Superstition Living - APRIL

Page 1





2,233 SF • 3 BD • 2.5 BTH

Nearly new and loaded with Upgrades! Custom touches everywhere, chef’s dream kitchen with stunning granite slab island and counters, Espresso maple cabinets, walk-in pantry, upgraded hardware and fixtures! Great room design w/22in neutral tile, designer accent paint, custom window treatments and split floor plan. 3 car tandem garage w/epoxy floors. Custom outdoor ramada, above ground hot tub,and amazing mountain views!

$579,000 - Dawn 480-250-7556


2,723 SF • 4 BD • 3 BTH

Private retreat has chef’s dream kitchen with granite counters, SS appliances, maple cabinets & stunning backsplash! Backyard oasis adds heated pool, putting green, firepit & extended patio for the ultimate in luxury living!

$635,000 - Call Arlene 480-849-5190



3,309 SF • 3 BD • 3.5 BTH

Beautiful custom home on 1.25 AC features SENSATIONAL Superstition Sunsets & City Lights Views! Intelligent Design includes MIL Suite w/separate entrance! STUNNING high end finishes throughout!

$1,078,000 - Dawn 480-250-7556


3,094 SF • 4 BD • 3 BTH

Sweeping Views ALL Around, Separate Guest House, Horse Property w/Barn & Arena, Newer A/C, Newly Coated Roof, New Paint In & Out, Anderson windows, granite counters, SS appliances, Solid wood beams & vegas, glass block, whole house water system & more!

$1,145,000 - Call Dawn 480-250-7556

1521 SF • 3 BD • 2 BTH

Charming 3 bedroom home in exclusive Gated Community! Boasts breathtaking views of the Superstition Mountains from the front of the home, Spacious eat-in kitchen featuring elegant granite composite counters and convenient center island. The kitchen flows seamlessly into inviting great room, adorned with delightful art niches and a cozy gas fireplace creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for family gatherings!

$396,000 - Lisa 480-437-4379


2,291 SF • 4 BD • 3 BTH

Beautiful single story townhome in gated Tesoro community features updated kitchen with stainless, granite, farm sink, pantry and island! Other extras include plantation shutters, skylights, upgraded washer/dryer and newer hot water heater and HVAC system!

$399,000 - Marsha 480-213-7275

6140 S. Kings Ranch RoadGold Canyon, AZ


2,483 SF • 4 BD • 2.5 BTH

Single Level Custom Dream On 1+ Acres w/Amazing Superstition

Mountain Views! NO HOA! 2.5 car garage PLUS RV garage PLUS detached single car garage/ workshop! $1,225,000Zach & Shelly 480-251-9514


1,421 SF • 2 BD • 2 BTH

Beautiful single story townhome in gated Tesoro community features updated kitchen with stainless, granite, farm sink, pantry and island! Other extras include plantation shutters, skylights, upgraded washer/dryer and newer hot water heater and HVAC system!

$399,000 - Marsha 480-213-7275

2 | Superstition Living CHECK OUT OUR NEW FREE APP. Better than Zillow! Just download “Lori Blank & Associates” from your app store! You will LOVE IT! Lori Blank & Associates Virtual Tour of All Homes: 480-983-8383 BROKER/Owner, PLLC, CRS, ABR, GRI COMMUNITY SHRED - A - THON
April 2024 | 3 APRIL 2024 COLUMNS A.D.O.B.E News.............................. 6 Sonoran Desert Landscapes ........ 10 Healing Naturally ......................... 13 Real Estate For You ...................... 14 Live It Well 17 Financial Focus 19 In The Kitchen 20 DEPARTMENTS Local Events 5 Out & About Photography .................21 Business Directory ............................. 23 FEATURES Staff Picks Of The Month................... 9 Gold Canyon Garden Club News..... 11 Point Your Phone To The Sky 11 What's Happening At The Center ... 12 April Fools Us Poem ........................ 13 Gc Chamber Ribbon Cutting Event 15 AJUSD - Peralta Trail Elementary's New Principal 20 ON THE COVER Nesting by DeAnn Peterson SUPERSTITIONLIVING Celebrating the joy of living in the foothills of the majestic Superstition Mountains. APRIL 2024 ] VOL 8 - n 4 Published monthly by Mansur Design Company LLC. Contact for any questions. Article & Photo Submissions Welcome & Encouraged! Please limit stories to approximately 400 words, and Calendar events to 100 words. You may submit Articles and Events to or at the upload form on We are primarily interested in stories directly related to our circulation area. We will run these stories and photos based on space available each month. No guarantee of publication is made. This is not a platform for complaints or political agenda. Opinions expressed in editorial or advertisements do not necessarily represent the view or opinion of Mansur Design Co. No liability is accepted for errors or omissions in editorial or advertising copy. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the publication but are not immune from mistakes. We reserve the right to refuse any editorial or advertising copy that is not compatible with our publication standards. Advertising rates and other information are available at Deadlines All editorial, photo and advertising are due by the 10th of each month prior to the month of publication. Mailing ADDRESS: Mansur Design Company LLC. PO Box 2909, Apache Junction, AZ 85178 INSIDETHISISSUE Spacex rocket by Diane Rinard



4 | Superstition Living 480-470-3337 #1 Real Estate T Gold Canyo 6641 S Kings Ranch Rd #2 Gold Canyon, AZ 85118 Walk-Ins Welcome! SOLD2/29 SOLD2/24 Each O f ce s ndependent y O ned and Ope a ed Robin PRIVACY Fully FURNISHED, Customized Home with Lots of Updates on a Premium Lot with Superstition Mountain View! AMENITIES M A R C H M a r k e t S t a t s T O D A T E ~ A s o f 3 / 2 0 / 2 4 * A c t i v e , S i n g l e F a m i l y H o m e s . . . 9 8 ( 9 6 i n F e b r u a r y ) U n d e r C o n t r a c t . . . 2 4 ( 2 8 i n F e b r u a r y ) M e d i a n D a y s o n M a r k e t . . . 5 2 ( 4 8 i n F e b r u a r y ) A v e r a g e S a l e s P r i c e p e r s q f o o t . . . $ 2 7 8 ( 2 8 0 i n F e b r u a r y ) *Source: Cromford Report A c t i v e , S i n g l e F a m i l y H o m e s . . . 7 3 ( 5 8 i n F e b r u a r y ) U n d e r C o n t r a c t . . . 2 8 ( 2 6 i n F e b r u a r y ) M e d i a n D a y s o n M a r k e t . . . 4 8 ( 6 2 i n F e b r u a r y ) A v e r a g e S a l e s P r i c e p e r s q f o o t . . . $ 2 8 0 ( 2 5 7 i n F e b r u a r y ) G o l d C a n y o n ~ U n d e r $ 5 0 0 , 0 0 0 G o l d C a n y o n ~ O v e r $ 5 0 0 , 0 0 0 03 24 Call or Text Us Today For Market Update! SOLD3/9 Peralta Trails Gold Canyon East SOLD3/6 Gold Canyon SOLD3/17 Mountainbrook Village SOLD2/27 Peralta Trails Closed 3/27 ~ Our Buyer Beat out Multiple Offers! Closing 5/1 ~ Our Buyer CASH Sale! Closed 3/20 ~ Our Buyer & Seller CASH Sale! Closing 4/23 ~ Our Seller Sold in 18 days at List! Closing 4/3 ~ Our Seller Sold as is in 13 Days! Peralta Trails Peralta Trails Mountainbrook Village SOLD2/18 Superstition Foothills SOLD2/21 Queen Valley Closing 4/3 ~ Our Buyer CASH Sale! Closed 3/8 ~ Our Buyer CASH Sale! Closed 3/27 ~ Our Buyer Negotiated 10k off List! Closed 3/29 ~ Our Seller Sold Over List Price! Closed 3/15 ~ Our Buyer & Seller Sold at 99% of List Price! Palo Verde SOLD2/6 Entrada Del Oro SOLD1/19 Peralta Trails Closing 4/5 ~ Our Buyer & Seller Sold at List Price! Closed 3/18 ~ Our Seller Sold at 98% of List Price! Closed 3/26 ~ Our Buyer New BUILD! Kerri SOLD2/25 UPDATED Peralta Trails Peralta Trails Peralta Trails 2YRSOLD Entrada Del Oro FURNISHED Gorgeous FURNISHED Home w/ Lots of Interior Updates, New Paint In & Out, View Fencing, Mountain Views & More! 1298sf, 3br, 2ba, 2cGar $410,000 Fabulous, Newly FURNISHED and Updated Home, Extra Deep Garage + Desert, Mountain and Sunset Views! 1361sf, 2br, Den, 2ba, 2cGar $439,900 1523sf, 3br, 2ba, 2cGar $445,000 2-year old Home, Great Open Floor Plan, Great Room, Covered Patio, Large, Corner, Mountain View Lot & More! 1647sf , 3br, 2ba, 2cGar $459,900 Fully FURNISHED Former Model Home with Den, Views, Large Paver Patio, Firepit , Fireplace and More! 2090sf, 2br, Den, 2ba, 3cGar $469,900 CASITA Peralta Trails Superstition Foothills Peralta Trails MODELHOME Entrada Del Oro HTDPOOL Updated Home w/ New HVAC, Bonus Room, 6ft Gar Ext , Gazebo, View Fencing, access to Fit/Rec Center & More! 1837sf, 2br, Den, 2ba, 2cGar $499,900 Wow! Fabulous updated home w/ FIRST FLOOR OWNERS SUITE, Heated Pool & Stunning Mountain View! ~ CALL NOW! 2356sf, 4br, Den, 2 5ba, 2cGar $525,000 Wow! Quality home with separate Guest Casita, Views, Large Garage, Area Amenities & Much More! 2092sf, 3br, 2ba, 3cGar $669,500
March ... We’ve helped 22 Buyers & Sellers Close! Our Secret? Team work! Thankful for Our Awesome Admin & Field Support Team! New Home Specialists!
builders building new homes in Gold Canyon from $349,999!
have multiple
years of experience w/ new and existing
can represent you at NO COST to you!
for free consultation! Build your Dream Home on this 88 acre, Stunning Mountain View Lot located in the Heart of Gold Canyon and near Superstition Mountain Country Club! Custom Home Lot SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN $189,000 Don’t wait too long ~ CALL NOW!
have 35 plus



Submissions are due 10th of the month prior

Friday, April 5th, Midget Wrestling Warriors at The Hitching Post Saloon | GET READY, APACHE JUNCTION! The Midget Wrestling Warriors are coming to town, and they're bringing a spectacle like you've never seen before! Mark your calendars for April 5, 2024, because the Hitching Post is about to explode with high-flying, bone-crunching action that will keep you on the edge of your seat all night long. These warriors are small in stature but giants in the ring, delivering jaw-dropping, adrenaline-pumping entertainment that's perfect for the whole family! Tickets on sale at

Saturday, April 6th, from 8am to Noon SHRED-A-THON hosted by Lori Blank & Associates | Join us for our SHRED A THON. Bring food and $ for Apache Junction Food Bank and we will shred all your documents on site! Lori Blank & Associates is located at 6140 S Kings Ranch Rd, Gold Canyon, 85118.

Saturday, April 6th, from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM 19th Annual East Valley FireFighter Charity Ride | East Valley Firefighter Charities is happy to announce our 19th Annual Charity Ride. Our Charity Ride aims to raise money for our firefighters here in the East Valley and promote long lasting friendships amongst our community. Pre Register here https://www. Start at Superstition HD, Breakfast and coffee will be served until 8:45AM 2nd Stop - DRIFT INN SALOON, Globe AZ, 3RD STOP - JAKES CORNER BAR in Payson, AZ, 4TH STOP - WE-KA-PO CASINO, END AT THE MONSTARY, in Mesa. You are not going to want to miss the 19th Annual East Valley Firefighter Charity Ride!

Monday, April 8th, from 10am-12:30pm Eclipse Viewing Event | with the Superstition Mountain Astronomical League at the Bashas Plaza in Gold Canyon. The 2024 total solar eclipse


Events Continue at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Check the complete event pages on their website at or contact the Visitor's Center at 520-689-2723. You may also Email: info@btarboretum. org.

Exciting Activities year round at the Superstition Mountain Museum, Call 480 983-4888 or visit for schedule of classes and events.

Visit Lost Dutchman State Park, Check the website for a schedule of events and activities. Call 480-982-4485

April 2024 | 5
Branch Manager | Loan Officer 480.695.1606 115 N. Apache Trl. Suite B, Apache Jct 85120 Terri KingRealtor® Thinking of Selling or Buying? Navigate the market with a local expert. Make a SMART MOVE - One call does it all 480-770-9507 Proven success and local market knowledge, working for you. Featured in the Top Agent Magazine; Ranked top 4% in the State. 6696 S PAR COURT, GOLD CANYON 1019 E TONTO STREET, APACHE JUNCTION Golf Course View, Open Floor Plan, Furnished, Mountainbrook Village Stunning Mountain & City Lights Views, Acre+ lot, MoveIn Ready, Upgraded, Backyard Paradise with Pool. Make a Smart Move and put Terri’s expertise to work for you! 480-770-9507 View more at SOLD! 7829 E NEVILLE AVE, MESA 12238 E RED BUTTE, GOLD CANYON Beautiful Furnished Home, Move-In Ready! Open Floor Plan, Sunland Village East New Build 2021, 4 beds, 3 baths, Upgraded, Mountain Views! Peralta Canyon. COMING SOON NEW! NEW! April 2024 v2 Sam Roberts Real Estate LLC 480 - 729 - 9080 sam@samrobertsrealestate.c om 4202 S Cordia Ct Superstition Foothills 11124 E Sugar Creek Ave 2 Gorgeous Properties For Sale

Most Gold Canyon residents know of the “Quarter Circle U Ranch” issue, known within county documents as the “Tela Peralta Site Plan.” Basically, it is an approximately 135-acre privately owned ranch at the northern (well, sort of) end of Peralta Road, near the trailhead at the foot of the Superstition Mountains. The ranch has been in existence for over 100 years, and since 2019, it has also served, in part, as a wedding venue. In March 2024, plans were disclosed to build a fivestar world-class resort on the ranch property. A county official has said that a one-night stay will cost thousands of dollars a night. If these plans materialize, the resort would likely cater mainly to the upper class.

As mentioned in last month’s article, the Gold Canyon area is growing rapidly, and within the next decade, Gold Canyon may well become unrecognizable. While some aspects will remain unchanged, the area will evolve as neighboring cities expand eastward.

The project went before the Pinal County Planning and Zoning Department for a zoning change on March 21, 2024. Citizens had the opportunity to express their concerns either in person at the meeting or by submitting official letters to the Planning and Zoning Department. The project can be found on YouTube under the heading “Tela Peralta Site Plan Update.”

I reviewed a few Facebook postings and have had input from various ADOBE members on the topic. I opine that approximately 60% of commenters were against the project, while about 40% were in favor. There were multiple concerns, but the main perturbation was potential traffic increases on US Route 60 and Peralta Road. One comment I read related to past decisions in Pinal County that have resulted in critical problems of today.

That is, the lack of roadways to handle the increased traffic created by development – case in point San Tan Valley. At a recent meeting with members of the county’s Circulation Study Team, it was stated that ADOT postulates that approximately 30,000 vehicles proceed through Gold Canyon on an average day. Further, ADOT allegedly does not become overly concerned with traffic in Gold Canyon-type circumstances until it reaches around 50,000 vehicles a day. ADOT allegedly also proposes the Gold Canyon area will not reach that mark until approximately 2050. If this information is accurate, it suggests that significant development along US Route 60 in the Gold Canyon area is unlikely until around 2050.

As the Gold Canyon area grows, more voices are being heard, proposing that now is the time to begin thinking about incorporation. ADOBE’s incorporation focus group is beginning to evaluate the issues related to that perspective. That does not mean ADOBE is moving in that direction, but rather researching to address questions as they arise, which is inevitable. That topic, too, has multiple views for and against.

That brings us to another matter related to the Tela Peralta Site Plan, the concept of incorporation, the Circulation Study, and similar projects. Every United States citizen has the right to express their opinions and concerns on any matter. That’s what makes America America. The right to free speech, the right to assemble, and the right to petition your government to ask questions with the hope you get solid governmental answers. So, Gold Canyon citizens, if you have a concern, speak up and be heard; that is your God-given right.

May you have beautiful April Spring Days in our lovely growing Gold Canyon.

ADOBE – “The Voice and Heart of Gold Canyon since 1989”

6 | Superstition Living A.D.O.B.E. NEWS GLENNWALP A.D.O.B.E PRESIDENT
Membership Chairperson 602-430-1626
Terri Klucar
Hardina Vice President
Lisa Bradford Secretary
Bob Harris Treasurer
Email Updates JOIN A.D.O.B.E. MAIL APPLICA TION TO: ADOBE 6499 S. Kings Ranch Rd. STE 6, Gold Canyon,
Email: m I (we) wish to become member(s) of A .D.O .B.E.: $20 Annual Dues: Individual/Family or Business Organization/Corporate DA TE:________________ NAME(S)__________________________________________________________________ _______ NEW MEMBER ______EXISTING MEMBER PHONE________________________ ADDRES S_________________________________________________________________ CITY_____________________________________________ STATE_____ ZIP:________ EMAIL______________________________________________ ( For ADOBE Meetings & News Updates)
Membership Includes: Monthly Meetings with Guest Speaker, Christmas Party, Annual Picnic,
1 8

will begin at 10:08 AM MST on Monday, April 8, 2024. The maximum eclipse will occur around 11:20 AM. The totality phase will not be visible in Arizona. The eclipse will last 2 hours and 27 minutes. To observe and share views of this event (using telescopes and binoculars equipped with proper solar filters), the Superstition Mountain Astronomical League® will be situated in the vacant lot just west of Leslie's Pool Supplies located at the Bashas Shopping Center on Superstition Mountain Drive. (CAUTION: It is NOT safe to view this event without proper eye protection.) We will have several dozen "eclipse glasses" available to share with the public.

Monday, April 8th, Dark Sky Lights Out Event Across Pinal County | We encourage all Pinal County residents to join us in observing a thirty-minute Dark Skies Lights Out Event across Pinal County from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., turning off all unnecessary lighting indoors and outdoors, in order to reduce light pollution and to enjoy the beauty of the night sky and the wonders of our universe.

Sunday April 14th, from 10am to 12pm, at Smiling Dog Cactus and Succulent Nusery (10049 E Cloudview, Gold Canyon) Edible and Medicinal Desert Plant Walk About Featuring Cyndi Ruehl, desert ecologist and practicing ethnobotanist. | Explore up close and personal the desert plants that have provided medicine and food for thousands of years. Learn positive identification of 1520 plants, what parts are used, how and when to harvest and how to prepare. You may never look at our wonderous desert plants the same . Special low cost: $15. There is a minimum and maximum for this class. so don’t delay, please RSVP to Cyndi at Deadline to reserve your spot is April 10th

Friday, April 26th – Open Gym Night from :30 PM – 8:00 PM. at Mountain View Lutheran Church | Open for all ages! There will be an open gym floor, plus games and activities for everyone. Event starts at 5:30 PM and goes until 8:00 PM. Food will be served at 6:00 PM. Make plans now for this great family event. Mountain View Lutheran Church, 2122 S Goldfield Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85120. For more information call 480-982-8266


Monday, April 1 -Friday, April 5 - Mobile Library Route | Library staff take our Mobile Library vehicle on its current route the first full week of the month. We provide books, media, and internet access across Apache Junction. Our current route includes Assisted Living facilities, RV parks, preschools, and more. Visit for a detailed list of our Mobile Library stops and a map.

Monday, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10 a.m.-noon. - AZ@Work Job Search Help| AZ@Work will be at the library to support patrons with their job search. From resumes to applications to cover letters.

Saturday, April 6, 11a.m. - Birdhouse Luminaries Craft | Learn to create a birdhouse luminary with a special surprise! All supplies provided, teens and adults welcome. Please register every individual who is attending.

April 2024 | 7
5331 S Superstition Mtn Drive Ste C105 Gold Canyon, AZ 85118 480-413-0586
Autorotation Test (VAT) provides a complete diagnostic evaluation of ear,
and eye. The American Geriatric
MEDICARE! MEDICAL PAIN CARE - CHIROPRACTIC - PODIATRY Fall Prevention Information!! THIS SCREENING THIS SCREENING SAVES LIVES! SAVES LIVES! Specializing in Repairs and Re-roofs LICENSED • BONDED • INSURED 480-699-2754 • ESTABLISHED IN 1992 • SERVING GOLD CANYON FOR OVER 20 YEARS OWNER OPERATED ROC 187651 NEW ROOFS 10 year warranty with 2 free inspections RE- ROOFS 10 year warranty for roof leaks ROOF REPAIRS 5 year warranty for roof leaks
Society states that 85% of falls occur from some type of vestibular issue. Physicians are encouraged to screen all senior patients to reduce falls.

Monday, April 8, 6 p.m. - Homemade Laundry Detergent | Make your own laundry detergent. Learn how it is a cheaper alternative to store bought. 14 Spaces available so go to our website to register or call the library at 480-474-8555 to save your spot.

Wednesday, March 13, 4 p.m. - Seed Up Meet Up | Help us fill our seed packets for the seed library, hear from Superstition Master Gardeners, ask questions about your home garden, & learn about Earth Heart Park and Community Garden! April’s topic is Food Forest!

Monday, March 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m. - Let’s Quilt! | Love to quilt? Bring your own supplies and enjoy the company of other quilters. Let's Quilt! provides a place for adults to quilt for a couple hours, learn more about quilting, and share current projects. Meets the 3rd Monday of each month (or 4th Monday of the month when the library is closed for a holiday) from 1:30-3:30 p.m., October-April.

Tuesday, April 16, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Genealogy - Drop in and learn | An instructor will be available for 1 hour to answer your personal question about Genealogy.

Tuesday, April 16, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. - Streaming Services Class | Learn how to use free movie and TV streaming services through the library, cable services and internet providers.

Wednesday, April 17, 3 p.m. - Biblio Bites – Coffee Cake | Have you been a spectator at our Biblio Bites demonstrations? Now it's your turn to bake! Learn how to bake the easiest and crunchiest coffee cake: Blueberry Lime Crunch Cake. Create a cinnamon-scented batter with juicy blueberries and tart bursts of lime zest, then take your batter home to enjoy a freshly baked coffee cake.

All supplies and samples provided. Only 20 spots available, so click the button or call the library at 480-474-8555 to save your spot. Adults and Teens welcome.

Thursday, April 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. - Quilling | Try your hand at Quilling, the art of rolling paper for beautiful images and jewelry. Teens (13+) and Adults!

Friday, April 19, 3:00-4:00 p.m. - Home Organization with The Cricut | Learn how the Cricut can be used to help you with home organization with real-life examples and plenty of inspiration!

Tuesday, April 23, 1:30 p.m. - Classic Book Club – Discussing Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm

Thursday, April 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Dungeons & Dragons

| Adventurers new and experienced alike are welcome to try their hand at our Monthly Dungeons and Dragons one shot campaigns for Teens & Adults.

Monday, April 29, 1 – 2 p.m. - All About Facebook & Threads

| Learn how to use two social media applications: Facebook and Threads

8 | Superstition Living

Staff Picks From March

What You Were Looking For is In the Library

by Michiko Aoyama, recommended by Meg

This is a captivating novel composed of intertwined short stories that was my favorite book of 2023. Each story beautifully connects, creating a rich tapestry of characters and experiences. The book’s exploration of human connection and discovery resonated deeply with me, making it a standout read I highly recommend.

Digital services recommended by Tracie

The magazine The Week USA keeps me up to date which I use on my iPhone through the Libby app. I like to start on the last page and go backwards! While reading on my iPhone, I use the Freegal app to listen to trending playlists like One Hit Wonders, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, or 1970’s by Harris County Public Library. All free with your library card.

The Fear by Natasha Preston, recommended by Ella

One winter day someone anonymously posts a meme sharing their fear, the scariest way to die. Then teenagers start dying in the ways they shared, and Izzy knows she has to find the murderer. This book is eerie, captivating and quite enjoyable!

Yellowface by R. F. Kuang, recommended by Diana

Friends June Hayward and Athena Liu were supposed to be twin rising stars in the literary world, but Athena’s the celebrated well-known author of the two, while June Hayward is literally nobody; negative thinking and her jealousy towards her friend spoils her creative ability. When June witnesses Athena’s death in a freak accident, she acts on impulse and steals Athena’s just-finished masterpiece. As June races to protect her secret, she discovers how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves. I listened to this book in audio format. Excellent narration.


The Lost Bookshop by Evie Woods, recommended by Leah This book was so captivating! It was recommended to me by another city staff member, and I absolutely loved it! Following 2 stories and watching how they wind together was so enchanting. There was so much to this book: a little mystery, magic, and love. I don’t always give a book 5 stars, but this one took the gold for me. I loved it.

Loyalty by Lisa Scottoline, recommended by Debbie

Dante, a 6-year-old boy, is kidnapped and taken to a mad house. Gaetano, a lawyer, begins to investigate. Nobody is talking. Who are the parents? No ransom note! A second boy is kidnapped. Are these kidnappings related? Mystery solved – 15 years later. I would read the author’s notes before beginning the book, which is based on a true story. Very interesting characters!

Thornhedge by T. Kingfisher, recommended by Megan S.

Often, new adaptations of old fairy tales seem off in some ways, feeling too modern or twisting the story too much. Thornhedge does a great job of feeling rooted in old traditions while taking its storyline in new and unexpected directions. Old stories of the fae folk, changelings, and princesses are upended, and the result is gently funny, heartbreaking, and very enjoyable.

Staff Book Club Pick: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna

If you’re looking for a cute romance with just a dash of magic, check out this month’s staff book club pick, The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches. As Trish says, this novel has an “interesting old-world setting with a modern spin to it,” setting witches in modern society. As a whole, our book club enjoyed the main and supporting characters, the themes of found family and the importance of communication, and the intriguing, romantic setting. A few of us found it a bit too cutesy, but that might be just what you need! As Megan C. put it, in this novel, “all the characters shine together.”

April 2024 | 9

Besides being the plants most likely to adapt to changing climate conditions, plants native to the Sonoran Desert have long been used by not only by its indigenous peoples, but also early Mexican and Gringo settlers, who found them useful as food, medicine etc., that supported human life. Not having the benefit of a local Drug or grocery store in the neighborhood they all adapted to what mother nature provided.

Below is a short list of the ways some of the more common desert natives supported humans.

• Saguaro; ribs used for building material, fruits edible and made into an alcoholic drink.

• Prickly Pear; fruit, pads and flowers edible, pads used as poultices for infection and insect stings.

• Palo Verde; green pods and flowers edible, dried seeds ground into flour.

• Mesquite; wood for construction and tools, seed pods ground for flour, dye made from sap.

• Jojoba; oil highly useful in cosmetics and industry still today, nuts roasted as a coffee substitute.

• Brittlebush; sap, flowers, leaves used as pain reliver and sap also as an incense in ceremonies.

• Ocotillo; canes used as ‘living fence’ for livestock, flowers used as tea and in salad, inner bark used to treat coughs, varicose veins, and urinary tract infections.

• Mormon tea; used as a decongestant for colds, thought to be a remedy for syphilis and pitchers of tea made from the stems were often found on brothel bars.

I have listed just but a few benefits of just a small group of plants, yet most Sonoran Desert plants were useful one way or another.

Curious About our Incredible Desert Plants?

Learn more on April 14th when desert ecologist, Cyndi Ruehl leads a fun and easy walkabout at the Smiling Dog Ranch to explore up close and personal the desert plants that have provided medicine and food for thousands of years, learn positive identification of 10-15 plants, what parts are used, how and when to harvest and how to prepare. You may never look at our wonderous desert plants the same. Contact Cyndi to register.

10 | Superstition Living SONORAN DESERT LANDSCAPES TOM MCDONALD OWNER - SMILING DOG LANDSCAPES NURSERY All participants will be entered into a raffle for Plants and other goodies, no one goes away empty handed. The various demonstration gardens will inspire your own creative gardening ideas. Tour will end on our patio for an informal Q&A with Tom, retired Master Gardener and Owner of Smiling Dog. Tour will be Friday, April 26th from 9-11am, cost is $10/person — spots are limited. (480) 734-3257 TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT CONTACT TOM Join Tom McDonald for walk around the grounds of Smiling Dog Cactus and Succulent Nusery.

Saguaros arrive at The Superstition Mountain Museum & Silly Mountain

Gold Canyon Garden Club would like to thank Brightnight Corp. and The Cactus Doctor for their efforts and resources to relocate several large Saguaros to locations at the Superstition Mountain Museum and Silly Mountain, as well as their financial donation for the Club’s ongoing Civic Beautification Projects. The Saguaros came from BrightNight’s Box Canyon Solar Project and need the proper equipment and professionals to position them correctly to ensure they will thrive. The Silly Mountain Saguaros are pictured here.

Thanks to everyone who came to our Spring Fundraiser on March 23rd in the Mountainbrook Village Community. We hope you check us out in November 2024 when we will again have a Plant and Garage Sale. Our plants will be inexpensive & easy to grow from the Southwest or adapted to the Southwest. We will also have garage sale items available.

Our last meeting for the 2023-2024 year is at 10:00 AM, April 9th. We will have a program celebrating the Five Seasons of Arizona. Dues for the 2024-2025 year are $25.00 and will be due by May 1st. The club meets from the 2nd Tuesday in September through the 2nd Tuesday of April at 10:00 AM, featuring opportunities to learn about the many facets of gardening, flower arranging and the relationship of plants to our world. We meet at the Methodist Church Mission Center at 8330 E. Sunrise Sky Dr, Gold Canyon, AZ. Please contact us at gcgc@ if you are interested in attending our April meeting. You may also find us on FaceBook at Gold Canyon Garden Club.



This is a perfect month to enjoy Gold Canyon’s prominence as a Dark Sky community (see Superstition Living March 2024). April is Global Astronomy Month, and the first week is International Dark Sky Week, culminating with a total eclipse of the sun on Monday, April 8th.

Our low level of light pollution gives us a marvelous opportunity to navigate the night sky. There are several free and inexpensive apps to help us do that, a few of which I’ve listed below. Why not gather the family, point your phones to the sky, and take a stroll around the solar system. It’s fun. It’s educational. And it’s amazing what you can see out there in the great beyond. Not just the stars, but asteroids, comets, satellites, entire galaxies and nebulas. Wonderment wherever you look!

Unfortunately, Arizona is not in the direct path of the eclipse happening on the 8th, but, cloud levels permitting, we will get a partial view of the moon passing between the earth and the sun. Remember, never look directly into the sun before or after the eclipse without special protective glasses; regular sunglasses are not safe for viewing any solar eclipse.

Check out these apps for planning your night out with the stars: Sky Map; Sky Live: Heavens Above Viewer; Sky Portal; Night Sky; Sky Guide; and Stellarium Mobile Star Map. You can discover a billion stars, zoom in on planets and satellites, plan your observations by the weather, identify constellations (including an AZ favorite, Scorpius), and much more.

Maintaining our Dark Sky isn’t just about protecting human, animal, and plant health. It’s also about keeping us in touch with the wonderment of the universe.

April 2024 | 11


Sponsorship Campaign Underway

The Community Center operates under the non-profit umbrella of Gold Canyon Community, Inc. (GCCI), It depends solely on business sponsorships, public grants, private donations, and GCCI membership dues to fund rent, utilities, office supplies, and civic activities.

Our 2024 Sponsorship Campaign is now underway, exclusively for the benefit of the Center. Local businesses are invited to help support those that support them by becoming a Community Center sponsor. Several levels of sponsorship are available, all providing a wide range of benefits in return – from free exclusive use of the Center to Sponsor Wall recognition, extensive logo inclusion in all our media platforms, and more.

Thanks to Moore Physical Therapy (6410 S Kings Ranch Rd #4) and the Triad Pain Group (5331 S Superstition Mountain Dr #105) for being the first to answer our call for sponsors. We applaud their civic engagement and encourage others to follow their lead. Local residents have embraced The Center and it’s gaining in use and popularity every day. For more information about becoming a sponsor, email

Upcoming April Events include…

Mobile library Tuesday, April 2; Fraud & Scam prevention

Friday, April 5; Free Tech Help

Tuesday, April 9; Preserving Our Future (Pinal County Public Works)

Friday, April 26; Fire Safety and Blood Pressure Clinic (GC Fire Dept.); Learn Mahjong; and more.

Visit for all events, dates, times, and RSVP info.

The Center is Located at 6021 S. Kings Ranch Rd #5

Mondays 8:00 – noon

Tuesdays 10:00 – 4:00

Wednesdays 10:00 – 2:00

Thursdays 10:00 – 4:00

Fridays – 8:00 — noon



12 | Superstition Living


Inflammation is a sign of the body’s natural response to protect itself from harm. The five cardinal signs of inflammation are pain, heat, redness, swelling, and loss of function.

For instance, if you stub your toe your immune system goes into action: it sends an army of white blood cells to the area to surround and protect the damaged tissue. This surge of blood often results in redness, swelling, and pain in the affected area. A similar response is triggered by infection like flu or pneumonia. This is called acute inflammation, and it’s an important factor in the body’s self-healing process. It’s usually fairly short-lived— once the cells have been repaired, the inflammation subsides and things return to normal.

Another type of inflammation is called chronic, and it can lead to longterm health problems. In this case, the body’s immune system may become dysfunctional. With autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, the immune system can target parts of its own body, destroying healthy tissue and producing unwanted inflammation, causing generalized pain throughout the body.

Gut disorders often are also related to inflammation overload. There are many things that can trigger inflammation that can eventually damage the lining of the intestines, including something call “food sensitivities.” This is different from a food allergy in that a specific food doesn’t trigger an immediate and drastic response, but over time certain antibodies become sensitized to that food and release immune chemicals that cause inflammation in the body tissues. The resulting symptoms may manifest as

skin rash, joint aches and pains, sinusitis, asthma, insomnia, headaches, and digestive disorders producing bloating, gas, and poor food absorption.

Relief from Inflammation

So what can we do about chronic, runaway inflammation?

In the case of food sensitivities, there are tests that can be used to identify which specific foods may be causing the unwanted immune response. Once identified, these foods can be limited in the diet to minimize inflammation.

There is also evidence that the stress hormone cortisol can further activate inflammation and fuel some chronic conditions. Therefore, identifying and minimizing areas of stress in our lives and incorporating anti-stress techniques like meditation, yoga, and exercise can actually reduce chronic pain.

Diet can also play a role. Research shows that foods high in sugar and saturated fat can kindle inflammation, while foods like fish, leafy greens, and olive oil can calm inflammation.

Some supplements can also provide an all-natural health aid, as well. As one example, the scientific evidence seems to make a strong case for tart cherry as a potent anti-inflammatory that can be useful for a wide range of conditions. Nutraceutical concentrated tart cherry can be found in several forms, including juice, powder, and capsule form. Various studies have shown promising results in reducing gout attacks and muscle and joint soreness.

The more you recognize the role inflammation plays in your overall health, the better you will be able to take the necessary steps to control it.

April Fools Us …

… with changing skys and bright sunny days that warm the air with the sun’s bright rays.

But, next you know, the wind can whip in, blowing clouds around and creating quite a din.

Now cool breezy showers may be next on the list, followed by beautiful rainbows rising up from the mist.

Can it be that this medley of Arizona’s Spring is both teasing and pleasing us with one last fling?

It seems to be whispering that soon up ahead the hot summer temps will be something to dread So enjoy this time of more temperate days and listen to the weather cast. Oh no, “100” they say!!!

April 2024 | 13 HEALING NATURALLY Dr. Tina Marcantel, Naturopathic Doctor 480-738-1647 | 6589 S. Kings Ranch Road, Gold Canyon

We Understand Commitment

We Understand Commitment

At Edward Jones, we deliver candid guidance and personalized investment strategies to help you plan for and realize the possibilities of your future – for you, your family and generations to follow. Matthew Fliss,

At Edward Jones, we deliver candid guidance and personalized investment strategies to help you plan for and realize the possibilities of your future – for you, your family and generations to follow. Matthew Fliss, CFP®




Retirement is a significant milestone in one’s life, symbolizing the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. As individuals approach this stage, meticulous planning becomes imperative to ensure a comfortable and financially secure future. Among the plethora of retirement planning options, real estate emerges as a challenging player, offering unique advantages that can enhance the overall strategy. Let’s discuss the pivotal role that real estate plays in retirement planning and why it deserves a prominent place in your financial portfolio.

Building Equity for the Future: One of the fundamental advantages of investing in real estate is the potential for equity growth over time. Unlike other assets that may fluctuate in value, real estate often appreciates in the long run. By acquiring property early in your career and allowing it to accumulate value, you’re essentially building a robust foundation of equity that can serve as a valuable financial resource during retirement.

Steady Income Stream through Rental Properties: Real estate’s ability to generate a steady income stream is a crucial factor in retirement planning. Owning rental properties allows retirees to enjoy a regular source of passive income, supplementing other retirement income streams such as pensions or social security. Wellmanaged rental properties can provide a reliable and predictable cash flow, ensuring financial stability throughout retirement.

Diversification for Risk Mitigation: Diversification is a key principle in any successful investment strategy, and real estate offers an excellent avenue for achieving it. By diversifying your retirement portfolio, you can spread risk and reduce vulnerability to market fluctuations. Real estate’s performance often exhibits low correlation with traditional financial markets, providing a hedge against economic downturns and uncertainties.

Hedging Against Inflation: Inflation erodes the purchasing power of money over time, posing a significant threat to retirees. Real estate, however, has historically proven to be an effective hedge against inflation. Property values and rental income tend to rise with inflation, ensuring that the real value of your real estate assets remains relatively stable over the long term.

Downsizing and Lifestyle Adjustments: Real estate plays a dynamic role in retirement planning by offering options for downsizing or making lifestyle adjustments. Retirees can leverage the equity built in their properties by selling and downsizing to a smaller, more manageable home. This not only releases funds for retirement expenses but also reduces maintenance costs and property taxes.

As individuals navigate the intricate landscape of retirement planning, embracing the role of real estate can significantly enhance their financial well-being. From building equity and generating passive income to providing a buffer against inflation, real estate stands as a versatile and resilient asset class. Including real estate in your retirement portfolio offers not only financial benefits but also the peace of mind that comes with a diversified and well-rounded approach to securing your future.

14 | Superstition Living
Member SIPC
Financial Advisor 5301 S Superstition Mtn Dr Suite
Gold Canyon,
Member SIPC
AZ 85118 480-983-1333
Financial Advisor
S Superstition Mtn Dr Suite
Canyon, AZ 85118 480-983-1333

Join the Gold Canyon Chamber of Commerce for A Ribbon Cutting Introducing Two New Gold Canyon Business

Opportunity 2 Own Real Estate

When: April 20, 2024, 11AM-2PM

Where: 6071 S. Kings Ranch Rd, Suite 6C, Gold Canyon AZ 85118

Ribbon Cutting will be at 11AM. Look for the balloons and festivities. Meet the team and join them for light refreshments and give-a-ways.

Jeanie Teyechea, is the Designated Broker/Owner. Jeanie started real estate in 2004, and quickly found out how much she loved helping people with one of the largest investments of their life, then decided to become a Broker, and founded her Brokerage in 2015, that is when “Opt 2 Own” came about! Now she has an amazing team of skilled experienced Real Estate Agents, that can help you sell or buy land, residential or commercial properties.

602-320-1347, Mesa, Globe, Tucson, 928-978-7179, Payson, Central AZ, 602-320-1347 opportuntity2own (search the MLS here)

Let’s celebrate together and join in the fun, and wish a new Gold Canyon Business, much success and prosperity. Hope to see you there.

Weichert Realtors new Location and Expansion

Gold Canyon Chamber of Commerce: Pam Burks, Communications Director

When: Sunday, April 7, 2024, 1PM-3PM

Where: 6877 S Kings Ranch Rd., Suite 2, Gold Canyon AZ 85118.

Ribbon Cutting will be at 1PM. Tour the office, meet the team and join them for light refreshments, and door prizes.

Let’s celebrate the growth and the new location of a Gold Canyon Business, that has been in our community for over 18 years.

Looking to buy or sell a home? Check out their website,, or call Tony Vehon, Managing Broker today, at 480-982-7370.

Come on let’s celebrate, and join in the fun, hope to see you there!

April 2024 | 15
Tia, Lisa B., Brie, Jeanie, Kristle and Lisa K.
16 | Superstition Living



Since 1992 April has been recognized as National Stress Awareness Month to bring attention to the impacts of stress. Managing stress is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle and will improve mental and physical well-being. During April, we can take the opportunity to be aware of stress, what causes stress and how important it is to reduce stress.

What is Stress: Stress in minor to moderate doses is normal and expected, as our bodies are equipped to handle these reactions. However, ongoing or unattended stress can have serious consequences as chronic stress impacts the entire body and will harm your well-being. Ongoing stress is a risk factor for heart disease, dementia, stroke, accelerated aging, depression, anxiety, insulin resistance, prolonged digestive issues, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In addition, chronic stress impacts your outlook on life, interpersonal relationships, performance in the workplace, self-care, and fitness. Having chronic stress impacts every aspect of living your best life.

Common life Stressors: Daily Life, Cost of living and finance, Work, Uncertainty of future, Personal Safety, Relationships and family life, Personal Health and Well-being are all pieces of our lives that can cause stress.

Signs of Stress: The body’s autonomic nervous system controls your heart rate, breathing, vision changes and more. However, when a person has long-term (chronic) stress the continued activation of the “fight-or-flight response,” causes harm to the body. Here are a few indicators of chronic stress: Increased irritability and anger, a loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, mental burnout, loneliness, body aches and muscle tension, and just feeling overwhelmed. Understanding the signs of chronic stress may help you recognize them and find strategies that target the unique circumstances of your stressful situation.

How to reduce Stress: Powerful solutions for stress relief reveal a range of options that starts with creating a stress awareness plan that includes: spending time with others, breathing exercises and meditation, use of trigger points, progressive muscle relaxation (Nidra), grounding techniques, and physical activity all of which are effective stress less solutions.

Having a stress awareness plan allows one to pay special attention throughout your day and to utilize stress-less solutions that work. So often, we feel there is not enough time

to stop and relax but remember that there are 1440 minutes in a day. Just taking ten-minutes per day to practice your stress awareness plan still leaves you 1430 minutes to prepare for your presentation, meet a deadline, cook and clean and the million other activities of your daily life. Adding exercise and a restoring sleep cycle will also create a calmer, more enjoyable and productive way of dealing with the rest of your day.

A 10-minute Solution: 5 Senses Grounding 5-4-3-2-1 technique. This simple method can be used as a practical way to calm anxiety and reduce stress by briefly isolating each of your senses through observation. Don’t rush this exercise as it’s intended to help you become grounded and decrease your anxiety, so begin by breathing deeply and mindfully.

5. Focus On 5 Things You Can See: Noticing and naming things you can see really helps you to become focused on where you are in the moment.

4. Focus On 4 Things You Can Touch: Touch is another great way to ground yourself. Focus on things that feel comforting, such as the top of your legs, your ring, your water bottle, or your pen.

3. Focus On 3 Things You Can Hear: Sound is one of those senses that have different levels of stimulation and observation. Challenge yourself to listen for 3 quiet sounds that tend to be in the background unnoticed. This will help you to become more mindful and isolate those sounds from the rest of the environment.

2. Focus On 2 Things You Can Smell: Finding two things you can smell may be challenging, but smells can be calming and pleasant, easing anxiety and improving your mood. Some smells can help you feel relaxed, promoting deeper sleep.

1. Focus On 1 Thing You Can Taste: Lastly, focus on something you can taste. Consider popping in a piece of gum or a mint or taking a sip of your drink.

By bringing attention to the present moment, the 54321 grounding technique interrupts negative thought patterns. It shifts your focus away from anxiety and toward immediate sensations and experiences. Give it a try whenever you need to center yourself and find calmness amidst chaos.

Putting in the effort to manage stress in your life can be a significant way to celebrate April as Stress Awareness Month. Learning how to support your needs year-round can be as simple as choosing one thing to commit to each day that you can accomplish in three to five minutes to mitigate stress during your day.

Ready for more? Stress (Less) Solutions is a half-day retreat being offered at The Live it Well Place in Gold Canyon on Sunday, April 14th from 1:00pm – 4:30pm. We will share what stress is and you will discover several techniques that you can do at home to reduce chronic stress, so you can Live your Best Life, Everyday!

April 2024 | 17



You’ve probably heard stories about fortunate investors who “get in the ground floor” of a new, hot company and quickly make a fortune. But while these things may happen, they are exceedingly rare and often depend on hard-toduplicate circumstances — and they really don’t represent a viable way of investing for one’s goals. A far more tried-andtrue approach is the “slow-and-steady” method.

To follow this strategy, consider these suggestions:

Start small — and add more when you can. When you’re first starting out in the working world, you may not have a lot of extra money with which to invest, especially if you’re carrying student loan debt. But one of the key advantages of the slow-and-steady method is that it does not require large investment sums to get going. If you can afford to put away even $50 or $100 a month into individual stocks or mutual funds, month after month, you may be surprised and pleased at how your account can grow. And when your salary goes up, you can put away more money each month.

Take advantage of an employer’s retirement plan. If your employer offers a 401(k) or similar tax-advantaged retirement plan, try to take full advantage of it. Again, if you’re just beginning your career, you may not be able to put away much in this type of plan, but even a small amount is better than nothing. And as soon as you can possibly afford it, try to put in enough to earn your employer’s matching contribution, if one is offered. These types of plans can offer some key benefits — and perhaps the biggest one is that investing is automatic, in that the money is moved directly from your paycheck into the investments you’ve chosen within your 401(k) or other plan.

Be prepared for downturns. The financial markets will always experience ups and downs. So, you need to be prepared for those times when your investment statements may show negative results. By understanding that these downturns are a normal part of the investment environment, you can avoid overreactions, such as selling quality investments with good fundamentals just because their price has temporarily dropped.

Chart your progress regularly. A key element of a slowand-steady investment approach is knowing how well it’s working. But it’s important to measure your progress in a way that makes sense for you. So, for example, instead of measuring your portfolio’s performance against that of an external stock market index, such as the S&P 500, you may want to assess where you are today versus one year ago, or whether the overall progress you’re making is sufficient to help you meet the financial goals you’ve set for yourself well into the future. Another reason not to use a market index as a measuring tool is that the index only looks at a certain pool of investments, which, in the case of the S&P 500, is simply the largest companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges. But longterm investors try to own a range of assets — U.S. and foreign stocks, bonds, government securities, certificates of deposit, and so on.

“Slow and steady” may not sound like an exciting approach to investing. But it’s often the case that a little less excitement, and a lot more diligence, can prove to be quite effective.

April 2024 | 19
This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. — Edward Jones, Member SIPC.




These salmon patties are crisp on the outside with flavorful bites of flaked salmon inside!


• 1 lb fresh salmon filet*

• Garlic Salt

• Black Pepper

• Olive Oil

• 1 c finely diced onion

• ½ red bell pepper, diced

• 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided

• 1 c Panko bread crumbs

• 3 Tbsp mayonnaise

• 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

• 2 – 3 Tbsp minced fresh dill (to your taste)


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place salmon skin-side down, brush with olive oil and season with garlic salt and black pepper. Bake uncovered for 10-15 min. or just until cooked through. Remove from oven, cover with foil and rest 10 minutes. Discard skin, flake salmon with forks, remove any bones, and cool to room temp.


Heat a medium sized skillet over medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 Tbsp butter and finely diced onion and bell pepper. Saute until softened and golden (7-9 min.) then remove from heat. In a large mixing bowl, combine cooled flaked salmon, sauteed onion and pepper, 1 cup Panko bread crumbs, 2 beaten eggs, 3 Tbsp mayo, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp garlic salt, ¼ tsp black pepper, and 2-3 Tbsp fresh dill. Stir to combine, then form into 13-14 patties. It’s easy to portion patties using a large cookie scoop, then pressing them into 1/3 to ½” thick patties.

Heat 1 Tbsp oil and 1 Tbsp of butter in a large fry pan over medium heat. Once butter is done sizzling, add half of the salmon patties and saute 3 ½ to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked through. If salmon patties brown too quickly, reduce heat. Remove to paper-towel lined plate. Add remaining 1 Tbsp oil and 1 Tbsp butter and repeat cooking remaining salmon patties.

*Note: Fresh salmon is best, but it can be substituted with leftover cooked salmon, or 14-15 oz of well-drained canned salmon. If mixture is too moist to hold the patty shape, add more Panko bread crumbs, and if it is too dry, add an extra Tbsp of mayo.


• 1 cup real Mayonnaise

• 1 cup dill pickles, finely chopped

• 1 Tbsp. fresh dill

• 1 tsp lemon juice

• 1 tsp sugar

• ¼ tsp black pepper, freshly ground

• 2 Tbsp onion, finely choppedOptional


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Add more lemon juice or pickles if desired.

please contact Marsha at Marsha.Dorris.Realtor@gmail. com


as Principal of Peralta Trail Elementary School

Apache Junction Unified School District (AJUSD) is proud to announce the appointment of Patricia Smith as the Principal of Peralta Trail Elementary School. Patricia has been serving as the interim principal since last semester and has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities during her tenure.

With 27 years of experience in education, Patricia Smith has been an integral part of the AJUSD community since 2003 when she joined as an elementary teacher. Over the past 21 years, she has held various roles within the district, including classroom teacher, math specialist, academic coach, student wellness coordinator, and principal. Her 11 years as an elementary principal have showcased her strong and knowledgeable leadership, driven by her educational philosophy that prioritizes students' well-being and academic success.

Dr. Robert Pappalardo, Superintendent of AJUSD, expressed his enthusiasm for Patricia's appointment, stating, "We're excited to welcome Patricia Smith as the new Principal of Peralta Trail Elementary School. Her dedication to students and proven leadership skills makes her the perfect fit to guide this “A” rated school to even greater success."

Throughout her career, Patricia has been a staunch advocate for student success and believes in creating a positive and supportive learning environment where every student can thrive. Her educational philosophy emphasizes the importance of collaboration between school, home, and the community, fostering a collective effort to ensure the success of every student.

Prior to her career in education, Patricia served as an academic advisor with Chapman University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Chapman University and a Master's of Arts in Educational Leadership & Principalship from Northern Arizona University.

As Principal of Peralta Trail Elementary School, Patricia Smith is committed to upholding the highest standards of excellence in education and creating a nurturing environment where every student can reach their full potential.

20 | Superstition Living
questions or comments



We want to highlight YOUR PHOTOS! Email me at

Ancient cliff dwellings at Roosevelt Lake By Linda Helmick Longhorn cow, in the Peralta area by Sherry Worden Cat-Nap by Steven Van Wyck Happy Saguaro surrounded by Wildflowers by Tammy Keyes Bartlett Lake by Hugh Williams Peter’s Canyon By Lisa Helt
Good Morning World by Lester Walker
22 | Superstition Living
Desert below the Wave cave by Sherry Worden Aerial Hunter-Harris's Hawk by John Soper Stormy Superstitions By Christine Sabo TRAIL TO RAIL by Denise March SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS at sunset by Venessa Gray The Face off by Oralea Shannon Owl by Paul Galeski Photo by Candace Pruett
April 2024 | 23
I spy with my little eye- Elf owl by Carol Farquhar
BUSINESSDIRECTORY WANT TO ADVERTISE? Contact Jessie: ask about our ad rates or visit for more information. AC & HEATING CAR WASH
S Kings Ranch Rd. Gold Canyon Self Service, RV, & Touch Free Car Wash CHIROPRACTIC
Chiropractic (480) 983-2249 CHURCH
Canyon United Methodist Church ................................... (480) 982-3776 COMPUTER REPAIR DENTISTRY Superstition Mountain Dental ................................... (480) 671-7777 ELECTRICIAN
Gilded Flicker on the Lost Goldmine Trail by Bill Golladay
24 | Superstition Living ELECTRICIAN ESTATE PLANNING FINANCIAL PLANNING & INVESTMENTS Edward Jones - Abe Dye (480) 983-7932 Edward Jones - Matt Ruppert ................................... (480) 288-9341 GARAGE DOORS 480.630.3800 GLASS HOME • AUTO • BUSINESS • 480.983.1151 900 W. APACHE TRAIL APACHE JCT, AZ 85120 GENERAL CONTRACTOR GENERAL CONTRACTOR HANDYMAN A “ Handyman” to Have Around 67 1-1632 480-250-7160 JERRY AND JAN 35 Years Experience! Tile Work • Laminate Flooring Electric & Plumbing • Doggie Doors Water Softeners & Water Heaters Garbage Disposals AND MUCH MORE! NOT A LICENSED CONTRACTOR HEALTH & WELLNESS Dr. Marcantel ............. (480) 738-1647 LANDSCAPING Smiling Dog Landscapes ................................... (480) 288-8749
April 2024 | 25 LANDSCAPING LANDSCAPING NURSERY Smiling Dog Cactus & Succulent Nursery ...................... (480) 734-3257 PAINTING
Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo 2024 by Lester Walker Lost Dutchman Days Parade by Gordon Cox Pony Express hand-off The Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo Opening The Superstition Horseman's Association (SHA) started off the 60th Annual Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo in Apache Junction, AZ with a Pony Express ride - Lisa Manifold

Delex Realty

Jill McFadden ............. (480) 244-6172

Just Selling AZ

Jody Sayler (480) 209-6226

Keller Williams Integrity First Realty

Robin Rotella (480) 225-7445

Lori Blank & Associates

Lori Blank ................... (480) 983-8383

Terri King (480) 770-9507

26 | Superstition Living PET SITTING Service & Repair • Tile Cleaning Equipment Upgrades Ed Wernett OWNER/OPERATOR RETAIL REAL ESTATE
REAL ESTATE Sam Roberts Real Estate LLC (480) 729-9080 ROOFING Monsoon Roofing inc ... (480) 699-2754 LICENSED. BONDED. INSURED. ROC #254544 (480) 725-1071 Call Today - Get A Free Estimate ROOFING - Tile/Shingle/Flat/Metal INSURANCE - Flood/Sewer/Fire/Storm STORAGE TRADING POST PickleBarrel................ (928) 425-9282 WATCH REPAIR Are You Looking For Affordable & Dependable Local Watch Repair Services? We are a local family owned and operated masterwork repair shop with over 15 years experience handling all of your service needs! 850 South Ironwood Dr | Apache Jct, 85120 (602) 478-5601 Watch Repair Services WINDOW CLEANING Clean-N-Brite Window Cleaning YOGA



Offered at $699,900





Offered at $258,000

dinosaur mountain views from backyard and superstition mountain views in front! This 3 bedroom 2 bath home features a full 3 car garage with epoxy flooring, 2022 exterior paint, 2021 tile flooring, 2017 bath updates, 2015 a/c & new wifi garage opener. 9 Ft. Double gate provides access to huge backyard, 10ft x 20ft concrete pad and 400 sf turf. This low maintenance home is move-in ready so you can enjoy 5 gold canyon golf courses, world class hiking in the superstition mountains, restaurants & shopping. 35 Min to phx skyharbor. Hoa only $288/yr.


$65,000 POOL & SPA! EXTENDED 3 CAR GARAGE! 2009 SINGLE LEVEL, 4 BEDROOM, 3 BATH + DEN! Offered at $339,000 MESA


28 | Superstition Living 2021 Custom On 1.25 View Acres! Single Level 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 3 Car Garage + Stunning Superstition Mountain Views! Home Boasts Extensive Remodel & Luxury Upgrades Including New Front Entry, Custom Greatroom Media Wall W/ Fireplace & Storage Mantel, Gourmet Kitchen W/ Stainless Appliances, Pot Filler, Marble Backsplash, White Quartz Counters & Island, Spacious Dining Area W/ Crystal Chandelier. Owners Suite Impresses W/Custom Media Wall-Fireplace & Storage Mantel, Remodeled Luxury Bath W/Italian Marble & Brazilian Tile, Waterfall Faucets & Showerhead, Chandeliers & Custom Walk-In Closet. Guest Bath Has Stone Wall, Crystal Light Fixture, Waterfall Faucet & Showerhead. Laundry Rm Rebuilt To Provide Optimal Efficiency & Beauty. 2023 Whole House Filtration System W/ Water Softener, & Hot Water Recir Pump. Multiple Outdoor “Zen” Spaces To Enjoy Views And Ample Land To Add Rv Garage, Pool & More. What Does the NeW NRa RuliNg Really MeaN FoR you? Call Jill McFadden 480-244-6172 Gold Canyon Resident JILL McFadden Working 4 Buyers & Sellers: Condos to Castles Direct: 480-244-6172 Address: 2512 S. Tonto View Gold Canyon AZ 85118 Email: Web: Ask Jill About: Visit FOR SINGLE CLICK SUBDIVISION SEARCHES SUPERSTITION FOOTHILLS! 3,460 SF SINGLE LVL 4BD, 3.5BA, 3 CAR EXTENDED GARAGE, PRIVATE RESORT POOL, SPA, SUPERSTITION MTN. VIEWS! $549,900 MOUNTAINBROOK FABULOUS LOCATION, SPECTACULAR SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN VIEWS ACROSS FAIRWAY IN $244,900 Highest Quality Marketing AND More $ in Your Pocket! JILL is #1 in sales of 500 US Preferred Realty agents, 2013 &2014! CUSTOM ON 1.25 VIEW ACRES! STUNNING GREAT ROOM MTN VIEWS, 3 BD, 3 BA, + OFFICE + MEDIA RM, POOL, SPA, 3 CAR $759,500 VIEW! PERALTA TRAILS! LOWEST PRICED HOME W/POOL IN PERALTA! 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, UPGRADED,
$208,000 NEW! NEW!
JILL McFadden 480-244-6172 JIILL: #1 in Sales & Listings 2 Years Running!
at $489,900
VIEW! NEW Gold Canyon Resident JILL McFadden Working 4 Buyers & Sellers: Condos to Castles Direct: 480-244-6172 Address: 2512 S. Tonto View Gold Canyon AZ 85118 Email: Web: Not intended to solicit properties currently for sale. GOLD CANYON SPECIALIST D e L e x R e a l t y OFFERED AT $7 9 5 ,000 OFFERED AT $1,089,900 2021 Upgraded Custom on 1.25 Acres Spectacular panoramic superstition mountain views from private resort backyard & inside this superb single level 4 bedroom, 3.5 Bath toll brothers home. Private gated paver courtyard leads to impressive tuscan entry featuring iron & glass door. Stunning mtn views thru living, family, kitchen & primary suite. Gourmet kitchen offers abundant maple cabinetry, center island, granite counters, glass backsplash, mega pantry & butler’s pantry w/wine frig. Spacious owner’s suite provides private pool access, his & hers closets & jetted tub. Guest wing provides ultra privacy for family & guests w/media room, bedroom/ office w/onsuite bath, 2 additional bedrooms & large guest bath. Oasis backyard boasts breathtaking mtn views, beautiful travertine tile, sparkling pool, spa, water feature, built-in patio heaters & quality outdoor furniture. Split 3 car garage sports epoxy flooring and highend cabinetry. Most furniture conveys via separate contract. Hoa only $60/mo. OFFERED AT $1,045,000 Superstition Foothills! SOLD Single level home on spacious quarter acre corner lot with
OFFERED AT $5 7 5 , 0 0 0
¼ ACRE LOT 3 CAR GARAGE Spectacular one-of-a-kind custom home close to national forest and state land with the most amazing views of the Superstition Mountains!! This 2018 custom desert home on 2+ acres just updated with $30k+ of landscaping and updates. It showcases an open split floor plan, single level, towering ceilings, large windows on a custom curved wall to take in exceptional mountain views! Master suite luxuriously designed with gorgeous travertine tiled walk-in shower, separate jetted tub, double vanity w/raised center drawer bank & huge walk-in closet. Gourmet kitchen is the envy of the neighborhood w/stainless appliances including professional 5 burner gas range w/custom hood, built-in microwave, french door frig, wine cooler, granite counters, custom stone backsplash, farmhouse sink, large island, quality cabinetry w/crown molding & is open to family room. Office w/ french doors, custom mud room with built in cabinets and granite countertops & living room with easy access to the expansive back patio to take in the sunsets that paint the mountain in beautiful vibrant colors every evening. Two additional bedrooms with walk in closets and stunning views. Over sized 3 car garage w/14 ft door—all on 2+ acres of natural desert landscaping. Close to 5 Gold Canyon golf courses, world class hiking, fine dinning and just outside of the phoenix area with easy access to all amenities. 2018 Custom On 2 Acres UNDERCONTRACT ACCEPTINGBACKUPS SOLD
Gold Canyon East

Turn static files into dynamic content formats.

Create a flipbook
Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.