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P R S T S T D EC R W S S U S P OS T A G E P A ID P hoenix, A Z P ER M I T NO.17 14

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December 2018

Vol. 2 • No. 4

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CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS ARIZONA STYLE

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IN THIS ISSUE

Kids’ Corner ..................................................................................... 8

Charity ................................................................................ 3

Residential Real Estate ........................................ 17 & 18

City News ...................................................................... 4-6

Ask The Expert.................................................................21

Education .......................................................................... 9

Movies ..............................................................................22

Pets .....................................................................................10

Business Directory ..............................................24 & 25

Finances ............................................................................13

Things To Do ........................................................26 & 27

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STATEPOINT CROSSWORD - THEME: HOLIDAY SONGS ACROSS 1. Rare bills 5. Clairvoyant’s gift 8. Snoopy 12. Time distortion 13. Show worry 14. Wyoming’s official sport 15. *John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War is ____)” 16. And elsewhere 17. Opposite of bonjour 18. *”Have ____ a Merry Little Christmas” 20. MTV’s “____’d” 21. Incessantly 22. A cool ____, as in money 23. *”Should auld acquaintance be ____” 26. *”Run ____ Run” sung by Chuck Berry 30. *Co-writer of #15 Across 31. Used tabulator key 34. Your majesty 35. 1965 Watts events 37. *”Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” sung by Brenda ____ 38. Mozart and Einstein, e.g. 39. Golly! 40. Dry ravine, in Asia 42. Not don’ts 43. Diplomatic alliance 45. Like empty hotel room 47. “Fat chance!” 48. Shenzi of “The Lion King” 50. Eastern European 52. *Vince ____ Trio of “Linus and Lucy” fame 55. Between violin and cello 56. Rainbows and such 57. Rumpelstiltskin’s weaver 59. Coral reef island 60. Facebook’s “psst” 61. ____ Mann of “The Simpsons” 62. Decades 63. Lt.’s inferior, in the Navy 64. *”Last Christmas” duo

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DOWN 1. *____ Turtle Doves 2. Not straight 3. Post-meal sandwich 4. Spring action, past tense 5. Like yesterday’s meal 6. Coffee burn, e.g. 7. Bread or cabbage 8. Having small nodules 9. Scandinavian war god 10. Radio button 11. *”All I want for Christmas is ____” 13. Bygone Spanish money 14. R in R.E.M. 19. Alex Haley saga 22. ____ pie in a sand box 23. Blacksmith’s hearth 24. Gibson garnish 25. Fowl perch 26. Film roll 27. Ronstadt, e.g. 28. Infectious protein particle 29. Bank job 32. *Like Elvis’ Christmas? 33. 10 decibels 36. *Deck’em 38. Ivory Coast neighbor 40. Utmost degree 41. Not sympathetic 44. Maryland Academy 46. Young and inexperienced 48. Second-largest Great Lake 49. Talks and talks and talks 50. It houses web content 51. “On Golden Pond” bird 52. Open-mouthed astonishment 53. Shakespearean “does” 54. Tiny bit 55. Port vessel 58. Mrs. Goldberg, e.g.

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REAL ESTATE WEDNESDAYS THE HOME OWNERSHIP INDUSTRY PARTNERING WITH THE SALVATION ARMY TO RING THE BELLS THIS SEASON

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young mother approaches the supermarket door and her two children light up with anticipation. She stops to search her purse for loose change as her little boy jumps up and down. When she finds two quarters, she gives them to her child and he rushes to the red kettle. Once there, he carefully drops the coins, one by one, into the slot, receiving a thank you and a smile from the bell ringer nearby. This scene plays out over and over again throughout the season and is often a child’s first experience with charitable giving and the Salvation Army. Real Estate Wednesdays began in 2013 when super volunteer, Marlene Klotz-Collins explained to JoAnn Callaway at lunch that on Wednesdays, the Salvation Army had difficulty recruiting volunteers and consequently had to pay minimum-wage workers to ring the bells at red kettles. “Joseph and I can do Wednesdays”, JoAnn said, and before dessert she had volunteered the entire Home Ownership Industry, agents, brokers, lenders, title officers and affiliates, in Maricopa county to ring the bells as well. They just didn’t know it yet. That first year, more than 1,100 Home Ownership Industry volunteers rang the bells at almost 100 kettles each Wednesday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Last season, the effort grew to over 3,000 participants and topped the million-dollar mark since its inception. “Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without ringing the bells,” says Alison Hudgins, Title Officer at Old Republic. “I love the people and the Salvation Army stories they tell as they stuff a bill into the slot.” Income from the kettles remains a big part of the Army’s budget as they provide services such as family shelters, meals for the elderly, disaster response, abuse counseling, addiction recovery, summer water drives,

the Kroc Center and more all year. At Thanksgiving, the Army feeds 3,000 meals at the Phoenix Convention Center to the homeless. The big event is Christmas day, when more than 5,000 enjoy a holiday meal at the convention center. Free haircuts and phone calls anywhere in the USA are offered, and clothing is made available to those in need. All this comes from Red Kettle donations. DID YOU KNOW ? Commissioned to write a new Christmas song for Bing Crosby’s 1951 movie, The Lemon Drop Kid, Jay Livingston and Roy Evans were inspired by the Salvation Army kettles in front of The New York City department stores. “Silver Bells” became a Christmas standard and has been recorded by more than twenty major artists including Elvis Presley and Twisted Sister. As you visit your local retailer this season and when you hear the ringing bells, stop for a moment and say hi to the volunteer. It just may be your Realtor, home inspector or mortgage lender.

For more information visit RealEstateWednesdays.com While you’re there, check out the blog for fun videos and great stories of your Home Ownership Industry in action.

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CITY NEWS

DEDICATION OF ELLIE & MICHAEL ZIEGLER TEEN CENTER HELD BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER SCOTTSDALE (BGCS) FORMALLY DEDICATED THE NEWLY REFRESHED ELLIE AND MICHAEL Ziegler Teen Center at its Vestar Branch on Monday, October 22, 2018. The renovations included new paint, flooring, a wall mural, new furniture, technology and safety updates, and the addition of a half gym to the existing Vestar facility built in 2007. The dedication ceremony marks the culmination of the 2017-18 One in a Million community matching challenge to fund new construction and revitalize the teen centers at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Thunderbirds and Vestar Branches. Community leaders Ellie and Michael Ziegler provided the matching funds igniting community support and donations for the teen projects in the Grayhawk and Desert Ridge® communities.

“For more than a decade, this center has provided a safe place for teens after school and during the summer,” said Ellie Ziegler, speaking to more than 60 dedication ceremony attendees at the Vestar Branch. “Michael and I want to thank this community for the passionate, unrivaled support in recognizing this need and for continuing to believe in our kids” Nearly 100 teens attend the center at Vestar every day. One of BGCS’s busiest Clubs, Vestar has more than 2,500 registered members, 600 of whom are teens.

“Ellie and Michael have invested in local youth and our community with a commitment to creating higher education opportunities and providing positive role models for youth and teens,” said Robyn Julien, BGCS President and CEO. “Upon hearing of the need at our Vestar Branch for safety updates, technical upgrades and a refresh of the facility including the half gym addition, Ellie and Michael led the cause. We are so proud to have their name on this facility.” “For me the Ellie & Michael Ziegler Teen Center is where I go after school to have fun with my friends, get my homework done and hang out in the computer room making music,” said Bella, Club teen and Keystone member. “We volunteer at St. Mary’s Food Bank and work on service projects to make our com-

munity better for everyone,” she explained about the Keystone academic and community service program. The Ellie & Michael Ziegler Teen Center includes the Rikki & Barry Chasse Games Room; the Cox Innovation Lab; the Terri & John Heitel Homework Room; the Kevin Rowe Teen Lounge; the Michele & Stephen Schwanz Teen Office; and the Liz & Mike Thorell Music & Multimedia Center. Julien recognized all of the investors for their contributions and commitment to youth and teens in the community. The Vestar Club was named in honor of Vestar Corporation who provided the interior design for the refresh project. “Vestar Corporation continues to put kids and community first by helping with big and little things around the Club to keep it fresh, fun and safe,” said Julien. “We know there are many charities all of you can donate to,” Michael, high school junior and Vestar Keystone Club President, told the honorees and donors at the ceremony. “We are here being active, playing volleyball, planning and completing service projects helping others and our community, getting our homework done and hanging out with friends— in person—not on our phones. We are developing skills that help us work with others and doing things we can put on our resumes and college applications...all because of you.”

DESERT RIDGE MARKETPLACE EXPANDS ITS PALETTE WITH TWO NEW TASTY HANG OUTS THE WHINING PIG BEER & WINE: NOW OPEN The Whining Pig, established in 2013, just opened its newest location at Desert Ridge Marketplace. Other locations include Gilbert, Arcadia, Ahwatukee, and two locations in Phoenix.

and wine in a laid-back atmosphere. Offering a friendly environment for all, they specialize in craft beers, great wines and wonderful service. Their stock is constantly rotating and continues to surprise even their most loyal patrons.

This neighborhood beer and wine bar features an extensive selection of beer

Already popular among downtowners is the Pig’s happy hour which runs from 1-8 p.m. Specials include $2 off all drafts, $1-2 off all cans and bottles, and $3 off most glasses of wine. The grilled cheese menu has five options all at $6. Fillings range from fig spread, prosciutto and goat cheese to pepperoni, Sriracha and Italian cheese. Locally owned and operated with knowledgeable bartenders, they know how to serve the locals and any other friends that would like to join them. They offer a variety of unique grilled cheese sandwiches and a meat and cheese plate that changes based on sea-

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TIKKA SHACK – INDIAN GRUB: OPENING IN DECEMBER Get grubbin’ on some downright delicious Indian food in The District near the splash pad. Tikka Shack chose Desert Ridge Marketplace as their second location, coming to us from Lubbock, TX. Tikka Shack is the latest fast-casual concept for Indian Food where you can experience a modern and chic vibe while slinging samosas in a friendly, casual atmosphere. Both the dining environment and the menu have been carefully curated to captivate guests with the aromatic flavors of India through the artful creation of blended spices. Diners can expect customizable bowls of masala, tikka, and curry, as well as

kebabs and fresh naan. The flavors— bold and spicy with an American sweetness—are a great introduction to Indian food for the uninitiated. The wide variety of options are available for both the newbie foodie and the curry connoisseur. Their full menu can be found at tikkashack.com. northtatumtimes.com


CITY NEWS

CACTUS BRICK 5TH ANNUAL A LEGO WINTER WONDERLAND LEGO LOVERS REJOICE! CACTUS BRICK WILL BE BACK AT DESERT RIDGE MARKETPLACE FOR THEIR 5TH ANNUAL A LEGO WINTER WONDERLAND.

Formed in June of 2008, Cactus Brick is a group of adult (over 18 only) fans of LEGO who collect, build, play with, and share ideas about the LEGO hobby. The group

meets officially on a monthly basis and presents their creations at public displays throughout the year. These larger than life displays are an impressive sight to see for all ages. Past exhibits have been hosted at venues such as the Tempe History Museum, AZ Science Center, Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest and more. This year’s Winter Wonderland display will include a winter village, city/train layout, an Aquaman underwater section, Star Wars and a Build a Mosaic for the public to help with! When asked about it what it takes to bring this festive creation to life, Club Secretary and Organizer Corey Gehman answers, “Most of the display is pre-built and we just assemble the sections. Most sections are 10” x 10” in size. For this display, it usually takes us about 15 hours to setup with an average of five or six

people working on it. There will be contributions from 10 to 12 people for the display. We have no idea how many pieces are in it, we keep building each section until it’s done. The various sections and buildings have been built over time. Some will only be a few days old while others have been built over the past several years. Each display we do usually adds a bit more or a different theme. This allows our displays to gradually get larger and more varied over time.” Bring the family and enjoy free admission between November 23 – December 16. The display will be open Fridays from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. and will be located in the storefront across from Justice. For more information on Cactus Brick including upcoming meetings and events, visit www.CactusBrick.org.

YOGA & BEER THROUGH DECEMBER 9 GRAB YOUR MAT AND EXPERIENCE THE ART OF YOGA WITH A TWIST! INCORPORATE AN ICE-COLD BEER INTO YOUR FAVORITE POSES! Located in the Barnes and Noble Courtyard of Desert Ridge Marketplace, enjoy a 1-hour yoga class taught by experienced instructors at Mountainside Fitness. This unique event will run every Sunday through December 9. Come

early and grab a beer, because class begins at 10 a.m. Yoga & Beer is free and open to the public. A bar will be available with a selection of beer (cash and credit cards accepted). All proceeds benefit The Singletons (formerly known as Singleton Moms), which is a home grown, Arizona-based non-profit. This amazing group is dedicated to providing hope and support to single parent families affected by cancer.

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MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM HAS FESTIVE HOLIDAY SEASON AHEAD THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS ABOUT COMING TOGETHER AND CELEBRATING THINGS WE LOVE. IT IS ALSO A TIME FOR FAMILIES TO COME TOGETHER AND LEARN ABOUT OTHER CULTURES. The Musical Instrument Museum offers a variety of cultural concerts and holiday activities to spread holiday cheer. Known as one of the top 20 museums in the country, Phoenix’s MIM provides a one-of-a-kind experience with more than 6,800 instruments from around the world. The renowned museum will host an array of holiday activities for people to enjoy this season. The MIM offers state-of-the-art audio and visual technologies that allow guests to see and hear the sounds in the instruments’ original contexts. Music from icons such as Elvis Presley, John Cash and even John Lennon are available for enjoyment.

The hugely popular “Irish Christmas in America” show, now in its fourteenth season, features top Irish music, song, and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor, and boundless energy at the MIM on December 16 and 17. Tickets are $35.50-$40.50. This family-friendly performance will present Irish ballads and dancing to showcase rich historical traditions. The show offers a chance to get a glimpse into the enchanting holiday spirit.

This attraction is included in the price of an admission ticket.

A Peter White Christmas featuring Rick Braun and Euge Groove is coming to the MIM on December 18. Enjoy impeccable acoustic guitar skills and superb saxophone mastery of many holiday tunes. The pair have collectively sold over a million records and attendees are assured an impeccable performance. Tickets are $33.50-$58.50.

The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon is one the museum’s newer exhibits. It features the littleknown story of the electric guitar and how it became revolutionary in music and pop culture. Guests can find more than eighty of the rarest electric guitars and amplifiers from different eras. Visit mim.org for more details on performances, exhibits, ticket information and upcoming events.

The MIM will be celebrating the holidays with its two-day event: ‘Tis the Season: Holidays at MIM. Guests will be able to attend the annual holiday program that will feature musical performances and holiday-themed activities. The museum will transform into a picturesque “Winter Wonderland” where families can enjoy festive holiday décor and activities such as face painting. Many holiday gifts will be available for purchase. The event is 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on December 16 and 17.

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EDUCATION

ENCOURAGING YOUR CHILD TO TALK ABOUT SCHOOL By PV Sch ools

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fter a long work day, most parents look forward to the after-school conversation they may have with their child. Here are a few tips to encourage your child to open up and talk about the school day. SHARE INFORMATION ABOU T YOU R DAY By talking with your child about your day, your child may be more open about sharing details about his or her day at school. Start with the projects you’re working on, the meeting you had or a funny story that happened. U SE OPEN- ENDED Q U ESTIONS Use the opportunity you have with your child to have a conversation Ages about the 3-12 day. The last thing you want is to have your child reply

with short yes or no answers. Ask specific questions such as “What did you learn in art class today?” rather than “How was your day?” ASK Q U ESTIONS ABOU T YOU R CHILD’S FRIENDS To get your child to talk about his or her day, start the conversation with a question about one of your child’s friends. SHARE STORIES ABOU T W HEN YOU W ERE IN SCHOOL Share about when you were in school with your child. Believe it or not, children love to hear about when their parents were children. CHANG E THE Q U ESTIONS Instead of asking “How was your day?” try asking one of the following questions: • What did you learn about in science class today?

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PETS

5 TIPS FOR ADOPTING A PET DURING THE HOLIDAYS

PHOENIX METRO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HOST DEC. 15 PET ADOPTION DAY AT FLOOR & DECOR IN GLENDALE — PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT ARF-ANAGE AND SAVING ORPHAN SOULS

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hen it comes to adopting pets during the holidays, the Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce wants to help dogs and cats find their forever homes. That’s one reason the chamber, which serves the Greater Phoenix metro area, is teaming up with Floor & Decor in Glendale to host a Pet Adoption Day on Saturday, December 15. The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 5880 W. Bell Road, and benefit the non-profit foster groups, Arf-Anage Dog Rescue and Saving Orphan Souls Rescue. “This is the time of year that many people are tempted to surprise their family or friend with a lovable, furry pet. While we want folks to come out and adopt a dog or a cat, we also want to make sure the adoption is a good match,” said Jason Bressler, founder and executive director of the

Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce (PMCC). Cathy Roe Mullooly is the founder and CEO of Arf-Anage Dog Rescue, which is a non-profit, all-breed dog rescue specializing in care, rehabilitation and rehoming of momma dogs and pups in local shelters, and pups with medical conditions. Ro Perez is CEO and founder of Saving Orphan Souls Rescue, a dual feline and small dog rescue group that provides a loving, safe environment with proper medical care to those orphaned souls left out on the streets, dumped at the county shelters, or animals that are abused or relinquished by their owners. They offered these tips for adopting a pet during the holiday season: 1. DON’T MAKE IT A SU RPRISE Spur-of-the-moment, emotional decisions sometimes backfire, so tell

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your family or friend that you want to help them adopt a pet and bring them with you. If there are any dogs at home, bring them too, to make sure they get along with the dog or cat up for adoption. 2. CONSIDER LIFESTYLE FACTORS If your loved one is older or has health challenges, a grown pet might be a better fit. Conversely, a young energetic puppy might do better with a family that has a big yard. Be sure to consider family members’ allergies too. 3. PREPARE YOU R HOME AHEAD OF TIME Certain holiday decorations, like tinsel and ribbons, can be hazardous to dogs and cats who chew and swallow them. In addition, poinsettia plants and chocolate are poisonous to pets who eat them. Make sure your home

is safe before bringing your new furry family member home. 4. ESTABLISH A ROU TINE Your new pet will need time to get used to his or her new surroundings and establishing routines will help them feel more secure. Try to feed, walk, and play with them around the same time each day. 5. BE PATIENT The holidays can be stressful for everyone, including pets. If possible, carve out extra time to play or snuggle with them. If your new pet is exhibiting negative behaviors, like scratching furniture or having potty accidents inside the house, ask your vet or an animal advocate for some advice to help them break bad habits. For more details, visit www.phoenixmetrochamber.com or call (480) 664-0077.

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FINANCES

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ooking for the “perfect gifts,” paired with enticing retail discounts and deals, can pressure holiday shoppers to spend more than they can afford. As a result, consumers may max out credit card limits or miss payments, negatively affecting credit scores. In addition, store credit cards may offer instant discounts that are tempting at the register -- but that new application could decrease your credit score. Not having enough money for presents and the strain holiday shopping puts on

their finances are big causes of anxiety for many consumers, according to a recent Experian survey. However, many of these same consumers seem to be on the right track: in the survey, respondents listed several smart financial resolutions, including 28 percent who want to improve their credit scores, while almost 50 percent said saving more was a New Year’s resolution.

• CREDIT HISTORY: Those who’ve never used credit before will likely have a low score, or no score at all, while credit accounts that have been active for a long time reflect positively on your score, as does a healthy mix of accounts, such as having a mortgage, a few credit cards and auto loans.

budget. Only use credit cards for an amount you can pay off and pay the bill in full on time. You’ll lose your cheer quickly after the New Year if you face a mountain of debt.”

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CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS By Jill “ M amaBu g” F rier

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t is the season for the wonders and magic of the holidays! Arizona brings its own special flavor to the holidays, with western scenes, Cowboy Christmas celebrations, stunning luminaria displays and unforgettable desert magic. Nothing warms the heart on a cold evening in the desert, whether in the tall pines or the Valley of the Sun, like the soft glow of lights and luminarias, soft music and holiday cheer. Here are a few places to make your holiday in Arizona one to remember. SEDONA: TLAQ U EPAQ U E FESTIV AL OF LIG HTS We love visiting Sedona whenever we get the chance, but this year we hope to make it to their annual Festival of Lights celebration.

The tradition of the Tlaquepaque Festival of Lights began 46 years ago and is a highly anticipated holiday event in Sedona. Admission is free for this event, where musical entertainment, a visit from Santa, and free cider lead up to the lighting of 6,000 luminarias in the Tlaquepaque courtyards and walkways. You may also purchase specially designated luminarias to honor cancer survivors in the Patio del Norte store in Tlaquepaque. For more information, visit their website:www. tlaq.com/annual-events/festival-of-lights Date: Dec. 8 Times: 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. PHOENIX : LAS NOCHES DE LAS LU MINARIAS One of our favorite holiday traditions every year is visiting the Desert Botanical Garden to see Las Noches de las Luminarias. This year, there will be more than 8,000 handlit luminaria bags lining many of the trails throughout the Garden each evening. The lovely, twinkling pathways wind through the new Electric Desert display and lead to nine different musical entertainment areas, and dinner and warm refreshments are available each night. Las Noches de las Luminarias is a perfect event to celebrate the beauty and magic of the holiday season in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. Dates: Dec. 1-6, 10-23, 26-31. Times: 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

PRESCOTT: A FRONTIER CHRISTMAS AT SHARLOT HALL One of our favorite places to visit in Arizona is Prescott, dubbed “Arizona’s Christmas City” during the holiday season. The Annual Frontier Christmas at the Sharlot Hall museum is a featured holiday highlight of

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Prescott, with luminarias, hand-made decorations, fresh-baked cookies and hot cider to welcome locals and out-of-town visitors. You can celebrate the holiday spirit and good cheer of the Old West on the Museum grounds, immediately following the Prescott downtown Courthouse lighting ceremony at 6:00 pm. Admission to Frontier Christmas is $5 (children 17 and under are free). See their website for more information: www.sharlot. org/event/frontier-christmas Date: Dec. 1 Times: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

G LOBE: ANNU AL FESTIV AL OF LIG HTS AT BESH BA G OW AH Just outside the city of Globe lies Besh Ba Gowah, the ruins of the ancient Salado people who lived in the Globe-Miami area almost 800 years ago. Every year, this archeological park celebrates the holidays in unique Arizona fashion, showcasing glowing luminarias placed along the ruin walls to light the way for visitors and celebrate the magic of the season. The festival offers refreshments, crafts, a bonfire and cultural entertainment by talented Native American artists and musicians, like the Yellow Bird Dance Group and Apache Flutist, Robert Wilson. Admission is free, but non-perishable food donations will

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be accepted to help support the Gila Community Food Bank this holiday season. For more information about the event, visit the website: www.globeaz.gov/visitors/besh-ba-gowah Date: December 1 Times: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. TU CSON: PATRONATO’S CHRISTMAS AT SAN X AV IER 22 years ago, Linda Ronstadt headlined the first Christmas concert at the Mission San Xavier, beginning a beloved tradition that now marks the beginning of Tucson’s holiday season. This signature series of concerts raises funds for Patronato, a nonprofit organization devoted to restoring and preserving the historic Mission San Xavier for future generations. This year, the event features the Sons of Orpheus with the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus and the Tucson Girls Chorus and is performed at the Mission San Xavier del Bac, on the Tohono O’odham Nation reservation. Advance ticket purchase is

required, so be sure to visit the website for more information: www.patronatosanxavier. org/christmas-concerts Dates: December 10-13 Times: 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.

rience opened its doors in 2009 to provide a special Christmas experience for children and families throughout the state. Visitors start at the Little America hotel and depart from the station there to begin their magical journey to the North Pole. There, visitors experience the inside of Santa’s Workshop, building toys with elves, touring the toy factory and much more. See the North Pole Experience website for information about dates, times and tickets: northpoleexperience.com These holiday celebrations are just a few of the festive events that take place around our state, but all will make special holiday memories for you and your family.

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THE BATSON TEAM – FROM OUR VIEWPOINT WHAT’S NEW AT 56TH STREET & DEER VALLEY?

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irst of all, let us start off by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas or Happy Hanuk ah. Tis the season to enjoy family, friends, delic ious food and c elebration. Rec ently we visited the Statesman office in Scottsdale to get the most current information about their projec ts from the Chief Operating Officer, Nic olle B lais and her c olleague, Shantelle Monongye. ”A family-owned and operated real estate development c ompany, Statesman owns 50 ac res of land within the Desert Ridge® area master-planned c ommunity loc ated on Deer Valley Road between 52nd and 56th streets. The Luxe oc c upies 10 ac res on the west side of the property while The Montreux sits on nine ac res on the east side. They are separated by Tosc ana; direc tly ac ross from the restaurants, bars and retailers on High Street and adjac ent to Desert Ridge Mark etplac e.” Many people have asked us specific ally about the c onstruc tion at 56th Street/ Deer Valley. We’re residents of B ELLA MONTE so it’s right in our bac k yard. We love the loc ation. The first phase of the Montreux Apartments will be available for preleasing in Dec ember. Oc c upanc y is antic ipated to begin around mid-May. There will be 335 units; 1-3 bedroom units ranging in size from 805 – 1518 sq uare feet. No age-restric tions. As with Tosc ana (a Statesman-built northtatumtimes.com

property), amenities will be bountiful. Then, in 2019, c onstruc tion is sc heduled to begin along 56th St. and Deer Valley for THE MANOR VILLAGE, whic h is designed for Independent Living (59 Suites), Assisted Living (67 Suites) and Our Hearts Memory Care (50 Suites). This c omplex will be available in approximately two years. Visit their website: www. themanorvillageusa.c om/ desert-ridge/ amenities There is already a MANOR VILLAGE IN SCOTTSDALE if you’re planning ahead [ or are c urrently think ing of suc h a move] and want to see one already in operation in the area. www.themanorvillageusa. c om/ sc ottsdale”. Visit their website: www.themanorvillageusa.c om/ sc ottsdale. The need for this type of living, as the B aby B oomers retire and age, is enormous. The more options, the better. There are several Senior c ommunities in this general area; many, however, req uire you to purc hase a unit vs. lease. THE MANOR VILLAGE will be leased; not a purc hase situation, so it will be able to serve a larger demographic . They offer all of the amenities anyone c hoosing to move to senior living c ould ever want. If you have any q uestions about real estate, please email me at: Jean@ AlandJeanB atson.c om

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How To Sell A North Valley House That Didn’t Sell N orth V alley - I f yo ur h ome yo ur i n ve stmen t. B ef ore yo u h as j ust co me of f th e marke t h i re a realtor, kn ow th e ri g h t an d h asn ’ t sold , d on ’ t b e q uesti on s to ask to save yo u d i sco urag ed . T h e reason yo ur ti me an d mon ey . h ome d i d n ot sell may h ave I n d ustry exp erts h ave n oth i n g to d o w i th yo ur h ome p rep ared a f ree sp eci al or th e marke t. I n reali ty , yo ur rep ort ca lled “ H ow to S ell a h ome may h ave b een on e of H ouse th at D i d n ’ t S ell” w h i ch th e more d esi rab le p rop erti es ed uca tes yo u on th e i ssues f or sale. S o W h y D i d n ’ t Y our i n vo lve d . H ome S ell? T o h ear a b ri ef reco rd ed L ast ye ar man y of th e h omes messag e ab out h ow to ord er li sted f or sale n eve r sold at yo ur F R E E co p y of th i s rep ort all, an d man y sellers f oun EJ d Compliance ca ll toll- f reeApproved 1 - 8 0 0 - 2 7 7 - 1 11/7/18 9 5 9 th at th ere w as a tremen d ous an d en ter 2 2 1 2 . Y ou ca n ca ll amoun t a h omeow n er n eed ed an y ti me, 2 4 h ours a d ay , 7 to b e ed uca ted on to sell th ei r d ays a w eek. h ome f or top d ollar i n th e G et yo ur f ree sp eci al rep ort sh ortest ti me p eri od . D on ’ t ri sk N O W to make sure yo ur h ome maki n g th e w ron g ch oi ce s an d sells th e n ext ti me yo u li st i t f or losi n g b oth ti me an d mon ey on sale. NORTH TATUM TIMES • December 2018 • 17


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REAL ESTATE MEET THE TEAM @ EXP REALTY

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e rec ently had the opportunity to sit down with one of the owners and team leader of The Team @ eXp Realty, M ic hael O’Malley, for an exc lusive interview. A lot of readers have been aski ng us about who The Team @ eXp is, s inc e they started advertising with us, a nd we thought it only fitting to make the introduction. Michael, a l ot of teams are named after a specific agent. Why did you name your group “The Team”? Well the reason B rian Culhane and I named our real estate team, “ The Team @ eXp Realty” is bec ause we wanted to c hec k our egos at the door. It’s not about us or any one specific agent, it’s about the opportunity as a team, t o provide top notc h servic e for our clients. Each of our agents has a specific skill set and we pride ourselves on being able to servic e all of our c lients’ needs with our egos c hec ke d at the door.

Why the Desert Ridge® area? We don’t only sell homes in the Desert Ridge® area, but we do spend a majority of our time and ad budget here. The reason for that is all of our agents currently live in the community, office here and of c ourse we love the neighborhood! Not to mention, t he Desert Ridge® area is the 2nd largest Master Plan c ommunity in Maric opa County and is only a little over 40 perc ent built out. ASU is partnering up with Mayo Clinic to c reate a new medic al university south of the 101, a long with Americ an Express c onsolidating and moving 3,00 0 new jobs just to mention a few. Along with that, new trendy restaurants are popping up like Sam Fox’s Flower Child and B arrio Q ueen, a nd a few other c hef owned c onc epts are c oming next year as well. This is a prime loc ation for growth, w ith everything south pretty muc h built out. It’s only natural that the urban sprawl will c ontinue moving North and in a few short years I don’t think w e’ll rec ognize the Desert Ridge® area we’ve c ome to know . That said, we want to be the area experts that residents c an c all upon, t o trust their home to. Tell us; what sets your team apart from the competition? There are some great realtors servic ing our c ommunity, but the reason we started “The Team” is bec ause we saw a need. The few “mega agents” that have been dominating this partic ular area in 85050, haven’t c hanged muc h in the past 15 years and we saw an opportunity to bring some new tec hnology 18 • December 2018 • NORTH TATUM TIMES

and youthfulness bac k t o the c ommunity. We thrive on c reative marke ting, w e know what sells for top dollar and bring a trendy eye on listing outdated homes. We have an ability to leverage all our agents to provide a top-notc h experienc e to our c lients from start to finish. We want our clients to walk away feeling like they got the best servic e and weren’t just treated as a number. You mentioned technology. Can you tell me a little bit about your website? YES! Of c ourse, I love our website and we spent a lot of time c reating it. We wanted a user-friendly website for both residents, a s well as those reloc ating to the c ommunity. We worke d on an interac tive map which allows visitors to select specific subdivisions to get a better feel for the area. Our searc h tool is so easy, a nd we c reate free top-notc h CMA’s (Comparative Marke t Analysis) for our c lients thinki ng about selling their homes or even just for residents who are c urious about their home value. Not to mention the searc h tool, ( unlike Z illow) that will allow you to searc h all parts of Arizona, w ithout seeing homes that are pending, unde r c ontrac t, or sold. Tell us about yourself. I have been in real estate personally for over 10 years. I know the residential real estate side of the business, a s well as the lending side of the business. I started out as a lender many years ago and found that selling homes was muc h more rewarding. We love giving bac k a nd wouldn’t hire anyone who didn’t feel that way. I wouldn’t be in this business, if I didn’t enjoy people. I think s ome agents are too transac tional and lose the relationship side of the business. Selling or buying a home is very personal and, i n my opinion, s hould be treated that way.

I live in the Desert Ridge® area with my amazing wife Maria, a nd three adorable c hildren; Cash (7), Maya (4), a nd Dublin (2). Yes, w e have our hands full, but wouldn’t c hange it for the world! We love living in Desert Ridge and sending our c hildren to sc hool here. The Desert Ridge® area boasts some of the best public sc hools in the state, a nd we have been very pleased with our experienc e thus far. Is it harder to buy or sell a home during the holidays? The marke t has been hot for a few years now in Arizona. Multiple offers and over-aski ng-pric e sales have somewhat bec ome the norm if pric ed at marke t in desirable areas. B uyers c ompeting in this marke t

LEFT TO RIGHT: MICHAEL O’MALLEY, BRIAN CULHANE AND SAMEER MEHTA.

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MOVIES MOVIE REVIEWS By A.D. Beal

OVERLORD

A group of Americ an soldiers disc over a sec ret lab underneath a German radio tower, where they disc over experiments to reanimate the dead. Overlord is a c razy, entertaining movie. It delivers on the exc iting grindhouse-lik e ac tion and monster effec ts you expec t from the trailers, while delivering two great leads with Jovan Adepo and Wyatt Russell. The dynamic they have together is not only interesting, but it leads to some surprising themes from the film, that of going lower than your enemy in order to win. It’s impressive and makes the film that much more engrossing. Nothing revolutionary, but it’s one not to miss.

ROMA

Roma shows us a year in the life of a family and their nanny as the father is away on business. Empathy, that’s the word to desc ribe Roma. You feel nothing but empathy for Cleo and the family she work s for. The ac tors, many of whom are first-timers, earn it, because they are amazing - espec ially Yalitza Aparic io as Cleo. Alfonso Cuaron also impresses not only with his direc tion, but also his work as his own c inematographer, with the film featuring several long takes that put you into the world. While the film will be seen by many on Netflix, the sound design is fantastic and must be experienc ed in theaters. It c aptures every raindrop, c ar and person walk ing by, and it’s absolutely immersive, and must get a nomination from the Ac ademy. NOTE: Roma will only be playing in selec t theaters, and will be available on Netflix on Dec ember 14.

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The story about the rise, fall and resurgenc e of Freddie Merc ury and Q ueen. Every biopic has to tak e some c reative liberties with history, that’s understandable. B ut B ohemian Rhapsody c rosses many lines. The depic -

tion of Freddie Merc ury being the only diva of the band while B rian May & Roger Taylor were perfec t friends that just wanted to help is rather disturbing, mostly due to the fac t that the latter two were heavily involved in the mak ing of this movie. And if you’re wondering why John Deac on isn’t listed in that, well that’s bec ause not only is he not c redited lik e May & Taylor, but he is constantly shafted in the film, essentially relegated to just “the fourth member of Q ueen” (the man doesn’t even get a proper introduc tion sc ene). There are plenty other moments I c ould bring up, but I think the fac t that the big emotional sc ene towards the end, where Merc ury reveals his AIDS diagnosis is the worst example. The film depicts this as happening just before Live Aid in 1985, when in reality Merc ury was not diagnosed until 1987. It’s REALLY bad when your big “tearjerker bit” has to be falsified. This c ould be forgiven if B ohemian Rhapsody was at least interesting, but it basic ally follows every music al biopic trope to a T and isn’t even shot or edited interestingly outside a sparse few moments. That’s really unfortunate given how extraordinary of a band Q ueen was. Rami Malek ’s amazing performanc e as Merc ury, whic h c aptures all his mannerisms and traits while rarely feeling lik e an imitation, c ouldn’t save this movie.

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