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Gym offers more than just punching By Patty Talahongva “The body,” yells out Pete Chavez, “no head hits.” He’s overseeing 15 kids, some as young as 8, bouncing back and forth, throwing punches and dodging them. It’s a busy Saturday morning at his Chavez Boxing Gym, located at 5512 N. 7th Ave. Chavez is the owner and trainer. His 21-year-old son, Conrad, also is a licensed trainer. Larry Chaves and Holly Farrar help out as coaches. Youthful energy is in the air as the coaches watch and also engage in sparring with the kids. Everyone looks busy, focused, like they have a purpose. “Boxing takes a lot of strength, a lot of endurance,” says Chavez. Overhead the music motivates but doesn’t overpower the workout. Chavez didn’t start out thinking he would one day open a boxing gym, it just happened that he met the right people at the right time. While honing his own boxing career—he’s a former Golden Gloves Champion and still fights—Chavez became a personal trainer. He leased space from his church and then started teaching kids there how to box. When his son brought a friend over and asked his dad to help him train, Chavez agreed. That led to a profile in a local paper, which led to one of his clients suggesting Chavez start a nonprofit. Chavez said he had no idea how to do that and his client, a lawyer,
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North Central filmmaker Tim McSpadden, left, discusses a scene with cinematographer Joel Kaye and soundman Ty Chu, on the set of his feature-length film, “Love a la Carte,” being screened this month at the Super Saver Cinemas in Phoenix (photo courtesy of Tim McSpadden).
Catch new works from local filmmakers By Teri Carnicelli In the days of black-and-white television, when Westerns ruled the airwaves as well as the big screens, Arizona locales often were the backdrops for shows like “Have Gun Will Travel” and “The Rifleman,” and feature films like “Stagecoach” and “McClintock.” In those days, the state played host to such great names as Tyrone Power, Jimmy Stewart and of course John Wayne, as well as Jane Russell and Joan Crawford. Even Elvis waggled his hips here, in “Charro!” In later years, Arizona’s diverse scenery could be spotted in such movies as “The Gauntlet” with Clint Eastwood, “Starman” with Jeff Bridges, “The Quick and the Dead” with Gene Hackman and a young Leonardo DiCaprio, “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” with newbie Keanu Reeves, and, of course, “Raising Arizona” with a very skinny Nicolas Cage. It’s been some time since Hollywood has come calling, but that doesn’t mean films aren’t still being made in the Valley of the Sun. It just takes a little more work to get them noticed.
“Love a la Carte” North Central resident Tim McSpadden jokingly calls it his “home movie,” mostly because he’s lever-
aged his home to the hilt in order to fund this feature-length, comedy-drama about infidelity. “Love a la Carte” is a comedic fantasy about one couple’s struggling marriage and why, despite all the reasons they should break apart, their union is stronger together. McSpadden wrote the script and directed the movie, which was shot in various locations around the state including at a few North Central locations—namely, Camelback Garage, Phoenix City Hall, and the underpass below Camelback Road in the Biltmore shopping area, among others. “I wrote and directed it myself because I knew I please see FILMS on page 4
in this issue Neighborhood gets ‘green’ dwelling, page 3 Help for jobseekers at the library, page 5 Home tour to feature Latin art, page 6 District lauds outstanding efforts, page 30 Local spot is ‘hip dive bar,’ page 44
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On hand for the Wall Signing Ceremony on Jan. 10 are future Habitat for Humanity homeowners, from left, Bekelech Woldemariam-Balcha and her husband, Kagnew, who are congratulated by Roger Schwierjohn of Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona and Chris Hallett, Phoenix Neighborhood Services director (photo by Teri Carnicelli).
Habitat for Humanity builds ‘green’ home By Teri Carnicelli Neighbors remember the “perpetual yard sale” going on in the yard of a lessthan-attractive home in the Las Palmaritas area. Then there was a fire. Then more junk and trash. Members of the neighborhood block watch urged the city time and again to do something about this blighted property. In the end, the city not only purchased the property but also tore that derelict house down.
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the unfazed first officer Commander Powell (Logan Blackwell), and the exasperated Doctor Rena (Gabrielle Van Buren). Created by writer and director Nathan Blackwell and his Squishy Studios, the show is produced with Tray Goodman’s Inside Creative Minds Media. Both men are Phoenix natives and still live in town. “Everything is done locally; we’re all about local,” Goodman says. Season One started out being shot around Phoenix, and each episode was 2 to 3 minutes in length. In all, there were 10 weekly episodes in the season, which are now available for purchase on DVD. Several hundred DVD’s were sold at last year’s Comicon in Phoenix. Now “Voyage Trekkers” is ready to blast off with Season Two, and things have changed—for the better. Episodes are now longer, and they are shot primarily indoors at a film set built by the crew. “We’ve basically built an entire starship set,” says Goodman, who calls the production “truly a labor of love.” “Everyone involved, from cast and crew, volunteered their time for this web series,” Goodman explains. “What budget we had went to creating costumes, props, and feeding everyone.” Goodman is no stranger to filmmaking, having been working in the industry in some capacity for more than 20 years. He’s even shot a featurelength film before, which he sold to an overseas distributor. He and seasoned partner Blackwell are now considering making “Voyage Trekkers: The Movie.” But first, they will celebrate the launch of Season Two with a sneak peak preview, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at FilmBar, 815 N. 2nd St. The show is for ages 21 (because the venue also is a bar) and tickets are $7. Seating is limited, so buy your tickets in advance at http://www.thefilmbarphx.com. The screenings will be followed by a Q & A session featuring Goodman and the cast and crew. You’ll also be able to visit them once again at this year’s Comicon, where they will have DVDs of both seasons available for purchase. But if you can’t wait until then, check out their website at http://squishystudios.com/ voyage-trekkers-web-series. You also can “like” them on Facebook to unlock an exclusive video.
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Library provides job help service By Patty Talahongva Finding your next job could be just a few clicks away at the new Job Help Hub set up at the Acacia Branch Library, located at 750 E. Townley. It went into effect in October and offers in-depth help for job seekers. The lab is open from 12 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. During that time people can get help creating their resumes, searching online for a job, filling out online job applications, and learning interview tips. Branch supervisor Tom Gemberling says some folks are coming in who haven’t had to apply for a job for 20 years. But in this tight economy they find themselves out of work and the job market drastically different from what they remember. The hub was stationed at Acacia Library because of the need. “We looked at places where the community was challenged,” says Rita Marko, an assistant manager with the Phoenix Public Library system, “and where people expressed an interest.” She said she heard from folks who felt restricted by the hour-a-day limit they have on other computers in the library system. So the city expanded the hours in this job hub and included free documents printing for job seekers. A federal grant funds the program for state libraries. Nick Ciccalone was hired to coordinate the hub at Acacia. Recently a man came in who was a skilled carpenter but had only been able to get day labor-type jobs. Once Ciccalone recreated his resume and helped him submitted it, the man landed a two-month contract.
The Job Help Hub isn’t just for those who have been out of work. Job seekers of all ages can use the facilities. “I don’t think we have a typical user,” says Gemberling. “I’ve seen teenagers coming in looking for a first-time job, to people who are returning to work.” Once the person is at the library, they can learn more about all the services offered, such as taking assessment tests. As Marko explains, “Say you’re preparing for some kind of test; we have places on our website where you can take a practice test.” This includes things such as the SAT for students applying to college. There’s no fee and you get a real instructor to help you. If you’re interested in honing your skills at things like bookkeeping or human resources, you can take a class. “It’s even good for staff development,” points out Marko. Online help also is available to people who have a library card and Internet access. Employers who have job openings are welcome to contact the library to post their jobs or even hold a small job fair there. “Contact us, we’ll be more than happy to add to our board here,” says Gemberling. “I love it when you see somebody who has just gotten a job after not having a job for a long time—they’re 10 feet tall,” he enthuses. Many people have used the resources at The Job Help Hub. Walk-ins are welcome anytime. Classes are held 1-2 p.m. on relevant topics and can be tailored. “Nick is flexible enough to work with what the class might want to work on,” says Gemberling. He urges anyone looking for a job to try them out. Learn more by visiting phoenixpubliclibrary.org and click on “Locations,” where you’ll see the link to the Acadia Library.
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The Lieb Group It’s a reunion for the Jockey Club! I really appreciate all the positive comments regarding this column. Of course, my motive is to sell homes but I really have a lot of pride in the North Central area having lived and worked here for over 30 years. My family was out to dinner last week and our two kids (Sean just graduated from U of A) and (Juliann is a junior at Barrett, The Honors College at ASU) challenged their mom and me to have a Jockey Club Nightclub reunion. We had two nightclubs, one at 2110 E. Highland from 1976-1985 and one at 52 E Camelback from 1989-1995 with more than 2000 members. My wife, Mary Ann, was the disc jockey at the Highland club so we are taking our kids up on their challenge and we have organized a reunion. If you attended either club you are invited to our party on March 15 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Arizona Country Club, located at 56th Street and Thomas. Please go on my Facebook page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance and your number of guests. In just five days I already have 120 RSVPs. This will certainly be better than any boring high school reunion! It will be amazing to see all of all old friends who still know how to have fun. Once again, I appreciate all of my clients who allowed me to work with them last year and helped sell 110 homes, mostly in North Central. Our
high sale last year was $2.6 million, our lowest was $50,000 and our average sale was $400,000. We did almost 25 short sales in 2012 and another 20 sales as a special commissioner dealing with divorces through local family attorneys and Family Court. I look forward to a successful 2013. Keep an eye our for four new North Central homes that will be completed within the next four to five months. Inventory is low, especially in the milliondollar price range, so give us a call if you are thinking about selling or buying. Congratulations to Athletic Cuts, located at 7th Street and Glendale, on their 10th anniversary. Great job Kathy! Also, I want to thank Jenny Stephenson with Art of Framing, located at 5018 N Central, for a job well done. My son had three football jerseys from the Brophy State Championship team, his junior college all-star jersey, his University of Arizona Alamo Bowl jersey placed in an incredible glass custom frame. If you have a business that is celebrating a birthday or something community worthy, please let me know. Have a great and happy 2013. There is no better place in the Valley to live,work and play.
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This elegant home just west of Camelback Mountain is perfectly decorated, which is no surprise given that the owner operates an art gallery in Scottsdale. It’s one of four homes featured on this year’s Friends of Mexican Art Home Tour Feb. 24 (photo courtesy of FOMA).
Home tour features Latin décor, art The doors to four Phoenix homes will be opened to the public as part of the Friends of Mexican Art’s Home Tour & Mexican Mercado, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. Art—especially Mexican art—dominates, adorning all surfaces in these homes. What pulls these collections together is the homeowners’ love of the art works and their inventiveness in displaying it. Come and surround yourself with creativity and discover the fun of collecting. At the Mercado, which will be held at one of the homes, dealers in Mexican
art will have items for sale. A portion of the proceeds of the Mercado will also benefit Friends of Mexican Art (FOMA) and its goals of purchasing Mexican art for Arizona museums, underwriting Mexican art exhibitions in the state, publishing exhibition catalogues and assisting in the restoration of important Mexican cultural landmarks in danger of deterioration or destruction. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased in advance at The Purple Lizard, 2827 N. 15th Ave., 602-728-0980, or online at www.friendsofmexicanart.org. On the day of the home tour, call 602334-6585 for the location where tickets can be purchased directly.
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Masters champion Bubba Watson (left) and PING Chairman and CEO John A. Solheim present a check for $20,000 to Cindy Hallman, John C. Lincoln Health Network Community Services vice president (second from left), and Marcia Mintz, vice president/CEO of the John C. Lincoln Health Foundation, at Desert Mission’s Food Bank (submitted photo).
Desert Mission has memorable December In two days in December, John C. Lincoln’s Desert Mission received a total of $70,000 in donations from two generous corporations, just in time to help feed the hungry over the holidays. Wal-Mart Regional Vice President Scott Doepke and Phoenix area Market Manager David Hakhamian presented John C. Lincoln Health Foundation and Desert Mission leaders with a check for $50,000 on Dec. 19. Then on Dec. 20, Desert Mission received a $20,000 check from 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson and local golf club manufacturer PING, which has a facility in central Phoenix. The check was part of PING’s support of “Bubba and Friends Drive to a Million” in 2012. PING donated $300 for the first 300 drives Watson launched over 300 yards last year. Then just before the end of the year Watson donated an additional $40,000 to support the food bank’s Snack Pac pro-
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recalls being with her 83-year-old grandmother, who lived there, weeks before the elderly woman died. Her grandmother confessed that she had always wanted to learn how to box. Farrar was surprised. “She was just this little teeny tiny woman and she decorated cakes and sewed for a living.” But as a family photo reveals, at 22, her grandmother posed for a photo on the beach in San Diego in a boxing stance. To Farrar it was fate. “Without her, I wouldn’t be here.” When she returned to Arizona after her college graduation her father pointed out the Chavez Boxing Gym. Chavez became her personal trainer and then her friend. “We got to know each other and he said, ‘You should really meet my kids,’” referring to his group of young boxers. “I met the kids, fell in love with them and I’ve been with them ever since,” she smiles. That was nearly two years ago. He invited her to join his board of directors and Farrar became the treasurer for the foundation. Six people plus Chavez serve on the board. Ferrar also tutors the kids to help them maintain that 2.0 GPA. In addition to showing dedication to boxing she tells them, “It takes dedication to find a job or finish your education.” “We have a lot of smart kids,” Chavez says and nods at Alfredo Valdivia. “He’s the first one (in his family) to graduate high school and now he’s at Phoenix College.” Chavez also helped Valdivia with a $2,400 scholarship from the Melyssa
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Gastelum Scholarship Fund. Gastelum had been another client of his and was just 17 when she died in an accident. “She was such a good kid,” Chavez remembers. “She wanted to go to college.” Her family helped him set up a scholarship in her name. Valdivia’s been training with Chavez for four years. He likes the good workouts and now his 16-yearold brother, Randall, is learning to box as well. Valdivia credits what he’s learned in boxing with helping him in college. “Whenever I’m learning something new and I don’t get it, sometimes I feel like going and doing something else, then I keep trying.” It’s that dedication and discipline Chavez hopes to instill in each of his boxers. And because most of them come from single-parent and low-income homes, he hopes to raise boxing club scholarships for them. The monthly cost, his board estimates, is just $20 a month or $240 a year. That covers the equipment, rent and trainers. The program is called Sponsor a Boxer. “That project has been my baby,” says Farrar. She created a video for the gym’s YouTube channel, CBF 85013. “All of the donations are tax deductible,” she says and adds, “Ideally we’re looking for a year commitment.” Sponsors also will be able to watch videos of the kids as they explain how boxing and the gym helps them. Farrar adds that as a sponsor, “You get a chance to interact with them. Some of the sponsors come to the gym or the fights and watch the kids.” The foundation hopes to get at least 15 sponsors for this year. You can Like Chavez Boxing Foundation on Facebook and/or follow them on Twitter @CBF2012Boxing.
Special election set for March 12 Phoenix voters will decide on three ballot measures relating to pension reform for municipal employees and security for public transit vehicles during a special election set for Tuesday, March 12. The special election is open to Phoenix residents who are registered voters and reside within the city limits at least 29 days prior to the election. Voters who are not on the permanent early voting list may submit a signed request for a ballot by mail by Friday, March 1. Request forms are available at phoenix.gov/elections or by calling the City Clerk Department.
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Willo home tour celebrates 25 years The 25th Annual Willo Historic District Home Tour and street fair will take place on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This unique neighborhood tour celebrates 25 years of welcoming visitors into some of Arizona’s finest historic homes representing a variety of styles—Tudor, Spanish, Colonial, and Bungalow—dating from the 1920s through the 1940s. One of Phoenix’s most beautiful, and oldest historic neighborhoods, Willo is west of Central Avenue between Thomas and McDowell roads, from 1st to 7th avenues. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the neighborhood park at 3rd Avenue and Holly. Tickets are $18 the day of the tour. Presale tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.willotour.com. Trolley cars will carry tour participants to various stops on the tour, or participants can enjoy the traditional tour method of walking from house to house. The street fair will include more than 100 vendors offering handcrafted goods, unusual gifts, jewelry, antiques, local artwork and a variety of food options. There also will also be live musical entertainment throughout the day.
Shop 45 vendors at local resale market Shop for some of the best recycled, upcycled and refurbished items during the inaugural Phoenix Resale Market, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1601 W. Indian School Road. A partnership of 12 of the best local resale shops, including Pearls on 7th Street, is serving as sponsor for the event, which will sport more than 45 local vendors, crafters and more. There will be free parking at the church, a Kids Zone, local food trucks, live music, nonprofits with information booths and more. Admission is free. For more information, contact Jeanne at Pearls at 602-466-2720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighborhood Showcasing Events… I mentioned in a previous article the use of REALTOR® Tours by the Agent community to showcase clients’ homes, get feedback, and network. But did you know that there is one for home BUYERS? The month of February is the start of one of real estate’s busiest months. The weather is picture perfect for prospective buyers to get out and see listed properties for sale and preview neighborhoods. During this month there are a few exclusive home tours to explore such as the 25th Annual Willo Home Tour and the Central City Open House Tour. The Willo Tour provides an opportunity for people to explore the historic neighborhood of Willo located between 1st and 7th Avenues, McDowell to Thomas. This neighborhood includes homes dating back to the early 1900s, and the tour will feature 14 homes of a variety of architectural styles ranging from bungalows to Tudors to Ranches. The Phoenix Fire Department also opens its historic firehouse to the tour every year. Upon entering the tour you will be given a location map of the homes open to the public to tour. The tour is self guided so you can take your time perusing them and the street fair going on in the background. The street fair is comprised of local eateries, arts and crafts, clothing and jewelry from local venders. Free parking is available at 2020 N. Central Avenue in the Arizona Central Credit Union Garage. Bradley Brauer, Associate Broker at HomeSmart Elite Group and President of the Willo Neighborhood Association says, “The Willo home tour has become the most successful historic home tour because of the residents in Willo. A great group of people dedicated to success and the growth of our neighborhood. Our homeowners who open their homes are the back bone of that success, sharing their homes and vision with the neighborhood for all of our benefit. Our 25th anniversary home tour promises to be one of our best ever.” The tour is Sunday, February 10th from 10am to 4pm and tickets can be purchased before the event at www.willohistoricdistrict.com or they can be purchased the day of the event. The Central City Open House Tour event organized by Prudential Arizona Properties Biltmore on Camelback happens the second Sunday of every month. A free event, this self-guided Tour is for homebuyers to preview properties
listed for sale in the local Multiple Listing Service by a variety of brokers. The tour was organized in an effort to promote attendance at open houses and help homebuyers save time in previewing properties. The next tour is also on February 10th and times and locations of each individual home are listed on the Tour sheet, which can be requested at 602.432.2404 or via email at Christa.email@example.com. Lastly, the Encanto-Palmcroft Home Tour and Street Fair is Sunday, March 24, 2013. Chris Schilling, Realtor with Prudential Arizona Properties Biltmore on Camelback and Vendor Coordinator for the home tour says, “Historic homes will be open for public viewing along with a wonderful Historic Antique Car Show. Street Fair will include a variety of crafts, glass, jewelry, clothing, Art, antiques and much more, and of course some great food trucks and live festive music.” An old fashioned neighborhood bake sale and wine raffle will also take place at the event. Ticket prices are $20 per person. For more information please visit the neighborhood website at http://www.encantopalmcroft.org. Vendor applications are available online. Tour hours are from 10am to 4pm. Free Parking and Shuttle service from Phoenix College to the event provided by Trolley. The Willo and Encanto Home Tours are more of an architectural tour for design ideas and historical perspective but are NOT for sale, whereas the Central City Open House Tour is for homes currently for sale and includes historic AND nonhistoric homes throughout the Valley.
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Is Your Heart Healthy?
Communication is key to service By Jim Alauria, Master Mechanic
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Communication is the key to great customer service. One of the main reasons people leave an auto repair shop is because of poor communication during the repair process. Your repair shop should employ people in the office who take pride in providing good communication before, during and after the work is performed. Before you authorize any work to be done, the service advisor should be able to paint a very clear picture for you on what steps they will take in order to fix your vehicle. For example, if a car has a weird running problem they most likely will tell you that the first step is to diagnose the problem, which can range from $0 to $200 depending on the kind of problem they are tracking down. What you want to know is exactly what you are going to get for your money if you are paying for the diag-
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nostic time. Some questions about diagnostic fees are: •Will you know what is causing the problem if I authorize the diagnostic? • What happens if you can’t find the problem in this amount of time? • If you find the problem faster than the time I’ve authorized to pay for, do you take that off of the bill or apply the remainder to the repair? The idea is that your service advisor should be able easily explain their process and what your money is buying. They should explain things in simple concepts that are easy to understand. If they start talking in technical jargon, ask them “what does that mean?” And they should politely explain it so you can understand. Once they figure out what is wrong with the car, they should again explain the problem and the solution to the problem in layman’s terms and concepts. Car repairs can be complicated and expensive but the best shops will have staff that can explain the repairs in a way that you will both understand and appreciate why they sometimes cost a lot of money. During the repair process you should expect to be updated at specified times. On a larger repair that takes several days it’s common to get an update once, maybe twice per day. On the smaller repairs, you should talk to the service advisor once when they sell you the work and once when it is done. That is because they should be able to predict when the job is going to be completed at the time they sell you the work. And if there is a problem, the service advisor should contact you if the repairs are going to take longer than expected rather than waiting for you to call and be unpleasantly surprised. Obviously nobody is perfect, but if the service advisor is a good communicator they won’t want to upset you with the “5 o’clock surprise” and so they will confront the situation early so you have time to make other arrangements. Good communication increases rapport, increases how much you can value the work you are paying for and eliminates nearly all customer upsets. Find an auto shop that communicates well and you will never have anxiety over how they are spending your money. Jim Alauria is the owner of 3A Automotive Service, 1539 W. Hatcher Road. He can be reached at 602-997-7978. The information in “Road Wise” is provided as general information only. For specific advice on your automobile, consult your auto technician.
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Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona (HFHCAZ). Habitat for Humanity builds, renovates and repairs simple, affordable homes in partnership with families in need. Having a well-established relationship with Wells Fargo, HFHCAZ moved forward on the Las Palmaritas home. The city of Phoenix donated the land and is providing some of the workforce through its YouthBuild program, and Wells Fargo provided the funding and additional volunteer labor. YouthBuild Phoenix is an educational, life skills, and leadership program focusing on green construction projects. At-risk youth ages 18 to 24 can earn their GED or vocational credential while they learn a job skill. Several members of the YouthBuild program were on hand during a special Wall Signing Ceremony at the Las Palmaritas home on Jan. 10. Many of the walls of the home had been framed, and it is at this point that HFHCAZ holds this special ceremony where friends, family members, construction team members and other well-wishers get a chance to sign some of the framing boards with messages of love, hope and luck for the recipient family, who in this case is the Woldemariam-Balcha family. Kagnew Woldemariam-Balcha and his wife, Bekelech, have been helping to construct their home, and were present for the Wall Signing Ceremony. Their son, Dawit, 16, and daughter, Tsion, 14, were both in school and unable to attend. The family currently rents a twobedroom apartment, and Dawit must sleep in the living room because the apartment is so small. Kagnew works as a daytime facilitator at an adult care home, and Bekelech is a stay-at-home mother. Kagnew was introduced to the Habitat for Humanity program through a friend. His family’s need for more space at an affordable price encouraged him to apply for a home. A family must first put in 100 hours of “sweat equity” on another HFHCAZ project before qualifying for their own home. Families also must earn between 30-60 percent of the area median income in order to qualify and to receive a 0-percent interest mortgage. The average monthly mortgage payment on a Habitat for Humanity home is $400-500.
HFHCAZ is constructing for the Woldemariam-Balcha family a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum level home, which will include many energy efficiencies as well as a solar power system donated by American Solar. The home is 1,336 square feet and includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The average time to build a home through the YouthBuild program is 15 to 16 weeks, which means the WoldemariamBalcha family will be moved in and enjoying their new home and backyard well before the summer heat sets in.
New hours, route for Sunnyslope shuttle By Teri Carnicelli The free Sunnyslope Multi-Area Access Residential Transit (SMART) shuttle bus will finally pick up the pace after more than two years of running only once an hour. As of Jan. 28, the shuttle now runs every 35 minutes on a slightly shorter route than before. The formerly 11-mile route was reduced in length to 7 miles in order to increase the frequency, something that riders had asked for since almost immediately after the frequency was reduced due to budget cuts. The majority of the eliminated section is the run from just north of the Sunnyslope Youth Center to the Rose Mofford Sports Complex. Also eliminated was the leg that travels to the Holiday Spa Mobile Home Park just off Cave Creek Road. New route proponents pointed out that out that the senior residential community also is serviced by the Reserve-A-Ride, Dial-A-Ride, and Senior Cab programs. The SMART shuttle has become a vital part of the Sunnyslope community since its introduction in July 2007. It travels where regular transit buses typically do not—into the neighborhoods, along neighborhood streets. It stops at the Sunnyslope Transit Center, where riders can connect to major transit routes to travel to jobs or other important places. New hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and approximately 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Pocket brochures with the new route map and schedules are available on the shuttle as well as at the Sunnyslope Transit Center, on 3rd Street just south of Dunlap Avenue. For more information, visit www.ValleyMetro.org or call 602-253-5000.
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Imagine not only avoiding the dentist but never even brushing your teeth! You would not only have bad breath but rotten teeth, pain, and potentially heart, lung and kidney disease. We would never want to endure that and neither would our pets. Although cavities are less common, 80 percent of dogs and cats over 3 years of age suffer from periodontal disease. If untreated, the gum disease can lead to pain and tooth loss. These infections can spread harmful bacteria to the heart valves, lungs, liver, and kidneys. Preventing dental disease is a very important part of caring for your pet, and it is just as important as regular physical examinations, vaccinations, and a healthy diet. Training kittens and puppies and even adult pets to have their teeth brushed is essential to maintaining proper oral health. Routine daily brushing and professional cleanings by your veterinarian are critical to keep the dental disease under control and prevent permanent, irreversible changes. Periodontal pockets, resorptive lesions, or broken teeth can be located and treated to reduce pain and prevent further health risks and infection. A chipped tooth exposes the pulp canal to bacteria and an infected tooth can quietly be destroying surrounding bone. A dead tooth is like having a large splinter in the mouth and should be treated immediately. A tiny speck of plaque can contain more than 1 trillion bacteria. Plaque under the gumline and covering the tooth crown can harden into tartar within 24 hours. Using special diets to help reduce the plaque formation is one easy way to slow the progress of dental disease. Other methods to reduce plaque include dental chews, water additives, oral rinses, brushing the teeth with pet toothpaste, and a protective weekly treatment you can apply at home. Products with a VOHC.org seal of approval are certified to reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Be careful not to allow your pet to chew on items that are too hard such as cow bones and cow hooves, which can easily break teeth. February is National Pet Dental
Health Month. Preventing gingivitis, tooth loss, and dental disease will help keep your pet happy and healthy for many years of love. Ask your veterinarian how your pet’s teeth are doing and what you can do to get on the path to better pet dental health. Hillary Frank, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Avian) is the owner of North Central Animal Hospital, P.C., 20 W. Dunlap Ave. She can be reached at 602-3959773 or find more information on our website www.NorthCentralAnimalHospital.com. The information in “Pet Primer” is provided as general information only. For specific advice on your pet’s health, consult your veterinarian.
Kodi’s celebrates with in-store party Kodi’s Natural Pet Foods is celebrating it’s fifth year in business—and second year at its present location— with a special event 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the store located at 6058 N. 16th St., just north of Bethany Home Road. To mark the occasion there will be free samples, raffle prizes, demonstrations, and refreshments for both leashed four-legged friends and their well-behaved owners. For more information, call 602265-0462.
Salon hosts event to aid shelter animals On Sunday March 3, Mane Attraction Salon will open its doors at 3156 E. Camelback Road to raise awareness of euthanasia, which kills almost half a million dogs in Maricopa County each year. For a donation, anyone can partake in personal pampering while raising funds to support RESCUE (Reducing Euthanasia at Shelters through Commitment and Underlying Education) in its fight against pet euthanasia. Suggested donations are $35-$50 for haircuts, $10 for deep conditioning masque, $20 for blow dry & style, and $20 for makeup applications. While human participants are beautifying themselves, they can pamper their pooches with an on-site mobile dog groomer. Guests also will enjoy food and beverages, along with kid-friendly activities and live entertainment. Dr. Grey Stafford from the Wildlife World Zoo will be there with his dog, Venti, discussing reward-based dog training. Advanced appointments are recommended for salon services. For more information call 602-956-2996 or visit www.maneattraction.com.
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‘Pet Nanny’ takes care of pets in your home
Bambi and Charlie, two Chihuahua mixes, are looking for a new family to love them. They are the best of friends and need to be adopted together, so the Arizona Humane Society has reduced their adoption fee to $35 total (submitted photo).
Pet of the Month Darling duo seeks forever home together Bambi can’t remember life without Charlie, and Charlie has no idea what waking up would be like without Bambi sharing the dog bed. Wherever Bambi goes, Charlie must follow and that’s why these two inseparable Chihuahua mixes must remain together in their new home. Having spent all seven years of their lives together, the two know each other as well as a married couple and they share everything from dog beds to toys. Treats however, must be handed out separately. Charlie and Bambi are well past their puppy years and are happy to curl up near your feet. And when they are feeling spunky, they will trot through the dog door to race around and play. These two are available now at the Sunnyslope Adoption Center located at 9226 N. 13th Ave. Their adoption fee all together is $35. For more information call 602-997-7585, ext. 2045 and ask for animal ID number A415379-75.
Planning on traveling this spring but don’t want to put your beloved pets into a boarding facility? Zillah Barnes, aka “The British Pet Nanny,” offers an affordable alternative to people living within a 20-mile radius of 19th and Northern avenues. Barnes, who has worked with animals in both the United Kingdom and the United States, knows that pets are happier and healthier when they are in familiar surroundings. With that in mind, three years ago she started her pet sitting business, allowing pets to stay in their own home while their owners are away. “Pets want their own beds, toys and dishes and of course plenty of love,” Barnes says. She can visit the home once, twice daily, overnight or customized hours. With her vet tech experience she is watchful for any change in eating, drinking, playing and sleeping habits, as well as eliminations. This will allow a potential problem to be recognized early and averted. She has extensive experience with newborns and senior animals and can administer medications, including holistic. Barnes also provides pet-friendly housecleaning services on an as-needed basis. Barnes is licensed, bonded, insured and has local references. To schedule a free recommended “get acquainted” visit, for the pet as well as the client, call 602-320-1377 or e-mail Zillah1026@Hotmail.com.
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The ‘Real’ Cost of Being Out of Shape and is There a Magic Pill? By Bobby Kelly, CPT Time flies, doesn't it? Seems like just yesterday people were writing their New Year's Resolutions. February is National Heart Healthy Month and at Results Only we make things interesting by mixing up our cardio sessions a little more than our usual metabolic workouts. We pride ourselves in creating unique and different sessions for our clients each and every time they enter the gym. We believe muscle confusion is one of the keys to enjoying a workout and staying on a consistent schedule at the gym. Our clients never walk-in dreading the training sessions because each time is different. Recently, I was asked, “What is the cost of being out of shape?” This is a difficult question to answer because it is unique to each individual. If you ask a professional athlete, it can be devastating to have an injury or to find out he/she is not healthy. A football, baseball or basketball player with a knee injury requiring surgery can lose millions of dollars. Or ask Channing Frye, one of the beloved Suns players, how he feels sitting out the season with an enlarged heart? What about the weekend warrior who regularly hits the gym but gets sidelined with an injury, an illness or a change in life like a new job that requires more hours? This person usually works out 5-6 days a week and enjoys outside activities like hiking or biking. For these people it is also life altering but their changes come in the form of depression, weight gain, and fatigue. Another cost? According to the World Health Organization, by 2030 the U.S. will have 65 million more obese people. Currently the annual cost of obesity-related illnesses tips out at $190 billion, says the U.S. Institute of Medicine. This trickles down to you and me every single day through increased health insurance, government spending on health care and changes in society. For example, it costs $5 billion dollars more to fly Americans (who are now heavier) than it did in the 1960s. Absenteeism also rises, which trickles down to consumers because costs rise for a company to put out their goods. It snowballs exponentially after time and thus causes the average
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Community Central Phoenix Chinese Week Festival Feb. 8-10 COFCO Chinese Cultural Center 668 N. 44th St. phoenixchineseweek.org/2013-festival Celebrate the Year of the Snake and enjoy martial arts demonstrations, folk and traditional dances, musical performances, children’s activities, souvenir and arts and crafts booths and authentic Chinese cuisines. Free admission; $5 parking. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
World Championship Hoop Dance Contest 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 9-10 Heard Museum 2301 N. Central Ave. heard.org/hoop More than 70 top Native hoop dancers from the United States and Canada compete for cash prizes and the World Champion title. Enjoy performances, frybread and other American Indian foods. Admission is $15 adults; $13.50 seniors (65+); $4 for children age 4-12, and free for children younger than 4. Fee includes museum admission.
‘Following the Water’ 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 Burton Barr Central Library, Pulliam Auditorium 1221 N. Central Ave. 602-262-4637 A free community presentation that highlights the development of Phoenix’s landscape in the past century, featuring Edward Lebow, city of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture public art program director. His talk will provide an illustrated tour of how the Valley’s landscape has evolved from a place once described as “a city of gardens and trees” to one filled with buildings and streets.
Classic Rock Gymnastics Invitational Feb. 15-17 Phoenix Convention Center 100 N. 3rd St. 602-992-5790 www.classicrockinvitational.com See 2,500 of the best male and female gymnasts from 75 gyms and 30 different states compete while showcasing their gymnastics skills. Admission is $20 per
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Phoenix Writers Club 12-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 Bluewater Grill 1720 E. Camelback Road Marshall Shore, entertainer, also known as the “Unofficial Arizona HipStorian,” will discuss interesting bits and curiosities from Arizona’s past. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for guests. Reservations must be made by Feb. 14. RSVP email@example.com with Phoenix Writers Club in the subject line. Members and the public are welcome.
Sunnyslope WINS Community Meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 Cowden Center 9202 N. 2nd St. In addition to an overview of criminal activity for the past quarter, the event will feature Sgt. David Lake from the Phoenix Police Department discussing “The Shadow Economy.” Allow an hour and a half for the meeting; dinner will be provided courtesy of Lincoln Gives. Free and open to the public.
Girl Scouts Execs Speak to AAUW 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 19 Beatitudes Luther Life Center 1616 W. Glendale Ave. 602-510-1544 AAUW (The American Association of University Women) will feature Katie Penkoff and Barb Strachan of the Girl Scouts' Arizona Cactus-Pine Council’s “Just Us–Social Justice Programs” who will discuss child sex trafficking, the law, and ways to get involved in stopping this horrific crime. Visitors are welcome. An optional dinner ($14) will be served at 5:30 p.m. RSVP for the dinner.
African Dance Workshop 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 Kinesphere Pilates 711 E. Missouri Ave., Suite 180 602-532-3111 Come join the fun, shake your booty, and sweat while you learn traditional African Dances accompanied by please see COMMUNITY on page 18
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Youth Group Yard Sale 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 2 Encanto Community Church 2710 N. 7th Ave. Check out the vast array of items, from the ridiculous to the sublime. All proceeds benefit the churchâ€™s Youth Group Camp Fund.
Benefits Central Charity Afternoon Tea at Elaineâ€™s 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 Irish Cultural Center 1106 N. Central Ave. 602-396-6913 www.elainesafternoontea.com Enjoy an afternoon tea with Valentineâ€™s fun, music, a free raffle and more. Sample a selection of Elaineâ€™s English scones, fairy cakes, Scottish
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