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hristmas, Christmas, and Christmas. It’s all finally right around the corner. For me Christmas means family and a chance to get out of the heat and go into the cold with hopefully snow, lots and lots of snow. Every year my family flies East to Iowa for a week, to visit my husbands family and then to Missouri to visit my extended family. All of the gifts, laughs, dinners, board games, movies, church and of course kids not sleeping because they’re not in their own beds is what Christmas is all about. My favorite Christmas tradition is getting all the extended family together and going to a Christmas Eve service in Iowa at the church my husband grew up in. My family and I attend church all year but there’s something about church at Christmas time. With all of the glamorous decorations and the twinkling lights floor to ceiling, its just a beautiful time of year. In this month’s issue you will discover the unique ways that Arizonians get to spend the holidays. I think its safe to say that Christmas in Arizona is unlike Christmas anywhere else mainly because the temps are 20 to 30 degrees warmer than the rest of the country, and that’s the way we like it! That doesn’t mean we have to miss out on any of the fun. Check out our feature story for a bunch of ideas for the holidays. Also you’re not going to want to miss the opportunity to go inside the kitchen with Carrie Hudson as she explains how we can stay fit and healthy even in the midst of the holidays. She’ll give us healthy tips and tricks for our favorite holiday meals and desserts. Warmest blessings on you and your family for this holiday season. Let the fun begin!

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Around Town Currently, the Foreign Language Immersion program provides instruction in Spanish for half the day and in English for the other. Many parents are thrilled to attest to their child’s bilingualism as a result of participating in the program. The district hopes to provide students with the foreign language skills so many American students are deprived of and offer the community a variety of quality educational choices.

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Hula’s Modern Tiki Expands Hula’s Modern Tiki is opening a new location this month in Old Town Scottsdale, taking the place of Big Earl’s BBQ behind the Sugarbowl. The restaurant is an urban take on classic tiki bars and restaurants from the 50’s and 60’s. Originally located on Central and Camelback, Hula has enjoyed significant success, having been consistently voted one of the best Phoenix Restaurants, and boasts stellar service, an expansive patio and proximity to the light rail. Restaurant owner Dana Mule hopes to bring the same laid-back vibe to cosmopolitan Old Town.

to put a hold on mail, and cancel all newspapers and deliveries. Residents should also file a Vacation Watch request with the police department. This can be done in person at the police department located at 6433 E. Lincoln Drive, or online on the PVPD website at

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Fires are most prevalent in winter, so keep holiday hazards in check. Make sure lights are secure and free of damage and keep Christmas trees well-hydrated. Exercise caution while cooking and while using candles and space heaters -- do not leave them unattended. Keep flames and heating elements away from flammable materials. Never drink and drive. For more information on holiday safety, including available sober/ safe ride programs, visit ScottsdaleAZ.Gov/ Fire/WinterHolidaySafety.

Renovations on Camelback’s popular Echo Trail were slated to be finished by November 30, but that date has since been pushed back. Renovations include the addition of walkways, entrances, a roundabout and a permanent restroom, as well as the expansion of the parking lot. These changes are aimed at improving pedestrian and vehicle safety and traffic flow. The city will also be rebuilding and rerouting the trail to improve hiker safety and environmental sustainability. The improvement project is now expected to last through the end of the year with no clear estimated date of completion. In the meantime, hikers are encouraged to enjoy Camelback’s Cholla Trail instead, which offers a similarly rigorous hike and incredible views. For project updates and status, please call 480.281.1506.

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Going away for the holidays? Paradise Valley Police Department recommends residents let their neighbors know if they are going to be away, and ask them to call the police department dispatch at 480.948.7410 if they see suspicious activity. Remember

Due to the success of the school’s Foreign Language Immersion program, which significantly improved enrollment for Pueblo Elementary, the school is now moving to become a full Spanish immersion campus, the only school in Scottsdale Unified School District to do so.

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Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary saw the need for a large-scale adoption event and met it. The Holiday Pet Festival is the largest holiday pet related event in Arizona bringing together local animal rescue organizations, veterinarians, pet related services, pet product businesses and local businesses. The Holiday Pet Festival is held in the large exhibition tent home to the Barrett Jackson Auction and is fast becoming the place to introduce new pet-related businesses, products and services to the Valley of the Sun. The Holiday Pet Festival is also committed to helping the rescue community with exhibits such as the Silent Auction, Pet Food Drive and Animal Angel Trees where 100% of the proceeds go directly to help homeless animals. For more information on this event, visit

The Green Goddess This is our Annual Holiday Open House At “The Green Goddess” at 4139 E Bell Rd Phoenix, AZ 85032. Catered Mexican food on Friday, December 13th from 12noon to 7pm. Open to the public. We have great food, music and fun atmosphere to hang out relax and eat. We also have our Annual Holiday raffle happening that day as well. People have a chance to win a BBQ and accessories for only $5 a ticket all precedes going to The Salvation Army Christmas Angel Program. The raffle runs from Oct 25th to December 15th with the winner being drawn and contacted on December 16th.

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Home Matters

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Again, “less is more” theory applies. Not as much garland on fireplace mantles, etc.; fewer wreaths. Color:

Christmas Tree:

Today’s decorating style is minimalistic: “less is more”, meaning fewer ornaments, ribbons, etc. Try a single color theme with clear/ white lights. If you have a lot of family ornaments, consider a small personal “family” tree in addition to the large designer tree.

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The Holidays Can Be Healthy, Too Article Carrie Hudson


h, how I look forward to this time of year. Celebrating the holidays with family and friends and making memories that will last a life time, and it’s all centered around GREAT food! I know some of us feel guilty this time of year as we splurge and eat things that aren’t on our diets and gain some extra pounds. What I have found to be true is that extra weight comes from eating processed food because our bodies can’t break down all those foreign ingredients found in most foods we consume today. Here are three family favorites to help you celebrate the holidays this year with amazing food that not only tastes great but also promotes health and wellness. Below each recipe is a link to the original source. *NOTE: For optimal health, choose organic and GMO FREE ingredients as much as possible.

Balsamic Roasted Turkey with Apple Stuffing 1 turkey (10-15 pounds, pick an organic, GMO FREE bird) ½ cup grapeseed oil or extra virgin cold press olive oil ½ cup balsamic vinegar 14 Paradise Valley Lifestyle | December 2013

1 tablespoon Celtic sea salt (I prefer to cook with Himalayan salt because of its health benefits) 10 apples, peeled, cored and sliced in half 4 sprigs rosemary 1. Remove the gizzards (save in refrigerator for gravy) 2. Rinse bird well and pat dry with paper towels; then truss (tie legs together with string) 3. Place turkey breast side up in a roasting pan, then put rosemary inside bird 4. Drizzle bird with oil and balsamic vinegar, then sprinkle with salt 5. Wedge apples around roasting pan to prop turkey up evenly place 2 apple halves in cavity of bird 6. Place roasting pan with turkey, apples, etc., in oven on lowest rack 7. Roast at 325°, 15 minutes per pound; a 15-pound turkey requires 3 hours and 45 minutes 8. If skin begins to brown too soon, cover with foil 9. To check temperature stick a meat thermometer deep into thigh; at 175° it is safely done 10. Remove turkey from oven and allow to sit for 20 to 30 minutes before carving Serves 12

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One of my all-time favorites since I was a kid has been green bean casserole; you know, the one with Campbell’s soup and those French’s fried onions that come in a can. Talk about processed food, this is true example of how far from we have come from REAL food. Here’s a clean food version of the recipe that is bound to please your guests, and I don’t think they will EVER want the processed version again.

Nontraditional Green Bean Casserole by Season with Spice What you’ll need: I personally like to use organic ingredients as often as possible. 1 pound of fresh green beans, steamed or boiled until softened

Cream of Mushroom:

2 cups of Swiss brown or button mushroom – chopped finely 4 cloves garlic Dab of butter 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil 1/2 tsp soy sauce 1/2 tbsp water 1/2 cup cream 1/2 cup milk 1 tbsp corn flour (starch) –dissolved in 1/2 tbsp of water Pinch of thyme Pinch of dried parsley Dash of Season with Spice’s ground nutmeg Salt and black pepper to taste

fry until browned. Remove and place on a tray lined with paper towel. 7. Mix everything together in a baking pan (keep a few onion rings to place on top), and bake for 20 minutes at 375F (190C). Enjoy this nontraditional green bean casserole for your next Thanksgiving.

2. Add coconut butter and agave nectar. Mix until well combined. 3. Press 1/4 in thick into tart shells or 9” pie plate. 4. Dehydrate for 3 hours at 116°. You can start at 140° for 45 minutes and then lower the temp.

Notes: You can bake the onions for a healthier version, but you won’t get that traditional crispiness in the casserole like you will if you deep fry or pan fry the onions.


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2 large white onions – sliced into rings 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup flour 1 cup of cooking oil Salt and black pepper to taste Process:

1. Cook green beans and set aside. 2. On medium fire, heat olive oil in pan, then add butter. Lower heat and sauté garlic for one minute. Add mushrooms in and turn heat back up to medium. Add soy sauce and water, and sauté for 5-7 minutes until liquid is cooked out. Add a dash of salt and black pepper. 3. Turn fire to low. Stir in milk and cream with the mushrooms. Sprinkle on the spices. Add dissolved corn starch. Cook on low, constantly stirring until soup thickens. Set aside. 4. Add milk to one bowl, and flour to the other (add a dash of salt and black pepper with the flour). 5. In a wok or deep frying pan, add cooking oil and heat on high. The oil is ready when you stick the handle of a wooden spoon into the oil, and bubbles form around it. When the oil is ready, turn the fire down. (Safety note: Never heat oil unattended.) 6. One at a time, dip onion rings into milk, and then into flour, coating well. Add to oil and

The finale I’d like to share with you is a healthy version of an all American tradition, apple pie. This version is full of flavor, but has NO regular flour or regular sugar. NO guilt in serving this dessert, great for family and friends that have gluten intolerance or need to watch their sugar intake.

4 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced Juice from 1/2 lemon 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 1/4 cup agave nectar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/3 cup raw oat flour 1. Place apple slices in bowl. 2. Sprinkle with lemon juice and toss. 3.Mix together maple syrup, agave and cinnamon. 4. Stir into apple mixture 5. Add oat flour and toss to coat. 6. Place filling in two separate glass pie plates. 7. Place in dehydrator and dehydrate at 115° for 6 hours, stirring occasionally. Add water if mixture starts to dry out. Maple Cinnamon Glaze

1 tablespoon coconut butter, softened 3 tablespoons maple syrup* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1. Whisk all ingredients together to combine. Assembly:

Raw Apple Pie with Maple Cinnamon Glaze Crust:

2 cups walnuts, soaked until soft 2 tablespoons coconut butter 1 tablespoon agave nectar 1. Drain walnuts. Place in food processor and process until a coarse meal is achieved.

1. Place filling in four, 4” tart shells or one 9” pie plate that you have already prepared with the crust. 2. Place back into dehydrator for 2 hours. 3. Remove and top with Maple Cinnamon Glaze. *Maple syrup is not raw but used in raw food recipes. Read more and photo credit: Wishing you an amazing holiday season with family and friends filled with great memories and much love, happiness and peace. December 2013 | Paradise Valley Lifestyle 15

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Christmas at the Hermosa Inn Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Hermosa Inn


here may not be sleigh bells or snow giving us a white Christmas, but December can still be a festive month when you catch the holiday spirit and participate in the many events around town, especially those being offered at the charming, historic Hermosa Inn. This wonderful, luxury boutique hideaway is situated on six acres of quiet, tranquil desert. It was the original home and art studio of southwest artist Alonso “Lon” Megargee, who himself built the one-room, authentic adobe hacienda in the 1930’s, which he called Casa Hermosa, meaning “beautiful home.” Megargee decided to run Casa Hermosa as a guest ranch to supplement his artist occupation. He had an underground tunnel dug for guests to make a clean get-away during gambling raids. It now is the wine cellar. In 1941, Megargee sold Casa Hermosa and it remained a private residence with a few different owners, until Fred and Jennifer Unger and Art Cunningham purchased it 1992. It was their vision to renovate it and make it the charming 34-room desert hideaway it is today. They changed the name to the Hermosa Inn. Not Just for Out-of-Towner’s

This beautiful, quaint southwestern Inn is literally tucked away and a destination of many out-of-state guests as well as locals. But 16 Paradise Valley Lifestyle | December 2013

the history and the ambiance, as well as the fabulous southwest cuisine, make it a destination that shouldn’t be overlooked. “We’re not just for special occasions, we’re a comfortable, rustic, “Old Arizona” inn with a contemporary southwestern atmosphere”, states Kendra Riley, director of communications. Two wonderful restaurants wait to serve you fresh, delicious meals. Whether you want a casual lunch or a more gourmet meal, you are in for a wonderful culinary experience. This past August, a casual dining restaurant was added, “Last Drop,” named after Megargee’s painting where the cowboy is giving his horse the last drop of water out of his Stetson hat. At Last Drop, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with a lighter, less formal menu and atmosphere in a relaxing indoor setting, on the large patio or in the small, cozy bar with many of Megargee’s paintings. Live entertainment on the patio is performed Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Chef James Ducas, who has been at the Inn for six years, was recently promoted to executive chef. He began his culinary journey at age 14 washing dishes, learned the culinary craft in New York with hands-on training, moved to North Carolina where he was executive chef at Pacific Café’ and, later, became partner and executive chef of Savoy in Asheville before moving to Arizona. Recently, Chef Ducas was been promoted to executive chef of both Last Drop and the four-diamond, award-winning restaurant, LON’s. With an acre organic garden just outside the

LON’s kitchen, growing herbs and vegetables, Chef Ducas is always creating and garnishing new dishes that are sure to tempt your palette. “I have fun with food. I love the smell and flavors and creating new dishes for the menus is my passion,” explains Chef Ducas. Festive Happenings

Start out the month with a complimentary wine tasting at LON’s on December 3. Then on December 13, 14, 20 and 21 enjoy Christmas Carolers along with the award-winning jazz vocal group, Mayneswing. For those who want to learn some new ways to serve holiday cheer, there is a Mixology crash course on cocktails class being offered on December 15. Also on that day is the Eighth Annual Ornament and Holiday Card Benefit where one-of-a-kind ornaments and holiday cards created by students from the Scottsdale Artists School are available for purchase. On December 21 and 22 you can sign up to make a Gingerbread House. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will find prime rib, sea bass and pork loin

among other entrees to choose from with wonderful side dishes and pastries. Then on December 27 there is a Celebrate the New Year dinner with champagne, wine and a four-course dinner. And, on the December 31, a wonderful way to end the year is at LON’s with a New Year’s Eve celebration featuring a three- or five-course dinner, a champagne toast at midnight and live entertainment. For more information on these events or to make reservations, please visit their website.

plore the Hermosa Inn this holiday season. And as Megargee would say…. “Welcome stranger – stay a while…… play a while.” Hours: Last Drop: Mon – Sun 10:30a.m. – 11 p.m.

Happy Hour: Mon – Fri 4p.m. – 7 p.m. LON’s: Mon – Sun 5p.m. – 10 p.m.

Brunch: Sat – Sun 10a.m. – 2 p.m. Holiday Hours

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Whether you find yourself enjoying a barbecue meal cooked on a caldron, take an art walk on the property or enjoy a wine tasting, the Hermosa Inn offers a romantic setting for a meal or an overnight stay. This Inn has all ingredients necessary for Leisure Magazine to name it as one of the “Top 500 Hotels in the World” in 2012 and, also, in 2012 Conde’ Nast Traveler gave it the Reader’s Choice Award for Top 25 Resorts in the Southwest. So, mark your calendar and come ex-

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Field Trip

All Aboard The Polar Express Enjoy a trip to the North Pole with kids or grandkids this holiday season Author Chris Maday Schmidt | Photography Grand Canyon Railway


anta Claus is coming to town! Don’t miss this family fun field trip to the enchanted ‘North Pole.’ The Grand Canyon Railway, an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service, runs daily from Williams, Ariz., to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. And every winter, the Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express comes to life on this holiday-themed expedition based on the classic children’s book written by Chris van Allsburg. Through January 2014, families can reserve seats aboard The Polar Express. A holiday favorite, this well-loved one-hour trip travels through the magical, starry-night wilderness to the North Pole and showcases a reading of the timeless story over the loudspeakers—while passengers read along with their own books—the view from the train highlighting decorative lighting, storefronts and other structures to bring the village to life. Much like in the book and popular movie, travelers can look for18 Paradise Valley Lifestyle | December 2013

ward to a spirited collection of elves and other characters to pass out refreshments and provide continuous amusement to make the experience memorable. And there are plenty of opportunities to take pictures as moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas and boys and girls dance, sing and act out traditional holiday songs. Once at the North Pole, Santa Claus, his reindeers and helpers welcome travelers before Jolly Saint Nick himself boards the train for the return trip to Williams, making his way through each passenger car to greet every child and bestow them with a keepsake gift commemorating their belief in the spirit of Christmas. Valley residents Erica Gardner and her husband took their six-year-old daughter on The Polar Express a few years ago. “From the snowy wonderland to the decorations surrounding the hotel and adjacent property, you really felt as if you stepped into a magi-

cal land of Christmastime,” says Gardner. The three of them especially enjoyed the train ride at night, and their best memory was listening to the reading of The Polar Express while Santa’s ‘helpers’ passed out hot chocolate and cookies. Gardner also says seeing the wonder of the season through her daughter’s eyes is something she’ll never forget. “The Polar Express is, hands-down, the best family oriented event … during the holiday season in Arizona,” she explains. Four-year-old Alexa has traveled with her mom and dad and big sister to the North Pole for the past three years in a row. On the drive to Williams, their family watches The Polar Express movie to build excitement. And then once at their destination, her favorite part of the experience is riding on the train with Santa, especially when he presents her with her very own sleigh bell. There’s still time for you and your loved ones to embark on this memory-making, time-honored family tradition. Trips from Williams to the North Pole are offered most nights at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. from Nov. 8 through Jan. 4, 2014 ($23 for kids ages 2-15 and $37 for adults). Matinee tickets are also available at 3:30 p.m. on select dates for $18 (children) and $32 (adults). Tickets may be purchased for Christmas Eve for $43 (children) and $69 (adults). In addition, the Grand Canyon Railway offers a Polar Express Package which includes a round-trip ride, one-night stay at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and breakfast and dinner at the Grand Depot Café. The package price, not including taxes, is $350 for two adults and two children. Passengers also receive a 50 percent discount on a future train trip to the Grand Canyon through the end of February 2014. Williams is located about 30 miles west of Flagstaff along Interstate 40. Parking is free and is available around the hotel and depot complex. Tickets will be available at will-call inside the historic Williams Depot and must be picked up by the traveler who made payment; a photo I.D. is required. It’s recommended that train-only guests arrive at least one hour before departure. If you purchased a Polar Express Package and you’re on the 5:30 p.m. departure, arrive in Williams around 4:00 for check-in, to pick up your train tickets and have ample time for dinner. The passenger cars are equipped with luggage racks near the ceiling so guests can bring coats, diaper bags, camera bags and backpacks; however, strollers may be parked outside the depot.

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Spirit Article Kory Kilmer Photography Tohono Chul Park


rom an outsider’s point of view, the holiday season in the Valley of the Sun may be a bit hard to imagine. After all, desert sands and cacti have never really been synonymous with the holiday spirit. But people in the know realize that December in Arizona is a great place to be during the most magical time of year. For those looking to wrap lights around something a tad bit more traditional than a saguaro (though there is nothing wrong with that), a quick trip to Flagstaff might just be in order. That is where Darrell Norman can be found, owner of the Arizona Christmas Tree Farm. Darrell welcomes people from all over the Southwest who come to cut down their own holiday tree, choosing from thousands of different shapes and sizes of Colorado blue spruce from across the farm’s three acres. “We have trees from about three feet tall up to over twenty,” says Norman, who keeps the farm open pretty much seven days a week 20 Paradise Valley Lifestyle | December 2013

from the day after Thanksgiving all the way through Christmas Eve. “On the weekends we tend to have out the hot chocolate and families are free to wander around and find just the right tree to take back home.” Venturing south to Tohono Chul Park in Tucson for offers visitors a holiday experience unique to the Sonoran Desert with their annual Holiday Nights event. The 49-acre park will use over 750,000 lights to illuminate its botanical gardens, complete with their own Desert Snowperson. As visitors stroll through the park, they can browse Tonono Chul’s many galleries and shops, or sample a winter treat or two while the sounds of the season play in the background. “We do Holiday Nights as our holiday gift back to the community,” explains Marcia Ring, who is Director of Marketing and Communications for Tohono Chul Park. “We have different bands and

other entertainment throughout the weekends, and we get about 1,500 people per night who come out and just enjoy the evening.” Beginning the last weekend in November with the Ballet Tucson performing “Nutcracker in a Nutshell,” Holiday Nights will continue at Tohono Chul Park through the first two weekends in December. Native-American Award Nominee Gabriel Ayala will perform along with The Desert Melodies and the Sonoran Dogs country western band on December 6th and 7th, while the final weekend will feature music from Domingo DeGrazia’s Spanish Guitar Band and Way Out West, as well as a magic show for the entire family. A winter wonderland of an entirely different sort can be found no further away than the 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 rooftop pool 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 refrigeration or electricity required. Unlike last year, the 2013 version of CHILL will be situated atop the lawn of the hotel’s WET pool deck which will leave the heated pool open throughout the month. This will allow for visitors to choose between a dip in the water before or after a little bit of ice time. CHILL will be open to ages over five years old 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 cocktails. The W Scottsdale is even offering special promotional room packages with unlimited skating for those who might not want to make the long trip home. Clearly, Arizona boasts a holiday spirit that is as unique as the state itself. And it is easy to see that its residents would not have it any other way.

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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. He said, “I opened my own company so I could focus on the highly unique, never been done before projects.” 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

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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. He stated, “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.” 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. He stated, “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.” Setting a standard at this level can help you rest assure that the build process at your home will be an enjoyable experience for both you and the builders themselves.

Scottsdale is the most perfect place for Premier Paradise Inc. because of the vast array of people who live here, each one with a different taste, style, and way of life. All of these things allow for Jeromey and his team to be stretched; to be more creative and design truly remarkable and individualized backyard paradises. “It allows us to push ourselves to achieve perfection and excellence in every project we are involved with,” says Jeromey.” Jeromey and his company are also incredible givers as they are involved with several charities and non-profits around our area. Some of them include Tempe Diablos, the Yarnell Fundraisers, Pat Tilman, Climb to Conquer Cancer, and more. Jeromey and his team at Premier Paradise Inc. are quality people who care about you and about our community. This year it’s time to stray away from gifting the typical necklace, puppy, or sweater. There is no better gift to give this holiday season than the gift of an incredible pool that your family will enjoy for years to come. A Premier Paradise pool will be the type of gift that keeps on giving as memories are made in it all year long. I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed in the smiles that this kind of pool will bring to people’s faces. To find out more information about Jeromey Naugle and Premier Paradise Inc. please visit their website at You can also call for a free consultation at 602.320.7057. Your backyard paradise is waiting.

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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 26 Paradise Valley 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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December December 1st – 4, 9 – 23, 26 – 31 Las Noches de las Luminarias Phoenix

See the Desert Botanical Gardens come to life with the soft glow from more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and Chihuly’s vibrant works of art. Enjoy live music and delicious warm beverages at this traditional Valley holiday event. For more visit

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purchase at the gallery. All proceeds from the raffle, as well as a portion of the proceeds from the painting will be donated to the Phoenix Zoo’s Conservation Efforts. Event is from 5p.m. to 9p.m at the Bonner David Galleries. Revealing starts at 6p.m. Please RSVP to Jules Christensen at Bonner David Galleries by November 30, for entrance to the event. You may RSVP by email or phone: 480.941.8500.

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ARTrageous Benefit Gala

The Festival of Trees, hosted by Montelucia Resort & Spa, is the premier holiday event for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, showcasing trees decorated by local interior designers. Come participate in a silent auction to win a gorgeous tree for your home or office and support initiatives to help fulfill the long-term needs of the patients and families served by Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Contact FestivalOfTrees@ with questions.


December 3 The Revealing of Luka by Ron Burns Scottsdale at Bonner David Galleries

On January 3, 2013 Luka was born at the Phoenix Zoo. Luka is an Andean bear, an endangered species. He is the fourth cub of his mother Rio, but is the first of the 4 to live past a week. This exciting and miraculous event caught the attention of artist Ron Burns, who decided to paint the little cub’s portrait. This painting will be revealed during a special one night reception at the Bonner David Gallery, in association with the Phoenix Zoo. During the event, raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win a special gift basket, provided by the Phoenix Zoo. In addition, this one of a kind portrait of Luka will be available to 28 Paradise Valley Lifestyle | December 2013

The ARTrageous Gala will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction with local entertainment. Guests will be able to view the latest exhibitions at SMoCA before enjoying a seated gourmet dinner inside The Center’s Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium, followed by Natalie Cole’s performance in the Virginia G. Piper Theater and a post-show dessert reception. For tickets, contact the Patron Services Box Office at 480.499.TKTS (8587). Visit for more information.

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of the most well know artists starting the pup furvism movement (1992) over 20 years ago, focusing primarily on dogs and cats as his subject matter. Forbes Magazine has labeled him “Extremely Collectable”. Wayne Pacelle with The Humane society of the United State included that “Ron has the ability to look into the souls of the animals he meets and reflect them back to us through his art.” There will be a raffle held during the special artist reception, for a chance to win Burn’s 2013 holiday print. All proceeds will be donated to the Arizona Humane Society. Event will be held from 6p.m. to 9p.m. at the Bonner David Galleries. For more info call Christi Manuelito at 480.941.8500

December 7 Jingle Hike to Santa Scottsdale

Enjoy seasonal arts and crafts, a hike and a trail-side visit with Santa at Pinnacle Peak Park. Children must be accompanied by an adult and registration is required. For more information, call 480.312.0990 or visit ScottsdaleAz.Gov/Parks/Pinnacle.

Through January 12 Zoo Lights Phoenix

Zoo Lights returns to the Phoenix Zoo this year with an additional Music in Motion show and a Whimsical Wizard of Oz theme. Kids love this dazzling annual display and the thrilling activities that come with it. Find out more about this wild event at

December 14 True Music Festival

Ron Burns “Dogipedia” Reception


Scottsdale Holiday Artwalk

December 14th marks the first annual True Music Festival, which will take place at Salt

Ron Burns is an American painter. Burns is one

River Fields at Talking Stick. Headliners include The Flaming Lips, Bassnectar, Wiz Khalifa, Capital Cities and Lord Huron. The festival will include an array of genres, local musicians, art installations and more. For more information, visit

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Enjoy traditional and sacred music to celebrate Christmas and Hanukah at Camelback Bible Church. Featuring all five choir levels of the Chorus, this performance is sure to put you in the holiday spirit! Order tickets through the Phoenix Girls Chorus at 602.252.5562.

Through December 15 Teddy Bear Tea Scottsdale

A Ritz-Carlton tradition, this special afternoon tea will be served for the young and the young-at-heart and includes scrumptious holiday pastries and treats. Guests will enjoy a visit from Ted E. Bear and story time, and children will be able to select a teddy bear of their choice to take home. Seating available Fridays through Sundays at noon and 3 p.m. Reservations may be made at 602.468.0700.

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December 15

Budding culinarians can join the Phonecian’s executive chef and kitchen team to learn how make delicious and healthy snacks. Ages 5 -12, 24hour advanced reservations required through concierge 480.423.2572.

Desert Ecology: What’s a Desert? Scottsdale

Visit Brown’s Ranch Trail at the McDowell Mountain Preserve to learn about the challenges posed by our environment for everything that lives here, and the strategies plants and animals use to adapt to our conditions. You’ll leave a new respect for the extraordinary changes our local flora and fauna have made in order to prosper here. Visit for more information.

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December 31 Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party Scottsdale

Ring in the New Year at Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party, located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale’s Entertainment District. Celebrating 10 years of events, the Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party offers a fun party atmosphere and quality entertainment. Buy tickets at

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You Are an Athlete Words George Chadwick


ou are an athlete. Yes, YOU. Think about this: even the slowest gazelle in the herd can run with breathtaking speed. The weakest ant in the colony can still pick up over 10 times its body weight. Just because you may have finished last in the third-grade race around the gym doesn’t mean that you are not made to be athletic. (I did finish last in that race, by the way, even though everyone thought I was the fastest guy in the class because of the speed and ferocity with which I moved my little legs.) This may sound crazy, but I think that God is an athlete, too. Do you think it’s possible that man is more creative or interested in having fun than God? Is man more inspired by competition than God? I don’t think so. Take the story of Elijah. After the Spirit of God came upon him, he out ran the chariot of King Ahab (Usain Bolt probably couldn’t out run a team of horses). Then there’s the young, son-tobe King David who was able to plant the first of five stones right between the eyes of the giant, Goliath. Can you imagine the hosts of heaven cheering with Olympic-style passion in the bleachers? Jacob ‘wrestled’ an angel all night long. Wow! You were given a body that has incredible potential! Your body has many innate abilities. You can move with precise agility. You have the potential to gain volumes of strength by consistently making your muscles work, no matter your stage of life. The ca34 Paradise Valley Lifestyle | December 2013

pacity of your eyesight alone is mind-boggling. You can tell how far something is away from you, while at the same time, determine the speed at which it is moving and, with practice, even propel or swing an instrument to connect with that moving object at the precise time. This is even true, with practice, for the guy who came in last place in the third-grade race. Now, let’s put the physical part aside. The greatest athletes of all time rarely have the most athletic skill. Wayne Gretsky (considered the greatest hockey player of all time) was slow, small and not very strong. Yet he holds just about all of the National Hockey League scoring records. Larry Bird could only jump about three inches off the floor, but he became one of the greatest all-around basketball players of all time. Every sport is filled with athletes that excel against all odds. It turns out that the will to win and specific sport IQ are actually more important than physical strength or prowess. So if you have a great brain, and you love to compete, you are potentially a great athlete. You live in a body. Make it work. It will respond every time, with maybe some (preventable or not) pain included. Don’t let a past disappointment, rejection, stage of life or anything else eliminate you from the game. Now go out and join that bowling league!

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