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13th Annual Peoples Choice Landscape Display Competition: Walk through seven gorgeous landscape displays and text-vote your favorite and enter to win a $100 Visa gift card. This is your opportunity to get ideas and speak to the landscaping experts before you start your landscape project. • Stop by the “Save With SRP” Booth for energy and money saving advice! • Meet 3TV’s “Dave the Garden Guy” Saturday at his Gardening Seminars! Check out the seminar schedule at • The Classy Family of Closets & Kitchens presents the Beautifully Organized Home Display. • Complimentary walk up landscape consultations for homeowners who bring their backyard measurements and picture sponsored by Horticultural Frontiers Landscape & Design. • Be one of the first 250 people to stop by the APS booth each morning and receive a FREE CFL bulb!

• Not getting a good night sleep? Catch some zzzz's on every style, make, and model of mattress! Multiple valley mattress retailers are offering their best selection and savings only at the show! • Everything is coming up Roses at the Phoenix Rose Society Booth and seminars! • Visit the 100 Club booth for the “100 Club Officers and Firefighters Heroes Raffle benefiting families of fallen or injured officers serving our community”. Enter the raffle and choose from hundreds of fabulous to win!* • FREE “How To” Home Improvement Seminars. Check out the seminar schedule at • Learn how to plant a vegetable garden, prune citrus trees, start composting and more at the FREE University of Arizona Master Gardeners seminars • Sample wines from around the world!

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*Annually, the Maricopa County Home Show is committed to supporting a non-profit organization within our community that will receive benefits and contributions from us to support its mission. We are pleased to announce the 100 Club of AZ as the January Maricopa County Home benefactor. The 100 Club of AZ mission statement is “To provide immediate financial assistance to families of public safety officers and firefighters who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, and to provide resources to enhance their safety and welfare”. Page 2

SNOWBIRD CLINICAL RESEARCH FOR MOBILE, ACTIVE ADULTS WE NEED YOUR HELP The health of millions has been improved because of advances in science and technology, and the willingness of thousands of individuals like you that take part in clinical research.

Be Our Partner Volunteer Today For Better Health Tomorrow The Snowbird Clinical Research network connects mobile, active adults as they travel from the upper Midwest to the Southwest and back home again with research information and an opportunity to increase knowledge and understanding of a disease process. Volunteers come from all walks of life and can be male or female, age requirements vary from study to study. Some studies need both healthy individuals as well as those with a specific illness. Register by calling (602) 788-3963, you will be notified of studies that may be of interest to you and/or receive information on new health treatments. • Any information you provide is confidential and will not be disclosed to anyone else without your permission. • Study participants receive all physical exams, doctor visits, lab tests and study medication free of charge. • Compensation for time and travel will be provided and can range form $40 per visit to more than $5,000 for overnight stays.

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Publishers Notes Arizona offers an envious lifestyle to those of us who call this state home. We welcome visitors year round to enjoy beautiful landscapes, magnificent weather and endless opportunities for entertainment. As our journey through 2011 begins, Prime Times is poised to occupy a unique place in your life. We plan to offer you perspectives that enrich your lifestyle and contribute to the vitality needed to live to the fullest, in your prime. The annual season of resolutions, calls on us to acknowledge what we know to be personally attainable. Look for exciting features each month and our regular columns on fitness, custom recipe creation, technology and advice; and, watch us grow. We will cover local events and update you on cultural treasures happening in other parts of the state too. We welcome your input…after all, we exist to serve our community, and that’s you. Prime Times can be found monthly, on newsstands, in your mailbox. Subscriptions are $24.00 per year and if you’d like to host issues in your location let us know. Your life belongs to you…live with intention, mindful of your power to create, let nature do the rest! David Nadjafi

Letters To The Editor I received a copy of Prime Times in the mail today... I like it! I really liked the articles and idea. I look forward to supporting your local business and the businesses advertising! Some feedback on an advertiser: My husband and I, being such huge fans of grilling, find ourselves having to clean our huge Weber grill 2-3 times per year. I have to tell you it is not the funnest job - rubber gloves, oven cleaner, hose, soap, grease and hours of "gross" labor! I saw your ad from ACME Grill cleaner and said, "what the heck"? Well, that was the best money spent!! Joe came over - laid down a tarp - steam cleaned my grill, polished it and even changed the igniter! Our grill is now like new - it hasn't cooked this well for years! I want to say "Thank you!!" Joe at Acme Grill Cleaning. And, I definitely recommend this unique service to all my neighbors! Looking forward to January's edition! Yours truly, Kelly - Oakwood Hills Resident

Editors notes: Acme Grill Cleaning, is an authorized technician for The BBQ Cleaner, operating in greater metro Phoenix. The company is owned and operated by Joe Padilla. For more information, call 602399-1252 or visit The BBQ Cleaner uses an environmentally- friendly cleaning process to remove all traces of grease, fat and carbon deposits from grills especially in areas that can’t be seen. The expert service provides spectacular results that cannot be achieved by self-cleaning methods. See their ad on Page 12

This Issue Maricopa County Home & Garden Show

Success – The Choice Is Yours? Roll Down Memory Lane New Information For Osteoporosis Scouting Builds Bridge to the Future Arizona Wind Symphony

Secret to the Quality of Life Good Samaritan Senior Programs The History Of Breakfast

Insight or Resolution? Dancing For ‘Life‘ Dental Implants Improve Life Food Rights and the One Meal Deal

Columns Fitness Advice

Practice Balance To Prevent Falls ASK...Holly? IT Insights Mr. Modem a.k.a. You Asked Carol’s Cooking Corner - Chef Carol

Publisher David Nadjafi Operations Director Kelli McNell Editor Holly Parsons Graphic Arts Production Gary Crunk Advertising Tanya Marquez Juliann Segura George Benoit

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The Fitness Forum Practice Balance to Prevent Falls To maintain balance, you have to practice balance. That may sound odd; however, as kids we would tempt fate by walking on curbs, skipping and running on uneven concrete surfaces, skateboarding, you name it! Older adults generally avoid these types of activities like the plague, so they have to find methods (safer than skateboarding!) to help “practice” their balance.

Exercising regularly helps reduce the risk of falling by improving muscle tone and increasing

By Janice Jaicks to exercise with less biomechanical stress each time their foot impacts the pool. Keep in mind that although water involves less impact, unless both feet are totally off the floor ("suspended” as aquatic professionals call it), there is still some impact. Aqua shoes are recommended and will help support the joints on impact and also help with balance. A range of motion and stretching class in the water is the perfect way to enhance body awareness in a safe and therapeutic environment; thus, a great way to "practice" your balance. Let's face it, if you fall in the water, your likelihood of being severely hurt is much less than if you fall on the floor! Another important note: Water temperature of 84 to 87 degrees is recommended for people with arthritis, and a therapy pool is often 90 degrees!

Be sure to take an aquatic class from a professional. If you have joint issues, back probJanice Jaicks mass and flexibility. lems or past surgeries, you will want to know that you are in There are many forms of exercise that are helpgood hands. An instructor who has a national aqua ful for balance. This article will talk about water exercise certification such as AEA (Aquatic exercise. Exercise Association), some type of Arthritis Foundation Certification and is CPR certified is typSince water has buoyancy qualities, it cushions ically qualified to teach a safe class. Even though your body. Because of the 90% apparent weight you are in the water, there are still contraindications loss in shoulder-depth water, participants are able (movements that are unsafe).

strength, bone

Prevention Tips

At Home

• Get sufficient calcium.

• Secure rugs with nonskid tape as well as carpet edges. • Avoid throw rugs. • Have at least one phone extension in each level of the home and post emergency numbers at each phone. • Reduce clutter. • Check lighting for adequate illumination and glare control. • Maintain nightlights or motion-sensitive lighting throughout the home. • Install an electronic emergency response system if needed.

Postmenopausal women need 1,500 mg of calcium daily. • Get sufficient vitamin D in order to enhance the absorption of calcium into the bloodstream. • Do weight-bearing exercises regularly. Weight-bearing exercises include lifting light weights, walking, running, floor aerobics and dance • Practice balance through movement (dance, water exercise, and so on). According to the investigators at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of fatal falls increased significantly for people age 65 and older between 1993 and 2003.

In conclusion, take precautions at home and when on an outing, get regular exercise from whichever form of exercise makes you happy and stay "balanced".

Falls involving the elderly are common and can lead to death, disability, nursing home admission and/or direct medical costs. At least one-third of all falls sustained by the elderly involve environmental hazards in the home. There are measures that older adults and their families can take to reduce the risk of falls.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or comments

Janice Jaicks AEA, Personal Training, AFAA Personal Training, and ACE Group Fitness.

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Success – The Choice Is Yours? By CJ Golden “Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for poten tial."

Welcome to 2011 A new year and a new decade. Just how, I ask you, did this happen so quickly? Only a few seasons ago we were ushering in a new millennium; worrying about computers crashing with the onset of Y2K? Well, we survived the onset of the 21st century and in fact, we even survived its first decade. A decade replete with a multiplicity of achievements and challenges. I have a very wise and dear friend who when referring to ‘A New Year’, emphasizes the first letters of those three words - ANY. According to her, ANYthing is possible! With the onset of this New Year and new decade, I intend to turn ANYthing is possible - into my mantra. Will everything I strive for come to pass? Possibly not; but with every step forward I will continue on my path a bit stronger, a bit more knowledgeable, and with the ability to take what I have learned and apply it to my future growth.

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With that in mind, I offer you this quote, one which I intend to hold onto through this New Year. "Many of us spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done and crack’s to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential." And there is potential. Despite the difficulties we may have faced in the last decade, there is always potential for our lives to be filled with success and joy. There is always potential for individual growth. I don't mean the kind that happened when we overate during the holidays. I am talking about the spiritual and emotional growth which comes with acceptance and living intentionally. In many ways the last decade was tough; oh boy was it tough. But within the challenges presented came the opportunity to learn and grow; activating strengths we may not otherwise have known we possess. Now, our mission is to take that strength and lessons learned (aka Wisdom) and turn it into positive action that will carry us forward through this New Year. We can face 2011 and look for the flaws in our lives; or we can face 2011 and look for potential. I don't know about you, but I'd much rather look for potential. Much more productive and much more fun, don't you think?

Roll Down Memory Lane at the Fulton Towne Center Car Show… By: Holly Parsons • Photos by Shahein Nadjafi

Whether you love retro models, long for a souped up sedan or just want to admire an Indy Pace car close up and personal… Car shows offer a great experience for the entire family, complete with vintage memories. We attended an east valley favorite, the classic expo held weekly known as The East Valley Car Show “Family Fun Night”, at Fulton Ranch Towne Center in Chandler and were met with an assortment of vintage and current articles, cherished examples of what love of the road has produced.

Never mind – her striping and Indy decals would be a dead giveaway and you probably wouldn’t get far. Rowe is 6’3” and might be persuaded to part with her since he has to fold himself into an origami to get on board.

The Princess was a 1930 Ford Model A. Brand new she sold in 1930 for $850 in Phoenix [I saw the receipt], off the Dud R. Day Motor Co. lot, to Leonard and Lillian Ackerman. Jim McClellan bought her in 2004 with all her service records. She even held her own in the Great American Road Race in 1988 – and is on the “no big hurry to sell” list.

Bob Hoelzle a machinist by profession showcased his ’67 Nova with a 383 Stroke motor, super T-4 speed, with a Dana 60 narrowed rear end. He bought it partially restored and it’s been raced in National Hot Rod Association events. We also met Barb and Jeff Kessinger, proud owners of a ’55 Bel Air. Jeff is in the transportation industry and this is his baby! Her body is stock but she sports a gorgeous louvered hood.

Body and engine, a 45 hp, flathead 4, are original. Why did he buy her? “Style and anything from the 30’s is timeless”. What does it feel like to drive her? “You have to slow yourself down – her top speed is 40 – take your sweet time…”

Stop by and take a stroll through memory lane on Friday nights… Fulton Ranch Towne Center in Chandler is located on the southwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Ocotillo Road.

The drive trains been updated and she blows out of town off a 408 SB, 700R – 4 speed tranny, on a small wheel base. She’s been updated with 4 wheel disk brakes, the rest came standard and she’s NFS. The fashion model of the show was one of 7000 Indy Pace Car’s produced in 1986; this Corvette convertible rides on a fuel injected V-8 owned by Al Rowe.

Enjoy the lively music and check out the wheels, from classic oldies to smoking 'vettes and everything in between, or bring your cool car and put it on display. Take the family and remember what it was like when a gallon of gas cost a buck!

He’s had her 3 years and she only has 42k miles on her. Leather lined bucket seats make you want to fly into 4th gear and open up on the highway…which of course is illegal.

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New Information For Osteoperosis By Tait Trussell Nothing like a bit of good news to brighten the future for older woman! Here’s the first piece of good news: Women, age 67 or older with normal bone mineral density may not need to have a density screening again for an entire decade. Up to now there’s been no definite scientific evidence to guide women in this medical area. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, since 2002, has been recommending that women age 65 or older get screened for osteoporosis every two years. According to the Society for Bone Mineral Research, it is no longer recommended.


effect of calcium supplements on heart attack and stroke. Their study involved 1,471 healthy postmenopausal women aged 55 or older who had previously taken part in a study to assess the effects of calcium on bone density and rates of fracture. Part of the women took a calcium supplement and the others took a placebo.

Well, heart attacks were reported more commonly in the group taking calcium. The occurrence of any one of the three vascular events — heart attack, stroke or sudden death, was also more common in this group. The findings were said to be inconclusive. But they do suggest that high supplemental calcium doses might well an adverse effect on vascular health. The key word who get most have here is “high.”

of their daily calcium from food have healthier bones than women whose calcium intake is mainly from supplemental tablets. The study ascertained that bone density in most older women doesn’t change rapidly. Their conclusion observed that “it would take about 16 years for 10 percent of women in the highest bone density ranges to develop osteoporosis. That was longer than expected, and its “great news for this group of women,” the study scientists said. Those with somewhat lower density could go for five years without a screening. Data was analyzed from more than 5,000 women aged 67 and older who were part of the longest running osteoporosis study in the country entitled “The Study of Osteoporosis Fractures”. And fractures, of course, are what it’s all about. A hip fracture, for instance, can often lead to death for old people within a year or so. Many women take calcium supplements to guard against osteoporosis. Many also believe that calcium protects against vascular disease by lowering cholesterol in the blood; when in fact, these supplements could be risky to your health in other ways. Scientists at the University of Auckland launched a study on the

In another study, conducted in 2007, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis discovered that women who get most of their daily calcium from food have healthier bones than women whose calcium intake is mainly from supplemental tablets. The study said this is the case even when the supplement takers ingest higher than average amounts of calcium. Obviously, adequate calcium is important to guard against osteoporosis, which affects about 8 million women and about 2 million men in the U.S. Another 35 million Americans have low bone mass. This places them at greater risk of osteoporosis. The purpose of monitoring calcium intake is to maintain bone density, thereby preventing our bodies from stealing from our bones the calcium our bodies need for other purposes. Practically every cell needs calcium. For instance our blood wouldn’t clot without calcium.

Researchers found that women could be divided into three groups: One group, called the “supplement group” got at least 70 percent of their calcium from tablets or pills. Another, the “diet group” got at least 70 percent of their calcium from dairy products and other foods (such as leafy green vegetables). And a third group, the “diet plus supplement group” consisted of those whose calcium–source percentages fell somewhere between these ranges. The “diet group” took in the least calcium, an average of 830 milligrams a day. Yet this group had higher bone density in their spines and hipbones than women in the “supplement group”, who consumed about 1,030 milligrams per day. Women in the “diet plus supplement” group tended to have the highest bone mineral density as well as the highest calcium intake, at least 1,620 milligrams per day. So, draw your own conclusions. But be sure to get plenty of calcium from multiple sources as you age.

Scouting Builds Bridge to the Future By AZ Cactus Pine “What Did You Do Today?” That’s a question that many ask themselves at the end of each day. Girl Scout volunteers know the answer – they’ve been living the Girl Scout mission, by strengthening girls with courage, confidence and character to position them with skills to make the world a better place. Currently, over 9,000 volunteers play a vital role in the lives of more than 24,000 girls, ages 5 to 17 in Arizona, by helping them to live the mission of Girl Scouting. You are invited to join the Girl Scout volunteer team and become a bridge to the future for the next generation of young women.

Girls participate in games to build a sense of values, as they learn the Girl Scout Promise and Law and gain healthy skills while practicing physical fitness and lifestyle basics. Additional favorites include learning songs and seasonal crafts, as well as participation in the world class Girl Scout Cookie Program and Sale.


Each month, over 50 community members come together to offer First Saturday to girls in low-income areas and/or where traditional Girl Scout Troops are not available. Volunteers and staff partner with Teen Program Aides to supervise and offer activities at four sites located across the East Valley. You are invited to participate as a volunteer in the First Saturday program. Your commitment is limited to three hours per month, on the 1st Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is a contemporary TAKE ACTION organization, serving girls from all racial, ethnic, religious and There are several other programs that need your assistance, socioeconomic groups. Women and men from all walks of life are including Science Camp (East Mesa/San Tan Valley) and the Girl encouraged to join in enriching not only the lives of girls, but to also experience Scouting program at Sacaton Boys and Girls Club. Both of these programs are personal satisfaction, personal development opportunities, and growth. seeking volunteers to assist once-a-week for two or three hours, per session. Girls will learn key skills relative to science and will also have an opportunity to First Saturday Program Highlight participate in standard Girl Scout program activities. First Saturday welcomes all girls in grades kindergarten to sixth grade who are not currently in a traditional troop due to lack of volunteers or financial How long has Girl Scouts been in the restraint. The 2010-2011 school year marks the council’s ninth year of program. community? Participation totals 3,100+. girls. The activities offered vary at each meeting and are selected from Girl Scout program patches and badges. All programs For more than 95 years, Girl Scouts has been evolving to meet the needs of are created around the three keys: girls and women in a changing world. Volunteers have been the leaders in our • Discover - Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world. • Connect - Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally. • Take Action - Girls act to make the world a better place. Page 8

movement to serve girls from across our jurisdiction who want to be a Girl Scout. Girls need your guidance now more than ever … team up with a friend and volunteer today and help make a difference! If you would like more information on volunteering, or if you wish to make a donation to support Girl Scout programs, please contact (602) 452-7000, or visit us on the web at

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Secret To Quality of Life By Robert Leasure


Exercise reverses the negative effects of stress... exercise boosts levels of brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine... exercise works on a cellular level to reverse the effects stress has on the aging process.

improves the circulation of immune cells in your blood…these cells neutralize pathogens throughout the body…the better these cells circulate, the more efficient your immune system is at locating and defending against viruses and diseases trying to attack your body…the immune system is your first

Exercise reduces depression... sustained, sweat-induced activity can decrease symptoms of depression about as effectively as antidepressants.

line of defense against everything from minor illnesses like a cold or the flu right up through devastating, life-threatening diseases like cancer.

Activity increases the level of brain chemicals called growth factors that help make new brain cells...the latest research has been focusing on the effects of exercise on the brain, as you age the stem cells in your brain tend to become less active and you produce fewer new cells, which means your mind gets slower and "older.".. research is showing that by exercising even moderate amounts you can trigger processes in the brain that activate the division of stem cells and promote neurogenesis (the production of new brain cells)…so it is that the healthy, bright and mentally astute 80 and 90-year olds have probably been leading a healthy lifestyle for most of their lives, and are reaping the benefits as a result.

Exercise also normalizes your insulin levels, which creates a low sugar environment that discourages the growth and spread of cancer cells… controlling your insulin levels and optimizing your vitamin D level are two of the most powerful steps you can take to reduce your cancer risk. Physically active adults experience about half the incidence of colon cancer as their sedentary counterparts, and women who exercise regularly can reduce their breast cancer risk by 20 to 30 percent compared to those who are inactive.

Fitness builds self-esteem and improves body image…seeing fitness improvements, like being able to run faster or lifting more weight or losing weight…can improve your self-esteem and body image. The Arizona Wind Symphony, now in its 10th season, and under the direction of William J. Richardson, will present its first concert of the New Year at the Tempe Center for the Arts on Wednesday, January 12, 2011. This concert entitled ‘Honors’ is a tribute to musicians of all ages. An 80 piece concert band, committed to presenting music of the highest caliber is comprised of adults ranging in career spectrum from teaching, to retired professionals. Joining the Wind Symphony will be junior high and high school musical competition winners. In conjunction with the Arizona Commission for the Arts, the Arizona Wind Symphony is holding a small ensemble contest. The winning ensemble will perform on stage for the concert, while 2nd and 3rd place finishers will present a serenade before the concert and at intermission. Honoring the 125th year of the Boston Pops, the band will present Arthur Fiedler’s tribute of Ireland in Page 10

“The Wearing of the Green”. They will honor America’s March King John Philip Sousa with his “Fairest of the Fair” and follow that with film orchestrator Ira Hearshen’s “Homage to Sousa and The Fairest March”. The band will move through many musical meters in Roger Cichy’s “Geometric Dances”. Audience members are sure to be tapping their toes to the famous Italian melodies presented in Julie Giroux’s “Italian Rhapsody”.

Exercise leaves you feeling euphoric…high-intensity exercise can leave you with a feeling of euphoria…running, biking, or swimming as fast as you can for 30 to 40 seconds and then reduce your speed for five minutes before sprinting again. There are many health benefits in exercise Yes, exercise will help you to maintain an ideal weight…but that is really only a mere side effect of normalizing your insulin levels.

The January 12th concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at Movement is one of the best ways to keep your the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Tickets are $6.00 and are avail- mind sharp…your commitment to physical fitness able in advance or at the door. The ticket line is will show in your quick wit and mental acuity. (480) 350-2822. Advance tickets are available Exercise, even initiated late in life, can help slow online at down the aging process… so you'll be less likely to The Arizona Wind Symphony is a Tempe-based suffer from chronic disease or disability, and more likely to be fit and trim, agile, mobile and happy, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. even as you get older. Future concerts will be held on February 23rd and April 13th, with the finale being the outdoor presen- What Else Can Exercise do for You? tation on April 22th. The virtues of exercise are endless…exercise

Athletes have lower levels of circulating testosterone and higher levels of free testosterone than non-athletes… and similar to the association between estrogen levels and breast cancer in women, high levels of circulating testosterone and low levels of free testosterone are known to increase the risk of prostate cancer in men. Research measuring the biochemical changes that occur during exercise, havediscovered alterations in more than 20 different metabolites...some of these compounds help you burn calories and fat while others help stabilize your blood sugar levels. Essentially, being of a healthy weight and exercising regularly creates a healthy feedback loop that optimizes and helps maintain healthy glucose and insulin levels through optimization of insulin receptor sensitivity…this is one of the most important factors for optimizing your overall health and preventing disease of all kinds, from diabetes, to heart disease, to cancer, and everything in between.

Sudoku puzzle, Puzzle #1211

How to play: The numbers 1 through 9 will appear once only in each row, column, and 3x3 zone. There are 9 such zones in each sudoku grid. There is only one correct solution to each sudoku. Good luck! Difficulty level: Medium.

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Commonyms - Find Whats Common With: 1. A Ball - A Fish - A Cold 2. A Ball - A Salad - A Coin 3. A Cork - A Question - A Balloon 4. A Bottle - A Baseball Player - A Mushroom 5. A Bell - Mouth - A Shoe 6. A Tug of War - The Nightly News - A Boat 7. Seventeen - Time - People 8. A Basketball Court - A Highway - A Bowling Alley 9. Fog - A Jack - A Body Builder 10. A Hockey Game - A Restaurant - A Bank



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or issues that baffle us, turn us to tide, break with tradition, and never subside… We welcome your question no matter how framed… and I’ll share with you plainly, how I would cope… Dear Holly, I have been intrigued with the “concept” of getting old ever since I was a little girl. I am an obsessed planner, always trying to be ready for all possible major scenarios. What do you think is the key to happiness when one is old, has limited ability to do all the physical activities that she enjoys and does not have children? Teaching the wisdom we’ve accumulated in our life is the portal to happiness in the later chapter. This can be accomplished by teaching classes in your community, online, or by writing and publishing a book or series of articles in your respective area of expertise. Happiness appears in our lives when we contribute and share our gifts with others. Every aspect of wellbeing is linked to happiness…designing our lives in this manner is the best insurance available. ---------HELP! Our adult daughter is still living at home and shows no signs of wanting to leave anytime soon. What can we do to gently help her get out of our house and start living her own life?

IT Insights ~ from Mr Modem By Richard Sherman

You Asked Program Removal Options Q. What’s the best way to remove a program? A. When you need to uninstall a program, the first place to look is Start > Programs > Name of Program, to determine if the program has its own uninstaller. Some do, some don't, but if it does, it's always best to use a program's integrated removal utility. If it doesn’t have its own uninstaller, then go to your Control Panel and select Add/Remove programs as your next step. If you encounter a stubborn program that just won’t budge, all is not lost. In that case, it's time to bring in the big guns and use a third-party uninstaller such as Revo Uninstaller (, which will get the job done. Q. I’m sorry my knowledge is so limited, but I am not sure what is meant by a “program.” I tried looking it up and asking some friends, but I never seem to be able to get a straightforward answer that I can understand. If anybody can help me, I know you can, Mr. M. A. I'm feeling the pressure, so I'll do my best: A program, by definition, is a set of instructions that are grouped together to accomplish a given task or tasks. The instructions are written in code or a programming language that a computer can understand. Windows, which is your computer’s operating system, is a very complex program comprised of millions of lines of code. Think of your operating system as the engine that powers your computer and provides instructions to perform various tasks, as well as interacting with software (smaller programs) that you install. A program is variously referred to as "software" or an "application," or “app,” for short. Word, WordPerfect, PowerPoint, Quicken, Internet Explorer, Thunderbird and Firefox are all popular programs.

I suspect gentle persuasion - has failed. The obvious answer “she’s too comfortable.” The not so obvious answer,”she’s scared.” The formula for success lays in preparation for Q. I am running Windows XP. Can I create a meaningful work, confidence that opportunity will meet ingenuity and a measure of youthful optimism - aka courage. Of course we always have everything within us we need to be desktop shortcut to turn my computer off? I look forward to your newsletter every Friday. It is successful– in her case, perception of this truism may be the missing link. Of course, the child also needs to be sick of living with you. I suggest you demand she work a part-time job or begin volunteering 30 hours immediately or both to equal 40 hours. Crank up your favorite music faithfully every morning at 8:00am, lay on the chores, empty the fridge, turn off cable TV, change the password for Netflix, send her to the laundromat, don’t pay for anything but school with on campus or alternative housing – and wait. Answer every complaint with, “true statement, are your complaining? Not my problem or how are you going to solve this yourself?” And detach…do not engage in a tirade or argument – you’re just too busy creating your life for anymore of this nonsense, would be the most useful paradigm to adopt. Stick to it…one day she’ll thank you!

January Pet Photo Olivia Our cat Olivia is eight years old. She was an abandoned domestic cat that started hanging out at our backyard six years ago.

then that she was declawed and couldn’t defend herself. We brought her in to the house and she has been a joy of our life ever since. She responds to people calling her name and runs to them. She loves people and loves combing their hair. Her fur is soft like silk. She is a great gift to us from God. From Elena Zee.

We started feeding her and fell in love with her. Since my husband was allergic to cats, we didn’t allow her to come into the house. One night, we heard loud screaming and found her on top of our roof, running away from another street cat. We realized Page 12

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extremely helpful and informative. A. Thank you. Yes, the exhausting process of clicking Start > Turn Off Computer > Turn Off can be circumvented with a shortcut. To do that, right-click your Desktop and choose New > Shortcut. In the Location field type in shutdown -s. (It has to be entered exactly as it appears here, with the same spacing: shutdown space hyphen letter “s”.) Click Next and either leave the existing “Shutdown” name or type a new name such as “Off” and click Finish. Any time you want to turn off your computer thereafter, double-click your new Desktop shortcut. Presto, offo!

Q. I need to establish a second email address. I am concerned that I not lose my current email address, nor end up with my email in the wrong email account. Blessings and thanks. A. I would suggest taking a look at Gmail (, which is free, Web-based mail. You can create as many accounts as you wish and no matter how many Gmail accounts you create, they are all separate and distinct. Let's say you create your first Gmail account as, and your password is crumpet. You then decide to create a second Gmail account and you select as your email address and use cumquat as your password. When you want to check mail for your first account, you'll log in using aardvark with the password crumpet. When you're done with that, log out and then log back in using aardvarkmania and cumquat. Periodically, I check email in all seven of my Gmail accounts, so I just log in, check, log out; log back in to another account, check, log out, log back in to the third account, etc. Each account is autonomous so no messages will be commingled with any messages in any other Gmail account. Mr. Modem’s DME (Don’t Miss ‘Em) Sites of the Month Phone Scoop With its breaking news coverage and in-depth reviews, Phone Scoop is one of the most comprehensive resources for cell phone shoppers, users, enthusiasts, and professionals, focusing on the U.S. market. The site’s database includes specifications, feature lists, photos, links, and user reviews. Visitors can also choose specific phones in a variety of ways and view detailed side-by-side comparisons. YouTomb There are millions of videos on YouTube, but thousands have also been removed. If any video footage online is challenged by virtue of copyright infringement, YouTube will remove it. YouTomb is a research project conducted by students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that archives the top videos removed from YouTube so we, the people, can make our own decision whether the removal was appropriate or not. We can’t do anything about it, of course, but if you would like to see what was removed from YouTube, click on over to YouTomb. For plain-English answers to your questions by email, plus great computing tips, subscribe to Mr. Modem’s award-winning WEEKLY newsletter. Subscribe using Promo Code 1146 and receive a free month (four weekly issues!) with your six-month subscription. To view a sample issue or subscribe, visit

Good Samaritan Society Senior Programs By Juliann Segura

Are these our Prime Times?

Are our older years the days that we can truly look back on our lives, smile and look forward to the many years ahead of us? Are we enjoying our aged wisdom and cherished memories, living full healthy lives? Is your 2011 New Years Resolution to stay and be healthy, be active and have a great quality of life, to focus on the positive side of aging, to learn about health promotion and prevention?

manage symptoms, problem solve, goal set, and increase strength and stamina through fitness and nutrition. The Health and Wellness programs and workshops that the Good Samaritan Society provides are held at The Good Samaritan Society-Mesa Good Shepherd, Red Mountain Active Adult Center (7550 East Adobe in Mesa), and other community settings such as churches and senior centers. There are twenty programs, workshops and classes available on a daily and weekly basis and are taught by certified instructors at various times in the morning and afternoon. For more information on how to stay and be healthy, be active and have a great quality of life, to focus on the positive side of aging through health promotion and prevention call 480-854-3266 or visit The Good Samaritan Society-Mesa Good Shepherd 5848 E. University Dr in Mesa or online at

If you said yes and you are ready to get started, to enroll in programs, and learn about community services offered, but don’t know where to get started you need to visit the Good Samaritan SocietyMesa Good Shepherd. Mesa Good Shepherd is a continuum care retirement community owned and operated by The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, nation’s largest non-profit provider of senior care and housing. For the past 88 years, the Good Samaritan Society a Christian social ministry organization, has been sharing God's love in the community through services that help support people to live a meaningful and full life, through housing options and services available to residents, non-residents and the community. It is not well known, but the Good Samaritan Society offers a variety of services at their 240 communities throughout 24 states including Arizona.

These services range from nursing home care such as, alzheimer’s, hospice, and skilled nursing, plus, therapy services, affordable subsidized and senior housing, adult day care, child day care, respite care, and tele-health services. Along with assisted living services, Mesa Good Shepherd also provides a wide variety of specialty services, programs and workshops free of charge that are available to residents and non-resident through their Abundant Life Wellness Program. For those who are interested in exercising, Mesa Good Shepherd has a little something for everyone. Residents and non-residents can take advantage a wide range of classes such as yoga, strength, balance, and circuit training, aquatic classes, and Wii Sports. The Good Samaritan Society-Mesa Good Shepherd also has healthy living and wellness programs sponsored and supported in part by the Arizona Department of Health Services such as the Healthy Living Program. This six week self-management program developed by Dr. Kate Lorig at Stanford University, was designed to help people with on going health problems such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, asthma; deal with emotions, Page 13

Carol’s Cooking Corner “Hi, I’m Carol and I love to cook! I‘ll be providing you with original recipes and cooking advice each month. I hope your enjoy these healthy meals to compliment my Cranberry Nut Bread.” I’m a graduate of The Scottsdale Culinary Institute and I’ve studied with some of the finest chef’s in Europe. Consulting, or catering extravagant or simple events is my specialty. I can create a menu and provide recipes, oversee your kitchen staff, or cater the entire event at the location of your choosing. If you have any questions, please contact me at 480-963-7819 or send your questions to and I will be glad to help you! Bon Appétit!” From your favorite Chef Carol Boswell

Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 45 Minutes Ready in 1 Hour Serving for 4 Total Fat: 21g Protein: 36.1g Pair this with either Bread Recipe shown here Carol B ©December 2010

Ingredients: 1 10 Ounce Package Fresh Spinach Leafs 1/2 Cup Sour Cream 1/2 Cup Shredded Pepperjack Cheese 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced 4 Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breasts Halves, Pounded to 1/2 inch thickness 1 Pinch Ground Black Pepper 8 Slices of Bacon Directions: Preheat Oven to 375 Degrees Place Spinach in a large glass bowl and heat in Microwave for 3 minutes stirring every minute or so or until wilted. Stir in Sour Cream, Pepperjack Cheese & Garlic Lay the Chicken Breasts on clean surface & spoon some spinach mixture onto each one Roll up Chicken to enclose the Spinach Then wrap each one with two slices of bacon. Secure with toothpicks, arrange on backing dish Bake uncovered 35 minutes in preheated oven, then increase heat to 500 degrees (f)

Grilled Halibut with Cilantro Garlic Butter Prep Time: 25 Minutes Cook Time: 8 Minutes Ready in 33 Minutes Calories: 276 • Fat: 13.1g • Sodium: 100mg • Carbohydrates: 3.1 • Protein: 35.4g Serving for 4 Pair this with either Bread Recipe shown here Carol B ©December 2010

Ingredients: 4 6 ounce Fillets Halibut 1 Lime, cut into wedges Salt & Pepper to Taste 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil 3 Cloves Garlic, Chopped 1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice 2 Tablespoons Butter or Margarine Page 14

Directions (Halibut): Preheat grill to high heat or foreman grill Squeeze the juice from the lime wedges over fish, then season them with salt and peppet Grill for 5 minutes on each side until brown, fish will flake with fork Remove to a warm serving plate Directions (Cilantro Garlic Butter): Heat oil in pan over medium heat, add Garlic Cook & Stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes Stir in Butter, remaining lime juice & Cilantro Serve fish with Cilantro Butter Sauce.

Cranberry Nut Bread Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 50 Minutes Ready in 1 Hour, 5 Minutes Servings: 12 Calories per serving: 196 • Carbohydrates: 32.2g • Sodium: 265mg • Fat: 6.2g Carol B ©December 2010

Ingredients: 2 Cups Flour 3/4 Cup White Sugar 3/4 Teaspoon Salt 1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda 1 Cup Chopped Cranberry 1/2 Cup Chopped Nut 1 Tablespoon Orange Zest 1 Egg 2 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil 3/4 Cup Orange Juice Directions: Preheat oven to 350 Degreed (f) Grease one 9x5 loaf pan Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda Add Cranberries and Nuts Stir to coat with flour Add Egg, Oil, Orange Juice and Orange Zest to the flour mixture and stir until just combined Spoon the batter into the prepared pan Bake at 350 degreed (f) for 50 minutes Let stand for 10 minutes and remove from the pan and place on a cooling rack. Let cool before slicing.


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First Unit is fully furnished, and NEVER been rented. Used by our family only . Will sell furnished or un-furnished. This is a turnkey unit, and would do amazingly well in the rental pool! Units rents for an average of $850 per night. Second unit will be available and completed very soon and will have many upgrades. Both Penthouses have Old Port/Ocean/Cholla Bay views. 4 Balconies totalling 700 Sq. feet. There are very few condos of this stature in Rocky Point. These units have over 2900 livable square feet, and are in Phase 2 of the Las Palomas Golf and Beach Resort. They are beautiful and breathtaking! HUGE great room, and deck overlooking the ocean! Ammenties Include: Resort Style Living Negative Edge Pools with water slides,5 star operations, lazy rivers, hot-tubs, room service and maid service available, 2 swim up bars/restaurants, two fine dining restaurants,Fitness Club, Convention Center,Ballroom, Golf Club House and Restaurants 24 Hour security, Kids Club, Activities Director, 18 Championship Golf Course, and more! Excellent Investment Opportunity. More pictures and info available upon request :)


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January 2011 Community Calendar SUNDAY







New Years Day • Zoppe • SGI –USA Southwest Zone





• Run To Remember








• Downtown Chandler Farmers Market • Lang Lang • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

• Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

• Gilbert Farmers Market • Chandler Symphony Chamber Music • Get Fit Wiffle Ball Challenge • Christmas Tree Recycling Drop Off






• A Chorus Line

• A Chorus Line • Arizona Wind Symphony

• Downtown Chandler Farmers Market

• Health and Fitness Expo

• Gilbert Farmers Market • Joel Guzman & Tapatio/iMas • Christmas Tree Recycling Drop Off • Winner’s Recital and Award Ceremony





• Exploring Mars

• Downtown Chandler Farmers Market




• Drop-in Dodgeball • Martin Luther King • Brandenburg Festival Day • P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ • Martin Luther King Roll JR. Celebration




• Golda’s Balcony (23rd)

• Gilbert Farmers Market



• Downtown Chandler Farmers Market

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 • Closed New Years Day Heritage District Park-and-Ride site – just west of Gilbert Road on Page Ave. (Page Ave. is ¾ mile south of Guadalupe Road) Zoppè An Italian Family Circus Since 1842 When: January 1st and 2nd 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. 250 N. Arizona Ave. • 480-782-2680 Propelled by a central story, featuring acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and audience participation SGI-USA Southwest Zone 2011 Year of Capable People and Dynamic Development When: January 1st 10 a.m. 250 N. Arizona Ave. • 480-782-2680 Local youth performing groups lead the way for a new year of peace, cultural and world peace activities LANG LANG When: January 6th 7:30 p.m. Ikeda Theater • 1 E. Main S • 480-644-6500 "Prodigy," "virtuoso," "genius" - these are some of the words used to describe Lang Lang - perhaps the most popular pianist on the planet. Named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2009, Lang Lang is truly a brilliant performer. He was watched by over five billion people in the 2008 XXIX Olympic Games, and his per formances have sold out all over the world. With his unique way of shaping music and controlling it, Lang Lang is defi nitely a performance you do not want to miss. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Presented by Southwest Shakespeare Co. When: January 6th - January 22nd 7:30 p.m. Piper Repertory Theater • 1 E. Main S • 480-644-6500 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Presented by Mesa High School When: January 7th - January 8th 7 p.m. Ikeda Theater • 1 E. Main S • 480-644-6500 Notorious for their outstanding productions and superb performances, Mesa High School's Performing Arts Program is heralded as one of the finest in the state of Arizona, and this year is no exception. Earning Superior ratings for their production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" they received "Best in State" and were selected to perform at the Educational Theatre Association's State Thespian Festival in November. They are now honored to have been asked by the City of Mesa to perform "Joseph..." at the new Mesa Arts Center and are grateful for this opportunity. With passion in their hearts (and fingers crossed), they present this outstanding production for a wonderful audience as they audition once again ...only this time for Nationals. Chandler Symphony Chamber Music When: January 8th 2 p.m. 250 N. Arizona Ave FREE Come listen to compositions by our own talented Arizona citizens.This series is designed to present music that is not ordinarily experienced in a large orchestra concert. Chamber music lends itself to a smaller; more "personal" sound which we invite our audiences to encounter and enjoy. Get Fit Wiffle Ball Challenge When: January 8th 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Freestone Recreation Center The Freestone Recreation Center will be hosting the ‘Get Fit Wiffle Ball Challenge on Saturday January 8, 2011 from 10-11am. Do you remember your first curveball? The Wiffle ball was designed to take the place of baseball, stickball and softball for boys and girls in backyards and gyms. The ball is light weight but cannot be thrown or hit any great distance. Get your family together and enjoy some classic backyard Wiffle ball. The cost to play is daily admission to the building. Freestone Recreation Center Pass holders are free! For more information go to, call (480) 503-6202, or walk in to the Freestone Recreation Center (1141 E Guadalupe Rd. Gilbert, Az 85234). Page 16

Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-Off When: January 8th 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 22358 S. Ellsworth Road , Queen Creek, Arizona 85142 South of the Queen Creek Development Services Building Run 2 Remember When: January 9th 8:30 a.m. Tumbleweed Park • Laura Fisher 602-803-7596 Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the start time is 8:30 a.m. It includes a 1 Mile Fun Run/ Walk, and a 5K Fun Run/Walk. All proceeds of the run/walk will go to the families of officers who will be honored at National Police Week in May of 2011 (including Lt. Eric Shuhandler) and to the Arizona Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors for their ongoing retreats and seminars that help to “rebuild shattered lives.” $25 Registration A Chorus Line When: January 11th - January 12th 7:30 p.m. Ikeda Theater • 1 E. Main S • 480-644-6500 Tickets Starting at $32 In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It’s what they’ve worked for – with every drop of sweat, every hour of training, every day of their lives. It’s the one opportunity to do what they’ve always dreamed – to have the chance to dance. This is A Chorus Line, the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. Winner of nine Tony Awards®, including “Best Musical” and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, this singular sensation is the longest-running Broadway musical ever. Now A Chorus Line returns. Come meet the new generation of Broadway’s best! Arizona Wind Symphony Presents Honors Concert When: January 12th 7:30 p.m. • Tempe Center for the Arts • 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy • 480-350-2822 The band will present Arthur Fiedler’s tribute of Ireland in “The Wearing of the Green”. They will honor America’s March King John Philip Sousa with his “Fairest of the Fair” and follow that with film orchestrator Ira Hearshen’s homage to Sousa and the Fairest march. The band will move through many musical meters in Roger Cichy’s “Geometric Dances”. Audience members are sure to be tapping their toes to the famous Italian melodies presented in Julie Giroux’s “Italian Rhapsody”. P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Health & Fitness Expo When: January 14th 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. January 15th 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Phoenix Convention Center – North Building Expo admission is FREE and open to the public! Race participants must visit the Expo to pick up their race number, timing tag, T-shirt and goodie bag. Give yourself plenty of time to explore the 130+ booths and shop for last minute needs, like extra concert tickets and official race merchandise and souvenirs. Expo Location and Parking • The 2011 Expo is in the north building of the Phoenix Convention Center, located in downtown Phoenix on Washington and 3rd Street. Parking is available at Heritage, Jefferson and East Garage for $10 a day, and limited street parking is available in the area. The Convention Parking East Garage is the largest parking structure nearby, located just west of 7th Street off Washington. Alternately, take the Valley Light Rail and get off on Stop 14. Grammy Award Winner Joel Guzman & Tapatio/iMas When: January 15th 2:30 p.m. Ikeda Theater • 1 E. Main S • 480-644-6500 Contemporary songs in English and Spanish Lions Presents 1st Annual Gilbert Bluegrass Bash When: January 15th 7 p.m. Gilbert High School auditorium • 1101 E. Elliot Road, Gilbert, AZ Featuring the groups Whistle Stop and Igors Jazz Cowboys Tickets are $7 or two for $10 • For info call (480) 357-2654 Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-Off When: January 15th 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. • 22358 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, Arizona 85142 South of the Queen Creek Development Services Building WINNER'S RECITAL & AWARD CEREMONY - INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION Presented by Bosendorfer & Schimmel USASU Competition When: January 15th 7:30 p.m. • Ikeda Theater • 1 E. Main S • 480-644-6500 Arizona has a major international piano competition every other year right here in our own back yard! The Bösendorfer & Schimmel USASU International Competition has become one of the most highly esteemed competitions on the international scene ( This year, 147 young pianists representing 29 countries applied; 42 very gifted young artists were selected. From January 9 - 15, they will compete at ASU for over $45,000 in cash awards, performance opportunities with The Phoenix Symphony, and solo recitals in the US, Germany and Austria. After a week of intense competition, the winner's recital in the Ikeda Theater will feature the "cream of the crop," pianists ages 13 - 32, in an exciting and inspiring program. A recital you won't want to miss! Drop-in Dodgeball When: January 15th Freestone Recreation Center • 1141 E Guadalupe Rd. Do you ever miss those days of playing Dodgeball when you were a kid when life was simple and your only worry in the world was not be the first one out? Here is your chance for ultimate stress relief in a fun recreational game of adult Dodgeball. That’s right. No kids allowed! This is adult business. You must be 18 or older to participate. Freestone Recreation Center is holding Dodgeball Tournaments every 3rd Saturday of the month. Each month adults will be teamed up in a safe but no holds barred Dodgeball game. The upcoming Dodgeball tournament is on November 20 6:30pm – 8:30pm. The only cost is daily admission which would depend on your residency. Bring your own team or sign up individually. BRANDENBURG FESTIVAL Presented by Phoenix Symphony Orchestra When: January 16th 2 p.m. • Ikeda Theater • 1 E. Main S • 480-644-6500 Experience Bach's greatest works for orchestra featuring talented Phoenix Symphony musicians and soloists. P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon and ½ Marathon When: January 16th 7:30am - Marathon Wheelchair Start* 7:40am - Marathon Start 8:25am- 1/2 Marathon Wheelchair Start* 8:30am - 1/2 Marathon Wave Start The Marathon and 1/2 Marathon Wheelchair start times are for racing wheelchairs ONLY. Participants racing in every day wheelchairs will start at the regular start times and be assigned corrals based on their projected finish times. NO hand -cycles will be allowed. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION FESTIVAL Free Event When: January 17th 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St Live entertainment, food booths, medical screenings, job fair and retail booths. EXPLORING MARS: THE NEXT GENERATION Kobie Boykins, NASA Engineer When: January 19th 7:30 p.m. Ikeda Theater • 1 E. Main S • 480-644-6500 Kobie Boykins, a NASA engineer who helped design the famous Mars Rovers, shares the latest discoveries from the Red Planet and previews the next stage in exploration of our closest planetary neighbor. Golda’s Balcony When: January 23rd 3 p.m. Ikeda Theater • 1 E. Main S 480-644-6500 Tovah Feldshuh recreates her outstanding performance in William Gibson’s breath taking one women show

The History Of Breakfast By Holly Parsons Whether it’s a morning nibble, or a feast, breakfast is a special meal. Few things set the tone for our day as do the carefully, or unconsciously chosen morning morsels that greet our sleepy taste buds. These nutrients are intended to jump start the body with a sense of power and capacity.

fast! No special ingredients, they enjoy the same fresh clean eating at breakfast that they enjoy throughout the day.

As we venture forth into 2011 let’s consider the effectiveness of the modern American breakfast by looking back to simpler times. Since journalists eons ago were busy designing language we can only guess what delicacies might have graced the breakfast nook, in the cave of early man.

CHINA – Many Chinese begin their day with a warm bowl of congee, or jook, a watery rice gruel that bears a marked resemblance to porridge. The variety of seasonings used to make congee ensure that it need not ever become boring. Combined with veges, savory sausage, dried turnip and ginger this cleansing dish is always a favorite.

Ray Audette the author of “Neanderthin”, claims people should eat as their ancestors did in the good old days, say, 10,000 years ago. "You're designed to eat what's possible to eat in nature," says Audette. "That is, without technological intervention. Meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts and berries, all of which are edible raw - just like (what) other primates eat in nature," he says. The heart of the Neanderthin diet, though, is good old-fashioned - animal protein, a.k.a. meat - and not just meat but fat, lots of it, beginning at breakfast. Audette started eating like a caveman 15 years ago after being diagnosed with diabetes, he says. "I quickly realized that grains, beans, potatoes, milk and sugar would not be edible to me," he says. "After I stopped eating them, my blood sugar went normal within the week," Audette claims. "I'd also been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for about a dozen years before that. It too went away and never came back." Advancing forward, our tour of the first recorded evidence of the cuisine of champions, begins in ancient Greece. The first meal of the day was breakfast in Greece and it was eaten early in the morning. Large amounts of bread, vegetables and soups were used in this meal. The Greeks never consumed the meat of a domesticated animal, as they considered it to be barbaric. The only meat that was consumed was that of the animals that were either first sacrificed to god, or were hunted in the wild. Fast forward, Italy. Lower class Romans, which were referred to as plebeians, started off their day eating dry bread. Sometimes the bread was eaten as is, but often they dipped it in wine or water. A plebeian might also sprinkle other food items on top of their bread, such as olives, cheese and raisins. As for the upper class Romans, called patricians, their breakfast included a wide-range of food items such as fresh meat, fruits, vegetables, fish, as well as bread. When sweetening meals, honey was used due to the fact that the Romans did not know of sugar at this time. NATIVE AMERICAN - Maize is a food of Native American origin that is common in the Southern United States; it mainly consists of coarsely ground dried maize kernels which have been treated with an alkali. The word hominy grits leads back to the traditional Northern European grit gruels. It also resembles farina, a thinner porridge. JAPAN - A traditional Japanese breakfast consists of steamed rice, miso soup, and various side dishes. Common side dishes are broiled/grilled fish, tamagoyaki (rolled omelet), onsen tamago, tsukemono pickles, seasoned nori (dried seaweed), natto, and so on. MAORI - Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand prefer Taro, roasted pig, fruits(kiwi, coconut, pineapple, banana… fruit, sugar cane, fish, and anything else you would harvest or find on an island, for break-

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INDIA - Variety is the spice of life in India. Breakfast or 'Nashta' as it is regionally known, varies from region to region. The descriptions are vast and the ingredients exotic, I suggest you visit your local Indian restaurant to sample a flavorful and healthy cuisine. VICTORIAN BREAKFAST - A typical Victorian day began with orange juice, poached eggs with asparagus tips, toast, lamb chops, green peas, English muffins, and crackers with Brie or Roquefort to finish with coffee. Calories were not a consideration of utmost importance as social distinctions prevailed. PIONEER BREAKFAST - These breakfasts were simple and hearty. Like most early American cuisine, they relied heavily on cornmeal, an ingredient that was used by Native Americans and influenced the cuisine of early settlers. A simple hot water cornbread was used to create a variety of different breads. OATMEAL - Americans didn't start growing oats in quantity until the 19th century. Quaker Oats was registered as a cereal trademark in 1877 and, by 1885; oats were being sold in boxes, not just in bulk. "Quick Oats" were introduced in 1922, and "Instant" Oatmeal in 1966. In the 1970s, flavored oatmeal arrived. BREAKFAST CEREALS - Will Keith Kellogg discovered corn flakes in 1894 when a pot of cooked wheat was overcooked and then dried. Each grain became a separate flake. He introduced Rice Krispies in 1929. The Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company was founded in 1906. Granola came later; originally from Scandinavia, Muesli was ultimately Americanized by baking the lovely conglomeration of nuts, fruits and oats, oil and honey or maple syrup to form one of today’s favorites. DOUGHNUT -The doughnut has existed since the beginning of time. So long in fact, archaeologists continue to unearth fossilized bits of what look like doughnuts in the middens of prehistoric Native American settlements. The doughnut, we know and love, supposedly developed in Manhatten (then still New Amsterdam) under the Dutch name of olykoeks--"oily cakes." US Dutch immigrants are credited with discovering the fried cake. This is how the story goes; a cow kicked a pot full of boiling oil over onto some pastry mix, thus inventing the golden brown delight. The fried cakes became a staple in the harsh conditions that existed in the colony. AMERICAN - Whether French toast, waffles, fruit, oatmeal, cereal, omelets or the various versions of eggs, scrambled or fried with sausage, bacon, potatoes and toast or English muffin, rules the buffet lines and brunch menu’s from coast to coast. It remains undetermined what evolutionary steps will define the breakfast cuisine in the coming century. As we consider long term health, vitality and genetic makeup, we may find the some will choose to return to the simple ways…what is your guess?

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Insight Or Resolutions: By Lisa Fitzpatrick The champagne is gone, the party’s are over, and now your New Year’s resolutions are staring you in the face. Maybe you’ve decided that this is the year you’re going to lose weight and exercise.

You’re worthless.” And then shut up! Would you ever speak to a friend that way? You cannot stop the cycle of overeating, dieting, failing and overeating again by being judgmental or berating yourself.

Chances are, this isn’t the first time you’ve made that resolution. Here’s some good news for 2011: you don’t have to let old habits and past experiences determine your future!

If you do choose to eat, that’s OK. But do so thoughtfully. Choose only first-rate food. Sit down at the table with no distractions. Savor the first two bites. Once you get in touch with your emotions, you can begin to work smart food choices into your routine, you can learn to eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full and trust yourself to eat healthfully without dieting.

Studies show that eight out of every 10 people give up on their New Year’s resolutions, most within the first month. And when it comes to dieting, it’s no wonder resolve weakens. That’s because most dieters focus on their tummies, not on their heads. “Emotions, not appetite, rule when it comes to out of control eating,” explains Lisa Fitzpatrick of the Hungry Heart, a service that uses personal coaching, nutritional counseling and hypnotherapy for weight loss. “Especially for women, overeating masks feelings of anxiety, stress, loneliness or some other emotional need that is not being met. We turn to food for comfort.” Want to learn how to stick to that resolution to eat healthier and drop some pounds? Stop dieting! “I know it sounds counter-intuitive but the first step is to get in touch with why we overeat and then free ourselves from the need to use food to feed our emotions instead of simply to nourish our bodies.” Here are a few first steps for getting in touch with the “whys” of overeating: Keep a food diary, not just what you eat but how you’re feeling. Ask yourself, “If I wasn’t about to eat this, what would I be feeling?” Face those feelings and accept them. You have every right to feel exactly as you do. When we address our feelings, process them and redirect our energy to think differently about the situation, the need to “over eat” disappears. Focus on other choices of things to do to comfort yourself – practice deep breathing, take a hot bath while listening to soft music, watch a comedy. Too often we listen to the negative voice inside our head that tells us, “You’re fat. You’re weak.

Exercise is also key to our well being. No matter what other diet programs may say without some sort of movement our bodies will hold on to the weight. As we age we need exercise to build our core muscles and lubricate our joints. Try Yoga or Qi Gong, both are based on stretching and purposeful movements that enhance strength and build energy. Or exercise during your TV shows, stationary bike, treadmill, exercise bands, free weights all stimulate metabolism. Any movement is better than no movement! Everything we ingest goes through the liver; it can take a beating over our lifetime. If the liver is clogged up from junk foods and pharmaceuticals, clean energy will not be provided to our body and what we ingest will end up as fat. Incorporate some detoxifying foods that improve liver function so the body can metabolize food optimally, providing more energy. Some excellent choices are garlic, legumes, onions, eggs, pears, oat bran, apples, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, artichokes, beets, carrots, turmeric, cinnamon and licorice. For more information call for your free 1 hour consultation. Lisa Fitzpatrick, Nutrition Educator/Hypnotherapist


Dancing For ‘Life’ By Juliann Segura exercise in the same sentence. Its fun and laughter, Inspired by Fred Astaire’s unique and superb hand in hand with unbelievable health benefits and style of dance, the first Fred Astaire dance studio beautiful moves. opened in New York City in 1947 on the famous Park Avenue. Since then, 140 franchise dance stuDancing is also great for people who have diadios have opened all over the nation, two of those betes. A Chandler couple, both insulin dependent studios belonging to local business owner Lisa came into the Fred Astaire Dance Studio for lessons Bianco. and after one year of dancing, 2 to 3 times a week combined with a change in diet, both went off their It all started in 1997 when Lisa decided she wantinsulin. ed to learn the Arizona Two Step and became a student at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Chandler. Dancing is also beneficial for those with heart Three and half years later, the owner of the studio problems because it helps build strength and asked Lisa if she had ever thought about getting endurance. It’s also wonderful for those who have more involved and making dance a career. She said arthritis and fibromyalgia because it promotes the “yes” and became the manager of the studio. A year flow of lubricants into the joints and muscles. It also later in 2001, the studio owner decided to go a difbeen proven to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s ferent direction and offered the franchise to Lisa. because dancing uses both sides of the brain, keepShe had managed and run the studio as if it were ing it active. her own and was close to all the staff and students. So it made perfect sense to her to purchase the Of course, dancing is absolutely amazing exerbusiness. cise and promotes weight loss, which in turn leads to healthy eating. Those who have embraced the art Ten years later, Lisa is still dancing and now owns of dancing have also found endless benefits beyond both Chandler and Mesa Studios. “Owning and exercise such as relaxation, stress and tension operating Fred Astaire Dance Studios truly changed relief. It is also known that dancing builds self confimy life and the life of my family. My daughter dence, self improvement, social etiquette and group Lindsay was an over weight youth. She became a interaction skills. It is a creative outlet and to some, student, got fit and lost all her weight; then realized a life-long dream. she had a natural talent for dance and became an amateur champion at the age of fourteen. I feel so Many couples have engaged in dance lessons to fortunate to be a part of this organization and I’m enhance their marriages as well. It is said that dancvery proud to uphold the true desire and legacy of ing can truly have a profound positive affect on relaFred Astaire himself.” tionships. Due to commitments to family, work and finance management, life can be stressful and Franchise owners have an obligation to uphold the draining. Dancing is a fun activity that can strengthfine reputation of the master dancer. From the en the roots of a couple’s tree. It is scheduled time moment someone walks through the door to the together that is filled with fun and laughter. It protime a student leaves, we ensure the experience is motes stress relief, weight loss, builds trust and memorable and they are a better dancer. communication and creates magical moments. The Fred Astaire Dance Studio curriculum covers Dancing has given much too many. The Fred a full range of American, Latin-American, Astaire Dance Studio has provided Lisa Bianco with International Style, Exhibition and Theater Arts truly a unique way of life. It’s a true family owned Dancing. They offer the most fully documented and and operated business where her children grew up updated collection of ballroom dance knowledge in and now work and manage the business. Visit either the world. one of her locations in Chandler at 2390 N. Alma School Road or in Mesa at 1949 E. Brown Road. Or The journey of learning how to dance is life altervisit on line at ing and one of the few times you can put fun and Page 18

Dental Implants Can Improve Your Life. By: Eric Kerbs, D.D.S. Do you dream of the days when you could bite into an apple, corn on the cob or juicy steak and really enjoy it without the fear of loosing your bite? Or have you lost some teeth and the bone in your jaw has deteriorated making you look aged beyond your years? Maybe you have difficulty talking with your dentures in and hate the messy tape that keeps your choppers in place? With all the advancements in dental technology, you now have more choices than ever before when it comes to lost teeth. People have long complained that upper and lower dentures feel awkward, unnatural and inconvenient to their life style. Dentures over time can become loose due to shrinking gum tissue; with the only remedy being messy tapes and pastes. Bacteria can become trapped in areas of improperly fitting mouth pieces leading to additional gum and bone disease. Dentures can also reduce your ability to speak and enjoy food due to the covering of the palate. Many people loose confidence in their ability to smile fearing that their teeth may slip out of place. Seeing a mouth full of gums is cute on a baby but not on an adult. Dentures are a great option and have the ability to last a lifetime, but over the years due to the changing landscape of your mouth, wear and tear of the chewing surface and changing gum tissue need to be remade. A risk to wearing poorly fitted dentures is that it may reduce your lifespan up to 10 years less due to poor eating habits, stomach problems, gum disease and additional tooth loss. There’s good news! Periodontic technology has addressed some of the issues that denture wearers face by providing an alternative option in the form of dental implants. The technology has been around since 1952, and like any type of medical advancement, it keeps getting better and more natural looking. A dental implant is a small titanium post that is anchored into the jaw bone that acts as a root structure does for a natural tooth. A prosthetic tooth is then constructed to replace the missing tooth. There are several different types of implants depending on the number of teeth lost and bone structure of the jaw. Fixed Restoration Implants can even be used to support specialized dentures by acting as an anchor.

If you are considering implants, start off by getting an evaluation by your general dentist who can determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Good candidates generally have healthy gum tissue and underlying bone in the mouth. Your general dentist can determine whether or not the procedure is a possibility and can send you to a periodontist for a more in-depth evaluation. Together, your dentist and periodontist create a game plan to give you the most informative and beneficial experience possible. Getting Dental Implants can be a lengthy process as there are many steps to achieving that perfect natural-looking smile. Over a series of months, there are several procedures performed including bone grafting, implant insertion and prosthetic creation. Your body needs time to adjust and heal with the new set of “teeth”, so patience is needed. The implanted posts along with your natural teeth (if still in place) stimulate the jawbone and prevent any additional shrinking. Dentures and Dental Implants both have their pros and cons and the ultimate decision is up to you. The benefits of health, appearance, quality of life should all be carefully weighed, consult your dentist and do your homework. Implants aren’t just for the ‘youngins’ you know. Eric Kerbs, D.D.S. My Family Dental Centers

Endosteal, which is fused into the jaw bone, is the most common type of implant. With this type of implant, each post holds one or more prosthetic teeth. A different type of implant for those who have the minimum amount of bone height in their jaw needed for the procedure is a Subperiosteal post. In this implant, the posts come through the gums to hold the prosthetic teeth. This is more ideal for those with the minimum amount of bone height and those unable to wear traditional dentures. If the above sounds completely foreign and bewildering, consider the benefits. Dental Implants look and feel more natural, speech is improved and the ability to enjoy your favorite foods is restored. Sounds all great and dandy, but how long do they last? Dental Implants just like natural teeth need to be maintained and can last a life time if properly maintained with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Getting implants over traditional bridges actually helps the integrity of the surrounding teeth. In normal bridge procedures, the surrounding teeth are altered to support the bridge, which could lead to future problems. Implants are like normal teeth and are supported by titanium posts, leaving the neighboring teeth in tact.

Food Rights and the One Meal Deal By: Ernie Witham

They used to sell the kids pack only to kids. So we would hang around in the shadows of the lobby waiting for a kid that looked adult-friendly and say: "Psst. Hey buddy, would you buy us some popcorn? We'll give you a buck." Not so long ago when we went to the movies I would insist on getting the unlimited popcorn refills, which came in a bucket large enough to float over Niagara Falls in, along with a drink the size of four human bladders. Plus of course I got the mandatory two-pound carton of Junior Mints for dessert. But like so many others today I am fighting uncontrolled expansion -- not of government, but of my love handles, which are starting to resemble wings. So a few years ago my wife and I started getting the kids popcorn special for $4.75, which comes in a small cardboard carrier that also holds a tiny candy packet and a small drink. Theatres used to sell the kids pack only to kids. So my wife and I would hang around in the shadows of the lobby waiting for a kid that looked adult-friendly and say: "Psst. Hey buddy, would you buy us some popcorn? We'll give you a buck." Sometimes they would scold us, threaten to tell the authorities or give us religious pamphlets. But we always found at least one kid who felt sorry for us. Now, thanks to senior-rights activists, we can walk right up to the counter and order our own kids pack, though apparently management frowns upon the practice at certain theaters. The other day we went to see a romantic comedy about retired rogue CIA officials who amusingly have to shoot, stab and blow up several hundred people, and we ordered our usual. The young man at the counter give us the popcorn and the little candy thing and asked what we wanted for our drink and we decided on lemonade. He filled up the cup put it into the cup holder. Then the 20-something-year-old "manager" stomped over and said: "that's the wrong size," dumped out the lemonade, crumpled the cup, threw it away, then filled the smaller size cup and shoved it back into the cup holder!

I said: "Did you just throw away 12 ounces of lemonade and a cup just to give us a smaller one?!" And she said: "Huh?" in a managerial way. I congratulated her and said: "That could easily end up in my column." This is the problem, I think most baby boomers have made a decision to live as long as they can, or at least until Social Security runs out. As a whole, we’ve started to eat less, much to the chagrin of food professionals who have been used to our "swelling" appetites. For instance, occasionally I would use our movie strategy when we ate out. Kids' meals at restaurants usually sound great a grilled cheese sandwich on white bread, your own personal bag of chips, a chocolate chip cookie and a prize. Instead, we have to order off the main menu. Oftentimes ending up with some kind of mystery meat swimming in gravy that has a BP-type sheen, accompanied by a potato with a pond of yellow oil in the middle, a half loaf of bread so dense you could use it for construction, and a vegetable medley that heavily favors cauliflower with an insecticide odor. One of my writer friends, whom we lovingly refer to as Scooby, said the former Brown Pelican restaurant at Hendry's Beach used to sell kids' breakfasts to seniors over 60. She said it was perfect because most of her group couldn't eat three huge pancakes; two was just right. Apparently it caught on because sales for that section of the menu increased. So, in an obvious attempt to quell this uprising, management stopped kids' sales to senior’s altogether. Scooby and her group stopped going there and the Brown Pelican went out of business. Eventually, food rights for baby boomers will end up on the ballot with gay rights and the next marijuana initiative. What choice do we have but to cut back? Cars are getting smaller, they have doubled the number of seats in airplanes without making the planes any bigger and although scientists are concentrating on global warming, I'm convinced there is more gravity than there used to be. Hopefully, we will win the "battle of the bulge!" In the meantime, just bring us one meal please and two forks? Thank you. Page 19

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