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Moscow Ballet Company’s “THE NUTCRACKER” DECEMBER 22 ~ Comerica Theatre Phoenix AZ "Expressive and a delight to watch." The Washington Post "Whimsical... Charming... Vibrant... Classical style." New York Times "Truly the ballet centerpiece of the holiday season in this country and many others." Bay County’s Weekly "Kaleidoscopic... Crystalline... the dancing was paramount..." Dallas Morning News The Moscow Ballet Company presents, “The Great Russian Nutcracker”, performed by Principled Dancers and IBC Gold Medal winners, Cristina and Alexei Terentiev. This exquisite ballet is being performed in Phoenix AZ on December 22nd at the Comerica Theatre. [Formerly the Dodge Theatre]. Prime Times is hosting a drawing for 4 tickets, see details below! Internationally acclaimed ballet couple the Terentievs are recognized as a premiere ballet couple, garnering awards from the International Ballet Competition [IBC] Varna 2008 for Best Partnership and Original Contemporary Choreography by Radu Poklitaru. The couple perform the leading roles in both Swan Lake and the Great Russian Nutcracker in cities across Canada and the western US this November and December. “The delicacy and precision with which they executed the roles was everything you could want.” The couple’s dancing is acclaimed around the world. The Edinburgh Evening News, Scotland, says “Kristina and Alexei Terentiev were mesmerizing”. Hailing from the capital city of Moldova, Cristina Borta Terentiev dances to acclaim around the world. Most recently Cristina won the Gold Medal, 1st award at the 23rd International Ballet Competition [IBC] in Varna in 2008. She also received a Special Notice Award from Sansha, the General Sponsor of the event.

She is a former principal dancer with the Atlantic Ballet Theatre in Canada. In addition to the Great Russian Nutcracker, her repertoire includes principal roles in Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Giselle, La Sylphide, Chopiniana, La Fille Mal Gardee, Paquita and Coppelia. Cristina started her ballet studies at the Choreographic School of Chisinau in 1991 and in 1994 received her first award from the Minkus Association and, two years later, she won second prize in the International Ballet Competition in Constanta, Romania. In 1998 she received an award in Varna, Bulgaria which was handed to her by jury member’s prima ballerinas Assoluta N. Bessmertnova and N. Makarova. She has also been acknowledged by the international Diagelev Association. In 2000 Cristina graduated and became lead ballerina for the National Opera and Page 2

Ballet Theatre of Moldova; where she directs the repertoire with husband Alexei, also a leading dancer. Alexei Terentiev dances the roles of the Nutcracker Prince in the Great Russian Nutcracker and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake. Born in Moldova 1976, Alexei began his training at the age of 10 at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, in the class of Peter Korogodsky. He continued his training at Moldavian State Choreographic School graduating in 1993 and has been a leading dancer with the Moldavian National Opera and Ballet Theatre since then. Alexei also won Gold in the Senior Men`s Division for dancing Pas de Deux in 1995 at the Danovsky Ballet Competition in Constanta, Romania and a Special Award for Highest Jump, and he also received an award from the distinguished Diagilev Center. He tours extensively through Europe with the Moldavian National Opera and Ballet Theatre and his repertoire includes principal roles in Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Giselle, La Silphyde, Chopiniana, The Wayward Daughter, Paquita, and Coppelia.

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Letter from the Publisher Welcome to the inaugural issue of “Prime Times”, a monthly magazine dedicated to highquality living for active adults. We have been publishing locally for many years in this community and it has long been a dream of ours to create a publication that embraces the positive aspects of adult living at its prime. In each issue we will delight you with vibrant and credible tools which you can use to expand and renew an ever widening view of what is possible in life at every age and every stage. Commitment to building community lies at the heart of the design and focus of “Prime Times”. Retirement often provides a unique opportunity to pursue our passions and share a lifetime of experience. By engaging in recreation, cultural events, volunteer organizations, teaching and attending continuing education programs, doing business locally and investing your knowledge and wisdom in community, the world around us changes in profound ways. Living with fulfillment leads to balance and balance is where strength is found. We believe that our active adult populations represent a valuable resource and role model for society. We invite you to watch us grow. Explore our feature stories and visit our regular columns for the latest in health, fitness, cooking, restaurant, free community postings, entertainment options and the many surprises we have planned for you throughout the year. Strong, locally owned businesses form the backbone of community, please support our advertisers and let them know you learned about them in “Prime Times”.

This Issue Gratitude Lights The Way - Dusty Reed and Holly Parsons

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Moscow Ballet Company’s “The Nutcracker”

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Does Golf Reflect Values? - Lois Greene Stone

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I Can’t Hear You Without My Glasses - Cathy Zimmerman

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A Home Decorators Dream: Carpet Broker Design Center - Karl Kramer

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Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center, Saving Lives - Juliann Segura

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Computer Advice a.k.a. You Asked - Richard Sherman

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Give Yourself The Gift Of Fitness - Robert Leisure

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Get Away To Apalachicola Bay - Lynn and Glenn Pribus

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Columns Advice

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Yoga - For The Ultimate in Wellbeing By Janice Jaicks AEA, Personal Training, AFAA Personal Training, and ACE Group Fitness. By Janice Jaicks AEA, AEA Personal Training, AFAA Personal Training, and ACE Group Fitness. This is the first in a series of articles to support and excite your interest in a thriving lifestyle. Each month we will talk about exercise and health-related topics and hopefully give you ideas and inspiration to achieve and maintain wellbeing, for decades. I’m the group exercise coordinator at Fitness Forum Health Club in Chandler, Arizona and the owner of Waterworks On Wheels, Inc., an organization which offers backyard and indoor swim lessons to the East Valley and serves hundreds of clients with safe and effective water aerobic exercise at assisted living facilities, apartment complexes and community pools where homeowner associations provide classes for their residents. I’m a qualified water fitness professional and respected authority in the field of Aquatics and Exercise and the founder of FitnessFest Conference and Expo, now recognized as the largest land and water continuing education conference in the Southwest. Being active at any age is important; however, adults benefit from being active for many crucial reasons. We’ve all heard the axiom “if you don’t use it, you lose it”. Sedentary adults, the undisputed

beneficiaries of this outcome, will likely experience serious health complications at some point in their lives. Joints will become stiff, leading to pain and reduced mobility, often leading to depression, lack of circulation, weight gain, high blood pressure; the list goes on and on. The social aspect alone of exercising with a friend or in a group setting does wonders for someone’s self esteem, attitude and overall sense of well being. Simply put, it will keep your life.

accommodate special needs while inspiring patience and encouraging practice. The benefits of yoga include relaxation [great for stress release], strength and [of course] balance. Yoga poses definitely require balance; and balance is critical for older adults. Falls often cause severe injury, like broken and fractured bones [especially hips].

Why Yoga is Ideal for Adults? Yoga can be a meaningful and enjoyable alternative to traditional forms of exercise and is a way of life for many people. If you have ever talked to a true ‘yogi’, they will undoubtedly tell you yoga changed their life. Though types of yoga can range from restoration to ‘hot yoga’, this article references the traditional, flow-style yoga. Yoga includes warming up the body for ‘poses’. Poses are held in a variety of ways, which helps with strength, range of motion, inflammation, flexibility and balance. The amount of stretching involved in yoga is wonderful for muscles, joints and stress release. It provides a great foundation for just plain feeling good! Your yoga instructor should offer modifications to

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 or over? Taking a yoga class will strengthen balancing skills at any stage of life, providing us with vitality for the future.

ophy encourages a peaceful countenance, responsible eating and positive lifestyle habits which includes other forms of exercise. Yoga has become incredibly popular for people of all ages because of the myriad of benefits. Additional physical and psychological advantages realized by arthritis patients has been linked to yoga practice as well. Scientists at Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center have been exploring this relationship through intense clinical research trials, and those of us in the fitness industry are encouraged by their findings.

If you’re looking for even more proof of yoga’s advantages, recent scientific studies on the benefits of yoga have been conducted on persons with Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). These studies have shown hopeful results with demonstrated improvements in joint health, physical functioning, and mental/emotional well-being.

In summary, yoga can be an important and enjoyable addition to traditional forms of exercise such as aerobics or aquatic exercise.

Perhaps most importantly, yoga has been found to have an overarching positive effect on quality of life.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or comments Fitness@AZPrimeTimes.com

Yoga plays an effective role in reducing stress and frustration that results from pain and disability, often increasing positive feelings and improved wellbeing.

Although yoga is not typically considered a cardio or fat burning form of exercise, it has been my experience that students of yoga tend to be very fit people with a low body fat percentage. I believe that this is because yoga is actually a lifestyle. Its philos-

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Gratitude Lights The Way One important benefit is the powerful way in which gratitude shifts my perspective immediately to one where I begin to see the abundance that is already in my life; definitely lifting my spirits and my life! By Dusty Reed and Holly Parsons

Going to the dentist might be one such happening. Oh, dear! Yet, I know I will be grateful later so I might as well be grateful now, as well. My entire experience changes when I do this.

“Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right” ~ Oprah Winfrey. There are probably many who enjoy writing New Year’s resolutions. But I find the strong arm approach to personal change objectionable and ultimately ineffective. This time honored approach to personal improvement, when unfulfilled, often provides me with yet another feeling of inadequacy. Instead, I prefer to create a gratitude list. It helps keep my attention on that which I am appreciative of and thankful for, in the present moment. One immediate benefit of this list is the powerful way in which it can shift my perspective to one of appreciation for the abundance that already exists in my life. It definitely lifts my life!

Once I‘ve begun my list, I keep it handy, throughout the day; when things happen I’ll say to myself, “Oh! I can be grateful for that”! Once we begin expressing gratitude on paper, we begin to find ways to express gratitude to and for others. It just gives me pleasure to remember each occurrence or detail throughout the day. It also gives me satisfaction when I observe that I am thinking rather than just escaping into TV or the internet. Some years I use a spiral notebook. Other years, I make and decorate my own booklet. I continue to add to it throughout the year. Expanding my list provides a delightful way to complete the day, offering relaxation and joyful memories. What fun to go back through the list at the end of the year and see the patterns emerge! A variation might be using pictures out of old magazines to symbolize my gratitude. Use a scrapbook and simply cut or even just tear out the pictures from magazines or catalogs that portray items with which to express gratitude. Be sure and date your notebook or scrapbook for future reference. A scrap book of this theme is a positive project to create together with a child, their creativity and quick minds remind us how to cherish life. A child will respond to creating their own list more easily if they know that I also keep a gratitude list. Pictures of animals remind us to be grateful for the gifts we receive from nature! A woman or man in a business outfit reminds the child of his parents who helps earn a living or projects a dream for their life. It may seem pointless to consider writing a list that states what might be considered the ‘obvious’. But from personal experience, this exercise never fails to cast away today’s burdens and bring a song to my heart. What a grand way to start the New Year!

It’s long been observed that whatever we place our attention upon, is what expands in our lives. This is a truism I’ve witnessed at work in my life firsthand. The operating atmosphere of my life seems to color my experiences with bright vibrant colors or dim them into shadows full of regret and pessimism. Gratitude quite simply, brings powerful dignity to life. I’m not saying it doesn’t take work to reject the status quo approach and adjust my thinking away from patterns of complaint, that have occupied my state of mind much of my life…but it’s been worth the effort. It starts with what I consider to be important, for instance the opportunity to contribute positively to my family, our home, friends, my work…and my community. The list continues to grow to include even the little things; the simple, engaging elements I rely on for sanity, if I pay attention. Gratitude for the ideas and plans we have is another constructive way to impact our potential and acknowledge the importance of keeping our dreams alive. When, at times, it seems I have run out of things to be thankful for, all I have to do is look at the world around us. In contrast, there have been a few occurrences for which I find no apparent reason to be grateful. I can still put forth in writing only that I am gratefully in midst of a stressful situation which has not fully played out. Somehow, this can often “magically” change my attitude without effort and sometimes I don’t realize the change until much later. It becomes a mood-changer from one of anxiety and scarcity to one of hopefulness, excitement, contentment.

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I Can't Hear You Without My Glasses By Cathy Zimmerman There is something very painful about trying to understand names on the phone. Like an owl, I spent the first part of the conversation repeating the word "Who? Who?" But with the CapTel phone, I do not have to ask again and again who is calling.

in the real world. On the CapTel 800i phone, there is a feature that saves up to 480 lines of conversation captions so that I can review them after the call is complete. So if I'm not really sure whether someone said what I thought they did, I can review the captions again and again.

When a person has trouble hearing, phone conversations are usually short simply because it's too difficult to struggle with unheard words. I'm there to hear things that I really want or need to hear, and that's why I need my glasses when using the phone.

Many times, persons with hearing loss will hand the phone to a spouse or someone else in their home. I understand that perfectly because that's what I used to do, but not any longer. Now I can hear the familiar voices and enjoy the giggles and excitement in voices, and be able to listen politely when the occasion is serious and someone needs my understanding. Since I can read everything that's said, I don't have to worry any more about whether I'm ordering something accidentally or replying foolishly to a question.

That was my method of using the phone until I was introduced to captioned telephone (CapTel). Now I read the other person's words on the bright, built-in display screen. The words stream across the screen and are powered by a captioning center operator who hears only the voice on the other end of the phone – not mine – and uses voice recognition technology to convert what's being said into captions. The conversations are confidential and the service provides what I need most – a view of what's being said over the phone. Who Is This? Having the ability to hear what I can, while reading word-for-word captions of what the other person says, allows me to conduct my phone conversations with confidence. In the past, I would have to gather all the details I could and wait while my brain processed the bits and pieces into something that made sense to me. As a person who regularly conducts business over the telephone, it's often difficult to anticipate what the subject of the phone call will be. By using Captioned Telephone, I read everything the caller says. Now I can see the day and time of my doctor's appointments and other important details without asking several times.

With CapTel, I'm active in my conversations again. All I need is my glasses. Where did I leave them this time? Captioned Telephone Relay Service (CTRS) is available in both English and Spanish. The service is provided free of charge through many state programs. Placing and receiving calls is simple and easy, but a CapTel phone is required. It requires an analog (traditional) or DSL (with filter) phone line for both voice and captions. Hamilton Relay and other relay services also offer a Web-based relay and recently mobile phones applications have been made available to provide captions on the move. Search Hamilton Relay online for information about your state's services.

A Little Louder, Please! When using the CapTel phone, I can increase the volume of the call, as it has several ranges of amplification up to 40dB. This allows me to hear voices that I have been missing -- my children who live farther away, my grandchildren whose little voices sound like pleasant whispers, my sisters, brothers, and a couple of cousins. Even before I had the CapTel phone, I would willingly enter into a phone conversation with these dear people, just for the voices themselves. Even though I couldn't hear everything that was said, I was able to recognize the voices that I've heard for many years. They are unique to special people in my life. CapTel Solves Other Problems There are still many people who don't want others to know they have hearing loss, and I was one of those people many years ago. Now it doesn't bother me to admit or even broadcast the fact. With captioned telephone, I can be in control of my calls. I explain to the caller that I'm reading their words on the phone so there may be a slight delay in my response. My family is glad that they don't have to repeat what they have said, so it saves a good bit of aggravation for both sides of the conversation. Special Features A marvelous feature of the CapTel 800i phone is the permanent phone book. Once the names and numbers of your favorite people are programmed into the phone, simply locate their name and pick up the phone to call them. You don't have to dial. I may not be a technological person, but I am impressed with that feature -- and if I was able to put the phone numbers and names into the unit, anyone can. Here's something else that you might want to think about. A person like me, who doesn't hear well even with a hearing aid, must learn to compensate to stay Page 7


A Treasured Past ~Touring AZ Hotels On The Rail By Lindsay DeChacco

It was toward the end of an intense Arizona road tour that I rolled into Winslow. The trip had already packed an impressive sampling of national parks and monuments into six days of van travel, and I was eager to spend my final night in Winslow’s most famous and fanciful railroad hotel. La Posada strikes a perfect balance between austere grandeur and lighthearted whimsy. The rooms, named for movie stars of the 1920s and ’30s like Shirley Temple, Clark Gable and Mary Pickford, are hacienda-style quarters furnished with rough-hewn antiques. The bathrooms veer toward a retro modern style, with checkered black and white floors, mid-century fixtures, and walls in vivid turquoise or a shade of pink that perfectly recalls the underbelly of a salmon. However, La Posada’s most notable fixtures by far are the Winslow Harvey Girls, who were on hand that evening in the drawing room. As far as I could tell, this group of silver-haired volunteers is a cross between a historical society and a hotel welcoming committee. The ladies came attired in voluminous black dresses topped by crisp white aprons, a uniform modeled after that of the original frontier waitresses who carved a niche in American history by heading west to work in Fred Harvey’s ‘modern’ hotel and restaurant chain. The Fred Harvey Company founded its establishments, La Posada among them, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe rail lines.

That evening, these modern-day Harvey Girls delivered La Posada’s storied past to us as we perched on an eclectic assortment of seats. Their main topic of dissertation was, naturally, the original Harvey girls. However, the ladies also devoted an equal amount of time to two other key figures: Mary Colter, La Posada’s architect, and Fred Harvey himself. If Peggy Nelson, current head of the Winslow Harvey Girls, is correct, at least one version of the story has Harvey, fed up with his carousing male wait staff, firing the whole lot during a particularly unsatisfactory inspection. He then advertised across the country, recruiting ladies between the ages of 18 and 30 with “good moral character.” The resulting troop of adventure-seeking females who took up the posts, leavened long hours of toil with gay musical numbers in their upstairs dormitory, as immortalized by MGM in the 1946 musical titled “The Harvey Girls”, headlined by Judy Garland. However, it was the juxtaposition of their story with that of Mary Colter, which particularly arrested my fascination. For one thing, during a time when women striking out on their own was painted as almost scandalously progressive — and those who did venture forth were fettered by 10 p.m. curfews and hectoring den mothers — the architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter was designing extraordinary hotels that remain timeless works of art. Colter considered La Posada her masterpiece.

She began work on it in 1929, the same era that marked the dawning of the golden age of Hollywood. The structure itself reads like an adaptation of an epic classic, a story that existed unbound in Colter’s mind. Its design is based on an intricate fantasy she concocted tracing four generations of Spanish gentility.

completely departed from its railroad beginnings.

Some estimates saw the budget ballooning to somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 million before everything was said and done. It appears that Colter may have remained tragically oblivious to the inauspicious timing of her masterpiece. The hotel debuted at the start of the Great Depression, never got its bearings and was shuttered less than 30 years later. Its museum-quality furnishings were siphoned off in 1959. By the mid-1960’s it had devolved into charmless railway offices with acoustic tile ceilings and partitioned offices.

Williams, another Arizona railroad town, anchored the front end of my road tour, while Winslow drew it to a close. Throughout the days in between, our route took us through the Navajo Nation, where eight-sided Navajo dwellings cropped up sporadically amid desolate stretches of highway. Eerie geometric rock formations dot this elegant landscape. We were touring The Navajo Nation care of Kathie Curley, who had joined our party as its representative the moment we crossed the border into this nugget of reservation land straddling the UtahArizona-New Mexico border. Our guide was an albino Navajo named Harold Simpson. At one lazy interlude, Simpson pulled out his flute and began to serenade us with notes from a long distant past.

Today, La Posada is closing in on over a dozen years of restoration, spearheaded by Allan Affeldt, who purchased the building in the late 1990’s. Under his direction, restorers have breathed new life into Colter’s magnificent vision. If original furniture couldn’t be corralled then detailed duplicates were commissioned to maintain the integrity of the original designs. In turn, the hotel has inspired a renaissance of sorts in Winslow, a dwindling Route 66 town, which had similarly lost its bearings when I-40 by passed it in the second half of the 20th century. Yet, even during its Route 66 hey day, Winslow never

On the back patio of La Posada, I spent one morning curled up with a book, raising my head periodically imagining the train cars that once decanted weary passengers into the poised hands of the Harvey girls.

Upper Antelope Canyon was a vivid destination, with cavernous walls spiraling above like twisted taffy. These water carved slot canyons, along with pieces of Lake Powell, are both part of Navajo Nation. We stayed one night on Powell in two huge houseboats layered like wedding cakes, and ate roasted lobster under the stars. At the top of our trip, we spent a night in Williams, a small town that struck me as possessing one too many personalities. On one end of the road, midcentury motor courts have been renovated into lowceiling luxury suites. On another, the Wild West Junction is a cross between a motel and Western theme park manned by whip wielding denizens in buckskins. Personally I couldn’t help but like Williams for everything that set it apart from Phoenix. Compared to the sparse neatness of the latter, Williams is like tumbling through a portal into a welcome chaos. I liked the fact that the sky in Williams isn’t clear but whipped into a puffed-up frenzy of white clouds; that the landscape isn’t tidy and sparse but wooded and rampant with foliage; and that the mountain air holds the crisp bite of fall. Williams returned to its railroad roots when it reopened passenger service to the rim in 1989 and branded itself Gateway to the Grand Canyon®, and in the mist-shrouded filter of morning light, it’s easy to see it as the perfect backdrop for launching an Arizona adventure.

If you like to travel, AAA would love to help you plan and book your next trip, whether it’s an Arizona road tour or an international vacation. With a full-service travel agency and office locations across the state, we can take care of all the details, from lodging to transportation, restaurants to excursions. To check out all the great itineraries or customize your own, stop by our Chandler office, located at 4040 W. Ray Road, or call us at 602-230-3601. Page 8


A Home Decorators Dream Carpet Broker Design Center Thinking Outside The Box Leads To Recession Survival In the midst of the worst economic down turn since the great depression Carpet Broker Design Center is surviving and prosperous. While dozens of other retailers are declaring bankruptcy and closing their doors, the new 13,000 square foot Carpet Broker Design Center in Chandler celebrated its Grand Opening in October, joining the recently opened Sun City location.

country. It has the capacity to change you, your business and the world.”

How do they do it? By thinking outside the box and creating a new concept. Albert Einstein once said, “Creative thinking is today’s most prized profit producing possession for any individual, corporation or

Then, Karl met with Jerry Levinson owner of Blind Devotion, who pointed out that major fast food and gas station companies were merging and offering more product choices under one roof.

“We saw the economic downturn coming two years ago,” said Carpet Broker co-owner Karl Kramer, “We started talking with other owners of similar businesses who were also dealing with decreased sales.”

“I saw the big guys doing it,” said Levinson, “Why not us”?

Retailers, Craftsmen and Installers at the Carpet Broker Design Center include:

The market downturn created an opportunity to collaborate and evolve. By combining forces they would share costs and increase efficiency while offering customers lower prices and better selection. Next, they conceived a more convenient shopping experience by combining multiple independent retailers, each specializing in their own area of home decoration and improvement. They also brought in ‘old world’ master craftsmen and installers.

The Carpet Broker - Huge selection of floor coverings, carpeting and granite counter tops

“Bringing trades together under one roof reduces overhead and increases selection for our customers,” commented Ed Momeni, owner of Arizona Rug Company, “Each of us on our own couldn’t afford to expand, but joining forces allowed us to do so.”

At the Carpet Broker Design Center a customer can shop for everything for home decorating, improvement and renovation; from carpeting, window coverings and blinds, area rugs, flooring and cabinetry,

Blind Devotion - Window coverings, draperies blinds and shutters featuring Hunter Douglas products Arizona Rug Company - A wide selection of area rugs in southwest, transitional, French, Moroccan and modern styles.

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A Home Decorators Dream: Carpet Broker Design Center Thinking Outside The Box Leads To Recession Survival

Give Yourself the Gift of Fitness By Robert Leisure

From Page | 9 to tile and counter tops. Installation, remodeling and general contracting services are also available with master cabinet companies and licensed contractors. The difference between the Carpet Broker Design Center and corporate ‘big boxes’ like Home Depot or Lowe’s is each retailer is an expert in their field, so the customer receives experienced advice when making buying decisions. The retailer is personally invested in the satisfaction of their customers; as a direct result, prices are remarkably competitive and the level of service is top notch. Retailers at Carpet Broker Design Center’s combine over a century of home decorating and improvement expertise. Talented, experienced interior designers are also onsite to consult with customers and help with planning and buying decisions. Veteran Valley commercial developer Michael A. Pollack, landlord of the retail space occupied by the new Carpet Broker Design Center on the southwest corner of Warner and Alma School Roads in Chandler said “We’ve seen this concept work in southern California and it will be a great addition for the Valley. We’ve done business with Karl Kramer for years and his experience is another key reason we’re supporting this venture.” The Carpet Broker Design Center was recently featured on ‘Darn Good Deals’ a local radio show and web site. Their Secret Shopper called a broad selection of carpet and design retailers in the East Valley and selected The Carpet Broker Design Center as having the ‘Best Darn Deal’ on the carpeting they selected. In addition, the Arizona Rug Company has received the prestigious national ‘Retailer of the Decade Award’ from the Oriental Rug Retailers of America.

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An additional advantage is the cross referral network created. If a customer comes in to buy carpet, but also needs blinds, the solution is just steps away. This also helps the sales associates of each business provide quality service as they can offer coordinated choices beyond the specific products they represent; it’s a ‘win-win’ for the customer and the retailer.

The Holiday Seasons are officially here. Will you do something different this year, or will you join the masses and gain 5 to 10 pounds between November and January?

Here is a simple strategy of Power, to help you to avoid the usual weight Carpet Broker Design Center clientele run the gam- gain. It's always important that you bit from interior designers, custom builders and approach a goal from a place of I can. Realtors, to rental owners, “rehabbers” and private home owners. Because of the downturn in the hous- Using this time of year to increase your ing market, many home owners are choosing to fitness routine and rediscover the redecorate their existing homes rather than buy a innate pleasure that comes with taking new one. good care of ourselves will off-set the “Each customer’s needs are different, designers increased caloric intake that defines and custom builders want the more stylish higher this special season. end products while rehabbers are looking for low prices and home owners want both,” said Kramer, Most weight loss plans begin by outlin“We work closely with our customers to give each of ing everything that you can't eat. I can't them as much value as we can for what they can enjoy the great tasting food at the holafford to spend.” iday parties. I can't try the sweet treats that friends and relatives made. I can't partake in the The Carpet Broker Design Center continues to add seasonal drinks. I can't, I can't, I can't… retailers, but is very selective about the businesses they invite to join the team. Quality and customer So it’s not surprising that this kind of approach ususervice continue to define their core values. ally only last a few days and seemingly out of “This concept is really starting to mesh and come nowhere, your inner rebel breaks out and defies all together,” smiled Blind Devotion owner Jerry the rules by plowing through an entire plate of Levinson, “Instead of laying people off we’re hiring.” Christmas cookies in one sitting. With over 50 years experience as a carpet buyer and broker, owner Karl Kramer is constantly working with suppliers to get the best deals and the highest quality which are then passed on to their customers. The Carpet Broker Design Center is truly changing their world, one customer at a time.

When you begin from a place of I can't, you forfeit all of your power. However when you approach your goal from a place of I can, the power shifts back to you.I can always re-gain my power by focusing on positive action. Instead of obsessing over what you can't eat this holiday season, take the

positive action of exercising and eating into your own hands. Every time that you complete a workout feel the surge of empowerment that comes with the accomplishment. I maintain that you can exercise even more during the holiday season. It is a simple fact, during the holiday season you will be taking in more calories. So if you normally exercise 2 times each week, then plan to exercise 3 or 4 times each week for 45 to 60 minutes. At the end of each week take the time to reward yourself for successfully completing your workouts. Don't use food as a reward, since you'll be taking in extra calories as it is. Enjoy a massage, or a new outfit, even a relaxing hour with friends at a coffee shop, or a restful nap, are all great ways to reward your self for the positive action. Remember the people who won't gain any weight this holiday season already know it. Simply, because they decided not to, gain any weight, and they believe it. Believe that you won't gain weight this year. Don’t allow your past failures to shake your confidence. Create a strong belief that you simply will not be powerless to gaining holiday pounds and take action!


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ASK…Holly? “For issues that baffle us, turn us to tide, break with tradition, and rarely subside…I welcome your questions no matter how framed… By email or mail, jet me a note and I’ll share with you exactly how I would cope.” ASKHolly@AZPrimeTimes.com Holly is a journalist with decades of corporate and entrepreneurial business experience with a penchant for cultural anthropology and ageless wisdom; an internationally published writer and poet.

Your Attitude Could Do You In... By Tu Riya Positive thinkers tend to take good care of themselves and have normal blood pressure. They tend to live longer, too, according to a 40-year study by Duke University. The mind-body connection affects us in more ways than you might be aware. Research shows that the mind and immune system act as a single unit. Feeling stressed can make you more susceptible to whatever bug is going around. Positive emotions make you feel joyous and lighthearted and give your immune system a better chance of protecting you from disease. Positive thinkers tend to take good care of themselves and have normal blood pressure. They tend to live longer too, according to a 40-year follow-up study by Duke University.

Depression increases your odds of dying from many medical causes. Depressed or angry people are less likely to stick with diet and exercise programs and are more likely to smoke or abuse alcohol and I am considering continuing my education and would like to pursue a Masters degree online. I drugs.

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am however 65 years old. Do you think that this is a pipe dream or a waste of money? I mean, I am retired! Happiness can help you live a longer, healthier life. Online learning is ideal for the retired and places you in a position to exercise your experience and wisdom in the next chapter of your life at your leisure and on your terms. My advice, go for it! Pursue your dreams voraciously; brilliant ideas for growth come to those with vision and a heart for adventure… ---------I have a problem with an elderly family member. Since her husband passed away 13 years ago, it’s like she has given up on herself. She has let herself go as far as appearance. I try to take her to get her hair done and do different things she just doesn’t get excited about much...Any advice would be appreciated…

A study from University College London showed that people who are happy and unstressed have lower levels of stress-associated chemicals in their bodies. One of these is cortisol, an essential hormone, which in excess is associated with abdominal obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and slow wound healing. They also found that happy people have lower levels of the stress-induced substance plasma fibrinogen, which correlates with inflammation in the body and increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

Passion and purpose often go hand in hand. Loss of a loved one can have a devastating effect; our zest for life is sometimes the fall out. A 13 year lapse may mean a loss of identity, even a measure of depression could be operating. If grieving is somehow incomplete this could also explain why she appears stuck. I suggest a gentle but frank conversation that draws out her feelings. Helping her to dig deep to excavate her personal dreams and passions is one pathway back to a meaningful life…professional counseling can have remarkable results and may also be a viable option. ---------Help I am desperate.. I am so worried about my Mother who is 85 and refuse’s to go to her doctor’s appointments. I actually have to trick her to get her to go for regular appointments. Not to mention she needs new glasses and new hearing aid. I’m trying to take care of her and she makes it so hard.

People with depression are also more prone to heart disease and people with heart disease are more likely to suffer depression. Statistics show depressed patients with heart attacks are four times more likely to die within six months than their nondepressed counterparts.

We all needed help coming into this world, most of us will need help in the waning years…and every step along the way of life as well, if we’re honest. Be prepared, your mother may never change…soon she may not even want to shower! My suggestion, play with her, make those necessary excursions silly and fun; enjoy her while you have her and try and understand…her values have changed. Going forward, of one thing you can be sure, she needs you! ---------I usually don’t ask complete strangers for advice, but at this point I need any good advice that I can get. I live with someone who whenever anything goes wrong they blame me, even when it’s clearly their fault. I have talked to them about it for years but they continue doing the same thing. Any advice??? (besides the obvious to get rid of them)

Loving marriages, family ties, and friendships also predict happiness, as do spirituality and selfesteem. Hope is vital too, as is the feeling that your life has meaning. Most psychologists who study happiness define it as a sense of overall well-being;

AAAH…the blamer! Well this persona is likely unfulfilled in one area or another in their lives. A teenager may be lurking just under the surface of that dignified and capable personality. Micro managing a partner can feel empowering in the moment, albeit destructive to all parties over the long haul. Responsibility for one’s own experiences and the choices we make in response requires the ultimate in maturity. The decision to detach from the conversation, in a responsible way is always an option and delivers the issue squarely back into the hands of its originator… where it belongs. Isn’t love grand!

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Depressed people with newly diagnosed heart disease are twice as likely to have a heart attack or require bypass surgery. Why is there such a strong link? No one knows for sure, but when the nervous system (of which the brain is a part) has problems, the whole body has problems, including the heart. Bottom line, happiness is good for the heart.

when you enjoy life and make the most of everything. Happiness may have a strong genetic component. You may be born with a certain capacity for contentment and no matter what happens in your life, you’ll gravitate back to whatever degree of happiness comes naturally. Even so, researchers now believe happiness is something you can work at by deciding which positive activities and positive emotions you can express every day. Happy people engage in activities and careers that make them happy. However, being grateful is one of the keys to real happiness. At the University of Pennsylvania, researchers had volunteers write down three good things that happened to them each day and why they thought they happened — and repeat this every night for a week. Aimed at increasing gratitude, this exercise made people feel happier and less depressed — positive feelings that continued for months. So pay attention to the good things in your life if you want to be happy. Consider the things or people you’re grateful for. Write them down, keep a gratitude journal, or just talk to yourself in an appreciative way. Find a healthy outlet for stress, whether exercising, meditating, finding distraction-free quiet time, a hobby, or relaxing with nature. In a Seattle study, gardening for just an hour a week appeared to lower the risk of sudden cardiac death by 66 percent. Psychologists say that our minds and bodies react to changes in our facial expressions. In experiments, smiling and looking happy not only made people feel happy, but also caused their bodies to react as if they were happy. So smile! It may be enough to put you in a better mood. Another study found that laughing 10 to 15 minutes a day is a good workout and you can burn up to 40 calories. Watch comedies, read the funnies, or hang out with people who make you laugh. Although it takes effort, try some new adventures, a new hobby, eat something unfamiliar, or learn a new instrument. Shake off your negative preconceptions and be open to new experiences. A study in the “Journal of Health and Social Behavior” found that volunteer work can boost happiness, life satisfaction, self-esteem, sense of control over life, physical health, and mood. Everybody has something to give, whether helping out or performing your job well. It doesn’t necessarily involve donating a lot of time, either. Much of it has to do with the way you treat others, like saying a kind word or being a phenomenal spouse and parent. When what you do in your daily life for others speaks to your heart, you’ll feel happier. Recall and talk about positive things in your life. Sharing will inspire others and raise your spirits.


The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Saving Lives By Juliann Segura Tis the season for family, friends, love, joy, giving thanks and counting our blessings. What if you didn’t have a family or friends to spend the holidays with? What if you didn’t have a place to call home? Even worse, what if you had a substance abuse problem that lead you into a world of legal issues, relationship conflicts, unemployment and social detachment. Where would you go? Who would you turn to for help? In our lifetime, whether we choose to admit it or not, most of us have known someone who has fallen into bad times and has lost their way, feeling hopeless and without faith. Wanting to help, but not knowing where to start, we often experience a sense of inadequacy. For more than 100 years, dating back to 1865 in England, William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army, has provided assistance to people in our communities that have had social and spiritual afflictions caused from alcohol, drug and meth addiction. The Salvation Adult Rehabilitation Program started in the Bronx in 1907 as the Men’s Industrial Society, a men’s social service organization. Since then the program has evolved and has 119 United States based Adult Rehabilitation Centers based on Christian principles. Solely through the generosity of donated goods to the Family Thrift Stores, The Salvation Army, [ARC] Adult Rehabilitation Center’s 6 to 12 month program provides services such as residential housing, work, group and individual therapy and classes to men and women in a clean wholesome environment without regard to race or religion. They provide those who participate with the physical and spiritual guidance that is needed to re-enter society, reunite with their loved ones, and resume a normal life.

In November 2010, he left his full time position at T he Salvation Army ARC Program to work for Community Bridges in Mesa, where he works as a Transition Manager, helping others with detox, support and continuing care. Scott works part time at the ARC and is now a Salvation Army Solider leading a sober, healthy, happy life with his wife. He hopes to become an officer someday and has expressed his gratitude to The Salvation Army through his actions. America has been touched by drug and alcohol problems and there is a solution, The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center is changing lives. You can help keep this legacy going for decades to come by donating your unwanted items such as Clothing, House Hold Items, Furniture, Electronics, and even Automobiles. Your donation’s are life saving and tax deductable. Know of anyone with a drug, alcohol, or meth addiction with the desire to get help? Call the Intake Coordinator at (602) 256-4525. To schedule a donation pick-up The Salvation Army ARC can be contacted at 1-800-SA TRUCK (7287825) or by visiting www.satruck.org. Tours of The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center are welcomed. For more information call 602-256-4500.

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Those who participate in Salvation Army ARC programs undergo an interview process that determines whether or not they have the capacity to make a long term commitment of at least six months. During that six month process, participants break down the patterns that lead to poor decisions such as drug use, replacing them with positive life choices that sustain them as viable members of their community. Locally, the ARC helps 500 men and women a year find ministry, nurturing and healing, leading them back to good, healthy productive lives. Through the program many success stories over the years demonstrate its effectiveness. Scott Hall, now 37 years old, was released from a San Diego prison in February 2002. He had nowhere to go, nowhere to turn. His family and friends knew nothing of him. They all thought he had disappeared from life. The night of his release, he checked into a seedy hotel room wondering what his fate would be. In the morning, feeling distraught he contacted his parole officer and asked for help. His P.O. said “The Salvation Army can help”. The next day at 4:30 a.m., Scott went to The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in San Diego They gave him food, clothes and contacted his parents. He was given a job and a chance at a new beginning. He graduated The Salvation Army ARC program in August of 2002. He then became a resident manager. In November of 2006, The Salvation Army relocated him to Arizona, where he could be close to his parents.

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CAROLS CORNER

“Hi, I’m Carol and I love to cook! In my column, I will be providing you with cooking advice each month…so stay tuned! I’m 60 years old and still put in forty hours a week for Safeway in ‘Carol’s Corner’ go home, cook a full dinner for my husband and help take care of 12 horses and my cat Gypsy.

From the age of 5, I was always in the kitchen watching my mom and grandmother cook. As one of 6 children, all of us had our turn cooking. This is when I knew I wanted to be a chef. I really enjoy baking and I love to create my own recipes and try them out on my [then] very young husband. In 1999, I graduated from The Scottsdale Culinary Institute - it’s a wonderful school. It was a chance of a lifetime to study with Chef John Paul. I traveled through Europe studying with some the finest chef’s in the world. It was in this environment and during my tenure as a pastry chef at The Legacy for 4 years that my skills flourished. My philosophy is this; if you love what you do, you will do it well; and when you love what you cook you can taste it! In fact, if I create 12 identical dishes, each could taste different…any chef will tell you that. If I’m thinking about something or distracted, my lack of attention will turn out a dish that doesn’t hit the mark. Placing your attention on the meal and the people you feed while cooking, will pay off! Consulting for, or catering extravagant or simple events is my specialty. I can create a menu and provide recipes and or oversee your own kitchen staff or cater the entire event with my staff at the location of your choosing. I have a book that will be out soon called “Cooking with Carol”. Come visit me at Carols Corner where I teach, create recipes, demonstrate and provide samples and recipe cards that includes presentation suggestions. I can be found in the Safeway flagship store located on Alma School and Chandler Heights road in Chandler on Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s. I hope you enjoy my recipes. Bon Appétit!” Please send your questions to ChefCarol@AZPrimeTimes.com

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Ingredients: 3 chopped orange segments 1/4 cup orange juice (no pulp) 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp lime juice 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 tsp dried thyme 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts Directions: Place all ingredients into a Zip-Loc bag. Massage the bag for a minute or so. Put bag in refrigerator for about an hour. When desired time has passed, take out the bag and remove the chicken breasts. Grill chicken for around 4 to 8 minutes, or until juices run clear.

Asparagus Casserole 6-8 adults Carol B ©December 2010 Ingredients: 2 cups asparagus, fresh, cut in 2-inch lengths 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup 4 ounces mushrooms, sliced 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated 1 can [2 7/8 ounce] French fried onion rings Directions: 1. Butter a 6”x 8” casserole dish. Put a layer of asparagus on the bottom then add soup. 2. Next, add mushrooms and half of the cheese. Add second layer of asparagus and end with a layer of cheese. 3. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle onion rings on top and return to oven for 5 minutes. 4. Serve hot

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Tenderloin and Garlic-Roasted Vegetables 6-8 adults Carol B ©December 2010 Ingredients: 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 (4 pound) well-trimmed whole beef tenderloin roast Garlic Roasted Vegetables: 1 large whole bulb garlic 3 medium potatoes, quartered 4 small onions, halved 6 plum tomatoes, halved 2 medium zucchini, sliced 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine Italian seasoning and pepper; press onto beef roast. Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of beef, not resting in fat. Do not add water or cover. Roast 50 to 60 minutes for medium rare; 60 to 70 minutes for medium doneness. 2. Meanwhile, prepare the Garlic-Roasted Vegetables; cut off top of garlic bulb, cutting through tip of each clove; wrap bulb in foil. Combine potatoes, onions, tomatoes, and zucchini in large bowl; toss, Place garlic potatoes and onions in jelly roll pan. Roast in oven with tenderloin 20 minutes. Add tomatoes and zucchini to pan; roast 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. 3. Remove roast when meat thermometer registers 135 degrees F for medium rare; 150 degrees F for medium. Tent with foil. Let stand 20 minutes (Temperature will continue to rise about 10 degrees to reach 145 degrees F for medium rare; 160 degrees F for medium). Remove vegetables. Squeeze garlic pulp over vegetables; mix. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons cheese and salt to taste. Carve roast; sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Season with salt to taste serve with Vegetables.


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Downtown Chandler Farmers Market When: 3 to 7 p.m. every Thursday, October through May Downtown Chandler, 3 S. Arizona Ave. 480-855-3539 Local growers join a Willcox farmer in selling in-season harvests. There also are 30 vendors, selling bread, hummus, salsa, jam, arts and crafts. Gilbert Farmers Market When: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays Heritage District Park-and-Ride site – just west of Gilbert Road on Page Ave. (Page Ave. is ¾ mile south of Guadalupe Road) www.GilbertFarmersMarket.com The Radio City Christmas Spectacular When: December 1: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. December 2 : 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Price: $35.50-$79, $17.75-$79 ages 2-12 www.radiocitychristmas.com Jobing.com Arena 9400 W. Maryland Ave, Glendale, AZ 85305 623-772-3200

A Christmas Carol When: December 4th – 24th Price: $28 - $70 222 E. Monroe St. Phoenix, AZ, 85004 (602) 254-7399 Believe it or not...THIS IS IT! After 19 glorious years, Actors Theatre will be retiring their annual production of A Christmas Carol. If you haven't seen it in a while, this season will be your LAST CHANCE! Dickens' classic story of redemption and hope is ingeniously re-imagined as only Actors Theatre can in this spectacular musical. Deck The Halls When: December 4th 2:30 p.m. Symphony Hall One North First St. Suite 200 Phoenix, AZ 85004 602-495-1999 The Phoenix Symphony’s Deck the Halls event celebrates the holiday season with a magical stage show designed for children of all ages. Led by Conductor Bob Moody, Symphony Hall will be transformed into a magical wonderland with music from your favorite holiday tunes. Get your photo taken with Santa, and enjoy the pre-show party in the lobby including entertainment, arts and craft activities and refreshments. Chandler Symphony Holiday Event When: December 5th 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sun Lakes United Methodist Church 9248 E. Riggs Rd Sun Lakes, AZ 85248 480-895-8766 Sonoran Sunset Series - Holiday Music and Luminaries Around the Lake When: December 9th 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. Visit the Environmental Education Center at Veteran Oasis Park for this FREE entertainment series for the whole family! Families are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and food. S'mores and beverages will also be available for a small fee. This month we have holiday music and luminaries around the lake! The Environmental Education Center is located on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads. Candlelight Messiah When: December 9th 7:30 p.m. Central United Methodist Church 1875 N Central Ave Phoenix 85004 Enjoy Handel's Messiah performed in an intimate candlelit style setting, evoking the sprit and mood of the first European performance in 1742. This will be a holiday experience to remember as a magnificent choir and the glorious Phoenix Symphony Baroque Ensemble bring the impassioned music of the Messiah for these majestic performances. A John Waters Christmas When: December 10th 8 p.m. Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts 7380 E. Second St Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-994-2787 12K’s of Christmas When: December 11th 8am – 1pm FREE Admission, Christmas caroling, Christmas bazaar, Santa’s pet village 1.2K fun run/walk and 12K & 6K run/walk Freestone District Park 1045 E. Juniper GET FIT Holiday Club Zumba Challenge When: December 11th 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Freestone Recreation Center 1141 E Guadalupe Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85234 480-503-6202 www.gilbertrecreation.comAre you ready for all the Holiday parties? Come to our Zumba Holiday party dressed in your most festive attire! You will learn some basic Latin dance moves while enjoying a great workout. This class is perfect for beginners to experienced Zumba goers. Ages 12 and older are able to participate. The cost to play is daily admission to the building. Freestone Recreation Center Pass holders are free!

Third Annual Holiday Nights of Lights When: December 2: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Price: Free Gilbert North Civic Center Campus , 50 E. Civic Center Drive Gilbert, AZ, 85296 480-503-6200 www.gilbertaz.gov www.ci.gilbert.az.us Among the highlights are the lighting of a 28-foot tree and lighted ground displays. Adults and children 5 years and older and at least 38 inches tall can skate at the the Chick-fil-A Skating Rink for $5, which includes skate rental. Santa Claus visits. Hot chocolate and sweet treats are available for purchase

Town of Queen Creek Christmas Car Show Hosted by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Queen Creek When: December 11th 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Queen Creek Marketplace Rittenhouse and Ellsworth Loop Road Queen Creek, Arizona 85142 A vintage, classic and collectible car show to benefit less fortunate children with toys for Christmas. For Questions: Contact Deputy Mike Lucas at amcmachine@cox.net or 480-688-3818. Please encourage all of your car buddies to participate!! We look forward to seeing you again this year! Be on your best behavior as Santa Claus will be there! Safe travels!

Home for the Holidays When: December 3, 2010, 8pm Symphony Hall One North First St. Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85004 602-495-1999 Valley favorite Bob Moody is donning his Santa hat, filling up his sleigh and flying into Symphony Hall for a concert of holiday treats. A perfect way to kick off the holidays, The Phoenix Symphony brings you this toe-tapping, bell-ringing night of holiday tunes to get you in the spirit. It will have you shouting “Ho! Ho! Ho!”

Christmas in Ireland When: December 11th 8 p.m. Price: $34 - $44 Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts 7380 E. Second St Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-994-2787

Breakfast with Santa When: December 4th Price: $10 per person for anyone 4 years and older. For children 3 years and younger the cost is $3Santa will be at the Gilbert Community Center. Participants enjoy a warm pancake breakfast, fun arts and craft activities for children, and the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Santa. All children will receive a 'Treat Bag'. All participants must register that includes any parent or guardian attending. There will be 2 seating times for breakfast, please register for one seating. For more information call 480-503-6290 2010 Queen Creek Holiday Festival Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek When: December 4th 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Price: Free Queen Creek Library 21802 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, Arizona 85142 Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade is coming your way! The parade route is along Ellsworth Road heading north from Serrano's and ending at the Queen Creek Library where the festival begins. Join us for an "Around the World" Christmas! This event is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek and the proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley – Queen Creek Branch. Tumbleweed Tree Lighting When: December 4th 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Parade of Lights begins at 7 p.m., followed immediately by the Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. Join us on Saturday, December 4, 2010, in celebrating a unique southwestern tradition that draws visitors from far and wide during the holidays. This community festival also includes the beautiful Parade of Lights. This year marks the 54th Tumbleweed Tree built in Historic Downtown Chandler. Page 16

Chandler Symphony Holiday Event “The Nutcracker Ballet” When: December 17th 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Price: $20 - $30 Higley Center for the Performing Arts 4132 E. Pecos Rd Gilbert, AZ 85295 2nd Annual Cowboy Christmas & Barrel Race When: December 18th 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre 20464 E. Riggs Road Queen Creek, Arizona 85142 The 2nd Annual Cowboy Christmas & Barrel Race is hosted by the National Barrel Horse Arizona (NBHA) - Arizona District 02. For more information, contact Jan Finney at 602-910-9511 or visit www.nbhaaz02.com. Sisters Christmas Catechism When: December 21st Price: $38 Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts 7380 E. Second St Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-994-2787 Celebrating its fifth anniversary at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the hit comedy Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold is back by popular demand! It’s Christmas time in Sister’s classroom and she needs her students’ help to solve one of history’s great mysteries – who swiped the Magi’s gold? In this hilarious onenun show, she casts an unforgettable living nativity scene to expose the culprit. Don’t be late – Sister can smell the guilt! Each performance is unique and will appeal to people of all faiths.


Does Golf Reflect Values? By Lois Greene Stone

What and how do we teach our children and grandchildren about values? This is a serious concern. In public life too many leaders succumb to lie and cheat, play ignorant when caught, or put blame on another. As long as figureheads can get away with such tactics, we can’t be surprised when the behavior spills over as the average citizen attempts to stretch the truth or feign ignorance. My youngest son, David, decided at age 15 he wanted to learn to play golf. He had been successful in school and summer camp activities, and we wondered why he’d take up a game that offered humiliation as easily as excellence. He was a natural athlete. At summer camp, a plaque acclaimed the camp record for swimming 2½ miles, non-stop. He sailed alone after earning the American Red Cross certification, and played basketball, baseball, volleyball, ping-pong, and he water-skied with ease. In high school, he ran track and cross country. Winters he bowled, and emerged with the Class Champ Cup from an indoor tennis clinic. When he expressed his interest in golf, we explained the rules, including the required etiquette and then hoped he would not measure success around indifference to both. One doesn’t know about one’s self until challenged, and we hoped he’d play with integrity. So he opened himself to embarrassment, frustration and fleeting exhilaration, in a sport where an angled thumb could change a swing’s arc creating failure. His sister and brother, who didn’t play golf probably thought he ought to stick to sports that were fun and not so frustrating. Friends laughed at him when he posted his first three digit nine-hole score. He counted every single stroke, missed hit, penalty, and a few of his playing partners thought he was crazy. An ego-trip of lies was less important than an accurate record we were pleased to observe. The first time he had two digits for eighteen holes, he knew it wasn’t a fluke, as golf is a humbling game. My husband and I were quietly amazed at David’s personal growth as he found out about self-stan-

dards, honesty, the United States Golf Association rules, self-esteem, and the ability to accept each hit as his own error or effort. This unique sport is different as an individual calls a penalty on him/herself. He played with ball movers, stroke droppers, heard peers use ‘the sun-was-in-my-eyes’ excuses, and was willing to face the ridicule of other players rather than join with their methods. He became more comfortable golfing with my husband and me than guys his age, but we kept telling him that not everyone makes up his own rules. Knocking his ball into a hazard was an aggravation, but testing his ability to emerge from it, and occasionally successfully landing on the green had him smile and say "I’m on". David’s son, Kevin, is now 16. He recorded his first nine-hole round at age 14 with a smile of accomplishment having played completely by the rules. He shrugged off smirks from those people whose egos took preference over correct play and chuckled that he actually would post such a big number. Kevin entered an 18-hole Junior Championship in late August 2006 even though he’d played no golf all summer and was a new golfer besides. Some of the participants had handicaps already in the teens; Kevin’s was too high to compute, and the event was total strokes and not handicapped. But Kevin, with his innocence and good manners wanted the experience. Like his dad, he’s learned about his own integrity, honestly. He learned to play by United States Golf Association standards, accepting a whiff as a stroke and not a practice swing, understanding that each hit was his own error or effort. Not concerned with a number identifying who he is or what he’s capable of, he completed the round tired and happy; without resorting to the ‘No-Card’ option that adult golfers tell the pro when they feel their score would be mocked. We weren’t sure if he was naive, or courageous. Summer 2008, husband, son David, and grandson Kevin and I made up a foursome. There’s a cliché about apples not falling too far from the trees. When Kevin blasted out of a sand trap, after counting the several attempts where the dimpled sphere remained stuck in the trap, he grinned and exclaimed "I’m on." We knew Kevin sees golf as a mirror of his personal standards and that he’ll be “on” for his entire life.

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Getaway to Apalachicola Bay By Lynn and Glenn Pribus Golfers will enjoy Carrabelle’s St. James Bay, once part of Camp Johnston and now an 18-hole Audubon Signature Sanctuary course carefully developed to prevent runoff into coastal waters. Regal white egrets and mild-mannered alligators on the course are part of the ambiance.

St. George Island collapsed into the Gulf in 2005, undermined by beach erosion. Dedicated volunteers cleaned mortar off thousands of the original bricks and the lighthouse, reconstructed using the original plans, reopened in 2008. It is open daily except Thursday.

Eager for a head start on warm weather? Getaway to Florida’s panhandle a scenic byway that boasts fishing, boating, history, golfing, shopping and birding. Far from the glitz of Disneyland and clamor of spring-break college students, it’s a laid-back place for relaxing along the Gulf of Mexico and you can even bring Fido. While most Florida shores ban pets, leashed dogs and dogs under voice control are welcome on the beaches of Franklin County which was named for Benjamin Franklin.

The former Carrabelle K-12 school is now home to the Camp Gordon Johnston Museum with a constantly growing collection of personal mementos, videos, exhibits and vehicles. Rugged GIs trained here during WWII on local beaches and swamps for the invasion of Europe and Pacific Islands. Golfers will enjoy Carrabelle’s St. James Bay, once part of Camp Johnston and now an 18-hole Audubon Signature Sanctuary course carefully developed to prevent runoff into coastal waters. Regal white egrets and mild-mannered alligators [so they say] on the course are part of the ambiance. On the Water Fishing – both fresh and saltwater – is a way of life for locals and visitors alike. Catches includes redfish, black drum, tarpon, pompano, cobia, grouper, amberjack and more depending on the season. Some anglers have landed 12 species in just one day. There are public boat ramps and some campgrounds and RV parks have their own. There are also marinas with boat rentals – especially near Apalachicola and Carrabelle – as well as professional guides who generally specialize in saltwater or freshwater fishing. Charter boat rentals (often catch-andrelease) generally include tackle, bait and fishing licenses.

Enjoying Mother Nature Much of the county is public land with national forests, state parks and the nearly 250,000-acre Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. “This area has such diversity,” declares naturalist Alan Knothe, Education and Training Specialist at the Reserve. “It’s the northern edge of the South and the southern edge of the North.” The Apalachicola River estuary, he explains, is one of the most productive in the world, annually yielding six million pounds of oysters – not counting the shells – which can grow large enough to eat in a single year. The state claims all the old shells and they must be returned to the bay for new oysters to grow on. The region’s open woodlands are the preferred habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and with shore birds, woodland birds and a major flyway overhead, this is great birding country. Knothe caught the “Yucatan Express” one spring day at St. George Island State Park, when thousands of migrants were crossing the Gulf from their winter ranges. “I saw over 80 species of birds in one afternoon,” he says. “It was an amazing experience.” Tate’s Hell State Forest is popular for canoeing, camping, off-highway vehicle trails, fishing and a boardwalk through the extraordinary Dwarf Cypress Dome. Varied History In Apalachicola, once the apprehensive realm of pirates later gave way to the cotton trade. The 1838 Orman House is now a state park open for tours Thursday-Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Apalachicola also has a variety of small local shops for browsing, a live theater and a walking tour of its National Historic District includes more than 200 historic homes and buildings from as early as the 1830s when the city was a thriving cotton port. Festivals are a favorite attraction, often built around seafood, song and art. Lighthouses dot the coastline and fire the imagination. The “new” Crooked River Lighthouse near Carrabelle was built in 1893 to replace one destroyed by a hurricane. It may be climbed most Saturdays. The 1852 Cape St. George Light on Page 18

Other adventure opportunities on the water include Journeys of St. George Island with its long menu of eco-tours, powerboat and kayak rentals. Wheelhouse Eco-venture Tours’ vessel “Pegasus” explores the Apalachicola River and estuary. Additional guided excursions include shelling expeditions to the barrier islands, dolphin encounter cruises, oyster tonging, bird watching and sunset tours. If You Go: Franklin County is about 80 miles southwest of Tallahassee. Eateries, often chef-owned, feature oysters and seafood with cuisines ranging from French and Italian to barbecue and grits. Area lodging options include pet-friendly campgrounds and RV parks, historic B&Bs, motels with boat slips, rental condos and houses that sleep up to two dozen for family reunions. For detailed information about Franklin County fishing, birding, attractions, lodging, dining and much more visit: www.anaturalescape.com


Computer Advice…aka…You Asked! By Richard Sherman When it comes to the computer arts, I am a practitioner of tonistic healing, which is based on the premise that there is no nerve wracking computing event that can’t be cured by classical music.

once a week should be sufficient.

Avoid Unsecure Wireless Access

A. Irfanview (www.irfanview.com) is a free program that can convert your photo to an artsy black and white image. To transform your photo, open Irfanview, display your image by clicking File > Open, navigate to your photo, click to select it, then click the Open button.

Q. We are renting a vacation home for a month that has wireless, but it is not secured by a password. The people we rent from are good people and the house is in a nice area. I had planned to access our brokerage account online to check balances while we are gone. How vulnerable is my computer and my information, if I use this wireless access? A. In a word, vulnerable. That doesn’t mean your data or identity will be stolen or your system hacked or victimized by any of a number of evils that can result from using an unsecured wireless network, but could it happen? Absolutely. Unfortunately, the security of the network has nothing to do with how nice the owners of the house are or the lovely neighborhood. When you use an unsecured wireless network in the manner you describe, you’re effectively saying, "I know it's not secure and I know there's a small chance that my data may be stolen, but I'm willing to take that chance." The only person you have to answer to is yourself, so if you're comfortable with that decision, have at it. When all is said and done, you'll probably be fine, but could there be a problem? Yes, there certainly could. Personally, I would suggest focusing on your vacation and not spending time online, if you can possibly avoid it. If you must check your balances, most banks and brokerage firms provide toll-free numbers for that purpose. Q. I understand that software programs load into memory (RAM) when being used. But when a program is closed, is it removed from memory and returned to the hard drive? A. In theory, yes; in reality, not quite. Memory works like a blackboard that is constantly overwritten with new data. The data stored in memory is temporary, which is why you must save data before turning off your computer. When software programs are shut down, they are supposed to tidy up after themselves and remove everything loaded into RAM. Unfortunately, most programs leave a trail behind and don't completely remove themselves from memory. Over time, this unsightly data build-up can cause your computer to become sluggish. To purge RAM completely, simply reboot your computer. If you normally leave your computer on 24/7, as I do, restarting the computer

Q. How can I change a color photo into a black and white picture?

With your image displayed, click Image in the Menu Bar, then click Convert to Greyscale. Your image will then, not surprisingly, appear in greyscale. Grayscale images are distinct from black-and-white images which, within the context of digital photography, are images with only two colors, black and white; grayscale images have many shades of gray in between. If you want true black and white, click Image in the Menu Bar again, then click Decrease Color Depth. In the window that appears, click to select “Two Colors,” then click the OK button to save your changes.

Featured Artist Gary Crunk I began my journey through the world of art at a very young age with the guidance of my very talented mother. Through her encouragement and her example, she taught me that art comes from the heart and that true art is not just visual, but an emotional experience that is different for each person. She was a wonderful artist and her specialty was portraits and nature scenes. Growing up, I continued my art and experimented with various techniques. But I keep coming back to what I love, Nature Scenes. There is something about nature that brings peace and serenity for me that I feel the need to express that in my paintings. I strictly work with Oil on Canvas. I find that I can work easier and the results are better than using any other medium. I originally began to paint as a relaxing past time to escape the demands of daily life. It is a very personal release for me to express myself in my paintings. And as I am sure other artists feel as I do, my paintings are never perfect, or finished. There is always something that I strive to make better or add to. Sometimes I just have to step back and say 'Okay... I'm done no matter what else I want to do'. I hope you enjoy my paintings, I’m available for commissions and some of these pieces are still available. Please contact me at GaryCrunk@gmx.com

If you are satisfied with your new colorless picture, click File > Save As. Be sure to give your black-andwhite photo a new name or you will overwrite the original color photo. Click OK to save the new image.

www.fineartamerica.com/profiles/Gary-Crunk.html

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