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13 Publishers’ Letter 14 Contributors 16 Connect With Us


Cover Feature Meet Erika Frantzve, Miss Arizona USA 2012!

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Contents STYLE

60 S tyle & Beauty: 2012 Wedding Season: Timeless Weddings in Store 67 J ewels: Custom Jewelry, or Fraud?





78 Relationship: The Other Side of Valentine’s Day


68 F  lavor: Dinner Is Served at the Villa Romántica: Grilled Swordfish, Citrus Pesto Spaghetti, and Fresh-Herb Goat Cheese Crostini



58 F  itness: Reaching Fitness Goals in 2012! 62 H  ealth: Welcome Home: War Heroes Can Have Healthy Military Families for Life 64 G  olf: What’s All the Buzz about Belly Putters?






48 Entrepreneurship: 5 Tips for Making 2012 Your Entrepreneurial Year 66 A  uto Trends: Cadillac Merges Luxury, Technology, and Economy in the 2012 SRX 69 T  echnology: New Gadgets for 2012 from the International Consumer Electronics Show 70 I nterview with Tyler Gallagher of Regal Assets 76 E  vent Calendar


72 A  nimal Love: Does It Hurt to Be Real? Don’t Get an “Easter” Rabbit 80 A  dopt-A-Pet: Good Friends Who Need Great Homes!


74 R  usso & Steele Gala 75 B  arrett Jackson Car Auction Championship


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28 LOCAL PROFILE: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords: Continuing to Inspire 29 DAYTRIPPERS & WEEKENDERS: A Century’s Worth of Celebration 30 AZ FUN FACTS: Statehood Day 1912 32 HOT SHEET 34 ENTERTAINMENT: Entertainment Choices, and How to Screen Your Preferences 36 ART & CULTURE: The Heard Museum: Native American History on Display 37 VALLEY VIBRATIONS: Celebrating 100 Years of Arizona Music through Original Pieces 38 SPORTS: The Cactus League: Arizona’s Spring Training 40 TWO CENTS 41 ARIZONA SKIES: Arizona Skies with Dr.Sky 42 SCENE AFTER SUNSET: Old Town Scottsdale 44 GIVING BACK: Meaningful Pairings 47 OUTDOOR ARIZONA: Still Gold in Them Thar Hills!


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Westminster Village

Volume 7 / Issue 2 NORTH VALLEY ASKS


What is the best Valentine's Day gift you have ever received?

Adam Toren Matthew Toren


Managing Editors Crystal Huckabay Pavlina Toren Editorial Supervisor Cassaundra Brooks

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Pooja Desai Copy Editor Kate Karp Food Editor Samantha Turner

Laura Rogers: My husband surprised me with tickets to see Swan Lake. It was not his thing, so it was very sweet that he participated in something he knew I would love! LeAnne Bagnall: I met my current love at a Valentine's Day ball at which his band was performing. The rest is history. Best gift I could ask for! Michael Torres: The best Valentine's day gift I've ever received was last year: Tickets to go see Kings of Leon in Austin, Tex. I had seen them before but this time we were right at the front of the stage!

Editorial Interns Bill Raznik, Rachael Blume CONTRIBUTORS LeAnne Bagnall, Scott Bohall, Julie Carlson, Lea Friese-Haben, Matthew Grunwald, Patti Jares, Jon Kenton, Carol La Valley, Kevin Madness, Lee Nelson, Tyson Qualls, Josh Rogers, Laura Rogers , Greg Rubenstein, Scott Sackett, Michael Torres, Marshall Trimble, Eric Twohey PHOTOGRAPHERS Michelle Pelberg, Mark Susan, Caroline Goddard ADVERTISING 602.828.0313 Marketing Director Eric Twohey Art Director/Production Vanessa Fryer


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SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER Eric Twohey NORTH VALLEY MAGAZINE is published six times a year for distribution aimed at higher-income households in such areas as Anthem, Carefree, Cave Creek, Tramonto, North Scottsdale, Desert Ridge, DC Ranch, Grayhawk, Estancia, Desert Hills, Troon North, Desert Mountain, McDowell Mountain Ranch, and Arrowhead Ranch. You can also pick up North Valley Magazine at many businesses, including specialty shops, salons, spas, auto dealerships, libraries, children’s and women’s specialty shops, boutiques, restaurants, health clubs, hotels, medical offices, and many rack locations. Statements, opinions, and points of view expressed by the writers and advertisers are their own, and do not necessarily represent those of the publishers, editors or North Valley Magazine staff. Although North Valley Magazine has made every effort to authenticate all claims and guarantee offers by advertisers in the magazine, we cannot assume liability for any products or services advertised herein. No part of North Valley Magazine may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any editorial or advertising matter at any time. Postmaster: Please return all undeliverable copies to North Valley Magazine, 3120 W. Carefree Hwy., Ste. 1-128, Phoenix, AZ 85086. Yearly subscriptions available; six issues mailed directly to your mailbox for $19.95 per year (within the U.S.). All rights reserved. ®2012 North Valley Magazine. Printed in the USA.

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• publishers' letter

We Celebrate 100 Years of a Great State and Its People!


he perfect temperatures of our desert winter have arrived, and North Valley Magazine is bringing you everything you need to take full advantage of them! This issue is chock-full of fun and rejuvenating recommendations on how to make the most of these beautiful winter months. Arizona is celebrating its 100th birthday in February, so there’s never been a better time to appreciate everything our state has to offer! Look to our feature highlighting some of the best golf resorts to plan your next visit to the green as well as plenty of other exciting events and activities scattered throughout. This issue is our People Issue, and we’re profiling some exceptional Valley residents who represent what we think makes our city great Erika Frantzve has won the title Adam Toren Publisher of Miss Arizona USA 2012. Our cover girl and newly crowned pageant winner is as kind and giving as she is beautiful. Her charitable successes and down-to-earth spirit are qualities that merit the highest praise. Another Arizona lady to inspire us immensely is the courageous Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. One year after the tragic shooting that shook our whole state, Patti Jares takes a look back on that day in a conversation with Mark Kimble, Giffords’s communication director. He gives us an inside look into the congressional staff’s tremendous journey overcoming the tragedy and Giffords’s ongoing recovery process. Her story is truly one to take great pride in. Check out our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide to pick out something perfect for your special someone as well as some fun nonromantic gifts for everyone else in your life. We’ve got you covered on everything you need to make your V-Day go smoothly, including restaurant and nightout tips from the publishers and expert relationship advice from Lea Friese-Haben. Get a sneak peek at the Heard Museum’s latest Native American history exhibition, and continue to follow the stars with Dr. Sky in his new Arizona Skies column. Learn about the wonderful charity work at the Benevilla campus in Surprise in Carol La Valley’s Giving Back piece.

Matthew Toren Publisher

As always, we appreciate your readership and feedback as we look forward to continuing to make North Valley Magazine your source for everything arts and culture in the Valley!

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• contributors Golf

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


Lee Nelson lives in the Chicago area and writes freelance for a variety of magazines, Web sites, businesses, and organizations. She spent twenty years of her career as an award-winning features and education reporter for a daily newspaper in Iowa.


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.

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


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


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

Health, Style

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

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



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


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

Giving Back

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


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


Arizona Fun facts

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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.


Patti Jares has been a freelance writer for more than 20 years and a full-time feature reporter since 2005. She resides in Wickenburg, Arizona and feels blessed to live close to her two grown daughters and their families as well as having a career doing what she loves.


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


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.

Food Food

Best Friend

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rom the time I was a young child, food was never just “food” for me. It was love, support, and comfort…my best friend; and then it was the reason I hated myself and mistreated my body…my worst enemy. It was my little “secret”. My weight fluctuated from underweight to being overweight and “everywhere in between”. I always had to keep several sizes of clothing in the closet to accommodate these constant weight fluctuations. I used food for dealing with every situation in my life..good or bad. As an adult, most people saw me as a very successful and happy woman. Behind closed doors was an entirely different person. You name it; I did “it” with the food. My weight always determined how I felt about myself instead of who I was as a person. It was a daily battle for me. I’d wake up each day telling myself…”today will be different”; only to be binging by evening…day after day after day. My food issues consumed so much of my life. I didn’t understand why I couldn’t stop the addictive cycle I had going on with the binging/purging/starving myself or the times of obsessive exercise or dieting. I knew none of them were right for a permanent and healthy weight. I didn’t understand, with all of my education and business experience why I couldn’t get a grasp on this. I was unable to use the same business model with my life and emotions that I did with managing my successful career. Each day I felt like the biggest failure in the world…and so very alone. My family and friends could never know any of this. I was too ashamed, and I figured they

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wouldn’t understand and would stop loving me. I continued to hide my pain from everyone and blocked out even more of my emotions with food. There is a happy ending to my story! I can now proudly say that for over 9 years, I am healthy, and peace with myself and I am able to maintain a consistent weight that is perfect for me! I no longer diet and actually crave healthy foods! I still enjoy having goodies however it is one cookie instead of the entire box! I make time for physical activity and can honestly say that each year I become stronger, healthier and enjoy my body more. It is no longer a struggle for me and it has freed up so much more of my life to truly do what I want to do. For me, this is such an incredible feeling after all of those years of hurting and disliking myself. I can honestly say that “healing” this battle with food and weight has been the most rewarding thing I have accomplished in my life. It is now my greatest privilege to help others break free from this unhealthy cycle…from teenagers to Senior Citizens; both men and women. The Hungry Heart program is a compassionate yet effective process to create permanent changes to your life and we have been successful for over 16 years. As a Certified Nutritional Counselor and Hypnotherapist, I work with each client individually; we work together as a team to once and for all, rid yourself of these unhealthy patterns and behaviors and allow your body to be at a healthy weight. Allow me that opportunity to share with you what I have learned.

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Erika Frantzve:

Miss Arizona USA 2012 We’re Proud to be Her Neighbor!


eet Erika Frantzve, the North Valley’s own Miss Phoenix USA titleholder and the newly crowned Miss Arizona USA! The Scottsdale resident won her title Nov. 20 at the Miss Arizona USA pageant held at the Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater in Mesa. The pageant coincidentally took place on Nov. 20, Erika’s 23rd birthday, so it was undoubtedly a memorable year for her! She’s now looking forward to the Miss USA pageant competition that will take place this summer. Erika’s philanthropic accomplishments and public speaking gifts are as stunning as her beauty and personality. She established herself as a charitable organizer at the age of 17 when she founded Everyday Heroes Like You, an organization that brings hope to the lives of people and pets and lets them know that they aren’t alone. Two programs, Johnny’s Locker and PAWS, comprise EHLY and carry out its mission under the organization’s umbrella. Johnny’s Locker was founded in honor of young John James Bryan, who spent most of his young life battling acute lymphocytic leukemia and who is now a cancer-free college student in Pensacola, Florida. The program aims to enhance the lives of the nation’s children and teens undergoing life-altering and emotional hardships. Lockers stocked with just about anything that young people would enjoy are installed in hospitals, shelters and protective facilities. The latest installation was at the Sojourner Center, a transitional living center for women and children who have faced domestic violence. PAWS for a CAUSE raises funds and awareness for local animal shelters and humane societies nationwide. In August, after the June Wallow Fire, Erika and her foundation held their first PAWS for a CAUSE event in Fashion Square in Scottsdale. All proceeds went to the Arizona Humane Society, which had been overwhelmed by the number of pets needing services and shelter. Erika is also a sports enthusiast; she’s played basketball since the age of five and also enjoys volleyball, golf, and track. Believing that everyone else needs to play, she made a presentation to government officials to help secure a $32 million

grant for sports programs in America. She’s presently a senior at Arizona State University carrying a double major of political science and international relations, and will graduate with honors in May. If it’s up to Erika, the world will soon be a better place. We are fortunate to have Erika represent our state, and we are proud to be her neighbor. North Valley Magazine spent an afternoon chatting with this remarkable, accomplished young woman and would like, in turn, to offer you the privilege of an introduction.

North Valley Magazine: What have you learned about yourself since becoming Miss Arizona USA?

Erika Frantzve:

That prioritizing is key. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent your state at a national level, having the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss USA. I don’t have as much time to spend with my friends and family because I am so busy with appearances all over the state and country and getting ready for the national pageant in June. But I am so grateful that they understand and support me throughout it all. They are my biggest fans, and I am theirs.

NVM: What do you love most about Arizona?

EF: What is there not to love about the Valentine state,

especially with this year being her 100th birthday? We have great weather, awesome people, and a lot of outdoor-indoor events constantly going on. Regardless of the month, there are so many different places to visit and escape to for all ages. Whether you are looking for a spa day in the mountains, hitting the slopes to play in the snow, or hiking the most gorgeous and largest canyon in the world; we have it all. I am so thankful that when I was younger, my parents would take me camping and go on ranger tours within Arizona and throughout the country, because it really gave me an appreciation for the environment and its history. FEBRUARY | MARCH 2012 North Valley



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life goal

is to live my life

fullest and embrace to the

each day as it comes. I

believe that we are all here on

a mission

—it’s our calling to find out


NVM: What else do you like to do for fun?


I love to spend time with my family! I also really enjoy traveling, my charity work, spending time with my friends, shopping, playing basketball, golfing, working out, playing Farkle with Mormor and Morfar (Swedish for Grandma and Grandpa).

NVM: What will be your focus or primary goal as Miss Arizona USA? What will it be should you go on to win the Miss USA title?

EF: My primary goal as Miss Arizona is to touch as

many lives as possible and continue to work with the various charities that I’ve had the pleasure of working with for the past five years and prior to winning the title. I also want to focus on working a lot with the amazing men and women that are serving our country. As Miss USA, I would plan to do the same. The main organizations that Miss USA works with are USO, Gilda’s Club, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and they support breast and ovarian cancer survivors. So I would really look forward to working with them and using my nonprofit to take my involvement to the next level.

NVM: What inspired you to found Everyday Heroes Like You? Tell us more about this foundation and its greatest accomplishments to date.

EF: Ever since I was a little girl, my mom would always

tell me, “The greatest thing you can ever give someone is your time.” Her wise words were the foundation to my constant drive to give back to others. In 2006, I founded my 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Everyday Heroes Like You. Over the past five years, we have established a history of assisting other nonprofits nationwide. With board members spread out all over the country, we are constantly finding ways to promote and propagate the “everyday heroes” in our communities that have an altruistic desire to make a difference. We have done numerous events to support the Sojourner Center, Children’s Miracle Network, Packages from Home, USO Border Patrol Foundation, Arizona Humane Society, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, UMOM New Day Centers, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and many others. Underneath the Everyday Heroes Like You umbrella, we have created two outreach programs: Johnny’s Locker and PAWS for a CAUSE. Johnny’s Locker is targeted towards enhancing the lives of teenagers undergoing life-altering circumstances. With the help of Walmart and individual donations, these portable wooden lockers are stocked with numerous items, from video games and movies to stuffed animals and school supplies. We have lockers in the Children’s National Medical Center in Northern Virginia as well as the Sojourner Center here in Phoenix. The organization’s greatest accomplishment is opening the second Johnny’s Locker nationwide and first within the state of Arizona. FEBRUARY | MARCH 2012 North Valley


NVM: What are this year’s goals for Everyday Heroes Like You?

EF: I want to have a five-year gala event to celebrate the organization’s success throughout the years and also to start planning toward doing some work internationally. I really want to start reaching out beyond our country’s borders.

NVM: What about goals for yourself—career goals or life goals, for instance?

EF: One day, I hope to host my own talk show. I feel like today’s news is full of depress-

ing reports and nothing that highlights the true generosity of our country. We live in such an amazing country, and I want my show to be about the great things that Americans are doing domestically and internationally. Also, I will continue to enforce my desire to help others and keep working with my nonprofit. My life goal is to live my life to the fullest and embrace each day as it comes. I believe that we are all here on a mission—it’s our calling to find out why.

NVM: You’ve competed in pageants many

times before. How do you feel about working with a pageant coach—in your case, former Miss Arizona USA Brenna Heater of Crowning Concepts—and how has it a f fected your per formance?

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent your state at a national level, having the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss USA."

EF: There is a differ-

ence between a pageant coach a nd a pagea nt mentor. To me, Brenna was a pageant mentor in a sense that she didn’t train you to be a pageant droid, dictating and overcoaching your every move. Instead, Brenna has the natural ability to make her clients feel comfortable and prepared. For me, this last pageant in November was all mental preparation—making sure that I was in the right mind set of being calm and knowing that I had prepared myself to be the best I could be, and the rest was in God’s hands.

NVM: We understand your faith in God is a driving force in your life. Who else in life do you consider mentors, sources of inspiration, and role models?


I am so grateful that I have the support system that I do. Their unconditional love for me has truly been a driving force in my desire to succeed. I have always believed that if you don’t have hope and faith, then you have nothing. I also find my inspiration in various uplifting faith-based books. I know that God has me surrounded by inspirational and amazing people in my life for a reason, and you can learn something for each individual in your life—it’s just up to you to actually listen.

NVM: What are your favorite and least favorite things about competing?


I am so blessed to have such an amazing support system. Without their love and support, I wouldn’t be where I am today. My favorite part of competing in pageants 22

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is making memories throughout the time of preparation for the big day on stage and seeing all the hard work pay off. My least favorite? Nothing! I love everything about competing—it’s an amazing experience.

NVM: What is your message to those who compete but don’t



Do not ever let anyone tell you or try to convince you not to do something, regardless of the outcome. The experience isn’t about winning or losing—it’s about what you learn about yourself throughout the preparation and the weekend of the pageant itself. It is just a pageant—despite the outcome, the sun will still rise the next day. Have something to look forward to post-pageant, whether that is a goal you set the weekend prior to going into the pageant and you accomplishing it, or arranging a lunch with a close friend just to catch up. 24

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NVM: How do you defend pageantry to someone who says that pageants demean women?

EF: Having played basketball my whole life and even getting a

scholarship to play in the NCAA in Denver, I never thought I would do pageants until one year I got something in the mail and thought, “Hey, why not? You only live once, right?” There will always be people out there that associate a certain stigma with pageants and just don’t understand them, but that’s life. The crown itself is just a sparkly piece of metal, but what you do with the title is what makes it truly shine. Remember, with everything, you just need to stay true to yourself and never lose track of your roots. If you want people to respect you, speak with your actions. Visit Everyday Heroes Like You at to find out how you can be a part of Erika Frantzve’s vision to make a difference in the lives of others in need.

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Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords: Continuing to Inspire B y P att i J ares

After a year of recovering from an assassination attempt that stunned the entire world, United States Congresswoman Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords made the decision to step down from her congressional seat and concentrate on getting better. “Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover,” Giffords said in an announcement posted on her Facebook page on January 22. “I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down from Congress this week.” Since being shot in the head on January

8, 2011 in a bloody Tucson massacre that left six dead and 13 wounded, including a 9-year-old, two staffers, and a federal judge, she has undergone intense and exhausting physical therapy. The daily physical therapy, reteaching Giffords to speak and walk, began at the University of Arizona Medical Center, and continued in a Houston hospital. For the last several months, she has received outpatient therapy at the Houston home of her husband, Astronaut Mark Kelly. Giffords returned to Tucson last month to be a part of a poignant candlelight service, held at the University of Tucson. The event commemorated the one-year anniversary of the shooting. Giffords led the pledge of allegiance. “It was difficult for Gabby to be there,” says Mark Kimble, Giffords’s communications direction and long-time friend. “But she absolutely wanted to be there. Gabby loves Tucson—it’s her hometown.” Kimble admits that the improvements in her recovery are staggering. He and other staff members have seen Giffords several times, and Kimble was with her in Houston at the take-off of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, commanded by Kelly. “She’s exactly the same person,” he says. “She has no problem remembering, except for the day of the shooting… and her sense of humor is intact. Her only issue is finding the right word, stringing words together. It’s an inspiration.” Another inspiration is the dedication of Giffords’s staff, meeting the evening after the shooting and deciding to open

She has no problem remembering, except for the day of the shooting…and her sense of humor is intact.


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the office the very next day—46 hours after the tragedy. It was an emotional decision— press advisor Ron Barber and part-time outreach coordinator Pam Simon remained hospitalized, and director of community outreach Gabe Zimmerman was dead, along with 9-year-old Christina Taylor-Green. “It was emotional,” Kimble remembers. “But there are people who depend on us. We want to do what Gabby hired us to do. No doubt this has brought all of us much closer together. What we have gone through is unlike anything any other congressional staff has ever been through before. We depend on each other a tremendous amount—these are my closest friends." As Giffords resigns and her Tucson office closes, she will concentrate all of her focus on healing. “I don’t remember much from that horrible day,” Giffords said in the video, “but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice. I’m getting better every day—my spirit is high. I will return, and we will work together for Arizona, and this great country.”

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A Century’s Worth of Celebration BY CASSAUNDRA BROOKS

February is filled with holidays, celebrations, and events. The following are a few that could keep you occupied all day—or all weekend!

February 10–11 The Centennial means something very special to Verde Canyon Railroad, because it, too, is celebrating one hundred remarkable years! On the weekend preceding Valentine’s Day, Verde Canyon Railroad will hold its own free festivities in the town of Clarkdale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy a complimentary tour of the vintage engines and mid-last century passenger cars courtesy the staff, tour the John Bell Museum, and get a little lesson on Native American history, agriculture, and wildlife conservation in the special events tent. If you’d like to ride the train for its 20-mile journey through beautiful Arizona wilderness, you can purchase a ticket for a special departure time of 2 p.m. Take the opportunity to view local properties and, of course, partake of breakfast, lunch, and specialty drinks as you watch artisans and entertainers. (800) 293-7245 or

February 10–12 Talking Stick Resort’s Salt River Fields plays host to Thunderbird Artists’ annual fine art and wine festival. This year, however, the event will include chocolate! The main stadium will serve as a platform for chocolate vendors, talented artists, and impressive wines. Take in the mountain views, food, and wine, and take home some beautiful artwork. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 for adults. Purchase a souvenir wine glass with tasting tickets for $10. Free parking. 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale.,, or

February 17–19


Wickenburg’s sixty-fourth annual Gold Rush Days features the usual Western festivities that celebrate the town’s rich heritage. Witness a shootout on Frontier Street before heading off to the carnival, rodeo, arts and crafts, melodrama, and parade. Try your luck at panning for gold, watch a mucking and drilling contest, stop in the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, spend an evening at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts (on the Wickenburg High School campus), go for a trail ride, show off your classic automobile, or just use the excuse to unleash your inner cowboy. And what better year to head out Wickenburg Way for a historical celebration than the year of Arizona’s centennial? (928) 684-5479 or FEBRUARY | MARCH 2012 North Valley


AZ Fun facts

Statehood Day 1912 B y M arshall T r i mble , O f f i c i al A r i zona S tate H i stor i an

to get a modern-day perspective on the euphoria Arizonans felt on February 14, 1912, imagine what it would be like if the Phoenix Suns won the NBA Championships, the Diamondbacks won the World Series, and the Cardinals won the Super Bowl all in the same year. Statehood meant an end to second-class citizenship by the long-suffering Arizonans. It meant an end to federal neglect, sky-high freight rates, a voice to vote in the U.S. Congress, and the right to elect their own governor. The territory had lusted for statehood much as a teenager waits anxiously for his or her first driver’s license. Arizona’s bane was Indiana Senator Alfred J. Beveridge, the Republican chairman of the Senate Committee on Territories. He thought Arizona was a desert wasteland. He’d taken a three-day fact-finding trip and concluded Arizona was a “mining camp.” He gerrymandered in such a way by Democrats that if Republicans were to carry the state by 10,000 votes, it would still send three Democrats to Washington. Beveridge and his political cronies

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declared the territory a land inhabited by “rattlesnakes, scorpions, Gila monsters, murdering Indians, illiterate Mexicans, stagecoach robbers, polygamist Mormons, cattle rustlers, and Democrats.” Arizona just didn’t fit their notion of a proper state. A Beveridge ally, Sen. Kunte Nelson, Minn., addressed this un-American area by saying, “Ay tank dose fellairs en Arizona not beene goot enofe Americaines. To bay goot seetyzain, a fellair moost bay A mericaine.” Yeah, right! In 1902, Beveridge and his friends tried to combine Arizona and New Mexico into one state called Montezuma. In a feeble attempt to placate the outraged Arizonans, it was changed to Arizona, but the capital would still be in Santa Fe. The Joint Statehood bill passed the House in 1904. Even

their old friend from Rough Rider days, President Teddy Roosevelt, favored it. This caused irate Phoenicians to threaten to change Roosevelt Street to Cleveland. Arizonans strongly opposed and campaigned against the proposal. At the Territorial Fair, 3,200 opposing signatures were gathered in a mere thirty minutes. A territorial delegate, Tombstone lawyer Mark Smith, saved the day by attaching an amendment to the bill requiring both Arizona and New Mexico to approve. When the vote came in, New Mexico favored it two to one, but the Arizonans overwhelmingly opposed it 16,265 to 3,141. In 1910, Congress passed the Enabling Act, and on June 20, President William Howard Taft signed it, allowing for a Constitutional Convention. At the convention, Democrats controlled with forty-one delegates to the Republicans’ eleven. The Democrats also had a majority of Progressive-Populist Liberals who were promoting such newfangled ideas as the women’s vote, direct primaries, direct election of senators, and the initiative, referendum, and recall of judges. Not all the propositions made it. The most controversial were the three powers of initiative, referendum, and recall, and they all made it into the constitution.

It was the latter power that rattled Taft’s cage the most, and he promised that if they remained in the constitution, he would veto the joint resolution. The stubborn Arizonans refused, and Taft, a former judge, kept his promise. It was back to the drawing board. Cooler heads advised the delegates to remove the recall and put it back in the state constitution after statehood was acheived. They did, and Taft signed. The following November, Arizonans got their revenge in the presidential election when Taft finished fourth in a field of four in the baby state. Taft was planning to sign the proclamation on February 12, but he’d planned a trip to New York City and decided to postpone the signing for two days. His office offered another excuse, saying that since the twelfth was Lincoln’s birthday and the following day was the unlucky thirteenth, the great event would occur on the fourteenth, Valentine’s Day. Once again, the Arizonans had reason to be angry. They wanted the event to coincide with Lincoln’s birthday, since Arizona became a territory during his presidency. President Taft was supposed to sign the proclamation at 8 a.m., but there was another delay. Finally, at 10:02 a.m., he signed it with a golden pen in front of grinding movie cameras. It was the first time a motion picture camera recorded a president signing a bill. He then handed the pen to Territorial Delegate Ralph Cameron. The news reached Phoenix at 8:55 a.m. Whistles started blowing and pistols fired into the air as people took to the streets to celebrate. A telegrapher rode over on a bicycle and

delivered the news to an anxiously waiting wedding party. Hazel Goldberg and Joe Melzer planned to be the first couple married in the new state and delayed the ceremony until word officially arrived. Standing nearby was the ring bearer, a fidgety 3-yearold named Barry Goldwater. In Tucson, Arizona’s largest city, a holiday was declared, and all 254 students at the University of Arizona were excused. At Bisbee, the new state’s second-largest city, celebrants set off humongous-charge dynamite and nearly blew off the top of a mountain, while in Snowflake, the citizens placed a dynamite charge beneath an anvil and blew it high into the air. The state’s first governor was George Wily Paul Hunt, a portly man with a drooping walrus mustache and a large, bald head. Years before, he’d ridden penniless into Globe on a hurricane deck of a jackass and had risen, Horatio Alger-like, to the pinnacles of business and political success. A self-made man, he would be elected to seven terms as governor. At 11:15 a.m., Hunt left the downtown Ford Hotel and took a 45-minute walk down

Washington Street to the capitol, stepping over irrigation ditches, dodging potholes, and trying not to step in horse manure. Hunt had invited the city’s doctors to join him in the parade. Doctors Willard Smith, E. Payne Palmer, and George Goodrich—all very serious men— decided to loosen up and marched in the parade, each with a bedpan under his arm. Hunt wanted to set a good example of thrift but afterward thought better of it. From then on, he rode in a chauffeur-driven $3,000 limousine that cost taxpayers $300 a month to maintain. Silver-tongued orator William Jennings Br yan made a t wo-hour, nonstop speech, using no microphone, to a crowd of 5,000. A cannon was set up, intended to fire off 48 rounds, but they stopped after a few rounds when windows began to break in the capitol and horses started bucking off their riders. At a downtown celebration, a band from the Indian School provided the music. Just before midnight, they played “Home Sweet Home,” bringing to a close the greatest day in Arizona history. Amazingly, in spite of all the celebrations, only a handful of people spent the night in jail.

Arizonans strongly opposed and campaigned against the proposal. At the Territorial Fair, 3,200 opposing signatures were gathered in a mere thirty minutes.

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Centennial Catches Fire

The Centennial celebrations are numerous and long lasting. Wherever you live in Arizona, there is a place to celebrate 100 years of statehood with your community.,

Blazing Bling

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Fireside Retreat

Whistler, just outside Vancouver, British Columbia, is a prime skiing destination. And when you’re not on the slopes, cuddle up by a roaring fire. whistler. com or for the official ski resort

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As we continue into 2012, we all need to do our part to bring bullying to an end. It occurs at all ages and for myriad reasons. Pay attention to the people who surround you, and reach out to those who are victims. If you’re being bullied, tell someone. There are people who care.,,,, and are a few resources.

Electrifying Elections

February kicks election primaries and caucuses into full gear! Arizona’s Republican primary is on February 28, while the Democratic primary is on March 31. If you are not registered to vote, do so now to ensure that you can vote in November’s general elections!





Entertainment Choices, and How to Screen Your Preferences B y C assaundra B rooks


A selection of Valentine’s Day mood-music artists: Queen Latifah, John Legend, Luther Vandross, Vanessa Williams, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Il Divo, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Cheyenne, Selena, Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Colbie Caillat


This summer, Arizona Opera will be opening an Opera Center, which will serve as the company’s new production and administration headquarters. The new center will feature a 6,500-square-foot rehearsal theater; an opera atrium and learning center; an upper-level patron viewing gallery; an outdoor landscaped public pavilion; two vocal studios; state-of-the-art scenic and prop shop as well as costume, wig, and makeup workshops; and an Arizona Opera archive and music library. Opera lovers can support Arizona Opera by buying a brick that will literally pave the plaza of the center. Bricks cost $250, $500, or $1,000, depending upon size, number of lines of text, and the grand-opening invitation package. Visit for more information.


March 23: The Hunger Games Based on the popular book series of the same name, the movie will star a lineup of familiar faces, such as Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and even Lenny Kravitz. The Hunger Games is a tale of teen gladiators battling to the death for a reality show in a territory that was once the United States of America.


Flat-screen televisions have been around for some years now, but people are still making the transition from the standard-issue square postage-stamp-size screens. But in a high-definition world in which BluRay technology is replacing DVD players and terms like LED and LCD sound too similar to decipher the difference, what should your next TV purchase be?

LCD (Liquid Crystal Display): LCD TVs have pixels composed of twisting liquid crystals that produce a picture by blocking out the fluorescent-light backlighting. LED (Light Emitting Diode): LED TVs are LCD TVs that simply use LED instead of fluorescent lights for the backlighting. They use less energy and feature a brighter white, which make for better color and contrast. They can be as little as a half-inch thick, and some use LED edge lighting, which means the backlight is distributed evenly from edges to the entire screen. Plasma: Plasma TVs are made up of pixels that each contain live red, blue, and green phosphors and are controlled individually by electric charges. Because of this, these TVs can be viewed from nearly any angle without losing picture quality. The picture is brighter, and action sequences are crisper (LCD’s crystals are slower moving). However, a static image left on the screen for an extended period of time (if you pause something, for example) can cause burn-in. LCD TVs are better for gaming, hooking up your PC, daytime viewing, and energy conservation, while plasma TVs are optimal for movie and sports viewings. However, as both technologies continue to improve, they are at bottom line pretty comparable.

3-D: 3-D TVs generally employ stereoscopy technology, which presents two offset images separately to the left and right eyes and then combine them to create the illusion of 3-D depth. Special eyeglasses are still required for most TVs, although some use a light source to split the images. Despite progress in 3-D technology over the years, it has been linked to migraines and nausea, and some people simply prefer 2-D tech. Action sequences in particular make it difficult to focus.




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art & culture

The Heard Museum: Native American History on Display By Julie Carlson • Photos courtesy the Heard Museum

In 1929, Dwight and Maie Bartlett Heard had a vision to create an

internationally recognized institution for learning about the arts, heritage, and culture of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, including the American Indian tribes of the Southwest. Since that time, the Heard museum has grown to incorporate two locations, one in downtown Phoenix and the other in North Scottsdale. “Even longtime Phoenicians will find something new to discover at both Heard locations,” says Alan di Perna, public relations manager for the museum. “And newcomers to town are in for a fun and fascinating experience that embodies the true spirit of the Southwest.” The 35,000-square-foot Spanish colonial museum in downtown Phoenix features galleries that are not only beautiful and educational but also interactive and hands-on for visitors of all ages. The collec-

tion displays some 40,000 objects of both ancient and contemporary American Indian jewelry, pottery, textiles, ancestral artifacts, sculptures, and paintings within eleven spacious indoor and outdoor galleries. The Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives offers a wide selection of books, photographs, and other materials for anyone interested in Native American culture. Among the current signature, changing, and ongoing exhibits at the Heard Phoenix is the Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary exhibit, which features 170 ties. The exhibit will run until September 2012. Opening on February 11 is Geronimo: The Apache Experience, which explores this legendary figure and the American West as part of the Arizona Centennial Project, commemorating the


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100th Anniversary of Arizona Statehood. The exhibit coincides with the annual Native American Hoop Dance Competition. The Heard North, located at The Summit in Scottsdale, offers two galleries, an interpretive garden, a café, and a museum shop. Worth a mention is the current All That Glitters: American Indian Jewelry exhibit, which will run through August. It chronicles American Indian gold jewelry in traditional and contemporary designs from the 1960s through the present. Aside from the fantastic artwork, both the Heard and the Heard North also host a variety of festivals and events that draw over 40,000 visitors annually, including the Heard Guild Indian Market and Fair, held in March. The fair is an inexpensive weekend of culture, food, and entertainment. Both museums also offer lectures by guest speakers as well as exclusive sneak previews and receptions for museum members. They boast shops where you can purchase high-quality authentic American jewelry, carpets, art, and other handmade items. While you’re busy checking out what’s new on display, make sure to stop by one of either museum’s restaurants. The Courtyard Café at the Heard offers Native-inspired contemporary fare, and Coffee Cantina, adjacent to the museum’s bookstore, serves up fresh cups of joe. “With a brisk ongoing schedule of new exhibitions, a full calendar of special events and programs, a vast museum shop, and popular café, the Heard and Heard North are both multifaceted cultural destinations that amply reward repeated visits,” di Perna says. “There’s always something new to discover. There’s always something happening at the Heard.” The Heard and Heard North are open Monday through Sunday. Admission prices and hours vary and are available on the Web site at heard. org and American Indians and Heard Museum members enjoy free admission. The Heard is located at 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004, and the Heard North is at 32633 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85262. Phone numbers are (602) 252-8848 and (480) 488-9817, respectively.

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Home-Grown Celebrating 100 Years of Arizona Music by L ee N elson

Applause and praise abounded at a recent

concert of the Arizona Wind Symphony (AWS) in Tempe. The group of 80 adult band members had performed the Arizona Centennial Overture, an original piece commissioned to honor the state’s 100-year celebration. “One audience member actually caught me after the concert and said that the piece was her favorite because of how it described all of Arizona’s history and culture,” said Bill Richardson, director of the symphony. For nearly a year and a half, band and choral directors like Richardson who hail from across Arizona have downloaded original chorus and band music to perform in tribute to the state’s centennial. Well-known Arizona artists were appointed by the Arizona Commission on the Arts in early 2010 to create the pieces that will be available copyright free through December. “Turquoise and Thunderstorms” was the choral song written by James DeMars and poet Alberto Rios. The Arizona Centennial Overture for bands and orchestras was composed by Dr. Sy Brandon, who showed up at the last two rehearsals and the concert to assist with Richardson’s symphony. “It was a treat to have the composer actually work with the band and actually to be in the audience at the concert,” Richardson said. Trumpet player and AWS board president David Melkin said the concert was a great outlet to show pride in their community and the state.


“All the music performed was inspired by Arizona and its diverse cultures that live within," he said. “It is with a strong sense of community that we celebrate our home through the music that was written by [Arizonans] and tells the story of Arizona.” The choral piece can be sung by high school, college, community, church, or professional ensembles. There are different versions that allow for piano or organ accompaniment, and there is also an a cappella version. The overture is arranged for any type of concert, symphony, or orchestra band. Works by DeMars of Tempe have been performed by various musicians, including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Phoenix Symphony. “I met with Rios to talk about the nature of the project and the unique images to Arizona,” said DeMars, who teaches composition at Arizona State. “We then worked by e-mail and over the phone. And so it went back and forth until the concert version for the a cappella chorus was finished."

Then, DeMars created arrangements for all vocal combinations with and without accompaniment. “My wife reminded me that not everyone enjoyed ceremonial music, but many people would enjoy the images,” he said. “So, I worked out a version for a folk song and a version for a jazz vocalist. Those have yet to be sung.” Brandon, who lives in Cottonwood, is professor emeritus from Millersville University in Pennsylvania. His creations have been recorded by several orchestral groups, including the Czech National Symphony. Rios, a librettist from Chandler, has written poetry books that have been nominated for the National Book Award and has won many other awards. He has been a Regents Professor of English at Arizona State University, where he has taught since 1982. The trio was selected through a juried process. Funding for the works came from the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission and the Arizona Commission of the Arts. All of the artists are all available for guest lectures, appearances, and conducting. Visit to download and hear free Arizona Centennial musical compositions. Bands or choruses wanting to perform any of the pieces can notify the Arizona Commission of the Arts in advance and get their performance dates publicized on the commission’s Web site. E-mail Jennifer Tsukayama at jtsukayama for information. FEBRUARY | MARCH 2012 North Valley



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The Valley has been fortunate to have major league baseball spring training for several decades now, dating back to the origins of the Cactus League in the 1940s. Since the creation of the Cactus League, the greater Phoenix area has seen spring training become one of the most unique events in all of sports. The Cactus League consists of fifteen teams and ten locations spread out from Avondale to Mesa. Every spring, fans can go to each location and see their favorite teams return to action from what may feel like a long winter without baseball. Fans get to witness star players get back into form for the upcoming season as well as minor league players and talented newcomers.


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Getting to see players who could be future starters for major league teams is one of the most unique things about spring training. “I think that’s one of the things that fans really love,” says David Dunne, manager of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Last season, Arizona Diamondback fans got to see minor league talent Paul Goldschmidt during spring training, tying and winning games with stellar performances at the plate. Later in the regular season, when the Diamondbacks were trying to win their division, the team promoted Goldschmidt to the major league roster. Goldschmidt proved himself just as he did during spring training, hitting a gamewinning triple in September to help the Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants and win the division. This is just one example of how special spring training in the Cactus League can be. “That’s the beauty of spring training,” Dunne says. “Fans get to see some guys they might not get to see normally, and then those guys become big-time major league players quickly.”

Players line up at the home plate at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

That’s the beauty of spring training. Fans get to see some guys they might not get to see normally, and then those guys become big-time major league players quickly. Two other reasons why the Cactus League is beloved by baseball fans are the location and facilities. Some of these baseball facilities are among the best in the sport, either having withstood the test of time or dazzling fans with their new improvements. One of the facilities responsible for making spring training popular in the community is Peoria Sports Complex. The complex, built in 1994, was the first to be shared by two major league teams. Not only does the complex give baseball fans a chance to enjoy the sport they cherish but it is also surrounded by restaurants, theaters, and shops. Peoria Sports Complex manager Chris Easom is thankful for the location. “The development around the park makes us a viable location to not only have spring training but have events year round,” Easom says. Easom once worked with the Grapefruit League, the other MLB spring training league, and states that it may take up to three hours to visit two parks in Florida, whereas it may be only a 35-to-40-minute drive in the Valley. “The good thing about the Cactus League is everybody is so close,” Easom says. “In general, it makes it so easy to go from park to park.” One of the possible drives to make would be from Peoria Sports Complex to Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, home of the Diamondbacks in spring training. Last season, the Diamondbacks were the most watched team in the league, averaging the best attendance in what was a new stadium at Salt River Fields. The Colorado Rockies, who share the facility with the Diamondbacks, were second in attendance. The new facility looks to continue hosting sellout crowds this season. “The design is beautiful, and the location is fantastic,” Dunne says. “With the great season the Diamondbacks had this past year, we expect it to be even bigger this year.” “They did it about as good as you could do it,” Easom says of Salt River Field’s success last spring training. “They got the local team there, and who knew the Rockies would draw as well as they did? They definitely cranked it up.” The Valley certainly is lucky to have a special event in sports with spring training. With the location, facilities, and great fans, spring training will continue to call Arizona home for years to come.

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two cents MR. Matthew Dearing

MRS. Leeann Dearing

Matthew: Overall, not really my favorite. The film did a little bit better than my expectations, but not by much. The plot centers on Mavis Gery (Charlize Theron) and her obsession with Buddy, her married high school sweetheart. Her more narcissistic, alcohol-infused moments provide some humor.

Leeann: I loved this movie! Charlize Theron is one of my favorites. She’s masterful with her laugh a minute character work, and for someone so lovely, she does grungy very well! It’s far from a laugh-a-minute, but it has some very funny moments.

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Matthew: When my wife told me we needed a decorator for the baby’s room, I did a doubletake. Turns out working with Ricki Uster has been a great experience. She ended up choosing some fantastic colors and has been saving us money. It was a great investment and saved my wife a lot of time and stress.

Leeann: We’re expecting our first baby in March! I wanted to get the nursery done right away, so I hired an interior designer to help me. Ricki Uster, of la Ricki Design, is absolutely fabulous! Her style is vintage, but very chic. I highly recommend following her on Twitter (, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Brick Pizzeria & Wine Bar 455 N. 3rd St. Ste. 154 Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 258-3665

Matthew: Overall, this restaurant was just okay. My wife and I both found our food a little bit bland, and the service was fine, but not great. Their wine list isn’t bad, however. I think this might be a place to grab appetizers and a drink instead of a full meal.

Leeann: I love pizza. I love it pretty much every way it comes. However, I totally did not enjoy my experience at Brick Pizza downtown. When the server got it correct, the dish lacked flavor. I didn’t have a chance to sample the wine or sangria in my “delicate state.”

Bamboo House 502 E. Thunderbird Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85022 (602) 843-4243

Matthew: Get the orange chicken! I’ve tried lots of items on the menu, and they’re all good, but I keep coming back to the orange chicken. The service is just as excellent as the food. I love that the Bamboo House is a family-owned business. These guys really care about their product.

Leeann: A hidden treasure! The food is

Matthew: I’m something of a beef jerky connoisseur; however, I thought I’d give the turkey version a go. Glad I did! It was absolutely delicious. It’s a tasty low-carb snack, which is always a great find.

Leeann: We shop at Costco all the time but never noticed the Pacific Gold Jerky before. My husband grabbed a few flavors. Being pregnant, I’m always looking for ways to increase my protein intake. I tried the Pacific Gold Turkey Jerky and I thought it was delicious!

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incredible, authentic, fresh, and delicious. Their spicy dishes have the perfect amount of “bite,” and their crab puffs and egg rolls make fantastic appetizers. I’m not a very superstitious person, but their fortune cookies are always spot on. (Joking...kind of.)

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

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arizona skies

Arizona Skies with Dr.Sky B y S teve K ates

Welcome back to our column on the wonders

of the night sky! Get set for another amazing journey into the marvels of astronomy, space, aviation and weather with me, Dr.Sky, and the good stuff on our websites! Each month, you will find some useful and interesting information on how to be a part of the amazing events that occur in our Arizona skies. As a talk-show host of radio and TV, I hope to bring you the best of what is going on in some of the best skies in the world—in our North Valley and surrounding areas! Let’s see what is in our February/March 2012 skies. The word February comes from februa, plural of the Latin februum, which means “purification.” The shortest month of the year offers us a great view of the moon. The full moon of February is on the 7th. This full moon is also known as the full Snow Moon, rising in the northeast sky at sunset, followed by the last quarter on Valentine's Day, and then on to the dark of the moon, or new moon, on the 21st. Look to the skies during this new moon period, as the light of the moon will not hamper your views of fainter objects, like the planets. In February, the planet Venus is still high in the southwest at sunset and is often mistaken for an aircraft or even a UFO. Jupiter is high in the southwest sky at sunset and looks great through a small telescope! Mars remains low in the east at sunset and will be at its best in March, when it will be at opposition. This means that the Earth will be exactly between Mars and the sun. Saturn rises in the southeast near midnight. The month of March warms up Arizona, and the skies will be full of great sights. If you would like to learn about all the great passages of man-made satellites—

there are about 9,000 of them in space—just go to our site at and click on the Satellite Locator button in the Info Center. Plug in your location, date, and time, and you will be amazed at all the satellites you’ll be able to see, including the International Space Station (ISS), which has been continuously occupied by human beings for twelve years. If you know someone with a telescope, even better! The moon is at first quarter on March 1, and the full moon for March is on the eighth and is known as the Full Worm Moon. The last quarter is on the 15th, and the new moon is on the 22nd. Venus and Jupiter are high in the southwest at sunset, while Mars is at its best on the night of March 3, rising in the east at sunset. Visit Dr. Sky® in the cyberspace cosmology at and or on Facebook at Listen weekly on KTAR

News Talk 92.3 for the Dr.Sky Show at 3 a.m. Saturdays, and join other stargazing enthusiasts at the many Dr.Sky programs around Arizona, his monthly events at the beautiful Las Posadas Resort in Sedona, and the monthly Dr.Sky “Cruise To The Cosmos” on the Dolly Steamboat. E-mail Dr. Sky at . As Dr. Sky reminds us, “Always remember to keep your eyes to the skies!” A planet is in opposition when the Earth is exactly between that planet and the sun. Read more about The Nine Planets Glossary by

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 Web sites at and E-mail Dr. Sky at, and find him on Facebook. FEBRUARY | MARCH 2012 North Valley


SCENE AFTER SUNSET Old Town Scottsdale

By Adam Toren and Matthew Toren


Checked into the A Joie de Vivre Hotel at 7:30 p.m.

With more than a dash of color and a tribute to the contemporary architecture of the region, the Saguaro is vibrant in both design and spirit. A choice of suite styles and pleasing views combine with attentive service, comfortable amenities, and convenient location to make the Saguaro perfect for your Old Town accommodations. The hotel just celebrated the opening of Old Town Whiskey and Distrito, two restaurants created by Iron Chef José Garces.

TIP No. 1

With two restaurants on-site, it’s easy to grab a delicious and hearty pre-drinking meal after check-in to start your night off right.

Tip No. 2

If you’ve had a long night, the pool area is a great place to relax and recover the following day.

Dos Gringos at 8:45 p.m. Keeping with the casual and colorful tradition of the Saguaro, a stop at Dos Gringos for some drinking and dining is a natural choice. The Mexican cantina sports four full-service bars, a kitchen that churns out some great south-of-the-border fare, and three patios (including one on the rooftop) for relaxing with family, friends, or colleagues. Order a Corona, kick back, and enjoy.

TIP No. 1

Leave your suit and tie in your car and break out your flip-flops. This is a young, vibrant crowd in a beach-party atmosphere enjoying tasty appetizers that will satisfy any Mexican food cravings.

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2 Saguaro 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (877) 808-2440

2 Dos Gringos 4209 N. Craftsman Ct. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 423-3800


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Tip No. 2

Having a pocket full of Mardi Gras beads wouldn’t be a bad idea for this pre-party spot.

Geisha A Go Go at 9:50 p.m. Geisha A Go Go combines love of food and love of fun in one fantastic taste of Japanese pop culture. Sample some specialty sushi rolls and let loose with some friends in private karaoke rooms. Also take advantage of the yakisoba, ramen, and full teppanyaki menus.

TIP No. 1

Call ahead for seating if you have a large group, as the accommodations are somewhat limited.

Tip No. 2

Reserve a private karaoke room and allow yourself and your group to get lost in the music— even if you can’t sing.

The Mint at 11 p.m. The Mint, whose location was once a bank, is a luxurious and sophisticated restaurant and ultra-lounge that serves up champagne and other delightful drinks alongside gourmet pan-Asian cuisine. Snack off the tapas menu, indulge in some decadent desserts, and pair your small plates with selections from an extensive wine and sake list. It’s the perfect nightcap and is a staple of Scottsdale nightlife.

TIP No. 1

Dress to impress, and arrange bottle service inside or out for your group.

Tip No. 2

Have a DD or car service, or arrange a cab in advance, as it can be quite hectic to get a ride on the fly when this hopping venue finally closes down for the night.

Do you have or know of a venue that our readers would love to hear about? Let us know at

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11:00 p.m.

2 Geisha A Go Go 7150 E. 6th Ave. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 699-0055

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giving back

Meaningful Pairings By Carol La Valley • Photos courtesy Benevilla

The smiles on the seniors’ faces are genuine, as is the laughter of the

children at Benevilla’s campus in Surprise. It’s called a campus because it houses an adult daycare facility and Birt’s Bistro and Catering as well as the Benevilla administrative offices. It’s also the only place in Arizona that offers a day program, at the Mary’s Place facility, for people suffering from mid-to-late stage Alzheimer’s so that their caregivers might have a respite. Once known as Interfaith Community Care, the evolution of the community precipitated the name change and the growth of the people-friendly center. “Thirty years ago, when folks first started moving to the West Valley, there were few services,” says Courtney Sullivan, Benevilla’s senior director of marketing. “A group of community members got together to make a difference. It’s about neighbor helping neighbor and seniors staying independent and in their homes as long as possible. The nearness of Wirtzie’s Child Development Center and Lucy Ann’s Place is no accident. It means that multigenerational communication happens on a daily basis. Each day, a different class of children from Wirtzie’s walks over to the adult facility to do age-appropriate


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activities with seniors. Together they find the right spot for puzzle pieces—good for young minds and motor skills and good for older minds suffering from early-to-mid stage Alzheimer’s. They might do art projects together or help each other remember the words in a sing-along accompanied by a pianist. They learn about composting and planting seeds, and they grow sometimes yummy and sometimes beautiful plants. “The little ones are so cute,” Wirtzie volunteer Judy Meyer says. “I think what happens is that so many little ones don’t have grandparents nearby to interact with and so many seniors don’t have grandchildren who live near enough to visit. So, the seniors get a real kick out of it.” Benevilla’s community garden is tended by loving hands. Some of its bounty is sold at the monthly farmer’s markets alongside veggies, jams and fresh eggs from local producers. The cities of Surprise and Rio Salado are also partners in the farmer’s market that takes place the fourth Friday of each month from 4 to 7 p.m. Birt’s Bistro and Catering, 16752 N. Greasewood St., completes the campus. Open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., it’s the

A group of community members got together to make a difference. It’s about neighbor helping neighbor and seniors staying independent and in their homes as long as possible. place where folks can grab a bite and listen to live music after the farmer’s market. On the catering side, Birt’s delivers meals not only to the people in their care but also to seniors living in their own homes who are in need of that service. There is a used bookstore and a community classroom in Birt’s for clubs to host meetings, but perhaps the most unusual aspect is the social worker offices in the facility, where people in search of community resources and information only have a few steps to travel from food for the body to food for the brain. “Birt’s is a new socialenterprise venture,” Sullivan

says. “The profits it generates help support our nonprofit services.” Meyer has lived in the area for two decades and says that Benevilla has “a wonderful reputation in the Sun Cities.” She was also impressed with the volunteer orientation. “When I left, I felt very familiar with all the service areas,” says one of 700 volunteers. Today, Benevilla remains true to its roots with support groups for caregivers as their loved ones progress through the stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia. It’s more than a facility—it’s a solid community. Check out for more information.


Advancing Education. Individualized Instruction.

The Caepe School is a private, non profit school currently serving grades K-8. At The Caepe School, not only do we promise more to our students and parents for an excellent, college preparatory education, we also provide them with a more promising future. We educate the whole child—culturally, academically, emotionally and physically—allowing them to grow to be well-rounded, total individuals and lifelong lovers of learning. Visit our website for a current list of open house dates. For more information, call 623.551.7808 or visit 39905 North Gavilan Peak Pkwy, Anthem, AZ 85086

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outdoor arizona

Still Gold in Them Thar Hills! B y C assaundra B rooks

Perhaps the only excitement that trumps receiving gold is finding gold. Gold may not epitomize one of Arizona’s top exports, but prospecting—both as a living and as a hobby—is not dead here in the Grand Canyon State. We hear tell that there are plenty of precious nuggets awaiting discovery and

plenty of fun to be had hunting them! For novices, check out short-term classes in which equipment, which can get rather expensive, is provided and instruction is dispensed by knowledgeable, passionate experts. We’ve heard of one nearby prospecting business that offers training. Visit to learn more about this particular school. If you catch gold fever, there are resources out there to get you started on your own prospecting adventure, but we recommend that you make sure you’re doing it legitimately. Available stakes are advertised on various Web sites, but be sure to check anything out on the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management at prog/mining/requirements.html. Purchase all the necessary equipment

from places like, and we figure that you can find out anything you need to know about the nitty gritty and the sparkle inside it from fellow enthusiasts at the Arizona Association of Gold Prospectors, Remember: Beginner’s luck doesn’t mean you’ve found a gold mine, and a “beginner’s funk” doesn’t necessarily indicate that you’ll never strike gold. Who knows what you’ll find, and with the price of gold favoring the seller, it’s a great time to make a valuable discovery of your own, or at least to have fun and some golden dreams trying it out.

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Advancing Education. Individualized Instruction.

The Caepe School is a private, non profit school currently serving grades K-8. At The Caepe School, not only do we promise more to our students and parents for an excellent, college preparatory education, we also provide them with a more promising future. We educate the whole child—culturally, academically, emotionally and physically—allowing them to grow to be well-rounded, total individuals and lifelong lovers of learning. Visit our website for a current list of open house dates. For more information, call 623.551.7808 or visit 39905 North Gavilan Peak Pkwy, Anthem, AZ 85086

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5 Tips for Making 2012 Your Entrepreneurial Year [ B y A dam T oren and M atthew T oren ]

thinking about starting a business, 2012 is a great year to make it happen. And if you’re already in business for yourself, you can make 2012 the year you take it to the next level. You might think that the economy being in the dumps will be an obstacle and could make starting a business more risky, but when you compare the risk of entrepreneurship with the risks of finding or staying in a job these days, you’ll find that you have more control over your future as an entrepreneur. So, how can you make sure your entrepreneurial plans pay off? There are five important things we think you need to do to find success as an entrepreneur:

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1. Do what you love. If you take just one piece of advice about starting a business, this should be it: If you’re doing something you love—something you’re passionate about—nothing can stop you. Challenges that all entrepreneurs face (like poor economic conditions and unexpected changes in the market) will be small speed bumps rather than brick walls if you’re doing what you love to do and making a living at it.

2. Only listen to those with experience. When you decide to become an entrepreneur, you’re likely to run into some opposition.

Unfortunately, the push-back often comes from those whose opinions matter most to you—your family and friends. This first big hurdle keeps a lot of would-be business owners from ever taking the dive into entrepreneurship. It will help if you remember to only listen to people who have done what you want to do. If someone’s finances are in shambles, don’t listen to them about how to manage your money. Don’t pay attention to the person who worked for a single company his or her entire life when he or she tells you that starting a business is “too risky.” And when you’re struggling to build your startup, only take advice from seasoned, successful entrepreneurs—not those who are advising you to quit and “get a real job.”

3. Don’t give up. We’re all familiar with the failure rates of new businesses. Depending on whom you read or listen to, it ranges from about 45 to 70 percent of new businesses failing within the first year. First, I think the way they calculate those statistics makes the picture seem a lot more dismal than it really is. But there’s no doubt that making it through your first year of business can be tough. From our experience in working to mentor young entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries, the most common reason for first-year business failure is simply giving up too soon. And a lot of that has to do with flexibility. When your business runs into an obstacle, don’t quit, however large the roadblock might seem. Face it from the point of view that “there is a solution, and I just need to find it.” That might mean a small change in the way you’re doing things, or it could mean completely changing your business model. But if you can quickly adapt and make the most of challenges, it can mean the difference between success and failure.

5. Go for it! Our most important piece of advice is Go for it! There has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur. The world is facing a lot of problems right now—social, environmental, political, and economic—and we have a choice to make. We can sit in front of the TV and complain or be scared, or we can see problems as opportunities for solutions. There’s no doubt in our minds that entrepreneurs are the ones who will pull us out of the various messes we’re in, and that’s very exciting!

4. Get a mentor Nothing beats a mentor who has been where you are and arrived at where you want to be. Having the right mentor in your life can reduce mistakes and cut your learning curve by years. Every entrepreneur will face challenges throughout his or her business life—that’s a given. So why not face those challenges with the help of someone who has overcome them in his or her own business? Having the right mentor can make all the difference.



Advancing Education. Individualized Instruction.

The Caepe School is a private, non profit school currently serving grades K-8. At The Caepe School, not only do we promise more to our students and parents for an excellent, college preparatory education, we also provide them with a more promising future. We educate the whole child—culturally, academically, emotionally and physically—allowing them to grow to be well-rounded, total individuals and lifelong lovers of learning. Visit our website for a current list of open house dates. For more information, call 623.551.7808 or visit 39905 North Gavilan Peak Pkwy, Anthem, AZ 85086

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Golf Clubs

Anthem Golf and Country Club Anthem Golf and Country Club is one of the premier clubs of its kind in the North Valley. Anthem was voted the Best Master Plan Community in America by the National Association of Home Builders, and it is known as the club with two of everything. Two championship golf courses. Two practice facilities. Two resort-style pools. Two luxury restaurants. Two tennis gardens. Two fitness centers. Factor in the breathtaking views from its location at base of Daisy Mountain, and it’s easy to see how they’ve built their reputation. Because of its unique location, Anthem’s golf courses offer a variety of features essential for golf enthusiasts. The Persimmon Course has 18 holes that cover 18,000 square feet, with elevation changes from 50 to 300 feet. The newer course, Ironwood, has a design that emphasizes the impact of the surrounding natural beauty. Membership at Anthem comes with plenty of perks, as it is a private club with the financial stability to continually improve its accommodations. The Anthem Club is a family-oriented place where adults and children alike are a part of the community. The Club hosts many formal and informal social gatherings that encourage the development of a close-knit community lifestyle. The clubhouses are often venues for special family events, guest speakers, and professional seminars. The upscale restaurants offer another good reason to visit the club. Mixing family and luxury is what makes the Anthem Golf and Country Club beloved by its membership.

2708 West Anthem Club Drive, Anthem

The Boulders The Boulders is known for its distinctive look. It’s virtually hidden in the natural landscape of large 12-million-year-old rock formations, which gives it a secluded ambience. A Waldorf-Astoria resort, The Boulders offers all the accommodations of other luxury resorts in Scottsdale with the addition of unfiltered natural beauty. It has been consistently ranked as one of America’s top golf resorts, receiving accolades from golf connoisseurs around the country. The Boulders is known as home to some of the most demanding courses in the Southwest. The two championship courses show the work of esteemed golf-course designer Jay Morrish and offer panoramic views of the Sonoran Desert’s best. The North and South courses feature 18 holes—for the first time this winter season, both courses will offer an alternative of nine holes of play. Director of golf operations Tom McCahan said that the resort wanted to encourage new and developing golfers with a less challenging course with a smaller time commitment. If you’re looking to sharpen your game, The Boulders may be a good fit for you, as The Boulders Academy has been repeatedly voted among the best golf schools by various National Gold magazines. The Boulders Academy has top-of-the-line PGA instructors who use digital video analysis to enhance the learning process and states that it can improve players of all levels of ability and offers one-on-one and small-group lessons at all levels.

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Blackstone Country Club at Vistancia Located in Peoria, the Blackstone Country Club is a 540-acre golf community that opened in 2005. It is home to an award-winning golf course, designed by Jim Engh, that showcases the black volcanic stone on which the community sits and where it earned its name. The club has been named one of the Top 100 Golf Communities in America by Travel and Leisure Golf and has won many other accolades. Vistancia is an upscale gated growing community with luxury and custom homesites, and membership to Blackstone is open to both residents and nonresidents of Vistancia. The club attracts members of all walks of life, from young families to empty-nesters. In the recent years, other neighboring communities as well as Vistancia have seen a steady level of growth, which is good news for Blackstone; the club has made a conscious effort to restructure the costs of membership. Highlights include four tennis courts, a 3,000-square-foot fitness center, a 30,000-square-foot clubhouse called the Hacienda, gourmet dining, an event venue, a children’s playground and a wine cellar open for tastings.

12026 W Lone Mountain Pkwy. Peoria, AZ 85383

The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa Kierland Golf Club takes traditional golfing and elevates it with a modern twist. Kierland traded in some of the typical expectations of a course and turned it into a unique experience. It has three 18-hole combinations, each with its own distinct style that requires strategic play. Kierland makes it a point to create an experience that is both challenging and enjoyable. It was the first golf course in America to start using the Segway as a means to travel the course. The club actually custom-designed a Segway model for its golfers—one that is gentle on the greens and make less noise than a golf cart, which in turn creates a more pleasant ambience for everyone to enjoy. This kind of innovative thinking is what makes Kierland exceptional and what allows them to grow. Kierland also uses a technology called ProFIT Club Fitting, which uses state-of-the-art cameras to analyze what types and sizes of club would be best suited for each individual guest. The Westin Resort itself is the essence of desert luxury. It is an AAA Four Diamond resort offering everything from lavish pools to gorgeous suites and accommodations. In fact, every room at the Westin has its own private balcony. At Kierland, you will enjoy a golfing experience that is fresh, exciting, and designed to fit all your needs.

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Other Golf Resorts: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: 7575 East Princess Dr. Scottsdale

Troon North Golf Club: 10320 E. Dynamite Blvd. Scottsdale


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The Phoenician 6000 E. Camelback Scottsdale

JW Marriott Camelback Inn 5402 E. Lincoln Dr. Scottsdale

Legacy Golf Resort 6808 South 32nd St. Phoenix

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Ten Valentine's Day Gifts for Everyone You Love For t he Wife

Not all chocolate is made equal. La Maison Du Chocolat is a French chocolatier that has been perfecting its decadent recipes for decades. A standard heart-shaped box of chocolates is okay, but a box of La Maison du Chocolat chocolate will let her know how special and important she is to you. You can purchase an Assorted Chocolate Gift Box at a Williams Sonoma retail store or directly from La Maison’s online store. Willians Sonoma, 2450 East Camelback Rd., Phoenix;

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Flowers are classic, never cheesy. Period. There isn’t a woman out there who would be disappointed with a beautiful bouquet of her favorite flowers. Show her how much you care with the best of the best. The French Bee is an interior design studio and retail shop, located in Kierland Commons. They make wonderfully ornate and elegant floral arrangements with a vintage touch. They’re pure silk, so they will last and remain as a decorative piece for your home that you can keep on enjoying long past Valentine’s Day., 2324 East Indian School Rd., Phoenix

For t he Boyfriend

Give him your heart. Not literally, of course. This poster’s quirky design has a charming quality about it that he’ll love. No matter how long you’ve been together, your man is likely feeling a bit tense when it comes to your V-Day expectations. This heart poster will show him your loyalty and commitment without any sap—and he’ll love you for that.


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What’s better than a gift for one? A gift for two! Make this Valentine’s Day one that both of you will remember with a relaxing weekend trip to Sedona. Kokopelli Suites in Sedona is a luxurious resort that is affordable without sacrificing top-of-the-line service and quality. You can choose from a variety of themed suites to custom-plan the getaway so that it will be something he’ll love. Valentine’s Day should be a time to enjoy each other without life’s distractions.

For t he Long Distance Lovers

These days, so many relationships are long distance. If your loved one lives too far away for you to visit this Valentine’s Day, make sure you take extra care to say that he or she is on your mind. A set of these Secret Love Letter Pens are a fun and playful way to make your long-distance relationship easier. The pens use “invisible ink” and a black light attached to the caps to uncover your hidden messages. You can find them at several stores around the Valley, including Urban Outfitters, Cost Plus World Markets, Francesca’s, and Smeeks.

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Everyone has one of those eternal bachelors in his or her life. And who’s to say he’s not entitled to a little attention on February 14th? Chances are a stuffed teddy bear isn’t on his list, so get him something he’ll actually use—an iPhone case plus bottle opener. There are few other items on the planet that make him happier. Plus, it reminds him of all the perks that come with being single.

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Single Ladies

Being a single girl can mean fun and freedom, but Valentine’s Day and all the love in the air might give her a case of the lonelies. Remind her that she can be happy and fulfilled with the most essential love of them all—love of herself! Anne Taintor is an artist who collages vintage images of women with witty captions to create all sorts of hilarious products, like stationery, travel accessories, and bags.

For t he Crush

Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to let someone special know how much you like him or her. But getting your crush an over-the-top gift will most probably scare your crush away. Opt for a cute, non-creepy Rifle Paper Company illustrated card. The boutique stationery brand offers plenty of whimsical V-day messages for your loved one that are lighthearted and fun. These cards, printed on top-quality heavyweight paper, will surely elicit a smile from anyone. Find them at local boutique, Blueseeds., Blueseeds, 6824 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale

For t he Kids

Remember those days when you would get a valentine from every kid in your class? The little girls in your life will love giving out these Peaceable Kingdom chocolate scented Scratch and Sniff valentines to all their classmates. And what’s better than valentines that turn into paper airplanes for the boys? The little ones will love you making them the coolest kids in class this Valentine’s Day.

For t he Love Cynic

No doubt you have one of those friends who goes on and on about how corporate greed mixed with America’s hyper-consumerist society is the only reason Valentine’s Day exists. Sure, there is merit to that argument, but chances are they’re just currently out of luck in the love department. So, when the day comes, they’ll need a pick-me-up. Get them a box of Bittersweets, a sarcastic take on the original Sweethearts candies, that say things like “Tradin’ You In,” “Return my CDs,” and “Mommy Issues.”

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Reaching Fitness Goals in 2012! [ B y L aura R ogers o f S W E A T ]

I love making lists. It’s a way for me to feel as if I’ve accomplished something big when I can cross off items. In fact, I’m guilty of adding things I’ve already done to my list just to draw a line through them! Accomplishments are important. It is what makes the journey rewarding and gives us confidence that we can reach our goals, regardless of how big or small. Many of us make resolutions at the New Year, but how often do we get to cross these goals off our lists? Follow these tips to make your fitness goals last so that at the end of 2012, you have something to cross off—and maybe a few things to add for extra credit!

Make a commitment.

Schedule your workouts in your calendar as you would a doctor’s appointment. If possible, hire a trainer to set a schedule for you and to keep you accountable.

Be selective.

Find a program and diet that truly work for you, are effective, and that you will stick with!

Change it up!

Dig deep.

Delve into the emotional reasons behind why you want to shape up. Ask yourself, “How will I feel when I am at my goal, and what makes me uncomfortable about getting there?” Communicating with yourself in an honest way will help you to focus.

Don’t quit out of boredom. Shock your body during your workouts, and participate in classes that you may not have tried before. Get outside and enjoy this great weather. Invite a friend to work out with you. If you continue to do the same thing every day, your progress will come to a halt.

Believe in yourself.

Step up your effort.

Make a list of reasons why you deserve to reach your goal. Why do you want this so badly? What qualities are you going to let shine that will help you to reach your goal? Give yourself credit, and stay positive. We all make mistakes. It’s how you learn and recover from them that are important.

Set realistic expectations.

Many of us get discouraged when we don’t see results immediately. In the first two weeks, expect mental and emotional changes. Keep your expectations simple.

Prep your home.

Remove the temptations from your pantry, and keep your exercise equipment within reach.


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Each week, set small goals for yourself. This will help you to avoid looking at the big picture, feeling overwhelmed and thinking that your goals are unattainable.

Get support.

Let friends and family know what you are doing so that you can get support from those who care about you. You never know how it could affect others. Your inspiration may be just what they need to start their own journey! Now, start planning what you will do the rest of today to make positive changes and good decisions. It may start with creating a list! Keep it fun, stay positive, and believe in yourself. 2012 is all yours to define.

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Timeless Weddings in Store

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It’s the season for taking the plunge, and the husbands- and wives-

to-be of 2012 want only the newest, the latest, and the greatest when it comes to their special day. No longer the traditional, all-familiar walk to the altar our grandparents had, the modern wedding has elevated the occasion to greater heights beyond expectation. Today’s couples all want YouTube-worthy sensational weddings with the elaborate venue, enviable designs, surprising forms of entertainment, and “the gown to die for” that no one will forget. But how does one successfully go about planning the original once-in-a-lifetime event without getting lost in the details? “Simple is the new ‘rich’ in 2012,” says expert wedding and event designer Amina Michele of the full-service wedding and event design company, Some Like It Classic (SLIC) in Phoenix. “Brides are inundated with new ideas, a million Web sites and blogs, and bridal magazines that all start to look the same. So, brides are reverting to simplicity due to the overwhelming amount of choices available in today’s marketplace.” To capture this sense of simplicity while still remaining true to the couple’s individuality, SLIC upholds the motto of creating “timeless” weddings that are reminiscent of classic motifs but incorporate these styles within a modern context. First, to avoid confusion over mastering the unforgettable wedding, Amina Michele advises couples to pinpoint some basic elements of their relationship that they want to most share with their guests—like favorite foods, hangouts, hobbies—and to let these elements shape the vision for the wedding. “Our brides and grooms want us to deliver them and their guests a wedding experience that no one has experienced before as well as a wedding day that is unique to them as a couple so their guests learn why their love is so exceptional,” says Amina Michele. Instead of wrestling with all the possibilities, risks, and gimmicks for such a wedding, couples should let the location speak for itself. “Brides today want statement venues,” Ami na M ic hele s ay s . “ T he y want venues that will create a specif ic env ironment and a fun energy. But brides are al so get ting smarter and choosing venues where they can get great photo opportunities.”


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Next, when selecting the design aspects, Amina Michele usually guides couples into letting the wedding theme tell their story. While most brides love participating in the design process, SLIC’s inimitable way of taking a single theme and spinning it into every detail of the occasion takes the stress out of planning and allows couples to take in the idea that their dream wedding has become a reality. “At the end of the day, we find our brides end up trusting our direction while we bring their story to life, exceeding their expectations with inspiring design skills they never thought they had,” Amina Michele says. Though sensationalism quickly attracts attention, it doesn’t always guarantee that long-lasting appeal. That’s why couples should adhere to schemes, colors, décor, and arrangements that are not only breathtaking but also ageless. As for the 2012 dress? Go for simple, of course. While brides in 2011 sought lavish layers of intricate fabrics and accents, Amina Michele says that the brides of 2012 are now opting for free-flowing dresses with whimsical silks and light fabrics. Best of all, brides tend

to be allowing for more freedom when it comes to their wedding parties’ outfits— like letting bridesmaids choose their own dresses within the same color scheme. Although the attire is a major decision, Amina Michele says that “brides are focusing their spending money on food, entertainment, and unique environment experiences at their wedding. Detailed dresses are still in but are becoming less hodgepodge and more of a classic, simple look.” Even though destination weddings may guarantee a breathtaking venue, Amina Michele infers that you don’t have to look far for your perfect wedding location. “Sedona is our favorite spot!” she says. For more “timeless” wedding coordination and design tips, visit or

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of the Iraq war in December has brought thousands of Americans the long-awaited return of loved ones who have bravely served overseas. These reunions can bring indescribable joy to military families as well as many challenges. Service members may have suffered combat wounds, traumatic brain injuries, or mental and emotional scars—and some paid the ultimate price. However, all of them will carry the invisible wounds of war with them, as will their families who have served alongside them from home. In November, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) reported that over 1.2 million veterans have sought treatment for PTSD and other mental health-related issues within the past few years. This unprecedented number of cases has affected the VA’s already overloaded health care system, which in turn cannot adequately meet the needs of veterans. With the return of even more troops from recent service, the number of veterans needing mental health treatment is expected to grow exponentially.

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Most counselors are overbooked or unfamiliar with a warrior’s lifestyle, and veteran patients can slip through the cracks, resulting in their discontinuing treatment after a first attempt. Add feelings of stigmatization, and you have veterans carrying home the heavy burden of their conditions. As the conditions worsen over time, family health crises develop. Young children in particular experience emotional changes during their parents’ deployment and reintegration. Military families are expected to rail against the perils of war,while continuing to be warriors on their own in the civilian world. But veterans can find solace in the people who understand them and their unique experiences: other veterans. Nonprofit organizations like Vets 4 Vets and TAPS give veterans and their families access to peer support, services, and resources. Vets4Warriors comprises a free 24/7 national crisis hotline for all members of the military. According to growing reports, veteran peer-support is becoming one of the most successful outreach services for veterans and their families, help-


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accepting atmosphere. Operation Military Kids offers children a seasonal camp that helps them bond, share, and learn alongside their peers while better understanding the ongoing presence of a deployed parent’s love even during separation, relocation, or redeployment. For the unforeseen stressors that military families face as they move forward through life and its tough decisions, both parents must be aware of the risks that they and their children face and guard against them by using preventive tools. If you are a military family member or are close to someone who is, become familiar with the resources around you: neighbors, friends, relatives, and even perfect strangers who are ready to be at your side to give you a lifetime of gratitude for your service.

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What’s All the Buzz about Belly Putters? [ B y Sc o t t S a c k e t t • P h o t o s b y C o l l e e n M i n i u k - Sp e r r y ]

After watching the tour events over the last year and hearing the

flurry of opinions about belly putters, I thought I should do a little homework. With that in mind, I purchased my first belly putter in June—a Scotty Cameron Kombi. I love the Scotty Cameron line, but it wasn’t an easy decision to purchase a belly putter because I think that, for the most part, I’m a pretty good putter. On a scale of 1 to 10, I am a 9. So, my putting skill level was not broken. After playing with the putter on the practice green for about eight weeks, I thought I would take it out on the course. All I can tell you is this: I have never made more putts in a 6-foot-to-10-foot range in my life as I did the first day with the putter. I thought, well, that always happens with a new putter (have you ever heard that before?). So to make sure, I went back out the next day, and, to my surprise, it was not a fluke—it’s really that great. Here is what I have learned over the last two months: The fit is everything. I was fortunate enough to spend an hour with Mark Timms, the owner of Cool Clubs and, in my opinion, the best club fitter in the country. He made a few simple adjustments to the length to better my posture. The changes and comfort were better immediately. As


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Mark and I talked about the fit, he remarked that there are a lot of people walking into establishments who have purchased belly putters elsewhere but the putters are not fit properly. After Mark and his staff get them the proper fit, their clients are also getting the positive results that I first felt. I have put my belly putter in my bag. I am pretty certain it’s going to stay there, except for use on the course, for a long time. I share my experiences with my students—they are open-minded and are quick to feel the change. It really is something to witness, and it’s hard to explain unless you have experienced it for yourself. If you are looking to make fewer strokes around the green, give me a call and I will show you how simple improving your game really is with this “technology.” 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 Scott’s Web site at You can e-mail him at

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Cadillac Merges Luxury, Technology, and Economy in the 2012 SRX [ B y G reg R ubenste i n ]

Unlike some luxury manufacturers, Cadillac has chosen a path toward creating a bold signature style that may not appeal to everyone. This can be a risky approach, but it pays big dividends when well executed. Such is the case with the 2012 Cadillac SRX. This five-seat SUV presents a striking silhouette accented by a multipiece shield grille, vertical headlights, sharply creased fenders, and swept-back roofline. With touches of chrome on the roof rails, door handles, window frames, front fenders, and exhaust tips, the SRX stands out from the pack of jelly-bean-shaped competitors. Inside the cabin, driver and front passenger are afforded a vast array of luxury and convenience features. Centerpiece is an 8-inch touchscreen that rises from the instrument panel and features three-dimensional imaging. The touchscreen control panel is used to manage the navigation, climate, audio, Bluetooth, and vehicle systems. Redundant controls for basic climate and audio functions are located below the touchscreen. The heated steering wheel includes redundant control buttons as well.


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Other interior features include heated or cooled power seats, Bose 5.1 surround-sound audio with ten speakers and 40-gig hard drive, and three-zone automatic climate control, plus wood and leather-trimmed dash, doors, and center console. Rear occupants aren’t left out, either, as there’s a dual-screen DVD entertainment system installed in the back of the front seats. There is also plenty of legroom, shoulder space, and headroom—enough to comfortably accommodate three adults. Should all those passengers need to haul a vacation’s worth of luggage, the cargo compartment should prove up to the task for all but the most lengthy of trips. Accessed via a rear hatch that can be programmed to stop at different heights, the cargo area includes a moveable fence and large under-floor storage space. In both front and back areas, when occupants look up from their leather-trimmed seats, they’re afforded a stunning view of the sky thanks to a unique sunroof that spans 70 percent of the roof. Looking forward, automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers

and adaptive headlights that turn with the vehicle provide enhanced safety. Stability control designed to mitigate rollover, trailer-stability assist, rearview camera, and a full complement of air bags are some of the SRX’s other notable safety components. Powering the SRX is a new 3.6-liter V6 engine rated at 308 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic with a driver-selectable economy feature to improve fuel economy, this Cadillac returns an impressive 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. Press the gas pedal, and the SRX accelerates with authority. Driving dynamics are more akin to a sport sedan than a midsized SUV, an impressive feat of engineering given that this vehicle’s 4,277-pound curb weight in front-wheel-drive configuration—the allwheel-drive version weighs 4,442 pounds. The SRX is available in four configurations—Base, Luxury, Performance, and Premium Collections. All-wheel drive is offered on all but the Base model. Pricing starts at $35,185. As tested, the SRX FWD Premium Collection comes in at $48,245.

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Custom Jewelry, or Fraud? [ B y S cott B ohall o f T reasures J ewelers ]

Fraud —a harsh word, but it’s important when you define what is custom-made and what is not custommade. After being in this business for more than twenty-five years, I am tired of people telling me that they had a ring custom-made at XYZ jewelry store when it is clearly a production bauble—I even know which factory made it! Late one night during the holidays, my kids made a frozen pizza to which I added a little extra cheese and a few banana peppers. It was tasty, but I was not under the illusion that I had a hand-tossed freshly prepared pizza. And production jewelry can be good quality, too. In fact, some of it is made very well. There is nothing wrong with ordering ring mountings and setting a stone into it—but that is not custom. Those one-day shows that pop up in the mall every month are not custom either, and the salesperson is not a designer. Selecting a mounting in a case and having someone set a few diamonds into it is a little “having it your way,” but again, so was our pizza. It is not custom. A c ustom piece of jewelry starts with a drawing or a sketch. If a jeweler does not have anyone on staff who can draw, they probably d o n ’t m a k e much custom jewel r y. Nex t, a wax mold is used— not a wax mold that is mass produced and already sitting in the back room, but one t hat is ca r ved by a human or a computer-aided design machine. If a store cannot tell

you who is car v ing the wax, you are most likely not dealing with a true custom jeweler. Sitting with a true designer or wax carver allows for minor or major changes before the ring is made. It all o w s fo r y o u t o have the piece made exactly your way. This is custom. Before giving a jeweler your business for custom jewelry, ask to see what is already in their cases that is made by them. Examine the items and look at the workmanship to see if you would approve the quality for your own jewelry. Ask the jeweler if he or she has ever won any awards for design. Ask if there are pictures of any pieces that they have done that are similar to what you are looking to make.  Ask if the jeweler will duplicate your design for anyone else. Ask what happens if you are not satisfied with the result. Get an independent appraisal done by a professional appraiser when you are done. Do not ask a jeweler to make something with a company logo (e.g., Harley Davidson) on it. That isn’t legal. Custom jewelry also does not always mean “more expensive.” Often, f inequality custom can be less expensive than similar mass-production pieces because some jewelers use high markups because of overhead costs or corporate structure. Cu s tom-m a d e a l s o does not mean better, but great custom jewelr y is fantastic.  If you don’t know jewelry, know your jeweler. FEBRUARY | MARCH 2012 North Valley


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Dinner Is Served at the Villa Romántica: Grilled Swordfish, Citrus Pesto Spaghetti, and Fresh-Herb Goat Cheese Crostini

On Valentine’s Day, do something extra -sweet—impress that special someone with a well-balanced, scrumptious meal. A burst of flavors from sweet to tangy and an array of textures from smooth to crunchy will send your significant other to the moon and back! Not only is this recipe delicious but it also is “dressed to impress.”

[ B y M atthew G runwald ]

Citrus Pesto Spaghetti 1 pound spaghetti salt for boiling water 1 bunch fresh basil 1 tbs extra-virgin olive oil 1 c pine nuts, toasted 1 orange, zested and juiced 1 lemon, zested and juiced 1 clove garlic 2 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp freshly cracked black peppercorns ¼ c extra-virgin olive oil 1 ½ c freshly grated high-quality parmigiano reggiano

In a large pot, bring one gallon of water with 1 c of salt to a rolling boil. Add the spaghetti and cook 8–9 minutes until al dente. Before draining the pasta, set aside ½ c of the cooking liquid. Do not oil or rinse the pasta. In the meantime, bring a nonstick pan to medium heat. Add to it the 1 tbs extra-virgin olive oil and pine nuts. Cook the pine nuts 2–4 minutes, stirring often until aromatic and golden brown, and then set aside. Using a food processor, purée until smooth the basil, pine nuts, orange juice and zest, lemon juice and zest, garlic clove, salt, and pepper. Once smooth, stream in the ¼ c extra-virgin olive oil with the blade running on high and then set aside. In a large skillet, reheat the reserved pasta water on mediumhigh heat. Once the water is hot, add the spaghetti and toss in the pan until very hot again. When the pasta is heated, add in the pesto and toss to coat. Transfer the pasta to a serving bowl and fold in the parmigiano reggiano.

Fresh Herbs Goat Cheese Crostini 1 French baguette, ¼-in.-wide bias cut, 3 in. length extra-virgin olive oil as needed ½ tsp kosher salt per slice ¼ tsp/ freshly cracked black peppercorns per slice 8 oz fresh goat cheese 4 oz cream cheese 3 tbs freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 tbs freshly chopped thyme 1 tbs freshly chopped chervil ½ c chopped kalamata olives freshly sliced chives for garnish Preheat the oven to 350°F. With a pastry brush, coat each slice of bread with extra-virgin olive oil. Season each piece of bread with the salt and pepper. On a sheet pan, bake the slices in the oven 5–6 minutes until golden brown. Set aside to cool. With a stand or hand mixer, whip the goat cheese and cream cheese together until completely smooth. Remove and gently fold in the parsley, thyme, and chervil until combined. Spread a generous layer of cheese mixture onto each slice of bread. Top each crostini with the chopped kalamata olive and freshly sliced chives. Serve immediately.


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Grilled Swordfish Steaks 2–4 1-inch-thick swordfish steaks extra-virgin olive oil 1–2 tbs kosher salt per steak 1 tsp freshly cracked black peppercorns per steak Preheat the grill until the temperature gauge reaches 475°F. Oil each of the steaks until very glossy. Salt and pepper the steaks right before placing them on the grill at a 45-degree angle for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Turn the steaks 90 degrees and cook an additional 1 minute and 30 seconds. Flip the steaks over in place and repeat.

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New Gadgets for 2012 [ B y J on K enton ]

January always means two things: New Year’s resolutions that are broken before the end of the month, and the granddaddy of all trade shows, the International Consumer Electronics Show, more simply known as CES. This positively enormous show with over 32 football fields’ worth of stuff being exhibited is held in Las Vegas, with an attendance of over 150,000. All are there looking for products that will be on the 2012 must-have list or as one heck of a knockout Valentine’s gift. While it is impossible to summarize all of the innovative and downright fascinating items from the 20,000 new products demonstrated at the show, a few did stand out and received quite a bit of attention from the attendees and the 5000-plus media folks who were there.

Your Next Television

The television manufacturers demonstrated some incredible new technology to induce you to buy a new television this year. This is actually very hard to do because most of us have recently purchased a HDTV—the hot item from CES two years ago— and really do not need another set. This year’s Best-of-Show winner goes under the funny-sounding name of Organic Light-Emitting Diode. Shortened to OLED, this technology has several technical benefits like power efficiency, wider viewing angles, and a light weight. But the real wow is that it displays much deeper, richer blacks, providing for more contrast in your picture. The picture image is truly outstanding as well. Both Samsung and LG demonstrated new 55-inch OLED TVs. The LG model was a “smart TV” with passive 3-D and the ability to stream media from the Internet already built in. While pricing was not provided, industry experts estimate that you would have to shell out over $5,000 to be the first on your block with an OLED TV.

Taking On The iPad?

Without a doubt, Apple’s iPad is the king of the tablet market. Toward the end of last year, we saw some new products, such as the ASUS Eee Transformer Prime and the Amazon Kindle, that rocked Apple’s cage a bit. This attack on Apple’s leadership was amped up at CES as ASUS announced the Memo 370T with an incredibly powerful processor and 1GB of RAM for just $250. This could be the first real challenger for the iPad, with its $500 price tag. Tablets will be very hot items in 2012, with more variations and lower price points. If you are planning to buy a tablet this year, there will be plenty of great products to choose from.

The Connected Car

Your car is going to compete with your living room as a hotbed of electronic-gadget innovation. While built-in navigation systems and subscription-based services such as those offered by OnStar have been available for some time now, the next few years will see notable advancements in what the automakers call telematics. Live data feeds for your navigation and entertainment systems allow things like current traffic conditions, weather, and “what’s available at the next freeway exit” types of information to be displayed. The whole world of the Internet will be available to you while you are traveling. Mercedes-Benz had a new SL-Class roadster on the CES floor complete with Internet applications such as Yelp and Facebook. Think of it this way: The apps that you use all the time on your smartphone are finding their way onto the dashboard or in the backseat of your car. You can find new restaurants, book a hotel room, connect with friends, access your online music and videos, and…you get the idea. Your next car, no matter what model, will probably be more connected than you ever thought possible. There was so much more at this year’s CES. Ultrabooks. Point-and-shoot cameras. Stylish accessories for your phone, your car, your TV, your PC—everything. Windows phones. Games. Headphones—I’ve never seen so many new headphones! Even the basic memory stick was there in every possible design and color. You can learn a bit more about the new gadgets you will see advertised in 2012 by going to the Web and searching for “CES highlights.” FEBRUARY | MARCH 2012 North Valley


Interview with Tyler Gallagher of Regal Assets However you’ve been affected by the economy over the past few years, chances are good that you would welcome some stability in your portfolio. The subject of this issue’s spotlight interview, Tyler Gallagher, says that stability can be found in precious metals. Gallagher is the CEO of Regal Assets, LLC, a precious metals investment company, and he’s got some great insights to share about this fascinating area of investing. For more information, visit

Q: Your company, Regal Assets, offers investors a chance to purchase actual tangible gold and other precious metals. Is there an advantage to this OVER buying gold on paper? It seems easier to trade if you don’t hold the actual metal.

2 A: There is a major advantage investing in physical precious metals versus the paper form, also known as exchange traded funds (ETFs). There are a lot of discrepancies with the paper form of precious metals. The growing concern with precious metal ETFs is the number of contracts trading versus the actual physical inventory that is being held. With the amount of trading going on with precious metal ETFs, there is no possible way that they’re able to keep up with exact inventory to contracts trading. In a time of economic uncertainty, you want to know that if things really went south, you would have access to your precious metals no matter what. Since antiquity, the largest and most prudent investors have only ever purchased the physical form of gold or precious metals. Even to this day, this is true. Gold is one of the most liquid assets—you can take it anywhere in the world and it will hold a value. With the paper form of precious metals, you don’t retain any of those benefits—and even worse, the contracts can be easily over sold, meaning that eventually someone will have to get left holding the bag. Q: The precious-metals market has obviously exploded over the past few years. Is there any chance we’re headed for a “precious metals bubble?”

2 A: I don’t feel there is any danger of a bubble popping with precious metals anytime soon. There are a ton of pundits out there that would disagree with me and would like to put precious metals in the same area as paper assets and real estate, but the fact is you can’t even compare them. As long as the dollar remains a paper cur renc y backed by nothing, precious metals are only going to continue to 70

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appreciate. The entire world currently operates from paper forms of cur"Our main core rency that can be of customer service manipulated easily and expanded is to provide immediate freely. It’s almost assistance on anything a natural law that arises and to really that when a currency can be listen to any concerns, as expanded freely, each solution is unique it will, and as it to the situation." expands, the cost of goods will rise; this has especially been the case with the dollar in the last three years. Gold has been on the rise since 1971 and shows no signs of slowing down. Q: Of course, there are no guarantees or crystal balls, but in your opinion, what do you see happening in the gold and silver markets in 2012?

2 A: With the economy in the state it’s in, nobody can tell what’s going to happen tomorrow, let alone an entire year. What we can do is assemble historical data and make a calculated decision on what could happen. In the last nine years, gold has averaged investors roughly 30 percent annually. With the dollar facing continued devaluation, it’s safe to say that based on the price of gold today, we could easily see gold move past the $2,000.00 per ounce mark in 2012. When it comes to silver, I feel that we could see it easily break past the $40 per-ounce mark in 2012 and possibly $50, depending on supply-and-demand issues.

Q: One of your focuses is on gold investments for IRAs. Why do you recommend this approach?

2 A: With the stock market in the current state, the need for gold in your retirement account is vital. Retirement accounts are a vehicle to set aside enough wealth to be able to retire comfortably. Since 2008, individuals have lost as much as 40 to 60 percent on their retirement plans due to a turbulent stock market. Historically, gold has been a hedge against a volatile stock market. As the stock market has dropped to all-time lows, gold continues to break all-time highs. Physical gold is one of the best hedges against inflation and is a must in any retirement account. Q: Who do you think is the perfect precious-metals investor? Do you need to have a large amount to invest to enter this market?

2 A: In my opinion, there is no perfect precious-metals investor, as everyone is the perfect investor. That said, I do feel that there are certain investors who have a more urgent need for precious metals in their portfolio, like baby boomers who are on the verge of retirement or who have already retired. The baby boomers are hoping that the wealth they have amassed over their lifetime is going to be sufficient for retirement. The problem that they face is that the dollar in the last three years has been expanded more aggressively than any time in United States history. With the buying power of the dollar diminishing almost daily as inflation surfaces, the cost of goods is only going to continue to rise, which could cut retirement short. Q: Most people have heard about investing in gold and silver. You offer investments in palladium, too. What is the story on that particular product?

2 A: Palladium has been a great asset for investors in the past and is mainly used for industrial purposes. The most commonly known use for palladium is for catalytic converters in vehicles. When the automobile industry was booming and the demand for catalytic converters was at an all-time high, there were nice runs in palladium, and in short periods, investors saw very decent returns. Unfortunately for palladium investors, the automobile industry is changing, and with more and more hybrid vehicles being produced, the demand for catalytic converters is dropping. When investing in an asset like palladium, you definitely want to do your research and really understand this type of asset class. Q: Do you see gold as more of a long-term investment, or are your buyers those who plan to turn it over quickly?

"Gold is one of the most liquid assets—you can take it anywhere in the world and it will hold a value."

2 A: Gold has always been a long term investment strategy, especially in an economic climate like today, where the dollar is faltering and backed by nothing but paper. The forecast for the future is extremely uncertain, and in times like this,

you want to hold onto tangible assets like gold as long as you can, because you never know what’s going to happen next. With inflation on the rise, gold is only expected to grow, and the longer you hold onto it, the more likely you are to see this growth occur. Q: If you could offer one piece of advice to a novice precious-metals investor, what would it be?

2 A: If you’re looking to maximize your profit potential with precious metals, I would highly suggest investing in silver. Gold has been in a bull market for over nine years now, and the main buyers that have pushed the price have been institutional investors and central banks. While gold still has a lot of profit potential and a ton of stability, silver has not even begun. Silver historically has been the metal of choice for household investors and unlike the large institutions and central banks who have been buying gold for years, household investors have recently just started buying silver for their portfolios. It’s very early for the silver market, and it has a lot of catching up to do with gold, based on historic ratios. I feel conservatively in the next three to five years silver could easily move up 133 percent in value. FEBRUARY | MARCH 2012 North Valley


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• animal Love

Does It Hurt to Be Real? Don’t Get an ‘Easter’ Rabbit [ B y K ate K arp and J udy C rumpton ]

If you haven’t read Margery Williams’s beloved children’s allegory, The Velveteen Rabbit, the story tells of a stuffed toy rabbit who became real through true love made manifest in the bumps and tears of life. “Generally, by the time you are Real,” explained the well-worn Skin Horse to the eponymous bunny, “most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real, you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.” Taken in its metaphorical sense, the story works as a life lesson. Literally, it works in reverse—at least for real rabbits. Real rabbits are not toys or symbols to be dumped when Easter’s over and they’ve grown big, with all the accompanying needs and issues. Being real hurts worse than being grabbed by the ears by Farmer MacGregor, especially when you’re a domestic rabbit having to fend for yourself among hostile wild ones. The Easter season is nearly upon us, and people are buying these cute little creatures to bring home to their children as holiday novelites. But rabbits are as much Easter bunnies as Pluto is a real dog, or a planet, for that matter. Plush rabbits, cartoon rabbits and chocolate rabbits are Easter bunnies. Live rabbits, wild or tame, are not, and if you take one into your home, you’re as responsible for its well-being and affection as you would be for a cat or dog. Too many rabbits, after they grow longer than their ears and aren’t as cute as they used to be, are dumped on golf courses, in parks, and in the desert, where predators can dine on the former cute and cuddly live “toys.” The children are told that the little


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guys will be happy romping with their wild brothers and sisters—and we shudder to imagine what the kids would think if they stuck around to see what a wild rabbit will do to a tame one. Many badly injured domestic rabbits have been rescued by volunteer organizations—sadly, some of them don’t make it to the adoption cage. “We do see most of the dumping going on after Easter, particularly by backyard breeders, to get rid of the ones that don’t sell,” said Kim Dezelon, director of fund-raising for Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue in Phoenix. If you truly want a rabbit companion and not a living, breathing Easter icon, there are so many real ones waiting in rescues like Brambley Hedge to be tenderly loved and properly cared for. As for bunny-specific care guidelines, your vet or the rescue organization will be happy to tell you about care guidelines and what’s involved, but make sure you ask him or her before you adopt a rabbit—or two—so you’ll know whether you’ll be able to manage it all. And we want to remind you that rabbits are not known as symbols of springtime fertility for nothing, so make sure that your long-eared friend is spayed or neutered, whether by the rescue or your vet. Still want that Easter bunny? Well, a chocolate rabbit won’t mind if its ears are nibbled on. Visit Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue’s Web site at to see the little candidates looking for a forever hutch. If you’re enchanted, contact Brambly Hedge at (480) 443-3990 to make an appointment for a visit.

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• event calendar Feb 3–5

Glendale Chocolate Affaire

Sponsored by Cerreta’s, the famous Arizona candy makers, the Glendale Chocolate Affaire celebrates chocolate, romance, and the arts. Cerreta’s will open its factory doors to visitors who will get to see the chocolatiers at work creating beautiful treats. Attend free writing workshops given by romance authors, ride on a horse-drawn carriage, and satisfy your sweet tooth. Feb 9–26

Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps

Feb 18-26

Sedona International Film Festival Sedona’s 18th Annual Film Festival will include over 145 independent films over a period of nine days. Some of the film industry’s finest producers, screenwriters, and actors will be in town to celebrate the year’s most highly acclaimed features, shorts, documentaries, animations, foreign films, and much more. The Festival also will be offering a series of free workshops for filmmakers of all levels. 76

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The Arizona Theatre Company celebrates its 45th year with this hilarious comedy surrounding the crazy adventure of Richard Hannay. Four talented actors will be taking on over 150 characters to create a complex, fast-paced show that is sure to keep you entertained. Feb 11–June 10

And The Land Grew Quiet: New Work by Matthew Moore Arizona-based artist Matthew Moore has been nationally recognized for his work in land art as he explores the loss of agriculture to urban growth in the Valley. Now, he is presenting a new series of Phoenix-inspired work. This exhibition explores Moore’s take on nature’s resistance to man-made development. Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps

I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith Feb 11–May 20

I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Kiki Smith is one of the major figures in contemporary art. Though widely known for her work in sculpture and drawing, this exhibition showcases how Smith uses photography to explore themes such as nature and the human figure that influence her work. Feb 14- 19

Verde Canyon Railroad’s Chocolate Lovers’ Train

The Verde Canyon Railroad in Clarkdale, Arizona, close to Sedona, is celebrating its 100th year! Their Chocolate Lovers’ Train is no ordinary chocolate festival , which makes it the perfect Valentine’s Day treat for couples. Indulge in specialty chocolates and cocktails, take a ride on the open-air gondolas, and enjoy the luxury train accommodations.

Verde Canyon Railroad's Chocolate Lovers' Train March 1

Fran Lebowitz

The Scottsdale Center of Performing Arts will be hosting a talk by legendary author Fran Lebowitz. Lebowitz is known for her quintessential New York attitude and brilliant wit and was the subject of Martin Scorsese’s 2010 documentary Public Speaking. Lebowitz will have a conversation with the audience and take their questions. March 2-31

Sunset Boulevard

The Arizona Broadway Company brings you the play based on the classic 1950 Academy Award-winning film that’s all about Hollywood glitz, glamour, and human tragedy. The company will be paying homage to the legendary score of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. March 9–11

42nd Annual Scottsdale Arts Festival

An award-winning festival in an art-loving community, the Scottsdale Arts Festival will feature 200 handpicked artists from across the nation. Come enjoy the art and other activities for a $7 adult fee for any two days, $5 for students, and free for kids under 12. March 24–25

Anthem Days

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• Relationships

The Other Side of Valentine’s Day Telltale signs your relationship is on the skids [ B y L ea Fr i ese - H aben ]

You’ve been daydreaming about the little glitzy heart necklaces in the Valentine’s Day commercials when you’re suddenly blindsided by the infamous “We have to talk” speech from your significant other. Those four little words strike fear into anyone who’s hopeful about the future of a relationship. November and December are the least likely months for breakups—who wants to be alone for Thanksgiving and Christmas? But with the busy holiday festivities, it may be easy to overlook the fact that your relationship is at an impasse. But just because January has been designated “National Break-up Month” and you’re both still walking hand in hand on February 1 doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been any thinking going on in the head of your significant other. Here’s hoping that you didn’t feel the pain of Cupid pulling the arrow out of your beloved’s heart (yes, it hurts you more than it hurts him or her). For some people, breaking up may be part of a News Year’s resolution, along with losing weight, getting a better job, or finding true love. Some men break up with their women early in the year because they hate the weight women put on Valentine’s Day, so the weeks leading up to it present an opportune time for men to leave a lukewarm relationship to avoid the expense of flowers, jewelry, or an expensive dinner. Watch your man’s reaction when those TV commercials come on—most guys find them manipulative.

How do you k now if your sweetheart wants to hit the road? Check out the following four telltale signs that you might be heading for a breakup. 1. Sexual behavior changes. A dramatic change in sexual behavior usually means that your beloved is trying to avoid intimate contact with you (usually because he or she wants it but not from you or is getting it somewhere else). 78

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2. Emotional distance.

Ridiculous f ights usually mean someone is trying to get you to make the first move to end the relationship. If you don’t pick up on the cue right away, then you will usually hear “I need some space,” which translates as “I think we should see other people” (and usually, he or she already is). 

3. Cell phone obsession. T h is

is the kiss of death when it comes to relationships. If your sweetie ducks out to the patio to take a call, puts a security code on the phone, keeps it on his or her person all the time rather than on the usual countertop, or worse yet, gets a second phone, brace yourself for the impending breakup. Your lover may say that the new device is for work, but it usually means he or she is starting a new life without you.

4. Complete makeover. A person who is entertaining the thought of leaving or cheating will do a complete makeover. They

will get down to date weight, do a wardrobe overhaul, and change colognes. So beware of any radical changes in your significant other, such as new clothes, hairstyles, and workout routine. If your relationship makes it through Valentine’s Day, chances are in your favor for having a successful long-term relationship. If it doesn’t, realize that you have lots of company, which ultimately means lots of new opportunities. Lose those ten pounds you complain about and update your online profile as well as your hair and wardrobe. Who knows? You could only be one click away from new true love!

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• adopt-A-Pet

Good Friends Who Need Great Homes [ P hotos by M i chelle P elberg ]

Ferdinand is a 1-year-old Jack Russell-terrier mix. He is very active and energetic. He is not recommended for cats but may get along with other dogs. He is best for junior high age and up. His adoption fee is $125, which includes his vaccines, microchip, and neuter.

All adoption fees include spay/neuter, microchip, and vaccines. Cypress is a 1-year-old terrier-American pit bull mix. She is between 46 and 65 pounds. Cypress is a sweet girl with lots of energy. She would love to go on hikes and walks. She is never one to turn down a game of fetch. She might get along with cats, likes other dogs, and is recommended for elementary-age kids and up. Her adoption fee is $175. This includes her microchip, spay, and vaccines.

Mokey is a 6-year-old Labrador retriever mix. She weighs over 66 pounds. She is a gentle girl who already knows how to sit, lie down, stay, come, and shake hands, and she is eager to learn more. She is also house trained. Her love in life is tennis balls. She is not good with cats but may get along with another polite, respectful dog. She is recommended for an adult-only household. Her adoption fee is $75. This includes her spay, vaccine, and microchip. Izzy is an 8-month-old domestic medium-

hair cat. She is a sweet and curious girl. Her single eye does not hold her back from playing with toys, having fun, or watching the birds. She has a very soft coat of beautiful white fur. Her adoption fee is $50. This includes her spay, vaccine, and microchip.

Pas de Chat is a 6-year-old domestic shorthair. She is a glamorously exotic girl. She is a true charmer and loyal friend. She loves to be near humans and enjoys cuddling. When she is happy, she will roll around in delight. Her adoption fee is $50, which includes her spay, vaccines, and microchip. Jada is a 6-year-old Turkish Van. She is white with a fluffy multicolored tail. She is a bit shy but enjoys gentle pets and head scratches. Turkish Vans are known for their unusual love of water and are nicknamed “the swimming cat.” Her adoption fee is $50, which includes her spay, vaccine, and microchip.

 These pets may already be adopted. Please visit a 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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North Valley Magazine Feb-Mar 2012  

North Valley Magazine

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