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$529,000 - Dawn 480-250-7556

$379,000 - Lisa 480-437-4379

$549,000 - Erma 602-469-2021

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$599,000 - Dawn 480-250-7556

$364,000 - Ronelle 480-326-7849

$639,000 - Dawn 480-250-7556

2,277 SF | 3 BD | 2 BTH

Shows like a model and fully furnished! Gorgeous wood plank tile, vaulted ceilings, open floor plan and newly painted inside and out! Granite kitchen counters, SS appliances, island and breakfast bar. 600 SF tiled Arizona Room and enclosed tiled patio with grill! Large primary bedroom has a huge tiled walk-in shower and is uniquely separated from 2 guest suites. A must see!

$592,500 - Ronelle 480-326-7849

2,115 SF | 2 BD + DEN | 2 BTH

1,932 SF, 2 BD, 2 BTH Spacious home in active NEW CONSTRUCTION and Highly Upgraded in gated Corner Lot, new flooring, fresh paint, soaring ceilings, adult community! Quiet Cul-de-sac lot with community! Quartz slab counters, Great Room design, granite counters, solid maple cabinets with roll-out welcoming entryway and private backyard patio. dual tone soft-close cabinets, SS appliances, ceramic shelving, state of the art appliances, main suite boasts Three car garage with fresh epoxy flooring, utility plank tile flooring,custom tile showers, custom lighting, large bay windows showcasing breathtaking Sonoran sink and storage. Newer roof, newer AC. Additional designer accent paint, Den with french doors, and Desert Views! Ensuite includes dual sinks, spacious square feet from Enclosed heated/cooled AZ room oversized laundry room. Beautiful community pool and walk-in shower and generous closet space! newer roof givess home over 2,000 sq ft of Living space! Clubhouse! (2014), HVAC (2019), new flooring and paint (2023). Furnishings stay making home move in ready!


Nearly new and loaded with Upgrades! Custom touches 1,206 SF | 2 BD | 2 BTH | DEN MOUNTAINBROOK VILLAGE! 2,964 SF | 3 Bd | 3 BTH | DEN everywhere, chef’s dream kitchen with stunning granite 2362 SF, 3 BD, 2 BTH, Features upgrades IMMACULATE AND FURNISHED! Gated Community Updated and tranquil entertainers backyard with pavers and slab island and counters, Espresso maple cabinets, galore -including NEW incredible Arizona Room, includes heated pool/fitness center and garbage service! walk-in pantry, upgraded hardware and fixtures! Great fully sun screened AND sculpted backyard with retractable awning, misting system, pergola w/ceiling fan, built-in Extended garage for longer vehicles new water heater and room design w/22in neutral tile, designer accent paint, SS dishwasher in Jan 2024, Newer interior and exterior paint, Mountain View! Newer roof and AC, oversized gas BBQ with granite counter and BREATHTAKING SUNSETS. Updated kitchen, SS appliances. Top of the line Washer/Dryer. custom window treatments and split floor plan. 3 car open kitchen w/breakfast bar, SS appliances, plush carpet in bedrooms and nice, neutral tile throughout. tandem garage w/epoxy floors. Custom outdoor ramada, Desirable south facing backyard with newer above ground spa custom interior Paint, upgraded fixtures, fans & New water heater, HVAC and vinyl wood look flooring on steps and in 2 upstairs bedrooms. Spacious great room! above ground hot tub,and amazing mountain views! hardware and extended laundry room! and gas fire pit to sit around and enjoy beautiful desert views!

$487,000 - Marsha 480-213-7275

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Peralta Trails 1298sf, 3br, 2ba, 2cGar $439,900 Furnished, Resort Style Backyard with Pool, Firepit, BBQ Bar, Putting Green, Large Patio & Fantastic Mountain Views!

Peralta Trails 1361sf, 2br, Den, 2ba, 2cGar $450,000 Fabulous, Newly Furnished & Updated Hm (flooring, kitchen, shower, etc), Extra Deep Garage + Desert, Mountain & Sunset Views!

Entrada Del Oro 2090sf, 2br, Den, 2ba, 3cGar $475,000 Wow! TURN-KEY, Fully Furnished Former Model Home with Den, Views, Large Paver Patio, Firepit , Fireplace & More!




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Superstition Foothills 1684sf, 3br, 2ba, 2cGar $510,000 Killer Mountain Views, Best Open Floor Plan, Quality Remodel including Walk-in Shower, Area Amenities and Much More!

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Vista Point 1771sf, 3br, 2.5ba, 2cGar $499,900 Tastefully Furnished & Updated Home, Stainless Appliances, Premium Lot with Mountain & Miraculous Sunset Views!





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Superstition Foothills 1697sf, 3br, 2ba, 2cGar $489,900 Beautiful Updated Hm, Fantastic, Private Yard with MOUNTAIN VIEWS, Turf, View Deck & FURNISHINGS negotiable too!

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Superstition Foothills Sold in 3 days at List Price! Closed 2/1 ~ Our Seller

Peralta Trails Sold at 98% of List Price! Closed 1/31 ~ Our Seller

JANUARY Market Stats TO DATE ~ As of 1/14/24* Gold Canyon ~ Under $500,000

Gold Canyon ~ Over $500,000

Active, Single Family Homes... 62 (55 in December) Under Contract... 22 (19 in December) Median Days on Market... 61 (51 in December) Average Sales Price per sq foot... $254 ($256 in December)

Active, Single Family Homes... 84 (80 in December) Under Contract...18 (10 in December) Median Days on Market... 37 (48 in December) Average Sales Price per sq foot... $339 ($317 in December) *Source: Cromford Report

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6641 S Kings Ranch Rd #2 Gold Canyon, AZ 85118 Walk-Ins Welcome! 02.24

ON THE COVER Subdued Superstitions By Kara Assid

SUPERSTITIONLIVING Celebrating the joy of living in the foothills of the majestic Superstition Mountains.

FEBRUARY 2024 ] VOL 8 - n 2 Published monthly by Mansur Design Company LLC. Contact editor@mansurdesign.com for any questions.



Staff Picks of the Month...................10


Lost Dutchman Book Sale................11

A.D.O.B.E News.............................. 6

Queen Valley Golf Benefit................11

Sonoran Desert Landscapes......... 13

GC Lions "Great Gatsby" Fundraiser....12

Healing Naturally.......................... 16

Winter Lecture Serues @ AJPL........14

Live It Well.................................... 19

Quarteto Nuevo................................ 14

Financial Focus............................. 21

Gold Canyon Garden Club News......16

In The Kitchen............................... 22

DEPARTMENTS Local Events .................... 7Out & About

Comet over the Superstitions..........17 "Let Me Count The Ways" Poem.....18 Desert Designers Garden Club's Flower Show..................................... 18


Whats Happening at the Center......21

Business Directory..............................27

SMM Free Lecture Series.................24

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“If a brother or sister be naked and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?”…Holy Writ - James 2: 15-16. All families/individuals feel the money crunch when purchasing food in our grocery marts; we can all testify to this challenge. But, most families/individuals, despite the increased cost of food and other commodities, still are able – somehow – to place sufficient food on the table. Conversely, there are those who clearly cannot make it alone; consequently, they can’t purchase the food they need to sustain their family/ individual needs. That’s where the Gold Canyon Mission Center Food Bank steps in and offers a strong helping hand. In 2006, a handful of Gold Canyon United Methodist Church members saw the need to feed the hungry and did something about it. They began to store some donated dry food products in a small church closet. There was enough food to feed a few families. Thus began a mission of love that has now grown into a major Arizona Food Distribution Center – the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church Food Bank. In 2023, approximately 10,000 families/ individuals were served, which represents a 25% increase over 2022. Based on yearend applications, it is anticipated there will be a major increase in 2024. The Food Bank extends its heartfelt gratitude for the generous support of the Gold Canyon community and community organizations, whose kindness sustains and empowers this invaluable community initiative. Donations are always welcome. Contact can be made

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with the Food Bank at GoldCanyonUMC. FoodBank@gmail.com or 480-982-6789. Ms. Donna Talley and Mr. Mid Carlozzi, Food Bank Managers, will be the presenters at the ADOBE March Community Meeting. Donna and Mid will share precise details and narratives highlighting the Food Bank operations, emphasizing the evolving distribution dynamics, particularly the growing need for the elderly. Individuals interested in contributing to the Food Bank are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting. The meeting will be held on March 21, 2024. You are reminded of our February Community meeting being held on February 15, 2024, where “alien type” stories will be presented by Gold Canyon community citizens - including multiple ADOBE Board members. A member of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) will present comments on the Phoenix Lights. MUFON is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the study and investigation of UFOs by collecting and analyzing UFO data and reports from around the world. If you have an experience, don’t be shy; please attend and let us hear your story. This is a serious meeting that many of your neighbors will be interested in hearing. Because of an expected stacked house, time limits will be placed on presentations. Both Community Meetings are being held at the Gold Canyon Best Western Hotel, with social time starting at 6:15 pm and the meeting at 7 pm. We hope to see you at these two intriguing and informative programs. Glenn A. Walp ADOBE – “The Voice and Heart of Gold Canyon since 1989”

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Saturday, Feb 3rd, from 8am-11am | Apache Junction Farmers Market hosted by Farms2table. Join us every 1st Saturday of the month at Apache Junction Farmers Market, 300 W. Apache Trail, Apache Junction 85120. With no income or residential qualifications required, a $15 donation is asked so supporters can experience a farmers’ market like experience and shop for their nutritious rescued produce. Order online and enjoy your shopping for your produce 30 minutes before our normal hours for $16 ($15 donation per produce box and $1 for the processing fee) Show your receipt at the white canopy and beat the crowd. The cutoff time for online orders is Friday at Noon. Be sure to visit the different types of local vendors on site such as arts and crafts, baked goods, dairy items and much more. Saturday, Feb 10th & Saturday, Feb 24th, Florence Farmers Market from 8am-12pm | located on the porch at McFarland State Park in Historic Florence. The market features local, chemical-free, organic produce from many local farmers, farm fresh eggs, meat, cheese, bread, sweets, coffee & tea, sauces, seasonings and many other locally made artisan products. McFarland State Park, 24 Ruggles St, Florence. Saturday, Feb 10th, from 10am - 4pm 38th Annual Historic Home Tour | All visitors are welcome on February 10th to celebrate Florence's rich territorial history. Tickets are only $25 for adults on the day of the event or $20 in advance. Kids 17 and under are free. Visitors to the Historic Florence

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CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 Events Continue at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Check the complete event pages on their website at www.btarboretum.org/event 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 www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org for schedule of classes and events. Visit Lost Dutchman State Park, Check the website www.azstateparks.com/lost-dutchman/ for a schedule of events and activities. Call 480-982-4485 February 2024 | 7

LOCAL EVENTS CONTINUED Home Tour will view diverse architectural styles of homes and buildings. Visitors may walk the tour route, which begins in downtown Florence. Transportation is provided to outlying historical structures on the tour. For questions or more information, please contact Erasmo Mendivil Jr. at the Florence Community Services Department at (520) 868-7040. February 15th-18th. Mountain View Lutheran Church is sponsoring a Mollie B Concert. | She will also be performing a free concert at the 10:30 AM service on February 18th. Mollie B is an award-winning singer and multi-instrumentalist. She is the host of the nationally televised program “The Mollie B Polka Party” on RFD-TV, airing twice a week during prime time. Come out and enjoy Mollie B, all her instruments, and her band for 4 days! Tickets are $20/day. Purchase tickets online at MollieB.com or from a local “mobile” ticket seller: Betty Schwartz at 507-201-8615. Dances are 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM daily (doors open at 1:00 PM). The church is located at 2122 Goldfield Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85119. Saturday, February 17th, from 9am-2pm. 7th Annual Memories on Main Custom Car & Bike Show | Take a step back in time in Historic Downtown Florence! 2024 will be the 7th year of the Memories on Main - Car and Bike Show! Filled with a huge variety of show cars and motorcycles, music, raffle drawings, 50/50 drawing, food, local and national vendors with lots of plaques & trophies for our participant's amazing

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rides! Located on Florence's Historic Downtown Main Street, 525 N. Main St. Florence, AZ. Saturday, February 24th, from 9am-2 pm. Pet Appreciation Event | Join us for the 4th annual Pet Appreciation Event at Superstition Foothills Baptist Church. This free community event promotes the love and care of our beloved pets. Come adopt a new pet, participate in pet contests and games and just show off your best buddy while you enjoy the day amid happy and cuddly furry friends. Vendors will provide crafts and fun items for sale, and food will be available! Pet adoptions and a demonstration of the Pinal County drug sniffing canines will also be a part of this event! Gold Canyon Pet Services will be a co-sponsor. Vendors: please contact Terrilyn at 602-430-1626 to arrange a free spot for your booth. Saturday, March 9th at 11 a.m. Cornhole for a Cause, at the Apache Junction Elks Lodge #2349. | Don't miss out on the chance to make a difference! Join us on Saturday, March 9th at 11 a.m. for a thrilling cornhole tournament and fundraiser at the Apache Junction Elks Lodge #2349, located at 2455 N. ApacheTrail, Apache Junction, AZ. Your participation will help raise funds for a young mother and Apache Junction native who has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Malignant Melanoma. Let's come together and show her our support in this difficult time. This event is open to members of the Elks and their guests. We welcome you to join us for a day of fun and fundraising in the fresh air of Superstition Mountain. So, gather everyone you know and join us for an exciting event that includes a cornhole tournament with a $25 entry fee, a variety of food and drink options to purchase, fun-filled kids activities, a mouth-watering bake sale, and a silent auction. The event will also feature musical entertainment later in the evening. The tournament will start at noon, with registration opening at 11am. It promises to be a great day full of fun and activities for the whole family. Don't miss it! Preregistration can be completed at https://share.scoreholio. com/GU27u0Ct7Fb or on the app. Are you looking for a way to support a great cause? We are seeking sponsors for the tournament fundraiser from businesses with a heart for giving. In addition, we are accepting donations for silent auction items, bake sale items, or any other contribution you'd like to make. Your generosity can make a difference! Donations can be made easily and securely through the event representatives below in conjunction with the Apache Junction Elks Lodge #2349. If you are interested in being a part of this incredible fundraising event, please contact Stephenie at (623) 521-2062, Megan at (480) 761-1363, or Pam at (480) 737-1251. Your support can make a real impact on the lives of those in need.


FEBRUARY EVENTS AT THE AJ PUBLIC LIBRARY Monday, February 5 -Friday, February 9 - 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 ajpl.org/mobile-library for a detailed list of our Mobile Library stops and a map. Monday, February 5, 12, 26, 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. Tuesdays, February 6 – February 27, 2:30 p.m. - Winter Lecture Series | Join us for our annual Winter Lectures. February’s speakers will tell you all about how the railroads changed Arizona, scams that were prominent in the early days of our state, new books by a local author, and water conservation efforts in Sonoran Desert communities! Tuesday, February 6, 1 p.m. Computer Class: How to Store and Access Photos Online | Learn about applications that allow you to store, edit, and view your photos online.

Tuesday, February 13, 6 p.m. - Love Song Bingo | Have a love song library in your brain? Celebrate Valentine’s Day by joining us for an evening of bingo and prizes! Teens & adults welcome. Wednesday, February 14, 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! February’s topic is Seed Starting! Thursday, February 15, 2:30 p.m. - Cricut For Beginners | Learn the basics of the Cricut machine, the software, and what you can make with it - at home or at the library! No registration required. Wednesday, February 21- Friday, February 23, 9 a.m. - close - Lost Dutchman Days Friends of The Library Book Sale | Join us for our annual FOL big book sale in the North Wing Program Room! Monday, February 26, 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 1:303:30 p.m., October-April. Thursday, February 29, 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.

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Thursday, February 8, 4 – 7 p.m. - Board Game Night | Try your hand at new games and enjoy old favorites at our Library Game Night! All ages welcome. Friday, February 9, 4 p.m. - Biblio Bites – Dessert with Your Sweetie | Have you been a spectator at our Biblio Bites demonstrations? Now it’s your turn to cook! Join us for this extra special Valentine’s Day edition of Biblio Bites where you get to create your own culinary masterpiece! Bring your sweetie, galentine, or come on your own to learn how to make delicious and festive Cake Pops! All supplies provided. Only 20 spots are available (please register all participants separately), so visit our website or call the library at 480-474-8555 to save your spot. Adults and Teens welcome. Monday, February 12, 6 p.m. Homemade Dryer Sheets | Make your own natural dryer sheets. All supplies provided.Only 14 spots are available, so visit our website or call the library at 480-474-8555 to save your spot.

Book Clubs! • Tuesday, February 6, 1:30 p.m. Non-Fiction Group – Lightning Often Strikes Twice: The 50 Biggest Misconceptions in Science by Brian Clegg •

Tuesday, February 20, 1:30 p.m. Dying for a Mystery Group – For Letter or Worse by Vivian Conroy

Tuesday, February 27, 1:30 p.m. Classic Book Club – Loving by Henry Green

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she saw as part of it, and the way she and others around her dealt with it (or didn’t). I’ve read a few books on forensics and criminal investigations, and sometimes they can blur together, but I found Butcher’s memoir frank and interesting throughout. It’s also interesting to read about 9/11 and how different her work was after the attacks. The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, recommended by Ella

Staff Picks Of The Month


The Secret Book of Flora Lea by Patti Callahan Henry, recommended by Debbie 1939 London – Hazel, 14, and her sister Flora, 5, are evacuated due to the bombings. They are chosen by Birdie and her son Harry. Living in a cottage along the River Thames, Hazel distracts Flora by creating a mystical world they call Whisperwood. One day Flora disappears. Since she was playing near the banks of the river, it is assumed that she has drowned. Twenty years later, Hazel comes upon a book written about Whisperwood. How could anyone know about their secret place? The author goes by the name Peggy Andrews and lives in America. Hazel contacts her and sets up a meeting in London. Meanwhile, Dorothy Bellamy, a journalist, has been trying to get to the bottom of Flora’s disappearance. Dorothy and Hazel agree to meet Peggy together in London. How does Peggy know about Whisperwood? Is Peggy really Flora? Will Dorothy help solve the mystery? What the Dead Know: Learning About Life as a New York City Death Investigator by Barbara Butcher, recommended by Megan S. Barbara Butcher spent 23 years moving up the ranks of the New York City medical examiner’s office, including 9/11. In this memoir, Butcher candidly recounts her experiences: what led her to the job, the haunting and desperate scenes

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Avery Grambs finds herself in the middle of a dangerous game when an eccentric billionaire leaves her his entire fortune, snubbing his grandsons. The stakes are high for everyone involved. This was a fun and easy read! Tom Lake by Ann Patchett, recommended by Karen Have you ever wondered about the lives your parents lived before they became your parents? Do you think you know everything about them and their lives prior to your arrival? In the novel Tom Lake, the main character’s daughters wonder about these things… and ask their mother while staying at home at the family cherry orchard in Michigan during the pandemic. The stories are told in both present and past timelines, going back and forth to weave an interesting tale of love, life, choices made, and family. While the author’s geography of Michigan is a bit off, the writing is well done and the story flows nicely, mirroring the play “Our Town.” December Staff Pick: The Bookbinder by Pip Williams In World War I-era Oxford, twin sisters Peggy and Maude work in the book bindery for the university press. They live a simple life on a canal boat, always together, but Peggy wants more. This book explores the nature of knowledge, class, and gender; the war is a backdrop as we follow Peggy’s growth over the course of several years. She studies, works, volunteers with the war wounded, works with Belgian refugees, makes new friends, and falls in love. Members of our staff book club enjoyed this novel, saying it’s full of unique perspectives. We felt we learned a lot from the novel’s setting (both historical and physical) and the bookbinding work that the sisters do.

LOST DUTCHMAN DAYS BOOK SALE AT APACHE JUNCTION PUBLIC LIBRARY In celebration of Lost Dutchman Days and the joy of reading, the Friends of the Apache Junction Public Library are hosting a special book sale. Taking place from February 21-23 as stock permits, this 2-for-$1 sale will include non-fiction, mystery, thriller, romance, sci-fi, and Western books, with large print copies also available. Proceeds from the sale directly benefit services and programs offered by the Apache Junction Public Library. Members of the public are welcome to shop the sale anytime the library is open. Wednesday-Thursday 9 AM – 8 PM, Friday 9 AM – 5 PM. For more information, please visit library’s website at ajpl.org, or call (480) 4748555. The City of Apache Junction invites and welcomes people of all disabilities to use our programs, sites and facilities. Any question about library services for people with disabilities can be answered by the library ADA coordinator 480-4748555, TTY 711, or ada@ajpl.org. Additional information may be found at ajcity. net/ada.

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lost dutchman days 2024 FEBRUARY 23-25, 2024

3 DAYS OF RODEO, FOOD, VENDORS, & CARNIVAL PLUS Brat Party, Thursday, Feb. 22 Rodeo Dance, Friday, Feb. 23 Parade, Saturday, Feb. 24 Main events take place at 1590 E Lost Dutchman Blvd, Apache Junction, AZ 85119. Please check the website for specific times and locations.


The Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary is hosting its 34th charity golf tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at the Queen Valley Golf Course. The format will be a four person scramble open to all teams: men, women and mixed. Teams will be flighted by handicap. Entry fees are $40 each for members and $70 each for non-members (this includes cart fees). The entry fee includes morning coffee & rolls, green fees, specialty holes, lunch, team prizes and door prizes. There will also be a silent auction at the luncheon. Businesses or individuals can donate to the event by Sponsoring a Tee Box, a Green or Gallery Sign. These signs can be personalized with your name, pet’s picture, name of your business, in memory of a loved one, for your children, grandchildren or a club. Price for a sign range from a $25 minimum contribution to $300. Entry forms and Sponsor forms can be picked up at the Queen Valley Pro Shop or by calling Sally Salo at 520-463-2249. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Queen Valley Fire Department and are tax deductible. These Fire Fighters and EMTs not only serve the community but they also respond to accidents and emergencies on nearby highways and in the mountains and desert areas.

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Professional Entertainment Performed By: The Utah Ballroom Dance Company BYOB, Dancing, Show, Raffles, Silent Auction, Live Auction and a Free Photo Booth. Tickets are only $40 Per Person. The first 50 people in attendance, for an additional $5 cash donation will attend the “Speakeasy” at the “Bootleggers Lounge,” if you Dare! It's BYOB, and everyone please bring an Appetizer to share for your table Doors open at 4:00 PM, and the first 50 attendees with a $5 cash donation will attend the “Speakeasy” and will be provided with the “Secret password and knock.” All other attendees will be enjoying the free Photo Booth, with fun props, mixing and mingling with fellow Gangsters, Fellas, and Flappers. Participating in the Silent Auction, Purchasing Raffle Tickets to win valuable Prizes, raffle winners will be announced at the end of the evening. Also, back by popular demand is our “Bonanza Gift Board” for only $20 you will win a gift card valued at $25 or more, everyone is a winner! 5:00 PM: The Illegal bootleggers will join the party 5:15 PM: Greetings From Our Lion President, Lane Backus, and Event Chairman, Pam Burks 5:30 PM: The fun and dancing will begin, with guided audience participation. During the evening, The Master of Ceremonies will delight and entertain you and encourage you to participate, and lead us in a game. Remember this is a Fundraiser, so bring cash, check and credit cards. 6:15 PM Intermission, Silent Auction and raffle ticket sales continues. Photo Booth is open

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6:45 PM The highlight of the evening, the Utah Dance Company presents their Show with their experienced, professional, talented Dancers, and the costumes are Wow! 7:15 PM Live Auction, Silent Auction and raffle prizes awarded. This will conclude the evening! No need to wear a costume, add a mask to your attire, remember it’s all about the fun! To purchase tickets, call or text Lion, Loretta Milton at 703785-6949. We need Sponsors! To become a Sponsor, call or text Lion, Pam Burks at 480-267-2286. There are 3 levels, of Sponsorships: $150, Bugsy Siegel, $250, Machine Gun Kelly, and $500, Al Capone




By Tom McDonald & Todd Carter You may have noticed that my article now has a new name, more accurately reflecting my interest in Landscapes, with a capital L. For this month I have partnered with my friend Todd Carter, a local rancher who sent me the following about a serious issue regarding one of those Landscapes. Hello, my name is Todd Carter, the purpose of this article is to start a conversation about the camping situation on Arizona State Land. Obviously the traffic has exploded in the past few years. Most Sonoran Desert residents understand that any tracks put on the desert floor by a vehicle remain for years, and if those tracks are made in a rainy season the damage can last for decades. There are no “designated camping areas” so folks are setting up camp anywhere they like on state land. Sometimes making a new wildcat road, maybe ¼ of a mile long, which leads to longer roads in the future. I have worked on this ranch since 2005 and this phenomenon I didn’t see coming. There are social media sites that are dedicated to camping on state land. Part of the problem is that this is very hard to enforce, as there are few A.S.L.D. agents in the state. The permit itself is a problem. It simply states, “the permit is good for one year from date of purchase”, not specifying which 14 days. This makes enforcement almost impossible. It also does not verify the RV license number. Nor does it differentiate between Arizona residents and the approximately seventyfive percent who are out of state visitors. By making simple changes, the permits would be easier to manage. 14 days makes less of an impact on the desert than 4 to 6 months. A resident family permit for camping costs $20, perhaps that amount should be increased, and funds used to enforce the

rules. Closing prime State Land to this type of camping would help also. Everything I am proposing should enhance the income to the state, while mitigating the damage to the land. My hope is this starts some gears grinding, I would encourage one of our local community organizations to invite the A.S.L.D. out to talk to us. As a rancher on state trust land, I can see that the writers of the state constitution did not anticipate these problems, that is why I think we need to step up, recognize the issue and get out in front it. Thanks, Todd. Tom can be reached at tom@smilingdoglandscapes.com

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Do you know how the railroad has affected the growth of Arizona? How many scams and hoaxes were around even when our state was a small territory? Which authors are coming out with great new books in our own community? And what conservation efforts the Arizona Water Company has in place for our community. Lectures will continue Tuesdays through Feb. 27 at 2:30 p.m. On Feb. 6, John Mack presents “Selling the Grand Canyon.” A look at how railroads helped produce interest in Arizona history and living. Join Christine Reid on Feb. 13 as she presents “Arizona Snake Oil Salesman, Scams, And Hoaxes.” See if you would have fallen for the countless “get rich quick” and “cure-alls” that were so abundant in the early days of our territory. On Feb. 20 welcome Gary Nine, an Apache Junction based author here to talk about his new book “Opie & Cleigh.” Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Rounding off our series on Feb. 27 – Ethan Brown, from Arizona Water Company will discuss “Water Conservation and availability in Apache Junction.” How water is handled in Sonoran Desert communities is very important, and this specialist is here to share just how that works for us. The Winter Lecture Series is part of the Arizona Humanities AZ Speaks program, and free to the public. Sponsored by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. For more information call 480-474-8555 or visit, https://www.ajpl.org/.

Presented By: GOLD CANYON ARTS COUNCIL FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2024 AT 7 PM Ticket prices for the general public are $30 and may be purchase online at - www.goldcanyonarts.org or at the following locations: Robin Rotella Realtors, 6641 S. Kings Ranch Rd, 85118 (Credit Card, Cash, or Check) Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce, 567 Apache Trail, 85120 (Cash Only) Venue: Gold Canyon United Methodist Church 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon 85118 Prices: Advanced: $30 — Students K-12: $5

This marvelous ensemble merges Latin, eastern European folk, jazz, and western classical with a feel that packs a wallop! Their razor-sharp precision is enhanced by jazzy interludes, mesmerizing rhythms, and lightly rumbling percussion. They meld the music of ancient worlds and faraway places with a contemporary groove that enchants audiences of all ages. Quarteto Nuevo’s master musicians are Damon Zick (soprano saxophone/alto flute), Kenton Youngstrom (guitar), Jacob Szekely (cello) and Felipe Fraga (percussion), all playing a wide-ranging repertoire by composers like Chick Corea and many others. The Gold Canyon Arts Council’s non-profit mission is Arts Education for students, providing in school concerts, musical instruments and lessons, visual arts instruction, and school supplies. — Chuck Cuffaro, GCAC Publicity

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A few years ago I had an inspirational patient who came in to see me regularly for wellness care. She was in her eighties but she still had a youthful vigor and she would proudly demonstrate how she could bend to the ground with straight legs and lay her hands flat on the floor between her feet. When I asked Cecile the secret of her energy and flexibility, she told me she had years before seen an interview on the news of two ninety-year-olds who were getting married. The man told the reporter that his prescription for staying healthy into his advanced age came down to two words: “Keep moving!” Cecile had taken it to heart and made a point of following that advice every day. If you’ve been relatively sedentary lately, here are some suggestions for getting more flexible and fit that are very doable. Yoga is a great start. You can find lots of online videos for beginners that will get you going. Don’t worry about looking like the person in the video—you can adapt any yoga pose to something that is comfortable for you and gradually try to improve your poses as you practice. For extra motivation, join a beginner’s yoga class for the comradery and support it provides. Some benefits of a regular yoga routine: • • • •

Improved flexibility Improved balance Practicing purposeful breathing Calming the mind

Stretching is another excellent practice. While you’ll do plenty of stretching in a yoga class, I have found another program that has been a big help to me. It’s called “The Egoscue Method” and it was developed by the physiotherapist 16 | Superstition Living

Pete Egoscue years ago. His progressive series of gentle to moderate stretches are designed to both promote flexibility and bring the skeletal frame into proper alignment to reduce chronic pain. I’ve benefitted quite a bit from this program in the relatively short time I’ve been using it, seeing a big improvement in flexibility and reduced pain, particularly in my hip and knee joints. You can find these books and videos practically anywhere.

Walking, in the words of Dr. Thomas Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is “the closest thing we have to a wonder drug.” You’ve probably heard of the benefits of walking before, but here is a list from the Harvard Health Publishing website that may surprise you: • • • • •

Counteracts the effects of weightpromoting genes. Helps tame a sweet tooth. Reduces the risk of developing breast cancer. Eases joint pain. Boosts immune function.

Studies show that most of these benefits can be achieved by simply walking at a brisk pace for 20-30 minutes a day 4 or 5 days a week. As we roll into 2024, I encourage you to make your health a top priority in your life and the best way to do that is to Keep Moving!



The Butterfly Garden on Alameda East of the Dinosaur Park parking lot is getting rejuvenated for Spring. The upper story trees have been thinned so more light can be available for the underplants that are favorite foods of the butterflies. We have noticed the favorite pollinator plants have enemies, javelinas, deer and rabbits. We are running trial plantings of Blue Mistflower, Conoclinium coelestinum or hardy ageratum and Gregs mist a near cousin. We hope they keep the critters away by salting other plantings in amongst the mists. The mistflowers come in various colors and a Mexican variety has brighter colors. The Queen butterflies are especially fond of the mist plants. The Butterfly Garden has a few annoying holes made by local ground excavators but it is a natural site. Early in the morning you can catch sight of the underground residents. Various birds and wild visit the garden through the evening and early morning especially. Please take a walk in the Garden during daylight hours. The Gold Canyon Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of the month October through April at 10:00 AM at the GC Methodist Church Mission Center. Find us on Facebook at Gold Canyon Garden Club or on line at gcgc@spcdock.com. Thank you Kathleen Henderson for the information on the Blue Mistflower.

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Comet Hale-Bopp over the Superstition Mountains By: Bill Dellinges, Roadrunner Observatory ( 480) 983 6651 This photograph was taken on the morning of March 15, 1997, as the comet rose over the Superstition Mountains about 4:30 A.M. A Nikon F3, 35mm camera with a 50mm lens set at F 1.4 and tripod mounted was used. Exposure was 1 minute with Fuji Color Super G 800 Plus film (AS.A. 800). This shot was taken looking east from my backyard in Apache Junction, AZ. The stars show short "'trails" because of Earth's rotation during the exposure. Note the two tails of the comet. The brighter white tail results from reflected sunlight off dust grains released from the comet's nucleus and is thus called the dust tail. The fainter blue tail, or gas tail, emits its own light due to its gases being excited to fluorescence by the solar wind, a steady flow of charged particles from the Sun On this date, the comet was about 130 million miles from Earth traveling toward the inner solar system at about 27 miles per second. Its closest distance to Earth came on March 22nd-122 million miles. Comets are small chunks of frozen water, gas, and dust. Ranging in size from cars to about 50 miles across, they are leftover debris from the formation of the solar system Most went into making the planets, but perhaps a trillion were ejected by the outer massive planets into orbits Farbeyond Pluto, the most distant planet. They reside there for billions of years until some force kicks them toward the inner solar system As they near the Sun, the cornet's surface begins to melt and the Sun's radiation pushes the melted material back, forming the tail (actually two as noted above). These tails may extend for millions of miles, though very tenuous in nature. Comet expert Don Machholz estimates that in April of 1997, Hale-Bopp's tail was 150 million miles long (the Sun-Earth distance is 93 million miles). CONTINUED ON PAGE 19

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By: Carol Parrott Desert Designers Garden Club invites you to their Flower Show, “A Century of Design” at Boyce Thompson Arboretum February 3-4, 2024. Desert Designers is a member of Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs and National Garden Club. The Flower Show is free with the Arboretum’s standard admission. A Century of Design Flower Show honors the memory of the Arboretum’s founder, William Boyce Thompson and celebrates the Arboretum’s Centennial, 1924-2024. Some of the finest floral designers in Pinal County and all of Arizona have come together to present a medley of floral designs for your enjoyment. Stunning horticultural exhibits demonstrate what beauty we, as gardeners, can grow in our beloved Sonoran Desert. Desert Designers is hoping that you will join them to share the splendor of Mother Nature combined with human imagination. Be sure to look for the name of the designer as it just might be your neighbor! It will be a beautiful show, See you at the Arboretum!

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The Flower Show is open to the public and is free with Arboretum’s standard admission. Saturday February 3rd, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. & Sunday February 4th, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, is located at 37615 E Arboretum Way, Superior, AZ 85173.



When you begin falling in love with your life, you find time for new things that inspire and motivate you. You become more in-tune with your wants and needs and your life will become more satisfying and complete as you focus on these things.

Though Hale-Bopp's original diameter was about 25 miles, the melted gas and dust expanded to form a halo or "coma" around its nucleus about 1 million miles across. In April, the cornet was emitting an estimated 400 tons of dust and 75 tons of water per second. It's interesting to note that astronomers believe most meteors (shooting stars) we see at night are dust grains liberated from these comets and burning up as they plunge into our atmosphere.

Falling in love with your life also means learning what you love, what you desire, and what you need. It means focusing on your goals and how you can and will pursue them. Allowing you to discover what you really want out of relationships, out of yourself, out of your existence on this earth, and to build a well-designed plan for your future.

Comet Hale- Bopp was the brightest comet seen since Comet West in 1976, and will return in 2400 years.



LOVE YOUR LIFE If we follow the traditions of Valentine’s Day, we may begin looking for that beautiful bouquet of red roses, that custom box of See’s Candy or perhaps planning a special dinner or outing to acknowledge our love for a special person. But what if this year we also consider the additional benefits of being in love with one’s own life?

Another important element in falling in love with your life is caring about your health. Eating and sleeping well are important to maintain well-being and ward off illness. Exercising regularly has a positive impact on your overall health as how you feel physically can influence how you feel mentally and emotionally. Taking time for you is a necessity for our physical, mental, and emotional health. Including a physical movement practice in your life has numerous benefits and will cultivate a deeper sense of selfawareness, self-confidence, and happiness. When you’re focused on loving your life, you invest more time with the important people in your life—your family members and friends. Taking time to learn the incredible value of these people will allow you to be more fulfilled by all the memories, experiences, and relationships you create in your day-to-day life. Falling in love with your life is a continuous practice that should be integrated into your daily routine. It is important to prioritize setting aside time for simple activities that bring you joy, such as reading a book, taking a relaxing bath, or going for a walk out in nature. Suddenly, little things like the sunset or a dog curling up next to you on the couch carry meaning. These little things that you so often overlook are now a central focus, and an integral part of your wonderful and meaningful life. Your happiness is all the tiny, wonderful things that give you meaning and purpose. When you fall in love with your life, you start to value yourself and what you’ve overcome. You start to see your purpose, and how events in your life have shaped or changed you. You find yourself in awe of how you’ve grown, and excited for who you will become.You can just enjoy your life….even with its imperfections and flaws. Loving your life can bring you a greater sense of purpose. By aligning your actions and choices with your values and aspirations, you feel a deeper connection to your life’s purpose. You make decisions that are in line with your authentic self, which leads to a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. Each day becomes an opportunity to live with intention and meaning.

Notes regarding the background stars: On this photograph, the comet's nucleus is located in Andromeda at right ascension 23 hours, 15 minutes and declination +43 degrees. Though a rather starpoor-region, certain stars and patterns can be identified. The ''w'' shaped pattern directly above the comet is the constellation Lacerta lying on its side. The little dipperlike grouping of stars left of the comet are 3-11 Andromedae. The two bright stars on the left border are alpha (bottom) and beta Cassiopeiae. The two bright stars on the right border are eta (bottom) and pi Pegasi. To the lower left of the comet, lambda Andromedae can be glimpsed just rising above the mountain. Foreground illumination of the mountains and saguaro cactus was provided by light pollution from cities to the west.

Falling back in love with your life requires a little determination and reflection, but mostly it’s about letting go and just tuning in—to your most authentic self and to the world and people around you. It will set you on the road to rediscovering your true purpose and potential. Be in Love with your Life. Every Beautiful and Amazing Minute of it. February 2024 | 19




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Local businesses and restaurants are coming together to support the operation of the Center. There will be live music, food tastings, fabulous gift basket raffles, and silent auction items. Bring your Valentine and spread the love for our special Gold Canyon community.

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No need to travel to/from Apache Junction to take advantage of one of the best libraries in Pinal County. We’re bringing the library to you, once a month. Books, media, laptop, wifi -- check it out. Next stop Feb. 6.

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Residents and local businesses are invited to book the Center for private use at a nominal fee. Training and teambuilding sessions, birthday parties, baby showers and more can be easily scheduled by visiting our webpage – www.gccinaz.org/thecenter or by email thecentergc@gmail.com.

The Gold Canyon Community Center 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 – volunteer needed Web: www.gccincaz.org/thecenter Email: thecentergc@gmail.com

• Developing a personal financial strategy – Many factors go into creating a longterm financial strategy. What is your risk tolerance? When would you like to retire? What sort of retirement lifestyle have you envisioned? What are your other important goals? A financial advisor will ask these and other questions in getting to know you, your family situation and your hopes for the future. By taking this type of holistic approach, a financial advisor can help you create financial and investment strategies appropriate for your needs. • Avoiding mistakes – A financial advisor can help you avoid costly investment mistakes. One such mistake is attempting to “time” the market. Investors pursue market timing when they try to “buy low” and “sell high.” In theory, of course, this is a great idea — if you could consistently buy investments — stocks, in particular — when their price is down and then sell them when the price has risen significantly, you’d always make some tidy profits. The main drawback to this technique, though, is that it’s virtually impossible to follow, especially for individual investors. Nobody, not even professional money managers, can really predict with any accuracy when stock prices have reached high or low points. Consequently, those who try to make these guesses could miss out on opportunities. For example, investors who are determined to buy low might not want to purchase investments when the market is up — but this practice could lead to taking a “time out” from investing just when the market is in the midst of a rally. But a financial advisor can steer clients toward a more disciplined approach, such as buying quality investments and holding them for the long term, regardless of the ups and downs of the market. • Checking progress toward your goals – If you were to invest without any guidance, you might not be looking at your investments’ performance with the proper perspective. For example, some investors simply compare their portfolio returns against a widely used market index, such as the S&P 500. But this comparison may not be that useful. The S&P 500 only measures the stock prices of the leading publicly traded U.S. companies by market capitalization — but your investment portfolio, if properly diversified, will include investments other than U.S. stocks, such as bonds, government securities, international stocks and more. Consequently, the performance of your portfolio won’t track that of the S&P 500 or any other single index, either. Your financial advisor can help you employ more meaningful benchmarks, such as whether your portfolio’s progress is on track toward helping you meet your financial goals. Also, a financial advisor will review your portfolio and investment strategy regularly to determine what changes, if any, need to be made, either in response to the markets or to events in your life. Investing for your future can be exciting and rewarding — and you can feel more confident in your decisions when you have someone helping you along the way. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. — Edward Jones, Member SIPC.

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A new twist on making lasagna and easy to change up the ingredients before rolling up! Make a variety of different fillings if desired (like spinach, mushrooms, shredded zucchini, grated carrots, etc). PREP TIME: 25 MINS. COOK TIME: 40 MINS. BAKING DISH: 9” X 13”

INGREDIENTS: • 12 Lasagna noodles (cooked to instructions on box) • 1 lb. ground beef • 2 Tbsp olive oil • 2 - 24 oz jars of Marinara spaghetti sauce or your favorite or homemade sauce, plus part of a second jar to put some sauce on the bottom of the baking dish and extra to pour on top of lasagna rolls when serving, if desired. (I used Rao’s brand Arrabbiata spicy marinara sauce) • ½ c yellow onion, diced • 3 cloves garlic, minced • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper • ½ tsp salt • 1 tsp black pepper • ½ tsp Italian seasoning • 15 or 16oz container of ricotta cheese • 1 large egg • ½ c Parmesan cheese (finely shredded) • 3 c shredded mozzarella cheese (2 - 1 ½ cups divided) ¼ c fresh parsley (chopped) INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large skillet, over medium high heat, add 1 Tbsp of olive oil. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink, breaking apart with a spoon. Add the chopped onion and cook about 3 minutes. Add ¼ tsp crushed red pepper, 1 tsp black pepper, ½ tsp Italian seasoning, ½ tsp salt and garlic. Mix well and saute for 1 minute. Pour in 24oz of your favorite or homemade marinara sauce, bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Set aside.

In a large pot bring water to a boil and add 1 tsp of salt and 1 Tbsp olive oil. Cook lasagna noodles to al dente according to directions on package. Drain noodles and put them back in the pot and cover with cold water. While pasta is cooking prepare the cheese mixture. Add ricotta cheese, 1 large egg, ½ c Parmesan cheese, 1 ½ c of mozzarella cheese and the chopped parsley to a large bowl. Mix until fully incorporated. Drain the lasagna noodles and lay out on wax paper covered cookie sheets. Pat the top of the noodles with a paper towel to take off most of the moisture. Divide the ricotta cheese mixture down the middle of the noodles and spread evenly. Put some of the meat sauce on top the cheese mixture and spread out. Add some of meat sauce in the bottom of the 9” x 13” baking dish along with some extra sauce.

Cinnamon Roll

If you like cinnamon and cheesecake, this is a delicious creamy cheesecake with cinnamon crumbles in the four layers and topped with swirls of cream cheese frosting! INGREDIENTS:

CRUST: • 1 ½ cups graham cracker OR vanilla wafer crumbs • ¼ sugar • 1 tsp ground cinnamon • 5 Tbsp butter, melted CHESSECAKE FILLING: • 24 oz (3 8oz packages) of cream cheese, room temperature • 1 cup sugar • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour • 1 cup sour cream • 2 tsp vanilla extract • 2 tsp ground cinnamon • 4 large eggs, room temperature CINNAMON FILLING: • 1 ¼ cups packed light brown sugar • 5 Tbsp ground cinnamon • ¾ cup all-purpose flour • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted CREAM CHEESE FROSTING: • 2 Tbsp cream cheese, room temperature • 6 Tbsp butter, room temperature • ½ tsp vanilla extract • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar • About 4 Tbsp heavy cream

Roll noodles up jellyroll style and place seam side down in baking dish. Cover rollups with remaining sauce and sprinkle remaining 1 ½ c of Mozzarella cheese over roll-ups. Cover with foil and bake for 38 minutes in preheated oven. Then remove foil and bake for an additional 2 minutes. Serve with extra pasta sauce if desired and garnish with chopped fresh parsley. Add a green salad and some garlic bread and enjoy! Couresty of Modernmealmakeover.com

INSTRUCTIONS: CRUST: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9” springform pan with parchment paper in the bottom and grease the sides. Combine the crust ingredients in a small bowl. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes, set aside to cool. Cover the outsides of the pan with aluminum foil so the water from the water bath cannot get in. Set pan aside.

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the amount of air added to the batter, which can cause cracks. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the sour cream, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Beat on low speed until well combined. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly to combine after each addition until well combined. Set aside. To make the Cinnamon filling, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and flour in a medium sized bowl. Stir in melted butter until well combined. Sprinkle about ¼ of the cinnamon filling over the bottom of the crust, then drizzle and spread about 1/3 of the cheesecake filling over the cinnamon mixture. Repeat layering the cinnamon filling and cheesecake filling two more times for a total of three layers of cinnamon and three layers of cheesecake filling. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon filling over top of cheesecake.

CHEESECAKE AND CINNAMON FILLING: Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees. For cheesecake filling, add the cream cheese, sugar and flour to a large mixing bowl and beat on low speed until completely combined and smooth. Be sure to use low speed to reduce

Place the springform pan inside another larger pan. Fill the outside pan with enough warm water to go about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. The water should not go above the top edge of the aluminum foil on the springform pan. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. The center should be set, but still jiggly. Turn off the oven and leave the

door closed 30 minutes. The cheesecake will continue to cook, but slowly begin to cool as well. Crack the door of the oven open for 30 minutes to allow the cheesecake to continue to cool slowly. This process helps prevent cracking. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and water bath wrapping and set the cheesecake aside to cool to about room temperature, then refrigerate until firm, 4-5 hours or overnight. FROSTING: To make the frosting, add the cream cheese and butter to a mixer bowl and mix until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla extract and powdered sugar and mix until well combined. Add the heavy cream 1 Tbsp at a time, as needed, and mix until well incorporated. Remove your cheesecake from the springform pan and set it on a plate or serving platter, then pipe the frosting in a spiral design over the top of the cheesecake. Store cheesecake in the fridge until ready to serve. Cheesecake is best if eaten within 4 to 5 days. ENJOY!! Compliments of “Life, Love and Sugar”


three books of simple, natural remedies gleaned from 50 years of personal experience and wisdom; Book of Ancient Natural Remedies, Natural Remedies For Bites and Stings, and Cooking with Bigfoot. February 15 - Jon Daly | The Story of Elvis’ Charro

The Superstition Mountain Museum’s free lecture series “Legends and Lore of the Superstitions and More,” has begun. The series brings together local scholars, personalities, historians, artists and authors to introduce attendees to the rich culture of our region.

To enjoy the presentations fully, attendees are requested to: • Bring your own lawn chair; • Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen; • Please, no smoking; • Please don’t leave your dog in vehicle; • Coffee and cookies will be available for purchase with all of the proceeds going to the museum for continuing educational programs; • Come early and have lunch on the grounds. Food will be available for purchase. All Superstition Mountain Museum Programs and presentations are subject to change.

Lectures are held Thursday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. in the Museum’s outdoor amphitheater. The featured presenters and dates this year are: February 1 - Kurt Cavano | Arizona’s Four Peaks Amethyst Mine Many people do not realize that there is a working amethyst mine located in the Four Peaks region that can be seen from the museum. Mine owner Kurt Cavano will be sharing the history of this mine and his adventures while working it. Kurt is the owner of the Arizona Four Peaks Amethyst Mine. He has been a jewelry-making, stone-cutting rockhound for almost 50 years and has owned the mine for the last 15 years. For his presentation, Kurt will be bringing along rock samples and beautiful jewelry made with amethyst from his mine. For one day only, the jewelry will be sold at reduced prices (10% off). February 8 - Peter “Bigfoot” Busnack | Southwest Desert Survival and Healing Peter has an almost-forgotten lifestyle, living life his way in the vastness of the Superstitions Mountains. He will recount his tale of an 85mile solo trek in the desert and how he used his preparations and skills to survive. “Bigfoot”—because of his size 15 shoe—is a respected natural healer, Sonoran desert herbalist and teacher. He is the founder of Reevis Mountain School of SelfReliance, a magical wilderness homestead, farm, and sanctuary located in the Superstition Wilderness. Bigfoot is the author of 24 | Superstition Living

Jon Daly will share fascinating details about the American Western film Charro! which starred Elvis Presley. Filmed at Apacheland in 1968, Charro! premiered in 1969 and was the first and only film Elvis appeared on screen with a beard. Playing the part of outlaw cowboy Jess Wade, Elvis also did not have a musical interlude—unusual for his film franchise. Jon is the proud owner of the cowboy hat worn by the title character throughout the film. Whether you are an Elvis novice or an Elvis enthusiast, this in-depth presentation will impress and entertain you. Jon will share his vast Elvis knowledge, along with a special focus on the time Elvis spent here at the Gold Canyon movie ranch filming his twenty-ninth film. Jon has turned his childhood interest of collecting Elvis memorabilia into a remarkable career. He is now a major collector in the U.S. with offices in Memphis, Tupelo and online. Known for his thorough research and keen eye for detail, Jon is relied upon for identification and authentication of everything Elvis. His book Elvis: Guaranteed to Blow Your Mind, details Elvis’ November 1976 West Coast Tour with a trove of photos Jon unearthed. His Memphis store, EP Boulevard Pawn Shop, can be viewed online at www.EPBlvdPawnShop.com. February 22 - Jeff Grunow | Superstitions @ the Superstitions Delve into the mysteries of the universe and explore UFOs, UAPs, Bigfoot, Ant People and various unexplained phenomena with Jeff Grunow. This unique expedition promises to be an unforgettable adventure for all those curious about the unknown and seeking to unravel the unexplained. Jeff Grunow, a local aficionado of all things “unexplained” will share his enthusiasm and help make you a believer. February 29 - Conrad Storad | Animated Reading Rattlesnake Rules Arizona’s national-award-winning children’s author Conrad Storad will deliver a delightful animated reading of his book Rattlesnake Rules. “Animals learn rules by living; They have no books or schools; Please listen to this story; For even rattlesnakes have rules!” Conrad weaves a fascinating science and nature story about getting along from a rattlesnake’s perspective. Learn about this Arizona native and other local creatures of the desert on which Conrad based his book’s characters. Conrad says that nonfiction stories should be fun. That’s exactly what he tries to do with each and every book that he writes for young readers. Conrad is the author or editor of more than 50 science and nature books for children and young adults and his books have earned him numerous state and national awards. Stay tuned for the rest in next months issue! To See the full list - Visit superstitionmountainmuseum.org


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Male Gambles' Quail at Queen Valley by Ron Tolen Salt River Wild Horse by Jamie Olberding

Winter Morning by Karin Hetsler

Superstition Mt by Steve Norenberg

Mule deer buck at my back yard in the Superstition Foothill by LEE FRUDDEN

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Superstition Winter by Christine Sabo

Dutchman trail near Peralta by Lisa Helt

Arizona wild horse by Lester Walker


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