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May 2017 | East Valley

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Teresa Bear, Lin Sue Cooney, Jan D’Atri, Justin Ferris, Christina Fuoco-Karasinski, Irv Green, Andrea Gross, Kathy Kerby, Kenneth LaFave, Gayle Lagman-Creswick, Jimmy Magahern, Coty Dolores Miranda, Srianthi Perera, Bob Roth, Irene Stillwell, Bill Straus, Glenda Strickbine, Nick Thomas

Editor’s Note I recently came across a photo at computerhistory.org of Queen Elizabeth sending her first email, in 1976. That must have seemed revolutionary then, but technology has evolved immensely over the past 41 years, in every realm from entertainment to education to business to health. It permeates every aspect of our lives. But how much technology do we really need? What, in this of minutiae of metadata and devices and applications and software, is really going to enhance the quality of our lives, or the level of closeness we have with our loved ones? How about just something that’s fun, but easy to figure out? This issue seeks to answer some of those questions, and takes multiple looks at technology: social media, Internet privacy issues, cell phones, medical technology, security systems and more, while also introducing some tech-savvy seniors. Speaking of introductions, this edition also marks the launch of the monthly “Lovin’ Tech After 50” column. And this issue debuts a whole new look for LLAF, thanks to graphic designer Tonya Mildenberg. We hope you like the leaner, cleaner design as much as we do. There are a few more debuts: Former Channel 12 news anchor Lin Sue Cooney, now director of community engagement for Hospice of the Valley, offers a hopeful view of the care system in a column that dispels myths – including that people never leave hospice. We’ve added a regular feature about an inspiring person; this month, it’s 91-year-old Diolenda Sellers, who works out with a personal trainer at an Ahwatukee gym. In addition to “Sound Off,”

we’ve started publishing letters to the editor (email me: ndandrea@timespublications. com). The gardening column and dining section we introduced last month will continue to grow and hopefully nourish hungry minds. Some readers might also notice some things missing from this issue, including the long-running political column The Curmudgeon. In the spirit of localizing Lovin’ Life as much as possible, and perpetually filling our pages with newer and better content, we’ve decided to use that space for other things. As a publication, we want to be multi-dimensional. We want to be as balanced as possible and uniquely useful to our readers. We want you to come to us for informative and insightful features about Arizona’s active adults and the issues that impact you. There are numerous outlets for national politics but far fewer that focus on Arizona, and even fewer that home in on issues that affect older adults in our great state. (Well, one, actually: Lovin’ Life). That’s why we want to dedicate ourselves to giving you local, actionable stories that will help you live a life you love. For now, that includes helping you figure out everything from Facebook to virtual reality headsets. Send us a message from your digital device and let us know what you think. Happy emailing!

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If you’ve followed my columns for even a little while, you know I don’t hold the Arizona State Legislature in the highest regard. But now that they’ve apparently declared war against our constitutional (state) rights to initiate legislation, I’ve reached a new level of deprecation for that not-so-august body. Arizona is one of only a handful of states that allows for citizen rights to initiative, referendum and recall. Those rights were included in our state constitution upon entry into the U.S. in 1912. From the very beginning, citizens employed those rights. The first initiative went before the voters

that very first year, proposing granting women the right to vote, and was approved with 68 percent in favor. And from the very beginning, the legislature employed tactics to weaken and dilute those rights. The legislature responded to those early initiatives by proposing a constitutional amendment to make it harder to pass them. That proposal narrowly failed. In 1998, Arizonans voted to enact the Voter Protection Act (Prop 105), designed to stop lawmakers from gutting citizen-approved laws. It was a ballot initiative. As of this writing, we have a slew of bills in the current legislative cycle


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almost as if our elected leadership pays public lip service to the notion of citizen independence, but privately makes it a priority to diminish that independence. Exhibit A is the fact that since its very inception, there has been talk at the legislature of repealing the Voter Protection Act. But since that would require an almost impossible majority of votes, it remains intact. And speaking of lip service, how do the Republican officials – because after all, it is the Republican party that controls this state – justify this assault on our constitutionally granted rights? I mean, they portray themselves as the party of limited government! They rationalize it in a variety of ways, primarily claiming their efforts are to reduce or halt some non-existent fraud. Lawmaking is not magic. And our particular lawmakers are anything but magicians. In a future column, I’ll underscore that point by dredging up some of the ridiculous laws proposed by our legislators – some that even passed. But for now, consider yourself forewarned: When it comes to your rights as a voter, your representatives are very likely working not for, but against, you.

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I have a sister-in-law whom I believe is a troublemaker. I am the only woman with five brothers. We have a big and loving family. Before my brother got married to this woman (I will call her Marge fictitiously), we all got along fine. This was a second marriage and Marge is in her 60s. My brothers are exceptionally close to each other, and the other sisters-in-law get along fine. Since Marge joined the family, I see things beginning to change, and not for the better. I like all my sistersin-law and would like to have the same relationship with Marge. Maybe because I am the only woman in this family, Marge seems to want to tell me bad things about the other brothers’ wives. It is petty stuff and things that are none of her business. I have tried to be polite, but it isn’t working. I also suspect that she is playing the other sisters-in-law against each other. Do you have any suggestions to change the course?

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It takes one rotten apple, doesn’t it? This is what I think: As the only woman in a family of men, I suggest you take her for lunch and, in as nice as a way as you can, tell her something like this: “Marge, we are so glad to have you join our family, and I am looking forward to a close relationship with you. You know, Marge, for a big family, we all get along well. I love my brothers and my sisters-in-law. I am uncomfortable when anyone comes to me with stories about them. I’m sure you see how we value closeness, and realize nothing is to be gained by anyone who bad-mouths them. None of us are perfect, but anyone who tries to come between any of us in this family will only lose respect. We hope you will be part of our closeness!” Then change the subject to save her embarrassment. Make a real effort to get to know her better. If she starts to talk about others, give her the time-out sign and change the subject. I suspect she is continuing a lifetime of that habit, and it may take a bit to change it. Let me know how it goes.


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I am a 70-year-old, healthy widower with a 55-year-old girlfriend. Sounds good, huh? Well, now I’m getting worried because we have passed the friend stage and romance is taking over. The only problem is that I believe that I am impotent and could not have a successful sexual relationship. I do not want to lose her. What do I do now?

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You notice I did not say too old. In this day and age of medical miracles, no man should be too old to perform unless health interferes. See your doctor or a urologist and pour your heart out to him or her. There are medications and injections, etc. to help you along. People seem to worry a long time before they consult their physician about these things. I think it is because in the old days, we did not talk about these things. This is a new day where we let it all hang out. Get moving! Thanks for writing. P.S. When I began writing this column over nine years ago, I was taken aback when my very first question was a sex question! I thought to myself, “Dr. Ruth, here I come.”



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Sound Off The president’s addiction to Twitter is clearly an undeniable – not an alternative – fact. Unfortunately, there is no effective “tweetment.” Snoop Dogg produced a video showing him executing President Trump. Can you just imagine if, during the Obama administration, someone did the same thing, showing Obama being executed? There would be quarrels for terrorist charges. It would be plastered all over the front pages of the liberal, left-wing mass media. But because it happened to Trump, nothing – complete silence from the left. What a double standard in this country. Disgraceful.


My, isn’t this wonderful. Senator Flake, John McCain and the rest of their buddies have given us a president that nobody knows what the hell he’s doing, but we’re going to go to a war? My message is this: Christians are 2.2 billion people in the world and Muslims are second with 1.6 billion people in the world. Muslims are not bad people. There are terrible extremist groups in every religion. All Jews, Muslims and Christians descended from Abraham. It’s a shame that 1.6 billion people are hated because they have a legitimate religion. Democrats are so upset about Russian interference into the presidential election, but I guess Democrats don’t remember that the Obama election tampering shows the former president, Obama, used $350,000 in tax money to bankroll political consultants with ties to Obama to support the candidate and defeat Benjamin Netanyahu in the 2015 Israeli election. Not so innocent, Obama and the Democrats, are you? Regarding Bill Straus’ question at the end of his column “ All About Self” in the April 2017 issue of Lovin’ Life: The question was “Can you think of anyone fitting the profile whom I may have left off my list at the beginning of this column?” Mr. Straus missed the ex-“Narcissist” in charge: Barack Hussein Obama. He fits all seven of his criteria exactly. He and his wife are the epitome of narcissism.

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Thank you for your letter, Rich. You are correct that there are many excellent restaurants throughout the greater Metro Phoenix area, and we would do well to branch out and cover them. This issue, we’re happy to focus our food writing on Clever Koi, one of Gilbert’s best restaurants, and Valleywide business Nothing Bundt Cakes. Also see one reader’s rave review of Beckett’s Table in Phoenix, below.

A restaurant with soul… and sole Beckett’s Table is a restaurant that has soul. I am not talking about fish. I am talking about good, old-fashioned, white-glove hospitality. Familiar with the frailties of life, I was formerly homeless, yet ventured out last New Year’s Eve to bring in the upcoming year. As a single, elderly lady, the prospect of dining alone was daunting but I was enamored by Beckett’s theme, “Coming Together,” engraved on the entrance door. Upon entering, the gaiety of the atmosphere buoyed my emotions as I was greeted warmly by the young lady at the door. I elected to sit at the long community table with multiple place settings, affording me possible conversation with others. One by one, each staff member greeted me personally with effusive “Happy New Year!” wishes. A young couple sitting across from me were in awe: “You sure do know a lot of people.” I didn’t know a single one. My order of sizzling steak arrived, prepared by James Beard nominee Justin Beckett. It was a succulent treat with each tender forkful. At evening’s end, Katie Stephens bid me goodbye and instructed

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Cyberbook: William Keiper’s latest book delves into the impacts of the Dark Web and cybercrime. (Courtesy FirstGlobal Media)

ca’s Real Deal and Life Expectancy: It’s Never Too Late to Change Your Game. For more information about Keiper and Cyber Crisis: It’s Personal Now, visit williamkeiper.com. Dr. Susan Wilder of Lifescape Premier, a concierge medical service based in Scottsdale. Other presenters among the nine specialists scheduled to speak are Haley Cloud of nutritionist Living Raw by Grace, Dr. Michael Robb of Fix 24 Wellness Studio, and Dr. Steven Sorr of Source of Health Natural Medicine Center. The Life 360 Summit starts at 9 a.m. and concludes at noon at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Scottsdale. Tickets cost $67. Visit life360summit.com for more information.

Silver Sneakers, a national community fitness program for active adults with more than 13,000 participating gyms, will celebrate its 25th year in Arizona this month. Classes are taught by certified instructors and designed specifically for retirees and Medicare-eligible adults. They include activities to enhance muscle strength and range of movement. Handheld weights, balls, and resistance bands are used, but Silver Sneakers also offers specialized classes in things like Latin dance, yoga, and tai chi. Silver Sneakers classes take place at several locations around the Valley, including Anytime Fitness, 1072 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler; Tangible Fitness, 1500 E. Thomas Road in Phoenix; Youfit, 2845 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale; and Planet Fitness, 5121

W. Glendale Ave. in Glendale. “I’ve had the privilege to meet with many of our members across the country, and I’m always moved by the stories they share about how Silver Sneakers has changed their lives,” says Donato Tramuto, CEO of Tivity Health, parent company of Silver Sneakers. “We are excited to celebrate Silver Sneakers’ silver anniversary and the positive difference the program makes for members, their families and the community.” Some people are eligible for Silver Sneakers at no additional cost through more than 60 health plans, including Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement carriers and group retiree plans. For more information about Silver Sneakers locations and anniversary events, visit silversneakers.com.

Sun Lakes Rotary Club breaks fundraising record at golf event The Sun Lakes Rotary Club raised more money for charities than it ever had before at the Sun Lakes Charity Golf Tournament on March 26, topping its previous best by $12,000 – and had fun while doing it, dropping 1,500 numbered golf balls from a helicopter onto the practice tee for prizes and shooting golf balls from a bazooka for the thrill of it. All three courses at Oakwood Country Club were used for the activities and the golf tournament, which the team of Frank Wiley, Raul Diarafimo, John Kiehl, and J.R. Herrick won. Special prizes were awarded for holes-in-one on par-3s. Since its founding in 1986, the Sun Lakes Rotary Club has worked with charities including Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley, Neighbors Who Care, and the Chandler Unified School District. The school district is the club’s biggest beneficiary “because

of the club’s primary outreach toward education,” according to Sun Lakes Rotary Club president-elect Norm Noble. “Club members spend hundreds of hours each year mentoring children from third-grade through high school.” To date, Sun Lakes Rotary Club has donated more than 44,000 dictionaries to third-grade students in the Chandler Unified School District, and its members have taught a program about the importance of staying in school, called “Choices,” to more than 50,000 ninth-graders in the district. The club meets every Tuesday morning in the ballroom at Oakwood Country Club. Sun Lakes residents interested in learning more about the rotary club can call Charles Loew at 602-271-3680; SunBird residents can contact Walt Mills at 480-883-8007.

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The 50-plus crowd that may benefit the most from today’s smartphone- and ‘smart home’-based economy BY JIMMY MAGAHERN The first thing Francine Hardaway does every day when the alarm on her iPhone wakes her is to summon the robots scattered throughout her house. It starts with her addressing the Echo Dot in her bedroom, a hands-free, voice-controlled device that interacts with Alexa, the artificial intelligenceequipped “personal assistant” developed by Amazon that can control a number of other wireless devices as well as deliver information and services on the Internet. “I have the Echo Dot in my bedroom, and when the alarm on my phone goes off, I immediately say, ‘Alexa, turn the lights on,’ and I have a couple of smart bulbs in my bedroom and Alexa turns those on,” Hardaway says. “Then after I get dressed and get ready to take the dogs out for a walk, I say, ‘Alexa, tell Starbucks to start my order.’ And if you place the same order at the same Starbucks every day – which I do – it will order it for you and your coffee will be waiting for you when you get there to pick it up.” It may sound like the jacked-in lifestyle of a Silicon Valley whiz kid, but Hardaway is actually a grandmother living in an older neighborhood of Phoenix who turns 76 this month. Nevertheless, Hardaway is easily more tech-savvy than many Millennials, running her own consulting firm for startup entrepreneurs in a house packed with all the latest gadgetry, from Google Glass and Snapchat Spectacles to Sonos smart speakers, a Ring video doorbell and at least three brands of virtual reality headsets. “I still haven’t found the best one,” she laments.


Francine Hardaway is easily more tech-savvy than many Millennials. (Special to LLAF)

Interestingly, Hardaway says that a lot of the new technologies being developed today – especially those devices and services designed for the so-called “smart home” – seem almost custom-made to serve her age group. “Voice-controlled devices are unbelievably useful for older people,” she says, noting that Internet-connected, voice-activated devices like Amazon’s Echo or Google Home can perform many of the elder services previously relegated to a caregiver or family member, like providing medication reminders and scheduling appointments, ordering

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groceries to be delivered and summoning transportation. “It’ll even read to you,” says Hardaway, who enjoys having her digital assistant play audio books purchased on Audible. “If your vision’s not what it was, you can have it read you the news in the morning.” Better yet, a forgetful grandmother can ask repeated questions of Alexa, Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana that might otherwise exasperate an impatient grandchild – a particular godsend to people suffering with dementia. “It never tires,” Hardaway says. “You can ask Alexa endlessly.”

Hardaway also points to smartphonecontrolled “sharing economy” services like Uber and Instacart, the Internetbased grocery delivery service, that make life infinitely easier for older adults who no longer drive independently – a growing population that inevitably will also benefit most from the coming wave of self-driving or semi-autonomous cars. “You can get everything delivered to your house nowadays just by using an app on your phone,” she says. “Instacart now works with every store from Safeway, Fry’s and Bashas’ to Target, Petco and Total Wine. “But it’s not really marketed to older people; it’s marketed to busy young professionals,” she adds. “Same thing with Postmates, which is a delivery service that works like Uber. They’re targeting young working people who don’t have time to drive around doing their shopping. But it just so happens these services are great for older folks.” Ironically, Hardaway says, she consciously avoids tech products and services that are intentionally designed for the older demographic. “I don’t like the kind of tech that is usually sold to older people, because it’s usually designed with the presumption that we know nothing about tech,” she says. “I don’t like tech products that dumb things down for older people. Don’t give me special tablets with larger buttons and simpler apps. Just give me a real iPad and show me how to use it. I fully believe

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tech...continued from page 10 in teaching older people to use the available tech that’s already out there.” That’s also the guiding philosophy behind Tucson Adult Learning Adventures, a program run out of the Tucson AARP office by five retired techies who offer free one-on-one training to older adults on all the latest mobile devices. “We basically help them figure out the devices their grandkids talked them into carrying around,” says Warren Beneville, 73, a former avionics technician whose lifelong fascination with electronic gadgets has helped him keep pace with the new technology. “A lot of them come in because they want to learn how to text message their kids, or find out how to get started on Facebook.” The problem is, while much of today’s tech may truly benefit older adults, learning how to use it – and overcoming the many legitimate fears they may have about Internet privacy, the cloud and other facets of tech immersion – can be a real barrier for many. According to Beneville, older folks can easily become stymied by tech, principally because the culture surrounding it offers few entry points for newbies. “People will come in with a tablet or a smartphone that they haven’t even opened, because they really don’t get any instruction in the stores,” he says. “They’ll say, ‘They just gave it to me in a box.’”


Tucson Adult Learning Adventures teaches people how to use technology. (Courtesy of Warren Beneville)

Often their own tech-savvy adult children or grandchildren will be of little assistance. “We get people who say, ‘You know, I just can’t learn a thing from my daughter. She gets uptight with me.’ And then the grandkid comes along and says, ‘Here, give me that, Grandma!’’ – and does in a minute what you’ve been trying to learn all day, then gives the phone back, saying, ‘Here you go!’” That’s where the one-onone, peer-directed lessons can provide patient and understanding support. “I start by just going around the perimeter of the phone or the tablet first, showing them where their camera is, where their microphone is,” Beneville says. “Some of them have trouble just powering it on, because they hold the button too long and end up rebooting the whole thing! Some even have trouble using a touch screen because they’re used to using a flip phone with buttons that you could actually feel.” Once they’re finally comfortable exploring new technologies, though, Hardaway promises there’s a wide array of

amazing devices, software and Internetdispatchable services just waiting to make life better for older adults. According to a recent AARP report on

what it terms the “Longevity Economy,” we’re not too far away from the day when sensors embedded in “smart toilets” will be able to measure our glucose levels and automatically communicate back to our refrigerators, providing what the report’s authors call “a feedback loop of nutritional adjustments and suggestions.” Such innovations will help the millions of older adults determined to age in place. “It’s hard for me to count all the ways I interact with technology since it permeates my world,” Hardaway says. “While I’m walking the dogs, as Starbucks is brewing the coffee ordered by Alexa, my Apple Watch is tracking my heart rate while I’m also listening to a book on Audible. Then I’m FaceTiming with my daughter and grandchild in London, next I’m sitting at my computer ordering groceries for the week on Instacart, maybe having some wine delivered. So my life is layered with technology. Honestly, I’m not sure I’d be able to function right now if all these technologies didn’t exist. “They give me back so much time in the day, which gives me more time to get work done,” she adds. “And at this age, that’s really huge.”

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Elegance Leta Sproule finds Ms. Senior Arizona prize inspiring BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI Photos by Kimberly Carrillo

Leta Sproule was at peace as she awaited her turn to compete in the 2017 Ms. Senior Arizona Pageant. Usually, before she sits down at her piano, her hands get cold, forcing her to wear gloves to literally warm up for her performance. Butterflies fill her body. None of that happened this time. Her cool yet playful demeanor and artistic talents led to her coronation. “They had told us that we would have a few nerves,” says Sproule, who lives in Sun City West with her husband of 21 years, John. “A few jitters are good, I guess. But I truly understood for the first time that true peace surpasses understanding.” Sproule will spend the next year promoting Ms. Senior Arizona’s mission of giving women 60 and older – otherwise known as “the age of elegance” – the opportunity to display their inner beauty, talents, charm and elegance. She’ll attend parades, benefits and special events geared toward seniors, as well as support the Cameo Foundation, which provides resources to domestic violence survivors. Sproule, 67, learned about the Ms. Senior Arizona Pageant through a friend. Sproule Googled the event, looked at photographs of previous winners and


read the mission statement. “At first, I said, ‘No, no, no,’” Sproule says with her slight Southern accent. “Then I prayed. I said, ‘God, if you can be glorified in this, I will do it.’” She thought that no amount of prayers would lead to a victory at the pageant, run by former winner Herme Sherry and her husband, Ken. Sproule’s performance belied that at the Saturday, March 18 event in Surprise. She confidently moved from her piano to the stage for a flamenco dance to original music. For her efforts, she not only won Ms. Senior Arizona, but Most Photogenic, Most Elegant and tied for Best Philosophy with 63-year-old Mesa resident Shirlene Rutledge. More importantly, she earned a group of lifelong friends, including fellow contestant Bonnie Sisson, 72, of Scottsdale. “When I received the preliminary trophies, I was like, ‘Woah, this is cool.’ I was so excited to have Bonnie standing next to me,” she says. “All of the ladies – and Herme and Ken – kept telling us during the rehearsals that we were a great group of women. We all got along. We were very supportive of each other. They’re all special ladies.” Sproule was born in Tennessee and

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spent her formative years in Nashville. She attended Peabody College, which was absorbed into Vanderbilt University, and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music and human resources, respectively. After graduation, she worked as a financial planner for nonprofits and schools. “I loved helping people in the not-forprofit community,” Sproule says. “I always loved numbers and I put on my Ms. Senior Arizona Pageant bio that I have an interest in macroeconomics. There probably wasn’t anybody else who said that. “When I was growing up, and other kids were learning nursery rhymes, I was learning to never purchase a depreciating asset on credit. It took me a long time to learn what a depreciating asset was. I also learned very early on that if you save by the 10th, you can earn interest from the 1st. There’s 10 extra days of interest earned. It was natural for me to help teachers and not-for-profits.” Sproule was slow to appreciate Nashville’s vibrant country music scene. She loved Elvis Presley and eventually grew to enjoy singers like Carrie Underwood. “It was Roy Acuff or Elvis,” she says. “Well, duh. I loved Elvis Presley. I would see Minnie Pearl out and about shopping. That

wasn’t uncommon to see.” Music, as a whole, inspired her, though. Sproule first sat down to the piano at age 8 and it came easy to her. “When it came time for college, of course I was going to major in music,” she says with a smile. “Peabody was right there. I went there and got my degree. I had a couple kids along the way. “When I was in college, I switched to organ instead of piano. When I graduated, I was playing in a lot of churches around town. Instead of playing every Sunday, I would substitute so I could be with my family.” The Sproules – who have three children, four grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren – moved to Anthem in 2001. They lived there for eight years, until John’s corporate investments and pension sales job took them back to Nashville. With each move, her piano came along. “John retired three years ago and it was just an obvious choice to move back to Arizona,” Sproule says. “It wasn’t until I moved here that I picked up the piano again. It was God’s timing. I truly had not played the piano in 20 years.” Her church, Palm West Community Church in Sun City West, asked her to play piano as well. “I never played piano in church when they asked me to do that,” she says. “I had to start practicing again. John was grateful. He had not heard me practice. “I’m not sure I would have had the nerve to do the pageant if I hadn’t started playing piano again. I want to encourage other women to participate. It truly is a lifechanging experience, win or not.”

Show Off Your Talents The search is on for the Cameo Foundation’s 29th annual Ms. Senior Arizona 2018 contestants. Open to women ages 60 and older, the pageant is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place, Surprise. Radio personality Danny Davis will once again emcee. For contestant or pageant information, call 602-788-9556, email msseniorarizona2004@ cox.net, or visit cameofoundation.org or msseniorarizona.com. The event is sponsored by Times Media Group and Lovin’ Life After 50, John Wallick Jewelers, Rose Tuxedo, Applause Productions, Cummins Photography, Sierra Winds Senior Living, Freedom Inn at Scottsdale, Gartman Technical Services, Moore Graphics and Heritage Tradition.


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At 91, Diolenda Sellers is a fixture at her local gym BY COTY DOLORES MIRANDA Just walking into Carlos Monge’s Body by Design Training Studio, Diolenda Sellers is often the focus of attention, especially from newcomers. The Ahwatukee resident is 91 years old and works out with Monge, a personal trainer, exercising alongside others who are three or more decades younger. She’s fit. And she says anyone can be that way. She says it’s just like the adage of mind over matter. “My body prefers I don’t work out. My body wants to sit around and watch TV and eat bonbons, but my mind tells me it’s time to get up and go work out,” says Sellers, her eyes smiling behind her black frame glasses. “I think exercise is the most important favor we can do for ourselves.” Sellers isn’t a large person, but her personality and enthusiasm for life dwarf her 5-foot, 105-pound frame. Though intensely focused during her hour routines that include cardio and strength training, her smile is what you notice even before her impressive biceps. “People say they don’t have time to

exercise, but I find if you take time to exercise, you get more time,” she explains. “It’s not only for the body, but it helps your emotions and your mind, and as we age, keeping our mind sharp is even more important. And I find after a workout with Carlos, I walk out with a bounce in my step.” She likes to recall how she came to Body by Design in Ahwatukee. “I saw his website said ‘40s, 50s, 60s, plus’ so I called and asked, ‘How plus? How about 90?’ There was a quiet moment and then he said, ‘Why don’t you come in and try us out?’” It proved to be the right choice, she says. “I exercise with Carlos three times a week and I never know what my program is that day until we get started. We always do stretches before going into exercise, which is very important for the body,” she says. “I have seen very few facilities that offer space to do stretches and that’s an important part of the program with Carlos. Stretches seem to prepare the body for the exercises ahead.” She said her training includes correction of form when needed. “If I’m doing something incorrectly, Carlos is there to correct me. He

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Carlos Monge designed Diolenda Sellers’ workout regimen for clients 40 and older. (Special to LLAF)

not only corrects me, but he asks if I feel any pain in the area the exercise should be affecting,” she explains. “When I complete that exercise, he again asks how I feel to be sure it is an exercise I can continue to do,” Sellers says. “One of the things drummed into me early on in exercising – and I did a lot of reading as well as listening – is it’s better not to do an exercise than to do it incorrectly.” Monge’s Redefine Prime program for clients 40 and up includes personal attention, a change from Sellers’ previous experiences. “My trainers in the past have met with me for an hour, showed me the exercise, had me do it once or twice, wrote it down on a program and on to the next exercise,” she says. “I would do that program for four to six weeks on my own until I felt ready for the next training. With Carlos, he is there every step of the way the entire hour I am exercising.” Monge proudly admits he has a great deal of admiration for “D.” “It’s true you can’t go back in time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep exercising. D works with a group in their 50s and 60s and is a great inspiration to everyone here,” says Monge, a 56-year-old father of two. “And I love training D because she’s full of wisdom.” Peter Bradt, an Ahwatukee resident for 15 years who is in the same class with Sellers, says she constantly amazes and encourages him. “I was very impressed with the fact that D is 91 and still moving around and acting like she’s 70 or 75,” Bradt, 64, says. “There’s hope for me as D and I stretch together and walk side by side on our treadmills. She has a great sense of humor and is an inspiration to me.” Sellers says she’s aware she’s being watched by those decades younger than she. “Since I’m the only one of this age at

Sellers works out three times a week at Body by Design. (Special to LLAF)

the gym, I think they like to see what it will be like when they’re older. I’ve always been an active individual. I dreamed of being a dancer and traveling around to investigate all the states. I still love to travel and in this past year have been to Colorado, Montana, Hawaii, Japan and Spain. It was my second trip to Spain.” As age-defying as she may be, Sellers has definite opinions about age. “I think people get old sometimes because they think old. It’s just a number. It’s how you feel about it. After all, we only have one crack at it,” she says. Monge says just knowing Sellers has been “a blessing” in his life. “There’s a verse in the Bible that says, ‘Gray hair is a crown of glory, it is gained in a righteous life’ (Proverbs 16:31). This is who D is. She practices what she preaches, she lives a righteous life through faith.”


Some devices and applications can make life easier and better BY JUSTIN FERRIS

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. - Anonymous

The two quotes in this article nicely reveal the paradox of aging. On the one hand, there are many effects that a positive mental outlook can overcome. On the other hand, no matter how young at heart or mind you are, your body continues to break down. At some point, everyone who lives long enough will experience vision loss, hearing loss, memory problems and a host of other ailments. Until scientists can halt or reverse the cellular breakdown responsible for aging – they claim they’re getting closer – we just get to cope as best we can. Fortunately, our ability to cope keeps improving thanks to technology. For example, the right tech can help you.

about a hearing test to make sure it isn’t something serious. According to testers at Consumer Reports and Hearing Review, the $20-$30 PSAP models don’t do much, and could actually hurt your hearing by over-amplifying loud sounds. However, the $200-plus models can work for mild to moderate hearing loss. PSAP styles range from box-like units that go on your belt, such as the SuperEar brand, to a Bluetooth headset with extras, like the Sound World Solutions CS50 ($350). You can also find compact inear options like The Bean from Etymotic Research ($214). If you aren’t quite ready to pay for extra hardware, try a gadget you already own: your smartphone or tablet. Free apps like Petralex Hearing Aid for Android and Apple, and EarMachine for Apple, funnel sound picked up by the gadget’s microphone to your headphones to create a basic sound amplifier. For some situations, this might be all you need.

Remember things

Hear things Hearing loss is inevitable, but there’s a gap between needing people to speak up a little and requiring a $1,000-plus hearing aid. For that in-between time, you can use a personal sound amplifier product (PSAP) to boost the sound around you. If you experience rapid hearing loss, talk to your doctor or an audiologist


Memory starting to slip? Next time you need to remember something, pull out your smartphone and fire up Siri (press and hold your iPhone’s Home button) or OK Google (tap the microphone in the Android search bar). Then just say, “Remind me to...” followed by the reminder (example: “Remind me to pick up the dry cleaning tomorrow evening”). Done! You can also say “Take a note” to bring up a notes app. Another problematic thing to remember for some is the everaccumulating regimen of pills. Download an app like Medisafe Meds & Pill Reminder for Android and Apple. It keeps track of your pill schedule, stores dosage instructions, reminds you about refills, and records other medical info.

answered “often,” you might want to pick up a Bluetooth tracker. These small tags attach to yo u r keys, or other frequently lost items. To find the item, activate an app on your smartphone and the tag emits a loud sound. If your smartphone pulls a vanishing act, you can press a button on the Bluetooth tag and your phone will start making noise. Reviews for Bluetooth trackers from sites like The Wirecutter and Tom’s Hardware put Tile Mate at the top of the heap. Its Tiles come in two varieties, one for keys ($21 per Tile) and another for slim spaces like wallets ($24 per Tile). Also, if you lose an object outside of Bluetooth range, Tile Mate can trigger other users’ smartphones to look for it and notify you of its location. That’s great for dropped wallets or even stolen property. Tile Mate might be the best now, but keep an eye out. Its competitors Chipolo and TrackR promise improved designs later this year that offer size reduction and nifty features.

Bonus: See things Until companies like Deep Optics bring selffocusing glasses to market, you won’t find too much at-home tech to help you see better. However, there is a fun little trick to use the next time you’re squinting to read microscopic text and there’s no magnifying glass at hand. Simply pull out your phone. Open up the camera app, point your phone at the tiny writing, and pinch the screen to zoom in on the text. Simple! You can also find a range of magnifying glass apps in the Google and Apple apps stores. These do essentially the same thing as above, but lock the focus to a set distance and add a control to turn on the camera’s flash for better visibility in dark places.

I don’t need you to remind me of my age. I have a bladder to do that for me. - Stephen Fry

Find things How often do you spend 10 minutes or more searching for your keys? If you

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May 1 Monday

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Actor Rob Lowe to debut one-man show at Mesa Arts Center

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BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARANSINSKI Actor Rob Lowe will conduct an “experiment,” as he likes to say. On Friday, May 12, the Parks and Recreation veteran will debut his one-man show, “Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell My Friends,” at Mesa Arts Center. If he has fun, it could become an ongoing project. “I think if I enjoy it as much as I think I’m going to, it will probably be a tour,” says Lowe, calling from Los Angeles. “Right now, it’s one night only; the true definition of one night only.” The actor, whose latest movie, How to Be a Latin Lover, opened on April 28, has never done anything like this. “I’ve done a bunch of speaking engagements across the country, which put me in the mindset to do it,” Lowe says. “The two books that I wrote continue to have such an impact that it gave me the idea for this evening. I’m very excited about it and I’m working very, very hard on it.” The Mesa Arts Center was a logical choice. “It was a number of things,” he says. “I had heard that the arts center was unbelievably beautiful. It has great acoustics and a great place to perform. The other was, I wanted to go to a place where I hadn’t spent a lot of time; someplace where (fans) weren’t used to seeing me. I wanted to go somewhere fun, where I could spend a weekend. And somewhere that wasn’t too far from Los Angeles. All of those things brought me to Mesa.” Lowe is intrigued by the vulnerability that comes with standing on the stage alone, in the dark, in front of thousands of fans. The last time he was on stage was six years ago in London’s West End when he did A Few Good Men with Aaron Sorkin. “I like to think of it as creating a time machine where time stands still for that 90 minutes and you have a communal moment that’s believably intimate together. Everything else in your life fades


away in that moment. I love being able to conjure that.”

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Lowe is a self-described “political junkie” and he’s been particularly interested in the events of the last year. “It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” he says. “It makes The West Wing, House of Cards or Scandal look uninspiring. I find it honestly to be a microcosm of everything in our world. “Winning an Oscar used to mean one thing. Now it means something different. I watched the show Feud about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. The majesty and scope and seriousness with which the Lowe is intrigued by the vulnerability of a solo show. Oscars was beheld, there’s Rob (Photo by Sam Jones) no resemblance. The same is true with our elective He says that’s the “fun of it.” process. Everything is debased and crazy.” “What keeps anybody relevant and sharp is continuing to put yourself in Well-rounded résumé situations out of your comfort zone,” When he’s approached by fans, Lowe he says. “The adrenaline is pumping. never knows which of his many characters Anything that’s done over and over can resonated with them. That is exciting to be routine. This is one of the areas that Lowe, who made his mark early in his I have not had any experience in. I have career as Sodapop Curtis in the film The tons of experience on the stage, but Outsiders. this one-man show genre is really new “As my Parks and Recreation character, to me. It’s a fun challenge that I always Chris Traeger, would say, I see fans wanted.” ‘literally’ of any age,” he says with a laugh. “She could be an 8-year-old who saw Monster Trucks in the theater, or an What: “Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell 80-year-old who loves The West Wing. I My Friends” never know what project anyone is going When: 8 p.m. Friday, May 12 to want to talk about. I really am proud Where: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main of that. There are plenty of (entertainers) Street, Mesa who have one or two big ones. I have Cost: $30-$165 such a diverse body of work. That’s the Info: 480.644.6500 or fun of the evening, too. When I open it up mesaartscenter.com to questions, it’s always an adventure.”

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May 4 Thursday

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1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, 480-325-4707 humana.com/ mesacommunity.

No Time for Sergeants

Various times, through May 13, Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, $18-$30, 480-497-1181, haletheatrearizona.com. Two enlistees in the Air Force during World War II create a series of hijinks to get transferred into the Army.

May 5 Friday

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, 480-325-4707, humana.com/ mesacommunity.

Cinco de Mayo Spolvero Stenciling Class, “La Luna” Platter

6:30 to 9:30 p.m., As You Wish locations throughout the Valley, $12 plus pottery, asyouwishpottery.com. This Mexican Loteria-inspired platter uses Spolvero stenciling, which takes away the stress of drawing and turns this class into an adult coloring book on pottery.

May 6 Saturday Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance

6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Palm Ridge Summit Hall, 13800 W. Deer Valley Dr., Sun City West, $6 for members, $8 for guests, 602-679-4220, rocknroll.scwclubs.com. The host and DJ, Kort Kurdi, spins hits from the 1950s and 1960s.

Hillcrest Dance & Social Club of Sun City West Dance

7 to 9:30 p.m., R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, $6 for guests, $4 for members, 605-430-5337. Members and guests are invited to wear Hawaiian outfits and enjoy music by Midnight Moon. Complimentary finger foods will be served at intermission.

Kentucky Derby Party

7:15 a.m., Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix, $5$180, 602-942-1101, turfparadise.com. Celebrate in style with Arizona’s only Kentucky Derby party, during which guests can watch, wager and win with live local horses.

SMoCA Mix 2017: TECH Sublime

6 to 10 p.m., Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, tickets start at $175, 480874-46666, smoca.org. Come dressed in your future/

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6:30 p.m., Sun Lakes Country Club’s Arizona Room, 25601 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes, free, 480-802-0178, slgop.org. New York Times best-selling author Dr. Larry Schweikart will be the guest speaker.

May 10 Wednesday

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Arizona Authors Showcase

chic/bold apparel as you explore the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, which will be transformed into an immersive experience showcasing a variety of artists and how they use technology. Live exhibits include suspended light, 3-D printed suits and other interactive pieces.

May 7 Sunday

7 p.m., Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, $33.50-$43.50, 480-478-6000, mim.org. Clarinet and saxophone virtuoso Anat Cohen joins with Trio Brasileiro to perform music that celebrates Brazil’s culture.

May 13 Saturday

Beehive: The ’60s Musical

Music of John Williams

May 8 Monday

May 11 Thursday

7 p.m., Sun Lakes Country Club’s Navajo Room, 25601 E. Sun Lakes Blvd., free. Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes will be the guest speaker.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, 480-325-4707, humana.com/mesacommunity.

Sewing Group

Ballet Arizona’s All Balanchine

Movies and Popcorn: Fences

The Sun Lakes Democratic Club Meeting

May 12 Friday

1 to 3 p.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, 480-325-4707, humana.com/mesacommunity.

7:30 p.m., repeats 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 13 and 1 p.m. May 14, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, tickets start at $25, 602-381-1096, balletaz.org. Senior discounts available.

May 9 Tuesday

Mother’s Day Social

Talk Cinema

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, 480-325-4707, humana.com/mesacommunity.

7 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, $17, 480499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org. Talk Cinema offers sneak previews of new independent and foreign films. Audiences arrive at the theater not knowing in advance what will be screened and are among the first to see a new movie and then engage in a critical discussion led by film scholars and special guests.

8 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com, $30-$165. Actor Rob Lowe is testing a one-man show based on his book Stories I Only Tell My Friends. The actor known for The Outsiders, West Wing and Parks and Rec brings his theories on life and his penchant for connecting with fans in a funny, insightful and engaging way.

10 to 11:30 a.m., Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek, free, registration required, 480-488-2286. Join four local authors as they briefly tell their stories and discuss their books, which will be available for sale and signing. Books range from $10 to $35. Cake and tea will be provided. Various times through June 4, Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, see website for ticket prices, 602254-2151, phoenixtheatre.com. Phoenix Theatre’s musical will transport you to the iconic decade when Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and The Supremes ruled the radio.

Anat Cohen & Trio Brasileiro

Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell My Friends

John Pizzarelli Trio

7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, $28.50-$43.50, 480-478-6000, mim.org. A multifaceted jazz guitarist, vocalist, bandleader and radio personality, Pizzarelli is known for classic standards and late-night ballads.

Let’s Appreciate Art

11 a.m. to noon, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 480-481-7033, harrietc@vosjcc.org. This month, the group explores the art and life of Tony Bennett.

Caps for the Cure Knitting/Crocheting Group

1 to 3 p.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, 480-325-4707, humana.com/mesacommunity.

Hillcrest Dance & Social Club of Sun City West Dance

7 to 9:30 p.m., R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, $6 for guests, $4 for members, 605430-5337, hillcrest.scwclubs.com. Michael Carollo provides the music. Times vary, repeats May 13, Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, 602-262-6225, phoenixsymphony. org. One of the most popular American composers, John Williams has scored classic films like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and Jaws. The Phoenix Symphony tackles some of these iconic tunes.

Carnival of Illusion

Various times, repeats May 14 and May 27, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, $45-$60, 480-359-SHOW, carnivalofillusion. com. Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed present an evening of magic, mystery and oooh-la-la! They invite fans into their parlor for an intimate Vaudeville-inspired performance filled with illusion. Be prepared to travel back to the Old World with a twinkling hint of 1900s Parisian humor.

May 14 Sunday

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Lovin’ Life! Music of John Williams

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May 16 Tuesday

Scottsdale Civil War Round Table Meeting

6:40 p.m., Scottsdale Civic Center Library Auditorium, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, free, 480-699-5844, scottsdalecwrt.org. Ed Bonekemper will discuss “The Myth of the Lost Cause.”

May 17 Wednesday

Seasonal Relief for Your Pets with Mary DeRoche

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, 480-325-4707, humana.com/mesacommunity.

René Marie

7 p.m., Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, $30.50-$38.50, 480-478-6000, mim.org. Jazz vocalist René Marie combines the worlds of jazz, blues, soul, folk and gospel music with her own theatrical ability.

May 18 Thursday

Movies and Popcorn: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

1:45 to 3:45 p.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, 480-325-4707, humana.com/mesacommunity.

The Book of Mormon

Times vary, repeats May 14, Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, 602-262-6225, phoenixsymphony. org. One of the most popular American composers, John Williams has scored classic films like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and Jaws. The Phoenix Symphony tackles some of these iconic tunes.

Various times, through May 28, ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, see website for ticket prices and availability, 480-965-3434, asugammage.com. The nine-time Tony Award-winner for “Best Musical” has taken the theater world by storm since it debuted in 2011. Written by South Park’s

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Led Zepagain: Led Zeppelin Tribute Friday & Saturday, May 26 & 27

Britain’s Finest: The Complete Beatles Experience Friday & Saturday, June 2 & 3 All acts in The Showroom. For tickets call the box office at 480.850.7734 or visit ticketmaster.com.

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Lisa Fischer

7:30 p.m., Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, $53.50-$73.50, mim.org. After four decades of singing background for icons such as the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan and Nine Inch Nails, Lisa Fischer is stepping into the spotlight. She became a star in the Academy Award–winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom.

12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, 480-325-4707 humana.com/mesacommunity.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, 480-325-4707, humana.com/mesacommunity.

Birthday Celebration/Ice Cream Social

Memorial Day Celebration

Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance

May 27 Saturday

Hillcrest Dance & Social Club of Sun City West Dance

7 p.m., RH Johnson Social Hall, 19803 N. RH Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, $4-$6, 605-430-5337, hillcrest.scwclubs. com. Manuel Dorantes will entertain during the red, white and blue-themed dance. Patriotic dress is optional.

AJ’s The Art of Wine and Tastes of Summer

May 28 Sunday

Hillcrest Dance & Social Club of Sun City West Dance

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays October through May, Sixth Street Park, 24 E. Sixth St., Tempe, free admission, 480-355-6019, downtowntempe.com/events/6th-streetmarket. Sixth Street Market blends art, live music and the community weekly in the heart of downtown.

2 to 4:30 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, $35-$45 in advance only, 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org. More than 40 wines will be featured, complemented by gourmet specialties from AJ’s. 7 to 9:30 p.m., R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, $6 guests, $4 members, 605-430-5337, hillcrest.scwclubs.com. Midnight Moon provides the music.

Experience Polynesia

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., repeats May 21, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, included with paid admission, 480-478-6000. Enjoy musical performances, dancing demonstrations and a Polynesian-inspired menu at Café Allegro.

May 21 Sunday The Sweet Remains

7 p.m., Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, $30.50-$38.50, 480-478-6000, mim.org. Three gifted and charismatic singer-songwriters create “hushed, smooth folk-pop.”

A Toast to the Rat Pack

3 p.m., Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. Chandler, $29-$44, 480-782-2680, chandlercenter.org. Revisit the glamorous, hot, sparkling nights of Las Vegas when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. were the headliners at the swankiest of casinos. Expect an evening of hits performed by a talented group of performers that not only sound like The Rat Pack, but look like them as well.

May 22 Monday Sewing Group

1 to 3 p.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, 480-325-4707, humana.com/mesacommunity.

May 23 Tuesday

An Evening with Oscar-Winning Actor J.K. Simmons

4:30 to 6:30 p.m., FCF Holland Cabaret Theatre, 34250 N. 60th St., Building B, Scottsdale, $17-$22, dftheater.org/anevening-with-jk-simmons. This is an intimate opportunity to hear stories and experiences from J.K. Simmons, the brother of Desert Foothills Theater’s production manager, David Simmons.

Topia Ballet

Various times, through June 10, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, 602-381-1096, balletaz.org. Topia Ballet fuses Ballet Arizona and the Desert Botanical Garden for a relaxing recital.

May 24 Wednesday AZ Swing Kings Orchestra

7 to 8:30 p.m., Sonoran Plaza Ballroom, Sun City Grand, 19753 N. Remington Dr., Surprise, free admission but tickets are required, 623-546-7449, grandinfo.com.

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1:45 to 3:45 p.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, 480-325-4707, humana.com/mesacommunity.

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Movies and Popcorn: Mr. Church

May 19 Friday

6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Palm Ridge Summit Hall, 13800 W. Deer Valley Dr., Sun City West, $6 for members, $8 for guests, 602-679-4220, rocknroll.scwclubs.com. The host and DJ, Kort Kurdi, spins hits from the 1970s and 1980s.

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May 25 Thursday

Sixth Street Market

William Eaton: Voices Across the Canyon

2 to 3 p.m., Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, $10-$12, with discounts for museum members, 602-495-0901, pueblogrande.com. William Eaton is a Governor’s Arts Award and Emmy winner, and will perform with his uniquely crafted guitars at the Pueblo Grande Museum. The concert accompanies the “One World, Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records” exhibition, which features nearly three dozen photos documenting artists on Canyon Records, a music label that specializes in Native American music.

May 29 Monday “A Day of Remembrance”

9 a.m., Anthem Veterans Memorial, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem, free, onlineatanthem.com. Lt. Col. David Clukey, U.S. Army, will deliver the keynote address; Lt. Col. John Simmons, U.S. Air Force (retired) will serve as the master of ceremonies, and his Jr. Air Force ROTC cadets from Sandra Day O’Connor High School will stand guard at the memorial.

Support Groups May 1 Monday Facing Forward

4:30 to 6:30 p.m., HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, 10460 N. 92nd St., Suite 301, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 480-323-1321, honorhealth.com/ cancer.

Parkinson’s Support Group

1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Red Mountain Multigenerational Center, 7550 E. Adobe St., Mesa, free, 602-274-5022, duetaz.org.

Look Good Feel Better

4 to 6 p.m., Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 685 S. Dobson Dr., Chandler, free, registration required, 480-8552224, ironwoodcrc.com.

May 2 Tuesday Growing Older, Living Well

2 to 3 p.m., HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center, 7400 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 623-580-5800, honorhealth. com/events.

Tai Chi with Roxanne Reynolds

4:30 to 5:15 p.m., repeats May 9, May 16 and May 23, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 685 S. Dobson

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Acupuncture Sessions

By appointment only, repeats May 9, May 16 and May 23, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler, call for charge, 480-330-6211, ironwoodcrc.com.

Massage Sessions

By appointment only, repeats May 9, May 16 and May 30, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 5810 W. Beverly Ln., Glendale, call for charge, 602-740-2409, ironwoodcrc.com.

Home and Personal Safety with the Mesa Police Department

1 to 2 p.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, registration required, 480-325-4707, humana.com/ mesacommunity.

May 3 Wednesday

5:30 to 6:30 p.m., repeats May 11, May 18 and May 25, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler, free, registration required, 480-340-4013, ironwoodcrc.com.

Let’s Be Strong and Single

10 to 11 a.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 480-481-7033, harrietc@vosjcc.org.

May 5 Friday Chair Pilates

2 to 3 p.m., repeats May 19, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 8880 E. Desert Cove Ave., Scottsdale, free, registration required, 602-588-4367, ironwoodcrc.com.

May 6 Saturday Stroke Screening

8 a.m. to noon, HonorHealth Spine Group Arizona, 3621 N. Wells Fargo Ave., Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 623-580-5800, honorhealth.com/events.

Yoga for Recovery

Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?

Stroke Support Group

Cancer Survivors Celebration Breakfast

6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays in May, HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center, Medical Building 1, 19841 N. 27th Ave., Suite 400, Phoenix, free, reservations required, 623-780-4673, honorhealth.com/events.

10 a.m. to noon, HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center, 9003 E. Shea Blvd., Brady Conference Center, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 623-580-5800, honorhealth.com/events.

5:45 to 7 p.m., HonorHealth Outpatient Therapy Services, 3134 N. Civic Center Plaza, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 480-882-6821, honorhealth.com/events.

8 to 11 a.m., Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 5810 W. Beverly Ln., Glendale, free, ironwoodcrc.com/survivorsday.

Chair Yoga

10 a.m. to noon, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 8880 E. Desert Cove Ave., Scottsdale, free, registration required, 602-588-4367, ironwoodcrc.com.

10 to 11 a.m., repeats May 10, May 17 and May 24, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 685 S. Dobson Dr., Chandler, free, registration required, 480-340-4013, ironwoodcrc. com.

Tai Chi

1 to 2 p.m., Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 5810 W. Beverly Ln., Glendale, free, registration required, 602-5884367, ironwoodcrc.com.

Massage Sessions

By appointment only, May 10, May 17 and May 31, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 8880 E. Desert Cove Ave., Scottsdale, call for charge, 602-740-2409, ironwoodcrc.com.

Scams and Fraud with Karen Stegenga

10 to 11 a.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, free, registration required, 480-325-4707, humana.com/ mesacommunity.

May 4 Thursday

A Less Invasive Approach to Total Hip Replacement

5:30 to 6:30 p.m., HonorHealth Orthopedic Institute, 20401 N. 73rd St., Suite 130, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 623-580-5800, honorhealth.com/events.

Meditation for Healing

6 to 7 p.m., repeats May 18, HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center, Medical Building 1, 19841 N. 27th Ave., Suite 400, Phoenix, free, reservations required, 623-780-4673, honorhealth.com/events.

Mesa Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group

6 to 8 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2745 N. 32nd St., Mesa, free, registration required, 480-262-8154.

Tai Chi with Roxanne Reynolds

3 to 3:45 p.m., repeats May 11, May 18 and May 25, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 8880 E. Desert Cove Ave., Scottsdale, free, registration required, 60-588-4367, ironwoodcrc.com.

Massage Sessions

By appointment May 4, May 6, May 10, May 11, May 17, May 18, May 24 and May 25, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler, call for charge, 480340-4013, ironwoodcrc.com.


Breast Cancer Support Group

Women’s Health & Wellness Expo

8 a.m. to noon, Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa, free, registration required, 877-9249355, mvmedicalcenter.com/womens-expo.

May 7 Sunday

National Barrier Awareness Day observed

May 8 Monday Freedom From Smoking

4 to 6 p.m. Mondays through June 26, HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, 10460 N. 92nd St., Suite 206, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 623-508-5800, honorhealth.com/events.

HonorHealth Bariatric Center Support Group

6 to 7:30 p.m., repeats May 17, HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center, 9003 E. Shea Blvd., Brady Conference Center, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 480-8827460, honorhealth.com/bariatrics.

Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

4 to 5:30 p.m., HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, 10460 N. 92nd St., Suite 301, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 480-323-1321, honorhealth.com/cancer.

Look Good, Feel Better

4 to 6 p.m., Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 8880 E. Desert Cove Ave., Scottsdale, free, registration required, 480-855-2224, ironwoodcrc.com.

Prostate Cancer Support Group (USTOO)

7 to 9 p.m., Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 685 S. Dobson Dr., Chandler, free, registration required, 480-3404013, ironwoodcrc.com.

May 9 Tuesday Heart Health Evaluations

7:30 to 11:30 a.m., repeats May 24, HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center, 9003 E. Shea Blvd., Diagnostic Center, Scottsdale, $20, registration required, 623-580-5800, honorhealth.com/events.

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3 to 4:30 p.m., repeats May 23, HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, 10460 N. 92nd St., Suite 301, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 480-323-1321, honorhealth.com/ cancer.

Look Good, Feel Better

4:30 to 6:30 p.m., HonorHealth Breast Health and Research Center, 19646 N. 27th Ave., Suite 205, Phoenix, free, reservations required, 623-580-5800, honorhealth.com/ events.

May 11 Thursday

6 to 7 p.m., Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center, 7400 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 623-580-5800, honorhealth.com/events.

Noon to 1 p.m., HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center, 9003 E. Shea Blvd., Brady Conference Center, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 623-580-5800, honorhealth.com/events.

HonorHealth Breast Cancer Support Group

Look Good Feel Better

6 to 8 p.m., repeats May 25, HonorHealth Breast Cancer and Research Center, 19646 N. 27th Ave, Suite 205, Phoenix, free, reservations required, 623-780-4673, honorhealth. com/cancer.

HonorHealth Colorectal Cancer Support Group

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, 10460 N. 92nd St., Suite 301, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 480-323-1321, honorhealth.com/ cancer.

Lymphoma Support Group

Color Me Calm

6 to 8 p.m., Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 8880 E. Desert Cove Ave., Scottsdale, free, registration required, 602-588-4367, ironwoodcrc.com.

Health Talk: Take Control of Fibromyalgia Pain

10 a.m. to noon, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 5810 W. Beverly Ln., Glendale, free, registration required, 602-588-4367, ironwoodcrc.com.

Some Answers to Those Age-Old Questions on Old Age

10 a.m. to noon, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler, free, registration required, 480-340-4013, ironwoodcrc.com.

1 to 2:30 p.m., Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 8880 E. Desert Cove Ave., Scottsdale, free, registration required, 602-588-4367, ironwoodcrc.com. 1 to 2 p.m., Humana, 4953 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, reservations required, 480-325-4707, humana.com/ mesacommunity. 10 to 11:30 a.m., Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 644 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, free, reservations required, 480833-8247.

May 10 Wednesday Bone Density Screenings

11 a.m. to 3 p.m., repeats May 31, HonorHealth Shea Medical Center, 9003 E. Shea Blvd., Diagnostic Center, Scottsdale, $20, registration required, 623-580-5800, honorhealth. com/events.

HonorHealth Breast Cancer Support Group

Noon to 1:30 p.m., HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, 10460 N. 92nd St., Suite 301, Scottsdale, reservations required, 480-323-1321, honorhealth.com/cancer.

Cancer Support Group

6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 5810 W. Beverly Ln., Glendale, free, reservations required, 602-588-4367, ironwoodcrc.com.

Spirituality Group

4 to 5 p.m., Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 6111 E. Arbor Ave., Mesa, free, registration required, 480-340-4013, ironwoodcrc.com.

Workshop: Decompress from Stress

10:30 a.m. to noon, Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, reservations required, 480-325-4707, humana. com/mesacommunity.

Healthy Cooking Demo: Summertime Smoothies

Noon to 12:30 p.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, reservations required, 480-325-4707, humana.com/mesacommunity.

Menopause Support and Education Group

Is Exercise a Real Pain in the Knee?

Watercolor Painting Class

Mind, Body and Spirit—Art Class

May 12 Friday

4 to 6 p.m., Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 6111 E. Arbor Ave., Mesa, free, registration required, 480-340-4013, ironwoodcrc.com.

May 16 Tuesday

Noon to 2 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, $35 for members, $50 nonmembers, registration required, 480-481-7035, aquatics@vosjcc.org.

May 22 Monday Look Good, Feel Better

4 to 6 p.m., Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 3686 S. Rome St., Gilbert, free, reservations required, 480-8552224, ironwoodcrc.com.

Multiple Myeloma Cancer Support Group

Rhythm and Relaxation

May 23 Tuesday

Natural Oils Presentation

3 to 4:30 p.m., repeats May 23, HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, 10460 N. 92nd St., Suite 301, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 480-323-1321, honorhealth.com/ cancer.

4 to 5:30 p.m., HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, 10460 N. 92nd St., Suite 301, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 480-323-1321, honorhealth.com/cancer. 6 to 7 p.m., Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 8880 E. Desert Cove Ave., Scottsdale, free, registration required, 602-588-4367, ironwoodcrc.com. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler, free, registration required, 480-340-4013, ironwoodcrc.com.

Diabetes: Don’t Sugarcoat It

1 to 2:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, free, registration required, 623-580-5800, honorhealth.org/events.

1 to 2:30 p.m., Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 8880 E. Desert Cove Ave., Scottsdale, free, registration required, 602-588-4367, ironwoodcrc.com.

Grief Support Group

Schmooze and Pastry with Chani

11 a.m. to noon, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, free, registration require, 602-492-7670, chani@sosaz.org.

May 24 Wednesday Heart Health Evaluations

7:30 to 11:30 a.m., repeats May 24, HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center, 9003 E. Shea Blvd., Diagnostic Center, Scottsdale, $20, registration required, 623-580-5800, honorhealth.com/events.

Chair Yoga

Home Safety Education with Mesa Fire Department

1 to 2 p.m., or 2 to 3 p.m., repeats May 26, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 5810 W Beverly Ln., Glendale, free, registration required, 602-588-4367, ironwoodcrc.com.

1 to 2 p.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, reservations required, 480-325-4707, humana.com/ mesacommunity.

Breast Cancer Screening and BMI/Blood Pressure Screening

Memory Screening

3 to 4:30 p.m., Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 685 S. Dobson Dr., Chandler, free, registration required, 480340-4013, ironwoodcrc.com.

May 17 Wednesday

Diabetes Support Series Part 2: Complications

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, call for charge, reservations required, 480-325-4707, humana.com/mesacommunity.

May 13 Saturday Breast Cancer Support Group

10 a.m. to noon, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 5810 W. Beverly Ln., Glendale, free, registration required, 602-588-4367, ironwoodcrc.com.

Caregiver Support Group

10 a.m. to noon, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 685 S. Dobson Dr., Chandler, free, registration required, 480-340-4013, ironwoodcrc.com.

May 14 Sunday

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May 15 Monday

Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Group

10 a.m. to noon, HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center, Cowden Center, 9202 N. Second St., Phoenix, free, reservations required, 623-870-6300, honorhealth.com/ events.

9 a.m. to noon, Visiting Angels East Valley, 701 W. Southern Ave., Suite 105, Mesa, free, reservations required, 480-833-8247.

Caregiver and Family Support Group

4:30 to 5:30 p.m., HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, 10460 N. 92nd St., Suite 301, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 480-323-1321.

Cooking Demonstration

3 to 4 p.m., Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 10585 N. 114th St., Suite 401, Scottsdale, free, registration required, 480-314-6677, ironwoodcrc.com.

Spirituality Group

5:30 to 7 p.m., Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler, free, registration required, 480340-4013, ironwoodcrc.com.

Diabetes Support Series, Part 1: Diabetes 101

10 to 11:30 a.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, call for charge, registration required, 480-325-4707, humana.com/mesacommunity.

May 18 Thursday

SPOHNC–Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

10 to 11:30 a.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, reservations required, 480-325-4707, humana. com/mesacommunity.

Congestive Heart Failure: Is Your Heart Really Failing?

Noon to 1 p.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, reservations required, 480-325-4707, humana. com/mesacommunity.

May 25 Thursday

HonorHealth Breast Cancer Support Group

6 to 8 p.m., repeats May 25, HonorHealth Breast Cancer and Research Center, 19646 N. 27th Ave, Suite 205, Phoenix, free, reservations required, 623-780-4673, honorhealth. com/cancer.

May 26 Friday Chair Yoga

1 to 2 p.m., or 2 to 3 p.m., Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 5810 W Beverly Ln., Glendale, free, registration required, 602-588-4367, ironwoodcrc.com.

May 29 Monday

Let’s Eat: Mature Mavens Dinner

How to Get Your Best Rest

11 a.m. to noon, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 602-492-7670, chani@sosaz.org.

May 19 Friday Zumba

9 to 10 a.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, call for charge, 480-325-4707, humana.com/mesacommunity.

May 20 Saturday Armed Forces Day observed

Honoring veterans and current members of the military

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Metastatic Cancer Support Group

6:30 to 8 p.m., HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, 10460 N. 92nd St., Suite 301, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 480-323-1321, honorhealth.com/cancer.

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May 21 Sunday

Happy Memorial Day from Lovin’ Life!

May 30 Tuesday 1 to 2 p.m., Humana, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, reservations required, 480-325-4707, humana.com/ mesacommunity.

May 31 Wednesday

Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center, 9003 E. Shea Blvd., Brady Conference Center, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 623-580-5800, honorhealth.com/events.

Bone Density Screenings

11 a.m. to 3 p.m., HonorHealth Shea Medical Center, 9003 E. Shea Blvd., Diagnostic Center, Scottsdale, $20, registration required, 623-580-5800, honorhealth.com/events.


That’s Amore! Andy DiMino loves his role as Dean Martin in ‘A Toast to the Rat Pack’ BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARANSINSKI Andy DiMino has been called “the quintessential crooner.” After a varied career that took him to Hollywood clubs and Colorado ski lodges, the Southern California native moved to Las Vegas, where he discovered his inner Dean Martin. For the last 14 years, he has been onethird of “A Toast to the Rat Pack,” a tribute act that comes to Chandler Center for the Arts Sunday, May 21. DiMino stars as Martin, while Sebastian Anzaldo and Lambus Dean perform as Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., respectively. “It’s a really fun show,” says DiMino via telephone from his Las Vegas home. “In theaters, we break it up into two sets. During the first set, we focus on the individual performers. Dean Martin usually opens the show with three songs, then he turns it over to Sammy for three songs

and Frank for three songs. That way, each performer gets to do the solo numbers from the catalog.” Before the intermission, the trio comes together for a handful of songs. They return to the stage as The Rat Pack, with the three tuxedoed performers interacting and closing with “big-finish numbers.” The six-piece band features a three-piece horn section that hearkens back to the Big Band era.

Longtime inspiration DiMino grew up watching The Dean Martin Show from 1965 to 1974, but he was a self-professed “child of the 1960s,” during which time he was raised on The Beatles. After a stint with bands, he stepped back to raise his son. In 1990, DiMino relocated to Las Vegas and started working odd jobs ranging from a strolling minstrel/guitarist at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino to singing

the Italian-American songs of Martin. Then, he saw a Rat Pack tribute show at the now-shuttered Desert Inn in Paradise, Nevada. “A light bulb went off in my head,” DiMino says. “I thought, ‘I could do this. I like this music. I like the comedy. I like the era. I’m already Italian.’ The pros outweighed the cons and it made sense. “I studied all the music. I read everything I could. I picked up the mannerisms by watching DVDs of his TV show. I loved the attitude and the fun they were having.” Singing and performing weren’t the hard parts. Instead, DiMino admits, he was a little leery about Martin’s comedic side. “I had never done comedy before,” DiMino says. “Dean A Toast to the Rat Pack performs May 21. (Special to LLAF) Martin was a natural comedian. I had done some musical theater. These were such great characters, What: A Toast to the Rat Pack though. Through our show, we hope to When: 3 p.m. Sunday, May 21 remind the audience how much they Where: Chandler Center for the Arts, loved the characters and music of that 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler time, and how it made them feel. If we Cost: $29-$44 can do that, that’s success for us. We’ve Info: 480.782.2680, chandlercenter.org, done our jobs.” dhsproductions.com/rat-pack



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Marty Allen still makes ‘em laugh BY NICK THOMAS Known for his trademark salutation, “Hello Dere,” his bug-eyed comic stare and wild Brillo-pad hair, veteran comedian Marty Allen is still making audiences laugh. “I get up in the morning and the only thing that doesn’t hurt is my pajamas,” joked Allen, who turned 95 in March, from his home in Las Vegas. A veteran of six decades in the entertainment industry, in 1957 the Pittsburgh-raised comedian teamed up with handsome lounge crooner Steve Rossi, who became his straight man. The union produced the incredibly popular comedy duo of Allen & Rossi.

Over the following decade, the pair toured the world and appeared on every TV variety show. They amicably parted in 1968 but reunited many times, as recently as the 1990s. Rossi died in 2014. “He lived in Las Vegas, too, and we remained good friends,” Allen says. “I last saw him a few days before he passed away. What can I say? We were like brothers.” Today, Allen is partnered with a new straight man – or straight woman, to be more precise – his wife of more than 30 years, Karon Kate Blackwell. “After Steve and I split up, I worked as a single for many years and even acted,”

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Allen recalls. “Then I met Karon at a Los go,” he recalls. “It just took off and grew Angeles restaurant. She was working as a wild.” singer and piano player, and when I saw But it was TV game shows where Allen her perform, I asked her to come on the excelled as himself. road with me, and the audiences loved “I was on them all, my favorite being a her.” semi-regular on Hollywood Squares with Allen appeared in a half-dozen feature people like Paul Lynde, Charlie Weaver, films, some TV movies, and guest- and Rose Marie,” he says. “We were starred on several television series. One allowed to write our own jokes, which memorable guest spot was on The Ed we would throw in when Peter Marshall Sullivan Show in 1964 with The Beatles. asked the questions. We didn’t know the “The guys had no idea who we were, questions up front, so we really did ad lib but backstage they were very friendly and the answers.” likable,” Allen recalls. “I remember walking Allen says that throughout his career, over to joke with John and saying, ‘A lot of he had a reputation of working well with people mistake me for you!’ He thought others. that was hysterical, me with my crazy hair, “I approached every job I ever had with and almost collapsed from laughing.” a good temperament,” he says. “I never Like Marty’s wild hair, his “Hello Dere!” fought with anyone and just wanted to catchphrase – also the title of his 2014 entertain. My career and the people I’ve autobiography (see martyallenhellodere. met have been a great blessing.” com) – was not planned. He blurted out the phrase in a brief rare moment of on-stage confusion when working with Rossi one evening. After the show, when audience members began repeating it, he says “I knew I had a gimmick entertainers only dream about.” As for that hair, “It seemed every time I cut my hair, I’d catch Karon Kate Blackwell (Allen’s wife) performs with the comedy legend. a cold, so I just let it (Special to LLAF)


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‘Deep Talk and Shallow Tales’ Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen avoid politics for traveling show


BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARANSINSKI Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper have been friends for more than 25 years. They play off one another and show sides of their personalities that folks don’t see on television. They will let fans into their world with AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen, otherwise known as “Deep Talk and Shallow Tales” on Friday, June 9, at Comerica Theatre. “Traveling anywhere with Andy is fun,” Cooper says. “Basically, he tries to get there days in advance to ‘scope it out.’ I’m not sure what that means. He wants to figure out where to go afterward. The whole tour revolves around Andy wanting to go to a new city and have fun.” AC2 is dubbed an “unscripted, uncensored and unforgettable night of conversation.” The late-night talk show host and the CNN anchor will interview each other and take questions from the audience. Instead of focusing on politics, the duo takes on pop culture and world events. Cohen is an Emmy Award-winning host and executive producer of Watch What Happens: Live, Bravo’s late-night, interactive talk show. He is also the executive producer of the Real Housewives series. Cohen has written two New York Times bestsellers: Most Talkative: Stories from the Frontlines of Pop Culture and The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year. At the first show, Cooper shares, the audience “laughed so much and had such a good time. They said it was like hanging out with us for a night. They said, ‘I’d love to go out drinking with you or go out to dinner with you guys.’ “That’s what the show is,” Cooper adds. “We tell stories we would only tell during the show. It’s not something fans would ever hear on television. We have some videos as well. It’s an intimate night with us and the audience, and the audience gets to ask us questions. It’s a fun night out with friends.” Cooper says he and Cohen have been asked “pretty much everything you can possibly imagine.” Cohen will answer every question, while Cooper passes on the “inappropriate ones.” “Usually the audience has had a couple drinks, which we certainly encourage,” Cooper says. “So, you never know where the questions are going to go.” The pair asks that the audience not


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share video or stories on social media or elsewhere because they want the show to be a surprise. “It’s nice to show different sides of yourself,” Cooper adds. “They see that side of Andy with his work on his nightly show. People see a very different side of me when they come. “We try to keep all the stuff we talk about a secret... We want it to be a unique experience. We basically have a code of silence for the outside. People have been great about it. There’s very little detail online about what we talk about and the stories we tell.” Cooper and Cohen have been friends for 25 years, when they were set up on a blind date that never happened. “We had a phone call to set up a date and within a minute I knew I wouldn’t ever go out on a date with him,” Cooper says. “I could just imagine him gesticulating, talking with his hands, being very animated. He broke my cardinal rule: He asked about my mom in the first 30 seconds.” The son of Gloria Vanderbilt, Cooper adds the call led to a longtime friendship. “We became the friends we are today,” he says. “It’s great to be able to travel with one of your best friends, to go to a city to entertain people and meet people. There’s no reason to do this other than the fun of entertaining an audience of 3,000 people.”


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Moneyball, 10 regular games plus double action. WHEN: Mondays and Thursdays, sales start at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: Beuf Senior Center, 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Phoenix COST: Starts at $4/pack, City of Phoenix Membership card or $5 guest INFO: 602-534-9743

Brentwood Southern

There is a money ball; 17 games include three that are percentage payout. WHEN: Mondays, hall opens at 4:30 p.m., sale starts at 5:15 p.m. and bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Brentwood Southern, 8103 E. Southern Ave., Mesa COST: Varies according to games and number purchased INFO: 480-306-4569

Chandler Senior Center Bring a friend or make some new ones while enjoying some fun and prizes. WHEN: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. WHERE: Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. Boston St., Chandler COST: 50 cents per card. No limit on cards purchased. INFO: 480-782-2720, chandleraz.gov/ senior-adults

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FCF-Holland Community Center

WHEN: Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. WHERE: FCF-Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, AZ COST: $13 and up INFO: 480-488-1090 or azfcf.org Games: 15 games of Bingo with a minimum of $375 prize money weekly

Fort McDowell Casino

Experience bingo in Fort McDowell Casino’s state-of-the-art and awardwinning 1,700-seat bingo hall. WHEN: Seven days a week, various times WHERE: Fort McDowell Casino, 10424 N. Fort McDowell Rd., Fort McDowell COST: Charge for cards INFO: 800-THE-FORT, ext. 4380, fortmcdowellcasino.com/bingo.php

Granite Reef Senior Center

Everyone welcome. Enjoy 20 games of bingo with prizes. WHEN: Tuesdays from 12:30 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale COST: $1 per card; three-card minimum. No limit on cards purchased. INFO: 480-312-1700, scottsdaleaz.gov

Las Palmas Grand Bingo

200-seat bingo hall open Wednesdays through Sundays in Goodyear. Ana’s dinners and desserts inside. WHEN: Wednesdays through Sundays at 6:30 p.m.; Fridays at 10:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. WHERE: Community Bingo, 3690 S. Estrella Pkwy., Suite 108, Goodyear COST: $21 (includes progressive) for 18 games; $14, late night and matinee for 13 games. INFO: 623-512-8878

WHEN: Monday Night WHERE: Las Palmas Grand, 2550 S. Ellsworth Rd., Mesa, AZ COST: $21 buy-in INFO: 480-357-1148 Snack Bar: Opens 5 p.m. Early Bird Session: 6:30 p.m. Games: Double action, Betty Boop, $1,000 progressive jackpot with additional number added each week, with a $300 Consolation Prize. Pay out $70, Early Bird; $100 Regular Game

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Spacious bingo hall features 850 seats with morning, matinee and evening sessions. The morning sessions include five regular games and two specials, with three for $10 and $1 specials. WHEN: Seven days a week, times vary WHERE: Lone Butte Casino, 1077 S. Kyrene Rd., Chandler COST: $2 to $32 INFO: 800-946-4452, ext. 8928, wingilariver.com/index.php/lone-butte/ gaming/bingo

Mesa Adult Center

Twenty-one games, win up to $500 in losers’ bingo, social bingo and big game bingo. WHEN: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Adult Center, 247 N. Macdonald St., Mesa COST: Various costs, call for pricing INFO: 480-962-5612, mesa.evadultresources.org

Palmas del Sol

Come join the group to play bingo weekly. Bingo doors and snack bar open at 5:15 p.m. WHEN: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Palmas del Sol, 6209 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa COST: Charge for cards varies according to number purchased. INFO: 480-528-4689

Peoria Community Center

Prize money will vary based on attendance. WHEN: Tuesdays and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. WHERE: Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson, Peoria COST: 25 cents per card; 50 cents for overall INFO: 623-979-3570

Red Mountain Active Adult Center

Bingo seating begins at 12:50 p.m. WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1:15 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Red Mountain Active Adult Center, 7550 E. Adobe Rd., Mesa COST: Tuesdays there are various prices; Thursdays the cards are 25 cents INFO: 480-218-2221 or rm.evadultresources.org

Social Bingo

Join others during social bingo. WHEN: Mondays, from 1 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Apache Junction Active Adult Center, 1035 N. Idaho Rd., Apache Junction COST: 25 cents per card INFO: 480-474-5262, aj.evadultresources.org

Sun Lakes VFW Post 8053

The organization holds bingo for up to 230 people. Payouts are based on sales; total may reach $900. All proceeds go to veteran needs, including homeless veterans, disabled veterans and military families. WHEN: Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Sales start at 6 p.m. WHERE: Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes COST: $7 minimum for play of all 19 games INFO: 480-895-9270

Sunland Village

Auditorium doors open at 4:30 p.m., cards are sold at 6 p.m. and play begins at 7 p.m. There’s a $900 progressive pot. WHEN: Thursdays WHERE: Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Ave., Mesa COST: Charge for cards varies according to number purchased INFO: 480-832-9003

Sunland Village East

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STORY & PHOTOS BY ED BOITANO Peter the Great modeled St. Petersburg after Amsterdam, itself one of the great planned cities of Europe. He traveled there in 1698, studying its layout, learning the craft of ship building, even pounding nails alongside Dutch workers at the world’s largest shipyard. It was part of the czar’s plan to modernize Russia and make his new Baltic capital a window to the west. His selection of Amsterdam was well chosen. Both cities were built on marshes, but Amsterdam took it a step further, transforming its marsh into Europe’s largest grand port. Amsterdam soon became, and still remains, one of the most advanced and forward-thinking cities in the world.

Back Story Located on the western coast of the Netherlands, Amsterdam began as a small 13th-century fishing village on the mouth of the Amstel River. Much of the city is below sea level and would flood if not for a network of dykes. The city rapidly

expanded to a major sea trading center, and by the 17th century became the center of a massive world empire. This period, known as the Dutch Golden Age, saw the building of stunning canals and opulent gable homes. Amsterdam was hit hard by military occupations, but rebounded after WWII and entered the modern age with one of the world’s strongest economies. The Dutch are also the tallest people in the world, with an average height of 6 feet 1 inch for males and 5-foot-7 for females. Scientists attribute this to having one of the best healthcare systems in the world.

Hedonism or Tolerance Say “Amsterdam” to most Americans, and you are met with questions regarding the Red Light District and coffee houses, where the use of cannabis is technically not legal, but openly tolerated. This world does exist, but it is only a small part of the city. Amsterdam has a long tradition of social tolerance. Due to its importance as a

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merchant center, traders from all over the globe brought not just goods, but other viewpoints and cultures into the city. The motto “No one should be harmed by the actions of others” is a defining characteristic of the Amsterdammer. The untranslatable word gedogen refers to the Dutch practice of turning a blind eye to things which are officially illegal but tolerated, such as soft drugs and euthanasia.

Getting Around Town: What I Learned Amsterdam is a compact city of 750,000, and easily negotiated by foot or tram. The train station and Dam Square are at the heart of the city and the starting point for most tours. Or hop on a bicycle and explore the city like a local. Approximately 63 percent of Amsterdammers ride their bikes on a daily basis. Museum Square is a brief tram ride from the city center. It is home to the Rijksmuseum, which includes works of Rembrandt and Vermeer. The Vincent Van Gogh Museum is a short walk away, and contains the world’s largest collection of paintings and drawings by the artist. Anne Frank House: During World War II, more than 103,000 Jews were deported from the Netherlands to concentration camps. The most famous was a 13-yearold German girl named Anne Frank. In 1942, the Frank and van Pels families went into hiding in the upstairs of a canal building. For two years, Anne worked on her diary, giving an account of growing up during the most inhumane of times. She made her last entry three days before being arrested. Anne and her sister died of typhus in Bergen-Belsen in March 1945, only a few weeks before the concentration camp was liberated. Her father, Otto Frank, the only member of the group to survive, returned after the war. Miep Gies,

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STORY BY ANDREA GROSS • PHOTOS BY IRV GREEN (unless otherwise noted) I’ve been warned that the landing at Telluride Regional Airport will be heart-stopping. At 9,070 feet above sea level, Telluride is not only the highest commercial runway in the United States, but it’s also surrounded by mountains, some of which rise almost another mile into the air. Landing, I’ve been told, is like dropping into the bottom of a deep bowl. But as we begin the descent, the view is so magnificent that I forget to be frightened. Even by Colorado standards, Telluride is stunning. Located in the southwestern corner of the state, near the point where Colorado meets Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, it’s girdled by the largest concentration of “fourteeners” (mountaintalk for peaks that are more than 14,000 feet above sea level) in North America. Three hundred days a year, the slopes – forest green in summer, aspen gold in fall and snow white in winter – are backed by lapis-colored sky. I soon learn that the word “Telluride” actually refers to an area that contains two very different towns: Telluride Village, which dates back to the mining days of the 19th century, and Mountain Village, which was established in 1987. The two are connected by a free gondola that takes folks back and forth from 6:30 a.m. until midnight. Our first stop is Telluride Village, located


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The Telluride area is known for great skiing. (Photo by Brett Schreckengost)

at the bottom of a box canyon. We saunter down Colorado Avenue, the town’s main drag, and gaze rapturously at Bridal Veil Falls, which tumbles 365 feet down the mountain in front of us, and is the tallest free-falling waterfall in the state. On either side of us are old buildings, mostly brick or clapboard, that have been turned into small, locally owned restaurants or shops that carry out the twin themes of mountains and the Southwest. There’s a wide selection of turquoise jewelry, leather belts, warm sweaters and paintings

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featuring mountains and aspens. As we wander up the side streets, we pass small Victorian homes painted rainbow colors and note there isn’t a chain store or mall in sight. In the 1980s, as many of Colorado’s ski towns morphed from outposts for ski bums into enclaves for the wealthy, Telluride Village took steps to retain its old-time character. It has a strict set of building codes, and the core area has been designated a National Historic Landmark. As a result, while the town certainly has its share of wealthy folks,

the ambiance is decidedly Bohemian and unpretentious. Even at Allred’s, one of the town’s top restaurants, the dress is casual, the feeling relaxed. Since we haven’t bothered to rent a car – a non-necessity in Telluride – we pile our suitcases into the gondola. In 13 minutes we’ve traveled 1,000 feet higher and disembark in Mountain Village. Here the atmosphere is more rarefied, both in altitude and design. Mountain Village is a planned community of European-style hotels, condos and private homes. As the center of the area’s ski operations, many of the lodgings have ski-in/ski-out facilities, and most offer multi-bedroom accommodations complete with kitchen. The small plaza is filled with restaurants and shops featuring outdoor clothing and sports equipment. Until recently, snow sports were Telluride’s main claim to fame, but the two towns are becoming equally well known as a summer destination. During the summer, activities range from hiking and biking to fishing and golfing. In addition, the area has a full program of warmweather weekend specials, from worldrenowned music and film festivals to small but classy craft and culinary shows. For some folks, Telluride is all about

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Clever Koi serves Asian inspired eats with a twist STORY & PHOTOS BY KATHY KERBY Clever Koi is an Asian-inspired kitchen featuring food from Thailand, Korea, China, Vietnam and Japan. This is the second location for owners Josh James, Nick Campisano and Jared Porter. According to general manager Travis Boltz, James is a craft cocktail innovator, while Campisano’s forte is restaurant hospitality, which translates to “treating people like family and the space like home.”


Campisano’s passion trickles down to all aspects of service. Chef Porter received his initial training at EVIT in Mesa, and he has definitely kept his hometown perspective throughout his 20-year career at various upscale restaurants in the Valley. Porter has educated the staff to “make exotic ingredients approachable.” The owners and general manager said that they want to be a part of the dynamic downtown neighborhood and are looking for longevity. Clever Koi features a modern, industrial-chic vibe with interesting architectural elements. A geometric feature wall behind the bar area was designed by architect Matt Noakes and has three-dimensional concrete tiles. The lotus blossom motif above the vast, open, stainless steel kitchen area complements the dining room, which features both highboy tables and bar seating. An almost monochromatic color

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The Duck Sausage Biscuit has sausage topped with an egg on a cheddar scallion biscuit.

scheme, with soothing shades of black, brown, gray and white, is accented with touches of gold in the hanging basket lights and small glassware. Eclectic art pieces hang on faux tusks on a wall near the kitchen and large glass windows open onto a 40-seat outdoor dining patio. Clever Koi recently rolled out a brunch menu available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with special entrees and drinks. In a “heavy brunch neighborhood, we

just wanted to play ball,” said Travis as he brought menus to my friend and me on a recent Saturday. We sampled the three brunch offerings, which featured modern twists on Asian classics. The Duck Sausage Biscuit ($10) had layer upon layer of flavor, beginning with flaky cheddar scallion biscuits, then crispy duck sausage, tomato, sunny eggs and a splash of mild house Sriracha sauce to brighten the dish. The egg yolk cascaded down the sandwich like a creamy


The Kimchi Belgian Waffle is served with crispy pork belly and coconut water syrup.

yellow sauce and the white yam hash browns were browned and crispy. The Chinese Chorizo Burrito ($10) included wok-scrambled eggs, lap cheong (Chinese sausage), kimchi fried rice and refried fermented black beans marinated in mirin (Japanese rice wine). It came bundled in a fresh tortilla sealed by heat on a bed of cheddar cheese. The flavorful burrito was served with tomato seaweed pico and wasabi guacamole nestled in a small fried tortilla bowl. Although it might seem like a mouthful of crazy flavors, the talented chefs at Clever Koi use subtlety and allow each ingredient to stand out, but not overpower, the others. The last of the brunch trio was the Kimchi Belgian Waffle. This is not in-your-face kimchi, since just a hint of house-made savory kimchi liquid is added to the batter. Boltz informed us that it is “three-day kimchi, so there is not quite so much funkiness.” The crispy waffle was topped with cubes of fried pork belly and coconut water syrup, which adds a light touch of sweetness to the flavor profile. The Happy Hour menu, served daily from 2 to 6 p.m. (11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday) includes Black Bean & Celery Root Pancakes with pickled peppers and wasabi aioli ($6.) My lunch date said, “There is so much going on in this pancake – every bite is an explosion of flavors.” The Pork Ramen ($9) is a signature dish, and it takes four days in a 65-gallon tank to make the broth. The pork belly is brined, braised and pressed for three days before be-


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Nothing Bundt Cakes whipping up delights for Gilbert, Mesa BY SRIANTHI PERERA Jan Newton wasn’t a “cake person” until she tried a piece of lemon-flavored Nothing Bundt Cake at a party. “I was obsessed, and I kept thinking about it… but that was the greatest cake I’ve ever had,” says Newton, who researched the franchise and subsequently became the owner of the cake store’s newest outlet in the Valley, located in Gilbert. Nothing Bundt cakes features signature thick frosting petals on bundt cakes that come in 8- or 10-inch sizes, tiered or towered, and in smaller Bundtlets and even smaller Bundtinis. The franchise originated in Las Vegas in 1997, when Debbie Shwetz and Dena Tripp wanted “simply to please their family and friends,” according to its website. Today, there are more than 200 stores across the country. Newton’s store will primarily serve customers in north Gilbert and Mesa. The Anthem resident will soon move to a condo in east Mesa, which will be located a few minutes away from it. Business has been great, Newton says. Online orders are rolling in and delivery requests are also growing. “I’m really thrilled people are realizing that we do deliver to areas within our territories,” she says. Although Newton has a team of 17 staffers, she prefers to deliver the sweet treats herself in her colorful “Bundtmobile.” “I think it’s important for me to be the

The Nothing Bundt Cakes team (from left) Nicollette Casey, Tekatrianna Schulte-Evans, Andrew Hawkins, Lauren Petersen, Kim Hughes and store owner Jan Newton. (Photo by Srianthi Perera)

face of Nothing Bundt Cakes in the community and for people to know me, that I’m offering the best service that I can and it’s just part of who I am,” she says. The level of personalized service hasn’t been lost on her customers: The store received 100 percent for customer service in a recent survey. The majority of her shoppers are working women ages 30-60, she noted, although men are increasingly coming in through the doors.

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in broadcast journalism at the University of Arizona and used to be a radio broadcaster in Salt Lake City. When she took time off to raise Waverly, her daughter who was born in Vietnam, Newton did many things in her spare time, including teaching aerobics, doing voiceovers for commercials and being a media ambassador for Weight Watchers International. Before she moved back to Arizona, she and her husband, Mark, lived in Seattle, where she ran a craft beer tap room. Mark still works in that city, while Waverly, who has a degree is business and marketing from the University of Arizona, works in San Francisco. The tap room was thriving, but Newton didn’t want to continue under the dark skies of Seattle for more than two years. She sold it to her business partner and moved to Arizona. After her business was established, Newton sought ways on how to give back to the community. Barely weeks after opening, she benefited Child Crisis Center of Arizona and has made further plans to help local schools. Although she misses the energy of broadcast journalism, Newton may not return to her early career. She feels the bakery would be her last call. “It sounds hokey to say this, but when you take a cake to a person, you get a big grin. It’s really true,” she says. “Our slogan here is ‘we make the world a sweeter place’ and I really believe it.”

Newton’s two bakers begin work at 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. and bake all day long to create the nine flavors and the flavor of the month. April’s was strawberries and cream. She’s noticed that pecan praline flies off the shelves, while gluten-free Nothing Bundt Cakes varieties are requested often as well. 2285 E. Baseline Road, #103, The cake book provides details of Gilbert how the cakes may be decorated and 480-892-1667, presented – there are 45 decorations to nothingbundtcakes.com/bakery/ choose from. Newton and her store manager, az/gilbert Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Shawn Strunk – he’s one of the few male managers in the franchise – spent a month undergoing training in Dallas. She described it as intense. “We started off as dishwashers and we worked every single position in the bakery for a month. It was fantastic, we learned a lot,” she says. “They wanted us to know what it was like to be a dishwasher and to experience their experience.” If you see the “Bundtmobile” parked in your neighborhood, Jan Newton may Newton graduated be delivering a Nothing Bundt cake to someone. (Special to LLAF)


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Italian Crostoli A melt-in-your-mouth treat BY JAN D’ATRI This month, I’m honoring my momma by featuring one of her most treasured family recipes. It’s called… well, that’s the problem! How can one recipe have so many names? Enter the 20 regions of Italy. Italian crostoli are called different things, depending upon in which region they are made. These delightfully delicate treats are known as cartellate, frìnzele, scartagghiate, galani, chiacchere, frap-

pole, nastri and cenci as well as crostoli. But all across Italy, they’re the same melt-in-your-mouth strips of sweet dough made into bows and gently fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar. The crostoli (from my momma’s region of Venato) are sprinkled with a little bit of powdered sugar when fried. You will never forget the taste, texture and experience of biting into a crostoli or even dunking it in a little bit of Vin Santo!

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INGREDIENTS: – 4 cups flour – 1 tablespoon Crisco or similar shortening – 2 egg yokes – 1 whole egg – 1/4 cup sugar – 2 teaspoons orange extract or brandy – 1/4 teaspoon salt – 1 cup white wine – 1/2 cup powdered sugar – 2 cups lard (for frying) – 2 cups vegetable oil (for frying) DIRECTIONS: Step #1: In a bowl mix the flour, sugar, lard, egg yolks, whole egg, orange extract or brandy and salt. Gradually add wine until the dough forms a firm ball and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl. On a floured surface, knead dough about 5 minutes until dough is elastic but firm. Cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Step #2: Cut dough into four parts. Using one part at a time and covering the other


three, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. If you have a pasta machine, set on the widest setting, then keep feeding it through until dough is smooth and uniform. Turn to thinnest setting and roll out to 1/8 inch thick. Step #3: If dough becomes sticky, gently sprinkle with flour to prevent sticking. With a pastry wheel or knife, cut dough into long strips, 2-inches wide and 6-inches long. Cut a small slit down the middle of each piece of dough. You can also pinch them in the center to look like bows. Step #4: In a deep fryer or deep pan, heat 2 cups of lard and 2 cups of oil to 350 degrees. Oil is ready when test strip of dough bubbles. Fry crostoli, a few at a time, until golden brown, about 30 seconds on each side, turning gently with tongs. Step #5: Remove with slotted spoon or tongs and place crostoli on paper towel. When cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Can be stored for weeks in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Playlists in the key of Life BY BOB ROTH

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“Miracles” by Jefferson Starship, “Beautiful Day” by U2, and “Promised Land” by Bruce Springsteen are just three of the songs on my “Favorite Songs of All Time” playlist. I started making this playlist after seeing the 2014 documentary Alive Inside. The film details the healing power of music by following the journey of social worker Dan Cohen as he delivered preloaded iPods with personalized music to nursing home residents. The transformation Cohen witnessed was extraordinary. The residents who normally sat silently in a chair all day in a catatonic state suddenly became animated and started to sing. Men and women

claiming to have no memories at all began recalling their pasts. As cognition took over, in that moment, the nursing home residents were no longer empty shells. Their blank stares were replaced with sparkling eyes filled with emotion. The most important detail of the nursing home playlists is that they were specific to each individual. Family or friends supplied the information to Cohen, and in cases where no information was available, the playlists included songs based on the patient’s age, occupation, or previous interests, such as patriotic songs for veterans. The research supports Dan Cohen’s

findings that a patient’s favorite songs are intact in a part of the brain that is still alive when all other communication and awareness seem irretrievably lost. Andrew Budson, associate director for research at Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center said, “There are currently two theories to explain the transformative effect of music on dementia sufferers. First, music has emotional content, and so hearing it can trigger emotional memories – some of the more powerful memories that we have.” These types of memories have the best chance of rising to the top in Alzheimer’s patients. Secondly, we learn to store music as “procedural memory,” the type of learning associated with routines and repetitive actions. Dementia primarily destroys a different part of the brain responsible for episodic memory which corresponds to events in our life. In general, the beneficial properties of listening to music transcend all health status designations and all generations. In short, young or old, healthy or moribund, music is an incredible gift. Music can enhance communication. Singing songs together fosters a closeness that is hard to define but easy to feel. Holding hands while listening to favorite songs




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Another Lesson from My Mom BY BECKY CHOLEWKA

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My family went to Colorado a few years ago. Several days into our vacation, my mom was not feeling well and asked to go the emergency room. She later went into cardiogenic shock and was lifeflighted to another hospital within hours. My mom previously worked at my law firm a few days a week. One of her tasks was to scan documents into our system so that we have easy access to signed copies 24/7 anywhere there is Internet access. Mom, however, never scanned her own documents. So there we were in Colorado without any access to her Healthcare Power of Attorney, HIPAA release form, or Living Will. Thankfully our associate attorney drove to the office at 9 p.m. on a Friday to scan and email these documents to us. Yet another story for our seminar circuit. Estate planning documents only work

if the right people have access to them at the time they need them! If you have already taken the important step to create your estate plan, here are a few simple steps to make sure your family truly is protected. 1. Keep your original documents in a safe place such as a safe deposit box or fireproof box. 2. Keep a set of copies either electronically or on paper under a different roof than where you keep the originals. 3. Tell your family and/or successor agents that you have created a plan, where you keep the originals, and how to access the originals. (For example: The key to the fire-proof box is on a blue key chain in the “junk” drawer.) 4. Send an electronic copy of your

HealthCare Power of Attorney, Mental HealthCare Power of Attorney, HIPAA Release Form, and Living Will to your successor agents. These are the people who will make medical decisions for you in an emergency and they may not have time to get the originals. 5. Carry an emergency card in your wallet or purse listing who to contact in case of emergency. Include all of your successor healthcare agents and their

contact phone numbers. If you have pets, consider adding who to call to care for your pets and make sure those individuals have a key or access to your home. Your planning documents should not be your best kept secret. Learn from my mom’s mistake. Make sure your agents have access to your documents when they need them the most. Trust me, they will be happy you did.

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Help for people with chronic illness BY GREG DILL If you have Medicare, there’s a good chance you have two or more chronic conditions such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or dementia. Two-thirds of the 57 million Americans with Medicare have two or more chronic illnesses. Having multiple chronic conditions increases the risk of death and functional limitations, decreases quality of life, and leads to higher health care spending. Managing chronic diseases can be difficult, to say the least. You often face multiple visits to one or more doctors; you must take multiple drugs at different times on different days; you have to make extra trips for tests. It can all be a bit overwhelming. At Medicare, we recognize the challenges you have in managing your conditions, working with your healthcare providers, and trying to stay healthy. Two years ago, we added a new benefit called Chronic Care Management, or CCM. This program provides additional payments to doctors and other providers to help you live with chronic disease. For example, through the CCM benefit, your primary care doctor will help you keep track of your medical history, medications, and all the different health care providers you see. You’ll receive a comprehensive care plan that outlines your treatments and goals. Additionally, you’ll have 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week access to health care professionals for urgent needs from the comfort of your home. To be eligible for CCM services, you must be enrolled in Medicare or in both Medicare and Medicaid. And you must have two or more chronic diseases that are expected to last at least 12 months and place you at significant risk of death, acute exacerbation/decompensation, or functional decline. Other examples of chronic conditions include, but are not limited to: asthma, atrial fibrillation, autism spectrum disorder, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression, heart failure, hepatitis,

hypertension (high blood pressure), infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, ischemic heart disease, osteoporosis, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, and stroke. Specific CCM services may include: • At least 20 minutes a month of chronic care management services; • Personalized assistance from a dedicated healthcare professional who will work with you to create your care plan; • Coordination of care between your pharmacy, specialists, testing centers, hospitals, and more; • Phone check-ins between visits to keep you on track; • 24/7 emergency access to a health care professional; • Expert assistance with setting and meeting your health goals. How much do CCM services cost? You’ll be responsible for the usual Medicare Part B cost-sharing and may have a deductible or coinsurance/ co-pay. However, many people with Medicare have Medigap supplemental insurance that provides wraparound coverage of CCM cost-sharing. Chronic Care Management means having a continuous relationship with a dedicated health care professional who knows you and your history, gives personal attention, and helps you make the best choices for your health. CCM gives you and your loved ones the assistance you need to manage your chronic conditions so you can spend more time doing the things you enjoy. Ask your doctor about Chronic Care Management and get the connected care you need. For information, call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit: go.cms.gov/ccm. Greg Dill is Medicare’s regional administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Territories. You can always get answers to your Medicare questions by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).


Hospice Is Hope

Six myths about hospice care BY LIN SUE COONEY As I walk through the cereal aisle at Safeway, someone taps me on the shoulder. I already know what’s coming. A lovely compliment about missing me on the news… and a question: How do you like working for Hospice of the Valley? They’re never prepared for the passion in my eyes when I tell them how much I love it. A few express doubt, timidly asking “Isn’t it depressing?” That always makes me smile. If only they knew what an honor it is to serve families facing the hardest journey of their lives. No one wants to say goodbye to someone we desperately love – yet we all must, eventually. What’s depressing is the thought of facing that last chapter lost and alone. What a tragedy to waste one second of the precious time that’s left. A terminal diagnosis is never easy to cope with, but it’s less terrifying if someone is walking alongside you. The decisions you make can dramatically alter your endof-life journey, so let’s dispel some myths about hospice care.

Myth #1: You lose your doctor Hospice is about choice; if you have a doctor you like and trust and want involved in your care, you can have that. Hospice teams work alongside your primary care physician to develop the best plan of care for you. Together we support your goals and desires – it’s YOUR journey.

Myth #2: Hospice care in your home is expensive Even though our care teams come to you – wherever you live – you don’t have to worry about cost. Medicare Part A covers hospice care, medical equipment and medications needed to treat your illness. No Medicare? Most insurance plans cover hospice. And if you don’t have insurance, not-for-profit Hospice of the Valley will care for you regardless of ability to pay. It’s been our mission for 40 years – an important distinction from other for-profit hospices.

Myth #3: You can’t change your mind You’re always free to leave hospice care to pursue additional treatments or try a new therapy. There is no rule requiring you to stay on hospice. Patients come on and


sign off whenever they choose – it’s their decision.

Myth #4: Hospice hastens death This may be the most disturbing perception of all. Hospice care is about controlling pain and keeping patients comfortable, not hurrying death. Not only is euthanasia illegal, it is contrary to our mission, which is enhancing every moment you have left… not cheating you out of even a sliver of life.

Myth #5: All hospices are the same Just as all restaurants are not the same, all music is not similar and all people certainly are not–- hospices vary in their level of experience and expertise. Medicare allows you to choose your own hospice, but if you don’t make a choice, someone – a hospital, a doctor, a facility – will choose for you. Fortunately, if you are ever dissatisfied with a hospice, all it takes is a phone call to change to another.





Myth #6: You go on hospice to die Often when patients stop curative treatment and start receiving hospice care, something amazing happens. The social support, nursing care, and physician management stabilizes their condition and quality of life actually improves. Multiple studies show that receiving hospice sooner in the disease process can often extend life. Imagine coming on hospice to live longer! Hospice teams also support families, helping with important decisions, educating about what to expect, even counseling after a loved one dies. It’s the most personalized, patient- and familyfocused care there is. That warm blanket that keeps the chill away. A soft touch brushing your hair. A sweet voice humming a familiar melody. It’s comfort and dignity, when a disease has robbed you of the hold you once had on life. Hospice gives you back some control and focuses on helping you maximize the quality in your life. Hospice is hope. Lin Sue Cooney is Director of Community Engagement at Hospice of the Valley. For more information, call 602-530-6900 (available 24/7) or visit hov.org.

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The War on Lung Disease Traditional treatments vs. stem cell therapy BY CAMERON KENNERLY War is hell – particularly when the battleground is inside your own lungs. Unfortunately, for millions of Americans, chronic lung diseases such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema seem to be winning that war. Across the U.S., 6.3 percent of the adult population has been diagnosed with COPD. Worse still, as the disease’s symptoms of fatigue, coughing and shortness of breath can often mimic the natural aging process, it’s estimated that another 25 million Americans are currently undiagnosed. As the third leading cause of death in the U.S. – with 730,000 COPDrelated hospitalizations in 2011 alone – this a national problem, a problem that is often tragically ignored. So what are we doing about it? Sadly, not that much. Although there are a variety of traditional treatment options, these choices can have their benefits and downsides. As an obstructive lung condition that sparks feelings of breathlessness, COPD has traditionally

been treated with inhalers, medications and supplemental oxygen. Though these treatments can open airways, calm aggressive symptoms, and in the case of oxygen, address oxygen deprivation directly, these standard treatments are not without their drawbacks. To start, these medications can be exorbitantly expensive over time – particularly on fixed incomes – creating situations where prescriptions are given up completely rather than forfeit the cost of another refill. In other cases, the sideeffects of medications can be worse than the symptoms they’re designed to combat, causing weight loss or gain, nausea, headaches and dizziness. Supplemental oxygen, however, can become an anchor, reducing the mobility and quality of life of those who become tied to it. However, in the fight against lung disease, a breakthrough may be here to end the war. Recently, the development of regenerative medicine (the practice of using

The war against lung disease won’t be fought with inhalers or pills, but with stem cell therapy.

the body’s own cells to heal itself ) has exploded, allowing innovative upstarts like the Lung Institute (lunginstitute.com) to enter the fight. As opposed to traditional treatment options, stem cell therapy involves the careful separation of stem cells (the body’s natural healing mechanism) from a patient’s blood or bone marrow, returning them into the bloodstream where

they come to rest within the lungs. Working to relieve inflammation (which opens the airways and allows easier breathing), these specialized cells may also aid in slowing disease progression – a feat that few, if any, traditional medications can attest. Though the battle may be hard, no war is lost without surrender. Keep fighting.


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3 simpler alternatives to complicated smartphones BY JUSTIN FERRIS “Who doesn’t want a smartphone?” Most people and tech companies consider that a rhetorical question, but if you silently answered “me,” or you know someone who would, you aren’t alone. A growing number of consumers don’t want the complexity, expense or frequent trips to the power socket a smartphone entails. Of course, try telling that to the salesperson, or even certain friends and family members, and you’ll usually get some variation of “you just don’t know how much you need it yet.” And even if you stand your ground, there’s the question of what alternatives even exist in 2017, short of buying a decade-old flip phone on eBay. Here are three answers.

Carrier confession They don’t advertise it much, but the major carriers – Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint – still carry at least one basic flip phone, even if it sells exclusively online. OK, “basic” may be a stretch. These phones let you text, take pictures and video, play music, and browse the Internet a bit. However, they still offer better ease-of-use and longer battery life than a smartphone. Expect to pay $60-$200 for the phone depending on the carrier and features. Definitely factor in the cost of the phone plan as prices vary wildly by carrier. You could also scope out the deals on smaller prepaid carriers like Cricket or Consumer Cellular, assuming they offer good coverage in your area.


Built for simplicity Want something even simpler than a regular flip phone? Enter the popular Jitterbug Flip. It offers backlit buttons, large text on a high-contrast screen, a super-simple interface and high-quality speakers for easier-to-hear conversations. The phone itself costs a reasonable $99 and the no-contract text-and-talk plans start at just $14.99. You can also choose health and safety plans that add a dedicated emergency service, check-in calls and other useful services. Learn more at greatcall.com. If you don’t mind the idea of a smartphone and you just want one that’s easier to use, Jitterbug makes a simplified smartphone called the Jitterbug Smart ($149). Or, you could...

Stick to what you have If you own an Android-based phone, such as the Samsung Galaxy or LG G-Series, you can install a homescreen replacement app. This provides a very basic, large-button interface that puts major features like calling, texting and the camera front and center. You will still run into smartphone quirks, but at least most of the clutter will be gone. Popular replacement options in the Android app store include Wiser (free), Grand Launcher ($3.99) and Big Launcher ($9.99). Grand Launcher and Big Launcher offer free trials so you can try them out.

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Tune into your hearing and overall health this month BY MICHELE MICHAELS

Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing

In addition to the warm weather and the start of summer activities, May is a month devoted to advocating for two important causes. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) designated May as Better Hearing and Speech month in 1927 to raise awareness about the causes of and treatments for hearing loss and speech impediments. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan, who had hearing loss, formally proclaimed May as Better Hearing and Speech Month in order to heighten public recognition of hearing healthcare. May has also been designated Mental Health Month, which ties into this year’s Better Hearing and Speech Month theme, “Communication: The Key to Connection.” Better Hearing and Speech Month has gained significant recognition across the United States in its efforts to raise awareness regarding hearing loss. According to ASHA, the number of Americans with

hearing loss has doubled over the past 30 years as younger people experience hearing loss due to noise exposure and as Baby Boomers age. About 48 million Americans – 15 percent of the population – have hearing loss. Although the numbers of those who have hearing loss may be climbing, assistive technology development is also on the rise and is more advanced than ever. This is important to know since the technology that is available has been proven to help with more than just hearing health. In recent years, untreated hearing loss has been linked to depression. According to Hearing Health, the National Council of Aging (NCOA) studied 2,300 people with hearing loss and found that those with hearing loss were 50 percent more likely to experience depression. Previous studies back this up; a 2014 study in the Journal of American Medicine and OtolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery also linked hearing

loss to an increased risk of depression. Recent studies have also found two more consequences resulting from untreated hearing loss: cognitive decline and social isolation. Although it is not yet proven, researchers suspect those with hearing loss are at a higher risk of experiencing cognitive decline and dementia. One of the most supported factors attributing hearing loss to cognitive decline and dementia comes from a study about brain reorganization from the University of Colorado. Brain reorganization is caused when the hearing centers of the brain shrink and other parts of the brain step in. The result is that these other brain functions, such as short-term memory or problem-solving skills, begin to deteriorate. Noisy environments, public places and even the family dinner table can begin to become overwhelming or frustrating for people with hearing loss. As a result, they may begin to avoid the activities and places they once enjoyed. According to

another study by the NCOA, people with hearing loss are significantly less likely to participate in social activities than those who use hearing aids. Research also shows that social isolation can be another factor in cognitive decline and dementia. With the technology that is available to people with hearing loss, clear communication is more obtainable than ever before. Apart from reducing the strain of deciphering conversations, assistive devices can improve not only your hearing health but your mental health, as well. Organizations such as Arizona Relay Service and the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing are dedicated to helping people achieve better hearing and overall health. This May, make an effort to learn as much as you can about your hearing loss and the services that are available to you. For more information on the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, visit acdhh.org; for Arizona Relay Service, visit azrelay.org.

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blooming cereus cactus are some other nectar seekers’ favorites. When planting your wildlife garden, create points of refuge by clustering plants with the same water needs. Choose plants with different blooming seasons and of varying colors and heights to create year-round eating and perching in your space. Installing drip irrigation will help minimize evaporation. Remember that as you work to create a wildlife-friendly environment, there are unwelcome guests also waiting to accept your invitation. You will find 5 gallon plants much more resilient than 1 gallon plants and you can also place temporary poultry fencing around plants to deter hungry rabbits. Coyotes and javelinas also eat tender vegetation, fruits and seeds. A fence or wall may be required to keep them out. Once you have created your space, you can get your lawn chair, binoculars, camera and prepare to welcome your many guests. An excellent starting reference is the free booklet “Welcome Wildlife to your Garden,” which you can access online at glendaleaz.com/waterconservation/xeriscapegarden.cfm. For some state-of-the-art inspiration before starting your wildlife garden, stop by the Desert Botanical Garden to see their spring butterfly exhibit, daily through May 14th. This exhibit celebrates the fact that Arizona is the most diverse habitat for butterflies, with 327 species. You certainly won’t see all of them at this exhibit, but you will see some breathtaking swallowtails and a lot of excited children.


T HE F INISH L INE Arizona’s Leader in Senior Fitness A brief letter from ASO Director ASO Director to serve on leadership council of Falls Coalition Irene Stillwell Arizona Senior Olympics has been blessed through the years with wonderful friends. One of those friends was on our board of directors until he moved away to work at the University of California. Dr. Richard Gitelson has been a strong supporter of ASO through the years and has stepped forward once again to help us. It is said that “information is power,” and we have found that to be true. For instance, we cannot obtain sponsors unless we have good information about how many athletes we serve, how many are in the games, and whether or not our efforts do them any good. These are just a few of the issues that require accurate information about our athletes.

Dr. Gitelson is a researcher. He is preparing a survey of our athletes that will give us the information we need. That kind of work is very expensive to obtain, but Dr. Gitelson is doing the work as an ASO volunteer. He is hoping to have the survey out this month. I would like to personally request that each of you who receives the survey responds quickly and frankly. Your information will be of great value to us, and we will share that information with you in future issues of The Finish Line. Thank you in advance for your support and participation.

Summer office hours It’s summer – a little early, but here in Phoenix the sun is warming us up and many of you will be heading for the hills! Here at the offices of the Arizona Lifelong Fitness Foundation, we are just finishing up the details of the 2017 Games and are already working on the 2018 Games that will be a qualifier for the 2019 National Senior Games in Albuquerque. During this period of time we are out of the office searching for venues, meeting with facility providers and possible sponsors, and rounding up volunteers for next year’s games. For

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Arizona Lifelong Fitness Foundation Executive Director Irene Stillwell has been asked to serve on the State of Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition. The coalition strives to promote the prevention of falling throughout the state. The Leadership Council guides the coalition in providing educational opportunities to members and information which is distributed through them to the general public. Many of the members of the coalition directly serve seniors and are involved in health services. The coalition was begun by the Arizona Department of Health Services because falls – and their consequences – are now one of the most serious and expensive health problems in our country. Many of the falls are experienced by seniors. A study conducted at the National Senior Games showed that Senior Olympians have a lower incidence of falling than that of the general public. It is widely thought that seniors who are stronger and more active are less likely to fall. Dr. B. Michael Nayeri, FACFE, FABMP, is the Director of the Healthy Aging Program for the Arizona Department of Health Services, and is the leader of

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the coalition. He is passionate about fall prevention as a major health initiative. He has been with the organization since its inception and under his guidance, the coalition continues to grow. Asked about her participation on the council, Stillwell said, “I am honored to serve with caring and capable people who want to move forward in serving the health and wellness of Arizonans by preventing a major health problem that often has tragic consequences.”

that reason, office hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten you. We’ll be checking the voicemail every weekday and will return your call ASAP. Have a great summer! The Finish Line Newsletter is produced by Arizona Senior Olympics, founded by:

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Stay thin to stay smart BY ELLIE KALLAL Most of us want to look good and we complain about how much more difficult it is to maintain our weight as we get older. Well, here’s another motivation for us to keep our weight at healthy levels: The higher your BMI (body mass index), the greater the likelihood of developing impaired cognitive function. According to a recent study done on British civil servants ages 39 to 63, those who maintained lower BMIs had better cognitive abilities when tested over the next 10 years. Those with the higher BMI and metabolically unhealthy group (those who were obese, had diabetes or high cholesterol) had faster and greater decline in abilities.

Guidelines for what constitutes healthy are: • A BMI over 40 is considered morbidly obese • A BMI over 30 is considered obese • Between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight • Between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered a healthy BMI • Less than 18.5 is considered underweight So how do you calculate your BMI and what will those results tell you? The formula is your weight in pounds divided by your height in inches squared, multiplied by 703. I am 5’4” (64 inches) tall and weigh 114. 64 X 64 = 4,096. 114 pounds divided by 4,096 = .0278 X 703 = 19.56 BMI. While BMI is a great indicator of health, it is not the only factor. Those who have been athletes their whole lives and still maintain muscle mass can measure as obese, while not being fat. The famous football player Jim Brown measured as overweight his whole career (he was 6’2” and 212 pounds; this gave him a BMI of


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27.2) but he never had a waistline over 29 inches. Not many can afford to go to a Bod Pod and have their body fat measured, but everyone can do a hip-to-waist ratio. Measure the waist and divide that number by the hip measurement. Men should aim for lower than .90 and women lower than .85. Today’s research shows so many foods that also contribute to brain health. Diets high in antioxidants help fight free radicals – those things that increase the onset of Alzheimer’s. It might not be possible to prevent free radicals in the environment, but everyone can combat them, in part, through diet. Fruits, nuts, leafy green vegetables, and brightly colored vegetables are all important. Someone said to “eat a rainbow” and that is so true. The bright red of strawberries, the deep green of kale, the pale tan of walnuts, the bright yellow of peppers, all those things are good for our bodies, brains and weight. Smoking, too much alcohol and inadequate sleep are not. Living a long time is a good goal, but living a life of being active and alert is even better. Regardless of how weight is measured, keeping it down is crucial to mental and physical health.

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Senior Olympians who play softball are always looking to improve their abilities when they’re up to bat. Softball players of both genders can improve their swing and performance at the new training facility at Body Technologies. It’s an opportunity to have help in analyzing

your technique and improving your batting average. Of course it takes more than batting ability to be a really good player. Strength is needed for every position on the field and the better your fitness level, the better your performance will be.

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Body Technologies is the home of the Arizona Senior Olympics Powerlifting event. Each year, the gym opens its doors to the Senior Olympians and their families who come to see what their loved ones have accomplished in a year of training. It’s a place where everyone feels welcome and comfortable. In fact, the atmosphere is one of caring and helpfulness. Body Technologies is much more than a gym – they offer personal training, weight

management, nutrition counseling, injury prevention, rehabilitation and more. ASO wishes to thank Body Technologies for hosting our powerlifting and for their commitment to offering fitness training and support for seniors. They are located at 9171 E. Bell Road, Suite 109, Scottsdale, AZ, 85260. Call for information at 480-585-4010.



Nominate the Arizona Senior Olympics Athlete of the Year There is still time to nominate the Arizona Senior Olympics Athlete of the Year! This is your opportunity to honor someone who meets the criteria (to the right). To nominate an athlete, please send a letter outlining the achievements of your nominee to:

Arizona Senior Olympics Attention: Irene Stillwell P.O. Box 33278 Phoenix, AZ 85067-3278

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