MAR 1 A HISTORY OF WALLS: THE BORDERS WE BUILD

16-17 RM SOTHEBY'S ARIZONA

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

RM Sotheby’s returns to the stunning

Chandler Museum

grounds of the Arizona Biltmore Resort

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For as long as there have been nations,

& Spa in Phoenix for its 21st annual

those nations have built walls. This

Arizona sale. On offer are everything

RECEPTION WITH THE ARTISTS OF HOMEGROWN: GENERATIONS

exhibit explores four significant his-

from sub-$100,000 collectible cars to

toric walls built by nation-states—the

Pebble Beach—and Amelia Island—eli-

Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall, the

gible show cars, as well as sports and

Vision Gallery

Israel/West Bank Barrier, and the US/

GT cars such as Ferrari, Porsche and

The four ceramic artists featured grew up

Mexico Border Wall—by way of under-

Aston Martin. RMSothebys.com

in Chandler, all graduating from Chandler

standing these feats of architecture in

High School - they are all homegrown.

their historical, cultural, and political

All four came into ceramics at different

context. Presented in both English and

stages of life and approach the medium

Spanish. ChandlerMuseum.org

with varying perspectives, displaying a uniquely diverse range in their work. Meet the artists on Jan. 10 or visit the exhibit until Feb. 14. VisionGallery.org

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17-20 CHANDLER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Harkins Chandler Fashion Center

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The Chandler International Film Festival returns for its fourth year with more than 120 films, a red carpet, an opening ceremony, an awards ceremony, filmmaker workshops,

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Russo

Q&As, panel discussions, daily after par-

and

Automobile

ties, and celebrity guest appearances. Each

Auctions is back with the very best in

film at this year’s festival will be making its

WestWorld of Scottsdale

European sports, American muscle, hot

Arizona premiere, including acclaimed

A 2019 McLaren Senna and a 1969

rods and customs crossing the auction

filmmaker Michael Winterbottom’s latest

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 COPO will cross

block. There will also be seminars, and

film, Greed. ChandlerFilmFestival.com

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17 FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE! Dr. A.J. Chandler Park

Head Downtown to check out Basha High School Jazz Band and The Rave for a free night of entertainment for the whole family. Friday Night Live! is a new concert series that

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occurs on the third Friday each month from October through May. ChandlerAZ.gov

JAN 18-MAR 19 CELEBRATION OF FINE ART Hayden Road and Loop 101

Arizona’s longest-running art show returns for its 30th year with 100 acclaimed and emerging artists from throughout the country. Renowned as the West’s premier art show and working studio, this 10-weeklong event is a juried, invitational show. The 40,000-square-foot interactive studio showcases works of art across a variety of mediums. It is also home to the ever-popular Art Discovery Series. CelebrateArt.com

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The Price Is Right Live is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to hear their names invited to “come on down” to win prizes. Appliances, vacations or a new car are a few things you could win just like on television's longest-running and most popular game show. ChandlerCenter.org

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LIFEST Y LE CALENDAR helping engineers, inventors and entre-

preneurs move from idea to investment while

challenging

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for, and how to build their company. InnovationsIncubator.com

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Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass

Saturday Night Fever is a sensational

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create memories

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dance

Joke,” “Massachusetts,” “Words,” “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” and “To Love Somebody.” PlayAtGila.com

24-26 ARIZONA WINE FESTIVAL Heritage Square, Phoenix

for fun. Dance to improve your health. Dance to get swept off your feet. Teaching the world to dance since 1947, come learn and enjoy this ageless art.

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The Cochise Graham Wine Council, Inc partners will present the largest gathering of Arizona wineries with over 25 wineries pouring endless wine varieties. The festival will have food trucks, a vintage village and numerous other non-winery vendors. Enjoy award-winning Willcox wines paired with culinary delights on Friday at 6 p.m. to benefit Horses Help. There will be live entertainment throughout the festival. WillcoxWineCountry.org

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Chandler Center for the Arts

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thrill audiences with their unrestrained setlist, from Broadway to boot-scootin’, from pop to patriotic. Since their whirlwind debut on  America’s Got


Talent, The Texas Tenors have garnered multiple awards, accolades, and an international network of fans with their chart-topping albums and their Emmy-winning PBS special, You Should Dream. ChandlerCenter.org

26 SHE POWER HALF MARATHON AND 5K Downtown Chandler Stage Park

The event is designed to empower women of all ages and abilities during a beautiful downtown scenic run on a safe and secured course. Registration includes plenty of goodies, swag and the She Power finisher medal. 131Events.com

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THEATRE KIDS: BLACK VIOLIN Chandler Center for the Arts

This stereotype-defying, classically trained, hip-hop violin duo incorporates jazz, R&B, roots, rap and pop into their unconstrained, unconventional and truly unfor-

Our friend Oakley is a one year old Boxer/Pitbull mix that spent the first few months of his life bouncing around from home to home. In August, he finally found his forever home with the Willmer family! Along with his human family, Oakley has a spunky little boxer sister at home that keeps him very busy! Oakley is so excited to see all the treats, toys and love that 2020 has in store for him!

gettable sound. The dynamic performers first garnered national attention when playing with Alicia Keys at the Billboard Music Awards, and shortly after became a sensation, touring with Wu-Tang Clan, Ciara, Aerosmith and Kanye West, among others. ChandlerCenter.org

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The Environmental Education Center is looking for photos that showcase the awe-inspiring nature of Chandler.

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Photos should capture your unique perspective of nature such as a powerful wildlife shot, a stunning landscape, or a look at a complicated environmental issue. Both amateurs and professionals alike are welcome to submit photos. ChandlerAZ.gov

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he joined together with Kerri Luce, co-founder and optometrist; John

ple see better. As a father and husband, I know how hard it is to make

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