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Back-toSchool Fashion Trends

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Make the Grade

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TEAM North Vote for one of the fabulous females vying for a spot as a Team North columnist



BACK-TO-SCHOOL FASHION Cool Valley malls offer the latest trends for heading to class



8 COMMON COOKING MISTAKES Erika Monroe-Williams on how to take charge of your kitchen


HAUTE BABY TRENDS Stylista Nadine Bubeck on musthaves for the modern mom-to-be



THE ULTIMATE PARK WORKOUT Fitness experts Shannon Dougherty and Kim Miller take you outside for a workout


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COMBAT FIRST-DAY JITTERS Family gal Kristin Caliendo on a stress-free back-to-school sendoff PLUS, PICK OUR NEW TEAM NORTH COLUMNIST!





Fashion Trends





Here. Now.




Make the Grade





Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower.

STAR SCHOOLS North Valley schools making the grade in and out of the classroom



HIGH-RISK SPORT Top American polo player and Arizona native Jeff Hall talks horses, danger, and playing in the Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower charity sporting event

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The 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sahara



What’s happening in the Valley




Grappling with unrealistic expectations




A recipe for stamina




Peridot, an Arizona gem



Furry friends




What to do with a small IRA




Learning from the pros


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Pack a power lunchbox



Exercise and hydration



Tricks to look fab in photos




Store founder visits Valley



Racers hit the road for a hot race

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40 TWO CENTS: The Dearings chime in 44 CROSSWORD: Puzzle solver 56 BOOKS: New and noteworthy 10


42 ART & CULTURE: The Mesa Arts

43 AZ FUN FACTS: Surviving without


52 SPORTS: Pro soccer reaches the Valley

64 GIVING BACK: Men fighting for

71 Hot Sheet: What’s new in the Valley


music, and movies

the women they love

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82 ARIZONA SKIES: Celestial showers




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Managing Editors Sondra Barr Crystal Huckabay Pavlina Toren Copy Editor Kate Karp INTERN Amorette Rinkleib FASHION CONSULTANT Darlene Washington-Conant CONTRIBUTORS Ted Baird, Diana Bocco, Scott Bohall, Nadine Bubeck, Kristin Caliendo, Julie Carlson, J.P. Dahdah, Leeann Dearing, Matthew Dearing, Shannon Dougherty, Matthew Grunwald, Lea Haben, Steve Kates, Myles Mellor, Kim Miller, Erika Monroe-Williams, Amorette Rinkleib, Greg Rubenstein, Scott Sackett, Michael Saucier, Michael Torres, Marshall Trimble, Jennifer Zack PHOTOGRAPHERS Bill Barbosa, Tina Greggo, Ron McCoy, Don McPhee Photography, Scott E. Whitney ADVERTISING 602.828.0313 Marketing Director Eric Twohey Art Director/Production Vanessa Fryer


Distribution Manager Mark Lokeli


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A Stylish Start


ome of the coolest spots to hang out in the Valley are malls. And we have a lot of great ones. With summer vacation coming to a close for most families and temperatures still in triple-digit territory, there’s no better time to hit one of the Valley’s most popular shopping destinations. Just walking into a store to feel the refreshing artic chill on sun-scorched skin is retail therapy enough, but the exciting back-toschool sales are additional cause for celebration. Before heading out, check out our fashion feature on page 34 for inspiration on how to get the school year off to a stylish start.

Adam Toren Publisher

For the second year in a row, we’re glad to be supporting such a worthy cause as Susan G. Komen for the Cure. As part of our partnership, we’re featuring three men fighting for the women they love alongside Komen CAN Arizona in our Giving Back section on page 64. Their inspiring stories are just a few of the many touching tales that the organization is proud to help foster. The 21st anniversary of Race for the Cure will be taking place in downtown Phoenix on Oct. 13, and we’re eager to see the community come together once again to make a difference in the fight against a terrible disease. Another event for a good cause, although of a more highbrow sort, is the Scottsdale FerrariMaserati Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower charity sporting event that’s galloping into town the first weekend in November. Headlining the celebrity-studded event is top American polo player and Arizona native Jeff Hall. Hall is part of an elite handful of seven-goal polo players and one of just a few highly rated American players who thrive on this adrenaline-packed sport that features man and beast on a high-speed collision course, albeit in a more civilized manner. Read more on page 48 about this thrill-seeker and the fun-filled event, which includes the 2013 Arizona Porsche Concours D’Elegance and a sneak preview of the 43rd Annual Barrett-Jackson Auction! This feature is just one of many in this issue designed to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the people, places, and things making waves in the community.

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• contributors


Giving Back/Local Profile


Scott Sackett, GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher since 1999, was recently voted as one of Golf Digest's best teachers in the state for the fifth year in a row. He is also director of instruction at Park Meadows Country Club in Park City, Utah. He teaches at McCormich Ranch Golf Club, when he's in the Valley Contact Scott through his website at

Jennifer Zach is a freelance writer who lives in Ahwatukee. Jennifer and her family enjoy Saturday morning trips to Fountain Hills to visit grandparents and eat oven-baked pancakes at Flapjack’s.

Matthew Grunwald has been whipping up culinary delights in his mother’s kitchen for years and loves to bring his original recipes to a television audience on “AZ Midday” and “Valley Dish” segments. He is training at the Culinary Institute of America.

HEALTH & BEAUTY Diana Bocco is a freelance writer, a coach, and an author. For the past decade, freelance writing has taken her from the dusty streets of Phnom Penh to the manicured gardens of Tokyo to the cobbled alleyways of Prague. As a ertified personal trainer and nutrition consultant, she specializes in health and beauty topics.


Auto Trends

Arizona Fun facts


Greg Rubenstein is a freelance automotive journalist and deputy editor for, an auto-enthusiast website. He has been writing about and racing cars for 25 years.

He has been called a cowboy singer, a humorist, and a storyteller. He is Arizona’s official state historian, but Marshall Trimble’s most treasured title is teacher. He hopes people will realize the importance and fun involved in Arizona history and culture.

Julie Carlson is a freelance writer. She’s had articles published in a number of Valley publications. Julie is also an aspiring screenwriter—her book review blog, “That’s Swell!,” is part of her company, Reel Swell Productions. Julie is also a former police clerk with 11 years experience in law enforcement.

SPORTS Michael Torres is a Texas State University alumnus who majored in journalism. He is a freelance writer and sports enthusiast currently residing in Mesa, Arizona.

Jewels Scott Bohall is the owner of Treasures Jewelers. The Treasures staff has won more design awards than any jeweler in Arizona. Scott is a past president and current board member of the Arizona Jewelers Association. He travels the world to find gems and speaks throughout the state on jewelry-related topics.



Relationships Lea Haben is the founder and publisher of SmartFem. com, Phoenix’s premier online resource for women. For the last 10 years, Lea’s been a relationship columnist as well as a radio and TV personality. She’s been featured in many publications and on many major networks—ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC.

Steve Kates/Dr. Sky® is a locally and nationally known broadcaster of both radio and TV. He is president of Dr.Sky Inc, a multimedia company that produces the Dr.Sky Show on KTAR News Talk 92.3 FM, and appears as a regular on the Morning Scramble on AZTV with Pat McMahon.

Photography Scott E. Whitney was trained at the Navy School of Photography and has traveled the world as a photographer. From portraits to weddings and events, Scott has done it all. He is also a successful real estate broker and an investor at Whitney Realty and Investments. As a photographer and a broker, Scott is bridging both professions, complementing each in a very rewarding way.


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Nanette Makr auer I’m a writer, a blogger, a marketer, and an investor, and I manage national accounts for a Fortune 500 company as well. I graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU with a BS degree in organizational communications with an emphasis in journalism and public relations. I’m 48 years young and live in Scottsdale with my husband and two cute rescue pups.

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Meet our experts These fab females are here to help you feel, look, eat, and live better. AUGUST | SEPTEMBER 2013

Here are the fabulous females vying for a chance to be our sixth Team North columnist. Visit the URL under their names to read their sample columns. Like what you see? Click on the Facebook Like icon next to their online column. The writer with the most Likes by Aug. 31 will be invited to be our sixth Team North columnist. I’m a 67-year-old banking consultant and part-time Realtor who has had lots of good and not-so-good experiences! I’ve been in the commercial real estate loan business for 35-plus years, mostly in Arizona. I understand the Arizona lifestyle and share it with my husband (second marriage), children, and grandchildren. At this age, I feel especially balanced in work and home. I love both, so I consider myself very fortunate.

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S tac e y B r o o k s I’ve been a radio host and a TV contributor in the Valley for more than a decade. I received a master’s in journalism from Northwestern and worked in radio/TV in Orlando and Dallas before making my way to Arizona. On KMLE Country 108, I teamed with Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Famer Dave Pratt and was named Best Voice on Radio. Recently, I brought my talents to News/Talk 92.3 KTAR. With all of my red-carpet appearances, photo shoots, celebrity interviews, and early-morning wake-ups, I’ve learned the tricks of the trade when it comes to beauty. When I’m not on the air, I love to hike, travel, and spend time with my husband, Todd.

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7 8 My name is Jamila Watson, and I’ve been married to my amazing husband, Albert, for 16 years. I’m the mother of two awesome daughters, Adia and Mckenna. We currently live in North Phoenix. We love Arizona and have called it our home for the past nine years. I’m the owner of Parties On Purpose, which is a children’s party-and-event entertainment company. Through planning birthday celebrations, my team and I are able to create great memories that last a lifetime.

Sar a Frederick I’ve lived the successful American Dream, graduating from an Ivy League school and working for an investment bank in their Tokyo, Hong Kong, and New York offices. Life threw me a curve ball when my father suddenly passed away and I felt compelled to reevaluate my priorities. I trained as a life coach and served as a teaching fellow for the popular Positive Psychology course at Harvard. Now at the age of 35, I write on mind-body wellness from my home in Scottsdale, where I live with my husband and two small children.


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Kimmie Dillon I’m a design expert who enjoys inspiring others to create. My easy-to-follow style tips show my knack for creating designer looks at knock-off prices. I also encourage do-it-yourselfers to tackle projects they might otherwise hire someone else to do. My enthusiasm and proven straightforward methods make me a favorite choice for style advice. I’m a Scottsdale native, and I’m also passionate about serving in the community. As a proud mother, I volunteer for the PTA, school board, Girl Scouts, and several other Valley nonprofit organizations. I’m also a model and talent with The Agency Arizona.

K a t h y B a ss I’m Kathy Bass, The Branding Lady®, a branding strategist based in Phoenix. I founded Ladies Who Brand in 2010 shortly after “celebrating” my 40th birthday. I have extensive branding, business, and entrepreneurial experience along with marketing, psychology, and design degrees. I’m the Phoenix Branding Examiner for Thomson Reuters, a regular blog contributor to NetworkingPhoenix, and have been featured in The Arizona Republic, The Savvy Gal, Entreprenista, and GrowAZ. Recently, I published my first book.

12 As a Scottsdale resident, I would love to be a Team North columnist and share my expertise about relationships. My passion is educating and supporting happy, healthy family relationships through my business, Prioritize Relationships. Teaching dyslexic students is also a passion of mine, and I’m a certified Barton Reading & Spelling tutor. Currently, I am employed full-time as a speech and language pathologist with the Paradise Valley Unified School District. I hold a certificate as a mediator and am a certified Gottman educator. I am a wife and mother of four grown children and one grandchild.

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11 Stephanie is my name, but throughout my life, I have held many titles. Daughter, sister, student, Marine wife, and mom are all important roles I’ve filled. I originally moved to Arizona when the US Marine Corps positioned my husband here, and I had never considered living here for a great amount of time and or that I’d grow to like it so much. After nine years of service around the world, my husband left the USMC for the civilian world, and now we fill our days with the fun that our three daughters bring. My love and appreciation for all things beautiful and handmade show through my photography, as I’m learning to grow as a food and lifestyle photographer here in Arizona.

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10 I’m a freelance writer, an educational consultant, and adjunct faculty for doctoral candidates at Grand Canyon University. I’ve published several articles for local and national magazines and facilitate local writer’s groups and book clubs. I have just finished my 80,000-word debut novel, “Watershed.” As a 30-year career educator, I recently retired from being a teacher and elementary school principal in two large Phoenix-area districts. A 60-ish and youthful Scottsdale lady with eight little grandchildren, I love to read, write, and run.

9 As an award-winning designer, I mix traditional elements with modern sensibility to create fresh and timeless interior spaces. A Scottsdale resident, I began my career at the esteemed Pavlik Design Team, one of Interior Design’s Top 100 Giants. From there, I became design director at the prestigious Breakstone Homes, where my work was featured on HGTV and in numerous periodicals and publications. Since establishing my firm, Heidi Rawson Design, I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse and high-profile clientele.

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Amina Michele I’m an award-winning wedding and event planner extraordinaire. My passions include writing, travel with my new husband, philanthropy, fad diets, and, of course, running my businesses. I was born in the Midwest but grew up in Scottsdale and graduated from U of A with a science degree. It was my creative side that led me into wedding design. What I know is that readers want to read on how to host fab parties, milestone events, weddings, and more!

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Eight Common Cooking Mistakes

Erika Monroe-Williams on how to take charge of your kitchen.

Erika is the face behind A Paradise Valley resident and mom, she recently was a contender on The Taste cooking competition.


o many people come to me with questions about how to avoid certain disasters in the kitchen. Really, I think that mistakes are a great way to learn how to cook, but it’s pretty hard to swallow losing a great cut of meat because of an easy-to-avoid temperature problem or not letting it rest before cutting into it. There are many mistakes that I have made along the way; let me share them with you so you can spare yourself a trip to the trash!

1. Not tasting as you go

This is a huge no-no. You must know how your masterpiece is coming along so that you don’t over/underseason or over/ undercook. Keep on tasting until you get that perfect balance of flavors.

2. Not seasoning the meat before cooking

Season meat and poultry immediately before cooking. It will help get a good sear and create a flavorful meat.

3. Overcrowding the pan Putting too much into the roaster considerably lowers the temperature and results in less sear and less caramelizing. Use two pans if you have to!

4. Not seasoning the pasta water

Not salting your water will result in bland pasta. Add about a tablespoon of salt to a large pot of water before adding pasta.



5. Not reading the entire

recipe before cooking

Just like driving, you need to know where you’re going before you start out. Have a clear-cut plan in the kitchen so you avoid blunders and things are cooked and seasoned properly.

6. Overcooking vegetables Soggy, limp veggies are a total bummer, not to mention that they have fewer

nutrients. Avoid this by cooking them until they are crisp-tender and bright in color. Then dip them in an ice-water bath to stop the cooking. You can reheat them in a steaming pot or a hot pan when the rest of the meal is ready.


Not letting meat rest after cooking

Allowing your meat to rest for that much-needed cooling-off time equals juicy meats and poultry. Let steaks and chicken rest for at least five minutes; whole roasts and birds could rest 20 to 30 minutes.

8. Not using a meat thermometer

Meat and poultry temperatures are hard to guess at while in the oven. It’s a balancing act to try to get that juicy meat without overcooking or undercooking it, and the thermometer is how you avoid blunders. Always allow for resting time and the increase in temperature while the meat is resting.

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Haute Baby Trends

Pregnant style guru Nadine Bubeck on the 8 must-haves for the modern mom-to-be.


y the time you’re reading this, I’ll either be on bed rest, giving birth, or home with Baby, as my little love is due in September. As an indulgent first-time mom-to-be, I spent the summer finding a few must-haves for the modern mother who prefers style in addition to comfort, safety, and functionality. Here’s my “it” list when it comes to moms, babies, and a fab nursery.

THE BOMB BEDDING: Lay your mini to rest in Monte’s ultrachic Ninna-Nanna bassinet made of machine-washable suede microfiber. It includes a waterproof mattress, two fitted sheets, and a versatile removable basket. $395, Nadine is a television personality, a lifestyle lover, a stingy stylista, and a Scottsdale mother-to-be. Follow her at

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among hospital nurseries: the HALO SleepSack Swaddle and Wearable Blanket. Forget that clichéd “blankie”— these swaddles are safe, easy to use, and suitably snug. $28 and up,

THE COOL MOM’S DIAPER BAG: Danzo’s San Ysidro Hobo

Diaper Bag looks like a pricey purse! It’s perfect for any OCD-organized mom; inside, you’ll find a series of transparent pockets, each affixed with a Velcro tab to which 25 different name tags can be attached. $299,


Joovy’s Room Playyards are contemporary full-feature all-in-one nursery centers that can double as a bassinet, a changing station, and a playpen. This functional, durable, and handsome concoction has nine storage compartments and even comes with a built-in iPod jack! $269,

THE “IT” BOUNCER: Baby Bjorn’s

ergonomically designed Bouncer Balance Soft (with the classic wooden toy) is a natural, fun, and good-looking way for baby to rock and relax. The safe, soft, and supportive design helps your baby develop essential motor skills. No batteries are needed—just an energetic new little person. $199 and up,

FAB MOMMA WEAR: Feel pretty, pampered, and comfortable in these boutique Belabumbum intimates, loungewear, and maternity and nursing styles. Opt for the stylish Rachelle Nursing Bra ($52), the Starlit Mom & Baby Matching Gift Set ($75), or the supersoft Colette Ruffle Robe ($60).

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Empire glider and ottoman, most popular among Hollywood A-listers. It’s the stylish must-have for your nursery, all dressed up in your choice of fabric and flaunting foam or down cushions. ($2,150). Pair your glider with a hand-painted side table for burpees, bottles, and tissues at arm’s reach. This unique accessory line is customized to match any fabric, theme, or color scheme. ($290) To order these boutique items, contact design representative Andrea Totten at




someone say “tummy time”? The Gymini Super Deluxe has been Tiny Love’s top-selling product for 20-plus years. There are lights, music, a baby-activated Kick & Play response pad, and an assortment of rattling and swinging animal toys. $65,

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Get Fit: The Ultimate Park Workout Shannon Dougherty and Kim Miller take you outside for a workout that’s literally fit for the entire family. Photos by Scott E. Whitney


t’s back-to-school season, and fall sports are just around the corner. With the cooling weather, Arizona families will be spending more time at local parks and schools. Why not make the most of your time and get your exercise done while your little ones play? Drop the dumbbells, get outside, and get to work! The ultimate park workout is designed to target your entire body and is easily done using a picnic table or other low wall. Incorporating this strength-training routine will help you build muscle, which can have tremendous health benefits because muscle requires calories for maintenance. According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), gaining just a few pounds of muscle will help you raise your basal metabolic rate, which results in helping you stay leaner.

BENCH STEP-UP BALANCE Setup: Stand in front of your bench, feet hip width apart. Action: Contract your glutes and step up with one leg. Stand upright and bend the other leg 90 degrees as you find your balance. Hold for a few seconds, and then bring the lifted leg to the ground. Do 12 reps on one side before switching legs. BENCH PUSH-UP Setup: Place your hands on the bench shoulder width apart, making sure shoulders are directly above your hands. Step your feet back until there is a straight line from your feet to your hands. Action: Keeping your back straight, bend your elbows, and slowly lower your chest toward the bench. Then, slowly push back up. Do 12 reps.



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BENCH BULGARIAN LUNGE Setup: Stagger your feet, and elevate your rear foot on a bench. Make sure your front heel is firmly on the ground and your torso is erect. Place hands on your hips, or grab a pair of dumbbells for additional resistance. Action: Slowly lower your body as deep as possible, keeping your front heel firmly on the ground. Lift your body up to start position and do 12 reps before switching sides. BENCH DIPS Setup: Place your arms on the end of a bench and keep them straight. Make sure your butt is off the bench and legs are straight in front of you. Action: Slowly lower your body by bending your elbows. Keep your elbows as close to your body as possible throughout the movement. Use your triceps to raise your body to the starting position. Do 12–15 reps.





First-Day Jitters Kristin Caliendo on a stress-free back-to-school sendoff.

Kristin traded her high-level hotel management career for a life in Scottsdale raising two children and volunteering for a number of charities.


ith the lazy days of summer coming to an end, it’s time for us moms to start changing gears and think about school starting. Whether this off-to-school routine is old hat for you or it’s your first time sending your little angel off to the unchartered territory of kindergarten or first grade, don’t let the back-to-school jitters get you down. This is a sensitive time for everyone, kids and moms alike. Anxiety, excitement, doubt—the gamut of emotions is endless, but the best way to help your child transition is to keep your own cool. If you’re feeling a bit apprehensive and clueless, try these tried-andtrue suggestions for a stress-free sendoff!

Plan for a worry-free first day • Get your routine on. During the summer, you’ve enjoyed the freedom of carefree mornings, missed bedtimes, and devoured sugar-packed popsicles, but none of that will fly when the school year rolls around. Ease back into a routine the week before school starts, and by the time it does, early mornings and bedtimes won’t be so intolerable. •

Create a practice plan. Attend the school’s open-house night and meet the teacher. If it’s only for the parents, ask the administration when you can bring the kids by to see their classroom, locate the restrooms, and find out where the office and nurse’s station are. Jot down any questions your child asks you, and e-mail the teacher. With the popularity of mobile devices, most teachers have online connections and can answer your back-to-school questions before the big day.

Have everything on hand and placed properly. Lay out everything the night before, from the toothbrush to clothes and hair accessories. You’d be surprised at how the simplest things like a missing sock or discovering that you’re out of your child’s favorite toothpaste can set the morning into a tailspin.

Discuss drop-off and pickup locations and times. Reassure your child that Mommy will be back and will pick him or her up right here, right at this time! Be sure to send the young scholar off with a big hug and kiss, and say how much you love him or her and how proud you are!



Prepare a First-Day Kit Every well-prepared mom carries a first-aid kit, so why not put together a first-day kit? Here are a few little ideas for sending a long-distance hug to your child on the first day. •

Put a little unexpected special treat in the lunchbox. I rarely pack any sugary snacks in my daughter’s lunch box, so when she discovers a small box of Jelly Bellies under her sandwich, she’ll know I’m thinking of her.

Write a loving note on a piece of construction paper. Try cutting out a brown-bearshaped card and write, “Mommy loves you beary much.” If your child can’t read yet, practice drawing bears and writing and reading the phrase together out loud. Do this a week or two before school starts.

A picture says it all. Use a little piece of double-sided tape and stick a photograph or a picture of your child’s favorite animal, singer, or cartoon character— (you get the picture)—to the inside of the lunch box.



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16401 N. 43rd Ave., Phoenix (602) 978-5134 Northwest Christian School is a private nondenominational educational institution whose mission is to provide a Bible-based program of education that develops in students a Christian worldview. NCS’s educational program upholds a high standard of scholastic and behavioral excellence, furnishes instruction in Bible-based faith, and prepares students to lead good, purposeful lives in the home, the church, their country, and the world.


A traditional curriculum is offered to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The program features a strong base in phonics, mathematics, writing, history, English, and science and also includes daily Bible study. Technology integration increases yearly through the elementary levels. Classrooms are equipped with integrated iPads and computers for student research, skill development, computer-based accelerated learning, and innovative educational projects. As students enter middle school and emerge as critical thinkers, community

involvement that will affect change in the world is emphasized and the mechanics and responsibilities for this involvement are addressed. In addition to traditional subject areas, a variety of electives are offered at each level, including Spanish, technology, photography, and physical education. At Northwest Christian High School, students are taught a rigorous curriculum that enhances and expands upon their core knowledge and combines with a variety of electives and athletic opportunities to further learners’ skill sets. For more information, visit


Still Time To Make * a Smart Investment 1410 N. 3rd St., Phoenix (602) 257-1444 Arizona School for the Arts was founded in 1995 and has since established itself as an innovative nonprofit charter school. Currently serving over 800 students in fifth through 12th grade, ASA embraces and encourages artistic creativity and academic excellence. The nationally recognized college preparatory and performing arts education is set in a uniquely challenging and nurturing environment and focuses on individual growth, opportunity, and diversity. U.S. News and World Report calls ASA “an education powerhouse.” The school has earned and maintained an “excelling” school status, the highest rating possible from the state and federal government, since 2003. It was also recognized in 2005 by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School. The uniqueness of the ASA experience lies with the teachers and staff. All teachers hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree for the content area in which they teach. The majority of the faculty holds advanced degrees. The arts instructors are both teachers and active professional artists in their field. ASA has a rigorous academic curriculum with core classes in math, science, English, and social studies. Middle school students also take piano and life-skills classes, and high school students study either French or Spanish. Between 98 percent to 100 percent of ASA sophomores meet or exceed standards on all portions of Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS). In addition to its own on-campus music, dance, and theater programs, ASA has established key partnerships with over a dozen of the Valley’s most renowned cultural and performing arts organizations in order to provide programs of distinction in the performing arts to Arizona students. For more information, visit

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9606 E. Kalil Dr., Scottsdale (480) 451-3130 Camelback Desert Elementary School offers strong academics and personalized attention. The well-rounded curriculum helps children in second through fifth grade master the core academics while developing important skills such as creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. Students also enjoy a full array of specialty classes that include art, music, PE, foreign language, and technology. Camelback Desert’s academic curriculum for the core subjects includes language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, foreign language, and the arts. The coursework was developed by Nobel Learning to be rigorous and challenging and to meet or exceed state and national standards. Each teacher has a curriculum binder for all core subjects, including pacing guides to provide content for each marking period. The curriculum sets the framework for the content being taught, but it’s the skilled teachers who customize the lessons and the subject matter to meet the needs of their students. They look for opportunities to enrich the curriculum when students need more challenge or additional instruction. An NIPSA accredited school, Camelback Desert’s small class sizes contribute to unparalleled personal learning experiences for each child. Teachers work closely with parents and students to make learning fun, stimulating, and meaningful. They take advantage of the rich resources in the area to bring the curriculum to life through well-curated field trips to the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Science Center, Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting, Desert Botanical Gardens, and other cultural landmarks.

42101 N. 41st Dr., Anthem (623) 551-3454 North Valley Christian Academy is a private Christian independent school whose goal is to provide students an education based upon academic excellence and biblical values. Carefully selected curriculum academically


The campus features a large sports field, a sports court, two pools, two playgrounds, an art studio, and a new media lab and library. They all enable enjoyable activities and enrichment opportunities to take place before and after school right on campus. For more information, visit

challenges preschool, elementary, and middle school students and upholds the Christian standards they seek to develop. Along with utilizing a core education program in the traditional liberal arts, NCVA has integrated the nationally recognized Core Knowledge curriculum into an overall program of education that prepares students for the 21st century and includes building life skills,

relational skills, technology skills, and critical-thinking skills. These areas of learning are complemented by opportunities in athletics, music, and the fine arts. Recently, NVCA moved into a topnotch facility in Anthem that includes outstanding educational facilities with innovative computer and science labs, campus Wi-Fi, and a high-tech security system equipped with 24/7 video monitoring. Technology is a top priority at NVCA: preschool through eighth-grade classrooms are equipped with Smart Boards and iPads. The school is proud to announce its partnership with Play-Well TEKnologies. From August 5 through 9, students from ages 5 through 12 can participate in a LEGO Engineering Enrichment Camp at NVCA that provides students real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the LEGO Battletrack. Students may register for this innovative program at For more information on NVCA, visit


10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale (480) 452-5777 Scottsdale Country Day School provides a broad and balanced curriculum to students entering kindergarten through sixth grade. With a maximum of 20 students in each class, students are afforded individualized attention and are educated, enthused, and empowered every single day. Dedicated to educational excellence, the faculty and staff at SCDS nurture the growth in young people and encourage respect, responsibility, vision, and individuality. The curriculum developed at SCDS embodies a core mission to expand the boundaries of individual potential. The school incorporates all the fundamentals required for students to excel academically and socially, but what sets SCDS apart is that it tailors its programs to meet each students' individual needs. In the SCDS learning model, students engage in academic opportunities in the classroom and outside the core curriculum to instill intellectual curiosity. Grounded by a solid core foundation, this balance of rigor and possibility is what makes SCDS unique. By the end of their time at SCDS, students have a breadth of learning on which to build on for middle school success and beyond. SCDS’s approach appeals to parents on many different levels, many of whom write and exalt the education their children receive. Says one parent, “With great teachers and administration, this charter school checks all of the boxes!

Mandarin, Spanish, music, art, PE, and etiquette complement a rigorous academic program!” Another parent states “Scottsdale Country Day School has more than exceeded the standards necessary to prepare my child to attend and be accepted into a college preparatory high school and allow him to grow into a well-rounded child. This is our second year at this wonderful school, and my child has progressed academically and socially. Because of the smaller class size, the teachers willingly differentiate instruction.” For a private tour of the facility call 480-452-577. To learn more about SCDS, visit

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Leeann: Swine + Wine + Beer, the menu says. I should preface

Matthew: Meat is my thing, you guys. It’s my thing. I love meat. I would

Leeann: So I started doing music classes with my son. It’s very important to me that he be a proficient sight-reader before he turns two. Okay, I’m kidding, but I did want to expose him to some fun musical basics to help set the stage for later learning. I’m so glad I found Music Together in Phoenix. They have locations all around the Valley that offer high-quality classes for babies and children of all ages. It’s an awesome summertime idea!

Matthew: I really thought baby classes were a waste of time. I kinda

Leeann: Okay, let’s get real. There’s not a ton of summer options for babies and young children in Phoenix. But Sea Life Aquarium at the Arizona Mills Mall is an awesome idea. My son loved the interactive pools and “touch exhibits,” and he was seriously mesmerized by the walls of fish. My favorite? The sea horses and stingrays. They’re so trippy—educational plus fun!

Matthew: I know. My wife is excited about almost everything. But

Leeann: I heard of Ballard bags through a lifestyle-blogger friend. ( Within minutes, my online cart was full. Ballard has the most adorable home items at really fantastic prices! And if you’re still searching for that elusive perfect summer beach tote, this is your spot! They also monogram free of charge, which is fantastic. If there’s one thing I love, it’s being reminded of what my initials look like tattooed on everything I own.

Matthew: (Deep sigh and head shake.) She has to be stopped.

my comments by saying that I don’t eat much pork, so take my review with a grain of salt (heh heh). But I do love wine and beer, so I ordered a charcuterie plate and a craft beer (Fireman’s #4). The beer was delicious. But the meat on my food was subpar, in my estimation—weirdly flavored. The cheese was fine.

eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You know Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation? I’m him to the second power. I ordered a Devil’s Backbone to drink and a beef shoulder, slow cooked. I have to say, honestly, it was just okay. Not phenomenal. I was shocked, because I’d been hearing such great reviews! We might go give them another shot. I hear their menu changes daily. Maybe we caught them on an off night.

rolled my eyes when my wife mentioned music classes for a one-year-old. (Whatever you say, dear.) Then the other day, she calls me into his bedroom, and the kid is singing. Singing! My wife would sing a bar, and he’d repeat it back to her on pitch. I’m not saying the child is a musical prodigy or anything, but it was absolutely adorable. To see him get excited about music at 15 months was worth every penny.

let’s talk numbers. Tickets are about $14 online and $18 at the door. I highly recommend just buying an annual pass. It’s just $45 for a year, and there are 15 percent-off coupons floating around out there. That’s a steal. And in addition to that, your children are learning about aquatic life and not driving you crazy in your living room. Priceless.

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Mesa Arts Center The MAC brings culture, entertainment, and art to the Valley scene. By Julie Carlson To a theater and music enthusiast, there’s nothing more enjoyable than a live show. How wonderful that the Valley has multiple venues where residents and visitors can see a touring Broadway show, attend a concert and see musicians up close and personal, and view artistic works from local and renowned artists without having to travel far! One such venue is the Mesa Arts Center, which has a long and storied history as a prominent community arts center. Established in 1980 as a division of the city of Mesa Parks and Recreation Department, the MAC was housed in the old Irving school building located near downtown Mesa until 2004. Over the last 33 years, the center has offered fantastic performances,art classes,and visual exhibits for adults and children. In 2002, the MAC that residents and many visitors have come to know and enjoy today was built at its present location in the heart of charming downtown Mesa, close to a variety of restaurants and shops.The stunning community arts education center, owned and operated by the city of Mesa, spans over seven acres on a modern landscaped outdoor plaza called Shadow Walk. It boasts four magnificent theaters, five galleries within the Mesa Community Arts Museum, two studios for 14 stateof-the-art visual and performing arts classrooms, a running arroyo, and meeting spaces. “Our venues are magnificently beautiful, and our programming is varied, with very high standards,”says Cindy Ornstein, director of the Arts and Culture Department for the city of Mesa and the executive director of the Mesa Arts Center. “We are the only large multidisciplinary arts center in the Valley.” The eclectic MAC has won numerous awards, including the Award of Excellence for Public Design from the Urban Land Institute the year after it opened and the Award of Excellence for Performing Arts Centers from the International Association of Venue Managers. Critics and audience members consistently award the MAC as Best Concert Venue and



Best Place to see Live National Acts. “Locally, we are the largest in Maricopa County and the state, and our programs are highly respected and receive regular positive reviews from the media,” Ornstein says. “Nationally, our level of activity puts us in the

Museum-goers can create their own art in one of over 700 classes.

been hosted at MAC venues. Upcoming concerts in the Performing Live Series are the Monkees on August 9, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band on August 15, and the Tenors on October 19. You can also take in some expert advice with motivational speaker Dr. Cesar Lozano on September 6. Love the zany A variety of artists plays to packed houses and funny Alton Brown of the Food at the beautiful Ikeda Theatre at the MAC. Network? He’ll be at MAC on October 20.The Mesa Encore Theatre at the Center will company of the other large and diverse arts cenpresent Grease 2013 from August 16 through ters in other major markets.” September 1, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and OkaThe Mesa Arts Center has anywhere from lahoma! in October. The MAC is on track for a 50 to 65 shows in its Performing Live Season new record to achieve a total of over 450,000 that appeal to every taste and age. MAC is visits for the 2012–13 season. home to Symphony of the Southwest, Ballet Etudes, Southwest Shakespeare Company, One of the things the center and its emEast Valley Children’s Theater, Mesa Encore ployees and volunteers are hopeful about is the Theatre, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and prospect of having a light-rail system comthe Salt River Brass. In addition to Broadway ing to downtown Mesa. Also in the works shows and pop concerts, the center hosts free is a second outdoor stage called the Alliance outdoor concerts and festivals. Pavilion, for both visual arts demonstrations and performances. For up-and-coming artists of any age, MAC offers more than 700 year-round art classes for The Mesa Arts Center is a must to visit. youth and adults, including sculpture, ballet, Choose a show or a class from the many that playwriting, acting, blacksmithing, and beadare available. If you haven’t been there, it’s time ing. The theaters also host rental performances to check it out. If you have been to the Mesa Arts by a wide variety of groups brought in by outside Center, there are plenty of new performances promoters or community groups. Dance recitals, and exhibits in store for your enjoyment.To learn high school graduations, and rock concerts have more, visit



Escaping the Heat State historian Marshall Trimble describes how Arizonians made it through the sweltering Valley summers before the advent of air conditioning. People often ask, “How did you survive the hot summers in the Valley before air conditioning?”The best answer I can think of is that we didn’t know what we were missing. And folks did have their own ways to deal with those long, hot summer days before refrigerated air conditioning. The natives cooked their meals outside to avoid heating the house.Thick-walled adobe homes were constructed in sections separated by breezeways, and shade trees were planted around their homes. When lumber was available, they added portals to shade the walls. The newcomers quickly learned to dress more comfortably from the native Mexicans and Indians, who wore wide-brimmed hats and loose-fitting cotton clothing or wool because it absorbed perspiration. Wealthy families managed to escape the hot summer months. Husbands put their wives and kids on a stagecoach or a train and sent them to the California coast or Prescott. After the harvesting was done, many farmers loaded their families into wagons and went camping in the high country. Those poor souls that remained had to find creative ways to stay cool. Ubiquitous irrigation ditches and canals were also a good way to beat the heat on hot afternoons. Some homes and hotels had screened sleeping porches. Many made it through the night by sleeping with wet sheets wrapped around them. J. C. Adams, the man who built the famous Adams Hotel in downtown Phoenix in 1895, set down huge pans containing blocks of ice. Each pan had an electric fan blowing over it. He also built a sleeping roof that included a 12-foot board wall for his guests.The women slept on one side, and presumably the men slept on the other. Ice plants first appeared in Phoenix in 1879, but at 10 cents a pound, many people

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couldn’t afford the luxury. In order to preserve perishable foods, families built “desert refrigerators.” These homemade devices operated on the same principle as the evaporative cooler. A wooden frame was covered with burlap that was kept cool by water dripping from an olla or a container on top. If a breeze happened to be in an obliging mood, it would act as a fan. It worked pretty well keeping milk, meat, and butter from spoiling. During the 1930s, a number of handymen, included Oscar Palmer of Paradise Valley, tinkered with Rube Goldberg-type contraptions in an attempt to invent a work-

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able evaporative cooler. They experimented with chicken wire, charcoal, excelsior, wallboard, and electric fans. These contrivances were known as “swamp boxes” or “swamp coolers” because of the mold and fungi that grew inside. The first room coolers were homemade wooden boxes installed in windows. Charcoal packed with chicken wire was placed on one side and a hole one foot in diameter on the other. The box was placed in the window with the hole facing inside the room. Outside, a garden hose slowly dripped water into the charcoal. An electric fan was placed inside the box to draw air through the charcoal. By 1935, Phoenix had about 1,500 of these window coolers, and a year later, the number had grown to 5,000. Evaporative coolers emerged on rooftops and windows of homes and buildings across the southern part of the state like wildflowers sprouting in the springtime. Eventually, excelsior replaced the charcoal. The garden hose was replaced by copper tubing, and a blower took over for the fan. By 1937, homes were being built with cooler ducts. Two years later, the Goettl brothers’ company was producing evaporative coolers on an assembly line. By the 1950s, Phoenix had become known as the “Swamp Cooler Capital of the World,” producing 40 percent of all the evaporative coolers sold in the world. Despite the popularity of evaporative coolers, the summer monsoon and the high humidity rendered them useless and caused mass evacuations to cooler climes in July and August. The advent of affordable air conditioning by 1950 made year-around living comfortable for residents, retirees, and tourists alike. That ever-smiling Arizona sun was no longer a barrier to people wanting to live in the desert year-round. And, once again, the Goettl brothers, Adam and Gust, took the lead in the manufacturing of refrigeration units. Within a few years, most homes, cars and buildings were air cooled. People could now leave their air-conditioned home or airconditioned workplace and drive to an airconditioned mall in an air-conditioned car. AUGUST | SEPTEMBER 2013







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8 Innovative Ways to Be Successful and Happy

Publishers and entrepreneurs Adam and Matthew Toren on how to weave success and happiness into your business and personal life. You’re walking easily down your path to success when suddenly a rock parks itself in your shoe and stops you dead in your tracks. While you’re sitting down and shaking the pebble out, you might also be asking yourself, is it possible to attain success and happiness while creating my business empire? Some of the most legendary entrepreneurs have discovered the formula for weaving both success and happiness into their business and personal lives. If you haven’t managed to find the equation yet, here are a few factors to help you achieve your goals for success and happiness.


• Throw yourself a bone. You are your own worst critic. While giving yourself a hard time might keep you on your toes, you’ll also feel that darn pebble.Take some time out to bask in your accomplishments and pat yourself on the back.

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• Make a living from doing something you love. Your business is thriving, but you dread getting up in the morning? Do yourself a favor and stop burning daylight—discover what you’re passionate about and make that your business. • Stop viewing customers as dollar signs. Instead see them as individuals who respect what you do. Remember that when they buy a product or service, they are affirming your hard work and innovation. Take it to heart, not just the bank. • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Some of the greatest accomplishments come from failures. Discover the courage to follow your heart and your intuition. • Keep your inner perfectionist at bay. Remind yourself that you indeed have flaws, and that’s okay. A step toward happiness is accepting your weaknesses and improving on them. • Don’t let rejection get you down. In order to pursue success, rejection naturally comes with the territory. Don’t let it or anyone keep you from getting what you want. • Go with your gut. Don’t allow risk to drown out your inner voice. • Don’t give in to your unremitting need to work long hours. Burning the midnight oil is one sure way to jeopardize your personal or family life. Continually remind yourself of the balance that needs to be created and sustained. Above all, if you’re not having any fun, shut your laptop and start enjoying life! AUGUST | SEPTEMBER 2013




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MUSIC 2 Train, The Script, and Gavin DeGraw: August 7 at Desert Sky Pavilion Beginning in Cleveland, Train’s Mermaid of Alcatraz tour will hit 19 cities across the U.S., including Phoenix, in the band’s monthlong lineup. In 2001, Train landed on the charts with their hit “Drops of Jupiter” and won a Grammy in 2010 for “Hey, Soul Sister.” Their latest hit, “Drive By,” is one that will be sure to get the fans moving. The Script (“Breakeven”) and Gavin Degraw (“I Don’t Want to Be” and “Not Over You”) will be joining in on the tour.

2 Tim McGraw: August 10 at Salt River Fields Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom tour will be touching down in Scottsdale, featuring his latest February-released album. Critics have given the album mixed reviews, but the fans seem to disagree—Two Lanes of Freedom was number one on country charts and number two on the Billboard 200 during its first week of release. McGraw says that “there is something special about this album,” so fans should be in for a great show.

2 Backstreet Boys, Jesse McCartney, and DJ Pauly D: September 5 at Comerica Theatre This popular boy band from the ’90s is back on tour with opening acts Jesse McCartney and DJ Pauly D (Jersey Shore bad boy turned house DJ). Fans of the Backstreet Boys would be happy to know that this band of five currently still holds the record for highest album sales: over 130 million. Expect a blast from the past with throwback songs like “Quit Playing Games with My Heart” and “I Want It That Way.”

MOVIES: 2 2 Guns: Aug. 2

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg star in this action/crime comedy about an undercover DEA agent and an undercover NCIS agent. each tasked to covertly investigate the other. The agents are led to believe they are stealing money from the mob, but they soon realize they were set up by the CIA and are forced to work together to stay alive and return the money to the CIA before time runs out and lives are lost. Also starring are Paula Patton (Precious), James Marsden (X-Men, The Notebook), and Bill Paxton (Twister).

2 We’re the Millers: Aug. 8 This movie centers on David Burke (Jason Sudeikis), a small-time marijuana dealer who hires a sham family to cover up a drug trade from Mexico to Colorado. David hires a stripper (Jennifer Aniston) to play his wife, and a homeless teen (Emma Watson) and a neighborhood kid (Will Poulter) to play his children. This comedy, directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball), also features Ed Helms from The Office and The Hangover. 46


2 The Family: Sept. 20 Directed by French director Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional, Taken), this movie follows an American mob boss (Robert DeNiro) and his family (Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo) who were placed in the witness-protection program after snitching on the mob. After countless relocations caused by the family’s propensity to wreak havoc, CIA Agent Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones) places the family in a quiet town in Normandy, France. However, this time, the mob tracks the family down.


2 America’s Next Top Model: Premieres August 2 on The CW The 20th cycle of ANTM is back! Women will compete for the title of America’s Next Top Model, and the winner will receive a modeling contract as well as the chance to be Maybelline’s next cover girl. Get ready for crazy makeup, photo-shoot challenges, and the occasional catfight between contestants. ANTM creator and host Tyra Banks also serves as a judge on this reality television series.

2 Hell on Wheels: Premieres August 3 on AMC Set in 1985, this series revolves around the community that accompanied the building of the first transcontinental railroad. The series initially followed the story line of former Confederate soldier-turned-foreman Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) and his plot to seek vengeance on a group of Union soldiers that murdered his wife and son.

2 Boardwalk Empire: Premieres September 8 on HBO Season 4 returns, seething with as much gangster violence as in the past three seasons in this Prohibition-era television series. Continuing from last season’s story line, criminal kingpin Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) rebuilds his bootlegging empire, creating new allies and just as many new enemies. New players will be introduced this season, including Patricia Arquette (Medium), Ron Livingston (Sex and the City), and Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker). AUGUST | SEPTEMBER 2013




Top American polo player and Arizona native Jeff Hall heads to the Valley to compete. By Sondra Barr 48



merican polo player Jeff Hall is returning to Arizona to headline the upcoming Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower charity sporting event, and it’s a homecoming of sorts for him. Hall was born in Tucson, and this will be a rare chance for him to play on his home turf. Hall is part of an elite handful of seven-goal polo players and one of just a few highly rated American players who thrive on this adrenaline-packed sport that features man and beast colliding at speeds that often reach up to 40 mph. “There’s nothing like polo. It’s very fast and physical,” says Hall, who likens it to hockey on horseback without goalies and with substantially more collateral damage. “It’s a lot like crashing cars,” Hall says. “Imagine going 34 mph and getting into a wreck, flying head over heels, and then having a 1,000-pound horse coming down on you. You don’t have much of a chance.” While his participation in the sport has left him largely unscathed over the years, Hall has seen many accidents on the polo field, some even fatal. “People die—it does happen. You can’t get any more serious than that,” he says. Yet even with all the danger, or perhaps because of it, Hall thrives in this extreme sport. Since first slipping into the saddle at age 4, Hall has been hooked on horses. Born into a family of riders, he naturally took to riding. Two years later, he says he made a decision to play polo professionally. A seemingly long-term goal for a 6-year-old, perhaps, yet by the age of 12, he’d played in enough polo tournaments for his parents to ship him off to Argentina to sharpen his skills. From there, he was participating in professional events before his 13th birthday. Argentina is internationally known for producing some of the foremost polo ponies and players on the planet, and being there afforded Hall the chance to experience the sport played at the highest level. “I knew if I wanted to be a professional polo player and play at the top of the game, I needed to go down there and play with the best players,” Hall says. For those who’ve never witnessed a polo match, it’s consistently thrilling. The players navigate their mounts while

swinging heavy sticks at a small white ball that’s often surrounded by a melee of hoofs. When Hall explains the game, it sounds straightforward: only four players from each of the two teams are on the field during the six chukkers, i.e., periods. Each chukker lasts seven-and-a-half minutes. After three chukkers comes half-time, and then the remaining three chukkers are played. No player substitutes are allowed, although players can switch out their polo ponies as their mounts get tired. The team with the most goals wins. At this level of play, the polo ponies are the key to winning games. As one of the only top U.S. polo players to also operate a horse-breeding facility, Hall has a distinct advantage. His knowledge of horses and his love for them are obvious as he describes the unique characteristics that combine to make an effective equine partner on the field. Chief among them is speed, but a horse also needs a high level of endurance and the ability to turn quickly in both directions as well as the skill to avoid word echo to explosively accelerate and decelerate on demand. Speed control is another important element that goes into the equation and, one would assume, the ability for the horse to remain unfazed by mallets and a ball whizzing by. “We’re not running a race,” Hall says. “From making a pass to holding a ball, the horses have to really respond to all your inputs. They’re an extension of you.” Hall explains that horses, just like all animals (including humans), aren’t all the same. “There are some horses that are stars,” he says. From his Texas home base, Hall travels with



Jeff Hall checks and selects his gear before a match. Photo Courtesy of the Scottsdale Polo Championships.

Sunny Hale The best female polo player in the world is set to compete in the Valley. By Mike Saucier Photo by Bill Barbosa When athletes are instantly recognizable by just their first name, you know that they’ve attained elite-of-the-elite status. Serena. Venus. Danica. In the polo world, the same 50


up to 20 of his 80 ponies to places like West Palm Beach, Florida (the biggest scene for polo in the country), to Santa Barbara, California. “Usually, you’ll play your best horses two times during a match—maybe three minutes in the first two chukkers—and then you’ll bring them in for the last chukker to start off well and finish well,” Hall says. Hall isn’t sure which of his horses he’ll be bringing to Scottsdale, but the ones who stay behind will, of course, get treated to excellent care. “We usually have one groom who takes care of every five horses,” he says. “If you have 15 horses, you have three guys working full time taking care of them.” Hall has been so successful in his career that he’s played in the U.S. Open Polo Championship—the biggest, most coveted American polo tournament—more times than he can count, although he estimates it’s somewhere near 15. He’s been in the finals six times and won the event once. “It’s very hard to win,” he says. His many other career highlights include such honors as the International Polo Cup Winner (USA vs. England) in 2012 and America’s Cup winner 2012 and 2011. He also nabbed another notable honor—People Magazine’s “America’s 50 Hottest Bachelors” in 2005, a title he was happy to retire. He now has a wife and a young son, both of whom travel with him. This will be Hall’s first appearance at the Scottsdale Polo Championships, held at WestWorld of Scottsdale’s polo field on Nov. 2. Last year, it was the most attended polo event in the country, with more than 9,000 people as spectators. Organizers are looking to position it as a signature Valley event, and they’re expecting even more traffic this year with the addition of the 2013

holds true. When polo fans hear a reference to “Sunny,” they know that they’re talking about the best female player in the world That would be Sunny Hale, of course— the first woman in the country on a winning U.S. Open Polo Championship team. Hale, of Palm Beach, Florida, attained the highest rating ever given to a woman in the history of the sport. Her mother, the late Sue Sally Hale, was also a sports trailblazer, breaking American polo’s sex barrier in 1972 when she gained membership in its national governing body after playing matches dis-

guised as a man (hair tucked under helmet and mascara-drawn simulated mustache) for two decades. Before this, women had not been recognized as rated players by the United States Polo Association. Hale is bringing her unparalleled skills to the Southwest where she will star in America’s largest polo event in a Battle of the Sexes match at the upcoming Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower. Hale will captain a USA Women’s All-Star Team, which will face the Arizona Polo Club Men’s Team.

Polo Lingo Impress your friends with your polospeak. Here are some basic definitions to show you’re in the know.* Back Shot: Backhand swing; changing the flow of play by sending the ball in the opposite direction Check and Turn: To slow the pony and turn safely Chukker: A period of play in polo, seven and a half minutes long; there are six chukkers in a polo match. Handicap: Team play is handicapped on the basis of ability; a team’s handicap is the total of its players’ goal ratings. The team with the lower handicap is awarded the difference in goals at the start of the match.

Hall is ready to swing at his hometown grounds. Photo by Nick Garcia

Arizona Porsche Concours D’Elegance and a sneak preview of the 43rd Annual BarrettJackson Car Auction. The all-day event features various ticket levels, and groups can even drive their car fieldside and enjoy the

match from their tailgate with special tickets. Says Hall, “The organizers are doing a good job. I’m excited to come out.” To learn more about the event, visit

What to Wear to a

Polo Match

As a posh international sport, dressing for a polo match is an event unto itself. Here are a few suggestions on how to be comfortable and smartly attired while watching the game. Gals, ditch the stiletto heels. Polo is held on a field, and you’ll inevitably walk on grass to get there. Pulling one’s heels out of the dirt is no fun. Opt for a platform wedge heel or an embellished flat for safety, comfort, and élan. Wear a hat. A polo match is an outdoor sporting event, so sun protection is a must.

Wear a chic wide-brimmed hat that offers sun protection and style. This is not the Kentucky Derby, so leave elaborate, feathered, multitiered affairs behind. Men, a chapeau isn’t a bad idea for you either. Oh, and don’t forget a pair of sunglasses. Add a dash of panache. While the Valley polo scene doesn’t yet have the cachet of, say, Palm Beach or Santa Barbara, it’s a still a highsociety sport. Dress appropriately. If in doubt, Google “What to wear to a polo match.”

Hands: Unit of measure for the height of a horse; one hand equals about four inches. Hook: Catching an opponent’s mallet in swing below the level of the horse’s back; to leave or turn the ball for a teammate. Leave It: To ride past the line produced by the ball so that the teammate behind can hit it. Offside: The right-hand side of the polo pony. Polo Pony: Horses used in polo are often referred to as “ponies,” but that’s in reference to their agile type rather than their size. Pony Goal: When a polo pony causes the ball to go through the goal post. Stick: The polo mallet. Tail Shot: Hitting the ball behind and under the horse’s rump. *





A New Sports Franchise

Sportswriter Michael Torres talks with Phoenix Football Club coach David Robertson about professional soccer finally reaching the Valley. Photos by Don McPhee Photography The year 2013 marked a first for

Phoenix sports as Phoenix FC came to life. The Wolves, a USL soccer club, was established in 2012 and began its inaugural season in April. The team consists of players from across the globe, including a few from Arizona, and is led by head coach David Robertson. Robertson,

who now lives in Phoenix, is a fitting leader for this group, as he has played and coached with several clubs all over the world. Phoenix FC is composed of 24 players, seven of whom are from the state of Arizona. Robertson speaks highly of the diverse group of players and believes they blend well together because they are all ambitious and unique. Robertson came to the United States from Scotland six years ago and has taken on the task of leading a new franchise head on. He has taken things learned throughout his career—especially from coaching legend Sir Alex Ferguson, who coached Robertson for five years—and has put them to use as leader of

For me to be a part of it and work with the players in the sunshine, it’s a special time.



Phoenix FC. He enjoys coaching the team and knows it’s an honor to usher in a new era of Phoenix sports. Robertson envisions big things on the horizon not only for Phoenix FC but also for Phoenix sports in general. “I came over here six years ago from Scotland, and since then, the awareness of soccer has certainly picked up,” Robertson says. “It’s long overdue.” With professional franchises in baseball, basketball, football, and hockey already set in Phoenix, Robertson hopes Phoenix FC can help make a soccer footprint in the Valley. In his eyes, Phoenix deserves to have a professional soccer franchise as well. Robertson’s excitement is warranted because he thinks Phoenix FC can be a steppingstone for a future major league soccer team in the Valley. This

is what makes Robertson and company strive to get better each day. “With the population and magnitude of Phoenix, the potential of this club is huge,”Robertson says. “For me to be a part of it and work with the players in the sunshine, it’s a special time.” The sunshine has proved to work in favor of Phoenix FC this season. With the majority of the USL teams based on the East Coast, Phoenix FC is the only club used to the heat of the Valley. Having to practice in the high temperatures before playing in front of crowds at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium in Tempe has allowed Phoenix FC to develop a better conditioning. In fact, Robertson saw the effects high temperatures can have on a player firsthand. His children were unaccustomed to the heat but now are used to it. And Rob-

Soccer players need to use their heads in a number of ways.

ertson knows the heat has helped his club finish strong in games and can serve as an advantage when opposing teams come to town. “It’s a bonus for us,” he says. Robertson also knows that the people in the stands tolerating the heat to watch Phoenix FC are the reason why the club exists. The club was greeted with open arms to a sold-out crowd in its first home game and continually sees soccer fanatics supporting them. The fans in attendance include college students, parents, and, of course, plenty of the youth soccer population. The wide mixture of fans creates an atmosphere that Robertson cherishes. Considering the club is barely in its first year, Robertson believes they have done well. “We have loyal groups that follow us everywhere, and they’re noisy and give us a special atmosphere,” Robertson says. Once the 2013 season comes to a close, Robertson and the organization will still be hard at work to get better. Hurdles and setbacks are expected in an inaugural season, but fans should expect to see and hear more from Phoenix FC in the years to come. “As a group, we’ve done well enough in our first year and have been as professional as we can, but there’s still a lot to go and build on,” Robertson says. “The second year will only be better.”

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A Rugged Rig Auto expert Greg Rubenstein takes on the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sahara. The Jeep Wrangler is an icon. It’s a purpose-

built vehicle that has withstood the test of time, tracing lineage to the early 1940s Willys MB military 4x4.The latest iteration remains true to that heritage and is capable as ever, offering off-road prowess without parallel, though with more creature comforts now available and just a touch of its roughness smoothed out. Among the devoted following of Jeep loyalists, the mantra “It’s a Jeep thing” continues to ring true.The Wrangler’s ride quality, modest fuel economy, and problematic reliability are of minimal concern. What matters is the capability to drive from showroom to rock crawling, a feature Jeep readily promotes through its Trail Rated program. The Trail Rated label isn’t mere marketingspeak. The trademark badge means the vehicle excels in five crucial off-road standards: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation, and water fording. Of course, every performance standard is a trade-off of one sort or another. For the Wrangler, superb off-road ability translates to uncomfortable and somewhat unruly on-road behavior. Basic on-road driving dynamics amount to a jittery, unstable straight-line performance coupled with mediocre cornering



and braking abilities. The cabin is noisy and cramped and does little to prevent an invasive cacophony of tire, wind, and engine sounds, particularly at moderate to hard acceleration and highway cruising. While it doesn’t easily serve as family transportation—the tight rear compartment does hold a pair of child seats, provided the front seats aren’t positioned too far back— there is an undeniable charm imparted to the driver. The Wrangler, particularly in the tested Sahara trim and generously loaded with options, offers unanticipated creature comforts and some luxury appointments. At a base price of $28,790, the Wrangler Sahara gets a standard 3.6-liter V6 engine rated at 285 horsepower, 18-inch alloy wheels, high- and low-range four-wheel drive, antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, hill-start assist, and a six-speed manual transmission. Optional equipment includes heated leather seats, five-speed automatic transmission, a three-piece removable hardtop, and navigation with integrated voice-command infotainment system, along with remote start. The total price came in at $35,360, which

seems like a good chunk of change for such a primitive ride. This is, however, a specialty vehicle every bit as purpose-built as any exotic sports car—only with an entirely different focus. Like a high-performance sports car, fuel economy is a secondary consideration in the Wrangler, evidenced by its EPA-rated 18mpg combined estimate; observed economy over a week’s worth of mixed freeway and surface street use was 16.8-mpg. At least the fuel tank is relatively large—with 18.6 gallons, a range of 300 miles per tank is easily achieved. As a weekend getaway toy or a snowbird vehicle or towed behind a motorhome, the Wrangler is without challenge—if your goal is to get far off the road without investing thousands of dollars in aftermarket equipment. The competitive set includes Toyota’s FJ and the Nissan Xterra, though neither exudes the insider-status and camaraderie of Jeep ownership. Perhaps the Jeep thing is your thing—if so, the Wrangler delivers.



Learning from the Pros Golf professional Scott Sackett on what amateur golfers can learn from US Open Champion Justin Rose. Justin Rose is a highly deserving US Open Championship winner. One thing he

did impressively well down the stretch was eliminate the huge right miss. This is one mistake that so many players made coming down the home stretch under US Open pressure. Pictured to the right is a screenshot from Trackman, a Doppler radar system that Justin Rose and 16 of the other top 20 players in the world turn to for ball flight and club-delivery analysis. I use the same technology every day with my lessons. We are going to examine a few of Justin’s numbers. The blue circle represents club path, and the red circle represents face angle (these are also represented in the picture on the left, with a blue line mapping Justin’s club path and the red arrow showing his face angle). Let’s define a few of these terms first.

CLUB PATH The direction the center of the golf club is moving through impact. Club path is measured slightly prior to and immediately following impact (approximately 2 inches). Club path is always measured in relation to the target line. A club path traveling perfectly down the target line would be 0 on Trackman, a club path that’s positive would be to the right, and a club path that’s negative would be to the left (for a right-handed player). Club path is responsible for the curvature of the golf ball.

LAUNCH DIRECTION The golf ball will always launch between the face angle and club path, but will also be closer to the face angle. This is measured in relation to the target line.

FACE ANGLE The direction the clubface is pointing when the ball is impacted. A face angle of 0 would be square, a face angle that’s positive would be open, and one that’s negative would be closed. Face angle is always measured in relation to the target line. Face angle is responsible for 75 percent of the golf ball’s starting direction with an iron and 85 percent of the ball’s starting direction with a driver, a fairway wood, or a hybrid (this is assuming center contact).

FACE TO PATH The difference between face and path. In this example, it’s 3.4 - 1.3=2.1. Face to path dictates which direction the ball will curve and how much.

In this example, Justin Rose has a club path of positive 1.3 degrees (blue line in picture) and a face angle of positive 3.4 degrees (red arrow in picture). We are going to examine this shot and explain how the ball finished 97 feet right of target. In order to curve the ball back toward the target and avoid the big right miss, the club face needs to pointing somewhere between the target line and the club path. If, in this case, Justin’s clubface was a positive 0.5 degrees, the ball would have drawn softly back toward his target.However,his clubface was 3.4 degrees to the right (2.1 degrees farther to the right than his club path). As we learned in the definition of face angle and club path, face angle with an iron is responsible for 75 percent of the ball’s starting direction (launch direction for this shot = 3.0 degrees to the right) and club path is responsible for creating curvature.Therefore, since his clubface was pointing farther to the right than his club path, the resulting shot is a ball that starts well right of target and continues to move right the farther it travels. This is

indicated by the face to path (yellow circle). A positive face to path (assuming center contact and calm playing conditions) will always result in a ball that moves to the right (fade/push), and a negative face to path will always result in a ball that moves left (draw/pull).

your right shoulder covering the golf ball to encourage a club path more to the left. Keep in mind that this is always assuming center contact. • Gear effect takes place as soon as the center of the club face is struck.

To avoid this big miss and play your best golf under pressure, remember the following: • Face angle for the most part is responsible for where the golf ball starts. • Club path for the most part is responsible for creating curvature. • A great rule of thumb is to always make sure you return the club face as close to square as possible to ensure a ball that starts on or close to the target line. If the ball is starting on target but curving well to the right (club path = too far to the left/negative), try to feel your back stay toward the target longer to encourage a club path more out to the right. • Conversely, if the ball is curving well to the left but starting on target, try to feel

For more on how to eliminate that big miss right or what happens when the center of the face isn’t struck, visit the Trackman section of my website,, follow me on Twitter at @Scott_Sackett, or like Scott Sackett Golf on Facebook at Scott Sackett has been a “Golf ” Magazine Top 100 Teacher since 1999 and was recently voted as one of “Golf Digest’s” Best Teacher in the State for the fifth year in a row. He is also director of instruction at Park Meadows Country Club in Park City, Utah. While in the Valley, he teaches at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. If you would like to reach Scott, you can contact him through his website at AUGUST | SEPTEMBER 2013



• books

BETWEEN THE PAGES with Julie Carlson




By J.A. Jance

By A.S.A. Harrison

By Shannon Delany

Touchstone, Feb. 5, 2013, 304 pages, available in hardcover, audio, and eBook

Penguin Books, June 25, 2013, 486 pages, available in paperback, audio, and eBook

St. Martin’s Griffin, June 25, 2013, 337 pages, available in paperback and eBook

Deadly Stakes, the new novel by Arizona resident J.A. Jance, doesn’t turn out the way you may have thought it would—and that’s a good thing! Series character Ali Reynolds, a police training academy alum turned reporter, takes readers on a surprising and twist-filled ride to solve the case of a mysterious body found by a young man in the mountains of Camp Verde. The novel keeps readers guessing whether the young man is innocent or involved in the crime. Arizona residents who gravitate toward Jance’s novels will enjoy recognizing locations in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and the surrounding areas. Jance does a great job making readers feel as if they know the characters, and faithful fans think of Ali as their friend. She’s talented and smart, even though her police friends often grumble about her stepping into their crime scene, but she always comes through in solving the crimes. Deadly Stakes is another clever and fun novel from a popular mystery writer who continues to thrill audiences.

Touted as this year’s 2012 runaway bestseller Gone Girl, The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison digs deep into the psychological impact of a marriage unraveling at the seams. The novel switches back and forth between Jodi and Todd, giving readers both points of view and an insight into the characters’ lives. But the couple are really living separate lives. Jodi, a psychologist, deals with clients who are cheating on their spouses and significant others. Todd is a builder who delves into refurbishing buildings and homes with gusto, but when it comes to his life with his wife, he’s mentally absent. Jodi suspects her husband is cheating on her, which leads her to killing him. The novel is interesting in the way that Jodi projects the stories of her clients into her own troubles; however, the book contains little dialogue, which makes it drag in many places. Some readers also may feel distanced from the characters.

Known for her paranormal stories, young-adult author Shannon Delany doesn’t disappoint with her latest novel, Weather Witch. The novel is set in 1844 Philadelphia in a vastly different steampunk world involving witches who control the weather. The story is magical and adventurous, with enough romance to keep readers turning the pages. Weather Witch blends together history and the supernatural—two genres currently popular among YA readers. Main character Jordan Astraea is about to turn 17, and just when she thinks she’s about to party till the sun comes up, she’s accused of being a weather witch. The horrors (because who wants to be accused of being a witch?)! Jordan is a strong character—and she needs to be on the prison ship where she ends up: many of the secondary characters are equally fascinating. There are some places where the plot becomes confusing because of the multiple points of view and having to keep track of what’s going on with everyone and everything, but all in all, this story is still good fun and will leave readers wanting to know what’s next for Jordan and her crew.





Upcycled Bears Get New Hearts And New Homes By Jennifer Zach Local artist Tara Logsdon is on a mission in her “bearbulance” to rescue unloved and discarded teddy bears from Valley thrift stores. Styling herself as Chief Medic, Logsdon restores the secondhand bears according to the prescription she determines they need. Each bear is washed and repaired, and gets new eyes for “a better outlook”and a new heart “to deal with abandonment issues.” A true artist at heart, Logsdon was inspired by her grandmother, Elizabeth Katherine Logsdon, who was an accomplished embroiderer and seamstress. “DIE bearmy is named after my amazing German grandmother, Dorothy Elizabeth Icenogle—the DIE being her initials in monogram form,” Logsdon says. “This is appropriate because she was an expert embroiderer and seamstress who would often monogram or embroider our names on things. The bearmy is a bear/army hybrid and because die also means ‘the’ in German. Together, it means ‘the bearmy,’ pronounced ‘dee bair mee.’ ” Her grandmother passed away when Logsdon was 12; years later, she continues to be influenced by Elizabeth’s style and appreciation for fashion and quality. “She made me aware of the construction and quality of things, was insistent on purchasing and producing well-made goods, and maintained the life of them through deliberate care,” Logsdon says. “Everything

she had was important!” Logsdon conceives of her own art as charity work and enlists her creations as soldiers in the bearmy, with the mission to combat mass production and consumption. It’s the bearmy’s belief that people need to slow down and become more deliberate about creation and consumption to decrease the amount of abandonment and waste in the world.

new value of the redeemed bear. Logsdon’s redesigns are mainly inspired by Native culture and metaphysical influences. Once the bear makeover is complete, Logsdon writes a prescription that includes instructions on helping the bear adapt to his or her new environment. She carefully bags them (complete with air holes!) and sends them to their new homes.

Tara Logsdon's bears have been seen at art exhibits and galleries all over the Valley. Photo courtesy of

“I think the bears make people smile because not only are they getting a piece of art or a one-of-a-kind teddy bear, but more than that, I think they really like the idea of rescuing it and saving it, and it makes them feel warm and fuzzy inside,” Logsdon says. DIE Bearmy has been seen at art exhibits and galleries all over the Valley, and Logsdon has been featured in several blogs

This little guy bears the rigors of surgery—he knows a new den awaits him.

Exemplars of upcycling in every sense, each of Logsdon’s bears is a one-of-a-kind creation, remade with found and recycled materials. When possible, she uses pieces from designer materials like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and (no surprise or pun intended) Burberry as a nod to the Tara Logsdon's OR can turn out grizzly— and we mean that in a good and literal way!

And bear in mind that new brains are no problem, either!

and publications. This August, DIE Bearmy will be showing at the House of Intuition in Los Angeles.To see a selection of the bears or to purchase one, visit You can also watch the rescue and makeover process at AUGUST | SEPTEMBER 2013




Tough Questions Tackled Relationship expert Lea Haben brings clarity and hope to those grappling with difficult relationship issues.

HELP! I’M NOT A BARBIE DOLL Dear Lea, I am so frustrated with the men here in the Valley. I am 42, recently divorced, and carrying a few extra pounds. I have met a few guys online, and they all seem to want the young blonde with the surgically enhanced breasts and who look as though she hasn’t eaten in months. I am 42, a professional, and look great on paper. Why don’t men like me? Dear Frustrated, It could be that you’re looking too hard and too soon. You mentioned you were recently divorced but didn’t tell me how recently. I

would take this time right now to work on you. Why not invest in you––take some classes, perhaps lose those extra pounds, and find a new hobby. I’ve found that men are attracted to women who are happy and love their lives. Men will overlook a few pounds as long as they aren’t a lot of extra pounds. When you start living a happy life, you’ll start attracting men who want to be a part of it. Remember, someone should add to the quality of your life but not ultimately be responsible for it. Good luck, and go find a hobby.

OVERSTEPPING BOUNDARIES? Dear Lea, My husband and I have been married for about six months, and we have a fabulous relationship, except when it comes to his ex. I am a professional woman, and my son and daughter have both graduated from college and are doing well in their careers. I am concerned, however, as his ex-wife has not properly prepared their daughter for college. (She has never been in a sport, a club, or any kind of community activities that look good on a college application). The outrageous amount of money she gets for child support each month seems to go to her partying, and nothing seems 58


to be going to her child. I have had conversations with his daughter and have assisted her with her college planning—at her request. Her mother is extremely angry with me for this, but my stepdaughter is a lovely child and wants to go to school. Her mother would like nothing more than to keep her home and uneducated. My husband’s job keeps him traveling, and he says that he is happy with the way the two of us are getting along and that he is very grateful that I am helping her. (I have been through the college process twice with my own children.) The ex is very angry and is making things difficult now for my husband. Should I stop? Am I overstepping my bounds like she insists? Dear Stepmom, Welcome to the wonderful world of blended families. I have to say that it’s very refreshing to hear from you. Your stepdaughter’s education is very important, and it seems that you have the trust of your husband and the experience to help her with such an important decision. It’s always best to enlist the help of the mother, but if it was a highconflict divorce and if she doesn’t have the skill set, it’s a probably a moot point. Do the right thing and help this girl get an education. Keep me posted.



What Can I do with my Small IRA? By J.P. Dahdah As CEO of my company, I have the unique oppor-

tunity of speaking in front of scores of CPAs, attorneys, financial planners, real estate professionals, and individual investors like you about the power and virtually unlimited investment choices offered through self-directed IRAs. One of the most common questions I get is: “I only have a small IRA—what are my alternative investment choices for self-direction, and how could I get started?” As most investors’ frame of reference is the stock market, it can be intimidating to the small investor to discover the entire menu of alternative choices available within a self-directed IRA. Self-directed IRA administrators such as the company I work for never provide investment advice to clients, hence the term selfdirected. But they certainly can share the types of investments clients make and are permissible within IRAs, especially those with relatively modest balances.

Five Self-Directed IRA Choices That Don’t Require a Large Bankroll • Lend Out Your IRA Savings This can be a 90-day loan secured by automobile paper, a first or second mortgage on real property, or an unsecured note. Keep in mind that the borrower and the IRA holder determine the rates and terms of the loan and that all payments are made directly to the custodian/administrator for the benefit of the IRA account holder. • Buy a Real Estate Option A self-directed IRA can purchase an option to buy a parcel of real estate before a prescribed date for a fixed purchase price. Later, if the terms of the option permit and the value of the property is greater than the optioned purchase price, the option can be resold and all the proceeds and profits are returned to the IRA without tax ramifications. This is a great way to make profits on real estate strategies without actually having to purchase the property. • Tax Liens Many clients like to buy tax liens at the county courthouse, as they generally provide a higher level of safety

than other types of investments. The liens may be removed and the interest paid in as little as 10 days or as long as six months or more. In rare instances, if the property taxes are not paid by the landowner, the tax lien holder (the selfdirected IRA) may end up with title to the property. • Partner with Others Partnering is a powerful tool and can empower a small IRA holder to get a piece of a larger investment. This can be accomplished within an LLC, private stock, or simply with fractional ownership at titling on the asset. For example, an IRA can own an undivided 5 percent interest in an investment property and would participate in all profits and expenses derived from the property at the 5 percent proportion. • Leverage Your IRA Yes, you can indeed have your Self-Directed IRA borrow funds in certain situations. The loan must be non-recourse (secured only by the IRA owned property) and be paid by the IRA; thus, you would normally only use this device if your IRA owned revenue producing property. Be aware that there also may be additional taxes within your IRA for gains on the leveraged portion of the investment.

Yes—all the investment choices that we administer can lead to overload—and it is important that you surround yourself with trusted advisors that can assist you in making your investment decisions. Whether you start with a $10,000 IRA or a $500,000 retirement plan, there are opportunities for everyone, as our clients would attest. If this small sample of alternative IRA choices sparked your interest, be sure to educate yourself more about the investment freedom and control offered by self-directed IRAs.

J.P. Dahdah is CEO of Vantage. To learn more about self-directed IR As, please contact Vantage SelfDirected Retirement Plans at (866) 459-4580 or visit AUGUST | SEPTEMBER 2013




Your Kids’ Lunch Boxes: Make Them Wholesome, Hearty, and Happy! By Diana Bocco Wondering how to pack up a healthy camp or school lunch that the

kids will love? Turns out it’s easier than you think! Here are some tips on making healthy food attractive for the little ones.

Packing Up Some Power Protein Protein is key for a school lunch because it’s filling, which helps children from getting hungry soon after eating, says Maryann Jacobsen, a registered dietitian and co-author of Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School. “Protein sources are usually good sources of iron, an important nutrient for growing kids,” Jacobsen adds. Protein can be found in a variety of foods including lean meats, fish, beans, nuts and nut butters, cheese, eggs, and soy products (like edamame). Jacobsen says she always packs up some protein for her own kids. “It might be rolled-up deli meat, hummus for dipping veggies, bean salad, or cut-up cheese,” she says. You can also go with a simple sandwich that includes a protein source such as tuna, deli meat, or nut butter.

Adding Some Fiber Most kids don’t get the recommended serving of fiber, says Caroline Kaufman, a registered dietitian and family-nutrition expert. Why is fiber important? According to Kaufman, it also helps the kids feel full—important for weight control—and prevents constipation. “When people think fiber, they tend to think of grains,” Kaufman says. “And yes, whole grains are a good source of fiber, but so are nuts, seeds, beans, fruits, and vegetables.” With so many sources of fiber available, it shouldn’t be a problem trying out different things every day to avoid boredom and keep things interesting. A few suggestions? Kaufman says whole-grain crackers and cheese are a good option. Or try homemade granola that includes oats, sunflower seeds, and chopped walnuts with a cup of yogurt. Apple slices and a cheese stick or ∑ cup of naturally sweet, fiber-rich figs and dates are good and good for them, too.

Keeping It Interesting Want to make sure the kids actually eat what you’re packing? Then make the lunch fun and interesting. Kaufman recommends turning lunch into an edible puzzle, where kids can assemble different nutritious components into a meal. “For example, give them turkey slices, cheese, and whole-grain crackers with cherry tomatoes,” Kaufman says. You also want to make sure the kids are involved in the preparation process. Kaufman recommends planning for the week by giving them a few healthy lunch options and letting them choose what they want from what you offer. “If they have helped in some way and like what they’re getting, they’re going to be more likely to eat it,” she says.

Packing Tips When it comes to packing lunch, Kaufman says bento box lunch boxes are perfect for packing and fun for kids. “Their dishwasher-safe covered mini-compartments often use different colors and sizes to prompt variety and portion sizing,” Kaufman adds.



Here are some more tips for packing things right: • Use a small ice pack during the summer months. This will keep the food safe, especially if you’re including small yogurt containers or other perishables. • Always liquid-test containers you’re going to use. Fill them up with water and turn them sideways and upside down to see if they leak. • Use small plastic containers to hold sandwiches instead of plastic zip-up bags. They’ll prevent the bread from crumbling and the contents of the sandwich from spilling out.




Answers to the crossword puzzle on page 44.


Exercise and Hydration Fitness expert Ted Baird on one of the most essential elements to your workout—water!

you know you are heading out for any kind of outside activity in the summer heat, start with a good hydrating fluid before you begin.

Exercise in the Arizona summer heat requires

2. Hydrate during your workout.

special attention to a critical piece of any fitness program—hydration. It’s vital to healthy, effective exercise that our bodies replace the water that’s depleted during strenuous activity in our famous dry heat. When temperatures begin to climb in Arizona, it doesn’t take a lot of activity for our bodies to start perspiring. We live inside these physical bodies that are made up of 60 percent water. That dripping from our forehead or the sweat ring under our arm from simply walking across the parking lot is the first sign of a loss of our body’s life-giving elixir. Proper hydration required to replenish the water lost during physical exercise requires planning and action, even when you don’t feel thirsty. Here are a few tips for irrigating your exercise regimen:

1. Hydrate before your workout. Staying properly hydrated during a workout requires an intake of fluids before you start. The amount of hydration needed will vary based on body size and the amount you typically sweat; however, putting fluids into your body before you begin is very important to proper hydration. When

Even though it can be inconvenient to carry water while you exercise, it’s vital to replace it as you release it. Lots of great hydration systems are now available that make it easier to carry water or sport drinks with you while exercising. From backpacks with water bladders built in to water bottles with ergonomically designed handles, it’s easier than ever to hydrate while on the go. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to start hydrating. Often, thirst is an early indicator of dehydration. Get it in while it’s going out!

3. Hydrate after your workout. Every good

post-exercise routine should involve some stretching, breathing, and rehydration. It’s not rocket science that once your body released its dominant ingredient—water—you need to resupply it to keep it functioning at optimum performance.

Don’t wait until the signs of dehydration— dry mouth, headache, lack of perspiration—are present. At that point, you could already be a victim of the Arizona dry heat. Be good to your body this summer—drink up!

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Lights! Camera! Poise! Beauty Tips and Tricks for Looking Great in Photos. By Diana Bocco Do you always look less than perfect in pic-

tures? Turns out that the kind of makeup you use and how you style your hair or treat your skin can make a world of difference—and really affect how radiant you look in photos. For that extra touch that can make or break a photo, here are some beauty tips from the experts.

Get Your Skin Ready

When it comes to taking flawless photos, it’s more than about just the foundation—it’s about skin prep, says celebrity hairstylist and beauty expert Billy Lowe, who appeared in TLC’s 10 Years Younger. “I always recommend a light exfoliant or toner prior to application and then a skin-perfecting serum of some kind to help fill in fine lines and wrinkles and to make the foundation application smooth and flawless,” Lowe says. When picking a photo-friendly foundation, go liquid. Avoid overpacking powder to your face—especially pressed powders.“These can look cakey,” Lowe says. LeAura Luciano, a celebrity stylist and makeup artist who has worked with everybody from Zoe Saldana to Stella McCartney, agrees. She points out that finding the best foundation to look good in pictures can be tricky because it depends on your skin t ype. “If you are on the drier side, look for hydrating foundations,” she says. “For oily skin types, mattifying formulas are key, as these will help keep you from getting too shiny all over.”



Apply Some Bronzer Bronzers are great because they add depth and dimension to skin and give it a healthylooking bronzed glow, according to Lowe. He adds that different people look better with different applications. Some prefer a more dewy look, which promotes a youthful shine, and others enjoy that more bronzed Miami lookand-feel for a sunshiny gleam to the skin. Luciano adds that the best way to bronze is to put it where the sun would naturally hit you. “Apply along your temples, cheekbones, sides of the nose and chin,” she explains. For best effects, use a large, fluffy powder brush to apply. You really don’t need that much to get a nice tan effect.

Don’t Forget Your Hair Want to look years younger in your photos? Luciano says you can cheat a face lift by pulling your hair back in a tight, high ponytail or bun.

“Both are trendy looks and great ways to make your skin look a little tighter, your eyes more lifted, and cheekbones more defined,” Luciano says. Do you have a round face, or are you carrying a few extra pounds? Lowe recommends having some texture or “piecy”strands around the face to help conceal and add contour to facial features. One last tip? Posing is important, so practice, practice, practice. “Take a page from supermodels and learn your best side and angles,” Luciano says.“The more familiar you are with the way you look and feel best, the better your photos will look.”

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21st Annual Komen Race for the Cure: Men Fighting for the Women They Love By Jennifer Zach The State Capitol District in downtown Phoenix will turn pink this fall when the 21st Annual Komen Race for the Cure takes place Oct. 13.The Race for the Cure is the signature fundraising event of Komen CAN Arizona, affiliate of national organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure.The mission of Komen CAN Arizona is ending breast cancer by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all, and investing in research to find cures for the disease. This mission depends on the volunteer efforts of women and men in our state. Although breast cancer primarily afflicts women, the devastation of the disease affects us all. We’d like you to meet a few



of the men who are fighting for the women they love with Komen CAN Arizona.

Jeff Gauvin, Board Member

In 2004, Judy Gauvin was diagnosed with breast cancer. With her husband, Jeff, by her side, she under went a lumpectomy, six rounds of chemotherapy, and 33 radiation sessions. Since then, Jeff and Judy have been committed advocates of breast-health awareness, first with the Milwaukee affiliate of Susan G. Komen and more recently here in their new home state. Jeff is one of two men serving on the board of Komen

CAN Arizona, supporting the mission to save the lives of women like his wife. The Gauvins walk together in the Komen Race for the Cure events.

Robert Morales Jr., Community Outreach Ambassador

Robert has at least four reasons he’s pledged to keep fighting against breast cancer— two aunts, his mom, and his sister. With each devastating call he received over the years announcing yet another diagnosis, he became more determined to help the cause. Robert is now a communityoutreach ambassador for Komen CAN Arizona. He regularly speaks at events and reaches out to diverse audiences with his bilingual abilities. He was one of the men in tuxes at the 2012 Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure, welcoming participants who personally fought the disease into the survivors-only area on race day. “I walk to bring forth the effects of breast cancer to the young and old alike—and to all races, as breast cancer is blind—and let them know that

there is still hope for a cure,” says Morales on the Komen CAN Arizona website.

Zachary Singh, Race Intern, Youth Advocate

Zachary was in high school when his mother was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. Zachary worked hard to graduate school early and postponed plans to go away to college in order to support his mom through two years of treatment and reconstructive surgeries. Thankfully, his mom is now in remission, and Zachary has gone on to study at Northern Arizona University. After participating in the Race for the Cure, Zachar y was inspired to do more to give back and end breast cancer forever. He is now serving as an intern with Komen CAN Arizona and is helping to plan this year’s race. He hopes that one day what he and his mom endured will be a thing of the past. You can join these men and all the other amazing volunteers and advocates in this year’s Race for the Cure by registering for the race at


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• flavor

A Recipe for Stamina Chef Matthew Grunwald prepares a salad with quinoa, blood orange, kale, and dried cherries. The traditional art of Wado, one of the four

major Japanese karate styles, comprises core strengthening and a focused mind. And what does that have to do with quinoa? As a Wado karate black belt of nine years, maintaining stamina in my workouts is of the utmost importance in my training. This means monitoring my diet to seek flavorful ingredient combinations that will equip me for success. Cultivating the consumption of complete proteins, iron, and soluble fiber each day is a high priority, and this recipe’s ingredient components do just that. Muscular structure is enhanced post-workout when a complete protein is present in the diet. Quinoa is not a grain but a type of herb closely related to spinach, but it still upholds an executive-level position in the grain family because of its resemblance to it during the cooking process. Dominating the health-food scene with its composition of all nine essential amino acids, this little seed expediently restructures muscular growth. As to endurance, including iron and high-intensity cardio into your daily lifestyle will bestow a new spark in your step day in and day out. Dark-green, leafy kale is iron rich and aids in the production of myoglobin in the bloodstream. What this really means is a high production of

oxygen and increased blood flow to muscles and organs like the lungs, heart, and brain, thus bestowing an abundance of energy on the body. In a similar vein—somewhat literally—oranges are chock-full of soluble fiber and advance the production of good cholesterol and benevolent heart health. This recipe is delicious and will keep you fueled throughout your day. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s ridiculously easy to assemble and stores for up to three days. Feel free to add variations of whatever is stocked in your kitchen. Remember, a recipe is only a guideline!

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lb green beans, trimmed lb yellow wax beans, trimmed head kale, stems removed and diced large heirloom tomatoes, quartered lb quinoa, soaked in boiling water for 20 minutes until tender, drained cup frozen peas, defrosted cup dried cherries blood oranges, peeled and sliced, seeds removed cup Greek yogurt bunch mint leaves, chopped juice from one lemon kosher salt fresh-ground black pepper

Heat a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt. Blanch the green and yellow beans in the water for three to four minutes until slightly tender but still crunchy. Remove from the boiling water and shock in ice water. Repeat this process for the kale as well, cooking for only one minute. In a large bowl, combine the green and yellow beans, kale, tomatoes, quinoa, peas, cherries, and orange slices. Top the salad with the Greek yogurt, mint leaves, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.




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Peridot Jewelry expert Scott Bohall on the Arizona gem. Besides being an underappreciated gem, the August birthstone peridot is often mispronounced. The last syllable ends in a long o sound, as in depot, but even many in the jewelry world pronounce it dot! What’s more, it’s rarely referred to as an Arizona gem. Most peridot seen in jewelry stores is a pale lime green that originates in China. Some of the finest peridot comes from a couple of locations in Arizona, often on Indian reservation land. We carry about 90 percent Arizona peridot and only use local material in the pieces we manufacture. Like most gems, the smalland low-quality materials are quite common and cheap. The finer gems and larger gems are becoming rare, as the world is buying them faster than they can be mined or cut. Most peridot is used in jewelry, but it also helps geologists determine how old a meteorite or a rock in the earth is. The oldest rocks on the planet have either been identified by natural peridot crystals or natural zircon crystals. We know that peridot has existed for over four billion years, and yet in 2013, many consumers and jewelry salespeople have little information about how it forms, where it comes from, or how to take care of it. Prices can range from below $1 per carat for low-grade material or beads to several hundred dollars per carat for the finest and over 10-carat material. While most peridot ends up in rings, earrings and pendants are

better settings for them, as they can scratch and chip a bit easier than diamonds, sapphires, spinel, and some others. The surface can also be damaged with commonplace acids like the citric acid in lemon juice and do not do as well with steam cleaning as do most gems. The technical name for peridot is olivine, and much of olivine, now called fancy peridot, comes in shades ranging from olive to brown. The olive and brown materials are rarely seen in jewelry. While peridot is the birthstone for August, we see most customers buying it for complementing clothes that feature the gem’s colors. The richer the color and the better the cutting, the faster it sells. I often give rocks or gems to children when they are in my store. One day, a 7-year-old boy pointed out my nicest peridot in the case and said “I like that one.” I went to my bag of kid gems, found him a small peridot, and gave it to him. He said that the other one looked a lot nicer, so I told him to come back and work for me in 10 years. When buying peridot, it’s a good idea to ask where the gem was mined. Generally, people like the more intense color and brightness, but less than 10 percent of jewelers carry finer peridot. To learn more about peridot and other fine gems, visit jewelry expert Scott Bohall’s website at If you don’t know jewelry, know your jeweler. AUGUST | SEPTEMBER 2013



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Makeup Artist Takes On Reality Television Born and raised in Arizona, celebrity makeup artist Eric Rene Jimenez doesn’t take no for an answer. It’s this tenacity that he credits as key to becoming the hair and makeup guru for a slew of reality television shows that include Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Shahs of Sunset, and The Hills. His flair for making celebrities look flawless and his feisty personality are garnering so much attention in Hollywood that he’s now in negotiations to star in his own reality show. A North Phoenix resident, Jimenez flies between the Valley and Los Angeles a couple times a month to do the makeup for celebrity clients Adrienne Maloof, Taylor Armstrong, Crystal Harris, Shana Moakler, and others. While his work speaks for itself—Jimenez is known as the King of the Smoky Eye and Big Sexy Hair—getting high-profile clients is something of an art form, and Jimenez takes it seriously. He kept tweeting Maloof about wanting to do her hair and makeup until she responded. Now she’s one of his full-time LA clients. “Half of this world is afraid of rejection. And you can’t be,” Jimenez says. “It’s just no. Get over it and move on to the next person.” Jimenez, now 28, started doing hair when he was 9 years old, with his mother as his first client. He got one of his first jobs in Hollywood doing hair and makeup on the MTV show The Hills by reaching out to one of the show’s stars, Stephanie Pratt, via MySpace. “She’s a little diva who drives me crazy,” Jimenez says affectionately. “Everyone always asks me who’s the biggest diva I’ve worked with. How does she act? At the end of the day, they’re normal people, and I think that’s what they want to be treated like.” To learn more about Eric Rene Jimenez or to schedule an appointment, visit

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Things to Do… AUGUST

Sesame Street Presents: The Body is an interactive exhibition all about the human body through September 2. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix.


Hang out at the Mark-Taylor apartments for the Summer of Love pool party. Food and beer are provided free of cost. Free admission. Shade Apartments, 21150 N. Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix.


Every Monday until Labor Day, Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix hosts hot yoga led by local instructors. After a good sweat, enjoy happy hour food and drink specials at the rooftop bar, Lustre. Free admission. Hotel Palomar, 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix.


During Prowl and Play at the zoo, enjoy magic tricks with Matt Lemm as well as music from Radio Disney and wet-and-wild fun at the Leapin’ Lagoon and Yakulla Caverns. Guests can enjoy up-close views of animals with their handlers during Critter Chat. Adults 21 and over can relax with a cold brew or a glass of wine on the Neely Terrace. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix.


Tim McGraw takes to the Salt River Fields stage with his high-energy country music. Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale.




Arizona’s Amazing Women’s Expo will feature celebrities, high-fashion runway shows, free spa giveaways, makeovers, and more. Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix.


Mitzvahs and More is an event-planning expo that caters to the Phoenix Jewish community. Exhibitors will be showcasing the latest trends for party planning, such as catering, DJs, flowers, invitations, photography, venues, and videography. There will also be raffle prices, giveaways, and food. Free admission. DoubleTree Resort, 5401 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, (480) 947-5400.


Westin Kierland will be hosting the Ignite Your Appetite food fair, where foodies can taste delicious dishes and sip refreshing drinks from over 50 local restaurants. Learn new recipes and cooking techniques from culinary experts during stage demonstrations. Ticket proceeds benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The Westin Kierland, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale.


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Participate in the Empower One Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, which benefits breast cancer patients and their families. Choose from a 1-mile walk, a 5K run, or a 10K run. Participants receive a free day pass to the zoo. Visit the website for registration. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. Arizona Restaurant Week is back. This statewide affair gives foodies the chance to explore culinary delights from hidden taco shops to high-end tablecloth eateries. For info on participating restaurants, visit

The Knee Deep Experience heads to the District Stage for a night of fun, funky tunes. Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix.

Take in the panoramic views while sipping wine at the Sedona Wine Fest. Sedona Airport, 235 Air Terminal Dr., Sedona.


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The Hottest Fitness Trend Hits the North Valley Orangetheory Fitness is one of the Valley’s hottest workout trends, and it’s opening up its first North Phoenix location in Happy Valley. Warning: You may get hooked on the “Orange Effect!” Orangetheory Fitness is a one-of-a-kind grouppersonal training workout. The sessions are broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength exercises designed to burn up to 900 calories in a onehour class. This is known as the Orange Effect. Each class is led by skilled personal trainers. Orangetheory members use a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, TRX Suspension Training, and free weights for results of more energy, visible toning, and extra calorie burn. The Orange Effect is based on the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) that backs Orangetheory’s workouts—its claim is that calories will continue to burn up to 36 hours post-workout. Orangetheory’s heart-rate-monitored training is designed to keep the heartbeat speed in a target zone—the Orange Zone—that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. “We want to provide North Phoenix

residents incredible results in a fun, high-energy fitness environment,” says Stacie Wagner, Orangetheory Fitness Happy Valley owner. “We will give our members great results and make them feel a part of something more than just a gym.” The studio is currently offering discounted membership rates prior to its grand opening. Three membership-package options are available. Orangetheory Fitness Happy Valley is located at 2501 W. Happy Valley Rd., Phoenix. For more information about Orangetheory Fitness Happy Valley, please call (602) 456-6900.

Civic Leaders Sponsor ‘30 Days of Shopping’ for 1,000 Local Youth For 1,000 North Valley children, the thought of going back to school is now very cool, thanks to the generosity of local couple Michael and Ellie Ziegler. The Zieglers have been civic and community leaders for more than 40 years, and they teamed up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale earlier this year with a singular mission: to give children, regardless of socioeconomic factors, the opportunity to start the school year off on a positive note and on

an even playing field with their peers. Research has strongly indicated that kids starting school without the needed supplies or clothing perform below their more affluent peers. “From that mission, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s first-ever ‘30 Days of Shopping’ initiative was born,” Ellie Ziegler says. The “30 Days” events kicked off with a lively shopping spree for 180 Club kids on July 12 at Kohl’s in Desert Ridge, and it will continue with similar-size sprees through August. Selected youth from the Clubs will each receive a $100 Kohl’s gift card to pick out clothing and other needed items for the new school year. Youth selected for the events are Club members and have been identified to participate in the events based on

greatest need. The events will also include helping members at the Club’s Peach Springs Branch, which is located on the Hualapai Indian Community. Peach Springs members will shop at the Kohl’s Flagstaff location in August. Besides helping prepare children for the upcoming school year, the events allow community partners and businesses to engage directly with youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “Volunteers from organizations such as Kohl’s, Scottsdale Active 20–30 Club, and Valley of the Sun Active 20–30 Club have participated in this important community event for more than 10 years,” says Steve Davidson of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “This year, to have one couple step up and ensure so many North Valley children get what they need for the new school year is truly inspiring.”

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began to learn to trust his surroundings as well as the people in them. As of today, he’s now a mostly outgoing little guy who’ll chat your ear off all day. He loves to have conversations with his friends and enjoys spending time in the cattery tent—it’s become one of his favorite places. As he’s an adolescent, he still has quite a playful personality and rarely misses an opportunity for some fun. Although he loves to curl up in the laps of his human companions, he’s still a little unsure of other cats. He probably wouldn’t mind being the only kitty in the home. Either way, he’s a very sweet boy eager to find a loving home. Sherman’s adoption fee is $50, which includes his neuter, microchip, and vaccines.

Dalia Dalia is a 2-year-old chow mix who’s a very gentle girl. She should do well with children of all ages. She plays well with other dogs and loves to play with squeaky toys. This dog loves to be around people and receive attention—and she actually likes cats! She’s an all-around sweet girl who would love to find the right family to call her own. Dalia’s adoption fee is $175, which includes her spay, microchip, and vaccines.


Anastasia is a beautiful 4-year-old domestic shorthair. In the shelter environment, she can be quite the sweetheart when she wants to be. She usually keeps to herself but occasionally likes to come out and mingle with a staff or volunteer member. In a home environment, Anastasia loves to cuddle and sleep with her family at bedtime. She’s also been known to enjoy playing around the house and bird watching. She might enjoy being the only cat in the household. but she may learn to live with other cats. She doesn’t mind large dogs as long as they’re respectful of her. Along with Kachina and Sherman, Anastasia is at our shelter on 40th Street and Washington. Anastasia’s adoption fee is $50, which includes her spay, microchip, and vaccines.

Cosmo Cosmo is a 4-year-old border terrier mix who is very smart and can do several tricks but would love his new family to teach him more. He is a real show-off and loves to be the center of attention. He does best with smaller dogs and older children and without cats! Won’t you come down to AAWL so he can show off all of his amazing tricks? Cosmo’s adoption fee

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Kachina Kachina is a 6-year-old domestic-shorthair mix who came to us from Pinal County. She is one of our many kitties with lots of personality. This may be why she has developed a fan club of her own. She has many devoted followers who are eager to see her adopted. Kachina can be quite a chatty cat. She loves to be rubbed and scratched behind her ears and will tell you how much she enjoys your affection. Because she doesn’t seem to be a fan of most of her roommates, she will need to be the only cat in the household. This will give her the opportunity to receive all of her new family’s love and affection. Kachina’s adoption fee is $50, which includes her spay, microchip, and vaccines.

Sonny Sonny is a 5-year-old dachshund/ beagle mix who loves nothing more than to hang out with his people and play fetch with a tennis ball. He will play for hours if you’re willing to throw it! He is an absolute love bug—he thinks he’s a lap dog but forgets he’s just a tad bit too big for the average-size lap! He also loves to play with other dogs and may be able to live in a home with cats. Sounds like an allaround perfect dog! Sonny’s adoption fee is $125, which includes his neuter, microchip, and vaccines.

These pets may already be adopted. Please visit for a current listing of pets available for adoption at the Arizona Animal Welfare League. All dogs and cats have been spayed or neutered, are up-to-date on their shots, and will go home with a microchip inserted. The Arizona Animal Welfare League is open from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Tuesday–Friday, and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. AAWL is located at 30 N. 40th Place in Phoenix. For more information, call (602) 273-6852. 80


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All eyes to the skies for the Perseid meteor show! The dog days of summer are upon us, and with them come the summer monsoons with much-needed rain and showers. August will be a month of a special type of shower: the Perseid meteor shower, to be specific. Perseus is a constellation in the northern sky, and all eyes will be on this celestial tribute to one of the most famous of Greek mythological heroes. Perseus used two gifts from the gods—a magic shield and winged sandals—to kill the Gorgon Medusa, and he rescued his future consort, Andromeda, on the way back from his perilous journey. He was rewarded for his bravery by being placed in the sky as a constellation for all eternity. All eyes to the skies! This is one of the best years to look for Perseid meteors, as moonlight will not interfere with the show. Start looking to the northeast sky around midnight from Aug. 5 to Aug. 15—the peak of this shower will occur on the night of Aug. 12, with a potential of 80 meteors per hour. Take it from me—I have been watching this shower for well over 40 years, and it can produce some very bright meteors with contrails, or water-vapor streaks. All of the Perseid meteors are produced from debris from Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which has a period of some 133 years as it orbits the sun. Here is an alarming fact: Comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest solar system object



to make a repeated close pass to Earth. Its nucleus is some 16 miles wide and will pass very close to us on Aug. 14, 2126. It will not hit us, but it has 27 times the energy of the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs, so it would pose a problem if it did! So when you see a Perseid, you are looking at debris from a potential Earth changer! They are moving at 37 miles per second 75 miles up. The sky almanac for August begins with the moon. The new moon will occur on the sixth, with a thin waxing crescent moon low in the northwest sky on Aug. 7 through Aug. 11. First quarter moon will appear on the 14th, and then on to the beautiful Full Sturgeon Moon on Aug. 20 at 6:45 p.m. Arizona time. Last quarter moon will glow on Aug. 28. We find Venus and Saturn as our August evening planets, with Jupiter low in the southeast at dawn. If you want a real treat, scan the southern sky around 10 p.m. from a dark location and a clear sky. With the naked eye and binoculars, you are looking at the center of the Milky Way star clouds—a most impressive sight! September skies continue to provide us with celestial treats. The moon starts off the month as a waning crescent low in the east before sunrise, followed by the dark of the moon, or new moon, on the fifth. Look to the west just after sunset on Sept. 8 for a splendid conjunction of the moon and Venus. First quarter moon is on the 12th, with the most famous of full moons, the Full Harvest Moon,on Sept.19 at 4:13 a.m.

The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, which occurs on Sept. 22 at 3 a.m. local time.Trust me, the sight of the Harvest Moon rising in the east on the night of Sept. 19 at 6:39 p.m. is a time to remember and record with camera and video! A place where you’ll find Dr. Sky is the great Arizona Challenger Space Center. Check out the fall programs by going to See you there! We are also excited about our special out-of-country Dr. Sky tours on the luxury sailing yacht Star Flyer to China and to Costa Rica to see the great comet known as Comet ISON. All this is thanks to our travel partner,Tropical Sails Corp. Learn more about them by going to There are many more Dr. Sky public programs around the state and the nation at and our aviation site, Above all, always remember to keep your eyes to the skies. Catch you on the radio and TV! Join Dr. Sky® for the many Dr. Sky programs around Arizona, monthly events at the beautiful Las Posadas Resort in Sedona, and monthly “Dr. Sky Cruise to the Cosmos” on the Dolly Steamboat. Listen to KTAR News Talk 92.3 weekly for the Dr.Sky Show, 3 a.m. Saturday mornings. Find the good stuff on Dr. Sky’s websites at and E-mail Dr. Sky at You can find him on Facebook.

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