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Jody Farley-Berens is a hero. Take Anderson Cooper’s word for it. Not only is the Scottsdale woman a hero, but she’s one of the top 10 heroes in the world, according to CNN. Farley-Berens will be honored, along with nine other “heroes,” during “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” on Sunday, Dec. 6, on the cable news channel. She had already been named one of CNN’s 25 “everyday heroes” of the year, when she heard Cooper call her and her organization, Singleton Moms, top 10 heroes in early October. “They told me that they receive thousands of nominations each year, so to even be chosen in the original group of 25 was very humbling and a complete honor,” said Farley-Berens. Making the top 10 was not only an adclassifieds

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ditional honor, but a $10,000 boost to her organization’s budget. Farley-Berens co-founded Singleton Moms to support single parents battling cancer. The nonprofit group provides housecleaning, meals and financial aid to more than 300 single parents in Arizona. “We help with the practical, day-today needs of families that a sick parent can’t always manage—preparing meals, cleaning the house and paying the bills. Some of these parents are sick for a very long time,” Farley-Berens said. Singleton Moms is named after Michelle Singleton, a friend of Farley-Berens who died from cancer in 2005 at the age of 32. “Nobody saw it coming,” Farley-Berens recalled. “She was a single mom Gridiron

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By Ann Porter City of Scottsdale Community Services Fall is here, and it seems as though everyone is venturing out to enjoy the beautiful weather and get into the holiday spirit. The City of Scottsdale is offering a number of events and programs that you and your family and friends are sure to enjoy. Dunkin’ for Pumpkins Did you know that pumpkins float? You can see for yourself at Dunkin’ for Pumpkins from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch pools. For $5, patrons can pick a pumpkin and visit the various stations that have great decorating supplies. The pumpkins will be floating in 2 feet of water, so you can wade in to make your selection, or you can ask a staff member to help you select the perfect pumpkin. (The pools will be heated—so no worries about a fall chill!) Eldorado Pool is located at 2301 N. Miller Rd., while McDowell Mountain Ranch Pool is at 15525 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy. 46th annual Fall Festival Come and have some spooky fun at this year’s 46th annual Fall Festival. The event will take place at Eldorado Park from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. The event will feature 25 game booths, more than 10 bounce houses, stage entertainment, fireworks, candy, a tot area

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By Justin Toscano Austin Nuessle stepped in as the Desert Mountain Wolves’ quarterback during the last game of his freshman season after now-Texas A&M QB Kyle Allen sustained an injury. Last year, with Allen in College Station, Texas, Nuessle took the reins as a sophomore QB, poised and ready to lead. The team didn’t fare so well— finishing 1-9 on the season. Nuessle acknowledged it’s been difficult to escape Allen’s shadow, but he’s establishing his own identity and making marked improvement. Now the Wolves are 6-2 and looking strong. “It was a down year last year and nobody likes that,” he said. “It’s not good for the school and it’s not fun to be in that situation. We just really wanted to be a lot different this year and we knew the opportunity was there with the talent we have and with guys getting older.” The 6-3, 175-pound junior quarterback chalked up the improvement to the team’s increased experience. But,

perhaps, some of it lies within himself. Desert Mountain head coach Mike Morrissey said Nuessle has embraced the staff ’s emphasis on taking control of his offense. He’s become an authority figure in the huddle, earning his team’s respect more and more each week. “It’s still a work in progress, but he’ll get there,” said the first-year head coach at Desert Mountain. “I know our guys look to him for production offensively and he’s done a nice job so far this year.” But perhaps the man who knows him best is Gary Gregory, the Wolves’ defensive coordinator. Gregory’s relationship with Nuessle didn’t start on the football field, but with A-Chance-2-Play, the coach’s nonprofit organization that promotes unified sports—pairing special needs kids with typical children, making sure to maintain the mantra that everyone deserves an opportunity to play sports. Nuessle, whose younger brother Cody is autistic, started helping out at

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By Kenneth LaFave “I used to sing and play in a band, Once upon a time, chefs were called and I’d bus tables where we played. I cooks, and they toiled in obscurity in just sort of fell into cooking.” restaurants across the country, preElliot said he loved the “pirate-ship paring simple dishes. “Seasoning” atmosphere” of restaurant kitchens, meant “salt and pepper.” If a cook put the “loud and crazy” ambiance that a little ginger in a dish, he was ru- spoke to his sensibility. mored to be “gourmet.” “Around 1997, I woke up to the fact Today, the American food scene is there’s a whole other level of cooking. an explosion of flavors and ingredi- That’s when I realized this is an art.” ents, and cooks are not Soon, he was comonly chefs, they are meing up with recipes dia superstars. for dishes like “AruAs for the restaugula with bruleed figs, rants... ricotta, prosciutto and “There’s a huge shortsmoked marzipan. On age of chefs in restauthe more down-torants in all the major earth side, there was cities, because the kids also the “Grahamburgcoming in now all want er,” a hamburger laced to be on television.” with garlic aioli and So said Graham Elbrie. liot and, as the host of “Food is about so Graham Elliot cooks for the the Food Network’s much more than in“Craziest Restaurant in joy of it. gesting calories,” Elliot America” and the co-host of Fox TV’s said. “Food becomes more than that “MasterChef ” and “MasterChef Jr.,” when you realize it is a sensuous, rohe knows the superstar thing. But he’s mantic experience. The farmer grew never lost track of the joy of cooking that carrot with as much love as I have for its own sake. when I want to cook it for you.” “The real fun is cooking for 100 Once massively overweight, Elliot people a night, working with your underwent surgery in 2013, followed team and talking with your custom- by a strict diet that resulted in a loss ers,” Elliot said in a phone interview of 150 pounds. He ran and finished a from Chicago, where he runs the marathon with his wife, Allie, in 2014. Graham Elliot Bistro. He admits that food was once his anElliot will be present Saturday, Nov. swer to stress, and that cookies and 7, and Sunday, Nov. 8, at Scottsdale candy were often his best friends. He Fashion Square, giving cooking dem- now looks forward to a daily dinner of onstrations and preparing special protein (usually salmon and chicken) meals as part of the “AzCentral.com and green vegetables. Food and Wine Experience presented Elliot is the father of three sons, ages by Cadillac.” The weekend will also 8, 5 and 3. The 8-year-old wants to be include a “Grand Tasting” of 50 Val- a food critic, and the 5-year-old wears ley restaurants, and appearances by a chef ’s coat around his dad’s restauother master chefs. For times, ticket rant. prices and listings of events, go to And the 3-year-old? www.azcentralfoodandwine.com. “He won’t eat.” “You need to be passionate and When not cooking, running maradriven about food, not just in it for thons or being a dad, Elliot enjoys the money,” Elliot said. “It could all traveling. His favorite country to visit end tomorrow. That’s why I drive a is Italy. 5-year-old Prius and not a Lambo“When you look at Italy, you see that rghini.” so many food styles come from there. Elliot’s culinary passion was not al- It’s not only the pizza and the pasta, ways there. He started out wanting to but ingredients like the tomato, basil, be a musician. and olive oil. Just yummy stuff.”

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Dana Galinsky had a recurring role as a nurse on the CBS daytime drama “The Bold and the Beautiful,” but now she’s moved to Scottsdale to help make others “beautiful” with YogaFit Studios. offers unlimited looking back The facilityGridiron accessibility to the industry’s best live classes and virtually led instruction all under the guidance of world-renowned yoga guru Beth Shaw. The next four weeks feature a slew of special events, including: Lee Gaines teaching an abbreviated version of Ashtanga at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 24; Tammy Gatten teaching Ying Yang Yoga Flow Cass at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 31; Namaste and Chardonnay at 6 p.m. Nov. 6; Yoga Sculpting Class at 12:15 p.m. Nov. 7; and studio manager Suzanne Zupancic will offer Yoga for Golfers at 12:15 p.m. Nov. 14. The studio is located at 10855 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Call (480) 454-1750 for more information. With the unexpected cancelation of the Arizona Jazz Festival at Rawhide Event Center, hundreds of that genre’s fans have been left out to dry. To help

address the problems this cancellation has caused, the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships at WestWorld of Scottsdale are offering Arizona Jazz Festival ticket holders free general admission tickets to the polo championships on Saturday, Oct. 24. Additionally, Arizona Jazz Festival ticket holders will be able to purchase tickets from any other ticket category at a 10 percent discount. Those seeking to take advantage of either offer can do so day-of at the WestWorld of Scottsdale ticket office. Poinsettia Place businesses have come together to collect nonperishable food for the St. Mary’s Food Bank through Saturday, Oct. 31. For the donations, patrons will receive raffle tickets boasting prizes like gift certificates to businesses in the plaza, located on 92nd Street between Shea Boulevard and Cactus Road. Bring donations to 9330 E. Poinsettia Dr., Suite 101. The raffle will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. No need to be present to win. Details at www.customstudiojmd.com.

ZEROREZ will share its patented carpet- and tile-cleaning process with patrons at the Elegant Home Food and Wine Expo set for Saturday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 15, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Visit booth No. 224 to discuss treatments with the “empowered water” experts.

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Another man who is continuously helping with his development is former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, who joined Desert Mountain’s coaching staff as an offensive coordinator in April. Nuessle said Warner emphasizes the mental game in football, preaching that an athletic body throws the ball, but the mind knows where to go with it. Nuessle also said going to Warner’s house to break down film is one of the best ways he looks to nail key learning points, assuring he’s ready for the next matchup. He can actively ask questions and learn from his mistakes. After a great start, he said the team’s toughest game this year will be against

quarterback Kare’ Lyles and Saguaro. Lyles, a Wisconsin commit, is just one of many talented Arizona quarterbacks. “I like to pick bits and pieces from other guys and incorporate them in my game,” Nuessle said. For now, Nuessle realizes the rest of his high school career will be like the first two years. It will be a constant work in progress filled with many challenges, but he and his coaches are optimistic he will keep improving at a steady rate. “I definitely want to keep working towards that leadership spot because that’s a big part of your team, especially from the quarterback position,” he said. But in the eyes of the team and its coaches, he’s already that leader.

New downtown specialist thrives on fostering change By Mariah McKenzie In the late 1980s, Mary MurphyBessler was in her mid-20s and working at Heritage Square when she was invited to sit in on development meetings. The conferences focused on revitalizing downtown Phoenix with the Mercado and the Arizona Science Center and attracting a professional sports stadium, the future Chase Field. The experiences inspired MurphyBessler and instilled in her a passion for fostering change and a lifelong love of downtown development. After serving as vice president of economic development for the Downtown Tempe Community Inc. and executive director of the Longmont (Colorado) Downtown Development Authority, Murphy-Bessler is settling in to her new position as downtown specialist for Downtown Scottsdale’s Tourism and Events Department. “I have always loved having a job where I feel that I can make a positive

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By Mariah McKenzie The City of Scottsdale denied a special events permit for the Artisan Markets’ upcoming season, saying the sellers encroached on pedestrian and vehicular traffic, as well as the livelihood of the brick and mortar stores. The Scottsdale Gallery Association opposed the market, which took place on and around the Marshall Way Bridge from January through April, and submitted a petition to the Scottsdale City Council with 194 signatures asking for the permit’s revocation. Many of the brick and mortar business owners have survived for decades, working tirelessly while paying high overhead fees and providing parking for customers. They argue that it is extremely unfair that the Artisan Markets’ vendors do not have to pay these fees and are allowed to take up prime real estate and parking. The debate was heated, with representatives of both sides sending letters to the City. “I greatly resent the fact that I pay an exorbitant monthly rent expenditure and high overhead where these people get to ‘pitch their tent’ for 50 bucks,” said gallery owner Laura Weaver in a letter to the City Council. The gallery owners were also concerned about the timing of the Artisan Markets. The markets are held on Thursdays, the same time as the 42-year-old Art Walk. Many gallery owners said they believed that having

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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Oscar Hernandez is living his dream of playing professional baseball, and he’s doing everything in his power to keep that dream alive. He was one of a handful of major and minor league baseball players chosen to participate in the Arizona Fall League, a vehicle for improving skills during the offseason. Because he was injured during the season, he didn’t get an adequate number of at-bats, so he’s hoping to up that with AFL. “Honestly, I want to play every day,” Hernandez said through his thick Venezuelan accent. “I’m really excited to be here. I think it’s a great opportunity to play. I’m going to work on my offense and my defense, too, while I’m here.” Daniel Gibson, who pitches in the Dbacks organization, is hoping to hone his skills during the AFL, too. “I’m just trying to stay consistent with how I pitch and perform during the season,” Gibson said. “I’m using this as a stepping stone to continue on my successful season I had. I want to improve on some little things to have continued success.” Throughout October and November, the Valley will serve as home to six AFL teams comprised by many of Major League Baseball’s elite young prospects— some of whom hail from here in the Valley. “The Arizona Fall League is regarded throughout professional baseball as the

The Homeless ID Project is hosting its annual Fall fundraiser at True Food Kitchen in the Scottsdale Quarter at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23. Breakfast will be followed by a brief presentation of the challenges and successes experienced this past year helping Phoenix-area homeless take their first step in rebuilding their lives. The event will raise funds needed to continue the Homeless ID Project’s work. To learn more about the Homeless ID Project and to reserve a seat at the Oct. 23 breakfast, visit its website at www.azhomeless.org. The cost is $50. “We are excited to partner with True Food Kitchen who will be providing a great breakfast for all of our attendees at their outstanding venue in Scottsdale,” said Executive Director Steven Stivers. Established in 1988, the Homeless ID Project (HIDP) assists people experiencing homelessness replace their identification documents as a necessary first step in rebuilding their lives and ending their homelessness. Identification is something everyone takes for granted. But without it, a homeless person cannot obtain any of the services needed to become self-sufficient, including access to food programs, short-term shelter, training, education, housing, medical services and aid in finding gainful employment. The HIDP goal is to deliver replacement ID services to all of the homeless who are trying to rebuild their lives.

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In 2014, the Homeless ID Project served 4,950 people providing 10,376 documents and services that included Arizona State IDs, birth certificates, driver licenses and replacement immigration documents. Their staff and volunteers strategize with clients about how to move forward after losing all of their identifying documents, help them complete applications, provide financial assistance to cover document application fees and support them through the steps of restoring their identification. This year, through August, they have served more than 4,100 clients including 523 homeless children. The HIDP office is located at 1125 W. Jackson St., Phoenix, on the Human Services Campus near the Central Arizona Shelter System (CASS) and a dozen other homeless service providers. They have also developed an outreach program to provide replacement ID services on site at other Valley locations at the facilities of UMOM, Circle the City, Save the Family, Tumbleweed Youth Center, Phoenix Dream Center and the United Way Project Connect events. These partnerships enable the HIDP to bring its services to the particularly vulnerable homeless, including women, children and families, who are unable to visit their downtown office. The HIDP offices also provides secure storage for clients’ identification documents.

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Although more than 95,000 early ballots for the Nov. 3 Scottsdale Special Election have been mailed to people who requested them, only about 10 percent have been voted and returned. To ensure a smooth election, here are some tips and information to make your experience as easy as possible. An election information pamphlet with facts and opinions about the ballot items was mailed to each registered voter household in Scottsdale. You can also find that information at www. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “election.”

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Kids can learn about etiquette at four-week course By Lila Baltman Certified etiquette instructor, SueAnn Brown, owner of It’s All About Etiquette, will offer a four-week course for boys and girls, ages 6 to 8, on Saturdays from Oct. 24 through Nov. 14. Kids will learn social etiquette, selfconfidence and integrity with an emphasis on respect and value for others. Topics will include: • Self-introduction and introducing others • handshaking • eye contact and smiling • saying “please,” “thank you” and “you’re welcome” • making mistakes and apologizing • avoiding rude behavior • table skills and dining manners • behavior at the table • posture and conversation • grooming and posture. Homework will be given at the end of each class and, on the final day, there will be a graduation ceremony. These fun-filled etiquette classes are held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church, 10755 N. 124 St., Scottsdale. Cost is $225 per child. Advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, call (480) 510-6346 or visit www.itsallaboutetiquette.com. Parents tell Brown that they see an immediate improvement in their children after they take her class. “Of course there are plenty of parents who also work hard to teach their children proper manners and etiquette, which I believe, all parents should be doing,” Brown said.

“But, the truth of the matter is, sometimes children and teens simply learn better and more effectively from listening to another adult, other than mom or dad.” She said she incorporates games and hands-on activities in class so children stay engaged. “I have successfully figured out how to make learning about manners and proper etiquette a whole lot of fun,” she said. An Arizona native and a Chaparral High School graduate, Brown started learning about proper etiquette at an early age. She attributes this to her mother, a local actress, and the many social events her mother used to host in their Paradise Valley home. “I remember wearing a name tag, greeting my mother’s guests and sitting down to formal dinners having to hold conversations with grown-ups,” she said. “This experience helped me as a young girl to be more confident about myself in social environments.” Prior to establishing her etiquette business, Brown spent eight years as a corporate trainer and workshop leader for an international image and skin care/cosmetic company. She is also a licensed esthetician and has worked as a make-up artist and taught classes for talent and modeling agencies. Brown earned degrees in business administration and fashion merchandising. For more information about cost, class days and times, or to register for an upcoming class, call (480) 510-6346 or visit www.itsallaboutetiquette.com

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swallowed harmful substances, including household chemicals and medicines, often having mistaken them for new toys—or candy. And it’s no wonder. Take a look at the medicines in your bathroom cabinet—and at the products under the kitchen sink. Ever notice the similarity between an aspirin and a breath mint? Or that pain relievers are almost identical to jelly beans? How about how all of the oil-based cleaning products look just like apple juice? Even the most common cleaning sprays resemble flavored waters and many of your children’s favorite juice packs. Just think—if you have difficulty making the distinction, imagine what your kids see.

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Share the knowledge With more than 90 percent of poisonings occurring in the home (according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), Students from Carrington College’s Pharmacy Technology parents must be vigilant program are working to educate fellow students and the and take precautions community on the dangers of candy/medicine mix-ups around the holidays. when visiting family members or when your kids are And, perhaps most importantly, with the babysitter. Create a list of always remember that a determined emergency contact numbers and child is a resourceful one—childhelpful tips and have them in a visible resistant locks and latches are no place. substitute for a caregiver’s watchful The CDC also recommends eyes. additional tips to avoid accidental Know the signs poisonings: Watch for signs that your child may • Always secure containers after use. • Don’t let young children be around have ingested a harmful substance— household cleaners or gardening sudden vomiting or drowsy behavior, products without adult supervision. as well as evidence of the product on • Leave original labels on all the child’s nose, mouth or on his or her breath. Of course, if you suspect products. • If you have to do something else a child has swallowed a hazardous while taking medicine, such as chemical or medication, immediately answer the phone, take any young call 9-1-1. You should also educate your children with you. • Always take or dispense children to spot the signs of a medications in a well-lit area to potential poisoning in their friends and siblings, and role play with them ensure proper dosage. • Don’t give your children medicine so they can practice what to do in those situations. And make it easy for prescribed for an adult. • Never refer to medicine as “candy.” them to find help fast. Put the poison • Install child-resistant latches on help number, (800) 222-1222, on or all cabinets and drawers. Purchase near every home telephone and save extra sets and share with others it on everyone’s cellphones. The line outside your home where your kids is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. might visit.

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The Notre Dame Prep Saints played their first home game on the new Bemis Field on Sept. 25 and, in celebration of it, the school hosted a Friday Night Lights Block Party. The festivities included food trucks, games and activities. 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. Photos by Kimberly Carrillo photo page

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Step 2: Tissue preparation I planned to design this candleholder so that I can use it for both Halloween and Thanksgiving, so I cut out six pumpkins, a moon and stars, and a bare tree. I’ve learned from previous decoupage projects that any time I use light-colored shapes, they can’t be applied over any other color. While this adds a degree of difficulty, the solution is tedious but simple: Cut small pieces of tissue to outline the main shapes.

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Step 4: Let there be light Once the Mod Podge has dried, the candleholder is ready to use. Small pillar candles work as well as tealights, or, for added fun you can try a Halloween pumpkin light that changes colors.

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Scottsdale Unified School District: One size does not fit all By Kathy Burwell sive K-12 fine arts programs including Just as clothing comes in many band and strings for students as young sizes, colors and textures, the Scott- as fourth grade.” sdale Unified School District (SUSD) Additionally, SUSD offers eLearning realizes that students have a variety of programs, an online high school and learning styles, extracurricular inter- Coronado High School offers an early ests and career aspirations. college-career program. The district “As a former SUSD parent and cur- has a 90 percent graduation rate, 99 rent staff member, I recognize the va- percent of SUSD teachers are highly riety of options affordqualified and appropried to SUSD students,” ately certified, and the stated Karen Benson, class of 2015 earned executive director of $57.3 million in scholarinstructional services. ships. “Our staff is commitStudents have numerted to providing learning opportuni- ous options not only with Advanced ties to address the diverse interests of Placement and Dual Enrollment all students. In addition, SUSD offers a courses, but also in afterschool clubs variety of programs aimed at meeting and specialized programs. SUSD has student individual needs. We offer a a strong STEM corridor that starts wide range of core and elective cours- with the Navajo Elementary STEAM es, five world language offerings in- Design Academy. Those students feed cluding Mandarin and Japanese, pro- into Mohave Middle School. In 2015, grams for students identified as gifted, Mohave’s robotics team finished first English language learners, or special and third in the state. Saguaro High education, an International Baccalau- School’s Math and Science Academy reate Program, an elementary Spanish provides enhanced opportunities for ALS_McDowell_Mountain_News.qxd:Layout 1 7/20/15 5:14 PM Page 1 immersion school and comprehen- students in the areas of science, tech-

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Natives of France, Axel and Sandrine even in France, it is not just a cookie,” Chagnot were in search of the perfect Sandrine said. “It is a treat we keep for piece of their home country to bring to special occasions.” America. Sandrine, who has been in America The couple found that with her husband since in the “macaron”—a June 1, said there are small, elegant French 18 different flavors cookie made from of macarons sold in almond powder, egg their café. Their flavors whites and sugar, with range from vanilla, all-natural and glutenthe original macaron free ingredients. Since flavor, to many more August, they have been colorful and exotic selling this delectable flavors such as: basil dessert at Le Macaron Macarons are not well-known in white chocolate, French Pastries, an the United States, a deficiency lavender, lemon cream, authentic French café Axel and Sandrine Chagnot plan passion fruit dark on the north side of on remedying. chocolate, coconut and Scottsdale Quarter. Madagascar black vanilla. “We know the macaron is not very “Our ingredients are baked into the well known here and we wanted to cookie as well as in the filling for as explain and help the States discover much dynamic flavor in the macaron this high-quality product because, as possible,” Axel said. “I’ve tasted other comm. spotlight

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The café offers a sweet program on Monday mornings called “Breakfast Babies,” when it invites mothers and their babies to stop by between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to eat and socialize. Moms even get a free small coffee with the purchase of any butter or chocolate croissant. The Chagnots are also the proud parents of two young sons. Le Macaron French Pastries caters weddings, baby showers, bridal showers and birthday parties. The Chagnots can put 150 to 180 macarons on a beautiful party tray or they can even create a magnificent macaron tower that can be used as a colorful and elegant centerpiece for any special occasion. Smaller trays and gift boxes are available as well.

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The weather is cooling down. Time to get pots of goodness simmering on the cooktop again, and that means pasta sauce. I’m wearing my Italian heart on my gravy-stained sleeve, but in my opinion, if you you’re going to be Italian (or an Italian wanna-be), you’ve got to have a recipe for “good sauce.” That rich, red, ragu that Italian mommas and nonnas have been simmering on the family stove for decades. When my Venetian mom and I finally committed to writing our heritage cookbook, her simple and savory meat sauce was where we began. It takes only about an hour, and you’ll talk about it for years.

Another recipe—especially for those great family Sunday suppers—is Grandmother Leonora Albertelli Lagori’s slow-cooked pork shoulder sauce. In an email, her grandson Michael John Lagori reminisced about longing for his grandma’s gravy. “When I was a little boy, she always had the sauce cooking on the stove, and made raviolis to go with it once a year at Christmas. Oh, that was a good day!” That pretty much paints the picture, Michael. Make a good sauce, and you’re going to have a good day. Thanks to my momma and Michael’s Grandma Leonora for helping us to fill our heavyduty stockpot full of the heart and soul of Italian cooking.

Momma D’Atri’s Meat Sauce 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 large sweet yellow onion, diced 4-5 cloves fresh garlic, minced 2 stalks of celery, diced 1 large carrot, diced 1 packet (1 oz.) porcini mushrooms, reconstituted in one cup hot water then chopped fine 1 pound of fresh ground beef 1/2 pound Italian sausage (sweet or hot) 2 cans (16 oz.) organic tomato sauce 1 can (6 oz.) organic tomato paste 2 cups chicken or beef broth 1/2 cup red wine

2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped Salt and pepper to taste (add only at the end of the cooking process)

In a Dutch oven or heavy stockpot, sauté onion, garlic, celery and carrot in oil until translucent. Add beef and sausage, cooking until golden brown. Add wine, mushrooms (including mushroom water), tomato sauce, paste, broth and basil. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove lid and simmer for another 30 minutes or until thick. Don’t burn sauce.

Grandmother’s Pork Shoulder Sauce Sauté:

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter 1/2 cup green onions, chopped 1 large celery stalk, chopped 1 large carrot, chopped 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped

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1/2 cup red wine

Reduce and brown. Add:

1 pound cubed beef 1 1/2 lbs. cubed pork shoulder 1 cup chopped Portobello mushrooms 6 medium vine-ripened tomatoes or 1 large (27 oz.) can tomatoes

2 small (10 oz.) cans tomato sauce 1 small can (6 oz.) tomato paste 3 small yellow onions, whole and skinned

Cover and simmer for one hour.

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2 cups water or broth 3 garlic cloves, whole 2-3 bay leaves 2 teaspoons each: fresh basil, oregano and rosemary

Simmer 2-3 hours. Bring to boil and stir in 1/4 cup cornstarch. Add salt and pepper to taste. Don’t skim too much of the fat.

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A Salute to Cowboy Artists of American and a Patron: 50 Years of Amazing Contributions to the American West In addition to showcasing one painting or bronze by 77 artists, the exhibition will pay tribute to the late Eddie Basha. WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 7, through Saturday, May 31, various times WHERE: Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale COST: $13 INFO: (480) 686-9539 or www.scottsdaemuseumwest.org Children’s Fight for Life: Casino Night The evening features an elegant dinner, silent auction and casino-style games. WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 7, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Resort Conference Center, 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale COST: $125 or $1,100 for a table of 10 INFO: www.childrensfightforlife.com David Spade Former Scottsdale resident David Spade brings his stand-up comedy show to the Showroom. WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $40 to $150 INFO: (480) 850-7777 or www.talkingstickresort.com

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The owners of Shona Salon & Spa long time ago,” he said. “I was kind of want their clients to feel special. familiar on the other side of the beauWhether they’re having a facial, hair- ty industry. Still, it is quite a departure cut or the Vichy Hydrotherapy treat- from what each one of us is used to ment, customers should allow their doing. problems to melt away during their “I rely a lot on the girls who are here visit to the Aveda concept salon. and their expertise and with a lot of “We’re customer focused,” said Mike the pricing. The operational part, Ebner, who co-owns Shona Salon & businesswise, that’s my degree.” Spa with his wife, Dr. Bidisha Ray. The salon has been open since July “We want our clients to feel special. 7, but celebrated its grand opening This is your day—your time. It’s hard with a VIP party on Oct. 1. enough to find 15 minutes with all the hustle Ebner and Ray and bustle. You need Ebner said Shona Sato get away and find 5 lon & Spa doesn’t necesminutes for yourself, sarily have one signature from work, kids and treatment, but several. family obligations.” He called the Shona SigShona Salon & Spa nature Pedicure a “pedioffers a welcoming atcure plus” because of the mosphere where guests extras that are thrown in. receive unparalleled “We’re an Aveda saservices, personallon, so with the spa side ized to their individual of things, the facial Glow needs. and Go and the massage of many luxury treatShona offers a variety One are popular,” he said. “We ments offered at Shona of salon and spa servic- Salon & Spa is Vichy Hydro- have a signature piece for es such as facials, pedi- therapy treatment. each facet.” cures, manicures, massage, hair treatIn the end, Ebner and Ray just want ments and cuts and the unique Vichy to be fair to the customers. Hydrotherapy treatment. Shona’s staff “One of the big reasons we got into of experienced stylists and estheti- business was in today’s day and age, cians are trained in all of the latest people get taken advantage of left and concepts and styles in order to keep right,” he said. “When I go into sometheir clients feeling refreshed. place, I completely trust the person. We’re conditioned to do so.” New journey Sometimes that doesn’t work out This is a new journey for Ebner, who and Ebner finds the business isn’t cusworked as a computer network engi- tomer focused. But clients need not neer before securing Shona Salon & worry about that at Shona Salon & Spa, and Ray, who continues to be em- Spa. ployed as an OB-GYN. “It’s their day and we care about “We were looking for a business,” them,” Ebner said of his clients. “We said Ebner, who lives in Laveen. “This want them to have a good time, have business came up and it seemed inter- good results and we want them to esting, something new. It was already come back.” a salon and spa, but we took it over and made a bunch of changes.” Shona Salon & Spa Ebner’s background may not sound 15090 N. Northsight Blvd. like a fit with Shona on the surface. Suite 108 But drill down and he’ll discuss work- Scottsdale 85260 ing in the modeling and acting fields. (480) 368-0022 “I used to own a modeling agency a www.shonasaonandspa.com on the town

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