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Health and Wealth Raffle winner Robert Cohen of Mesa is spending his $250,000 prize on the future college education of his high school senior daughter, and a “major” vacation. Cohen, a Boeing employee, has played the raffle the last five years to support the works of Barrow & St. Joseph’s.

Italian fare with “a little bit of Hollywood.” It will feature memorabilia and murals referencing the movies of actor Al Pacino, and servers will don pinstripe shirts, suspenders and fedoras. The owners hope to open the eatery on June 3. The website will be

Delta Dental of Arizona hired East Mesa resident Anne Bishop as the dental insurance company’s director of legal affairs and compliance.

While one restaurant opens, another shutters. Silke’s American Grill closed its doors at 2036 N. Gilbert Road in Mesa.

Pilgrim Lutheran School student Annette Bayer recently took first place in the Beginning Basic Strut category of a baton-twirling contest in Phoenix. In addition to Annette, six other Pilgrim Lutheran girls entered the contest. That includes Haydyn Gerard, age 6, granddaughter of Laura LaStrange, who also captured a first place trophy for Beginning Basic Strut.

Eastmark, DMB Associates’ new mixed-use community opening in June, has hired Suzanne Walden-Wells to serve as the director of community life. She will lead the creation of social and civic programming, and traditions to enhance the overall quality of life at Eastmark.

Another restaurant is moving into The Village at Las Sendas near Power and McDowell roads. Pacino’s will take over the spot formerly occupied by Anzio Landing. It will serve contemporary

Heather Farr, after whom a tournament is named at Longbow in Mesa, was inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame during the 43rd Induction Ceremony & Youth Sports Awards. A fourth-generation Arizona native born in 1965, she was diagnosed


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with breast cancer and in 1993 at the age of 28 she died. During high school, she never tied or lost a match or state championship. Tom Pickrell, Mesa Public Schools general counsel, will be honored at this year’s State Bar of Arizona Convention in June. Pickrell will receive the 2013 Public Lawyer Career Achievement Award. He has been a critical player in representing the legal perspective in most of the education reforms during the last three decades.

The White Dove Thrift Shoppe has opened its third location, this time at 1255 W. Guadalupe Road in Mesa’s Safeway Plaza. Operated by Hospice of the Valley, the store benefits patients and families of the not-for-profit agency, which provides end-of-life care. For more information, call (602) 776-1540.

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Mesa’s Brooke White Returns to Small Screen for Hallmark Channel ‘Banner 4th of July’ Airs June 29 Growing up in Mesa and now living in California, “American Idol” alumna Brooke White wasn’t prepared for the cold when she traveled to North Bay, Ontario, Canada, to film the Hallmark Channel’s “Banner 4th of July,” which debuts at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 29. “The weather was pretty intense,” White said with a laugh during a recent phone interview. “The first week I got there, it was in the 30s and 40s. It’s supposed to look like the Fourth of July. But it was snowing and I was wearing these silk summer dresses outside. It was freezing.” “Banner 4th of July” tells the story of the Banner siblings. Desiree Banner (White) and her brothers started a successful band 10 years ago. “Me and one of the brothers then had a falling out,” she said. “We went our separate ways. I moved to L.A.; he moved to Austin. The movie takes place 10 years later.” Their mother’s heart attack brings the siblings under the same roof for the first time in 10 years. The Banners’ mother, Rosalind (Mercedes Ruehl), is mayor of the town, which had to declare bankruptcy. While the children are home, Rosalind persuades the group to reform and perform a show to “save the town.” “It’s about a family mending their relationships,” said White, who penned two songs for the movie. White, the fifth-place finalist in “American Idol” season seven, had June 2013

little acting experience before her stint on the Fox Television show. She joked that she appeared in a production of “Meet Me in St. Louis” while attending Heritage Academy in downtown Mesa. Since then, she did a Fox Television movie “Change of Plans” and now she’s on to “Banner 4th of July.” When she is not acting or writing music, White is the mother to a toddler, the wife to husband, David, and the co-creator of the Web series “The Girls with Glasses,” www. The Web series was recently picked up by the Scripps Network. “Sometimes I need to acknowledge that I’ve been more successful than I think,” White said. “A lot of times you feel like you’re chasing after everything and it gets discouraging. I have an incredible team around me.” On that team is former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson who helped her start a record label. “When you get off the show, it’s very, very, very difficult to sustain the success that you get,” White said. Thanks to Jackson, she’s been able to find success—as a mother, wife, musician and actress. “I’m not hung up on being rich or famous,” she said. “My attention has shifted to just finding opportunities that support my lifestyle and who I want to be as a person. That’s what makes me successful and makes me happy.”

The annual Leadership Awards Dinner honoring business excellence and leadership was held recently at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa. More than 400 attendees gathered to join in the celebration as the chamber recognized the following nominees and winners: For Education: The 2013 Teacher of the Year Award was given to Ken Sorensen of Skyline High School. This award was sponsored by TruWest Credit Union. The 2013 Student of the Year Award was given to Morgan Schneck of Mountain View High School. This award was sponsored by Superstition Springs Center. The 2013 Professor of the Year Award was given to Dr. Niccole Villa Cerveny of Mesa Community College. This award was sponsored by Crescent Crown Distributing. For Business: The top three finalists in the Small Business of the Year category were: Alphagraphics, KW Commercial and Norris Air, Inc. Alphagraphics won in the Small Business Category. The top three finalists in the Medium Business of the Year category were: Clean Air

Cab, Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa and Udall Shumway. Hyatt Place Phoenix/ Mesa won in the Medium Business Category. The top three finalists in the Large Business of the Year category were: CenturyLink, CMC Steel Arizona and HDR Engineering Inc. CMC Steel Arizona won in the Large Business Category. The SCF Safety Award was presented to Nammo Talley Inc. for its outstanding safety record during the past 12 months. This award was sponsored by SCF Arizona. The chamber and attendees celebrated SRP as it celebrated its 110year anniversary and the United Food Bank, the chamber’s first nonprofit recognition. The chamber recognized Otto Shill III of JacksonWhite Attorneys at Law as its outgoing board chairman as well as the 2013 Volunteer of the Year. Co-Sponsor, Visit Mesa, honored Gary Levine of Hilton Phoenix/ Mesa with the Mesa Visitor Industry Vision Award and Mark Gallo of City of Mesa, Hohokam Stadium with the Mesa Visitor Industry Champion Award.

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Captivating audiences with a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Benjamin Ellsworth from Mesa, a student of David L. Gardner at Mountain View High School, placed as one of 10 finalists at the 30th season of the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. The competition was held recently at Lincoln Center in New York City for 58 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Ellsworth previously won the ESU Phoenix Branch regional competition. This year’s winner of the EnglishSpeaking Union New York Branch competition, Xavier Pacheco, won first prize in the ESU National Shakespeare Competition, winning a full scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s Young Actors Summer School in London, England. The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition is a school-based program to help students develop their speaking and critical thinking skills and their appreciation of literature as they explore the beauty of the language and timeless themes in Shakespeare’s works. In three progressive competition levels, students memorize, interpret and perform monologues and sonnets

Benjamin Ellsworth of Mountain View High captivated audiences with his performance of a Shakespearean sonnet and monologue recently at the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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Pilgrim Lutheran School took its biggest field trip recently by traveling to the Grand Canyon. The class of seventh and eighth graders, under the leadership of their principal Matt Meitner, used the trip to conclude studies in science, social studies and religion. The group first traveled to Flagstaff and stayed at a local church; they reached the canyon at daybreak. The children visited most of the vistas along the north side of the rim and explored the museums, visitor centers

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When you have a story you’re itching to tell, no boundaries will hold you back from telling the world. Mesa resident Brian Wayne Hand has been writing since he was in third grade, venturing into screenwriting but always returning to a love of novels. Inspired by the likes of Stephen King and Dan Brown, Hand penned “Crown of the Underworld,” in which an intrepid former Olympian named Noah Chapman must go through a treasure-hunting, artifact-finding adventure to avenge his father’s death and discover his murderer. When Hand couldn’t find the right publisher to produce his book, he looked into self-publishing. Instead, he found something in between. Publisher Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency agreed to publish the book if Hand pre-sold 100 copies, which might sound like a small number, but it was more difficult than one would think, Hand said. “It was kind of self-published, but it was more self-promoted,” Hand said. “It was probably a more difficult process, but it got me a little more confident about my writing. One hundred copies pre-sold doesn’t sound like that big of a deal, but when you’ve really got no name and you’re really just starting out, selling 100 copies without having a physical copy in your hand to show somebody (helps with confidence).” He eventually pre-sold the 100 copies to friends, family and fans. This route allowed Hand to sell his novel on websites for Amazon ($14.97) and Barnes and Noble ($14.08) as he promotes “Crown of the Underworld.” The book is the first in the Noah Chapman series, to be followed by three others, which include “Saint and the Sinner,” “The Eyes of Ra” and “Sword of the Immortal” consecutively. For more information, visit www. June 2013



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Salt River Tubing will kick off the Fourth of July holiday weekend with “Bag it for Bucks” Take Pride in America from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, to Sunday, July 7, on the Lower Salt River. The attraction—located in northeast Mesa on Power Road, just seven minutes from the Loop 202 North Power Road in Tonto National Forest—will distribute Star-Spangled Bucks, a $7 tube-rental discount coupon as a token of appreciation for tubers’ conservation efforts. Tubers can trade in full litter bags at the end of their floating adventure for a $7 discount on their next visit to Salt River Tubing. The coupon is valid seven days a week until Aug. 30. To date, 620 tons of trash has been “stashed and bagged” on the Lower Salt River since 1996 during summer holiday weekends. “In the past 17 years, tubers’ conservation efforts on the Lower Salt River have resulted in conserving a recreational oasis simply by taking personal responsibility for their own picnic trash and keeping it clean and beautiful,” said Henri Breault, president/CEO. “Responsible stewardship of our natural resources will guarantee that we can enjoy quality recreational opportunities on public lands for generations.” That’s not the only special event


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Grant Laufer, a Mountain View High School sophomore and son of Pasta Vixen columnist Brenda Laufer, has been awarded one of approximately 625 National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarships for 2013-2014. The NSLI-Y program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. NSLI-Y offers overseas study opportunities in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian and Turkish. The NSLI-Y scholarship enables Grant to study Turkish in Turkey for the summer. The scholarship covers all program costs for participants including domestic and international travel; tuition and related academic preparation; language testing; educational and cultural activities focused on language learning; orientations; meals; and accommodations, usually with a host family. Launched as part of a U.S. government initiative in 2006, NSLI-Y

seeks to increase Americans’ capacity to engage with native speakers of critical languages by providing formal instruction and informal language practice in an immersion environment. Educational and cultural activities are designed to promote language learning and build mutual understanding and long-lasting relationships. The goals of the NSLI-Y program include sparking a lifelong interest in foreign languages and cultures, and developing a corps of young Americans with the skills necessary to advance international dialogue in the private, academic or government sectors, and build upon the foundations developed through person-to-person relationships while abroad. Through his participation in the program, Laufer will serve as a citizen diplomat while developing the skills necessary to be a leader in the global community.

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home to a staff of 40 researchers and technicians. The 10-acre site will include an 8,400-square-foot office/lab building, a four-platform, 3,500-square-foot shrub prep building and a 3,100-squarefoot mechanical and electrical building. The first rubber samples for tire evaluations are expected in mid-2015. • • 480-348-0343 Submission Requirements: Image must be larger than 10” wide by 11” tall, digital photos only. Low resolution images will automatically be disqualified. Please submit your own, original artwork with your name, title and any names of people (or animals) included in the photo. If submitting a landscape, please include location information. Photos with watermarks will not be accepted. Email submissions to Submissions received after the 15th of each month will be considered for the following month’s contest. Nearby News retains no rights to photo submissions and will not use them in future publications.

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Taming the Narcissist Ideas to Curb the ‘Me, Me, Me’ Syndrome in Kids By Lynette Carrington When children are very young, the most urgent and immediate concern is usually anything that satisfies their own needs. As children age, they have to be encouraged and taught by example how to include family, friends and their community in their everyday world. But, in this new age of perceived self-centeredness, how does a parent go about instilling values that steer away from narcissism? It is a hot button topic that has appeared on the cover of major magazines and websites. There are some tried-and-true and more creative ways that parents can encourage children and teens to take on a more outwardly viewpoint of the world. “One of the fundamental tasks for parents is to teach children,” said

Life Coach and Positive Discipline Educator Eva Dwight. “One of the most important things children need to have is a sense of capability, connection and contribution to the family.” Even as early as age 3, children can learn to put away silverware, assist with meal preparation or laundry to help the family. During the course of her work, Dwight has heard parents say, “I don’t expect anything of my children. I just want them to go to school and do their homework and that’s all I expect.” Although it may sound good from a kid’s perspective, it may not be the healthiest approach. “The end result is that children don’t feel that they contribute or belong,”


Dwight said. “Their attitude is, ‘It’s all done for me, so I don’t have to do anything.’ Contributing to the family is the first important group of people that a child belongs to and it takes a lot of direction and supervision.” Another way to encourage children is to give them the chance to earn their own money and then decide how to spend it. “They learn how to manage Eva Dwight, life coach and positive discipline educator, finances, but they also learn at Creative Coaching Conversations. that mom and dad don’t chance to learn to include their peers provide everything,” Dwight noted. and other adults. She added that taking the time “We’re in this business to help to teach children to do things for students grow and learn and part of themselves is a valuable way to show that is to extend beyond themselves patience and a willingness to share to a greater community,” stated knowledge. Robert Wagner, headmaster of Mesa Beyond the family setting, a school Preparatory Academy. ... continues on page 16 community also provides children the

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be considerate of others,” Wagner explained. “It’s not something that ... continued from page 13 One guiding principle at Mesa Prep necessarily comes naturally...but with regular coached and thoughtful is The Golden Rule. “The idea behind that rule is that it’s practice in conversation, we can a command to go and ‘do,’” Wagner develop that habit of being considerate that as a teenager doesn’t seem so noted. natural.” Another philosophy With teens, there are that is used for the also opportunities at students at Mesa Prep is school and within the “Do anything you want, community to provide so long as it doesn’t service to others, such create a problem for as helping at food banks, someone else.” pet shelters and within “The idea there is to other organizations. give students freedom Wagner does not agree and independence and with the idea of required an opportunity to be community service. creative within bounds,” “I like the idea of Wagner said. Robert Wagner, headmaster of service that you choose “They need to be Mesa Preparatory Academy. to go do,” he said. considerate and think of “Mandatory service feels more like others.” At Mesa Preparatory Academy, punishment. You don’t do the work students participate in meaningful to work on your soul if someone is group discussions where hands are not making you do it,” Wagner stated. Some experts have used the raised before speaking, rather, students example of “participate in a sport, get learn to listen and speak where there a trophy” to explain an environment is a space in the conversation. that promotes narcissism. Some “It takes work and practice to

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To instill in a child they can get something for nothing lends itself to a sense of entitlement. Eva Dwight, BA, MaED is a life coach and positive discipline educator. She is the owner of Creative Coaching Conversations. www.evadwight. Robert Wagner is the headmaster of Mesa Preparatory Academy. The school is part of the Great Hearts Academies. www.

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5. Enjoy free admission to museums in the Valley this summer, thanks to the Target First program. The Arizona Youth Museum (first Sunday), Heard Museum (Sundays), and Children’s Museum (first Friday) all have free days each month. If you have a Bank of America card, you can also get free admission to the Phoenix Art Museum, Children’s Museum, and Tucson Museum of Art on the first weekend of the month.

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Mendoza Elementary School entertained the community with “Throughout the Decades,” a dance recital held at Red Mountain High School recently. Kindergarteners danced to the 1970s’ “That’s the Way I Like events It”calendar from K.C. and the Sunshine Band. Chubby Checker’s “The photo page Twist” provided the soundtrack to the first-graders’ performance. Second-grade students did “The Hand Jive,” which was portrayed in the movie “Grease.” Thirdgraders tackled the Lindy Hop during the song “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by the Andrews Sisters. Meanwhile fourth- and fifth-graders danced the Charleston and shared hip-hop moves, respectively. The sixth-graders’ performance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and “Beat It” closed out the show. Photos by Tiera Allen hearsay



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who make a difference in this world. Enter Hope Club, which is Porter’s environmental awareness club. It is open to fourth through sixth graders who are interested in philanthropic opportunities. The students are involved in deciding whom they would like their funds to help, which makes the experience more personal. Mendoza explained this year the students had an overwhelming

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desire to help on a global level. After she researched H2O, she knew the organization would provide the perfect opportunity for her students. Porter Elementary is the first school in Arizona to get involved with this program. H2O strives to educate, engage and inspire students to learn, take action and become global citizens. By providing a water source at a school and connecting the teaching staff to the project, teachers are encouraged to implement educational programs that teach hygiene and safe water usage. The relationship between water and health is significant. An estimated two million people die every year from the effects of waterborne diseases. Children, especially those younger than the age of 5, are most susceptible. Access to clean water and adequate sanitation decreases the mortality rates among children. Last year Mendoza had the opportunity to travel to Huruma, Kenya. As part of a church-sponsored trip, she worked with children in an orphanage, which she says was an incredible experience. This summer she will be returning to Kenya, as part of a group of teachers who will help with professional development and teacher training. Mendoza will travel to the Njumbi primary school that serves 395 students and nine teachers, and record the progress of the water facility—bringing this project full circle for her students. For more information regarding H2O for Life, visit www. June 2013

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Routine Should Rule in the Household Close your eyes. Picture yourself at work, with a boss who is inconsistent in defining expectations. One day, your performance is judged on criteria A. Days later, boss decides A is not as important as B. You start working on B but within a day or two, A is back on the table and now C might be important but then again, maybe not. Every time you think you have boss figured out, the rules change. What would it be like to work for this person? How long before you started looking for other employment? Now imagine boss is a parent, and exhibits the same kind of unpredictability when setting expectations for his children. Today, it’s OK to watch TV before doing the chores but tomorrow, doing so elicits pasta vixen

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a lecture and punishment. The next day, he seems content to ask the kids three times to get ready for bed. A day later he becomes so angry that he has to even tell the kids to get ready for bed because they’re old enough to tell time and they should know what to do by now! Boss’ children are probably as confused as his employees! One of the most challenging aspects of being a parent is consistency. We get tired. We’re in a hurry. We’re stressed some days, relaxed others, and our parenting reflects our mood. But inconsistency is confusing to children and results in bad habits. When we are consistent in our expectations, we build trust with our kids and they develop responsible behaviors. Establishing routines can be the

foundation for clear, consistent expectations. Determine with your child what needs to be done and when. Develop routines for getting ready in the morning, preparing for bedtime, cleaning and chore assignments, etc. You might consider making a chart together, to provide a visual that can be referred to easily. (Use pictures instead of words for younger children.) Review the chart daily until everyone knows the routine. Ever after, it becomes the routine that rules the behavior. Kids want to watch TV? Let’s check the chart. What do you need to do before enjoying free time? It’s 8. Let’s check the chart. What are you supposed to do at 8?

Of course, it’s in kids’ nature to explore whether the boundaries are still in place, or to “forget” or lose track of time. When they do this, it’s not necessary to get angry. It IS necessary to kindly and firmly say, “It’s time to get ready for bed,” or, “As soon as you _____, you may _____.” Sometimes, our busy lives require that we agree as a family to go “off chart” for today and return to the routine tomorrow. Modeling that purposeful deviation teaches kids flexibility and judgment skills. Consistency. Responsibility. Flexibility. Good judgment. What great gifts to give our children! With practice, it will all become routine.

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Juice Newton, John Michael Montgomery Among Those Hitting the Stage Tickets are on sale for 2013-14 season at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts, which will feature an array of performers including the Celtic band Solas, pop and country star Juice Newton, and country musician John Michael Montgomery. The center’s new season kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, with the Irish band Solas on its Shamrock City Tour. The multimedia show features a musical tale of mining and murder about an Irish ancestor of bandleader Seamus Egan’s who died mysteriously after immigrating to America. Tickets are $21 to $34. The 1970s’ and 1980s’ country-pop band Exile with special guest artist Juice Newton will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. The band’s hits include “Kiss You All Over” while Newton is known for a host of gold and platinum records such as “Juice, Quiet Lies,” and her famous recording of “Queen of Hearts.” Tickets are $29 to $42. Country singer John Michael Montgomery, who has sold more than 15 million albums in his career and recorded several top Billboard hits such as “I Swear,” will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. Tickets are $32 to $45. Juice Newton

Other upcoming shows include: • Country artist and performer Rex Allen Jr. performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Allen, of “The Statler Brothers Show” is an inductee of the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame. His anthem “Arizona” was adopted as the state’s official centennial song in 2012. Tickets are $18 to $31. • TV host and entrepreneur Bob Eubanks and four couples perform and narrate hilarious clips from “The Newlywed Game” show in their comedy the “Not So Newlywed Game” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Tickets are $21 to $34.

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• Grammy-winning gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama performs holiday and spiritual music at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. The band has been singing since the late 1930s, when members met in a school choir. Tickets are $29 to $42. • The 1960s’ British pop group Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone comes to HCPA at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Tickets are $32 to $45. • Doo-wop group The Alley Cats sings a cappella at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. The group has performed hit songs such as “The Duke of Earl,” “So Much In Love” and even The Killers’ “When You Were Young.” Tickets are $19 to $32. • “Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver starring Jim Curry” at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Tickets are $17 to $30. • Ricky Nelson’s sons Matthew and Gunnar Nelson pay tribute to their father and country music legend in “Ricky Nelson Remembered” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15. Tickets are $27 to $40. More shows will be announced soon. The Higley Center for the Performing Arts is located at 4132 E. Pecos Road in Gilbert. For more information or to buy tickets online, visit, or call (480) 279-7190.

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WHEN: Sat., June 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Ray and Ellsworth roads, Mesa monthly meeting COST: Free admission INFO: The first new large-scale integrated community to launch in the Phoenix area in 10 years hosts a grand opening with tours, concerts, kite flying, food trucks and refreshments.

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WHEN: Sat., June 1, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Arts Center’s Virginia G. Piper Repertory Theatre, One E. Main St., Mesa COST: $50 to $175 INFO: (480) 644-6500, or Actor Kevin Kline presents his oneman Shakespeare performance, “He Who Plays: An Evening of Shakespeare,” which benefits the Southwest Shakespeare Company’s Education and Guest Artist Programs.

“Pirates of the Scaribbean: Arr We There Yet?” WHEN: Thru Sat., June 8, various times WHERE: Silver Star Playhouse, 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa COST: $9.95 to $17.95 INFO: (480) 325-6700 or www. Hit the high seas with this pirate comedy full of romance, nutty characters and a huge dose of misadventure.

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An Evening with Tabatha Coffey This comic farce will whisk you backstage, to flubbed lines, false entrances and a million laughs.

Family Memories Writing Workshop WHEN: Thursdays, June 6 thru June 27, from 7:10 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Community College Downtown, 145 N. Centennial Way, Mesa COST: $49 INFO: (480) 461-7493 Learn to write autobiographies, biographies and family stories.

The Piano Guys WHEN: Wed., June 12, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St., Mesa COST: $28 to $75 INFO: (480) 644-6500 or Hailing from Utah, Internet sensations The Piano Guys have made 35 videos since joining forces a little more than a year ago, including their most recent hit, an innovative 10-handed version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.”

2nd Friday Night Out Beach Party WHEN: Fri., June 14, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. WHERE: Downtown Mesa COST: Free INFO: Beach attire is encouraged at the event which features an art walk, live music, drinks and dining.

“Love Free or Die”

WHEN: Sun., June 9, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Piper Repertory Theater at Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa COST: $35; $100 VIP (480) 644-6500 or Tabatha Coffey, star of Bravo’s “Salon Takeover” and the author of “It’s not About the Hair,” invites patrons to join her to find their life’s passions.

WHEN: Thurs., June 20, at 6 p.m. WHERE: Dobson Main Gallery at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa COST: Free INFO: (480) 644-6500 or The film is about the church and state, love and marriage, faith and identity— and openly gay Bishop Eugene Robinson’s struggle to dispel the notion that God’s love has limits.

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WHEN: Thru Sun., June 16, at 7:30 p.m. with some matinees WHERE: Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse, Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa COST: $27, with discounts available INFO: (480) 644-6500 or www.

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WHEN: Sat., June 22, at 6 p.m. WHERE: Ikeda Theater at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa COST: $20 and $28 INFO: (480) 644-6500 or “Movie Madness 2013” is an evening of

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WHEN: Wed., June 26, at 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St., Mesa COST: $40 to $200 INFO: (480) 644-2560 or Kendrick Lamar—along with Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock— is taking his gold, No. 1 R&B/hip-hop “good kid, m.A.A.d city” album on the road across America and around the globe.

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After 35 years, Downtown Mesa’s Arizona Museum for Youth will be closing its doors temporarily to make way for a new i.d.e.a. The i.d.e.a. Museum is set to become a new family destination by adding technology and science into the already art-driven museum, encouraging kids and adults to interact with exhibits and add their own dose of creativity. Expanding on the Arizona Museum for Youth’s childlike spirit, the i.d.e.a. Museum, which stands for “imagination, design, experience, art,” will officially open as a new museum in early 2014. The first transitional wings of the museum closed May 26. “We’ve had an excellent 35-year history (with AMY) of art, creativity and hands-on learning. That won’t change,” said AMY executive director Sunnee O’Rork, who will also stay on as executive director for the i.d.e.a.

Warped Tour WHEN: Thurs., June 27, at 12 p.m. WHERE: Quail Run Park, 4155 E. Virginia St., Mesa COST: $28.50 to $45 INFO: Warped Tour’s variety of bands, ranging from acoustic to hardcore, as well as extreme sports athletes converge on the park for the first time.

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Museum. “We are actually taking the foundation and the core of what has always been successful with the museum and adding to it.” The i.d.e.a. Museum was originally scheduled to open in June 2013, but an outpouring of support from the community and new fundraising avenues delayed the opening, but that’s a good thing, O’Rork said. It allowed them to take more time developing the collaborations and exhibits that will make the i.d.e.a. Museum a Mesa staple. While physical size of the building will not enlarge, patrons can expect new carpet, paint and of course, new tech-inspired exhibits. In partnership with Arizona State University’s College of Technology and Innovation, plans include the new i.d.e.a. Nebula, where kids and parents can learn the intricate process of making eyeglasses. That sort of

science-meets-art perspective is exactly what the i.d.e.a. Museum is looking to achieve, O’Rork says. “AMY saw that, but we want to claim that (at the i.d.e.a. Museum) as ‘Yeah, this is who we are,’” O’Rork said. Financial opportunities and partnerships have allowed the transition, including help from University of Waterloo professor Robert Gorbet of Canada’s Centre for Knowledge Integration, who is helping develop new interactive exhibits and possible student internships at the museum. Certain wings of AMY may close before the i.d.e.a. Museum’s early 2014. But the i.d.e.a. Museum hopes to harness the fun-for-kids attitude and bring it to adults, too. “(AMY) focused on children, but time and again we’ve seen adults have a good time in the gallery and they constantly feel like they’re being caught when they do that,” O’Rork said. “We’re saying, ‘No, this is for your child and the child within you.’ Adults need this just as much as children.”

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Forever Marriage Ministries, Wives Standing for Marriage Restoration Support Group, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mon., Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, Private Patio Room, 959 N. Val Vista Rd., Gilbert. Support group of wives committed to marriage no matter the circumstances, offering hope, encouragement, biblical truths, fellowship and prayers, to stand together for the restoration of marriage. Info: Lisa (602) 377-8847, Marriage@, Red Mountain Patriots, 7 p.m. Mon., East Valley High School, 7420 E. Main St., Mesa. Info: 877-2673317 or


The Mesa East Lions Club, 1st & 3rd Tues.; 5:30 p.m. for dinner, 6:30 p.m. for meeting. Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, 959 N. Val Vista Rd., Gilbert. Info: Larry Mann, (480) 797-4439. Mesa Buckhorn Elks Lodge #2656, 7 p.m. 1st & 3rd Tues. Kitchen open Wed.-Sun. for lunch & dinner, Sun. for breakfast. Info: (480) 981-2763. East Mesa Fraternal Order of Eagles #4508, 6209 E. Main St. Auxiliary meets 7 p.m. 1st & 3rd Tues.; Aerie meets 7 p.m. 2nd & 4th Tues. Membership applications accepted. Info: (480) 830-9392. International Assoc. of Administrative Professionals, Kachina East Valley Chapter, 6 p.m. 2nd Tues., Fiesta Inn and Conference Center, 2100 S. Priest Dr., Tempe. Info: Hospice of the Valley Grief Support, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 1st & 3rd Tues. 777 W. Southern Ave., #301, Mesa. Learn coping skills about the normal process of grief. Info: (602) 530-6970. Christian Business Networking, Tri-City Chapter—Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, 7:15 a.m. Tues., Crackers and Co., 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa. Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, MOPS at Central Christian Church, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tues. and Thurs. Take a much-needed break from your mothering duties for a time of refreshment and friendship with other mothers of preschoolers. Childcare provided. Info: or (480) 924-4946. American Society of Women Accountants, Mesa East Valley Chapter, 5:30 p.m. 4th Tues., Landmark Restaurant, 809 W. Main St., Mesa. Nonprofit organization holds monthly networking and educational sessions for women in accounting. Info: Shelby, (602) 430-8834,

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Forever Marriage Ministries, God Honoring Wives Support Group, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wed., Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, Private Patio Room, 959 N. Val Vista Rd., Gilbert. Support group for women who believe in the sanctity of marriage, offering teachings, sharing, fellowship and prayers. Info: Lisa (602) 377-8847, Marriage@lisacmyers. com, LD 25 Democrats, 7 p.m. 1st Wed., Mesa Fire Station, 2830 E. Adobe, Mesa. Info: Ken Dowlin, Soroptimist International of Mesa Inc., 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wed., Salvation Army, 241 E. Sixth St., Mesa. Mesa Evening Optimist Club, 6:30 p.m. 1st and 3rd Wed., Mesa Community Restaurant, 535 N. Country Club, Mesa. Info: (480) 833-0128 or mesaoptimists@ Arizona Business Connection Networking Group, 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Wed., Dobson Ranch Golf Course Restaurant, 2155 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa. Networking / referral group holds weekly breakfast meetings with member presentations and marketing training sessions. Guests are free. Call in advance. Info: Danny, (602) 363-0147, Danny.Balanon@ East Valley Friends & Neighbors, 1st Wed. Coffee and short meeting 9:30 a.m. Grace UMC, 2024 E. University, Mesa. Info: (480) 990-3501 or (480) 3963629. Superstition Business Network, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., Wed., Crackers & Co., 1325 N. Greenfield Rd., Mesa. Dedicated to better business through social and professional contact. Group limits membership to one individual per business type. Info: www. or Richard A. Prather, CPA, (480) 985-1040. Women on a Mission to Earn Commission, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2nd and 4th Wed., Cantina Laredo at SanTan Village Market, 2150 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert. Women-only networking group for successful businesswomen who want to grow their business. Cost is $15, all inclusive. RSVP requested; guests welcome. Info: Renee S., (480) 258-0583. Christian Business Networking, East Valley Chapter, 7:30 a.m. Wed., Mission Church Seminar Room, 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert. Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, Mom-e Club SE Gilbert Evening, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., 3rd Wed., Total Wine, SanTan Village, 2224 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert. Monthly networking group designed for local mom entrepreneurs to build business relationships and learn from others in similar situations. Info: Alzheimer’s Support Group at Sunrise Assisted Living of Gilbert, 6 p.m., 3rd Wed., Sunrise Assisted Living of Gilbert, 590 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. RSVP by Tuesday before meeting. Info: Brenda Mercer, (480) 632-9400.

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Desert Valley Christian Ringers, handbell choir recruiting qualified ringers. Weekly rehearsal 7 p.m. Thurs. Apply online; or email Dwight Vilhauer: Info: (480) 507-5740.

East Mesa SOS: Survivor of Suicide, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., 2nd & 4th Thurs. Red Mountain Multigenerational Center, 7550 E. Adobe. Nanci Alexander, (480) 784-1514, ext. 1108. 24 Hr. Crisis Line (480) 784-1500 or 1-800-SUICIDE.

LBD Support Group, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 4th Thurs., Arbor Rose Senior Care Center, 6033 E. Arbor Ave., Mesa, AZ 85206. For family members and caregivers of LOs having Lewy Body Disorder. Info: Marla at, (480) 641-2531.

Mesa Republican Women, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1st Thurs. for lunch and meeting. Lunch is $10, must RSVP. 1900 E. University Dr. #4. Info: Sherry Pierce (480) 615-0524 or mesarepublicanwomen@cox. net.

Business Referral Exchange Worldwide (BREW), 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., 1st & 3rd Thurs, of the month, Dobson Ranch Inn, 1666 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa. Industry-specific referral and networking group. Info: Jeremy McClymonds, (480) 444-2228,


Mom-e Club SE Gilbert Morning, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., 1st Thurs., Designer Cakes by April, 2743 S. Market St., Suite 104, Gilbert. Monthly networking group designed for local mom entrepreneurs to build business relationships and learn from others in similar situations. Info: Southeast Valley Women’s Club, 10:30 a.m. 1st Thurs., Gilbert Historical Museum, 10 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. Nonprofit, nondenominational, nonpolitical and volunteer-run social club of women wanting to meet other women. Annual dues $25. Info: Sylvia, 480-821-8693 Mom2Mom at Red Mountain Community Church, breakfast, with moms of kids birth through elementary, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 3rd Thurs. Info: or (480) 807-5868. Sweet Adelines International’s Fiesta Chorus is searching for women singers. Weekly rehearsal 7 p.m. Thurs., All Saints Catholic Church, McKay Hall, 1534 N. Recker Rd., Mesa. Info: Debie Bohlke SE Valley Women’s Club,10:30 a.m. 1st Thurs., Gilbert Historical Museum, 10 S. Gilbert Rd. . Looking for a way to meet new friends, play cards, join a book club or join friends for breakfast or lunch? Info: Sylvia (480) 821-8693.

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Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Gilbert, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., 1st and 3rd Fri., First United Methodist Church of Gilbert, 331 S. Cooper Rd., Gilbert. Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required. Info: Mindy, (602) 528-0545, ext. 201

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Crackers and Co. Since its opening in 1984, Crackers and Co. has prided itself on cooking from scratch—and folks in droves have come to experience that. My husband and I are two of those folks who thoroughly enjoy Crackers and Co. at every visit. We frequent the Northeast Mesa location, which, as a testament to its reputation, never fails to have a line out the door on weekends for breakfast or lunch. On a particular Sunday, Crackers and Co. did not let us down. It is always a chore to decide what to have, considering the menu has generous selections of omelets, skillets, “Crackers’ Creations,” pancakes, French toast, crepes, waffles—and that’s just for breakfast. comm. spotlight


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Lunch ranges from charbroiled gourmet burgers to sandwiches off the grill to deli sandwiches to Crackers’ daily house-made soups to gardenfresh salads. I chose to indulge in lunch. As suggested by our server, we decided to start off with some of Cracker and Co.’s homemade soups. I began my meal with a bowl of chicken dumpling soup ($4.29) that was absolutely delightful. Using a chicken-based broth, the soup was tasty with just the right amount of salt. The dumplings melted in my mouth. My husband tried the loaded baked potato soup ($4.29), which is topped with sour cream, bacon, chives and cheese. Thick and creamy, the soup monthly meeting

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Grand Opening Party Saturday, June 22nd • 12:00-3:00 FREE Food Samples, Live Music! Owners Frank and Alicia Spaccarelli, along with Executive Chef Charles Delli Pizzi, are excited like kids in a candy store about sharing their LOVE for contemporary Italian food and pizza with Mesa residents! Come join us for a quick lunch, and ambient dinner or incredible happy hour...And experience what we have for the past 40 years. Our way of welcoming you to La Famiglia and into our home is by including a GLASS OF HOUSE WINE with your first visit. Just ask for Frankie da finger! We are conveniently located next to Bread Smith in the Villages at Las Sendas

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Some Pasta to Crow About pasta vixen

Roosters have always had a fond place in my heart and in my kitchen. My maternal grandfather’s family coat of arms has three white roosters against a blue chevron and a gold background. A blue chevron signifies protection and the roosters represent the same. Roosters are fierce protectors, similar to your sweet pet Rottweiler. They watch over a barnyard with aplomb, knowing their vigilant duty is to guard the hen folk. I have a rooster in my kitchen, he proudly sits atop my plant shelf reminding me of my ancestral ties and protecting my family from any bad mojo in our home. What does all this have to do with pasta? Well, there is pasta shaped like the rooster’s cockscomb or crest. The pasta is half-moon shaped with a ribbed surface and a curly edge resembling the rooster’s crest. It’s called creste di gallo and it’s no surprise there is a pasta giving nod to such a fearless, courageous animal in Italian history. events calendar

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Creste di Gallo The rooster’s significance in Italy dates back to 1478 and is tied to the most rich and powerful family in Florence, the Medicis. A rival wealthy family, the Pazzis, wanted to gain complete power over the Medicis so they, pardon the pun, hatched a plan to assassinate the Medici brothers, Giuliano and Lorenzo. The Pazzis knew the Medici brothers loved to throw great feasts where the vino flowed until everyone, including the guards, passed out from all the fun. The Pazzis waited until one such

night and sent hired goons to the Medici property after the party goers had fallen into catatonic states. The assassins began their sneak attack through the barnyard en route to the estate but their plan was foiled when the Medici roosters began to screech hysterically and attack the intruders. It woke the guards and the brothers who then captured the assassins. Giuliano and Lorenzo were so thankful to the roosters, they held another party in honor of these fortuitous birds. The celebration boasted commissioned wine pitchers made in the shape of roosters, plates emblazoned with the birds, and of course pasta resembling the roosters’ crest to represent the courage displayed. Of course this is only legend. The truth of the matter is the Pazzi clan eventually killed Giuliano as he was entering the duomo in Florence one Sunday. His brother, Lorenzo, managed to escape and the townspeople, loyal to the Medicis, made like the mob and took care of the Pazzis in fine, Mafioso fashion. Death of Giuliano de’ Medici, The Pazzi Conspiracy I decided to honor my creste di gallo pasta with a dish I call $40 Mac and Cheese. Don’t cackle. When you are using pasta symbolizing the wealthiest and most powerful of Florence you must splurge! It actually costs less than $40 and it does feed a big “brood.” It is absolute creamy, cheesy nirvana and if there are any leftovers you will want to hide them for yourself.

As a first-generation American, Brenda Laufer grew up in an Italian home where ravioli were made by the hundreds and cooking pasta was a sacred event. That passion continues when she creates in her kitchen, where she loves entertaining family and friends. As the event coordinator for Save the Family Foundation of Arizona, a local charity, she has the opportunity to give parties in her professional role as well. She also shares her travel adventures, writing articles for this paper. She and her pasta-loving husband, Robert, have four children and one grandson and have lived in Mesa for more than 20 years. Buon Appetito!

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Ingredients 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for dish 1/2 cup of bread crumbs or cornflake crumbs 5 1/2 cups milk 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste 4 1/2 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese (about 18 ounces, I like Tillamook from Costco) 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese (about 4 ounces) and 3/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese (about 3 ounces) 1 pound creste di gallo or other macaroni-type pasta

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 3-quart casserole dish or a 9×11 Pyrex; set aside. In a medium saucepan heat milk. Melt butter in a high-sided skillet over medium heat. When butter bubbles, add flour. Cook, whisking, 1 minute. While whisking, slowly pour in hot milk. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick. Remove pan from heat. Stir in

salt, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper, 3 cups cheddar cheese, and 3/4 cup Gruyère and 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano; set cheese sauce aside. Fill a large saucepan with water; bring to a boil. Add pasta; cook 2 to 3 minutes less than manufacturer’s directions. Transfer pasta to a colander, rinse under cold running water, and drain well. Stir macaroni into the reserved cheese sauce Pour mixture into prepared dish. Mix together and sprinkle remaining 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, 1/4 Gruyere or 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano, and breadcrumbs or cornflake crumbs over top. Bake until browned on top, about 30 minutes. Transfer dish to a wire rack to cool 5 minutes; serve hot. You can divide the recipe in half, but do not hold me responsible when there is an uprising at your dinner table.

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The market is improving...and you may be thinking of making a move. Be sure to get good advice when getting ready to market your property. Call a local agent and ask plenty of questions. Be clear and direct with the agent about what your end goal is. There is more to the deal than just the price you hope to get. Things such as: • When you will be updated on progress? • Will the update be by phone, text, or email? • Will the agent share the showing feedback with you after every showing? • Does the agent even ask for feedback after each showing? • What Internet sites will your listing show up on? • What are the benefits of a lockbox on the property? • What will make your house stand out? Discussions ahead of time will help the agent ensure a successful smooth, transaction that meets the needs of the seller. You may think you can sell the house yourself, after all the market is low on homes...right? Don’t be so quick to think that is all there is to getting your place sold...there is so much more to it. One of the most overlooked benefits is your listing agent will work with other agents who have pre-approved clients. The people looking at your home will be qualified buyers in most cases looking for a reason to write an offer on your home, not just look at it. As a seller you need to know what buyers are currently seeing in the market place. To me, this is a critical piece of information that can help a seller stay up on what they have in their property that is valuable. I recently had buyers close on a home where a biz spotlight

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seller was representing himself to save money. He was priced OK for the area, but inventory had dropped and he was not aware that there was less available homes than when he first placed his home on the market. He was not marketing it properly, or showing it right. His focus was on the things he loved about his home. We wrote an offer that he accepted not knowing that he could have gotten quite a bit more than he did. pasta vixen

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Pricing your home to sell Also, there is a price to sell your home today and a price to sell down the road. Most sellers don’t stop to think about that. If you have time you can attempt to set the new standard in the neighborhood. Somebody has to do why not you? There is quite a bit of homework and knowledge, and some trial and error involved in pushing to be the new “high” comp in the area. But it is doable with the right conditions and you have to have the time often to make it happen. As a seller you need to know the competition, the area, know what is occurring with appraisals in the area, and often the back story to a property. This is where an agent who is active in your market earns their money. They can analyze trends, conditions of a sale, the history of what has gone on with a home in the past. An agent is there to help a seller break down an offer and if needed put a counter offer together. There are so many ways to improve your position and not all of it has to do with the sales price on the contract. If you would like an assessment of value on your property call me at (480) 236-6181.

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governing is an important component of its overall success. “Parents set the pace for their children,” she said. “Together they set goals and then meet with the dean monthly to see how they are doing and if they set realistic goals. The parents truly are in charge of their child’s education. Students are tested three times annually with a test designed by Simon and Schuster (who create the ACT and SAT tests). This provides an unbiased assessment on each student’s knowledge.” All instructors at Kimber Academy are certified to teach Kimber curriculum. Enrollment for the Kimber Academy will be limited to 200 students and tuition is very affordable. Parents are invited to tour the campus by appointment. “Common Core (curriculum) is dangerous,” Genys said. “It is not designed for the betterment of children and, if parents are looking for alternatives (we do not use common core and won’t), Kimber Academy is a solid choice. We also don’t do data tracking on children either.” Reserve a space as soon as possible to ensure your child can attend. Kimber Academy believes that nurturing a love of learning in every child is top priority. Kimber Academy is located at the Clearview Cultural Center at 1355 S. Clearview Avenue (south of Southern Avenue). Call (480) 659-5980 or visit for additional information.

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I Bought a Tax Lien Certificate— When Can I Foreclose? If you pay your property taxes through your monthly mortgage payment, you probably are not concerned about delinquent property taxes. Your mortgage lender pays those taxes directly when they come due. However, some property owners pay their property taxes directly to the county assessor. Have you ever wondered what happens if a person stops paying their property taxes? In Arizona, once a land owner is delinquent in paying property taxes, the county treasurers in each county conduct tax lien sales. These sales occur each year during the month of February. At the sale, investors can bid on the tax liens that are up for auction. The bidders are not bidding on the right to own the property, but the right to own the tax lien against the property. The successful purchaser must hold the tax lien for at least three years from the original offer date. If the taxes are not paid within the three-year period, the tax lien can be foreclosed by way of a judicial foreclosure. During the foreclosure process the property owner can keep the property by paying the tax lien and all accrued interest in full. Arizona law requires that the property owner receive notice of

the potential tax lien foreclosure. If the property owner still does not pay the taxes after receipt of the notice, the tax lien holder can file an action in the superior court seeking to foreclose any right of redemption by the property owner. However, the property owner has the right to pay the taxes up until a judgment is signed by the court. If the taxes are not brought current after the foreclosure proceeding starts, then the owner of the tax lien obtains title to the property and becomes the property owner. Once a tax lien foreclosure is complete and a judgment is issued foreclosing the property owner from paying the tax lien, the county treasurer issues a treasurer’s deed giving ownership of the property to the tax lien holder. The tax lien foreclosure proceeding could take up to one year to complete. Costs to foreclose on a tax lien can run from $750 to $2,500. These costs include litigation guarantees, filing fees, service of process and recording fees. Attorneys’ fees range from $1,200 to $3,000. At Rowley Chapman & Barney Ltd., we can assist you with preserving your tax lien interests so you can take ownership of the property.

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Where Gently Loved Treasures Find New Life It hasn’t yet been a year, but the new owner of Oldies But Goodies, TerriLynne Collins, has invigorated the store with beautiful inventory and a new attitude. When she took over the existing business in September 2012, Collins expanded the store by two additional suites to provide even more retail shopping space for new The Oldies But Goodies storefront promises treasures clientele. Now boasting three rooms from bygone eras for all customers. “I have some unique items. I have chock full of furniture, house wares, art, home décor and accessories, some antiques that have gone very Oldies But Goodies is less like a store quickly and I try to find things that are and more like a home, with furnished one-of-a-kind or not your everyday “rooms” and vignettes. “I liked the items,” Collins said. Every once in a while, a gem of an name it had before, that’s the reason item comes in to Oldies But Goodies. why I kept it,” said Collins. “I have a flame mahogany tall “…One of the quotes that is on the window is ‘Not Just a Thrift Store.’ dresser with mirror right now. It That’s the feel I wanted to keep for the was made in Pennsylvania in the late 1800s. It still has the original beveled store.” mirror. It’s absolutely gorgeous and the detail in this dresser is beautiful,” Collins stated. About 90 percent of the items in Oldies But Goodies are The showroom doesn’t disappoint. things that Collins has found Collins was a stay-at-home mom and refurbished. The remainders for 14 years and she and her husband are from consigners. “I have cuckoo raised six children before they jointly clocks. Those are things you never decided that she would be successful find in a thrift store,” Collins notes. “I also have quite a bit of artwork from in this type of business ownership. “I thought it would be fun to run local artists.” The store will always consider a thrift store since I enjoy going to auctions, garage sales, and shopping consignment items that fit in with the on line,” said Collins of her new eclectic mix of inventory. Oldies But Goodies is in the business. She and her family live in Mesa. There are still three children process of clearing out an inventory at home and the two oldest girls get of clothing that will be discontinued a chance to come in and help out in in the future and is available for only 50 cents an item. At any given the store. Some of the more unusual items time, there is also a selection of sale that have come into the store include merchandise available at 25 percent large decorative bird cages. Collins off. The store is located at 3929 E. Main posted photos of the cages on the St., Suite 30 (between Greenfield and company’s Facebook page at www. Val Vista roads). Summer hours are Wednesday through Saturday from and within 20 minutes, someone had 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.. Call (480) 7208745 for more information. come to purchase the pieces. on the town

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Debbie & Ron Brown

Owner/Broker 602.618.9512

Premier Agents & Featured Listings er t d Un trac n Co John Karadsheh $400,000 ABR, CRS 2,308 sq. ft. 3BR plus a loft, Associate Broker 3.5BA, 2G. Backs to open desert 602.615.0843 wash area w/views of Red. Mtn.

Bobbi Palmer $529,000 ABR 2,942 sq. ft. 3BR, 3BA, 3G. Fully Associate Broker furnished, SS appliances, spa, Tu480.720.5208 can fountain, firepit & BBQ.

Lorraine Ryall


Short Sale Specialist 2,308 sq. ft. 3BR, 3.5BA, 3G. Golf REALTOR® course & Mt. views, two master 602.571.6799 suites & custom built in BBQ.

er t d Un trac n o C Kris Miller

3,216 sq. ft. 3BR, 2.75BA, 3G. Panoramic views, wood & travertine flooring & plantation shutters.

$319,000 Rhonda & Jim 3,029 sq. ft. 5BR plus loft, 3BA, Dehnert 3G. Extended cabinetry, fireplace, REALTOR® 480.437.4084 grass play area, mature fruit trees.

Diane Pistillo REALTOR® 602.481.9212

4,524 sq. ft. 4BR, 3.5BA, 4G. City light & Mtn. views, cherry cabinetry, double ovens, pool, spa & BBQ.

$539,000 Charles Porter 4,055 sq. ft. 5BR, 3.5BA, 3G. ® REALTOR Cul-de-sac golf course lot w/Mtn. 602.525.4066 views w/deck, grass play area.

Sharon Liuzzo 3,313 sq. ft.$575,000 5BR, 3BA, 3G. PlanAssociate Broker tation shutters, SS appliances, 480.437.4084 granite counters & a pool.

Julie & Linda Sims REALTOR® 602.919.6077

3,551 sq. ft. 5BR, 3.5BA, 3G. Viking® 6 burner cooktop, viewing deck w/city light & Mtn. views.


REALTOR® 480.236.6181

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