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22 Cover Feature Saddle Up in Style

52 Readers’ Choice Restaurant Awards Ballot



35 LOCAL PROFILE: Laura Lasko 36 ART & CULTURE: Pete Incardona, Marble Sculptor: A Chip off the Old Block

38 AZ FUN FACTS: Uncle Jim’s Last Gunfight 40 MIND & BODY: Taking the Plunge to the Deep End: Becoming Powerful in the Face of Fear

41 MUSIC: Young Country Band and North: Two Sides to the Coin of the Musical Realm

41 BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Men’s Club Barber & Spa 42 ASK THE TECHNO 44 GIVING BACK: AZ RESCUE: A Perfect Match 46 AZ’S FINEST COUPLES: It Doesn’t Stop with Work S T Y LE

32 DESIGN SENSE: Living by Design 60 HOME & DESIGN: Backyard Makeover 72 JEWELS: “Phenomenal” Gemstones

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Photography: Fiona Garden for Models: Kyli for Makeup: Jennifer Karsten for MAC Cosmetics Hair: Kevin Anderson for Gstudio

Stylist and Producer: Crystal Carson for Mode Models Horse provided by Twin L Performance.


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76 BY THE GLASS: Western BBQ and Wine 92 FLAVOR: Weeknight Wonder 92 FLAVOR HOTSPOTS: Got Gelato? 93 DINING GUIDE


62 HEALTH & FITNESS: The Seven Little Things You Can Do to Completely Transform Your Diet

64 BEAUTY: Chic Hair for the Holiday Season BUZZ


50 DAY TRIPPERS & WEEKENDERS: Elemental Journey 54 GOTTA HAVE IT: Western Must-Haves 58 TECHNOLOGY: On the Road 68 AUTO TRENDS: Mercedes-Benz Goes Green with its BlueTech Diesel Luxury ML430 SUV

70 THEATER REVIEW: Jersey Boys 74 HIGHLIGHT: Heroine on Horseback: Cowgirl Designs Promises Many More Happy Trails to Horses

78 RELATIONSHIPS & DATING: Ask the Dating Coach 80 GOING GREEN: How Eco-Friendly Are You? 82 HOT LIST: What’s Hot around the Valley—Now That the Temperature is Down

84 EVENT CALENDAR 86 HIGHLIGHT: Developing Your Child’s Character: Good, OldFashioned Horse Sense




30 Celebrity Chef Tour, James Beard Foundation 56 Tenth Annual AZ’s FINEST, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 94 Jake’s Corner Red Carpet Premiere


88 ASK THE VET: Halloween and Your Pets: Treats Can Be Tricky 90 ADOPT-A-PET: Good Friends Who Need Great Homes!


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PHOTOGRAPHERS Director of Photography Eric Fairchild Photographers Michelle Brodsky, Mark Susan, Caroline Gutierrez, Larry Rubino

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elcome to our annual Western issue! This year, we rounded up the latest in Western high-end fall fashion for our cover feature. Get ready to hit Saks Fifth Avenue or step out in some stylish Jimmy Choo shoes! The cooling temperatures bring out some great activities, and our Event Calendar is always a great place to find local festivals, shows, and more. To fill your dance card even fuller, we’ve got a couple of new sections brimming with ideas on how to spend your fall days. Our Day Trippers and Weekenders section scours Arizona for places to spend the day or an extended weekend. This issue’s contribution examines the four elements—whether you want to hit the water, fly the skies, mine the earth, or study fire, we have something for everyone. Our Hot List clues you in on some of the Valley’s happening festivities, books, recipes, and more. For some additional really-need-it fashions as well as some must-have décor items, check out our Gotta Have It section, which features some great furniture and flooring ideas. Our Design Sense department has some good advice on how to choose the right pieces—and right placements—for your rooms. And if you’re considering revamping the inside of your house, consider changing up your yard, too. Our Home & Design article shows you how to get that beautiful backyard you’ve always wanted while maximizing the space you’ve got! How “green” am I? What activity can I involve my child in to build his confidence or her self-esteem? Where’s a good place to get some gelato? Read on to find answers to these questions and to discover a can’t-miss Vegas show, a growing animal-rescue organization, and a great local band that serves up both country and rock. Enjoy fall in the desert, and thank you to all our advertisers who continue to support us. Wishing you all a successful and serene fall season. Cheers!

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October/November 2008 PHOTOGRAPHY Eric Fairchild, a commercial photographer with fifteen years experience, owns and operates Phoenixbased Fairchild Photography, a complete digital and traditional film photography studio. Specialties include advertising, people, editorial, architecture, and automotive photography.

Mind & Body Keith Jones is a fourteen-year Valley resident. The beautiful Arizona sun helps fuel his passion for helping others. As founder of Total Being, Keith “inspires you to inspire others.”

Techno 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, camera, network, or computer, Jon has probably used it.

Theater & Book Reviews

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

JEWELS Andrew Zychowski, owner of Andrew Z Diamonds and Fine Jewelry in Anthem, is a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America and is an IJO master jeweler. As a second-generation jeweler with twenty-five years of experience, his motto is “Brilliance You Deserve.”

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


Ben Miles is a theater critic and educator with membership in both the American Theatre Critic’s Association and the Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle. Currently, Ben teaches at the Art Institute of California. His latest book is titled SPEECHES: An E-Guide to Effective Speechmaking.

Laura Henry has been studying astrology and metaphysics for over 25 years and is available for readings via phone or in person. She uses astrology to assist people wishing to discover their strengths, challenges, and gifts in this lifetime, as well as examining future trends for clients to maximize opportunities for personal growth. Readings are taped and completely confidential.


Local Profile

Matt Sheker owns and operates The Winery, located in Anthem. It opened its doors to the North Valley in 2004. Matt and his wife Theresa describe their business as “a unique vintage experience.”

DESIGN SENSE Diane Maier is an accomplished interior designer and the owner of Casa Paloma Home Interiors & Design, located in the North Scottsdale Marketplace at Scottsdale Road and Lone Mountain. Diane is an expert in green interior design, abundant living, and feng shui concepts, all of which will be covered in her forthcoming book, Create Your Best Life, By Design!.

Art & Culture Tyson Qualls recently relocated to Arizona from Northern California. After graduating from Pacific Union College in 2007, he started his career as a writer. He was married in May, and when he isn’t writing, he works as a behavior coach for special-needs children. art&



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Kevin Madness began his writing career by forging excused absence forms in elementary school and later honed his skills as a journalist at Michigan State University. He then moved into a motor home and now travels far and wide writing and performing music.

GIVING BACK ZM Wagner is a freelance writer and novelist. He has written several books, including the political satire One Nation Under George. He currently resides in Phoenix and is working on his next novel.

Beauty Alfonso Gonzales is a master stylist and director of education for Par Exsalonce Salon and Day Spa on Market Street at DC Ranch, and is also certified as a Bumble and Bumble Network Educator. He has been with the salon for nearly seven years, and has participated in hair seminars across the country.

Health & Fitness Diana Bocco is a writer, published author, writing coach, and consultant with over ten years experience in the publishing field. Diana teaches writing classes at and is the author of two upcoming books.

Arizona Fun facts He has been called a cowboy singer, a humorist, and a storyteller, and 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.

relationships 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.

Flavor Alison Malone has lived in Australia and has traveled to such destinations as Fiji, England, Thailand, Spain, Nepal, the Cook Islands, Portugal, New Zealand and France. When not at her laptop, she can be found strolling on the beach, carving up the slopes and poring over travel guides, cookbooks and interior design magazines at local bookstores.

COVER FEATURE Crystal Carson’s fashion style is sophisticated—and audacious. She’s been a fashionista since she was a little girl rummaging through her mommy’s closet and playing dress-up with her brother. Fashion is a form of art, she insists, and she has certainly devised some masterpieces.

Photography Mark Susan is a fashion and editorial freelance photographer based out of Scottsdale. He grew up in Seoul, Korea before moving to Wisconsin, and graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor of science in economics. Mark enjoys traveling, experiencing new restaurants, playing golf and tennis, and spending time with friends and family.

NVM Correction Notice In the August/September 2008 issue of North Valley Magazine, the location of the Girls’ Night Out to Cut Out Domestic Abuse event listed in the Giving Back article was listed incorrectly. The event will be held at Dolce Salon & Spa at Arrowhead, in Peoria, Arizona. North Valley Magazine apologizes for this error.





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KYLI Gray microknit wrap sweater / BCBG Max Azria / Saks Fifth Avenue / $318 Rosary necklace / Guess / $20


Brown ostrich cowboy boot / 1883 by Lucchese / Sheplers / $399.99 Gold aviators / YSL / Saks Fifth Avenue / $295 Toby Keith cowboy hat / Sheplers / $29.99 Dark denim slim boot-cut jeans / Joes / Scottsdale Jean Co. / $178 Dark brown duster jacket / Outback Trading Co. / Sheplers / $99

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Brown felt cowboy hat / Scala / Sheplers / $39.99 Brown microcord trouser / Michael Kors / Saks Fifth Avenue / $195 Turquoise and brown plaid men’s dress shirt / double S / Sheplers / $35 Leather stitched lapel lambskin blazer / Scully / Sheplers / $299.99 Brown leather cowboy boots / 1883 by Lucchese / Sheplers / $399.99


Turquoise scrolled leather belt / Sheplers / $65 Straw cowboy hat with blue detail / Scala / Sheplers / $29.99 Beige with blue yoke and floral embroidery shirt / Scully / Sheplers / $69.99 Brown skinny riding pant / Vince / Saks Fifth Avenue / $210 Light brown suede slouchy cowboy boot / Durango / Sheplers / $279.99

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Jimmy Choo black suede fringe boot (bill) / Jimmy Choo / $1,295 Leopard print-trim rouched athletic shirt / Jaquette / Scottsdale Jean Co. / $64 Dark denim skinny capri / Guess / $138 Chinchilla-fringe hooded vest jacket / Adriene Landau / Saks Fifth Avenue / $775 Brown leather wristband / Guess / $24 Silver charm bracelet / Guess / $30

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Embellished artisan beige silk dress / Danang / Scottsdale Jean Co. / $150 Beige suede bootie with white belt / Givenchy / Saks Fifth Avenue / $595 Lemon topaz, sardonyx, 18K vermeil dangle chain Y-style necklace / Devon Leigh / $725 Amber quartz in 14K gold-filled wire earrings / Devon Leigh / $375 Crystal belt / / $145


Brown distressed leather boot / Mark Nason / Scottsdale Jean Co. / $415 Premium distressed denim / Guess / $168 Distressed white long-sleeve T-shirt / John Varvatos / Saks Fifth Avenue / $155 Gray leather jacket / Armani / Saks Fifth Avenue / $1,745

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Sunset relaxed-leg jeans / Guess / $158 Plaid sheer button-up shirt / Jon Havataras / Saks Fifth Avenue / $165 Vest / John Havtos / $224


Jerry ultra-skinny jeans / William Rast / Scottsdale Jean Co. / $189 White bustier / Guess / $69 24K gold-wrapped white agate earrings / Devon Leigh / $298 Christie Vest / 100 percent cotton yarn-dye dotted stripe / Lily and Jae / Covet / $124

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Brown suede vest / Cripple Creek / Sheplers / $139 White jersey bell-arm top / Guess / $59 Amber Y-style necklace / Devon Leigh / $525

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iving your best life begins by designing an environment in your home that is conducive to creating happiness, success, and joy. Harmony, energy, and intention each play a role in creating a home that is a true reflection of the life that you want to create. When you “live by design,” you set the stage to bring abundance into every part of your life. Living your best life always begins at home. The space you surround yourself with has a huge impact on your life. If you are feeling unmotivated or restless, it could be from negative energy that

is lingering in your home. You may be holding onto items that you simply don’t care about any longer. Your surroundings should nurture and feed your senses, always. Clearing the clutter will help you create harmonious spaces that work for the way that you and your family want to live. Start by carving out a space that will be uniquely your own—a place to retreat to when you are feeling stressed or tired. Your retreat could be a luxurious tub dressed with candles and thirsty towels. It could be a cushioned seat by the fireplace on a chilly day or a poolside table to enjoy your coffee while listening to morning bird songs. When

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Visualize a setting that you enjoy visiting, one that has a special ambience and is a place in which you feel completely comfortable and at home. Is it a lake house? A festive holiday setting? A room in a friend’s home where everyone loves to linger? The elements that are clearest in your mind will help you create your own design.


Too often, we wait for company to visit to make the spaces in our home special. Don’t wait for visitors to put the good towels out in the guest bath or the flowers in the spare room. It’s your home. Enjoy it every day.


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Pay special attention to your bedroom. The view from the bed is much more important than the view from the doorway. Does the sun come in and wake you each morning? Does your mattress need to be upgraded? Your bedroom should be comfortable and conducive to getting a good night’s sleep. It is where each day begins.


Everyone who lives in your home should have a space in which he or she feels comfortable. A tall man and a short woman are not going to be comfortable on the same piece of furniture. Look at your life and what it needs, rather than decorating to mimic what others are doing. Good design doesn’t just happen by accident. Your home should be a reflection of who you are and the way that you want to live. Make yourself the center of your universe, and your house will feel like a home.

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t’s not a career that defines Laura Lasko, though she has devoted much of her life to working with children and teenagers as a mental health professional. Nor is it her accomplished academic efforts with Arizona State University, where she will soon receive a Ph.D. in developmental psychology. What makes Lasko special is her drive to serve the community. This force continues long after she clocks out of work, showing itself through her dedication to charity and volunteerism. “I am committed to assisting others to reach their highest potential and find tremendous joy and satisfaction in doing so,” Lasko says. For ten years, she has been involved with Anytown Arizona, a youth leadership camp in Prescott. Through training and application, the children are taught to be socially inclusive and respect racial, cultural, and spiritual diversity. Lasko says that when camp ends and the kids return home, they bring tolerance and leadership back to their respective communities. Perhaps Lasko’s greatest contribution to the community is the unique nonprofit organization called Purses and Love. Lasko founded the charity in 2007 with a friend Devy Walker, a local boutique owner who has a passion for supporting abused mothers. The charity collects new and gently used purses, fills them with useful items like

phone cards, beauty products, and wallets, and gives them to the children of the victims, who in turn present them to their mothers. Lasko says there is a special significance of the child giving the purse to the mother. “It provides children in domestic violence shelters the opportunity to express their affection, concern, and support for their mothers in a simple but tangible way,” she explains.

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Pete Incardona, Marble Sculptor A Chip off the Old Block By Tyson Qualls


arble sculptor Pete Incardona represents the third consecutive generation of quarry owners and has a wealth of knowledge that can only be gained from several lifetimes of experience. It is no wonder that he has an immense amount of respect for the raw product.

“Every time I cut a rock, I see something I’ve never seen before.” “I just try not to overpower what God has already done,” he says. The Incardona family is an embodiment of the now venerable concept of the American Dream. The family began the trek to America in 1916. Incardona’s grandfather emigrated from Italy, and after becoming financially stable in the United States, he returned to Italy to retrieve his family and settle down in America. Quarry work was in the blood of his ancestors, and Incardona has successfully continued the tradition. The world of marble sculpting has evolved significantly over the years. Incardona’s father did not have the luxuries of today’s tools. It is hard to believe that, in his day, he sometimes had to spend over nine years working on a single project. Incardona has been able to craft new and exciting creations without sacrificing the traditions of generations of rock sculptors. While he may not take nine years to finish a piece, he still puts his heart and soul into each work of art. Specializing in custom work, Incardona’s Sunrise Mine Marble Gallery houses a multitude of treasures. Seeing them in photos represents only a fraction of their beauty, and luckily for potential clients, Incardona is far from a reclusive artist. Warm and friendly, he readily opens up about his life’s work. As a well-respected businessman, Incardona serves the entire Valley with pride. Incardona’s workshop at the Sunrise Mine is a haven for limitless projects. Anything can be found there, from sculptures and fountains to benches and tables. Incardona is known for his ability to take on even the toughest custom requests from clients. While his specialty is fountains, Incardona is capable of creating a masterpiece out of any client’s assignment. Two of the most popular types of marble handled by Incardona are Arizona onyx and Aguila stone. He has used these frequently throughout his career and enjoys working with such beautiful types of rock. The easiest way to get your hands on these prized possessions is to head up to Wickenburg, Arizona and meet with Incardona at the Sunrise Mine. With a little bit of time and imagination, he can satisfy the needs of

any customer, no matter how difficult the project may be. As a frequent contributor to ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover, Incardona also understands the need for a society that helps support those less fortunate. All work done for Extreme Home Makeover is without compensation. A man of principle, Incardona once put ABC executives on hold so he could finish an important cut so as not to sacrifice the quality of his work. His charitable work factors in his future goals. In the present sagging economy, he has made it his mission to “try and make custom marble work affordable for the public and more in the realm of people’s pocketbooks.” Incardona is deeply zealous about his line of work. The creative opportunities and unique work environment goes beyond a traditional nine-to-five. It is rare to encounter an individual who is so enthralled with his profession. A man of many talents, Incardona is a kindhearted artist with a passion for helping others. Ironically, the reason behind his love for marble sculpting is as simple as it is ingenious. “Every time I cut a rock, I see something I’ve never seen before,” he says.

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he Old West was quickly fading from reality into the realm of myth by the mid-1920s. Most of the old-time gunfighters had gone on to their great reward, and Hollywood took up the chore of reinventing them. So, Tom Mix ended up making $17,000 a week performing superhuman feats from atop his famous horse, Tony. During the Roaring Twenties, the heroes of the silver screen packed two six-guns, which never needed reloading, wore cowboy boots with their trouser legs tucked in them, were quick on the draw, and never lost their hats in a fistfight. Soon, the public, especially children, began to believe these shooting stars represented the real gunfighters. In the late 1920s, there was still one old gunfighter left. His name was Jim Roberts. He was nearly 70 by this time and walked with a stoop. He was still wearing a badge and was the law in the mining town of Clarkdale. Old timers remembered Jim as the top gun in the notorious Pleasant Valley War between the Grahams and the Tewksburys. After that war ended, he became a lawman and was one of Arizona’s greatest peace officers. Kids would hear about Uncle Jim’s days as a fearless gunfighter and lawman, but his appearance was disappointing. He didn’t dress like Tom Mix. They’d ask him to demonstrate his quick draw, and he’d slowly pull his nickel-plated Colt revolver out of his hip pocket and, holding it with both hands, would take deliberate aim. Why, they asked, didn’t he fan his pistol like Tom Mix? And why did he pack his pistol in his hip pocket instead of using a silver-studded holster? Uncle Jim didn’t even wear a cowboy hat! They began to look at the old timer with doubt. Uncle Jim just grinned and went about his duties, and in time, the children began to believe the stories their parents told were just tall tales. All those doubts about Uncle Jim Roberts were laid to rest one day in 1928 when two bank robbers held up the Bank of Arizona in downtown Clarkdale. They walked out the door and jumped into their car with $40,000. It was the largest robbery in Arizona history at the time. The desperadoes turned the corner just as Uncle Jim was making his rounds. Spotting the old lawman, one fired a shot that ricocheted off the sidewalk in front of him. As the car sped by, Uncle Jim drew his pistol from his hip pocket, took aim with both hands, and shot the driver through the head. The car careened off the road and the other robber meekly surrendered. Those youngsters in Clarkdale knew they’d seen the real McCoy in action that day. As far as they were concerned, Uncle Jim could outshoot, outthink, and outfight those silver-screen cowboys any day of the week. Uncle Jim died of a heart attack on January 8, 1934 while making his rounds. It seems fitting that one of the Old West’s greatest lawmen and the last gunfighter of the Pleasant Valley War should die with his boots on. But wait a minute—one thing I forgot to mention was that Uncle Jim didn’t wear cowboy boots.

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want to share a personal experience that has led to a breakthrough in an area of my life in which I lacked power. I hope my story will inspire you to take on similar areas of your life. This summer, I made a declaration to conquer my discomfort in water and become powerful when I go in. For most of my life, I held a fear of water. While I had no trouble getting into the water, I would not go beyond my comfort zone. If I could not stand up in the water, I was not going in. Fear of drowning paralyzed me. This negative relationship with water cost me a lot in life. For starters, I never reaped the fitness benefits offered by swimming. I missed out on the fun and connection that came with spending time in water with friends at parties, water parks, and afternoons on the lake. And I felt powerless. It was clear to me that if I did not do something about this, my almost certain future was going to be one in which I missed out on many amazing experiences with friends. So, in May, I made a conscious choice to become powerful in the water. This was more of an emotional journey than a physical one. It required me to take the following steps: 1. publicly make a declaration to become powerful in this area of my life 2. make a commitment to realize this goal and allow nothing to get in the way of it (especially me and my fear) 3. put aside my need to “look good,” and share my fear and inability to swim with people


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4. allow people in my life to support me. My friends went to the pool regularly with me 5. take weekly lessons from a swim coach 6. practice drills each day (even when I did not feel like it) My unwavering commitment resulted in the following triumphs and breakthroughs: • swimming 50 meters effortlessly • diving into the deep end of the pool (12 feet) • water-skiing in Lake Pleasant • soaring confidence • becoming totally powerful in the water All of these things are miracles, the biggest one being that I stopped being content with simply getting better in areas I mastered. I took on the goal of becoming powerful in an area in which I lacked power. I invite you to become powerful in an area of your life in which you are stopped, too.


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n the competitive world of music, versatility is a hot commodity. Mike DeWitt of the Phoenix-based Young Country Band understood the need to diversify eight years ago when he created an alter ego for his country band—an alternative rock band dubbed North. The flexibility in both the music and the size of his band opens Mike and his bandmates to a wider array of opportunities. Young Country Band, formed in 1992 by longtime best friends lead vocalist/acoustic guitarist Mike DeWitt and lead vocalist/ bass player Teddy James, is composed of five full-time members but can morph into a musical ensemble as small as a two-piece acoustic duo or as large as an eight-piece band. Matt Goodman offers his talents on drums and vocals, while Adam Armijo plays lead guitar. And, band member Mike Smith is reason enough to catch the band in action at least once, DeWitt says. Smith’s twenty-year touring record with the Gatlin Brothers helped him garner acclaim for his impressive skills on the steel guitar. The band under either name plays mostly covers, but Young Country Band’s 1997 album of fifteen original tracks provides some additional material. Whether you fancy Keith Urban or Gnarls Barkley, they’ve got it covered—even Prince’s “Purple Rain,” one of the band’s most popular requests. DeWitt is building a new acoustic group that will pay tribute to the styling of popular artists John Mayer, Jason Mraz, and Jack Johnson. In every capacity, DeWitt and the others look forward to working in the Valley for many years to come. If you’d like to see them perform in October, catch Young Country Band at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral on October 3 and 4. North will be rocking out at O’Donoghue’s Irish Pub in Scottsdale on October 11. So slip on your cowboy boots or your favorite rock T-shirt and head out for a night of fun in the (slightly) cooled October temperatures of the Valley. — CASSAUNDRA BROOKS For booking or current schedule information, visit or To order an album of original Young Country Band tracks, e-mail Mike DeWitt at

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Over the last year, I became frustrated with the limitations of my point-and-shoot camera and recently bought my first digital SLR camera. I just got back from my vacation where I was trying to capture some of the beautiful landscapes in the Rockies. My results were not quite as I had hoped—either the sky looked great and the mountains dark, or the mountains were perfectly exposed and the sky was white. I thought the exposure systems on DSLRs were supposed to help with this. Am I doing something wrong, or what would you suggest?


I can understand your frustration, as the situation you describe is very common and one of the most difficult shots to capture, whether you have a $100 P&S or a $10,000 Hasselblad. The fundamental issue is dynamic range (i.e., the range in brightness between shadow and highlight). The human eye is an amazing optical instrument; in camera terms, it’s able to resolve approximately an 11-stop range of brightness. Most cameras can only manage around five stops at best— hence the challenge you describe—so a camera can’t always capture what you see. A camera’s exposure system samples values from many points, averaging them to arrive at what it thinks the optimum exposure is. If there is more sky in the frame, it will tend to underexpose the foreground. With smaller amounts of bright sky, 42

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the foreground exposure will improve, but the sky becomes overexposed, or “blown out.” There are a few solutions: 1. Your DSLR will have a “bracketing” function. This automatically takes extra shots set above and below the averaged exposure. If the range is not too wide, one of these may hit on a better result. 2. A graduated neutral density filter can be used, which essentially adds sunglasses to half your lens, thus limiting light from the bright sky. You would align the graduated portion with the horizon, and it will help balance the differences. These filters are available in different sizes and amounts of light reduction. 3. Because the photos are digital, you can correct afterwards in software. If you have a tripod, take multiple exposures with different settings and then blend the results to obtain the perfectly exposed image. Tip: If you want to try to get the best from a single shot, err toward exposing the sky correctly. It’s always possible to recover details from the shadows, but once the sky is blown out, the data has gone forever. I hope this helps, and that you manage to capture some great landscapes.


My family is dispersed across the country and they have been pestering me to get a computer so we can e-mail. I have been resisting—I’m now 81! My grandson just gave me one, so I have broken down and am learning how to use it. The mouse is my main trouble, as the double-click is hard for me, and that darn arrow is difficult to see. Is there a way to make it easier?


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What a fantastic thing for your grandson to do. I’m sure you won’t regret it. Your family can also send you photographs, and then there is the Internet to explore.… Yes, there are things that can help. If you access the control panel (hit the start key on the lower left and click Control Panel), then click Printers and Other Hardware, you will find an option for Mouse, which lets you control how it works. Depending on the version of Windows you have, instructions may vary. Three things should help immediately.

2. You can change the style of the pointer using schemes in the Pointers tab. There is normally an option for Extra-Large. 3. Lastly, look for a setting called “pointer trails” under the Pointer Options tab in the Mouse Properties window. This creates a trail behind your pointer as it moves, making it much easier to follow and see. Trying some of these settings should improve your mouse challenges and make life easier. Good luck, and do stick with it.

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RESCUE has saved over 9,000 cats and dogs from being put to death in pounds and shelters across Maricopa County since 1995. Their unique matching service has resulted in a low 8 percent return rate of their adopted animals, compared with the average of around 50 percent. RESCUE is Maricopa County’s largest no-kill animal rescue organization, which is made more remarkable by the fact that it is a “virtual” shelter with no facilities of its own. The animals they rescue are kept either by one of 400 foster families or by friendly participating veterinarians. While this has been a highly successful method, it severely limits RESCUE’s ability to save even larger numbers of animals that are condemned to death every day at various pounds. They are now working to change all of that with exciting plans for their very own facility. This will enable them to save thousands more of these wonderful pets, as well as to help them to become financially self-sustaining—a crucial component, as their veterinary bills alone run into the tens of thousands every month. So far, RESCUE has raised $100,000 of the $500,000 price tag. The help of individuals and the community is key to reaching their goal. If you are in search of that special one to complete your household and add a little extra touch of companionship and love, RESCUE can help you find the perfect match. To learn more about donating to AZ RESCUE or if you’re looking for that special someone, contact the organization at or visit their Web site at




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Jackie and Scott Baumgarten met at a bar in Tempe, quickly discovered that they both worked at the same company, and spent the next year in a forbidden office romance! They married in 2007. Scott grew up in California and now works in the commercial real estate industry as an office broker with Grubb & Ellis BRE, where he is a senior associate. Jackie is a Valley native and works in commercial real estate at CB Richard Ellis. When the Baumgartens aren’t busy with their community service work—which includes volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House, St. Vincent DePaul, Brokers for Kids, St. Luke Board of Visitor and the Thomas J Pappas School—they enjoy entertaining, traveling, attending concerts around the Valley, and spending time with their dog, Ivy.

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Bryan and Meghan Gottfredson met in college at the University of Arizona and married in 2002. Bryan was born in New York but was raised in Tucson, where he became a true Wildcat when he attended law school at U of A. He is now an attorney at Galbut & Galbut, and currently serves in the Phoenix Men’s Arts Counsel, is on the University of Arizona Law College Class Alumni Committee, is a volunteer lawyer for the Democratic Clean Elections Program, and is a member of the Beta Theta Pi Board of Directors. Meghan was born and raised in California before attending U of A for her undergrad degree, and she returned to California for her master’s degree. She currently is a secondgrade teacher. Meghan’s most recent community service activities include Junior League of Phoenix, Tucson Children’s Museum Board of Directors, and Habitat for Humanity. Together, Bryan and Meghan enjoy golfing, entertaining, watching Pac 10 sports, and visiting friends and family. They now call Phoenix home.

John Shaff and Charlotte Risch met at an Arizona Cardinals football game and are currently planning their wedding in January of 2009. John is an Arizona native and a physician’s assistant at Arizona Hand and Wrist Specialists. John is a member of the Team in Training with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation, and has volunteered time at Big Brothers Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity. Charlotte hails from the Midwest. Following a career in TV and advertising, she started her own PR business, The Media Push, three years ago. Charlotte has been a Fiesta Bowl Media Relations Committee member since 1999, is a mentor for the Pat Tillman Scholar program, and provides numerous hours donating her talent in public relations to local charities. When they aren’t planning their wedding or working, they enjoy watching local sports, going out to eat, watching movies, and throwing pool parties at their Phoenix home.

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Patrick and Carrie Klein met at the University of Arizona and are huge Wildcat fans. They have been married for ten years. Patrick, who is originally from San Diego, is now an attorney at Fennemore Craig and previously worked for the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. His community service work includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and volunteer work with Brophy College Prep. Carrie is currently a yoga instructor at Desert Song Yoga and Massage Center, where she also serves as marketing director. Community highlights include serving on the Board of Directors for the Phoenix Art Museum’s Women’s Metropolitan Arts Council, and volunteering with the North Central Parenting Group and the Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center. The Kleins are the proud parents of a 2-year-old son, Kellen, and enjoy spending time with family and friends and exploring all Arizona has to offer.

Curt and Leslie are both Valley natives and were high school sweethearts at Brophy Prep and Xavier. Curt is a CPA, has his MBA, and has worked in commercial banking for more than thirteen years. He is senior vice president and Southwest Credit Executive at MidFirst Bank. Curt volunteers on the executive council for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix and as the board liaison to the Board of Directors. Leslie practiced law at Snell and Wilmer for ten years and is now working in government for Federal Judge James A. Teilborg. Leslie participates in the Volunteer Lawyers Program and contributes pro bono services to several charitable organizations. She is a member of the Junior League and spent two years on the Women Living Free Committee. They are proud parents of 4-year-old Carter and 1-year-old Madeleine. The family enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.

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Ryan Patterson and Nicole Gonzales-Valentino were engaged this last April and are busy planning their June 2009 wedding in Puerto Rico. Nicole was born in California and spent her youth living in Puerto Rico, Honduras, and other places outside the United States. She graduated from the University of Arizona Law School and is public affairs manager for the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Her community service work includes volunteer work with YMCA and the Red Cross, fund-raising for the U of A College of Law, the Hispanic National Bar Association mentoring program, and others. Ryan is a Valley native who also attended law school at the U of A. He now is an attorney with Quarles & Brady. Ryan’s community service highlights include fund-raising for the U of A College of Law, being a homeroom parent at an elementary school with a large underprivileged population, and volunteer work with the Boys & Girls Club and YMCA. Ryan and Nicole are excited about starting their lives together and planting their roots in Phoenix.

Cory Whalin and Christine Corey Whalin met on April Fools Day, and some say fate brought them together, given the name they have in common. They were married in 2006 and reside in Phoenix. Cory is from Texas. He joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves and served in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and the Horn of Africa. After service, he followed his passion and opened Scottsdale’s First Winery, Su Vino Winery. His community service work includes helping the Epilepsy Foundation, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and more. Christine is proud to call herself an Arizona native. She attended Northern Arizona University and is currently an attorney at the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office. Christine supports the Ronald McDonald House and served as a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

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Elemental Journey By Cassaundra Brooks and Alana Stroud Arizona is a great state for enjoying pleasant fall excursions. In our search for autumn outings, we turned to the four elements: water, air, earth, and fire. If the price of another precious natural resource is making trips a little harder on you and your gas-guzzler, you needn’t drive far for some quality entertainment and relaxation. But if you don’t mind the drive and the few extra bucks, try out one of the more distant destinations for a nice extended weekend.

WATER Lake Pleasant • Phone: (602) 372-7460 • Approximately 24 miles Fees: One day: $6 per car; $2 per watercraft. Developed campgrounds are $20 per night.

If you’re looking for fun, beautiful Lake Pleasant Regional Park offers recreational activities such as mountain biking, camping, and hiking, as well as developed sites for RV and tent camping. Visitors can enjoy waterskiing, Jet-Skiing, boat rentals, sailing, or fishing! While there, venture over to the educational visitors’ center that overlooks the New Waddell Dam. Blue Ridge Reservoir Phone: (928) 477-2255 • Approximately 128 miles • Fees: $8 per night/campsite

For a tranquil, scenic weekend away, this narrow reservoir winds gracefully between steep, forested canyon walls and is ideal for kayaking or canoeing. Try your hand at fishing for rainbow, brown, or brook trout—all are stocked by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The picturesque backdrop also provides ample opportunity for sightseeing, wildlife watching, hiking, and mountain biking. Note to the physically impaired: The shoreline is very steep with large boulders. Plan to enjoy the reservoir on the water.


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AIR Turf Soaring School Phone: (602) 439-3621 Approximately 16.5 miles Fees: Scenic rides $109–$169; Sailplane rental $39–$59/hr.

Take your mundane day to new heights at Turf Soaring School. Your pilot will not only demonstrate basic flying techniques and draw your attention to points of interest, but will also hand the controls over to you so you can “taste the very personal freedom of flight,” as the Web site poetically states. When you’ve returned to solid ground, your flight will be entered into an official pilot’s logbook that you may take home as a souvenir. Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours Phone: (888) 708-4706 Approximately 205 miles Fees: $215.50 per adult and child for 50 minutes

Board a helicopter at the South Rim heliport and settle in for a narrated tour in the skies. Fly over the North Rim and Eastern Gorge and soar past the Dragon Corridor and Dragon’s Head. Check out the Kaibab Forest and the Kaibab Plateau as well as Zuni Corridor, where the Little Colorado River meets the Colorado River, Point Imperial, and Temple Butte.

both where to look and how to sluice the pan for gold and garnets. Enjoy the fourwheel drive through wonderful desert areas in Arizona’s backcountry along the way. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center Phone: (520) 798-1201 Approximately 124 miles Fees: Field trip prices vary

Return visitors are not uncommon at Old Pueblo’s Archaeology Center. The guided tours of ongoing excavations of ancient cultural features bring out the curiosity of children and adults alike to see the progress being made and the new archaeological discoveries that continually surface. Tours typically last one to two hours.

FIRE Hot Air Expeditions Phone: (480) 502-6999 Approximately 0 miles Fees: $175 per person; $195 per person with hotel pickup; $8 fuel surcharge per person

The romantic individual and the adventure seeker will both appreciate the exhilaration and serenity of ballooning. At speeds of five or six miles per hour, you can hardly detect any motion as you fly with the wind. To commemorate your experience, you will be inducted into the ballooning society and awarded the Certificate d’Ascension en Machine Aerostatique. Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting

EARTH Arrowhead Desert Tours: Gold Panning Phone: (602) 942-3361 Approximately 23 miles Fees: $89/adult, $69/child

Gold never goes out of style! Try to strike it rich as experienced prospectors teach you how to prospect for gold on Paydirt’s milelong gold claim. You will be provided with equipment, and your guide will show you Phone: (602) 275-3473 Approximately 27 miles Fees: Adults, $6; senior citizens 62 and up, $5; students 6 to 17, $4; children 3 to 5, $1.50; members and children under 3, free

Honor the history of firefighting at the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes. Over 90 restored pieces of fire apparatus dating from 1725 to 1969 and brought in from across America, as well as England, France, Austria, Germany, and Japan, are on display.

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By Cassaundra Brooks • Photography by Mark Susan Mesa’s Enmar Hardwood Flooring offers a design must-have for every Arizona home: reclaimed floors. The company culls the aged timbers from buildings left behind by the country’s pioneers. Prices vary. (480) 497-1633 or

Go for some rustic “green” with this “Dixie” demi wall table, made from reclaimed teak from northern Thailand, with a top formed from a solid wheel and legs made from an old wagon wheel hub. $369 at Valerie’s Furniture & Accents. (480) 483-3327 or 54

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This Bradington & Young chair is named “The Cameron,” and would be a comfortable, stylish addition to any Western home. The pillow, decorated with bone, beads, and fringe, is the perfect accent. $2,519 and $259, respectively, at Valerie’s Furniture & Accents. (480) 483-3327 or

Cows beware: This tri-color Buckley sofa sports classic cowhide, along with a barn-wood finish, nailhead trim, and top-grain leather. Pillows are included in its $4,199 price tag. The horn-legged cowhide stool is sold separately for a bargain-price of $199. At Valerie’s Furniture & Accents. (480) 483-3327 or

Whether riding, walking, or dancing, these Ariat “Gem Baby” boots, sporting beautiful brown and blue leather, complete your ensemble nicely. $119 at Saba’s. (480) 595-0959 or

Fringe fanatics can show off in this

Cripple Creek leather jacket with metal buttons and beautiful embroidery. $220 at Saba’s. (480) 595-0959 or Store your wine in this classy Western wine bar with cowhide accents, a solid walnut slab top, and hickory legs. $2,759 at Valerie’s Furniture & Accents. (480) 483-3327 or

Slip into some lizard with these unique Dan Post “Gunshot” boots, made from lizard skin and denim. $295 at Saba’s. (480) 595-0959 or

Fittingly named “The Barb,” this lamp of hand-forged iron was created by a Tucson artist and is accompanied by a metal shade with mica reproduction inserts and a turquoise finial. $399 and $299, respectively, at Valerie’s Furniture & Accents. (480) 483-3327 or

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Tenth Annual AZ’s Finest » Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Ritz Carlton, 2401 E Camelback Rd., Phoenix Photography by Larry Rubino The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Arizona presented the Tenth Annual AZ’s FINEST Event at The Ritz Carlton, with all proceeds used for scientific advances toward a cure for Cystic Fibrosis and also benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital and University Medical Center in Tucson. The black-tie dinner and silent auction gala spotlighted twenty Valley trendsetting businessmen and women who have shown strong leadership qualities, are active in volunteer roles, and have been driving forces in the Arizona business community. The evening was hosted by ABC 15’s Katie Raml.

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On the

Road By Jon Kenton


hether you are a budding road warrior or just heading out on vacation and want to take your computer with you to stay connected or manage your digital photos, there are a number of things to consider that will make your life easier. Being on the road can mean long periods during which you will have no access to main power. It should go without saying, but having a spare battery charged and ready to go is always a good idea. If you are watching your favorite movie on a long plane flight, running out of juice twenty minutes before the end can be very frustrating—I know, I’ve done it. Most laptops have a variety of battery options. The standard battery probably won’t hold up for more than a few hours of constant use. Most manufacturers offer a high-capacity battery that can power your laptop for twice as long as the standard one. Some laptops also have an option for a secondary battery, although you may have to take out your CD/DVD drive in order to use it. Working untethered by cables is one of the beauties of the laptop, but being able to plug in to a power source enables you to keep that battery charged for when you really need it. Procuring a good multisource charger is a sensible move. They will work 58

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on all worldwide voltages and have adaptors for your car and the special sockets found in some airplane seats. You can get one specifically for your laptop, but a universal one is probably a better idea. They come with a selection of tips that will fit the power connectors of nearly all current laptops. Even better is a multi-charger that also comes with adaptors for your cell phone, PDA, and many of the other electronic gadgets we travel with. Many devices can also be charged via a USB cable (e.g. cell phone or iPod) so find the right cable for your device and charge it from your laptop. Probably the biggest issue when on the road is Internet access as we strive to remain connected. All the major hotel chains in the cities offer access, but you shouldn’t take it for granted (even today) that your cozy motel out on the road will have Internet for guests. In many hotels, they may offer you a connection, but there is a cost—it’s usually less than $10 a day here in the USA but it can be lots more if you travel overseas. Many of the larger chains have a nice Ethernet cable sitting there for you in your room in addition to wireless access in the public areas. Some offer these as a combined service, but do check with the front desk first before you get a surprise and find you have been charged twice! If you must be connected wherever you are, then your cell phone provider will offer a broadband service that you can use via an

add-on card that they will sell you for your laptop. It’s not cheap, and speeds are a lot slower than direct or wireless access, but if you have to be “live” when sitting in the park, then that’s the way to go. If you don’t want to pay, some hotels do offer free WiFi, at least in the public areas—add that to your checklist as you choose your accommodations. There are also lots of places to find free WiFi: independent coffee shops are always a good bet, and even some of those larger ones are (you know whom I mean). Don’t forget public libraries, as they can be a good source for free Internet. When you head out on the road, don’t forget some of the other gadgets that can make your life easier. A mini mobile mouse often works with your already-installed Blue Tooth or with a plug-in USB dongle. If you fly and don’t like to use your track pad, consider a rollerball so that you can make the most of that fold-down tray. When computing in a public place, a privacy screen is a good idea. It’s a thin sheet of plastic that fits over your LCD screen and prevents anybody to your side seeing what you are doing. Computing was undoubtedly not on Jack Kerouac’s mind as he headed out “On the Road,” but when you do, make sure you won’t run out of juice and know where to get connected, even if it will cost you a large latte.

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By Cassaundra Brooks Photography by Eric Fairchild


et’s tackle that unruly or bland backyard and transform it into a lively, userfriendly place for you and your family—or the next family who’ll reward your efforts by meeting or exceeding your asking price! Creating a luxury yard that maximizes space and functionality and maintains balance doesn’t always require a huge budget—just knowledge of the needs and general interests of families. You’d be surprised at the versatility your yard possesses. With a little planning and work, it could be that extra room for your house that you’ve always wanted!

A combo of faux Saltillo tile and acrylic lace was custom created by DreamScapes to match the existing patio. These river rocks, available at Home Depot, are relatively inexpensive and not only provide an aesthetic finishing touch but solve the problem of cracks between the newly laid and existing patios.

A spa is a luxurious, space-efficient way to relax with family or friends year-round. The six-seater Gulf Coast Spa LX 8000 (approximately $10,200) fits well into the average-sized backyard. The Better Homes and Gardens Westhaven canopy ($148 at WalMart) provides the much-needed shade and protection from the hot Arizona sun. The bistro table with chairs benefits from the canopy’s shade ($100), and are well-positioned for viewing children playing in the pool or chatting with your spa-loving companions. A synthetic lawn is a great way to get the look of grass and conserve water during the blistering heat of the Arizona summer ($8 per square foot at Echelon). This custom-made pool by DreamScapes Custom Pools and Spas fits this smaller yard like a glove and is suitable for a relaxing dip, a splashfest with your kids, swimming laps, or entertaining a small group of friends. Its streamlined rectangular shape maximizes available space. It’s gas-heated, uses an infloor cleaning system and saltwater chlorination, and sports a pebble-sheen interior and hand-painted tiles from Italy. This size pool starts in the high $20,000s; the tiles cost anywhere from $16 to $20 apiece. A basketball sleeve and volleyball sleeves make even better use of the space and make for fun athletic activities regardless of season.


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This fun, attractive putting green, ideal for all members of the family, utilizes the “dead” space at the side of the house. A custom putting green from Echelon runs $11 per square foot.

These wok-pot fountains are aesthetically pleasing and ecologically conservative as they circulate the water already in use. The columns are made with real stacked stone. The fountain and columns run about $1,100 each. They are available through Dream Scapes. River rocks add the final touch. Don’t spend a fortune and a headache on planting full-grown trees to create a natural privacy screen from the two-storey neighbors, invest in the baby version—like the Italian cypress trees from Home Depot in the background.

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A Baja step is ideal for small children and for enjoying the refreshing water without submerging oneself under water. The umbrellas, available at JC Penny, are a solid investment at $170 each, providing shade and protecting your skin from the sun. A convenient way to find fitting furniture is to check out, which is where these Strathwood chaise lounges ($189.99 each) and Strathwood Talbot hardwood double sun lounger ($540) were located. The eggshell Strathwood Talbot double sun lounger cushion is $280; the single chaise lounge cushions by Delahey are from WalMart ($49.99 each). Striped chaise lounge towel covers are $25 apiece, protecting the cushions from fading and providing useful pockets for storing sunscreen and poolside snacks. Fun, striped pillows from Kohl’s complete the look and the comfort. What backyard would be complete without a barbecue? This three-burner gas grill by Uniflame is a complete yet compact necessity for entertaining friends and family with a proper backyard barbecue feast. $399 at WalMart.

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“Relax and enjoy yourself in the utterly civilized pleasure of taking time for tea.”

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ccording to a recent poll, 88 percent of Americans make health or weight-loss resolutions once summer gets near. According to that same poll, more than 60 percent of those resolutions are already out the window by October 1. Why? Because most of them are plain unreasonable. Is there anything sensible you can do to make yourself healthier, thinner, and stronger year-round? “Forget about fad diets and strict fitness regimens, which do not take into account your own unique metabolism, preferences and overall goals,” says weight-loss authority Dorie McCubbrey, MSEd., PhD. Instead, “focus on developing a routine of self-care that takes you to your goals and feels so good that you’ll maintain it—and your weight success—for life.”



While this may not sound like much, an extra 100 calories a day adds up to 10 pounds a year! Switch from regular to light mayo (and save 100 calories per tablespoon), steam your food or use nonstick cooking spray (instead of oil or butter), eat cornflakes instead of granola, or take the croutons out of your salad. ADD ONE NEW VEGETABLE TO YOUR DIET EVERY WEEK. If you always eat

the same vegetables week after week, you can try switching to different ones in your salads, your sauces, or your scrambled egg mix. If you’re already eating your veggies, simply try to add an extra serving or an additional vegetable to your diet every seven days.

One of the best things you can do for your health (and your waistline) is to give up sodas, artificially sweetened juices, and sport beverages. These liquid sugars cost money, offer zero nutritional value, and are very fattening. “High-calorie beverages don’t contribute to satiety, so if you drink them routinely, you are likely to overconsume calories leading to weight gain,” says Catherine Christie, PhD, RD, director of nutrition programs at the University of North Florida. If water and unsweetened tea won’t do it for you, look for light or diet options. DUMP ALL LIQUID CALORIES.

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Rather than switching to a low-carb diet (which often works but leaves you weak, tired, and with bad breath), find the worst carb you consume during the day and give it up. Is it the doughnut you eat every morning? Switch to a mini-bagel, preferably whole wheat. Better yet, have scrambled eggs and a piece of fruit. Keep the baked potato at lunch, but give it up if you’re eating it only at night.

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Chic Hair for the Holiday Season By Alfonso Gonzales


s the weather in the Valley starts to cool and the holidays approach, the change in temperature signals a change in fashion and style. A quick and easy way to change with the season and stay fresh and current is to transform your hair. With the holidays just weeks away, you’ll want to sport the latest looks at the office party and nights on the town. Follow the Hollywood socialites and A-list celebrities this season and you’re likely to see some common hair trends that you can adapt to fit your style. This season’s bob is hot, and you can see it worn on several celebrities. It is clean, yet versatile. The long bob, blunt bob, textured bob, and bob with a fringe are popular ways to modernize a classic style. Long bobs fall past the shoulders 64

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This season’s bob is hot, and you can see it worn on several celebrities. It is clean, yet versatile. The long bob, blunt bob, textured bob, and bob with a fringe are popular ways to modernize a classic style.

in length. To update this look, your stylist can add layers or even texturize the ends to add movement to the hair. Layers and texture will transform the look from a static, crisp style to a softer, more feminine feel once weight from the hair is removed. To capture an even edgier look, adding multiple uneven layers or “shredding” the hair will create a contemporary style sure to attract attention. This season, several bobs include fringe, formally known as bangs. Turn the pages of celebrity gossip magazines and you’ll see stars sporting their new bobs with various lengths of fringe. The Kate Moss fringe, for example, is nothing more than a long textured bang, so long that some pieces cover the eye. Moss’s bob has varied lengths that create movement and volume. Short and long pieces within the cut create movement and allow versatility in how you style your hair. You can have the look, too, so be brave—try it and embrace your wild side. For those of you not ready to give up your longer hair for a bob, there are plenty of upstyles or updos for your holiday gathering. This season, you’ll see a combination of styles worn up and down. If you’re looking to style your hair into an updo, try a soft look that’s loosely pinned. Hair that flows with voluminous curls creates an elegant style that is always clean and classic. The Hollywood glamour of the 1930s and 1940s are the foundation for this season’s styles for hair left down. These styles have been updated with natural curls that are fanned away from the face, either with a middle or side part. Although reminiscent of a classic period, these styles can be modernized with texture and styling. Whatever your plans are for this holiday season, consider a new look for your hair. Even a subtle change can bring fun and excitement to your holidays. october / november 2008


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Mercedes-Benz Goes Green By Greg Rubenstein


our next luxury car could—and very well should—be a diesel. Farfetched, you say? Not in the least! With the reintroduction of diesel engines by pioneering diesel manufacturer Mercedes-Benz, these new oil-burning luxury vehicles are exceptionally quiet, powerful, and economical. What’s made this all possible is the government’s new ultralow sulfur diesel regulations. Begun in 2006, this fuel is now standard at pumps across the country. Prior to the 2009 model year, engines that could use the new diesel and meet super-stringent U.S. emission regulations were essentially nonexistent. There still aren’t many, but Mercedes-Benz is leading the way with its introduction of BlueTEC SUVs, including the five-passenger 2009 ML320. Compared to its V-6 and V-8 gasolinepowered siblings, the turbocharged and intercooled 3.0-liter V-6 diesel powering this luxury SUV produces far more useable power while achieving at least 20 percent better fuel mileage per the EPA’s estimates. In our experience, we observed even better results, averaging 23 mpg in city driving with a very heavy right foot. In almost a week of motoring between work, during hitting the mall and running 68

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various other errands, we burned barely more than a quarter-tank. It would have been nearly time to fill-up had we been in the gas-powered V-8 ML550. Even if better fuel economy isn’t always paramount to luxury buyers, what makes this ML320 so appealing is the overall package of tremendous utility it offers. With a stout towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, gracefully styled exterior design, refined and spacious interior with all the expected appointment, plus a cruising range of up to 600 miles between fill-ups, there are no drawbacks to this marriage of luxury and diesel. Mercedes-Benz has gone the extra mile to eliminate intrusion of the “diesel clatter,” which is completely absent from inside in the ML320. There is no wait time to start up, nor is there any telltale blue smoke puffing out the tailpipe. In fact, Mercedes claims that this engine’s exhaust is so clean that you can hold a white handkerchief over the exhaust tip and it will remain white. Equipped with a standard seven-speed automatic transmission and all the expected safety features Mercedes-Benz is renowned for, the ML320 starts at $48,125, about $2,000 more than the gasoline V-6 model, but $7,000 less than the V-8 model it most closely matches in power. Expect popular options like navigation and entertainment packages to add around $10,000 to the base price.

For the 2009 model, the ML receives revamped exterior styling with a larger front grille and modified headlights, larger side mirrors and stainless-steel skid plates. Inside, updated sportier seats are new, along with four-stage power lumbar for the driver and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle-shifters. Our test model came equipped with the impressive Airmatic air suspension, an optional system that uses air bladders instead of coil springs. Combined with gas struts, this suspension provides a variety of sport and comfort modes as well as manual or automatically adjustable ride height, all at the touch of a button. In sport mode, the ride is crisp and quite trucklike, while the comfort setting soaks up almost every bump for a very gentle, more relaxed drive. Off-road, the Airmatic can raise the ride by more than three inches, offering almost 10.5-inches of ground clearance. When we last test-drove the ML320, we thought the 2007 model’s interior was a bit less than what it should have been. For 2009, that shortcoming has been eliminated, and now this model is easily the best value in luxury SUVs. With diesel fuel available at almost every gas station out there, you can now go green with luxury. Try it—you’ll love it!

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ome pop-culture adherents maintain that a dead spot lingers between the early rebellious days of rock ’n’ roll and the uplifting shape-shifting British Invasion of a decade later. The earliest period in R & R featured performers with raw, creative élan, as exemplified in the outrageous performances of Little Richard, the tune-changing innovations of Bo Diddley, and the wild rockabilly sounds of Elvis Presley that made him King. But by the time the Invasion landed on America’s shores in the mid-1960s, groups such as the Beatles and Rolling Stones had through harmonic riffs and lyrical themes already elevated this homegrown musical style to an art form. This theory is a tidy and succinct one: rock ’n’ roll developed in two bursts, starting more or less with Elvis and reaching an aesthetic apex with the Fab Four. What’s missing in this formulation, however, are the unique stylings of prototypical boy bands, such as The Beach Boys and The Four Seasons. This is where so-called jukebox musicals like Jersey Boys can bridge the gap, fill in the blanks, and show and tell that which goes largely unshown and untold in rock’s rollicking history. One thing among many that’s specifically wonderful about Jersey Boys is that it reminds us of the subliminal effects that The Four Seasons had on those of us who heard sixties top-forty playlists as the soundtrack of our budding years. Songs such as “Walk Like a Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes 70

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Off Of You” are each rendered by the Four Seasons as melodic vignettes full of youthful intensity, rhythmic vitality, and (thanks to lead singer Frankie Valli) high-pitched, narrative drive. The music is chock-full of angst and romance as seen through the perspective of callow young men. Jersey Boys—onstage at the Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, indefinitely—dramatizes the once-unlikely rise of The Four Seasons. With a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, music by Bob Gaudio (himself one quarter of the original Four Seasons), and lyrics by Bob Crewe, we are given a winning lulla-biography of the boys from Jersey. When founding band member Tommy DeVito (the extraordinary and multifaceted Jeremy Kushnier) addresses the audience, he assures us that a young guy growing up in Jersey has just three possibilities in life: join the army, get “mobbed-up,” or become famous, “like Sinatra.” Tommy and his cohorts—Nick Massi (an endearing Jeff Leibow), Frankie Valli (the nimble and falsettofit Rick Faugno), and Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen in a commanding portrayal)—all choose the third way. And though, as the story goes, that choice had its costs and took its tolls, the payoff was rock-star status. There’s no denying that for pop music enthusiasts, trivia regarding the Four Seasons is fascinating. Bob Gaudio, for example, having written at age 15 the songsensation “(Who Wears) Short Shorts,” was introduced to Tommy and his crew by groupie and wannabe actor Joe Pesci (a

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Jersey Boys hyperkinetic Jonathan Gerard Rodriguez). Gaudio quickly embeds himself as the authorial force of the Four Seasons, penning their first megahit, “Sherry.” Also noteworthy is how the naïve Francis Castelluccio is transfigured as the band’s front man Frankie Valli, and how “The Four Seasons” eventually morphed into “Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.” But while the back story and underbelly of these Jersey boys is revelatory and an important link in the continuity of rock ’n’ roll, it’s the music that drives this bedazzling theatrical vehicle. With more than thirty song routines backed by the Jersey Boys Orchestra (conducted by Keith Thompson), Jersey Boys is a dramatically engaging musical. Directed by Des McAnuff, with choreography by Sergio Trujillo, the show gives us concertlike acoustics (Steve Canyon Kennedy provides the sound design) and a stadium performance experience. By the time these faux Four Seasons, in the finale number pose the melodic query “Who Loves You?”—we in the auditorium are ready to reply in kind. Seeing and hearing Jersey Boys jump-starts and reinforces a love of The Four Seasons. Jersey Boys continues at The Jersey Boys Theatre at the Palazzo Resort, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas. Shows are at 7 p.m. nightly. (No performance on Wednesdays.) On Tuesdays and Saturdays, there’s an additional 10 p.m. showing. For reservations, dial (866) 641-7469. For more details, visit

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Gemstones By Andrew Z


ave you ever looked at a star sapphire and wondered how or why the star forms? Maybe you’ve heard of gemstones that change color in different lighting. You may even have owned a cat’s-eye or tiger’s-eye gem. These are all examples of what a gemologist refers to as phenomenal gemstones. Phenomenal gems have characteristics that go beyond beautiful color and sparkle. They are vibrant and almost seem alive, like something out of that classic TV show The Twilight Zone. Consider a cat’s-eye effect. Eerily, the “eye” will follow you as you move around a light source—very alive! In a star sapphire or star ruby, the reflective star is wavy and can shimmer or pulse with movement. This reminds me of an octopus with a couple fewer tentacles— well, sort of. I guess that as a gemologist I can get pretty excited about a good phenomenon.

I would recommend a visit to the local gem and mineral museum or a specialty jeweler/ gemologist to actually see some of these specimens.


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ou’ve lived a good life, had interesting adventures, made a difference in your community. But what will your grandchildren remember? And what will their children know about you? I’ll help you do it, write it for you, and produce the book that will be treasured by generations of your family. It’s a gift you still have time to give, if you do it now. If this is also your type of excitement and amazement, or if you are just curious, then the following phenomena descriptions will be of interest: The cat’s-eye effect is due to reflection of light from very thin, needlelike inclusions. It can be seen in chrysoberyl and certain quartz as well as in other gems. CHATOYANCY:

Susan Sipple The Biography Writer


The star effect can occur in many gems as a four-, six-, or twelve-ray star. Sapphire, garnet, and spinel are some of the more common star gems that have minute needlelike inclusions called silk that reflect the stars. ASTERISM:


is a glittery effect seen in aventurine quartz, fine sunstone, and other gems. The glitter can resemble fine floating flakes. PLAY OF COLOR: This

is caused by the interference and diffraction of light and can only be seen in opal and synthetic opal. ADULARESCENCE: The

moonstone effect. This is a billowy blue or white light reflection seen in moonstone. IRIDESCENCE: This

is a rainbow effect caused by light reflecting off a thin transparent layer, like oil on water. Gemstones such as obsidian, fire agate, and iris agate exhibit this phenomenon. LABRADORESCENCE: This

stone labradorite.

is a blue-green sheen seen in the gem-

If I haven’t lost you yet and you’re still reading, then I would recommend a visit to the local gem and mineral museum or a specialty jeweler/gemologist to actually see some of these specimens. Talking about phenomenal gems is sort of like talking about good food—it all sounds great, but there’s nothing like actual hands-on experience for full appreciation! Maybe you’ll want to take it a step further and have a custom-designed piece of phenomenal gemstone jewelry made just for your pleasure. october / november 2008




on Horseback Cowgirl Designs Promises Many More Happy Trails to Horses

By Alana Stroud

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ocal cowgirl Karin Johnson experienced a vision after finishing a trail ride near Tonto Hills in June of 2008. Having been on a journey of self-discovery for the past year, she had been searching high and low for a way to make a living doing what she loved. In San Diego, at an advanced training exercise with Jack Canfield, she realized that her passion was animals. It was a start, but she still had no idea how to turn this passion into a living. Johnson’s search eventually led to her developing Cowgirl Designs, an artistic adventure in expressing her love of animals with the rest of the world. Initially, her idea was to design custom greeting cards. When a member of the Cave Creek/Carefree Chamber of Commerce suggested she broaden her artistic offerings, she readily agreed. Her now full-time specialty is personalizing photographs of people and their animals. Johnson’s creative photography focuses on the theme of the Western

lifestyle, including but not limited to cowboys, cowgirls, horses, ranch work, and the Sonoran Desert. Johnson’s only goal is to be an inspiration and share her passion with everyone in the hope that they too will discover theirs and live their dreams as she is living hers. Not wishing to keep her success all to herself, Johnson donates 10 percent of the proceeds from all Cowgirl Designs sales to Dreamchaser PMU Rescue and Rehabilitation, a horse rescue and adoption facility at Dunrovin Ranch in New River, Arizona. Dreamchaser PMU gives horses that would otherwise be doomed to certain death another chance at life by placing them in forever homes through adoption. The organization purchases the horses and provides all housing and feeding supplies. Together, Cowgirl Designs and Dreamchaser are in the saddle changing the world, one horse at a time. For more information and ways you can help, visit For more information on Cowgirl Designs and to view artwork, visit


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ummer was officially over last month, and yet many of us are still lighting up the barbecue and grilling some of our favorite meats because we just cannot let go. The smell of the food cooking makes you consider what bottle you are going to serve with your perfect dish. There is a distinct difference between the wines we consume during the summertime and the wines we tend to drink during the winter months. Winter wines seem to be heavier reds that need a lot of decanting. Summer wines tend to be lighter and have more refreshing characteristics. But regardless, light or heavy, the wine must complement the barbecue dish you are serving. Wines that pair well with barbecued food are different from everyday drinking wines. Most everyday drinking wines are enjoyed without food; they tend to have more fruit on the front of the palate and have less structure and little acid balance. Wines that have a little more character to them—complex flavors, wood, spice, coconut, smoke, richness, texture, and acidity—pair better with spicier foods. Pinot noirs, zinfandels and cabernets sauvignons have a longer finish, have more berryflavored aromas, and complement rich BBQ dishes. If you are more of a white wine drinker, then look for a white wine with loads of acidity. The acidity is the key, in not only the crispness of the wine

but also in how long the flavor lasts and how the wine reacts with the food. All food-friendly wines of any color have good bright acidity as a common denominator. Wines less compatible with food have less acidity and tend to have higher alcohol content. If you’re grilling up fresh seafood and serving salads, try a chardonnay from the subappellation of Alexander Valley, which is known for acidic wines. Chardonnays will have characteristics of butter, vanilla, spice, toast, and flavors of apples, lemons, melon, pineapple, and other tropical fruits that will complement a barbecue dish. This is the perfect accompaniment to oysters, seafood, and light poultry. Pinot grigio, viognier, and sauvignons blancs will have similar characteristics with more emphasis on tropical fruit. When you think of the flavors brought on by grilling meat, you think big, bold, and appealing. Red wines should also be big wines—full-bodied, with forward fruit flavor, spice, and pepper, along with good acidity. Wines for barbecue should be able to support the succulence of the meat brought out by the slow cooking and not be overwhelmed by or compete with the spiciness and sweetness of the sauce. You’ve spent a great deal of time preparing this sumptuous souvenir of summer by choosing the right meat, creating your own world-famous spices and rubs, and slow cooking the barbecue to perfection. Why not complement the entire experience with a peppery zinfandel from Dry Creek? Bon appétit.

Relationships & Dating

Ask the Dating Coach By Lea Friese-Haben

At least, go digital Dear Coach Lea,

I am about six months into yet another man who says he doesn’t believe in marriage or perhaps he is just not ready. He really can’t give me a straight answer. I am 32 and would like to be married and starting a family soon. I am so upset and just don’t know what to do. My biological clock is ticking and I am scared to death of wasting a few more years. What should I do? 78

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Dear Ticking Clock,

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but the men that do protest do eventually get married—however, it won’t be to you. Your biological clock may be ticking so loud that he has lost interest. I would suggest that you cut your losses and find someone who is more into you and into the possibility of marriage with you. Hang in there and let me know what happens.

Busy line Dear Lea,

I have gone out a few times with a great guy. I really like him—we just had our fourth date and finally had sex. The problem is that he never calls me until the last minute, and the other problem is that he works so much. His travel schedule is so crazy that I can go for a week or two without hearing from him. He claims he is so busy and that he simply forgets to call me. Dear Clueless,

If he really wanted to see you, he would make time. Guys that say they are too busy to see you are busy—just not with you. I have had men call me from the airport, taxis, and even from a hospital bed (my husband after shoulder surgery). I realize men get busy, but if they care, they will find the time! N-E-X-T!

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I am a former client and just wanted to drop you a line. I am the guy who balked at having professional pictures taken. Well, I finally called your photographer (and he did do a great job). I have been dating online for about three years with no success. I really didn’t know that a profile and picture could make such a difference. Thanks to your guidance, I have never had so many women contact me or respond to me online. I found one woman I really like—and will let you know how that goes. Thanks again—it’s good to finally be excited about someone again. Hugs, M Dear M,

I am so glad that you finally got those pictures! I am happy as always to help. Good job, and let me know how things progress. Hugs back at you, Coach

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Going Green

Take this quiz to see where your loyalties lie!

How Eco-Friendly Are You? By Alana Stroud

If you have a dog, how conscious are you of its waste when walking it?

On a scale of one (not very) to ten (extremely), how green is your home?


Dog poo is biodegradable, right?


A One. I’m

only one person. How much difference could I make?

B Four. I


C Seven. I

make my own clothes and reuse water. However, there’s always room for improvement!

D Ten. I

compost all food waste, cook with natural gas, and use junk mail for the fireplace.


I like to leave lights on around the house for a warm feeling.

I try to remember to bring along pickup baggies.


I try to turn off lights when I leave a room.


I always pick up my dog’s waste.



I clean up all waste, and read others their rights when they don’t pick up after their dogs!

I have contacted my local power company and switched to a plan that best accommodates my energy usage.


I unplug all things not in use, have timers on my lights, line-dry all clothes, and use solar energy when possible.

What kind of car do you drive? A

A gas-guzzling muscle car or SUV.


A newer compact or subcompact, like a Toyota Corolla or MINI Cooper.


A hybrid or Smart Car.


I don’t own a car. I walk, ride my bike, and use public transportation.

How do you feel about plastic bags? A B


I love them! Use ’em all the time. I’ve really tried to cut back since I found out how bad they were for the environment.


I use only canvas bags at the grocery store.


I’ve blacklisted all my friends who continue to use plastic bags.

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What kind of electricity do you burn?

When it comes to cleaning agents, what do you lean toward? A

I have a maid come in and do it for me.


I use stuff from the supermarket.


I buy eco-friendly products.


I clean with baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar.

What best describes your bathroom habits? A

Water is there for me to use and enjoy.


I take short showers and turn the water off when I brush my teeth.



How do you spend your free time? A

I use a washcloth and buy only organic body care products.

I add to my collection of magazines, books, DVDs, and CDs, and watch a ton of TV.


I use my bathwater for the plants and have a low-flow toilet and showerhead.

I rent movies, borrow books from the library, and download music.


I participate in outdoor activities.


I head up the local environmentalist group and picket outside power plants.

How do you show your “green” at work? A

With my favorite pistachio green shirt.


I carpool.


I recycle all my paper and bring my own coffee mug and lunch.


I organized recycling bins in the break rooms, double-side my copies, and police my coworkers’ printing habits.

Are you bringing up “green” kids? A

They get the latest and greatest of everything, no matter the cost (including to the environment).


I teach them to recycle.


I shop in secondhand stores for clothing and toys.


They have earth-friendly toys, I buy all recycled school supplies, and they ride their bikes to school. Answer Key Mostly As: Being green doesn’t seem to mean a whole lot to you, but at least you’re honest! Perhaps you could start recycling, or even try to buy items in bulk. Every little bit helps! Mostly Bs: You certainly get an E for effort! You try, and that’s more than some people can say. You might consider trying to be more energy efficient or purchase more environmentally friendly products. Mostly Cs: Wow! You certainly have the Earth’s welfare at heart. Hopefully your enthusiasm for the environment will rub off on those around you. Mostly Ds: You live and die by being eco-friendly. While your efforts are empowering, you might try to take it easy on those around you who don’t quite feel as strongly as you do. Keep up the good work!


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What’s Around the Valley …Now that the Temperature is Down By Alana Stroud

Wyatt Earp and the Gunfight at OK Corral

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Ghost Ball Halloween Party

Join Valley VIPs, celebrities, and an expected 10,000 guests at Axis/Radius (7340 E. Indian Plaza) and Suede (7333 E. Indian Plaza) nightclubs’ annual Ghost Ball Halloween block party. 21 and older only. halloween01_5.htm


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The refreshing white wines of summer are a quickly fading memory as the winter reds drop down to the table like autumn leaves. Hit up The Winery in the Anthem Outlets to stock up on moscato allegro, German dornfelder, and German riesling for your wine rack of fall favorites.


Ever want to get away for a weekend but don’t have the time, desire, or gasoline budget to travel far? Check with your favorite local resort or hotel to see what specials they have going for their local clientele. Enjoy sparkling pools, golfing greens, lush suites, spas, and nearby shopping, all in time to make it back to work on Monday morning.

Canine Carrot Cookies

Want a healthier treat for your beloved companion? Check out this great recipe! 2 cups carrots, boiled and pureed 2 eggs 2 tbsp garlic, minced 2 cups unbleached flour (or rice or rye flour) 1 cup rolled oats 1/4 cup wheat germ Combine carrots, eggs, and garlic. Mix until smooth. Add dry ingredients. Roll out on heavily floured surface and cut into bars or desired shapes. Bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes or to desired crunchiness. The centers will continue to harden as they cool. Brush with egg white before baking for a glossy finish.

Eats3: Sizzle, Sip & Swizzle

Tantalize all the senses during October 23–25 at SouthBridge’s Eats3, hosted by Savory Scottsdale. The many activities include the “Food as Art” Cocktail-Infused ArtWalk, library wine tastings, and the Charbay National Iron Bar Chef Competition. The days are filled with food and spirits, seminars, discussions, appearances by famous chefs, and more. All events are for people ages 21 and over.

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October 10– November 2 » ARIZONA STATE FAIR Head out to the State Fair Grounds for the annual fair! (602) 252-6771 or

If you would like to have your event listed in the Events Calendar, send information by November 1 to Cassaundra at

OCTOBER October 3–November 16 CABARET An affair during the reign of the Third Reich is the backdrop for this memorable musical. At Arizona Broadway Theatre. (623) 776-8400 or

October 16–29 » ROOM SERVICE BY EVE PLUMB The Brady Bunch’s Eve Plumb (Jan Brady) is now a self-taught artist. Her still-life paintings will be on display at Bonner David Galleries, and a special reception on the evening of October 16 provides a rare opportunity to meet her in person. (480) 941-8500 or 84

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October 10–12 GREATER PHOENIX GREEK FESTIVAL Get your Greek on with a fullscale authentic dinner menu, a la carte meals, delicious pastries, imported groceries, live entertainment, Greek beer and wine, and more. A percentage of the proceeds benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. (602) 2647863 or

October 10–12 FESTIVAL IN THE DESERT JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa presents this three-day music, art, and food festival with performances by Pat Benatar, the Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Lang, and more.

October 11 PHOENIX OLD-WORLD OKTOBERFEST This familyfriendly traditional German volksfest features beer maidens, Bavarian bands, dancing, food, fun contests, and more. At Margaret T Hance Park.

October 17 BEST BUDDIES ARIZONA’S ANNUAL “NIGHT BECOMES WHITE” SOIRÉE Titled “South Beach Meets Scottsdale,” this event will be an all-in-white affair featuring Bacardi mojitos, dinner, a silent and a live auction, and entertainment. Guests will be “whisked away” to an undisclosed location in all-white Audis. Benefits the Arizona chapter of Best Buddies, a program benefiting those with intellectual disabilities in our communities.

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HALLOWEEN MONSTER BASH & BALLOON ILLUMINATION Kids will love the carnival games, Parade of Costumes Contest, inflatable activities, hot-air balloons from which to trick or treat, and more. Free admission with canned food to help benefit the St. Mary’s/Westside Food Bank Alliance. At the Peoria Sports Complex. special_events_monsterbash.asp

SCOTTSDALE FASHION WEEK With runway shows, the Wearable Artwalk, and tons of fashion fun, Scottsdale Fashion Week is a can’t-miss for fashionistas and fans of modeling, designing, and all-around creativity.

2008 ANNUAL PHOENIX CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Support the multiphase expansion initiatives of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in their annual golf tournament. (602) 546-2652 or

October 31 CAREFREE FINE ART & WINE FESTIVAL Over 165 artists and an extensive collection of domestic and imported wines as well as microbrews make this festival a must for art and wine aficionados. (480) 837-5637 or Carefree_Nov08.htm

November 8 OUTRUN THE FBI 5K RUN/ WALK Come out to Steele Indian School Park for this family-friendly interactive event in which you can race against Phoenix FBI agents for special prizes. Proceeds support statewide programs.

November 14–16 TOSCA The Orpheum Theatre presents one of the most dramatic and beloved operas in celebration of Puccini’s 150th birthday. (800) OPERA4U or

November 21–23 and 28–30 TWELFTH ANNUAL “HIDDEN IN THE HILLS” ARTIST STUDIO TOUR The Sonoran Arts League’s free self-guided tour featuring 150 artists and 46 studios throughout Cave Creek, Carefree, and North Scottsdale is back. (480) 575-6624 or

October 18 SUPER SATURDAY Anthem Commerce Park features another Super Saturday filled with games, food, art, classic cars, and much more! The theme will be “Local and Student Art in Our Community.” (623) 465-5802

October 23–26 INTERNATIONAL HORROR & SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL Harkins Valley Art Theater hosts this weekend of movies and fun. A kickoff bash, costume party, and Queen of Scream Contest are just some of the events to check out. And don’t forget your celebrity autographs! (602) 955-6444 or

October 24–26 ANTHEM AUTUMNFEST Anthem Community Council hosts this inaugural event featuring performances, a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, pony rides, a beer garden, and more at Anthem Community Park. Admission and parking free. (623) 879-3044 or

October 31–November 2 CAVE CREEK WILD WEST DAYS This sixth annual event, coordinated by the nonprofit Cave Creek Merchants Chamber of Commerce, transports residents to the late 1800s during a festive weekend. Free admission. (480) 4437-1110 or

NOVEMBER November 1 WALK TO CURE DIABETES The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation hosts their annual walk at Tempe Town Lake. The main event is a 5K walk, and there will also be a 1.5-mile walk for kids and post-walk activities including food and live entertainment. Funds raised go directly to diabetes research.

November 28 » CELTIC THUNDER The five-man ensemble, composed of Celtic male soloists of varying ages, comes to Dodge Theatre. (480) 784-4444 or

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Developing Your Child’s Character Good Old-Fashioned Horse Sense By Cassaundra Brooks


ith the increasing number of young people heading down a troubled path, getting children involved in a fun yet healthy and educational activity can help prevent the number from growing even larger. There is a wide variety of positive activities and programs available to children, but perhaps few instill so firmly in them the concepts of responsibility, independence, and compassion for others as those that involve horses. A bold statement, you might say, but Linda Leslie, a horse trainer and owner of Twin L Performance, has witnessed this firsthand. “Responsibility for others, sportsmanship in competition, planning for the future, and goal-setting are all part of owning horses and competing in the horse world,” Leslie says. How do these traits develop through caring for horses? Simply owning one of these animals demands responsibility. A horse depends on its caretaker for life’s essentials—food, medical care, safety, and exercise. And as with most other pets, horses require this attention daily, regardless of the weather or its caretaker’s comfort or schedule. A child must put the concerns of the horse above his or her own interests. Learning to ride, jump, train, or show a horse takes time and thereby 86

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builds patience, compassion, and communication skills. A horse and its human companion must learn to read each other’s signals—clear body language and reactions are key to understanding each other. Controlling a thousandpound animal firmly and gracefully prepares a person for the tough situations in life. In the various clubs, competitions, and shows that take place in the equestrian world, children have the opportunity to interact with people of all ages and backgrounds with whom they share a common interest. They learn to carry themselves with poise and confidence, to perform under pressure, to problemsolve, and to exhibit professionalism. Arizona’s warm weather and Western culture provide ample opportunities for horse-related activities. Look for local Pony Club and 4H-Club chapters. Check out nearby riding trails, stables, and horseback riding lessons. In many cases, it is not necessary that you own a horse. Inquire after alternatives, especially if you are inexperienced. Horses are beautiful, wonderful animals, but as with all pets, caring for a horse is a responsibility not to be taken lightly, and you must be ready to saddle yourself with that commitment. For some ideas on how to get involved with horses, visit

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Treats Can Be Tricky

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By Rob Graham, CVT


alloween is a fun time for kids and grownups alike, but how will it affect our pets? Some pet owners include their pets in the festivities, and I’m sure that many of you have seen the e-mail pictures of our animals adorned in Halloween costumes. I wonder what the pets think about all this. If they’re anything like my kids, they just appreciate the extra attention! Although Halloween is a fun time, there are some things we need to realize when it comes to our pets. There are certain dangers that can jeopardize our best friends’ well-being. With a little knowledge and minimal planning, we can avoid big problems for little Fluffy. First things first: chocolate is toxic to your pet. This isn’t usually a concern with cats because they are less likely to bother with the bag of candy lying on the floor except to bat the contents around. You need to keep chocolate away from your dog because he or she will eat all of it at the first opportunity. Dogs tend to eat first and ask questions later. While baking chocolate is the most concentrated as far as toxic quantities, the milk chocolate can still cause problems such as vomiting and diarrhea. The wrappers on the candy can also irritate the lining of their bowels. If your dog ultimately gets into any chocolate, it is imperative to seek vet-

erinary help to determine whether your canine friend ate a toxic quantity and whether medical treatment is necessary. However, any type of candy can cause gastrointestinal problems, so be sure and keep it all out of reach of your pet. The next potential problem is stress. Some animals become very distressed by all of the accompanying commotion. Some costumes may scare your pet, and the doorbell ringing and all of the excitement outside can adversely affect some pets. If your pet tends to be a little on the nervous side, you may want to take measures to keep him or her comfortable during trick-or-treat time. A kennel in a quiet part of the house is a good idea. Some pets may even require sedation. Another danger that our pets face during Halloween is abuse. This is an unfortunate but real problem that we see this time of year. There are bad people out there that find some kind of sick satisfaction in abusing animals, especially black cats. The best bet is to keep your pet indoors and safe from any potential threat of abuse. Just being aware of these potential dangers will help you keep your pet safe and healthy during the holiday. If you have additional questions or concerns, contact your veterinarian. Happy Halloween! Contact Dr. Graham at

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Dogs Molly might be called a tuxedo dog for her striking black and white coat. She enjoys a refreshing dip in the play pool followed by an invigorating roll in the grass to scratch her back. She does great with some of the dogs at the shelter and loves the gentle attention she receives from the staff and volunteers. Come by and meet Miss Molly today. Her adoption fee is $75, which includes her spay, shots, and microchip.

Victor will meow to you to get your attention, because maybe, just maybe, you will be just the right person for him. He likes to paw at wiggly toys to amuse you and likes to be petted and brushed, too, especially on his chin and cheeks. He is even tolerant of being picked up and carried around the room a bit. Victor’s adoption fee is $50, which includes his neuter, shots, and microchip.

Meredith would like nothing more than to come home with you and relax on your couch! She really likes people, even the little ones, and because she’s so calm, it doesn’t bother her when they run around the house. Come down and see her—she’ll be the sweet girl waiting patiently by the kennel door! Meredith’s adoption fee is $50, which includes her spay, shots, and microchip.

Little Xian is a sweet, cuddly girl who would love to snuggle up on your lap. She often enjoys the company of other cats, especially ones who keep her a little active. She has sore knees that tend to act up when she gets too pudgy, but she doesn’t let it slow her down. She still loves to play—well, as much as your average adult cat, or maybe even a little more! Xian’s adoption fee is $50, which includes her spay, shots, and microchip. Pixie loves chin scratches from time to time, and other times she just wants to play, play, and play some more. She is a young cat, so it doesn’t matter what she plays with—she likes just about every kind of toy there is. Pixie is an active girl who sometimes gets bossy with cats, so she should only live with polite cats. She has even been known to bop doggies on the nose—that’s how brave she is! Her adoption fee is $50, which includes her spay, shots, and microchip.

Everyone at the shelter compliments CoCo on her beautiful coat, but she’s not just looks. When she’s around people she knows, she will lean up against their legs for more petting and will give you her award-winning puppy-dog eyes if you stop. If you think you sound like a good match for CoCo, come down and see her! CoCo’s adoption fee is $75, which includes her spay, shots, and microchip.

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 updated 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.


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Lemon, pancetta, and broccolini dazzle fettuccini in this breezy dinnertime dish.

By Alison Malone


ummer’s long gone, and the ritual of planning the evening’s al fresco feast is a pleasant memory. Autumn’s upon us, and it’s now time to beef up your arsenal of quick weeknight meals. In this fettuccini recipe, bright lemon and crisp broccolini awaken the palette, while pancetta—a cured meat so salty that no additional salinating is needed in the dish—hints at the robust flavors of fall. Dinner comes together with ease in fifteen minutes.

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Lemon Fettuccini with Pancetta and Broccolini

“100% autentico gelato italiano!” Yes, this gelateria prepares its gelato entirely from scratch with a preserved authentic Italian recipe and the best ingredients available. Owners Moreno and Marian Spangaro were both born and raised in Trieste, Italy, a town famous for its gelato and coffee, and they are well trained in the art of making gelato. They boast a 100 percent natural product, often made with imported Italian ingredients that include chocolate, espresso, and nuts, as well as handpicked seasonal fruit. Their daily offering of eighteen flavors continually changes and ranges from traditional Italian flavors to their own creations. Gelato cakes and tiramisu are available upon special request.

Recipe developed by Hilary Malone

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Cook fettuccini in the same pot of boiling water used for the broccolini until al dente. Drain and return to pot. Add remaining ingredients and stir to coat.

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Ingredients 3 ounces pancetta, cubed 9 ounces dried fettuccini 3 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp lemon juice 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

2 bunches broccolini, rinsed 3 tbsp butter 1 tbsp lemon peel 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves 1/4 tsp pepper

Preparation Sauté pancetta over medium-high heat until crisp and golden. Transfer to kitchen towel to drain. Parboil broccolini in a large pot of salted boiling water for three minutes or until vibrant and green but still crisp. Transfer broccolini to ice bath and drain. Set aside.


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Jake’s Corner Red Carpet Premiere » Jake’s Corner Red Carpet Premiere, Harkins Theater, Scottsdale Rd. and Loop 101, Scottsdale Photography by Eric Fairchild Local Arizona filmmakers Jeff Santo and Hollywood Heard were joined by music, film, and sports stars as well as members of the media and the public for the premiere of the independent film Jake’s Corner, shot entirely on location in Arizona. The film was also a part of the Phoenix Film Festival in April, and opened in select theaters September 5.

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ships—you see each other very clearly. If single, you may meet a special someone; if attached, communication opens up. In November, you’re dealing with shared resources, taxes, inheritances, and deep, intimate relationships; situations in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. You’re coming from a place of deep, instinctual reactions to people and situations.

ing, communicating, maxing out the minutes on your cell phone. Remember to take time out to relax. Lots of activity around home in November—possibly redecorating, moving, or just a lot of people in and out of the house. If there’s friction in the home, count to ten and remember that this too shall pass.

work or career. You’ll be recognized in the workplace, receive a raise or promotion. You’re seen as someone who is capable and dynamic. Planets in your zodiac house of friends, hopes, and wishes make November a fun, social, and lucky month for you! Make the most of this by going out and meeting with friends and like-minded people. Make a wish list for the New Year—the universe is always listening!

(Mar 21–Apr 19) October focuses on relation-


(Apr 20–May 20) October ushers in a desire

to take care of your body or streamline your life; you’ll feel you have more time and less pressure. Relationships look feisty, passionate in November. You or a special someone could come on strong.


(May 21–Jun 21) October brings an element

of lightheartedness. Communication with children is important, and simplifying your thoughts brings new ideas. Health, work, service keep you focused in November. You could be getting yourself into better shape or volunteering with those who could use your helping hands.


(Jun 22–July 22) By October, you could be

the one going back to school, whether it’s learning via the Internet or actual classroom work. Either way, there is definitely a lot of studying going on around you. Creativity, romance, self-expression are your themes in November. Find what’s inside you and give it a voice, whatever that sounds like for you. We don’t know what we’re made of until we let it out.

(July 23–Aug 22) October finds you rush-


(Aug 23–Sept 22) In October, your financial

picture looks good. It’s also a good time to take stock of the last twelve months and make a list of what you desire for your upcoming year. Birthdays are powerful times—make your wish list now! Communications, messages, ideas come fast and furious in November. Your mind’s working overtime. To stop the spinning, get your ideas down on paper or onto your laptop to clean them out of your head.


(Sept 23–Oct 22) When your birthday comes,

start fresh! A great time to clean out closets, drawers, desks—everything—and begin again, but in the way you want! Finances, money— making it and spending it are on your mind this November. No surprise, with the holidays coming up! This year, you’re putting more thought into the value of where you spend your money and what it means to you.


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In October, you move into a more mystical, dreamy time. You desire to move away from the noise of life and get in touch with your inner self, searching for something greater than your own self. Happy birthday, Scorpio! You start your new year like a warrior—shrewd, confident, and brave! There’s not much to stop you, so go after what you want. (Oct 23–Nov 22)



(Dec 22–Jan 20) October focuses more on


(Jan 21–Feb 18) October brings a desire to

travel, to learn, to seek the truth. Philosophy could be appealing and, being an Aquarian, you will likely want to find your own truth. You’re at the top of your game in career/status/social standing. You’re recognized by bosses and could get a raise or promotion. If you want a change in careers or jobs, this is a good month to make your move.


(Feb 19–Mar 20) September was all about

relationships. In October, relationships go deeper, more intimate. The old skin comes off and you allow all partners in all relationships to see themselves as they really are. You’re the Seeker in November, wanting to travel and broaden your horizons, teaching and learning along the way. Anything that adds to your philosophy of life is appealing.

(Nov 23–Dec 21) October is a lucky month

as planetary activity moves into the house of dreams, hopes, and wishes. Do all you can to go after what you want. Don’t let anything get in your way. This is your time! November finds you in a mystical frame of mind. Your urge is to retreat, meditate, get away from solid, mundane reality and experience the world of the mind.

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