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SUBSCRIPTIONS: Visit our website for exclusive complimentary subscriptions not available to the general public for residents living in the Arizona area. Visit our Valley Lifestyles website and click on the subscription link. To begin a free subscription, visit www.valleylifestyles.com, Don’t miss another issue of Valley Lifestyles magazine. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, CALENDAR, DINING GUIDE: We welcome your input. Letters to the Editor must include your name, address (though these can be withheld on request), and a daytime phone number. Letters may be submitted via regular mail, fax, or e-mail (tony@ valleylifestyles.com). Calendar events should include a basic description of the event; its time, date, place, and cost; and a phone number that readers may call for more information. We also encourage you to contact us if your experience at a restaurant differs significantly from our listing. Information for these sections should be submitted at least six weeks prior to issue’s cover date. WRITER’S GUIDELINES: Valley Lifestyles magazine is always on the lookout for story ideas and talented freelance writers. To suggest a story idea, contact us via mail, fax, or e-mail. (Valley Lifestyles magazine accepts freelance contributions, however, there is no guarantee that manuscripts or photography, solicited or unsolicited, will be returned.) ADVERTISING: Valley Lifestyles magazine offers businesses the most cost-effective and upscale way to reach the area’s upscale consumers. Information about advertising is available on the Web at www.ValleyLifestyles.com. Call 480.335.7455 to request a printed media kit. SPONSORSHIPS: Valley Lifestyles magazine actively supports organizations that make our cities a better place to live and work. Submit sponsorship proposals to Tony Zoccoli, Publisher, at (tony@valleylifestyles.com). LEGAL STUFF: Valley Lifestyles magazine assumes no responsibility or liability for claims made by advertisers contained herein. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of Valley Lifestyles magazine or its owners. Valley Lifestyles Magazine is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions. JOIN OR TEAM: Valley Lifestyles Magazine continues to grow and seeks an Advertising Sales Executive. Visit our website www.valleylifestyles.com for more information or send your resume and cover letter to: tony@valleylifestyles.com.

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Do you suffer from mouth sores? New laser technology can remove the pain in just one visit. Ask us how!

What if there was a place you could go where you could get crowns done from start where industry-leading dental innovations were created; where everything from usual to complicated dentistry is routine; and where the dentist himself is sought after nationally and internationally to discuss the latest techniques and innovations in dentistry? There is—and it’s right in your own backyard. John A. Garza D.D.S., P.C. is like no other dental office you’ve experienced. Here, you’ll find - the absolute cutting - edge in laser dentistry in order to make your visits as short, easy and painless as possible. Dr. John A. Garza, a licensed general & certified diode laser dentist, serving the East Valley since 1994, vowed to create a locale that was someplace he would want to go if he were the patient. He wanted to create a place that was co-diagnostic and interactive, and where the patient themselves would be able to make a decision about their dental care based on what they were shown could be done via the latest interactive technological tools.

offered are digital ones, which reduce patient doses of radiation by 98%, and computers at the side of each chair so patients can view the x-rays (and other images) along with the dentist. Some patients joke that “it’s like NASA here!” And that’s a good thing. “For example, with our smile makeovers, it takes about three hours to do an 8-tooth makeover. There are TV screens over the patient’s head playing movies, and throughout allows the patient to leave with color, shape and teeth that they want. And because we’re doing it together, they end up with a custom smile, rather than one where a remote lab technician is making the same thing for everybody and you’re hoping that what is sent back for you is what you want. With this technique, the patient is very involved, and we’re able to personalize it as we go,” Dr. Garza explains. The one-visit solutions are possible thanks to the CEREC by Sirona Dental Systems. It’s the world’s only system for the fabrication of all ceramic dental restorations in one busy schedule for dental care! Dr. Garza is also the creator of The Crane, an innovative and industry-changing tool that removes a crown and bridge without the pounding tools dentists used previously. His expertise regarding this device and his extensive knowledge in general is called upon often in a speaking capacity, and he has taught and given lectures everywhere from overseas to nationally at places like the University of Oklahoma and the Southwest Dental Convention. So whether you need a routine cleaning, a root canal, crown, or complete smile makeover, don’t you owe it to yourself to put yourself in the hands of one of the industry’s most respected dentists, at a trusted location that offers the most cutting-edge technologies and services so that you have the easiest and most advanced dental care possible?

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editor's letter

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“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for the minds and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

olidays in the Valley are a beautiful thing. Growing up on the east coast, my winters consisted of frozen fingers, snow tires, wet socks and a red nose. I fell in love with Arizona the day I moved here, which happened to be December 24th. I left Pennsylvania wrapped tightly in a bubble coat and a hideous pair of snow boots. That night I enjoyed dinner on my friends’ gorgeous patio while wearing a tank top! Christmas morning was met with a nice breeze and open bay windows. How perfect. Whether it’s the sight of snow falling on cacti, or the many holiday events in perfect temperature, the East Valley’s winter season can’t be beat. But, with dinner parties, events and last minute shopping, holidays often seem to flash before people’s eyes. The hustle and bustle of planning, wrapping and baking can keep us so busy we forget to have some holiday fun! So, we found 40 ways to make your holiday season the best one yet. This list of happenings will surely remind you why you live in Arizona. Stay close to home, or jump on the freeway for an adventure that will leave your whole family feeling very merry. Whether it’s an ‘ugly sweater party’ with the beau, or a night on the Polar Express with the family, be sure to cross a few items off of our list. While you’re out having all that fun, take a breath and look around. We have so many things to be thankful for! Those less fortunate are in need of our support, and this issue holds a few ways to give back. The Christmas Idea House is celebrating their 56th year and has raised an astonishing two million dollars to date. Each year, this Arizona based organization creates beautiful Christmas displays in a local home. Explore and shop through the decked rooms, all of your purchases help organizations like Save the Family, the Child Crisis Center and local food banks. As we move toward the New Year take time to think of all you’ve accomplished before diving into your resolutions. The desire to improve is empowering, but make sure to give credit when credit is due… to you! Happy Holidays,

LINDSEY RODRIAN Managing Editor

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EAST VALLEY RESIDENT LIGHTS UP THE STAGE Kelsey Hagan’s infectious personality can ignite a room, while her talents will light up your television screen. At only 18, this East Valley resident is dancing her way across the stage of The X-Factor and instructing your children on Just Dance Kids 2014.

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conventions. “This was my focus,” smiles Kelsey. “It gave me the opportunity to really focus on my technique, while making connections and meeting mentors that have really changed my life.” One of those life-changing moments occurred at a national convention in Los Angeles when Kelsey was only 15. A Los Angeles and New York-based dance agency, Clear Talent Group, held auditions for only one dancer to win representation. “When I was the one chosen, I realized my dream was coming true,” she says.

Clear Talent Group began working with Kelsey following her audition at Co. Dance Conventions. Since then, Kelsey has appeared in the dance apparel magazine, Discount Dance Supply, a Macy’s commercial, and the Macy’s Rising Star Megan & Liz music video, “Bad for Me”. After graduating in June of 2013, a whirlwind of opportunities swept Kelsey into the limelight and in front of the green screen. Catch Kelsey dancing up a storm in the new Just Dance Kids 2014, a popular dance-based video game featuring top songs with choreographed movements. For Ariana Grande’s “Put Your Hearts Up”, and Selena Gomez’s “Magic Carpet”, Kelsey will show you all the right moves for that high score! “It was such an exciting and anticipated project because we had no idea what the game would look like,” explains Kelsey. “We shot the dance a few times, and then there was a six month waiting period.” Her excitement was met when she saw the game’s finished product. “The animation and graphics are so fun!” beams Kelsey. “I mean, I have hearts coming from my hands!” Her recent appearance

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on the The X-Factor was yet another amazing opportunity for this local super star. After five days of rehearsals, Kelsey performed two numbers in the opening live show--with Ellona Santiago in “Till the World Ends” and Josh Levi in “Only Girl”. “Performing in a live show was an incredible experience!” explains Kelsey. “I was able to meet the judges, hang out with the contestants and work with a bunch of other amazing people.” Although Kelsey’s career is gaining serious momentum, she is still very active at CanDance Studios in Gilbert. CanDance opened in 2012 and is run by three professional instructors that Kelsey has worked with since she was 14. She feels blessed to call these instructors her mentors. “They all work professionally in the industry and have been so helpful in guiding me through my experience in the commercial side of dance.” Between traveling, gigs and auditions, Kelsey practices three to four days a week and actively teaches ages 2-4 and 5-10 in ballet, jazz, tap and musical theater at CanDance Studios. Kelsey’s passion, drive and super-sweet personality are sure to guide her toward Hollywood, a plan she is currently constructing. Her bright future is as star-studded as her high top sneakers and mesmerizing performances. Be on the look out for this local firecracker!


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The Palms Theatre recently re-opened with much fanfare and is presenting Disney’s Sleeping Beauty for the holidays. Early and regular matinees are perfect for younger kids and school groups, while evening performances are convenient for the entire family. A familyfriendly food buffet is included in the cost of the show and boasts a wide variety of foods and deserts. With Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, casting is more of a challenge than directing. The cast is comprised of local adults and children. “It’s 100% locally cast,” says Director Rob Watson. “The kids get training at the children’s theatre and then receive their professional experience with us. They frequently cast children from East Valley Children’s Theatre and Studio 3 Performing Arts. This production will be faithful to the beloved Disney classic film and is perfect for the holidays. In Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, it is Princess Aurora’s 16th birthday, 30

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   The holidays conventionally suggest entertaining, which can sometimes translate into a distressing burden. This year, ease the angst of entertaining and assemble a crew of your closest couple friends for a progressive dinner. A trendy variant on a potluck dinner, this safari supper divvies up the duty and relieves the pressure of entertaining. Rather than guests bringing food to your home, this is a traveling party where each successive course is eaten at a different host’s house. The guests progress from house to house en masse for each course.    Largely popular in the 1950s, progressive dinners declined in the 80s and 90s when disposable income was common and catered affairs were all the rage. Reemerging as a cutting-edge, low-cost entertaining option in today’s economic climate, we’ve got the inside scoop on planning your very own safari-style supper. PICK A STYLE

A progressive dinner is a nice way to share the spirit of the holidays with a group of friends. It can double as a gift exchange, which can be the experience of the dinner itself, or a collective showering of gifts among friends at each host’s house. When taking pencil to paper to plan your progressive meal, decide what kind of event you want to have: a laissez-faire occasion, a family fun feast where kids are king, a formal affair in which dusting off the china is required, a decadent desserts only delight, or a themed cuisine evening (Italian, Mexican, classic comfort food, etc.). GUESTS COME NEXT

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A traditional layout looks like this: Host 1 serves hors d’ oeuvres and perhaps a signature cocktail. Host 2 serves a first course of soup or salad. Host 3 serves the main course with sides, perhaps paired with wine. Host 4 serves dessert, or perhaps a tasting menu of a variety of desserts. Host 5 offers an array of after-dinner drinks and specialty coffees or espresso. Consider the talents, preferences, and home layout of each host when designating courses. STICK TO A SCHEDULE

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Many of you have heard the phrase, “Finish Strong,” or have seen it on the walls at Funktional Fitness here in Gilbert, but what does it really mean? December is the best month to dive into this powerful slogan because it wraps up another remarkable year in 2013. How will you choose to respond to everything that has happened to you this year? Are you still dwelling on a speed bump you hit in May? Are you still overwhelmed with the changes that happened this past September? Change, obstacles, uncertainties, speed bumps, discomfort, busyness, laziness, and self-sabotage are all things that can consume us at some point in time, but how will you respond? Ultimately, the choice is yours. When you think about finishing strong, nothing else matters. If you are in the 4th quarter of a game, what happened in the 1st quarter cannot be controlled, but what can be controlled is that very next play. The same holds true during our yearly games of life. This December is your 4th quarter. As a matter of fact, it is your 2-minute warning before another beautiful year begins. What choices are you going to make regarding your food intake? What changes are you going to implement to your fitness regime? What relationship are you going to strengthen? Who are you going to reach out to and help this month? Don’t wait until next year to get going. Stay focused on this year, this month, this day, and achieve a goal or feat – no matter how big or small – that means something to you before January arrives. The momentum you build and the confidence you gain as you finish this year strong will carry you right into a successful January. Put all of your efforts and focus into NOW, and you will reap the benefits in the future. Choose to push yourself to the next level. Choose to overcome the obstacles you’ve faced this year. Choose to make a difference. Choose to “Finish Strong”.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE AT RAWHIDE

Stroll the Western town, dance at Wagon Wheel Plaza to live music, watch a Western show at Six Gun Theater or visit Belle’s Saloon for drink specials. A fireworks show will light up the town at midnight. A special party at the steakhouse offers live music, dancing, a buffet, party favors, a Rawhide town pass and champagne toast. Steakhouse reservations recommended. Time: Gates open at 5 p.m.; Steakhouse event at 9 p.m. Cost: $5 per car; $19-47 for steakhouse party. 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, (480) 502-5600, rawhide.com GOLFLAND’S NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

Ring in 2014 in a family-friendly environment at Golfland. Enjoy unlimited attractions and video games, a DJ, dance floor and midnight balloon drop. Time: 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. Cost: Regular admission. 155 West Hampton Avenue, Mesa, (480) 834-8319, golfland.com/mesa

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Conclude 2013 in style at Kai, Arizona’s only Five-Star and Five-Diamond restaurant, where Executive Chef, Michael O’Dowd will present special five or nine-course tasting menus. Time: Reservations for the five and ninecourse menus will be accepted from 5 – 9 p.m., Cost: Prices for the meals range from $140 to $225 and include various ranges of optional wine-pairings. 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Chandler, (602) 385-5726, wildhorsepassresort.com

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Ring in the New Year with a hilarious production of Cash on Delivery. Includes the show, complimentary party favors, dessert bar and soda. Time: Two performances, one at 6 p.m. and one at 9:30 p.m., Cost: $35 per ticket. 50 W. Page Avenue, Gilbert, (480) 497-1181, haletheatrearizona.com MILL AVENUE NEW YEAR’S EVE

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programs from scouts to schools. Last month, Banner Children’s anchored the Brett Saks Foundations Bike Land at Chandler’s Day of Play. Once there, the foundation’s treasured sponsors educated the kids with training stations mimicking real life biking situations, helped with minor bike repair and donated 500 bike helmets to attendees. Additionally, the foundation committed to donating 25 percent of the proceeds from the Fit Kids Bike Ride to Chandler Schools. Each spring, the foundation hosts Brett’s Film Fest where the community comes together

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When I first launched my practice I asked my wife (a nonlawyer) what came to her mind when I said, “Estate Plan.” She responded by singing Good Charlotte’s ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’. The fact is, she’s not alone. Most of us tend to picture some variation of the 1-percenter lifestyle. And since we are not among the 1-percent, we steer clear telling ourselves, “That’s not me. I don’t need one of those.” But, you do. The classic “Estate Planning” spiel usually includes some hardhitting questions like, “What if I died today?” So, what motivates people to take time out of their schedule to meet with an attorney, planning for something they don’t want to think about? The shortest answer for most people is, they don’t. An “Estate” just means what you own. Everything you own. Including children (shhh, don’t tell them I said that they are your property.) The extent of most people’s estate usually is a house, a couple of cars, a checking and savings account, and maybe some money in a 401k, a life insurance policy, and minor children. Ask yourself, would you want the State deciding what happens with any one of those things? Typically in a 401k or Life Insurance situation you’ll designate a beneficiary yourself (and if you designated the State as your beneficiary, this article

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is clearly not for you). Your home, bank accounts, and personal property, and your children are different; without any direction from you, the State will determine who gets it, him, her, or them. For the parents of minor children, this is (or should be) a scary thought. But this article is also not about throwing around a slew of tired out scare tactics. The fact is, we love our children. Thinking about not being there to raise them is unpleasant. But, putting a plan in place to determine where they should go in the event of that type of tragedy is one of the best ways to say, “I love you” when you may not be able to actually say it. For middle-aged people whose children are now leaving faster than you ever thought they could or would, you are probably entering the world of mostly-healthy. In a phrase, your mortality is starting to become a reality. You’re no longer invincible, and the clock will not unwind. I’ll spare you the statistics, but its time to begin thinking about what once seemed impossible and make a plan. For the twilighters, you have undoubtedly seen throughout your life the effects of good and bad (or no) planning. Even though it is not a welcome thought, a plan can ease anxiety (both for you and your children) and assure that you are taken care of in the manner you want to be. Even though it may be your children who will carry out

the plan, it is far better to provide some guidelines than to leave it completely up to them. As we near the holiday season, our thoughts turn to family, food, and (not to sound too corny) peace on earth and good will to men. Consider what your motivation is to put a plan in place. Whether it is to protect yourself, your stuff, or your children, a solid plan will usually address all three and help to make this holiday season the most peaceful one yet.

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WAYS TO CELEBRATE

The Season ARIZONA STYLE BY LINDSEY RODRIAN AND KIMBERLY STREDNEY

We love winter in the East Valley! Whether you are craving snow, or thankfully mowing your lawn, we’ve got you covered. This month, get out, get festive and celebrate the season- Arizonian style.

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Spend an Evening with Scrooge Mesa’s Southwest Shakespeare Company brings this timeless story to life November 30- December 21. The story of Scrooge and his Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future will enchant the young and old alike. Southwest Shakespeare Co., Mesa, (602) 535-1202, swshakespeare.org

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Wear Scarves for Fashion, Not Function

Patterns, prints and pops of color! In all types of fabrics, sizes and styles, scarves are killer holiday accessories. And, there are so many ways you can wrap, fold and rock them. Our local boutiques know what’s hot this season and have a variety of different styles and fabrics to choose from. Go to town! Junky Trunk Boutique, Gilbert, (480) 854-4441, junkytrunkboutique.com

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Throw an Outdoor Holiday Dinner Party Create a romantic or fun dinner party in your backyard. The ambiance of a burning fire pit, twinkly lights, an outdoor heater and a candle-lit table will transform your patio into a fourstar restaurant for your special guests. Today’s Patio, Gilbert, (480)-2896400, todayspatio.com

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Gift a Furry Family Member

The ever-popular “I want a puppy for Christmas” may not be such a bad gift suggestion. An animal can teach children responsibility and enrich the family as a whole. Instead of heading to a pet store, rescue a puppy that has been saved from the euthanasia list. A Dog’s Tale Animal Rescue has an array of pups, varying in age and breed. And, all of their adoptees are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped! A Dog’s Tale Animal Rescue, (702) 232-1194, adogstale.org

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Shovel your Garden Instead of Snow While many others across the country start each day shoveling heavy snow, we have the opportunity to embrace our mile Arizona winter by starting a garden. December and January are the best months to plant your peach, plum and apricot trees. Also, roses, berries and bulbs flourish when planted in the winter months. Now is the perfect time to begin preparing your garden for spring! A & P Nursery, Gilbert and Mesa, (480) 892-7939, apnursery.com

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Host Your East Coast Family for a Desert Holiday

Family really makes the holidays, and your relatives from the snowy states will love Arizona’s amazing winter weather. Bring everyone together for a classic desert holiday where sunshine shorts are plentiful. Incorporate activities that allow for ultimate outdoor enjoyment! Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau, (602) 254-6500, visitphoenix.com

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See The Nutcracker Ballet Arizona with The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall presents the beautifully classic winter story of Clara and her magical Nutcracker Prince. Your smile will grow as the stage fills with dancing toys, mice, flowers and sparkling snowflakes. Ib Anderson’s The Nutcracker will run from December 6 – 24. Be sure to get your tickets now! Ballet Arizona, Phoenix, (602) 381-1096, balletaz.org

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Ice Skate Atop the W Hotel

CHILL at W Scottsdale, open December 5-29, transforms the W’s famous WET pool deck into a winter wonderland. This hybrid ice skating rink features twinkly lights, decorated cabanas, falling snow and a fully stocked bar. For only $10 an hour, adults and children can enjoy the thrills of ice skating and the beautiful W. W Scottsdale Hotel, (480) 970-2100, wscottsdalehotel.com

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Hike Camelback Mountain to Burn Off Holiday Calories Camelback Mountain offers some amazing views! If you are feeling guilty about the holiday goodies you have consumed, lace up your sneakers and make your way to Camelback! This mountain, with an elevation of 2,704 feet, offers two hiking trails: Echo Canyon and Cholla. Echo Canyon has been closed since January 2013 as part of a major improvement project, but is scheduled to be tentatively re-opened by January 2014 Take in the sights, and feel good about yourself! Camelback Mountain, Phoenix, arizonahiking.org

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Deck Your Palm Trees! Get creative with your lights this year and deck your palm trees in a candy cane fashion. Grab a few strands of lights, and begin at the base. Carefully wrap the trunk in a spiral pattern, alternating white and red light strands. Once you reach the palm fronds, string lights at the base of the frond. Consider using some old ornaments to deck your palms as well. Home Depot, homedepot.com

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Bust Out Your Ugly Sweater

Whether you head to the local Goodwill or order an amazingly ugly piece online, ugly sweater parties and runs are a fun new trend. The more reindeers, puffs and patterns, the better! Throw your own party or attend one of the many being held throughout the Valley. Goodwill, Various Locations, (480) 545-3405, goodwillaz.org

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Watch Tempe Town Lake Illuminate Take a trip to Tempe Town Lake on December 14 to enjoy one of the Valley’s most unique holiday events. The boat parade, presented by SRP, will feature as many as 50 boats, sparkling in a festive fashion. Enjoy a luminary-lite walk through the paths of the park, a visit with Santa and a fireworks display. Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade, Tempe, (480) 355-6060, millavenue.com

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Celebrate Christmas at the Princess Make your way to the gorgeous Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for their holiday happenings. Highlights – all open to the public – include a four-story tall dancing and singing Christmas tree. Decked with a fivefoot snowflake tree-topper and 65,000 LED lights, this tree will sing and dance to some of your favorite Christmas carols! Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, (480) 585-4848, fairmont.com/scottsdale

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Attend The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Star-studded with local child actors from the East Valley Children’s Theatre, this classic Christmas comedy is one of the best holiday stories ever written. Enjoy a laugh and a great show with the family at Mesa Arts Center. Running from November 26-December 9, this show is a must-see! Mesa Arts Center, (480) 644-6500, mesaartscenter.com

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Pretend a Carriage is a Sleigh KC’s Classic Carriage Company decks out their carriages and offers festive rides at a variety of locations throughout the Valley. The holiday carriage rides trot through brightly decorated neighborhoods and the twinkling streets of Old Town Scottsdale. KC’s Classic Carriage Company, Phoenix, (480) 855-3810, horsencarriage.com

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Channel Your Inner Santa Giving back always brightens the holidays. Spend an evening with the amazing staff and volunteers at the Valley of the Sun United Way. Sort presents based on age and interest, make some friends, and brighten the smiles of hundreds of children. Valley of the Sun United Way, Phoenix, (602) 631-4800, vsuw.org

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San Tan Flat grill and saloon famously boasts “all the fun of camping, without having to sleep on the ground”. So, grab the kids and make your way to San Tan Flat. Here, you can roast marshmallows over a fire pit, listen to live music and enjoy a fun atmosphere. San Tan Flat, Queen Creek, (480) 882-2995, santanflat.com

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Take a Santa Pub Crawl on a Beach Cruiser We may not have the ocean, but we can still cruise by Tempe Town Lake on our way to Mill Avenue to hit up a few (or more) of the 15+ bars located along this infamous stretch of road in Arizona’s college town mecca. Don’t have a bike? The Bicycle Exchange can hook up your whole crew with vintage cruisers at a low cost. Don’t forget your Santa hats! Bicycle Exchange, Tempe, (602) 214-2039, azbicycleexchange.com

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Spend a Holiday Weekend in Sedona Looking to do a little holiday shopping in a quaint little town amidst some jaw dropping scenery? Take a day or weekend trip up to Red Rock Country and explore the sights and tastes of the season as you stroll through Tlaquepaque’s charming shops. On Dec 14, experience the annual Festival of Lights. Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, Sedona, (928) 282-4838, tlaq.com VALLEY LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013

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Cut Down Your Own Tree Don’t like the selection this year in the Home Depot parking lot? Head north this year to one of Arizona’s gorgeous National Forests – Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves, Kaibab, Prescott or Tonto – to choose your own jubilant juniper to display in your home’s front window. Don’t forget to apply for a permit. Coconino National Forest Service, Flagstaff, (928) 527-3600, fs.usda.gov/coconino

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Get Lost in a Winter Wonderland If you missed the Pumpkin & Chili Party this fall, don’t despair! Schnepf Farms will once again host their annual Winter Wonderland festival where 50 tons of snow will be dumped on the farm for some holiday fun. Have breakfast or lunch with Santa, sled and play in snow, ride the train, ice skate, take a hay ride and visit the petting zoo. Call or visit the website for more info as times and attractions vary daily. Schnepf Farms, Queen Creek, (480) 987-3100, schnepffarms.com

Light Up the Desert If you haven’t made it out to the Desert Botanical Garden for the annual Las Noches de Las Luminarias yet, you’ve been missing out. Each night the Garden comes to life with the soft glow from more than 8,000 handlit Luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and Chihuly’s vibrant works of art. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider and enjoy the sounds of hand bells ringing and Dickens Carolers singing. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, (480) 941-1225, dbg.org

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Spend a Week in the Snow without Leaving Phoenix Visit the Arizona Science Center during Snow Week and enjoy daily themed activities, plus 30 tons of snow all week long from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Experience the science of snow with themed activities and live demonstrations, including how to make snowflakes, how snow forms and what causes it to snow. Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, (602) 716-2000, azscience.org

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Celebrate the Spirit of the Southwest Catch the Spirit of the Southwest at the annual Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade on Dec 28th at 11 a.m. Now in its 43rd year, this parade presented by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation will feature a wide variety of brightly colored floats, helium balloons, equestrian units, specialty groups, charitable organizations and local celebrities. The parade route traverses nearly two miles in historic downtown Phoenix, and the event is free to the public. Central Phoenix, (480) 350-0911, fiestabowl.org


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Eat New Year’s Day Brunch Outside One of the best things about putting up with three months of 100+ degree temperatures in the summer is being able to dine outdoors all winter long. Grab some friends and head up to the Morning Glory Patio at The Farm on South Mountain to feed your NYE hangover. There isn’t a better way to spend the first day of a new year than outside basking in the sweet Arizona sunshine. The Farm at South Mountain, Phoenix, (602) 276-6360, thefarmatsouthmountain.com

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Leave Your Coat at Home As brave individuals across the country bundle up for long days of holiday shopping form store to store in freezing temperatures, we have the advantage of hopping in our cars in whatever we put on that morning. As you meander through the outdoor shops at Tempe Marketplace sans winter coat and boots, you will remember once again why you love spending the holidays here. Tempe Marketplace, Tempe, (480) 966-9338, tempemarketplace.com

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A Holiday Fun Run Without the Red Nose One perk of living in a climate with a mild winter is the ability to exercise outdoors without freezing your jingle bells off. This year’s 5th Annual 12 K’s of Christmas will be held Dec 14th in Gilbert. Run in a sea of Santas in the 12K, 6K or 1.2K Sled Run. Highlights include carolers at every K, prizes for best costume, a Christmas Bazaar and Santa’s Pet Village. Freestone District Park, Gilbert, (480) 609-3978, 12krun.com

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Feed the World During the holidays, many of us volunteer our time at local homeless and animal shelters. In Tempe, we also have an opportunity to volunteer for a group that feeds children around the world. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization where children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, which are then shipped to nearly 70 countries around the world. Feed My Starving Children, Tempe, (480) 626-1970, fmsc.org

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Save a Life Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary is looking for volunteers to help out with adoptable shelter animals at the PetSmart Holiday Pet Festival in Scottsdale. Help is needed on December 6th for set-up and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 7th at the event that will take place at WestWorld. If you can’t volunteer, bring your pets for a photo with Santa! WestWorld, Scottsdale, (480) 406-7301, holidaypetfestival.com

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WALT’S JEWELERS Sam Odom grew up in the world of jewelry. In 1956, his father Walt established Walt’s Jewelers (then known as Walt’s Jewel Box) in Mammoth, Arizona. Sam spent his younger years sweeping and maintaining the new family business. At age 12, his responsibilities changed. “One day my father told me to stop by the shop after school,” Sam explains. There waiting for him was a box and book. “My father said, ‘This is your new job. Read your book, and learn how to engrave.’”

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Throughout high school and college, Sam was active in the business until he purchased it from his father in the mid-70s. “I fell in love,” Sam smiles. His many years of tending to the shop, engraving and learning about stones, cuts and styles are evident through his passion for his family’s business. “As I moved on into jewelry repair and custom designing, I was absolutely intrigued with how you could take a small amount of gold and a few gem stones and create a thing of beauty,” Sam says. Walt’s Jewelers, one of Arizona’s original jewelry stores, made the move to the East Valley in the mid-80s. Now, located on the SE corner of Gilbert & Germann Road, Valley residents can enjoy the uniqueness of this shop. Specializing in custom pieces, Walt’s can create a piece you’ve dreamt of or collaborate with a family heirloom to create something gorgeous and sentimental. Sam and his wife Melissa admit the move was like starting over. Sam possessed the knowledge and talent to make and repair jewelry, but it was Melissa who held the knowledge and talent to run a successful business. Sam is grateful for the team that they create together. “Operating a business has not always been the cakewalk that a lot of people think, but it’s a whole lot easier when your business partner, your best friend, and your wife are all the same person,” Sam says. If you are looking to combine currently owned items or create a one-of-a-kind piece, the Walt’s team will guide you through style design and selection. A rough sketch, computer render and finally, a wax form are made in-house, making your jewel-filled dreams a reality. Sam praises the talent of his creators. “Someone can come into the shop with a drawing on a napkin and we create it.”

Q. WHAT IS “WALT’S WISH LIST”? A. It’s a magnet that states, “I have a wish list at Walt’s Jewelers.” Maybe there is a birthday coming up, so it can be placed on the fridge or somewhere to be seen. Then, the husband or boyfriend can bring in the magnet, and see the wish list. (GENIUS!)

Q. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER A “TIMELESS PIECE”? A. Pearls would most definitely be a timeless piece--they have been adornments for thousands of years. Pearls, together with a little gold, or worn as a strand around the neck, are absolutely stunning.

Q. WHAT STYLES ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON? A. We are excited about our custom, one-of-a-kind, pieces. Just think, out of all of the billions of people in this world, you could be the only one who owns this particular piece.

Q. WHAT ARE A FEW JEWELRY TRENDS FOR 2014? A. Gold has once again been recognized as a valuable commodity. Gold jewelry is making a huge comeback in the industry.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: WALT’S JEWELERS 143 E. Germann Rd, Gilbert (480) 899-9199 waltsjewelers.com

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Q. WHAT’S HOT RIGHT NOW? A. Rose gold is very popular here in Arizona, but in costal areas, you’ll see a lot of yellow gold. And it’s making its way here to the Valley. Q. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE A TIMELESS PIECE? A. To me, a timeless piece is anything passed down from a family member--it always has that sentimental value. Q. WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE TO MEN LOOKING FOR JEWELRY FOR WOMEN? A. Buy from someone that is educated and trustworthy. Q. WHAT HOLIDAY STYLES ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT? A. I’m looking out for new styles in rose gold.

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Terry Gabel opened his first jewelry store in 1985. While living in Kentucky, he studied diamonds and colored stones at the Gemological Institute of America. After years of working in corporate jewelry, Terry left for a chance to open his own business, incorporating his own integrity and moral values in an independent, family owned and operated retail jewelry business. T. GABEL Fine Jewelry made their move to Mesa, Arizona in 1988. Since then, they have been providing quality customer service and products to the East Valley. Terry’s son, Troy has since become a GIA graduate himself and operates the family business with his father. Together, they offer a comfortable, calm environment specializing in jewelry repairs, custom manufacturing and certified loose diamond and colored stones. And the Gabel men take pride in their styles and choices. “We have full control over what we carry,” explains Troy. “And we try to catch innovative trends; the benefit to being independent is that we pick up things that are different and unique.” Troy and his father also love the opportunity to offer custom manufacture and repair in-house. If you are looking to make a custom piece, the Gabels have access to anything and everything. “If you are looking for that exotic, beautiful ruby,” Troy smiles, “we can find it.”

Q. WHAT SPECIALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE SEASON? A. We have selected pieces at 50 percent off through the New Year. Q. WHAT’S A GO-TO GIFT FOR A MAN? A. Personally, I think a watch is the best bet.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: T. GABEL FINE JEWELRY 1445 S Arizona Ave, Suite 3, Chandler (480) 899-5700, tgabelfinejewelry.com

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HANEY’S FAMILY JEWELERS Troy Haney, owner of Haney’s Family Jewelers, was introduced to metalworking and jewelry design in high school. He found his professors inspiring, and after graduation began looking for an introductory position. This first job gave Troy the opportunity to learn some essential basics of the trade in a local family-owned business environment. With a foundation built, Troy pursued his dream of a career in the fine jewelry trade, ultimately becoming an independent storeowner. In August 2005 Haney’s Family Jewelers opened in Gilbert at Power and Ray Road, practicing friendly service and professional expertise. With the ability to create and repair in-house, this family-owned jewelry store can cater to your carats, or help you find the perfect ones.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: HANEY’S FAMILY JEWELERS 5022 S Power Rd #108, Mesa, (480) 279-6688, haneysfamilyjewelers.com

Q. WHAT ARE A FEW JEWELRY TRENDS FOR 2014? A. As in years past, wedding rings are going to be a hit this year. Our focus will be on creating unique custom designs featuring .75 carat diamonds and larger. Q. WHAT ARE A FEW TIPS TO CONSIDER/LOOK OUT FOR WHEN CHOOSING A DIAMOND? A. I feel when shopping for a diamond the best approach is the sight test. Most people wouldn’t buy a car before driving it. Likewise, you should never buy a diamond without seeing it first and most importantly, seeing it next to other various qualities of diamonds. Once the quality of any given diamond is established,

it is much easier to establish value. Seeing your diamond from all aspects before you purchase will bring more satisfaction than impulse buying. Q. WHAT STYLES ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON? A. This holiday, diamonds are making a big impression. I believe it will be diamonds of every size and shape, mostly in engagement rings, diamond pendants and earrings. I think we are all looking forward to a bright holiday season. Q. WHAT SPECIALS ARE YOU OFFERING FOR THE SEASON? A. Through December we are offering 25-40 percent off of all in-stock items.

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Everything has its humble beginnings. And for the 67-year-old volunteer organization, Desert Club (one of the oldest women’s volunteer organizations in the Valley), it all started with the simple goal of service and giving back.

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When the Desert Club began, members raised money for scholarships and charities through rummage sales and cooking dinner for the Mesa Rotary Club on Wednesday nights. Then in 1958, they came up with a new idea for a fundraiser, the Christmas Idea House. The women offered a home tour where people could come shop for holiday goods to decorate their own houses in the Valley. Hand-stitched quilts, wreaths and even decor made from empty tuna cans and yardsticks were just some of the modest items available for purchase. The first event was a total success, raising about $700. Now, the annual Christmas Idea House is in its 56th year, bringing in thousands of visitors every year. Thus far, the organization has raised more than $2 million to date. “We decorate the house with items we have purchased or made,” explains Debby Doyle, Desert Club’s 2013 president. “For example, if we buy a glass ornament, we don’t sell it as-is-we decorate it or change it or enhance it in some way. We try to customize it so you can’t buy it anywhere else. We’ll paint it, tie ribbons, add pretty hooks, and change it in some way.”    Desert Club has 40 members involved in the Christmas Idea House, as well as several “lifetime” members who come together to help put on the annual fundraiser. There are handmade quilts, aprons, baby clothes, rocking chairs, several Christmas trees, tree skirts, ornaments and holiday decorations galore throughout the house. The women break out into committees, and each committee is responsible for decorating one room in the house. It’s a process that takes an entire year to plan, with the women going to market as soon as January to purchase wholesale items for the year to come. “Not only do we have to make all the items for the room, but we also decorate the house. We start the Monday after Thanksgiving and have to have it done by Tuesday night. We work from 8 a.m. to midnight Monday and Tuesday nights decorating the house,” Doyle says. Each year, an East Valley family volunteers their home for the Christmas Idea House, moving out so that Desert Club can decorate and host the multi-day event. The homes are typically a minimum of 5,000 square feet and have very unique features.    This year’s home, donated by the Check family, is a sprawling 9,000 square foot custom home in the exclusive Whitewing community at Germann Estates of Gilbert. It has a shooting gallery in the basement, a turntable in the garage, curved interior

walls and other unique features. The entire home will be outfitted top to bottom with holiday decor and available for public tours and shopping on December 6 and 7, with a gala preview event happening on December 5. All of the proceeds raised from Christmas Idea House benefit local charities and Desert Club’s scholarship fund. “We split the money, so if we earn $60,000 in profits this year, $30,000 goes toward scholarships and $30,000 goes to other local community charities,” Doyle explains. Save the Family, the Child Crisis Center and local food banks are just some of the organizations that have benefitted in the past. “It’s not just the home tours and unique gifts, it’s what it stands for,” Doyle says, who first visited the Christmas Idea House in 1989 and made it an annual family tradition ever since. In 2004, she decided to get even more involved by joining Desert VALLEY LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013

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As long as the students maintain good standing, they’ll continue to receive financial support every year through college. “When people come back and say thank you and how you affected their life, that’s when you know it’s worth it.”

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At Home Furnishings has become one of the Valley’s favorite furniture stores because of their great selection, mid-range to high-end quality furnishings and competitive pricing. Whether your home needs some updated pieces or an entire room of furniture, customers will find all the latest styles in seating, dining and bedroom furniture, mattresses and accessories. At Home Furnishing also specializes in home office and entertainment room furnishings. Sean Geary and Chad Anderson are business partners and are always seeking quality additions for their store. “We do things a little differently in the sense that we do a lot of custom upholstery, custom entertainment systems and offices. You don’t have to shop at a big box store and have your house look like everyone else’s,” states Geary. “You can get just what you want.” If you happen to see a sectional at At Home Furnishings, you can order it bigger, smaller or with your choice of fabric. You’re 76

ensured to get what works for you in your home, without having to settle for something that is not quite right. Don’t see exactly what you want? “We have a wide variety of catalogues with about 20 or 30 vendors,” Geary says. With all kinds of styles and designs available, you are certain to find the perfect item. Some of the quality vendors carried at At Home Furnishings include Aspenhome, Broyhill, Parker-House and Southern Motion. Geary has been in the retail furniture business for more than 20 years and has amassed relationships with vendors that allow At Home Furnishings to offer high-quality products without the sticker shock. “Our whole concept is that we don’t do a sale per se; our concept is the more you buy, the more you save. You get additional savings, the more that you buy,” Geary explains. It’s the perfect way to re-do an entire room or several rooms.

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service makes the company unique since few Valley companies have seamstresses in-house. Everything is sewn at their facility in Gilbert and customers are welcome to browse online, in-person, or Athena’s can visit your home to provide style, color and design inspiration. Quality brands offered include Hunter Douglas, MechoShade, Tableaux®, and more. “We do a lot with Hunter Douglas because it’s a great brand. They have the best warranty and customer service,” she shares. As window treatments evolve, Athena’s is at the forefront of fashion with the latest styles and fabrics. “Right now everything is more of a simplistic look. There are more basic side panels and grommets on iron rods, rather than fluff.” Athena explained. The trend is getting away from heavier looks and trending towards lighter fabrics, such as linen. Perhaps the return to simplicity in window fashion is a reflection of what’s going with families. “In this busy, high-tech age, it’s great to come home to a beautiful and simple home and enjoy quality time with each other,” explains John.

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Molino Home Furnishings has provided the East Valley with gorgeous, quality furniture since 1988. Specializing in customized pieces, including sectionals and patio furniture, Molino can dress a room. Their bedroom, dinning, office and living room sets are full of variety and style. Molino’s Owner, Steve Molino, guarantees an enjoyable shopping experience, with almost unlimited options. When customizing a sectional, there are over 60 different fabrics to choose from! “The popular and family friendly micro fiber is a go-too,” Steve says, “The fabric is very easy to keep clean unlike woven fabrics, which possess particles that hold on to the spill. “In addition to fabric styles, the customized process includes additions galore. Add extra seating, toss pillows and a chaise to create a piece that will perfectly fit your living room and your family. Each piece is built in the United States, from scratch, and creation takes four to six weeks. Here in Arizona, a patio is often like another room in the house during fall and winter months. The gorgeous and unique pieces inhabiting Molino’s show room will leave your back yard looking like a paradise. The styles range from classic to contemporary and colors range from neutral to vibrant. Don’t be concerned for your furniture’s well-being during the summer months, either. Molino’s uses Sunbrella product, which carries a five year warranty, when crafting their outdoor pieces. Steve prides his artisans and backs their talent with a five year warranty as well. “Our patio furniture will withstand the hot summer sun, monsoons and dust storms,” explains Steve. Molino Home Furnishings offer amazing year round sales. For the holiday season this Gilbert mega-store is offering an amazing special on a three-seat curved sofa with two chairs. This product is wrought iron, powder-coated and made with Sunbrella fabric. So, when you are hosting those holiday guests, they could be enjoying your brand new patio furniture.

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WASHINGTON D.C. AND VIRGINIA

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PRESIDENTIAL VISITS


We recently returned from another wonderful trip to the East Coast and had a rather unique agenda. Our goal was to spend five days in Washington, D.C. visiting as many meaningful historical highlights as possible. And the more iconic museums and renowned memorials we visited, the more we came to realize how truly important a visit to our nation’s capital should be for all Americans. We then embarked next door to northern Virginia to concentrate on visiting the famous estates of four of our most renowned U. S. presidents. The entire visit to D.C. was exceptionally edifying, and each presidential home provided an exceptional look into our country’s history. Nowhere in the U.S. can you visit so many glorious presidential estates, all within close proximity to D.C.

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THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN D.C.:

As in past visits, we decided to do without a car for the first few days since it’s an enjoyable walking city. And, once again, it was a smart choice! Parking can be expensive and sometimes difficult to find in D.C. And if your destination is too far to walk to their local transportation system is one of the East Coast’s best. Good news for folks on a budget: there are no admission fees at the must-see National Zoo, the multitude of amazing Smithsonian Museums, National Monuments and many other federally owned attractions. Of course, as taxpayers we all support these unbelievable facilities and exhibits via our taxes. Be sure to walk the National Mall and the cobblestone streets of the trendy Georgetown area and visit the following: the Lincoln, Washington and Jefferson Memorial Monuments; the War Memorials; Martin Luther King Monument; National Cathedral; and our personal favorite, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The White House is once again open for a limited number of tours, but if you want to arrange one contact your congress member. Can’t arrange a tour? No problem, as it remains visible enough to recognize its classic architectural beauty from afar. Capitol Hill, home to the Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, Library of Congress and Botanic Garden is a mustsee free tour, but reservations are needed. www.visitthecapitol.gov. For non-walkers, be sure to sign up for the Big Bus open top sightseeing adventure for an on/off tour of most of D.C. and nearby Arlington, Virginia’s iconic landmarks like their National Cemetery featuring the Tomb of the Unknowns and the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Big Bus also offers some bonus admissions to the Crime Museum, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and a river cruise. www.bigbustours.com. Need a break from history? One of the funniest nights we’ve experienced in years was attending the long- running play “Capitol Steps” at the Ronald Reagan Building. If you like topical political humor and uncontrollable laughing, don’t miss this show! www.capsteps.com. As professional baseball junkies, we walked a mile or so to watch a thrilling Washington Nationals baseball game in their stunning new waterfront ballpark and recommend the experience to all sports enthusiasts. http:// nationals.mlb.com. For complete info on the above plus more things to do, events, hotel packages, dining options, etc. in D.C. go to: http://washington.org.

WHERE TO STAY AND DINE:

Admittedly, hotel rates in D.C. can be on the high side, but we’re fairly certain

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you can find lodging that will fit most budgets. And when you consider the many free attractions and no need to rent a car, readers may wish to stay at one of D.C.’s premier hotels. Three four-star hotels that we’ve personally experienced and emphatically recommend are Hotel Monaco, Omni Shoreham and Hyatt Regency. The Monaco, built in 1842, is located downtown and was the former site of D.C.’s original Post Office and later housed the Tariff Commission. It’s better to experience this great property as an elite hotel rather than going there to “pay taxes”. And it certainly had better service than any post office we’ve ever visited. For more info: www.monaco-dc.com. Since 1930, the classic Omni Shoreham has been ideally located near Embassy Row, the Zoo and the National Cathedral. Eleven acres of lushly landscaped grounds give guests a feeling of being at a resort rather than a large metropolitan hotel. The best dining experience we had in D.C. was a delightful dinner at Robert’s, Omni’s critically acclaimed signature restaurant. For detailed info: www. omnihotels.com. Seeking a newer hotel? If so, the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill is a perfect upscale choice with gracious service and deluxe amenities ideally located in the heart of town. Best news: we were probably very lucky to capture a rare $99 per night rate via Travelocity.com! www. washingtonregency.hyatt.com. For some of D.C.’s best dining options, foodies should head out to historic 8th street, better known as Barrack’s Row-Main Street. We had a memorable Puerto Rican/Cuban dinner at Banana Café and found numerous other restaurants along this bustling and picturesque avenue that tempted our palates. www.barracksrow.org/on-the-row/ restaurants

PRESIDENTIAL ESTATE VISITS:   Upon finishing our tour of D.C., we

rented a car and headed next door to Alexandria, Virginia and Mount Vernon. This former plantation of our first president, George Washington, is on the banks of the renowned Potomac River. Of all the presidential estates we visited, Mount Vernon (in our eyes) provided the most awesome and inimitable setting and requires the most time to thoroughly enjoy all it has to offer. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to go into much detail about each of these celebrated presidential residences in such a short article. But we can honestly say that each visit was worth the time and minimal expense to experience. So we encourage our readers to go to all the websites we’ll provide to find complete details about each. Hopefully this article and the websites will pique


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your interest to make a similar sojourn. You shouldn’t be disappointed! www.mountvernon. org.    Our next destination was Monticello, the magnificent hilltop mansion of our third president, Thomas Jefferson, located in the beautiful city of Charlottesville, Virginia. Everyone should know what Monticello looks like. Just take a peek on the back of one of your nickel coins. Jefferson not only served his country as President, but was the author of our Declaration of Independence. He’s also known as a famous architect (remarkably self taught), and some of his most famous architectural masterpieces are Monticello and the original buildings of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. It’s one of the country’s most beautiful campuses and deserves a separate visit. www.monticello. org. While in Charlottesville, consider a night’s stay at the famous and historic Boars Head Inn. Or, at minimum, stop in for a delightful dining experience in their Old Mill Room and take a tour of this charming property. www.boarsheadinn.com   A few kilometers up the hill from Monticello, you’ll find the rather small Ash LawnHighland, the modest home of James Monroe, our 5th U.S. President. Although the Monroe homestead was the most unpretentious we visited, we gained a ton of respect for his humble lifestyle, loyal marital life and unbelievable service to our country. He held more high level government positions, both elected and appointed, over more years than any other past

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president. www.ashlawnhighland.org. Be sure to check into the special “Neighborhood Pass” ticket that includes both tours at Monticello and Ash Lawn, plus the landmark Michie Tavern established in 1784. You might consider having a dining experience rich in southern culture and hospitality at this rustic tavern featuring 18th century recipes served by waitpersons in period attire. www.michietavern.com   Just a couple of miles north of Charlottesville near the town of Orange is Montpelier, the manor of James Madison, our 4th president. For many years, the famous DuPont family owned this marvelous property and had added numerous rooms and made countless changes. Millions of dollars were raised to hire the finest artisans to restore the famed domicile back to its notable origins, and the dramatic results and grand setting are definitely worth the visit. www.montpelier.org

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   A husband and wife with Las Vegas roots are bringing the flavor and service of the Strip’s five- star restaurants to East Valley residents in Gilbert, while educating guests about authentic Italian cuisine.   “We live in Gilbert, raised our children in Gilbert and we wanted our establishment to be in Gilbert,” says Dina Zappone, who operates Zappone’s Italian Bistro with husband Salvatore. “Our goal is to combine first-class Italian cuisine with first-class Las Vegas service that satisfies our guests.” The couple met in Las Vegas’ restaurant industry and shared an interest for food and Italian heritage, as both Dina and Salvatore’s parents are from Italy.

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   “We try to step out of the box; because of our authentic Italian roots, we feel a real responsibility to educate our guests,” she imparts. “We are not just another Italian restaurant, and we are proud of that. We have a buzz from our guests telling their friends and their family, so we have to live up to their expectations.” And they do! Zappone’s welcoming and warm environment make a great first impression, while the food and service steals hearts. It’s refreshing to see a smiling Dina greet guests by name, while Sal makes specialty items to cater to his ever-faithful customers.    The Zappones may have met as employees at the Mirage, but now as business owners in Gilbert their top priority is customer satisfaction at their own establishment. This transition is natural to both as the couple ran a restaurant in Utah before moving to Las Vegas, named Bruno’s Italian Deli after Dina’s side of the family.    Part of the Zappone’s Italian Bistro experience is the fun and unique tasting and cooking events they host regularly throughout the year. This includes a monthly cooking class, ‘Chef Offs’ and casual wine dinner packages on Wednesdays and other holidays. “We offer a three-course meal and three wine pairings, all for only 30 dollars,” says Dina. “We

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think it is one of the great dining deals in the valley. It is a natural fit for a date too.” No matter if you are on a first date or an anniversary dinner, the menu at Zappone’s amplifies the restaurant’s ambiance by surpassing the expectations of their guests.    The menu is highlighted with fresh items cooked from scratch, from appetizers and sandwiches to entrees and desserts. “Our homemade spinach ravioli, veal with pasta sheets and lasagna are all crowd-pleasers,” Dina boasts. “When we have catering clients, that same authentic taste can still be found with our simpler menu items like sandwiches and salads.” Menu items featuring dough use Dina’s father’s 50-year-old recipes. Salvatore’s side of the family is also represented with several of his mother’s recipes, including the homemade lasagna and the tuna and ricotta fritters. “His Italian influence and my Sicilian heritage both shine through the menu, and restaurant,” Dina shares.    As if the homemade entrees weren’t enough, the deliciousness of the dessert menu hits guests instantly in their sweet tooth. Made from scratch, the cannoli and cranberry and orange-flavored cheesecakes are the most popular items. A white sponge cake, mini croissants and an almond custard cream are other

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popular, unique features on the dessert menu. “Our guests get so excited because we offer so many selections that they have never seen or are hard to find,” says Dina.    For both Dina and Salvatore, it is important that Gilbert residents have a unique dining location in their neighborhood that they can call their own, without having to travel to Chandler or Scottsdale. With a seating capacity of 90, large groups receive the same intimate dining experience and attentive customer service as individuals and small groups. “The Vegas-level of customer service is quite refreshing to our guests,” Dina says. “It is all about listening and providing the proper insight for our guests. This sets the stage for the experience of our menu items.” It is an experience that is also enhanced by a 50 percent discount off wines on Tuesdays. The selection includes wine from Italy, California and Washing-

ton. “We truly have fun educating our guests on Italian food and wine,” she concludes. “We enjoy watching our guests come in and try new things. Our entrée specials always sell out because our guests trust our innovation and our ingredients. That is what is important.”

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EGG NOG

1 1/2 oz Vodka, 3/4 oz B & B, 1/2 oz white creme de cacao, 3 oz Egg Nog (very cold) Garnish with a cinnamon stick Traditional egg nog recipes call for bourbon, but you can try swapping it for vodka, tastes more like a White Russian.

SORRENTO IN RED 1 ½ oz. Campari 1 oz. Limoncello Splash of Tangerine Juice Splash of Lime Juice Dash of Orange Bitters

CITRUS WINTER WARMER

1.5 oz. SKYY Infusions Citrus, 0.5 oz. Agave Nectar 4 oz. Hot Water, 3 Cloves, 1 Cinnamon Stick 1 pat Unsalted Butter (just under a tablespoon), Grated Nutmeg Combine all ingredients into a large mug, topping the liquid with hot water last. Stir, grate nutmeg over top and let steep for a couple minutes before serving.

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SOUTHERN SHORE ICED TEA 3 oz Vodka (classic or citrus) 1 oz Blue Curacao 1 oz 5 hour energy berry (half bottle) Splash Sour Splash cranberry juice Lemon wedge

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This electric “iced tea” packs and extra punch by adding energy drinks. If you like Jager bombs or other Red Bull-based mixes, this could be your new holiday favorite.

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IN SEASON PEPPERMINT

PEPPERMINT BY MICHELE BIRD

‘Tis the season for all things peppermint! From delicious desserts to soothing drinks, peppermint isn’t just found in the traditional red and white candy cane anymore. It is available as both oil and leaves, which creates an endless amount of options for use. One of the medicinal benefits of peppermint tea is alleviating stomach pains that often come after enjoying a hearty meal. The holidays are typically filled with frequent dinner parties, so hot peppermint tea could be a good

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post-meal idea. Peppermint can also add a kick to your hot chocolate, mochas, smoothies, and more! Depending on your taste, peppermint can be thrown into just about any drink for a small burst of freshness. Another popular avenue where peppermint can come into play is dessert. Those who have both a sweet tooth and value fresh breath are sure to enjoy the wide variety of recipes that highlight peppermint as a key ingredient. A few sugary ideas that are worth checking out

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include bark, ice cream, taffy, fudge, and brownies. By the looks of it, peppermint seems to be one of the most popular ingredients to grace the holiday season. If you’re not ready to take a walk on the minty side, you can always enjoy the traditional uses of peppermint in gum, candy or toothpaste. Whether you’re a longtime or new fan of this eclectic ingredient, there’s one thing we can all agree on: fresh breath is guaranteed after any peppermint treat!


PEPPERMINT PATTIE BROWNIES INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted | 1 cup granulated sugar | 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract | 1/2 cup all-purpose flour | 2/3 cup chocolate chips 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder | 1/4 teaspoon salt | 1/4 teaspoon baking soda PEPPERMINT PATTIE LAYER

2 cups powdered sugar | 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 3 tablespoons evaporated milk | 1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract | 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract GANACHE

3.5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped | 2.5 tablespoons heavy cream DIRECTIONS:

PEPPERMINT PATTIE COOKIES INGREDIENTS:

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour | 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoons baking soda | 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) of unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1 cup loosely brown sugar | 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature | 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 baking pan with butter or nonstick spray. In a large bowl, combine melted butter with sugar and vanilla extract, whisking until combined and almost smooth. Whisk in each egg one at a time, stirring until a smooth batter forms. Add in flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, stirring until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Spread batter in the 8x8 baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes until set. Remove and let cool. While brownies are cooling, add powdered sugar, butter, milk, vegetable oil, vanilla and peppermint extracts to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until smooth and creamy. Pour over brownies and spread in an even layer with a spoon or spatula. Place in the refrigerator until set, about 30 minutes. To make ganache, heat heavy cream until warm and pour it over chopped chocolate. Stir for a few minutes until totally combined, smooth and creamy. Spread over the top of the peppermint layer or cut brownies first and spoon over top. (Serving size: about 9-12 brownies)

PEPPERMINT PATTIE CREAM

2 cups powdered sugar | 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 3 tablespoons evaporated milk | 1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract | 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract GANACHE

3.5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped | 2.5 tablespoons heavy cream DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda in a bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix the cooled butter and sugars until they are combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and stir until mixed. Gradually add in dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms – it will look crumbly at first, but it will come together. I even used my hands to help at one point. Fold in chocolate chunks. Roll dough into 1-1 1/2-inch balls and place on a nonstick baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the middles are just set. Don’t over bake! Let cool completely. While cookies are cooling, add powdered sugar, butter, milk, vegetable oil, vanilla and peppermint extracts to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until smooth and creamy. Use a spatula and spread the peppermint cream over the top of each cookie evenly. (Serving size: about 20 cookies)

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Introducing the Olive Mill’s NEW breakfast menu. The Olive Mill is now open at 7am daily for breakfast. Already famous for their made-fromscratch lunch menu featuring the Food Network’s acclaimed Kalamata sandwich, breakfast includes signature benedicts [shown here] as well as the “Olive Farmer’s Breakfast” and Vanilla Bean Waffles. New offerings include the “Angry Swine” omelette featuring sausage from The Pork Shop, Ricotta and Vanilla Pancakes, Challah French Toast finished with honey Mascarpone cheese, Nutella, and flambe banana, and “Beast and eggs” fried top sirloin steak with two eggs any style. 25062 South Meridian Rd Queen Creek, (480) 888-9290 queencreekolivemill.com

COACH & WILLIE’S WEEKEND HANGOVER BREAKFAST MENU BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Coach & Willie’s in Chandler serves weekend breakfast in a fun and cheeky way at their upscale, family-friendly sports bar. The menu is playfully dubbed, “Weekend Hangover Breakfast Menu”. Don’t let the name fool you; the food is fantastic! Go healthy with the Flat Belly Florentine Omelet or try the Waffles and Champagne (served with decadent white chocolate). The Green Chile Burrito is the most popular menu item and The Kitchen Sink is everything- scrambled eggs, ham, applewood bacon, roasted green chilies, red onions, cheddar and pepperjack cheeses, tomatoes, avocados and toast. Drunken Chicken and Waffles, anybody? Fried chicken breasts, waffles, eggs and homemade sausage gravy. Join the Coach & Willie’s family and enjoy breakfast in a new way at a family-owned and operated establishment.

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COACH & WILLIE’S 1 E. Boston St. Chandler, (480) 776-6240 coachandwillies.com

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Our satisfying and tasty menu features the freshest produce, all natural and hormone-free meats, made-fromscratch baked goods and oh so much more. Plus, The Spot supports local people. The nearby school sports team, community charities… We love our little nook in the Gilbert neighborhood. Homey touches like speedy deliveries to keep us connected to you, our friends and neighbors here in Gilbert. When you want a fresh and friendly lunch, dinner or delivery from your favorite local hangout, just hit The Spot! NE Corner of Higley & Ray Road. 1493 S Higley Rd., Suite 102 Gilbert, (480) 279-5553 TheSpotAZ.com

Arizona’s best-kept secret.... El Zocalo is housed in the 100 year old Monroe building and has established itself as being a significant addition to the revitalization of downtown Chandler. El Zocalo’s award winning patio is tucked away in the back and offers a private, secluded, romantic retreat. Reminiscent of a true Mexican hacienda. El Zocalo is perfect for quaint weddings, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries or any special occasion. Weekend live music on the patio for dinner, after hours live bands, dancing and Killer outdoor street tacos served from 10:30 PM until 2 AM. Come and check us out! 28 S. San Marcos Place Chandler, (480) 722-0303 elzocalo.com


taku This family (and date night!) friendly, locally owned sushi and Asian fusion restaurant is conveniently located just south of the 202 San Tan on Gilbert Road in the Watermark Center. Valley diners will love the way Otaku’s staff combine an obsession for the freshest fish and weekly specialty items with a fanatical belief that guests should be welcomed and made to feel welcome. For guests that don’t enjoy sushi, they have a full selection of hot food from a variety of cuisines including Chinese, Thai, Korean and Japanese. Stop in today and discover your local Asian destination. 2430 S. Gilbert Rd. Ste. 5, Chandler, (480) 821-3908 otakusushi.com facebook.com/otakusushi

Want to feel special and welcomed by familiar faces? TC’s Pub and Grub offers all the comfort of the local community with the excitement of family-fun and entertainment all week long. Where else can you find indoor and outdoor seating, patio games and happy hour specials seven days a week? Come in and experience all the fun and flavorful, from scratch entrees, daily soup specials and classic pub food TC’s Pub and Grub has to offer. Sun 11am-10pm • Mon-Wed 11am-11pm Thurs 11am-12am • Fri & Sat 11am-2am 7205 S Power Rd, Suite A104 Queen Creek, (480) 988-0313 tcs-pub-and-grub.com

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Zappone’s is an authentic Italian Bistro nestled in the neighborhood of Gilbert. Chef/ Owner Sal makes fresh Ravioli and Manicotti from scratch daily. Italian Crusty Bread is baked fresh daily. Try the Funghi Pizza, with Crimini Mushrooms, mozzarella, caramelized onions, and truffle oil. Join us for Happy Hour Monday-Saturday 3-6pm for Bruschetta, cocktails, wine, and much more starting at $4. Once a month we offer Demo Cooking class on Saturday for $30. Live Entertainment each Fri 7-close Buy a $50 Gift Certificate - get a $10 bonus Holiday Catering Available Open Mon-Sat 11-9pm, Sunday closed 1652 N. Higley Rd, Ste 103 Gilbert, (480) 218-2338 NW Corner of Higley and Baseline

CRAFT YOUR CENTERPIECE BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

Holidays are the perfect time to exercise your crafty creativity. A small personal touch creates a welcoming and memorable dinner. As the focus of your table, the perfect centerpiece can set the mood and leave you feeling inspired! Try out a simple and fun idea to get your decorating juices flowing.

PINWHEEL CANDY CANE LOLLIPOP CENTERPIECE: Nothing screams the holidays like a candy cane.

Hunt down some large red and white pinwheel lollipops and a medium-sized tin bucket. Fill the bucket with sand or stones, and arrange the lollipops in a festive manor.

PINE CONE VASE: Collect

pine cones, get sparkly spray paint and go to town! Once they have dried, fill up your favorite vases and adorn them with a silky red bow.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

HOBBY LOBBY

3456 W Chandler Blvd. (480) 722-1371 hobbylobby.com

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The Sushi Room is a cool, comfortable, yet unpretentious sushi bar and sake lounge. Sit at the exhibition style crescent shaped sushi bar, in the soft seating area in the center of the room, or under a live plant wall. The intimate outdoor patio is favorite people watching spot - in a quant and quiet setting. Huge menu full of sushi rolls, starters, entrées and non-sushi selections. Nightly specials. Happy hour every day 3 to 6:30. Reverse happy hour Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9 to 11 2475 W. Queen Creek Road, Chandler 480.821.9000. www.sushiroomaz.com

THAI CHILI

CHoP Chandler is Chandler’s first locally owned steakhouse and grill. The menu features burgers to bone-in steaks. Simply prepared seasonal fish and nightly specials are cooked to perfection on the seven-foot mesquite hardwood grill. Salads, fresh vegetables, desserts, vegetarian and lighter fare options also grace the menu. An energetic social atmosphere with a U-shaped bar. ChoP’s private dining area will accommodate parties of 50 and is a perfect for business meetings. ChoP’s extensive wine program with close to 200 wines by the bottle sets out to impress even the most vinocentric of palates.   2625 W Queen Creek Rd, Chandler 480.821.0009. www.chopchandler.com

BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

It’s no wonder Thai Chili is packed for lunch on a Monday. Their lunch specials are amazing! If you love all things curry, this is your place. With excellent service, and minimal wait time, this is the perfect spot for lunch. Choose from Red, Green and Yellow Curry, Drunken Noodles and Pad Thai, just to name a few. This special comes with a side salad or soup, egg rolls and steamed rice. This perfect lunch spot will satisfy for dinner, too. So grab all your foodies and your Thai-food-loving friends and show them this Gilbert gem. Dinner boasts appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, specialties, seafood and veggie plates that are busting with flavor, spice and a sweet bite.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

THAI CHILI 3641 E. Baselin Rd., Suite Q-102 Gilbert, (480) 219-8330 www.thaichili.us

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The Living Room has recently undergone a renovation - is looking forward to celebrating four years in Downtown Ocotillo and has been drawing crowds since opening in December 2009. A casual and upbeat wine bar – focusing on hospitality and with a mantra of love, laugh & lounge. $5.00 glasses of wine until 6pm daily.  2475 W Queen Creek Rd, Chandler (480) 855-2848 www.livingroomwinebar.com


H&H CITY PIZZA developed when two chefs were united by their wild ideas, love for unexpected flavors, and overall passion for food. The company was started to provide a different approach to pizza. Using local produce, importing the best tomatoes from Italy, and hand stretching every dough to order, ensures the best quality every time. The pizza is wood fired at 800 degrees using Arizona pecan for a taste that is world-class. The name comes from close-to-home values, the H’s represent the owner’s wives names. H&H CITY PIZZA offers a fast casual, family friendly restaurant for all to enjoy. Southwest corner of Arizona and Ocotillo 4040 S. Arizona Ave. #17, Chandler (480) 659-8170, www.hhcitypizza.com

SOCAL FISH TACO COMPANY – IN DOWNTOWN GILBERT. The coastal California-inspired food café has given Gilbert’s Heritage District surf vibe. From the East Valley family which established Mesa’s Seafood Market three decades ago, SoCal Fish Taco Company is a beachcomber’s take on today’s gastropub, serving premium microbrews and quick, zesty, affordable food in unfussy under-roof and underthe-stars patio settings. Fish tacos, wraps, fresh salads, crab cakes, large shrimp, raw oysters and chowder in a bread bowl: This is food you buy on the beach or from taco stands near the beach in El Segundo, Marina del Rey, Manhattan Beach and Coronado Island. This is food that brings thoughts of the waves, billowing blue sky and feet-in-the-sand summer memories. 219. N. Gilbert Road Gilbert (480) 80-SOCAL (76225) socalfishtacos.com Mon-Sat: 11am-9pm, Closed Sundays

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant is the ideal place for your next dining occasion. Fresh, handcrafted beer and innovative cuisine served in an upscale yet casual atmosphere – that’s what the Gordon Biersch experience is all about! With a broad variety of items featuring inspired flavors, our menu has something for everyone. Our commitment to produce only the highest-quality products is also evident in the beer that we serve. All of our handcrafted German lagers are brewed according to guidelines dating back 500 years. Gordon Biersch is the place where friends and families go for great food, fresh beer and good times! Gordon Biersch San Tan 2218 E. Williams Field Rd., Ste. 101 Gilbert, (480) 722-0883 gordonbiersch.com facebook.com/GBSanTan

BRIO - AT SANTAN VILLAGE, is a casual, white-tablecloth restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian food. BRIO brings the pleasure of the Tuscan country villa to Gilbert. BRIO invites you to enjoy their premium quality steaks, chops, seafood and pasta. BRIO is pleased to offer Weekend Bellini Brunch on Saturdays & Sundays; Large Group Dining; Light Menu with entrees 550 calories or less, Gluten Free Menu, Kid’s Menu, Outdoor Terrace Dining and an Extensive Italian Wine List. 2150 E. Williams Field Road Gilbert, (480) 917-9177 BrioItalian.com Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm Fri & Sat: 11am-11pm

PARADISE BAKERY - AT SANTAN VILLAGE. Is all that shopping making you hungry? Stop by Paradise Bakery & Cafe at San Tan Village shopping center for a wide variety of menu selections including delicious cookies and baked goods, breakfast items, soups, salads and sandwiches. All of our menu items are prepared daily with only the finest ingredients available, just as you would at home. We are a “hands-on” bakery and cafe concept, which is what sets us apart and keeps our loyal customers coming back, again and again. We look forward to seeing you at Paradise Bakery & Cafe at San Tan Village! 2156 E. Williams Field Road Gilbert, (480) 889-7080 Mon-Fri 6am-9pm; Sat 7am-9pm; Sun 7am-8pm Breakfast: Mon-Fri 6-10am; Sat & Sun 7-11am Free Wi-Fi I paradisebakery.com

CANTINA LAREDO - AT SANTAN VILLAGE. Serving modern Mexican food in a sophisticated, vibrant atmosphere. The Mexico City style menu includes grilled fish, chicken and steaks complimented by signature sauces such as chipotle-wine with portobello mushrooms or sauteéd artichoke hearts and roasted red bell peppers. Enjoy the awardwinning signature margarita, the Casa Rita, made from fresh lime juice and the finest tequila. Serving lunch, dinner, drinks, Sunday brunch. Full service catering and private event dining available. 2150 East Williams Field Road Gilbert, (480) 782-6777 Cantinalaredo.com Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm Fri & Sat: 11am-11pm

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EVENTS CALENDAR

GREAT DATES BY NIKKI BALLEY

Holiday Balloon Glow

DECEMBER 7TH, 1:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

For a free family-friendly event, try out The Paisley Pumpkin’s 3rd annual Holiday Balloon Glow! Eighteen brilliantly illuminated hot air balloons will light up the night sky, while on the ground you can shop from up to 80 vendors, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, or take a complimentary carriage ride. There will be plenty of kids activities, live music and food to take advantage of as well. So get the kids together and go out for a magical night full of bright lights and excitement! San Tan Village, 2218 East Williams Field Road, thepaisleypumpkin.com

Las Noches de las Luminarias

Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts

On the nights of December 1-4, 9-23, and the 26-31, come out to the Desert Botanical Garden and enjoy a host of over 8,000 hand-lit Luminaria bags and thousands of white twinkle lights throughout the garden. As described on their website, this event is meant to help you remember what the season of giving is all about. Walk through the garden enjoying the lights and the company of your loved ones while the sounds of carolers surrounds you. The option to “sponsor” a Luminaria bag is available as well, to honor or in memory of a loved one. You will be able to write your own message on the bag as well. Tickets are $30 for adults and $12.50 for children. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, dbg.org

The Tempe Festival of the Arts was ranked among the top 200 art festivals in the nation by Sunshine Art Magazine. Happening every spring and again in the fall, there are consistently more than 200,000 visitors over the three day weekend. As many as 400 artist booths are lined up along Mill Avenue for three days, which creates a unique shopping experience for the avid art lover. While the festival focuses on one’s love for art, there are still plenty other things to do. Street performers will be present, as well as food and beverage vendors and entertainment booths to keep you intrigued throughout the day. Mill Avenue District, Tempe, tempefestivalofthearts.com

MULTIPLE NIGHTS IN DECEMBER

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Zoppe: An Italian Family Circus DECEMBER 26TH-JANUARY 5TH

Since 1842, the Zoppe family has been putting on circus shows all over the world. Giovanni Zoppe, a sixth generation circus performer, plays the main clown in this event featuring acrobatic feats, canine capers, equestrian showmanship and nonstop audience interaction. Come see what 160 years of putting on circus shows can produce with the Zoppe family! As the old Italian expression goes, “You come as strangers, but leave as family.” You are guaranteed to leave the Zoppe family with a smile on your face. Tickets range from $15-38 depending on seating. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue, chandlercenter.org

Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade

Danielle Bradbery Live in Concert

12k’s of Christmas Run

The 31st annual Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade is happening Saturday, December 7th. Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek and benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley, you will not run out of things to do at this event! Live music, vendors, activities, food, photos with Santa and more. The parade starts the event at 10 A.M. heading north on Ellsworth and ending at the Recreation Annex where the festival will immediately follow. Queen Creek Library, 21802 South Ellsworth Road, queencreekparade.org

Join the new KMLE @ 107.9 for the KMLE Country Cares Radiothon to benefit the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They’ll have live entertainment, a KMLE @ 107.9 broadcast, and a free concert by Danielle Bradbery, winner of NBC’s The Voice season four--all from the Tempe Marketplace District Stage! Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, tempemarketplace.com

Get your best Santa suit ready and run with plenty of other Santas! The 5th annual 12k’s of Christmas Run is happening December 14th. Prizes are given for best costume, and there are carolers at every k! If 12k’s is a little much for you, there is an option to do a 6k as well. Also going on is a “Cutest Pet Contest” you can enter your little one into. The 12k’s of Christmas benefits the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and several Arizona rescue groups. Over the last four years, this run has donated over $35,000 to local shelters. Fees range from $35-$45 depending on when you enter. Freestone District Park, 1045 East Juniper Road, 12krun.com

DECEMBER 7TH, 10 A.M. – 3 P.M.

Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights DECEMBER 7TH, 7 P.M.

Kick off the holidays with family and friends, and enjoy a beautiful parade of spectacularly illuminated floats. The parade starts at Arizona and Frye Avenues, heading north on Arizona. Once arriving at the end of the parade at Arizona Place and Boston Street, you will be present for the lighting of one of the most unique trees in the area! Live music, activities, food vendors and visits with Santa will also be available. Downtown Chandler, chandleraz.gov

DECEMBER 12TH DISTRICT STAGE

DECEMBER 14TH, 8:00 A.M.

Mesa Arts Center Holiday Festival DECEMBER 14TH-15TH, 10 A.M. – 5 P.M.

With plenty of time before Christmas, come do your shopping outdoors while enjoying original pieces of art for sale from over 75 local and national artists. No need to wait in long lines at malls or other shopping centers. How about enjoying live music on two different stages while getting your shopping done? Also featured are live artist demonstrations, a family activity center and a multitude of culinary delights. Admission is free, including parking. Come enjoy this family friendly event and get your holiday shopping done in style! Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main Street, mesaartscenter.com

Mill Avenue’s New Year’s Eve DECEMBER 31ST, 6 P.M. – 12 A.M.

So we don’t have the Times Square ball to drop or Ryan Seacrest to talk us through it, but we have Mill Avenue in Tempe! And they do the best they can to make us just as happy as Ryan Seacrest pretends to, if not happier. Admission to Mill Avenue is free during the night, and you will have access to all of the restaurants and bars on the street and the events they may have going on. Family zones will be set up as well, including music, dancing, and interactive games for the little ones. Live bands and fireworks shows will round out the night right before we ring in 2014! Come out and welcome the New Year on Mill. Mill Avenue District, Tempe, millavenue.com VALLEY LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013

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FINAL THOUGHTS

HOLIDAZE BY KELLY POLLARD

I love to shop. One would think the holiday season and all the additional shopping needs would have me embracing the opportunity to hit the mall for a few hours, not the case. I backed out of taking my sons to the dreaded mall Santa far earlier than may have been legal in mommy bylaws. I protest Black Friday and comfort myself with leftover Thanksgiving turkey. I’ve only been driven to wait in one of those wind-around-thestore lines once for the season’s hottest toy, and that was back when the Nintendo Wii was the new gadget on the block. Perhaps I’m traumatized from my college job as a photographer at one of those studios in the main breezeway of Any Mall America. When hired, my boss informed me that the sales between Halloween and Christmas Day accounted for 80 percent of the store’s income for the year. We stacked appointments every twenty minutes, and our lobby swelled with cranky parents and even crankier kids in stiff Christmas finery. If a customer dashed in a few minutes late; if the baby spit up on his Santa suit; if the toddler woke up screaming and puffy from her interrupted nap – the show had to go on. Then, if the poor family managed to survive the whirlwind photo shoot, they had to roam the crowded mall for the next hour while I prayed for decent pictures to avoid the wrath of the sleep-deprived parents, who would return an hour later to have me pressure them into buying multiple sets of poses. You can imagine the Christmas joy. My parents have had to go without Christmas portraits of my sons after we had our own fiasco on the other side of the lens. I was the frazzled, manic mother desperate for the perfect picture. I was the frantic customer who showed up 15 minutes late for her 20-minute appointment, leaving in a rage when they refused to take my baby’s photo because three families were booked behind us. 106

So no, I won’t be shopping at the mall. There is no gift worth enduring the road rage in the parking lot, the blatant line cutting, or the strollers running me off the walkways. I will be shopping in my wine pants (aka pajamas) and clicking on all the websites that have free shipping. I will compile photo calendars from the comfort of my couch while my fellow parents man the front lines at the mall. When

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I wake up in a daze the week before Christmas with a tower of Fed Ex boxes on my porch, I will open yet another bottle of wine to wrap up the holiday cheer. You’d think with all the time I’m saving on shopping wars and parking lot confrontations, I’d be dialed in with the other tasks of the holiday season. Oh boy. Don’t get me started on Christmas cards…


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ON THE THIS YEAR, YOU DON’T NEED SANTA TO GET A GREAT DEAL AT SAN TAN FORD. 1429 E. Motorplex Loop • Gilbert | Santan 202 & Val Vista www.santanford.com 1-877-673-2424 VALLEY LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013

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