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CITY NEWS

SCOTTSDALE BEGINS TRACKING INTERNATIONAL VISITOR NUMBERS,

ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 1.7 MILLION IN 2018

SCOTTSDALE REMAINS A TOURIST DESTINATION OF CHOICE – A FACT CONFIRMED IN A RECENTLYRELEASED TOURISM STUDY CONDUCTED BY THE CITY’S TOURISM AND EVENTS DEPARTMENT. According to the 2019 Scottsdale Tourism Study Visitor Statistics Report, the city saw an increase in visitors over the prior year, hosting about 200,000 more overnight and day trip visitors in 2018, totaling 9.1 million, compared to 8.9 million in 2017. This was also the first study to include international overnight visitors -- estimated to be about 1.7 million in 2018.

“It’s a very important group of travelers to consider. Data shows us international travelers typically stay longer based on where they traveled from and tend to spend more,” said Karen Churchard, Scottsdale’s tourism and events director. “We’ve now created a baseline in this report that will give us the resourc-

es to track those trends and have that valuable data available.”

In 2018, visitors spent an estimated $2.1 billion in Scottsdale, compared to $1.6 billion in 2017. Their direct spending created an annual economic impact of $3.1 billion in revenue to local businesses, an increase from $2.4 billion in 2017. In conjunction with the Visitor Statistics Report, Scottsdale studies lodging trends using bed tax collection figures, which are consistently tracked and readily available. The Scottsdale Tourism Study Lodging Report looks specifically at trends in bed tax collection, room inventory, average room rates, occupancy rates and other factors related to lodging trends. It includes tax receipt figures that reflect actual sales tax and bed tax collections during the previous month and data that’s based primarily on properties located within Scottsdale.

According to the 2019 report, Scottsdale’s bed tax revenue totaled $20,367,185 in 2018, up seven percent from 2017. In addition, bed tax generated more than $146 million in revenue for the city and annual occupancy was 70 percent, a 1.7 percent increase from 2017. The Scottsdale Tourism Study draws from multiple traveling reporting agencies that track and benchmark tourism data to track economic and social impact.

Longwoods International, a leader in tourism market research, conducted a survey of 450 visitors. Travelers were asked about their experience in Scottsdale and the results were all very positive. More than 90 percent of visitors were satisfied with their trip to Scottsdale, 83 percent planned to visit again, and 95 percent stated they would recommend Scottsdale to someone else.

On the topic of safety, 97 percent responded that they felt extremely, very or pretty safe. Downtown Scottsdale was the top attraction with 61 percent visitation. Top 10 activities for Scottsdale visitors in 2018: 1. Shopping 2. Upscale dining 3. Night Clubs 4. Visiting historic sites and landmarks 5. Swimming 6. Visiting state parks 7. Museums 8. Casinos 9. Hiking 10. Golf

For activities and experiences, the No. 1 category was shopping at 40 percent, compared to the U.S. average of 30 percent. For more information on Scottdale’s Tourism and Events, visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov and search “tourism.”

OEB BREAKFAST OPENS FIRST U.S. LOCATION IN SCOTTSDALE OEB BREAKFAST CO. OPENED ITS FIRST U.S. LOCATION IN SCOTTSDALE THIS NOVEMBER. The breakfast concept is the creation of celebrated Italian-Canadian Chef Mauro Martina. The dishes at OEB are a creative and upscale spin on tried and true classics, bringing forth the artistry and passion that Chef Martina brings to the table. While this is the first in the States, the concept has found award-winning success in Canada with multiple locations.

“Breakfast means so much more to me than just the first meal of the day,” said Martina, owner and founder of OEB. “It’s about elevating the whole breakfast experience. That’s what OEB is all about.”

The 2,900-square-foot restaurant opened on the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Chauncey Lane at 103-17757 N. Scottsdale Road. The space seats 84 inside with 18 seats on the patio. The interior includes an open kitchen concept and full service bar that will serve hand-crafted cocktails, local beer and Frizzante on tap. Venetian plaster walls line one side of the restaurant interior with wood beams throughout and a Terrazzo bar as a focal piece. The ambiance inside is contemporary and clean with colors of light blue and yellow adorning the walls. Classically trained, Martina has cultivated a culture that prioritizes connection and genuine food integrity while supporting local vendors and farmers that care about quality, detail and ethics. Martina spent his childhood in Italy, where he was exposed to fresh, rich ingredients at local markets on a daily basis. This helped feed his passion for good, honest food. With his culinary foundation built in Europe, Martina moved to Canada in 1992.

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It was there that he embarked on his career as an executive chef when he was just 21 years-old. Throughout his career, he has worked at Michelin Star restaurants alongside some of the best chefs in the industry. Martina quickly climbed the ranks in Canada, and in 2009 he opened his first OEB location. The chef believes in exceptional products and ingredients sourced straight from farmers. “We care about where the food comes from and what happens to it before it hits the table,” said Martina.

The eclectic menu at OEB takes guests on a culinary experience. Guests can sink their teeth into items like the Holy Crab Eggs Benny made wild blue crab, fresh dill, Dijon mustard on a butter croissant served with duck fat fried herb potatoes. Or the Nutella® French Toast served on Brioche with hazelnut gianduja, torched marshmallows and cocoa. The ingredients chosen for each dish sum up Martina’s and OEB’s mission – to democratize fine cuisine by elevating the breakfast experience. For more information visit www.eatoeb.com or like them on Facebook at @oebbreakfastco or on Instagram at @oeb_breakfast. thescottsdalestandard.com


CITY NEWS

SCOTTSDALE VOTERS OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVE QUESTIONS 1, 2 AND 3;

FIRST MAJOR BOND PROGRAM IN CITY SINCE 2000 SCOTTSDALE VOTERS HAVE APPROVED THE CITY’S FIRST MAJOR BOND PROGRAM IN 19 YEARS BY OVERWHELMINGLY BACKING QUESTIONS 1, 2 AND 3. The three Scottsdale questions passed with an average of 70 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. The program invests in 58 projects totaling $319 million.

“We are grateful that Scottsdale residents saw how important Questions 1, 2 and 3 are for our community’s quality of life and future. The bonds invest in public safety, senior centers, parks, youth sports facilities and infrastructure repairs. The results show how our community can come together for the greater good and make our great city even greater,” said Mike Norton, Co-Chair of the For The Best Scottsdale campaign.

Scottsdale voters turned out in impressive numbers for the bond election. There were 47,798 ballots cast in this election putting voter turnout at 27.52 percent. In 2015, voter turnout for a less successful bond election was 25 percent with 37,761 ballots cast.

“Scottsdale voters turned out strongly in favor of the three bond questions because they make critical investments and infrastructure repairs our community needs. We built a positive campaign led by a diverse coalition of supporters all committed to investing Scottsdale’s present and future,” said Dana Close, cochair of the For The Best Scottsdale campaign. Question 1 passed with 69 percent of the vote. The measure improves the

Granite Reef and Via Linda Senior Centers, Paiute Neighborhood Center, Pinnacle Peak Park, McCormickStillman Railroad Park and other recreation facilities. Question 2 was approved with 68 percent of the vote. Question 2 makes infrastructure repairs at Civic Center Plaza and the southern end of Indian Bend Wash, repairs horse barns and makes other improvements at WestWorld of Scottsdale, renovates the Stage 2 Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and adds public parking and pedestrian upgrades in Old Town Scottsdale. Voters backed Question 3 with 73 percent of the vote. The measure will build new fire stations, installs bulletproof glass at police stations and upgrades Scottsdale’s 911

systems and first responder training facilities.

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and the entire Scottsdale City Council endorsed all three city bond questions. The Scottsdale Fire Fighters Association, Scottsdale Fraternal Order of Police, Police Officers of Scottsdale Association, AARP Arizona, Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors, Scottsdale Charros, The Thunderbirds, HonorHealth, Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, Arabian Horse Association of Arizona, Arizona Quarter Horse Association, Scottsdale Fashion Square, the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS), Scottsdale Gallery Association, Phoenix Rising and the Scottsdale Ice Den also endorsed all three questions.

MAKING WRONG-WAY SIGNS MORE NOTICEABLE – IN A BIG WAY By Doug Nintzel / ADOT Communications

get the attention of a driver heading the wrong way.

EFFORTS TO REDUCE THE RISK OF CRASHES CAUSED BY OFTEN-IMPAIRED WRONGWAY DRIVERS INVOLVE A VARIETY OF COUNTERMEASURES. They include increasing the size and visibility of wrong-way signs at state highway interchanges.

One other upgrade was the installation of dozens of large “Wrong Way” signs, measuring 5 feet by 8 feet, installed above the left lanes of freeways. They’re on the backs of bridges and other overhead structures and you, traveling the right way, may have noticed a few of them if you’ve glanced to the left across the median.

Those upgrades received a major boost in the form of a $2.1 million project to install new larger wrong way signage at more than 140 interchanges, along with other improvements, along several Phoenixarea freeways. If you drive in the area, you’re much more likely to notice the larger “Wrong Way” and “Do Not Enter” signs at the top of freeway off-ramps in the Valley. Not only are they bigger, they also represent updated national standards by being located lower to the ground and thus hopefully more in line with a driver’s line of vision. Yes, that’s about making them easier to see so that a wrong-way driver might not travel down that off-ramp. The signs along exit ramps are not the only changes that crews, working mostly at night, made as part of this project. They also added many more of the large, white arrows that are located on the pavement of exit ramps. Those arrows point in the “right” direction of travel, as another measure designed to thescottsdalestandard.com

Those noticeable signs, facing in the wrong direction, are above the freeway left lanes because wrong-way drivers tend to travel in those lanes. More than two dozen of these signs were first installed along I-17 in Phoenix in 2017 in association with ADOT’s first-in-the-nation thermal camera wrong-way vehicle alert system. ADOT has been installing larger and more visible wrong way signs not only along Phoenix-area freeways but also at highway interchanges across the state over the last several years. This particular project has focused on sections of interstates 10 and 17, US 60 (Superstition Freeway) and Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) in the East Valley, State Route 51 as well as Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) and Loop 303 in the West Valley. It remains important to note that more noticeable signs and other countermeasures we’ve mentioned

can’t prevent someone, especially someone who’s impaired, from getting behind the wheel and becoming a wrong-way driver. The signs are big. But stopping impaired driving would make a lifesaving difference in an even bigger way. That’s something to keep in mind as we head into the holiday travel season.

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CITY NEWS

SIP SIP HOORAY! DESERT RIDGE MARKETPLACE NOW OFFERS SIP & STROLL HOURS ARIZONA AND VESTAR, THE OWNER OF DESERT RIDGE MARKETPLACE IN NORTH PHOENIX AS WELL AS TEMPE MARKETPLACE IN TEMPE AND A MULTITUDE OF OTHER LIFESTYLE CENTERS AROUND NOT ONLY ARIZONA BUT THE WEST, HAVE MADE HISTORY BY CHANGING LEGISLATION TO ALLOW SHOPPERS THE FIRST EVER “SIP AND STROLL” OPPORTUNITY IN THE STATE. The Vestar owners had the idea for this concept and took it to legislature, which recently passed a bill allowing shoppers ages 21 and older the opportunity to purchase beer, wine or cocktails from pop-up bars located at The District Stage and the Barnes & Noble Courtyard, and stroll throughout the center with the beverage in hand. Construction is currently underway for a permanent bar/kiosk called the Copper Cantina and will be operated by Copper Blues Live. Copper Cantina is scheduled to open in January and will offer extended operating hours. Current hours for the sip and stroll are Fridays and Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. to 12 midnight (with last call at 11:30 p.m.) and Sunday from noon to 8:00 p.m. (with last call at 7:30 p.m.). Through the end of December, to promote the Sip and Stroll, guests will receive 10 percent off two rides to or from Desert Ridge Marketplace when using promo code SIPANDSTROLL with rideshare company Lyft. To purchase alcoholic beverages, guests must present a valid driver’s license and be 21 years of age or older. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted outside of designated areas within The District. Once their age has been verified, customers will be given wrist bands to verify their eligibility and will be served in special plastic cups. Extra security is set to be provided, and patrons may enjoy their beverages in designated areas only — they are not allowed to take their drinks offsite or even into the parking lot. While its centers continue to thrive in the ‘Age of Amazon’, Vestar has understood that energizing properties is key to their ongoing success; and that’s just how the idea to permit shoppers to stroll outdoors with a cocktail, beer or wine in hand came about. While permitted in certain gaming areas like Las Vegas, the concept has been banned in Arizona and almost every state, until now. “You can get a drink at a movie theater and walk around resorts and golf courses with a cocktail, so why not retail centers?” asked Vestar President David Larcher. Larcher said the company did its homework, talked to state officials including the Arizona Department of Liquor, and eventually landed a bill dealing with liquor laws during the past session of the Arizona State Leg-

islature. The bill was sponsored by State Representative Jeff Weninger and signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey several months ago. Larcher added that this program will help keep shopping centers relevant for people, saying, “Malls need to be destinations, and food, beverages, entertainment and art are all part of that.” He notes that since malls such as Desert Ridge Marketplace have been allowed to serve alcohol in enclosed areas for special events, he suggested making it a permanent situation. The law allows certain retail properties that qualify to grant one of its existing bars or restaurants permission to serve alcohol outside of its establishment to a customer who then may stroll the grounds with an alcoholic beverage in hand. The plan, including security, must first be approved by the city in which the shopping center is located in, then by Director John Cocca of the Arizona Department of Liquor. The City of Phoenix and Director Cocca have approved the Desert Ridge Marketplace plan. Desert Ridge Marketplace will be the first shopping center in the state to provide this new shopping experience along with Vestar’s Tempe Marketplace, which is also in the process of seeking approvals to offer the same amenity. Copper Blues Live will be the only location at Desert Ridge Marketplace where customers can purchase alcohol and then stroll outdoors with the drink while enjoying movies, concerts, and various outdoor amenities. The popular restaurant, comedy spot and entertainment venue says they expect this change in the law will help business across the center.

allowing the owner or manager of a regional shopping center to designate one restaurant or bar with a liquor license to apply for the extended service. So that the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control can easily track compliances or potential issues, only one restaurant or bar per mall can offer the extended service. The legislation allows patrons to “consume spiritous liquor throughout a designated pedestrian area,” according to the legislation, which was sponsored by Rep. Jeff Weninger (R-Chandler) and passed both legislative chambers by an overwhelming majority. The new law allows up to 10 malls to apply for the extended service. Only larger shopping centers with at least 400,000 square feet of retail space — the ones with more extensive pedestrian areas — are eligible.

While the experience was previously banned in many states, Larcher predicts common-area liquor sales could spread to other states based on Arizona’s experience and due to the fact that bringing in another element of entertainment and enjoyment will continue to keep up the demand for shopping malls, particularly since online shopping has become the preferred way to shop for many. As we head into the season of shopping and celebration, it seems there is no better time to roll out this new concept, especially since in addition to Sip and Stroll, Desert Ridge Marketplace offers fun holiday events including nightly snowfall at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. as well as holiday shows featuring local community groups all season long. Check the website at www.shopdesertridge.com for updates, as well as amendments to Sip and Stroll hours, and more.

“We appreciate Vestar’s leadership to help make this change possible. We think it will be great not only for our business but the eligible shopping centers seeking to innovate with new and different ways to bring people and keep them at their properties,” said Eric Bachkoff, Partner of Copper Blues Live. Vestar has long been known as a pioneer in new retail experiences from the design of the centers themselves, to the programming of up to 300 events a year on-site. The HB 2281 calls for a three-year pilot program

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By Molly Cerreta Smith CALLING ALL SAM FOX FANS! Culinary Dropout, one of Fox Restaurant Concepts’ popular dining establishments with four other locations around the valley, is headed to north Scottsdale! Culinary Dropout is set to bring its vibrantyet-approachable menu, laidback vibe, games and live music to Scottsdale Quarter, where it will be right at home. Fox Restaurant Concepts first brought the Culinary Dropout gastropub to the valley with the Scottsdale Waterfront location in Old Town in 2010. The restaurant’s menu featuring chef-driven comfort food quickly gained popularity and so other locations around Arizona including Phoenix, Tempe, Gilbert and Tucson soon followed. Now it’s north Scottsdale’s turn to get in on the food and fun that Culinary Dropout has to offer. With few details as far as an official opening date solidified, it’s certain thescottsdalestandard.com

that the neighborhoods surrounding Scottsdale Quarter will welcome Culinary Dropout with open arms. For one, the menu has something for everyone and every occasion — including light bites and shareables, antipasti and appetizers, salads, and sandwiches, entrees and delicious desserts. The restaurant’s Soft Pretzels and Provolone Fondue is a fan favorite, and diners can easily choose between classics like Hot Wings and Hummus to get things started or take a leap into a more adventurous plates such as Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast, Ahi Tuna Tartare, or Cheddar and Potato Pierogies. Heartier appetites will be satiated by entrees like the 36-hour Pork Ribs, Braised Short Rib Stroganoff, Spicy Vegan Curry, or the Pesto Shrimp Orecchiette. For those just looking to nosh while they enjoy beer, wine or specialty cocktails, the meats, snacks and cheese portions of the menu giver diners creative license to create their own charcuterie plate.

To wash down any order, Culinary Dropout has become known for its array of beer and wine but especially its creative cocktail list featuring classics and specialty beverages unique to the concept. If the restaurant’s other locations are any indicator, the new Culinary Dropout will also offer weekend brunch with specialties like Fried Chicken and Buttermilk Biscuit with sunny side up egg; Smokehouse Hash featuring slow-roasted BBQ pork, Bread Pudding French Toast and more. The new location is now hiring and according to the website, they are looking to hire “a hardworking group of servers, managers, bartenders, hosts, and chefs” that are dedicated to serving the best food and drink in town. In addition to a fun work vibe, employee perks include dining discounts, flexible schedules and more. Online openings for the new Scottsdale Quarter location include executive sous chef, sous chef and restaurant manager. For more or to apply, visit www.culinarydropout. com.

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CHARITY

MARINE RAIDER FOUNDATION MAKES ITS MARK ON VALLEY OF THE SUN By Gabby Wylie

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ore than 500,000 military veterans reside in Arizona and many are still learning to cope with the everyday struggles of their transition back into society. Whether it’s dealing with medical costs not covered by military health insurance or adjusting to civilian life, out-of-pocket expenses and life changes can feel overwhelming for any former serviceman or servicewoman. Members of the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC), comprised of Marine Raiders, also face the challenge of being the newest to the United States Special Operations Command. Formed in 2006 by Donald Rumsfeld, Marine Raiders are the most elite of the country’s special operations teams. They are quiet professionals deployed around the world to execute complex operations in uncertain environments. You’d think coming home would give them peace of mind, but that’s not always the case. Being new also means fewer support systems exist.

members (parents, siblings and spouses of military service members who died in combat) at the gala to raise $86,000. MARSOC Foundation’s four main programs are raider support, including transition assistance, funding for award ceremonies and receptions, and funding for events that focus on personal and professional resiliency; family resiliency support, including assisting raider families experiencing health and welfare challenges and with events that enhance personal and family resiliency; tragedy assistance and survivor support, including assistance for wounded, ill and injured raiders, Gold Star Families and funeral services and commemorations for MARSOC personnel; raider legacy and preservation support, including construction and upkeep of memo-

rial structures and commemorative items, as well as funding for events that commemorate WWII and MARSOC Raiders. Since 2012, the Marine Raider Foundation has provided more than $4 million to World War II Marine Raiders, active-duty and former Marine Raiders and their families. “The outpouring of support from the Phoenix community at the inaugural Valley of the Sun Gala sends a powerful message to the Marine Raider community that their service and sacrifice do not go unnoticed,” said Executive Director Andy Christian. The Marine Raider Foundation has opportunities for volunteers throughout the year, including donating time or

money to support veterans and their families Valleywide. Anyone interested in cultivating a deeper relationship with the organization may become an ambassador or host his or her own fundraising events. In doing so, the mission of the Marine Raider Foundation will be supported by engaging with local communities, increasing awareness and facilitating fundraising activities by seeking out contributions. As this year comes to a close, it is an important time to contribute to those that have made many sacrifices in service to this country. For more information about volunteer opportunities, becoming an ambassador and upcoming events, visit marineraiderfoundation.org.

This is why the 501c3 nonprofit Marine Raider Foundation stood up in 2012; not only to pay for the out-of-pocket expenses accrued by raiders and their families, but also with an emphasis on building personal, professional and family resiliency. This past October, Marine Raider Foundation hosted its inaugural Valley of the Sun Gala in Phoenix. More than 150 people joined 16 Gold Star Family

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Q: Is CBD the same as marijuana and will it make me high? A: No, CBD is NOT marijuana and it will NOT make you high. CBD is short for Cannabidiol, one of over 100 different cannabinoids. Like Hemp, marijuana is also a variety of cannabis plant. Hemp plants contain CBD and trace amounts of THC at or below 0.3%. THC has both medicinal and psychoactive properties, whereas CBD has tremendous medicinal properties (neuro-protectant and anti-inflammatory) with no psychoactive effects. Q: Is CBD legal? A: Yes, Hemp-derived CBD is Federally legal. CBD is primarily produced from hemp plants but can also be produced from marijuana plants. CBD is illegal if sourced from marijuana. It is important to know the source, and that

you are purchasing from a reputable supplier. If a CBD product tests higher than the Federally mandated THC level of 0.3%, the product is deemed illegal. There are a number of products on the market that are not properly lab tested, do not contain the labeled amount of CBD, and exceed the legal amount of THC. Proper lab testing is crucial to make sure that you are not breaking the law unknowingly.

Q: How do I know if a CBD product is legitimate/safe? A: The average consumer won’t know and may find that many CBD products don’t work for them. Lab testing verifies the CBD content/potency as well as tests for bacteria, mold, heavy metals and toxic chemicals. There are few regulations governing today’s CBD industry which means purchasing from a reputable source that follows proper lab testing procedures is extremely important.

Q: How do I determine what is a quality CBD product? A: We have an ongoing joke in our lab, “If you wouldn’t buy sushi at a gas station, would you buy gas station CBD?” Always start with a reputable brand with proper labeling and verified third party lab testing. Full-Spectrum CBD is king because it produces an “entourage effect” in conjunction with other cannabinoids, as opposed to a “Pure” or “Isolated” CBD, which has limited benefits and no traceable THC. Seek products that have all-natural ingredients and use Super Critical CO2 Extraction. Quality CBD is not cheap. Q: How does CBD work in my body? A: To put it simply, all animals and humans have an Endocannabinoid System already present in their bodies. You have receptors throughout your body that accept and use these cannabinoids (CBD being the most prolific) to regulate homeostasis in the body.

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PHOEN IX FAM ILY S N IO IT D A R T Y HOLIDA R L IS T !

OU Y O T D D A O T S IE IT IV T C A Y FA M IL By Jill “MamaBug” Frier

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magic of the holidays! his is the season for the wonders and cial flavor to the The Sonoran Desert brings its own spe Christmas celebraholidays, with western scenes, Cowboy unforgettable desert magic. tions, stunning luminaria displays and ning in the desert like the Nothing warms the heart on a cold eve ive music, warm tamales and soft glow of lights and luminarias, fest er. We want to share a few of posole, and some special holiday che the Valley of the Sun, to give our favorite holiday traditions here is help you make your holiday in you some ideas for new traditions to Arizona one to remember.

RIAS AT o LAS NOCHES DE LAS LUMINAEN L GARD THE DESERT BOTANICA ns every year is visiting the DesOne of our favorite holiday traditio hes de las Luminarias. More ert Botanical Garden to see Las Noc the many trails throughout than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags line holiday season. The lovely, the Garden every evening during the of different musical entertaintwinkling pathways lead to a variety eshments are available each ment areas, and dinner and warm refr e the beauty and magic of the night. It’s a perfect event to celebrat holiday season in the desert.

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astic display of holiday ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo is a fant ghtful walk through the zoo. lights set to holiday music, with a deli s like a nightly snowfall, phoZooLights also features special activitie s and the latest art installment tos with Santa, carousel and camel ride of our favorite family tradiat the zoo. A perennial favorite and one -energy, loud music answer to tions, ZooLights is the bright light, high the Desert Botanical Garden’s the peaceful, gentle, serene setting of and fun way to celebrate the luminaria display next door. A festive ition for every family. season, ZooLights is a great holiday trad

S o GLENDALE GLITTER inning holiday tradition for people

Glendale Glitters is an award-w years, the twinkling light all over the Valley. For more than 20 Historic Downtown Glendale display has illuminated 16 blocks of est free holiday light show with its festive holiday charm. The larg a heart-warming seasonal in Arizona, Glendale Glitters is always e to enjoy the festive lights celebration for all ages, and a great plac of the holidays.

& SANTA'S o TALLEST TREE IN AR IZONA ANTHEM COTTAGE AT THE OUTLETS nsINis going to see

traditio Another one of our family’s favorite istmas Tree at the Outlets at Chr ed orat dec ng, livi Arizona’s tallest the tree and visit Santa Claus Anthem. We always make a trip to see a great place for kids to get at his special Christmas cottage. It’s t they want for Christmas. their picture taken and tell Santa wha

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Santa has a secret headquarte know how to celebrate the Princess – and the Princess certainly into a winter wonderland ms holiday season! The resort transfor remember. Not only can kids to and gives visitors a holiday festival dquarters on the property, they and families visit Santa’s Secret Hea es, s’mores, and magical light can also enjoy festive winter activiti photo taken with Santa Claus. shows while they wait to have their of the festive events that These holiday traditions are just a few all will make special holiday but take place in the Valley of the Sun, le you celebrate the season. Be memories for you and your family whi for more information about celsure to read www.LadybugsBlog.com ive, Western spirit of Arizona. ebrating the holidays in the unique, fest

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arents want their children academically prepared with the 21st-century skill set to compete and succeed in a global marketplace. PVSchools provides students with the pathway to achieve this goal with Mandarin Immersion at Whispering Wind Academy and Spanish Immersion at Sandpiper Elementary School and Sunrise Middle School. WHY CONSIDER A DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM FOR YOUR CHILD? Younger learners have the capacity to develop near native-like pronunciation and intonation in the new language. Being bilingual enhances opportunities in government, business, law, medicine and health care, teaching, technology, the military, communications, industry, social service, and marketing.

Research shows that the best time for a child to learn a second language is from birth to 12 years old, while a child’s brain is still developing language skills. There are many long-term benefits for a child to

learn a second language, including performing better than monolingual students on tasks that involve divergent thinking, pattern recognition, and problem-solving.

Studies also suggest that children who learn a world language receive cognitive benefits that extend to learning in other subjects. Immersed students typically demonstrate higher mental flexibility on tasks, the ability to problem-solve more fluidly, and better communication skills. A SNAPSHOT OF THE DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAMS AT PVSCHOOLS From the moment students step into one of our immersion classrooms, they are fully immersed in the language and culture. Classrooms are decorated with purpose and are stocked with instructional materials to help support each child’s learning in the classroom. In kindergarten through 6th grade, students in the Mandarin and Spanish Dual Language Immersion Programs are learning to talk about themselves – their name, age, family, hobbies, and community. Students are also learning to ask and

answer questions relating to thematic units such as numbers, colors, food, school, clothing, hobbies, and occupations. They are also learning to read, write, and present their work in the language they are learning.

The school day is structured so that students spend 50 percent of the day learning subjects in English, and the other half of the instructional day learning subjects in Mandarin or Spanish. At the middle school level, a block of classes, including Science, Social Studies, and Spanish are taught completely in Spanish. Students work on conversational skill development and explore Spanish-speaking cultures and societies around the world. Learn more about PVSchools Dual Language Immersion Programs by scheduling a tour: • Mandarin at Whispering Wind Academy: 602449-7300 or www.pvschools.net/wwa • Spanish at Sandpiper Elementary School: 602449-6300 or www.pvschools.net/spes • Spanish at Sunrise Middle School: 602-449-6100 or www.pvschools.net/srms

For every child at every grade, PVSchools will help unwrap your child’s gifts. • Award-winning Fine Arts programs • Language Immersion (Spanish and Mandarin) • Preschool to 12th grade gifted services • District-wide STEM/STEAM programs • K-12 International Baccalaureate programmes • Suzuki Strings, a violin program • Career and Technical Education programs

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FUNDRAISING

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t its third annual Badge Bash, Girl Scouts– Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) raised $280,000 to benefit Girl Scouting in Arizona. GSACPC was joined by more than 500 attendees, including Girl Scout alum, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, and dozens of sponsors including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Arizona Cardinals.

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This adults-only event gave attendees the opportunity to experience Girl Scouting first-hand and see how it can transform girls into G.I.R.L.s – go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders. Attendees gathered their “troop” of friends for a night of fun program-inspired activities to test their outdoor, healthy living, entrepreneurship and life skills, earning badges along the way. The activities ranged from archery to balloon dart painting to trivia. After the festivities, guests enjoyed dinner under the stars and a short program on the power of Girl Scouting. The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation was honored with the Promise Award for their inspirational leadership and continued support of Girl Scouting in Arizona. The award was accepted by executive director Laura Mitchell on

behalf of the foundation. To close out the night of fun and badge earning, attendees enjoyed an after-party filled with music, dancing, s’mores, desserts and drinks. For more information on the annual event, please visit girlscoutsaz.org/ badgebash. For interested sponsors, please review sponsorship opportunities at girlscoutsaz.org/badgebash or contact Margaret Evans at mevans@ girlscoutsaz.org. About Girl Scouts Arizona CactusPine Council (GSACPC): In partnership with more than 10,000 adult volunteers, GSACPC serves 20,000 girls grades K-12 in more than 90 communities across central and northern Arizona. Since 1936, GSACPC has helped girls develop leadership skills and tools for success in a rapidly changing environment. We know that given the opportunity, every girl can become a leader, act confidently on her values, and connect with her community. Girl Scouts grow courageous and strong through girl-driven programs, ranging from summer camp to troop activities and product sales programs. For more information, visit www. girlscoutsaz.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram. thescottsdalestandard.com


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FRY’S MARKETPLACE GETS THE PARTY STARTED

WITH HOLIDAY-THEMED COOKING CLASSES By Molly Cerreta Smith

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here are many things I like about the Fry’s Signature Marketplace at Tatum and Shea (aka, “Fancy Fry’s”) — the covered parking, the multiple bars (I’m talking olive and salad, but yes, the wine bar is great, too!)… the list goes on. But there is another element I love that is exclusive to this location — the cooking school! My love of cooking exceeds my skills, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. Thus, cooking classes. The Fry’s atmosphere is pretty intimate — it looks almost like a friend’s kitchen where you can belly up to the bar and chat while you watch her cook — and you can also enjoy a beverage while you cook. Bonus. There are a number of class options ranging from knife skills to culinary exploration such as Native Foods, Basque Cooking, Paleo 101 and more. Some classes, which range between one and two hours, are even free! Being a huge fan of both themes and doing fun stuff with my kids, the three of us took a Halloween Treats class back in October. This class included three fun (and super simple) recipes, plus pumpkin carving. On this particular occasion, it occurred to me that another wonderful aspect of Fry’s cooking classes is that they do all the prep and clean up.

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For those that prefer to eat and enjoy more than they like to cook, Fry’s has that covered too. Take, for example, the Bacon Lovers Dinner scheduled on Thursday, December 19. For $40 per person, participants can sit back and sip some wine while watching the chef demonstrate some bacon-related cooking techniques. With a menu that includes steak sliders with applewood bacon-cabernet reduction and blue cheese, roasted sweet potato spears with bacon vinaigrette, and prosciuttowrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese, there is plenty of tasting, too. For those getting ready to host a holiday feast this month and in need of some menu inspiration, Fry’s offers an array of holiday-themed classes including Holiday Cookies on Sunday, December 8, Gingerbread Cake/Construction Cookie Dough on two occasions — Wednesday, December 11, and Sunday, December 15 — a Handmade Tamale class on Sunday, December 15, Hanukkah Dinner class on Sunday, December 22, and a Holiday Date Night class on Friday, December 20. The Holiday Gifts class on Sunday, December 22 promises to be fun for the whole family with a tutorial on how to make edible holiday gifts such as hot chocolate mix, chocolate truffles and more. ‘Tis the season to get out and experience the festivities of the season. Fry’s Cooking School’s fun and simple demonstration classes can be just as much a cooking lesson as a social event with friends. Whether for date night, a Sunday morning social affair with the ladies, or a fun activity that the whole family can get into (without you having to worry about the mess!), head on over to Fry’s Signature Marketplace. Private classes may also be arranged for dinner parties or any special occasion. Registration is required and can be done via email, by calling the school’s office at 480-367-3940, ext. 2 or stopping by the store. For more, visit www.frysfood.com/ topic/class-schedules.

The Four Stages of Transition (part 4) By Renee A. Hanson, CFP®, CEP®, CDFA®, CFS®, ChFC®, APMA® Stage 1: Anticipation - We frequently view anticipation as something positive. We anticipate a promotion. We anticipate a raise. However, anticipation is broader than that, and really is the expectation of a change – positive or negative (or anywhere in between). The change could be a move, job change, death, marriage or an expanding family. The anticipation phase of a transition experience is the period leading up to the event. We have normal thoughts and emotions around the expected change. Sometimes the period is known, such as a wedding or birth. However, health issues are often left with unknown dates and the anticipation phase can be drawn out and full of circling emotions.

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COVER STORY

Washington Federal TRANSFORMS INTO

WaFd BANK ARIZONA MONEY MAGAZINE’S TOP BANK IN ARIZONA EVOLVES TO BETTER SERVE CUSTOMERS PRESENT AND FUTURE

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ashington Federal is one of the nation’s strongest banks. It is a full-service national banking institution that focuses on personal banking as well as business banking, commercial and equipment financing, and retail home loan and commercial real estate financing. In fact, it is one of the areas few ‘portfolio’ lenders when it comes to home loans.

Federal in Arizona still got the same questions over and over from customers and the general public alike. Some of Arizona regional president Mike Brown’s favorites:

“This means that all of the loans made by us remain on our books; there’s no middleman and no Wall Street firm across the country where the loans are sold,” said Mike Brown, Arizona regional president.

Is Washington Federal a prison?

This business model ensures that the bank takes a long-term approach to community banking, where deposits from the community are reinvested back into the area to help local businesses and residents grow and prosper. The bank succeeds when the community thrives. Within Arizona, the bank boasts $1.4 billion in deposits at its 31 branches statewide. It touches cities in Arizona via thriving branches in Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Green Valley, Mesa, Yuma, Phoenix, Prescott Valley, Scottsdale, Sun City, Sun City West and Tucson. But over the past several years, even after winning the Money Magazine’s “Best Bank” in the state, Washington

Is Washington Federal part of the federal government? Washington Federal is a credit union headquartered in DC, right?

“We got the message. People who don’t know us yet might not be able to tell what we do. We needed to address that challenge while making sure our bank would be clearly recognizable in all of our markets,” says Brown. WASHINGTON FEDERAL TO WAFD BANK As such, according to Brown, Washington Federal adopted its longtime nickname, WaFd Bank, as its trade name. “It tells people we are a bank and is an abbreviation of our current name. We pronounce it Wah-Fed,” says Brown. “WaFd Bank aligns with our NASDAQ ticker symbol, which is WAFD. WAFDbank is also our name on social media.” Along with the change came an entirely new logo as well. The new logo is created out of

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eight interlocking W’s, recognizing their Washington state roots and symbolizing how their branches across now eight states are linked together as a team across the markets they serve – bankers, clients and communities working together to fuel economic growth and strengthen neighborhoods. “Customers will start to see changes in the digital arena and on the website very soon, including new email signatures, signage and other advertising materials throughout 2020,” says Brown, noting WaFd Bank is innovating every day, but still remains a friendly, accessible brand.

Knocked down – actually physically knocked down by the blast of the fire – but never out, Brown had a decision to make once he got his family out safe. “Do we invest here, meaning starting over effectively homeless, or do we cut our losses and move on?” says Brown, who stayed, re-building his home and life while building his banking career in Arizona. By 2012, Brown was ready for a new investment.

And a truly local one.

Enter then-Washington Federal, whose tagline just so happens to be “Invested Here.”

LOCAL LEADERSHIP WaFd opened its first bank in Arizona in the 1990s. After measured and steady growth, they took a massive leap in 2014 by naming banking veteran Mike Brown as its first-ever Arizona regional bank president.

“We can all talk the talk,” says Brown, who initially joined the bank to help launch a national equipment finance division. “But, I liked that this brand – like me – really walked the walk when it came to investing in our local communities.”

His Arizona story begins back in 2005, when he and his wife moved to the northeast Valley.

In 2014 when Brown accepted the role of Arizona regional president, he made it his mission to be “invested here” over the long term to help his team be best poised to similarly be invested in their customers and communities as authentically as possible.

At first, the Valley was too hot for the Browns. Quite literally. “It all happened so fast,” says Brown, referring to an actual fire that erupted in his home just months after he moved in while he, his family and dogs were all inside.

“This was never more evident than in the weeks of 2019, as government workers faced massive hardships as a result of the shutdown,” says Brown. thescottsdalestandard.com


On Jan. 15, 2019, Washington Federal announced a 90-day interest-free loan designed to help workers through the shutdown period for an amount equal to the net take home pay for up to six missed paychecks. Over the next two weeks, their Arizona team worked 14-hour days to fulfill these loans. Of the tens of millions Washington Federal loaned during that time, more than half were in Arizona. “And that is really only the first in a long line of work we have been doing in recent years,” says Brown. GIVING BACK According to Brown, their work has been making a direct impact on the economic development of Arizona

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as well as on the lives of individuals statewide.

“We’ve funded projects to expand a local airport, built safe housing, added dorms and other needed buildings for a university, and so much more,” says Brown. He also launched a community outreach program in 2015 called ‘WaFd Focus on Arizona,’ wherein he empowers each and every member of our company in Arizona to work together to donate time and fundraise for causes they personally care about. This also includes dedicated workday time spent on financial literacy outreach at elementary, middle and high schools statewide. Finally, WaFd Bank Arizona walks the

walk with real financial commitments to those who need it in Arizona via the WaFd Bank Foundation. “The mission of the WaFd Bank Foundation is to facilitate direct donations to community-based nonprofits that are serving the needs of low and moderate-income individuals,” says Brown. “The foundation has granted more than $200,000 to Arizona nonprofits in recent years. Nationally, the grant program has exceeded more than $1 million in donations in states where it has a footprint since its founding in 2008.” Among the local organizations that have benefited from the Foundation in recent years are: Care Fund, UMOM New Day Centers, Habitat for Human-

ity, Central Arizona Shelter Services, International Rescue Committee, Pima County Community Land Trust, Right Turn for Yuma Veterans, Boys & Girls Clubs statewide, YMCA, Youth on their Own, Junior Achievement of Arizona, Chicanos Por La Causa and Save the Family. Notably, this year alone, the local team has volunteered over 2,200 hours and donated nearly $150,000 in grants. “Arizona’s continued economic development is not happening in a vacuum. It is happening when those who can, ‘do,’” says Brown. “I am ready – we are ready – to ‘do’ more. Are you?” For more information, or to view a list of local branches and bankers, visit www.wafd.com.

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rizona is known for being a fantastic place to get outside and enjoy the wonders of nature, regardless of the activity you choose. Fortunately for us, our state is not only home to 22 National Parks and Monuments in the National Park Service, but we also have one of the best managed state park systems in the United States. In 2017, the Arizona State Parks & Trails system was awarded the Gold Medal for being the best-managed state park system in the nation from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association. Arizona State Parks & Trails are located throughout the state on more than 64,000 acres of pristine Arizona wilderness, near lakes, deserts, forests, and natural wonders. There are 35 state park areas around Arizona, with 18 recreational parks, nine historical parks, seven conservation areas, and one memorial park. Here are a few of our favorites parks to visit in different parts of the state.

By Jill “MamaBug” Frier RED ROCK – SEDONA One of the most beautiful state park areas to visit in Arizona is Red Rock State Park. This 286-acre nature preserve and environmental education center sits in the heart of Red Rock country and offers gorgeous forest and creek-side hiking trails with amazing views of the giant red rock formations that define Sedona. The park also has a fantastic visitors center, educational facilities and libraries, and many fascinating environmental classes and programs. TONTO NATURAL BRIDGE – PAYSON Tonto Natural Bridge is a hidden gem of geological wonder located near Payson on the Mogollon Rim. This small state park lets you hike down trails, stairs, and bridges to a stream fed by natural springs. The stream flows directly through the giant wonder of the only known travertine natural bridge in North America. It’s a great spot for picnics, short hikes, and wildlife watching, with a historic lodge and visitors center. The park is a great day trip from Phoenix and a perfect excuse to visit Rim Country.

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BOYCE THOMPSON ARBORETUM – SUPERIOR One of the best reasons to venture east of Phoenix on Highway 60 is to visit the diverse beauty of Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. Founded in the 1920s by mining magnate Col. William Boyce Thompson, the 323 acres of the Arboretum is both the oldest and the largest botanical garden in Arizona. The Arboretum features flowers, trees, and plants from deserts around the world, set into the sheer cliffs of mountainous terrain through a high desert forest next to a flowing stream. This is a beautiful spot for a day trip, and a must-see drive into the mountains near Superior on the way to Globe. CATALINA – TUCSON If you’re looking for fantastic natural views of Sonoran Desert mountains, you must pay a visit to Catalina State Park in Tucson. Nestled in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains just north of Tucson, this park provides 5,500 acres of fantastic hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails, through canyons, streams, and desert in the Coronado National Forest. A favorite

spot for bird and wildlife watching, the park offers beautiful views of mountains, desert flora, and wildlife. KARTCHNER CAVERNS – BENSON Celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year, Kartchner Caverns is a world-class Arizona State Park that features fantastic caves and beautiful desert vistas. A well-kept secret for decades, the park opened in 1999 and provides facilities for camping, hiking, and of course touring the pristine and previously untouched caverns. A visit to Kartchner Caverns is worth the trip south to Benson, but be sure to book your cave tour tickets in advance because tours book up very quickly. We are so fortunate to live in a state that is full of natural wonders and a world-class state park system that lets you experience these locations firsthand. Take time to visit all of our state parks and enjoy the beauty of Arizona up close, and be sure to visit www.LadybugsBlog.com for more ideas and information about places to visit and explore everywhere in our great state. thescottsdalestandard.com


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MOVIES MOVIE REVIEWS By AD Beal

JOJO RABBIT

During WWII in Nazi Germany, a young boy questions his beliefs when he discovers a young Jewish girl secretly living in his house. Taika Waititi manages to perfectly walk the tightrope between poor taste and edgy comedy. Jojo Rabbit tears apart fascism in a comedic yet still heartfelt way, never pulling punches and still giving such a horrific time the brutally honest look it deserves. Even the film’s design and cinematography match the tonal shifts between light and dark. The cast is a perfect mix of newcomers (Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie) and seasoned actors (Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell) who bring the characters to life. This was a passion project for Waititi and it shows.

THE LIGHTHOUSE

Two sailors suspect there are greater forces conspiring against them on their isolated lighthouse shift. The wonderful thing about Robert Eggers’ new film is how the viewer soon feels the same isolation as the characters. The camerawork, Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe’s performances and visuals capture you and place you into their world before you know it. This world is scary, unrelenting, nothing ever feels normal or safe, and it will continuously keep you guessing if something is actually watching our char-

acters or if they’re going insane. The black and white photography and unique aspect ratio are key in this style. Creating the atmosphere perfectly is Mark Korven’s absolutely terrifying score - one of the best I’ve ever heard. This is a new horror classic.

FORD V FERRARI

The true story of Ford’s efforts to outdo Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ford V Ferrari is 152 minutes long and doesn’t waste a single moment. Everything is central to the story and includes the perfect amount of focus on the actual creation of the car; even the failures and improvements get their proper showcase here. Matt Damon and Christian Bale are wonderful as two distinct characters that mix well together, and director James Mangold shoots the race scenes in a way that makes the final race one of the best theatrical experiences of the year.

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A family in South Korea forms a relationship with an upper-class family which brings dire consequences. Director Bong Joon-ho has made his masterpiece with this new thriller. This film astounds with a mixture of incredible filmmaking, writing and an amazingly diverse personality of cast members, and offers an intriguing look into class disparity and differences. A film like this receiving a wide release is rare, so I highly recommend taking the time to see it.

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WATCHES: MAINTENANCE OF A PRECIOUS TIMEPIECE By Indra Jhaveri

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used for winding and/or setting the time. The crystal covers the face of the watch, and the back case provides access to the movement. Mechanical and automatic watches require regular winding to keep time. Mechanical watches are wound by hand and automatics are wound by the motion of the wearer. An "auto-winder" can be used to keep an automatic watch wound. While digital watches have a battery, an electronic circuit and fewer or no moving parts, they still require care. Did you know that battery life may be extended by removing the battery? If the user wants to remove a battery, great care is required. It’s important not to touch the circuit or lose any of the screws, and to keep the battery in a secure location (and out of reach of the little hands and curious minds of a toddler as if swallowed, batteries can be very dangerous!) However, even when they are on the shelf, batteries have a limited lifespan and replacement is

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When considering a watch more of a piece of jewelry than simply a timepiece, it makes sense to view it also as a sensitive, precision instrument that requires proper care and maintenance (like most jewelry and…even Apple watches). Mechanical, automatic and digital watches, both for the wrist and the pocket, as well as timepieces meant to be worn as pendants, all require maintenance and care at some point to lengthen its lifespan and keep it looking fresh. A watch can be damaged from rugged overuse, dust, extreme temperatures and exposure to water or steam. Forceful blows can crack the crystal, damage the case, knock the hands off or misalign or damage

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My experience with French food is limited, but this month I was pleasantly surprised with the assignment of Voila French Bistro, located at 10135 E. Via Linda in Scottsdale. I was lucky enough to chat with one of the owners, Ségolène, before eating and enjoyed the tale of how the couple landed here in Scottsdale. Her husband, renowned chef JeanChristophe, has over 30 years de experience working for several famous French restaurants in France with Michelin ratings between 1 and 3 stars as the Relais Châteaux “Les Bas-Rupts” of Gérardmer. While visiting Arizona on vacation, the couple fell in love with Scottdale – prompting them to move here and purchase Voilà in October of 2015. Running the quaint restaurant, Jean-Christophe is the chef bringing everything he has learned from working under some of the best chefs in France - while Ségolène is the face in the front of the house, making sure that you enjoy every moment you are with them. The menu is an amazing mixture of traditional French dishes. Hors d’oeuvres include French Onion Soup, cheese plates, scallops, salads, escargot, and more. The main course offers something a dish for everyone, including seared pan duck foie gras, sole filet, surf and turf, salmon, chicken puff pastry and even a chef special ground duck burger. With all these great options, you’ll

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ictoria, the largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton touring the world, is making her global debut at Arizona Science Center with a special exhibition that opened to the public on November 17. This world premiere exhibition will transport guests to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth, bringing to life one of the most important discoveries in the history of paleontology and giving museum visitors the rare opportunity to visit the Cretaceous period where Victoria’s story will unfold in her natural habitat. Victoria the T-Rex was officially announced to the scientific community as the second most complete T-Rex skeleton on record. Initially unearthed outside Faith, South Dakota in 2013, Victoria has undergone years of meticulous research and restoration in order to earn this claim. Victoria’s completeness and unique pathologies have

provided paleontologists with a wealth of insights into the species that will be studied for years to come.

Embarking on a five-year tour across the world, this immersive exhibition produced by IMG was developed in partnership with a dedicated group of research collaborators and paleontologists. Victoria the T-Rex explores and builds upon the latest discoveries about the species – from their hunting and mating rituals, to their sounds and appearance. “This is one of the most significant paleontological discoveries in decades and to have the exhibit premiere at Arizona Science Center is a privilege for our organization, our members, and our community,” says Chevy Humphrey, The Hazel A. Hare President and CEO of Arizona Science Center. “The exhibition flawlessly combines science and storytelling while offering an unprecedented look

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The exhibition is open to visitors of all ages and explores every facet of Victoria’s life and death, including the unusual battle scars that may have led to her death, and her role as a mother. This dramatically staged experience gives visitors an unprecedented look at the life and death of Victoria. At the exhibition, visitors will: Meet Victoria: The centerpiece is Victoria’s real, 66-million-year old skeleton. Through state-of-the-art technologies, visitors can take an in-depth look at Victoria’s unique features and pathologies. Create Victoria: Visitors can create their very own personalized hologram of Victoria. Create a scientifically accurate version (or one that’s just for fun!) and watch her come to life on the big screen.

Become Victoria: How did Victoria live? How did her sense of vision and smell compare to ours? What did she sound like? Through a series of interactive installations, visitors can get a sense of how Victoria experienced the world. Watch Victoria: Using 3D projection mapping technology, visitors will see Victoria in her natural environment in scenes that portray her as a mother, hunter and protector.

“Through Victoria the T-Rex, we’re providing visitors with an in-depth look at the life of the Tyrannosaurus rex and expanding upon existing knowledge to create the most exciting, engaging, and holistic dinosaur exhibition to date,” says John Norman, Managing Director of IMG Exhibitions. For more information and tickets, please visit azscience.org/victoria.

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WHAT THE TRUCK?! TESLA FINALLY UNVEILS “CYBERTRUCK” By Molly Cerreta Smith

After much hint-dropping and hype build up via social media and interviews, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed a prototype of the new “Cybertruck” on November 21, the last day of the Los Angeles Auto Show. Tesla’s first ever truck has been a longtime coming. Musk has taken to Twitter to tease the electric pickup truck release (which he first announced way back in 2013) and earlier this year, Musk teased fans with a mysterious image of part of a truck that could either be interpreted as a hood or the bed of the pickup with a sleek, matching tonneau cover on board.

be awesome, it’s gonna be amazing. This will be heart-stopping.”

The reveal was certainly heart-stopping… or perhaps jaw-dropping is a better word. Musk spend upwards of 15 minutes hyping the Cybertruck one final time prior to its reveal. However, not all claims may have been thoroughly tested prior to the reveal. While Musk’s claim that his new truck was “bulletproof” (at least to smaller firearms) panned out — as a demonstration of sledgehammering the sides resulted in no damage to be seen, the demonstration of the truck’s “unbreakable” metal glass windows didn’t go quite as well. When a metal ball was thrown at the first window, it shattered immediately. Musk said

The Tesla CEO got fans buzzing through other hints that his latest vehicle would be inspired by the movie Blade Runner, and he also claimed that the truck would be “something quite unique, unlike anything.” Not one to shy away from tooting his company’s own horn, Musk referred to the “cyberpunk truck,” as Tesla’s “best product ever” and even boasted in an interview with Recode last year that the new release is “…Gonna

the throw was “too hard,” but the glass cracked on the second attempt too. Musk stood by his claim noting, “But it didn’t go through.”

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Reactions lit up the social media world following the reveal. Some comments likened Tesla’s new truck to a drawing a kindergarten might have drawn. With the Cybertruck hype, Tesla has enjoyed a hearty rise in stock over the past few months — up 63 percent since August. But it will be interesting to see what kind of demand the truck, which will be sold in the fall of 2021, will attract in terms of actual buyers. Musk had admitted in one interview, “I actually don’t know if a lot of people will buy this pickup truck or not.” One thing’s for certain, Tesla has created a unique cult-like following with its brand and adding a truck to the fleet is certainly an inclusive move for the company. While this might not be a truck for the masses, Musk had also said at one point, “If there’s only a small number of people that like the truck, I guess we’ll make a more conventional truck in the future.”

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THINGS TO DO ZOOLIGHTS WHEN: Daily through January 19, 2020, 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. WHERE: Phoenix Zoo/Arizona Center for Nature Conservation, 455 N. Galvin Parkway Papago Park in Phoenix WHAT: See millions of twinkling and dancing lights, a three-story-high holiday tree, live reindeer, a 200-foot long polar slide, photos with Santa, hundreds of glimmering light displays and lakeside music-in-motion shows. New this year to the holiday display is the Wildlife Lantern Safari, featuring more than 60 creatures – all aglow. Tickets start at $14.95.

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CHRISTMAS AT THE PRINCESS WHEN: Daily through December 31 WHERE: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive in Scottsdale WHAT: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Celebrate the splendor of the season at the AAA Five Diamond award-winning Fairmont Scottsdale Princess with entertainment including a desert ice-skating rink made with real ice, recognized as one of the “Top Ten Holiday Ice Rinks in the World” by the Vancouver Sun; A Build-A-Bear Workshop where fans can find the brand’s one-of-a-kind holiday experience; Enchanted plaza shows; an opportunity to join Santa inside his secret headquarters, where the young and young-at-heart can have family photos taken with Kris Kringle himself while meeting a few of his favorite friends along the way; S’Mores Land, Lagoon Lights and the Princess Express Trains, holiday character appearances and much more! $55 general admission per car. Ride/attraction wristbands additional. HOLIDAY WINE AND DINE EVENT AT THE SHOPS GAINEY VILLAGE WHEN: December 5, 4-7 p.m. WHERE: 8777 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale WHAT: Kick off the holiday season with the SHOPS Gainey Village on Thursday, December 5th from 4:00pm-7:00pm during their fourth annual Holiday Wine and Dine Christmas event! Guests will enjoy live music by The Sahnas Brothers, Spanish Guitarist, Miguel de Maria, the steel drums duo as well as electric violinist, Natasha Ratz. To put guests in the spirit, festive horse and carriage rides by Scottsdale Horse and Carriage will be available around the shopping center in addition to baked goods, coffee and hot chocolate by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. For those 21 years and older, complimentary wine tastings will be available at selected restaurants. The event is free to attend. 5TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MOVIES AT THE QUARTER WHEN: December 6, 13 and 20 WHERE: Scottsdale Quarter, 15059 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale WHAT: At the Quad near the fountain, enjoy free holiday movies including Elf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Christmas Story during these free holiday events. Enjoy shopping and dining before or after these special holiday viewings. SANTA AT THE PROMENADE WHEN: December 7 and 14, 11: a.m. -3 p.m. WHERE: The Promenade, 16243 N. Scottsdale Road WHAT: Shoppers, neighbors, friends, and family (even four-legged ones!) are invited to celebrate the holidays with a fun event including Selfies with Santa, complementary hot cocoa bar, and a “Make Your Own Ugly Christmas Sweater” station (bring your own sweater, supplies to decorate are provided). Each event is free and takes place near Nordstrom Rack. Guests may register via www.eventbrite.com/e/selfies-with-santa-tickets-79079517967. SCOTTSDALE FOOD STREET WHEN: December 13, December 20, and December 27, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Commons on Shea, 6451 E. Shea Blvd. in Scottsdale WHAT: Scottsdale Food Street is a new food market for people to explore and eat. It is a free, weekly community event on most Fridays to bring people together

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THINGS TO DO through food and highlight local, small business owners and their creativity. The Scottsdale Food Street will highlight the diversity of cuisine and cultures and create a unique experience for all ages and cultures to enjoy unique foods. SNOW MUCH FUN DAY AT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX WHEN: December 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. WHERE: Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. 7th St. in Phoenix WHAT: Guests are encouraged to build snowmen, enjoy a snowball fight or make angels in the 40 tons of snow. Other activities include gingerbread house workshops for the whole family and the chance to meet and take photos with the official Santa Claus of Arizona. As part of the Children’s Museum’s Winter Festival the first-of-its-kind Sock Skating exhibit includes a full-size rink with slick plastic floor, similar to ice, where kids can take off their shoes and skate along the slippery surface in their socks.

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2ND ANNUAL FAMILY FUN HOLIDAY FAIR AND MARKETPLACE WHEN: December 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. WHERE: Odysea in the Desert, 9500 East Via De Ventura in Scottsdale WHAT: Take professional photo with SANTA CLAUSE, play in REAL SNOW, enjoy Live Entertainment on center stage, bounce in Bounce Houses/Slides, get free Face Painting, enter the Coloring Contest and win Prize Giveaways in the Family Fun AZ Drawings!! The parents can enjoy HOLIDAY SHOPPING with our various local vendors and eating yummy food from a variety of restaurants on property too! Let’s celebrate all that the holidays have to offer! HOLIDAYS TO REMEMBER WHEN: December 14, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. WHERE: Hayden Peak Crossing, 20511 N Hayden Rd.in Scottsdale WHAT: Event features the Giving Tree where $2,500 in gift cards will be given away to shoppers, including a $250 shopping spree. Attendees can purchase beautifully designed note cards (100% of the proceeds going to Phoenix Cancer Support Network) and enjoy gingerbread cookie decorating with a top local chef, complimentary caricatures, caroling, pet photos with Santa and more. HOLIDAY BOOK SIGNING PARTY AT GIRLY GIRLZ WHEN: December 15, Noon-1 p.m. WHERE: Girly Girlz, 15425 N. Scottsdale Rd. #240 in Scottsdale WHAT: Rich Berra, nationally syndicated morning radio co-host of the Johnjay and Rich Show hosts a meet the author and book signing event for the first 30 customers to order one of his holiday books. Proceeds from the sale of both books directly benefit the #LoveUp Foundation (loveupfoundation.org) helping foster children and families in need. Plus, every book purchased at Girly Girlz will be matched with a second book to be donated to enrich the lives of children everywhere. RUSCONI’S CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER WHEN: December 24, 5 p.m. WHERE: Rusconi’s American Kitchen, 10637 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix 85028 WHAT: Rusconi’s American Kitchen offers special three-course meals for both children and adults with multiple options for each course in celebration of the holidays. Cost is $55.00 per adult $24 per child (available for children 12 and younger), plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling (480) 483-0009 or online at www.rusconiskitchen.com. ROGER CLYNE AND THE PEACEMAKERS WHEN: December 27 and 28, 8 p.m. WHERE: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way in Scottsdale WHAT: With two shows at Talking Stick Resort popular local performers Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers take the stage Friday and Saturday night beginning at 8:00 p.m. Both performances are 21 and over, and all seating in general admission. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com thescottsdalestandard.com

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With each issue, The Scottsdale Standard direct mails our community newspaper to 20,000 homes in the 85254 zip code of Scottsdale, Arizona.

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