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volume 14, issue 11 • november 2012

City will move up light rail extension By Teri Carnicelli Businesses on 19th Avenue north of Bethany Home Road are facing a mixed blessing as the city of Phoenix recently pledged to move up the construction timeline for the Northwest Extension (NEW) of the Metro light rail from 2023 to 2016. On the one hand, the expedited construction means job creation during the building phase, and potentially new customers from among those traveling along the new leg of the light rail route. On the other hand, torn up roads, detours and traffic headaches may mean a loss in business while construction takes place. Just ask the businesses that were affected on Camelback Road and Central Avenue. Or at least, ask the ones that are still there. Still, city officials are pleased about the accelerated timeline for the extension, which will run from the current endpoint at 19th Avenue and Montebello north to Dunlap Avenue. “I have consistently said we can only be a great city if we have a great transit system, and the backbone of that system is the light rail,” said Mayor Greg Stanton, after the City Council’s vote. “The Northwest Extension Project is a significant milestone for our city and our region—it will create jobs, further connect our community with sustainable transportation options, and create new economic



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Quin Lonetti, 2, shows his mom, Liz, two of the eggs he collected from their backyard chicken coop while many of the chickens graze nearby in the grass. The Lonettis’ home near 12th Street and Glendale Avenue will be on the Tour de Coops set for Saturday, Nov. 10 (photo by Teri Carnicelli).

Get the ‘scoop’ on chicken coops By Teri Carnicelli Raising chickens isn’t just for giant farms anymore. See how many Valley residents are raising these family-friendly egg layers in their own backyards during the fourth-annual Tour de Coops, set for 8 a.m.4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Tour de Coops is a self-guided tour of some of the Valley’s unique and funkiest chicken coops. Many of the homes also will feature other methods of handson sustainability including composting, container gardening, hydroponic gardening, and more. Keeping chickens has become a grassroots movement among urbanites who want to ensure they have access to healthy food in a self-reliant and sustainable manner. Organized by the Valley Permaculture Alliance, the tour was created to give the community insight into the experience of raising chickens and inspiring others to start their own backyard flocks. “It's not as difficult as people think,” says Liz Lonetti, whose home near 12th Street and Glendale Avenue is on the tour. ‘The chickens get along fine with our dogs, and our son gets to see where food actually comes from, which isn't the grocery store.” Raising backyard chickens provides not only ethi-

cally-raised eggs, but helps to support gardens as chickens are well known to help with controlling pests, providing nutrient rich compostable manure and eating discarded garden scraps. The tour also will feature experimental, scale model chickens coops designed by members of the American Institute of Architects. Tour-goers will have the chance to enter to win some eco-friendly prizes. Purchase tickets online at as well as at Urban Beans, located at 3508 N. 7th St., #100. Price of admission is $15 per adult in advance and $20 on the day of the event. Children under 14 are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

in this issue New medical center aids homeless, page 3 Festivals help kick off the holidays, page 4 Local youths named as ‘All American,’ page 12 Big turnout for ‘Walk to School Day,’ page 30 Hearty food builds loyal customers, page 45

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New medical center aids homeless patients By Teri Carnicelli What happens to the homeless when they are discharged from the hospital after a medical emergency? Oftentimes, they wind up back on the street and their recovery is put at great risk. But one local nonprofit has introduced a solution that will help keep medically fragile homeless people from going back to the emergency room. Circle the City is a nonprofit organization that provides for the unmet needs of homeless individuals and families in greater Phoenix, especially during times of illness. On Sept. 28, Circle the City cut the ribbon on its brandnew Medical Respite Center, located at 333 W. Indian School Road. Housed in a former security company building, the 16,800-square-foot, 50-bed medical facility will give hospitals a place to safely discharge homeless adult patients who need supervised medical care during their recovery period. Of the 50 beds, 8 are reserved for women in a separate women’s dormitory area, complete with separate lounge and separate showers. The center provides on-site psychologists and physical therapists, as well as social workers to help find placements after the patients transition out of the center. A typical stay is expected to be no more than six weeks,

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Sister Adele O’Sullivan, bottom right, is joined by members of the Circle the City Board of Directors and other supporters during the ribbon cutting of the new Medical Respite Center that opened on Sept. 28 (photo by Teri Carnicelli).

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leisurely peruse the myriad of handcrafted products and homemade “incredible edibles” offered at reasonable prices. There is no admission charge to shop the boutique; however your donation of a non-perishable item for the Interfaith Cooperative Ministry Food Bank will be gratefully accepted at the door. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Payment is by cash or check only; ID required for checks.

Certified Local Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 Portland Parkway Portland Street between Central and 3rd avenues The event is free and open to the public and will offer a variety of local businesses, restaurants, food trucks, live music and family activities including a Kids Craft Booth, a Veggie Contest, Bounce House, Rock Wall, ASU’s Technology Area, Diamondbacks Batting Cage and more. The stores and restaurants along Roosevelt Row will all be open, as well as the Irish Cultural Center and the Japanese Friendship Garden. The first 500 attendees will receive gift bags.

Holiday Craft Bazaar 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 Beatitudes Campus Town Plaza Patio 1610 W. Glendale Ave. 602-335-8473 Presented by the Beatitudes Campus Busy Bees’ Arts & Crafts Club. The sale will offer a wide variety of crafts and holiday items including decorations and ornaments, baked

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Through the Adopt-A-Family program, community members purchase toys and a holiday meal for struggling neighbors; adopters can choose the size of the family they wish to serve. Adopters can deliver the gifts directly or bring them to the Food Bank for the family to pick up. If you can’t do the shopping yourself, you can mail a check to Desert Mission HAAF, c/o John C. Lincoln Health Foundation, 9100 N. 2nd St., Suite 301, Phoenix, AZ 85020. Contact Mallory Lebovitz at the Foundation office to learn more: 602-331-7856 or Mallory.lebovitz@ For more information about the program itself, visit

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 Heritage Square 115 N. 6th St. This traditional German Christmas market brings cherished German and European traditions to downtown Phoenix with holiday entertainment, German, Austrian and Swiss cuisine, vendors and local artisans selling children’s toys and Christmas ornaments, and activities and entertainment for the whole family. Admission is free. Visit for details.

Help keep charity in the community As the economy continues to fight to right itself, many North Central families are still struggling to make ends meet. The added burden of providing even one gift for a child this holiday season may be more than they can afford. North Central residents who want

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Outdoor also pledged to remove two older billboards—one at 502 W. Camelback Road and one at 4417 N. 7th Ave. In addition, the company offered to turn over a billboard in the Melrose District at 4508 N. 7th Ave. to the Seventh Avenue Merchants Association (SAMA) for that group’s use in promoting the district. Though some residents in the Melrose District spoke in opposition to the billboard conversion, officials from the SAMA board remained neutral.

Dispose of election signs responsibly Candidates and residents with plastic or cardboard election signs are encouraged to recycle them. Small quantities of disassembled signs (wire and wooden stakes removed) may be cut up and placed in your residential blue recycling bin. Large signs must be cut into pieces no larger than 3 feet by 3 feet and brought to the 27th Avenue Transfer Station, 3060 S. 27th Ave., or the North Gateway Transfer Station, 30205 N. Black Canyon Highway. The signs must be disassembled and sorted into separate bins at the transfer station. If you bring in signs for recycling, please inform the scalehouse clerk that you have election signs for recycling, otherwise you will be charged the regular refuse rate. According to City of Phoenix code regulations, candidates and campaigns have 15 days to remove signs in the right-of-way and 10 days to remove signs from private property after the Nov. 6 election. For more information, call the city’s Public Works Department at 602-2627251.

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Other ways to help St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance will hold its sixth-annual Super Saturday Turkey Drive on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Food Bank is anticipating requests for tens of thousands of holiday food boxes. In addition to the goal of 7,000 turkeys St. Mary’s hopes to receive through donations, all other non-perishable food items as well as monetary donations will be gladly accepted. And at each location, all donors are invited to register for a chance to win a $250 US Airways travel voucher. Drop-off locations near Central Phoenix include St. Mary’s Food Bank Stardust Campus, 2831 N. 31st Ave., and Albertson’s, located at 8035 N. 19th Ave. For more information, visit or call 602242-FOOD. All Saints’ Episcopal Day School hosts a food drive Nov. 1-15. The drive is hosted by the school’s Builders Club, a subsidiary of Kiwanis International, in partnership with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. Residents are asked to drop off non-perishable food items outside of the church, 6300 N. Central Ave., in the designated St. Mary’s donation boxes. There are no drop-off locations outside of the school-church lot. Body Beautiful Day Spa, 4449 N. 24th St., is holding a food drive for St. Mary’s through Nov. 30. Donate any non-perishable food item and Body Beautiful will reward you with a $5 discount on your service and a $5 discount coupon for your next service. The $10 total discount for any donation is limited to one per customer. Visit or call 602-522-9222 for details.

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From left: Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta and Councilwoman Thelda Williams on Aug. 30 unveiled the first of several future light rail route signs to celebrate the re-launch of the Northwest light rail extension (photo courtesy of Metro Light Rail). EXTENSION continued from page 1

development opportunities. Light rail’s community support and growing ridership have created the momentum to connect more of our city’s neighborhoods to our transit system and we’ve got to continue that growth.” According to city figures, the 3.2mile project will create a least 1,000 jobs. It includes three new stations: 19th and Glendale avenues, 19th and Northern avenues, and 19th and Dunlap avenues. It also includes a new 500-space park-and-ride facility at the southwest corner of 19th and Dunlap avenues. A 12-percent increase in daily weekday passengers is expected. The 3.2-mile NWE light rail project was originally scheduled to be operational by the fall of 2012. Accordingly, the final design and land acquisition started in the fall of 2007. However, in June 2009 the city delayed the NWE due to significantly reduced sales tax revenues. This resulted in moving the NWE operational date from 2012 to 2023. At the current time, approximately 90 percent of the real estate has been acquired and 90 percent of the final design is completed. City staff has continued to work with Metro to develop a plan to allocate existing Proposition 400 Public Transportation Funds to fund the capital portion of the project. Metro has agreed to complete the NWE as currently designed with approximately $200 million in Prop 400 funds. Additionally, the city will advance $60

million to Metro, which will be reimbursed by Metro in 2017. The total net operating cost through the life of the Transit 2000 program (November 2015 to June 2020) to operate the extension is estimated to be $18.8 million. The current T2000 plan contains adequate funding for NWE operating costs beginning in fiscal year 2015-16. Without advancing the Northwest Extension, no light rail projects would be completed in Phoenix until 2021. For more information on the Northwest light rail extension, visit CIRCLE continued from page 3

many as 1,000 homeless individuals and help end the cycle of homelessness and illness. “We’ve worked long and hard to get here and today is a true blessing,” said Sister Adele O’Sullivan, CSJ, M.D., founder, president and medical director of Circle the City. Under her direction, the nonprofit has been diligently planning, gathering support and raising funds for this facility for several years. “This center is a big piece of the puzzle to help end chronic homelessness,” said Jodi Beckley Liggett, who in June was hired to serve as Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s full-time Senior Policy Adviser on homelessness. “Anything that puts medical recovery at risk is something that can increase the downward spiral for a homeless individual. This center is an incredible asset for our city.” As a nonprofit organization, Circle the City looks to community members

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and business partners to help with some of the center’s non-medical needs. While cash donations are always appreciated, some other ways members of the community can help include volunteering in areas such as laundry services, translation services, recreational activities, food service, beautician/barber services (a small salon area is located in the center), and more. Donations of hygiene kits—toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.—as well as new underwear, socks, sweatpants and sweatshirts in all sizes for men and women also are needed. To learn more about the center and ways to help, call 602-776-9000 or

Thrift store hours expand The Assistance League of Phoenix Thrift Shop, 7044 N. 7th St., is stocked with seasonal home decorations and recently extended its shopping hours to 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Teachers always receive a 25-percent discount with school identification. In addition, Wednesday is an increasingly popular Senior Discount Day, which begins at 9 a.m. with coffee and cookies and features a 25-percent discount for seniors. The recently updated, open-space front room features clothes for men, women, and children as well as jewelry, handbags, and scarves. Kitchen items, tools, sporting goods, home décor, fabric, and furniture are also featured at bargain prices. A pet section and garden section are the newest features this year. Because Assistance League is a nonprofit organization, there is no sales tax on purchases. For more information, call the shop at 602-944-9845.

Special events planned at Heard The Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., kicks off its busiest time of the year with its 11th-annual Spanish Market, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 11-12. Strolling mariachis, folklorico dancers and artwork by Hispanic and Native artists from Arizona and New Mexico highlight this festive annual marketplace. Admission to the Spanish Marketplace is $15 adults;

$13.50 seniors 65 and older; $7.50 students with ID; $7.50 children ages 6-12; and children under 6 admitted for free. Then get ready to stock up on handmade, one-of-a-kind decorations during the Ornament Marketplace, Nov. 22-25. Decorate your home for the holidays with wonderful Nativethemed ornaments handcrafted by American Indian artists from the Heard Museum Shops. Free admission (museum admission additional). Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. On Saturday, Dec. 1, come explore the traditional art of weaving during the Navajo Weavers Marketplace, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join more than 60 weavers as they display and sell their creations and demonstrate the dyeing, carding, spinning and weaving processes that combine with inspiration to create woven masterpieces. Enjoy lectures on collecting, book signings, films and more. Free with the purchase of museum admission. For more information on these and other events, visit, or call 602-252-8848.

Classes explore ‘modern’ Judaism Explore the Judaism of modern times during a series of classes beginning 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 and continuing, usually weekly, throughout the year at Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave. The classes are facilitated by Rabbi Arthur Lavinsky. Discussions will be based on the Conservative movement’s new book “The Observant Life: The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for Contemporary Jews” and will cover a myriad of topics, ranging from prayer, synagogue life, holidays and Torah study through civic morality, the secular justice system, and commerce to personal integrity, private and public behavior, and relationships with family, spouses and friends. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend this series of thoughtprovoking classes at no charge. Participants are requested to purchase the book, which costs $25, and registration in advance is required. For more information or to register, contact Wendy Adair in the Beth El Education Department at 602-944-3359, ext. 122.

Results Only Fitness Corner It’s OK to stuff your turkey on Thanksgiving Your belly ... not so much! And check out what Melissa did! By Bobby Kelly, CPT My article from last year was a 7-step plan to ensure the best possible outcome in case you decided to consume somewhere close to the 7,500 calories that many Americans eat on our Thanksgiving holiday. You read that right, 7,500! Yikes. For many, it is open season on not only turkey but potatoes, pumpkin pie, all the sauces, you name it!! And why not? It’s a great day to spend time with friends and family, maybe watch some football and enjoy the tradition we celebrate. This year I wanted to share my top 10 tips to make the dinner table not so scary and allow you to do everything in your power not to over indulge. 1. Eat Breakfast. If you arrive to your feast famished, you will definitely eat everything in sight. 2. Start out with a workout. If you already work out every day, do your normal routine. If not, simply add a 45-minute walk to dent your calories by 10 to 15 percent. Every little bit counts when you sit down to the table. 3. Easy on the finger foods. Easy and small equals fast. You grab and go and before you know it you’ve had five helpings. WATCH OUT!! 4. Add the turkey and green vegetables first. The protein is a must and the vegetables will fill you up with the right kind of nourishment. 5. Avoid the skin on the turkey. It is full of wasted calories and unwanted fat. 6. Easy on the side dishes. They are normally an afterthought but usually are the highest in fat content. There are also hidden fats in the casseroles, mashed potatoes, soups, gravy etc. So keep the portions small. 7. Enjoy the conversation at the table and chew slowly. This simple tool reduces your calorie intake per minute. Upside, you feel full quicker. Downside, you might have to listen to grandpa’s story for the fifth time today.

8. Take it easy on the alcohol. We all know this but it tends to get lost when you are relaxed and enjoying the day. 9. Double your water intake. Stay hydrated to overcome the salt in your food and it helps with Tip #8. 10. Don’t deny yourself. Today is a day of celebration and feasting so allow yourself a couple of bites of your favorite foods. Just keep it to a couple of bites.

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Spotlight On ... Local youths named football All-Americans Matthew Kudray and Nicholas France, both 12, were named OffenseDefense All-Americans during OffenseDefense Football Camp over the summer and were invited to participate in the seventh-annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week festivities at Reliant Stadium in Houston next year. This is the third year each has received this honor. Matthew, a center, and Nicholas, a middle linebacker, both play for the Northwest Knights Football Club, which practices at Royal Palm Middle School. They were selected for the bowl from thousands of young athletes across the country. The Offense-Defense Youth AllAmerican Bowl is part of a weeklong series of events that includes the annual Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, an all-star football game showcasing 88 of the top high school seniors in the country. For details about the bowl, visit For more information about the Northwest Knights Football Club, contact Melissa France at knights or 602-648-4940.

Malone retires from community involvement The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) hosted a farewell party on Sept. 18 to honor community activist Ann Malone for more than 30 years of dedication to the city of Phoenix. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

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was in attendance as well as many of the neighbors and friends Malone has made over her many long years of activism. Over the past three decades, Malone working with businesses along Indian School Road and with police officials to alleviate crime and push for additional public safety funding from the city. The mother of seven also founded Require the Prior and organized the Indian School Block Party for three years. This brought together dozens of businesses and more than 30,000 Ann Malone Phoenicians for a day of fun on Indian School Road while raising $75,000 for a variety of local charities. Malone also co-founded Citizens for Phoenix with the support of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association

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(PLEA) and more than 65 neighborhood and business associations during the city’s 2010 fiscal crisis. This saved senior centers, library hours, and dozens of after school programs, as well prevented the closure of the Career Criminal Squad and 350 patrol police officers from being laid off. “We have brought the neighborhood, business community, and our frontline officers together in a genuine partnership to clean up the Indian School Corridor,” Malone said. “And now as a result of this partnership, this policy is going citywide. We are one city, one giant neighborhood; we should have one policy that gives every neighborhood, every mother of seven, a chance at the same quality of life that we fought for, free from repeat career criminals.”

Scarafiotti takes helm at The Wellness Community Vikki Scarafiotti has been appointed to the position of executive director of The Wellness Community–Arizona (TWC-AZ) Scarafiotti brings to TWC-AZ a

career of community service and nonprofit leadership, along with a consistent record of high achievement. She has provided leadership to several nonprofit and government agencies serving such diverse interests as the arts, health, environment, and youth on a professional and volunteer basis. “Day in and day out, we provide complementary services and support to cancer Vikki Scarafiotti survivors and those who share their journey,” says Scarafiotti. “I look forward to working closely with the board, our donors, and community partners to extend our reach in Arizona.” Prior to earning her M.A. in Public Administration with honors from the University of New Mexico, Scarafiotti was conferred with her B.A. in Music Therapy from Eastern New Mexico University. For more information, visit

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Two events promote shredding, recycling Gather up your boxes of private papers and bring them to a free Shred Event hosted by Credit Union West and set for 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the MarketPlace at Central shopping center, 115 E. Dunlap Ave. It is critical to properly dispose of paper bills, statements, pay stubs and files containing any personal identifying information. The best way to do this is to shred these items. There is a limit of five file boxes per household for this event. BPW of Phoenix will host a one-day Electronics Recycling Event, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, curbside at 4020 N. 13th Ave., one block south of Indian School Road. The organization will collect small functional electronic items, including but not limited to cell phones, laptops, desktop computers, flat monitors, audio equipment, gaming consoles, digital cameras, media players, e-readers, as well as DVDs and video games (in cases) and ink and toner print cartridges. There will be secure collection bins for the items. This is a fundraising event for BPW Phoenix. Proceeds will go to the Arizona Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, for the BPW Phoenix Scholarship Endowment Fund. For more information, visit

Demi is an affectionate and playful American bulldog mix who is looking for her forever home (submitted photo).

Pet of the Month A happy frolicker on three legs Left to fend for herself after being hit by a car, Demi endured days in pain before a good samaritan reported her location to the Arizona Humane Society. Her badly injured leg had to be amputated in order to save her life. After regaining her strength, the 2year-old American bulldog and pit bull terrier mix’s enthusiasm returned and soon she was walking, romping and playing without a hitch. She tends to be a little overzealous when it comes to sharing sloppy kisses and every now and then she will attempt to crawl into your lap, unaware that she weighs 50 pounds. Demi needs a family who will look beyond her imperfection and will be willing to work with her on housetraining and mastering the basic commands. She only has one brown spot on her fur and it happens to look like a big heart. Demi is available now at the Sunnyslope facility, located at 9226 N. 13th Ave. Her adoption fee is $110. For more information, call 602-9977585, ext. 1045 and ask for animal ID number A414828.

Enjoy free treats, free health lecture Noble Beast, 1005 E. Camelback Road, invites pet owners to attend a free lecture to learn how to prevent Valley Fever in their pets. The lecture, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, is part of a daylong celebration for Noble Beast’s Fifth Anniversary. Pets and their owners will enjoy free treats and a 5-percent discount on purchases. There also will be an adoption mixer with dogs from Poverty’s Pets. Well-behaved pets are welcome. For more information, call 602-265-4223 or visit

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Get pets ready for winter’s chill By Hillary Frank, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (avian)

After a long, hot summer, the cooler months are finally here. As the holidays and winter months approach, there are things you can do to keep your pets warm and safe to ensure that they enjoy a happy, healthy holiday season. Cold weather can be hard on pets that are accustomed to the warm shelter of the indoors or the long hot summer and fall weather. Also, the temperature from day to night can change drastically here in the desert. Added stress when chilled can also lower the immune system and increase risk of illness. Outdoor pets must have an insulated shelter that is elevated off the ground, and may require extra calories to keep warm. In severely cold or bad weather, no pet should be kept outside. Indoor pets should have a draft-free, warm area for sleeping. Elderly and arthritic pets need extra care during the winter. The cold can leave their joints extremely stiff and tender, and they may become more awkward than usual. Many of these pets benefit from medical care to help keep them more comfortable. Plants and other items associated with the winter and holiday season can be dangerous to your pets. Styrofoam, decorations, and toys can cause intestinal obstructions. Prevent your pet from playing with ribbons, yarn, or six-pack beverage holders, and avoid ribbons or yarn around your pet’s neck. Cover or tack down electrical cords to prevent chewing. Antifreeze is a rapidly fatal poison for dogs and cats, even in very small amounts. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol to reduce the risk. Although it is tempting to surprise a family member or friend with a new pet, don’t forget to consider the costs and time involved for the first 6 months and the care required for the entire life of the pet. The stress and noise of the holidays can be frightening for a young pet, and the new owner may be too busy at this time of year. Purchasing pet supplies and including a

note saying you will help pick out their new pet may be a better option. Other holiday concerns include traveling with your pet. If you plan to take your pet with you during holiday visits, first make sure that your pet is welcome. An exam and health certificate within 10 days of departure are required for airline travel to another state. With all the stress of the holiday travel, it may sometimes be better to board your pet or hire a pet sitter. If you are traveling to colder climates, snow and salt should be removed from your pet’s paws immediately once indoors. Don’t spoil your holiday with a medical emergency. Make sure to include the needs of your pets when preparing for the winter holiday season. 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 The information in “Pet Primer” is provided as general information only. For specific advice on your pet’s health, consult your veterinarian.

TNR program receives funding The Spay Neuter Hotline, a program of the Animal Defense League of Arizona (ADLA), has received additional funding for its trap-neuterreturn (TNR) program for free-roaming, primarily feral, cats. The grant money, provided by the Arizona Humane Society and PetSmart Charities, Inc., is to specifically target cats in nine zip codes including 85020 and 85021. To participate, caregivers must agree to sterilize the feral cats in particular their colony and have them released back to where they live. ADLA will provide traps and an appointment at one of several participating veterinary clinics. Financial, trapping and transportation assistance will be made available to those in need. For more information, call 602 265-7729 or e-mail Stephanie NicholsYoung, president of the ADLA, at

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Preparing for holiday travel By Jim Alauria, Master Mechanic

The holidays are here again and because Thanksgiving is the No. 1 travel weekend of the year, I thought I would give you some quick travel tips. Whether you are going across town or out of the state, it’s always a good idea to have your vehicle checked out by a professional. If you follow these tips you’ll avoid most issues, but will also be prepared if you do run into a situation. Tip #1: Have your vehicle inspected by a professional automotive mechanic before you leave. If you are due for an oil change get it done by a full-service automotive repair shop rather than a quick-lube. The reason being that at a full-service shop the person changing the oil is most likely a professional certified mechanic rather than a part-timer who doesn’t have the equipment or the experience to give your vehicle a thorough inspection.


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DOMESTIC PARTNERS SHOULD NOT BE LEGAL STRANGERS "Domestic Partners" is a term used today to refer to people who live together but who are not married. They can be same sex couples, nonmarried, heterosexual couples or just friends or siblings who reside together. While Domestic Partners know each other's wishes more than family members, they are legal strangers, without any rights regarding the other. Domestic Partners can enter into a cohabitation agreement to decide if they want to share equity in the house or how to share expenses. The Domesic Partner Agreement is not too different in form from a prenuptial agreement or post-marriage agreement. The goal is that the partners feel comfortable living together; neither feeling vulnerable to paying more than a fair share of expenses or losing interest in property or having unrealistic estate planning.

Domestic Partners can be less legal strangers with the preparation of appropriate legal documents. For example, a healthcare power of attorney allows Domestic Partners to designate each other as the health care agent. Then if one is too ill to express consent for medicine or surgery, the other can act without getting approval from family members. The health care power of attorney can also include powers for mental health care, in case one suffers from dementia or mental illness. Each Domestic Partner should list an alternate in case something happens to both of them. For financial matters, a Durable Power of Attorney can allow Domestic Partners to assist each other in case of illness or incapacity. The Durable Power of Attorney allows the Domestic Partner to pay bills, make withdrawls from IRAs for the benefit

of the other, collect debts or contract for services, such as in home care assistance. It is "durable" because it remains effective even if the one who created it becomes incapacitated. The Domestic Partners can execute mutual Wills or a joint Revocable Living Trust. These set out the desires for how assets should be used after death. That is, whether the surviving Domestic Partner should have all of the remaining assets or whether some should be saved for other family members. If these are executed along with a Domestic Partnership Agreement, then there can be requirements that estate planning changes can only be made by agreement of both Domestic Partners. Sharon Ravenscroft, Esq., The Cavanagh Law Firm, PA, with offices in Sun City and Phoenix, can be reached at (623) 815-7451 or More information about estate planning can be found on Sharon’s practice focuses on the preparation of trusts, wills, premarital agreement and related estate planning documents as well as business law.

And most automotive repair shops will inspect the vehicle for leaks, check the brakes, hoses & belts, tires (and the spare) and all the fluids. They should also check the battery and electrical charging system as part of the service as well. When doing their inspection they will be able to identify most any potential problem before you leave. Tip #2: Have a road trip safety kit with you in the vehicle. You can find these kits at your local parts stores and many retail stores as well. The kit should include a flashlight (with extra batteries), reflectors/pylon/road flares, jumper cables, tire gauge, fire-retardant blanket (nylon is very flammable), screwdrivers, pliers, crescent wrench, plastic ties, tape and a first-aid kit. You should also make sure you have plenty of water and some non-perishable snacks as part of your kit. And, if you have an old cell phone with a car charger, put that in the kit as well. Even a disconnected cell phone will dial 9-1-1 any time. Even if you don’t know what to do with all of these items, somebody trying to help you will appreciate that you have them. Tip #3: Don’t push yourself or your vehicle too hard. The modern vehicles are very durable under most driving conditions. But when people try and force their car to maintain 80plus miles per hour up a steep hill for 10-20 miles straight, many cars will break. If your transmission is upshifting and downshifting a lot to keep up your speed, realize that is putting undue stress on your engine and transmission. The rule of thumb is if you are going up a hill and your vehicle is shifting in/out of overdrive then either slow down or take it out of overdrive manually until you get to the top of the hill. And if your engine sounds like it’s working too hard, slow down! Even a brand new car can be damaged by aggressive driving through the mountainous region we have here in the Wild West. I hope these tips help you and your families stay safe during the wonderful holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving! 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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Community Central Phoenix Jewelry Gem and Mineral Show Nov. 3-4 El Zaribah Shriners’ Auditorium 552 N. 40th St. 480-215-9101 Featuring many vendors selling jewelry (fine and costume), unset gemstones, copper, minerals, fossils, beads, lapidary equipment and supplies along with wirewrappers on the premises. There will be food available for purchase. General admission is $3, children younger than 12 free with paying adult. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Veterans Day Gourd Dance and Community Potluck 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 Pueblo Grande Museum 4619 E. Washington St. 602-495-0901 This free event is to honor the memory of all veterans who served our nation. Gourd Dancing starts at 11:30 a.m., and the potluck meal as well as many other activities will follow. This celebration is free and open to everyone. Bring your favorite potluck dish to share. No advanced registration required. For more information visit

St. Mary’s Grade School 60th Reunion 12-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 Dillon’s on Top of Central 8525 N. Central Ave. This is an informal gathering over lunch, allowing former students of St. Mary’s Elementary to gather and reminisce. A set menu will offer a few selections for ordering. Cost is $15 per person. RSVP requested. For more information, call Nancy Jo Schmit at 602861-8051.

VA Veterans Day Parade 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12 Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center 7th St. and Indian School Road The parade honors our nation’s Veterans who have served in combat, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief efforts and peacetime. It will head north on 7th Street from Montecito to Camelback Road, west on Camelback Road to Central Avenue, and then

north again on Central Avenue to Montebello, ending at the North Phoenix Baptist Church. The Grand Marshall is singer/entertainer Wayne Newton. Visit news/parade.asp.

AAUW Hosts McGregor 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 13 Beatitudes Luther Life Center 1616 W. Glendale Ave. AAUW (The American Association of University Women) will feature the Honorable Ruth V. McGregor, Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court (retired), who will speak on “A Fair and Impartial Judiciary: the Arizona Merit System.” She also will relate her experience as law clerk to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Visitors are welcome. An optional dinner ($14) will be served at 5:30 p.m. RSVP for the dinner to Mary Beth at 602-5101544 by Nov. 9. Enter the Beatitudes at the gate by the flagpole.

‘When General Grant Expelled the Jews’ 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center 122 E. Culver St. 602-241-7870 A book discussion led by Lawrence Bell, Ph.D., executive director of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society. On Dec. 17, 1862, Union General Ulysses S. Grant ordered the expulsion of all Jews from the territory under his command in the South. The order would cast a long shadow over Grant’s presidency and historical reputation. Free; RSVP requested.

Lions Club Meeting 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 14 & 28 Golden Phoenix Restaurant 6048 N. 16th St. Phoenix Valley of the Sun Lions Club hopes to accomplish many community service projects in the coming year, not the least of which is its wellknow White Cane fundraiser for those with visual impairments. Lions International is an organization with over a million members in 40,000 clubs worldwide. Consider learning more about the Lions at one of the Phoenix club’s bimonthly meetings. A complementary supper will be provided. RSVP to For more information, visit please see CALENDAR on page 18

The Lieb Group Holiday cheers! Happy turkey day to all of you North Centralites. It is really hard to believe that 2012 is almost over and 2013 is just around the corner. I really have a lot to be thankful for: A beautiful family consisting of two college kids, Sean and Juliann, and my wife Mary Ann. Oh yeah, and three dogs: Jakki, Shay and Layla, our newest addition. Yeah, the kids leave and we get another dog. I am just a glutton for punishment. I also am thankful for the opportunity to have such wonderful clients who have allowed me the ability to list 82 homes this year and to sell more than 92 homes so far in 2012, making me the top-selling North Central agent for the past 10 years. Finally, I am thankful for being part of the No. 1 Real Estate Company in Arizona, HomeSmart. Our office at 5225 North Central consists of the top North Central agents and in just 18 months we are dominating this area with not only listings but sales as well. If you are thinking about buying or selling in the Central corridor, HomeSmart is the company you need to hire. Home sales are almost back to normal with the elimination of many foreclosures and short sales are down to around 20 percent of all sales compared to almost 70 percent during the past three years. My assistant Kathy and I have done more than 40 short sales over the past three years including 7110 N Central, which we sold for $3.2 million in 2006 and a $1.8 million short sale early this year. Please give us a shot if you are considering short selling your home and we will help you ease into this alternative selling mode. Typically there are no out of pocket or up front fees. The banks have shown us that they really do not want to foreclose and have been very motivated to try to work out an agreement with the seller(s). I would always recommend a consultation with an attorney and we have had a great working relationship with Mack, Ducker and Watson, who will analyze your home situation and let you know how to proceed.

We also have also been fortunate to have been a dual agent on 12 sales this year, which means that I represent both the buyer and seller. This situation is a little tricky but I am always fair to both parties. This arrangement sometimes can save all parties money, which could make or break a sale. I have many buyers out there ready to purchase so if you are ready to sell or buy, please give me a call. Once again, let’s start the holiday season off right by buying or selling a home. The rates are at all time lows. Please visit my web page at Thanks again to John Fournier for his article last month. If you live around the Links golf course at the Biltmore Golf course and you heard lots of noise around your house on Oct. 4, I apologize because Mr. Fournier deposited about a dozen golf balls on the lawns of the various homes surrounding the course … he just did not have his A game that day. I want to thank North Central attorney Ben Green for a job well done. LEGAL? No way. My wife, Mary Ann, called me panicking on 10/19 because my dog had brought in a dead bird and feathers were did I come home to help? No. WHY? Because I am a WUSS. I called Ben and he came over to my house, picked up the dead bird with his hands and threw it away. He is now my HERO. Ben is available for Aviary Disposal if you need him. Call Abernathy and Green for more info. There is a pattern here because I used to pay my daughter Juliann $10 when she was 10 to throw away dead mice once we trapped them. I am comfortable in my manhood but it takes a man to say he is a WUSS. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving and Happy 21st Birthday to my daugher Juliann!

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7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 Central Avenue/7th Street 602-534-FEST This year’s theme is “Toys, Treasures, & Traditions.” The parade runs along Central Avenue from Montebello south to Camelback, then east on Camelback to 7th Street, and 7th Street south to Steele Indian School Park. All entries are lined with electric lights.

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Nov. 1-25 Strut Bridal Salon 542 W. McDowell Road 602-252-4414 Women in the Phoenix area are encouraged to donate their wedding dresses to support Wish Upon A Wedding, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing weddings

and vow renewals for individuals facing serious illness. Donations are 100-percent tax deductible. Wedding gowns made in 2000 and newer will be accepted; all sizes and styles welcomed. A suggested monetary donation of $20 is encouraged to help cover the cost of cleaning each wedding dress. Strut Bridal Salon will provide each donor bride with a 10-percent off gift certificate for a friend.

Central High Golf Tournament 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 Encanto 9 Executive Course 2300 N. 17th Ave. 602-764-7568 The entry fee is only $40 with proceeds going to the Central High School Interact Club. It is a two-player scramble, not four, and each player can only use one club and a putter. If spaces are still available, registrations will be taken beginning at 7 a.m. the morning of the tournament. For more information, email or call the number above.

Brophy College Preparatory Fashion Show 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom, Arizona Biltmore Resort 2400 E. Missouri Ave. 602-790-8278 Proceeds directly benefit Brophy students who qualify for financial aid. Brophy again is partnering with Saks Fifth Avenue, showcasing the best of Saks men & women’s fashions. The event includes a raffle, prizes and a luncheon. Brophy students close the show with a special presentation and participate at the Fashion Show by engaging guests and selling raffle tickets. Luncheon Seating is $125; Preferred Seating is $185, and Runway Seating is $300. Contact Colleen Edwards at

Heroes One and All Patriotic Luncheon 12-1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, MacArthur Ballroom 2400 E. Missouri Ave. 602-274-1988 Hosted by the Veterans Medical Leadership Council (VMLC), this significant celebration honors our Nation’s veterans, military service members, and spotlights the military please see BENEFITS on page 20

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Xavier Holiday Dinner & Auction 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 Xavier College Preparatory 4710 N. 5th St. 602-240-3138 Hosted by the Mothers’ Guild, “Luminarias of Christmas” will begin with a silent auction and culminate in a dinner and live auction. All proceeds raised will benefit Xavier’s Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign. For tickets, e-mail or visit

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Kenneth A. Spinato Golf Classic 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 Orange Tree Golf Club 10601 North 56th St. 623-266-2045 Registration begins at 7 a.m. This event benefits Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Sentinels of Freedom. The entry fee is $150 per player ($600 for a foursome) and includes: a day of golf, a $50 Spinato’s Pizzeria gift certificate, lunch and goodie bag. Awards will be given for the first, second and third-place teams, longest drive, closest to the pin and hole-in-one. There also will be raffle prizes and silent auction items to benefit the selected organizations. Visit www.kennethaspinato

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In a tough economy, where traditional financing remains elusive for many small businesses, equipment lease financing is a viable, but little understood alternative. However, it is important to enter into a lease for the right reasons and with the right structure. Consider the following to help determine if equipment leasing is right for your business. Advantages of Leasing. An equipment lease is generally easier to obtain and more flexible than traditional financing. When structured properly, it may provide a small business with certain unique benefits, such as: By: Matthew H. Sloan

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s 3MALL INITIAL CASH OUTLAY n 5NLIKE MOST LOANS EQUIPMENT LEASES GENERALLY DO NOT REQUIRE A DOWN PAYMENT R TO OBTAIN OFTEN SIMPLY BY COMPLETING s AN APPLICATION Disadvantages of Leasing. Generally equipment leasing can be used most effectively by businesses that are growing and profitable and least effectively by those businesses that are shrinking or suffering losses. Disadvantages to consider are:

s /VERALL #OST !N EQUIPMENT LEASE MAY BE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN OT TAX IMPLICATIONS ARE NOT CONSIDERED s #OMMITMENT OF TERM -OST EQUIPMENT LEASES MAY NOT BE TERMINATED BEFORE THE ORIGINAL TERM IS COMPLETED s OR UNTIL A LESSEE EXERCISES AN OPTION TO PURCHASE s TAXES AND -AINTENANCE -OST LEASES REQUIRE THE LESSEE TO PAY ALL PROPERTY TAXES MAINTAIN PROPERTY DAMAGE AND CASUALTY INSURANCE AND GENERALLY MAINTAIN THE EQUIPMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE MANUFACTURER’S RECOMMENDED SCHEDULES AND PROCEDURES If the tax benefits of an equipment lease are important to your decision, be sure that you review the general lease terms with your accountant or other tax adviser. The IRS may disallow your treatment if they conclude that you lease is really a conditional purchase. Equipment leasing is not for every business or for every situation. However, for businesses that utilize equipment that may be obtained through lease financing, it is not just an alternative to a bank loan or credit card debt; it’s a deliberate financing strategy.

About the author: Matthew H. Sloan is a partner with Jennings, Haug & Cunningham. Herepresents clients, including small, medium and large businesses in resolving disputes surrounding contracts, business partnerships, construction issues, credit issues, lease agreements, insurance claims and liability. Matt has been a resident of North Central Phoenix for more than 30 years, and can be contacted at or 602.234.7858. 2800 N. Central Ave s Suite 1800 s Phoenix, AZ 85004 s 602.234.7800

In case of emergency, you may need to withdraw funds from one of your retirement accounts. What are the tax consequences? It depends on several factors, including your age, the type of account, and the use of the funds. Here are the basic rules. Distributions from traditional IRAs and qualified plans, like a 401(k), are taxable at ordinary income rates. The tax applies to the portion of the distribution representing deductible contributions and earnings. Currently, the top federal income tax rate is 35 percent, but it’s scheduled to increase to 39.6 percent in 2013. In addition, if you’re under age 59½, you will owe a 10-percent penalty tax on top of the regular income tax, unless a special exception applies. The following exceptions apply to both IRAs and qualified plans: • Payments made due to death or disability. • Substantially equal periodic payments for the longer of five years or until you reach age 59½. • Withdrawals to pay deductible medical expenses. • Distributions to satisfy an IRS levy. Some exceptions are available only for IRA distributions. This includes withdrawals used to pay first-time homebuyer expenses (lifetime limit of $10,000), higher education expenses, or health insurance for the unemployed. The exceptions limited to qualified plans includes distributions made after age 55 if employment is terminated and distributions made under a “qualified domestic relations orderâ€? in divorce situations. Finally, separate rules apply to Roth IRA distributions. Qualified distributions from a Roth at least five years old are completely tax-free. For this purpose, “qualified distributionsâ€? include those made after age 59½, due to death or disability, or to pay first-time homebuyer expenses (lifetime limit of $10,000). Otherwise, distributions are taxed under special “ordering rulesâ€? with tax-free contributions treated as

coming out first and taxable distributions last. The tax rules on early distributions are complicated. For more information about the tax consequences of taking withdrawals from your retirement accounts, give us a call. This article is for general information only and does not constitute financial advice. If you have any questions about financial matters, consult a professional tax adviser. Harvey Amwake, CPA, is a tax and small business consultant with the accounting firm of Arthur Spoon & Company, Ltd., at 1130 E. Missouri Ave., Suite 820. He can be reached at 602-264-6500 or by e-mail at

Business Briefs Renovated business celebrates new look B & B Appliances, 331 E. Dunlap Ave., will celebrate its recently completed commercial rehabilitation project with the city of Phoenix at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. District 3 Councilman Bill Gates will attend the event and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Originally constructed as the PIX Theater in 1947, the lot has housed many businesses over the years, not to mention a clothing store, boat shop and even a skateboard park. It is now the home of B & B Appliances, a family-owned business that has been serving the Sunnyslope community since 1981. Participating in the city of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department’s Neighborhood Commercial Rehabilitation (NCR) Program has allowed business owners Mike and Donna Bollig to make substantial improvements to this aging landmark. The NCR program focuses on blight elimination and the correction of code violations, using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to assist qualified commercial property owners with façade and site improvements in targeted areas. The Bollig family worked closely and patiently with city staff throughout the site planning and improvement process, which included a redesigned storefront entry, brick perimeter fencing, site repaving, roof enhancements, an upgraded fire suppression system, landscaping and vertical signage as a take on the old PIX Theater spire. In conjunction with the B & B rehabilitation, the Neighborhood Services

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Department partnered with the Street Transportation Department to make infrastructure improvements through its Street Modernization Program. Street upgrades were made between 4th and 7th streets along Puget Avenue that included additional streetlighting and new asphalt, curbs and sidewalks. The commercial rehabilitation of B & B and the infrastructure improvements, combined with the city’s earlier acquisition of land to the south and west for future residential development, is the last phase of the redevelopment strategy for the city’s Village Center Neighborhood Initiative Area. For more more information on the city’s Neighborhood Commercial Rehabilitation Program, call 602-4950846 or e-mail robin.anderson@

Comic store marks 31st anniversary Alan and Marsha Giroux, owners of All About Books and Comics, and their staff are celebrating 31 years of business on Saturday, Dec. 1. Located at 5060 N. Central Ave.,

All About Books and Comics has been at the forefront of small business in central Phoenix for more than three decades. Several generations have grown up on comics at this familyowned specialty shop in the heart of Phoenix. For more information, call 602-277-0757 or visit www.AllAbout

Jonathan was told he’d never walk again. Today, there’s only one handicap he’s worried about. You wouldn’t know it by looking at him, but just over a year ago Jonathan was told he would

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Cannedy Performing Arts Centre, located at 6222 N. 7th St., marked its 25th anniversary on Oct. 1 and will be celebrating the occasion over the next 12 months with special events and classes. For the first time in its 25-year history, Cannedy will have an entry in the VA Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 12. The “FireUp Freedom Fire Truck” features Cannedy dancers and the Cannedy Big Band & Singers. In addition, Cannedy will present an original Holiday Program at Phoenix Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 16. This performance is open to the public.

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As one of the top orthodontists in Arizona for three decades, Dr. Paul Serrano has made his home and raised all three of his children in the heart of North Central Phoenix. And he believes in giving back to the community that has supported him for nearly 30 years. Between the Madison School district, Phoenix Union, Creighton, Sunnyslope, All Saints, Phoenix Country Day, Xavier and Brophy, Dr. Serrano has created thousands of beautiful smiles. He has patients and now children of former patients who he serves in every school in Phoenix. Dr. Serrano has coached in local school districts, donated to and supported fundraisers in all of the local schools. His son Andrew currently is in his second year of dental school at A.T. Still University in Mesa and plans on staying in the community. Sarah will graduate this year from USD and plans on a career practicing law, while Emily, his youngest, is a senior at Xavier Preparatory High School. Dr. Serrano and his team are committed to providing friendly, convenient, leading-edge orthodontic care with exceptional results. Their motto is; "Changing lives, improving self-confidence. Since 1982." Dr. Serrano's orthodontic experience ranges from building healthy smiles using the latest technologies to treating craniofacial abnormalities. He also is a sleep dentist, treating patients for sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea at Arizona Sleep Apnea Solutions. You will find Dr. Serrano at 1515 E. Missouri Ave. building one smile at a

Hava Java began in Phoenix on February 27, 1992. From humble beginnings, Justin Shafer ("Mr. Hava Java") had a dream of a friendly place, where the world's best coffees, from the finest beans were served in a family atmosphere. He started his dream outside with the only state-of-the-art gourmet coffee cart in Arizona and went on to build a coffee business that became a legend. Hava Java is now the longest-running gourmet coffee company in Arizona. Hava Java uses only the finest roasted coffee beans and the most select ingredients to achieve the highest-quality products. Bottom line, you can't buy or make a better cup of coffee than Hava Java. And Justin’s gourmet coffee cart is still a Hava Java trademark. Hava Java is open 365 days a year from 5 a.m. until late night. The baristas know your name and your order. With its robust, high-quality beans, it is no wonder Hava Java is awarded year after year for outstanding coffee. Justin's motto is "Serve customers only the very best product possible, as expediently as possible, in a clean environment and make them your friends. Not only do I treat my customers the way I like to be treated, but I also treat my Crew Members with respect. I never forget where I came from!" With a tenaciously loyal clientele, Hava Java is a tasteful and immaculate store serving the best coffees, teas and baked goods. Quality, speed, cleanliness, friendship and respect - it's the Hava Java formula for success. Visit Hava Java at 3166 E. Camelback Road or call 602-954-9080.

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Tickets will be available at Cannedy Performing Arts Centre. Pam Cannedy opened her center on 7th Street and Rose Lane in 1988. Her vision was to create a studio in the heart of a strong community where she and her team could teach dance, develop a love of performing arts and inspire and teach life skills that lead to success. At Cannedy, it’s not just about dance, but about the development of the person. The philosophy at Cannedy Performing Arts Centre is to promote and build strong and healthy minds, bodies & souls, as well as a strong, positive character and integrity that will carry students successfully and confidently in all they choose to accomplish. For more information call 602-2650227 or visit www.cannedyperforming

Health care reform explained for businesses With key milestones in health care reform coming in 2013, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce offers “Health Care Reform: What’s the Prognosis for Your Business?” This is an industry expert panel discussion on the implications of health care reform measures for small and large businesses. It will take place 8-9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Whiteman Hall at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. The next few months will require action by business owners and this informative program will provide the groundwork for making high consequence decisions about employee health insurance coverage. The discussion will focus around key milestones

and how they will impact businesses, as well as weighing the pros and cons of providing health insurance to your employees versus paying a penalty to participate in the state exchange. Cost is $25 for chamber members and $45 for non-members. A continental breakfast will be provided. For more information and to register for this event, visit healthcare. Questions, call 602-4952182.

Tennis pro shop opens in Sunnyslope First Strike Tennis is a small pro shop that recently relocated to 8823 N. 3rd St. First Strike provides tennis racquets and bags at discounted prices, and stringing of racquets is available onsite. First Strike offers group and private tennis instruction by formerly nationally ranked player, Paul Sanchez. Currently, there is an intermediate class of players with an NTRP rating of 3.0 to 4.5, but Sanchez welcomes all beginner and intermediate adult players. Tennis instruction is conducted at a private location near 7th Street and Coral Gables. Hours of instruction for group classes are from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Contact First Strike Tennis for information regarding private lessons. For additional information and pricing, call 480-276-4366 or visit

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2012 Holiday Season. The program is a grassroots community development program founded by the team at Hobaica Services that specifically targets homeowners who are in need of a new air conditioning and heating system for their home and their families but are unable to afford it on their own. Candidates are selected and announced every week in November and December. Eligibility is fairly simple and requires the candidate to own their home and reside in that home in Maricopa County. Nominations can be submitted on line at or by calling 602-235-0235. Hobaica Services offers a challenge to all other business owners to do the same with their products and services and assist multiple families at this very special time of the year. For businesses interested in becoming part of BEGIN, call Paul Hobaica at 602-235-0235.

Seminar to assist nonprofit groups “Making Your Nonprofit Work” is the topic of a workshop set for 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the SSC Boring Building, 1951 W. North Lane. This interactive seminar focuses on the definition, importance and objectives of nonprofits as well as how they differ from for profit organizations. The roles and responsibilities of the board and the executive director will be clarified. Avenues of fund development will also be explored. The cost is $25 per person. The workshop is presented by the Greater Phoenix SCORE and the North Mountain Business Alliance. For details or to RSVP, call 602-745-7250 or visit www.greaterphoenix

Urban Cookies rebrands, expands Urban Cookies, a Phoenix-based gourmet bakery, last month debuted its new brand in celebration of the company’s seventh anniversary on Nov. 1. In addition to its slightly new name—Urban Cookies Bakeshop— and new logo, the company also remodeled its shop and launched a new holiday menu, all in an effort to emphasize the bakery’s focus on its fresh-baked menu utilizing local and organic ingredients. “As our business has grown, we have continually worked toward giving our customers what they really want from our bakery,” said co-owner Shaun Breese. “It’s become clear that what our customers really want is more gourmet pastries on our menu, in addition to our popular cookies and cupcakes.” Urban Cookies last month began rolling out its expanded fall and holiday menu with the debut of its roasted pear shortbread, a German chocolate cupcake, a pumpkin cupcake and Halloween ghost cupcakes. In November, pumpkin bread and ginger molasses bread will be showcased, as well as a ginger molasses cookie and Thanksgiving pies. Its December menu will include festive holiday cookies and cupcakes, as well as pies, cakes and breads. “Since winning Food Network’s Cupcake Wars last summer, our bakery has been on an all-new trajectory,” said co-owner and Cupcake Wars participant Brady Breese. The bakery’s building also is benefiting from a much-needed makeover. A photographic account of the rebrand and remodel progress, as well as the bakery’s new holiday menu can be found at

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Bobby Lieb Associate Broker

Your North Central Specialist 602-761-4646 View our listings at

Current Listings/Escrows

Bobby Lieb Associate Broker 602-376-1341 mobile E Mail:

Bobby Lieb’s Honors and Awards HomeSmart’s #1 Top Performing Agent for 2011 by volume out of 4,300 agents HomeSmart’s Diamond Club for 2011 Top Selling Agent in North Central for the ninth year in a row Ranked #9 in Total Dollar Volume for 2011 by the Phoenix Business Journal Named “Realtor of the Year for 2003” by the Phoenix Business Journal Runner up for Broker/Agent Magazine Realtor of the Year in 2003 Winner Double Diamond Award 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010

(North Central homes in bold)

7110 N. Ce n t r a l Ave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14,383 SF

5034 E. Lafayette Blvd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .LOT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 875,000 5961 E. Whitehorn Pl. . . .NEW PRICE 2831 W. Carlise Rd.

Kathy Wright Licensed Assistant 100% CLUB Award Winner 2001 – 2010

. . .4159 SF . . . . . .4BR/4BA . . . . .$ 779,000

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3374 SF . . . . . .4BR/2.5BA

333 E . Cl a r e m o n t St . . . .NEW PRICE 320 E . M a r yl a n d Ave .

. . .$ 750,000

. . .3514 SF . . . . . .5BR / 3.5BA . . .$ 749,000

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3882 SF . . . . . .5BR / 3BA . . . . .$ 745,000

1128 W. No r t h vi e w

. . . .JUST LISTED . .3135 SF . . . . . .4BR / 2.5BA . . .$ 669,000

8522 N. 10t h Ave .

. . . . .JUST LISTED . .3525 SF . . . . . .5BR / 3BA . . . . .$ 625,000

721 E . Ci r c l e R d. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3362 SF . . . . . .5BR / 3BA . . . . .$ 549,000 7501 N. Via De La Escuela IN ESCROW

. . .4680 SF . . . . . .4BR/4BA . . . . .$ 557,000

726 W. No r t h vi e w Ave . .JUST LISTED . .2601 SF . . . . . .4BR / 3BA . . . . .$ 539,000 6838 N. 3r d Ave .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2025 SF . . . . . .3BR / 3BA . . . . .$ 499,000

8847 N. 4t h Ave .

. . . . . .IN ESCROW

. . .3133 SF . . . . . .4BR / 3BA . . . . .$ 450,000

302 E . D e s e r t Pa r k . . . .IN ESCROW

. . .2273 SF . . . . . .3BR / 2BA . . . . .$ 450,000

10257 N. Ce n t r a l Ave . . .IN ESCROW

. . .2950 SF . . . . . .3BR / 2.5BA . . .$ 375,000

201 E . Ge o r g i a Ave .


. . .2225 SF . . . . . .3BR / 3BA . . . . .$ 365,000

320 W. He r r o L n . . . . . . .IN ESCROW

. . .2468 SF . . . . . .4BR / 2.5BA . . .$ 350,000

3808 S. Vermeersch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3000 SF 3+acres .4BR/2.5BA 2 W. Be r yl Ave .

. . . . . . .NEW PRICE

. . .$ 350,000

. . .1825 SF . . . . . .3BR / 2BA . . . . .$ 310,000

3828 S. Vermeersch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2700 SF3+ acres 4BR/4BA . . . . .$ 300,000 821 E . Pa l m a i r e Ave . . . .JUST LISTED . .3180 SF . . . . . .5BR / 4BA . . . . .$ 279,000 114 W. I n t e r l a c k e n D r.


. . .1996 SF . . . . . .3BR / 2.5BA . . .$ 275,000

1545 W. Gl e n n D r. . . . . .JUST LISTED . .1561 SF . . . . . .2BR / 2BA . . . . .$ 235,000 7348 N. 7t h Pl a c e

Winner Diamond Club 1999 - 2002

. . . .9BR / 14.5BA . . .$3,500,000

. . . . .NEW PRICE

7025 N. 10t h Pl a c e .

. . .2396 SF . . . . . .3BR / 2.75BA . . .$ 214,750

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2000 SF . . . . . .3BR / 2BA . . . . .$ 220,000

1637 W. Ha r m o n t D r. . . .IN ESCROW

. . .1868 SF . . . . . .3BR / 2BA . . . . .$ 190,000

6532 N. 16t h D r. . . . . . . .JUST LISTED . .1484 SF . . . . . .3BR / 2BA . . . . .$ 179,000 5136 N. 31s t Pl . #622

. .JUST LISTED . .1224 SF . . . . . .1BR / 1.5BA . . .$ 145,000

18402 W. Maui Ln. . . . . .IN ESCROW

. . .2757 SF . . . . . .4BR/2BA . . . . .$ 125,000

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Bobby Lieb Associate Broker

1 MILLION REASONS TO HIRE US TO SELL YOUR HOME OR HELP YOU BUY! 2012 Sales 5302 N. 47TH St-. 450 E. Ocotillo Rd. 6014 E. Jenan Dr. 6622 N. 31ST Pl. 5856 N. Echo Canyon

2009 Sales

$2,600,000 $1,350,000 $1,248,000 $1,170,000 $1,125,000

2011 Sales 12234 S. Honahlee 79 Biltmore Estates 7110 N. Central Ave. 5000 E. Desert Park 13297 E. Summit

$3,250,000 $2,750,000 $1,800,000 $1,185,000 $1,050,000

2010 Sales 307 W. Lamar 5902 E. Lafayette 8344 N. Sendero Tres 5600 N. 4TH St.

$1,375,000 $1,350,000 $1,050,000 $1,000,000

5320 E. Palo Verde 6518 E. BAR Z 7315 N. 4TH Dr. 5580 E. Royal Palm 4743 N. 54th St. 5015 E. Doubletree 5302 E. Mercer Ln.

2007 Sales

$2,600,000 $2,225,000 $1,380,000 $1,300,000 $1,249,000 $1,225,000 $1,000,000

2008 Sales 6920 E. Hummingbird $3,500,000 815 E. Orangewood $1,925,000 48 W. Foothill $1,125,000 4307 E. North Ln. $1,100,000 27 W. Montebello $1,032,000 37 W. Sierra Vista $1,000,000

30 Biltmore Estate 7110 N. Central Ave. 4117 E. Fanfol 4954 E. Lafayette 36 E. State 324 W. Rose Ln. 6428 N. 30th Pl. 15730 E. Eagle Crest 7716 N. 1st Ave. 146 E. Claremont St.

$5,860,000 $3,200,000 $1,615,000 $1,380,000 $1,300,000 $1,100,000 $1,050,000 $1,030,000 $1,000,000 $1,000,000

We’ve sold 37 million-dollar-plus homes over the past six years. We can do it for you, too!

90 Homes SOLD in 2011, 93 Homes SOLD in 2012 and 8 In Escrow. Call 602-761-4646 today for a complimentary marketing consultation! SOLD Homes in 2012 5302 N. 47th St. $2,600,000 450 E. Ocotillo Rd. $1,345,000 6622 N. 31st Place $1,170,000 6014 E. Jenan Dr. $1,248,000 5856 N. Echo Canyon Ln. $1,125,000 2109 E. Kaler Dr. $ 940,000 6840 N. 1st Ave. $ 825,000 5241 E. Palo Verde Dr. $ 760,000 23214 N. 39th Ter $ 750,000 10800 E. Cactus Rd. #32 $ 685,000 5120 N. 34th Place $ 685,000 7814 N. Central Ave. $ 675,000 2418 E. San Miguel Ave. $ 675,000 5116 N. 34th Place $ 665,000

102 W. Morten Ave. 6719 N. Central Ave. 1560 W. Augusta Ave. 19 W. Morten Ave. 112 W. Kaler Dr. 120 W. Keim Dr. 7149 N. 6th Place 6206 N. Mockingbird 305 W. Rose Ln. 23209 N. 39th Terrace 6101 N. 2nd Pl. 11435 N. 124th Place 2819 W. Glenn Dr. 1011 W. Palo Verde Dr.

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

638,000 625,000 600,000 599,000 590,000 575,500 528,500 525,000 525,000 515,000 509,000 480,000 475,000 429,000

1543 E. Estrid Ave. 530 W. Palo Verde Dr. 9180 W. Molly Ln. 2557 E. Desert Ln. 1320 E. Luke Ave. 7102 N. 6th Ave. 223 W. Augusta Ave. 20 E. Desert Park 518 W. Butler Dr. 503 W. Puget Ave. 7814 N. 6th St. 7339 N. 6th Way 201 W. Seldon Ln. 1113 W. Stella Ln.

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

425,000 425,000 422,000 421,635 418,000 415,000 400,000 385,000 380,000 350,000 350,000 348,000 345,000 320,000

145 W. Glendale Ave. $ 10244 N. Central Ave. $ 9053 N. 28th St. $ 15422 N. 57th St. $ 5827 N. 10th St. $ 14209 E. Nightingale Ln. $ 222 W. Echo Ln. $ 13026 N. Northstar Dr. $ 50 E. Lamar Rd. $ 15249 N. 4th St. $ 7708 N. 1st Ave. $ 336 W. Diana Ave. $ 8419 N. 17th Dr. $ 306 N. Claremont $

320,000 315,000 305,000 300,000 295,000 290,000 281,000 280,000 265,000 260,000 260,000 250,000 248,000 245,000

1314 W. Golden Ln. 6340 N. 6th Way. 937 E. Lois Ln. 8116 N. 16th Dr. 10656 E. Medina Ave. 14015 N. 47th St. 6320 N. 11th St. 7045 N. 12th St. 5804 N. 14th Dr. 725 E. Royal Palm 5712 N. 12th Pl. 5825 N. 12th Pl. #7 814 W. Oregon Ave. 308 W. Townley Ave.

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

238,000 235,000 231,000 227,000 216,400 212,500 211,000 210,000 203,500 200,000 200,000 190,000 184,000 179,000

1001 E. Griswold #9 2557 E. Desert Ln. (lot) 1582 S. Western Skies 547 W. Oregon 17266 W. Bridger St. 1032 E. Clinton St. 126 W. Elm St. 721 W Oregon Ave. 8000 N. Central Ave. #8 7009 N. 14th Dr. 140 E. Ingram 6729 N. 16th St. #22 4501 W. Whitton Ave. 9601 N. 4th Ave.

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

172,000 171,000 171,000 170,000 170,000 166,100 155,000 153,500 135,000 135,000 90,000 38,200 30,000 15,000

For all your escrow and title insurance needs, contact Kathy Zobel, Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager 5225 N. Central Ave. #103 Phoenix Arizona 85012 (602) 595-5545 • (602) 595-5404 (fax) •

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Stay healthy during flu season By Jeffrey Schultz, M.D.

Flu season is upon us. During this busy time of year, no one wants to get sick. Staying informed can help you maintain good health during the fall and winter months when the flu is most prevalent. Influenza is a virus characterized by high fevers, severe headaches, a cough, a sore throat, body aches and chills, among other symptoms. It typically lasts a week, but some people can remain ill from the flu virus for up to two weeks. While there is no guaranteed way to avoid the flu, there are some measures you can take to reduce your chances of contracting the virus. The most important thing you can do is get a flu vaccine each year. Getting the vaccine can prevent you from getting the flu or lessen the severity of the illness if you do catch the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that small children, adults over the age of 60, people who work in health care or other high-risk fields and pregnant women get the vaccine each year. If you don’t fit into any of those categories, it is still wise to get the vaccine to help protect yourself and those around you from the virus. When patients tell me they are concerned about getting immunized, I tell them that for every complication from the flu vaccine, thousands of lives are saved. From my perspective, it is worthwhile for everyone to get vaccinated. Also, proper and frequent hand washing, coughing into your elbow rather than your hands and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth can go a long way in preventing the spread of the flu virus. How to treat the flu If you do contract the flu, there are some things you can do to ease your symptoms. If you see your doctor right away, you can take antiviral medication that may decrease the duration and severity of the flu. It is only effective if you begin taking it within 24 to 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.

At home, you can help ease the symptoms of the flu by taking ibuprofen (you should avoid aspirin due to the risk of Reye’s syndrome, a potentially dangerous complication of the flu), drinking plenty of fluids and resting. It’s important to remember that until you are fever-free for 24 hours, you are still contagious. Stay home until you are feeling better. See your doctor right away if you have trouble breathing, have a headache that is so severe that you can’t concentrate, or if you experience signs of dehydration. People with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease and asthma, need to pay closer attention and contact their doctor at the first sign of complications. Here’s to a healthy fall and winter! Jeffrey Schultz, M.D. is an emergency physician and associate medical director/pre-hospital medical director at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital. Visit The information in “To Your Health” is provided by John C. Lincoln Health Network as general information only. For medical advice, please consult your physician.

Health Briefs Environmental toxins that are linked to cancer Banner Good Samaritan’s Esophageal Cancer Support Group offers support for patients, families and community members dealing with this or other types of cancers. The next meeting is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in Brown Health Sciences Library LL2 at Banner Good Samaritan, 1111 E. McDowell Road. Guest speaker is Marianne Marchese, NMD, Naturopathic Family Care, who will discuss which toxins in the environment may be linked to cancer and how to boost your immune system. Guests can park in the visitor’s parking structure outside of the main lobby, or use the hospital’s free valet service. Dinner will be provided. RSVP to Terry Ratner, RN, MFA, at 602-839-4970 or 602-527-3776.

Boatright specializes in ‘instrument adjusting’ Dr. Rick Boatright, a nationally recognized expert in a form of chiropractic care called “instrument adjusting,” earlier this year bought Desert Rose Chiropractic at 532 E. Maryland Ave.

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Boatright was one of the first chiropractors to achieve an “Advanced Proficiency Rating” in the Activator technique and was an Activator instructor during the 1980s and ’90s. In 2012, he became the fourth doctor in Arizona to achieve full certification in the Impulse technique, a newer chiropractic instrument adjusting technique. “I love instrument adjusting,” says Boatright. “It’s the most specific and complete way of working with the entire skeletal frame that I’ve ever seen. I’m not limited to backs and necks. I can work with every accessible joint in the body. It’s gentle enough for newborn babies and frail, elderly people, but effective enough for strong, healthy athletes, too.” Accompanied by his wife, Linda McBride-Boatright, a clinical laboratory scientist, and Alexis Wilson, a certified chiropractic assistant and Boatright’s laser therapist, Desert Rose offers gentle, effective, instrument adjusting. Free inoffice consultations are available. For more information, call 602-264-6300.

Harris honored by March of Dimes March of Dimes Arizona Chapter recently announced its 2012 Nurse of the Year Awards winners. Among them was Judith Harris from Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Hundreds of nurses throughout Arizona were nominated by their patients, peers and administrators in one or more of 14 different categories. The March of Dimes Nurse of the Year winners were revealed at the Aug. 25 gala at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. The annual March of Dimes event pulled in more than $126,000, which will go to support future funding for nursing scholarships in Arizona as well as benefit the March of Dimes Arizona Chapter in its pursuit to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

New offerings at Kinesphere Kinesphere Pilates, which recently expanded its studio at 711 E. Missouri Ave., Suite 180, is expanding its holistic movement offerings. Jenny Showlater joins the staff as a certified pilates instructor, personal trainer, and registered Somatic Movement (SM) therapist. Showlater will be available at Kinesphere Mondays and Wednesdays for 30- and 60-minute

private and semi-private sessions, as well as teaching group reformer class and SomaUnwind, a unique, gentle class to help restore inner harmony. Yang-style Tai Chi classes with Master Teacher David Block have been added 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Nov. 13. Learn the traditional long form of Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan. Block has been teaching and practicing Tai Chi Chuan in the Valley since 1975. Classes are ongoing and suitable for students at all levels of fitness. Cost is $62 a month. Instructor Lisa Thorngren has created Resistance Band Ballet and is offering the first workshop 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Cost of the class is $15 and is open to all with an advanced beginner ballet experience. For more information on these or other classes, visit or call 602-532-3111.

YMCA dental clinic now serving adults The Legacy Foundation ChrisTown YMCA, 5517 N. 17th Ave., recently marked the one-year anniversary of its new on-site medical and dental clinic to serve Valley children in need. One year later, the Chris-Town YMCA clinic has expanded services to assist adults in need. The medical and dental clinic serves children in need of care due to underfunded, school-based clinics around the Valley continuing to shut down due to economic decline. Underinsured and non-insured school children in need of healthcare from as far as Buckeye are being brought to the Legacy Foundation Chris-Town YMCA by parents who have no other option for their children. Over the past school year ending this July, more than 1,900 children were seen at the YMCA clinic. Demand for adult care from these families has prompted the YMCA to offer adult medical care during specific hours every other Wednesday night. This care is available thanks to a partnership with the Phoenix Baptist Hospital Family Medical Center. The three-hour window is often booked solid with as many as 30 adults being seen each time the clinic opens for them. Medical and dental professionals from throughout the Valley continue to volunteer their time to the clinic when needed. For more information about the clinic, call 602-404-9622.

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A Night in Bethlehem


Ready to take your family back in time? Want to make some family memories you’ll treasure forever? And would you like to have a blast as you do it?

Then mark Friday, Nov. 30, on your calendar! Come to First Church where your family will travel back to ancient Bethlehem. You’ll taste, see, and smell what daily life was like when Jesus was born. You’ll find stations and activities for kids of all ages, so bring your whole family. The doors open at 5 p.m. and we’ll keep the city gates open until 7 p.m. There’s something for everyone! Encourage your child to bring friends. At A Night in Bethlehem, the more the merrier!

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City of Phoenix Safety Coordinator Don Cross and several Orangewood students lead hundreds of other Orangewood walkers on a safe walk to school (submitted photo).

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Walk to School Day draws large turnout Orangewood School students were among thousands from across the state who participated in International Walk to School Day activities the first week of October. Celebrated every year in October, International Walk to School Day is promoted by the Partnership for a Walkable America, a public/private alliance of organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals who have come together to promote the benefits of walking, pedestrian safety and the changes needed to make communities safer for walking. Orangewood’s walkers included students, parents, teachers and representatives of the city of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department. Students also participated in the City of Phoenix essay and poster contest for the event and winners were announced at each school.

Suns, GCU team up for special honors The Phoenix Suns and Grand Canyon University (GCU) have launched two educational initiatives for the 2012-13 school year: “Educator of the Month,” a program designed to reward the exemplary efforts of Valley teachers and guidance counselors, and the “Find Your Purpose” Essay Contest

for Valley high school seniors. The “Educator of the Month” program will recognize teachers and guidance counselors who excel in the classroom and are dedicated to the community in an effort to help students make the most of their educational careers. Students are encouraged to nominate an “Educator of the Month” by logging on to to submit an application. The Suns will select one honoree to be recognized each month throughout the 2012-13 season. Honorees of the award will receive four lower-level tickets to an upcoming Suns home game, a $50 Team Shop gift card and the unique opportunity to watch the Suns pre-game warm-ups from the team’s bench prior to participating in an on-court photograph. Students who nominate the winning “Educator of the Month” will also receive four lower-level tickets to the Suns home game in which his or her educator is honored. Additionally, the student will have the opportunity to watch the Suns warm up with his or her educator from the team’s bench. High school seniors can participate in the “Find Your Purpose” Essay Contest by submitting a 1,000 to 1,500-word essay that answers the question, “What does ‘Find Your Purpose’ mean to you as a prospective college student and how will this scholarship help you ‘Find Your Purpose’ if you are selected?” Essays will be accepted through Dec. 15. Students can log-

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on to for additional information and to submit their essay. One lucky winner will be chosen to receive a $10,000 tuition credit to Grand Canyon University. In addition, all essay finalists will be invited to attend a GCU basketball game featuring Suns entertainment on Jan.19, 2013.

Kiwanis honor local students Two local students were honored by the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyslope during its “Student of the Month” luncheon, held Oct. 4 at Dillon’s BBQ on Top of Central. Honored as a Student of Month were Kirsten Linnartz of Sunnyslope High School and Diana Lizeldy Hernandez Perez from Central High. Linnartz ranks in the top 10 of her senior class and excels both academically as well as athletically. She is the cross country team captain and also plays tennis and soccer and is on the swim team. She is vice president of the school’s Key Club and has been accepted into the Naval Academy, where she hopes to medicine or engineering. Linnartz is described as a leader both off and on the field and praised for her strong work ethic and excellent character. Central High’s Perez also is a scholar-athlete, maintaining a 4.7 GPA while serving as captain of the swim team. She is an officer in the school’s National Honor Society as also is a member of several other campus clubs; in the summer she is a volunteer lifeguard. Perez hopes to attend Dartmouth College and student software engineering. The Kiwanis honor outstanding students each month as a way of applauding their academic and leadership successes and encouraging them to continue to set an example for their fellow students. The students receive a framed certificate and a bumper sticker, as well as a Visa gift card.

School Briefs MADISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT Chess team rocks, presidents rock Four Madison Traditional Academy students—Jacob Schuerman, Pierce Shafer, Malachi Ruthenberg and Evan Fox—competed in a Chess Emporium chess tournament at Mountain Trails

Sunnyslope High School senior Kirsten Linnartz, left, and Central High senior Diana Lizeldy Hernandez Perez were honored last month by the Sunnyslope Kiwanis Club as their “Students of the Month” (photo by Teri Carnicelli).

Middle School. Schuerman won the K-6 Champ section of the tournament with a perfect score, securing the team trophy. MTA fourth- and fifth-grade students attended a musical titled “Rock the Presidents,” held in the school cafeteria. The Childsplay show focuses on our nation’s 44 presidents and was written by Arizonan Dwayne Hartford. The please see ROCKS on page 32

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Students from Madison Simis third-grade teacher Michaela Brewster’s class show off the coins they collected as part of a fall fundraiser (submitted photo). ROCKS continued from page 31

musical is touring Valley schools before starting a national tour. The musical relates to the fourth- and fifth-grade Social Studies standards.

Coin drive adds up Madison Simis Elementary School conducted a weeklong coin drive as part of its annual Parent Teacher Organization Fall Fundraiser. The students watched as their coins added up to $7,382. MidFirst Bank on 7th Street and Thunderbird Road supported the Fall Fundraising efforts by bringing the bank’s fundraising van, along with two ATM machines, to deposit and count all of the proceeds. The children crossed their fingers to see who would collect the most money and win lunch with Principal Joyce Flowers. Michaela Brewster’s third grade class collected the most coins, totaling $664.29. MidFirst Bank matched the first $750 raised.

District hosts High School night Madison No. 1 Middle School will host High School Night on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This annual event brings in representatives from Valley high schools so that seventh and eighth grade students and families may gather information as they prepare to transition to high school. The event takes place in the Madison No. 1 Student Union, 5525 N. 16th St.

Rose Lane PTO sponsors successful fundraisers Madison Rose Lane’s PTO has held several fundraising events to raise money

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for the school. The group raised more than $700 at its annual bingo night event in which students, parents and teachers enjoyed pizza and bingo games. The PTO also raised $500 at a dineout night held at Culver’s. The restaurant also gave the school hundreds of certificates for free frozen custards for students who are working hard.

parents could learn strategies to help support their children in math at home. Teachers shared how the common core standards impact what their children are learning in math. Parents and their children learned math games using playing cards to teach and learn math games the parents can play with their kids at home.

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Madison Heights first grade students are learning about solids and liquids during their science classes—in Spanish. Heights offers a Spanish Immersion program where science is taught in Spanish in addition to the regular Spanish conversation classes offered in first grade. The solids and liquids unit was the perfect start to the program because it emphasizes communication through describing, explaining and classifying.

Parents help with math at home More than 370 Madison Camelview parents and students attended Math Night at the school so

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NBA Hall of Famers Ralph Sampson, Mark West and Tim Kempton, along with Phoenix Suns personnel, visited the North High campus on Sept. 21 for a Stay In School Town Hall assembly. The Hall of Famers, in town for the Jerry Colangelo Golf Classic, teamed up with the First Impressions Foundation to present to the students. The visit also included a seniors-only college expo, where seniors got advice and information on post-secondary opportunities from local institutions. The students had an opportunity to win prizes ranging from electronic devices to paid college application fees.

Fashion students go over the top for tea Metro Tech’s Fashion Program had three finalists and a grand-prize winner in the annual Ritz Carlton Tea Competition. The competition draws hat designers and “fashionistas” from all over the city. Contestants are required to wear or design a hat and attend tea at the Ritz

NBA Hall of Famer Ralph Sampson, standing at 7-foot 4-inches tall, stands with North High student Victoria Luna, a member of the JV Spirit line, during a visit to the school on Sept. 21 (submitted photo).

Carlton-Phoenix. Metro Tech’s Fashion/Interior Technology program had more than 60 students attend tea Aug. 27-28. Many of the students designed their own hat for the event. Twenty people were chosen and invited to the finalist tea on Sept. 9, with a guest of their choice. Aracely Nunez and Melissa Ruiz, both second year fashion students, and Alejandra Bocardo, a first year fashion student, were selected as hat design finalists. All three students designed their hats from scratch. Fashion industry judges chose the four winners from the following four categories: Vintage, Classic Elegance, Chic Trendy, and Over the Top. Ruiz took a grand prize for the Over the Top Category. Her prize was tea for two for a year at the Ritz Carlton-Phoenix valued at $1,200.

Central receives award from Department of State Blanca Ruebenthaal from the Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in Washington, D.C., recently came out to personally thank Central High School for its work with international students.

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Desert View Principal Maria Farmer, left, and kindergarten teacher Margie Aragon, recently were recognized with separate awards (submitted photo).

Solar installations aid WESD utility costs The Washington Elementary School District will save an estimated $2.1 million in reduced energy costs over the next 20 years due to solar energy systems that are being installed at Mountain View School, 801 W. Peoria Ave., and Sunnyslope School, 245 E. Mountain View Road. Wilson Solar is installing the systems; installation began in August. Tioga Energy will own, operate and maintain the systems, selling the schools the generated solar electricity at rates far below those of the utility company. Tioga has assumed the up-front costs of building the two systems. The Mountain View project includes the installation of 1,896 solar panels and is expected to save almost $28,000 in energy and operational costs in the first year. Sunnyslope’s installation of 1,416 solar panels is expected to save $26,000 in energy and operational costs in the first year. In December 2011, Arizona Public Service (APS) invited schools to submit applications for solar installations due to a federal government incentive program. Mountain View and Sunnyslope schools were the only two schools in Arizona to be awarded solar projects at that time. In addition to providing solar systems for the schools, Tioga Energy sponsored curriculum training for 42 teachers to support them in working with students in the classroom on energy- and solar-related topics.

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PRIVATE AND CHARTER SCHOOLS Xavier students spend day at Mayo Six Xavier College Preparatory seniors completed The Perry Initiative’s program at the Mayo Clinic for high school women aspiring to be leaders in Orthopedic Surgery and Engineering. The Perry Initiative partners with medical centers, universities, and high schools to host Perry Outreach Programs for young women in high school, college, and medical school. These daylong programs are held at different locations nationwide throughout the year. The Perry Outreach Program Curriculum has been shown to increase self-confidence in young women’s abilities in science and medicine. A committee of engineering and medical faculty reviewed all of the applications, and the students were selected based upon the strength of their applications and the quality of their essays.

Three private schools host open houses Phoenix Country Day School, 3901 E. Stanford Drive, invites the community to visit the campus at a fall Admissions Open House, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Faculty and staff will be available to explain the school’s programs and answer questions. Visitors may take part in three different breakout sessions during open house: Athletics Overview (11:10-11:30 a.m.); Conversation with the headmaster and division heads (11:40 a.m-12 p.m.); and College Counseling Overview (12:10-12:30 p.m.) Pre-registration is appreciated but not required; visit For more information, call 602-955-8200. Brophy College Preparatory, 4701 N. Central Ave., hosts its annual Open House for prospective students and their families from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Campus tours and information about academic programs, co-curricular activities, financial aid, transportation, and the admissions process will all be available. Reservations are not needed. Applications for the Class of 2017 are available online at For more information, call 602-264-5291, ext. 6233. All Saints’ Episcopal Day School, 6300 N. Central Ave., will hold an

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Participating in the Perry Outreach Program are Xavier College Prep students, from left: Paulina Mangubat, Emily Marogi, Chrissy Hall, Emily Serrano, Eleni Moschonas and Isabella Germinario (submitted photo).

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Senior Living Workshop for caregivers for ‘surviving the holidays’ Many of us look forward to the holiday season as time to spend with our loved ones. However, caregivers in particular face additional challenges during the holidays as they try to maintain traditional festivities combined with the demands of caregiving. Caregivers, whether spouses, adult children or other loved ones, are invited to attend a free workshop presented by Duet on coping and self-care. The workshop will take place 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale Ave. There will be activities, lunch, door prizes and entertainment. Suntree Adult Day Health Care, 4120 N. 20th St., will provide free respite so caregivers are able to attend the workshop. Care will be provided from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the day of the workshop. Pack a lunch for your loved one or buy a lunch for $5 from Suntree. RSVPs for the workshop are required by Nov. 5. RSVP to Brett Petersen at 602-274-5022, Ext. 43 and indicate if you will need respite.

Free program hosts Marshall Trimble The Beatitudes Campus, a continuing care retirement community in North Central Phoenix, continues its special “First Wednesdays” educational series. November’s First Wednesdays event on Nov. 7 welcome the “Will Rogers of Arizona,” Marshall Trimble, beginning at 10 a.m. at Beatitudes Campus Town Plaza, located at 1610 W. Glendale Ave. Trimble—a historian, writer and performer—will help honor and thank the veterans who live at Beatitudes Campus and veterans from the broader community through his folk music and storytelling. He is a former U.S. Marine and in 2004 was inducted into the Arizona Veteran’s Hall of Fame. In 2011, he received the Al Merito Award from the Arizona Historical Society in recognition for his lifelong service in promoting Arizona history. There is no charge to attend and sessions are open to the public. RSVP to by Nov. 6 or call 602-335-8473.

AARP offers free driver classes for vets AARP Driver Safety during the month of November will waive tuition fees to its classroom course in Arizona and across the country for veterans in recognition of their dedication and commitment to service. The usual cost for taking the course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. All military personnel—active duty, separated, or retired—are eligible to receive a free AARP Driver Safety classroom course during November. Military spouses and children also are eligible to take the free class. To locate a classroom course call tollfree 866-238-0294 or visit org/veterans. All registrations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Veterans and their families also may take the AARP Driver Safety online course at 50 percent off the normal course price. To receive 50 percent off of the online course visit and enter the promotion code “Veterans” when prompted during registration and checkout. The promotion code is valid through Nov. 30. Upon registration, participants will have 60 days to complete the online course.

Educational, fun events at center The Sunnyslope Senior Center, 802 E. Vogel Ave., offers a monthly calendar of events to entertain, educate and enliven. This month’s events include: • Thanksgiving Social, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 with music by DJ Glen Crimson. • Homemade Crafts Sale, 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19. All items are under $10, and there will be a bake sale as well. • Shopping trip to the Anthem Outlet Mall, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20. Suggested RAR is $2.50. Bring money to purchase lunch. Sign up at the front desk. • A tour of the City of Phoenix Crime Lab, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27. Suggested RAR is $2.50. Sign up at the front desk. • “Varicose Veins,” presented by John C. Lincoln Hospitals, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. For more information, call the center at 602-256-4387.

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Outstanding youths sought for award The city of Phoenix is encouraging high school students to apply for the Outstanding Young Man/Young Woman Awards. The program honors the achievements of Phoenix youth; winners will have the chance to win up to $2,250. Applications are available online at The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 7. For more information, call 602-534-4444 or e-mail

Classes, day camps, more at Sunrays Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 3110 E. Thunderbird Road, hosts a Gymnastics “Supercamp” Nov. 12, 21 and 23. The day camp program is for ages 3-12. Kids will enjoy gymnastics, dance, karate, sports, special guests, a bounce house, and more. There is a half-day camp option from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per day. Full-day option is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $50 per day. Sibling discounts are available. Extended care is offered from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Families also can enjoy free Baby Gym Classes from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on select Wednesdays in November and December. Babies 6 to 16 months of age can jump on trampolines, tumble on mats, and crawl, jump, swing, and climb on gymnastics equipment. Parent participation is required. Sunrays also offers free Baby Dance Classes from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on select Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in November and December. These dropin classes are for babies who are walking up to age 2 ½. Parent participation is

Free movies in the park Biltmore Fashion Park, 2502 E. Camelback Road, shows movies under the stars at its Center Lawn 7:30 p.m. on select Fridays. Upcoming films include “The Devil Wears Prada” on Nov. 9, “Big” on Nov. 16, and “Rocky” on Nov. 30. Get in the spirit of the holidays will old favorite “A Christmas Story” on Dec. 7 and new favorite, “The Holiday,” starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz, on Dec. 14. Movies are complimentary and shown in their original, unedited format. Seating is first come, first serve and guests can bring blankets and chairs from home. Supervised children and pets are welcome. Several of the restaurants in the center provide to-go service, and picnicking in the Center Lawn is allowed. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted and glass containers are strongly discouraged. For more details, call 602-955-1963. Moonlight Movies in the Park returns this month to Steele Indian School Park’s amphitheater with “Remember the Titans,” 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Presented by Councilman Tom Simplot’s office and sponsored by Toyota, the movie is free to attend. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. No glass containers, please. Leashed and well-behaved pets are welcome. The park is located at 3rd Street and Indian School Road. For more information, call Simplot’s office at 602-262-7447.

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kicks off Arizona’s leafy greens season, which will also be promoted in a partnership with Bashas’ Family of Stores— the family-owned grocer that operates Food City, AJ’s Fine Foods, and Bashas’ supermarkets. As the top producer of leafy greens during the winter months, Arizona’s leafy greens industry employs more than 20,000 and generates an estimated $1 billion in financial impacts to the state’s economy. Nearly 90 percent of the leafy greens lettuce consumed in the United States and Canada between the months of November through March comes from Arizona. Arizona Leafy Greens graphics will be displayed throughout the grocer’s more than 120 stores in the state, and through recipes and promotions announced on the Arizona Leafy Greens Facebook site. More information is available at

Orchid society holds ‘Orchidfest’ The Desert Valley Orchid Society (DVOS) will sponsor a free Orchid Show and Workshop Nov. 3-4 at Baker Nursery, 3414 N. 40th St. There will be orchid displays, a plant sale, workshops on “Growing Orchids in the Desert,� “Growing Orchids In Your Home,� “How And When To Repot Orchids,� and other orchid culture topics. Visitors to the show will be asked to vote for “Best in the Show.� Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For details, call Demitris Sagias at 480-335-6207.

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The historic Roosevelt Neighborhood hosts its annual home tour and classic car show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The tour is guided by historians familiar with the showcased homes, lofts and businesses that will be featured. Some of the properties date back to the founding of the city of Phoenix. There also will be an antique car show as well as residents modeling period clothing. Tour tickets will be available the day of the event at the TourFest booth located at 3rd Avenue and Portland Street. The tour runs simultaneously with the Local First Arizona Certfied Local Fall Festival along Portland Parkway. Tickets for the home tour are $15 for adults, $10 for students with ID, and $5 for children 2-12. For more information about the home tour or to purchase adult tickets for $12 (until Nov. 8), visit www.rooseveltneighbor

Purchase lunch items, seasonal crafts, baked goods, homemade dips and salsas, and fresh produce at the annual Rehab Without Walls (RWW) Farmers Market, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. Rehab Without Walls is located at 7227 N. 16th St. RWW’s clients are people who have sustained brain or spinal cord injuries. They work the event, side by side with their therapists. Some, if not all, of the vegetables are donated by local farmers. The crafts are made by RWW’s patients, staff, and people in the community. Many of the baked goods and other food items are especially prepared by local men and women who love to cook and these items are their specialties. The tamales are donated by The Tamale Store. A local band provides entertainment. The proceeds from this event benefit camps and programs for brain and spinal cord injury survivors. For more information, call 602-943-1012.

Home tour returns to Sunnyslope See a mix of modern and historic homes in the 100-year-old community that lies in the shadow of North Mountain as the Sunnyslope Historical Society puts on its seventh-annual home tour, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17-18. Shuttle busses will transport home tour visitors from the Sunnyslope History Museum at 737 E. Hatcher Road to the various homes on the tour, all but one of which were built more than 50 years ago. One house was built in 1923. A guide will accompany each tour bus, explaining what, if any, upgrades have been done to the home and any historical significance. In addition, tour participants will have a chance to go inside the 1940s house adjacent to the Sunnyslope History Museum. It was opened for the first time in September. The home has been restored and decorated to show what life was like 70 years ago. Tour tickets are $35 per person. Busses will leave every hour beginning at 10 a.m. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Call 602-3313150 or visit the museum during the business hours of 12-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and also Sundays. Cash or checks only.

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AAIC hosts fine art exhibit and sale The Arizona American Italian Club (AAIC), 7509 N. 12th St., presents a special event featuring master paintings from the “Barr Collection” 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The works, ranging from impressionistic to representational, are all created by master painter and Phoenix resident Gary F. Barr. No matter what he paints, collectors are assured that each work will be completely different. To view examples of Barr’s works, visit Collector lithographs will be available for purchase at the event, and one lithograph will be raffled. There will be music by violinist James Apperson and light hors d’oeuvres. Admission is free, however, donations are greatly appreciated and will be given to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. For more information, call the AAIC at 602-944-3090.

A & E Briefs Avenue of the Arts Show & Sale 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 Beatitudes Campus 1610 W. Glendale Ave. 602-544-5000 Guests will enjoy a Designer Art Mart, silent auction, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Funds raised will promote an Art Program to enrich the lives of Beatitudes Campus residents, as well as older adults in the wider community. Individual tickets are $65 per person and include a raffle ticket for a special item signed by artist Ed Mell. Valet parking will be provided. Visit

‘Opus’ Actors Theatre Nov. 2-18 Herberger Theater Center 222 E. Monroe 602-252-8497 The story of a world-class string quartet whose musical genius goes off his medication and becomes completely erratic. When he’s fired, the group takes a chance on a gifted but relatively inexperienced young woman who must guide the quartet in prepar-

ing for a performance of a grueling Beethoven masterpiece to be televised in a White House ceremony. Tickets are $20.50-$43.50 plus fees. Visit

Arizona Humanities Festival: American Jukebox 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 Civic Space Park 444 N. Central Ave. Free and open to the public. This year’s theme will explore the evolution of American music. Over the course of our nation’s history, the musical traditions from our many cultures have combined to create new harmonies, from Native American to ragtime to country and more. This year’s festival provides a fascinating look at American styles of music and the unique part Arizona has played in crafting those melodies. Pack a picnic, spread a blanket, and enjoy the music. Visit Festival.php for a full schedule of performers.

‘Western Eye’ Photography Exhibit Nov. 5-29 Eric Fischl Gallery Phoenix College 1202 W. Thomas Road The opening reception is set for 57:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. Admission is free. Interest in photography has exploded over the last 10 years and this annual exhibit gives visitors a chance to see the fresh work of some of Arizona’s creative undergraduates. The show is juried and this year the judge is Jesse Pearson, a fine arts photographer.

“School House Rock Live! Jr.” Christian Youth Theater Nov. 9-11 & 16-18 Phoenix Center for the Arts, 3rd Street Theater 1202 N. 3rd St. Visit “Conjunction Junction” to “Unpack Your Adjectives” while you “Do the Circulation”. “Generation X-ers” seeking a taste of nostalgia will delight in introducing their own kids to this good, clean, and educational fun! Come discover why this Schoolhouse rocks! Tickets are 415 general admission, $12

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‘Alice in Wonderland’ With Orchestra 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 PV United Methodist Church 4455 E. Lincoln Drive 623-282-AZPA Arizona Pro Arte’s orchestra performs live music to the early 1900s silent film “Alice in Wonderland.” The evening opens with projections of period artwork of famous sites within the city of London, accompanied by Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 “London,” followed by the silent film brought to life by classical musical selections performed during the movie. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors, and 17 and younger admitted for free. Purchase tickets at the door or online at

7th Annual Parade of the Arts 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 Roosevelt Row’s A.R.T.S. Market 408 E. Roosevelt St. 602-340-0670 The theme of this year’s popular event is “Legend City,” named after an amusement park that once graced Phoenix in order to inspire a sense of nostalgia and carnival-like atmosphere in event participants. They are encouraged to parade on foot, on pedals, or nonmotorized floats in ways that express their own creativity and sense of community. Performances by musicians dance troupes, and more will usher in the start of the parade at 6 p.m. The free family-friendly event features face painting and crafts, as well as prizes by local artist Jason Alan Davis for the best parade displays in different categories. Food trucks and a beer garden will be present, and free parking will be available at the Arizona Center (5th Street and Van Buren) and Phoenix Center for the Arts (1202 N. 3rd St.) Visit

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“Anything Goes” Tea Party 12-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 Ritz-Carlton Phoenix 2401 E. Camelback Road 602-468-0700 Guests will have an exclusive chance to enjoy afternoon tea with the cast of smash hit Broadway revival “Anything Goes,” which is making a stop at ASU Gammage Nov. 13-18. The tea party will include a traditional Full Tea including assorted finger sandwiches, fresh scones and tea-infused pastries as well as a musical accompaniment of the entire score. Each guest will have the chance to mingle with cast members, receive an “Anything Goes” gift and be entered for a chance to win show tickets. Tickets to the tea are $38 (exclusive of tax and gratuity).

‘AWEinspired Art Show’ and Reception 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 AWE Corporate Interiors Showroom 1710 E. Indian School Road, Ste 104 602-841-7480 Featuring works from Ann Mulchay (photography), Sandra Seward (oil painting) and ThreeMacStudio— Michele Govig, Lisa MacCullum and Lynne Welch (watercolor and textile design). Admission is free; light refreshments will be served. RSVPs requested to

‘Romeo et Juliette’ Arizona Opera Nov. 16-18 Phoenix Symphony Hall 75 N. 2nd St. 602-266-7464 Taking Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers to an even higher level of romance, it will feature Metropolitan Opera lyric soprano Jennifer Black performing as Juliette the opera’s showstopping aria “Je veux vivre.” Mexican tenor Fernando de la Mora is the proplease see ROMEO on page 44

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‘Truck Farm’ Film Screening 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 Arizona Science Center 600 E. Washington St. New York native Ian Cheney created a mini farm in the back of his grandfather’s 1986 Dodge. The design and installation of the Truck Farm was simple and done for less than $200. Seeds sprouted in a matter of days, and a time-lapse camera captured the progress every 5 minutes. Cheney took his Truck Farm to schools around the country, giving many youngsters their first glimpse of food crops growing in soil. Free admission, shown in the IMAX Theater. For more information, visit you/chew_on_this_series.

New Play Festival Teatro Bravo Sundays, Nov. 18 & Dec. 2 ALAC Theatre 147 E. Adams St. Staged readings of four new works. After the reading, audience members will be able to discuss each script. The audience’s response will help the theater company choose one play for production in the spring. Shows are 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 18, and 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 2. To see the description of the shows, visit No admission fee but donations are much appreciated.

A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail Nov. 30-Dec. 23 Valley Youth Theatre 807 N. 3rd St. 602-253-8188, ext. 2 A family holiday favorite and now a Valley tradition, Pooh, Piglet and the whole gang from the Hundred-Acre Wood help Eyeore learn about friendship and the spirit of giving. Tickets are $18 plus fees. Visit

‘A Bloody Mary Christmas’ 8 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1, Dec. 7-8 & 14-15 Space 55 Theater 636 E. Pierce St. The most irreverent and bawdy Christmas musical ever produced

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‘Snow Queen’ Center Dane Ensemble Dec. 1-2, 8-9 & 15-16 Herberger Theater, Stage West 222 E. Monroe St. 602-252-8497 A magical retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen classic to music by Sergei Prokofiev. Tickets are $23.50 for adults, $18.50 for seniors and $9.50 for students, all plus box office fees. There also will be condensed Lunch Time Dance Theater performances at 12:10 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 7 and 14, with tickets just $6. Visit

‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet Arizona Dec. 7-24 Phoenix Symphony Hall 75 N. 2nd St. 602-381-1096 Join Clara and her magical Nutcracker Prince through the dazzling party scene, a harrowing battle, a glistening forest full of snow, and into the Sugarplum Fairy’s kingdom. Adding to the enchantment is Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score played live by The Phoenix Symphony, and the exciting young talent on display from the students of the School of Ballet Arizona. Tickets: $26$156, discounts for seniors and students. Visit

‘Phoenix Icons: The Art of Our Historic Landmarks’ Through March 29 The Gallery @ City Hall 200 W. Washington St. Featuring photographs of more than 30 historic Phoenix landmarks by Patrick Madigan and Michael Lundgren. The exhibit is the second in a series of rotating exhibitions from the city’s historic Municipal Art Collection of 1,000 artworks. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free to the public. Visit for the latest local arts and entertainment news

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Café Chat Hearty gyros served with a hearty attitude By Patty Talahongva “Hey, I missed you bro,” calls out Tomas Soro as he greets a customer who has been traveling recently. “That is how I talk to my customers,” he says. “I went to his house and watched a football game. I was for one team, he was for another.” Then Soro lets loose with a great big laugh in his booming voice. He’s been greeting his customersturned regulars-turned friends at his quaint restaurant, Athens Gyros at 830 E. Indian School Road, for three years. Soro is Lebanese and embraces all Mediterranean food but he also has a Chicago-style hotdog on his menu and it’s a pretty good seller. Served with atomic green relish, mustard, celery salt, onions and tomato, he jokes that it’s the extent of his kid’s menu ... but adults like it, too. Soro purchases his gyro meat, a mixture of 85 percent beef and 15 percent lamb, on a skewer and slow cooks it in an open rotisserie. As orders come in, he slices off a portion and sautés it in a pan, each gyro cooked to order. “I make everything fresh,” he says, explaining why it might take a little more time to prepare. Among his specialties are beef or chicken shish kabobs that come with regular or spicy sauce. He makes all of his tahini sauces, too,

which are sesame-seed based. “I come from the garlic part of the world,” Soro points out, so much of his food is flavored with garlic along with lemon juice. Athens Gyros also serves several vegetarian dishes. There are five salads, including fattoush, a Lebanese cucumber salad made with diced tomatoes, parsley and pita chips rather than croutons. You also can get a tabouli, Greek, Caesar or house salad. Two types of hummus also are served: traditional or roasted red peppers. The house dressing is so popular that Soro consents to selling it to a few regular customers who bring in their own bottle. Prices range from $4 for a gyro up to a $14 for some shish kabobs. You can get a plate of food, a combo or just a gyro ala carte. The Chicago hotdog is $5.99. Each day Soro will pick one or two items to feature and the price will be reduced for the day. Dessert is baklava for just $2. Housed in a small 500-square-foot space, it’s easy to shout your order into the kitchen when things get busy and customers come in hungry. That’s how Lynsey and David Bellis placed their order. They happened to be driving by and looking for a place to eat. A short search for local restaurants on their smart phone led them to the highly rated Athens Gyros. “I love the falafel, please see ATHENS on page 46 5521 N. 7th Avenue (7th Avenue just north of Missouri)

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it’s very fresh,” Lynsey proclaims. David got the chicken souvlaki. “Everything is really good,” he says, adding, “I like how we can just yell our order back there, I think it’s fun.” Marcus Bailey recently came in for the fourth time. He likes the gyros. “It’s got a good flavor,” he says of the food, “lots of spices, always fresh too.” The competitive prices are also a draw for this customer. All this noshing takes place with a variety of music in the background ranging from rock to Latin, Arabic, Turkish and holiday tunes. Soro likes to mix it up. Like many restaurant owners, Soro does it all. As he cleans tables he carefully places aluminum cans in a bag. He saves them for a customer who recycles them. It’s that kind of consideration that keeps customers like Sergio Perez. “I stayed in the neighborhood because of Tom. His food has soul!” Perez is from Chicago and likes the authenticity of Athens Gyros; he eats there two to three times a week. Shawn Carpenter, also from Chicago, is now a regular at the neighborhood eatery. “I’ve been coming here forever. I helped with the remodel,” he says proudly. Regulars will see the new murals that grace the walls, and the floor now all tiled. The Greek chicken salad is Carpenter’s favorite but he also enjoys the gyro plate. All this praise makes Soro smile. He wants people to enjoy his food and be

comfortable, to not feel rushed. Now that cool evening weather is here, diners can enjoy their meal al fresco at one of the few tables that are set up on the sidewalk in front. No alcohol is served; however, bring your own wine or beer and pay a $5 corkage fee per group. Athens Gyros is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed on Sundays. Call 602-2656606 to place to-go orders.

Dining Briefs Duck and Decanter celebrates 40 years The Duck and Decanter will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 24, at its Camelback location, 1641 E. Camelback Road. The celebration will feature food, beverages, live music and time with friends. The fourth generation is embracing the challenges and prospects of continuing to grow the family business. “Back in 1972, when we first purchased the ‘Duck,’ we weren’t considering longevity,” remembers Dort Mettler, who cofounded Duck and Decanter with her husband, Early. “[We] were too busy figuring out how to run a gourmet shop.” It was the creative partnership of the husband-wife team, with the financial and physical support of their parents, that created a unique concept in selling handcrafted sandwiches. The Duck also became known as an innovative retail pioneer, offering fresh roasted coffee beans, espresso drinks, wine by the glass, imported delicacies,

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Brunch options added at eateries With temperatures dropping and football invading the airwaves, it must be fall, which means that dining al fresco isn’t just for late night anymore. Del Frisco’s Grille, known for its two breezy patios, is firing up the kitchen early on the weekends for brunch. Offered every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., the menu includes items such as banana-mascarpone-stuffed French toast with thickcut hickory smoked bacon, and a crabcake benedict with asparagus and poached eggs in a Cajun lobster sauce on toasted focaccia. Other brunch items include chilaquiles—tortillas layered with salsa, shaved lettuce, tomato, queso cojita and crema—and chicken-fried steak and eggs doused in chorizo gravy and served with a jumbo biscuit. Morning cocktails, including a build-your-own Bloody Mary also will liven up the weekend morning. Del Frisco’s Grille is located at 2425 E. Camelback Road. For more information, call 602-466-2890 or visit The Grind at 3691 E. Camelback Road also recently added weekend breakfast. The restaurant will open at 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, offering all the NCAA and NFL games. New breakfast menu items include a “Grind Burger Scramble” with scrambled eggs, chopped cheeseburger patty, cheese, sautéed onions and diced tomato and served with hash browns and toast, and “Breakfast Grind Style,” a cheeseburger topped with hash browns, fried egg and bacon. The kids will be happy with chocolate chip pancakes with a choice of juice or milk for $6. To view the full breakfast menu, visit: For more information, call 602.95.GRIND.

Gypsy Bar opens at CityScape The owner of Lucky Strike Lanes has opened a new nightclub next to the popular bowling lounge. Gypsy Bar,

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Two new eateries join CenPho selections Upward Projects, a group of locally focused restaurateurs headed by Craig and Kris DeMarco and Lauren and Wyatt Bailey, opened its latest restaurant concept in the North Central Phoenix on Oct. 9. Federal Pizza is housed in the old please see EATERIES on page 48



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First Federal Savings & Loan Bank at 5210 N. Central Ave., designed by architect Al Beadle. Diners can expect a menu of big salads, sharable appetizers, and wood-fired pizzas designed by master baker MJ Coe. The wine list is seasonal and progressive, and beers are local and regional with an emphasis on small-batch craft selections. Federal also offers custom Growlers, large reusable glass jugs that can be filled with any of the local and regional craft beers on tap, taken to go. The bank’s old teller lane has been converted into a pickup window for those dining on the go. Federal Pizza is open for lunch and dinner service seven days a week. Hours

are 11a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit Central Bistro, a concept from German Osio and Chef Andrea Volpi, opened on Oct. 14 serving lunch and dinner. The space that once housed Zen32, located at 3160 E. Camelback Road, has been rebuilt from the ground up and expanded to nearly twice the size. Osio and Volpi bring flavors of Italy and France to the Biltmore neighborhood. All items at the bistro are made from scratch daily, including the handmade pasta, sauces and salad dressings. A large portion of the ingredients will be sourced from local purveyors and farmers. At lunch, freshly made soups, salads

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Pie-tasting event set for Nov. 3 Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the Third-Annual Pie Social (and Croquet Tournament) 2-6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2nd Street and Roosevelt. The annual Pie Social features the culinary masterpieces of celebrity chefs and community members alike. You can purchase five pie tastings for $10, or you can bake and bring two pies (no meat or dairy fillings) in exchange for five pie tasting. In addition to the pies, there will be a limited number of arts, craft, or vintage pop-up shops. A portion of the proceeds benefits Phoenix Union Bioscience High School art programs. For more information, email or visit For local restaurant listings, visit our Dining Guide at


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Gentle Yoga Class

Your Leather Looking Shabby? Cat, Dog Scratches, Dry, Fading?

Every Tuesday 6-7:15 p.m. Mind Body Spirit Center



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Too stiff for yoga? Not for this class! Join your not-so-flexible yoga teacher, Terry Curtis, CYI, RYT, for a light-hearted and fun practice. $10 per class – includes yoga mats and props Contact Terry at for details! Mind Body Spirit Center 1702 East Bethany Home Road

Your first class is only $3 with this ad!





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Are you ready for the holidays?

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we love referrals! $200 REFERRAL BONUS! With a signed agreement from your referral, we will send you your $200 referral bonus OR we can turn your referral bonus into Handyman hours! Some restrictions apply. Call for details!

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November 2012 North Central News  
November 2012 North Central News  

November 2012 North Central News