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These North Valley schools make the grade in and out of the classroom





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28 CULTURE The Cave Creek Monuments represent the western heritage of the area

30 FACES Shantanu Bala is striving to turn the virtual world into something you can touch


In step with The Walkens


Dr. Sky on amazing sights to look forward to this season


The Dearings chime in


New and noteworthy


Instagram offers inspired looks for backto-school


Every child deserves a birthday party


It always rains after a dry spell


Talk to your children about bullying




Behind the scenes of North Valley Magazine’s latest fashion shoot

64 RELATIONSHIPS Matters of the home and hearth


Pre-owned, estate, used, secondhand vintage, or collector?


Box your way to a better core


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Managing Editors Sondra Barr Crystal Huckabay Pavlina Toren Copy Editor Kate Karp INTERNs Sara Goodwin Maia Lopes-Gilbert CONTRIBUTORS Scott Bohall, Kristin Caliendo, Shannon Campbell, Julie Carlson, Lynette Carrington, Leeann Dearing, Matthew Dearing, Shannon Dougherty, Matthew Grunwald, Steve Kates, Myles Mellor, Kim Miller, Greg Rubenstein, Scott Sackett, M.D. Thalmann, Marshall Trimble, Jamila Watson PHOTOGRAPHERS Tony Cottrell, Louis Hernandez, KSL Photography, Grace Stufkosky, Candice C. Thornton, Steven Trujillo, Chris Wartenberg, Brian White ADVERTISING 602.828.0313 Marketing Director Eric Twohey Art Director/Production Vanessa Fryer


Distribution Manager Mark Lokeli


SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER Eric Twohey North Valley Magazine sets high standards to ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable manner. Printed by American Web on recycled fibers containing 10% post consumer waste, with inks containing a blend of soy base. Our printer is a certified member of the Forestry Stewardship Council, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and additionally meets or exceeds all federal Resource Conservation Recovery Act standards. When you are finished with this issue, please pass it on to a friend or recycle it. We can have a better world if we choose it together.

NORTH VALLEY MAGAZINE is published six times a year for distribution aimed at higher-income households in such areas as Anthem, Carefree, Cave Creek, Tramonto, North Scottsdale, Desert Ridge, DC Ranch, Grayhawk, Estancia, Desert Hills, Troon North, Desert Mountain, McDowell Mountain Ranch, and Arrowhead Ranch. You can also pick up North Valley Magazine at many businesses, including specialty shops, salons, spas, auto dealerships, libraries, children’s and women’s specialty shops, boutiques, restaurants, health clubs, hotels, medical offices, and many rack locations. Statements, opinions, and points of view expressed by the writers and advertisers are their own, and do not necessarily represent those of the publishers, editors or North Valley Magazine staff. Although North Valley Magazine has made every effort to authenticate all claims and guarantee offers by advertisers in the magazine, we cannot assume liability for any products or services advertised herein. No part of North Valley Magazine may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any editorial or advertising matter at any time. Postmaster: Please return all undeliverable copies to North Valley Magazine, 3120 W. Carefree Hwy., Ste. 1-128, Phoenix, AZ 85086. Yearly subscriptions available; six issues mailed directly to your mailbox for $19.95 per year (within the U.S.). All rights reserved. ®2013 North Valley Magazine. Printed in the USA.




Back to School in the North Valley Every August, we’re left wondering, where did the summer go? Of course, it still feels like summer, at least as far as the scorching heat is concerned. Yet as our kids embark on a new school year this month, it’s time to bid adieu to languid evenings hanging out by the pool and instead brace for early-morning carpools. With this in mind, this issue offers tips and information to help make the transition to a fresh school year easier on students and parents alike. Learning is paramount for today’s youth. Thankfully, the North Valley is full of Adam Toren Publisher wonderful educational institutions, including the sampling of top schools in the area, on page 58. Of course, we’re not limited to just a handful of these places in the North Valley, which is why we tip our hats to not only the schools listed but also those not mentioned, along with the many talented teachers and staff educating youth across the area. A special shout-out goes out to our kids’ teachers, too—thank you!

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Before we completely say adios to summer, we’re sending out one last blast of hotness—albeit in a completely different vein. That’s what our managing editor, Sondra Barr, pitched to us when she detailed the specifics of North Valley’s latest cover/fashion shoot. Held in conjunction with the upcoming Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower, these shots not only showcase the newest top-of-the-line Bentley convertible and the latest fashions but also the Sterling at Silverleaf community. As for the event, stay tuned for details in the next issue on how to score tickets and access to our North Valley Magazine Jo Londonbranded marquee, where we’ll be serving up a bit of Brit and cocktails. Matthew Toren Publisher



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> EDITOR'S NOTE Something Special As a Valley native, I can distinctly remember when anything past Shea Boulevard was considered too far north. At the time, Scottsdale’s moniker, The West’s Most Western Town, still had a ring of authenticity. It was just open land back then, with nary a housing development or shopping center in sight. Many of my fondest childhood memories were centered on the SONDRA BARR area’s western equestrian culManaging Editor ture. From the stables that once occupied the land where the Pavilions at Talking Stick now resides, I’d trail-ride over to the Circle K that used to be near 90th Street and Via Linda for a Pepsi. Summers were the best because I’d spend my version of the best camp ever—taking care of the horses—at Judson School, which has since been razed to make way for Judson Estates. From there, we’d take our mounts up Mummy Mountain and gallop through the vacant land abutting Lincoln and Mockingbird, never mind that it was 100-plus degrees out. When you’re a little girl who loves horses, nothing will stand in your way. The area has evolved, as things are apt to do, but there will always be something special about living, working, and playing here. Progress doesn’t halt for reminiscing and a fondness for wide-open spaces to gallop through, but maybe that’s not entirely a bad thing. Past Shea Boulevard is no longer no-man’s land—now, you can venture north and experience fabulous shopping, dining, gorgeous resorts, and so much more. And, as it turns out, you can still ride a horse down the street.

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the free presentation of Arizona Ghost Towns by the Hip Historian Marshall Shore. Through storytelling magic, old photographs, ephemera, and artifacts, gain a whole new perspective and appreciation of your state. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. experiencescottsdale .com/event/arizona-ghost-towns -by-the-hip-historian/

shoes, grab a flashlight, and take in the breathtaking sights of the Garden Flashlight Tours at the Phoenix Botanical Gardens every Thursday and Saturday. See, hear, and feel the nighttime desert all around you. Desert Botanical Gardens, 1201 N.Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix.

1–31 Check out Old Town Scottsdale during a unique Food Tour to try great food, drink fine wine, and be regaled with historic narratives from some of Scottsdale’s most unique restaurants and shops.




Enjoy new fashions while helping the community at the 5th Annual Fashion 4 A Cause Fashion Show. Help raise awareness and obtain donations to inform grassroots and urban communities of the devastating effect HIV/AIDS has on men and women. Renaissance Hotel Downtown Phoenix, 50 E. Adams St., Phoenix. er albums have sold 30 H million copies, and Rolling Stone magazine has called her “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.” Let Wynonna Judd’s timeless lyrics relax your soul this summer at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale.

at the weekend Release Pool Parties. Enjoy drink specials, promotional giveaways, cabana rentals, and more. Don’t miss poolside performances by the best DJs from all over the world. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale.

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a new form of art at the Toy Brick Exhibit at the Heard Museum. You can even try your own hand at LEGO art! Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

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a ride into history on the Grand Canyon Railway Steam Train. Bring your family and celebrate the history of vintage rail travel via a steam-powered trip to the Grand Canyon and back behind 90-year-old Locomotive 4960. Grand Canyon Railway, 233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams. /grand-canyon-railway-steam-train

8 & 9 Experience the Phoenix Zoo in a whole new light—or darkness— at Prowl & Play! Enjoy exciting activities and see and hear the zoo differently from usual during a normal daytime visit.

1–28 Have some major fun in the sun

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alling all horse lovers! The C Arizona Quarter Horse Association will be having their Arizona Fall Championship at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Watch a terrific horse show, grab a bite of good food, and maybe buy some souvenirs. WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale.


Learn to Build a Fall Butterfly Garden. Butterfly Wonderland’s director of education, Adriane Grimaldi, will teach attendees the elements needed to start attracting butterflies to the yard and will also share some spectacular photos from Central Mexico from the monarch overwintering sites. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale.

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he Summer Ends Music T Festival will host Foster the People, The Replacements, Capital Cities, and more than 25 other bands at Tempe Beach Park during the last weekend of September. This three-day music festival will have great tunes as well as other attractions, including a 3-D game truck. Tempe Beach Park, 54 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe.

6 Set your feet into another time at

the 5th Annual Brazilian Day Festival. Live through Brazil’s past and present with music, dance, performances, martial arts, food, drinks, and more! Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale.




ring some tissues for tears of B laughter if you attend comedian Kathleen Madigan’s show at Talking Stick Resort! Madigan was nominated “Best Concert Comic” at this year’s American Comedy Awards, and it’ll be obvious why! Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale. ome find treasures and trinkets at C the Scottsdale Vintage Market at Westworld. With everything from dresses to furniture, you’re sure to find something truly one of a kind. WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale.

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In a world where choices are made for you and everyone has converted to “sameness,” a young boy, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), brings color (literally) to a world where everything is gray when he’s chosen as the Receiver of Memory. When Jonas meets the Giver (Jeff Bridges), he learns that his life in what seems like a perfect world lacks all emotion and he must choose the path to his future.

The biggest decision teenager Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) thought she had to make was whether she would attend Julliard or choose a different path with her high school boyfriend, Adam (Jamie Blackley). But a car accident flips her world upside down after it kills her parents and younger brother and leaves her in a coma. In an out-ofbody experience, Mia must make the ultimate decision.


The People’s Choice Award 2014 Favorite Male Artist is coming to the Valley for his 20/20 Experience World Tour. Concertgoers can expect two of his most recent and popular songs, “Mirrors” and “Pusher Love Girl” as well as some throwbacks like “Rock Your Body.”




Billboard Music Awards 2014 Top Female Artist arrives in Arizona just in time to wind down the summer with her Prismatic World Tour. The tour mainly supports Perry’s 2013 album, Prism , but she has played some of her earlier songs such as “I Kissed a Girl” on previous tour stops.






Top Chef Duels Bravo The Top Chef series takes a twist from the usual competition when 18 contestants from Top Chef and Top Chef Masters face off against one another in the series premiere of Top Chef Duels . Wolfgang Puck, Hugh Acheson, and several guest judges will officiate.



Parenthood NBC The NBC hit series is coming to an end this season. During the past four years, the Braverman clan weathered breast cancer, Asperger’s syndrome, love, loss, failed relationships, and blooming ones. Huffington Post has called Parenthood the “saddest, happiest show,” and hopefully it will live up to this reputation during its final season. AUGUST | SEPTEMBER 2014


> FRESH/CULTURE A Sight to Behold

A stunning display of steel and concrete, the Cave Creek Monuments represent the western heritage of the area. Local artist Mark Carroll’s latest creation is a sight to behold in Cave Creek. Standing 9 feet tall, the Cave Creek Monuments are located on Cave Creek Road at both the north and south entrances into town. The monuments comprise two life-size stainless-steel metal sculptures of a horse rising on its hind legs. These stunning pieces of art are perfect representations of Arizona and Cave Creek’s western community. Each piece was constructed by hand at The Sculpture Studio in Cave Creek, owned by Carroll. Carroll is originally from the Northeast, and he grew up with the love of art in his veins. His father was a master sculptor who worked with wood and stone. His mother was an oil painter. Ironically, during his lifetime, Carroll never had an interest in sculpting wood or stone, but eventually it became his passion. “After my father’s death, I was left his pneumatic stone tools,” Carroll says. “I didn’t know how to use them. I had missed a great opportunity to learn from a master.” Growing up, Carroll’s interest was in photography and painting, which led to a bachelor’s in liberal arts and a master’s in art education. It wasn’t until his high school teaching career that sculpting became more appealing. “A teacher friend of mine was a wood-

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carver and introduced me to carving wildlife in base wood,” Carroll says. “My carving career started by carving duck decoys and decorative birds.” After a 10-year career in teaching, Carroll went on to pursue his artistic endeavors by opening a studio in upstate New York. During this time, he began receiving requests for commissions. One of them was for the Buffalo Science Museum. Carroll made a sculpture of an archaeopteryx, which is a prehistoric reptile-like bird—a combination of a dinosaur and a modern bird. And for over 20 years, Carroll was a model maker for the toy industry, particularly Fisher-Price. “I would receive a drawing from the designer and would sculpt the model master that was used to make the steel molds for casting the parts in plastic,” Carroll says. But as the industry moved into the digital age, Carroll’s work by hand with wax was no longer needed, although he still creates “preliminaries” out of urethane foam for FisherPrice’s designers. About this time, his preference for carving stone began to develop. He first took classes at Carving Studio in Vermont and learned how to use the tools and carve granite and marble. He also attended the annual Indiana Limestone Symposium for 12 years. He traveled to various states to hone his craft. “Immediately, I was hooked,” Carroll says. “I fell in love with stone



The armature is made up of stainless-steel square tubes. carving. My education continued with learning the techniques for carving limestone. Each type of stone has different techniques and tools for carving.” In 2009, Carroll decided a change was needed and headed out west for Arizona. He set up his studio on Hidden Valley Drive, where he’s continued to carve out a successful career. Over the last few years, he’s worked combining different materials, such as granite and stainless steel or rusty steel and limestone. “Welding steel was a revelation to me,”

Julie Carlson is a local freelance writer and an aspiring screenwriter.

By Julie Carlson

Carroll says. “Unlike sculpting wood or stone—which is a subtractive process— when welding steel, you can build out in any direction. If you change your mind about a part you just added, cut it off and weld it someplace else.” As for the Cave Creek Monuments, he felt that a horse would be an appropriate image to depict the town. Carroll started the sculpture last December. While he had drawings of the horse, making the actual sculpture was a trial-and-error process. “I worked consistently on it for six months, racking up hundreds of hours of plasma cutting and welding all the parts for the two monuments,” he says. Sculpting the horses was something he did himself, relying on his own imagination and love for animals and nature. After welding the armature, made up of 304 stainless-steel square tubes, Carroll began welding the “ribbon” shapes first out of parchment paper and then out of stainless steel to weld to the armature. But after he was finished, he didn’t like what he saw. “I cut all the parts off, plasma-cut new parts, and welded it back on,” he says. Finally, he was satisfied. The town crew poured the concrete foundations, which was a big help to Carroll in installing the bases and the horses. Carroll continues to receive commissions in person, at art shows, or through his website. One of his largest projects aside from the Cave Creek Monuments was for the Towamencin Corporate Center near Philadelphia. “I carved a 5-ton block of granite and made a model for the bronze trefoil knot on top,” Carroll says of the project. Carroll has done other work for Cave Creek, including creating the Town Hall’s gorgeous Western-inspired sign out of high density urethane foam. He’s currently working on new sculptures for art shows as well as a stainless steel and glass sculpture. For more information about Carroll and his work, visit

Mark Carroll racked up hundreds of hours of plasma cutting and welding to create the Cave Creek Monuments. AUGUST | SEPTEMBER 2014



By Adam Toren

The Real Deal

Shantanu Bala is striving to turn the virtual world into something you can touch.

“The virtual worlds that we create in games can become immeasurably more immersive and interactive. The virtual objects in a game could feel physically real.”

“The smaller you can make a technology, the more impactful it can be. It can then be embedded into all kinds of surfaces and devices.”

Imagine a future in which virtual worlds of video games are physically tangible, a blind person can “see” through sense of touch, or a military jet pilot can read the meters of his aircraft through vibrations on his skin. For Shantanu Bala, a 19-year-old aspiring entrepreneur from Glendale, this future is closer than we think. “It happened when I was pretty young,” Bala says when asked how he discovered his passion for technology. “Over time, it became clear that technology was going to become something that defined the future.” Around the age of 14, Bala started working in a lab at Arizona State University. With the full support of his family, friends, and a handful of professors, Bala’s technological ideas grew without bound, and he became determined to turn them into reality. Now a student at ASU, he works on assistive technology. “I work mainly on haptic actuators,” Bala says. “They provide information through sensations on your skin rather than receiving information through vision or sound.” This technology could potentially provide breakthroughs in assistive technology for the disabled, especially for visuallyand hearing-impaired individuals. “People with disabilities could definitely use technology to interact with the world around them,” Bala says. “I’ve worked on devices that would translate information from a camera into tactile information that someone who’s impaired could feel on the surface of their skin.” With Bala’s technology, someone who is blind or deaf could theoretically receive visual and auditory information through one sense they still have: touch. This spring, Bala was among the recipients of the annual Thiel Fellowship. After weeks of tough competition, straining presentations, and a whirlwind of innovative ideas, Bala was among 20 finalists to be chosen from thousands of applicants. Through Peter Thiel, the cofounder of PayPal, these fellowships provide 20 budding minds with $100,000 and unlimited mentorship over a period of two years. “They cover all of your living expenses and put food on your table,” Bala says. “So instead, what I need to think

about over the next couple of years are the projects I can work on. It’s nice to have my only concern be the work that I want to do—it’s a good problem to have.” In Bala’s mind, being 19 has no limits. He has extraordinary goals to complete before the conclusion of his two-year fellowship with the Thiel Foundation: “I hope to have my own company started, selling and licensing my technology, or integrating it with other technologies.” Like every entrepreneur, however, Bala’s technology has its challenges. “I’ve been working on making the technology smaller and smaller, and easier to implement,” he says. Technology, according to Bala, has developed a trend in which the smaller it is, the better. He grew up watching a brick-size phone that could only send and receive calls transform into a miniature supercomputer in someone’s back pocket. “The smaller you can make a technology, the more impactful it can be. It can then be embedded into all kinds of surfaces and devices,” Bala says. Not only would this technology revolutionize the lives of the impaired, but the world of gaming and virtual universes would also be irreversibly transformed. Imagine being able to feel grass under your feet in your living room or an actual tennis racket in your palm instead of a Wii remote. According to Bala, “The virtual worlds that we create in games can become immeasurably more immersive and interactive. The virtual objects in a game could feel physically real.” With the Thiel Fellowship in his grasp, Bala is ready to leave a mark on the ever-evolving world of technology. “I don’t think I ever really felt I would have received the fellowship, but the advice I would give to others is, it’s okay to make mistakes, it’s okay to do something incorrectly,” he says. “The key is to constantly be working on incremental improvements.” And with Bala’s inventiveness as well as that of the other Thiel Fellows, we’re looking forward to the future. For more information on the Thiel Foundation and Fellowship, visit

Award-winning author and co-publisher of North Valley Magazine, Adam Toren is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and mentor.



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Playing the Field Luxe looks to take you to the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower and beyond Photographer: Louis Hernandez Creative director/wardrobe stylist: Shannon Campbell Hair: Ruca Bowman Makeup: Linda Wagner Models: The Agency Arizona and ShanCamp Models Assistants: Sara Goodwin and Maia Lopes-Gilbert Clothing: Nordstrom Fashion Square, (480) 946-4111 Jewelry: Kendra Scott at Scottsdale Quarter, (480) 525-9265 Location: Sterling at Silverleaf, Vehic le: Continental GT V8 S Convertible, Bentley Scottsdale, (480) 538-4300



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he sport of kings may have been played since the 6th Century BC, but today’s allure of polo surrounded by colorful fashion, fine art, and powerful engines may just add the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower into the history books this October! Held October 25 and 26 on the Omni Scottsdale Polo Field at WestWorld and surrounded by the majestic McDowell Mountains, the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships will feature America’s top ranked polo star, Julio Arellano, as well as the best women’s team in the world and The Polo Party’s reigning champion, the Clogau Wales Team. For car enthusiasts get ready to see it all from Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction to the Arizona Porsche Concours d’Elegance, to well over 200 impressive versions of automotive horsepower including title sponsor Bentley Scottsdale. “It’s very simple, we wanted a presence at an event that we know our Bentley clients attend. Having the opportunity for Bentley Scottsdale to be the title sponsor is like adding fine gelato on the chocolate cake,” says Beli Merdovic, GM Bentley Scottsdale. Polo fans will also experience a first at the event with contemporary fine art joining fast paced polo. Saturday, October 25, Larsen Gallery, a national leader in the secondary art market for more than 20 years and the largest contemporary fine art gallery in Scottsdale will host the LIVE 2014 Larsen Art Auction with celebrity auctioneer Jason Brooks inside the Omni Resort Montelucia Wine and Spa Lounge. “We want to build our annual Larsen Art Auction into a premier Contemporary and Southwest art auction. We feel that being part of the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships is a unique venue that provides unlimited space for growth and entertaining events, in addition to the auction, for our collectors to enjoy,” says Scott Larsen, owner of the Larsen Art Auction and Gallery. Because polo fashion can’t be limited to just ladies and gents, Applewood Pet Resort presents The First Annual Canine Couture at the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships. Posh paws, fabulous polo, and fashions—just a few of the new things putting The Polo Party on the map as the best dog and pony show in the country! Meanwhile, North Valley Magazine will be on hand for this year’s polo event with our annual Jo London-themed marquee. Stop by for a bit of Brit, a specialty cocktail, and our latest issue. To get more information on all the festivities or to reserve tickets and tables, call ticketforce at (480) 840-0457 or visit AUGUST | SEPTEMBER 2014



In Step with The Walkens


Writer Lynette Carrington touches base with a versatile Valley band. Arizona band The Walkens isn’t defined by genre, a specific number of band members, or a certain type of gig. The band was founded in 2006 and continues to morph to the needs of their corporate and wedding clients or to the demands of the local music scene. Phoenix native Tod Miller is one of the founding members of The Walkens. Along with Mike Detto, Jeff Owens, and Ronnie Winters, the band boasts former members of T.A.T.E., the Scones, Zowie Bowie, and Frank Lloyd Vinyl. Bassist and vocalist Jeff Owens is also a Phoenix native. A prolific songwriter, his original music has been heard on network TV channels such as Showtime, NBC, Disney Channel, ESPN, and Fox Television. “We were in the bar scene for a number of years,” says Miller, who formed The Walkens in 2006. “This band started off playing in the bars mostly, but lately we’ve been doing quite a bit more corporate work and weddings.” The Walkens’ lineup varies slightly depending on the gig or the request of a client. “With this band, we also do everything from a solo acoustic act, duo acoustic act, to trios and all the way up to a seven- or eight-piece band. Sometimes, we’ll do a wedding or corporate

Lynette Carrington is a prolific local freelance writer with a background in marketing and the entertainment industry. 38

event where they will request us to have a female singer or a horn section,” Miller says. “We’re pretty versatile, and our set list is really, really broad. We play everything from current rock to Top 40 dance that you hear on the radio today, to country, to old Motown.” For a time, Miller was living in Chicago and flying back and forth to the Valley for gigs. “Things have been a little crazy for the last couple of years, but we’re trying to settle in,” he says. “Now that I’ve moved back into town we’re trying to concentrate on some original music.” The band has traveled extensively across the United States and doesn’t mind entertaining at just about any kind of event. “We’ve played weddings in California; Oregon; Boston; Chicago; Portland, Maine—and we’ve done resort gigs in Key West, San Diego, and all over the place. We kind of go wherever the phone calls take us.” This past June, The Walkens were out in Chicago to play a graduation party. “I would say half of our corporate and wedding work is through word of mouth, where people have passed our name on to other people,” Miller says. “We also work with a lot of the destination management companies (DMCs) in the Valley. They’ll call when there is a new corporate party. We work with about five to 10 DMCs and event planners in town that pass us quite a bit of work as well.” The Walkens is Miller’s primary job, but when he’s not off entertaining the masses, he’s an avid scuba enthusiast and private instructor, teaching mostly in his home but going to students’ private pools all over the Valley as well. How many local band members can recount an underwater stare-down with a 12-foot Galapagos shark while bleeding in the water? Miller can. The Walkens have busy lives outside the


band, but they are working on some original music that they will incorporate into their sets in the coming months. You can hear what’s new at their upcoming shows and events in Valley venues. To learn more about The Walkens or for a list of upcoming shows and events, visit

“With this band, we also do everything from a solo acoustic act, duo acoustic act, to trios and all the way up to a seven- or eight-piece band. Sometimes, we’ll do a wedding or corporate event where they will request us to have a female singer or a horn section.”

“We’ve played weddings in California; Oregon; Boston; Chicago; Portland, Maine—and we’ve done resort gigs in Key West, San Diego, and all over the place. We kind of go wherever the phone calls take us.” AUGUST | SEPTEMBER 2014



Laguna Beach

A quick, romantic oceanside retreat for Valley residents is neither farfetched nor far away. “Not another bracelet,” I thought as I opened my birthday gift from my husband. I shouldn’t complain. It’s B-E-A-utiful, but the times I’ll wear it will be few and far between. Of course, it will always hold a special place in my heart, but I’ve added it to my small but cherished collection of nice jewelry, not to be seen until the next occasion when wearing a formal piece of jewelry makes sense. As a mom, a businesswoman, and enough other independent personalities that would make Sybil look normal, most of my days are spent being ruled by my multiple roles. By the end of many of my hectic days, I crash onto our bed wishing there were an occasion—sans kid and very soon—where I could wear my bling and thank my husband for it properly. I drift off to sleep thinking about a romantic getaway, waves crashing in the background. Once up, my dreams of romantic escapes always seem a bit of a red flag to plan a date night immediately, but this time I happened across a U.S. Travel Association study, which reinforced what my dreams have been trying to tell me: Travel is the best aphrodisiac, and a romantic getaway is a far better gift than a bracelet. One of the most ironic facts is that nearly 66 percent of the couples in the survey said they thought a getaway weekend was more likely to spark romance than large or small gifts, including jewelry. So right away, I started thinking the watch for my husband’s birthday wasn’t 40


such a good idea. Neither was waiting to travel together. The study says nearly one in four couples who did not take a trip together (23 percent) say they don’t have enough time for intimacy and sex. “Couples who take time to vacation alone together at least once each year report happier, healthier relationships overall compared to those who do not travel as couples,” says Pam Loeb, principal of Edge Research, which conducted the telephone survey of 1,100 adults in 2012. As far as I was concerned after reading this information, there was no time to delay a couple’s trip. Special occasion or not, I wasn’t going to give in to the “busy trap.” Some of the best resorts in the Valley are offering sizzling rates this time of the year, so I considered a staycation for a quick couple’s getaway. But sometimes, a couple just has to get outside their comfort zone. I didn’t have to go far, though, to explore options for our express escape. Along the coast of southern Orange County, less than an hour and a half drive south of Los Angeles, is Laguna Beach, a seaside resort city known for its mild year-round climate, scenic beaches and coves, and artist community. With endless ocean, great clean beaches, fresh seafood, luxe hotels and villas, and creative inspiration, no place has more to offer couples who want to get away from everything except each other. I lovingly packed our bags and grabbed my honey. Laguna Beach awaited.

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Entrace to Sunset Cove Villas

Heart of the California Riviera: Sunset Cove Villas The dreams of a romantic getaway by the beach that I used to lull myself to sleep with are all reality at Sunset Cove. This vacation apartment rental building offers eight uniquelydesigned villas, all of which face the ocean and are surrounded by the sound of crashing waves day and night. Since hubby does our budget and bills, he panicked when we saw our comfortable one-bedroom island-themed accommodations overlooking the sea. The villas are most often rented by the week or month, but our quick getaway was during the off-season when they offer three-night stays for the one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, ranging from $262 to $862 per night, respectively. Packing for our trip was easy, since everything you need is already there. Each villa provides linens, bedding, and kitchen and dining needs. They also have all the tech amenities, although romantic music was the only thing we needed. Beach umbrellas, sand chairs, and sand toys were also there for our use on the white sands. And we could boogie-board before the rocky pools were exposed at low tide. That’s when we took to exploring tide pools. We could walk outside and take a few steps to sit on the sand and still have easy access to our kitchen and patio barbecue for lunch or dinner or our couch and bed (for cuddle time). Enjoying the sunset on our balcony was heaven. We could have never set foot outside of the Sunset Cove property and been perfectly happy. But the weekend there brought back those early days when the joy of life was all about trying new adventures together (and some playful ideas about what to do and where to go). THE VIEW FROM THE BACK OF THE SUNSET COVE VILLAS AUGUST | SEPTEMBER 2014


La Casa Del Camino and Its Delicacies When I started planning our quick escape from the Valley, La Casa Del Camino was right up there with Sunset Cove. This landmark hotel became a local favorite for the former Hollywood elite when it opened in 1929. While I was intrigued by its historic Mediterranean-style boutique qualities, I was had at “the beach in the backyard.” Also in the heart of Laguna Beach, it’s just a nine-minute walk from Sunset Cove. I thought we could enjoy the best of both worlds: staying at Sunset Cove and walking to La Casa Del Camino a few times to try its dining options. After we got settled into our room at Sunset Cove, we freshened up and got dressed for an evening at the La Casa Del Camino. First, we headed to their Rooftop Lounge. As the only one in Laguna, it was a must. We had a hard time deciding between ahi poke, chicken empanadas, Mediterranean dips, and warm baby brie with wild berry sauce. However, it was no problem deciding to sip a fresh mojito (his favorite) and margarita (my go-to drink) while watching passing sailboats and hoping to see a whale in the distance. After a drink, we headed downstairs to K’ya Bistro. The nightly themed wine dinners provided the perfect opportunity to dress up and indulge. I didn’t expect hubby to tease me about how pitiful his gift was in comparison to this romantic getaway, but I did remind him that this trip was “just because (we desperately needed it).” He’ll still get the watch on his birthday—maybe. THE SUNSET FROM THE ROOFTOP LOUNGE

Orange Inn Café: ‘The Best Coffee in Town’ The next morning, we headed to the Orange Inn Café, not only does the Orange Inn Café boast the best coffee in town but it’s also home to the Original Smoothie as well as the California Date Shake (both trademarked!). Originally started as a refreshment stop in 1931, it now serves up the “best roadside breakfast,” according to Sunset Magazine. It also earned the distinction of being one of the 10 best roadside restaurants in the U.S., from Esquire Magazine. Even if it were more than a minute’s walk from our room, we’d surely have to try it. We decided that it would be his turn to plan the next quick romantic retreat. Perhaps after he opens my watch present and thinks, “Oh, just a watch,” he’ll get right on it. 42



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By Steve Kates

An Astounding Conjunction Dr. Sky on amazing sights to look forward to this season. The monsoon continues to wind down, with the promise of cooler weather just around the corner. With summer nearly over and the autumnal equinox on tap, we look to the skies of August and September for some amazing sights. In August, we will experience one of the best meet-and-greets of bright planets in some time with the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. The great coming-together of Venus and Jupiter will rank as one of the top conjunctions of bright planets in our lifetime. These two planets will form a most amazing “sign” in the early-morning skies of August. Look to the northeast sky on Aug. 18, about 30 minutes before sunrise, as this planetary duet will outshine many of the objects in the predawn sky. Just how close will these two planets appear in the sky? I’m told that they will be, at closest, less than the diameter of a full moon—more specifically, some 12 minutes of arc apart! You’ll definitely want to take photos of this amazing conjunction. By the time the planets rise over Arizona, they will have moved a bit farther apart to nearly 21 minutes of arc of separation—still a great sight to see. The last time we got to see a close Venus/Jupiter conjunction was back on Feb. 23, 1999, when they appeared some nine minutes of arc apart. August is also the month of the annual Perseid meteor shower. The event will peak on Aug. 12. The Perseids usually produce well over 50 meteors per hour, but this year, we find a nearly full moon will wash out most of the shower at max. The other planets in the August evening sky are Mars, still low in the south at sunset followed by Saturn, low in the south at sunset, in the area

of Libra. Once again, Venus and Jupiter dominate the northeast morning sky before dawn. The moon reaches first quarter on the 3rd, the Full Sturgeon Moon on the 10th, last quarter moon on the 17th, and back to the new moon on the 25th. The skies of September are full of great objects to view, too! Get set for the great Harvest Moon on Sept. 8 and 9, as we get to see the moon in the sky at the time of sunset, thus providing extra light for us to see by during dusk. The moon rises near 6:30 p.m. on the 8th, and the sun sets around 6:44 p.m. This means that the moon will be well up before sunset, a classic Harvest

Harvest Moon

A Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. The Harvest Moon is seen in the sky at the time of sunset, unlike a regular full moon that rises some 20 to 30 minutes after sunset. In early days, the Harvest Moon helped farmers to gather crops by the light of the moon, near sunset. Moon rising in the east. If you enjoyed the Total Lunar Eclipse back on April 14, please note that the next total lunar eclipse will occur on the night of Oct. 8—don’t miss it! The seasons change once again with the arrival of fall (autumnal equinox) on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. The moon is at first quarter on the 2nd and then moves onto the Full Harvest Moon on the 8th, with last quarter moon on the 15th and back to the new moon of the 24th. In September, we find Mercury high in the west at sunset on the 21st, with Mars and Saturn in the southwest at sunset. The morning sky belongs to Venus and Jupiter before dawn in the east.

Comet C/2013 A1 (aka Comet Siding Spring) Comet Siding Spring was discovered in Australia in January 2013 by Siding Spring Observatory. It will pass within 83,000 miles of the planet Mars in October. This is so close that the coma, or head, of the comet will press on to the atmosphere of Mars. This is one of the closest passages of a comet to a major planet in recorded history! No one is really sure what will happen to Mars and the comet. Imagine, if this comet were to pass that close to Earth, it might be the most amazing sight mankind has ever seen! Lucky for us it won’t!

A radio and television personality, Steve Kates (aka Dr. Sky®) has been engaged in the science of astronomy for over 30 years. Tune in to the Dr. Sky Show on News Talk 92.3 FM, KTAR, on Saturday mornings at 3 a.m. for the full sky tour, or visit





LEEANN: The second location for Bootleggers (the first location is in Old Town Scottsdale) is nestled in a small Phoenix strip-mall location that has been killed and reincarnated over and over again. It was a Dirty Drummer, followed by the 51 Cafe, and now has reached a state of nirvana for smokehouse BBQ fans! My husband and I tried out the restaurant after the comedy show at the studio on a Friday evening. I was stunned at the visual transformation the restaurant had undergone! Modern and rustic, with sexy lighting (their words, not mine). The menu is standard barbecue fare with a few indulgent sides. I’m never going to say no to smashed potatoes! MATTHEW: Let’s talk about the food. These guys specialize in meat. Beef brisket, pulled pork, ribs, hot links—if it’s barbecue, they’ve got it. On my night out with my wife, I ordered the sliced beef brisket. It didn’t disappoint—was very flavorful! The only thing I can point out as a negative was that the service was a little slow. I wouldn’t come here for a quick bite. Come to stay and linger. Also, they have a great draft beer selection and a drink menu definitely worth exploring, including moonshine, if that’s your style! ($11 each for cocktails—pricey, but delicious.) Two thumbs-ups for the meat lover in your life!

Matthew and Leeann Dearing own and operate the local Dearing Acting Studio. Visit their website,, or follow them on Twitter @LeeannDearing and @DirectorDearing.


LEEANN: I recently enrolled our toddler in dance classes. (Dance college scholarship, anyone?) I couldn’t find anything near our home, and after hearing multiple endorsements, I decided to make the trek to Gilbert for SAS Dance studio. They were the only dance school I could find with a 2-to-3-yearold toddler class! After one week, I knew we would be making the drive every week—their product is just phenomenal. The teacher/student ratio was wonderful. The class had five toddlers (three girls, two boys) to one instructor. My typically cautious toddler was dancing by the end of the first class! They teach toddlers movement through games and songs, so your little one is engaged the whole time. I loved that the teachers begin teaching bits of tumbling as well! He learned an entire dance routine in just a month of classes. Prices are really reasonable— $50/month for a onehour class per week. MATTHEW: My wife told me that dance classes increase overall athleticism and will increase our son’s odds of being a professional athlete by 150 percent. Naturally, I gave in. I should have asked to look at that study. Jack really seems to enjoy his dance class, and I noticed a little boost in his confidence in a classroom setting. Leeann has taken him to lots of classes, but he’s never been so fully engrossed before. I thought it was wonderful. Prices are reasonable, which makes Dad happy. Come on, SAS, when are you opening your North Valley studio? In the meantime, you lucky East Valley residents should take advantage!


LEEANN: My husband goes through a lot of shirts, especially in the summer. What does this mean? A lot of laundering and a lot of ironing. The iron and I, we don’t get along. We’re like the Capulets and Montagues—we don’t mix. So when I saw JM’s My Little Steamer at Bed Bath and Beyond, I thought it was worth a gamble. What do you know? This is the little steamer than could! You just twist the lid and fill it with water—it doesn’t have to be filtered—and within seconds, wrinklereleasing steam pours forth from the nozzle! Give it a whirl, lazy ladies. I now swear by this thing! Bonus—it’s ultraportable! MATTHEW: As an actor, I have to be audition-ready very quickly, and that means always having a clean, pressed shirt ready to rock! I used to have to pray that my wife remembered to iron my shirts. No more! The JM mini-steamer has my shirts wrinkle free in 60 seconds. The only drawback? The tank is small, so you have to refill the machine between shirts. But at $19.99, it’s an easy solution to an age-old problem!

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By Julie Carlson



PLAYED By Liz Fichera Liz Fichera’s debut novel, Hooked, is a romantic novel about high school and the sport of golf. In the sequel, Played, the story centers on Riley, the younger sister of Ryan from Hooked. Readers get to see high school life from her own point of view and from that of her love interest, Sam. Sam is Native American and lives on the reservation. The sport focused on in Played is football, so fans of books and films like Friday Night Lights should enjoy this read. Played is funny, insightful, and filled with romance to boot, and Fichera writes in authentic and realistic teen voices. Her books show the importance of breaking down cultural barriers by accepting people for who they are and of accepting differences among them.


SCANDALS OF CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD: SEX, DEVIANCE AND DRAMA FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN CINEMA By Anne Helen Petersen Petersen, who writes a column for the entertainment blog Hairpin, does a good job of relating the scandals of classic Hollywood. She focuses on stories like the romance between Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Mae West jailed for “indecency,” the love affair and marriage of Clark Gable and Carol Lombard, film noir couple Bogart and Bacall, and many others. Petersen clearly loves Hollywood gossip and has done her research. It’s fun to get her insight into the drama behind the drama. Some stories dig a little deeper than others, which makes them more interesting. Overall, however, Scandals of Hollywood is an interesting read for fans of classic Hollywood and film magazines back in the heyday.


CRAZY RICH ASIANS By Kevin Kwan A film version of this book is in the works, and it’s easy to see why—it’s a hilarious read. The rich dialogue and descriptions will bring readers right into the story. The adventures and situations the characters get into may be familiar to anyone who has experienced racism and classism, visiting a foreign country, and meeting a significant other’s family for the first time. Readers will enjoy Nicholas Young and his family from the first sentence to the last. While some readers might be offended by derogatory comments made in the book, the portrayal of the way people think and feel breathes realism into topics that must be discussed. Readers will also root for Young’s girlfriend, Rachel Chu, to find her way in to his rich family, who are suspicious of her intentions.

Local mom, wife, TV personality, host, blogger, speaker, author, and columnist Nadine Bubeck just published her pregnancy journal. Why, you may ask? “Well, even though it’s super-personal and completely candid, I want women to know, accept, and embrace [that] even an imperfect pregnancy can be a beautiful experience,” Bubeck says. Here are five things that Bubeck thinks that most pregnant women as well as those who are now moms can relate to: 1. I did the whole legs-in-the-air thing after our baby-making attempts— and my husband was all for it. 2. While trying to conceive, I Googled “pregnancy symptoms” daily only to discover seemingly everything can be a telltale sign you’re pregnant—even numb teeth. 3. It was weird buying a pregnancy test at Walgreens. I couldn’t check out fast enough. 4. Waiting for the test to analyze my pee seemed like an eternity, even though it only took a few minutes. 5. I will keep my urine-contaminated positive pregnancy stick forever. For more of Bubeck’s insight and to buy her book, visit Amazon or



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> HOME/CELEBRATIONS Jamila Watson runs, a children’s party-and-event entertainment company.

Parties For Purpose

Every child deserves a birthday celebration, and party planner Jamila Watson aims to make sure they do! Can a cupcake and a tutu change the world? We certainly think so, but let me start from the beginning. When I first started my business, Parties On Purpose, my mission was always to plan fun and memorable parties where parents could just sit back and relax and also to give back to children who may not ever have the opportunity to celebrate their birthday. That was the “purpose” of Parties On Purpose. Well, it’s amazing how things work and also how someone with the same big vision suddenly comes into your life. I received a call from my super-talented friend Julie Read. Julie is the owner and fashion designer behind Juju’s Tutus, and I have always been an admirer of her work. Julie told me about her idea of planning parties for children living in homeless shelters, which led to an intense conversation about ways we could be of service. This desire to serve those in a way that was already so familiar to us resulted in the creation of Parties For Purpose! Parties For Purpose is an Arizona-based nonprofit that was established to organize and facilitate birthday parties for children in need. Our goal is to create lasting memories and to help build self-worth by honoring children with a birthday party. Our first fund-raising effort was our Frozen in Summer photo shoot, which featured designs by Juju’s Tutu’s, party styling by Parties On Purpose, photographs by KSL Photography, and other surprises for the honoree and guests. Through generous donations, we were also able to sponsor a beautiful little girl named Adilynn. Adilynn was adopted at birth and was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. She recently turned 1, but unfortunately, her birthday party had to be canceled because of her health issues. It was such a pleasure to have her in the photo shoot along with the other models, and now her parents will have the cherished first-birthday-party photos. We are both very excited for the future of Parties For Purpose and hope to both touch the lives of some very well-deserving children and inspire others to give, even if it’s in a small way. For more information about our services, to donate, or to volunteer, please visit us at 48


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It Always Rains after a Dry Spell The driest creeks, dustiest storms, least rainfall, and longest drought. Yep, Arizona has ’em all! It’s that time of the year again when Arizona ranchers like to sit around discussing the dry weather. Each prevaricator likes to claim that their particular ranch has the driest creeks, dustiest storms, least rainfall, and longest drought. As a rule, the first liar doesn’t stand a chance. Some of ’em are so good at it you can’t believe ’em when they say they’re lyin’. O.D. Fuller once got caught tellin’ the truth, and it took him 30 minutes to lie his way out of it. Arizonans like to boast that their heat is a dry heat, something that probably helps to explain why most of the rainfall around here is a dry rain. I’ve known folks who prayed their family picnic would get rained on so the youngsters would have something to tell their grandchildren. Optimism soars, and natives grab their umbrellas and raincoats when the television weatherman goes out on a limb and predicts a “slight chance of showers.” Waddie Culpepper once showed up at a bridal shower wearing a slicker. I was headin’ west of Zuni, New Mexico, in a driving rainstorm a few years back. The moment I hit the Welcome to Arizona sign, the rain stopped, the sun came out, and the pavement was bone dry. Being a practical kind of guy, I stopped, put my pickup in reverse, and backed into New Mexico just to savor a few more rainy moments before heading home. My uncle Charlie Gil-

pin was born in Bisbee but spent most of his life in Yuma. He swore that back in Ol’ Noah’s day when it rained 40 days and 40 nights, Yuma only got a quarter of an inch. When Shorty Logsden and his wife, Sadie, moved from Oregon to Gila Bend, they went to buy an adobe house from an old prospector. The house looked like it would suit their needs, but before committing, Shorty looked up at the ceiling and asked, “Are you sure the roof doesn’t leak?” The prospector got a puzzled expression on his face and replied “Leak what?” Down near Willcox is a huge, dry lake bed. Old timers claim that at one time, its sparkling blue waters rivaled those of Lake Tahoe—that is, until a group of German tourists held a picnic there a few years ago. They brought along a couple of kegs of beer and a barrel of pretzels. They guzzled all the beer, but there was still a half-barrel of pretzels, so they tossed the remainder in the lake. The fish started feasting on those pretzels, got so thirsty they drank all the water, and there hasn’t been enough rainfall since to refill it. The drought also had an effect on religion. The churches out in Salome passed a water-saving ordi-

Arizona’s official state historian, Marshall Trimble, is a cowboy singer, a humorist, and a storyteller.



During the summer of 1990, a

heat wave set all kinds of

records in Arizona. The climax came on June 26 when the temperature hit

122 degrees.

By Marshall Trimble

nance that until the drought ended, the Baptists could only sprinkle, the Methodists used a damp cloth, and the Presbyterians issued rain checks. During the summer of 1990, a heat wave set all kinds of records in Arizona. The climax came on June 26 when the temperature hit 122 degrees—that’s in the shade and five feet off the ground. It got so hot that cowboys out in Cave Creek were heatin’ their branding irons just by aimin’ ’em at the sun, and the bronze statues at the state capitol started sweating. A capitol police officer swore he saw Father Kino spur his horse, then ride over to a large shade tree. I checked the other day, and it’s still there. A man in Scottsdale wound up in the hospital with thirddegree burns after jumping into his swimming pool to cool off. Mirages have been known to fool the saltiest of old cowboys. Hector Salazar tells of a time when he was driving a bunch of thirsty cows across the Sulphur Springs Valley, sometimes referred to as the “Sufferin’ Springs Valley.” Most of the water holes had dried up and it looked like they weren’t gonna make it, but then he came upon a big pond where he camped for several days waterin’ his stock before he realized the pond was only a mirage—but he insisted, “It kept my cows from dyin’ of thirst.” During a long drought in 1889, the Arizona Cattlemen’s Convention met in Phoenix, and rancher Daniel Houston Ming was asked to give the opening prayer. Dan was a salty old cattleman who normally accepted no man or beast as his master. But these weren’t normal times, and he needed a big favor and wasn’t too proud to humble himself before the Almighty. He removed his hat and, gazing toward the heavens, began: “Now Lord, I’m about to round you up for some plain talk. Lord, I ain’t like those fellers who come bothering you every day. Why, this is the first time I’ve ever tackled you for anything, and if you will only grant this, I promise I’ll never bother you again. We want rain, Good Lord, and we want it real bad and we ask you to send us some. But if you can’t or don’t want to send us any, doggone it, don’t make it rain over on the ranges in New Mexico but treat us all alike. Amen!” And that ain’t no bull.

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By Kristin Caliendo

Schoolyard Etiquette Kristin Caliendo encourages you to talk to your children about bullying.


As school is back in session, children all over the North Valley are bursting with excitement. All this extreme energy is accompanied by change, which can also ignite emotional insecurities and challenges. Parents, as the year kicks off, brace yourselves for some bumps along the way. The fact remains that rebelling, teasing, and bullying are behaviors our children experience in one way or another. Bullying is not only universal but has also become progressively dangerous, triggering suicide or deadly retaliation on the extreme side. The manifestation of bullying has garnered national and international attention and is at the forefront of parents’ minds in the United States. We would like to think that the values we teach in the home make their way onto the playground and that our schools keep our children safe. But sometimes, that’s just not enough. The best way to prevent bullying is by increasing awareness and encouraging your children to talk about the changes, the struggles, and the accomplishments along this year’s journey. The good news is that bullying is preventable.


• Encourage your children to talk about what’s going on in their school, playground, activities, and social circles. Don’t assume that no news is good news. • Listen in a caring and nonjudgmental way, and resist the temptation to jump in and “fix it” for them. Reassure them that you love and support them and you will help them through this difficult time. • Coach your children in positive ways. Explain that there are solutions other than retaliation. • Work with the school administration to protect students and prevent bullying. • Take an active role in their social circles. Participate with your children and their friends— for instance, have lunch on campus and observe verbal and nonverbal cues among classmates. • Reassure your children that it’s okay to seek help from a teacher, an administrator, or another school staff member they trust. Make clear the difference between tattling and informing an adult. • Most importantly, don’t overreact. Keep calm, and don’t subject your children to your own fears and emotions. Listen quietly, and allow yourself time to process the information before launching into action.



Not sure that your child is being bullied or perhaps is bullying others? When in doubt, trust your gut. Warning Signs • Unexplainable injuries • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry • Frequent headaches or stomachaches, feeling sick, or faking illness • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating (kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch) • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school or take the bus • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations. • Feelings of depression or decreased self-esteem • Self-destructive behaviors, such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide If you know someone in serious distress or danger, don’t ignore the problem. For more information visit

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R A T S S L O O H C S e h t e k a m s l o o h c S y e l l a V h t . r o m N o o e r s s e s h a l T c e h t f o t u o d n a n i e grad LLEY A Y V M H E T D R A O N IAN AC -101 T ,C CHR0I1SN. 41st Dxr. 421 Phoe1n.i3454 5 (623) northv 58


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 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, NVCA 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 criticalthinking skills. These areas of learning are complemented by opportunities in athletics, music, and the fine arts.

NVCA recently announced the addition of middle school teachers Darren and Lori Hansen to its faculty and leadership team. Says executive director Nate Kretzmann, “We are blessed and deeply grateful to have the caliber of individuals [like] Darren and Lori join NVCA. Both are committed to an education that is both challenging and inspiring, filled with knowledge and wisdom in life’s learnings, and focused on the spiritual growth of students in the love of Jesus Christ.” Both are graduates of Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska. Darren holds a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education and a Master of Science in family life ministry. Lori holds a Bachelor of Science in education. Both will teach a range of subjects that include history, government, economics, civics, drama, geography, English, literature, religion, and physical education. AUGUST | SEPTEMBER 2014


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Cave Creek School District Private school education at a public school cost!

The Cave Creek Unified School District is known in our state Northwest Christian School is a private nondenominational as a highly Christian school whose mission is to provide a Bible-based properforming, gram of education that develops in students a Christian worldview. creative, and NCS’s educational program upholds a high standard of scholastic and behavioral excellence, furnishes instruction in Bible-based faith, forwardand prepares students to lead good, purposeful lives in the home, the thinking church, their country, and the world. educational A traditional curriculum is offered to students in kindergarten institution. An “A” District, as designated by the through fifth grade. The program features a strong base in phonics, Arizona Department of Education, CCUSD is mathematics, writing, history, English, and science and also includes number one in the Northeast Valley, number two daily Bible study. Technology integration increases yearly at the elementary levels. Classrooms are equipped with integrated iPads and computin Maricopa County and number five out of 227 ers for student research, skill development, computer-based accelerated Arizona school districts in student achievement, learning, and innomeasured by student growth and performance vative educational on the state AIMS test. All of the seven CCUSD projects. As stuschools are “A” schools as well as “A+ Schools dents enter middle of Excellence,” as awarded by the Arizona school and emerge as critical thinkers, comEducational Foundation. munity involvement that will affect change CCUSD is proud to offer a well-rounded in the world is emphaeducation for 21st century learners. All sized and the mechanschools and levels include musical and visual ics and responsibilities arts, physical education, and world languages for this involvement are addressed. In addition to from kindergarten to high school. In addition, traditional subject areas, a variety of clubs and athletics are offered to a variety of elecmeet student needs and interests. Students tives are offered at are “connected,” and the technology each level, including infrastructure supports “BYOD” (bring Spanish, technology, your own device) along with schoolphotography, and physical education. supplied classroom technology and At Northwest Chrisskilled educators to engage and advance tian High School, stustudents. Preschool and before- and dents are taught a rigafter-school care is also offered. orous curriculum that enhances and expands upon their core knowledge and combines with a variety of electives and athletic opportunities to further learners’ skill sets.



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Notable Schools for the Little Ones

Cave Creek Montessori 29209 N. 56th St. Cave Creek (480) 563-2929

Cave Creek Montessori School strives to meet the needs of children ages 18 months to 6 years old through an authentic Montessori-based education. Roy and Kathy Catalo have been the northeast Valley’s preeminent Montessori educators since 1993. Together, they strive to meet the needs of parents and children by providing safe, happy, and impactful experiences in early education. The Cave Creek Montessori campus sits on two and a half acres of desert ranch property and is home to a small interactive petting farm, two large shaded playgrounds with a variety of play structures, mister swings, a ball court, and an expansive grassy field. The campus is well secured with a professional video surveillance system and panic buttons for fire and police. The school itself was converted from a residence and so retains a homelike feel. The classrooms are large, each with adjacent outdoor covered patios and planting beds. The curriculum is rooted in the Montessori teaching philosophy, and the school’s teachers are dedicated to laying the foundation that allows students to develop academically, socially, and emotionally and to transition them successfully into elementary education and beyond. The school prides itself on the close coordination with Cave Creek and Scottsdale Unified School districts to align standards and to exceed public school standards. Yoga, music, and Spanish instruction are included in the curriculum for the toddler, preschool, and kindergarten classroom programs. During June and July, they also offer a summer academic program geared for elementary school-aged children in first through third grades. With nearly two decades of experience running Montessori schools and teaching in them, the Cave Creek Montessori staff is proud to welcome children to a school where they can thrive as individuals and benefit as students from the nurturing learning experience provided.

Tutor Time (Multiple North Valley locations) (877) 794-6704

Tutor Time in Phoenix provides a unique blend of care and education in stateof-the-art facilities to guide children’s first steps toward a lifelong love for learning. The atmosphere is safe, secure, and stimulating––designed to make learning fun. It enables children to create, explore, and grow. Teachers are encouraging and focused on meeting each individual child’s development and education needs while allowing him or her to advance through each program at his or her own pace. The curriculum is designed to give children the tools they need to fuel success in kindergarten and beyond. This fall, because education is not a one-size-fits-all experience, Tutor Time’s team of education specialists has developed a School Readiness Pathway to provide educational options, which empowers parents to choose the best fit for their child. Unique and individualized lesson plans are found in each classroom in every school; all are based on the abilities, strengths, and needs of those particular children. Teachers continually assess each child’s progress in meeting objectives established for every stage of the Pathway and shape lessons accordingly. Lessons are brought to life in ways that are meaningful for each child. Tutor Time in Phoenix now offers a suite of offerings that build on the traditional pre-K experience, helping ensure a child’s academic and social kindergarten readiness without having to repeat coursework. In Kindergarten Prep, children are introduced to kindergarten-level concepts and skills as well as enriched reading, math, and handwriting. Meanwhile, Junior Kindergarten focuses on sustaining attention, following multistep instructions, controlling impulses, and learning multiple ways to solve problems.

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Wardrobe stylist Shannon Campbell takes you behind the scenes of North Valley Magazine’s latest fashion shoot. As a freelance wardrobe stylist, I’m my own boss. I have the unique opportunity to work on many different projects that include live monthly television fashion segments on Fox 10 and Arizona Midday, personalized wardrobe consultations and shopping, and print fashion editorials like the one in this issue. Of course, fashion shoots are glamorous and fun, but putting them together involves coordination and legwork. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to turn the fashion spread in this magazine into reality.

> THE CALL I received a call from Sondra Barr, North Valley’s managing editor, asking if I’d participate in their August/September cover and fashion shoot. She provided an overview of the project, including a time frame and some ideas to get my creative gears going. We scheduled a time to sit down and go over the shoot concept and get a team together.

Shannon Campbell and assistant Maia Lopes-Gilbert straighten and adjust the models' clothing.

> THE SIT DOWN A couple of days later, we met at Altitude Coffee Lab in Scottsdale to more fully form the concept of the shoot and select a photographer, hair and makeup, and models. Next, we grappled with the logistics. Since the shoot needed to tie in with the upcoming Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower, we needed to incorporate a Bentley automobile. Next, we had to secure a location for the shoot. Since it was July, that immediately ruled out any spots without ample access to air conditioning. Utilizing connections, we finally settled on a model home at Sterling at Silverleaf because it has the upscale look we desired, and once it got too hot, we’d be able to move the shoot indoors. When we had all those elements dialed in, it was time to get down to my specialty—the clothing.

> THE CLOTHING Vitally important to any fashion shoot, the clothing and accoutrements must fit the theme and mood of the session. With the players involved, we needed elegant clothing that would instantly be associated with luxury, style, and, by extension, polo. I have relationships with a number of department stores, boutiques, and designers, and once I had a firm idea in my head of the feel we were trying to convey with the shoot, I made some calls and scheduled appointments to go select the clothing. Picking out the clothing, purses, and shoes for a shoot is one of the best parts of what I do; it requires the ability to mix and match interesting, eye-catching ensembles. 62


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> THE CALL SHEET With the location, date, photographer, models, hair and makeup, and clothing all set, a call sheet was sent out to everyone involved with all the shoot specifics. Things normally run smoothly from here, although an occasional hiccup can pop up. For instance, we had two models back out at the last minute. Since we were coming out of a holiday weekend, it was a bit of a scramble to find replacements; luckily, after a few calls, I got everything squared away.

> THE DAY OF THE SHOOT Usually, print fashion editorials begin early in the day. This one was no exception—call time was 6 a.m. The night before, I packed everything to transport it to the shoot, all of it ready to hang on a rolling rack and get set up in the staging area, which for this shoot was the model home’s spacious kitchen. From there, I lay out the progression of looks and substitute items of clothing for any that may not be working. Then, during the shoot, I record each clothing item the models wear, along with its corresponding brand and price. This time around, I had the help of North Valley’s two interns, Sara and Maia. Thanks, ladies! Meanwhile, while the photographer takes photos, I stand at the ready to straighten, tighten, or adjust anything amiss. After each wardrobe change, I make sure the clothing gets put back in plastic, ready to be taken back to the store, which I do immediately after the shoot wraps up.

Clothing and accessories for the fashion shoot ready for transport.

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A guy’s perspective on matters of the heart and hearth. CHIVALRY AIN’T DEAD Hi Dirk, I recently took a new job. I love everything about the job, except that it’s my first time with a female boss and I keep insulting her by accident. I’m not a sexist, but I was raised to treat women as the fairer sex and apparently, it offends her. One example is that in meetings when she extends a hand, I instinctively grasp her fingers instead of giving her a firm handshake. She has now asked me a couple times to shake her hand like I would any man’s hand, but I don’t agree that I’m insulting or belittling her. She is a successful and accomplished businessperson who I want to treat with respect, but I just can’t change 40 years of chivalry. What would you do? —Steve H. Steve, Tough question, easy answer! Your boss doesn’t sound like the softer side of anything, and I’m sure she has been put through the wringer on her way up the ladder. Furthermore, I’m sure she had a dad who taught her to shake hands. But I don’t think you’re at fault for the way you were raised. Perhaps her dad should’ve taught her the difference between misogyny and chivalry. That being said, you should always respect someone’s wishes and treat them as they would prefer, so here’s what you do: Walk into your next meeting and grasp her hand with a grip so firm it could strip bark off a birch the way you would grab your father’s hand, whose fingers you’d never grasp daintily. Bear down until you are sure there has been permanent damage to the cartilage. Maintain eye contact and offer a friendly smile. Keep a lookout for a subtle eye twitch or watery tear ducts, which might surface when she realizes she will need surgery. This will be your sign that the handshake should end. You will need to end the handshake, as she surely didn’t get to the front of the room by being a quitter. After this, one of two things will likely happen: • She will avoid shaking your hand altogether after a warning from her physician. • She will ask you to be gentler, and your chivalry will be appreciated. • She will crush your hand like your dad would’ve, because after all, she didn’t get to the front of the room by giving up. Hope this helps!—DIRK

To submit a question about your relationship, e-mail [Editor’s note: The opinions and advice given in this column in no way reflect those of the editorial staff—at least those that we’d express openly! 64


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Paul Davis, author of Breakthrough for a Broken Heart , says that on average,

12 to 14 dates occur before couples trade house keys.


The Real Deal Pre-owned, estate, used, secondhand vintage, collector—are they the same thing? With TV shows like Antiques Road Show and American Pickers, the interest in previously owned jewelry is increasing each year. Sometimes, the reason is design, sometimes it’s the bargain hunters, and sometimes it’s the brand—for instance, Tiffany & Co. There’s a big market for reproductions of old styles that are made in China or other countries. These baubles show up on the Internet as estate jewelry, but they’re actually new merchandise. Previously owned jewelry is neither good nor bad, just as with new jewelry. There have been bad merchandise and workmanship as well as great artists and highly skilled jewelers in every generation. There are some items that have seen giant increases in price in the past few years. Rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and jade in high quality have done much better than the stock market has. Naturally colored diamonds have done well also. Interest in jewelry owned by famous people like Elizabeth Taylor has brought much higher prices at auction than estimated and will most likely continue as some of our favorite musicians and actors age. It’s important to know a few tips on what to look for in an estate piece—just being previously owned does not make a piece of jewelry desirable. If a ring was bought at Kmart, it’s still a Kmart ring. If you ask questions like how old an item is, most jewelers should be able to give you a history of the manufacturing. You might be offered tips on authentic vintage pieces, such as the fact that blue topaz was created in the ’70s by irradiating white topaz, so a 1940 ring with a blue topaz is either not 1940 or the stone had been replaced. A piece from Cartier or Tiffany & Co. always has the brand’s logo somewhere Scott Bohall is a member on the item, and the engraving is never crooked. of the Arizona Jewelers If it is possible to show a piece to a reputable Association. The owner jeweler or appraiser before buying it, it will cut down the disappointment of getting something of Treasures Jewelers, he that was not what it was represented. Remember, travels the world to find all that glitters is not old, and if it is, it still may exceptional gems. not be of value.

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Jewelry accessories are having a vintage renaissance. Why play with modern fashion pieces that just look the part? This is the perfect time to dust off your heirloom jewelry by donning grandmother’s pearls more often or updating heirloom pieces with modern twists.

Orange is the new black, and so is every other color of the rainbow as vibrant hues are set to continue to be a key trend through fall and winter. Make sure your jewelry accessories reflect this popular color explosion!



Fashion trends are focused on graphic patterns and vibrant colors, and enamel jewelry—with its endless range of color—is in the spotlight.



Triangles have angled their way into jewelry accessories. Designers are creating jewelry with triangle shapes and patterns, inspired by a prism and geometric trend that is sweeping fashion and home accessories.

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Box Your Way to a Better Core

Workout shot at Jabz Boxing, Models: Kim Miller and Shannon Dougherty of Fit Mom Diet and Joyce Emily, Founder of Basic Greens Photos by Steven Trujillo,

Engage and strengthen your midsection with these simple exercises.

Want to melt calories away and tone yourself up? These basic movements are designed to effectively engage and strengthen your core. This workout, shot at Jabz Boxing Fitness For Women, was designed to incorporate muscle-toning exercises with boxing. Your core is the group of muscles that make up your midsection. They consist of the abdominals, obliques, and lower back. The core is responsible for stabilizing everything we do and for helping maintain our posture. The benefits of a strong core include improved posture, the elimination of lower-back pain, higher levels of physical performance, injury prevention, and better muscle tone. To complete this workout, set a timer for 45 seconds for each exercise, with a 15-second break in between. Progress through the workout three to four times, with a one-minute rest in between each circuit, if necessary.

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Standing Side Crunch a. Stand with feet wide and hands above your head, holding a bar or a broom. b. Lift your left leg to the side as you lower your left elbow and raise your left knee so they meet in one fluid movement, working the waistline.

Side Twists a. Sit on the floor with knees bent, heels lifted slightly off the ground, and fists clenched, and lean your torso back 45 degrees. b. Slowly lower upper body and twist torso to each side; left and right makes one repetition. 66


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Squat, Pivot, Punch This exercise can be done with or without a punching bag a. Start in a squatting position with hands ready at chest height. b. When you have squatted fully, reverse direction and begin to stand back up, keeping your knees slightly bent. Pivot and turn your upper body toward your left. c. Powerfully punch your right arm across your body and up diagonally at about a 45-degree angle. Pivot through your hips, feet, and knees as you punch up and across. Switch sides on next round.

Cross Crunch a. Lie down flat on your back with hands behind your head. Slide your right leg up toward your body to form a 90-degree angle with the floor. Lift your left leg off the floor, and position your right ankle under your left knee. b. Begin a cross-crunch by lifting off the floor in a twisting motion from your left elbow to your right knee. Return to starting position.

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Straight Shot

Try these three ways to launch the ball in a straight line toward the target. Many in the game of golf believe there is only one way to hit a straight shot. This is far from true. When club path and impact location vary, a multitude of resulting ball flight options present themselves. Let’s discuss the three combinations that help produce a straight ball. *Face is measured where the ball is contacted, not in the center. Toe=Open. Heel=Closed.

Method One


Method Two


Path 0. Face 0. Center Contact. This would obviously be the preferred method—it leaves little guesswork surrounding where the golf ball will finish. This will produce the shot traveling the farthest distance.

Path right/in to out, with face closed and heel impact. Remember, the face is only closed because the ball is being contacted on the heel. The center of the face on this particular shot is assumed to be square to the target line. Out of the three methods, this will produce the ball traveling the least distance, all things equal.

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As unlikely as a hole-in-one is on a parthree, imagine making one on a par-five. This highly unusual shot, informally known as a condor, has only been verified four times!

Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama— these are just a few of the presidents associated with golf. But Woodrow Wilson is often overlooked. An avid golfer, he was so dedicated to the game that he even played in the snow—using black golf balls! Info courtesy of The Daily Tee

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Method Three


Path left/out to in, with face open and toe impact. The face is open only because the ball is being contacted on the toe. The center of the face is assumed to be square to the target. Out of the three methods, this will produce the ball traveling the second farthest of the three, all things being equal. A word on the big miss with off-center hits: you take a look at methods two and three and reverse the contact point, as a result reversing the face angle (the face angle changes as you move the contact point from toe to heel) but keeping the path the same, it would produce the big misses. Path left and heel impact produces a slice, assuming that the face center is 0, while path right and toe impact produce the big hook. The miss left I see with a lot of tour players is a path slightly right with a slight toe impact. This miss will often be diagnosed by the commentators and even sometimes by the player as a double-cross. However, when looking closely at the contact point, you see a slight toe impact. Based on the ball flight being a hook finishing left of target, it’s fair to theorize that the path of the golf club is right. The biggest determinant in the variations of ball flight for any one tour player on any given day is not path or face but contact point on the clubface.




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2014 Lexus IS F This F grades an A, according to auto writer Greg Rubenstein. One of the oldest strategies for automotive success is to embed a powerful engine into a sedate sedan, thereby creating a stealthy hot rod that’s as fun to drive as it is practical. At least, that’s the theory. What sometimes happens, however, is that a soft chassis gets overpowered, creating a dreadful or even dangerous high-performance driving experience. Even with—or especially with—a full complement of upgraded brakes, suspension, wheels, tires, and interior tidbits, there’s no amount of tuning that can overcome insufficient structural integrity. Fortunately, in the IS sedan, Lexus has a chassis that’s well sorted and fully capable of managing more power. While the more pedestrian IS 250 and IS 350 make do with a V-6 engine—a 2.5-liter version good for 204-horsepower and a 3.5-liter version that churns out 306-horsepower, respectively—the IS F gets a 416-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 engine. For 2014, the IS 250 and 350 sedans have been redeveloped with new interior and exterior designs, including the brand’s “spindle” grille, a signature look as divisive as it is striking. Happily, the IS F continues to use the previous-generation sedan for its underlying structure, which also means the spindle façade has yet to make it to this performance machine. Whereas the new lower-tier IS models have closed some of the gap with respect to luxury appointments, the IS F remains above its siblings in appointments, sparkling with luxury features and gofast goodies. Updates for 2014 include higher-end leather/Alcantara upholstery, LED fog lights, and a subtle rear spoiler constructed of carbon fiber. The IS F’s luxury and safety features are numerous, as one would expect in a performance sedan with a base price of $64,260. The tested vehicle stickered at $68,170 and included the optional Mark 70


Levinson audio package, a sound system worth its price and as good as any high-end aftermarket installaGreg Rubenstein tion. Other amenities is a freelance include keyless entry, automotive journalist push-button start, and deputy editor for 10-way heated power, an autofront sport seats with enthusiast website. three-position drivHe’s been writing er/front passenger about and racing cars memory, seven-inch for 25 years. multifunction LCD touchscreen display with hard-drive navigation and voice-command, headlamp cleaner, and park assist with backup camera. This rear-wheel drive four-door is truly a driver’s sedan, and its eight-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters makes easy work of long-distance road trips or daily commuting. Lexus claims this rocket is good for a top speed of 170 mph—an assertion not tested—though the standing-start acceleration easily matched the factory-rated 4.6-second sprint from zero to 60 mph. Although it offers ferocious speed, the IS F can be quite docile. In standard mode, the ride is a breeze for everyday driving. Select the Sport setting, and dynamics are firm yet still compliant, soaking up most bumps without upset. The steering is suitably heavy but not tiring, and overall, there’s a sublime feeling of connectivity between




driver, road, and machine. Lane changes are near-telepathic, and scooting into or through traffic gaps happens with the lightest pressure on the throttle. Against its German rivals—BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, or Audi S4—this Lexus gives up just a bit in overall performance, but in practical daily use, it’s a very livable machine and every bit a sport luxury sedan. In the IS F’s favor is exclusivity, reliability, and, depending on options, a significant price advantage. Those ready to add a high-performance hot rod to their stable need to visit Lexus’s showroom for a test drive. The IS F may be the perfect combination of low-key speed and luxury.


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> TASTE/COOK Primal Workouts and Food to Match! Young culinary gun Chef Matthew Grunwald on food fit to fuel your body. As a full-time chef and television personality, fitness is key. I’ve had the fortune to team up with Amenzone Fitness, a highintensity cross-fit training gym that utilizes tires instead of actual weights. My day begins with a 9 a.m. workout, which sets me up for the entire day. When I think of wellness, I picture a combination of healthy, clean nutrients such as proteins, grains, leafy greens, and berries, all balanced with fitness. I’ve always been strong and in solid shape, but Amenzone has taken me to a new level. My workouts include intense laps with a tire held over my head, a primal-warrior boot camp, kickboxing, and boxing, which is where my black-belt training comes in handy. My favored class is the primal one—it’s primal in its intensity! Within five minutes of the warm-up, I’m already sweating. This is the same feeling I get when I’m in front of a camera during a live cooking competition—new breath comes into my lungs, and I feel vibrantly alive as I push my way through with full focus and intensity. Now, with such high levels of physical intensity every day, I’m reminded as a trained chef that the body requires a greater fuel source through what it’s fed. This means clean fats such as avocados and almonds. I highly recommend, depending on your weight, a half-cup to a cup of oatmeal with 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and a handful of almonds two hours before your workout. Oatmeal is a source of soluble fiber, which means your body is going to digest it slower and provide you with more energy for a longer period of time. Right after the workout, I recommend a ripened banana and a small form 72

of protein, whether a bar, a shake, or some source of food. Even though you are going to eat a snack right after you work out, it’s important to immediately feed your body with something light after you have gone beast mode at the gym. My recipe for success that I am providing should be eaten 30 minutes to two hours after your workout if you go to the gym any time in the morning or afternoon. Remem-


Matthew Grunwald regularly whips up original recipes for a television audience on Arizona Midday and Valley Dish segments. ber—everyone’s body is different, so do what works for you, and always remember to consult your doctor before committing to any sort of diet or workout plan. As the Amenzone mantra states, “Every day, train for life!” Enjoy the recipe, guys!

Super-Foods Protein Salad 1 cup shredded kale 1 cup shredded carrots ½ cup dried cherries or cranberries ½ cup slivered almonds 1 cup quinoa, boiled, cooked, and cooled according to the box instructions ¼ cup Brie cheese, diced small 2 roasted red peppers, sliced 1 store-bought rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat shredded ¼³ cup extra-virgin olive oil 4-5 Tbs. soy sauce 1 Tbs. Mirin 2 Tbs. miso paste 1 orange, zested and juiced 2 Tbs. honey Freshly ground black pepper > In a large bowl, combine the kale, carrots, cherries, almonds, quinoa, Brie, roasted red peppers, and chicken until evenly distributed. > In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, soy sauce, mirin, miso paste, orange zest, orange juice, and honey until smooth and combined. Pour over the salad when ready to serve. This salad will last three to four days in the refrigerator when dressed with the vinaigrette.




DINING OUT North Valley Magazine’s managing editor, Sondra Barr, tries out different restaurants to offer you a no-holds-barred opinion about the experience—food, ambience, service, location, and whatever else strikes her. This issue, she steps inside The Vig McCormick and AZ/88.

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7345 N. Via Paseo Del Sur dinner, The Vig serves lunch, e tried I’v e hil Scottsdale W ! and brunch favorites (480) 758-5399 dishes from each, my menu. ch un br e are on th It’s about time a trendy eatery opened up in the Paseo Village at McCormick Ranch, which is located on the east side of Hayden Road and McCormick Parkway. Now that the Vig has been open awhile, it’s hard to believe a group of McCormick Ranch homeowners opposed the eatery’s opening up in this established community because they felt it would bring neighborhood disturbances. Instead, the Vig has brought a much-needed vibrancy to McCormick Ranch, which in the past 15 years has been stagnant in the restaurant department. The area is finally getting its groove back! Three other Vig locations attest to the concept’s success in newly hip-again locations. And if this restaurant’s crowds are any indication, it’s definitely bringing a much-needed infusion of energy to the neighborhood.

THOUGHTS ON… THE LOCATION I live about five miles away, which makes the Vig McCormick an ideal biking destination for me. It’s especially fun to get there via the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt (which is about 10 degrees cooler than the surrounding area) in the early evening for a cocktail and dinner and then bike home when the sprinklers go off along the biking trail. I’m not going to deny that there’s something fun, childlike, and slightly subversive riding through the sprinklers at 10 p.m.—don’t judge, try it!

THE AMBIENCE & DÉCOR Of course, the Vig has everything a trendy urban Valley restaurant should have—large windows and doors that open up and bring the outside in; a well-misted, shaded patio complete with an outdoor fireplace—for the rare occasions you need such a thing in the Valley; comfortable seating; and the requisite dark wood accents. Meanwhile, the inviting marble bar top tempts you to sidle up and try your hand at sliding a glass down its smooth length. In a possible effort to dissuade patrons at such childish pursuits, there are tins filled with Trivial Pursuit cards at some of the tables. There is nothing better than stashing the phones and engaging in a heated round of old-school trivia over dinner. Two thumbs up for whoever added this little frivolity—although they’re not at every table. More games, please!

THE BATHROOM While my husband remains mortified that I would dare mention a restaurant’s water closet (aka loo, toilet, powder room, whatever you prefer to call it) in a dining review, I remain steadfast in my resolution to only revisit restaurants with clean bathrooms. Plus, this isn’t your typical restaurant column. The Vig keeps the, uh hum, ladies’ room clean—I can’t speak for the men’s room—hubby forbade me from peeking in. On a side note, I really like the leather-like tiling outfitting the upper portion of the bathroom walls—it looks cool.

Yes, she’s one of those people in restaurants with their smartphones, always taking photos of their food, like the ones you see here.

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ON THE TAB Tres Leches French Toast, $10

Served with blueberry compote and bacon There aren’t enough places serving up a solid brunch, at least in the McCormick Ranch area, so it’s comforting to know that this super-scrumptious, high caloric French toast made with three different kinds of milk is available, along with other dishes that meet the not breakfast but not quite lunch mood. As for this French toast, it’s sweet and filling. It was a touch heavy for my taste, but then again, it’s French toast. If that’s your thing, you’ll dig this dish.

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Chilaquiles rojas with layered tortillas, pork carnitas, cheddar cheese, salsa roja, over-easy eggs, cilantro, and house salsa

I wasn’t hung over, but when I am, this will hit the spot. Of course, it hit the spot anyway. I can’t tell you if it was because I was ravenous after biking to the Vig in 100-plus degree summer weather or because it was noon on a Sunday and it was my first meal of the day. Either way, when the fork punctured the over-easy eggs and the yolks oozed into the other ingredients, it was heavenly delicious.

Bottomless Mimosas, $15 We didn’t drive there and it was Sunday, so why not indulge in bottomless mimosas? Enough said. Then again, I did spy a nicely appointed bloody Mary bar with all the fixings that was quite popular. Next time!


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> THE BATHROOM Let’s start with the bathrooms, shall we? Why? Well, for the uninitiated, a trip to the loo is tricky. While it’ll eventually dawn on you that the three seemingly unmarked white doors that folks randomly enter at the back of the restaurant are bathrooms, newbies aren’t going to know which one to appropriately enter without glancing down at the bottom of each door. Be prepared for a bit of a show (with you in the starring role) when you enter. There are mirrors everywhere—yes, everywhere—and they’re backlit by magenta lighting. Cool or creepy? You decide.

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7353 E. Scottsdale Mall Scottsdale (480) 994-5576 Excuse me if I use a bit of verbiage from a Yelp review I wrote back in 2010 on AZ/88. Then again, AZ/88 is turning out to be about as timeless as a Yelp review. Indeed, this chic restaurant sets the bar for longevity in a city where eateries come and go hourly. This is surprising if only because it’s tucked away in a lovely, if oft overlooked, little spot across the park from the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, and it has zero street visibility. What it does have is consistently good food, attentive servers, and the sort of New York sensibility noticeably lacking in the West’s Most Western Town. Locals either know about this place or they don’t, which is odd to me since I’ve been frequenting AZ/88 for longer than I care to admit. Here’s the lowdown on this Valley staple for those folks unfortunate enough not to have experienced AZ/88. 76


> THE AMBIENCE & DÉCOR The contemporary space features high ceilings, glass walls, and modern furnishings that all lend to the feeling that you should be sipping on a martini or lounging with someone who is. Then again, you can order one of the best Moscow mules in the Valley here, too. AZ/88 blends up this strong yet refreshing concoction of ginger beer, vodka, and lime perfectly each time. Meanwhile, while the modern décor is starting to look a little worn around the edges, you’ll barely notice because you’ll either be checking out the stylish crowd, listening to live DJs spin tunes you’ve likely never heard before (Wednesday through Saturday nights), or pondering AZ/88’s latest art installation. One of my favorites featured mannequin legs in fishnets hanging from the ceiling. The cool factor is also extended into the holidays with unusual Christmas tree interpretations— paper clips, dollar bills, and Barbie dolls have all made appearances.


Picnic Chicken, $11.75

Cold sliced chicken breast, sliced pears, pecan halves, Gorgonzola cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, and romaine lettuce on pumpernickel and white bread Just how many picnic chicken sandwiches have I ordered over the years? Dozens. And, each one has been consistently delicious and professionally presented. This is seriously the best cold chicken sandwich in the state of Arizona, and I dare anyone to prove me wrong. Order it with half fruit and half waffle fries.


AZ/88 Chicken, $12.50

Grilled chicken breast with celery and bleu cheese dressing You could say AZ/88 is resting on its laurels by keeping with the same menu for years, but when you do something well, best keep at it. And while the décor is slick, the menu is all substance. They stick with what works, and for the most part, it’s sandwiches, burgers, and salads, which is why their signature chicken sandwich grilled in buffalo sauce and topped with sautéed celery and bleu cheese dressing, can also be had as a salad for $14.25. There’s a reason it’s stuck around.






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Sip on This Declared National Bourbon Heritage Month by the US Senate in 2007, September is the month to celebrate America’s Native Spirit’s heritage, tradition, and deep-rooted legacy of the bourbon industry. In honor of the occasion, we offer up a cocktail to get you in the mood.

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Brown is the New Red Garrison Brothers bring the bourbon boom to the Grand Canyon state Rooted in tradition and yet trending at a rapid pace, the barrel-aged spirit of bourbon is experiencing a meteoric rise in popularity, with sales soaring more than 30 percent in recent years. While it’s no secret that drink trends come and go, the bourbon boom has picked up where the craft beer craze left off, with the corn, wheat, and barley concoction now counted among the fastest-growing spirit categories in the Southwest. “The rise of the micro-distillery, the renaissance of whiskey-based cocktails, and Mad Men-esque subliminal marketing have all played a role in helping us ‘put our money where our mash is,’ so to speak,” says Dan Garrison, proprietor and distiller of Garrison Brothers Distillery. Garrison Brothers recently released 1,200 bottles of its highly acclaimed bourbon whiskey to bars, stores, hotels, resorts, and restaurants across Arizona, making it the first state outside of Texas to sell the product. “Bourbon used to be primarily marketed to men—and older men at that—but the mixology movement and the rise of the craft cocktail have helped expose the spirit to an entirely new, younger demographic that caters to women just as much as men.” Dan Garrison and brother Charlie, a resident of Cave Creek, knew that Arizona was a prime spot to expand their brand. “This is a state that both understands and appreciates the art of the distilling process, and the resort and hospitality lifestyle that is so prevalent here really lends itself well to the revival of bourbon and bourbon-based cocktails,” Garrison says. AUGUST | SEPTEMBER 2014



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Summer is finally coming to an end, and oh, have we locals paid the price for the subtler, shadier days ahead. Remind me again why we moved here or didn’t move somewhere else after high school. Oh, yeah—it was that nine or so months out of the year that this place is paradise. We suffer through the scorching days of near eternal summer to enjoy the nectar of a late Arizona fall, when the trees change from dark green to a slightly brighter shade of that same green. As the cooler air hints at rolling in, along comes an infestation that both plagues the locals and bolsters the economy. These varmints* (I jest, of course) can be quite annoying and can really put a damper on your plans for the day. They get in the way, leave behind big messes, and clog up the highways

and byways almost a s i f t hey were sent by the state to provide evidence M.D. Thalmann is a local that we need more writer and author. To see his money budgeted to work, visit . the city works. No, I’m not referring to the rogue coyotes that come down from the mountains and stop traffic—I’m talking about a flightless fowl—the snowbird—and a few ways to avoid getting in their way when they come back to roost.

Don’t feed them, otherwise they will think its OK to keep coming ’round, and this helps no one. Don’t make eye contact with anyone who says “don’tcha know,” “jeepers,” “golly,” “gosh,” or “oh ya.” If cornered by one of these critters, simply make a reference to how the Vikings looked strong in the last game, and RUN.

Sell your car, or only go out after dark—like way after dark. It’s safest to go out near midnight, as the snowbirds will all be sawing logs or else indoors dining very late. Either way, you can finally get to the gym. As demonstrated in the popular ’80s movie Gremlins, don’t get ’em wet. You can always spot a snowbird by a desire to get into the pool in the middle of December, claiming it’s warm and that others should join in. This is a trap—don’t fall for it. The water is actually near freezing.



Speaking of the gym, as long as you are going for the weight-lifting half of the gym, you may be safe. However, if you have designs on cardio, you might as well pack it in. The snowbirds will be lined up in loud wind suits, hiking on treadmills moving so slowly that you have to stare to be sure they’re even plugged in. This isn’t bad in itself until you overhear the din of their conversation, which sounds much like a flock of seagulls arguing over the legal ownership of a mackerel. Don’t wear brightly colored clothing, reflective sneakers, or a fanny pack, as this will attract the creatures to you to fill a need to assimilate with their own kind, so far away from the burrow.

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