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PEORIA WINS BEST OF THE WEST AWARD THE PEORIA BUSINESS CONCIERGE PROGRAM WINS WESTMARC AWARD ON NOVEMBER 7, THE CITY OF PEORIA WON THE EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION AWARD FOR THE PEORIA BUSINESS CONCIERGE PROGRAM AT WESTMARC’S BEST OF THE WEST AWARD EVENT. “Peoria has an amazing, thriving small business community and every day, we are working hard to provide these leaders with the tools and resources they need to be successful,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat. “We have secured important partnerships along the way, and we are thrilled to see our commitment to supporting our business community recognized.”

every business in the city. The goal is to strengthen the city’s partnership with the business community, connecting them with city services and local support programs. The Arizona Network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), Arizona State University’s Entrepreneurial and Innovation Program (ASU E+I), and the Peoria Business Concierge Program work together to cultivate and engage Peoria entrepreneurs and business

owners. More than 400 businesses have been impacted since the concierge program launched.

“This award demonstrates the city’s dedication to investing in and growing a thriving ecosystem of entrepreneurship – one that empowers individuals, improves standards of living and creates jobs, wealth and innovation in the local economy” said Rick Buss, Peoria’s economic development services director.

The WESTMARC’s Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes individuals, organizations, businesses, facilities or programs that have demonstrated an innovative concept to fulfill a need for West Valley residents or preserve the West Valley assets or resources. WESTMARC is the regional economic development organization for the West Valley, a public-private partnership of the 15 communities, the business community and the educational sector in the West Valley.

Launched in November 2018, the Peoria Business Concierge Program is a direct result of the Peoria city council’s vision of providing personalized care and attention to

WASHINGTON FEDERAL TRANSFORMS INTO WAFD BANK ARIZONA

By Alison Bailin Batz

WASHINGTON FEDERAL IS ONE OF THE NATION’S STRONGEST BANKS. WITHIN ARIZONA, IT BOASTS $1.4 BILLION IN DEPOSITS AT ITS 31 BRANCHES. But over the past several years, even after winning the Money Magazine’s “Best Bank” in the state, Washington Federal in Arizona still got the same questions over and over. Some of Arizona regional president Mike Brown’s favorites are: • Is Washington Federal part of the federal government? • Washington Federal is a credit union headquartered in DC, right? • Is Washington Federal a prison? “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 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.

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“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.

it in Arizona via the WaFd Bank Foundation.

And a truly local one that cares about the community. “We’ve funded projects to expand a local airport, built safe housing, added dorms and other needed buildings for a university, and more,” says Brown.

Among the local organizations that have benefitted from the Foundation in recent years are: Care Fund, UMOM New Day Centers, Habitat for Humanity, 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.

He also launched community outreach program 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. Finally, WaFd Bank Arizona walks the walk with real financial commitments to those who need

“The mission of the WaFd Bank Foundation is to facilitate direct donations to community-based nonprofits that are serving the needs of low and moderateincome individuals,” says Brown.

This year alone the local team has volunteered over 2,200 hours and donated nearly $150,000 in grants. For more, visit www.wafd.com. yourupperwestsider.com


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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO I-17 ON-RAMP CLOSURES AT PINNACLE PEAK ROAD

By Molly Cerreta Smith

WITH THE SEASON OF HOLIDAY TRAVEL UPON US, IT’S MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO CHECK YOUR ROUTES BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT ON A ROAD TRIP OR VACATION TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON. In addition to paying extra-close attention on the road while driving due to more travelers and an influx of out of towners that may not be as familiar with our roads, it’s important to check construction and closures to either plan for extra time or route a detour. The I-17 has been experiencing closures at the on-ramp of Pinnacle Peak Road and according to the Arizona Department of Transportation, the southbound I-17 on-ramp will remain

closed around-the-clock through the evening of Sunday, December 22. Additionally, the northbound 1-17 exit ramp at Pinnacle Peak Road will be closed around the clock through Monday, January 6, 2020.

• The southbound I-17 frontage road will become a temporary twoway road between Premier RV and Self-Storage and Adobe Drive.

These closures will further allow the continuing reconstruction of the I-17 traffic interchanges at Happy Valley and Pinnacle Peak roads.

• The northbound I-17 frontage road will become a temporary two-way road between Williams Drive and the roadway south of Adams Traditional Academy/north of the Phoenix Metro RV Park.

According to its website, during these closures, ADOT will temporarily reconfigure portions of the north- and southbound I-17 frontage roads between Pinnacle Peak and Deer Valley roads while ramps at I-17 and Pinnacle Peak Road are reconstructed. The temporary reconfigurations below are scheduled to remain in place through 5 a.m. Monday, January 6, 2020:

Work to reconstruct the Interstate 17 traffic interchanges at Pinnacle Peak and Happy Valley roads in north Phoenix is accelerating through the end of 2019 and into early 2020. The Arizona Department of Transportation advises everyone who lives, works and drives in the area to allow extra travel time and be prepared to use detours while several ramp,

roadway and interstate restrictions are in place. Most work is scheduled to occur during overnight and early morning hours; however, ramp closures at I-17 will be in place continuously, seven days a week, while work is underway. ADOT also notes that these scheduled closures (and re-openings) are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors, so it’s important to check the website for updates. For more, visit www.azdot.gov or www. az511.gov. While experiencing heavy traffic or delays due to these closures, keep the spirit of the season alive by allowing extra space for other drivers to merge and providing courtesy on the road to ensure the holiday travel doesn’t bring out any Grinchy road rage. Merry travels!

ARIZONA TEACHERS RECEIVE $1 MILLION IN GRANTS

FROM FIESTA BOWL CHARITIES WISHES FOR TEACHERS, POWERED BY DRIVETIME AS PART OF ITS MISSION TO BENEFIT ARIZONANS THROUGH YOUTH, SPORTS AND EDUCATION, THE FIESTA BOWL ORGANIZATION AND ITS FIESTA BOWL CHARITIES WISHES FOR TEACHERS PROGRAM, POWERED BY DRIVETIME HAS DONATED $1 MILLION TOTAL TO 200 ARIZONA TEACHERS FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR. This $1 million granting is believed to be the largest donation to Arizona teachers. The full list of teachers who received a Wishes for Teachers grant may be found online at fiestabowl. org/sports/wishesforteachers. At $5,000 each for 200 teachers across the state, 138,447 students, 177 schools, 52 School Districts and 40 cities will be positively impacted. Specific to the Peoria area, are the following teachers: Michael Goodhope of Cotton Boll Elementary School (first grade), CJ Miller of West Wing School (PE), Michelle Barkley of Paseo Verde Elementary (Library) Of the 39 Phoenix West Valley area wishes, teachers plan to purchase furniture, Chromebooks, digital cameras and editing software for photography, and inspire kids to get up and move with new gym equipment. An elevated Draft Day highlighted the selection and notification of the 200 teachers. Through a full event and livestream production with a virtual set at SNEAKY BIG, a combination of a draft day and yourupperwestsider.com

telethon brought together local celebrities, community champions and the Fiesta Bowl Family to randomly select and then call teachers to inform them of their award. “It’s rewarding to see the Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers, powered by DriveTime program grow over the years and be the gold standard for teacher support,” said Patrick Barkley, chairman of the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors. “My mom was a teacher and we all know teachers who inspire us with selfless work, shaping today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.” Each fall, Arizona K-12 public or charter school teachers are invited to fill out an online application detailing their school or classroom need and, after meeting the criteria, wishes are selected by random drawing for teachers to receive a $5,000 grant. “Teachers are so important in shaping today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders. They work tirelessly and selflessly every day, giving not only their time, but often money from their own pockets,” said Mike Nealy, Fiesta Bowl Executive Director. “Wishes for Teach-

ers supports, honors and celebrates Arizona’s teachers for their commitment to our children and donating $1 million to Arizona’s teachers, provides resources they have only wished to have in the past.” Each of the unique 200 teacher wishes will benefit teachers and schools in technology, reading, music, fitness and more. Including this season, over the four years of the program, Fiesta Bowl Wishes for Teachers has granted $3.2 million to Arizona teachers, impacting over 150,000 children across the state. “Wishes for Teachers is exceptional in how it helps schools and teachers upgrade facilities, provide needed equipment and support student learning,” said Don Reese, DriveTime Chief Executive Officer. “The great gift of education is very important; as we get educated, we get the meaning of life and that’s how people come together. Wishes for Teachers benefits teachers, an extraordinary vocation that gives the gift of education every day.” In addition to the financial grant, selected teachers will be recognized in the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade on December 28, and on-field at the Cheez-It® Bowl at Chase Field on December 27. UPPER WESTSIDER • December 2019 • 5


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HOLIDAY LIGHTS, TRAIN RIDES AND SNOW ARRIVE IN GLENDALE

MARICOPA LIVE STEAMERS TAKES GUESTS ON A 20-MINUTE TRAIN RIDE TO THE NORTH POLE THIS SEASON BEGINS MARICOPA LIVE STEAMERS 12TH YEAR OF PROVIDING TRAIN RIDES TO THE NORTH POLE FOR YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE. On Friday and Saturday evenings through December 28, from 6 to 9 p.m., trains will leave Adobe Station for the one-mile trip past giant trees of lights and decorations. Each trip will pass our 50-foot Megatree with 8,000 LED’s that are synchronized to holiday music. Be sure to dress warm as it has been known to snow during the journey! When you return to the station, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus or Shelby’s Junior Engineer School where your budding engineer can take the controls on one of our specially equipped locomotives for a short trip through the freight yard. Maricopa Live Steamers are located at 22822 N. 43rd Avenue, on the corner

of 43rd Avenue and Pinnacle Peak. The best times to arrive are by 6 p.m. or after 8 p.m., as 7 – 8 p.m. are peak times. They have a fleet of trains that run continuously throughout the evening using model diesel or live steam locomotives. The cost is a donation of $5 per rider over three years old. (Note: Children and all passengers must be able to walk without assistance to ride the train.) All of the Steamers staff are members and volunteers who share a love of trains and wish to preserve and share the heritage of these mighty machines. Their club is a 501C-3 non-profit organization and they receive no funding of any kind – they operate only on membership dues and public donations. They are also open to the public on the first and third full weekends (Saturday and Sunday) of the month

from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., October through April. The park is available for group tours for scout groups, schools and other non-profit organizations. They have four party pavilions available by reservation for birthday

and holiday parties, reunions or business functions. More details are available online at www.maricopalivesteamers.com and at www.facebook.com/trainrides.

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.

ever” and even boasted in an interview with Recode last year that the new release is “…Gonna be awesome, it’s gonna be amazing. This will be heartstopping.”

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

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 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.” Reactions lit up the social media world following the reveal. Some comments likened Tesla’s new truck to a drawing

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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.” yourupperwestsider.com


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

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. 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 get the attention of a driver heading the wrong way. 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 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.

OLD TOWN HOLIDAY FESTIVAL MOVES TO NEW DATE THE 32ND ANNUAL OLD TOWN HOLIDAY FESTIVAL AND THIRD SECOND SATURDAYS WILL BE ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14. Two large Peoria events are coming together for a night of free holiday fun in Old Town Peoria from 5 to 10 p.m., near 83rd and Grand Avenues. Attendees can stroll through the historic streets of Old Town Peoria with sweaters and hot cocoa and experience a variety of live entertainment and festivities. The highlights of the evening will be a tree lighting ceremony in the heart of Osuna Park, a visit from Santa Claus himself, inflatables, roaming high school choirs from Peoria, a crafters market, holiday photo opportunities, live performances from local musicians and dancers, many food trucks, and a gourmet pop-up restaurant featuring a kids menu. For more information, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/specialevents. yourupperwestsider.com

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LOCAL WAKE SURFER CONNOR BURNS MAKES WAVES AT WORLD WAKE SURFING COMPETITION By Molly Cerreta Smith

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CONNOR BURNS ONLY STARTED WAKESURFING FOUR SHORT YEARS AGO AND HE’S ALREADY RACKING UP THE ACCOLADES. His latest win was snagged right in his own backyard — at the World Wake Surfing Competition which took place November 2 at Lake Pleasant. Burns, who serves as a wakesurf coach and teaches lessons at Scorpion Bay Marina, began competing in the World Series of Wake Surfing in 2016, where he became the World Champion in the Amateur Men’s Wakesurf Division. Just a year later, he opted out of the Outlaw division and chose to surf in the Men’s Professional Wakesurf division, a move that earned him the title of World Champion. His passion took him all over the world in 2017 and 2018, including to multiple locations throughout the U.S. as well as France, Canada, Japan, and Hong Kong. During his travels, he placed among the top three at most events. Due to his quick rise to fame, and his signature trick

moves which have earned him the title of Trick of the Year Winner in 2018 and 2019, Burns designed and engineered the “Burnsy Pro” board which Kanuk Board Company crafts out of Canada. His specific board design allows for users to achieve the most difficult tricks and maneuvers — making them seem effortless. Burns also designed his board to provide the momentum to allow speed, pop, and stability with control, to give users every opportunity to land the most sought after wakesurf tricks. The Burnsy Pro Board by Kanuk is the number one requested board for two years. In addition to his own board, Burns created Usurf, to represent the focus and lifestyle of lake life and personify his own brand. According to his website, “His entrepreneurship and leadership is shown in everything he does.”

Born in Arizona, Burns names Lake Pleasant as his favorite lake and admits that he fell in love with wakesurfing the first time he ever tried it. The “Burnsy Pro” can be ordered by contacting Connor Burns, @connorburns on Instagram or email BurnsWake@gmail.com.

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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

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obyn Halperin, owner and founder of Robyn’s Nest home décor boutique located at 24650 North Lake Pleasant Parkway in Peoria, has always had a flair for design. And while she had always wanted to own her own store, the dream had just been just that — a dream — for many years. However, the idea was hatched when Robyn was a young girl. “For as long as I can remember, I was always into design,” she says. “I was always fixing up my room, changing the décor around and doing DIY projects.” After high school, one of her close friend’s mom asked Robyn to help design her home — and that’s when her love for design really took flight. “That kick start gave me the confidence to move forward with a design career,” Robyn says. However, marriage, raising children and life in general took precedence, but she maintained smaller design projects on the side. One such project included decorating doctors’ offices, hotel lobbies, other commercial buildings and even some residences for the holidays in her then home state of Ohio. As her children grew and her oldest daughter moved to Arizona to attend ASU, Robyn and her family considered coming out west. They had family in the area and would often visit. “Finally, we took the plunge,” says Robyn of her move out to Arizona from back East. “Once we moved, we wondered why we didn’t do it sooner.” As for how she ended up living — and eventually opening up her boutique — in the West Valley, Robyn says that she relied on a friend who grew up in the area and whose wife was a Realtor. “We looked all over the valley during three trips out here before moving,” she says. “But we loved WestWing. It was just developing at the time, but I loved the views, the green grass and the mountains — it was like a little bit of home — and it has a very small town, family feel. We got to know our neighbors and made great friends in the community.” Soon after she moved, her parents moved out to the area, settling into Vistancia.

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COVER STORY A little more than five years also, Robyn’s dream of owning a designer home goods boutique resurfaced. Her husband, Scott encouraged her to pursue her longtime dream and in 2014 she purchased a flower shop as a stepping stone. “I had dabbled in floral design — it’s a lot like designing a room, and it was really fun,” says Robyn. “I learned a lot and the experience gave me a very quick understanding of how to run a business.”

for the convenience of the location, Atlanta and Dallas) to sleuth out furniture, home décor, gifts and other vendors to carry in her store. “It’s a great experience to go to these markets — there are star designers you can meet and workshops where you can learn about new trends for all over the country,” she says, adding that these trips are as much educational experiences as they are opportunities to meet other industry people and share experiences.

Though Robyn enjoyed the flower shop, her true dream was still in her future. After about three years, an opportunity presented itself for a vacant space, the very same space which she and her husband had looked at when they were first looking for a spot to open the flower shop. By this time, Robyn had the experience of running a business under her belt and she was really ready to take the leap. “It’s a great area with shopping and restaurants on every corner of the intersection,” she says of the location, which is just a few miles from her home in The Meadows community.

“I love what I do,” Robyn says, explaining how much she enjoys finding new items to put into the shop (much of which she gets inspiration from at the markets) and also that the boutique’s style itself has evolved since it opened. “I’m really drawn to a warm desert modern vibe,” she says, noting that transitional pieces and mixing different furniture can help people make their home a reflection of their personal style.

Robyn’s Nest carries unique home goods including furniture, lighting, home décor and gift items that are unlike anything that can be found in the chain stores. Robyn enjoys going to the four major industry markets (High Point in the Carolinas, Vegas, which is Robyn’s favorite mostly

“In our homes and in life, we are always evolving,” she says. “Our homes should reflect what we need and what we enjoy.” Dubbing this style “functional design” Robyn’s transitional approach has led her to a very on-trend pleasant look that is largely represented in the products in her store. For years she has partnered with Robin Bruce and Rowe to offer customers a wide selection of pieces that can fit any lifestyle due to the use of the Inside Out, high performance fabrics. “They are great for families with children and pets because you can literally spill red wine or soy sauce on it and it cleans up with a Clorox wipe — without ruining the fabric!” Rather than selling beautiful pieces that will just sit untouched, the furnishings at Robyn’s Nest can actually be used and truly lived in.

array of items in store, Robyn says that if a customer is looking for something specific, she and her team will work closely with clients to help them find the right piece. “I have pretty much anything accessible to me,” she says, referring to vendors, “so I can help track something down or outsource if needed.” Robyn and her team also work closely with customers to share ideas about how they can use items in the store to create a whole new look in their homes. “One of the really fun parts is working personally with our customers who are the people that live in the community,” she says. “We’re not just ringing up customers. We get to know them and they become friends.” And that makes the boutique’s special events that much more fun! Throughout the year, Robyn’s Nest hosts ladies’ nights and in the weeks leading up to the holidays, the boutique features the “Seven Weeks

of Christmas” events that highlight a local vendor while guests shop and socialize. In addition to using her boutique as a way to bring community together and advocate for the area through the Upper West Side PHX local grassroots organization, Robyn — along with her husband, both of whom are huge animal rights advocates — loves to collaborate with other organizations in support of animals, such as the Soi Dog Foundation, and particularly to advocate for elephants. “Animals don’t have a voice — so we have to be theirs,” Robyn says. Perhaps her dream of owning her own home furnishings store is not so far off from her passion — ensuring that animals have a safe haven of their own. After all, isn’t home truly where the heart is? For more about Robyn’s Nest and their upcoming events, visit www. robynsnesthome.com.

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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 memorial 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. yourupperwestsider.com


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The best way to move on from this unhealthy relationship is with a clean break. The scale has shown its true colors and there is no hope that it will change. You cannot attempt to slowly wean yourself off because that desire and impulse is far too strong. It rests on your bathroom floor just waiting to catch your eye. Time to remove the batteries or banish it to the closet. For too long, it has been a part of your daily routine and had the ability to dictate your emotions or behavior. Even if you didn’t vocalize it, you had some ideal number in mind. Some combination of digits that would signify success. It is completely natural when embarking on a health and fitness journey to consider the scale as a valuable metric. However, it’s time for a priority check and a realignment of what really matters. First things first… You must find happiness with yourself. Cliché, I know, but the truth is the scale certainly won’t do it. There is typically an underlying issue we have not addressed and our failed attempts to find physical success reflect that. A continuous loop of hope, shortterm success, frustration, disappointment, and ultimately

quitting. We regularly allow ourselves to fall into this vicious cycle due to lack of movement to some arbitrary number. This makes us more vulnerable and susceptible to the ever enticing “fad-diet” which promises to solve all our problems. Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Our true and primary goal must be sustainable, long-term success.

Healing the mind and body from within should be the first steps to any nutrition and fitness journey. We seem to overlook or undervalue internal measures because they aren’t visible and are more difficult to quantify. If we place all our energy on the external physique, we will undoubtedly fail at some point. Therefore, balance is key. Eating healthier, exercising regularly, and focusing on a positive mindset will allow you to reap rewards in health, vitality and overall well-being. These are all things your relationship with the scale was missing and it could never provide. No hard feelings… You’ve moved on and are looking forward to what lies ahead. Feeling good on the inside is your new crush. It checks all the boxes and gives you butterflies like you’ve never felt before. Sounds like a keeper.

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GETAWAY

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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. yourupperwestsider.com


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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.

PARASITE

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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