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Entries sought for annual ‘It’s Art for Land’s Sake’ exhibition and sale that benefits local land preservation TARA ALATORRE STAFF

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Pictured: The first place winner in the 2017 It’s Art for Land’s Sake competition. The painting is called “Jewel of the Creek,” by artist Genise McGregor.

NORTH VALLEY – The Desert Foothills Land Trust is seeking artists for the fourth annual “It’s Art for Land’s Sake” exhibit and sale, which opens on March 16. The annual exhibit and sale will be hosted by the Sonoran Arts League in their new Center for the Arts at Cave Creek’s Stagecoach Village. Artist entries must be received in digital format by Feb. 19, no later than 4 p.m. and will be reviewed on the aesthetic and technical skill of the artist. A portion of the sales will benefit the Desert Foothills Land Trust and Sonoran Arts League. The land trust holds the “It’s

Cave Creek residence destroyed by fire

Art for Land’s Sake” exhibition and sale each year, celebrating local land conservation, and the community’s rich artistic culture. The organization is soliciting works from artists to connect people to the special places Desert Foothills Land Trust has forever protected, while cultivating an appreciation for the talent of local artists. This exhibit provides artists a platform to share their inspiration towards the Sonoran Desert, while increasing awareness of the DFLT’s work of conserving open space in the communities of Anthem, Carefree, Cave Creek, Desert Hills, New River, North Phoenix and North Scottsdale. All artists are welcome to enter

and there is a $25 entry fee for each piece entered. To qualify, each entry must be 2-D and represent the landscape, plants and/or animals distinctive to a Desert Foothills Land Trust preserve. The judge for the 2018 exhibit will be renowned and awardwinning artist, Tim Rees, an instructor at the Scottsdale Artists’ School and at The Academy at Rees Atelier, which he owns. Rees will select the pieces to be exhibited. The Desert Foothills Land Trust has played an integral role in protecting the natural beauty of hundreds of acres of ART FOR LAND’S SAKE continued on page 13

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CAVE CREEK – Rural Metro Fire Department spent 20 hours extinguishing a house fire near 56th Street and Saguaro Road that ultimately consumed the home, and completely destroyed it on the evening of Jan. 2. Emergency response crews arrived on the scene around 11 p.m. to a multi-level home that was engulfed in flames. Crews were called by an adult resident who woke up to the smell of smoke and discovered a fire in the second-story bedroom.

ANTHEM – From now until Jan. 21 the Outlets at Anthem will exchange any unwanted gift cards you received over the holidays for an outlet gift card valued at the same price, and include a five-dollar bonus for every gift card exchanged. The Outlets at Anthem are calling the promotion The Great Gift Card Exchange, and put no limits on the amount of gift cards they will trade in, or how many five-dollar bonus

cards they will give away for each card exchanged. “The Great Gift Card Exchange is a service to consumers who may never use the unwanted gift cards they have laying around,” said Amy Wolff, a company representative in a press release. The gift card value must be $10 or greater, unused, can’t have an expiration date, or have fees associated for use or nonuse to be exchanged. People can exchange their gift cards at the customer service desk.


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Pictured: RMFD put out fire.

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K-8 journey to learn Mandarin Chinese gives students global education

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Pictured: Students in the Mandarin Chinese program at Gavilan Peak School learn math and science in Mandarin. BY PAOLA GARCIA CRONKITE NEWS

DEER VALLEY – Eighthgrade students at Gavilan Peak School in the northwest Valley have been immersed in Mandarin Chinese class since they were in kindergarten, even taking math and science classes in the complex language. The specialty program helps students think in both languages, which helps them in all academics and helps them outperform their peers, Principal Chad Segersten said. “Starting in kindergarten they learn 50 percent of their day – in math and science – in Mandarin language and the other half in English,” said Segersten, who has overseen Gavilan Peak for five years. “When you learn a second language your brain becomes

malleable and changes.” The first class of Mandarin students to go through the entire program at the K-8 school is scheduled to graduate in May. Research shows that duallanguage programs promote academic achievement and curiosity about other languages and cultures, along with cognitive benefits. About 20 schools in Arizona have a duallanguage program, not only for Spanish but also for Mandarin. Chinese is considered a difficult language to learn, requiring about 2,200 hours for native English speakers to learn, according to a U.S. State Department study for Georgetown University. Some schools teach subjects like math in Mandarin because the language’s logical patterns make it easier for the students to learn the subject, Segersten said. The majority of the schools have started to teach English for half of the day and Mandarin the other half, after Gavilan Peak students had positive results. Eighth-grader Abby Maxwelltodd started learning Mandarin in kindergarten, the first year it was introduced to Gavilan.

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She has been on the principal’s list almost every year. “It’s given me more opportunities to speak and to be more confident with speaking because I can do it in a whole other language, too,” Maxwelltodd said. Ryan Tsau, who also had been in the program since kindergarten, said his biggest challenges were in the first and second grades when he had trouble writing and remembering Chinese characters. But the struggle has paid off. He said that on state standardized tests, sixth graders who were in the Mandarin program do better than other students at the school. The Mandarin program, funded by a grant, started at Gavilan Peak more than eight years ago. At first it was just an elective or specials option for the students and later morphed to an immersion program. “I think the district saw the value and the benefit for children,” Segersten said. After Gavilan’s success with the program, the district added it to Desert Sage School. The program’s main goals, as stated on the Deer Valley Unified School District’s

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website, are to help students succeed in the global economy, appreciate Asian culture, give a “critical language” opportunity and expand their academic learning. Segersten said that outside the U.S., schools in other countries routinely teach students a second language. “We’re not doing something new, we’re just catching up with the rest of the world,” Segersten said, smiling. Deer Valley educators notice more schools in Arizona are adding second-language programs, ranging from immersion programs like the district’s to a few language classes. Some schools are focusing on Chinese, he said. The district this school year has 491 students enrolled in the Mandarin program, with 297 of those students attending Gavilan Peak. Segersten said enrollment in the kindergarten Mandarin class this school year has increased



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Roadrunners Car Club holding 8th Annual Car Show PEORIA – The Trilogy at Vistancia – Roadrunners Car Club is having its 8th Annual Car Show on Jan. 13, 10 a.m.2 p.m. Car enthusiasts are invited to join the show as show participants or as spectators. The show will include cars of all types, music, and door prizes every 30 minutes. Spectators and participants will vote for the three “Best in Show” awards. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase by Trilogy’s Cafe Solaz. While registration is free, the car club is requesting $10 donations for each vehicle. Members will be collecting donations for the Glaucoma Research Foundation at registration. Since 1978, the Foundation has invested more than $50 million to advance essential research and education programs. Eighty-six cents of every dollar you donate funds research and patient education. Registration will be limited to the first 80 vehicles and will be held at Trilogy’s, Kiva Club located at 27980 N. Trilogy Blvd., in Peoria. For more information about the club, or if you would like to preregister for the car show, go online to See event updates at www.facebook. com/TrilogyRoadrunners.

Art Party to be held Jan. 20 SCOTTSDALE – The Sonoran Arts League is hosting an Art Party and Reception at The Gallery at el Pedregal on Saturday, Jan. 20, 1-4 p.m. The party includes fine art, artist demonstrations, fine food, and musical performances. Art Parties are free to attend. The Gallery at el Pedregal is located at 34505 N. Scottsdale Rd., on the second floor. For more information, call (480) 575-6624. Beginning Bridge Classes at Foothills Community Foundation SCOTTSDALE – The Foothills Community Foundation is hosting Beginning Bridge Classes, starting Jan. 12. These classes offer an introduction to the challenging game of Bridge. Focus on the fundamentals of bidding, play of the hand, and defense. Classes are scheduled for Jan. 12, Jan. 19, Feb. 9, Feb. 16, Feb. 23, March 2, and March 9. Cost for the class is $99. Each class runs 10 a.m.-12 p.m. To learn more or sign up for the classes, go online to hcc-class-list. Thunderbird Artists hosting art and wine festival SURPRISE – Thunderbird Artists will host the 6th Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival on Jan. 12-14. The event will be held at the Surprise Recreation Center.

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The festival includes more than 100 jury selected artists from around the nation and abroad, displaying original pieces of fine art in a variety of mediums and subject matters. Live musical performances will be included. More than 40 different domestic and imported wines will be available for tasting. Admission to the festival is $3. Learn more at www. t-wine-festivaljanuary. Savor the Symphony luncheon, Jan. 19 PHOENIX – Savor the Symphony, a signature fundraiser for the Phoenix Symphony, takes place at Symphony Hall on Jan. 19. This fundraiser raises nearly $1 million for programs that influence more than 125,000 youth and adults in the community every year. This unique event gives attendees behind the scenes access to a rehearsal of hit vocal group, The Tenors, and a gourmet meal prepared by a local executive chef. A limited number of $350 individual tickets are available. To purchase tickets, see www. CCD Photometry class at Anthem Civic Building ANTHEM – A CCD photometry class will take place at the Anthem Civic Building on Jan. 18, 7-9 p.m. This free presentation is an introduction to CCD photometry, a method for measuring the brightness of celestial objects and how that brightness changes over time. It is useful in the study of variable stars, rotating asteroids, exoplanet research and nova discovery. Photometry is a somewhat

technical topic, but Tom Polakis will present the science at a basic level, covering hardware, methods, analysis, and examples. This lecture is suitable for beginners in astronomy, as well as experienced amateurs looking to expand on their hobby. Time for Q&A will be provided. The Anthem Civic building is located at 3701 W. Anthem Way. Library offering tech help for library resources ANTHEM – Learn more about utilizing the many digital resources of the North Valley Regional Library though oneon-one sessions with a librarian for tech help. Librarians will offer help with social media, e-reader operation, and how to download and access library resources on your device. The next session is offered on Jan. 17, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration is required 24 hours in advance and customers may not register for more than two sessions per month. Participants need to bring along an up-to-date library card, as well as any passwords, account information, or technology you may need. The librarian will try to contact you the day before your scheduled session to briefly discuss the topics and/ or issues you would like to cover so that they are best prepared to help you. To register, go to, click on North Valley Regional Library under the Events drop-down, then choose the One-on-One event. Free YMCA Yoga in the Gardens CAREFREE – Free YMCA yoga is offered in the Carefree Gardens every Monday/ The next session is Jan. 15, starting at 11 a.m. Participants should bring water and a yoga mat. The organizers for this event are the

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community news Desert Foothills YMCA and the Town of Carefree. Pain management presentation, Jan. 19 SCOTTSDALE – If you’re dealing with chronic pain, come to a free presentation on Jan. 19 to learn about new, minimally invasive treatment options. The presentation starts at 1 p.m. Neil Thakkar, DO, will give a free presentation discussing new pain management strategies. His “New Technologies that Treat Chronic Pain” discussion will outline the latest treatment options. Thakkar will also cover keys to an accurate diagnosis, the importance of steering clear of “symptom-only” treatments and new technology now available to treat the pain source. An informal questionand-answer period will follow the discussion, and refreshments will be served. Registration is required; to register call 602-795-8700, ext. 207. The presentation will be held at the Foothills Community Foundation, 34250 N. 60th Street, Building B, in Scottsdale. Dr. Thakkar practices with AZ Pain Doctors at their Scottsdale office, 33747 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 135. For more information about Thakkar, visit www. Library story time at Cave Creek Regional Park CAVE CREEK – Enjoy a special off-site North Valley Regional Library story time at the Cave Creek Regional Park on Jan. 20, starting at 2 p.m. The story time will include favorite Eric Carle stories, and kids will also have the opportunity to create Eric Carl-

inspired art. The Cave Creek Regional Park is located at 37900 E. Cave Creek Pkwy., in Cave Creek. Fundraiser at Anthem Barro’s for family battling cancer ANTHEM – Barro’s Pizza in Anthem will be hosting a fundraiser on Jan. 12 at 41111 N. Daisy Mountain Road from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. for a local family who is battling a second round of aggressive cancer. Barro’s will donate 25 percent of dine-in and take-out orders on Jan.12 for anyone who presents Kmiecik Family Fundraiser flyer, delivery orders are not included. Flyers for the fundraiser can be picked up at First American Title Insurance next to Fry’s at 39508 W. Daisy Mountain Drive Suite 128, or by printing a copy that can be downloaded at the Kmiecik Go Fund Me at January Lunch and Learns at Merrill Gardens at Anthem ANTHEM – Merrill Gardens is hosting its lunch and learn series for the month of January. This event is free, but participants must RSVP three days prior to the event. The lunch and learns are every Thursday in January and start at 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Here are the dates and speakers for January: Jan. 11, Debbie Sinno from Anthem Paralegal Services; Jan. 18, Dr. Cliff Olson, who is an audiologist; Jan. 25 Don Whitman from Whitman & Jackson CPA’s. RSVP by calling 602-457-6990 or visiting the website at merrill

Black Canyon City Community Library Event BLACK CANYON CITY – The Black Canyon City Community Library will be hosting the following events this month: Jan. 16 is the Beautiful Creative Crafts at 11:15 am.; Jan. 18 is a book discussion on “Wild Women of Prescott, Arizona,” at 3 p.m.; Story time will be every Tuesday at 10 a.m. For more information on events please visit the library’s website at blackcanyon Arizona LD1 Democrats to Offer Candidate Forum PHOENIX – A special election is coming up for Arizona Congressional District 8, and candidates are currently campaigning for the primary. The district was formerly represented by Trent Franks (R), but after his swift resignation in 2017, Democrats are lining up for the chance to take his place. Legislative District 1 (LD1) Democrats is offering a forum for the Democratic candidates on Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m. Attend this meeting to meet your neighbors and hear from the candidates. The forum is at Desert Mountain School located at 35959 N 7th Avenue, Desert Hills, 85086. Visit for more information.


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Have you ever thought about becoming a polar bear? Dear Readers, there are seriously deranged people in other parts of the world that seem to think running half naked into freezing lakes or 39-degree oceans is a whole lot of fun. What gives? Could life be so dismal and cold in those gray, freezing places

that otherwise intelligent people want to become “bares?” Hey, there are quite a few folks who like to engage in this “sport” naked. Yikes!!! No clothes plus icy water? It must be a pretty dull world to have to become “invigorated” by joining the elite ranks of polar bears. There is an entire set of rules that experienced polar bears have to follow, if they want to survive. A man emailed me to say that he joined in the “fun” when he lived in Wisconsin and once a year, during the first snow after Thanksgiving, at high noon, he would make the trek into the freezing Lake Michigan waters with about a thousand other “enthusiasts.” I asked our local polar bear if he


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suffered from mental issues. He didn’t seem amused. Oh, back to the “rules” of survival. You must wear something on your feet if you plan to partake of this sport, because your feet can stick to the ice. Ouch. You need a pair of warm boots waiting for you when you’re done splashing around, otherwise your feet may freeze and fall off before you can walk back to your car. You must practice “mind control” and tell yourself that you are doing this ridiculous thing for a good cause. You must employ self-hypnosis, so you can convince yourself that the water is really warm. I don’t get the whole concept, but a few psychologists claim that some “thrill-seekers” need to challenge themselves in almost painful ways in order to add zest and excitement to their lives. Why not just go to the dentist and have a tooth pulled without

Novocain? Perhaps walking barefoot through a cholla patch could be the desert equivalent of “polar bears.” We could have an annual ritual where thousands of us run barefoot in the Phoenix desert in mid-July and call ourselves the “rattlers.” Now that’s something those polar bears couldn’t imagine. I think that the cold weather in some parts of the world causes some sort of “brain-freeze.” It numbs the senses, dulls the mind, clouds the judgment and causes people to behave in very odd ways. I have friends back in Ohio who like to go out and ice fish. Want a good time? Go out on an icy lake in the dead of winter, with a wind-chill factor of twenty below, cut a hole in the ice and sit on a little chair with a thermos of coffee next to you while you throw a line down the hole. Doesn’t this sound like fun? Cold weather folks point out

that there are very good things about living in dreary, bitter weather. They claim that there are more couples cuddling, more books read, more delicious homemade meals cooked (I have my doubts), and greater appreciation of sunny days. Oh, maybe so . . . but at least we haven’t lost our collective minds. We lucky folks who live in Arizona all know that we can cook, read a book, cuddle with our loved-one and never have to become a “polar bear” to seek a thrill. Want to “bear-all?” Head to the Northeast. Otherwise, please keep your clothes on and avoid cold water. Or be sure you have a thermos with plenty of whiskey . .. I mean coffee, to keep the chill away. Stay warm until next week! Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local realtor. Have a story or a comment? Email Judy at judy@

Anthem calling for candidates to serve on ACC, HOA boards TARA ALATORRE STAFF

ANTHEM – The Anthem Community Council is calling for candidates to serve on the its board, and the HOA boards for the upcoming elections. The ACC Board has three open seats; one of each that would represent the Anthem Country Club Community Association (ACCCA), Anthem Parkside Community Association (APCA), and the Village at Anthem Condominium Council of Co-owners (VACC); each seat serves a three-year term. The ACCCA and APCA both have three open seats on its HOA Board of Directors, and VACCC has two open seats on its HOA Board of Directors; all HOA elected directors will serve a two-year term. “You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote everyday about the kind of community you want to live,” the ACC said on its website. “With Anthem Community Council and the HOA Board

of Directors, you can do all this and more.” Residents who would like to run for one of the open seats must be at least 18-years-old, the legal homeowner listed on the deed, or residing with the legal owner and obtain consent from the homeowner, and be in good standing with their HOA and the ACC. The ACC is also looking for volunteers willing to serve on committees, which are appointed positions and are roles that serve as an extension to the Board of Directors. The volunteers are appointed by the CEO and/or the board, and is based on the candidates’ qualifications and interest. The ACC is seeking appointed volunteers for the following committees: Utilities Panel, Anthem Neighborhood Watch, Anthem Ambassadors, Fiscal and Resource Management Committee, and Business Support & Advocacy Committee.

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The ACCCA has two openings for volunteer homeowners on the Lifestyle Enhancement Committee, and two openings on the Gates, Property and Patrol Committee. Interested candidates should complete the volunteer application form at http://www.onlineatanthem. com/homeowners_association/ country_club/volunteer.php. The deadline to file for candidacy is Jan. 29., for more information about the requirements to become a candidate or appointed volunteer please visit or contact the ACC or HOA staff (depending on your area of interest) at 623-742-6050.

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Local kid chefs wanted to compete in healthy kids cooking contest

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Pictured: The finalists in the 2017 Walk On! kids healthy cooking competition at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. TARA ALATORRE STAFF

ARIZONA – The eighth annual Walk On! kids cooking challenge organized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is searching for the next great junior chef, and selected finalists will get the opportunity to sample their culinary creations at the Phoenix Suns game on Feb.10, and have a chance to win the grand prize of a new bike. Children living in Arizona from ages 9 to 12-years-old are encouraged to submit their original recipes for a healthy side dish that is either hot or cold, includes at least one fruit and/or vegetable, and can be cooked in 20 minutes or less, not including preparation time. Recipes for the cooking contest must be submitted by Jan. 24 at Last year’s contest winner was Katie Cafferelli, an 11-yearold from Scottsdale. Her winning dish was called “totally ave-some,” and combined avocados, red peppers, black beans and mangos. “I love to cook and eating healthy is really important because that’s how you stay healthy when you’re older and it makes you happier,” said Katie. “One of my favorite things is avocado and the rest of the ingredients are colorful and full of antioxidants.” The 2014 winner was local Anthem girl, Sophia Gray,

for her “french-fry-like green beans.” In 2016, several finalists were from Peoria, including, Gracie Hunter, for a pear and kiwi salad, and Bethany McCallister, for her

daily healthy habits. The 5-21-0 program teaches kids to eat five fruits and vegetables, limit screen time to two hours or less, get one hour of physical activity and avoid sweetened drinks every day, in an effort to reduce the incidence of child obesity. A panel of experts will choose the top five recipes based on nutritional value, taste and originality. The top five finalists selected by the panel will present their side dish creation in a live cooking demonstration at the Phoenix Suns game on Feb. 10 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. After the finalists present their side dishes at the Suns game the recipes will be posted online and on the Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Facebook page, and the public will vote for their

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Pictured: Katie Cafferelli, the first place winner at last year’s competition with her winning dish “totally ave-some.”

tropical mixed green salad with teriyaki chicken. “We are so amazed with the sophisticated palates participants have demonstratedfrom quinoa and avocado to mango, beets and zucchini, the participants always impress us with their use of nutritionrich ingredients,” said Myrna Collins, the health promotion executive of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. The cooking challenge is a part of Blue Cross Blue Shield’s initiative 5-2-1-0, which is designed to motivate kids across the state to incorporate

favorite creation. Voting will be open from Feb. 10-21, and the finalist will compete for prizes including a new bike. “I love that the contest provides a great platform for parents to impress upon kids that nutritious food can also be great tasting,” Collins said. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is a non-for-profit company that is committed to helping Arizonans get healthier faster, and offers health insurance and related services to 1.5 million customers. For more information or to register for the Walk On! cooking challenge visit

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MLK Weekend of Service PHOENIX – Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service, and HandsOn Greater Phoenix is providing volunteering opportunities for Valley residents to make a positive change in their community. This Saturday, Jan. 13 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. volunteers can sign up to help Maricopa County Animal Care Services get cats and dogs out of their kennels. Volunteers are needed at the West Valley location for taking dogs on walks, brushing cats, and showing all the animals at

the shelter some TLC to help maintain their physical and emotional well-being, which increases the animals’ chances of being adopted. “Maintaining their physical and emotional well-being maintains their adoptability. So, come walk a dog, pet a cat, and help save more lives!” their website said. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer for email, steve@, or please visit HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_ Search_Page.

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UA doctor’s drug could buy time between rattlesnake bite and anti-venom treatment

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Pictured: A rattlesnake tale is examined at the Phoenix Herpetological Society in Scottsdale. KARA CARLSON CRONKITE NEWS

PHOENIX – As soon as a rattlesnake sinks its fangs into a victim, the venom starts traveling through the bloodstream. Within seconds, people can experience pain, swelling, bleeding and trouble breathing. It’s a race against time to get to a hospital, the only place that readily offers anti-venom. The longer it takes to get treatment, the higher the odds of long-term injury or death. One University of Arizona doctor hopes to buy people more time before they get to the hospital. Professor Vance Nielsen, the vice chair for research in the Department of Anesthesiology at the College of Medicine – Tucson, said his

research could help stall the spread of rattlesnake venom through the body. Nielsen is researching the potential of injecting a combination of carbon monoxide and iron in a rattlesnake bite area to slow the spread of venom. So far, he has made progress in rabbits, buying about an hour of time. The idea is not to replace anti-venom, but extend the time patients have until they can get to the treatment. Arizona has the highest rattlesnake bites per capita in the country. The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center records 250 to 300 bites a year on average, but one official said that number is likely higher because people don’t

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similarly to humans. He also has had success with infected rabbits, but he has not tested effects past an hour. He plans to continue to test rabbits infected with venom. If that’s successful, he plans to move on to human clinical trials. However, developing a drug requires funding and company sponsorship. He anticipates the need for about $500,000 in funding for trials. He said he’s not yet sure how people will administer the treatment, but he believes a patch or injection would work best. Nielsen said EMTs and hikers could carry the medication. There’s nothing on the market

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Pictured: Professor Vance Nielsen, the vice chair for research in the Department of Anesthesiology at the College of Medicine – Tucson, works with venom powders in his lab.

designed to help people between the bite and anti-venom, Boesen said. He added “wives’ tale” treatments, such as sucking out venom, using ice or

hocking the bite can actually make things worse. “There’s definitely a need for this technology to extend that life,” said Rakhi Gibbons, associate director of biomedical and life sciences licensing for Tech Launch Arizona. Tech Launch Arizona helps researchers obtain patents and connect with potential funders, and it’s working with Nielsen. It’s crucial to patent work such as Nielsen’s to guarantee research rights, gain a company’s interest and develop a product. Gibbons said they envision the product as an EpiPen-like injectable, and they’re exploring the idea of veterinary options for pet owners. “If we can add this product into their pipeline, that would go hand in hand with their particular anti-venom, it’s a win-win for everyone,” Gibbons said. Even if it’s picked up commercially, it may take years before the product hits the market, especially because it must meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations. “Typically, therapies in the biotech therapeutical world, they do have a long runway,” Gibbons said. “For this therapy, we’re at least seven to 10 years out.”

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In Loving Memory of: Marlene BLACK CANYON CITY – Rose Marlene Whyte known as “Marlene,” died suddenly in the hospital on December 18, 2017, at the age of 80 in Phoenix, Ariz. Marlene Whyte is survived by her significant other since 1990 until her death, Manuel Avila, of Phoenix, and her relatives: brother, John Goreman, of Phoenix; daughter, Kathlene L. Stott, of Ariz.; son, Joseph A. Jefferies, of Indiana; daughter, Georgina L. Kelly, of Wash.; son, Albert A. Jefferies Jr., of Ariz.; 11 grandkids and 12 great-grandkids. She is preceded in death by: her birth parents, Chauncey L. Kinch; and Roseline Georgina Whyte; her adopted parents/ grandparents, William Hunter Whyte; and Roseline Mary Lambin-Whyte; her first husband, William A. Ervine; and her second husband, Albert A. Jefferies Sr. Marlene was born on September 28, 1937, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Chauncey L. Kinch, and Roseline Georgina Whyte. Adopted by her grandparents, William Hunter Whyte, and Roseline Mary Lambin-Whyte. She graduated from Cosmetology School in the late 1950’s as a Beautician. She moved to Black Canyon City, Ariz., in 1974, and continued

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Science as Unexpected Beauty Making the invisible, visible

Pictured is artwork from Lee Hendrickson SHEA STANFIELD

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy” William Shakespeare, Hamlet Act 1, Scene 5. Imagination provides the “scope” which allows us to see “those many more things” that are already there. Such is the life and journey of local scientist and artist, Lee Hendrickson, who believes it is the artist’s goal to make the invisible visible. In the process of doing so reveals to the viewer a fresh and thought provoking worldview. Lee brings forth the “hidden world” seen only through the lens of a microscope. Lee began his “incredible journey” growing up outside of Chicago, Ill. At the age of 12, he earned money-shoveling snow during the seemingly

endless Mid-Western winters. The funds provided him with enough to buy his first microscope and setup a small laboratory in the basement of his family’s home. Not many years later, Lee moved his scientific curiosity to the much warmer climate of Atlanta, GA where he attended Emory University to pursue his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology. Shortly before graduation Lee took his first photograph, through a microscope, of a rat flea, transmitter of the feared bubonic plague. Fascinating as it was, he realized there were limited career paths in pictures of fleas. Instead, Lee entered a career as a research scientist with both academic and biotech institutions. This career would reveal many scientific paths over the next 35 years of his life. While enjoying a successful career in science Lee obtained an A.A. degree in Biomedical Photography from Bellevue College in Bellevue, WA. The program allowed him to focus his skills in both macro and microphotography. During his training in the 1980’s he discovered the hidden and magical world of crystals. At this point Lee began growing his own crystals and discovered endlessly fascinating subject matter for his photography. In 2005, he founded Side Street Photomicrography, which proved to be a fateful move. Not

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the North Valley Symphonettes is a positive supplemental experience for young orchestra students who are taking private lessons. As students progress in their musical training, they are encouraged to audition for the more advanced youth groups within the NVSO organization, North Valley Youth Strings or North Valley Youth Orchestra. For more information about any of the NVSO orchestras, visit the website: NVSO is supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, and also the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture through appropriations from the Phoenix City Council.

Become a volunteer museum guide at the MIM SCOTTSDALE – Modern Instrument Museum’s Volunteer Department is accepting applications for its spring 2018 museum guide training and the deadline is Monday, January 15. A musical background is not required to apply. Each spring and fall, MIM hosts training sessions to prepare new museum guides to lead tours for school, youth, and adult groups. “The team members who trained us are knowledgeable, friendly, and supportive. They were willing to help with any challenges we encountered,” says Terry Brown, a MIM museum guide who recently completed training. “I enjoy being a part of that team and giving back what I can.” The five-week training involves some classroom time, but museum guides also participate in multisensory, active learning. They interact with curators, educators, and other museum specialists; partake in small-group activities to build teamwork; explore the galleries; observe other tours led by experienced museum guides; and practice hands-on activities such as drumming circles for children. “At training, you go in depth on many

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“The Further”, the foggy spirit space where supernatural entities exist, has been explored numerous times within the frightening franchise “Insidious”. The liaison into the darkness is a psychic named Elise, played with vigor by actress Lin Shaye, however she does more than just connect people to the other side. Elise is a protector of sorts, a medium who rids the world of evil spirits; she has encountered terrible entities through-out her entire life. “Insidious: The Last Key”, the fourth installment in the franchise, focuses on the somber and tragic life of Elise. Directed by Adam Robitel, who made the underrated 2014 horror film “The Taking of Deborah Logan”, provides Lin Shaye with the opportunity to shine as the lead of this film while also executing an effective scare or two. Unfortunately the narrative stumbles into overused cliches, uninteresting setups, and ghosts that never conjure the scares this franchise is known for.

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desert areas, Gilleland said. “Rural Metro crews spent close to 20 hours from the initial call subduing this fire,” he said. The home is expected to be a total loss, and the cause of the fire is still unknown. Rural Metro said it has continued to check on the debris to ensure a second ignition does not start. “Yesterday [Jan.7] they found a small pile of debris that was starting to smoke and flare up as the debris dried out and was exposed to breezy conditions,” Gilleland said.

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Tonto National Forest, Pinal County, Arizona The non-Federal lands are described as: Gila and Salt River Meridian, Arizona T. 7 N., R. 12 E.: H.E.S. No. 151. Tps. 9 and 9½ N., R. 5 E.: H.E.S. No. 416 T. 7 N., R. 4 E., H.E.S. No. 317 T. 14 N., R. 12 E. sec. 9

T. 2 S., R, 12 E. M.S. 2836 [Panic], M.S. 2837 [Selma Lode Claim (part), Skiberian (part)], M.S. 2838, [Touch Not No. 3, Hillside, Touch Not, Rawhide and Pacific No. 32], M.S. 3581, [Grand] T. 9 S. R. 17 E. sec. 3, SW¼SW¼; sec. 4, lots 3 and 4, SE¼NW¼, W½NW¼SE¼, SW¼SE¼, SW¼, SW¼NW¼. T. 8 S., R. 17 E., sec. 33, W½NW¼, N½SW¼, SE¼SW¼, SW¼SW¼, N½NE¼, SE¼NE¼, NE¼NW¼, N½NE¼SE¼; sec. 32, N½NE¼, SE¼NE¼; sec. 29, E½, E½NW¼; sec. 28, W½SW¼, W½NW¼; sec. 21, SW¼NW¼, W½SW¼; sec. 20, W½, SW¼SE¼, N½NE¼, SE¼NE¼ (part); sec. 20, N½SE¼, SE¼SE¼, SW¼NE¼ (part); sec. 19, E½NE¼, NE¼SE¼ (part); sec. 18, Lot 1, N½NE¼, NE¼NW¼, SE¼NW¼ (part); sec. 17, NW¼, SW¼SE¼, E½SW¼ (part); sec. 7, Lots 2 thru 4, E½SW¼, SW¼SE¼ (part). T. 8 S., R. 16 E., sec. 12, W½NE¼, SE¼NE¼, NE¼SE¼. T. 4 S., R. 15 E., sec. 7, N½SE¼; sec. 8, N½SW¼. T. 21 S. R. 18 E. sec. 14, NW¼SE¼, E½NE¼SW¼; Lot 2 (part), SW¼NE¼, E½SE¼NW¼; Lot 3 (part) , SW¼NW¼, W½SE¼NW¼. Lot 4 (part), NW¼SW¼, W½NE¼SW¼;sec. 15, S½ Lot 4, S½NE¼, S½NW¼, N½SE¼; sec. 17, E½; sec. 28 (part).

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NORTH VALLEY – It is that time of year again, when people set out for a fresh-start and declare their New Year’s resolutions and goals for 2018. However, 42 to 92 percent of resolutions fail, and where you live could make the difference on whether you achieve your goals this year, according to new Wallethub studies that ranked cities on self-improvement and job-market strength. According to the studies, Peoria tied with Chandler for having the highest employment growth in the nation. Meanwhile, Scottsdale is the fourth best city in the nation for keeping your New Year’s Resolution overall, Phoenix ranked 39, Peoria came in 49, and Glendale ranked 92 out of the 182 cities ranked in this category. Scottsdale was ranked as the third best city in the U.S. for

having the most parkland acres per capita too, according to Wallethub. To determine the nation’s best cities to find a job Wallethub compared the 182 cities across 26 indicators of job market strength that ranged from job opportunities to employment growth. All 26-metrics were graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 being the most favorable conditions. Wallethub also ranked the 182 cities in their residents’ ability to keep their New Year’s resolutions by rating 52 metrics ranging from gyms per capita, to income growth. Then compared the metrics to some of the most commonly made resolutions to determine the residents’ ability to succeed at keeping their New Year’s resolutions in that city. The five common resolutions used to compile that rating were: Health resolutions, financial resolutions, school and work resolutions,

Any or all of the above-described lands may be exchanged if the values are equal. As specified in the Act, if the value of the Federal land exceeds the value of the non-Federal lands, Resolution may equalize the values by making a cash payment or add additional land.

The Act segregated the Federal lands from appropriation under the public land laws and mineral law. Persons claiming such properties or having any liens, encumbrances, or other claims relating to the lands being considered for exchange must file their claims or objections within 45 days after the initial date of publication of this notice. E-mail submissions should be sent to: Postal submissions should be sent to: Resolution Land Exchange Comments, PO Box 34468, Phoenix, AZ 85067-4468. This outreach is separate and distinct from public scoping which has already been completed for the Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange Environmental Impact Statement and the Apache Leap Special Management Area Plan. Submissions are limited to those with claims, liens or encumbrances relating to the lands described above. Publication dates: December 15, 20, 22, 27, 29, 2017 and January 3, 5, 10, 2018

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bad-habit resolutions and relationship resolutions. Those five resolutions were then analyzed using the 52 metrics, and each metric was graded on a 100-point scale in each city, with 100 being the best score for fostering a climate conducive for achieving a New Year’s resolutions. Wallethub included the 150 most populated U.S. cities, along with two of the most populated cities from each state, in each study, according to the website.

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ARIZONA – The state saw a 16 percent decrease in DUI arrests from 2014 to 2017, and a 70 percent increase in sober drivers contacted on traffic stops in just over the last year, according to a newly released report from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. “In 2014 there were about 32,000 DUI arrests, we have seen a big downward trend,

and I credit Uber and Lyft for the decrease we have seen over the years,” said the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety’s Director, Alberto Gutier, in an interview. There were 26,899 drunk driving arrests statewide in 2017, and although it is about a three percent increase from last year’s DUI arrests, which was a total of 26,060, the state is seeing an overall reduction of DUIs since 2014. “We have seen an incredible effort from law enforcement, so

when we look at the big picture with the increased officers on patrol and the increase of traffic stops it explains the small rise,” Gutier said. In 2017, there were about 100,000 more traffic stops and 7,000 more officers on patrol compared to 2016, which can explain the small uptick in total DUI arrests, he said. Another important statistic to look at Gutier says, is the number of sober designated drivers contacted in 2017, which is the number of traffic stops that resulted without a DUI arrest. In 2016, there were only 9,057 sober drivers contacted, but in 2017 there were 15,415 sober drivers contacted, which is a huge upsurge. “The most important thing in my book is the sober drivers contacted,” he said.

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him leaving out the front door with a backpack full of stolen items. The suspect then appears to drive off in what is believed to be an older model, silver Honda Accord, according to police reports. The suspect appears to be a male, approximately 18 to 30-years-old and thin. He was wearing a green hat with the words “Engineered to Destroy”, black jacket with the number 12 on the back and white writing on the left sleeve, a grey t-shirt, black pants with a white stripe down each side and black shoes. It appears the suspect has both ears pierced and facial hair on

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his chin, police said. Anyone who recognizes the individual in this video or has information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Higgins of the Peoria Police



Peoria Police seek assistance in identifying burglary suspect PEORIA – Peoria Police is seeking the public’s help in identifying a male burglary suspect who allegedly stole several items from inside a residence in the area of 7600 West Dreyfus Drive, on December 29, 2017, at approximately 8:20 p.m. The suspect in the surveillance video is seen walking up to the front door, he knocks on the door, and when there is no answer he enters the rear yard of the residence through a side gate. The suspect then enters the home through a window in the rear yard, stealing multiple items from the home. The video shows


Department’s Property Crimes Unit at 623-7738830. Video surveillance is on the Peoria Police Facebook and Twitter pages or visit: h t t p s : / / w w w. d r o p b o x . com/sh/5r0xm6u93i5fzrb/ AAA6Xu13wibgVikAow4V7UPa?dl=0.


Phoenix Police ID officer involved in deadly shooting NORTH PHOENIX – A 25-year-old man was shot and killed by a Phoenix Police Officer after he allegedly assaulted police with a knife who were responding to a call near 16th and Yale streets on December 24. Charlie Joseph Murillo, started beating a police vehicle with a knife when officers arrived on the scene. Officers ordered the suspect to drop his weapon, but instead he advanced towards police with the knife still in his hand, according to reports. One of the officers fired his non-lethal stun bag

shotgun at Murillo, but he continued advancing towards them. Then the officer then struck the suspect with the shotgun in an effort to subdue him, according to police. Murillo allegedly sustained the impact, and continued towards 28-year-old,Officer Alexander Cowan, with the knife still in his hand. Officer Cowan then fired his weapon and shot Murillo. Murillo was transported to a local hospital in critical condition where he was later pronounced dead.

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CLASSIFIEDS PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.THEFOOTHILLSFOCUS.COM TO PLACE YOUR CLASSIFIED. RATE FOR CLASSIFIEDS ARE $20 FOR THE FIRST 20 WORDS, THEN $0.50/WORD FOR EACH WORD THEREAFTER AND MUST BE PREPAID. DEADLINE FOR CLASSIFIEDS IS WED. AT 5PM FOR THE FOLLOWING WED. ISSUE. CLASSIFIEDS MAY ALSO BE FAXED TO 623-465-1363. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO CLASSIFIEDS ARE ACCEPTED OVER THE PHONE. NOTICES Looking for ladies to play games such as Hand Knee and Foot, Cribbage, Pinochle, at Boulder Creek High School Library Saturdays at noon. Call Nancy 623-465-9317 after 6pm. Parkinson’s Support Group. Muhammed Ali Center at Barrows Neurological Institute facilitates Parkinson’s disease support groups across the Phoenix metropolitan area and the entire state of Arizona. We would like to start one here in Anthem. We are in the process of organizing a support group for Parkinson’s here in Anthem. If you or a family member have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and are interested in joining a support group, let us know. Contact Lorrie Duewiger or Robb Young at North Valley Business Network. We would like to invite you to our growing group of local business owners. We want to work with honest and caring people. Come and join us for breakfast on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at Heart and Soul Café, 8:30am. For more info please call Barb Miner 602377-1892/623-465-9253

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Al-anon Meetings in Anthem. Mondays 12pm NEW Location. Cross of Christ. 39808 N Gavilan Peak, Anthem, AZ 623-551-9851 Got a drug problem? We can help. NA Anthem 4111 W. Innovative Dr #8 Anthem AZ Wednesdays 7pm OA 12 Step Meeting. Over Eaters Anon. Every Tues. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Anthem at Cross of Christ Church Main Office 623 551-9851 x 0 Lung Cancer? And 60+ Years Old? If So, You And Your Family May Be Entitled To A Significant Cash Award. Call 877-510-6640 To Learn More. No Risk. No Money Out Of Pocket. (AzCAN) AUCTIONS 17th Western Heritage Auction. Saturday January 13th, 2018. Begins 8:10am. Wickenburg Elk’s Lodge, 122 Frontier Street. Many Western items, saddles, Indian rugs, jewelry, gold & silver coins, E. Garcia bits & spurs, Sebring convertible, car dolley, fine arts. For photo listing go to mangoldauctionservice. com 602-510-8373 AUTOS We buy unwanted vehicles... damage,old, running or not... free removal of abandoned vehicles. Pay more for running cars... call today (480)232-6381

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DONATE YOUR CAR TO CHARITY. Receive maximum value of write off for your taxes. Running or not! All conditions accepted. Free pickup. Call for details. 866-932-4184 (AzCAN) WANTED Old Sportscars/ Classics: Porsche, Mercedes, Jaguar, Triumph, Ferrari, Corvette & more! 1973 & OLDER! ANY condition! TOP $$ PAID! Call/Text: Mike 520-977-1110. I bring trailer & cash! (AzCAN) CABLE/SATELLITE TV DIRECTV. Call & Switch Now Get NFL Sunday Ticket for FREE! Every Game. Every Sunday. CHOICE- All-Included Package. Over 185 Channels. $60/month (for 12 Months.) CALL 1- 844-2447498 (AzCAN) DISH Network. 190+ Channels. FREE Install. FREE Hopper HDDVR. $49.99/month (24 mos). Add High Speed Internet - $14.95 (where avail.) CALL Today & SAVE 25%! 1-855-722-2290 (AzCAN) FINANCIAL Social Security Disability? Up to $2,671/mo. (Based on paid-in amount.) FREE evaluation! Call Bill Gordon & Associates. 1-800960-3595. Mail: 2420 N St NW, Washington DC. Office: Broward Co. FL., member TX/NM Bar. (AzCAN) OXYGEN – Anytime. Anywhere. No tanks to refill. No deliveries.

The All-New Inogen One G4 is only 2.8 pounds! FAA approved! FREE info kit: 844-843-0520 (AzCAN) Have you or a loved one taken and been injured by the SHINGLES VACCINE, ZOSTAVAX? If so, you may be entitled to a significant cash award. Call 866-657-7116 to learn more. (AzCAN) HELP WANTED Medical Office-front desk, needed for busy family practice. part time - full time. Must have computer experience, answer phones, check in patients, enter information. Billing experience a plus. Great working environment. Black Canyon area. Send resume to ADVERTISE YOUR JOB Opening in 67 AZ newspapers. Reach over half a million readers for ONLY $330! Call this newspaper or visit: www. (AzCAN) Arion Care Solutions, LLC is hiring for Direct Care Staff. Requirements: Be over the age of 18. Have a Driver’s License or State ID. 6 months exp. working with individuals with special needs Pass a background check to obtain a DPS fingerprint card Reliable Transportation Interested? Contact Barb @ 480-721-1971

Independent Advertising Sales Executives! We are looking for hard-working Print Advertising sales executives to join our Professional Sales team in the North valley. No experience necessary we will train. This is a perfect job for those that are looking to supplement their income. Please email resume to: foothillsfocus@qwestoffice. net LIVESTOCK & SUPPLIES FREE SHAVINGS. COW/HORSE, MANURE MIXTURE GREAT FOR FILL / FOOTING OR GARDENING MULCH. FREE LOCAL DELIVERY FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CALL MON-FRI 6AM-11AM 480-595-0211 TRIPLE R HORSE RESCUE is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. We rehabilitate and adopt out local horses that have been abused, neglected or rescued from slaughter. We are in need of donations and sponsors to help with feed and vet care. Volunteer opportunities are also available. For further info, please call 623-234-0510 MISC. Beautiful Bolt Action 8mm mauser MDL 24/47 with sling. Ready for elk. $350 obo. Call Don 623-465-9317

Rare antique Mauser Broom handle semi Automatic. $725 obo. Call Don at 623-465-9317 Wanted 32 and 38 S&W revolver ammo for antique revolvers. Will pay up to 35 cents each. I am also looking for old pistols and rifles. Call Don 623-465-9317 PETS & SUPPLIES REMEMBER TO ADOPT! Maricopa County Animal Care and Control 602- 506-PETS. www. Sheltie & Collie rescue have beautiful dogs for adoption. 480488-5711 SERVICES OFFERED I will clean your home. $12 per hour. Your supplies. Over 15 years local experience. Good references. 623-434-8125 REAL ESTATE ADVERTISE YOUR HOME, property or business for sale in 67 AZ newspapers. Reach over half a million readers for ONLY $330! Call this newspaper or visit: www. (AzCAN)

Helping 1000’s Get The Benefits They Deserve


Do You Qualify For Disability Benefits? Call For A FREE Evaluation


Assisting With: - Initial Applications - Denied Claims - Hearings


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(844) 335-2815 Bill Gordon & Associates, a nationwide practice, represents clients before the Social Security Administration. Member of the TX & NM Bar Associations. Mail: 1420 NW St Washington D.C. Office: Broward County, FL. Services may be provided by associated attorneys licensed in other states. * The process for determining each applicant’s disability benefits varies greatly, and can take upwards of two years.

New River Kiwanis OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC; view our website for date & time. Please visit our 80 acre New River Kiwanis Community Park at 48606 N 17th Ave; th North on 15 Ave from New River Rd ½ mile. With the following amenities: • Larkyn Horse Riding Arena; Playground for children; Picnic area • New River Senior Center; Walking Trails Please visit our website for more up to date information & maps to locations.

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Pet of the Week: Arti Arti is a very affectionate boy. He loves to rub up against his people and enjoys being held while petted for a long time. He tolerates dogs and cats, but prefers to be on his own. Arti is neutered, microchipped and up to date on his shots. Arti is in a foster home so please complete the meet and greet form if you would like to meet him. His adoption fee is $40. To fill out a meet and greet form visit, https://form.jotform. com/70376147295967, or visit

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OUR EPIC GRAND OPENING SEASON IS HERE! Ready to live your best life? Meet Trilogy® at Verde RiverTM! The all new Verde River Golf & Social Club is the ultimate Resort Club, with distinct spaces for relaxation, fitness, food, and recreation. Totaling more than ~30,000 square feet of indoor space complemented by expansive covered outdoor areas. The Club includes resort and lap pools; fantastic dining and full bar; Trilogy’s branded fitness concept, Afturburn; pickleball, bocce and tennis courts; culinary studio and event space; artisan studio; Marketplace; and so much more!

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Rio Verde, A Z | Mid $300’s - $1M+ | 888.232.9030 Sales: Shea Communities Marketing Company (AZ DRE #CO001121000); Construction: SHALC GC, INC. (AZ ROC# 291056). Trilogy at Verde River is an all-ages community. This is not an offer for sale or lease. No offer for sale or lease may be made, and no offer for purchase or lease may be accepted prior to issuance of an Arizona Public Report. THE PUBLIC REPORT IS AVAILABLE ON THE STATE REAL ESTATE DEPARTMENT WEB SITE.Use of the golf course and club is at the pleasure of the club owner. Golf course is planned to be private. Owners must purchase a separate golf membership from the course owner. Trademarks are property of their respective owners. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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