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LIFESTYLE LETTER

NOVEMBER 2018 PUBLISHER

Matthew Perry | matthew@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Staci Hauk | staci.hauk@lifestylepubs.com SALES DIRECTOR

Dylan Thomas | dylan.thomas@lifestylepubs.com

Thankful AS NOVEMBER ROLLS AROUND, WE’RE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THE APPROACH OF THANKSGIVING, THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND TIME SPENT WITH OUR LOVED ONES.

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Kat McMahon | kat.mcmahon@lifestylepubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Staci Hauk, Emily Bartlett CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

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The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us— 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. We hope that as you read this issue, you—like us—find inspiration in the lives and experiences of your neighbors and the connections that have been made. Happy Thanksgiving, North Scottsdale!

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INSIDE THE ISSUE NOVEMBER 2018

FEATURES 20 Accomplished Dancer Gives Back and Motivates Young Artists Avery Gay Is a Girl with Success on Her Mind and Kindness in Her Heart

26 Hometown Heroes The Importance of Community and Family Support through Difficult Times

32 Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa Luxury and Ambiance in Sedona

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42 A Pet-Friendly Holiday Season Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe and Altered Tails’ Lasting Legacy

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DEPARTMENTS 8

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

20 Inspired By 38 Financial Buzz 42 Animal Kingdom 46 Lifestyle Calendar 50 Local’s Choice


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AROUND TOWN is made possible in conjunction with National Geographic, based on the TV series Wild. This interactive exhibit has research from more than two years studying rare fish from around the world and includes interactive games to engage visitors of all ages. National Geographic is a nonprofit that invests its time and money into ideas that promote exploration, scientific research and education. This makes it possible for different generations to have access to information that expands their horizons and understanding of the world around them. OdySea Aquarium places a large emphasis on educating visitors and was recently voted  “the Best Kids Indoor Entertainment.” Currently holding

HIDDEN IN THE HILLS ARTIST STUDIO TOUR The nonprofit Sonoran Arts League hosts its 22nd Annual Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Nov. 16-18  and again  Nov. 23-25. The free, self-guided

the title of the largest aquarium in Arizona, go give its brand-new exhibit a visit along with the other 65-plus exhibits available to the public.

SALTY SOW AND ROARING FORK OFFER BOUNCE-BACK CARDS WITH GIFT CARD PURCHASES

studio features 174 artists at 44 studio locations

This holiday season, both Roaring Fork and Salty

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ties of Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale.

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Observe artists at work in their private studios.

complimentary $20 card with the purchase of any

Guest artists will also demonstrate and sell their

$100 gift card from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31.

work. Download a map at  HiddenInTheHills.org  or call 480.575.6624.

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MODERN MARKET BREAKFAST OFFERINGS HAVE ARRIVED In case you haven’t already heard, Modern Market’s

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breakfast menu is here. Choose form avocado toasts,

hosts happy hour Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m.

breakfast burritos, sandwiches, oatmeal, bowls and

ODYSEA AQUARIUM'S MONSTER FISH EXHIBITION

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OdySea Aquarium will be opening a brand-new

Modern Market is dedicated to serving fresh,

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SCOTTSDALE PUBLIC ARTS SNEAK PEEK Scottsdale Public Art hosts a free 10-day event from Nov. 9-18 that will include large public art installations, hands-on workshops and talks given by artists. Canal Convergence will be the kickoff to this event with a launch party including exclusive opportunities for those who attend. This event will take place Nov. 8 starting at 5 p.m., hosted at Soleri Plaza at the Scottsdale Waterfront, located on the west side of Scottsdale Road, south of Camelback Road.

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Scottsdale Public Art strives to make Scottsdale

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MCCORMICK-STILLAN RAILROAD PARK VETERANS DAY HAPPENINGS Cpt. Larry Ernst, a retired United States Navy member, will be giving a speech at the Veterans Day Commemoration Nov. 9 at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Larry was a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War and flew more than 100 combat missions, performing more than 25 years of service. There is no cost to attend this event that will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. at 7301 E. Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale. For more information, call the mayor’s office at 480.312.2433.

THE COLOR RUN The Color Run has been bringing people together to make the world a happier and healthier place.  This race is a 5K that is filled with color and paint. Start out in a white T-shirt and end the race covered

Marc Raciti and Sonja Raciti will speak about their

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FOURTH ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT Celebrate the Fourth Annual Charity Golf Tournament with former Philadelphia Eagles player Mark McMillian at the Westin Kierland Golf Club Nov. 11-12.

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Accomplished Dancer Gives Back

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AVERY GAY IS A GIRL WITH SUCCESS ON HER MIND AND KINDNESS IN HER HEART

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WHEN A 3-YEAROLD BEGINS DANCE LESSONS WITH DREAMS OF BEING A STAR ONE DAY, MOST PARENTS KNOW IT IS AN ASPIRATION THAT MOST LIKELY WON'T COME TRUE.

For Elizabeth Gay, however,

like I do. The children are so excited and motivated by watching me

she knew her daughter, Avery,

dance. It feels very rewarding to help them, and I honestly cannot wait

had a unique edge that has

to return to Cabo San Lucas in April and present Lulu and Danza que

led her on an amazing jour-

de Esperanza with the proceeds we have collected.”

ney as both a dancer and as a young philanthropist. “Avery always wanted to be on stage and was a clear

Avery feels lucky to be in a position to help others as well as motivate other young artists like her. Only a handful of kids in te United States have accomplished such large feats in both contemporary dance and ballet, and Avery says it was not an easy road.

standout early on. As her mom,

“For years, I trained at a ballet studio that did not value the artistry

I looked for creative outlets for

I had at a very young age or my contemporary ballet accomplish-

her, but bigger things were in

ments," she says. "It was difficult because I did not follow the typical

store for her. She’s an atten-

path the studio wanted me to. I shed a lot of tears for being in that

tion-getter, and that truly comes alive on stage,” Elizabeth says.

environment. The advice I would give younger dancers is to do what

Avery has performed on NBC’s Little Big Shots, The Steve

gives you joy. Take lots of ballet, but train in a studio that helps you

Harvey Show, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance and is currently

achieve your goals. You do not have to attend a huge ballet studio

on NBC’s World of Dance. She has won numerous scholarships

to receive great training; you actually learn a great deal more in a

and is the Dance Awards Junior Female Best Dancer and Youth

smaller classroom. Injury has been a typical part of my journey, and

America Grand Prix Nationals Gold medalist for Classical Pas De

you need to expect that, but I would also say go for it all. Don't feel

Deux. Perhaps most impressive about these accomplishments is

pressured to just train in one style. Versatility is everything. Albert

Avery’s age: 14. That, and her humble nature.

Cattafi was the first choreographer that gave me that important

“She’s very down-to-earth, quiet and not as extroverted as peo-

advice, and for me, it has proven to be very successful.”

ple would assume when they meet her. When people at the mall

Avery says what motivates her most is to inspire others. She craves

want her autograph, it makes her shy and uncomfortable, mostly

performing on stage and making people have a reaction and feel

because she has always strived to be a normal kid,” Elizabeth says.

emotions from her routines. She credits her mom and family for mak-

Avery attends Pinnacle High School, and the administration is

ing sure she is surrounded with a wonderful team to assist her on her

flexible with her schedule so she can attend classes and no longer

path. Her ballet teacher, Olga Tarasova, pushes her in a healthy way

be homeschooled. While it is a full community effort, she is loving

to achieve new heights in ballet. Itamar Stern with Foothills Sports

school and making new friends. A sixth-generation Arizonian, Avery

Medicine has helped Avery through many injuries and prepares her

calls Scottsdale home and in her free time looks for ways to use

for performances. Preston Miller out of Chicago travels to Arizona to

dance as a charitable cause. Avery is working with a dance studio in

work with Avery a few times a year as well as Christina Lyon and Josie

Mexico to afford underprivileged children the opportunity to dance.

Walsh out of LA who help with training and mentoring.  

After her visit to Cabo San Lucas for Gala De Danza, Avery

“I am blazing a very unconventional path in ballet, and these

realized there were talented children who needed funds to attend

mentors believe I am the future of dance with my diversity of styles.

dance courses at a prestigious studio there. The woman who

I am so lucky to also have my sponsors, Second Skin Dancewear

owns the studio selects children to attend courses free of charge

and Grishko USA,” Avery says.

and provides them with transportation, clothing and teaches

Avery is a teenager who has taken the dance world by storm

them nutrition along with their dance classes. At a cost of $1,000

while also remaining true to herself and paying it forward with

per child, assistance was needed. Avery models for Second Skin

dancers who may not have the same opportunities that she has

Dancewear here in Arizona and partnered with them to begin rais-

had. In the end, it is all about one detail: “The powerful feeling

ing funds to help support this program in Mexico.

to hear the roar of applause for being recognized as the best at

“What motivated me to organize a fundraiser is 100 percent the chil-

something you work hard at," she says.

dren of Mexico," Avery says. "The woman in charge of the dance studio, Lulu, sacrifices so much to help these children living in poverty. It is

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HOMETOWN THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY AND FAMILY SUPPORT THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES

HEROES ARTICLE STACI HAUK | PHOTOGRAPHY ERICA + JON PHOTOGRAPHY

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Jay Robinson is a Scottsdale firefighter with Wildfire Specialty Training. When fires hit the coast in California last year, Jay and his team were up to the task. “Traveling to other states to assist with wildfires presents challenges because we are going to areas we don’t know and working in different climates and ever-changing conditions. Last year we went to Napa and witnessed the mass devastation – lives and property lost. We rescued a lot of people, and no one in our area lost their lives, so that was so rewarding,” he says. After 22 years as a firefighter, Jay says helping those involved in tragic events is what keeps him going, and he feels privileged to train others to do the same. “Scottsdale Fire Department is looked at nationally as a solid Wildfire Team. We have high standards in training and the ability to send crews out to help. It’s important to me that we can help other departments as well as citizens with our experience and knowledge.” The holiday season, as well as wildfire season, takes Jay away from his fiancé, who is also a firefighter. The inability to communicate in dire situations can be stressful. “She understands completely, but the hardest part is being away and not being able to communicate," he says. "I have been on numerous wildfires where I was off the grid, on top of a mountain or a burned area with no water trying to put the pieces back together. Luckily she knows the job and is supportive, which makes me feel so fortunate.” Jay encourages local support of the Scottsdale Fire Department. He says it is beneficial to take CPR classes, go to Wildfire Seminars and stay involved with community workshops.  “Our community is kind and loyal; it’s why I love my job and why I do it in Scottsdale.”

JAY ROBINSON

"THE HARDEST PART IS BEING AWAY AND NOT BEING ABLE TO COMMUNICATE. I HAVE BEEN ON NUMEROUS WILDFIRES WHERE I WAS OFF THE GRID, ON TOP OF A MOUNTAIN OR A BURNED AREA WITH NO WATER TRYING TO PUT THE PIECES BACK TOGETHER." –FIREFIGHTER JAY ROBINSON

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“THIS IS WHAT I WAS MEANT TO DO. I ALWAYS RESPECTED POLICE, AND THE INTERACTION WITH OTHERS IN MY COMMUNITY MAKES IT REALLY AWESOME.” –POLICE OFFICER BRIAN HARTMAN

Former high school science teacher turned Scottsdale Police Officer Brian Hartman always knew that making a positive difference in the community was his calling. Now, as a resource officer at Coronado High School, he has fulfilled that destiny. “Everyday I get to make connections and truly make a difference. Having that ongoing communication with the students and their families is a real joy,” he says. Brian feels that being a police officer offers a unique coworker camaraderie due to the grueling hours and dependence on one another. “I get to work with real people, you trust them and there is a solid core friendship that comes with our line of work,” he says. Brian recognizes the hardships his job has had on his family  but is fortunate that in his department there is flexibility and room to grow and change. “It’s tough to balance family and work. I changed to my current position to allow me to coach my son’s teams, be at school events and be a team with my wife more.” Brian and his family know that if something tragic happens, there is the possibility of working 24 to 36 hours in a row if needed. He says when he was newer to the force, he had an ah-ha moment about his career being all-encompassing. “I had been an officer for six years before I didn’t have to work a holiday. My wife never complained, but that year I was able to attend her work holiday party. The excitement for her in knowing her coworkers would get to see and meet her spouse meant so much to me, and it made me realize how difficult this must be on her during holiday season. It put it into perspective for sure,” he says. Brian says working in Scottsdale is such a blessing. “People stop me at Starbucks to thank me. They contribute turkeys and baked goods at holiday time to the station. It sounds cheesy, but it’s so nice.” Brian says he wouldn’t trade what he does for anything. “This is what I was meant to do. I always respected police, and the interaction with others in my community makes it really awesome.” 28

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BRIAN HARTMAN

POLICE OFFICER


TAMMY QUERREY ACUTE NURSE PRACTITIONER AND D I R E C TO R O F T H E C A R D I OVA S C U L A R C E N T E R S O F E XC E L L E N C E AT A B R A Z O A R I Z O N A H E A R T H O S P I T A L Tammy Querrey is what you call a utility player. Part nurse, part provider, part administrator, she wears a variety of hats at Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital and the Abrazo Arrowhead campus. Behind the scenes, Tammy works tirelessly to elevate the level of care for patients. She feels her work isn’t a job, but instead a commitment to a community. In less than three years, Tammy has helped bring minimally invasive alternatives in open-heart surgery to the hospitals, created a nurse navigator program to ensure a smooth transition from the hospital to home for patients  and helped drive a shift in Abrazo’s internal culture, where every decision is made with the best interest of patients in mind.  “It takes a team. When I think of how much we’ve accomplished in just a few years, it’s rewarding to know that the work we’re doing today will help bring better patient outcomes in the future,” she says. Tammy devotes most of her time spearheading efforts to build six Cardiovascular Centers of Excellence at Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital. She also plays a big role in program development at the Abrazo Arrowhead Campus. “When you’re passionate about the work you do, long days blend together in an exciting way as you focus on achieving your goals,” she says. Tammy says the holiday season has made her especially grateful for what Arizona has to offer in the way of medical advancements. In five days abroad, she and other caregivers saw more than 800 patients and trained medical workers in

“WHEN YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO, LONG DAYS BLEND TOGETHER IN AN EXCITING WAY AS YOU FOCUS ON ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS.” –TAMMY QUERREY, DIRECTOR AT ABRAZO ARIZONA HEART HOSPITAL

establishing a sustainable model of care in India. Her mission to Brazil resulted in administration of cardiovascular care to 600 underserved residents. Being on the front lines is something Tammy takes pride in. No matter the time restraints, she is always looking to bring new procedures to the market and renew Abrazo’s commitment to clinical research.

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HOMETOWN HEROES

(CON TI N U ED)

To meet Officer Matt Figley is to know him as a dedicated member of the SWAT Team and a patrol officer who cares deeply about his family and his community. When you hear about the sacrifices he and his family have made so he can serve overseas in the military at the age of 41, you realize you are in the presence of a local hero. “I have been a police officer for 17 years and ended my active duty service with the United States Army in 2001 after serving nearly 10 years. I re-entered the army to serve with the Arizona National Guard. Despite deploying twice while on active duty, I am about to embark on my first deployment as a member of the Arizona National Guard. Unfortunately, due to operational security reasons, I can’t really say where I’m deploying to, but it is in the Middle East,” Matt says. Matt is a decorated officer and military member, receiving the Top Shooter Award, placing in the top of national sniper competitions and earning the Law Enforcement Commendation Award. He also has quite a collection of company coins for gunnery in the military. “These coins are given for going above and beyond. The person giving the coin will shake your hand with the coin in there and explain why they are giving it. Matt knows exactly where and why he got each of them, but he’s so humble that he won’t display them. Well, last year when he was on annual training, I bought a case to proudly display them in our home,”  says Nicole Figley, Matt's wife. Matt believes everyone should serve the United States because it’s an honor.  “When I broke contract while on active duty, it was the biggest regret of my life. I felt as if I had let America and my peers down. As a father and soldier, I can’t think of a better example to show my children than to always finish what they start, no matter how long it takes,” he says. Although the sacrifice is great and Matt often has to miss holidays and special events, Nicole is unphased, as she sees the bigger picture. “He’s my hero because he is very selfless. When he decided to go back into the National Guard, I could just see that he was in his element and back where he belonged. He’s so excited to finish what he started so long ago, and I can just see the pride he has when he puts on his uniform. I’ve seen him go out of his way to help make things easier for the citizens of his community. We are used to long hours and rescheduling of holidays. It takes a special person to risk their lives daily for complete strangers or to leave their family knowing there is a chance they won’t come home, but it’s who he is, and he’s amazing.” 30

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"THIS DAY AND AGE, TOO MANY PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN THE MEANING OF WORDS LIKE COMMITMENT, SACRIFICE AND SELFLESS SERVICE. IF I COULD CHOOSE WHAT MY CHILDREN WERE TO LEARN FROM ME AND MY SERVICE, IT WOULD BE TO HAVE AN UNCONDITIONAL LOVE OF COUNTRY, HONOR AND INTEGRITY." –NATIONAL GUARDSMAN MATT FIGLEY

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Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa ARTICLE STACI HAUK | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

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WITH FALL UPON THE VALLEY, THERE IS NO BETTER ESCAPE THAN SEDONA FOR A LUXURIOUS AND REFRESHING WEEKEND AWAY. The Amara Resort and Spa is located in the heart of uptown Sedona with an atmosphere that blends nature’s fiery artistry with a relaxed social vibe. Amara Resort and Spa is the perfect secret sanctuary to cool down, relax and enjoy the unique beauty of the high desert. Guests can soak in the famed red rock views while taking a dip in the infinity-edge pool or play lawn games like cornhole with a margarita in hand. The resort also offers daily complimentary yoga and a nightly social hour for guests.

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KIMPTON AMARA RESORT AND SPA

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"There are so many offerings for our guests this fall, including stargazing on Monday evenings with local astronomers. As a dark sky community, we get amazing views of the night sky. We have an afternoon wine hour from 5-6 p.m., as well as bikes available for use to explore the city or mountain bikes to explore the creek and trails," General Manager Tara Cline says. The Amara Spa is possibly most notable at the resort. This award-winning retreat has been heralded by Vogue.com, The New York Times and The Huffington Post  as a must-do in Sedona. Immediately disconnect from the demands of the outside world with one-of-akind treatments reflective of the harmonious and spiritual atmosphere there. Native American rattles; sage smudging; healing crystals; chakra balancing; custom oil blends of lavender, rosemary and sage drizzled down the spine; and the detoxifying properties of local Sedona mud help guests reconnect spiritually to the local environment and harness the metaphysical energy of the area for which Sedona has become famous. Set against red rock panoramas and nestled along Oak Creek, Amara Spa adds another dimension of peace and tranquility. The spa’s new enchanting experiences are rich in native ingredients and reflect a sincere passion for the area. "Our spa is very special, and the tranquility is unsurpassed. The Winds of Change Massage is a highlight and a must do," Tara says. There are six treatment rooms, and the full-service spa offers massages, facials, body treatments, foot and hand rituals, nail services, makeup application and a variety of perfectly paired spa packages. Amara Spa also boasts a private yoga studio with complimentary daily classes for resort guests, eucalyptus steam rooms, men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers and a retail boutique selling all-natural products. It is the ambiance that will attract guests, and a plethora of extravagant treatments will make it a ritualistic visit.

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"WHAT IS IDEAL ABOUT OUR LOCATION IS THAT IT IS IN UPTOWN SEDONA, BUT BEING BY THE CREEK GIVES THE AMARA RESORT AND SPA A FEEL OF STEPPING INTO ANOTHER WORLD. THE QUIET SECLUSION WILL BRING YOU PEACE, AND THERE ARE MANY HIKING TRAILS NEARBY TO EXPLORE WITH BREATHTAKING VIEWS." –GENERAL MANAGER TARA CLINE

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KIMPTON AMARA RESORT AND SPA

(CON TI N UED)

After rejuvenating in the spa, SaltRock Southwest Kitchen’s new executive chef, Logan Stephenson, welcomes guests to entice their taste buds with seafood that is fresh and flavorful, coupled with sweeping views as a backdrop. Logan draws inspiration from his Louisiana upbringing where he grew up hunting and fishing for his food. Today, he’s taking his own unique approach to the way the restaurant sources ingredients by establishing partnerships with Verde Valley fisheries, farmers and wineries to incorporate indigenous elements with local flair into the restaurant’s cuisine. The menu honors the traditions of the Southwest while upholding a California sensibility that marries fresh, light and seasonal ingredients. A few standouts of the new menu include Vera Cruz-style crab cakes with handmade sopes, chipotle butter, poblano aioli and baby cress ($22); seared pork belly with mole verde, crispy, wild onions and seared rajas ($16); and local trout with foraged mushrooms, chile tepin and grilled kale ($33). SaltRock’s cuisine is perfectly paired with the 180-degree breathtaking views it offers of Sedona’s iconic Camelhead and Snoopy red rock formations. The Amara Resort and Spa is truly an intimate getaway, with 100 spacious guest rooms and suites, combining modern design with Arizona’s comfortable, laid-back lifestyle and views of the surrounding red rocks, Oak Creek and lush foliage. While Amara is just steps from the hustle and bustle of Sedona’s uptown shopping, dining and cultural hub, the resort is situated below the main area and nestled on the banks of the creek, which makes it feel secluded, making it the perfect local getaway this fall.

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TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR PETS SAFE AND ALTERED TAILS' LASTING LEGACY

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“THE ENTIRE MEAL SHOULD FIT IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND. THE FOOD IS RICHER THAN WHAT THEY ARE NORMALLY USED TO, SO IT IS BEST TO ENJOY IN MODERATION.” – DR. ROBERT TRUPP ENTREE: Unseasoned turkey or ham, (remove any skin and skip the gravy) SIDE: Small potato or sweet potato (served cooked, diced up or mashed before the butter, eggs and milk are added) DESSERT: Small scoop of pumpkin pie filling

Dr. Robert Trupp is a veterinarian at North Scottsdale Animal Hospital. He and his family are pet owners themselves, and as an animal doctor, he sees a variety of issues this time of year. “Stomach unrest is the most common problem we tend to see at holiday time. The fats and high proteins in the table food we consume during Thanksgiving can cause pancreatitis,” he says. His easy tip: dispose of all food scraps, bones, fat trimmings and drippings in an inaccessible spot for pets. “We had a dog come into the hospital the day after Thanksgiving, and after X-rays, it was evident that the dog had been eating rocks. It was revealed that the owners had poured excess turkey drippings outside on the gravel. With the rocks now smelling and tasting of turkey, the dog ate the rocks. He is rock-free after surgery to remove them, but that could’ve been avoided.” The GI tract and pancreas are the main areas of concern in pets when taste testing human food. Many foods we eat during the holidays can cause serious illness to our pets, even if they seem like safe choices. “Animal fat is a danger, so trim the fat and gristle from the turkey before offering your pet a bite. Bones can cause choking or lodge in the intestinal tract, and no sauces or gravy are recommended as they are very high in sodium and/or sugars. Of course, absolutely no alcohol or chocolate. If you think your pet is sick from table food, please visit us for an evaluation. We are always here to help.”

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Carrying on a legacy of keeping pets from facing euthanasia is a passion project for Dick Barnhart, co-chairman of Altered Tails. “Altered Tails was my wife Bea’s baby. She wanted people to know that while adoption is wonderful, spaying and neutering is essential. Pet overpopulation leads to euthanasia, and that epidemic is what Bea took seriously,” Dick says. What started with a woman spaying and neutering from her garage led to a vision of mobile and now brick-and-mortar clinics that offer low-cost spay and neuter surgery to end pet overpopulation. “We made a meaningful contribution when we decided to pour ourselves into Altered Tails," he says. "We are also grateful to our sponsors, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and Petsmart Charities, for seeing the good we were doing and coming aboard.” Bea’s passion for animals has spurred this large nonprofit organization with multiple freestanding  state-of-the-art surgery facilities that sterilize more than 20,000 pets each year. Altered Tails has reduced the intake at local shelters by 40 percent and the euthanasia of dogs and cats by 86 percent since 2012.  “Spaying and neutering can be expensive, but Altered Tails offers these services at a 75 percent savings compared to traditional services,” Dick says. On June 29, Bea passed away, and her family wants to ensure the longevity of Altered Tails and give Valley residents, regardless of their financial status, access to quality, affordable services for their pets.  “Bea got to see things become successful, and that was so satisfying for her. My responsibility to my marvelous wife is that Altered Tails continues. We have wonderful people working with us, and my granddaughter has taken on a leadership role, so we feel we have a long road ahead in helping keep pets safe and alive,” he says. AlteredTails.org

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This experience involves the charity night which will take place on Fri-

day evening at the Westin Kierland Resort, as well as the Kierland POP

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LOCAL’S CHOICE

Arizonans for Children Gives Back to the

Community in Various Ways ARTICLE STACI HAUK

THE WARMTH OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON CONJURES THOUGHTS OF FAMILY AND TOGETHERNESS. For foster children, there was a need to provide this security and create memories with adults they could trust. Arizonans for Children began by offering families with children in foster care an inviting place to have visits. Shortly after, they established a mentor program that matches volunteers with foster children to provide them with a role model and friend. "Mentors build a bond with foster children by helping them with homework, playing sports and more," says Outreach Coordinator Monique Quinones. Arizonans for Children mentors commit to a minimum one-year relationship with a foster child in Maricopa County. By donating time, mentors can help shape a child’s feelings of trust, acceptance and most importantly, hope.  "These mentors become the one consistent person in the child's life, introducing them to basic life lessons that will greatly aid them." Arizonans for Children also has visitation centers that offer fun, educational, supervised environments for children in foster care to spend time with their families as they work toward reunification. This allows the family to heal and bond. They also host several major events each year for kids in foster care.  "We have an annual holiday  party in December, a Train Park Picnic in January, a Foster Festival/Resource Fair in February and many more throughout the year," Monique says. Arizonans for Children also  offers continuing support for those age 18-plus. Life Skills classes, activities and workshops help these aged-out kids be more prepared for life outside the system. "These children are the future of our community; together we can make

To learn more and get involved, email Monique at az4children.monique@gmail.com or visit ArizonansForChildren.org.  

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North Scottsdale, AZ November 2018  

November 2018 Issue of North Scottsdale Lifestyle

North Scottsdale, AZ November 2018  

November 2018 Issue of North Scottsdale Lifestyle