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technological tools. offered are digital ones, which reduce patient doses of radiation by 98%, and and computers offered are digital ones, which reduce patient doses of radiation by 98%, computers at the side of each chair so patients can view the x-rays (and other images) along with with at the side of each chair so patients can view the x-rays (and other images) along offered are digital ones, which reduce patient doses of radiation by 98%, and computers the dentist. the dentist. at the side of each chair so patients can view the x-rays (and other images) along with Some patients jokejoke that that “it’s “it’s like NASA here!” AndAnd that’s a good thing. Some patients like NASA here!” that’s a good thing. the dentist. “For“For example, with our smile makeovers, it takes about three hours to dotoan example, makeovers, it takes about three hours do8-tooth an 8-tooth Some patients jokewith that our “it’s smile like NASA here!” And that’s a good thing. makeover. There are TV screens over the patient’s head playing movies, and throughout makeover. There screens over theitpatient’s headthree playing movies, throughout “For example, withare ourTV smile makeovers, takes about hours to do and an 8-tooth makeover. There are TV screens over the patient’s head playing movies, and throughout allows the patient to leave withwith color, shape and and teethteeth that that theythey want. And And because we’rewe’re allows the patient to leave color, shape want. because doing it together, they end up with a custom smile, rather than one where a remote lab doing it together, theywith endcolor, up with a custom smile, than one a remote allows the patient to leave shape and teeth thatrather they want. Andwhere because we’re lab technician is making the same thing for everybody and you’re hoping that what is sent is they making for everybody and you’re whatlab is sent doingtechnician it together, endthe upsame with athing custom smile, rather than one hoping where athat remote back for you is what you want. With this technique, the patient is very involved, and we’re back for is what want. With technique, patient is very involved, technician is you making the you same thing for this everybody andthe you’re hoping that what isand sentwe’re able to personalize it as we go,” Dr. Garza explains. to personalize as weWith go,”this Dr. technique, Garza explains. backable for you is what youitwant. the patient is very involved, and we’re The one-visit solutions are possible thanks to the CEREC by Sirona Dental Systems. The one-visit solutions thanks to the CEREC by Sirona Dental Systems. able to personalize it as we go,”are Dr.possible Garza explains. It’s the world’s only system for the fabrication of all ceramic dental restorations in one It’s one-visit the world’s only system for thethanks fabrication all ceramic dentalDental restorations in one The solutions are possible to theofCEREC by Sirona Systems.

It’s theschedule world’s only system for the fabrication of all ceramic dental restorations in one busy for dental care! busy schedule for dental care! Dr. Garza is also the creator of The Crane, an innovative and industry-changing tool Dr. Garza is also care! the creator of The Crane, an innovative and industry-changing tool busy schedule dental that removes afor crown and bridge without the pounding tools dentists used previously. that removes a crown and bridge without theinnovative poundingand tools dentists used previously. Dr. Garza is also the creator of Theand Crane, an industry-changing tool His expertise regarding this device his extensive knowledge in general is called His expertise regarding this device and his extensive knowledge in general is called that removes a crown and bridge without the pounding tools dentists used previously. upon often in a speaking capacity, and he has taught and given lectures everywhere upon often in a speaking capacity, and he has taught and givengeneral lecturesiseverywhere His expertise thisatdevice his University extensive knowledge called from overseasregarding to nationally placesand like the of Oklahomainand the Southwest from overseas to nationally at places likehas the taught University ofgiven Oklahoma andeverywhere the Southwest upon often in a speaking capacity, and he and lectures Dental Convention. Dental Convention. fromSo overseas nationally at places like theaUniversity Oklahoma and thesmile Southwest whethertoyou need a routine cleaning, root canal,ofcrown, or complete makeSo whether you need a routine cleaning, a root canal, crown, or complete smile makeDental Convention. over, don’t you owe it to yourself to put yourself in the hands of one of the industry’s most over, don’t you you owe itato yourself to put yourself in thecrown, handsorofcomplete one of thesmile industry’s So whether routine cleaning, a root canal, make-most technologies respected dentists,need at a trusted location that offers the most cutting-edge cutting-edge technologies respected dentists, at a trusted location that offers the of most over, don’t you owe it to yourself to put yourself in the hands one of the industry’s and services so that you have the easiest and most advanced dental care possible?most and services soat that you have the easiest and most advanced dental care possible? cutting-edge technologies respected dentists, a trusted location that offers the most and services so that you have the easiest and most advanced dental care possible?

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Women’s Hair Loss

Why Does it Happen? & What can you do about it? by Angela Spoon

What used to be a “men’s condition” is now quickly becoming a female epidemic. It is scary to think that you could randomly wake up one day and begin to see more hair on the pillow case and less on your head. For women losing their hair, it is a serious blow to femininity and the ideal vision of themselves. We are constantly cutting and coloring to make sure our hair looks the best it can. But what if one day the un-thinkable happens… and it falls out and doesn’t grow back?

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Question: What causes women’s hair loss?

Answer: Female hair loss can be caused by multiple factors, but the most common cause is an underlying genetic pre-disposition to hair loss known as androgenetic alopecia or female pattern hair loss. Unlike the popular myth that you inherit hair loss from your mother’s father, women can inherit hair loss from either side of the family. This means that women can inherit hair loss from men and vice versa. It is much more common than people know. There are other factors that can cause hair loss or increase hair loss due to family history. They include stress, lifestyle, diet, thyroid dis-function, fungal infections, scalp parasites, and medications (most common hormone replacement and birth control pills).

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for the loss, the treatment protocol will vary. Usually though for common female pattern hair loss the protocol is relatively similar. We a have a 9 month program that includes twice weekly office visits for cool light laser treatments for the scalp. This stimulates cell regeneration and is already approved to promote thicker hair. Our program also includes topical pharmaceuticals, hormone therapy balancing cream, nutritional supplementation, holistic hair care products, and topical scalp serums. This is most aggressive treatment that we offer, but it works. When you use everything together the way that our program does, you are bound to get results.

quickly as possible and treat that problem. Don’t try to treat it yourself because it wastes time that could be spent growing hair back. I obviously would recommend to call us and then come in for a consultation. Worst case scenario, you can stop the progression of the loss. Best case, we can dramatically reverse your hair loss and regrow hair. We have had numerous cases where a woman was wearing a wig or extensions when they started the treatment. Then 9 months later they were able to remove their wig permanently or stop getting extensions because their hair had gained so much volume and density.

Question: What do your clinics use to help women with thinning hair?

Answer: Depending on the reason

Question: What advice would you give a woman who is dealing with this problem?

Answer: Find the source of the problem as


Female Hair Loss on the Rise In a recent study by the Dermatology Online Journal, it states that at least 10 percent of premenopausal women will experience hair loss and that a staggering 50 percent to 75 percent of women will lose hair after 64 years of age. In a recent report on NBC Online it states these numbers are low and that female hair loss is seriously on the rise.

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But why are women losing hair now more than ever? And what can be done about it? After contacting numerous hair loss professionals in the valley, one seemed to have his finger on the pulse of the problem, and this is what he said: Before

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Question: Is there hope for women with thinning hair? How do you control it?

Answer: There certainly is. There are so

many tools that can be used to control female hair loss and reverse it in many cases. Once you have established the reason for the hair loss and it can be treated with a variety of methods. Unfortunately, most general physicians simply don’t have the time or the knowledge to get a full understanding of why a woman is losing her hair. The female patient is then left combing the internet for solutions that rarely leads to any real answer.

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Question: How you do know what is causing your hair loss?

Answer: A simple patient history is the easiest way. Many women have blood tests for hormonal issues, thyroid dysfunction, iron levels, and vitamin D deficiency. Unfortunately this rarely produces any other cause other than normal pattern hair loss. At our clinics we use a video microscope to analyze the condition of the scalp at 50x magnification. At this level we can tell if the client has loss due to stress, diet, infection of the hair follicle, or simple hormonally related hair loss.

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Question: Is there maintenance required?

Answer: 99% yes. I usually tell people it’s like brushing your teeth. If you don’t brush them and go to the dentist, your teeth will rot and fall out. The same goes for your hair. If you have a genetic hair loss problem, you have two options; oneyou can treat the problem long term, or two- let your hair fall out and go bald. Clearly our clients choose hair.

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Erica Inzunza, owner of Oohlala Boutique, caters to the fashionistas, fun-loving ladies and fabulously stylish gals all over the valley, with the hottest new clothing, accessories and unique finds. By Lynette Carrington

44 SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE A guide to surviving Arizona’s summer months with family adventures, weekend trips and an exploration of the great indoors.

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Explore the joys of Santa Catalina Island as our Travel Editor gives you the skinny on where to stay and what to do! By Don and Ann Jackson

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There’s nothing else in the valley like The Perch. Since opening its doors in February 2014, the gastropub located in historic downtown Chandler has been creating quite a buzz on the valley’s foodie and craft beer scene. By Lynette Carrington

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y friend from Colorado constantly asks me how I stand the heat here in Arizona. As he’s never even visited my favorite state, I imagine he envisions dry, desolate desert roads with tumbleweeds at every intersection. My response: the mountains, the desert scenery, and the nine months of pure weather perfection. You’ve already heard my love confession for desert wilderness, so I’ll spare you. But, in honor of the blistering heat, lets reminisce on those blissful months from October to June. Think back… to a time when Christmas Eve brunch is served on the patio and the kids aren’t forced to compromise their cute Halloween costumes with extra layers because of the cold. I can stand every day of excruciating heat by remembering that while the rest of the country is shoveling snow, I will be toting a light sweater.

“Time is very slow for those who wait Very fast for those who are scared Very long for those who lament Very short for those who celebrate but for those who love, time is eternal.” -William Shakespeare

I know it’s difficult sometimes with the kids out of school and the temperatures registering too hot even for the swimming pool. So, in honor of your sanity, we’ve compiled a Summer Survival Guide, to help you do just that, survive! As we compiled this list, I realized, summer’s not too restrictive after all. We are blessed to live in a growing, bustling city with many offerings. Scroll through our guide to find ways to explore the great indoors, camps for the kids, family activities, and exercise outlets when your outdoor running routine is on the back burner. In addition, we’ve included some great weekend getaways that are a short drive, but offer drops in temperature and a great adventure. I have faith that you will survive this summer in stride, my friends. In this month’s food feature, we covered my new favorite restaurant, The Perch, in Downtown Chandler. After seeing it in the construction stage, I was blown away by the amazing atmosphere created. This place is great! Enjoy the rooftop bar on a summer night with modern couches, craft beers and the best Moscow Mule on this side of town! The food is also as creative and amazing as the overall concept. Look to our food section to learn more about the exotic birds and tasty eats that inhabit this spot.

Enjoy that dry heat!

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Fashionistas, fun-loving ladies and fabulously stylish gals all over the valley will love what’s in store for them at Gilbert’s hottest new clothing and accessories boutique. From dresses and jackets to shoes, handbags and scarves, OohLaLa Boutique is stocked wall-towall with unique finds. Owner Erica Inzunza opened OohLaLa Boutique in December ’13 and it’s been a great experience for her. “It’s going really well and I’m enjoying it,” states Inzunza. Prior to opening the doors, she had been working as a dental assistant and wound up switching career gears, in part, because she comes from a family of entrepreneurs and business owners.

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“I was going to school to be a dental hygienist,” says Inzunza. “I always wanted to be a dentist growing up. A career change came up because my family owns a bunch of businesses; a flower shop, a catering company, a wedding venue and bar and my grandparents own a lot of businesses.” Among the family businesses are Lena’s Flowers, Gifts and Catering in Gilbert and 12 West Main Wedding & Event Center in Mesa. After her grandfather passed away, Inzunza went to help with running those various businesses and soon she decided to take the entrepreneurial road and open up OohLaLa Boutique. “Since the day I turned 15 and got my first job in retail, I’ve known the ins and outs of business,” states the business owner. “I was a manager at the age of 17 and I thought, ‘You know, I want to be my own boss and do my own clothing store.’” After finding the perfect retail space she was excited to fill her store with fashionable finds. “I’m a big fashionista and I love clothes. I go with the trends and I go with what’s new and what’s big and I branched off from there. We have a little bit of everything here,” explains Inzunza. “We have a little bit of home décor, a bunch of accessories and lots of different styles of clothes and we carry LA Idol jeans.” There are also handbags, shoes, scarves and jewelry at OohLaLa Boutique. “When I do get time, I try to go to market,” Inzunza states. She has her family assist her when she’s physically away from her store. “I try to go to the fashion shows in Scottsdale, too, to see what’s in.” As she selects merchandise for her store, she takes into consideration her clients tastes. “Everyone is different, so I try to choose random things that are cute.” Inzunza gets a lot of feedback from her family, too. “It helps because I have a lot of sisters and all of us like different styles,” she says. “When it comes down to me ordering stuff, I’ll take it all out and then I’ll have my sisters sit next to me and they’ll say, ‘Oh yeah, get that, it’s cute.’” The extra input is represented in the eclectic mixture of fun maxi dresses, shorts, shirts, skirts and jackets. For shoppers who aren’t quite sure what they want, Inzunza steps right in to assist. “It’s really fun. I’ll have ladies who want to do a shopping spree and they need help. I have a lot of stay-at-home mom s in my area over here and they love the service. It’s exciting.” “It’s super exciting for me to own OohLaLa because I don’t have to work for anybody and I can do things the way I want. I like having customers come in and buy the things that I have picked out for the store,” finishes Inzunza. “I love that people like the things that I carry.” SHOP ON AT: OOHLALA BOUTIQUE 3321 E. Queen Creek Rd., #105, Gilbert (480) 457-8150 boutiqueoohlala.com

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Are you fascinated with the wonders of Egypt? The Arizona Science Center will be hosting the “Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science” exhibit from May 31st until September 1st. The exhibit is a traveling showcase that features an array of interactive features inspired and founded through the excavation and research into Egyptian life. Among the exhibit, you will find scientific explanations of how archeologists attempted to best understand the ancient Egyptian people and their lost civilization. Real-life artifacts and a life-size prototype of a mummy in a stage of “unwrapping” bring the information to life in an exhilarating way! Other highlights of the exhibit include animal mummies, and facts of animals in ancient Egypt, art and other artifacts, and scans and suppositions of how the ancient Egyptian people relate to us today. With all of the exciting information provided to you during your experience you’ll want to visit the exhibit again and again. However, the Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science exhibit won’t be around for long, so make sure you stop by the Arizona Science Center before its just another part of history. The ancient culture will amaze you and fill you with wonderment as you witness the greatness that once was a thriving civilization. If you feel inspired once you leave, show your support and donate to the Arizona Science Center in order to continue the education of our youth through various programs specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

VISIT THE MUMMIES: ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER 600 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ. (602) 716-2000 www.azscience.org

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Who doesn’t love the movies?! After all, what’s not to love when it comes to an overindulgence of popcorn, candy and the movie you’re anticipating? The only thing that could make the experience more enjoyable is the ability to get a great glass of wine or beer while watching the flick… At The Film Bar in Phoenix, all your movie-viewing libation filled dreams are reality. They provide beer and a wine bar, giving movie patrons the chance to purchase a drink to go with their show. The Film Bar has a selection of over 25 different craft beers and 12 different wines. Aside from the libations, there are many other things that are special about this theater including The Film Bar’s movie choices. The movies that are chosen are predominantly independent and foreign films both new and old. Tickets are remarkably affordable at full price and their special allows you to purchase a pint of beer or glass of wine and popcorn with your movie ticket for only $12! If you aren’t in the mood to watch a movie but you’d still like to visit the bar The Film Bar invites you to come on down. The Film Bar has won numerous awards over the years including Phoenix New Times Best of Phoenix “Best Independent Theater” in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and “Best Neighborhood Bar” in 2012. The Film Bar is an incredible experience if you enjoy going to the movies as much as I do, especially if you enjoy a cold glass of wine or beer with your show

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4th of July in the valley is quite the experience. There are so many places to enjoy BBQ’s and fireworks in your red white and blue. In addition to handfuls of free firework displays, we’ve found a few events that will add some variety to your Independence Day routine. PATRIOTAPALOOZA: COMEDY FOR AMERICA AT NATIONAL COMEDY THEATRE IMPROV, MESA Check out this local comedy show for a fun and different way to enjoy Independence Day. The show is full of audience involvement, making for a personalized experience. The audience uses a “Democratic round of Applause” to vote for their favorite improv team. The teams are made up of local actors apart of the professionally trained improv comedy team. The show is kid-friendly, and appeals to all ages. Beer, wine and concessions are available at the show. 1111 S Longmore, Mesa, (602) 374-5638, nctphoenix.com 4TH OF ZOO-LY CELEBRATION AT THE PHOENIX ZOO Celebrate a family 4th of July at the Phoenix Zoo! Enjoy a catered BBQ dinner, carousel rides, Stingray Bay, face painting, bounce houses and up-close animal encounters. Cool off with icy treats for the little ones and adult beverages as you watch the fireworks of the Tempe Town Lakes Festival from the back of the Zoo. 455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, (602) 273-1341, phoenixzoo.org

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We all love a good fireworks show…but seriously, how do they do it?! It’s probably a good idea to ask a professional pyro this question, so I had a chat with Fireworks Productions of Arizona’s Pyro Production Manager, Kendon Victor, for the inside info.

In a nutshell, multiple racks of tubes made of either fiberglass or cardboard hold a firework shell. Within the shell is a quick match that burns at 32 feet a second. When the quick match is lit, the lift charge (a bag of gunpowder located in the base of the firework shell) pushes the shell into the sky. When the lift charge ignites, it lights a second fuse—a timing fuse that is burning inside the firework shell as it rises to the sky. When the shell reaches the sky, the timing fuse burst charge is activated. Wrapped around the burst charge is a marble or sugar cubeshaped item called a star. The pattern of the stars inside of the casing creates the specific pattern, shape or color you see in the sky. Most common fireworks are named after flowers like the Willow, Chrysanthemum, or Dahlia. Victor says reason for this lies in the creator. “Most people agree that fireworks were started and created in China at some time from the 16th to 19th centuries,” Kendon explains. “So, the Chinese named the fireworks after plants with a similar shape or design.” Fireworks rang in type and size and come in hundreds of varieties. “If you saw a show with hundreds of fireworks, you would rarely see the same one twice,” he notes.

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For a professional pyro like Kendon, the actual fireworks show is his favorite aspect of the job. He has shot fireworks for over 26 years, and averages about 30 shows a year. Keep an eye out for his signature ending, the smiley face firework, which is his favorite. Like most artists, Kendon explains that fireworks shooters come from all walks of life. His company, Fireworks Productions of Arizona, is a local, familyowned business full of talented, passionate people. Owners Kerry and Lori Welty live and breathe fireworks and are thrilled to provide us with many beautiful displays year-round. Catch their fireworks shows all over the East Valley on the 4th of July!

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Dawn Groff, WHCNP-BC of All About You Medspa, understands the importance of women’s wellness. As a single mom of 16 years, Dawn explains, “I was always the last to get health care and definitely not any luxuries such as the other things we offer here at the medspa.” In addition to amazing acne treatments, laser skin rejuvenation, spa services and Venus Freeze treatments (and the list goes on), the Gilbert location offers an array of gynecology options at an affordable price. A flat fee of fifty dollars is charged for any women’s health visit. This includes crucial services like annual exams, pap smears, hormone replacement therapy and birth control options. All About You Medspa does not accept insurance, in hopes to keep their prices down. “But if someone has insurance, any blood work, paps, biopsies or other labs needed are still covered under their insurance through the lab,” Dawn explains. “For those without insurance, if labs are needed or required, we get a special rate through the labs for cash customers so they know of those costs before we do any procedures that may be needed.” Annual exams are critical to maintaining health. The routine exam provides clinicians the opportunity to detect and test for abnormalities in the breast, vulva, vagina, cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus and colon. If abnormalities are found or an abnormal pap smear is produced, the medspa can conduct a colposcopy. This procedure uses highpowered magnification to better visualize the cervix, vaginal walls, vulva and other areas of concern. The nurse practitioner at All About You Medspa is also trained to treat special cases like Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). As Dawn informs, PMDD can be considered a severe form of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Both PMS and PMDD can have physical and psychological symptoms that generally occur in the days preceding the menstrual period. Physical symptoms can include breast tenderness, headaches, bloating, and joint pain. Other common symptoms are cravings, mood swings, frequent crying, panic attacks, fatigue, mood changes, irritability, and trouble focusing. So, how can you differentiate the two? “PMS symptoms can be troubling and unpleasant, but PMDD cause severe, debilitating symptoms that interfere with a woman’s ability to function,” Dawn reports. In an attempt to track possible PMDD in 28

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clients, Dawn administers a questionnaire and has clients track their moods and symptoms for a number of cycles. After establishing the disorder, All About You Medspa can provide prescription birth control to regulate hormones or prescribe Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) medication to stabilize the mood. From fussy periods to challenging menopause episodes, All About You Medspa has your best interest in mind. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is another women’s wellness option offered at the medspa. This treatment is a lifesaver for women suffering from progesterone loss during perimenopause and menopause. HRT is ideal for women who are having menopausal symptoms due either to loss of hormones with the natural aging process or surgically induced menopause clients. This treatment comes in two forms: synthetic and bio-identical. Bioidentical hormones are products that are chemically identical to what’s made in a woman’s body. “Some are approved as medications; others are supplements,” Dawn says. “Essentially the difference is the source and process from which the drug is made – plant, animal or synthetic. However, plant and animal sources can be used for either.” As women, being aware and in tune with our bodies provides a better quality of life. All About You Medspa is all about you! The women-conscious business is a perfect outlet, as they provide assistance needed to monitor our health, boost our confidence and pamper us. Whether you are looking to work on aesthetics, relax, or stay healthy, Dawn and the rest of the All About You Medspa team is here for you.

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LIFE’S

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We could all use some expert advice at times. We recently spent some time with a local life coach and owner of Catherine Marie Consulting. Catherine specializes in personal and team development, and is here to help us achieve success from the inside out. Work relationships are a challenge sometimes. We have all experienced the co-worker that we just don’t jive with, or have had difficulty communicating with those we work closely with from time to time. As Catherine explains, building good work relationships will make your job much more enjoyable and productive, while offering balance to your life. She mentions a powerful statistic provided by the Gallop Organization, “If you have a friend at work, you’re seven times more likely to be engaged in your job.” This statistic is strong, but not so surprising. We are, after all, social creatures craving contact and connection. So, the more joy we find in relationships at the office, the more overall joy we will find in our career. When we respect others, and ourselves, relationships will bloom and our work will prosper. In addition to a positive day-to-day work experience, those who have strong work relationships are more innovative and creative. The classic sayings about positivity are true; if you carry yourself in a positive light, those around you will be attracted and can be influenced by your light. So, how do you make these work friends, and keep them? First, Catherine explains the importance of trust. Like any personal relationship, we need to feel safe. A trusting foundation encourages effective communication in an open and honest way. In honor of our open and honest relationship, we must always strive to offer cooperation, communication and conflict resolution. And, this goes for everyone. No matter their status, show everyone the same respect; acknowledge them and be genuine. This next tip goes without saying, but is sometimes the most difficult. Don’t gossip. It didn’t have a positive affect in high school, and it wont have one today. According to Catherine, speaking about someone “behind their back” is a relationship killer! If someone has offended you, go straight to the source; do not involve others in your matters. And if others are speaking badly about you, the best way to combat those negative thoughts and feelings is the focus on yourself. “When we focus on what we are doing we don’t need to worry about what others are saying,” says Catherine. She notes that it is also crucial to provide yourself with the same respect that you give to others. “Recognize your own emotions, worth and intelligence,” she encourages.

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Although we respect and nurture our work relationships, conflict can still arise. Here are some tips to keep you on track: If you are the first one to acknowledge the issue, make it clear you are communicating your perception of the problem, and you are not blaming the other person. Restate what you heard from the other party so that you listen and understand their position. Gather information. Try to understand without drama, and use “I” statements. Ask how the problem can be resolved. Brainstorm resolutions together. If nothing is working, leave and come back when you can properly communicate.


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SWEAT FREE

SUMMER BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

Spring is in full swing and it’s HOT. We all sweat, what’s to be expected when temperatures are dancing in the hundreds. But for some, sweat interrupts life and causes insecurities. We want you to feel comfortable in your skin, and we found someone who can help … We had the opportunity to spend some time with Emily Tryon, Registered Nurse with certifications in neurotoxins, dermal fillers and sclerotherapy. Emily is an active Valley professional offering a treatment growing in popularity: Botox, for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. Emily gave us the skinny, with over 15 years of experience in injectables, and we’d love to share what we’ve learned with you! Q. So, what exactly is hyperhidrosis? A. Hyperhidrosis is basically a fancy name for severe sweating. So many people are interested in having their underarms treated for excessive sweating. Q. How does the Botox treatment work to suppress hyperhidrosis? A. Botox freezes the sweat glands. What causes excessive sweating is hyperactive sweat glands, and Botox calms them!

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Q. Who is a good candidate for this treatment? A. I am a Registered Nurse and I make that decision. If you go to the gym and you work out and sweat and it’s irritating, you are not an ideal client. An ideal client is someone whose life is interrupted by their sweating. If it doesn’t matter what time of year it is and they still struggle with sweating, that’s the ideal client. Q. What should someone expect at his or her first appointment? A. You come into the clinic, we get to know each other and we find out about your life and the difference I can make. I apply a numbing topical crème, then a round of 15 tiny injections with a teeny tiny needle in both armpits. Most clients say they can’t even feel it.

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For those who are visually impaired or have other disabilities, there is a Valley-based organization that provides audio access to many print materials. Sun Sounds of Arizona helps to bridge the information gap between printed materials and those who are not able to read it for themselves. David Noble is the development director of Sun Sounds of Arizona, which was founded in 1979. “People who cannot read due to blindness, low vision, paraplegia, head trauma and now, veterans returning from overseas with warrelated injuries, are all eligible for service from Sun Sounds,” Noble states. What they receive when they register for service is a choice of a couple of options depending on where in Arizona they live. Sun Sounds has a live radio feed that originates in Tempe and is available on their website. That feed is also provided to affiliates in Flagstaff, Tucson and Yuma. “Each of those places has a local audience with a local crew of volunteers and those individuals provide reading services on a very localized scale,” Noble explains.

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“We read The Arizona Republic out of the Tempe service,” he continues. “We do so every morning that it’s published, and it takes a little longer to read on Sunday. We also read USA Today in the evening. Then we read the Wall Street Journal. On different days of the week, according to our regular schedule, we also read from popular magazines that are unavailable other places; for instance, we get items from the library, which is a terrific partner to us and Arizona State Braille and Talking Book Library. We collaborate on providing help to individuals in need because it’s the same audience.” Sun Sounds concentrates on not duplicating material that is already available on digitized recordings from either of their two partners. Some big events in the Valley have stepped up to the plate to help the organization, too. Three separate beer festivals assist with funding efforts for Sun Sounds each year. The Great Tucson Beer Festival, the Made in the Shade Beer Festival and the Great Arizona Beer Festival give every bit of funds acquired to Sun Sounds each year. “Every penny from those events comes back to

Sun Sounds. We do grant writing, and we also do some individual fundraising. We do ask for people to support us with a gift, and people can donate online,” Noble says. “The idea of providing access to printed materials with no cost to the user has been a staple of Sun Sounds ever since its inception,” he concludes. Unemployment and underemployment of people with disabilities is a huge issue, and Sun Sounds helps by providing as much access to news and information as possible to assist with that challenge.

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A responsible financial state has no real price tag. However, trusting someone with your savings is a big leap of faith, and understanding the logistics is often faced with a learning curve. Jared Daniel, CFP®, CRPC®, EA, president of Wealth Guardian Group understands the complexity of his position, but makes it a point to convey his goals and actions to his clients in the most honest way. Daniel’s company, Wealth Guardian Groups, strives to provide unbiased information and guidance on everything from financial advisory to tax preparation and payroll. Daniels team of experts operates under his precise business model, which offers personal attention to each client’s unique goals. The importance of Jared’s business ethics derived from many years spent in the advisement world. As Jared worked within companies, he found himself frustrated by the sometimes-conflicting goals of advisors and their clients. As an independent, privately owned, fee-based registered investment advisor, Jared has utilized a plan to put his clients first. This is something unique to the world of advisors, as Jared explains, “There are three different types of advisors: insurance only agents, brokers, and Registered Investment Advisors.” These titles might not mean much to you, but they sure mean something to your savings. As Jared explains, the type of advisor you chose is crucial to your finances, as each has their own focus, and it may not be in your best interest. “While working within other companies, I became aware of the underlying fees of commission-based broker-dealers. When these brokers execute transactions for their clients, it costs the client while it benefits the brokers earnings,” Jared explains. Small fees may seem minimal now, but Jared says the impact of those fees is staggering. When establishing his own business, Jared made the choice to honor his clients through the role of a fee-based Registered Invest Advisor. Simply, this means an annual fee is assessed; no matter how many times money is moved. Ultimately Jared’s success relies on the success of his clients. Motivating Wealth Guardian Group to always keep your best interest in mind. To further instill the clients’ best interest, Jared and the Guardian Wealth Group practice a fiduciary duty. This legal duty puts the clients interest at the forefront, by avoiding any conflict of interest. For example, Wealth Guardian Group does not consider the compensation when recommending products or services. This duty removes any doubt or hesitation within the client and advisor relationship. If you are unsure of where to begin, or feeling insecure about your amount of savings, or the fees you are paying, Wealth Guardian Group can help. Regardless of what you have saved, preparing for your future is crucial and the sooner you begin to take action, the better. FOR MORE INFORMATION: WEALTH GUARDIAN GROUP 28 W Juniper Ave #205, Gilbert 480-987-9951 wealthguardiangroup.com

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The Summer Sticklers Workout Sweat drips off your face with the pounding of each step on the concrete. Your tired legs push you thru your stride while your lungs seem a bit tighter and it’s tougher to get the necessary oxygen exactly where you want it.

Is something wrong with you? Are you running with weighted shoes? It just doesn’t feel as good as it normally does. And then it hits you. You realize your stride is fine. Your shoes are brand new. You are running the same distance. You finally remember it’s June. The sun’s rays shine even brighter this time of year. Its force is even more powerful. That’s right, summer has arrived. Just because the heat has arrived doesn’t mean your exercise regime has to disappear. Now is the best time to take your workouts indoors. Summers in Arizona are the best time to join a training studio or gym and take full advantage of a little air conditioning while you are working out. Many of them offer programs for you and your kids to help you stay active. One of our youth programs at Funktional Fitness is actually at the same time as one of our group training programs. Parents and others will be working hard and staying cool while on the other side their kids will be going thru a similar routine. Now both you and your children can stay active and cool at the same time. It definitely makes for a great way to spend your hour at noon. After any of your workouts it’s really important to nutritiously refuel your body. The summer heat also provides a great opportunity to switch up your regular food choices. Now is one of the best times to shop “in season.” Visit your local farmers

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markets for the freshest fruits and vegetables. Fresh green, kale, or spinach salads loaded with fresh vegetables and a good quality source of protein help keep you feeling cool as well. Fruit smoothies make for a healthy summer treat too. One of our favorite smoothies at Funktional Fitness is loaded with mango, pineapple, papaya, strawberries, and a scoop of vanilla protein powder. Start your day off with one of these to boost your energy and keep your internal core temperature a little cooler. And of course there are some of you who are Arizona summer natives and have been doing this for years and actually enjoy the extra sweat pouring from your body. I only have one word for you. Hydration! If you are going to stay outdoors and push thru the higher temperatures be sure to significantly increase your water and electrolyte intake. Dehydration can happen quickly and often times if you are already thirsty, it’s too late. Pack an extra water bottle on your long runs and remember proper hydration the day before your workout plays an extremely important role in your success. As the heat continues to rise find the best way for you to stay active. This isn’t time to just go into hibernation and wait for cooler temperatures. We have several more months to go. Make the most of them. Join a training studio. Eat lighter and cleaner. And stay hydrated.

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FASTMED URGENT CARE 415 N. Val Vista Drive Suite 101 Mesa, AZ 85213 (480) 654-5661, www.fastmed.com Kim’s education consists of obtaining her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, followed by continuing her education at Philadelphia University, graduating in 2006. Upon graduating, she worked in cardiology from 2006 until 2011. She also has been in the urgent care field for the last two and a half years. Kim Thuillez believes in the FastMed Urgent Care motto of providing “Personal care in your neighborhood” with every patient that she visits. Kim takes the time to know the individual and their medical history, not just see them as patients.

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JESSICA REGNAERT, MD BANNER HEALTH CENTER 1917 South Crismon Rd Mesa, (480) 610-7100

Dr. Regnaert is a family physician that cares for patients of all ages. She received her medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and completed her internship and residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. She is looking forward to welcoming new patients into her family practice, and strives to care for her patients as if they were her own family members. She and her husband recently welcomed a new baby to their growing family and are ecstatic to be parents. They are also parents to their family dog, whom brings joy to their life through nightly walks and trips to the dog park. In addition, Dr. Regnaert enjoys reading, swimming, traveling and spending time with her husband.

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MILLIE BEHERA, M.D., FACOG, FRCPSC

H. RANDALL CRAIG, M.D., F.A.C.O.G

Assistant professor of infertility and reproductive medicine, Dr. Behera has made numerous national television appearances, including “Dr. Oz” and “The Doctors”, to describe the latest and most effective advances in the treatment of infertility, recurrent miscarriage, endometriosis, PCOS, and uterine fibroids. Dr. Behera is board-certified in both reproductive endocrinology and infertility and obstetrics and gynecology. She takes pride in offering comprehensive, high-quality reproductive care, including clinical, procedural, and surgical fertility treatments based on personalized patient needs. Prior to moving to Scottsdale, she spent seven years on faculty at Duke University Medical Center as assistant professor and clinical director of the Center for Fibroid Biology and Therapy. In addition, she is currently adjunct clinical professor at University of Arizona Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Dr. Behera has established herself as a leader in the field of infertility, reproductive medicine and surgery with numerous published research papers and international presentations on In-Vitro Fertilization, non-invasive treatment of fibroids, fertility preservation therapies, and advanced robotic surgery. Perpetually optimistic, she has the remarkable ability to combine empathy, with extensive medical expertise, experience, and professional confidence. The end result is a compassionate and highlyskilled doctor willing to go the extra mile for her patients. A mother of four herself, she is family-oriented, and understands the medical and psychological stresses involved in difficulty achieving pregnancy.

Dr. Craig has helped thousands of couples achieve pregnancy since founding the Fertility Treatment Center in1990. He has been named “Top Doc” in Phoenix Magazine every year since 1996, and is one of the only fertility physicians selected to the National Top Doc list. Dr. Craig has promoted the most recent advances in fertility therapy on Discovery Health and Redbook Magazine, and frequently appears on Sonora Living and other local radio and television programs. Dr. Craig developed the Efficiency Model of fertility treatment, achieving the highest pregnancy rate at the lowest overall cost. Dr. Craig is board-certified in Ob/Gyn and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and is an assistant clinical professor at the University Of Arizona Medical Center. He is past president of the Phoenix Ob/ Gyn Society and current president of the East Valley Ob/Gyn Society.

FERTILITY TREATMENT CENTER 8415 N. Pima Rd., Ste., 290, Scottsdale 2155 E. Conference Dr., Ste. 115, Tempe (480) 831-2445, www.fertilitytreatmentcenter.com

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BANGIN’ ON THE

Keys BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

If you’ve never heard of a dueling piano bar, run, don’t walk to The Big Bang Dueling Pianos Bar on Mill in Tempe. Never before has descending into an underground basement bar turned into such a thrilling and oneof-a-kind experience. Julie Simpson,

Piano Entertainer and Entertainment Director

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General manager Sean Franco says, “I love the fact that we offer a venue that is different than anything else on the street. I love watching everyone’s excitement with the live music, hearing different songs live and bringing people in and showing them a really different, unique time.” Every night is a little different, depending on the entertainers, the crowd and the songs that are requested. “We have a high energy venue and we love to have fun with our guests. We like to get them onstage and have fun with them, too. It’s kind of a mix with an all-live music venue, a little bit of comedy and a lot of great, refreshing drinks,” Franco explains. Of course, the spotlight is on the performers pounding it out on the ivories. It is an entirely unique experience to see such versatile performers completely engage with the audience and transport them into a party zone unlike any other. To say that their piano entertainers are professionals would be a gross understatement. They are emcees, ringleaders, show-stopping performers with an ever-so-slight tendency to cause a little mischief. Q: How long have you worked at The Big Bang? A: I’ve worked at The Big Bang for 12 years and I’ve lived her in Arizona working for them for 10 years. Q: What is the best thing about working at a dueling piano bar? A: I have fun every night that I work. Q: What are the most popular songs that you are requested to play? A: The most popular right now would be anything Top 40, like Katy Perry songs. Or, for me, if there’s a specific girl like Katy Perry or Lorde or Elsa from ‘Frozen’ and ‘Let It Go…’ Ugh, gosh, let it go! I don’t play it by the way, I haven’t learned it yet. My baby doesn’t watch Disney movies yet.

SING ALONG AT: BIG BANG - DUELING PIANO BAR 501 S Mill Ave #101, Tempe (480) 557-5595 thebigbangbar.com

Q: What are some of the more wacky or random songs you know? A: I know a lot of random,’90’s R&B songs… songs by Color Me Badd, stuff like that that you don’t expect. Somebody will step up and request that and I’ll know it because I listened to it in high school or college.

Q: What do you love about the crowds that come to The Big Bang Bar? A: I love the versatility of the crowds. I love that we have older people and we have a college crowd, also. I like watching people unfold as the night unfolds. I like watching them have a couple of drinks and relax and just get into it. I like making them smile and watching them enjoy the music. Q: What would you say to someone that hasn’t experienced the excitement at The Big Bang yet? A: You’ve got to come down the stairs into the basement and see what it’s all about! I think a lot of people don’t know about us yet. I live in Gilbert and I promote it locally and I say, ‘Hey, have you ever been to The Big Bang? And they say, ‘No, what is that?’ It’s surprising to me, but I think a lot of people in their 30’s and 40’s don’t come down to Mill to hang out at night and it’s just like a little hidden gem down there. It’s a place they would go and stay all night. I know they would and I just want them to come in and experience it one time and I know they’d love it.

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t a e r G The Indoors GO HOLIDAY SHOPPING

4976 PREMIUM OUTLETS WAY, CHANDLER (480) 639-1766 premiumoutlets.com Like we need an excuse to shop. But, seriously.. it’s hot and sticky and often difficult to envision the holidays. But think about how stress-free your holiday can be if you spend the dog days of summer crossing off your holiday list. Phoenix Premium Outlets is home to stores like Crocs, Armani, Levi’s, Michael Kors, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Lucky Brand and Coach…just to name a few. The deals are amazing, the walkways are covered with high-power misters, and there are enough shops here to accommodate everyone on your list while occupying your day!

THE DUCE

525 S CENTRAL AVE, PHOENIX (602) 866-3823 theducephx.com Get ready for an evening of karaoke, hula hooping, and hand-crafted cocktails in this huge 1928 warehouse. Belly up to Chicago’s original Black Orchid Jazz Club bar or shake it up at the 1915 Chicago drug store soda fountain. Rummage through R & R Surplus or hang out in the original bleachers from Phoenix’s St. Mary’s High School while you wait to play ping pong, duce bag (cornhole), shuffleboard, or foosball. On the way out, grab a bite from Duchess, the 1968 Streamline camper serving up dishes made with fresh local and organic ingredients.

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MAIN EVENT ENTERTAINMENT

8545 S. EMERALD DR, TEMPE (480) 753-1200 mainevent.com Stave off that summertime sadness at Main Event, a unique “Eat. Bowl.Play.” experience for the whole family. From bowling to billiards and multi-level laser tag to glow-in-thedark mini golf, the fun just keeps coming. Challenge yourself on a thrilling high ropes adventure course or beat a friend on the bocce ball court. Once you’ve played more than 100 video games, grab a beer or bite to eat at the bar while you watch the Dbacks dominate on one of many giant TV screens.

CLIMBMAX CLIMBING GYM

1330 W AUTO DR. #108, TEMPE (480) 626-7755 climbmaxclimbinggym.com Cool off this summer in Arizona’s largest (fully air-conditioned) rock gym! Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned climber, you’ll find something to fit your skill level in this 2-story facility with 150 different rope routes and over 180 problems and wall features including Super Cave, 45° wall, and multiple archways. New to climbing? Take the Climbing 101 class designed to get people of all ages on the walls and climbing immediately. There’s even a kids bouldering area and climbing tunnel, so you can bring your whole brood.


IKEA

2110 W. IKEA WAY, TEMPE (888) 888-4532 ikea.com Pull in the gigantic parking lot and you’ll swear you’ve just rolled up to an amusement park. But instead of roller coasters and corn dogs on a stick, this place is packed with POÄNG chairs and Swedish meatballs. The world’s largest furniture store, Ikea is the place college kids and new homeowners alike go to buy cheap (yet surprisingly sturdy) prefabricated dressers and bed frames and to shop for candles, oversized wall hangings of New York and Paris, and other ultra-affordable décor items. You can easily kill a hot day in this chilly furniture mecca.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM

4725 E. JUNEO BLVD, PHOENIX (480) 478-6000 mim.org The Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) is the worlds only museum dedicated to global musical instruments. In addition to worldly history, the family-friendly museum showcases iconic artists like John Lennon, Taylor Swift, Carlos Santana, Elvis Presley and many more. The MIM’s walls and walkways are home to over 15,000 instruments and artifacts, and the museum offers audio technology allowing for narration and information as you stroll through the galleries.

CREATIVE HANDS STUDIO

1120 S. GILBERT RD, GILBERT (480) 558-7979 creativehandsstudio.com Get creative at this Gilbert studio. Creative Hands offers clay classes, pottery creation, and mosaic and silver jewelry classes. This summer, the studio offers workshops in clay creation and paint. Classes and workshops range from Mommy, Daddy and Me to Ladies Nights, Date Night and Senior Days, with event specials. Or, stop by on a Sunday for Open Days, perfect for walk-ins on a whim. Sign up for dayto-day or weekly classes and exercise your inner artist. Follow the studio’s motto and “Paint your Art Out!”

WILD HORSE PASS CASINO

5040 WILD HORSE PASS BLVD, CHANDLER (520) 796-7777 wingilariver.com Spend a thrilling day in the air conditioning… gambling! But really, it’s a fun way to spend your time every once in awhile. Wild Horse Pass Casino offers slots, table games and poker to keep you occupied and enjoying any level of the sport you wish to participate in. Have some drinks, catch a show, and make a day of it. The casino is also home to some seriously yummy restaurants varying in cost and atmosphere.

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CHALLENGER SPACE CENTER

21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria (623) 322-2001 azchallenger.org Tour the center and view space suits, take part in space-themed arts and crafts, and learn about facets of space travel while engaging in experiments involving science, robotics and engineering. Programs include a two-hour simulated space mission, rendezvous with a comet, family star nights, a weekend “Voyage to Mars” and the Space Tots program available for those ages 3-6.

SEA LIFE AQUARIUM

5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Suite 145, Tempe (877) 526-3960 visitsealife.com We live in a desert, but Sea Life Aquarium delivers the intrigue of ocean creatures, featuring displays of sharks, sea turtles, seahorses, rays and a colorful variety of saltwater fish. The new turtle shelter transports visitors into a treetop cabana where they will be nose-to-nose with some of the most intriguing species of freshwater turtles.

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FLIPSIDE

4876 S. Val Vista Dr. Gilbert (480) 471-8844. exploreflipside.com Beat the heat and have a ball with bowling, laser tag, a squashy foam blast pad, bumper cars, an arcade, billiards, and a laser maze. Flipside even has mini-bowling for the youngest kids so they can get their game on, too. Weekly full-day and half-day summer camps run June 9-July 14. The Roundtrip Café features appetizers, brick oven pizzas, burgers, fresh salads, wraps and sandwiches.


HARKINS THEATRES SUMMER MOVIE FUN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

harkinstheatres.com/SMF Harkins Theatres keeps their annual tradition going again this summer by offering 10 movies in 10 weeks during Summer Movie Fun. The cost for 10 movies is only $7, and tickets are available through the seventh week of the program. Films include “Turbo,” “The Croods,” “The Lego Movie,” “Free Birds” and many others. Single tickets are $2 each, and an adult must accompany children of any age.

PUMP IT UP

325 W. Auto Dr., Suite 101, Tempe 480-940-7867 pumpitupparty.com Everyone loves to bounce, slide, jump and climb at Pump It Up. Whether you are throwing a party or participating in an open session, kids of all ages will love the massive play areas filled with just about every kind of inflatable available. Camp Pump It Up runs a full-day camp weekly during the summer, plus other events.

MESQUITE GROVES AQUATIC CENTER

5901 S. Hillcrest Dr, Chandler (480) 782-2635 chandleraz.gov Get wet and wild at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, featuring a water playground, lazy river, lap pool, diving pool, toddler pool, splash pad, water slides and shady and grassy areas. Parents can cool off and spend time with their younger children in the family play pool. A variety of swim lessons are available, along with party and facility rentals.

AZ ICE GILBERT

2305 E. Knox Rd, Gilbert (480) 503-7080 polaricegilbert.com Put the heat in a deep freeze at AZ Ice Gilbert (formerly Polar Ice). AZ Ice offers kid-centric summer activities, beginner hockey clinics, youth and adult hockey clubs (AZ Ice is now a USA Hockey facility), group and private skating lessons, and general skating sessions. Kids that have their birthday parties at AZ Ice always have a cool time!

JUMP STREET

455 E. Warner Rd. Chandler (480) 270-8008 gotjump.com Summer means it’s time to get jumpy at Jump Street, the best place in the Valley to have fun and stay fit. Kids and adults will enjoy a range of indoor activities including the main trampoline courts, trampoline dodgeball, a refurbished earthquake kids zone, foam pit, mechanical bull, giant walking sticks, an arcade, and the recently added trampoline basketball.

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LAKE HAVASU CITY

d n e k e We Getaways

Take a weekend trip to “Arizona’s West Coast” to feed your beach-bum craving. Although the average summer temperatures are in the triple digits, the water averages around 70 degrees, offering a refreshing, relaxing experience. Swim, boat and gamble your weekend away in an energetic, beachlike atmosphere. Consider staying at London Bridge Resort, an all-suite waterfront resort offering luxury amenities and three fantastic swimming pools. If you’re looking for waterfront dining, Shugrue’s Restaurant and Bar offers a stunning view of the London Bridge, lounge seating and fine dining.

BISBEE

This old mining town is in a quaint location, perfect for a charming weekend getaway. Escape the heat a bit with summer temperatures in the mid80s. Enjoy art galleries, specialty shops, coffee houses and gourmet treats. Spend a night with the ghosts on the fourth floor at the Copper Queen Hotel, built in 1898. Every first and third Thursday the hotel hosts a ghost hunt full of adventure. Head to Café Roka for modern American food with the freshest seasonal ingredients; they even serve a four-course dinner! The Stock Exchange Saloon will surely be your favorite libation hall, just as it was in the 1900s, before the “Noble Experiment” banned liquor and forced owners to convert the saloon to cater to a brokerage firm. Today, you can see the original stock board that fueled the New York Stock Exchange in Arizona.

TUCSON

In less than two hours, East Valley residents are able to find themselves in Tucson. The town boasts cooler summer temperatures in the 90s, a fun and lively downtown area, and tons of great shops and good eats. Tucson has a handful of gorgeous, 4-star resorts, but the Loews Ventana Canyon’s window to the soul of the Sonoran Desert is exceptionally gorgeous. Tucked above the Catalina Mountains, this luxury hotel offers a way to rewind and connect with the great outdoors. Leave room on your trip itinerary to visit The University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2. Considered one of the 50 must-see wonders of the world, the Biosphere gives you the opportunity to explore a tropical rainforest, savanna, coastal fog desert and a million-gallon ocean! 50

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TOMBSTONE

Take a trip back in time to one of the most notorious towns of the Wild West. With temperatures in the low 90s, spending time perusing the historical streets, seeing the sites, and watching the gunfights can be quite enjoyable in the summer months. Hang up your cowboy hat at The Tombstone Grand Hotel, offering a unique boutique experience minutes from the historic action. Enjoy gorgeous views of the Sonoran Desert from your room or on their modern-styled patios featuring fire pits and BBQ grills. Stop by the Crystal Palace Saloon for a bite to eat in one of the original saloons of this historic Western town.


FLAGSTAFF ROCKY POINT

One of the perks of living in Southern Arizona is the ability to escape to Puerto Penasco, Mexico for a quick weekend retreat, only a 3.5-hour car ride away! Get together a few friends, book a three or four bedroom suite at Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort and live in the lap of luxury at budget prices. After a long day spent in perfect 85-degree weather at the beach, watch the sun sink into the ocean while you sip a mango margarita at the swim-up pool bar. Later, head to Old Port to buy some fresh seafood to grill back at the resort.

When the temperature hits double digits, Phoenicians begin their annual 2 hour and 15 minute ascent to the city of pine trees and 78 degrees. The slopes may be closed, but you can still get your adrenaline pumping at Flagstaff Extreme’s Tree Top Adventure course. If prefer to stay on the ground, you can easily spend an entire day exploring quaint shops and brewery hopping downtown. You just may need a magical elixir from the Beaver Street Brewery to get to sleep in your haunted hotel room at the legendary Hotel Weatherford.

JEROME

Halfway between Prescott and Flagstaff (just under two hours from Phoenix) is a sleepy little historic town set high on top of Cleopatra Hill (5,200 feet). Founded in 1876, this old copper mining camp is said to be one of the most haunted destinations in the country. If you’re daring, book a room at the Jerome Grand Hotel, an old converted hospital that also houses the notorious Asylum Restaurant. After a day spent navigating the town’s steep hills, fill your belly at The Haunted Hamburger before stopping in at the Spirit Room to cool off (temperatures can soar into the 90s in summer) and enjoy some live music and libations.

SEDONA

Red Rock Country is home to some of the most magnificent rock formations in the world and only a 2-hour drive from Phoenix. Book a room with a view at L’Auberge de Sedona for the ultimate luxury hotel and spa experience. Get up early and hike West Fork Oak Creek Trail that meanders along the creek at the bottom of Oak Creek Canyon. Once the mercury rises past 90 degrees, head to Slide Rock State Park to cool down on the natural water slides. Finish off a perfect day with a healing massage and dinner at Elote Café, serving some of the most authentic upscale Mexican cuisine in the Southwest.

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EXPRESS MIE DANCE FITNESS STUDIO

TOUGH LOTUS

3050 N DOBSON RD. #2, CHANDLER (480) 525-3468 toughlotus.com Addicted to ashtanga? Ever wondered what it would be like to practice your asanas while hanging upside down? Let Marnie Valliere and the Tough Lotus team introduce you to a hot new way to tone, flex, and strengthen your muscles while decompressing your spine. Aerial fitness utilizes an integrative approach to maximize results in minimal time. It’s where aerial yoga, the circus, gymnastics and suspension training collide. Increase flexibility, improve stability and balance, and develop confidence and coordination while you work out and have fun!

TRAPEZE U NIGHT CLASSES

14407 E. PECOS RD, GILBERT (888) 872-7101 trapezeu.com Founded in 2008 by two good friends with a mutual dream, Trapeze U is a full-size flying trapeze school helping Phoenicians develop unique skills and teaching them tricks only before seen in the circus. Once the sun sinks low on Monday evenings, the real fun begins! An excellent opportunity for first-time students or regular flyers, this class is fit for all skill levels. For $32.50, three instructors show you the ropes in this 1.5-hour class with a maximum of 15 students.

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6448 S. MCCLINTOCK, TEMPE (480) 626-5973 expressmie.com Come and see just how much fun dance fitness can be! With workout classes ranging from Yoga Booty Ballet to Bollywood; Flirty Girl’s Booty Beat to Country Line Dance; and GI Jane Boot Camp to Adult Ballet; there’s something for everyone. No dance experience? No problem! Classes are geared for beginners and comfortable for all adult ages, shapes and sizes. Dedicated to developing self-confidence in women, Express MiE also offers pole dancing classes to help you express your own unique inner beauty.


CIRCUS SCHOOL OF ARIZONA

7432 EAST TIERRA BUENA LANE #104, SCOTTSDALE (480) 285-9635 circusschoolofarizona.com Tired of the treadmill? Circus School of Arizona offers aerial and ground acrobatics and specialty arts instruction to students of all ages and backgrounds. Founded in 2007, the school offers alternative fitness training to anyone looking for physical conditioning and an outlet for creative expression. With more than 200 students, including dancers, gymnasts, personal trainers, and yoga/Pilates instructors, CSA offers participants a unique way to gain strength, endurance, and flexibility, regardless of fitness level.

SURF SESSIONS AT BIG SURF WATERPARK

1500 N. MCCLINTOCK DR./ HAYDEN RD, TEMPE (480) 994-2297 bigsurffun.com Cool off from the scorching desert heat in Big Surf’s wavepool, Waikiki Beach, ranked third largest in North America holding 2.5 million gallons of water! With a wave every three minutes, there is no shortage of oceanic excitement. Show up between 5-6 p.m. any day for a surfers-only session. Bring your own board (must have leash) or rent one there. If surfing’s not your scene, try a boogie board session instead Monday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m.– Noon and 2:30– 3 p.m. and Sunday from Noon– 12:30 p.m. and 2:30– 3 p.m.

PURE BARRE

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7373 E. HIGHWAY 60, GOLD CANYON (480) 505-6233 eastvalleytennis.com What better way to spend the summer than improving your swing? Tennis swing, that is. Certified P-1 Tennis professional, Chris Langdon, has been the owner and Director of ATGA for over 25 years. He offers both group and private lessons and promises a fun, educational and enjoyable tennis experience. Sign up for a free introductory class or ask about the “4 and me” lesson specials, and get started on your journey to becoming a tennis pro like Chris.

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(888) 709-8324 idtech.com Finally, a summer camp just for tekkies ages 7-17. Weeklong day and overnight camps (for ages 10-17) are available and offer different programs in robotics, game design, programming, filmmaking, animation, 3D modeling and photography, and web design. More than 40 courses are available and include technologies from Adobe, Apple and Autodesk. Camps include physical activities, too.

CAMP INVENTION

1645 N. Sterling St. Mesa (800) 968-4332 campinvention.org This educational camp features four modules, including an assortment of hands-on activities from building original motorized vehicles and taking apart electronics to constructing insect-themed pinball machines. Local educators will guide students as they explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Camp takes place June 23-27 and is tailored for kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Discounts are offered.

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CAMP ZOO AT PHOENIX ZOO

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Tuscany Theatre 3244 E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert (480) 907-7050 actorsyouththeatre.org Kids can act out this summer at Actor’s Youth Theatre. Workshops are designed for kids ages 5-18 and include A Frozen Adventure (based on Disney’s hit film), A Totally Tangled Up Workshop, Make a Music Video, So You Thought You Could Dance Theatre Workshop, Actor’s Bootcamp Extreme, Make a Movie Workshop, and more. Workshops are on a half-day schedule.

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BRICKS 4 KIDZ LEGO CAMP

1500 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. (480) 717-7573 Visit bricks4kidz.com Help your kids get it together this summer at a LEGO camp. Whether animating a LEGO robot, building models, making movies or playing games, every 5 to 13-year-old will have a great time exploring, building and getting creative. Classes include Mining & Crafting, Amusement Park, Transportation/Race Camp, Space Adventures Jedi Camp, and more. Weekly classes are held throughout the summer at Chandler Presbyterian Church.

KIDS AND TEENS SUMMER COOKING CAMP AT SUR LA TABLE 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale (800) 243-0852 surlatable.com Kids ages 8-17 can cook up some fun at the Scottsdale Fashion Square and Kierland Commons Sur la Table locations. Weeklong day camps take place June, July and August and include Science in the Kitchen and Baking Around the World. Kids will learn basic kitchen and safety skills, how to follow recipes, and more.

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HOW TO CREATE A BACKYARD YOU’LL WANT TO LIVE IN AND SHOW OFF. Summer is no time to be cooped up. By making your backyard livable, functional and beautiful, not only will you feel compelled to get some fresh air and relax outside, you will add that much more square footage to your home’s living space. BY NISSA HALLQUIST

When it comes to landscape design, the choices are nearly infinite. There are three things a homeowner needs to decide: 1) desired theme (modern and minimalist, tropical, etc.), 2) how the space will be used and by how many (big pool parties or intimate family dinners), and of course, 3) budget.

Many are choosing to keep plants to a bare minimum, some going so far as to completely remove the ubiquitous lawn for the sake of lowered maintenance, utilizing a desert theme for water conservation and maximum living space. Conversely, there are others who want “sustainable landscapes,” which can include vegetable gardens, berry bushes and small orchards.

Hardscape DESIGN Outdoor Shelters Your porch/patio is where you’ll be doing the majority of your outdoor living. Options range from poured concrete to brick to cement pavers to travertine flagstones. And of course, there’s the deck, with long-lasting wood/resin composites joining natural wood as available materials. You can have one main porch area near your house or create multiple outdoor living “rooms” for eating, napping, chatting, and so forth. To break up what are usually rectilinear spaces, give hardscapes some soft curves. Leave such spaces flat, or raise them as stepped terraces to create unique dimension in a yard.

Landscape DESIGN In our relatively temperate climate, there many options when it comes to plant life. Again, the theme helps to narrow those down. However, the exact number, type and placement of foliage are also dependent on preferred colors, soil quality and, especially, the homeowner’s desired maintenance level.

Protection from sun and rain extends the amount of time you can enjoy your outdoor living space. It also expands on the architectural details of your home’s exterior. A solid cover provides the most coverage, of course, which makes it ideal for more sun-sensitive furnishings (and skin). Partial shade structures like pergolas and gazebos allow in a bit more light. Or you can take your shade with you in the form of moveable outdoor umbrellas.

Lighting The right kind of outdoor lighting enhances the mood of the space, provides safety and highlights outstanding outdoor elements. Lighting adjustability and proper blending/layering of fixtures make sure all outdoor lighting needs are met. Outdoor lighting has become more energy efficient, adjustable and designfriendly through the use of low-voltage LEDs. Improved technology has also made the quality of LED light much better, similar to that of warm incandescent light.

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Outdoor KITCHENS

Furniture & DECOR

An essential part of the outdoor living experience is being able to cook and eat al fresco. Today, that has moved beyond the lonely barbecue into full outdoor kitchens complete with multiple cook surfaces, refrigerators, sinks, pizza ovens, beer taps, etc.

There’s virtually no limit to the style of furnishings you can use outdoors. While other aspects of your yard may be harder to change, furnishings and decor allow you to continually change up your look outside. This can include pieces as large as sofas and dining sets to colorful accessories like throw pillows, candle holders and bird feeders.

Very often completing the outdoor kitchen are granite countertops. They just need a little extra care to endure the elements, including protection from the sun to prevent fading (or choose lighter colors), go with a matte “leathered” texture instead of high gloss, and be a bit more diligent with sealants.

Fire, Water & Extras Bringing fire and water features into your yard creates an overall sense of harmony and luxury. A natural stone waterfall or fountain provides peaceful movement and sound. Dive into a cool pool after a long, hot day. Or imagine chatting in front of an outdoor fireplace or having an impromptu marshmallow roast over a firepit on a fall evening. As with outdoor kitchens, there are other items previously reserved for interior use now able to be used safely outside. Cool new technology features like outdoor heaters that are connected directly to a home’s electricity are now available. TVs appear out of nowhere – dropping down from the ceiling or popping up from the ground, then back again to be protected from the elements.

With these kind of options, there’s hardly any reason to go back inside.

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    A hot new trend in home décor is proving to be fashion forward and beneficial for your home! “Garden Walls” add a pop of color, improve air quality, reduce noise levels and energy costs, and are just gorgeous!   

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You may have noticed this new trend decking the wall of your favorite Happy Hour hot spot or populating your Pinterest feed. This sustainable innovation is perfect for your home or office, turning any dreary room into a sweet little rainforest oasis. Whether you decide to purchase or build your wall, you can choose to have it freestanding or mounted. Size is another thing to consider. Make an out-of-this-world impression with a large vertical planter occupying an entire living room wall, or keep it simple with a small hanging garden in your kitchen perfect for fresh live herbs.    Your chosen location and size also affect the types of plants able to grow on your Garden Wall. Light metering plays a huge part, so be sure to observe the intensity and length of light hitting your future green wall. Plants that vine and drape as they grow are the most aesthetically pleasing within the wall. For this effect, find some Pothos. Also known as “Devil’s Ivy”, pothos are considered to be one of the easiest houseplants, tolerant of low light conditions and erratic watering schedules. And, they are serious indoor air purifiers!    Another great choice is the Lipstick Plant. Similar to the pothos, the lipstick plant cascades and is low fuss. This plant will also add a burst of color with its burgundy bottom and striking red flowers that emerge from black calyces throughout the year. Now, on to creation! A small, simple Garden Wall is a great way to start, as opposed to jumping into a pricey, largescale installment. There are a few ways to create a DIY wall; I’ve found the simplest to be the frame method. Since you’ve already selected your wall, now is the time to decide on an exact size. After measuring, create your frame and line it with a sheet of plastic for water retention.    Next, attach a layer of felt to the frame--the felt will serve as the foundation on which your plants will live and grow. Felt is perfect because it will allow the roots to grow through while holding water. A proper irrigation system is the most crucial aspect of the Garden Wall. You can create this yourself by lining a tube across the top of your frame, or consult an expert for easy installation. Once all of those aspects are in place, you can begin to plant your chosen greenery, hang, and enjoy!


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BEDROOM ON A BUDGET

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BUDGET Whether you are looking to reinvent your bland bedroom or make a guest room more welcoming, here are a few affordable ways to turn homely into homey. MAKE THE LITTLE DETAILS COUNT:

When you’re working on a budget, it is important to cater to the little details. For example, posters on a wall can look tailored if they are displayed in a homemade or secondhand frame. A clean, organized space is also complimentary to a room lacking expensive details. In addition, pay attention to the arrangement of knickknacks and accessories to showcase the strengths of the room, instead of the weaknesses. Also be sure not to overcompensate in the hope of adding character. A simplistic, clean look is in!

comforter you aren’t ready to part with, spend a few extra dollars on a nice duvet to bring your old blanket back to life.

PICK AN ACCENT COLOR:

A pop of color can make an old room feel new again. Pick a strong accent color and implement it throughout your room. Affordable accent color items are excellently showcased through big, comfy pillows, picture frames, vases, knickknacks and more!

DECK THE WALLS:

Nothing adds character and spice like creatively adorned walls. Head over to the consignment shop for a few empty frames. Hanging them scattered on the wall brings an awesome midcentury look. Or, grab the kids, some paint and a few blank canvases. The artists are free and will provide you with loving memories for life!

FIND A STAPLE ITEM:

If you can’t exhaust funds on every aspect of the room, spend time looking for that perfect staple item. It could be a vintage armoire to compliment secondhand furnishings, an amazing headboard, or a fabulous contemporary mirror. Get creative as you look, and be sure to consider what you already have in the room. Miscellaneous items can look perfectly planned with the perfect find.

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Fresh flowers or potted plants like orchids can really make a room feel homey. Flowers not only purify air and bring pretty aromas, they also liven up a room with color and style. Channel your inner interior designer and choose flowers that match your accent color.

PLAY WITH MIRRORS:

Empty walls or a small bedroom can both be fixed with one simple solution: a big mirror! Search secondhand stores for a large mirror, and craft your own frame to really make a statement. The mirror will create an illusion of a larger room, while adding some serious style to an empty wall.


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CATALINA ISLAND

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CALIFORNIA'S ONLY ISLAND RESORT GETAWAY

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    Santa Catalina Island is an extremely popular vacation destination for Southern California residents and should definitely be considered more seriously by Arizonians. A few of our older

readers may remember the lyrics, “26 miles across the sea Santa Catalina is awaitin’ me” from the hit song “26 Miles” by the Four Preps in the 50s. The Preps style and that particular song were considered by some to be major influences on the Beach Boys and the wave of surfing and beach songs that swept the country in that era and are still popular today. Since both of us grew up in Southern California, we remember early on that we were excited about making that first journey out to Catalina. A high seas adventure for young kids! Although we visited it separately, we both had indelible memories of those initial visits. For years, we talked about making a return sojourn VALLEY LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | JUNE 2014

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together, but for some reason hadn’t done so. Awhile back that all changed. In the past, we’ve often been disappointed by return visits to our yesteryear memories. Usually the current experience just doesn’t live up to expectations. But our joint Catalina excursion far surpassed those early memories.    First of all, getting to Catalina has entered a new era of ocean transport. Instead of the slowmoving ferries, Catalina Express now provides high-speed jet catamarans that get you there in about an hour from Long Beach, San Pedro or Dana Point. Round trip fares range from around $60$75 and airline- type seats add comfort. Upgrades are available for a special Commodore or Captain’s Lounge (think business or first class). www.catalinaexpress. com. Upon our arrival, the quaint main town of Avalon seemed much more upscale and 68

prettier than we remembered. The promenade walkways and colorful landscaping all along the harbor have been improved dramatically. In our opinion, the overall quality of hotels, restaurants, attractions and shops has definitely improved.

WHERE TOSTAYAND DINE:

We opted to stay in the center of town at a charming European boutique-style hotel, Villa Portofino, overlooking Avalon Bay and within footsteps of the beach. It reminded us of the charming Spanish inn that was our Barcelona hangout many years ago. The rooms were delightfully decorated- some with fireplaces and ocean views. The staff was exceptionally

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friendly and the rooftop sundeck was a perfect place to relax and enjoy the panoramic vistas. On our first night, we dined at Ristorante Portofino and were blown away by their creative regional Italian cuisine. For complete info on packages, rates, and wonderful photos of the property go to: www. hotelvillaportofino.com . Other recommended dining spots: the award-winning Steve’s Steak House, where the turf meets the surf, features nice harbor views and incredible Omaha beef. www.stevessteakhouse.com; for the ultimate in fresh seafood, check out the Lobster Trap, also known for tantalizing Bloody Mary’s and their happy hour. www.catalinalobstertrap.com; for funky nightlife, drop into Luau Larry’s featuring casual food offerings and energy filled live entertainment. www.luaularrys. com. And, keep in mind that the


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diversity of restaurants in Avalon offer most ethnic cuisines with a wide price range.   Before we left for Catalina a friend commented, “I don’t think there’s enough to do there”. Well, let us assure you, nothing could be further from the truth. Consider the following list: golf, tennis, biking, beach volleyball, hiking, beach walks, snorkeling, scuba, sailing, swimming, fishing, kayaking, camping, horseback riding, zip lining, and the list goes on and on. Get the idea? As a matter of fact, we would have liked to stay at least a week instead of three days on this picturesque isle. This trip only allowed us time to take three of the island tours of the many offered. The Classic Inland Motor Tour included some fascinating island history. Most of you might be surprised to hear that Santa Catalina was purchased in 1919 by the well known Wrigley family from Chicago. Wrigley gum and Wrigley Field are reminders of their illustrious history. For a number of years, Wrigley brought his beloved Chicago Cubs to Catalina for their spring training, but now the team is camped out in Mesa, Arizona as part of the Cactus League. A guided walking tour of the world famous art deco Catalina Casino, built in 1927 is a must. The Ballroom, Theater and Catalina Island Museum are extraordinary. It’s interesting to point out that the casino has no gambling. Back in that era, the word casino was used to describe a “public building used for entertainment and dances”. Our guide informed us that Las Vegas was responsible for adding gambling into the casino definition. Another tour we thoroughly enjoyed was an exciting ocean rafting adventure highlighted by a lengthy close70

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up visit with a playful school of dolphins cavorting all around our motorized raft. This same company also has bike rentals, Jeep and Segway tours. www. catalinatours.com   The Wrigley family is to be applauded for their efforts to keep their island as unspoiled as possible by donating 88% of the land to a conservancy. This will insure the preservation of most of the island’s natural interior and 48 miles of coastline in perpetuity. Members of the family remain as administrative overseers of the Santa Catalina Island Company. And, for those of you who just want to relax, Catalina has plenty to do for rejuvenation. Sunning at Descanso Beach Club just steps away from the casino, reading a book around the pool, leisure walks around the residential neighborhoods and shopping strolls through downtown are just a few of the options. We hope we don’t wait as long for our next getaway to this little bit of serene utopia on California’s only island resort. And remember the local mantra:

“Relax, you’re on island time.”

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THE PERCH: WHERE FOODIES AND CRAFT BEER ENTHUSIASTS FLOCK

BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

There’s nothing else in the Valley like The Perch. Since opening its doors in February 2014, the gastropub located in historic downtown Chandler has been creating quite a buzz on our culinary and craft beer scene. From the rooftop lounge and rotating selection of craft beers to the breezy patio ambiance and creative menu, The Perch is definitely unique. General manager Alan Pasquinelli was excited to recently step in at The Perch and continue to make the restaurant an envied Valley destination. “I grew up in the industry,” says Pasquinelli. I literally started when I was 10 working for an uncle that had a hofbräu in Union Square.”

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At The Perch, he’s looking to take it all to the next level. “I’m looking at systems and consistency and what I see here is that there is a good staff and they want to succeed,” he explains. “I’m helping to give them the sense that this is a family and we’re all here for one reason.” Pasquinelli is going over every inch of the restaurant with a fine-toothed comb to bring guests an unforgettable experience. A visit to The Perch reveals the two-fold nature of its name. The property is home to exotic birds, such as Amazon parrots, Macaws, cockatoos, lovebirds and parakeets. “They were unadoptable because they had been abused,” states Rebecca Lavenue who co-owns The Perch with Sue Sechrest. In fact, Lavenue herself takes on many bird care duties with the help of volunteers from Arizona Exotic Bird Rescue. The Perch also boasts a relaxing rooftop lounge and bar with views of downtown Chandler. A tour of the restaurant’s property reveals large classic board games set atop repurposed tree stumps, an herb garden on the patio, a granite bar with inset “twinkling” lights and other businesses within the patio vicinity. In fact, The Perch and the surrounding businesses were all orchestrated from some of the original homes of Chandler that have been repurposed. This place is simply bursting with cool whimsy. The menu has evolved since opening day and includes everything from signature burgers and sandwiches to wings, salads and handmade pizzas. “One of the items on the menu that I love is the Grilled Cheese sandwich,” 74

Pasquinelli shares about the classic sandwich they enhance with spinach and artichoke dip, a three cheese blend and a tomato. “It’s so different from anything I’ve ever had. It’s incredible, and it’s a quirky little sandwich, but it is fun.” The house-made and hand-tossed beer dough pizzas are also signature items at The Perch. The Southwest Margarita pizza has fresh mozzarella, tomato and chimichurri sauce with a drizzle of hot chili-infused olive oil. “It’s one of our most popular pizzas and has a little kick to it,” Pasquinelli says. The Brussel Sprout and Pork Belly pizza is also an unexpected taste sensation and a departure from what is found anywhere else. Other menu items utilize beers as well, including the IPA Honey Hot, Brown Ale Teriyaki, and Stout Mole Rojo chicken wings, and the Beer Cheese & Beer Sausage pizza. The creative selection of salads includes the Macaw (with Fresno chilies, shaved coconut and jicama topped with mango jam and goat cheese) and the Wall Street, which is a spring mix bursting with fresh strawberries, candied walnuts, blue cheese crumbles and topped with a tangy strawberry balsamic vinaigrette. Andrew Bauman is the brewmaster at The Perch and has been working feverishly on the brewery. “He and I go back to when he was my GM at El Paso BBQ,” Pasquinelli explains. “I said from that point on if I could ever aspire to be the GM that he is… I thought he was perfect.” A few months ago when Bauman called Pasquinelli about coming to work for The Perch, Pasquinelli immediately said yes. The Perch is known for their vast selection of craft brews, which rotate constantly. IPAs, stouts, hefeweizens and fruit beers are all available and soon, Bauman will be creating signature beers

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for the gastropub. Happy Hour is 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and guests are invited down for very affordable wine and beer selections, specialty martinis and appetizer and pizza specials.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: THE PERCH PUB AND BREWERY 232 S. Wall St., Chandler (480) 773-7688 perchpubbrewery.com


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IN SEASON PEACHES

PEACHES BY KADIE JEPSEN

   Peaches are delicious. Their soft, fuzzy skin and succulent insides captivate most fruit lovers, no matter the age. Their versatility, especially during the summer months, has earned peaches the title of our go-to summer snack. Whether you are planning a menu for a group BBQ or simply settling the table for your family and friends, peach-inspired dishes can excite even the most skeptical of eaters. A native of China, peach trees thrive in cooler climates and ripen from mid to late summer. Peaches, which belong in the same family as nectarines, received their name because of the obvious light peach 76

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coloring of their skin. They have a tendency to bruise easily, so it’s important when picking them from their tree or when handling them in the store to do so with care. Since peaches are best served at room temperature, it’s often difficult to keep them fresh for long periods of time. As a result, peach harvesters have found that turning peaches into jams and jellies can prolong their freshness and create exciting new menu options. Besides being delicious, peaches also contain health benefits as well. They are a moderate source of vitamins A, B-carotene, and C, as well as iron and potassium.

Incorporating peaches into your diet can help increase your daily vitamin and nutrient intake and add a little pizazz to your mundane dishes. We all should try to increase our daily intake of healthy fruits, why not do it with a peach? We have compiled a list of peach-inspired dishes and drinks we believe will liven up your summer menu and excite your family and friends. These variations on classic dishes will motivate you to create your own summer concoction using peaches as your muse. Enjoy the options, and don’t wait to try them all out at home.


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1 ounce (about 2 tablespoons) vodka 1 ounce (about 2 tablespoons) peach schnapps Peace wedge for garnish DIRECTIONS:

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1. Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add peaches and cinnamon, cook until just softened, about 3 minutes. 2. Spoon over scoops of vanilla ice cream and top with nuts.Serve immediately. www.peachrecipes.net

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RESTAURANT GUIDE

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 award-winning 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 Rd., Gilbert (480) 782-6777, Cantinalaredo.com Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm Fri & Sat: 11am-11pm

ROLL WITH IT! OSAK A JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Osaka Japanese Steakhouse has really made a name for themselves with their exciting, interactive and flaming teppanyaki tables and huge variety of handmade sushi and specialty rolls. On any given visit, ask the sushi chefs to get creative and they’ll come up with a ton of creative ways to present your rolls. Just ask… there is no extra charge. Our favorite is the Citrus Roll featuring crab salad, avocado, cucumber, salmon and a tangy slice of soft citrus and citrus sauce. Pair that with the Geisha Roll that boasts shrimp tempura, cucumber, lemon, a bit of spicy jalapeno and is topped with white tuna, crab, ponzu and Sriracha sauce, and you have a tempting Far East delicacy that would make any geisha blush with pride.

GET A ROLL: OSAKA JAPENESE STEAKHOUSE 6730 E Superstition Springs Blvd., Mesa (480) 830-8884 78

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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 under-the-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

At Wok Box, our goal is to create the freshest Asian food using quality and nutritious ingredients, while making meals convenient and affordable. Our menu offers a variety of flavors from all over Asia with Noodle and Rice Boxes, Small Bites, Naan-Wiches, Soup and more. Wok Box even caters to vegetarian, vegan or wheat free diets and has over 50 locations in North America, including Gilbert, Arizona. Catering and feasts are also available for larger groups. Whether you dine in or take out, enjoy a fresh alternative to traditional fast food at Wok Box! It’s more fun in a box! 2224 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert (480) 999-3299, www.wokbox.net


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 Rd., Gilbert (480) 889-7080, paradisebakery.com Mon-Fri 6am-9pm; Sat 7am-9pm; Sun 7am-8pm Breakfast: Mon-Fri 6-10am; Sat & Sun 7-11am | Free Wi-Fi

High Tide Seafood Bar and Grill understands that great seafood is hard to come by, but Chef Eric Emlet makes it his mission to serve only the best. The fish is flown in daily from the finest purveyor on the West Coast—Santa Monica Seafood. Some of the items on the menu are considered boutique. The salmon is sushi-grade and comes from a tiny purveyor called Skuna Bay off the west coast of Vancouver Island. And don’t forget the oysters! The restaurant has an open quality and the steam pots sit behind a U-shaped bar, so if you wish, you can enjoy a cocktail and watch your gorgeous seafood being prepared. High Tide has a full bar with a premium well, a varied wine list and eight craft beers on tap. High Tide Seafood Bar and Grill 2540 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert (480) 821-9950 hightideseafoodbar.com Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm

Seafood Market & Restaurant is a family owned establishment which opened in 1991 in Mesa. It is not only a restaurant but a fresh seafood market too, just as the name suggests. Fish & shellfish selections are delivered daily and are always fresh, never thawed. And we only buy the BEST! With an extensive mouth-watering menu to include King Salmon, Scallops, Crab, Lobster & Orange Roughy, there is also delicious chicken, juicy steaks & pasta for guests to enjoy. Seafood Market has won several recognition awards including being honored with a 4 out of 4 star rating. 3406 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa (Val Vista Rd.) (480) 633-1580 seafoodmarketrestaurant.com

Our satisfying and tasty menu features the freshest produce, all natural and hormone-free meats, made-from-scratch 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

taku Cyprus Grill of Chandler, Restauranteur Christodoulos Komitis opened the first Cyprus Grill in 2005 and now a thriving a very popular Chandler location will be 3 years in business. Offering fast and effective counter service for lunch and a formal sit down dinner experience at night Monday thru Friday. Weekends are full service all day. Cyprus Grill serves delicious and authentic Greek Mediterranean Cuisine, everything is fresh our menu includes appetizers ranging from traditional Greek Hummus, Spanakopita, Dolmades-stuffed grape leaves with rice and herbs. Pita sandwiches and salads are lunch staples at this eatery making the gyro pita and Spartan Club customers’ go to items for the busy lunch rush. 1065 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler (480) 722-9068, www.cyprusgrill.com

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

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EVENTS CALENDAR

GREAT DATES

The Fray JUNE 11, PHOENIX Check out this Denver-based band at Comerica Theatre. Their 2005 debut hit “How to Save a Life” has been followed by many more hit singles and catchy album releases. This national tour is in celebration of their fourth and newest album titled Helios, issued in February 2014 and preceded by the upbeat single “Love Don’t Die.” Barcelona and Oh Honey will support the band on select dates. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St, Phoenix, (602) 379-2800, comericatheatre.com

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The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess JUNE 3-8, TEMPE Part of the Broadway Across America series, this winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical has been given a stunning and stirring new staging. It includes the legendary songs that animate George and Ira Gershwin’s masterpiece on the Broadway stage for the first time in over 35 years. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave, Tempe, (480) 965-3434, asugammage.com

Phoenix Comicon

Blue Water Salmon Challenge JUNE 10, PHOENIX Bluewater Grill hosts its annual salmon tasting event on Tuesday, June 10, allowing Phoenix diners to discover the differences between the most popular Pacific and Atlantic salmon varieties. Featured will be four types of fresh-offthe-boat salmon: King, Copper River, Sockeye, and Atlantic. Bluewater Grill, 1720 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, (602) 277-3474, bluewatergrill.com

JUNE 5-8, PHOENIX Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture experience of the Southwest. It presents the chance for fans to meet with their favorite creators, actors, authors and get their autographs (and have photos taken with them!). Comicon brings out the top comic book writers and artists in the industry, features many genres from pop culture (anime, horror, and steampunk), and presents a full weekend of events and activities for you and your family. The outfits are half the fun during this event; so don’t be afraid to impersonate your favorite comic book character. Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St, Phoenix, (602) 262-6225, phoenixconventioncenter.com

Mad Monster Festival JUNE 13, PHOENIX Mad Monster is coming to Phoenix, and you’re cordially invited! Join in on June (Friday The) 13th through June 15th for a frighteningly fun festival for the whole family. Meet celebrity guests, and visit the vendor room for the chance to see and buy horror memorabilia from around the world. Check the website for more exciting announcements because the party is just getting started! Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 N. 3rd St, Phoenix, (602) 262-2500, sheratondowntownphoenix.com


Lionel Richie Saturday’s Warrior JUNE 26-JULY 12 Dreamweaver Productions presents the 40th Anniversary professional production of the familyfriendly smash hit musical “Saturday’s Warrior” written by Doug Stewart and Lex de Azevedo, and produced through special licensing arrangements with Omega Productions. For the first time since its inception, “Saturday’s Warrior” is being accompanied by a full live orchestra, as well as reintroducing a live choir, which further enhances the musical richness of this production-even surpassing that of the original record-setting Utah Production. Higley Center for the Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd, Gilbert, (480) 279-7190, higleyarts.org

JUNE 8, PHOENIX Lionel Richie has a discography of albums and singles second to none and is part of the fabric of American pop music. In fact, Lionel Richie and Irving Berlin are the only two songwriters in history to achieve the honor of having #1 records for nine consecutive years. This June, you will get the chance to hear “all the hits all night long.” Celo Green will be joining him for a night to remember. AK-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave, Phoenix, (602) 254-7200, livenation.com

Cabaret JUNE 27-29, TEMPE Scottsdale Musical Theater Company presents the daring classic musical from the writers of Chicago and Kiss of the Spiderwoman. SMTC prides itself on presenting affordable theatrical productions of wellknown musicals in their entire original Broadway versions with sets fully costumed and featuring the best Phoenix area talent along with a full live orchestra so that the shows can be heard and appreciated as they were originally meant to be. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, (480) 350-2829, tempe.gov

2014 Hoop It Up JUNE 28-29 PHOENIX Hoop It Up offers exciting basketball activities and entertainment for male and female teams of all abilities and ages. It is the premiere 3x3 Basketball Tour in the world. The 25th anniversary tour will be pulling into eight cities offering a high-energy and festive atmosphere filled with competition and excitement. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of history and show the world you’ve got game! American Sports Center, 755 N. 114th Ave, Avondale, (623) 792-5501, americansportscenters.com

Prescott Frontier Days JUNE 30- JULY 6 Since 1888, folks have come from miles around to see what the ruckus in Prescott is all about. Every year that ruckus gets bigger, and the contestants get more daring and bold. When the bulls, the horses, and the clowns come to town...well, let’s just say you’ll want to see what’s kicking up all that dust. In addition to the World’s Oldest Rodeo, the Prescott Frontier Days celebration includes rodeo dances, a kiddie parade, a rodeo parade, a 3-day fine arts and craft show and more. Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza, 120 S. Cortez St., Prescott, (928) 717-0094, worldsoldestrodeo.com

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FINAL THOUGHTS

BY KELLY POLLARD

CELEBRATING

fatherhood

Ever since I can remember, I’ve had two dads. Father’s Day has always been a juggling act that meant more than neckties and homemade ashtrays. While living almost full time with my mom, to me my dad was an elusive figure that appeared every few weeks. He rarely had to be the big, bad disciplinarian no need since I was an angel, of course. I loved the weekends it was my “real dad’s” turn to pick me up and spoil me, carting "I sometimes wondered why me off to get ice these guys deserved their cream while my own freaking holiday when stepfather lived the mere existence of two in the monotony dads created more drama of daily life. Into than visible benefits." my tweens, I went through phases of rebellion when I either wasn’t speaking with my dad, or alternately giving my stepfather the cold shoulder. I became a masterful brat and played my dads against each other.

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As I grew older, I’d browse the greeting cards for the perfect fit for each. I wouldn’t dare pick the “I love you Daddy” card for my stepfather, yet the cards geared toward stepfathers seemed informal or like an awkward acknowledgment of a father once removed. And what kind of card do you give to a father you only see, at best, once a month? At my wedding when I’d attained a bit more maturity, there was never a question as to their roles in my special day. I couldn’t leave out either father. My biological dad had drifted in and out of my life over the years, but our relationship finally had turned into something more substantial. My stepfather stuck through all my ages and melodramatic stages and helped raise me to be the woman I am today. So I floated down the aisle that was covered in lavender roses on the arms of the two men I adored in such different ways. I split my father-daughter dance in half and glided across the dance floor and into my future as I left their dueling nests to create one of my own.

I’m an adult now, but I’ll always be their daughter. The Father’s Day cards I choose now are intentionally cheesy. Instead of neckties or cheap wallets, I try to give them the gift of time spent chatting over a bottle of wine (biological dad) or cheap beer (stepdad). These dads are an important piece to the puzzle that is my life. My husband is also the father of my own two sons, who will in turn grow into fathers themselves someday. I try to give my boys room to create their own traditions and relationships with their dad and other ‘fathers’, and I can’t wait to watch how their father-son relationships evolve as they go through their tweens and teens, and finally, adulthood. I’m just glad I don’t have to share my motherhood throne with another woman.


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