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13 Publishers’ Letter 14 Contributors 16 Connect With Us


Cover Feature Arie Luyendyk Jr. talks racing, romance, and life post Bachelorette Top LAWYERS Expert legal advice in the Valley Amasis MT Light





44 NAPA TRAVEL FEATURE Magical Napa Nuptials ENTREPRENEUR FEATURE Road to Success: Local entrepreneurs on what it takes to succeed MODEL CONTEST Vote for your favorite finalist



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At 25, Mikala thought she was too young for cancer. Today, she’s too strong to let it keep her down. Before finding a lump in her breast, Mikala had just finished college. After visiting the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center, she was well on her way to recovery. The center’s groundbreaking, 3-D imaging technology detected her cancer early, while the expert staff gave her the support she needed every step of the way. To read Mikala’s story, visit

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54 Technology: When computers won’t compute 56 Entrepreneurship: Unlock your potential 71 Auto Trends: 2013 Kia Sorento 78 Event Calendar: What’s happening in the Valley


69 Jewels: Treated gems 76 R elationships: Breaking up is hard to do 80 A dopt-A-Pet: Furry friends 81 Flavor: Luxurious Fromage Crêpes with Wilted Kale








50 Interview: J.P. Dahdah of Vantage Retirement Plans 66 Travel: Arizona hotspots


64 Golf: 15 more yards off the tee 72 Fitness: The correlation between exercise and brain function


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82 Lincoln Guild Invitational: Golfing for a cause


28 LOCAL PROFILE: Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila 30 ARIZONA SKIES: Astronomical research favors dark skies 31 AZ FUN FACTS: Arizona’s flying pesos 32 ART & CULTURE: A tour of the Musical Instrument Museum 34 ENTERTAINMENT: Best in TV, Music, and Movies 36 VALLEY VIBRATIONS: Gary Sprague, singing cowboy 37 SPORTS: ASU’s Brandon Magee 38 HOT SHEET: What’s new in the Valley 40 TWO Cents: The Dearings chime in 41 GIVING BACK: The Japanese Friendship garden 61 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS BALLOT: Vote for your favorite restaurants 62 SCENE AFTER SUNSET: Notable Tempe spots 74 BOOKS: New and noteworthy


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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. ®2012 North Valley Magazine. Printed in the USA.

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A Successful Reality from the Ground Up


ur annual entrepreneur issue is among our favorites. As lifelong entrepreneurs, we recognize the hard work and dedication required to bring an idea from a concept to a successful reality. Independent business owners may make the creation of a company appear easy, but as you’ll read in our feature spotlighting seven prominent Valley business owners who started their companies from the ground up, a good idea is useless without a driven, forward-thinking entrepreneur.

What’s fascinating about the entrepreneurs profiled here is that they all recognize the need to change the way things have been done in the past. Therefore, they are compelled to update, renew, and constantly rethink their enterprise. And while some of their ideas have been failures, it is the response to these failures that has often led to success. We hope you find as much inspiration in their business journeys as we have. On the subject of success, we tip our hats to the Valley’s top lawyers who made it to the annual feature. Once again, North Valley Magazine teamed up with Avvo, Inc. to present an objective list on which lawyers are ranked based on their professional backgrounds according to Avvo’s proprietary algorithms. This list is designed to help you make an informed decision when looking for legal advice.

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Now on to Arie Luyendyk Jr., our cover story. We had an opportunity to sit down and chat with the dynamic race car driver after his memorable turn on ABC’s The Bachelorette. Raised in Scottsdale, this man-about-town is getting back to what he does best—racing. After reading his story, check out our website to see exclusive video clips from our interview. You’ll see why he has legions of female fans swooning. While you’re on the website, don’t forget to vote for one of our finalists in the Face of the North Valley model contest. One of the 20 lovely ladies featured on pages 58–59 will grace the cover of an upcoming issue and win other great prizes. Meanwhile, you can join North Valley Magazine on Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. as we introduce the finalists on the stage at the Scottsdale Street Fair, to be held at the Scottsdale Pavilions at the 101 and Indian Bend. As always, we have a lot of engaging content in this issue, from entertainment and auto reviews to technology and relationship advice. If you’re a first-time reader, welcome. To our faithful readers and fantastic advertisers, thank you for your continued support in our growth. We can’t wait to share our next issue with you. Cheers!

Matthew Toren Publisher

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• contributors Golf

Scott Sackett, GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teacher since 1997, teaches at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale. He is also director of instruction at Park Meadows CC in Park City, Utah. To get more information on lessons, visit, or email him at

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

Audriana Gates is an Arizona State University alumna. She is a freelance writer specializing in music and social events. Currently, she resides in Arizona. When not writing, Audriana can be found at many of the Valley’s live-music events.




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

Auto Trends

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


Michelle Pelberg is a Phoenix native whose passion for animals began at a very young age. Her talent for photography was not discovered until later on in her life. When not tending to her small zoo at home, she helps educate the minds of high school kids as an assistant teacher of photography.


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

Giving Back

Freelance feature writer Carol La Valley missed being an Arizona native by six months. When she was growing up, the North Valley was where she and her family went to have picnics and ride dune buggies. She received the Outstanding Writing Award from the Arizona Newspapers Association and Arizona Press Women in 2007 and 2009.


Paul Wagner is a Scottsdale-based photographer. For over the past 30 years, he has had a camera in his hand as he travels to such places as the Ukraine, Holland, Thailand, Japan, Dubai, and all over the United States photographing weddings, celebrities, and other events.


A North Valley resident, Eric Twohey loves to experience new places and meet new people. He enjoys painting and traveling. His other interests include music, photography, sports, and entrepreneurship. Eric earned two degrees from CSU Sacramento and served on the university’s student government board of 14

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Lea Friese-Haben is Arizona’s number-one dating expert. She is happily married to Cpt. Greg Haben of Southwest Airlines and has three children. Lea is a certified holistic practitioner and is a regular guest on channels 3, 10, 12, and 15.

Matthew Grunwald has been whipping up culinary delights in his mother's kitchen for years and loves to bring his original recipes to a television audience on “AZ Midday” and “Valley Dish” segments. He is training at the Culinary Institute of America and plans to once again distribute a line of mouthwatering cookies through local stores very soon.


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


Laura Rogers is a certified personal trainer, nutrition specialist, and group fitness instructor. She and her husband, Josh, have owned Sweat, a personal training gym in Anthem, since 2005. She is an active mom of three who hopes to inspire and help others achieve their fitness


Julie Carlson is a freelance writer. She’s had articles published in the Town of Paradise Valley Independent as well as Phoenix and Desert Living magazines. Julie is also an aspiring screenwriter—her book review blog, “That’s Swell!” is part of her company, Reel Swell Productions. Julie is also a former police clerk with 11 years experience in law enforcement.


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


Jon Kenton is principal consultant and owner of JRDR Marketing. Originally from London, he has been living in Arizona with his family for the last eight years. Jon has worked in computing and communications for over 20 years. If it connects to a TV, a camera, a network, or a computer, Jon has probably used it.






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Napa Nuptials

No matter how big or how small a wedding

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is, the details of planning and preparation are usually a couple’s first joint effort in their new life together. One such pair, Isabelle and Brian, set the expectation bar at a height that required every detail to be truly magnifico for their perfect Italy-inspired Napa wedding and the weeklong events for over 200 guests. The Napa Valley was chosen as the epicenter of the event because of the region’s ability to deliver many of the best food, wine, and fun.

The historic and traditional Italian winery, V. Sattui, was a perfect spot for the couple’s special day. V. Sattui has a rustic old-world charm that honors the famous wineries of the Tuscan region of Italy. There’s a tasting room and a deli filled with sumptuous wines and cheeses from all over the world, any of which pair up beautifully with their fresh and fabulous homemade foods and desserts. There are giant oak trees, manicured gardens and lawns, and 35 acres of vineyards that produce the small family winery’s wonderful varietals. The idyllic atmosphere and grounds honor the tradition that baker-turned-winemaker Vittorio Sattui and his wife, Kattarina, put in The Carneros Inn’s Hilltop Pool

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place. Situated among the lavish greenery surrounding the building, the courtyard outside the Stone Winery building is an intimate spot to enjoy wine, cheese, Italian sodas, freshly baked pizzas, and delectable starters provided by renowned caterer Il Fornaio. The reception area, designed by Vittorio Sattui among majestic oak barrels filled with his vintages, is beautifully situated near 250-year-old oaks. These majestic trees surround the Stone Winery that Dario Sattui built in 1985 to honor his greatgrandfather’s vision. For the nuptials, the couple chose the leafy area graced with vines that is located below Vittorio’s Balcony at the Stone Winery. The bridal party seemed to be floating on air as it made its way

across thousands of multicolored rose petals. The bride resembled a graceful princess as her dad presented her to the beaming groom. After a ceremony filled with sentiment and serenity, the newlyweds led their guests to the courtyard and barrel room of V. Sattui’s Stone Winery for an engaging night of dancing, speeches, and epicurean delights, finishing with homemade desserts flown in from Boston’s famous Mike’s Pastry. Guests enjoyed an assortment of V. Sattui’s pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon, Italian beverages and beers, and a dessert table laden with lobstertail pastries, rainbow cookies, and seven flavors of homemade cannoli.

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The Carneros Inn’s Hilltop Dining Room

For their wedding night, Isabelle and Brian chose the Vineyard Suite at the Carneros Inn that rests majestically between the Napa and Sonoma valleys. The Inn, a Plumbjack Resort, sits on 77 acres of pristine orchards, vineyards, and farmland that includes barns, silos, and a variety of exquisite cottages with elegant and spacious rooms for relaxing and taking in the stunning views of the vineyards. The Vineyard Suite features two separate cottages offering panoramic views of the rolling hills and distant vineyards. One cottage offers a lounge, a large flat-screen television, and a full bathroom. The other has a king-size bed, an entertainment system, and a spacious bathroom with a soaking tub as well as indoor and alfresco showers. The large private patio and gardens connecting the two cottages offer a romantic oasis with expansive views of the Carneros countryside and nearby vineyards. The resort’s amenities combine rustic beauty and a deluxe air of conviviality. The Hilltop pool and hot tub for adults offer unrivaled views of the Carneros countryside. The Hilltop Dining Room, set off by some of the valley’s iconic panoramic views, is enjoyed exclusively by the Inn’s guests. The elegant style and vibe of the Inn inspired Isabelle and Brian to plan the after-wedding send-off brunch 20

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at the resort’s al fresco FARM restaurant, where the weeklong guests sipped mimosas and enjoyed freshly baked pastries and wonderful hand-picked local fruits before heading down to San Francisco for their return flights home. Carneros also features the Boon Fly Café, named for a Carneros pioneer who planted orchards and vineyards in the mid1800s. Boon Fly is an ideal gathering place for Inn guests and locals to wake up to great coffee, fresh juices, and house-baked breakfast items, including their signature Boon Fly doughnuts. The eatery also offers countryside cuisine at lunch and dinner, both of which can

be packed up for guests as they head out to explore the arcadian surroundings. The Meritage Resort and Spa in the southern end of Napa, with Tuscan-inspired guestrooms and luxury suites, hosted the wedding party and guests. This exquisite hotel and resort is set against rolling hills covered with private vineyards. Wine tasting is held in the Estate Cave, which features selections from Trinitas Cellars. Diners have the advantage of healthy, delicious farm-to-table cuisine in the outstanding Siena restaurant. The Spa Terra—a lavish underground spa featuring steam grottos, soaking pools, treatment alcoves, and tranquil walls of water—has earned the resort status as an elite spa destination.

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Wedding guests splashed in the pool and used the fitness center during the day and then enjoyed entertainment at night in the resort’s onsite bowling alley and bar. Those who stayed the entire week were treated to a choice of Napa’s best: a day of wine tasting, a “welcome to town” lunch, a private rehearsal dinner at one of Napa’s fabled culinary spots, and a shopping spree at the Oxbow Market. The wine tasting day started out at the Andretti Winery, owned by legendary race-car driver Mario Andretti. Andretti’s serene setting overlooks the rustic villa farmhouse and out onto the rolling vineyards of his estate. After private barrel tasting in the cellar room, the guests boarded a bus for a short drive to Sterling Vineyards, where they took Sterling’s fabled gondola ride up to the winery. Perched on a cliff, Sterling gives unparalleled views of the width of the Napa Valley. The “tasting course” takes participants on a walking tour through the inner workings of the winery. After a lunch stop, the group was off to Trinchero Napa Valley Winery to sample some of their iconic wines blended by master winemaker Mario Monticelli. They finished the wine tour with a final stop at St. Clement’s Winery. Here, alongside the winery’s Victorian-style home, were patios that allowed the group to sample a flight of St. Clement’s creations while watching the sun set over the valley.



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The bridal party attended the rehearsal dinner at the famed Bottega Ristorante, the creation of culinary icon Chef Michael Chiarello. Bottega is Chiarello’s “artist’s workshop,” where he brings to life dishes that make indelible impressions on fortunate diners. Isabelle and Brian secured the marketplace adjacent to the restaurant for their after-hours event. The intimate setting of tables was the perfect backdrop for the homemade cuisine whose warm, rich palettes Andretti Wines reflected not just the surroundings but also each savory bite of Chiarello’s masterpieces. Kellie Magna, the restaurant’s host and director of sales, sculpted the evening’s affair, and it was a gala affair! Chef Chiarello’s mystical flavors and fabulous foods along with Magna’s service of excellence created a marquee evening of Italy-inspired mystique, flavor, and new memories to cherish. Expert pairings of wines with each course filled the Italian marketplace with a romas of the freshest ingredients grown anywhere from here to Tuscany. The staff was attentive, and their artfully spaced timing for each course made the romantic night f low seamWoodhouse wedding cookies l e s s l y. Wo o d house Chocolate provided the designer-crafted handmade chocolates for the couple’s chocolate and cigar bar, which was a wonderful addition to their nighttime wedding. Woodhouse is run by the Anderson family in St. Helena, Calif., serving the Napa Valley. Each piece of chocolate borders on artwork, with a chef ’s palette for flavors, and is handcrafted by the Anderson team headed by chocolatier Tracy Wood Anderson. Anderson is a graduate of San Francisco’s California Culinary Academy; she and her mother, Chris Wood, create some of the finest chocolates to be found anywhere. Guests were delighted by the rich

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tastes of fiori di Sicilia, quatre epices, raspberry Chambord, and several other delectable flavors. The appropriately sultry Heart of Darkness was a concoction of dark-chocolate ganache and cocoa nibs covered with more dark chocolate. You might not have been a guest at the nuptials nor might you be planning your own, but nothing’s stopping you from visiting the Woodhouse website and having your own celebration, private or otherwise. No detail was unplanned, and no accommodation was spared. The group of nearly 50 guests satisfied their souls through Earth’s natural harvest and shared stories that made friends and family members laugh, cry, and liken the steps that had brought the couple to the altar to their own stories of love and commitment. At the after-wedding send-off brunch, which took place at the

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Carneros Inn, guests sat on the patio sipping mimosas, enjoying freshly baked pastries, and handpicking local fruits before heading to San Francisco for their return flights home. With the help of V. Sattui, The Carneros Inn, Meritage Resort and Spa, and the wonderful wineries and eateries that underscored the blissful multiday ceremony, Napa Valley illustrated the concept that great times with beloved people deserve a place to showcase all that is wonderful and everlasting about eternal moments. The couple will attest that Napa Valley is truly a region that offers everything and more for those looking to make memories to last a lifetime.

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Ready to Rev Scottsdale’s Arie Luyendyk Jr. on racing, romance, and life post Bachelorette By Sondra Barr

Race car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. is on the fast track. Fresh from his memorable stint on ABC’s The Bachelorette, this man-about-town is looking forward to getting back to what he does best. While his ardent female fans fervently hoped it would be as the handsome, dashing romancer on the upcoming season of The Bachelor, 31-year-old Luyendyk is opting for racing over romance—at least for now.

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The Need for Speed

Raised in Scottsdale from the age of 9, Arie Luyendyk Jr. has an impressive racing pedigree and a passion for the sport cultivated by a childhood spent largely at racetracks. His Dutch father, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, tested Indy cars at Phoenix International and Firebird International raceways during many off-seasons. The frequent Valley visits led to the family making a permanent home here after the patriarch’s first Indy win in 1990. Despite a childhood spent traveling with his parents and three siblings to races across the globe, Luyendyk’s father was hesitant for his eldest son to follow him into the sport. So it wasn’t until age 14 that Luyendyk had the opportunity to slide behind the wheel. “My grandfather put me in a race car for the first time, without my dad knowing,” Luyendyk says. “That’s really when I got the bug and wanted to pursue racing.” From there, his passion for racing convinced his father he was serious about becoming a professional driver. By age 16, Luyendyk was driving Formula 4 cars across the globe. Since he was born in the Netherlands, spoke fluent Dutch, and often traveled overseas, Luyendyk possessed the wherewithal to smoothly transition between international racing and school in Arizona. When he wasn’t competing, he attended Chaparral High School before transferring to Desert Mountain High School midway through his sophomore year.

“Wow, so this is what I got myself into.” “There was no room for partying,” he says, when questioned about any youthful transgressions. “It would have jeopardized my career.” He did, however, test other boundaries, most notably Scottsdale’s speed limits. “My first car was a Dodge Stealth, which was pretty cool. It looked like the Batmobile—it was black, and I drove the hell out of that thing until it broke down,” he says. In a National Enquirer article published earlier this year while he was on The Bachelorette, an unnamed source claimed that “Arie is a traffic menace to the cops in Scottsdale.” The local news picked up the story shortly thereafter and flashed his mug shot on television, much to the 26

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racer’s embarrassment. When questioned about his string of Scottsdale driving offenses and arrests over the years, Luyendyk admits. “I did have a few speeding tickets in Scottsdale. It comes with the territory. I’m a race car driver, remember,” he continues with a chuckle. Yet he’s quick to point out that he’s calmed down a lot in the last few years. “But definitely, when I was 16 to about 25, I had a lot of speeding tickets, he says. “Now, I try to behave myself. Tickets are expensive.” He says his penchant for speed is now reserved for the racetrack and that you won’t find him driving recklessly through Scottsdale in either of his t wo cars: a silver Ford F-150 pickup and a black Mercedes-Benz S500. Over the last eight years, Luyendyk has spent most of his time competing in the Firestone Indy Lights, a developmental automobile racing series sanctioned by IndyCar, which he says is akin to the AAA team’s endorsement of IndyCar. In 2006, he made his Indianapolis 500 debut and has also driven in the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Daytona. It took him longer than he expected to break into IndyCar, which he credits to the difficulty in finding consistent sponsors. “I have a strong Dutch name and heritage, so I don’t have that all-American marketability,” Luyendyk says.

Racing Toward Love on Reality TV

His decision to appear on season eight of The Bachelorette was partly a way for Luyendyk to reevaluate his racing priorities. He hadn’t been aggressively pursuing sponsorships during the

off-season, and he found himself without a ride at the beginning of 2012. “Dan Wheldon passed away at the last race of the year in Las Vegas, and it sort of made me question everything,” says Luyendyk of the semi-funk he was experiencing. So when an old girlfriend, who also happened to be a producer for The Bachelorette, called to ask him about the personality of a fellow driver they were considering casting for the show, Luyendyk chimed in, “What about me? I’m single.” Surprisingly, he wasn’t an instant choice for the reality series. Instead, Luyendyk received a call from the show’s producers a mere week

contends that Maynard couldn’t have picked a better man based on the circumstances.

“I did have a few speeding tickets in Scottsdale. It comes with the territory. I’m a race car driver, remember.” before shooting was scheduled to begin. They asked him to fly to Los Angeles to do a late casting on a Monday, and that Sunday, he was on a plane to Charlotte, North Carolina, to start filming. Luyendyk was cast so late that he didn’t have a chance to think much about his decision or watch past seasons before arriving on location. “I’m a very spontaneous person, and when it feels right, I just go for it,” he says. “I could be back in five days, or I could be back in nine weeks, so I thought, why not?” It was only after finding himself in a Charlotte hotel room after watching snippets of previous seasons that he thought, “Wow, so this is what I got myself into.” When he met single mother Emily Maynard, the woman whose heart he was vying for against a field of 24 other accomplished, handsome suitors on the show, he was floored. “We had a connection at first sight—it was undeniable.” he says. Over the course of six weeks, Luyendyk fell hard for Maynard against a backdrop of whirlwind dates in exotic locales. Acting natural in front of the camera wasn’t difficult for Luyendyk, who’s grown up honing his speaking skills giving interviews and as an analyst for Indy Lights on NBC Sports. “For me, I really didn’t notice the cameras at all, and that was the best part of it because I could really be myself,” he says. Often, it was the more offbeat scenarios that producers put the contestants into that nudged Luyendyk outside his comfort zone, like when he had to wear a kilt or recite Shakespeare. “That was what was so interesting about the show, coming from racing—we do some spectacular things and we’re put in situations that are very difficult,” he says. “But it was odd, because aside from the show, I would never recite Shakespeare, and that made me feel more uncomfortable than barreling into turn

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For a first date: Postino. You can do a bottle of wine and bruschetta, and you are not crazy full. I just love that place.

Approaching the Homestretch

one at Indy.” When asked about the authenticity of the show and his feelings toward Maynard, Luyendyk claims it provided a fairly accurate representation of the dynamics between them, save for a bit of creative editing. “As far as our time, I really feel like they edited it to be very physical,” he says. “They showed us kissing a lot. It did happen, but there was also a lot of great conversation they left out. When I was watching it afterwards, I was like, ‘Geez, I keep kissing her, why can’t they show the conversation?’” His passionate kisses, frequent displays of affection, and affability earned him legions of devoted female fans, many of whom took to the Internet confessing their adoration for Luyendyk. Based on his smoldering chemistry with Maynard, Luyendyk was shocked that she didn’t select him. He wasn’t privy to what happened after his ousting, so on the off-chance she hadn’t chosen the last suitor left standing, Jef Holm (Luyendyk’s fellow competitor and friend), he boarded a red-eye from Phoenix directly to Charlotte to profess his love about a month before the finale. By the time he arrived, he thought better of landing unannounced on Maynard’s doorstep and instead left a journal he’d kept during filming on her front porch. He waited for a phone call from Maynard, which never came. On the show’s finale, Maynard returned the journal unread. But by that time, Luyendyk says he was over it. With some distance, Luyendyk now believes Maynard made the right decision. “I kind of relate it to a summer romance, because you’re not in your daily life and that is where you need to really connect,” he says. “For us, that didn’t match up.” Luyendyk maintains that he’s happy for the newly engaged duo. The racer says he still talks with Holm and

For cocktails: I only drink one thing—Ketel and soda with lime, and it’s really hard to mess it up.

To grab some grub: I like Fox restaurants: Blanco Taco, True Food, etc. The Mission and Kazimierz are also on the list.

While Luyendyk was being seriously considered for the lead role on the upcoming season of The Bachelor, which started filming in midSeptember, he decided to take himself out of the running to concentrate on his racing career. Turns out he’d found what he was looking for on the show, and it wasn’t necessarily love. “The Bachelorette allowed me to refocus on what I wanted. I think everyone on the show is in a place where they’re finding themselves or where they need something different. It’s exactly what I needed to reassess my career. And I fell in love on the way. So it was amazing—it was an amazing journey, I wouldn’t take it back” says Luyendyk, who’s since realized his heart is tied to the racetrack.

“What about me? I’m single.”

For now, Luyendyk’s happy with his role as a broadcast analyst for Indy Lights, and he has his eyes set on competing in The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona with Michael Shank Racing, followed by the 2013 IndyCar Season. With a fan base that has increased exponentially since appearing on The Bachelorette, it’s doubtful that Luyendyk will have problems securing sponsorship. As for his life in Scottsdale, he has no plans of packing up and heading to Hollywood for a career in entertainment. “I love it here and how it’s sleepy during the summer and then in the winter everyone comes back and the city comes alive,” he says. Meanwhile, Luyendyk is still single and hasn’t ruled out falling in love, perhaps a bit closer to home—he just doesn’t want to rush it. What is he looking for in a mate? “I don’t have a type, but I love smart, witty women with humor,” he says.

To put the pedal to the metal: Anywhere where there’re no police. I love driving down to Saguaro Lake. It’s windy and hilly.

Spots to hang: I have an Australian shepherd mix named Bastian that I got from the Humane Society in Mesa, so I like going to the dog park on Chaparral and Hayden. I also enjoy hiking Camelback and Pinnacle Peak. OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2012 North Valley


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• Local Profile

Rattler Strikes 300 Carol La Valley chats with Arizona Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila about his three consecutive 100-touchdown seasons. Photos courtesy of the Arizona Rattlers. “When you play the game, you want to be the

best of the best.” Nick Davila, quarterback for the Arizona Rattlers, threw over 100 touchdowns in 2010. He did it again in 2011 and was named Most Valuable Player of the National Arena Football League. Then, he had elbow surgery, an admittedly worrisome challenge for the “man with the golden arm.” He came back and threw another 100-plus touchdowns in the 2012 season, making him the first quarterback in pro football history to throw three consecutive 100-touchdown seasons. He attributes the amazing number to the coaching staff and the league for “calling the right plays and putting us in the right position to make plays.” Interviewing Davila, I could feel the smile on his face when he talked about his dad and grandfather throwing him a ball as a child. “The first thing I picked up was a baseball, a bat, and a glove, but my dad took me to all

the Raiders games,” he says. Davila caught the pigskin via encouragement from his Uncle Sam, a high school football coach for the local team. When Davila ran onto the football field his freshman year of high school, he left the baseball mound behind because there was just something about those Friday-night lights. “As soon as they turned the lights on at my first night game and I heard all the fans—there is just a rush you get when you come out to play,” he says. And play he did. After college, the Cleveland Browns signed him, but the NFL dream was not to be—at least not yet. “When you play the game, you want to be the best of the best,” Davila says. “I would love to play in the NFL, but if that happens, it happens. I’m just going to do whatever God has planned for me. That’s the way I was raised.” Davila played for the Spokane Shock when they won a division title in 2007. The Rattlers came calling in 2009, and Davila found he had a decision to make. Donning a Rattler jersey meant training in the Arizona heat. “The 110-degree temps make you physically and mentally tougher,” Davila says. “You’ve just got to embrace it. When you go to an indoor game, your stamina is better because when you get tired, the first that goes is timing plays.” Becoming a Rattler also meant moving his wife and high school

Quarterback Nick Davila led his team to an ArenaBowl championship this year.


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sweetheart, Jessica, and their baby, Moses, to the Valley of the Sun. What he terms the “best” career decision also meant a shorter travel time to his father and extended family in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Making the father who pushed him “to the limit” as a child proud is important to the man Davila has become. The two men still talk before and after games, and the tradition of throwing a ball from father to son continues. “I don’t even have to teach Moses. He wants to do it himself,” Davila says. His second child will have come into the world by the time this article hits the presses, and Davila admits to a bit of nervousness. “I caused my mom and dad some gray hairs, so God might repay me,” he says, laughing. Lucky youngsters can find Davila in the off-season coaching youth football camps— that is, when he is not playing softball with some of his Rattler teammates. There’s no doubt Davila plays to win, but to him, football is fun. He is happy riding the wave, playing the game like a kid and thanking the fans. “They are part of this championship—they love us and make the atmosphere at games awesome,” Davila says.

The Arizona Rattlers celebrate their 2012 ArenaBowl XXV title.

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• Arizona Skies with Dr.Sky


ASTRONOMICAL RESEARCH FAVORS DARK SKIES that we live in one of the richest regions of the nation when it comes to dark skies? The western United States still has more observatory and research facilities dedicated to exploration of the wonders of the night sky, and they form central part of Arizona’s economy. With well over $300 million in astronomy-related revenues, Arizona is a very favorable place to grow these ventures. Keeping the night sky dark for this research has always been a problem, considering the vast growth in many urban areas. Let’s not forget that there can be a balance of how we protect both. I suggest a look at the International Dark Sky Association, a group dedicated to smart ways to control and use light in an efficient manner. This organization is doing many useful things to help keep Arizona and the skies of the western United States dark. Check out to learn more.

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Meanwhile, Oct. 4 marks the 55th anniversary of the first manmade satellite in orbit—Sputnik 1, the bellwether of our exploration of the heavens. October will be a great month to continue your own journey through time and space. The moon starts off October at its last quarter on the first of the month and then moves on to the new moon on the 8th. The first quarter moon enters on the 21st, and the spectacular Full Hunter’s Moon steps in on the 29th. There’s a great view of a few planets in October, too. The evening sky is devoid of major planets with the exception of Mercury, which is low in the southwest sky around the 26th. Look high south in the predawn sky for Jupiter and low in the east-southeast for the brilliant planet Venus. A special treat is in store for meteor-shower fans as the Orionid meteor shower peaks on the morning of Oct. 21. Look high in the east from 3 a.m. till dawn, and you might see 50 meteors per hour.

November is another great month for fans of the sky. This year’s only total solar eclipse occurs on the 14th for those in Australia; but for us, the moon starts off the month as nearly full. The last quarter moon appears on the 6th, the new moon on the 13th, and the first quarter on the 18th. Don’t miss the beautiful Full Beaver Moon on the 28th at 7:46 a.m. local time. Another great meteor shower, the Leonids, peaks on the morning of Nov. 17. Look to the east in the sky from 3 a.m. till dawn. One of the most productive showers may be visible enough to offer up a few surprises of its own—don’t miss it! For November, the evening sky is missing major planets until Jupiter appears in the

northeast around 6:30 p.m. at mid-month. Jupiter will be the planet in the evening sky for the next few months. The Juno spacecraft has been zooming to Jupiter since its launch in the summer of 2011; it will arrive in 2016. Locally, don’t miss the Copperstate Fly-In, the largest flyin airshow in the west. It’s held Oct. 25–27 at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport. Find more info at As for my own skies, we will be shooting a documentary about the rich aviation history of Arizona. Find out about more Dr. Sky public programs around the state and the nation, at Above all, always remember to keep your eyes to the skies!

Join Dr. Sky® for the many Dr. Sky programs around Arizona, monthly events at the beautiful Las Posadas Resort in Sedona, and monthly “Dr. Sky Cruise to the Cosmos” on the Dolly Steamboat. Listen to KTAR News Talk 92.3 weekly for the Dr.Sky Show, 3 a.m. Saturday mornings. Find the good stuff on Dr. Sky’s websites at and E-mail Dr. Sky at You can find him on Facebook.

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Arizona’s Flying Pesos State Historian Marshall Trimble tells the story of two of Old Arizona’s train robbers, Joe George and Grant Wheeler. z a n ie s t train robberies took place five miles west of Willcox on Jan. 30, 1895, when two cowboys named Joe George and Grant Wheeler decided to raise their station in life by robbing the Southern Pacif ic Railroad. Since neither had ever heisted a railroad before, there was going to be a degree of “on-thejob training.” The wannabe train robbers purchased a box of dynamite at a local business in Willcox under the pretense of going prospecting. They cached their blasting powder and hobbled their horses some seven miles west of town, then walked a couple of miles back

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to meet the train. West of Willcox was a long grade that slowed the train enough for the two cowpunchers to jump on board with ease. It didn’t take much enticement of the engineer to make him stop the train, especially when he was looking into the muzzle of a Colt .45 revolver. One of the desperadoes jumped down and uncoupled the passenger cars and then signaled the obliging engineer to pull forward with the mail and baggage cars to where the dynamite was stashed. They broke into the express car and found that the Wells Fargo messenger had slipped out the door and hightailed it back to the passenger cars. Inside the express car were two safes, one a small, fragile-looking lockbox and the other a large, sturdy-looking Wells Fargo safe. Lying nearby on the floor were several sacks

full of Mexican silver dollars, also known as “dobe dollars.” At the time, they were about the same value as U.S. dollars. W heeler and George placed a few sticks of dynamite around the two safes, lit the fuses, jumped out the door, and sprawled on the ground, arms covering their heads. The first blast destroyed the door on the small safe, but the prize, the large Wells Fargo safe, remained intact. So they tried again. This time, they added a couple of extra sticks for good measure. Once again, they jumped out of the car and hit the dirt. When the smoke cleared, the big safe reappeared, unblemished. Finally, the frustrated train robbers piled the rest of their blasting sticks around the safe, and for ballast, packed eight bags of Mexican silver dollars on top. They struck a match to the fuse and lit out for the nearest cover. The resounding blast shook the ground from the Dragoons to Dos Cabezas. The entire express car was blown to splinters. Small pieces


of lumber and a thousand silver pesos were flung far and wide. It was something of a miracle that the two outlaws managed to survive the blast. The flying silver missiles that spewed from the exploding express car impregnated everything they hit, including the telegraph poles alongside the track. When the smoke cleared, the two amateurs entered the car and found the durable safe door blown off but only a few dollars tucked inside. The real treasure in the car was the Mexican silver, and it was now scattered all over the countryside. The discouraged pair stuffed a few battered coins in their pockets and rode off into the night. When the train backed into town and gave the alarm, rather than form a posse to go after the outlaws, most of the citizens rushed out to the scene of the crime to search for silver. It was said that for several years afterward, folks were still raking the ground and finding silver dollars. That parcel of land was probably the best manicured piece of desert land this side of Paradise Valley. OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2012 North Valley


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The Sound of Art Julie Carlson takes a tour of the Musical Instrument Museum yet been to the Musical Instrument Museum (M I M), located in Nor t h Phoenix, we want to ask you one thing: What are you waiting for? Once you walk into the gorgeous building designed by architect Rich Varda, you feel as if you were transported to the hallowed museums of New York City and Chicago. Yet the MIM still retains a Southwestern flair. From the Indian sandstone façade to the brightly lit spacious lobby and corridors all the way to the exotic exhibits, the Musical Instrument Museum is fluidity in motion. As the MIM’s tagline says, it is “the most extraordinary muIf you haven’t

seum you’ll ever hear.” The 200,000-square-foot building boasts 80,000 square feet of exhibition space filled with over 15,000 ancient and modern musical instruments and costumes. But the museum is never finished. “The exhibit galleries are designed to be regularly updated and ever-changing,” says Holly Hansen, community outreach coordinator for the MIM. When you visit most museums and art galleries, you wander around viewing the various items on display, and that’s about it. Not so for the MIM. The friendly guest-services staff provides each visitor with a personal Sennheiser guidePORT compact receiver with headphones. When you walk around the MIM, you not only learn about the musical instru-

The inner workings of a Steinway piano are on display.


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Musical Instrument Museum

ments and the country where they are from but you also hear how the instruments sound and see videos of performers playing music. “The experience is like none other in the world,” Hansen says. Founded by Bob Ulrich, a former CEO of Target Corporation, the MIM showcases global galleries that focus on five major regions: Africa and the Middle East, Asia and Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean, the United States and Canada, and Europe. The museum is extraordinary. You’ll encounter on your world tour such exotic sound sourcers as decorative plucked lutes, harps, ivor y-beaded whistles, colorful bronze bells, the inside of a Steinway piano separated into sections, march-

ing band instruments, Fender guitars, bagpipes, organs, and accordions. And those are just the first few notes on the grand scale of what’s presented inside! The bulk of the priceless collection was acquired through generous donations by musicians and artists. Some were created for the MIM, while others were obtained through collections approximately two and a half years before the MIM’s public opening in 2010. “Curators and a team of over 100 consulting ethnomusicologists, musicologists, and anthropologists traveled to remote areas of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, attended auctions in Europe, visited remote islands in Oceania, and for all intents and purposes scavenged the far

The Asia and Oceania gallery is one of five global galleries.

14, and Red Priest will play their theat r ic a l ba ro que music with a rock edge for kids and adults on Halloween. Grammy- and Tony-award-winning saxophonist A. Tischner piano, circa 1826. Bradford Marsalis w il l perform on Nov. 13, the sensational ukulele corners of the globe to find inplayer Jake Shimabukaro will struments suitable for display at be featured on Nov. 15, and folk MIM,” Hansen says. legend Judy Collins sings on The museum has three other Nov. 16. intriguing galleries. The Artist “ Musicians’ jaws have Gallery showcases instruments dropped who have visited the played by such music icons as museum,” Pickett says. “DaJohn Lennon, George Benson, vid Harrington of the Kronos Eric Clapton, and the Black Eyed Quartet called the museum a Peas. It soon will feature a guinew national treasure. He said tar cover owned by Elvis Presley. it was like walking into the soul The Mechanical Music Gallery of mankind. Mickey Hart, the features a wide variety of instrugreat drummer of the Grateful ments that “play themselves,” Dead, compared the museum to including a 25-foot-long, 2-ton the libraries of Alexandria.” Apollonia Dance Organ that is The MIM also has educational MIDI controlled and plays daily programs for school groups, sigat 2 p.m. The Experience Galley nature workshops for students, comprises instruments that visiand an artist-residency program. tors can touch and play, and the Overlooking the outdoor Target Galley features revolving courtyard is the Museum Café exhibits. The next special exhibit Bon Appétit, which is open daiis Portraits from the Golden Age ly from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here, of Jazz: Photographs by William visitors can enjoy freshly made Gottlieb, which runs from Nov. soups, pizzas, hamburgers, and 21, 2012 to April 6, 2013. desserts or relax with a grabThe museum’s theater is and-go sandwich and a gourmet guided by artistic director Lowcoffee at Café Allegro. ell Pickett. The comfortable The Musical Instrument Mu300-seat venue offers guests the seum is located at 4275 E. Mayo opportunity to listen to traditionBlvd, Phoenix, and is open Mon., al, contemporary, instrumental, Tues., Wed., and Sat. from 9 a.m. and vocal artists from all over the to 5 p.m.; Thurs. and Fri. from 9 world. “The MIM’s mission is to a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sun. from 10 bring to life the world’s musical a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit for instruments,” Hansen says. “We more information. feel there is no better way to do this than through dynamic live performances in the MIM Music Theater.” Upcoming concerts include Bettye LaVette, one of American’s greatest soul singers, on Oct. 7. Acoustic Africa will feature three up-and-coming vocal impresarios on Oct. The Asia gallery.


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2 Carrie Underwood: OCTOBER 21 at Arena When country superstar Carrie Underwood announced her Blown Away Tour, Valley residents were relieved to hear that a stop at Glendale’s Arena was on the itinerary. Underwood, who’s donating $1 from each ticket sold on the North American leg of her Blown Away Tour to help support Red Cross disaster efforts, has wowed many audiences.. Her previous headline tours, 2008’s Carnival Ride Tour and 2010’s Play On Tour, had a total of 2.2 million fans in attendance. During both those years, she was the top-ranked female country-touring artist. Since then, she’s collected 14 number-one singles, six of which she co-wrote. At the same time, she’s the first country artist in history and the only American Idol winner to have 10 numberone singles from the first two albums. Don’t miss this country princess as she sings her latest hits, “Good Girl,” “Blown Away,” and others.

2 Calexico: OCTOBER 27 and 28 at the Crescent Ballroom The alternative Americana country band from Tucson returns to the Valley stage to perform music from their latest record, Algiers. Calexico duo Joey Burns and John Convertino’s seminal 2005 album, In the Reins, recorded with Iron and Wine, reached the Billboard 200 album charts. Since then, Calexico’s brand of Latininfused Tejano music has been alternatively described as “desert noir” and indie rock. Named for the border town of Calexico, California, the duo’s gone on to record wellreceived albums, from 2006’s Garden Ruin to their sixth studio LP, Carried to Dust. Praised for their live shows, Calexico’s influences have ranged from ’50s jazz to gypsy music and all the way to ’60s surf and twang, all of which translate into an unforgettable stage experience.

2 Eddie Vedder: NOVEMBER 4 at Comerica Theatre Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder belts out his iconic brand of rock during his latest solo tour. On the stage to promote his newest release, Ukulele Songs, Vedder’s heartfelt vocals and commanding stage presence cement his place as one of the most notable and influential rock performers in the past two decades. Fresh off Pearl Jam’s latest tour, which covered classic and new tunes, Vedder incorporates a more laid-back style to his solo show. Yet much like his work on Pearl Jam’s nine albums, Vedder’s unique songwriting skills are evident in the songs from his second solo project, which showcases the simplicity of his ukulele combined with his vintage sound.


2 Flight: NOVEMBER 2 Denzel Washington returns to the screen as a quick-thinking pilot who saves hundreds of lives when the commercial airliner he’s flying breaks apart in midair. Crashlanding Captain Sully style, his extraordinary efforts are initially hailed as heroic, but an investigation soon uncovers that Washington’s character had booze in his system before the mishap. So sets the stage for Robert Zemeckis’s first live-action flick since 2000’s Cast Away, which starred Tom Hanks battling his inner demons while stranded on a tropical island. If the trailer is any indication, Flight is bound to be a gripping drama that explores heroism and its many forms while showcasing the emotive talents of veteran actor Washington as he grapples with overnight celebrity and his personal demons. Several strong supporting actors, including Bruce Greenwood, Melissa Leo, John Goodman, and Don Cheadle, round out the cast. 34

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2 Skyfall: NOVEMBER 9 James Bond is back for his 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise ever. The film’s release just happens to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Bond film series, which started in 1962 with Dr. No. Craig resumes his third turn as the debonair spy, and in this latest installment, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her dark secrets are unveiled to cause turmoil in MI6. A James Bond film wouldn’t be anything without the token Bond girls and baddie. In the latter role, Javier Bardem, the actor whose iconic role as Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men still stands as one of the most disturbing roles of recent note, again assumes a villainous turn as he terrorizes Bond from continent to continent. French actress Bérénice Marlohe and Pirates of the Caribbean star Naomie Harris fill in as the requisite Bond eye candy.

2 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2: NOVEMBER 16 The final installment in one of the biggest franchises in movie history is here and will give fans what they’ve awaited for years—the effects of Bella Swan’s transformation into a full-fledged bloodsucker. With the hubbub over Bella actress Kristen Stewart’s dalliance with married director Rupert Sanders dominating the tabloids all summer, moviegoers are expected to come out in droves to see if they can detect any sign of trouble in paradise between Bella and Edward Cullen, played by Stewart’s real-life lover Robert Pattinson. Hardcore readers of the trilogy know the ending all too well. Let’s just say that Bella, Edward, and the entire Cullen clan mount a stand against the powerful Volturi.


2 Gossip Girl: Season 6 premiere on OCTOBER 8 on The CW OMG, Gossip Girl is back, and it promises to be even more scandalous than last season. As the show’s final 10 episodes air, viewers can expect to be treated to more drama and fashion, not to forget the machinations of the privileged few. The new season offers the guilty viewing pleasure of a salacious glimpse into the lives of characters you’re not likely to encounter outside the East Coast. In this alternate reality, TMI is the name of the game. We only hope Nate finally reveals Gossip Girl’s true identity and Serena escapes the drug-fueled life she’s succumbed to.

2 Walking Dead: Season 3 premiere on OCTOBER 14 on AMC The zombies are back in the third season of The Walking Dead, a series based on the comic books of the same name. The show’s cult following waned after a slow second season set predominantly on an old farm and the demise of two main characters in the last few episodes. Yet the series is expected to ramp up the zombie action this fall as the remaining survivors stumble upon an abandoned prison and an assortment of unusual characters, including the Governor and Michonne, two mysterious figures from the comic book version. Gear up for some gross-out visuals and more plots twists about the source of the infection.

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Audriana Gates sits down with Arizona’s Very Own Singing Cowboy. Photo courtesy of Gary Sprague It all started with a horse, a guitar, and a passion for music. After discovering a desire to learn how to play the guitar, Gary Sprague set out on a mission to make music—on horseback, no less. Since moving to Arizona 25 years ago, Sprague’s intentions were to play country music. At the time, the country-music genre was not as mainstream and wildly popular as it is today. Sprague remembers going to the Parada del Sol parade after his first five years in Arizona and seeing that there was no one riding on a horse, playing guitar, and singing all at the same time. Having been inspired as a child by famed cowboy icon Roy Rogers, Sprague knew there was a market and an interest for the type of performance that so many had warned him was impossible to achieve. Sprague always had a vision of doing something different with music when he was growing up near Syracuse, New York. The artist knew he wanted to entertain audiences with three things: his voice, a guitar, and a horse. And how did he accomplish it


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all? With a whole lot of patience, charisma, and a steady hand. Of his journey to become a performer, Sprague recalls the apprehension common to many performing hopefuls. “Eighteen years ago, when I told people I’m going to be a singing cowboy and I’m going to have a horse, everyone from family members to friends to booking agents said it will never work,” he says. When he was warned that no one would allow him to bring a horse into a building, he replied with a terse “I don’t care.” With determination at the reins, Sprague set forth with his dream. Those 18 years have passed, and now, Gary “Arizona’s Singing Cowboy” Sprague and his trusty horse, Dusty, take their show on the road and entertain visitors from preschool age to the elderly. Sprague’s educational program for preschool- to elementary-aged children is “fun and fact filled.” He works closely with the community at large and participates in many events throughout

Arizona. He is currently part of the Wild West Days committee and will be performing at the event on Nov. 4 in Cave Creek. Sprague’s trademarked motto, “Have guitar, will travel,” epitomizes his personality, and he shows no sign of hitching up either horse or guitar. His inspiration for performing, he says, are “the smiling faces,” which may sound like a cliché to some, but Sprague means it. The man is a philanthropist on a saddle. With his guitar and his horse, he travels to schools, nursing homes, and physical rehabilitation centers in Arizona to simply bring joy to those around him. There is an undying fascination with the cowboy persona—it is an image ingrained in people’s minds. No matter where Sprague goes, he never tires of hearing children squeal, “Look, a cowboy!” To have Arizona’s Singing Cowboy and Dusty the Horse visit your event and to learn about them both, gallop over to their website at

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Class Act Two-sport athlete ASU linebacker Brandon Magee talks to Michael Torres about his future in MLB and about beating the odds after a potentially careerending injury. Photos courtesy of Sun Devil Athletics On Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, the Arizona State football team lost one of their best defensive players for the season in linebacker Brandon Magee. Magee was dropping back in pass coverage during a scrimmage when he tore his Achilles’ heel. A two-sport athlete, Magee had recently been selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 21st round of the MLB draft at the time. After the injury, Oakland pulled the offer, and Magee was left to sit out the entire football season.

Fast-forward f rom what Magee now refers to as “a simply bad day” to right before the 2012 football season. Magee, now a redshirt senior, is back on the field for the Sun Devils and is striving for a successful final

season. An Achilles heel injury requires a lot from a person to get through it, but Magee is no ordinary athlete. Magee was still recovering from the injury as the season was about to begin, and he acknowledged this immediately with a smile on his face after a grueling practice. Magee is such a lively individual that even after a tiresome workout and another to endure later that day, he was still in high spirits. In fact, he did recover from his devastating injury, which robbed him of a football season and a chance to play with the Athletics in a mere two days. Magee’s roommate during training camp, junior linebacker Steffon Martin, attests to his friend’s optimism and lightheartedness. “I know he has my back, but he really has a funny side to him, not like a lot of people I know,” Martin says. “He listens to slow jams in the afternoon, at night, and after that, he talks on the phone with all these different girls. “I’m like, ‘Get in the playbook, Steffon.’” One may ask just how Magee can stay so upbeat while battling back from injury and keeping up with two sports. The answer is determination and his will to help others. Magee wishes to provide for his family and that of his childhood friend Dominic Redd, who passed away while the two were in high school. “Going out and trying to make a living so I can support my mom years down the road and my friend’s mom—that’s

the main reason,” Magee says. Magee’s mother is not only a big reason for why he came back from his injury but also his continued success. “She’ll send me a text telling me to get better today or to have a great day,” Magee says. “She does more little things than anybody else I know. She just motivates me day in and day out.” Now that Magee is back on the field with his teammates, he has become a vocal leader for the team. Even when tired, he makes an effort to lead and advise the Sun Devils’ younger linebackers, sharing his experiences and memories to help his teammates improve daily. He proudly stresses that he stays clear of anything that could hinder his ability to play or succeed and states that he has never had alcohol or cigarettes. He has never taken drugs or muscle supplements, either, and has only drunk soda once, when he was three years old and had a “horrible” experience with the bubbles. “In my position and playing two sports, there’s no way

you could do all that,”Magee says, referring to everything except the soda.“There’s no reason to.People respect you way more when you don’t smoke or drink.” Teammates like Martin do respect the way Magee carries himself and the effort he exerts each day. “He’s a true professional, especially with the not-drinking part,” Martin says. “The first day of camp, we had to wake up at 5:30 in the morning and it was horrible, but he was getting ready to be a professional.” And a professional Magee will be. In July, he was given another chance at pro baseball when the Boston Red Sox selected him in the 23rd round of the MLB Draft. The Red Sox are allowing Magee to play through the football season, and although the opportunity is a thrilling one for Magee, he remains set on playing linebacker at ASU one last year. “I’m excited about the opportunity, but it’s just focus about football right now,” Magee says. OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2012 North Valley


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Bon Appetit Central Bistro is the latest restaurant to help revitalize the center located on the northwest corner of 32nd Street and Camelback Road. The former Zen32 spot in the upscale Biltmore neighborhood has been totally reimagined by German Osio and Chef Andrea Volpi into a clean, contemporary space of brick, marble, mirrors, crescent booths, and reclaimed wood. The new eatery features an exhibition kitchen behind a wall of glass, with a wood-fired grill and traditional Italian pizza oven. Osio and Volpi, duo behind Local Bistro in North Scottsdale, created a menu based on the flavors of Italy and France. Entrees such as Central Bolognese, with house-made chocolate pappardelle, veal, pork, and beef in a light tomato ragout, and Central Bouillabaisse, with market seafood in a whitewine saffron jus and woodgrilled toast, embrace the

bold yet elegant flavors of European cooking and showcase the delicate nuances of the fresh ingredients. The carefully culled 250-label wine list rounds out the experience. Central Bistro is scheduled for a mid-October opening.

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Desert Surfing The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale debuts its new Kierland FlowRider in early October. Combining the look of surfing, the ride of snowboarding, and the tricks of skateboarding, flowboarding is an exciting way for people to get all the thrills of boarding without a trip to the coast or the mountains. Western Kierland

reports that the FlowRider’s waveform is technically designed to absorb the energy of impacts and requires no skill to ride the first time. The FlowRider is the latest attraction to the Westin Kierland’s Adventure Pool area; it joins the 110-foot waterslide and lazy ride at the south end of the resort’s property.

Iconic Restaurant Space Revitalized Restaurant owner Scott Harris has big plans for Davanti Enoteca. His latest restaurant is located in the longtime location of a former Valley staple, the now-defunct Quilted Bear. Harris gutted the space to make way for his vision of a rustic village with an Italian look and feel, complete with exposed brick walls, repurposed farm wood, chicken feeders, harvest baskets, and light fixtures made from old kitchen utensils. Chef Peter DeRuvo’s menu draws from classic Italian flavors and ingredients and features dishes like Niman Ranch flatiron steak with oyster mushrooms, seared octopus with warm potato salad and almonds, and pork with heirloom bean ragout. The carefully curated wine list is based on selections by Davanti’s managers, who’ve both lived and worked in vineyards in Italy. “Davanti is a lively neighborhood gathering place,” says Harris, who brought Mia Francesca restaurant on Market Street at DC Ranch to the Valley earlier this year.

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The Dearings chime in on some of their favorite (and not so favorite) things in the Valley Hissyfits Kids Consignment Boutique 7036 N. 7th St., Phoenix (602) 674-1250 and 4246 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale (480) 941-1250

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Leeann: I am absolutely in love with this place. I knew about their first location on 7th Street in downtown Phoenix, and they recently opened a second location in Old Town Scottsdale. They are fabulous. The store sells new (and like new) baby clothes for a fraction of the price. But it doesn’t stop there. Looking for a new Bugaboo stroller? A My Breast Friend pillow? Baby books? Done! They’ve got it all.

Matthew: This place is a wonderful find. Owner Etgar Wagner opened the restaurant in 2007. He’s created a spectacular menu. My only problem was deciding what to order. Everything sounded incredible. I wound up with the beef shish kabob, which did not disappoint. It’s also a great value—two entrees run about $15. We were both really happy with our experience and will definitely go back again. Five stars from me.

Leeann: Oh my gosh. Where has this place been all my life? Named one of Phoenix’s Top 85 restaurants and a Best of Phoenix award winner (no surprise), they offer a wide array of delicious authentic recipes. I tried the shawarma chicken baguette, which was delicious: hot and flavorful with just the right amount of spice. These guys are the real deal.

Matthew: When my wife told me we were going to clothdiaper, I thought she’d lost her mind. “Isn’t that for hippies?” I asked smugly. Turns out she was on to something. Not only does it save a ton of money but apparently we also win tons of karma points for saving the planet. And most importantly, the baby loves them. They also have classes for new moms that I know my wife really enjoyed. And, our son looks so darn cute in them that often I just skip the shorts, which saves me a step. Zoolikins gets two thumbs up from dad.

Leeann: This boutique for babies has become my new-mommy mother ship. Zoolikins is mother owned and operated, which makes all the difference in their customer care. Unlike some of the larger baby chain stores (where good help can be hard to find), Zoolikins provides incredible support and knowledge. My husband and I also started clothdiapering this year and couldn’t have done it without these guys. They are the best, hands down. Their staff can help you create the right mix of cloth diapers for your budget and lifestyle.

Matthew: This is no iPic. The concept is cool, and we definitely had fun, but I prefer having blankets and the more private feel you get at the iPic. The customer service at the front desk was par at best. I recommend going to see for yourself, but for the money, I’d rather just go to Harkin’s and sneak in some Wendy’s. Three and a half on the star meter.

Leeann: My husband and I purchased a Groupon for Studio Movie Grill in Scottsdale. It’s a comparable experience to the iPic Theatre— maybe not quite as luxurious, but close. The experience of ordering food and drinks during a movie is novel and fun, although I have to say my pizza tasted like something Stouffer’s whipped up. Not the best.

Matthew: I make my protein shakes and smoothies in this machine. No lost ingredients, and it’s easy to clean. If you can afford the $500 and you like smoothies, go for it. It really is a superior product. You can find the Vitamix in Costco (it rotates through various locations) and you’ll save about $100 off your purchase that way.

Leeann: This was an investment that we made based on a family recommendation, and it has paid off in spades. This bad boy doesn’t stop with smoothies—dips, soups, and desserts are just a few of the other possibilities. The best part? We eat healthier ever since we bought it, and my husband can make himself a meal in seconds. I also can’t wait to start making baby food in here. Love it, love it.

wife is going to shop for our baby. All the time. I can’t stop it from happening. At Hissyfits, I know at least we’re getting the most bang for our buck. Another cool feature is that you can “shop” the Hissyfits Facebook page for their newest things in the store so you won’t miss the items you really want. And Hissyfits also buys back new and gently used baby clothes on consignment. It’s a great concept for new parents.

Matthew and Leeann Dearing own and operate the local Dearing Acting Studio off Shea Boulevard and 32nd Street ( Leeann is one of Dr. Bob Parson’s official Go Daddy Girls. For more of their thoughts and suggestions, follow them on Twitter @LeeannDearing and @DirectorDearing. 40

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Peaceful Enclave Carol La Valley uncovers the quiet beauty waiting to be discovered behind the bamboo fence of the Japanese Friendship Garden. Photos by Carol La Valley A heart of jade beats softly

in the breast of a legendary, immortal bird. It is Ro Ho En, the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, designed in a stylized shape of the Kanji, the Japanese character for heart. Ro is the Japanese word for “phoenix,” Ho means “phoenix bird,” and En is a garden. The curators, docents, people of Phoenix and their sister city, Himeji, Japan, would like to welcome you past the bamboo fence to discover the Garden. “This is a seek-and-reveal garden,” says Susan McCall, the Garden’s executive director. “You are not supposed to see everything at first.” Mountains, the seashore, grasslands, and waterfalls are all regions represented in the Garden. A challenge for any landscape architect is to balance scope and scale as the shrubs, trees, bamboo, and ground cover grow. In the case of designing a traditional Japanese garden in a city suffused with dry heat, the Himeji Gardening and Construction Contractors Association had their hands full. “We look at texture, then through trial-and-error adapt for what will grow,” McCall says. The distinction between a garden and a park is important. Americans are used to exploring off the path, while a Japanese

garden with its mondo grass, blue carpet, and white rain-lily ground cover accentuated by Japanese black pine and Heritage Live Oak trees, to name but a few, is meant to be enjoyed by strolling along the path or sitting on a bench. Two sachi—fish with tiger faces—are the sentinels of this peaceful enclave. They were cast by the famous artist Kobayashi Himeji and donated to the Garden by the city of Himeji. One greets visitors at the entrance, the other waits near the waterfall. The vibrant orange tails dispersing the water where the zigzag bridge crosses the heart of the Garden belong to some 300 koi. McCall say the koi seem to know if a child has a handful of fish food. “It is interesting to watch children in the Garden. It draws all ages from little ones to teens,” she says. The koi are 10-year-old school volunteer Mia’s favorite part of the Garden. “When they feed, they jump over each other and they fight over the food—it’s kind of funny,” she says. Her next favorite is donning a casual kimono as part of the April event, Strolling in Yukata. Docents sometimes share a bit of Japanese folklore about the zigzag bridge. If you are unlucky enough to be followed by a troll, he can’t manage the bridge, and thus you have escaped harm. It is a fear the three or four families of ducks ruffling their feathers in the shade of sculpted pines ignore. A lovely complement to this serendipitous environment is the tea ceremony. It is ichigo ichiye (one time, one meeting) and cannot exist without host and guest—the preparation of

the host, the appreciation of the guest, the harmony of the environment. It is said to calm the mind for the task ahead. Keiko Nakada Sokei, instructor at the Urasenke School of Chado, hosts tea ceremonies at the Garden. “Again, the joy factor for me is that this uniquely Japanese discipline of Chado [the Way of Tea] transcends any cultural divides,” Sokei says. “It is truly what my teacher always tells us, it is the art of living. Besides Chado being an all-encompassing cultural representation of the best of Japanese practical and fine arts [e.g. calligraphy in the hanging scroll of the tokonoma, ceramics, landscape architecture, traditional architecture, fabric, woodwork, ironworks, lacquerware, flower arranging, kaiseki cuisine], it is a way to understand the mindset and etiquette that still prevails in

Japan—a tradition of wa, kei, sei, jaku, which translates to ‘harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility’—something we all strive for in our daily conduct as students and practitioners of Tea.” The Garden, a Phoenix Point of Pride destination, reopens Oct. 1, and the annual MoonViewing Ceremony takes place later in October. In addition to regular hours, the Garden hosts tea ceremonies on the second Saturday of each month and a garden lecture series on the third Sunday, and is open during First Friday art events. The Garden is also available for school tours and private events. Unpaid docents are a huge part of the Garden, as they serve in the office, in the gift shop, and as guides. Learn more at or on the Garden’s Facebook page. OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2012 North Valley


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By Sondra Barr Entrepreneurs come in every stripe and shade, but what they have in common is fierce determination and the fortitude to withstand criticism, hardship, and yes—failure. North Valley Magazine caught up with five local Valley entrepreneurs who took time out of their hectic schedules to share their unique business journeys. Learn the impetus behind their ideas and what motivates them to continue growing and nurturing their companies. 44

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V’s Barbershop Where did you get the idea for your business?

V’s was born out of fond memories of going to the barbershop with my dad. When my son was very young, I could not find a place that replicated those memories. The quick-cut places and beauty salons were not places that created memorable experiences. So I developed V’s as a place where experiences, either for yourself or with your son, could be made. This was quite the challenge, because I am not a barber and knew nothing of the barbershop business.

What motivates you to make your business a success?

I have two main motivators. The first is that I now know that barbershops can be fun and vibrant places. My motivation is to continue to improve V’s so that a trip to our shops can be enjoyable and memorable. The second is the fear of failure. A core motivation of any entrepreneur is working hard so that the business succeeds. This fear has been a constant companion since I started V’s in 1999.

“The lure of cheap rent and promises of people to come are not good foundations for success.” When it comes to business, what’s your philosophy? Put the patron at the front of everything you do. Treat your employees and partners fairly and with warmth and dignity. Life is short, so enjoy what you do.

What sets your business apart from your direct competitors? V’s was the first of its kind in the U.S., so we blazed a trail. This alone set us apart, and we work diligently to maintain the separation. The focus on patron satisfaction, cleanliness, and making sure that it is more than just a haircut— it’s a pleasant and memorable experience. The other thing that sets us apart is that we support charitable causes in a major way. Not a week goes by where we do not get many requests for donations. We always say yes, and the community has supported us in return.

Why did you decide to start your business in Arizona?

I am a native of Arizona, and I have never wanted to leave. We live in a diverse and beautiful state, and many throughout the world long to live here.

Describe your biggest failure. What did you learn from it? Fortunately, there have not been many. We have had one V’s that closed, and it was located in downtown Phoenix. The downtown area was not ready for V’s, and like many before us, we thought that we would be the one that changed the game. We were wrong, and I learned that location and demographics are vital to success. The lure of cheap rent and promises of people to come are not good foundations for success.

Has the economy affected how you do business? If so, how?

Everybody’s hair keeps growing, so the economy has affected less than many. However, the patron who used to visit V’s for a haircut and shave is now more likely to get just the haircut. We have thousands of people visiting the shops weekly, but they are spending a little less.

What’s been the most challenging aspect of your business?

Getting potential employees to realize that in America, it’s necessary to pay taxes on their wages. So many in the barbering business are paid under the table and are cheating the government. This harms all, and the ones that play by the rules end up subsidizing those who do not. I don’t like taxes any more than anybody else, but I am proud to be an American and feel strongly that everybody should pay their fair share to support our police, fire, and armed forces. We would be a better country if the loopholes, legal and illegal, were closed.

Who: Jim Valenzuela Title: Founder & CEO Age: 51

How has social media changed your industry and the way you conduct business?

Social media has changed our business, and we are active in using it. The best advertising for barbershops is word of mouth, and social media is a form of this.

What would you consider the three keys to your business success?

Put the patron first. 2. Quality and the experience make for success. 3. Treat kids the same as you would the star athlete. Moms appreciate this, and keeping Mom happy is important in this business.

What advice would you offer to people starting a new business?

Have passion. Without it, the patron notices, and soon they will spending their money with someone whose passion shines through.

What’s your favorite Arizona restaurant? Corbin’s restaurant in North Central Phoenix. Great food, and I can talk Notre Dame with the owner, Kevin Corbin (my son attends Notre Dame).

Where do you go locally to relax? To the gym. I exercise daily by rowing on a stationary rower. It relaxes me and sets my mind right. A good glass of wine at home helps, too!

What’s your secret talent? I grew up a rodeo cowboy, and I still rope.

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Who: Andrew Varela Title: Fearless Leader, Co-owner/Manager Age: 27

Where did you get the idea for your business?

To start, my partner, Mary Swanson, and I have had a love for spin [indoor cycle] for eight years now. Yoga, which was Mary’s go-to—she’s a guru—had also crept into my life as an equally loved exercise. And I have always dreamed of opening my own restaurants. So we figured, let’s put them all together. Nothing better than rocking out your heart to loud music on a bike, stretching it out with friends in yoga, then replenishing in a healthy but tasty café. But really, it began with a 1917 building in which we both walked in and saw what had to be done.

What motivates you to make your business a success?

What keeps me up late at night? The drive to make a positive impact in the community I love so much—Arcadia. Making the most kick-butt place for my future customers. And providing opportunity for my team who are just as big of a part of this project as I am—Jaqlyn, Harmony, Lorrie, Alex, and Joe.

What’s your business philosophy?

“Doing good is good for business”– Richard Branson. I believe that when you have a venture that is value based, only good things can come from it. Oh, and dream big!

What sets your business apart from your direct competitors?

First off, I want to set straight that we do not believe in competitors. I believe that there is enough business for all. Not to mention I have the utmost respect for all entrepreneurs. But we certainly have some differences, some of which include a business that completely runs off

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a balance of fun and efficiency. We know you may not always be in the best mood walking in, but you best bet we will give you a great chance to let loose and smile while you are at The Madison Improvement Club. This paired with the most efficient and quick service makes us one of a kind.

Why did you decide to start your business in Arizona?

I love Arcadia, and this is my home. I care so much about taking experiences and ideas and bringing them to life. I can’t wait to share them with you.

Describe your biggest failure. What did you learn from it? My biggest opportunities were during the past few years in which I created multiple small-business plans that were not taken seriously and clearly had the wrong timing. I believe it has given me two things: humility and the ability to work harder. I’ve now implemented constructive feedback into our culture at the MIC. We believe that we can always improve with the ability to accept feedback, good or bad. We lose our ego and take suggestions openly.

Has the economy affected how you do business? If so, how?

It has surely made us conscious of people’s hardships. We have chosen to be extremely fair with our prices and will continue to give back to our community and stay involved with nonprofits in any way we can.

What’s been the most challenging aspect of your business? Designing, building, and growing a

business in only a year and a half. Staying on task with the architects, contractors, and the city of Phoenix is a job in itself. The building has its own life, the business has another. It has most definitely been a hectic but “OM-azing” time.

How has social media changed your industry and the way you conduct business?

It has given us the ability to show our culture before opening our doors. Our completely wacky personality has been quite the hit on Facebook and has given us the opportunity to have people let loose with us before we open.

What would you consider the three keys to your business success?

To hold true to our morals and vision, stay current with trends, and be different.

What advice would you offer to people starting a new business?

I wouldn’t. I don’t want competitors, remember? Just kidding. I would let them know that it’s a marathon, not a sprint. I believe that it helps to know that it is a long journey with many bumps in the road. Enjoy every bit of it. There is a reason they say it requires sweat, blood, and tears. I also would encourage people to take more risks. If it feels right, trust your instinct. Based off of previous experiences, the longer you wait, the faster someone is developing a like idea— maybe even in the building you want to lease, too. Once again, if it feels right, it probably is.

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What’s your favorite Arizona restaurant? Hmmmm, a tie between The Mission and Postino.

Where do you go locally to relax? I ride my beach cruiser to all the local spots— Postino, North, Chelsea’s Kitchen, and Little Woody.

What’s your secret talent? When I type things, I have very good handwriting.


Who: Mary Swanson Title: Vision Master, Co-owner and ultimate seeker of fun, fitness, and food Age: Irrelevant

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“Do what you are passionate about, engage on a personal level, and hire people that can replace you. It’s all about the people who carry it every day.”

Where did you get the idea for your business? Years of passion for engaging ideas, improving health, and intriguing business startup. Passion makes perfect. Create as a consumer of your own business—frustration is the mother of invention. My partner, my son, Andrew, was a leader—waiting for a path, he took it and has done amazing—we say “a chip off the old block.” That is me. What could be better? Yoga and spin every day, with a smoothie named Date with a Celebrity. Done.

What motivates you to make your business a success?

Failure means you are not listening. Not an option. Change it up—don’t get stuck.

What’s your business philosophy?

Do good, be good, and live your passion. Can I squeeze in gratitude? Many, many thanks.

What sets your business apart from your direct competitors?

When you set the standard, there are no competitors. I guess listening to the market, an incredible team, and being ahead of the curve. We are all a community creating options for our neighborhood. We love to work with others in our industry, and we welcome networking and conscious

friendliness. Giving back and paying it forward.

Why did you decide to start your business in Arizona?

It’s where I live—it’s where I feel the pulse. I care about making a difference in our community and creating jobs for as many as possible. Reinvest in our people and our friends. Arcadia is so fun and supportive. Did I mention an amazing historic building I fell in love with?

Describe your biggest failure. What did you learn from it? Mmmm, failure means you didn’t fix it— challenge? Oh, being ahead of the curve and impatience for indifference.

Has the economy affected how you do business? If so, how?

Of course, to the positive. Discretionary spending needs to have high value that is lasting. What is better than feeling good? If you don’t have health, you got—well, nothing. Get it on!

What’s been the most challenging aspect of your business?

Waiting for the most beautiful and coolest building in Phoenix to be finished.

How has social media changed your industry and the way you conduct your business?

Oh my, we connect with every potential person on a very personal level with social media that is fun. We expose ourselves, very transparent, and laugh a lot through social media. Again, my team and partner/legacy, Andrew, wrote the book on this. They are connected.

What’s your favorite restaurant? Mailee’s on Main—Thai, delicious. Backup—the Barrio Queen.

Where do you go locally to relax? The Sanctuary and my front patio with my family and pup, Lucy.

What’s your secret talent? Finding talent and beauty in everyone and helping them nurture it. Ahh, the wisdom of growing up— passing it on.

What would you consider the three keys to your business success?

Trust your gut, trust your team, and trust your vision. Start with the end in mind.

What advice would you offer to people starting a new business?

Do what you are passionate about, engage on a personal level, and hire people that can replace you. It’s all about the people who carry it every day. My team rocks! I empower them to make others happy.

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Who: Kristin Provvidenti Title: Owner Age: 46

Stella Bella Where did you get the idea for your business?

Four years after losing my mother, Stella, to liver cancer, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I went through eight months of grueling chemotherapy and four months of radiation treatments that really took a toll on my skin. As I sat for hours during my treatments, I would talk to other women with cancer struggling with the effects their treatments were having on their skin as well. “Nothing seems to help,” they would say, and for once, I felt like I could really relate because they were right. Everything, no matter how gentle it claimed to be, burned, itched, or created rashes. With a background in cosmetic ingredients, I decided to take matters into my own hands by creating products that truly were not only gentle to compromised skin but effective as well. I named my company Stella Bella, which means “beautiful star” in Italian, because my mother was my biggest fan and greatest inspiration.

What motivates you to make your business a success?

The memory of my mother, the lasting impression I leave on my son about the importance of what success really means, and the never-ending desire to make a difference in the lives of the women I meet daily!

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What’s your business philosophy? Keep it simple—women want that.

What sets your business apart from your direct competitors?

Customer service! Clients are the heartbeat of our business.

Why did you decide to start your business in Arizona?

I grew up in Arizona and love the people and culture. There is more awareness of living a healthy lifestyle here, which coincides well with Stella Bella’s concept of pure and natural beauty in an easy-tounderstand and simplified regimen.

Describe your biggest failure. What did you learn from it?

My biggest failure was living a large portion of my life without an attitude of gratitude. Then in four short years, I lost both parents, my home, my health, and my business. Cancer can be quite a reality check. Now I wake up every day grateful for another day I get to spend in the life of my son, and I know that tomorrow isn’t guaranteed to any of us.

Has the economy affected how you do business? If so, how?

Things are tight everywhere and for everyone, so you have to get creative when trying to drive prices down. We purchase packaging separately and do all our labeling in-house as opposed to hiring outside companies. This allows What’s your favorite Arizona us to pass those savings onto our clients, restaurant? keeping us competitive against big-name brands without compromising quality. All-you-can-eat crab legs on Wednesday and

Thursday nights at Casino Arizona.

Where do you go locally to relax? Straight to the barn to ride with my son, Marco, and spend time with our two horses. Horses can sense when you are stressed and will act stressed too, so if you’ve had a bad day or just experienced road rage by someone, you have to put that aside. It trains you to control your stress, which is actually very therapeutic.

What’s your secret talent? I love to write and am in the process of compiling a book about my journey through cancer.

What’s been the most challenging aspect of your business? Our rapid growth!

How has social media changed your industry and the way you conduct business? Facebook and Twitter have allowed us to continuously touch our clients and keep them abreast of new happenings within Stella Bella. It’s helped to strengthen our relationships with our clients as well.

What would you consider the three keys to your business success?

Customer service, customer service, and customer service.

What advice would you offer to people starting a new business?

Do what you love, persevere, and never get to a point where you think there’s nothing left for you to learn. There always is.

SanTan Brewing Company Where did you get the idea for your business?

I have been a professional brewer for 16 years, starting at Four Peaks Brewing in 1996. So, when I decided five years ago to start my own business, it was with a great deal of experience and my entrepreneurial vision that I was able to create SanTan Brewing Company.

What motivates you to make your business a success?

My passion for craft beer and craft food has been the biggest motivator. Creating an experience that others will remember is primary in my daily work. I love to see our customers happy when they’re enjoying a cold pint or can of beer that I’ve handcrafted just for them.

What’s your business philosophy?

Pay attention to the details and treat others with respect.

What sets your business apart from your direct competitors? We love to have fun at SanTan Brewing, and we’re constantly looking for ways to engage the local community, partner with locally owned businesses, and produce special events. Some of the ways we do this is through beer dinners, festivals, brews cruises, pairing events, in-house promotions, and collaborating on specialty brews.

Why did you decide to start your business in Arizona?

I love the state of Arizona and feel strongly about supporting the local economy, education, and, of course, my friends and family, who all live here too.

Describe your biggest failure. What did you learn from it?

I stayed at a job that didn’t appreciate my work ethic for far too long. I was underpaid and overworked, and it taught me a lot about knowing when it’s time to move on. That experience also helped mold the way I view my own staff now, and

I make sure to treat them with the respect they deserve.

Has the economy affected how you do business? If so, how?

We watch every penny. Waste is a four-letter word at SanTan Brewing. I also realize that to build and grow a successful business, it is essential to constantly reinvest your capital.

What’s been the most challenging aspect of your business?

The biggest challenge has been not getting distracted by the business practices of those that would tear us down and staying focused on our own mission and goals. We strive to create quality local products that we can truly be proud of.

How has social media changed your industry and the way you conduct business? Social media has drastically increased the interest and awareness of craft beer. The public is hungry for information—they want to understand where the things they consume come from.

Fans want to share personal experiences and creating conversations with other craft drinkers. Social media has made it possible for all of us to engage in discussions and share our love of craft beer.

What would you consider the three keys to your business success?

First and foremost, hard work. Also, it’s important to listen to the opinions of others and allow them to share openly. Finally, I try to surround myself with people who care about things that I do not and who are extremely passionate about success and our common goals.

What advice would you offer to people starting a new business?

Make sure that you absolutely love whatever it is that you decide to pursue. Starting a business is a 24/7 job—you’ll pour your heart and soul into it, so be prepared to commit to long hours and a lot of hard work.

Who: Anthony Canecchia Title: Owner/Brewer Age: 38

“The biggest challenge has been not getting distracted by the business practices of those that would tear us down and staying focused on our own mission and goals.” What’s your favorite Arizona restaurant? Cork

Where do you go locally to relax? Chandler Public Library

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Interview with J.P. Dahdah of Vantage Retirement Plans Chances are your finances have taken a beating over the past few years. North Valley Magazine sits down with J.P. Dahdah, CEO of Vantage Retirement Plans, to learn more about diversifying retirement assets. NVM: Vantage Self-Directed Retirement Plans allows clients to navigate the world of alternative investment transactions with confidence. Explain the advantages of expanding beyond traditional assets like stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Dahdah: The primary advantage of

expanding beyond traditional investments is the increased diversity obtained in a retirement portfolio with noncorrelated assets to the stock market. This higher level of diversity helps lower the volatility experienced on Wall Street.

NVM: What are some of the fears and hesitations clients have when they first come to you? What are the biggest misconceptions they have? Dahdah: The biggest fear clients have

is that they have heard it is not legal or permissible to invest in nontraditional assets within an IRA, and hence, they are afraid of incurring income taxes and penalties for doing so. The genesis of that fear is driven by misinformation provided by trusted advisors and traditional investment firms. The 50

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biggest misconception is that if the “big firms” don’t allow it, then it must not be permissible. Vantage educates investors about the difference between the federal rules and regulations governing retirement accounts and the policy and procedures of traditional financial institutions.

NVM: In your opinion, what are the biggest weaknesses and concerns in the average American’s retirement plan?

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Vantage provide with their self-directed retirement plans?

Dahdah: Vantage provides IRA

administration and custodial services to individuals and small-business owners who seek to diversify their retirement assets beyond the stock market into alternative investments. The most popular alternative-

investment transactions we facilitate are in real estate, private companies, private loans, and precious metals.

the average American has unfortunately not saved enough money for retirement. The biggest client concern we hear is the lack of time remaining prior to retirement to recover from the losses experienced within traditional investments. The fear of losing more money at the hands of a volatile stock market has driven many Americans to seek alternative options

secured by tangible assets such as real estate and precious metals.

NVM: Why do you think self-directed retirement accounts have proven to be more popular in an unstable economy?

Dahdah: Self-directed IRAs have

proven more popular because they offer virtually unlimited investment choices. Americans are seeking more control over their finances, and self-directed IRAs provide the ultimate level of investment control. Investors can direct their hardearned savings into assets they understand and are comfortable with instead of feeling that they have to choose from a limited list of stock market investments that they may not have confidence in or truly understand the risks of.

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Top Valley Lawyers

North Valley Magazine has teamed up with Avvo, Inc.–a leading company that helps consumers make better health and legal decisions–to bring you the top legal professionals around town. David Tierney

Commercial Finance David Cleary 602-445-8579 Phoenix

Consumer Bankruptcy/Debt Harold Campbell

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Diane Drain 602-530-8504 Phoenix 602-246-7106 Phoenix

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Matthew Meaker 480-421-9449 Scottsdale

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If there is one thing we can probably all agree on, it’s that computers are at the same time the most amazing and frustrating invention of the 20th century. They make our lives and businesses easier, from e-mail and online banking to business accounting and researching how to remove red-wine stains from a favorite shirt. We have become reliant on this awesome technology, but what do we do when our computers don’t work as they should? I spend a good deal of time communicating with clients, using Skype. Last week, my built-in webcam simply stopped mid-call. After much hand-wringing, reviewing of settings, and multiple reboots, it could not be resuscitated. Now what? What does one do when faced with such an issue? One option could be to Google “PC webcam not working” and rummage through the abundance of choices and opinions. Unless you are computer savvy and have the knowledge and patience to wade through

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Data Doctors

You may have heard about this company on Good Morning Arizona or listened to

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My Computer Works

An innovator in computer repair, My Computer Works offers instant remoteaccess repair for your PC. It is as simple as making a phone call. This is the perfect choice for someone with an at-home business who cannot afford to have any down time. Once the technician has remotely accessed your computer, you’ll be able to see everything they are doing step by step and have the ability to ask questions during the process to ensure that you understand everything. For more on My Computer Works, visit

All of these organizations provide great service and support. Which one you should choose is a matter of your individual needs and personal preference. No matter what trouble you encounter, all four of these companies offer the help you need to get your PC working again or keep your company’s computers running smoothly. I can tell you that one of them—professional discretion binds me from specifying which—responded to me quickly and efficiently, and my smiling face was online and Skyping again before the day was out.





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toe with the decision about “what you want to do with your life” is more than nerve-racking—it’s borderline torturous. Just remember that the average American will have three different careers in their lifetime—maybe more. Today is the perfect day to begin your journey to find your true calling in life. Here are 20 tips to get you started.

6. Do What You Want

1. Stay Present

On your search to live your passion, a great starting point is to blend your favorite activities with the things at which you excel. If you’re lucky, you may stumble upon a career that encompasses the things that already make you happy.

Having a goal is great, absolutely fantastic. But how in the world do you find your way there? Most people become overwhelmed when faced with all the work that must go into reaching that ultimate goal. To stay sane, focus on the present. What can you do today? Take it one day at a time, and you’ll knock out all those steps before you know it.

2. Give It All a Try Make a list of all the things you think may be an outlet for your true passion and give each of them a try. You may not be able to develop a comprehensive sense on each direction, but you should be able to cross a few options off the list. Don’t be afraid to try the most outlandish of whims—you never know, it may be just what you’re looking for.

3. The Answer Is Always “Yes” If you’re given the opportunity to have a completely random experience even though it may seem like something you’d never normally do, say yes. New opportunities bring new experiences, and new experiences ultimately bring knowledge and wisdom. Open yourself up to grow and become wise.

4. Set Goals

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Though your ultimate goal may still be foggy in your mind, set milestones to keep your motivation going strong. They’ll serve as achievement markers to celebrate along the way.

5. Toss Your Plans Perhaps you thought you would be a lawyer by the time you were 22. Now that your 23rd


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birthday has come and gone and you’re not even close to being a lawyer, it’s not the worst thing in the world. Do you even still want to be a lawyer? Toss those plans, and don’t feel bad about it if you no longer find them compelling. Never follow the plans set for you by others. Consider the thoughts and opinions of those around you, but when it comes down to taking action, follow the path that is right for you.

7. Represent Yourself

8. Associate with Peers You Enjoy Being With Surrounding yourself with enjoyable people can make all the difference in living your true calling. Even the most enthusiastic and positive people can have their spirit beaten down when surrounded by negativity and gloom.

9. Don’t Set Anything in Stone Leave some wiggle room for a change of plans or a complete change of direction. Don’t limit your own options; your future is up to you.

10. Seek the Words of the Wise Learn from the experience of others. By speaking with those who’ve come before you, you may avoid making mistakes that could have been easily prevented.

11. It’s Deep-Research Time Your perception of the life of a schoolteacher, for example, may be completely different from the life of a schoolteacher in reality. Spend a good amount of time researching what sort of education requirements are needed, what an average workday would look like, and what the realistic pay may be for each profession you’re considering before you get in too deep. Check out the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics website for a good start.

12. Find a Mentor

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Who better to aid you on your way to fulf illing your true calling than someone who has already achieved it? You may find the information they share to be a motivator for staying the course. On the other hand, the guru may shed some light with an experienced perspective and help you discover that something you imagined as perfect may not be so wonderful in reality.

13. Invest Time, Not Money Feeling out your options before plunging into a financial commitment will help leave your options open in case you discover a different path or change your mind completely. You may find that spending thousands on additional college courses is completely unnecessary. Don’t spend the cash until you have a firm grasp on your route to success.

14. Stay on Your Toes Easing into a comfortable routine means that you’ve stopped improving. Constantly striving for more will only bring you closer to finding a career that is truly fulfilling and not just comfortable.

15. Reflect, Don’t Project Not to throw mortality in your face, but imagine the types of things you could regret not doing while on your deathbed. Finding your true calling can sometimes become much clearer when you work backward rather than attempting to find your path from where you’re standing now. It’s overwhelming to sort through the countless paths in front of you without first having a clear destination.

16. Learn from Your Mistakes—Don’t Let Them Weigh You Down Every decision you make won’t be perfect. There will undoubtedly be mistakes made as you go along. The important thing is to not let those little slips become big barriers in the future. Use your new knowledge to try a different approach to reach your true calling.

17. Give Yourself Permission to Fail Constantly worrying about the repercussions of failure is the single greatest reason why those in search of their true passions ultimately do fail. Not only does this cause ridiculous amounts of daily stress but it will also set you off on your search in a negative frame of mind. By giving yourself the opportunity to fail, you’ll be that much closer to finding success.

18. Keep Forward Momentum Investing countless hours, blood, sweat, and tears in your search to find your true calling can be utterly exhausting. If you find yourself slowing in progress or losing motivation, take a time-out and reevaluate your direction. With the extra experience under your belt, sticking so stringently to your original plan could cause you to pass up an even more fulfilling career. On the other hand, if things become easy and routine, strive for more.

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19. Stay True to You Following the opinions of others and straying from what encompasses your authentic self will inevitably lead to unhappiness in any career. Guard your integrity and listen to your own thoughts, opinions, and intuitions.

20. Just Let Go Striving to find your passion will be a journey filled with plenty of hard work, frustrating failures, and exhilarating successes. If you’re truly doing all you can, relax—your path will lead you in the right direction.

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Introducing the finalists in our

Face of the North Valley Model Search Meet the Face of the North Valley model finalists in person at the Scottsdale Street Fair When: Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. Where: Scottsdale Street Fair

at the Pavilions (Indian Bend & the 101)

Thanks go to all the lovely ladies who sent in their entries for North Valley Magazine’s Face of the North Valley model search. With so many entries, it was difficult to narrow down the list to 20. Now the choice is up to you, the reader. Carefully consider each woman, and then cast your vote for the one you think deserves to grace the cover of an upcoming issue of North Valley Magazine, be the feature in a fashion spread, and win some great prizes!

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Lauren Annis, 18

Lauren is a freshman at Paradise Valley Community College. She hopes to transfer to Arizona State University to study journalism and broadcasting.






Khemika Kemawong, 22

Khemika was born in Bangkok, Thailand. She is going to school in the Valley and is studying early childhood management and administration.


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Alyssa Laganosky, 21

Alyssa enjoys writing music, cooking, and hanging out with friends. She works two jobs and attends Arizona State University.

Nayra Caraveo, 27

Nayra is an Arizona native from Tempe. She enjoys being around people who understand that a smile can go a long way.



Liana Rivera, 20

Liana is an Afro-American/Puerto Rican model. She moved to Arizona from Chicago, Illinois.

Brittany Gomes, 24

Brittany is a fun-loving, outgoing person who’s passionate about life.







Antonia Kastilahn, 19

Antonia was born and raised in Chandler. She plans on attending California Polytechnic University to major in exotic-animal and zoo management.

Angelle Tarango, 18

Angelle is a sophomore at Glendale Community College and is majoring in nursing.

Amy Eidel, 33

Amy is a makeup artist. She was recently chosen to be in an upcoming TV series called Best Friends, which has been slated for Disney.

Jacey Sebion, 21

Zlata was born in western Ukraine. She now lives in Scottsdale and works in a dental office in Carefree.

Jennifer was born in California and moved back and forth from Mexico for several years until finally settling in Arizona. Her experiences have inspired a spicy mixture of Mexican culture with American ambition.


Dawn Jameson-Powers, 30

Dawn overcame a terrible case of stage fright to become a singer. She currently sings at Mastro’s Steakhouse every Tuesday through Friday.

Adara Webb, 22


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Adara works for a pediatric dentist office and is in school studying to be a pediatric dentist.

Kimberly Miller, 39


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Jacey was born and raised in the Valley. She has an 8-month-old daughter.

Jennifer Monge, 25

Heather Knudsen, 43

Heather moved to Arizona 12 years ago. She is the proud mother of a 16-year-old son.

Rachel Kasang, 19

Zlata Wagner, 23

Antonia Krotzer, 25

Antonia just graduated from Arizona State University, where she majored in psychology and minored in sociology.

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Stop by this low-key restaurant on University before a night out for some of the tastiest Thai food in Tempe. You won’t break the bank with overpriced, lackluster dishes here. A favorite for students and locals alike, 5 R Cha Thai won’t disappoint when it comes to delivering the spice.

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Oliveo Grill When it comes to late-night munchies, gyros are always a good idea. This on-the-go authentic Greek fast-food spot is open until 3:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday. The menu includes everything from gyros to souvlaki—and their hummus and tzatziki are incredibly satisfying late at night as well.

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15 More Yards off the Tee By Scott Sackett

ARE YOU INTERESTED? Physical conditioning has become a big ad-

dition to the game of golf. Many professional players have committed to developing flexibility, strength, and power to drive farther and hit more accurately. Amateur golfers as well are finally recognizing the importance of physical conditioning. A common swing mistake that can be improved through increased physical conditioning is early extension. It is a swing term that we use from the Titleist Performance Institute Program. One reason why golfers are not finding the sweet spot on the golf club is because the body position is different at impact compared to address. I am talking about the spine tilt in particular. When you watch great players, their spine tilt (from the angle you see on the pictures to the right) stays very constant. They are not raising up or down at the top of the swing or even through impact. The spine remains level. Early extension is defined as any forward movement or thrust of the lower body toward the golf ball during the downswing. This lower-body movement creates loss of spine angle and causes the arms and club to be stuck or trapped behind your body. Developing hip and spinal flexibility, gluteus (rear end muscle) strength, and the flexibility required to separate upper-body motion from lower-body motion will allow the lower body to stabilize and be able to remain steady while you rotate your upper body through the swing. Early extension can be alleviated through a combination of flexibility and strength exercises designed to improve upper-body (torso) rotation over a stable base and increase glute strength. Developing torso rotation will help you rotate around the hips while keeping the lower body still. Improving gluteal-muscle strength will help in holding the lower body steady below that rotation. I work closely with Robin Berry, a Phoenix-based trainer. The following are two of her exercises that will help you better understand what needs to happen in order to alleviate this problem.


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Perform the Half-Kneeling Long Turn Get into a half-kneeling position with one knee down on a comfortable cushion. Grasp each end of a golf club and hold it over your head, maintaining a tall posture. Without moving the lower body, try to rotate the torso as far as possible to the right. Return to your original position. Then rotate your torso as far as possible to the left, again without moving the lower body. Repeat several times.

Picture 1: Good setup at address


Lie with your back flat on the floor. Bend your knees, with feet together. Raise your hips off the floor so that they are in line with your knees and shoulders. Slowly lift the right leg off the floor, maintaining the bend in the knee and the hip elevation. Pause with the heel 12–15 inches off the floor, and then return to the starting position. Repeat with the left leg. Repeat eight to 10 times. If this is too difficult, return the hips to the floor with each repetition instead of holding them elevated throughout. Do these exercises three times a week and see great improvements in both your physical abilities and your golf swing. If you have any questions, you can contact me (see information below).

Picture 2: Good spine tilt at the top of the swing

Picture 3: Good spine tilt at impact

Robin L. Berry is owner, manager, and personal trainer of Fit To You, E-mail her at Scott Sackett has been a “Golf ” Magazine Top 100 Teacher since 1999 and was recently voted as one of “Golf Digest’s” Best Teacher in the State for the fifth year in a row. He is also director of instruction at Park Meadows Country Club in Park City, Utah. While in Scottsdale, he teaches at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. If you would like to reach Scott, you can contact him through his website at Picture 4: Bad position at impact (early extension). The backside has come off the chair.

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Arizona Traveling & Hotspots Eric Twohey explores two state adventures.

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Verde Canyon Railroad (800) 582-7245

In the early to mid-1900s, American entrepreneurs pioneered the evolution of the railways across our great country, and local train stations were often the busiest place in town. The Verde Canyon Railroad transforms this historical period into a leisurely, luxurious experience. Nowhere else can you travel by train for 20 miles and simultaneously transport yourself back 100 years through history. Powered by two of only 10 remaining vintage FP7 locomotives in North America, the Verde Canyon Railroad meanders through the Verde Canyon, which is inhabited by cactus and agave alongside the flowing Verde River. This high-desert climate is home to native plants and over 74 species of animals relying upon the Verde River for survival. The canyon is complemented by rock faces that gradually form high cliff walls framing scenic vistas within an unspoiled gorge. With each turn, the canyon’s secrets are revealed—views of ancient Sinagua ruins, ancient cowpoke


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camps, long-abandoned mines. The Verde Canyon Railroad offers many tours this fall, including popular themed adventures. Oktoberfest-inspired Ales on Rails is an authentic German celebration every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October, complete with brats, sauerkraut, pretzels, strudels, and polka dancing. This ride is highlighted by local richly crafted ales, porters, lagers, and stouts in an abundance of flavors. Fall Color Tours depart in late October through November in a burst of autumn colors of crimson and gold along the Verde River. The Haunted Halloween Express departs on Oct. 31 and features a costume contest, spooky tales, and treats without tricks. With the infamous ghost town of Jerome ominously brooding on the mountainside just above the Verde Canyon Railroad depot, some local ghosts and goblins that the crew invited will socialize with passengers. The Santa Claus Express arrives every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday in December before Christmas. Each train departs the depot with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves on board, entertaining passengers with singing carols and treating them to Mrs. Claus’s homemade cookies. Eagle Watch commences in November and soars through early May. This popular annual season trip aboard the Verde Canyon

Railroad provides both an aerial display and a rare nature show. The lush Verde Canyon itself is closed to the public, as it has been designated as a protected breeding area for America’s iconic bird. Sightseers, though, have the rare opportunity to gaze at and admire eagles within their undisturbed environment during their seasonal residence. Inspired by the nature and conducted by experts, the Verde Canyon Railroad is a wall-to-wall natural wonderland, and this excursion is truly “Arizona’s longest-running nature show”— the envy of other train and adventure tours everywhere.

A Forest Hideaway Hidden Meadow Ranch (928) 333-1000

Nestled at 8,500 feet in the White Mountains just outside historic Greer sits the inspiring Hidden Meadow Ranch. Tucked away in two million acres of National Forest, it certainly lives up to its name, but it’s only a few miles off the nearest highway. Deep in the world’s largest Ponderosa Pine forest, this destination provides an escape from the urban grind. Your experience begins in the Welcome Cabin, where you’ll be treated to refreshments during check-in.You’ll then be personally led by a guide on horseback to one of the 12 luxury log cabins, each one approximately 900 square feet and handcrafted from local pine logs. Each cabin is individually themed and features rich finishing details, locally hand-carved wood furniture, art and antiques, and a wood-burning fireplace. The historic Westward Cabin is reminiscent of the Old West, with Western wear decorating the walls, but the kitchen boasts modern luxuries like a bar sink, a microwave, a coffeemaker, and a mini-refrigerator stocked with complimentary soda, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and snacks. There’s a private downstairs master bedroom and a winding wooden staircase nearby that leads to the upstairs sitting area, the loft bedroom, and a covered porch with a rocking chair. Other


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Are You Buying Treated Gems? Jewelry expert Scott Bohall talks gem treatments. I often GET asked if it really matters whether a gem is treated. That is a very tough question to not only answer but explain. A gem like aquamarine is usually heated in an oven, which removes a little of the greenish color and increases the blue of the stone. Whether aquamarine is heated or in its natural state, it sells for the same price. A natural high-quality 3-carat ruby, on the other hand, could sell for as much as $30,000 if it’s certified to not have been treated in any way. Rubies sold in many corporate and department stores are actually composites of natural material, leaded glass, and dye. They sell for as little as $15 for a 3-carat stone! Rubies have a number of in-between levels. A great stone that has been heated in an oven often improves the milkiness of a gem and can still be a very expensive one. Rubies that have been treated for fractures, are synthetically colored, or come from certain parts of the world bring many different prices. Contacting a jeweler or an appraiser who understands rubies is a must if you plan to spend more than $100. Blue topaz does not exist without treatment; it comes out of the ground almost clear. There are a couple of treatment methods for blue topaz, including the mystic, which is a coating, or diffusion, that basically dyes the surface. If you care which treatment was used, ask, but if anyone tells you the color is natural, go to a different store. It is federal law that any treatment that affects the value of a gem must be disclosed.

It is not enough to only let you know that some gems have been treated. Surveys have shown that less than 5 percent of customers are being told about the treatments of gems that they are buying. A huge part of this disclosure problem is that most employees of jewelry stores don’t know much about gems and treatments, but the fault also lies in the ownership or management of stores that aren’t making sure that disclosure happens. Most other industries fully understand the disclosure issue. If you get countertops, you will be told if the material is natural granite or a composite and what the pros and cons are of both. But jewelry is still “buyer beware,” even with federal laws. Going online can be a great source of information but is often a really bad way to purchase jewelry that is advertised as high quality. If someone has a fantastic deal for an untreated ruby, every jeweler in that city would buy it. There would be no need to wait for a customer to find it on the Internet and work through the mail. Taking care of your gems also differs with various gem treatments. Some can take ultrasonic, some cannot. Some can handle steam, some cannot. Some treatments don’t work well with even being in a swimming pool or getting lemon juice on them. Ask your jeweler to be on the safe side. As always, if you don’t know jewelry, know your jeweler.

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Kia delivers a superb SUV. Auto expert Greg Rubenstein reviews. its products so much in such a short time that it almost seems as if an entirely different company is churning out Optimas, Rios, Fortes, Sportages, and the especially impressive Sorento sport-utility vehicle. As tested, a loaded-with-options 2013 Sorento proved to be nothing short of exceptional. Most SUVs today earn praise for performing duties that used to be relegated to a minivan or station wagon—hauling people and stuff to places near and far. Few SUVs get called on to actually drive in rugged terrain, and savvy buyers who will rarely—if ever— drive off-road opt for the lower operating cost and better fuel economy of a model without four-wheel drive. Such was the case with the front-wheeldrive EX version provided for review. This Kia was fun to drive, bristled with luxury features, and compared favorably not only to class competition but also against all similarly sized SUVs. Before we tested the Kia, a week spent at the wheel of a $66,545 Infiniti FX50 set the bar high for how a sporty compact SUV

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should drive. Forgetting that the Sorento costs about half the price (or less), the Kia still edged out its expensive rival as a top pick for daily driving. What makes the Sorento so good is its combination of features, quality, and driving dynamics. When it comes to goodies, there seems to have been nothing left out of this Kia. Comforts abound, from power folding side mirrors to the leather-clad heated and cooled driver’s seat to the dualzone automatic climate control with rear air conditioning. Inside, the cabin fit, finish, and feel of touch surfaces, switches, and controls compare favorably against high-end manufacturers. Dynamically, the Sorento is athletic and controlled. Minor road imperfections are easily soaked up by a suspension tuned for performance—body lean is well controlled, and the feel is firm but never choppy. Large pavement flaws and even speed bumps are absorbed without upsetting the chassis, producing a ride quality on par with the best German engineering. Three engine choices are available, each mated to a six-speed automatic transmission

developed specifically for Kia vehicles. That proprietary design seems to have paid off in the Sorento, as it always seems to be in the right gear at the right time, never upshifting too soon or downshifting too late. Powering the test sample was the top-line 3.5-liter V6, which produces 276 horsepower and returns an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. True to form, the onboard computer reported an average economy of 22 mpg after nearly 400 miles of running errands and commuting, spot-on with the EPA’s combined estimate and in spite of heavy use of the gas pedal. Two 2.4-liter fourcylinder engines are also available. A four-cylinder LX can be had at a base price of $23,150, while the EX starts at $27,950. Adding in the Limited and Premium packages produce a loaded but not line-topping sticker of $34,390. The Sorento combines high-value pricing with the utility of three-row seating in a package that measures up against all comers. Be prepared to be surprised how good this Kia is, and don’t be shocked when one ends up in your garage after a test drive. OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2012 North Valley


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Exercise: Jog Your Mind! Fitness expert Laura Rogers examines the correlation between exercise and brain function. More than likely, most of you reading this get tired and have “checked out” both physically and mentally at work or at school right after lunch. Many of you also are concerned with your children’s education and how much they actually soak in every day. What do these two concerns have in common? Well, let’s just say this: What if you could take something that would make you have a more productive day, think more clearly, and work more efficiently? What if you could also find the magic elixir that makes your kids score higher on tests, stay more focused at school, and feel better about themselves? If you could take a pill or give your kids a pill that would do this, would you do it? Maybe, but being the wonderful parent that you are, you’d scrutinize such remedies very closely. But it’s a moot point, because there is no such pill or potion. However, significant research and proven studies link exercise before or during the work or school day to more effective brain functioning. There are no terrible side effects—only good benefits both physically and mentally. A few years ago, a local school administrator gave me a book called Spark. What caught my attention was that the school administrator was implementing this physical aspect into the school’s curriculum. The author, Dr. John Ratey, writes, “You have the power to change your brain. All you have to do is lace up your running shoes.” His book explores why you feel better if you run in the morning and describes the science behind the connection our minds and bodies have. New evidence shows that exercise is the best way to stay healthy, happy, and alert. In studies reported in the book, aerobic exercise was linked to reversing depression. Furthermore, women who exercise are shown to lower their chances of developing dementia by 50 percent. Fitness also helped put a school district in Chicago on the map


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when the staff implemented exercise before school started. According to Ratey, their test scores skyrocketed, achieving a top world score. Ratey explains that at every level, from the microcellular to the psychological, exercise not only wards off the ill effects of chronic stress but it can also reverse them. Our brains are transformed after we physically exercise. It’s that simple. With obesity in youth at an all-time high in this country, it is time we took charge of our own actions and created a program that will not only help these kids feel better

about themselves but will also allow their brains to become more functional and efficient. Maybe we can’t change the world in a week, but what I am hoping is that parents will take charge and get their kids moving in the morning. Even a one-mile family walk after breakfast will be a big help. This alone will help you notice changes in your children and yourself as your brain functions throughout the day and processes information. It all starts in the home. So, lace up your running shoes and get moving—your boss will thank you.

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THE LIST By Siobhan Vivian Push, April 1, 2012, 336 pages, available in hardcover and eBook

High school years are fun, but they can also be tough. Sometimes, high school seems like one big popularity contest, especially to the eight girls who star as the main characters in The List by Siobhan Vivian. The novel is told from each character’s point of view. Every year at Mount Washington High, two girls from each class are chosen as the prettiest and the ugliest. “The list” changes each of their lives and their perception of beauty. It forces them to reevaluate the adage of prettiness being only skin deep. Every girl has her own unique personality, and it’s interesting to see how being on the list affects each of them at school and at home. The group soon bands together by forming friendships to make the list go down in flames. At first, The List seems like a light contemporary read, the story drags a bit at times, and some of the girls seem a little stereotypical. Don’t be fooled, though—there’s more to this book than meets the eye.


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Harper Collins, July 10, 2012, 384 pages, available in hardcover and eBook

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Enjoy the Summer Olympic Games this year? Then check out Flight from Berlin by David John. The historical thriller is set during the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Readers are instantly taken back in time with John’s spot-on ’40s dialogue and well-researched content. This suspenseful novel takes you right into the heart of Nazi Germany. The main characters are U.S. Olympic swimming hopeful Eleanor Emerson and British journalist Richard Denham. Both have come to Germany to escape their own pasts and heartaches. Back home in America, Eleanor’s marriage to a popular bandleader is crumbling, and Richard is having his own post-marital difficulty with his ex-wife. Both characters come together when Eleanor, the ultimate party girl, is kicked off the Olympic team. She ends up covering the games for the American papers, and she and Richard end up covering more than just the games—they become embroiled in espionage and political intrigue. You’ll find some of the era’s historical figures featured in Flight from Berlin, including Jesse Owens, Ambassador William E. Todd and his family, Joseph Goebbels, and Adolph Hitler. Fans of WWII novels will delight in this tense and terrific novel.

Don’t let the whopping 520 pages discourage you, because The Long Shadows is a fascinating read. The novel is based on the true story of Jake Erlich, a six-foot-six-inch giant. The story, written by Erlich’s nephew, is vividly told through the fictionalized perspective of Jake, who turns out to be as endearing a character as he was a performer. Erlich led an extremely interesting and colorful life. He traveled with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey for 14 years, entertaining folks from around the country. He achieved widespread fame and success in the circus and starred in silent films. Each chapter showcases photos of Erlich as well as his beautiful paintings and some of his poems. Readers who love true stories and historical fiction will get a kick out of The Long Shadows. It is absolutely clear that Andrew Erlich researched his Uncle Jake quite well.

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Dealing with a Breakup Breaking up is hard to do. Relationship expert Lea Haben provides two people tools to deal with the stress of letting go.

Press Disconnect Dear Lea, I am in the middle of a breakup, and I was the one who initiated it. I have tried to end the relationship a couple of times over the last year. I ended up staying, however, as I felt he could not make it on his own financially. He has been unemployed for over a year now, and it has been an incredible strain on me emotionally as well as financially. He is a great boyfriend in all other aspects of our relationship. He treats me the way I want to be treated and is extremely reliable. We both have put our relationship above everything and everyone else. Lately, he has started going out every night, and I am paying for everything. I am growing resentful, and when I confronted him, his comment was “You are always working.” Well, someone has to pay the bills. My attraction for him has deteriorated, and my respect for him has begun to disintegrate. If he were actively searching for a job, I probably wouldn’t feel this way. My friends and parents have all encouraged me to leave him and force him to break up, and I think that I just finally snapped and decided that it had to end. I realize that the relationship was not healthy and that it was going nowhere, but why do I feel so bad? Dear Sad, Your situation is not unique. Many people suffer from the pain of a breakup even if it is what you want and you initiated it. A relationship is a connection, and it hurts when you sever one. You obviously still have feelings for your ex, and that is perfectly normal. Forming a connection with someone makes him or her in essence a part of you, and when that is gone, it takes time to get accustomed to being without that person. It takes some people years to get over a breakup. You stated some missing key factors in the relationship: 1) You were resentful, and your needs weren’t being met. 2) You know the relationship is not healthy for you. Breaking up is a process, and you must surrender to it. Focusing on friends and family and rebuilding a new life will help you move on. Guilt is not going to serve you, so you should just let it go. You are not supposed to be totally responsible for someone else, financially or otherwise. Relationships are partnerships. Find yourself again, and indulge in things you love, with 76

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people you enjoy. Try exercising regularly, as this will release endorphins and help to elevate your mood. Don’t be in a hurry to jump into another relationship. Take the time off to make a life for yourself, and then you will attract someone who will be a better fit.

Don’t Continue a Fatal Attraction Dear Lea, My boyfriend and I broke up three years ago, and I still can’t seem to get over it. I have lost my job, my friends, and my self-respect, as I keep contacting him. He just got engaged and has threatened to take out a restraining order against me. We were only together for a year, but it was the best year of my life. I can’t stop thinking about him. I am still so in love with him, and I can’t seem to let go. What should I do? How can I get him back? I cannot eat or sleep, and I am desperate to get him back. Please respond. Dear Desperate, You are stalking this man and could end up in jail. The feelings that you are describing are not love; rather, they are obsession. Love means putting someone else’s needs above your own. Three years is a long time to be hanging on to someone who does not want you. Love and obsession are not the same things. This man has moved on with his life, and it’s time for you to do the same. Call a professional now before you find yourself in real trouble. He or she will help you get your life back on track. With the proper help, you can find a happy rewarding life without this man and then eventually find someone who reciprocates your feelings. Good luck—and make that call.

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Things to Do… OCTOBER

Creativity runs wild during Disney’s Imagination Movers show at Comerica Theatre. 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix.


The sky lights up during the Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular. 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale.

Watch the Coyotes take on the Sharks at Arena. 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Phoenix.



Help eradicate breast cancer by participating in the Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure. Wesley Bolin Plaza. 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix.


Taste of Cave Creek 2012

Indulge in The Taste of Cave Creek 2012. Stagecoach Village. 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek.


Expect serious horsepower at the Scottsdale Polo Championships at Westworld of Scottsdale’s Polo Field at 101 and Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.


Anthem’s 2012 Autumnfest celebrates the changing of the seasons. Anthem Community Park. 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem.

Don’t miss a pop icon’s performance. The Madonna World Tour 2012 lands at the US Airways Center. 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix.



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Hit the road for Scottsdale’s inaugural FASTER Gran Fondo cycling event benefitting the American Diabetes Association.


…in the Valley NOVEMBER

own grape farmers at The Festival at the Farm. The Farm at South Mountain. 6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix.

Eric Church’s The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour hits Arena. 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Phoenix.


The Boys & Girls Club hosts the Visions of Sugarplums Holiday Event with a luncheon and fashion show. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort. 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale.


See legends Donny and Marie Osmond ring in the holidays on the ASU Gammage stage. 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe.


Soak up some culture at the South Scottsdale Art Alliance’s Camelback Studio Tour.


The Festival at the Farm

Join in the fun, music, and performances at The Boys & Girls Club Play All Day & All Night event. Salt River Fields. 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale.


John Legend performs his signature ballads at Comerica Theatre. 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix.


Shake the hands and drink the juice of Arizona’s

Enjoy art and fine wines at the Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts.



Cave Creek Wild West Days kicks off its 10th year.


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• adopt-A-Pet

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Cleo Cleo is a 3-year-old American pit bull mix. She is a sweet, outgoing, affectionate, and playful girl. Cleo already knows the “sit” and “down” commands and is eager to learn more. She uses a doggie door and is working on crate training. If you are looking for a running buddy, she is the perfect dog for you. She is not recommended for cats or other dogs. She is compatible with kids. Her adoption fee is $150, which includes her microchip, vaccines, and spay.

Sam is a handsome 2-year-old domestic shorthair. He is a sweet and stunning boy. He is not declawed. His adoption fee is $50, which includes his neuter, microchip, and vaccines.

Jesse Jesse is a 3-year-old boxer/ pit bull mix. She has a very playful personality. Jesse is very happy to play ball and take in fresh air. She is eager to learn and likes to work on basic commands such as “sit” and “shake.” If you are looking for the perfect exercise partner, Jesse is the girl for you. She can help cheer you on and will stick by your side as you climb up the mountain. She may get along with other dogs and cats and is recommended for junior high ages and up. Her adoption fee is $150, which includes her vaccines, microchip, and spay.

Lilly Lilly is a 6-year-old domestic shorthair. She is beautiful and loves to be admired. She is not declawed. Lilly’s adoption fee is $50, which includes her spay, microchip, and vaccines.

Sadie Sadie is a 5-year-old pit bull/terrier mix. Sadie is a sweet, affectionate goofball who loves to lie by your side and play with a squeaky toy. She also enjoys a refreshing dip in the pool as well as running circles around the yard. Sadie likes to greet by giving people a kiss on the cheek followed by her giant grin. She promises to share her zest for life and start your day off with a smile. She may get along with other cats and dogs and is recom-

Si-am mended for elementary ages and up. Sadie’s adoption fee is $150, which includes her microchip, vaccines, and spay.

Si-am is a 1-year-old Siamese mix. She is outgoing and friendly. Since she came from a hoarding situation, she tends to have panic attacks if she’s out of her cage for too long. She needs a home that has the patience to work with her. She is not declawed. Si-am’s adoption fee is $50, which includes her spay, microchip, and vaccines.

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

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• flavor

Luxurious Fromage Crêpes with Wilted Kale Chef Matthew Grunwald offers up a delicious recipe for a French-inspired dish In my own observations, I’ve found that people are intimidated when the thought of making a crêpe comes to mind. I am here to shatter the common misconception of crêpes being difficult to prepare. A homemade crêpe is actually one of the easiest edible treats one can compose, next to toast. The batter’s ingredients are minimal and in all probability are already on your pantry’s shelves. You just mix the ingredients together, and with a flick of the whisk, the batter is made. When considering practical application of cooking crêpes, a nonstick skillet is the most reliable companion to the culinarian at work. Heat the oil and splash batter into the pan, and 30 seconds later, you have a crêpe. Your next objective is to elevate the crêpe’s flavor potential with a luxurious, buttery filling. Sautéed kale contributes an earthy bitterness that works in perfect harmony with velvety melted white-cheddar cheese, while fresh dill and flat-leaf parsley endow vibrancy to this luxurious creation. Crowning the crêpe with a tangy dollop of crème fraiche is visually delightful and flavorful. Crêpes: easy, flavorful indulgences.

Luxurious Fromage Crêpes with Wilted Kale Simple Crêpe Batter: ½ cup all-purpose flour ¼ tsp. kosher salt 2 eggs ¾ cups whole milk extra-virgin olive oil as needed parchment paper In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and the kosher salt. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs and the milk until smooth and homogenously mixed. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and whisk vigorously until all of the ingredients are fully combined and very smooth. Heat an 8-inch nonstick skillet to medium-low heat and lightly grease the bottom of the pan with the extra-virgin olive oil. You do not want excess oil in the pan. Ladle ¼ cup of the batter into the hot pan and swirl around so that the crêpe batter covers the entire bottom of the pan. Let cook for 30 seconds, and then flip to the other side. Let cook an additional 15 seconds, and remove from the pan. Place the crêpe on a plate and cover with parchment paper in between each layer of crêpe.

Luxurious Wilted-Kale and WhiteCheddar Filling 1 tbs. fine-quality extra-virgin olive oil 1 tbs. unsalted butter 5 cups kale, finely shredded 1 tbs. kosher salt 1 tsp. light-brown sugar, lightly packed ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper ∂ cup fresh dill, lightly chopped ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped ½ cup sharp Wisconsin white-cheddar cheese, shredded ¼ cup queso fresco, crumbled 1 tbs. crème fraiche (for each crêpe) to garnish Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Add in

the extra-virgin olive oil and the butter. Let the butter melt and start to bubble. Add in the kale, salt, brown sugar, and freshly ground black pepper and cook until the greens are wilted but not soggy. Turn off the heat, and add in the dill and parsley. Set aside. Heat the 8-inch nonstick skillet to mediumlow heat. Select one of the crêpes and put it on a separate surface or plate. Place a small handful of the kale filling, white-cheddar cheese, and queso fresco on the bottom half of the crêpe. Fold the empty top half over the bottom. Fold both sides again into a “book.” Put the crêpe into the pan, and cook until the cheese is melted on both sides. Add the dollop of crème fraiche. Enjoy this fantastic creation!

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More than 230 golfers descended on the Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix to mark the 26th anniversary of John C. Lincoln Health Foundation’s Lincoln Guild Invitational. The event helps raise funds to support community programs at Desert Mission. From emergency food provisions to immunizations and basic dental care, Desert Mission helps children and families access the resources they need to be healthy and successful. The event culminated with a luncheon to recognize participant support and celebrate John C. Lincoln Health Network’s commitment to helping others. Photos by Whitney and Wagner Photography

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