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Scottsdale residents are invited to provide input regarding the City’s parks, libraries or social services by attending upcoming meetings. The meetings will also present to the public results of a parks survey, which revealed that 80 percent of the participants used City libraries, 75 percent visit neighborhood parks and 97 percent rated the condition of the parks and facilities excellent or good. Those results, along with community input from the upcoming presentations, will be considered as part of a drafted update of the Community Services Master Plan, which establishes City services regarding parks, libraries and social services for the next 10 years. Officials will discuss with residents the full range of survey results and other elements of the draft master plan. “It’s a check again on how we are perceived about things that we are doing well or that need improving in the services or the programs we offer,” said Bill Murphy, director of community services for the City of Scottsdale, of the parks survey. The community hearings will create a “dialogue to get questions and answers from the public,” Murphy said. The survey presentations are scheduled as follows: • Wednesday, April 22, 3:30 p.m., Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. • Wednesday, April 22, 5:30 p.m., Boys and Girls Club Thunderbird Ranch, 20199 N. 78th Pl. classifieds

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• Monday, April 27, 5:30 p.m. Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd. • Wednesday, April 29, 5 p.m. Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda Murphy said he was pleased by the survey’s results. Murphy expects the meetings will help gather information on what residents want from not just the parks and outdoor recreational programs, but activities at indoor recreation facilities as well. The discussions will focus on parks and recreation, but residents are encouraged to discuss human services, too. “A document will be drafted (based on these discussions) by the consultants by the end of May,” Murphy said. The City Council is expected to approve the plan in June. Murphy said the plan will be a “blueprint as we move forward in the future.” The plan, which was last updated in 2004, will help to improve on the offerings of recreational activities, such as the Indian Bend Wash and the walking, bicycling and inline skating, along with volleyball and tennis, to hiking trails throughout the city. “(Scottsdale) is an active community,” Murphy said. “We really hope to see and hear some good voices coming to the meetings,” Murphy said. “We are looking to answer any questions people may have about (the plan).” For more information, visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov, and search “parks master plan,” call (480) 312-7275, or email ParksandRec@ScottsdaleAZ.gov.

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MentorKidsUSA has been a stabilizing force for at-risk Valley children By Kaddie Stephens Mitch Sivertson wanted to get connected and give back to his community. After searching online for various organizations, Sivertson found MentorKidsUSA. Founded in 1997 by Orv Krieger, Scottsdale-based MentorKidsUSA is a nonprofit organization that focuses on implementing Christian values into the lives of at-risk children through one-on-one mentoring. For Sivertson’s part, he mentors 11-yearold Jose (last name withheld), whose mother had been diagnosed with cancer and couldn’t afford proper treatment. During difficult times, Siverton provided the youngster with guidance and some stability. Through the good graces of Sivertson’s close friend, Jose’s mother was able to undergo necessary surgeries and chemotherapy to treat her cancer, and is now back in Jose’s life, healthy and doing well. “I can’t describe how rewarding the whole thing has been,” said Sivertson, also a MentorKidsUSA board mem-

ber. “It’s just absolutely remarkable how things fall into place.” During the past few years, the number of children served by MentorKidsUSA has gone up 53 percent, and they were guided by more than 500 volunteers. Local churches and businesses, as well as the kids, their families, mentors and volunteers, come together to create long-term solutions to the challenges facing youngsters. In Phoenix, there are 250,000 youths living in poverty. The city leads the nation in disconnected youngsters. MentorKidsUSA allows children to “reach their God-given talents, and guides them on the road to success” said CEO Chuck Westerlund. In 2010, MentorKidsUSA noticed an increased need in certain Phoenix communities, so it created the South Phoenix and the Palomino promise neighborhoods. These promise neighborhoods “consist of three tiers: youth, family and community,” Westerlund said. These promise neighborhoods con-

sist of community gardens, and afterschool and summer programs. “They focus on getting families involved and moving all three tiers forward together,” Westerlund said. With the help of local businesses, the promise neighborhoods are growing every day. McCarthy Construction gave MentorKidsUSA a grant to build a new basketball court in the Phoenix promise neighborhood. Volunteer athletes teach kids soccer, baseball and basketball as well as how to maintain character and integrity. “We teach them to win and be humble, and to lose and be a good sport,” Westerlund explained. “We focus on characteristics to make them whole as they move forward in life.” Group mentoring has been added to the promise neighborhoods, but some mentors, such as Sivertson, have only

one youth. A lot depends on the mentor’s time and the youngster’s needs. “To spend time with somebody is really showing them love. What’s important is just the consistency,” Sivertson said. Some of the troubled youngsters are dealing with things below the surface that people are unaware of. Sivertson believes it’s important to be straightforward, but to “also be mindful that these children are constantly in flux. “We need to tread carefully when we are talking about the development of a child,” he added. But thanks to programs like MentorKidsUSA, these children are better equipped to handle whatever life may throw their way. The youth organization is located at 15333 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. For more information, call (480) 767-6707.

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The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona organizers will also promote CPR classes to the April Pools Day attendees, emphasizing that it is just as important to know mouth-to-mouth CPR as it is handson CPR. According to Bunnell, the aquatic center is partnering with SRP to promote canal awareness and safety. The Arizona Department of Health Services will be at the event providing education on waterborne diseases. The fire department will offer tours of its fire trucks. After the event, the pool is offering a free hour of swimming from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jessica Curtis, a member of the advisory council for the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, lost her son two years ago in a drowning incident, and wants to remind parents that even if you think you have all the mechanisms to keep your children safe, they don’t always work. “It’s nice for the community to come together for families…to come and learn,” Curtis said. “It’s important for people to not live in the mindset that ‘It will never happen to me,’ because when you live in that mindset is when it will happen to you.”

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May is the last month before scorching triple-digit temperatures take over the Valley. Local residents can relish mild evening temperatures, and a free concert to boot, every Sunday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. (See accompanying story inside.) Greasewood Flat, an iconic Scottsdale landmark, rode off into the sunset on March 31. Local residents had the opportunity to purchase a piece of Arizona history when Surplus Asset Management auctioned off many of the fabled saloon’s rustic treasures on April 11. Some of the most interesting purchases: The bar’s classic welcome sign sold for $11,000, an inoperable 50-caliber anti-aircraft gun was auctioned for $9,500 and a 1936 Ford pickup truck was scooped up for $8,000. All of them are treasures that earned the bar the moniker “one of

the oldest, quirkiest and most classic bars” in America. The Scottsdale City Council finally axed the Day Tripper trolley, which shuttled visitors between a dozen hotels on Scottsdale Road between Scottsdale Fashion Square and the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Even after five years, the Day Tripper trolley never attracted the number of riders the city was hoping for, and the City saved $300,000 by derailing it. Instead, the funds from a hotel bed tax will be funneled to the City’s Downtown Trolley, which has proved to be more popular with visitors and residents.

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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Sharon Thomas is living a normal son due to a hereditary condition life. She recently traveled to Hawaii, called primary pulmonary hypertenand tries to exercise three times a sion, a rare lung disease that leads week. to narrowing of the blood vessels of The 60-year-old Scottsdale resident the lungs, according to the Amerisaid she feels blessed for can Lung Association. Her this as she has had three sister came down with the life-saving transplants. She disease as well and died received a new heart and while awaiting a translung, as well as two kidneys plant. on two different occasions. Thomas was diagnosed One of the kidneys was doafter she had her second nated by her daughter, Amy. daughter and received her “This (Hawaiian) vacation transplant at 33 in 1983, is the first we’ve had that I Sharon Thomas has and her latest kidney transhad three life-saving didn’t have to do dialysis plant on March 4, 2014. organ transplants. while I was there,” she said. “We had a lot of faith, so The family traveled together to cel- that helped” her daughter decide to ebrate Thomas and her husband’s 31st donate her kidney. wedding anniversary and their daugh“We were pretty scared when we ters’ birthdays. She and her husband, went in,” she said. “We just had to Mike, have an older daughter, Shawna. face that it was a good thing to do. “We also had good check-ups so we I’m very thankful that I’ve lived this celebrated all of that,” she said. long to see my daughters continue in Thomas was 33 years old when she their lives and grow up to be wonderhad her heart-lung transplant in Tuc- ful adults.”

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1. Ann Lynn Didomenico shares a moment with her niece-in-law, Grace Didomenico. 2. Mayor Jim Lane greets Hasiba Haniff and her mom, Hajira. 3. Lane gives a reading of “Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum.” 4. Lane helps Ann Lynn Didomenico with the warm up for storytime while Samantha Brown looks on. 5. Sheena Struelens gives her daughter, Imogen, an early start in literacy. 6. The event was interactive with children “helping” the mayor read the books. 7. Siarr Patel, with mom, Shital, identifies logos as part of the reading head start. 8. Samantha Brown shows her reading sample to her family. 9. Nicholas Reese really bites into the lessons. 10. Nicholas and Natalie Reese follow along with the goodbye song. hearsay

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The day before Mother’s Day, bring Celebrate children, animals and culthe kids to Toys & Playtime Oasis where ture at Dia del Nino at the Phoenix Zoo. children can design and create cards. WHEN: Sunday, April 26, from 9 a.m. WHEN: Saturday, May 9, from 9:30 to 4 p.m. a.m. to 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin hearsay meet your neighbor law talk WHERE: Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 Pkwy., Phoenix N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 116, Scottsdale COST: Included in admission of $14 COST: Free admission (children ages 3 to 13), and $20 for INFO: (480) 948-4630 or adults ages 14 and older www.azdollhouse.com INFO: (602) 286-3800 or phoenixzoo. org/event-items/dia-del-nino/ biz box

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The first 5,000 children at Chase Field receive a kids T-shirt. Afterward, watch the D-backs take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. WHEN: Sunday, April 26, at 1:10 p.m. WHERE: Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix COST: $12 to $150 INFO: (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com

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“Fancy Nancy: The Musical”

The musical tells the story of Fancy Nancy and what happens when her she is chosen to play a dull tree in a stage production. WHEN: Saturday, May 2, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $14 to $29 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org

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On a late lazy Sunday afternoon, popped with sweetness—compleI got the urge to check out Twisted mented by the inclusion of a light balGrove Parlor and Bar. First, because it samic reduction. The combination of just opened on March 1, and second textures and flavors was earthy, sweet because owner Christopher Collins is and tangy. The presentation of the dish a fourth-generwith the sprouts ation restauraspilling out of a teur and founder hinged glass jar of Common was clever. Ground CuliNext I chose nary. the twisted nooI considered all dle salad ($16), the small plate a meal-sized offerings, which salad big enough range from to share. It intwisted oysters Wild mushroom pappardelle includes three cludes housevarieties of mushrooms, shallot butter, wild to ocean mist made buckwheat artichokes. Rec- greens and Twisted Grove Parlor and Bar’s sig- soba noodles, nature house-made pasta. ommended by kale, avocado, the general manager, Richard Proven- mango, cucumbers, arugula, scallions, cal, the charred Brussels sprouts ($9) herbs, coconut and cashews tossed in is the small plate item to order. The a chili-lime vinaigrette with a choice warm and tender Brussels sprouts, of shrimp or steak. With the shrimp, garnished with bits of candied bacon, it was a perfect spring or summer salcomm. spotlight

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Pink Grapefruit Pound Cake Delicious, juicy pink grapefruit is in season from October through May, so this is a great month to try a sweet treat with a sensational citrus twist— the Pink Grapefruit Pound Cake. First about the cake. It really should have been called a 4-pound cake, because back in the 1700s, when someone baked up this invention, the original pound cake called for 1 pound each of butter, sugar, eggs and flour. Since then, the pound cake has slimmed down in ingredients and in size, and fresh citrus is often added to the basic mixture. While lemon is the darling of citrus when it comes to desserts, there is a sweet alternative in abundance right now in your store’s produce department. Pink grapefruit is juicy, sweet, inexpensive and large, which is why this recipe for

Pink Grapefruit Pound Cake is so perfect. While you’re enjoying the juicy fruit inside as a snack, the outside skin can be zested and blended into a moist, rich and dense cake. Then, you’ll take a few wedges, juice them up and add that to powdered sugar for a zesty citrus drizzle over top of the cake. I made one big mistake on my first go-around. I got a bit of the white pith under the outer skin in my zesting and it made my cake slightly bitter, so make sure that you grate only the pink peel. You can drizzle as much or as little of the icing as you like. Just double the icing ingredients for more sweetness on top. The second mistake I made was cutting into the cake before it cooled and set up. Patience has never been my virtue, but in this case waiting a bit promises the perfect slices.

Pink Grapefruit Pound Cake 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter 1 small package (8 ounce) cream cheese 2 cups sugar 3 large eggs 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 heaping tablespoon grapefruit rind (pink skin only, no white pith) 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup milk or cream 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt Icing: 2 tablespoons grapefruit juice, strained 1 cups powdered sugar

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mixture, just to combine. Pour into baking pan and cook for 1 hour or until toothpick comes up clean. Do not overbake. Let cake cool for 15 minutes. Meanwhile make icing. In a medium bowl, combine grapefruit juice and powdered sugar, mixing well. If too thick, add more grapefruit juice, drops at a time. Transfer cooled cake to serving plate and drizzle with icing. Can be stored in refrigerator or at room temperature, wrapped well in plastic wrap, for several days. On the web at www.NearbyNews.com

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Arizona Helping Hands’ Golf Tournament The event supports Helping Hands for Foster Kids Program, which provides beds, cribs, clothing, diapers and other basic needs to foster families for children in their care. WHEN: Friday, May 1, at 12 p.m. WHERE: OrangeTree Golf Club, 10601 N. 56th St., Scottsdale COST: $150 to $2,500 INFO: (480) 889-0604 or www.azhelpinghands.org

Arizona Sports Fan Expo Celebrate your teams and enjoy sports experiences while shopping for health, fitness and fan gear. WHEN: Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. meet your neighbor WHERE: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: $8 in advance; $12 at the door. $25 family four pack. $100 association 25 pack. $5 parking. INFO: (602) 493-2032

to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick COST: $20 INFO: www.saltriverfields.com

Cheyenne Traditional PTO Golf Tournament The tournament is a critical source of funding for the school. It helps teachers provide a high-quality, wellrounded educational experience for Cheyenne Traditional’s more than 900 K-8 students. WHEN: Friday, April 24, at 1 p.m. WHERE: McDowell Mountain Ranch Golf Club, 10690 E. Sheena Dr., Scottsdale COST: $150 per golfer, including 18 holes of golf, a drink ticket, dinner, entertainment and auctions; or $50 includes dinner, drink ticket and auctions. INFO: http://cheyennetraditionalpto. org/golf-tournament/, jrinaz@hotmail. com or handley.stephanie@gmail.com

Gregg Allman The founding member of The AllPatrick Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald, Calais Campman Brothers, Gregg Allman brings bell and Darnell Dockett pause mid-game for a his soulful voice to Talking Stick. photo op at last year’s game. WHEN: Saturday, May 2, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Pool at Talking Amazing Pets Expo Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Celebrate all things pets at the sixth Scottsdale annual event. COST: $40 to $150 WHEN: Saturday, April 25, from 10 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, April 26, www.ticketmaster.com from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free admission; $5 parking INFO: www.westworldaz.com

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers Tempe’s own Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers return to The Pool at Talking Stick Resort. WHEN: Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $38.39 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or www.ticketmaster.com Lisa Loeb Lisa Loeb has successfully parlayed her talents into a multidimensional career encompassing music, film and television, and her fans include kids and adults. WHEN: Saturday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $19 to $149 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org Larry Fitzgerald Double Play Celebrity Softball Game Fans can see celebrities in action as they go head-to-head in a charity softball game. WHEN: Saturday, April 25, from 6 p.m.

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“The Wizard of Oz” Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado in this longtime favorite tale. WHEN: Thursday, May 7, through Sunday, May 30; 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays; and 2 p.m. Sundays WHERE: Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale COST: $15 to $23 INFO: (480) 314-0841 or www.donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com Moody Blues Don’t miss the opportunity to see these talented Brits play their hits like “Nights in White Satin.” WHEN: Friday, May 8, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $30 to $150 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or www.ticketmaster.com Bella Donna—A Tribute to Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac A tribute to Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, Bella Donna offers a dynamic rock concert show with spectacular costumes and powerful performances of hits like “Landslide” and “Edge of Seventeen.” WHEN: Saturday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Casino Arizona, 524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale COST: $15 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or www.casinoarizona.com

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Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market Vendors have “a passion for things old and rusty.” WHEN: Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, at 8 a.m. (early opening), and 10 a.m. (public opening) WHERE: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: $10 early opening; $5 general admission; $5 parking INFO: www.junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com Vive Selena—A Tribute to Selena Quintanilla It’s been two decades since Latin music lost Quintanilla, but her music stays alive with this faithful homage to her expansive catalog. WHEN: Tuesday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Casino Arizona, 524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale COST: $15 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or www.casinoarizona.com

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The Scottsdale Concert Band The act will conclude its 2014-2015 season with a Mother’s Day concert entitled “All the World’s a Stage.” WHEN: Sunday, May 10, at 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Saguaro High School Auditorium, 6250 N. 82nd St., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (602) 327-3168 or www.scottsdaleconcertband.org Swing Into Action Golf Fundraiser The fundraiser is part of the National American Indian Housing Council’s annual convention and tradeshow. WHEN: Monday, May 11, at 11 a.m. WHERE: Talking Stick Golf Club, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $125; $400 foursome INFO: http://bit.ly/1azedOm

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‘Fancy Nancy’ stresses individualism By Jessica McNabb Children will be taught to “march to the beat of their own drum” during the Saturday, May 2, performances of “Fancy Nancy: The Musical,” set for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. In the show, Nancy fails to get the part she wants in a play. Instead, she is cast in a role that she thinks is dull and boring. Initially she is very upset, but then realizes that she can make her role “fancy” even if it isn’t the one she wanted. “She’s a little 8-year-old girl who loves everything extraordinary and learns you can make anything you do fancy,” said Ally Young-Price, who plays Fancy Nancy. The show, presented by The Vital Theatre Company, is an adaptation of the New York Times bestselling “Fancy Nancy” children’s books written by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by

Robin Preiss Glasser. The Vital Theatre Company performs family programming with the hopes of introducing children to the glories of live theater. The company created the full-length production, “Fancy Nancy: The Musical” in 2012. “We are so excited to have all the ‘Fancy Nancy’ fans at the center for the first time,” said Cory Baker, director of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. “The ‘Fancy Nancy’ books have been around for a decade and are so beloved that we thought many families in the Valley would be interested in coming to see a musical adaptation.” Sam Viverito, the show’s director, said the musical makes families want to dance along. “It’s hard not to smile during some of the musical numbers. The music is bouncy, happy and high energy,” he said.

Illustrations from the books were used as inspiration for the sets and costumes in the musical adaptation of the “Fancy Nancy” series.

Viverito used many illustrations from the “Fancy Nancy” books as the inspiration for the set and costumes. And he said the kids at the show arrive dressed fancy, too. “You can tell they feel their best and are proud of what they are wearing,” Viverito said. “They are expressing themselves in the way they look. To me, it is adorable.” In addition to the books, the “Fancy Nancy World” has many other prod-

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Wild Birds Unlimited sells feeders, seeds to fit all needs biz spotlight

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Josh Horsman always loved feeding “A lot of birds like shelled peanuts, inand watching birds. cluding woodpeckers, cactus wrens and After Horsman worked part-time at lovebirds,” Horsman said. a Wild Birds Unlimited store in Mesa Bird lovers can feed birds using seed for three years, Josh and his wife, Ali- cylinders or “no melt” suet that will cia, decided to take the plunge as fran- stand the desert heat. chisees and open their own store in Feeders range in price from $4.99 to Scottsdale in April 2013 to pursue an $200. Hummingbird feeders prices run activity they’ve always enjoyed. $10 to $85. “I’ve been feeding One of the humbirds my whole life,” mingbird feeders is Josh Horsman said. egg-shaped. “It has no “Feeding them is a perches on it,” Horshobby, and that’s what man said, as the feedmakes it so fun.” er is designed for the Horsman’s store hovering hummingBird lovers who don’t want to deal stocks what you would with filling feeders can purchase a bird. expect: bird feed- seed cylinder instead. The hardware secers, bird seed, humtion includes a cusmingbird feeders, bird tomized pole system baths, feeder hardfor feeders and wind ware and garden art. chimes for the DIY-er This store doesn’t just who wants versatility stock the typical bird in appearance and in feeders; it sells feeders Josh Horsman pursues his passion locations in the yard. that can be geared for of bird feeding by operating a Bird baths provide Wild Birds Unlimited store in certain-sized birds. relief and water for Scottsdale. Horsman’s store sells birds in the desert feeders with a surrounding curved heat. One bath allows for a water hookmetal cage to keep out larger birds, up. “It allows you to have a steady slow such as pigeons or woodpeckers, so drip to your bird bath,” Horsman said. that smaller birds aren’t competing Horsman also delivers for those cuswith them and can feed instead. tomers who are unable to visit the store Another feeder can be calibrated for due to disabilities or age. “It brightens any sized bird. It can be adjusted so people’s day, and it’s rewarding for me that cardinals or rosy-faced lovebirds to be a part of it,” Horsman said. Hors(also known as peach-faced lovebirds) man will visit homes and advise cuswill feed there, but not smaller ones tomers on feeder placement, too, cover(finches) or larger (woodpeckers), or ing communities from Apache Junction calibrated for those species instead. to Cave Creek. Of course, many bird lovers who don’t It’s all part of his passion. Feeding mind the large birds will feed all spe- birds is a hobby Horsman describes as cies with the standard tube, which the “one of the best ways to interact with store also stocks. nature in an urban environment,” bringHorsman is ready with advice for ing peace and meditation with a morncustomers on seed preferences of vari- ing cup of coffee, Horsman said. ous species. Cardinals, house finches “It brings life to your yard. Without it, and lovebirds like safflower seeds, it feels like a dimension is missing.” while starlings and grackles don’t. Most species like sunflower chips. Birds that Wild Birds Unlimited live close to the ground like millet; the 7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 174 ones that live higher above the ground Scottsdale (480) 306-5153 prefer sunflower seeds. on the town

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Joan Pike, CRS, ABR Associate Broker

602.526.1426 • Joan@JoanPike.com Please visit www.JoanPike.com

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Curb appeal abounds - striking landscape & custom iron front entry door. Elegant formal living & dining rooms overlooking patio & pool area. Exceptional “split’’ floor plan with a master suite that offers a proper sitting room, gas fireplace, wetbar & spacious bath. Island kitchen, features gas cooktop, stainless steel double ovens, warm wood cabinets & granite counter tops. Ultra private 3/4 acre culdesac lot. MLS 5164274 *More photos at www.JoanPike.com 5 bd, 7 ba, 4,200 sf, 3 car garage, $1,049,000

Custom, single level home with mountain & sunset views! Open, airy greatroom with unique beamed ceiling. Split master suite features gas fireplace, jetted tub, large shower, oversized closet & exit to the backyard. Backyard features covered patio with built in BBQ, grassy area & an infinity pool. Island kitchen,warm wood cabinets, slab granite, stainless appliances including double ovens & eating area overlooking the backyard. MLS 5243806 *More photos at www.JoanPike.com 5 bd, 3 ba, 3,355 sf, 3 car garage, $699,000

San Simon Drive

Shetland Trail

Voted #1 on Heart of Scottsdale Tour! Backyard transformed into Entertainers Dream! Putting green, covered patio, ramada, paver patio, diving pool, raised planters for veggie gardens, lush landscaping. Kitchen w/oversized island, cherry cabinets, decorative moldings, pantry, beverage fridge, convection wall oven & granite counter tops. Family room with fireplace. Master suite has sitting room w/fireplace, two walk in closets, separate tub/shower & 2 sinks. Vaulted ceilings, split floorplan, dual pane windows & plantation shutters. Travertine tile, newer carpet & warm wood flooring! MLS 5250628 *More photos at www.JoanPike.com 3 bd, 2 ba, 2404 sf, $577,000

Inviting McCormick Ranch single level home. Amazing curb appeal, newer smooth stucco exterior, lush grassy front yard, & charming courtyard at the entry. Warm wood flooring throughout living areas, lots of recessed lighting & updated fixtures. Formal living/dining area with 2-way fireplace. Kitchen is open to the family room. Expansive master bedroom with private patio, walk in closet, dual sinks & shower/tub. Diving pool with board & slide! Large grass play area & palm trees that frame the lot. MLS 5246473 *More photos at www.JoanPike.com 3 bd, 3 ba, 2,477 sf, 2 car garage, $609,000

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