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Past City of Scottsdale bond issues totaling some $700 million have resulted in “libraries, parks, senior centers, public safety, transportation needs, a Cactus League baseball stadium, cultural and visual amenities, and so much more,” Korte added. There has not been a successful Scottsdale bond election since 2000. A 2013 bond initiative failed. City Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield was against that initiative, because its $212 million amount was too high, in light of an economy still struggling to escape recession. “Also, it was bloated with special interest handouts and projects that could wait until citizens could get back on their financial feet,” Littlefield said. The present bond proposal, which Littlefield helped to craft, addresses critical needs. “The current infrastructure no longer complies with national standards and requirements,” she said. “With the economy slowly recovering and interest rates still low, now is the time to complete these projects and bring our city up to modern-day standards.” But not everyone favors the new bonds. An anti-bond group, “Taxpayers Speaking Out Against Scottsdale 2015 Bond Questions,” was formed on July 22. The group’s

chairperson, Ardith Hildebrant, could not be reached for comment, but a statement at the organization’s website, www.taxpayersspeakingout. com, reads in part: “General obligation property tax bonds should only be used for items of great necessity, like a bridge that is crumbling (or) for large projects like the Indian Bend wash or the Preserve, not for maintenance or upkeep.” On the website, group officials suggest the alternative of a one percent sales tax over the period of a year, which “would equal the same amount as this bond.” Because Scottsdale is a tourist destination, the website further claims, the majority of the cost would then be carried by tourists, not Scottsdale residents. Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane countered that Scottsdale has “one of the lowest property tax rates in the Valley, and that would still be the case if voters say yes to this bond request.” The funding at issue is “no-frills,” Lane said. “It will repave our streets, revitalize our parks, improve our intersections for better traffic flow, and give our police officers and firefighters the tools they need to keep us safe.” For more information, including the exact language of the bond proposal, go to www.scottsdaleaz.gov/elections.

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“They pick a class one day in advance. A student might have pottery one day, then engineering, then a sport, then a language,” Schwartz explained. One language at a time is taught. Scottsdale Club J will start out with Spanish this fall, and throughout the year at different times switch to Hebrew, French and Italian. Sometimes, a student needs to spend an afternoon grappling with a homework assignment instead of a basketball or French vowels. So Club J also has tutors on hand to help with homework. Club J is a nationwide program. Schwartz arrived at Scottsdale Club J this year following 12 years with the Club J in Irvine, California. Scottsdale Club J is 30 years old. “I was a first and third grade teacher back in the day,” Schwartz said. He learned directly the importance of classes outside the loop of “hard” subjects. “This is a place where kids can express themselves creatively,” he said. Safety is also a top priority. “Our staff is licensed by the State of Arizona. Everyone is fingerprinted.” Scottsdale Club J expects 80 to 100 students for this fall semester. For more information, including rates, call (480) 483-7121, ext. 1275, or send an email to cassidys@vosjcc. org.

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and stories she wrote down as a third grader, an idea came to her. “I was going through my journals and thought, ‘Wouldn’t this be a cute kid’s book?’” Carruth Kuperschmidt said. “I started emailing editors and posting it on Twitter.” Carruth Kuperschmidt then started a year and a half journey full of hopes and rejections. When she initially sent out the book idea to editors, she was turned down multiple times. This led to her to constantly putting the project down and picking it back up. Eventually, Carruth Kuperschmidt found Taylor Hoffman, a family friend and local graphic designer for PagePer-Page, to design the book cover. She then got Eric Warren, another family friend and illustrator for the hit FX animated series “Archer,” to illustrate the book. “I was getting bad responses back like, ‘This isn’t good. This won’t work for us’ and I was defeated,” Carruth Kuperschmidt said. “I’d put it down, but then I would pick it back up.

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Welcome Le Macaron French Pastries to the neighborhood! The café and pastry shop will celebrate its grand opening on Sunday, Sept. 6, in the Scottsdale Quarter. From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.looking free macarons will be back coffee and Gridiron served, while a professional balloon artist creates complimentary balloons for kids from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The eatery, located at 15323 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 145, can be reached at (480) 948-1099 or via www.lemacaron-us. com/phoenix. Casino Arizona was named a bronze winner for “Best Place to Work” in the Best in Biz Awards’ 2015 International competition. Recipients in the “Best Place to Work” division were required to demonstrate employee satisfaction and a collection of employee well-being programs such as mentoring, flexible work arrangements, financial and lifestyle perks. Casino Arizona has received tremendous praise for its wide range of entertainment options and thriving work environment since opening in 1998.

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By Israel Gonzalez Samuel Phillips is 7 years old, but has already felt pain that many children his age have not: He lost his father. The effects of this traumatic event were mounting. For one, he didn’t want to attend school because he feared he would be the only child in the class without a father. But thanks to Camp Samantha and its transformative weekend, the Scottsdale resident is laughing with other children his age. Camp Samantha is a grief camp hosted by Stepping Stones of Hope for children and teens ages 6 to 17 and adults in their lives. This year 43 families and 25 volunteers attended at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree. “Camp Samantha offers families a chance to get through grief,” said Clay Foutch, director of Camp Samantha. “The camp is based on a philosophy of small group activities, connecting with loss, music, yoga journaling and other wide range of activities.” Samuel’s mother, Lynn Phillips, decided Camp Samantha would be a perfect fit for her son. “What do you say to a 7-year-old child that lost his father,” Lynn said. “I joined the camp for him. I said, ‘He needs it, I don’t need it.’ (At the camp) I discovered I was holding on to grief and not letting it out.” The camp features separate but similar programs for children and adults. Lynn said the healing circles, in particular, helped her and Samuel. “After a tragic event, your children are attached to you and it’s all on you,” Lynn said. “The camp gives you a chance to breathe. You can do your grieving and you can do what you want to do in a safe environment with other grieving adults. Your children can be in a safe environment with other children that have experienced loss.” The families reunite at meal times to share stories about their activities. Lynn’s favorite activity and Samuel’s ended up being the same. “(My favorite was) the smashing of the tile and turning it into something beautiful,” Lynn said. “It represented

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our lives. It’s not the same, but you can rebuild it and it can still be beautiful.” Praising the camp Lisa Johnstone and her 12-year-old son, Lucas, of Anthem, praised the camp for helping build connections and happiness. They were referred to the camp after the death of Lisa’s husband, Phoenix firefighter Gary Johnstone. “This camp changes and helps you,” Lucas said. “It’s not just a three-day camp. You make friends with people who know what it’s like.” Lisa said Camp Samantha provides her with peer support as well as the ability to talk through her issues. Those are two things that were lacking in her life before Camp Samantha. Dr. Ellen Kelman, a psychologist and director of adult camps for Stepping Stones of Hope, said it’s sometimes difficult to get people to grieve in a group setting. “I see it all the time,” Kelman said. “It’s so difficult to grieve and even more so to grieve in front of other people. Once people get here though, we can help them take that step forward. It’s encouraging people to put concerns aside and come. You won’t regret it.” Stepping Stones of Hope’s next camp is the adults-only Journeys camp on Saturday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 20. Journeys is a camp that helps adults deal and understand their grief after the death of a loved one. Their final program of the year is the familyfriendly Camp Paz on Saturday, Oct. 10, and Sunday, Oct. 11. To register for either camp, call (602) 264-7520 or visit bit.ly/1TdfM3m. For more information visit www. steppingstonesofhope.org.


her sons involved in charitable activities as youngsters. “She would say, ‘Let’s go over there and do Circle of Love,’ or ‘Let’s go over there and do the AIDS Walk.’ It was engrained in us. “It’s essential for me to do this. If I’m not making a presence in the community, I’m not doing what I’m supposed to be doing.” When asked if this is his way of remembering his mother who died as a result of breast cancer, his mood turns a bit somber. “I hope she’s smiling down and saying, ‘I’m proud of you,’” he said. “But I know she would expect me to do it, too. It’s something she’d expect my brother and me to do. I’m glad I’m continuing her legacy.” TIM SEALY

Dominick’s, praised Fitzgerald’s charitable work. “He’s a great guy,” Mastro said. “He’s a great football player and he’s an even better guy. He does great (in the restaurant). A lot of the football players are servers. I don’t think they want that to be their full-time job. But all the guests really love it. You get to know all the players and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is heading up Fitz’s they’re so nice—all of them.” Grammy-nominated R&B singer Supper Club at Dominick’s to raise Brian McKnight will provide the funds for charity. entertainment. an organization for which The event serves as a fundraiser for Fitzgerald has traveled to Fitzgerald’s First Down Fund, which, Africa, India, Nepal, Philipsince 2005, has been supporting kids pines, Malaysia and Colomand their families with significant gifts bia. of time, money and special resources “The work they do is truly through numerous associations across special,” said Fitzgerald, as he was the country. Funds raised this year al- donning a chef ’s jacket in honor of the low the organization to carry on that Fitz’s Supper Club event. tradition. He said it is a joy to watch the reSponsorships start at $5,000 while action of folks whose hearing is imindividual tickets are $750. proved once they are fitted with a This year’s sponsors include Rolls hearing aid. Royce Motor Cars Scottsdale as well Philanthropy is second nature to as the Starkey Hearing Foundation, Fitzgerald, whose mother, Carol, kept TIM SEALY

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Sitting at a white linen-draped table at Dominick’s Steakhouse in Scottsdale, Arizona Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald is admittedly nervous about his forthcoming Fitz’s Supper Club fundraiser. The seventh annual event, slated for Monday, Aug. 31, will, for the first time, feature an auction of photographs taken by Fitzgerald during his world travels. This makes the 6-foot 3-inch wide receiver take pause. “I’m nervous about that,” he said with his wide grin. “I’m not a professional photographer. Most of my pictures are for me. I show my friends, my family. They’re never really on display for other people to critique. I hope people like it and I hope it adds a little bit of a flair to the experience.” Fitz’s Supper Club will allow guests to “experience” Dominick’s Steakhouse as they haven’t in the past. The servers will be Fitzgerald’s Arizona Cardinals teammates and other celebrity friends. Jeff Mastro, the restaurateur behind

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Electronic monitoring keeps things safe online By Kenneth LaFave Alfred Diamond checked his email one morning to find a disturbing alert. “The email was launched from SAFEid. It had detected a possibly inappropriate comment in a message sent to my daughter,” Diamond said. SAFEid is an identity-protection app, recently unveiled by Safeguard Security. Diamond, Safeguard’s telemarketing division manager, had signed on to beta-test SAFEid, which includes the monitoring of social media. Concerned for the safety of his 14-year-old daughter, Diamond checked in with her, only to discover it was a false alarm. “She and one of her friends were kidding each other,” using a phrase that, in another context, could’ve been interpreted as part of either an ethnic slur from a bully or a sexual innuendo from a predator. Relieved that it was neither, Diamond dismissed it. “But I was happy to know it had been caught, just in case.”

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SAFEid includes nine different areas of cyber protection, including identity monitoring and credit protection. The app tracks account access, fund transfers and password resets, catching any unauthorized attempts. If identity theft does occur, the software can go into “the black Internet,” and corrupt the information captured by the thief. “We swim with the sharks in order to control them,” Sargenti said. The app’s anti-bullying protection, called SocialArmor, is its newest feature. “It monitors Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn, for anything racist, threatening or sexually inappropriate,” Sargenti said. Cyber-bullying is a serious problem nationwide. A website dedicated to tracking bullying statistics, www. bullyingstatistics.org, states that more than 40 percent of American school children report having been bullied while on line. Victims of school bullying are more than twice as likely to commit suicide as those who are not bullied. Children attacked online are reluctant to discuss the matter with their parents, which is where SocialArmor comes in.

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“Let’s say you’ve got a daughter in middle school and you’ve signed up for SocialArmor,” Sargenti explained. “If someone calls your daughter a derogatory name on social media, our algorithms will pick up on that and alert you. It takes the child out of the center of the problem and lets the parents handle it.” In addition to being susceptible to bullies, children are frequent targets of identity theft, because they sometimes naively answer online questions about personal information. A child cannot apply for credit until the age of 18, making it impossible to know until then if their identity has been stolen. SAFEid monitors email and social media for credit solicitation and loan offers. Do children find the monitoring intrusive? “I’ve got a 10-year-old daughter who is on Instagram, so I get a lot of alerts,” said Babe Kilgore, Safeguard’s director of national sales and a SAFEid beta user. “But because my daughter is aware that I know what’s going on, her attitude is actually changing. She thinks more about what she says online.”


The 21st annual Fresh Start Charity Golf Classic presented by Valley Toyota Dealers, and hosted by the Fresh Start Men’s Board, is one of Arizona’s largest noncelebrity charity golf tournaments in the Valley. The event has raised more than $2.5 million, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. This year it will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at Kierland Golf Club, 15636 N. Clubgate Dr., Scottsdale. Tickets are $800 for individuals. Golf opportunities for foursomes include: Hole in one ($7,500), Eagle ($5,500) and Birdie ($3,500). Golfers will delight playing the beautiful links at Kierland Golf Club, enjoy breakfast, lunch and beverages

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The Scottsdale Charros have named its 2015-2016 executive committee, known as the Concilio—a nod to the organization’s western heritage. The mission of the Scottsdale Charros is to promote the City of Scottsdale and its community through sports and cultural activities. As philanthropic ambassadors, its membership is focused on providing support and funding for youth, education and local charities. The 2015-2016 Concilio includes: • Patron (president): Dan Postal, Wentworth, Webb & Postal • Segundo (vice president): David Westra, Miller Russell Associates • Ladron (treasurer): Rick Carpinelli, Crown Realty & Development • Secretario (secretary): Brandon Paul, Design Ethic • Alegrador (general meeting chairman): Mark Bramlett, DTZ • Pasado (past president): Tim Cowdrey, RBC Wealth Management • Senor (past president of The Charro Foundation): John Schultz, Schultz Development “I am honored, excited and humbled to have the opportunity to lead a group that has contributed so much to our community for more than 50

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Remembering a special dog She wasn’t even my dog. Not even close. Even though she and I lived in the same house, she clearly answered to another master—my husband. Still, I loved her like you love a family dog that’s been around for more years than you have fingers. She loved playing fetch. She was a retriever, so I guess that makes sense. We could throw a ball or a stick (or whatever object she was fetching that day) for hours and she’d keep going until we made her quit. Her favorite place was the lake. She loved to swim. Combine that with retrieving and you had perfection—from her perspective, at least. Each summer, she’d find herself a good stick and it would be her “toy” to fetch from the lake during the long, hot days we spent there. My husband would throw it as far as he could and she’d joyfully (and

I do mean joyfully) bound into the water—swimming once it got deep enough. She’d grab the stick in her mouth, swim back to shore and drop her toy at my husband’s feet. Then she’d give whomever was nearby a doggy shake shower before turning toward the lake to fetch again. And again. And again. As long as we’d let her. I’m so glad we had the lake for her to love. She was a good dog (great dog) in most regards. She didn’t chew or jump on the furniture. She was awesome with kids and she patiently and gently put up with the cats (sometimes with a deep doggy sigh). She was pretty good about staying in the yard (unless a neighbor’s garbage was calling to her nose). If something was broken or someone got into the cat treats, she was pretty sure she was in trouble, even when

it was clearly the cats’ fault. She was a trustworthy, loyal companion. She never did learn to walk properly on a leash. She wouldn’t relent to it, always tugging and pulling to the point that we thought she might choke. I am sure she fully understood the “heel” command. She was a smart girl. She just refused to acknowledge it. It was one of the few instances of her asserting her independence. Another involved her phobias. She was a big dog—85 pounds in her heyday—but the smallest details could put her in a tizzy. Certain floor coverings were taboo. She’d walk on wood, but not laminate. Vinyl was OK, but not her favorite. She refused to go down the stairs to the basement. The kitchen pantry terrified her. It happened to be where we kept her food so that sort of benefited us. One time we got her a fancy new water dish. She wouldn’t drink out of it because it scared her. She went out the back door to do her business, but would only access it from the right side of the door

frame. She wouldn’t go out the door leading to the garage. The garage itself, however, was fine. We quit trying to figure her out years ago and just loved her for what she was— quirks and all—because every family has its quirks. The hardest part about having a dog is that they grow old too soon. She was old and this has been coming for some time. But you’re never ready. Not really. I’m not sure it’s possible. Still, I didn’t realize how much I wasn’t ready—to wake up without her under the bed. To never throw the stick for her again, or get the eyeball or make her eggs. She wasn’t even my dog. But she was our dog. And she was a part of our family—an important part. I’m going to miss her. Sure am. Already do. Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. Don’t miss a slice; follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

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1. Lauren Levanovic meet has a blast playing games with the kids. 2. The fountains hearsay your neighbor keep the pools patrons nice and cool. 3. Participants were given free gifts related to staying safe. 4. A lifeguard watches over the crowded pool. 5. Phoenix Phreeze was available for the swimmers. 6. Burgers were available for lunch. 7. Lifeguard Lauren Levanovic high fives a game winner. 8. The Scottsdale Fire Department comes out to show the swimmers what to do and what happens in caselooking of back an emergency. 9. Decorations brighten up the atmosphere of the luau. 10. It feels great to be splashed when it’s so hot outside. 11. Albert Moreta and Jim Hoyt teach boat safety.

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You will need the following: Bottle cutter, glass bottles and jars, sandpaper (recommend Dremel sanding drums in 60-, 120- and 240-grit along with 400grit wet/dry sandpaper from 3M) Sharpie Oil-based Paint Marker and glass glue. law talk

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The first time I tried bottle cutting, I bought an extremely cheap tool at the craft store and it worked about as well as expected. A few months ago I read about the Kinkajou Bottle Cutter, which is designed to get rid of all of the problems I experienced the first time around. When I priced them on Amazon, however, I was shocked. I’m not sure I’m willing to invest $50 (or more!) in a single tool for doing casual art projects. After reviewing the list of “related products” Amazon so helpfully provides, I settled on the AGPtek Glass Bottle Cutter, which appears to address the same issues the Kinkajou was designed to take care of, but for $30 less. biz box

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Step 1: Scoring I think calling these tools “glass-cutting machines” is rather misleading. They are designed to enable the user to make near-perfect scores in the glass that allow the pieces to break cleanly. I learned very quickly that even with a much better glass cutting tool I needed to start with twice as many glass containers as I planned to finish with because there’s a steep learning curve and I

broke about half of them. The trick to good bottle cutting is keeping a constant pressure on the bottle as you’re making the score. If there’s a section of the bottle where the applied pressure is lower, that’s the area where the cut won’t break cleanly, most often spiderwebbing and ruining the entire piece. The other thing I’ve learned is that the start and end of the score in the glass need to meet each other. If they are off at all when the glass splits in the next step, best case scenario is you will be left with an offset nub of glass that will take more time to sand away. Worst case scenario is the break in the glass will spiderweb through the entire bottle and ruin it.

Drinking glasses I tried two versions of drinking glasses, one where I used glass glue to adhere the top of the bottle to its base to create stemware. The other was simpler, just turning the cut-and-sanded base into a 12-ounce tumbler.

Candle holders and vases As you can see from the picture below, the rest of the pieces I cut were turned into either candle holders or vases. I turned my kids loose on some of the finished pieces with Sharpie’s Oil-based Paint Markers to decorate. I bought the pastel collection but they’re also available in metallic and primary colors. I haven’t washed them yet, so I am not sure how durable the decorations are. I also recommend battery-powered votive candles, as the bottles that were sitting over the real candles got extremely hot.

Step 2: Separating You will need a deep pot of boiling water and another of ice-cold water. Grasp the glass piece with an oven mitt and submerge the scored section in the boiling water for at least 30 seconds. Immediately transfer to the ice water and submerge above the score. You should hear pings as the glass contracts. More often than not if I did it right, the two pieces would separate after a few seconds in the ice water. If it doesn’t separate after 30 seconds in ice water, transfer back to the hot water and continue alternating until the pieces finally separate.

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away the sharp edges left when the pieces separated. I went over them once with 60-grit, then 120, then 240 and this was more than adequate for making the glass safe to touch. (Note: it is important to wearing gloves, eye protection and long-sleeves when using a Dremel on glass.) It throws off small, sharp shards of glass throughout the process. For the drinking glasses, I took the extra step of going over the edges by hand a final time with 400-grit sandpaper.


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Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival

Hello Kitty and her super cute friends will perform during their first live tour, which features dance Meet Batman sequences and interactive displays. 6 Kids can learn superhero moves mom cents financially speaking WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 22, at 2 p.m. pasta vixen from and pose for photos with and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 23, at Batman, while they play with all the 12 p.m. toys, books and puzzles in Toys and WHERE: Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Playtime Oasis. Maryland Ave., Glendale WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 27, from 3:30 COST: Varies p.m. to 4:30 p.m. INFO: (800) 745-3000 or WHERE: Toys and Playtime Oasis, photo page events calendar diy bit.ly/1ek6On8 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 116, Scottsdale Brazilian Day Arizona 2 The day-long festival COST: Free INFO: (480) 948-4630 or showcases indoor and www.azdollhouse.com outdoor entertainment, including live performances and interactive hearsay Night law talk demonstrations of Brazilian music, meet your neighbor 7 Tween/Teen All tweens and teens, ages 12 dance and martial arts. and older, are invited to AZ Air WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 19, from 12 p.m. Time to enjoy dodgeball tournaments, to 4 p.m. dance contests and runs on the WHERE: Scottsdale Civic Center Park, trampolines. 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays from 8 COST: $5 to $10 p.m. to 11 p.m. INFO: biz(480) 499-8587 box expensive homes lookingor back WHERE: AZ Air Time, 13802 N. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org Scottsdale Rd., Suite 145, Scottsdale COST: $8 per hour to jump Celebration of Honey 3 Butterfly Wonderland celebrates INFO: (480) 427-2000 or www.azairtime.com the National Honey Month with activities aplenty for the family. See Family Storytime the pavilion’s website for a complete 8 Listen to stories and participate list of events. in finger plays, music and WHEN: Throughout September, rhyming activities. various hours WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 29, from 10:30 WHERE: Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 a.m. to 11 a.m. E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale WHERE: Civic Center Library, 3839 N. COST: $12.95 to $19.95 Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale INFO: (480) 800-3000 or COST: Tickets required www.butterflywonderland.com INFO: (480) 312-7323

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The production, directed by Jody Weiss, is set in postwar 1940s, when victorious soldiers have returned to their ladies and have now set their sights on love and merrymaking. WHEN: Friday, Sept. 4, through Sunday, Sept. 13, various times WHERE: Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $15 to $17 INFO: (480) 949-7529 or www.greasepaint.org

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Breakfast Bébés Social Time

Le Macaron French Pastries is inviting moms to bring their babies for relaxation and socialization. French coffee, teas, croissants, macarons and other sweet treats are available. WHEN: Mondays in September, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. WHERE: Le Macaron French Pastries, 15323 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 145,

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Join other kids ages 12 to 18 for First Fridays, where children can showcase their talents, artwork or poetry. Performers and audience members welcome. WHEN: Friday, Sept. 4, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Palomino Library, 12575 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-7323

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formations along the Main Trail take just for kids. Anyone with a love for center stage. Guests cover almost 2 lizards and other reptiles will be fasbillion years of geologic history with cinated as “Wildman” Phil Rakoci professional geologist Rich Leveille. uses humor and his way with critters • Sunday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 a.m.—Guidto entertain and educate. ed Bird Walk: The arboretum Discover how also offers histo spot yellowtory walks, phobreasted chats, tography workLucy’s warshops, home blers, Bell’s virschool day tours eos, northern and more. cardinals and These days, my many more son is as likely to birds during swipe my camera this interpreas he is to pose in tive walk led front of it, but it’s by members nice to see this of the Arizona A northern cardinal looks down from his perch. family tradition Field Ornitholhas continued. ogists board. Indeed, the biggest problem we en• Saturday, Sept. 5, at 8:30 a.m.—Drag- countered was overhearing a toddler onfly Walk: Blue-eyed and common crying as they left: “My butterflies!” green darners, flame and roseate “I don’t think he wants to leave,” my skimmers, Mexican amberwings, son said. “I don’t blame him.” blue dashers…even the names are colorful. Roger Racut guides this walk Boyce Thompson Arboretum around the arboretum’s pond and 37615 E. U.S. Highway 60 water features to find and study these Superior 85173 brilliant insects. (520) 689-2811 • Saturday, Sept. 12, at 8 a.m.—Learn arboretum.ag.arizona.edu Your Lizards: This guided walk isn’t

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So many of my fondest memories are related to food, and the beginning of the school year is no exception. I had a best friend in first grade. Didn’t everyone? To this day, I still remember the beyond-delicious homemade chocolate chip cookie that Michele’s mom would pack in her lunchbox. I would have traded everything I had in my brown bag and then some for just one bite of that cookie. Fortunately, Michele had a generous heart and would share the cookies with me every time her mom would bake them. I’ve been on a lifelong search to find a recipe that even came close to that treasure. So you can imagine my excitement when I received an email from Valley resident Lee Hines about his wife’s chocolate chip cookies. Tammy Hines was determined to duplicate a well-known winner and finally succeeded. And I had found the recipe that has come the closest to the cookies I loved so many years ago! Lee shares the story of Tammy’s quest: “Yes, I remember that fateful day. It was a few years ago when Tammy announced she was going to make

1/2 cup quick cooking oats 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup unsalted butter 3/4 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup white sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 2 large eggs 3 cups semisweet premium chocolate chips (Ghirardelli or Guittard preferred) 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

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chocolate chip cookies. The first thing that popped into my head was Doubletree. If you’ve ever stayed at a Doubletree Hotel, you know that the first thing that happens when you check in is you’re handed a wonderful chocolate chip cookie. “After searching the Internet she tried and modified several recipes that claimed to duplicate the Doubletree cookies. After baking and testing batch after batch, the results are a cookie that our friends and family can’t resist. Be prepared to never love another chocolate chip cookie like this one!” As I plant my face in a plateful of decadent chocolate chips, I’m thanking Tammy and her dedication to the pursuit of “The Cookie,” while reliving memories of snowy Lake Tahoe school days and the best warm-out-of-theoven chocolate chips a 6-year-old could ever dream of ! If you have a recipe that you think our readers would love to try, email me. While you’re there, check out more recipes and cooking tips at www. jandatri.com.

In a separate bowl, cream together the butter, sugars, vanilla and lemon. Add eggs and mix until smooth. Stir in dry ingredients. Mix in chocolate chips and nuts. Spoon rounded balls (about 1/4 cup each) onto a parchment or foil-lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown on outside edges but still soft in the middle. Makes 40 large cookies. Note: Tammy refrigerates the dough, which helps to hold the cookies together. And Lee (who says he hovers over every batch to make sure he gets to scrape the bowl clean) tells me that these cookies freeze well, too.


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As a Scottsdale Ranch resident, I’m what I consider to be the best marinara always looking for new places to dine in town. that offer exceptional food near my The lasagna ($17) has also called home. Recently I found me back a few times— a hidden treasure— the noodles are the Tesoro Ristorante way lasagna pasta is Italiano. supposed to be (not I was unfamiliar boiled from crunchy with the restaurant, noodles out of a box!). but now it’s my onceThe meat and cheeses a-week treat. Even my and sauce meld Italy-born father loves together so smoothly, Tesoro. When I took Tesoro creates everything from not overpowered by him there he said, “Now scratch, from the sauce to the onions or spices that this is how all Italian pasta. don’t belong, making food should taste.” me close my eyes and savor each bite. Tesoro makes everything from Another dish I’ve enjoyed (several scratch, from the sauce to the pasta. times already) is the eggplant ($16). One of my favorites is the crespelle It’s baked with cheese and served with ($15), freshly made crepes filled with a side of pasta. Hands down, it’s the ricotta and spinach. Topped with a best eggplant I’ve ever had. Unlike delicious and not-too-heavy cream other restaurants, which bread and sauce, it’s decorated with a splash of fry the eggplant, the flavor of Tesoro’s comm. spotlight

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eggplant focuses on the squash itself— not on breading and seasoning. It’s pure and delicious. I find the staff to be extra friendly, and the ambience lovely—perfect for a romantic date, dinner with friends, or family dining. The table settings are beautifully set upon white linens, and they look even better once the freshly baked bread is brought to your table. There’s a glass-front cabinet off the dining area that showcases an impressive wine selection, something perfect to imbibe with any of the menu items, including linguini with a combination of delightfully prepared seafood ($25); chicken or veal piccata in wine sauce with vegetables or pasta ($17/$25); or another of my favorites, the uniquely wonderful gnocchi in a tomato-cream sauce with sage ($16). On one occasion, Tesoro owner Jacob Grady personally brought dinner to our table. I was impressed. Jacob is the relatively new owner of Tesoro, and at age 26, his hard work and dedication shows. His polite and friendly demeanor sets the tone of the restaurant. Jacob’s brother, Joshua, is a chef who also surprised

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The Rev. Vernon Meyer Jr. Noted scholar and historian the Rev. Vernon Meyer Jr. presents a slide show and talk about El Camino de Santiago. WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Paradise Bakery, 7145 E. meet your neighbor Indian School Rd., Scottsdale COST: Donations accepted; reservations required INFO: connected@ impulsuscommunity.com Art Discovery Series with Marshall Trimble State historian Marshall Trimble will share jokes, stories and songs about Arizona during the event. WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. WHERE: La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 948-1234 or jsheldon@lacasadecristo.com ImpulsUS Book Club “The Untethered Soul” by Michael Singer is the book selection chosen by ImpulsUS for a six-week discussion period. WHEN: Thursdays beginning Aug. 27, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Paradise Bakery, 7145 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale COST: Donations accepted; reservations required INFO: connected@ impulsuscommunity.com Live and Local: Inspiración Flamenca Founded by Julia Chacon in 2008, Inspiración Flamenca provides an authentic, powerful flamenco experience, including beautiful costumes, fiery footwork, intricate guitar and soul-stirring vocals. WHEN: Friday, Aug. 28, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $10 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or www. scottsdaleperformingarts.org Luna Aura The sound of Luna Aura, also known as Angela Flores, is heavily influenced by hip hop and trap beats but also relies on indie and Top 40 elements. WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $10

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Black Bottom Lighters The six-piece reggae-influenced group from Glendale has garnered a strong local fanbase since its inception in 2010. WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $15 INFO: (480) 970-6980 or www.livewireaz.com Nils Lofgren Nils Lofgren has been a member of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band since 1984. His mastery of instruments has also seen him tour alongside Lou Reed, Crazy Horse and Ringo Starr. WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $25 to $45 INFO: (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com Robert Randolph and the Family Band The funk and soul group is led by pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph. The band’s secular and gospel vibe attracted the attention of prominent blues and soul artists, such as Eric Clapton, with whom it has collaborated. WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $28 INFO: (480) 970-6980 or www.livewireaz.com The Boxmasters featuring Billy Bob Thornton The American roots-rock band features actor Billy Bob Thornton and several other seasoned musicians whose sound is rich in rhythm and story. Tommy Ash opens the show. WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $33 INFO: (480) 970-6980 or www.livewireaz.com Oh my gosh! They’re finally asleep. Thanks Downer Bar!

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Toto is in the midst of a rare U.S. tour that brings the band to The Pool at Talking Stick with Yes on Friday, Sept. 4.

Toto, Yes pairing makes perfect sense to bands By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski When booking agents paired prog rockers Yes with the softer sounds of Toto for a summer tour, some saw the lineup as odd. Toto’s guitarist/ vocalist Steve Lukather acknowledges this, but said the partnership works on several levels. Namely, both bands have recently witnessed the deaths of core members—Yes’ Chris Squire and Toto’s Mike Porcaro. “They lost Chris tragically,” said Lukather of the musician who died in Arizona of leukemia. “He was one of the greatest musicians ever. We lost our brother, Mike, a couple years ago. There are no egos on the tour.” Although they play different genres of music, Toto and Yes have utmost respect for each other, said Lukather, who goes by the nickname “Luke.” Those differences actually make for the perfect tour. “We just wanted to be a little more eclectic,” Lukather said. “It was so exciting. Chris was supposed to get better and he didn’t. It’s really tough for their camp. It was like us losing Jeff Porcaro, our leader, our guy. We just lost Mike, we’ve lost two.” Throughout the run, which includes a Friday, Sept. 4, show at The Pool at Talking Stick, Yes and Toto are paying tribute to their fallen musicians. “If I was to go (die), I’d like the guys to continue playing music,” he said. “Not playing isn’t going to bring me back. “If anything, we celebrate the memories. Mike was a legend. Chris July 15, 2015

was one of the greatest musicians ever. We have to carry on with respect. All this does is remind me that every day is a blessing. We have to make the most of it. I’m a very sensitive cat, but I also have a great sense of humor.” His silliness shines during the second half of the interview, which focused on Toto’s new album “Toto XIV,” which hit stores March 20. It is one of the band’s most critically acclaimed albums. “We’re not used to good reviews,” he said. “We always got our asses kicked. They compared us to punk music, which is like comparing a massive rump steak to a vegetarian. You can’t put the two on the same plate. “We survived it all. It’s been a great long career. It’s a rollercoaster ride, one we had to hang on to without being flung out from the top. We all went to school together. There’s something we have that very few people understand.” The Pool at Talking Stick gig is a rarity for Toto, who primarily tours overseas. But he’s excited to bring the noise to the United States “We’re bringing it,” he said. “The band’s tight. We’re having fun. We haven’t toured the U.S. as much, so we’re kind of fresh meat, if you will, for the lost era.” Yes and Toto perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at The Pool at Talking Stick, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale. Tickets are $55 to $150. For more information, call (800) 745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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Rella Carpenter and Heidi Vail own builder, as Vail was the builder’s marketand operate a company that is in the ing director and Carpenter was the demale-dominated field of construction in sign manager. home remodeling and renovations. After the layoffs and they started the They don’t disparage their male coun- business, the women joined a business terparts but they believe networking group. They they have the edge bewere hired by a woman cause some women cliwho needed a remodeling ents are more comfortable project completed. “After working with female conthat, it was friends, or peotractors. ple in the neighborhoods “Because we are women, or someone who Heidi we know how women like knew who had friends to do things in the home,” Rella Carpenter and Heidi that needed work done,” Vail founded Thru the BuyCarpenter said. Vail said Carpenter said. “All of our er’s Eyes, a home remodelthey know how a room ing contracting business, in business was referrals.” “works” and how to plan 2007. They also worked on a space. business name. They wantThe women own the Scottsdale-based ed something different, Carpenter said. Thru the Buyer Eyes, a contracting com- Thru the Buyer’s Eyes was suggested by pany, created about 10 years ago when Vail’s husband, a freelance copywriter. the women lost their jobs with the same Carpenter and Vail say they follow the builder. philosophy behind the name. “We listen As Carpenter describes it, the com- to the clients and we see things through pany “got in over their heads” and went their eyes,” Carpenter said. bankrupt. “We both lost our jobs,” Vail The contractors complete home renosaid. “We were on our own.” vations throughout the Valley. Many of Carpenter and Vail opened their busi- their jobs are in Scottsdale, but they’ve ness despite a bleak economy and a also done work in the West Valley, too. dreary outlook in 2007 for the construc- “There were jobs we got because they tion industry. had friends who we did work for,” Carpenter said. Getting started Both women took different paths into Knowing the space the construction business. The company will update kitchens and Carpenter hired a builder to construct bathrooms, install floors, add rooms and her home. As Carpenter reviewed his build patio areas. plans, she saw the need for upgrades to Carpenter and Vail offer complithe homes he was building. Seeing the mentary consultations. They will show opportunity, Carpenter told him she drawings and make product recommencould design upgrades for him. dations based on the client’s taste and Carpenter was hired, worked five lifestyle and the home’s architectural elyears for that builder, then took the ements, and suggest ways to save monbuilder’s state exam and passed. She was ey. They check job sites daily. one of six women who received builder “I find the most exciting part of it is licenses in 2005. the end when it comes together and Before Vail moved to Arizona, she when they see it,” Vail said. learned about homes and familiarized herself with the housing market when Thru the Buyers Eyes she marketed and advertised planned www.thruthebuyerseyes.com communities in Florida. Rella Carpenter: (602) 689-6698 Eventually they worked for the same Heidi Vail: (480) 399-7022 on the town

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