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Welcome the holidays in style. It’s that time of year again. Shop with friends and family under beautiful skies, then dine at your leisure – whenever the moment moves you.

Can’t-Miss Holiday Events Cruisin’ with Santa Car Show • Friday, Dec. 10 • 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Check out hot cars of all kinds at Norterra’s “Main Street.” Plus enjoy live music, food sampling and much more.

Mistletoe Farmer’s Market • Wednesday, Dec. 15 • 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. Browse a bounty of booths full of fresh produce, Alaskan salmon, salsas and much more. Local musicians provide entertainment during each event.

Sounds of the Holidays • Saturday, Dec. 11 • 5 - 8 p.m. Enjoy musical performance from the Deer Valley Unified School District, visits from Santa and complimentary hot chocalate and cookies.

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Bring in same-day receipts totaling $150 or more from any combination of Norterra stores and restaurants to the Management office, located behind Victoria’s Secret. One per customer per day, please. While supplies last.

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Cover Feature

The annual Readers’ Choice Restaurant Awards is back, and we’ve got a few new categories, a number of new winners, and nearly forty exceptional and diverse places to dine. BY CASSAUNDRA BROOKS Photo by Mark Susan





We’ve got a few gadgets and other gift options that just might be what your giftgiving list needs.

This season, trust your instincts toward rich textures, animal prints, and a bit of glamour to warm you up!

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 30 LOCAL PROFILE: You Gotta Have Martz: Local CEO Gives Her All to the Community  31 GIVING BACK: Helping Those with Huntington’s Disease  32 MUSIC: Opera in Cinema  34 ART & CULTURE: “Mother Nature”: Local Artist Fosters the Essence of the Valley  35 AZ FUN FACTS: Bungled Burglaries and Zany Outlaws  36 DAY TRIPPERS & WEEKENDERS: Adventures are Supposed to Be Adventures!


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43 J EWELS: Sapphires: Warranties? Save Them for Your Car


70 R  ELATIONSHIP: Ask the Dating Coach



76 F LAVOR: For a Chili Winter’s Eve



Technobubbles: Coca-Cola Freestyle Hits the Spot!



Ingredients to a More Energetic Life


48 G  OLF: Proper Club-Face Position


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27 R  ESIDENT SPOTLIGHT: Kevin Nee: Strong to the Finish!

38 A UTO TRENDS: Ford F-350


King Ranch: A Crowning Achievement

46 H  IGHLIGHT: Ho, Ho, Ho, Norterra!

46 H  IGHLIGHT: The North Pole

Comes to Northern Arizona


Jameson: A Fine and Elegant Mess

56 K NOW + TELL: Christmas:

A Time to Appreciate the Beautiful Differences

58 R  ESIDENT SPOTLIGHT: Meet Miss North Valley

60 H  OT LIST: Sneak Up on Your Goals


Don’t Keep These in the Family

66 T ECHNOLOGY: Geotagging Your Photos: Is It on Your Map?

68 EVENT CALENDAR 78 E NTERTAINMENT: They Make the Shows That Make the Whole World Watch….



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 44 Uncorked & Unplugged  45 Get Mojo Stand Out Summit  81 Phoenix Walk for Hope [ PAMPERED PETS ]

 72 ASK THE VET: Getting Off to a Good Start  74 ADOPT-A-PET: Good Friends Who Need Great Homes!


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What Is Your Favorite Family Recipe? Volume 6 / Issue 1


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Tough choice, considering my mom and grandma are gourmets. I just love sitting down to a holiday feast knowing none of it came out of a box or a can.

EDITORIAL Managing Editors Crystal Huckabay PAVLINA TOREN Editorial SUPERVISOR Cassaundra Brooks Copy Editor Kate Karp

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Food Editor Samantha Turner Editorial Interns Alana Stroud, Bill Raznik, Rachael Blume CONTRIBUTORS

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Unwrap Our Season!

Adam Toren Publisher

We might not have much winter frost, but

we’ve got winter fashion, all right! Discover some bold, seasonal selections in our special fashion feature courtesy Arizona’s own S.I.M. Agency. Next, you’ll want to show off your new wardrobe at the Valley’s top restaurants. Which are the Valley’s best? We asked you to give us your opinions, and we’ve compiled your answers. Check out our cover

feature for 2010’s Readers’ Choice Restaurant Award winners! Our Holiday Gift Guide is back with several items that might match some of the giftees on your gift list. Learn about other holiday traditions in Know + Tell, then flip to Everyone Has an Opinion to see what favorite family recipes some of your fellow readers enjoy best. Check out Highlights to read up on a convenient and fun trip to the North Pole and enjoy some classic seasonal performances featured in our Event Calendar. There are several Valley residents we think you should meet. Head to the City Journal section to learn about a local PR powerhouse woman and check out our two special Resident Spotlights in which we feature Arizona’s strongest man and our own teen Miss North Valley. Catch up on songstress Dawn Jameson’s music career in our special Music Spotlight. Read our expert’s review on the new King of all Trucks, discover ways to stick to your New Year’s resolutions, learn why you should be geotagging your photos, and get a glimpse of some big-name TV directors.

Don’t forget to take a peek at some furry faces waiting for good homes this season in Adopt-a-Pet. We hope your holidays are merry and your transition into the New Year is a smooth one. Best wishes for a blessed year to come. Cheers!

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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.

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.

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.

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Kevin Downey is a freelance writer based in Phoenix. He has been writing about the entertainment industry for eight years for such magazines as Variety, Broadcasting & Cable, and Media Life. A recent émigré from Long Beach, California, Kevin, his partner, and their dog Pogo have taken root in the North Valley, and they’re loving it.


Scott Sackett is a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher. Scott teaches at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale. He is also the director of instruction at the Rim Club in Payson. He splits his time equally between the two. To reach Scott, call him at (904) 838-2721 or e-mail him at Visit his Web site at

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 in her life. When not tending to her small zoo at home, she helps educate the minds of high school kids as an assistant teacher of photography.

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.



Caroline Goddard is a writer and photographer who has been living in Arizona for over thirteen years. Her favorite subjects are the friendly people and beautiful vistas of the North Valley. Caroline lets her creative juices flow through writing and fine-art photography with her own company, Bloom Creatives, and her portrait photographs with Sonoran Light Images, both based in Cave Creek.

Jaclyn Douma and her husband have been Arizonans since 2007. She has worked in marketing and creative design as an author, mother, and wife. She loves trying out new recipes and restaurants. You can usually find her in the kitchen with her daughter on her hip and a spatula in her hand.



Dr. Ed Cohen has been practicing companion animal veterinary medicine since graduating from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. For the past five years, he has owned and operated Anthem Pet Medical Center. His areas of special interest are internal medicine, pain management, and adding holistic treatments to conventional medical approaches.


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

LeAnne Bagnall is a writer and editor from Los Angeles who specializes in arts and culture, health, and community-related topics.

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It’s that time again to recognize the North Valley’s most delectable dining destinations. You shared with us your favorite places in which to eat, relax, have fun, and indulge in tantalizing foods with the people you love. Now your fellow readers can share in your experiences by sampling your favorite dishes. Congratulations to our winners, and to all: Bon appétit!

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Brio Tuscan Grille Scottsdale Quarter 15301 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 607-1100


Ocean Club

15045 N. Kierland Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ (480) 443-8555

Brio Tuscan Grille brings you the flavors of Tuscany with its tempting brunch, lunch, dinner, and dessert menus. Three private rooms that seat up to forty people make Brio a great location for your special parties and events. But this Italian eatery also offers up a great wine list as well as a special $2.95 “Tuscan Taster” bar menu Mondays through Fridays from 3–7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. Relax in Brio’s elegant Europeaninspired setting Wednesdays as you enjoy two dollars off martinis in the dining and bar areas.



Mercado Del Rancho Center 9301 E. Shea Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (480) 860-0475

This ultra-high-end coastal version of the steak house offers the best in upscale seafood in a clubby, avantgarde atmosphere that features live entertainment nightly in the O Bar.



3434 W. Anthem Way, Ste. 146 Anthem, AZ 85086 (623) 465-7800

This family-run uniquely named barbecue joint serves up authentic slow-smoked barbecue in Anthem. Gnaw on some St. Louis-cut pork ribs, chow down on some pulled pork or brisket, and enjoy the aptly named Loosen Your Belt and Unbutton Your Pants sampler platters. A friendly atmosphere, melt-inyour-mouth American dishes, and homemade sides make the trip up to Anthem from anywhere in the Valley a pleasant one. Closed Mondays.


The Good Egg*

The Borensteins came to the Valley from Queens, New York in 1979 to make the entire Valley eat, dollink, eat—and eat deli. Chompie’s is an exciting New York-style deli-restaurant and bakery featuring freshly baked breads, cakes, pastries and, of course, worldfamous bagels and bialys in 35 “hot” varieties.

14046 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 483-1090

This is no yolk—this place has more ways to eat eggs than you can shake a skillet at. Omelets, frittatas, crepes—there’s an incredible list of combinations and possibilities. Not an egghead? Sandwiches, salads, and other breakfast offerings are provided for those who aren’t “ova-ly enamored.”


Rock Bottom Brewery*


Desert Ridge Marketplace 21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85050 (480) 513-9125

The Persian Room 17040 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 614-1414

Take a trip to Persia in our own backyard! Savor the sweet and spicy flavors indicative of Persian cuisine in a richly appointed dining area. For the past twenty-five years, the Persian Room has offered a varied menu that includes marinated meats like filet mignon and lamb, grilled seafood over saffron-scented basmati rice, and uniquely flavored stews.

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Classic American fare like burgers, rustic pizzas, steaks, and fish and chips make for a tasty menu to accompany a veritable barrel of classic brews: light lagers and wheat, red, amber, brown, pale, and dark ales for those who love to clasp their hands round a refreshing, foam-topped mug. There are also fun cocktails and an ever-changing wine list for those who like to play with colors and flavors. Pomegranate cosmo, Disaronno amaretto sour, or Godiva martini, anyone? With a large number of gold and silver medals and awards under its belt, this chain offers Arizona some finely crafted drinks and grub at four prime locations.

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25 Degrees

5415 E. High St. Ste. 127 Phoenix, AZ 85054 (480) 502-1125

25 Degrees is the place where sophistication meets the most popular of American fare. Sip champagne or fine wine as you munch on delicious gourmet burgers and lounge in your favorite pair of jeans and T-shirt. The rich setting features a long tiled bar, leather booths, and designer lighting, but it’s the assorted list of extras and sauces that lure people back to build their own unique burger every visit. Traditional desserts and tasty snacks also help make up the impressive menu.


Jade Palace*

Pinnacle Peak 23623 N. Scottsdale Rd. #7 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 585-6630

The family-owned Jade Palace crafts your delicious Chinese dishes using fresh ingredients delivered to its three locations daily. According to its Web site, meats are cooked using a technique referred to as “instant high heat,” which is said to not only cook meats faster but also preserve its tenderness, nutrients, and taste. Enjoy a traditional menu packed with your favorite Chinese cuisine in the middle of the desert.


Elevate Coffee Co.

2530 W. Happy Valley Rd. Ste. 1273 Phoenix, AZ 85058 (602) 341-5480

Since 2009, Elevate Coffee Co. has provided a diverse group of Phoenicians with a place to relax and connect with one another over nose-twitching aromas and insideswarming brews. Enjoy live music on weekend nights, study or catch up on work in peace while sipping savory international blends, or indulge with your friends in wholesome sandwiches and refreshing smoothies and frappes. Ten cents from each cup of joe goes toward providing safe water for children in Africa.


Binkley’s in Cave Creek 6920 E. Cave Creek Rd. Cave Creek, AZ (480) 437-1072

Binkley’s specializes in creating classically influenced contempo-

rary American cuisine, revised daily to feature the freshest seasonal ingredients and using local and organic foods whenever they are available. Everything from appetizer to dessert (except the bread) is made in the Binkley kitchen, prepared to order and with special dietary needs accommodated.


The Cheesecake Factory* 15230 North Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 607-0083

The Cheesecake Factory is an upscale casual dining restaurant offering more than 200 menu selections that include appetizers, pizza, pasta, seafood, steaks, salads, sandwiches, and fifty delectable cheesecakes and desserts!


The Herb Box

DC Ranch on Market Street 20707 North Pima Road, Suites 140-145 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 289-6180

The Herb Box sums up its fare as “innovative world creations.” Endless new recipes come from taking what is freshest at the farm stand and being open-minded enough to having an idea drive the chef ’s activity in the kitchen. The breakfast,


Miracle Mile Deli*

Arrowhead Towne Center 7700 W. Arrowhead Town Center #1145 Glendale, AZ 85308 (623) 979-3430

This delectable delicatessen has served Valley residents for sixty years with the kind of service and homemade fare that can only be found at family-owned and -run establishments. With third-generation owners, a name that commemorates its original location, and a mission to offer “consistently delicious food, reasonable prices, and quick service,” this delightful deli can be found at three convenient locations.

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lunch, and dinner menus are vast and varied, ensuring an entrée for every palate.


California Pizza Kitchen* Desert Ridge Marketplace 21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85050 (480) 473-3336

California Pizza Kitchen, affectionately known as CPK, offers a scrumptious menu of traditional and peculiar pizzas as well as hearty salads, tasty sandwiches and pastas, signature cocktails, and more. Try the vegetarian pizza with Japanese eggplant on honey-wheat crust, check out their gluten-free and small-cravings menus, and save room for dessert. Take advantage of this chain’s many locations to dine at your convenience.


Zinc Bistro

Kierland Commons 15034 N Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85281 (480) 603-0922

A New York-style Parisian bistro in the Arizona desert charms the Scottsdale dining scene. Enjoy the oyster bar where shellfish is brought in daily—the freshest oysters, clams, mussels, and lobster you can find in the desert.


Jewel of the Crown

7373 Scottsdale Mall, Suite 1 Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-949-8000

Nestled in the historic downtown district of Scottsdale, Jewel of the Crown is a highly acclaimed restaurant that serves gourmet Indian cuisine. The elegant ambience, wide selection of authentic Indian delicacies, and full-service bar are some of the reasons customers have made this restaurant their first choice.


Daphne’s Greek Café 16447 N. Scottsdale Rd. Ste. 101 Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 247-6704

This lovely restaurant provides you with the perfect opportunity to sample a rather tasty cuisine from the enchanting Mediterranean. Named for the ancient Greek mythological goddess Daphne, who was transformed into a laurel tree whose branches are twisted into a wreath to adorn the heads of Olympic athletes, the restaurant aspires to its symbolic excellence. Its reasonably priced menu offers dishes with a sensible number of calories and a burst of that yummy Greek flavor.



7557 W. Greenway Rd. #103 Peoria, AZ 85381 (623) 487-1000

With friendly staff, hearty Italian favorites, reasonable prices, and several locations around the Valley, Meatballz is a sound choice for good food and good times. Chow down on a meatball sandwich, savor chicken parmesan, and mop up each last drop of tasty sauce with warm, fresh bread.



14344 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 607-1114

Experience the distinct flavors and energetic appeal of Sapporo. Excite your senses with teppanyaki, sushi, or Pacific Rim cuisine for an upbeat dining experience in a unique and dynamic atmosphere. Indulge in exquisite cocktails and small plates at the bar.


Carolina’s Mexican Food 1202 E. Mohave St. Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 252-1503

This Mexican food establishment has been going since 22

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1968, and is still run by its namesake, Carolina Valenzuela. The restaurant evokes a familiar and homey feel, which, along with its delicious chilis verdes and rojos, machaca, spicy chorizo, and famous flour tortillas, has earned it a slew of regular customers. Closed Mondays.


Olive & Ivy Restaurant & Marketplace 7135 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. 195 Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 751-2200

Old world meets new at Olive & Ivy, which blends the provocative flavors and timeless elegance of the Mediterranean with contemporary California chic. Olive & Ivy, featuring Scottsdale’s largest outdoor patio, is a lively neighborhood hot spot offering something for everyone.



Sauce Norterra 2470 W. Happy Valley Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85085 (623) 414-4866

Sauce provides a variety of thincrust red and white pizzas as well as fresh salads with house-made dressings, lasagna, and grilled panini made with fresh-baked bread. Their wine selection is accompanied by Italian and domestic beers, and the warm, inviting atmosphere makes the dining experience as enjoyable as the food.


W Hotel

7277 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 970-2100

The W Scottsdale features the sleek and sophisticated Sushi Roku, the restaurant with a cool and Zen-like vibe and that fresh Asian cuisine of which the world cannot seem to get enough. Its modern menu is chock full of a colorful array of sushi as well as bright salads, tempting appetizers, and entrees to warm the insides. Fresh ingredients are flown in daily, the full-service bar features specialty sakes and Asian-themed martinis, and the kitchen is run by award-winning executive chef Tim Fields. Be sure to ask for outdoor seating!


Ocean Prime

City North 5455 E. High St. #115 Phoenix, AZ 85054

The modern American supper club melds the retro with the contemporary for a pleasing and elegant design aesthetic. With incredible service, delicious seafood and steaks, and creative, quality cocktails and wines, Ocean Prime doesn’t just lure people in—it keeps them coming back for more.

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Fleming’s Steakhouse* DC Ranch 20753 N. Pima Rd., Bldg. R North Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 538-8000

Fleming’s features the finest in prime beef and a tempting variety of chops, seafood, chicken, generous salads, inventive side orders, and indulgent desserts in a fine-dining atmosphere. Fleming’s 100’s celebrated wine list boasts some of the finest wines in the world, all available by the glass.



7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (480) 444-1234 x 9

6895 E. Cave Creek Rd. Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (480) 488-1906

Alto Ristorante E Bar

Scottsdale’s Hyatt Regency boasts a uniquely romantic restaurant complete with a complimentary gondola boat ride. The Italian dishes emphasize the seasons and traditional Italy with fresh seasonal ingredients and a collection of Italy’s best artisanal cheeses, meats, and wine. Dine indoors or outside around terrace fire pits. Make reservations at

Harold’s Corral

Steaks, ribs, seafood, and chicken, oh my! Cave Creek’s original Wild West Saloon and Restaurant marries good food with live entertainment and has been the go-to dining spot in Cave Creek for nearly three-quarters of a century. In addition to its classic American fare,


Takeda Thai

10271 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85253 (480) 483-5006

Sample well-prepared Thai food made with authentic herbs and spices and ser ved with care. The menu includes fresh salads and soups, seafood and meats, rice and noodles, with all the flavors and spiciness Thai food lovers crave.


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Da Vang

4538 N. 19th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85015 (602) 242-3575

If you’re looking for authentic Vietnamese cuisine for a great price, you’ll want to check out Da Vang. Try their strong iced coffee, traditional pho, rare beef, tasty broth, and other classic Vietnamese dishes. Enjoy quick service, large portions, and distinct flavors!

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ing at The Farm Kitchen for lunch, and supping at Quiessence Restaurant for a fresh and seasonal end-of-day meal.

DC Ranch on Market Street 20751 N. Pima Rd., Suite 120 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 502-1641

You’ll love the OldWorld ambience that makes Armitage perfect for winding down after work or enjoying a predinner drink. If you stay on into the night, prepare for the lights to dim and the music to pick up tempo, transforming Armitage into an energized nightspot. Harold’s features combined indoor and outdoor seating for 800, two bars, a large stage, and a dance floor. Take advantage of free country-dance lessons Friday nights, indulge in barbecue, and root for the Steelers Sundays at the official home of Heinz Field West, a Pittsburgh Steelers Club.


The Notorious P.I.G.*

Desert Ridge Marketplace 21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Ste. 34-1110 Phoenix, AZ 85050 (480) 699-8264

Visit one of three popular Notorious P.I.G. locations and tuck into some tender pecan-smoked barbecue or opt for char-grilled burgers, fried catfish, hushpuppies, cheese grits, tenderloin sandwiches, blue cheese coleslaw, and Tex-Mex appies. Meats are dryrubbed, cold-smoked, hot-smoked, and smothered in thick, flavorful sauce. Homemade cobblers and pies round off a sweet meal.


The Farm at South Mountain 6106 S. 32nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85042 (602) 276-6360

With organic gardens, lush grass lawns, art galleries, friendly markets and shops, and three sumptuous restaurants, it’s a delight for all foodies, even if you’re not a vegetarian. Begin your day with treats from Morning Glory Café, picnick-


Eddie V’s Edgewater Grille* Coming Soon to Scottsdale Quarte (480) 538-8468

Eddie V’s Edgewater Grille was inspired by the great classic seafood restaurants of New Orleans, San Francisco, and Boston. Eddie and Guy have great respect for the freshness, flavors, and techniques of these regions and provide you with the freshest seafood available, along with prime-grade steaks, in a casual and relaxed atmosphere.


The Wrigley Mansion 2501 E. Telawa Trail Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 955-4079

Dining at The Wrigley Mansion is a complete experience. Their awardwinning Sunday Champagne Brunch is worth the trip, and Geordie’s Restaurant & Lounge offers guests more than an elegant, historic setting—its creative American fare is a perfect weekend evening meal and is now back for lunch five days per week. * plus other Valley locations


Arcadia Farms 1625 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 257-2191

Ladies, not only will you be lunching on artistic and f lavorful recipes but you’ll also be chowing down on dishes made with local, organically grown, pesticide-free, hormonefree, and trans-fat-free ingredients. After browsing the Phoenix Art Museum, stop in for some afternoon tea complete with teasize sweets and imported teas or savor the Sunday brunch delights like smoked salmon, berry crepes, and quiche Lorraine. DECEMBER 2010 | JANUARY 2011 North Valley


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Kevin Nee: Strong to the Finish! B y C assaundra B rooks

Strongman competitor Kevin Nee won’t divulge whether spinach is among his training secrets, but this modern-day Popeye is making a name for himself among the bigmuscle community. He owns the world record (903 pounds) for the last man standing in the dead-lift event (his favorite)—and he broke the record back in 2008 just five months after having major surgery. He was then just 23 years old. He was 13 years old when he began hitting the gym for three to four hours daily as a means to excel in sports like basketball, which he played throughout his high school career. When Nee was 15, a local strongman pro and community legend, Bruce Tessier, took notice of his increasingly bulky physique and asked him if he would like to train with him and other competitors on the weekends. Tessier ultimately took Nee by surprise when he signed him up for a competition, and from then, there was no turning back. Nee says it was the best thing that every happened to him and that he has Tessier to thank for it all. “My friends and family thought I was a little crazy, and my mom was scared to death,” Nee says, “but after I was one of only two people to complete the first event out of eighteen grown men, they knew something special had just happened, and they became very supportive.” Nee encountered another strong supporter when he moved to Arizona from Massachusetts to attend ASU’s W.P Carey’s School of Business, from which he obtained a degree in Supply Chain Management. Here, he met his fiancée Kaylyn, who is Olive Oyl to his Popeye and about whom he gushes with a great deal of ardor. Kaylyn and her family have become his local support group, which he says is very important in the tightly knit and difficult world of strongmanship. “We all cheer each other on, and we all support each other,” Nee says of the strongman community. “It’s a brotherhood of strength because we all understand the pain,

sweat, tears, and sacrifices it takes to get to that level.” That isn’t to say that the sport doesn’t have its perks, one of which is the itinerary. Nee has traveled extensively for competitions, making multiple trips to places like Poland, China, Brazil, Columbia, Canada, Romania, Malta, England, Ireland, and Mexico as well as locations throughout the United States. He proclaims Norway as his favorite because of the beauty of the countryside and its friendly inhabitants. You won’t see Kevin Nee at the national competition this year. He’s taking time off to build business relationships with Nutritional Beverages, Power Stretch, and other companies to prepare for reentering the circuit next year. He claims that building partnerships like these is one of his favorite things about Arizona. “I like how a lot of people have a go-getter attitude out here and are willing to take chances on business and ventures,” Nee says. “I really like the

initiative and drive that can be seen all over the city.” But while he’s training hard and preparing financially for the next competition season— getting focused, eating right, getting enough sleep, training physically, watching competition films, getting deep-tissue massages, stretching, doing cardio workouts, etc.—he makes time for Kaylyn and their canine baby August and for geeking out with video games and Harry Potter—what Nee considers “the best series ever.” He has his sights set on winning World’s Strongest Man (WSM) someday, but he says he’ll take his time rising to the top to ensure that he stays healthy and injury free. In this light, he’s also spending some time considering business ventures and ideas for when his strongman days are over. “I am very dedicated to this because I understand there is life after the sport,” Nee says. “I want to be able to provide for my future family.” Visit for more information on Kevin Nee. Visit to learn more about WSM. DECEMBER 2010 | JANUARY 2011 North Valley


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You Gotta Have Martz: Local CEO Gives Her All to the Community B y K evin D owney

Carrie Martz is always looking out for someone else, whether it’s her two grown children, employees at the company she founded 30 years ago, or the many charitable organizations to which she has dedicated her time and energy for many years. Generosity like Martz’s has been more challenging than ever during the past few years, as the grim economy has made it nearly impossible for many small companies to keep their doors open. Martz, CEO and founder

of marketing firm the Martz Agency in north Scottsdale, has kept her company open amidst extraordinarily challenging conditions. She simply has too many people counting on her to 30

let her company falter. And that is Martz’s style: achieving goals that seem out of reach. In 1980, when she was only 24 years old and had graduated from ASU, Martz started her own company. She didn’t exactly know how to do that, although she’d grown up watching her father run a food distribution company in Nebraska. “I wish I could say starting a business was a calculated move, but it wasn’t,” Martz says. “I was working in the sales promotion

business. I generated so much business for [my boss] that he couldn’t keep up. He told me, ‘I think you’d make your own best boss.’ And I said, ‘How do I do that?’”

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She headed to downtown Phoenix the next morning to register her business, but not without trepidation. “Fear drives me,” she says. “It has my whole life. But I don’t let fear paralyze me. I use it.” She also made a major sacrifice to start her company. “My biggest financial investment to start the company was buying business cards and letterhead,” she says. “I had a black Mustang and sold it so I could buy the business cards.” Martz hit the ground running. She brought with her a few clients from her former employer and lured in a few more. Her company handled marketing for companies around the Valley. Shortly after launching her agency, she landed her first big piece of new business: one of the area’s first semiconductor companies. “It was a very large account, so I just studied up and figured out how to do what they wanted me to do,” Martz says. “And I started hiring people.” Martz maintains that the key to her company’s success is paying attention to the needs of others. It’s an approach to business she has maintained all these years. And it’s a style that she uses in helping charitable organizations. Over the years, Martz has been involved with

several charities, including some that she founded. One of them bears the quirky name of the Women Who Don’t Play Golf Organization (WWDPGO). This group has raised more than $100,000 for female-focused charities. Home of Miracles has raised some $8 million for local children’s hospitals. Martz also sits on the board of Citizenship Counts and sat on the board of the Phoenix Suns Charities for fourteen years. She’s now over-

“Fear drives me. It has my whole life. But I don’t let fear paralyze me. I use it.” seeing the Suns gala in March. Martz’s credits her grandmother with sparking her interest in charitable action. “My grandmother was always volunteering her time for charities,” says Martz. “She had very little, but what she had, she gave. I also love the creativity that nonprofit opportunities bring. It’s a release for me.” “Giving back to our community gives more back to those who give than to those who receive,” Martz says.

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Helping Those with Huntington's Disease by Kevin Downey • photos by Vickilyn Hussey

If you’re not an avid House fan, you may not have heard of Huntington’s Disease (HD). In the series, Dr. House’s team speculates as to whether team member Thirteen’s current leave of absence has something to do with her fight with the disease. More than a quarter of a million Americans fight this fight or are at risk of having HD; American music icon Woody Guthrie suffered from it and eventually succumbed to it. A degenerative brain disorder, Huntington’s is in many ways a silent killer, but for those affected by it, it is also a devastating one. Cognitive function severely declines, affecting not only mobility and speech but

also mood, memory, behavior, and coordination. A carrier’s abilities to walk, talk, swallow, and reason gradually erode. As of now, there is no cure, and if one of your parents suffers from the disease, you have a fifty-fifty chance of inheriting the geneIf you inherit the gene, you have a 100-percent chance of battling the disease yourself. While symptoms generally lay dormant through midlife, their eventual onset is inevitable. HD does not discriminate by sex, race, or ethnicity. But all of that simply means HD pres-

ents a serious problem. It doesn’t mean that the outlook is all bleak. The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA), a national 501(c)(3) notfor-profit organization, is working tirelessly to not only learn more about the disease, slows its progression, treat its symptoms, and find a cure for it but also to provide support, information, and educational services to those with or affected by HD. Much has been learned since the hereditary gene was isolated back in 1993, but there is much more that remains a mystery. The HDSA is also working to develop medication that relieves symptoms in certain individuals. According to its Web site, HDSA currently supports more than forty scientists and sixteen major HD laboratories as well as twenty-one HDSA Centers of Excellence at major hospitals and university medical centers. It publishes and distributes free information, maintains a toll-free information hotline, and hosts various events that include seminars and support groups.

The Arizona Affiliate sprung up in the 1980s. There are approximately 400 to 500 Arizonans with HD. A support group meets once a month in Phoenix (there is also one in Tucson), and features two social workers who answer a 24-hour hotline. Chairperson Dave Quaranta began attending support groups in the late 80s and is working to get it recognized as an official chapter once again. His goals also include founding a Center of Excellence in both Phoenix and Tucson. The annual walk to support and fund research was held recently in both cities, the latest on October 23 here in the Valley, and thanks to generous volunteers and donors, generated nearly $170,000 to help fight HD as well as a good deal of awareness. It must be noted that the offending gene does not skip generations, and that although there is testing for the gene available, some opt to not get tested. Like forms of dementia, HD renders carriers of the gene increasingly dependent upon family and medical personnel for caregiving. Because of the limited number of symptomalleviating treatments, the best weapon presently in our arsenal is knowledge. Be aware, be well-informed, be optimistic, be understanding, be compassionate. And be committed to helping your family, friends, and fellow citizens to find a cure. Visit for additional information and resources.

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Opera in Cinema B y K evin D owney

There may be no fantasy more glamorous for opera lovers than jetting off to Europe to see some of the world’s best musicians and singers perform inside the world’s great opera houses. Of course, taking time off and paying to fly to Europe for a quick performance of Die Walküre at Teatro alla Scala in Milan isn’t exactly a frivolous little jaunt for most of us, but what if we were to tell you that expense is no longer a barrier to seeing great performances? A slew of operas and ballets performed at theaters throughout Europe will screen live at a handful of movie theaters around the Valley this winter, including the Harkins Theatre on Loop 101 in North Scottsdale. Harkins is running its first full season of operas and ballets from Emerging Pictures at three of its theaters, including Arrowhead Fountains 18 and Chandler Fashion Center 20. Performances began in September and continue through June 2011. The performances are full-scale, full-length operas shown at theaters in Europe and seen inside movie theaters here. They include live presentations as they take place, such as Die Walküre on Dec. 7, the ballet Giselle on Jan. 15, and the opera Macbeth next June. “There are certain warhorses like Aida and La Traviata that, no matter how many times we come out with a production, do very well,” says Ira Deutchman, managing partner at New York City-based Emerging Pictures, which is in its third year of airing operas in movie theaters. “But we are really pushing

for more cutting-edge productions of operas, which a lot of European opera houses are well known for performing these days.” He says the Opera in Cinema Series is a boon to movie theater owners. “A lot of the operas air at 11 in the morning, which is a time of day when theaters wouldn’t be making any money,” Deutchman says. While some of these operas and ballets are screening here live, others are taped. The full season also includes the ballets The Nutcracker on Dec. 16 and Romeo and Juliet on March 10. “The moviegoing experience is quite good and, in fact, some viewers say it’s better than seeing operas live,” Deutchman says. “The cameras are always pointing to where you should be looking. They rehearse the camera work quite a bit before the performance. The picture is high definition, and the sound is 5.1 stereo, so it’s very good.” Slip your lorgnette and opera glasses into your clutch purse, pick up a large box of popcorn, and be a bon vivant for less than the price of an economy redeye to New York. Viva l’opera! For more information about The Opera & Ballet in Cinema series including a full schedule of performances, visit operaBallet.aspx. Harkins Theatres’ Scottsdale 101 is located at 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., (480) 538-1707. Tickets for the Opera & Ballet in Cinema Series are $20.

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‘Mother Nature’: Local Artist Fosters the Essence of the Valley By Kevin Madness • photos by tim lanterman

Nature in the North Valley is bold, unusual, surreal, and in your face. Giant saguaros tower over us. The intense summer sun burns our skin. The monsoons pound the Valley with sheets of rain, loudly crackling lighting, and booming thunder. But simultaneously as well as improbably, nature in the North Valley is subtle. If we bend over and look close, the ground is littered with tiny, sparkling rocks, lightas-air seed pods, translucent insect wings, and brightly colored flowers. It’s this subtler side of nature that catches the attention of renowned artist Mayme Kratz, a San Diego native who has called the Valley home since the mid-1980s. Her latest show, which features her recent works, opens at the Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale the first week of January. Kratz’s art is quiet, ethereal, glorious, and amazingly beautiful. “My work is very influenced by poetry,” Kratz says. “Sometimes I’ll even write a poem before I start a body of work. And sometimes, there is a poem that is not my own that leads me to create a body of work. The other influence is a love of nature. The natu-


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ral world is a vehicle to express that poetry.” Much as nature has captured and preserved ancient life—insects and lizards unmoving in amber, for instance—Kratz captures nature in man-made fashion, using transparent coatings. In one painting, a ring of delicate twigs and leaves—a nest?—sits atop a soft blue-gray background covered in a clear resin. In a sculpture, more leaves and twigs sit unmoving in a clear, purple cube. Another installation piece features multicolored poles of colored translucent resin that hold inside them leaves, flowers, and fronds. The effect is calming and hypnotic, much like nature itself. “The wall pieces are thin layers of resin cast on birch panels,” Kratz says. “It’s a slow process of layering until I reach a certain depth with the resin. Then I run the panels through a sander to get an even thickness. Then I sand it by hand. It’s a way of revealing the interior structure of [the natural elements] I have collected.” Kratz is a self-taught artist. She first discovered her love of art when she was a young girl. “As a child, I would always bury things,” Kratz says. “Then I would wonder what hap-

pened to them and dig them back up. I think, in a way, that’s what I’m still doing.” Kratz has racked up a slew of grants and fellowships over the years, including artist in residence last year at Northwest Meets Southwest in Point Roberts, Wash. She has had more than a dozen solo exhibits at galleries around the country over the past two decades. And she’s been among a group of

The natural world is a vehicle to express that poetry [from her love of nature]. artists at shows around the world since the early 1990s. Now, in addition to her upcoming exhibit in Scottsdale, Kratz is the subject of an in-the-works documentary by North Valley filmmaker Suzanne Johnson. “Mayme inspires us to pause and pay attention,” Johnson says. “I want to construct a film that sparks a dialog about the particulars of her sensibility and offer, I hope, a glimpse into the elusive process of creativity.”

AZ Fun Facts

Bungled Burglaries and Zany Outlaws B y M arshall T rimble , O fficial A rizona S tate H istorian

During the late 1880s, pulp-fiction dime novels created larger-than-life myths and legends of Old West figures like Wild Bill Hickok, Belle Starr, Calamity Jane, and Jesse James. These were followed by Hollywood shooting stars like John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. This raises a question: Were there any Old Westerners who might be called intelligence challenged? The Old West wasn’t a place for the meek. Lawmen had to be as tough and cunning as the culprits they had to deal with. Keeping the peace was a grim and deadly business, but a few did provide peace officers some comic relief. Take, for example, Al Jennings of Oklahoma. During his long and colorful life, Al was a cowboy, a lawyer, a gunslinger, a train robber, a jailbird, a preacher, a politician, an author, and a movie star. In his autobiography, he claimed to have robbed fifteen or twenty trains, but that was another exaggeration. His career as a bandit only lasted 109 days before he was captured and sent to prison. He once claimed to have outshot Jesse James in a shooting match, but his math must have been skewed because Jesse had been dead for several years at the time the match supposedly took place. Al’s first attempted train robbery was almost his last. Unwittingly, he stood in the middle of the tracks pointing his pistol at the approaching locomotive. The train didn’t stop, and Al jumped off the tracks just in time. In his second attempt, Al used too much dynamite and accidentally blew up the express car while trying to open the safe. He did manage to salvage a jug of whiskey and an armload of bananas. The third time was the charm, and the robbery netted him $27. He was captured and given a life sentence in the pen, but in 1904, he received a presidential pardon. Al then went into politics and ran for governor of Oklahoma. His campaign slogan was “I promise to be honest for a year

if I can hold out that long.” Al finished third in the primary. After that, he became an evangelist who claimed that passing the collection plate in church was no different from robbing passengers on a train. Al decided to write his autobiography, Beating Back, which embellished his days as a notorious train robber. Hollywood soon came calling. The movie moguls wanted to make a film and asked Al to star as himself. He went off to Tinsel Town, where he was heralded as a “real Old West Outlaw.” Soon, Al was a celebrity. He starred in, consulted for, and wrote the screen plays for more than a hundred films. Fortunately, by following his scripts, A l ’s train robberies fared much better than the ones he lived. Al stood only five foot one with his boots on. One might say the only thing tall about him were his tales. He married a woman a foot taller than he and always called her “the little woman.” In later years, he retired to his little ranch in San Fernando Valley and raised chickens. One evening in 1945, while listening to the Lone Ranger show on his radio, Al was outraged to hear the Masked Man shoot the gun

out of outlaw Al Jennings’s hand. “Nobody could ever shoot the gun out of Al Jennings’ hand!” he bellowed and promptly sued the Lone Ranger. The judge and jury were thoroughly entertained by his tall tales but ruled against him, and the lawsuit was thrown out of court. Sitting on his front porch one night, Al heard a noise in the henhouse. He crept into the coop and took a shot, only to find that he didn’t shoot a burglar on the prowl for money but his prize rooster prowling for something else. That, as far as we know, was Al’s last gunfight. DECEMBER 2010 | JANUARY 2011 North Valley



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North Scottsdale is home to Arizona’s largest indoor climbing g ym: AZ on the Rocks. This spacious exercise haven features 14,000 square feet of textured climbing terrain and also includes a gym and yoga studio. Climbers of all experience levels and ages are welcome. First-timers, regardless of experience, go through a tenminute orientation and, if necessary, are taught belaying, which involves securing climbing ropes to a stone façade. AZ on the Rocks is perfect for birthday parties and team-building outings; there are also classes, yoga programs, and kids’ programs. Note that those under the age of 18 must


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An outdoor ice-skating rink in Arizona? Indeed! Former Olympic ice skater Ryan O’Meara is bringing a 30-by-40-foot skating rink outside his interior design store, Palavela Home. The rink, which can accommodate forty people at a time, will be open to the public from December 2 to December 31 (but will be closed December 23–25). A 45-minute skating session, including skate rentals, is $15. Each week, Palavela Home will donate 15 percent of


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the money raised to the following nonprofits: Homeward Bound, Southwest Center for HIV and AIDS, and ALS Association of Arizona. Catch professional and amateur ice shows for free each Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon. O’Meara will also perform with his skating partner, Emily Nussear, for a special show. To promote a greener Valley of the Sun, the rink will be made of synthetic ice.

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Ford F350 King Ranch: A Crowning Achievement [ B y G reg R ubenstein ]

From ranch to rodeo to restaurant, Ford’s redesigned 2011 F-350 Super Duty in the splendid “King Ranch” trim will get you there and back home again in remarkable style and complete comfort. This is a whole lotta truck. Its presence is strik ing—massive by any measure—yet once you’ve managed to climb the 28-inch step from ground to f loorboard, that sumptuous King Ranch package swaddles driver and passengers alike in plush, glove-soft two-tone cowhide. There is a ton of high tech to accompany its soft-touch interior, too. Ford has packed every whizbang gizmo into this truck, including its latest version of the SYNC voiceactivated system control. This is not, however, a truck to use just for making a style statement—though its new bulging fenders and hood along with a striking two-tone paint treatment offer a bit of that come-hither look. For a truck, that is. Inside, the driver’s seat may be as comfortable as plunking yourself down in your favorite easy chair, but no living room recliner ever offered this kind of commanding view of the road. Only big-rig drivers sit up higher—and even they are not that much farther up. The F-350 is built for big jobs and serious play, offering multiple 12-volt power points as well as a 110-volt power inverter port in the center console— very handy for plugging in a laptop, TV, or perhaps a microwave for those long hauls. With a full complement of electronic safety features and air bags, power-adjustable pedals, power windows, door locks and seats, electronic


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trailer-brake controller, multifunction navigation display with satellite radio plus a supplemental 4.2-inch full-color LCD in the center of the gauges for displaying fuel economy and a host of other basic operational functions, there is nothing left to desire inside this truck. Topping off the list of interior features is Ford’s SYNC. With more than 10,000 commands recognized, you can control virtually every secondary system with just your voice—from placing a call to tuning the radio, changing interior temperature or obtaining directions whether the destination is known or not. Mechanically, Ford has regained the high

ground with best-in-class power cranked out of a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbocharged diesel. This new engine delivers 800 pound-feet of torque and 400 horsepower, good enough to haul 14,000 pounds and be rated to carr y nearly t wo tons (3,960 lbs.) in its bed. As tested, our F-350 4X4 Crew Cab Lariat 156-inch W B was no l ight weight, t ipping the scales at something north of 7,300 pounds. But even at that mass, it felt light on its toes, willingly surging ahead with tremendous diesel thrust and adeptly handling braking and cornering maneuvers. On the highway, this big truck purrs like a kitten; ready to roar for passing maneuvers but otherwise quiet and composed. Even fuel economy is surprisingly good for such a big vehicle, returning a combined 12.5 mpg on ultra-low sulfur diesel—it’ll also run on B20 biodiesel. Packing the most power into a supersize four-door (crew cab) truck naturally comes at a price, and at $64,770 as tested, this F-350 is not for everyone. Nearly $8,000 of that is the V-8 turbo-diesel option alone. If you can live without the diesel engine, 20-inch wheel and tire package, navigation system, power sunroof, and King Ranch leather, you can shave nearly $12,000 from the sticker, getting close to the $50,385 base price. With the standard 385-horsepower gasoline V-8, you’d still have enough truck for basic hauling, but the highend combination of diesel power and luxury is where this F-350 hits the sweet spot to handle the toughest work and hardest play, from the North Rim to the Mogollon Rim, Lake Pleasant to Fashion Square.

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Satisfying your caffeine dependency with a daily dose of coffee might wake you up in the morning, but you probably have to maintain your rush by drinking two or more sugar-saturated lattes later on. Do you regularly skip breakfast in a hurry and then binge by lunchtime, only to crash and burn two hours later? If so, your approach to generating energy is counterproductive. You have an energy-deficiency problem.

It’s time to revolutionize your way of thinking when it comes to energizing your body. Become an energy-aware eater. Food in every sense of its purpose is our fuel source. Everything we put into our bodies can be placed into two categories: energy-blocking foods and energy-producing foods. Could you say that your favorite comfort foods are adding any energy to your system? Foods high in cholesterol, trans fat, saturated fat, and sugar—usually the ones we consider our food addictions—are the very things that slow us down, fatten us up, kill our immune system, and make us more prone to disease. If you could avoid these problems by eating satisfying, energy-rich foods and gain more vitality, alertness, and overall better mental and physical health, what’s the harm in that? Don’t know where to start? Consider these five foods packed with energy-boosting nutrients guaranteed to keep you running at optimum speed all the livelong day. Whole grains: You’ll thank yourself later for making time for a breakfast composed of fiber, carbohydrates, and protein. The best way to get all these essential nutrients at one sitting is with a simple serving of whole grains. Unprocessed whole grains still contain their natural bran, fiber, vitamins, and minerals that are otherwise removed from processed grain products. The energy you’ll get from 100 percent whole-grain bread, pita bread, tortillas, raisin bran, or oatmeal combined with fruit, yogurt, or eggs will be evenly distributed throughout the day, as opposed to the rush of energy you’ll get from caffeine and sugar that is regrettably short-lived. Other whole-grain suggestions include cereal, oats, rye, brown rice, wild rice, whole-wheat pasta, barley, and millet. Potatoes: This traditional vegetable is loaded with essential starch and fiber known together as complex carbohydrates. Potato molecules contain thousands of polysaccharides that your body needs to help maintain energy and have

virtually zero fat or cholesterol. Instead of sacrificing yourself to a fad diet, experts always recommend a complex-carbohydrate balanced diet that soothes hunger. Your brain and nervous system depend on carbohydrates to produce energy and alertness by balancing your blood’s glucose levels. Skip the butter, sour cream, and gravy and opt for their fat-free substitutes for flavor. Other suggestions for essential starch and complex carbs include legumes, peas, carrots, pumpkin, squash, and yams. Berries: You can still consume the sweet stuff by eating simple carbohydrates. Fruits like berries contain naturally occurring sugars that give you an immediate source of energy. Simple carbs burn faster than complex carbs, so make sure you have filled yourself up on plenty of fiber when integrating simple carbs into your meal. Other simplecarb suggestions include cranberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, grapefruit, vegetables, and honey. Salmon: For an overall helping of protein, vitamins, and essential amino acids, salmon and other fatty fish are the perfect choice. Salmon contains all the amino acids that our bodies need and that plant sources cannot otherwise offer. Turn to a serving of coldwater fish twice a week to help regulate your body’s release of energy from carbohydrates and healthy fats and to lower blood cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, and risk of heart disease. Other foods that provide protein, vitamins, and essential amino acids include lean meats, poultry, eggs, dairy, nuts, and beans. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: Known as the king of all oils, this versatile healing oil has the power to lower risk of cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, arthritis, bone loss, and memory loss because of its rich volume of antioxidants (essential fatty acids, chlorophyll, vitamin E, phenol compounds, phytoestrogens, and sterols). On an ever-growing list of olive oil’s heart-friendly benefits, there is evidence that this monounsaturated fat may reduce blood pressure, boost the immune system, fight body fat, improve skin, alleviate cold symptoms, ease pain, and even slow down the spread of HIV. The best part about olive oil is that it can be added to practically any recipe for any meal of the day to give you that extra boost of anti-cancer, fatiguefighting energy. Add extra virgin olive oil to baked, broiled, grilled, sautéed, or marinated dishes with nuts, seeds, beans, vegetables, fruits, poultry, or fish.


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Warranties? Save Them for Your Car [ B y S cott B ohall ]

Often, customers ask me about warranties, and although I understand that the question is a real concern, it would be about number twenty-five on my list of questions for a jeweler. Most jewelry should not need a warranty. Jewelry should be well made and worn when appropriate. Your homeowner’s insurance or private jewelry insurance should cover any lost or stolen jewelry. The amount of jewelry that would not be covered by jewelers or insurance claims is generally very small, but at least fifty percent of consumers want to know about warranties. Most reputable jewelers will gladly stand behind any workmanship issues. The jeweler who started the mandatory six-month checkup to keep a warranty valid was a genius. Buying a warranty from a jeweler is nice extra change for the jeweler. Getting customers to visit two times a year is a great opportunity for extra profit and potential sales. Sometimes I joke with customers when they ask how often they should get rings checked. I tell them, “Once a week—I have lots of bills to pay.” If you do decide to have your jewelry inspected, at least have someone who ac-

tually works on jewelry look at it. Can you imagine taking your car to the salesman and asking him to check your engine? Some jewelry, like Native American jewelry, requires not only matching of color in gems but cutting as well. Finding a jeweler who actually has gems and can cut them to fit is difficult. Jewelers should also know if working on a particular item will void a warranty from the manufacturer. Very few salespeople have ever been trained how to judge condition of rings. At our last Arizona Jewelers Association conference, there was only one person in attendance from all the mall stores in the state. Chain stores could easily have sent 200 salespeople to learn something, yet the same faces show up year after year to learn and become better jewelers. Ask your parents or grandparents how often they had a ring inspected. Most good jewelry is and was made well and is still in one piece. If your jewelry needs a warranty, maybe you need a new jeweler. Good appraisers will catch either workmanship or wear issues. If you already have a warranty, keep it, but buying good jewelry trumps good warranties most of the time. DECEMBER 2010 | JANUARY 2011 North Valley


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Uncorked & Unplugged + The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale held its seventh annual Uncorked & Unplugged event on Oct. 17 at Desert Ridge Marketplace. More than 2,000 guests from across the Valley joined together to sample fare from twenty-five restaurants that included San Felipe’s Cantina, Wolfley’s Neighborhood Grill, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Guests toasted with fabulous wines and spirits and enjoyed a custom martini bar and margarita station. All proceeds from the event go toward helping the Clubs continue to provide quality youth-development programs to kids throughout the greater Scottsdale area. uncorkedandunplugged.


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Get Mojo Stand Out Summit + Mountain Valley Church, 17800 N. Perimeter Dr., Scottsdale Five hundred people came out for an inspirational weekend with top motivational speakers and business-minded individuals, including Les Brown, Bill Walsh, and Chicken Soup for the Soul book series author Mark Victor Hansen. Mojo Video Marketing sponsored this event, hopeful of giving Arizonans some motivation and positivity in this economically difficult time.

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Ho, Ho, Ho, Norterra!

By Cassaundra Brooks Shops at Norterra are lit up with holiday cheer again this year. Join in the festive spirit by enjoying any of the following activities:

• Dec. 1, 9, 14, 22, and 23 Lunch with Santa—Tickets for this special event sell out quickly, so be sure to pounce on the opportunity to dine with Santa when you can. Proceeds benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. • Dec. 10 Cruisin’ with Santa at the Norterra Car Show—Car shows have

The North Pole Comes to NorthERN ARIZONA

By Cassaundra Brooks Northern Arizona’s magical portal to the North Pole will be open for the second year this December. Through Jan. 2, your little ones can investigate jolly St. Nick’s 400-year-old workshop as they’ve never had the chance to do before! Visit Santa’s Toy Hall of Fame, listen to an orientation with Alabaster Snowflake, build toys, have cookies and milk with Mrs. Claus in her bakery, and attend Elf University. The adventure wraps up at Molly Butler Lodge with kids’ craft activities—such as making holiday ornaments—and storytelling


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become tradition at the Shops, and this holiday-themed event is sure to draw out some classics.

Take advantage of the opportunity to have fun with the family and complete your holiday shopping all in one place!

• Dec. 11 Sounds of the Holidays— Students from the Deer Valley Unified School District give live performances at various locations throughout the marketplace. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies are a bonus. • Dec. 15 “Mistletoe” Farmers’ Market—Everyone loves a good buy, and everyone loves to buy local when they can. Peruse this holiday favorite for your holiday favorites.

t i m e w it h t h e jolly Missus. Parents can sit back and relax with a nightcap in front of a roaring fire in the 80-squarefoot f i repl ace , and families can e nj o y a n i nt imate break fast with Santa Claus himself. T his yea r, w a l l-m o u nt e d ov e r si z e g e a r s will churn out theme-appropriate sound

effects, and toy conveyor belts will transport this year’s hottest toys to Santa’s sleigh. Due to high demand, a second Candy Cane Express trolley will transport families from Molly Butler Lodge to Santa’s Workshop. Guests of the lodge can also enjoy a heated waiting area before dining with Santa. While in Greer, hit the slopes at nearby Sunrise Ski Resort (check out other packages at Molly Butler Lodge) or drive a halfhour to explore Pinetop and Showlow. Tickets are $74 for adults and $62 for children ages 2 to 18 and include dinner and the holiday experience. All-inclusive NPX ticket and cabin packages start at $440. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly. so reserve some for your family as soon as possible by calling (888) NPX-SANTA. Visit for more information.

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Dawn Jameson: A Fine and Elegant Mess B y C assaundra B rooks

When we last chatted with Dawn Jameson a little over a year ago, she was sporting blonde locks and energizing crowds at Barcelona. As we transition into the new year, Jameson is making some transitions of her own. The now brunette songstress is set to release a solo album with a new, refined sound.

North Valley Magazine: What have you been up to in the past year-and-a-half? Dawn Jameson: Barcelona shut its doors in July of last year. It was a devastating time for all of us. It felt like I just lost my family, and it all happened so suddenly. David [Hernandez] and I continued to perform nationally and internationally at different venues until I decided to take some time off to focus after the death of my mother, who had been f ighting cancer for seven years. [I was also] newly married. I did some serious soul searching to figure out what I really wanted to do with my life. I then threw myself into my solo career with writing songs and recording my new album. N V M: We hear you have a new album coming out. What can we expect? DJ: I am continuing to work with Ryan Greene (2010 LA Music Awards’ Record Producer of the Year), but this new album was produced through the record label I signed with earlier this year—Fervor Records—and recorded in Phoenix at WilloDisc. The goal behind this record was to create music that married some of the retro sounds and arrangements quintessential to Northern soul and funk with an updated, modern pop sensibility. What makes Elegant Mess special is that the songs reflect where I’ve been, who I am, and where I’m going. At the end of the day, I think my audience relates to the

stories. “Memphis Horns” represents a will to stay strong during adversity. Music makes me stronger. It’s like my guardian angel when life takes a turn for the worst. My hope is that it will lift others up, too. “Pink Umbrella” is an anthem for breast cancer survivors. It feels like all the moments of my life have led up to Elegant Mess. NVM: How has the songwriting been coming along? DJ: The songwriting has been going great. With all the dramatic life changes that took place all at once in my life, I’ve been really inspired to write out of my comfort zone. I feel like with the pop princess I portrayed at Barcelona, then the country band I was in [that played in Vegas], I was trying to figure out who I was as an artist and sent out too many mixed messages. I believe I’ve found myself in this new album. [It] describes my transformation to a T! I co-penned the songs with Jeff Freundlich and Jack Howell. Their music has been heard by millions in shows such as One Tree Hill, Law & Order, and The Office. I am currently writing new songs for a second album. N V M: W here can we f ind you performing in the next couple of months? DJ: For the months of December and January, I will be performing at different venues with my new band, based around the album. NVM: What are your goals for the future? DJ: To get picked up on a national tour, which isn’t far out of reach, and to eventually headline my own show intern-ationally. Elegant Mess will be sold on iTunes,, and all other major e-tailers in January. You can order physical CDs at or pick one up at one of her shows. Find tour dates on her Web site or

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Golf Improve Your Game

Proper Club-Face Position [ B y S cott S ackett • P hotos by C olleen M iniuk - S perry ]

One of the biggest misconceptions in golf is what the club face should look like at waist height. This should be important to you because 85 percent of all golfers slice the ball. To keep it simple: If you slice the ball, the club face is open at impact. Here is a great way to check if your face is square at what I call Position Number Two in my seven-step swing.

Take your setup: Once you are in a proper setup, look at the hand closer to the target (for most of us, that will be our left hand) and count how many knuckles you see. If you have a neutral grip, you will see at least two knuckles. Here’s the test: Take the club back to waist height. At this point, check your knuckle count. It should be exactly the same as it was when you first checked. If you see more knuckles than you had at neutral count, you have rolled your hands open on the initial takeaway. If you see fewer knuckles, you have rolled your hand under. If you have rolled your hands, you will have to make some sort of compensation on the downswing to hit the ball with a square club face.

FIGURE 1: Club face is parallel with the spine (correct position)

Here is another great visual while looking in a mirror from the target line: Take the club face back to waist height. The club face will match the angle of your spine. Remember, the next time you’re hitting balls on the range and someone advises you to get the toe up at waist height, you may want to run away as fast as you can.

Scott Sackett is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher. Scott teaches at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale. He is also the director of instruction at The Rim Golf Club in Payson. He splits his time equally between both. To reach Scott, call him at (904) 838-2721 or e-mail him at FIGURE 2: Club face is toe up (position not correct)


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• know & Tell • HOLIDAY SEASON: A Time to Appreciate the Beautiful Differences

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From across the pond comes a holiday delight that fills your insides

Christmas tree lights have come a long way. First, candles were glued

In the Netherlands, the Dutch begin to celebrate St. Nicholas in

Our favorite television shows don’t necessarily feature a holiday episode each winter—not only are they often on break in December, but audiences expect them to be a little extra special. A few years back, The OC did well with its “Chrismukkah” episodes, celebrating both the Jewish Hanukkah and the Christian Christmas. Last year, Community had success with a multicultural take on the winter holidays. Bones fans consider Season One’s “The Man in the Fallout Shelter” among the series’ best and got to see the two leads lock lips for the first time under some mistletoe in season three’s “Santa in the Slush.” Shows like 30 Rock, House, NCIS, Psych, and Grey’s Anatomy play with the theme on occasion. Even The X-Files, Family Guy, and The Twilight

with warmth and gooey goodness. Christmas pudding (also known as plum pudding) is a traditional wintry dessert that has been a staple in English households since about the seventeenth century. It’s made with love from family recipes. The steamed pudding consists of dried fruit, nuts, dark sugars, black treacle, sweet spices, and occasionally dark beers. It is served with a dousing of brandy that is set alight. mid-November. The jolly saint and his helper, Zwarte Piet, dock each year in the harbor of a different city or village, and their procession into town via white horse to meet the mayor is televised. However, nearly every city has its own Sinterklaas parade. And no cookies for this robed gift bearer! According to, children put their shoes next to the window, door, fireplace, or heater (in which the good girls and boys will find small treats the next day) and leave out “a nice drawing, a wish-list, and a carrot or hay, and maybe a saucer of water, for the horse.” On December 5, St. Nicholas Eve, families indulge in festive parties and gift-giving.


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with melted wax or attached by pins to tree branches. Early in the twentieth century, candles were placed in small lanterns and glass balls. But it was a few decades earlier that the advent of electric lights on strings was first used. The first electrically lit tree in the White House was sponsored by President Grover Cleveland in 1895. In the United Kingdom, they are often called “fairy lights.”

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Earlier this year, we got a backstage glimpse into the world of beauty pageants and the women who compete for the muchcoveted crowns. Good looks and ambition are not enough to secure a place in a Miss USA or Miss America competition—for the teen-category contestants, competing must fit into a schedule that includes classes, studying, working, and other extracurriculars. Seventeen-year-old Halie Morton is Miss North Valley Teen USA. She was also a contestant in the 2010 Miss Arizona Teen competition, held at the Mesa Arts Center at the end of November. The Boulder Creek High School senior is new to the pageant circuit but has competed in body building and figure shows in the past. These competitions are important to Morton because they provide her with a platform from which to help middle school girls with their transition into high school. Divorce, family fights, and wanting to grow up too fast plague eighth-grade girls, she says. “Young girls need to understand that [being] an independent young woman is the most powerful weapon they have,” Morton says. “Always have the strength to keep your head up and stay positive.” Although Morton did not place in the pageant, she considers it an extraordinary and memorable experience that gave her the opportunity to meet some amazing girls, in-

cluding this year’s Miss Arizona Teen USA, Molly Argue. Competing has also opened a lot of doors for Morton, which should help her on her way to accomplishing the many goals she has set for herself. Morton is already a certified personal trainer; her future career goals include professional chef and cosmetologist. She currently takes classes at Cutting Edge Style Academy and from her mother, who owns her own salon. She’s participated in a number of sports, earned her black belt in karate, modeled, and performed with her father, a professional blues and acoustic rock musician.

“Always have the strength to keep your head up and stay positive.”

With her many skills and experiences, Morton is creating an impressive, diverse resume that could lead her in a lot of positive and exciting directions. She hasn’t yet decided if she will try her luck in a future pageant, but it seems unlikely that luck will be the major factor in the success of any future endeavors. Not only is she a capable girl but she is also fully confident that God, whom she says has helped her a great deal thus far, will continue to get her through anything that comes her way.

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Sneak Up on Your Goals [ By CASSAUNDRA BROOKS ]

The problem with New Year’s resolutions is

that the resolve to affect positive change in our lives dwindles with each passing week until we find ourselves, mid-February, living life-as-usual based on the previous year. Whether life gets in the way or unforeseen circumstances interfere, we cannot seem to stick to our resolutions, regardless of how well meant they were or what efforts we initially put forth to keep them. Often, however, we simply bite off more than we can chew. Dreaming big is great, but remember that while leaps of faith are occasionally required, many goals are achieved in smaller steps. Instead of choosing unreasonable diets, aiming for goals that require money you just don’t have, and becoming discouraged when


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you can’t reach your goal in two weeks, try a more gradual approach.

Learn: How about signing up for one night class? As your free time and finances increase, you can think about taking on more. Learn a new language with programs like Rosetta Stone. Or simply determine to read one book every week or every two weeks. Find some mental stimulation!

Eat: Start small. Substitute whole grains where possible, switch to organic for certain foods, limit processed sugar intake to two

times per week, or cook fresh meals instead of eating packaged food a couple of times a week. Stop skipping breakfast.

Exercise: How about just taking the stairs

more often? Going for a walk several times per week or on your work breaks? Choose a fun physical activity with friends instead of couch-potato activities. Stretch and do strengthening exercises while you watch your favorite TV show.

Every other week, save money you would typically spend on some unnecessary purchase and you might just find you can afford that trip you’ve been craving by summertime or the end of the year. Opt for weekend getaways here in Arizona to recharge your batteries.

indoor rock climbing a shot, join a hiking group—anything that gets you seeing new places, gaining new experiences, and meeting new people.

Beauty: You do have time for pampering. A

haircut, a pedicure, a professional massage, a new outfit—even new underwear—or a new hair-, skin-, or nail-care product can make a surprising difference in the way you look and feel. New eye shadow? New sunglasses? An extra-long bubble bath once a week?


Sleep: If you’re always busy, always rushing,

and always sleep deprived, trim your schedule to allow for just one additional hour of sleep each night or for several nights per week. Sleep directly affects your energy level, which directly affects your productivity.

Relationships: Have any of your relation-

ships been neglected? Start scheduling in the time with friends and family. Start with a ten-minute phone call once every two weeks or a lunch every week. You’ll find soon enough that time will be much easier to pencil in.

Adventure: Try something new. Do something bold or outside your comfort zone. Try a new restaurant, attend the theater, give

Environment: Recycle—start small. Recycle newspapers only and then go on from there. Buy organic. Choose meats and dairy products from the more humane farms. Carpool a couple of days per week. Walk or ride your bike when possible.

Charity/Service: Pledge $5 per month to an

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organization that captures your special interest and then increase the amount as you are able. Donate a dollar at the grocery store for the cause of the season every time you shop. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Write letters to a soldier. Cook your elderly neighbor a meal once a week.

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The possibilities are endless, and most take very little effort. Beginning is the hardest part. You’ll find that building upon your commitments is easier—it’s all about the increments!

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Don’t Keep These in the Family B y C aroline G oddard

When the weather cools down, kitchens heat up as people break out their stick-to-your-ribs comfort foods. At the Thunderbird Artists Carefree Art & Wine Festival, we asked for people’s favorite family recipes. If your stomachs aren’t rumbling now, they will be after you’re finished reading.

Jan Taylor, pet portrait and equine artist, Cave Creek, AZ

“I have to say stuffed green peppers, as boring as that sounds—but the way my mom fixed it.”

Lucy Chamberlain, glass artist, Los Angeles, CA

“My favorite family recipe is probably lasagna. I add fennel seed to the sauce, and that really gives it a different flavor.”

Hill Brin, owner, Hill Brin Tile Design, Cotopaxi, CO

“My favorite family recipe is that scampi chicken [wife and fellow artist Nicole Brin] makes. It is incredible.”


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Lorene Ireland, artist/ owner Ireland Galleries, Nantucket, MA “My mother’s meat loaf. It’s excellent. Grew up on it, love it, make it today.”

Mike Davis, owner, Wood Creations by Mike, Apache Junction, AZ

“Chicken and dumplings. Mom made chicken and dumplings, and Dad would always ruin them because he liked them made a different way, but they always came out good.”

Dirk Yuricich, fine art photographer, Lake Tahoe, NV

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Gifts in the Stocking, under the Tree, and for the Tree Itself


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1 REALIZING THE DREAM Realizing the Dream is a 27 ½" x 39" original oil on linen by Russian artist Constantin Lvovich. $12,500 framed. Also available at StudioWest Art Gallery are 28" x 40" artistenhanced limited-edition giclée prints on canvas, signed and numbered. $1,975 unframed. 42407 N. Vision Way, Ste. 105, Anthem, AZ 85086 or (602) 448-3979

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2 pink sapphire Treasures Jewelers offers a one-of-a-kind pink sapphire and diamond ring featuring a 2.24ct sapphire surrounded by 1.25 carats of diamonds in 18K white gold. $8,900. (623) 486-7875 or

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3 iCRYSTAL speakers iCrystal from Speakal are modern-style illuminated globe speakers. Two separated spherical pods shed a soft ambient blue light around the rim of the speakers. This unique dock comes with remote control and onboard touch controls and a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack that connects to TV, gaming console, or other music sources. Available in white, black, and red. $79.99 at


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4 POWERV QUAD The PowerV Quad from KONNET Technology wirelessly powers four Wii remotes at once, eliminating the risk of wasting excess energy on overcharging. Includes an AC/DC adapter cord and four rechargeable Ni-MH 800/mAh battery packs. $49.99 at or




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Gift Certificates 5 TEES FOR CHANGE Stay trendy and help plant trees at the same time with Tees for Change, ecofriendly T-shirts inscribed with inspirational messages like “Laugh Often” and “Today Matters.” For every shirt purchased, the company plants a tree. $32–$39 at


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Chocolate always makes a wonderful gift. Woodhouse Chocolate’s savory wintry selections include adorable penguins in dark and milk chocolates, eggnog snowballs, hot chocolate, English toffee, and their famous caramels with fleur de sel. Check out their seasonal offerings at

A gift certificate from OrganiCare Garment Care is the best stocking stuffer and office gift of the season. Feel free to call or come by one of our locations for purchase. Any amounts are available. Combining a gift certificate with our award winning complimentary pickup & delivery service to your home or office will sure impress. With the longest hours in the dry cleaning business we are always here to serve you.



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• Technology

Geotagging Your Photos: Is It on Your Map? [ B y J on K enton ]

A new feature appearing in more and more cameras today is the capability to geotag your photos. What is geotagging? Using a builtin GPS, geographic information is added to your photo’s descriptive metadata. At minimum, this information includes latitude and longitude but can also include altitude, bearing, distance, accuracy data, and place names. External geotagging devices are also available for cameras that do not have a built-in GPS. Several of the newer Smartphones, such as the iPhone 4, support geotagging.

bilities. Photo-management packages such as Photoshop Elements, Picassa, Picture Manager, iPhoto, and ACDSee Photo Manager support geotagging. Also, many of the photo Web sites such as Flickr, Shutterfly, Snapfish, and Windows Live Photo Gallery support geotagging. One of the basic uses of geotagging is

How to Get Started with Geotagging

First, you need a camera (well, duh!). Cameras that support geotagging range from point-and-shoot to the professional DSLR. If you are not in the market for a new camera, there are several ways to add GPS capability to your present one. Check your camera’s features to see if it supports a GPS. If not, there are products such as Eye-Fi GEO-X2 that add geotagging capabilities to your camera by placing the GPS to the SD card used to store the photos. You may already be using photo management software that supports geotagging. Check your software’s feature list. If not, Picassa (free from Google) is an easy way to try it out.

Why Geotag?

I admit to being a bit of a gadget geek and like to try new gizmos when they hit the market. For me, geotagging adds a new dimension to how I can search and display my photos: by location. I have taken thousands of photos, many with geotags. I keep my photos in folders based on the date the picture was taken, and I can now search my photo library by location, independent of the date. For example, I can give my photo-catalog application (I use one called Lightroom by Adobe) this direction: “Find all the pictures taken within a one-mile radius of Cathedral Rock in Sedona.” Lightroom will display all the pictures taken in that area, most of which are probably of Cathedral Rock. This is much faster than going through hundreds of folders looking for the pictures, and I don’t have to add keywords to every photo (something I’m not very consistent at!). Is geotagging worth the added cost? Is it just for gadgeteers and professional photographers who want to know exactly where they took their photos, or is there some practical use for all of us? The answer? Geotagging is for everyone! Using Geotagged Photos

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Flickr also supports this ability to display photos that have been geotagged by the Flickr community on a map. This is another great way to learn what others have found interesting in a particular area. Using the photo-management software or Web sites like Flickr, you can display your own photos on a map, documenting your trip in a highly visual way.

What’s Next?

to display photos on a map. For example, Google Maps offers a “Photo” capability (check Photo under the More button when using Google Maps) that displays photos taken in the mapped area. I find this very useful when I’m going to visit an area, especially for the first time: I can use Google Maps to see what types of pictures others have taken in the area. If I see some images that are interesting, I will make some time to visit that spot and take the photo for my library.

Casio has added a mapping capability to their newest camera, the Casio EX-H20G, along with a database of over 10,000 photo spots popular with sightseers. The camera can display a map of your current location, identify nearby points of interest, and remind you to take the picture! As a gadget freak, I love it—a camera telling me what to take a picture of! Don’t get so enamored of your new geotagging capabilities that you forget about your family, friends, and dog! Things can get awfully tense if you get home with pictures of great scenes the camera told you to photograph without including the real reason we love to travel: to share quality time with those who are special to us.

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• event calendar

December 1–12


In 1962, all Tracy Turnblad wanted to do was dance. This big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart vies for teendream Link Larkin and stands up against the racial divide. December 1–January 9


Visit the Phoenix Zoo after dark this winter for one of the Southwest’s biggest holiday light shows—more than 2.5 million lights. There are hundreds of lighted animal displays to walk through in addition to a carousel, camel, and wagon rides. (602) 273-1341 or December 4


Head to the Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. You’ll have watched McDonald on the hit ABC drama Private Practice, but if you’re really lucky, you’ll have also seen her in one of her four Tony Award-winning performances. The two-time


Grammy Award winner is a classically trained soprano and will perform an intimate evening of Broadway favorites, classic Hollywood songs, and original music with a jazz trio. $95 for concert only; $325 for a preconcert reception, dinner, and premium concert seating; or $500 for all of the above plus special recognition. (480) 994-ARTS x2, or December 7–12


The Public Theater’s Tony Award-winning production electrified Broadway and is now coming to rock ASU Gammage Auditorium. Let down your hair for this musical about a group of young Americans on a quest for peace and love in a turbulent time. (480) 965-6678 or December 10–12


Head to Easy Street in Downtown Carefree for this free public event that features an electric light parade, a marketplace with

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holiday food and gift vendors, sledding down a slide on 25 tons of real snow, a visit with Santa, and roasting marshmallows with Rural Metro firefighters. Enjoy live music, dance, performances in the Carefree Amphitheater, and much, much more! Remember to bring toys for Toys for Tots donations.

Ballet Arizona’s twentyfifth anniversary season brings back a holiday favorite complete with dancing mice and nutcrackers. Introduce your children to this classic tale or take your annual trip to Symphony Hall for dazzling displays of dance, vibrant costumes, and a magical world where our toys come to life and sugarplum fairies dance exquisitely.

organization that provides essential care in a homelike setting where children with life-threatening conditions and their families come for respite and, as needed, end-of-life care. Gala guests are encouraged to stay overnight; the resort will be providing discounted accommodations with a special White Christmas brunch on Sunday, December 12. RSVP to the gala to Mrs. William D. Petsas at

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December 10–26


The third annual signature event benefiting Ryan House is back. Dance to music from the ’30s and ’40s, dine, and commemorate the Irving Berlin musical classic “White Christmas.” The black-tie gala will be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa. Table prices start at $5,000. Ryan House is a nonprofit

Cuban reed player and Grammy Award-winning Jazz artist Paquito D’Rivera comes to the Musical Instrument Museum for an evening of Jazz-, Latin-, and classicalinspired music. December 16


This Grammy Award-winning Phoenix institution has been

around since 1948 and has toured four continents and performed across the United States for presidents and alongside celebrities. Now they delight us with a program of holiday favorites. Tickets $28 for standard seats, $38 for premium seats, $12 for back row, and $6 for students. At Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. (480) 303-2474 or December 16–19


This year’s Last Comic Standing (NBC) winner, Felipe Esparza, headlines four nights of comedy (six shows) at the Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre. $18. (480) 921-9877 or January 1–16


Arizona Theatre Company’s big holiday musical is sure to delight! Celebrate the man who brought us classic American songs like “This Land is Your Land.” January 13

January 14


Hear all your favorite hits from Broadway performed by Broadway and national tour artists. Featured are selections from shows that include The Producers, Spamalot, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, and Wicked. Tickets $28 for standard seats, $38 for premium seats, $12 for back row, and $6 for students. At Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. (480) 303-2474 or

engineer Kobie Boykins is perfect for those fascinated by outer space. Learn about the latest discoveries on planet Mars and get a preview of the next stage of exploration of the Red Planet. At the Ikeda Theater at the Mesa Arts Center. (480) 644-6500 or

January 16

tenor aria: the mesmerizing “Nessun Dorma.” Sung in Italian with English supertitles. (602) 266-7464 or January 28–29


Renowned choreographer Michael Flatley, who originated the role of the Lord, serves as artistic director for this wondrous production that combines traditional and modern forms of dance. At the Orpheum Theater.


This year, the event has added a two-person relay with an 8.4-mile first leg and a 4.7-mile second leg across the flat course through Phoenix and Tempe. If your legs aren’t ready for a 26.2or 13.1-mile marathon, you may want to consider the relay! Each team member receives a T-shirt, medal, swag bag, and commemorative race baton. Live bands rock competitors along the way. The entry fee is $85 per participant. Register online at For more information, visit


January 19

Get ready for some stirring gospel music from this famous choir! Don’t miss them at the Musical Instrument Museum.


The National Geographic Live series is back, and an interesting segment featuring NASA

January 28–30



Giacomo Puccini’s classic opera comes to life at Phoenix Symphony Hall courtesy Arizona Opera. Travel back in time and across the Pacific to ancient China where two young men are dying to marry a princess but may die in the process if they fail to answer her three riddles. Or can a prince break the Ice Princess’s spell with true love? If you don’t recognize this fairy tale, you might recognize its signature

Savor Scottsdale presents this third annual event, kicking off with Battle of the Sexes and the National Top Bar Chef Mix-Off, and finishing with the Grand Tasting on SouthBridge, where guests sample cuisine from more than forty top Valley restaurants. January 29


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• relationships

Ask the Dating Coach [ B y L ea F riese - H aben ]

American Dream? Wake Up and Make the Coffee! Dear Lea,

My husband is an engineer and has been with his company for twelve years. He was laid off about a month ago, and it has been devastating to our family. I am angry with him, even though I know it isn’t his fault. We have two children, and it was always agreed upon that he would work and I would stay at home with the kids. I can’t believe that I have to give up the gym and that my daughter has to give up her dance class. We are rapidly going through our savings and I find myself resenting him. Dear Resentful,

OMG! Get over yourself. Didn’t you marry him for better or for worse? I am shocked by your letter. There are people who have no savings and are 70

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losing their homes daily. Why can’t you get a parttime job and help out? Now is not the time to play the blame game. Pitch in, help out, and read on... Dear Coach Lea,

My wife and I are struggling right now. She recently got laid off and has taken it very hard. My salary covers the bills, but it is really tight. I feel bad because she has always worked so hard and she hates that she can’t contribute. How can I help her feel better? I would do anything to reassure her. We will be okay. We just have to tighten our belts for a while. I would appreciate any suggestions you have. Thanks, Doting Husband Dear DH,

I was really touched by your e-mail. Your heart and reassurance will help your wife overcome

this. Please read on, as I have some tips to help keep you connected. Thanks for your e-mail. You are on the right track! Keep me posted. COPING WITH JOB LOSS DURING A BAD ECONOMY

It’s no secret that the current economic situation has severely impacted thousands of families. Job loss is a real problem for a number of couples. Stressful times cause a number of breakups and divorces. Walking down the aisle is just the prelude to marriage—being married also means weathering a few storms together. This can be a time to really strengthen your relationship and create a stronger bond. Here are a few tips for staying strong after job loss.

• Reaffirm your love and support. Let your partner know that you are a team and that you are in this together. Losing a job can be devastating, and it is important to let your partner know that everything will be okay.

• Staying connected and loving is important during this time. Find ways to enjoy each other without spending a lot of money. Getting out and doing things together will keep the bonds strong. Fun doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. You can do things like hiking, picknicking, and renting movies on sites like Red Box for 99 cents. (Comedies are highly recommended.) • Keeping a positive attitude is essential. Your partner has taken a serious blow, and staying positive, understanding, and compassionate will keep your connection strong. Keep it in perspective—this too shall pass! In closing, realize that surviving these situations will create an incredible bond with your partner. Lea




• Help your partner with their job search. Put together a killer resume and cover letter. Let friends and family know so that they can help expand the job search. Ask your employer if there are any vacancies.


• Take a realistic look at your finances. Assess your budget and figure out and develop a spending plan. Make serious budget cuts and reduce your monthly expenditures such as cell phones, cable, and entertaining expenses. Taking an interim part-time job will still allow time for interviewing.


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• ask a vet

Getting Off to a Good Start [ B y D r . E d C ohen , D V M ]

Depending on what type of pet you choose to

adopt into your family, your new relationship could last up to twenty years—even longer for larger birds. Therefore, pet ownership must be a carefully considered decision. Consider your family’s current unique circumstances and how they are expected to evolve over the pet’s likely life span. For example, if you’re parents of two high school-age kids and you wish to travel extensively once the kids are in college and beyond, you may not want to get a dog that will require arrangements for care while you’re away. A couple in their seventies should probably think twice about getting a large-breed, high-energy dog if they might have trouble physically control-

ling him or her on walks or during other fun or essential activities. A large, active family should avoid pets that are easily stressed by a lot of noise or activity. What are you hoping a pet will contribute to your family? If you just want a pet to help you relax but don’t desire hands-on interaction, perhaps a nice aquarium will do the trick. If you are looking for a hiking companion, an agile, high-energy dog is the way to go. If you are single and work long hours and wish to have a companion to cuddle with when you get home, perhaps adopting a sociable adult cat from the local humane society or shelter is best. A family acquiring a first pet for their 6-year-old child may want to start with a smaller “pocket pet” such as a hamster or gerbil, as long as the youngster has demon72

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strated gentleness with small animals. Do your homework! The best time to decide what kind of pet will best fit into your household is well before you actually look for one. Pets are not things and cannot be impulse purchases. Your family’s happiness and future pets’ contentment depend on you making an informed decision. First, research different species of pets (dog, cat, ferret, rabbits, reptile, bird, hamster, guinea pig, fish, etc.) to determine which is best suited to your

family. The library, carefully scrutinized Internet sources, and your veterinarian or future veterinarian are all good sources to help you get informed. What are your possible pets’ care requirements, and can your family collectively or via a designated pet caretaker adequately provide for those needs? What will the pet contribute to your family in terms of fun, companionship, interest, etc.? What are the expected costs for providing for your pet’s care? What potential health problems could come up, and what would they cost to diagnose and treat? Will you be able to afford to care for your pet if he or she gets sick? Are there any diseases your prospective pet may harbor that are potentially transmissible to your human family members or other pets? How might this potential pet interact with other pets in your household? Adding a pet to your family should be a joyful occasion. With careful thought and consideration, both you and your pet will enjoy a great family relationship.


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• adopt-A-Pet

be the only cat. Like most divas when forced to interact with others they may or may not like, Panther becomes—well, agitated. She simply cannot be expected to put up with their hair getting all over the place. She cringes at the thought of sharing a cat condo; it simply appalls her. It takes up all the time that she could be spending with you. Panther is very fond of people and wants to be your BFF. Panther’s adoption fee is $50. Rosario is a 2-year-old Javanese mix with

Good Friends Who Need Great Homes [ P hotos by M ichelle B rodsky ]

All adoption fees include spay/neuter, microchip, and vaccines. Pauli is a 2-year-old

16-pound Chihuahua/ miniature pinscher mix. He is a sweet boy who loves hanging out with women. He prefers quiet environments and kids junior high age and older because of his shyness. He could do well with a friendly cat and is okay with certain dogs. Pauli’s adoption fee is $50. Ohio is a year-old 15-pound adorable mini-

pin mix. He’s a wonderful dog and would make a great companion for any family, as he loves to be around people. He also likes to play with plush toys— give him one and you’ll be his best friend forever. He is good with kids of all ages and other dogs, and may be good with cats. Ohio’s adoption fee is $175. 74

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Lulu i s a y e a r- old

20-pound Border terrier mix. She loves to be petted and receive at tention, and is a real cuddler who loves playing with toys and eating treats. Lulu is very smart and can be taught new tricks using treats. She likes hanging out with other dogs as well, but can be picky about her dog friends. She might do well with cats. She likes kids who are elementary age and up. Her adoption fee is $125. Panther is a domestic longhair cat. She is 7 years old. Panther is a very affectionate girl with a bit of a diva complex. By her own decree, she deserves to be the queen of the house and get all of her owner’s attention and devotion. As a diva, she demands it. She has one main criterion for her undying love and attention: that she

a calico pattern. She is sweet, affectionate, f luffy, and soft. She loves to be brushed and get chin scratches as well as kitty treats. While she is not happy about living with so many cats at the moment, she would be fine with sharing a home with one only. Her adoption fee is $50.

Cassie is a 4-year-old domestic shorthair

cream-colored tabby. She likes to hang out in her condo up above the other cats so they don’t bother her and so people can visit with her much more easily. She is quiet and shy in new situations but loves it when people visit her and give her chin scratches. Her adoption fee is $50.

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



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• flavor Flavor Hotspots

Technobubbles: Coca-Cola Freestyle Hits the Spot! B y C assaundra B rooks

Coca-Cola has reinvented the soda fountain, and Phoenix is one of the lucky few getting the first taste—or, rather, 106 tastes. The Coca-Cola Freestyle, which the company labels a “fountain of the future,” is a slick high-tech machine that dispenses over one hundred drinks. Up to fifty diet beverages, sparkling waters, and sports drinks are available in addition to exclusive flavors that you won’t find anywhere else—products like Orange Coke, Peach Sprite, and Hi-C Raspberry. Sample tastes that have never been released in the United States! But this exciting new machine is about more than its plentiful assortment of fizzing flavors. It uses microdosing technology, by which it creates its branded beverages by “blending concentrated ingredients with water and sweetener at the point where the beverage is dispensed via proprietary PurePour Technology™.” In other words, it does not use the traditional syrup, but instead mixes concentrated ingredients, which are stored in cartridges inside the dispenser. This shiny new toy for the taste buds has a touch-screen interface and sleek design. It debuted last month at Pei Wei Asian Diner (701 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix), and by the start of the new year, Phoenix will sport fifteen more of these specialty soda fountains. For a list of beverages, visit 76

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For a Chili Winter’s Eve [ B y J aclyn D ouma ]

After the leaves have fallen and before the flowers start blooming, we have beautiful winter, the coldest and busiest season of the year. There’s holiday shopping and parties, school plays, baking brownies, and cooking dishes for neighborhood potlucks. Before we know it, we’re celebrating the New Year and making resolutions for the year to come. Wouldn’t it be nice to come home to the rich smell of winter? I’m not talking cinnamon sticks or baked cookies but the smell of a hearty meal waiting for you to warm yourself up with as you sink into your cushiony couch and oversize pajamas. The feeling of warmth and comfort as your stomach fills up with a home-cooked meal is simple to enjoy even in the midst of chaos.

Savor the comfort of homemade chili easily prepared in your crock pot. Even though it’s not snowing outside, feel free to crank up the air, put on your long johns, and relax with a big bowl of chili. Take a minute for yourself and enjoy it to the last bean. recipe info

Just Like Mama’s Chili

Recipe from Our First Year: Cost Effective Recipes from the Home of Newlyweds by Jaclyn Douma

Serves: 4–5


2 cans chili beans (15-oz cans) 2 cans pinto beans (15-oz cans) 1 can kidney beans (15-oz can) 1 can black beans (15-oz can) 1 can ranch beans (15-oz can) 1 can diced green chili peppers (4-oz can) 1 can tomato sauce (15-oz can) 1 packet mild chili seasoning mix (1.25-oz packet) 1 tablespoon granulated garlic 1 teaspoon cayenne 1 tablespoon seasoning salt salt and pepper to taste 1–2 pounds ground beef (optional) 1 16-oz bag elbow macaroni shredded cheddar cheese (optional)


Pour chili beans, ranch beans, green chili peppers, tomato sauce, chili seasoning, garlic, salt, cayenne, seasoning salt, and pepper into the crock pot. Set crock pot to low. Pour black beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans into a strainer. Rinse well with water and then add to the crock pot. Optional: Brown ground beef in a skillet and drain well. Add to crock pot. Cook on high 20 or 30 minutes until chili is simmering. If you are running errands, you can keep the crock pot setting to low and simmer for one to two hours. Serve over elbow macaroni and sprinkle with cheese. If you have leftovers, you can freeze them for future meals.

Jacklyn Douma is the author of the cookbook Our First Year: Cost-Effective Recipes from the Home of Newlyweds, which includes a version of this recipe. Get a sneak peak at the table of contents or purchase one for $22.95 at

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