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A year ago, it was painful for Deborah to walk. Today, she can’t stay off her feet. From diving with sharks to driving motorcycles, Deborah has always lived life to the fullest. So when her daily knee pain began to affect her active lifestyle, she decided to undergo replacement surgery. Today, with the help of the advanced surgical techniques available at John C. Lincoln hospitals, she’s feeling stronger than ever – and training for the next big adventure. To read Deborah’s story, visit JCL.com/Deborah.


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After having a bad experience with my previous surgery I was apprehensive about under-going a corrective procedure. This prompted me to research and personally interview a handful of surgeons. It was my good fortune that Dr. Martin was on that list. Dr. Martin was the only one who made me feel comfortable and took the time to listen to my desires. I have benefited immensely from his clinical expertise and comprehensive follow-up care by Dr. Martin and by his professional staff. If I were ever to need a different procedure I will only go back to him. I have recommended Dr. Martin to both family and friends with confidence. — Teresa P.

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Winter is a Wondrous Time at Verde Canyon Railroad • December through March is Eagle Watch. In addition to bald and golden eagles, you may see Great Blue Herons, Coopers Hawks and Kestrels. • On Sunday, January 27, Have Lunch on the Rails. The train remains parked at the station, where you will dine on top of 1200 tons of solid steel. Moving from one unique train car to another you’ll savor the flavors of Verde Canyon Railroad’s signature dishes, wine, beer and specialty cocktails. • On February 10, Rhythm on the Rails returns to Verde Canyon. Seven diverse musical groups, featuring rock, country, folk and story-telling will move through the train and play a private concert in each car. • Verde Canyon Railroad sweetens your Valentine experience with the 11th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Train February 13-17. Heavenly chocolates and private-label Champagne are a perfect way to toast love, friendship and family.

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13 Publishers’ Letter 14 Contributors 16 Connect With Us


COVER FEATURE Face of the North Valley model winner Jennifer Monge wears the latest fashions from Ted Baker and Animo clothing at the new Restoration Hardware 2012 READERS’ CHOICE RESTAURANT AWARDS You voted and we listened. We unveil the most interesting, special, and tasty restaurants in town, according to North Valley Magazine readers



42 FOUR SEASONS MAUI FEATURE A tropical vacation to remember ANIMO FASHION FEATURE From the show ring to the runway HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Presents for the hard-to-please on your list


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54 Technology: Five gadgets sure to please 56 Entrepreneurship: Create an online brand that gets noticed 71 Auto Trends: 2013 Mazda CX-5 78 Event Calendar: What’s happening in the Valley


61 R elationships: Protecting kids from divorce trauma 69 Jewels: Tips on finding a jewelry gift 77 Flavor: Cavatelli Pasta with Italian Sausage 80 A dopt-A-Pet: Furry friends








62 Investments: Investing in IRAs


58 Beauty: Unbelievable beauty products 64 Golf: Correct the number-one golfing problem 66 Health: Healthy foods that pack on the pounds 72 Fitness: Sandbag training


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76 Haute live: Fashionable event benefits the Emily Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital 81 Hearts-4-Clubs: Casino night raises funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs 82 El Dorado: New hotel opens in Scottsdale


22 LOCAL PROFILE: Cadillac Ranch’s Chris Osborn 30 ARIZONA SKIES: Ancient Mayan predictions 31 AZ FUN FACTS: Andy Devine, the sidekick star 32 ART & CULTURE: Bell maker Paolo Soleri 34 ENTERTAINMENT: Best in TV, Music, and Movies 36 VALLEY VIBRATIONS: Phoenix-area band Virulent 37 SPORTS: Suns forward P.J. Tucker 38 HOT SHEET: What’s new in the Valley 40 TWO Cents: The Dearings chime in 41 GIVING BACK: Cortney’s Place 74 BOOKS: New and noteworthy


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Norterra Holiday Events Santa Saturdays at Elevate Coffee Co.

Sounds of the Holidays and Snowfall

Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Kids will meet Santa, complete a holiday craft* and pose for a FREE photo. Located across from Harkins Norterra 14.

Dec. 7: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Enjoy holiday tunes performed by DVUSD students and snowfall at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m! Located in the gathering area between Harkins Norterra 14 and Pita Jungle.

*While supplies last. Email address must be provided to receive photo.

Children’s Museum Play & Learn Experience

Norterra Car Show Cruisin’ with Santa

Saturday, Dec. 8: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 14: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Watch as Santa arrives in style to the coolest car show in town! Bring your favorite vehicle for display* and enjoy: • Santa meet and greet • Children’s Museum of Phoenix Play & Learn Experience

Join the Children’s Museum of Phoenix as they bring holiday themed arts and crafts, educational activities and more to The Shops at Norterra!

In the suite next to Victoria’s Secret

Located in the suite next to Victoria’s Secret. The event is free. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Snowfall at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Located in the gathering area between Harkins Norterra 14 and Pita Jungle

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DVUSD student performances Horse-drawn carriage rides Live music and other entertainment! *No registration required.

NorterraShopping.com 45+ places to shop and dine

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Why we beyond us.


30 Tons of snow, santa and his elf, live music, ice sculpture, nativity scene... Oh, and fresh fruits and veggies.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 10am - 2pm: Winter Wonderland

Managing Editors Sondra Barr sondra@northvalleymagazine.com Crystal Huckabay crystal@northvalleymagazine.com Pavlina Toren pavlina@northvalleymagazine.com Copy Editor Kate Karp kate@northvalleymagazine.com CONTRIBUTORS Diana Bocco, Scott Bohall, Julie Carlson, Steve Cates, J.P. Dahdah, Leanne Dearing, Matthew Dearing, Lea Friese-Haben, Tiffany Gaston, Audriana Gates, Matthew Grunwald, Jon Kenton, Carol LaValley, Greg Rubenstein, Scott Sackett, Michael Torres, Marshall Trimble PHOTOGRAPHERS Samantha Peck, Michelle Pelberg, Scott E. Whitney ADVERTISING sales@northvalleymagazine.com 602.828.0313 Marketing Director Eric Twohey Art Director/Production Vanessa Fryer


Distribution Manager Mark Lokeli


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

Sunday, Jan. 20, 10am - 2pm: Wild About Animals • • • •

Dog adoptions Animal show on stage Petting zoo Animal crafts for kids

• Local vets and mobile groomers • Dog yoga

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• publishers' letter

You Voted, We Listened!


ou—North Valley Magazine readers—have voted, and this issue is a direct reflection of those votes. We start with the cover and six-page fashion spread featuring the lovely Jennifer Monge. She garnered your highest ratings to win the Face of the North Valley model contest. Our team had the pleasure of photographing Monge for our cover and fashion spread at the beautiful new Restoration Hardware at the Scottsdale Quarter. It was the perfect setting to capture Monge’s exotic beauty. Along with our coverage of her in the magazine, she won a $1,000 Animo gift certificate, a modeling portfolio shot by Scott E. Whitney, and a six-month membership to the DC Ranch Village Health Club and Spa. This issue also brings you the 2012 Readers’ Choice Restaurant Award winners. Once again, you voted, and we listened. Inside, you’ll find the most interesting, special, and tasty restaurants in town according to North Valley Magazine readers. From innovative new dining spots like the Citizen Public House and The Grind to tried-and-true favorites like Blue Martini and Jade Palace, we unveil your favorites in a variety of dining categories. Congratulations to all the restaurant winners for serving up amazing fare that gets noticed.

Adam Toren Publisher

Turning to our regular columns and special features, we have a lot of wonderful content to get you in the mood for the holidays and beyond. Select a princely (or princessly) present from our premium holiday gift guide for the hard-to-please on your list, escape to an island getaway at the Four Seasons Maui, check out sports, lifestyle, arts and culture articles, and more—it’s time to actively hibernate, and we invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy. Here’s hoping you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and New Year! Cheers!

Matthew Toren Publisher

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• contributors Arizona Fun facts Golf

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

Valley Vibrations

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


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. relationships@northvalleymagazine.com


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

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

Auto Trends



Greg Rubenstein is a freelance automotive journalist and deputy editor for iZoom.com, an auto-enthusiast Website. He has been writing about and racing cars for 25 years. autotrends@northvalleymagazine.com


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


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

Giving Back

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


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


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

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


Tiffany Gaston is an Arizona-based freelance writer and blogger, a Paleo chef, and a mother to three wonderful kids. As a figure competitor and nationally published fitness model, she has a varied athletic background from gymnastics to long-distance running. Living in Arizona, she frequently takes advantage of our beautiful hiking trails and runs outdoors whenever possible. fitness@northvalleymagazine.com


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


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


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

Barnes & Noble • Cost Plus World Market

Bath & Body Works • GNC • Home Depot

GameStop • Logan’s Roadhouse • Lowe’s

Kohl’s • Massage Envy • Paradise Bakery

Olive Garden • PETCO • Pier 1 Imports • Red Robin

PetSmart • Pier 1 Imports

Starbucks • T.G.I. Friday’s • Tilly’s • Ulta

Smashburger • Sport Chalet • Ulta

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Celebrate sights and sounds of winter traditions from around the world. Bring your family to MIM to enjoy live entertainment, shop for one-of-a-kind gifts, savor holiday-themed menu items, and attend a holiday concert at the MIM Music Theater. View the complete event schedule at MIM.org.

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STORY QUERIES: Submit one-page queries to us by mail, attention Editorial Department. Accompany any queries with clips and a fifty-word biography.

STORY SUGGESTIONS: We welcome editorial suggestions from our readers. Please e-mail story ideas to editor@northvalleymagazine.com, or mail or fax them to the attention of the editorial department.

Sunday, December 9 | 7:00 p.m. A Holiday Jazz Celebration with Marty Ashby and Friends December 10 & 11 | 7:00 p.m. An Irish Christmas in America Sunday, December 16 | 6:00 & 8:00 p.m. Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Creole Christmas Friday, December 21 | 7:00 p.m. Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks: Holidaze in Hicksville To purchase tickets, visit MIM.org.

MIM.org | 480.478.6000 | Open Daily 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050


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OF THE ARABIAN HORSE Come see over 2,400 of the world’s most beautiful Arabian horses compete for the coveted title of Scottsdale Champion. Browse through the two big-top tents which host 300+ Commercial Exhibitors from around the world. View their showcase of art, jewelry, clothing, every equine related item imaginable and take time to enjoy a wide variety of food!

FEBRUARY 14-24, 2013 WestWorld, S cottsdale, AZ

Tickets to the Scottsdale Show can be purchased through TicketMaster 800.745.3000 or www.ticketmaster.com If you are interested in visiting a local Arabian farm, visit our website for listings.

Convention & Visitors Bureau

ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION OF ARIZONA PO BOX 13865, Scottsdale, AZ 85267 * 480.515.1500 (p) * 480.515.1122 (f ) * info@scottsdaleshow.com The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is proud to benefit the following charities: Cox Charities and March of Dimes. and the Phoenix Crisis Nursery. Photo courtsey of www.darryllarson.com and www.javan-photography.com.

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Vacation to Remember

By Sondra Barr Photos courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Maui


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A one-of-a-kind experience awaits you at this luxury-brand island resort. Sweet dreams are made from the unparalleled experiences offered

by the plush Four Seasons Resort Maui, Maui’s first and only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star resort. A palatial modern reinterpretation of a Hawaiian palace by the sea, the Four Seasons Maui offers a first-class retreat for those seeking comfortable opulence and unparalleled service on the breathtaking Wailea coast. Situated on a glorious beach with sweeping views of the gleaming Pacific Ocean, the Four Seasons elevates a typical resort stay into a lifetime-defining event. Your first steps into the gracefully appointed foyer will show you the elegance and style awaiting you on the 15-acre property. The resort’s carefully curated collection of contemporary Hawaiian artists include meditative abstract paintings by Mary Mitsuda that hang near the front desk and the works of noted sculptor Toshiko Takaezu, whose impressive ceramic pots

grace a prominent spot near the lobby elevators. More local artwork showcased around the property blend seamlessly with the resort’s calm color palette, which is inspired by Maui’s golden-sand beaches and the Pacific’s translucent aqua water and sky. Natural bamboo accents serve as unifying elements in the contemporary tropical design. This same attention to detail extends throughout the eight-story oceanfront resort and into the 332 spacious guest rooms and 38 opulent suites. Most rooms have stunning views of Hawaii’s breathtaking year-round sunsets, and they all boast high-end amenities and tasteful Hawaiian motifs. The bathrooms feature deep marble tubs and showers for two. From the koa-inspired wood furnishings to the high-thread-count sheets and plush robes, the accoutrements have all been thoughtfully selected to ensure guest satisfaction and comfort. The carefully cultivated scene extends to the property’s lush outdoor spaces. Tinkling water fountains and tropical gardens abound and complement the nurturing sound of the gentle swells that softly caress the resort’s pristine beachfront. Three saltwater pools await

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guests who prefer to lounge poolside. The Serenity Pool is the newest and most exclusive of the watery trio. Tucked alongside the southernmost oceanfront section of the resort, guests along its Infinity edge are treated to elevated panoramic views of the

Pacific Ocean, the Island of Lanai, and the West Maui Mountain range. Completed in 2009 for $9 million, the Serenity Pool is lined in shimmering glass mosaic tiles and has an underwater music system to enhance the swimming experience for guests.

Six 160-square-foot luxury cabanas circle the adult-only natatorium and offer guests high-tech elements such as f lat-screen HDTVs with wireless headsets, wireless and wired Internet access, a laptop-compatible safe, and mini-refrigerators stocked with Evian spritz and fresh fruit, along with other thoughtful touches. On the dining front, expect the best from the property’s three restaurants. At Spago, guests can sit down to a remarkable meal fusing California and Hawaiian cuisine all while soaking in the panoramic ocean vista. Euro-foodies will enjoy the 20

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Unforgettable 2013 events at the Four Seasons Resort Maui From athletic endeavors to culinary exploration, be sure to attend one (or more!) of these exceptional experiences.

flavors from a kiawe-wood-burning oven at Ferraro’s Bar E Ristorante, serving rustic Italian fare. At the poolside DUO Steakhouse and Seafood, guests can watch chefs put on a culinary show in the open kitchen. No sophisticated Hawaiian resort is complete without a fabulous spa, something the Four Seasons takes seriously. Designed to help guests harness the restorative power of nature, the nurturing tropical spa retreat offers an extensive menu of one-of-a-kind spa treatments. From the gemstone facial to craniosacral and ayurvedic massages to traditional Hawaiian services, guests can opt to receive these soothing body services performed in the spa’s 13 indoor treatment rooms or in one of the three oceanfront hales

that overlook the rhythmic waves. For guests eager for a more active vacation, the upscale neighborhood surrounding the resort offers six premier golf courses. Tennis is also an option on the two on-site courts or via the nearby 11-court Wailea Tennis Center, known as Wimbledon West. Other on-site activities range from free use of snorkeling gear and bike use to a beach pavilion with watersport equipment rentals. The resort doesn’t cater only to couples. The Four Seasons Maui takes care of families, too, and offers a variety of programs and activities to create a memorable vacation for even their youngest guests. In addition to welcoming amenities that include child-size bathrobes and children’s toiletries, beach and pool toys are provided. Teenagers can hang out in the game room, which has foosball, Ping-Pong, pool tables, and shuffleboard. PlayStation, Nintendo, Wii, and Guitar Hero provide entertainment for young gamers. With limitless offerings for the entire family, the resort is the perfect setting for adventure and relaxation alike. Discover the local sites and destinations as a family, or enlist the help of the Four Seasons savvy concierge for suggestions on family-friendly activities, shops, and hubs perfect for all ages. For a luxurious tropical getaway, the Four Seasons Maui is an ideal destination. Offering sophisticated travelers a beach vacation combined with the legendary service, amenities, and comfort only Four Seasons can provide, prepare to have your dreams transformed into reality.

Yoga Retreat: The Body-Mind-Spirit Equation (Feb. 27–March 3): Cultivate your physical, mental, and spiritual health at an unforgettable yoga retreat featuring Kathryn Budig. Budig is a widely recognized face in the yoga world, and her presence sets the stage for an inspiring retreat on stunning Wailea Beach. Four Pinots, Four Seasons Wine Festival (June 7–9): Take part in a series of special seminars, private dinners, and a sunset oceanfront gala featuring local farm-to-table cuisine and wines from over 40 participating wineries. Ashtanga Yoga Retreat with David Swenson and Shelley Washington (June 13–17): Join this internationally known husband-andwife team for a yoga retreat that promises to deepen personal practice while you’re enjoying the Four Seasons Resort Maui’s natural beauty. Fantasy Tennis Camp (Nov. 14–18): This special court event at the award-winning Wailea Tennis Club is for adult players ranging in skill from recreational to tournament level. Cycling Camp Maui (Nov. 30–Dec. 8): Experience cycling in much the same way as those on the ProTour. Plan to join Tour de France veterans at this weeklong cycling camp. For details on prices and how to book, go to maui.fourseasons.com/edition/unforgettable-events

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• Local Profile

Cadillac Chris

Carol La Valley sits down with local restaurant owner Chris Osborn. The tools on Chris Osborn’s workbench give the Valley restaurateur time to balance creativity with business just as he does at his Cadillac Ranch Restaurant. Osborn could have been just another lawyer. Instead, the Arizona native and ASU alumnus chose to put his energy and the skills he gathered working in places like Phoenix’s famous Tee Pee Tap Room, Fox Restaurant, P.F. Chang’s, and Martini Ranch into his passion—food, beverage, and entertainment. He creates the recipes for entrees and drinks, markets the restaurant, and keeps on top of the numbers. “The most creative ideas tend to be the most expensive, and the more creative a person is, without those checks and balances, it is easy to overspend,” Osborn says. This “embodiment of the corporate office” is 35 years old, but he’s worked about every job there is to do in a restaurant since age 14, and he’s paid attention. He learned “volumes about what it takes to succeed” when he opened a well-liked place in 2006, only to have its doors close a year later. The economy forced him to adapt his restaurant concept to survive, and he does this by constantly evaluating goals, acknowledging the role that social media has taken in increasing consumers’ power over success while giving the savvy marketer “new ways to touch our guests that were never possible before. Deal sites on the other hand,” he continues, “have cheapened our industry, causing certain operators to offer unsustainable and unrealistic discounts that only make


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Rock and roll meets the West at Cadillac Ranch.

profits for the deal sites and hurt savvy operators who don’t need these sites.” A good staff is also a key component of success, which is why Osborn offers revenue-sharing bonuses to his employees. “I can grow my business through a culture of enabling others to live the American dream by enabling them to prosper in my organization,” he says. Rock and roll met the West at Cadillac Ranch’s Tempe Marketplace locale five years ago. Now, in addition to being a consultant about restaurant ideas in need of help, Osborn is on the verge of opening a new concept restaurant in the Valley. The skill he is using this time is tenacity. “You talk to a lot of people who say, ‘This is a good idea!’ The chore is getting the check,” he says. “I love what I do, so I will strive for success so I can keep doing it.” And entertainment? When Osborn answers with a big smile, it all

makes sense. “Really, people going to a restaurant are opting to entertain themselves. I give them that experience through quality food at a good value: beverages, music, and sports.” Osborn aims to set his business apart from the competition by providing the “the best guest experience,” and he has met what he feels is the most challenging aspect of his business: “Finding like-minded individuals to work for me that recognize that you get out what you put into an opportunity in this world.”

Cadillac Ranch is located at Tempe Marketplace.

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2012 Restaurant A ward Readers’ Choice

Winners Photos courtesy of the listed restaurants


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Restaurant with a View winner, Different Pointe of View (at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs)


You voted, we listened. Here are the most interesting, special, and tasty restaurants in town according to North Valley Magazine readers. Congratulations to the restaurant winners, and thank you to everyone who voted.


Appetizers: Eddie V’s

15323 N. Scottsdale Rd., # E1-160 Scottsdale (480) 730-4800 eddiev.com

Barbecue: Bryan’s Black Mountain BBQ 2

6130 E. Cave Creek Rd. Cave Creek (480) 575-7155 bryansbarbecue.com


Breakfast: Daily Dose

4020 N. Scottsdale Rd., #101 Scottsdale (480) 994-367 dailydosegrill.com

Delicious omelets, pancakes, waffles, and French toast get the Daily Dose treatment all day at this neighborhood favorite. Lunch and dinner are available and, there’s a full bar that serves up homemade sangria (pairs nicely with the extravagant Hangover Sandwich—a real wake-up on sourdough!).


After Hours: Blue Martini

5455 E. High St., #101 Phoenix bluemartinilounge.com

For two years in a row, Blue Martini has been voted the top spot for after-hours fun. Tasty tapas and innovative cocktails are served up at this City North hotspot that features live entertainment from top artists, bands, and DJs. Go casual at the lively patio bar, be the center of attention in the stage room, or kick back in the VIP section. Blue Martini offers private parties and exclusive events, and they feature happy hour seven days a week. Girls’ Night Out on Wednesdays includes discounted liquid amentities and VIP tables for the lovely ladies.

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American: Citizen Public House

7111 E. 5th Avenue Ste. E Scottsdale (480) 398-4208 citizenpublichouse.com

Citizen Public House is an award-winning gastropub that has generated huge buzz since its opening. Named to Esquire magazine’s Best New Restaurant list, this stylish spot’s chef, Bernie Kantak, serves up classic American fare with flair. From the Original Chopped Salad to Buttermilk Roasted Chicken to the Dream Pudding Jar, the dishes on the menu combine classic ingredients for tasty results. The drinks shine as brightly—heady handcrafted libations served up by master mixologists.

Brewery: Four Peaks Grill & Tap 2

15745 N. Hayden Rd., #D5-7 Scottsdale (480) 991-1795 fourpeaks.com

2 Burgers: The Grind

(Grayhawk location) 20511 N. Hayden Rd., # 100 Scottsdale (480) 563-3255 thegrindaz.com

Named Bon Appetit magazine’s Top 10 Best New Burger Spots, The Grind recently opened a second location in Grayhawk after much suc-

cess at its location in Arcadia. The coal-fired menu features a combination of American dishes, both classic and innovative, and the restaurant prides itself on using organic meats and locally sourced vegetables to make many of its standout selections: steakhouse BLT, sweet and spicy, and peppercorn-crust burgers. Cooked in The Grind’s specia l ly made coa l-f ired 1,000-degree ovens, the juicy burgers are dripping with flavor. Dine on a couple of great burgers with seven HDTVs behind the bar or sit out on the delightful patio, and you’ll know why this is an ideal spot to escape the daily grind.

2 Comfort Food: Perk Eatery 6501 E. Greenway Pkwy., #159 Scottsdale (480) 998-6026 perkeatery.com

Sometimes, you just need some tried-and-true comfort food to get you back on track. As the name implies, Perk Eatery will get you going again with good ol’ American dishes served with a smile. Owner Pauline Thomas Martinez does just that with a menu designed to satisfy hearty appetites with simple yet delicious dishes. Have a the Miss Jules, a fresh roasted turkey breast sandwich; a classic Reuben with homemade corned beef brisket; or the Stella, a toasted egg-and-bacon affair, and you’re sure to leave happy. 26

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Chinese: Jade Palace 2

23623 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale (480) 585-6630 chinesefoodscottsdale.com

Coffeehouse: Press Coffee Roasters 2

15147 N. Scottsdale Rd., 102 Scottsdale (480) 718-9762 presscoffeeaz.com

With a passion for ser ving amazing coffee, the owners of Press Coffee Roasters serve up notable coffee beans with pride. Press’s highly trained baristas assure a perfect pour of freshly roasted brew while sharing their extensive knowledge about coffee. Since relocating to the Scottsdale Quarter in the fall of 2010, a devoted following of java lovers have made this sleek location the place to sit back, relax, and read the latest copy of North Valley Magazine from our dedicated rack in the coffeehouse.

Continental: Tonto Bar and Grill at Rancho Mañana 2

5736 E. Rancho Mañana Blvd., Cave Creek (480) 488-0698 tontobarandgrill.com

2 Deli: Miracle Mile Deli 7435 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Scottsdale (480) 588-6453 miraclemiledeli.com

Family Friendly: Mama Gina’s 2

9380 W. Westgate Blvd., #101 Glendale (623) 872-0300 mamaginaspizzeria.com

Dessert: White Chocolate Grill 2

7000 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix (480) 563-3377 whitechocolategrill.com

Italian: Sassi 2

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10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale (480) 502-9095 Sassi.biz

Japanese: Roka Akor


7299 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale (480) 306-8800 rokaakor.com

Eclectic: Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market


9393 E. Bell Rd. Scottsdale (480) 513-8186 tomsthumbfreshmarket.com

Serving Japanese-inspired food at its finest, Roka Akor brings the nuanced flavors of Asia to the desert in a contempary setting with an open kitchen centered around a large Robatayaki oak-fired grill. Grilled scallops, pork belly, crispy squid, and tempura lobster-tail medallions served artfully in the lobster tail all contrast deliciously with traditional sushi offerings and daily Omakase dinners.

No ordinary gas station, Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market is dedicated to making many of the mundane daily activities of life extraordinary. Whether it’s filling up with gas, getting the car washed, grabbing a cup of coffee, taking home authentic hardwoodsmoked barbecue from the in-store Campfire Bistro to go with the bottle of wine recommended by the onsite sommelier and store manager, or any or all, Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market off 94th Street and Bell Road provides friendly neighborhood service and grub that go the extra mile.

French: Zinc Bistro 2

15034 N. Scottsdale Rd., #140 Scottsdale (480) 603-0922 zincbistroaz.com

Greek: Pita Jungle 2

(Norterra location) 2530 W. Happy Valley Rd., #1261 Phoenix (623) 587-5572 pitajungle.com

Irish Pub: Skeptical Chymist Irish Pub


15688 N. Pima Rd., #C6 Scottsdale (480) 609-8677 skepticalchymist.com

Prime steak & 100 Wines by the glass

Indian:Bombay Spice Grill & Wine 2

10810 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix (602) 795-0020 bombayspice.com

A unique twist on Indian cuisine, Bombay Spice Grill & Wine prepares all its dishes with olive oil rather than ghee or butter to provide low-fat, heart-healthy meals without compromising authentic Indian flavors. Executive chef Sunil Kumar’s mission is to introduce customers to Indian food that is not only healthy but also pleasing to the palette. The menu showcases authentic Indian food such as grilled lamb chops, chicken tikka, chickpea ceviche, and lentil cakes, along with roti and naan breads and a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly options.

Fleming’s features the finest prime steaks and an award-winning list of 100 wines by the glass. Join us for an evening with family and friends in our lively, relaxed atmosphere. Private Dining rooms are available for all of your social and business events.

20753 North Pima Road, North Scottsdale 480-538-8000 www.FlemingsSteakhouse.com/ DCRanch

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ment sports-bar staples like wings, burgers, and sandwiches, Wolf ley’s has an aboveaverage wine list and serves up local brews including Sonoran, Sleepy Dog, Four Peaks, and San Tan.

Vegetarian: Tryst Café 2

21050 N. Tatum Blvd., #108 Phoenix (480) 585-7978 trystcafe.com

Restaurant with a View: Different Pointe of View (at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs) 2

11111 N. 7th St. Phoenix (602) 866-6350 tapatiocliffshilton.com

Pair a dazzling view with amazing food, and your night is made. Different Pointe of View takes full advantage of the Valley skyline to complement Executive Chef Anthony DeMuro’s savory creations. DeMuro’s upscale American cuisine has a distinct Mediterranean flair, which is highlighted in main courses such as lemon and roasted-garlic free-range chicken and the chef’s daily risotto selection.

Mexican: Ocho Locos

2 Persian: The Persian Room

2 Patio Dining: Olive & Ivy

Pizzeria: Grimaldi’s


3655 W. Anthem Way Anthem (623) 551-8580 ocholocos.net

7135 E. Camelback Rd., #195 Scottsdale (480) 751-2200 foxrc.com

(D.C. Ranch Market Square location) 20715 N. Pima Rd. Scottsdale (480) 515-5588 grimaldispizzeria.com

5455 E. High St. Phoenix (480) 347-1313 oceanprimephoenix.com

Sports Bar: Wolfley’s 2

21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix (480) 515-2424 wolfleys.com

6920 E. Cave Creek Rd. Cave Creek (480) 437-1072 binkleysrestaurant.com


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7147 E. Highland Ave. Scottsdale (480) 684-2233 nourish123.com


Seafood: Ocean Prime

Romantic: Binkley’s

Vegan: Nourish 2

17040 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale (480) 614-1414 thepersianroom.com



Delight in the urban vibe of Tryst Café, located across the street from Desert Ridge shopping center. Bright and inviting, this organic food restaurant strives to source its ingredients locally from the cocktail liquors and organic wines to the produce for their bountiful salads. Many of Tryst’s menu items can also be prepared gluten free.

Four-time Pro Bowl player, sports talkshow host, and color commentator for the Cardinals Ron Wolfley’s sports bar has 23 LCD screens and four giant HD screens for watching multiple sports from its indoor/ outdoor bar and three patios. To comple-

2 Southwestern: El Chorro 5550 E. Lincoln Dr. Paradise Valley (480) 948-5170 elchorro.com

El Chorro honors Arizona’s culinary heritage with Southwestern-inspired dishes made from seasonal, fresh, locally grown ingredients, including produce and herbs from the El Chorro garden. Among the seasonally inspired dishes are Niman Ranch pork tenderloin seasonal wild salmon; classic recipes include Rocky Mountain rack of lamb, trout almondine, and classic beef stroganoff. Of course, an El Chorro meal wouldn’t be complete without its famed sticky buns, a long-standing Valley tradition.

> Special Occasions

Happy Hour: RA Sushi

Steakhouse: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 2

(D.C. Ranch Market Square location) 20753 N. Pima Rd. Scottsdale (480) 538-8000 flemingssteakhouse.com

Vietnamese: Fresh Mint


13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #161 Scottsdale (480) 443-2556 freshmint.us.com

Wine Bar: Tutti Santi 2

(Scottsdale/Kierland location) 6339 E. Greenway Rd., #108 Scottsdale (480) 951-3775 tuttisantiristorante.com

A longtime Valley favorite, Tutti Santi’s fine Italian cuisine is complemented by a well-curated collection of wines from Italy.

Sunday Brunch: Carefree Station



(Scottsdale/Kierland location) 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy, #100 Scottsdale (480) 951-5888 rasushi.com

7212 E. Ho Rd. Carefree (480) 488-8182 carefreestation.com

2 Ladies Lunch: English Rose Tea Room 201 Easy St., #103 Carefree (480) 488-4812 carefreetea.com

Nestled in a Spanish Village, Carefree Station has areas to settle down in for a leisurely brunch. The restaurant features a garden courtyard, a rooftop deck, an atrium patio, and a cozy indoor dining room––you pick the setting at Carefree Station. Brunch selections include five types of Benedict, as well as other favorites.

Their selection offers varietals and blends such as Luxus 5 (Sicily), Santa Cristina (Tuscany), and owner favorites such as the Tuscan Tignanello Antinori. A daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. includes a nice selection of wines at $5 a glass.

Business Meeting: Elevate Coffee Company 2

2530 W. Happy Valley Rd., #1273 Phoenix (602) 341-5480 elevatecoffee.com

2 Celebration: Sapporo 14344 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale (480) 607-1114 sapporoscottsdale.com


Thai: Satara Thai

8350 W. Paradise Lane Peoria (623) 455-8733 sataraaz.com

One of the Valley’s hippest restaurants, Sapporo has become the place to be and be seen. The dramatic exterior is framed by giant torches that illuminate the night sky, and the interior is equally impressive with an elliptical bar dominating the space. The menu includes a variety of teppanyaki and sushi alongside contemporary Asian specialities such as fried tempura and Hawaiian poki, but the main attraction is a creative cocktail menu. Try the passion-mango martini—a local favorite! DECEMBER | JANUARY 2013 North Valley


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• Arizona Skies with Dr.Sky


The End, or Just the Beginning? What the Skies Tell Us About Ancient Mayan Predictions Happy New Year! While we are busy with the holidays, the sun will race on toward the annual winter solstice—a simple number on the calendar. Dec. 21 is also the end of the Mayan calendar interval, Baktun 13. Some claim that it’s the end of the world as we know it! What’s behind these claims, and should you be concerned? Well, let’s take a glimpse into the crystal ball that is history. Ancient Mayan culture flourished in the region that we now know as Central America and parts of present-day Mexico. They had their unique way of looking at the passage of time. Let me be clear: The Mayans never predicted that the world would end in 2012. What they said is that we’re presently living in the fourth world, or “creation.” The last creation ended of the long-count calendar, which seems to be three-quarters of the way through A.D. 1618. This sequence will end on Dec. 21, 2012. This is not an end but

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the start of a new creation cycle. If that is true, why do some say this is the end of the world? It could be because of the theory of the end of days, which was proposed by a New Age religionist, Jose Arguelles, in the 1987 book The Mayan Factor. The book served as a catalyst for doomsday prophets. The astronomy of the solstice is fascinating, as the sun reaches its lowest point on the ecliptic path and the sun will be near the heart of the galactic center in December. I would say that the 2012 solstice is nothing more than a regular event on the calendar, a rebirth of the new year to come. This region of the sky was well observed by the Mayans. They also claimed that the solstice was indeed a rebirth, as each year, the sun grazes the star clouds of the Milky Way in a region that looked to them like a womb. Aside from doomsday claims, the skies of December are full of amazing objects, starting with the moon: last quarter on the sixth, new moon

on the 13th, and first quarter on the 18th. Don’t miss the wonderful Full Cold Moon on the night of the 28th. For planets, we experience the wonder of the largest planet, Jupiter, as it reaches opposition on the night of Dec. 2. Look for it rising in the northeastern sky at sunset and remaining in the sky all night. Venus is still the morning planet, and the moon is close to it on the morning of Dec. 11. Peek ing into the New Year—2013 and the month of January—we start again with the moon. Last quarter on the fourth, new moon on the 11th, and the cycle starts again with the first quarter on the 18th and the first full moon of 2013 on the 26th of January. Jupiter is still the main planet of the eve-

ning sky. It will be easy to see high in the northeastern sky at sunset. Venus, Saturn, and Mars are now returning to the morning sky and will be low in the southeastern sky at dawn. 2013 will be another great year for observers, and we will report on the major events right here in this column. Why not start off 2013 by booking our great Dr. Sky cruise to Costa Rica on the luxury yacht Star Flyer for a vacation you will not forget? Visit our travel partner, Tropical Sails Corp., at tropicalsails.com to learn more. Many more Dr. Sky public programs can be enjoyed around the state and the nation at drsky.com and on our aviation site, photorecon.net. Above all, always remember to keep your eyes to the skies!

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

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Andy Devine State Historian Marshall Trimble on Hollywood’s Sidekick Star Andy Devine—a big man, not just in size but also in heart and soul. time anyone called him “Little Andy” was when he was about 3. Andy Devine arrived in Kingman with his Irish-Catholic family at the tender age of 1. Nobody could have realized it at the time that the chubby, mischievous youngster would one day be one of Hollywood’s most famous character actors. Andy’s father, Tom, had lost his leg while working for the Santa Fe Railroad in Flagstaff where Andy was born. With the settlement money, he took his wife Amy and family to Kingman, where he bought the Beale Hotel. Andy was so full of energy that it seemed that he was either getting into mischief or hurting himself in one way or another. The local Mohave Miner reported on Feb. 29, 1908, that “Andrew fell 13 feet from the rear porch of the hotel sustaining a fracture of his left arm and various bruises.” Another accident would change his life. One day, Andy was bouncing up and down on the couch with a curtain rod in his mouth when he fell and damaged his throat and vocal cords. Later, when asked about the strange nodes on his vocal cords, Andy replied, “I’ve got the same nodes as Bing Crosby, but his are in tune.” Probably the last

Andy’s hell-raising and rowdy antics while growing up in Kingman are still a part of local folklore. He was a good football player, and after high school, he starred for Northern Arizona Teacher’s College at Flagstaff, now NAU, and Santa Clara University. He also picked up a few dollars playing semipro football under the assumed name of Jeremiah Schwartz. After college, he headed for Hollywood to work in the movies, where his football experience gained him a role in 1931’s The Spirit of Notre Dame. Andy started out in silent films, but when his friends told him his career would soon be over because of his scratchy voice, once described as a “steam calliope with the broken key,” he decided to commit suicide. At least, that’s what he later claimed. He went back to his bungalow, opened up the oven door, turned on the gas, and stuck his head inside. After a while, Andy realized his landlady had turned off the g a s b e c au s e he hadn’t paid the rent. Andy Devine That was a good thing, because his ratchety voice would become his ticket to stardom as a character actor. Andy’s first “talkie” was Law and Order in 1932, in which he played a dull-witted young man who was hanged after an accidental killing. That quickly turned to “side-

kick” acting. He played a character named Cookie Bullfincher in nine movies before replacing George “Gabby” Hayes as Roy Rogers’s sidekick. He made a career of playing comic-relief roles in musicals and westerns as well as the “heavy” in some gangster flicks. Most of his movies during the 1930s were “B” type. Andy’s big break came in 1939. Director John Ford had decided to film the movie Stagecoach in Monument Valley. Originally, he’d wanted one of his regulars, Ward Bond, in the role of the stage driver. Trouble was, Bond didn’t know how to “pull six ribbons”—handling the six reins on a horse-driven stagecoach—and Andy did, so he got the job instead. The rest is history. The film was a breakthrough movie for both John Wayne and Andy Devine, and the two became lifelong friends. During his movie career, Andy worked some 400 films, ap-

pearing with Hollywood’s elite and playing numerous versatile roles. He also worked in radio, appearing over 75 times with Jack Benny. He became best known for his role as Jingles in The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok starring Guy Madison. The two actors later reprised the movie for television. Andy was also an avid pilot. During World War II, he took time out from making movies to train pilots for the government. Andy Devine is remembered today as one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars. He was a good family man who remained married to his wife, Dorothy, over 40 years. Introduced by Will Rogers, they married in 1933 and raised two sons, spending most of their time on the family ranch. Andy died of cardiac arrest in 1977. At his funeral, James Stewart and John Wayne, two of Hollywood’s most stalwart actors, were reduced to tears. DECEMBER | JANUARY 2013 North Valley


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Valley Architect Merges Sound, Beauty, and Living Space Julie Carlson explores the work of bell maker and arcologist Paolo Soleri. company because Soleri decided he wanted to go back to Italy and set up his own studio, using the principles and techniques he Wind-bells. The light, tinkling sound carried learned at Taliesin. But before returning to by the breezes are sweet music to many. In Italy, Soleri and a fellow apprentice, Mark ancient times, wind-bells and chimes were Martin, who later became a well-known arhung in gardens and other outdoor areas as chitect in Carmel, California, camped on the a sign of good fortune and to ward off evil north side of Camelback Mountain. Through spirits. Wind-bells also have been used as their sketches of modern homes, the two men musical instruments. were hired to design a house that responded One contemporary place to hear the beauto the local climate. Following the constructiful sound of wind-bells is Cosanti Origition, Soleri married the client’s daughter, nals in Paradise Valley. The amazing outdoor Colly. The couple honstudios of Paolo Soleri, eymooned in Italy and where his world-famous then went to live on the wind-bells are designed Amalfi Coast. While and crafted, are located there, Soleri was comon Doubletree Ranch missioned to design a ceRoad. ramics factory from the Born in 1919 in Tumaterial of the product rin, Italy, Paolo Soleri made in the building. It studied architecture in garnered noteworthihis home country. In ness in a short time. 1947, he came to the “ I n no v at i v e , r e Valley to study under sourceful, and being fruFrank Lloyd Wright as a gal. That’s what Soleri’s student at Taliesin West. been over his lifetime,” “Paolo was a scholHoadley says. arship kid because he Wind-bells play evocative After several years, couldn’t pay the fees. melodies at Cosanti’s studio. the couple came back A nd when he ca me to the United States. While living in their here, he didn’t speak any English,” says first home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Soleri Mary Hoadley, senior executive officer and learned about a deceased Korean War vet personnel director of the Arcostani Manwho had made wind-bells. Soleri was asked agement Team. Hoadley has worked for if he could continue making the bells beSoleri for 42 years. cause of their popularity. He gave it a shot, As a student, Soleri waited on the Wrights and the wind-bells soon became his signaby serving them their meals. Then, after ture work of art. about a year and a half, he and Wright parted

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The Gallery Courtyard displays artwork and gifts.

“Most of the bells he made were in plaster molds so he could have basic shapes, but then he individualized each bell by carving designs [animals and faces] into the surface when they were leather-hard before they were fired,” Hoadley says. In 1955, Soleri returned to Arizona and began building Cosanti Studios, which is a coinage of two Italian words, cosa (thing) and anti (before) and means “before things.” “Paolo is very ironic and anti-consumer, Hoadley says of her employer. “He thinks we are so hyperconsumptive in the Western world by eating up resources and being a throwaway culture. He feels we should think about that and try to become leaner. But Paolo’s also interested in where we come from and why we are here.” Cosanti Studios is a historical landmark that you have to see to believe. The studios are formed out of the earth and the desert and look like a cluster of primitive dwellings or possibly something out of the desert village in Star Wars. They are split up into various spac-

Craftspeople heat up materials for brass bells.

es: private quarters with a kitchen and a pool for architecture and art students who come from all over the world to the “earth cast” summer program. On display throughout the studios are the original bells, burnished bells and various sculptures, pots, and bowls. Once used as part of the studios, the gallery courtyard is now an exhibition space and gift shop. When you set foot there, the sounds of wind-bells hanging from the Palo Verde and olive In bloom with wind-bells. trees greet you. The special assemblies hanging throughout the studios vary in price. Many have been purchased by art collectors and now hang in private homes as well as public places such as schools, museums, and hospitals, including the Mayo Clinic. In the North Apse, formed in a quarter-sphere, is the peaceful and shady ceramics studio and Soleri’s personal office. Soleri at 93 is recently retired and still lives on-site. Currently, he works on his writings in the arcology genre, a combination of architecture and ecology. Among Soleri’s works are several books, architectural and urban development drawings, and custom assemblies. Soleri’s major arcology project is his experimental prototype city, Arcosanti, which he began in1970. The project is part of his nonprofit Cosanti Foundation and when complete will house 5,000 people in an urban structure and solar greenhouse on 25 acres. Every year at Cosanti and Arcosanti, about 35,000 bells are made by hand in over 30 different shapes. The bells are produced with a greenish patina or a highly burnished surface and are then dipped in an acid bath, which gives them a rustic Southwestern feel. The bronze bells are crafted in the foundry from Everdur bronze, a product made by American Bronze Foundry, which Soleri feels made the best sound and fewer failures in casting. Cosanti also makes Cause Bells. Purchase of a Cause Bell aids various charitable organizations, including the Cosanti Foundation. Proceeds from all sales of Soleri’s products contribute to the development of Arcosanti, located on 25 acres 65 miles north of Phoenix. “I think the town of Paradise Valley appreciates Soleri’s notoriety,” Hoadley says. “Certainly, we get lots of visitors every year. People come to see both Taliesin and Cosanti. It’s interesting to see what a student of Frank Lloyd Wright did that was radically different yet was influenced by Wright. At Taliesin, Soleri learned how you could have students working for nothing or paying to work, which is essentially how it goes at Arcosanti.” Arcosanti continues to expand daily. It hosts students, professionals, and 50,000 visitors annually at workshops and concerts, in their café, and in the overnight accommodations. Students of Paolo Soleri learn by doing as they help build the shelter work spaces, offices, architectural design studios, and, of course, the wind-bells. With the grueling summer heat now behind us, the studios of Paolo Soleri can offer a perfect respite in the shapes of a tour of the facilities and the purchase of a one-of-a-kind gift for the winter holidays. Cosanti is located at 6433 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Paradise Valley. For more information on visiting the Studios of Paolo Soleri and viewing the weekday bronze pours free of charge, call (480) 948-6145.

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2 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: December 6 at Jobing.com Arena Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band land at Jobing.com Arena for the fall leg of the Wrecking Ball World Tour, which winds down in Glendale, Arizona, on Dec. 6. The tour marks Springsteen’s 17th studio album, Wrecking Ball, which features 11 new recordings including “We Take Care of Our Own,” “Easy Money,” and “Jack of All Trades.” Featuring the largest lineup ever for an E Street Band tour, the 17-member group is touring for the first time without founding member Clarence Clemons, who died in June 2011. Springsteen’s latest tour has garnered acclaim, having been called “gigantic” by Rolling Stone and “thrilling” by The Atlantic. Don’t miss this musical icon when he performs on the Valley stage.

2 Barry Manilow: December 9 at the Crescent Ballroom The smooth crooner behind the classics “Copacabana,” “Mandy,” and “Can’t Smile without You” is coming to Arizona to perform his best-known hits. Barry Manilow has written countless songs for musicals, films, and commercials, and five of his albums were featured on the best-seller charts simultaneously in 1978—a feat only Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, and Johnny Mathis have accomplished. A singer-songwriter, an arranger, a producer, and a conductor, Manilow’s old-school style translates well on the stage and makes for a memorable experience that harkens back to a different era.

2 Tubby the Tuba: January 19 at Symphony Hall Take in Tubby the Tuba’s playful story performed by The Phoenix Symphony and conducted by Joseph Young. The entire family will delight in the classic musical tale of Tubby and his friends Violin, French Horn, and Peppo the Piccolo as they join Tubby on his unique journey to find his melody. Arrive an hour early, and kids can enjoy a Tubby book reading, arts and crafts, and the instrument petting zoo!


2 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: December 14 Director Peter Jackson is back, this time with a prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows Bilbo Baggins, an upstanding member of the “little people,” as he embarks on a perilous journey with Gandalf the Grey. Along with 13 fortune-seeking dwarfs, Baggins’ grand adventure leads him through a land where he must face a number of enemies— hostile elves, fire-breathing dragons, giant spiders, ravenous wolves, and the mysterious Gollum, a subterranean creature who’s prepared to protect his “precious” to the very end. Look for veteran actors Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett who reprise their roles as Gandalf and Galadriel in this movie based on the popular J.R.R. Tolkien series.


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2 Zero Dark Thirty: December 19 The highly anticipated Zero Dark Thirty is director Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning movie, The Hurt Locker. Bigelow’s new film, billed as “the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man,” is about the special-operations forces’ mission to capture or kill Osama bin Laden after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The plot revolves around an elite team of intelligence and military operatives who work in secret across the world devoting themselves to a single goal—capturing bin Laden. James Gandolfini stars as Leon Panetta, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and Jessica Chastain takes on the role of a CIA operative.

2 Les Miserables: December 25 Actors Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway take on the film adaptation of the beloved musical sensation Les Miserables. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, it’s an engaging story of unrequited love, broken dreams, and perseverance—an ageless testament to the strength of the human spirit. Hugh Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, who for decades has been ruthlessly tracked by Javert (Russell Crowe) after he skips parole. When Valjean takes on the care of a factory worker’s (Anne Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, the characters’ lives take on new meaning.


2 Cougar Town: Season 4 premiere on January 8 on TBS The booze-soaked sitcom returns for a fourth season, this time on TBS after ABC passed up on renewing the Courteney Cox comedy. The series revolves around Jules Cobb, played by Cox, a recently divorced gal in her 40s facing a new type of life filled with the challenges, pitfalls, and rewards of being newly single as well as with her relationships with her son, ex-husband, and wine-loving friends. This season promises to bring even more drama and special appearances by a number of high-profile celebrities.

2 Californication: Season 6 premiere on January 13 on Showtime David Duchovny is back on the small screen for season six of Californication. The dramedy follows Hank Moody (Duchovny) as a troubled and erratic yet esteemed novelist who frequently becomes involved in bizarre and often scandalous situations after moving to California to reenergize his career. The new season promises a new batch of problems for Moody, including partnering with debauched rock star Atticus Finch to pen a musical. Real-life rock star Marilyn Manson is also set to have a role.

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Genre-Bending Heavy Metal

Audriana Gates sits down with the Phoenix-area band Virulent Photo courtesy of Virulent There is something raw and refreshing about

Phoenix-based band Virulent. It could be their fast-paced rhythm or their raw tones, or maybe it’s the calm and subdued demeanor of the six men who make up the band. Meet any one of them while running around doing your day-to-day errands and you wouldn’t have any inkling that behind the kindness of their smiles resides a brutal energy and force of musical prowess—the kind of music that parents have warned you to stay away from. Virulent is a creation of everything that hard music needs these days. The delivery and musicality behind Virulent’s sound is mixed with passion and might. The band was formed as a project by vocalist Mike Neve and guitarist Matt Nisbet. The two musicians knew they needed to do something with their talents, and with a drive fueled by their desire to be creators of a new art form, they began exploring their creative gifts by collaborating and mixing programmed drum beats. In December 2010, Neve arranged a recording session with a live drummer at Impact Studios. That drummer just so happened to be Barrett Gardner, Virulent’s clean-shaven drumming machine. With Gardner now part of the ensemble, the


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search was in full force to put their creative efforts into motion. Over the following 10 months, the group acquired bassist Allan Foster, guitarist Keith Piske, and electronic mastermind Christian Toting. The lineup has remained tried and true over the last two years. Nisbet says, “With these members in place, we somehow created the environment of no drama and straight focus.” This camaraderie was a first for many of them. With a dedicated and ever-focused lineup, Virulent has set forth to conquer a genre of music that has had its fair share of evolutionary changes. The heavy-metal scene comprises a facet of music that has a variety of subgenres that are picked and pulled apart constantly. This is no different from what was occurring in the late 1970s and continued throughout the ’80s, and ’90s until it inherently died out in the early part of the last decade. Yet with so many categories to fit themselves into, it was not Virulent as a band but their fans who have placed them on a categorical shelf. “We’ve been deemed experimental death core,” Nisbet says. “We have mixes of almost all elements under the metal subgenres. Keeping up with subgenres and classifications can be mind numbing.” What sets the band apart from other musicians playing to the same crowds under the same guise of metal is their low tuning and

deep-set yet melodic vocals mixed with their ability to “craft a real song instead of slamming heavy parts back to back,” as Nisbet put it. The sentiment of their music is summed up in his comment: “Even in the midst of something ultra-brutal, there is always a spot for some melodies or ethereal overtones.” Virulent is certainly not afraid to experiment with mixing genres. Virulent has yet to tour outside Arizona but has had the privilege of sharing the stage with some of the top acts on the local metal market, such as Lurid State and Sic-Monic. Most notably, Virulent opened up for international rock sensation Soulfly. Of performing live, all the members agree on the adrenaline rush that comes from the energy of the crowd. The band is enthralled every time they are able to be on stage doing what they all love to do the most and getting the opportunity to share their passion with fans, friends, and family. With a spin on music that’s still catching storm, Virulent is certainly ahead of the game. Their raucous and fast sound combined with electronic artistry will captivate any concertgoer. The power that is Virulent will stay true to its name, infecting your mind with a sound you will beg to hear again. Catch the latest Virulent news at Facebook.com/virulentmusic or on YouTube/virulentofficial.

VIRULENT IS: Mike Neve: Vocals Matt Nisbet: Guitar/Programming Barrett Gardner: Drums Allan Foster: Bass Keith Piske: Guitar Christian “Sawgy” Toting: Electronics/Backing Vocals

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New Talent Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker sits down to chat with Michael Torres about his new position with the Phoenix Suns. Photos courtesy of Barry Gossage/Phoenix Suns The 2012–13 Phoenix Suns be-

gan the season with a different look from that of the previous one. Gone were longtime Suns players Grant Hill, Robin Lopez, and Steve Nash. But when players leave, an influx of new talent comes in to take their place. One particular newcomer for the Suns this season is forward P.J. Tucker, who has traveled a long and distant path on his way to Phoenix. Tucker, a 27-year-old native of Raleigh, North Carolina, played college basketball at the University of Texas. Tucker enjoyed a successful college career, which led him to being selected by the Toronto Raptors 35th overall in the second round of the 2006 NBA draft. His time at Toronto, however, wasn’t ideal. After only 17 game appearances in his rookie season, Tucker was waived in March of 2007. Being waived from an NBA team may have been a blessing in disguise for Tucker, though, as he soon began playing basketball overseas. Over the next five years, Tucker played in Israel, Ukraine, Greece, Italy, Puerto Rico, and Germany. W hile in Israel, Tucker won a league championship and Most Valuable Player award. He was MVP once again in Germany and won a scoring title while in the Ukraine. Needless to say,Tucker’s time overseas certainly changed the

way he played basketball. “My game has transformed completely,” he says. The transformation is evident every time Tucker takes the court for the Suns. It was exciting enough to watch him during the summer league, but in his first game as a member of the Suns, he scored 10 points in 23 minutes. In his first season in the NBA, Tucker averaged 1.8 points in 4.9 minutes. Tucker’s constant work at his craft has allowed him to grow and develop as a player. “I’ve become more versatile through playing multiple positions on offense as well as having the ability to defend a lot of different positions,”he says.“I’ve also had the chance to improve on my shot over the years. I think my experience in the league and

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overseas as well as my growth as a player will be a positive contribution to this Suns team.” These days, Tucker enjoys living in Phoenix. He has been here since July and has had plenty of time to get acquainted with fans across the city and become acclimated to the area.

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Tucker sees a great fan base in the Suns supporters. “It has been awesome,” he says. “It is great to be on a team with a strong history and such supportive and loyal fans.” The transition from overseas play back to the NBA can be a difficult one, as there are a lot of differences between the styles of basketball. And Tucker is well aware of them. “In the NBA as a player, you play a lot more one-on-one, whereas in Europe everything is more team focused,” he says. The 6-foot-6-inch forward at least has the benefit of a great head coach to assist should there be any difficulty in readjusting to NBA play. Tucker has been able to develop a good rapport with Suns head coach Alvin Gentry. Both hail from the Tar Heel state and have a lot in common. Tucker knows that Gentry will always be straightforward with his players and be there for the entire team. “He is really dedicated to this

team and works with each of us individually as well as a unit to make us all better,” he says. As for the rest of the team, Tucker acknowledges that the group had to come together fast after the off-season changes. Many of them arrived early before the season to get to know one another and have already developed a great chemistry. Starting center Marcin Gortat agrees with Tucker that the team has grown strong together but knows it’s a work in progress as well. “Obviously, we are getting better and learning about one another more and more each day,” Gortat says.“We are building a nice team on and off the court, and I am 100 percent sure that it will help us throughout the season.” Solid team chemistry goes a long way in helping a player like Tucker in his journey back to the NBA. In turn, a player like Tucker and his perseverance pay dividends for the entire organization. DECEMBER | JANUARY 2013 North Valley


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By Sondra Barr

Old Town Scottsdale gets a Chicago-style K.I.S.S. The Valley is now home to K.I.S.S., a “back east pizza and beef joint.” The new conceptualization of a Chicago-style fast-casual restaurant, presented by The Venue Scottsdale, is a sleek pizza eatery hailing its convenience and classic big-city food. K.I.S.S., which stands for “keep it simple, stupid” is titled for its straightforward ingredients. Housed in a newly built space next to The

Venue Scottsdale and the soon-tobe two-story lounge V&V, K.I.S.S. is located at 7117 E. 3rd Ave. kisspizzajoint.com

Arizona Model and Actor Management agency announces new Sag/Aftra Franchise in Arizona Locally owned Arizona Model and Actor Management, a licensed model and talent agency, announced its brand new SAG-AFTRA franchise in Arizona—the only one of six such licensed franchises in the state. Arizona Model and Actor Management will be able to represent both Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists members in the state. AMAM represents talent ages 5 and up in the areas of modeling, acting, and voiceovers. The agency is located at 8711 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite F-208. azmodelandactormanagement.com

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Restoration Hardware debuts gallery at Scottsdale Quarter

Restoration Hardware unveiled their new gallery concept at Scottsdale Quarter recently. The gallery is the most recent collaboration between Architectural Digest Top 100 design architects Howard Backen and Jim Gillam of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects and Restoration Hardware creator and curator Gary Friedman. The store encompasses over 30,000 square feet of interior and exterior retail space and reflects the brand’s evolution in the luxury home-furniture market. Restoration Hardware is located at 15015 N. Scottsdale Rd. restorationhardware.com

Montelucia Resort & Spa garners Best In Stay Award The Montelucia Resort and Spa in Paradise Valley was named a 2012 Best in Stay Award winner by orbitz.com. The popular travel website included the Montelucia among the 75 top destination hotels. It is the only Arizona resort to make the coveted list based on reviews from Orbitz customers. According to the Orbitz announcement, Best in Stay Award winners are selected based on the overall numeric score of nearly

200,000 hotel reviews submitted by Orbitz customers that have booked stays at hotels since 2011. Customers are asked to rate a variety of hotel attributes. Those ratings are supplemented by input from nearly 150 Orbitz hotel experts who factor in other market conditions such as the number of reviews, frequency of booking, and reputation of hotel staff. montelucia.com DECEMBER | JANUARY 2013 North Valley


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Matthew Dearing

Leeann Dearing

The Dearings chime in on some of their favorite things in the Valley Ammaccapane’s

Matthew: Put it this way: If I weren’t a professional actor, I’d

probably be a professional pool player. Any establishment that gives me pool, hot wings, and the game all in one location is gonna win me over. This place comes with friendly bartenders, jukebox music, and a mix of regular folks and rookies. You can’t go wrong here.

Leeann: Surprise! I’m totally a closet dive-bar girl! I’ll take a dark, crummy hole-in-the-wall over a swanky Scottsdale club any day of the week. So naturally, I love this place. Located on Seventh and Thunderbird––you’ll see the pink glowing neon sign from the intersection––it’s an awesome little place to play some darts, grab a few appetizers, and dance to the jukebox. I wholeheartedly endorse it.


Matthew: All right—I don’t know much about fashion, but I know when my wife looks hot. And she did. Also, I love the Fashionably Pink event mission statement! In addition to having some awesome celebs––John Jay & Rich, Fox 10’s Kristen Anderson, and a ton of others––they have breast cancer survivors walking the runway. What an incredible testament to their bravery and courage! We actually bought our son Jack (7 months old) along to this event because we wanted him to experience it––Leeann says he needs to learn about fashion so he can buy appropriate Mother’s Day gifts. I look forward to supporting this event for years to come.

Leeann: Milan. New York. Paris. And now...Phoenix! That’s right. Phoenix = Fashion! This year, I had the repeat privilege of walking in Phoenix Fashion Week’s “Fashionably Pink” night––with North Valley Magazine’s October/November cover man Arie Luyendyk Jr. This event is absolutely amazing. The Phoenix Fashion week’s mission is to bridge national and international designers with retailers, boutiques, fashionistas (me!), and the fashion media throughout the world. They totally deliver on this. Amazing designers this year included 18 established designers, 10 emerging designers, and 15 accessory designers.

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Matthew: I had the privilege of being a judge for the 2012 A3F film festival! Founded in 2005, this is one of the world’s largest festivals of its kind. It offers a yearly challenge for filmmakers, actors, writers, crew, and the arts community. The A3F offers a voice to up-and-coming filmmakers and actors and has set the standard for festivals in the Southwest and beyond. To see this year’s entries, visit theA3F.net.

Leeann: My husband was a judge for the A3F Film Challenge this year, and we screened all the entries together. I was really impressed with the quality of the submissions. These films represent the efforts of local independent filmmakers and actors. Their passion and talent were clearly reflected in the final results. Bravo for indie filmmakers!

Matthew: Here’s the deal, people. I turned 30. All of a sudden when I hurt my knee playing basketball, it didn’t just magically heal itself. Instead, I turned to the professionals at Foothills Sports Medicine in Phoenix. During my time there, I was working out consistently next to professional athletes. Their lead therapist, Itamar Stern, was a professional basketball player in Europe for years. He understands what athletes––and regular guys like me––need to keep their body in tune.

Leeann: What is it about guys not wanting to get their injuries checked out? I had to drag my husband here to check out a knee injury, and now he won’t leave! I love that he’s not only dealt with his old injury but is also thinking prevention.

Matthew: This thing is like a baby jail but fun. You put the baby in it, and he can’t escape. But he’s having the time of his life, so he doesn’t care. The Animal Krackers Jumparoo has a few different music settings. One of them is really annoying, so I avoid that one. Other than that, this thing is my lifesaver when I’m home alone with baby.

Leeann: I do my research on everything mommy related. I think it took me the better part of six months to choose a car seat. So, naturally, I agonized over this decision, but we recently welcomed the Animal Krackers Jumparoo into our home. There are so many activities on it for baby, including soft toys, ABC blocks, a book, shape matching, and stuff for fine motor skills.


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Matthew and Leeann Dearing own and operate the local Dearing Acting Studio off Shea Boulevard and 32nd Street (dearingstudio.com). Leeann is one of Dr. Bob Parson’s official Go Daddy Girls. For more of their thoughts and suggestions, follow them on Twitter @LeeannDearing and @DirectorDearing. Would you like the Dearings to come review your business? Send an email to ReviewFor2@DearingStudio.com. 40

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A Place to Thrive Carol La Valley speaks to Cindy Carpenter, founder of Cortney’s Place, an organization that helps physically and mentally challenged adults. “I am thirsty.” The moment you

get this thought, your next one is specific, and you act on it by grabbing water, a soda, milk, or whatever satisfies you. Take the “ability to act on it” variable away from the equation, and you are left with the need to communicate your desire to another person. It’s the act of communication that the staff and programming at the newly expanded Cortney’s Place aim to enhance for physically and mentally challenged adults. Cindy Carpenter, Cortney’s Place founder and president, named the facility after her daughter, who was born with multiple complications. “So often, these adults have things done to them, at them, for them,” Carpenter says. She wanted an all-inclusive

environment where her child could thrive, and five years ago, she launched her vision into reality. Where there was room for 15 high school graduates to participate, there’s now space for 50. The expansion project was made possible in conjunction with Marc Center of Mesa, Fry’s Food Stores, Crescent Crown Distributing, Arizona Community Foundation, Interest Ministries, Thunderbird Charities, Scottsdale Cares, and others who’ve made donations to fund Carpenter’s and the program participants’ dreams. The discovery of a new skill, a new friend, and the thrill of accomplishment are needs that are met in this 5,500-squarefoot facility from the time the doors open on Monday morning until they close on Friday evening. Music therapy, Smart Board activities, crafters corner, pets on wheels, hydrotherapy, and healthy cooking fill the program calendar. Three interactive whiteboards (up to four

Cortney’s Place offers lots of space to move, to sing, to make new friends.

users can input on a huge touch screen attached to a computer) allow participants to engage in fun games, choice-making activities, life-skills development, and learning experiences and will perhaps later communicate with students from similar programs in other locations. Carpenter is thrilled to have among her trained staff a hearing-impaired person who is great with technology as well as having heart and insight. Ear Candy donated a baby grand piano, and Carpenter would love to have more instruments that would enable a formal music program with recitals. Until then, a therapist hosts a weekly music therapy class that includes songs in sign language. Parent Marsha Kenney is grateful for the day program that has given her son, Grant, opportunities for a meaningful life. She wrote the following about her son in the summer 2012 Cortney’s Place newsletter: “After being with

his peers in the school system for 20 years, suddenly he was left alone with nowhere to go every day... Being a part of Cortney’s Place opens up a new stage of life for these young adults who deserve a chance like everyone else. It will carry them through adulthood with a sense of purpose and inclusion in our community.” The education received, the entertainment enjoyed, and the ability to make choices about these activities enriches the lives of the special-needs high school graduates Cortney’s Place serves. “We are proud to partner with such a wonderful organization,” says Randy Gray, president and CEO of Marc Center. “Special programs like these require the most giving people to run it and unique facilities to operate, and Cortney’s Place is among the best.” For more information or to make a donation to this nonprofit, visit CortneysPlace.org, check out their Facebook page, or call (602) 953-6354.

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From the Show Ring to the Runway

Animo clothing is stylish and comfortable.

By Sondra Barr

Equestrian clothing line brings Italian styling and innovation to North America. Photos by Scott E. Whitney As a high-end Italian equestrian and leisure fashion line, Animo has garnered the attention of riders and fashionistas alike. Since its arrival in the United States two years ago, Animo clothing has become a sought-


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after brand to wear in and out of the show ring. Animo was previously available only in Europe. Bringing the brand to North America was the idea of Grand Prix show jumper Armando Hassey. He first saw Animo in Europe. “All of the riders were wearing Animo, but I couldn’t find it anywhere in America. And because the clothes and styling are so extraordinary, I wanted to bring them to the U.S.” he says.

Hassey, well known on the world show-jumping circuit, convinced the Italian company to allow him to be the sole distributor of Animo in North America. When he unveiled the clothing at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, the fashionable and technology-rich apparel created an immediate buzz. “There were lines of people waiting up to a halfhour to get into a fitting room at the Animo booth,” says Has-

sey about the product’s United States launch. “There wasn’t a single customer who didn’t come back to the booth to buy more clothing or to bring their friends so they could buy some Animo.” Indeed, Animo has since proven so popular in the American equestrian community that seven of the 12 U.S. Grand Prix riders competing in the 2012 Olympics wore Animo to compete. W hile equestr ian wear

Seven of the 12 U.S. Grand Prix riders competing in the 2012 Olympics wore Animo.

has traditionally veered toward plain and staid, Animo is anything but boring. With its crystal-dotted show jackets, breeches with eye-catching embroidery, one-of-akind knee grips, and a wide-array of colors, Animo’s fashion-forward Italian styling incorporates technological innovation that translates into comfort and wearability both in the saddle and off. “They’re very technologically advanced,” says Rachel Barrett, client services manager for Animo. She points to Animo’s use of silver inserted in the yarns used for the clothing and the use of materials that inhibit bacterial growth as key benefits. But it’s Animo has garnered the attention of riders and fashionistas alike.

Rachel Barrett, client services manager for Animo, models the brand’s styles.

the Italian styling of Animo that impresses Barrett the most. “They incorporate amazing technology and equestrian elements and started implementing it in the fashion world,” she says. Although not a rider, the Phoenix-based Barrett wears Animo’s stylish jeans and shirts, which frequently elicit compliments. “People constantly stop and ask me where I got my amazing jeans,” Barrett says. The brand’s twice-yearly collections––fall/ winter and spring/summer––feature over 300 items for men and women. They range from show coats and breeches to runway-worthy jeans, shirts, and sweaters, and there’s a youth line of pants and jackets as well. “Each collection differs in colors, buttons, lines, and

pockets,” Hassey says. “There is a new look for every season. Both riders and fashionistas alike want clothes that stand out––they don’t want to look like everyone else.” Animo’s unique equestrian wear ranges in price from $299 for breeches to $499 for show coats, while the leisure fashion line features jeans from $299 and shirts from $99. As a high-end specialty brand, Barrett says they’ve been very selective as to who retails the product because the way that it’s presented and sold is very specific. “Animo is completely different from any other fashion brand,” she says. Animo is currently available via TheAnimoExperience.com and at 22 specialty retailers throughout the country. DECEMBER | JANUARY 2013 North Valley




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Previous Page: Ted Baker Black/White Color Block Dress, $325; Restoration Hardware Trestle Salvaged Wood Dining Table in Black, $3,495; Hudson Parsons Side Chair in Belgian Linen Sand, $269; Jose Picayo Old Cuba: Cuban Church $3,800; Candlestick Buffet Lamp in Polished Nickel, $199 Ted Baker Red Dress, $275; Ted Baker Gold Clutch, $125; Restoration Hardware Venetian Mirror, $650

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Ted Baker Cream Dress with Lace, $220; Restoration Hardware Vintage Edition Scrabble, $199; Hollywood Studio Floor Lamp $1,995; Trans-Atlantic Steamer Trunk Coffee Table, $1,895

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Congratulations to Jennifer Monge, who was selected by North Valley Magazine readers to be our Face of the North Valley! Winning Face of the North Valley was a dream come true for Monge, since she grew up wanting to model. Monge didn’t initially pursue her modeling dreams because she thought she was too short. It wasn’t until August 2011 that she took her friends’ advice and decided to chase her dream. “I started contacting photographers, and I got the attention of a great photographer, David Henry, Monge says, “He believed in a girl who had a dream without any experience. He made me his muse and would shoot me four times a week from 11 a.m. all the way until 10 p.m. He helped me start my career with a well-rounded portfolio. Starting out not having many resources, I would do my own makeup, hair, and styling. I would go to Goodwill every Thursday for Dollar Day and buy my wardrobe for shoots.” All her hard work paid off. Besides landing on the cover of this magazine, Monge recently signed with Ford/ Robert Black Agency and is starting to get work not only as a model but also as an actress. Says Monge, “My true passion for art, beauty, characters, and photographs––mixed with my strong heritage––has helped me become the strong-willed professional aspiring model/actress I am today.”

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Audiophiles THUMP Wireless Headphones Admit it—wires are a pain. The QAK THUMP Bluetooth Wireless Headphones free you from the tangles. Plus, they’re impervious to sweat, are comfortable to wear, and offer premium sound quality and the ability to take calls or listen to music—all without being tethered to your phone. Available in a variety of colors. $79. qakgear.com

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The Mini Microscope for iPhone transforms your smartphone into a minimicroscope capable of 60x magnification. Attach the Mini Microscope to the camera lens of an iPhone 4 or 4S and zoom in on just about anything, including hard-to-read pill bottles, menus, and tiny things. It even has three builtin bright LED lights to illuminate dark areas. $29.99. thinkgeek.com

iPhone, iPad, or iPod feeling a little drained? Give your go-to music maker or reader a boost on the run with a stylish portable battery that’ll revive a charge-deprived Apple device for up to three additional hours. The charger’s slim palm-sized profile allows it to slip seamlessly into a bag or purse. $35. uncommongoods.com

Clean Freaks iRobot Roomba Let the robot do the dirty work. The iRobot Roomba uses a patented cleaning process to vacuum carpets, hardwood, tile, and linoleum floors on its own—no bending required. It automatically adjusts to different floor surfaces as it moves throughout a home and even gets to hard-to-reach spots under furniture. From $349.99. irobot.com 50

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Northing irritates a clean freak more than a wayward remote control or an out-ofplace cell phone. The Remote Control Container offers a beautiful contemporary design with separate slots for at least four remotes. Going beyond functionality, it adds visual interest and a dramatic pop of color to neat, everything-in-itsplace rooms. $20. momastore.org

Perfect as a colorful, unusual stocking stuffer, the Casabella Double Mesh Scrubber is ideal for someone who’s serious about cleaning. And this scrubber not only brightens up a kitchen but also provides fabulous results. Available in plum, lime, and orange. $5.49. casabella.com

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Click and Grow Smart Flowerpot Who needs a green thumb with the Click and Grow Flowerpot? It grows your plants without your care and supervision. Just add batteries, fill the water tank, and everything else is taken care of by smart technology. By combining beautiful design and innovative technology, this smart garden grows mini tomatoes, basil, chili peppers, French marigolds, and other fresh plants and at the same time looks good on a shelf. $59.99. clickandgrow.com

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or not, it’s winter-holiday shopping time–– again. Tech gadgets always make great gifts no matter who is on your shopping list. I’ve compiled a list of five popular high-tech items sure to please, whether you’re buying for a loved one or simply want one for your-

self (go ahead and circle the one you want in red and leave this article lying somewhere where it’s sure to be seen). In no particular order, as they’re all great, here are five high-tech gifts sure to please even the toughest critics on your list.

1. New Generation iPod

If you haven’t already seen the TV commercial for these new gadgets jumping all around, head on over to apple.com and check out the new iPod Nano. They come in a variety of cool new colors, and this Nano is the thinnest iPod ever. It’s not much bigger than the size of a credit card, with twice the display of previous models. With built-in Bluetooth and a pedometer, it’s your perfect new workout partner.

2. E-Book Readers

You can’t go wrong with either the Kindle from Amazon or the Nook from Barnes & Noble. While both have upgraded models offering 3G data connections, color display, and even applications normally found on tablets, the basic model will be a surefire hit for the avid book reader on your list. You can check out the Kindle at amazon.com or the Nook at barnesandnoble.com.

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If you don’t already have one of these, how do you know where you are? Cell-phone navigation works in a pinch, but you still need a data connection. For quality navigation devices that will work anywhere from major cities to the most remote national parks, the market leaders are Garmin, Magellan, and TomTom. You can choose from a wide variety of sizes and functionality and get an entry-level model for as little as $100 at amazon.com. Be sure to check out all the extra features offered—for example, the TomTom comes preprogrammed with a variety of voices to guide you on your way––including Homer Simpson. Doh!

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5. Personalized Whac-A-Mole

When money is no object (it’s a mere $35,000) and you’re buying for someone who truly has everything, I bet they don’t have one of these. You can personalize the traditional mole heads into caricatures of annoying family members, former boyfriends/girlfriends/managers––imagine the possibilities and satisfaction you will get pummeling them with the custommade leather mallets. When not in use, this cool machine converts into a useful and elegant bookshelf. Be sure to check this out at hammacher.com/product/11258.

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Start Your Niche Website Today! Publishers Adam and Matthew Toren offer helpful tips on how to create an online brand that gets noticed. The traditional way to get started with an online business is by creating a niche website, which can be hugely profitable if created and run successfully. It’s important to remember that tradition is only a couple of decades old when it comes to online businesses, so the model is not set in stone. Still, a niche website is like any other business plan. Find a gap in consumer needs, and fill it. There are generally two ways to go about this:

Start with the Heart Pick your passion and go from there. This method has the advantage of keeping you interested in your project and allowing you to express your particular brand of knowledge or expertise. However, your passion may

be saturated by tons of relevant niche sites. With some creativity, you can overcome this obstacle. Put your signature on a niche. If you have a unique point of view, your own style, and a captivating method of presentation, you can find success even in a popular subject.

Start with the Brain Alternatively, you can formulate your idea for a niche website by consulting the oracle. That is, do your keyword research. You’ll ideally want to find a selection of keywords that generate high searches with low competition. Of course, you’ll probably find a compromise somewhere in the middle. Organize your research and begin to build your niche site strategically around these keywords.

Metamorphosis Now that you’ve picked your starting point, you’ve got to translate the contents of your brain into a web-friendly format. This

phase of converting ideas into actual web content can be both exciting and frustrating. Be experimental, and start collecting your thoughts. Make several attempts, and weigh the pros and cons of each. Inventors make prototype after prototype to get a feel for what’s working. Consider your website an invention, and tweak and shape its contents to your specifications.

Come In Strong Whichever method you decide to use, don’t launch your site with a small blog posting, a picture of your cat, and a link to the latest viral dance video. Create a site that is, at a minimum, professional and easy to navigate. Ideally, you’ll want a good amount of content ready to showcase immediately. If you’re eager to start right away, realize that you’ll be updating quite frequently at the beginning in order to build something substantial.

Offer Fresh Produce Once your niche site is up and running and hopefully generating some traffic, you’ve got a limited time to keep your momentum going. If you want your niche site to be successful, give it the attention it deserves. This means fresh, original content. Not only should you be blogging regularly but you should also consider starting a relevant forum, finding respected and talented writers to contribute content and seasoning your niche site with pinches of visual media.

Monetize There are tons of ways to make money from your niche site if you’re creative. Sell advertising directly if you can, and use Google AdSense to fill in the gaps. If you’ve established yourself as a trusted authority and there’s a product you feel confident about, enter an affiliate program and offer it on your

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Market You’ve built a great niche site filled with captivating content. Now, get the word out. Social-media sites are essential tools for marketing nowadays. Become involved in all the big ones, and don’t forget about Google+. It may not be as popular as Facebook or Twitter right now, but you can rest assured it will be a major player in maintaining online reputations in the future. Don’t forget the power of video. If you can create something heartwarming or funny to draw an audience to your site, even better. Joining relevant forums and contributing regularly can also pay huge dividends. Finally, get outside and do some offline marketing. Something as simple as handing out flyers with your domain to a relevant demographic could draw loads of traffic.

Evaluate As your site grows in size and popularity, or begins to decline, keep track of your programs and progress. Stay up-to-date with your keyword research, pursue the kinds of content that are generating positive responses from your audience, and track your marketing efforts for efficiency and rates of return. Use your statistical research to keep your niche site moving forward. Eventually, your creation may become so popular that you can sell it for a profit. In fact, purchasing, renovating, and selling websites is a promising business in its own right. If you’re still passionate about your niche, stick with it and take it as far as you can.

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Five Amazing Beauty Products You Won’t Believe Are for Real! By Diana Bocco

The beauty industry has come a long way from the age of three shades of eye shadow and basic pink lipstick. Today, technology and research are making beauty much more sophisticated––and a lot more fun. Need proof? Here are five products that are sure to catch your attention.

A Candle and Moisturizer in One The Scandle Body Candle is a candle that burns just a few degrees above normal body temperature. The candle comes in a ceramic canister with a pour tip, and as it melts, the liquefied ingredients can be used right on your skin as a moisturizer or for a massage––minus the massage therapist. “The Scandle pretty much provides everything one would need to transform any setting into a spa,” says company owner Christine White. The Scandle is made from 100-percent-natural ingredients, including jojoba, shea butter, and vitamin E. It’s free of petroleum and mineral oils and is fully vegan, drug free, and cruelty free. What it costs: Starts at $34.95; refills are available. abodycandle.com

A Home-Based Electronic Facelift What about a personal massager that actually rejuvenates the skin and tightens it up? Think of the Refa Pro Platinum Electronic Roller as an on-the-go facelift. How does it work? The Y-shaped roller delivers a very light microcurrent when rolled over the skin, helping improve texture and adding shine. “Not only can the Refa help uplift and tighten skin but it is also a great tool to relieve tension as the microcurrent improves blood flow underneath the skin,” says Dew Abe, the manager of Toyota Tsusho, the company behind the Refa. There are no batteries or chargers needed––the roller actually recharges itself when exposed to sunlight. While the Refa was originally designed for the face, it can also be used on the body to help tighten up the waist, hip, and leg areas. What it costs: $320. refausa.com 58

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Beauty Water How great would it be if you could get antiaging compounds and sleep enhancers all neatly packed into a bottle? Well, you can, thanks to BeautySleep, a two-ounce drink that contains a number of nutrients to help your skin stay young (vitamins A and B6, lutein, grape seed extract, and lycopene) and to naturally promote sleep (melatonin, GABA, and chamomile). The tiny drink has a light citrus taste, zero calories, and zero sugar. What it costs: $2.99 per bottle. beautysleepusa.com

LED-Lit Lip Gloss Available in four shimmery shades (Candid Coral, Pink Diamonds, Champagne Toast, and Premiere Pink), Lano’s Glam Lip Gloss

is not your standard slick. Each container comes with a light-up LED applicator and an on/off switch as well as a small side mirror so that you can reapply and retouch anywhere, anytime. If that’s not the definition of on-the-go beauty, what is? What it costs: $15 for one, available through the company’s website and selected beauty retailers. glamcosmetics.com

Creams Fit for a Cow

(and Your Very, Very Dry Skin) In the late 1970s, registered pharmacist William Kennedy Sr. developed a cream to treat chafing on dairy cows’ udders. The product contained heavy moisturizers, including lanolin oil, aloe vera gel, and vitamin E acetate. What he soon discovered was that the dairy farmers using the product on the cows started noticing changes in their own hands––rough, chapped skin was suddenly smooth and soft. And that’s how Udderly Smooth was born. The product is so effective that it’s been recommended by doctors to treat a number of skin conditions. “The Udderly Smooth ‘Extra Care’ creams were developed for patients suffering with the side effects of targeted chemotherapy drugs,” Kennedy says. ”These drugs have specific handand-foot skin irritations that can become so severe that cancer treatment has to be modified or stopped.” The formulation of the original Udderly Smooth Body Cream remains unchanged, so what you buy today is the exact same product used on cows over three decades ago. What it costs: Prices vary depending on the product and size. The Hand & Body Moisturizing Lotion for Dry Skin sells for $5.75 (16 fluid ounces). udderlysmooth.com


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It’s a Child, Not a Chess Piece: Advice for Divorcing Parents Relationship expert Lea Haben offers heartfelt tips to protect children from the trauma of divorce. Dear North Valley Readers, As always, I am shocked and saddened by some of the letters that I receive from people going through divorce. While I usually address the individuals going through the process, I have been getting some pretty scary e-mails from parents who are being alienated from their children because of the actions of a vindictive spouse. I felt that I should address the needs of the Valley’s children, and therefore will be forgoing my usual Dear Lea column this month. Many couples file for divorce without really thinking about the ramifications. They will file the papers in a moment of anger and impulsiveness without first exploring options to save the marriage. I don’t believe that couples should ever stay together for the sake of the children, but they should seek counseling before moving forward. I have put together some important information about how to ease your children’s pain through this emotional process.

Put your children’s needs first

Understand that your children need to come first and that it is your duty as a parent to ensure that the divorce doesn’t impact them any more than is absolutely necessary. Your children need you to be the parent—they are not your confidants.Take an honest look at yourself and your behavior and how it is affecting the well-being of your children. Do not make your child spy on your spouse, get information for you, or be the messenger between you and your ex.

Don’t put your kids in the middle Don’t use your kids as pawns to hurt your spouse. Do not start pulling on them or forcing them to take sides. Your children need to feel unconditional love from both of you at all times, so don’t try to undermine their loyalty to the other parent.

Start a co-parenting relationship

Change your thought process around your divorce. Your relationship will need to evolve into a co-parenting relationship. Just because your responsibilities have changed doesn’t mean that they have ended. You now have to become allies and create a parenting plan for your children.

Fight fair and in private

I am bowled over by the lengths one parent will go to disparage the other parent. Having your spouse served in front of your children is never acceptable, filing a false abuse report with the police in front of your children is deplorable, and screaming at your spouse in front of friends, family, and neighbors inflicts more pain on your children than you can possibly imagine. Bitterness and resentment only serve to further traumatize your children, so get help.This behavior is unacceptable and will create long-term emotional problems for a child.

Never undermine the other parent

Take the high road at all costs with your kids. Being critical and attacking your ex will only backfire in the long run. Children are very intuitive, and the day will come when they will call you on it and accuse you of having your own agenda. Put your children above everything. Behaving in a manner that alienates them from their mother or father causes irreparable harm to their self-esteem, and they will come to resent you for it.

Two homes, not a broken home

Create familiarity and safety in both homes. Each place should be equipped with toys and other things that bring your children comfort and familiarity. Always allow children to display family photos of their other parent in the privacy of their own room. Remember, your kids need and love both of you.

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So you’re looking for a new way to invest your individual retirement account. How about putting some of it into a rental property or your neighbor’s start-up business? More and more people are pulling some of their IRA money out of their traditional IRA investments—stocks, bonds, and mutual funds—and are seeking comfort in asset strategies beyond Wall Street. Unlike traditional IRAs, self-directed IRAs enable their owners to pursue a wide variety of investments well outside the scope of the usual holdings. Some self-directed account owners are taking advantage of distressed real estate values by putting IRA dollars into singlefamily rentals, office condos, and mortgage notes. Others go so far as to inject their tax-favored nest eggs into small businesses that they feel have big upside potential. Many financial advisors, accountants, attorneys, and real estate professionals are unaware of this option, as are individual investors. The truth is, you are allowed to invest your IRA in anything except life insurance or collectibles.

The popularity of self-directed IRAs is part of a larger 2012 trend to increase alternative asset allocations in pension funds and other types of qualified retirement plans. The trend is especially clear when we look at the groups charged with managing babyboomer assets. A recent study by Towers Watson shows that one out of every four dollars, or 25 percent, goes to an alternative asset within U.S. pension funds compared to a mere 5 percent allocation in the mid-2000s. Popular alternative assets include direct investments in real estate, precious metals, private companies, and private lending instruments secured by tangible assets. Investors turning to self-directed IRAs say they often take comfort from both the higher degree of control the accounts provide and being able to have an almost limitless list of investment options. Those who qualify for Roth IRAs or have converted to them are even more excited to realize that their gains and distributions can be received tax free from their preferred alternative investment choices.

The mechanics in setting up a self-directed IRA are relatively simple. The owner of an IRA held at a traditional financial institution opens an account with a custodian or administrator who specializes in self-directed IRAs and then transfers the cash holdings from the original IRA to the new self-directed account. There are no tax implications for this transfer from one company to another. The IRA owner then seeks out desired investments and directs the custodian/administrator to cut a check to buy them. The newly acquired alternative asset is owned by the IRA, so all income and gains continue to enjoy the advantageous and compounding tax treatment offered by retirement accounts. All the IRS reporting, investment income and expense record keeping, contributions, distributions, and transaction facilitation are handled by the chosen self-directed IRA company for an annual fee. Once introduced to self-directed IRAs, people generally seek to obtain proof that what they have heard or read is in fact real. Why haven’t these IRA realities been known and shared by more people? Why the big secret? The answer is quite easy to understand. Over 99 percent of American companies who offer IRA services are in the stock market business. Their firm’s policies limit a client’s investment choices to the stock market because that’s the business they’re in. They earn advisory fees and commissions on a limited selection of publicly traded options, and their professional licenses also limit them from offering alternative investments that may not be regulated. So, if your investment appetite extends beyond the stock market, you now know that establishing a self-directed IRA may very well be the solution you have been waiting for but never knew existed! J.P. Dahdah is CEO of Vantage. To learn more about self-directed IR As, please contact Vantage self-directed Retirement Plans at (866) 459- 4580 or visit VantageIRAs.com. DECEMBER | JANUARY 2013 North Valley


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Over the Top By Scott Sackett

How to correct the number-one problem that affects 90 percent of all golfers. Physical conditioning has become a big ad-

dition to the game of golf. Many professional players have committed to developing flexibility, strength, and power to drive farther and hit more accurately. We know the golf swing requires the golfer to execute a series of movements in a specific sequence. To have a consistent and efficient golf swing, the joints and muscles responsible for this sequence need to be able to perform through their complete range of motion. If your body does not allow you to move freely, achieving the proper path of the club com-

ing into impact will be very difficult. Your body finds other ways to move, and the correct swing plane (picture #2) is difficult to achieve. Sufficient flexibility is a basic building block to prevent golf-swing sequence and swing-plane issues. A common swing mistake that can be improved through increased flexibility is the over-the-top downswing. This move is what 90 percent of all golfers make while initiating the downswing. It’s the key reason why golfers have problems with loss of power and distance, along with that big slice. The over-the-top downswing (picture #3) is defined as the condition in which the club is thrown out of the intended swing plane––the swing plane would be when the club comes down on the same line as the white shaft in

the ground––with the clubhead approaching the ball in an out-to-in motion. It is a common result of overuse and over-dominance of the upper body during the downswing; it’s caused by the inability to separate the motion of the upper body and lower body. Instead, the golfer rotates his or her whole body at the same time during the swing, causing the overthe-top or out-to-in swing path, less speed through the ball, and poor contact. The club through impact is doing nothing more than just hitting the ball at a glancing angle, which causes severe loss of distance. Developing the muscle flexibility needed to separate upper-body from lower-body movement is necessary to help address this common swing problem. An over-the-top downswing can be alleviated through developing the flexibility to move the pelvis (hips) independently of the shoulders and core (torso) of the body. Developing independent shoulder rotation, core rotation, and improving hip mobility will help this swing problem.

Here are three exercises to help you:

Picture 1: Proper position at the top of the swing

Picture 2: Proper movement of the club on the start of the downswing

Picture 3: Over-the-top motion on the start of the downswing




Start in golf posture at set-up, with arms crossed in front of your chest. Without moving shoulders, slowly rotate your hips to the right. Pay attention to the point of tension where you end this motion, and hold the stretch for up to 30 seconds. Return the hips to the midline and repeat to the left. Repeat eight to 15 times.

This flexibility exercise is similar to the shoulder-rotation pictured on the left, but this time, you keep your hips still while rotating the core.

Lie on the floor, knees bent 90 degrees, feet flat on the floor. Place the outside of the right ankle on the thigh of the left leg. Elevate the left leg to the point of tension in the right hip. Hold the stretch for up to 30 seconds and repeat with the opposite leg. Repeat eight to 15 times.

Pelvic Disassociation

Core Disassociation

Hip-Mobility Stretch

Do these flexibility exercises five times a week and see great improvements in both your physical abilities and your golf swing! Scott Sackett has been a “Golf ” Magazine Top 100 Teacher since 1999 and was recently voted as one of “Golf Digest’s” Best Teacher in the State for the fifth year in a row. He is also director of instruction at Park Meadows Country Club in Park City, Utah. While in Scottsdale, he teaches at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. If you would like to reach Scott, you can contact him through his website at scottsackett.com. 64

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‘Healthy’ Foods That Pack On the Pounds

Health writer Diana Bocco exposes the supposedly goodfor-you foods that may be sabotaging your diet. Drink your orange

juice, eat your salad

and…get fat? If you’re watching what you eat but the numbers on the scale aren’t budging, you might be consuming more calories than you think. From liquid calories to not-so-healthy snacks, new research indicates that even the most innocent-looking foods can pack on the pounds if you’re not careful. 66

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Orange Juice Freshly squeezed fruit juices seem like a safe bet healthwise. That is, until you learn that a single glass of orange juice contains nine teaspoons of sugar––the same amount you’ll get in a can of soda. But surely the sugar in fresh orange juice is healthier than the added sugar in a Coke, right? Nope! Once it gets into your body, all forms of sugar are processed in the same way. “Those of us who consume sports drinks, sodas, energy drinks, or juice but want to lose weight need to switch to water,” says Ann A. Rosenstein, a certified fitness professional and the author of Diet Myths Busted:

Food Facts, Not Nutrition Fiction. According to Rosenstein, just by making that switch, you’ll eliminate between 100 to 500 calories a day depending on how much you consume.


Sure, the veggies are healthy. It’s what you add after mixing the vegetables together that packs on the calories. For example, did you know that KFC’s Crispy Chicken Caesar Salad (which comes with croutons and Creamy Parmesan Caesar dressing) packs 640 calories and 39 grams of fat? That’s almost as much as a double Quarter Pounder with cheese (which has 740 calories and 42 grams of fat).

To cut down on calories, always ask for the dressing on the side and make sure that all ingredients are healthy. Avoid any salad that includes the following words in its name: crispy, creamy, honey-dipped, cheesy, and glazed. These all indicate the addition of something yummy––and very high in calories and fat.

Banana Chips They sound healthy enough. After all, they started life as a fruit. Of course, that was before they were coated in sugar and fried. A four-ounce serving of banana chips contains 588 calories, 38 grams of fat, and more than 40 grams of sugar. That’s the equivalent to almost three Kit Kat bars. Apple chips are a bit better, but not by much. A four-ounce serving contains 520 calories and 24 grams of fat.

Sports drinks were originally designed for marathon runners and people who engage in intense physical activity for hours at a time. But if you’re only using the stationary bike for 30 minutes, you’re burning around 250 calories or less. A 16-ounce bottle of Powerade contains 140 calories, which cancels out more than half your workout. So what to do instead? As Ann Rosenstein advises, drink plain, old-fashioned water. “The purpose of drinking is to quench

thirst, not to provide energy, look pretty, or help you socialize,” says Valerie GoldsteinBerkowitz, a registered dietitian and the creator of the blog Valerie’s Voice: For the Health of It. “Water is the best way to quench thirst. It is calorie free and cost free.” Still unsure of what to eat? Experts recommend keeping it simple. Stick to unprocessed foods that are as close as possible to their natural state, and you’ll be saving lots of calories.

Sports Drinks


They are designed for people who exercise, so they must be a good choice, right? Not necessarily. The typical sports drink contains 28 grams of sugar in a 16-ounce bottle. That’s about seven tablespoons of sugar—not much better than soda (a can of 7-Up contains 37 Village_North Valley Magazine 2012_2012 11/5/12 3:54 PM Page 1 grams of sugar).


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’Tis the Season Jewelry expert Scott Bohall offers tips on finding a great jewelry gift Most jewelry stores depend on the holiday season for up to 40 percent of their business. Part of the reason for this is that some people only purchase jewelry annually. For those once-a-year shoppers, the earlier you get out—and the more stores you compare products with—the better choices you’ll make. The best-quality items and the best designs are usually gone by Dec. 15, and custom jewelers may run out sooner than that. The best items that stores have are not what they have dozens of, despite the commercials on TV to lure you in. If you wouldn’t make a frozen pizza for Christmas dinner, don’t buy the equivalent of frozen pizza for your special holiday gift.

Here are 12 keys to finding a great jewelry gift: 1. Ask the salesperson how long he or she has worked in the store. Temporary holiday help generally don’t know the inventory well. 2. Ask the salesperson about the return and exchange policies in case what you select doesn’t hit the mark.

3. Ask if an item such as a ring can be sized. Many rings cannot be sized because of the metal, design, or types of gems in them. Ask if sizing is included in a ring purchase. 4. Ask for the receipt to show whether a gem has been treated. 5. Ask if the items were made in the United States. If there’s a problem with quality or workmanship, you don’t want to have to send an item away for eight weeks. 6. Ask to have the quality of gems explained. If the tag says that the diamonds are I-2, that’s the secondlowest quality, and the person you’re giving it to may not want such lowquality diamonds. 7. Stay away from lab-created gems. They’re profitable for the store but not worth much once you own them. 8. If you select a unique style, ask if a matching earring or pendant is available for possible future purchases. 9. If someone wants to sell you a warranty, keep shopping. Good jewelers will stand behind products for workmanship issues, and insurance is cheaper than paid warranties. 10. If you buy silver, ask if it has plating over it. 11. If you buy gold or white gold, ask if it’s 10k (41.7 percent), 14k (58.5percent), or 18k (75 percent). There’s a difference in value when metal prices are high. 12. If you’re selling gold to help pay for holiday shopping, go to arizonajewelers.org to see what your gold should be worth to make sure you don’t lose half your money to shop with.

A unique, one-of-a kind piece is a gift that shows you’ve put thought into the purchase. Take note: The best quality items and best designs are usually gone by Dec. 15.

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The CX-5: SUV Meets Sport Auto expert Greg Rubenstein reviews the updated compact SUV from Mazda. Few sport-utility vehicles available today

offer much in the way of sport. With the exception of a couple of expensive high-end products from German manufacturers––or high-performance factory-tweaked models such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8— SUVs typically offer plenty of utility and a high-up seating position for a commanding view of the road but not much in the way of a fun driving experience. SUVs also tend to be priced several thousand dollars more than a comparably equipped four-door sedan and usually return mediocre fuel economy. So what’s with their popularity? The perception of sport. In its new CX-5, Mazda has figured out how to deliver on that image, creating a compact, athletic five-passenger people hauler

that combines stylish design with a sporty, crisp, and even fun driving experience. As a bonus, Mazda serves up an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway—and a combined estimate of 29 mpg––in a package coming in at less than $30,000, and that’s fully loaded. For 2013, Mazda introduced technology dubbed “SkyActive,” designed to enhance engine and transmission performance while returning significantly improved fuel economy. In the CX-5, SkyActive is contained in a 2.0-liter 155-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The reviewed CX-5 came with frontwheel drive and 19-inch alloy wheels fitted with 225/55 tires. Off-the-line speed isn’t this SUV’s forte; rather, a nimble, responsive ride beckons the driver to carve up longdistance drives. The suspension is well tuned to soak up all but the harshest bumps, while the steering is nicely weighted and delivers a good feel for the road. Inside, the design is modern and functional. There isn’t any fake wood or shiny

chrome, but there’s plenty of soft-touch surfaces and high-contrast black gauges with white lettering. Front seating is comfortable and supportive, while rear-seat passengers are treated to unusually spacious legroom. Safety features for the CX-5 include the antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags and active front head restraints. A blind-spot warning system is optional. Three trim levels are offered: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. Standard equipment includes power locks and windows, keyless entry, tilt-telescope steering wheel, and alloy wheels. The Touring model adds standard power driver seat, leather steering wheel, rear privacy glass, Bluetooth hands-free phone, audio system, and fog lamps. The tested Grand Touring option also gets automatic wipers and headlights, sunroof, heated mirrors and front seats, dual-zone climate control, and upgraded sound system. The CX-5 Grand Touring with frontwheel drive is priced at $27,045. The Sport base price is $20,995, and the Touring starts at $24,195. All-wheel drive is a $1,250 option on all trim levels.

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Functional Fitness Tiffany Gaston suggests sandbag training for a fun multijoint workout Photo by James Patrick The holidays bring with them many New Year’s resolutions revolving

around weight loss and brand-new exercise programs. There’s never a shortage of new gym members during the months of January and February. Many have a newfound motivation and start out with a bang, only to fizzle fast. Perhaps a fun and functional fitness program to kickstart your motivation is just what you need to get serious and take action to get yourself that healthy, fit body after all those holiday goodies. Function, as it relates to fitness, simply refers to an exercise comprising movements that utilize the core muscles of the lower back and the abdominals. These exercises maintain a primary focus that involves movement in daily life while preventing injury. This style of training can be done in numerous ways, but I’ve just discovered the use of sandbag training! This functional exercise tool allows for movement in six degrees of freedom as compared to exercise machines found in a gym, which only allow for a singular plane of motion. Not only do you have more freedom in your movements but you also gain greater ability to burn fat and calories from the cardiovascular and weight components of these multijoint movements. Josh Henkin, certified strength and conditioning specialist and creator of the Ultimate Sandbag, says his idea came to him during rehabilitation from a back injury. “Varied types of people use sandbags— military, police, firemen and women, schools, college sports programs, and even high-level professional athletic teams from the MLB, NFL, and NHL,” Henkin says. “Because a sandbag can be adapted to meet a vast range of fitness levels, it’s a universally beneficial workout tool.” Henkin also offers a dynamic variable-resistance training program, or DVRT, which is a great system put in place for use with the sand-

This is an example of a great HIIT workout you can do with a sandbag. This style of workout will force you to stabilize as you go through these movements, thus engaging your core, raising your heart rate, and strengthening your muscles. This is the perfect all-in-one workout that you can do at home or in a hotel room. In only 16 minutes, you’ll be sweating and be on with your day. 72

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Overhead Sandbag Alternating Lunge

bag. With hundreds of exercise progressions for use with the Ultimate Sandbag, there’s little chance of a dull and repetitive workout program. Let’s be clear—it’s not easier—it may well be harder as far as intensity goes—but in order to benefit from this type of workout, you need to put in your maximum effort. These HIIT workouts can be performed with a sandbag for optimal strength and cardio conditioning. HIIT often takes half as long as steady state, which involves repetitive motion on most gym machines and is at least as beneficial. Research shows that not only do you burn more calories during a single session of high intensity interval training but you also burn more calories and fat in the 24 hours following, as compared to steady state cardio (which can be quite a bore!).

Sample workout: Set an interval timer for four rounds of 15 seconds rest, 45 seconds work for each of the following four-minute workouts. Lateral Sandbag Plank Drag Get into a plank position with hands on the floor, slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Place sandbag on ground directly in front of your left hand. With your right hand, grab the end handle and drag it laterally across your body and straight out to the side. Repeat this motion back in the other direction while alternating sides for the duration of the interval.

High Knees While standing with your feet hip width apart, drive your knees up toward your chest in a running-type movement with exaggerated knee lifts.

Overheard Sandbag Alternating Lunge In a space large enough to perform walking lunges, grab the parallel handles of the sandbag and raise and hold them above your head. Step forward and lunge with your knee at a 90-degree angle without allowing your knee to go over your toe. As you stand up, alternate with the opposite leg in a walking-lunge movement while keeping your arms straight and the sandbag above your head.

Mountain Climbers Place your hands on the floor shoulder width apart and get into the plank or basic push-up position. Keep your arms in line with your chest and your legs extended outward. Rest on the balls of your feet, and position one leg with a bent knee slightly more forward toward your chest. Keep your head up, and rapidly alternate leg positions back and forth from this position in a mountain-climbing type movement.

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By Ann Blumenthal Jacobs, Patricia Ryan Lampl, and Trish Rabe Zombies, zombies everywhere! From the hit TV show The Walking Dead to books on how to survive the zombie apocalypse, zombies are the “new vampire.” In New York Times best-selling author Gena Showalter’s latest young adult novel, Alice in Zombieland, the zombie novel gets a new twist. Instead of the end-of-the world scenario crawling with monsters wanting to eat your brains, the YA paranormal romance features zombies as vengeful spirits set on taking the souls from the living. The girl to stop them is Alice Bell, a sarcastic teen whose family dies in a tragic accident and is literally consumed by zombies—which only Alice can see. Her father had warned Alice about the monsters, but she didn’t believe him until she meets bad boy Cole Holland, who can see and kill the zombies, too. Alice’s world flips upside down after she falls for Cole and down the rabbit hole of doom when she comes face-to-face with taking down the zombies who murdered her family. Alice’s adventures in Zombieland are surreal and will keep the reader turning pages into the dead of night. The first novel in the White Rabbit Chronicles series is perfect for horror and fantasy fans. Just make sure you leave the light on.


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Harlequin, July 19, 2011, 240 pages, available in paperback and eBook Sure, it sounds full of saccharin and maybe even makes some skeptics want to roll their eyes, but Love for Grown-Ups: The Garter Brides’ Guide to Marrying for Life When You’ve Already Got a Life doles out some good tips. Today, there’s a large group of women and men across the globe who are unmarried, and most are over 30. If you haven’t found the perfect someone yet and are worried people are going to call you an old maid, don’t sweat it, because the Garter Brides are here to help. The Garter Brides are three successful women—Ann Blumenthal Jacobs, Patricia Ryan Lampl, and Tish Rabe—who have successful careers and all married later in life. Their self-help guide is insightful, funny, and courageous. The book discusses dating tips, meeting former boyfriends and girlfriends— including exes and how to deal with it, marrying if you have kids or your partner has kids, and even prenups. But, most importantly, Love for Grownups focuses on how to meet the perfect someone when you already have a life. If you want to figure out how to find him at 35-plus, then this book won’t disappoint.

Self-published books are all the rage. Sometimes, it’s a little nerve-racking reading a self-pubbed book because many are poorly written. However, several are fantastic and so popular that they’re being picked up by traditional publishers for reprint. One such solid self-publication is Shrouded in Mystery by H.D. Thomson. The second book in the Shrouded series is a fascinating mystery with twists and turns that will keep the reader on the edge of the seat, not to mention that it has a fantastic paranormal angle. Filled with well-developed characters and a thrilling plot, Shrouded in Mystery will appeal to fans of mysteries, romance, and supernatural stories. Here’s a rundown of the plot: A guy wakes up in a car with a dead body, a bag full of cash, and an ID in his wallet with the name Clark Kent. He ends up in Boston, where he meets a woman named Katherine. The two of them start a relationship, and sparks fly. But Katherine starts to wonder if she should have gotten involved with the mysterious Clark Kent. The writer and novel have won numerous awards, and after reading Shrouded in Mystery, it’s easy to see why. This Arizona author is definitely one to watch!

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Cavatelli Pasta with Italian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Ragu Chef Matthew Grunwald serves up a gourmet Italian classic. Mediterranean cuisine offers an abundance of bold, simplistic flavors as well as a sensibility of rusticity that is highly reminiscent of the southern regions of Italy. It’s no surprise that pasta is the staple starch throughout the country. The large islands off the Italian peninsula and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia are where my recipe comes from. Incorporated into my dish is the making of fresh pasta. Velvety textures that can be obtained only from fresh pasta are what elevate this dish to a pinnacle of quality. Not to knock dried pasta—I happen to love both equally, but I find that this dish cries out for the authenticity of pasta made fresh from scratch. Artisan tools are essential for making fresh pasta. Cavatelli are pasta shapes folded over into small cylinders, and a special machine is needed to form them. Pasta makers and cavatelli pasta machines are commonly found at any specialty cookware store, but if you don’t want to go the distance, I also recommend Barilla rigatoni, which is a good dried pasta. Regardless of what sort of pasta you use, the dish has a warm, rustic feel and a bit of spice from the accenting flavor of the red pepper flakes. Italian sausage and caramelized tomato paste are delicious when tossed with the pasta and aromatic fresh herbs and will make your home smell like a gourmet Italian restaurant. With the delicious sense of hominess the dish offers, flavors can be perfected when topped with parmesan and ricotta cheese. Italian food: boldness of taste, purity of ingredients, and the simplicity of conception—delizioso!

Northern Italian Cavatelli Pasta with Italian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Ragu 1 pound homemade cavatelli or dried Barilla Rigatoni 1 gallon water, as salty as the ocean 4 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil ½ pound mild Italian sausage 3 cups broccoli rabe, cut into ½-inch pieces (regular broccoli can be substituted) ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes 5 tbs. tomato paste 2 cups dry red wine ¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped handful fresh basil, torn ¬ cup fresh oregano, chopped 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated ½ cup ricotta cheese salt to your liking micro-greens for garnish (optional) Heat the gallon of salty water to a boil. Cook the pasta for six minutes if it is freshly made and for 10 minutes if it is dried. This is an approximate measure—the best way to tell if it’s done is to taste it as you go. Drain the pasta when cooked to your liking and set aside (do not rinse). Heat a large sauté pan to medium-high heat with the extra-virgin olive oil. Add in the mild Italian sausage to the pan when the oil is just about to start smoking, and then reduce the heat to medium. Break up the sausage into large chunks and cook until golden brown. Add in the broccoli rabe and cook with the sausage for six minutes on medium heat until slightly tender. (The broccoli rabe should have a slight bit of crunch to your liking). Add in the red pepper flakes and the tomato paste and cook for two minutes on medium heat. Deglaze the brown bits from the bottom of the pan by adding in the red wine, scraping as you go. Let simmer on medium-low heat until the red wine has reduced and thickened the sauce. Add in the parsley, basil, oregano, and cooked pasta, and turn the heat to low. Stir to reheat the pasta and coat with the sauce. (The starch from the pasta will thicken the sauce, and this is why you don’t rinse it.) The meal is ready to serve! All you have to do now is garnish with Parmesan and ricotta cheese. You are now ready to pour it over pasta and enjoy the flavors of Northern Italy. Fresh Pasta (Optional) 1 pound durum flour (high gluten) 4 whole eggs 1 tbs. salt water as needed flour to dust as needed Equipment cavatelli maker (found at specialty cookware stores) pasta maker (found at specialty cookware stores) knife In a large bowl, combine all ingredients together for the pasta dough and mix well. Once all ingredients are combined, turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead for four minutes to develop gluten (protein strands in the dough). After you knead the dough, cover with plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for one hour so that the gluten strands can relax. Once relaxed, flatten the dough with your hands so that it can fit through the pasta maker. Set the dial on the pasta maker to eight, about ¼-inch thick, and thoroughly flour the pasta maker. Put the dough through the pasta maker until one flat sheet of pasta is made. Cut the sheet of pasta lengthwise into ½-inch wide strips. Once all of the dough has been cut into long strips, generously flour the dough and the cavatelli maker. Feed each strip of dough through the cavatelli maker until there is no dough left. Once all of the cavatelli is formed, transfer to a sheet tray and allow to air-dry for one hour at room temperature. Once the dough is dry, it’s ready to be boiled, or it can be frozen for up to five months. DECEMBER | JANUARY 2013 North Valley


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Things to Do… DECEMBER

Celebrate the holiday season with timeless classics and favorite Yuletide tunes performed by the Phoenix Symphony during a Family Holiday Celebration. Phoenix Symphony Hall. 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. phoenixsymphony.org


The Phoenix Festival of the Arts event features nearly 90 hours of live entertainment on three stages, art vendors, a hands-on community mural, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, and more. Hance Park. 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. phoenixfestivalofthearts.org


The Bakery Cafe at el Pedregal hosts a gingerbread-housedecorating workshop for children and adults. The workshop teaches guests how to decorate a holiday gingerbread house. El Pedregal, 34505 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. elpedregal.com

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Rock out to heavy-metal quartet Megadeth. Marquee Theatre. 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. luckymanonline.com


The Anthem community celebrates the holiday season with its second annual Holiday in the Park event. Anthem Community Park. 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem. onlineatanthem.com



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Sample savory bites from culinary masterminds at the Boys & Girls Club’s inaugural Jingle and Mingle Event. DC Ranch Market Street. 20645 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. bgcs.org


Delight in the Holiday Light Park at Christmas on the Farm, featuring Santa’s Village and a two-mile light-show ride. Phoenix Event Complex. 2209 N. 99th Ave., Phoenix. azchristmasonthefarm.com


Get in the holiday spirit with the Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks! Celebrity Theatre. 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. celebritytheatre.com


Add some sparkle to your New Year’s Eve at the Fiesta Bowl Invitational, featuring dinner, dancing, live entertainment, and more. The Phoenician. 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale. fiestabowl.org/events/ fiesta-bowl-invitational.php


…in the Valley JANUARY

Attend the Maricopa County Home & Garden Show for one-stop home-improvement shopping. Arizona State Fairgrounds, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. maricopacountyhomeshows.com


Culinary delights abound at the second annual Street Eats Food Truck Festival. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. saltriverfields.com


Drink deeply and appreciate the fine things in life at the Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival. Downtown Carefree. 101 Easy St., Carefree. thunderbirdartists.com


Fitness and fabulous fun collide at the LoziLu Women’s Mud Run charity event. Canyon Motocross. 10312 W. Carefree Hwy., Peoria. lozilu.com


Lady Gaga performs her latest hits during the Born This Way Ball world tour. US Airways Center. 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. usairwayscenter.com

The WWE’s 26th annual Royal Rumble comes to Phoenix for the first time ever. US Airways Center. 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. usairwayscenter.com


The second annual Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival features vetted authentic Native American arts and crafts and folk music. Carefree Desert Gardens. 101 Easy St., Carefree. visitcarefree.com



Get some exercise at The Color Run, a crazy, colorful 5K race. Tempe Beach Park. 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. thecolorrun.com/arizona/


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Dixie Dixie is a 5-year-old Australian cattle dog mix. She’s a very loving and attention-seeking gal. Dixie is also sweet and playful. She’s not recommended for cats or other dogs, and she’s best with elementary-aged kids and up. Her adoption fee is $75, which includes her microchip, vaccines, and spay.

Twinkle is a 5-year-old domestic shorthair. She loves attention, especially when it includes lots of rubs behind the ears. She needs a little nudge to bring out her playfulness. Twinkle

will do well in homes with other cats. Her adoption fee is $50, which includes her spay, microchip, and vaccines.


Omar Omar is a 2-year old domestic shorthair. He loves people and

can’t get enough of snuggling up in someone’s lap. Omar also gets along well with children and enjoys chasing after laser pointers. He may do well with another cat in the house as long as his housemate doesn’t get more attention than he does! His adoption fee is $50, which includes his neuter, microchip, and vaccines.

Washington Washington is a 3-yearold Chihuahua mix. He is a very laid-back guy who just wishes for a lap to lie in forever. While he may get along with other dogs, he prefers mellow ones that enjoy hanging out just as he does. He may get along with cats and is recommended for juniorhigh-aged kids and up. Washington’s adoption fee is $150, which includes his neuter, vaccine, and microchip.

Ollie is a 2-year-old shepherdshar-pei mix. He gets very excited when he meets new people and likes to give them big bear hugs. He is a very happygo-lucky guy just looking for love. Ollie is not recommended for cats but may get along with other dogs. He’s recommended for junior-high-aged kids and up. His adoption fee is $175, which includes his microchip, neuter, and vaccine.

Admiral Admiral is a domestic shorthair marble tabby who was found as a stray. His age is unknown, and he hasn’t been declawed. While he’s a loving cat, he prefers to be the only cat in the home. Admiral is content to have the run of the household. Admiral’s adoption fee is $50, which includes his neuter, microchip, and vaccines.

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

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix hosted a special evening for guests. Held at Scottsdale’s trendy Red Revolver lounge, the Hearts-4-ClubsCasino Night helped raise funds to provide life-changing programs and services for kids in the community. Those on hand for the event enjoyed blackjack, craps, and roulette while sipping cocktails. For information on upcoming events held by the Boys & Girls Clubs, visit bgcmp.org. Photos by Scott E.Whitney

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Built in 1960 and brought back to life in 2012, the Eldorado Scottsdale welcomed the community during a grand opening event and fund-raiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. The Eldorado is a contemporary boutique hotel featuring fully equipped kitchens, down bedding, organic bath products, and complimentary nightly turndown service. Â The Eldorado is located at 6825 E. 4th St., Scottsdale, just steps from Fashion Square Mall, the Night Club District, 5th Avenue Shopping, and Southbridge. eldoradoscottsdale.com Photos by Scott E. Whitney

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Arizona’s Longest Running Domestic Violence Shelter

Providing Safe Haven, Hope and New Beginnings

Give from Your Heart at www.FaithHouseArizona.com Faith House is eligible for Arizona’s “Helping the Working” Poor Tax Credit.

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