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Nov. 3 special election focuses on bonds law talk

Voters will decide whether to approve all or part of nearly $96 million in bonds for capital projects throughout Scottsdale in a special election on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The projects include rebuilding parks, repaving streets, improving intersections, renovating buildings and upping the energy efficiency of facilities. If all of the bonds are approved, the estimated yearly property tax increase for the owner of a home of $371,000— the city’s average value—would be $42.63. Scottsdale hasn’t had a bond approved in 15 years for such improvements. There is a need to try again. “We have difficulty keeping up (the facilities),” said Dan Worth, public works director. “The sales tax (revenue) classifieds

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The ballot includes: Question 1: Parks and Community Facilities, $31.9 million—Vista Del Camino Park/Indian Bend Wash Park renovations and lake rehabilitation; pool chemical safety improvements; energy-efficient lighting upgrades at ballfields; aging park building replacement and water conservation irrigation upgrades. Question 2: Transportation, $16.5 million—Hayden and Chaparral Road intersection improvements; Happy Valley Road improvements from Pima to Alma School Road; Highland Avenue improvements from Scottsdale Road to Goldwater Road; downtown pedestrian improvements and McDowell Road

bicycle lane improvements. Question 3: Citywide Technology, $6.8 million—public building energy efficiency upgrades; public building wireless improvements and disaster recovery infrastructure. Question 4: Street Pavement Replacement, $12.5 million— Citywide deteriorated pavement replacement. Question 5: Public Safety-Fire, $16.3 million—Funds to design, acquire, construct, reconstruct, improve, furnish and equip three fire stations and relocate another fire station. Question 6: Public Safety-Police, $11.8 million—Police Civic Center Jail and Station renovation, and police vehicle training track resurfacing. Scottsdale went through a lengthy process to decide on the projects, all of which are high priority, Worth said. “Indian Bend Wash is one of the crown jewels,” Worth said. “We have visitors who come to it and look forward to it, and it’s 40-plus years old.” The City of Scottsdale’s website includes information about the ballot questions, including the language, a question-and-answer

informational piece about the bonds and a list of proposed projects with descriptions. For information, visit For the informational pamphlet, visit bit. ly/1KqRt1m. “We’re trying to get this information out to the public through the City’s website, public meetings and meetings with groups like the Realtors association and the Chamber of Commerce to explain what the projects are,” Worth said. City Clerk Carolyn Jagger said turnout varies from election to election, but that a “good portion” of the turnout is comprised of voters who mail their ballots. Scottsdale has 149,484 registered voters with 100,316 on the permanent early voting list. “It doesn’t cost anything, and you can vote in the privacy of your own home,” Jagger said. The deadline to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 5. Early ballots will be mailed on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Friday, Oct. 23, is the last day to request an early ballot by mail, and Friday, Oct. 30, is the last day to cast an early ballot at an early voting site.

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By Kenneth LaFave It’s tough to choose between dinner and a movie, music and dancing or just chillin’ under the stars for the perfect date. Why not do it all—along with 1,000 other people—at the second Date Night, an event catered to young adults Saturday, Oct. 3, at Scottsdale Stadium. “It’s a little unique, and we hope it continues to grow for this demographic,” said Daniel Miller, an assistant recreational coordinator for the

City of Scottsdale. The demographic Miller refers to is men and women, ages 20 to 35. “We offer a lot of events for children, teens, families and seniors, but nothing for that group,” he said. “So we started throwing around some ideas a few years ago on how to capture this demographic, and Date Night came out of that.” The City’s inaugural Date Night was in May, a trial event that was surprisingly successful.

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Notre Dame Preparatory was honored at the 10th annual National Youth Arts Awards ceremony with three awards and 11 nominations for the 2014-2015 performance season. The event was held on Aug. 16 at Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe. The Artist of the Year award was presented to senior Hale Stewart for his work in NDP’s “The Addams Family” and Greasepaint Theater’s productions of “Hairspray,” “Into the Woods” and “Seussical.” Emily Temple (‘14), now a theater major at Azusa Pacific University, won Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role as Alice Beineke in “The Addams Family.” Notre Dame Prep also won Best Ensemble for “The Addams Family.” Other NDP students recognized at the ceremony were nominees Lauren Lord, Emma Nowicki, Anna Sera, Olivia Twiford and Keegan Luther for their performances in “The Addams Family” and Hayley Accord and Gabi Johnson

The Notre Dame Prep Saints will play their first home game on the school’s new Bemis Field on Friday, Sept. 25. Kick-off will be at 7 p.m. with NDP squaring off against Sunnyslope High School. In celebration of the field’s debut, the school will host a Friday Night Lights Block Party from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the field. The entire Notre Dame Prep community including area residents are invited to join current NDP families, alumni and supporters at the event, which will include food trucks, games and activities. There is no admission charge.

Several Notre Dame Prep students were honored during the National Youth Arts Awards ceremony.

for their roles in “The Curious Savage.” “The Addams Family” production also received nominations for Outstanding Production, Direction, Set Design and Costume Design. 2013 NDP graduate Alex Martinez, a musical theater major at the University of Arizona, won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical for his role as Corny Collins in Desert Foothills Theater’s production of “Hairspray.” NDP Drama Director Bonnie Wilson and students Hale Stewart, Emily Temple (‘14) and Martinez received trophies at the National Youth Arts Awards.

Athletes, coach recognized by AIA Seven student athletes and one coach Bradley Friedman and Edmund Wong, at Notre Dame Preparatory rePlayers of the Year, Boys Tencently received certificates from nis; Edmund Wong, Player of the Arizona Interscholastic Assothe Year, Boys Tennis; Alexa ciation recognizing their achieveCooke and Alyssa Heid, Playments in Division II athletics, ers of the Year, Girls Tennis; sections IV and VI, for the 2015 and Lexi Lehman, Player of spring sports season. the Year and Division Player NDP girls tennis coach Shelley The student recipients are: Alex of the Year, Girls Tennis. Gorzelany, All Section Second Dinges was named NDP girls tennis coach Section VI Coach Team, Baseball; Alex Dickey, All of the Year. Shelley Dinges was named Section Second Team, Softball; Section VI Coach of the Year.

The football field is named for NDP’s first football coach, Scot A. Bemis who led his teams to state championship wins in 2007 and 2008. Bemis died of cancer in January 2012 at age 45. The new field features a high-definition, digital video scoreboard, artificial turf, state-of-the-art LED stadium lighting and a home team grandstand with seats spelling NDP. Bemis Field will also be venue for school’s hockey and lacrosse home games. Bemis coached the NDP girls soccer team to its first state championship in 2009. Notre Dame Preparatory is located at 9701 E. Bell Rd.

Community invited to 10th annual culinary festival Chefs from popular Valley restaurants will gather on the campus of Notre Dame Preparatory on Oct. 24 to offer tastings of their bestselling dishes at the school’s 10th annual culinary festival. The public is invited to attend the casual outdoor festival at 6 p.m. on the NDP campus at 9701 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale. The 2014 festival drew more than 500 guests to the school. Tastings, hosted cocktails and live music performed by Elvis Before Noon are included in the $100 ticket price. Guests must be 21 and older. Online event registration and raffle tickets are available at The reduced ticket price for alumni (age 21+) is $50.


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“Just over 600 people attended in May,” Miller said. “That was remarkable for a first-time event where we didn’t even do a big marketing push. We could probably double that number this time.” The event was moved from May to Octo- The City of Scottsdale hopes to reach the 20-to-35 demographic ber to accom- with Date Night. modate other uses of the stadium by cility,” Miller said. Scottsdale Stadium soccer and baseball leagues. is home to the San Francisco Giants The centerpiece of Date Night will during Spring Training. be a screening of “50 First Dates.” Date Night isn’t restricted just to Food trucks will provide graz- couples. ing that includes grilled cheese and “You can bring your significant othmeats, Vietnamese food, seafood ta- er, or a friend, or a group of friends,” cos, ice cream and kettlecorn. Beer Miller emphasized. and wine will also be available. Miller said the feedback from the Prior to the movie, a DJ will pro- May event was positive, except for vide music for dancing or just listen- one uncontrollable factor. ing. Couples can sit in the stands or “We had freakish weather that take a blanket to the field and stretch night, and it got really cold on the out under the stars. field. “One unique feature of our Date “We’re hoping for perfect weather Night is that you can take a stadium this time. You never know.” tour. It’s rare to be able to tour this fa-

DuBois set to be honored American author, profiler and me- special Golden Heart Award will be dium Allison DuBois will be honored presented to Billie Jo and Judd Herfor her work with a Hope Award at berger for their outstanding work and Debbie Gaby’s 2015 Celebrity Cat- contributions to the community. This walk presented by Honor year’s beneficiaries also inHealth. DuBois’ psychic clude many of Debbie Gaby abilities have assisted U.S. Charities, along with Camp law enforcement officials in Soaring Eagle and the Virsolving crimes, forming the ginia G. Piper Cancer Cenbasis of the TV series “Meter. dium” starring Patricia ArIn addition to the runquette. way fashion show, the event Hosted by Debbie Gaby also includes “Pretty in Pink Charities and chaired by Pat Allison DuBois Dream Boxes,” a live aucBondurant, the charity fundraiser will tion, and a delicious lunch prepared celebrate its ninth biennial walk down by Executive Chef Michael Cairns. the runway at the Omni Scottsdale For more information about purchasResort & Spa at Montelucia in Scott- ing tickets, hosting a table, donations sdale on from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tues- or sponsorship, call Jane Lanning at day, Oct. 13. (602) 821-6000 or visit www.debbieIn addition to honoring DuBois, a

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Now that Halloween is approaching, will you be trick-or-treating with the kids or going to a neighborhood celebration? While trick-or-treating numbers are declining, we’re fond of the annual tradition. JustGridiron be sure to walk looking back with your kids to ensure their safety. Welcome to the community Shona Salon & Spa, an Aveda concept salon offering a variety of services including the Vichy Hydrotherapy treatment, as well as facials, pedicures, manicures, massages, hair treatments and cuts. The salon is located at 15090 N. Northsight Blvd. For more information, visit Scottsdale Community College is seeking players from its 1975 football team for a 40-year reunion celebration during Homecoming weekend. The reunion will start with a reception and dinner Friday, Oct. 9, followed by a full day of events Saturday, Oct. 10. In addition to a “fun” golf tournament, players will attend SCC’s annual Athletic Hall of Fame reception honoring Larry

Philpot, the school’s first head football coach, and the 1981 national champion volleyball team. Contact Rick Sowers at (480) 694-3450 or It’s time to schedule that babysitter. Now! Fall festivals are in full swing, and while some are kid-friendly, maybe it’s best leave the little ones home as you hop on over to the Arizona Taco Festival at Salt River Fields or other events in the Valley. In honor of International Day of the Girl, Kendra Scott and the Girls Rule Foundation are teaming up for a day of sweets, champagne and shopping. From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, Kendra Scott will donate 20 percent of sales to the 501(c)(3). The first 50 people through the doors will receive a dreamLAB Leader Kit, which equips girls in middle and high school with the materials to start her own, peer-led, inspirational, afterschool club. The store is located in Scottsdale Quarter, 15147 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite

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ImpulsUS is changing the location of its spiritual gatherings, as well as the day and time of its meetings. It’s moving from Old Town to Scottsdale Congregational Church, 4425 N. Granite Reef Rd. At 9 a.m. Saturdays, congregants can enjoy meditation, chanting, prayer, contemplation, a brief talk or full conversation.

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Railfair returns to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park By Meghan McCoy Train enthusiasts and casual observers can take in model train displays and exhibits for two days in October at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. The annual Railfair returns 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, and Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale. This year, the City is incorporating the park’s 40th anniversary, according to Henry Garcia, the facility’s assistant coordinator. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park opened in 1975. The event began in the late 1970s, thanks to Guy Stillman’s love affair with trains and his involvement in clubs with fellow enthusiasts. “He incorporated Railfair into the park,” he said. “The event is set up to showcase model railroading—N-scale through O- and G-scale trains—not just to showcase, but to share the hobby with everyone.” The model railroad building will display a 10,000-square-foot exhibit. The event will also feature a LEGO club building various miniature train layouts.

The layouts are surrounded by LEGO towns, cars and people. “They find some prominent wellknown areas and they build LEGO based on those areas and incorporate trains,” Garcia said. The event typically attracts 8,000 to 9,000 people over the two days. Garcia said he believes the event is popular because people are fascinated with the realistic miniature trains. Coming to fruition Forty years ago the park became a reality after Stillman asked his parents to donate 100 acres to the City of Scottsdale. Thirty of those acres became what is now known as the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. “When they renovated the park, they added a platform and station and they added Stillman’s name in there,” Garcia said. The park includes a train ride and carousel for $2 per ride with children younger than 3 riding for free with a paid adult, and a museum that boasts train history.

The park includes a presidential train, Roald Amundsen Pullman Car, which four of the country’s leaders hopped aboard before Air Force One transported them. The park also has a Mercy Car, which was a gift from France to each state that assisted them during the World War. “Arizona has that on display here at our facility,” Garcia said. In addition to walking through the Roald Amundsen Pullman Car, visitors have the opportunity to walk through the Santa Fe package car. The museum shares a good deal of information about train history, railroading, how steam engines assisted with The annual Railfair will showcase model railroading copper mines, package cars for individuals of all ages to enjoy. and communication with telegraphs. For more information, visit www. “There is some really cool stuff in-, or call (480) side the museum,” Garcia said. 312-2312.

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If you live in the Valley, baseball season is just starting to ramp up as many families are eager to get up close and personal with future major league stars at a price that can’t be beat. Throughout October and November, the Valley will serve as home to six Arizona Fall League (AFL) teams comprised by many of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) elite young prospects—some of whom hail from here in the Valley. “The Arizona Fall League is regarded throughout professional baseball as the finishing school for top prospects,” explained league director Steve Cobb. “It features top prospects from every single organization in Major League Baseball.” The AFL’s role in baseball’s development process goes deeper than players, too. The league has helped future major league managers, coaches, umpires and front office administrators and executives reach the big leagues. For instance, 36 former AFL managers and players have become major league managers and 13 of those are managing today on the MLB field. Fans—especially families—certainly are not forgotten, either. “We also are proud to offer an affordable alternative for mom, dad and the kids to enjoy professional baseball played at the highest level by an assortment of minor-league all stars and firstround draft choices who are headed to the major leagues,” said Cobb. Approximately 60 percent of players selected for the Fall League reach the major leagues. Since its inception, the AFL is responsible for helping develop: 231 MLB All-Stars, 36 MLB managers, 53 MLB umpires, 25 MLB Rookies of the Year, 13 MLB MVPs, eight MLB All-Star Game MVPs, five Cy Young Award winners and three World Series MVPs. Some of the MLB standouts who played in the AFL in recent years include: Starlin Castro (Cubs SS), Aroldis Chapman (Reds closer), Josh Donaldson (Athletics 3B), Sean Doolittle (Athletics LHP), Freddie Freeman (Braves 1B), Bryce Harper (Nationals LF), Drew Hutchison (Blue Jays RHP),

Craig Kimbrel (Braves closer), Tommy LaStella (Braves 2B), Andrew McCutchen (Pirates CF), Salvador Perez (Royals C), Albert Pujols (Angels 1B/ DH), Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins RF), Marcus Stroman (Blue Jays RHP), Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies SS) and Mike Trout (Angels CF). The AFL is also among the most affordable entertainment values in Arizona this fall. A family pass, priced at only $120, admits up to six people for every game. “And it’s open seating. You can sit anywhere to like to get up close and personal,” added Cobb. Who plays where Northeast Valley: The Salt River Rafters, who will share their stadium with the Saguaros, will play at Salt River Fields and will be stocked with prospects from the hometown Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Washington Nationals, New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays. The Scottsdale Scorpions play at Scottsdale Stadium and will include prospects from the Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers. West Valley: The Glendale Desert Dogs play at Camelback Ranch and will feature prospects from the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros. The Peoria Javalinas will play at Peoria Sports Complex with prospects from the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles. And, the Surprise Saguaros, who will play at Salt River Fields while the Surprise Stadium is remodeled, will include prospects from the Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals. Southeast Valley: The Mesa Solar Sox play at Cubs Park in Mesa and will include players from the Chicago Cubs (of course), Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays. ... continues on page 14


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Finally, just as MLB features signature events—such as its All-Star Game and Home Run Derby—so does the AFL. Major events during the 2015 AFL season include:

• Bowman Hitting Challenge, 6:35 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, Salt River Fields • Fall Stars Game, 6:08 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, Salt River Fields • Military Appreciation Game (Saguaros at Rafters), 6:08 p.m. Saturday,

By Mariah McKenzie For more than 20 years, the Desert Discovery Center has been a vision for Scottsdale. Throughout those two decades, the project has grown and become more complex, raising the eyebrows of councilmembers and residents. The center, which would serve as a place to interpret the nearby McDowell Sonoran Preserve, was the topic of an hour-long discussion at the Sept. 8 Scottsdale City Council meeting. According to Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield, there are two major questions that need to be answered about the project. “The first question is, ‘How will it be funded?’” said Littlefield. “Secondly, ‘Where will the center be located?’” Vice Mayor Linda Milhaven agreed. “We want a more solid price tag,” said Milhaven of the Desert Discovery Center committee’s task.

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Nov. 14, Salt River Fields • AFL Championship Game, 1:08 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, Scottsdale Stadium “Every AFL game is a showcase of future major leaguers, many of whom will reach star status like Mike Trout and Giancarlo Stanton,” Cobb said. “It is destination baseball for families at an affordable price in perfect weather played in modern, comfortable stadiums.” Visit for information and tickets or call (480) 9901005.

Just like the controversial WestWorld, which spent many years on the drawing board, the Desert Discovery Center has great potential. Councilman David Smith fears that the Desert Discovery Center will face the same problems that occurred in the development of WestWorld. The facility wasn’t presented to the public until after it was already approved, which didn’t allow citizens to offer opinions about it, Littlefield explained. As of yet, Scottsdale taxpayers have not been asked about the Desert Discovery Center. “I am not going to support this project until the public has been asked,” Smith said. The goal is to gain public support for the development of this project. According to Smith, the project has the potential to be something unique to Scottsdale, but the main focus is to better the community.


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Museum captures the true ‘spirit’ of the West By Tracy House A lot has changed in Old Town Scottsdale over the 20 years since I lived in “The West’s Most Western Town.” Showing my kids the area and spending time with them at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West was like turning back the clock and immersing myself in the Wild West. The huge, open and airy museum opened its doors in January with rotating exhibitions of Western art and cultural treasures on loan from some of the world’s foremost collectors and institutions. My daughter, Megan, and son, Jacob, passed a few hours with me roaming through the halls of the building, admiring the numerous paintings,

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sculptures, artifacts and interactive exhibits throughout the museum. To begin our tour of the 43,000-square-foot museum in Scottsdale’s historic arts district, we followed the wagon wheels suspended from the ceiling. There are eight exhibitions to view, but these change throughout the year to showcase the artistry from 19 Western states. Walking through the galleries, we were treated to artwork depicting the Lewis and Clark expedition, bronze sculptures, Native American pottery and blankets and of course, the western collection of cowboy artifacts. This was by far my kids’ favorite area. They especially enjoyed a competitive game of “Chutes and Ladders” on the table-sized game


board decorated with hand-painted waterfalls and Pueblo Indianstyle Kiva ladders. Displays of sheriffs’ badges, Old West guns, spurs, saddles, saloon and gambling paraphernalia, playbills from Wild West shows and interactive puzzles piqued their curiosity and kept them engaged. her hands by the fire, Megan House takes a little break Included were John Warming from the museum tour. Wayne’s boots, photos of the Lone Ranger and numerous display. There are numerous photo other Wild West memorabilia in the opportunities and Megan made collected works. friends with a bison on loan in the Moving throughout the collections, hallway near the courtyard. Jacob was interested in the artwork While it was a bit too hot to sit showcasing a reverse-perspective outside, a desert courtyard with painting, an optical illusion, and found sculptural works and exotic desert it engaging to study the examples on plants should be inviting as the

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temperatures cool. In addition, the auditorium features a 10-minute film, “Spirit Is,” on the hour, highlighting the story of the American West. There is a gift shop carrying unique western items from artists throughout the 19 Western states. The museum provides a visual journey of the West, past and present, through its varying Jacob and Megan House compete to see who can complete their puzzle first at one of the kiosks. perspectives, artworks, authentic voices and inspiring learn how the settlers persevered and accounts of life for visitors to enjoy tamed the West. and capture the essence of the frontier Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 spirit. p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 11 Docent-led tours are available with a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; and 9:30 a.m. to admission which is $13 for adults; $8 9 p.m. Scottsdale Artwalk Thursdays. for students with an ID and children 6 The Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s to 17; $11 for seniors (65+) and active Museum of the West, is located at military; museum members and 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. children 5 and under are free. There Check the website for upcoming is plenty to see, so wear comfortable events and more information, www. walking shoes and be prepared to or call take your time through the exhibits to (480) 686-9539.


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1. There was entertainment for the fans waiting in line. 2. Ambria Bonillas holds hearsay meet your neighbor her doll while waiting for the doors to open. 3. Emily Cox gets her face painted with a butterfly. 4. There were thousands of people waiting for the doors to open. 5. Lauryn Vanvleck, Richard Trujillo, Jessaly Rath and Lily McDaniel wait at a nearby bench while friends hold their place in line. 6. Scarlett Austin can hardly contain her excitement. 7. Keely Lotz smiles bright with her matching doll. 8. Ella McTaggart and Maggie McTaggart are excited that their grandma looking back waited in line for them. 9. Christal Costello came from Anthem for the store’s grand opening. 10. The doll hair stylists had a blast working on the dolls’ hair. 10. Emmaline Evans smiles in front of the red ribbon.








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slices of life By Jill Pertler

A letter to me 20 years ago We all change a little each day. Our experiences mold us. I’m not the same person I was 20 years ago—and I’m not just referring to my pants size. It would be interesting (to say the least) if we could go back and talk to the person we were two decades ago. What advice and insight would we give? And would the person we were then listen to us now—or not? Dear me from 1995, You are embroiled in the business and “busyness” of parenting. Two young children depend on you and you’re about to top that off with a couple more in the coming years. I know. It sounds overwhelming, but you can do it. Sleep is overrated anyway and adult naps were invented for a reason. You feel as though this stage and

their neediness will never end. Believe me, it will. You might think you know it all at this point (that’s one thing that hasn’t changed about us during the last 20 years) but you don’t. Not really. We never do. But I do have a few snippets of knowledge that might benefit you now and in the years to come. First, I have some good news: They will grow up. You will sleep through the night on a regular basis and as an added bonus you won’t have to set a substantial portion of your weekly spending toward diapers. Next, I have some bad news: They will grow up. It will come more quickly than you ever could have imagined. And as you lie awake in bed at 2 a.m. you will recall their middleof-the-night cries with fondness and longing. There will even be times

when you wish for it to happen again, maybe just once, to be able to smell their baby breath and remind you that you are a young mama. Even though you will delight in their growth, it will be a pain like you’ve never experienced before. Their dependence—and following independence—defines your being. That is OK. The eventual independence will feel good, after a time. You may even get back to some of the old hobbies that you nearly forgot you used to enjoy—gardening, crafting, your husband. Help your children prioritize. Be kind. The importance of family. Good friends. Good choices. Good grades. Worthwhile activities. Sports. In that order. Teach them to take responsibility for their actions. I fear responsibility is getting lost in our age of entitlement. “I was wrong,” and “I’m sorry,” are important phrases for them to practice and master. Talk to them. Keep an open dialogue. Answer their questions

and they will answer yours. Often this will be at midnight when you are beyond tired or when you have a work deadline that’s overdue. Kids are lots of things, but convenient isn’t one of them. Take the time on their time. It’s all you’ve got. Finally, don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re doing the best you can. You’ve always got tomorrow to be the perfect parent. Thanks for listening. Sincerely, Me from 2015. 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.

SUSD Showcase: A community celebration By Kathy Burwell Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) is hosting the SUSD Showcase from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Cocopah Middle School. All 31 SUSD schools will be present, with student performances occurring throughout the event. The SUSD Showcase is the perfect event for community members to attend to find answers to questions about differences between high school programs or about program offerings available at different SUSD schools. The event will showcase the many specialized programs available at various campuses. From robotics, to academics, arts and athletics, this event provides an opportunity to connect with all SUSD schools. Representatives will be available to share information about the International Baccalaureate Program, AdPage 22

vance Placement Offerings, the Culinary Program, the Math and Science Academy, and the many performing and visual arts programs available. Additionally, schools affiliated with the new STEAM Design Academy and the Early College Program will share information. Students will discuss the many extracurricular activities available at the schools. “The showcase is truly a celebration of the accomplishments and talents of students who attend SUSD schools,” stated Kristine Harrington, public information and marketing officer for SUSD. “All of our schools will be well represented and information on the various programs and events occurring at each school will be available. All are invited to join the celebration.” Additionally, performances will include students from all learning communities. A student art display will be

Cocopah Middle School will host the SUSD Showcase on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Celebrate National Honey Month with activities aplenty for the family. See the pavilion’s website for a complete list of events. WHEN: Throughout September, various hours WHERE: Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale COST: $12.95 to $19.95

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Meet elephant zookeepers, find out about adaptations, create enrichment items and learn how to participate in elephant conservation. WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix COST: $14 children ages 3 to 13; $20 adults ages 14 and older INFO: (602) 286-3800 or elephant-appreciation-day/

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Bowling for Soup Since forming in 1994, Bowling for Soup has scored a slew of hits including the catch “1985.” WHEN: Monday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, meet your neighbor Scottsdale COST: $20 INFO: Downtown ArtWalks See the new pieces of art on display throughout downtown. WHEN: Thursdays, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: Downtown Scottsdale, along Main Street and Marshall Way COST: Free INFO: Tritonal and Cash Cash The DJs bring their “Untouchable Tour” to Livewire. WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $30 INFO: GRiZ Grant Kwiecinski, better known as GRiZ, is a Michigan-bred DJ/producer who plays the saxophone during his DJ sets. WHEN: Friday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $27.50 INFO: Scottsdale Quarter Fall Concert Series The Fall Concert Series features The Rave (Sept. 26), Crown Kings (Oct. 3), Rock Lobster (Oct. 10) and Shallow Water (Oct. 17). WHEN: Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Quarter’s Quad, 15037 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 270-8123

SUSD Showcase: A Community Celebration All 31 Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) schools will be on hand to connect with the community and share information about programs offered to students. The event will include student performances, an art show, door prizes, food trucks and family fun. WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Cocopah Middle School, 6615 E. Cholla St., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: Date Night Enjoy a night under the stars when the City of Scottsdale presents Date Night at Scottsdale Stadium. The night features food trucks, music, stadium tours, free massages and a movie on the field. WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 3, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scotsdale COST: Free; food and alcohol for purchase INFO: (480) 312-0217 or Israeli Sing-Along Night Join the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s Israel Center for fun and music. WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Mozart Café, 7116 E. Mercer Ln., Scottsdale COST: Free, reservations required INFO: The Power of You Speaker Series Rebecca Alexander discusses “Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found.” WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 8, morning and afternoon sessions




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New Found Glory and Yellowcard The pop-punk bands, with the help of Tigers Jaw, kick off their U.S. tour at Livewire. WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $25 to $55 INFO: Electronics Recycling Collection Day Gather unwanted electronics for the City’s Electronics Recycling Collection Day. WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador Dr., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-5600 or The Scottsdale Concert Band One of the oldest performing-arts groups in Scottsdale will open its 38th season with a free concert titled “Portraits of America.” WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 11, at 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Saguaro High School Auditorium, 6250 N. 82nd St., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (602) 327-3168 or Fall Cooking Series with Eddie Matney Chef Eddie Matney shares his techniques and secrets to creating sensational recipes that celebrate the bounty of the fall season. WHEN: Mondays Oct. 12, Nov. 2 and Nov. 30, times TBD WHERE: Allstate Appliances’ Showroom, 15250 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale COST: $75 each; $195 for the series INFO: (480) 483-7121, ext. 1213, or The Mayor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities Awards The awards program recognizes those who provide counseling, education and opportunities for individuals with disabilities. WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-2727 or Taste of the Town Featuring more than 20 of the Valley’s

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top restaurants, the charitable evening will serve to fuel stomachs with nosh and sips to benefit more than 2,400 Arizona families affected by muscle diseases. WHEN: Friday, Oct. 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Quarter, 15037 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: $65 to $85 INFO: Margaret Cho: The psyCHO Tour Margaret Cho is never one to shy away from a difficult, or even “taboo” topic, and there is no subject off limits. WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $39 to $69 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Arizona Taco Festival All the restaurants who take part in the competition serve $2 tacos and compete in $10,000 cash. WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. WHERE: Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: $12 to $85 INFO: McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month Celebration Join the group for a variety of hikes and informative activities focused on the preserve. WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 18, at 8 a.m. WHERE: Browns Ranch Trailhead, 30301 N. Alma School Pkwy., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: Harvest Festival Tickets for this event include six wine tasting tickets, barrel samples of future wines, live music, LDV Winery logo wine glass and more. Food trucks will have eats available for purchase. WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. WHERE: LDV Wine Gallery, 6951 E. First St., Scottsdale COST: $25 to $30 INFO: (480) 664-4822 or www. Ehud Banai Concert Ehud Banai’s powerful music and original lyrics have made an undeniable mark on the Israeli music scene. He is one of Israel’s alternative rock icons who live in the United States. WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Starts at $30; registration required INFO:

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski As a child, Bowling for Soup frontman Jaret Reddick was snarky and had a good sense of humor, something he still conveys through his band in songs like “1985.” But now he’s getting the ultimate payback in his 9-year-old son, Jack. “My son is literally like God’s revenge on me,” he said with a laugh. “I wasn’t a bad kid, but I probably wasn’t the easiest kid in the world to deal with. What comes around goes around.” It helps, too, that Jack is a big Bowling for Soup fan, and often blares the radio when one of his dad’s songs is played on Sirius/XM’s Pop2K. “I’ll be pulling up to my son’s school, and he’ll turn it up and blare it,” Reddick said. “It sounds like I’m trying to make my kids listen to me. I like that he digs it.” Although Bowling for Soup still tours—the band plays Livewire in Scottsdale on Monday, Sept. 21— Reddick has cut down on traveling to spend time with Jack and 12-year-old daughter, Emma. “I’m, as rock stars go, pretty normal as a dad,” he said. “But he (Jack) gets me from time to time. He’s into pranks right now. It’s all the stuff that I’ve fallen for in the past. But he’s cute doing it, so I have to let him have it.” When the divorced father isn’t hanging out with his kids, he’s working on projects for Bowling for Soup or

his side band, People on Vacation. Right now, he’s putting the finishing touches on a live acoustic DVD filmed in London. “It was a really, really cool theater and we did it during our acoustic performance,” Reddick said. “It’s a long show. I think it’s like 30-something songs. It’s 2 1/2 hours long. “We’re going to release that as an album and DVD. There’s another, more involved full-band live performance that we did on the same tour. That DVD will come out next summer.” While Jack and Emma are Bowling for Soup fans, they’re also pretty impressed that their dad does voiceover work. Reddick is the man behind the voice of Love Handel’s lead singer on “Phineas and Ferb.” “I fell right into it, to be honest,” he said. “I had done some stuff on ‘Phineas and Ferb.’ I acted in high school and college. There are a lot of things that go with the whole voiceover thing, like hitting the beats. I like it—especially when I can do it from home. I work for a couple hours and then go do basketball with the kids. It’s a lot easier.”




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What’s Cooking? By Jan D’Atri

Devil’s Food Chunk Brownies October. It’s a devilish month with ghosts and goblins and such. But I’m being quite the evil one here in my kitchen as I stir up a devilishly delicious treat that takes chocolate brownies to a new level. Not only is there devil’s food cake mix added to the box of brownie mix (my longtime secret to moist brownies), but on top of the cooked brownie, I stack more

chunks of brownie. Then, to make matters even more scrumptious, it is drizzled with a rich and creamy caramel sauce. Oh, I’m such a bad ghoul. 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



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Chocolate Brownies with Caramel Sauce Drizzle 1/2 cup quick cooking oats 1 box devil’s food cake mix 1 box brownie mix 3 eggs 1 1/2 cups water 2/3 cup vegetable oil 2 tablespoons strong coffee or 2 teaspoons instant espresso 1 tablespoon cocoa powder 2 tablespoons Hershey’s chocolate syrup, optional 1 bag (8 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts, divided Caramel sauce to drizzle

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 shallow baking dish. (Some use a jelly roll baking sheet or quarter sheet pan.) Mix together oats, dry devil’s food cake mix, brownie mix, eggs, water, oil, coffee, cocoa, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips and 1 cup of the walnuts until well blended. (Reserve 1/2 cup walnuts for topping.) Bake according to brownie mix package instructions. (Do not overbake brownies.) When cool, cut in squares. Place three to four squares in freezer. When hardened, cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Drizzle a small amount of caramel sauce over brownies. Place

frozen brownie cubes and walnuts over top. For the Caramel Sauce:

1 cup brown sugar 1 cup boiling water 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon salt

In a skillet or small pot, combine sugar, boiling water, butter, vanilla and salt. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar and cool until thickened. Do not burn bottom of the pan. I wanted to share some tips for making perfect brownies. If you have a Pure Convection element in your oven, use it. It will give you the best even cooking. Also, it’s hard to tell when brownies are done. When the aroma of chocolate coming from the oven hits me, I know the brownies are just about done. Halfway through the baking process, I open the oven and gently pat the top of the brownies. That deflates the air bubble on top and I can tell if the brownies are done. Works perfectly every time and the brownies are never overbaked.

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