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hristmas time is here. In my opinion there is nothing like this time of year. Bows and bells, Christmas lights everywhere, and the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping brings me joy. In our December issue, we are focusing on the uniqueness of an Arizona Christmas. What do you do when all you have in your front yard is a cactus? You wrap it in lights of course! Aside from this unique aspect of Christmas here, there are tons of other unique Christmas activities and traditions that take place in our desert wonderland. In this issue you will find yourself “Dreaming of an Arizona Christmas.”
Moms and dads, take a “Field Trip” with your kids to Santa’s Workshop. And no you don’t have to bundle up and buy a plane ticket to the North Pole. All you have to do is jump in the car for a short ride up to Flagstaff where Santa’s elves are awaiting your visit. There is no other experience like this anywhere else in the United States. The 9,000-square-foot workshop will take you and your kids through an experience that you won’t soon forget. So grab a coat and head up to Flagstaff to enjoy the wonder of the North Pole Experience. Read about the South Mountain Christmas Party in our Giving Back column. Although Christmas is a time of joy for so many people, there are still thousands of people throughout the world and throughout our own city that do not look forward to this time of year. There are children who don’t receive presents and parents who struggle just to keep a meal on the table. This great organization has been working to better this situation for so many in our Phoenix area. Be inspired to get involved and help touch the life of someone else this season. Ice-skating outside in Scottsdale? Yes! Because of the W Hotel, this is a possibility. For the second year in a row, the W Hotel in Downtown Scottsdale transforms their outdoor WET pool deck area into a winter wonderland. A 1,500-square-foot synthetic skating rink called CHILL will accompany the heated pool this year, allowing guests the option between time in the pool or time on the ice. This is definitely a winter activity unlike any other in the desert. Also remember to leave your calendars open so you don’t miss any of the neat winter activities going on all December long. Around Town is also a good column to check out to find announcements regarding menu changes at your favorite restaurant, new store openings and more.
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Around Town SASSI Introduces Fall Menu SASSI, a restaurant that is known for serving authentic Italian dishes in North Scottsdale, recently released their new fall menu. Capturing the essence of autumn with their new dishes, SASSI emphasizes providing the freshest seasonal ingredients at all times. SASSI’s renowned Executive Chef Christopher Nicosia has created a menu featuring favorite fall ingredients such as butternut squash, wild mushrooms, roasted beets, duck and lamb. One of Chef Nicosia’s first courses is his butternut squash risotto. It is made with sage brown butter, mascarpone, and crispy pancetta. For the antipasto course, diners have been enjoying Taleggio Fritters made in a ricotta batter, with fennel pollen and sweet and spicy chiles. SASSI is also now offering a mouthwatering roasted baby beet salad made with gorgonzola panna cotta topped with a spicy citrus glaze and a pistachio tuile. And, in a successful effort to offer the perfect late fall comfort dish, SASSI’s new pork Osso Buco acts as an incredible main course served with marsala, porcini, cannellini beans, kale, and a horseradish citrus gremolata. SASSI is located at 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy. in Scottsdale. For more information or to make a reservation, call 480.502.9095 or visit Sassi.biz.
Z’Tejas Offers New Sunday Feature Instead of slaving over the stove on Sunday nights to prepare a delicious meal for the family, the southwestern cuisine experts at Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill are more than happy to do it—and feed the kids for free in the process. Diners are welcome to visit any of Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill’s five locations in the valley on Sunday nights, including the Scottsdale location at7014 E. Camelback Rd., to enjoy the new Chef’s Dinner, which includes a three-course meal for only $14.95. The dinner special starts at 3 p.m., and kids eat free off of the Z’Tejas KidZ menu. The menu for the Chef’s Dinner is subject to change. For more information, visit ZTejas.com.
Phoenix Zoo Reaches Goal for Capital Campaign The Phoenix Zoo has reached its goal of raising $22.5 million for its first major capital campaign, which will allow it to fund several projects on the way toward creating a “World Class Zoo for a World Class City.” With these funds, the Zoo 12 North Scottsdale Lifestyle | December 2013
has built or is building three major state-of-the-art animal exhibits, a multi-purpose education and event center, a dramatic new front entry and a new volunteer and administration facility. It also funded a maintenance endowment to offset additional operational expenses from the new facilities. These upgrades were necessary to ensure the Zoo – one of the nation’s largest private, nonprofit, accredited zoos – remains on the leading edge of wildlife conservation and education, and to provide an experience worthy of its guests. Some of the Phase I projects include the Orang-Hutan: “People of the Forest” exhibit that opened in early 2011and showcases the intelligence and charisma of the Bornean orangutan, an amazing and endangered species, as well as a new Entry Oasis that opened in late 2012 and provides an exciting, inspirational welcome with a stroll across a renovated bridge, glimpses of resident turtles and waterfowl and a native species exhibit featuring vultures and tortoises. For more information about The Phoenix Zoo, visit PhoenixZoo.org.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Named #1 Resort in the Southwest The results of the Condé Nast Traveler 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards are in, and Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain has once again been voted the number one resort in the Southwest. With an overall score of 94.2 reflecting readers’ opinions on rooms, service, food, location, design and activities, Sanctuary captured the number one spot for a second consecutive year. Nearly 80,000 readers took part in the 2013 survey, casting 1.3 million votes and evaluating more than 10,000 cities, islands, hotels, resorts, airlines and cruise lines worldwide. As one of the country’s most lauded luxury resorts, Sanctuary is a striking boutique property on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley. Under the direction of Westroc Hospitality, Sanctuary enjoys international acclaim for its contemporary design, award-winning Elements restaurant and Sanctuary Spa. Sanctuary is located at 5700 E. McDonald Dr., in Paradise Valley. For more information, visit SanctuaryOnCamelback.com.
20 Lounge Nail Bar and Boutique Opens Second Location The 20 Lounge Nail Bar and Boutique, a hip neighborhood beauty bar that offers nail services, professional waxing and facial treatments at affordable prices, has opened its second Arizona storefront, located at Scottsdale Quarter. The new location’s 1,237 square-foot space features a trendy and chic white design with pops of blue, sleek mirrors, TVs surrounding the entire space, a pedicure banquet with sleek lines and super hip details to combine comfort and contemporary luxury. The 20 Lounge is known for its simple and affordable service menu that includes a $20 manicure, a $30 pedicure
and a $40 facial. Clients of 20 Lounge also have the option of joining Club 20, a monthly membership program that offers even deeper discounts compared to the price that regular 20 Lounge visitors receive. Along with discounted services, Club 20 members receive a bottle of Butter London nail polish on their birthday, 20 percent off retail on the 20th day of the month, 10 percent off retail everyday, access to membership appreciation events, and more. Located next to Drybar, 20 Lounge at Scottsdale Quarter’s address is 15279 North Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. For more information, visit 20Lounge.com.
Scottsdale’s Bell Lexus is a Sign of Growing Economic Activity in Scottsdale Bell Lexus North Scottsdale, a new 103,000-square-foot facility at the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Mayo Boulevard, recently opened. The dealership is expected to employ 95 people and reach $90 million in sales its first year. The new luxury car dealership on Scottsdale Rd. south of Loop 101 is a sign of growing economic activity in this important area of Scottsdale. “This is a crucial commercial area for Scottsdale’s economic future,” says Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “The new Bell Lexus North Scottsdale anchors an area of vacant land next to the freeway that will see some exciting and important activity in the years ahead.” Bell Lexus made the move from north central Phoenix to this new Scottsdale location to build a state-of-the art facility closer to many of their customers. The new dealership sits on a 30-acre parcel which was auctioned by the Arizona State Land Department in May 2012. For more information, visit BellLexusNorthScottsdale.com.
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Three Scottsdale projects earn top honors Scottsdale’s Tom’s Thumb Trailhead and the Nodal Water Garden earned top “Crescordia” awards recently at the Arizona Forward Association’s 33rd Annual Environmental Excellence Awards banquet. Arizona Forward called the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead a remarkably sustainable civic building (that) charters new territory not just for its environmental integration, but for its self-sufficiency, as the site is not connected to conventional municipal infrastructure. The Crescordia award recognized the city along with Fucello Architects and Redden Construction. Arizona Forward also lauded Nodal Water Garden by Arizona artist Jeff Zischke, saying it celebrates the strategic and economic role canals have played in the Valley’s growth. The temporary floating, solar-powered artwork was located in the canal between the Soleri and the Marshall Way bridges in downtown Scottsdale last November for one of Scottsdale Public Art’s annual Canal Convergence events. Scottsdale’s Via Dona Trail also received an Award of Merit. The Via Dona Trail connects neighborhoods to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, enhancing connectivity for bicyclists, pedestrians and equestrians in a way that preserves rural character while offering access for those with disabilities. This award recognized the city along with Okanogan Trails Construction, Coffman Studio and Jack Gilcrest Landscape Architect. For more information about the winners, visit ArizonaForward.org.
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Decorating for an Arizona Christmas Rustic Stuff knows just what you need Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Rustic Stuff
nother Christmas is soon approaching and decorating your house is part of the annual festivities. Recently I visited one of my favorite stores, Rustic Stuff, located in the Promenade shopping plaza off Frank Lloyd Wright and Scottsdale Road, and marveled at the wonderful display of holiday decorations. It Started By Accident
Owner Paul Folk didnâ€™t have images of owning his own store 17 years ago. As an interior designer he enjoyed helping his clients decorate their homes. He loved mixing the old with the new and getting an eclectic look. The thrill of the hunt was finding just the right chair. Locating small manufactur14 North Scottsdale Lifestyle | December 2013
ers who either had what he was looking for or could create it is how Rustic Stuff was born. Folk explains his decorating mission is â€œto create a warm, comfortable room using aged pieces with worn patina and worn edges, so the room looks inviting with a cozy, warm atmosphere and not one where you are afraid to sit down and relax.â€? The store has a European flare; you will find one-of-a-kind furnishings and accessories from 22 countries in styles that range from French Country to Contemporary. Folk even has his own designs on the floor, upholstered pieces made in the United States. And, he so beautifully has put everything together in little vignettes that you definitely will want to recreate some of the looks in your own home.
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Folk is extremely busy during the holidays decorating 50 to 60 homes. All year you find him shopping vigorously to find unique things to add to the holiday decorations he prides himself on having for his customers. His crews start the beginning of November bringing Christmas into the homes of many athletes, business owners, television personalities, winter visitors and even for a teacher who each year gives herself a decorated home as her Christmas present. There are decorating items for any budget and by planning ahead and checking out the 38 to 40 theme trees beautifully decorated in the store, you will catch the decorating fever. This year there are fan-
tastic ornaments to choose from - Attic Treasures (antiques); Birds of a Feather (birds with feathered tails); Boys & Their Toys; Bugs (for kids); Cherubs; Candies; Huntsmen; Confection Shop; Crowns; Early Frost; Farmhouse; Frog Prince; Holly & Ivy; Grey Goose (wet bar theme); Ice Cream Parlor; Mouse in the House; Old St. Nick; Royal Woodland Court; Santa Fe and Sugar Princess (ballerinas). You owe it to yourself to stroll among the trees and see the incredible ornament displays, all for sale, that transform Rustic Stuff into a winter wonderland. Decorating Tips
To add some new changes in your home decorating this year, start by investing in a great permanent tree. This is very critical as you cannot hang beautiful ornaments on a tree if the limbs are flimsy and cannot support the weight. The size of the tree is important; you will want one that can handle the size and weight of the ornaments you purchase. Next, choose your color
palette. Will you want dark, jewel tones, metallic colors or soft pastels? After that, you need to select a theme. Then add some big-impact items that complement the theme to give it a custom, designer look. Lights give depth and texture so be sure to purchase enough and decide if you will use one color or multiple colored lights that coordinate with the color theme. String your lights first by going from the inside of each branch to the outside, that way every limb is covered. “Tree skirts are too predictable so consider putting your tree inside something deep – like an old trunk, large planter box or something else you may have in your home,” offers Folk. Finish up with garland, six- to nine-feet long, around the tree, on the fireplace mantel, around an archway, on the buffet, entry table or around the chandelier. Also, try using some family heirlooms, small photo frames and other sentimental items to personalize your tree, centerpieces or other areas of your home.
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5 Tips For Holiday Weight Loss Article Cate Ritter
he holidays are a nutritionally challenging time of year. How do you partake in the wonderful winter festivities, without packing on the pounds? Yes, you could wait until New Year’s resolutions roll around to go on the newest low-calorie fad diet, while spending hours every week on the treadmill. But, losing weight doesn’t need to be so restrictive or difficult. Follow the 5 delicious and doable nutrition tips below and you’re guaranteed to shed body fat without skimping on flavor.
1. Drink Green Tea
Although water is the optimal beverage of choice, drinking green tea is great for improving insulin sensitivity and reducing oxidative stress. Before indulging in holiday dishes, festive beverages and seasonal sweets, drink a cup of organic green tea. The high antioxidant content increases fat burning, and helps prevent a hangover by supporting liver detoxification. Herbal teas are good caffeine-free options for staying hydrated. They can also satisfy a sweet tooth. For a candy cane in a cup, try peppermint tea with a little Stevia added. 2. Enjoy Protein-Rich Breakfasts
Those who skip this crucial morning meal are more likely to make poor food choices and overeat, which are already challenging tasks this time of year. Instead, start your day with a protein-rich breakfast by including foods, such as eggs, turkey sausage, or leftover “roast beast.” Protein provides high satiation, reduces cravings, and boosts metabolism. Enjoy cottage cheese with pear and pecans, an omelet with cheese and peppers or salmon with spinach and mushrooms. 3. Grab Some Walnuts
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eat. In addition, omega-3s help increase serotonin levels, which decreases stress, anxiety and depression. Enjoy walnuts raw on their own or roasted with coconut flakes, cinnamon and honey for a healthier treat. 4. Savor Each Bite
With a busy schedule most of the year, now is a great time to slow down and savor each bite. Practicing mindfulness at each meal is an easy solution to nourish yourself without over-packing your plate. By slowing down and chewing more you’ll improve digestion, feel full faster and find meal time to be more relaxing. 5. Eat More Greens
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t’s December and all month we prepare to celebrate the holidays making certain they are special for our children and family. But what about the children who were not fortunate enough to be born to parents in America? It isn’t something we like to think about, but abandoned children in countries like India are in such desperate need to be cared for. However, there is good news for them. Faiz Rahman knows firsthand the living conditions in India, having been born in Calcutta. He was born into a middle class family that fell on hard times. A sponsor from Georgia started sending him money and continued so he could be cared for and receive an education. He was able to go to college in California, where he received his master’s from Golden Gate Theological Seminary and later, his doctorate. It wasn’t until he was an associate pastor and began teaching in Texas that he was asked to visit a very remote
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area in India that was so far away it was never visited by any missionary groups or received any aid. Poverty is extremely bad in the overpopulated country of India. Parents are forced to sell their children for money to buy food or the children are abandoned to the streets when their parents die. A shocking 16 million children have been forced into sexual slavery. “Right now there are more children in slavery in India than the entire African slave trade combined,” says Rahman. He saw a tremendous need and knew, with
God’s help, he could make a difference in these children’s lives. So, in 1998, he founded Good News India. Unlike some programs that give a meal and four hours of daycare, Rahman wanted to give 24/7 care that includes food, housing and an education, truly giving them a future and a hope. Making sure each child graduates or has a vocational training is necessary so they can continue to provide for themselves and not end up back on the streets. He hopes that some of these children will become the leaders needed to change the future of India.
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Currently there are 2,500 boys and girls being cared for in 26 orphanages, called Dream Centers. Those who have families can visit but the majority of them are orphans and Rahman is the only father they know. Good News India also operates a leper colony caring for 50 adults and 85 children who were banished by their country; as well as providing food, clothing and medication for 350 lepers in five different centers. Lepers who have been starving in jungles for 35 years or more are finally given hope and care. Rahman’s goal is to open 100 Dream Centers to care for thousands more who need to be rescued for their current living conditions. He speaks all around the world raising the awareness of the plight of these children and asking for support so he can continue his work.
events, restaurant gift cards, movie tickets, salon services and more. “This is a excellent opportunity to help a wonderful cause where 100 percent of the money raised goes directly to helping the children and Good News India,” states Pastor Rowdy. Another wonderful way to get involved is through sponsorship: you and your family can sponsor a child for only $35 a month. This is a great way to teach your children the importance of giving to less fortunate children in another country. You can select from photos the child you want to sponsor and later be able to write to them. For about the cost of what many spend on coffee drinks or a meal out, you can help a child who desperately needs your support. To donate directly to this wonderful cause, please visit their website.
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Rowdy Van Horn, senior pastor of the Freedom Center Church in Scottsdale, has caught the vision. Many of his congregation at this nondenominational church have been sponsoring children monthly as well as supporting the needs of the ministry. Last year they started a fundraiser to raise awareness and money for Good News India. This month, the second annual Christmas for India will be held on Tuesday, December 11th at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend this free concert featuring Sonoran Serenade, a 25-piece orchestra that will play big band tunes and Christmas carols. Light refreshments will be served, and a silent auction with items that would make great Christmas gifts.. Last year’s offering included autographed sports memorabilia by celebrity athletes, tickets to sporting
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BY THE POOL THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Article Kory Kilmer | Photography W Scottsdale
ew images announce the arrival of the holiday season quite like those of a decorated Rockefeller Center: The glowing Christmas Tree towering over its iconic ice rink full of skaters of all ages has truly become a symbol of the joy that the winter months can bring. Though the Valley might be lacking in snowflakes and sub-zero temperatures, a winter wonderland of an entirely different sort can be found no further away than W Hotel in Downtown Scottsdale. For the second year in a row the hotel will be bringing a 1,500-squarefoot hybrid ice-skating rink to its outdoor WET pool deck area. The rink, called CHILL, is an eco-friendly sheet of synthetic ice that is actually constructed out of a fully recyclable polymer compound, which means there is no electricity required as well as zero emissions. The effect of the surface is similar to that of a frozen pond, which tends to be much slower than a refrigerated sheet, but definitely no less fun. “And the best part is that when you fall, it’s not cold, which for whatever reason just doesn’t seem to hurt quite as much,” says Ren 20 North Scottsdale Lifestyle | December 2013
Hirose, general manager of the W Scottsdale. The concept of CHILL originated at the W Los Angeles, where Hirose worked prior to transferring to the company’s Scottsdale location. Once established in his new home, it did not take long for him to realize that the idea of a rink under the stars in the desert was pretty much a no-brainer. “We have a lot of couples come out here on their first dates,” explains Hirose. “It’s really cool. A lot of people are looking for something outside of the usual ‘dinner and a movie’ to have a good time. I promise there is no pun intended, but coming out here is just a great place to break the ice.” CHILL is also available for private events, which makes sense, as nothing makes for a more entertaining company holiday party quite like seeing a coworker falling on their rear end time and time again while sipping on a frosty libation from the safety of a rink-side cabana. Last year’s inaugural rink utilized a significant portion of the actual pool area which caused the pool to be closed down for the
duration that CHILL was up and running. The 2013 version has been moved to atop the lawn of the WET pool deck which will leave the heated pool open throughout the month. This will allow for guests to choose between a dip in the water before or after a little bit of time on the ice. Installing the sheet of “ice” is a tad bit like putting together a really big puzzle. Each piece is brought in and laid side-by-side, and then the entire surface is sprayed down with a solution that blends away all the seams and leaves the surface slick. Friction from the skates does the rest, as it heats up and helps to make skating across it just a bit faster. Maintenance is as simple as sweeping throughout the day to keep obstructions off the top and an occasional thin coat of solution to smooth away the scrapes and gouges of general wear and tear. With the entire WET pool deck area decorated and lit-up for the season, CHILL will be open to ages over five years old to enjoy during the day. But when the sun goes down the scene will shift to a much more adult-oriented vibe, complete with live music, DJs, and a variety of specialty, winter-inspired cocktails to keep the soul warm and toasty as the thermostat drops.
“There really is an amazing scene out there as people are enjoying the pool deck and lounge alongside people that are there to try the skating,” adds Hirose. “And then there are those who are there to do both. They get there early to skate, and then end up staying for some cocktails and end up just really enjoying themselves.” CHILL will be open to guests and non-guests at the W Scottsdale from December 5-29. No advanced reservations are required, and guests are free to bring their own skates, though they are available to rent at the hotel. Admission to CHILL is $10 per hour. Times vary by day and event, so it is recommended to call before heading out just to make sure they are open for business. Special room packages are available starting at $199, and include a stay for two, unlimited skating, use of the pool, and two complimentary drink tickets. Visit W Scottsdale at WScottsdaleHotel.com or calling 480.970.2100 for additional details. Leave it to the W Scottsdale to bring their version of Rockefeller Center to Metro Phoenix--a version that trades in scarves and puffy coats for bikinis, board shorts and cabanas. Here is to a hunch that the eggnog might pack a bit more punch as well.
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Visit the North Pole This Holiday Season A unique experience for families to tour and interact in Santa’s workshop Article Meghann Finn | Sepulveda Photography
f you’ve ever wanted to see what Santa’s workshop looks like, you only need to travel two hours north to Flagstaff to catch a glimpse. At North Pole Experience, (NPX) families will be transported to the North Pole for a truly unique experience that will have you and your children believing in the magic of Santa Claus. Now in its fifth season, NPX is considered the only one of its kind. Families from all over the world travel to the 9,000-square-foot workshop that is nestled deep in the forest. On your journey through the top-secret “magic portal,” your family will arrive at the North Pole in just a few minutes. There your interactive experience begins. “We provide an authentic, nostalgic step back in time to 400 years ago, ideal for children ages 2-10 years old,” said Scott Pace, CEO, North Pole Experience. “We feature historic toys that parents and even grandparents will recognize and appreciate.”
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The Gift of the Season Hundreds of children from low income families celebrate Christmas at South Mountain Article by Michelle Guerrero
hen thinking about the upcoming holidays, many envision the Christmas tree trimmed with bright lights and festive ornaments. Resting under the tree are boxes covered with brightly colored paper, wrapped with ribbon and bows. Children sneak around the tree looking for those special gifts with a tag attached that reads their name. They shake each box to guess what might be inside. For many Valley families, this scenario is but a dream. Tough economic times cause parents to tighten their budgets and care for their children the best they can, by keeping a roof over their head, the electricity on and the water flowing, versus providing luxuries like holiday gifts. There are also many homeless families out there whose greatest Christmas wish is to provide a home for their children. City of Phoenix employees recognized a need 31 years ago, and began the South Mountain Children’s Christmas Party so that hundreds of Valley children who might not otherwise be able could share in the magic of the holidays. Since its inception, thousands of children have eagerly awaited Santa Clause’s arrival at the park to bring them that one special toy of the season. “The event is in real need this year, and we need more support,” says Lilly Perez, a city employee at the Travis L. Williams (TLW) Family Service Center. Perez has been assisting with the annual Christmas Party for the past five years. “There used to be 500 kids at the event each year, but we had to downsize to 300 because one of our major contributors passed away. His partner took over, but now due to economic down turn, he is unable to assist.” The donor’s large shoes have yet to be filled. “For a lot of children, this is the one toy they will get for Christmas,” says Perez. “There is such a need out there that people 26 North Scottsdale Lifestyle | December 2013
start trying to register in July.” The TLW Community Council and local agencies pull together to help the Children’s Christmas Party come to fruition, which takes place outdoors at the South Mountain Park Activity Complex on December 7. Event activities have included face painting, arts and crafts and visits from mascots from local sports teams. The Roosevelt School District will purchase about 500 large cookies for the kids. In past years, they’ve handed out snack bags to the children as well. Donors provide toys or gift cards so that TLW Community Council members can purchase gifts. “Everything is donated,” says Perez. “Even the Phoenix Fire Department helps out by bringing Mr. and Mrs. Clause in a fire truck. It’s touching to watch all the kids run up to the truck for their present.” Individuals help out as well, such as Steve and Leslie McLaughlin, a Phoenix couple who have stepped up to the plate to provide candy canes, fresh fruit and packaged snacks for the children. “I think it’s important to support efforts across the state that help people improve the lives of low income children and families,” says Leslie. “The problems that Lilly and others try to help are of a national nature, and we should all step up however we can.” Last year, Perez asked fellow employees to personally donate two boxes of candy canes each, because she couldn’t find another way provide them at the party. This year, thanks to the McLaughlins, this is one more item she can check off her list. Gifts are given to children between 3-10 years of age, who have pre-registered for the event. The TLW Community Council members aim to purchase gifts that are about $10 each. Stores like Walmart often
give discounts or honor black Friday prices to help them reach their goal, so more children can be included. Some of the gifts purchased include scooters, basketballs, games, dolls and cars. “Volunteers are always welcome and it’s never too late for donations,” says Perez. “We accept donations all year long and will store any items for the Children’s Christmas Party.” Perez explains that their human services department also has case workers that work closely with families and assist all year long with food and clothing, as well as emergency services. For many children, when they think of getting a gift for the holidays, they think of a beautiful park at South Mountain, candy canes and goody bags, and the Clauses pulling up in a brightly lit fire truck. This is made possible because there are many people in the Valley who still believe in the magic of giving and the knowledge that one person can make a difference. If you are interested in donating gift cards, toys, food or clothing, or want to volunteer, email Perez at lilly. email@example.com or call 602.495.4515. You can also contact Darryl Fuller at Darryl Fuller@phoenix. gov or 602.495.7504. To submit your favorite nonprofit organization or a special person involved in the community, send an email to MichelleMGuerrero@live.com.
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Tallulah Project at Pinnacle Preschool Preschool Teacher Tells All Article and Photography Mary Ann Biermeier Bridging Our Community with Clay
The Tallulah Project
It started with a community mosaic project called, The Tallulah Project. Funded initially by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the project is designed to engage families in transforming the exterior walkways of our school. Once introduced, clay became a typical work area in our classrooms, extending and transforming learning inside our classrooms. It has become a remarkable teaching tool. So what is it about clay that makes it so inviting? Is it the supple and malleable texture? Is it the forgiveness of the art – allowing children and adults to easily smash it down and start over? Yes, and so much more.
From the start, our community agreed that we wanted to transform our adobe walls into something that reflected our desert community. Clearly, something happens to us as individuals when we enter into spaces that are beautiful. They cause us to stop and look. Our senses are awakened. We see the colors, the movement and hear the sound of the place. We are no longer just passing through the space; we are active participants. Although commercial buildings are economical and functional, they do not express all that our culture believes about itself. We should be alarmed when the characteristics of our school buildings have more in common with places of incarceration than places of learning. Art shows us that classrooms do not have to be white, dull boxes but rather a reflection of all that teach and learn in our community. When we provide interesting and beautiful spaces for children to learn, we are showing our children they are important to us. When we work together to create something beautiful, we strengthen relationships within our community. When we put art back into our environments and back into the curriculum, we nurture the inventiveness we desire to develop in all children. We have rendered a mosaic depicting the landscapes of Arizona and how they are transformed by water. A large tree greets families upon entering the school, each
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Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, Pinnacle is committed to offering an educational program based upon best practices in early child development and education. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, the school is dedicated to enriching the lives of young children and their families through practices that teach using representational development and collaboration. Clay materials, wire, painting, woodworking and a multitude of writing and drawing materials assist the teacher in bringing learning to life through the hands of the children. Collaboration among home, school and community is considered valuable and necessary to the whole educational experience. 30 North Scottsdale Lifestyle | December 2013
leaf carrying the name of a child, parent, grandparent, and even pets of our community. Carved into the trunk of the tree are character traits we seek to foster within our children and ourselves. The Native American meaning of Tallulah is “Running Water”. Choosing to use water as our subject was not by chance. We created a desert arroyo from which plants, trees and the many creatures of the Sonoran Desert quench their thirst. This is the environment that our families live. We know that through water, a backyard, a park or a playground can be transformed into a lovely oasis. What Are Children Learning Through Clay?
Clay is an ancient and organic material to which children and adults are naturally drawn. Children love to touch, squeeze, pinch, mold, and create with clay. We observe developmental learning as children work the clay. Social & Language Fluency – often children share their ideas about what they are creating. Clay gives children an outlet to represent what is happening in their lives and builds conversational and storytelling skills between peers and adults. Critical Thinking – the medium of clay naturally causes children to approach their work with a mindset of problem solving. They observe, experi-
ment, and learn from error and repetition. Fine Motor – working the clay builds stronger hand muscles. The task of squeezing, pinching, poking and prodding develops young hands and fingers. As children work with clay, they pass through several stages of exploration. Teachers give the children time, often over many class periods, to explore and create using clay. Children use basic shapes such as balls and coils to create animals, people and objects in their world. As their experience grows they create more elaborate structures such as houses, people with arms and legs, animals and objects with greater detail. Children begin to focus on trying to make their creations look “real”. Teachers are careful to use descriptive comments about what they are observing such as: “I see you used balls to make the caterpillar. How did you get the balls to stick together?” “I see you made a house. What details could you add?” “I see you carefully smoothed the joints. This will help your sculpture last a long time.”
Children become aware of different techniques, imitating successful outcomes and revisiting their own creations by adding detail. Building Community
When people visit our school they are often surprised to learn that students, parent volunteers, teachers and students make the tiles. From the start of the project, we were not interested in bringing in a mosaic muralist to do all the work. On the contrary, our intention was to become students of the art and learn how to make the tiles ourselves. Tiles are made in the classrooms, the art studio and at Saturday family clay workshops. We have a parent committee that provides assistance at the workshops, glazing and placing the tiles on the walls. We encourage families to “Leave their mark on the walls”. As adults model respect for others, children learn the ways of kindness, consideration and harmony. When teachers listen carefully and ask open-ended questions, children learn that what they think and what they want is important to others. Children learn to share
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A Total English Experience Article Kathleen Blair Photography Proven Media
ike an oasis in the desert, the English Rose Tea Room offers an authentic experience of all things British. Tucked away on Easy Street in our neighboring city, Carefree, this charming establishment has the unique ability to transport you to England for a spot of tea, and so much more. Owner Jo Gemmill is a real Brit. She was raised in Hampshire in the southern part of England, and she was married in Amberley Castle which was fitting for this lady with a flair for elegance. She left England 15 years ago with her American husband and moved Seattle, his home state. After a short two-year stay, they ventured to Arizona and settled here 13 years ago. For Gemmill, opening up her Tea Room 12 years ago just felt like the natural thing to do. Enjoying a cup a tea is a regular event in her life and a city like Carefree, just seemed like the right place to slow down from the busyness of life. “Relax and indulge yourself in the utterly civilized pleasure of taking time for tea,” is Gemmill’s motto that she shares with every guest that stops by. A Tea Room within a Gift Shop
It you haven’t been to this adorable Tea Room, you are in for unforgettable experience. Besides having a wonderful menu and delicious food, it is like taking a step back in time to childhood tea parties. But now, you can experience a real, authentic English Tea. There is so much to look at and enjoy, you cannot help but reminisce of your grandmother’s English Bone China teacup or see a pattern of your aunt’s beautiful place setting. This Tea Room sits within a gift shop and all the pretty teacups, spoons, plates, antiques and teas are for sale so you can recreate your tea experience at home or pick up a few items to give as gifts. 32 North Scottsdale Lifestyle | December 2013
“I don’t do chips, salsa and baseball, I do tea, cake and classical music,” says Gemmill. I can totally relate, as I don’t do Styrofoam cups or plastic forks. Yes, we ladies enjoy the feminine, Victorian touches that somehow have been lost over the years. Fortunately, Gemmill has created a wonderful atmosphere of all the things she loves and shares them with us so we can spend some time and enjoy a relaxing, nostalgic break. That’s exactly what I did the other day. I stopped in and enjoyed a delicious scone with Devon cream flown in from England, lemon curd, strawberry preserves and a pot of tea. I learned that you spread the thick Devon cream on first, followed by the lemon curd and topped with a dab of preserve. The scone was large and
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During the month of December and into the New Year, you can enjoy this formal tea to celebrate the holidays. The lunch is served on a three-tier cake stand. On the lower tier are three types of tea sandwiches: chicken with nutmeg and tarragon; English cucumber and orange-mint butter; and smoked salmon and cream cheese with lemon. The middle tier has scones, dusted with powdered sugar and served with strawberry preserves and Devon cream. And, on the top tier are the petit fours, a seasonal selection of miniature cakes, pastries and petit fours. Also included is a pot of tea of your choice from a very large selection of black, green, fruit and herbal loose leaf tea. This special Christmas Tea, with an ambiance of holiday decorations and Christmas music, is offered at $27.95 per person. And, beautiful hats and scarves are always on hand for those photos you will want to take so you can capture the moment and share them on Facebook. There is a Nursery Tea for the younger guests also served on a three-tier cake stand. The lower tier has a tea sandwich of their choice: peanut butter and jelly or cheese and mayonnaise. The middle tier has assorted seasonal fruit and the top tier has homemade cookies, miniature cakes and candies. A pot of decaffeinated tea or hot chocolate is included. The Nursery Tea is $10.95 per person. Gemmill hosts a Child Etiquette class so the younger set can learn proper dining skills as well as the importance of good social manners. More details can be found on their website. Whether you dine indoors or out, every effort has been taken to replicate a formal English tea room with a lovely English garden for patio dining. A destination for birthdays, weddings, showers or any other special occasion, The English Rose Tea Room is a delightful experience that will keep bringing you back to share with friends. Be sure to check their website for upcoming events including the Carefree Christmas Festival the weekend of December 13-15 when the Tea Room stays open until 9 p.m. so you can watch the parade, enjoy the fireworks and after stop in for hot tea and crumpets.
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Zolton’s Salon in Grayhawk Where your image is their passion Article Moriah Schowengerdt | Photography Brad Reed Photography
hic style and sophistication are what’s noticed at Grayhawk’s own Zolton’s Salon. The mirror ceilings, polished modern atmosphere, and endearing professionalism of the stylists are what stand out. Although an affluent business in the market today, Zolton’s did not come about without a big dream and a lot of hard work. The inspiration of this top of the line salon was found in the childhood of Owner Robert Quinn who grew up in a small town in Ireland. Learning the meaning of hard work from an early age gave Robert the drive it took to succeed. After many years of going to school and learning through different salon jobs, Robert graduated from the Vidal Sassoon Academy and moved to America with his wife-to-be, Margaret. They owned a salon in Boston for several years but when they visited Scottsdale on their one-year wedding anniversary, they were captivated. Zolton’s Salon opened in Scottsdale in 2002. When asked why he chose Scottsdale, Quinn quickly answered, “to embrace the sunshine.” Who needs a better reason than that? Zolton’s Salon in Grawhawk Plaza is a full hair salon and day spa. Customers who are looking for a place to be pampered do not need to look any farther. Zolton’s offers any kind of hair treatment from cuts and color to GK smoothing systems and hair extensions. Their full day spa offers anything from a basic manicure to permanent makeup and everything in between. Each service that Zolton’s provides is always done with the client in mind. 34 North Scottsdale Lifestyle | December 2013
The blow dry bar industry is making huge waves across the country but at Zolton’s, it’s being taken it to a whole new level. Robert took the initiative to take the blow dry bar concept and pump it up into an extended service menu offering quality, express cuts and on-trend color services. “The newly renovated 2,000-square-foot Zolton’s Express Bar is a palace of beauty,” says Robert. “I love that both my husband and I can be treated to a service and I don’t have to pay more just because I’m a woman,” comments one client. Zolton’s philosophy is not to charge unfairly but to fairly price services for both men and women alike. Not only does Zolton’s have the new Express Bar, they have recently started doing business on Sundays. Each week Zolton’s is offering incredible discounts for Sunday customers only. It’s a deal that you definitely do not want to miss out on. The style of the salon is industrial chic complemented by of the warmth of European flare. It hosts an impressive 50 hair stations, eight nail salons, and four aesthetic treatment rooms all of which are top of the line to ensure the comfort and approval of each client. Not only does Zolton’s host an incredible service floor, the retail area is nothing to overlook. Robert is proud to offer at his salon some of the most prestigious products around from lines like L’Oreal Kerastase, Pureology, Bumble and Bumble, Phytologie, Aguage, MoroccanOil®
and Kevin Murphy. Also included at Zolton’s salon has an array of organic and even vegan products making Zolton’s as unique as they come. Meghann R. is a Zolton’s client and describs her experience at Zolton’s. “After being diagnosed with cancer and loosing the majority of my hair, I started getting Great Length Extensions to look normal while my hair was growing back,” she says. “After recently moving to Arizona I was cautious about having to find a new stylist and even considered flying my previous extension stylist down from Oregon. I met a few girls here and was unimpressed, until I went to Zolton’s. My stylist not only quoted me $800 below what I’m used to paying, but also she was so sweet and sincere I had to give her a try.! While she was putting the extensions in she asked me different style questions making sure I got exactly what I wanted, which I seriously appreciated. By the end of our session in her chair, I had the most gorgeous head of hair I’ve had in years. I couldn’t have been happier.”
Robert and Margaret have done their job well, owning and running salon that is chic, fabulous, and orchestrated to keep their clients happy. Through all the years of hard work, paying their dues in the salon industry, economic trials, and more, this amazing couple has stood the test of time both together and in this demanding industry. Zolton’s clearly and eloquently expresses who they are: “ Where Your Image is Our Passion.” The Quinn’s truly care about building the self-confidence of each individual that walks through the door at Zolton’s. And that… is priceless. Zolton’s Salon is located at 20821 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 conveniently in the Grayhawk community right off of the 101 freeway. For a detailed list of their hours and for more information, please visit their website at Zoltons.com. To make an appointment with any of the talented technicians please call 480.513.8414.
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here is no snow in the forecast, the sun is shining bright, and the average temperature is near the mid sixties every December. Swimming outside is a fun and unique way to spend this holiday season. Just imagine after opening gifts on Christmas morning, getting on your bathing suit and diving in to your very own custom, heated pool. Jeromey Naugle, owner of Premier Paradise, Inc. has what it takes to turn your imagination into reality. Jeromey Naugle opened Premier Paradise, Inc. in 2009 after he had worked in the industry for ten years. After working for one of the largest builders in Arizona, Jeromey found that a lot of business owners treated and saw their clients as dollar signs and nothing more. That is why one of the main focuses of Premier Paradise Inc. is valuing each customer and building a relationship with those they work with. Jeromey believes that clients deserve a custom tailored design that fits both them, and their lifestyle. “I opened my own company so I could focus on the highly unique, never been done before projects," he says. A Premier Paradise pool, spa, or water feature is definitely a conversation piece at any home. The remarkable attention to detail and creative designs are eye-catching and dazzling pieces of art. There is a lot that goes into designing a pool that fits the exact needs of every client, and that alone is what makes Premier Paradise stand out. Not only does Jeromey’s design team simply sketch the design out, they make 3D renderings that bring the design to life. These renderings are done so well that they have won multiple awards. On top of the design knowledge, and experience in the industry, Naugle has built a team that has an abundance of knowledge in other areas. 36 North Scottsdale Lifestyle | December 2013
“We have extensive knowledge about pool construction in regards to structural integrity, hydraulic systems and extremely complicated vessels.” At Premier Paradise Inc. they specialize not only in design and build of pools, spas, and water features, but also landscape, Hardscape design/build services, and hydraulic and engineering services too. With a well-rounded team like this building and constructing specifically for your needs, you are sure to be more than thrilled with the outcome. Jeromey says, “We strive to not just satisfy but knock the socks off of our clients," he states. When it comes to the expectations that Jeromey has for his employees, he sets the standard pretty high. Although proficiency and efficiency are expected, the pressure of time never interferes with the quality of the project. In the end, quality is what will ensure the sustainability and longevity of the build. Keeping a light-hearted atmosphere is also something that Naugle has worked hard to establish on the work sites. “Negativity has no place on our jobsites or in our offices. We have high expectations of ourselves because if we are positive and lead by example the employees will happily follow," he states. continued >
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Another Perspective on Wearing Fur Thoughts on why it can be guilt-free glamour Article Michelle Parkhurst | Photography Evan’s Furs
ecently, a young woman came into our salon to look at her fur coat. While she was in the store, we started chatting. She was talking about how much she loved fur, and how much most of the women her age love them too, but feel badly about admitting that they enjoy wearing their garments. The client revealed during our conversation that she had been at a charity event at an outdoor venue in Phoenix in January of 2013. In her words, “there were so many women wearing furs, but they all made excuses about why it was okay to wear their particular garment---they weren’t doing anything wrong--it belonged to their grandmother—they never bought one new, etc., etc., etc.”. This young gal could not understand how intelligent adult women could feel like they had to apologize for exercising their right to wear whatever makes them feel comfortable, glamorous, fashionable and good about themselves. As I think about the conversation, it’s a bit surprising to me that with all we have tried to do as a society in order empower women, many still feel like they can’t stand up for themselves when it comes to defending personal choices. Even more concerning is that women feel as if they have to justify their choices to anyone. It goes without saying that a vast majority of men would never put up with someone intimidating them about anything, let alone about their choice of clothing. The conversation inspired me to write this article about the upside of wearing fur. Maybe some of the very women who are not 40 North Scottsdale Lifestyle | December 2013
wearing their garments because they don’t want to “feel like they have to explain themselves” will realize that by wearing a natural product, they are supporting one of the most important causes of our time—preserving our environment. FUR IS GREEN. Real fur is an organic material. Fake fur and any other synthetic fabrics are made from petroleum products. These products do not break down easily and remain in landfills for centuries. Just like anything natural, fur products are biodegradable and eventually return to the earth. They will not pile up in landfills, exacerbating our ecological and environmental problem of waste building. FUR PROCESSING IS EARTH FRIENDLY. The main chemicals used to “dress” furs are table salt, water, alum salts, soda ash, sawdust, cornstarch, lanolin and other natural ingredients. Small quantities of formaldehyde can be used to protect fur follicles during dressing or dying and gentle acids such as acetic acid (better known as vinegar) are also used. Fur “dressing” and coloring are relatively mild processes as they must be in order to preserve the fur and maintain the natural beauty of the product. And, since most furs are available in an extraordinary array of natural colors, only a small portion of them are dyed. FUR IS A RENEWABLE, SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE.
Worldwide, the fur industry uses only part of what nature produces each year. The industry does this so that wildlife populations are not depleted and damage is not done to the natural habitat that sustains them. Generally, plants and animals produce more offspring than the land can support to maturity. Like other species, we live by making use of part of the surplus that nature creates. Conservationists define this use as “sustain-
able use” of renewable resources. Synthetics, as mentioned above, are made from the non-renewable resource petroleum. This is not consistent with the sustainable use of our environment. Production, transportation and disposal of this chemical can cause environmental problems. All furs used by the fur industry are abundant. Absolutely no endangered species are used by the fur trade. One of the goals of the fur trade is to help to maintain long-term ecological balance and to support wildlife management. Doing so also helps to ensure the industry’s future. FUR IS DURABLE AND RECYCLABLE. Well-caredfor-fur garments are long lasting and hardy. Furs are one of the few clothing items that are often passed down thru multiple generations. Most of the time, there are sentimental meaning and memories associated with a fur. Unlike most other textiles, furs can be remodeled and updated. Fur restyling is a very big part of business. Not only can a fur be made into another outerwear garment, but it can be repurposed to make handbags, pillows, keepsake teddy bears and many types of home accessories and gift items. Millions of tons of mass-produced, cheap disposable fashion garments are filling up landfills at a pace that the environment can’t possibly keep up with. Naturally durable, reusable and beautiful fur has never been a better choice. Stop in and see all the wonderful new fur garments and accessories at Evans Furs that will make your winter and holiday season supremely enjoyable. Evans Furs is the Southwest’s largest and finest fur retailer. For all of your fur and leather needs visit Evans Furs. Located on 15435 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85254 for hours and more info call 480.945.4600.
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Sundays in December Artisan Markets at Southbridge Scottsdale Waterfront
Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Artisan Markets offers artisan foods, fine arts, crafts, entertainment, kid’s crafts and more. Shoppers will find everything they need at this marketplace to decorate their home, create a fabulous meal, accessorize their new outfit, or find memorable gifts. For more information, call 602.314.0323.
Fridays in December Spirited Fridays Scottsdale
Come on into the ZuZu Lounge inside the Hotel Valley Ho every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. to enjoy the featured cocktail of the night for just $6. For more information, visit HotelValleyHo.com.
cember. A new Music in Motion show will take visitors down the yellow brick road with music from the “Wizard of Oz ,” and due to its vast popularity the zoo is bringing back “Wizards in Winter” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. For more information, visit PhoenixZoo.org.
Every evening in December Las Noches de las Luminarias
Every evening from 5:30 to 9:30, the Desert Botanical Garden will come to life with the soft glow from more than 8,000 hand lit luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and the artist Chihuly’s vibrant works of art. As people walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, the sounds of hand bells ringing and Dickens Carolers singing are sure to remind them of what the season is all about. For more information, visit DBG.org.
December 3 Photography: Chihuly Exclusive Phoenix
Photographers of all levels of expertise and equipment are welcome to come to the Desert Botanical Garden from 6 to 8 a.m. to capture the magnificent and unique beauty of “Chihuly in the Garden” through this exclusive opportunity to take photographs of the sculptures. A photography instructor will be on-site to answer questions and provide tips. For more information, visit DBG.org.
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Valley of the Sun Arabian Horse Association and the East Valley Arabian Horse Association proudly present the 23rd Annual Saguaro Classic Arabian and Half-Arabian Horse Show, December 5-8, at WestWorld. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, horses from throughout the Southwest compete in Performance, Sport Horse, Hunter/Jumper, and Dressage. Free to spectators. For information, call
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December 5 9th Annual Holiday ArtWalk Main St., Scottsdale
Hundreds of fine artists are featured by Scottsdale galleries during the holidays, and the Holiday ArtWalk serves as a sparkling showcase for the entire Art District. From 7 to 9 p.m., people can stroll down Main St. west of Scottsdale Rd., from Marshall to Fifth Ave. and admire the plethora of artwork. ScottsdaleGalleries.com.
December 7 4th Annual Holiday Pet Festival Scottsdale
Hosted by the Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary, the free Holiday Pet Festival is back for the 4th year. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy interactive activities, demonstrations, exhibitions and animals galore at the festive event held at WestWorld. The event also features unlimited shopping with the latest in pet products, food and related services. HolidayPetFestival.com.
Every day, starting December 13 Holiday Lights at McCormickStillman Railroad Park Scottsdale
From 6:30 to 9 p.m. every day until January 4, 2014, people can take a train ride through festive holiday lights and displays that turn the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park into a win-
ter wonderland. Santa will be at the park through Sunday, December 23. The train ride is $3 and carousel ride is $2, with children under three riding free with a paying adult. For more info, call 480.312.2312 or visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov.
December 13 The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Take 6 Scottsdale
Celebrating the spirit of the season, Take 6 will perform classic Christmas songs and contemporary numbers at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The group features six angelic and refined voices united in crystal-clear harmony against a riptide of syncopated rhythms, ornate arrangements and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop flavor. For more information, visit Scottsdale PerformingArts.org.
December 15 The Holiday Concert Presented by Rancho Solano Prepa-
fore Christmas” and “Sleigh Ride.” For more information visit Scottsdale Philharmonic.com.
December 28 U. S. Team Roping Lasso del Sol Scottsdale
Lasso del Sol, the annual U.S. Team Roping event is at WestWorld of Scottsdale, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., December 28-30. Admission is free. For information, call 254.968.0002 or visit USTRC.com/Home.
16th Annual Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk
The free Holiday Concert Presented by Rancho Solano Preparatory School is at 4 p.m. at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts. The Scottsdale Philharmonic celebrates the spirit of the season with an array of classic carols andHalf holiday such as “Christmas Eve “’Twas pagefavorites horizontal-show multi_Layout 1 Suite”, 11/1/13 4:12 the PMNight PageBe1
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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Words Moriah Schowengerdt
know that “Santa” had visited me always put butterflies in my stomach. I would always wake up before the sunrise and grab my brother and sister. We would race down the stairs to see what Santa had left behind, then we’d tiptoe to see if he had eaten our cookies and drunk the milk. Sure enough, he did. He often times left us a note, too. Mom and Dad usually heard the giggles we couldn’t hide and were always radiating love and ready to watch us open our gifts. I love those memories and although I have grown, those same butterflies still visit every year on Christmas morning. Now with my husband, we still walk down the stairs and join family around the Christmas tree as gifts are passed around. There really is nothing quite like this moment. Young and old, gathering together to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and giving to one another with joyful and cheerful hearts always touches me in a special way.
As you join together with your family to end this year of 2013, I challenge you to cherish each moment. Life is short and it’s important to treasure these times with loved ones. Tell stories, laugh, love each other, forgive each other, and give to someone in need. There is no greater joy than the joy you will feel after giving to someone in need. I am asking you to be the miracle in someone’s life this season. Bring in the New Year with a kiss, and look forward to 2014 with as much hope as you can muster up. It’s going to be a great year! Blessings to you and Merry Christmas.
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t’s the most wonderful time of the year.” This is one of my all-time favorite Christmas jingles. December is here, and yet another year has seemed to flash before my eyes. For me, this is a month of reflecting, time with family, and setting goals for the year to come. Some of my favorite Christmas traditions include things like eating Christmas Eve breakfast and then plopping on the couch to watch the movie Elf, and going to see my husband’s family for dinner, where the smell of a Christmas ham fills the air and our 28 nieces and nephews are waiting to be tickled and chased around the house. After reading the Christmas story, all 28 kids start opening their gifts. Let me tell you, it’s a sight to see. I can’t help but simply sit back and smile at the wonderment in their eyes and the joy that crosses each of their faces. Christmas morning always takes me back to my childhood. To wake up and
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